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r v -..'; v-" fctit j.e 1 tft ggjjgy &v BYTHEKITU. nly the low wind wailing Among the leasers trees; Only the sunset paling; "Only the gray clones railing Beioic the wettern ImezG. The girl beside the river, vvith strained etr and tired ere, Nor saw the crimson quiver. Nor heard the willows shiver, As the low wind swept by. For sight and sense were roaming Across the barren moor; Oh, was he never coming, Through the dull autumn gloaming, As in the days of yore? Oh. brleht blue eyes that glistened, Oh, happy blush that rose. Oh, foolish heart that 1 stened, i o the faithless lips that christened Bis love the "wife he chose !" How oft he turned in leaving For yet another kiss ! How he Eootbed the wrlfch grieving, And swore that no deceiving Should ever cloud their bliis ! He left when Summer sunlight Was full up nstbe stream He made his truth her one light, And in the Autumn dim light, She faced her broken dream. She knew her idol shaken, She knew her trust wnsione. What hope dead faith can waken7 Betrtyed, forgot, forsaken, Ihe woman stood alone. Hushed was the bitter weeping, as o'er her closed the nignt; When dawn on dark was creeping, The morning breeze was sweeping. Where broad, and pure, and white. The lilies swayed to cover The fair pale face beneath; Where, pain and passion over, Freed from a faithless lover, oorrow lay hushed in death. THE GIFT OF TEARS. The legend says. In Paradise God gave tne world to man. Ah me! The woman liftel up her eyes. "Woman, I have but ttars for thee." But tear? and she began to bned, Therat, the tears that comforted. No other beautiful woman breathed. No rival among men hud he; The seraph's sword of fire was sheathed, The golcen iruit hung on the tree. Her lo d was lord of all the earth. Wherein no child had wailed Its birth.) "Tears to a bride?" "Yea, therefore tears." "Jn Eden?" ' Yea. teBrs therefore," Ah bride in Eden, there were fears, In that first blush your young cheekB wore, Lett that first kiss had been too sweet, Lest Eden s ithert d from your feet. Mother of women ! Did you see How brief jour beauty, and how brief, Therefore, the love of it must be in that first garden that first grief ? Did those first drops of sorrow fall To move God's pity for us all' 0 sobbing mourner by the dead, One watcher at the grave grass grown; O sleepletts for some darkling head, Cold pillowed on the prison stone. Or wet with drowning seas, He knew Who gave the gilt oi tears to youl A POEM BY DANIEL WEBSTER. ON THE DEATH OF HIS L1TTLESON CHABLES, IN 1826. The star! on which my years should lean is broken ere those years came o'er me; My funeral rites thou should'st have seen; But tnou art in the tomb before me. Thou rear'st to me no filial stone. No parent's grave with tears beholdest; Thou art my ancestor, my son, And staua'bt hi Heaven's account the oldest. On earth my lot was soonet caBt, Thy generation atter mine; Thou hast thy predecessor passed, Earlier eternity is thiue. I should have set before thine eyes Tne load to Heaven, and shown clear; But thou untaught rprlng'st in the skie3; And leav si thy teacher lingering here. Sweet teraph, I would learn of thee, And hasten to-partake thy bliss; And oh, to thy world welcome me, As firtt I welcomed thee to thte The Waters of Youth. One summer noon a young, blooming peasant wandered through a cornfield, holding in one hand a basket and in the other a stone jar. - She was going to meet her husband, a wood-cutter, whom she soon espied. "Stand where you are," he shouted, "the tree, is falling." The fir tree gave a deep sigh, bent over and fell to the ground with a crash. The wood-cutter then embraced his young wife, and they sat down to their mid-day repast. "I have forgotten something," said Hans, raising, and he cut three crosses in the tree? "Why do you do that, Hans?" asked his wife. "The lady of the wood commands it," he answered; "The crosses protect her from the wild hunter." The young woman opened wide her eyes. "Did you ever meet the lady of the wood? ' she asked, curiously. "No, She rarely allows herself to be seen. But to day is the summer solstice, and she will show herself." And Hans suddenly called out into the wood; 'Lady of the wood, come forth." . lie cud it to please his wife ; but on the holy solstice day we should not make light of such things. Suddenly before the couple stood a little woman, no higher than your finger, with a delicate form and beautiful face. She wore a long, white robe, and in her golden" hair a spray mistletoe. Hans and Grete were frightened. They sprang up quickly, and Gretemade a courtesy as well as she could. "You called me early," said the little woman, pointing to the .sun just oyer their heads, "and one good deed," she said, pointing to the tree, deserves an other. Gold and silver have I not to give, but I know something better. Come with me. No harm will befall you. Bring your jug with you, for you will need it." ' Saying this, she walked on. Hans shouldered his ax and Grete took her jug, and both followed the little woman. They came to the house of the lady of .the wood, buried in the fir trees and nailed together with the thorns of the rose-bushes. The lady led her guest behind the house, and pointed to a brook whose wa ters silently flowed over the dark earth. "This is the fountain of youth." she said, "A bath in it makes the gray-haired man a boy and the gray-haired woman a girl. But if one drinks the water one will retain youth until death. Fill your jug and bear it home. But be prudent, one drop every Sunday is enough to keep you young. And once for all, Hans, if you cast your eye on a strange woman, and'you, Grete, on a strange man, the water will loose its power. Remember that, now go, and fare you welt" So spoke the lady of the wood who re fused the thanks of the lucky couple and went into her house When they reached home Hans bot tled up the preciovs water until the day should come when he tighed for youth. When the young forester came into their garden to exchange a greeting with Grete the kept her eyes fixed on the flower-bed, and when Hani eat in the inn and pretty Lisi brought him wine he made a face like a cat when it thunders, and resolved to remain at home with his wife that the mngic water mightnot lose its charm. A year of love and happinses came to an end, and two became three in the household, a baby boy shouted in his cradle until his father's heart laughed for joy. Now, thought he, the time has ometoopen the flask. "What think you, Grete, a drop of the water of youth will do you good." Hans went to fetch the water, and with trembling hands loosed the cork; but oh, woe, woe! the flask fell from his hands, and the draught of youth streamed upon the ground. What should he do? His wife must not know it. He filled another flash like the first with the water from the well and took it to his wife. "Oh, what strength it gives," said Grete: "taste a drop, dear Hans." Hans obeyed and praised the water, and every Sunday they drank a drop. Grete bloomed like arose; and Hans was full of strength and health. He avoided confession of his deed for he hoped some time to steal away and find the fountain of youth. But wander through me iorest as ne migni, ue never vuuiu find the abode of the lady of the wood. Two years passed. A little girl came to keep the baby boy company, and Jto Grete's round face came a second chin. She did not see this, as she had no mir ror, but Hans saw it, and loved his port ly wife all the more. Then came misfortune, at least. Grete thought it such. Little Peter broke the flask with the precious water. She fill ed the jug with common water, and kept the secret from her husband. Time passed on, and the couple were as happy as the day the minister joined their hands; and every Sunday they drank of the water. Ore day Hans, while combing his hair, found a gray lock, and thought the time had come to confess to his wife. "Grete," he said, "the water of youth has lost its strength. See, I have found a gray hair. I am growing old." Grete trembled, but composing herseli said with a laugh: "A gray hair! I had a gray lock when I was 10 years old. Perhaps some thatch has caught in your hair. It colors the hair gray. No, my dear Hans, the water has not lost its strength." Hero she threw him an anxious look. '"Or do you find that I, too, have become old?" Hans coughed. "You old? Yeu are blooming as a rose." and he gave her a kiss. W he he was alone he said with quiet joy: "Thank God ! She does not see that we are old. And so thought the wife. That evening they danced gayly at the inn and felt young. The young folk made sport of them, but they Baw it not The next Autumn, one day Grete lost a tooth while eating, and grieved sorely, for she was proud of her white teeth. She said to her husband: "This would not have happened if the water had not been " Hans cried: "This water must help everything Does not a child often lose a tooth. You are as young and fresh as a head of celery; or have you cast your eyes on any man that the water has lost its strength?" The wife laughed aloud, wiped away her tears, and kissed her old man so heartily that he lost his breath. In the afternoon they sat on the stone bench before their house and sung love songs. The passers by said "foolish old people.' Aut the happy old couple heard them not. Many years passed. The couple were grandparents, and, although alone, were as happy as on their wedding day, still drinking the water of youth on Sunday. The Summer solstice 'drew nigh. Hans and Grete sat at the door watching the bonfire made by the young folks. "Dear Hans," said Gret,e "I would like to go to the wood once more. But you must wake me early if you will go." nans agreed. They went arm-in-arm next morning, carefully helping each other. When Hans stepped cautiously over a root, Grete cried: "Hans, you spring like a goat;" and when Grete step ped over a hillock Hans cried: "Be care ful, Grete, jump." They found the fountain of youth, and holding on to each other, looked in ahd saw their aged faces and wept. "You knew that we were old,"'cried Hans. "Yes, yes," said Gfete, through her tears. "And I too," sain Hans. Then the lady of the wood appeared. She bade them spring into the foun tain to recover their youth; but they de cided to retain their age, and, arm-inarm, they resignedly walked homeward. KANSAS CHURCHES. Items ot All Kinds Concerning; Them. Rev. J. W. Hunter formerly of Chero kee has taken charge of the Methodist church at McUune. The Methodist church at Wichita has been repaired and renovated and the Beacon says that its appearance is much improved. Belle PViine Newr. The installation of Rev. W. W. Curtis as pastor of the Pres byterian church in this city took place a short time ago. Rev. H. D. Fisher, of Topeka, deliver ed a lecture recently at Winfield. Sub ject: "Utah and the Mormons." It was for the benefit of the Ladies Aid Soci ety. Nortonville 'News: The members of the Methodist church and others, band ed together last Friday and had a special arbor day of their own. They set out about one hundred trees around the church premises. Wichita Eagle: The Lutheran Evangeli cal association hae not only organized, but purchased building lots and will build. The gentleman who comes as their pastor is a real live, wide-awake. practical man, and we have no doubt of hia success. Paola Spirit: The Presbyterian church has recently been repainted inside and thoroughly cleaned up. It presents a most attractive and cheerful appearance for which the several good ana industri ous ladies and their gentlemen assistants can take pride and credit Clay Center Times: The Central Kansas Congregational Minister's Union met in this city a short time ago and continued in session three daya. j A'-'verjr interesting program was rendered by some of the ablest ministers of the State. The attendance was quite large. Mound City Garion: A Band of Hope was organized last Sunday at the If. E i church, with twenty-seven members. Mrs. W. A. Trigg was chosen leader. Master Frark Watson secretary, and Miss Ada Wright treasurer. Wellington Press: The series of meetings that have .been conducted nightly at the Christian church, during the past wesk, have been very interest ing and instructive. Bev. Clay the pastor, has been ably assisted by Bev. Myers, of Winfield. Last nirht there was one addition to the church, and two persons joined by letter. . Florence Tribune: Subscription papers are out for the provision of a fund to erect a Free Methoditt Church in Flor ence some time during the Summer and Fall. If the religious world is to remain divided into a multitude of sects the Free Methodists ought to have the same generous consideration accorded to other denominations. Nortonville News: The new Presby terian church will be dedicated May 19, which will be two weeks from next Sun day. Rev. J. W. Bailey.D. D., one of the ablest divines in the state, and for nine years President of Galesburg College, at Galesburg, 111., will preach the dedica tory sermon. He will be assieted by Rev. A. M. Reynolds, of Oakaloosa, an other very talented expounder of moral and religious ethics. The Presbyterians have a handsome and roomy edifice and should be accorded a large audience on the above occasion. Seneca Jribune: The M. E. Parsonage was besieged by a numerous and for midable host a few evenings ago, and the new pastor, Rev. Geo. Winterbourne. and family received a severe pounding. They recovered from their surprise, however, sufficiently to thoroughly en joy the invasion of their peaceful home and say "come again." A very pleasant time was enjoyed everyone trying to out do his neighbor in expresiona oi welcome and good will. The company dispersed early, leaving larder and ward robe, replenished; and hearts rich in af fection's wealth by the friendly call. Emporia News: Rev. D. B. Shuey who recently resigned the pastorate of the Reformed church, here, to enter more fully into work, designated by the Board of Missions of that church, preached his farewell sermon a few Sundays ago. We understand the Board of Missions has appointed his successor for the church at this place, but the appointee has not yet signified his acceptance. Mr. Shuey has been requested by the Board of Mis sions to visit several points in Texas in the interest of the church, and in the near future he will take a trip to Dallas, and other points in that state in compli ance with this desire. Clay Center Times: We learn that the Green Methodist church cost about $2,000 and is a very good building for the money. Rev. J. F. Dennis, than whom there are no better men for strugling congre gations, conceived the idea of building a good church at Green, quarried and dressed many of the rock used in its building, with his own hands, superin-1 tended its construction from "turret top to foundation stone" and is really nearly wholly responsible for the build ing. His efforts were nobly seconded by the trustees, Messrs. Young, Wallace and Doan, who did their parts intelligently and well. $250 were given by the Church Extension Society which is the only out side aid of any importance given the enterprising little community. Clay Center limes: The Presbterian social at J. P. Cam bell's house of many gables on the hill side a few evenings ago was well attended considering the weath er, and netted the ladies quite handsome amount. Besides the regular amuse ments common to such entertainments, Mrs Cambell introduced a new feature which was attractive as instructive. It is making shilloette pictures and the manner of operation is about as follows: A small glass door was used, though a picture frame and glass would answer as well, on which a piece of white paper was pasted. The subject sits between a bright lamp and frame in such a position that his or her profile is cast sharply on the paper. The outlines are carefully traced with a pencil and afterwards neatly cut out and pasted on a sheet of black paper. It is remarkable what perfect pictures can be gotten even in a hurried manner. They are quite pretty (some times) and afford much amusement when pined on the wall. Of course a small amount was charged for each portrait. KANSAS CROPS. Condition of the Growing Cereals in Kan- We are under obligations to Major Wm. Sims, Secretary of the State Board of Agriculture, for the following infor- mation regarding the condition of the growing crops in this state, which has been prepared for his forth-coming re port: OFFICE OF STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE, 1 TOPEKA, KANSAS, MAY 6, 1885. WINTER WHEAT. From information received at this of fice:it is found that the area sown to winter wheat in this state, in the fall of 1884, did not exceed 73 per cent of that sown-the preceding year a decrease of oyo,000 acres as compared with the acre age of last year: that of the acreage sown 27 per cent has been killed by frost and destroyed from other causes, ana the land, to a large extent, seeded to other crops, leaving but 1,145,000 acres from which a product may be expected an area equal to but 52 per cent of the acre age of 1884. From a careful compilation of the re ports of 315 legal and volunteer corres pondents of the Board, representing ev ery county in the state except one (Bar ber) the condition of the crop, April 30, is found to be 79 as compared with the conaiaon one year ago an improve ment of 3 per cent over the condition shown March 31. We therefore esti mate the winter wheat product of the State forthi8yearat20,800,000,bushelsora small fraction lees than 45 per cent of the total product of the harvest of 1884 and slightly in excess of 68 per cent of the average annual product for the last five years. BYE. The acreage of rye has fallen off from that of the preceding year about 20 per cent, leaving an area of about 240,000 acres. There was an improve ment in condition during April, and as compared with April 30, 1884, is 93. it "psy- 3- -.aWtDIG-WBXAT. This cereal has 'decreased in area, as compared with that of 1884, a little more than 2 per cent , the State area, as estimated for 1885, being about 83,000 acres. OATS. The acreage of oats has increased over that of 1884, about 10 per cent, the State area being estimated at 860,000 acres; much of the wheat ground having been seeded to this cereal. TOUT. The prospect for fruit is very encour aging. All varieties, except peaches, promise a fuU.crop. The counties lying in the south-central section of the State have a fine prospect for a peach crop, but outside of this section, there will be none. Small fruits, especially grapes, promise an abundant yield. THE SEASON. In the extreme western portion of the State, and some of the counties on the northern line, the season is reported as far advanced as it was last year; while the reports from the remainder of the State show it late from ten to twenty days, as compared with last season. Wic. Sims, Secretary St. Bd. of Agiiculture. Oh! Cast that Shadow from thy Brow." You can't do it if you have liver com plaint or dyspepsia. The darkened con tenance tells the story of inward com motion and woe. Clear your stomach, strengthen your digestion, regulate your liver, tone your nerves, and then away goes the shadow from your brow, and you are happy because you are well. Mrs. M.J. Alston, of Littelton, N.C., says, "I recommend Brown's Iron Bit ters to the nervous and debilitated. It greatly benefited me." A TERRIBLE CALAMITY. The Collapse of a BaUdlng- in New York City uanses tne jloss oixmrty JLtves. New York, May 5. Early this morning tne two nouses, numbered 55 and 57 Atlan tic street, Brooklyn, were discovered to be on fire. The fire was discovered in the en gine room of the building which was sort of a general factory fronting on Columbia Street, Brooklyn, a ad occupying more than two-thirds of a block. A dozn manufac turing firms had portions of the building and employed altogether 600 hands, cuiefly young women all of whom were at work in some of the five stories of the building Before the alarm could oe sounded, the inflamable tinder like the wood work of the exterior structure was all ablaze and the first firemen who arrived found many of the panic stricken female operatives crowd ing and shrieking wildly at the windows which opened upon the interior area of the works. The two wings of the factory run ning towards Atlantic Street ware the only portions not fiercely ablaze and the women might have been saved without trouble if they had kept cool. Ladders were run up to them promptly but the imperiled girls had already begun the dangerous experi ment of throwing themselves out of the second, third and even fourth sory win dows. The firemen and volunteer life savers did their best to catch those who jumped, and none were very badly hurt considering the risk they ran, although two of them suffered such bruises as made it necessary to send them to the hospital in the excitement of tne accident it was found almost impossible to get a correct list of the occupants of the factory so as to get at the loss. It is known, however, that the foreman of the factory, who was also engineer, was burned. He was overcome almost as soon as he reached the death trap. The scene around the place was soul-harrowing. Despite the prompt action of the police who formed fire limits almost as soon as the firemen got to work, dozens of peo ple assailed the officers with tearful in quiries for their relatives who had not answered to their names since the accident. If is now believed thirty lives were lost in the disaster, the building being occupied by by about twenty snail manufactories. It was erected twenty-three years ago. The cause of the fire was the overturning of a boiler in a soap factory on the second floor. The west wall of the middle wing on Atlantic avenue bad settled, 'and workmen were screwing it up with jacks. The middle jack had been screwed up too high, and it was lowered, when the whole weight of the wall came upon the two jacks at the ends, and it fell with a crash. The firemen injnred were Bernard Stark and Michael F. Orogan, of Engine No. 4, Patrick Docherty, of Hook and Ladder No. 3, and fireman Hanley. The wounds are ail scalp wounds, caused by falling bricks Among the employes known to be injured are Henry Mauer, scalp wound and fract ure of the leg ; Mrs. Hennetta Haas, re ported to have died on the way to the hospital; Miss Mamie Hass, her daughter, severely hurt ; two unknown women were nulled from beneath the burning timbers by the chief of the fire department, Mr. Kevins: Boa Partridge, an employe of Milo Haynes, is among the missing; Edwin Butler was seen to jump from the second story into the ruins and he has not been seen since. Four of the men employed by the Judd Manufacturing Company are also missing Two women were taken from tne second floor by fireman who had raised ladders to the State street buildings Cheif Nevins said, "I believe there are at least twenty-five people in the ruins and there may be more." The los3 is estimated at 1300,000; insurance unknown. The build ing was owned by Nat Cnshing, of Boston. THE GENERAL'S CONDITION FOR THE FAST WEEK. His Boduy Health Is Much Improved and He is Generally in a Good Condition. New York, May 7. Dr. Geo. W. Shrady. in the Medical Renew of May lltb, will say of the condition of Gen. Grant: During the past week Gen. Grant's bodily health has much improved, and he has been able to enjoy short drives in Central Park, to walk short distances out of doors and to do a considerable amount of literary work on his forthcoming memoirs. His appetite is better; he has a relish for his food and his swallowing is not attended with much pain. Locally his disease shows a slight tendency to progress. The sloughy exuda tion has disappeared causing an exuberant fungoid granulation in its place. This con dition still involves the right and posterior parts of the pharynx, the right tonsillar region and right side of the base of the toneue. The palatal curtain is still con siderablv inflamed, although all signs of acute inflamatcry troubles nave disappeared. At the bate of the uvnla, in the right side, a small fungoid excrescence has developed which has shown a disposition to extend on the free margin of the palatal curtain. Midway between the uvula and the right tonsular region a similar growth of very small sise has also appeared. The breath ing is free and the voice is clear, but the movement of the tongue is somewhat re stricted, affecting articulation accordingly. The enlarged glands under and around the right angle oi the lower jaw are somewhat harder and in consequence of the surround- ine inflamation and infiltration ale firmly fixed. There is, however, lets pain in the diseased parts than formerly. Thepatientob- ifs'i-H. m .faUrilrt-o.wftk. smeantoTBnorphme, sad awakes in ikwrnsnmfmibiut mue refrained. Dai the faToraMa, gflearaT aondttkm itiimA been, utfjitunatalyTa? cbag- ia' tk tocu aew9 to warrant any motfificetioa of the original dirgiosis by members ,of the medical staff. Hr. Shrady is ooosaltLag physician in the case of Geo. Grant. P ASM AND HOUSEHOLD. Tarieaa ltoaaa Ceaeeraiac tfca Farmer aa Bt JFaatfJy. When frost is present the Texas fever disappears. It always exists in the ex treme South, but never occurs in the North unless brought here by diseased came. An open shed will be preferred by poultry in preference to a closed house, even in severe weatner. Jowls are partial to fresh air, but require shelter from rains and cold winds. Fifty years ago the average weight of beet came was aw pounds, but now it is 1400 pounds. This increase is due to the introduction of thoroughbred stock, care- iui Dreeaing ana Deuer ieeamg. Working oxen should have a separate feeding place and a due and regular supply oi iooa, mere snouid be no opportunity of their interfering with other cattle or being interferred with. The ague which used to so shake the denizens of the Northern Wabash Valley is now comparatively rare, owing to the large amount of drainage that has been done in that section during recent years Sows from 1 to 3 years old bring the best pigs, and are the most profitable breeders. When older they get heavy and lazy, so that with every cure it is hard to prevent them from killing their pigs. In a comparative experiment made at theJNew xork .experiment station celery grown on level ground produced an equal weight of crop with that grown n trencnes, ana wiin mucn less expenai ture of labor. An exchange asks why it is that New Zealand spinach is not more extensively grown i it is superior to all otners as regards flavor, and an abundance may be had from one sowing all through the season, no matter how dry the weather may be. Two dozen plants will supply a large family. It should be raised on a hot bed and transplanted three feet apart' each way in rich soil. Dr. Otis Mann, a veterinarian, of Mass achusetts, says there are four essential considerations in favor of spaying old cows and heifers that are undesirable to breed from, which are that they will grow one-fourth larger, that they will give a better quality of beef, that the beef will bring a higher price and that such heifers will grow and take on fat the same as steers. Cooking Onions. A correspondent asks: "May onions be cooked in such a way that the consequence may not be aisagreeaDie r .uinejrent metnods are recommended. Boiling in two waters well salted, or letting them lie in cold water is thought to be effective. Boiling in mils: used to be tnougnt the best way to remove the rank flavor, but the onions we are able to purchase now, even in the country, are not so strong in odor or taste as was the onion of our fathers. The Bermuda, the ideal onion of the Spanish, needs nothing beyond boiling in two waters. Browned Oysters on Toast. Open two dozen large oysters, keeping them separate from their r juice. Then mix smoothly the yelks of two eggs with a little flour; bread the oysters and season them with salt and pepper; then dip them separately in the mixture of egg and flour, place them in a saucepan and brown in a little clarified butter. When brown take them out of the saucepan and pour the juice of the oysters into the butter remaining in the pan. Thicken this with a little flower, and after sim mering it gently for two or three min utes, put in the oysters and let them re main until they get thoroughly hot, then take them out and serve on slices of toasted Vienna bread. Grant as a Talker, Senator Ingalls, in speaking of Gen. Grant a week ago, said: "Gen. Grant was one of the most entertaining after-dinner talkers I ever knew. He was only the silent man in crowds and at times when flatterers tried to draw him out and made him talk about himself. But after din ner, or with a few congenial friends any where, he was ready, interesting, and often fascinating in conversation. I re call especially one evening when Gen. Grant was president. It was at a dinner-party he gave at the white house. Among the guests were a number of senators and Gen. Sheridan. Mrs. Grant and the ladies had letiredfrom the table and we were smoking our cigars. Gen. Grant talked a great deal. He was in his happiest mood, and I know every body enjoyed him just as much as I did. I don't know how it came about, but finally we began to go backward and talk of the time of life a man would most care to live over again. Each one mentioned some particular age when life seemed brightest and most de sirable, and a period he would enjoy to live the second time. Some turned back to boyhood, others to early manhood, with the pleasantest recollections, while to some the present was most satisfacto ry. 'And you, general; what part of your life would you like to live oyer again?' one of the guests asked the president General Grant dropped his chin on his breast and was silent for a minute or two. I can see him now, as we all waited for his answer and tried to read it in his face which, as usual, was a sealed book. But we fully expected he would choose that part of his life which had been pros perous and great. He lifted his head and said in a voice of quiet decision that left no doubt of sincerity: 'All of it I should like to live all my life over again. There isn't any part of it I should like to leave out." "I shall never forget the impression his answer made on me, and I think it impressed everyone else. He was the only one in the room: who was ready to take the bitter with the sweet in his life. Everyone of us had left out some partic ular time of hardship or discouragement, when the world seemed darkest Not one was brave enough to face that time again; and probably not one of us had had such hard times and so much of real adversity to begin with. I think the mart ot us had begun to prosper before he was out of the woods. But General Grant was the only man smoking his after-dinner cigar at the white house that evening who had the courage to live his whole fife over again." Peabody Gazette: Thers are lots of of strawberry patches around Peabody, and many new vines have been planted. ," W,W3PWB! KtI'S S . .- areSX&SfcS in. i .$&$ fSBjaJuftalawtWaal ,E. '-iSBSlBSa- &' j?. the current nossberof the BritUbr ' E -. g . . T-t mad FceifnETaitelkl iimtnaii i -? a fiae description or anoest JMyiOB,v r translated from tne liermaa or jr. iem- vites' his readers to accompany him in a mmn na biiiubk ! nw n ra. '- ii- - walk through that aty asu was JS.U 568, or eight years before Nehaehadnes sal's death. Before entering the city ther view the) scDramdinff fmsmtry: 'The Babylonia of the p.esentday re sembles a 'desert, out or. wnicn armr mounds and nuns, solitary- and grave; nearly all the canals are choked with, sand; the shepherds) wandering alooe, with their fl ockar nibbling the sparse grass, are almost the only human dwel lers over the whole plateau. jETow; different was it in olden times! Between B. G. 2000 and 500 Baby lonia was the garden, of the ancient world. The land, surrounded like an island by two of the finest streeana in the world, the Euphrates and TSgris the river of paradise is truly the gift of both. They flowed with swift current from the Armenian highlands into the sea now known as the Persian gulf. In the course of centuries large msoncfl of loam were rolled down and heaped at their original n. oaths, and this is what is called Babylonia. It was on tail soaked fat and fertile soil that the oldest civilization, not of Asia merry, but of the world developement itself." The melt ing of the Armenian snows caused intui tions which had to be checked by damm ing the river with dikes and walls. Canals served for mavigation, and also led off the superfluid water to parts un affected by the overflow and developed to such a degree their fertility that wheat and barley often gave the laborer 200 or 300 fold. Near Bagdad the two rivers are so near that only six hours are required to pass from one to the other. On this tongue of land which was once a fourth narrower (for the Eu phrates has iince removed its bed fur ther westward), the great canal system commenced; and by means of still smaller arteries the life-giving waters were distributed to nearly every tree. The district between Bagdad and Hilla (a three days' ride) was for merly strewed with heaps of towns and villages. To its south, in the very heart of the land, lay Babylon, "the gate of God." Its commercial importance is de scribed, its fortifications, the Euphrates (half a mile wide), swarming with ships of every size; the largest Euphrates bridge, built by Nebuchadnezzar; the different quarters and great buildings; the royal bank, where import mt busi ness, public and private, was transacted. 'The conditions and bargains are first, perhaps, put down on papyrus rolls, then carefully written out on clay tablets in cuneiform writing, to which each party affixes his seal or in default of it his fin ger-nail, whereupon the tablet is baked." In running back over the history, two or three important periods are noticed; but the mistake is made of saying that it was only eight years since Samassumu kin's rebellion against the Assyrian rule. Eighty years must be meant. Many may not know that forty-two years be fore this, when Merodach Baladrn had rebelled, Sennacherib, in 690t B. C, marched against the city, gave it up to the flames, lefc not one stone on another, dug canals through its ruins to bury it under water, "and, as he says in his an nals, overthrew it even more than was done by the deluge." Deh'tzsch's recon struction has been effected by means of " the three mighty.heaps of ruins "recently investigated by the eminent English archaeologist Hormuzd Kassam," with the aid of the cuneiform literature of the Greek writers. Grant and Horace Ureeley. Many annecdotes illustrating a ten derness of heart and a generosity of spirit, which those who looked only up on Gen. Grant's impassive features mignt never have suspected have been told du ring his sickness; but no act or incident of his career disclosed a finer sensibility or evoked a warmer tribute of popular appreciation than that which is com memorated in the following letter, from the Tribune of December 7, .1872, now published by request: HUKAUC UKJS&bKX'S MIS J1UKI. AN OPEN LETTER. To the President of the United Slates. Sir : I trust that 1 shall not be charged with presumption in addressing you on the subject of this letter. I want to thank you, not for any favor bestowed on my friends, or shown to me. Thanks for such things are as common as the benefits they confer. I desire to thank you for something greater and better than these; for something much beyond the ordinary practice of high official life. I desire to thank vou for the respect shown by you to Mr. Greeley on his death-bed, and for the great respect you paid his character and memory by your attendance on his funeral. It was a great compliment for the head of a great nation to decline attendance on an offi cial festivity while a private citizen who had no claims on the sympathy of the official, either of blood or close friend ship. It was a much greater compliment when the executive laid aside the press ing duties of his great office, and making a night journey of hundreds of miles, at an inclement season, took the place of a private person among the thousands gathered together to pay the last tribute of respect that the living can pay to the dead. For your remembrance of Mr. Greeley, dying; for your attendance at his funeral; for the tearful attention you paid to the sad ceremonies of that occa sion, Mr. President, I thank you with all earnestness. I am very sure that in do ing so I but echo sentiments of hundreds of your fellow-citizens, whose views of public affairs led them and myself to support, in the late canvass, the man to whom you have shown such high re spect m By these acts you have removed prejudices, changed opponents into mends, and shown the world that great official life need not deaden the better instincts of our common humanity. By these acts you have taught the nations that Americans never forget what is due to the character cf their great citizens, and that the passions of an exciting po litical contest never destroy the respect that American partisan opponents have for the good lives of good men. Thank you, Mr. President, and pay that a long and happy life may await you. And whenit shall please the Great Baler to send the Angel Death to call you home, may yourpassage to the tomb be made smooth by the afiectiona ef kind friends, and the .grave close over you with the heartfelt prayers of your countrymen for your eternal rest Very respectfully your friend. , SmcLAntTownr. -new York, December 6, 1872. New York Tribune: .m t4 a Hi fS 'I sTr vj Jft . X1 s&' MP 3 fi?iy?. jt T '-J r?$$ J mi fcVl m Y . , va v I- -i v, i-' a! WSr ' . " Jl ,c.!t. ;. - , - -? ... - .