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TUE COMING OF TUE SPJIIXO.
X CITY CAXtONET. I, Tliua family did ting , l'ralao ol Uio ooralng Springt II. rXTKWMUA9-Hi0'ttrrhe, , SiirlBRU BeAr without ä lonbt Tli Wro-bs.'Wt is drowned out. I Uilnk wo hall iwiforo a ' "l'rch,"UDiara!Wloil inctiZsoAh. iMr.Mn.-nii n.nTaro with tuud. Sewer choked vrlth turliid fltsxl. Jly eatarrti iiewUtwit hear, Ttiea admit that Sprh'tf B cur. III. j, nm Kiourroi. nr.tR wr. Ivlly "iieaüi hot-vrator urns In galooni the pa Jet bums; The capasloua V Inter" grace To lichter jearb ot drab girra place; " l.aj tho cono of fcalskluliy; Cock Spring boaver o'ur riphteyc-J l).xh Utomua'irouioithcrear; et your pH that Spring it near. IV. THK ÜACüHTlIIt, 0, ITIIE VWGUTRRCOtdnittO. In irrcvii nicadow milk white lambs Jlust be Irirkins with their d e; In Uns emerald turf Is et The llrat dewy violet; Crocuaci bedeck the. Kv ; ltlnls aing in tho budttlnr tree 4 'Gainst the sword of winter" drear. Spring, the beauteous Spring, Is near. V. MATKRl'AMIl.IAS-rrtiftk. Lambs in meadows jrrcen? Xot much. All the lambs are In the butch- Hr shops i dear, too. P'raps one sees Violet, but no cabbages. Singing birds? There are none stuffl lint spring chickens, and they're tough ; othing's troMi, and all is dear; Thus I know that Spring is near. vi. TUB I-AMIi OF TIIK FLOCK childithtrtblc. I have Mid my skate and elotl 'r a lot of balls, red, dead. The I'onr Mutuala" have elec- Ted Bill Jones President, and te Sec. , And their opening game will play With the Kyoodles, Saturday. Sco, rar tov, my marbles here, These muddy trousers ! Spring is near ! VII. Thus that family did sing Praises of the coming tiering. Against the awonlof winUr, keen and cold. Ctutuccr, " Tlu Siuircii lule." Chicaja Tribune. THE HAUNTED SHIP. I shipped in the Norway, for the passage from Cronsradt to Hull, and another Eng lishman, who went by the name of Jack Hastings, joined her at the same rime. Ho was a man of considerable information, -and from his talk had seen his share of the world, but was not much of a sailor, as I had already surmised from the cut of his jib. We fouud Captain Phelps, of the Nor way, a Tartar in the worät sense of the word ; and the voyage was any thing but a pleasant one. especially to Hastings, lie had shipped for able seaman's wages, and his deficiencies were soon apparent, espe cially to the captain, who had a hawk's eye for the weak points in a man, that he might come down on him. As I had a strong; feeling of respect for the young man, I stood his friend whenever I could, by trying to do moro than my own share of duty and cover up his shortcomings; but I couldn't always be ou hand, of course. One night, when it was blowing quite fresh, and I wa? at the wheel, the captain was up and had all hands putting reefs in the topsails. The men had lain down on deck, and were manning the halyards to hoist away, when poor lias tings, instead of the reef-tackle, let go the weather fore topsail brace, and away went the yard fore and aft. However, by luffing up'sniartlv, we managed to get It checked in again without carrying away any thing, Hut Capt. Phelps, frothing at the mouth, vowed he would tan the clumsy lubber's hole that ultl it, ana would "ride Mm down like a main-tack." no rushed at Hastings with a piece of ratline 6tuff and brought it down once, with a ttrrillc cut, over Iiis neck and shoulders. As he raised it aloft to repeat the blow, while all hands stood looking on, hushed Into silence, a voice from aloft roared out, nold your hand !" The sound, which wa3 wonderfully loud and clear, seemed to come down out of the maintop. The captain fell back aft, so as to look up, but could eco nothing. " Aloft there 1" he yelled, in a rage. No answer. "Maintop there!" Halloa I' was answered, spitefully. 41 Come down on deck ?" " Come up here, and ree how you like It!" The captain's rage was now fearful to behold. "Who's aloft there? Who is it, Mr. llaynor?" he demanded of the mate. "Nobody that I know of, sir," answered the officer. " They're all here in eight." The men looked from one to another, but the number was correct. The second mate, without waiting for orders, sprang up aloft and looked over the top-rim and made thccircuitoflt, looklngall around the masthead, and reported Tiimself alone. The captain dropped his rope's end and went below, his mind in a strange chaos of rage and fear, and Hastings escaped fur ther Dcatlng for that night. But a few days were sufficient for the aptain to forget his fears, and I myself 'was the next victim of bis wrath. Ho had ordered me to make a lanyard-knot in the end of an old, fagged rone, to bo used for huhiag somewhere. I did so and returned it to him, telling him I had made the best Job of it that I could. " Well, if that's your best, you're as much of a lubber as your partner, Hast ings. I'll dock you both to or'nary sea man's pay." said he. In vain I remonstrated, saying that the rope was too much worn and fagged to make a neat piece of work. " Fagged, is it? Well, I'll finish it up over your lubberly back I" " No you won't !" sang out a voice from behind the long boat. He rushed round in the direction ot the sound, but there was no one there. " Who waa that that spoke?" ho cried. " If I know who It was, I'd cut his heart out I" "IIa thai would yo?" was answered derisively from tho maintop, now. It was broad daylight, and all could sec that there was no one up there. I was iulte as mich startled and mystified as my tyrant could possibly be, but tho diversion acrved as good a purpose as on tho pre vious occasion, for he did not attack me again. Had ho done so, I meant to resist, and grapple witii him, it It cost ma my lite. That night the captain's slumbers were disturbed by a tierce cry, which appeared to eomo in at tho sidelight In his state room, lea opou for fresh Mr. Th cry had been heard by the mate on tho quarter deck, and by I la-tings at the wheel, who could give no explanation of it, ami seem ed to share his astonishment and fear, when ho rushed on tho deck and looked vainly over the quarter in search of tho cause. From that dayho was harassed and per secuted at every turn by an invisible pros oneo which gave him no peace of his life. Whether on deck or below, he found no escape from it, and especially when lie be gan to abuse any of t lie ship's company the voice of tho hidden champion invaria bly took their part. The insolent laugh ; tliat rang in his oars on every such occa sion seeriied to come from overhead. But no manifestations ever troubled us in tho forecastle, nor did tho unearthly voice ever address any one on board but Capt. Phelps. Tho most superstitious part of the crew would rather have borne (lis tyrannical treatment than have lived in a haunted skip, while some of us wel comed a firm friend In this unaccountable spiritual presence, or whatever it might be. The captain's angry passions weie to some extent checked by It : though, now and then, they broke forth so suddenly that tho object of his fury received a blow before it could interfere. We hud arrived within a couple of days' sail of the English coast, when, becoming exasperated at some blunder of Hastings, he hurled a be laying pin, which struck him in tho head. The poor fellow suddenly clapped both hands to the snot, with a wild yell, and rushed into the forecastle. The captain, after having thrown the missile, appeared, as I thought, surprised at not hearing any imng, ami i noticed mm gianco nervously aloft, itut, stiil Hearing nothing, lie re covered Ids courage, and ordered Mr. Itav- nor to call that man on deck again." The mate, getting no answer to hi went below, and found Hastings delirious, He reported that he believed the in bo in a critical condition, and the ca directed him to do whatever he thougl best lor ins reiiei. i tnuiK uant. r like some other hard cases that I sailed with, did hot dare to venture the forecastle himself, for fear he never get out araiu alive. That night it became necessary to all hands out to reef again :'and while we were on the yards a thrilling cty arose from the bows, such as well might have been raised by a maniac. A human form was seen by several ot us erect ou the rail, near the lore-swifter, and then a loud splash was heard In the water under the lee. Mr. llaynor and the captain, who were on deck, rushed to the side, a hat was seen for a moment, bobbing up on the crest of the sea, and tho same dreadful yell of In sanity wa repeated, even more shrill than before. Captaiu Phelps echoed the cry, but faintly, and fell insensible to the deck. Mr. I.aynor hailed us on the top-sail yard with a voice like a trumpet-blast Lay down from aloft ! Clear away the small boat!" Wc thought the mate was quite as mad as the poor suicide, and so he was, for the moment. By the time we reached the deck he was ready to countermand the order. Every thing was hidden in dark ness, the wind and sea fast increasing, and it was impossible even theu for the clumsy little boat to live. The captain, still un conscious, was carried below, with many a muttered wish that he might never come up again, and bitter were the oaths of vengeance mingled with kind words aud tears for our departed messmate that went round our wakeful little circle during the stormy, dismal night. When the Hull pilot boarded us, forty eight hours afterward, Captain Phelps was at his post trying to look like himself, but still pale and trembling. The mate told us that he should have Tdm arrested as soon as we arrived in port. Butl think he must have relented, and counlved at his escape, for he was missing before the ship was fairly secured. I don't think lie was ever brought to justice, though I did not wait to see. I wa3 glad enough to shake the dust of the Norway oil my feet, and to forget, if possible, the history of the voyage. Strolling along the streets at early even ing, ready for any thing in the way of amusement that might turn up, my atten tion was caught by a poster announcing the performance of Prof. Uolbrook, the unrivaled and world renowned ventrilo quist. I had never seen a performance of that sort, but after reading the bill I re solved to go. 1 was just fii time when I reached the hall of exhibition, and taking a ticket I entered and took a scat. I thought tho entertainment the most won derful I had ever witnessed or heard. After a variety of sounds and voices had been imitated with marvelous skUl, he in formed us that he would bold a conversa tion with an ordinary person up the chim ney. When the responsive ha l ha ! came down, I was startled to such a degree as to rise from my seat. It was the same voice in precisely the same peculiar tones that I had heard so many times from the Norway's main-top. A minute later, the Professor, having finished his part, came forward to the front of the sta(fe ; and spite of his flow ing beard and other disguises, I recog nized one whom I had supposed to be dead five years before. "Jack Hastings," said I aloud, forgct Üng in my excitement where I was. Sit down. Put him out," cried a dozen voices at once. I subsided, of course, but not before I had received a sign of recognition from thoventriloquist. When the performance was over be beckoned to me, and, in the privacy of his own room, grasped my hand with a hearty pressure. " Hastings," I asked, "how in the name of miracles were you saved?" "Saved? Where?" "When you jumped overboard, raving mad." " I never jumped overboard, Ashton," said he, "and I was no more mad than I am now. It was only a plan to frighten old Phelps, and I think it succeeded but too well. My madness was all a sham, and the man overboard was only a bundle of old duds surmounted by my old hat. I alipped down Into tho forepeak, aud lay concealed Uli the night after the ship ar rived, when I stole oat and went ashore. Of course, you understood the cries yow heard?" "Certainly; and the other strange Ventriloquism " I icrt armed in most of the Cities and huge towti3 in England before 1 knew you, out l was men iMSsipatod in mv hab it and squandered all that l made. "While on one ol my sprees, I shipped and went to sea, and that is how you found me in Cronstadt. But I was never stock to make a pallor of. .Since I have returned 1 have done well and saved money, ami you must allow that I acquit myself better on the stage than 1 did ou board the Nor way," And that's tho only haunted ship I was ever in. I've heard ot Others, but proba bly those cases might be explained in some similar way. Scenes In Kamtschatka and Siberia. Says the Aeio ) ork Tunes ; The weekly " free lecture to the p ople wis delivered lat evening In the Same hall of Cooper Institute, by George Kliman, ol Medina, N. Y. The subject chosen was ' Life in Siberia and Kamtschatka." The lecturer was one of an exploring party sent out In 1SGÖ to select the be.-t route lor connecting St. Petersburg with the United States bv telegraph. He commenced by humorous ly ami briefly narrating the vövage of the party from San Francisco to the Uusdun shores, and then delineated in a graphic 1 manner me me mm occupation ot the Kussian pea-antry. The marritige rela tions, he said, wore peculiar. A Kussian could obtain a wife for a stun equivalent to 10 cents in currency, and from that ii ward. After the ceremony was performed at Uie church a feast was usually provided at tho residence of the parent; of the bride, at which tho felicity of the newly-wedded pair was manifetcd by partaking of food from the same dish. During the banquet he said it was customary for some person to exclaim " sour ' In the Russian lan- uage, at which exclamation the bride i S.u wo.u,u V ?!.tMw.,n? lus " !l eauiiinieu 10 reiiuiiu uio traveler Ol ja - sounds on hoard. Your explains tho whole matter.' trouad his rt?' s call, "u"""ulc.,",t:r V " """J MsHS- J ,lu to higher ground, there was less than a P' '" " riY.. ..T . . irequeucy wun wuicn tins ceremony was vard s snace between the -leiirh and tliei. "1 "V "i'wiaiiy ...,........1 . :..tr i .n .- 1 .' I ixim uit, 1111,11 umi mi trniih iunmi r.nimllv cu.1i.ir tliM- in to i'ci'.-u uiieu imcucii'u. sjiuiy won u e r tn. The oecurmiitu of the rear seat umn- , V ' n ' . V , 1 " ,U1 !Ulaiinru., 'Pl.o .m.I-.. ...,M.!. ! . . 4 1,1 ""l ,ml' ' " -'" 11 "V M'lt J""P i WOHls bV till' lies Ol the r IIWH lUirriln.. ptami"i v; ",7r?"""5""MIl?UHni torwaru. expecting that betöre tu.y ,, urr,r.ri V,.. Helps, " ".......-. iu ..huhu.. ( crusnea oeiieain me pursuing ice. i he trt f. -.,,. ,..1,1,1.,, iwi W.i. ir VA . V have .fj!?. W l.f? .h.e wa5 Wsl'cr bank was rcari.ed I safety, how- Ä Ä1 , ?Tll?.i Into P,. A . ' P !. P . I ever. For lndf a milo the lluod kept : V", 7,7.7 he 3. i.r f. .Y" might "Herveuiug oeiueeu me suov-capHM . abreast of them. Now ami then a cake of m,,llft Af Vh, frlnu. in . X ,.riV. T ..t , J IJ-f SiÄ ! woiiW be thrown over tho top of tho i "bTtluf JftXW enl , "p1 " "twijiux tiwinuu, i-ii-au oeuer iviiik- liil lllL' FOIllettlilcn wltliiti ji fnnt nT ::f' . :. ' 1 -.. .V " -I . i i . . . , . . i 1 ' ' . . iiiiiinp i nil raicuiMrjHi in ri'iimiM tii rmvoior n füll. i. ...... im .1 .. ,.,. " lornla than of that frozen country. The beyond Buckley's, on the outskirts dGor temperature for a short time at that sea- mantowu, the rivor for some distance son, he said, was mild and genial. Short- leaving the road, thev felt that thev bad ly after the beginning of the month escaped the Hood. What was their dis of October, however, the weather ,ay, on lookingofT to tho right, to see that grow cold very rapidly, and increased the Ice had been slopped In the channel of m severity at the end of the :ilc rVer ami was lnaWng a new one year. There were in Kamtschatka a large i through a gullev across Buckley's Hat, number of colonists from Ceutml Aiia 5,mi wa.s rapidly approaching the road at a i . my" ugiiiy iiieiuiiicu with the Russian population, having dopt- originally intended for the purpose of oil ing their guns Atlength a wandering tribe of Koratz was encountered, and, after their fright had been assuaged, they placed be fore the half-famished party the best ac commodations at their disposal, which con sisted of a mixture of blubber, moss, and reindeer meat, boiled to the consistency of a pudding, which, though not of a iiour- ishuig tendency, sustained life. H"-'-, The rejig- j ally the wor.-hm 1 ion of the tribe xras genem of the evil spirit, manifested by a species of sorcery. After delineating the customs j of the Inhabitants of Siberia, tho lecturer t..:jt .1 si...., ii 1 11 iiijuij urabiiinju iiiu uuiuii, iruietiiia an witnessed in that country. The thermom eter, he said, frequently indicated from CO to 69 degrees below zero, but the intensity of the cold was lessened by the heavy suits of fur in which the natives envelop them selves. The lecturer withdrew for a mo- ment .and arrayed himself in a fur costume wnicn no satti ne pad worn during nis so- journ in the Arctic region. The only cvt- denccs of civilization to be found in that; wu""j "" Fiwi." jHijnjio. seen in one instance a portrait of ex-Gov. LMx, cut trom Harpers Weekly, trained and hung a3 a saint, and before which prayers were dally said by the Russian peasantry. The speaker closed by relating the disappointment of the party on learn ing that all their labor had been fruitless, owing to the successful laying of the At lantic cablc Sex In Conversation. The old-time complaint ot men regard ing tho burden of ladies in general conver sation is mostly obsolete. In our dav xvo- natives of die country but also the BÄwWw BSliVhS guage smd religion. They were honest, Uflort to oHtstrin the flood. Putthi" the , . V Ich lie has txuttitl.1 and hospitable totraugers, and HÄ TZ subsisted chle ly on the products of sable- The sleigh passed the disputed point not Ä lw Ä Ttl nSl nlX trapping and lish.ng. At one time tho lit- Im)re than a yard ahead of the ice, which Är , &7,U SlÄ tie Pfty reduced to the lowest ex- a second afterward rushed across the road ?r treu.ity, all heir provisions had been con- and carried destruction into Uermantown. 3JÄ .J gi.ffi Sj JV , sutned and they were comielled for two SaViso her cittm.Kt iicnm C0 ' Mr Ä davs to subsist nnon n nh.e m hlublior ' n..-..i. ..i,.i.t.. ...t.i. 1.1, ruuiSHs L try , Miw Urlean. etc. Mr. btone v. tiwi uui , uit; iitcor, .urn iii.ujuci wi mi; t .mil w. tn nac rimr nn nr ,vua nTuiuriknn.il men, on the whole, talk in society quite house in this place, putting out all the fur as xvcll as men. They arc not quite ao cp- naoe fires and destroying the lower tier of lgramauc, and sometimes lacK condensa- tion, but they arc decidedly more spright- ly, and ten any story xvmcti require quiet dramatic expros-ion a good deal better. , Their grand dofect in conversation Is 1 obligingness. If the subject started is a t bore to him, or ono lie knows nothing about, the man will change it or bo silent ; j but a woman ,vill often go on, out of mere I obligingness, with a show of Interest which is visibly pretense, and a scries of luiiuca ,iiiviihixs vinu i wime 01 uag. No man talks as badly as most xvomcn on subjects they care nothing about, for no man who, under those circumstances, talks at all, hesitates to be a little bitter mid vanilla, be it nice or not, lias at xvorst more flavors than cream-cheese. But the serene, equablo flow oi xvomen's talk helps mightily to prevent conversation from degenerating into intellectual duel ingwhich, Uiougli amusing for two min utes, is a weariness at five, and to be jicr feet should ha arrested after two shots each. Women, moreover, wake up talka tiveness in the men n attribute of the sex which is too often overlooked. Em change. Tho Shah of Persia has given HcrrFaJkenhageii, a Russian subject, a concession to construct a railway from Tabriz to the Kussian frontier. If this line ig carried out It xvill be extended to Tiflis, and will become the first railway counectlug Asia and Europe. Otkk 1,00 school children were recent ly vaccinated in three days In New Haven, Conn. A KICK WITH THE FLOOD. -An Htcltlu-; HUI from lloa' Tnvcru to Vmri JcrrU-A Touching lurlUci.. TultWJUu to Uio New York Suu.l Poiit Jxitvid, N. V.. March lgTito llrst approach at thU place of the Ice Hood which was o destructive throughout tho Delaware Valley jesteiduv and the day before, was di-covered by Supervisor Near pa, li O. Hose mid .James Buchanan about 7 o'clock yesterday morning. They went up along the Sparrow bufdi roud to tho camp ground, and thence to Hose's tavern, about two mlUw from here. The road rum close to tho etle of the river bank, which between Rene's and the camp ground Is eight fWt jbnvo the rivor, u quarter of a mile. Uttum rites to fifteen left high. Hetwceu seven and eight o'clock they noticed that the river was I rising very f.tt. Looking up stream they i saw, half a mile above, a wall of ico as I high as the bunks moving down toward 1 he ice in the river where they were began heaving umvard, and was soon almost up to ihe road. Tli advancing flood from above was throwing cikes of lee high in the air and hurling them over the banks on either side. It was plain to the three spectators, that unless they coulil put the quarter of a miJeof low ground between them and the Hood of ice, tliev would beeutoirfromWMuinuniattion with I'ort Jervis. TIIK KICK. They instantly jumped In tho sleigh. Buchanan put his horses on a dead run. The icu had now raised above the bank, and great cakes began to fall in the road behind the sleigh. The ice moved with 1 MUM i ii'nii iii.it nit- luiiuuii; nurses i ...il. 1., - S... 1. ' could not increase thedistamc between It and the sleigh. Before half the distance was accomplished tho Ice received new itn. pi-rus from tho wave from above, which hud1 overtaken the smaller Hood. Buch anau saw the Ice gaining on him. lie plied the whin at every jump, and his tiw.s .mri, wi,..., t h..v mnm fn 1. i,in , point a hundred yards ahead of the sleigh, The distance to be. made by both sleigh and nine children in a little house on the Cermautown flats. He lately had one of his legs cut oil' on the railroad, on which lie was employed. The Hood came so sud denly that the Ice whs knocking holes in Creighton'8 house before he knew it, and the water was pouring in. Being unable to escape in this crippled condition, his wlfi' Kturti'fl her nine children nut nf rh i10uee. and then took her helpless husband in 1 piaa.. This poor family lost every thing they possessed. xf r.im xtnln,u.r n nmwi xr,!. ""--""' v ÜYcd alone in a small hu?e on the flats. In the morning Policeman Kisten went to her house and told her she must move. She refused to go. " Your house will be knocked all to ,"said theolllcer. "Thin I'll go xvid it, shure," she replied, and did not leave her house. It was surround- ed by large cakes of ice, and carried twen ty.,ive fwt awav. She stuck to It, and still refuses to quit it, although the Ice und water are a foot deep in it, and it is propped ut) on every slue tv huge cakes. When the flood xx-as bearing down xvith great speed on the town au Irishwoman ran to a house near the river, and soon ap peared xvith a half-grown pig In her arms, carrying it off in the very face of the Hood. INCIDENTS OF TUE FLOOD. On the Pennsylvania side of the river the ice was thrown up the bank fifty feet. Jacob Westfail's house was surrounded with huge cakes In an iustant, and a pass age had'to be cut through them to rescue his family. Mr. West fall lost nine coxxs and a team of horses. There wag four fuet of water in the ga retorts. The damage Is $7,000. The ugine house of the Gcrmantoxvn F re Department xvas carried a quarter of a mile, with engine, hose carriage, and all the furniture. They were ail ground to pieces in the ice. A hog and nine chickens passed this ,,iacc on a large cake of ice. They xvent on down the river, and xverc rescued at JlUford jacob nornbeck, a wealthy farmer liv- iIJLr below here, counted fortv skunks swimming between his house and this place. They were driven from their holes in the numerous islands in the river. Superintendent B. Thomas, Engineers Billy Morris and Van Wormer, and Con ductor Gow xvcre crossing the railroad bridge on an engine, when they discovered that the ice was moving the bridge. They ran sloxvly back, and got safely to this end. Robert Frampton, superintend ent of the bridge, knowing that several coal and freight trains were coming over the division, and some of them soon due at tho bridge, started, when the bridge xvas swaying and cracking under the pres sure or the ice and steadily raising from its foundation, to give notice to tho track men on the other side of its condition. He reached the center pier, when the two snani ahead of him began moving off the abutment. He was forced to return, but first attracted the attention of a watchman who had came down to see the river, and signalled him to go back with a flag. Mr. Fram pton got safely beck j us t as the bridge was swept away, and tac watchman stop. Eel a train that in two ninates more would re plunged into the rivor. K111I0 atl ! lOrk. , linrso.; iilmncr tli.ur U'linti !,, ,..o.t.,l , The "Blind Reader" of the New York l'ost-ofilce. At a lrgu dual;, whose ton Is lined with stacks ot directories of till tint, and whose lid Is coveted with a bushel or two of the most outrageously-directed envel opes ever written, sits lroni morn till nighta quiet, prolcasorial-lookhig gentle man, with a ruddy face, bhick whisker, liml a blue, dreamy eye. Ho is about for-ty-llvo years of age, snys littjc, lias the penetration of a microscope, and is the genius of tho place. It is Mr. William W. tone. He has been twenty years in tho business, and is called tho blind reader," fi hU tdilllty to look a holo through tile bllndestchirogruphy that ver drove a clerk to madness. Sanscrit and Chinese characters, High Dutch, how Dutch, and Limerick conundrums, Kunic and hiero glyphic riddles, and Canmiiche and Aac teo dialects arc but child's play to this mu gieianof iiiH'ritnions. Wonderful KtoHi.o are told by his associates of ids visual acu men, ami they do not hesitate to insert that If he had been In tho place of Mr. Süiu Wellerat the courtship ol Mrs. Hardellbv Mr. Pickwick, ho would have s.een with perfect ease through that deal door and the pair of stairs. Only the most intri cate puzdes, Hint can be untied by nobody else, are taken to the desk of Mr. Stone, and If ho has passed upon them without success they are consigned to the dead of fice as part of that mvstery which it was intended mortals should never unravel. Over ninety per cent.of this mystical chirography Mr. Stone stico etls in din tnngling without ilillleulty, reserving tho niostdillicult addresses fur dull days and unoccupied evenings. There Is hut one class of envelopes that Mr. Stone passes over with stern contempt, and that is the one whose only direction Is .x letter stamp, containing a note without Mginuiiro or address. The greatest dilllcultv Mr. Stone 1 has to contend with is not altogether in the blindness of the writing, but in thu postage stanu). Mhetr ignor ance of geography too frequently leads them estray, and they talk of postal in ompeteucy when letters are lot that bear the addresses of O'breseo for Nebras ka, Hensulvana for Peimsvlvaniu, zitigfor city.Tenn. for Perritorvl'ivitas for Tex as, N. ,J. C. X. for Mieliigan, eo. Ur Ken tucky. But all nationalities arc compelled to yield to the Italian in the ingenuity and grandeur of their mistakes. One ot' their most original tricks Is the habit ot address ing their letters to all thepho esto which ha learned all the.-elittlcpeculiaritics.and readily comprehends their purpott. When he first assumed the duties of hi- present olIIccMr. Stone xx-asabletodiseharge Uhmi in a short time and then taki up other business of the service, but now lie 1-, con stantly employed and h is four tt-sUtants. Ifexc York Sun. The PinJcs in vada. Although the Pititos in some places In the States are in a starving condition, those living hi the hills surrounding this city are about as well fed a any people on the fat' of tho globe. They are all fat, rag ged, and saucy. Not to. however, as Indi ans generally are, for the mnpritv of the men are dressed in clothing fit which nota hole or rent Is to be seen Some of the old squaws arc exceedingly filthvand rag ged, and the majority of the females, old and young, are exceedingly slatternly. It Is a curious fuet that, among the I'lutes, the men alone appear to feel any pride in dreüi. They are generally souiewhit jaunt', but the women do not care xvhat they wear, nor iu what tdiape their cloth ing Is worn. A Piute pquaw evfii though she be the belle of her tribe thinks nothing of walking through a croxvded street xvith a tin kettle on her head and a huge soup-bone in her dexter " Hinppr. " Why the Indians here do not send word to their starving brethern that "lahlas " of broken victuals are to he had along Hie Comstock range, is more than we know. Were the starving Indians to rome In and properly di-tribute them selves about among the towns of the State they xvould be wintered over " in good shape on the oold grub" th'tis now thrown away. Virginin ( We.) Enterpriit. VTlieclcr ic Wilson's Sewing Machines. We call attention to the Wheeler & Wil son advertisement In our columns. This well known Company has tho mostadvar tageous facilities for supplying the public with Sewing Machines, on as favorable terras as the business xvill allow. They warrant all their work, and it Is a matter of importance to the purchaser to deal with a Company xvhose position and per manence give assurance that their guaranty will be fulfilled. They have agencies and ofliccs throughout Hie civilized world, for furnishing needles, thread and other neces sary supplies, and have nn established rep utation for reliability and fair dealirig. Qulckfdlvcr is so scaice and dear In Mexico that tho Mexican Congress has offered n reward of S'2O,O0O to tho first mine producing COO flasks of iliat mineral. It is contended by a Mexican metallurgist that it may produced at 50 places it proper steps are taken to do so. Berlin correspondent of Vienna jour nals Iudlcato Mr. Heniiliigsuii as a possible successor of Bismarck, b the Chancellor's own designation. He Is a Hanoverian, but hitherto a hcnchmiiii of the great leader. -- The Mount Cenls Tunnel cost l&r yard, and at that rale It in estimated that the Channel Tunnel lietwcen England and France would cost about 7,450,400.