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SATURDAY,----JULY 9, 1881.
Watermelons !
onh ! :—Three hundred fresh water
melons, from Galveston, at King's
Restaurant. Cheap,
The total number of mum grants
to the United States during eleven
months ending May 31, 18*1, sum
u l* fst 9 t 000. w ^__lie
The Fourth of July passed off
very quietly. Nota canon fired, j
nor an arm or leg blown off, and ;
not a man shot, even in the neck.
from a bottle.
Ryan & Geary* with their usual
' , , ... .. .. :
vun and keep-up-with-the-tnnes
... <
iK'.ti veness, are repairing and en- j
larging their saw-mill wharf. They J
run their mill all day, and their j
planer all night.
Their example could he profitably
followed by several more of our
business men.
Clement Bros, arrived at the
head-qf navigation, on the main
river, a few days ago, with a run
of about 8800 logs—of which, about'
, f>00 go to Hutchins & Munn's mill,
about JtiOO to Burleson Bros., and
the remainder to J'lattz & Moss.
This is the only run of logs made
this summer, and was very much
Platts'. & Moss have received the I
machinery for their new saw-mill, !
the frame of which is about finish
ed, on the Lake, just above town. ;
Everything is new, andthey expect j
to have a mill second to none on
the ri ver. j
Moss & Riddick have built a new
shed-gallery to their store. Old j
Sol was too many for them without 1
it. They have silso removed the J
old bridge over the gutter, and pnti
down u new and substantial one. |
Fricke's Opera House is looming
.1. W. Burnside, the Louisiana
millionaire and owner of twenty !
large sugar plantations on the Mis
sissippi, Lafourche and the Tcclie, !
died recently, at one of the north- J
era watering places, leaving his
to the front, and will prove to lie
quite un acquisition to our town.
Mr. Fricke is now having put up
some patent, folding seats, with a
spring to hold one's hat. Prof.
Paul Sullivan will shortly finish the
stage scenery and drop curtain.
YVhat' is done looks very well.
immense fortune in the hands of
Mr. Nelson McHtcu, one of the
largest dry goods dealers iu New
j a
,, , . . . , j to
blocks) has been righted, repainted ;
and new shutters pu up, the fence ;
repaired, etc. The Rev. Mr. F. H. j hR
Hensch, Minister in charge, and
, !
Y\ e were pleased, some time
nee, in passing the German Meth-1
list Church, to notice the ini
si tic
provemeuts made. The house
(which liad been lilown from the
the ladies of the congi-egation, de
serve great credit for their efforts
in retrieving the building from tlic
nimmis condition it hud beeu in
for a yeor or two.
We are reliably informed that a
project lias been matured, by sev
eral enterprising citizens of Calca
sieu, Which will insure the con
struction of u tramway for trans
porting saw-logs from the pineries
to tide-water. We arc assured
that tlie locomotive und cars for
the tram-way are secured. One
* of the gentlemen connected with
the onteriwise lcavus here to-night
to secure the iron, and they expect
to liave the iron-horse snorting in
the pineries witliiu ninety days.
Wo shall have further occasion to
speak of this long wished for en
MARiNK.—Owing to light and :
head winds there have been very I
few arrivals this week. We note, i iu
however, that Gttpt. (^uinn, of the
sehr. Mary E. Lynch,
and Gapt.
Gus. Rollfing, of the Livonia Per
kins, and the sehr. Cleopatra, ar
The departures, this week, so far
its we can learn, are : the Adolphe
i'lake, last Tuesday, lor Tampico,
Mexieo;- the A. J: Perkins,
Hmith, 3
. Lyi;
Quinn j
ie, aud Caro
I the "Let ! go
We present to the public to-day
I the first number of the Rake
Charles Commkrcial. We hope
that our-humble beginning will be
looked upon with favor, by the
good and intelligent people of Cal
casieu, and other part* of the State
^ (;ountrv wIiere it may be 0H1 .
d fortnm . t() fllld intwefik , d
1 . ( , uderH The standard of the pub
press in the United States to
day has reached a height that no
j one will venture an that elevation,
; with the thousands of eminent pub
Heists, racy writers and eminent
editors, who are at the head of the
^ ***?
: at the rashness of the undertaking,
< We do not, therefore, under-esti
j ' '
mate the difficulty of our task; but
we will endeavor to follow the ex
ample of onr abler seniors, without
ever expecting to accomplish more
I than to humbly imitate the excel*
! letice to which they have attained.
Should we succeed in doing this;
; should we he able to convince our
j readers, at all times, that we have
enlisted heart.and soul, in the great
j work for the public good and that
w< ' aro co-workers for the ealiglii
j cu,ll « ut , education and morality of
1 people, we feel that any deb
J «'ieney, on our part, will be passed
over 0,1 account oi the rectitude
| <d oul ' intentions.
On questions of National poli
tics, the Commercial will always
be found among the most, zealous
julvocatcH and supportors of tin* j
tiiue-liouored principles of the de- j
moeratic party ; because in the
final triumph of the principles of
. ... . 1 1
tins great national party alone do
we see that the peace, jirosperity
and future greatness of the Soutli
are assured. But we hope never
to be so blinded by party prefer
ence or prejudice as to abandon
the high spirit of independence
wddldl H ' l0,dd ; d ways chamcteriai
the jiress, or, as to suffer party
bias to fake the place of merit, in
our advocacy of men and measures.
The agricultural and industrial
pursuits of the Parish of Calcasieu,
and of the State of Louisiana will
receive deserved attention at our
hands, and it will be our aim not
to neglect any item of information
which may he of profit or use to
merchant, sailor, fanner, mechanic,
logman, stockman or lumberman,
As a matter of course we will
devote a great deal of our time and
space to the cause of immigration.
It strikes us that a large accession.
to our country, of good substantial
laborers, farmers and mechanics,
will contribute more to the great
ness anil prosperity of the Soutli,
effort, will be
directed to present to our readers
a Southern home paper, devoted
to «very interest, moral as well as
InaterW , wllicU ( . all ()0udn()C to
makt . holU( , <jlM?risUell , Ul . i u aud
ness non prosperity ol
^ otbor callHes c(
Jn ^ mu . ,, C(
dirooted to ..resent to n
The Wonders of the Heav
ens.— If you want to have u fine
treat, such a fine, celestial treat,
as is not given to any man to have
more than once in a life time, just
rise up from your quiet slumbers
at 8 o'clock in the morning aud
cast your eyes towards tlie east.
There you will see the four major
plants in full view: Y r cuns, just
above the horizon, shining like a
young moon; Jupiter, about five
degrees to the south of her, flam
ing with scarcely loss brilliancy ;
just above them, about Iß degrees,
the red-hot, fiery Mars and the yel
low-tinted Saturn, standing side
by side. Turn to the left and yon
will see, iu the north-east, tlie va
grant wonder of the heavens, flash
ing out her immense tail, like a
burning tassel, away from her more
sedate companions in the plane
tary world; all five presenting u
'"ost inspiring spectacle, and solid
iu £ fortl ' Hght equal to that of the
moon i tself ,
Charles J. Guiteau, the wouhl-he
assassin of President Garfield, is
about 4» years of age. He was
born at Ann Arbor. Michigan. His
past history shows him to hove
been an embezzling lawyer, a half
grazed religions fanatic,« schemer
vit faut« «tie projects and entirely j
insensible to every principle of
honor and virtue. His name will •
go down to posterity coupled with |
bp of mankind. 1
Thr Attempted Assignation of thr
0H1 .
, d
One of the most dastardly and
heinous crimes was committed last
Saturday, at the Washington City
Railroad depot, by an individual
named Charles Guiteau. This man
had been for some time applying
to Mr. Blaine, the Secretary of
St ate, for a consulate at Marseilles,
France. Meeting with a peremp
tory refusal his disappointment
so maddened him that he swore
vengeance, not only against Secre
tary Blaine, but against President
Janies A. Garfield himself. Ac
cordingly he watched his chances,
and at JUKI A. M., Saturday, July
a, just as the President was pass
ing through the ladies' room of the
Washington Railroad depot, on his
way to the train, he fired two shots
at the President, both shots taking
effect, the first in the right arm
and the second in the hack, the
i4>ail entering to the right, of the
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th,- mind to look through
j "i tlio probHUlo political const*
j < l nol,cee growing out of it. Every
Iwoman and child in the laud,
of who b" ««use enough to know
....... . , , ,
*"' d heart enough to feel, ha ve been
spiual column, below the small ribs.
Although the latter wound is of a
very serious character, it is not
considered necessarily fatal bv his
attending physicians, and strong
, * 1 • , ' , „ ..
hopes are stdl entertained for lus
The whole country has been
thrilled with horror at the terrible
, , „ . ,. ,
deed. Buch an act is so outrageous
that it passes beyond tbe limit of
political significance, and the
enormity of the crime is too dark
struck by the awful news as the
dire announcement of a public ca
lamity. The execrable crime is na
....... , .l wltJ „„U,,
should happen, if President Gar-!
, ; ; . 1
lifuil Bilonul ciio, part# issues
tioual in its character and in its of
4 . . ! , ...
(eels and everyone must feel that
thc heari of the nation lias been fa
tally hurt in the respected person
of the President. If the worst
• ds <u» melancholy
| #
party preferences will disappear
from the laud and leave a nation
of mourners over bis grave.
Railroad Yews.
[Orange (Texas) Tribune.]
A special train Wednesday
brought to Orange Judge Crosby
and Major Burton, of the Texas
and New Orleans Railroad. The
object of tbe visit of these gentle
men wms to ascertain tlie feeling
of our people on the question of u.
railroad from this city to the tim
bered lands of Newton and Jasper
counties, and when the train pulled
up to the depot a lurge number of
our citizens were found on tbe
spot, anxious to eonfer with the
railroad men concerning the pro
posed line. The reception was
such as to leave no doubt that a
large majority are eager for tlie
road, and the consultation resulted
satisfactorily , as near as we can
learn, to both parties. Judge
Crosby being called upon address
ed the assembled crowd on the
matter which had brought them
together. .1 udge Crosby is now on
his way to New York City, aud we
feel confident that in a vary short
time we can announce the charter
ing oftliis new enterprise, and onoe
commenced it will be very speedily
[lushed through.
Shot Like a Hog.
A people's prosidnet, the kind
est and simplest of human
beings—put four months in office
and lor the most part immurred
in the sick room of his wife—
two amiable aud charming types
of our systeirij our civilization
and race—two gentle and
pleasing illustrations of what an
honest, URpiring boyhood and girl
hood, going haud-iu-hand, may
achieve from the humblest begin
nings in this laud of oars-—separ
ated for a few days—are about to
meet for a little ,holiday; good
Christian people, their hearts full
ot thanks to God for s|iairing tlie
life of the weaker; plain, no pre
tending offsprings and represen
tatives of the people, and no
crowns, nor uniforms, nor esoor
tage— « sweet July morning, and
the children [iceping over wist
fully into his coming fourth—pres
to! u flash a hüllet, a flash another
bullet—and, with peace and plen
ty all around about, and not a pri
vate enemy in the world, and not
an act or a word to wrong or injure
any living tiling—this happy heart
ed man—'girded by that sovereign
ty only which:doi 1; hedge au hon
cm eitaeu— is shot down likeadog
Czar.—[Louisville Courier
nils ;
Ke- 1
A Tragedy and its Philosophy.
[fiai veston News.]
There is philosophy in the at
tempted assassination of the Pres
ident if one could only find it out.
History has. in more than one mem
, , , .. . , . ,
citizen,While grieringfôî
President, will realize a wcr
* sage of hope and health in the sad
: catastrophe if rt shall prove the
h(,rald of tlH ', restoration of this
grand estate to the people and to
, and the complete and per
j internal iniquity will lie in Strict
J"«® 4 P°eticjnrti«e- None
but- republican« are complicated
j with any of the unwholesome and
; execrable business which oulmina
ted in the terrible crime of G-nit
lean, and in view of the fact, that
the republican party had come to
; repard ' tbe ( . 0 „ n ' +rT ^ its legitimate
omble 'page, lent credibility to the
ancient adage that those whom the
gods intend to destroy they first
make mad. and it may be that the
present condition-of the republican
party is about to afford a signal il
lustration of the troth of the saying.
The dead-lock at Albany; thej»>
bribery and perjury there; the,
Star Boirte development« ; the pm-
tial unearthing of Treasury frauds
and its sudden suppression, and
the monstrous crime of Saturday,
in which the I'resident fell under
the pistol of an office-seeking des
perado, ore all a part of a deep-laid
and wonderfully complex political
drama, tbe aiders in which are all
living characters in the party which
has ruled and misruled the country
for more than twenty years. What
ever the canse of the "deep dam
nation" of the deed of blood, the
world isinvited to witness a repub
liean quarrel and a republican trag
edy. A house covering all manner
of Hins and guilty secrets is at last
divided against' itself, aud its ira
pending fall from the explosion of
heritage, and its bosses and spoils
! men as the rightful possessors and
1 admhnstrstow in perpetuity ofthe !
| manent destruction of the corrupt
; and corrupting spoils system. It
i« ftu hour of deep and anxious con- !
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lat ,fV^ t,K ' l» r ofo"iidcHt i
1 solicitude, it is not. without its hope- j
^fnl anil rcRflsudii!? sn/rffe^ous. 1
! <iC1 " wi «V dl righi-thinMng Ameri
.can«, .li is mi hour that may mark
a mi gMy crisis in the.conn try's liis
[ tory, perhaps a sharji and vastly
: eventful turning point in its des
! tin ^- p,1lt if *be occasion is ealeu
»assuring suggestions. ,
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The following were the VTest !
Point graduates who died during i
the past year. Among "them were j
a number who had played iinpor-,
taut parts in the civil w,ar: The
ophilns II. Holmes, lieutenant gen- 1
oral C. S. A.; Paul O. Hébert, ma- !
jor general C. S. A.; Alfred T. A. i
Torbert, major general U. S. A.: ;
Bushrod K. 'Johnson, major gen- j
erul C. B. A.; Ilenry P. Walker,
Ash H. Holgatc, Erskine Gittings,
Edward D. Mansfield, -George R. |
Orittendcn, major general U. S. A.; j
Edwiu Muuck, Arcliie Gibson, j
John Love. Franklin E. Hunt,
Charles H- Heintzcluuiu, Charles
T. Baker, Thomas S. Alexander, j
Emory Upton, major general U, S. i
A.; John McNutt, Timothy M. Brv- i
an, Georg«> A. Kensel, Samuel À. »
Cherry, William II. French, Ben- ;
jamin H. Wright.—[N. O. Times. !
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Mr. Conkliugis quoted as having
said "it is murder or suicide." Tlie
suicide w r as committed when he Î
resigned; the moment the Iiepubli
can Senators aud Assemblymen ^
consent io an adjournment of the j
législature without having elect
ed Hinted States Senators. 8uebjd»T
a course would lie both a blunder !
and a crime. Gentlemen of the I
Legislature, you have tried every !
plan but the rigid»one. Try a caucus
now, agree to abide by the wishes
of the majority, and elect in joint
convention the two men who
rooeive the votes of that majority
to the Senate of the United
States.—[Troy Times.]
The Western Union Telegraph i
company, on an actual investment :
of ,000,(MM), issued 89«,«00, 000 !
of stock, which at the market val- i,
ue is worth #81,000,000 in hard
money. Thu« nearly sixty million i ü
dollars are exploited by the water-!
iug system, that goes into the !
pockets of less than a dozen men. ;
Does it not ooeur te the polRioal Y
eoonomist that this is a -prettv I
heavy draught on the people who i
use the wires! Can stich enorm- ■
oils accumulations by a siuuile I <!
stroke of the pen be altogtlvcr i Ät,
legitimate, or wholesome to the 1
public weal!—Galveaion News.
——-- » « n«i__Hie
"I am a stalwart of the stalwarts" i
is a sentence of infamy that will !
follow tbe Republican jiarty to its j
grave. True, tlie other "sta'lwars" I l
are not implicated in the bloody
Clnttd hut tlu* words of t.lu* gmailnimIii I
will ôouplc ■ thT'^^«-r mfwithTlHiar
nu « «lupit lut. « Ilm« Willi in« pai
ty lor all tunes to come.—Galves
ten News
Tlie Maiming Star and Catlrolk
Mossetigej'says : "Alter taking lo- ,
u u d'foo. State 3 «x Golleetor ;
loustnn, has ttecttU'U Huit tax :
sales are illegal on ftooouut of the ,
State Authtor liavmg nogloctod te
' i bc
A Possible Hiatus W ith Tcrrillr Re
sults.—The Nation's «real Peril.
[Sew Orleans Cit.v Item.]
A correspondent telegraphs from
1 " asliington that "tiuiuglittw] men
; recall the fact that should Garfield
die, Mr. Arthur'« liie is the only
j alternative to anarchy and civil
i war.'' YY care asked tbe question :,
il- ; 4 *T« wlioni would the succession
: descend m case both the President
thej»> ,d ^ ice-PresHtent should now
dief" The Constitution of
I-nited States provides, arrticleII,
section I :
j "In case of the removal of
| President front office, or inability
to discharge the powers and du
ties of said office, tlie same, shall
' devolve on the "V ice-President, and
Congress may, by law, provide for
j thecase of removal, deatli, re si g
! nation or inability both of the Pres -1
\ ident and Yioe-President, declar- j
big what officer shall then act ac
eordingly until the disability be ;
| removed ora President shall be ^
J elected." |
; Article 1, section 8, provides that !
i "The "Vice-President ot the Uni- ;
f f ' d States shall lie President oi the j
Senate, but shall have no vote uu- j
they be equally divided. The ;
Senate shall choose their ot her
officers, and also a president pro j
tempore in the absence of the Y ice !
Presi dent, or when he shall exer
eise the office of President of the j
Utated States. ...
Jn accordance with the above :
th e act of March 1,17112, was pass-,
ed, the provision of which are em-,
bodied in the latest revision of the .
statutes as follows:
! "Bertion 346. I 11
. caB ® ,iî?? DOV '!
» 1 . death, resignation or inability of
both the President and Y ice-1 res
ident oi the United States, the |
President of the Senate, or it.
there iB none, then the Speaker of j
the House of Representatives, for
the time being, shall act as Prcsi
dent until the disability is removed ;
. Jr*v5r ,. 1
Section 14 1 . Y\ heuever the
! offices of I re.sidenl and Y ice I re
sident bot h become vacant, the j
Secretary ot State shall forthwith ;
cause a notification thereof to be |
executive of every |
State, and shall also cause the j
same to be published m .at lea«t,
i I' nuted 1,1
j ■eai n tstal-e,
1 * 4 Sacîtioiï n4<S. The uoti1icfttjk)ii
I shall specify that electors of a
! President and Vice President of
i the United States shall beappoiut
j *; d or chosen in several »Stute« as
'Jiriit- If there shall be the
1 <> f 1wo nuinths yet to ensue
! between the date of «itch notifica
i l>i«u and the first Wednesday in
; 1 Scomber, then next ensuing, such
j notification shall specify that the
doctiors sliall he appointed or
<*®»en wiUuu thirty-four days [ire-1
| ceding such first Wednestlay in
j l^ecember.
j "Second—If there shall not be
of two mon'lis between
tlu ' d »4e of such mitifleation and
j ^ .Wednesday in Dcoom
i her, aud if the terms for which
i th '' President and Vice President
» office where elected will
; 11<d oxpu-e on the third «lay of
! March next ensuing, the notiflea-
j tion shall specify that the electors
shall lie appointe«! «ir chosen with
jthirty-ionr days [iree.eding the
Î dl ' 8 ^ " edhesday in December in
year next ensuing. But if there
^ shall not be the space of two
j months between the date of such
notilieaiou and the first Wedenes
iu December then next eusn
! mid it the term for which the
I President and Vice President last
! 111 ofliw were elected, will expire
on the third day oi' March next eu
stiing, the notification shall not
specify that electors are to be ap
poiuted or chosen."
But the country is now' without
a President of the Senate or a
j Speaker of tbe House of Kopronen
t»ti ves. Senator Randull adjourned
tbe ,
w 'th the fall of hts mallet be
<»»•«/»«*«* »» «««h.
i, V W1 . Ug >?, Seimtonul «tend
Iotl f «temt the offices of .Secretary
ü ! i( öer^ent^at-Arms of the Öen
S ud t'J*® subsequent loss to
the Repdhberais ot the majority iu
V- ody by , tbü «f
Y old dnig»and Platt, Vice Presi
Arthor refused to vacate
m order, as is custom
^ut a substitute might be
<! u«>sen to meet such an emergency
Ät, J? ow mreniteBed possible
"\ eu should tlie President not
!Sf vlv ® the dastard's blow at his
and the country's peace, It is
m> } probable that the added
of ^«rto un timely
would befall. But the
l )OB S"uhty in iteelf jiresents eonse
Iwtuekure so appalling,
tlilH Klioilld tbtuül tiiOBt 4 . who
m ^imted with rosponsHiiUtios
v I , f ,b _
■ , aatl Wi-leaUmig ne'er [
agani to nernnt nar isau hoo Ik ! ( -

agaiu to permit partisan spoils
seeking to so putthein in jeopardy
An ExpbxkiveFox.—S ix mouths of
J'Wf S
ago a [tarty, of hunters tried to '
smoke out a fox that had taken the
i'ctuge in tfbote ton miles wort of !
Someraot, Ky. In so doing thev ' will
sot. lii « to a. »hod -of ooul which hav
bc ® u fumin g wvi siuv:.
I'hoary of Met writes,
[Tinsley'* Magazine.]
One of the oldest theories, and
the one that is, perhaps, most vim
sistent with nil known fact« and
j awH , is that meteorites are, bodies
| moving round the sun, which o<
easionally enter our atmosplmre.
. flTld w - t . either fritteree into dust
• or rcadi the earth as aerolites. In
:, other words, they are abnormally
j large fragments of comet s. Small
j fragments are dissipated in the
, higher regions -of the air by the
j intense heat produced by friction,
| a .„ d pve rise to phenomenon of
j sliooting stars, Larger pieces a.p
j pear as fire halls, and very large
ruasses fall through the air in a
: H tate of eombuKt.ion, which is not,
however, sufficiently intense to
consume their volume before
; reaching the ground. This idea of
a celestial origin seems to havo
-1 originated among the Greeks,
j Plutarch says: "Falling stars are,
according to the opinion of some
; physicists, not eruptions of the
^ ethereal tire extinguished in the
| air immediately after its ignition,
! nor y C t a n inflammatory combns
; tion of the air, which is dissolved
j j,, large quantities iu the upper re
j gi 0 | 1B of space; but these meteors
; are rather a fall of celestial bodies
which, in consequence of a certain
j intermission in the rotary force,
! aud |, y the impulse of some irregu
jgj. movement, have been hurled
j down, not only to the inhabited per
tion of the earth, 'out also beyond it
: into the great ooeau, where we eoli
110 [ find them." The views of Di
offeueB of Apollonia are expressed
. thus: "Stars that are iu visible, and
i consequently have no name, move
in space together with those that
are \lKilile. Those invisible stars
frequently fall to the earth, and
| a u d ar p'extinguished as the stony
«tars, which fell hu-miug atÆgos
j p,>lnios." Chladni, as the result of
j,j N investigations, advanced the
opinion that meteors are bodies
; lmm 'ng hi space, being either ac
1 cumulations of matteras originalv
created, or fragment« separated
from a larger mass of a similar
j uutui'e. Sir H Davy offer id the
; 8ame explanation in the "Philoso
| ,, hicH i Transaetii.n" for 1817.
| These views, or rather a modlflea
j ^ on of them suite 1 to our increa
sed knowledge of cosmieal ways
and means' have their modern ad
vocate in Prof. II. A.
Yale Collge.
Newton, of
The Comet.
[Now Y r ork Herald.]
The graut meteor which lias just bnrst
on thttyiurthcrii skies continues to excite
tlie attention of astronomers, who now
are certain that it is one of the most
brilliant comets on record. Professor
Skinner describes its luminous body ns
taking something of the shape of a para
hols, tlie nucléons not at the extreme
end, but perhaps a degree bark from the
end, the brilliance greatest behind tlm
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tisiug puipijri*«, ot(i.T haviug been re
• d .. ( , thirty «mdSiv thou
ul !a Iul I'vous. imit.y nmt n.it^ timu
nipidlv numnj?
iff tlie JmaveiM. j'roftismtr Husk, »»(' Al
lmny, coiijectiircs tlmt it is u.rt Mice».met
of tH12, and is moving nearly in tlie .track
of the great c*nnot of 1H07', tliongh its
identity with that body is still in doubt.
There are also eonltieting opinions ns to
identity witli tin 1 comet reported by Ur.
•Gould on-tlie 1st bist ., Itr. Uruper sug
gesting a ditlieull.y in tliis assumption.
If not Gould's comet then it may !«• ap
proaching the snn, and so become more
and more briliiuut. After all it limy be
a eclestiul traveler making a first visit
to this [tant of the solar system. The
deep, popular interest in this nevywondor
is not unintelligible. "The 'distinctive
eiiaraeter of comots," as Flammarion
says, "lies in the length of tlu'ir course
and in the immense duration of their
journeys round the sun," some of which
as the period of tlie comet of HitW, cover
thousands of years. Tlie mind is lost in
contemplating the extent of space iu
which such orbital movements can find
room for fulfillment by bodies coursing
along at hundreds or thousands of
leagues a minute, yet unmoved from
tlieir ordained paths. Thcir ajiisjgrtuu c
iu our skies lifter traversing the outmost
limits of the. solar systom makes ns feel
that we liave had at least some report,
by an actual explorer, from tlie frontiers
of that system beyond the Neptunian
orbit. \\ title science lias stripped them
of the terror they formerly had,by show
ing tin' tenuity of their masstis, its reve
lations iiave only enhanced thé awe-in
spiring mystery which surrounds their
movement*,. In the ciiNe of the present
omet the doubt that still hangs over its
history, and the inability of the most
eminent ast ronomers as yet to [ironounce
on its iden^ty with milite previous vis
itor, or to pronounce it a newsphenom
enon, only serve to intensif« this myts
tery. ( [ t • _
Postai. Cahiis.— A Washington dis
patch says : It is CHtimat«i«l that during
the fiscal year «aiding J uuc 80th tliwg
ill lie used throe hundred and tw.euty
million pc still catds. inukiug a total tor
the Inst four years of almost precisely •
line hillion. The [iroposul forbids for
the next four years called for t wo bill
ions, and it is not. un'ikely that the num
ber sold uext year will amount to «cry
nearly five hundred millions. The three
hundred and twenty millions sold (his
year, if connected end to end, would i
girdle around tin* world with enough
spare to make a showy knot- These
curds are offen tonight in very large
quantities by business houses fir udvtu'
orrespondsuwc. The future «T tlie
sum! nt once; but the great is die of tin m
singly or in smull lots, fe>r jiurp*»« s
|*ostal card ilepemls iu mnnedefgce uptr,
the ran»! of letter postage. I ( that d
tlronjwl to two euuts, the sale of card!
will be materially reduced.
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