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The New Year lay a listening
Amid the drifting snow,
And would not heed
And conld not Bpeed,
And knew not where to go.
"Fair Earth," sard he,
'If I should come 1
And make my home
Erewhile with thee,
What precious boon
By night or noon,
Hast thou for me ?"
"Flowers and blight,
And song and storm,
And Wintery night
And mid-day warm,
Delight and dole
With love and strife,
Heart and soul
And busy life
These, good Year,
I'll gife to thee.
And now, sweet Year,
What hast for me ?" '
Low laughed the Year ;
" 'Tis well to give
The things bring
That thou mayst live.
Now tell me, Earth,
Which gifts are thine,
And which are mine,
By right of birth ?
And what were I,
Still lacking thee ?
And what were thou
Bereft of me?"
The Earth had not
A word to say,
But rolled along
Its steady say ;
And still the Year lay listening
Amid the drifting snow,
That would not heed
And eould not speed,
And knew not where to go.
The Story of a Singular Character.
On a drive with some friends over
Pomfret Hills, Ct.,;the other day, we
called on a singular character a man
who is 30 years old, who is deaf, dumb
and blind. Whether he would have
been dumb or not had he been blessed
with the sense of hearing, it is impossi
ble to tell, but his glimmerings of in
tellect are evidently rather feeble. The
man is well developed physically ; is of
ordinary hight ; has a stout thick neck,
and looks strong and robust ; has never
eaten anything but milk; has never
tasted water nor a particle of food but
milk. Thirty years on clear milk, and
with a neck like an ox, and apparently a
muscular system to correspond. Can
we say now that milk is for babies and
calves, and not for strong men. This
man had a full set of strong double
teeth clear round, and every one of
them had to be pulled out, as lie tore
his clothes to pieces with them. As he
didn't use them to chew milk with, he
probably thought he must make some
use of them, as they were evidently
made for something, and his clothes
furnished excellent material on wmch to
exercise them.
Another peculiarity of this strange
being is that through all his life long he
has chewed a rag or rather, I should
say, has gummed it since his strong
teeth were taken from him. Vmm in.
fancy his mother has had to place a rag
in his mouth as soon as ho had taken
his food. She said he gave her no
pence uu sne put it back, lie distm-
guished stranger from the neighbors
and those who had visritpd nim 1iot7i-q
I took hold of his hand and he took it
in both of his and seemed to be consid
ering; then he passed his hand up the
length of mv arm. and nutter! hi ViAnd
and chest and made a singular gutteral
noise. His mother said that was his
wayjof expressing joy of showing that
nuo iiicwrcu, xam principal enjoy
ment seems to consist in having his
mother tret thronn-h with h pf irnrlr And
sit down by his side. He has a swing
in 1,. - I'l l ?
m uu iuuiu, in which ne spenus a goon
part of the timfi swinmnw Snmofi'moo
when lis mother steps out, he will lock
me uoor so mat sue can t get back
again, which shows that he has some
Wit about him. or trinlcorv of. lonat TTo
is always very wakeful at night, and
rouses ms motner out of bed many
times in the night. She says he has
lived thU8 Without n. cnnd Tiirrlit'a mat
for 30 years, with the exception ef
C .. 1 J T e i -i ... A
wuturuuy ana ounaay nignts.
Every Saturday night he calms down
like a lamh. and lrnona tli of ntrrlit
and all the Sunday after in the strict
1 s.li- Al- . 1 1 t,1 1 -
"twr vi me om Diue laws of Con
necticut. His mother attributes this
hebdomadal to t.h fn.pt. tliot oVio
bis clothes on Saturday night. But it
prouauiy owing to tne mere lact of
change from the ordinary routine. This
slight ripple of change is a change to
him, and the rest a sort of weekly land
mark in the dreary, monotonous blank
of his life. Perhaps through the cloud
and mist of his vacant mind he welcomes
this slight ripple, and thus in his poor
way computes the flight of time. What
meaneth it to such a mind as this ? To
wake and sleep, to draw the breath, to
take a pint of milk. The sun goes
round, the seasons change, but naught
of this knows he. Nations arise and
nations fall'tia the same to him. One
dreary round, forever blank will death
improve his state ? The bird that flies,
the fish that swims, has better life than
Anecdotes of John Bunyan.
To pass away the gloomy hours in
prison, Bunyan took a rail out of the
stool belonging to his cell, and with his
knife, fashioned it into a flute. The
keeper hearing music, followed the
sound to Bunyan's cell, but while he
was unlocking the door the ingenious
prisoner placed the rail in the stool, so
that the searchers were unable to solve
the mystery ; nor during the remainder
of Bunyan's residence in the jail, did they
ever discover bow the music had been
In an old account of Bedford there
is an equally good anecdote, to the effect
that a Quaker called upon Bunyan in
jail, one day, with what he professed to
be a message from the Lord. "After
searching for thee," said he, "in half
the jails of England, I am glad to have
found thee at last. " "If the Lord sent
thee," said Bunyad, sarcastically, "you
would not have needed to take so i.-uch
trouble to find me out, for He knows I
have been in Bodfrn-d i
years ast,"
Historical and Personal.
Louis XTV. was in 1G91 not much be
yond the prime of life, and he was still
in all the strength of his glory. He
was fifty-three years old, and undoubt
edly at the head of Europe, Spain be
ing decadent, Germany divided, and
England only beginning her reaction
against the vassalage of Charles II. and
his brother, under the leadership of
William of Orange. He had gained all
the important triumphs which had giv
en him the title of "Great," and the
taint of fraud in some of which has been
so bitterly expiated by France in our
own time. He was master of French
Flanders, Frauche-Comte, and Burgun
dy. He had inflicted horrible sufferings
upon Holland and Germany. He had
taken Luxembourg, stolen Strasburg,
and bought Casal. His ambition was
known to be Btill unsatisfied ; his de
signs upon the Spanish crown were fore
seen ; and hence Europe was now en
gaged in the confederacy which shook
Ids kingdom to its foundations, and
prepared humiliation for his gloomy old
age. The influence of the men of gen
ius (his support of whom constituted
his charm iu the eyes of Voltaire) was
still unrivaled, although some of the
greatest of them had passed away. His
personal despotism retained all its un
questioned ascendancy, and was one of
the dangerous legacies which he left to
his family and to France. In private
life the king had now become what we
may call a respectable sinner, and was
gradually sliding into a quasi-devout
condition half conventional, half foun
ded on fear of the devil under the
adroit managem&nt of Madame de Main
tenon. ' That lady had been a respecta
ble sinner herself, and was a penitent
after his Majesty's own fashion, having
passed from a decorous demirep into a
private unacknowledged wife, and add
ed to the perfumes of Versailles a tinge
of holy water. She ruled over Louis'
passion of religious fear, as the Valliere,
the Montespan, the Fontanges had over
another passion, and, as far as we can
see, with quite as little excuse. Sensual
by calculation, amusing by study, with
the cunning of Becky Sharp varnished
over with the gravity of a court which
was always pompous in its gayest times,
she suited the mature Louis admirably.
And she got her reward for betraying
the Montespan, persecuting the Protes
tants, deserting Fenelon, and so forth
not the declaration of marriage which
she hoped, but the privilege of nursing
a morose, melancholy, disappointed,
and meanly-timid old man, round whose
neck she had hung relies probably as
false as her caresses, and whom she fled
from forever when he had the death
rattle in his throat. Of all the mis
tresses of Louis XIV., we confess that
the one we like least is the legal one.
Cornhill Magazine.
The Fanner's Vocation Perpetual.
We need not fear that the human race
will ever cease to have a delight in the
cultivation of laud the raising of grain
and fruits in planting trees. Men al
ways did delight in the pleasure of ag
riculture. It has-been the chosen pur
suit of the ablest and wisest men in all
ages. The pleasures of the husbandman
have been the theme of poets and ora
tors in everj' language and in every
land. These pleasures, Cicero tells us,
are not checked by any old age, and
make the nearest approach to the life of
a wise man. And he tells us that Homer
introduces Laertes, soothing the regret
winch lie felt lor his son, by tilling the
land and manuring it. Marcus Curius,
after he had triumphed over the Sam
mies, over the babines, over Pyrrhus,
spent the closing period of his existence
in agricultural pursuits. Cincinnatus
was at the plow when it was announced
to him that he was made Dictator.
"God Almighty," says Lord Bacon,
" first planted a garden; and indeed it
is the purest of pleasures; it is the
greatest refreshment to the spirits of
man, without which buildings and pa
laces are but gross handiworks. " Addi
son says a garden was the first habitation
of our first parents before the fall. It is
naturally apt to fill the mind with calm
ness and tranquility, and to lay all its
turbulent passions at rest. The philo
sopher Bolingbroke was never so happy
Pope tells us, as when among the hay
makers on his farm. And not alone in
the refinements of rural life will there
be an interest. Farmers hold the world
together. There may be years when
they seem to be of less consequence.
Trade or manufacturers may allure some
of them for a time. But there will ever
be latent iii every man's breast a hope
to end his days on a farm.
The remarkable faculty which dogs
have of finding their way home from a
strange locality by paths previously un
known to them seems to fail in great
cities, where dogs so frequently lose
their way completely. A writer in the
Quarterly Review thinks that they
"have a certain sense of the magnetic
currents, sufficing to afford them a sort
of internal mariners' compass, marking
the direction in which they travel. We
know that the magnetic currrents affect
the needle, and the hypothesis that they
may also affect living frames with special
organizations seems no way incredible;
while the fact that a dog which can find
his way for a hundred miles in the open
country, may lose it in five hundred
yards in a town, seems to point to the
multitude of streets turning to right
angles as the cause of confusion to a
sense which simply indicates a straight
The girls in the first class of the High
School in Portland, Maine, have made
a decided movement in favor of sim
plicity in dress. The class, between
thirty and forty in number, have al
most unanimously agreed to adopt for
school wear dresses of plain, substantial,
and inexpensive material. Fanciful
ornaments and jewelry are to be used
fltllv trt fl. llTYlltfld fl-rtSTlt wllllT in trnnnl
fied and fully understood bv the trirls.
hT M - It.- 1 D
iu.uujr pupns iu me lower classes are
following their example. Any move
ment to cause the young girls m Amer-
n.a. tn draaa aimnlir ia timfflitr rt V..'UAA4.
commendation. It is painful to see
those who are fresh and young, and who
are ostensibly occupied in gaining an
education, so dressed an to nhnw nlninlv
that their thoughts are largely spent
upou ouiwuru uuornmenis.
The number of hoars slaughtered in
Cincinnati, for one week was 43,000, and
the whole number from November 1 to
the present date 379,000.
The Fear of Death.
The dread of death is universal and
instinctive; and yet how many rush into
its arms 1 Suicide is a most impressive
fact in this connection. The disap
pointed lover, the discouraged adventu
rer, the suspected clerk, the child
wounded in its self-love or fearful pun
ishment, faces the great enemy and in
vites his blow. Every now and then
the community is shocked by suicides
so unprovoked and so frequent as al
most to persuade us that the natural
fear of death is passing away. The in
consistency is easily explained. Lord
Bacon says there is no passion that will
not overmaster the terror of death. For
passion is thoughtless; occupied wholly
with an immediate suffering, it makes
no estimate of any other kind of pain ;
absorbed in an instantaneous sorrow, it
takes no other sorrow into account. The
mind, entertains but one passion at a
time, whether it be joy or fear. But
men are not always or generally under
the influence of passion. Ordinary life
is calm, calculating, considerate, and it
is to ordinary life that death is so terri
ble. It is the thought of death is terri
ble, not death. Death is gentle, peace
ful, painless; instead of bringing suffer
ing, it brings an end of suffering. It is
misery's cure. Where death is, agony
is not. The processes of death are all
friendly. The near aspect of death is
gracious. There is a picture some
where of a fearful face, livid and ghast
ly, which the beholder gazes on with
horror, and would turn away from, but
for a hideous fascination that not only
rivets his attention, but draws him clo
ser to it. On approaching the picture
the hideousness disappears, and when
directly confronted it is not any more
seen; the face is the face of an angel.
It is a picture of death, and the object
of the artist was to impress the idea
that the terror of death is in apprehen
sion. Theodore Parker, whose obser
vation of death was very large, haB said
he never saw a person of any belief,
condition or experience, unwilling to
die when the time came ; and my own
more limited observation confirms the
truth of the remark. Death is an ordi
nance of nature, and like every ordi
nance of nature is directed by benefi
cent laws to beneficent ends. What
must be, is made welcome. Necessity
is ueauuiui.
Poor People.
There are various kinds of poverty.
People perishing with famine are poor.
People that cannot procure fuel in the
winter, nor sufficient clothing for
warmth and comfort, are poor,- People
that are compelled by their circumstan
ces to live in squalid apartments, in ill
ventilated alleys, are poor. People thai
are infirm in health, and need a warmer
climate and have no means to go away
with, are poor. These are poor in their
own view, and in the view of all man
kind. People may be said to be abso
lutely poor, too, whose intellectual na
tures have begun their development.
and yet who cannot procure books, or
access to libraries, or entrance into
schools and colleges. But, after all, it
is "style that makes many people poor;
the show in which other people live.
The house that was well enough furnish
ed before, becomes mean when the next
neighbor furnishes her rooms with more
expenHe and elegance. Bricks or wood
were good enough, till another's brown
stone front went up. And the sidewalk
and the horse-cars would answer very
-n i i i
nii, bin a, ueigiiuur a nuiweo pruiii:eu
along the street, with glittering harness
and glancing wheels, and a black coach
man with silver buttons drove up to the
door. And the same is true in circum
stances of much humbler degree. Con
tent is known to live in the cottage, but
takes its leave after it has once visited
the "mansion." "Style" is the world
in many people's thoughts. Is not this
arrant folly, good people ? Is our own
house the less comfortable because that
of our neighbor is larger ? Are our own
blessings the less appreciable because
his apparently outnumber them 1 Out
upon such felly I The Btroug-mijnded
and the wise never find themselves poor,
however small their means and however
cultivated their tastes may be. The
world of God's creation is so much
larger, so much fuller, so much more to
them, than any work which man can
create, that they never have a want be
yond their means. Cannot you be as
wise as they ?
Au Essay Upon Correct Grammar.
A searcher after truth writes to ask us
which is grammatically correct, to say,
" the house ia building," or "the house
is being built ;" " the street is paving,"
or " the street is being paved ? There
is a wide diversion of opinion upon this
subject ; but we are inclined to favor
" is being built," for the following rea
sons : Suppose you want to express an
other kind of an idea, would you say,
for instance, "Johnny is spanking," or
"Johnny is being spanked 1" The dif
ference to you may seem immaterial,
but it is a matter of considerable im
portance to Johnny ; and it is probable
that if any choice were given him, he
would select the former alternative.
You assert, we say, that " Hannah is
hugging," which, by the way, would be
a. very improper thing for Hannah to do,
it would be positively scandalous, in
deed. Precisely a similiar idea is con
veyed if yqn say, " Hannah is being
hugged," because it is a peculiarity of
the act that it is hardly ever one-sided ;
there is no selfishness about it. And it
is the same with kissing. " Jane is
kissing," is just exactly as if we should
say, " Jane is being kissed ; and the
sensation is the -saine. It will not be
necessary, howevor, for our correspon
dent to attempt to prove this last men
tioned fact by practice. He must take
our own word for it. Unless he does bo,
we shall answer no more questions in
Syntax for him or any one else. Our
duty to conserve the morals of the com
munity, not to start people to playing
private games of Copenhagen.
A toper got so much on his stomach
the other day that said organ repelled
the load. As he leaned against a lamp
post vomiting, a little dog happened to
stop by him, whereupon be indulere A
in this soliloquy : "Well, now, here's
conunaruTj. l Know wnere l ate the
baked beans, I remember where I ate
that lobster, I recollect where I got that
rum, but I'm hanged if I can recall
where I ate that little yaller dog.
Stokes on TV1 J.
The trial of Edward S.' Stokes, for the
murder of James Fisk, Jr., was resumed
in the Court of Oyer and Terminer, be
fore Judge Boardinan, The prisoner
himself wan placed on the stand on his
own behalf, and his examination lasted
all day. He explained at length the
circumstances of his business relations
with Fisk, their subsequent litigations,
and the various legal proceedings which
arose from them. He narrated the pro-
fress of the libel suit instituted against
isk by Josephine Mansfield, and hay
ing stated how he left Yorkville Police
Court on the morning of the shooting,
he detailed hia subsequent movements
up to the time of Lib arrival at the
Grand Central Hotel. He was induced
to enter the hotel by seeing a lady in
the window above he thought he recog
nized as a friend ho met at Saratoga
during the previous summer, and he
endeavored, but without success, to
bring a friend, Mr?-i&Ae,' with him.
After entering the hotel he found that
the lady was not the person whom he
supposed, and he turned to go away; he
had got down three or four steps, when
he saw Fisk inside the second door;
Fisk pulled his pistol out, and witness
sprang to the left to be out of range.
The witness here described Fisk as hold
ing Iiib pistol with both hands, and said
he immediately took his pistol out of his
right-hand coat pocket, and fired. Fisk
cried " Oh " at the first shot, and at the
second he turned partly aroimd and
said he was shot, and seemed to drop
his pistol; had no premeditation to kill
Fisk, and had no time to think; saw
Fisk's pistol distinctly, and believed his
own life to be in danger and he instant
ly took out his own pistol, cocked it,
and fired as rapidly as possible, aiming
at Fisk, but not thinking of killing, and
not taking any particular aim. He de
nied the testimony of Thomas Hart that
he crouched as if waiting for some one,
and never used the words, " Now I have
you;" did not go into the ladies' parlor,
and dropped his pistol not there, but at
the head of the stairs; did not say " I
have just come in;" Fisk did not iden
tify him as the man who shot him, but
simply said, when he was confronted
with him, " That is Mr. Stokes." Wit
ness described that Fisk was a desper
ate, unscrupulous, vindictive man; that
he had made threats against his life,
and, in consequence of these threats, he
was always apprehensive of violence
through his agency; Fisk boasted to him
that hia touch was cold and clammy,
that it was dangerous to cross him, and
that Dorman B. Eaton would not
trouble him any more. He denied the
testimony of Parker that he said " Fisk
was a black-mailer, and that he
would shoot him;" he had no acquaint
ance with Parker, and the statement
was nn invention. He repeated the ev
idence concerning the case given lit the
last trial, and was then subjected to a
severe cross-examination.
In Peril from a Drunken Engineer.
A few nights since the locomotive of
a train on the Pennsylvania Railroad
was run between Pittsburg and Altoona
by an engineer who had, unknowingly
to the conductor, become considerably
intoxicated in the former city. At times,
at the most dangerous places, the man
put the engine to its utmost test forty
five and fifty miles an hour. But when
ever he saw a red light he reversed the
locomotive, and brought into operation
the patent air-brakes. The stoppages
from Pittsburg to Altoona on this ac
count were very many, and the train
was several hours late on arriving at
the latter place. The peculiar move
ments of the train greatly excited the
passengers and filled them with painful
amazement. The conductor had be
come informed of the engineer's condi
tion, but he could find no one to whom
he could entrust the responsibility of
running the train. He studiously kept
the secret from the passengers, lest its
divulgement would fill them with ter
ror. Notwithstanding the dangerous
hands in which probably a hundred
lives had been placed, the train reached
the end of the engineer's run with safe
ty. It is needless to add that the drunk
en employee of the company was prompt
ly discharged. He had previously been
considered one of the best and most re
liable engineers as he was one of the
oldest on the road. On the day of
the accident, unfortunately, he fell in
with a party of friends, and drank an
inordinate quantity of liquor.--4oono
(Penn.) Tribune. ,
A New- Invention in Telegraphy.
When Sir William Thompson invent
ed his reflecting galvanometer, and
showed its usefulness for telegraphic
purposes, he insured the success of un
der sea cables, whatever their length.
With this instrument, the movements
of the little reflector enables the clerk
to read off the message bycareful watch
ing. But recently Sir William Thomp
son has invented an instrument the
patent siphon recorder which, as its
name indicates, writes or records the
message, as received, on a strip of paper.
It is an essential condition of such an
instrument that it shall be very light;
and the siphon, in this case, made of
capillary tubing, is not thicker than a
horse-hair. Indeed, so small is the
bore, that the ink will not flow therein
of itself, but squirts out when electri
fied. The siphon is connected with a
coil of copper-wire, an electro-magnet,
and an ebonite disk, armed with pieces
of soft iron, which being attracted by
the magnet, is kept rotating, and regu
lates the current flowing from the bat
tery and the cable. Acted on by this
current, the ink, as already stated,
squirts from the siphon, and writes a
succession of dots and dashes, which
represent the letters of the alphabet.
To an unaccustomed eye, the writing is
a confused unme-ning scribble; but a
good telegraph clerk will read it off as if
it were ordinary writing. . Thus a mes
sage will deliver itself from the other
side of the ocean, thousand of miles dis
tant; and telegraphy has achieved an
other triumph. Chambers's Journal.
Boswell once asked Johnson if there
was no possible circninstance under
which euicide would be justifiable.
"No," was the reply. "Well," Bays
Boswell, "suppose a man had been
guilty of fraud that he was certain
would be found out." "Why, then,"
says Johnson, "in that case let him go
to some country where he is not known,
and not to the devil, where he ia
know." -: ;..:
. . Tried and True. '
Tlie inexhaustible romance of emigra
tion, of which in modern days our coun
try is almost always the objective point,
has its latest recorded illustration in a
quiet little story recently made piiblio
through the circumstances of its grati
fying conclusion.
Several years ago,' in one of the mid
land counties of England, the son of a
poor clergyman became enamored of a
young lady named Moss, who lived in
London, but was at that time passing
the Bummer with her aunt, one of the
minister's parishioners. Miss Moss waa
most graciously disposed toward her
rural adorer, and as he was a gentleman
by birth and a welcome guest in the
most respectable country houses the so
ciety of the village recognized, there
was no incompatibility in the affair.
Upon her return to .London, however,
the young lady, whose father was a
wealthy merchant, received so little
sympathy from her family In the affair
of the heart which she had to disclose to
them, that she felt impelled to write
rather disconsolately to her lover on the
subject; and when he, upon hastening
to the metropolis to present himself, was
received with repellant coldness by the
parents, the prospect for the lovers
seemed unpromising enough.
Not to be thus dismissed, though, the
clergyman's son obtained a- private in
terview with the reluctant merchant, and
stoutly asked why he was not eligible
for Che alliance he desired. The blunt
answer was that his worldly circum
stances were not suitable. He was poor
and likely to remain so, and should seek
a wife adapted to his means. Deeming
the concluding piece of advice gratu
itous, the lover took leave of the father
with no great cordiality; but upon bid
ding adieu to his lady-love, asked her
very earnestly if she would promise to
wait for him until he should have gained
for himself the means and position nec
essary to change the parental decision.
The answer was as affirmative as earn
ed, and, without further explanation
the rejected suitor said a hurried good
by. Miss Moss heard no more of him
until nearly three months thereafter,
when a letter bearing an Ameripan post
mark amazed her with the information
that he had crossed the Atlantic to seek
the appointed fortune, and had high
hopes of soliciting the fulfillment of her
promise in about two years.
A half-brother f his. father was a
merchant in Leavenworth, Kansas, and
had given him countenance and general
assistance by which he was sanguine
that he could not fail to speculate suc
cessfully in city psoperty. Only .let her
remain faithful to him and in two years
her father should see him in London
again with plenty of money in his pock
ets. She answered appropriately, with
a faith in the future as unworldly as his
own, and from thenceforth their letters
passed each other on the ocean by every
The story of American fortune-making
by immigrants has not much variety.
Occasionally the dream is at least part
ly realized, but as a general thing de
ferred hope is the burden of the song.
The young Englishman in Kansas was
always just about to do better, but the
time of actual golden consummation
never chanced to come. Two years and
three years and four rolled on, and still
he remained on this side of the sea and
wrote hopeful letters. During this time
his father, the clergyman, died, leaving
an estate so meagre to the widow and
daughter that the exile could not think
of going back to his old home as poor
as when he left. But the father of Miss
Moss departed this life also, and about
three months ago the true-hearted heir
ess wrote to her finally desponding lov
er that, as he could not go to her, she
had decided to come to him.
Accordingly, the spirited young lady,
disregarding the still urgent objections
of her kindred, and leaving a London
home of luxury and refinement, crossed
the Atlantic alone, and on Sunday last
arrived at a hotel in Leavenworth, where
her yet impecunious lover was to, and
of course did, meet her. They were
married on the same day, and it may be
added, that their journey will be back
to the old country. A serious tempor
ary sacrifice was involved, of course, in
the fair voyager's bold trip to this coun
try on such an errand; but, as already
noted, she is now an heiress; her .array
of traveling trunks is spoken of as some
thing wonderful, and the reunited lov
ers will return to their native land, as
husband and wife, in the glow of a ro
mance to which riches will give all nec
essary gentility.
Love Lore.
January. The 1st of January ia one
of the earliest days in the year you can
take a wife on, if you want to. If you
really want two, though, you can't, be
cause it is not legal.
February. --Feathered songsters choose
their mates. This month they pick
them, presently they will peck them.
Go thou and do likewise.
March. Don't believe the woman
who says she will give you her heart
this month. It is not given it's Lent!
April. The 1st is All-Fool'a Day.
This is the day to make promises of
marriage, and accept accommodation
bills. Go it!
May. Trusting maidens, don't be
lieve in a chimney-sweep's suit this
month! The follow will most likely
wash it all off on May-day.
June. The longest day occurs this
month. Take care it doesn't come in
the latter end of your honey-moon.
July. Every dog has hia day this
month. Bachelor dog-days are num
bered. August. The first mail, 1784 ! Poor
fellow 1
September. Michaelmaa day this
month. Wise geese keep close.
October. Old Michaelmas-day used
to fall on the 11th .of, this month.
Hoary-headed and unmarried old gand
ers chuckle at the thought of their es
cape, s '
November. Mothers of large families
should get their Guys off their, hands, if
possible, this month.
December. If you have not been
hooked before midnight on the 31st, you
are safe for this year at least.
The ship Benares, which left Hong
Kong for San Francisco on the 12th of
September, has been wrecked off the
Loo Choo Islands, and all perished ex
cept five.
SIghU In Algiers.
A writer in the Gentleman's Magazine
hats pleasantly about what he saw in
Algiers: Any of the streets ascending
the hill from the Place de Chartres
which may almost be considered as the
extreme limit of the European town
will lead immediately to the Mahometan
quarter. Here will be found obcure
and frequently vaulted narrow thorough
fares,' resembling alleys, bordered by
houses, where the monotony of the bare
plaster walls is only broken at wide in
tervals by quite small casements crossed
with iron bars, and low arclied doorways.
There are no gardens or verdure, and
hardly a foot of even sickly-looking vine
or fig tree dying amidst the rubbish of
its cross-ways ; there are mosques so
Burrrounded by buildings that they can
hardly be Been, vapor baths whither
people go mysteriously, the men at
night, the women in the daytime. In a
word, the Mahometan quwrter of Algiers
is a compact and confused mass of ma
sonry, where almost every vestige of life
is hidden, and where it seems as if it
were forbidden that gaiety should be
heard. The doors of the houses are
never opened but half way, and they
then close again by their own weight.
Every thing looks suspicious about these
curious buildings, which are admirably
adapted for their masters' love of secre
cy. The small casements looking on to
the street are barred, and every kind of
precaution is taken against curiosity
from without and indiscretion from
Inside these bare, dismal-looking
walls and massive doors, resemble the
gates of citadels, and the two great
mysteries of the country namely, the
personal fortune of its inhabitants, and
its women, of either of which much is
known. Money hardly circulates. It
is only seen passing from the hand of
an Arab to an Arab hand, and is only
used to purchase the ordinary daily
necessities of life, and jewelry. The
women go out but seldom. In public
they are invariably veiled, and the baths,
which are their usual places of resort,
are inviolable. Passing along these
lonely alleys, beside these silent dwell
ings, one liears noise which are almost
imperceptible to the human ear. and
whispers which might be mistaken for
sighs. At times it is the sound of a
voice coming through an aperture in
the wall, or descending from the tevrace
on the roof of the hoase ; at others it is
the whimpering of a child complaining
in a strange tongue, whose lisp mingled
with sobs has no signification for a
foreign ear ; at others again it is the
strain of an instrument whose unique
note, slowly marking the measure of an
unheard song, seems to accompany a
dream. It is thus that the captive con
soles himself, dreaming of a liberty
which she has never had, and which she
cannot understand. There is an Arab
proverb which savs. "When a woman
has seen the guest, she cares no more
for her husband, and upon this precept
the whole system of conjugal life among
JManometans is based, iheir houses,
whether they be agreeable or not to
those by whom they are inhabited.
whether their interiors be luxurious or
poor, are prisons. They are like iron
safes, of which the avaricious masters
have the keys, and within which they
locK up ail tneir secrets, bo that no one
may know what they possess.
One Result of Housekeeping.
Nothing robs one o' that sort of
personal vanity which youth is so apt to
feel so soon as keeping house. If one
never did that, it might be that the
vain-glorious idea that it is a great thing
to be the identical I which one happens
to be, would nevgr.be properly modi
fied ; but a short experience of house'
keeping proves conclusively that one is
only of importance according to one's
relation to each other folk.
There is a potato man who plainly
thinks that if you do not take potatoes
of him your mission on earth remains
unfulfilled. There is an ice company
1 ..1? IT. 1 Jl 1? l - 1
wmwi ieei mat your uesuny is to ouy
ice. There ia a gas company, to which
you are number twenty-four, such a
street, and can only prove your identity
i 1 i; - i . ... "
dj uepoBiung a certain sum oi money
in the company's hands.
You are " the person that is being
Eainted" to the painter ; and his notion
ecomes literally true, if you enter your
domicile in a hurry, forgetful of his pots
and brushes. You are so much meat a
week to the butcher, and so many
dollars a month to the cook.
In yourself you are nothing sad or
glad, tired, tormented, or in a state of
beautitude, it matters not to any of
these people. You are the big machine
that winds the house up, winds food and
furniture into it, and winds money out
to pay for it all. .
Oh for the golden dreams of early
youth, when dinner was as natural a
blessing as sunrise, and one never
thought where the tin pans and tea
kettle came from ; when, in a white
dress and blue sash, one could repose
upon a sofa, heedless of the rattle of ice
cart wheels or the howl of the milkman,
unconscious of the awful days ahead,
when every new arrival of the sort would
be succeeded by a howl for " missus,"
and when one would be responsible for
the sweetness of the butter, and the
plentifulness of the green peas at that
early season when they shell out small
Odor of Rattlesnakes.
A writer in Chamber's Journal, refer
ring to the peculiar and offensive odor
given forth from the body of a rattle
snake when the reptile ia enraged, re
calls a remarkable instance of escape,
which may be credited to a knowledge
of this fact, coupled, however, with
presence of mind, which fully attonea
for the rashness of the act which called
it into exercise. Dr. Hamilton Roe,
having opened a box directed to the su-
erintendent of the Zoological Gardens,
iondon, put his hand under the layer
of dry moss which appeared, toee what
was there. "He touched something alive,
and the smell told him it was a rattle
snake. Had he withdrawn his hand
rapidly, he would have been bitten to a
certainty, since the odor ia only, appa
rent when the animal is enraged.
Knowing this, he had the presence of
mind to stroke the reptile, which allow
ed him to take hia hand gently away.
So powerful and permanent is this oder
that, when a shake ia irritated, and
made to bite the rake or hoe with, which
it ia intended t kill him, the implement
often retains the odor for months.
Items of Interest. .
An Ohio dairyman wishes to patent
the application of galvanism for the de
struction of cheese mitea.
Provisions are so scarce in Corea that
the natives willingly pay two young
women for a bushel of grain.
Never carry a grammar to the bank,
under the impression that the teller
will receive it aa a parse book.
The Amyntoa waa wrecked while
going from Holyhead to Workington,
and everyone on board was lost.
The man King, who confessed himself
the murderer of Pook at Greenwich,
England, has been found insane and dis
charged. Theodore Brown, a farmer, living ia
Hendricks County, Indiana, killed his
wife by striking her over the head with
a chair. -
A tradesman of Paris has been sent to
prison for two years for placing placards ,
in hia window insulting to the National
In Colorado, when a lady wears dia
mond jewelry to any extent, she ia
alluded to by the local gusher aa being
well" salted."
The Commissioner of Internal Reve
nue wishes Congress to pass a bill
"preventing the manufacture of imita
tion wines without payment of tax by
Young Willie (to whom dear Grandpa
has just offered half a dollar). "No,
thank you, Grandad. You stick to it a
bit longer, and lay it out at Interest.and
I'll get all the more when you pop off,
Old Man."
People who believe the current stories
about intelligent dogs, will read with
pleasure that a lost dog in Norfolk,
having seen his master's advertisement
in one of the local prints, promptly
went home.
"Mary, my dear," said a doting Hus
band to the lady that owned Him, "If 1
turn Mormon and many another help
mate, she shall be a Mary too, for your
own dear sake !" "Bo content with
one Mary, my duck,"- said the loving
wife ; "in my opinion another would be
merely a Buper-new-Mary."
The President of France usually dines
as follows : A plate of ooup, the wing
of a chicken, a few leaves of salad, a
glass of claret, and bonbons ad libitum
If he wishes to dine heartily lie adds
a mutton-chop. Instead of Champagne
or liquors, he indulgeu in humorous
conversation and sparkling witticisms.
In the spring of 1871 Rev. Dr. C. J.
Gibson, pastor of Grace Episcopal
Church at Petersburgh, Va., gave to
each of his 250 Sunday-school scholars
six grains of corn and directed them to
plant it and ceud in the proceeds for
foreign missions. The corn, on being
delivered, was found to amount to about
five barrels, worth about twenty dollars.
The idea is novel, but really commend
able. In Connecticut, a cerl ain justice was
called to jail to liberate a worthless
debtor by receiving his oath that he
was not worth twenty dollars. "Well,
Johnny," said the justice, on entering,
"can you swear that you are not worth
twenty dollars, and that you never will
be ?" "Why, answered the other, rather
chargrined at the question, "I can swear
that I'm not worth that amount at pres
ent." "Well, well," returned the jus
tice, "I can swear to the rest, so go along
Johnny." And the man was sworn and
The Extirpation of the Buffalo.
Secretary Delano takej a new and in
structive view of the qnestion of the
prospective extirpation of the bison.
With a heartless disregard of the rights
of the noble sportsmen, who feel that
they have lived in vain ii? they have not
proved their valor by chasing buffalo
cows on the slopes of the Rocky Moun
tains, he suggests that the sooner the
game is disposed of the better for civili
zation. His argument is that the In
dians will continue more or less intract
able while the hunting-grounds remain;
but, as they become convinced that they
can no longer rely upon the supply of
game for their support, they will turn
to the more equable source of subsist
ence furnished at the agencies, and en
deavor to live bo that the supply will be
regularly dispensed. Stripped, of its
verbiage, this means simply that the
only way to civilize the red man is to
starve him into submission. . However
philanthropists may regard this sugges
tion, it is underlaid by something more
than a modicum of truth. With a few
exceptional cases, such as the Cherokees
and Creeks, the Indians have shown no
disposition to abandon their vagrant
habits; but, following the wild herds
from which they have derived their sub
sistence for centuries, they have wan
dered westward year by year before the
white man's advance, preferring to pick
up a scanty, chance subsietence, rather
than to stoop to manual labor. Thus
bison and savage are travelling rapidly
the road to extinction; and tho child is
born to whom both will be almost as
much an object of curiosity' in our
country as the elephant is now.
Full-Dress Coiffures.
The stylish Josephine coiffure is al
ready preferred to the Pompadour, and
for full dress, prevails almost without
exception. Old-fashioned Bide-combs
are worn at the back of the neck, to
keep the hair up smoothly ; the hair is
lightly tied together, and arranged in a
cluster of light finger-puffs at the top of
the head. A braided coronet is worn
above the forehead, and light, trifling
frizzes are in favor among ladies with
low, broad brows. A very striking coif
fure is made by placing three long and
very light finger puffs lengthwise above
the iorenead.
Flowers are worn upon the top of the
head, but this style, though dictated by
fashion, ia often deviated from, and
those to whom the extra height ia un
becoming, place flowers, aigrettes, etc.,
at the left side, just back of the ear.
Carved combs of tortoise-shell havo
been restored of late, but these have
been followed by cheap and ungraceful
imitations which have lessened the pop
ularity of the real. All kinds of orna
mental combs, however, are in more or
less favor, and many of these, of gilt,
and enamel are handsome of themselves.
A moderate wearing of curls is not
forbidden, and all arrangementa of the
hair that are seemingly unstudied and
irregular, are particularly to be admired.

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