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MM. 1. J. BUitWAT, Kdltr and Proprleler
3F'FICE-COK.F0T A WASHIKOTOKStuKBT TERM8, IN ADVANCE: One year.... w months. -.17 THree mombi AD VEBTWEME NTH Inserted on Terms. FACT, FATE AND FANCY; Im r urtac than hmw Br Mas. A. J. DOKTWAT. API-Hp or "JUDITH MOD," "KI.LKX DOWII,' "AJOE akd ant "the axerr o," tan woman's sfbckk," hu mninw," R&f KTC. KTCb .i -r-rcd,eorduisUAetafConirres,ln the : r SK78, by Mrs. A J. Dunfwsy, in t he office of lue Librarian of Pruning at Wh Union City. 1 CHAPTER IX. "I wish I could feel that everything van rig-tot confound it all!" exclaimed Chaplain Emerson through hie set teeth, as tiie steamer bore him away toward ins distant fields of duty. "But, some bow Tot not satisfied, and I really hardly know why." But mattera had progressed too far for him to aee-hts way clear for honorable retraction now. He well knew that his wife and daughters were already busy to ibe eyes in preparations for the double wedding, so there remained lit tle else that be could do about it than to quietly awafft the event. His efforts to discover the real condition of the fi nances of the Snowden Arm had so sig nally failed, and he was so thoroughly suspieiooBtoatbe had not (Uncovered the whole truth, that 'he had no heart to further pursue the possible fortunes of Lillie's husband elect, so he busied him seif a boot bis -re I or Imaginary duties after bis return from the eity till the morning of the very day when he was to Rive away hie daughters in marriage. Mrs. Knierson, jioor thing, grieved sorely over her husband's neglect of his duties at home. She felt an almost un controllable longing for his presence and counsel. And she was so utterly lonely. At this particular erhis iu her hie it was indeed a pity that her bus biud could ootaee and realize bow deso late she was. The doable wedding created a nine days' wonder in all the country round j about. The -bidden guests were num bered by scores, and nobody who had bt-eo in if ted to partake of the feast liar- j bored a tbongtit of remaining away. Whole families came in wagous, some drawn by horses and some by oxen. Other- -sine afoot, and young men and maidens, the former greatly predomin ating, ccme on horseback. Lillie and Grace were certainly beau tiful specimens of rustic maidenhood in their pretty-fashioned attire of simple whi:e. The apple-faced mother of John Anders was among the guest c, iter n ii tot face beaming with happi ness. Mri-. Snowden mere was also present, her fa' ! rra elaborately stuffed i o showy mvir .tiquc. and her frost-bitten hair surmounted by a white cap, set oft with artificial roses. The senior Soowden, as well ah tne senior Anders, was also present, but if there Is a lime when gen tlemen's noses aie more entirely out of joint than all other", it is at a wedding where the decisions of the feminine por tions of the household are always con sidered auJauL . Mrs. EsDeraoajr. good soul, bustled about the kitchen, the perspiration standing in great beads on Iter oily features, and her red hauds busy every where. "I do wonder if your pap ain't goln' to git here in time to see yon married?" sVie said U her daughters, who had been ready for an hoar for the expected ad veut of the husbands-to-be, and who had iK-en waiting long in the stilling heat of their low, unfinished chamber f .r 1b appearance of their internal head. "He needn't come If be doesn't want " aid' Ufliej "marriage is no tiling ui. hollow mockery, anyhow," and sbemted dreamily through her little window and across the lawn, with the air of one who sees nothing. "Ah, child, if that's the way you feel about it, you'd better say 'no,' when the parson pats the solemn question for final answer. Don't go into marriage with your soul perjured. Yoo'll have plenty o' trouble on yoor heart before you get through with life without having any thing on yonr conscience to load it down, till you'll feel so wretched and guilty like, you can't hide from uotulu'," said her mother reproachfully. "If I didn't intend to be happier than I ever have been, I wouldn't get mar ried." exclaimed Grace. "I was a thous,nd Umee nsppjer fore I ever thought f marrying than I ever expect to be again," wa9 Tjne's sad reply. "Why ?" asked Grace, her great eyes suiuiug. vuv nvuiu ,niun joy Were not going to secure your true-love for a husband, from the way you talk, Alul to be honest with you, I don't believe you care one whit more for John than you do for Aloozo. You don't act like an expectant bride who is in love with her attianced ought to act. Though for that matter, I've been happier myself than I now am." "Hush!" cried Lillie, stamping her foot in a rage. "You'll make me hate you if talk like that." "For mercy's sake,' don't quarrel, gals," the mother exclaimed in affright. "The folks down stairs will hear you, and a pretty scandal they'll make of it. But there comes your pap, at last. It's better late than never, but I do wish be VOLXDJDE VIII. r had acted like he bad some Interest in this whole aflalr." Captain Emerson alighted from his horse, and entering bis door-yard, en countered tiie throng of assembled guests With an air of eordial hospitality which HJt everybody at ease. To enter tain a rowd, ami set all the eredit ami glory of It when the eflort costs you nothing but the exhibition of a little pomposity, Is a task which lias occa sioned many ti word of hearty commen dation for other men besides Captain Emerson from their delighted guests. But, if the guests were pleased with the Captain aud delighted with ills cordial ity of mauner, they were equally dis gusted With the cold, unfeeling manner wltb which his wife accosted him. 'You have come at last, Itave you, pap ?" she said. "I 'lowed I'd have to send tbel sheriff after you." Then she returned to the supervision of her tables, which had lieen tastefully pread under some stately oaks iu the yard, awl which she was over zealous to keep In perfeet order for the approach ing least. The world is very unequally divided," remarked the elder Anders to his wife, aside. ''I only hope that Lillie Emer son will 'be like her father. For should she have her mother's disposition. there's precious little comfort in store for John." It was not the fault of Mrn. Emerson that her guests so misjudged tier, as the reader know. Yet her guests did not know, and so they imrtook of her toil and bounty iu all uneharitablenes, and looked iihii her jovial lord as a martyr to counttbial uusuilableness. As Lillie stood before the altar and joined her hand with John's and spoke the fitting voire, it was as though a death knell had tolled the words in her ears. And John, poor fellow, listened to the soft responses of his new sister Grace, as though they were so many words of molten lead poured into Ids own unresisting heart. Of course, my reader will declare that such a union was both foolish and wicked. Each bad deceived the other, and both were deceived in imagining that they would tiius make each other happy over tiie graves of their own bur ied affections. Grace acknowledged her new relation to tier husband's parents with becom ing dignity. If she did not love her husband with the deep devotion of which her nature was caiwble, she cer tainly loved no other, and was therefore not aware but that she was aetiug hon estly with herself. Lillie, who had been sad and ab stracted till after the marriage service, rallied, and was soou the gayest of the tbroug. "Nobody should know she was uot happy," she thought. "And least of all should her husband's par ents 8USM9Ct It," Mrs. Emerson had no time for senti ment or the luxury of .sadness. Her marvel of a dinner followed the bridal ceremony in quick succession, and she willingly waited upon everybody, uot by any means excluding the lbr-,core ; children who attended the feast, aud wbo were compelled to await their turn j at the second aud third tables. But the good woman's supplies were apparently as inexhauslable as the Captain's hu mor, and all, indeed, "weut merry as a marriage bell," at least, so the revelers imagined, and so it would have been in reality but for the fact that human du plicity had marred the choicest oppor tunities for tbe young people's happi ness, and placed the seal of human fiat upon tbeir future prospects, thus caus ing tbe mistake of an hour to become tbe calamity of a lifetime. It was extremely difficult for the sen ior Snowden to control the feverish anx iety under which he labored till the deed for one thousand acres of the Em erson realty was duly signed, cotiveyed aud delivered, iu fee simple, to the con trol aud custody of Alonzo Soowden, Junior, and Grace Amanda, bis wife. Then a ebeek for fifteen thousand dol lars iu gold coin, also drawn iu favor of tbe young husband and wife, was placed iu the hauds of the parties interested, as a present from tbe young man's par ents, after which the elder Snowden de parted in a carriage for their city home, leaving the young couple with a paper foundation for future wealth, upon which the bride builded reasonable ex pectations, in spite of her dissatisfaction at the existing arrangements between her husband and her parents, to the making of which she bad not been cou riered as anything but a silent part ner. The parents of John Anders readily accepted tbe proffered hospitality of the Kmersons, aud remained overnight, ao- IfMnpa'tylng their son and daughter-in- te un tue lollnwlnf lv mul ly refrajUB as dld of flU i? tmm uny ratlou f hlioi!'ll 8elUeraeu" t honeymoon should be over, or at least began. Lillie eon kt not help being .deased with the homeof herhusba-MP, ,!are,. Alow, rambling cottage e upon a slop ing lawu that lay witli n, manv ' toward the river, where a painted ferry boat with ropes and pulleys plied busily between companion honks, fringed with alder and haeel undergrowth. Every floor of the unpretending. whitewasbeJ cottage was daintily cov- ered with a neat rag-carpet. Brackets, picture-frames, what-nots, ottomans, X'OTfXXVIVU. OXSKOOIV, THURSDAY, NOATE3IBER i, crystal work, hanging-baskets, alr oastles, patchwork quills, tidies, worsted work, aud curtains of home-made lace, adorued the rooms. From parlor to kitchen, and from bed-rooms to wood shed, the house-keeping was immacu late. Even the chickens, that are a nuisance In most country kitchen yards unless fenced away from the door, ram bled seemingly at their own sweet will, aud yet molested nothing. The very oats were sleek and comfortable, like their smooth-faced mistress; and the huge house-dog was as good-natured and as much at home as everything and ev erybody else about the model establish ment. The senior Anders was just such a looking man as you might expect to find in such a model home. His kindly face beamed with mild good uatnre, and his kindly voice at ouce assured every body who heard it that Its owner was a large hearted, if not as active, as his bnsj, hustling wife. Tiie maid of all work had a simple tea in readiness for the bridal party upon their arrival, and John led Lillie to the table aud bowed his head for his father's blessing, with a feeling of prayerful res ignation to circumstances which his wife also endeavored to evoke, hut with out success. The perversity of woman's love na ture has erplexed the ablest minds ever since the very dawn of literature. Love is not only blind, but obstinate. It will not go where it is bidden, nor stay at the simple optiou of anybody. Cases almost without number may eas ily be recalled to the memory of the reader, wherein Kireuts, money, respect ability, and every other imaginable requisite to what tile world considers desirable matohes, have been rendered unhappy, if not unbearable, by the ab sence of tiie eseutial elements of love. Aud John Anders ilid not love Lillie, and Lillie did uot love John. Each could have been equally contented with almost any other well-disposed person for a companion for life. And, as each felt and realized the force of this humil- latitig truth, though eaeh resolved to conceal the fact from the other so long as they both should live, it was little wonder that they sat together for the first time at the hospitable board of the husband's parents and looked upon the prospects for the future with no very ecs tatic expectations. Mrs. Auders, mere, was ail aglow with happines. She had been mar ried to her good and genial huslmnd in the old-fashioned times when people married for love, and she no more cor rectly imagined the feelings of her children who had been made legally one through a ooucourse of circumstances that merely drifted them into the current, than If she aud they had been horu upon different planets, with na tures as widely apart as the antipodes. Maniage Is always more or less of a sacrifice, no matter what parties under take it, or what motives prompt it. No two human beings, each endowed with individual will and desire, can reasona- l.lt' ariuot In t Imrniiirlil v harmonize w,nolt n)UCU ylellIIIIB of ,,er,0al pref- erenceon the port of both. Wheu love prompts this sacrifice, it becomes an easy yoke, ami is n burden of compara tive lightness. Especially does woman glory in any sort of concession that she fancies will conduce to the happiness of her beloved. Lillie was a conscientious girl, aud so was firmly resolved to do her duty. "He shall never know to his dying day that I married him to conceal 1113 love for another less worthy than himself," she thought. "He loves me, ami I shall deserve his love." John, equally consclentions, made a like resolve, and with what strength of purpose they adhered to their determi nations, tiie reader shall see. And now let us leave them for a sea son to solve as best they can the prob lem of their ne'w existence, while we, Imviug married both the parties, and thereby reached the commencement of our story, transport the reader to other ami more exciting Incidents connected with tbeir history. To be continued. OUR EUBOPEAN 00RBESP0NDEH0E, I.rTTKK MMREK TWELVK. MT. HLAXC. "(jake Leman woos me with Its crystal fsee. Sang Byron, In the wanderings of CMlde Jlntold, nnd It hai charmed and fael nated every one who has seen It from great Ctesar to the traveler of the present time. Any one who has gone by rail from Frieburg can never forget the first sight of Lake Geneva, as coming through a tunnel, the train turns sud denly to the right, and the whole mag nificent panorama of the broad expanse of water witli Its surrounding mountains bursts suddenly and unexpectedly upon him. Taking the morning boat from Lau ra ne up the lake, in nn hour we are lauded at a station a mile from the cas tle of Chillon, whose white walls, rising apparently from the very water, had been insight for some time. A pleasant walk nlong a well-made carrlagewoy at "ie toot of the vine-clad hills brings lis to the bridge which croeses the moat. ... entrance to the castle we see, engraved in German, Uie strange motto for a prison, "May ho UZZX oZ and a half milesionly part way down the mountain , come in aud go out." As soon as we I are within the walls, we seek the dun - Fkkb Sfsecu. Fbee Pit bus, Free I'eom.e. geons which have been clothed with such a melancholy Interest by Byron's poem, "The Prisoner of Chillon." Two or three underground rooms must be passed through before reaching the main duugeon. In one of these Is a blackened beam on which prisoners were sometimes executed; another has a narrow, obscure stairway which com municates with the council chamber above, aud iu a third is a huge flat rock on which the condemned were said to pass their last night. Going through a low double doorway, witli the remnant of a great Iran door yet hanging by its rust) hinges, we come Into a large, dimly-lighted dungeon where, ' There are seven pillars ofgothle E-'d," "And in each pillar there Ik a rinc And In eaeh ring there Is a chain." The column to which Bonivard is said to have been chained yet has a massive, rusted, Iron ring fastened to it. The deep, circular paths, worn In the rocks around each of these pillars, tell of the years of anguish which have rolled over the unhappy prisoners who have been here confined. The surroundings are literally as Byron gives them, and we can almost see the wild-eyed pris oner tugging to break his chain that he may reach the body of his dying brother. Among the hundreds of names In scribed on the pillars, we find Byron, Sue, George Saud and Victor Hugo. With au Involuntary shudder we leave the dungeons which are so suggestive of sulleringsand death, and go through the apartments above. In the center of one Is a great wooden pillar to which the victims were fastened and tortured, and murks of the fire are in it yet. Not far from here is a deep, dark well or pit opening into the waters of the lake, down which the executed were thrown, and where the condemned were frequently cant alive. The whole place seemed reeking with murder, and we were glad to get out of it wiiere we could look over the battlements into the deep water beneath. Looking out over the lake, we sec the little island witli the three trees whloh Byron mentioned. "And then there was a little isle. Which In mjr very iaee did smile, Tbe only one In new." Tbe castle of Chillon in itself con sidered is worthy hut little attention, and were it not that it has been immor talized by the genius of Byron, it would be comparatively unknown to English speaking people. It Is a mistake to think that Byron's "Prisoner" Is the Bonivard who was so long imprisoned here by the Duke of Savoy, and yet we can but say : "Chillon ! thy prison i a holy place. And thy sad floor au altar lor twa trod Until his very steps had left a trace Worn, as If tby cold pavement were a rod. By Bonivard ! May none thoe marks eOaee ! For they appeal from tyranny to God." If in this connection the reader will turn to the third canto of "CIMdeJIar oltVt J'ilgrimage," lie will find abundant description of all this Lake Geneva re- j giou. Going by train up the Rhone Valley, we soon came to the Gorge of the Trlent, where this stream cuts through the base of a mountain range and makes Its way into the Rhone. Iu some places the chasm is more than four hundred feet high, and the perpendicular sides almost meet at the top. A broad footpatli lias been made up it, which, suspended from the rock, crosses from side to side, giving many fine views. Europe lios hut one finer gorge. Mnrligny, at the angle of the Rhone, la the Intersection of three great mountain passes, the Simplon to Lago Maggiore in Italy, the Great St. Bernard to Turin, and the Tete-Nolre to the valley of Chamouny, at the very foot of JIt. Blanc. Leaviug Martigny by carriage early in the morning, we zigzag up the side of the mountain for two or three hours, until the valley of the Rhone for a long distance lies below us, nnd what seemed mountains to us when we started, be came little hills far below us. Much of the way the road is along the side of the mountain, swept by avalanches In early spring, but these are very rare In sum mer, although at long intervals a trav eler loses his life by oue. e go up and up until the summit, six thousand six hundred feet above the sea level, 19 reached. From this point the descent Into the valley on the opposite side Is very steep and sudden. Then a ride of three or four hours down tne winumg, dashing stream, at the foot of grand snow-capped mountains, and nearly all the time In sight of glaciers, brings us to the beautiful green valley of Cham ouny, right at the base of Mt, Blanc, amid the grandest scenery which the Alps and all Europe can furnish. After a good night's rost, we are up early and ready for the ascent of the r.,ionvnrt. n snur from which there is a fine view of the Merde Glace and the glaciers from It. We climb slowly up by a winding path cut in tbe side of the mountain, and after a hard walk of two hours are at the little restaurant at the summit, six thousand three hundred feet nbove the level of the sea. The ascent of this mountolu Is made solely for the fine view it affords of the im mense sea of Ice which fills all the high er gorges of the Alps, and particularly the Mt, Blanc range. If the reader can . 1 . 1 r . var frnm 'n3,,! " , r om I wide, and of unknown depth, tosaed up 1 into waves, and then instantly frozen, he can get some idea of this great glacier. For ages it has ground its way along this gorge, pushing the debris farther down Into the valley until it looks as if a company of giants had been at work carrying the dirt and rocks down from the mountains. At the lower end of the glaciers, the edges for several hundred feet from the shore are so covered with dirt aud rocks that it is often difficult to tell, with any certainty, where the edge of the chasm Is. As it advances slowly over the irregularities of the bottom of the gorge, the glacier is broken up by crerasse, whloh generally extend across It- Many of these are shallow, while others are hundreds of feet deep, and a stone dropped down oue of them crashes from side to side until it seems to be lost in the vast depth, and the sound of the fall is no longer heard. Ou the top the glacier looks like snow ice, and is honey combed by the action of tbe sun, buta little way down it is solid and very blue. Higher up, the glaclerseems whiter and more firm, and still higher it is of a daz zling brilliancy, while there are many considerable-sized hills of ice, where two glacier streams join. With a guide there is very little danger in crossing the glacier, as steps are cut in the worst places, and the iron-pointed Alpenstock prevents one from slipping. Only a, few days before our visit, a German profes sor from Berlin slipped into an opening nnd was fatally injured. Crossing, we clamber over many rods of ground-up rock, which formed the edge of the glacier when it was larger and filled up more of the gorge, aud up the sides of the mountain on the opposite side. We follow this down toward the valley at a considerable height above the glacier, aud have constantly changing views of tbe frozen billows and icy-walled chasm below us. In half an hour we came to what used to be the terrible Mauvals Pas, a path cut iu tiie almost perpendic ular shies of the mountain, but now so well protected by Iron railings that there is no danger unless one is dizzy when at great heights. Most of the way the outer edge of the path is unprotected, and it gives one far from a pleasant feel ing to look over the jagged edge, and see the certain death on the sharp roaks hundreds of feet below which await the poor unfortunate who makes only one misstep. A little furtheron we come to the Chapeau, a small house hidden be hind the projecting rocks so as to be out of tiie way of danger from ava lanches which sweepdowu the mountain sides in winter and. early in spring. This is situated upon a precipitous oil If, and from it is obtained a fine view up the glaoier, aud at right angles to this the whole valley of Chamouuy seems to he sunk deep dowu betweeu the mount ains, while the impetuous little stream, the Arve, for a little way seems to for get its haste, and winds lovingly through til e green meadows of the val ley. Almost at a glance we have the lofty, sunw-covered mountain tops, the frozen river with its sluggish but power ful current, and nearly two thousand feet below us the loveliest of green val leys, which looks like a mighty picture by some giant artist, set in a frame of great mountains. The view from tue Chapeau Is one of those which only tho Alps can give, and which will linger forever iu the memory. Descending a steep path through the wooded hillside, we soon come to a little hut from whioh a short excursion can be made to the end of the glacier and the ice grotto from which the stream under It flows. This lias been enlarged by the guides so that it can. be ascended some two hundred feet, and here oue is within the very glacier itself. As we had heeti in the grotto of the Grinden wald glacier on our former trip, we had no curiosity to again euter one of Na ture's vast Ice-houses. Coming down to the level of the val ley, we cross it and begin to follow the winding path which leads up the steep mountain on tiie apposite side. After three hours of iiard climbing, we had reached the little hotel on Mt. Flegere, which is also six thousand feet above the sea, from which, if we ore favored with a clear day, we can seethe entire Mt. Blanc range and Mt, Blanc itself, with its vast snow fields from base to summit. All the morning the greater part of the mountain tops had been cov ered with clouds, but by the time we readied tbe hotel of Mt. Flegere late in the afternoon, the clouds had broken away, aud we bad an unobstructed view of the lofty, snow-white dome of Mt. Blanc, glittering In the full rays of the Roltlnir sun. Before us wa n view which the wildest Mights of ourimagin ation had never conceived. Within sight were literally "Alps piled upon Alps," fr vic could see at once thirteen mountain peaks, the lowest of which is two miles high, aud in the midst, reach iug up Iu the Heavens until we can hardly distinguish it from tbe clouds, Mt, Blane, the monarch of European mountains, three miles high These mountains are mosty of granite, aud several of the peaks run up almost as pointed as cathedral spires, so much so that they are called needles. We could almo9t look down upon the Mer de Glace opposite us, and within eight we could count nine great glaciers which reached down Into the -alley, I and as ra.ny sruai.er ones, which came slopes. In the oregrounu ana more 1 than a half a mile below us lies the KXTMBEIt 11. green valley of Chamouny aud its little village, with the road aud the stream winding through the green fields so far away that they look almostlikeribbous, At times parts of the mountain range, or the summits of the mountains, would bo covered by clouds, and occasionally the dome of Mt. Blanc, bright with sun light, would appear above the clouds. After enjoying the wonderful view for more than au hour, we descend nnd reach our hotel at six o'clock. During the day we have made, on foot, twenty-one miles of mouutalu travellug, having climbed two peaks, each six thousand feet high. The reader can get some idea of what it Is to lift oue's body up these two mountains, by thinking of going up a pair of stairs fifteen thousand steps high, or going up and down a pair of ordinary bouse stairs about eight hundred times in one day. It was the hardest day's work I had done in many a year. There aresixcompetinglinesof stages from Chamouny to Geneva, a distance of fifty miles, and so sharp is the com petition between them that the fare to Geneva had fallen from twenty-five to three francs. These great coaches are each drawn by from three to six horses, and make the distance down in six hours. Much of the way the road is cut through Bolid rocks, and walled up at the side. I think I never saw so fiue a carriage road, or oue with such a good road-bed and grade. And indeed the fine roads over nearly all Europo are a wonder to Americans. Most of them are graded almost as carefully as railroads, and tho wagou track is covered with broken stone. The upper part of the road is through a rough country, but the ten miles nearest Geneva is iu a rich aud well-cultivated region. I should remember this ride as one of the pieas- autest of my trip if it were not that a "native," smoking a "long niue" made of the most villainous tobacco which ever grew, sat 011 the seat in front of me and gave me most of the way this wretched second-hand tobacco smoke. All over the continent almost every man smokes and drinks beer or wine, aud the presence of Iadfes is not consid ered a restraint to either. Geneva, which is beautifully situated at the foot of the lake, is one of the most important cities iu Switzerland, nnd contains more foreign residents than auy other. It is mentioned by Oresar in the first book of his Gallic War, and from that time has been a place of im portance. It has a largo number of watch and jewelry establishments, and j extensively manufactures music boxes aud carved work. Ou a clear day oue can get a fine view of Mt. Blanc from the quay in front of the Hotel de Russie. In Geneva aud along the lake there are a large number of English hotels and ladles' boarding schools. On our former visit we attended Pierre Hyacinth's church, hut someone else conducted the service. We, however saw him and his American wife as they left tbe church. While in Geneva we were awakened very early oue morning by an unearthly noise under our window. Our first im pression was that half a dozen full brass bands had come to give us a serenade, but on looking out we could see only a market woman with a little wagon and a dotikey about the size of a four-week-old culf. The woman seemed to he reasoning with the animal and enforc ing her arguments with frequent slaps on his long ears. He was sustaining his side of the discusssion in that way which only a donkey can, and which cannot be equaled or imitated by any thing in this world, and it was his vig orous presentation of his view of the question which awakened me. Wheu I looked at the insignificant little animal and heard the fearful noise he made, which seemed to fill the air for mites around, it seemed astonishing that such wouderful vocal powercould be wrapped up in so small a brown skin, aud the longer his powerful argumeutconliuued the more ray wonder grew, and to this day I cannot hear a donkey address an audience or speak to a friend a couple of miles away, without being filled with awe at tiie wonderful mauner in which he seems to be constructed. Until heard this Geneva donkev I never half realized what must have been the Inter view between Baalim and the beast on which he rode, or was signified when "the ass opened his mouth aud spake." We will bring this long letter to close by asking our readers to get a through ticket via Mt, Ceuls tunnel for Naples, eight hundred miles away, where we hope they will be sufficiently recovered from the long ride of two days and nights without the comforts of a sleeping car, to go with us to tho buried city of Pompeii, and make the ascent of Vesuvius. O. R. BcnciIAKD. The organization of society will never be jierfect so long as some persons have more than enough to make them happy as property cau make them, while others, by their best exertions, cannot obtain enougn lor tins purpose, prop erty, of Itself considered, is nothing; but taken In counection with what it brings, it Is of much importance to happiness. as furnishing the means of protecting ourselves from those outward things which excite disagreeable sensations. aud of gratifying those senses which na ture uas given us, as the eye, the car, etc. "Somehow or other." said Frederick the Great, "Providence seems to do the most for the best disciplined troops." "I have always noticed," said Napoleon, "that Providence favors tbe heaviest battalions." A JonTOalfortneJPeopie. la voted to the Interesrsof Independent In Polities and Religion. Alive to all Live Issues, and Thoroughly RadleBllnOpfiosingandExposinsthe'SVroDj; of the Masses. Cwrea pondenls writing over asomedslKnn tnres mast make known their names to the Editor, or uo attention will be given to tiiel communication. OUE WASHINGTON LETTER. T E"rroR or the Nw North WBfir: elegraph brings us the welcome news that the yellow fever is waning at -Memphis, and 9O0 will have disap peared under the chilling touohe9 of Jack Frost. We know by personal ex perience and observation in 1678, the horrors of a Memphis epidemic, and for the few who remained there this season to lead a forlorn hope against the King of Terrors in that horrible struggle for life given by the yellow fever, we have had most earnest sympathy and fellow feeling. Many friends have succumbed. One, Dr. Wm. It. Lowry, a physician who began the treatment of yellow fever during the Mexican War, and since has been in more or less annual contact with it, to our Intense surprise and'pain was not proof against the disease, and bis name, too, is iuscribed in the roil of tbe dead. Mr. Toruony, a lawyer, who in the past made Washington his home during the sitting of Congress, with all bis family, is also amoug tbe dead. To the few who survive is due the greatest praise for their courage, Oue of these, J. M. Keatiug. editor of the Atmeal. seems to bear a charmed life. In 1867 he was iu daily contact with choless and yellow fever, the same in 1S7S, un this year was at times the only oneofh s force at work in the office. Acting as editor, compositor, clerk, etc., belabored incessautly upon his paper and among the sick and alllicted, and we are thank ful indeed that such a brave, loyal spirit has been spared by the destroyer. Mem phis seemes a doomed city. Plague has. swiftly followed plague, sweeping thou sands out of existeuce, and crushing out and paralyzing all trade and business, and though revival has followed,' yet it has not been of that permanent type which begets improvement in values aud increase of population. In ISM tbe Gayoso House was the largest hotel In Memphis, in 1873 It was given up to squatters. Other hotels were aban doned, and on every band were otlier in dications of decay and abandonment. How can it recover from the fearful blow of 1S7S? We fear it is impossible. Ford's Tiieater, in which Mr. Lincoln was killed, and which has since been used by the government as an army medical museum, was found this sum mer to be in a most unsafe condition. It was a mere shell, erected on tbe weakest of foundation walls, and Ibera Is every reason to suppose that had it been continued in use as a theater, home terrible accident would before this have occurred through the breakingorcqliaps Ing of its walls under the pssureiglvft by some large or unusual audience. "Tn view of its insecurity, the wouder Is that italready has not fallen down. Thorough repairs have been made, and thebuildlng Is now regarded as safe for the purposes of the surgeon general. The new State House is being slowly finished, and by March next the War and Navy Departments can be removed to it. Congress is to blame for tbe slow progress made toward completion of tliis magnificent, as well as essential building, for instead of appropriating enough to finish in one year, the funds requisite have been doled out in tuch manner as to stop all work one-half of each year. How not to do it is some what the rule govern! ng appropriations. unless votes are to be gained. Then, as with the river and harbor bill, the merest schoolboy fishing stream, where a piu hook suffices to catch the largest minnow therein, cau secure a slice of plunder if some member demands it. Dean Stanley when visiting here, said he regarded this new state building as the finest official structure he had ever seen, and it was one of which Americans had cause to he proud. The Capitol begins to show signs of life as the worklngmen are busied mak ing the usual repairs aud preparations for Congress. Proper ventilation of the House of Representatives Is the most difficult problem In the whole matter of repairs at the Capitol. Every yearsome new scheme is devised, only .to be abandoned, and there is constant com plaint by members at the impure alt which fills the chamber during tbe dally sessions. We fear that bad air is the scapegoat for every ill aflllcting our solons. The more dissipated the mem ber, the greater bis indulgence In liquor and tobacco in and out of the hall, the greater his condemnation of the imper- fectuess of ventilation. A member whose dietary at home is of plainesr food, and whose regularity of habits is precisely what Is needed to give him rugged health, enters our hotels, feasts at all hours of the day and night upon the richest of viands, and nbandons all exercise and regularity. Ill health nec essarily follows, but of course bad air alone is chargeable with bis aflllctions. MUs Eva Mills, our leading Boprano singer, lias entered into an engagement with Max Maretzek, of New York, to sing in his operatic troupe this winter. She has a magnificent voice, and we feel assured will make her mark in her pro fession. Our citizens gave her a fare well benefit recently at Llneolu Half, and the crowded house testified to the warm regard felt for her In her native hOohen the labor ogltstor, has shaken the dust o he Federal Capital from his No 11 hrocans, and has departed from mir midst X" New York and other Xceseast. That he may remain there, Fs the truest wish of every Uv of peWashlngton, D. a, October 25, 1M8 n Gal. J-'