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THE THREE LITTLE CIIAIHS.
They sat alone by the bright wood fire, The gray-haired dame and the aged sire, Dreaming of days gone by; The tear-drops fell on each wrinkled check, They both had thoughts they could not speak, And esch heart uttered a sigh. X <fi their pad and tearful eyes descried T&ree tttfle chairs placed side by side Against the gjttinß-rooni wall ; Old- fashioned enough as there they stood. Their Beats cf flag and their frames of wood, With their backs so straight and tall. And tie rite shook his silvery head, And with trembling voice he gently said : v Mother, these empty chairs ! They bring ua 6uch sad thoughts to-night, ■\\ eTI put them forever out of eight, In the small dark room up-stairs." But the answered : "Father, no, not yet, For I look at them and I forget That the children are away; The boys come back, and our Mary, too, With her apron on of checkered blue, And sit there every day. "Johnny still whittles a ship's tall masta, And Willie his leaden bullete casts, While Mary her patchwork sews; At evening the three childish prayers Go up to God from these little chairs So soi'tly that no one knows. "Johnny comes back from the billowy deep; Willie wakes fro;;i the battle-field sleep, To say good-night to me; - a w Ife and mother no more, But a tirvd child whose playtime is o'er, Aud comes to rest at my knee. them stand there, though empty now, And every time when alone we bow At the Father's throne to pray, We'll a.<k to meet the children abnve, Savior's home of rest and love, no child goeth away." MY SPIIUTL'ELLE "SPOT- lEH." One, two, three — yes, I was sure that I had traced a family resemblance in three very different faces, during the same day, and that these faces had re peated themselves at intervals during a period of several days. It happened in this wise. I was con valescent — recovering from nervous fever, which had rendered my imagina tive powers morbid, and so shattered my nervous system that it was necessary to recover it by the mildest means and the slowest stages. I durst not walk out, so I was recommended to ride. Much reading, even of the lightest char acter, was declared one of the worst things possible for me ; so my young friends got up private theatricals for my benefit, and, though I was forbidden as yet to take a public part in them, it gave me infinite amusement to aid them in their preparations. By degrees I be came quite an artist in the necessities of a successful "make-up;" could de cide, at a glance, whether the eyebrows required encouragement, or whether the eyes were of a shade to stand a narrow but severe touch of rouge immediately beneath them. I could tell at a single look whether the whiteness of a false complexion was due to flake- white, bis muth, or alternate layers of camphor-ice and powder; and probably no one ever answered more repeatedly tho question, "Have I too much on to-night ?" That I became the criterion in such matters was one cf the piquant recompenses I had for not K-ing in a position just then to take part in the public performances. I have saiu that I was interdicted from much walking. This drove me to tho city passenger-cars, i'or I could not af ford the daily luxury of a carriage. It is one of my idiosyncrasies — call it a weakness, if you will that, having once got into a track, it is hard to drive me out of it. Consequently I acquired the habit of riding up aud down the same city pass enger track — which one is not necessary to particularize — several times a day. Upon one of these occasions I found myself occupying a corner of the car diagonal to one that was in possession of a lovely, spirituelle blonde. A very fair, pure blonde ! And what more exquisite sight is there on earth than that of a white-rose-skinned, vio let-eyed girl, with face framed in with rustic entanglements of light-golden hair? This was the style of a beauty that encountered me in that passenger car, and whispered to me that my des tiny was at hand. It was about 0 o'clock in the morning, and we were alone in the car. She took no notice of me at all, nor indeed of any thing bul the school book she held open in her lap. I noticed that the con ductor looked at her from time to time, with an expression which might have meant "... al had I in the least sus i the truth, or met a case resoni bling it before. The young lady stopped the car ;.. the neighborhood of a large red-b] lin<?, sr hich I took to be a mary, and got cut without betraying a consciousness of my existence, lrom which I opined that she was afraid of being late for school nnd didn't know her lesson. At about 2 o'clock in the afternoon 1 found myself riding up-town in the same car. The lack of other means of amusement had rendered me a close ob server, and consequently when the car stopped and a woman's-rights -looking woman got in, apparently a spinster of uncertain age, my looks were riveted upon her, and, in spite of the difference in age, attire, manner and everything which constitutes personality I ex claimed to myself : " Heavens ! what a strange family re semblance ! I could swear this woman's rights-looking woman was the maiden aunt of my spirituelle blonde. Those eyes, that nose, that chin "—and there upon I sank off into a retrospective rev erie which lasted until I found I had been driven six blocks past the paternal residence, and reflected that the dinner had by that time probably grown un palatably lukewarm. The mystery was not at an end yet. TL:it same evening at about 8 I took an other ride, which was to last me untiJ next morning. Being again the soleoc cnoant of the car. I was about to solve the problem how great a portion of my body could repose upon the velvet cushioned seat without an impingement of my dusty feet thereon, when the car stopped. I heard the conductor ex claim: "All right, aunty," and the next moment there ambled in a middle aged woman, who seated herself, pain fully and with heavy breathing, oppo site. She wore a thick veil, but my eyes were sharpened by much observa tion, and, for the second time that day, I exclaimed to myself : "Heavens! what a resemblance!'' and fell back on the old work of com paring eyes, chin and nose with those of my spirituelle blonde of the morning. Yes; the family resemblance was there— there was no disguising that. If the woman's-rights woman had been the spinster aunt, this woman was the dowager mother. Mixing with it all there was a confusion, a mystery, a con tradiction and defiance, which I tried in vain to understand or remove. Why, of all the faces I had seen that day, these three should flit before me, weaving themselves together, growing out of one another like monstrous heads, alternat ing each with incessant re2>etition, and mingling their identities like objects re flected infinitely in opposite mirrors, was the most inexplicable question of all. I dreamed about those faces ail that night. I i »ey grew out of my bed-posts ; they hid themselves in the folds of my mosquito net; they Bprouted from my neck and flashed before me like a fabled monater, and when I woke in the morn ing 'twas us though they had divided my appetite between them, i'or I certainly had none for breakfas*. So wearisome had this constant brooding that, in despair, I went to my doctor, and, conquering my fear of being laughed at, stated the case. My doctor is an eccentric. He is not an old fogy. He is a young progressive, with respect for past good, but with greater respect for future butter. He believes in phrenology, and ha reads the newspapers, consequently be knows a thing or two which more celebrated physicians might search in their books for in vain. He did not laugh at me. He did not feel my pulse. He did not ask me to go through the farce of putting out my tongue. But he felt of my individuali ty, and then he asked me the very sin gular question : "Do you know what a ' spotter ' is?" I pondered for a few moments, and then pensively shook my Lead. I was not excessively green in city life, but I did not know what a " spotter " was, and so I said : "I thought, perhaps, I was a little out of my head," I added. "Some times I fancy my fever jarred me there terribly. And I have been so haunted by the.-c three faces. You don't know — " At this point, for the first time, the doctor interrupted me with a hearty laugh. "I do know all, my dear fellow,'' he said, slapping me on the shoulder. " N<> thing's the matter there," touching my Lead. "Your being 'haunted,' as you call it, with those three taces, on the contrary, is one of the best proofs that you are all right. Take your customary ride to-day. Ten chances to one but you will encounter the same three faces. When you do, get as close to them as possible, and, if your eyes are not strong enough, borrow a pair of eye-glasses. Report the result of your observations to me, and if, by that time, you don't know what a • spotter ' is, I will tell you." I rose to go, with returned cheerful ness. "One word more," he said, holding out his hand as I stood on the thresh old. •« You are not in love with your violet-eyed blonde ?" "Ah! She is very beautiful," I an swered, turning away ; " and I think — I don't know — but I think I am in love," and, disappearing amid the doctor's merry peal of laughter, I went on my mysterious quest. It was several days ere I called on the doctor again. When I did so it was with a clear head, but a heart not alto gether light. I had pursued my investi gations closely in the interim, and was now going to him with the result. '•' And what have you to report ? " ho asked. " The girl," I replied, "has genuine, unassisted beauty, and I pity her from the bottom of my heart that she is obliged to earn her living in such a way. Her spinster aunt is admirably got up, but I noticed that the way she counts is by turning down a leaf of the book she carries for every fresh passenger that gets in. The old lady is the greatest success of all. She takes her notes by pretending to figure her grocer's account in a greasy blank-book. But they are all three first-class 'spotters,' and do then business well." "And pray, my friend," asked the doctor, " how did you arrive at a com prehension of the deep significance of that term ? " "My own eager eyes and senses in formed me," I replied. ("You are pretty well cured," I heard the doctor mutter half aloud.) "A 'spotter,' usually a female, is an employe in the secret service of a passenger railway company. Her duty is to ' spot ' dis honest conductors, and report them to the directors of this company. These women, whom I have seen, are all 'spot ters,' regular artists in the work." "And how about the family resem blance ?" "The same face," I replied, "bears an extraordinary family resemblance in itself, when seen in a number of clever disguises. I have said those women are artists and do their work well. Bu there is only one woman in the case ! Alv spirituelie blonde is nothing but a THE ST. FALL DAILY GLOBE, WEDNESDAY MORNING, JUJNB 6,1883. spirituelle ' spotter,' and my violet-eyed beauty, my spinster aunt and my dow ager mother are one and the same per son. I brushed near her with the eye of a hawk. I saw the paint and patches and powders. It is the best 'make up,' on or off the stage, I ever witnessed. But I think one or two of the conduc tors, from the way they looked at her, are a little suspicious; and I suspect my lady will soon be obliged to 'spot' on another line." From that hour my convalescence was rapid, and I ride less than formerly in city passenger railway cars. SOUTUERX HOSPITALITY. Turning off from the corduroy road, I took a footpath, and was soon as near the cabin as a high rail fence would allow me to approach on horseback. The most of my readers in the older sections of the country will suppose that I had now only to dismount, hitch my horse, climb the fence, rap at the door, and so gain admittance to my resting place for the night. Far otherwise. Only the most untraveled and inexperienced in the Brush -would undertake so rash an an experiment. Sitting upon my horse, I called out in a loud voice, "Hello, there!" That call was for the same purpose that the city pastor mounts the stone steps and rings the bell at the door of his parishioners. It was rather more effective. A large pack of hounds acd various other kinds of dogs responded with a barking chorus; a group of black pickaninnies rushed from the adjacent kitchen, followed to the door by their sable mothers, with arms akimbo and hands fresh from mixing the pone or corn-dodger fur the family supper; all with distended eyes and mouth, staring at the stranger with excited and pleased curiosity. At almost the same instant, the mistress of the incipient plantation approached the door of her cabin, stockingless and shoeless, with a dress of woolsey woven in her own loom by her own hands, and cut and made by her own skill, with face not less pleased and excited than the others, and her cordial greeting of "Howdy, stranger — how d'y, sir? 'Light, sir! [alight]— 'light, sir!" Remaining upon my horse, I replied: "I am a stranger in these parts, madam. I have ridden about fifty miles since morning, and am very tired. Can I get to stay with you to-night, madam?" "Oh, yes," she replied, "if you can put up with our rough fare. We never turn anybody away." I dismounted. The dogs, who would otherwise have resisted my approach to the door by a combined attack, obeyed their instructions not to harm me, and granted me a safe entrance as a recognized friend. Such was the universal training of the dogs, and such tho uniform method of approaching and gaining admittance to the houses of the people in the Brush. — "In the Brush." MEASURIXO TIME. A New York lawyer had seen the story of the witness who was confident of his accurate notion of time, and was re quested to give his ideas of two min utes. A watch was held, and at the end of twenty seconds he declared that two minutes had elapsed. The New York lawyer resolved to try the experiment on a sailor in the hospital, whose deposition he was taking in regard to a collision, and the time which had elapsed after the vessel left the wharf. The sailor answered, "about ten minutes.' " Man," said the lawyer, "how long do you think ten minutes to be ?" "About ten minutes." Out came the lawyer's watch, as he said, " I'll tell you when to begin and you tell me when the ten minutes are up." "Aye, aye, sir," said the sailor, as sailors always do — in sto ries and plays. The lawyer stood with his back to a mantel on which a little clock was facing the sailor. After three minutes the lawyer exclaimed, "See here, are you going to keep us here all day?" No answer. The hand of the clock was on the exact notch of ten minutes as the sailor said carelessly, • : Guess the time must be abont up." "Well," said the lawyer, "of all men, dying or alive, that I ever saw, you can measure time the best." Said Brown, who had just returned from a visit outside between the acts: "O, darling, I had such a fright! It almost took my breath away. " " Mercy, " exclaimed Mrs. 8., turning her face away, "I wish it had, John." And John looked sheepish enough as he sly ly inserted a clove in his mouth. — Boston Transcript. The annual revenue to the United States from applejack alone is in the neighborhood of $50,000, and about two thirds of that is from Sussex county, N. J. Useful dentistry : " lou lookciu-er ful, Mr. Spiser?" said a friend who met the old gentleman ambling dowu tlie avenue. "Yes," said the interrogated ; "I have just had a troublesome grinder pulled." And when the sympathising gentleman asked him if it hurt him much, Seth cheerfully responded, "Not a bit ; it was an organ-grinder, and v policeman pulled him." A matter of secrecy — " Oh, Moike, Moike, darlint ! " cried his wife, as her husband was brought home to her with his legs broken from a tall down an ele vator ; "do ye think any harm will come ay it, Moike.?" " Divil a bit, if the docthers don't foind it out, "was the suf ferer's answer. The New York Evening Post says it is the right of trial by jury that encour ages suits for breach of promise, and intimates that if tried by Judges very few plaintiffs would make out their cases. FARM ANT> HOME. Farm Italciitys. Animals, when confined and supplied with fattening feed, always increase largely in weight during the first few weeks, after which the rate of increase diminishes to a considerable extent. An Ohio farmer says : "I can make more pork with clean, shelled corn, soaked twelvo hours in pure spring water than I can with new, soft com ; keep my pigs in better condition, and my feeding floors and pastures will not bo covered with cobs." Heaves once developed is incurable, but some good may be done by foedicg on damp and laxative food and avoiding too much exertion and severo woik. You may also do good by giving the fol lowing for a month or longer, every morning : Liquor arsenicales, 1 our.cc ; tincture belladonna, 2 drachms ; tinct uro ginger, 1 drachm. Give as a drench in a little water. Kept on grass during tiie summer, hogs are in prime condition for fattening by the Ist of September, and, with good teeth, good digestion and good health, they will fatten rapidly on corn, and, by turning the grain into pork very rapidly, bring to the farmer a better proiit for tho food consumed than if fed during the summer on corn. A moderate ration of corn or ground feed occasionally nw? be beneficial, but, except it be desired to fatten for tho summer market, the best Jesuits are in the direction we have indicated. Newly-planted trees are greatly ben efited by having a mound of earth oi mulch banked up around them the first winter. An exchange says: "This should extend, cone shaped, as high up the stem as possible. It not only stead ies and protects them from swaying, and from freezing and thawing dming winter, but also prevents mice and other vermin from gnawing the tender bark— for these depredators u&ually do not as cend these hillocks in search of food. This mound, and the addition of hay bands, is also useful if you have tendei fruit trees. An " Ohio Man" offers a word to those who advocate hauling manure when the ground is frozen. He says that he triod it once to his cost, finding that a vast quantity of liquid manure had taken its departure ; it was a dear lesson. When the ground is frozen is a good time to haul out manure, but it Bhould be left in Bmall piles, so that it will not heat until the ground thaws, when it should bo spread. But the latest experience of many excellent farmers goes to show that the best results are obtained from barnyard manure by hauling and at once spreading as fast aa it is made. A writer on timber-cutting says the best time to cut timber is in the autixmn. There is a great difference in tho lasting qualities of wood, that cut in the fall being much superior. There is but lit tle attention paid to this by cutters, be cause they well know that purchasers will not inquire what month it was cut in, and will pay just as much for timber cut in March as September. If the qual ity of the lumber is good ; and it is well sawed, it is all that is required. No ono looksforward to the time when the build ing is to be repaired and a portion of it new timbered, because it was not ail cut at the same season of the year. Referring to the somewhat disputed point as to the best ago to kill animals for markot, an exchange gives as its opinion that the best beef is young beef, reaching its greatest point of superiority at from 2to 3 years of age. The same is true of sheep and swine. A wether, for the best mutton, should be in the market at 2 years. As a general rule a 250-pound pig is better in quality and more profitable than a hog weighing 500. The point of appreciation of quickly-maturing animals is being reached, though somewhat gradually, and it remains to improve the various breeds, especial care being had to select animals to breed from that come to ma turity at an early age. The Live Stock Journal, in regard to feeding cows, well says : Thero is less excuse for feeding a good milch cow stingily than any other farm animal. She does not ask any credit, she makes prompt daily payment, and her product is a cash article. If he has not the food at hand, prudence and good judgment, as -well ns humanity, require him to fur nish her full rations at all limes, with out regard to a favorable or unfavorable season. We always counsel dairymen to make an earnest effort to produce all tho food for their herds upon their own farms, but the first principle of profita ble dairying requires that they give abundant food to keep up an e\en flow of milk, whether they produce or pur chase the food. The trouble with most persons who keep horses, no matter whether for farm work or for driving purposes, is they feed too much hay ; and to this can bo attributed the general sluggishness often manifested by the horses until they have been working a couple of hours, while their wind is also much impaired. Night is the only time when hay should be fed, especially to animals used for quick work ; even the slow plow team should have but little hay at the morning and noon feeds, but give them a genercua supply at the evening meal. By doing this your horses will keep in better spirits and condition, and free from auy tendency to "pot belly," which horse juen so much dislike to see. Doniestic Economy. Cold Meat. — Prepare the meat as for hash ; fill a Jeep dish with boiled niaoa roni ; on the top of that place the hash ; cover it with tomatoes, over which sprinkle bread crumbs, with a little but ter; bake until nicely browned. Apple Custard. — Pare and core hruf a dozen very tart apples ; cook them in half a teacup of water till they begin to soften. Put them in a pudding-dish and sugar them. Beat eight eggs with four spoonfuls of sugar ; add three pints of milk, pour over the apples, and bske half an hour. Buckwheat Cakes. — Take one pint of buckwheat meal, a handful of Indian meal and a teaspoonful of salt ; mix them with two large spoonfuls of yeast, and sufficient cold water to make a thick batter ; beat it well ; pat it in a warm place to rise, which will take three or four hours ; or, if you mix it]at night, let it stand where it is rather cool. Sugab Puffs. — Take the whites of four eggs, and beat them to a strong froth, and add as much very fine rolled and sifted sugar as will make it into a stiff paste ; add a few carraway seeds, a little rose-water, or lemon essence, to flavor the mixture. Beat it well for one hour, and then sift sugar on a sheet of paper, and drop the mixture on it the size of a sixpence. Bake them carefully in slow oven, and they will be very white. Sweet Potato Pudding. — Boil one pound of sweet potatoes very tender, and press them, while hot, through a grater — the finer the better. To this add a dozen eggs, well beaten, three quarters of a pound of butter, some grated nutmeg and lemon rind, and a glass of old brandy. Put a paste in the dish, and when tha pudding is done sprinkle the top with white sugar, finely pulverized. Ham and Ego in Crtjstade. — This is as good as it looks pretty, and takes but a short time to prepare. Cut a few slices of stale bread, shape the crumbs 'nto round pieces, and scoop out a little space in the middle, fry them a golden color, and fill the empty space with some grated ham or minced cliicken and tongue, made ready in a little gravy, and lay a poached egg on the top of each round. Garnish with bunches of crisp parsley. Snow Pudding. — One-half box gela tine, pour warm water on it, enough to cover it, and let stand about threo min utes, then add one pint of boiling' water to dissolve it; add the juice of one lemon, two cups of sugar ; let it stand and cool, beat the white of three eggs to stiff froth and add to the gelatine, beat ing all one hour, put in a mold ; make the custard of the yelks ; when taken from the mold pour the custard around it, or, if you choose, you can trim it with jelly. A NATIONAL NUISANCE. A napkin — Ring what? — Ex change. The above is the style of a joke that is making our beloved land the corral for a vast herd of idiots who ought to be poisoned and thrown into the moaning sea. The class of facetious individuals who do not know enough to die of remorse is gradually increasing. The country is cursed at present with the vast epidemic of this kind ef mirth that make per dition yawn. Host any kind of a criminal can be brained with a piano leg and thrown into the yielding bosom of a cranberry marsh, but how are you going to brain a man with a head like a peanut, and who don't know a wedgewood joke from a moss covered sarcophagus ? How are you going to brain a lali-de dah man who never knew what a brain was ? How can you knock a poor worm of the dust senseless when he hasn't been any other way since he was born? About the only way we see is to drain Lake Superior and then collect those gibbering idiots in the deepest place, spread about four acres of boiled iron over them, and then let the water back into the lake. — Bill Nye. LOXGFELLOW'S FIRST LITERARY EFFORT. "My great ambition once was," he remarked, one evening, "to edit a mag azine. Since then the opportunity has been offered lo me many times — and I did not take it, and would cot." That same night he spoke of his first poem — the first that ever was printed — and des cribed his trepidation when going hi the evening to drop the precious man uscript into the editor's box. This was at a weekly newspaper office in Port land, Me. when he was a boy. Pub lication Jay arrived and the paper came out — but not a word of the poem. " But I had another copy," he said, " and I immediately sent it to the rival weekly, and the next week it was published." And then he described his exultation and inexpressible joy and pride, when —having bought a copy of the paper, still damp from the press, and walked with it into a by-street of the town — he saw, for the first time, a poem of his own actually in print ! "I have never since had such a thrill of delight," he said, " over any of my publications." THREE CHARACTERISTIC EPITAPHS, A friend who read the epitaph pre pared for bis own tomb by the late Pro! Clifford was prompted to compose two c uiers which, with that of the professor, we give below : ATHEIST. I was not and I was conceived I lived and did a little work; I am not and I grieve not. —Clifford. PANTHEIST. A drop of spray cast from the Infinite, I hung there an instant and threw my ray To make the rainbow. A microcosm Reflecting aIL Then back I fell again, And, though I perished not, 1 was no more. CHRISTIAN. God willed ; I was. What He had planned I wrought That done, He called and now I dwell with Him. —Literary World. THE MORAL OF A PAIR OF STOCK IXGS. The following letter was written by a distinguished literary lady to a learned Judge on the eve of his marriage : Deab Cousin : Herewith you will receive a present of a pair of siuckuisu knit by my own hands ; and be assured, dear coz, that my friendship for you is as warm as the material, active as Uw finger work, and generous as the dona tion. But I consider the present as pecul iarly appropriate *on the occasion of your marriage. You will remark, in the first place, that there are two individuals united in one pair, who are to walk side by side, guarding against coldness, and giving comfort as long as they last. Tiie thread of their texture is mixed ; and so, alas, is the thread of life. In these, however, the white is made to predominate, expressing my desire and confidence that thus it will be with the color of your existence. No black is used, for I believe you will be wholly free from the black passions of wrath and jealousy. The darkest color here is blue, which is excellent when we do not make it too blue. Other appropriate thoughts rise in my mind regarding these stockings. The most indifferent subjects, when viewed by the mind in a suitable frame, may furnish instructive influence, ns saith the poet : The iron dogs, the fuel and tongs, The bellows that have leathern longs, The firewood, a-.lu>3 ami smoke, Do all to righteousness provoke. But to the subject. You will perceive that the top of these things (by which I suppose courtship to be represented) are seamed, and by no means of seaming are drawn into a snarl, but after comes a time when the whole is made plain, and continues so till the final toeing off. By this I wish to take occasion to congratu late you, that you are now through with seeming and have come to plain reality. Again, as the whole of these comely stockings was not made at once, but by the addition of one little stitch after another, put in with skill and discretion, until the whole presents the fair and equal piece of work which you see, so life does not consist of one great action, bnt millions of little ones combined ; and so it may be with our lives — no stitch dropped when duties are to be performed, no widening made when bad principles are to be removed or economy is to be preserved, neither seaming nor narrowing where truth and generosity are in question. Thus every stitch of life made right and set in the right place — none either too large or too small, too light or too loose ; may you keep on your smooth and even course, making existence one fair and consistent piece, until together having passed the heel you may come to the very toe of life, and here in the final narrowing off aud dropping off the coil of this emblmeatic pair of companions and comforting associates, nothing ap pears but white, the token of innocence and peace, of purity and light. May you, like these stockings— the final stitch being dropped, and the work completed — go together from the place where you were formed to a happier state of exis tence, a present from earth to heaven. Hoping that these stockings and ad manitions may meet a civil reception, I remain in the true-blue frendship, seem ingly without seaming, yours from top to toe. TIIE TOWER OF LOXHOX. The different buildings that make up what is known collectively as the Tower have all histories, and all bloody ones. There is nothing but blood connected with it. The identical headsman's block is carefully preserved, with the ax he used and the mask he wore when en gaged in his delightful duty. The ax is shaped very like a butcher's cleaver, and the mask about the most fiendish face that a devilish ingenuity could de vise. Ugly and devilish as it is, it was probably an improvement on the face it concealed. You are shown the thumb screws and rack. The thumbscrews would extort a confession from a dead man ; and the rack — well, that is some thing inconceivably devilish. You are laid in a box; ropes on windlasses are tied to your ankles and hands ; then the Windlasses are turned, inch by inch, till your joints are dislocated. After endur ing the rack and answering questions the way they desired, for a man in that apparatus would say anything for a mo ment's respite, yon are hurried to the block for fear you may recant as soon as you get out of it. Then what was said in the rack was put upon record as a testimony on which to rack and behead other people. Those were the "good old days of Merrie England." During the reign of Edward m. 600 Jews were imprisoned in the dungeons of the Tower for " adulterating the coin of the realm." The trouble with these Jews was, they had too much of the coin of the realm, and Edward too little. The chronicler goes on to say that so strong was the prejudice of the King against these people that he banished the race from England ; but, with the thrift that distinguished Kings of that day, he compelled them to leave behind them their immense wealth, which he gobbled, and their libraries, which, as he couldn't read, he had no use for, and they went to the monasteries. I sup pose he sold them by the pound to the monks who could read. A large part of the great building is now used as a great national armory. Stored within its walls are 90,000 rifles, of the latest and most improved pat terns, all in perfect order, even to the oiling, and ready for use at a moment's notice. England is always ready for war. It would be a quick nation that could catch her napping. These niur i derous weapons looked cheerful by com parison with the barbarous tools the old English used. After looking at the battle-axes and flails and lances, it would seem to be a comfort to be merely shot to death with a Martini-Henry rifle. One coald 'eel some sort of comfort in going out via decent rifle-ball. The* guards of the Tower are the famous "Beefeaters," and are all hab ited in the aaifoyna of the time of Henry VII., who instituted the corps. The present ycemta are all old soldiers, -who have disiingniahed themselves, and a very plowiit time they have of it. They don't have to drag women to the block by the hair of their heads any more, bat ftpeail most ©3 their time in standing around listlessly and eating ham sandwiches, "which is certainly bet ter than their ancient employment.— JSasby. TIES €TITT OF MEXICO. Mexico is a serious aad by no means a gay city. There are no crowds upon the sidewalk^ no eating of ices in pub lic, no cafez ehantanta, nothing Pari sian. By Dor 10 o'clock the good peo ple appear to have retired already, to be up betimes in the morning for the work of the day. A military band plays three evenings ia the week, but even this, except on Sundays, is so sparsely at tended that the men seem to be discours ing their music for their own amuse ment. Policemen are found stationed at short intervals in the quiet streets, with their lanterns set in the middle of the roadway. They are obliged by the regulations to signal their whereabouts every quarter of an honr, and the sound of their whistles, which have a shrill, dolef xil sote, like a November wind, may be heard repeated from one to the ctker all the night through. As 4ho place does not expect tourists, there are almost none of the appurten ances for their enlightenment to be met with elsewhere. While this may have its annoyances', if the demands of an ardent curiosity remain too long unan swered, the freedom from responsibility to a Baedeker or a Murray has advant ages of its own. The visitor with an eye for the picturesque dips into a deli cions feast of novelties, makes discover ies on every hand, and may have the pleasure of testing the value of his own unaided conclusions. By daylight, with its bright colors upon it, and its normal stir of life, the famous remote capital is a very different place. By little and little the misapprehensions of the night are shaken off. From the first moment of disapxiointment we like it always more instead of less. Figures go by whose blankets one burns to take from them Jf or portieres. The men of the poorer sort wear or carry universally the scrape — a blanket with a slit in the center for the insertion of the head. Apart from its artistic patterns, it is a useful garment in many emergen cies. It is not the most improbable thing in the world that, in the course of the Mexican revival, we may yet see it introduced in the States, and running the course of popularity of the ulster. The corresponding national garment of women is the rebozo, a shawl or scarf, generally of blue cotton, which, crossed over the head and lower part of the face, gives a Moorish appearance. Mexico is extraordinarily flat, and its streets laid as regularly at right angles as in our own most symmetrical town. At the ends of all of them, in what soever direction, the view is closed by mountains. Its flatness, together with its position in reference to the adjoining series of lakes, is one of the circum stances which have occasioned the greatest solicitude in the past, and still call for almost as much. Bad odora beset the nostrils, and stagnant gutters^ neglected heaps of garbage, the sigkt of the wayfarer about the interesting streets. The situation in this particular is a crying shame. The citizens of Mexico should stop, as if an enemy were at their gates, and devote themselves to its remedy. Not another railroad should be built, not another dollar voted to any public purpose, till it is attended to. — TF. 11. Bishon, in Harper's Maga zine. ANOTHER PREDICTIOX. The end of the world is postponed until 1886. A German paper asserts that a slab has been excavated at Ober enimel, which contains an inscription in Latin which, being translated, means : "When Easter falls on St. Mark's (April 23), and Whit-Sunday on St. An thony's (June 13), and Corpus Domini on St. John's (June 24), all the world will call for help." This interesting conjunction will take place five years hence. Another authority for the date of the world's doom was the celebrated prophet, Dr. Michael Nostradamus, who was born Dec. 14, 1503, and died at Salem, June 24, 1566. Alexander the Great once degraded an officer of distinction by removing him to an inferior situation. He some time after :vsked the officer how he liked his new office. "It is not the station," re plied the officer, "which gives conse quence to the man, but the man to the station. No situation can be bo trifling UH not to require wisdom aud virtue in the performance of its duties." The nfTOarch was so pleased with his answer that he immediately restored the officer to his former rank. A Philadelphia reporter interviewed the prize fat woman, whose weight is 720 pounds. When asked, "Do you still claim to be the largest fat woman in tie world?" she frigidly replied: " Excuse me, sir, but I do not recognize the trtlt- . I am said to be the largest 'larga l^dy' on exhibition." 3