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Office In Lyon's Building, Allegheny ' .reet. JOHN G. LOVE, ATTORNEY AT LAW. BELLEFONTB, PA. Office in the rooms formerly occupied by the late w. p. Wilson. A Royal Wadding, The marriage of Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria and Princess Stephanie of Bel gium was most imposingly solemnized at the church of St. Augustine, in Vienna, on May the 10th. An hour before the begin ning of the ceremony the church was densely crowded by a brilliant assembly. The streets were filled with people. At 11 o'clock the procession started from the palace and proceeded to the church, the archdukes and foreign princes in full uni form walking in pairs, followed by Priuce Rudolph in the uniform of a major-general. E.nperor Francis Joseph came next having on his right the King of the Belgians, both being in generals' uniforms. Then came the bride with the Empress of Austria and the Queen of the Belgians on either hand. % The trains of the three ladies were liorue by the principal ladies in waiting. Prin cess Stephanie wore a magnificent rolie of cloth of silver, with a train elaborate in embroidery, orange blossoms arranged in bunches looping up the dress, and a veil of Brussels lace specially made for the occa sion. Her mother, the queen, wore a blue velvet dress, trimmed with lace, and the empress wore a pale gray dress, trimmed with Brussels point lace. The trains of the foreigu princesses and archduchesses were borne by pages and ladies of the pal ace. Another group of officers completed the procession. A fanfare of trumpets sig naled the arrival of the cortege at the church door, where it was received by Car dinal Von Schwarzenburg at the head of his clergy. Their majesties took seat 9 under a canopy over the throne. The bridal pair proceeded to their places before the sanctuary rails, where they offered a short prayer. After a brief address from the cardiual the marriage ceremony was proceeded with.- At the moment when the r.ugs were exchanged, peals broke forth l'rom the bells of the city, and salvos of artillery were fired. At the conclusion the ceremony a Te Deum was sung, after which the Hofburg choir executed an old German march. The newly married pair accompanied by the other imperial and royal person&ges then returned to the city palace of Hofburg. In commemoration of the marriage Emperor Francis Joseph has founded 22 scholarships at various schools and has given 100,000 florins for the free admission of ten pupils to the establishment for the education of daughters of officers. He has also granted complete or partial amnesty to 331 persons imprisoned lor va rious offences. ASTONISHKD at the latter getting away seoit-lree. an officer of the Flicy second asked our hero how he could be .such a fool as not ta shoot that Frenchman. "Is it shooting, ye mane, sir?" ask ed he. "Sure, how could I shoot him when 1 wasn't loaded ? ' 4 You John Wesley, if you dou't take thai bratuueof here while I am wrUin&r 'his poem on "A Mother's Love," I'll cuff the side of his head t.ff'," said a fashionable Galveston lady of a literary turn of mind to her husband ilie other day. IN PERILOUS WUERS. 'Bout ship ! O brother mar nera ! "Tin needful we should tleo ; For pleasure, spreads her luring net Beneath this hungry sea. ' l'were death to us did we but paaa Yon r dge of creauiy foam ; There, in a sea-cave, fathoms deep. The sir. u makes hor home. O'er lucent waves of go'deu green Soft bret Zia bear along To ears that will not be beguiled l'be wan ou's dulcet song. We scorn the glamour of her face, A tlauio with hot desire ; No charm lies iu her baleful look Of O>OH that scorch like lire. Her kisses pall, her love is falsi So quick to i-onward sail ; For kinder is the stress of waves, L.-HS cruel is the gale. 'i he beaveu of i ur hope doth ho Hard by a brighter shore ; There wo may strike our tattered sails, And rest us everuiore! Char it) 's Reward. lu the first cabin of the steamer bournl to Quebec, they dined sumptuously, and lived a happy luxurious life. lu the steerage—Heaven have mercy! how they suffered ! Milliceut Day shivered to her very soul when she thought of it,aud wondered often why such things should be, why some were so rich, aud some were so poor; some so utterly alone, unloved, and neglected. Had she been able to act as she chose, there would have been a graud trausformatiou scene that dirty steerage very soou, aud tables covered with choice daiuties would have risen through the floor and snow-white linen, aud fresh, soft couches would have taken the place of the rags, aud hard berths, and general shubbiuess. But one girl,though she were a rich one, had little in her power on that desolate waste of waters. Still, that little Millicent did. She had in her posession biscuits, aud conserves, and delicate dainties prepared for her own comfort during the voyage;and thinking that at the cabin table she had all she needed, she played the Lady Bountiful with these small stores; choosing for her principal protegts an Italian woman aud her gaunt children, who seemed to her to be the most wretched of them all, and to whom, speaking the language well, she could make herself understood. In vain her friends remonstrated; in vain the captain declared that he should forbid such dangerous work among the emigrants. Millicent had her own way. Once a day, at least, she penetrated into the Inferno be low the comparative Paradise of her own domain, and fed those poor parched lips with her dainties, aod comforted the mother, when her youngest lay at death's door, with her innocent sympathy. And the woman grew to love her, aud the wau, but classical faces of the boys lit up wheu she approached. And when, with laud in sight, the little heiress emptied her purse into the dark hand of the penniless steerage passenger, and made her, for the moment, rich and full of hope, she turned with severe earnestness to her eldest boy. "Never forget to pray to the Madonna for this beautiful Snrnorina!"' she cried. "Uemember tnat it is all that you can do, and my dying curse upou yJU if you for get it i" And with this fierce adjuration to her children and a prayer that fell like liquid silver Irom her lips for "the Signorina," she parted from Millicent, who went to her beautiful home aud lier friends saddened and softened by the scenes that she bad witnessed, and remembered them a long, long while. She had given the woman her address, but the poor woman did not come to her. What fate befel her, Millicent did not know; aud, iu time, the memory of those well cut classical faces, gaunt and meagre from starvation but with a strange wild beauty about them nevertheless ceased to haunt her —perhaps because oue face had taken possession of her fancy, as one face will, soouer or later, of that of every woman. John Blair, a young engineer and archi tect, had met her,and looked into her eyes, had touched her hand, had uttered those subtle compliments that win a woman's heart so easily; and though he 'was neither rich nor great, he was the one man of men to her. Six months from the day of their meet ing John Blair and Millicent Day were married, and a happier pair it would have been hard to find. They yielded mutually to each other's wishes, and consequently grew to have the same desires, so that at last no yielding was necessary. Only in one thing did Millicent prove herself obstinate—nothing could tempt her on an ocean voyage. A visit to his native England and a tour in Europe was John's anticipated pleasure: but her experience in crossing the ocean had made her averse to its repetition. "Whether I saw them or not, the faces of the steerage passengers would haunt me," she said; "and I cannot endure the idea of setting foot upon an ocean steamer again." So John, who had no wish to go alone, left the latter to the cure of time, who brought thern few sorrows and much joy, and now and then laid upon Millicent's breast a little token of his flight; so that at last a boy almost as tall as herself called Millicent mother, and the nursery was musical with little voices. Then, braver and older, and more will ing than pvei to do anything to make John happy, Millicent agreed to the European trip; and leaving the little ones to the ten- MILMLKIM. PA., THURSDAY, JUNK 23, 1881. der care of grandmamma, and grandpapa, the married lovers t<x)k their places in a great ocean palace, and left land behind them, for awhile at least. "It might be," Millicent thought, as she remembered her darling babes with tears in her eyes—"might be forever, if the sea were cruel." But the sea was kind. No storms arose. They crossed the Atlantic in safety, and traversed Kurope witl\ none but pleasu rable events until at last they found them selves in Naples and ready, one bright morning, to do, what all visitors to Naples must desire to do— namely, ascend Mount Vesuvius. They mounted their horses, and led by a guide, ascended the mouutain to a certain resting-place, where it is customary to dis mount, and, leaving their steeds behind, trust tooue's feet and the guide for further advancement. "Is heaven lovelier than this?" asked Millicent, clinging to her husband, and bursting, she hardly knew why,into a flood of tears. But the guide did not leave them to their feast of lwauty uudisturbed. lie made them do Vtsuvius properly; peep iuto the crater, possess themselves of a piece of lava, witness the process of cuiking an egg iu the hot sand, aud go through with the rest of the formula. Then it seemed time to return;aud John, glaucing at bi9 watch, counted the time that lay between them and their inn at Naples, and they began their descent. Suddenly, at a spot where some large trees enlivened the desolation of the rough road, the guide paused and uttered a cry. Before them, risen as it seemed from the very ground,stood a group of men—rough, savage-looking fellows, armed with guns, aud wearing broad hats —who, without further parley, surrounded them aud seiz ing the bridles of their horses,and tying the bauds of the trembling guide behind them, led them away over the rough roads in sileuce. John Blair was no coward; but 'o en deavor to resist such a force would have been sheer tolly iu a single man. Booty, as he reflected, was probaly their object, aud his wife's safety was his first thought. Holding her Laud in his, he comforted her as well as possible;and finally, with a sink ing heart, obeyed the orders of one who seemed to be captain, aud dismounted at the entrance of an old ruin, into which they were forced, but not over roughly, to enter. It was an ancient and dilapidated hall, with a fire burning at one end; and here their conductors left them for a while alone, fastening the door behind them. Then, and then only, the poor guide fell to wringing his hands and weeping, and imploring the lady and gentleman to pay whatever ransom was required. Meanwhile, Millicent,overcouie with ter ror, wept upon her husband's breast, and he found it impossible to comfort her. In deed, the savage aspect of the men, and the accounts that he had heard of bauditti outrages left him but little hope. Then it was that they heard the sound of returniug feet without, and preseutly the unfastening of a door. A figure entered, and going to the tire, which had nearly smouldered out, tiling ou it some dry wood, which instantly kindled into a blaze,and by its tlame lit two torches, which were thrust into sconces pendant from tue wall. By this welcome light they saw that it was that of a woman, who seemed to have brought some food for them upon a sort of wooden tray. She was old, and gaunt, and bent; but her features had a strange beauty about them,nevertheless, and awakened in Milli ceLt's mind a memory too vague and inde finite for words. She had seen the face before; it might be in some of those old pictures at Rome—that brown skin, those classical out lines, that gaunt meagreuess that seemed to blight what once had been beautiful. Yes, somewhere she remem bered it. Iu another moment the truth Hashed upon her,as the woman knelt down to deposit the tray upon the floor. She uttered a little cry ; a shriller one respond ed to it, and the gaunt creature lay pros trate before her, kissing her garments. "It is the Signorina 1" she cried. And Millicent knew the Italian woman of the steerage, whom she bad succored so many years before. "Then it is thus that Giacomo returns a benefit!" cried the woman. "My maledic tions upon kirn! But he did not know you—he did not remember as 1 do. Wait. Have no fear ! You are safe 1" Then another memory dawned upon Millicent; and, in the captain of those bandits, she knew the boy whose eyes had been fjxed upon her face when lus mother bade him pray for her eternally. In another moment he was there, and Millicent knew that they were safe. Bad as ho must have been, a bandit and an out. law, this Italian had retained his grati tude. The kiuduessof the young heiress to the wretched emigrants had not been forgotten, and the man who had returned to his own land to lead a lawless life had ehenshed her memory fondly iu his breast. He fed them with the best he had to give, and prayed for them to the saints and the Madonna; and his own hand red with man) r a man's blood led them safely from his forest fastnesses to a spot where the lights from the city of Naples seemed to snnle a welcome to them. —The wheat crop of 1881 will be snort. "l'he Moaliitu Ntoiio.'' I'apt. Kenozynaki Ims written an inter esting book on "The last of the Anakim in the Land of Moab," in which he gives some particulars as to his studies of the in scription on the famous Moabite stone. In August, 18118, the He v. F. Klein, of the Church Missionary society, while in the Land of Moab, near Dibou, was informed by an A tab that near by there was a black Itusalt stone inscribed with ancient charac ters. Upon going to the locality indicated he found lying among the ruins a stone about three feet ten inches high, two feet broad uml 14 h inches thick, rounded at top and bottom, and containing thirty-four lines of inscription running across the stone. Mr. Klein at this tune did not appreciate the importance of the discovery, and he merely copied a few words from the stone, lie, however, took measures to secure the stone for the iierliu museum, but made little progress with his negotiations. A few weeks afterward Capt. Warren, the agent of the Palestine Exploration fund, was informed of the existence of the stone, but he took no action in the matter, know ing that the Prussian consul was endeavor ing to secure it. In the beginning of the following year Capt. Warren was astonished to learn, as was also M. Clermont Ganneau, of the French consulate at Jerusalem, that no copy or "hqucze" of the inscription had been taken. Towards the close of the year 1869 the latter uot only seut men to obtain squezes, who quarreled in the presence of the Arabs, but offered $375 for the stoue, whereas A'Bo had already been promised by the Prussian government, and accepted by those who claimed the ownership of the stone. At this stage the government of Nablus demanded the prize for itself, and the Moabites, exasperated at his rapa city, "sooner than give it up put a tire under it and threw cold water on It, and so broke it, and then distributed the bits among the different families, to be piaced in the granaries and art as blessings upon the corp ; for they said that without the stone a blight would fall upon their crops." After immense trouble M. Clermout-Uan neau recovered some twenty of these frag ments, conUing til 3 letters, while several small pieces were acquired by the Palestine exploration fund. These fragments, when united, were found to contain 609 words, out of a total of 1,100 which the complete stoue must have contained. The greater part of the missing letters were recovered fr mi the squezts taken before the stone was broken by the ruthless Moabites, "so that only Uiirty-Ilve words, fifteen half- i words ami eighteen letters —less than oue seventh of the whole —remain to be sup plied from conjecture.'' With reference to the characters engraved on the stone, the general opinion is that they are Phoenician, also called Samaritan, such as were used by the Jews before the captivity. Dr. Gidsburg, who has executed a translation of the inscriptions, says that these charac ters were common ii. C. 700 to all the races of western Asia, und were used in Nineveh, Phumlcia, Jerusalem, Samaria, Moab, Cilieia and Cyprus. With reference to the inscription on the stone itself, it may be stated that it records some remarkable events in the reign of Mesha, King of Moab, who is mentioned in the second book of Kings (iii. f 4, 5), and who liad rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab. The first pait of the inscription narrates the cir cumstances which led to the stone being erected, while the second part relates to the public works undertaken by Mesha after he had overcome his Jewish foes, and the third part celebrates his victory over the Edoiulles. The rendering of Capt. Keuczynski represents the result of "nine 1 years' toil and labor." Coca. "Coca," the "beloved narcotic of the | Peruvian Indian. ' was first named botani- j cally through the lalx>rs of Joseph de Jus- | sieu. The history of the most noted botan- ] ist is a melancholy one. lie left France in 1735, in the memorable expedition of M La Condamiue, and after M. La Condamine left South America, M. Jussicu continued his botanical researches, inuking numerous journeys on foot, notably tlio.-e to the cin chona regions. The result of fifteen years' labors were contained in certain cases of dried plants, etc., and a native servant at H uenos Ay res. thinking these cases con tai iied money, stole them, and this loss had such an effect on poor Jussieu that he returned to France in 1771 deprived of reason. The Coca is the great source of comfort and enjoyment to the Peruvian Indian. It is to him what the kava-kava is to the South Sea Islander, the betel to the Hindoo and Malay, and tobacco to the rest of man kind, but witli tiiis difference it produces in vigorating effects. The Peruvian ludian looks upon coca with veneration. In the palmy days of the Uncas or Yucas, coca was sacrificed to the sun, the high priest or Huillac Uuiu chewed it during the ceremo ny, and before the arrival of the Spaniards, c>ca w.is used in lieu of money. After the Spanish conquest, much was done to prescribe its use, because as a council of bishops held in 1589, said it was a "useless and pernicious leaf, and on account of the belief staled to be entertained by the In dians, that the habit of chewing cocoa gave them strength, which is an illusion of the devil." Coca, indeed, from its popularity, being used by about eight millions of peo ple, has always had a great commercial im portance, and one viceroy, Don Francisco Toledo, issued no less than seventy ordi nances concerning coca in the space of four years (157U-1574). The coca plant is a scrub of four to six feet high, with straight and alternate branches and leaves like those of the tea plant, and is cultivated at elevatious of from 5,000 to 0,000 feet above the level of the sea IU the warm valleys of the eastern slopes of the Andes. Here the only al ternations of climate is from wet to dry, frost is unknown, and it rains more or less every mouth of the year. The seeds are sown on the surface ol the soil as 9ot n as the rainy season commences, and begin to sprout in a fortnight, being carefully watered, and protected from the sun by a thatched root. The following year the seedlings are transplanted in a soil care fully broken up and freed from weeds. The ancient custom was to raise the plants in terraces on the hillsides, but now planta -1 tious on the level ground are resorted to,al though Indians aver that plants raised un the former conditions yield a much supe rior quality of leaf. At the end of eighteen months the first harvest is ready, and the 1 picking of the leaves, performed by women and children, is very carefully proceeded with, so as not to injure the young and still tender shoots. As soon as one crop of leaves is removed, if well watered, and the ground carefully weeded, another crop is ready iu about forty days. A plant con tinues to yield for About forty years, and Dr. Pocppig gives the prolit of a coca plan tation as about 45 per cent. Each picker carries a piece of cloth,iu which the leaves, plucked one by one, are placed. These leaves ate then taken to the drying yard, formed of slate flags. Here the leaves are spread out in thin layers,and carefully dried iu the sun. Too much exposure to the sun spoils the llavor of the leaf, and if heaped too much together, the leaves ferment and become fetid. As soou as dried, the leaves are packed in hags made of banana leaves, with au outside covering of cloth,or packed tightly iu large parcels of al>out 50 lb each. In the Sandia district of Caravaya. two varieties of coca are recognized, the Ypara and Hatun Yuuca, the latter having a lar ger leaf lhau the former. Iu Boliva, coca is treated as a government monopoly, aud the right is generally farmed out. Iu 1850, coca brought into that country's exchequer a sum of $200,000. The whole yield of coca iu South Aiueriea is estimated at thirty millions of pounds. Coca sopu deteriorates in keeping, Indians treat it as valueless it kept longer than seven months. Such is the faith in coca, that it is be lie veil if u dying man can but taste a coca leaf when placed ou his tongue, his future bliss is assured. No Indian is without his vusjta or coca bag made of llama cloth, aud three times a day, sitting down, he takes leal by leaf and rolls them up iu his mouth till he forms a ball. Then applying a small quantity of powder consisting of carbonate of potash, made by burning the stalks of the qniuoa plant, mixed with lime and water he goes on his way rejoic ing. The use of coca is widely spread. The shepherd on the cold slopes of the Andes has but this and a little maize as his sole □ot.r.shmeut, and the runner messenger looks to it as his solace aud support. As to the properties of coca, it seems very evi dent that it allows of a greater amount of fatigue, with a lesser amount of nourish ment, aud prevents difficulty of respiration in ascending steep mountain slopes, it has an agreeable and aromatic taste,accom panied by a slignt irritation, which excites the flow of saliva. When made into a tea, in taste it is like that of green lea, and ef fectually prevents drowsiness. Applied ex ternally as a poultice, it moderates rheu matic pains, brought on by exposure to cold and wet, aud also cures headache. Mr. Markmau chewed coca leaf very frequently,and states that iie found it to produce an agreeable soothing feeling, that he could endure louger abstinence from f< od with less inconvenience, and that when using it, he could asceud precipitous mountain sides with a feeling of lightness and elasticity, and without losing breath, lie also considers it the leas* injurous of all other like substances, even when taken in excess, and at the same time, the most soolhiug aud iuvigoratiug. Traveling 1 lu Olden Time*. A careful inspection of the vehicles of former times lea-is us to the conclusion that our forefathers were lined with zinc and copper-fastened—for nothing short of it could have withstood tuv, joltings and jarringa, the bouncings and bumpings en tailed upon those who used auy other method of locomotion except that which nature provides. The chariot in which General and lire. Washington went to Philadelphia upon his election to the Presi idency was no doubt an instrument of torture. To the discomforts of this rambling old carriage may be added, for the General, the incessant wagging of Mrs. Washington's tongue, for it is a well-known fact, that Martha was or a shrewish nature, and made no bones of giving the Genera) her views in a very forcible manner. The method of traveling which they pursued gave publicity to the fact that the General had a curtain lecture every night for a a night cap. In the course of their jour ney they arranged to spend the nights at the houses of the gentry scattered along between Mount Vernon and Pniladelphia— and Martha was often heard to nag her lord and master until a loud suore an nounced that the General was safe in the land of diearns from all worldly aunoy ances. The chariot was the acknowledged mark of aristocracy, A journey in these days entailed a retinue, somewhat after the fol lowing order: 1. Mareter and Missis in a carriage. 2. Marster's "boy" 011 horseback, with a led horse for Marster to ride when he wished to stretch his legs. 3. A wagon coutaining two hair trunks and Missis's maid. 'the rate of progression was about four miles an hour. The habit of carrying servants even on neighborly visits, obtaiued in Virginia and Maryland until the abolition of slavery. A form of entertaining, called "spending the day," was in fashion. This consisted in going to a friend's house early in the morn ing, and staying until late in the evening, consuming the interval in a succession of meals. Besides the visitors, the coachman and horses, there was usually a "maid." who sat ou the rack behind the carriage, swinging her legs in ecstatic delight at the prospect of "going abroad." Chaises were the only two-seated vehicles in use, and were something like a modern top buggy, except that it had but two wheels. Consequently, going up hill, the occupants were being spilled out behind, and going down hill they were spilled out befoie. A Matter of History. In the year 1785, the State of Franklin was formed out of a portion of North Caro lina, embracing the present territory of the State of Tennesse, and the Legislature of the aforesaid State of Franklin passed the following fee and salary bill: ilis Excel lency the Governor, per anum, 1,000 deer skins; his Honor the Chief Justice, 500 deer skins; the Secretary to his Excellency the Governor, 500 raccoon skins; the Treasurer of the State, 450 raccoou skius; each county clerk, 300 beaver skins; Clerk of the House of Commons, 200 raccoon skins; member of the Assembly, per diem, three raccoon skins; justices' fee for sign ing a warrant, one muskrat skin; to the constable for serving a warrant, one mink skin. Enacted into a law tbe 28th day of October, 1789, under the gieat seal of the State. This seems to be a mattei of historical truth, just as tobacco was once made to answer the purpose of currency in Virginia. The Dltfimlon of ieeds. 1M a very large number of cases the dif fusion of seeds is effected by animals. To ibis class belong the fruits and berries. In them an outer rtesliy portion becomes pulpy, and generally sweet, inclosing the seeds It is remarkable that such fruits, in order, doubtless to attract animals, are, like flow ers, brightly colored—as, for instance, the cherry, currant, apple, peach, plum, straw >>erry, raspberry and many others. This color, moreover, is uot preseut in the un ripe fruit, but is rapidly developed at maturity. In such cases the actual seed is generally protected by a dense, sometimes almost stony, covering, so that it escapes digestion, while its germination is perhaps hastened by the heat of the animal's body, ll may be said that the skin of apple aud pear pips is comparatively soft; but then iliey arc imbedded in a stringy core, which is seldom eaten. These colored fruits form a considerable part of the food of monkeys in the tropical rcgious of the earth, and we can I think, hardly doubt that these ani mals are guided by the colors, just as we are, in selecting the ripe fruit. This haS a curious bearing on an interesting question as to the power of distinguishing color possessed by our ancestors in bygone times. Magnus au.i Geiger, ielying on the well known fact that the ancient languages are poor in words for color, and that IU the oldest books —as, for instauce, in the Vcdaa, the Kendavesta, the Old Testament, and the writings of Homer or Hcsiod—though of course, the heaveus are referred to over and over again, its blue color is never dwelt on, have argued that the aucieuls were very deficient in the power of distin guishing colors, and esjiecially blue. In our own country Mr. Gladstone has lent the weight of his great authority to the same conclusion. For my part 1 can not accept tiiis view. There are it seems to me, very strong reasons against it, into which 1 can not, of COUISJ, now enter, aud though i should rely mainly on other considerations, the colors of fruits are not, 1 think, without significance. If monkeys and apes could distinguish thrn, surely we may infer that even tke most savage of men could do so too. Zeuxis would never have deceived the birds if be hail not had a fair perception of color. Iu these instauccs of colored fruits the fleshy edible part more or less surrounds the true seeds; in others the actual seeds themselves become edib'.e. In the former the edible part serves as a temptation to animals; in the latter it is stored up for the use of the plantß itself. When, therefore, the seeds themselves are edible, they are generally protected by more or less hard or bitter en velopes, for instance the horse chestnut, beech, Spanish chest nut, walnut, Jcc. That these seeds are used for food by squirrels and other animals is, howevei, by no means necessarily an evil to the plant, for the re suit is that they are often carried some distance and then dropped, or stored up and forgotten, so that in this way they get carried away from the parent tree. ltuulouK or Bolls. "Is it against the laws of this city to have corns on your feet?" inquired Theo dore Rembo as be found himself before the bar of justice, m Detroit. "No, sir, nor on the top of your head it you waut 'em there. The city ordinances of Detroit and the laws of Michigan are very liberal on the subject of corns." "Well, sir, last night I was walking along one of our streets, hobbling because my corns hurt me so, when a fiend grabbed me by the collar, called me a drunkard, and dragged me to a dungeon." "How awful mean in him!" sighed the court. "VVlieu I have corns can't I hobble if its more convenient than walking?" "Certainly." "Well, corns was what ailed me, and I demand that the officer apologize to me aud that 1 he set at liberty." "Let us listen to the officer's story first. Go ahead Mr. Bluecoat." "This man," began the officer, "bumped against at least a dozen pedestrians, tell sgaiust a window aud broke it, and was lying down on the car track when I gath ered liiui in. lie suielled so bad of whiskey when 1 brought him iu that we had to burn coffee in the room." "Well I" queried the court as he turned to the prisoner. "I say it was corns." "How many have you got?" "Ten." "Show 'em up. I haven't seen a real old fashioned corn in about eighteen years.' "Do you think I'm going to pull my boots off before the crowd? I guess I've got a little modesty left," "Theu I'll lake care of it for you. 1 shall exile you for thirty days." "For what?" '•Corns and modesty, alias drunk aud disorderly. That's all, my mau, and now please fall back and give some of the other hungry mortals a chance to say they have bunions or boils." Do Your Work Weil. Daniel Webster gives an account of a petty insurance case that was brought to him when a youug lawyer in Portsmouth. Oniy a small amount was involved and a twenty dollar fee was all thai was promised. He saw that, to do his clients full justice, a journey to Boston, to consult the Law Library, would be desirable. He would be out of pocket by such an expedition, aud for his time lie would receive no ade quate compensation. After a little hesita tion, he determined to do his very best, cost what it might. He accordingly went to Boston, looked up the authorities, and gained the case. Years after this, Webster, theu famous, was passiug through New York. An important insurance case was to be tried the day after his arrival, and one of the counsel had been suddenly taken ill. Money was no object, and Webster was begged to name his terms and conduct the case. "1 told theui," said Mr. Web ster, "that it was preposterous to expect me to prepare a legal argument at a few hours' notice. They insisted, however, that I should look at the papers; and this, after some demur, I consented to do. Well, it was my old twenty-dollar case over again, and, us I never forget anything, I had all the authorities at my fingers' ends. The Court knew that I had no time to pre pare, and were astonished at the range ot my requirements. So, you see, I was handsomely paid both in fame and money for that journey to Boston; and the moral is that good work is rewarded in the end, though, to be sure, one's self-approval should be enough. A Kyutlcai Plant. Human cunning and human credulity have dowered with mystery certain plants winch are worthy of being considered the most beautiful and passive of creative ob jects. One plant, at least, hss been said to utter shrieks in -being torn from the earth, and to have avenged the violence by causing the death of him who removed it. This plant was the mandragora of the poets—the mandrake of Soriptores—a species of the Salanoe or nightshade tribe, the belief in whose qualities as a sedative or a charm was as old as the days of the childless Rachel Indigenous t D the Fast, where probably its uses as an anodyne and soporific were early known to the initiated, it may be that, in order to enhance the wonder of its effects and prevent the ex tirpation of the root by its too common use, miraculous powers were imputed to it, and superstition hedged it around with fabled terrors. The evil reputation of the plant procured it subsequently the name of Atropa Mandrayora, by which our old est botanists distinguish it—-a name bor rowed from the most terrible of the Fates, Atropos, and since transferred to its rela tive, Atropa Belladonna (dwale, or "deadly nightshade"). Bo potent and valuable were the medical uses of the root, at a time when few anodyes were known, that the ancient Romans made it the sut> ject of a weird ritual, without which they would have deemed it impious to have taken it from the earth. The operator stood with his back to the wind, drew three circles round the root with a point of a sword, poured a libation on the ground, and, turning to the west, began to dig it up. The root of the mandrake, a plaut with a tap root, frequently forked, as we • see that of the radish, and covered with fibrous rootlets, was easily convertible into a grotesque likeness of the human form. In the time of Henry VIII and Elizabeth, little images made of mandrake roots, called libraries were imported in large number from Germany, and found a ready sale in England. The fable of the won drous powers of these vegetable idols was easily accepted by our superstitious ances tors, and the peddlers who traveled about from place to place with cases of them drove a brisk trade. Bur Francis Bacon had them in lis mind's eye when we wrote, "Borne plants there are, but rare, that have a uio9sy or downy root, and likewise that have a number of thread-like beards, as the mandrake, whereof witches and im postors make an ugly image, giving it ths form of & face at tod of the root, leaving those strings to make a broad beard to the toot. It is to the credit of the old herba lists, Gerard and Turner, that they both essayed, without fear of consequences, to dig up and examine for themselves the dreaded mandrake,and lost no time in pub lishing the fallacy of the weird stones told of it Under the Snow. The remarkable case of Elizabeth Wood cock, who was buried under the snow, is especially striking. In the winter of 1799 she was returning on horseback from Cam bridge (England) to her home m a neigh boring village, and having dismounted for a few minutes the horse ran away from her. At 7 o'clock on a winter evening she sat down under a thicket, cold, tired and disheartened. Bnow came on; she was too weak to rise, and the consequence was thai by the morning the snow had heaped around her to a height of two feet above her head as she sat. She had strength enough to thrust a twig, with her handker chief at the top of it, through the snow, to serve as a signal and to admit a little daylight. Torpor supervenee, and she knew little more of what passed around her. Night succeeded day, and day again broke, but there she remained, motionless and foodless. Not senseless, however, for she could bear church bells and village sounds—nay, even the voice and conver sation of some of her neighbors. Four whole days she thus remained—one single pinch of snuff being her only substitute for food during this time, and this even she found had lost its pungency. On the fifth day a thaw commenced, and she suffered greatly, but still without being able to ex tricate herself. It was not until the eighth day that the handkerchief was espied by a villager, who with many others, had long been seeking for her. Stooping down he said: "Are you there, Elizabeth Woodcock ?" Bhe had strength enough to reply, faint ly: "Dear John Stittle, I know your voice. For God's sake help me out." She died about half a year afterward, through mismanagement of frost-bitten toes; but it was fully admitted that no one, unless cased in snow, could have lived out of those eight days and nights in such a place without food. vbngloc Tnelr Base. The legend runs that the fine Norman Church of Godshill, in the Isle of Wight, was to have been built in the valley, but the builders every morning found the pre vious day's work had been destroyed du ring the night and the stones carried to the top of the hill. Considering this as a Di vine indication where the holy structure was to be built, they accordingly reared it on that prominent site, where for miles round it still forms a graceful aud beautiful object. A similiar legend is re lated with reference to the Church of Ste. Marie du Castel, in Guersney, where it is currently reported that fairies where the agents, while others assert it was the work of angels. Indeed it would appear that in days gone by the invisible beings, of whatev.r nature they were who accordiug to tradi tion, so often interfered iu the building of some sacred edifice, generally selected for Its site the most inconvenient spot, and not infrequently a steep hill. The Church of Breedcn in Leicestershire, for instance, stands on a high hill, with the village as its foot. Tradition, however, says that when the site of the church was first fixed upon, a central spot in the village was chosen. Tne foundations were not only dug, but the builders commenced the fa bric. It was to no purpose; for all they built in the course of the day was carried away by doves during tne night-lime, and skilullly bui t exactly in the same maimer on the hill where the church stands. Both founder and workmen, awed and terrified by this extraordinary procedure, were afraid tr build the church on its original site, and agreed to finish the one begun by the doves. NO. 25.