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VOL. VIII. L LI A, LOUISIANA, SATURDAY, MAY 14, 1881. NO. 31.
We Loe the Aset Bset. t
Oh, the absent are the dearest
To a mother's loving heart;
And the depth of our al etion
Is not known nntil we part.
We rosy view our sleeping darling
With a watehful pride and case; ,
And may breathe an eaernet bl~asfi
O'er each dusky bhead and fair.
But if there remains a pillow
Teoou ncrmpled, and too white;
And the chair a-near the bodide
hold no garments for the nIst- 1
If we misa the shoes and Stocklug,
A torn jaehe, or a dres-
If we mfes a " anther
Adma * r a .
For the rover romn our nest,
And we feel of all our darlings
Taat we love the absent iset.
Ah, the absent are the dearst
Mothes hearts will answer ye'
The dear lila by far the wertiest
Are the lihv w,' cann,,t ki,!e
THE ECCENTRIC BACHELOR.
F-- was a living specimen of the
typical old bachelor, a personage more
oft s met with in the pages of fiction
than in real life; lean and sharp-visaged
of aspect, crusty and cynical of temper.
He was, moreover, an avowed oddity;
one of the privileged class who, by vir
tue of this reputation, can do what oth
ers dare not without exciting surprise or
giving offense; whose eccentricities are
mot with a shrug of the shoulder and
the remark, " What else could you ex
poet of an oddity like him ?"
He was an unpopular man, receiving
'-:t symnlathy; yet capable, neverthe
I ts. of kind andti generous acts, performed
on the condition that they were to be
l.ept strictly secret and that hle was never
'o Ie tlhanked for them. Woe betide
:!le recipient of a favor to whom it was
brought home that Ihe had mentioned
the same to any onie, or extolled the
:.in.lness of hits ItLenefat'or! Tie nn
1't 'vy wisl.t ontc dehtected in thus giving
N to his ;:r'titude had taken the sur
e.. method of cutting himself off from
;t,:,ier help. He never got anothel
Our old ,achelor enjoying, as we have
*old. The pr'i iea... of .ewesislty, it
nicited no surprise when on one octa
siol, after ant absence from hoime, hi
'wrote to infonm ]is stervants- an old
cotiple who had lived with him for year!
-that on his return lie woul Ie ac
companied Iby a widow lady who wa
likely to make a long stay in his house.
and for whom apartments were to be got
"And a pretty upset she'll make!" ex
claimed the dismayed old housekeeper.
" A fussy, middle aged party, no
dentlt; ordering and interfLring andt
wanting to haye evertthing her own
;'.y; :' wich she w g-'t got, John. as long,
nas you and I can lprvint her. She'll be
tn clever madam if site giet" her foot in
side my stornrooml while there's loeks
and bolts to keep heri out, I can tell
"Don't you make too sure," said
John. The old mat coull not iresist
now and then teasing his hell attt'. it, a a
little set-olf ag:tini -t iundry naaggiugs on
the part of that goSi1 old haly. " May
be it's a mistress of the house and of
yourself that's coming to it. The'lm
widders are great at wlheedling. It's
time, if the masuter is ever to nIarrI
" Al. stop your croaking non :" cried
Mrs. John. This dire suggestion uit
too overpowering for her feelings.
Tile alpointed day arrived; and wh.n
the calt drove- to tithe door, the two old
dlomestics, with -vry sour facees and their
backs very much up, went to ieceive,
their master and his autwe'lcome glt-t.
Their first glimpse, of the lattelr showed
them they might have spared their fe(ars
natl hostile intenftions. Out from the
,o'u, beffore their astonished eyes, spraug
a girlish figure, whose bright, happy
face contrasted -tiriouisly with her mourn
M-Mind tihe .step, uncle!" ("Oh, his
niece, she is !") shite cried,tripping lip to
the hall door. "Don't trouble, phltas,"
with a smile to the, ohl housekeeper;
"that bag is too heavy for you; I'll
And when the stranger came down to
breakfast next morning withl a morsel of
a cap l5,rclled on thei top of her golden
braids of hair (not my idea of a widlow's
cap," saidt the dame to her husband;
"andt wouldl you believe it, John, sing
ing away like a Iirdt while she was dress
ing ! ") she looked more absurdly young;
more like a girl in her teens than an ex
perienced, "settled matron."
The advent of his pretty niece made
some change in the habits of the old
gentleman. He had friends at dinner
more frequently than of yore; and in
addition to the elderly fogies that formed
his usual asociety, yvounger guets were
invited, suited to the years f .
With great amusement, ha ob
served the attraction her eomlsa and
winning ways were for these.: . 'warm
ing round-like ies aboas honey-pot I
SScenting, I dare say, a fatlllttre. All
widows are supposed to be rleh; and
unat because she is a widow, nd for no
ether reason, making up t~ her, the
!fools t" This to hlmself wlit ynalca
chuckle. Aloud: "Nice iL woman,
that niece of mine. llenty.of good
looks; buthasn't a sixpence-aps sis:
pence to blis herself with." ' .
It wa w'mdefnl how tie old >i .
M ittd ' 1 1r tlie" presence' of
its blithe young inmate. But by none
was its pleasant influence more felt than
by the domestics, who had vowed such
hostility before her arrival. The old
woman especially was devoted to her;
loving her for her own sake as well as
ior the kindly help and good offices she
i as always receiving from the deft and
willing hands of the young girl. In the
storeroom-that sacred retreat which
h r fo,ot was never to invade-the latter
as4 to bhe found ou "company-days,'
busy and happy as a bee; with sleeves
tucked half nI'ay up her plump atnls,
her heavy crape skirts stowed away
under one of the old lady's capacious
Holland aprons, and laplets pinned high
over her head, while, laughing merrily
at the queer flgure she had made of her
self, she worked away at cakes and
sweets, taking a world of trouble off the
" And so thoughtful she is, and *ay;
bless her I" his wife would tell old
I John. "She'll come tripping up to
A me, and ' Now, do as you're bid,' she'll
r say, playfully, forcing me down into my
e big chair. 'Sit you down and rest,
P there's an old dear, and take your tea.
1 I'm not a-going to let you do a turn
e more.' And then she'll wcz ~way, her
tongue going all the time as fast as her
fingers; running on about her mother
and her home. her flowers and pets,
n dogs and birds, and wh~ t not, but never
a word about husband or married days.
Aund if I touch upon them orgska ques
A tion, she'll get quite silent and strange
' '.in n ninu", and triit off the sai
ject as if it burned her. I'rhaps for
all 'she's so merry outside she's fretting
in her heart for him that's gone, and
can't a-hear to talk of him."
"Nothing of the sort !" cried old
John. " Don't you go think such stuff.
She'd take a husband to-morrow; mark
my words. And it's my opinion there's
a young gentleman comes to this house
that has a fairish chance. He's deaper
ate sweet upon her. I haven't eyes in
o my head for nothing, and I sea plain she
1 doesn't dislike him, or hold herself up
n distant from him, as she does from
e Old John was right. Matters were in
- due time so far satisfactorily settled be
' tween the young couple that an appeal
I to the uncle was deemed exlpedient.
Thei old gentleman received the an
1 nouncement with a half-pleasant, half
t satirical griumane.
a " Ha, I thLought so~." he muttered.
"iBut are you a u are, my friend, that
there is no money in the casie? The lady
,f hasn't sixpence, and- "
l1 know it." indigaultly interrupted
the suitor. "You hale made that re
' mark befo're, want no fortune with
my wife, Inm own bleing, anIle; anllI Iy
" Oh, spare your rapture-. young -ir.
Not so fast. Don't lie too stre of the
i prize; for luhen yon hear what I have to
i tell yoy there may be. perhaps, a change
r in your view'. I have no tinm, to go
e into, the matter now; but cunome to-mor
. row, andt be prepnared to hear what will
Ssurplrise yonu; " and the old g.entleman
5 went tfl l nodding back--malevolently,
e the lover thonght-over his shoulder,
g leaving tile poor fellow in a state of
Y nmost unllomnfrltable suslpensei and ulcer
Wlhat ,oul' this dark hint mean?
is and why was he not to lmake sure ?
Cotuld it he possible there was any
doubt, any mystery as to the demise of
r; the loved one's husband ? He could not
I hell, calling to mind her confused and
singular mnomner at times; a certain
o want of frankness; an evident embar
If rassment at any allusion to the past.
n The possibility of an obstacle made the
3 young man realize as he had not before
; done how deeply his affections were en
gaged. He slwnt a miserable night,
" awaiting in vain conjecture and sleep
less anxiety the tidings which the mor
S: row might bring forth.
In order to explain matters it will be
Le necessary to go back for some months
Id lre'.ious to the arrival of the young lady
ar at her uncle's house; as well as to change
in the scene from it to a country cottage in
I a remote part of England-the home of
re the widowed sister of the eccentric
bachelor. In it we And him peeing
up and down the mmell drawing
room and listening to the querulous
complaints that its occupant, aconfrmed
invalid, is uttering from the sofa
on which she lies. "I think but little
ot my bodily sfferings," she is saying;
" they cannot now last long. Every day1
I feel more plainly that the end is not
far, and my doctor tells me the same.
The distress of mind that torments me
is what is so hard to beaer."
"And what may that be about, if It
future of my tghld wha,- I
gone. All I have, as you know, dies with
me. She will be penniless, sad the
thought of what is to become of her
cast on the world without a home, i
haunts me night and day. It is too
"A girl-and young--and not bad
looking. 1Where's the fear ? Some
body'll marry her. lMen are such
The sick woman could not forebear a
smile. " Ahlt, but there are no men, no
fools here! In this remote corner we
see no one, and the poor child, taken
np with nursing nme and tied to a sick
room, has made no acquaintances. It
is killing me to see her young life sacri
iced and to think of the future."
The mother's tears began to tiow.
Her hearer, never very amiably inclined
toward the weaker se,, or, at least in
its company, increased his quarter-deck
pacings in much discomfiture as these
symptoms of "water works turned on"
became apparent. His hurried steps
soon subsided, however, to a steady
march up and down the little drawing
room, while with frowning brow and
occasional chuckles, he seemed to be
concocting some scheme. After a few
minutes he came to a sudden halt be
fore the invalid's sofa. " Can the girl
act ?" he asked, abruptly.
"Act ! How do you mean? I-"
"Oh, you needn't look frightened;
" I'm not going to propose sending her
to the Gaiety or the Criterion."
" Well, except in the little make be
lieve plays and (tressings-up that chil
lren delight in-all children are, I think,
actors born" [" Ay, and men and women
too," growled the eynic]-" except that
sort of thing she never has seen or had
any opportunity of acting. Why do you
And in reply her brother unfolded the
pllan he had been concocting-namely,
that his niece, laying aside her "frip
pery and her trinkets andl other girl's
nonsense," was to put on the mourning
gat l and act the part of a wilow, in
which assruned character she was to
come to stay with him in his London
" But I don't understandl-"
" And you're not wanted to under
stand," he snarled. "It's my whim;
and it may be for the girl's advantage.
If she's willing. and can hold her tongue,
I'll come back for her when she's ready.
And I'll pay for her outfit. Crape and
weepers. Ho, ho, ho!"
When the that surprise at her uncle's
strange proposition was over, the young
girl jumped eagerly at the prospect of a
change froml the dull home she never
yet had left. She was young and
spirited: at an age when love of va
riety and a longing to see the world and
plunge iunto its unknown delights are
naitural. The playing the widow she
thought would be excellent fun. There
was ia spice of adventure in it, and it
would he like the private theatricals
and acting htiaradt ssith luid read of anlt
inlnagillnet so pleasatit. The old gentle
lman's reasons for wishing her to do so
was a puzzle ; but then who could won
der at anything he, did? absurd oddity
that he was! Perhaps it was to avoid
having to provide a c'lalperon for her
he haled ladi's so, "elderly ones t"s
T'Ih result of the scheme we have
? seen; and the scheme itself was what its
originator proceededl to divulge to the
f unld-be husband alhen that individual
t presented himself with considerable
1 misgiving anud agitation on the appointed
" As the lady has not turned out to be
what you took her for, is not in fact, a
widow, perhaps the whole matter may
Sbe off. A disappointment, no doubt,"
. wound up the uncle with one of his
grim chuckles; "but 'twas only right
Sto tell you in tinme. Young man, if you
can pardon the deceit, take her."
"Well," exclaimed the young man to
Shis fiancee, when, all things cleared up
, and satisfactorily arranged, the engaged
Spair were talking over the queer cir
Scnumstanee that had brought them to
Sgether, "I always knew your uncle was
i eccentric, but this surpsse anything
c i coul'l have imagined even of him."
In the course of a very able paper on
this subject the Bishop of Carlisle says:
" A dog sometimes looks as though he r
was thinking a thing out, and dog
stories wm very wonderful; but after °
all, the cleverest dog that ever lived yet °
las net been able to get beyond 'bow
Vow,' and we may safely predict that no I
owill ever aequire even the simplest
elements of human knowledge.
" But what, let us ask, is the real bar.
Iier between the dog's mind (if the term
y be used) and the simplest elements
Mlaan knowledge? It consists in
this fast-that the vocal organs of the
Sdog are so constructed that it is impos
sible for him to articulate a
Sword. His vocabulary, however,
already extends a long way beyond
'bow-wow.' To begin with, there are
as many different meanings to ' bow
wow,' or to the ' wow' (short and sharp)
alone, as some one said a lady could
give to the word ' dear,' according to its
position in a sentence and the emphasis
with which it was pronounced. But be
sides saying ' bow-wow,' the dog whines.
And there are many different meanings
(which, however, we are sometimes too
stupid-to undestand) in the whining of
a dog. We have no fear that dogs or
any other of the brute species will fur
nish competitors for the prizes to be at
taintd by human knowledge; for we ob
nerve a barrier between man and brute,'
fixed, and intentionally fixed, by creative
power. When we find in the lower
creations, as among birds, the power of
articulation, there the intelligence
is absent which could employ that
power for its own development; and
tokens of intelligence, there the power
of articulation is totally absent. Parrots
can be taught to repeat any words, but
they never can make up for themselves
any new phrase out of the materials in
the shape of words that they may have ac
quired. The natural utterance of many
birds, though conveying no meaning to
themselves, is distinctly articulate, and
Iomietimes is identical in sound with
wusertlsthat have ulisping to us.
It is the nightingale that possesses the
power of articulation to the fullest ex
tent among the species below us. There
are races of men whose languages do
not employ so many sounds as there are
in the nightingale's song. Vowels, con
sonants of various kinds, sibilants in
cluded, even double consonants, as X,
Z. are recognized in it by the human
The Sweet Uses of Ventriloqlnim.
.A London jeweler was applied to on
I,. half of a lady who wanted to make a
choice from several watches, rings and
other valuable articles. An assistant of
the jeweler accomlpanied the young man
itho calue on this mission lack to a
hotel, in order to let the lady make her
choice 'tud please her fancy. The lady
was, perhaps, in bed, or for some other ;
reason could not appear in the outer
room, and her emissary went into the
inner room. The jeweler's assistant
presently heard two voices discoursing as
to the tchoiceof articles. Then the emis
msay came out and said that the lady had
made a choice of certain articles which
he retained in the inner room. He
went back to make arrangements about
payment, leaving the jeweler's assistant
still in the outer room. Time went by,
and the voices were heard no more.
The emissary did not come out from the
inner sanctuary and the jeweler's assist
ant ended by growing impatient, going
to the inner room and finding that it
was as empty as that which the Prince of
Brefthi, in Moore's altlad, entered after
"' Its loving tenant had fled." Tihere was
apparently no lady in the Case. The two
voices were seemingly but the ingeniuns
reproduction of one voice, and the
watches and rings were gone.- .,ulo,
.t servant-girl in this city managed to
make her employers believe that her
thefts were committed by their daugh
ter. The child was frightened and con
fessed every charge, until the parents
believed her a confirmed kleptomaniac.
and kept her chained in confinement.
It was, doubtless, very stupid and wrong
on their part ; but it calls attention to
one of the greatest difficulties in the
education of children. A parent often
asuspects a child of an offense, and be
lieves him guilty of falsehood because
i he denies it, when he is really innocent.
Nothing so injures and even brutalizes
Sa child as to hold him guilty when he
Sis not. Here the parent must use in
fi Anite tenderness and charity; and
- above all must so cultivate the confi-.
. deuce of the child that he will not be
:afraid to confess any offense. He
Smust not be frightened by the parent
into a lie.--e,"- rl hIniepee4snrt
There has been a congress of starts
in Italy, atwhlteha Heidelberg professor
mid that experiease had sonviaced him
of the importamee of examining the
organs of heaming of eaglamr sad re
men n looomotives, both before ap
pointing them and every two yese or
so while in service. The some of hear
ing becomes impaired from various
eauses, sad often without the knowledge
of lhe person sufering from it. Defecta
in this seme mae not lee dangerousthra
color blindness, and sometiges more
diffiuli to Aeover. -
The death of Bichard Jaekson, a prom
inent business man of Bichmond, Ind.,
was the result of a strange case of blood
poisoning, which he firmly believed was
caused by accidentally crushing a potato i
bug in his hand last spring, and touch
ing the inside of his ear with it. The ear a
immediately gathered and deep-seated
abscesses followed, which baffled the
slkill of the best physicians in New York
and Cincinnati. He suffered terribly.
Recently the poison began to spread
through his system, and it reached his
heart, causing death.
Edison promises that great things shall i
i happen with the electric light in ninety ;
days. There are 300 sets of men, he
says, in 300 different cities and towns in .
this country ready to begin work, with a
plenty of capital, as local Edison elec- '
trie light companies, as soon as he says
the word. "There will be 300 machine u
shops working exclusively on our ma- i
terial in different parts of the country
within ninety days. Four hundred
millions are invested in gas in this,
country alone. It is the largest mann- a
factuing interest in the world, and pays
the lest. The dividends average more I
than ten per cent. When we move on 1
the enemy we've got to move quick,'and
we are ready to. Eveiy plant will be
put in by our own engineers. We shall
have to enlarge our works."
The United States treasury build.
t.4g s Vnsingten. ewtaina over fear
teen hundred thousand dollars of
Sunt-laimed interest on government
hI,,ls. This sum is getting larger every
day. This vast sum of money, or much
of it, can Iw drawn by simply applying
for it by whoever is entitled to it and
- has the registered bond on which the
Silterest is due and not paid. There are
thousands of persons who have bought
hInds, and not knowing how to get the
interest on them, prefer to lose the
samue rather than to expose the fact that
they have the bonds. Others have
t interest due them and actually forget
, the fact, and it lies in the treasury
Svaults waiting for them to apply for it.
t Should one of the clerks of the bond
division inform a person to whom in
terest is due of the fact, and the same
h be discovered, he would he instantly'
Few towns in the world ean boast of
a more rapid growth than Kimberley,
the headquarters of the South Africanl
diamond diggings. Eleven years ago
not a hut stood where now about t;0,000
li'ople, with a trade of more than $10.
000,000, torn one of the most thriving
communities on the African continent.
It has been recently disscovered that the
town is built upon land which ptromises
to he as productive of diamonds as the
neighboring "-diggings." which have
"leel the source of its wealth and the
Sve'ry origin of its existence. Khuberley
is identical with the -" New Rush" din
r mond settlement of l870: and the
a thosanduds who flocked to the
c locality to secutre a "-- claim" in the
valuable reefs, which have been worked
o further and further to the east of the
site of the future town, were in such a
hurry to seek their fortunes in the dig
-inrg that they forgot to inquire whether
the soil onl which they pitched tents or
" erected their log-huts was not equally
r diamondif-rous. As the wooden shan
ties have given place to more substan- '
tial buildings. it has been found that
nKimberley itself has been built on a
diamond tield, and that the west end or
residential part of the town is as full of
g gems as the actual diggings themselves
O at the eastern or ,working end of the
n town. New claims are being taken up
in all directions, and land which was
Sbeginning to acquire considerable value
as building sites has suddenly assumed
, fresh importance as possibly containing
some new " Star of South Africa."
di Bee culture is becoming a profitable
i- industry in'Texas, especially in the
eI Brmos and Colorado valleys, where
:e quite a number of enterprising men
it ; have found that it pays vastly more than
8linasi lo d d ade pt
'Mad t e dewy dwainag,
Blackbird weleomes tthie day
Under his ereo awm :
Welasmes in the ridsg day,
'Mid the dewy dawaiag.
sgiSg S wae ed ad s g puear
Whle ts day wdenens
Blackilrd qpredse a peowe shoer
T11mPg the Ught rsmainng
Spreade s obe sad pelst saer
Tmul the ainessm hr d nsear,
"bogos 2041t and style etelr
wne* tbs to Lmain.
A great ink-conveniene-The plint
The Rome Sentinel call a poster a
"What do you take me for?" aid the
arrested man to a detective. - Beonm
The man who has his sisters and his
cousins cannot he too careful ot Ni
A man never looks so much like a red
handed villain as when he is told by the
photographer to " look pleaseat."
Said a bachelor philosopher: " My
friend conducted his future wife to the
altar-end here his leadership came to
Lives there a man with soul so dead
who never to his neighbor said: "Well,
is thin cold enough for you?"- Y'onLwv
"What," asked the teacher, " was the
greatest obstacle Washington en
countered in crossing the DelawareY"
And the smart, bad boy thought for a
minute and then made answer: "The
It has been discovered that the skin of
a cat prevents neuralgia. It is also as
serted that throwing bootjacks at the
felines tends to develop and strengthen
the museles of the arm. -Pk i od is
} WIsy i tbt 1r trlg t-be doae
case of fire ?" asked Professor Sare
"Suetheinsuranee company," promptly
answered the boy at the foot of the
class, whose father had been burned out
once or twice.-Bumrlington HIcakeye.
In review of the past lesson at a Sun.
day-school the question was asked:
"What did God do on the seventh
day ?" Answer: "He rested." ^ Whet
else did He do ' Promptly a little
eight-year-old boy, "He read His news.
W'-hy, I'm so glad you've come. Did
yo.n know that I've been worrying about
you, John, all the evening?" "That'.
just what I married you for. It i.
leansant to think that there is some one
homne worrying about you." Somehow
this view of the matter didn't exactly
coincide witih her ideas of marital
amenities.-- .\e HIren Register.
" In union is strength." If this applies
to the postofliee department, it ought to
be rather strong. Among the postofees
an this country there are twenty-five
' Unions, eleven Union towns, five Union
valleys, and seventy-eight postofoe
that have Union for the first word of
. their names, followed by hill or burg or
s mills, or some such word, thus making
S129 postotdices in these United Stat.s
r whose names contain the word "Union.'
SWhile a Chicasgo girl was leaning over
v the railing of the veranda one night,
sininging " I'm Waiting, My Darling, for
e Thee," her long-legged lover sneaked
out of tlhe shrubbery. "Birdie !
e "Amanda?" They embraced. "LHave
1 you missed me ?" she murmured.
e " Missed you. my angel? does the lone
a ly dove miss-" But there came a dull
hollow thud, as if some one had hit an
r old stump with a maul, and he shot
r out in the darkness, while a voice as
p deep as a bass born said: " Birdie has
gone, Amanda, and you can turn the gas
out in the parlor and go to bed."
A sCALETY erT.
\ major loved a manden so,
His wirlike heart was soft as i.
if He oft would kneel to her and say :
s " Thou art of life my only Rf
e "Ah! if but kinder thou would'st be,
.And so,metimes sweetly smile on AJl.
" Thoun art my life, my Tuidin star,
I love thee near, 1 love she a.
d "Mvy psaon I crmot rontrol,
Thou art the idol of my Sal'."
The maiden mid: "Oh, fe!! ab pe.
Howraouyougoontha? Oh, Li!"
lThe "major" rose from bended kee,
And went her father br to &.
e The father thoueght no mateh we Snr,
This "major" once bed beea " mlam."
They maurried som, and after that
n Dwelt In ten omms all on "see et"
For t~livd on the aimedmt "ges"