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The Life of Two Adventurers In Pars-
The Story of a Terrible trime
French Criminal Trials.
[Speclal Correspondence of the Demoorat.l
PA.T., August 1, 1878.
A city containing 2,000,000 souls can afford
to furnish tragedies which the imagination of
painters or poets seeks in vain to reproduce.
Much a combination of horrible circumstances
has just occurred and has thrown oven sensa
tional Paris Into excitement. The crime is
not unique in Its kind, but the details are,
perhaps, as minute and clearly brought to
light as any that have ever been discussed
before a bar of justice. Commenting and
moralizing are out of place. Read and con
fess the history made plain in the questions
and answers of the president of the tiibunal
and the accused, save for Its final and (larkest
phase, would find many for simniler among
the youth of our own cities.
Before the bar are the accused- -Barre and
Lebiez, and the woman Lepln, the mistress of
the former. They are being tried for the
S rtoder of a mHi--kwonman, an- old woman
named Gillet, June 23, 1878. The woman Le
pin had nothing to do with the murder-- she
received the stolen goods taken from the
dead woman by her assassins.
Questions to
President-You were born at St. Georges
Aprli 18, 1853. You are twenty-five years
p President- You recelved a g(xol education.
Your father is a perfectly worthy man. From
being an ordinary joiner, he raised himself to
a modest but honorable position. He became
a dealor in wood. lie possessed at one time
$4100. He made a number of sacrifices to
have you brought up at the Lyceum of
tPresident.-You there showedl great ntelli
gence. You carried oil a number of collegiate
honors. (The president here gave a list of
prizes obtained at the college by Barre.) Your
mother having died your father married
again. That is generally a misfortune for a
child, but you found a second mother in the
woman your father married.
Biarre -It is true.
President--So, happy in your childhood,
nothing remained but your moral and intel
lectual a(lvancement. You have had bless
ings refused to many others. You became
the clerk of a [notary at Angers. You were
dismissed thence because a servant maid was
surprised in your room. You came to Paris.
Your father wrote you incessantly, "Come
back to the country," and he promised to pur
chase for you a notary's ollice. You pre
ferred to remain in l'aris. Aided by the
counsels of your father and an education like
yours it would have been easy to have been
an honorable man; but you
to satisfy your material lusts. Is it true?
(No answer from t;he prisoner.)
President- -You dleceived your father. You
wrote to him "'you worked; you lived alone;
evening found you with the student's lamp on
tie table: you had only one friend--Leblez;
the evening passed thus in your room; Le
biex busy on a composition on anatomy, and
you studying a law-book."
All that was false. The woman Lepin had
rejoined you. She lived with you. She wasa
married woman having two children and you
lived with her--that woman-your mistress,
who sold herself to prositution andl when ar
rested was in the height of a debauch.
. (Thep)rlsoner answered nothing.)
then continued :
"Such was your society. You were with a
woman of debased character and your cruel
instincts already showed tilemiselves. You
made her miserable. She detested you. She
remained with you only until she should not
go empty-handed, and you were hardened
towards her childi.
"Then you wearied your father by demands
for money; your father, who sweated and
tolled; and that money served to buy jewels
for your mistress."
Barre-Oh, no.
President--Did you not buy jewels at the
Palais Royal?
Barre-Oh ! forty francs.
President-You got up picnics?
Prisoner--Only once.
President-(Now read letters of the woman
Lepin describing those picnics.) You
You bought a bond and unfortunately you
made on that bond andl bought two others.
You then wrote your father the Exchange
was a place where more money is gained than
anywhere else. Ile commenced by moraliz
ing, by reasoning with you, and then, believ
ing in your letters, having confidence in your
education he sent you the money you de
manded; but he does not cease saying to you,
"My poor son, I think we are on the wrong
road." At last you have acknowledged that in
two years he sent you nearly 7000 francs
($1400.) An enormous sum for him. January
1877, lie told you he "had nothing; you had
ruined him." You answered, "Try to sell
something else; if you do not wish to sell,
borrow." Yes, you wrote him that, and you
squeezed him like a sponge, the miserable
Prisoner answered nothing.
President-Befire leaving you stole from
your father. He suspected a servant. Filled
with remorse you were not willing the girl
should be suspected and you confessed.
Prisoner--My father's cash box was always
at my disposition.
President--So much the more reason for re
specting it.
Prisoner-He did not know what I had
President--it was a theft clearly and sim
ply. One who can steal from his father will
steal from others. You committed acts of
dishonesty in the college where you studied ;
you took postage stamps.
Prisoner--- That is customary. I took what
postage stamps were necessary for my corre
spondence. It is done in all universities.
President--One day you abruptly quitted
the college and rented lodgings for 800 francs
($160), rue Hautville. Then you had no re
sources for that trade agent (d'gffairs (business
agent) which you undertook. You bought
new furniture for an (,liC'. It was Lebiez
who sought the location. It was understood
you would be his partner, and that, as he
knew less about the business, he should at
tend to the out-door affairs. All this made
your father uneasy; he kept on saying:
"Now, we are from the country; let us stay
in the country." He did not wish an "agency."
He wished you should return ; it would have
been much worse had he known you wantred
to create that agency. You made him believe
you had bought it already in full working or
der and prosperity, from the widow of an
agent d'offair, who had just died ; and how
you deceived him! You wrote him you had
bought the office for 13,000 francs (32600), (,of
which 8000 francs ($1600)on credit. You added
that you had won 6000 francs ($1200) at the
exchange, and that there only remained to (
you 2000 francs ($400) to discharge. Your I
father answered you: "I am at the end of my
resources. I have sold my house for 6500 I
francs ($1300). I have nothing left." 1
The prisoner silhmt.]
ur father turning a deaf ear to you. you
had recourse to an unworthy stratagem.
You compelled your mistress to write to your
father. 8he took the name of Widow Levy,
the pretended seller of your office, and me- 1
naced your father to process you if she was
not paid. See to what depths you had fallen !
Thus you laid the knife to the throat of your
father. You must realize well one must be
a sharper to make use of such means.
[Absolute silence on the part of Barre.I
You had already committed
You had an interview with two servant
maids. They confided to you one, 3100 francs
($600), the other 2000 francs ($400), and you
spent the money for your personal use.
Prisoner-I lost it at the Exchange.
President-It is the same thing. They did
not conlidelit to you to waste at the Ex
Prisoner--They lent it to me.
President-.No, they conlided it to you to
invest it for them.
Prisoner--Not at all. They knew I gam
bled at the Exchange, and I paid them so
much a month interest for the money.
President-You made use of all sorts of
shameful expedients. You bought books on
credit and sold them for a low price; that is
pilfering. You listened to your friend Lebiez
who proposed to you to make "married
women sing."
Prisoner-I made none of them sing.
President-At the end of your resources
you continued to deceive your father. In
order to drag money from him you said to
him: "'I am placed
Prisoner-I wished to commit suicide.
President- Oh, no; that is not true. You
were playing a comedy to frighten your
father, which you tried over again a few days
since, without deceiving any one.
President--You, also, are the son of a very
wortty nlm, whoin , ob-iged lto v; from -hIs
profession as painter and photographer, for
his only income consists of 1200 france ($240)
coming to him from a house. HIi deprived
himsef to bring you up well. You studied at
the colleges of Angers and Nantes. You are
Bachelor of Letters and Bachelor of Sciences.
You took seven honors at the school of medi
cine at Angers; you were even chosen assis
tant prosecutor. You were afterwards at the
Naval School'of Medicine. There the spirit of
insubordination made you desire to quit the
Prlsoner---No! It was the lack of means.
President--You passed for a hard character.
Like Barre, you were wanting in moral sense.
Barre did not like his father; you, you spoke
of your mother in most injurious terms. You
wished, like Barre, to come to Paris. You
brought with you the girl Lebengle. The
girl Lebengle is not much more worthy
than the woman Lepin. The information
obtained about her is detestable. You
were, I will not say friends, for the name
of friendship cannot be given to a thing
of that kind, but lie (tied) to Barre; you
had been a professor in an institution, dis
missedxl because you were never there at the
hour. Then you did some anatomical work,
and you gave at the same time, lessons to
strangers. Like Barre, you came of an excel
lent family, and, like Barre, you ruined your
self. You wished to gamble at the Exchange.
You begged money from your family. There
is among the documents of the case a letter
I do not wish to read. A young relation writes
you that he cannot send you any money, but
he is going to gamble at Nantes, and If he
wins he will send you some. Is it true?
President--Your family seeing what you
were worth, gave you up. You were obliged
to put everything in pawn---everythingl- your
clothes, the braid of your mistress' hair. Your
letter, bearing witness to this misery, is un
Prisoner--It was written last January.
'resident --You stole the books of your com
panions to sell them.
I'risoner--Yes, sir.
President--You lived in hotels till they dl
mantlded payment of your bills. Then you
got out of the way clandestinely. At last you
associated yourself with liarre to commit a
c(rime. At that time you knew not how to
Prisoner--I lived as 1 could.
I'resident--Barre c(ommissioned you to at
tendl to his out-door business.
Prisoner--Yes, he rewarded me by asking
me to dine.
President-From that time you were so
united you agreed betwen yourselves to 1rob
public prostitutes. Barnr wentl to one of
those women, stole her watch, slipped it in
his boot and you Lebicz, you waited for him
at the foot of the stairs.
Prisoner-It is not true. I assert it em
phatically. Barro has often., said I incited
him to this end. I protest against the role
trying to be forced on me. I have, my respon
sibility. He has his. I do not sany l han,
ruined me, but I assert it is not I who have
ruined him.
President --You are a persuasive speaker.
Prisoner--I say what I think.
President--If you speak in sincerity so
much the better, but I think you only continue
the comedy. You have already played before
the Minister of InJstruction.
President ('I'o Blarre)--It was you who' first
had transactions with
called "la femme Gillet." You had occasion
to know In what her fortune consisted?
Prisoner--Yes, sir.
The president here explained the operation
of investing the funds which Barre ought to
have down for "la femme Gillet," commulnly
called "Mother Gillet." Barre gave assent by
affirmative signs.
President--When you saw "la femme Gil
let" was not inclined to colfnsent to the invest
ment you proposed, you conccived( the project
of a theft. One of you saidl: "That woman is
an old miser. What right has she to stow
away her money when we could make such
good use of it. Was it you, Leblez, who said
Leblez- We both said it.
President--Before the judge of instruetion
you attributed those words to Barre. Both
of you are capable of having uttered them.
But we will presently see that the language
seems rather to have come from you, for it
was the exp)ression of your lnmo.5t thoughts.
Lebiez--The thought canme from both of us.
President- -Whatever as to that, it was ne
cessary the woman should disappear. You
thought of poison to this extent that you
wished to administer a drink which would
sicken her sufficiently to send her to the hos
pital for several dlays, so that you might rob
her in the meantime. To prove the fact phos
phorized water was found at Barre's.
Blarre-That water was prepared for me
two days before my arrest.
President--The comedy of the suicide. We
will come back to that.
Barre-I will prove I prepared that water
for myself.
President-You acknowledge, in any case,
that you had in common with Leiexz the idea
of poisoning the woman. You, Lehiez, you
had studied your books of medicine to find
out what substance would be the most suit
able to administer. Is it true?
President--At last you said to yourself: "It
I poison her and she should (lie, 1, a medical
student, will be suspected. If I halt poison
her they will question her at the hospital. A
blow with a hammer is better." Thus the
murder was decided. Is it true?
Both the accused-Yes.
President,--And as Lebiez is a medical stu
dent he said to Barre: "Strike her on the
temple; she will fall stiff."
Lebicz--I do not remember it.
Barre- Yes sir; he said that to me.
President--Like a good soldier, Lebiez, you
reconnoitred. You tried to examine the prem
ises. You went up to the rooms of "Femme
Gillet," and you observed everything, since
you drew a plan of them for Barre.
Lebiez-I simply used the information I
got froml the concierge.
President-Barre, you went up three times
to assassinate that woman?
Barre--Yes, but
President-It was not remorse, it was fear
prevented you.
Barre-It was Lebiez excited me to the
crime. I went up to the woman's room, while
he was in mine. I came hack and told him
some one was with her. Then LebieL said to
me, "All right, we must go back," and three
times he sent me back, but I dlared not.
Lebiez-I was in truth with him, but I did
not persuade him to go back.
Barre--Yes, he persuaded me.
President-I think you encouraged each
other, and that which stopped you, Barre,
was not the horror of evil, but the fear of
missing your blow. Near "La femme Gillet,"
was a woman who scarcely ever went out.
You were afraid of being heard, Three at
tempts having been made by Barre, Leblez
went up himself to the garret of the victim.
Lebiez-No, sir.
President-Do not try to make us believe
you did not go. Finally it was resolved to
commit the murder at Barre's own room?
Barre-It was not I who had the idea.
Lebiez- It was not I who had the idea, but I
shared it.
President-We are at the twenty-third. It
is not yet 8 o'clock in the morning. This is
the day!
Barro--Leblez said to me: "Come to see
me in the morning. I get up very late."
President--So you go through laris on foote
you have time to rellect; you walk for al
hour-no remorse! You arrive at Leblez';
you are in such perfect accord you can ex
plain yourselves In covert sentences, so that
Ieliez' mistress, who is in bed in the same
room, cannot understand your words. Leblez
says: "Is it a serious matter?-for you have
made me run often enough for nothing."
And you answer, "Yes, yes; it is serious."
And together you take a journey across
Paris. You can look each other in the face
without saying, "We are too wretches. Let
urs stop." No. You talk over what you will
do, once the crime is committed; you say
to each other: "If the trunk should be too
small! Then it must be
Leblez--I did not Imow at that time I would
cut it in picce's.
P'resident--You declared it to the judges of
instruction. You, Barre; you take the precau
tion to go out of your way to tell your vic
tim to come, bring you the milk. You dio not
meet her. You ought to have considered that
a happy chance. You ought to have recoiled,
to have lak-ti-ryowrscif," Le Ithe-ffatr-rest.
Let us not commit tlhe crime." No! Not a
shadow of remorse. You persisted in seeking
Barre---T simply waited for her.
President- .It is the same tiring. Once at,
home you prepared the trunk. Leliez ti'ed
the table to avoid any noise the victim might
make should she, in falling, overturn it.
Lebiez---It was Biarre who tied the table; I
only put the vase under it.
President--It is true. Then you posed your
self; you, Barre, at the farther end of the
room, you, Lebiez, behind tihe door, and you
stayed there half an hour. Ah, you both have
knowledge. but neither of you have moral
sense; see to what you have fallen !
The president here showed photographs of
the premises where the crime was committed,
explained the arrangement of the furniture
and the positions occupied by the actors in
the drama, then proceeded.
President--The woman wishedI to ring, but
the bell would not sound. You had disarrang.,.
the bell in order to avo!d any noise that
might compronmise you.
I-;are.-No, sir.
l'resldent--ihe enters. She says: " The bell
doesn't sound." Then perceiving that instead
of Barre shte sees you, Lenbic. She says
to you, "Pardon. sir." You let her advance,
and Barre is at the door of the 'dinilng r(oom.
lie, says to her, with a smrllilng air, " Come in,.
liarr I. lebiez said that.
l'resident- Sthe continues to advance. She
pours Dout the milk. Shelo is
sT'rlr.i('( NOT ON TilE'r TEMPýLE,
for the hand is not always stealdi. )bult on the
forehead. Shel is niot kiilld instantly, for she
says, " Pardon,. pardonll, lMonsieur Blarre."
Ilarre-lIt is ,eblcz whto pretended that. I
did nriot intnd killing her.
President --Y'ou struck her. She fell. You
throw yolurse'lf on her, seized her hands, work
ing colvlrlsivicly, shllrt her mouth, and pressed
youlr knees on her strrlnath.
Ilarre--No. It was Lhbixz.
P'resident IThrat is an impossibililty. During
that tirane Lbirz setri kes her with tie hamrrmer
then ihe seizes ta scraper freshly sl'arpe'nr'I
arld he strikes withll so mnuch prl'ecision that he
piVercIes the ventriclo of thle heart. For that,
L(bioz lrust havein retainedall lhis coolnerss,
his faculties as a mnedical stullenrt. 'lhis wo
malln no longer struggles convulsiively. She is
dead. But the blood has splllrt'ed forth. Yoll
ioth wash your faces landl hands. The trou
sers of Loebe 'z wre covered .with blood. 11ie
gets ia paIir of black trouselrs fromr IBarre.
Bar'r changed his vest and his shirt, then
you both go ito the cafe'( (cofIfee-houseis).) Yes;
you went to ti e! (rlfe aftlr that mrurder!
Lelriez-NI. si. Not imnedliat'ly.
Ilarre--It '"wav after the theft wI' went to
the cafe.
President---Yes, you commenced by posses
sing yourselves of the poor wmalitln's key,
hlUrrg at her belt, and you went to the cafe tI
plnn the robbery.
lIarre Not at all ; it was after the robb)ery
we went to the cafe.
iPresid(int -Leblez, you said t tthe judge of
instruction thalt you klnew when the deat( l of
the Feurrne TGil Ilet, took place. You said: "I
placed mI y hand on her chest; tile heart no
longer leat," anrd with your maedical knowl
edge you( coulid not dlcerlve yourself. You did
not want to cuilt her because you said a warn
corpse allows the blood to escape. "We must
wait," said you, "two or thiree hours," and
thiat time you went to spend in a cafe.
leehiz I was only in the cafe after 3 o'clock.
Prersidlent-One of you stayed at the cafe to
refresh hirself. It was you, Lebiez, and the
other went to commrrit the robbery at tihe
Femme Gillet's; it was you, Barre. Your
appointed rendhewvous was Place dlu C(hatnlit.
While awaiting tlhe hour to goto Pla'ce Chate
let, Lebicz, what did you do with
Lebie' I tried to put it in the trunk.
I'rrsident.--You went to Barre's and took a,
razor from a place he hadl indlicated to you.
Lebies--No. I dlid not klnow it was rneces
sary to cult the corpse till 1 had torl Blarre it
would not go in tile trunrlk.
President--You disjoinlted the head, the arms
and the legs, and you laid aside the thigh:
and the alrms. Why was a part of tihe corplse
pllut in thre stove?
Lbiox--It was evening. I wanted to hide
it there for the night, in case of an unlooked
for alarrm.
'iThe l'resident then quelstioned Barro on the
steps taken by him and his alccomplice to sell
the stolen goouls. Then was discussed the
comings and goings of the murderers, so as
to cause the corpse to disappear.
President (tohI Barrel- -In the evening you
renltld a lodIgilig in Rue l'oliveau.
Blarro-Lcbiez told me to rent it near the
Blevre, so that we could throw the remains in
the river.
Lebiez--Barre already had some business
in Rue Poliveau.
President--I think the thought originated
with Lebicez. La Bievre runs close to the
hospitals. lie would have said to himself, if
aI limb is discovlred in La Bievre, it will be
supposedr an anatomical piece thrown there
by a student. Let us proceed. The president
here recalled that fact that Lebiez sent two
messengers i)to Barre to take away the trunk
enclosing the corpse. The first of these was
dismissed by Barre, because the blood trickled
from the trunk. Thre secondl did not khow
what direction to take in order to glt to
Barre's apartmrents.
The P'resident (to Barre)--You took 150
francs (:l30) to your-mistress. She knew you
had nolt l sou, ld1 you were obllgedl to ,x
plain to her that you had robbed lt femine
B3arre-No; I did not tell her.
President--You told the judge of instruc
tion so.
Barre-I wanted to revenge myself on her.
She did not know that I had stolen, she be
lieved my father had sent me money.
President--But you gave into her keeping
valuables; she could not think they came from
your father.
Barre-Femme Lepin, did not Barre tell
you the valuables were stolen?
Fernme Lepin-No, sir.
President-You spent the night with Lebiez,
near the dead womnan; you smoked all night;
you arranged and re-arranged the fragments
of the corpse in the trunk.
Here the questions were on the arrival of
the murderers, Rue Poliveau; the abandon
ing of the limbs in a cupboard; the purchase
of another trunk.
President, to Lebiez.What did you wish to
do with that second trunk?
Lebiez-To put the rest of the corpse in it
and take it to Rlue Poliveau.
President, to Barre-You took the body to
the railway station; you commissioned De
mol, who suspected nothing, to buy you a
trunk at the "Temple." He helped you to
put the trunk, filled, on the vehicle. You
went to the station, Mount Parnasse. You
got a ticket as passenger, registered the trunk
for Mans and came back to your lodging.
Barre only answered by signs.
A discussion here took place between Le
biez and him, Lebiez pretending to have sent
him 800 francs ($00O.)
Barre-I never received but 60 francs ($12,)
President--Femme Lepin, Barre went to
see you at Angers, where he sent you after
the crime. He gave you 800 francs ($160).
What did you do with it?
Femme Lepin---I lost it.
President-No, a woman of your type when
she gets 800 francs keeps them. You have
put them in a sure place where you can find
them when a suitable occasion presents it
self. (To Lebiez.) You, after your crime, dis
played a
an amount oi gayety that struck everyboiy
with whom you are acquainted. You had
brilliant wit. they say, and the jewr do mots
flew from your lips. Is it true?
Lebie--'Yes, sir.
President--You had some business with Mr.
Amandrie, who introduced you to Mr. Buffe
noir, director of the Pere Ihwhesane (news
paper.) You had so tranquil a mind and so
much coolness these gentlemen allowed
themselves to be carried away. "He is es
sentially one of ours," said Mr. Amandrie to
Mr. Buffenoir, "and is worthy; one should do
something for him."
This is how Mr. Amandrie spoke of you.
Not only (lid you become manager of the
Per' DuIchesne, you were to have had 30 francs
($6) a month and an interest in the affair, and
then you matde an arrangement with Messrs.
Buffenoir and Amandrie to hold a conference.
We have here the manuscripts of that confer
ence. I only wished to refer to this In order
to show the full liberty of mind and thought
you have enjoyed since the commission of the
crime in the Rue Hautville.
Francemis not s much in favor of
as England. But the jury condemned the two
shiarpers-who can scarce find their equals in
crime in the pages of the "Mysteries of
Paris" itself-- to the guillotine; the woman
Lepin to three years' imprisonment for re
ceiving stolen gxoods.
The case may serve many purposes. First,
as a warning against the vice of casting off
wholesome restraint, a vice on which the
youth of this nineteenth century specially
pride themselves; and secondly, it will give
Americans an idea of the merits of
Their patience and observation are pro
verblal, but the minute details entered into
above will illustrate those much-prized quali
ties in the guardians of life and property. It
is almost needless to observe, the odor from
the trunk holding the remains first aroused
suspicion. Then investigations as to where
the trunk was brought proved that a man, in
ordering a trunk of the same kind, made use
of some such expression as the following:
"Is the cage for the turtle-dove ready ?"
What hideous pleasantry on the mutilated
remains of a poor old milk woman, who pos
sessed a fortune of $6000, and so tempted the
cupidity of her fcentlreni ly customer, Barre.
These facts, traced still further and corn
bined with the disappearance of Mother Gil
It, led to the disclosure of the whole iniquit
ous affair. M. 1. H.
- --- *---~r--
(;urloun flllcides.
It is narratedl that nine Chinese servant
girls, by exchanging confldential accounts of
what they each witnessed in the families in
which they served, became so disheartened
with life that they agr reed to leave it in com
pany. They sewed their clothing together so
that neither one should fail in purpose, leaped
into the water and were drowned. There are
accounts of a man who accomplished self
destruction by lashing himself to the stick of
a large rocket, and of another who (lid the
same by leaping into the crater of Vesuvius.
In Paris a man, to sacrilice his life, cast
himself into the pit where she bears were
kept, and before he could be drawn out was
so much mangled by them that he died with
in a few hours; expreessing, however, much
Two lovers, in France, whose parents re
fused them leave to marry, tied ribbons to
the trigger of two iistols, exchangsli a last
kiss, andl, at a signali each pulled the ribbon
which discharger! the pistol that the other
hold, and they fell dead together. Joint sui
cidnIis of lovers have not been uncommoniiu , but
few have been as sentimentally planned as
this one.
One of the most extraordinary attempts
at suicide upon record is that made
by Lovat, a resident of a little vil
lage in the Territory of Bolluno, in
1805. lie was insane on religious sub
jects, and conceived the Idea of imnitating
upon his own permsn tlho orrinifixion of our
Saviour. lie constructo.d within his lodging
room al wooden cross, and provided himself
with nails, ropes, a crown of thorns, etc. An
ticipating that he could not easily nail him
self to his cross he made a net, which he
fastened over it, securing it at the bottom of
the upright beam, so that it might partly
sustain his weightl, lie then assumled his
crown of thorns, removed his clothing and
girded his loins with a white cloth, wounded
his side with a knife, and, introducing him
self into the net, nailed his two feet and his
right hand to the cross; and at last he suc
cee(,ded, by a series of ingeiously prearranged
contrivances, in swinging the cross, with him
self upon it. out at the, window, so that it
confronted the villag(ers as they camie out
next morning. lie was, however, taken down
and cured olf his wounds, though not of his
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A IIcklinp Mule.
In one of the theatres in a town of Nevada,
the play of the "Forty Thieves" was lately
presented, but in rather a mreagre mariner, as
maoy he inferred from the lack of abundant
scenery and properties in the far West. When
All Baba has seen the thieves enter and quit
the cave, he went to the wings and brought in
a mule, which, having taken grave offense at
something, awaited his opportunity for re
venge. No sooner had All come out of the
cave with his bags of wealth, and attempted
to put them on the back of the beast, than he
began his part of the performance. He let
Ily with his heels; kinked the shavings (the
supposed riches) out of the bags; kicked down
the cavern; kicked down a whole forest
kicked down the wings; kicked the end of
the base viol, leaning against the stage, to
pieces; smashed the foot-lights; and finally
doubled up Ali by planting both feet in the
pit of his stomach. The mule fairly cleared
the stage and set the audience in a great
roar the miner's laying wagers that he could
out-kick any mule in the State. The quadru
ped continued kicking as if he were hung on
a pivot, until a rope was fastened around him
and he was dragged off by the united strength
of the company. The Nevadans want to give
the mule a benefit.
The Population of the World.
The London Titnes announces the Issue of
the fifth publication of Bohm and Wagner's
well known "Bevolkerung der Erde," which
may be termed the census of the earth.
Since the last publication of its statistics the
earth shows an increase of 15,000,000 people.
The total population is now set down at 1,
439,145,300, divided as follows: Europe, 312,
3:8,480; Asia, 831,000,000; Africa, 205,219,50)0;
Australia and ItPolvnrisia, 4,411,300; America,
8s.116,000; from which it will he seen that
Asia contains more than one-half the popula
tion of the world. The population of some of
the principal countries is set down as fol
lows: Germany, 42,727,360; Austria, 37,350),000;
Russia in Europe, 72,302,770; France, 3;,905,
785; Great Britain, 34,242,966; Italy, 27,769,
475; Turkey in Europe (bef,rre division), 9,573,
000; Russia in Asia, 4,505,876; Turkey in Asia,
17,880,000; China proper, 405,000,000; Chinese
border lands, 29,580,000; British India, 188,
421,26-; Japan, 33,623,378; Egypt, 17,000,000;
Equatorial Africa, 4f,000,000; Brazil, 11,108,
291. The population of the United States is
set down as per ,our last census.
A Shoutable Pun.
A ludicrous instance of punning upon a
name once too, place in a judicial court of
New York, which is thus told: Counsel had
been questioning a certain witness named
Gunn, and in closing he said to him, "Mr.
Gunn, you can now go off." The judge on
the bench seeing the pun, gravely added,
"Sir, you are discharged." Of course an ex
plosion in court immediately ensued.-[New
Haven Register.
"How old are you, my son ?" asked a gen
tleman of a street waif. "Dun no, sir; marm
didn't keep a mern'randum," was the reply.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, Try floating
baths on the river.
Oh, dear ! My goodness gracious!
It is really too vexatious !
We're going off to-morrow and the packing's
not begun.
Here, these dresses ! Why I told them
The portmanteau wouldn't hold them
Oh, these servants ! I could scold them ;
Not a single thing is done!
It makes one's tongue quite bitter,
All this horrid mess and litter.
I never shall be ready, that I'm sure and cer
tain quite.
My keys they can't be found, too!
That's my new silk on the ground. t)o,
Yet my husband thinks I'm bound to
See that everything goes right.
Oh! It's really very trying!
There's the baby set off crying,
And George andti Fred and Tommy will be
home from school to-day.
Oh! This awful hurlyburly !
And my husband coming early !
And I kinow ho'll be quite surly
How I wish he'd stop away.
I'm in such a horrid mess now,
There's no time to change my dress now;
And the Joneses, as I live, are now ringing at
the gate.
What a day to paya visit!
flow I wish that I could miss it?
Oh, it isn't fair!--Now i, it?
They've come in as sure as fate.
What's the use of my contriving?
Heir'si the washIng gust arivb'bg!
I vow I'll never undertake a seaside trip again.
It is useless to endeavor
To pack these boxes ever,
And I'm certain we shall never-
NEvvra -catch the early train !
I Weeps, and the crtltin.
O seagull, take my love a kiss
Across the desert of the sea;
Hide it beneath thy silvery wing;
Nor stay nor stop for anything
'Till he is kissed for me!
Nay, heed not skies nor stars nor ships
'Till it is laid upon his lips;
Oh, kiss him soft for me!
Say, seagull, that I sadly wait
Upon the very outmost shore,
With watching eyes and stretching hands
And tears down-dropping to the sands
Where waves wave backward o'er and o'er,
With breaking heart and broken pride
Love plaints I scatter to the tide--.
Will Time or Tide my love restore?
Ladles' Dresses.
A great deal of shirring is used on the Pa
risian dresses that have been sent over since
the latest openings. In the first place, large
round collars and deep cuffs of thin dress
materials are made up entirely of finely
shirred rows. Yokes of muslin and of grena
(line are shirred either across or perpendic
larly. Plastron squares are shirred, and there
are shirred vests. Polonaises of cashmere
have close princesse backs with belted fronts,
and these full fronts are drawn into shape by
clusters of shirring done at intervals across
the front breadths. Overskirts with deep
aprons have rows of shirring down each
seam, and it is probable that the shirred
flounces wi II also be revived.
iBunting dresses are found to be among the
IIrost se'rvi(ceable for country use, ill the
mountains, and as traveling dresses.
These suits are not made of the sleazy mixed
fabrics sold for twenty-five to thirty cents a
yard, but of serviceable qualities costing from
forty-five cents upward. These shake off
dust, do not cockle, and will endute hard
usage. B1lue buntings are rather passees, and
the choicer now is for ecru, mastic gray, or
black bunting. These are made up in con
junction with silk of the same shade ain of
light weight, and are almost as pretty as a
fine camel's-hair costume. The colored Cluny
laces trim oe.rn antid grayv butings prettily,
annt on some the white Russian lace is used in
conjunction witlh black velvet ribbon or with
dark seal velvet. For black and dark blue
buntings the btst trimmings are silk and
knife-pleatings of bunting raveled on the
edge to form fringe. A habit basque with a
silk vest and wide folded silk belt in front and
the washer-woman over-skirt is a favorite de
sign for such dresses. The ictrousse baud of
the over-skirt and the triangular pieces be
hind are of silk, and these are edged at the
top with a standing lknif-p-,lating; this plea,t,
lng must not be repeated at the bottom of the
turned-up band. A novelty this season is the
bourette bunting.
Among fancy French ornaments there are
lizards of brilliants set in silver, to be used
not only as brooches, but for ornamenting
dress waists, belts, scarfs and hats. The
lizard design is preferred, but there are alsoi
many dragons and pretty small square buck
les; the latter are ,laced down the front of a
dress, or ,lso of slippers, where they look
very brilliant.
Silver combs in filigree designs are used
with the low coiffures that are in vogue this
summer. Somne have narrow high tops, while
others lean over toward one side. There are
also many with ball tops or biands of gold or
silver. These are worn quite far forward on
the hair, and from the front have the effect of
a Grecian fillet binding the front hair.
Pins for the hair are ornamental balls.
Some arejof red gold, and others of the palest
yellow Roman gold. and there are massive
silver bins. The knobs are cube-shaped, or
else round faceted balls. Sauares with hol
low centres have pendent chains to which
balls are attached, or else there are thick
hanging rings. Some are (lotted with pearls
or with turquoises, and others have cut steel
faceted upon them and glittering like dia
Pretty neckerchiefs for the balcony are half
squares of pale blue or rose-colored silk in
basket open-work, yet brocaded and edged
with fringe that is tied in the hem.
Large round collars are made of three rows
of Valenciennes lace, each an inch wide, laid
in knife-pleatings, and finished at the top by
one standing row of the pleated lace and an
inner pleating of crimped crepe lisse. These
pleated lace collars are far handsomer than
those with gathered rows of lace lastly de
scribed. A vine of embroidery heads the
upper pleating, and some collars have loops
of narrow satin ribbon down each side of the
front and in the middle of the back. Cuffs to
wear outside of tight sleeves are made to
match the collar. Other new collars simi
larly made are sharply pointed in the back
and front.
A small bow of inch-wide white ribbon is
worn at the throat with dark morning dresses
and linen collars. Narrow satin ribbons of
dark Agrippina red are worn with black gren
adine dresses. Those at the throat have long
loops hanging, and the two ends are then
carried down to the left hip and fastened on
the back of the basque, from whence hang
loops and ends.
Small white handkerchiefs, with the edges
scalloped and wrought with a color, are
forrmed into pretty pleated bows for the
throat, to wear with morning dresses.
Fichus and cardinal capes are taking the
place of mantelets. The capes barely reach
to the elbows, and are quite stra~giht round;
some are of black Sicilienne, wih plaitings
of French lace; others are of black cashmere
richly embroidered all over, and edged with,
rows of deep, full copeau fringe. China crepe
is a good material for fichu, because when
knotted it hangs gracefully; some of these
are trimmed with French lace and insertio)n,
others with jet fringe and embioidery. The
Marie Autoinette fichus are of black Sici
lienne, usually bordered with French lace.
Indian pongee dresses are again worn, and
frequently made with a yoke bodice, belt, a
short skirt bordered with plaiting, and a scarf
overskirt, in which open lace insertion is let
in and the edge is finished off with lace.
Crossbands of silk to match, piped witn scar
let or blue, also serve for trimmings; but the
I handsomest have gay embroideries on Jaque
minot red with pale blue, or else olive green,
with pink, blue, or cardinal. Traveling cloaks,
or rather dust cloaks, are made with pongee;
they are cut with double-breasted front, long
princess back and Carrick capes. They are
cool, do not hold dust, and rain does not spoil
Thie large bonnets which milliners are try
ing to introduce for summer wea r are called
"Ifl;royable," and are copies of bonnets worn
during the French Revolution. The crown is
square, the brim wide, the strings cross the
crown, pias over the brim, holding it down on
the sides, and are tied beneath the chin
Either a bouquet of flowers or a panache of
short feathiers that curl toward the front is
placed at the top. The favorite Alsatian bow,
instead of being fastenelx at the top of the
bonnet, is now placed in the centre of the
crown, above the curtain band.
Sweet ilxteen.
INow York Herald.l
We don't hear nearly so much raving as we
used to about "sweet sixteen," but the sen
tinmental Infatuation about it still exists to a
certain extE;nt. American girls at sixteen,
especially in the North, are not usually at
tractive to men. They are neither one thing
nor the other. They lack the ingeniousness,
freshness and freedom of girls, and they are
without the tact, grace or charm of womenm.
They ure very prone to be awkward, indeli
nite, sTlly, and they are very rarely pretty
however much promise they may give of
prettiness. If any man cares to get an exact
idea of there, let him stop into the street cars
running up or down town about 8 o'clock any
morning, and he will behold them to his dis
satisfaction. If he has ever idealize. them,
their actual presence will destroy his ideal
c:impetly- A-ft- e ridimng -a-few _lokswtth
them, we defy him to conjure up any senti
rncntal image respecting them. Their thin
figures, uncouth rnanon"rs, erxtremo self-oOl
scilousness and unconqueratble tendoncy to
giggle will rendor thorn prosaic enough, If
he will wait two or three years, he will see
into what a splendid butterfly the poor plain
chrysalis has developed. Eightemn, nineteen,
orr upward may be as sweet as he ch .oses to
make it.
Day Goons.-Mesars. E. E.H. Adams & Bro., 591
Masgazine street, advert.lis. ri stocial bargain
sale of seasonable dry good, in another col
umn. Thero is no donrht ab lt it, this estab
lishment, though dullness seinms to be the
order of the day, is d,ing a good bnsiness.
" Why is it?" you myv ask. The question is
one easy to answer. In their st,,re can be soon
as fine t selection of dry good as citan be found
in the city, and at the lowest pos-,blbe orices:
lesides this. being in ea-y walking distance of
the residents of the upper dist. iets, they con
stantly throng this tasty estab!tshtrmoeut.
DANszrIERt's.-In anther co!urmn of this paper
will be found a list of the'r goat redluctions the
DI)iizger's have male in th price :of goods.
Some weeks ago dry goods ws'arod to be very
cheap at their store, but. ir nh t.h last ruedrlction
a handsome droess c al b' now purchassed for a
more sons. Those of our Indy readers who
have not yet noticed the red'uctiru, will find the
perusal iof it very ints -atring
Remalnlin In the New (OriannM Postomeeo
at 11i a. In., Aulwi t 2., 1878,
Alba Chas mrs Anti, ran C W rars
Brown tHarsh mrs B own M miss
Ioltwotod Mary B.itnvoriu T mine
Bozio Mary miss Brunnrr Bertha mis
Barrow Idia miss B, isc, BS,so miss
Benson Clara miss
Cuisignhar C mrs Connolly R M miss
Coates Alice miss
Davis Melvina mrs Doran 8 B mrs
Dunbar Emilie mile D tnuford E L mrs
Finnoy Th mrs Forguson BIos miss
Fay Jose miss
Gottschawl Addle miss Gaines Sarah mrs
Gardof A mrs
Heard Jane miss Hazer E miss
Hill Mary mrs a I tHnt. Fiorida miss
Hoover Lena miss Hoskins Ad miss
Hauthnance Jessie miss
Jones A M W mrs Jones Agnes M mros
Johnson iRose Miss Jones Pauline mrs
Kearneyv Erie miss Klumop Louise mies
Kuhl M 'I' mrs
L[w.s Cornolila miss Tihman n Ciara miss
Lt-uscor Jennie Luwis M tia,, mrs
Iorrmllto Agathe mme i,ettry .JTLute mrs
,Louis Clementine m'lee L ,is Corinne mits
Myers Lottie N mrs M tl,ory It E mrs
Mitcletll M mrs Myers EA miss
M.ore Mars A miss MtrCooK mrs
McQuleen A mrs
NJiull M Al mrs Norrens N miss coi
Noihn Liucy N rton Box,ana mrs
Pasley L miss Pa ttorsn Irene tmr
Price Kate mrs I'orkins J M E mrs
Ptrsell mrs
Roidman Ada mrs Rothat-s P J mrs
Seanlan Ellen B mrs Shetdid J If mrs
.lams M M mrs Spiati, Martin mrs
H.,tt T' M mrs aen Sc,,tt Mary A mrs
Thomas S mrs Thortnte Louisa mrs
Thomas Clara miss Tallis E dle M mrs
Wagner A mrs W lts mni
Wirth Sallio mrs Wixey K-atie mrs
Williams Mary mrs Wilson Emma mrc,
Young Kttio miss
Adams R L Alhbert A J
A,-horn J . Arthur W
Blakosly G(eo la .ave H
Blako (G.o BAter J ,hn D
Iatrrte A J iB urn James E
1B"rger John C liemnis (J T
Bernard iJ fBenr Chms
Boardman M & J A Iotohcotno H
Burns ltobt L',urklia E Gi &cc
Burns J B
Carter J D Chandlr, Quarles &cw
Camp J Hi Cowant E F
Cromwell Jas Conrad tG &co
Daget Philio Davis Jake
iuForest Robt DeLowenstrom C
iDiggs Martin L uinking J L
Dillon J H D ,wnier Frank
I)ucros Geo Jub, uclet O .J
Eddy Gee A Fevr oG L
Fleming Bt P Frhblmnan Edw
Fisk Harman Fisk E D
Finny Jno F Fitch Witl E
Fisher Alex
Grant ET J G(rson A
Green James G rnon Geo H1
Gleason Jno L capt Gilbert Chas
Gonld if G Glpistn D).nnis
Golson & Bro Gosvile J rev
Gurvincon Chas
Iloarner F B HI titrel P H
Ilitchler A If Hill, Day & 5tor,
Howell E J Hopkins B L
Hogins Jos :1 Hont dr
Hubert L A Huart B
Jeinnings J B &co Johnson E M
.Johnson Owen J,,n, s J
Kendall P F li.nny Thos
Kingsly A H Kiddtr D W
Kirkpatrick N Keopk Geo A
Klonovsky F
Larvo Leopold Ltrndix Nathanr
Langworthy 8 Ltnhman Leopold
Lester Wm .itle Geo,
Liniherg C G Je we John
Lock GO Cpt IL,, ser Wm
Lurges August Luling F A
Lundgren J P
Martin Chas M:rvel TMr
Martines F M.eter H Jr
Mend David M rwin FF
3Meighen PE Meter John Gee
Miller Thos Mtr neveole G
Monroe Christ M,,lan A
McKenna MI McKel roy C.9 t
McDonald Goo McGanghy WBt
McColilm Jos
Nobles J H Nuln,-z Harry
O'Neil John Oden Jno W
Oliver Vieror O'Cinell Dan
P.:ters C W 1'itknev Jut HI
Phillips Nelson I' ,wetrs James
',u!lum Jno P' Pros I. A
itanasy E Randolpth C mai
Rayens Mr }.aunt- J E &bro
Rideu C A J Reile.rke GC
leinedtge & S-hwatb t er Juan
Ross Jonn hobinson Lewig
itodiles A
Shland Mat S.aggen W
Swake Henry Stainba- k It R
Steger Emil Sneritan Jno A.
simpson & Braidy Scott Geo
Btrtniz enery
Tallev Wm Taylor Jefferson.
Trendle Z Ting-trom CJ
Thomas W W Thomrras t d
Turnbull D Trudeau Jas dr
'l'rampy James
Vanhagen Mr
Watson Andy Wapoes RufnE
Walker John C Webber Win 8
Wentworth Geo C Wilde Arthur
White Andrew Wilton R Z
Wilson Morris White 3 A 0O C
Whitehead Frank Wiloon M E
Wible WWm Wb Iknson Cn0 dr
Williams Wesley Williamson W
Wolf Geo G W rk man John
Freight Agent Mobile and Ohio Railroad J.e
not-... General Passenger and T;cket Agent fIr
A. 8. BADGER, Postmaster.

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