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VOLUME 14-NUMBER 48.
BARTON, VERMONT, NOVEMBER 30, 1869.
"WHOLE NUMBER 684.
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A Good Dairy Farm for Sale.
I will sell at private sale, my FARM pleasant
ly located on the Creek road near East Albany,
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Watches and Jewelry repaired in the best man
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Barton, May, 17, 1969.
WOOL. CARDING.
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East bardwick. Vt.. on short notice, and In a
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Ka. Hardwick.May 29. 22
LATEST WINTER NOVELTIES,
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Uarrlson, Qoodrloh. Garnet, Chili, Orinos,
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O. BAXTER,
Box 64, Danville, Vt.
Vy.SLYN4 SONS-Apothecariei and
T Wholesale Druggists, Barton, Vt.
A Romance of Lima.
Many year3 ago a young English
man, a medical student named Astley,
went to Lima. The love of adventure
was strong upon him, and all he met
with in his own country wa3 too tame
to satisfy it. Proud of the profession
for which he was studying, and trust
ing to it for subsistence, strong and
healthy in body and in mind, ho left
England with a bold heart, and this
was the life he led, and what came of
it.
At a time when the diflicuity of pro
curing subjects for anatomical study
was great, and when to procure them
honestly was impossible, and the pre
judice against dissection was so strong
that no one was willing to submit the
body of any one connected with him
to examination, it is well known that
there were men who made it their bu
siness to obtain at no small risk, bod
ies, generally those of the newly bu
ried, which tlioy sold to nurgeons, me
dical students, or indeed to any one
who stood in need of the ghastly com
modity. This class, known as ' body snatch
ers' and ' resurrection men,' has died
out since there is happily now little
prejudice against what has been tri
umphantly proved to be a necessary
branch of scientific study ; but at the
time of our story their hideous work
was a thriving and profitable one.
Richard Astley, in common with the
rest of his profession, availed himself
of their services, and many times in
the black night his door was opened
by those who did not knock, but who
were expected and waited for, and
who entering silently, stealthily de
posited a dead burden upon the table
prepared for its reception. Old and
young, men, women and children, all
in time lay upon that grim table, and
Astlcy's skillful instruments cut their
way to secrets that were destined to
benelit the living.
Though he was not hard-hearted, it
was not unnatural that i:i time lie
should grow so much accustomed to
the sight of his ' subjects' as to feel
nothing but momentary pity as he put
aside the clustering curls of infancy,
or uncovered the face of a man cut
down in the glory of his years.
One night, as many nights before,
the stealthy visit was paid, and Astley
took his lamp to examine the new sub
ject. Neither strong man nor tender
child this time, but a young and beau
tiful woman. The dead face was so
lovely that it did not seem possible
that the light in the closed eyes could
niaKe it lovelier. The fair hair had
fallfti brick firwi itivo nn sliarlc to the
white brow, and the Ion- fair lashes
lay in a thick fringe upon the violet j
tinted underlidu.
She was very tall and slender, and ;
her hands one of which hung down :
as she lay upon the table were long :
and perfectly shaped. As Astley lift-,
ed the hand to lay it on her breast, he 1
thought how beautiful it must once '
have been, since now, when there was i
not the faintest rosetint to relieve the
deadly pallor of it, it was so exquis-!
ite. Mie wore one garment, a lonj:
flannel shroud, very straightly made
through which scanty drapery her j
slender limbs were distinctly visible, ;
and below which her delicate feet were
seen, bare to the ankle. j
Astley was in trouble as he had ne- j
ver been before. The idea of treat- j
ing this beautiful corpse as he had j
done all others brought to him in like j
manner was repulsive to him, and he j
recoiled from it as from the thought
of sacrilege. But how could he rid
himself of the lovely incubus ? It
was possible that the men who bro't
it might be bribed to take it back
again, ana n tney should reiuse out
ie was incapable of distinct thought
pon the subject, and could only de
termine that in any case the beautiful
ling before him should be treated
with reverence and respect. He gent-
y covered it from head to foot with a
ong white cloth, and locking the door
of communication with his bedroom
and the room in which it lay, threw
dmself upon the bed without undres
sing, lor the night was nearly gone.
But his sleep was broken, and his
dreams were feverish, and in some
way connected with what lay in the
next room. Now it seemed to him
that it glided in through the locked
door, with hands folded on its breast,
and eyes still closed, and stood by the
bedside, and now the dream was that
he had opened a vein in one of the
delicate arms, and that warm, living
blood poured from it fast ; and finally
he awoke with a cry of horror from a
ghastly dream that he had entered
the room, and found thai some un
known hand had anticipated him in
the work of dissection.
The horror was upon him after he
woke to know it was a dream, and
opening the door he looked in upon
the table. io chance there of any-
kind. The long sheeted figure lay in
the half light of dawn as he had seen
it before in the lamplight, very straight
and still.
It was not until nearly noon that
Astley raised the covering to look once
again upon the beautiful dead face,
and when he did so saw with wonder,
not unmixed with terror, that a change
had come upon it. ne could not tell
what it might be ; the deathly pallor
was there still, but in some way the
face was not the same. He looked
into it long and curiously. Surely a
change had passed over the eyes, for
though they were still fast shut, they
looked now as though closed in sleep
rather than in death. He lifted an
eyelid tenderly with his finger : there
was not death in the eye ; unconscious
ness, trance, there might be, but not
death.
He was certain now that he was
not dead, though be could find no life
in her pulses. For hour3 he strove
to call back the spirit, until at length
color returned and she lay before him
sleeping like a child. He had placed
her on his bed, and now sat by her
side with a throbbing heart, to await
her awakening.
She slept so long, and iu the wa
ning light looked so pale that he feared
she was again about to fall into the
6trange deathly trance from which he
had with so much difficulty recovered
her. In his terror of that he cried
out for her to awake, and the sound
of his cry awoke her with a start.
He had prepared a speech that was
to calm and reassure her when she
awoke bewildered to find herself so
strangely clothed and lodged ; but she
no more needed calming and reassur
ing than an infant, too young to know
its mother from any other woman.
She looked round with a wondering
gaze that was almost infantile and her
eye resting upon Astley she sat up in
the bed and asked him in his own lan
guage for food. It was evident that
she had no recollection of illness and
neither anxiety nor curiosity as to her
present position.
She ate the food which was brought
to her. with appetite, and would have
risen from the bed, apparently uncon
scious that she wore no garment but
a shroud, had not Astley persuaded
her to lie down and sleep again.
He left her sleeping, and went on
to another room profoundly puzzled.
IJere was this beautiful woman, ignor
ant, and almost helpless as a child,
thrown upon him for protection, as it
was clear that she did not remember
anything which would lead to the dis
covery of her friends. It was possi
ble that her senses had left her alto
gether, never to return ; the lovely
creature might be a harmless idiot all
the rest of her days. Her speaking
English was another puzzle. She
might be an English woman her beau
ty was certainly of the Saxon type
or she might only have learned the
English language : but if so how came
that knowledge to be retained when
all else seemed gone?
II is perplexity was interrupted by
the entrance of the cause of it. She
stood at the door wrapped round in
one of the bed coverings, looking at
him with a sweet, childish, vacant ex
pression that was touching in its help
lessness. ; I must call her something,'
lie thought, as she stood apparently
waiting for him to speak ; ' her name
shall be Mary.'
' Are you bettor, Mary, and will you
sit in this chair ?'
i She paid no attention to the inqui-
ry, but took the offered seat, aud be
j gaii silently rocking herself to aud
! fro. It had such a ghostly effect to
I see her there by the lamplight, robed
j in the long white drapery, with her
beautiful face still pale, no longer
j deathly, rocking herself in silence,
I that Astley felt
a sensation very luce
fear thrill through him. He must do
something for he could not bear this.
I lie took up a book, the first that came
i to hand it was an English one and
I offered it to her, asking if she would
I like to read.
I She took it with a childish smile,
j and laying it open upon her knees be
gan to Hurler the leaves backward and
inward, playing idly with them
' Good heavens !' said Astlevto him
self, ' she is mad, imbecile at any rate ;
I must do something with her.'
But it was impossible to think with
her before him, and taking her by the
hand, lie said :
I 'Now Mary, you must go to bed.
i and to-morrow '
' She did not wait for the end of the
1 sentence, hut arose at once to do as
1 she was bidden, threw down the book,
; and letting fail the coverlet that had
' enveloped 1 cr, walked quietly back to
the inner room.
Astley fastened the door, and felt
as if he were going mad from sheer
be tvildernient. She must have clothes
the very iirt thing, and how were they
to be procured without taking some
one into his confidence? Even if he
knew where to go for them, he knew
not of what a woman's clothes should
be. It was evident then that some
one must be told of the extraordinary
adventure, and it was evident that it
must be a woman in whom he confi
ded, as he required practical help of
a kind no man could give.
The morning dawned before he
could arrange any settled plan, and
finally he decided that he could not if
he would rid himself of the charge of
her, therefore she should remain in his
house, and he would tell all to the one
acting as his housekccper.who chanced
to be absent at the time, but whose
return he was expecting that very day.
He would bind her to secrecy by the
most solemn oath he could devise, and
if the failed to keep it, why at any
rate he was in a terrible scraie, and
this seemed the best thing to be done.
The women returned early in the day,
and Astley at once told all, and im
plored her assistance. To his great
relief she agreed at once to do all
that lay iu her power for the unhappy
young girl, and a lew arrangements
made, Astley left the house for the
da-, determined to shake off the un
pleasant impression which the whole
thing had made upon him.
Returning at night, he found Mary
comfortably clothed and looking less
pale and ill. His housekeeper told
him that she had been dressed like a
child, having apparently no idea of as
sisting herself at all.
It would be impossible to describe
minutely how intelligence dawned and
grew swiftly in the poor girl's mind.
It was not a gradual growth from in
fancy, but came in fitful snatches.
The greatest change came first, when
her face brightened from its sweet
blank vacancy of expression at Ast
ley's approach, and then she began to
wait upon him like a loving child, and
he with infinite patience taught her to
read aud to write. She also learned
to sew, and was not unskillful in such
woman's craft; but what he taught
was learned quickest, best.
Two years passed, and Mary had
developed so rapidly that she was
much like other women in knowledge
and acquirements, but she had no
memory of anything before her trance.
Astley told her the whole story, and
urged her to try to recall something
of the time before ; but it was in vain,
her memory was gone. And the pre
sent time was so happy that they cared
little for the past. She was something
belonging so entirely to him, even her
life fche owed to his care, and loved
him so intensely, there ; being no one
else whom she knew or loved beside,
that he could not fail to be very hap
py ; and the mystery of the bond be
tween them enhanced its charm.
They were married, and still she
lived iu the same privacy as before ;
her husband and his love sufficed for
everything, and she shrank from en
tering a world of which she knew no
thing. 1 -
Astley's acquaintances had long ago
decided that if he was not mad, he
was at least eccentric enough to make
his society undesirable, and had fallen
off one by one, leaving him none but
a profession. He had the reputation
of being skillful, and his practice was
a large one ; his spare hours were de
voted to his home which was his heav
en. Two more years passed, years of
most perfect happiness. Mary differ
ed now in nothing from other women,
save for that blank existence of more
than twenty years. He memory of
that time never returned. She lived
entirely within doors. Astley had
one evening taken her for a walk, and
the unaccustomed sights and sounds
of the streets had terrified her so
much that he never repeated the ex
periment. At times a longing to introduce his
beautiful wife to his old friends and
relatives in England was very strong,
but the difficulties of explaining, or of
deceit, which it would involve, com
bined with her extreme aversion to the
project, always prevailed, and the idea
was dismissed as if the thing was im
possible. Six years had passed since the ev
entful night when Mary had been bro't
as dead to Astlcy's door, when walk
ing one day in the street of the city,
he had met an old friend whom he had
not seen since his departure from
England. The recognition was mutu
al.and Astley insisted upon his friend's
returning with him to dinner. The
invitatiou was cordially given and
willingly accepted, and thinking to
surprise Mr. Holt by the sudden sight
of his wife's loveliness, he said noth
ing of his being married, picturing to
himself what his astonishment would
be when he saw her.
Though he had anticipated some
evidence of surprise, he was quite un
prepared for the excess of emotion
displayed by Mr. Holt upon his intro
duction to Mrs. Astley. The color
left his face for a moment and then
returning violently dyed it crimson,
and the words of acknowledgement
were stammered out almost unintelli
gibly. Recovering his composure by
a strong effort, he offered his arm to
lead Mrs. Astley to dinner, but she
quietlv declined it, laying her hand
upon her husband s. During the
wnoie time 01 ainner Mr. nan scarce
ly moved his eyes from Mary's face,
who did not seem at all disturbed by
his intense gaze and took no notice
of her guest beyond what hospitality
demanded.
Astlcy's suspicions were excited
long before the meal was ended, and
his heart took a jealous leap as he
thought it possible that his friend was
falling in love with his beautiful wife.
He cursed the impulse that had indu
ced him to bring Holt home with him
and busily invented excuses
for rid- i
ding himself of his guest as soon as
possible.
Holt's agitation increased to posi
tive illness before long, and rising he
asked Astley to accompany him to an
other room. He was scarcely able to
walk, and Astley took him by the arm
and asked him if he were ill.
' 111 1' he groaned. ' I wish I were
dead.'
He sat down and covered his face
with his hands.
'You will think me a fool, Astley,
but the likeness of your wife to mine
i has overcome me. I was married j
eight years ago. I married an Eng
lish girl with your wife's hair and eyes,
her height, too, and with her sweet
voice. I brought her over here di
rectly after our marriage, and we lived !
the happiest life in the world for two
years and then she died.'
Astley was silent; he could think
of no words of consolation that would
not be a mockery to a man who had
lost such a wife a3 Mary.
' Died,' Holt continued, after a pause,
' while I was away from her. I had
gone a three days' journey, leaving
her in perfect health, and I returned
to find that she had died suddenly im
mediately after my departure and was
already buried.'
' How long ago ?' asked Astley,
hoarsely. A horrible light was break
ing iu upon him.
' Six years. I left Lima the follow
ing day. I never even visited her
grave, but returned to England at
once; and now after these years I find
your wife so like her in every way
that the old wound is torn open afresh,
and intolerable anguish has made me
cry out in thi'3 way.'
Astley started up and laid his hand
upon his friend'3 shoulder with a grasp
like a vice. His voice was harsh and
dry, and his eyes were bloodshot and
staring.
'Holt, for God's sake, let us do
nothing rashly ! Lome with me to
your wife's grave, and let us be sure.:
Holt looked up and saw all in Ast
ley s face.
'Speak, he shouted, 'she is my wife
tell me how you met her, speak quick
ly while I can hear you, for there is
the sound of a cataract in my ears that
deafens me 1
And he fell in a swoon at Astley's
leet.
He might have died in it for all
Astley could revive him. He stood
blindly staring at the pale face, but
was incapable of so much as holding
out a hand to him.
Holt came to himself before long,
and rising up hasgard and wild, re
peated his demand that Astley should
tell him where he had met his wife.
And he did tell hira, sparing noth
ing; saying plainly out that she had
been brought to him by the body
snatchers as a subject ; that she had
lain as dead upon his table for a night,
sheeted and shrouded like a corpse,
'And you dared burst in Holt,
who was almost beside himself.
'I saved her life,' said Astley, gent
ly ; he had softened as he thought of
that restoration. 'Will you come
with me to the grave that wc may be
very sure t
'No, no, no,' Holt moaned ; the fu
ry was passing away, and giving place
to a dull sorrow. '1 can bear no more.
11 is as certain, more certain tnan
death, that your wife is mine. : God
help us 1'
Which of the men was the most to
be pitied ?
There were pome momenta of horri
ble silence, in which each heard the
beating of his heart, like a heavy drum,
Holt spoke again.
'Ask Edith to coma here. Surely
she cannot have forgotten me.'
'Mary I call her Mary. It will
only distress her. I gire you my word
of honor that she has no memory of
anything before the trance.'
But when he saw the passion in
Holt's face he judged it best for his
sake that she should come. Since he
chose to hear from her own mouth
what he had refused to beliive from
his friend's, he should do so.
She came quickly to the sound of
the loved voice aud glided into the
room, looking like an angel of peace
between two evil spirits.! She stop
ped short as she cauglt sight of Ast
ley's face all drawn aad set vith the
effort to suppress his emotion, and she
threw her arms round his neck with a
cry of love and terror. 1
But he unwound her arms, and for
the first time drew ha; back from her
embrace.
'Mary, my love' Holt's eyes flash
ed fire at the lender words and tones
'tell Mr. Holt if you remenber any
thing in your life before yai awoke
from your trance in this home ?'
'I do not,' she said, I rememier noth
ing. I have said it so many limes.'
'Swear it,' cried Holt. i
'I swear it,' she said, 'by ay hus
band, Richard Astley.'
Poor Holt! He threw limself at
her feet, clasping her knees and cry
ing passionately :
Oh, Edith ! have you fortottcn me,
your husband, David Holt ? Oh, my
darling, you must remeiube' me, and
how happy we were for tiat short
two years ?'
But she broke from his flrasp, aud
threw herself into Astlcy's tries, cry
ing out :
'Send him away ! What does he
mean? Send him away !' She ,vas pale
and trembling with terror.
'Let her go !' shouted Holt, :&r by :
The oath was interrupted Vy Ast
ley. 'Holt, God knows I will trv to do I
what is right, and for her sake. I ask j found that all was silent ; but awoke
you to be calm.' He plaod her in a a third time in the gray dawn, and
chair, where she sat weeping for very ! heard the sound again, a feeble knock
fright, and went on: j at the outer door, which ceased
'You shall say all you au to bring I suddenly. He rose, determined to
the past to her memory, and if she ascertain the cause; he unbarred and
can remember in the fainttst degree I j opened the door, and there fell for
will give up my claim to jours. But j ward across the threshold the dead
if she does not oh, Holt, I saved her j body of Mary.
life !' The strusrgle was aa awful one, 1
and shook him as the wild shakes a ; A Specific for Cancer. Among
reed. ' l'ie latest discoveries is a reported
'You tell her,' said II.it, bitterly; ' specific for the cure of cancer. The
'perhaps she will believe wliat vou saw ,
At aav rate she will listen to it !"
It was hard to begin the cruel task ;
yet for her sake he undertook it, his
voice trembling, though hj tried with
all his will to steady it.
Mary, love, listen. Yot know that
you mu3t liave liveJ twenty years be-1
fore vou were brought here that night
'I do not know,' she said ; 'I caunot
remember.'
'But it musi have been ?o, vou were
a woman then.'
'I cannot understandshe replied
'I have no recollection ofanything be
fore that time.'
Astley turned to Holt with a look
of agony. 'You see hov it is ; let
us end this torture.'
'Give me back my wifi!' said Holt
fiercely.
lou will not take ier,' Astley
cricd, as the thought of ioing so ag
ainst her will struck himfor the first
time.
.-me is mine, said liol. -tio on ; 1
T T" . jm
tell her the whole story. If she does
not understand it, she viill believe it
when you tell it to her.' The sneer
with which the words yere spoken j
was a cruel one, but misry had made
him cruel, and he scared; knew what
he said or did.
And Astley told her ill in a few
words. She looked bewidered.
'It must be true, if yoo say so, but
cannot recollect ; and th, Astley, I
ove only you.'
She must come with ne ,' shouted
Jolt, savagely. The denon had got
the better of him, and the joor wretch,
mad with jealous pain, spoke bitter
and unjust words, that nude the ter
rified woman clinsr more closelv to
Astley for protection.
The scene must be ented for her
sake and Astley besoucht nolt to
eave them till next day, vhen, if they
could but decide udou whit was right,
O 1
it should be done. For hor sake, too,
he condescended to plead with the
frantic man; and seeing that Mary
had fainted in his arms, he laid her
down, and led Holt from the room,
that the sight of her miit no longer
madden him. His rase tied out from
simple exhaustion, and tirowing him
self into a chair he wept like a child.
tVstley roused himself. -Holt, be a
man. lhis 13 an awful traced v: I
wish to heaven I had died rather than
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played my part in it. There are not
upon the earth two men so broken
hearted as you and I. Let us accept
what is inevitable, but let s snare
what anguish we can to that unhappy
woman. .Leave me now, and tomor
row I will see you again.'
Holt rose passively. 'You arc no
bier than I,' he said as he turned to
go.
It seemed to Astley that his grief
was but beginning when he tried to
explain the whole thing clearly to
Mary. The torture of putting it into
words was so intense that all rwiore
was nothing compared with it, when
at length she comprehended, and ask
cd him it he wished her to leave him
even that agony seemed slight con
trasted to what he endured in telling
her that he believed she ought to do
so. .
Loving as she was, she could not
comprehend the sacrifice to duty
which Astley wa3 striving to make,
and her thorough ignorance of the
world rendered it impossible to make
her understand what her nosition1
would be if she remained where he
was. And yet this wa3 a case so
Astley tried to persuade himself so
extraordinary, so different from any
thing that had ever been in the world
before, that no law, human or divine,
could apply to it. But above all, the
thought rose dominant, that by what
ever mystery of unconsciousness de
prived of memory, she wasBtill Holt's
wife and not his, and with this thought
piercing him like a sharp sword, he
said that he believed she ought to leave
him. ." . ' ; i
She rose np, cold and proud in a
moment, and would have left him then,
but at the threshold her spirit failed,
and she turned again to throw herself
at his feet with tears and sobs.
Night has veiled many sights of
woe, the clouds of night have many
times been pierced by cries of anguish,
bitter cries for faith and patience, go
ing up above the stars right to the
feet of God, but night never shrouded
deeper woe than this, bitterer cries
never pierced the shuddering dark
ness. When morning dawned, they were
both very calm and still. Their tears
were shed and their eyes were dry.
He had decided for the right, though
hi3 heart was broken in the conflict;
and she, woman like, had accepted
the right, not because it was so, but
because he said it was so.
'I shall die,' she said, in a voice
from which all passion had departed.
'I can bear no more and live, but I
can bear even this and die.'
Who can describe that parting?
When the sun set, it was upon Astley
broken hearted and alone. Holt had
taken away his wife.
Seven day3 passed, and Astley nev
er left his desolate home. He made
no distinction of day or night, but lay
down to sleep if the stupor which
from time to time rendered him un
conscious could be so called at any
hour that sleep came to him.
At the close of the seventh day he
tried for the first time to look his fate
boldly iu the face. 'I am not dead,'
he said, 'therefore it is clear that this
grief will not kill me.' That night he
undressed and went to bed.
The night six years ago, when the
sheeted figure lay upon the table, and
he dreamed fantastic dreams of terror
connected with it, came to his mind
more distinctly than it had ever done
before. His sleep was broken and
1 leven.-u, una haunted bv wi d dreams.
Twice he awoke, feeling certain that
he had heard a knocking at the door,
ai'd twice he slept again, when he
following paragraph from the North
American and united States Gazette
of Philadelphia, presents the history
of a remarkable case. If it be true,
as we have reason to believe it is, it
wilt be a valuable knowledge :
Inventions are generally the result
o! investigation and study, whilst dis-
i coverics are generally made when an
other eflect than the one obtained has
been sought. An interesting confir
mation of the correctness of the latter
remark has occurred to Israel II.
Johnson, of No. 119 Market street,
who recommended a weak solution ot
carbolic acid as a wash to correct the
stench of a large and ofiensive cancer.
But the application almost immediate
ly removed not only the stench, but
also the pain, and ultimately effected
a cure of the disease. Since then this
remedy has been used with such sat
isfactory success in numerous cases
of cancerous complaints, that if friend
Johnson had been disposed to keep
the composition a secret and sell a
cancer lotion, so many high testimo
nials of its efficacy could have been
produced as would have attracted
public attention. But as sufferers
from cancer or cancerous sores may,
of themselves, or under the advice of
a physician, test the utility of the wash,
its composition and mode of use is
lerc given, viz: One-fourth of one
ounce of carbolic acid in one quart of
water, applied at least three times a
day. Friend Johnson sometimes rec
ommends the carbolic acid in the pro
portion of one-eighth of an ounce to
a quart of water, to be taken in do
ses of one table spoonful three times
day."
The Yankee and the Peer. The
oss of two men is fresh in the public
mind of England. They were the
Marquis of Westminster and George
Peabody, fit representatives of aristo
cratic Old England. The peer be
longed to the Grosvcnor family, which
cau be traced to one hundred and fif
ty years before the Norman conquest,
or more than halt way back to the
commencement of the Christian era;
George reabodv he reioiced in hav
ing no other title was of a good New
England family, and that was all he
cared about it. Both men were im
mensely wealthy, the Englishman the
most so. If the benefactions of the
two, however, were to be taken as the
criterion, no one could help inferring
that the American's fortune was as
much greater as his lineage was less.
The Marquis of Westminster, with an
anuual income of a million and a quar
ter of dollars, did some charitable
things. He gave a park to a city, he
improved London in the quarter where
his estates lay, and he was a liberal
landlord, t rom the very nature of
his property, nearly every pound
sterling he gave away returned to him
in five or ten more. George Peabody
sowed hi3 benefactions over two great
countries, often where his name was
never known before, always where no
thought of self interest could have
dictated his action. His pure philan
turopy in London alone is vaster in
its extent, better directed in its effi
ciency, than the whole aristocracy in
Great Britain of this day can show of
the same line. In short, one of these
men was a representative British Peer,
with the traditions and spirit of his
order ; the other was a representative
New Lnglander, with the sagacity,
enterprise and thrift, and aisothecos
mopolitan sympathies, broad benevo
lence and disinterested wisdom fos
tered by the institutions amid which
he was reared and trained.
A New York jury, in finding a young
man guilty of assault and battery on
a young woman who had refused to
marry him, and who in return he at
tempted to convince by a persuader
in the shape of a revolver, added to
their verdict : "We respectfully sug
gest the extreme penalty of the law.
He was sentenced to five years in the
State prison, with hard Iaoor.
From the Record and Farmer.
Volcanoes, Earthquakes and their
Causes.
BY A. D. HAGER.
" Iu the beginning God created the
heavens and the earth," and the earth
was without form and void." The
Bible was not intended for a text book
on science, yet the first words of that
book give in a comprehensive sen
tence the actual condition of the earth
" in the beginning." It was not in a
suitable condition for man or even the
lowest order of animals to inhabit, for
' it wa3 without form and void," in
other words it was in an elemental
condition, in a state of gas, or vapor.
Not an atom of matter has been anni
hilated or created since " the begin
ning." But change of condition was
one of the inherent laws of the ele
mental matter of which the solar sys
tem i3 composed and that law is still
in force. Affinities existed between
the atoms and from those elements,
which in the beginning were without
form and void, the sun and the plan
ets composing the solar system were
formed. The affinities or attractive
force that existed in each atom of this
revolving mass centered them into
globes ; thus forming the sun and plan
ets, including the earth on which we
live. But it required long periods of
time for the complete solidification of
the elements of which our earth and
the other planets are composed.
The earth was a vapory mass, then
plastic, and covered with water, then
more solid, and ultimately sufficiently
developed for the introduction of man.
In these changes how greatly was the
volume or bulk reduced! Instead of
filling the entire space embraced in
the solar system the elemental mass
has become centered into pianets,thou
sands on thousands of miles from each
otner. j
Now, it is a well established fact,
that where there is a reduction of j
bulk, whether by mechanical action or j
chemical union, heat is evolved. A
good illustration of the former is made j
by taking a smooth cylinder six inch- i
cs in length and one fourth inch iu di-!
auieter, closed at one end, and in it j
have a closely fitting piston rod that ;
a person can work up and down with
the hand. In the end of the piston i
rod place some highly inflammable
substance and suddenly compress the 1
air in the cylinder by forcing down ;
the piston rod and sufficient heat will ;
be evolved to ignite the substance. !
Before the invention of friction match-!
es the " fire gun"' was used and many
a fire has been kindled from the bit of:
cotton that had been saturated with
ir. i i - i
saltpetre, and after being dried was !
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placed in the fire sun and ignited bv !
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the heat evolved lv the highlv com-
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Iu chemical union, where the bulk !
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is reduced, heat is invariably evoived.
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A pail full of quicii lime and a pail
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full of water will evolve great heat, ;
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but the compound will not ma&e two !
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pailfuls. The quarts of sulphuric acid'
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aim wiiu tuai i ui n ai n uvc u i ia i vv.
a gallon ol the mixture, out a neat
greater than that of boiling water will
be produced. This law, requiring the
evolution of heat upon the reduction
of bulk, is universal. It is not strange
then, that so many evidences of heat
are witnessed on the earth's surface,
nor is it strange that the central parts
of our earth is now an incandescent
mass of matter.
In the outer crust of the earth,
where the atoms are so closely bound
together as to form a solid rock, the
attractive force still exists, and is con
tinually drawing the atoms more close
ly together, making the crust more
solid and consequently smaller.
The effect of this solidification of
the earth's crust upon the matter with
in it is similar to that on a wagon
wheel when surrounded with a heated
tire that 13 too short. As the tire
cools it becomes more solid and con-
equently grows shorter and hugs
more tightly the felloes of the wheel.
n many instances the contracting tire
cripples the felloes and bends the
spokes so as to ruin the wheel. It
then a contracting wagon tire has suf
ficient strength to produce these re
sults, infinitely greater must be the
force exerted by the contracting crust
of the earth, (which has a thickness of
forty to sixty miles) upon the matter
contained within it. The effect pro
duced by the contracting tire and the
earth's crust are not analagous, for the
spokes of the wagon wheel have am
ple room in which to bend, but not so
with the matter inclosed by the glob
ular crust of the earth. Being sur
rounded at every point by the con
tracting crust the contained matter
must be subjected to immense press
ure, enough to greatly reduce its bulk.
It a person can press down the pis
ton of a fire gun and so compress the
air as to produce a spark of fire how
much greater will be the heat evolved
by the combined weight and contrac
tion of a baud of rock fifty miles in
thickness bearing down upon the mass
below and within it.
It is not strange that all contained
within this crust is in a state of incan
descence, nor need we wonder that a
portion of the fused mass should at
times find vent through some opening
and be projected thousands of feet in
to the air, or that mountains should be
suddenly formed out of it. At points
in the crust of the earth where it is
the weakest, or where there is a frac
ture, the eruption of melted matter
will take place. Hence it is the vol
canic islands are occasionally formed
in the deep sea, as was the case with
Graham Island that was thrown up in
the Mediterranean in the deep water
midway between Sicily and the coast
of Africa in August 1831. The Sand
wich Islands, too, in mid ocean are of
volcanic origin,
But nearly all of the volcanoes on
the earth are ranged in lines that cor
respond with original lines of fracture
in the crust of the earth. These lines
of fracture were doubtless made by
the sinking of that portion of the
earth's crust now found beneath the
Atlantic and Pacific ocean3. The Pa
cific ocean is much deeper than the
Atlantic, hence the fracture made is
larger and through it a greater amount
of the fused material would be forced
by the contracting crust of the earth,
It is found that more than two thirds
of all the volcanoes on the earth, (the
number of which is over 400) are lo
cated on the line of fracture extend
ing from Terra del Fuego along the
Andes, Cordilleras and Rocky Moun
tains to Alaska, thence across the
North Pacific via the Aleutian islands
to the volcanic islands, east and south
east of Asia, including the East Indies
and those east of Australia, as far
south as New Zealand. From the
East Indies a branch runs west via
the Mediterranean Sea to the Canary
Islands, including in its course sever
al volcanoes.
It is found by experiments that up
on descending into the earth heat in
creases at the rate of about one de
gree of Fahrenheit for every 50 feet
of descent. If this rate of increase
continued to the depth of 45 miles,
the heat would be sufficient to fuse
the most obdurate metals and mineral
substances. Hence the inference that
the central part of the earth is in an
incandescent state. Allowing the
crust to be 50 miles in thickness, then
79-80 of the entire distance from one
side of the earth to the opposite side
would De filled with melted matter.
The solid crust of the earth i3 not as
thick, in proportion, as the skin of an
orange i3 to the part enclosed by it.
It is not strange that this compara
tively thin crust should crack asunder
as the earth was being reduced from
a fluid or plastic state into a solid
one. It is a well established fact that
Jupiter, and some other of the larger
planets of the solar system, have only
about one fourth the density of the
earth. Now if these planets ever as
sume the density of our earth, or our
earth should ever become as dense as
the planet Mercury, there must in each
instance be a great reduction of size
and consequently great heat would be
evolved. During this antagonistic
process of reduction of size and the
evolution of heat in our earth it is
evident that rents must have been
made in the earth's crust which was
then much thinner than at present.
As the earth continued to grow small
er the outer crust would become wrin
kled and collapse. Hence it is, that
in the older stratified rocks we ob
serve the plicated or highly inclined
strata. Many are led to believe, when
they sec the stratified rocks with their
strata nearly perpendicular, that
" some great convulsion in nature" has
placed them in that attitude. This is
not necessary. It requires compara
tively no greater convulsion to pro
duce the inequalities or foldings of
the earth's crust that it does to pro
duce the wrinkles in the skin of an
app
!o when the bulk of the
apple is
reduced and it becomes shriveled by
drying or by being baked. The ele-
tai.uua auv-& uvuisiuus ou luu r u 1 -
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face of a baked apple are much great-
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er in proportion than are the hills and
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valleys of the earth, lheskinofan
apple is highly elastic, but even with
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Us elasticity it is sometimes burst as-
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under and the mices of the apple are
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forced through it into the hot oven,
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And so with the earth s crust. It has
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become wrinkled and being inelastic
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to a certain extent it has cracked, and
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out of those cracks melted matter has
been forced by the intense heat and
disengaged gasses, steam and contin
ued pressure of the contracting crust,
till long mountain ranges and numer
ous volcanic islands have been formed
on the line of this great fracture.
W hen the break has once been made,
the fused matter which is called lava,
will more readily escape through these
than at points where the crust is solid
even if not so thick. Hence it is
that wc often find lava escaping from
the topmost peaks of tlie Andes in
stead of breaking out at lower points
on the land or through the ocean's
bed.
And it is along this line of fracture
that the crust is most likely to be af
fected by the surging tide of lava and
made to bend and produce earth
quakes. It was the bending of the
crust, made weak by the fracture, that
caused those waves of the Pacific to
rush, with such destructive force upon
the coast of Chili, at the time of the
recent earthquake. It is only along
the line or in the vicinity of these
" vents that destructive earthquakes
abound. Hence it is that no severe
earthquake was ever felt far inland or
distant from volcanic vents, or frac
ture lines in the earth's crust. We, in
Vermont, therefore, who are far re
moved from these fractures, need not
apprehend serious danger from the
grand but terrible phenomena of earth
quakes and volcanoes.
Country Girls. Meta Victoria
Fuller, in a sisterly way, thus talks to
country girls :
"The farmer's daughters are soon
to be the life as well as the pride of
this country a glorious race of wo
men which no other land can show.
I seek not to flatter them; for before
they can become this, they will have
to make an earnest effort of ono or
two things. There are some who
deprecate their condition, and some
who have a false pride in it, because
they demand more consideration than
they merit. A want of intelligence
upon all the subjects of the day and
of a refined education is no more ex
cusable in a country than in a town-
bred girl, in these days of many books
and newspapers.
Many girls are discouraged because
they cannot be sent away from home
to boarding schools ; but men of supe
rior minds and knowledge of the world,
would rather have for wives women
well and properly educated at home.
And this education can be had when
ever the desire is not wanting. A
taste for reading does wonders ; and
an earnest thirst after knowledge is
almost certain to attain a sweet
draught from the 'Pierian spring.'
There is a farmer's daughter in this
very room in which I am writing a
beautiful, refined, and intelligent wo
man in whose girlhood books were
not so plenty as now, and who obtain
ed her fine education under difficul
ties which would have discouraged
any but one who had a true love for
study."
"Professor," said a student in pur
suit of knowledge concerning the hab
its of animal3, "why does a cat, while
eating, turn her head first one way
and then the other ?" "For the reas
on," replied the professor, "that she
cannot turn it both ways at once."
Genius, Talent, Tact. These
three elements of man's power are of
ten confounded, and are, frequently
employed to express the same thought.
Genius may be defined as a certain
faculty which is without knowledge or
experience of effort; It is something
more than mere nature. It is a high
capacity under tho power of inspira
tion, the flash of noble thought rush
ing suddenly on the brain, but shaped
into perfection by the spirit of order
and art. Genius works from within
outward, and is its own end, and then
goes abroad for an audience.
Talent, however, is something prac
tical in its operations. It is solid
substance ; it grasps the primary qual
ities and relations of things; it works
from without inward : it finds its mod
els, methods, and ends, in society; it
goes to the soul only for power, and
then exists in exhibition.
Tact is the power to control aud
direct, as well as to realize the prac
tical workings of common sense. It
is the exemplification of sound judg
ment as contra-distinguished from
mere imagination. Tact is common
sense shrewdly working out the ac
complishment of a given end, subordi
nating and making others tributary
to its final success.
Mr. Emerson says: "If your city
young men miscarry in their first en
terprise, they lose a'l heart. If the
young merchant fails, men say he is
ruined. If the finest genius studies
at one of our colleges, and is not in
stalled in an office within one year
afterward in the cities or suburbs of
Boston or New York, it seems to his
friends and to himself that he is right
in being disheartened, and in com
plaining all the rest of his life. A
sturdy lad from New Hampshire or
Vermont, who in turn tries all the
professions, who teams it, farms it,
peddles, keeps a school, preaches, ed
its a paper, goes to Congress, buys a
township, and so forth, in successive
years, and always, like a cat, falls on
his feet, is worth a dozen of these city
dolls. He walks abreast with his
days, and feels no shame in not 'stud
ying a profession :' for he does not
postpone his life, but lives already.
He has not one chance, but a hundred
chances.
A Horrible She-Fiend A Child's
Feet Burned Off. A lady from Bed
ford couuty gives us the subjoined
particulars of one of the most atro
cious and horrible crimes we have ev
er been called upon to record. It ap
pears that Mr. Henry Creasy, living
in the Meadows of Goose Creek, in
Bedford couuty, some time since had
the misfortuue to lose his wife, who
died, leaving an infant child. The
infant was placed under care of Mr.
John Morgan, its grandfather, and was
nursed by a colored girl aged about
fifteen years. Two or three days
since, Mrs. Morgan had occasion to
scold this girl for some delinquency,
at which she showed marked signs of
anger and resentment. The next day
Mrs. Morgan visited a neighbor's
house, a short distance off, leaving the
child with the nurse. During her ab
sence the fiendish and brutal nurse,
to gratify her anger against Mrs. Mor
gan, deliberately threw the child into .
the fire and let it remain there until
both his legs were burned off above
the ankles, causing its death.
When Mrs. Morgan returned in a
few hours she was horrified to see the
innocent little babe burned almost to
a crisp, its distorted features indicat
ing the terrible agony it had endured.
The nurse, who still remained in the
house,was at once taxed with the deed,
but denied it, bitterly stating that the
child's legs had been eaten off by a
dog while she left only for a few mo
ments. This tale, however, was whol
ly disproved by the plain marks of the
fire, and the brute being threatened
with severe punishment, finally con
fessed that she committed the horri
ble deed in the manner we have stat
ed, and assigned as her reason for it
her dissatisfaction with Mrs. Morgan.
She wa3 then conveyed to Liberty and
committed to jail for trial. Lynch
hurgh (Va.) Ncus.
A Free Rendering. A farmer's
son had for a long time been ostensi
bly studying Latin in a popular acad
emy. The farmer not being satisfied
with the course of the young hopeful,
recalled him from school, and placing
him beside a cart one day, thus ad
dressed him:
"Now, Joseph, here is a fork, and
there is a heap of manure, and a cart;
what do you call them in Latin."
"Forkibus, cartibus et manuribas,"
said Joseph.
"Well, now," said the old man, "if
you do not take that forkibus pretty
quickibus, and pitch that manuribus
into that cartibus, I will break your
lazy backibus."
Joseph went to workibus forthwith
ibus. The editor of an Iowa paper called
on hia Chinese washerman, and tried
to coax him into taking hold of his
undcr-garments. The rejoinder of
John was : "Printee man dirty ; shirt
wash like d 1 ; no cleanee ; scrubee
skins of hands; inkee de d 1 to-
clean off. No want washee for print
er; charee two dollar dozen; cus
'em." One hundred years ago, there were 1
more than 250,000 landed proprie--tors
in Great Britian; to-day there
are less than 30,000.
The Young Men's Christian Asso
ciation of Indianapolis has distributed
over $2,500 in charity during the past
year- ;: .
The Petaluma fair, California, boasts
of an ox nineteen and a half hands
high, weighing 3,317 pounds, and a
pig weighing 1,003 pounds. . '
It is stated that the Bellefontaine
Railroad has transported over 1 1,000,
000 passengers since it was built, and
has killed but four of them.- '
Tombstones are but marks on the
road to show us where the mortal and
immortal parted company.
The oldest man now left in Indiana
is said to be Benjamin Scalf a resi
dent of Milesburg, Elkhart county,
born May 12, 1764. ' , -
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