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iflud and Russian War on the Oeuan.
k gentleman now iu Washington, who wa»
naerlv an ofti sr of the United States uavv,
subsequent Iv served in the Confedcratd
*f exprewiGH the belief that should war c
letwocn Km -sia and England it will Ik- a
eat naval coniii' t. ''Just now," says thisof
er, littmia is -••archiiiK tho high s«ca« over
a port. That is the first necessity. And
igland is activi-ly engaged in frustrating lier
sign». That i- the reason of tho activity at
.Mian, Bernnila, and the canary Islands.
i8 lttiasian cot setter are searching in i v ry
•ection, but ymi will notice that an Kimli4i
m-o'-war is in tin track of almost wry lius
Jl vessel afloat. If tin.' South bad bec'u able
secure a
]1.m-o for its captured gutiimats
3re would iiot have boon a federal flagship
ttiu high If we coulil have towuJ
am in British ports and got prize money
Baval feature of our strife would have
I en a memorable one. ltussiais exactly in tbo
nation wo occupied. She has not an Atlantic
rt, and as long as England is active she
,ver will have one. On the other hand, Eng
id can draw nun and means from the whole
trld, ai'd is to-day mistress of the sea. I)nr-
•'»_ our war the north drew recruits from all
(^i^.'arterB of the earth. We had none because
had no ports. There is scarcely a spot on
i European map that will not be touched
England's recruiting service. But you will
If^V/Hice all the ships sailing tho Atlantic are
trying hundreds of Russians, who are tlcc
conscripts. England's delay sigmties that
e ia indulging in her old tricks of blocking
5 tssia's game on the high seas, and when war
-declared it will break out in a hundred places
once. Therefore, with the British army
"O wiling in India, and the British navy w»cnr
i the mastery of every seaport, what does tho
is of Herat signify? Gladstone knows his
"sines^ and rest assured he is not neglecting
.. ji the slightest particular. Which will whip?
Iglaud, of course."
Sxpreaa Car Robbery in Indiana.
I He Ijouisville xjire-irt, oa the 1 .eiisville,
Albany A Chicago railway, was
i'/.bled near Harrodsburg, Ind., short
i.before midnight.
^r\^f 9 train should have
?ton, a man having the appearance of a
imp ontered tie-i-xpross car armed with a
ai^^ary hickory ste K In this car were (Jeorge
Davis, the express messenger and Peter
ebber, baggageman Wcbbi nays that he
A Davis were -:eep when the "robber en
red. Webber was awakened by a violent
in ow on tho head The robber then struck
i"'i iTis evidently w::i|e he was asleep. Davis
anaged to loosen his right hand and draw
s revolver, but before .he could tire the man
•enched the wea noii firm his grasp, and
reling it, pulled the tiigger. The,
,11 struck the in -senger in the head, and ho
11 dying to tin tloor. The robber then mado
e baggageman .•pen the safe and take out
e money. Tien the tramp pulled the bell
rd and'stoppt 'ho train, but tirst tirol at
ebber. the bul,e' striking him the foro
tad. Webber oiic-e«Mled in reaching the
•loking car, an 1 :,rave the alarm, but ihe soli
ry train robbei had disappeared in the daik
•sa The alaiiu was not given until the
ain reached Blooming in, when the s. areh
•mmenced. Tin amount stolen is not known
it exceeded $1.Davis and Wtrbber are
)tli alive, but tle lornier cannot iee vi r, A
_iesenger on tin •••jung cur. looking out of
"e window, Baw tl.e robbureineiye apparently
om the truck- l'!ns was at Smithvdl two
iles from Hn: "l-burg, vhero th" train
opped for wan :. thus enabling the rubber to
iter tho baggag car.
Yitshborne's Missing- Witness found.
Dea Moines, Iowa, Special:—The noted
ichborne case, involving au English baronet
and an immense estate iu England, has
•me to have a 1' I al interest to Dos Moines. It
ill be remembered that at the close of tho
ial Arthur Orton, claiming to be Koger Ticli
rne, the heir to the title and property,
jelared an unpo-tor and sentenced to
felve years' imprisonment. At that timo
was claimed bv Orton's counsel that
iO testimony of one man, whose where
)Otlts they were unable to locate, would
dlv establish the identity of his client. Ho
•uld not bo found and Orton was transported,
bout one year auohis term of banisliinent ex
red, and he returned to England and again
ogan the task of proving himself to Jiogi-r
ichborne. Marshal Hafner of Des Moines,
nong other ii. e officers, was corresponded'
ith in relation to the missing witness, and
•mo four weeks since ht came satisfied they
id located him in California. In fact, the
arshal discovered another man that per
•nally knew the witness, and had been assured
him that he could fully iudeniifv )rton and
ichborne. This intelligence Mr. llafner con
^yed to London io the parlies having the
atter in charge, who immediately forwarded
him 8500 wuli which to prosecute
16 search for the witness. Ac
trdingly the marshal sent the clerk of the
)lioe court to t}i• Pacilic slope on tliis errand,
id was recently rewarded by a telegram
om him dated at San Francisco, stating that
had been entin ly sm-ci ssl'ul in his mission,
id seen the man and ascertained that his evi
mce would be all that was expected. Mar
lal Hafnor has i iiled the report to London.
The Banian War ship In New York.
The Russian man of war Stielok which left
orfolk, is at New \ork. A special says, tho
•rivalof tho Htr. lok in the North rivir has
.used a great de.d of speculation as to its
jject. A pronin,e:it siuppmg limn said: "It
more than probntilc that the Strelok has re
lived secret order-: that war has or will be
jolared within a few bourn, and lias been or
trans Atlantic steamer
red to pick up
certain that tin
diiUcult as it lo,
•eat ferryjsteann
iverpool i6 bai
eiitei i iseisby no means
and that anv of
between New Vork
to be surprised.
relok is not a la i ..'is vessel, being onlv 1,
•gister, and moui.-ing ten guns, four of which
•e heavy rifled eces. Her crew numbers
-Omea. She ha- -i gre
spread of canvas,
ith double top «•!, and might by devices
lown to seamen, mask her warlike character
id pass for au innocent merchantman. A re
used ensign, tho signal of distress,
ould enable her to a p]
won eh a Cu-
irder, a Gu\oti or a National liner, or
ly of the sph-ndiil vessels that enb and
ave this port almost daily." It is said that if
ar is declared during the next twenty four
nirs the different lines may unite, hire tho
jsemite or oinc other last steamer and ser-*
out to warn vessels.
Mlfh-Tonetl Baltimore Scandal.
Baltimore Special. -High social circles were
ain agitated here by the tiling of a bill for
voroe by Bailie V. Thompson against her
lsband Charles li. Thompson, on the grounds
adoltery with Miss Cora Moore, a young
dy well known in Baltimore, who went astray
eently. Tin? plaintiff is the daughter o7
'.chard Hardestv, one of Baltimore's most
ominent and wealthiest retired merchants,
le is a beautiful woman, and at the timo of
n- marriage, eight year s, was the recognized
'lie the
most aristocratic circles. The de-
udant.is also highly connected. The third
irty involvt :1 is of good family, but quite un
'epoaseseing in appearance beside being
me. The evidence o( guilt against Thomp
is conclusive. ho wife has returned to
parenta' home.
Hemorial ofPos the Poet.
Three thousand ladies aud gcutlcinen wit
nessed tho unveiling of the Poe memorial
'lie main hall of the Metropolitan Museum of
Art, Central Park, New York. Ou l.cli ilf of
the actors interested in the movement, Edwin
Booth made a speech of presentation. He said:
Poe was a child of actors. Hi* mother,
Elizabeth Arnold, was a woman who. though
well born, hesitated not to consecrate to tii.j
dtaina ht- brief career of genius and beauty.
This was at a time when the theater wa« less
respected than it is at present. t|„. authoi
ot "The liaven" uid -'Haunted Palace." actors
like other leaders, re.Agnize a !*ing of
strange endowments, a writer who in
'lie lJiitgiiiticence of his concept intiK,
the Wleliiliess of liis j)i-tures, and the
vitality of his diction rivaled evn the wonder
ful originality and splendor of Coleridge hilt
they remember also, with a sentiment of per
sonal pride, that he was a man of theati ical
lineage while deploring hi* lauits, thev exult
in ins no hie intellect, powers, and his ever
bail him as
growing renown. America nia\
its foremost original author*
will always rejoice in him
her children. The ivp«v
runs iu her veins ran" also
in the exuberance of his
she sees the power and freedom
wild spirit. J'o the Metropolitan
Ast, in the name of the aet.u-s of
The stago
as one of
blood that
in his, and
of her own
Museum ot
N'*w Vork
and friends who assisted in their wo£|t. now
present this memorial of Edgar Allen Pe,
Hero may it be preserved un ler the reverent
protection oi American scholarship, a perma
nent tribute to gei11ii- and a lasting mom -nto
of sympathy and admiration until in the long
llight of agirs this structure, with all its haf
low -d r-hcrj ul the past, ahall have criuublud
into dust.
Th# Bnck Lake Fig-lit.
Winnipeg dispatch: Aleck Stewart, who par
tnipMted in the Duck Fake light ami was
wounded, sent a description of the
light, which
was published to-day. He states that :.'tH) reb
el- participated, led by Oabriel Duniont. The
u- conditional surrender of the polic,. was de
manded. liief Beardy and his braves were
among the rebels. When the police saw the
reb-N coming, Maj. Cro/ierordeivd thcslei-hs
Jo be placed across the load lor breast works.
The i e!„.ls came on and Crozier hent out an in
terpreter to parley.
During tin* parlej the rebels commenced
bring This is
important point, as the re
-iisibility will be laid at the do^ir ot the par
ty who tired tirst. The tiring was then gener
The civilians had P.' kilh-.hmd 1 w..uude
i tu-my s loss Mas killed am I i wouuil
'I be de.ul civilians w-n burieil.it Cai iUju.
lligenee by letter )ias bi'en rwetved froia
far north to rh- effect that l!i- 1 sent a le'
ter to Indians in the northern'districts iirgiTc*
them to rebel The letter was sent to Bttrl'"
ford. Fort Put, Fac Fa. Biche ami Edm •nti",
1'he tter told of the Dill k i.ake u torvrh
capture of Bart'eford. th- tail of Port Pitt air:
the iog Falor massacre, urging the hiui.'ns to
•""st n! 11 i ui gland coiaie.l and niai en to
hm, KM I
The President at Gettysburg.
1 he pt'i.-iiicn and his jiarty arrived on the
"vsbnrg Battle Field upon a sp-cial rrain •.(
ne. on Monday last. Among tho— who uc
•n.patiieil h'.iu wi re Vic. l're-ident n trick-.
-H-taiy of W ar Endicott. wif- Mid ilauehtei.
11 'aiy
Wbitnt y. Po^'mnste." lii-m-ral Vi.as.
n I-rye, tie* Swis tuini'ter, arid Commis
-loner Clack and wife A sa.'ute of rt il I. i_\
greeted the party on their arrival.
\V neii the president's train was near Mount
Hop-.- stuiion. Md., returnii'g fiorn (iettysbuig,
tillee ]-,»tol shots We)-| |,eald ill (JUlckslH
cession, as from a revolver, an the Hash oi
the vvvapon was si^n within two or three it 11
of the moving train. It is piobable that sonic
'ntimsiast had devised this m-thod ot celebra
ting the passa-e of the president and
that the demonstration was only intended as a
salute. It created some amusement and gavi
rise to some jocular comment among tin
passengers, but since rumors have spread
through the city that tin. president was shot at.
Ihe president expressed himself, however, as
having pa-scd a pleasant day and having been
Very much interested by what huhadseen and
tie.ud upon the battle ii',.],l of Gettysburg.
Wheat In India.
Consul Shaw writes the Stat-department from
Manchester, England, that, reports from the
government of India place ihe area of whoa*
lands in that country for ISM at *Jimht.im»acres,
oiisiil Shaw says I he estimated yield from
the above acreage is 7,iKX',iHiO tons yearlv. In
addition to the iiti.roo.iMHi acres now available
for cultivation India, itisestimated that with
new railroad lines '.i.iKm.tMW acres of good wheat
lands can be opened in the Piiujaub alone. A
competent authoi itv gives it as his opinion
that the wheat lands of India are fuliy equal in
extent to the wh at lauds of the United States,
and that the rapidly extending wheat promise* i
n largi ly increased w licit yield trom India in
the future at very low- cost. These fin ts «ro
important and iiiipTesivt', and should be dulv
considered by our peo]i|e. As rile outlook IH.W
appears, the Anierii-an markets ami those of
the South American states must soon provide
consumers tor our American wheat. In dis
cussing ami adjusting any future commercial
policy the country tins point should be kept
prominently in view.
Destructive Fire at Milos City.
Fire se out at Miles City. Montana, in
the rear of Brandenburg A- Vaegar-keu's Main
street nie.it market and packing house. The
Hanies spread rapidly, and ilesj ite every ef
fort of a large number of citizen* have de
strove 1 the above e.-tal llslllUelit. tog- tiler with
A. Smith'.- jewi Irv store, lleekf.ud's tniit
store, ,r. .\M'iiski ,v Bro.'s large tationerv
ami fancy goods store. E. B. Burleigh's
hanlware n Sijxs Bro.'s barber shop.
'J'lie block extending on tin' north side of
Main street from Sixth to Seventh streets is
nearly all gone, and but for the artesian water
works that were used to advantage on the
south side of Main street, it is dihieult to see
how ihe "outh part of the city could have been
saved. 'I lie loss is JlOP.IIiNI. Both the First
National ami Mock (irowirs" National banks
are safe, although the lattor was in considera
ble danger The tire is new subsiding an I
Will probably t-oon be under control.
A Mystery Solved,
The mystery of the outlet ol the Great Salt
Lake, Ftali. s ems to have been solved. Ac
cording to the Salt Fake Demm-rat, Peter Whit
lord and bis son were looking for cattle, a few
miles Irom So 11 Fake City, on horse back.
'Ihe son, who was riding in advance,
suddenly disappeared, together with his
horse, and a rumbling sound was heard.
Whitt'ofd senior galloped to the spot, and saw
a ynwning chasm, and In aid his son .-brick
from its d"pths. The rushing of water was 1
heaid below, and in response to his rails he
heard his son's voice. Felting \mi a roj e,
tho tiov fastened it around hi- body and w:ih
pull up. lb- said he fell in a cavern tbrouL'li
which a stream flowed rapidly, leaving a de
posit of salt. The conclusion of both was that
it came from Salt lake, wlm ii seems reason
Ken ward I'h'l-p's
th N'ev, \or-k Trillin
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judgment against
-en set asid
Dakota Wheat Growing".
From Bradstreet's Journal.
Soiii- interesting statistics on wheat growing
in the Northw c-t have been furnished the pros*
by Mr Cuvler Adams, of Spiritwood, Dak. Hit
.operations on the Spiritwood farm have b-e.
conducted on quite au extensive scale, but lu
Iteln ves eipiallv good n-sulfs can le ol.itaiiit'd
by smaller tanners.becaive, though tliev pa\
more for machinery tliev do away with sup rill*
tendent, cooks and other men necess.uv
in large establishment. This may not
be altogether correct, but Mr. Adams
statistics are no less valuable. He es
Iiinates the total cost growing au acre ot
whe.it to be divided as follows:
Interest on outlay for horses and ma
chinery an acre at -tl per cent $1 1"
Cost of see i at in cents a bushel, sowing
I'.j bushels to tiie acre
Cost of stubble plowing tho previous fall
an acre
Cost of sec-ding an acre
Cost of cutting and shocking, including
cord, an acre
Cost of superintendence, wintering stock,
etc., an acre
Total..... $T OC
This lie ilividos bya yield of 1*5 bushels tn
the acre-a low estimate—-giving the cost of a
nushel i11'. Adding to this the cost fo thresh
ing 7c a bushel, and hauling to the elevator
1 *c.. gives a total of :{'.ȣ c. Valuing the land
.'ind improvements at Sloan acre, with interest
at s per cent., gievs 81.^'0 an acre per annum,
whicji dividi'd by a ield of lb btisliels eipials
.yc. 'J'lu ret'ore, if the wheat was sold at -17c
there would still 1« a net increase from the
lands of per cent. But the average price
received was much greater than 47c. and a
yield of MU bushels to the acre was quite
general last year. Mr. Adams concludes that
when the day comes that northern Minne-ota
and Dakota farmers cannot grow wheat at the
market price with a profit, t.iat d:.y Will see
those slates whose lands are worth $|oo,,r
"veil Soo an acre entirely out of the running.
If any part of tle United States can afford to
grow wheat at a low price it is the northwest
there wji-.it growing is cheapest, according to
Mr. Ad mis' deductions, and there will the
largest proiits be.
)ver twenty entries of land a day are
ti"\v liJrd in the Bismarck land office.
The Citizens' national bank of Wa
rn-fi)nl will be open for business M:iv
I ii Northern Dakota large quantiti. 3
all in.
w ill be sown after the wheat is
A Russian colony of 700 families is
'••'int* located in Campbell and Mrl'lier
II counties.
Hicli tin ore in hup- quantitus luis
been discovered in 1 lie Climax miea
mine, near Custer.
Ten prominent firms at Devils Lake
liave agreed to elose their busiui-ss
places on Sundays.
Steele county has purchased Mr,
t-'ole\s brick hotel for a court hou&e,
paying him $20,0U0.
It cost twenty-live dollars for a
-'ippor given to a farmer jury wliilo in
-•••isiiin at Huron recently.
Extensive preparation are already be
gun for a lirenien's tournament, to talw»
place at fSionx Falls in June.
Mr. No well, living near Dell llapids,
!i:ls mysteriously disappeared, nothing
having Ixeu seen or hoard of hiui since
March 3.
The people of Sioux Falls will have a
:-hanco to vote on a proposition to issue
city bonds for the construction
of sowera.
There is a scarcity of houses in I] s
wicli. About one hundred and fifty
immigrants arrived in that city iu one
day recently.
A fellow calling himself Wilscn
hired a team of ponies of .Julius l'alil,
a Uighmore liveryman, and has failed
to return tlieiu.
The Milwaukee railroad company
have donated lots to the town of Wil
mot. ltoberts county, for the building
of a iiresbyterian church.
Attorney (General Jtiee of Dakotii
has been investigating the Winnebago
and Crow Creek reseivation and tindi?
no evidence of land grabbing.
A new daily paper has been started
fit Yankton. Hon. Joseph (Jr. Chand
ler, receiver of the laud ollice and son
of William E. Chandler, is one of the
Hon. Loren Dunlo}, the emigration
commissioner, is setting a good exam
ple in putting out many thousand tre s.
Helms aline tree claim and valuable
A notable event in the liistovy of La
Moure will be the dedication of the new
Presbyterian church, the second week
in May. It is the tirst church edifice
erected in that place.
The conference of Congregational
ministers of South Dakota resolves that
the president's order regarding the
Crow Creek and Winnebago reserva
tions was a big mistake.
In a dispute over the ownership of
claim neur Traverse, Anton Nelson shot
Fred Tyler. The shooting caused a
great excitement, and threats of lynch
ing are freely circulated.
The Barnes Democrat says the farm
ers of tl at fine county will save fullv
£80,000 on machinery alone this year,
as they have learned economy and care
iu the use of the implements.
Scotland will now acquiesce in the
location of the county seat of I3o»
Homme, at Lvndale, without legal
contest. It will direct its energies to
the securing cf a line towu hall.
Piute Courtship.
Sarah Whmemuca in San Francisco Call.
Piute courtship lacks freedom, and yet
it is not devoid of that intense excitement
that attends love-making the world over.
You may suppose that the girls and
young men would steal out of their lodg
es moonlight nights and have clandes
tine meetings and woo in that way, but
they never dare to do it. Indeed,
they never speak together. A word
never passes between them. But stili a
girl very soon knows when a young man
is interested in her. He tries to catch
her attention by his horsemanship,or his
skill with the bow, or his athletic ac
complishments. He rides by her at a
furious speed and returns again and
again. In this way he attracts her atten
tion, and informs her, although he does
not speak a word, tiiat he loves her and
would like to marry her. But this does
not comprise all of his courtship. At
night when the Indians have retired to
their wigwams and are sleeping, the
young man rises from his bed of leaves
and skins and goes to the lodge occupied
by the girl lie loves. He enters silently
and sits down beside her couch. A lodge
is circular in shape, and at night when
the inmates go to bed tliev heap brush
wood and logs on the fire tho center
of the tent, and then lie down with their
feet toward the fire and their heads to
ward the out-side or circumference of the
wigwam. The Indians sleep on leaves
and robes and are covered when sleeping
with skins. As tho young man enters
the lodge he can see by the firelight
where the young girl is sleeping and he
goes directly toiler side, often stepping
over other sleepers, and sits down by her
bed. It is customary for the young girl
to sleep near her grandmother, who is
expected to rest lightly after the girl has
made her debut. As soon as she sees
the young man enter she wakens the girl,
who rises and goes to where lier mot her
is sleeping and lies down beside her.
As soon as she does this the young man
rises and goes out as silently as lie came
Not a word is spoken. He does not
touch the girl, while ho is sitting by
her side as she sleeps. Her grand
mother does not sneak a word of en
couragnient to h.in, neither does her
mother indicate that he is a welcome
suitor. The next night lie comes again
and takes up his position beside the
girl, and keeps this up for along time.
During all the timo ho is courting in
this way he is treated as an absolute
Btranger by the girl^s relations. They
may have entertained him before he
begun his attention to the girl her
•brothers may have limited with him und i
shared the game with him, but when lie
once begins to woo the girl all famil
iarity and friendship ceases, He is
never invited to eat of food prepared by
the family of the girl, and lier brothers
never offer him anything on the hunt.
His presence is wholly ignored. If tho
girl does not like him she tells her
grandmother, and when the young man
comes again at night, that good old ladv
ris'-s from her bed, takes a handful of
hot ashes from the fire and throws them
in tiisfaee. That's the mitten. If he
persist in his attentions aud continues
to come again a^d again, the whole
family unite in heaping indignities upon
him, but the girl is never a party to
this. Her brothers and sisters aud
father aud mother throw ashes upon
him, dowse him with water, flagellate
him with stout switches and drive him
from the lodge. Sometimes an Indian
persist?, in spite of such assaults, and
goes again and again to the tent where
the girl is sleeping. Sometimes his
pe rseverance wins her heart
not often.
If the girl likes him and is willing i
they go about together. A day is fixed
for the wedding. A great feast is
prepared. The relatives of the girl and
the young man sit around a great camp
fire together, the young man and the
girl sitting hide by side. The food is in
baskets. The girl has carefully cooked
a basket of food for her intended hus
bi.nd, and as she hands it to him he
seizes her wrist with his right hand and
tak.'.s the basket with his left. That is
the marriage ceremony. The girl's
father then pronounces them man and
vife, and they go to a lodge, where
thev live together.
An enterprising reporter of a Hart
ford (Conn.) journal stretched his con
science a few days ago iu order to ob
tain a little of the inner facts of the "se
cret praise service" of the Salvation
Army holding forth in that city. The
requisite to gain admission into the
sanctuin-sanctorium was proof of peni
tence aud conversion which the report
er admitted to be his experience. The
clo.-lng part of the service in which the
reporter entered with zest, was the
embracing and kissing of the women
Salvationists bv those of the sterner
sex. The reporter has sinci-been a reg
ular attendant ami vows that he wili
never become a blaekslider from the
A Tew Words About the Capacity of Ojra*
ter Eaters.
The month of March is here, a month
in which the oy.-ter, in this latitude, is
supposed to don its most appetizing
qualities, and mpt the epicure to even
more than his ordinary indulgence.
Exactly how many of them it is possible
for him to swallow at a sitting we won't
pretend to say. Capacities vary in dif
ferent individuals, and as the epicure is,
of course, an individual,
number can be fixed upon as his rule.
Speaking of capacity in the oyster line,
the following story from the Caterei
will bear repeating:
Not a great many years ago a some
what celebrated European prima donna
visited this country and, with her maid,
took up her quarters at one of the fash
ionable hotels of Now York. Hearing
the American oysters praised so highly,
she determined, on her return to the
hotel after one of her operatic perform
ances, to give them a trial. Kinging
for the waiter, she gave her order.
"Bring oysters for one."
"How many will you have, Madame?"
asked the waiter.
"How many? Well,
am very hun­
gry and might possibly get through
with a thousand, but a hundred will
answer my present purpose. You may
bring me a hundred to commence
with." And taking up a newspaper
she commenced scanning its contents,
first giving a passing glance at the
surprised expression that crossed the
man's face as he left the room. After
a delay, which to the hungry prima
donna seemed needlessly long, a knock
came at the door. "Come in," and
half a dozen waiters entered, in single
file, each bearing a tray half-filled with
]dates containing Sad'dlerocks 011 the
half-shell, quarters of lemons, crackers,
etc. The secret of the servant's surpris
ed look as he left the room after re
ceiving the order, was now plain to the
lady. Her ignorance of the dimensions
of the American oyster had been the
cause of her perpetrating a practical
joke at her own expense, a joke which
she was now rather anxious to keep to
herself. Quietly dismissing the servants
with "Yes, those will do, you may go,"
she commenced and ended her feast,
wondering how slio was to disposo of
the dozens of great oysters that
still lay on the shells untouched. A
moment of doubt, aud she raised the
window then taking up the oysters
one by one with her fork, she scattered
them out through the window in all
directions, continuing the operation
until the hundred shells all lay empty
upon the plates. Then ringing the
bell for the servants she sat down at
the table, aud picked up her paper.
The 1
00k of astonishment upon the
faces of Ihe servants when they entered
and saw the empty shells fully compen
sated the ladv for the mistake she had
made in her stimate of the American
"Fake awav these shells and bring
me another hundred--stay, to-morrow
will do" and the astonished wailers tiled
out of the room with their load of
shells and a high opinion of a prima
donna's capacity for oysters.
Congressional Mediocrity.
Carp's Wa-liin,'ton Letter.
Congressmen are each paid salaries
of $5,000 a year. There are 325 of
them, and about twenty-five out of
that number are worth their salaries.
The best could not make more than
half that by the sale of their talents to
the world in any capacity, and if some
of them were forced to live by the
sweat of their brows outside of politics
to marry him, then she tells her grand- on a low diet, and not from choice
mother, who informs the girl's fattier.
If the family think it is a suitable
match the father invites the young man
to the tent and asks him, in the presence
of the girl, if he loves and will take
good care of her. Then the father asks
the girl is she loves the young man,
and tells her the duties ot a wife. If
both say they love ach other, the two
become engaged, but even after that
,, ,, -~r, -I ... How did they
tliev do not talk together, neither do got here? In various wavs. Some
many of them would go
either. Look over the men of your
acquaintance. How many of them" are
worth $5,000 a year outside of their
Pick out 325 men from any part of
the Union -men whose brain and
muscle 1U0113 is worth $5,000 a year in
the market —and I will show you that
they are of a far higher grade than tlmse
making up this body.
bought their seats, it is charged, and
some held them through their friend
ship with great corporations. Some
got them bv drinking at barrooms to
cultivate the slums, and some hypo
critically slid into them by praving in
the churches at the same time. Others
hold their places by the favor of certain
district rings and-the mainspring which
runs the successful machinery of others
is the sending out of seeds and the
Government documents to their farm
ing constituents. A few of them are
really great men, but these I can count
my fingers. A few more are noble
and upright, and now and then you
will find one who does, because it is for
his country's good, and not leciiu.se it
will benefit himself. Most of them
swell about and pose as great men.
suppose they think they are so, saving
at election time, when they must drink,
truckle and bootlick to keep their
greatness uppermost. Congressional
greatness! J'angh!
Old Senator Brabantio, of Venice,
Desdemoua's father, was a man of a
good deal of sense and worldly wisdom,
and he advised Othello to look sharp to
his bride: "She has deceived her fath
er, and may thee." Intending bride
grooms who win their prize-out-of-hand
might profitably reflect on this bit ol

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