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BELLEFONTE, PA. Tk Largest, Cheapest and Best Paper PUBLISH Kl> IN CENTRIC COUNTY. Kmm th# Now York Ol*ervr. INTERNATIONAL LESSONS. iSecond (Quarter. • v. i. r. soona, p. p. MAT 1. Lesson 5. LOST AND FOUND. Loss IS- 1-10. QOI DIX T>XT:—" Ltkawlw I jr nntojoii, Thara l Joy In the pri-rnci- of ths of Owl or opo slo- thai rrpantolli." Central Truth .—God pities and values lost sinners. It was but a few weeks before the last Passover, and Jesus was on his last jour ney from Penea to Jerusalem. As he passed from village to village increasing multitudes thronged about him. among whom were not a few of the despised and degraded. Is is said that "all the publicans and sinners drew near unto him." There was good reason for this. Until now the only pretended right eousness which they had seen was proud, distant and contemptuous. But here was a teacher who not ouly enjoined a righteousness exceeding that of the Scribes and Pharisees, out withal was the sinner's friend. He received them kindly, conversed with them, visited their homes, and sat at their tables. No wonder they heard him gladly. At all this the self-righteous Phari sees were greatly scandalized. They *had no conception of a righteousness which could at once abhor sin and pity the sinner. It was in reproof of their murmurings and in explanation of his conduct that our Saviour spoke the three wonderful parables of this chap ter. These parables are alike in that they are intended to represent the mercy of God to sinners; the first twoGod's mer •cy in seeking, and the third, that same •mercy in receiving them. It may be that each was intended to depict a dis tinct class, —the first, the stupid ; the second, the ignorant; the third, the wilful. But, more likely, each was meant to represent a different side of the same person ; for all sin is at once stupid, blind and wilful. In the two parables for this day's les son, we see, tirst, why God is so earnest for the sinner's recovery. It is because die both pities and values him. The divine pity is depicted in the story of a shepherd seeking a lost sheep. The Saviour is the Shepherd : "I am the good Shepherd ;" "all we, like sheep, have gone astray." Great is the wanderer's misery and peril and hope lessness. What a picture of all this is a sheep separated from the flock, wildly running hither and thither, the ready prey of wild beasts, liable to fall into some pit, with no wisdom or strength to find bis way back to the fold ! As the shepherd pities the sheep, so God pities the unhappy, imperiled, helpless ainner. The wonderful truth that God also values the sinner is set forth in the oth er parable. In our Saviour's day the highest coin in common use was of nil- 1 ver ; -sKver thus represents high value, fthc'aighest likely to be in one's posses ij-jn. A lost soul is like a lost piece of j silver; now useless, and yet in itself of ! great works. So God looks upon the sinner ; he bears the divine image, how- j ever defaced, and has powers for great 1 and high service. For this reason, as well as in pity for his misery, God de sires bis salvation. Then, next, in both parables, we are j helped to see how God seeks the recov- j ery of the lost. Ho goes after them with pains and patience and the wisest adapt*tion of means. Leaving the nine ty and nine in theirsafe pasture ground, the shepherd pursues the wandering abeep. Nor, mindless of the roughness and difficulties of the way, does he give over until, if it be possible, tfie lost is I found; then, tenderly laying it upon : his shoulder, he joyfully bears it home. So, with lighted candle and great over turnings, does the woman diligently ' search for the missing coin. Such, we are told, is God's way. With patience and wisdom he seeks the lost, that he may save them from their misery and have them as his own. This he did by the coming and work and death nf his . Son, and still does by hi* Word and Spirit and the ministries nf hi* people. And all this, we are told, he does for one; for one sinner; for him who has wandered farthest, or is most deep in his corruption. Just who are represented by the nine- j ty and nine who are left is a vexed question, which we need not be greatly anxious to answer. The reference may be to the sinless angels, or to truly - righteous men already brought back, or to those who ignorantly count them- , selves righteous. The great purpose of the parables is to show us the heart of God; and, particularly, that it is the recovery of those who feel themselves •inner* which engages his thought and makes hi* heart glad. A careless reading of these parables might lead to the inference lb it man haa nothing to do to secure his own salvation ; that he has only to wander and to wait; that God does all. But such an inference ia distinctly preclud ed. Repentance is the soul's own act; and our Saviour plainly *aya that it is over the sinner that repenteth that heaven exults. He must himself con sent to God's grace. Then it is that God calls angel* and glorified men to unite with him in rejoicing* which fill the heavens. rBACTICAL SroCISTIONS. 1. None are so far gone in sin that we should not seek their salvation; the i m seemingly abandoned may be more * hopeful than the proudly self righteous. 2. The way to men's heart* is by an exhibition of friendliness, not by treat ing sin aa a trifle, but by showing that we do not despise the sinner, 3. The opposition and derision of the Eeal and honored of this world did not ut-i. otir Saviour'* ardor for souls; it should not hinder our*. 4. How wonderful is the divine con descension and compassion. To save sinner*, not excepting the most degrad Ed, the Saviour came to earth, look our nature, lived in the flesh, and died on the cross; and it la to this *ane end that ho is now abroad by his Spirit, hi* ministers and his Word. In sll ibis he is an example to his disoiples. By it all he appeals to the unsaved to be in earnest for themselves. 5. The true work of the preacher, teuche* and discitile in any station is not to consume life in speculation con cerning things not tevealed, hut to speed on the grent and good work of human salvation. f. God looks upon men as lost; and for tbia reason it ia that he is so earnest to save them. It is only as we see them in that same condition and are alarmed for them that we shall he sufficiently in earnest. 7. The divine method is to seek and rescue individuals ; to save men one by one. There is no better way. 8. It doea not follow that, because the Saviour is so persistent, therefore none will be lost; for after all is done which God can do, it still remains that the sinner must himself repent. 9. How great is the value of a soul for which heaven is so moved ; how im;>or tant is his rescue, over which all the wise and good and blest rejoice ! ♦ MOWING AMI HEAPING. Howard Simpson and Loraine liliss, two young men of great intimacy and dissipated habits, were on their way to a gambling saloon, where the night previous they had won considerable,! and on passing a church, the doors of] which were opened, paused a moment by the steps, peering in out ol' idle curiosity, just as the minister was giv- I ing out the text: "As ye sow, so shall ] ye reap." I "We are not farmers, so we do not sow anything to reap," said Howard, the elder aud most profligate of tin two; but Loraiuc looked thoughtful, ami kept silent as they walked along toward the place of their night's de bauch. And often during the jubilant gnycty of the reveler* that parage. "As ye sow, so shall ye reap," (lashed into his mind. "It is as mv good mother tell* mc," thought he ; "we niut suffer for evil deeds done in the body, and my deeds arc constantly evil. Hut from tlt is night I will do differently. I will not be caught in this place again." "What ails you, Bliss? You are as dull a a November hoe," .-aid (lay bright, one of the ringleaders of the company." "(iuess he's thinking about reaping what he sows," answered Simpson, and then about a dozen rude men hurst into n loud fit of laughter. "What do you mean by that re- 1 mark ?" one of them presently asked. He then told them of the text given out by the minister as they were pac ing the church. "The minister go to —and he surely will," said Hoardon, one of the most blasphemous of the whole gang. This profane remark, with others no better, grated harshly on the mind of I/>raiiie, for he was really feeling more serious than he ever had felt l*> fore ; hut he made no reply, knowing if he did it would only serve to call forth still harsher language. He left as early as he could, which wa* not till 1 o'clock, and after he got home crept to his chamber and noiselessly as possible, lest he might awaken his father, who at times was very harsh to hitn. Then, for the first time in his life, he offered a sincere prayer to <*!. Ie --seeching him to give him strength to turn from the evil way into which lie had been led. M runtime, his father having heard him enter the house, was denouncing him in the severest terms. "Do not be harsh with him," plead ed the mother. '"I hope he will soon learn to do better; he is young an<k wild, though not vicious, I trust." But the old gentleman could see naught but wrong in hi* bnv. "lie shall leave the house ! I will disinherit him if he doea not stay at home night*; he is a disgrace to the family. Think of the money I have paid out for him —sent him to college, given bill! the privilege of studying law with nic in my office. But no, he chutes to spend his time carousing with | n set of loafers." "Perhaps if we are gentle with him —" tremblingly whispered his mother. But the old gentleman did not heed ' this advice, for the next morning his first salutation to Isiraine was : "Where did you stay so late lat night, you voting scapegrace ? Unless you mend yonr ways vou'll leave these j premises for good ami nil." Lorniue, who had been penitent , through the night, resolving to do' better in future, now felt his temper rising and his resolution melting away, j and ne sat down to the table in a stil- ] len inood. But he shortly after made up his mind to go to meeting that evening and return home at 9 or 10 o'clock. Therefore at half-past 7 he started for church, and on meeting three or four of his old associate*, told them of his plan. "Well, come with us first, just for n few minutes to the club rooms," said they. "No, no, not to-night," he replied. "I have to go home early ami I cannot possibly go with you." But they dragged him along and it was impossible to get away from them; and once there, there waa no such thing as leaving, for in the excitement of the place he waa induced to drink, and as the liquor was drugged he felt no inclination to move from the charm ed spot. Ho the hours moved on until late into the night before he went home. When he reached that place it was !i o'clock. His mother was at the door ; she had not slept a moment, she said, from watching j'or him, aud his father had awakened three or four times, angrily iuquiring for him. But he was now asleep, and she wanted Ixiraiue to creep noiselessly to bed, so he might not awaken him. Hut alas ! he did awuke, and the scene that en sued was awful. Meeting the stupefied hoy on the stair landing, he ordered him to have the house at once ; he could stay ouly at the tx-ril of his life. The poor mother begged that he might he allow ed to remain until morning ; hut no, into the strict he was driven, with the threat that if" be ever entered the house again he should he cx|x-lled with still greater harshness. Lorainc crept silently to the most convenient shelter, which was the carriage house, ami there slept on the carriage cush ions till morning. There his mother found him, as she arose before her hus band. "My dear boy" she said, winding her urms about his neck, "it will not answer for your father to find you here, so I will bring you out some i breakfast, and some money with which j to get out of this town, where you ; have had so many vile associates ; and I hone you will find something to do and become good and steady. After a few days write tne where you are, and I will send you a trunk of clothes and another of books. In fu ture shun all evil company, and when you next meet your father let him see one who ha* entirely reformed, and who will bring him uo futher dis honor." "I will, dear mother, do just as you -ay. 1 did not moan to gyt into dis grace last night. I started for church and should have licon at home nt mi early hour, only that I wa- fairiv dragged in another direction by my companion*, i think if futher had taken a different course with me I would not he where 1 am now. You know now stern and crabbed he has boon, end never since I left college have I felt that I could enter his office j and study under hi* tuition. Had lie been kind and gentle like you, dear mother," said I/iruine, kissing her j tearful check, "he might have in duced me to do just what he wished ; \ but after tins I will endeavor to do right. That text. "As ye sow, so shall ye reap.' i- continually in mv mind, and I am going to l>cgiu anew and try to do right." Four years passed, and his name had never been mentioned in his father's household to his hearing. Audjasti four years from the day he left hone j a Mr. Rli—, from no one knew whither, had an appointment t<> preach at the Congregational church, which Ix>- raine's parents usually attended. < >i thi- ocen-i the old gentleman -aid to his w ite - " We im*t go, I suppose, to hear thi# Rli-#; perhaj he may he some relation of our*; no telling, although i have never known a relative of mine to be a minister." "Yes, we will go," Mrs. I'lis# re plied. "and if we learn that he i- a relative, it wmld fx- very proper to ask him t<> come home with us and •trend the night." , "1 do not know that I would have anv objections to that," her husband answered. Somehow he appeared to Is- in a more melting nessi than common: prohahlv he was reminded that it wa the anniversary <f* the fourth year since his son left them ; at all events, this evening, on his way to church, he sixike I/iraine's name for the first time in hi# wile's bearing. "It i# four years to-day," he said, ' "since I/iraine went away, in't it?" " Yes," he said, mournfully. "Wonder where he is now ? Some- ! times, wife, I think I was a little hits ty with him." "Then you would be glad to see him, perhaps." "If I could be sure he had reform ed." Ry this time they had renehed the church, finding they were a little late, a# the minister wa# giving out the text: "As ye sow, so shall ye reap." Ouietly they entered the door, and there for a moment Mr. Bliss speech less stood, and then tremblingly mov ed along to his scat, where his wife was sitting with her head leaning on the scat ahead of her. Could it be possible, he a#ked himself, that the long bst one stood before him—that he really beheld him again—not as before but still the. same? Yes, it was most assuredly his son, whom he drove as a vagabond from his door, clothed in the garb of holiness, a commissioner from God. And he, listening to him, stood like a guilty wretch, transfixed to the sjmt. His injustice toward the one now so supe rior to him rose before him and be | fell condemued. It was oiwerved bv the audience that the preacher was becoming deep ly affected a# he looked in the direc tion of the old remembered pew, aud each moment waxed more and more eloquent as he enlarged upon the sub ject of his text: "As ye sow, so shall ye reap." " Yes," thought the old gentleman, "as I sowed, so I have reaped. For the post four years 1 have lived in ; constant regret of my unjust treat ment, my harsh language to thee, my ! son. Had I been kind and forbear ' ing with him from the first he would ( not have been led away to the haunts lof dissipation, which cane so near proving hi* ruin. Hut by his mother** gentle conduct aud the grace of God his feet have beeu urrested in the slip pcry downward course ho once pur sued." Afler the service wiw ended Mr. and Mr*. Bliss remained in their pew until a part of the congregation had left the aisles, and then moved for ward to the pulpit to meet their son and pour their tear* upon Ilia neck. Then all wa* forgotten, and he wonj to their home, never to be turned from their door aguiu. "■ IV 1 t TIIK POLITICAL ICE DIHSOI.VIMi. from Foifiry'• I'rngrex With the end of winter the founda* lions of the party that won the Provi dential election last November by HO narrow a margin, are breaking up into fragment*. < )ne of two thing* is clear from thin almost universal dissolution. Hither the majorities cant against Han cock were false, or the confidence in Garfield i# gone. Certainly the firet reason is conclusive, if we "recall the terrorized vote in many of the busi ness centres la#t vear, and tlie present deep and loud discontent in these lo calities. In Philadelphia, which was the first stone of the column to full on the first honest succeeding trial, after the declared election of Garfield, it i* clear from the recent experiment that nearly enough counterfeit votes were counted for Garfield to make his ma jority in the w hole State, Republican examination boldly pursued has proved that by the aid of bought election of ficers and forged returns, the voting in the Presidential contest was a flagrant farce, and when we include the organ ized patronage in the counties, the sur mise ripens into fact. The Indiana October election was a proclaimed auction in advance. That State was purchased in open market. The same revelation is true of New York and of other <|unrters. The nr<of was not only in the meagre Republic an strength in < ongrewi, illu-trnted by the present degradation of the- United Slates Sen ate. but in unprecedented Republican defeats in most of the great Republi can cities since the Presidential elec tion. The tirst sign since the Repult lieans of the Senate have attempted to make a party iu that body by an ojM-n bargain with a Kepudiator, is the failure of the disruption of the so called wdid South. The Mahone coa lition has made the South granite against tlwt organized ingratitude. It has even disgusted the colored vote, and hn placed the Northern men of honor w he# preferred Mr. Garfield, in that worst of all attitudes, helpless ajmlogv. party can live that i* ashamed or afraid to defend itself. This element, added to the proved dishonesty <• 9 the Republican ring- in newt of the great cities, ha- dissolved whatever coherence there was Inst November. That coherence in the Republican n fumn was always hollow. It was a fore ad confidence, it was a combination <f fear. The employers feared the cm| lojfisl, and the employed marched fortlv in manacles and frown inglv voted with their despotic masters. And now that these very employers do oot hesitate t' show their horsor of such arrogance as that of Conkling, ami such sham* lc*s corruption ce th'- bargain with the bullying Rcpmliator, Mahone, is it -orpiising that thv men they forced to vote ogaiust Hancock should seek the first occasion to return to the Democratic |>nrty? There is another ingredient in this dissolution of the Repuhlis-au party. There an- , not places for ic out of a hundred of : the iningry expcctnuta. Reform has seized the cities, it will control the departments. U will force economy upon the bureaus. The first to suffer will bo the eol red men. ami they will be kept more resolutely out in the cold, now that the whites, who are in, will lalnir with might and main to stay. An arnvv of mercenaries will soon tire of fighting without plunder, and when the gas rings arc broken, and the water-rats are made to work, and the street idlers arc made to do honest chores, the romance of party loses its gilding, and men coma down to the prose of common life. *>••••• The fact is, Mr. Garfield's adminis tration will he const rained by the times to obey the best emotions. There is rest from mere party hatred and sec tional passion. The wealthy men of the country, headed by the corpoia tions, must of necessity he warv. We have seen that all the organizations against the Republican rings have bo gun with them. They votod against Hancock, because they honestly be lieved he would unsettle their tarifT. They already see that their worst ene mies are the Republican chiefs, and the very moagreness of the Republi can majorities in Congress are a warn ing that they cannot make war ou the opposite party. That is growing in good sense and in affluence. The South is getting wiser, more comforta ble, and more Democratic. Mahone has given to Virginia a new issue. He appeals to the pride of the whole ! Sodth, and it is manifest that he will be sunk deeper than plummet ever sounded, as certainly as that his bar fain grows more odious every day. 'he ice of the small, accidental ma jority will dissolve, and the summer will begin a new departure. TIIK son of a clergyman was deliv ering a college valedictory, when, in pulling out his handkerchief) he null ed out a |wck of cards. "Hulloa !" he said, "I've got on my father's coat!" The Iturlul of flic Czar. George Augusta Mala telegraph" as follows: " I have just been a s|x*cta tor to one of the most magnificent, i most impressive, most pathetic page ants on which, in the course of a ' lengthened career, accustomed to the jiotups and vanities of regality, from royal bridals and feasts to royal fun- ' erals, I have ever been privileged to J set eye* on. 1 bree cannon fired from ' the fortress directed the various mourners to get ready to take their ' places. " A similar salvo about midday 1 gave the signal to start. When the sable standard, hearing in white the ! initials of the murdereu monarch, was : unfurled over the fortress, the artil- : lery Is-gati to fire minute guns and all •if the bolls in the city began to toll. J The whole route was lined by troop- ' of the garrison, immediately In-hind ! whom the public were fx-rmitted to stand. No galleries or plulfnrm* were erected, ns the householders were only allowed at personal ri-k and peril to let windows or balconies to strangers. " I here was a clump of hauliers, j the Imperial family haulier, the crim- ' son military standard, broidered with the Jni|M-rial arms, and the saddle horscs of his late Majesty, led by j grooms in deep mourning. Next came u long defile of peculiurly inter esting local ensigns, the standard with I the arms of Tchoorkal, succeeded by flags bearing cognizances of Armenia, i Strararda, Georgia and Cartalinia, each attended by mounted men at arms and a groom. Then followed more local flags and more men at arm-. " Then e-auie a very curious episode, a long line of officers iu foil uniform, I waring on variously colore* 1 cushions, embroidered with gold, the badges and decorations coufered by foreign mon arch- and prince- ii|x>ti the late Czar. Some were simple circlets of plain gold—others diadem- literally blazing with luilliauts, emeralds and rubies of KM-a n. " After these, in care of functiona- j ries of the second class, came t In- , crowns of the Kingdoms of Georgia, .lauris, Siberia, Poland. A-trakan and Kiv-an. with the Im|wrial globe, scep tre and crown, followed by two ma-firs ami the grand master of ceremonies ; all the-e order and iu-ignia hearing officials being f!auk<-d ou either side by a battalion of cmk t- from St. Paul's military school, riwrcliing in single file. Among the tmticahle feature# of the process ion was a figure which at trart<-l much attention—the Knight of th*- Gulden Arniif, mounted upon a gorgeously harncs-i-l stee<l, carrying a drawn sword and >up|<o-ed to sym bolize the bright and *js>ilc*- charac ter of the departed sovereign. After him walked a man at arms in sable armor and a drawn -w- rd. Perhaps the most picturesque feature in the ceremonial were defoliation- which figured for the fir-t lane in Russian history, representing in-titutions cre ated by she late Kni|wror the /.- rn-tnis, the jus I ire* of the |-iuT and a motly group of peasants, with one. at least, of venerable arid putnar* lial apjx-ar ancc, all attir-l in their winter garb, some with the colored scarf u-i-d to girdle their sheepskin and rough cloth overcoats. " Not the least striking or solemn portion of the spcctaide was a vat. silent crowd, who lined the quays, and indeed covered every -|*et from which a distant view could be obtained of i the procession. There thev stood bare headed and mute, many kneeing and praying tor the s-<ul of the Ivmperor, tollowed by long lines of priest* and acolytes, numlwring many hundred, bare-ln-uded and attired iu their eccle siastie-al no be-, the priests bearing ta pers. The crowd pn-#-d forward anil a deep silence prevailed, broken only by the nw-loiliuus, but weinl-like notes which nsw and fell ujxiu the car. " Following the priests came the gorgeous entafalque, on which rested the cnffeit. under a rich canopy of gold, surmounted by rich ostrich plumes. Salasays: We were asking, 'What next, and next?' when the hearse came suddenly in view ; and the prodigious mo** of humanity rap idly, so to speak, a* a flash of light ning, uncovered. It was a most won drous sight to heboid, that black sea of hat# and caps transformed into aa immease expanse of pale, upturned faces. The lumbal car was a bier of ; ebony and silver, oo wheels, with heT ily carved silver spokes nnd a super structurc of black and silver. The wh< Je was canopied by sutierh material encircling the columns of the bier. "The coffin of the illustrious de ceased was almost hidden by a golden pall, lined with white satin, ami was drawu by eight black horses complete ly shrouded iu sable drnperics. Four general aides-de-camp stood one at each corner of the catafalque, the pol ished metal wheels of which glitenod in the sunlight. Sixteen general offi cers held the silken cords of the cano py. llchind the hicr of his murdered sire, walked Alexander IU., in his Imperial solitude, hearing alone his filial sorrow and his State cares, aud symbolising in this last respect his unique position." A MINIHTHR commenced his sermon by observing, " What shadows we arc!" and then paused as if to let the thought sink deeply iuto the minds of the congregation, whereupon two lean spinsters in a front pew guessed they didn't come there to be insulted, and they got up and strode indignantly out. lieriiliardr* Opinion of Anrrift, WIIV win (Mir., WHAT i>ri K HAS are* A*l HOW MII K rmn. NKW Y oi(i£, April 17. —The HrraJUl publi-h< an interesting interview with Sarah Bernhardt relative to her expe riences in this country: "What first induced you to think of coining to America?' said the re porter. "Ob ! I always wanted to travel. I often thought if I had the money I would go from one part of the world to the other. And, first of all, I wanted to come here." "Wl,v ?" "Well, you know even intelligent Europeans have queer ideas of Airier ica. Now that I have seen it I laugh ut my absurd notions. For years I thought of America a* New York, Boston, Fhiladel, ihia and a place where they killed pigs, in the West, called Chicago, and even those place- I thought were quite near each other. I mean that those names were familiar to me. Others I had never heard of." "And now?" "And now, indeed. I often said to Mr. darrctt and Mr. Abbey, 'l* there no end to ali this?* 'For mercy's sake, how much further does the coun try go?' And you know there is San Francisco stiil beyond." "Were you more surprised by the extent of the country than bv the de velopments of tlie cities named ?" "Oh, ye*, indeed ; but w hat struck me more forcibly still was the immense nunilier of big towns where wealth and fashion seem to exit. For in stance, we would drive through a town where there were no pavements and where the wheels of our conveyance -.-ink in the mire to tlx- very hubs, ami I would think, 'Well, I guess we won't do any business in this place,' but at night, iu a handsomely appoint ed 'Academy of Music,' I would find a large, intelligent and elegant ly-dreas ed audience, all glad to see me and appreciative of gmnl points, ami to my amazement the receipts would amount to S3,(KH). It scemeil a- if the |>cople cropped up from the very earth itself." "Then you found mental stimulant, a- well a- professional and pecuuiary IK nefit ?" "Yes, indeed. You see I have al ways IK*< U obliged to gala a livelihood —S> <arn my own living—and it is fortunate for me that I can gratify my pas-ion for travel and pursue ray professional calling ou the same line. You are quite light in callii: it 'men tal stimulant." I don't envy any wo man who goe- from New York to New Orlcau-, from Mobile to Montreal, from Philadelphia to Fodunk ami from Salem to Saint .!<*• without being impressed with the immensity of the country and the vitality of the peo "Vitality ?" "Ye-. Everybody does something all the time. Everybody work*. Even artist- work without rest, and in some places work on Sunday night as on all olbrr nights, ami at two usatiaees lie siiles. The whole people seem to have a (oil of springs ; push, push, pushing all the time. 1 like it, but it gives me a fever. I feel the pressure. I feel the excitement. It's all the same wherever I go. I expect to fiud strength and vigor, of course. Init I am simply amazed at the evidences of wealth and culture and all the nicer and finer development* which are Im proper outcome from wealth ami cul ture." Streak- of l.nrk Irv Mining. I f M the I/O* CwU ll* r%j] Six months ago a middle-aged man, a former resident of Gospel Swamp, had to Iwrrow money to buy a burro to go to Santa Catarina mountain |mspectiug. He sold, the other day, a mine for £13,000, aad has better mines still for sale. Another former resident of Ixw Angales discovered a mine in the Dragoon mountains, ami kindly placed a friend in the claim. After a while he war offered $70,00< for it, and, on finding the other half owner, discovered he was in an ad vanced stage of intoxication. The * whiskey-eyed individual, who had not put one dollar in the claim, concluded : "Worth a million if it's worth a cent. Won't sell for #75,000. Our wives will he dressed in silk down in Los Angeles." Th# result was the parties bought ought the snlier partner, and are now engaged in freexing out the would-be millionaire. Another instance ami I will leave mining matters. A certain miner here owed a merchant sllO, and on coming to pay his note had only SIOO. The merchant tore up the note, remarking "that it was all right. INtt me on some claim you di-oovered." The minor did it, and the claim has since been sold for S4O - Loot OUT po FAIXT! —A little boy at Oil City recently came into possession of a miniature printing Eres*. One day be printed a cord earing the legend, " l'aint ! I>xk out!" By some means this card be came fastened to his sisters hat, and hung just above her left car, where he who ran could read, end WHCB she went down the street there- was a grin extending clear from Fearl avenue to the Exchange: and that night the boy traded off his printing press on a yellow dog and a popgun. IT is not possible for three people to keep the same secret unless two of them are dead.