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As the "Wind Blows,
The wind blow* north, the wind blows south,
The wind blows east and west;
Bt matter h <w the free wind blow,
|EL ^ '% K-oaie ship will find i^best;
Some one out on the wide, wide sea
i / Scouts with a happy air,
jjjffok V Ho! shipmates, ho ! set all the sails.
The wind is blowing fair!
|8L One f-hfp sails out into the east,
Auother to the west;
HL * One has to struggle Serce and hard,
R-*' By winds and v. aves oppressed,
rjov ~ Hare masts, tosjed to and fro,
n ??cu(l salt spray wet;
The other flies before the gale
With all Ler white sails set.
"" Oh, wind, Oh, wind, why dostthon blow, |
And out to ocean roar,
When I would s'eer my little'bark
k Toward some pleasant shore ?
What hon'-r will it be to thee
8F If down beneath the wave
My simple craft an i I shall find
A cold, forgotten grave ?"
" Oh, foclish on?, why wilt tho u ateer
Against tne mighty gale ?
|jt T&p re are ten thousand ships afloat
Besides thy tmy saiL
K} If thon would float o'er pleasant seas,
|K' " Oppose my will no more ;
W WLen I b'ow shoreward, then do thou
Sail also to the shore."
Yet if thy will wi:h mice must strive,
Do thoa the best thou can;
Again>t my might set all thy skill,
rara- And fight me like a man.
Keep by the wheel, steer steadily,
Keep w*tch above, below ;
p- Sach hearts v: < oiake the ports they seek
2io matter what winds blow.'*
?Harper's Weekly.
Harrison Day was an old bachelor.
Not .-o very old either?only a little way
into the thirties. But why he was a
bachelor at nil, the Lord only knows?
I don't I'm sure; for he was one of the
most domestic men living, and loved
notLisg b=tter tLan a cozy hone fireside,
w:th a friend or two to help him
- eiijoy it.
" v He was not excessively bashful, and
he v. as quite able to afford the expense
or a nome. 'inougn, xor inat master,
Wp many a -young mail has found it costs
less to keep two than it does to keep one
sometimes. He *as quite popnlu: in
society, and he migbt have suited him- '
seif if be chose?but he didn't choose. 1
Perhaps the main reason was that he ^
w had such a comfortable home with his
brother; lor ever since George Day
married pretty Sallie Saow, Harrison
P. had boarded with them. And Sallie
took such good care' of him and his
traps that he never felt the want of a 1
That's the way with a man?if every- J
thing keeps tight and tidy, he can do
Tery well by himself; but once let things 5
yet at sixes ?nd sevens (generally at ,
about sixties and seventies under mascu- '
_ line rule) and straightway he Jooks
around ior a "woman to straighten them j
| However, be the reason what it may, 2
jjjter:; Harrison Day was a bachelor, and so he
J^^t, jxiighr have been to this day, if the fates '
I v iad not sent Mrs. Sallie a visitor one
B. smrm- r in the >hape cf a plump, sweet
B& liitle sehooka'an, with cheeks round ,
and rosy as a Jane apple, and lovely 1
twowit hair, which was neither4 'banged"
nor Yimtd with hot irons into a state j
JEHK?*"~r'of ;.at.iy mnssiness, nor yet worn in a
fc hombie "lunatic fringe/' but simply j
rolled rack in soft, smooth loops and
braids such as many a New York belle (
Wcuid j,ivu half her diamonds to have
by natural right on her own head.
This preitv little schoolma'am was ,
called Lanra Wilson, and it fell out that
Mrs. Siilie?George being away from ,
home?asked her brother in-law to meet
MifS Wiisoc at the depot on the day
when see was espected to arrive.
ITiirr'?on <rd not altogether fancy this
task. But he could not be disobliging ?
to his gocd little sister, so he marched ^
^ to the ) ail way station like a hero.
2^ When the train came in there were
enly three .aiy passengers. One was a j
^ ~ lav^e. benevolent looking old woman
Pt with a basket?couldn't be she. The ]
next was a pretty school girl in brown?
couldn't be she either. Ba5 the next ]
was a tall, angular female, with glasses
and a most lerritic {'pull-bsck."
?;The beau ideal of a schoolma'am!
Couldn't she flourish a birch rod in
snnerb style !" mentally observed Sar
rison. '
U pen that he walked out on the platR
form, and addressed the lady with the
grandest bow. ]
"I presume I address Miss Wilson?"
^ The lady drew back and said, rig- j
* Sir, yen presume too far. I have not '
the honor of your acquaintance.'' ,
^ She passed on, and Harrison drew
r back somewhat abashed, when the pretty (
schoolgirl touched his arm. ,
"I a in Miss "Wilson. Did Cousin
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rSaliie >end yon to meet me, sir 7" she
said, ia a sweet clear voice.
Hirrison assured her he was sect
most agreeably surprised to find this
dear little thing was his sister's guest,
and took her checks to get her baggage.
They were soon 011 their way to George's
in a carriage, and Harrison used his
e^es so well as to discover that Miss
L-iura had the finest eyes and the
softest white hand he had ever seen, in
a-jdition to her other beauties.
In s-hort, he made up his mind at
once to like her. And before she bad
v>oon lift's cnest three weeks, he had
taken the steps from liking to sometime
a little higher, and was more than
haif in love her.
Saliie and George saw the turn things
|^J? were taking, and were quite delighted :
at the idea of having Laura for a sister.
^ Bat they did not interfere until Har- :
rison seemed so slow to show the
pieference they were sure he felt,
that Mrs. Sallie was moved to help him
a bit.
One afternoon Laura had gone out
l for a while alone. Mrs. Sal lie thought
jj^ - if she got away too, and left Harrison
to meet Laura on her return, the tete-atete
which mast naturally follow, might
bring about good results. Any way,
she resolved to try. Putting baby
Charley to sleep for his afterimon nap,
^ . -which was usually a long one, Mrs. Sillie
has'.ily dressed for a walk, and going in
Bflg where Harrison sat reading, she said,
in Ler most engaging way: *
mgL '-Harry, I lind I am obliged to go out
on an errand. Won'_t you watch baby
rfcr a little while ? He is asleep, and
will only need a litte jog of his cradle
ecw and then."
Hsrrison readily promised, and drew
his chair near Charley's cradle, resuming
his book. Mrs. Sallie went straightway
down to her husband's office, and confided
ber plans to him; whereupon, he
wckedly conspired with her to set a
still stronger trap for Harrison's unwary
Therefores the office boy was dispatched
to i he house with a note, tel
ling Harry that George and bailie were
detained a while on business, but Laura
* tit II gt%A V??> act VtAT*
to bare the kindess to give himself and
lK. Charley a b.t of supp&r (she would fiod
all things ready in the panrrv) and take
Mfc? care of them until they could get home.
Mr. Hariison was disposed to grumble
at this news, aad wondered what
.he business could be -which would
keep Sal1'*?, too. E t there was no
help for i:; and Charley's voice from
Dr^ the cradle recalled him directly to his
share of the Unties, so he went obediently
in the sitting-rcom
The little chap had waked in a good
humor, and Harrison deemed it policy
to keep him so. He sat down upon the
floor and gave him Sallie's photograph
i album to play with. When he got tired
! of that he was -supplied with a pin|
cnsbion full of pins, and the scissors.
I Luckily he did not kill Himself with
these, and Mr. Harrison next presented
him with Sallie's best bottle of cologne.
This kept him' quiet a few minutes.
Then he began to fret, and though Harrison
offered him every available article
in the room, he would have none of them,
"Well, I can't think of anything else
to please you, except the oil lamp or
the hatchet," cried Harry, as he began
to walk up and down the floor with his
troublesome charge. "I do wish Miss
Wilson would come, since your mother
won't. I'm sure I don't know what to
do with you."
But Charley was tired and hungry,
and began to squall most unmelodious
by, and the more ins distressed uncle
tried to soothe him, the harder he
"What on earth is a fellow to do with
you ? 'cried poor Harry, in utter despair.
"What do young ores eat, anyhow?
Bread and mil?? Maybe he's
hungry. Let's go down stairs and see
?? ,e_j r ?:~u *t,~ T ?J
wiiab we u2ui uiiu. jl wish lv luu juuiu
Laura would come!"
Down stairs they went, but milk they
could not find, and Charley would not
eat without is. At last unable to please
the child with anything, the disgusted
bachelor took the sugar bowl and sat
down to feed'the child the sugar, keeping
up a relentless trot, trot, trot, by
way of helping the sugar go down.
"There! eat, if it kills you I" he
cried, dabbing a spoonful into the baby's
mouth. "Good Lord! talk about women
going off to vote and speechify, and
look what a hullaballoo it kicks up when
one of them goes out for an hour. There I
eat, you little imp. I do 'sish to gracious
Laura "Wilson would come."
Immediate upon the invocation,
Laura appeared in the dining-room
door, with a comioal smile on her pretty
?rts\s\ of r\AQlflAn
ia\/0 C* U VUX UV1V O |/vuiV!VU?
Harry dropped the sngar bowl, and
nearly dropped the baby, af he arose
ard aw&wardly tried to explain the
"That's a pity! But they'll come as
soon as they can, no doubt. And new
I'm here we shall do very weJl," said
Miss Laura. "Let me take Charley.
Come, baby, come."
She held out her pretty hands, and
Charley, who was very fend of her,
sprang to them with a crow of delight,
cuddled down on her soft shoulder at
once. She knew where the milk was,
J J J." TIT?
brought a cap of it, and then watched
her with admiring eyes as she ied the
hungry child so daintily.
" Now we will go upstairs, and he'll
go right to sleep. You see, I know his
regular habits, which makes a difference,"
she said, with a smile at Harry,
which made his face flush uaaccountibly.
In a few minutes Laura had Charley
fast asleep, and in a few more Mr. Harrison
was seated at a cozy supper-table,
sphile she poured his tea. He thougnt
tie should not object to "just such aa
urangement in general, and there was
\ little flutter of embarrassment about
Laura which made her exceedingly
After supper Harrison returned to the
jitting-room, where Laura soon joined
turn. He watched her as she sat beside
:he lamp with some pretty, light work,
md, before long, the sweet home pic
:ure stirred his heart so deeply that he
;ook a strong resolution to secure it for
lis own.
" Why don't George and Sallie
some ? " he said, by way of beginning a
"I hope nothing alarming detains
;hemt" said Laura.
" I hope not. I'd go down and see,
i>ut I don't like leaving you alone."
" Go, if you lihe. I Bhall not be at
ill afrai<?"
" No, ? don't like. They will surely
jome soon, anyhow. My gracious, Miss
Laura, I was having an awful time when
fou came."
*' So I perceived," said Laura, laughhg
a little at the recollection of the
;unny figure he cut. "I'm sorry I did
iot hasten home sooner. I wouid
lave done so if I had known you needed
"i wonder if I don't need you always.
Will you come as readily if I do?" said
Elarry, suddecly.
Laura looked up in surprise, and her
jweet face flushed deeply. Harrv rose
nstantly, crossed over, and stood close
;o her, saying, gravely:
"I am in deep earnest, dear Lauro- I
TTQ-nf frt orvan^ ell f.hft fast lr?f t*V life
rrauu wv duwuv v?*v V(? - _
frith you. May I ? "
"But you have known m.e such a
iittle while," said Laura sending closer
Dver her work.
"Long enough ?o learn to love you,
though 1 think I learned that the first
"No sure* than think?" asked Laura,
half loosing up with a blush and an
irch glance.
"Yes, a thousand times surer!" cried
3arry, ardently, dropping on one knee
jeside her. "I know I did! Will you
lave me, Laura?"
I dare say Laura answered "Yes."
;hough Harry's shoulder hid her face so
jompletely that nobody cculd have
hnt himself, and I can onlv guesa
it her answer; for when George and
Siliie came in a little later, they surprised
a most interesting tableau, and
jne which delighted them, for it proved
:hat 'heir little scheme had not failed,
ir.u convinced them that Harrison Day's
bachelorhood was almost ended.
Xedical Value of Vegetables.
A celebrated cook book discusses the
medical valae'of vegetables as follows :
Asparagus is a strong diuretic, and
forms part of the cure f^r rheumatic
patients at such health resorts as Aisles-Bains.
Sorrel is cooling, and forms
the staple of that soupe aux ktrbes which
a French lady will order for herself
after a long and tiring jonrney. Carrots,
as containing a quantity of sugar,
are avoided by some people, wmie |
others complain of them as indigestible. J
With regard to the latter accusation, it
may be remarked,iD passing, that it is the
yellow core that is difficult ol: digestion
?the outer, a red lo.yer, is tender
enough. In Savoy the peasants have
recourse to an infusion of carrots as a
specific for j aandice.
The large sweet onion is very rich in
those alkaline elements which counteract
the poison of rheumatic gout. If
slowly stewed in weak broth and eaten
with a little Nepaul pepper, it will be
found to be an admirable article of diet
for patients of studious and sedentary
habits. The stalks of eatuir.cwer aaye
the same sort of valae, cnlj too often
the etalk of a cauliflower is so ill-boiled
and unpalatable that few persons woald
thank you for proposing to them to
make part of their meai consist of bo uninviting
an article. Turnips, in the
same way, are often thought to be indigestible,
and better suited for cows and
sheep than for delicate people ; but
here the fault lies with the ccok as much
as with the root. The cooi bojls the
turnip badly, and then pours some butter
over it, and the eater of such a dish
is sure to be the worse for it. Try a
better way. What shall be said about
nnr lottnce? The r>lant has a slight
narcotic action, of which a French old
womaD, like a French doctor, will finow
the value, and when properly cooked it
is really very easy of digestion.?Medical
In summer the professional swimmer
is up to his eyes in business.
Finely Tempered Swords.
The art shewn in swoid-making was
not bj any means confined to beautiful
forms and"elaborate ornamentation. Tne
greatest skill was exercised in the manufactnre
and tempering of the blade,
which, in the days when swords were
not only worn but used, was more important
than any other part of this
weapon. In Europe, the sword manu
factnrers of Spain first began to have a
reputation lor producing worK 01 superior
qaality, and the armorers of Toledo
stood foremost among their countrymen.
A "Toledo blade" was considered to be
a weapon of great value, and, even
now, when we wish to speak of something
remarkably fine-tempered and
sharp, we compare it to one of iLese
swords. The peculiarity of the Toledo
blade was not only its extreme bardness,.
which enabled it to receive and retain
the sharpest and most delicate edge,
but its elacticity, which allowed it l;o be
bent without being broken. Some of
the most famous of these swords could
be bent so that the points touched the
hilts, and yet they would spring ba-jk to
perfectly straight line. It is said that, in
Toledo, sword-blades have been seen in
the cutlers' shops coiled in boxes like
watch-springs, and although they might
remain in this position for some time,
they would become periectly stra ight
wlion fat-on rvnf OfcViAr in
Europe were also famous for producing
good swords. Many excellent weapons
were made in Italy, and Andrea Fer. -ara,
the Italian sword-maker, who has >een
mentioned before, was better known
throughout Europe than any other of
his craft. To possess a genuine Ferrara
blade was considered a great thing by
ths nobles of France and England.
Bui. it is to the East that the world
owes the production of the most finely
tempered swords it has ever seen; and
the steel of Damascus has been celebrated
for many hundred years as sajerior
to any other metal that has ever
been made into sword-blades. Even
the cutlers of Toledo doubtless owed
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tneir sum to me mours, wnu uruuisuL
from Damascus the art of mailing
bladeis that were as hard as diamonds,
as sharp as razors, and as elastic as
Wonderful stories are related of
these Damascus swords. We have
I been t old that with one of them a mll!
grown, sheep could be cut in half at a
[ single blow, a heavy iron chain could
be severed without turning the
delicate edge of the sword, and a g?;uze
veil floating in the air could be cut
through with one gentle sweep of the
glittering blade. These wonderful
scimitars are not manufactured riow,
but their fame has exceeded that of any
Ablt am wnn A C iVl AtW OH/? If * O
U UUCr vroapuii UI tncii nmuj tuau iu 10
quite certain that their extraordinary
excellence "has not been exaggerated.
It i3 probable that the workers in steel
of the present day might be able to discover
the peculiar methods by which
rhe Dimascus steel was made, but as
there would be little use or demand for
the blades after they bad been 'produced,
ic is not likely that their manufacture
will be attempted. We should
consider, however, that although the
presert age is pre-eminent as an inventive
and manufacturing period, there
are seme things which have been produced
by the ancients and the artificers
of the middle ages which we of the
present day have not been able to equal.
It is possible, therefore, that our steelworkers
mijiht never be able to make a
Damas cus blade, even if thej wanted to.
Some of the swords of Japan are said
to possess wonderful qualities of hard
ness and sharpness. The story is told
that if one of these celebrated blades is
held upright in a running stream the
leaves floating gently down with the
current will cut themselves in two
when they reaeh the keen edge of the
But these Japanese swords, some of
which <">> held in such hi,?h esteem
that e worshiped, and temples
were *,.'* . their honor, were only
hare an- ha ,; they had no elasticity,
they nOi ^oh bend and they might
breal. ... u in this respect they were far
inferior to the splendid scimitars of the
Moors and Saracens.? fSt. Nicholas. (
The Woods Craze.
The guides through the-^'ea^ w^er"
ness of the ssuthem ""?hame3? h?7e
w^v. to cott ,-<iat they call the
^oodrcraze.',ViTiie most 6IPert hanter,they
de^ure' *s become suddenly
ly^ddered in the interminable j
fore?40' and once having lost his reck onis
seized with a kind of frenzy.
Henry Forde records the same fact in
its relation to travelers through the
mountains of West Virginia.
" The most experienced woodsmen,"
he writes, "are subject to these
injuries ; the arguments of companions;
the position of the sun ; observations
of known land-marks, fail to convince
them of their whereabouts. They
simply are lost in mind as well as in
body."' Old woodsmen usually recover
in a short time, but men unused to vast
wilderness have been known in their
madness to fly at sight of parties sent
to rescue them, and to bury themselves
m tne tmcsets, wnere ^nev starve to
death. Catlin was told by the Indians
that a man lost on the prairie invariably
travels ia a circle, moving to
the left. An old hunter who
lived nearly a century ago
in Western Virginia, and left an antibiography
behind him, fall of adven
ture and keen observations, telis us of
a madness which seizes the hunter after
long pursuit of his prey, and which he
calls the "deer fever." "I have gone
for two days and nights through the
deep enow, stripped to my hunting
shirt and absolutely without food," he
says, *c and neither felt cold nor hunger.
I was burning inwardly, and as
everyDOay snows, a mau never carts iu
e?t when a fever is upon him, and is
stronger then tban any other time."
These random facts are worth notin?,
as they really index important truths
in the science of the miad and its ail
ments. The rancheros in New Mexico
and the cowboys of Arizona] have
some curious traditions and cnstoms,
which are founded upon natural laws
that are bnt little understood. One of
these is their belief that isolated cattle
can and do find their way to their birthplace
across the plains if released after
a journey of hundreds of miles upon a
railroad tram. Tins is alter an no
more singular than the coming back of
fish to spawn in their native waters, a
phenomenon which occurs every year.
They return even as far as from the
Gaif of Mexico, to some obscure little
stream in Kentucky.?Youth's Cornpan
Bow the Italians Embalm.
The principal Italian embalmers
heep their process a secret, although
the chief steps are well-known. First
cold water is injected through the
whole eirculatory system until it issues
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i quite ciear. mis wac ao iuu^ ao
five hours. Alcohol is then injected,
for the purpose of abstracting ail the
water fr?. m the body. This is followed
by ihe injection of ether, to dissolve out
the fatty .matter. This injection is carried
on several hours?in thin subjects
for two, in very fat ones for even as
long as ten hours. After this a strong
solution of tannin is slowly injected,
and full time is allowed for its soaking
into all the. tissues; this takes from
j two to five hours. Lastly, the b )dy is
! exposed for from two to five hours to a
| current of warm air, whichispreviouf.lv
! dried by passing it over a heated
chloride of calcium. The body can
j then be preserved for any length of
i time without undergoing change, and is
; 3s hard as stone.?[London Lancet.
The Story Told bv tin Indian fo His White
Friend i n N ew York.
Going up Broadway last week with a
friend from the West, we met a halfbreed
Indian coning down the street
near the postoffice, and I was surprised
to hear my friend axclairc :
way, naiioo, i>im, wu? urc tuu
doing in New York?"
Leaving the two talking together at a
warm w:ndow in the postoffice, I took a
stage and rode home. He was a poor,
common-looking fellow, that hali
breed, with thin, worn clothing, onl;?
distinguishable from the ordinary tramp
by his tall, lithe form, long, black hair,
; dark face and piercing black eyes, and
I wondered why my high-toned friend
had stopped to renew acquaintance with
that link of two races. Three days
later I met my friend and remarked :
"Well, Will, that Indian didn't get
your scalp ?"
"No. Let me tell you something (
about him,"
' All "
"I met him first at A'oidene, Kaa.; ho
was our guide in a surveying party,
Saved Wy life one night."
"From a rattlesnake; the deadly
reptiles are the constant menace of sarveying
parties; in measuring off land
you suddenly hear under your very fee!;
in the thick grass the blood-curdling
warning, and you must immediately
jump or be bitten; but at night they
will actually crawl under your blanket
and lie up elos? to you to get warm.
That is your terrible and unconscious
danger; move hand or foot and they
bury their deadly fangs in you. The
only way to keep them out of a tent is
to surround it with a horse-hair lariat,
laid in an unbroken circle on the ground;
they will not crawl over it, the iiau
sclatches them, or perhaps they mistake
it for their mortal enemy, the black
snake. But to the story: One night,
in the bright moonlight streaming into
the tent, Jim saw a rattlesnake crawling
over my neck, and just as 1 moved, he
caught it by the tail, quick as lightning,
and. flung it through the tent door.
Poor fellow, he was hungry the other
night, and I took him over and ordered
a first-class suppei for us both, and he
told me a little incident that went right
down to the bottom of my heart. He is
only a poor half-breed outcast, but he's
true as steel, and when they come >o
make up jewels at the last day for the
great crown, I think there'll be some
tiling stiming m nia nears tnat may give
poor Jim a chance. This is what he
told me: He had been away West to
see his old indiaa mother, who lives
with her tribe, and was returning across
the plains on his pony when, one day,
about half-way between Denver and
Fort Wallace, he saw a wagon in the
distance whose owner appeared to have
gone into camp. Biding toward it, he
was surprised to seo no horses in sight;
and going still nearer, he saw a woman
sitting on the ground crying as if her
heart would break At her breast she
held a poor, hungry-looking little baby,
which was seeking nourishment from a
source which was evidently fast failing
for the want of food. It was a pitiful
scene ; the woman's husband lay dead
in the wagon and tie horses had broken
loose and gone in search of food, while
not a spark of fire was left and not a
bits of food. The woman, or rather
girl she might have been called, she was
so young, told a sad tale of suffering
and destitution.
She had married against the wishes
and commands of her father, who lived
on a comfortable farm near Concordia,
Kansas, and after a year of deprivation
and toil with her husband, on a farm he
had rented a few miles from her father,
they had decided to go farther West
and had started in their wagon with al'
they possessed in the world,
a little baby one or twr> <. For
a few weeks thev
the weather was E a
f , j ^>aQajmt for the horses.
Thev thf^5?*1 into 11 Bter^e regi?n and
becaT*" l08ti on P13^6- w^er?
^ after day they had driven round in
i circle; then her liusband was taken
sick and suddenly d ied two days before
Jim found them, and in despair she had
^iven up all hope and sat down to wait
for death to take her and hei pitiful
"Jim had plenty of jerked meat with
him and some coff?e and other little
articles oftood, and he actually tnrned
ronnd to hide ?is toars, he said, when
he saw that poor half-starved creature
eat. He wasn't the man to leave that
woman alone out there, so he stood by
her and her baby, pat them on his pony,
abandoned the wagon after buryiDg the
dead, and at her request started with
them for her old home, walking and
leading the pony, and occasionally killing
some game on the way with his
trnsty Spencer rifle. The weather was
gradually growing colder, until at sundown
of Tuesday they reached the
locality of her old home a few flakes of
orirtTi? Hoertm t.n fall, it was there that I
the woman made a fatal mistake. Instead
of having Jim go with her to her
father's house, she had him leave her
within half a mile of the farm, thinking
she could better effect a reconciliation
with her father if she returned home
alone. So parting with Jim. under his
promise to come to her father's the next
morning, she trudged along the old,
* 1 *? ? ? J ott/3 Tim rndfl ntlf. of
lauiumr wiu i.iuuo auu u IU. ?
sight toward the village, when he saw
her reach her father's door. Poor girl,
he didn't see her father spurn her from
the door; he didn't see her turn her
weary foot-steps ont into the coming
snow-storm and wander heart-broken
aod desolate and aimlessly down the
road into the darkness; he didn't hear
the cry of the little miserable, freezing
baby at her breast; he didn't hear her
wail of anguish; he didn't see the white
snow weaving its mantle of eternal
silence over her and the little dead
baby by the roadside; bnt there he
found them the nezt morning with the
snow heaped over them, a frozen smile
Kzv* ftna and nrasniriff fchA head of her
homeless babe to her homeless breast
Did I say homeless ? Oh, no, they had
gone home to that father who had heard
their pleading voices, and their cold
hands knocking at the gates of pearl."?
[Detroit Free Press.
Controlling Dreams.
A Frenchman has recently made
some carions experiments upon himself,
and as a result has announced to
the world that it is possible to control
dreams and make "Jiem either pleasant
or otherwise. His method is to stimulate
the brain through the agency of
heat, aad to place the body in certain
positions. He finds that by bandaging
; his head with a layer wadding nis
dreams always become sane and intelligent.
As regards the position of the
body, the results, so far as the nature
of the dreams are concerned, are varied.
For example, when he lay upon his
back he experienced luxurious and sensorial
dreams. To sleep on the right
side brought him dreams which were
absurd and full of exaggeration, and
which brought old matters vividly back
to his mind. While lying on his left
side the exaggerated character of the
I visions disappeared. They became
sensible and intelligent, and recalled
more recant experiences. The phenomenon
of speech in slumber was also
more aot to be noted while the body
I >. j in thia postnre.
A Florida paper estimates that there
I are 165,000 orange trees in that State,
i and tbe prodnct of this year is 50,000,i
000 oranges. That is one for ecch inj
habitant of the Union.
An observer says that toads will eat
bees greedily.
Most kinds of sandstone are nearly as
porous as loose sand.
Nine million eggs were fonnd in
examining a tingle bee.
In Bnrmah children are to be seen
smoking in their mother's arms.
It is 6aid that Coleridge wrote his
vnaama (( Vioti '' in o /Iroaivi
-Li.Li.UlCi UUOU a-j. a m&caiLLJ.*
Isaac D'Israeli claims to have introduced
the term " fatherland" as an
English word.
We judge ourselves by what we feel
capable of doing, while others jadge ue
by what we have already done.
The sense of smell may be made for
the time more acute by filling the
month with very cold wa:er.
Good coral is worth live times its
weight in gold, and the finest pink
coral is worth $600 an ounce.
Victor Hugo says that English
statistics prove four robberies out of
five to have hunger for their immediate
It is said that no other oity in the
United States records so many deaths
frnm the use of ch?i~o*oim _ Cin?!
tinnati. *
"The expressions 'bogie' and 'cowcatcher'
are not American. The former,
is. called the 'truck*-and the latter the
European diamonds are few and
smali. OdIj abont seventy were gath
ered in twenty years, at the foot of the
Ural Mountains, and one has been found
in Bohemia.
When the German empress travels in
summer the roof of herraijroad cariiage
is covered with a layer of turf, which is
watered frequently during the day as a
device to keep her cool,
Venice and Amsterdam are the cities
of bridge?. The first has 450, the last
Son. T inn don has 15'. Vienna 20 find
Berlin will soon have 50. Altogether,
the most beautiful and striking bridge
in Europe is that over the Moldau at
Prague. i
Hunting the Sea Otter.
The great majority of the sea otter
bkins wh ch now come into the market
are eecared in Alaska and while a portion
of them are g^hered by white
hunters, yet a very large ps.rt are taken
by natives, the Aleuti It is true that
many of these, especiallv the youDg
men, have learned to "use the riria with
success, yet their chief modes of hunt
ing the sea otter still are entirely different
from those already described.
They kill them by Vspear surrounds"
and by "clubbing" A "spear surround"
is preeminently aa abor
iglilaJL ili-iaxi, aiiu i ivo uild uatn
in imagination to the days of
old. It recalls tha hunting scenes
portrayed on the moiuments of E*ypt
and Assyria. Tbe weapon is a bone
spear, barbed, and srt into the end of a
long wooden pole, from which it is
easily drawn ont by Ihe straggles of the
animal wcnnded wifti it, but to which
it is still attached by a very strong cord
of considerable length. When the
otter, therefore, is itrack, the spearhead
is held by the .barbs fast in the
flesh; he plunges tofscape, pnlls the
spear from the wpid, swims to the
length of the oord, atd then finds that
he is dragging the pole- behind him
This, of course, is h.>rd work and soon
.tires him out,. :
brought witbip^1*'blows
to kUm^v.. . , , ,
ThA A1 pats "pafc2 ^18 attack only by
i ^l^l ^atclied during daylight
fi! ^t,v^ one cr more sea otters
the spot goon ag ifc ;g ^arj. tjje
m*Zotleave the shore-four men in
Jach?three to paddle and a chief 09
other man of distinction to use the
spear. They advance as quietly as possible,
in a tranverse line, toward the
spot previously marked. The first who
discovers an otter darts his spear, and
generally wifh succtssful aim. The
AMi'mnl ^itTAO a-nrl oil fho VlAof.fi fif.
aUlLUOi V* i. VA'j Oliiw uu uuv wv/MKk/ mm vmw |
form a circle sufficiently. large to be
sure that they have surrounded him aud
that he must rise within, and then they
wait patiently. The otter remains under
water from fifteen to thirty minutes if
he is not wounded; if he is dragging
the spear-poll behind him he mu3t
come up much sooner. Even in the
darkness the keen eye of some Indian
detects his head the instant it ie above
water. If within reach, another spear
is thrown ; if out of reach, a great
shouting and splashing of paddles is
kept up to compel the timid animal to
dive again without delay. This is continued
time after time, until, worn out
an i exhausted, he rises where some one
oan civ.j him a fatal blow. It is very
seldom that more than one is captured
in this manner at one "surround," for
even if a number of them have been
seen together, the others almost invariablv
make their escape in the darkness.
Tne "clubbing" is equally characteristic
of these strange people. It
coaid never be done except by those
who have about as little fear of the
rough sea as have tbe sea otters themselves
; in fact, there are not very many
even of the Aleuts who dare to undertake
the work. It is done only in the
winter, and at the end of one of the
terrible gales which sweep that coast.
Two men in a baidarka paddle out on
the very tail of the gale to the low,
.rocky islets, which are only just high
enough to be out of water. The sea
otters are lying there with their heads
itfcmst into tbe kelp to escape the fury
W +>>? wind Thfl noise of the wind and
of the sea enables hunters to approach
unheard. Each is armed with a short,
beavv club, and blow ^ome3 down after
blow as fast as their strong arms can
3wing them. Each blow leaves an otter
dead, and in the crash of the gale,
before the otters could take the alarm]and
escape, two Aleuts were known to kill
Berenty-eight in a single onslaught.
cFscts About the Ea-.t Iliver Bridge.
The construction of the great bridge
between New York and Brooklyn was
begun January 3, 1870. The length of
the river span is 1.595 feet & inches.
The length of e;ich land span is 9:50
fee1. The length of the Brooklyn approach
is 971 ieet. The lenptluof the
New York approach is 1 562 6 feet.
The total length of the bridge is 5,989
feat. The width of the bridge is 85
feet. The number of cables is 4 The
diameter of each cable is lof inches,
and each cable consists of 5,300 parallel
st eel wires, No. 7 g?.uge, wrapped to ?
solid cylinder. The ultimate strength
of each cable isl2,UC'0tcns. The depth
of the tower louaaation oeiow menwater
in Brooklyn is 45 feet. The
depth of the tower foundation below
hijTn-water mark in New York is 78
feet. The size of the toners at hi?h*
water line is 140 feet by 59 feet and at
the roof course is 135 feet by 53 feet.
T.ae total height of the towers above
high-water mark is 277 feet. The clear
height of the bridge in the center of the
river span over high-water is, as com.
puted by the bridge eagineers( 136 feetTile
height of the floor at the towers
above high-water mark is 119 feet 3
inches. The grade of the roadway is
fij in urm TOO feet-. The siz<* of
the anchorases at the bases is 129 bv
119 feel: and at the top 117 feet by 104
feet. The weight of each anchor plate
is 23 tous.
A new and pretty material for summer
dresses is a crinkJy, silky crape,
called diamontine, which for evening
i wt ar is made np over surah and trim'
med with Spanish lace.
Something Abont Men of Colossal Stature.
Mythology and fable famish a long
list of men of immense stature. We
have Plutarch's word for it that Antocos
was eighty-five feet in height. Strabo
makes mention of a giant also eightyfive
feet high, and Piiny tells of another
sixty feet. Boccaccio describes the
body'of a giant from bones found in a
cave in Sicily about two hundied and
t.w^ntv-fire feet in leneth: but Kircher
spoils the story by declairing that the
bones were those of a mastodon. Aagouleffre,
the Saracen giant, was fifteen
feet high, his face measured three feet
in breadth, his nose was nine inches
long, and his arms and ]egs six feet.
He was repnted to have the ntrength of
thirty men, and his mace was the solid
trans of an oak tree.
Giants inhabited Britain, sav the
monkish historians, until Brutus went
crcsr and conquered them. There were
two wonderful fellows there at th*> time
of Brutus' conquest?Gogmagog and
Lancorigan. To the former, it is said,
"the tallest pine hewn on Norwegian
hills" was but a toothpich.
Goliath was niDe feet nine inches
high; his coat of mail weighed two hnnos-d
eigfci ponnds. The Anakim
were sojmmense that the Hebrew spies
said they themselves were mere grasshoppers
in comparison with these giants.
Eleazer, the Jewish giant mentioned by
Josephus, was ten feet six inches.
Gabara, who Pliny says was the
tallest man seen in the days of
Glandins, was nine feet nine inches.
The skeleton of Fallas, of the Titans,
which was dng ont of a stone sepnlcher
near Borne in tne reign of Emperor ,
Henry II., was "higher than the walls '
of the city," Kixchner gravely asserts. 1
And the same writer tells of a skeleton
frvnnd near Palermo that rnnst have be
Ion ced to a person four hnndred feet
high. "We have the word of Lucious
Flaccns that during the Cretan war :
tbere was discovered in a great cleft of
the earth the carcass of a man of the
length of thirty-three cubits, or forty- 1
two feet If Father Jerome de Mon- j
ceanx was not imposed npon, the
skeleton of a giant ninety-six feet long ]
was fonnd in a wall in Macedonia; the
skull conld contain two hnndred and
ten poucds of corn, and a tooth of the
under jaw weighed fifteen pounds.
This desultory mention of monstrous
men, mostly of mythology and tradition,
might be continued indefinitely. 1
There were any number of them tramp- (
mg around on the earth in the early *
uojo. jucaviii^ tiic u'jLuaiu ui ifluio
und legand for that of real life, we
also find some very formidable giants.
The Emperor Maximus was nine feet
high; he generally ate forty pounds of
flesh and drank six gallons of wine every
day; his shoe was a foot longer than
that of any other man, and he wa3 in
;he habit of nsing his wife's bracelet ?
for a thumb ring. It is well, perhaps 0
to take a little salt wi'h the story that ?
he could draw a carriage which two
oxen could not move. Niceta3 asserts
quite positively that Andronicus II.,
*as ten feet high. John Middleton,
born at Hale, in Lancashire, in the
?eign of James I., was nine feet three
inches; his hand was seventeen incnes c
long and eight and one-talf inches j
hrria^ ?
Vanderbrook says he saw a black man *
at Congo nine feet high. CharJes *
Byrne, or OBrien, the Irish giant *
(1761-1783). was eight feet four inches; (
and Murphy, contemporary with '
Patrick Cotter, who died m 1802., "was
eight feet seven and one-half inches. It c
is said of Charlemagne, who was nearly c
eight feet tall, that he conld squeeze 2
together three horseshoes at once with c
his hands. William Evans, porter to 4
Charles I.," was eight feet at death. s
Francis Sheridan, an Irishman, who 0
went by the name of Big Frank, was c
seven feet eight inches; weight, twenty- 1
two stone; girth around the chest, fifty- *
eight inches. He died in 1870. <
J. H. Riechart, of Fried herg, whose *
father and mother were both giants, was *
eight feet three inches in height. Gillv i
a Sweder exhibited in the early part of 1
the nineteenth century, was eight feet ?
high. LooshJSin, the Kassian giant, ana 1
Dmm Major of the Imperial Gaards, (
measured eight feet three inched. '
Maximilian Miller, the Saxon giant, was '
eight feet; his hand measured twelve ?
inches, and his forefinger was nine '
inches Ion (. 'Among other giants in 1
real life, bnt who are now dead, the 1
following may be mentioned:
Heinrich Osen, Norwegian, 7 feet 6 inches 3
Joseph Bruce, English, 7 feet 8 inches
Cornelius Magrath, Irish, 7 feet 8 inches ]
Edmund Mellon, Irish, 7 feet 6 inches ;
James McDonald, Irish, 7 feet 6 inches j
Louis. French, 7 feet 6 inches
Harold Hardrada, Norwegian, 7 feet S inches '
Eleizeque, Spanish, 7 feet 10 inches .
John Busbv, English, 7 feet 9 inches i
Bradley, English. 7 feet 8 inches (
Henry Blacker, English, 7 feet 4 iuches
Edward Ramford, Irish, 7 feet 4 inches
Alice Gordon, English, 7 feet
Robert Hale. English, 7 feet 7 inches ]
La Pierre, Danish, 7 feet 1 inch
Salmeron, Mexican, 7 feet 6 inches j
Miles Darden, North Carolina, 7 i'eet 6 inches
Chang, the Chinese giant, is seven
foAf sit inches hich. James Gilbert, a i
mulatto, of Chatham, North Carolina,
who travels with Barn urn's show, is
seven feet. Undoubtedly the most ,
wondeiful of living giants is Captain ,
Bates, the Kentuckian, who now resides
on a farm near Seville, Ohio, when hj
is not on exhibition; and Mis Bates is
tbe most colossal oi the giantesses.
The Captain is thirty-four years of age,
weighs five hundred and twenty sis
pounds, is seven feet eleven inches
high, measures seventy inches around
tb a chest, and wears a No. 10 hat, a
thirty inch co' lar, and a seventeen boot.
Mrs. Bates tips the scales at four hun|
dred and eighty pounds, is thirty-one
years old, and as tall as her husband
and sports silk dresses of eighty yardb
Rosewood and Mahogany.
liosewooa fias Been ine xeaamg wooa
to veneer pianofortes for the past thirty
or forty years. The best comes from
Rio Janeiro, some of which is very rich,
but varies considerably in different,
places where it is cut. Bahia rosewood
is generally longer, heavier and harder
to work, bnt some of it is handsomely
crossfigured. As people generally demand
dark colored rosewood, it has led
to staining the light wood very oiten,
which may be known when legs and
arms, etc., ol furniture and pianofortes
look unnaturally dark. At one time
manufacturers used to cut rosewood
veneers in ribbons to veneer picture
frames, but soon rosewood was imitated
to such perfection by staining that the
demand for rosewood veneers for picture
frames ceased altogether.
It is impossible to imitate mahogany
by staining so as to deceive, or mend
bad places in the wood, as is done in
other kinds of wood. The wood is
rich in color, close grained, heavy
and durable, and unlike rosewood and
many other woods, does not fade, bat
pains colors by time and grows darker.
i The best mahozan.v known grows in the
i Island of St. Domingo, and the finest
I of all on the south side of that Island.
"A piece of furniture veneered with
i handsome mottle-headed St. Domingo
mahogany looks as if it were full of
life as jou move before it, and sbades
every way, while a piece of furniture
veneered with fully as handsome a
veneer of Cuba mahogany will not shade
every wav as the other will, but shows
best if you look at it from certain
positions. Cuba mahogany also is
j much more apt to have dark or black
marks or staias in it, which, when they
! occur, greatly lessens its value,
The present flax yield in the United
States is between 2.000,000 aad 3,000000
bnshels of seed and about 19,000
tons of fiber.
When chlorate of potash is miied
with loaf sugar, a drop of sulphuric acid
let fall on the compound will produce a
brilliant flnme.
The chaDge in tint of morning glories
under the influence of atmospheric
moist are is said to be due to the presence
of eome acid in the air.
The cheaper qualities of absinthe of- |
ten contain sulphate of copper, and j
absinthe drinkers often show bymptoms j
of copper poisoning. *
Some facts of interest to arboriculturists
generally near salt water havo
been observed by Dr. Hooker at Cirencester,
England, during the last fifteen
years. The amount of salt carried from j
the sea by the autumnal cralts and de- 1
posited after rain varied from five to
seven grains per gallon, while the ordinary
amount was only 5 grains. The
average winter quantity was bnt slightly
in excess of the summer average. At
Oakley Park one side of the tiees was
severely in j .ixed after a southwest !
tempest, and if no rain fell for a few
days after the gale the salt sparkled on
the trees even at a distance of fhirtyfive
miles from the sea. The salt acted
in abstracting tho moisture from the
leaf-cells, and formed a condensed solution,
so that the leaf became completely
dried up, and consequently perished.
As Las been remarked by Sir J. D.
Hooker, the celebrated Dalton was the
first to note a like phenomenon at the
beginning of this century. Some trees
resist the influence of the storm-carxied
salt better.
Development of Timepieces.
If we seek for the origen of any invention,
clouded as all inventions are
in mystery, we invariably turn to the
unclouded country of the East, and
there among the splendor and luxury
Df the Babylonians we discover the first
indication of the ancestry of clocks.
This* was the perpendicular staff or pil
lar -which was so placed tnat at sunset
it cast a shadow equal to twelve feet,
and time was computed by the length
:>f the shadow. So supper-time was
called the hour of a ten-foot shadow,
ind the hour of the bath, in later records,
was the time of a shadow six feet!
iong. Any very accurate measurement I
)[ time was of course impossible under '
:his method, but we see in the "gno- ,
non," as it was called, the first indica;ion
of the sun-dial, referred to in 1
lings, when Isaiah by supplication <
jrought the shadow back upon the dial. 1
Prom Ba ylon to Greece transition was j
?asy, and in Grecian history we read of i
he Polos, which was the foreshadow of i
he later sun-dial, aad which was like a j
ihallow basin, in the center of which ]
in' upright staff was fixed, the day^ :
md hours being marked upon the basin i
rith lines. Little as there is in either )f
these methods akin to our own, there ]
vas equally little in the water-clock, ;
is it is called, which was .certainly in 1
ommon use in Greece in the days of <
iristophanea for he computed the time 1
lonsumed in a law case by reference to it j
It is a little difficult to recognize i
xactly what class of timepiece is inended
when reference is made therein ]
>y ancient historians, for the word ]
lorologe covers them ali, or, rather, the <
Jreek word from which horology is i
lerived is used for sun-dial, water-clock, i
:ontrivance, and was a very uncertain (
>ne, and was the first of which we here <
tny record as measuring time by meihanical
means. Some writers think
hat it was in use in China, Chaldea,
tnd Es?ypt before the gfneral knowledge
)f tde sun-dial, but whether that was the l
:ase or not it was very ingenious in its !
ray. It consisted of a hollow bail,
Jaiiened a little at the top to the shape
>f a poppy he .d, from whence it derived <
ts Greek n.?me. There was an opening :
it the top where the water was ponred <
n, and this was kept closed with a stop- i
per, so that the water was not l:able to be
spilled over, and various small holes on i
he opposite side allowed it to trickle !
)ut as if through a filter lime was
jomputed. <.y the gradubl diminution of
-he water in the vessel. The rscheJtones
must have been of stone, but
later on, after the invention of ttfass,
transparent walls were used, and the
water was supposed to run dry every
fimir. No reliance, however, c^uld be
placed upon it, for the flow of the water j
fluctuated under climatic and atmos-1
Dbereic conditions, and the Greets and
Romans can hardly have been "punctual
to the minute'' if they relied upon the
ilepsydra, as the water-clock was called,
[t seems likely that these mechanical
ilo'cks were in use in the houses or
court of the houses, while in all public
places, squares, or on monumental buiid
ings sun-dials were universally used. Ia
Lazurious families a slave was &ept on
purpose to watch the sun-dial and
water-clock to report the time, and
we all remember the stupid Tr< malchio,
who had a time-piece in his room and a
slave beside it whose duty it was t j tell
him each time an r our had elapsed. A
wonderful water-clock is on record some
centuries later when Haroan Ali Kaschild
sent Charlemagne a striking clock
regnlated by water, in wtacto, as twelve |
hours were completed, twelve doors on \
the face or dial opened and twelve men
on horseback rode out and returned,
closing the doors behind them.
After water-clocfcs come sand-glasses,
existing in our midst as egg-timers, aDd
still knovn as hoar-glasses, although
they seldom exceed three or four minutes
in operation. These were in greater
favor in Western Europe than waterclocks
ever became, and the best timeindicator
of which we have definit
knowledge is the caudle-clock of King
Alfred, and his ingenious adaptation of
transparent horn to keep the drafts
from burning his candles' unevenly.
The time of the invention of wheelclocks
moved by weights is still more
uncertain than thaj of water-clocks and
sun-dials. Some enthusiasts are found
to assers that 220 yea s before Christ
a wan made?in the time of
Archimedes?but there is no evidence
to support such a belief. The first unquestionable
fact that can be stated
upon the subject is that Pope Sylvester j
II, did construct a wheel-clock with |
weights at Magdeburg in 996, and it is i
possible tnat tnis was omy a revive Wi |
an earlier invention, and that Boethins |
was the originator of the mechancial j
wheel-clock in A D, 510. One thing, :
however, ^certain?namely: that clocks !
were in ordinary use in the monasteries j
of Europe in the eleventh century, and 1
no doubt the monks, who had plenty of !
leisure and ample means for the cal'i-j
vation of experimental science, perfect- j
ed them, andin a large measure contrib-1
uted to the perfection of their ma- |
chinerv as we know it In 1370 a clock :
was made in Faance which was consid- j
ered a marvel of accurate timekeeping. !
and which may have had a pendulum, i
but we cannot find positive evidence of i
r?_ i
me aiscoyjrj ui mc wo u> ,
Inm until the days of Galileo, although I
ancient astronomers are said to have 1
usvd them in computing the duration j
of eclipses. From the date of Galileo's
discovery to recent times, constant improvements
have been made in the
science of horology nntil it has reached
what we may well call perfection.
The top of a fenc<? in an inundated
tract in Illinois reached just above the
water, and for days every post and board
was piled high with snakes, endeavoring
to save their lives,
! An Ex-Confedernte Cabinet Member Now
Leader of the English Bar.
A London letter to the Atlanta (Ga.)
Constifusion says: "I doubt if there
is at the South one man familiar with
his country'8 his'orv who is not proud
of the career ot Judah P. Benjamin.
In inquiring for his chambers, I learned
from a Middle Temple barrister that
Mr. Benjamin was regarded to dav as
I +UA TTTTT f t?A TT Or! icVl
| LLiC Jowjci a\ IUU uu^u^u uai.
He is in court ail day till 4 oV.lcck in
the afternoon, then until 7.30 he receives
the solicitors in his chambers.
After this hp goes home to dine at his
club in the Weft End. His oi>ly leisure I
is en Sunday and an occasional evening.
Short of stature, thick-set, with a
strong, bright eye, he is * man of simple,
natural manner, relating his adventures,
successes and reverses with the
charming ease, g/ace and naturalness,
miDgled with a subtle playfulness, of a
pood reconttur. He said, in talking of
his adventures after the fall of Richmond,
that tbe Confederate government
left Richmond in a body. He and Mr.
Davis were together on their way to the
trans-Mississippi department, and Mr
Davis ieft the party to meet his w fe
en route, and it was in- her camp-that
he was captured. The Federals did
not know thac Mr. Davis was in the
wagon train which was transporting
Mrs. Davis and friend, and only approached
curiously to see what it
meant. Mr. Benjamin continued his
1'ourney alone, and, hearing of the capture
of Mr. Davis, gave away his saddle
and or idle, and, securing an old tree,
threw over it a sheepskin, and under an
alias, playing farmer, at length reached
the Gulf coast. Here he took a small
boat, and, coasting around until arriv
ing at a point near Key "West, he
embarked in a small sailboat, open
and without deck, for Nassau. Here
the small, quaint-looking, black and
bright eyes glistened as this remarkable
man related how, when the Gulf
stream almost carried them out into
the open sea ; when battling against a
head-wind and out of sight of land-for
one hundred miles was the distance?
and " with one bushel of raw sweet
potatoes to feed ihree men;" when,
almost without hope, at the last
moment the wind changed, filled their
small sail, carried them within sight of
trie iigntnouse, ana enaoiea tnem to
effect a landing just at the extreme
northern point of the Bahamas. He
landed in England in September, 1865.
In Jane, 1866, he was admitted to practice
at the English bar. His admission
was granted by the benchers of Lincoln's
Inn in six months instead of
three years, as the rales require, on the
ground that he was an old member of
tbe bar of a country governed nnder
the system of the common law., and the
fact fctiat he was a political exile. He
published his " Benjamin on Siles " in
1868, having, in the intervening years,
supported himself and his family by
smtiDg leading articles for the newspapers.
The first year he made about
?500, the next year about ?400, 'and in
?... 5 l.. c
was ?1,000. It rapidly increased after
;hat.' At the present rate of Mr. Benjamin's
income he will, in a few years?
if he is not now?be the possessor of
?ast wealth. 1 My book gave me my
practice, and now, wonderful to relate,
E have,' he said, ' npon looking over my
lases, juet one half of them from the
realm' (i.ethe whole of England,
3cotland and Ireland) * before the
Ijfigda, on annpql.' .Mr. Rail-, _
Dfficer of the staff, and his wife and
daughter live in Paris."
Throw Up Your Hands.
"Gentlemen will please throw np
their hands." Such is the polite manner
in winch a Hi.-souri train robbei
usually addresses a car load of passengers
as he appears at the door, playfully
nnmnnff thorn tritih a. rftvnl VAT extended
in each hand. Perhaps there is a party
engaged in a game of euchre cr old
sledge : they promptly throw up their
hands without a murmur, no matter
how interesting a crisis there may be in
the game. Men partially paralyzed in
their arms have been known to throw ap
their hands at this summons with an
alacrity surprising to themselves and
everybody else.
''Throw up my hands!" said a man
who was relating an experience with
train robbers that he hud been through.
"I had $10,0Q0 in a belt around my
body, all that I had made in six years
nf mininc life in California, and when
I heard the command and realized how
useless resistance was, a3 the gang eorronnding
the car was armed to the
teetb, I not only threw np my hands,
but the thonght ^o! losing my money
made me so sick," tbat I nearly threw up
my boots!"
The situation doesn't admit of a moment's
hesitation, and every man knows
it. A movement in the direction of a
weapon would not escape the alert eye
of the robber; and it would be the
immediate signal for a shot. Brave men
think and biaggards boast of what they
would do under such circumstances,
but when suddenly confronted by a
cocked revolver and the stern com
mand that signifies surrender, the hands
are very apt to go up, though the situation
be a humiliating one. Such attaoks
are generally made at night, while
most of the passengers are asleep and
off guard, and then there is the uncertainty
as to the number cf the gan?.
Je?>se James once ^aid the bravest man
lie ever knew he encountered in an at
tenptto rob a passenger train. Tfce
fellow stood on the platform of a car
and coolly exchanged six or eight shots
with the gan<?. Admiring his bravery,
Jesse shouted to him to cease firing and
they wouldn't molest his car. "I'll bet
you won't," said he, "while I'm here."
The robber captain said he would have
given 85 000 to have had that man become
a member of his band. But he
did not consider tbat a man. brave as a
lion on the tide of rikht, might prove
the veriest coward in advancing the
standard of violence and wrong.?[Cincinnati
Saturday Night.
Royal Peach Eaters.
Alexis Lefere, who has jast died at1
Paris a Chevalier of the Legion of
Ror.nr. member of a dozen learned
soieties, and a millionaire, began life
as a gardener's iaborer. He was &e
creator of the great pe?ch ''industry"- of
Montrenil, where bis gardens had long
been famous for the care with which
each individual peach wa3 tended aad
brought to a profitable maturity?six
and eight francs being a by no means
i-xlravagant price. L"Uis Pt-ilippo was
among the visitors to Montreau, wnere,
Laving admired some of the choicest products
and a&ked the price, ho whispered,
"Send me two dozen cf the six franc
peaches, but not a word of it to my
ministers!'' His caution, perhaps, was
jostifie 1 since Thiers' wife was known
to cut a pt-ach in Jour quarters to regale
her husband, herself, and their two
honored guesrs. (X. B.?To neatly
divide a peach, unless it ba a clingstone,
cut loand to the kernel and gently
revolve the two hemispheres in opposite
i directions.) When Napoleon III. and
, ' i? - ?~~ mcira.1 Mr nfrt-ni] tVioro nja-fl
| UJC CUi^lCi-O V%.* ?v-w - -s.
I no question about price, but both
| snvergn* Helped themselves liberally.
; The proprietor made no demur, knowi
ing that} avmerit would be made-in due
i course, but wh^n he beheld the person!
a?rs of the imperial suite joining in the
! feast he coaid no longer contain himself,
and shouted: "Hi; hold on, gen;
tlemen! The aides-de-camp's peaches
j are over there on the other side!"
A Story of a Bmken Ens-? sement That Kay
or 31av Not Bn True.
A recent Sar Francisco letter says:
The s^ory of how Back Grant courted
Miss Flood is in everybody's month in
San Francisco This morning I went
down to Monterey, the Long Branch
of California. On the train was Miss
Flood with a dozen frolicsome California
airls. Some of them got off at
Menlo Park and some went on to Montor^v
MatiIo Park is the Atidnboa
park of Sin Francisco. More than
twenty millionaires have their residences
there, including ex Governor
Stanford and*Mr. Fiood. It is here
that Governor Stanford has his 600
blooded horses and it is here that he
had those instantaneous photographs
taken, showing the exact attitude of the
walking, pacing and running horse.
These photographs Governor Stfjjford,.
showed to Meissoniar, the great moder?
mastei in Paris, and they bo excited him
that he painted the governor's picture
exactly the size_ that he painted Mr.
Vaodet bill's. xnese are me onij two
Americans ever painted by the great * . 4?
Frenchman. Bat about Miss Flood.
The young lady ia large and handsome. ;<?'-^4
She looks like and is like a thoroughly
sensible American sirl.
" We all like Miss Flood," said 0 San
Francisco lady ; "she is so sensible, so
demccratic and so frank and womanly.
I tell you, we were ail glad when she
mitteoed Back Grant."
"But we in New York thought it
was the other way," I said. "We
thought Back Grant flirted with Misa
" No," said my friend, *'1 know, all
about it I went to the Yosemite with
the party when Back Grant and Miss
Flood were first thrown together."
" How was it ?" I asked.
" Well,, when General Grant arrived
in San Francisco lrom his tnp aronnd
the world, he was entertained by Governor
Stanford, Charles Crocker and ''Voq
Mr. Flood. Grant totfk a great fancy
to Flood. They are a good deal alike
?both grim, sturdy, self-made men.
The general and Mrs. Grant took a
fancy also to Miss Flood. A fine-looking
girl, with a prospect of four or five
millions, is an interesting object to any *}
parent who has a poor boy to fit out.
She is a splendid girl, without any
money. But as I was eayinz, the general
and Mrs. Grant liked Miss Flood.
They urged Buck to try and get her,"
" Did Buck try ?'
"Try? Why, he just laid himself
out. He was the most devoted lover I
ever saw. He was at her side e*ery.
moment He-was constantly getting
Miss Fiood off one side that he might
pour the siren tale of love and hope
into her ear. When he went up to
T1 _ T> i_ l Tl! .3 A _
aurror juase x>uck got oiush nuouio
stay with him in the parlor of the hotel.
When we went to the big trees Back
led Miss Flood homa. Well, he finally
proposed, and Miss Flood, without any
especial thought, said?"
" What?"
She said: "Yes, if father agrees to
" What did Buck do then T
" Why, he hnrried back to 'Frisco
and weot to the rich baokerat his office
in the Nevada bank. Mr. Flood listened
to the yonng man respectfully?yes,
with pleasure. Bat still he turned to
Buck and a aid : *
" It's ail very well to talk about getting
married, but you have no mosey
to support a wife with. What are tout
loung tfrant said fid flfti BO oxu&uesB
bat was willing to do anything.
. ' Very well," said ibe millionaire.
" You go. back to New York, buy the ,
stocks 1 tell jou to, and deal for six
mon hs as I suggest, and I think we
can fix you out"
"Did Grant follow Flood's advice?*
" Precisely. He bought stocks, just
as Flood told him to. Everything
Back G<*ant bought made money. Every
point Flood gave him the ureat millionaire
was 8ore to mafee come out right.
Ic was not lon? before Grant had a hundred
thousand dollars ahead. Flood
told him to go in again and doubie it.
Grant kept right on, Flood arranging it
so that he should make. Soon Grant
had $2?0,-000 It began to turn his
head. Everybody was talking about
^ 1 ^ ' rr.
cacE urant'8 success, ne aiun i>
it was FJood behind him who was making
the money for him. But it was
Fiood, and he was doing it so the world
wouldn't b&y 4 he marries my daughter
for her money.' Well, success begsn
to make the young man top heavy. He
couldn't stand it. He taw in himself a
great speculator, when, in fact, it was
Flood's manipulation behind the scenes
which made the dollars come in."
"What was the result?' I asked.
" After young Grant had made $200,000
and all the world was talking about
it, the Floods began to think it was
time to bring him back to California to
complete the nuptial arrangements. It
*. ? h A/to* ? frt
W&9 tilOil l/JUttif X*UCIV UlOUb wgau w ^vw
dizzy-headed. He was courted and
flattered by other girls then for the
money which Flood had made for him.
He started back for 'Frisco, but tarried
in Chicago to attend clnb dinners and
to meet young ladies. He began to forget
Miss Flood, who is a girl of spirit.
He fa mtered along over to California.
At 'Frisco he found Miss Fiood was
down to Menlo Park, their magnificent
country seat. He immediately commenced
receiving invitations, and accepting
them, from other young ladies.
Mis8 Flood expected him to rake the first
t?ain forMenlc Park. Mr. Flood was disappointed
is the young man. He called
to see him at the Palace hotel. Young
Grant excused himself by saying he
was sick, but the great banker saw that
he had made a mistake. The poot^
frank boy of a year a*o had become inflated.
Succr ss had turned his head. ?
He had even kept Mr. Flood waiting in
his parlor while he finished a conversation
with some one else. That night
Flood went back to Menlo a disappointed
man. He told his daughter
that he believed they had both made a
mistake. Miss Flood's pride was humiliated.
She had a great fight with
herself. ' What would the world
say ? The envious girls in San Fran?
? ??? f rr>d '
ciscu arts tsvcu uu>* unaiu^
So sbe wrote to joong Grant, bat never
sett the. le ter. * She said if he can't
come straight to me I don't waut him.
Finally, when young Grant called on
her at Menlo ParK, she was in San
Franciseo and he did not see her In
'Frisco she learned that young Gran;
had been flirting with several yonng ladies,
not particularly her friends. So
sbe wrote him a plain note, saying she
would release him alcogetherif it would
please hica This made young Grant
mad, and, being half in love with another
young lady," he continued hie flir|
rations till the Floods gave out publicly
j that the engagement was off.,?
" Tid Miss Flood mind it much ?"
"Not personally. There was never
very much love She is still in great
demand, and even since then she has
refused a marquis and a count who
were searching around, Prince-deBourbon-lite.
for a little wife and a
good deal ef monev."
A clergyman, lecturing on Palestine
remarked concerning one very ragged
locality: " The roads up these moan
tains are too sreep and rocky for even a
dook^y to climb, therefore I did not attempt
the ancwx'.'* Toe reverend gentleman
noticed the smiles which gently
passed over the feam-es of some of his
hearers. Yet, not seeing any particular
reason why they should be amused, he
pushed on with his diecourae.

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