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r"5sr?w?7' . -. THE REGISTER. PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY. ALLISON" & l'EUKlXS, rcBUMixHS. IOLA, ALLEN COUNTY, KANSA8. TERMS-TWO DOLLARS PKB TEAE. OFFICIAL PAPER OF COUHTY. fJusincss Jliwctori). NATIONAL GOVERNMENT. lresident . Ulysses S Grant Vice-President ....Henry Wilson thief Justice Momson K,Walte Secretary 01 oiaie uanuium xi.u vwwrnrv of ihe Trraaurv It U Itristow Secretary or War Win W Belknap J-ecretary of the Interior Columbus Delano Attorney General Edwards l'lerrepont Postmaster General Marshall Jewell Speaker of the House James G Blaine Clerk of the Senate -. FJS?"11 Clerk of the House Edward Mcfherson STATE GOVERNMENT. Governor.. ... Thomas A Osbpra lieutenant Governor Y . .., Secretary of State T II Cnvanaufjh State Treasurer.. SmTb.E Attorney General AMI Randolph State Auditor. I W Wilder Sup't Tublic Instruction John Eraser COUNTY OFFICERS. inWTalcott, District Judge N'FAcers Probate Judge Win Thrasher County Treasurer IIAXeedham, County Clerk ! M Brown, Register of JJeeds J II Richards, County Attorney ::M Simpson Clerk District Court J KlBryan, ....Superintendent Public Schools J LH'o"din .' Sheriff .Lyman Jthoades, Surveyor 1 Ilorville, ) A WJIowland, Commissioners Isaac Bonebrake, J CITY OFFICERS. W C Jones Mayor JK Boyd, Police Judge G W Apple, 1 X F Acers, I J II Richards, J- Councilmen W II Richards, I C M Simnson. I John Francis, Treasurer W J Sanp, Clerk James Mmpson Street Commissioner John II Willis Marshal CHURCHES. METHODIST EPISCOPAL. Corner of Jefferson avenue and Broadway St. Sen ices e cry Sabbath at lvi a.m. and 7p.m. Prajer meeting Thursday etenings at 7 p. m. II. K. Mltii, Pastor. PEESBYTERIAX. Corner Madison avenue and Western street. Services 10J, a. in. and7 p. m. Sunilay School at UK a. m. S. G. Clakk, Pastor. BAPTIST. On Svcamore street. Services every Sablrath at 10.'; n. in. and 7 p. m. Prayermeeting on Thurs day evening. Cbnrch meetmg at 2 p. m. on Saturday before the first Sabbatn in each month. Sabbath School at 9 Ji o'clock a. m. C. T. Flotd, Pastor. Secret Societies. IOLA LODGE, NO. 38, A. F A A. Masons meets on the first and third Sam roars in every month Brethren in good standing are invited to attend. II. W. TALCOlT, W. M. J. N. White, Sec'y. IOLA LODGE, NO. 21, I. O. of Odd Fel lows hold theirregular meetings every '1 ues ' dav evenins. in their lull, next door north m the pit olUce. Visiting brethren in good standing, are in ited to attend. C. M. sjUIPsOS, X. G. W. C. Jones, Sec'y. . gjotcls. LELAND HOUSE. BD. ALLEN", Proprietor. IOLA, Kansas. This home has been thoroughly repaired and refitted and is now the most desirable place in the city for travelers to stop. Xoains will be pared to make the guests of the Iceland feel at home. Baggage transferred to and from Depot free of charge. . CITY HOTEL, RICHARD PROCTOR, Proprietor. Iola, Kansas. Single meals 25 cents. Day board ers one dollar per day. .3 Slttorncijs. NELSON F. ACERS, ATTOKXEV AT LAW, Iola, Allen county, Kansas Has the only full and complete set of Abstracts of Allen county. FRANK W. BARTLETT, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Iola, Kansas. Money to loan on long time and at lowrateson well improved farms in Allen county. ! 26 J. C. MlltltAY. J. II. ItlCIIARD, County Attorney. MURRAY & RICHARDS, ATTORXKYS -VXD COUNSELORS AT LAW. . Monev in sums from 9500 00 to 83.0U0 00 loaned on long time upon Improved Farms in Allen, Anderson, Woodson, and Xeosho coun ties. . Ityqsictans. M. DeMOSS, M. D., OFFICE over Jno. Francis & Co.'s Drugstore Residence on Washington avenue, 2nd doer south Xeosho street. A. J. FULTON, M. D. L. C. P. S. Ont. Canada, graduate Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, member of the .Alumni Association Jefferson College, Physician Surgeon and Acconcher. Office and residence over lleck's grain and feed store, Iola. Kas. miscellaneous. L. I. LOW, GENERAL AUCTIONEER. Iola, Kansas. Cries sales in Allen antl adjoining counties. H. A. NEEDHAM, COUNTY CLERK. Conveyancing carefully done, and acknowledgements la sen. Haps and plans neatly drawn. . J. N. WHITE, T TXDERTAKER, Madison avenue,' Iola, Kaa t J ri Wood coffins constantly on hand and Hearse always in readiness. MetalicBunal Cases lurntsneu on snon nonce. , H. REIMERT, . TAILOR. Iola, Kansas. Scott Brother's old stand. Clothing made to Older in the litest and best Styles. Satisractionguaranteed. Clean tag and repairing done on short notice. J. E. THORP, BARBER SHOP on Washinston avenue first doorsouthofL.L.Xorthrup's. Fuel, Prod uce and Vegetables of all kinds taken in exchange for work. Also, a few good second-hand Razors for sale cheap; also a fine quality of Hair Oil. D. F. GIVENS, WATCHMAKER, JEWELER, AXD CLOCK Iteiairer. at the postoJXce, Iola, Kansas. Clocks, Watches and Jewelry, promptly and neatly repaired and warranted. A fine assort ment of Clocks, .lew dry. Gold iens and other fancy articles, which will be sold cheap. STew Meat Market. j - Having just purchased the Meat Market On Madison Avenue, first door west of Scott's, we will keep constantly on hand ALL KINDS OF MAET, And Sell at Low Pricee. Give lis a call when yon want meat and we guar antee satisfaction. A. A. & L. C. HUNGER, fneeessors to Richard Proctor. A THE IOLA REGISTER. VOLUME IX. MORMOXISH. A Correspondent Retails the Story of Its . Origin Recent events transpiring within the circle of Mormonism serves to bring the attention of the public to the circum stances that led to the inception and subsequent growth of a religion as strangely successful as it is spurious. Every one knows the history of the creed at the appearance of its followers as an acknowledged act, but of its origiu few are conversant. In the year 1819, when Palmyra was a small and obscure village, it numbered, not strangely, among its inhabitants a family of Smiths. The head and father of the family, Joseph by name, was a sort of 1 an tee Kip van Winkle. Lazy and uncultivated he was a dreamer ana supercreauious. ms scanty store of book knowledge was gath ered from the then dime novels, "The Life of Captain King," and kindred works, which supplemented a smattering of scriptures, gained by his connection with various churches, for he was as fickle as quicksand in matters pertaining to religious belief. He was a great blabber, prone to the marvelous, and a dabbler in petty litigations. So far, the family of the prophet was not of sterl ing stock. Hut there was a woman in the case, a potent power. Prosaic and common as is the name, Mrs. Smith, as the mother of revelation and founder of a belief, will go down into history in the compauy of Helen of Troy, Joan of Arc, and our common and much slandered mother, Eve. Ignorant and weak as was the elder Smith, he found a balance weight in the person of his wife. Mrs. Smith was a person of strong uncultured intel lect, and possessed of that tact and men tal ingenuity sometimes found when least expected. Those who know her say that to her influence can be traced the germ that sprouted in her offspring. The incipient hint that an unfledged prophet was in the family came from her, and many of the primary moves in the establishment of the new faith were framed by a pattern dictated by her sharp wits. The father had one favorite speculation, that of buried money vast fortunes hidden with incantations and only to bo exhumed by exorcising. This passion he indulged, and many were the pits dug by him in the search for tiie concealed treasures. Perhaps to this may be traced his only employment that of well-digging. Believers in the faith see in this profession an allegory prac tically expressed of a searching after truth in a locality where that virtue is proverbially placed. Be this as it may, in the year above mentioned the elder Smith found in a well-pit that he was excavating, a small stone, following in general outline the shape of a child's foot. The material was vitreous and smooth, and to the eyes of the finder it seemed a talisman, whose power was as great asiit was unknown. Associated with the Smith family, and one of their few intimate friends, was Oliver Cow dery, a quondom schoolmaster, who was identified with the whole matter, and i. is to his able seconding of the plans of Mr. Smith that the scheme grew to per fection. Soon after finding the stone, Joseph senior developed strange powers, and he took upon himself the calling of a clair voyant. Through his mediumship the location of much buried wealth was re vealed and fortunes were told. Hidden treasures were as numerous beneath the hillsides as were the blackberries above them. Many a party of infatuated addlepates, following the lead of the seer roamed over the fields and through the woods at most unreasonable hours. One of the requisites for the incantation that always preceded the digging was the sacrifice of a lamb, and it has been said that after the lamb had been slaughter ed, the body by some mysterious power found its way to the house of the Smiths where its sacred character was made subservient to its eligibility as mutton. But in time the novelty of money dig ging wore off, for the treasure trove nev er became palpable to the sight and touch of the seekers. Solemn silence was one of the conditions, and it always happened that when the sought for prize wa3 all but in the seeker's grasp an un lucky word would whisk it back to ob livion again. So the.business languished and followers grew few. Then came the first givings out that a prophet was to spring from the humble household of the saints; and when matters were matur ing for denoumeut the hints came from the mother of the expected saint that such and such ones always fixing upon those who had both money and credulity were to be instruments in some good work of new revelation. Alva Smith, the oldest son was originally designated, by family consultations and solemn and mysterious hints, as the forthcoming prophet But Alva had a cruel apetite or maybe it was a prophetic foreshad owing of the revolution that came to Colonel Sellers he ate too plentifully of green turnips, sickened and died. Thus the world lost a prophet, and the millions there was in it found their way to Brigham Young through another channel. The mantle of the prophet which Mr. Smith, Oliver Cowdery and Joseph Smith had worn fell upon the next oldest son, Joseph Smith, Jr. And a most unpromising recipient of such a trust was this same Joseph Smith. Ho was lounging, idle, not to say vicious, and possessed of even less sense than his father. He used to come into Palmyra with little jags of wood, sometimes pat ronizing a corner grocery too frequently, and sometimes getting an odd job to do. But Joseph bad a little ambition, and his mother's natural brightness shone in him feebly at times, and his father's cre dulity was not lost in its transmission. The principal design of the prophet making coterie was without diubt mon ey making, blended with which perhaps, was a desire for notoriety to be gained by fraud and false pretences. The idea of being the founders of a new sect was the idea and work of others. About four miles to the south of the village a precipitous hill juts like a bold promon tory into the verdure-covered valley. This is the Sinai of Mormonism. And Joseph dreamed a dream, and be hold an angel descended and showed unto him the plates engraved by Mot mo, the son of Nephi. But the Smiths had no money and without it angelic aid was useless. The projectors of the humbug selected as a victim to obviate this diffi culty one Martin Harris. Harris was a good farmer, the owner of a good farm, and an honest, worthy citizen, but es pecially given to religious enthusiasm and new creeds, the more extravagant the better. Upon him Joseph Smith began to work, telling him of the great revelation, and that it had also been revealed that he Harris, was the chosen instrument to aid in the great work. Harris heard and believed. He assumed fa grave and unearthly aspect, and here and there made solemn n-munciations of the great event about to t-auspire. Then came the disco ve of the golden Bible. It was night, ami Joseph led by the angel, went to the hii! and began his work. As is usual in suc'i ciies the work was accompanied with a ti 13 display of ecclesiastical pyrotechnics, and, as Smith said, an army of 10,000 doiils held back by the guardian angel, howled dread ful." 'Twos in 1S27, and the work of translation began directly after the dis covery. On top of the box containing the plate was found a pair of spectacles, the urn, and thutnmium, the stone or glass in which was opaque to all but the prophet. These belonged to Mormon, the engraver of the plates and without them the plates could not be read. The bible itself was made of metalic leaves, bound together by three rings. Harris may have had some doubts of the authenticity of-the plates, for it seems that he procured from Smith afae iLiiile of some of them, which he took to Dr. Mithell and Professor Aolhon, the lin guists. These genlldiien, after examin ing them gave as their positive decision that the signs engraved on the plates were entirely incoherent and not mem bers of any language. Smith, hower, quieted Harris' apprehensions, and the work of transcription went on. It was said that Smith sat behind a curtain and read the contents of the plates to Cow dery, who sat outside and acted as amanuensis, a revelation naving given Smith the knowledge, that none but the prophet could look upon the sacred book and live. When the maunscript was nearly completed Harris' wife, who was a rank heretic and infidel, respecting the whole thing, with sacrilegious hands seized upon about a hundred of these maunsci ipt pages and secreted them. It was then decided by Smith and Cowdery that they would not transcribe them again but would let it crop out, as the evil spirit would get up a story that the second translation diil not agree with the first, a very ingenious method of guarding against the possibility that Mrs. Hams had preserved the pages. Anotbcr little incident shows the cun ning of Smith in getting out of tight places. Stephen H. Harding, aftewards bv a strange coincidence, Territorial Governor of Utah, was at the time of the discovery a resident of Palmyra, and about eighteen years of age. One day he went to Smith and told him he was tired of life, and that he wanted to look at the plates, and pass aay in the death dealing glory that surrounded them. This Smith refused to allow, and said he would show him the plates as they lay in the chest wrapped up iu their cover ing. The two went into the garret of the Smith house, and Joseph reverently lifted the cover of an old chest and pointed to a small square package bound in ctnvass. Harding looked on for a moment and then, with a quick move ment, snatched the covering otT, reveal ing a common brick tile. The prophet, not a whit lost, said: "I suspected a trick, and consequently prepared for it." Palmyra, (N. Y.,) Cur. Chicago Inter Ocean. The Farmers'and Mechanics Conference, originating in the Anti-monopoly Con vention held at Harrisburgh, met at Cin cinnati on the 9th and adopted a plat form after a heated discussion, during which all the Eastern delegates withdrew. The platform demands the repeal of the Resumption act of 1875 and of the Na tional Bankinc law, favors direct taxa tion, and opposes the granting of special privileges to corporations of all kinds. The compulsory education law in Ar- azonia went into effect on the first of September. IOLA, ALLEN COUNTY, KANSAS, SEPTEMBER 25, 1875. WHAT NEXT. From the Atchison Champion. Was service in the Union army a shameful thing, to bo kept out of sight and mind so that it may soon be forgot ten? Is patriotic devotion to the Re public to be esteemed a crime, hateful to the people of the country ? We have been told, repeatedly of late, and with an emphasis, not to be mistaken, that this thing of perpetuating the memories of the late civil war is wrong; that it is necessary in order to bridge the bloody chasm, not only to forgive but to forget; that a perfect reconciliation can only be brought about by burying in oblivion all recollection of the war; and that ob scurity is the proper place for all such rubbishy as war history, war memories, and soldiers who followed the flag. And now comes the St. Louis Republi can, a Democratic paper, of course, pro testing vigorously that "so long a? the military organizations of tho Cumber land and the Tennessee remain in active force, so long will the allegorical bridge over the bloody chasm remain an unfin ished structure." This reference is to the Societies of the Armies of the Cum berland and the Tennessee, and the Republican's article is based. upon the late meeting of the first named Society, at Utica, New York. "Tho nature of these and kindred organizations, aud their origin," says the Republican, "con stitute them a living barrier to that per fect bond of fraternity of which we hear so much, but of which, after all perhaps, only a percentage of the people are real ly in favor." It thinks that "the soldiers of both sides may be trusted to lock hands in a grasp of brotherhood," but it is fearful that "the politicians," and the "superloyal press" cannot or will not be brought to a like point of kindly feeling. And this sad fact brings tears to the eyes of the super-rebel Republican. It melts. It gushes. It is sadly depresszd that, "after ten years of so-called recon struction, the American who wishes to know no sectional distinction between the North and the South," sees the Army Societies still holding annual re-unions. And then, horrible to relate, "the Pres ident will be there, with Gen. Sherman and fifty other generals and officers who did good service for the Union in the hour of its danger." "And vhat," screams the agonized Republican, "will bo the effect?" W'l! the toasts and sen timents echo those which "welcomed the ex-Coufederatcs on the crest of Bunk er Hill?" It doubtfully answers, "Per haps not." And then it yells : "The President of the United States should be the last man of all the world to be present at such a gathering. That he commanded the army of the Cumber land is no good reason for his attendance. Ho is or should be the President of the nation, and we regret that we cannot measure his determination to be present at Utica by any other standard than 2 desire to revive old army associations with a view to future political strategy. Such meetings cannot fail to perpetuate old prejudices, and more particularly as a very largo majority of those present will either be officers of the regular army or politicians who won their prom inence on the field, and who in many in stances, can only sustain themselves politically by' just such props aid-tays. It is useless to preach the doctrine of peace to the country while the head of the government has the bad judgment, to call it by no harsher name, to preside over an organization established avow edly for the purpose of perpetuating the memories of the civil war. This pur pose cannot be denied." Following this the Republican indulges in a long and vicious tirade against the organization known as the "Grand Army of the Republic," which it pronounces a 'rallying-point for the carpet-baggers and camp-followers of the war, and a precious nest of low political intrigue." It admits, however, that "the organiza tions known as the armies of the Cum berland and the Tennessee had higher and purer aims," but it sorrowfully con cludes that "even their continuance at this time, when all are supposed to be looking forward to a love feast of renew ed fraternity next year, cannot but serve to retard the completion of that bridge buildiug over the bloody chasm which so many of us hope to walk on as comrades forevermore, touching the elbow in line as in the olden time, and keeping step to the music of a restored Union." The Societies of the Armies of the Cumberland and Tennessee are purely social organizations. They have no po litical affiliations or aims, and include Republicans, Democrats and ludcpeiid ednts. The Army of the Cumberland Society was organized by one of the purest and best men and one of the grandest patriots and greatest soldiers this country overproduced Gen. George H. Thomas. Its only object is to per petuate the friendships and social good' feeling of those who served together during the war. Its annual re-unions are nothing more than pleasant social gatherings just such meetings as are the occasional regimental re-unions., of different regiments. But these societies, in the eyes of the Republican and super-rebel sheets of its ilk, must be tabooed. They "constitute a living barrier" to fraternity between the two sections. The bloody chasm cannot be bridged so long as they exist. They "perpetuate old prejudices." They "perpetuate the memories of the late civil war." Eta, etc All of which being interpreted, means simply this : To have served in the Un ion army during the war is not a thing to be proud of it is a fact that ought to be kept out of sight and mind. To have followed the flag of tho country during the war is not & matter that anybody should flaunt in the fares of those who didn't and wouldn't it prevents recon ciliation. To have been a Union soldier is not creditable, and to talk of having been one now is hateful. Who now cares what dangers these men braved, what hardships they experienced, what suffer ings they endured? to refer to these things now is absurd. Devotion to the country as exemplified by service in its armies during other wars, was glorious, but such service in the lato civil war ought to beat once forgotten it prevents the bridging of the bloody chasm. Every thing connected with the late war is hateful, and ought to pass into oblivion as soon as possible. The Republican, only a few days ago, was singing peans to Jeff Davis. In its view, it was all right for this petticoated chief of the rebellion to make a pilgrim age over the country. This did not pre vent reconciliation. Jeffs appearance at agricultural shows, surrounded by a crowdof howling, excited ex-rebels, rend ing the air with shouts of "hurrah for JefT Davis," was entirely proper this did not prevent the bridging of the bloody chasm. But an organization composed of Union officers and soldiers should hold a social re-union, and that the President of.the United States should attend this meeting this, in its opinion, is awful ! It is a gross 'outrage upon our "erring brethren" of the South ! It keeps alive the memories of the war! It ought to be prevented ! Well maybe the R-pubUcan speaks the sentiment of this country. Many things have traaspired, in the last few years, that must fill the hearts of loyal soldiers with sorrow and shame forgetfnlness of their services; forgetfulness of their suf ferings their sacrifices, and the dangers they have braved. But cannot the Re Dnblicaa leave them to the pride they have in their own recollections of the greatest epoch of history? Mast they be deuied the poor privilege of meeting once ayear as comrades and friends, united by the strong lies of old associations during a period when the life of the nation de pended upon their courage, endurance, and loyalty? Does the filling up of the bloody chasm require such a sacrifice, on their part, as this? They know how to make sacrifices for the oouutiy they love. They have made many in the past, and perhaps their faithful devotion can be safely depended upon to make this sacrifice. But is it necessary? Do the people of this coun try the citizens of the Republic these men periled their lives so often to save think it is? A Narrow Escape. The New York Star tells this interest ing story: An incident containing all the ingredients of a romance occurred on the last trip of the steamer Rotterdam to this port. Among the cabin passengers were a Mr. Van Seller and Miss Maria Renter. They were engaged to be mar ried, and, to give the event an air of ro mance, had deci Jed to have the ceremony performed on board theship in mid-ocean. On the evening preceding the day fixed for the weddiug, while the lovers were on deck viewing the maguiScent sunset and con versingon the plans they bad arranged for their future happiness, as well as in dulging in reminiscences of other days, it transpired that the young lady was the young man's halfsister. Itappeared from explanations given to the passengers that Vau Sellar left his home in Amster dam when only ten years old, shipping as a cabin-boy on board a vessel bound for tho West Indies. He returned to his native place after a lapse of five years, but, finding that his father had died during the interval, and his mother married again, he shipped once more, and never returned home until about two months ago, when he was un able to find any trace of his mother. During a visit to Rotterdam he met Miss Reuter, and an attachment sprung up between them, which resulted in an en gagement of marriage. In talkingabout their early days, they accidentally dis covered their relationship to each other. It has been arranged that Miss Renter will return home on the next steamer, and that her brother, being rich, will provide for her. This story is vouched for by a Mr. Niejiman, who was a passen ger on board the vessel." The pastor of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, of Madison, Ind., has forbidden the children of his congrega tion to attend the public schools, under penalty of forfeiture of the ordinance of the church. He expressed the intention of calling on every family, taking down the names of the children, and ascertain ing what school they were attending. A person 'pretending to have seen a ghost was asked what the apparition said to him. "How should I know V he re plied ; "I am not skilled in the dead languages." NO. 39. SYNOD OF KANSAS. The Synod of Kansas, extending over the States of Kansas and Texas and the Indian Territory, holds its next meeting in Atchison, from the 6th to the 11th of October. It numbers 120 Ministers and 186 churches, each one of the latter hav ing one representative, making a total of 306 entitled to seats in the body. Those churches contain a membership of 6,130 under the care of five Presbyte ries Austin, Emporia, Highland, Neo sho and Topeka, overjwhichthe Synod exercises a jurisdiction that is only sub ordinate to that of the General Assembly. A thorough review of the educational interests of the Presbyterian church within the bounds of the synod, and the discussion of important questions affec ting its growth and prosperity, will not fail to attract attention and give promi nence to the'daily sessions of this body, A Word to the Coys. The men fatten and sleek up the hor ses and cattle and take them to the fair. The women fix up the butter, preserves. jellies and a hundred other things. The girls piece quilts, knit tatting, etc. Now what will you do ? You must have, not only an interest in the fair and all the nice thinss there, but you must also have and feel a big interest in the .farm, and have something there to feel proud of and to bring to perfection. Well, foryourencouragement, we point to a few things, you may do. First we relate a little story. A man once wrote to a friend of his to send him a pair of fine pigs; his fried at once put a pair of pigs in one end of a box and filled theothei end with good corn; then wrote : "The pigs are in one end and the breed is in the other end of the box." Now we would not have the boys think that it is unimportant what the breed is, but we wish to impress them with the idea that feed is very important, how ever good the breed. With good feed and good care, you may make even a common calf look very well, or a pair of pigs, or certainly you may have a few nice chickens to fix up and take to the fair, and these you can have plump and fat. What if you do not take the premi um? then you will begin in time, and urged on by the new desire awakened in you to excel, your pigs, your chickens, your Iambs will be of the best, and in the best of order. -But, if you have no taste for fine stock, cultivate one, and this is the way to do it. Vaterinj Mule. "A stubborn mule is the wust thing a ftller can fool with," said Josh Billings, and so t'liuks Jack Greed who came in from the country yesterday, with a wag on and drove the mules dowa to the rier alxve the ferry landing. The mules didn't evi. ice much disposition to o in, when Jack mounted one of them and stiuck a stuuuing blow with a large stick, and in he went not the mule, but Jai-fc over the head of the animal he had mounted, striking the bottom of the river close to the bank so hard with his unprotected head as to almost break his neck. He scuffled and floundered, about, and finally got out and drove off, muttering, "I always did 'sp'se dat mule and when he wants water again he mest go arer it hisse'f. Dot rat my old breeches if I'd water him if he was as hot as a canebrake a-fire." A Boy Charmed by .a Snake. A correspondent of the Reading Daily Eagle writing from Windsor, Pa., gives the following remarkable story of a large black snake charming a small boy. The writer says : ' "For the past two weeks a son of Allen Rogers, aged 11 years, a wood-cutter on the Blue Mountains, about three miles from Hamburg, had been in the habit of Icaviug his father's house every morning about 9 o'clock and not returniug till noon. The parents of the boy have qucs-tioned-him several times as to where he went, and the boy would reply, to play with a neighboring boy named Springer. On Friday last the father watched bis son, and followed at a short distance, and when about half a mile from the house, tbe boy entered a piece of thick sprout land, in from the road some 200 yards, where he seated himself upon a large rock, and in less than ten minutes the father was horrified on seeing a mon ster blacksnake crawLupon the rock and put its head on tbe boy's lap. The fath er states that tbe snake was the largest he ever saw on the hills. He states that it was easily 15 feet long, and as thick as his arm, which is well developed; The boy had taken bread with him and was feeding the snake, which at short inter vals would stick a large tongue out as if hissing tor more to eat. Then it would coil itself around the neck and body of the boy, and play with its mouth and neck with tbe buy's hands. The father had often heard of snakes charming chil dren, and that if they were disturbed while in the act, they would kill the child. As the father turned to leave his boy with his deadly companion be looked back, and the snake, bearing a noise, at once uncoiled itself and raised its body at least four feet from the rock and looked in all directions, and then it re turned to the boy's lap, and the father returned home and awaited the boy's re- turn, which was, as nsual, at noon. RATES OF ADVERTISING. arACB. lineh. 3 inch. 3 inch. 4 inch. Col. XCol. 1 Col.. 4 W. i m.3 m.lB m. won j Wa so it JO. 6 30 I 10 OOili 00 IT 50 18 30 1 UOOI 15 00 8 MX 10 00! .-sou MOO 2 0. bsoe. 10 '16 0 a oefs; oops oo t win i t00 23TraiMlent ami Legal advertisement mut be paid for in advance. local and Special Notices, 10 cents a line. All letters in relation to business in any war connected with the office should be addicted to the Publisher and Proprietors. ALUSOt A PERK1X8. When told that he had been seen playing with the snake, the boy said the first morning he met the snake he liked to play with it; then he took it food, and he was so much pleased with his com panion that something told hira he must meet the snake every morning. One morning he said he was late ; and when he reached the place the snake was standing up, and it came out to meet him, then followed him to tbe rock. There is something very strange about a snake charming not'only chitdren, but I have read of adults coming under their charms. There is certainly some truth in the fascinating power of snakes." "On Saturday morning the father and two of his neighbors went to the place with guns, and at the usual time tho snake made its appearance, when all fired at one time, killing the charmer. On taking it home Mr. Rogers fo'und tho above measurement to be nearlv correct." A Fish Story. A Florida correspondent of the Atlan tic Herald, in the course of an interesting communication regarding Florida fishe ries says: "The best fishermen in Florida are the pelicans and osprcyes. A pelican consumes about a peck of fish a day. They flock about the stiaits and inlets by thousands. Suppose there are about 2,000,000 pelicans in Florida and there are certainly more they would eat 500,000 bnshels of fish each day, or IS2,500,000 bushels per year. The'mil Iions upon millions of white and blue cranes, herons, curlews, gulls, fish-hawks, kingfishers, and other water fowls, de vour thousands of bushels of fish every twenty-fonr hours. - An experienced cracker estimates that 700,000 bushels of fish a day are required to feed tbe birds of Florida alone. This would make 225, 500,000 bushels each year. Add to this the billions offish swallowed by sharks, bass and others, and the sum total will reach nearly 2,000,000,000 bushels de stroyed by the feathered and finny fish ermen on the peninsula in twelvemonths. At first glance these figures appear enor mous, but let any man make his own estimate, and carefully figure it up, and he will find them under instead of over. A City Under the Sta in the latter end of the last century old Port Royal disappeared beneath the waves in an earthquake, leaving no other memorial behind than these few patches of reefs. In calm and clear evenings, when there is not a ripple on the surface of the sea, you may look down into fif teen fathoms of water and see submerged houses, towers and churches, with sharks swimming quietly ii: and out of the open windows of their belfries. The work of centuries was destroyed inafew moments by one single convulsive throb of the thin film on which man has lived and speculated for aes past. An American diving company, instigated in their en terprise by tales of untold wealth buried by this sudden shock, rescued no treas ure but the big bell suspended still iu the tower, and donated the same to the museum of the Island, where it may be seen with many puzzling inscriptions upon it, which nobody has yet been able to decipher. Bujalo Cou.-ier. The German citizen is generally right on the vital political issues of the day. At a German club in the city of New York, the following resolution was adopt ed without a dissenting voice: Resolved, That in view of the monstrous doctrines advocated in the platforms of tbe Democratic conventions in Ohiifand Iowa, we implore our German brethren in those States to vote as one man against the party that favors financial inflation, and by its atitude, endangers our free school system. He was a lodger in an unpretentious boarding house, and for several days the landlady's daughter, a sentimental maid en of thirty-five, had teased him to write something in her album. He at last consented, and penned the following : "As hostility to dogs diminishes, the quality of hash improves." An explan ation was added in these words: "I never could make rhymes, Miss Giles, and when I write poetry I have to ex press it in prose." " A party of twenty-five gentlemen from Virginia, headed by General Fitzhugh Lee, have recently visited New York to attend a conference with the leading Northern residents as to the best means of benefitting the material interests of that section of Virginia which was the chief theater of active operation during the civil war, and has ever since suffered owin to a want of immigration. Experiments in Germany on frozen po tatoes prove that tbe freezing in nowise alters the chemical composition of the tubers. The change U simply physical, and, even if frozen bard, they are still fit for distillation, or they may be pressed to get rid of the water, and then ground into a very good meal adapted for feed ing cattle. A new process in the manufacture of placter of paris is anounced, that it is said to give excellent casta that set slow ly, and are of a pure white color, instead of the usual grayish-white. The unburnt gypsum is first immersed tor fifteen min utes in water containing ten per cent 'of sulphuric acid, and then calcined.