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The Middlebury register and Addison County journal. (Middlebury, Vt.) 1883-1885, January 05, 1883, Image 3

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Tho Old Cottago Clock.
Oh! tho old, old clock of tho housohold slock
Wns tho brifrhtost thinn nnd tho nontoat;
3ta hnnds, thouj(h old, Imd n touch of gold,
And its chlmo rnng still tho swoote.it,
'Twns n monltor, too, tliougli Its words woro
I fow,
Yot thoy livod though nntioni nltorcd;
And its volco, still strong, wnruod old nnd
young,
Whon tho voico of f rlondship fnltored j
' Tick, tiok," it snid " qnick, uulok to bod
For nino I'vo giren wnrning;
Up, np nnd go, orolso you know,
You'll novor rlsosoon in tho morning."
A friondly volco wns thnt old, old clock,
As it stood in tho cornor smiltng,
And biossed tho tiino, -with n inorry chimo,
Tho wintry honrs bcgulling;
Dat n crosA old Toico wns thnt tlrosomeolock,
Ab it cnlled nt dnybronk boldly,
"VY'hen tho dawu lookod grny on tho misty
wny,
And tho ently nir blow coldly;
"Tick, tick," itsnid "quick, outof bod
For five I'vo givcn wnrning;
"You'll novcr hnve henltli, you'll novor got
wcnlth,
Unless you'ro up soon in tho morning."
Still hourly tho sound goos round nnd round,
With n tono thnt censes novor;
"Wliilo tenrs nro shod for tho bnght dnysflcd,
And tho old fricnds lost forovorj
Itn honrt bents on, though henrts nro gono
Thnt wnrmor bent nnd youngori
Its linnds still movo, though hnnds wo lovo
Aro clnspod on cnrth no longer !
"Tick, tick," it snid "to tho chnrcliynrd
bed
Tho grnve hnth givon wnrning
Up, t p nnd riso, nnd look to tho skios,
And prepnro for n henvenly morning."
Christian Ititelligencci:
"ftnnn ATnrrfiTV"
THE STOIIY OF A MISTAKE.
Hising and falHng on tho sparkling
watcrs some two miles distant from u
cotist-line which is tho glory of tho
beautiful Channel Islands, plashing
musically in rythniic consonance with
thc wave-bcat faintly audihle froni tho
bolder-strewn shore, lloats thc Lively
Polly, a taut ltttlo Guernsey flshing
l)oat, occupicd by two nien David
Syvret, its mastcr, and Lionel Ilardy,
ii wandering member of tho grciitr
brotherhood of tho hrush. One of
these, a broad-shouldered and stnlwart
islantler of somo llfty years of age,
whose honcst bronzed fac3 seems to
havo absorbed into itsclf much of tho
sunlight which for nino months of tho
year sheds itself prodigally upon Moulin
Jluet bay, is occupicd in selectingmus
sels from a shining black heap banked
up under tho forward tbwart of tho
hoat, seraping them frco of oar--weed,
and serving theni up as
bait for tho soincwhat fastidious
whiting pout and codling, into whose
cool liaunts, iifteen fathoius below,
tliey are temptingly lowcred. Tho
other, an active, vivacious, resolute
looking young fcllow of fivo-and-twenty,
is lolling back in tlie stern in
a very ecstasy of enjoynient, nirily
jiolsing in his hand a liorn of jco-cold
water drawn from tho fained well of
St. Martin, in which hc lias been
thc bay, and thc boat, and letting liis
cyo roam appreciittively from headland
to headland and rcef to recf.
" And now for our liist totist, David
tho Ouernscy Lily !" ho says, rcvcr
ntly. "Miss Doris, God bless her!" cx
claims David, draining his glass ; and
his young companion, joining him,
.gazes over tho w.tturs, and apparently
ilnding tho Gucrnscy Lily too sacrcd a
ilowcr to bo dilated on, rclapses into a
lreamy abstraction, and remains lost
in thought, whilo David gathers
together tho finny spoil, hauls in tho
kedgo and flnally sets tho mainsail. .
Let Doris liold up her sweet face
nd in all her graciousness be intro
duced to tho gentle reader. Fair and
alhn and beautif ul is tho maiden whom
joung Lionel Ilardy has alluded to as
tho Guernsey Lily; a goddoss among
tho island fisher-folk; hedged in with
i divinity begotten of kindly aetions
and quick sympathies; thc possessor of
a lovo-compelling face, with oyes of
sun-Ilecked hazcl, of a shado as "wherc
tho golden rays strike througli inter
laced branches and penetrate to tho
larkling undergrowth of stem and fo
Jiago; and with lips frdm which pro
ceeds a laugh, pure and fresh, and inu
aical as ono of tho streams which
urglo around tho pobbles of her own
Guernsey water-lanes.
Moulinlluet vilhge liad knownand
Joved her for now closo upon ten years;
for just that jieriod had elapsed since
Dr. Awdry, her father, an antiquarian
4ind scholar, liad lost tho buttor part of
lds fair fortune, and had brought her
over t o settlo in tho island, and to be
oonie the liglit of beautiful, old fash
ioned Jlella Luce farm, tho houso ho
liad nuulo his homo. Thoro Doris
reigned sii)reine and held niimlccourt,
receiving deputations of the villago
children, distributing her bounty, su
perintendingtho daily operations inci
dental to tho maintenanco of two AI
derny cows and a host of shock-headed
chicktns, llitting to and fro in hercrisp
cotton frock among her roses and pieo
teea. Thus at liella Luco sho lived, and
workod, and won tho lovo of all about
her, seeing little of society, yet too
busy in ministering to tho wants of
thoso among whom her lot was east,
4ind attending to her father, to i'eel
otherwiso than content.
And latterly a strango now elemcnt
had entered her life, that seemed likely
to givo it a wider scopu and decper
meanlng. Into tho garden ono sunny
apring day, whcn sho was delving
vith her trowel among tho llowers,
thero had strolled youngLionel Ilardy,
the bearer of a letter of introduction
to her father from somo distant rela
lion: as frank and dobonnairo a vounir
wielder of tho brush and mahl-stick as
had over spoiled a yard of good can
vas. Prom tho hour of that oycatful
mcctlng just four iionths ngo, thcro
had sprting up nn intlmacy betwecn
tho two which now scoined dcstlned
to dlsturb their jieato of mind. Lio
nel had stayed on. ttking up his quar
ters at a neighboring farmhouse, and
feellng it wcek by uck moro dlllleult
to tear himself aw'iy, yet, liappily,
finding with tho weeks an addcd
stimulus to woik, as if his
very bread dopended uion
his labflrs iis, indeol, it nlmost did.
Durlng thoso four npnths, it is scarce
ly nccessary to observc, his steps had
tended frequently toward Della Luce.
Tho doctor, good mai was it becauso
of tho Inornato affo;tion tho young
fellow liad conccivcl for ancient re
mains? had taken to him marvel
ously, and so far fnm dlscouraging
his visits had encounged them. Thus
it fcll out that Doris and ho had secn
much of ono another; and to seomuch
of Doris was to love her.
Lionel was not lonj; in making thls
discovery; and as he lat at work In tho
little room hc had fitted up as his
studio, his brain would often bo busy
in tho evolution of day-dreams. Tliough
tho little income I16 vas making was,
ho knew, painfully diminutivo as in
comes went, he nevertheless d dnotig
nobly rail against forttine.but Bct him
self manf ully to redrow her deliciencics
in so far as regarded himself.
" And if thou lovcst 1110 as I lovo
thee, wo require little else," ho would
say, half aloud, as his hand would fall
to his side, and ho would belid in a
suddcn accession of tenderness over
thc picturo which he was limning
Doris' fair form. "Lovo will make
our cottage pleasant; and I lovo theo
more than life." Hut then ho wasn't
a lord of Burleigh, as lie would a little
ruefully rellect, and tho only acres hc
had to offer her were a few acres of
rathcr indlffcrently painted canvas.
" Jut tho hand, lady, shall grow
stronger as tho days pass onl" hc
would continue, still ajiostrophising
the picturo; and judging from tho
draughtsmanship, it really did begin
to look as if the hand were growing
stronger. The picture borc for titlc
" Good Advice," and was being
painted surreptitiously.
Its subject was tho Lady Doris giv
ing admonition, out of tho fullness of
her experienco of tho world, to her
little handmakl, Lizzie Sy vret, daugh
ter of David, who was about to leavo
her on domestic service in tho great
city of St. l'eter Port Doris, supple,
sylph-like, witli her hazel eyes full of
tvisdom looking well into tho future;
Lizzie, rcverential and receptiVe,' intlio
erispest and daintiest of mop caps,
kerchiefs and aprons; tho two wend
ing their way through the water-lano
which skirts thc garden of Uella Luce;
their setting, a tangled wealth of dog
roso and bramble emblematic, may
hap, of tho thorns to be carefully
avoided in little Lizzie's path.
Uut to return to the Lively Polly,
which, coquetting with each wavelet
as she scatters it into spray, sensibly
nears the shore. David is sitting for
ward, meditativcly pulling a pipo of
honeydew, while Lionel,' with his hand
resting on tho tiller, is directing the
course of the boat, and, judging from
his expression of dreamy abstraction,
is btill lost in tho reverie which con
cerns tho Gucrnscy Lily. Suddenly
addressing his companion, ho exclaims,
soleinnly :
" David, themasterpiece shall be un
veilcd to your eyo tltis evening, The
privato view shall take plaee."
"What, the pictur', sir?" asks
David, removing his jiipo from his
mouth in defercnco to the subject.
"Tho picture, David, tho picturo;
and if your ltttlo daughter and Miss
Doris don't walk before yoti to the life,
why rip tho canvas from the framo
and trice it up as a new top-s'l for tho
Lively Polly."
" Thank'ee, Master Lionel," replies
David, looking well pleased whether
at the invltation to tho privato view or
tho prospect of the new top-sail, does
not appear. After a pausa he adds,
regretf ully: " IIow Lizzie will miss her,
sir 1 "
"Xay, David," says the younger
man, with quick sympathy, "ve
mustn't call ita parting. Miss Doris
will bo often getting over to seo tho
little woman. What, after all, is iivo
miles?"
David slowly withdraws his pipe
from his mouth, and, gazing across to
Lionel with a face which betokens
wonder tempered with incredulity,
gasps out :
" Why, hast thou not heardthe news,
lad?"
"Xews? Xo, what news? IIow
could I? I'vo been staying awtiy nt
Ancresso for tho last two days."
David gives ventto along.low whis
tle, and leans forward :
" Why, tho news is just thls, sir:
Somebody or another that nobody's
over heared on aforo htvs gono and
died, and tho doctor's conio in for
thousands upon thousands o'pouuds!"
ho says, Ia a sepulchrid whisper.
" Thousands and thousands ! As soon
as I heard what folks said, I upped
and iisked tho doctor himself, nnd
'Thousands and thousands, David !'
he says. Them wcro his exact words;
nnd, lor! Mastcr Lionel, how ho did
rub his hands together and laugh ! So
now he'll bo oft with Miss Doris to
London town, I supppse, moro's the
pity; nnd Put your helm down,
Master Lionel; put your helm down !
G-r-r-r ! IHess me 1 if sho hasn't gon6
and jibed 1"
And tho Lively Polly, which had
been llapping her sail ominously to
draw attention to her unheeded tiller,
had swung up to tho wind, and now
lny rolling unconifortably from sido to
side. Itequiring her sheets to bo let go
and hiiuled in beforo sho would con
sent to procoeil on her course, the lit
tle craft dlstracts David's attention
from tho deep effect his news has pro
duced on his young companion; and
thcro is no timo, oven If thero weroln
clinatlon, for queatlons and nnswere,
for after ono moro short boardthebout
Is bcachcd. Leavlng tho task of haul
ing her up to David and a fcllow
llsherman who hnppens to bo stan'dlng
ncar, Lionel hurries off, and tcn min
utcs aftcrward is scatcd In thosolitudo
of his studio, dazed and bowildered,
with a great sorrow clutching at his
heart.
Thousands nnd thousands! Ycs,
thero they were; rcpulsivo In their
coarse, biirbarous glitter, wh'olo btis
tions and battlements of them, form
ing an Impxssablo b'arrier betwecn him
and tho woman ho lovedl
Tho woinnn ho loved 1 Ho stnrted up
from his chair, and rcstlessly crossing
tho room stood beforo tho casel which
supportcdhis recently flnished picture,
and gazed upon her face. Ah, how ho
did lovo her I Ho had novcr quito re
alised how much till then.
Subjected to one of thosc mental
fre.iks by which, with 3trango ovcr
sight of relativo magnitudes, somo
trivlal issuo is temporarily obtruded In
place of offlj of vltal moment, his eyo
became arrested by somo trilling tech
nical omission; and taking up his pa
lette and brush ho proceedcd to rectify
it. Ycs, thnt w:us better, ho rcHected,
tus he letined back and regarded it criti
cally. Whilo ho gazed his thoughts
hurried tumultuously into tho future.
Her father would settlo down in Eng
land; and tho cxigencies of her wealth
would throw her much into soeicty, and
thp old life in tho little island would
fade in her memory till it remained
only as a dream a pkwant dream,
jierhaps, but still a mero dream and
she would grow conventional and
worldly-wisc; tho pity of it 1
A knock at tho door. Ah I hc had
forgotten.
"Tho privato view," ho muttcrs to
himself, with a ghastly attempt at a
laugh. " Come in, David."
Entcrs the (hternsey Lily, and with
folded hands and meek eyes which seek
the ground, says, "Sir Painter, Sir
Painter, I am no David, but a simple
niiiiden, who has just had tidings of
your return, and bearsa mandatefrom
her fiither bidding you come and smoke
a pipe with him over some beautiful,
now, old fossil remains. And tho
chamber of Ulucbeard being invaded,
perhaps he would standon ono side and
let mo giize upon his treasure?"
Tho hazel eyes iire raised demurely,
and tho sunshino of a sniile isligltting
up tho fair petitioner's face.
Iniirticulato from conllicting enio
tions, Lionel stcps silently from before
tho easel and discloses tho picture;
and with a rapturotts little cry of de
light Doris recognizes its subject. For
a moment or two sho stands leaning
forward and gazing intently upon the
canvas; and then, dimpling and blush
iug in her confusion, timorously holds
forth her little hand and exclaims :
"Oh! What am I to say, Mr.
Painter? Can't you find me words to
cxpress my appreciation ? Can't I "
Her eyo suddenly catches the titlo of
tho picture, and she clasps her hnnds.
"Seo !" she cries, " I can give good ad
vice. Let mo promise to give you
good advice whenever you mav ask
lor it."
His forehead is clammy and cold,
and his tongue cleaves to tho roof of
his mouth.
"Tellmo tho news, Doris; tell me
what has happened," hesays, hoarsely,
"The news?" she repeats, sur
prised. " About thls death and thls will," he
blurts out, nlmost angrily.
'" Oh ! haven't you heard ? " she asks;
then, with n laugh which bubbles forth
spontaneously, protests, "It was too
cruel ! "
Cruel ! If she had any intuition of
tho anguish ho was sulfering could
she alluile to the trtigedy in that liglit
way? Ho motions her to a chair, and
with the laughter still daucing in her
eyes and dimpling her sweet face, sho
sits down nnd reeounts.
"Youmust know, Sir Painter, that
many years ngo my dear innocent fa
ther was seized with a passion for
business, and persuaded an equally in
experienced friend to enter into a gi
gantic sciienio with him for supplying
London with iced soda-water at some
abnormally small sum per bottle."
He bows. Yes, he recollects the
doctor having alluded to theschemoin
somo reminiscence.
"Somehow," sho continues, demur
ly, " tho soda-water fell llat. It is a
laughing matter now, but it wasn't so,
by any means, at the time. Poor papa
lost a very large sum of money; and,
what ho l'elt far more. his friend lost a
very largo sum, too. Ho never forgavo
papa except that is, till he died tho
other day." And her face, from which
the laughter had momentarily faded,
agaln beeomes dimpled over with irre
pressiblo siniles.
"I see," niurmurs Lionel, with his
heart, sunk to an abyssmal dejith, feel
lng liko lead. "And so ho camo to
think better of his churlishness, and
now has died and left a will in the
doctor's favor?"
"Yes," whispers Doris.
"Mtulo over thoso thousands and
thousand3 of which David spoko?"
continues Lionel, as if the words would
choko him.
" Dear David ! IIow papa will ex
ult!" niurmurs Doris, with another
irrenresslblo crtircrlo of laiiL'litpr. "Vn
I thousands and thousands," sho as
j sents, lowering her voice in an awo
I stricken whisper.
" Ah ! ho groan3, as his worst fears
are conflrmed.
" Of tho empty soda-water hottles,
you know," sho continues, softly.
" Now, wasn't it too elaborato ; joke,
Sir Painter?"
"What!" ho nlmost shouts, as ho
takea a sudden step forward, tho ro
vulsion of feellng scnding tho blood
coursing liko wildflro through his
veins.
IJut sho has rlsen, nnd Is already at
tho door.
"Hcre's tho dtar legateo como to
look for me," sho says, as she opens it
and takes her father's hand in hers.
" You ahall tell him how David took
his joke, whilo I run nway and look
after tho chairs being taken out into
tho garden. And as to your picture,
Sir Painter hero her musical volco
becamo very earnest and stibdued
"I can't tell you all I thlnk of it; but,
as I said before, if you over should re
qulro any good advice "
Tho rest of the sentenco was lost,
for sho had tripped down tho stairs
and passed out of tho hcuso into tho
summer alr like somo sweet melody.
Then Lionel seizes the astonishcd
doctor by tho hand, and forcing him
Into a chair tells him Irom out the
depths of his heart the story of his lovo
for tho mald Doris. And tho doctor, re
turning the honcst grlp of tho hand,
abruptly asks:
"And you really do tako an Interest,
Lionel, in anclcnt fossil remains ?"
"1 yes, sir; ccrtainlyl" replies tho
bcwildercd lover.
"Then, perhaps, you'll have tho
gomlness, my boy, to rcgard mo in
that liglit," ho says, with a mcrry
twinklo of tho eye, " and Int mo pass
tho few remaining years of my lifo in
your home. 1 mean, If your sult be
succcssf ul, you must tiike up your resi
denco at. Pella Luce; forl ctin't nfford
to part altogether with my little girl."
And then, with feeling too deep for
utterance, Lionel again wrings the
kind hand that is stretched out to
him, and leavlng tho doctor to inspeot
the picture, goes whirling out of the
houso liko a tornado and tears off in
pursuit. It is just at the end of the
water-lane that he overtakes thc ob
ject of his quest, threading her way
daintily among tho dog-roses and
brambles; and thero and then, in a
voico which thrills her gentlo heart
with emotion, hc tells her a talo of an
artist who loved an island niiiiden
with all tho passion of his soul, and
with his arm still round her waist
asks her for good advice as to tho
course the artist should pursue.
AS'hat advice was given is not roported.
llumor says that it camo rathcr indis
tinctly; it being impossiblo for lips to
acquit themselves with anytlting ap
proaching to justice of tw'o tasks at
once. That it must havo been good
advice is, however, cloar; for not only
isthe itrtist allude'' lo making very de
cided headway in his profession," but
he is itlso wedded to the most blithe
some little wife in an island where
blithesomo little wives abound a fact
attested by thc musical laughter which
now conies cchoing from out of thc
shady alcoves of Jlella Luco garden,
and anon ripnnng lrom tlie deck of thc
Lively Polly over tho dancing waters
of Moulinlluet bay.
Flve Million Itasebnlls.
" Ilasebidls are like human beings
you never know what's in them until
you ctitthem open," said Al Peach. tho
old-time second-bitser, asho jilacedone
of his professional leagueballs before a
cireularsaw, and after some little trou
ble halved it. "Thero! What do you
thlnk of that? A great deal of science
andhard workisrequired inthe manu
facture of balls. For instance, the
btill known as ' Heach's professioniil,'
adojited last week by tho American and
the Interstate nssociations, is patented.
Inthocenterisa round pieceof thebest
Para gmn. Then thero is the best stock
ing ytirn. This is stretched first by ma
chinery to its utmost tension. Then
it is wound by hand so tight thaf,
as you sec, it resenibles one solid
pieco of matcrial. Tho wind
ing is done by single strands atatime.
This mnkes it more compact. A round
of white yarn is now put in, and the
wholo covered with a rubber jilastio
eeinent. When this beeomes hard it
preservcs tho spherical shape of tho
ball, and jirovents tho insitlo from
shifting wlien the ball iystruck. You
have seen some balls knocked egg
shaped tho first blow thoy are struck.
Well, with this cement covering that
is impossiblc. Then comes more yarn,
and linally the cover. Tho covering
for all the good balls are mado of
horso-hide. Long experienco has
shown this to be tho best. Cow or
goat-skin will become wrinkled and
wear loose. AVhy, thero is as much
change in the making of baseball3 in
tho last ten years as there is in tho
gamo itself. The sewing on of the
covers is done by hand, and thethread
used is catgut."
No one man makes a ball coniplete.
Ono peTson beeomes prolieient in tho
tlrst winding, then somo one clsc takes
it; another man will fit the cover, but
there are few of the worknien who be
come proficient in tho art of sewing
the cover. A dozen men inthe course
of ii day will turn out about twenty
llvo dozen lirst-class balls, and as n
rulo they niako good wages. Somo
manufacturers put carpet list in tho
balls, but this can easily bo detected
when tho battlng begins, because tho
ball soon loses its shape. Of course,
for tho cheap balls, sueh as the boys
begin with, not so much caro is cxer
cised in tho lnanufncture. They are
made in cups, which revolve by fast
moving machinery. Tho insides aro
mado up of scraj's of leathor and
rubber, and then carpet listing is
wound around tho ball. It takes a
man about ten minutes to turn ono of
tltcso out complete. Tho Hench pro
fessional ball weighs from five to ilvo
and one-quarter ounces, and is nino and
one-quarter inches in circumference.
All tho other balls used by tho profess
ionals and high class amatcurs aro of
tho samo jiroportions. It is calculated
that about ilvo million baseballs aro
mado each year, and theso siro not ex
travitgarit ilgures, when it is consld
ered that upon every vacant lot in tho
largo cities and upon every villago
green in tho country thero aro crowds
of men and boys banging nway at a
ball whenever tho weather permits.
And yet peoplo say tho national g,-mo
isdying out. Philadelphia Jlecord,
Durlng tho past year 160,000,000
pounds cf barbed wiro has been mado
in tho United Statea.
FOR THE LADIES.
Ilnnnrliold Dccnratlrrn.
The latest oyster plates aro of plaln
whlto chlna and represent slx singlo
shclls.
Somcthing new and unlquo in a
Tapnneso teapot comes in tho form of
a dragon.
Hugo candlesticks of brass havo
taken tho placo of llowers for dinner
table dccoration,
Open fircplaces bccomo moro and
moro cxtravagant and have now
rcached the acmo of clegance.
Tlln floors nrn linnnmlnrr nnitn nm.
mon for the kitchen. They aro easily
wasneu, anu u properiy laid do not
wear out.
Anlmals heads, pugs, spaniels.mice,
cats and chicken cocks aro an import
ant feature of many new and odd
decorative articlcs.
A pretty wtill-pockct for a small
parlor or bedroom is mado of two
Japaneso fans joined together at thc
cdges with narrow satin ribbons.
Carnations arca good plant for win
dow decoration. They should be
potted in flno soil, and not kept very
wet, particularly if tho soil is rcten
tive. Yery bright-colored shades on wax
candles for tho dinner tablo should be
avoided, as tho rellection of too much
color is trying to thoso sitting at tho
tablo.
Pretty and incxpensivo scrcens can
be mado by covering an ordinary
clothes-horse with dark felt or plush,
upon which Chinese-crapo pictures
may bo mounted.
Scroll patterns in raised work in
geometrical or arabesque designs are
railldlv fraininrr in tiomilnriti' nnil -u.-ill
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soon take tho jilaco of the popular ar-
r.uieno emoroiuery.
For a pretty lloor covering, but ono
which is very costly, tiiko three eastern
rilL'S of tlie s:illli Ipnirth nnil fnrm fnr
the center, and for tho border usc rugs
oi uiuereni uesigns ana tteeper colors.
A new stvln nf lir.'isq " flritilntru "
stand about three feet from the ground.
anu represent two cliarming women
of tlin sixtppntli rwit.lirv. tlmir pnnimt.
tish lieads emerging from wido rulTs,
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uvi ij luiu itim ui iiiun is ueaun
f ully and correctly molded.
The favorite decoration for plush
covers for sof;i r.alilos nnd clinlr .(irfc
is embroidery of arraseno for the
lietals of llowers. Thn pflVnt. ia wnn.
derfully artistic when the work is well
done.
FaNlilnn Notci.
Tho straight, slender laco pin is
generally worn, but the tendeney of
fashion is toward brooches in odd,
fantnstic shapes.
Alligator-skin stitchels, pockets and
portmonnaies are much used. They
come in all shades of yellow and black,
but pale yellow is the preferred color.
White woolen evening dresses with
accessories and trimmings of colored
or white velvet, plush, brocade satin,
lace and chenille fringes will be much
worn.
Steel buttons as largo as trado dol
lars with ineised figures cut on their
polished surfaces aro used to trim tho
skirt draperies of many imported eos
tiimcs. Tho richest among the new silks are
the ottoman veleurs in heavy wide
renned surfaces with lartru scttirpl
llowers and Ilgures in long pile plush
and velvet.
Plush coats with black braid orna
mcnts loonnd across tho front. niilit.nrv
fashicn, are worn by young ladies over
a variety of skirts, for botli indoor and
outdoor wear.
Liglit silk, of palo sea-green, delicate
pink and lilac aro combiued, for even
ing waro with dark garnet, dark blue,
brown and royal purple velvets with
admirablo effect.
The fancy of tho prescnt moment is
decidedly for monotone costuines, and
whilo combinations of two or more
niaterials in tlie samo dress continue
fashlonablc, theso different fabrics are
in most cises of tho same color. Arery
dark colors aro selected for the street.
Chenille hoods with capes, in black
and in all colors, are most comfortable
for wearing at night or for driving in
cold weather. Tho hoods have white
or hlack lace falling round the face and
aro trinimed with bows of ribbon. The
cape falls to tho shoulder and tho hood
is tied closely under tho chin.
Tho Watteau shoo is for dancing or
full dress ball wear. It is of creaiu
stiede; the too is enibelltshed withsilver
and gold beads in a lloral design. The
bow on top is of cream satin and the
high French heels aro covered with
suedo. Tho stockings should matchthe
shade of tho shoes, and they may be
embroldcred in thc samo designs.
Most attractivo is a toilet of white
Indian silk, with llounccs bordered
with whitu Spanish lace; tho skirt is
mado rather short to show tho little
red satin shoes, with bars across the
foot of the stockings of Spanish lace.
The jacket corsago is of red satin, with
frills and llounces of Spanish lace and
a largo bouquet of white gardenins at
tho side.
Tho tailor-mado tweed coats, with
the colored waistcoat showing below
tho waist in front, aro worn with va
rlous skirts; tho gray ones especially
with reil wtdstcoats overblaclcordark
bluo skirts. A fow white waistcoats
can bo seen, and theso havo gold
bralding and gold buttons. Gen
d'arme, ntivy-blue, black, brown and
very dark dressea show tlieso coats off
to advantago.
A rich and becoming dinner dress
for ii young lady is mado of palo pink
cashmcre, with a tunic nnd bodico of
tho same, and a wldo sash of crimson
velvet drnped above it. Tho under
skirt to ono toilet mado in this man
ner la of crimson velvet, laid in wide
singlo box plalts. To nnothcr, tho
undersklrt is laid in thrco deep klltlngs
of tho pink cashmere, each of tho kilt
ings being ilrst trlmmed nround tho
bottom with bands of crimson velvet
flve Inches deep. Tho botllce is in tho
"Mnrguerito" shape, laced in front,
also of tho pink cashmere, with an
under chemlsetto of crimson velvet,
embroidercd with pink and sllver, and
extending to tho pcak of tho bodice,
where it is mct by a bunch of crimson
roses set Into a largo knot of palo pink
satin ribbons that fall in loops and
ends OVer thn whnln lpntrtli nf tln
sklrt-front. Pink satin sllppers, sllver
t'ruuiiiuuis anu a l'oriia lan ot palo
ulnk ostrlr.ii feathprs. wlMi .i plnotrr nf
crimson roses in tho center, finish thls
very cnarming toilet.
St. Bcrnard Docs.
Among tho most notable of recent
fashlons in largo dogs is tho St. Iler
nard, which has almost suddenly
pnshed its way to tho foreground.
In England it is fast supplanting tho
collle, which has ruled as a prime fa
vorite cver sinco tho Nowi'oundland
dog was dethroned, and perhaps as a
rcsult of thls English fancy tho de
mand for St. Uernards In this city is
growing. " It is but lately that dogs
of this kind havo been asked for,"
said a prominent dealer to ,a reporter
for tho Mail and Exprcss, '" but they
are very scarce. Only people of means
can nfford to own them, for they rango
in price mind, I speak only of the
genuine breed f rom $500 to $3,000.
Even puppies sell for $200. Xow,
thero is a ilne eightcen-month-old fel
low," he said, as a large, splendid-look-ing
dog walked majestically into the
room. That dog knows as much as a
majority of men. I havo a regular
bed for him and at night he puts
his head on a pillow, 1 cover him
up with a blanket and ho sleeps just
like a baby. AVorth much? I ask
$2,000 for him and 111 wagcr his equal
cannot bo found on this sido of tho
Atlantic."
There are two varicties of the St.
Uernard, roitgh-eoated and sinooth
coated, both having the same charac
teristics except in the length of tho
hair. The points supposed to bo the
distinguishing marks of a genuine St.
Bernard are: A tawny orbrindle color;
a clearly-marked line'up the face and it
similar one around the neek, and a iull,
sqiiiiro head. These nnimals are very
intelligent and seem to be endowed
with the instinct of saving life. Their
attachments are very strong. They re
quire plenty of room for exercise.'and
fitnciers asertthat a dog of thisspeeies
raised in the country whero ho can
have plenty of exercise, will grow to
a much largcr stature than one raised
in the city.
Among the owners of St. Uernard
dogs in this city is Samuel J. Tilden,
whoso Askhiin, one of tho rough
coated species, has carried away many
jirize. M rs. 1). P. Foster, of South
Fifth avenue, is the owner of Turco, a
tawny brindlo rough-coated St. Uer
nard, five years old, who was imported
from the St. Uernard Pass, and who is
consideretl one of the best specimens
of his species in thls country. Her
man Clausen i tho own er of 'Uarry, a.
tawny rough-coat imported from Lu
ccrne, who is valued at $500. II. II.
Uitxter, of Fifth avenue, owns a splen
did fiiwn-colored, smooth-coat dog, Ilvo
years old, nanied Turk, and H. M. Hoar,
of East Fifty-sixth street, is the posses
sor of a tawny rough-coat, three years
old, called Hover. John P. Ilaine?, of
Tom's lUver, N. J.. is anoted iu'mirer
of St. Uernards. His Don. an orange,
tawny and white siiioth-coat,'is a
splendid animal, gentle and jdayful as
a kitten. His owner values liim at
$1,500. New YorkMail amlExjtress.
Tlie fiold Product or Californio.
AVo clip what follows from an arti
clc in the Centuryan " Ilydraulic Min
ing in California," by Taliesln Evans ;
The gold product of Ciilifornia from
tho discovery of tho precious metal by
James W. f;irshnll, in tho tail-race of
Siitter's Mill, .Tanuary. 19, 1848. to
.Tuno 30, 1881, amounted to $1,170,
000,000. Of this sum $900,000,000 is
estimated to havo been extracted from
tho auriferous piacers. Tho remainder
represents tho yield of gold quartz.
mines, of which tho State contnins
many. Tho vearlv product of g'old in
California is from $15,000,000 to $20,
000.000. From the diito of discovery
to 18G1 inclusive, tho gold product of
California aggregated $700,000,000
derived chietly from the modern
river beds and shallow piacers. A
largo proportion of tho remaining
$200,000,000 has been obtained in tho
deep gravel deposits by tho hydraulio
niethod. Strango as it may appear an
industry which has contrlbuted so
largely to tho wealth of the world.
and has been the means of the settle
nient and dovolopment of California,
has reaehed a period in its hlstory
when it is claimed by a largo portlon
of tho comniunity to bo a greater ovil
than blessing, and the questlon pl sup
pressing the hydraulic methodof gold
mining has been the subject of earnest
discussioii in and out of the hiills of
legislation. Tho law has been Invoked
to suppress or control it. Even tho
State, through its attorney-general,
has commenced a suit to suppress its
Tho trouble grows out of the umuenso
amount of debris which thehydraulits
miners aro dischargingconstantly into
tho water-courses of tho State.
Tho State of Wisconsin owes $2,250,
000, its counties $1,709,000, and its
towns, villages and school dlstricts
$6,410,000, making a total of over $10,
000,000. Of tho town and counts debts
over $4,000,000 represents railroad aid,
and tho schemes forwarded wero in
many cases swlndles. Tho tax valua
tlon of property in tho Stato is n llttlo
less than $500,000,000, which Is snp
posed to be something more than hai
the actual value.

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