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TTio is lorn nro npinninß tholr tliroaiU, Ami olouilis tiro tho ilut that fliottj Ami l ho suns mo weaving thoui up For tho time when tho tiloopor* ahull rue. Tho oornn in music rolls, Antl the gems nro turning to oyos; Ami tho trout nro gnthoring souls I'm tho tiino when tho nloc|iun shall rise. Tito woopors nro learning to smile, Ami laughter to glenn tho uglis; Burn and bury tho core and guile, for tho day when tho sleeper* shall rino. Oh. tho dews ami tho moths and the daisy red, Tho larks nnd tho glimmors nnd flows; lite lilios and sparrows and daily broad, And tho something thnt nobo.lv knows. Otorgt .Mm-Donald. Tho Three Good Gifts. A onowN-cr KAIUY BTOUY. "I.ill, I.ill! run to the door quick! There's some one coming down the road." Dill i'enlield blurted to her feet with alacrity, thus ruthlessly destroying nil the bright visions which had built themselves up arotytd tho glowing logs in the deep chimney. "How much is it for a foot-passen ger?" said she, calling up the narrow, wooden stairway. "Hut it isn't a foot-passenger," irri tably retorted Delia, with her mouth full of hair-pins. "It's old Miss Merrv deer, with her donkey-cart. Ten cents." It waa a stormy March sunset, red and threatening along the west, with a frozen breath of icicles in the air, and black masses of cloud pile- 1 over head, through which old Miss Merry deer's cart seemed to advance. I.ill I'enlield stood >n the toll-house porch, looking with surprised eyes at the gaunt, old woman, who sat on a heap of cut branches and whipped up a phlegmatic donkey in front of tier. "Oh, you're always ready enough to •top," satirically remarked Id Miss Merrvdeer, as the donkey came to a dc.-ui halt in front of the toll-bar "Now, then, young woman (to I.ill) why ain't I to be allowed to go on ?" "Ten cents, please," said I.ill, timid ly holding out her hand, with all that she had ever re.nl. dreamed or heard about witches coming kick into tier mind at the sight of the yellow, old face, with its fringe of white elf-locks, the red cloak and the nose that was hooked like a bird of prey. "Ten cents!" shrilly repeated old Miss Merrydeer. "And what for, I should like to know ?" "It's the toll-gate, please." explained I.ill. wishing more than ever that her cousin would come down stairs. "I don't know anything aliout toll gates," said Miss Merrydeer. "Stand aside and let me go through! The road was here long afore they built the toll-gate. It's swindling that's what it is. fiet up. Neddy!" She settled herself back among the green spruce boughs and protruding roots with an air of determination, and chirruped to her drowsy steed, as if the meant to ride roughshod over all opposition; but just here Delia I'enlield came running down stairs and swung Uie bar back into its place. "Ten cents, Miss Merrydeer," said ■tie, "or you can't pass. That's the law." Miss Merrydeer uttered a curious grunt of dissatisfaction. "If it's law, it ain't justice," said she, fumbling in the picket of her tat tered old coat a garment wliii h had evidently been rut down from a niau's ulster. "There, as true as you live, that there dime has fell out and got lost in the woods!" "That's nonsense," said Delia, tartly "Ten cents—and do hurry. I can't stand here in this wind all night." "Hut I hain't got it," bluntly spike out the old crone. "I.emmo pa-s!" "Not without the ten cents," said Delia, resolutely. "I've pa's orders, and I must stick to'em. If you haven't got the money you must go around by the mill road." "Hut that's four miles further," said the old woman, despairingly. "And Neddy's deal tired, and so am I. And H's growin' colder every minute, and these March winds is hard on my rheu matics." "You should have thought of that kefore," said Delia, indifferently. "Delia, why don't you let her pass?" whispered I.ill. "She's so old and—" "Old?" pettishly repeated Delia. •Why, she's the worst old harpy in the country. We always have just this wrangle every time she goes through the gate." And she bolted the bar with osten tatious noise. Old Miss Merrydeer was ■lowly and reluctantly turning the donkey's drooping heal around, when LUI herself came to the rescue. "Stop a minute. Miss Merrydeer," said she. "Here is a ten-cent piece. It seems such a pity for y>u and the por old donkey to go so far around this bitter cold night. And and you can pay mo tho next time you come tlds way." "KhV" said Miss Merrydeer, shrilly, "Who are you?" "I'm I.ill," saiil the girl. "Mr. I'en lield 's niece, from Omaha." "All!" s iid tho old woman. "Well, : whoever you be, you've done a kind j and a merciful deed this night. And I you'll get your reward b>r it, too. j ! Shall I toll v iur fortune?" once more i | stopping the donkey as he was half ! way through the toll-gate, to Delia i I'enfield's infinite disgust. "Oh, yes, j ; I've a charm. We that live in the • woods Din 1 out many a spell that other folks know nothing of. Well, here it j is. Three flood (lifts for you. There's | a lover coining; there's a gift of money coming, and there's a clear conscience i to go to bisl upon this night, (lood-by - good-by." And the donkey trotted away over the frozen road, his hoofs ringing like muffled bells, while Delia adjustisl the bars with a laugh, and both girls ran hurriedly bark to the glow and shelter of the llrepl lee. "Is she crazy ?" said I.ill, earnestly. "Not half HO erazy as you were to listen to her," said Delia. "It's old Miss Merrydeer. Kvrry one knows , her. Mm gets roots and herbs from the woods and boils them into drinks, ami dries them, to dose people with. There are families around here that would rather have old Miss Merrydeer in sickness than any doctor In town. And she's a nurse, too; and some think that she sees and bears more than other people." "How old is she?" "A hundred at least," said Delia. "Now let us make haste and get tin tea ready, for pa will be half frozen when he comes." "1 wonder if my Three (imal (lifts will come true?" said I.ill, laughing. "(>h, undoubtedly!" Delia answered, with the most markisl satire. lint Delia I'enlield herself was stir. ; prised, aliout a week subsequently, wln-n a letter arrived for I.ill from "the lad she left behind her." "What do you think. I.ill? be wrote. "I am coming Mast. I am coming to the very same part of tho country where you are. lioyou know the old Med Mill? Well, Uriel Halj has lioiiglit it. and we are to run it in partnership. And when we have saved a little money Oriel is coining back West for the girl he is engaged to and I—well, I.ill. you know the rest. It may lie several years first, but we . must lie patient! For the present, ' dear, it will lie enough for me to be near you." "There's the lover!" cried Delia, as I.ill sat radiantly dreaming over the letter. "And the clear conscience we'll ( take for granted. Now, if old Witch Merrydeer would only supply the ( money, I should really ledieve in her." "I guess." said .feborain Haw ley, the hired man. who had conie in at this moment with a pot of glue to warm over the kitchen stove, "that old Miss Merrydeer won't supply many more things in this world. She's at death's door with pneuinony. That's w hat I've heerd." "Is she, poor old thing?" said Ih-lia, carelessly. "Take care, Jeboratn;don't spill that glue"' "She's got a lawyer's elerk there, ,v tn akin' of her will!" chuckled Jebor ain. "He's to take out his pay in four I Kittles of Ague Sprure-Cure and a gallon of riot-beer. Hut law! there ain't no use she'll never die! She'll lly up on a broomstick some day, or disnp|ie ir in a llash of lightning." The next day, however, came a tat tered little messenger to the toll-house a bright eyisl, colored lad. "Old Miss Merrydeer wants to see the young woman as she give the Three Hood (lifts to." said he, rolling his coffee-colored eyeballs around. "I'm II iw Iter de way. Might off. please!" I.ill looked at l> lia in amazement. "Shall I go?" nil she. "Oh, surely I ought!" "It's a lonely spot," said Delia "up in the wood*, with not a neighbor's house in sight, Jdwirani had I letter follow you at a little distance. Old Witch Merrydeer may turn you into a wlutrt dove or a red fawn, for all that I know! She laughed, but there was a certain vein of seriousness that underlay all her mirth; so I.iU started out in the gray March afternoon, with little flur ries of snow pricking her cheek like frozen needles ever and anon, and the rimy-froet crackling underneath her ! feet, while, some few paces tiehind. trudged Jeboratn, charged to look as little as possible like an escort. "For nolxMly knows," said Delia, I "what the old witch may take offense i at." Itut, to confess the truth. I-iil was almost frightened when she entered the little nnr-storicd cabin, one side of which was alt awry with the force | of many aw inter's tempest, in whose low-colled apartment old Miss Merry, doer lay dying. "Is It my bonny girl?" hlio Hiiid, lift ing her glance to the newcomer's facie ' "Yes, it's she as gave me the dimi' ' Out of her own pocket she gave it to me. Everyone else turned their hacks 1 upon me, and laughed to see the old witch go by. No one ever gave inn ' anything before but sneers and curses. For what good to anybody was old i Witch Mcrrydcer? Hut she took pity j on me, Lord love her! And I prom- i ised her Three (loud Oifts. I've made her my heiress, that's what I've done, , t'oine here, pretty one, and put your hand in mine." Hut even as I.ill Anally touched her warm palm to the old crone's fast pur pling hand, she gave a quick little gasp, turned over and died. I,ill closed her eyes, tii-d up the jwor old toothless jaws with her own scent cd |M*cket handkerchief, crossed the i ' hands on the pulseless breast, and j went home again, leaving Jelsiram to j do what he could for the watchers and attendant.-. And as she walked s!m carried the strange, aromatic odors of , pine and birch, and dried pennyroyal bunches in her dross, curious rometie ' bram es ol old Miss Mcrrydcer. They buried Imr on the mountain- j side in a quaint little graveyard, where i the cows grazed at will, picking tli-ir4 way among the moss-grown tomb stones, and where the fence had long , ago fallen to ruins; and people laughed j at the idea of I.ill I'entield being con stituted leire-s of the dead woman's estate. "tih. y--s; the will is all right and i tight enough," said l'ncle I'eritlehl. "Hut, arter all, what disss it amount, to? An old hovel, crammed chuck full of yarbs and roots, twenty gallons ' o' root-beer, four dozen bottles of ague j cure that never yet cured anylssly, and four acres of land with the stones so close together oti't that even the slns-p can't get tlieir noses down to browse. 'Taint much of a fortun', accordin' to ; my way o* thitiKin"" "lint she meant kindly toward me, | jsMir tiling!" said Lill. softly. "And all la-cause I gave lor a dime." The next afternoon, however, l'ncle I'enlield came back from town with a (teaming face. "I.'Hik here, Lill," said he. "You've got the fortun' arter all. What d'ye i think? • >ld Witch Merry deer had eight hundred dollars in the savings bank. And it's alt yours. 1 declare I never would have liellved there was that much money to lie made out of riots , and yarbs!" "Eight hundred dollars!" criisl Delia, springing to her feet. "Then Lill ran marry Tom t'atcsby after all. when he j comes East." For to three simple people eight bun- j dreil dollars signified a fortune. So this gentle-nat tired heroine in- J herited the Three (osl Lifts after all. , Tom f'ateaby came East and set up in j life as a miller, with Lill as the house hold helm. And of course they lived i happy ever after. Who ever heard of j a pair of true lovers that did other wise? While the neighbors all mar- - veled exceedingly, and remarked, with various nasal inflections and wagging of the head, that it was "most extr'or nary, but old Miss Mcrrydcer always was queer!"— il'lm Forrest lira rv.. The l'opesc Indians. A gentleman of Montreal, Canada* | on a fishing excursion in the northern part of the province of New Hruns- j wick, discovered a small trile of In dians calling themselves lVq>csc. The narrator desoriliex them as differing in important respects from the typical In dian, yet veritable Indians. I'pon in- j quiry of the chief, a man of line War- i ing. it was found that a tradition had been handed down from father to son that they originally came from the j coast of Maine; that in ancient tiuu-s j a rolonv of white men canto from over j the seas to their former home and dur- : ing their stay intermarried with the | young girls of the trilie. Ilenee the difference between them and other trilies of Indians. As singuar testimony to their tradi tion, the chief brought from his tent a sword of English make, on the worn scabbard of which was legibly in scribed the letter "I\" and, a more cu rious relic still, an ancient tattered English praycr-lmok. Though no ono of the trilie could read it, yet it had been sacredly guarded. Upon the narrator's return to Montreal ho im mediately instituted inquiries and soon was eonvineed that these were the de scendnnts of the noted I'opharn colony of ltio7-ft, that the sword was none other than the sword of their progeni tor, the Illustrious I'opharn, and the prayer-lmok was one in use by that Colony. Evidently the tribal name Popeoe Is a contraction of l'ophamesc. Trawript. CLIPPINUH f'OK THE CURIOUH. A Dresden aitist has made a watch entirely of paper, which keeps good time. During a fierce storm at lb-lolt, Wis consin, a number of live fish, ono weighing a pound, were dropped on till) business streets. A Mexican lady of rank h:w hair two and a half yards long. She wears it In two braids, and lots a page to carry the ends as he would a train. Washington tailors say that the right arms of nearly all men of note are from one to two inches larger than the left, on account of hand shaking. Of all the birds forbidden by the Levitical law as unclean, the cormor ant is the only one which is eaten. The history of the brooch or clasp can Is- traced back for almost years, and in that time it has assumed an infinity of shapes. A little more than I<xi years ago in England, when the >ankey canal (six miles long) was authorized, if was ti|on the express condition that the 1 suits plying upon it should be draw n by men only. The ostriches in California have < plodt-d the old story that the feinal,. covers ii|> her eggs and leaves them to be batched out by the hot Hlin. The female sits on the eggs in the daytime and the male assumes that duty at niglit. This arrangement enables the matron ol the family to know what her spouse is doing after sundown. The celebrated acqiia tofana, by which so many murders were commit ted in Home between IH.VI and l'k's, was comjsisixl of lead filings, ars<-nic and antimony. It was given in doses of Ave or six drops for several days. The antidote presi rifs-1 was linn* Juice or vinegar in three-ounce doses. The quantity of arsenic employed was so small that nothing W .LS needed to coun teract it. Amorg the numerous benevob nt -o rb-ties of London is the Suitliwark "IMp-Myseff," out of w has grown the "Help One Another." which is d<-- \otd to the work of bringing the women of Saith London together and |n-rsuading thcin to adopt tin- prin ciples of total ab-tinence and Chris tianity. The two organizations have s> veral thousand memlsTs. I'lint-Stone Soap. A goisl story is told of two soldiers, one of whom went without broth, while the other made it of excellent quality of a flint-stone. The hr-t '■egged at every door of aw hole vill.ige which they had just entered for all the materials of simple broth; but the vil lagers toll him he a-kisl too much, and shut their doors in his five. His comrade, however, picked up a stone, knock<sl at the nearest door, a d ! asked if they would lie so good as to I oblige Idrn with a |>t in which to boil | the stone. Even a miser would have ! granted so modest a request. They lent him the jot, and soon the wily soldier was lulling a large stone under the curious eyes of half a dozen by standers. "Could one of you give me a little salt?" the cook asked. The salt was given. A minute later, he observed, "A few herlw make a pleasant s -atoning for stone soup, but I must manage for j once to relish without a jierfect flavor." In a trice, one nt the spectators threw a bundle of herls in the pot, saying, j "so clever a fellow should have soup to his taste, when he shows us how to make it of a stone." A few minutes later, the adventurer remarked, "Stone broth is good, but there is no question that a scrap of loef orliacon brings out the flavor of the flint" Another kind spertator at onee supplied him with a piece of j bacon. Half an hour had not. passed since i bis arrival in the village when the i soldier wat enjoying an excellent and ! substantial repast made of the materi al for the "Improvement" of his broth. An Odd Method of Defense. Oddest of all defensive methods is that of snapping off the tall. The hUnd-worm. or slow-worm. Is a little' snake-likn lizard common in the old world. When alarmed it contracts Its muscles in such manner and degree as to break its tail off at a considerable distance from the end. But how cAn this aid It? The detached tail then dances about very lively, holding the attention of the offender, while the li/Ant himself slinks away. And for a considerable time the tail retains its capability of (wisting and jumping every time It in struck. The lizard will then grow another tail, no as to lie prepared for another ml vent ore. There are other llzanla which have a similar power, though in leas degree. Ilow Cold Ware* travel. Cold waves, so called, a name for which we are indebted to recent mete orological science, do not appear to move in some Instances much faster than a railroad express train. They vary, however, In their rate of motion. Where do they come from? It is not easy to say. It might In- found, if one could travel at express speed from the mountains of Montana, and the frozen regions farther north, that the cold continued all the way to Eastern Alaska, and on to I'ehriug strait, with even a greater degree „1 intensity. In fact, the coldest region is probably the : wide expanse weit, and i-qiecially northwest, of Hudson Hay, in the neighborhood of the magnetic |ole, i A "cold wave" is a wave of heavy air, following the i arelied track of "low ba rometer," and < hanging the rarefied and milder atmosphere (which i- iihu- | ally also stormy ) to one of clear, <l,ll -kie- a heavy air, full of tonic power, and exhilarating and hunger-producing to sound and healthy animal life. The • tablishment of the modern govern ment weather observation stations, with their appliances, including thr eh-etric telegraph and daily pre- . has enabled the country to •<-. and compre hend something of the movements of the e frequent cold waves. The move* meat is as marked a-the advance of a veritable s< a wav e. The telegraph to iaids its start from the lto< kv moun tains id always seems to ls-gin there* though in fact it rarely does, having its origin mii> h farther north. and its advance can Is- timed like that of a railroad train. Its speed vatic.- from forty to sixty, or sometimes even seventy miles an hour, usually it would seem aUiiit fifty. It rolls over the country, a real wav e, an aerial coun terpart on the shore of its congener, the tidal wave of the ocean, and its di rection is u-ually from the northw-st to the southeast. It sweeps slowly down from the frozen wastes <,f tin- Asiatic shore, and the equally frigid wilds of the A merit an mainlan 1 in the arctic circle, to our Atlantic c<a k t, its breadth reaching all the way from Nova'scotia to < ajie llatteras, and fre quently making its chilling presence felt as far south as Florida. The Her muda which lie just - ith of the Lulf str< am, a little over nub , alni'-t due e,-vt of <'barl -t'-n, f<s-l the influ ence of our "coll waves" very p. rceje tiblv. That solitary little group of small. low-lying coral islands which ran le reached by steamer from New- York in the same time that it taki-s to go to Savannah, hapjs-n to lie on the b-ew ,ird h. le of the tlulf stream; and that great thermal current of the o ..m forever -aves them from fro-t, and hop- them in spring foliage all winter; but, while it finely tempers and modifies the north wind, it cannot quite rob it of all its intrinsic charac ter, and the result is a wind that may lie at times cool, and frequently lioisterons. but never really cold; and those lonely islands, surrounded by w-iile-rcaobing coral rii fs. have all w in ter a pleasant < limate of spring. That U almosf all they ever know of our winter "cold waves." Those c..me in an almost rhythmical succession, and have their causes doubtless as j>tcnt j as those of the ocean's tides, which they strikingly resemble. - fee Trad* JourtwL Ills (inly Chance. A passenger on a small steamer.run ning along the American shore of Lake Huron hunted out the captain and said; "Captain, the mate is drunk." "Yes. I presume so," was the reply. "That's hi- greatest fault -he will get drunk." l'rettv soon the pa--< nger returned with further news, lie had found that the chief engineer hail been acci dentally left behind. "Oh. well." replied the captain, "some of the firemen will put her through all right." In the rour-e of half an hour the passenger discovered that the l*>at was overloaded, short-handed and leaking, and he ret units! to the captain and re ported. and adilisl; "I expect nothing less than to b blown up before we reach Lexing i ton." "My friend," said the captain in a ! fatherly way, "that's your only chance. We won't have a storm, the mate is sobering up, the Iwys have gone down to stop the leaks, and if we can't blow yau up and settle with your widow for alxiut s2oo. I'm afraid you'll live for several years yet. I'll go down and | see If there Is any chance for an cxplo door A correspondent wants to know why green turtle is the sort almost exclu sively used for food. We are not very sure, but wo surmise that the green | turtle is caught easier than almost J any other kind. LIFE'SATIRti MEDALS. Ilow the • nlt'fl Mtelra ••iimiiianl Kr> wirilt Tho#r I'CIIOIII Wliu Save inhere tram llninnlnt. The Washington esejrrespondent of The Philadelphia Ui"ir<t says: If ynu jump into the Delaware ami, at the imminent rink of your own life, nave the life of another, the secretary of the treasury will give you a medal. If your risk was "extra hazardous" or your servicen particularly ilihtiri you will get a gold mesial; if your r k * was of a lower degree it will be silver. When the life-saving serviee wan re-or- % gani7.ee] under its present efficient chief, Sumner J. Kimball, congress establish ed these rewards. They were then willed the brat-class and the second class medals, and were given only for the actual saving of life at the actus risk of life. I'eople who had saved life at the risk of life objected, however, to receiving a second-class medal for what they deemed lirst-class ser\ ice. Due spirited young lady returned the silver second-class medal sent to her. She wanted the b< st or none, and it now rep'iscs on ;t- velvet be<l in Mr. Kimball's office safely. It was found, too, that men often snvd life at a risk of projaTty or of limb not tantamount to a risk of life, but de-erving of some , recognition. It was thought, f• r in stance, that the master of a laden ves sel who delayed his voyage to save a wrecked crew at gr< at personal expense | and Inconvenience deserved a medal equally with the man who simply inoisteii'd his clothes in the surf. So congress, to m<st these: suggestions, changed the natmw of the medals to I "gold medal" and "silver medal," and made the provisions of award so j comprehensive as to take in all life* i -avers at ri-k. The terms of award 1 arc, however, not loots. This it evi . dent from the fact that while many 1 aj>p)i< ations are recieved i through "my ! congressman," of course), few medals are issued in a year; sometimes as few as four or five, and never more than a ' v..re. Theaf pl;< ations, whh h must !e supported by affidavits, go to a com mittee coinjoseil of the chief of the life J saving service. the > hief of the naviga tion division of the treasury depart j ment, an I the chief of the steam v inspection service. These gentleim-n have i i IM> convinced by < v id' Tie that would sii'isfv a court of .law. They cannot 1* bulldozed by I "your memlM-r." Once convinced. , however, they recommend you to the rwretary of the treasury, ard he sends you your modal vvitli a handsome little j b-tt'-r. The medals are v. ry handsome in themselves. A new M-ne-s. some what differing from the old. is now l being prepared in the I'hiladelphia mint Tle-se 1 have not wea, but the ! old ones were good enough. The gold j one hal a life-boat in the art of rescu ing a drowning man on the obverse, | an<l an angel or two on the reverse with the necessary inscriptions. It is not strange, perhap*. that a man or woman should deserve a modal of this . sort several time* in the course of a 1 useful life. As a matter of fad, these ( modal* have been earnest, again and aga n by the same js-rson. They never 1 get more than one mesial of ea h class though; but for each subsequent achievincnt deserving of a medal, they ' are give-n a bar of gold or silver. as the case- may !>e, to Is- placed on the ribleon of the derorat ion a* the clasps are on Kurojsan war medals. Jnst as He Said It. " An excited gentleman, who took ex ception to a personal notice male of him in the paper, called at the office the either day to demand a correction. He said that he did not take any stock in newspajxr apologies; that they were generally an aggravation of tlie ! original offense, and to guard against J any such possibility he Instated that fl Jn*t what he would dictate should le j printed in contradiction anil precisely as he ut teres! it. I'crhajis the gentleman did not ron slder that, as he had a very bad cold in 1 the head, his caution to print his re marks "precisely as he uttereil them" woulel involve his name somewhat ridiculous, for he was especially em phatic in saying that he "did dot wadt ady tlodseds about It;" but having agreed to his demand, we feel in honor bound to abide by our promise, and the following is what he said and just as he said it: a "Id lass week's duhber of this dews paper ad itch appeared statidg that Bister Johd IHcolas spedt Sudday id folubbus. As this was dot Id aocord adce with the facts add codfUcts with the gedelleliad's stadebedt to hta fabily add friedds that he was id Clreed Towdshlb od Sudday. the corrwrtiod is 1 cheerfully bade that Ulster IN col as did aped Sudday M Own Towdahib add dod Id Colubbus. as errodeoualy do ticed.''—Cinrimnatt Saturday Sight.