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A.n Independent Paper Devoted to the Intei-est? oi the People.
l^MS iV^ ?RANGEBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 1875.
NUMBER 5.
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Tho Wandering, flow oncoBatd to mo,
I passed ^roMgli tab'city'in tUo cool-of iho
year:
A man In tho gardon'Y-hiokca'rrnit from a tree.
I asked, ?* How Ion? baa too olty boon boro
AnflBW^n^t r^i wo, ana bo piucKea>v#?y? ?
iPfliw aiwfrva stood wl(6re it Bland? tj)-dav, ,
AukM?rSli willBfen/r f?r tqW and aye."
I Fm 9fl?4rfdIyearB JroUed by, ?od tticn
?I "traveled' tno'Boir-saui? road again.
No traco of a clty.thorq I found;
? .A icboiuiord sat blowing blB plpo alone,
Ills flock woro quietly nibbling arouud.
.IUtond, 'TJow long has tUUjolty V.ppn geno?" ,
Anflna answered me, aba ho piped away,
" Pbo new.?nt? bloom and tbo old decay,
ThlB la :r.y pasture-ground for ayo."
Flvo bundrod yrara rolled by, and then
I traveled tbo eolf^satuo road again.
came to ECS, a .id the, WaVCfl did roar,
ia fisherman tUrn .v bla'not out clear,
And, v.'U'Mi heavy,laden, bo dragged it ashore.
-X.TUkod,' "jHowlongbas the sea been uerof'V
And bo laughed "and bo Bald, and bo laughed away;
?* As long an yon billows bavc tofBod their spray,
They've Ashed and they've flsbod in this self-same
bay." -
Fivo bundrod years rolled by, and tben
II wbled tho scU-aamo road again. . |
And.tcaruoJq a forest,,vastand free,- , ? ?
?{idM -iot c?AKri stopd Id tho thicket near; 1 ?
HlftfcifioTla dTitftho fo6t in a tree. J / '
vftfedu1' How Ionrf novo tbo wood* boon here?"
An'ip>]| gnpiverprt, "Thej<o woods ate a cavort, for
ayo;
My ancestors dwelt bcrc alway,
And the trees bavoi.been einco oication's day."
1 .l-'ivn hundred years rolled by, and then , <
oajtravclcd-tbo sslf-same road agaio. '
And 1 found there a city, and far and near.
llesonndcd tbo hum of toil and glee.
And I asked, " Uo.w long bas tho olty been here,
And wbero la the pipe, and tho wood, aud tbo
? .sea?" -?
And they answered mo, as they mado their way,
**<'fbiiig? always bavo stood as tboy stand today,
And bo they will Hand for evor ami aye."
I'll watt live himd-od years, and then
l'jl travel tbo eolfrsaiuo road again.
Tlll^BABES IN THE CLOUDS.
JIihV ten 'yearn ago, there suddenly
burst upon tho wostorn world a mag
nificent stranger from foroigu parts,
withall liia traveling glories on." It
was* tho .groat comet , of 185$, on the
graudtoui'iofi tho universo.
It Hcomod strange that potty human
life could go ori aa usual, with its oat
i$&$uidL drinkiiig-,j?uiUng, i.trafijokftlg
?mirr^ToaBurhig, while that V flaming
min^ati*,''- on his ivillioh-leagued cir
cuit, was proaohiug tho wondors of iu
finito immensity and powor, and tho
nothflfgnesS of earth. 'Tho" comet no
longer runs his.kindling raco, liko Vioh
Alpine's honchman, with his fierycro?s,
announcing war and. disaster.
Herald of battlo, fato aud foar.
" Kb isolihla own business, not oiirai
Under tho tail of this; particular1
fi^isirrloubt'icHS many a talo of lovo whs
told?iu tho light of Iiis swift splendors
mnuy it tender look exchanged. Tho
astronomer coolly swept tho starry Held
with his glass, unawed by the irregular
night-guard patrolling the heavens, and
the robber and murdoror disdained the
awful witness. Ho left us as ho found
US?joined to our mortal idols, wise m
our own conceit, weak, and worldly,
and wicked, but no castaways of tho
universo after all.
Wo romombcr that cornet summer,
not so much for its great astronomical
ovent aa for two singular incidents that I
moro nearly touched our human sym
pathies, which will grovel in poor
earthly affairs, oven v. ithin sight of tho
moat august celestial phenomena.
Ouo pleasant Saturday ufturnoon
daring the comet's appearance, an icro
naut, after a prosperous \oyngo, de
scended upon a farm in tbo neighbor
hood of a largo market town in one of
the western status. Ho was soon sur
rounded by a curious group of tho
farmer's family and laborers, all asking
eager questions about iho voyago and
the management of the balloon. That
secured by an anchor and a rope in tho
hand of tho loronaut, its car being a
foot or two above the ground, was
swaying lazily backward and forward
rr in the evening air. It was a good deal
out of wind, nud was a sleepy and inno
ceut monster in tho eyes of the farmer,
who, with tho owner's permission, led
it up to bis house, whero, us be said,
?lie could hitch it to his fence. But be
foro ho had thus second it, the three
ohildron, aged respectively, ten, eight,
aid threo, begged him to lift them
into that big basket," thnt they might
."sit on those pretty red cushions."
Whilo the attention of tho aeronaut
was diverted by moro curious ques
tioners from a neighboring farm, this
rash father lifted his darlings one by
ouo into tho oai. Chubby littlo Johnny
proved tbo "ounce too much" for the
icrial camel, and brought him to the
. ground ; aud then, unluckily, not tin
baby, but the eldest hope of the family,
was lifted out. Tho relief was too
great, for the monster. The volatile
oret.taro's spirit lose at once, ho jerked
his halter out of his father's hand, and,
with a wild bound, mounted into the
air I , Vain was the loronaut's anchor.
?f'Ifc catight for a moment in a fence, but
it tore away, and wa* oil", dangling
uselessly utter the runaway balloon,
which.bo swiftly and steadily roso that
iu a few minutes thoso two little white
faces,- peering over tho edge of tbo enr,
grew indistinct, and those piteous cries
of "Papal" "Mamma!" grew faint
and fainter, up in thu air.
When distance and twilight mists had
swallowed up voices and faecs, and
nothing could be Keen but the dark,
cruel snape, sailing triumphantly away,
with its precious booty, like nn rerial
privateer, tho poor father sank cown
noipless and speechless; but the mother,
frantic with grief, still stretched her
yearning arms towards the inexorable
?eavend, and called wildly into the
unanswering void.
Tho teronaut strove to console the
wretched parents with assnrancos that
tljo balloon would descend within thirty
" miles of tho town, and that all might
bo well with tho ohilron, provided that
it did not coins down in tho water or in
deep woods. In the event of its de
scending iu a favorable tqiot, the
thought that the older ohild might step
out loaviog the, younger, in the .balloon, i
Then it n?ght'aga?i arise and continuo
it a voyage. i ?*'?
ilS1 Ah, no,"replied the? mother, :" Jen
nie would no vor stir from the oar 'with
out Johnny in her-armfe.*'! ?'< I .
The balloon passed directly over the
market town* .And tho children' seeing
many people in the ,streets,.stretchodj
out their bands and called loudly for
help. ,Bn$ (the. villagera,. though. they.
BQW' tKe ibngnt'Jiitle heads,! Ireaxd. no/
calls.
Amazed at the strange apparition;
they might have thought the translated
little creatures small nngol ? navigators,
on some voyage of discovery, some lit
tle pherubio venture c? their own,'asV
heading toward the^ro's^ bloudlahds and'
purple islands of sunset splendor, they
sailed deeper and deeper, into.the, west,
and faded-awayv : *? '' ? ? ???
Some company they had, poor littlo
sky-waifs ! Something comforted them
and iljaycd' their wild torruri?somo
thing whispered that below the night
and olouds was homo; that above was
God; .that wherever,they .might drift or.
clash, living Or dead; they Sv??ld ttill
be in His domain and under His care.?,
that though,''; borho:' away among tho
stars, they could not be lost, for His
lovo would follow them.
Whop the sunlight all went away, and
the great comet came blazing out, little
Johnny was apprehensive that tho comet
might oome too near their, airy oraft,
and set it on fire with a whisk of its
dreadful'tail. But when his sister as
sured him-that tho fiery dragon was "as
much ap twenty miles away," nnd .that
God wouldn't lot him hurt them, ho
was tranquilized, but soon afterward
said,, V.J. wish.ho, would eonae a little
nearer, bo I-could warm myself, I'm bo
cold 1" ??-?,<
> Then Jennie took off her apron, ana
wrapped it about, the child, saying ten
derly, "Thisis all sister has to make
jou warm, darling, but she'll hug1 5*011
close in her arms, and Wo Will say our
prayers aud you.shall go to sleep." . .'?
"Why, .how can I say my. prayers be-!
fore^I havo my supper?" asked* little
John?y. ?'.'?' : ' . : IT.
" Sister hasn't auy.suppQr for you or
for herself, but wo must pray all ,.tho
harder," solemnly responded, Jennie. f
So |ho two'baby wanderers, alono in
the wido heavens, unawed by. darkuoss,
immensity and tho millions of unpity
ing stars, lifted their littlo clasped
hands,' and sobbed out their sorrowful,
V Our father," nnd that quaint little
supplementary prayer :
Now I lay mo down to sloop,
1 pray tho Lord my bouI to koop;
If 1 c Mould <lio boforol wake,
1 pray the Lord my *uitl to tako.
" There 1 God hoard that, easy ; for
wo are cIobo to Him up here," said in
lioceut little Johnny.
Doubtless Divine Dove stooped to
the littlo ones aud folded them in per
fect peace?for soon tho younger, seated
ou tho bottom of tho car, with his head
leaning against his sister's knee, slept
as soundly ?s though ho wero lying in
his own littlo bed at home, while the
elder watched through tho long, long
hours, and tho car floated gently on in
the still night air, till it begun to sway
and rock on tho fresh morning wind.
Who can divine that simple littlo
child's thoughts, Speculations, nnd wild
imaginings, while watching through
those hours ? Sho may huvo feared
coming in collision with a moteor?for
many wero abroad thot night, scouts
and heralds of tho great comet?or,
perhaps being cast away on some deso
lato star island, or more dreary still,
floating aud floating on, night and day,
t.ll they should both dio of cold and
hunger. Poor babes in tho clouds f
At length, a happy chance, or Provi
dence?wo will say Providence?guid?d
tho little girl's wandering hand to a
cord connected with tho valve ; some
thing told her to pull it. At once tho
balloon began to sink, slowly and gent
ly, as though some oeleRtial pilot guided
it through tho wild currents of air, not
Setting it drop into lake, or river, lofty
wooJ, or impenetrable swamp, where
this strange, unchild like experience
might havo boon closed by a death of
unspeakable horror ; but causing it to
descend as softly as a bird alights, on a
8pot where human earn and pity await
ed it.
The sun had not jet risen, but the
morning twilight bad come, when tho
little girl, looking over tho edgo of tho
car, saw iho derr old earth coming
nearer?"rising towards them," hho
said. But when the car stopped, to her
great disappointment it was not on tho
ground, but caught fast in tho topmost
branches of a tree. Yet she saw they
wero near a house whence help might
soon come, bo she awakened her brother
and told him the good news, and to
gether they watched and watched and
waited for deliverance, hugging ea:h
other for j iy and warmth, for they wero
cold.
Farmer Burton, who lived in a lonoly
house, on t jo edgd of his .own private
prairie, was a famous Blooper in gen
oral, but on t hi -j part cular morning ho
awoke before tho dawn, and though ho
turned and turned again, ho could slotp
no more. So, ?t last, bo said to l-is
good wifo, whom ho bad kindly awak
ened to inform her of his unaccountable
wakefulnesB, " It's no use, I'h just get
up aud dresn, nnd have a look at tho
comet."
The next that worthy woman heard
from bor wakeful spouse was a ba^ty
summons to the outer door. It seems
that no sooner did ho stop fmth from
his houso than his OJOS fell ou astrango
potentons shape, hanging on a large
pear tree, about, twenty yards distant,
lie could see no likeness'in it to any
thing earthly, aud ho half fancied that
it might ba the comet, who, having put
out Iiis lightj^bad; como clown Micro to
Soroh. In his fright and porploxlty he
id; what .every, wise man .would do in a'
like extremity; ho called upon his
valiant wife. Reinforced' by -her, he
drew near the treo cautiously reoon
noitering. t Surely a pear- troe never bore
such fruit.
Suddenly there descended from the
thing a plaintive, trembling little voice:
"Please take us down. We are:very
cold;'.' .. . . ,
jlucu n ocwuu law.S ?GICC sail; :
"And hungry, too. Please take- us
down."
"Why, who are yon ? And where are
yon?,"
The first little voice said: "It's us,
and. we r mined away with a balloon.
Please take us down." .
Dimly comprehending Iho situation,
tho farmer, got ting hold of a dangling
rope, succeeded in getting down the
balloon. .
1 He first lifted out little Johnny, who
ran rapidly a few -yards toward the
house, then turned round,, and stood
fov a few moments, curiously surveying
the balloon. The faithful little Bieter
waa so chilled and exhausted that she
had to be carried into the house, where,
trembling, she told the wonderful
story.
Before sunrise a mounted messenger
-was <li spatched to the. Harwood home,
with glad'tidings of' great joy. Ho
reaohed it in the afternoon, and" a few
hours later tho childred arrived, in
state, with banners and musio, and cov
ered hay-wagon and four.
Joy-bells were rung iu tho neighbor
ing town, and in tho farmor's brown
house, tho happiest family on tho con
tinent thanked God that night.
It would seem that this comot had
somo occult maddening influence on
tho .balloons, for during its appearance
there occurred in another wostern stato
an involun *>ry ascension, similar to tho
ono I have related, but moro tragical in
its te.i inin at ion.
An roronaut, whilo, if I romombor
rightly, repairing tho network of his
balloon, was seated on a slight wood on
orosa-pieco suspended under it; tho car
having bcon removed a few feet nbovo
the ground by meroly n:ropo in the
hand of an assist ant. From a too care
less grasp this rope escaped, and in ah
instant the gigantic bubble shot up
ward, carrying tho loronauton his frail
support; a ridor.moro helpless, that.._
Muzoppa'b?uhd to his Ukraine steed, a
voyagor moro holplcss than a ship
wrecked sailor alloat on a spar in mid
ocean.
The balloon rose rapidly, but un
steadily, swaying and pitching in the
evening wind. As long as it remained
iu sight the form of tho loronaut could
bo distinguished, swinging beneath it.
And as ho was kno ? n to ho a man of
uncommon nervo and proseuco of mind,
it was hoped that even from his dizzy
porch ho might manage to operate on
tho valve, or at leaBt to puncture a
small hole in (ho balloon, and thus ef
fect a descent.
But such efforts, if ho mado any, woro
vain, as for mauy days and nights f here
was anxious inquiry aud pationt search
over a wide extent of country with no
result. Wo gave him up. Only wifely
lovo hoped on, and looked and waitod".
At last, in a wild spot, iho wreck of tho
balloon was found, and that was all.
Still, wifely lovo hoped on, until, a
month or two later, some children nut
ting iu a wood, many miles away from
where tho balloon wus found, discov
ered, half buried iu the ground, a
strange dark mass that looked liko a
hoap of old olothos, but thero was a
something, shapeless and fearful, hold
ing it together.
It was thought the loronaut parted
company with his balloon by loosening
his hold on tho cords above him, in
desperate efforts to open the valve ; but
ho may, after whirling in swilt vorticos,
or plunging and mounting, through
cloudy abysses of air, havo become un
nerved by tho awful silence of tho up
per night, by tho CDmot'a fearful com
panionship, by whelming immensity
and infinity, aud Wearily let go his hold,
to drop earthward.
Private i i.-ii Culture.
Mr. Seth Green, the well-known pis
ciculturist, statej that ho has invented
a now method for transporting and
hatching nearly all kinds of fish eggs,
by which upawn can be carried for 180
days journey and can be hatched in any
room in tho house. Ono million oggs,
it is also said, can bo hatched by using
a pail of water daily. It is believed
that fish culture by private parties can
bo rendered a lucrativo source of in
come, provided it is followed with the
same care as is exercised in the raising
of poultry or any other livo stock.
Hundreds of farmers havo streams and
ponds on tboir lands now of no valuo
save perhaps as watering places for cat
tle in pasture, andyiolding a fow worth
less perch and cattish, perhaps an occa
sional trout or pickerel. Jf Mr. Green
has solved th o most difficult part of the
problem, niiuely, tho successful trans
portation of tho eggs, tho mode of
stocking tho waters and tho rearing of
tho fish, are not difiionlt subjects of
which to acquire on adequate knowl
edge. Ono species of fish in particular,
which is litt.e known, would probably
firovo especially remunerative, Tho
Mod-looked salmon is a distinct species
of the fish, though so closely resemb
ling the ocean silmon as to suggest the
idoa that, at somo remote period, a
quantity of the latter H?h, bel?g by a
convulsion of ivilure barred from re
turning to the soa, had propagated in
their land locked quarters anil eventu
ally developed into a separate variety.
Tho habits of the land-locked and ooean
I salmon are closely similar.
Aufvdotes or Sir Walter Scott.
[u8omV Old Letters,'' in Heribner'n for
i March, uro accompanied by a hitherto unpub
lished lifc-Bkotoh of 8lr NYaltor Scott, by the
celebrate),atttsl''Gilbert Stuart- Nowton. In
t!da instaUmout of " Old Lottora" wo find tho
following.'.'.nocdoteii of tho author of " Wa
vorloy :"J VJ,
"At' rjm-past six we wont to'dine,
with the* ForgusoouB. Tho dootor was
quite ill with a cold. Sir Adam Fergus
son, Sir* Walter Scott's intimate and
confidently friend,dined there j our:.
Bolves, W:?CJj.\ anil Duo of her daugh
ters.
" Wo had a very charming dinner, for
Sir Adan; has tho moat marvelous" pow
ers of description. Ho made us laugh
heartily, ;)ud told us, too, a-groat many
intercstim; anecdotes about Sir Walter
Scott. Bh is a very remarkablo person
himself. Vie is the original of Dngald
Dalgetty. { - This is all I find in the old
letters abc.ut tho dinner, but I must tell
what I oijn recollect of the account
Mrs. X. j-.ive mo in later years, Sir
Adam, she said, was a tall, gray-haired
man, with a broad Scotch accent. He
described-'how one early morning,!in
Sir WalteCScott's library, when ho and
Sir Walter iriod to make the fire of peat
burn, and, after many efforts, succeeded
in some de /reo. At this moment one
of the dog^V dripping,.from a plunge in
tho lake, sc;.atoned and whined at the
window, r.i lost Sir Walter let the
I "puir creat|ire". in, who, coming up
before tho M-tlo fire, 'shook his shaggy
I hide, sending a perfect shower-bath
over the finvand over u gtoat table of
loose manuscripts. Sir-Waller, eyeing
tho scano w.v-h his usual serenity, aaid,
slowly: "Oh! dear, you've done a great
deal of mif>ihinf/' It reminds us of
tho talo rented of Nowton. On this
same occasion of tho dinner, Sir Adam
Fergusson uold of traveling with Sir
Walter on l.h ? continent and going to
soo tho troop* on donkeys, and he per
formed both donkeys and riders with
his fingen on tho table until his andi
enen was in >m agony of laughter.
"Forgusnoi passed tho evening with
up, and wo lA :1 i-omo music. I asked
him, as ho w^a so fond of listening, if
j ho didn't siiV'u jiitV himself. 'Ill
toll you an auccdoto bl~ "Sir Waiter
Scott;' Baid Ifi, ' that will answer your
question. O le night, when. I was stay
ing at AbboiafordF Anni-y ^./-.ft had
boon singing Iti tho nc.oomg?|^ient of
her hari> a SAioh bnll aj^Mft wg^Lfor
riiwf eh'urlis. ?irTvaltor turned to me,
saying in a strong Sootoh accent:
" Noo, Forgueson, gio us a howl.'"
"' During ono of my visits there,'
continued Dr. Fergusson, ' amongother
guests was Hogg, "Ettriok Shophord."
I heard u horrible noiso in an adjoin
ing room, and, after listening Borne
moinents to it, beenmo alurmcd, nnd
said to my host: ** What is that Loiae ?"
"Oh"saidhe, "it'snogg?just Hogg
composing his verses. Ho always siugH
them as ho writes them."
"Though ho liked some rude strains,
Scott could well attune hiB ear to softer
music, and was very fond of Moore
song X. Bings, that ends :
" 'Short as tho Peraian'a prayor, his prayer at
cloHe of day,
Should bo each tow of Iovo'h repeating.
Quick lot him Wor?blp boanty'u precious ray,
E'on whila ho kneola that ray i* Hooting.'
" Ho used to say, 'Como X., let mo
have that Persian's prayor ;' and ho
would listen with great doligbt to tho
singing of it.
" They reoallcJ au amiiBiog story of
au old servant who had lived with Scott
for nearly a lifetime, and became very
much spoiled. Sir Walter at last, out
of pationco with his sins of omission,
said :
" ? Donald, I think wo mimt part.'
" ? Part I why V Whero'o your honor
going?'
"Of course peaco was mado, and
Donald remained.
"They told sadly of tho dear old
mau returning from Italy (where ho
wont for his health ), with his memory
impaired. Mrs. Arkwright, who had
sot his ? Pirate's Farewell to Minna ' to
music, sang it to him. 4 Those are very
pretty vorses, said Sir Walter. 1 Who
wrote them?1
" Charles S^ott, Sir Walter's second
son, is a very clover, agreeable man. I
see a good deal of him at the Look
harts', hero and elsewhere. Sir Walter
was most proud of his eldest pon Wal
tor, who is rather a dull follow, but
largo and fine-looking. His father
used to soy that it was enough if a boy
knew how to ride and speak tho truth;
those were the most important things.
" Charles Scott mado mo laugh about
tho visitors at Sir Walter's house and
Molroso Abbey. See tho Abbey by
moonlight they must, because of tho
lincK:
" 1 If thou would'stvlew fair Melroee aright,
Go visit it by tiio palo moonlight."
"' And many a tirao,' said Charles
Scott, ' when tho moon was not con
venient, I took a lantern to produce the
olTeot."
A Lock of Han*.
Almost every one has at least one
lock of hair cut from the head of ono
now dwelliug in that silent land wheuco
come no mcssngeH, no lotters, no tokens
of any kind to tell of love or of romom
brance. Every ono knows thnt strange
emotion, half joy, half woe, with which
I tho tiny relic of so much that was ouco
I dear can thrill tl e soul. Only uow and
I thou do wo dare to take it from its hid
ing plaee, hold it in the palm, press it
to the check, and use it as a talisman to
recall all that we must perforce forget
in the work-a-dny world for the sake of
strength to do itt battlo.
Wo do not know whoso hair that
which you treasure may be ; whether j
the flossy curl from n baby's head, the
dark lock from the brow that once
made your breast its pillow, a parent's
gray tress, or a young lover's sunny
ourL Nor does it matter, for all lovo
in its essence, in that pari of it that
outlives death, is alih? and equally
pure, but wo know that thore is nothing
like it to yon anywhere. There are no
words for the thoughts it brings. They
mock language. As you touch it. and
gazo at it, you have nothing to-say.
You feel.the thorns of your dead rose,
that is' all, and the wounds they make
bleed..___
Snail Culture in France.
Frogs,'horses, and snails?the first
are an pad but toothsome dainty, which
epicures, in this country aa well as else
where, dearly prize; but horses, and
espeoialy snails?theBe aro articles of
diet which the enlightened American re
public has yet to be educated to relish.
Hippophagy,. we have repeatedly ex
plained, is as common in Paris, or
nearly so, as the eating of beef; and
the worn-out steed finds his way to the
abattoir as readily as the milklesa cow
or. stall-fed ox. Hence, as a mere
bonne bouohe he has palled on the
Gallic tasto, educated by swollen geese
livers or decayed salmon rocs; a new
dainty has been sought for, found, and
the basis of the industry which the
production has developed is snails.
There is nothing peculiar about the
m ol louse. It is the overy-day slimy
little object of which ono finds thou
sands in garden b, vineyards, and the
woods. ' Switzerland and the provinces
of Burgundy and Provence are the
places of its cultivation. Throngs of
women and children scour the country,
collect ing the snails in immense num
bers, and depositing them in little
traots of land, inclosed .with simply a
trail of sawdust. This. last tho snail
despises; he cannot cross it, and avoids
its vioinity as a matter of preference.
Therefore, for his confinement it is as
good as a atone wall. After incarcera
tion for two or three days, ho is per
mitted to starve, and then the plot ia
laid out in patches. of turf intersected
by paths of sand. Abovo boards aro
hung to serve as shelter for the snails,
which instinptivoly gather in largo
groups. The food provided consists in
aromatic plants, such as mint, or let
tuoo auTT"iSr1igments of vegetables.
This is fed to thorn three tiffios - a day
in enormous quantities At. t'UMMMtt
night days, the snails becomo cp&rtvi
oh: : e, and be/udea havo attained a very.
suooiilont flavor. Then comos another
period of starvation for several days,
after which transmission to market fol
lows.
Gourmands, it is said, prefer the
snail when taken wild, so long as the
capture is made at a particular period.
After the eggs aro laid in May, tho
molluscs conceal themselves under
stones to avoid tho autumn frosts.
There they heccome perfectly freo from
excretions, and, drawing themselves
iuto their shells, closo up for the win
tor. It is when they aro collected in
this state that their flavor is said to bo
best.
Parisian Balls.
In Paris, when tho sun goes down
and honest people get to bod, queer
things take place. When tho gas is
lighted, aud tho places of amascmonts
open in full blast, curious sights aro to
bo secu. A correspondent, who has
ovidontly been doing bis duty conscien
tiously, skirmishing around tho dark
corners of tho city, has found come re
markable dancing-halls, where Terpsi
chore ovidontly delegates some of her
distant relations to preside over the
festivities, "wnoof the most extraor
dinary of these balls," ho writos, "is
that held in a blind alley, and opposite
the shed whoro the guillotine is
housed ; the habitues nre mostly tho
gravo-diggers belonging to Pero St.
Begnoul, Pore La Chaise cemetery, the
tombstone mob, and tho undertakers'
assistants. The proprietor of the place
is a Spaniard, aud his ability consists
in imitating the weoping of mourners,
aud tho orations delivered at civil inter
monts. There is a ball that charges no
admission fee, but all who participate
in a 'contre dansc' have to pay two
sous each ; tho proprietor, on tho con
clusion of tho dance, encircles the
dancers with a cord, and who pay tho
fee to be liberated, and which also
serves as a noose to drag out recalci
trants. Polkas, waltzes aud mazurkas
are gratis, and short. Tho 'Monsters'
also have their balls in tho Buo des
Flandres; it is here where infant prod
igies and all human phenomena moot;
dancing is sb gonoral ns quarreling, and
jealousy of each other's imperfoction
is tho badgo of all tho tribe. Tho
'Skeleton Man' indulges in a can-can ;
a man with a 'cupalo head'waltzes with
a Wernau bearded like the pard; iu a
quadrille a dwarf has for vis-a-viB tho
woman with 'Ilsh scales' instead of skin;
a kind of iMilly-Christino united mula
tro.ison drowos or drown care in a polka,
tho 'Caoutchouc Man,' has tho power of
developing a dromedary hump, as he
enjoys a mazurka with a Newfoundland
dog. A Cyclop, with his diamond eyo,
aots as master of tho coromouios."
Grapes anb Bixjocsnbss. ? Grapes
aro recommended as a on re for bilious
ness. This fruit, by its ngreeablo acid
ity, so acts on the system as to rolieve
it of its bile, and thus removes the
cause of the symptoms enumerated, and
that is "cure." The immediate cause
of all the discomfort is a "confined"
condition of the system ; the seeds of
the grapes act as an irritant as they
pass along the alimentary canal and
cause it to "water," just as tho eye
?* waters" if a hard 6iibsuiuco touches it.
This watering dissolves the more soli.i
matters contain a :1 in the intestines,
" washes" them out ami the man is
well. Tho covering of the grapes
should bj chowed but not swallowed*.
B AYINGS AKD DftlNGS.
"Good many ch?dren I" echoed a
Missouri tarm/a? as a traveler countod ?
up fourteen ; "I just wish you'd como
up to the graveyard with mo!"
" Mv lecture,".aaid a. Oaiifosaiisr
ator, "will bo brief." A turnip hit
him on tho "divide" at that instant,
and ho announced: "The meeting
stands adjourned I"
Corsets have been the destruction of
art. There are no good models now-a
days, saya the soulptors. When Powers
made his Greek Slave he worked it out
of sixteen different models, and then he
had to go back to tho antique for his
bust.
OabxiYTjB, Euskin, Tennyson, Brown
ing and some other distinguished Eng
lisl imen are reported to have signed a
memorial protesting against tho horri
ble cruelties too often perpetrated un
dor the pretext of scientific vivisection.
Don't tell us any more about tho
good^women of old. An observer who
wrote hundreds of years rigb said :
" Woman is a necessary evil, a natural
temptation, a desirable calamity, a do
mestic peril, a deadly fascination and a
painted ?l."
"I beb very little of you,'* said au
old gentleman at a Louisville ball to a
J'oung lady whom ho had not mot in a
ongtime before. "I know it," was
tho artless reply, 1* but mother wouldn't
allow me to wear a very low-neck dross -
to-night, the weather is so cold."
A good joke is told of a resident of L
Providence, B. I., who, failing to got :
his usual supply of water, concluded
the pipe was frozen, and spent'nearly
a day in endeavors to thaw it out. His
feelings may be better imagined than \
described when ho found that tho water
had been shut off for non-paymont of
water rent*
Seventeen years ago a Louisville
woman was told by a clairvoyant that
she was destined to marry an auburn
haired young man with blue eyes and a
heavy moustache ; that ho would soon
be rich, and that thoy should have two
children?a boy and a girl. She did
marry the auburn-haired man. Thoy
have .five children now, tho auburn hair
has disappeared from tho husband's
IfeMti^uuj^Qjui getting fifteen' dollars a
"Hi! Samuel, has you moved yit V"
inquired ono colored man of another
whom ho mot at the market yesterday.
" No, l'se still in do old place," was
tho answer. " But I war' told dat you
war' gwino to got out ob do neighbor
hood," continuod tho first. "Wall, I
did mako up my mind to, but you see
do family noxt door, and do family on
do corner, and de family 'cross de street,
have left dero wood piles out doors,
and I doesn't desire to change"
A hchooij teacher in Umatilla county,
California, had a protty girl of sixteen
as a pupil. Sho entangled his heart,
aud then crnolly j iltod him. Thoreupon
ho sought revengo. Catching her in a
slight infraction of tho rules, ho swnng
his birch branoh aloft, aud commanded
her to stand up and bo whipped. Sho
ran out of the door and like a deer
across the fields toward homo ; but her
fleetness was of short duration, and tho
angry schoolmaster's hand soon grasped
her arm. Her courage had gone* with
hor wind, and sho offered then and
there to kiss and mako up if ho wouldn't
whip hor. Ho declined to compromise,
lod her back to the school-house, and
flogged her until blood camo through
tholiack of her dress. Her hour of
exultation came whon ska Baw him fined
$50 for assaidt.
A farmer called at tho house of a
lawyer to consult him professionally.
" Is t' Squeor at homo? " ho inquired
of tho lowyor's wife. Ho was answorod
uegatively. After a moment's hesita
tion a thought relieved him. " Mobby
yoursolf can gi' mo information as well
as t' Squeor, as ye're his wife." The
kind lady promised to do so if she
found it 111 her power, and tho other
prooeedod as follows: "Spoaze yo
were an old white moro, nn' I should
borry yo to gwang to mill with grist on
yer back, an' wo should get no fardor
than Stair Hill, when all at onco yo
should back up, and roar up, and pitch
up, aud kneel down backward, and
break yer darned old neck, who'd pay
for yo ? Not I?darn me if I would 1 '
The lady smilingly told him, as she
closed the door, that as ho had himself
settled tho case, advice would bo Biiper
fiuos.
Greece is abont the size of Vermont.
Palestine is one-fourth tho size of Now
York. Hindoostan is more than a hun
dred times as lnrge as Palestine. Tho
Great Desert of Africa has nearly tho
?resent dimensions of tho United
tates. The Bed Sea would roach from
Washington to Colorado, and it is three
times as wido as Lake Ontario. Tho
English Channol is nearly as largo as
Lako Superior. Tho Mediterranean if
placed across North America, would
make sea navigation from San Diego to
Baltimore. The Caspian Sea would
m( ret eh from Now York to St. Augus
tino, aud as wido as from Now York to
Rochester. Great Britain is two thirds
tho size of Japan, ono-twelfth the Biz?
of Hindostan, one-twentieth of China,
and one-twentieth of the United States,
the Gulf of Mexico is about ten times
the size of Lako Superior, and about
as large as the sea of Eamtohatka, Bay
of Bengal, China Sea, Okhoteh, or
Japan Sea ; Lake Ontario would go in
either of them more than fifty times.
Tho following named bodies of water
aro nearly equal in Bizo: German
Ocean, Black Sen, YollowSea; Hndson
Bay is rathor larger ; tho Baltic, Adri
atic, Persinn Gulf and yEgean Sea half
as large and somewhat larger than
Lako Superior.

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