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"The World is Governed Too Much."
'Twasy while at "the Pier" last summer,
That I fell without much ado,
Into the net of a siren,
A beauty from Kalamazoo.
She spoke with a Western accent
That was really a shock to me,
And called her stout mother "Mommer,"
And always said "supper" for "tea."
And I knew at tje very outset
That of course it would not be right
For one of the great Van Duzers
To marry a Kalamazite.
And so I left for the city,
Where I'm wretchedl anti il and blue,
I know that I'm slowly dying,
And-I'm off for Kalamazool
"How are you, Mr. Van Duzerl
And welcome to Kalamazoo!
Heard of my wedding to-morrow,
So came? That's just lovely of youl
-Roland King, in Rambler.
The Mean Trick by Which Jones
Got All the Red Ears.
The corn had all been cut and piled
away in great stacks in the huge barns.
The Canadian landscape had been
clothed several times in silvery frost.
Tihe rye was peeping up through the
upturned fields, and the first week of the
farmers' season of leisure had passed.
In that great stretch of level country
about Stratford, where farmers reap as
rich harvests as are garnered anywhere
in the Dominion, a programme of fun
had been prepared by the young men
and women. There were corn-huskings
where red ears brought kisses, surprise
parties where nobody was surprised,
straw rides, apple-paring parties and
gatherings where the staid cotillon was
danced to the music of a violin. The
first event of the fall of 1882 was an ap
ple-paring. This whetted the appetites
of the country folks, and everybody was
eager for the big corn-husking that was
to bring all the beaux and belles into
the big barn of Farmer Treuette.
It was known to the young,
hard-fisted farmers that Sally
Treuette, the only daughter of the
old farmer, was to guide the course of
events during the husking, and that a
great many grains of red corn had been
mingled with the white grains that had
been dropped in the corn hills in the
Spring. Every red grain of corn meant
an ear of the same color, and every ear
meant one kiss to the finder, and per
haps more if he could smuggle the ear
forward again.
There was another circumstance that
added an unusual excitement to the
husking. Sally Treuette was a rosy
cheeked, plump, raven-haired lass
whose roguish eyes had made sad havoc
*with the hearts of nearly all the young
men formiles around. There was hardly
one of them whom she had not smiled
upon at various times, and whom she
had not snubbed unmercifully after
ward. Red-haired Jim Radford, who
owned forty acres of fine farming land
near St. Mary's, and Owen Jones, a
sharp-featuted Yankee, who had opened
a country store near the railway station
in Stratford, had each sworn in the most
solemn manner to marry Sally or pre
vent her from marrying anybody else.
Radford was tall, broad-shoultered
and strong of ltmb, with muscles
hardened by work. Jones was
tall, slim and angular, with
hectic check and a sharp cough that told
of weakness and disease, but lied every
time they told it. IHe was like many of
the old stone houses in the neighbor
hlood. The more they settled and the
worse they appeared the stronger they
were. Radford was always nervous and
ill at ease when he was in the presence
of Sally, but Owen was always able to
talk a streak and tell marvelous tales
and interesting stories of adventure that
were very entertaining to the un
sophisticated Sally. She liked Radford
for his worth and Jones for what lie
seemed to he.
'The night of the husking camne at
I~ist. Thd silvetr .rescenit tof the new
illOint ltung in tit: west. The ;tir was
just froaty enotugh to be invigorating.
A string of twinkling lantetrns hullng
;nt'ros. larmner Treuttte's barn yarId.
Lautertus swung from rusty nails all
over the interior of t.i harn. 'Tllhe un
huIlkeld ears of corn ilhad been tolrn from
tihe stalks and heipetd in a ,reat pile in
1he ce(nter of thie barnl. 1or1e Iboxes,
ulpturnied nail-kegs :and rough Ietlnchels
fonrmed a:t circle about tlhe pilh. '[lh old
rninlliing f:al't-h-loisP aboutita hutmtred
etowtled l ith elderly lmlen a:nd women
IpV,,1)aring in a butstling. garrulous way
thei refrxshlents. Sall, clad in lihe
eiaghtsct calico 'purchasa:lie in lJonisi
.(tire, with h tlii eht s of bright i'iltbbt at
ht r throat and in her haif, Ilitted 1llo)ut
like a spic'k of color ii ;in nocia;n t)f
bit' when thev are out for a jolliheiation,
ind the1 jinuglinug of bells, the clattiermlun
:lllungs nucll1,e thit, n·ig,,ht air quiver•. Yoiunllt
iltilw atid wtlum'tn soli iatll t r it t li lit.
hard t uliug frt.,l thil :It Sally
.1hook haii I,, with Iivcr (illdi who up
lV fai~.lh a. Th,'n the wl'rk of lil kinl
htg'n iiit 1('n . lflt" 1 m)t n anin d int .lt o li
Well :t'"er for the ll:ti'ing ti !t ias Il
:uljusted a hitckrv coln pts lon ii
strolng right hand. :itl soon a :-trie:'n of
tliuteniiln. ones w s flyin over hi left
- " ih-'. , : .':tS righit opp it,, him .
d:'a. ,d littl i,, lklc of c11'1 tof\lard thiml.
:111 ti--tll lI i h Sr bft!' - ll inew ilwhat hil
i"3tnlailn \lIre. She utt5ctd :l litthe
I : iP l il ll id half st1r1ltig frml
"' I ,, l l ilhi.'" <aid Jones. l milingi t :
w'it.l ('IVny .Joimii- toitu hile read cter
persistently, but nobody else succeeded
in getting any, and the laugh that had
heraldedhis success finally gave place
to mutterings of discontent.
"Look yer," said Radford, suddenly,
"all those yer ears must be left whar all
kin see 'em. No repeatin', mind yer."
"A little applause greeted this, but it
was hushed when Jones said sarcastical
"Thar they be. A goodlier pile than
ye'd husk in twicet ther time."
He pointed behind Sally at a pile of
the red corn. Still Jones found noth
ing but red ears, and Sally got all the
kisses. Nobody else found any, and
the common discontent was apparent
wben the pile had finally dwindled
away. Then a fiddler began scraping
out wheezing dance music, for Jones
success had cast a damper on the party,
and the merry time dragged.
Finally a barrel of cider was tapped,
and all were invited to drink. Jake, the
old hired man of Farmer Trenette,
drank more than was good for him,
and became noisy and garrulous. He
had appeared that nig ht wearing a
brand new pair of cowhide boots and
a waistcoat of wonderful pattern.
When asked where he got his gqod
clothes, he winked syly, but refused to
make any explanatlon. The bell "at
the house summoned all the merry
makers, and Jones seized Sally around
the waist and led her off, leaving Rad
ford a prey to jealousy behind. Jake,
meantime, was capering gleefully
about the party, occasionally stopping
in front of Jones and winking malic
ionsly. Jones lost his patience at last,
and pushed the old fellow from him so
forcibly that he fell headlong to the
ground. He got up, threatening ven
The supper was at its height, andthe
guests seemed to have regained their
spirits, when Radford rose, and, rap
ping ldudly on the table, asked per
mission to make a speech. Everybody
was astonished. The idea of the diffi
dent, irresolute farmer making a
speech was something they could not
understand, and so they were silent
through sheer wonder.
"I stan' yar to tell ye suthin' ye'll
find it hard tu believe, but which it will
be true as preachin', howsumever. Thet
man thar," said Radford, growing red
with anger and shaking his finget men
acingly at Jones, "is a reptile in human
shape. Yisterday he got Jake to pile all
thor red cars on one side, an' he, know
in' which side they was to, set hisself
thar, an' has been a stealin' kisses an' a
robbin' us of 'em ther hull livelong
time. Which I've said, an' now want
Jones to meet me out yonder an' see
whuther I kin punish him for his rob
Everybody agreed that it was a mean
trick, and glared at Jones. The lat
ter rose, and in a laughing way re
'Which ther statement made by Rad
ford bein' kerect, I have no wish to dis
pute. What I'm hankerin' to say,
though, is jest this: All's fair in lovean'
war. I hey beat him in love, leastways
in kisses, an' now'll tackle him in war if
so bein' all's agreeable."
The women protested, but the men
put them down, and insisted that there
was no other way out of the diffi
The'party, men and women, withdrew
to a level pasture beyond the barn, a
ring was formed, and Radford and
Jones in their shirt sleeves squared off
at each other. The moon had not yet
disappeared, and with the stars gave
just enough light to enable the men to
see things in a blurred, indistinct way.
Sally, with a pale face and frightened
eyes, stood a little space away. At the
word of a man who agreed "to see fair,"
the two men rushed hfiercely at each oth
or, and the heavy sound of blows was
heard. Radford staggered back with a
bloody face and gasping for breath.
Jones was cool and confident. It was
seen at once that he could use his hands,
and that the great strength of Radford
would be conquered by Jones' skill.
Again the men met. Jonesparried Rad
ford's blows with ease, and finally
sprang back and launched out both
of his great rawboned fists, lading
them square on Radford's neck.
Redlford dropped as though he
had been shot. There was a shrill
scream and Sally dashed through the
ring of people and kneeling beside the
prostrate man raised his head in her lap
Sand fondled him until he regained con
"Whar ye should be, Sally, is ovet
var," said Jones, lugubriously.
S illv turned upon him fiercely.
"You rulfian " she cried. "You robbed
him and the rest of all lpleasure to-night,
and now you beat him. I love him and
I bite you."
Ri ford, regaining his feet, began to
"Ye lore me?" he cried. "Why, gal.
I fIu'rive hit freely, in' would take all
thr -ickin's hi ewver heerd tell of for
"Ef so be it." said Jones, sulkily,
"It-" ain't no oie else :i-waitin' thr le
licked. 1'1 jist meander humwards, but
I ive ve fair warnin', tier fist time I
ketch .1ake I'll lambiuate hitm.''-N. Y.
A Powerful Torpedo-Boat.
The Falke. torpedo-hIoat. just bult in
-.Engl:tni for the Auitri:e. Gov(;, urnnit.
ital, h r t'tli.i:ni trial rec ntl, whe
the mean slted of hir 'ix runs -"er
the mtea.ured mile. mnle in ti~1hting
t'in. reached the suttri ing - igur ,e of
")". _,0"kn,,ts per hour. The ve,.<l hav
in. iwa, lli coteiwred 22 1-4 kint- wi ttin
Ii hur. "The F'lk, i 13- f I't h )ng.
It t in txtrec widtlh. :I d 9 ftot
itet,. tHberdr iti fo'ard in tiuhtin,
Sh,. i< I ui' l hr t 'hin h t ,f ,,.alvaniud
*t,,l, h- r skin varyinb in tt lickn,,,s
frnilni on te-cii"ght rl th to , h a-t:n t ,i on
inl, t e i 'gre2tet thi -. . hin5 at
her' how-.' ti ..trength',,n h,', for ran..
Imill purp,* ..- H[,r n,,.,hinerv 1. ,f
the ',nllquand -u,,fatt .- u,lcel.-inl.. t3 p,'
1;n* " f :i. dirol .'} rs from" wth :t f me',,
only . ,legre.:.
Views of an Ex-Governor of South Carolina
on the Southern Questiou.
In the current number of the Ncw ti
Englander, Mr. Daniel H. Chamber- i
lain-of whom, as Republican Gov- d
ernor of South Carolina, the country 1
once heard a great deal-breaks a long
silence to discuss the present and pros
pective aspects of the Southern ques- 1:
tion. We are bound to say that his re- a
marks, as a whole, are among the best a
yet made on a very fruitful subject; c
and coming from such eminent Repub- i
lican authority, are especially deserv- t
ing the thoughtful consideration of all b
honest members of that party. It will 1
be remembered that Senator Sherman a
while unintentionally helping to elect a
Democratic Governor in New York last
fall-redommended, as an infallible h
panacea for Southern ills, thereduction t
of the basis of representation in those
Southern States where fewer Repub
lican votes are cast than the party man
agers think ought to be. Chamberlain
devotes more attention to this charac
teristic proposition than its impudence
merits; declares that the alleged rem
edy would not, even if it could be tried,
reach the diseases and that the latter
must be left to cure itself. He says
and let us not forget who it is that
says it-that
" The evil in question is plainly the result of
the want of intltlgence. experience and'.good
juldgment otfnthe part of the class who arc de
prived of the right to vote; and of the race
prejudice and political ambition of the class
which inflicts the wrong, intensified and made
reckless, in respect to the right to vote, by
the insupportable corruption and maladmin
istration of most of the Southern State gov
ernments from 1868 to 1876.
In other words, if in any Southern
State colored citizens are deprived of
any of their political rights, it is main
ly, if not entirely, the fault of the Re
publican party. First, in conferring
citizenship upon a class not even now
possessed of sufficient "intelligence,
experience and good judgment" for
the proper recognition and fulfillment
of its obligations; and second, by the
establishment and maintenance of
"the insupportable corruption and
maladministration of most of the
Southern State governments from 1868
to 1876."'
This is the whole Southern business
in a nutshell. The freedmen-as Presi
dent Lincoln so well knew-were not
prepared for citizenship, and should
have been allowed to wait until some
degree of preparation had been at
tained. But in spite of their unfitness,
the ballot was thrust into their hands
by an unscrupulous Republican policy;
and then, in order to consummate that
policy, they were used to fasten upon
the Southern neck the meanest and
dirtiest of despotisms. The results of
which Republicans complain are, says
Chamberlain, inevitable "whenever in
any community those who hold nearly
all its property,- intelligence and ex
perience in self-government are set
againtst those who are for the most part
without property, education or experi
ence of public affairs." We may add
that if Massachusetts or Maine had suf
fered for eight months "the insupport
able corruption and maladministration"
which South Carolina and Louisiana
endured for eight years, they would
have risen in righteous wrath and
driven every negro and carpet-bagger
into the sea. The wonder is, not that
the Southern people, under such intense
provocation, did some things they ought
not to have (lone, but they were not
utterly reckless in their resistance to
the ineffable iniquity. The greatest
wonder is that, in less than ten years
after the provocation was removed by
the destruction of Republican rule in
the South, the two races are working
together for a common prosperity in
peace and harmony; that there is so
little real trouble between them that
during the last Presidential campaign
Republican oflice-holders and traveling
newspaper correspondents could not
find a single "Southern outrage" worth
Chamberlin 1 ges his political asso
ciates to "abandon all efforts to pro
long, through party proclamations and
appeals, a controversy which has re
sulted so disastrously to those in whose
interests it has be-i carried on," and
to leave whatever diflienlties yet re
main in the Southern situation to be
overeomne by the N ational forces now
at work. That is, let the Suth man
age its own affairs in its own w'y, un
vexed by Northern interlierenee or in
struction. It is mrost d(letotedly to
he wished that Shermut1 iLog:u antl
their co-laborers in the ma ki ,' of see
tion:hl mischiff. may follo ehi sn.tsi
bie and patriotic advie.; lut if the, do.
what will become of the blody i idci?
-nud withoutr the bldotdy shirt ';00
would become of "',he grand ,;l
lparty?"-St., L ou; Auli, m,'!]..
The .huse iuirleil :It Commistoner
Sparks Not (;ouliing 0oh Honest H5Fme
The outcry t'hat huas lately bemi n, mde
agi:n.st Citrujissilin.er Sn:1'ks. of the
i.and Oflice. wou(01 naulrally leaul the
pufiie to blive that Mr. Sparki is an
,dioui tyrant, who,1,, ,,e', .-hponding
the i -nn of pin tnh until th n claims
1.1 ii th la, - (it ili '. , . it1) :m
itifiol wa;: l owt :t t}i " 1).; }I r inos e
l~ irie f th-::.10.'I, \\ii' "rh5 r has
ii,'Pi 'l.II , "p,i'.* " f i F' g  ' -l.,;i.l '
I. 'I f l il ea <,fI r., il ,iu ;
i- tl wl' .-' I,'i' -. , l'.!i { '. h' I . 'lt i ,
1}1 i tr.x ' ;I Iins h . h : I.. }ii ,,
f -t .,l , Iv - ' i .\ : .....
III. 'i' lit 'ii'-"- I'
-!Li', tt ' '3'i 1i " . ".I iUt\ 'J1 \ in_- T;1
been carried may be inferred from the
report of Special Agent Webster Eaton,
in regard to a portion of the Duluth
and St. Cloud land districts. He states
that four thousand and three hundred
final homestead entries have been in a
district in which he finds less than one
hundred actual settlers of all kinds,
who are making or trying to make a
living by farming. "It is a shame that
this wholesale robbery of the public
lands has been allowed to exist until
nearly all the lands available for settle
ment have been gobbled up. But be
cause wrong has been done in the past
is no reason why it should be allowed
to continue. Wifat lands are left should
be reserved for actual settlers and the
large bodies now held fraudulently
should be restored to the public do
main. Commissioner Sparks will have
the countenance and support ·of every
honest man in the country in his effort
to withstand.the rapacity of the land
grabbers.-Philadelphia Times.
The Law of the Land Does Not Oblige
the President to Give His Reasons for
It is.not generally known that origi
nally the requirement of confimation of
the executive appointments of the
President by the Senate did not, in
practice, exist, whatever may have been
the theory held by Congress. It is true
that originally confirmation by the
Senate was applied, but only in the
cases of quite a small number of the
principal officers. In the meantime,
however, the Senate has been constant
ly extending its claims to the prin
ciple of confirmation, until they now
include a considerable portion of the
whole executive offices of the Govern
ment, some one hundred thousand in
Now, in view of this enormous stride
toward the assumption of purely exec
utive functions on the part of the Sen
ate, nothing can be clearer or more
certain than that the President is com
pelled to make his appointments with
an eye to the favor of the Senate rather
than to the welfare of the public serv
ice. And when to the evil of the de
privation of the Executive of a power
which naturally and scientifically ap
pertains to his branch of the Govern
ment are added the political Jobbery
and mutual trading which have in the
past influenced that body, and which
the Civil-Service act was designed to
reform, the evils and the tendency to
political debauchment by the present
Senatorial practice can readily be per
There was one period, however, in
the history of the country when this
domination of the . Senate in appoint
ments passed into desuetude and, in
deed, into a state of almost abject abey
ance. This was during the civil war.
The necessities of the then situation re
stored the PresidTent to his natural and
scientific place in the Government, and
compelled the Senate to abdicate its
virtually usurped and absolute execu
tive powers and to accept obediently
the nominations of the Executive. At
that time, in fact, both houses of Con
gross attempted to solve a problem
which no Legislature, from that of the
long parliament of Cromwell to the
revolutionary assembly of France, had
ever successfully coped with, and most
signally and abjectly failed therein.
'The war once ended, however, the
Senate, through the unpopularity of
President Johnson and the instrumen
tality of the Tenure-of-Office bill, was
again enabled to seize the powerwhich
had been wrested from its grasp by
means of President Lincoln's over
mastering astuteness and the favoring
circumstances which environed him.
Just now a contention has arisen be
tween the President and the Senate.
. The Senate claims, under the Tenure
of-Office act, that the President is
bound to submit to it his reasons for
removal of officers. This act author
izes the President. "in his discretion,"
to suspend any ,officer during the re
cess of the Senate. But, at the same
time, it is by no means in any portion
of it mandatory on the President to
state his reasons for removal. Consc
quently, if the President should refuse
to give those reasons, technically this
refu.al, it would naturally follow, gives
the Senate no just cause for refusing
In the meantime the public will
watch the outcome of this contention
betwcen the Executive and the Senate
with no little interest.--Chicago News.
--Over four thousand bills have
neen introduced into the present Con
gress. The anxious public which the
most of these manifestations of states
mnanship propose to despoil have no
control in the matter. but on the other
hand they have the consolation of
knowing that a hah: and hearty maun :at
thei other end of the avenue stands with
his v\rto axe poised in the air ready to
strike rePctivec blows where blows are
ne.,.arv.-hhic"go 1Timcs.
S---cret:'ry Lamar i" an example
Sof the i~fact that a poetic temperamentt
Si- not il: ,)niiitenlt with a judicial mind.
SA i an! mna -o' th .!le nmunses witholut :atf
'tales of India's Fearful Pest, the Cobra-A .
Missourl 1'able.
The cobro is without doubt the'most
fearful pest of pest-ridden India. 'Sir s
Joseph Fayrer has shown that of twenty a
thousand persons annually killed''by c
wild animals and reptiles in India, sev
enteen thousand die from snake poison.
Of these again more than one-half are
set down to the cobra, which is found in r
all.parts of the country, from Ceylon to I
the Himalayas.. When one thinks, too, i
of the inevitably large number of un
recorded deaths from the same cause in
'India, and the number killed in many j
other Asiastic countries, where no stat
istics whatever are obtainable, it will be
plain that the sum total must be some
thing appalling. And yet they may be
expected at almost any time to visit the
Indian country-house; may be found in
your bed, your cupboard, your boots.
A correspondent of Nature states that
he found one in the lining of his
brougham and another in the sleeve of
one of his wife's dresses, which was
hanging some feet above the floor.
.Horses instinctively, avoid the cobra;
whole herds of cows or buffaloes will
flee before a single one; even, the tiger
dreads it. A gentleman in the civil serv
ice of India had a pet tiger confined
in a strong cage, which often got so
noisy and disagreeable that it had to be
'bambooed-a rather difficult job. One
day some one threw a freshly-killed
cobra at his cage, which, getting en
tangled among the bars, hung sus
pended there. The tiger trpmbled from
head to foot, and slunk into the furthest
corner of his cage, putting up his fore
claws, with the apparent idea of pro
tecting his head. He was complbtely
cowed until the defunct reptile was re
moved. A monkey in Cochin China ab
solutely went into fits and fainted away
when the 'rather cruel experiment was
made of fastening a dead cobra to his
collar. On the other hand, the cobra
does not always have its own way.
There is a story of a duel, seen
from a window, between one of these
snakes and a female rat; the latter was
for a long time too agile for the heavy
movements of the cobra, and managed
to wound it severely,. while it" escaped
unscathed itself.. At last, however, the
cobra managed to inflict a poisonous
wound, when, as though aware that it
was all over with her, the poor rat
rushed into close quarters, firmly grasped
the snake's neck with' her teeth, and
never let go ' her hold again.
The cobra, plunged about furiously,
but to iio purpose. A death-grip was on
its throat, and both the duelists fell in
that struggle. In spite of its viciousness,
and almost because of it, the cobra is the
snake selected by the so-called charmers
for their exhibitions. They assert that
the cobra is really the only snake that
will show fight, all the rest being slug
gish, and, wlhie prone enough to bite,
can not be taught to perform any tricks.
The fangs are usually extracted. Some
times the tables are turned and the snake
itself becomes the charmer, fascinating
its victim. The story goes that a,young
girl of thirteen, living with her parents
in Franklin County, Missouri, was found
to be gradually wasting away in a de
cline, at length becoming 'little more
than a mere skeleton. A peculiarity of
the case was that she could not be in
duced to eat in the house, but always in
sisted on taking her bread and butter,
or what not, to the banks of a neighbor
ing brook, where she would remain for
hours together. At length hertanxious
father determined, unknown to her, to
watch her movements. One day she had
been sitting quietly, on the bank for some
time when she returned to the house
and asked for food. This was given to
her, and she went back to the brookside,
her father stealthily following her.
To his horror he saw a huge
black snake slowly raise its head
into the child's lap and take
pieces of bread and butter from her
hand. If she ventured to take a bite
herself the snake hissed and showed
signs of anger, when the child would
tremblle like a leaf, and immediately
give her food to the reptile. The father
was completely paralyzed, and groaned
in his agony. The noise disturbed the
snake, which glideld away. and was,
for the time being, lost to sight. The
child refused to answer any questions;
she I))appeared, indeed, incapable of so
doing, It was determined that she
should be allowed to go once more
to the bank where she had been aIccus
tomied to sit, in order to allure the
snake to it.s doom. Next day, then,
the girl went with her little meal to the
brook side, andl the mnoment the rel)ptile
apLpeared the father, who was on the
watch, shot it through the head.
The child fainted at the sight; the
.:mke, writhed and died. The poor
litt!,, girl never recovered the shock,
11ll(l cmine to her senses only to swoon
iagain and again till shel expired, appa;r
eutly in great agony. What was tihe
mysterious inluence?-Good Words.
.The yitery of thie Plaee VhIere T'Polltl.
lins (lOnre (Ilcl Carnlval.
Syi) rt the month of the lndiam
H:i ''i r. 'r '-enwi 'h. Cour.. hcau iful h
went to Indian Harbor, - twenty-five
years ago, he attempted to purchase
the island. The ancient books
<with untanned hide covers in the 0L
town clerk's .office were carefully L
searched, but no title was found in any tl
one of them. Three years afterward,
on Aihgest 80, 1863, the club, amid a
great hilarity, and after careful prepar- o
ation, seized the islafd in behalf of
thier chief and betowed upon it his
name. That occasiop ,was one of the
many grand festive days at Indian Har- tl
bor.. Gurney, the phoographer, was on i
hand; and Tweed's Island was' taken a
second time. The instrument was placed n
on a point of rocks now covered by the
south piazza of the Indian Harbor Hotel. tl
Tweed sat behind surrounded, by many I
political stars, then bright and shining a
lights in the city government, but now
forgotten. To add to the attractiveness
of the island, Tweed built the cottage n
mentioned, still standing, and placed
over it a tall flag staff.
After Tweed's escape in 1874 the cot t
tage was said to be his hiding place, and
for several days oystermen were em
ployed in boating detectives and report
ers to this place in search of clews.
From that time till 1877 the island was
the resort of oyster thieves by night and
an occasional picnic party by day. The
cottage lost its coat of paint and was
gradually falling into decay, when a
poor .oysterman, James M1. Morrell,
took possession of it, and went to work
to restore the place to its former attract
iveness. Last winter, in the Rocky-Neck
store, Morrell boasted that he would
soon own the island by adverse posses
sion and doubtless he would, had he
talked less upon the subject. The mat
ter was brought to the attention of the
owners -of the Indian Harbor Hotel..
They wanted it, and State Treasurer Al
fred L. Goodrich declared the land to be
an escheat, and petitioned.,the Probate
Court for an order of sale for the bepefit
of the State.
During the progress of the proceeding
William F. S. McLaughlin, of Plain
.field, N.. J., appeared as a witness, and
he astonished every one by producing a
warrantee deed, executed in 1833, and
conveying the island, for $35, to his
father, John G. McLaughlin, of Jersey
City. McLaughlin testified that his
father had purchased the island suppos
ing that it abounded in potter's clay.
Finding that he was mistaken, he con
sidered it of no value; he died, twenty
years ago. The deed was found on rec
ord, but had been onitted in the index.
The escheat proceedings then ended, and
the McLaughlin heirs agreed to sell the
island to the hotel.-N. Y. Tribune.
Some of the Vague Premonitions of im-
pending Danger Harbored By UPreason
ing People.
After curiosity, the most deplorable
attribute of human nature is blind, un
reasoning superstition, and yet.we see
people every day who are ignorantly
Many a man who is old enough to
know better will shiver with supersti-.
tious dread when the stove pipe falls
I and hits him on the head, and again
there a great many who regard it an
evil omen when they see a creditor over
the left shoulder.
I ohce had a very dear friend, whose
only weakness was superstition; such
trifles as a visit from his wife's mother
would depress'him for days, and once,
when he fell outof a third-story window,
he said that he regarded the incident as
an evil omen.
In his arduous duties as driver of a
street-car, one would.think that he would
have had but little time to indulge in
such vagaries of the imagination, but he
always had the greatest faith in omens.
On one occasion, when the company put
a sorrel mule on his car, he expressed a
vague premonition of impending dan
r er, and was gloomy and taciturn all
I n the evening a passenger who was
standing on the back platform of the car
was surprised and annoyed by being hit
Son the equator with the remains of the,
Sdriver, part of which also hung over
the bell rope, and protruded from the
fare box. His presentiment had
'been verified and the mule was
still robust. Afterward, sevun
ldrivers were hurled into space by
this animal, all of whom exprlessedl a
presintimnit of evil as soon as they
b)oarded the car.
I have( only hlel one presntiment in
ny life, but it w~as a large silver-plated
i' rsentim -t with a silver tip; I was try
iinr to entr :a ncighbor a hoiusc :tl mid
night by the lack window, to s(:(ule a
Sfew .'ticlles of silvr aIs souvenirs, whec
I encountIr ed the f:unily bull-dog. ln
dr4:tl,, atndil wVital tltt. stanC( was OVteI,
liar dr.ad wxat .till thare. Wal- I' ,t tason
in The Whij,.
Descrlpflon of Twvo A.iatic L lkes of Shlid
( )n .. r, : v'hi ! ,. 1 . . -
• ! . '. ,: . : - ;', H ' ' ' " . '  ,
-Kingston (N.' Y.) ddes have do
Blded not" to kiss girls who chew gum.
Let theqgood-work go on. We mean
the gdin-chewing..j'Fall River Advance.
-Bishop Horne promised to "spare
no labor to learn the art of it" if any
one would tell him "how truth may be
spoken without offending some."-N. Y.
-This was a rare philosophy in the
three-year-old boy who asked what night
is for, and not content with the reply
"For rest and sleep," added, "No, papa,
night is for to-morrow."
-A Virginia Colonel blew into a gun
the other day and found it was loaded.
It isn't safe for men who don't know
anything about' firearms to bother with
them.-Rochester Post-Express.
-"Kisd thebaby while you can," ad
monishesa poet. We can kiss Jher just
as well eighteen or twenty years from
now-nif'she's'that kind of a baby," cau
tiously remarks the Buffalo Ezpress.
-A modern wit defines the difference
between men and women: "Aman gives
forty cents for a twenty-five-cent thing
he wants, and a woman gives twenty
five cents for a forty-cent thing she does
not wRant."
-In a New York bank: T$xas Vis
itor-"I ieckon, stranger, you do a
right smart business?" Banker, prompt
ly-"My dear, sir, you have no idea
how extended our business relations
ire: ' At the present time we have three
cashiers in'Canadas--N-. E. un..
-A little four-year-old girl-was put
to bed in the third story of her home
and left, as usual, in the dkrk. A ter
rible thunder4storm came. up, and,the
mother, thinking that the child would
be frightened at the lightning, :went to
her. On entering, ,the child called out
with' delight: "iammnia, the wind blow
the sun up just now; did' you see it?"
Fears had. no entrance .thero.--bledo
-The athleticism of these times is not
always condueieto'the smooth running
of the household. ."I must hurry
home," said Mrs. De Peyster to Mrs. De
a3ghhs theiither morning.' "'Reinald
,has been ridiagighis cyle again.' "In
deed, - and did he break his recordP"
"O, no; but he broke his other leg. He
has only one:whole'limb now, and that
is the middle finger of his left hand."
Sarmford Post. -
-,"Yes, .sir,'!. said::Jones, to.. Sith,
"as men, grow in age and eexperienco
they adwanie iii klnowledge." "I don't
think: so," replied Smith. . :"'Dbn't thihk
sop That's rther si gular. The.opin
ion I ihold on'the subject is the iifiversal
opinion." 'It, maybe, but  have my
own opinio~s aiverthJless,,and itis that
the younger we are the more we know.
When I was ayouth I knew 'twie' as
-imuch as nly: father. Now ; mnlagd,
and l4o a't know half as much as say
son."-Boston Gazette:
-"0, Henry! yvbn must send fdr the
doctor at-once.' I believe I ami getting
the dropsy. Now. don't delay a mo
ment." Mr. De Blank--"Why, 'what
put that, in your head?" "Dear me!
Will you never be satisfied that what I
say is ttue.P .4 got weighed to-day, and
0, it's awful. I weighe three hundred
pounds." "Awful! Where did you get
weighed?" "'Around at. :your :c6al
yard." "Calm yourself, my dear. Your
weight is exactly one hundred and fifty
pounds."-Montreal Witness.
Words of Wisdom and Philosophy Clothed
' n a Homely Garb.
If we expaet to be happy we must be
busy; it is better to hunt up.a hornet's
nest and fight that, than to be out of a
job; no idle man ever was happy, and
but few idle men are innocent long.
'Mirth is short-lived; cheerfulness niever
It never was intended that man should
be perfect on earth; the great thing is
not never to miss the bull's eye-but to
get a little nearer to it every time we
t shoot.
3Those who mold and move most the
minds and actions of mrn arc seldom
seen. They never hoel the procession.
1 Rheumatism, like many other things,
is easy enough to cure in sonime one else;:
but when we undertake to c're our own,
then business begins.
My (lear youth, if you must talk
aboutt yourself, pray lon't m':utihn your
good htlck; the worl doesn' ca0re 1
listen to such things.
You n:may put the worlh down as :t
- mob of fools, but doun forr':l thlf:! it
takes a smuart man to heat. thltu.
a No man ever diii a 1olitc thing Vet
without f:c'lini littl- prludlc r for it.
T here are ple:nty (of Ilople on earth.
who 'ur 'egoing to, be very indiglnant
when thev r·:wch thr , o,!ll.r world, and
lind tl there : n'Io r'e!'rI'dl seats.
.Justic ought l he as cheap as tIe
diw, but half the timie ii c,,li mI)nre ti
get it than it ii" worth.-- ('nury.
How They Aro, Ml-hAn-- - Ilngeusll, awll
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