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MOTHXJfS OUlBTMir.
tne trembllnc folds of the twIUihtdim
1 aaa bear tbe strain m fast sraaa oia nymn
WkIch mother, whose heart is now still and cold,
Sang amidst her cares in the days of old.
Than was something abort it undefined,
; charmed into quite lne trouoica mina.
O'er tbe bleak beam breathed with a spirit bland,
.Like a. warm loath wind o'er a frozen land.
cmwnlntr It all with a rtranre. deeo chord.
Kite tbe throb of tbe heart of the blessed Lord,
Tfeat ebed through the fainting soul abroad
JL sense of the pitying love of God.
The songs of tbe singers that fme has crowned
Sn. tbe flocd of the years are lost and drowned,
st mother's old bymn, etery pause and tone,
ffith the growth ot time has the tweeter grown.
.And it seems not out of the past to come
Mm echo only of lips that are dumb
Vet down from the borne of tbe glorified
OLt has always come eince tbe day ehe died.
We know not the music that spirits hear
jLs earth 1b receding and heaven drawn near,
Bat treading death's valley of tbadows aim
3. ask but to bear of my mother's hymn.
BcUlimorean.
The Eefugees.
-One day in 1879 I received a postal
-card, which read thue:
"O say, friend, how does 'My Old Ken
tacky Home,' turned loose on the devol
ved head of bleeding Kansas, affect your
factories? Whew! how much you must
odor! I wish you joy of this last tide of
emigration. It is the first time I have
been thankfuj tnat I lived in Missouri
instead of across the river. Yours thiB
tide the color line. Fanny."
I laid down the card with a smile and
looked across the river to "the barrackB,
gphere tents and cabins gleamed, new
.nd shining, in the morning sun. It was
true that this year, as in wheat so in ref
ugees, Kansas had the lead. In truth,
he carried a large and well selected, as
sorted sizes ot "culled pussuns" as could
be found in tbe United States.
We had, as it were, gone to sleep peace
'folly one night, and waked the next
znorning to see our streets filled with
contrabands. They came by steamer, by
railroad, on foot, on mules any way; but
they came. Men and women, with old
hats, red turbans, flapping sun bonnets
And nondescript garments, leaned against
the sunny side of walls or rested on door
steps and dry goods boxes. The picka
ninnies seemed as plentiful as the bun
dlea of rags, or tin cups, or gaping satch
'cLs, and all overflowed on to the side
walks, into the streets, and waited.
The crowd might have rained down
'like meteoric stones or like a shower of
toads or have blown from the sooty
mouths of a thousand furnaces, but they
wert5 there.
They were quiet, respectful, silent
enougn, but their great black eyes had
an imploring, pleading look that haunted
you worse than if they asked charity.
A flock of wild, hungry pigeons or
starving rabbits would have won from us
corn and grain and why not these?
In truth we had no choice, vil or nil,
abolitionist or fire eater, Northern or
(Southern, we reached forth instinctively
.and fed the hungry, clothed the naked,
and gave fire and shelter.
Had that postal from Missouri never
oeen written, neither would this tale.
Bat a mental protest arose from state
pride and I suddenly resolved to aid the
contrabands if I could.
We belonged to an eastern family
-whose instincts grew strong and assert
ive at the color line. Oar theories came
-down filtered with family traditions.
A great-grandfather in New York had
held slaves when that was a slave state.
'When hiB slaves became free our ances
tor naturally revenged himself in bitter
invection against the slave race. The
feeling had been transmitted and here
lathe third generation we all disliked a
wWnigger."
!Six thousand voters, black as the ace
of spades, to vote in this country," said
Cecil, (descendant of Lord Baltimore), as
he read my postal. "We have it hard
ecoughrto feed and clothe them, but
-vwhan it comes to their votes, what are
we to do? '
"Make friends of them," said I, and
one day we visited "the barracks."
These were laid out in camp style, with
streets and avenues between tents and
cabins. The last boat load were unpack
ing, and the bushes were brilliant with
gay bandannas, and striped cotton gowns.
Jl white-haired old man was making a
Hboat, and crooned to himself as he
worked. '"We're never gwine to die any
more, any more. Good Lord."
He gave u a cheerful good morning,
j And I said, "You look too old, uncle, to
Tie at work." "For bless you lady," he
replied, "I is 100 years old, but I love to
work."
" What brought you from your home at
your time of lile?" we asked".
"Brees your heart, chile, I want to die
aree, Down in Loozionny I hain't slep a
slight in monfs for iear of kukjuxea."
I guess that was all talk, uncle."
"" "Brass your heart no, chile. I dun
Ibeen took out o'bed one night and
whipped awful, and told me not to go
Ttin'and medlin' with polyticks no
more."
"Are you not lonesome and homesick
tiiere in a strange country?" we asked.
With, a smile of incredulity on the
worn old face he looked pityingly at us a
moment, and said: 'Tse not alone. De
Eior Jesus he dun come along here wid
me. An' you knows He say when all ud
ier frens forsake He will take me up. I
tell you I'se glad to lay my ole body
down in free land. An' if I die tc-day
rse glad I cum, bress de Lord," and his
face lighted up with a look of perfect
content and joy.
"Have you any relatives here?" we
-asked.
No child; only Mariar. An' she's no
Mix, only she's arful good to me. More'n
lots o'kin is. Poor gal, de Lord leads her
-ober a rough road, but it will end in de
Jfaw Jerusalem. I wish you'd Bee her
yo
'ladv von. in the new
cabin
for her,
ajjzzy Qiea inns oiuruiug.
We went to the cabin indicated and
entered a room, rough and poor, but
crapulous clean. Avery stalwart man,
Jet black, lay in drunken sleep on the
bed. Two young men, of a l'ght color,
' were sitting beside a woman, who rose
io greet us. At first glance we thought,
fehe is white." Tall, graceful in figure.
wMh long black hair smooth and
ctraieht,ahd a face gentle and refined.
t "We heard you. were in trouble and
came to see if we could do anything," we
4id.
She stood silent a moment; then Ler
-. " 5 j'a.j : if
dark, lustrous eyes dimmed and her thm
Upetrembkdasehe anewfrea: Lmh
isgoingto be bwied Kkr , !
alius liked roses mighty well, n' Id De
glad if you'd fire me some."
I took the fragramt tea roses from my
belt, and giving them to heraid: x ou
are most welcome to them."
"It isall I want nownd I thank you,
she said, sadly. '
Then she led the way to the "deid
house," a new room standing among tne
oak bushels by itself. She unlock ed the I
aoorana uie iuurmug e-
the place and showed us where lay xier
only girl in the painless silent sleep.
The mother turned back a white sheet
and disclosed a face young and fair.
Even the pallor death had BCMcely
whitened the thin sweet hps,andtbe
face would have been fair anywhere.
Someone had dressed the baby from
the stock of refugee clothing, and it was
in a pretty embroided night dress, and
the dainty scarlet initials of the former
owner showed under the white hands.
The mother put the bunch of roses gent
ly under the white finger, and stooping
over kissed the cold lips in a tearless,
quiet way, which set our hearts aching.
We went out into the morning with a
sensation of pain, and also of kindship
to the refugees that we would not have
believed possible in the mornine.
Maria became our care thenceforward.
She had been trained in a fine old Vir
ginia family, and was skillful in all work.
We secured her a place where she earn
ed the highest wages. In one year she
had paid for a lot, and with the help of
her two bovs had built a small two-story
brick houe, and in two years the roses
she loved were blooming at her gate and
old fashioned, flowers brightened her
door vard. The white haired old uncle
had died at Cnirstmas in her .house,
soothed and cared lor to the last by her
k ind hands. Every orphaned child and
disappointed girl, among all the refugees,
went to her for support and help, and
her life was a living sermon upon the
text of "Feed the hungry, clothe the
naked."
Her husband was a capable man, but
a confirmed drunkard and cruel. She
was a slave to him, and in fear of him.
Once she said to me: "Black men treat
their wives as their masters used to treat
them, and whip them for everything." I
suggested she had "better leave him."
She looked at me surprised and mourn
fully, and said: "No, no; I took Dave for
better or for worse, and if it's for worst
I'm jest as much obleeged to stay as if
it's for better. You see my word is out,
and I never did go back on that." This
brief sentence settled all divorce ques
tion for her.
Gambliog and drinking go together
among the weakest of the freedmen, so
at last her husband induced her to sign
a mortgage on her home and then
gambled the money away. Day after
day she toiled early and late and brought
home the money for food and fire for
the vicious Dave and the sons, who were
grown to idling like their father. Once
I said to her: "Don't you get tired,
Maria, of this sort of life?"
She answered me, smiling sadly: "I
gets no time to study about that a week
days. It's when I gets nothin' to do,
like Sunday, that I studies on things.
Then I rolls over and then I rolls back,
and grow most crazy, all of studyin'. For
I can't read as you can, and just only
think and think. Week days I work all
the time and keeps my mind on that,
and old uncle used to be a powerful help
to me. He used to say: 'De Lord leads
us, and if He do it is dun shure.Fm a no
account pussun to up and say He leads
wrong.' When I complained to him he
would say: 'Now, Riar, don't go and run
yourself down. If de Lord is gwine to
have a church in our camp He's got to
make it outen the material He finds here
an' vou're to be a bright and shinin'
light.'"
Thus did the words of poor, despised
Uncle Lige comfort a human soul.
Another year came and went and the
dreaded freedmen became a political
Sower. Maria's husband and beys as
ad as they were, had the gift of leader
ship, and in spite of bribe and threat,
they held their own ideas and their
votes defeated the opposition.
It was after his election that Cecil said
to me, beaming with satisfaction: "You
were right, my dear, in your advice, and
I have followed it. Three years ago
when you had Fanny's postal card you
told me to make friends of the negroes.
What shall I do for you for the advice?"
"Pay off Maria's mortgage for a
Thanksgiving gift to her." I cried. And
we planned how she should cote to
dinner that day with us and we would
make her the gift.
I had sent her word she must come to
held us that day, but remembered the
next morning that she had told me she
should "go to see Lizzie on Thanksgiv
ing." Supposing she was to visit the
grave I bought some roses, and thought
to make her happy t y giving then to
her for the grave.
It was thanksgiving morning; clear,
cold and shining. I entered the humble
home, to find it silent and chill. Maria
lay upon her bed in a sleep most peace
ful and untroubled. She had "gone to
see L'zzie on Thanksgiving morning."
NEVER WAS KNOWN TO FAIL.
Detroit Eree Pres.
They had been enemies for three long
years. They passed each other on the
street with stern faces, their wives made
fun of each other's dresses, and the
children climbed up on the back fence
and called each other shoddy aristocrats.
Oh, no, there was no dove of peace
around there, and lots of people predict
ed that a case of assassination would
grow out of it. Last evening a whole
neighborhood was astonished beyond
measure. These two families who had
thursted for each other's scalps were
seen in sweet convention on the lawn.
Tha men exchanged cigars, the women
admired each other's latest purchase,
and the blessed little children hogged
each other all over the gras?. Howdid
the change come about? Well, neither
man ever owned a horse in his life, and
neither knew a case of spavin from a
blooming instance of pell-evil. Jones
decided, however, to buy a horse. He
was looking one over at his hitching
post when Smith came along. In a
moment of forgetfulness Jones remarked;
"Say, Smith, you know all about a horse.
How old is this animal?" In the jerk of
a comet's tail rancor and bitterness were
forgotten. The flattery hit 8mith plum
center and ripped all the buttons off his
pentupsoul. He obeyed the request,
pointed out all the ringbones, stiff knees
and splints, and advised Jones not to
buy. Tbey went of arm-in-arm, and the
dove of peace now sits on the housetops
and warbles his joyous little soul np to
high 6.
TalC SPOSBKUtDVafTmXT,
Hwlt la Carrie Oa sy tha Bahama
loaders.
Albany Argus.
Previous to about 1850 the Bahama is
landers eared little for any thing that was
more tame than wrecking. That was the
favorite business of both men and wo
men, who thought virtually nothing of
pursuing tne oraraary meuiuuD o ww
taining a livelihood. But when the num
ber of wrecks were lessened by the erec
tion of lieht-honses and the substitution
of steam for sailing craft, the islanders
turned their attention to the cultivation
of the soil and the exploration of the
depths of the sea. The outcome became
twofold. The two industries that sprang
up were the pineapple business and the
sponge trade, which are now of such im
portance that they bring considerable
money into the colonies, and furnish
steady and lucrative employment to sev
eral thousand persons.
When the first sponges were taken eut
they were commercially divided into two
classes, the uarseand fine, worth respect
ively 5 and 10 cents a pound. Now, there
are recognized to be nine classes, vhich
in the order of their values are sheep
wool, white reef, velvet, dark reef, boat
hardhead, grass, yellow, and glove. Of
some of these varieties there are several
grades. Bahama and Florida sponges
are about of the same value, but they are
both rated in market as inferior to those
of the Mediterranean. Previous to the
rebellion the amount of sponge gathered
annually scarcely exceeded one ton, and
it was worth on an average $26 per hun
died pounds. From 1863 to 1866 the
people lapsed into ways akin to their 'old
pursuits, blockade running engrossing
their attention to such an extent that
little was done in any legitimate employ
ment. But immediately upon tne close
of the war the sponge trade grew brisk,
and so continued until the outbreak of
the Cuban insurrection drove the sponge
fishers away from the Cuban coast. In
1878 the Spanish consul at Nassau issued
one hundred licenses at $25 each, to Ba
hamian vessels to sponge off Cuba, and
all was going nicely when the Spaniards
waxed jealous, and have never permitted
any operations in their waters. Since
that time sponging has been confined to
Bahamian waters.
There are several hundred sponge craft
each of eight or ten tons burden, and
carrying from six to twelve men. Though
these vessels merely coast about along
the banks and among the reefs, they car
ry six weeks' supply of provisions and do
not run under lee except in case of a
storm. The sponges aye found where the
water is shallow and are to be seen grow
ing on the rocks and, reefs. They are
caught by diving, or'by means of iron
hooks fastened to slender poles. Wher
first brought to the surface they are black
gelatinous and soft, for the sponge prope,
is only the skeleton of a jelly-like sea
animal. The catch, spread on the decks
of the vessels, dies and the living cover
ing decays, emitting a horrible odor in
decomposing. When.a cargo is secured
the vessel puts in at its home bay and
the sponges are placed in & pen of stakes
at the water's edge where the action of
the tide tends to remove the black cov
ering. The process is completed by
pounding by hand, and the sponges are
strung on strips of palmetto, each strip
having four sponges, and being called a
"beed." A cargo of "beedB" is worth
from $100 to $300, and the sales and
handling are substantially controlled by
the Nassau Sponge Exchange company,
limited, which is chartered and makes
regular'exchange sales.
After the sponges are clipped to good
shape they are put te soak in vats of.
lime water, and after several hours are
dried and bleached in the sun. Next day
they are pressed into bales, each two by
three feet, and weighing one hundred
poundp. These bales, when incased in
bagging and strongly corded are ready
for shipment. All of the work from catch
ing to shipment is done by native blacks.
The average current prices of sponges on
ship-board are: Sheep wool and white
reef, 75 cents a pound; velvet, 55 cents;
dark reef and boat, 35 cents; hardhead,
30 cents; grass and yellow, 20 cents; glove,
15 cents. Nearly all go either to the
United States or Englandrand the total
worth exceeds $150,000, of yhich this
country handles $100,000 or more.
Mistaken IdenUy.
Let us go back to 1590, to a French
case, that the Martin Guerre, which
came before the parliament of Toulouse
in that year, and certainly sonnde more
like a fiction than a true story. Martin
Guerre foolish man, left hiB home and
wife for eight years. Thereupon one Ar
nauld D utile made his appearance, bear
ingagreat resemblance to the errant Mar
tin, was received by the wife as her hus
band, and took possession of the proper
ty. Children were born to them, and
for three years Arnauld Dutille was ac
cepted by Mme. Guerre, and Martin's
four 3isters and two brothers-in-law, as
her lawful husband. The matter, how
ever, fell into dispute, and then came
the tug of war. Hundreds of witnesses
were examined, and of thote some forty
swore that the impostor was Martin
Guerre, while as many were equally pos-1
uive wait uts waa Arxiauiu yvuuie, sou
again a number of judicious persons tes
tified that the men were so much alike
that they could not decide which was
before them. The judges were naturally
very much puzzled, and Arnauld Dutille
brazening the matter out with consum
mate effrontery, they were positively on
the point of deciding in his favor when
thereal "Simon Pure" appeared on the
scene. Martin Guerre claimed his own,
and the imposture collapsed.
Equally curious in its way was the
claim of Pierre Moge, a soldier, to be the
son of a certain Sieur de Caille who had
fled to the Savoy, being a Protestant, on
the revocation of the edict of Nantes.
His son died in De Caille's presence at
Vevay, but nevertheless the impostor
was alter a trial aeciarea to be toe said
son, in spite of documentary evidence
from Switzerland of the man's death
The wife of Mege, however, let out her
secret, and on an appeal the parliament
of Paris decided against him. This im
posture, as has been pointed out, was in
many respects like the Tichborne case,
for there seem to have been no points of
resemblance at all between the two men
Another cause tried in France was that
of Baronet, who was condemned to the
galleys on the false evidence of his sis
ter, who had taken possession of his
property, but he afterward regained his
rights, mainly owing to the evidence of
Louis, a celebrated surgeon of the period.
Postage stamps are used commonly
as currency in parts of Oregon, owing to
scarcity of copper cents.
PHUNinrPAlUGRAPHS;
" TKAQICSALKOr A POL1CAT. '
Mca(Ga.)TlilaiWfl
A polecat wae killed in the dining
room one of Perry's most prominent dt
isena one day last week. The killing
was not the most objectionable part ot
the occasion.
WHY ALBANY GAS PEBSEBYSS.
Albany Aigos,
The gas furnished this city is of a very
inferior quality, and consequently the
streets are very poorly lighted, bat they
are allowed to burn until daylight. A
stranger asked a prominent druggist:
"Why do the gaslights burn all night in
this city?" "Pecause' dose gash lights
vos so schmall dot dey vas afraid to go
oud ven it vas dark."
SHE KNEW THE STERNER SEX.
EraniYille find.) Argus. A
Simpson and his wife were on their
way to church and the lady was putting
on har gloves. "My dear," he said pet
tishly, "you should complete your toilet
at home. I'd just as soon see a woman
putting on her stocking on the street as
putting on her gloves." "Most men
would," she said promptly; and the hus
band didn't say another word.
THE POET'S GRATITUDE.
Macon (Ga.) Telegraph.
( A few days ago we published an en
gineer's story in verse. It was supposed
by us to be the crude effort of an ama
teur poet, and to gratify him the wriukles
were smoothed out of it so that the me
tre would not be out of joint; but it seems
that our efforts were unappreciated. The
author sends us a long letter in which
he says the poem was horribly, butcher
ed. This is what a newspaper gets for
allowing amateur poetay to appear out
side of the waste-basket.
LIFE IN A FLAT.
Texas Sifungs.
Judge Kennebunker, a cynical old
bachelor, lives with his dog in the hall
room of a New York flat. As he was
looking out of his window, Miss Vanpelt,
who lives on the flat below, stuck her
head out of her window, and called up:
"Your nasty dog barks all night."
"But he doesn't play on the piano all
day."'
The lower windows came down with a
bang that sounded like a said being
blown open.
THE WAY IT STRUCK JOHNNY.
Minneapolis Tribune.
"Johnny," said paterfamilias to his
promising first born, "why do you al-.
ways run away and leave your little sis
ter to go to school alone?"
"Cos I like to," replied Johnny.
"But you shouldn't do it. It isn't a bit
?;allant. You never see me go off and
eave your ma, now."
"Oh, well replied Johnny, philosophi
cally, "there is no fool like an old fool."
The fanner 'rose
Atearty morn
And found the crows
Were in his corn.
His gun's f harp ring
Gives but alarm,
Tbe crows take wing.
Untouched by harm.
They've flown, and wrecked
The chief of laws,
For, here, ih' effect
Precedes the "caws."
B xbury Advocate.
A TIMELY INTEBHUPTION.
New York Sun.
'Has any one ever proposed to you be
fore?" he asked tenderly, after the im
portant question had been but and satis
factorily answered.
"George Simpson came very near it
only last night," she replied, slowly.
"He was just on the point of asking me
to be his wife when mamma, came into
the parlor, but I am very glad she did,"
went on ihe girl, earnestly, "I don't think
I would have been happy with George."
Don't Talfc In the Street Oar.
Philadelphia North Americas.
A laughable story was recently told by
an elderly gentleman living in the city.
While out spending the evening he was
introduced to a strange gentleman, and
after a few preliminary remarks on both
sides the strange gentleman inquired
about the welfare of his son. The rela
tor felt surprised that his new acquaint
ance should know he had a son but ans
wered rather briefly.
"He graduates at Harvard next spring,
I believe," added the newacquintance.
The gentleman thought he must have
been talking to some of the other guest
about his son, and they continued the
conversation about him and the college.
There was a brief pause, and then the
new acquaintance said: "I'm sorry I've
not met your wife this evening, so that I
could see your family complete."
The gentleman felt that the stranger
wa setting a little too anxious to make
himself familiar, and bo he slipped in a
casual remark that he had been feeling
0t of sorts for a few days.
"Yes," said the new acquaintance.
"that's the way "with me when my wife
goes away. Everything around the
house seems to go wrong without her."
By this time the gentleman was con
tinuing the conversation only by Baying
"yes" and "no."
"Aren't you going to invite me round
to see you when she comes home from
Florida naxt week?" asked the new ac
quaintance. The gentleman looked at
him in no good humor, but seeing a
smile on his face which turned into out
right laughter, he saw that something
was np, and, laughing himself, said:
"Look here, how the mischief did you
come to know eo much about my af
faire?" "You told me yourself," laughed the
other. The matter was soon explained.
The gentleman had been riding in an
Eighth street car the day before talking
to a friend. The other, then a stranger,
had been on the same car in a seat close
to him, and overheard the conversation.
When they were introduced a day later,
the stranger recognized him at once, and
could not resist propounding the ques
tions. They took a good laugh together.
General Black, commissioner of pen
sions, eays that the latest reports snow
that 180,000 veterans of the Union army
have made their homes in Kansas more
than can be found in any other state.
Oregon has just had completed a
memorial .stone for the Washington
monument at a cost of $2,000.
ZW w '-t "W '" a r" sr
at ram old stand! - '
VninthePuturMinthPaat,kMpaftillsrapplyof
DRY GOODS,
GROCERIES
CLOTHING, HATS AND CAPS.
UsMurare. flour, Feel, Stoneware, CotfecDoiieries, Cijan aal listen, i
A Liberal Share of the Public Patronage is Solicited. "
COME AND EE US. WE WILL TRY AND MAKE IT TO YOUR INTERST TO COME AQAttt.
WA-KEENEY MEAT MARKET.
WHOLESAIJi VAJSn BBTAIL.
W. S. HARRISON, Proprietor.
Bologna Sausage & Pressed Corn!
Beef a Specialty.
Tha Trarfa Supplied. Best Prices Paid far Cattla and Hags
KELLEY &
AGENTS
Buckeye Reaper and Mower,
Keystone Corn Planters, Horse Rakes, Weir & Deere's
Plows and Oultivators,Springfield Superior Grain Drill.. .
CEMENT, LIME and PLASTER PARIS,
PLOW AND WAGON-WOOD STOCK,
M m Eeitj Hardware, Iron, Steel aid Slass. .
Franklin Street, - - WA-KEENEY, KANSAS.
C. W. IT. STREET,
DEALER IN
Stoves and Tin Ware, Wood and Iron Pumps, I X L Peed MiU,
Corn' Shelters, I X L Stalk Gutters, Horse Powers,
Tanks. Also Agent for the
OLD RELIABLE HALLIDAY STANDARD,
TWENTY-NINE YEARS IN USE.
All wanttagr to pnrcfease "Windmills will do well to call at my Shop, opposite Post
office in Wa-Keeney, and get catalogue of prices before purchasing.
REFERENCES-?. O. EUaworth. 8. T. Bartlett, 8. P. Bartlett, B. Hacker, A. C. Friek
W. 8. Mead, Thomas Caddlck. of Wa-Keeney; Samuel Bowman, two mills; Thomas Moore, and a
16-foot geared mill for Thomas Hlndman, of Gralnfield, and George RHenn and John Ocllie,?
Graham county. Tne above list Is a part of the mills I hare sold and pat np in the last rear. I ahw
manufacture and repair all kinds ot tinware and fit np pumps and gas and water pipe.
A Oreat Law Bait.
London Times.
The court of appeal at Florence has
given an important decision in a case
which will probably be quoted as a pre
cedent in property questions connected
with the abolition of the law of primo
geniture. In the year 1875 the Hon. Harriet El
lis, eldest daughter of the late Lord How
ard de Waldon, married the duke of Ser-
moneta, and on his death became, ac
cording to Italian law, entitled as his
widow to take a life interest in the pro
portion of one-third of the income his
estates yielded. The pecuniary interest
involved was large. The late duke, Don
Michael Angelo, had, however, during
his lifetime, and at the moment when
the bill for the abolition of primogeni
ture was before the Italian parliament,
made over the entailed estates to his son,
Don Onorato, better known as Prince
Jeano, retaining onlv annual income for
mmueu, una toe mam question t issue
was the right claimed by the widow to
have a certain portion of the disentailed
property included in the total of the pat
rimony upon the value of whici her
quota was to be determined.
Thie was disputed by Don Onorato,
the present duke, in whose favor sen
tence was given in the court of first in
stance, but that decision has now been
reversed by the court of appeal, which
has pronounced in favor of the claim
made by the dowager duchess, and has
decreed that one-half the value of the
disentailed property shall be brought
into the total, which will thus amount
to 7,000,000 francs.
As will be recognized, the case involves
a question of considerable importance to
all the great feudal houses of Borne, and
it is of general interest both in England
and Italy, not only a consequence of the
social position of the parties, but because
of a prevalent idea in England. This de
cision of the court of appeal has refuted
ths idea that justice is unatainable be
tween Italians and foreigners, and es
pecially in a case like the present, in
which the defendent is the head of a
powerful Roman house, possessing great
wealth and political influences.
Mr. Simpkins often declares that he
never drinks anything stronger than
claret Last night he came home at mid
night, and putting his lips to his wife's
ear, he whispered mysteriously, "Hash,
my dear, don't be alarmed, bat there are
burglars about They have already stolen
our keyhole; I bad to get in by tha cellar
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