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Ignatius Polk and Jasper Harrison had been rivals. Both in love with FJoride Palmer, the daughter of a wealthy planter, for two long years they had each striven their utmost to win the prize. Scores of lovers, or rather attendants, had paid their de voirs to the beautiful Floride, all with out apparent success, and each had in turn retired from the field, leaving at last Ignatius and Jasper solo contest ants. Both were the sons of men of good standing in the community. Jasper was the son of a merchant of New Or leas, and Ignatius the eldest son of a wealthy planter of a neighboring par ish. Both were tall, finely formed, of good address, and well educated. It was hard for the lady to choose. In the morning, with Jasperfor a com panion, while enjoying the invigora tion of equestrian exercise, she thought that certainly he was a man to whom of all others she would intrust her life's welfare. In the evening, joined by Ig natius, who was blessed with a splen did voice, mellow, and well according with her full toned mezzo-soprano, she thought that he alone possessed that love of home and congeniality of feel ing calculated to make a wife happy. Thus for months the rival runners in the course of love kept pace with each other; and the friends of the gentlemen begari to twit each of the contestants, and banter him on the probable success of his opponent. Jasper, like most of men under the circumstances, was somewhat irritated by the remarks made by friends on what h& said, was none of their busi ness. On one occasion, while in a ho tel playing billiards, one of his com panions made a remark to the effect that if he did not make a better game in love than he did in billiards, ii would be a losing affair with him. The by-stantlers, all acquaintances, laughed. Stung by the taunt—for Jasper was somewhat vain of hisskill in all games —and doubly irritated by the laugh ter-evoking allusion, the maddened man flushed to the temples, fairly shook with rage, and, without a mo ment's cousidertion, struck the jester a ainart blow on the head with the cue. In an instaut the blow was returned; but with the fist. Before any one could interfere, the opponents were rolling on the ground in the disgraceful distortions of a rough and-tumble. True, the billlgerants were separated almost immediately; but not before Jasper had.reetived sev eral blows on the face, about the eyes, the marks of which he was compelled to wear for weeks. This was not all. In the heat of his ragej Jasper challenged his opponent. The defiance was accepted. A duel was fought, which luckily proved a bloodless one. Unluckily, however, the cause of the meeting was not kept a secret; and before a day had passed, the jest, the insult, the brawl, the du el were the property of public gossip. Just before these events occurred, Mr. Palmer had seriously remonstrated with his daughter respecting her con duct toward her two lovers; and had charged her, for their sake as well as for the sake of her own good name, to decide between them. He also hinted that though either of the young men would be acceptable a-= a son-in-law, Jasper was the more manly, the more earnest, and therefore, the more likely to prove the sufficient guardian of her welfare. Like a dutiful daughter, Floride weighed well her father's words. In her mind she compared her two suit ors. Jasper was certainly the more manly, but Ignatius was the more lov ing, and this nearly turned the scales in his favor. But then she thought that husbands ceased to be lover-, and that even the most domestic life cannot re main a continued courtship—that some thing more is demanded of a husband than affection. Then Jasper turned the balance, for he was enterprising, self-possessed, and bold. Thus the contest raged in the mind of the maiden from morning till near evening. Bhe became weary, nervous, distracted, ami all in vain, for she could come to no conclusion. Her father entered, and with a cry of joy she rose, ready to throw herself in his arms, and ask him to decide for her. Her woman's nature rebel let 1 against this, however, and she remained si lent. Her father mistaking the cause of her emotion, and thinking that she had l>een made aware of Jasper's ill fortune, commenced to apologize for him, saying that young men will get into these scrapes; that young blood is hot blood ; that it was a pity that his face was so marked that he could not be seen in the public for a few days. By this means, and the cross-ques tioning which followed, Floride soon knew all. It was enough. Think of a lover, one of whose most interesting posses sions is his good looks, bruised and nat tered like a vulgar brawler. Ugh! it is too much tor a woman of refinement. Floride sat long in silence, her father watching her closely. Blie saw with mental vision the brawl, heard her name handled about, marked the bru tal conduct and scarred fiiee of her sui tor, shrunk into herself as she thought of the gossips and their remarks con cerning the duel. Biting his lips with supressed emo tion, she turned to her father and said: "He have known better than to have mixed up my name with his folly. If he had had any respect for me—" It was in vain that her father palliat ed the offence. Floride averred that si e never wished to see Jasper Harri son again. While her father remon stated, Ignatius Polk was announced. To say that lie was welcomed warmly is superfluous. Before he left Floride, he was her accepted lover ; before he left the mansion, he was acknowledged son in-law elect by Mr. Palmer. To Jasper Harrison fuming impa tiently in his room, and doing his best to quarrel with his sympathizing friends, came the rumor of the engage ment. At tirst he was incredulous, then despairing, then comical. This la>t mood passing away with the exit of the last of his visitors, ho became bitter at what he called the deceit of the coquette, and finally purstiading him self that he had been both jilted and supplanted, he gave himself up to the thoughts of revenge. All sorts of wild schemes trooped through his brain. Should he insult his rival, induce a duel, and shoot him through' the heart ? Should he hire one of those wretch) s easily found in the City of New Orleans, willing for the sake of a certain sum, to play the bravo? Should her abduct the bride on hb wedding night? Should he wait and then be doubly revenged on the parents by stealing the children? Children—his children—the thought was madness. He rushed from the room regardless of his appearace, to seek the council of a friend—scarcely that, for hitherto Jasper had never consorted with criminals or aught that was low- but an acquaintance who was known to be not fastidious as to his actions. To this man did Jasper unbosom himself—his chagrin, his desire for satisfaction —not by words so much as suggestions. The advice given was apparently good, though Mephisto hpels himself could have given uone more dangerous. "Be cautious of committing yourself. Wait ! Bridle your tongue. Do not threaten. Keep your purposes to your self. If you can do this all will be well." Impressed with the reasonableness of the advice, Jasper retired a changed man. By some mysterious process he felt that he had become one of the evil minded—that he was no longer the upright honorable gentleman whom men had known as Jasper Harrison, He wandered moodily to the levee, and there met his rival face to face. Ignatius was about to address him cordially, when Jasper, forgetting all counsel and resolution, spurned the of fered hand*, and muttered in suppres sed rage rather than spoke : "You have supplanted me; and 1 will have revenge, though I have to wait ten years." "You will live to be sorry for your words," commenced Ignatius, depre catiugly. But Jasper stalked quickly away, bearing the air of a man who may not be reasoned with. "lie is a little chagrined; but he will oon get over it," thought Ignatius. "Jasper's too good a fellow to cherish revenge." The wedding took place iua manner befitting the position and prospects of the parties concerned. Jasper was present at theeeremouy, it was remark ed looking far from being broken ; but though invited, he did not participate in the ensuing gayeties. After the honeymoon had waned, the young husband often met his former rival, who exchanged civilities, but was never cordial, excusing himself from all invitations with thanks cold ly but civily expressed. Two yeau- had passed. Ignatius had become a father; Jasper a wealthy mer chant, hI.- father's successor. If ever anyone had heard him express words betokening the pas-don that raged in his breast, they weft 1 long forgotten.— But serious, engrossed business man as Jasper had become, he had not forgot ten Floride Palmer. One day he saw her seated in her carriage, his rival's child, with its nurse beside her. His brow lowered instantly, and a set, ma licious scowl darkened bis face. Ho gnashed his teeth, and .seeme l as if a bout to spring into the carriage to com mit some deed of evil. With a power ful effort he tore himself away from the spot, muttering: "My time will surely come But it is hard to wait." Not long have invOkers of evil to wait, however, for the demon opportu nity. Ere a month had passed. Jasper Har rison and Ignatius Polk weie floating on the bosom of the treacherous Missis sippi in the same vessel. Ignatius went up to his forme friend who had not observed him, and in his most winning manner, said: "By what good luck have we met! Now I -hall have pleasant company." Jasper started at the well known tones, aud when he tu.ned, round to face Ignatius, his face was Jpale and eyes flashed hate. Muttering some thing that Ignatius mistook for words of greeting, the latter said: "Friend Jasper, you really look sick." "And you," responded Jasper, recov ering himself, "look as fresh and buoy ant as ever. It is evident that care rests lightly on your brow." "As it does my dear boy ; so it docs. I have a loving w, i* cherub jude .-criliable, friend, fortune, health—what mores can the gods be stow. The only slfado.v in tny life is the possibility of parting with them." "Ah! you have-;thought of that. But why? There Is no reason ?" in quired Jasper. "No, but for tin-last month, my wife—all women, you know, are more or less superstitious—has been pestered with thoughts of coming calamity and bad dreams about me. But it is folly to discuss the matter. Yet she dread ed my leaving her for the few days I shall now be absent on business." The conversation digressed toother ; subjects. But all the time he was i speaking or listening, Jasper thought of the forebodings of evil that had haunted Floride. Was this a sugges-; tion prompted by the powers of evil, ! that now the long-looked-for hour of revenge was drawing nigh? How would thechance present itself? Would | he have to wait till no one was near, and push his hated foe overboard into the Mississippi ? The boat was crowd- j ■ed. Little chance for that. Could he wile the man who was odious to him into a state room, and there assasinate him? Too much risk of discovery.— Jasper was not yet prepared to give life for life. The day passed lingeringly. Night gloomed heavily, dark and cold. Loug expectation had rendered Jasper excit able, almost to madness. Ilis hated foe had gone to his state room. Should he follow, and, with a blow from the but ctid of his revolver, put an end to sus pense? Ugh! any common, vulger murderer could do that. Something unique, something terrible, something mysterious should mark his revenge. He strode, unnoticing aught around him, to the forward part of the boat. He leaned agaiust a bundle of hay, part of the cargo. The memory of his past life surged over his brain ; he thought of his childhood, of his school and college days. Then he saw him self introduced to Floride Palmer; he remembered bow agitated she seemed, and how nervous he was. As he thought of the happy days cf court ship, the grim man smiled, he remem bered each pleasant phrased nothing and each kind look by which he judged that she loved him. He remembered his avowal of love, and her answer, not decided, but still eneourageing. Then with torture he recollected his suspicious of his rival, with harrowing torture he reproduced every doubtful scene- till at last, like a trodden snake, he writhed as he thought of the brawl and its consequences, fer this forever!" he muttered in ago ny. "Revenge—l must have revenge "Good God or good devil, must I suf fer all I have suffered !" A pause ensued—a space of time in which he even ceased to think. His brain seemed (leadened to external thought, but not to external impres sion. He heard the uncouth jokes of the happy deck-passengers, the snatches of song, and the melange of story and witticism. Far away he hoard the sprightliness of the conversations of the lady passengers, and the shrill voices of children. While the steady beat, slide and puff of the engine seemed to mark the rythm of the heterogeneous floating world of which he formed a unit. Absent-mindedly, he drew a match with which to light his cigar. The flame flickered a moment and then dis appeared. Ilis trembling fingers had allowed the match to fall. He turned to leave the spot. To his surprise, he saw, 011 looking back, that the hay was on fire. To rush forward and extin guish the flame was his first impluse. As if restrained by an unseen hand, he hesitated- then moved quickly away, muttering. "Perhaps—perhaps—it is an omen." He had scarcely reached the cabin, when the dread cry of "Fire" was raised. "Fire! fire!" rang like the echo qf doom from all quarters of the doomed vessel. Soon it seemed as if the powers of evil swarmed the steam er. Men surged and swayed in aimless endeavors, howled aud blasphemed in vain importance, struggled with each other for chances of escape that had no existence. In their panic, all means used toward their safety wore frustrat ed. They fought, they cursed, they kicked and struuk like beasts ; while, as if to complete the horror, the mules broke into the writhing mass, and brute and brutish man were commin gled in horrible warfare. "Leap into the water with me. I have found a life-preserver," cried Jas per to Ignatius, a few minutes after, when the boat was fast becoming a burning hell of scorching flames and seething passions, Hand-in-hand as if they were broth ers they leaped into the chilly current. In a moment and they were on the surface, floating past struggling mule and sinking, despairing swimmer. At last they are clear of obstructions from drowning man and dangerous brute. The life preserver is fastened round Jasper's shoulders, while the hand of Ignatius is placed trustingly on his pretended friend's shoulder. The shore is near. Already Igna tius is glad iu anticipation. "Thank God! I shall see my wife and child again !" "You shall never see wife or child more, Ignatius. She, Floride, shall make a lovely widow, and I shall mar ry her to curse her." In a moment the eyes of the doomed man were opened. He saw, as if it had been written out In full, the whole history of hate. 'Mercy for her!' he cried, as he was struck a stunning blow on the head by his foe's revolver. "At last! at last!" he cried, in tri umph. But there followed almost simultaneously a shriek of dispair. The drowning man with that in stinctive groping for life which clings even to those longing for the dead presence, grasped the limbs of his murderer, and clung with the tqpanci ty of the grip of death. Down, down they go, the murderer and the murdered, to the abyss of eter nity, the manner of their de*.\th, like that of scores of others, hidden tiil all things shall he revealed. THE FIRST KISS. A. Canne thus describes his battle and final victory, in a fair fight for a kiss of his sweet heart: "Ah, now, Sarah dear, give me a kiss—jugt one—and be done with it." "I won't! so, there now." "Then I'll have to take it, whether j or no." "Take it if you daie!" So at it we went, rough and tumble. ! An awful destruction of starch now ! commenced. The bow of my cravat was squat up in half of no time. At the next bout, smash went shirt-collar, and at the same time some of her head fastenings gave way, and down came Bailey's hair like a flood in a mill-dam broke loose, carrying away half a doz en combs. One plunge of Salley's el bow, and my blooming bosom-ruffles wilted to a consistency and form of an afterdinner napkin. But she had no time to boast. Boon her neck tackling began to shiver, parted at the throat, and away went a string of whiteheads, scampering and running races every way you could think of about the floor. She fought fair, however, I must ad mit ; and when she could fight no long er for the want of breath, she yielded handsomely : her arms fell down by her sides—those long, round, rosy arms ner hair fell back over the chair, her eyes were half shut, as if she were not able to hold them open a minute long er and there lay a little plump mouth all in the air! My goodness! Did you ever see a hawk pounce on a rob in, or a bee on a clover-top? Even so I settled ; and when she came to, and threw up those arms, and declared she would choke me if I ever did so again, I just ran the risk over again, and the more she chocked me, the more 1 liked it. And now she puts her arms round my neck, and puts her own lips in the way of mine every day, and calls me her John, and don't seem to make any fuss about it at all. Quite different, but no less satisfac tory, was the first osculatory experi | ence of the Rev. . He had reached the mature age of five-and-forty, with out ever having taken part in this de licious beverage. One of his deacons had a very charming daughter, and for a year or two the Rev. had found it very pleasant to call upon her three or four times a week. In fact, all the "neighbors" said he was "court ing her; and very likely he was, though he had not the remotest sus ! picion ofit himself. One Monday eve ning he was sitting, as usual, by her side, when a sudden idea popped into his bead. "Miss," said he "I've known you a long time, ami / never thought of such a thing before ; hut now J would like you to give me a kiss. Will you ?" "Well, Mr. replied she, arch : ing her lips in a tempting way, if you think it would not be wrong, I have no objections." "Let us ask a blessing first," said the good man, closing his eyes and fold ing his hands,—"For what we are a bout to receive, the Lord make us thankful." The chaste salute was then given, and warmly returned. "Oh, dear, that was good !" cried the Dominic,electrified by the new sensa tion. "Let us have another," and then return thanks." ASKING DIRECTION. 'Can you direct me to the—Hotel?' inquired a gentleman with a carpet bag, of a burly Hibernian, standing on the steps of the railroad station. 'Faith,' was the reply, 'it's just I that cau do the same. You see, you jist go up thisstrate till you come to Thady O'Mulligan's shop. Then you—' 'But 1 don't know where Thady O'Mulliglian' shop is,' 'Oil, faith, why didn't I think of that ? Well then, your honor must keep ou till you get to the apple-wom an's stand, on the corner of the bri Jt church it is, and kupe on the right, and go tiil ye get to the sign of the big watch, aud mind you dou'tfalldown the cellar thereaway; and after that you turn to the right or left, but by the bones, of St. Patrick I don't really know which-' The traveler turned in despair to a long, lank Jonathan, who was stand ing whistling close by, and made the same inquiry. 'May be your going to put up there?' 'Yes, I intend to.' 'Did you come from far off?' 'Yes, from Philadelphia; but can you tell me where .' 'Got any more baggage?' said the imperturable Yankee. 'No,' this is all,' said the traveler, convinced that the only way to get the direction was to submit. 'Couldn't say,' was the reply, in a crusty manner. 'But I'm in a hurry.' 'Wait a minute. I reckon you're a married man, ain't you?' 'No, I'm not, and I won't answer any more questions till you have answered mine.' 'Well, squire, said the Yankee, cool ly, I'd like to, but the truth is, 1 have never been here before myself.' Iu less than a minute, a earpet-bag with a man attached, was seen hurring away from that vicinity. A new branch of domestic enterprise is devolped in Sharon, Vt., where one J. 11. Marsh is raising "domesticated minks" for fur market. He feeds theui on bread and woodchuck meat. Women should not read their hus band's letters. We cite the case of Mrs. Jane Morris, of Ohio county, Ind. She read her husband's correspondence, and got so jealous that she committed morphine, and was only saved by a pimp. A teacher, catechising his scholars, put the following question; "What was made to give light to the world ?" "Matches," cried one of the young sters, after a short pause. VOL. 65.—WHOLE No. 3,248. To CUBE SMOKED BACON.— At this seasan of the year, all our farmers ere preparing to salt their hams and bac on, so we prbpose to give them a re cipe whereby salting and smoking can be done in one simple and short pro cess. Many of our housewives are forced to depend upon their neighbors or conveniences to smoke with. Those of us who own smoke houses know how difficult it is to smoke just right. By this process much trouble is avoid ed. Take a large-sized butter-firkin, cask, or barrel, according to the quan tity of meat you desire to smoke.— Place it over a fire of corn-cobs with the corn on. Meat smoked in this way is higher flavored, the corn seem ing to produce a better taste than cobs, or wood, or green walnuts. Let the tub smoke from five to six hours. To one hundred pounds of meat, take eight pounds of salt, two pounds of coarse brown sugar (or three pints of molas ses,} and two ounces of sal tj>etre. Rub a little fine salt into the hams and shoulders, then put the meat into the smoked tub, cover it with cold water, turn in the salt, sugar and saltpetre, cover closely, and set in a cool place where it will not freeze. If a scum rises on the brine, turn it otf, scald and add a little more salt. If de sired to keep through the summer, in the early spring smoke the tub three hours longer, put back the meat and turn on the brine when cold. In a month after pickling, the hams will be ready to use. They can be kept in the brine all summer, and if a ham is cut, return it to the tub for further use. Beef and tongues cau be kept in the same manner; and there is no danger from insects. In six or seven weeks the beef is pickled and smoked enough to dry. This is the surest and most expeditious way of salting and smok ing pork and beef, and if once iried will always he adopted.— Hearth and i Home. WHAT HOMES CAS DO, by jennie June. All women are not called to indepen supersede all others, and which dent work. Many have duties which they must perform, after taking upon upon themselves the responsibility, at whatever personal sacrifice. Under these circumstances they may find it difficult to be true to themselves and to their highest ideal of an indepen dent womanhood, but they can at least make the effort. They can give aid and counsel, encouragement and sym pathy to those who are laboring for woman; they can give their names, presence, influence and support to any woman's movement in which they feel an interest. They can assist organization, which is the secret of strength, and without which woman can do nothing. More than all, they can be loyal to woman loyal to the womanhood which has en dured and suffered, even if embodied in some woman who neither suffers nor endures, if she can find any one to do either fos her. Let us rise at once to the height, at least, of individual responsibility— let us stop looking out for our neigh bors—it will relieve us of a great load that wehavecarried quite unwittingly. Monthly for January. Cotton is flowing into Charleston quite freely. In the three months end ing November 30, the receipts footed up 102,759 bales, an increase of 38,000 bales over the same time last year. Thisexhibit i 9 very encouraging in view of the report that the Southern planters would hold back their products for higher prices. A factory in Foil du Lac, Wisconsin, is manufacturing sugar from beets at the rate of a thousand pounds a day, and the owners intend to plant several thousand acres in sugar beets next year, on their own account, which will greatly increase their present supply. The sugar is said to lie of excellent quality. Chicago is to have another tunnel, which is to connect the northern and southern portions of the city. It will cost half a million of dollars and is to be opened in July, 1871. In the tunnel ling and divorce business Chicago leads all her sister municipalities. Rev. Mr. Fulton declares that he saw the saintly Theodore Tilton, drink ing spirits at a public bar in New York city. Brother Beeclier should look in to the matter. His Timothy must be changing to wild oats. A true test of temper in a man is to subject him to the ordeal of taking down and putting up an old mismatch ed stove, with the hollow full of soot. If he stands it without swearing—put him down as seasoned. A report is that Thurlow Weed in his old age is to resume the editorship of the Albany Evening Journal. He can't get out of the newspaper har ness ; at least he shows the old traces. The highest estimate of the cotton crop is 2,750,000 bales. The Commis sioner of Agriculture puts the figures at 2,700,000," Bath is, in porportion to the popula tion, the richest town of Maine. The valuation gives $3,508 to each inhabi tant. Harvard has now, for the first time in several years, more undergraduates than Yale. Yale has 513, Harvard 563. New Orleans and Chicago papers ex press regret at the presence of armies of unemployed men in the streets of those cities. Forty babies a week is the average offered "for adoption" by English mothers.