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The other day my Mend McPhail
WM Stricken with disease. v*
Wo knew 'twas not & c5ld, becavM
With that yon hare to snoeze
It could not be a fever, for
With fevers you arc hot,
And BO wo really could not tell
What sickness he had got.
The first day he began to grin
The second day to giggle
The third day anlckering sat In
jw-fs..X And kept his face a-wrtggle.
The fourth day It was haw! haw! haw I
The fifth a perfect roar,
A a
^. -:'i And scored us more nm! more.
The doctors camo, and* looking wiso
They said they never saw
A c«»e Like this before. McPhafl
Just roared out haw! haw haw I
The windows rattled in their saah,
jj The wise men startled grew
And said they thought his funny-bone
Congested through and through.
Perhaps, they said, it might be well
To talk of something sad
To fix his thoughts on solemn things
.*Was all the hope they had.
So we sat down with faces grave,?
All in a ujournf ol row,
And talked of sorrow, death, and sin
Till tears began to flow.
Alas 1 he only laughed the more
To see the tears we shed.
*Twas plain this treatment wouldn't do.
"No hope for him," we said.
So we gave up in sad dispair,
And left him to his fate,
In tears, just as we heard a sound
Of some one at the gate.
"McPhail, here
comes your mothcr'n*law,*
We said. The roaring stopped,
$ His features lost their funny look
His jaw that moment dropped.
Binco then he has not laughed or smiled
He's solemn as you please,
But seems to think the remdy
I$AV .v Was worse than the disease.
V*-Sill Jones.
[Not copyrighted. No rights reserve^)
Endicott "Winthrop Smytho was un
der tbe weather. That he crawled un
der it of his own motion is a proposi
tion that is not to bo entertained. It
is not an angel nnawraes. Neither is
it a spring chicken. It is simply a
bang-up, knuckle-down proposition
with no nonsense abont it, and very
little ol that
Why was Endicott under the' weath
He had just yearningly plead with
Minerva Beacc-nstreet to join her lot
with his, matrimonially. She had not
joined with desirable unanimity.
"Why do you refuse me he had
asked, through his clinched teeth.
Ho was very accomodating in the
matter of clenched teeth. Always
spoke through them when the dramatic
requirements of the situation demand
ed. He was also a wax daisy in the
cynical-smile line. And his far-off
look of unrequited love was unsur
"Why," he repeated, "do you refuse
mo? Is it my poverty that causes you
to refnse?"
"No," answered Miss Beaconstreet,
measuring her words with exquisite
precision—she carried a tape-line for
the purpose—"it is not your poverty
it is because the distance of your op'
tical perception is not commensurate
with my visual limitations."
That was her way of telling him that
he was not short-sighted enough.
"Alas, Minerva," he answered, '1
know that I am cursed with a length
of vision unnatnral in a scion of Bos'
ton culture. But byreading fine print,
by every means in my power I swear
to you that I will strive to obliterate
the remoteness of my sight. And in
the meantime I can wear glasses and
in that way make a show of respects
bility. Oh, Minerva, have pity on
your long-Bighted suitor."
"No," she answered with that rare
percision of homogeneous verbosity for
which the Boston girl is noted, "I
would rather unite myself to visual ob
liquity, such as pertains to a late su
preme executive of our common
That was her way of telling him that
ho was not even as attractive to her as
Ben Butler.
Then it was that Endicott Winthrop
Smythe had gotten under the weather.
How he at last managed to como out
will be related in volume two-
Twenty years have passed—years
freighted with clouds and blue sky,
with gloom and sunshine, with winter's
snow and summer's grass, with joy and
sorrow, with pleasure and pain, with
grief and gladness, with hope and de
spair, with laughter and tears, with
smiles and frowns, and dSaths and
births, and spring-poems and boarding
house hash, and ice-cream and soda
water and bock boor,, and stale eggs,
and maple sugar and
(Let go my coat tail, I tell you. Let
me get at him!)
Hello! where ami? Oh, yes. Twenty
years have passed.
Endicott Winthrop Smythe was now
a middle aged man. His hair was
gray, but not with years. At least
that was what he told me, and I sup
pose we must take his word for it.
Perhaps his hair was too high-toned to
associate with such common-place
chumps as years. Boston hair is very
fine and exclusive, and I should not
wonder if Mr. Smythe's hair had struck
up an acquaintanceship with some dude
cycles and JEons and such like blue
bearded scions of Time. If so, Mr.
Smythe did not mention the fact.
But as time flies and fly time is ap
proaching, wo may not pause to discuss
minor points.
Endicott Winthrop Smythe was still
as fastidiouBlylumas when, twenty-years
ngone, he had clenched his teeth so
He always combed *his hair before
coming down to breakfast and cleaned
his finger-nails at least once a lustrum.
And he was likewise never known to .iok
liis teeth with a church steeple in pub
He had not seen Miss Beaconstreet
since the incidents mentioned in our
first volume. But now he had returned
from the wide wild West loaded down
to the gunwale with that potential
something vulgarly called "boodle.'
And he proposed to attain assail the
citadel—not to mention the iron-clad
ships and other strongholds—of her
heart. For she was still a spinster.
Suitors she had'in plenty. But they
all read fine print at longer range than
two inches, and so one after another
ahe had sent them packing.
With great trepidation and many
other intense feelings he ascended the
marble steps of her palatial residence
and rang the bell of her residential res
"I have called," he said, after their
first greeting, "to claim you for my
own. Oh, tell me Minerva that you will
be mine. If any smouldering spark of
affection for.me has lingered in your
heart, Oh let it burn on into a glad
some blast of cheerful fiame. Oh,
Minerva, Minerva, will you be my
Her lips were painfully compressed,
and the unusual terseness of her lan
guage showed that her feelings had
broken from their cages in the circus
tent of her soul, .as she replied severely.
"Where are your specs?"
"I have no specs, Minerva. But," he
continued proudly, significantly rat
tling a handful of silver in his pocket,
"I—have—made a 'spec!'"
"Oh, Endy," she exclaimed, falling
into his arms.
Thus Endicott Winthrop Staythe got
from under the vi eather.
The cowboy, in himself the expres
sion of tho whole later history of the
Lone Star State, rides headlong
through the plazas, his gray sombrero,
exaggerated boots, his ornate Mexican
saddle, loosened rein, hanging arms
and fine disdain of all conventionalities
of horsemanship, make him like a cen
taur prepared for emergencies. Close
by his side nestles a six-shooter well
loaded, and a coil of rope from the
high pommel of his saddle. He is
bronzed and woll-featured, scrupulous
ly shaved, with the exception of his
upper lip, which sports a mustache
that a bandit chief might envy. His
hair is guiltless of the shingling pro
cess to which that of tho ordinary man
is subjected, and it is to be feared that
he "chews," but his general air beto
kens an harmonious adjustment of per
sonality to environment that gives an
optimistic flillip to one's flagging confi
dence in human nature's possibilities
refreshing beyond measure. He may
bo immensely rich or he may possess
nothing but the rough pony, with its
hideous brand, on which he rides. Ap
pearances give no clue. He may gaze
with subdued and respectful admira
tion at the pretty city girls ("humans"
as he denominates them with a gallant
implication of his knowledge of the
shortcomings of his own sex) whom
he meets in his mad career through
the town—for he is always, when
on horseback, in the most pro
digious hurry. He is mild of manner
usually, with less recourse to pistol,
law in settling his difficulties than we
are given to understand, but he will
shoot a "greaser" (Mexican) with
less compunction than a Northern man
would shoot a cur. A greaser is to him
neither man nor beast, and there is a
comfortable sense of virtue pervading
his frame when he has made iL jir
number less by half a dozen or so.
Near the most prominent and modem
hotel, the old Alamo (first in the series
of missions built by the In^jan converts
under the directions of the Franciscans
150 years ago) sits, like some veteran
of a dozen battles, brooding in tho sun
shine over the heroes whose blood yet
stains its floor—poured out in defense
of liberty. Davy Crockett, Travis, and
Colonel Bowie, of bowie-knife fame,
were among them men whose names to
the young generation are as pregnant
with mysterious and with giant deeds
of valor as that of any here of the mid
dle ages. And down in the military
plaza, as the evening draws in, the
Chili-con-Carne vendors set up their
stands, a class of tradesmen, indigenous
to Mexico and Texas, the outcome of
the average citizen's objection to seek
ing his bed before tho dawning of the
"wee sma' hours."
Look at the list, Elizabeth, of Eng
land, one of the most illustirons modern
sovereigns. Her rule over Great Brit
ian certainly comprises the most bril
liant literary age of the English-speak
ing people. Her political acumen was
certainly put" to as severe tests as that
of any other ruler in the world ever
was. Maria Edgewood was an old
maid. It was this woman's writings
that first suggested the thought of
writing similarly to Sir Walter Soctt.
Her brain might well be called the
mother of the Waverly novels. Jane
Porter lived and died an old maid.
Tho children of her busy brain were
"Thaddeus of Warsaw" and "The Scot
tish Chiefs," which have moved the
hearts of millions with excitement and
tears. Joanna Baillie, poet and play
writer, was "one of 'em." Florence
Nightingale, most gracious lady, hero
ine of Inkermaan and Balaklava hos
pitals, has to the present written
"Miss" before her name. The man
who should marry her might well
crave to tako tho name of Nightingale.
Sister Dora, the brave spirit of English
pest houses, whose story is as a help
ful evangel, was the bride of the world's
sorrow only. And then what names
could the writer and the reader add
to those whom the great world may
not know, and the little world of the
village, the church, the family know,
and prize beyond all worlds.—North
British Advertiser.
The Volga is the largest, as it is the
greatest, river in Europe. It runs from
latitude 57 north, through exclusively
Russian territory, a distance of over two
thousand miles, and falls into the Cas
pian not far from Astrakan. In its
course it passes by Nishni, Novgorod,
Kazan, and Saratov, and is navigable
for steamers of heavy class from a point
somewhat north of the first-named
place, where the great fair of the Rus
so-Oriental world is annually held.
Moscow itself, the ancient city of the
Czars, is situated on a tributary of the
great river, and canals connect its up
per stream with the White and Baltio
seas. In all its course, from its source
to the Caspian,, it is as far removed
from any possible foreign attack as is
the Mississippi, and it somewhat resem
bles the latter river in its changeable
channel, great length, and Tast volume
THE great art of conversation con
sists in not wounding or humilitating
anyone in speaking only of things that
we may know, in conversing with others
only on subjects which may interest
THE most brilliant qualities become
useless when they are not sustained by
force of character.
Your Time on that Day Should
Partly be Employed
pt:, in Reading,
The Fool's Prayer—The Religious Instinct
—The Bloom of Age
Communion, Etc.
•The Foot a Prayer.
The roynl feast was done the king
Sought some new sport to banish care*
And too his jester criod, "Sir Fool,
Kneel now for us and make a prayer\%
The jester doffed his cap and bells,
And stood the mocking court before,
They could not see the bitter smilo
Behind the painted grin he wore.
He bowed his head and bch't his knee
Upou the monarch's silken stool
tiis pleading voice arose, "O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!
"No pity. Lord, could change tbo heart
From red with wrong to white as wool
The rod must heal the sin but» Lord,
Bomerciful.tome, a fool)
*Tia by our guilt the onward sweep
Of truth and Tight, O Lord, wo stay,
'Tis by our follies that so long
We hold the earth from heaven away.
•These clumsy feet, still in the mire,
Go crushing blossoms without end.
These hard wcll-mctuiing hands we thrust
Among the heart strings of a friend.
"The ill*time truth that we have kept—
We know how sharp it pierced and stung 1
The -words wo had not sense to say—
Who knows bow grandly it ba/i rang?
"Our faults no tenderness should ask,
The chastening stripes must cleanse them all
But for our blunders—oh, in shame
Before the eyes of heaven we fall.
"Earth bears no blossoms for mistakes
Men crown the knave, and scourge the tool
That did hiB will but Thou, O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!"
The room was hushed in silcnce rose
Tho king, and sought bis garden cool,
And walked apart and murmured low,
"Be merciful to me. a fool."
2 he Blown of Age-
A good woman never grows old.
Years may pass over her head, but if
benevolence and virtue dwell in her
heart, she is as cheerful as when the
spring of life first opened to her view.
When we look upon a good womau wo
never think of her age she looks as
charming as when the rose of youth
first bloomed on lier cheek. The rose
has not yet faded it will never fade.
In her neighborhood she is the friend
and benefaotor.
Who does not respect and love tho
woman who has passed her days in acts
of kindness and mercy—whose whole
life has been one scene of kindness and
love and a devotion to truth? No
such a woman cannot grow old. She
will always be fresh and buoyant in
spirit, and active in humblo deeds of
mercy and benevolence.
If girls desire to retain the bloom
and beauty of youth, let them not yield
to the sway of fashion tind folly let
them love truth and virtue and to the
close of life they will retain those feel
ings which now make life appear a gar
den of sweets, ever frosh and ever new.
The Ketiffiotis histluc' in Man.
The religious in man is not in any re
spect different from bis other instincts.
We have an instinctive appreciation of
religious instruction as we have of
quantity or music, and yet we may nev
er become religious or mathematicians
and musicians. One born blind cannot
argue about light so it is physiologic
ally impossible for one if he has no re
ligious sense to talk much about reli
gion. How difficult it would be to give
a child religious instruction if he had
no instinct for it! You could teach
him that one thing is right and another
wrong, but you could not implant in
him the sense of right and wrong. This
is already in his mind and lies there
waiting the intellectual training, as the
dawn is in the east long before the sun
dial can tell the hour. This instinct is
the basis of a minister's work he does
not have to plant it, but to train it. The
existence of the religious sense makes
an easy argument lor the existence of
God. We believe that structually hu
man nature is not a lia We trust our
eye and ear then why not trust our re
ligious sense? It is as early, univer
sal, and strong as any other. If it is
false, all human nature is false if it is
true, there is a God with whom we
should have personal relations. This
question is not, "Is God knowable?"
but "Is human nature trustworthy?"
Holiness comes not from the possession
of this religious instinct, but from the
cultivation of it—From Dr. Park
hurst's Sermon.
Communion is that real invisible, fel
lowship. which Christians have with the
triune God and with each other, in the
observance of Christian rites and the
performance of Christian duties, (i.
John i. 3, 7.) It is a blessing much to
be desired, hence the expressed wish of
the apostle Paul for the Corinthians:
"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the lovo of God the Father and tho
communion of the Holy Ghost be with
you all. Amen." (it. Cor. XIII. 14.)
Rutherford speaks of it in this wise
from his prison cell at Aberdeen: "The
king dineth with his prisoner, and his
spikenard casteth a smell. He has led
me to suoh a pitch and degree of joyful
communion with himself, as I never be
fore knew." It has been found to bo
especially sweet when drawing near the
gates of death: so much so, that, with,
the Psalmist, thousands of Christians
have taken up the refrain in the 23d
Psalm: "Yea, though I walk through
tho valley of the shadow of death, I
will fear no evil: for thou art with me
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
Or, like good old Simeon, have cried
out, "Now lettest thou thy servant de
part in peace, for my eyes have seen
thy salvation." (Luke n. 30.j The
nearness and sweetness of communion
which some of the saints obtain with
Christ, is well illustrated by an account
of an evening's devotions of the sainted
Bengal, by one who watched him. He
sal long before his open Bible, and
while perusing its sacred pages, and
comparing Scriptnre with Scripture,
the hour of midnight sounded. Nature
seemed at length exhausted. He folded
his arms over the open book, and look
ing up gave utterance to these words:
"Lord Jesus, thou knowest we are on
the same old terms," and then in a few
moments fell asleep.
Christians find this communion with
each other in the fullest extent when
engaged in the sacred observances of
leligios. 1. Cor, x. 10, 17.)
Brighter than *11 of the OlnSter of start
Of tbe flic enshrouding hie form to-day,
IIU luce Milncs. forth from th* mime or mus
With a glory that«h*R cot pass away.
He rests at lust! He has borne bis paH.
Of salutes, and salvo*, ahd cheers on cheers
But, O! the sobs of his country's heart.
And the driving rain Of a nation's tears!
Soldiers! look on his face the last.
With never a tremble of lip or lldt
Look on the hero, as you flle nan.
And front his foe as your lo'ier did
For still Ton may sec ill the dccpsst dol6
And the darkest nlsht of yonr discontent,
Tbe great white light of his loyal soul
Ablaze In the midmost firmament.
W'hitcoinb JtUey*
TCD. IToracn I'ortcr's llecoIlecHrin*.
IMvnnt MocGrepor special.]
Gen. Porter stud he felt keenly for Sirs.
Grant, for he knew how vA-y strong was
(he bond of affection between her nn her
late husband. They wore always together
except when the General was in the field,
and there always existed between them the
utmost harmou.v.
Speaking of Gen. Grant's disposition,
Gen. l'orter ™iik "It was one of the lisp-
iieet dispositions I ever knew. I was with
for nine consecutive yenis, never leav
ing bis side but for a few hours at a time,
and I never know htm to be angry. Tliu
nearest- approach to it was ohee frhen he
saw a teamster Uymcrcifullv beailng a poor
horse. The-Goneral dashed up to him and
said: "Ycu scoundrel! yon ought to bo
ashamed of yourself.' Tho teamst.'r made
some impertinent reply, aud the General
ordered him tied up by tba hands. Gen.
Grant never in his life uttered an oath. I
never heard him even utter the mildest
form of an imprecation, which is a most
unusual thing in the free-and-easy atmos
phere of army lifo. This mine happy dis
position was one of the reasons why all
those who were immediately abont I im,
from the hcmblest dependent up, were so
devotedly attached to him. An instance of
this is shown iu the case of Albert Haw
kins, the coal-black coachman, who has
asked permission to drive the hearse at the
General's funeral. 1 don't kuow where the
General got Albert, but it was before he was
made President the first time. Gen. Grant
was pre-emiuently a man of the people.
His heart warmed to them, and he liked
to mingle in throngs. In his journeys by
rail he loved to leave his private air and go
out into the smoker and sit down in the
scat with somebody and chat Vet he
conld very effectually crush uudue famil
iarity. I remember once coml up with
him from Long Branch. We wore in the
smoking-car, and a rough-looking fellow
who sat in the seat in front of us glanced
around and recognized the General. Tip
ping a wink to those about him, ho turned
nrnund to the General, and said:
Cap, give us a light, will ye?' Gen. Graut
looked calmly over him with that imper
turbable face of his, and then, taking out
his match-box, ho handed the man two
matches. Thero wag that about this sim
ple little action which definitely checked
any further advances, and tho man who
had tried it, from that time on, was very
much interested in the passing landscape.
"I never in my life saw but one man so
cool Under tire as was Gen. Grant," con
tinued Gen. Portor, "and that was a bugler
in the Fourth Cavalry. Both the General
and this man could look right in the face
of the heaviest fire without even so much
as winking. Not one man out of thousands
can bo found who will not involuntarily
move wheu bullets whistle by his ear, but
Gen. Grant never moved a muscle. He
was also a wonderfully ready man. I re
member that second day's fight at the Wil
derness, when in the evening word came in
that Shaler had been captured, that Sev
mour had been captured, and Sedgwick's
command driven back. Gen. Grant coolly
and swiftly gave his orders, moving thou
sands of men here and thousands
thero. It was as though he had known
the situation for days instead of a few
minutes, and was basing his movements
on carefully matured plans. Hewasnlso
equally quick in expressing his opinions
when suddenly called upon to do so, and
when people requested his views on cer
tain points, and asked him to write them
down when he had thought them over, lie
would say: 'I can write them down now
for yon.' Then he*vouUl lake pen and
pnpor, and quickly write p-ige after page, so
clearly and concisely that not an interline
ation would be required. He wrote his
message vetoing the inflation of the cur
rency in jnst this way. Ho sat down at a
little round table in bis bed-room aud
wrote rapidly on until he hid fin
ished, and tho message contained one. of
the most exhaustive analyses of our cur
rency system lhat have ever been pub
"In the field tho General usually wore a
common blue army blouse and a 6louch
hat He had two horses, one called Jeff
Davis and the other Cincinnati. Jeff Davis
was captured down on Davis' plantation, I
believe. It was a brown pony, and a very
easy-riding animal Gen. Gnint rode this
horse when I accompanied him to the
front at the time the mine was exploded in
front of Petersburg. There was some
bungling about the work, and tho Gen
eral pushed on to the front. The men
did not recognize him as he hurried
through their ranks. Dismounting from his
horse, ho leaped over the works, crawled
through the abattis, aud pushed on to the
extreme front. Gen. Grant was one of the
beBt horsemen I ever Baw. Ho could rido
easily on any horse, no matter how awk
ward his gait was, and he had the knack of
getting out of his horse all there was in
him, too. I remember once when Mr.
Bonner asked him If ho did not want to
drive one of his horses. The General re
plied that he did, and drovo the horse over
the course, getting out of him the second
fastest time ho had ever made. Ho had a
strong, friendly way of handling a horsa
that at once won his confidence, just as a
little child feels confidence in tho nurse
who holds him gently and securely."
Grant at Vlcksburs: His Kindness to
Those About Him.
[Dr. E. A. Duncan, in Louisville Courler-
"How did General Grant appear before
"As plain as an old stove. It was hard
to make the new troops believe that it was
him as he rode over the field. He wore a
common soldier's blouse frizzled out at the
bottom, and cavalry pants stuffed in bis
boots. He wore a low-crowned, black hnt,
without so much as a gold cord. The sim
plest Major General's straps were tho only
thing about his dress that told his rauk.
Ho always rode a splendid horse, however,
and the trappings of the steed were always
in full uniform. But that waB duo to h":s
orderly moro than anything else. Ho de
lighted in a good horse. He nsually kept
six of them on hand—two or three in tho
field at the same tinio. His favorite war
horse was of the noted Lexington of Ken
tucky slock, and I think he called him Lex
"Was the General a luxurious liver?"
"By no means. He enjoyed a good meal
as much as any one, but never complained
of what was set before him. He would
have been satisfied with hard-tack, nnd
sow-belly. He did not drink a drop of
liquor during tbe siege of Vicksburg. Ho
had promised General Bawlins, afterward
his Chief of Staff and Secretary of War, at
Shiloh, lo abstain. He never broke over
but ones from that day to the close of the
wor, and that was accidental. A banquet
was given to him and General Banks after
the fall of Vicksburg, at New Or'eans. and
in the conviviality of the hour he took a
few glasses of wine."
"How did tho General treat those about
"AVith the greatest kindness and respect.
He had less egotism than any great man I
ever saw. He was eager to give every
man a full measure of praise and ap
preciation for what he did. He wonld
even hunt out what each man merited.
One element of his greatness was his de
sire to pull up his friends with him. It
never occurred to him to claim the glory
of any campaign. He always spoke of his
victories as due to this, lhat, and the other
General. Ho was the best balanced man I
ever saw. I never once saw him exalted
by the most glowing success nor depressed
by failure. He took things as they came.
He had more of the qualities that inspire
heio worship than any one I ever camo in
contact with. Such a man does not ap
pear but once in an ng He rarely ever
used a profane word, when angry, which
was rare, he was the opposite of other men.
He would then knit his brows, compress
his lirs, and speak slowly."
"What day did he enter Vicksburg?"
"The 4th of July. Gen.' Pemberton
wanted him to enter the day before, but he
replied: 'No, I have been wai'Jng to cele
brate the tth." The first thing he did was
to issue abundant rations ana parole the
prisoners. That was a master stroke to
parole them, for had be seat them Xorth
they would have been a tremendous ex.
pense to the Government, and as soon as
exchanged they would have returned to thd
rebel ranks. AS it was they were glAd to
go home and remain on their parole."
"You say Gem Sherman was in full sym
pathy with Gen. Grant?"
"Assuredly. I remember to have heard
Gen. Sherman list) a remarkable sentence
in speaking of his chief. Said ho: 'The
thing that makes Gen. Grant so great is,
that it is impossible to incumber him with
men or responsibilities. He could com*
mand a million men if you could get a fiel
bigonotigh. Gen. Grant Comma ded tho
longest line of battle ever foncht in tho
history of the world—that Is Mission Ridge,
sere I'miles. Fighting was going on that
entire length nt once. The General sat
quietly by a little telegraph instrument and
ordered commander after commander to
develop what was in front of him. He al
ways knew what he Was doing. He once
ordered a certain general, Whose name 1
will not give, to make an assault. The
genet al, who did not want him to sjicr.eed.
replied: "I fully comprehend youf order,
but to carry it out is the destruction of my
army." Gen. Grant instantly But down and
wrote: "I am g!a you 'comprehend my or
der obov it." Victory was the result.'
"Gen. Grant Uras the first one to dis
cover the brilliant fighting and command
ing qualities of John A. Lrtgan. It is a
mistake that any of Gen. Logan's prefer
ment came from po'itical centers- ho' won
it all on the field with his sword
under Gen. Grant's eye. They
had absolute faith in each other, and were
as affectionate as brothers. There was no
man north of Mnscn and Dixon's line that
so quickly forgot the bitterness engendered
by the war. No ono liad a hijlier apprecia
tion of tho valor and brilliancy of thtf
Southern soldiers. Ho said Lee's Army of
Northern Virginia had never been excelled
on earth."
"Where did you first see Gen. Grant?"
"At Galena, 111., before the war. He was
sitting in front of his father's tannery' whit
tling and smoking a small pipe. He cared
nothing for business. He had no idea of
its details. He would not have known a
piece of bank j.aper from a Chinese wash
bill. Capt. Grant, as he was then called,
looked about as old then as be did four
years ago, when I saw him last."
"Did yon live iu Illinois?"
"Yes I practiced medicine within twenty
miles of tl^e Genera'."
A (.''Hormis Offer.
MVaslilnston special
"Gen. Grant has received the most deli
cate and heartfelt sympathy in his illness
and misfortunes from some of the Confed
erate officers and soldiers who had known
him iu tho old army," said an intimate
friend of his tho other day. "And apro
pos of this is an incident which occurred
last year. When the news of his complete
pecuniary collapse became public there
was a very general expression of
regret all over the country, and
many offers of assistance were
tendered, none of which, however, he ac
ctptcd. I was tting with him at his resi
dence iu New York one morning while ho
was going over his daily mail, when he
looked lip with a curious exprossidn, and
said: "I want j'ou to listen to this,' and
then he proceeded to read. It was a letter
from an old officer in the United States
army whom Grant had known in Mexico,
who left tho sen ice about the same time
Grant did, and subsequently became a dis
tinguished Confederate General. The let
ter, as well as I can remember, ran this way:
"Mr DEAII GKANT: Ton and I have
known each other for many years, aud be
cause of that long, and," in its early
daj's, intimate acquaintance and friend
ship, I venture to ask you to do me a
favor. I have read fn the papers that, by
reason of circumstances beyond your con
trol, you have lost the means you relied
upon as a maintenance during the balance
of your life. The favor I wish to ask is
that you will allow ine to send you $10,000,
to be considered as a loan nnd repaid at
your own convenience. I know you will
receive this request in tho spirit I make it,
nnd tho only co l'.lition I coilp'o with it is
that the matter Bhall be kept a secret be
tween us. Upon a notice of your accept
ance I will send the amount to you iu tho
shapo of my personal check on the Bank
of New York. Be assured, my dear Grant,
that you will confer a personal favor on mo
by permitting me to bo of this slight ser
vice to yon."
"Do you know who it was?" was asked
of the speaker.
"Yes," he replied, "but I cannot give his
name. He is a man of large fuitune nnd
could easily havo done it, but, respecting
his friend's wish, Grant desired that his
name should not be made public. I havo
rover Been Gen. Grant show so much emo
tion nnd appreciation a be did in this in
stance. Shortly after that Congress passed
the bill empowering tho President to retire
a former General officer of the army on
full pay, a«d Grant was at onco nominated
nnd confirmed, aud thus was put beyond
the need of availing liiniBelf of the gener
ous liberality of his friends."
There is reason to believe that the per
son who wrote Gen. Grant tho letter men
tioned was Gen. S. B. Bnckner, of Ken
SUnon Cameron's Tribute.
[Lancaster (Pa.) Examiner.]
Sitting on the veranda of his residence
Thursday evening, General Simon Cam
eron talked affcction .tely* of the dead
"When at the beginning of the rebellion
I xyfiB Secretary of War," he *aid, **an Illi
nois member of Congress came to mo and
said that certain influences were at work to
drive Colonel Grant out of the army. He
assured me that Giant was a good soldier
and a promising man, and asked me to in
terfere in his behalf. I issued an order
that proceedings in the matter be stopped,
and Grant was thus saved to the army.
Gen. Cameron said ho never met Grant
until after Grant hid served temporarily
as Secretary of War on tho suspension of
Stanton. "1 disapproved of his position
there and told him so. I think he came
to Washington with a deep-seated preju
dice against me," the Gt-.eral continued,
^but after he became President we became
intimate aud the closest friends. I dou't
know what to say concerning him, now that
he is dead, except that in life he was the
greatest soldier this country ever pro
duced, one of the most illustrious civ
ilians of his time, and that he was modest,
kind and truthful. He committed errors
bee iuse he was deceived by bad men, but
they were exceptions to his record, and on
the whole he was a great success—pure in
his purposes, honest "in
impulses, and
truthful and sincere in bis public and pri- I
vate life. If Gen. Grant or his wife were
He looked at mo and I looked at him.
Bight behind him was Gen. Giaut. Mr.
Harrison said: "Do yon know Gen. Grant?"
"J*o," I said. "All right. I'll introduce
you," ho raid. I was embarrassed again
when Mr. Harrison introduced us. "How
do yon do?" said Gen. Grant. "I am not
embarrassed—sre you?"
THOSK who are too proud to inquire
what a thing eoste when they buy it are
the first to tind fault when" they come
to pay for it.
THE best armor is to keep out of
gunshot—Lort Bacon.
•Ujoq ai.i* pu-B oiojBq -B OX JO s.fnp
*1? °1 laAOA IMI} I|uo Moq) SJOJL KSBjii
A Grist of Appointments by the
President, fe
[\Vosblnicton special.]
The following uppoiutinents were made
by President Cleveland during the week:
(iabricl C. Wharton, of Virginia, to be In
spector of Surveyors General and district of
ficers Charles C. Stiftckfortl, of Colorado, to le
Special Accnt of the I^aild Office II- Clinton
Dell,: of Illinois, to be Chief of Division In the
Pension Office: Chester It Faulkner, of Indi
fcnaT to be Chief of Division in the Pension
Office, vice \V. Ford, dtschareed Theodore 1).
Jcrvev, to bo Collector of Customs for tho dis
trict of Charleston, S. C. Anthony Eickhoff, of
New York, to he Fifth Auditor of the Treasury
Conrad Krez4 of Wisconrtm Collector of Cus
toms for the District of Milwaukee, is. Sam
uel Flower, Assistant Treasurer of the Lnited
6tates at New Orleans La. Truman 11 Allen,
of Oakland. Cat, to foe Pension Agent at San
Francisco} Morris A. Thomas, of Maryland, and
George R. Pearson, of Iowa, to bo Indian In
spectors J. Wheeler, of Oregon, to beAffentfor
the Indians of W*rm Springs agency in Arizona
William U. Moffett, or New Jersey, to be Con
sol of the United States at Athen? John Dev
lin, of Michigan, to be Consul at Windsor,
Ontariol John C. Rich to be Lieutenant Com
taander I'nited States navy O. E. Lasher and
H. a Warin* to be Lieutenants, and C. C. Rogers
tobe Lieutenant, Junior grade Joseph B. Baker,
Appraiser of Merchandise, district of Philadel
phia. Pa Dantcl J. Moore, Assistant Appraiser
of Merchandise in the district of New York
Colin P. MacDonaid to bs Receiver of Public
Moneys at 8t. Cloud, Minn.
To Bo Agents for the Indians—Joseph B.
Kinnev, of Missonri, at the Uintah Agency,
in Utah Thomas Jennings, of Wisconsin,
at tho Green Bay Agency, in Wisconsin
E. C. Osborne, of Tennessee, at the Ponca,
Pawnee, and Otoe Agency, Indian Territory T.
A. Bums, at the Yakima. Agency, Washington
Territory, vice U. H. Melroy, suspended J. L.
Hall, of Texas, at the Kiowa, Comanche, and
Wichita Agency, Indian Territory Frederick
Hoover, at the Osage Agency, Indian Territory.
To Be Surveyor of Customs—Richard Hinnott
for the port of New Orleans, La.
To Be Collectors of Customs—Peter F. Cog
bill for the District of Petersburg, Va. Benja
min R. Tate for the District of New London,
Conn. Bradley B. Smalley for the
District of Vermont: Oliver Kelley for
the district of Perth Amboy, N. J.
Postmasters—Samuel H. Buck to Je Postmas
ter at New Orleans, vice W. B. Merchant, sus
pended Benjamin E. Russell, at Bainbrldge,
ia., vice J. A. Wilder, suspended W. H. Daw
ley, at Antigo. Wis., vice iL Smith, suspended
Frank P. Croticr, at Nanticoke, Pa. Simeon
Sawyer, at Fairmount, Neb. George C. Rem
b&Qgb, at Winfield, Kan.: George F. Laskell, at
!arimore, Dakota Thomas B. Crawford, at
Grand Junctton, CaL: Frank Slintt, at Litch
field, IU. George J. Spohn, at Superior, Neb.
W. E. Lewis, at Chariton, Iowa, vice J. IL Stew
art, suspended NYUliaxn A. Fleming, at Nashua,
Iowa, vice J. F. Grawe, suspended John Dawe,
at Edgerton, Wis., vice Ed A. Burdick, sus
pended Wm. B. Alexander, at Pine Ulutf, Ark.,
vice A. A. Rogers, suspended S. R. Davis,
at Creston* Iowa, vioe L. T. Teed, suspended
J. A. Taylor, at Oxford, N. C., vice M. B. Jones,
suspended T. B. Douthit, at Salem, N. C.,vice
J. Bleckenderfer, suspended Samuel IL Smith,
at Winston, N. C., vioe W. A. Walker, snsiend
ed J. A. Bennett, at Reidsville, N. C„ vice R.
H. Wray, suspended: WiiUam J. Fleming, at
Fort Smith, Ark., vice J. K. Barnes, suspended
David G. Hackney, at Fort Plain, N. Y., vice A,
Hoffman, suspended Henry Cook, at Michigan
City, Ind., vice J. H. Peters, suspended George
J. Love, at Huron, Dakota Territory, vice John
Cain, suspended R. Hurley, at Tal adetra,
Ala., vice R. A. Mosely, suspended: J. H. Bewly,
at Smyrna, Del., vice Wm. ft. Bacue, suspended
Charles W. Howe, at Rochester, N. IL, vice Os
man B. Warren, suspended George W. Bell, at
Webster City. Iowa, vice John D. Hunter, sus
pended JohnF. Pyne, at Vinton, Iowa, vice
Stephen A. Marine, suspended Ebeuezer M.
Lockwood, at Burlington, Kan, vice A. J.
Brown, suspendeJ William Beckez, atMarys
villo, Kan., vice William H. Smith, suspended:
Henry Slaymaker, at Lancaster, Pa., vice
JamesN.Marshall, suspended: C. C. Yonge, Jr.,
at Pcnsacola, Fla., vice John Egan suspended
J. J. Shannon, at Meridian, Miss., vice Wil
liam M. Hancock, suspended Samuel
DeWolf, at Rochester, Minn., vice Joseph G.
Wagoner, snspended Frank L. Thayer, at
WatervJUe, Me., viceWillard M. Dunn, suspend
ed: Nathaniel A. Swett, at Saccarapha, Me.,
vice James M. Webb, suspended Alexander C.
Haller, at Wytheville, Va.. vice W. F. Slater,
suspended: George 1). Sanford, at Grand Haven,
Mich., vice Samuel C. Glover, resigned Samuel
S. Lucey, at Marshall, Mich., vice William R.
Lewis, suspended: Dudley C. Brown, at Bran
don, Vt, vice John L. Knight, suspended W.
L. Howard, at Fair Haven, Vt», Nice Harris
Whipple, suspended Francis M. Sitzer, at Al
bany, Ma, vice Adrian C. Case, suspended
William E. Black, at GaUatln, Mo., vice Jehlel
T. Day, suspended.
A WifO'llealrr Dragged from JatI and
Strung lip to a Tree by a Mob.
IBalnUrldcc (Ga.) special.]
A spot a few miles from Bainbridge, in
Decatur County, was at 4 o'clock this
morning the scene of oae of the most sen
sational lynchings ever perjjetrated in
Georgia. At 2 o'clock fifty or sixty masked
men, armed with guns and revolvers, sur
rounded the jail aud demanded the surren
der of Thomas SI. Brantly, Jr., a young
white man charged with ill-treating hiB wife.
Jailer Draper refused to doliver tne keys,
and the mob brandished crowbars and
other instruments available for battering
down doors and forcing an entrance. The
crowd making a move as if to seizo the
jailer nnd take his keys from him by force,
ho ran to the rear of the jnil-yard and
leaped over the fence in an effort to es
cape. Five of the lynchers headed him off
juid rushed to seize him, when he threw
the keys into a thicket where they could
not be found. The mob then battered
their way ioto tho jail to- Brantly's cell,
whence they led liiin to a distant field. He
saw that resistance was useless, and
was completely cowed. Brantly had an
ticipated tho visit of the mob, and begged
the other prisoners to stand by him, but
they refused. Arriving at an eligible tree,
the lynchers threw a plow line over a limb,
put a nooso around Brantly's neck, and,
every man taking hold of the rope, swung
him off, with his feet within seven inches
of the ground. All then leveled their guns
and pistols at their victim and fired three
volleys simultaneously, completely per
forating his body from" head to foot. Xhe
corpse hung until 8 o'clock this morniug
and greatly startled the early risers who
came upon it nnawart a.
The Terrible Experiences ol Two Aero
nauts in Connecticut.
^JXew Haven (Conn.) special.]
At AVinsted, Conn., a balloon ascension
wis made this afternoon by an aeronaut,
Prof. Brooks, and Frederic Moore, a
wealthy manufacturer of the town. The
balloon was the largest ever used in tho.
State. It was eighty feet high aud 120
feet in circumference, and was calculated
to have a lifting capacity of 1,500 pounds.
All went well until ilio aeronauts had
reached an elevation of 2,500 feet. There,
although they were above the clouds, tlier
were caught in a storm which proved to
bo tho heaviest experienced in that
part of the State for years. Becoming ter
rified by the lightning they began to de
scend and passed through the cloud layers
in a a he a on re
in distress I would know whit to say and from the heavy rain, and the eas began to
how to act, but under present circum- escape. When within 100 feet of' the
stances I can only do justice to bis memory
and my own inclination* by preserving
silence. I will write to Sirs. Grant to-mor
row expressing my condolcnco in her be
(•rant's Memory and Dry Humor.
(Philadelphia Xews.]
This was in lbG'.l. I went to 'Washing
ton, and Senator Nye asked me if I would
like to meet tbe President. I said yes, and
wont to the White House. The Senator
introduced us, and I looked at Gen. Grant,
and he looked at me. I did:i't have any
thing' to say, and it was the most awkward
moment of my life. Finally I stammered:
"Mr. President, I am awfully embarrassed
—are youV" I didn't stop to hoar his an
swer, and I don't know how I got out of the
White. House, but I had met tho
President, anyhow. Iu 1879 I was
in Chicago. Gen. Grant had jnst ar
rived, and was to review tho Grand
.Army of the Tennessee—the first that he
commanded, you know. A reviewing plat
form had been erected in front of the
hotel. The crowd was awful. It was tho
largest I ever saw. I wanted to see that
review, and with the old instinct of the re
porter to shoTe himself where he had no
business to be, I edged through the crowd
and got on the platform, and there I was
all alone, facing that tremendous crowd.
Presently a man came out behind me. It
was that man who they either have or have
not just elected Mayor of Chicago—Carter
Hanson. I knew him and he kuew me.
ound the machine was rocking violently
from side to Bide. As they fell the two
men threw out sandbags, and, losing two
much ballast, the balloon careened wildlv,
the gas escaped, and the car was over
turned. Brooks and Moore lost their hold
on the slippery rail and fell headlong from
the car. The crowds that had been cheer
ing wildly a few moments before stood out
in tho pouring rain in their eagerness to
see tho descent and did their best to catch
tho aeronauts as they fell. Brooks was
picked up very badly hurt. Ho is expected
to die. Moore's injuries are not so serious.
Both men had had considerable experience
in ballooning.
Indian Claims in Minnesota.
flSt. Paul (Minn.) special.!
A commission, composed of Messrs.
Ijirabie and Morrison, appointed by tho
Secretary of the Interior to investigate the
claims of the traders at the Upper and
Lower Sionx Agencies in Minnesota, was
in session here yesterday, taking evidence
on certain claims growing out of tbe Indian
outbreak in this State in 1862. The claim
onts are Nathan Myrick, Wm. H. Forbes,
and L. Boberts, and their aggregate claims
will rcachhundreds of thousands of dollars.
The gentlemen named were licensed
by the Government to do a trading business
with the Indians, and at tho time of the out
break there wag a largo amount due tho
traders from the Indians. The effort is
made to recover the sums due at the time
of the uprising, and also damages for dep
redations committed by the Indians. Mr.
Myrick has been laboring for ten or
a dozen
years to have the claims settled, and it is
likely that the matter will at last be dis
posed of. It is thought likely that the
amount will be very much reduced.,
cigar Nov.
TmsotioHorT the war Gen. Grant neVer
received a wound.
A FIKE in London recently was extin
tinguished with champagne.
Sxojr is said to be 100 feet deep in Tuck
«vv Wfc UOC
eman's tavino, White Mountains,
Miss Kou E. Cleveland.
-Miss Eose Elizabeth Cleveland, sister of
f&esideut Cleveland, and mistress of the
White House, is, by virtue of that relation
Bhip and position, tho first lady of the land,
Sho has, however, a celebrity entirely inde
pendent of these accidents, one due to a
circumstance never before occurring to any
person in tho world. Her book, George
Eliot's Esravs and Other Studies," went to
the sixth edition before it was published—
an honor hitherto unknown in tho history
of literature, l'he seventh edition was is
sued within a week after tho first publica™
tion. Miss Cleveland is the j-oungest of
nine children. Sho was bom in Fayette
ville, N. V. She was carefully educated,
graduating at Houghton Seminary. Then
sho became a' teacher in that institution
then Principal of Lafayette Collegiate In
stitution, Indiana, and then taught a private
school in Pennsylvania, after which 6he
commenced lecturing before classes. After
her mother's death, which occurred in 1882,
she resided at the old homestead at Holland
Patent, which she purchased out of the
earnings of her own labor, and continued
the work of lecturing until called upon by
her brother to assume the duties of mistress
of the A\"hite House.
Hon. A. £. Stevenson.
Hon. Adlni E. Stevenson, the newly ap
pointed First Assistant Postmaster General,
was born in Kentucky in 1835, and removed
to Bloomington, 111., when sixteen years of
age, where he studied law. He held various
State judicial offices, and was a candidate
for Presidential Elector on the McClellan
ticket in 18G4. In 1871 ho was elected to
Congress, serving one term. He is a man
of stalwart health, under fifty years of age,
with business habits, and is a thorough-go
ing Democrat Ho is a great perspnal
of Postmaster General Yiiis. He is an
eloquent orator, a fine lawyer, and an ac
complished gentleman. He is a worthy de
"scendant of the best Kentucky stock, pos
sessing fmnk and cheery manners which
ever win and make friends. Persons com
ing before him on department business
will always feel easy in lus presence.
James B, Kimball
James B. Kimball, tho newly appointed
Director of tho Mint, was bom in 'Salem,
Mass., in 1836. He graduated at Harvard
University and at the Mining School of
Freiburg, Saxony, and in 1857 graduated
with tho degree of Doctor of Philosophy
at tho famous University of Gottingen.
During tho war he served as Assistant Ad
jutant General on tho staffs of Generals
Patrick, McClellan, Bnrnside, Hooker, and
Meade, respectively. His reputation as a
mining engineer and metallurgist is estab
lished and widespread. At one time Dr.
Kimball was Vieo President of tho Ameri
can Institute of Mining Engineers. When
he received his present appointment he was
Professor of Economic Geology at Lehigh
University, Bethlehem, Pa. He is Presi
dent of tho Everitt Iron Company, Penn
Life on Other "Worlds.
"Whether -we turn our thoughts, says
one of the ablest of modern astrono
mers, to planet, sun, or galaxy, the law
of nature (recognized as universal with
in the domain as yet examined that the
duration of life in the individual is in
definitely short compared with the
duration of the type to which the indi
vidual belongs, assures us, or at least
renders it highly probable, that in any
member of tlieso orders taken at ran
dom, it is more probable that life Is
wanting than that life exists at this
present time. Nevertheless, it is at least
as probable that every member of every
order—planet, sun, galaxy, and so on-
I WU1* OW Wii
ward to higher and higher orders end
lessly—has been, is now, or will here
after be, life-supporting "after its kind."
THERE is no word or action bat may
be taken with two hands—either with
the right hand of charitable construc
tion or the sinister interpretation of
malice apd suspicion. To construe an
e^ il action well is but a pleasing and
profitable deceit to myself but to mis
construe a good thing is a treble wrong
—to myself, the action, and the author.
—Bishop Hall.
WE are accustomed to pity the trials
of the scnoolmarm wlio lias to labor six
hours a day with forty children. Don't
say we told you, but the nurse who
tends one baby ten hours a day is enti
tlod to 80 per cent, of the sympathy
and all the gate money.
Qo SLOW, young MAN*- If you tap
Lotli ends of yonr cider barrel at once,
and draw ont of tho bnngholo beside?
your cider ain't going to hold out lon«.
An Interesting Collection of Hatfe,
Pertaining to this Great
Dakotn Land Onii-e RHKincM
Reports from the eight laud disiricts i„
the Territory received by thcCoamji.
sioner of Immigration and Statistics sh0,
ihni while Dakota is not cujoyiag u,
game boom this year as in 1SS3, thettlm
been more land taken up and a ]rr
number of people added to her popoij.
tion during the prescut year than
have generally been supposed to be U(
case. Seven of the United States lioj
ofllccs report a statement of the busing
transacted for June as follows:
Devil's Lake District, North Dsiota-Bnm.
teml entries. 91: homestenri
loclaratorr it***,
inent number of acres newly entered.' tow*
number of acres on which final proof hn»
made, 0,180.
Aberdeen District, South Dakota—HamwW
entries, 142 soldier*' homesteads, U*
stead proofs, 16 pre-emption entries,
cmnflnn inwifn. 3Sr thnlwr irnlhim
proof lia*» been mad&fi
Grand Forks District, North Dakota-Ham*,
stead ontrios, 91 homestead proofs, 43
eruption ontrios, 198 pre-emption proofs
timber culture entries, 152 timber euitm
proofs, 1 number of acres ue\rir entered O
300 number of acres on which final proof hu
been made, 18,535.
Huron District, South Dakota—Homestead
trios, 107 soldiers' homesteads, 5 homestc»d
"proofs, 59 pre-emption entries. 129 pre-cmptta
proofs, 10C tiiubor culture entries, 154 numba
of acres newly entered, 61,489 number of acra
acquired by final proof, 25,412.
Fargo District, North Dakota—Homestead
tries, 110 soldiers' homesteads, 2 homoctctd
proofs, 71 pre-emption entries, 154 prolan,
tion proofs, 22 timber culture entries, 03 tim
ber culture proofs, 1 number of acres newly en
tered, 57,o33 number of acres acquired bv fini!
proof, 14,3».
Watenown District, South Dakota—Hon*
stead entries,13G: soldiers' homesteads,
1 IKO*
stead proofs, 109 pre-emption entries, 153 m.
emption proofs, G3 timber culturo entries, ft
number of acres newly entered, 5Gf8*J munbi
of acres acquired by final proof, 3G,U9i.
Bismarck District, North Dakota—Homosfcid
entries, 85 soldiers' homesteads, 3 homesUii
proofs, 6 pre-emption entries, 107 pre-emptkt
proofs, 14 timber culture entries, 1U3 numba
of acres newly entered, 47,500 number of oati
acquired by final proof, 3,'200.
Under date of June 2 the United State
Xand Office al Dcadwood, in the Bltd
Hills, South Dakota, reported a large in
migration into the southeastern part o!
the district, in consequcnce of the nai
'completio'n of the new railroad which ii
'to connect the Black Hills country w'
the Chicago and Northwestern system
via Missouri Valley and the Blair bridge,
jThe total number of agricultural lanJ
entries in the Deadwooa District up te
June 1 is as follows: Homesteads, 1.3SJ,
'pre-emptions, 3,417 tree claims, 1,271.
A summary of the June reports frtm
ithe Devil's Lake, Aberdeen, Grand Forii
Huron, Fargi., Watertown, and Bismarck
land districts show that in the seven (fc
tricts named, in the single month
'June, there have been 1,983 new filing
ion homestead and pre-emption claimi
Estimating an average family to caci
(tltler, those figures would indicate*!
increase in population in round numben
of 5,000 souls. As the actual numbero!
families will average nearer five persons
each, this estimate is probably not la
out of the way. The total area newlj
(entered in the seven districts named w*
!454,388 acres, quite an addition to the
great wjieat farm of Dakota. The toUl
number of settlers' proofs was 6G3, and
the total area acquired by final prool
103,708 acres. Ttie total number of tret
claims entered was 928, and the two final
proofs for the month have an cncouraj
ing look so far as they go. The coiii de
claratory statement -filed in the Devfl's
Lake District, covering 160 acres of land,
is the fourth coal entry made in that dis
trict since the opening of the land offices
in September, 1SS3. The outlook for
largely increased immigration this fall ii
very encouraging. Inquiries about Da
kota are being received by the Commis
sioner of Immigration from all parts ol
the country, the larger number coming
from the Western States.
Territorial Tidbits.
—Bismarck has organized a new honk
and ladder company.
—Campbell Count}* has an assessed
valuation of $125,000.
—There is talk of organizing a mllitii
company in Deadwood.
—The last term of court in Bismarck
cost Burleigh County $10,000.
—The estimated value of cattle in the
Territory is placed at $8,000,000.
—There are 300 French-Canadians in
Bollette and Bottineau Counties.
—Three hundred teams are engaged in
grading between Chadron and Cheyenne
—Hans Huscby committed suicide at'
Fargo by poisoning himself with strych
—A Scandinavian colony of forty per
sons has recently settled in McIIcurj
'i —Preparations are being made for the
Establishment of water works at Fort
—The Missouri River is cutting away
portion of the town of Stanton in Mer
cer County.
—The great bend of the Mouse River
is said to be one of the finest cattlc ranges
in the West.
—The Commissioners of Bottineau
County are figuring on the erection of
Court House.
—A beautiful young fawn was cap
tured in a hay ^jcld in Edmunds Court
not long ago.
—Young prairie chickens are decidedly
numerous all through the southern put
of the Territory.
—The Black Hills wheat harvest, it is
feaid, will not begin before Aug! 18.
•Thus far the crops are promising.
—Samuel Kerk, convicted at Fargo of
selling liquor to Indians, was sentenced
Jo eighteen months iu the Penitentiary
—The Kussian colonists in McPherson
County are said to have in cultivation
some 10,000 acres of promising looking
—Steps arc about to be taken to secure
the survey of that portion of Mercer
County north of the Knife River and be
tween the Knife and Missouri south and
southwest of the Military reservation.
—Col. Plummer was excused from
serving as a United States Grand Juror at
Fargo a few days ago, because he be
lieved that the Devil's Lake land officers
were guilty of conspiracy to defraud the
—Tho Northern Pacific Presbytery has
decided to keep the Presbyterian College
at Jamestown, if the people there want
it and will co-operate in building up the
—Stewart's saw mil), in Boulder Park,
four miles east of Dcadwood, was de
stroyed by fire. Two million feet of
lumber near by was saved. Loss, $5,
000 no insurance.
—Frank Neal, of Grand Forks Couuty,
was instantly killed by lightning while
lying by the side of his wife. An infant
daughter held in his arms was badly
shocked, but recovered.
—The crop reports received from Mc­
Pherson, Mcintosh, and Campbell Coun
ties indicate favorable harvest yields Sot,
the Russian colonists located in that re
gion, and an increased immigration frcs
the Czar's domains next season as a re
—It is reported that while Judge Fran
fcis was holding a reccnt term of conrt at
Mandan he notified the the County Com
inissioners to carpet the court room. The
pommissioners are said to have met and
solemnly and unanimously resolved that
•Judge Francis aad his court could go to
j' shcol.

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