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'MM 111! Ill Hi ! j TERMS: $1.50 TER "ANNUM, . DEVOTED TO LOCAL, POLITICAL AND GENERAL NEWS, AND THE INTERESTS OF ESSEX COUNTY. IX ADVANCE. ' VOL. IV. GUILDHALL, VEBMONT, SATUIIDAY, JAXUAIIY 29, ' 1876. ' NO. 5. The letter II. The following extraordinary linos are worth repeating. The poem, as mere Teres, ia very fine bat as an enigma it ia marvelous. 'Twas whispered In heaven, 'twas muttered in hell, And echo cangbt faintly the sonnd aa it fell ; On the confines of earth 'twas permitted to rest, And the 'depths of the ocean its presence con test j - . 'Twill be found in the sphere when 'lis riven asunder, Be seen in the lightning, and beard in the thundor;- , ' ' 'Twas allotted to man with his earliest breath, Attends at his birth, etd awaits bim at death; Presides o'er his happiness, honors and health; Is the prop of bis house and the end of his wealth. ,, In the heaps of the miser 'tis hoarded with caje, But is sure to be lost with hia prodigal heir. It begins every hope, every wish it most bonnd ; With the husbandman toils ; with the monarch is crowned. Without it the soldier, the sailor may roam, But woo to the wretch who expels it from home I ; . In the whispers of oonsoienoe its voice will be found, . Nor e'en in the whirlwind of passion be drowned. 'Twil soften the heart ; thongh deaf be the ear, 'Twill make it acutely and instantly hear ; But in shade lot it rest like a delicate flower ; Oh ! breathe on it softly it dies in an hour. A BOX OF DIAMONDS. I don't mind telling the story. It's a good many years now since it happened, and sad years somo of them were. I was a young mnu then, and had been knocking about in the Brazils and the Went Indies everywhere in South America, I may say, for Ibeliovo I made one of the fiivst parties of Englishmen to cross the Andes from Valparaiso to Buenos Ayres, no light feat in those days, I can tell you. I was a doctor by profession, and many a time, by the ex ercise of my professional skill, I have saved my own scalp among the savage Indians of the Pampas. I am net going, however, to tell you anything about the Indiaus now. As I said before, I had been knock ing around a good deal in South Ameri ca, and f-Lippcd as doctor on board nn old tub of a trader leaving Rio Janeiro homeward bonnd for Bristol, with a 'lull cargo and a couple of cabin passen gers. Tho Good Hope was commanded by Captain McParlano, a hard-headed old Scotchman. John Williamson first mate, and a crew of thirteen hands, all told, made up of Englishmen, Dutch men, and Swedes. We sailed on the fourteenth of December, a biasing hot day, with scarcely a breath of . wind to fill the sails ; but the captain was anxi ous to got away, as yellow fever was in port, and lie had no miud to knocking his heels in quarantine any longer than he could help. We had, however, hardly got clear of Eaza island when a breeze struck up, and wo were soon bowling along as fast as the old shin could be made to etep along, all studding sails set, and, so tar, a clean bill of health on board. On tho twenty first, however, I was bitting for'ard, getting a breath of fresh aiir, and smoking my pipe, when Tote, tho steward's mate, came up and sum ruonded mo aft to see one of our cabin passengers, Mr. Wrfliam Grierson, who had been very unwell during the night, and began to be afraid that he was in for a touch of the fever f I went aft and saw him, but thoro did not appear to be any very alarming symptoms just nt present, so I prescribed some cooling medicine and left him. Ho was, however, worso the next day, and the next, yet. it was not a case of yellow Lvcy, and there was something in the symptoms that fairly baffled me. On the twenty-fourth he was so much worse' that I lx-gan to bo seriously alarmed, and communicated my fears to tho captain. ; i "It is not yellow fever,' of that I am sure." " What is it then, doctor f" " Well, to tell the truth, I can hardly say. Nothing that I can administer seems to do him any good, and he is evidently sinking rapidly." "Humph!" said the captain, "mys terious, to say the least of it. Does he know of his condition ?" Tho conversation was cut short by the arrival of Tele, who informed ns that Mr. Grierson had been seized with a sudden and alarming access of pain, and was apparently dying, adding that the patient wished to see mo at onoo and alone. In obedience to the summons I went below, and having shut tho cabin door and administered the necessary remedies, asked the dying man the rea Bon for his wishing to see me. "I wish to see you because I feel that I am dying, and I can put off no longer what I wish to say, if it is to be said at all," responded the patient, feebly. " Fetch me that box from the top of my sea-clieit and listen " I brought ifc, a small, oblong, mahoga ny box, and laid it by his side upon the coverlet, and Mr. Grierson, laying his hand upon it and at the same time de taching tho key from a string by which it was suspended round his neck, with which his fingers played nervously dur ing hi recital, continued: "I 'am a murderer. Aye 1 you may staro, and think perhaps that my mind is wandering, but it ia the truth. Twenty five years ago twenty-five years of misery I committed the deed which I am now in the presence of my Maker about to confess. I was a clerk in a banking house in London, and the facili ties and opportunities for peculation of fered me were too much for me to with stand, but circumstances occurred which convinced me that discovery could hard ly be much longer delayed, and I was casting about how to make my escape while there was yet time. Just at this juncture one of the senior clerks in the house had to be sent down to Bristol in charge of a very large sum of money in gold, and I was deputed to accompany him to guard the treasure. " In those times matters were differ ently conducted from what they are in the present day, and we had to take the money in a box, strongly secured and sealed, with us, by the mail coach, which started from one of the old inns in the city for the west of England. There was a Aim of two thousand guineas in the box, and the idea sug gested itself to my mind that if I could become master of such a sum I could get clear away by some ship leaving Bristol for foreign parts before the bank could become aware of the fact of my escape. But how to get rid of my companion. Briefly: for I feel my strength sinking and I must hurry forward to the end of what I have to tell you. I procured poiRon, which I poured into a leathern bottle, which I carried on the road, and, wntching my opportunity, offered it to him to drink. He sank back in a cor ner of the coach and in a few minutes was a corpse. Emptying the remaining contents of the bottle out of the window, and placing the dead man in such an at titude as would lead people to suppose ho had died naturally in his sleep, I hailed the guard with every simulation of trepidation, and stopped the coach. Tho outside passengers got down, and a scene of great excitement occurred. At the next village, the local doctor, who as it happened was a man of no great skill, was sent for, and dexterously in sinuating to him that I had known my companion to have suffered from heart disease of somo years' standing, with many compliments to tho .professionrl acumen of the doctor himself, that worthy was not long in pronouncing it a case of sudden death from disease of the heart; and I was suffered, in view of my representations as to the urgency of my mission to Bristol, to proceed on my journey. Thi3 is the bare outline of my crime, tho details would only weary you, and my time is short. I succeeded in leaving England and reaching Brazil, where I have amassed a fortune. That fortune is within the box which lies be neath my hand ." He paused, for a violent spasm'came over iim, and it was not for some time that I could recover him sufficiently to enable him to proceed. Raising himself in bed with difliculty, he unlocked the box, and disclosed an array of unset diamonds, whose bril liancy dazzled me. "Here are 50,000 worth of dia monds," proceeded Mr. Grierson. " I have converted all my fortune into theso gems, ana these I intend to mtrust to your care. Take this box at once to your own cabin and return to mo for your instructions as to tho disposal of tho contents. I hesitated, but he was imperative. " Not a word. I am dying fast and I implore you to accede o my last ro quest.". I took the box, locked it, and left tho cabin. As I opened tho door I ran up against Pete. ." -" What are you doing here V "Nothing." I passed on along the main deck to ward my cabin forward, and on my way I met Oaptam McFarlane. "How ia your patient, doctor?" " Dying, I fear. He cannot latt l0Dg." . I passed on, nd depositing tho box in a place of safety, returned. Grierson was rapidly sinking, and in a few short sentences he instructed mo as to the disposal of his property. Ten thousand pounds was to go to the bankers, Mepsrs. Holt A Wardley, of Lombard street, and tho balanco to tho family of tho murdered mau, whose namo was given me, and whose representative I pledgod my word to do my best to dis cover. Finally, binding me over not to dis close what I had just been told, except to parties named by him in his dying re quest, Grierson relapsed into a stato of partial insensibility, from which I in vain attempted to rouse him, and before half au hour had elapsed the unhappy man was no more. ; Going on dock, I communicated tho news to tho captain, who gave the nec essary directions as to the funeral, which took place next day; find once more we were plowing our way through the blue water as if nothing had happened. I was an altered man. The strange commission with which I had been in trusted, weighed on my mind. Over and over again in tho stillness of the night I opened the box of diamonds, and gazed on the brilliancy of the gems. What proof was there that they were not mine; the box with its brass plate bearing the owner's name could be de stroyed in a moment, and then over and over again the devil whispered to ine, but thank God, I resisted tho te'mp- tationi 1 1 would fulfill the trust confided to me, and I prayed fervently for strength to resist the evil promptings of my baser self; One day I sat alone, the box unlocked on my table, gazing with an irrepressi ble curiosity, which I was unable to con trol, on the jewels which scintillated with a devilish luster before my dazed vision. The door sudddenly opened and Captain McFarlane entered. I beg your pardon, doctor; didn't know you were engaged." But before I could close the box or reply his eye had caught the shimmer of the brilliants. "Halloo!" what's here!" With a firm hand he closed the lid and read the name upon the plate. In nocent as I was, involuntarily stung by the remembrance of what my thoughts had been but a moment before, I quailed before lus eye. " I know all now that man was poi soned consider yourself my prisoner." I endeavored to explain. I told every thing as it occurred, and I appealed to the captain to believe the story, or at least to await its reasonable confirmation before acting on his rash conclusion. He was incredulous. One concession I ob tained, and that was that all should be kept secret till our arrival in port, and that I should not be publicly branded as a suspected murderer before the crew. A fortnight passed, a weary fortnight, during which I repeatedly endeavored to shake tho conclusion at which Captain McFarlane had so hastily arrived. Sud denly, without a moment's warning, the captain fell siok. He was suffering from a low fever. I begged him to ao cept my service. "Never; you shall not poison me, too." Days passed, and the captain got worse and worse; he babbled in his de lirium of poison, of stolen jewels; and night and day I watched at his bedside, jealously excluding everybody who might perchance overhear his ravings and rise up in judgment against me. One day the crisis came. A few hours would determine all. If he died I was once more a free man, free from the im putation of a foul crime, free to carry out my honest intention of fulfilling tho dead man's wishes, but also free from the dread of exposure which to me would be worse, as a bare suspicion, than death itself. If the captain could but sleep, his life would be saved. How easy to make that sleep his last. The devil was at my olbow, the laudanum bottle in my hand. But at my soreBt need the strength to resist was given to me. I poured out the proper dose, and advanced towards the cot in which the captain lay. A strange light was in his eyes. Rising suddenly, and throwing the bedclothes off his tall, lean, sinewy form, he half leaped from tho bed, and seizing the box of diamonds, which ho had through out his illness never allowed from be neath his pillow, in one hand, he shrieked: "Never, never ! Will you allow me to be poisoned like a dog ! Help I some of you." The effort was too much; clasping tho box to his bosom he fell back on his pillow a convulsive shud der passed ovor his frame he was dead. I don't protend to analyze my feelings at that momont. My reason well-nigh deserted me. I did not stop to think of tho possible consequences. Snatching tho box from the relaxing grasp of the corpse I rushed from the cabin and fell over Pete, who was just outside. "See to the captain. He is dead," and I sped onward; but the powerful man had his hand upon my arm. 'Doctor not go so quick Mr, Gnerson dead, cap'n die, too doctor got his box of jewels. Give up that box," aud he seized mo in his grasp and struggled with me for the possession of tho box. At that moment tho strength of a lion was ia me; I wrestled with my assailant, and, freeing myself from his grasp, made for tho companion stairs. I had reached the deck, with what intentions I knew not, but Peto was again with me, wrestling with tho strength of a demon for the possession of the prize. Iliff'ship wa3 rolling heavily in a dead calm, and, as we foil together, we slid across the deck toward the lee scup pers. With a superhuman effort I ireod my right arm, and, with all my forco, threw the box over the quarter-dock railings. It flew open as it fell into the sea, and in the moonlight the diamonds fell like a shower of falling stars into tho black water. The man, seeing my movement, left his hold of me, and sprang forward to catch tho box as it fell. A heavy lurch, and I was alone on the deck. The rapidity with which everything had taken place seemed to have stunned me, and deprived me of the power to utter even one cry for help. When I recovered myself it was too late Pete and tho diamonds were gone forever. I looked arouifd the deck was de serted, save by the man at the wheel, who, half hidden by the wheel house, had not seen the struggle. Can I be blamed? I held my tongue. The captain was buried at dawn, and the chiof officer took command of the ship. It was clear that Pete must have fallen overboard, and no one suspected the share I had had in tho catastrophe. In due time we arrived at Bristol, aud for my own satisfaction I instituted tho necessary inquiries as to the individuals named by the man Grierson. Tho bank had long rinoe ceased to exist. I traced soma vague rumor ol a man Having died suddenly in a stage coach while passing through an obscure village in Somersetshire, but could never obtain any clew to his representatives. It was, -. - it ii i "" -i a 9 t pernaps, as weu mat j. luueu. x am still a poor man, but I would rather die so than accept the possibility of becom ing rich at the terrible risk which at tended the unlucky bequest of the box of diamonds. Hydopliobla from the Bite of a Cat, Henry Murray was a laborer of sober habits and healthy constitution. On the night of October 19, 1875, while em ployed as a watchman on certain build ings in the Suburbs of Brooklyn, fj. T., he attempted to drive a strange cat from one of them. The animal sprang into his face and bit him on the nose, but, the wound inflicted being nothing more than a slight scratch, he paid no atten tion to it. The wound soon healed. A few days ago he felt a pain in his nose, but no thought of the encounter with the cat occurred to him, he eupposing he had taken a cold. All that night he complained of a headache, and of feel ing languid and the next day was quite ill, although he continued at his work. On the next morning his respiration be came labored, and he swallowed with difficulty, saying that his throat seemed to be closing against him. His friends became alarmed at the symptoms, and Dr. John D. Sullivan was called in, who tells the following story of the case : I was called in and found him in bed, but looking quite well. But, while talking to him, he suddenly jerked up, all his muscles going into a spasm, After telling me of his difficulty in drink ing, I called for a glass of water and handed it to him. As he took it his hand began to tremble, and only with great effort he succeeded at last in get ting it to his mouth and taking a mouth ful. He had no "actual dread of water," which hydrophobia literally means, but his throat contracted violently, together with all tho muscles of his body. The muscles were affected, but tho spasms were nervous. After that was over he seemed as well as ever in his life, except that ho felt a soreness in his forehead, he said. At that timo 1 knew nothing about the cat bite, and not liking to frighten him with any questions, I took his father and mother into another room and asked them if he had been bitten by any animal. Thoy said no, except some ten years previously, when he had been slightly bitten by a dog. Whilo talking with his father, his mother went back, however, aud questioned him on the sub ject, and he mentioned the cat bite spoken of as the only one. When I saw the symptoms were fully developed, asked him about it, and he said that for the last two or three days ho had 'had darting pains in his nose. Thore was, nowever, no swelling about the spot, nor any discoloration. I saw him again, and his symptoms having become more in tense in e rerj way, in spite of the reme dies I had applied, I sought a consulta tion with another physician, aud called in Dr. Pilcher. I had administered se datives with some quinine. Tho quinine I gave him thinking he mip;ht not have recovered from au attack of malarial fever he had had somo time beforo. When Dr. Pilcher arrived, tho symp toms were still worse, although tho sedatives were increased, and we thought tho steam bath was the only thing that could help him. However, thore were no facilities for it there, and when I went to tho police station for an ambulance, intending to take him to the hospital, where a bath could be had, I could not get ono. It was, however, then too late. . He was jumping and struggling violently, his agony being awful to witness. We finally concluded to let him alone, and he went rapidly into collapso, remaining in a very low condition until he diod from shet-r ex haustion. There was, during his low state, moro or loss spasmodio action of the muscles and a continual accumula tion of foam" sputum " wo would call it in his mouth, which seemed to choke him when ho triod to swallow and to throw him into tho spasms. He was not afraid of any fluid, but could not swal low it, the attempt to do so' almost asphyxiating him. At such times ho grew livid. Young Murray remarked to Dr. Sul livan that if he could only get the trouble out of his throat ho would be all right. He became delirious, and im agined that somebody was outsido who wanted to shoot him. He also seemed to fear that the doctors were going to cut his nose off. He gave rational an swers to questions, even when violently delirious. Dr. Sullivan is fully of the belief that the- case was one of genuine hydrophobia.' lie is also of opinion that if tho case had been put under medical treatment two weeks ago, tho effects of the virus oould have been eradicated from the system, and the life of Mr. Murray saved. Thirty years ago or more a clock in a neighboring city bore the following ap propriate inscription on it : " I'm old and worn as my faoe appears, -' ' For I've wali.ed on time for a hundred years ; Many have fallen since I began, Mauy will fall ere my raoo I've ran ; I've buried tho world with it hopes aud fears lu my long, long march of a hundred years. The light to sell pop-corn at tho Centennial exposition has beeu sold fur $3,000. ,- -. IN A QUICKSAND., t . A Terrible Bltaatlea In Which a 11 aa was Placed A Narrow Escape. The fate that grasps and holds you, and makos you look it in tho face as it slowly murders you, is one which to look forward to must break the strongest human fortitude. Accident has thrown many a man in the power of such slow destruction, and those who have escaped have had a story to tell. Forest and Stream says that Mr. Frank Wade, of Indianapolis, while on a fishing excur sion at Maxincuckee pond, went up the margin of a small muddy stream, and saw some beautiful water lilies, that he very much wished to gather.' Leaping across, he struck on a miry level and found hims If sinking. The hoi rible truth burst on him that he was in a quicksand. The sensation was dreadful. The mud grasped him like a vise. His legs were helpless, and his feet seemed to be treading on nothing. And still he sank. Now he was above hia waist and rapidly losing strength. Up to this time he had indulged the hope of extricating himself, but now he began to call for help. Again and again ho called with all his strength. His cries were heard by two companions, Messrs. Elliott and Gall, about a quar ter of a mile distant on the lake, and by some instinct they at once took in the situation. In a moment they were making toward him as fast as oars would carry them, but moments are years to a man in Frank's situation. By this time he was up to his armpits. The mud and sand seemed to press him from all directions, Respiration was diflloult, and his breath ing was growing shorter. Each breath was drawn with a distinct effort. He grasped at a little bunch o ' grass, and held to it lit e a drowning man to a life preserver. With the other hand he managed to get hold of a small piece of au old barrel stave, which lay within reach, and worked that under his arm. Both these stays soon failed him, and he continued to descend. Tho othor boys were fast approaohing, but now his arms were extended above his head, and his rescue seomed doubt ful. He thought of home, of mother, sisters and friends. . He wondered what he had done to deserve such an ignomi nious death. He wondered if his body would ever be recovered if he sank out of sight. His senses reeled, and his head seemed to be bursting. The approaching resoners struck bar. In an instant they jumped out and were dragging the skiff over it. It was hard work, but soon dono. Tho life of Frank Wado was at stake. In deeper water again they rowed towards him like athletes. The boat strikes the land. They leap out and run to Frank, bringing an oar with them. When they got to him the mud was within an inch of his mouth, His head was thrown back, and the back part of it imbedded in mud. He was pale aud helpless. With all possible haste an oar was ex tended to him. He was too weak to grasp it firmly, but managed to get it under his arms, and thus sustained himself. Then hope revived. After a few moments of rest he worked the oar into such position that ho could Seize it with both hands, and then tho work of extrication began. Liltlo by little he managed to loosen his body, though he could not move it, Then the boys would work him back and forth with the oar. Without describing this process in detail, suffice to say that after about half an hour of hard work he was finally dragged out. How to Save. The way to save, the Ledger tells us, is to begin with tho little matters and begin at once. No one ever made his way from poverty to riches who scorned economy in small things, and could not comprehend tho value of a single cent. Tho poor man, who would get ahead pe cuniarily, muHt learn to save cent after cent one at a time, if ho can do no more till ho gets a hundred of them, aud so h is a dollar, is a wise and noble thing for him to do. Having thus actually saved hia first dollar, he will have acquired with it a power of self- denial aud a tonacity of purposo which will enable him to save ono dollar after another till he' gets a hundred. And then ho can save on indefinitely, and become indepen dent in fortune. "But," says somo one who has lived all his life without saving, " how am I to save. My habits are fixed. How can I learn to lay by something for old age?" You must do as to money matters what a curtain auoimit school of philosophers did as to morals. Those old sages used, every night, to review their actions for the day, and see what they, ought not to have done, and what they might have done better of tho things which it had been necessary f or . them to do. So, too, must you, every night, review the outlays of tho day, and see what you have spent that you ought not to have spent, and how you might have got more economically whatever it was ne cessary for you to obtain. Any ono who faithfully makes such a review of his expenditures will be apt to discover many opportunities for " retrenchment and reform." And then if he will, he cuu at once begin to save, and may ac quire economical habits which will seoure his future prosperity. ' j Winter in Cauadlan Town. A month of snow to most young peo ple, at all events, would bo highly en joyable. It is scarcely enough to reduco the pleasure and novelty of sleighing to mere means of transit, or to dull the ears to the merry tinkling of the bells ; and perhaps it would hardly give them an overdose of skating, even though that pastime had to be carried on in a damp and unhealthy little rink. But six months, six long interminable months of white chaos, with nothing to relieve the eye but snow, deep snow I Thero are dances ad nauseam all through tho winter, and their merry evenings have often been held up by Canadians as the result of, and peculiar to, their hSrd win ters; but is it, I ask, necessary to the Bucoess of a ball that tho thermometer should stand at thirty below zero, and that every guest on tho way thither should have periodically to feel his nose and ears in order to satisfy himself that he still possesses those organs ? , Get a sensible Canadian in a corner toward the end of March, button-holo him, and he will sing you a different song. Tou will gather from him that, although he has never spent a winter away from his native land, he feels the cold more and moro every year, and pines for some thing that his instincts tell him would be more natural and more agreeable. Un less you are a lumberman, exercise is next to an impossibility, and you conse quently suffer, unless you can do with out it, which few Englishmen can. En deavor to walk along a country road, and even if you can manage to stagger on for a mile or two you will run the risk of being put into the county lunatic asylum. Riding, of course, is an im possibility, so there is nothing for it but to sit in a stove-heated room, or to rush through the freezing air, muffled up to the eyes, in a sleigh. At this season of the year the farmers, boing thrown out of work, throng the barrooms in great Newfoundland coats, with hoods and red scarfs around their waists, and fur caps of vast extent upon their heads. But still "harder looking crowd" are the lumbermen, or shantymen, who, turned adrift from the far backwoods, are let loose on the peaceful inhabitants of Kis awlce. They may, indeed, bo reckoned among the evils of winter--English, Irish, Scotch, French and Canadians, all roughened down to that state of exist ence which lives only to drink or curse. The streets present, however, a very gay appearance, as do also the stores and hotels. An unceasing stream of sleighs of every description glides swiftly and noisolessly through the streets; the steam from the horoes rises up between the houses, through the cold air, and the jangling of a thousand bells continues from morning till night. Where has All tho Gold Gone I An English writer who, of course must depend to a great degree upon guess work, says that not less than five thousand millions dollars' worth of gold and silver have been taken from the earth since the days of Noah. Of this amount he thinks that three .billions two hundred millions have been pro duced since the discovery of America, The Christian world is credited with having had two thousand millions, most of which has been disposed of by ship wrecks, gilding, fire, and various other ways, as effectually, tho AUa California suggests, as many of our citizen have disposed of theirs by investing m stocks. He thinks this loss proceeds at the rate of sixteen millions annually, which is undoubtedly too low. One-half of the balauoe, three hundred and fifty mil lions, he thinks is held in. tho form of plate and ornaments. Of tho balance of three thousand millions in the anti Christian world, waste and losses omit ted, ho thinks that over a thousand bil lions have been hidden in Asiatio lands in different atros of the world, and he continues that it is well known that thousand millions were thus hidden in India aud China in the six years sue ceediog 1851 ; that is during the time when wholesale murder and slaughter and wholesale robbery and despoliation wore tho business of the natives and their enemies. Ono would think that China must be carpeted with gold leaf, paved with silver dollars, glittering with the precious metals, did he think only of the vastsums sent there for hundreds of years post, littlo or none of which over comes back. But somehow these metals have a fate there as they have else wherethey disappear. Like many other commodities.they serve theirpurpose and disappear. What became of all the gold with which Solomon covered his grand temple ? What became of all the Span ish spoils in South America and in Mexioo ? Ono might ask such questions forever and be no wiser therefor. Gold and silver serve thtir purposes and dis appear, as do the human race and old boots and all other material things, and there is none so wise as can tell us accurately what has beoome of thorn. When the faucet is turned, whore has the gaslight gone ? one might ask, and the question would be as reasonable and perhaps as difficult to answer. Wo know pretty well, the paper significantly adds, where our, little portion of gold aud silver has gone, but th it knowledge does got give us any particular gratification. ' A Pennsylvania man named his first throe boys America, United S'aites and Christopher Columbus, and a new comet he has called Centennial, v .; v v Items of Interest. -' -From pole io ' pole The telegraph wiros. A good soldier would as soon eat as fight. Tight boots show a narrow under standing. ' .''- Two Illinois men havo patented an apparatus by which all the lamps in a town can be lit or extinguished at once. .' : ... Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us, and endeavor to excel them by avoiding what is faulty and imitating what is ex cellent in them. If you don't want your wife to bothei you every day with the remark, " Don't forget that worsted," just mention to her the pretty girl who tends the worst ed counter where you got the last. According to a very ancient English rhymester, when Christmas fails on Sat urday tho winter shall be full of great tempests, that shall slay both man and beast; fruit and corn shall fail greatly, and many old people perish. "Tho boy. at the head of the clasB will stato what were tho dark ages -of the world." Boy hesitates. " Next, Master Briggs, can you tell me what the dark oges were?" " I guess they were the ages before spectacles were invent ed." V Go to your seats." , " How are you getting on in your new place ?" asked a lady of a girl whom she had recommended for a situation. "Very well, thank you," answered the girl. " I am glad to hear it," said the lady. " Your employer is a very nice lady, and you cannot do too much for her." I don't mean to, madam," was ' the innocent reply. Hot Springs, Ark., keeps up its round' of unique amusements. The local paper thus advises its readers: Go up to tho park to-day and witness the bear rob the bee-gum. It is worth seeing, and will be quite a treat to those who are not ac quainted with the manners and habits of this interesting bird. There will also , be skating in the evening. ...... An unwilling juryman recently ex cused himself from service by a letter, of which the following is a literal copy : " Sir As I am a Fauriner and my leng wich Danich I am not ettel compitint of the Englich lengwich to be a jewry man and my contious du not allow me to geive my openian en wat I do not ender stan. An answer vel oblight." The roads in some parts of Germany are lined during the entire distance with rows of poplars, or of apple trees, tho branches of. which latter bend beneath the weight of the fruit. A fine of three shillings is the penalty for plucking tho fruit, consequently it is permitted to ripen, and the owners or the community reap the benefit of their foresight in making shade trees at onco beautiful and profitable. The giving of scholarships at Amherst College is to be on a more critical plan hereafter. All who apply for them must give a full account of their iucome, including what they earn and receive as gifts, and all their necessary expenses, such as tuition, fuel, room rent, books, etc., and all incidental expensos. They must also pledge themselves not to ex pend anything for tobacco, liquors, bil liards, or dancing lessons. Strange Hallucination. One of the most extravagant conceits peculiar to a deranged mind belongs to a poor fellow who may, during every twenty-four hours, be seen at regular times standing about the railroad depots in Louisville. For several months past he has believed himself to be tho general superintendent of the railroads leading into the city. In his madness thore is method. He has the schedule of every railroad committed to memory, and is ou time with the arrival and de parture of every train at the various de pots in the city. At 2 :20 r. m. lie is at the Shortline depot to see that the Cin cinnati train gets off all right ; a few n inutes later he is at tho Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis and Ohio and Mississippi depot, and thence he goes to the Nashville depot, thus making the rounds until- all the trains liave arrived and departed. As it is above the dignity of so im portant an official to command tho sub ordinates in person, he is never known to give an order, but contents himself with standing around the platforms, watching every movement of the em-' ployeos. After the arrival or departure of a train tho countenance of this queer creature lights up with an expression of supreme satisfaction, and Without say ing a word to auy ono, complacently puts his hands in his pockets and walks away with an air of indifference and self-importance. Won the Money. "Bet half a dollar I shall fall down ! Bet half a dollar I shall fall!"' mur mured an old chap the other evening as, . with too much whisky, he was feeling his way down the street. " Bet half a dol " Just here the old fellow's heels flew so high into the air that his head and shoulders beat them back to the ground. Rising to a sitting posture, he took up his hat, rubbed the back of his Lead, and then said : ' Won the money, by thunder I And it is tho first bet I've won this winter I"