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BELLEFONTE, PA Office on Allegheny street, two doors east of the offl -e occupied by the late firm of * Hast ing*. 4At7 Dr. John Rae does not hold the com mon opinion that the Esquimaux are a di minutive race. is inclined to thiuk that they are fully as tall as the average native of London, and much heavier The women, when youDg, he says, are very pleasant-lookmg—almost pretty-extremely solid and compact, with small feet and hands and well-formed iimbp. As to strength he found that the Esquimaux could lift 400 or 500 pounds with ease. Ike pillleiii §®®nL IT NKYKtt COUKS AGAIN. There are gains tor all our losses. There are Italins for all our patu. But when youth, the dream departs. It takes something from our hearts, And It never comes again. \\ e are stronger, and are better, Under manhood's sterner reign; Still we feel that something sweet Followed youth, with flying feet, And will never come agaiu. Something beautiful has vanished, Ami we sigh for it in vaiu; We behold it every wnere. On the earth, and in the utr. But it never comes again. AT Til K hEASIItK. Of course nobody was glad that Elsie Martin had been ill, but there was great joy at the Grange when site was ordered to go to the seaside as stxm as she was strong enough for the journey, and Charlie was told that he was to accom pany her. Their papa and mamma were uiialde to leave home just then, so the chil dren were to go to Mrs. Hawkins, a faithful old Irishwoman, who had nursed them Ixitli as babies, and who, having married comfortably, and been left a widow, resided in a pietty cottage close to the sea-shore at Highbeaclq and oc casionally let a couple of rooms as a lodging. These were taken for the two children, and as they were respectively ten and eight years of age. it was considered that they were old enough and wise enough to take care of themselves under the supervision of Nurse Noran, of whom they were very fond. Charlie and Elsie loved their parents dearly, but there wis something m the novelty and independence of the present proceeding that was quite delightful to them and made up for the temporary separation ; and I do not suppose there were two happier small personages in the world than this boy and girl were when, after a pleasant journey, they found themselves sitting opposite to each other in their owu little drawing room, at their own ten table, covered by a spotless white cloth, spread with bread, brown and white, excellent but ter, newly-laid eggs, and a lovely dish of prawns, "Some day, Nurse Norali,'* said Elsie, as the kind nurse placed the tea-pot ou the table, and told them to begin, "some day you must let us have a lobster." "Snure wid all the pleasure in life,, miss dear; an' it's the lioight of indi gestion, it is, but wanst in away shall not matter." "And I'll tell yon what, Elsie," said Charlie, with dignity. "I'll catch the lobsters for you." The next morning Charlie and Elsie never left the shore—digging in the sands, playing on the rocks, taking off shoes and stockings to paddle in the pools, and at last bringing home such a collection of sea-weeds, shells, sea anemones, and pebbles, that Nurse Norah laughed aloud when the two hap py net laden figures made tlieir appear ance for their early dinners. Charlie had seen some I toys on the sands, and insisted on getting a cos tume like theirs; his own kuiekerbock ers, he admitted, would do well enough, but he must have a blue knitted Jersey and a long peaked cap, also knitted, and also blue. They had a toy boat with them, and after dinner they went, back to the shore and amused themselves by sailing it in one of the pools, and when tired of this, Elsie sat down on a stone on the sands, and found fresh recreation in examiu tug a green old basket that stood there. "And it is the queerest basket I ever saw, Charlie," she said. "Do come and look. "You could neither put anything in nor take anything out of it." Charlie looked down, boat iu hand. "It is not a basket at all," he said ; "it is a rat -trap ; only I never saw one made ol wicker before, and it is uncom monly large ; and why has it got a rope tied to it ? "Jbut look liere, do you see these sticks at the top ? "Through these a rat " "Haw, haw, haw!" laughed a voice behind him, and turning sharply round, he beheld a boy smaller than himself, but who looked quite as old. "He was dressed just like him, for he was the very boy whose Jersey and cap he had admired so much iu the morn ing that he had resolved to have similar garments himself. "It's queer rats they catches in these traps master," said he; and he knelt down and peeped through the bars. "What would your feyther say ?" he asked, with a comical wink of his left eye. "Oh," said Charlie airily, "he lets me boat often enough ; and he is not at Higlibeack, so I can't ask him, "Here," he added, taking a bright twenty-five cent piece out of his pocket, "I'll give you this if you will." •Oh ! and me too," cried Elsie, fumbling in lier pocket, and producing money also. "I've got twenty-five cents as well as Charlie. t'Take me too." In fact, their mother had given them each the same amount of money when they left home. Tne fisher-boy looked very knowingly at the two glittering nieces of silver, and put his tongue into nis uueek agaiu, giving again a comical wink. "Weil, I dont mind if I do," he said slowly. ' Charlie stamped about the shore in 1 MILLHEIM, PA., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30,1882. J his pleasure, ud Elsie clapped Iter hands • and laughed. "You be down on that roek," said the boy, pointing to the place—"that's fevther's boat there, d'ye see? —at twelve sharp." "Twelve 1" cried Elsie, charmed and appalled at the proportions the adven ture was amusing. "Is it twelve at night? and have we far to go ?" "No, we haven't ; just round that point there, and then a little bit more, and there you are. "Those rats never go far out to sea." "And he laughed and winked again. As the children ran home to tea, Elsie said, while dwelling on the delights of what was before thein. "But 1 think he is rather a vulgar boy, don't you, Charlie. He winks and grins." Charlie turned amazed eyes on her. "I think he is an uncommonly tine fellow. But I am not sure that you ought to go. Elsie. I think it's not girl's work," lie said presently. "Oh, yes, Charlie ! oh. please !" she crietl in a great hurry ; "oh, do let me ! "There'll be you to take care of me " "Yes, I shall take care of you," re plied he, with protecting grandeur, as ho yielded. The two children could hardly hide from Nurse Nornli the state of excite ment and expectation they were iu. They got away from tier as quickly as they could, and would not stay a minute in the house till bed-time came. Then they found her with her face thnl up, a toothache from which she had been suffering all day having come on very badly. "An' do yon think, darlin', you could undress yourself this won evening?" she asked "an' I'd go to my bed." Elsie assured her she could undress herself, and had often*done so at homo when nurse was busy with the baby. Now, though Elsie would not liave practiced any deception on Nurse Norali, she thought it was very fortunate that she did not undress tier that night, be-< cause the l>est plan was that she should not take off her clothes at all so as to be all ready at twelve o'clock. As tliey ran home she had wondered whether Nurse Norali would let her go, but Charlie liud replied, "Bother Nurse Norali! "Say nothing about it, or you'll Hj>oil the sport." And Elsie had blindly obeyed him. He slipped into her room now, and highly approving of her plan ot lying down In r clothes, bode her go to sleep, and ho would awake her in plenty of time. Charlie set his little alarm clock that he had brought with him, ami which had awoke him ou many a dark winter morning in time to learn liis tasks be fore breakfast, to a quarter to twelve. He was far enough away from Nurse Norah for him not to be afraid of its waking her; and then he too lay down in his clothes. "Get up, little lazy thing !" were the words that woke Elsie wlieu she did uot think she had slept for five minutes. She sprang to her feet, for she knew the voice; and the boy and girl, hand iu hand, groped their way in the dark out of the room, downstairs, and to the house door. There was uo moon, but the stars shone, aud the srtft calm light was lovely. Something iu it made Elsie stop suddenly, and say— "Oil, Charlie ! is it naughty ?" "Go back if you are afraid," he ans wered her gruffly ; for he too, reproved by the pure beauty of hud felt his first qualms of conscience. But Elsie dreamt not of going back if ho went on, and, hand in hand, they ran as fast as they could. They reached the trysting-place, and there was the fisher-boy waiting for them, sitting in ins boat, that moved lazily up and down, gently rocked by the sea, which i self seemed almost as leep. "Well," grinned the boy ; "I never dul! I thought you'd cry off." "Shove off, my man 1" cried Charlie, in a tone of command ; and "my man, with a low laugh of approval, "shoved off " as he was bidden. The lioat went rapidly out to sea, in order to round the point; ami Elsie pleased and excited, nestled close to her brother. They soon fouud themselves within a few yards of the rocks that formed a picturesque barrier between sea and shore. Then the boat stopped, and the fish er boy looked about him. "Now then, lend a liaud !" he cried ; and lie liuug the end of the rope lie caught from the water to Charles as he spoke. N tlonal Accounts. The First Auditor of the Treasury, in his annual report for the year ending June 30tb last, shows that the miuilier of accounts received by the First Auditor's office during the year, relating to receipts into the treasury, was 7193, representing $973,687,471.39; number of accounts rela ting to disbursements '20,02, representing $1,025,640,807.75; number of bond ac counts, 1155; total number of accounts, 29,150; total value of accounts certified, $1,999,298,279 14. The increase in the number of accounts over the previous year was 922, aud increase in value, $120,- 768,062,39. A I'liifky Woman. At an early hour recently Mrs. Con haiin, of St. Puul, Minnesota, was aroused front sleep by u burglar's stealthy step. Site could ltear the burglar moving along on his hands and knees from the dining room to the bed room, and at each step something struck the floor which she believed to lx* either a billy or revolver. But itt the meantime the burglar had taken all her hnsbaud's clothing which had been left on a chair, including a gold watch and chain and #OO in cash, and was stealthily making his way back toward the dining room door, which opens into a yard. Mrs. Conltaim concluded that the time for action had arrived. She left her bed, walked to a bureau in one oornor of the room wherein a loaded revolver was kept, and in doing so must have passed witliiu a few feet of the crouching burg lar. After gaining possession of the revolver, she entered the dining room just as the buglar had passed out to the porch, where he was found standing on the step with most of the stolen cloth nig under one arm and the vest held in his right hand. This brought them within about three feet of each other. The brave lady covered the thief with the weapon and exclaimed : "Drop the clothes or I will fire !" The response came m the sha}>e of a blow over the head and face with the vest held in the burglar's baud, he evi dently iu tending to either blind her or knock her down with the weight of the heavy gold watch in the jacket. Luck ily, however, the watch Hew out of the pocket and, as Mrs. Couhaim threw her hand up to ward off the blow, the chain struck Itctween her fingers, close to the watch. Instantly she closed her baud over the timepiece, gave a jerk back ward, which broke the chain, wliereapon the burglar, with a fierce outh, threw the vest at her face, unconscious of the fact that the sum of #(0 in currency had been left undisturbed in one of the pockets. The burglar then started toward Eleventh street, Mrs. Conltaim firing two shots at him, without effect probably, and following him as closely as ]K>ssible. When he reache the side walk on the latter street he stopped an iustant, threw up both hands and drop ped all the clothing on the sidewalk, Mrs, Couhaim picking them up and carrying every garment buck to the house. iiloumiiig I*i A few days ago a drummer f<n* one of our wholesale houses was traveling in a buggy along a country road in Arkan sas, when he came HIKJII a tall, roughly - dressed mau sitting upou a rail fence whittling. With a sociable "good morn ing" the traveler drew* up his horse aud asked : "Js that your field of corn over there?" "Wal, 1 calkilate I'll freeze onto a right smart sheer of it. I'm working tiie piece ou sheers." "Looks like a fine crop." "It does." "I sup pose you are figuring ou great pros perity iu future, such immense crops indicating plenty for all." "Prosperity? Stranger, that hain't no name fur the cyclone that's agoiu' to hit this settle ment atweeu the eyes this season. A tornado mout come jist now an' laud every durued bit o' grain in the country over into Tennessee, aud yit the smiles o' contentment'd never shift ofTii our faces!" "Someunexpected good luck lias .befallen you," the tourist replied. "That's the play to a t-y tv. We're gettin' our slice o' the millennium away uhcud o* the advertised date. Fust, ol' Zack Boltou up an' died last mouth, an* thar' hasn't been a ear o' corn or a side o* bacon missed iu the community since we tumbled the dirt on top o' him. Then Wash Tompkins, the boss ol' sledge pip.yer, got sent to State prison fur horse stealm,' thus givin' us poor players a show fur our pile ; then Snaky, the saloonkeeper up at the forks o' the -oad. dropped down to ten cents a drink fur whisky, and said he'd take corn same as cash ; then my eld woman ran off with a Yankee sew-in* machine ped dler, an' my darter Sal got religion an' joined Mount Zion Church, an' if blooin m' prosperity ain't a haugiu' over the neighborhood I'm a gilt-edged liar from the Red River swamps. Got any sweet tobaeker about you ?" Au Alman:tc, ItiOO. A double headed man stands before a banquet taking the covers off the meats, to represent January; it was the seasou for the table and good cheer. A man on a stool represents February; he has taken off one shoe, and holds the unshod foot ond both his hands close to a blazing fire, it is "ovyl weder" out of doors, and shelter is acceptable. A giil represents March. She is in a garden that has paliugf around it, with here and there a timber alcove, and she is hoeing. It is time to prepare the ground. In April, a man ploughs, his plough drawn by two horses. In May, a girl, seated, takes a bath in a tub in a gar den, holding a small tree bough in her hand. In June a man chops wood, las axe swung far and high behiud him with stropg muscle. It is time to thin the forests, foliage being thick. Iu July, a man has his scythe out cutting grass, flow ers shooting up among it freely. Iu Aug ust a girl uses a sickle M >rma-like, only cutting straight up, close grown corn. In September a man is gathering grapes, a wine press near. In October, a man is upon a ladder gathering apples lrom the tree, a full sack erect upou ihe ground, a basket for the immediate gathering hang ing on a branch. In November, a man chops again, great lying tree-trunks this time, the living trees of background quite bare. It is time to thiuk of shelter, lim ber heing universal for it, (mainly.) tim ber beiug abundant, aud ueediug the seasoning which winter will give time for. In December, a man is ready to heave his hatchet down upon an animal's throat, a lad holding the poor brute's head back to receive the blow. Captured by Pirate*. The scooner I lansit is one of a number of vessels by Jex Jfc Co., engaged in the Central and South American trade. Hhe runs between various points on the Mosquito coast of Nicaragua, transporting general merchandise, which is taken from this country to Cora island by the steamer Milliard. The Transit is commanded by Captain John Thompson, an American mariner of experience, and lias a crew con sisting of two men and a cook. One day the Transit lay al anchor in the Bay of Gracias a-Dios, the extreme northeastern point of Nicaragua. The schooner Jay three miles out lrom the town, but within the bar across the mwuth of the harbor. In the dead of uight, and when the cap tain was asleep iu tiie cabin, and only one man was on watch, the schooner was silent ly boarded by six pirates, who had steal thily approached the ship in two canoes, sheltered by the darkness. The marauders were armed to the teeth, and, having taken the Transit by surprise, were able to seize Captain Thompson and his tiiree men after a brief but desperate struggle. The cap tain and crew were gagged and bound hand and foot, ami the pirates took full jKissessiou of their prize aud ransacked '.lie ship from stem to stern. The ship's com pany were thrown into the hold, and the pirates then hoisted sail aud endeavored to make the open sea, knowing that they could not hope to retain their capture if they did not quickly gvt out of port before their daring deed was discovered. But ttie captain of the pirate crew did not know the harbor and was unable to get the ship over the bar. After manoeuvreing tu vaiu tor some little time he threatened Captain Thompson with death uuiess he piloted the vessel to sea. The captain consented to do so if he was released from the rojK'B which bound him hand and foot, ami as he peremptorily refused to comply on any other terms the pirate chief was constrained to accept the condition. Captain Thompson was given the use of his limbs to navigate the Transit over the bar and out to sea. By this time the piiates thought themselves safe and were indiscreet enough to indulge liberally in tne aguardiente, of which the ship's locker contained a plentiful supply. The fiery stuff was partaken of to excess by all hands, and soon the pirates were in a con dition of almost helpless drunkeuess. Captain Thompson was not the man to let this golden opportunity slip. Watching Liis chance he ran below, cut the rojies which bound the captive crew, and with their help quickly attacked the pirate hand, subilmd them and secured the whole six safely in irons. The course of the ship was then altered and she was then headed for Blue Fields, 380 miles lielow Gracios a DIOR, the nearest point at wh:ch there was a United States consul. Arrived here the six pirates were lakeu ashore aud sur rendered to the authorities, and Caplaiu Thompson returned to the jiort whence he had been compelled to sail so prema turely and under such sensational circum stances. The pirates were Spaniards and of Ihe most desjnaate character. Nevada FHIMIS. Now that so much is being said about the tracks of antediluvian elephants and prehistoric man at the state prison quarry, uear Carson, Nevada, it may he that some of the scientists of the Pacific coast will thiuk it worth while to take a look at the tracks beyond Dayton, near the mouth of El Dm ado canon. These tracks are in rot k that is denuded. We have never ex amined them, but have frequently heard them spoken of by Professor VV. F. Stew art, (now dead), who thought them very remarkable and of much scientific import ance. The tracks are described as much the same as those found at the state prison quarry. Though Professor Stewart said nothing of the tracks of human beings, he had a g>od deal to say of tracks of mam moth horses. These may have been the hacks of elephants or of the mammoth. This would seem to indicate that the ground was once the bottom of a lake Indeed, ail the low ground iu this par to Nevada shows signs of having been covered by water in ancient times, and also some plats of considerable altitude. In 1860 a petrified log of pine, some 30 feet in length aud 18 inches in diameter, wa9 fouud on the side of a hill to the southeast of Amer ican fiat. Strewn over Spring valley there was also at that time much petrified cedar, fir. pine and other kinds of wood. The prospectors were in the habit of "sledging" these logs up in order to get at the knots, pieces of pilch and other parts that would make specimens .for cabiuets. These logs were no doubt the trunks of trees that had 11 >ated about ou the ancieut lakes until they became water-logged and suuK to the bottom. The random way IU which they were found scattered about seemed to show this. In the year 1801 a big flood wsshed out a great number of petrified stumps of trees along a ravine running from near the Daney nun Spring valley, down in the Carson river. These appeared to be the stumps of cottonwoods, aiders aud such trees as grow along streams. In ibis region, however, noltrng more interesting is likely to be fouud than appears on the surface, but farther down the Carson, and to the eastward of tiie sink, is a section of country that Would be likely to yield niucu of value to the care ful scientific investigator. There is in that region a large area of recent sand-rock of coarse, loose texture aud a granite gray color. Some four miles east of the sink of the Carson an upheaval ot granite lias so raised this sedimentary formation as to show it to be about 800 feet in thickness. In many places large canons have cut through this formation, leaving nearly perpendicular walls. In passing along the cauons, with out making any special examinations, we have found, slicking in the walls, boues of Btnail animals aud birds, bits of wood, twigs, and the like, all black as though carbonized. On the bana of a deep canon, northeast of what is known as the Lower Bmk of the Carson, is a place where is to he seen a great quantity of petrified wood ot all kinds. A stratum of this wood, some five feet thick, ami ex posed along the cauou for a distance of over 100 yards, appears to have been a great drift. All is so thoroughly petri fied and so natural in appearauce that at a distance it seems to be a lot ol" cordwood stacked up on the bank of the cauou Mingled with this petrified drift wood may perhaps he fouud the bones and skeletons of animals, birds and rep tiles. The bed of petrified wood is cov ered to a depth of from three to five feet with earth and gravel. A l:*y in Mexico. In the morning every one is astir befort the rising sun. Hot chocolate or hot cot fee, with a light porous cake, is ready it the kitchen, and the servant comes to youi room to know it you will have chocolate oi coffee before getting up, or notifies yoi that it is waiting in the diutng room al your convenience. On (tossing lrom youi room out into the corridor (all Mexican houses are built cue story, in the shape o( a square, with an interior, corn dor on three sides facing a court) you need not feel em barrassed if no one is about; your host has probably had his coffee or chocolate and gone to his business. Tha ladies will he seen in an hour or two walking iu the gar deu. You will order your coffee, if it has not previously been taken in your room, and then amuse yourself as best you can, by a walk, or a ride, if you see fit, ordering whatever you may desire from any servant who may be visible. At about 10 o'clock, youi host will make his appearance, and if you are around, ne will greet you with, "Buenos Dins, Signer, Couio haaseo Val a Noche ?'* This is the morning salute among both rich and poor, the translation of which is: "Good morning, sir; how did you pass the night?" The ceremoni ous meal in all Spanish-American countries is break last, and is usually taken between 10 and 11 a. in. Everything is served in course*. Fruit first, soup often follows, then meats, after that eggs, and, last, "frijoles," the national d sh. This last is a dark red bean, is cooked with lard, sea soned highly with red pepper, and is served in a soup plate aud eaten with a spoon, it is very palatable and foreigners gener ally become as fond of it as the native-. Wine is always on the table, and breakfast is never complete ufltil cigarettes are handed, and every one is expected to smoae. During the smoking, business is discussed or the day's amusement canvassed and the programme settled. This is the principal meal and a little recreation iu the way of music or receiving aud enter taining visitors (the latter never remain later than noon), the family and guests go to their respective rooms and the daily "siesta,'' or mid-day sleep, is indulged iu. Between 3 and 4 p. m., the house is again astir. Coffee or chocolate is unceremoni ously served, each gotmr to the dining room as suits their convenience. The head of the house goes to business until 8 p. in. and the ladies make their toilet for eveui jg visitors. Both fashionable ami social cads are made mostly between the hours oi 5 aud Bp. ui. Between 10 aud 11 p. in., a light Btip(H;r is served, consisting princi pally of hot "tomales." which is com meal mush mixed with a force-meat of chicken or beet, highly seasoued with red pepper or ouions, all nicely rolled in a clean corn shuck, tied aud put iu a pot and boiled aud served iu lue shuck lioL Alter this come cake and wine; then cigarettes, aud alter that beer. This is the daily rou tine in the house of a well to-do citizcu of Mexico Oyster*. That the American is the best for cook mg is accepted, aud that of the cooking oysters the Saddle Rock is king. Many hundreds of barrels of these oysters are sent to E igDnd yearly, largely to noble men and genilemen who have visited this country. Iu Prince Alliert's lifetime, the Dorlous always seut a barrel to Windsor Castle for Christmas. It has been amus ingly asserted by persons desiring to raise the price, as in the ease of the leef impor talion, that this feeble transmission will affect the supply. It does not even touch it. In England the supply lias liecome scant from the small field for oyster growth. But uo eye can see through the distance of time the day when iu the United Slates,* with its vast coasts furnishing unlimited fields of growth, there can corqe a deaith. In Virginia, every seasou now the oyster seed can be had for 25 eeids a bushel, con taining some 25,000 seed oysters, in two years, #1 a 100 cau be oblaiued for the crop. Of course, the natural enemies of oyster here, as on the foreign coasts, are many. Tnere are the star-fish, which clasp the bivalves in their arms and rasp away with the. natural files they carry until the oyster itself is laid bare. Prawns, too, attack the oyster when young with great success. These little fairies may be seen to "back" untill they get sufficient room for a rush, and then go i ull tilt at the tender shell, which they strike hard enough to pierce it with formidable beaks 'This ramming is repeated until a convent ent hole is made and then the prawn pro eetds to least upou the oyster. The crab is, too, the deadly enemy of the oyster. The crabs may be seen, if you look down from your boat into tiie water, growling about everywhere in search of a young der to crunch. At times they seem to 0 it for the pura pleasure of destrucionf °r they have been watched taking the in taut oysters m their pincers aud crackiug them one after another as fast as they could, or if the oyster is too big or strong to lie crushed to death, a crab will lie quietly by until the valves open when, quick as lightning, in goes one of the big claws as a wedge to be followed by a smaller one, with which the oyster is pinched out to be eaten piecemeal. lu. France the oyster has au enemy of his owu raw, who, it is prophesied, will gradually drive hun out, as the Hanoverian ra f , which Charles Watterton always calied the Drown, drove out the original black rat. This is the Portuguese oyster, which is be heved to have come irom the Tagus. It is inferior in quality and fiivor to the English or French or our oyster, Jbut is much hardier aud more nushiug and grows and multiplies at a prodigious rate. It does uot cross tie ostrea edu'in in love— Sheridan says in one of his plays "au oyster may he crossed iu iove" —but it crows it out whenever a footing cau be ob tained. Tnese Portuguese oysters have brought down prices. The Archacou breeders now sell small oysters for iaying down at $1 the thousaud, the prices being somewhat lower iu the Mosoihau. Twelve years ago they cost as much as £2 ss. a thousaud, or eight pence a dozen, for the fiuest and twenty-eight shillings for the Portuguese. But at the doors of the best provincial restaurants "the smiling, red cheeked ecail lie res" charge two shillings a dozen for green fins, though they can be got for halt that price iu tne seaside hotels. None of these particular cuemies, iiowev - er, reach these shores, nor can auy of the others, which ours have iu couriiou with the toreigu oysters, make au impression ou our exliaustless supply. 'The enemies which our fish have most to fear are those cross-nets so shamefully permitted which, worked by steaiu-tugsaud stretching some- times for near a mile, sweep remorsely the bottom of the water, carrying every thing spawn, young fish, and useless hsh, into their smacks. Those which are of value are picked out and the others care lessly left there. And the similar des tructive quality beloags to menhaden net ting fishery. When the larger fish flud themselves deprived of their food they will soon seek fresh feeding fields. These destructive nettings have already thinnevl the supply of all other fish. Happily this does not so much affect the favorite oyster otherwise we should have a vigilance com mittee and a number of net oysterers hang ed. for all our great men, as those of other countries, have been fon.l of oysters. Mo3t of our great Journalists have rejoiced in them. The late Mr. Bennett was wont to say that he enjoyed his midday dozen more than any other me&l, and Thurlow Weed, now in Ins declining years, says he finds more nourishment in them than in any other fO(d. Our judges are all pat rouizers of this delightful delicacy and their most luminous charges have been al most invariably aided by a preiiuiiuary en joyment of a score of Shrewsbury. Then of statesmen, President Arthur, when pre siding at the Custom Home, might have been seen daily at Mr. Southerland's counter. They Lfldn't Sell Stoves. Four or five weeks ago, a woman with an undecided look on her face entered a Detroit hardware store, threaded her way for sixty feet among coal stoves of every pattern, and timidly inquired : "Do you keep stoves here ?" "Yes'm." "Coal stoves ?" - "Yes'm." She said she had been thinking of gettidg a coal stove for the winter, and the clerk took her in hand. He showed her how the doors worked and how the dampers were arranged, and the flqes situated, and lie talked of the double drafts, great sav ings, increased cheei fulness, reduction in Drice, aud ail that, and she said she'd think it over and drop in again. In about three days the woman reap peared and inquired of the very same clerk jif they sjld coal stoves. He replied that I they did sell oie now and then, and he cleared his voice and legan the usual thirty-minute lecture on the Michigan, the Detroit and the Peninsular base-burners. Ihe beautiful nickel-plate, the place for the ter-'iettle, the ornamental legs—the anti-clinker shaker—ail pouits were tou ched upon and praised aud explained, and the woman sa d she wouldn't take one aioug under her arm just then, but would call again. She called again that same week, beard the same lecture from the same clera, aud started for the bank to draw the money to pay for a base-buruer. That was the last 8a;a of her for a week. Then she walked sottly ij aod innocently inquired: "I suppose you keep coal-stoves t" "No ma'am." "Not any kiud ?" a one. We used to, but went out of the business a year ago." There were twenty c.*l stove 3 on the floor, but if she saw them, she did't let on. She heaved a sigh of ds<appointment, glanced around ner, aud went slowly out with the remark. "Well, I do.i't know as I want to buy one, but 1 thought it wouldn't do any harm to look at some of the latent makes.'' J.<pau*e Festivals. Oue curious custom iu vogue is the ex hibition of a fish on every house where a ln>y has been born to the family during the year. This showing is made during the month of May, and ou the fifth of that month there is a high festival held, the relatives of the family making it the occa sion of presenting gifts aud toys suitable for boys, as well as giving clothing fitting for the little chap. All sorts of child's gear is to be seen on exhibition at this time, and no boy is neglected. The boy is the pri !e of the household, the parents testifying their joy iu feasting all corners uow honor them by theii remembrances. The girl babies are not forgotton, but they are accorded another day and a sepa rate festival lime, this being the third day of the third month—the third of March, Then, instead of the fish floating as a sym bol, the doll is to be seen iu abundance, and all the toys known to the girl world are lavishly displayed. There is very much of pride exhibited ou both of these child festivals, as the gifts presented are ostentatiously displayed by the fond pa rents for the aduiiraliou of their friends. Diminutive suits of armour, tiny swords aud bows anil arrows, toy horses with full suits of trappings—iu fact, every imagina ble thing tuat goes in the make up of the Jap uiese warner of the olden tiaie are ou parade on the fiith of may, while the third of March bnugs forth all that is represen tative of the life and fancies of the feminiue gender. There are many who are not content to await the full event of the time for the display of the fish emblem, so that luring the latter part of April it is no un common thing to see au immense fish, sometimes two, so constructed that it is rilled by the breeze, doating from a bam boo pole, ueraldiug the glory that has its lodgment in the house from which it is exhibited. iiti/.or Hack Hog. To the traveler tlirougb Texas, one of the strangest auit most peculiar featuies of laudscape is the razor-back hog. He-is of Swiss cottage style of architecture. His physical outline is angular to a degree un known outside of a text-book on the t-cience of geometry. The couutry razor back prowls around in the woods, and lives on acorns, peanuts and roots; wheD he cau spare time, he climbs under his owner's fence, and assists in harvesting the corn crop. In this respect he is neigh borly to a fautt, and, when his duty to the owner's crop will allow, he will readily turn in and assist the neighbors, even workiug at night rather thin see his crop spoil tor want ot attention. Crossing the razjr-back wilh blue blooded stock makes but little improvement. The only effec tive way to improve him is to ctoss him with a railroad train, lie then becomes an imported Berkshire or Boland-China hog, and it' he does not knock the train off ihe track, the railroad pays for him at the rate ot $1 a pound, for which they are al lowed tlie mournful privilege of shoveling the remains oil the track. Ine bam of the razor-back is more juicy thau the hind leg of an iron fire -dog. hut not so fat as a pine knot. NO 4S.