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MBS. i. J. WaiWAt.'imiw art fpsarMsr A Joaroat tor the People. Devoted to the Interests of Humanity. Independent la Polities and Religion. Altve to all Live Imus, and Tliorougbly Warhisotos Anutrra Rauleal In Opposing and Exposing the Wrongs TWO, Gf ADVANCE of the Masses. Ows year. tM i n 1 at DUE Tm stoats.. Fxee SrEEcn, Free Press, Free People. Oorrwpomleals writing; over assumed signa tures must make known their names to Ihe Editor, or no attention will be given to their APVBgnpEMRyTO low. U.I ou Rciuoait- VOXTJM32 vni. T?OXtfrJL.A.7ST,' OREGON, TIITXKSDVY, FEBBTJARY 13, 1870. JTU3IBER 22. eommBRlcaUoBS. V FACT, FATE AND FANCY; ruftactfeM thK. Br MBS. A. J. D0SIWAY. ACTfio or "JUBtim nu," tuia dowb," "ahik ajtb wnrar i.rt," "rant mapfv "XASOK MOMM," ivl. arc. etc. Entered, aceofdlaa; to Act of Coocraaa, la the rear 1878. by Kit A-1. Daalwar, la the office of the UbTarlaaorOoacrenatWaaalagton City. CHAPTER XXL Hie assurance with which Atonao Hnowden met the reproving, anxlou and disgusted gaas of his wife was of the self-easse fetyle as iUal displayed by him when they had first met. But bis old power r.f fatci na tion wan gone. Grace ra uo longer tbe slave of his will. "What wax my parting word with you, Alonio Snowden T Did I not as sure you that it was useless for yon lo follow me?" No answer; but the old am lie of as surance resolved ilaeJt into tt boeaking smirk. He toyed aimlessly with life bridle rein and spoke sharply to the Im patient aod tired bone. "Yon may just as well mount again and be ofl. Alonzo," said Mrs. Snow. den, coming wisely to the relief of Qraee. "I didn't expect anything Utter from yon, old woman!"- was the hopeful eon's emphatic answer. "My business is not with you, but with my wife." "I am not your wife, sir; nor will I ever be, unless yon do as I have Mig rated." "But you little Imagine the full mean ing of what you say, madam. You Khali feel a husband's lawful power be fore you are twenty-four hour older." Grace laughed. "A husband's fiddlesticks," ahe said, derisively. "What can yon do ?" "I'll advertise you iu the Morning papers ae having left my bed and board." "Very well, Mr. Snowden. You try It, and you'll find that you've baxarde.1 a game that I can checkmate. I'll follow you iu lite papers with a card of my own, and I'll tell the dear public why I have taken this step if you begin It." "Come, Oracle dear. Don't let ne stand here parleying. We'll attract the attention of ihe passers-by," sahl Mrs. Snowden. The daughters of the Snowden house hold could uo longer be kept in ignor ance concerning the great shadow of disgrai-e that had (alien upon the brother aliom they hM all their lives petted, blamed, idolized aud quarreled with ever sinoe they could remember. They wept and scolded by turns as the facts were laid before thero, but much to the surprise of Grace, tbey all uuited in deaooociog the poor, insane girl upon whom their misguided brother bad brought such dire calamity. "Of course your wife will stand by you, A loo so. And she'll deny tlie whole story if the tongue of goaeip gets busy with your good name!" exclaimed bis eldest sister, a baby-faced girl with very limited opinions of anything out side -f the usual social conventionali ties of ber every -day life. "She might," replied the husband, "only for my mother advene influ ence." "Surely mother is not your enemy.' "Yes, she is." "How eau you imagine such an ab surdity 7" Very graphically, and with an added coloriug of his own, Atonso repealed the substance of what the reader knows already concerning his mother's part or lot in bis misfortune, for sueh he termed it, and nuly a such did he regard it. That his mot Iter did not look HKu bin sin with a view to simply conceal It, as bis father bad endeavored to do, was to him inexplicable. "If your wife does not choose to shield your honor as site ought, Alonxo, we all are ruined," cried his sister, and the younger ones re-echoed the declarations with added emphasR Bo busy were the family group with their cogitations and conversation that they did not notice the entrance of Grace, who came suddenly iutn.tbeir midst and stood before them like a spectre. "Ask ber for yourselves," bJ Alonxo, assuming the air of an injured hasfeaud. "I will only sanctioo the rightful deeds of any one, the man whom the law has made my husband being no exception," said Grace, earnestly. "What do you propose to do, Mr. Snowden 7 Remember you are my lawful, wedded wife, aud are no longer responsible for your own acts, or free to go your own way as formerly," Mild Alonzo, rislug to the dignity of a se verity wbicli he would not have dared to attempt except iu the presence of his wife, mother or sisters. Men, when de ficient in meutal or moral calibre, aud overcharged with cautiousness, are never decisive and exacting excel in the company of persons over whom law, custom or hex has given tbeiu ad vantage. "Mrs. Snowden, I must say to you that your prei-enee under our roof is ac ceptable lo us only wheu ou come as our brother's wife. If jou repudiate hie legal claim, you are not welcome as a guest In our father's house!" ex claimed Miss Snowden, the epokes woman of the half-doxen. "Very well," said Grace. "I ean go to a hole!." "But I shall warn everybody against harboring you on my account," pom pously declare! ber husband, with the old, self-assuring smile. "The daughter of Captain Emerson has unlimited credit, am! no thanks to the Snowdene, either," Mid Grace. Iter voice, face and inanneralike betokening spirit anil decision of no ordinary char acter. "Mr. Snowden, where U the deed to my father's thousand acres of land 7" Mm asked in a peremptory tone, that startled her lord into an involuntary , confession. "It'Biout of your reach, and you're a beggar) That's some comfort," he Mid, dogged (jr. "Then, sir, you arc a knave as well as a coward." "I, madam, am your husband." Grace knew not what to do. Sbe was wholly! nnoeed lo the ways of the city, ami entirely unacquainted, wave in the family of her husband. "God help and pity me! I did for get!" sjbe eigbed, as though talking to Itersebi For a moment, s-lie stood Irresolute. "Yesterday I was a child. To-day I am a woman, and I must depend upon myselfl" site soliloquised. "Bat, first of all, let we reek Mrs. Snowden again, Ttod take farther counsel of ber. She Is my frifcnd, and means to do right, what ever eke these degenerate children of hers mjay intend." Mrs. Snowden had retired to ber eb a in her, overcome with the excite- went, agony and fatigue of the past few days. Grace found her on (he bed, her lace averteu, and ber stout frame con vulsed with sols. "I cannot remain under your roof any more, mv noor. sorrowing nnthar.i she ! 1 said, siny- "O, my rfsugbtei, I know it. It will not do for you to yield your moral pur ines now. You must go." "Hut 1 have no money, and Alonxo will advertise me as an abscoudiug wife. What shall I do?" "Alas, child, I have no money, so I cannot help you in that way. But you must Iw provided for till you ean tesch. your home." N "1 shall not go home." "Then, what will you do 7" "I do not know. I have no plans ma tured. But I reel that I have n "duty to perform in this city, ami I must stay till It la fulfilled. Yon won't be angry with me if I tell you what I fear, wl'.l you 7" No, child." "Well, theo, to be plain ahont it, I believe I am being legally swindled out of my patrimony." HowT" "I cannot tell. Bat I must see about It. I want you, my mother, for a com mon so He lint; has made us mother and daughter indeed, to ue your influence to return Alouzo to my parent. He thought to lotimblate me by following me here. He must ee that he I mis taken in such an tfmaleof my charac ter. If be wiil let me guide him, and be will, at last, if you will stand Arm, I will save him. It may take a long time, and we mu-t be wise a ser pents and harmless as doves. I must have been cut out fir a missionary from the beginuiug, seeing the spirit of the work is so strong upon me. I will go now. I prefer that you do not know where. Be Mire of one thing, though. I will lake care of myself, and -will lie Arm as a rock." "But you have no money. How can you gn among ft rangers 7" "I have my watch and other trinkets with roe. Never h you fear for me." Grace kissed her weeping mother-in-law, and made her exit through an ojien window communicating with a side veranda leading from thence Into the street. I have heard of an old broker named Solomon. I believe they call him Jared the Jew. I'll co direct to his office ami pawn my watch and other triukets fnr some ready funds," she said, half audi bly. Aod with real surprise at ber own spirit of calm, deliberate calculation, frhe hastened down the street and away to the business portions of the city, where the had no difficulty in finding the little, hard-featured usurer who was ever ready and on the alert for gain. "I am a stranger in this city, sir, and I wish to borrow a slight advance, say twenty-Ave dollars, on this watch ami chain. I will be able to redeem it by the end of the week," site said, in a con fident tone. "Are you sure the watch isu't Men 7" - ... asked the Jew, takiug the watch eagerly ikt-d the Jew, taklug the watch eagerly in his trembling, claw-like grasp, aud poorly concealing his delight over its value. "Stolen, did you say? " "Yes'um. Stolen. It often happens, and some ladies get quite expert at the business." "Do you mean to insult me?" "No, madam. It Is business, you see. Busluess. If I loans my money and the owner claims the watch and proves It was stolen, I looe, don't you see 7" "If I were a believer in the moral effi cacy of the physical argument, I'd brain you with my fan," said Grace, iudig unutly. "You see, 'tis no use, madam. I can- not give more as ten dollars for the loan oil the watch am! take the risk." Grace reflected for a moment, and then accepted the terms. She was in a hurry and excited, and ready for almost any foolish effort that might relieve her from her complete impeeunloslty when among stranger. Besides, she was totally devoid nf financial experience, aud was about as thoroughly prepared to do battle with the world ax a five-year-old boy. "Your name, madam?" "Graee Emerson, sir." The word were uttered without re flection, hut the blush that followed did tot escape the keen obs-ervatloii nf the lynx-eyed usurer. "My ticket, please?" said Graee, tim idly, ns the ten dollars were counted Into her palm and the costly gift of her lather was transferred to Jared's safe. "Ah! excuse me. I did forget," said Jared, at he handed over a greasy square of pasteboard with the number 99 upon it in half-erased characters. "A lueky number, I do assure you, Miss Emerson. When will you call again 7" "Within n week." AVIth this she turned to leave the 'hop, and was confronted at the thresh old by A!oiiS Sno.v.len, senior. "Why, child, how came you here?" asked the narrow-vlsaged little man. Graee felt her strength forsaking her. She knew not what to do. To be continued. "Wive. You must not forget that all wives are women. Matrimony can, no more than law, develop them t this condition. it is lite one benign fact which stead ies the world, and saves the race. Wives are divided Into two classes; bns wives ami baby wives. All the in termediate grades come to tieloiiK to one or the otbeV of thete divisions when ex amined closely. With all due re? pec t to poetry, I think it eau be sately euld that the augel dies out of a womuu at about nineteen. Angels, iu a slrictlv scientific sense. do not live beyond puberty. The best oi me lew rare specimens that have lieen caught, wore short dresses, let their golden hair fall Inn-e, and !ia.l their pockets full of cuiu-tlrons aud dime-novels. ives mean hmduess, and a business angel is fiinply unthinkable. Boss wives or lis by u ives Is oureholee and it is a curious comment nn bus- btnds that they, as a rule, prefer Ihe b.iry to the los wives. My friend, Ben Tavlor, who wrote the well-known lines ahout the hand that rocks the cradle Iwinjj the hand that locks the world, probably meant to in sinuate that a wife is an earthquake, a proposition that I do not mean to deny. 1 only desire to say that the world don't waut In tte rocked, and If the bottom ffpntinienls of husbands could be got at, I ibiuk it would be found to express it eelf iu an anient wlli that wives would cnnllne the rocking to thecradle. The os wife Is the wile who thinks she rulex ami doe-n't, the baby wife Is she who governs and doeu't know It. A ,1,1 met. Ilk. In Im vneariiuil til IwhliM . . . " ' This is awfully humiliating, but it's a fact. Nothing demoralizes a man so effect ually as to discover that he has mar ried somrbedy that is braver ami stronger than himself. A baby wife never lets him discover it. It is enough fur her If everybody else knows iu Men have a strange fondness for weak women that Is, women who appear to lie weak. They desire to be protectors and champions before they are ten years old. Xoihiug Is ho aggravating to the urchin as to apfiear to lie ruled by a woman. Asa rule, this is the fellow that inev It ibly is ruled by oue without ever knowing it, and he Is always u uia-cn-llne fellow. Mark that. Your etleminate fellow rebels against womanly Influence; and flounders about In a most distressing thralldnui, and tt f Mm r It rnlu.1 a n-. ri. .. i rtw . .1 l.l 1 elg Xum Crinkle Don't Fokgkt. A uretbful busi ness man says there were two things which he learned when he was eighteen which were afterward of great use to him; namely, "Never (u lose anything, and never to forget anything." An old lawyer sent him with an important m per, with certain instructions what to do with It. "But," inquired the young man,"sup- liwc 1 npe it wiibi. snail I uo llienv" The answer was with the utmost em pliaxis : "You must not lose It !" "1 don't mean to," sub! the young man; "hut suppose I should happen to?" "But I say you must not happen to ! I shall make no provisions for any such oceurreoce. You must not hwe tt !" This put a new train of thoughts into the young man's mind, and lie found that if lie was determined to do a thing. lie count no 11. lie made sucli provis ions against every contingency that he never lot anything. He found this equally true about forgetting. If a cer tain matter of importance was to lie re membered, lie pinned it down ttiiin,! it ilnwn in hit. mind, fastened it there, and made It blar. I ALWAYS THE Sam K. They had been lotlfm-wl alMlIlt fifteen nlililltoa nml shu I nmileil hr bead a liitl ntnaur umlar ih shadow of his monumental shirt-collar, ami whispered, "And now what are you going tneall me, Algernon?" "Birdie!" ?ni El " L'r.i"'9 "always aud ever, nothing but Birdie !" Awl she fairly coned witli delight. He kept his word, although with the grow ing precision nf the middle age he has become specific aud does not deal in sweeping generalities any more, an so it is, that day before yesterday, a neigh bor going in the back way to barrow the ax, a cup of sugar aud the cistern pole, beard him call her "an old sage ben." 6 The costliest switch of holr over made In Paris was sokl there lately for $600. It was snow white, and its length was a yard and a quarter. OUB WASHINGTON LETTEB. To the F.nrroa or the New Northwest: The Woman Suffragists have goue home after resoluting ambitiously and discoursing eloquently to Urge audi ences In Lincoln Hall. The nieetini; cannot be said to have accomplished any tlilcgdlrectly, beyond a little whole somoSgltatlou and it takes a power nf preaching to rouse much enthusiasm nil this subject, even among the women themselves. The weather was stormy, aud Mrs. Stanton took occasion to re mark that it was fitting suffrage con ventions should Invaribly meet on rainy days, while the heavens wept over the wrongs of women. This matronly and niagnlficdnt lady is the one .ver tower ing pillnrof slreiigth'lo the movement for woman's dieeulhnilluieiit. The con vention comprised a flue lot of girls, old anil young. If there is still a popular delusion that thesuflragc women belong to a distinct species, (hat she Is acid and bony and dowdy, let that delusion hide its disgraceful head before the facts. They are neither all "old maids" nor all men-haters, though they do sometimes give the sterner sex particular fits. But as a rule they are womanly aud refined, and seldom go hack on the gospel of good gowns. For Instance, Ijlllle Dev ereiix Biake, blonde, brilliant, staccato, stylis.i. She Is the woman who "dares" to wear tho most pronounced whim of millinery aud look pretty In it. Mrs. Stanton, In matronly silks and softly falling laces; Miss Anthony, iu rich and rather sombre black, relieved by a tint nf white lace; Mrs. Gage, with white hair a la Martha Washington, and suit of garnet silk and velvet; the profes sional women, In dresses that were fit ling, graceful and individual. The brightest aud prettiest of them all, Miss l'ho?lte Cozens, was not present this lime. Diuhtles4 she was too much oc cupied with her law practice in St. Louis. The Indlau question has attracted its full share nf attention here at the Capi tal lately, for, in addition to the agita tion of the subject iu Congress, and the Interesting correspondence between General Sheridan and Secretary Sehurz, we have had and still have delegations of real live Indians here to speak for themselves. So many representatives of the roil mtiii have visited Washing ton within the iat few years, that they wnuld scarcely seem to be a rarity now, yet somehow the jtopulaee still mani fests interested curiotlty, ami puts itself out of the way toS"ea live Indian, about as Ihe boys run after the elephant In a circus procession. The Ute chiefs who were lately here came on business er tainiug to a laud trudu with the govern ment, and after being feasted and feted and toted about from pillar to po-t for ' two or three weeks, gave out and de pnrted. Strange as it niuy seem, they I went rather the worse fur wear. Civil- ixed methods of dlssiiKttiou do not agree with the deuisen of the forest, . who at Home goes lo loost with tli goes chickens. Late hours and gas-light are out of his line. But "the boys," as agent Kelly calls them, took it pleas antly, made little speeches whenever called upon, aud before starting for home gave a grand banquet nt the Tre mnut Hoiiee. Among the guests were Chief Joseph and Yellow Bear, of the Xez I'eices, now here. The former is a magnificent specimen of the noble red man. He is tall, hundsome and Intel lectual, and when the history of his splendid military achievements Is re membered, nobody will object to the term noble red man, as applied to him. Ills masterly retreat when sorely preesed by Howard and twice surrounded, iu which he carried of his women and children, aud conducted his fight upon the most humane principles, would have done credit to the best general alive. If we may accept his story of the wrongs of his people at the bauds of the whites, it I civilization's turn to blush for shame. There is little possibility that any action will be taken this session on the proposition to transfer Hie Indian Bu reau to the War Department. It is one of the most important questions Con gress has to deal with, and iu settling it the point should not be whether the military or civilians shall have "the picking," but the welfare of the picked should have some weight for the sake of justice ami humanity. Lo hos "moved up" and "goue west" at the demand of his white brutbern, and given up reser vatlon after reservation, uutll now be iias scarcely anywhere to go. The money government appropriates for his nenellt, as a recompense, lb more than half stolen, or absorbed by the civilized and enterprising Christians throuch 1 w,,om 11 ls ,llsuued, aud then we dis play our virtuous Indiguatlon when the outraged savage takes a scalp or two 1 . ... . . . ' 'ejoiui commission, which has been Investigating the subject, has prepared an elaborate report, and it is just issued from the government printing office In ' except ,u. report, of Ter- rltorial surveys, it Is one of the most interesting volumes that has recently passed through the government press, There are one hundred and eighty' eight tribes in this country, and a total population of 251,435, of whom 12,000 are children at school. In the Indlau Ter ritory alone there are about 75,000, of which number 66,000 compose the orig inal five nations, Choctaws, Chickasaw?, Cberokees, Creeks and Semlnoles. It: is a fact not generally known that in the populous Stale of New York there 1 are some 5,000 Indians, while In the new but rapidly growing State of Nebraska there are now but 5,C00 where only a few years since the pale-face had not yet pitched his tent. The Sioux number about 25,000, aud are really to-day the only tribe that could give any trouble to our muoh-abused army. The proposed cipher dispatch investi gation, Senator Conkllug's fight with the administration, aud the various Sen atorial elections have furnished exciting sublects enough to talk about the past week, though aside from the rush lo hear General Butler speak, thero has been uo activity here. The Democrats propose lo tiling out the true. Inwarduess of tbu ciphers and to vindicate Uncle Sammy. And while this Is going on. Senator Cenkllng proposes to vindicate his friends, Arthur and Cornell, of the New York Custom-house, and defeat the confirmation of their successors. He is bitter against the occupant of the White House, and said the other day, In execu tive session, he wished it understood that when he spoke of "Mr. Hayes" he did not refer to the President of the Uuited States. No Democrat could be more sarcastic than that. A poultry show Is oue of the things we are entertained with now; aud It Is a success? The game chickens and other fowls hold high carnival at Masonic Temple, and demonstrate their appreci ation of the attention bestowed upon them by crows, coos and struts. The display Is really fine. Thursday morn ing about 10 o'clock heavy clouds over spread the city, aud made the Interior of the hall about as dark as day-break, the result of which was an uproarious chorus from the throats of two or three hundred cocks, from small bantams to high-bred cochins. It seems impossible to puuish capital crimes here. Two convictions for cold blooded murder have been found within a few mouths, and have resulted, not iu the hanging of the murderers, but in a new trial, and finally hung Juries. The second case occured this week. A negro who hud been tampering with another man's wife concludes to put the husband out of the way, and, turning up his coat collar to avoid recognition, walks out in broad day-light, meets him unawares, and deliberately shoots him dead in the street. There were no wards, no quar rel and no provocation. He Is tried and convicted. His counsel obtain a "new trial," tlx up a jury partly colored, and they disagree, ten for conviction, two for acquittal. The same record has been made in other cases, u itably a trial for one of the most heinous crimes ou the calendar. All this is the result of negro Juries, and an Insufferably weak or cor rupt administration of tho laws. And coupled with this we have u drunken Judge, whose decisions are alike a bur lesque on law mid an outrage on de- ceucy. His name is Humphreys, and it is no libel to say that he is habitually drunk ou the bench. He is one of the judges of tho District Supreme Court not United Stales Supreme Court and comes from Alabama. It Is said Sena tor-Spencer got him appointed during Grant's administration, to get him out of the State. It has been bis custom to get bis liquor from a neighboring res taurant, brought in by a colored attache of the court in a glas set in an empty cigar box. He Is often ill a maudlin condition as early as 10 o'clock In the morning, and creates a good deal of amusement, when he does not make a too pitiable exhibition of himself and retard justice. Two or three years ago an attempt was made to impeach him, but politics defeated it. If the Demo crats elect tho next President, he will be put out. A mumb'r of the bar recently told me that the judge now gets his liquor iu a smokiug tobacco box, and when It arrives he retires to a little ante room aud takes his refreshment like a true Alabamian. Preparations fnr taking tbc ceusus next year are occupying the attention of Congress, and the bill introduced by Mr. Cox, of New York, Is a well-devised measure. Since the passage of the act nf 1S50, under which three censuses htve been taken, the better methods of enu merating have been devised, aud there has been an Increasing public demand for a greater variety of statistical Infor mation to be obtained In conue. tion with the census. It Is important that the work be thoroughly doue, aud that it may furnish a fresh array nf "Aggers' on various subjects from which a good deal of illumination, so to speak, may bedrawn. Tbeargumenls from statistics are accurate and complete. Should the Cox bill pass, It may be a little hard on St. Louis and Chicago, as the plan of in stantaneous enumeration does not al low sufficient facilities fur counting early and often. There Is a suspicion that certain city directories will befouud to have been enormously padded. Felix. Washington, D. C, January 15, 1S73, The best Japanese barbers are women As In a Japanese family tbe shaving of me cunuren-s heads Is a regular uuiy, nearly all Japanese women acquire adeptness aud delicacy of touch with the razor that rival those of masculine barbers. Never reflect on a past action which was done with a good motive, and the best of judgment at the lime. George Henry nuband of "Qeore Eliot," died recently in London, aged 61 years. The M. E. Home for Old Ladies. Tho Philadelphia Methodist Episco pal Home for aged and infirm mem bers Is most beautifully situated on Thirteenth street and Lehigh avenue. It Is a larce four-story bulldlngof stone. considered flre-nroof. Standing, as It does, nn a little knoll, it commands a most pleasing panorama of the sur rounding country and city. A delight ful feature of the home is the flood of sunshine that gleams through many high and broad windows, giving a won derful air of cheerfulness aud beauty to everytblug connected with the es tablishment. The entire building is furnished so comfortably that it may he said of it that luxury presides over all of its arrangements. There is a commodious chapel in one end of the building. Here services are held every Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2 o'clock, clergymen from the different Methodist churches of ficiating by invitation. It is here that oue can see to advantage the contented faces of the aged inmates aglow with peace, and, in many cases, with happi uess; and, as they pass out after ser vices, it is a pleasure to gaze on their neat and tasteful attire, and their faces surmounted by the hcautiful silver crown of age, so soon to be changed to that of immortality. Through the eulire building there are wide and cheery halls, furnished with sofas and chairs, and these halls are the favorite places for promenade and sit ting, although there are sitting-rooms especially devoted to that purpose. Everything above and below. In all the departments, is a marvel of neatness aud comfort. A beautiful room, fur- ulsbed with every elegance, Is called lliu I!il filt' rmrlnr " Anrnaa lllu lifill the "old folks' parlor." Across the hall is another drawing-room, furnished with equal beauty and elegance. In one end stands an excellent piano; but the most attractive feature of the room Is an exquisite portrait, In crayon, of Mrs. Simpson, wife of the bishop. The kind eyes and tender and expressive mouth of the earnest face are In entire keeping with the philanthropic life of tills noble woman, who Is president aud founder of the Philadelphia Methodist Episcopal Home, and whosequiet, unostentatious manner of doing good leuds a special charm lo all her efforts. No part of the home is more interest ing than the extensive basements; for ills there that the work of the institu tion Is performed. Iu one room stands the mighty engine that beats the eutire building by steam; other apartments are busy in bread providing, fur in this institution of over a hundred Inmates, of both sexes, a good many loaves of bread are consumed at each meat. The laundry is also iu the basement, aud Is provided with all the modern accesso ries for dispatch and to lighten labor, There, also, are the pantries, the but teries, the dining-room, with its shin- ing sliver and pretty chiua and linen. and the old-fashioned kitchen, with its savory perfumes, ami neat and pleasant looking cooks. Only a visit, however, will convey any idea of the usefulness aud exteuslveness of tuts busy and happy institution. All praise is due to tlie officers who so ably conduct it. "Why Kill0ne's Self 7 Notwithstanding the general Impres sion that the worst use that can be made of a man is to kill him, there have been a great many suicide- with in the past few mouths. Whether these victims nf themselves have found another world, and one enough pleas auter to justify their haste in going to It, Is u questlou lor theologians to de cide; but to the ordinary mind, suicide seems to be a great bluuder. As a general rule, even the saiutless people object to leaving this rather uucertain earth nf ours, so it stands to reason that there is a good deal worth living for, aud though it may not be at hand ut the immediate moment it is desired. the whirligig of time has a way of bringing a fair amount of cheer aud comfort lo every man. Many of tlie prosperous, contented men ami women of to-day can look back to a time when their troubles were as great as any suicides have refused to endure, but from these very troubles sprang the ability lo enjoy to tlie uttermost such pleasant changes as time finally brought. Ilestdes, uo man or woman is so poor or so degraded as to be utteily uncared fnr, ami to slaughter the particular friend of one's friends isadrcadfully im polite trick for any lady or gentleman to Indulge in. Tlie probability Is that nearly every man who shoots himsef, or takes poison, does so in a fit of des peration, such as millions of ntuers have conquered, first having suflered by It. If any one contemplates pur chasing "Paris green'' or a revolver so as to be in the fashion, let him pause. pay part of his money for a thorough hath, take plenty of air aud exercise, and see fnr himself whether It is not better to be a live failure above ground than a dead failure uuder it. A Stitid Witness. Tlie stupidity of some witnesses, aud the perplexity occasioned by the "says I" and "says he," are thus illustrated: In a recent trial at Winchester, a wit ness falling to make his version nf a conversation intelligible by reason of bis fondness for "says I" and "says he," was taken In hand by Baron Martin, with the following result : "My man, tell us uow exactly wlmt IWHSPtl." "Yes, my lord; I said I would not have tbe pig." "Aud what was his answer?" "He said he had beeu keeping it fur roe, and that be " "No, no; be could not have said that; he spoke in tbe first person." "No, my lord; I was tbe first person that spoke." "I meau, dou't bring In the third per son; repeat his exact words." "There was no third person, my lord; only him and me." "My Snmi fellow, he did not say he had been keeping the pig; he said, 'I have been keeping it.' " "I assure you, my lord, there was no mention of your lordship at all. We ore ou different stories. There was no third person there; and If anything had been said about your lordship, I must have heard It." The Baron gave In. The irony of the law is shown when a blacksmith is sentenced for forgerv A man that writes with a pencil is a peu-Buuuuer. ew jiaven liegmer. Drawing the color-line artists. What WiUYouDo? Under this head, wefind the following In Woman's .Yards: In this century, when the wager of battle has cost our land four millions of her sons; when widows mourn and un wedded thousands are forced to meet tbe hard-faced world, from which rose water theorists would shield them, America is comlnir to thn rnnrna r daughters. Can we forget that In ten thousand families, wives are this mo ment waiting iu suspense and aironv the return of wretched husbands to homes made hideous by tbe drunkard's sin wives whose work of brain or hand alone keeps their children from want? There are delicate, white fingers hold ing the paper In which we print these words that will never wear the marriage ring; there are slight forms bending over our friendly lines which, not far down tlie years, will be clothed in wid ow's weeds. Alas! there are as surety others who, when they have been wooeid and won, shall flud that they are worse than widowed. And what of these three classes of women, sweet and help less? Clearly, to all of them we are de claring a true aud blessed gospel, In tuts good news concerning honest inde pendence aud brave self-help! Clearly, also, no one Is wise enough to go through the assembly of our readers, and tell us who in future years shall need a bread winning weapon with which to defend herself, aud perchance, also, the helpless ones between whom and the world there may be no arm but hers. But it is a principle in public as well as pri vate economy that tbe wisest foresight provides for the remotest contingency; and thus, In its full force, all that we h.ave been saying applies to every I " . . womau who ruav have read our words. Suppose that many of you, dear girls, are destined to a downy nest instead of a strong-winged flight, what then 7 Will the years spent In making tbe most of the best powers with which God has en dowed you be worse employed than if you bad given them to fashion and frivolity? Those years which separate the graduate s diploma from the bride's marriage certificate, can they possibly be invested better than in tbe acquisi tion of some useful trade or diguified profession ? And then, aside from this, we would help the youngest or you to remember (even in the bewildered years of her second decade) what uoble Mar garet duller said: ".No woman can give ber hand with dignity, or her heart with loyalty, until she bus learned how to stand alone." It is not so much what comes to you as wtat you come to that delermiues whether you are a win ner in the great race of life. Never for get that tlie only Indestructable ma terial in destiny's fierce crucible Is character. Say this not to another say it to yourself. A Eainy Night. It rained pretty hard the other night, after most persons had retired to bed. On retiriug, many bad left tbe windows of their rooms open, it being very sul try, but uo one bargained for a rain to pour iu through the open windows. It did, however, inacertain dwelling house iu town, aud, as a rare event, the husband was the first to awake and perceive it, but he kept mum, and was dozing off to sleep again when the wife awoke. As soon as she heard the pat ter of the rain, she seemed to lose all judgment at ouce, and immediately planted both of her feet iu the small of her husband's buck, at the same time catching him by the hair and shaking inn n eau anu screaming: "Get up! Get up. quick! It's no urine- right down in torrents, aud all the win dows are up." ine husband did not wake up. under the circuiniitances. with a clear con ception of the case; in fact, he found hlmseir out In the floor before Ills eyes were fairly opened or he knew he was nut of bed. Then lie commenced searcl lug for matches with which to strike a light, but was so slow In finding them that his wife com meuced with: Do hurry! Mercy! how the rain Is comiug right in the windows. What on earlb are you doing all this time?" lie louud the matches, lichted the caudle, and Immediately blew it out, as ne jiisi louuii out the brevity of his light shirt, and besides lie had seen the proper direction In which to gn; but he had missed the sight of a rockiug-chair that stood iu the way, which barked him on the shins. A rocking-chair is surer in itsaim than a streak of lightning; It never misses and always hits a man iu but one spot, ami that is just on the shin. He did not tell his wife that be bad struck the rocking-chair, but she knew be hud by the way he putdown the win dows when he reached them. He still limps a little, ami is down on rocking chairs. Polygamy. Delegate Cannon, who has a few Mormon ladies permaueully installed in his own household, is mak ing himself very industilous at Wash ington In the polygamous interests of the Saints. His latest bright Idea Is to appeal lothe uatloual authorities not to execute tbe law agaiust polygamy at all, ou the ground that no more plural marriages will take place, and that the present generation of well-wived Mor mons will die oil eventually, leaving af fairs iu Utah iu a perfectly proper con dition. And alt this, Mr. Cannon say9, will transpire without trouble or ill feeling. In the first place, tho national authorities have no choice In the mat ter. It is their business to enforce the statutes enacted by Congress, whether they please to do so or not. In the next place, the Mormons have nolnnllnn or intention of discontinuing their odi ous system of concubiuage. Plural mar riages were never before so numerous at Suit Lake City as they are at the pres ent time, and, Instead of respecting tbe law of tbe United States against polyg amy, the Mormons glory In defying it. Therefore it should be enforced to the iciier.or polygamy should be recognized as a legitimate institution, and the law prohibiting It should be repealed. S. -r. Chronicle. The tradesman at thecorneracknowl edges that to give only 140 eggs in a box marked "12 doz." is a gross mistake, but holds that to have put in 115 would have been a grocer one. Pack. An unsuccessful Inamorata was asked by what mischance be lost bis divinity. "Alas!" said he, "I flattered her until she grew too proud to speak to me." "Oue who would kindle a flame must puff vigorously." Is this the reason so many ladies pud their hair?