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The Khan's Devil.
or r. o. MrurrriKii. The khan ctmo from Bokhara town ' To Hamza, canton of renown. " My head 1* nick, my hands aro weak; Thy help, oh holy man, 1 seek !" In silence marking for a space The khan's red eyes and purple face, Thick voice, and looee, nnoertain tread, " Ihon hast a devil!" Ilamsa eaid. "Allah forbid !" exclaimed the khan. " Hid mo or him at once, oh man !" " Nay," Ilamsa said, " no spoil of mine Can slay that cursed thing of thine. " Leave feast and wino, go forth and drink Water of healing on the brink, " Where clear and cold from mountain snows The Nahr el Zeben downward flows. " Bix moons remain, then conic to mo. May allab's pity go with thee!" Awestruck, from feast aud wino, the khan Went forth where Nahr ol Zebon ran. Roots were his food, the deeert dust His bed; the water qnonched his thirst. And when the sixth moon's cimoter Carved sharp above tho evening star. He sought again the oanton's door — Not weak and trembling as before, Bnt strong of limb and clear of brain; a " Behold." he said, " the flend is slain." "Nay," Hamza answered, "starved and drowned. The curst one lies in deatb-like swonnd " Bnt evtAjrcaks the strongest gyvce. And djins like him have charmed lives. " Ono beaker of the juicy grape May call him up in living shape. " When the red wine of Dadakshan Sparkles for thee, bowaro, oh khan 1 " With water quench tho Are within. And drown each day thy dovilkiu P Theuoeforth the great khan shunned the cup As Bhitan's own. though offered np With laughing eyes snd Jeweled hands, By Yarkand's maids and Barmacand's. And in the lofty veetibnle Of the medress of Kansh Kodul. The students of the holy law A golden-lettered tablet saw, With theso words, by a cunning hand. Graved on it at the khan's command ' 1 In allab's name, to him who bath A devil, Khan el Hamed saith: " Wisely onr prophet curst the vine. The flend that loves the breath of wine " No prayer can slay, no marabout Nor Meccan dervis can drive out. "I, Khan el Hamed, know the charm That robe him of his power to harm. " Drown him, oh Islam's child ! the spell To save thee lies in tank and well." YouiK'i Companion. ROSE CLAVERING; Or, A Leap for Life. Alt ADVnrrrßß is Tint BLACK HILLB. " And where does this fair lily of the Black Hills reside, Dick?" " About an hoar's gallop from our camp here, leftiDint. Hho is with her father—a queer old stick by the name of Clavering. He keeps by himself, and I am afeered he will yet como to harm. The cursed Hionx are about, and Rose would lie a fine prize for some daring brave. It is ssiil that the old man has . dng piles of gold. He may have made his pile, or msy not, bnt his darter— aho's pnrtier than a prairie flower land ing afore the mornin' breeze when sparkliu' with dew." " Bravo, my old scont! Yon have poetry and the love of the beontifnl in yonr soul if yon have never seen the in side of a schoolhouse." " It'll lcetle book lornin' I have picked ap, leftinint Rat the woiks of nature and the handiwork of God I love," and the old man removed hia slouch hat for a moment, exposing hia graj locks, as he allowed the light breeze to fan his broad brow. " Dick, what do yon say if we gallop down to the camping-spot of your friend. Ton have excited my curiosity regarding this mysterious beauty. I will tell the sergeant to look oat during my absence, and he is fully competent to manage fifty men. We have been stationed here '<n ihe hills for over six weeks. * I am tired, and must have a little recrea tion." " Ton may git more than you bargain for. There's Injun signs about, and there's no tellin' what moment you may run into a Hioux camp among these in fernal hills." "Well, we'll take our chances. We are both well armed." A sharp gallop of an hour brought the army officer and his companion to the banks cf a small stream, and riding to a group of stately trees, the scout reined DP with a sharp cry of astonish ment and alarm. The tent of the solitary miner had dis appeared. Naught rrmained but smok ing ruins, ami the unmistakable evi dences of a desperate struggle having taken place. Dismounting, the scout carefully went over the ground, while the offloer watch ed him with s face expressive of stern cess and a desire for vengeance. "There's only nine of 'em. Bat bark, there was a groan. If it ahonld be Boee 7" and rnehttig toward a clump of grass, the eoont beheld the tall, gannt form of a miner, from whose gaping wonnda the life-blood was rapinly ooz ing. " Oiavaring, poor fellow t has it come to this t I was afeered of it, and my words have come true." "My time ia short. I would speak of my daughter. The Hionx have captured her. The young obief of a war party tore her from my arms ami dealt me my death blow. But who ia that with you 7 —my eyes are grc .wing dM. 7" "Itla Lieutenant Paul Welch, of the oavalry." " Tour hand, sir. Men of your pro- fcamon are gentlemen. I onoe occupied tiio position of ono myself. I have u package in my breast pocket that will explain all. If you recover my daughter tive it to her, otherwise burn it as it is. t can interest no third party." He was rapidly growing weaker, the eyo was fixed, and the hoarse voice faltered: "Chase the Hionx, recover poor Rose. Hho is a lady," he muttered, then with an effort he rousod himself. " I havo gold for her—look—great rock, cross, full moon, shadow—dig "—and with a rattle, a terrible gasp, and the stout heart ooascd to beat. Possessing himself of tho package, the officer briefly penciled the vague and unsatisfactory words of the dyutg mau on the back. It might have W>en the wauderingß of a mind unsettled by tho near approach of death, bat ho was de termined to investigate the matter when ever an opportunity should ooenr. " Now for work, Dick. We'll bury poor Olavering, then follow on the trail of these red fiends, and Rose shall oitber be rescued or avenged." Mounting their horses the two sadly turned away, sallying forth upon tho dark and silent prairie. Suddenly tho scout halted, and his hand pressed the arm of his superior with a nervous clutch, "Look there, lieutenant Do yon know what that means ?" Just under the horizon a faint glow of light was peroeptible, above which hong a black threatening cloud, which rapid ly spread over the heavens. Gradually the stars disappeared, while herds of wild mustangs, buffaloes and doer swept furiously by. Then it was the lieutenant realized the danger he was in. The Hionx had fired the dry grass from three difforeut points, and with gigantio leaps the bil lowy flames were rolling, hissing and roaring toward them. Rut old Dick had not been idle. He was too old and experienced an Indian fighter to be outdone in the pecnliar warfare of the frontier. Leaping from his horse, he struck a light and net fire to the prairie in his turn. Rapidly the P.nmee spread, dart ing onward, sweeping everything in its path. Leading their horses forward the two men followed close npon the track of the counter fire, while every moment the number of half-frantic animals in creased. Stretching far away in front and be hind them, the terrible crescent rapidly clued in npon the men. The glowing billowa of writhing tlamo roared and thnndered in their earn, smothering the cries of tho poor animals, who perished by hnndreds. The air became very hot, and the eddying volnmos of smoko made it all bnt impossible for the two to breathe. Their horses became almost unman ageable; they were obliged to cover their own heads, as well as their beasts', with blankets. It was an awfnl moment of agonizing darkness, with the terrible heat blistering the expoeed portions of their skins. The earth shook beneath the mighty tramp of an immense herd of buffalo, as they hurst suddenly forth from the sur rounding smoke. A muffled, indistinct cry of warning fiom Dick echo<d for a moment in the earn of Pnnl Welch, and then he felt himself borne furiously along, hia horse hemmed in OD all aides by the frantic animals. Hours elapsed before be succeeded iu extricating his gallant animal from the ranks of the buffaloos, and as he stood, half suffocated, his eyes all but power less, the officer realized that be was alone iu the smoking waste, hopelessly lost, surrounded by gloom and stifling odors, which rose incessantly from the blackened earth. It was agony to remain stationary, and in hopes to gain a position where the smoke would be lens blinding he slowly urged his horse over tho prairie, waiting and hoping for daylight to ap pear. Gradually the atmosphere became clear, the stars peeped timidly forth above his head, while a long gray streak along the distant horizon gave token that daylight would soon dawn. As objects became more and more dis tinct. the young officer was finallr en abled to make ont the rugged outlines, deepguHies, thick underbrush, and pe culiar formation of the Black hills, into the lower portion of which bis horse had wandered. Carefully he looked about him on all sides, bnt failed to recognize a single object. Everything waa strange; but the fact occasioned no disquietude to the officer. He bsd every faith in the jndgment of his scout, and it would not be many hours before the old veto* ran would be on hia trail, followed by his faithful oompamons-in-arma. He had allowed his horse to browse on the fresh green verdnre which bad escape the track of the fire, while he plnngcd into a profound reverie over the events of the last few hours, and was oblivious to what was passing around him. The ramble of horses' feet, a ferocious yell, aroused the army officer to a full sense of the peril into which his abeeuoe of mind bad partially betrayed him. Pressing his regimental bat well down upon his forehead, looeening the sword in its scat)bard, and feeling for his trusty revolvers, he dashed the spurs into his horse's sides, while in his rear followed half a dozen half-naked war riors, yelling like so many flenda. It would have been madness to hsve turned back and galloped on to the burnt prairie, where no oovar was to be found, but bv penetrating deeper into the hills a chance was barely possible of escaping the painted Sends. The animal which Paul Welch be strode had the reputation of both speed and endurance, qnalities that were now likely to stand him in good need. The turf was soft and springy, the asoent gentle, and, having every faith in the well-tried animal, Paul allowed the howling raseals to gain npon him. He had emerged on to a small bnt level plateau that enabled him to take a sur vey of the surrounding country, Inter spersed here sad there with scattering shrubs and trees. Cantering leisurely toward hire, from opposite directions, were two bdtioa of Binnx, and with the band olattering in hia rear, bnt one pathway remained open to the officer, who began to feel decidedly uncomfortable as he found his chanons rapidly narrowing down. Dashing the spurs into hia steed, he i for the first time urged him to bis speed. Bounding ovor a broad and level apace of grouud, which led lo u umnll valley lined ou either aide by rough, jagged rooks, the gallaut animal struck aparka of I'reaa his hoofa spurned the light gravelly bottom of the gulch. A about of triumph, a fe'ooous cry of joy buret from the throat* of the wnr riora aa they aomewhat leisurely fol lowed the brood trail. Paul Welch did not nnderatnnd the meaning of that hoarse indication of satisfaction which was wafted to hia ears by the light, cool breath of the morning. He thought it strange that no at tempt waa made to pick him ofT with their riflea, with which the Indiana were all armed, and turning the matter over in hia mind as ho plunged deeper and deeper into a country to which he was an utter stranger, he oakod himaelf the question how it was all to end. The path grew atoepcr with every bound of his pauting steed; the aspect of the country hud undergone n de cided change, and in place of verdure and shrubbery, rocks, gravel nud over hanging bowlders had taken their places. The rußh and sullen muttering of a deep mountain stream fell suddenly upon his ear, mingling with the yells of triumph which now burst incessantly from the wnrriora as they urged their ponies forward, rapidly narrowing tho circle. Halting for a moment on a smooth, level lodge of limestone, Panl took a rapid survey of the dangers which sur rounded him on all sides. His stont heart all lint failed him as he realised the trap into which he had ran. On three sides of him tho painted Hionz were rapidly advancing, while be fore him yawned a precipice fnlly sixty feet in height, at the bottom of whicn flowed the dark waters of tho stream whose mntterings he had heard. Now he understood tho meaning of those yells of triumph, realized why they had foreboro from using their rifles. They anticipated an easy cap ture, ami a victim was wanted to tor ture, whose ashes might be offered np as a sacrifice to the spirits who were supposed to reside amid the hills. This wss to die a thousand deaths, in preference to which lie determined tc run tho risk of being dashed to pieces. On came the warriors, eager to pluck the fruits of their triumph, while the officer, with a hasty prayer, plunged his spdrs into tho smoking flanks of his charger, guiding him to thb edge of the precipice. The warriors paused in wonder and amazement as they saw the act. They had calculated on the precipice proving an insurmountable olataclcto the escape of their intended victim, and they could not believe it to bo tho intention of the white man to attempt the awful leap, which to all appearance was certain death. With his long hair streaming over his shoulders, feet firmly pressed in the stirrups, his left hand waving defiance to his foe, Paul urged the noble animal forward, enconraging him by bis voice, until tlicy reached the edge of the bank, when again applying the "spur, they made the fearful leap. Down, down they went with terrible velocity, without resistance or impedi ment. A plunge, a shiver, and meeting the full force of the torrent, the steed was swept away, while Paul despite his efforts was carried down the stream as if ho bad been a feather. His h'lmo had disappeared amid the foaming rapid*, the Klwn precipitous sides of the rocky cliff debarred him from all hope* of effecting a landing, and floating on hie back Pan! held hi* strength in reacrvo. Tho Indiana had disappeared; the rongh aide* of the rocky gorge and a atrip of the bine heaven* above were all that he conld discern a* the enrrent bore him be knew not whither. He thonght of hi* distant homo, hia parent*, the many friend* of hia yonth, hia brother officers, the soldier* under hia command, tho old scout, and tho mnrdered miner's daughter in the power of tho savage*. Lopg forgotten facta and reminiscence* of the past crowded through hia brain, and he conld not believe that he waa to B'rish in the nnknown depths of the lack hilla, hia fate enveloped in mjs- T sodden sharp ahoek recalled him to himaelf, A whirling eddy had thrown him ronghly against the sharp project ing side of the cliff, and catching at a crevice, ho suooeedo.l in gaining a foot hold. Hlowly and cantionaly he drew himself up from point to point, scaling the smooth sides of the gorge, until his head waa on a level with the edge •of the bank. Oantionaly be reconnoitered before drawing himself over the brink, but he saw nothing that gave evidence of an enemy, and once more he found him self in an nnknown region of the Black hills, minna his horse, with only his saber and one revolver npon which to rely. Tho high ground where Paul fonnd himself gradually sloped toward the broad and rolling prairie, forming a succession of ridges skirting the steep side* of a hill. A oonfnaed hum, a low hoarse cry reached his ears, and with focnltira sharpened by the danger through which be bad pasted, the army officer reonnnoitered the depths below, of which he bad an unobstructed view. Au Indian encampment with a num ber of warriors departing upon some expedition was revealed to hia impatient gase, and as they disappeared, brand ishing their long lanoea in the air, Panl determined to have a nearer look at the lodges. Bringing into requisition his some what limited knowledge of woodcraft, Panl cantionaly wormed bin way through the tall grass until ha reaebed a spring on the outskirts of the camp. It was snrronnded by a thick growth of bnshes, from the midst of which he oonld ob serve everything that transpired before him. A i)Timber of warrior* left to guard the camp lounged oarele**ly a boat, and waa on the point of withdrawing to the height* above, when he perceived a figure, evidently that of a woman, ap proaching in hi* direction. She carried a calabaah in her hand, walking *lowly and deliberately, the heart of the army officer !>eating with increaaod rapidity and excitement a* be perceived that her ooatame waa not that of a Hioux aqnaw. Looking over her ahonlder, the woman quickened her movement* a*ahepei coived that a number of warriors wore watching her. A shout, a yell of rage, and the braves started in pursuit. The fugitive, for such she undoubted ly was, immediately dropped the oala bosh, and sprang away with the swift noss of un antelope. Paul noted the pale golden hair, beau tiful features and ronnded form of tho fugitive, who lie made np his mind could be ho less than Rose, the fnr fumod daughter of the miner. There was little time to think, as tho fair fugitive sped rapidly along, her long hair streaming in tho wind, and tho war riors in close pursuit. Hwift though she was, the foremost warrior had all trat overtaken her as she reached tho opposite Bide of the spring, and ho was in the act of hurling his lance ns Panl leveled his revolver and fired. The brave passed to tho happy hunt ing-grounds of his people without a cry: but the shot had alarmed the camp, and for a few moments all was confusion. Rose had uttered a faint cry as she caught a glimpse of Paul, tint never re laxed her speed, while the army officer, as ho beheld tho Indians mounting and preparing for a light, rapidly retreated in hopes to find a more advantageous position where a stand oonld be made, ne had bnt little hopes of saving hia life; the odds were far too great; but if he could cover the retreat of the girl, who evidently knew tho country better than he did, and enable her to reach a place of safety, he would die satisfied. His saber flashed in his right jiand, securely fastened to his wrist by a leather strap, upon which he shonld de pend after exhausting the contents of the revolver. He had reached one of the ridges along which ran a fringe of hashes, when a low familiar voioe reached his ear: 1 ' Keen on, leftinint; don't turn yonr head. We are here, sergeant anil all. Tho gal is safe. Ho—-here they come." On swooped tho Hioux in all the glory of their war paint and feathers. With lances in rest, uttering shrill cries, they rapidly closed in on Paul, when a sharp word of command, the flash of rifles, followed by the riderless horses gallop ing wildly to and fro, and all was ovor. Charging npon the lodges, the MM - diem encountered the body of braves who hod turned hack alarmed by the noise that they had beard. A short, bnt sharp engagement followed; the band was oomnletelv broken up, lodges burned, after which tho troops prepared to bivouac themselves and rest awhile on their lanrels. Dick assumed full charge of Rose, who mourned the loss of her father, and to whose care Panl delivered the sealed packet ooutaining the secret of the old | miner. By the fitful blaze of the camp fire, amid the solitude of the frowning Black , lulls, Roger Clavering's true history was at last revealed. He had once been a wealthy and re ! spcetod merchant of Chicago, bnt a younger brother forged large amounts I iu his namo and fled, leaving him to face tho storm alone. The younger brother bad been his mother's pet, and 1 on her death-tied Roger had promised to protect and shield him. Nobly be re deemed the word he had given. "Die 1 brother came out of the trial broken in fortune and repntation, his wife dead, I with naught left him but the little waif [ of a daughter. Wifb her he had removed to the far West, lievoud the pale of civilization, Pursuing the occupation of a hunter and Indian trailer, peacefully gliding down the stream of life, watching his dangb ter blooming into handsome, and by no means uncultivated woman. Thai the excitement of the Rlack hills spread far and wide, he followed in tho track* of others, and the sad finale has already been tola. I)ick then related how he had been separated from the lieutenant, and knowing the danger ho inenrred by scouting over the prairie alone, he re joined the soldiers, starting on the trail of his superior. Everything was plain np to the very verge of the precipice, when it was evi dent Panl had made the dc*t>erat leap. Then Dick wss in doubt whether his superior wss alive or not. But follow ing the course of the river ss a forlorn hope, they hail fortunately reached the ambush in time to savo hot* l Rose and Paul's life. Nothing now remained hut to find the treasure which Clavering had obtained at such a sacrifice, and many an hour of anxiona thought hail Paul expended on the subject. There waa but little to guide him—a vague hint that might mean nothing -still, for the aake of the orphan, he persevered. " Great rock— cross—fnll moon—shadow—dig." Rose was consulted, but she knew nothing of the haunts of her father, and absolutely nothing of a great rock or cross. Accompanied by the entire force of cavalrymen, underthe direction of Dick, a thorough search waa instituted in the vicinity of the old miner's last resting place. In a small gully running into the side of a precipitous hill, a huge rock waa finally found surmounted by a huge representation of a cross. At the full of the moon Paul and Dick secretly repaired to the spot prepared to unearth the buried gold; aod noting the extremity of the shadow cast by the rough cross, the two men commenced their labors. They were crowned with sneer**, and four large canvas bags of gold dust and nuggets were dragged forth. It was the fortune of Rose Glavering; and Panl, with his eeoort, conveyed her to the nearest military post, where she was to reman until he could obtain leave of abseuoe, and travel with her to the East in hopes of finding some of her relatives. Months elapsed before be was en abled to carry not his plana; bat hen he reached Chicago no trace of the name of Olaveriug remained. The machinery of the police and law wss put in motion, but with no satisfactory result. Every moment of his leave waa ex pended in the search, and when he nought Rose, at her hotel, his heart heavy and sad at the prospect of part ing with her, she listened in silence to Peal's regrets at hia failure to find her friends, but started impetuously to her feet when he edded thai, with the dawn of another tlay, ho must return to liic post anil duty. Ilor face flushed and paled an she Htrove in vain to apeak, her bosom rose and foil convulsively, and hut for the strong arm of the officer ROM would have fallen to the floor. Urn via it *ui prolonged. What pass od between thein i known only to tnom aolvoa ; but noon after the war depart ment received Find Lieutenant Paul Welch'* resignation, and in place of re turning to hi* pout amid the savage Hioux, he engaged double pannage for the more congenial climate of Europe with Rone an his young, bluahiug bride. Hanging anil Whipping Afghan*. A London Standard letter from the ■eat of war in Afghanistan deecriben the puninhment inflicted nj>on aome native priaonora, an follow: Between the sol dier* hundred* of native* could be Been squatting patiently for the proceedlnga to commence, and it wa* cniiiona to no tion here and there Afghan* with their long black hair, Kitting quietly among the crowd of Hindoo*. A party of low caate Hindoo* were bn*y digging a large, square bole clone to the gallows. Every body understood ita use. To the right the men of the Huaaara were quietly ex ercising their home*, and the Held* above them were dotted with noldiera belonging to the Ninety-second High landers, who were quite content to aee the execution from a distance. At eleven o'clock a company of the Twen ty-first marched down to the gallow* with six prisoner* in their midst. Two were to be laabed and four to be hanged. The four condemned men were singled out and led to the front. Their drees consisted only of a long, blue ootton shirt and loose pygamas ticsl in at the ankle*. In two of the in stance!- the shirts were a mass of rags frayed into ribbons at the edges, and holding wonderfully together. None of them wore sandals or head dree so*. There they stood staring curiously around them with their jet hair hang ing over their faces and their hand* strapped behind their back*, and all looking thoroughly desperate ruffian*. The provost-marshal, a stout-built ser geant of the Tenth Hussars, showed each man hin plank and made him walk serosa it. This all the men did without much compulsion. They did not appear to realize what was about to happen to them, and kept looking over their shoulders to see what wa* going on. Their leg* sere strapped together. What appeared to be their old blue pug- I gareen or turban* were tied over their I faces, and the DOOMS were fixed round | their nocks. Then they appeared to realize what was coming, and all oom | menoed crying- out prayer* to Allah. While they were doing this one of the prisonrtw who was standing behind wait ing for his flogging shouted out to them that they were never to mind; he would lie left alive and he wonld avenge thsir deaths. All eyes were tumid toward him, but only for a second, as the scene being eoacted in front wa* of more ab sorbing interest Four Enropean sail or* caught up rope* attached to the planking, a signal wa* given, and they pulled at the same moment sweeping away the scaffold and launching the prisoner* into the air. Hut it wan only for a second that the condemned men hung. The cross beam creaked and broke with a startling crash, and the four men fell to the ground hanging, half resting their feet upon the earth. Hoarsely had any |<erwon time to feel horrified at this nnfortnnate accident, before the provost-marshal drew his re volver anl sent a bullet through each man'* brain. One of the Afghans was tlien stripped naked and tied up to one of the poles of the gallow*. A stalwart hussar gave him a dozen and a half ladies a* warmly a* his arm could lay on, then another hussar completed the three dozen. The fellow grinned con siderably, but bore the flogging marvel onsly. He never uttered a groan the whole time he wa* receiving his punish ment One of the hussars threw his clothes at him and toll him roogblv to salaam. This the man did not under stand. It wa* a grim joke at the best He quietly put on bis clothes—they were but rags —and coolly asked if he might go. He was told that the next time he was caught with s loaded rifle near a British camp he would not get off no easily, and then he wa* marched across the river by two armed Bikh*, who gave him a parting push with right cood will. The oilier man who was to have been flogged was marched back to camp in custody. A Poser for the " Hawkeye " Mas. A youDg man, who evidently repre sents some Ht. Louis house, aaka roe where lam from. 1 tell him. His eye brightens. He says: " l>o yon know Oust. Hiraob, there?" No, I tell him, I do not "Know kiarx Oppenbeimer?" I don't know Marx Oppenbeimer. " Do you know Joe Helming baa son ?" I fail to remember Mr. H. " Then do you know Chris. Erliugen schafUicher ? I don't believe I da " Rut you mast know Ernest Gund lacbeastreibichdukircbsenliebslatenhei- minghans ?" I think possibly that I may have known acme of him, and possibly a great deal of him, at different times, but I am quite positive that I never knew him ail at onoe. The young man from the St Louis house looks amaaed. " Well," he says at last "you ain't got much acquaintance in Burlington." And I sadly remarked that my ac quaintance there is rsther limited, and be goes away. Presently be returns. "Ob," he aaya, "them fellua I aaid to you about lives in Davenport" And I fesl greatly relmvsa, for I had begun to think that I didn't know any body ia Burlington.— R. J. BurdrtU. The origin of astronomy baa been traced to Obaldea in Asia. There it is said to bare be* n first cultivated by the shepherds, being attracted to the noo turnal sky while guarding their flocks, by the peculiar brilliancy of the stars and planets, which arose pertly from the geographical position of Ohahlra. but more from ciraumatanoea which made the atmosphere wonderfully trans parent and serene. A single dear night would diso'oee a majestic movement of the great starry dome which inoioeed them. ITEMH OF IHTEREMT. A wrecked bark—A dead dog. A matter of cores—Apple sauce. A checkered career—A convict's. A man of plnck—The fowl-*tripper. To ascertain the age of a tree—Axe it. Flags are employed for *ignaling at •tea. Every baker's shop has the stomach cake. William Tell was an arrow-minded man. A shot tower i* usually about 180 feet high. There arc 107,000 Hebrew* in New York. There are about COO newspapers is Hufwia. The only thing which is oosstant— Change. A man of push—The wheelbarrow trundler. The serpent was subtle, but the army trader in nutler. In the year 1828 there were but three mile* of railroad in the whole United Mates. What ia the need of being told to rise with the lark ? The lark se* abo 3,000 feet. It in safe enough to tickle a wasp un dor his wing, if you do it with a very long straw. The river Yukon, in Alaska, never lias been surveyed, but ha* been navigated for 2,000 mile*. Pocahontas is to have a monument over her grave at Oraveeend, England, where she lie* buried. Nothing ' doe* no much for people't look* a* a little interchange of the small coin of benevolence. If you Bweep your own doorstep* clean vou will have little time to criti cise those of your neighbor. It is the work of a philosopher to be every day subduing his passion* and laying aside his prejudice*. " That'* the long and short of it," as the street Arab remarked on passing a tall wife and a little husband. " Pa," said Pet, " may I det up and twot on your knee V " Certainly," was the ready reply, "let the little gallop," A somnambulist in Fountain City, Wis., cut off his finger with an axe while asleep, a lelon being the incite ment. It i* a most mortifying reflection of any man to consider what he has done compared with what he might have done. Electricity is found to l*e i delicate test for purity of oils, which are judged of by the reeiatanoe they offer to the current. The French are acquiring a more stable government everv year. Paris alone consumed 11,219 horses for food last year. " You ought,to husband your coal more," said the charity woman. "I always doc*. I make him sift ashes and pick the cinders." Even the most religious man, who would scorn to worship an idol, take* a peculiar delight in being worshiped a* an idol himself. The leg of a " G/anther Graybeard" (which is a species of spider) retains its vitality one or two days after being sev ered from the body. One hundred and three boys between the ages of fourteen and nineteen are now confined in the California State prison, at San Qtientin. lie ware of prejudices, they are like rata, and men a minds are like traps. Prejudices creep in easily, but it ia doubtful if they ever get out. A muddy pool, rippled by a brecse, will sparkle quite brilliantly while in motion ; but when qaiet it is seen the more plainly to be only a shallow pool. Stopping to deny denials ia as profit less aa stopping to deny truths. It ia oouacnting to leave an affirmative for a negative position, which is s removal from the strong side to the weak. To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rsther than bow be loses it; for when <te fall oar pride supports us —when we succeed it betrays us. Plletier, the French a&emiat, discov ered quinine, the active principle of Peruvian bark, about sixty years ago, and was awarded a prize of (3,000. In the course of a recent libel suit |the English attorney-general said : "There ia at present a mania in literature, art and philosophy to say something which oannot be understood." A Ban Franciscan, who was sued for the value of half-a-dosen shirts made to his order, pleaded a misfit, and appeared upon the witness-stand wearing one of the garments. He won the ease. The Jackson (Miss.) Oornct remarks that there oannot be too much gratitude to the North and Weal for aid given the yellow fever sufferers, but there oan be far too much poetry on the subject Hood, is u> article of singular humor, states that the phraee • republic of let ters *u hit upon to isaionate that, taking the whole lot of authors together, they had not got s sovereign amongst them. An exchange grimly aaetrts : An im possible feat for a female pedestrian is to walk a thousand miles in a thousand hoars, past one thousand millinery stores displaying the latest styles Ot spring bonnets. There are published in Sweden 800 papers and periodicals, of which eighty four appear in Stockholm. There are only ten daily papers, of which five are published in Stockholm; while in Nor way there are fifteen, in Denmark seventy-six, end in Finland six. The sleeping hours of s plant wore changed recently by s French chemist, by exposing it to abright tight at night and piecing U in e dark room during the daytime. At first the leaves op. Nad and Moeed irregularly, but at length submitted to the change, unfolding at night and closing is the morning. Klias Black, a farmer near Doyleatoo. Pa., baa sixteen harvests of bay and min rotting in stacks on his farm, farm produce began to rim with the breaking out of ihs wardie held hig mop for still higher prices. When priori Ml embitters* by IhappointnMSuh hh kept on stacking untHTha. fJO.OO® worth bay and grain an hia hands.