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OAGLE PUBLIBHING CO., ]Zenoma A amPso .. - - 1 l UAU 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 chan-e. 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 reauly. "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 her! " "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 that--" " 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 ing garments. 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 carry it." 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 housekeelpr'k hands. " 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 otlhers.'" 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 1 love-" " 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 - tainty. 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 might ask?" 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 dreadful I" "A girl-and young--and not bad looking. 1Where's the fear ? Some body'll marry her. lMen are such fools!" 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 ash ? 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 honle. " 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 pecially. 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 n morning. " 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." BiN Laagrge. 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, Thjiith .VSus. Frightening 'hildren. .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 TINULY TOPICb. 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' r discharged. 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." 1- - 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 cotton raising. 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. -Ames. Basem. IHUOUOUS. A great ink-conveniene-The plint ing press. The Rome Sentinel call a poster a stuck-up thing. "What do you take me for?" aid the arrested man to a detective. - Beonm Post. The man who has his sisters and his cousins cannot he too careful ot Ni haunts. 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 an end." Lives there a man with soul so dead who never to his neighbor said: "Well, is thin cold enough for you?"- Y'onLwv Gazette. "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 toll-man." 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 C ironile. } 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. laper." 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"