Newspaper Page Text
%tv: (Oilcans. Republican.
iffTcTal jour nal of t he united states |m':C!AL JOURNAL OF NEW ORLEANS MOVE'S APOLOGY. ;;f Lon* BJLL150I f?AL!>r* . L rebu^of the luoora and the m+tt*. £*-«!*• millet. down Uy the breezes u? 9.Iky is fur. Leci-u^e oI the charm o! *he .O'* •A-*« 1 d y ti, it was partly tbrous'-i r# a»ou of her. n* cauif ut the chit ni of tlit ciortr aad millet Ti: ■ m uniiu: in % chant of the insect'* soft whir I tarr.td to Iols. fc.I it, that the iitea a.f-i V: e <:♦ •tii.v writtfc t ut ' DtH3 . of her V*' , because of all tarried, t-.at 1 /c?rd au;! f rr sure and I m < * r!i ,ii that t^tty ozit iaew ~ afct was the reasoa tsy foot, :*•; * vaie car r. oft to the n.Ciidow* ktisiTi'i * . •':. ill*'. T-.:' :.■> *».;*« t it»* reaso n, a$ 'i * Lea t~* irue U lbt charm •: « a '. o i (lie insect* iran.ed a sweet les t-saou I lie loving are '••it *.»* SO sad iu the r^v. tr and over, DIAMOND ITT DIAMOND. Colonel Nathaniel J. Cooim.—better known as Cool Nat—ot Coclingt >n, San loaqum county, in the State of California, vas 1 * frdlow-i>assenger of mine on that well known trans-Atlantic steams) tj*. the Mongolia, fatuous alike for tbe raj idity of her ocean voyages, the absence of napkins at meal times and the blutl heartiness ot her excellent commander. Colonel Cooling rejoiced in a velvet coat and a loose necktie of sanguine hue. but it was impossible to enjoy his society lor any I rtigtb of time without observing the im mense diamond solitaire which adorned his large but well-shaped hand. Ibis was not merely a large diamond, hut a brilliant such as is rarely seen. It threw out flashes like a lime light, nud blazed with almost intolerable radiance. One splendid summer afternoon, as the Mongolia doing her best to make short work of the Atlantic, the Colonel caught my eye fixed iu adinira t.on on his magnificent jewel, and launched at once into the following story: '•I guess, neighbor, you air takin' advan tage of tne fine weather to kinder photo , graph my diamond. It's worth the .rouble, yes. sir-r-r ! Not only for the vallev of the stone, hut for the high old time 1 had in gettin' it. You see I aiu't a New Yorker, and never set eyes on the Empire City till h few weeks ago, when I kim around from Frisco to make a Europian tower. '•No sooner had 1 landed, and got well fixed at the New York Hotel, than, making a bee line for the bar. I found ail the folks tun diamond mad. In most settlements I an acquainted with, the talk runs mostly on dollars, but in the big city I heard of nothing but diamonds. " Every boy was braggin' on his dia monds, and "ome of 'em seemed to hold a full band. Wal, after my third cocktail I lit a fresh cigar, and begun to feel that tho diamond fever was kinder ketchin', and I said to myself, ' Nat Cooling, you never was a one-horse person nor a cuss as would take a back seat anywheres. If you air goiu' to pan out on diamonds you must do it heavy.' "Hein' on such oncoiuiiion good terms with myself I took another drink, and then fell talkin' diamonds with a very elegantly dressed gentleman, who gave me a lot of points on the subject. After a few more cocktails I told my new friend that I must get a diamond, but that it mast be the big gest in New York. The gentleman wore a handsome stone himself, which he said was us good as he could pay for. but remarked that he thought ho knew where.to find an A1 brilliant, iu fact, the ayewunnest stone it; tho world. 1 laugh. I do, when I think liow anxious I was to see it, and how much J feel indebted to the young gentleman when he consented to mention my desire lor the Suggest diamond in New York to Lis friend. He told me that he did not think hie friend would seli. In fact, he was pretty sure he wouldn't, but that I might have a sight of the stone if I would l>reukfast with him at Deinn uko's at twelve o'clock next day. "This looked all light, and the next morning I was punctual to my appoint ment, was introduced to my friend'.- friend. n!so an elegant gentleman, and sat down to the very best breakfast I bad ever teen. I didn't, however, eat much more than a three-ycarjfild b'or, my mind was so took up with tliPdiamonds! Nothin' that I had e ver seen in the sparkling way was a cir cumstance to it. Eong before we got to the coffee and cigars I made a resolution to liave that diamond. But when I led up to the subject the owner said that money would induce him to part with a gem which Bad been givcu to him by l.:« ueeeaspil Xnother on her death-bed. "However, the party broke up. and I in vited my new friends to dine with me-on the morrow. But 1 bad diamond on the brain, could neither sleep nor drink, and uctooally lost a big pile or dollar.- at poker through trying for a straight tlush in diamonds. At our next meeting I noticed ti.at the proprietor of the diamond looked discouraged about somethin', and 'told tutu what a bad time 1 bad had at poker. "•Ah" said lie,'I am the most unlucky ti.at. in the. world. Last night 1 lost $10,000 at I'aro. coppering the jack, lie won c:ne t. ■ n times running, and left me dead broke, v ith nary red iu my pocket. "Now. thought 1. is my opportunity, so. •1 sympathizin' with »uin, rake «! up the « amend subject agin. li.- di d not Lke the t at ail .i! first, atul and avorted 1 a vicious mustang. but .it ia?t. it dee tin* ; his •'• tits i f lion >V ILli it be iuet, he t. .veil in and parted w i th the . • iaiuoad. a :cr kis.sin' it agin ami agin with tears in ! - • >-.?. for flO.t'ilO ens b, on m.V !> remising t at f i vi r 1 should w ant to pint with the .me, 1 wmHd give li .iu th ■ Opt! of re 1 ..-chasing it at the Fame . addin* M irti per cent interest for t ue til t* I had lu ai i :.t ni my money. "Next morning my ti vd drop 11 to breakfast, a? they l-roni Sell. • keaaii feci myself weaken n' ca the business 11 a? l-roni Sell. • feci myself weaken n' ca the business la • uary dots a town. Afte r examinin' the m. lie told me coolly tii *: •' va? about ti 1 bogus diuim ml !.» had i ver seen, br t that a sham it was, a ml no mistake. Y. sir. mav imagine mv feelin's, not ?o ch .it losing |10,< • on '• diamond, and a ■ cap a: |.l ,y. a? at tile thought that 1. ( I . out id Sail .toaqil'.li. 1 ; ll liecli gobbled ly .. couple of New York dead lea:?. I my i. s 1 hi) and struck in at I'hen, :! of my . 7 ■ '% diamond ter show ring him i.:, reliant in H e city sept. . iv g him my bogus gem. an i t. set ret j.' asked :i he conk •'..amend like it. " lie told me lie would do 1 ievt-I best t.. match ■?. and did eo w ' t. tout hours, charging me $I'.'.0v0 lor the clone. 1 tuen had it set in the ring in the place of my bogus one, and. putting Colonel Bogus ia my pocket, walked iuto tin bur of my hotel. /■I 1 had judged, there was uo more than two in the little speculation I had suffered trom. Mr friend and his friend had cleared nut. but I smelt powder when I heard the talk run upon the number of sham dia monds worn. 'Yes. sir,' said one young Mood, dressed up like a barber's block; 'I guess them very big stones is mostly bogus,' casting a' the same time a snaky look at juv ring, i went on taking my bitters quite 1 silent, ami seemed kinder wrapped up i-a :uv ring. But they wouldn't let me alone, and presently got up a bet anioug them selves about'their iiugs. ami pitched upon me as umpire, for. stiil one of 'em. 'Guess that strange gentleman as wears the Koki coor ought to understand the subject.' "I kept iny temper, and said. 'Gentlemen, I don't understand small potatoes. T hem little bits o' things may or may not be genu ine; bat if you want to brag oa diamonds. I guess I'll take the pool.' At this they kinder sniggered, and asked to look at my ring I let them look as long as they liked, 'out kept, the ring oa my linger. At last one of them said, 'That stone m ist have come .pretty high, I j udge.' 'Yes. sir,' said I; 'ten thousand dollars, cash.' At these words they sniggered agiu. So I, putting oa that I was riled, rounded on 'ear sharp; 'I don't know, gentlemen, what you see to laugh at.' Then the gracefulest and politest cuss in the party says, quite solemn-like, 'I fear it is no laughing matter for you. sir. I guess you air a stranger, and I suspect some rascals in the city here have s'uck you with an imitation stone.' At this I pretended to rile right up. and swore that I had bought the ring of a perfect gentleman, and had no end of trouble to buy it at all. The polite man stiffened up his back at that, made some remarks on gentility m general, and wound up by offering to bet a thousand dollars that my diamond wj< bogus, to put up the money right away, and leave the matter to be decided by any jew eler named by the proprietor of the hotel. "Then I felt that I had struck a lode, and turning round sharply says. 'Lookee here, sir; beta of a thousand dollars is good enough lor a small game, but when my word e questioned, and my property is run down. I put down my whoie pile, and I will back my diamond with my bottom dollar.' They kept tueir faces very well, but I could see their eves glisten, and knew that I had •-iu sale. One said he couldn't put up much just then, but be could find Sou in half au hour, and'would stake it with pleasure agin mine.' Then another struck in, and thought as ' I didn't look satisfied with such a little bet. he would back his friend's opinion for five th luswid.' and as I stiil kepton savin' I was uot goin' to show my diamond except for a bet ot twenty thousand dollars, they scraped up about eighteen thousand among them 1 covered the money and handed it over, with the ring and a written memo random, to the proprietor. _ A lapidary was named, called in and decided at once that tile diamond was genuine. Quite a consid erable scene took place, and the swindlers insist 'd <m callin' in another witness, and I nearly busted myself with laughin' when tuey named the very man I bought the stoue of. When he saw the stone his face was a study : but he never let ou that he had seen if, before, and said only that it was perhaps 'the finest diamond he had ever seen m a ring.' bowed to the company and walked oil. To do my rascais justice, they showed grit, drank the champagne I treated them to and walked off'coolly enough. "The story of uiy big tier somehow got around, ami all sorts of versions got into the papers. I was iuterviewed pretty heavily by reporters, and Colonel Nathaniel J. Cooling, of .San Joaquin, was credited with owning the biggest diamond ring iu New York, when who should walk into the hotel but my original friend and his friend. The cusses evidently believed that by some unheard of chance they had purchased a real instead of a bogus diamond, and they were uo doubt ragiug iu their inuards to think that they hadn't sold me in the first instance, and had put the gang in the hole for $ 13,00(). But the stoue was now cele brated. and they began tryia' to work on me to let 'em have it back for $10,000, as I bad made such a good speculation in bets. The original proprietor said he was in funds agin, and couldn't sieep for thinkiu' of his mother's ring. Of course he wanted it back to sell at a big profit, and recoup the gang a bit. I declined to seil, and kept kim off and on till I was ready to start, and told him I must wear the ring till I was aboard ship. when, if he would pay down the mouey in gold, he could have his ring again. You guess what I did! No? Why the day before we sailed I had the real dia mond set in the ring you see on my hand, and Colonel Bogus put back into the old setting. My friends came on board, paid the money in gold, stranger—nary shin plasters—examined the ling and the same old sham diamond they sold me, and went off as happy a* coyotes round a dead mule. I wonder how they like the deal now! As far as I can figure it, I take about eighteen thousand by the spec.—twe-thirds in dia mond and the rest iu gold. Our glorious Golden .State i?. 1 guess, the place to cut your eye-teeth in. ami I guess the dead beats ot New Yo:k city wul not soou for get Nat C'joling, of San Joaquin." diatelv sc ratubl ■il out ere auo was fired. plain tively asking, • of 'em !' • " 'Dou't know 1 I replied. some of v u fell • ws! Lyon ha through t le th: gh, Help him lows, and stow ! tn in the iva-.-h, wav.' •• Hit ha 1 !' a? seal several. Through the Canon. "It was a rifle, boys," said Uncle Nell, "I shall always remember. I was in the em ploy of the Overlaud Stage Company, superintendent of the same, during my sojourn m Mexico. I have driven over the same route before and since, many times mounting the box with th** driver, riding over the entire routs from El Paso toTau Son. "During the early autumn some trouble had been apprehended from the Greasers and Apaches, especially from the latter, who had broken into our stockade and run off' numerous heads of cattle at the upper end of the route. "It was on tho afternoon of an Indian summer day that 1 mounted the box with King Lyon, the driver, who held the reins in one hand and the lash in the other, pa tiently waiting for the word 'go,' and occa sionally chirruping to the mules. The word was given as I secured my seat. " 'No moon to-night, Nell." said King Lyon, alter darkness had settled around us. •• 'No union '' I asked. " 'Too laps lor our use; won't rise til! one o'clock.' "Our coach hauled up at a small post where we exchanged mules, anti in tive minutes tho fresh teams were on the road. "'Aiiv signs of 'Paches or Greasers V asked King Lyon, as he applied the lash. 'Nothuu as yet. Here t'aere was a fam ily smoked out by Greasers the other night over by 'be Big Run.' "With this teply the man leu the fatigued animals into the stable. "Onward we sped; mile after mile passed by, and we approached the pass. Uphill hud down tugged the mules, pulling the heavy-laden coach, and we were soon in the dreaded pass. The passengers inside hail not been informed 6f the peculiarities of the pass, and consequently were uncon scious of tho danger. "Neither King nor I spoke now. for fear had driven conversation away. The canon was hail traversed with no signs of Indians, and wo were congratulating ourselves that our tear- were preuiaturt—bat we were too hasty! As we came to a portion of tho canon where there was a dense foliage, a volley of bullets came hurtling through the coach in close proximity t.) iny person. ••'O. God. Nelli I'm shot!' exclaimed King Lyon, as he let go las hold of the reins, ami would have fallen to the ground had t not caught him with one hand and with the other grasped the lines, ami with a sudden jerk brengh* the mules to a stand still. "It wa- needless for me to yell 'Indians !' to those inside the coach, for they inline 'How many lie quick, been shot Sown, fel "'Nothing bad. A doctor tan jet k the pill." that is, if we reach El Paso again.' "King Lyon had jutt been placed in the coach, and a second volley whizzed by. One of the forward mules drooped iu tile road, shot through the head. This created a panic among the remainder, but I man aged them thoroughly. At the second vol ley. our party who had waited with guns, deringers and pistols for this, instantly tired iut > the thicket from whence the shots came. There was no response, and six sit cessive volleys were tired to where t' Apaches or Greasers were supposed to he. " 'None than guess they're slid. Thought we were one too many for 'em !' spoke oue of the passengers; and as they- all seemed to concur with this statement, they clam bered iuto the coach, thinking the Indians, it such they were, had retreated, they be ing very cowardly unless in large numbers. "Meantime several of us had uutraced the dead mule and dragged him to the side of the road. The others we let go. intend ing to finish our journey with one team—if we should so succeed. All aboard, and I again mounted the box, grasped the reins and coaxed the now exhausted team to an increasing speed. Nothing more was heard of the miscreants, and we passed sately through. I breathed freely when we reached terra firms, and the journey seemed short till we reached El Paso. "King Lyon immediately received med ical aid, and in three weeks was able to take his accustomed place on the route. It was never known who it wa3 that attacked us that night, though it was doubtless some band with intent to pillage the coach and occupants, but onr number had hindered them from carrying out their purpose. I shall never forget the night King and I sat alone on the box, shuddering with fear, and the ride through the canon. 7 ' 'A technical phrase, meanlo; extract the bail. - that a doctor wi!I Mexican Barbarity. The San Diego I \~orld has the following account of the barbarity of the Mexican brigands under the rebei chief Lozada: Tae Pacific Mail Southern Coast steamer California put into San Diego recently to coal. Little dreamed those who went down to the wharf of the Pacific Mail Company of the t trr.ble story wuiah was told of a mere child of eleven years who was ou board, named Lola Arroa. Oa a stretcher iu the steerage lay a girl who certainly was not twelve years old. As the experience is with southern females, she was far advanced to woman hood, and the lines of her form indicated a sensuous aud beautiful physical develop ment. It is well to dwell upot^ such engaging characteristics as the poor creature retained, for the ruin which had been wrought upon her is almost too fearful to detail, ami the story of the atrocity is such as could hardly be par alleled elsewhere on earth in this nineteenth century. Lola iuu->: hare been a beautiful girl, for her form letained grace and sym metry that nature must certainly have car ried to completion in her face. The child woman was a ruin. A firebrand had be held to her n-ase. burning it almost com pletely off. The blistered flesh was still angry and inflamed, giving au indescribably loathsome and pitiable aspect to the poo: creature. Her cheeks were one mass of charred flesu, pulpy and erubescent wi'h the recent passage of a firebrand. Her eyebrows aud lashes were burned off, ami her eyeballs were seared by the blasting ll ernes. Liberal as is the endowment of the Mexican women with wavy masses of black hair, not a capillary'was left on Lola's head. One h obliged to recur to some of the terrible pic tures of Danto or Spencsr to get an idea of the fearful aud yet appalling deformity of this poor girl. The ui>"rt de fe was a merci less thing in the obi days, but that was car ried to a decent end, aud left merely a mass of calcined rubbish. Here the destructio was as complete, but the victim was allowed to live to be au object of horror, instead of a thing of beauty aad joy forever, as nature intended her to be. The story of Lola and her mother is incredible. They were taken on by the California at Mazat lan. ou the fourth of July. They had been living at the village of Copala.'about fifty miles iroui Slazatian. A word as to the mother may uot bo amis3. She is quite re markable for her personal charms. She has noble features, a clear olive skin, and splendid masses of blue-black lucjr. They lived on the outskirts of Copala. Oa the thirteenth of June, Antonio Murillo, one of the lieutenants or under chiefs of the ruf fian Lozada, with a small force, came into the neighborhood cf Copala. The Arroa house was detached. The husband, wife, and Lola wtre its sole inmates. They seized upon the mother, doubtless attracted by her personal charms, aad the child Lola. The husband offering resistance, he was shot down and the huusa tired. Hurrying swiftly away from the scene of blood, mother aud daughter were swept with the brigands, who were on horseback, toward the mountains. The tragedy was enacted about four o'clock m the afternoon. Tho brigands had been riding all day: aad. af ter going, as near as the mother could guess, twenty miles from Copala. they camped for the night. They were too tired to think of aught hut sieep that night; and. after dispatching a hastily prepared meal, anil quaffing liberally of mescal, they lay down to sleep, binding the mother to one of the brutes aud the child to the other. The mother watched her chance, and when the ruffiaus were in the deep sleep of fatigue, she succeeded ia slipping the withes which bound her, and making her escape, ar rived the next day at Copala with bleed ing feet. She did not release Lola because she was afraid of arousing the ruffiaus, and did not think the child could make the journey, even it they should both suc ceed *ia escaping. She thought, be sides. that Lola's tender years would protect her from abuse. The brigands on awaking next morning and finding the mother gone, vented their fury in blows upon poor Lola. They pursued'their jour ney t<* the mountains, and from thence -ent in a demand for a ransom for Lola. They made it so large that it was beyond the mother's ability to pay it. A government force was sent in pursuit. One week from the day of capture, ou the twentieth of June, the ruffians not receiving the ransom demanded, took a tire brand ami seared the child as we have described. The object un doubtedly was to put her to-a lingering death by the most fiendish tortures, pro tracted from day to day. The government forces came upon Murillo and his band iu the night time, routed- them aud rescued the maimed aud ruined Lola. Mother and child leit a country of such atrocities in horror, and are now ou their way to San Francisco on the California. A Conductor to be Trusted. [Chicago Tribune Letter. | One day. before Cornelias Vanderbilt ob tained possession of the Hudson River rail way, he was traveling, it is said, from here to Albany, and, considering himself a privi leged character, went Into the baggage car to smoke. He bail been enjoying his cigar but two or three minutes w.iieu the conduc tor came along and informed him p.iliteiv that he must not smoke there. Vanderbilt said that it wouldn't make any difference— that it was all right, etc.: but the conductor was of a different opinion, declaring that was contrary to the rules of the road. "You don't know me." said the speaker. "JIv name is Vanderbilt: I am sometimes called Commodore. I generally do about as I please." "I dou't know, nor do I care who you are. Mr. Vanderbilt, i intend to obey the rule?. If you were ten times a Commodore. 1 could not permit you to smoke her.-; and you must go elsewhere to finish your cigar." The loyaltv to dutv displayed by" the conductor pleased the ancient Cornelius, and he went out. though not before he had said to the conductor: "You are the tight kind cf a man for your piace. You don't respect persons. 1 think of buying this road, and if I do. you can stay ou it as 1 mg as you'Uke." Vanderbilt did buy the road uni re tained the conductor. He frequently re marked that that man could be trusted: that he was never mistaken iu judging of character: and that he knew, from the firs', that the conductor was sound. The conductor stays on th-' roc 1 for five , and in that time, a* the s' >rr goes. into a pecuniary in Jg - hims pendence. So mud character. Vanderii! the cun'ia l'.<r Vander Evidently 1 'fetter tha It's kuowie e conduct*) \ anderbdt kaev The Difference. Meet a fellow man when thethei::.' merer is up among the nineties, aud you see 'aim mopping the sweat iroui bis iuci. digging the dust from Lis eyes, his paper collar wilted, his linen coat streaked with sweat, and he exclaims: "Hot! Why. I never saw such weatheri ' He tells you how the rub ber in his suspenders has" melted and run togethei: how he could wring pints of water Item his clothing: how he has lost five pounds of flesh in ten days; how the sun has crisped his boots and ruined his rye-nighty and he starts off with the re mark: "Never saw anything like it." Now meet a lady, and what do you see! Clean white dress, dainty collar.'jaunty tie. hair nicely combed, eyes bright and sLinitig. no dust—everything a.? tidy and ordeilv as it the weather was October. She doesn't hurry a bft. stops unw and then right in the sun. cuts the air with her parasol as it she had no use for it. and al ways manages to just escape- the furious cloud ot dust coming up or down the 6treet. There are no inquiries about the state of the thermometer, no longing looks at soda water signs and ice wagons, and no appli cation ot the handkerchief. She does not hurry, does not dash for the shade of a six loot awning and bang to the spot waiting for a cloud to pass over the sun. and when she takes a car it seems to matter little whether all the windows are up or whether they are down. How on earth do they manage it!— Detroit Free Press. JOHN JAN KIN'S SERMON. Tlie min'ster 8ai,l last ni*ht. says he; " Don't be afraid nr' givin': If your life ain't noth:*' to other folks. Why. what's the use o' livin' And that's what I say to wife, says I, There's Brown, the mis rable sinnrr. He'd sooner a beggar would st tree than give A cent toward ouyin' a dinner. I tel! you our minister s prime, he is, Eui I couldn't quite determine, When I heard him a-g:viu' it right and left, dust who was hit bv his sermon. Of course there couldn't he u.) mistake When he talked tf long winded prayin'. For Peters aud Johnson tliev set and ecu's lul At every word he was sayin'. At 3(! th* minister lie went oa to sav. *' There s various kinds o c heatin' Aad rtii-^i on's as good for eve ry *iay As it :s 1 to bring to ineetin'. I don't thi uk much of a man t hat giv The Lord aniens at my pi each! Lr.d spends his time the followin' week In cheatin' and overrea mm I guess th it dose « ai hitter enough Fur a nus'i like Jones t.) swal.er: But 1 noticed he didn't open his mouth, Not once, after that, to holler Hurrah, says I. tor the minister' Of course 1 said it quiet— Give tis some more cf this open t *1W. !: i very refreshiu' diet. The minister hit 'em every time; Ami v i.eu he spoke of fii-h:on And u rigglu' out in hows and tL-uga As woman's rulin' passion, And a ro-iu .1 to church to see the styles I couldn't help a-winkic . Ami a-Judgin' my wife, and sirs I,' That » you." And l guess it set her thmkiu . Sava I to mvse'.l: That sermon's pa'; But man is a queer creation, And I m much afraid that most 0 the fu'.kl Won't lake the application. ^ Now, it he had said a word about >!•-- persona! mode o' amnia'. I'd have gone to work to right myself, Aud uot set here a gruiniu. Just then the minister says, s.ava Uo. " And now f've come to the fellers Who' vs lost this shower by usiu' their friends As sort o' moral umbrellas. Go home.' says he, and find your faults. Instead of iiuatiu' your brothers'; Go home," lie sits "and wear the coats "You've tried to lit for others. My wife she nudgeil, ami Brown hs winked. And there was ,ofs o' emii'iu Aud lots o' !ook:u at our pew. It sot my blood a biliuh Savs I to myseif, our minister Is girtin' a iittie bitter; I'll tea huu. when meetm's ou* that I Ain't at ail that kind of a critter. - — Harper s Eazar. THE LIGHT BRIGADE. - I A; last we have a historical biauJer gracefully corrected and a handsome de leave of a brave' soldier whose name has been under a eiond. It has been popularly decided that Captain Louis Nolan, of Lord .Iiaglan's staff, being an impetuous soldier, purposely misconstrued the actual meaning of an order which he cat ried into an author ization of the senseless sacrifice of the Light Brigade, and that his only excuse was that he was the first in m killed in the charge. Launce Poyntz. ia the Galaxy, after reviewing the topography of the bat tle-field and the position of the forces, says: As it was. matters stood thus, when Nolan left Kaglan. bearing the "fourth order." The Russians were clustered on two hills, the English aud French cavalry stood locking on. Lueau was in his usual nervous, irritable state, when the gallop ot a horse was heard. A tali, slender young officer, with a trim figure aad biaek moustache, was coming down a deep descent at full speed, with a white envelope, which stuck in his belt, aad every eye was ou him in a moment. It was Captain Nolan, in his scarlet shell jacket, a little forage cap set on one side of his dark curls, his face full of joy aad eagerness. An audible murmur went through the ranks. Orders come! Nolan's the boy that'll show us the way to move.' For Nolan was weli known and universally beloved. In another monitn: he had dashed up and saluted: then handed his letter to Lord Lucan. The cavalry general tore it open with the nervous haste characteristic of j every movement of his lordship. When he I read it ov-r his countenance changed. Then ; his lordship broke out, something in this style: j Why. good heavens, sir, what can he ! mean ! With the little force at our com- ! mand we cau barely hold our own. much less advance. D is perfectly suicidal. How can we advance !" t Nolan's eye began to b'aze. He had just i come from the high ground whence the ! whole Russian position eouid be seen at a ' glance. Knowing that his order content- ! plated the doubling back of the Russian i columns ami saving the guns in the re- • doubts, he was impatient of the pragmati .1 objection of this captious old man. ! Ia a stern, distinct tone he spoke to Lord | Lucan: i Lord Raglan's order? are that the cav- j airy should attack immediately." j •Attack, sir"' cried Lacan, angrilv. "At | j ! j | ! ' | i •Attack, sir"' cried Lacan, angrilv. "At tack what! What guns, sir!' Nolan threw his head back indignantly, and pointed to the Causeway Ridge, where the Russians were busily at work trying to ms. The group hat he was talking npracticable man. hose to tancy that oi the vallev. and haul away the captured was standing at the right the north vallev. "There, my fi rd. i.? ysu "and there are your gun? The captain forgot ti tn au excited and ii Wrong-headed Lucan c he poiute i tn the end with ail theobs t'.nacy of to the error. "Verv well, s r. verv w ly. "The orile shall b my hand? of it. He wheeled 1 :? hnr?e where Cardigan sat in fr lines, gnawing his gra chafing over his inactivit iiept ed. ,t of bis brilliant moustache aud ' Hu.? . angri I wash i off to old.** wa? all Le said, staff. "The brigade w Then said wrong-headed Lucan : "Lord Cardigan, vou will attack t sian? in the valley." The ear! dropped hi.? sword in salute "Certainly, my lord; but allow me to point out to you that there i? a battery in tr-mt. a battery on each flank, and'the ground is covered with Russian riflemen." "1 can't help it." said Lucan, snappishly: "it is Lord Raglan's positive order that rlie light brigade is to attack the enemy. We have no choice but to obey." Then Cardigan bowed hi? head. "Very well, m Then turning to .rade and friend. Cupt of Seventeenth lancers. Now that he had maintained !•:? position as mouth-piece of the commander-in-chief, against the iuipu dent fault-finding oi Lucan, he felt happv. i vance." he said quietly. Mean: in le Nolai i. after hi? sharp p • isea;;e ' arms wi th the d ivision commande r. ha<l iilsu efi : to th e right brigade h iiuseif. here he was cl mertu:!y talking fo hi* rc col ;:ng go his ain Morris. His beloved eavali y w a? to be launched at i t-** on tiii? glori ous mission a g ainfat tho Can seway Ridge. and already I/, A.Ionv 'ill© was preparing to a lit the other ' iiaiik ot th*. Russia! - \V 'ho can wondei r thi u enthnsias itie NY dan toM Morris that ! e was p in j to see the biia aL- through i 'he charge? It was his pii\ 'iiege to do so. and his hear: beat k i:gh wirl. i hope. Little did hf* know o £ ex* tent ot pin-headed stu pidity catu ra; to the two mem hers cf the Eiijsziifli si istocr aey wlio re'peit.veV' e< omu landed and led £ hat char A ice was soon heard in fron t ol' the Urisad le ii ow formed in tl .ree pne.-i ■ Lid Luc an. rede a war to the -He aviea," and N oUn galloped ! round to the : rear to the leu c ot the breach l'» us the sharp voice cried; • Light brigade, forward—trot—march!" In a moment the trout ima was away, as steady as if on parade, at a rapid trot.' fol lowing au erect gentleman, mounted on a 'hestuut thoroughbred, aad wearing Tight scarlet trousers and a bias fur-trimmed jacket, the front a perfect maze of gold. The erect gentleman wa? as slender in figure, as alert in gesture as a boy of twen -1 ty. aad yet that man wa? fifty-seven years old and the Ear! ot Cardigan hjmseif But hardly had they started when Nolan uttered a cry of astonishmen r and rage. *'Good God 1 are the fools going to charge down the valley ! ' he shouted. Then, setting spurs to his horse, he dashed out of his place and galloped madly across the front waving his sword. "Where are you going, my lordhe shouted. "That is not Lord Raglan's order ! Change front to the right! This way 1 This wav ! The batteries on the ridge 1" Lord Cardigan was as ho: tempered in his way as Lord Lucan. The audacity of an officer presuming to cross his front'was j I ; j ! ! t i ! ' ! i • ! | i j j r). Leister K--. yon or; * ft; vi t-lya ] ner* * -Whr aa:d changed her right d own J pon u enough. For that officer to afidress his brigade was an additional insult. He sjioke not a word, but pointed grimly forward with his sword. Nolan's words'were lost in the thunder of hoofs, and all that was seen was his figure crossing the front and wildly gesticulating, pointing to Causeway ridge' Tuen the Russian batteries opened. There was a fiash. a boom, aad a second dash in the air. a little cloud ot white smoke, and a lond spang as the first shell burst in the faces of the trotting line. Poor Nolan threw up his arm with a fearful shriek, and fell back in his saddle^ stone dead, struck through the heart. With a low groan of rage the the rushing horsemen quickened their pace and dashed on at a wild gaiicp into the valley of death. The secret of Baiaklava perished with Noiaa. A Drama of the Sea. On a tint morning in May. 1331. I was rounding Cape Frio, on the coast of Brazil, in the brig Carron. bound from Glasgow to Rio Janeiro, aud. although we had our share of rough v. ea'iier on the way, I can't remember a voyage that I enjoyed more. It wa- about ten o'clock in the* morning, and I was ly.ug on a spare sail ia the main top reading and locking through mriteie 8cope, turn about, when all at once the skipper shouted up to me. "Maister K-. wul! ye just tak' a look through the prospec' (telescope) at yon craft on the weather tiow;'' I leveled my glass at her. aud uia her oat to be a long, low-lying craft, seem ingly standing away from us. and so I re ported to the captain. Bat iu another te minutes or *>. his voice came up again (an this rime with rather a different sound in ca like the look of k' auither look at d I. leveling my gias course; she's 'couiin "Wad you ktndi. bring down the prospec'. sir.' I wail like to tak' a look myself!'' Thus time there was a tremor iu his voice which no one could mis take. I began to feel uncomfortable, and came down tn posthaste. Theskipp.tr took the glass, and I. watch ing him as he looked through it, saw his great redffaee grow whiter and whiter tiii it was livid as a corpse, and he just got out four words ia a kind cf halt-choked whis per: "She's an armed vessel! " I understood it all in a moment, and so did every one else that helrd him. This was just at the closiof the war between Brazil and Buenos Ayres, and the eastern coast was swarming with ex-privateers, who ha i been thrown out of work by the peace, and didn't care whom they attacked so long as there was any thing to be got by it. For one moment we tiiought of showmg fight. That idea wouldn't hold water. Not a cutlass nor a pike was there on board, let alone firearms, aud our crew was the most innocent set vou can imagine—quiet, easy-going West land Scotsmen, mostly married men. with broad, good-natured, simple faces, like the villagers in the pantomime. The very sight of them would have been enough to reassure any pirate on earth, and the only thing left to be done was to try stratagem. So the captain gave ord< rs to rig up "as many dummies as possible, with spars aud old jackets, to look as if we mustered pretty strong, and every one began to conceal his valuable.?: I put my gold watch among the grounds of the coffee pot; the surgeon slipped his case of instru ments under a loose plank, and our skipper hid the chronometer. Meanwhile the pirate (for there could be no mistake about her now) was coming down upon us like a vul ture. Sue ran across our bows and lay to within easy hail, so tiiat we could see every face oa board of her. And a rare sight they were! There seemed to be no disci pline among them—neither captain nor of ficers—all were dressed alike, ia coarse guernsey frocks, taken, no doubt, from some ship which they had plundered. Sal low Spaniards and red faced Englishmen; lean, olive-colored Portuguese, and brawny, yellow-haired Germans; gaunt, hatciiet l'aced Yankee.?, add vicious-looking muiat toes: but upon each and ali was that name less stamp which marks the man whom some great crime has cut off from his fel lows—the kind of look that I have seen many a time among tne worst class of convicts. It is always difficult for a man to foretell | how he will fee! wfien suddenly brought j face to face with a cead:y peril. I have ! seen a man whose liie was hanging by a j hair watch curiously the movements of a | spider ou his window. I myself, in the ! crisis of the deadliest scrape I ever was in. ' found leisure to note the peculiar shape of | a cioud iu the sky. I remember, as if it i were yesterday, that my first feeling at sight of the pirates wa- one of rage—a kind oi aDgry disgust a* the idea of such nieaa looking rascals daring to attack us at all. But I had little time to think oi it, for just as tney ran alongside oi us our skipper, to my astonishment, coolly haded them. ".Ship, ahoy! What's jour name!" There was a pause before they answered— There was a pause before they answered— ! giving some Spanish name, which I forge j ~ Our skipper left them no time to think about it. but went on: * What s your cargo! (It's guid to Lae the first word, Mr. K "Fish." "That's a Ice. ami a big oue, sir," said the captain to me in a whisper; "nae fishing vessel would hae less than fovre boats, and yon craft has but twa. Whaur do ve come fiae be added aloud. "From the Falkland Isles." "How rnony days "Nine." "That's another lee. Maister K-; nae vessel c.m do't in less than saxteen. (Alou 1 ) Whaur are ye hound lor f "Per i naui Then came a pause. We wer ud ot our questions, and now the | pirates must have their turn. Iu that ter ■ ribie interval, with the worst of all death? | staring us in the face, there came the strangest, weirdest mingling of broad fun with tne blac k horror that encompassed us. Our good, simple-hearted crew had obeyed the captain's order to ' rig up dum mies.''by sticking up a fot of spars close together a: the rails of a palisade, with old hat? and jackets flapping upon them like scare-crows; while on the round house it self appeared an old Kilmarnock bonnet, as if some giant had suddenly risen up through the very roof. This last absurdity made the cup <d the skipper's patience overflow altogether. "Ye* diiinken rascal-1' he growled under his breath, "do ye think ony man wud put Lis dead through a roou house* Or that the blackguards can be frichtit like craws in a field? it's enough to j make them hoard us at once, for daurm' to idk' lilies o' them." "Ship ahoy! what'-: your name The sharp, stera call fell aero: ■rings like the cut of a sword iin started and answered.: "J ■What' j Maister i good? a! i the halt fori" " ids mtit 'i he i ap e Carron. j from G!a?gow." J "Coals. (There's j paiif j "Do j tin.' ! ri i!i'-a'. ! In j: i cant ! ' the 1 ! of b j hire \Yt i ing i J then ' wen ' j voic j all 1 (There's na< gual teilin' them. K--. that we hae Manchester board: they w id i n* our turotts for of teem. " * Where are ye bound Ki> Janeiro.' There was another .nd then i a me a - -arching question. g reckon by chronometer or by 0 V; e?" "By time." bc-a ensued a dee p silence 1 hush 1 1 expectation I < r the beating of my own tain's face looked pirn-bed a three days' corpse: and wa? standing near me Id blood run down. It wa? u.< it-ing kili-d that tioubii chered like sheep, with id ,r.d in that lid almost The irawn 1 the surgeon it his l'p until >t the thought us. but to die bailee of re than we could bear, there was di.-cu.?.?ion < r o rates. and that many ot stance was u. could .?•-<■ that pc among th u were tor lx e pointed at e? ro?e up hi langUB .-os a ued to Lave lived a lifetime tn tho?? minute?* we beard the order given to "put about," and the pirate began slowly to draw off. Thin we knew that we were saved, and ■a'rdirii? ns ut once. Hands us again a: ad again, aud gh and tier.**: iu a iafgon of r once, till the last (we Lvpii a ufetin le tn those few j every nan dr'-w a long breath, as if he had ; ri-tn iroui the grave. But us the pirate * wore round, as though she Lad still one i more dose in store for us. I saw something -1 in the after part of her that made by blood j run cold. She was just coming about, and her ca - ' in hatchway was right opposite me. vkeu suddenly there arose halt way up it the face of a young girl, beautiful exceed ingly. but with a horrur ol utter despair in every feature that made one's flesh creep to look at. The face ot Medusa was not ghastlier or more horrible, and a 3 for her eyes—I see them sometimes in my dreams even now. When she saw me looking at her (the pirates were all forward, and could not eee that she was there), she just clasped her bands and looked up to the sky with a gaze like a lost soul taking its last glance of Leaven, and then vanished as she had come.— English Magazine. The American Colony in Paris. [Paris Letter to tae New York Tribune.) The American living ia the Grand Hotel is almost on h:3 native heath. More tnan half of its inmates are of his nationality, some of whom live permanently ist the ho tel as in America, the gregauaus ieature in their character, as usual, drawing them to gether. English papers are strewn over the tables ot the great sitting-room, and English is as much the language ol the house as French. Oat on the balustrade, under the glass roof, the clatter of the horses' feet ou the asphalte aud the slam m:ng trunks furnish him with that Amer ican bustle to which he is aecustomed. Un derLis hand, at the left, the interior cafe provides him with those beverages for which the American throat is believed to thirst continually. The glass-covered space and spacious corridors aud sitting-rooms form an exchange for the discussion of .vansatlantic topics. I: is a proverb in England that when you wish to put you finger on a Frenchman i:i London you gt to Leicester square, aud it may be said with like truth that the American must be sought for in the Grand Hotel or around the corner in Rue Scribe, In this great conservatory, with glass on all sides of him. he talks of Tammany aad Pacific Mail as if he had never left Manhat tan Island. There are lounging youths from the upper part of that island, whos •general circulation outside of the great hotel:« restricted to something within gun shot range. Around the corner are the three principal banking houses, where these cl.ent^ are taken charge oi in a manner aimost parental—money, newspapers and writing paper, like the bread ia a French restaurant, at discretion. If they wish t■: find a friend who fs unknown in the Aineri can Exchange, they seek him in the non derou. registers of these establishments. If tlm r have anv misgivings as to the divi deads ol the! Li e or Slack Water fsaviga tiun. t aey get the banker's ear and ask to be ad rised. If their social or financial status is Ur du gilt mto question, the banker :s the r standing reference. In the same short •jv are the agencies of the steamers plying between Europe and America. Across the way is an office of an American news paper. which contains long lists ot wander ing citizen? in every part of Europe. There are also American tailors, dress and giove makers in the neighborhood, which are all civilizing agencies. But what must Vie said of the American bar, whose Iron: looks out as boldly on the Rue Scribe a? any of its neighboring establishments, where the money goes into the strong box instead of down the throat!. Here, ou the tail of the counter, are the eternal crackers and cheese, aud standing in front of the bar are the young loungers from Columbus land, living in the past, and tippling iu home beverages. The horse is staple, and the ramifications concerning Belmont's stock, and the ups and downs of obi John Harper, are endless. An occasional Ganl enters to get a glimpse of Yankees and their customs; he swallows the cocketcil and the sherrie gobolaire, and pronounces them good, with a wry face; he even goes so far as to say. with the politeness which is his religion, that it is rather pleasant to stand before the counter and gulp alter the man ner of the American citizen, aud wlieu he sees one of them drunk he says—amiable liar—that the maudlin creature i? onlv gay. Across the boulevard from tbe Grand Hotel, up two flights ot stairs, Americas is stiil on American soil ia the Washington Club, where he may play poker with the same freedom as oa a Mississippi steamer, and for as heavy a wager. That familiar household god. the spittoon, is within hit ting distance, and a little circular bar fur nishes that array of mixtures tor which America i? famous, and that dexterous bar keeper who grows only in the land of Columbus. Here are the same handsome, rolicsome fellows, whom I lett a month or wo ago. in De'monico's, spinning yarns, anil talking back and fro in their own quick wav. with their "too thin." and other bits of American vernacular which I missed on mv wav through England. "Bumps," tbe Baggage .'*Ian, lumps, the baggage man. had not made two trips befoie he could sling a satchel veu rods, retaining both handle? in his grasp. When gentle females would hang up their tender little baskets and satchels. Bumps would smile a diabolical smile, and get in the corner aud jump on the articles and toss them up aud kick them and fling V toss up them and fling V them through etuereal space. And when traiu stopped iie would throw out a waterfall and toothbrush iu answer to a call lor check No. 'Ji. Husbands would strike at him and dare 1 him out of his den, aud called him a base fiend; but Bumps was solemn, lie knew his line of business. When he got hoi i of a nice trunk he would carry a countenance like a strawberry for oyfulness. He would jerk off one handle. Imn another, then kick in the end.?, then take au ax aud smash the lock, and then let the shirts and thing? rattie out on the track. He got so ut last the ly op'e actually paid high prices lor the privilege of living along the line of the road, as they got their shirts for nothing. But there came a black day. A miserable, contemptible, sneaking wretch, who owned a sawmill, went traveling. He ran hi? factories two weeks on nothing but trunk stuff, anil he made the wickedest trunk that ever weut iut.) a car. It was seven feet thick all round, anil there were sixteen nails driven in, one on top of each other, until the thing was clear proof. Bumps go* the ax as usual and struck at the lid, but the ax bounded back. lie struck once more; tbe ax flew in pieces. Then he got a crowbar ami u* an of power, but he couldn't burst a nail. lie swore and jumped up and down and wanted to die, and wished he'd never been boru. lie got ail tbe train men in; they all pounded, but the trunk held rtrin. It went through all-right. It was banded down without a jam, and tho owner was there to say, "Thank you, sir:' and he pretended he was going Pack again, and had the trunk put aboard once more. Bumps grew pale. He grew sick. His legs shook. He had chills all over him The trunk went back, a witness of "man's inhumanity to man." Bum;).? grew worse. lie felt that Le was forever disgraced, and went to bed with a brain lever. They tried to console him, nix': -aid they could have trusted the chest it they had thought of having a collision, hut the spirit of the n.an was gone. I was th'-re when he died. 1 never want to weep a? I wept then. lie suck right away, mur muring, "Cuss that t-r-u-n-k! " Over the Orenn, [From the New York Giaphic. j Wiukon'tbe great transatlantic bai'oon oi the Duihj Graphic Las been rapidly pushed the past two weeks, aud every por tion of the apparatus is now in an advanced stage ot progress, f rom eight to twelve machines of the Domestic Sewing Machine Company Lave been constantly employed iu sewing the scams ami uniting the im mense strip? of cloth. Last evening 5,500,037 stitches had been made, and over four of the i ight miles of sewing required Lad been accomplished. The force will be further in creased on Monday, and by the close of next week ail the sewing will have been finished. The work of attaching the doubling, or second thickness of cloth, to the crow n of tbe balloon—a delicate opera tion. requiring much skill ami experience— is being pertormed under the immediate supervision of Mi?s Ilii.ug, the niece of Professor Wise. Nearly one-half the net ting is finished. Professors Wise and Don aldson a*e superintending every step of the preparations. At tha Brooklyn navy yard the strips which have already been limbed are being coated with varnish, consisting of linseed oil, boiled very thick, which is reduced with benzine and laid on with calciminiug brushes. Six painters are engaged in thi? portion of the work. The strips will require t^iree coats of varnish, one inside and two outside. The varnishing and drying will probably occupy these six men during the next two weeks. It i? the most tedious and siow part of the work. The construction of the car has already been commenced. The making oi the hoops, a? well as of the valve, requires most care ful manipulation, and has been intrusted to It. Hoe Co. Tbe car will be put together and finished at the Domestic building. The lifeboat has been commenced and will be finished on the first Monday in Au gust. It is building at the establishment of the most experienced boat bnilder in the city, and in accordance with the best ap proved plans. It seems highly probable that the bal loon will be ready to star: by the twentieth of August. Washington's Birthplace In 1S73. From its associations, and from i*s natural beauties as well, the place was doubly in teresting. Standing half a uii.e irotu the junction of Pope's Greek with the Potomac river, it commanded a view of the Mary land shore and of the course of the Potomaa for many miles. The house was a low-pitched, single-storied frame dwelling, with four rooms on the first tioor, and a huge chimney at each end on the outside—the style or the better class of houses of those days. A s'one. placed there to mark its site by G. W- P- Custis. bore the simple inscription: "Here, on the eleventh of February (O. S.f. lriiJ, George Washington was born." Such was it? appearance in 1S34 or 1335. when Howe visited it. Its present condi tion mav be gathered from what the writer of the letter in response to the London querist has to say about tbe site itself, that being all that is left of a place so'msuiora Lie aud deserving of perpetuation: "I have had uo opportunity to obtain tho sketch I promised veu. Indeed, there is virtually no materia! to make a sketch of. The birthplace is simply an oi l field, lying waste, with indistinct vestiges of a human habitation. An old chimney stands, which belonged to an outhouse (kitchen or iaun dry), some remain? of a cellar, aad tha foundation of a house in which tradition states Washington was boru. TLaze was a stone slab, with a simple inscription placed ou the spot some sixty years ago. by G. W. P. Custis, to duaote the place, but it wa? long ago removed from its original position, mutilated and broken, so that only a frag ment remains." That a place of such interest—oue might call it sacred—should be left to decay and obliteration is no new thing in Virginia. Enemies might well declare that neglect of her mighty dead is characteristic of t! e old commonwealth. The truth is, she ha? a _reat many dead to care for, au I of iato years all her time has beeu absorbed ia the are of her living. But something has been one, or attempted to be done, to rescuj Washington's birthplace from oblivion. As far back as 1333 au act wa? passed by the General Assembly of Virginia, accepting from Lewis Washington h grant of the "site ot the birthplace of George Washing ton. and the home and graves of his pro enitors ia America," and appropriating $5000 "to inclose the same in an iron fence, etc. Hon. Henry A. Wise, Governor of Virginia at the time this act was passed, entered with zeal and alacrity upon tho work, the execution of which was entrust ed to him by the Legislature, went in per son to Westmoreland, examined carefully the sites, negotiated with the owner of the adjacent farm for right of way. adopted a plan for the inclosures aud tablets, and be an a correspondence with mechanics and artisans at the North with a view to the speedy completion of the work, and just then his term expired, the war soon fol lowed, and the matter was, of course, dropped. The money appropriated, together with tbe accrued interest, is now in the treasury of Virginia, aud although Governor Walker in his late message did uot bring the sub ject to the attention of the Legislature, the long-delayed work will be consummated sooner or lat^r, and "a neat iron fence" with a few plain slabs will be erected on tbe hallowed spot. But it strikes the pres ent writer that $5003, or even $10,000. form rather a small sum for such au object, and that "a neat iron fence" is uot exactly the thing that the place and its memories de mand. But uot a dollar more mav be ex pected of Virginia at thi3 time. Mhe owes too much and has too little. If one of the many Northern gentlemen who are lavish ing their hundreds otthbflsands ou colleges and other charities would come to West moreland and put something a little better than a "neat iron fence" around the birth place of Washington, he would do a noble leeil for himself aud both sections ot hi? lately estranged country. —L ppincott s j',,r Unjust. (Hike's Revenue. The Chicago Times describes an amusing ncident. or rather a series of incidents iiat happened to Mr. L, a worthy mer hant in that city, who hired a coachman, Mike by name. He worked like a charm till the first pay day, and when he had ob tained his first installment of wages he celebrated that glorious event by au igndbie drunk, aud was promptly discharged from Mr. L.'s service. Now, Mike was as gen'ie person as ever lived—so long as lie had 1 he wanted and could get more—but otherwise he was as treacherous and vin dictive as the untutored Modoc. On the day following his discharge Michael, filled with alcoholic ardor, pre sented hi* fragrant person at Mr. L.'s house, on Calumet avenue, and raised a ommotion. He cursed and swore, and the brogue was very rich aud racy. !so was his language to a Bridgeport ear. Mrs. L , however, became alarmed and sent, for her husband, who came borne as rapid! v as ho could, bringing with him two men trom the office. Finuing the Milesian hero oa his premises, Mr. L. immediately ejected him. Michael wa? very brave, however, aud remained round the premises until it. became necessary to call in the aid of two lolicemen, who were detailed to watch the. house. Michael's courage wilted at the ight of two substantial clubs, and ho hauged his base of operations. lie went to the morning paper offices and caused au advertisement to be inserted requesting any person who had found a dog to bring it down to Mr. L.'a residence aud claim a ewarii. " The consequence of this udro't proceed g was exceedingly ludicrous. When Mr. L. came down to breakfast he was encoun tered by ten or a dozen women, boys anil men, each leading by a string one or more yellow dogs. He remonstrated against the introduction of yellow dogs iuto his house hold; but "Sure an' it was iu the papers," and similar exclamation.?, was all the satis faction he could obtain. As he drove away he first batch mure came in. until thimy or more Celts, with three times that number ol yellow dogs, hail been turned away. As it became apparent to the finders of the yellow dogs that Mr. L. wa? the victim oi a practical- joke, they grew boisterous and derisive, aud the unfortunate merchant was compelled to go down to his office with out breakfast; determined Ix-reatter that the words "German and Scandinavian pic ferred, ' should be his motto in hiring a oachman. But his troubles were not vet, at an end. The loss ot his breakfast brou 'h' him home hungry to lunch. On nearing hi? house, the lii-.st thing that met hi? aslon ished gaze was an immense pile ot shaving? nd a lew (eet off a . gigantic load of .-itra*' The neighbors looked at him iti blank sue prise. They ■ supposed he had suddenly one crazy, and was preparing tor a grand onflagration; or, pet haps, hail forever Co; sworn featherbeds, and would henceforth sleep in clean shavings aud fresh straw. His angry look confirmed the popular apposition, and poor Mr. L. was mime booked for Jacksonville. His tem per cid not mit.rove at the sight of twelve lozen me ducks Hupping noisily about ia the yard, and quacking consternation a? their ridiculous predicament, lie walked hurriedly to the house, and at the basement ooor found a man insisting on leaving forty pounds of codfish at the. door, and refusing to listen to any denial of his right to do so" Be ran upstairs to inquire of Mrs. L. wrat new streak oi insanity had seized the house, when ue was confronted with the question. \i hat iu the name of common sen?o pos sessed you to send all these people he*e." A peal of laughter explained the situ* tlon - It was Mike's doing. He had been round to Mr L. s tradesmen, and ordered tuem to send round goods, of which the ducks, straw, shavings ami codfish were but tbe first installments. He bad also called at every employment office iu the city, ami •eft an order for two men and two women to call immediately at Mr. L.'s house. Aud aii through the evening they continued to ar rive. Mr. L. thought the thiug was good enough for a practical joke; but there was suc-u a thiDg as a limit even toa good thin*, anil applied to a lawyer for advice. lie told tae story to the attorney, who roared with laughter over the dismal recital, and, wheu asked for instructions, replied that Mr. L could lawfully shoot Mike if he ventured on Ins premises, hut advised him to hire the rascal over again. cue Houston (Texas) Mercury expresses the opinion "tuat it is uecessarv for tho better security of our borders "that wo should possess a slice of Mexican soil, and that the people are ripe for any move'that tends toward its acquisition." Cut tho slice to the ocean and we shall have a Pa ctfic border that will suit us all. 1