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EAGLE PUBJHENAO 00,, . arm a i orm3 su le00 PM AN VOL. VIII VIDALIA, LOUISIANA, THURSDAY-, APRIL 8, 1880. NO. 26. . 1 In tm Witer. In the winter, o:testeetr er O'er the lonely valley smdl; e In the winter, birds with muse Never flood the woodland aisles. In the winter, down the hillside Gaily cons's the gentler sex; ln the winter, o'er the sidewalk Ilfnrra the ulster for an X. In the wister softtest sky.dows All the Meder pennons tips; In the winter, the pedestrian On the seal-hole cover slips. In the winter, on the window Keenlyahine eanch fmat gem; In the Winter, toed Leandr Leaves at 2r. n, b in Iwinter, to the, onpes C. Angusttus Minnie takes; In tihe winter, GGnrgians ltluihes o'er the bekwhnat cakes. In the winter, silver sleigh-bells Jingle sweetly, mile on mile; In the winter, ,loth the snow hall Elevate the silken tile. In tihe winter, beggar-sparrows Round the gables chirp and prank; In the winter, doth the plumber Put some shekels in the hank. I~ the winer, shrill winds whistle Through the lover's asmmer nook; In the winter, there ate other 'i luge al nlough to fill a book. - W. A. C, qejl. THAT BROWN DRESS. "I think it's about time I had a new dress,' said Mrs. Tot rey to her husband one day, when lie was counting over the money lie had just brought from town, where he had sold a load of wheat. " Suppose you give me one of those new bills, John. next time you go to1 town, and let me go with you." The c maxing smile she gave him failed to have its desired effect, however. t " A new dr'es!" exclaimed Mr. Tor rey, evidently as much surprised as he had ever t'en in his life. " Why, Sarah. I thoughit you lhad plenty of good elOtithes. I don't see what you can be thinking of when you plan to spend mone y thse" hard times, on new dresses, when you have more now than you know what to do with." " I don't know what you're thinking of when you say that." answered Mrs. I Torrey. I have had just two calico dresses in a year. I have the enormous I number of six dress.s, at present. in dif ferent stalt's of wear. OJte calico is quite grntl. Twcalicoes are half worn out. Tkat old brown dress has done I duty for two years as my good dress, . a'ld this one"-holding up-a frayed I sleeve for his inspection-" shows for itself. I've mended it until there's I noticing left to mend it with, and it I won't hold together much longer:" "Wel, tha*'s only five," said Mr. Torrey. " The sixth happens to be a lawn, which would scarcely be appropriate for winter wear." :'nswered his wife. " I've worn that brown dress so long that I hate the sight of it. No matter where I go, that has to go, too. I don't believe the neighbors would know me if they saw me away from home with anythilg else on." " I'm sure I shouldn't care for the opinion of the neighbors," answered her husband, loftily. "I always thought you looked extremely well with that dress on. It's warm and comfortable, isn't it?" " Yes, and so is a bl:'nket,"answered Mrs. Torrey. " I don't approve of the practice so prevalent among some of the farmers' wives, nowadays, of buying a new dress every time they take a notion into their heads that they'd fke one,"said Mr. Torrey, very impressively, "We've got to economize if we ever expect to get out of the present financial difficulties. If we all bought needless things, the country'd soon be bankrupt. I don't suppose you understand it Sarah; but it's extravagance that has made the hard times." And Mr. Torrey tried to look as wise as a professor of political economy. "Not extravagance on my part," re sponded his wife, who was not much impressed with his arguments. "I want a new dreus because I need one, and there is no extravagance about it. I have earned one, I think; but if you don't think so, you had better keep the money. Mrs. Torrey's temper was up. When ever her husband was in one of his extra economical moods, be never failed to rouse her spirit. Sihe knew that she was a careful, prudent woman, and she felt that a new dress-and half a dosen new dresses, for that matter-had been fully paid for by her economy in little things during the year. But if he begrudged her the money, why, she'd go without, if she had to stay at home all winter. She wouldn't cosx him for what rirhtfully ~longed to her. If his sense of justice wasn't strong enough to prompt him to do the fair thing. she'd fall back on the old brown dres., and make that do for another ';etisot,. T"M'.t see mach force in your argu met,e sid Mr.Torrey. "IfI had six a suits of olothes, or even three, I'd be v more than atisfed." H eolded up the money as if that a eealded the matter, and put it back in I the pocketbook. " Y poor old brown thing!" Mrs. c Tmeay said, next day when she was s siinagthe closet where bhe kept hae oloth's, "you've got to be 'Sunday I best' for another winter, and she held up thed:e so the light and inspected I it closely. t The oldew . &ded a good deal, the trimmig wr~a t of date, and It had a kind qf nteel-poverty look abQat it "rI know what I'll do," she said, with a twinkle in her eyes. "I'll wear it everywhere, and I'll go out every time I can, and I'll make him as sick of it as I am. Last winter 1 wore that old gray t delaine part of the time, but since that departed this life I'll have to make this t do double duty." Next Sunday she came down arrayed for church in the brown dress. " I'm sure that looks well enough for c anybody,'! her husband said. " If you always have as good clothes you won't a have any cause for complaint." Mrs. Torrey frowned, and then she c smiled. Half the farmers' wives at church had c on neat new dresses, and her brown one I looked more dingy than ever beside them. Somehow, the contrast between her appearance and that of her neigh- I bors stru k Mr. Torrey quite forcibly, c but he was sure it wasn't on account of i her dress. That was ";good enough for t anybody." Mrs. Perkins had a quilting Wednes. day afternoon, and the men were in- I vited to tea. Clad in her brown dress, I Mrs. Torrey made herself very con spicuous among the other ladies during t the evening. The contrast between 3 their pretty garments and her own was corsfderably to her disadvantage, and I her husband did not fail to notice it; but-- t " I'll warrant their dresses cost five I or ten dollars apiece, and I can't afford c that," he thought, and tried to forget s that there wele such things as dresses in the world. The next Sunday the brown dress went to church again, and twice during the week it was on duty. Mr. Torrey began to get tired of brown, but he wouldn't say so. lie stood it for a month. During that time the inevitable garment was worn no less than ten times. It was at Mrs. Baxter's social,,e that Mr. Torrey capit u'"tted, and tha:t was the last time thet brown dress made its appearance inl pubic. lie was sitting in a corner, be hind twoladies, when one of them made this remark to the other: "Mrs. Torrey is a nice-looking woman, I think." "Yes," was the reply: "and she'd look ever so much better if she could dress as other folks do. To my certain knowledge, this is the third season she' worn that brown dress." Mr. Torrey felt very uncomfortable. "What makes her stick to it as she does?" asked the other lady. " You know I've only been in the neighbor. hood six weeks, but I've never seen her in any othier dress, and I've met her a good many times, too." M1r. Torrey began to perspire freely. " It's the only dress she has that's fit to wear away from home in the winter." was the reply." "Is her husband poor?" asked the other. " Ou, no; only economical." was the answer, with a little laugh that made Mr. Torrey tingle to the tips of his toes. ' I suppose he's worth as much as most of the farmers in the neighborhood." " And she hasn't anything better to wear tlan that?" exclaimed the other lady, indigmantly. "lf Mr. Torrey were my husband, and obliged me to wear bne dress three years, I'd-" Mr. Torrey didn't stop to hear the sen tence finished. He never knew whether the ladies knew who the man was that made such an undignified dash for the side-door or not, but he has never met them since without getting uncomfort ably warm. "See here, Sarah, I want to make a bargain with you," he said, next morn ing, looking very foolish and red in the face. " I'll give you fifteen dollars if you'll promise never to wear that brown dress away from home again." "Why!" exclaimed Mrs. Torrey, with a twinkle of triumph in her eye. "I hope your haven't got tired of it? I'm sure it's good enough for anybody." ' Is it a bargainP" asked her hus band, holding up the money. "Yes," answered she; and then her lord and master beat a hasty retreat to the barn, where he happened to remem Sber some work needed doing very much. r The next Sunday when Mrs. Torrey Swalked up the isle at church, her hus Sband was really proud of her. Her new g black dress fitted beautifully, and the r sacque shie wore was as neat as any in Sthe house. And the pretty bonnet, with r scarlet roses, that she had fashioned at home to wear with her new garments, made her look five -B yeagar she had dose in the Od hat ihe worn with the brown 4aem. " You don't msay ye get that d1'0 and this mequ arsragseat,d ad C bonnet, for that mosta" he ii when they were going home. "Yes, I did," sbs aweed. "Ia eoaddasBle by selda tba as m ; and lgat eitte ribbemassed *in I c befaes. 1 d belIave I lbs 5Me t better then tbebrow walt." s " Haag the browsn dtArs" ezela I Mr. Toere ' I hope you'll never I tion it A Dse Dathg-Nuseter. L Our faithful Mend Jet, a potM1 dog, lived with us on the Navesink Highlands. One summer we had a bright little fellow who, although not in the least vicious, yet had a boy's propensity to destroy and to iniure sad to inlict pain. Master Willie loved Jet dearly, and yet he would peralst In to, turing the patient dog oetrageously, striking hard blows, punching with sharp sticks, and pulling hair cruelly. One summer's afternoon Jet was lying on the host piass taking a nap, and Willie came out and assaulted him with a new carriage whip, which had been left in the hall. Jet knew the child ought not to have the whip, so he went and called the nurse's attention, as he often did when the children were getting into mischief or danger. But the girl did not give heed, as she should have done, and Willie kept on following Jet from place to place, plying the lash vig orously. Finding he was left to deal with the case himself, Jet quietly laid the young one on the floor, carefully took a good grip in the gathers of his little frock, lifted him clear and pave him a hearty, sound shaking. Then he took up the whip, trotted of to the barn with it, came back, stretched himself out in the shade, and finished his nap. The young gentleman did not interfere with him again, and ever afterward treated him with great consideration. Nothing delighted the dog more than to go into the water with the young folk, and to see the bathing suits brought out always put him in the highest spirits. The children called him "the htws of the bathing-ground," and so he was. as he made all hands do just as he pleased. He would take them in sad bring them out again, as lie thought fit, and there was no use in resisting him as he could master half-a-dozen at once in the water. Noone could go beyond certain bounds, either, under penalty of bcine brought back with more haste then ceremcny. But,within the proper limits, lie never tired of helping the bathers have agood time, frolicking with them, carrying them on his back, tow ing them through the water, letting them dive off his shoulders, and playing leap-frog.-St. Nicholas. France's Gigantie Scheme. France is affording fresh proof that she is one of the most wonderful nations on the face of the earth. The disasters of the Franco-Prussian war, and the payment of five milliards of francs as the further penalty for entering upon that war, would have crippled an ordi nary nation. But France is not an ordi nary one, and the result is that she has not only cast off her burden, but con. I emplates an outlay in internal improve ments such as the most prosperous country could alone entertain. It will be remembered that M. de Freycinet, the new prime minister of France, be. fore leaving his old department, drew up an elaborate report embodying a gi gantic scheme for the creation, exten sion and union of railways and canals throughout the country. The estimated cost of these improvements is nine mil liards of francs or $1,800,000,000; but France is not deterred thereby, and in twelve years the scheme is to be worked out in its entirety. Already Fra:ce is noted for the completeness of her rail way system, which, with her rivers and canals, afford a means of communica tion apparently leaving little to be de sired; but shie is impressed with the belief that improvement is possible, and she is going add 16,000 miles to her rail ways, and 900 miles to her rivers and canals. This fresh burst of enterprise on the part of France can have but one effect, and that is increased prosperity in the great industries already stirred into activity by the demands of India, America and the colonies. Rumor is already busy, says our excellent Eng lish contemporary Capital and Labor, with the names of English firms about to contract with the French government, while the iron and steel trades in America and Belgium must also benefit. Miss Lillian Whiting is a member of Sthe editorial stafftofthe Cincinnati Comn imercial. She is healthy and handsome, - and works at her desk until eleven o'clock at night. By-and-bye some lonely Sjournalist will send a request to the - Comna reial office to "Please exchange." --Detroit Pree Res. a 8pring brings the bloesoma. Antunm bring, the thruit--and also colds, etc., for which noth t ing superior to Dr. Bull's Coubgh Syrup hab ever bee, offered to the public. It always i. ne. Pries eatas. TINUL! !WPIW. A large plant, growing from six to seven feet high, and producing a kind of cotton and flax from the same stalk, a has been discovered in Wisconsin. Since good cloth can be manufactured t from it, it follows that good paper also ii may be, and therefore the plant has been S called the paper plant. If planted in n the spring, it ean be out in the fll sad p winter. It bleaches itself white while t standing, and will yield at leastthree or s four tons to the acre. a Paper bricks are now being mamufac tured in Wisconsin, and lately a few t were made by one of the paper mills of I California, in which tste they bid fair a to meet with much favor, inasmuch as plenty of the best fibrous material- particularly aquatic rushes and vast forests of paper cactus, the latter sub. stance being admirably adapted for the purpose-grows near at hand. More over, houses built of these bricks would need no plaster, and could be easily moved on wheels. It is said that the Chinese make the soles of all theirshoes out of paper similarly prepared. Three factions are said to be contend ing for the control of Russian policy- the purely reactionaty or autocratic t party, the reform party aiming to secure the most important reforms, anf the so called new party, desiring only a few moderate reforms, such as the decentral ization of the Russian administration. This party does not seek to have a par liament, but simply provincial delega tions with a purification of the civil ser vice, and the adoption of severe measures against all destructive agencies. Count Schouvaloff is the chief supporter of these views, and his return to office will, in a measure, depend on them making them palatable to the Czar. It is an error to suppose that Chinese of the wealthier classes make their mealsoff the most illimitable number of strange dishes which we read of in books of travel. These dishes exist and appear at official banquets, which, how ever, do not give a more correct idea of Chinesecooking than a public dinner in London or Paris would of the achieve mont. which a good hef here could aso complish for a small party of gourmets. The big dinners of the kind described are generally given at restaurants in China, which, contrary to the general custom, have two, and even three stories, the public room being on the ground floor, and private rooms above, as with us. A strange murder and suicide occur red a short time ago at Rossau, in Zurich. A man whose wife had left him, owing to his violent conduct, fol lowed her to her father's house, tired right and left at the inmates, killing the father, discharged the remaining barrels of his revolver at the people who tried to arrest him, then defended himtelf with a pitchfork, and the moment the police had succeeded in depriving him of this weapon, which was not done be fore he had severely wounded several of his assailants, he drew a knife, cut his throat from ear to ear, and fell dead on the spot. Words of Wisdom. Every man, however wise, requires the advice of some sagacious friend in the affairs of life. If you would not have affliction visit you twice, listen at once to what it teaches. Hlasty people drink the nectar of exist ence scalding hot. I'lnsure comes through toil and not by self-indulgence and indolence. Often a reserve that hides a hitter humiliation seems to be haughtiness. If some folks had their way about this world, how few people could live com fortably in it. Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives. Many sacrifice to dress till household joys and comforts cease. Dress drains our cellar dry and keeps our larder lean. Pride is like the beautiful acacia that lifts its head proudly above its neighbor plants, forgetting that it, too, like them, has its root in the dirt Falsehood, like poison, will generally be rejected when administered alone; but when blended with wholesome ingredients may be swallowed unper ceived. It is not much thought of, but it is [certainly a very important lesson, to Slearn how to enjoy ordinary life, and be able to relish your being without the Sransport of some pasesion or the gratif cation of some appetite. Peter Cooper Is the ohtest man in club life in America, and probably in the world. He is one of the vice-president. a of the Union League club of New York. The pirosperity of the Union League is remarkable, its receipts last year ex S.ceding its expenditures by f38,000. minag ina Cekradb. It is to benotieed that here, asin other I similar regions, public interest is con tinually attracted to new discoveries, and a floatin,s population at once draw thither; and events move so rapidly that an account of the aste of affairs in the mining regions may be stale be fore it is in type. On the other hand, it may be mid that even if some of the people ga~way, the mines remain, and the silver and gold come out just a surelrand eaily asbefore; and a larger area than ever is eow the scene of active operatloars. Starting from the north we come to the mines of Boalder comity,not ar from l.ong'sPeak, where there weasa ephem eral excitement, some three years ago, about telluruim veins. Theneome those of Gilpin (.Black Hawk, Central City, etc.) and Clear Creek (Georgetown, etc.) counties, the former noted for gold product, and both containing what are called "true fissure veins," where the rocks have been bromen or torn asunder by earthquakes or volcanic disturbance. In this neighborhood someof the earliest discoveries were made, and the bullion product of the two counties is large and steady. Then come various points in the South Park, and just between the Park and Main Ranges, California Gulch, i,ow known from one end of the world a to the other, for here is Leadville. I South again, and between the Sierra Mojada and the Sangre de Cristo lie n Rosita and Silver Cliff, and southwest c againof this, the great San Juan district. t Discoveries have also been made in the Gunnison and Elk mountain country, away west of the Snowy range, and only timecan show what othernow hidden t treasures are to come to light in these li regions. It is needless to say that several quarto volumes could easily be a written about these mines and their n operation, and still muclige left unsaid. t and perhaps, indeed, in view ofthe rapid G movement of events, the writer of such a work stands in greater danger ofbring behind the age than he who attempts d some random sketches of the haunts and ways of the "honest miner;"-so first called, it is said, by aspiring patriots who sought his suffrages. Mr. ilarte declares that when sets of pictures por- a traying the contrasted careers of the t honest and dissolute miner were first c sent out to California they utterly tailed I of their effect, for the reason that the a average miner refused to recognize hi.; I self in either capacity. A man may come to Colorado witq resolutions worthy of Leonidas; he may treat gold and silver with a lofty dis dain; he may be doctor, lawyer, parson, ei.hool teacher, hook agent, lightning rod man or dealer in sewing machiens -anything hut a miner; all in vain, for sooner or later, if he stays in Colorado, the mania for the precious metals will make an easy victim of him; he will s, ek a " claim," and fondly see a ben anza in the smallest and shallowest of his "prospect holes."--Harper's Maga zinc. Qaeer Facts from " St. Nicholas." RED SNow OUT WVEST.--ome mid- . day recess soon, my boys, let a few of I you skip over to Mount Stamford, in I I the Sierra Nevada range, and you will see, on a high peak, acres and acres of I snow, piled up in vast drifts that have a pink tinge to the depth of thilecor four 1 inches. Each of you bring home a hat. t ful of this red snow, and let me know if you can what makes the pretty color. I have heard that very little bits of ani mals, seen only with the aid of a mi croscope, come down with the falling snow and make it rosy: but then, I've heard, also, that it is animals even smaller than these which make the blue of the sky; and-well,the fact. is,,l'm not at all certain yet what to believe con Icerning these things. MeLss THIAT "CoAAT."-l)i, you know that there are mules that coast? Well, there are, in Ecuador, Southl America; but they do not coast on snow, only on slippery hill-sides made ready for the purpose. The mules are trained to slide down hill, and the better they can slide the more valuable they become for traveling among the moun tains. When a mule reaches a good sliding place, he puts his front feet in a slanting position and his hind feet close together, the legs bent as if he meant to lie down. Then off he slides, swaying his body to suit the curves in the road, and keeping his balance just right-if only the rider does not check him. But if the rider should try to guide or interfere with his mule, there would y most likely be a turn-over, with more bruises than fun. e ANIMALS THAT NEVER DRINK WATER. --Some years ago I read that the prairie dog is the only animal known which does not drink water. Yesterday I saw in Cumming's "South African Life," that the gemsbok or oryx never e by any chance tastes water; and this i morning I find in the same work, that the cland, too, and the druiker can do without this fluid. All these species of b antelope thrive and come to high con dition in barren regions-the parched karroos: and arid desert-where the climate is burning and the distanci s be i tween watering.places are very great; but will not somebody tell us for sure x whether or not these animals really do without any water at slIP ng of the essse. [Assueagbyth eaia "Thebreatee sdliy sighiag to the river oames the lowly horme, Settleg tore all a quiver, eatling thro' the tress, ThIe' the traes. And the truak, In sile ameure, laugs r very love. While the popeass is their pleasure Waye their mar shhoe. Yes, the reen is verr pleaer., Wave their leay arnm above. Yet the brase is but a rover; When he wies away Brosok ad poplr mourn a lever, Uigldqg, wet sadal Well a-day! Ah, the wooing ad endolag That sh tm r oasid tdll! When the bresm is out a-wooing Who oa woo so well ? Ah, the tales e roge could tell Nobody eould weoo so well. -W. V. Gilbert. ITsri O` I NTIB Ir. Mr. Robert Hoe, of R. Hoe & Co. New York, has a typographical library of 1.808 volumes. In some of the schools in Tennesee and Kentucky Horper's Tompn APiple has been adopted as a school reader. The United States publishes more newspapers, with greater combined cir culation, than all the other countries of the world put together. Mr. George W. Childs, proprietor of the Philadelphia Ledger, has con tributed $1,000 to the Parnell fund to re lieve the sufferers in Ireland. 9uray. the Ute, is said to be short and stout. If he is like many Americans he might be "short" and stout, even though he were six feet tall.-Morris towt, Herald. The Rochester Dmocra suggests that young men who stand in front of church doors waiting to see the congregation come out might be used as stands to hang wraps and umbrellas on. A California boy stood an umbrella in a public doorway during a meeting. To this umbrella was attached a strong cord, an end of which the boy held in his hand. Eleven diGerent people ar said to have carried the umbrella to ti' length of the string. 8tNsHINE AND SHADOW. h'bey do not sit in the garden chair, And they do not swin: on the gate; lint they go in the cosy parlor, where They sit till a quarter of eight. And the old man weeps, but his burning tio Cannot appease the Iates; It will cost him more for coal, he fears, Then it did last June for gates. - Halokeye. For the first time in the history of Washington, says a correspondent, member of the House has come her with his wife and gone intothe lucrativ business of taking boarders; not merely a "few friends for company." They have gone about it in the most cold blooded and business-like way-adver tising. It is all right, of course, and much more reputable than some of the ways Congressmen have of killing time here, but it strikes Washington as a trifle odd. Here is an incident of editorial life in St. Petersburg. Not long ago M. Polili koff, editor of the Molwa, a moderate journal, the organ of the educated eom mercial classes, was ordered to attend at General Gourko's office. Arriving at the appointed hour, he was conducted into the chancellerie. A gendarme ap peared, ordered him to stand to atten tion, ranged himself beside him, and helld him Iby the sleeve of his coat, as if in custody. A door opened, and the frowning military dictator appeared, and thus addressed the captive journal ist: ' Your conduct of your paper has obliged me to send for you. Shoulid I have to do so again your journal will be suppressed, and you will incur veryseri ous consequences." Next (to the gend iarnme), "March out and dismiss the s prisoner."-Cincinnati Saturday Night . Oldest Paper in the World. A Hong Kong journal furnist es some f particulars concerning the Peking Gazette, the oldest periodical in the r world. Its circulation is estimated at 1 over 100,000. There are ten publishers e in Canton, each of whom employs about ten distributors, so that there are 100 distributors in the city rind suburbs alone. The Gazette is printed from I movable types, and each publisher takes oa certain number of copies. It is de Slivered every two days to subscribers, r who are of two classes. The first retain Sthe pamphlet and pay about twenty ,cents a month; the second pay about Shalf that mum and return the Gazelle to Sthe distributor the next time he comes Sround. Together with it is delivered e the local " official sheet," the matter of - which is collected from the yamens daily. This is printed from wax blocks, o which are then remelted apd available tor. another day's issue.