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THE SPRINGDALE NEWS.
JMO. P. STAFFORD, Falitor. SPRINGDALE. - ARKANSAS. 0 ONLY. Only a wounded bird, A golden robin, dying on the grass. No matter that his song for aye is stilled. The wild sweet litful melody that tilled The summer woodland: and ecstatic thrilled With all rub cadences the ear that heard. Only a bird: Who mourns it as wo puss?, Only a withered rose. Plucked at half-blow and dying in the heat. What matter for its lightly-cherished bloom. What matter for its idly breathed perfume, Or that, if you had spared, it-, happier doom Had been to dance in every wind that blows? Only a rose, despoiled of every sweet. Only a coflln small. A dead child with white roses oa its breast. What matter that some heart is wrung with pain. Some balded love hath fought with Death in vain That slow tears fall, a salt and bitter rain That never leaf nor flower to lile may call! Only a child, gone from its play to rest. Only! Ah, well-a-day. A word, a sound, a waft of fragrant breath, Hut life goes fleetly in its narrow bound. And hearts break sometimes to its simple sound. The world is good and green and fair and round, Hut what is this, the wi dest wise men say? We only dare to live in hope of death. —.V. ('. U'illiam*, <n Detroit Fr e Pr ss. F AWRENCE LOVEJOY. A. Romance of English Lifo During the Froo-Trado Movement. BY FRANK J. MARTIN AND \V. H. S. ATKINSON, AUTHORS OF “THE MII.I.S OK COD” AND OrU Kit Stories. [Cop'jr r/’i/' 7. i‘<37. h>j Frank J. Martin, and now first j ’Mi-/.,./ h>j ■ rrlas:", arrangement with tlu authors,} ■i CHAPTER 1. NoirrinioRortin. >U may fiml a hun dred and one such towns in old En gland: every shin; cun boast of from two to two dozen of them. A stranger visit mg one of these places six days out of the seven won ders what kind of people live there— whether they ever work and transact business, or whether they pass all their time in deep sleep — and racks his brain with speculations as to how they con trive to make a living, business is ap parent!v at a standstill. The streets are empty and the inns are deserted; no life is in the market-place, utnl lot a soul is seen in the shops or banks, while two or three gray old churches appear to be as cold and (b ad iis the luoidcinng bodies buried years before in the graveyards which surround them. Then, again, if the same stranger should happen to visit that veritable town on the seventh day, the day set apart for the weekly market, his wonder would tie1 rather be that so many people and vehicles •of a'. descriptions could possibly be gathered together in so meiiest a country town. Yet dear old places, tinder any and all circumstances, they are to those who live in them and know them well; and N .' hboreueh, in the grand and glorious sum- <1 York, is a fair sample of them a T o many of us, in these nineteenth century days, arc natives of huge towns of modern br.cks and mortar. We are born at si-me "oyi-ry day" sort of bouse in an I i: ip. rest mg stri t; bv the time we go to school we are living in another house on a street equally as dull and monotonous as the previous one: we are married from a third h o -e of the same character, ami by tl;o time wi come to die ^liall have pivi.ably i v >! in more of these houses t hati we could count on i l.o lingers of both hands. What memories can men ami women have of the surroundings of their earlier life whose existen -e has been divided into such mo notonous sections! Few and poor, indeed, as compared with those of folk who lived until 1 hey married, or perchance all their days in an old home in some country hamlet, or su.'h a town as Northborough. Northb. rough was celebrated for nothing l) g. i.d North country ale. It was not a cathedral city ; it was not a Country town, and yet there were few indeed of its inhab itants. young or old. but felt a personal in terest in all its belongings and took a par donable pride in all that concerned its welfare. To them its spacious and uneven market-place, with the old church of St. Michael's sot quaintly i.i the center, was the heart ef the wide World. The dull, solid-looking stone build ing, with the heavy doors set otT by a brass plate bearing the single word "bank," was to them a veritable symbol of wealth and pr. .-.peril v. with a meaning far deeper t ban the names of Hot hschild or Vanderbilt could have conveyed. They could purchase at the unostenta t us shops in the High (late (no streets in Northborough) and Low (late ail the neees s'lries and most of the luxuries of life, and if they ever gave a thought of such places .rd si root. or Regent street, it was only to regard them us entirely superfluous a:. I unnecessary. Northborough was “our’’ town and "we" were Northborough. The qua.i.' country town and its inhabitants wore inseparable in the minds of the latter. At . t.g t l.e boasts i t the worthy North burghers was that, of the hotels and inns. II • d. substantial, ancient anil comfortable I. ■deifies, with the very best rd' accommo dation f.ir “man and beast.” None of your i. lorn lire--t raps built cheaply to aecommo d.d • h .ndreds of guest.-., nor yet your mod el-!' ain-paiace or uncleanly “dram-shop”— but vein ruble and prosperous institutions c t ducted in a highly respectable and ‘•Yorkshire" style by landlords of enviable repntatit n throu; in ut the ridings as cater ers to one's interiiai and external comfort. There ivas tl e "Talbot." a mu-sive stone hu. Lag f i:;.j«t»n. , op. .. ai.ee, patron ized bv Loril Fit;; poppin, tho member for the borough, ami all the nobility ami gentry of the neighborhood. A few yards lower down tho High Gate was the hospitable ‘•George,” a less pretentious but much more snug house of rest and refreshment. The ••George” attracted all the commer cial gentlemen who periodically visited the town, who, if they had to stay* away from home over Sunday and found themselves within fifty miles of Morthborough, usually made for the •■George,” where they could rely upon being comfortable and happy— that is. if well-aired and well-made feather beds and overwhelming dinners could bring about such a state of affairs. For the townspeople and well-to-do farm ers ol the neighborhood there was noplace for evening pipes and social chat like the *• Crown.” Not that it was one whit behind the ‘•George’’ in the quality of its dinners and beds,which were well pat ronized.bat tho old-fashioned cozy parlor was its specialty. The •■Crown'' Inn was a large, rambling house with extensive stabling at the rear, and presenting a gothic front on Low Gate. It introduced itself to the passer-by by means of a plain, swinging sign-board on which were the words in bright gold let ters, ■• The ('mini Inn, by Man/ Leader.” A visit to Mrs. Loader’s red-curtained and well-carpeted parlor, on any evening but Sunday, would introduce you to a fair sam ple of the North borough men. lint first let us get acquainted with the landlady.who is seated in her rocking chair at one corner of the parlor in charge of those fat.unct uous looking stone jugs and bottles, which raise visions of punch and all sorts of other good liquors calculated to warm the ‘•cockle” of one's heart. Mrs. Leader lias a kindly, pleasant face, which is not put on expressly for business purposes; it is always tho same, and a cheery word is ever on her lips. She is to be found every Sunday, with her three charming daughters, at the parish church of S;. Leonard’s, and, taking all things into consideration, there is small wonder that the ” Crown ” parlor cun boast of the most select evening company of any hotel in the town. The most fastidious lady would never hear a word to shock her propriety m the ‘•Crown” parlor, for, Mrs. Leader being herself -,iynttlcwnin n ia the true meaning of the word, her visitors, well knowing that fact, take care that no conversation is ear ned on which would lower them in her esti mation. and woe be to the unfortunate stranger who should drop into the "Crown” parlor and attempt to introduce a'subject in • strictly correct in language or morality. The regular patrons of this model land lady were some iifteen or twenty repre sentative men of the town and neighbor hood. There was Mr. llogerman, tho town clerk. Tlmre were t wo or three of the Messrs. Hustler, the wealthy brewers. Old Mr. Me Inson. the celebrated trainer of racehorses— from whose stables had gone forth more than one winner of the ‘•lllue Ribbon.” In ; addition t > these were most of the lead | ing tradesmen of the town, with two or three well-to-do farmers from the imme diate neighborhood. The vital sparks in j tnis social circle were two men,good friends, ! and yet forever taking opposite sides in an argument. They were Matthew Fldis, an out-and-out seventy-year old Yorkshire mail, a furrier by trade, and a great hurly-burly Scotchman. William Dimont by name. Dimont was fully ten years Kldis’ junior, weighed about two hundred pounds and was pretty well imbued with the idea of his own imiKU’tanee, while Kldis was a little wiry fellow, well met with every body. At the same time, the man who opened lire by way of argument on Matthew Kldis was soon ; silenced by his skillful repartee, and many a time had ]>imont in a wo til war with the furrier been defeated. CJIAl'TKIi II. Til K NnllTUllOUOl fiH THAOKDV. The snow was falling hcavdy. and every i thing out-doors was very cold and wintry * on one evontl'ul evening when the guests of the •■Crown" Hotel assembled as usual ■ in the snug and cozy parlor It was within two weeks of Christus. and the all ub-orbing quistion of the time was: Whether the famine in Ireland, together with the «] a re s in the man'll fact t: ring dis tricts of Kngiand, would not foivotho Gov ernment t' repesil the Corn laws The con versation was m< re than usually animated, ami Mat hew Hide, w; xecl wa y warm. No oiie kn w exact l\ win re the old man had 1 feme from originally. He had lived m North borough tor tweufv years, and folk said he was a West Hiding man. Diraont a!-o was a perfect stranger at Northbor I ough twenty years before, although it was ' impossible to iloubt his Scotch i rigm. They had both settled down quietly, and bad gradually come to be looked upon as part and parcel of Nort liborough. All knew lul ! dis fora red-hot Radical, and had heard him time and again denounce the Corn laws. To-night, Dimoiit, who was a "Peelite,” j taunted him with the remark that “Lord John Russell could not and Sir Robert 1'eel would not” .bob a the obnoxious corn laws. Then the old farmer tired up. and in lus unrestrained Yorkshire dialect, exclaimed: "Rimont. it is thou,and sikeasthou. as make wild beasts o'men and women. Ye have played with want j and starvation lang cnoit, but ye weant do | sue much lunger! Sliding scales or small ■ fixed duties wad hae done years agouc, but we lnun hae fn corn noo; and 1 tells thee, moil, we nun hae it suin', or spite o’ Sir Robert or Lord .John Russell or Mister toils den lessen, there’ll be sike a bloody reek'niu as Old Mngland lias never yet seen, and will take rare never to see agen ! I'm an old man, and hue seen noting and massacre brought aboot lor less than wi'holding bread and meat fine starving folk. 1'so been wranged mysen by t hose who are growing rich at the expense o’ warking men. and if the men o' Yorkshire ;vul Lancashire are driven to avenge themselves by means o’ lire and bloodshed, Mattie Kldis weant in terfere to stop them, but, by heaven, he'll Ije 1 here to help 1" The old man was terribly excited, and his | listeners wondered what bad led to the dis play of so much feebng. W hen lie had fin ished there was a stranger standing in the doorway, and tin* subject was dropped. Mm. Loader wcieuied the lew arrival, who was a young man dressed in the garb of a weli-to do farmer, with riding breeches, boot s and sp.i rs. lie explained t ii.it lie had ridden t !,at day from York and had been riding fur a week past, having set out from his home in fttagsinre, about two hundred miles distant. Arrangements having been made for bis accommodation he lit a pipe i and sat down with the company in the pur ler. lie found himself m xt to .Mr. Dimoiit, who exchanged a few t-omiL.onp.aee re i marks with him. “ Dill I understand you to say," inquired Diniont, ••that you were from IStagskiref” •• Yes,” replied the stranger. “Weil, that is rather strange. Fir.hcr, of the ‘Talbot,’ told me to-day that Lord Ogilvie, of Stagshire, is a guest at his house. 1 sr.piH.ise you know something of his lordship}” “Oh, yes, a little,” said the visitor; “as much as a man could know by riding to hounds with him now and again, and pay ing him rent twice a year. ,Still, 1 don't care to see his lordship very particularly.” During this short conversation Matthew Eklis pricked up his cars and murmured to himself: “ Lord Ogilive? Lord Ogili vet He must be a young man,” and then leaned back in his seat puffing hard at his pipe. These were t he last words the old fellow over spoke in the parlor where he had been so familiarly known for twenty years. “Our friend Fisher entertains quite a number of distinguished gut sts,” remarked Alfred Hustler. “Sir James Percival, of Midshire, has been at the ‘Talbot’for nearly a week past.” And now it was the stranger who was all attention, but his anxious look passed un noticed by tlie company and he said never a worth Eleven o'clock came and one by one tlie regular guests of the "Crown,” including Eklis, departed. It. was still snowing heav ily, hut the young Stagslnre farmer stud he woultl take a short walk before retiring. He bent bis steps along the deserted streets in the direction of the "Talbot ” Hotel, just to look at the place in which he was evi dently interested. " Villain,” ho muttered to himself, "years ago you insulted my sister and tired on me. I let you go then and you tried to get me hanged for my pains and stole away my sister. Now that 1 have at last found you, you shall tell me where | *hr is. or—His words were left unfinished, ; for at that moment two men came arm in arm along tHe* street from the direction of I Derwent House, where, as they were ia I evening dressy it is to be presumed they ' had been dining. The young farmer knew them both. One was a young man of twenty-two or twenty-three, to whom he said: “Hood evening, my lord!" The other lie tapped ujxm the shoulder, saying: “A word with you. Sir James, if you please.” “ Well, be quick, man,” was tiie reply. "This is mi night to stand out on the street talking. Who are you!” " 1 am George Foster, an honest man. You are Sir James Douglas Percival, a con summate scoundrel,” said the young tann er. "Asyourcmark.it C nasty weather, and we will therefore waste no time. 1 know the rascal 1 have to deal with, and f.in/ir you can answer the question 1 have to ask you. Tell me, where is my sister, Rachel Foster!” " You may or may not be George Foster. You may or may not have a sister; it makes not one morsel of difference to ine. I will not answer your quest inu, and will not say whether 1 can or no. I will toll you for the second time, if you urr George Foster, that you are a confounded fool—a low-life fool! I Stand aside!” "Coward, defend yourself! ” exclaimed Foster, at the same time slapping Percival m the fare. The men were pretty well matched both for size and strength. Pern vai, who was older and slightly heavier, at tempted to throw the younger man and pass him, but Foster was his match, and quickly regaining his feet, aimed one ter ritit- blow at Percival and struck him in the left temple, inflicting a deep wound, l’er eival staggered and fell, and George Foster, thinking he had merely "downed” Inin, returned to the "Crown.” On the instant that Percival fell to the ground a pistol-shot rang out through the wintry night, and the young Lord • igilvie fell a corpse outside the entrance to the "Talbot” Hotel. Five min utes after, old Matthew Eldis walked into the police-station with a recently-discharged pistol in lus hand Ho looked pale and hag gard. and Ins eyes, usually so bright and sparkling, were sunken and bloodshot. He walked rp to the officer in charge and hand ! ed over his pistol. “You will find him,” he said, "outside tho • Talbot.’ iii> father killed my first born son and my wife. He blasted my life, and this young aristocrat, his son, has com menced to tread in his father's footsteps by yv^Ao/z i am ui:on<;r. vy iioni>t man. persecuting my other boy. But I am avenged. lam avenged!” And, so saving, I the old fellow swooned away. Tin icxt morn #g Northborough was hor l'ilb d to hear of the double mr.rder in the High (fate, and most of the townspeople were distressed to hear that the murderer was the kind old man Eliiis. Every man who had been in the “Crown" parlor on the previous evening was ready to testify that he was greatly exeited over the wrongs of i the working elasses and was hardly aeeount ubie for his aetions, while Diniont declared tfia’ he would spend his last ponm1 in de j fending the old fellow. Mo one eonneeted the stranger at the ‘‘Crown" with the murder, while as for Foster himself, he was very reserved, and, by neither talking uor listening to any one, heard nothing of Matthew Eldis being in eusic sly lor double murder. He 'ii>l hmr that 1’eivi val was not dead yet, alt hough his ffe was despaired of. and knowing tuat lVrei vafs friends wouKl take good care of him, lit res lived to mane h s way to the vicinity of Fereivaltliorpe, where he would he sure to near of tho extent of the injuries he bad inllieted. We havt* started our story, la wever, al most at its close, and we must go back some years to trace the events which lead up to , what was known for a long time as the 1 jWjrtldjvI Viljh trCHJiMi/. ' CHARTER II!. “THE CEOrn NO bicoek than a man's hand.” Perhaps you have visited Woirdule, per haps not; most likely n>>(. If your father was an Knglishman and was a graduate or undergraduate of Fen borough University, and if he traveled be tween Fen borough and London before tho days of railroads, you may rely upon it hr knew Wcirdale well and tho ‘ Saracen’s Head” Hotel still better. It is of those old days I wish to write, when AVeirdale was basking in considerable prosperity under the stage coach regime. Wcirdule enjoys a most ancient and histori cal reputation. It is said to derive its name from the fact that when the Dunes sailed their war-ships up tho river Rye, which flows through the town, the Saxons built a great dam ©Vim'rand so stranded the vessels of tho enemy. From first to | ~-- -Tl I , Y.’IEI.PISG WITH MKinTV I'l.XTEUITY A IUOE <’AltVIVG-KMFI-:. lust Weirdale owed its prosperity to tho road, for an old writer has said that, a cer tain Earl “first laid the foundation of the greatness of this town, which from the very beginning eclipsed the town of St agbo rough i the county town); for he caused the iron chain which blocked up tho passages over the bridge into this town to be broken and the roads for carts and horses to be laid open; whereas before all traffic was prohibited this way. and only such persons allowed to pass as paid toll to the bailiff of Stagborough, who kept the key to tin* chain, l’.y this means Weirdale be came a great thoroughfare, and inns and houses began to lie erected for the reecp tion and entertainment of travelers, so that in a short time it became a populous town.” To call Weirdalo “ great ” or “populous’ now would lie absurd, and were it not for a certain huge bed preserved for many cent uries in the town, the fame of Wierdalt1 would probably have been confined to th( county of Stagshirc and the guards ano drivers who traveled with the coaches ovei the London and Fen borough road. How ever, m the year of grace eighteen hundrcc and thirty-one Weirdale was to the inhabit ants of the eastern part of tin* county o Stagshirc a place of considerable impor tanee, and once a week the streets lire sented such a lively appearance as is sel doin seen in these times, when all England no to speak, is a market town and all tin year round market day. Tim most at tractive resort for a non-resident of Weir dale for the past three hundred years 01 more has been, and still is. th:4 ancient am most respectable liostelrie, the “Saracen’* Head.” It was one bright day in August, and market day at Weirdale.when punctually at one o’clock the dinner bell rang at tho “Saracen’s Head’’ and into the large dining room tiled some twenty or thirty farmers of the better class. These were the times when farmers received war and famine prices for wheat. The times when laiul ruled England. When great centers of in dustry like Manchester, Leeds and liir mingham had no voice in framing the laws. When landlords and fanners combined to keep up the price of broad an I to keep down the wages id' the operative. The time when, no matter bow plentiful a harvest was garnered in Egypt, Russia or America, not a grain of golden life sus taining wheat could be imported or sold until the price of home grown wheat ex ceeded eighty shillings per quarter 1 (two dollars and fifty cents per bushel). Tin'tin.es before a L'obden and a bright had arisen lo arouse thoughtful men by pleading tin'cause of starving women and children. The time when farmers could live in as good style as their landlords, while m the larger cities of the land skilled artisans worked twelve and fifteen hours a day for about hail'a crown, nearly half of which it took to purchase a four pound loaf! The farmers at the “Saracen’s Head” were a fair sample of the English woman of fifty \ ear ■ ago. They all ate of the very in st mine host's larder could provide until they could eat no more with any degree of com fort, never uttering one word until their capacious appetites were fully appeased. Look at the health and wealth represented in that dining-room. See the jovial host, Muster Iloodspeed, directing the waiters— huuscif wielding with mighty uextei ity a huge' carving-knife, and, wth his able fl"r islies and passes rapidly demolishing grand joints of all kinds. See that army i f red laced, corpulent farmers with, well !ll!< d stomachs and parses, ai.d then listen to their alter dinner talk. Mr. faiilh. of Kirby, opens the conversa) on,as he h/s done under similar circumsta* e-. for over a quarter of a century. | to 1:1: cos tty iJ Ini|>rniu jit ii I«li> tiling. An cx-membcr of ilie Virginia State Sen ate to lit the other day of a curious incident in his legislative career. A. 1, l’ri demere, rot many years ago a mem'oei "ft. - 1’ nf Representatives from tin: Nititli Virginia district, was before lie came to Wushing ton a member of the Virginia F ante. One day he introduced a bill f r the relief of the sureties i f II. (J Wax, who was a c. ! ee tor (if taxes in Scott t'.-utity. lb made a brief explanation of the bill, and when he sal down Kdgar Allen, familiarly known as ••Vanl: e Allen,’’ who re pc sented the l’armville district. ro»e ami saal: 1 wsli to ax K Mr. Wax Has i t en too lax 111 collecting the *;:x? I: ah, ■' re lhe met -, 1 am wil'mc to a Ana remit the tax Which the law enacts V. s!.u : .i , ,v < u his s’lret in-.. The bill ur.s' : »y a unanimous vote. cn FOREIGN BUDGET. Osroftn Dij-nft IIiiIiIi a XIftii(14 itf Trumps — Kiulu ii«y mid H«nrr >1. Manley Satil to lie Ills Prison(•ri-Tli* Ivvacuwtimi of tli<» Momlaii llii> l’rice of Their IC tmeiml — Heath the Alternative—Kinif Milan'-* Spoeily llmtufill Tredieted, Ktc. OSMAN IHONA’S TRCMP CARD. London, Dec. 15.-—It is evident from tho non-committal reply Mr. Smith gave ui the House of Commons yesterday after noon to questions regarding the e.upture <>f Kmin Hey and Henry M. Stanley that the government is completely non plussed, and have no accurate inforrrta | tion iu the matter, further than is gener | known. It is generally eoiicededth.it Ofcnau Digna holds a trump card, against which his opponent's are jiowerless to play, and that the government can only yield on the former’s own terms, it was I believed in tin* lobbies of the House last night that England will be forced to treat with the successful commander for tiio evacuation of Suakim, for tie* government will not dare to sacrifice the prisoners whom Osman Digna threatens to kill unless the town is abandoned. Public opinion in England already re volts aguiust the Soudan expedition, and this latest phase of the affair intensities the feeling. There can be scarcely any doubt that the white traveler mentioned ii' surrendering with Emin Hey is Stan ley, :is everything thus far tends to con firm this opinion. The balance of opinion among African experts has for some time past accepted the theory that Stanley had been working towards Emin, and if not actually with him, was near him. Intense interest is felt here in the fate of the in trepid explorer, and no one for a moment belives that the government will allow his life to lie sacrificed iu order to hold Sua kim. Further developments in the mat ter are awaited with much anxiety. THE CAPTURE OK STANI.KV AND EMIN. Bkcssf.i.s, Dee. 1.1.—The King of the Helgiaus is exceedingly agitated regard ing tiie capture of Stanley and Emin Hey. He receives numerous dispatches iu ref erence to the matter. The King admits that he was the largest subscriber to the expense of Stanley’s expedition. The />t depnulenrr liefrje sars: “England doubt less will do every thing that is possible to be done to liberate the prisoners. Mr. (Hailstone too bitterly regrets abandon ing General Gordon for Lord Salisbury t<> abandon Emin Hey and Henry M. Stau | ley.” STAM.EY’S CAPTUHB CON FIRMED. London, Dee. la.—Dispatches from Sua kim state that < Mineral < 1 reufell has recog nized the letter inclosed in Ismail Digna’s as the original of the one which he drafted for the Khedive, which the lat ter handed to Stanley at Cairo. Thus Stanley’s capture is virtually placed be yond a doubt. The authorities of the Congo Free State have received no infor mation regarding the capture as yet. CONFIDENTLY ! kino Milan’s downfall rilEDICTED. London, Dec. 14.- The royal welcome given by tlie Roumanian Prefect at Jassy to Queen Natalie of Servia. together with the action of the Czar in ordering that the lady shall be received with all the honors due to a Queen upon the occasion of her arrival at KischinetT, the capital of lie.ssarabia, can not be regarded in any other light than that betokening the speedy downfall of her profligate husband and the ultimate complete Russianizing of Servia. Already Uoumania is as friendly to the northern empire as even the autocrat of Russia could desire, and the people of Bulgaria art* in a state of transition from quasi independence of Russia to unqual ified submission to Russian dictation. King Milan, strong in the belief that Austria must of necessity protect the in terests of Servia, has long eondueted himself in such a wav as to dis gust his imperial protector, Francis Joseph, and outrage the dull sensibilities of his subjects. That his abdication, in any event, is merely a matter of incon siderable time there can be no doubt, but it bus now become much more probable that he will be overthrown by the influ ence he has so persistently defied. His proclamation as a King was never favored by Russia, and his reign as such has sim-e been tolerated by the Russian bear because of the latter’s logical conclusion that it is quite as easy a matter to accom plish the downfall of a Kiugas if a Prince, j when the opportune time should arrive. ; That time is near at hand, a el so thor oughly tired have the people ot Servia be come of submission to the despotic rule of a petty King, who apes the absolution of a Czar, and would even emulate the King of Dahomey if lie dared, that they will gladly welcome tic* day when Milan Obrenovitch is hurled from liis throne and a ruler subservient to Russia placed there in liis stead. In the troubles which have beset her during the last few months Queen Na talie's friends have made little noise and given small indication of what they have sought to accomplish, but they have worked methodically and well, as the ostentatious friendship displayed by the Czar for the lady attests, and if her brutal husband docs not now sec tin* handwrit ing on the wall he must be blind iudec l. THE F.V-AMA CANAL CuMI’.VNV'S LIADILI T1KS. Paris, Dec. —In the Chamber of Deputies yesterday M. Peytral, Minister of Finance, offered a bill providing for i postponement for three mouths of the payment of the Panama Canal Company’s liabilities, including interest and the re demption of bonds. M. Peytral said that the lottery for prizes attached to bon.Is issued under the law of lsss, would continue according to tin* guar antee.-. He urged that a com mute • be immediately nnpoiute 1 to consider the bill. He insisted upon urgency in regard to the measure*, otlmr wi-e, he -aid, it would le* u-eless. Sev eral meinUTs opposed the bill, nn ! 51. Uergariose said lie feared that the gov ernment would be led to guarantee '.ho I operations of the company. Preiui-.* Floquct said that if the bill was rejecte i the compain would be bankrupt, bur if it i was adopted the company would have time to make necessary arraug* meats. ; A ote for urgency wui carried by JJi I against loo.