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BY J. W. HI LBV. I put by the 1 1 1 1 f w 1 1 1 1 1 1 poem, WhilttUie i'u, idly trails iu my hand, Writf oti "Hud I wtwN u -oiniUMlt, WhoVJ rl iUi wIkT I iiiMlemtatxr."' Bi Utile lir fHt u the Hsirwuy, A.D I ihf faint, nui"tlirrtl ui;h in n,e hall, And the eerie-low IUi mi Ui m eiu i Ciy up t tuv over it ail. So I gather it up--wliere was tirokeu Tbe teai -fad! li u .-.iii of uiy llieiue, Telluur how, at oue ulxht I sat wrltiuK, A fairy broke in 011 my dream, A little, inquisitive (air My own little girl, with tbe gold ( f the sun In her hair, aud the dewy, Blue eyes of the falriee of old. Twm the dear little girl that I scolded "For was it a aVMMQt like this," I said "Wheu he know I was busy, To oome romping Id for a kiss! Come rowdyiug up from her mother, Ami clamoring there at my knee For Due 'ittle klM for dolly, And one 'ittle uzzer Sue me!1 " God pity the heart that repelled her And the cold band Mm turned her away! And take from the lip tKa deuied her This autiwerless prayer of to day! Take, Ixnl, from uiem'ty forever That pitiful sob r despair, And th) patter and trip of the little bare feet, And tbe oue piercing cry on the Htair! I put by the half-writteu poem, While the peu, idly tial ed iu my hand, Writes on "Had I worus to complete it. Who'd read it, or who'd uudersUnd?" But the little bare feet ou tbe stair wiy, And the fa ut, smothered laugh iu the hall, Aud the eerie-low lisp 011 tbe tiieuee, Cry up to me over it ail. I nrfiaruipoli Journal. NICODEMUS DODGE. Dental surgeons suggested doctors, doctors suggested death, death suggest ed skeletons, and so, by logical process the conversation melted out of oue of these subjects into the next until the topic of skeletons raised up Nichode mus Dodge out of the deep grave in my memory where he had lain buried anil forgotten for twenty-live years. When I was a boy in a printing office in Mis souri, a loose-jointed, long-legged, tow beaded, jeans-clad, countrified cub of about sixteen lounged in one day, and without removing his bands from tbe depths of bis trowsers pocket or taking oft his faded ruin of a slouch bat whose broken brim bung limp and ragged about bis eyes and ears, like a bug eat en cabbage leaf, stared indifferently round, then leaned bis hip against tbe editor's table, crossed his mighty bro gans, aimed at a distant ily from a crev ice in bis upper teeth, laid bim low and then said with composure: "Whar's tbe boss?" "1 am tbe bosV' said tbe editor fol lowing this curious bit of architecture wonderingly along up to its clock-face with his eye. "Don't want anybody fur to learn tbe business, 'tain'1, likely ?" "Well, I don't know. Would yow like to learn it?" "Pap's so po' he cain't run me no mo,' so Iwant to git a show sorners if 1 kin, tain't no diffunce what, I'm strong and hearty, and 1 don't turn my back on no kind of work bard nur soft." "Do you think you would like to learn tbe printing business ?" "Well, 1 don't re'lyk'yer adurn what 1 do learn, so's I ' git a chance fur to make my way, I'd jist as soon learn print'n 's anything." "Canyon read?" "Yes, middlin." "Write?" "Well, I've seed people could lay over me thar." "Cipher?" "Not good enough to keep store. 1 don't reckon, but as far as twelve times-twelve I ain't no slouch. 'Toth er side of that is what gits me." "Where is your home?" "I'm f'm old Shelby." "What's your father's religious de nomination ?" e; "Him? O, he's a blacksmith' "No, no I don't mean bis trade. What's his religious, denomination?" "O I didn't understand you befo'. He's a Freemason." "No-no, you don't get my meaning yet. What I mean is does be belong to any ehurch ?" "Now you're talkin! Couldn't make out what you was tryin' ta git through yo' head no way. Belong to a church 1 Why boss he's been the pizenest kind of a Free-will Babtis'forfo ty year. They ain't no pizener ones'n' what be is. Mighty good man, pap is. Everybody says that. If they said any diffurunt they wouldn' say it wbar I wuz not inuhthey wouldn't." "What is your own religion?" 'Well, boss, you've kind o' got me that; and yit you ham'! got me so mighty much nuther. I think 't if a feller helps another feller when he's in trouble, and don't cuss, and don't do 110 mean things, nur nothin' be ain't no business to, an' don't spell the Savior's name with a little g, he ain't runnin' no risks he's about as saift as if he belonged to a church,' 'Hut suppose be did spell it with a little g, what then ?' .'Well, if he done it a-purpose, 1 reck on he wouldn't stand no chance, be oughtn't to have no chance anyway, I'm most rotten certain 'boat that.' What is your name?' Nickwlemus Dodge.' 'I think maybe you'll do, Nicodemus. We'll give you a trial anyway.' All right.' When would you like to begin?' 'Now.' So, within ten minutes after we had first glimpsed this nondescript he was one of us, and with his coat off and bard at Us Beyond that end of our establishment which was farthest from the street, was a deserted garden, pathless, grown with the bloomy and villainous "jimp son" weed and its common friend the stately sunflower. In the midst of this mournful spot was a decayed and aged little frame' house with but one room, one window, and no ceiling it had been a smoke house a generation be fore. Nicodemus was given this lone ly and ghostly den as a bed-chamber. " The village smarties recognized a tic mire in Nicodemus, right away a butt to play jokes oh. It was easy to see that he was inconceivably green and conrlding. (Jeorge Jones had the glory of perpetrating the first joke on him; be gave him a cigar with a fire cracker in it and winked to the crowd to come; the thing exploded presently, and swfcpt away tbe bulk of Nicode ni us' eyebrows and eyelashes. lie sim ply said ,c "I consider them kind of seeg'yars dang.'i-some" nd seemed to suspect nothing. Thenextevening Nicodemus ' waylaid George and poured a bucket of ice water over him. The Owosso Times f r Tr VOL. III. One day, while Nicodemus was in swimming Tom McElroy "tied" his clothes. Nicodemus made a bonfire of Tom's by way of retaliation. A third joke was played on Nicode mus a day or two later he walked up the middle aisle of the village church. .Sunday night, with a staring hand-bill pinned between bis shoulders. Tin joker spent the remainder of the night, alter church, in the cellar ol a deserted house, and Nicodemus sat on the cellar door till toward breakfast time to make sure that the prisoner remembered that if a noise was made.soiue rough tieat- nient would be the consequence. Tin cellar had two leet ol stagnant water in it, and was bottomed with six inches of mud. liut 1 wander Irom the point. Jt was the subject of skeletons that brought this boy back to my recollection. Before a very long time had elapsed, the village smarties began to feel an uncomforta ble consciousness of not having made a very shining success out of their at tempts on the simpleton from "old Shelby." Experiments grew scarce and chary. Now the young doctor came to the rescue. There was delight and applause when he proposed to scare Nicodemus to death, and explained how he was going to do it. He bad a noble new skeleton- the skeleton of the late and only local celebrity, Jimmy Firm, the village drunkard a grisly piece of property which be bad bought of Jimmy Finn himself, at auction for fifty dollars, under great competition, w I icn he laid very sick in the tan-yard a fortnight before bis death. The fifty dollars luul gone promptly for whiskey iiui uau hurried up tlie change ot own ership in the skeleton. Tbe doctor would put Jimmy Finn's skeleton in Nicodemus' bed. This was done about half-past ten in the evening. About Nicodemus usual bed-time midnjght the village jokers came creeping stealthily through the jimpson weeds and sunflowers to ward tbe lonely frame den. There sat the long-legged pauper, on bis bed, in a very short shirt, and nothing more ; lie was dangling his legs contentedly back and forth, and wheezing the music of "Camptown Races" out of a paper-over-laid comb which lie was pressing against his mouth ; by him lay a new jewsharp, a new top, a solid india-rubber ball, a handful of painted marbles, live pounds of "store" candy, a well gnawed slab of gingerbread as big as a volume of sheet music. He had sold tlie skeleton to a traveling quack for three dollars and was enjoying the re sult ! From Mark Twain's Tramp Abroad." The Story of Evangeline. The history of famous poems and novels how they were suggested, and under what circumstances they were written would make a most interest ing book. Some one has learned direct from Longfellow, certain facts about one of his best known poems, which are thus reported in the Boston Herald: At first the conversation took a wide range. The poet was inclined to ask questions about men and current events, and it was quite a time before the drift of chat turned upon what be was doing, bad done and expected to accomplish. I am not doing much these days,' said be; 'simply keeping from getting rusty," and be cast bis eye around tin room at the many evidences of work lying about, as much as to say' "You can see for yourself how much that is.' Expressing a preference for his Evangeline," 1 ventured to say: "I see you located the final scent; of that leautifiil story in Philadelphia.' 'Yes, sir. The poem is one of my favorites also; tis much, perhaps, on account of the manner in which I got the groundwork for it is as anything else.' What is the story, please?' I will tell you. Hawthorne came to dine with me one day and brought a friend with him from Salem. While at tlie (inner Mr. Hawthorne's friend said to me: "1 have been trying to get Hawthorne to write a story about tjhe banishment of the Acadians from Aca dia, founded on the life of a young Acadian girl who was then separated from her lover, spent the balance of her life searching for him, and when both were old found him dying in a hospi tal. 'Yes,' said Hawthorne, 'but there is nothing in that for a story.' " I caught the thought at once that it would make a striking picture if put in verse, and said, 'Hawthorne, give it tome for a poem, and promise me that you will not write about it until I have written the poenu' " Hawthorne readily assented to my request, and it was agreed that 1 should use his friend's story for verse when ever 1 had the tune and inclination to write it. In IS J I started for Europe, and when In New York con cluded I would visit Philadelphia, and so went over. "It was in the spring about this time, and the country was as beautiful as it is today. I spent a week in the Quaker City, stopping at the Old Man sion House, on Third street, near Wal nut. It was one of the best hotels I ever stopped at, and at that time per haps the lieat in the country, it luul been the private residence of the Hinghams nnd was kept by a man n imed Head. The table was excellent, and the bed chambers were splendidly furnished, ami were groat, large, airy rooms as large as this," turning round and surveying the ample library room iu which we were seated. "It has given away to the demands of business 1 believe, for when 1 was last there I could hardly recognize the place where it stood. During this visit I spent much time looking about, and Philadel OWOSSO, phia is one of the places which made a lasting impression upon me, and left its mark upon my later work. Even the streets of Philadelphia make rhyme : Market, A rub. Kace and Vine, Chestnut, Walnut, Spruce aud Pine. I got the climax of 'Evangeline from Philadelphia, you know, and it was singular how I happened to dor so. was passing down Spruce street one day toward my hotel, after a walk, when my attention was attracted to a large building with beautiful trees about it, inside of a high inclosure. walked along until 1 came to the great gate, and then stepped mside and look ed caret ally over the place. The charming picture of lawn, flower beds and shade which it presented, made an impression which has never left me, and twenty-four yours attar, wheu I came to write 'Evangeline,' I located tbe linal scene, the meeting between Evangeline and Gabriel and the death at this poor-house, and the burial in an old Catholic graveyard not far away, which I found by chance in another of my walks. "It is purely a fancy sketch, and the 'Evangeline' coined to complete the story. The incident Mr. Hawthorne's friend gave me, and my visit to the poor-house in Philadelphia gave me tbe ground-work of tbe poem." "1 he claim is that the Quaker alms house on Walnut street, near Third, is the one referred to in 'Evangeline.' " "2io; that is not so. I remember that place distinctly. It is the old poor-house 1 referred to, which stood ou tbe square between Spruce and Pine and Tenth and Eleventh streets." Mr. Longfellow took from an adjoin ing room a picture of the old Quaker alms-house, and explained that tbe spot which attracted his attention and marked Philadelphia for the final act of "Evangeliue," was not this old insti tution, as bad been so often claimed. FOB THE CHILDREN. MAMMAS' TROUBLES. My Anu e's head Is broken off; And Nellie's had some fit; And I 'olly's got the whooping cough, Aud Sally's lost bur wits. What lots of fusses billi es make! What trouMes nuinui is have to take! I'm sure I'm sorry, Mrs. Buzz, But mine re just as bad; There's Rose, and Maud, and Fizz and Fuzz, Why, every thing they've had. Yes, lots of fusses babies make! And Into of trouble mammas take! Chatterbox. "I declare, mother," said a little girl, "'tis too bad! You always send me to bed when I am not sleepy; and you always make me get up when I am sleepy !" "Tommy, did you hear your mother call you?" "Corse I did." "Then why don't you go to her at once?" "Well, yer see she s nervous, and lt d shock her awful 'li should go too suddent." Yonkef Gazette. J apanesk Game of Ball. There is a Japanese ball game which is very popular in its native land, and which might well receive some attention in this country. It is known as "Temari." Tbe "Temari" is a ball about two inches in diameter, and made generally of cot ton wound round with thread, so that it keeps its roundness and is elastic. Its outside is often ornamented with fig ures made of threads of different colors. A number of girls stand in a circle, and one of them say, for example, our friend Jessie takes the ball and throws it perpendicularly on the ground, and when it rebounds, she strikes it back toward tbe ground with her open hand. If it. rebounds again toward her, she continues doing just as before. Put if it Hies away, tlie one toward whom the ball Hies, or who is nearest tothedirec tion of the flying ball, strikes it toward the ground, as Jessie has done, and the game continues until one o the play ers misses her stroke or fails to make tbe ball rebound. She then steps out of the circle, and the others play again in the same way as before until another girl fails and is obliged to step out. The same process continues until there is only one girl left, to whom belongs tbe honor of victory. Fire-C r ackers. Eire-crackers are made in China, where, on account of the cheapness of labor, the priceisonly two cents a bunch. As there art-eighty in a pack, a Chinaman makes forty fire crackers for less than a cent of our money. Most of them are made by poor people in their spare time. Mer chants in Hong-Kong buy them, and place them in boxes holding forty packs each. They are so cheap that shippers could not afford to pay much for hav ing them carried, so they are used as ballast in ships that bring silks and teas. Tbe Chinese letters printed on the wrappeis of lire-cracker packs are the advertisements of the dealers. "Fire-bangs," as they are sometimes called, are used almost all over the world. In the United States, their use in the North is on the Fourth of July; but in the South, Christmas is the great time for them. In England, they are most jHipular on the fith of Noveml er, (iuy Pawkes'sDay; and in South Amer ica, ou days of Church festivals. In China, everybody fires them on New Year's Day; and in some of the Chinese cities they can be beard at almost all hours of every day, because the people think the noise of their explosion will frighten away evil spirits. Talent is the capacity of doing anything that depends on application and industry, and it is a voluntary pow er, while genius is involuntary. Iu every parting there is an image of death. George Eliot. MICH., FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 1881. Religious Miscellany. Let us believe what we can and hope for the rest. De Finod. Fortitude is the guaid and support of the other virtues. - Locke. 'itie smallest children are nearest to Cod, as the smallest planets are nearest tbe sun. Rinhter. The Universalist faith is said to be be declared iu the Talmud, and is as cribed to Qrigen, 230. Tlie Japanese colony of Paris is about to build a pagoda, or a temple where the Japanese gods may be wor shiped in peace and quietness. In Adrian the German Lutheran church bell rings every evening at 8 o'clock its a signal for all families of that society to see that their children are within their homes. At Philadelphia a young woman named Mary Agnes Dunn asserts that she has been visited in her sick room by an appearance of the Virgin Mary. Much sensation has been caused among Roman Catholics in the neighborhood. Four generations were represented at a baptism in Trinitv Church Alhanv the child being attended lv its mother. gtandmother and great-grandmother.all of whom were presented to the bishop fo confirmation and were received to their first communion by the present recto A new church society known as the "laving Uiurch of Cod" has been or ganized in Sunheld township. The members are composed of dissenters from all other denominations. Some striking peculiarities are found in their doctrines, one of which is the non-ac ceptance of the revised Bible. The Presbytery of Clarion. Penn. has reaffirmed its decision made recently igainst "promiscuous dancing by its members, because "it steals away our precious time, dissipates religious im pressions and hardens the heart." "Pro miscuous dancing" is defined as the "dancing together of males and females whether at the social party or in tbe ball-room." The organ-blower in a London church recently fell asleep during the service, of which fact the audience soon became conscious by the vigorous mowing ot his own organ. Ilev. Ar thur Hall, the preacher, after bearing it lor awhile, stopped and remarked: "I do not object to a quiet nap on a hot day, and am flattered at being able to contribute to anybody's repose; but, while proud at being able to give tbe beloved sleep, I wish it distinctly un derstood that I draw the line at snores. There is a man snoring in the congre gation, and I shall be obliged if some body will waken him. ' The offender was quickly roused. The New Conorkoational Creed. Professor Henry Cowles, of Oberlin University, d'scusses in tbe current is sue of The Cowjreyatwiudist some of the questions suggested by the new creed and catechism which are to be prepared by the committee of twenty- live tor the use of the Congregational Church. The revision should be under taken, he thinks, "with views both definite and just as to the objects to be sought, the place which the symbol is to fill antl the ends it should be con strutted to conserve," and "with views both just and well defined as to tbe un derlying principles that shall Obtain in its construction. In regard to contro verted questions Professor Cowles says: "This revision should put its maturest wisdom and its best strength into its statements of those doctrines which lire undergoing sharpest discussion, and which portend morw or less radical lange. There will, 1 judge, be no question that these remarks apply to- lay to the doctrines of Inspiration, the Vtonement and Future Punishment. Upon these, therefore, let the proposed revision wgigb well both its thought urn its words. If a revision is to be good for anything it should be good tor the purpose of well defining and strongly stating the doctrine of the Congregational brotherhood on these ardinal points. Professor Cowles re gards as of special importance the question as to whether or not the creed should lie framed so as to facilitate the union of all Evangelical Christians in tbe same church communion. He hopes that all of these points will be discussed fully and freely in the Con gregational press. In regard to the manner in which the work of the com mittee is to be passed upon he says that if it is to le used by the local and the State associations as their basis of Christian fellowship, it must come be fore them severally for their free con sideration and action. The local church es will have the same option. Hit. of Information. Austria has more public libraries than any other nation in the world. The Fijian name for a doctor, on be ing translated, turns out to be "carpen ter of death." We lose the peace of years when we hunt after tbe rapture of moments. Hnlmer-Lytton. Three million dollars a year are paid out for cut flowers annually in the city of New York two-thirds of which sum is spent for roses. Edward the Confessor was the first monarch of England who used a seal in his charters. This is the rigin of the broad seal of England. Morcco bindings for books came into use in 144, being introduced by Oro lier, who was tlie treasurer and ambas sador of the King of France. In the seventh century Paulus Ayine tu defined sugar as "the Indian salt, in color and form like common salt, but in taste and sweetness like honey.' THE FARM. We have received from Wm. Jenney Secretary of the State of Michigan, a general statement as to the present condition and prospects for the wheat yield in the State, as compared with the yield for 1880. The following is given as the conclusion arrived at "According te these estimates the av erage yield per acre for the whole State will be but a trifle more than nine bushels, and the aggregate product 10,200,000 bushels." Ihovers Journal, Buying second-hand, heavy or use less tools, because they are cheap, is way in which some profess to practice economy, but we believe they lose more than they gain by this course. Good tools will not onry last longer, but do more and better work, and are there fore cheaper in the end. The farmer who uses poor implements and tools loses enough iu a year to buy a full set ol good ones. Let pigs of all ages have access to a mixture of salt, i.s'ies and sulphur. Keep the pens and troughs clean. Let them have a dry, warm, well ventilat ed place to sleep in during the whole year. Keep the younger and weakei separate from the older and stronger. r eed according to what the puts are designed for. Hogs in the summer months are all the better for being per mitted to run in clover or grass fields. It agrees with them to be turned out to patiture. Unless the signs of the times fail, or some remarkable unforseen event shall turn up, an uuprecedemted ho! crop may be looked for iu the next year or two, both as to numbers and quality. Farmers, generally speaking, are in good condition, and as they owe much to the hog, and prices ard still good, thev are very apt to devote even more attention to pork raising than heretofore. And, as all progressive farmers well know the importance of improved stock, it is safe to say there will be a more general use of good blood. An Indiana sheep breeder recom mends all who have the care of sheep this summer to be sure and dip them into tobacco water, or diluted carbolic acid, sulphur, etc., as the ticks are un usually numeious and irritating. The same breeder tells the Indiana Farmer that he had difficulty in keeping a new flock he had bought with the old one until he took off the bell from the leader of the strange flock and put it on that of tho other, when both flocks united and have kept together ever since. Several methods of dealing with the army worm, when it appears in countless numbers, are employed with more or less success. One of the earli est, and, at the same time, one of tbe most affective, is to intercept their ad vance to or through a field by a deep furrow or ditch, making the side next to the untouched grain as steep as may be, or shelving if that is practicable. Holes may be dug at intervals in the furrow, or ditch, and the worms de stroyed by pouring kerosene ou them, or filling the furrow with straw and applying a torch! Paralysis of the hind quarter in pigs is sometimes caused by inJammaiion of and consequent effusion upon the animal marrow, causing pressure and loss of nerve power. Sensation and power of motion may often be restored by the application of a mild irritant to the loins. Turpentine or a thin paste of mustard rubbed upon the loins over the spine generally leads to a cure. It is brought on by colds and damp quarters, or exposure to cold rains, aud is more frequent in young pigs than old ones. A chill will some times produce it suddenly. Reducing Boniis. Dr. Nichols gives the following exact figures of the quantities used in reducing bones with ashes: Uieak 100 pounds of bones into small frjtnents, and pack them in a tipht cask or box with 100 pounds of good wood ashes, which have been previously mixed with 25 pounds of dry water-slaked lime and 12 pounds of powdered sal soda. Twenty gallons of water will saturate the mass, and more may be added as required. In two or three weeks the bones will be soft enough to turn out on the barn floor and mixed with two bushel of good soil or road dust. Cheaply Baised Fkuit. The most expensively-raised fruit is that from neglected trees or plants. A nurseryman who newly occupied a place where line fruit was not known, wished to have his neighbors raise plenty of good strawberries, but he knew they would be almost sure to neglect them unless he employed some stimulus. He published throughout the neighborhood that be would let his neighbors have strawberry plants gra tis, on one condition. They had all seen his fine berries, and eagerly came to get the plants and enquire what the condition was. "I will let you have what plants you want," said the nur seryman, "on this one condition. If they live, they will cost you nothing.; if they die, you will pay ine for them." With the single exception of a lady, who took a quantity, they all went away without the plants, it was found impossible to induce them to take the neceKsary care. Pleuro-Pneumonia Cattle Commis sion. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Fiench said the Pleuro-Pneumonia Cattle Commission would assemble in Washington to take measures to carry out their allotted task as soon after the 20th of August as he could get them there. J udge French referred to I heir proposed plan of action in gener al terms, saying that it was expected that they would be able to make such arrangements as would convince the NO. 14. British authorities that aa American bill of health was a trustworthy certif icate upon which they might venture to admit American cattle to English pasturage. Under present arrange ments all cattle arriving from Amen ca must be slaughtered upon the wharves. As a consequence, only such as are fat and in proper condi tion for immediate use can be ship- pea. Our trade in cattle with Great Brit lan amounts to $8,000,000 or $10,000,000 annually, but, if the restrictions against pasturing American cattle be removed so that lean cattle can be exported and fattened after their arrival, the trade may be increased probably five-fold with profit to both nations. Judge French considers it certain that pleuro pneumonia aoes not exist in any part of the great cattle growing regions of the West. Did a single case develop itself, it would make itself known like fire in a city. The difficulty is that infected regions lie between the West and the Atlantic coast, through which the cattle 'must pass, and under present arrangements, they run tbe risk of contracting the disease, at least, so the British au thorities believed. It is proposed that the railroads shall either make new cars for the transportation of Western cattle, using them for uo other purpose, or adopt some method to be presented to the Commission for cleansing and disinfecting those in use. Both feed ing and watering places are to be es tablished and surrounded with all the safeguards that science and experience can devise. The members of the Commission have bad 20 years of experience, and are able to recognize, however slight, tlie symptoms. The measures necessa ry to be adopted to prevent its spread will enable them, without doubt, to make success certain. THE HOUSEHOLD. If a little vineear is mixed with stove polish it will not take much rub- mng to make the stove bricht. and the blacking is not likely to fly off in a fine dust. 1 closet for keeping tubs of butter may be made with double walls blind in with sawdust and a double door. A zinc shelf at tbe top may hold the ice, and a lead pipe bent in one place to make a trap to keep the air from com ing in irom the outside inav be used to carry off the water. If the closet is kept tightly closed the ice will keun longer. If the air iu the closet is damp xeep a pecK ot tresh lime in it which win aosoro the moisture. Oatmeal Gems. Mix a cuo and a half of oatmeal, half a cuo of corn meal and a cup ol flour with two cuns of sour milk ; add a tablespoonf ul of shortening, two of sugar, a teaspoon ful of salt and a teaspoonful of soda dissolved in a tablespoonf ul of boiling water, ileat the lnutlin tins and bake in a hot oven. Cocoanut Cakes. Take half a cud of butter, a cup of sugar, two eggs, Halt a cup ol milk, halt a teaspoonful of soda, one of cream of tartar, two scanty cups of flour. Bake in three ellv cake tins. Ice tbe oakes. and while the icing is still soft, cover thick ly with grated cocoanut Sponge Cake. Two. eggs, whites and yolks beaten separately, one cup powdered sugar, one cup flour with one teaspoon baking powder sifted with t, flavoring, lastly a scant half cup boiling water stirred in. Bake slowly n tins four by eight inches and two nches high, trost when done. Cut iff into squares, stick the half of an Knglish walnut on each block, and you have a pretty basket of cake. To Can Fruits and Vegetables. All fruits and vegetables do not re quire the same degree of heat, or the same continued application of heat. b ruits of delicate texture, such as tbe strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, gooseberry and currant, should not be brought quite to the boiling point; while apples, pears, quince and peach nay be boiled, but not so rapidly as to soften or macerate them. The best way to can fruit is to have it quite ripe; then pack firmly in cans, adding water according to the dryness or uicy character of tlie fruit. After this seal the can, leaving a vent for tbe escape of tbe gas. Then place the cans in a large vessel containing cold water and bring this to a boil. For hemes boil five minutes, then stand to cool thirty minutes. For other fruits, boil from ten to twenty minutes, then stand to cool forty minutes. The ob ject in allowing them to cool is to give time for the gasses to escape through the vent before finally sealing. Strawberries and cherries should be kept from the light to preserve their color. This may be done by wrapping them in dark-colored paper and keep ing them in a cool place. For green corn, peas and beans, if canned iu that way they need to boil five or six hours hard, then cool forty minutes. But the best way to can corn is to cut the corn from the cob when it is in nice order for roasting ears. Put it on and cook three quart ers of an hour, or until it is done; put iu salt enough for taste and stir it through; this helps to keep it. Then if you use glass jars, fill them full of the boiling corn, put on tbe tops, and you will have nice corn the coming winter. To fill glass jars without breaking them, wring a towel out of cold water, set the jar on a part of the cloth, and then wrap the rest around the jar. Pickling Cucumbers. W. D. P. writes to the New-England Farmer with reference to various points in making cucumber pioklee: It may lie useful to some of your readers to know how strong to make the brine; if made too strong it will sometimes cause the pickles to wilt or wither, in which condition they are not salable, and If too weak they will ferment too much and get soft The proper strength is just enough to float a potato. If your subscriber wishes to market his pickles in vinegar, they must be taken out of the brine about a week before being sold; when taken out they are at once placed in fresh water, and the water ch.un ed twice a day until the p cKles taste quite fresh, which usually lanestwo or three days. The pickles are then placed in strong cider or whiskey vinegar, and spiced to suit the taste of the customer. It was formerly the almost univer sal custom to scald the pickles in a copper kettle after freshening and be fore placing them in vinegar; the ver digris of the kettle would impart a bright green to the pickles, somewhat like the color of freshly picked cucum bers, and more attractive to the eye than the dirty, yellowish green of a salted pickle. The very small amount of copper required to impart this color was probably harmless, for I am not aware that any case of copper poison ing ever resulted from the consump tion or the enormous quantities o pickles that were a few years ago pre pared in this way ; but of late years trie fashion has changed, probably through a knowledge on the part of the buyer of the source of the green color, and a fear of injurious effects therefrom, and now the demand for green pickles is very light as compar ed with the so-called English pickles that are prepared without copper; they have a dull, yellowish green color, but are crispy and good, and as digest ible as a cucumber can be, which is not saying much. Youthful Heroism . A year ago, in the summer of 1880.a deed of heroism was performed by a young lad at Allessandriajn Piedmont, for which he has just been rewarded in a characteristically Sub-Alpine and iMim manner. some children were playing upon the bank of river Tanaro. when one of them, a boy four years oia, toppiea over into the stream, and, as it chanced, at a most dangerous spot, where practiced swimmers had already lost their lives. Eduardo Pozzi. a lad of twelve, who saw the accident, de termined to venture upon the task of rescue. He knelt down, made the sign of the cross, and jumped boldly into me raging waters, lie was seized by the torrent, but not until he had tight ly grasped the little boy. The two were sucked under bv the waters, but rose again to the surface, and the young hero, with great resolution and uanng, rorced ms way into still water, from whence a policeman drew him to the shore. He fell down exhausted and unconscious, but kept a firm grip upon the little fellow whdVn he had saved. The king of Italy heard of the deed. and directed that the silver medal of the Order of Merit, with his Kings thanks, should be sent to the little hero. The actual bestowal of the gift. however, was reserved to the present year, when the anniversary was made ine occasion or a public ceremonial. The court yard of the College Nazion ale was adorned with flowers and ban ners; the municipal authorities con voked; the whole population was invit ed to take part in the function: and Senator Zopp fastened the medal upon uie ooy s Dreast, while the Mayor of Alessandria gave him a kiss unon his forehead in the name of the whole town. When Pozzi was questioned about his deed he said with touching modesty. "I knew that if I were drowned, he and I would have gone in to raradise together." His father, who is a railway servant, was invited to dinner by the Prefect, and the sons of mat lunctionary solemnly divided bread and salt with the hero of the day, as a token of perpetual alliance. i ue tamer refused to receive a sum of money which had been collected. , Er.KnTRmiTV ThA "licnaa" unnnor. . 6b "J'l'""" ance. frennent.lv sbati in liorhtnlnor -i j - -p.--- FT, . is the fore-shortening (by perspec- ..(....... - " - r m -4. I . t .1 . .1 ii -,J UL UUUIjr 1UIIDB UL il BLIUlgllli UttBU, very slightly diverted from its direct course by intervening negative clouds. "Summer lightning" is the light from the flashes of a thunderstorm too re mote for sound to reach our ear. When clouds (non-electrical) are pro pelled by the wind through the atmos phere above us, there is a powerful re- sistence from the particles of air; but as the wind is the most powerful, they must move, and as lnction is in all cases the cause of electricity, and the clouds are at first negative, they create and collect it very rapidly. When they are full to overflowing, or "positive," technically speaking, they are compelled to unload or discharge into any imper fectly supplied body within "speaking distance," so to say. If a full cloud discharges into an empty one and does not overload it, the flash ends there; but if the receiving cloud is already partly full it discharges into tlie next empty one, and so on till an equilibrium is established, upon which the storm is over or spent. A thunderstorm is but Nature s mode of recovering from an attack of unusual activity, say an ele mental spree. Some part of the vast atmosphere in its travels to and fro over the earth, gets a little too hot , it at once rises reating a partial vacum, air from every quarter rushes in to produce an equilibrium, but at such a furious speed as to drag all tlie clouds with it; these get excited in turn, join together on the road, electrically forms, and Nature does not get down to her bearings again till somebody or something gets hurt. Then according to the power, strength and size of tbe primary mov ing cause, we have all the vanties of the weather from tbe gentle zephyr to the one hundred-mile-an-hour hurricane. But electricity is created in proportion, and we mortals always feel its exhilar ating and health-giving properties, un less we get an overdose, when we have only another proof that "too much of a good thing is good for nothing." m. H. Mawti in Germantoutn Telegraph In a letter to the Lancet, Dr. A. Pag gi records the following observation: He states that in Paris he saw a case in which, under the inhalation of cloroform, the heart ceased to beat, and artificial respiration for ten minutes failed to restore circulation, when Dr. Labile dipped a large cloth in boiling water and applied it to the region of the Heart, with the result of immedate ly restoring the action of that organ.