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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 begins: "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 tight, "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 dead." 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 lorgotton dust." 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 like these. "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 place. "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 Monthly. 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 menta. 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. vol. m. OVEMBEit. 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 rree To come instead of pocer. What do you say. Sweet counselors, dear friends? that I should go Back straightway to the fields, and gatuor more? 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. UY THE BREADTH AN AX. OF 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 a bird. 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 strong. 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 and MM, '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 says: '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 ignorant ' 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 apart. 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. MISCELLANEOUS. ol. Rockwell, President Garfield' intimate friend, is placed in charge of the late Presi dent's literary work under the supervision of Mrs. Garfield. 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 920,000. 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 40 cents. 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- ijal proceedings. 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 acres. 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 and all. 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 winner. 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 committees. 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- President Hayes. 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 sister. 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 NO.30. 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 death. 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 removed. 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 ithers unknown 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 fine. 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 Deity's will. 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 tbe children. 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 formed. 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 scriptions. 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 sapon. 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 its formation.