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187*. Barn to tha panda, lying stark and daad. Transfixed with psisaaad arraws. asath Ua ana Of brown A trie* ! Thy grara ta ana. Forotated vooth (on wham ware viaitad follies and sins notthiaa), wharaat ths world, HearUem howa'ar it ba, will panss to ting ▲ dirge, to breaths s sigh, a wreath io fliug Ol rosemary and rue with bar-leaves curled Enmeshed in toila ambitious, not thine own, Immortal, loved boy-pnnee, thoa tak'st thy stand With earlv doomed l>on Carlos, hand >n hand With mild-browed Arthur, Geoffrey'a mur dfired eon Ixmis the Datiphm lifts his thorn-nngivl heed And weleomea thee, hi* brother. 'mcngal Ilia dead. JCaat Laurw, in Bcrtf*tr. On the Channel-Boat. " What ' Fred, you here? 1 didn't sae Ton come aboard at l>over. met the tlrowna last wxvxk Uiey said Phat yon were coming over. Bui didn't say how aoou " •Oh, yea, 1 came by the Rhlautme; And what a rush there were tor bertha ' ' I' was almost like a paate. I'm mighty glad to meet you Witt: Where are you going ?" " lhn. " " Good ' so am I. I've got to uieet My ooaain. Charley Harris. To-morrow He and 1 have planned A little trip together Through bwitserlaud on fool; 1 hope We'll have some decent weather. " •' Take rare there ' hold your hat H blows " Tee. he w this steamer tosses •' I'm never seasick Charlie ie. 1 hough. every tiiue he croeeee Who * with you. Will*" " 1 m traveling with My sister and my mother They're both below. 1 oauie on deck It's dose enough to smother Down there. Three chafw don't care a snap For vanuliaDon. hang eta ' Where did you stop in Uindtis * We Were stopping at the langham ' •• You were? Why, so was 1. But thru I only got there Sunday At breakiast time, and went away The alternoon of Monday; And yet within that abort sojourn 1 lost my heart completely : Such style such eyes ' such roey cheeks ' Such lips that smiled so sweetly ' I only saw her twice, and then— Don't laugh—'twas at a distance; But, Will, my boy, I tell you what. In all my blest existence I ne'er before set ayes upon A girl so really splendid. But, pshaw ' I couldn't stay, and so My short-lived visions ended. I don't suppoee she'll ever know How 1, s stranger, love her," ••Who w* she. Fred?" " Ah ! that's just it: I couldn't e'en dieoover Her name, or anything st all About her. Broken-hearted, 1 saw it wasn't any use To try; so off 1 started, And here 1 am. disconsolate." "JAH for an unknown charmer ? Your're soft, my boy. ] Let's stroll slvct: The sea is growingcslmer; Or torward, it you like. The view May make your teelings rally. We're drawing near to France, in halt An hour shall be at Calais. See ! there's the town, and, just this si le The port with shipping in it; And, lher-, beyond, you see the spires. And " •' Here. Will, stop a minute. By Jove ' ;ook there ' that girl in gray. With red flowers in her bonnet ' I do declare—l—yes—it s she: I'd take mv oath upon it. ,\Vhal luck ' 11 I had only known 1 llow can it be 1 missed her ? Look ' hens she comes '" "Why, Fred, you tool ' That girl in gray's my siner V Gto. L. Cullit, is /.ippincott. FOUND ON THE TRACK. Wetand dreary. It is midwinter: the scene is Kirkiington. on the l*>ndon and Northwestern: the time 10.15; just after the night mail has flashed through with out stopping, hound for Liverpool and the North. The railway officials— points men. signalmen, port*rs, platelayers— are collecting preparatory to going off duty for the night. "Where's Dan?" asks one of the crowd upon the platform. " I saw him in the hut just after the 10.45 went through. Can't have come to any harm, surely." "No; he said he'd seen something drop from the train, and he went down the line to pick it up." And Dan had picket! up something. It was a basket a common white wicker basket —with alid fastened down by a string. What did it contain? Refreshments? Dirty clothes? What? A baby! a child half a dozen weeks old, no ntore; a pink and white piece of human china as fragile as Dresden and as delicately fashioned and tinted as bis cuit or Rose Pompadour. "Where did you come across it?" asked one. " Lying on the line, just where it fell. Perhaps it didn't fall; perhaps it was chucked out. What matter? I've got it and got to look after it; that's enough for me. Some day ntayhe I'll come across them as owns it, and then they shall pav me and fake it back." "Is there*nothing about him? Turn him over." The little mite's linen was white ami of fine material, but he lay upon an old shawl and a few bits of dirty flannel. All they found was a dilapidated purse —a common snaplock 1 tag-purse of faded brown leather. Inside was a brass thimble, a pawn ticket and the half of a Rank of England note for £IOO. "What good's half a bank note to you?" " Half a loafs better than no bread." "Yes; but you can eat one, but you can't pass the other. Won't you catch it from your wife! llow'll you face her, Dan? What'll site say?" "She'll say I done quite right," replied Dan, stoutly. "She's a good sort, God bless her." "So are you, Dan; that's a fact, God bless you, too," said more than one rough voice in softened accents. "Per haps the child'll bring you luck after all." • • • • Winter-tide again six years later, but this season is wet and slushy. Once more we are at Kirkiington, a longktrag giiag village, which might have slum erecfon in obscurity forever had not the Northwestern line been carri'd close by it,|to give it a pla-ce in Bradshaw and a certain importance as a junction and cen ter for goods traffic. But the activity was all about the station. All the per manent officials had houses and cottages there; in the village lived only the field laborers who worked at the neighbor ing estate, or sometimes lent their hand for ajobof navvying on the line. These poor folk had a gruesome life of it, a hard hand-to-mouth struggle for bare exis tence against perpetual privation, ac companied by unremitting toil A new parson—Harold Treffry—had come lately to Kirkiington. He was an earnest, energetic young ntan. who had won his spurs in the East End parish, and hazl now accepted this country liv ing because it seemed to open up a new field of usefulness. He had plunged bravei into the midst of his won ; lie was forever going up and down among his parishioners, solacing and comfort ing, preaching manful endurance and trustfulness to all. He is now paying round of parochial visits, accompanie< by an old college chum, who is spet-ling some days with him. , . " Yonder," said Treffry, pointing to a thin thread of smoke which rose from sonte gaunt trees into the sullen wintry ' air. "yonder is the house —if, indeed, it deserves so grard at ame—the hovel, rat iter, of one whose case is the hardest of all the hard ones in my unhappy cure. KKKD. KURTZ, Kilitor and Proprietor. VOLUME XII. Thin man is s mere hedger and diU'hrr, ono who works for any master, most oftra tor the railway, but who is never i-ertain of a joh all tin- year wd. 1 !• has a swarm of young children, and h< has just lost his wifo. lis is absolutely prostratx*!; aghast, |<rutwbly, at the future before him. and his utt< r inca pacity to do his duty by his motherless little ones. Jaok'" said the itarson, stopping short suthlenly. and I,Hiking straight into his companions face, " I wonder whether you ixmld rouse him? If you could only get him to make a sign; to cry or laugh or take the smallest in terred in common affairs. Ja'k, 1 be lieve you're the very uian You might get at him through the children?- tliat marvelous hanky-panky of your*. those surprising tricks; a child takes to you naturally at once Try and make friends with those, l'erhaps. when the father set* them interested and amused, he may warm a little, speak, perhaps, approve, Sierhaps smile, and in the end give in lack, will you try P" .lack New biggin was by pmiession a ixmveyanivr, hut nature hail intended him tor a new lloudin, or a Wizard of the North He was more than half a professional by the time he was full grown. In addition to the quick eve and the facile wrist, he had the rarer gilts of suave manner and the faoe of brass. They entered the miserable dwelling together. The children—eight of them were skirmishing all over the rtqor. They were quite unmanageable, and lw yond the control of the eldest sister, who was busied in setting out the table for the mid-day meal; one outer child, ot >i\ or seven, a bright-eyed, exceexlingty Iwauti ful btxy, the least—were not nature's va garies well known—iikely to he born annmg and belong to such surroundings, stood between the legs of the man him self, who hail his hack to the visitors and was crouching low over the scanty tire. The man turned his head for a mo ment. gave a blank stare, than an imper ceptible nod, and once more lie glowered down upon the fire. " Here, little ones, do you see this gen tle nan? he's a conjuror. Know what a conjuror is. Tommy?" cried the parsou. catching up a mite of four or five ftom the floor. " No, not you; nor you. Sarah; nor you. Jocky " —and he ran through all their names. They had now censed their gambols, and were staring hard at their visitors— the moment wa* propitious . Jack New biggin began. He had fortunatelv ti at tus pockets with nuts, oranges, and c:d - - before leaving the parsonage, so he had half his apjxaratus ready to hand The pretty boy had very soon .eft tbe father at the tire, and bad cotite over to ioin in the tun, going back, however, to exhibit his share of the spoil and describe voluminously what had orcurred. This and the reoeated shouts of laughter semcd to pnslui-e some impression on him. Presently he kxiked over his shoulder, and said—but without anima tion— " "It be very good of you, sir. surely; very good for to take so kindly to lite little chicks. It does them gxxod to laugh a bit. and it ain't much as they've had to make 'em lately." "It is good for ali of us, now and again. I take it." said Jack, desisting, xnd going toward him—tlie children gradually collecting in a far-off corner and comparing notes. " You can't laugh, sir, if your In-ait'* heavy; if you do, it can be only a sham." While he was speaking he had taken the Bible from tlie slteif. ami resuming Itis seat, began to turn the leaves slowly over. " I'm an untaught, rough countryman. *ir, but I have heard tell that th<-s<- strange things you do are only tricks; ain't it so?" Here was, indeed, a hopeful symptom! He was rousexl. then, to take some in terest in what had occurred. " All tricks, of course; it all comes of long practice."said Jack, as he proee dexl to explain some of the simple processes, hoping to enchain the man's attention. "That's what I thought, sir. or I'd have given you a job to do. I've l>ecn in want of a real conjuror many a long day. and nothing Less 11 do. See here, sir," he said, as he t<>ok a small, care fully-paper from between the leaves of the "Bible: "dovousee this?" It was half a Bank of England note for i'loft " Now. sir, could any conjuror help me to the other hall?" "How did you come by it?" Jack asketl at once. " I'll tell you. sir, short as I can make it. Conjuror or no conjuror, you're got a kindly heart, and I'm main sure that you'll help me if you can." Ihxn then described how lie had picked up tbe basket from the 10.45 Liverpool expr-*s. "There was tbe linen; I've kept it. See here; ad marked quite pretty ami proper, with lace around the edges, as though it* mother loved to make the little one smart." Jack examined the linen; it bore a monogram and crest. The first he made out to mean H. L. M.; and the crest wa* plainly two hammers crossed, and the motto. "I strike"—not a common crest —and he never remembered to have seen it before. " And this was all?" "'Opt the banknote. That was in a poor old purse, with a pawn ticket and a thimble. I kept tltent all." Like a true detective. Jack examined .•very article minutely. The purse bun- Die name of Hester Gorrigan, in tude letters inside, and the pawn ticket tva* made out in Die same name. " I cannot give you much hope that I shall succeed, but I will do my best. Will you trust me with the note for a time?' "Surely, sir, with the greatest of pleasure. If you could but find the other half, it would give Harry—that's what we call him—such a grand start in life; schooling and the rriccof binding him to some honest trafle." Jack sl.ookthe man's hand and prom ised to do his best, and left the cottage. When Jack Newhiggin got ba<-k to tlie parsonage he found that his host had ac cepted an invitation for them both to dine at the "Big House." as it wa* called, the country seat of the squire of the parish. Tltey were eordially received at the "Big House." Jack wa* handed over forthwith to his old friends, who figura tively rushed into his arms. They were Ixmdon acquaintance*, no more; of the sort we here and there and every where during the season, who care for us, and we for them, a* much as for the South Sea Islanders, but whom we greet with rapturous effusion when we meet them in a strange place. Jack knew tlie lady whom he escorted into dinner a* a gossipy dame, who, when his hack was turned, made as much sport of him as of her other friends. " I have been fighting your battles all day," began Mrs. Sitweli. "Was it necessary? I shculd have thought myself too insignificant." "They were talking at lunch of your wonderful knack in conjuring, and some one said that the skill might prove in convenient—when you played cards, for instance." "A charitable imputation! With xvltom did it originate?" " Sir Lewis Mallahy." " Please point him out to nte." He was shown a grave, scowling lace Upon the right of the hostess —a face like a mask, its surface rough and wrinkled, through which the eyes shone out with baleful light, like corpse-candles in a sepulcher. "Pleasant creature! I'd rather not meet him alone on a dark night." ' He has a terrible character, cer tainly. Turned his wife out of doors because she would not give him an heir. It is this want of children to inherit his title and estates which preys upon his mind, they say, and makes nim so morose and melancholy." THE CENTRE REPORTER Jack let hiscompanion chatter on It was his habit to get all the information possiblealiout any coiujuuiy in which he found himself for his own purpose* an a < iau x ex-tnt and when Mrs Sitwel flagged, he pliisl her w itli questions, and led tier on from one ponton to -mother, making mental nob * t,i serve him here after. It is thus by careful and lalmri ous preparation that many of the strange and a<vtuingly mysterious feats of the clairvoyant coryurer are performial. When tiu whole party was assembled in the drawing-room after dinner, a chorus of voices, headed by that ot the hosttses, viimmomal Jack to his work There appeared to lie only one dissenti ent. Sir la-wis Mallahv. who not only did not trouble himself to back up the invitation, but when the performance was actually begun was t no pains to conceal his contempt ami disgust The comuror made the conventional plum-pudding in a hat. tired wedding rings into quartern loves, did all manner of card tricks, knife tricks, pistol tricks, and juggled on conscientiously right through his repertoire. There was never a smile on Sir face; he sneered unmistakably. Finally, with an ostentation that savored of rudeness, he took out his watch, a great gold re peater. looked at it, and unmistakably . awncd. Ja. k hung, red !or that xvatch directly he saw it. IVrhap* through it he might make it* owner utuxnufortable, if only for a moment Hut how to get it into his hands? He asked for a watch—a dozen were offered. No; nolle of these would do. It tuut he a gold watch, a repeater. Sir I-cw is Mallat.y's was the only one in the room, and he at first dis tinctly refused to lend it. But so mattv entreaties were addressed to him, the !io*t< s* leading the attack, that he oouid not .it common murtmy continue to re fuse. With something like a growl h<* '.txik his watch off the chain and handed :t to Jack Newhiggin. A curious old-fashioned watch it wa*. •vhich would have gladdened the heart of a watch collector; ail i. xxe..al and • nauteled, adorned with crest and in serintion —an heiriootu. whi. h had prw (xahiv been in the Mallahy family for years. Jack in>ked it over curiously, meditatively, then suddenly raising his ye- he stared intently into Sir lewis Maliahy's fa*a i , ami almost a* quickly droppcxl them again. " this is far ttni valuable,"' he said, ourteously, "t*> much of a treasure to •H' risked in any conjuring triek; an .•rdiuary tmxlern watch 1 might replace, •ut not a work of art like this.'" And he hamh-d it back to Sir Uwk, who rxss ix' tl it with ill-cone.-t1..! satis 'action. He was a* tuu. lt j>,eased, pro •ahly, at Jack'* > xpressi.n of possible failure in the proposed trick a* at the re covery of his projH'rtv. Another watch, hoxx .v. r.xx pottndixl up into a jelly, and brought out whole tront a cabinet in an adjoining room; md this trick successfully accomplished, lack Newhiggin, who was now cotu detely on his metal, pass.al on to higher lights, lie haf spent the vacation of tlie year previous in France as the puj.il of a wizard of Euro j .can fame, and had mastered many of the strange feats which .re usually attrihut.sl to clairvoyance. Tljcre is something especially uncanny iltout tlt.-se tri -ks. and Jack's reputation rapidiv increaatxl with this new exiiihi tion of his powers Tltanks to his . ross xamination of Mrs. Sitw.-li at dinner, fie was in JM.S session of many facts con nected with the company, although mostly strangers to hitu; and oomc of his hits were so palpably happy that lie raised shouts of surprise, fo,lowed by •hat terrified hush which not un.-om uonly siteees!s the dispiay of seemingly -ujs'rnaturai powers. " Oh. but this is too preposterous." Sir Ijexvis Mallahy was heard to *ay quite tngrilv. The continued applause prt>- foundly disgusted him. "This is the nen-st charlatanism. It must 1- put in end to. It is the commonest iutpos urc. These are thing* which he has oached up in advance. him be <ried with something whi. h uj*>ti the f:ice of it he cannot have learned l-fore innil by artificial means." " Try him. Sir l>-wis. try htm your self "cried several voices. " I scarcely like to lend myself to such fol.'y. to encourage so pitiable an exhibi tion." Hut he seemed to lie conscious tliat lurther proti-st woul4 tell in Jack's favor. " I will admit tlu4 you have consider able power in this strange brancli >f necromancy if you will answer a few questions of mine." "Proceed." saiil Jack, gravely, meet ng his eyes firmly and without flinching. "Tell me what is most on my mind at this present moment." "The want of a male heir." Jack re plied, promptly, and thanked Mrs. Sit well in his heart. " Pshaw! You have learned front Rurke that I have no children." said Sir Lewis, boldly; but he was a little taken ihack. " Anything else?" "The m-niory of a harsh deed you now strive in vain to redeem." "This borders upon impertinence," -aid Sir Ix-wis, with a hot flush on his Iteek and passion in his eves. "Hut let us leave abstractions and try tangi ble n-aliti'-s. Can you tell me what I have in this pocket?" lie touched the left breast of his tail-coat. " A pocketbcok." " Bali! Every one carries a pocket book in his pocket." " But do you?" asked several of the bystanders, all of whom were growing deeply interested in this strange duel. Sir Iz-wis Mallahy confessed that he ■ lid. and produced it—an ordinary mo rocco leather purse and poeketbook all in one. "Are you prepared to go on?" said the baronet haughtily to Jack. " < Vrtainly." " What does this poeketbook con tain?" " Evidence." The contest between them was now to tlie death. " Evident* of what?" "Ol facts that must sooner or later come to light. Y'ou have in that poek etbook links in a long chain of circutn stances which, however carefully con cealed or anxiously dreaded, time in it* inexorable course must bring eventually to light. There is no lwind. says the Spanish proverb, which is not some day tulfilled; no debt that in the long run is not paid." " What ridiculous nonsense! I give you my word this pocketlxxok contains nothing absolute.y nothing—but a Hank of England note for one hundred pounds." "Stay!" cried Jack Newhiggin, faxing hint abruptly and sjteaking in a voice of thunder. "Itisnot BO—you know it — it is only the half!" And a* he spoke he took the crumpled pap< r front tin: hands of the really stu pefied baronet. It wa* exhibited for in spection—the half of a Hank of England note for £HBI. Tilt-re was niueli applause at thin harmless an<i successful denouement of what tlirealenetl at one stage to lead to altereation, perhaps to a quarrel. Hut .Jack Newbijrgin was not satistit-il. "As you have dared nie to do my worst," saitl .lark, " listen now to what I have to say. Not only did I know that was only the half Of a note, hut I know where the other half is to he found." " So much the better for me," said the baronet, witli an effort to appear humor ous. "That other half was given to—shall 1 sav. Sir Lewis?' Sir Lewis nodded indifferently. " It was given to one Hester fiorrigan, an Irish nurse, six years ago. It was the price of a dead of which you " "Silence! Say no more," cried Sir l>ewis, in horror. " I see you know all. i I swear I have had no peace since I was tempted so sorely, and so weakly fell. | But I am prepared to make all the resti 'Ution and reparation in my power—un • CENTRE HALL, CENTRE CO., PA., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 187 U. unhappily, utiles* it lie already L*> late." Even white he was speaking his face turmxi ghastly pole, hi* lip* were cov ered with line while loam, lie mode one or two eouvulsive attempt* to *t*ndy himself, then with o wild, terrifies! look around, he fell heavily to the floor." It was a paralytic seizure. They took liitu up stair* and tended him; but the ease wa* desperate froiu the tirst <nly (list 11 tor> the end did he so far rr< ox er the JHIXX erof spis eh as to he able to make full ixmfesston of w hat hail occurred. Sir Iwwi* had been a younger son, the eldest inherited the family title, but died early, leaving his widow to give him a posthumous heir, the title remain ing in atieyanoe until time showed whether the infant wa* a Lty or girl. It proved to i>e a boy. w hereupon l-cwi* Stallahly, who had the earliest intima tion of the fact, put into execution a ne farious project which he had carefully concocted in advance A girl was ob tained front a foundling hospital and suKstitutcd bv I-ady Mallahv'* nurse, who was in Iwwis' pay, for the newly born son and heir. This son and heir w as handed over to another accomplice. Heater Gorrigan, who was brilied with £U<O, half down lit the shajw- of a hall notc, the other halt to lie paid when she announced iter safe arrival in T xa* with the stolen child. Mrs. Gorrigan had an unquenchable thirst, and in bet transit lict ween and Llverpiail allowcil lit r precious charge to slip out of her bonds, with tin* consequence* xxt know. It was th* watch IHUTOW<I from Sii le'wi* Mallably which ttr*t artiused Jack's suspicions. It l<on- the strange crest—two batumers crxtssed, witli the motto "1 Strike "—which * :i> m u ked UtMUt the linen of the child that Dan Ho. kit picked up at Kirkiington station The initial of the name Mallahv coin cided with the monogram H 1.. M .lack drew his conclusions, and made a lld shot, which hit the mark, as we have set tl. l>ewis Mallahv'*confession soon rein stated the rightful heir, ami Dan Hloekit, in after years, had no reason to regret the generosity which prompted him to give the little foundling the sltelterol his rude ltoiue. Indian Stage Driver*. A correspondent, writing from Las Vegas, New Mrxicxi, says that he got th superintendent to teli hitu afsiut hi* -tagr fine, which run* from Vinita. In •iian Territory, to las Vegas, New Mex ico, altout WHO miles, and pass< * through some of the most dangerous Indian coun try in the world It ha* to* drivers, thirty f whom are native Indians Ihe itneenrrien the United Slat's mail <iai.x and what passenger* it can get, althougii tlie superintendent i* as yet the utiix white man who lias la-en over the entire mute. " Can you trust your Indian drivers'" I asked. Oh. )•<"*." said he. " Flverybodv - iitl at first that 1 couldn't do anything xvith them; hut 1 luul to do so nettling, lor the redskin* had*a habit of killing the white drive-- >- e .*-aliti<s. I got some > 1 them broke in at ia-t, how ever, and they do very well. I'hey like the salary. f>r it enahle# them to put on style above their brethren, and I led you lltey do -ike to dr- ** It catcbe* tfjt - juaws, and the young men like that a* well a* you fellows down East One day an Indian driver ran off after n huf f.xio, and xv.-u gone two or three tlays 1 sent nun to liuti! him up. hut In- came I tack In-fore tliev found hint with a djad buffalo anil I'ncle Sam's mail a* uncon cerned aa if nothing hal bappenexf. I ischargexl hitu. and it taught the other* a lesson. • You ought Lx sec them hunt paths at night. II they can get a giimpsc <•!" a single star they can find their way tin- darkest night Dint ever blew. Some ■fthem arc great astronomers. Tbey have an idea that there xvasom-e a gnat flood which covered the whole earth. Everybody xx-a drowm-xl but seven chiefs, who were strong enough to climb to the top of Die highest mountain in the country. They would have hern de -troyed also had they not prayxal to the Great Spirit so fervently that their sup plications were answere d. They lixed to a gre-txt age and replenished tbe earth. When they died they cadi iM-cante a brilliant star in the heavens. These In dian* know tiie principal stars bv the nature of departed chiefs. This belief is prevalent among nearly all the savage Indians in the southern part of the In dian Territory." " Are any of jour Indians desjierate characters ?'' " Some of them. Six of my driver* saw the t'uster massacre. Tltey proba bly took part in it, hut tbey claim that they were- near by herding ponies. They describe the whole bloody affair, hut xviii not teli who killed th*-whites. Cus ter has many friends, and they are afrnixi of tln-m." " Have any of your Indians ever scon the ears'" " Y-s, seven chiefs went up to Vinita ■ <ne day, and 1 got them to look at a locomotive. It suddenly whistled and blew off steam, and you ought to have -ei-n those seven Indians wilt. They fell down on their knere in consternation and began to pray to the Great Spirit. I guess they thought the engine was the Great Spirit, but I don't know as to that." lie Thought it a Good Joke. Tramp! tramji! tramp: and a farmer xvith solid, old-fashioned (<*ct came into the editorial rooms of thi* paper to say : " Howdy? I've walked down frotn the market to give ye the partickelers of a good joke. " All right—proceed." " You know them lightning rod fel lers?" observed the old man, as lie drop ped into a chair. " Yea—heard of them." "Well, ye know they're a purty tuff set. Been after me for more n twenty years. I've got signs out all along the road warning 'cm to k<-ep off the place, but t'other day one of the chaps driv right Up to the gate, big as life." "Did. eh?" " Yes, he did, and 'fore I rould get my tongue to going he had about a thnu sano feet of rod out ot the wagon and rewly to put it up on the barn.'' " What cheek. " 1 guess 'twa*. but pretty soon I went for him. I had my mind made up to kill him right there. The old woman, she came out, and sailed right in with me, and the two hired men supported me on the flanks." " Ami vou jumped him all to pieces, of course r" "That's where the hull fun conies in." answered the old man. "That 'ere-fel ler squared tiff, sited his coat, and lie licked the whole lour of us in lesg'n two minutes by a wig-wag clock." " Did. eh?" " You bet lie did, and he drunk up a xvholc pan of milk and drove off whist ling 'Yankee Doodle Dum.' When I got out o' the catnip whar' he piled me. and saw one of the men with his nose mashed flaf. the'tother with three tis-th knocked out, and tiieole woman jist crawling out front under the old bob sled, I begun ilading and didn't slop till midnight! I I —!" He slapped his leg and uttered a "haw! haw! haw!" xvltich echoed clear to Canada, and in his contortions he broke the back off his chair. "But tlie joke was on you," said the perplexed journalist. "Sartin ssrtin. hut lam such a dod rotted idiot that I can't laff at the way we four sailed in on him, calkerlating to moj) him all over the barnyard, and laflf harder yet at the way we all started in to pray afore: he had fairly got the rust off his elbows! When I saw Banner clawing up from the bolts I —!" And lie went off into another til and choked and gasped till he went down stairs with his collar hanging by a singh button.— Detroit Free PreM A nimmm: city. ioi...*iioa n.'s't. ot n vto.iri r*cm.b % utaa*. When tin* soli ot the great chocolate manufacturer, M.-nier, wa* married in I'aris the olio r day. the workmen of the M.-nier establishment sent a pillow of rose* a* ilteir bridal gift, which was an improvement upon the custom which semi* pillows and cushion* of (lower* only to funerals here. Hut the M.-nier workmen have g0..l reasons lor the graceful tribute Their employer has not strewn their path with roses, hut he has shown, on a large scale, how pros perity ami comfort and good-fcejing among his workmen are as much the foundation of a flourishing manufactur ing village a* its tons of exported goods. The 51 elder chocolate, although the best in Europe, i* not a whit iietterthan our own i'hi.adelphia Whilemau's, if AS good But the ta.Tories at Noisiel make ■ tow TT of THEMSELVES on the hanks of the Maine, and their active proprietor i* one of the power* of France, a repn s. Illative iitallUlaelurcr of tlie solid luen who supply for the republic .what the great hankers Used to do for the empire, confidence, and when lie.sled, the sinews of w ar. TIM BEST test WF the security of the Ft emit republic is found in litis ad hesion >L merchants ami matiufa. tur er*. Lite BOURG'SDAE, as it was uiiiv the fashion to call them under the motiareiiy, ami w ho u*.-d to I*ESdidiy Rourboti and Orleatlist The details of this fragrant itiniiufae lure, the huge hydraulic engines on the M..rne, the amount of water-power, the sugar, cacao nut and pa. kittg tioxe* re quire.l—till* last a business ot itself— with the busy woiucn at work on the dainty envelopes ol tin foil and yellow napet a, although of much interest, might lie in other sltajw, ami, inti-ad >f the cluMxilaL- city, this might (M- an iron city, or gia.-*. or ixtLn. on tlie same good f.a-is as that ol Noisiel. The town of Sa,laire, in England, at tlie famous work* of Sir l itus Salt, prottahiy approaches it in thrifty detail, and there are American manufacturers who 1.n.l thctusr vc* to many plans for lite com fort and improvement of their men. Hut Noisi. l s-cms to b< a pattern ami to pot *■ -* in itself all the modern improve ment* I'lie cottages are elt.se L the work-, each xx ith it* four rooms, its good cellar ami a garden, and lor wltisli the rvnl is twetity-fottr dollars t x.c l ow. r. fruit ant vegetable* are culti vat.al in these blooming gardens, and. although the women ate largely employ ed in the factory, there an- arrangements, a* wi., l j■ i. s.-ntiy seen, for lightening the hoUScftol.i . ar*-. Ihe scfitMil* at Noisi. i at- maintained at M. Menier's expense, and tl. > are graded from the inlant school, w fiere the < htldren go at tin-age of three x'-ars, to a day nursery for the still younger urn*, who are taken care of in their tiny cot* in tidy, coxy r*Mtn* on the one hand, and the upper school*. XX lit re th L|\* and girls are taught to the age of fourteen. The bran che* are those ola g.sst French education, with needlework, singing, iKMikk'-eping ah.l drawing. All tills is conducted at M Menier's cxpn-i- and without a -ou - < <*t to lite ttt'>rri<sf ctit ploy< •s. So tlt at one great dlllicultX of manufa-turing town*.where the mother* have to lx busy- ali day nnd their ctiil dren left to tlo tnse.v. * (and the inaL In -) -•s-ms to be x rry squar- !y ut< t at Noistel, in the Fsalt U-irJiftH*. Front tb- bai-io* of a year to the time thr Itov or girl is ready L> gti into the factory, it t* und<-r care or instruction, and this last fits these children to find gix*l position* < ttber at N.dsiel or els< where. There is a library n *obelonging tithe operatives, ami a saving* lank. which Utey are cma-uragrd to patronize. Hut the most striking f<-atur- of the pia <. atler schools, are the co-operative store*. Then- an- n<< store-order*, it app<-ars. at Noi*i< i, of the sort that are so haLtui and opptewsive to workmen intliiscxiun try, a.though the Men it r* are in position to Ilt'tk-- a* gixi.l profit out of these as any Nortliern manufacturer tr Southern planter here. I'ln workno-n at Noisiel ar>-their own sbopk<s-per*; they g>-t the profits atid the la-m-fit* of the .<>w prices of the whofi-saie *Uppii'" Meat, gro ceries and other articles of daily domes tic need arc sold at low j<ri< • * and good quality, the membership of the a>*<H-ia tion la itig entirely mailt- up of the CIKH-O late workmen, the thrifty ones who pet the U-m-tit of Uteir savings in a double sense. We have given some jac- to this little Fr<-n<-h An-a<lia, l>o-aus-it ia-nts ti bold the solution of many Trx<d <it<--tions. It is the p|e.x*urc of thi* wealthy manufac turer t<> furnish SCIKHII*. iibrari<-* :uul giMsi living hotio-s for hi* men, and to *<*• them well into co-operative *n< tetics iike tfi<- savings fx.-xtik and the st>n-s, but the workmen themselves, in this coun try of Ixetter wage*, might, with a little forethought, have the.same sort of shop*, ami especially the same kiml of day nursery establishments, so that all the little children ton y<>ungf<>r *<'ll<H>l would IM- sun- of warmth, care and comfort while tln-ir mothers went out at work. Noisiel is. in fa<-t. an answer to a sum well worth working out. for both mill owners and operative*. l'hiladslptiui l.tdytr. A Chinese Cure for Cholera. The following letter frotn a China man in regard to the rure of cholera is published by the Hiogo S'cu-s. The lliogo paper, in publishing it. says: A* evidence of its gnuitu- nature- we may state that it xv.-x- originally handed in a* an advertisement, the physician whose skill in the cure ol cholera it make* known having (we are as*iire-d by one of tlie most respectable <'liin<-*c residents of Kobe)made a fortune out of his practice during th< brief period in which the cholera has l-cn raging, and being therefore in a position t pav for the fame which he no doubt considers to In- ltis due, outside of the narrow sphere in which he ha* teen laboring. The letter itself is written in a fine, bold, clerkly hand, and w< are in formal is the unassisted production ot a Chinese. We give it verbatim, and shall he happy to show it to the cur ious : "Snt— With your permission I would beg to direct, through the medium of your valuable journal, the attention of the public to a subject which is most imjiortunt and interesting to tin- medi cal world. In Die general opinion of tiie European, as well as tlie Japanese, cholera is an infectious disease, a. plague against which there is net cer tain remedy; whereas, according to the opinion of the Chinese doctor who ha* 2 lecn curing hundred* of Japanese in Osaka, it is not at all infectious; as soon as lite black blood or the jtoison ous matter is let out from tlie joints fti tie' limbs ami the middE* fingers, the disease can be cured immediately. This may si-cm an absurdity to the European, hut it is, nevertheless, a fact, since hundreds of the natives have been cured by this operation, if the medical men of the West would enre L see how this disease is treated by the Chinese doctor referre-d to. ami analyze the blood of their patients at the va rious stages ol the disease, as a Yoko- Itoma resident in ids letter to the Jnptm bail]/ Herald suggested, they will, with their superior medical knowledgu and skill, discover an important anti dote for the disease. " 1 ant, dear sir, your most obedient servant, | "A NATIVE or THK FUIWEKY LANO." I'rof. Brun, of Geneva, has described a curious ease of poisoning in a child ot two years of age. It was caused "by eating a combination of cabbage tigs. The cabbage '•e says, must have I produced a great wouiylance of luetic acid, which, in the presence of the figs, developed enough of butyric acid to cause tne death of the child. ktTt: HFMIFIt FOT ML % llurrllilr ( tlt in UrM lt •*!• lira U lttrtloiil8. Sheriff Whib-hill. of Giant county* I New Mexico. Wits recently in St. l<oui. en route for Indianapolis, where he was taking a bright nine-year old hoy, uamed Juste Gl tiger. The iiul is the nephew of Itishop Granger, of Indianap olis. and the sheriff is confident that the j boy'* lather, who was the bishop's brothel, was murdered at the instiga tion of none other than Kale Bender, I who six years ago we the most odious woman in toeLnitedStates It will re quire no effort on the part of lite reader to call to iiiitid tin- H> inter family, who tor several years kept a human slaughter house in the shape of a little husleirie on a ion"• Iv Kansas road, atioui sixty miles from Fort Scott. The tra ing of a prom inent citizen named York to their house, and the discovery of his murder, led to revelations of the most horrifying char acter, ami the grizzly old murderer with ids inhuman family fled in great haste irom the wrath which must follow tin i disiaivcrv of the graveyard which they had made all around tlo-ir home. \\ hcthcr they w ere overtaken and all lynched, >r whether they re-ally escaped and scattered, iia* always Ixv-ti tut open question. The most fiendish member of tiie family was Kate, then a stout young Woman, whose thews had grown great in wielding the hammer that crushed i travelers' skull*. 'The story which the sheriff of Grant county tells ha* refer ence to Kate, lie says that William F. Granger, the father of the boy in his charge, married t wite in California, and wheu she died moved with his sou Wil iatii, a weak-minded, cruel sort of a boy, to Fort Smith, Ark. A second marriage took place there, and Josie was the is sue. Mr. Granger look into his family an nurse .md servant a young woman who had !>eeu a domestic in a hotel, and who went by the name of llora 1 lesser. The fuuily moved to Grant county. New Mexico, and lKtra went along. The second wife died, and ahoul a year ago Granger married Ih>r*. Just three wrccks after lie Was entices! into the mountain* bv lits own>ti. William, and a man named Young, and the boy final a bullet f otn a nexaiie gun through the 1 >l*l man's brain. They dug a hoie, jammed the body into a heap and threw it in. then covered it Up and stamped the ground level. Going back home they divided the old man's possession*, amounting to IXIM.U! #5.000. Y'oung Ink ; ing one-third. William one-third and the bride one-third The authorities -ttsjH-etial something wrong, and a sher iff went to the Granger house to arrest :he trio. He found them ail in ied. and hidden under one leal were tiie old man's gray clothes, which Dora had chopped into picx-es William wo closely ques tioned and finallx a- know edged that his 1 stepmother and Young had fixed up the . job on the old man and indu> •- i htm to do the killing, the oldect laing one of ! Jtlunder. He led the otth'erx Litlie scene iot the murder, and the IKKIV was ex- ; hutned. Sine.- then the le*!icf iias lw-cn growing that lh>ra i* Kate Render. She acknowledged that lur name i* Kate, and she knows a deal alsiut the lien d-rs A young man who w- nt to * hool with Kate It nil< r when slu- was about i sixteen years old xt-it>-d Dora in j.til. and positively identified Iter a* Kale. In her trunk was found alaiut #VNt worth of silverware, most ol it mark<al "Gait House. Kentucky." The sheriff has her i picture and it r*pr< *enD a woman alaiut thirty year* old. with lull heavy fai-e, arge lower-jaw, very *tuall ey<s>. and a mouth of a virago. The woman is still !in jail, and will le tri<-d. Meanwhile, 1 the sheriff intend* to gire the little lioy Josie. who i a Very amiable and intelli gent child, and who gives a graphic m - <s>unt of tlie murder, in charge of i Itishop Granger Mental Fftert* of I'hjsiral Injuries. Dr. Ileniy Maudsley, in a (mt* r Ix-foro the Royal Institute. England, said: Mary instructive examples of tlie per vading mental < ff<-ct* of physical injury <>f the brain might ie quoted, hut two or three, recently nxaxrdcd. will suffice. An Ain<-n<iui tu<ali<-a! man xx a* caihal one day to *<•- a youth, ixgod eighLs-n. who htul been *tru< k down insensible by a kick of a horse. Then- wa* a depressed fracture of the skull a little above De left temple. The skull wa* trephined, and the liHise fragment* of hone that j>re*al upon the brain were removed, whereupon the patient came to his sense*. The doctor thought it a gotxi opjsirt unity to make an exiH-rinient. a* tln-r<- was a hole in the skuil through which he could easily make pressure ujnn the htain lit a*ked the IMV a question, and In-fore there was time to answer it he pressed lirni.y with his linger upon tlie exposed brain. As long as the pressure was kept Up the Imy was mute, but the in stant it wa* removed he made a reply, never suspecting that be had not an sw<-naf at once. The experiment was re jM-atetf several times with pm-isely tbe a-intc result, tbe Ly's thought* lx-ing stopped and stnrbai again <n each ois-a sion a easily and certainly a* the engi neer stops and start* ltis locomotive. <)n another sa*asion the name doctor wa* called to see a groom who had Iws-n kicked tin the head by a mare called Dolly, and whom he found quite insen sible. There wa* a fracture of tlie skull, with depression of bone at the upper part of the forehead. As soon a* the portion ol hone which was pressing upon the brain wa* removed the patient eaiitaf out with great energy. " W boa. IVilly!" and tlten stared *tlout hint in bank amazement, asking: "Where i* the mare? Wh-re am I?" Three hour* had jiasstal since the accident, xlttring which the wonls which he was just going to utter when it happens! bad remained locked up. a* lliev might have Ixs-n locked up in the phonograph, to l>e let go the moment the obstructing prossure was removed. The patient did not rc menihcr. when he came ti himself, that the msn- h.-<l kicked him; the last thing before he wa* insensible which he <lil rememlier was. that site wheeled 10-r Iteels round and laid back Iter ears vic iously. ________ Selling Whisk) to Indian*. There is not a town in Montana, says the Helena lrtdtpfntUiti. where an In dian cannot get mi the wltisky he taunt*, a* i* evinced by their drunken sprees immediately after leaving the piaee. Whisky is the cause of all the disturb ance* ls-t ween white* and the Indians, ami no doubt the primary x-ause of all thefts and outrages by the Indians. Nearly all the trouble with Indians, savs the SltUfMoon. of Walla Walla. W'ashington Territory, is occasioned bv thffaction of a t<-w depraved whit#* sell ing them whisky. Go where we will, we are sure to find some saucy, drunken siwaah trying to get up a little war of bis own. Tlten* are various dodge* by which the Indians can obtain liquor. One is to sell them "sko<kum flour;" that is. they buy a sack of flour in which a bottle of whisky is concealed. Any white fountl guilty of providing the "In dians xvith whisky, or gambling with them, is entitled to a coat of tar and feathers, after which performance he should be turned over to be dealt with by the law. James Sh-wart, twelve-year-old son of James Stewart, residing m-Br Willy's N<-ck. Dorchester county, Md.. wa* sent into an out-field to make a smother, to keep the mosquitoes from the catt.f Not routing hack after a reasonable time had elapsed tlie father went into the field to search for him. He wa* found lying face downward on the ground dead, ltis mouth, throat, nose ami ears liter ally packed with mosquitoes. The entire- population of Die United States could be provided for in the State of Tx-za*. allowing each man, woman, and child four acres of land. The entire population of the world could be provid ed for in the Uni>d States, allowing each iterson one and a half acres of land. TEHMB: a Year, in Advance. riltx, GAItDK*. AMI 110 l NFII0I.1). Tit* to !•< It to l over Oeefl*. Rule* ore often laid down by writer* n guide* for former* wlirii planting the seed* of their various form crop*, a* though any rule could be depended upon under ailetreuuuUnen* when the fact is every one must u*e judgment in tins a* in every other operoliou on th farm. We hove before Us on account of on ex periment made by some one in sowing wheat ot different depths from oas-fourth of on inch to three or more inehes deep, niao in leaving it upon the surface. That sown from one-fourth to three-fourths of on Ineh rotne up sooiusit and grew bri, while that left on the nurfaee, and thai covered till and o holt ilielo-s deep. Was tWo Week* in getting Started. Tile writer would, therefore, recommend covering grain not lew* than oue-holf inch, nor more than one inch derp to sc ore the quickest get initial ioti and the most vigorous growth, which would be a good depth Whenever the soil is in the l- >i condition for planting, that is, when it is JU*t perceptibly moist throughout, trout the surface downward. But then are times, during severe droughts, when there is so little moisture in the top soil that snsls planted ieas than art inch deep might lie for weeks without germinating, while if ooven-d two or three inches deep, they would find moisture enough io sprout lhem Much utav be done to insun- germination by stirriug the soil deeply jul before sowing, to bring Up moist soil from the bottom, and by roll ing the surfao-e after sowing with a heavy iron roller to compact the soil and render it capable of taking up moisture frotn In-low by capillary attraction, but after all it is usually good economy, in dry weather, to sow seed, grain especially, quite liberally, and endeavor to work it w ell down into the soil with a cultivator, disk harrow, or something of the kind. The smoothing harrow may then foliow lo level the surface, after which the iand should be rolled smooth and as bard a* the nature and condition of tbe soil will allow. Some farmers delay sowing frtu* or grain in autumn when the eotlier is dry. and wait for rain, but we always prefer to put in tlie seed as Main as tile ground eiui lie prepared, after tbe semsoti •■f sowing ho* arrived, and then trust the luture (or rain to sprout it, and suitable weather for its growth. If one oouid plant no more seed* than would grow u maturity, a great saving would be made Hi a Lint of year*, but still we believe it is usually a belter plan to seed liberally .-utd allow something for un<-ertaintixi than to stint the quantity. In the early spring when lite ground is usually quite moist, shallow covering and even surface *-oding may be advisable, but in mid tutntuer deeper covering is demanded .Veto tjujlond Farmer. € arsirsstttts mm m Btotitrr tof I urontt - It is amazing to consider the extent to which losses are incurred on the one hand, and sales and occupation afforded, on the other haiid. by the inexcusable carelessness of people who know Itettcr and ought to do Iwtter. The fastening of a well-bucket is deranged, or a hoop is loose, but tlie thoughtless man or wontan never notices tlie trouble until the bucket is dropi>ed in the well or the bottom U out. Tlten t'uie is lost, tlie fatnity is inconvenienced, and fx-rhnos a neigltlatr gets a job of work and the pay. The gate-latch is out of order; no attention is paid L> it; the bog* or cows get in ; the yard is rooted up; the shrub- U-ry i* destroyed; the gardener is cm ploy id, and the nurseryman has an order. A tire is loose ua Use wheel; tbe WIMHI is swiftly wearing away, a little care w <nt .d set tbe matter riebt; no pains art- taken; away on the road a wheel is crushed.and the wheelwright has some employment. A shingle is out of place on the roof: one nail would mend the Itouble; that nail isn't driven; the rain steal* in. an 1 *oon the plasterer i* paid t< use trowel and brush. A bridle rein is weak; a bit is worn; notiodv thinks of examining either; a horse is drawn to one side, or a horse runs away: a vehicle is broken: a carriage- maker or black- : smith i* profited, and perhaps a surgeon has a profitable professional engage ment. The water of a well is impure: those who use it complain, no proper step# are taken: the family have serious sickness; the druggist wits Itis medicines, and the doctor gets his ha-#. In the same way the xMlar i* foul: tlie mcphitic gn*ct escape through the floor*: tlie blond is poisoned; the fever nig**. some suffer: some die; ttofl phnkinn has n harr-u and even tfie undertaker and sx-x ton find employ ment. A stove-chimney is in a dangtT ou*condition; people have eyes h> see, hut don't use litem; the fire soon doe* it* dreadful work, nnd carpenter* and merchant* have a good time. So af many—very many thing*. Are you innox-cal of such neglect? There are far better and cheaper wavs to give work and profit b others, fty taking i are'ttf what you have, you ntav Ixrnime able to add other and mxtre- val uable thing* which you desire. There is true economy in proper attention b> small as well as great things.— ffurtU .Von Yorker. I lrm Ratter Wittxmt Ire. From W. P. Hazzard's treatise on butter and butter-making, we extract the following: In families or where tlie dairy is small, a good plan to have but ter xaol and firm without ice is by tbe process of cvapx>rnti%n as practiced in inilia and oilier warm climate*. A cheap plan is to get a very large-sins! porous earthen flower-pot with an extra large saucer. Half All the saucer with water, set it in a trivet or light sLaud—su< It a* is use-f for holding not irons will do; upon Dtis set your butter: over the whole invert the flower pot, letting the top rim of it rest in and bx- covvrexl by the water; then close tbe bole in the Ixotton with a cork; then dash watT oTer the flower pot. and re-pent the pro cess several times a day. or whenever it looks dry. If set in a cool p'ace. or where the wind can blow upon it. it will readily evxtporate tlie water from the pot. and the butter will be firm and cool a* if iron an ice-house. For ( Worms. The following is recommended by Philip Oslwirne. of Girard. l'a . as sure death on the cabbage worms. "Take one part alack lime, one part plaster, one part WXHHI ashes and one part salt. Mix well together. Sprinkle a little on the confer, tutil no matter if over the entire surface. Four quarts of the composi tion will save xn<- bundled cabbages— about a handful L five plant*. I apnlii-d it to mine this morning while a light dew wa* on. and it wa* gratifying to aee the worms tumble off to rise no more. lji*t year 1 saved all mv cabbage that I applied It to. Have no fears of this com position injuring your cabbage. It will all work out with the growth of the plant and the salt will make the heads solid.*' Words of Wisdom. Knoxvledge is more than equivalent to force. What cannot be required is not to be regretted. Do good with wli-t thou hast, or t will do thee a<> good. Y'ou cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yot' -self one. Afodesty is to worth what shadows are n a painting; she gives to it strength ami relief. There nre many men whose tongues might govern multitudes if they could govern their tongues if a man have love in his heart, lie may talk in broken language, but it will be eloquence Li those who listen. Don't despise the small tahuts; they are needed as well as the great one*. A candle sometimes a* useful as the sun. The diamond fallen into the dirt is not the least precious, and the dust raised by high winds to heaven is not the lees vile. NUMBER V. Til KM' TOPIC*. Georgia U itlxiut to < rod a monument to St-rgi-anl William Jasper, of .South Carolina, who fell in the IUMIMIII on Savannah, ti tolx r 11, 177 V, This U the liero who i>-prd from the jinrapct of Kurt Moultrie ami regained the flag which ha<l lieen shot away by a hall from the British fleet. On another 00 caaiun, aide*) hy a single companion. he captured a British guard of t*a soldiers and rescued twelve American captives. *' Wild Bill." the frontiersnian. who in his day was as notorious as Kit Carson, atid who was killed three years ago. has lurriol to stone from scalp to toe ilia remains, which were buriad at Dead, wood, in lite Black Mills, were las en from the grave for re-interm*nt at an other place, when they wi-ie found to nave become petrified. The features are aa natural aa life, save that a whiteness overspreading all givns to the far* the appearance of chiseled marble. The fullowinr statistics will prove in teresting to those who raise either dugs or sheep: In 1"*0 Massachusetts hail 114.M00 sheep and lIU.OuO dogs, and it is teiieved that the ptesenl number of sheep in that State is actually below SS.fIM, while tliere are good reasons for believing that it has more than two, perhaps nearly three dog* to every sheep kept in the Slate. During the year itCi. 11.4*9 dogs killed 1.<173 sheep; and in 1878. there were 10.000 dogs taxed, and sheep killed by them to the value of 10.4 M 55. Tlie cotton 'Top in the Koutb this yew wiil correspond well with the enormous crop# of wheal and corn in the Went and North went. The report of the executive committee of the National Cotton Ex change, just received, mvi that "dur ing the iaat five year* cotton -culture in the United State* ha* outstripped the mot sanguine expectations: that Uie problem of fh labor haa been virtually solved, and that the South mun be re garded a* the future reliance of the cotton manufacturers of both America and Eu rope." The plague of rata in the Deccan, Bombay, for the aecond season in auc ' •-Mion. it occasioning serious alarm. These animals overspread the country like locust*. destroy the crops almost at thoroughly, and are even more difficult to keep down. So grave had become the aspect of affair* that a " Hat Committee" was appointed to inquire into the best means ol disposing of these creatures. They have advised the people to turn out en mas* and fan- the enemy. Re wards are to be offered for dead rat*, and. in fact, the invasion is to be treated as a matUT to iw d<-ait with vigorously by the whole community. In the meantime the question has arisen as to how the rat* Lave multiplied. On the 31st of December, 1H77. there were 5i*.488 poatodices in Europe, witli 223,517 persons employed. or one postal establishment for every 8.134 inhabit ant*. Tin-!- posloffiord are ni<*t Uiickly planted in Switterland. and after Swit zerland in (ireat Britain and Ireland. A striking <xntrat to these two coun tries is afforded bv Ku**ia and Turkey, there Iwing in the former only one post office to evTv 5,?0e. and iu the iattaTone to every 1.105 square miles. Altogether. 4.M.t00.aM letters, papers, etc.. were nt by post in Europe in 1H77, 3.597.- (*O.OOO being letters or posl cartis. 1.522.- 000.000 n wpatTS. and 583.000,000 pat tern* and to like; and the greatest number of letters, paper*, etc.. were sent in (ireat Britain and Ireland, the tola] number diMft M t ing 1.4H3.075.000, or at the rate of 34 7 letter* and 9.4 news papert for every tnh hitanl. I -icut. -General Max well write* to the l.*f< /toot Journal, an English periodical, u> give to tin- public, or rather to swim mer* a valuable hint for Use in case they .-ire called on to save a drowning man. lie picked up the idea while in service in India. A man had fallen into a large reservoir used to store the rainfall, and a native, who happened to be passing by with a long staff, jumped in. taking the staff with him and pu-thiug it forward in I runt a* he swam. The drowning man eagerly clutched the staff and was thus towed slowly in by the swimmer, who was obliged to keep his body nearly up right. A person who is not used to lite water l<wes his witsa* well as his breath when he suddenly finds himselt over board, and is apt to seiae upon the swim mer who would rescue him in such a way as to carry both down together. The lesson lien. Maxwell lays down is that if you have to jump into the water to save a man. take with you a long slick, an oar. a plank, a broom, or a bit of wood of some kind, if one is at hand. It will then be possible to keep the drowning man at a safe distance and still get nim out. The Next United States t'easns. A Washington f\i*t reporter ha inter viewed General Francis A. Walker, chief of the National Census bureau, in rrgar I to taking the census next year. The reporter aked "How will agricultural statistics be secured ? " It would not pay to employ special agents to take agricultural figures." said the general, " and this duty will be in trusted to the enumerators. This a wide field. There are proliably 3.000,000 farmers in this country, and you will ss- the objection to employing especial assistance when the ground tan tie cov ered as well by the regular force." " IKH-A this apply to all granger in terests?" " No; there are certain branches, such as fruit culture, live stork and im portant crops. where special agents must necessarily lie employed, and the work willbedone a* never before. The special officers will collect farts and figures re lating to the growth of these crops, and fruits, meat transportation and exporta tion. and the shipping of live stock to F.ngland. Lumber, honey, beeswax. peu nuts and other industries that are becom ing of great importance, will also re ceive the special attention of this agent, and the product of these efforts will form a valuable to the census, and show a vast difference to those of former years. Heretofore, these statistics hnre been grossly erroneous and inadequate. Then the law provided for no special assistance in procuring these facts, and wa so <.-onstructed that codfish, coal oil and mining were placed on the same schedule." " Is education a class of itself?" "It comes under the branch of' social statistics,' which embraces education, schools, libraries, newspapers, wages, wealth, debt and taxation." " A most important branch." "Yen. nnd will bcrollectl almost en tirely through special agency, as will also rital statistics, pauperism, crime, idiocv and deaf routeism." " flow have they been collected be fore?" " By (numerators, or else by deputies of the United States marshals in the sev eral districts." " What force will be necessary, and when will it be selected ?" " There will he 150 supervisors, one or more to each State, according to its sise. The supervisors' districts will be formed and announced about the middle of October, and the appointments will probably be made at the meeting of/Con gress in December. In January the su pervisors will appoint the enumerators. The special agents will be selected as ne cessity requires." " How many enumerators will be re quired?" " I suppose about 15.000 to 20.000, and those in theeountry will be required to complete their labors during the month of fune. 1880. Those in tbe city are con fined to the first two weeks of the same month. The reports will come in as rapidly a* completed ." CMtKt A siagls word is a littls thing. Bat a soul may be dying before oar eyes Par leek at the oomfort a word amy bring, With its weioota* balp sad its sweet surprise A kindly look costs nothing at all, Bat a heart may be starring lor just oo* glance. That shall show by the eyelid's tender tell lite help ol s pitying countenance. It Is snsy enough to band the anr To oatcb soma tale (4 aore distrcaa j _ Kor men may ba fainting beatda us bare, " Por longing to share tbeir waarineaa. lliuse gilts nor altvsr nor gold may boy, Nor tba wml t b ol the richest ol OWN bestow; But the comk.it o4 word, or ear, or eye, Tbapooraat may oflsr wbeiwver is go. —Ckarl— p. Riehardto*. la the Yesttbnir. i. A hula, chubby, rad-bpotsl child, With draamy eya nraih hinge u4 stlkae last, , And, working o'er Us tester**. wonder tnl-, i Iske ripples kindlwl by Urn sunbaam'* rtaan, f J not at tba ei tnuica of the mass eallyd lite, iiaodless of all its turmoil, blare and rirrfi. You Is waning, Hraitsi >ng . Not with little mn veless flst to haul its tap, And is hlc's vsstiWn to sound tu suit ligh rap I , . lisy, what shall be tb 0..i-rn.g ii ' 'Through bails ol rigid,u hslUol ste * lu ngbt, U. U4t, hu.nl* Itxagai i. Attending spirits (returning |* Ob, shall the good or evil wm f u. A youth beside a ebntvh-door stands; Across the way the ruby wine .bub p*ur. And outnradMi lure with berk>>uittg bawls. White saeliirig org. a tons* play " Hravsa's toy isutna." Heboid him oa the vergu ( OMnhood bars, bilk us. eless liesJt and loss ol worldly ciiser '.Vsihug, waiting. Hi —'a Tag. A votes within htui pleading. *• fa the right.' let on the I*4l be sees a world at dear 1 slight Bar, what shall b* (ha entering bare * The mgaa notes i-ersaasire, clear, SWELL out ID attains inspiring, grand. And asset, •• Heaven is Fat her -land,' Wiidesiren toneestng "Wisedoth rkeer. OL A ripe, old man, <4 bonon 1011. Conqueror <4 oiogies and lama, Fmw vaunted* to veeUbuir, Having goo* in and writ.en high hu noma At iite's last door Suds still n aturanea hall. And leeble, nerveless, intent-like a ail. Vet i waiting, ifaaitetwg Here at this dual vestibule to dad Knt run, s by deetii aione wbera paa* is ah mankind. Bay, sin- a bail be the entering bow * In loving laitfc or lanthiag fear? Upon lbs right, u ansmws ol lutes. The shadowy hot, rashes all uatdsat, In wbien, <h, 8001, wilt tbou sppasr? touts* A Door. is Portia as 7>assc i tft. ITEMS OP INTEREST. A pro wed thing—A ship. Cold muffins—Ritgamu tine. A moving eight— Old cheeee. You can't beat a porcelain egg. A judge'* position is a trying one - Amf. Did the man who " eliot at random," hit it* Mow strange it is that hot words should produce a coolness. It is reported that the Indians in Florida now cumber only 300. No hotel porter ever tried to smash an Repliant's trunk. — Sew York Set r*. The strength of an elephant is calcula ted as equal to that of 150 men com bitrad. The greatest height at which visible clouds ever exist does not exceed ten miles. By a new law the French postoflico undertakes the collection of small bills in the provinces. The Philadelphia TYror* says that girls who sing in hotel parkin have conspicu ously large mouths. " 1 expend a good deal of panes at my work," as the glazier said to the window sash.— New York Mail. Mercury freezes at thirty-eight degrees Fahrenheit and become* a solid mass, malleable under tlu-hammer. Before man iage " honey;" after mar riage •• money; which is anything but funny.— Meruit* Reenrdrr. Mr. Barry Sullivan, the English actor, prides himself on having played Hamlet mm* than £.*oo times in all quarters of lhe globe. When you are down-liearteu and the world looks black to you. you ought to tie hospitable enough to entertain a hope ofbetter days. " All's well that ends well." said a vic tim of the tool line be. as his swollen cheeks resumed their former size.—Dan lelaonriUe Sentinel. A lad being asked "What is Rhode Island celebrated for?" replied: "It is the only one of the New England States which is the smallest." It is sain that the entire population ol lhe world could be provided for in the United States by flowing each person one and a half acres of land. The official returns of the registrars of Ireland for the second quarter of the year contain a record of the death of i<crsons aged respectively 105. 107 and 1 IT. Two boys have been arrested in Paris for cutting buttons from men's coats. It was learned that they collected dozens a day and sold them tu obscure tailors. The flouring mill industry in the United States employsoo.ooomen in £5.000 mills, turning out yearly 50.000.000 barrels of flour, of which 4.000.000 are exported to foreign countries. The world's wheat crop in 1870 is put at 1.540.000.000.—n0t much above a bushel to every human being in the world; and much wheat is consumed by the lower animals. From the report to the British Board of Trade it appears that the number of persons returned as having been killed in tbe working of the railways during 1878 was 1,053. and Uie nunilx-r injured 1.007. Of these, 125 persons killed and 1,752 persons injured were passengers. We believe I. stands for fifty, according the Roman notation, and thai is the rea son why a voung man WIK> hatl just in herited a fifty dollar legacy won the con sent of the girl s lather hy telling the old man he had just been left a bare L of money.— Keokuk Constitu'ior.. " I'm vitting an Ibis Ule, Mary." He mud in accents sad, Removing Irotu tbe rocking chttir Tbe brat silk bat he had; \nd while be viewed the shapeless mate. That erst was trim and nrai. He murniared. " Would it hail bran felt. Before I took my seat." Yacod Stratut Prussia has eighteen prisons for tramps and vagrants. In 1874 there were 4.600 commitments to these insti titutions, hut he number has increased every year, and for 1878 was 9,000. Of these. 8.000 were men and 1.000 women. They cost the country #650.000. but earned while in durance sß7< 000. Many of the arrests were capable of artisans, who were really desirous of finding work. Aeeordingto the report of Consul Per ceval. of Port Said, the total number of vessels which passed through the Sue* canal in 1878 was 1,550. of which 1.227 were British, 89 French. 71 Dutch. 44 Italian. 38 Austrian. 28 German. 21 Spanish, 8 Egyptian. 8 .lupamsc. 6 l>an isli, 5 Swedish and Norwegian. 4 Portu guese, 3 Turkish, 2 Belgian, 1 American and 1 Zanzibar. Total, 2,G8,316 tons, of which 1,796,946 were British. Merr Krupp, the German gun-maker, is a tall, tine-looking man of remarkably commanding presence, witb white hair and beard, high forehead, bright eyes, and a strikingly intellectual expression. At seventy his natural fore# is not abat ed, but be is active ami energetic. His broad breast i not broad enough for the medals tin orders that have been ton ferred upon hint by his own and otiie: sovereigns; he lias repeatedly declined s patent of nobility during the last fifteen years.