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SEVENTEEN AMD SEVENTY.
OU grandma Rite in her oaken chair,
Audio thee Uessle witli tangled hair;
'Tin gomgto be married, oh, grandmamma,
1iii going to he married! Ha, ha! Ha, ha!"
on, irrai'iinm smooths out her aurou string-;
"uoyou unow, u dear, i a solemn tiling?'
inwivuiiin ,i.i I, i ijtimuill.linili .
I'm going to b man i, d. u,, bja, ha!"
i lien grand m i loi k . 1 hi ough her seventy years.
uu BU1,1 up a woaiau n nop ami fears:
Six or 'eui living ami two of em dead;
grandpa heiples und lied to Lia tied.
Nowhere to live when the house burned down
leara or nghtiiig with old Mother Brown;
Stockings 10 daru and bread to bake,
Dishes to wash MM dressed to make.
But then in,- ui'isic of pattering feet,
Grandpa's kisses so fond and sweet.
Song and prattle the livelong day,
Joy and kifws and love alway.
Ob, graudma smooths out her apron striag,
Aud gazes down at her wedding ring,
Aud still she smiles as she drops a tear;
M Tis solemuer not to. Yes, my dear."
A Western Obituary.
lie is gone. Yes, he is gone, but we
Uave His obituary. He lived out to
wards the i ear of a Western state, and
there also he died. That is enough
about hi in let ub wave him aside; our
ngut is with the obituary. I think it
contains rhetorical blemishes. Thus it
"While yet on the threshold of ani
muieu airue, anu no unkind visions
confronted him on life's journey, over
taken by the still voice of the tomb, he
responded by enlisting in the great ar
my or the unreturning past."
I do not think thee ingredients are
mixed i rper ly. If there was a light,
and the tight was in the house, "thresh
old" goes passably well with "animated
stnie, but not otherwise. But I do
not think there was a tight at that
time; he did not ' enlist" until later,
when he was on a journey and was
overtaken by the still v oice of the tomb.
His mistake lay in "responding;" he
could have let on that he did not hear,
since it was a still voice.
"While yet the spring-time of youth
blossomed on h is locks, the cold touch
of an untimely frost tell upon and nip
ped a life which was yet in bloom."
Now, you see, there was no light, af
ter all; he froze to death.
."But thus it is; when the lamp of
life shines brightest its extinguishment
produces thickest darkness."
He had his lantern with him; there"
fore he could have been nothing but a
scout, sent out to hunt up the enemy.
I think it possible that there was no
"Life, at best, is but an exiled wan
dering pilgrim ou a desert island, sur
rounded by the boundless and merci
less sea wi eternity, on whose barren
coast inevitable death awaits on every
side its victim unawares."
starved V) death on an island, and
probably drowned, into the bargain
"unawares." Lite is full of troubles.
"Ere yet the fruita of manhood's lau
rel had ripened on his brow, he laid
himself to rest in communion with the
There is no reasonable fault to be
found with his, not wailing tor the
crop; for even if the laurel yielded a
beriy-which it does not it would not
ripen on a person's brow.
"Ere yet the shadows of disappoint
ed hope darkened the horizon of a
dawning luture, hereolined ou his low
ly couch to mingle with the cold and
1 do not like this. A person does not
travel with a couch and a lantern, too,
in such a place aa that. And why
"cold" dust? Is the warm kind pref
erable ? And did this man lie down
and cover up and peter out in the nat
ural way, after all t There are many
perplexing dilliculties about this his
tory. "During many long years, with that
filial affection which makes a child lov
ed by its parents, and respected by its
neighbors, he has proven a husbaud,
father, son and brother."
Filial affection does not "prove" any
thing. The official records of the
county will show whether he was a
father, mother, broinoi and sister or
not, but filial affection is no suflicient
evidence of mere abstract pretensions
"For his toils he lived."
That is all right let that pass; the
object of this injury is what he died for
that, and which thing it was that
killed him the most.
"But now that the thunderbolt of
heaven has fallen upon the hearthstone
of their family circle"
Why, good land, he was struck by
lightning! j ake it ali around, this is
one of the most checkered death- beds
that has ever come under my observa
tion. Destroyed in fight, frost-bitten,
starved, drowned, squelched in the
tranquil couch, splintered by the bolts
of heaven! is it little wonder that he
laded from our view.
"It may not, perchance, have been
given him to climb the dizzy heights of
statesmanship, where Bacon and Burke
were so often heard, or fathom deeply
the bosom of science, where Huxley and
Tyndall stroll wiih familiar step."
The nautical phrase is misplaced
there; one does not fathom a bosom.
Neither do any hut the most reckless
people go tramping around in such a
"But he is gone. He sleeps his long,
last sleep, unconscious of the night
winds that chant the requiem o'er his
grave, or the vesper breezes that play
among the lonesome pine, making mu
sic as though each liongh played the
strings of Apollo's golden harp."
Very well, that's all square and
right. And all to his advantage, too,
but he missed hi obituary. Atlantic
Cure For Eauache. But about
four drops of laudanum and four drops
of best kerosene oil into a teaspoon;
put in a little bit of cotton-batting
about enough to absorb the mixture;
hold the spoon and contents over a
lighted candle or gas-light till it begins
to hiss with the heat, turn the cotton
over, apply 8o6n and contents once
more to the hi at, then jiincli out the
cotton; put 11 not inn tue ear, tie a
bandage over the ear to keep the heat
in, and relief is immediate. If you are
subject to ear-ache keep a little box
with a small vial of e.i h of I lie m l eles
named, anil von can get relief at all
hours of the night or day in a few mo
For Chilblains. Steep white oak
leaves Hound on the trees during the
winter season) and soak the feet sever
al nights in succession.
The Owosso Times.
The hoar frost glistens in the mora;
The dry leaves flutter to the ground;
From boiling death and acepes forlorn
The wild bird hastens, Southward bound.
0 distant bills the soft blue haze.
Hie linurf rinif irreeu of vale aud lawn.
Revive, In these November days,
nut memories ol the bummer gone:
a ut i, in al triumphs, bright and brief
As all our joys that come ami go;
The dying boast of flower and leaf,
I tittered as the fading sunset glow.
Vain show of summer's waning health,
Sardonic drawing for the crave.
Poor recompense for all the wealth
Of greeu mat shower and sunshine gave.
Now o'er the seene, in weeds of death,
Had Nature mourns the uerished vear:
No hue of bloom, no roses' wreath,
om asum strew tne seasons's bier.
We love thin old prolific theme
That singers of all tunes have told.
Because so like oar liviug dream:
i ne tays or ure grow never old.
From Autumn gray to Winter white,
our ciosiug season swirtly tends;
We drift toward the icy blight
wnere an our speculation ends.
Our dreams point to the flnnl bourn,
uur umuomi to prospects dead aud sere,
And only then we learn to monrn
A setting sun or dying year.
I UKEPAR A.ULENESS.
have been in the meadows all the day
Yud gathered there the nosegay that you sea
Singing within myself as a bird or bee,
wneo sucn no neui work on a morn of May.
But now I look upon my flowers, decay
Has met them in my hands more fatally
Because moie warmly clasped, and bods are
To come instead of pocer. What do you say.
Sweet counselors, dear friends? that I should
Back straightway to the fields, and gatuor
An .ther. sooth, may do it. bnt not I!
My heart is very tired, my strength is low,
ay nanus are ru'i or blossoms plucked hefwift.
Hel l dead within them till myself shall die.
CMMMI Barrett Jiroterung.
A quarter of a mile back from the
river on the street that led down to
Martin's saw mill, on the St. Anthony
Falls, stood the little white cottage that
Jack Donnelly bad bought for his bride.
It was not all paid for yet, but the
mortgage had been growing smaller
each spring for three years, and a
couple of seasons more would see the
entire amount paid, and then Alice
would be the proud owner of what she
and Jack thought was the prettiest
place in Minneapolis.
And almost any one who might have
happened to catch a glimpse, from the
cross street, of the tidy little kitchen
where Alice was busy one May evening
at sunset, would have been inclined to
agree with the verdict.
The floor was bare, but it was so
spotlessly clean that no one would have
dared to suggest the idea that it looked
bare. The stove was not very large,
but it seemed to be trying to give out
the heat of a furnace, and the red glow
that came from its open door was like
the head-light of a locomotive. Every
thing in the room was plain.and theredid
not seem to be anything there that was
not absolutely necessary. The luxuries
could wait till the mortgage was paid
off. But what there was was scrubbed
till it shone, and the tea-kettle was
puffing out steam like mad. It was
fairly wonderful how that little kettle
puffed and sang, and how the lid danced
lightly up and down.
Jiut the brightest, tidiest object in
the room was Alice, with her brown
hair tfed securely back with a blue rib
bon (Jack liked blue so very much) and
her blue eyes watching each parti cu'ar
thing on the stove all the time, and yet
looking every moment at the table to
see if anything was missing that Jack
would want, and into the other room
to see if baby was all right and out of
mischief, and at the clock to see that
the minutes were not going too fast,
she llitted around the room 'singing like
Everything was done just right, and
the clock said a quarter past six. Jack
would be there in a minute or two, so
supper was set back where it would
keep hot but not wait. It wouldn't be
long; Jack never loitered on his way
home. There was too much hanoiness
waiting for him. No stopping at the
corner for a glass of something hot and
Hut the little clock kept on ticking
just as though Jack was there. And
the ticking grew louder and louder, and
more and more disagreeable, as it re
morselessly checked off minute after
n rum e of the time that Jack was over
due. Ten minutes, twentv, thirty, and the
anxious little housewife sighed, as she
wondered what could be keeping Jack.
It was nonsense to suppose that be was
hurt, she would not think of it for a
moment. The idea that Jack her
Jack the bravest, strongest, coolest
logger on the river, had been hurt, was
laughable. And she laughed. But it
did not sound like the ripples of mer
riment that Jack loved so well, and it
stopped very suddenly, fading away
from a face that loon very sober
when it was gone. 4
Then baby began to cry, and there
was no use worrying then, because
Jack would be at home before baby
was quieted. And she began singing
to the little one. But there were one or
two false notes in the song, and baby
evidently had an ear for music, for he
refused to be quieted.
And then, just as two big tears were
coming in her blue eyes, the front
gate opened, and Jack's step Was heard
In a momeDt more he was in the room,
hearty and big as ever, but very wet
'There! there! Alice, darling, kiss me
again, but don't put your arms around
me, fur I've had a duckin. Why, dar
ling, 'tain't nothin'. Yer needen't be
frightened now. Hain't yer found
out by this time that a logger is liable
tergltwet? There, there; pet. Don't
ye cry. Thank God, I ain't hurt.'
And the great brawny fellow, wet as
he was, took the fair girl in his arms
and was stroking her hair, and was
kissing it. -
'Oh, I'm so happy!' said Alice laugh
ing and crying at once, and giving him
little squeezes and taps, and running
from his arms to the closet and back
to his arms again, and getting kisses
and dry clothes as fast as she could.
Nov, don t say a word about it,
Jack, till you've had your supper,' she
said a few minutes later. 'But what
a shame it is that supper is spoiled.
Shall I cook you another?
'Spoiled, eh? Well I rather like
spiled things like these;' and Jack
laughed as he drank the hot tea that
was slowly bringing him out of the
chill of bis icy bath. But when the
supper was over, and baby was asleep,
and Alice had tilled up the pipe that
she pretended to like the smoke of be
cause Jack had smoked so long that he
thought he couldn't stop, and when
she saw that it was fairly lit and draw
ng all right, she nestled down close be
side Ium and said:
Now Jack, tell about it.'
Well, Alice, dear, it was a mighty
close nt. 1 win tell you: rnere was
a dozen of us sortinMogs up at the
bottoms, fer to feed the mills tomorrow,
an' a good many logs had come down
through the day, an' a kind o' jammed
up things so they was some danger o
the boom breakin,' cause the water's
higher'n usual just now. Aleck Brown
an' me was together, an' I see Aleck
looked sort o' serious, so 1 asked him
'bout it. He didn't say nothin' fur a
minute, but pretty soon he says: 'Jim
Gage'd oughter know, and he says the
boom is strong; but I reckon if they is
much of a jam up above, it'll tear things
when it does bust. An' judgiu' by
the looks of the river, I reckon they is
a bad jam somewhere.'
I looked up the river, an' see't they
was mighty few logs comin' down, and
I knowed they must be. Just then
Bill Hovy come down an' says: 'They
is a jam up to Vilson s Bend.
'Twsrn't only two o'clock, an' I
knowed I was likely to git back at the
usual time, so I didu'tsendye no word,
b ut Aleck an' me, an' half a' dozen o'
the fellows jumped into a wagon an'
drove up's fast's we could go.
When we got there we see 'twere a
bad jam, fur another one further up
t he river had busted an' piled up the
logs mighty thick. When one busts
onto another that way, ye know, it
makes it bad.
Well, we worked nigh an hour try
ing to start her from the shore, but
t'wasn't no use and finally Aleck
'Twon't do to let this go on. We've
got to work in the middle. Who'll go
with me ? An' he starts out on the
jam fur the middle o' the river.
Well, I see the boys all look at me.
They knowed well enough, that I was
the best man to go, I knowed it too,
but I thought o' you an' I waited a min
ute. Bat the other fellers said they
wouldn't, so I went.
Fore I got to where Aleck was, I
see that if we did start it from the mid
dle, we d likely have to come down on
the logs to the boom, an' I knowed it
were a mighty risky job. But 'twas
the only way to save the mills, an'
somebody had ter do it, so Aleck an' I
worked the best we knowed for half an
hour. At last we started it, an' I see
there was just a chance o' getting to
shore. Aleck was just ahead of me,
an' we was goin' as fast as we could,
wuen the thing give way, an' we was
sailin' down the river at about fifteen
miies an hour.
We hadn't gone a quarter of a mile
afore the log I was on turned, an' in
steppin' round, one o' the spikes on my
boots snapped off an I slipped in. I
hung on to my pole, an' it made a
bridge 'tween the logs, an I was just
climbin up when another log struck
the end of it an splintered it into bits.
fell back, and thought I was gone
clean under, but the two logs just
clamped me by the neck.
You may know how quick they come
together by knowin' they didn't graze
my shoulders as I fell, but they caught
my neck afore my head got under the
water. But quick as 'twas, I had time,
as I see 'em comin' to hope you was
prayin' for me. It didn't look like any
thing else could save me, for I knowed
when the logs come -together they d
crush my neck like an egg-shell."
Oh Jack! poor Alice was white with
horror, and trembling like a leaf.
'Yes, dear said Jack, , drawing her
closer, 'I thought of you, an' felt
mighty sorry fur little Jack. Lor' I
know'd how you loved yer great, rough
Hush! please don't!' and Alice's
hand was on his lips.
'Well, well, I didn't have time to
think of much, fur I felt the logs was
chokin' me, an' yet I knowed somethin'
was keepin' 'em about four inches
What 'twas I didn't know till after
wards. My arms was free under, an' I tried
to pull the logs apart., but bless ye, they
was a million pound pressure, an'
I might's well ha' tried to pull up a
tree, an' I begin to give up, when I see
somethin' fly through the air an' light
on a log nigh me, an' I heard Aleck
call out: 'Help! Help!
He might as well ha' hollered to the
stars fur help's holler ter the fellers on
the shore, fur they couldn't get to us
then, an' I knowed it. But it give me
hope ter hear his voice so near by. I
was bothered, though, to know how he
came to be so near, fur just afore I slip
ped, I see there ws a clean place nigh
thirty foot between us.
OWOSSO, MICH, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1881.
'The boys said, afterward, 'the'd
jumped a fifteen foot gap. I don't
know but he did, but I never see no
such things done. Anyway, he was
there, an' as soon 's he landed he was
work in' like mad. He pried one log
out 'n got it across the end o' the one
I'd been on, and then he pried open
the two 't held me, 'n got between 'in.
Alice, 'twas more'd enny three men on
the 1 1 ver'd do, but he did it all alone.
Aleck an' me was friends 1 reckon
now we alwayawill be.
Well, 's soon s he'd done this, 'twere
easy fur me to climb out, with a little
help from him, an' I was all right again:
an' I'm blamed if I didn't hare ter
steady Aleck fur two or three minutes,
he was that weak.
'Twas easy enough after that, ter
shore when we come to the slack water,
above a dam. But afore I left it 1
looked to see what it was 't kept it
just fur enough from th' other to save
me. And Alice, it were au ax. iSoine
feller had struck his ax into that log
and left it there. Likely the log had
turned over, and he bad lost it. Any
way, there it was right close to where
my neck was, and the edge was 'gin a
knot, that was hard enough ter keep 't
from crushing right in.'
'Jack, I want that ax, said Alice,
looking up suddenly, and smiling
through her tears.
'I knowed you would darling, an' I
brought it home for you,' and the big
logger went to the door, and brought
in a rust-covered ax, which Alice took
possession of. Ard to this day that
rusty ax hangs on the wall, just over
Al'ce's sewing machine. Exclian'je.
Canada's Mounted Police .
The special correspondent of the Lon
don Times, who made the Northwest
tour with Lord Lome, praises up the
mounted police, of whom (he says) it
would be difficult to speak too highly.
Lord Lome, always very keen in mili
tary matters since the days when he
himself worked con amere in a volun
teer artillery corps, and for an amateur,
therefore, an unusually good judge, pro
nounced them "as tine a troop as he
ever saw. They are ludicrously un
derhanded for the ground they have to
cover, and tne numoer or ino mns ana
white men, often more unmanageable
than Indians, whom they are expected
to keep In order. They are 300, and
the Indians may be counted by tens of
thousands. Yet, if a crime be com
mitted out on the prairie, a handful of
mounted police seize the criminal,
a chief it may be, surrounded by his
tribe, and carry him off to the nearest
fort as cooly as a policeman would take
up a ptskpocket in Chep pside. Not long
ago some Cree chiefs, considering them
selves aggrieved by the Government,
seized upon some Government cattle
passing through their territory, killing
and eating three. Colonel Herschimer
and six of his men happened to come to
the place aimost the same day. They
at once summoned the chiefs to surren
der. The chiefs refused, armed them
selves and their immediate followers,
and, as the police approached, fired a
volley over, but pretty near, their heads,
to intimidate them. Had the fire been
returned the police, far outnumbered,
would probably have been slam to a
man; but, calmly relying on tne maj
esty of the law, they walked under the
bullets right into the Indian camp,
handcuffed three chiefs and carried
them off, amid loud protestations and
threats, but no actual violence. A still
more striking case occurred quite re
cently among the Blackfeet. One of
the mounted police was murdered, shot
in the back by a young Blackfoot
Indian, whose father had, or tflought
he had, a grievance against the govern
ment, and on his death-bed bequeathed
the legacy of vengeance to his son.
The murdenjr at first escaped over the
Americsn f rontier, but, coming back,
was taken by a small body of police
from the very midst of his tribe, to
whom he appealed in vain, though they
knew enough of English customs to
know that he was being carried to
death. He is now in Fort MacLeod, to
which' we are on our way, and though
his execution is a certainty, and the
Blackfeet, many of them armed with
Winchesters, are quite numerous and
powerful enough to avenge as they
might have rescued him, indeed, pow
erful enough to raise war, not the
slightest apprehension is felt of their
making any serious difficulty, or the
governor general, I need scarcely sajf,
would not be allowed to go among
them, except under the strongest pro
tests from those responsible for his
safety. The Indians know well that
nothing more than strict justice has
been or will be done. What is perhaps
still more curious than their submitting
to the control of the police rather than
resist it by force is that they volun
tarily make use of it themselves. If
an Indian nowadays has his horsA
stolen, instead of going at once on the
war-path, and trying to recover it him
self, together with the thief's scalp, hj
appeals to the police and expects t lx ji
to recover it, which they usually do!
Spe :ial reports have been received of
small-pox at St Joseph, Berrien Co.,
and in Bingham and Leelenaw
towa-ships, Leelanaw County. The
disease was brought to St. Joseph from
Chicago. In Leelanaw county it be
gan with two Indians who contracted
it at Traverse City while loading a ves
sel with wood. One case ef smallpox
at Albion is reported November 20,
1881. Because smallpox may be
brought to any locality at any time by
immigraj its or travelers, it is prudent
for all persons to seek protection by
vaccinal ion or revaccination with pure
bovine Aran. Local boards of health
are auth orized by law to make provision
for freei raccination.
NEWS OF THE WEEK.
ol. Rockwell, President Garfield' intimate
friend, is placed in charge of the late Presi
dent's literary work under the supervision of
Eighteen million dollars is the size of the
mortgage filled by the Baltimore, Cincinnati
and Western railroad In favor of the Mercan
tile Trust company New York.
A killing frost In Louisiana early Friday
morning extended nearly all over the state.
Ice formed on standing water in New Or
leans. Jarvis A Adams novelty works, Pittsburg,
Pa burned at a loss of 940,000; insured for
The lumberman's exchange of Chicago hare
advanced prices 60 cents per thousand on
narrow common boards dressed and matched,
on common and cull boards 20 cents, and laths
The court has appointed James B. Jenkin
son receiver of the factory and property of C.
Nugent & Co., Newark, N. .1 ., by consent of aU
p allies concerned, and the works will con
tinue operations for the beuefit of all creditors
under Nugent's superintendence pending le-
By a recent Mexican proclamation the price
of p ublic lands is fixed, varying from $1 50 per
squae league in Campeachy to 94,380 in the
Feder.xl district about the city of Mexico. The
square league contains a little over 5,700
The uov'elty works of Jarvis A. Adams Pitts
burg, Pa., have been totally destroyed by fire.
At a loss of 940,000, on which there is an insur
ance of 920,i W.
The breaki tg of a steam pipe iu a New York
theater causea' a panic, in which several per
sons were serio uvly hurt but no one was killed
Whltelaw Reid as what printers call a "rat
take." He draw. salary of 96,000 a year as
editer and 935,000 as husband.
Mary Clemmer has been compelled to sus
pend literary woric on account of an affection
of the eyes.
It Is believed that one Daniel Shepard will
succeed sweet William H enry Smith as collec
tor of the port of Chicago.
A steam fire engine in Philadelphia ran away
Suuday night, crashed into a street car and
killed two young n en standing ou the plat
form. Mrs. Lincoln has imprisoned herself in a sort
of private hotel and Turkish bath house in
New York, and lefuses to see all company. All
tenders of friendship are disregarded.
The ladles of the Philadelphia silk culture
Association are making as a present for Mrs.
Garfield, a silk dress, which, it is said, will
have the distinction of being the first ever made
entirely in America material, fabric, designs
Mrs. Garfield will soon receive from the Wo
men's Silk Culture Association the first silk
dress eyeiy part of which from egg to finished
fabric has been produced in this country. The
ilk has Just been reeled by the members of
the association, and is said to be equal to the
best Italian silk.
One can get some Idea of the wealth of the
mines on the Pacific coatft rrom the fact that in
1877 there was 976,000,000 on deposit in the
savings banks of ali forms. This is the largest
amount of money ever held by the banks of the
State at one time, and its accumulation was
the result of the mining prosperity that had
prevailed for some time previous.
Aeronauts have a unique method of taking
"soundings" to learn their distance from the
earth wbea they are being swept rapidly
along in the night According to the Signal
Service officer who recently accompanied Pro
fessor King on his perilous journey from Chi
cago to a Wisconsin swamp, a loud shout is
given, and then the seconds are counted until
the echo from the ground to beard. The
height is estimated by the time required for
the return of the sound.
The contest for the Speakership at Wash
ington has commenced in good earnest
There are at least nine Republican candl
dates in the fluid, and no one can tell which
will come out ahead in the race, aor say that
some dark horsv niay not appear and be the
A national dairy fair is opened at Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, ani dealers in batter, cheese and
eggs from all parts of the country attend toe
gathering. About 80 Chicago dealers on
Mondny joined the delegatlan from Beston
and started for Celar Rapids on a special train
It is regarded as the most Important dairy
convention ever assembled.
The Detnoi xats of the U. S. Senate will meet
on Saturday to consider the formation of the
The Rea.il nstrs will have 22 majority In
the Virgin 'a Legislature.
Henry Villon, President of the Northern Pa
cific Railroad has now the controlling interest
in the Pacific Coast steamship Co.
President James B. Angell and family have
reached Naples, am ', after visiting Rome, will
soon embark for An lerica. expecting to reach
home early In Febn iary
Edison has bought 952,000 worth of land at
VmA Newark, on wh ch he will erect a mam
moth factory for mnl dng electric lamps.
Mrs. Morton, wife of the American Minister
to France, is indispoe ed, and by advice of her
doctors will go with !r. Monou w pan vv
cein her at Cannes, wl ton they will meet ex-
i imns la mounter n -anun tree near Fort
Harley, Fla which ma wires nt"8 Teet one
Inch in circumferen ce. It to o ver 50 years
old, and some season ha had over U.000 oran
ges on it
Keokuk had a queur mutt imontal jn tuple the
other day, when a father's eon married a rath
er's divorced wife, th father having secured a
divorce in oroer mac n a i uigni marry iub
One business firm to i Ijondon has chartered
a big steamer, whir w II be fitted up with
rooms for sample I nd with berths for the
nuuesentfttives of re mmorclal houses. It will
then be sent aroi mi the world.
In France a p sari costing 916 to now Imlta
ed for 50 cents r tyl, and so successfully as to
lie sold at the ; xios of the gc nuine article to
any one not a verttahle exoerL and even the
latter class ar ofton puzzled.
The Texas tute houne was burned because
a stovepipe I mle between two rooms of the ad
Jutant gener al' office, stoppe d on one side by
a pine rellln g, was taken for an opening into
a chimney a ad a st ovs set up accordingly
Louis Lorillard's 9500 dog Flora has keen
stolen from his stable hi New York and be
swears he will spend 910,000 if necessary, to
find and punish the thief, whether he gets the
dog again or net.
It has cost the United States 9600,000,000 In
pensions from the start, aad we have now on
the books, 8,000 pensioners of the war of 1812,
about 6,000 Mexican war pensioners, in all
268,000 names on the relto, with 270,000 appli
cations on file.
Revenue Officer James Davis of Athens, Ahu
has a horse that can scent a distillery 2X miles
distant, so that when he to in the neighborhood
of one, he throws up his head, sniffs the air,
and, left to himself, takes bis rider directly to
the Jen of the moonshiner.
The Concord, N. H ., Monitor says that many
partridges are dying in that state, and offers
this explanation: "A gentleman ef this city
a few days eiuce, carefully examining one
which was found dead, found three small ul
cers upon the sides and top of the head, in one
of which was a small tick, which had made its
way through the skull into the brain, causing
In the case of Edward Maxwell, who was
dragged out of a court room by lynchers at
Durand, Wis., the noose killing him before the
mob got him to a tree, a Coroner's jury has de
clared that he "Ml from the court house steps
and broke hto neck,"
The list of recent lttsses by fires Is a long
one. A Decatur, Texas, dispatch, Nov. 2U says:
The county court house was burned to the
ground yesterday. Loss not accurately known
buUttlieved to be not less than 9155,000.
Criminal and civil docket papers, indictments
etc., were entirely destroyed, also many other
papers. The safe in the county clerk's office
with its records and 9S,000 in cash is believed
to be destroyed. The fire was incendiary.
The foundry of R. J. Kilpatrick in south St.
Louis was burned early Tuesday morning.
Loss estimated at 920,000; insured for 95,000.
Marion's bat store in Rochester, N. Y., was
burned the 2IUh. Loss 140,000.
A fire in New Yoik ou Tuesday destroyed
the hojpital of the deaf and dumb asylum.
The fiainee fortunately were exdnguished
without a panic among the inmates of the in
stitution. The sick in the hospital were safely
Fire at Osbkosh, Wis., totally destroyed U.
C. Griffith & Co.'b shingle mill. Loss, 912,000;
insurance, 96,000, 91,000 each in America, Un
ion of Philadelphia, Star of New York, the
A Boston dispatch says: Ibe insurance on
the American rubber works, burned last night,
to over 9200,000 and held mostly by companies
outside of Boston and in foreign companies.
An Augusta, Ai k.. telegram says: Fire last
at midnight burned the entire business portion
of this city. Over 50 buildings were consumed.
The total loss is estimated at 9200,000; insur
ance about 975,000. The P. 0 Wood's
hotel, Steven's hotel and Hamblett & Penn'e
cotton sbed,containlng200 bales of cot ton, were
also destroyed. The fire originated in Cave
nesB's saloon, and was caused by a defective
Guitean was on the stand Tuesday, bnt had
things pretty much his own way. He lead
ed sickness, and was excused from giving hto
story at length. He deprecated cross examina
tion, and said he was not prepared. When,
late in the day he took the stand be was much
agitated. Hto counsel read his letters, while
he slunk into bis seat. When he took the stand
bis delivery was rapid and nervous,aud trouble
some to reporters. He told the story of his
connection with the Oneida community, of
his efforts to buy the Inter-Ocean,
of his attendance on the Moedy meetings,
of his lecturing, and of his frequent failures
and the causes. He will resume the stand Wed
nesday, and an exciting time is anticipated
when he comes to the assassination scene.
Guiteau occupied the stand parts of Tuesday
and Wednesday, giving hto personal recollec
tions of his past history and events. He found
a parallel between Mmself and the Apostle
Paul told of hto intimacy with tbe distinguish
ed politicians-said he was inspired by God to
kill the President himself. He manifested a
good deal of petulance under Judge Porter's
cross-examination, and the impression gains
at Washington that Scoville made a mistake in
putting, him on the stand. His manner has
done much to shake the belief of those who
thought him insane. He has told hto story in
too straight a manner for a crazy man. Judge
Porter was not so tender on Gnitean's hilarity
as the court had been. He told the assassin to
"shut up," when he objected to having hto
crime called murder. "Murder it is and mur
der it will remain," said Porter. About fifty
experts are yet on band to prove insanity. The
following colloquy affords a specimen of bis
manner under eross-exaininatlon: Q. Did
vou say te officer Scott on leaving tbe depot
after the murder of the President: "Gen. Ar
thnr is now President?" A. I decline to an
swer that. 0--Wby do you object to answer
ing that? A i suppose I did say that (then
he pdded excitedly) I want it distinctly under
stood that I did not do that of my own person
al volition but on inspiration of the Deity. I
nevvi would have shot tbe President on my
own personal account. The Deity inspired the
act ami tbe Deity would take care of it The
Deity furnished the money with which
bought the pistol; I was the agent The Deity
inspired me to remove the President and I had
resort, to my own means to accomplish tbe
A terrible collision on the Pennsylvania rail
road, near Lawrence Station, occured Wednes
day morning, by which many were killed and
wounded. The passenger train was run into
by a freight train. ,
Kansas bank depositors are determined to
apply the hempen argument to dishonest hank
officials. Dan ford, the proprietor of a chain
of broken Savings banks at Caldwell and at
Osago City, together with hto cashier, are in
the hands of the Sheriff, who says be can not
protect them from tbe mob of creditors, who
say that he must "settle or swing."
George Ltws's will gives his wife 925,000
cash, 9100,000 of United States bonds, a year
ly Inc.im of 925,000, and the homestead and
all pertaiuing to it Ths rest goes equally to
One can tret some idea of the wealth of the
mines on the Pacific coast from the fact that
in 1877 there was seventy six million dollars
on deposit In the saving banks of California.
This Is the largest amount of money ever held
by the banks of the state at one time, and Its
accumulation as tbe result of tbe mining pros
perity that had prevailed for some time previ
ous. Tbe citizens of Cedar Rapids, la, gave a re
ception to the delegates to the Butter, Cheesa
and Eg Couventlon Wednesday morning. On
the reassembling of tbe convention he snl ject
of eleoBiurj irlne was ritocuasij. one delegate
awerted that the adulteration was destroying
our butter trade al home aud abroad. It was
suggested that efforts be made to secure a law
compelling dealers to put adulteratious on the
market for just what they are. The conven
tion passed a resolution recom mending the
passage of a tow to prevent the adulteration ef
butter and cheese.
The fifteenth day of the assassin's trial was
pretty much taken up with hto cross-examination
by Judge Porter. The prisoner however
did not confine himself to direct i plies to the
questions, but expatiated widely, and among
other things invited bis friends to send bim
money for bis defense. He constantly repu
diated the imputation of malice or murder
but kept tbe Ideas of inspiration, by the Deity
in all bis acts before the court. He was much
agitated by the sharp questions put by Porter
and replied with insolence and vituperation.
The following will serve as a sample tor all:
Being asked how many times he bad spoken
with Conkllng on the street, answered: "I
met him once on tbe street. He was exceed
ingly cordial, and he bowed and said: 'How
do yon do, Mr. Gaiteau.' I was on good terms
with all those men during March and April.'
Porter (slowly and with great deliberation)
Did Senator Conkling " The prisoner
(Interrupting) "Oh, don't look so fierce at me
I don't care a snap of my finger lor you.'
Porter "But you will answer my questions."
The prlsloner "Put your questions in a quiet,
simple sort of way and I will." Porter "Did
Senator Conkllng ever promise to support your
application for the Paris Cousutohir?" The
prlsloner "My expectation about tbe Pari
Consulship was that I would get it
through my personal influence with the
President. Blaine aud Logan, and that when
my nomination went to the senate, Senator
Conkling and that sort of men would see It
through; but I don't think it necessary to dis
cuss this matter of the Paris Consulship. I
went over it all yesterday and I decline to dis
cuss It further. There is uo use waBtiug the
time of this honorable court in going over
it again If yon do not know tbe facts
about it yet, you bad better read this morn
ing's papers and you will find them."
Being asked about the inspiration of bis sug
gestion to Garfield that he would succeed him
In 1884 he replied in a resolute tone: "I de
cline to discus? this subject any further. You
have gone over It two or three times, and I
decline to discuss it any more. If your idea
were correct about my having malice iu the
matter, Blaine was the man for me to have
shot. What possible ill will could I have bad
against Garfield? My getting or not getting
office had nothing to do with it whatever. It
euly shows how abeurd and nonsensical your
theory to. If Gen. Garfiel I bad paid respect to
those letters it would have been all right But
what did he do? He weut and sold himself
soul and body to Blaine. He did not appreci
ate the sentiment and kindness of those let t rs,
but threw himself into Blaine's hands and al
lowed Blaine to use the Presidency to destroy
Conkling end Grant" Q Did you say to
President Garfield that he would have no
peace till he got rid of Blaine?" Prisoner.
Yee, and that was the way tbe Btalwart and
liberal papers all over the country talked. That
was the way the Washington Republican and
Gorham and that kind of people talked.'
Porter "Did you say Blaine was a wick
man?" Prisoner "Yes, because he was using
President Garfield, who was a good man and a
kind man, but weak politician. Garfield just
sold himself, body and soul, to Blaine. That
wa what Gen. Grant himself said in his letter
denouncing Garfield for selling himself out to
Blaine." Porter "Did you say yesterday you
did not desire the removal of Secretary Blaine?'
The prisoner "I did, and you cannot find It in
tbe record. I insist now upon yonr finding it
in the record. I want to faston something on
to you. I am as good a man as you are." Por
ter "I know you think so." The prisoner
(angrily) "Yes, and the public will think so,
too." Mr. Porter "Was your motive for de
manding Blaine's resignation because he bad
said to you never speak to him again on the
Paris Consulship." The prisoner (excitedly)
"I told you that had nothing to do with the
Paris Consulate. I want to ram that into you
and put It down deep. Laughter.1 I am
talking now about national politics and not
about a miserable office, and, if you would try
to get your brains to take that In, it would be
better. I am not a disappointed office-seeker."
Ibe creditors of Dan ford, the defaulting
banker at Caldwell, Ks., have the alternatives
under consideration of accepting securities
which may pay them 10 cents on a dollar, or
of hanging the banker.
Laborers in tbe steel works at Joliet, III
struck Thursday, in consequence of a notice
by Superintendent Smith that all common la
borers would be reduced to 12 1-2 cents per
hour. The entire works were compelled to
shut down, and as a result 2,500 men are
thrown out of employment
Garcla-Caideron, ex-provisional president of
Peru, was arrested on tbe 6th lust, by order of
the Chilian commander, Lynch, for continuing
to act as president Calderon Is succeeded by
Admiral Montero, who will sign a peace treaty
and berecognlz d by Minister Hulbert.
Tbe area test, demonstration ever held in
Scotland in connection with land agitation
took place Thursday at Aberdeea. Two tbou
sand delegates, representing 40,000 farms, were
present Several Scotch members of parlia
ment attended. Resolutions were passed de
manding a general rednction of rents, com
pensation for improvements, abolition of laws
of entail and other legislation In the Interest of
tenant farmers. It was urged tnat the leglsla
e changes required must apply to existing
sea. A farmers' alliance for Scotland wa
At a meeting of Americans In Paris, Decern
ber 6, to take measures to raise subscriptions in
aid of the construction of a monument and
hospital in America in memory of President
Garfield, a committee under the direction o
Minister Morton was appointed to receive sub
The pulpit was set outside the church at
Winslow, Texas, In order to give room for a
stage en which to perform "Pinafore." and
when again needed for use it was missing.
Several weeks of search elapsed before it wss
found in a gambling bouse, where it had been
altered Into a faro table.
When a texas couple stood up to be married
the minister saw the handle of a pistol pro
trading from the bridegroom's pocket and sug
gested that out of respect to the solemn cere
mony, It be laid aside. The advice was heed
ed. Tbenth bride demnrely drew a dagger
from her bos
m and tossed it beside the other
To geolo ists, the gorge below Niag
ara Falls h i fbeen the most convincing
evidence of the great antiquity of the
glacial age, it being assumed that at
least 30,000 years were necessary for