10 W A STATF NKWS.
J. B. Thayer, a bridge foreman at lAmtng,
4»11 from the bridge to the Ice below theotfcer
afternoon, simtaliiinir fatal injuries.
frrrn «ordo Coualr
J. F. Williams' four children, in Portland
township, were taken very eick recently two
•Of them died in a short time, and the live# of
Ho other two ware barely saved. The cau#e
supposed to be drinking from an adjacent
•Cfeek, which had become poisonous on ac
-COunt of the large number of flsh that had
frozen and were decomio»ing in the streaia.
H. C. Van Leuven has bought*half Inter
in the McGregor Xewt.
A port ion of the bridge at Add tu fawned
w days ago.
Charlie HcnitleQiaa, of Charles City, went
*tb Duhuquc the other day and cot drunk,
"Whs rohhed, and then took a dose of mor
phine and lay down in the street to die. A
good 8arnaritan of a doctor picked blm np,
pumped him out and sent him home again.
A young man, at Bellevue, was driving in a
cutter drawn by one horse, the other day, and
to prevent the animal from being frightened
At a passing train he got out and held the
bits while the horse's bead wa* toward the
railroad. The light Whitened her, and the
fin immediately on the track. He then let
go to save himself. The horse and cutter
«W:re crushed the train.
A few evening* ago the faiaDy of Robert
fjnden, living near Newton, went to church,
foavlng two young daughters at home. Dur
tfl the evening the dress of the younger, five
$*ars old, caught fire. The elder started for
neighbor's, the burning child followed her,
4Uid the latter ran until her clothes burned
ftvnn her body, when she fell exhausted, and
go terribly burned that she died.
Three buildings on the south side of the
square at Newton were burned the other af
tarnoon. They were occupied by McColman,
-Mt a clothing store Dudley, as a dry goods
r«tore, and Clark fc O'Donnell, as a bakery.
Xoss about $10,000. The stocks in Carpenter'*.
4fug store and Wren's dry goods store were
•considerably damaged by water.
Mono blame, of Big Grove, WM fltftUy
kicked by a horse not long ago.
Jn a recent Sunday afternoon saloon row
at Iowa City one Felix Hughes was stabbed
with bownie-knives by a couple of roughs
*The victim received seven sUbs,one entering
(ieorge Welch has been arrested at Iowa
City upon the charge of negotiating a bogus
note with the Savings Bank.
The aged mother of Col. Carskaddon fell
-down the stairs of the Baptist Church at
Marion, recently, and was »o badly Injured
that death ensued in a few hours.
The other afternoon at Cedar Rapids a
young man named Engene Watson, who was
stealing a ride, fell from the top of the cars
on the Northwestern Railroad bridge and
was instantly killed, his body being severed
at the hips.
\V Kuapp, of Earhritte, while trying to
••li'tut uciirlibor's eat the other d*y shot a
A foundling was left on the doorstep of a
prominent citizen of Oskaloosa a few days
ilnce by a stranger in the city, supposed to
be from Minnesota. It wae adopted bjT a
-Childless husband and wife.
Henry Bailey,of Clarinda, tiring of his wife,
wlfft her inn eruinonlously and going over into
Indian i married a woman he thought WWld
tot' more agreeable to him.
On the .Sid a disastrous Are was reported in
progress at Lemara.
The proprietor of a saw-mill at Valley June,
tion fell against a saw, the other day, and
Jltid hi« left arm taken off. He took out the
'Cfvcred limb, placed it carefully on a shelf,
4Uid walked a quarter of a mile grasping the
Mfeturap with the other hand to stop the bleed
ing. It was a case of unadulterated grit.
The MitcUellviUe Szm, edited and pub
lished by Mr. George W. Wilkinson, has sus
The wife of John Allen, an Ea«t De* Moines
barber, recently attempted suicide by taking
a large dose of chloroform. Jealousy is re
JSirted ai» the cause.
Dr. P. J. McMahon, a leading physician
of Council Bluffs, died recently at the ugc of
•Ohty-three. While amputating a patient's
hand four years ago, mortification having set
•la, he wa* so unfortunate as to absorb some
of the virus, and from this he never recov
ered. but slowly and rarely succumbed to the
A fellow in Sac City kicked his lister out
Jh|s door the other day.
Joseph Hmith, of Davenport, was walking
along a public street the other day with a
pistol in his pocket. All at oncc the weapon
•escploded, and the ball entered his leg, where
laet accounts it was quietly reposing,
'Vigorous probing having failed to reveal its
Boyer. a young man employed in
*Sthult & Wal insurance efllce at Daven
port, was recc tly sent to the bank with a
Check for #475 and since then Cyrus cannot
Jbc found. It t.rnsout, by letters found In
fels valise, that he Is one of a gang of young
tticvca with Chicago for headquarters.
A man name.I William Bowen, living near
Ottumwa, drove his horses into a hole in the
fiver where ice had been taken out, the other
evening, and before assistance arrived was
«tvept under the Ice by the current and
The Ottumwa foundry, Duchworth & Har
per, proprietors, was burned a few mornings
^jo. The tire originated in the molding de
jp.rtmeiit and before the engine could render
_3liy assistance the entire building was
^Trapped lu flumes. The boiler manufactory
*0f Peter Hirschaner, adjoining, was also con
^tOUicd. The loss of the foundry is estimated
'.at a'25.000. The boiler manufactory loses
lately, Jltu Field, a notorious counterfeiter,
arrested at Ottumwa hy the United States
LMarihal, who started at once for Keokuk with
Ihlm. After the train left Croton, and while
ft was running at the rate of twenty miles an
Jvur, Field asked permission to go to the
Uater-eloset, which was granted. The offl
/0nr suspected his motive, and went out on
tJhc platform to watch him. Presently Field
rsiM-d the window iUJ*i }u»f*r4 tMit» UV.ing
upon his hc&d tml ftoifdsn. The dOof
Immediately followtsd, akwagvM# the
prisoner. Both m'W o**r Sor thrw
Umes, but the oOr*r th# trtf to reffmin
his feel, sad iliac th* priKHwr
thro«t heiti him ih^re uiUI the Irsin
stop|»ed ar.d backed up. wfen hr was iftln
placed on U*rvt. Both the offlivr and the
prisoner were injuncd to »uue oxtrnU
Kl«reo brick block* are already cootra^ed
for in the ruildlng season at Ottumwa.
ltva PostUl ChUf«
Tl e following wae the only change in 1
poet*! ttfiairs in Iowa during the week
engine March 18:
The yooag noldicr baring aaid ten
well to the tearful group ia the doorway
of his father's
walked with a firm
and elastic tread to the station where he
wa» to take the southward-bound train
and speed to the battle-field.
And he, you will naturally infer, is
our hero: but lest there should be any
mistake upon this point, I hasten to in
form you that though lie was and is i
hero, "he is not the hero of this tale.
That is our hero trotting along by his
side—only a dog, but with a- faithful a
heart in bis bosom as any soldier who
enlisted at his country's call while, for
singleness of jur|o.se, the dog might
take precedence of all. For him there
was no thought of fame, adventure or
compensation: his one motive was devo
tion to his master.
I do not know to what breed lie be
longed, nor does it matter. On hie own
merits let him stand or fall, and not on
those of his ancestor?. In size he was
medium that is, he would have been
small for a Newfoundland, and large for
a poodle. His skin was variegated, or,
as I should say, were I describing a piece
of calico or miru**tliru dt laine, it had a
white ground with polkasnots. His face
bore the imprint of honesty and good
nature, and his eye looked into yours
with a dauntlessness which gave assur
ance that he had never been caught rob
bing your larder or worrying your cat.
The young man's name was Karl Beck
the name of the dog was Trump. As
Karl stepped on board the cars he was
greeted by half a dozen young men of
his own age, all in the army blue, and
all as merry and smiling as if they were
about to set out on a Fourth of July ex
cursion, instead of going forth to hard
ship, danger, and perhaps death.
"Hollo, a new recruit!" cried one,
gayly, with a mock military salute to
You ought to have shut him up!" said
another. I don't believe you can send
"He isn't going back," said Karl,
What! you're not going to take him
Just that," said Karl.
Do you expect Uncle Sam will find
He can share mine, and forage for
the rest," said Karl.
iSuppose we adopt him as child of the
"Agreed," chimed in all and Trump's
position being thus satisfactorily settled
it was never afterward questioned. In
deed, during the three months of camp
life which followed, he helped to beguil*
many a tedious hour for the young vol.
unteers, and fared sumptuously every
day, with very little expense to the Gov*
He made no intimacies with the strange
dogs who hovered about the outskirts of
the camp, nor did he drive them away
so long as they kept to their own limitsj
but if one ventured to put his head in.
side the barracks he forced him to ft
hasty and ignominious retieat. And
this was the rule he adopted with all
trainos and hangers-on whatever.
At first the Captain of Karl's company
objected to Trump's appearance at drill,
and ordered him confined in his quarter*
on pain of death, but accidentally disp
covering one day that he could go
through all the exercises quite as well as
his young master could he counter
manded the cruel order, and henceforth
Trump marched forth at the beat of
drum with all the steadiness and sobriety
of a veteran soldier.
But, the time came when the idle mo
notony of camp life was to be exchanged
for actual combat. The summons had
come—"To the front
The last thing Karl did before he
marched away was to commit Trump to
the care of a farmer who lived near the
Be kind to him. I shall pay for him
when I come back or, if I never come,
think father will send for him." And
Karl turned quickly away, lest the man
should see the tear in his eye and mis
take the cause.
It was the night after the battle.
Faint and wounded, with only the dead
around him, Karl lay upon the ground,
his life-blood ebbing'slowiy away. Just
so he had been lying since* four o'clock
in the afternoon, when he fell unnoticed,
like a single leaf that falls in the forest
Then he was in the midst of the din of
battle, but it had gradually retreated,
and now he heard no sound but the sigh
ing of the wind and the cry of the night
"They're all asleep at home, little
dreaming where I am,' so his thoughts
ran "they'll read it all to-morrow.
Karl Beck, missing.' No, not that. I
hope Homebody will find me, and let
them know 1 died honorably.
Hark! a footstep! Can it be that
help is coming, or ia it some poor fellow,
wounded like myself, trying to crawl
away from this dreadful place?
Comrade, are you there?"
His voice was weak and faltering, but
it elicited a most unexpected response.
It was the bark of a dog, and it sent a
thrill through Karl's frame.
"Trump! Trump!" lie called, anxiously,
raising himself on his elbow, but falling
back exhausted with the eftort.
Again that short, familiar bark, and
the faithful Trump came bounding over
wreck and carnage to his master's side.
After a few moments spent in mutual
caresses Trump bounded away as quick
ly as ho had come, leaving his master
more desolate than before.
"Oh, Trump! Trump! have you left
me to die alone?" lie murmured.
No, Trump has done nothing of the
kind, as was evident when he returned
shortly, accompanied by several mem
bers of the Sanitary Commission, who
were doing their good works in another
part of the field and who had sense
enough to comprehend and give heed to
the dog's appeal for help.
They lifted Kuil gently to a litter and
bore him to the rude hoepital improvlied
for the occasion.
Hi* wound is not dangerous, but he
would have bled to death before morning
if you h*d not found him," said the sur
And Karl knew that he was indebted
!*Trump for hi* life.
No sooner was Karl discharged from
the hospital than his reeiu«»Tt was again
ordt-red io the front. Determined tuat
the triend to whom ho owed so much
should nol be left toeuffer in his absence
be committed him to the care of a man
who wa# going North, with directions for
forwarding him to his father's house.
Six months afterward he was again
wounded at the battle of Coal Harbor and
brought up to Washington in the Sally
Baker. As there were not sufficient am
bulances to carry all the wounded to the
hospitals at once a large number were
laid «»n the pavement, wrapped in their
army blankets among them Karl.
At the precise moment when he was
taken from the boat a teamster was pass
ing along with his cart, followed by a
black and white dog, and no sooner was
Karl safely deposited on the sidewalk
than the dog sprang upon him, fawninc.
licking his face, and making ev«ry
demonstration of tenderness known to
The teamster whistled, but the dog
took no more notice of it than if it had
been the wind that whistled, so he
stopped his horses and came to the side
What are you doing with my dog?"
asked be, roughly.
I rather think he's my dog," said Karl.
I tell you he's mine I bought him
and paid for him," said the teamster.
ery well. sir. You can take him,
then," said Karl.
But all the coaxing, blandishments and
commands of the teamster availed noth
ing with Trump, and if dragged away a
few yards he would dart back to Karl's
"It's plain enough you owned him
once," said the teamster, but that don't
prove you own him now." And Karl,
too feeble to argue the matter or offer
any resistance, saw poor Trump tied to
the cart and led away, all the time look
ing back at him with a pleading expres
sion which cut him to the heart. He
believed that he had now, indeed, taken
his last farewell of his old friend but
what was his surprise on opening his
eyes one morning, after days and nights
of pain and delirium, to see Trump
sitting at his bedside.
I reckon he belongs to yousaid
Corporal Ooldthwaite, then acting as
Yes," said Karl, laying his hand on
the dog's head.
Where did you get
He came here himself. He was
driven away a number of times,but he per
sisted in coining back, and we concluded
he belonged to some poor fellow inside
so I took him through the wards, and
when he got to your bed he
himself there, and he hasn't been away
From that time until Karl was honor
able discharged Trump was allowed to
make the hospital his headquarters, and
then accompanied his master home to
live in peaceful retirement and to rest
on his laurels.
Now don't you agree with me that
Trump was a hero?—Ruth Chesterfield, in
A BITTER THOVGBT.
Mr mon went awt wi'out a kiss—
We quarreled bad the mom—
Ay, sure enow, aw wer' too bad
Aw've got a awfu' will
But cum—aw'll muk' It up wP t* lad
When a' cuius in fro't' mllL
Aw'll put putatys on ta Are,
An' bake ta bit o' meat,
An' when a' cums in from ta mill
Aw'll speak to un reight sweet.
Them awfu' mills—aw'm uiuoast 'frald
O' summat for my mon
Tlier's alias plenty gettin' hurt,
An' my laa moight be one.
Who's that a-knocking? Dang the latch—
OGod!—that aw wer' born—
lyiri' ther' all white an1 rttiff:
WE qi'AKKBLEU HAD THB MOKS!
How to Clean Table Lamps.
the shade carelully before you
soil your hands with the oil. Provide a
bottle of warm water (a little above
blood heat) and in this first wash the
glass chimney, then pour the oil from
the fountain and remove any sediment
from about the brass-work screw up
the wick and if it is not long enough for
the time it may probably be required to
burn replace with a fresh one by means
of the stick. Having washed all the
brass-work, wipe the parts carefully,
screw everything in its former position,
and take care in replacing the wick that
the small notch at the side of the brass
enters the groove which is sunk to re
ceive it turn it up and down once or
twice to make sure that it works freely
then prime it (that is, singe the top), re
place the fountain (filled wilh oil), chim
ney and shade the lamp ia now ready
Purchase the best oil, as the inferior
qualities emit an offensive smell and pro
duce so much sediment that the delicate
works of the lamp are quickly clogged
and the current of air impeded, which
causes it to burn dimly.
Occasionally it is necessary to wash
the shade, which should be done in clean,
lukewarm water, with the admixture of
a little soda, which removes all the stains
and does not injure the appearance ot'
the ground glass. The glasB chimneys
will sometimes crack with the heat, par
ticularly in frosty weather. This may
be prevented by scoring a small notch
in the glass at top and bottom.—Rural
—Apple Pie.—Pare and quarter enough
tart apples to lay loosely in the prepared
paste the quarters should not touch ono
another. Fill the paste two thirds full
of thin, sweet cream, then sprinkle over
one spoonful of flour butter as large as
a walnut, cut in bits. Sugar (if a com
mon pie tin is used), two-thirds teacup
ful. Orate nutmeg over the whole, as no
other flavoring gives the peculiarly ex
cellent taste. Bake slow if a brown
crust forms over the top before the ap
ples cook, stir it under with a knife. If
it is no* pronounced splendid the fault
will be with the apples or not following
—They take a census in Rhode Island
as they take a contested vote in the town
meeting—the neople Btand up until they
can be counted.—Berkshire Courier.
Incidents and Accidents.
—In the family of Charles Cornell, of
??ew York city," six children out of a
family of eight recently died of malig
—.James McCullogli committed suicide
in New York the other day by iumping
into an immense cog-wheel. His body
was cut into an hundred small pieces.
—A crazy man in Bridgeport, Conn.,
a few days since, wandering through, a
cemetery, saw an open box beside a new
made grave, awaiting the arrival of the
corpse. He quietly lowred the box and
had the dirt all in before the
—While Mr. Alden Morse, of Philips
burg, Me., was at work with a circular
saw in his mill, recently, and in the act
of reaching forward to clear a slab, it
flew with great force, striking him in
the forehead, fracturing his skull and
tearing his face in a terrible manner.
—A singular rite of superstition was
recently conducted at Newport, R. I.
The relatives of a person who had died
of consumption, and who believed that
cremation of the intestines of the de
ceased would prevent the disease from
attacking the survivors, exhumed the
body and burned those parts, but an
other member ot the family haa since
died of the disease.
—Ouite an interesting suit was tried
at Ware, Mass., lately, between two
prominent business men of the town. It
seems there had been a little dispute be
tween them relating to money matters,
which ended in the one calling the other
by the not very dignified name of a
"hog." whereat he was so much dis
pleased that he sued him for $10. The
Judge decided that the defendant had
injured the plaintiff's character to the ex
tent of $0.
—At Bethel, Vt., a few days since,
Duane Wood, twenty-one years of age,
committed suicide in his father's wood
shed by shooting himself with a pistol.
The deed was committed very deliber
ately. One shot entering the bowels,
and not proving immediately fatal, the
young man reloaded the pistol and shot
himself the second time, the ball enter
ing near the heart and killing him in
As sure as ye' be born."
An' so wo quarreled bad, for he
Wer' reight, an' aw wer' wrong
Only a month a's wedded me.
But fioou fuuu' awt iny tongue.
—At Zinwald, in Germany, a widow of
108 has just married a man of sixty. One
of the bride's children, aged eighty, was
present at the wedding.
—Lady Burdett Coutts wants a society
for the prevention of cruclty to hum
ming-birds. From personal knowledge
she certifies that one 1'arisian milliner
uses 40,000 of these birds every season,
and reasonably predicts that, slaughtered
at this rate, they will soon be extinct.
—The London correspondent of the
Boston Athertixer says that the report is
well founded that the French Prince Im
perial is to marry the youngest daughter
of Queen Victoria and that in conse
quence of this arrangement the Queen
has indorsed the last loan put in circula
tion in England by the Empress Eu
—A New York paper tells a story on a
connoisseur among our cousins over the
water. An English picture collector
bought an enormously valuable "old
master" on the Continent, and in order to
get it into England under light duty had
daub" painted over the old
master. When they washed off the daub
the old master went with it and left be
hind a portrait of George III. eo it
wasn't a very old master.
—Funeral rites and ceremonies in
China are quite Chinese. Custom and
law require, on the point of burying, silk
garments to be burned as well as pieces
of money to be destroyed for the needs
which the defunct are supposed to have
in the ghost-land. At the interment of
the late Emperor these ceremonies were
carried out on a larga scale, seeing that
an Emperor has more need of money
than anybody else, for dinners, ballB,
servants, carriages, etc.
—The origin of the Ayrshire breed of
cows is not uninteresting. A poor farm
er in Scotland in 1750, finding it almost
impossible to subsist, took great pains to
have his children drive his cow where
she could eat the richest and thickest
grass, to house her in winter and feed
her with carefully-lioused hay—in fine
took unheard-of care of his cow. The
grateful animal rewarded her owner
with a fine calf and an unusual abun
dance of milk, and thus the celebrated
breed of Ayrshire cows was produced,
though it was not till the first of the
present century that it was brought to
—A correspondent of a Ceylon news-
taper says that large apes are now regu
employed in the Straits settlements
to pull cocoanuts. These monkeys are
imported from Acheen in batches, like
coolies, and are marched round the plan
tations by their owners, who let them out
on hire. A line is first attached to each
ot these peculiar laborers, and he is then
sent up a tree, w here he is said to select
suitable fruit with great discrimination,
and to twist the nut round and round
until it falls to the ground. Each suc
cessive fall of a nut is hailed by the
hairy operator above with a jump and a
chuckle of satisfaction.
—A practical joke was played on the
critic of one of the Paris papers at the
last performance of
Orpliee aux Eufers"
at the Gaiete. Mdlle. Angele, who acted
the part of Venus, took offense at some
remarks made by the unfortunate scribe
and vowed revenge. The critic, who
occupied a stall, did not for a moment
anticipate the vengeance of Venus, who
at the end of the first act, when the
electric light is turned on the inhabitants
of Olympus, who are about to visit the
terrestial globe, adroitly reflected the
powerful rays of light into the very eyes
of the journalist by means of the steel
mirror she holds in her hand. The gods
and goddesses on the stage were con
vulsed with laughter when they saw him
trying to evade the blinding rays of light,
shielding his eyes with his hand and
hiding behind the seat in front of him.
Religious and Educational.
—Tennessee has a scholastic popula
tion of 420/3*4. Number of pupila en
rolled in 1874, 258,577. Number of
teachers employed, 5 551.
—One of the Baptist papers states
that 20,000 of the members of Baptist
churches have adopted liberal or open
communion ground within the last year.
—It is said that in the State of Dela
ware, in 1804,4,000 persons were added
to the Methodist Church. During the
last conference year 2,800 converts were
—The oldest Episcopal minister in
grooklyn is Rev. Dr. Deller. He has
officiated in that city nearly fortv vears
and is the present rector of St. iUuke's,
—Mr. George H. Stuart, of Philadel
phia, estimates the number of conver
sions in Great Britain through the in
strumentality of Messrs. Moody and
Sankey, of Chicago, at 25,000 or 30,000.
—In South Carolina 45,774 white and
58,964 black children attend school—not
quite one-half of those who ought to be
now acquiring a rudimentary education.
Gov. Chamberlain complains that the
educational appropriations are in
—W.W. Corcoran, of Washington, D.
C., has assumed the payment of one
half of the aggregate cost of Ascension
Church (Episcopal), in that city, includ
ing the lot on which it stands. His con
tribution will amount to about $77,000.
The edifice is of white marble, and when
completed will seat over 1,500 people.
Univerealist Register" for 1875
shows 674 ministers—an increase of 17
622 churches—an increase of 16 30,903
church members—3,104 more than In
1874 647 Sunday-schools—a decrease of
14 and 57,738 Sunday-school scholars—
an increase of several thousand. The
amount of church property is about
—The Baptist Committee, in their ad
dress to the denomination concerning
the Centennial, say that sect has grown
from 25,000 in 1776 to nearly 1,750,000
communicants, with 13,000 houses of
worship and sittings in them for 4,000,000.
Tliey were then poor, had only a lew
horseback missionaries, one weaR col
lege now they have money enough, mis
sions all over the world, and thirty col
leges, besides numerous academies, and
six theological seminaries.
Personal and Literary.
—Herbert Spencer assails the theory
that married life is most favorable to
—In a recent accident on the Pan
Handle route John G. Saxe, the poet,
nearly lost his life.
—The first child born in this country
of Japanese parents is the daughter of
the Japanese Minister at Washington.
—It was the prose of the counting
room and not the poetry of
—We must be very near specie pay
ments and a hard money policy. Money
is-very hard, anyhow—to get.
—It is not generally known that the
butter crop of the United States is now
greater in value than the wheat crop.
Yet such is the fact.
—The Courier-Journal thinks that every
man who carries a cane under his arm
to put people's eyes out with should be
ynched without warning.
—Thre-i newsboys played hanging at
Williamsport, Pa. The one that enacted
the role of the condemned murderer was
cut down just in time to save his life and
give his parents more trouble.
—The Sheriff at Kershaw, N. C., has
levied on a monkey to satisfy a debt.
This was a good-enough case of natural
selection, he doubtless thinks, to result
in the origin of specie for the judgment.
—A youngster, while warming his
hands over the kitchen fire, was remon
strated with by his father, who said,
Go 'way from the stove the weather is
not cold." The little fellow, looking up
at his stern parent demurely, replied:
move grease and stains from clothing is
said to be made as follows: Two pounds
of good castile soap half a pound1 of
carbonate of potash, dissolved in half &
pint of hot water. Cut the soap in thin
slices boil the soap with the potash un
til it is thick enough to mold in cakes
add alcohol, half an ounce camphor'
half an ounce hartshorn, half an ounce
color with half an ounce of pulverized
—Somebody with nothing better to do
has sent a letter to the Postofflce in Chi
cago with all this address:
In that alluring gathering-place, Chicago, »tit
Famec? for mighty conflagrations, divorces ta
in ultp. and the rint,
Dwell? the hero of thi* pother, Alfred Speneer
known by name,
geant, willl live?"
so," was the answer.
topsis" which made Bryant wealthy.
—Mrs. Gen. Hawley says that Mrs.
President Grant ia going blind and can
not see to write even to one of her own
—The St. Louis Glole thinks that the
much-heralded Danburian does not
amount to much, except as a specimen of
cheek and bad printing.
—The New York World States that the
Khedive's diamonds given to Gen. Sher
man's daughter are off color for the most
part, and are worth $50,000 or less.
—Mrs. Fawcett, wife of the blind mem
ber of Parliament, Prof. Fawcett, and
Tales in Political Economy,"
is about to make her first appearance as
—The will of a Benjamin F. Beekman,
of New York, gives his widow the inter
est on $10,000 while she is such widow
and gives her the principal should r.he
—When Brigham Young was in jail
the other day for contempt of court
there were five of his wives weeping at
each window of that institution, and
twelve at the door.
—There is said to be such an increase
of the disgusting habit of snuff-dipping
among the factory operatives of New
England that snufi factories are increas
ing with the demand.
—A marble statue of George D. Pren
tice is to be placed over the doorway of
the Louisville Courier-Journal office. It
is now under the chisel, will be eight feet
high and will cost $10,000.
—Eli C'rozier, an ancient citizen of Dela
ware, swore thirty-one years ago to wear
the hat he then wore until Henry Clay
should sit in the Presidental chair. The
venerable beaver still crowns his wrinkled
—The Boston Traveller says: "Two
bones of Robert Bruce were lately sold
for twenty-five dollars. Any other man
who should sell such bonep, instead of
assigning them reverently to earth,
ought to be kicked but the Scotchman
who could part with them for money
should himself be ground into bone-dust."
—He is neat, natty and ninety-three
drives through a drenching winter storm
to Syracuse, N. Y., to transact business
pertaining to a farm of 200 acres, which
lie runs himself, and when on a visit to
his native town in Massachusetts, after
sixty-five years' absence, is waited upon
by a committee who wished to be in
formed accurately upon some historical
matters relating to the place.
—The husband of Christine Nilsson
says that one of the most painful phases
of his wife's ailment is insomnia. Poor
Caudle used to say just the same thing
in reference to Mrs. C.'s trouble, and in
numerable husbands of our own acquaint
ance declare insomnia to be the very
worst malady to which wives are sub
ject. It is a remarkable fact, too, that
when wives are inflicted with insomnia
husbands are sleepless from sympathy.—
ain't heating' the weather I'm warmin'
--The whole number of students attend
ing Michigan University is 1,191. The
university Hibrary contains at present
22,500 volumes and over 7,000 pamphlets.
The libraries accessible to the students
amount in the aggregate to over 31,000
volumes. There are present in the uni
versity, exclusive of the President,
twenty-flve professors, one adjunct pro
fessor, seven assistant professors, nine
instructors, and a special lecturer. There
are sixty-nine ladies in the literary de
partment, forty-eiiiht in the medical and
three in the law department.
—A gehuine erasive soap that will
With K. between to make complete. Pootmaater
take me to ihe fame
Let me teil you (Tm not joking) how to know the
By a d&rk-Htained muerwehaum, smokintr—bv
hutre. old-headi stick.
By the Kent of "Frisco" honey, which dotherer
'round him hang—
By a piuk hat. tall and chlny—by—but 'ixragh
said, git, g'lang!!!
—Never have the American bee-keep
ers been able to supply the market with
pure honey. But the honey-dealers
have sometimes found the means of fill,
ing all the wants and their pockets at
the same time. Here is the recipe: Take
one gallon of honey and seven gallons of
sugar syrup, mix well and it is doae.
Some put the mixture in glass jars with
a few bits of comb. Some use
a kind of syrup made in France with po
tatoes and sold in Chicago for four or
five cents per pound. A New York
honey-dealer has disclosed the whole
matter to the editor of the Bee-Keep*»'
—Saturday morning at one o'clock the
police found a horse and cutter coming
in from the country on the Pontiac road,
with the driver so nearly frozen that he
was lopped over on the seat and uncon
scious. He was taken to the station and
they thawed him out after an hour or so.
When he could speak he a*ked:
yes, I guess
Well, I'm sorry,"
museu the young man.
die, so that they could put on my tomb
Here lies one who was fool
enough to ride twenty-six miles to spark
a red-headed girl.'—Detroit Press.
—A gentleman who rode his own horse
in the course of an Eastern tour asked
his Arab attendant if he was quite sure
she always got her allowance.
my countrymen often
steal from one another and rob their
friends' horses, but I can always find out
if vour mare has been cheated."
put some pebbles in with the
barley—seven or eight—and count ex
actly how many I put in. The mare
never eats the pebbles, and if anyone
steals the barley he is sure to take two
or three pebbles with it. If I find the
pebbles short in the morning I have hard
words, and they cannot tell how I kaow,
so they give up cheating her."
—Mary E. Aborns was advertised by
her husband in San Jose, Cal as having
left her bed and board wiihout just
cause, and so forth. Mrs. Aborns re
torted in a card, in which she said that
she had been married ten years, and in
that time had cooked about 10,000 meals,
spent 15,000 hours over a hot stove,
borne six children, milked cows over
10,000 times, and performed other bouse
hold duties in proportion. She adds:
have drawn the picture very mildly. I
have made allowances for my sickness,
when 1 have had help, something after
the way that a farmer would hire a
horse if his own was sick and unable to
work. 1 had nothing when i went
there, and nothing at the end of those
ten years of servitude."
—A man in San Francisco entered a
police station in a state of intense ex
citement and told the Captain that he
wanted to prefer a charge against his
We both wanted to go to
heaven," he said,
and we knew we
couldn't get there if we committed sui
cide. We talked the matter over a good
deal and finally we agreed to kill each
other. The plan was for each to have a
sharp razor ready at the other's throat,
and at a sitrnal cut as hard and deep as
we could. We got all ready, with the
razors at our throats, and I gave the
word. I cut his throat all right, but he
failed to do as he agreed and here I am
alive. I want to make a regular charge
of false pretenses against him so he
can't get into heaven." The Captain
locked up the maniac, for such he was,
and went to the room described by him.
There he found that a man had been
murdered by having his throat cut while
asleep in bed. The lunatic hud invented
the rest of the story, and while undef an
hallucination had committed the deed.
jypieasant Railway Companion.
Titffy Hooper writes from Paris to the
ardent souis who admire European rail
way carriages, wilh their side doors,
separate compartments and solid parti
tions, would study and reflect over the
various and serious disadvantages which
are connected therewith. It is no Joke
for a timicr person traveling alone to be
shut up in a compartment with some
sturdy, sullen-looking desperado—it is
neither pleasant nor safe, the recent ex
pedience of a French gentleman and lady,
owe M.de Bouchony and his.sister-in-law,
abundantly testify. They were journey
ing from Tarascon to Marseilles, and
found themselves in the same car with an
unpleasant-looking individual, who
shortly after the train started turned
toward the young lady, and drawing a
small bottle from his pocket, cried:
Since you are the Virgin Mary, drink
thisi' The poor girl recoiled from him in
terror, but he snatched from her neck a
sleqder gold chain which she wore, and
flinging it, together with the bottle, out
of the window, he next turned his atten
tion to the gentleman, who had hastened
to the assistance of his sister-in-law. A
terrible struggle ensued, during which
the young lady contrived to get the doer
open and to creep along the foot-board
to the next compartment, shrieking for
the guard as she went. Her cries at
last attracted attention, and the train was
stopped barely in time to save the life of
M. de Bouchony, who lay half-strangled
and senseless in the bottom of the car,
while the would-be assassin had taken
possession of his watch and money. As
soon as the train came to a stand still he
leaped out and attempted to escape, but
was captured by the guard. M. de
Bouchony, who was not seriously in
jured, is recovering. The criminal, since
bis incarceration in jail, has not ceased
to feign madness, and he talks incessant
ly about the Virgin Mary. Mad or sane,
he was certainly a delightful creature to
be locked in with for a long journey. As
he did not fail to secure the money and
valuables of his victim, there seems to be
rather too much method in his madness
for it to be wholly genuine, and such I
believe has b&n litot view tmkm it hy
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