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HENRY A. PARSONS, Jn., Editor and Publisher
1 11c here at rest In my chamber,
And look through a window again,
With eyes that are changed siuco the old
And the sting of an exqulelto pain.
'Tift not much that I see for it picture,
Through boughs which are green with tho
An old barn with Its roof gray and mosey,
And obovo it a bird on the wing.
Or, lifting my head a thought higher,
Some hills and a village I know,
And over it all the blue heaven,
With a white cloud floating below.
lu tho old days the roof seemed a prison,
My mind and the sky were free,
My thoughts with the birds went flying,
And my hopes were a heaven to me.
Now I come from tho limitless distance
Where I followed my youth's wild will,
Where they press the wine of delusion
That you drink and are thirsty still :
And I know why the bird with the Spring
To the gnarled old tree comes back
He has tried the South and the Summer,
He has felt what the Bweet things lack.
80 f come with a sad contentment,
With eyes that are changed I see :
The roof means peace, not a prison,
And heaven Buiileg down on me.
ri Uliii 1 tjf it; - w x
and us brave as steel. But what I didn't
liko, was his visiting the house of old
Obadiah, and always being made wel
come by Esther's mother, while I was
soowlod at if I came within forty rod of
the gate."
Ah I" I said, tilling another pipe ;
a slight twinge of jealousy, 1 per-
caive V
" Well," replied Dave, with a comical
grin, " 1 guess that s what you may
call it. And, such being the case, it is
not to be wondered at that Esther and
myBelf had many a spat about this Ab
ner. I well remember the time when
had quite a severe quarrel that is,
" I tell you, Dave Pearson, yoa Bhall
never call me wife I
And as these words were uttered,
Dave Pearson gave vent to a little
chuckle, took a huge quid from a capa
cious box, and gazed thoughtfully from
his cottage-window upon the craft that
were floating past upon the Metetecunk
I, the writer of this skotch, was spend
ing a few weeks in New Jersey, wild
fowl b hooting alontr the shores of Squan
Barnegat, and in and about Little Egg
Harbor iiay.
Dave Pearson had been my mentor
and boatman. On our return one even
ing from a long and unusually success
ful day's sport, which had put Dave in
an unconsciously good humor, he related
to me the following story of his court
ship ; how he came to do so was in this
wise :
We had hod our supper, and, with
" jest a drop of so'thing to keep out the
cold," we sat down to spend the evening,
I with my pipe, and Dave with his in
evitable tobacco-box, as he never, under
but circumstances, used the "divine
weed," as somebody calls it, in any other
shape than a chew. Just as his wife was
leaving the room with the remains of
our meal, and to wash the dishes in the
kitchen. I being an honored truest, I
was assigned the parlor casually re
marked. "That's a hard-working wife
of vours. Dave."
"Yes," said Dave, gravely stroking
his chin, with a gratified smile upon his
honest countenance ; " and jest as good
as she is hard-working. Do you know I
came near not marrying my wife once r
" You don't tell me I How was that.
Dave ("'
" Well, as you're a pretty good sort of
fellow, and as the old woman won t get
through her fixing-up for some time, I
don't wind telling you ; but be careful
never to mention a word to her, as she
kind o' dislikes to hear about it."
I readily gave the promise, and Dave,
again having resort to his box, placed
both arms upon the table, and commen
ced :
" When I was a young follow it was
along among the 40 s, then 1 did what
most voung fellows do I fell in love.
And, of course, like all young fellows
in the same condition, at one time I was
as happy as they say a clam is at high
water, and at another, as miserable as a
uin.k rooster on a wet da v.
" But that's neither here nor there ;
the gal I was in love with was named
Esther Hettrick. That's her," and Dave
ierked his head in the direction of the
I nodded understanding.
" Well, you see, I was mighty poor in
those davs. that is. I was nothing but a
hired hand : but if I was mighty poor,
I was working mighty hard, and saving
every penny I could earn, so as to be
able to buy a boat of my own, and fur
nish a little cabin on shore, in order to
make myself master of the one, and to
make Esther te mistress of the other."
" And ion succeeded. I have no
dnubt '" I said.
" Hold on, boss not so fast 1 If I'm
telling this story, I have to tell it in my
own way.
1 mumbled something about sorrow,
and Dave continued :
"Old Obadiah Hettrick ho was
Esther's father was a pretty 'cute chap,
for a fisherman : had a boat of his own.
a snug farm, besides a comfortable sum.
iu the bank. Lor' bless you ! I never
dreamed of owning as much as old Obey
did : but I tell you. sir. Time makes a.
great many changes."
Dave, as be said this, glanced com
placently round the room."
" Now, Obadiah was not a bad sort of
fellow ; one of the easy-going sort of
folks, you know ; but his wife, Abigail,
sue was a stinger I
"Ruled the roost eh V"
Dave gave me a wink that expressed
volumes, ana resumed :
" She was down on me, she was
could never abide me near the house.
and 1 do verily believe she thought me
one of the wickedest chaps in all Ocean
county, But I didn t mind that much,
for Esther naa 101a me, over and over
again, that she loved me, and the old
man, Obadiah, had said, 'Well, Dave,
when you've got a boat of your own.
and want to take my gal, I shall say
narrv a word against it' "
" Then all things, so far, were satis
factory r
" Yes, so far. But there was one
thing that was anything but satisfao
tory, and that was in the shape of Ab
ner Sanford. Not that Abner was a
bad sort of a chap ; for I half believed
then, and know now, that be was m
good, strong, generous-hearted fellow,
heard not a word about it At this I "I didn't speak a woru, ami x uon t
got mad, like a great fool for my ex- know what possessed me, but a feeling
V.11. j i- - rrnnA I oftmo over me that Id have to reach
for sweethearts about this self-same
Abner. It was on Squan Beaoh ; I was
sitting on a boat, mending a net, when
Eather came along, looking just as spick
and span as a newly painted scuooner ;
and I thought I new saw her looking
prettier in all my life. But, somehow
or other, there's a something in tho
mending of nets that makes a man
think, and I had been brooding over
Abner, till I was gloomy and savage as
a meat-axe. Dear Dave,' Esther said,
I am so glad to see you I I ve been to
Martha Swain's with some eggs you
know, she is so sick; so I thought I
would come round this way Home, and
see vou.
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" Which, ot course, Dngntenea ana
cleared you immediately r
I kind o' think it did a little ; but
then, you see, when a man is determin
ed not to be pleased, it is pretty hard
to please him. I answered gruffly, that
Martha Swain was nothing to me, and
maybe if she wasn't a sort o' relation of
Abner Sanford's. she wouldn't be
thought so much of. I knew it was a
lie when I said it, and Esther colored
up a little; but I went on, getting
more and more excited as I continued,
till I finally told her she thought more
of Abner than she did of me."
"All true lovers are fools, I said,
sententiously. Having never been in
love myself, of course I was well quali
fied to judge.
" 1 guess you are about right there,
sir. Whenl said Abner was tnougnt
more of than me, she pave me such a
look, and went off proud as any queen ;
not that I have ever seen a queen, but
you know what I mean."
1 assented witn a noa.
" Of course we made it up again, and
went on loving ono another, more, if
possible than ever before. Between you
and me," and here Davie lowered his
voioe to a most impressible whisper,
" this falling out and making up again
is one of the chief pleasures of love-making."
" There is no accounting ior tastes,
said I.
"Well, to make a long story short,
I a last saved money enough to buy a
boat, and became owner of the Spark
ling Foam ; and, what was more, every
thing having been settled, l was 10 ue
married to Esther in two months from
that time."
" So the old lady, Mrs. Ilettnck, had
come round '"
Not much. She saw that things
couldn't be helped, so she kind o put
the best face on the matter, more especi
ally as Esther generally had her own
wav in the long run : but you had bet
ter believe there was no love lost be
tween us. And it's my private opinion
in fact, I know it to have been so now
she led old Obadiah a deuce of a life,
for ever having given me a kindly word
of encouragement or advice."
" But that did not trouble you muca r
" I don't know about that You see,
I am a sort o' straight up-and-down
fellow, I am, and when 1 don t tike any-
bodv. I must show it. 1 tried Hard to
be civil and polite to the old woman,
but just a streak of ugliness would show
itself now and then. Esther often spoke
to me about it and begged me to be
kinder to to her mother, reminding me
that it was her mother 1 was cross to,
and that a cruel word hurt her more
than it did her mother."
" And vour nromise was never with-
held." I remarked, unconsciously assum
ing the air of one who was propounding
a solemn truth.
" Right you are. my boy. Just about
this time I had to run up to York with
a cargo, so. bidding good-bye to .ustuer,
and promising to return in a few days.
I sailed, and I sailed, as the song says,
You know the old saying about men un
dertaking to do a thing, and God put-
tins a stoD to it : well it was so in my
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case. When X got to xorx, ana usu
unloaded. I got a chance to run up to
Newburg with another cargo. Money
being what 1 wanted, and this giving
me the opportunity of making some, 1
accepted it. I lost no time, you can bet
your bottom dollar on that ; but by the
time I had returned to York with
load of bricks, this time it was quite
four weeks before I again entered the
Manssauan Inlet"
" And durine thU time, your true love
was wandering by the sad sea waves all
Dave paid no attention to my remark,
hut continued :
As soon as I fixed my boat all snug,
and had anchored her securely, I made
my way as quickly as possible to Es
ther's house, intending to tell her of the
good fortune I had had since I had been
uurnv And ha riarmv over it together.
As I walked up the road, I saw Esther
standing at the gate, and my heart gave
a great bound of delight; but what
struck me as strange for I knew Bhe
gaw me Bho made no movement to come
and meet me. Approaching nearer,
saw she was dressed in black, and, being
tn.rt.lpd. I exclaimed :
" Why. Kstner. darling, wnat is me
tri aft fir V
So, Dave Pearson, you nave come
at last!' was all the answer sue gave
Come at last !' I "-id 5 and why
shouldn't I come V What is the meaning
of that black dress 'r .
- T tnnn understood it. During my
absence her mother bad died, and she
thought I had kept away from the funer
al on account 01 my oibum wt m.
Esther, her eyes flash
ing. had no resnect for my poor mother.
you might have shown some for me.'
" It was no use my telling her I had
arsruin? with a woman. When two peo
ple are mad and quarreling, you know,
they don t say exactly wnat tney mum.
I suppose I said many things I ought
not to have done, when, all of a sudden,
Esther clenched her fist, and brought it
down violently upon the gate-post for
though she favored her father, she
still had a spice of her mother in her
and said :
" ' I tell you, Dave Pearson, you shall
never call me wife I'
"With this she turned round, and
walked up the garden path toward the
house. My heart relented; I opened
the gate, and followed, calling upon
her to hear me explain. She paid not
the loast attention, entered tue aoor,
gave me a look, that I don't like to
think of even now, and she slammed
it in mv face."
Dave refreshed himself with a glass
of applo-jack, and continued :
Well, that cot mv dander up. so I
iest turned round and walked away,
vowing vengeance against all woman
kind, and Esthor in particular. I swore
in my rage, that I would never go near
her house again, and that I would kill
Abner Sanford the first opportunity, for
somehow or other, I laid all the blame
on him. and hugged in the belief to my
heart that he had been poisoning Esther's
mind against me."
Which was a very sensible thing to
do." said I. knocking the ashes out of
mv ninfi. and refilling it.
" I neclected mv work, and I didn't
care a darn whether school kept or not,
ond kept on drinking more than was good
tor me. The SDarkling Foam lay idle
at her moorings, and both me and my
belongings were going to rust and ae-
X tried to pick a fuss witn a oner ;
" There came a Sunday, I remember to leave my bed, and when
Ki.f- Vta trAA TYia Tlninlv fhn.t. 1A wn.fi norrv
for me, and would not quarrel with a by being thrown violently against the
man in misfortune. wrecn.
" A magnanimous fellow ! I exclamed. it was some aaj s Deioro x was aoie winR9 where she sat upon a thornbush tu rfiiati vea of a patient have come to inonkov. which, perched upon a window
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u.u, 1 nAal. anrl imtoTioti whnn tlna mafrnin. I . i il.i -un .Aollr hna ilia T i i 1. ,1 i.nMT. uratnhitii, their nnnrar.lnnft
cent creature commenoed to sing, the grt)tier, they club their money togother with great interest until they approached
very air was burdened with a thousand to pay for the cure, which is generally him 8o nearly as to excite his approhon-
dmerent notes, but his voice rose clear an expen8ive process. sions in regard to his personal satety. A
and melodiously loud above them all. Thura in n. r.hean wav. however. wJiich i.iRi iournal savs if that monkey has a
As I listened, one song after another jg tir8t tried a sort of exorcism, and a fir chance to dovelop, ho may yet bo
ceased suddenly, uni-i in a iew minutes,
and before I could realize that l was so,
I found mvBelf hearkening to, that soli
tary voice. This is a positive fact ! I
looked around me in astomsnnieni.
What! ore they cowed ' But his Bong
only now grew more exulting, and, as if
feeling his triumph, he bounded yet
bisrher with each new gush, and, in
one of those cold, leaden kind of days,
you often see at the commencement of
winter, when everything looks uuu ana
grey, and objects, both on ocean and
shore, oppress you with a sense of great
desolation. Such a day, I need not tell
you, did not make me feel particularly
cheerful, so, to pluck up my spirits and
drown care, I flew to that which, like
tire, is a very good servant, but a bad
Dave gave the bottle a little fillip
with his thumb and forefinger, and re
sumed :
As I was wandering about the vil
lage, nursing my wrath and hatred
against all mankind, who should I see
but Esther returning from church, with
Abner walking-"bv her side ! That was
enough. A feeling that had long been
slumbering in my breast awoke with re-
ewed energy, and my wnoio nature
was filled with hate, revenge and mur- my life ; she was pale and careworn, ana Thig curi0us phenomenon I have wit-
der. I resolved to waylay Abner on his her eyes were red as it from crying. My netae& ,nany times since. Even in the
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return, and kill him.
that ship or die. There were plenty of
linos at hand, so, taking one, and coil
ing it upon the beach, I commenoed to
fasten it around my waist When it be
came known that 1 naa maae up my
mind to go off, every ono tried to dis
suade me from it oui n was ui 110 use.
I don't believe there was any power on
earth that could have prevented me
from trying. It's sure death,' said one ;
but I didn't care ; he would have had to
uso a stronger argument man that to
deter me then.
" When all was in readiness, and with
1! err, tr line attached to my wrist. I
walked toward the sea, and waited for a
good opportunity in a returning wave
to make the plunge. The opportunity
soon came, but at that instant Esther
sprang forward, threw her arms around
my neck, and entreated me, in the name
of the love I used to bear her, not to go.
"That maddened me 1 dont know
why, but it did and I strove roughly
to unclasp her bands from about my
neck. She only cluug the tighter, and,
amid her tears and sobs, called me her
' dear, dear Dave,' and told mo that Bhe
loved me dearly.
" Love 1' I said, bitterly. ' Keep your
love for those that want it such as Ab
ner Sanford, there.
" At these words, she loosed her arms,
turned on me a look of reproach, and
fell fainting on the sands. I gave one
glance at her, and then I was battling
with the sea.
" Well, I don't know much about it,
but, anyhow, the poor fellows were
saved though terribly frost-bitten
and they do say that I was the man that
did it. However, what I know is, that
when I came to know anything, I was
lying in bed, terribly stiff and sore, with
big gash upon my xoreneac, causea
Tho Mocking Bird. streams of water directed against it make
.1 a fnViii imm-ofainn n.nd to hasten
The family of birds to which this I , . .i' .n . Woaf. nf
songster belongs is one of the charms ot f 2 500 to 3,000 kegs of powder is in-
A .1 a anil (hlttf P.TA TtA- I - . . 1 . . . 1 1
sorted in a hill side, ana expioaea, iu
our American woods, ana tney are pe
culiarly American. It embraces the cat
bird, tho brown-thrush, and other birds
well-known to every boy in the land
whose time has not been spent in a
routine of dull city lifo. The whole
genus is called Miiivs, and deservedly,
for they are a sot of mimics ; but tho
mocking-bird is tho king of them all.
It is a shy, active, migratory bird, leed-
mg on insects, berries, and worms, anu
for point of song is superior to all other
denizens of our woods. It has even been
preferred to the nightingale for the
mellowness, modulations, and gradua
tions, as well as for extent of compass
and brilliancy of execution. Its powers
of imitation are such that to a blind
man, it would seem that the whole
feathered tribe had assembled to try
their skill in song, when it chooses to
exorcisa this faculty. It can adapt its
tongue to any note, from the feeble
chirp of the chicken to the scream of
the hawk. It deceives tne sportsman,
cheats and terrifies birds, whistles to
the dog, and. imitates almost every
sound, animate or inanimate. It loves
to build its nest in gardens, near our
In the Gulf States they are found all
the year. Some go North in the spring
and return in October being most
plentiful near the seashore, on sandy
districts with few trees.
Webber's account of this magnificent
such a way as to shatter and loosen a
vast bulk of earth and stones, whereup
on the water is brought into play ogainst
You know already that tho gold Is
saved in long sluico boxes, through
which the earth and water are run, and
in the bottom of which it is caught by
quicksilver ; and so far the whole oper
ation is simnle and cheap. But in order
Good country butter An old ram.
Parental acres The old man's corns.
"Long and successful reign" Th8
deluge. ;
Monogram doughnuts are an Ohio
Dolls' eyes form the staple of a largo
manufactory in Birmingham, England
The eyes are packed in hogsheads, and
Bent to all parts of the world. . .
An Omaha paper advises the people
"not to make such a tuss about tne
to run off this enormous mass of earth gnootirjg 0f one constable, as there are
and gravel a rapid fall muBt be got, into f t oandidates for the position."
some deep valley or river; and to get
this has been the most costly and tedious
part of ahydraulio mining enterprise.
At Smartsville, for instance, tho bod
which contains the gold lies obove the
present Yuba river, but a consid
erable hill, perhaps two hundred and
fifty feet high, lies betwoon the two,
and through this hill each company
must drive a tunnel before it can get
an nnifall for its washings. One such
over forty candidates for the position.
The Texas Pacifio Railroad is to bd
1,515 miles in length. For 250 miles tho
road will be an air line ; and in a stretch
of 815 miles there will be but six bridges.
During a thunder and hail storm at
Rockford, Coosa oounty, Ala., a dog was
killed by a flash of lightning while be
ing fed by a child. The child was not
One of the reporters of the New Or-
tunnel, driven for the most part through ieallg RctmUican, who has just fallen heir
solid and very nam rocK, nas just uueu to spia,uuu, nas wu u mum-u
completed. It cost $250,000 and two tion, and at its expiration will return to
years labor, and was over three thousand niB duties.
feet long; and until it was completed a maohine has recently been perfected
not a cent s wortn oi goia couia ue wsou jn Lonlon, with whioh a writer, using a
pen in the usual manner, can at the
same time produce a duplicate so small
as to be invisible to the naked eye, yet so
distinot that a microscope Will reveal
nvorv line and dot. A most useful ap
plication of the apparatus will be ior
out of the claim.
An Abyssinian Superstition.
Africa is the abode of Buperstition.
Even their science of medicine is notn-
. t t i. . , . . i rtiir.A.Tinn or rne e
songster is so pleasing xnai we insert ing but a gystem of absurd conjuring. f " T,rivate m9lTa
part ot it nere : -1 saw now leapiug Th unor in which one ot tne i mos, m oanoVeg and securities,
up from its favorite perch on a tree-top,
much in the manner 1 had observed De
fore ; but now it was in a different
mood, and seemed to mount, thus spirit
like. uDon the wilder ecstasies, and
afflicting nervous affections is cured is
thus described by a modern traveller :
Tho name of the disease is the tigre-
tior ; it commences with fever and lin-
which makes the pa-
floating fall on the subsiding cadence tient very thin and debilitated, causing I entrance upon the premises of a citizen
vt mat imsBiuuntB nuuy m puumu nim to Stutter in a curious way, u oi vincinnan, a low uigum vs"
the listening ear of love, for I could see no on0 but tt person afflicted with the driven away and nearly frightened out
his mate, with fainter bars across her .10 diaaun cun understand. When of thnir senses by the shrill cries of a
legible under microscope power, but
which no imitator could see or even sus
pect the presence of.
Two burglars endeavoring to effect au
arm-chair was rigged up with pillows,
to make me easy and comfortable ; for, I
can assure you, I was just as sore all
over as it s possible ior a man to do, ana
I could make no movement without assistance.
The second day I was up, I hoard
somebody enter the room ; but I paid
no attention, as I thought it was old
Martha Swain, who had come to nurse
when it was found 1 was hurt, and
had been with me ever since, when I
heard a voice say, Dave Pearson, will
you speak to me r
tremendous drenching with cold water.
This may be effectual, but it has also
the disadvantage of very otten hasten
ing the patient's death.
The more opproved method is a cere
mony of a curious kind, and much like
that adopted in tho medieval cases of ta
rmitisui. A number of musicians a-e
hired, and the friends and relatives of
found occupying the responsible posi
tion of Chief ot Police.
great but my foolish pride would not
permit me to own it ; so I growled out
like a great savage brute tnat x was,
What do you want Y
' She came and stood in front of me ;
I never saw a woman so changed in all
On tho great farm of Col. Thompson,
in Wells, Minnesota, is a cheeso factory
which has a capacity for making into
cheese the milk of 3,000 cows, but now
only works up the daily product of 225.
It in three stories high : the main build-
inr in hv 82 feet built of brick. A
s , , :
uMv hoort cravn n. oreiit. mmn. for II Yzr.. j : .1 J ;.,,! ... . , .-u xi lnir is 3a bv 82 feet
v., ?-T2i 0 j bwiis anu quivenug iupi-ui.o, m.w, the unhappy patient assemDie wuu mem -o 01 ,, r.nn,r driven
;t xtrau tf.utlinr. Mil mv inv was I i : j 4ji i.j .j i i I itAun MeinB ot VM-Iiorso power arives
iv. aw " 1 j . j - i nsimninn. it 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ih i i 1 1 1 1 i t . 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 . lucu . ... . . , i ui.rmi.an mrn 1 1 r tw , u i i i o
.. W H.l, nrinn wonl.I not ,T V " 7CS Y, " ' u " "" -"ft""" " " 1. " tho tnnnliinerv. Wa
rose to tall again more Doiaiy on tue
billowy storm of sound. No wondbr the
other biros were silent to listen, ior, one
after one. he hurled the .notes of each I
upon its ear, so alchemyzed with splen-
intoxicating liauor. The music then
strikes up, and the patient, at first only
slightly anectea Dy it, in a snort wue
commences to dance violently. Women,
as we have seen in the case of other dis
orders, are oftener attacked by the ti
eretier than men ; and when a woman
has it. she is loaded with all the ban-
the machinery. Water is supplied from
an artesian well. There is a butter
room attached with steam churns and
all necessary appliancos. Col. Thomp
son intends to increase the number of
his cows to COO soon.
Philadelphia hos lotely been favored
by the exhibition of a learned pig,
which, bv the aid of cards, tells tuo
"Why. Dave," I said, "I had nc idea brutal obstinacy kept me silent ana i geemed strained in emulation, if the f ;0fiiPV that her friends can supply. LmUr of davs in a week and a year.
you were such a desperate fellow." looked doggedly at her. mocking-bird breathes forth in one of During the dance, which often goes ond his own age, beside computing in-
" I watched them enter the house, and " Oh, Dave, she said, do, do forgive it(1 Uitt3i bewildered, and bewildering on for geverai days, and when her ges- terest, and indicating the time of day.
then went to the back, whore I knew me I You are good, kind, generous, extravaganzas, the other birds pause al- tures and contortions reach a climax, she pjcs have been capable of all these feats
i -i 4 a i i i . . i i a . j l,... an A T am Vint a. rtnrtr. w.'il lr wo- . i , j 1 L 1 ; 1 ... . . ... . . , ,
Old uoaaian Kept ms nets, uuu, piuaiug - . r - most luvariuuiy, uuu riuam uueui, uum throws Olf the trinkets and tney are re- before, but the X nuaaeipnia aminai ex-
up the nandle oi a oroKen oar, wen uuui. jumo t, u,g g0ng was done, inis, i assure you, gt0red one by one, to their owners. At
down the road and waited. It was get- and how sore it has made niy heart to be ig n0 ngment of the imagination or gullget 0f the day on which the treat
ting night now, and the snow that had bad friends with you. I was wrong, iHusi0n of an excited fancy ; it is just as ment enda, if it ends successfully, she
been threatening for some time began Dave, dear Dave! Forgive me! lake substantial a fact as any one in natural win Bn Bt once start off, running at a
me to your great, iovmK uean, uu history. Whether the other birds stop reat Daoe for gome hundreds of yards,
from envy, as has been said, or from an(j then suddenly drop down prostrate,
awe, cannot be so well ascertained ; but ,nan comeg up to her and tires a mus-
I believe it is from the sentiment of awe ; ket ovel her head, strikes her on the
falling very fast The wind had also
risen, and it was blowing a perfect hur-
ricane. The drifting and blinding snow
Erevented my seeing the sea, but I knew
ow angry it was. for I heard it break
ing and roaring on the beach with a fury
that threatened to swallow up the land.
Though I had murder in my heart, I
pitied the poor fellows off the coast, and
wished they had plenty of sea-room, as
the wind was blowing dead on shore."
Dave paused a moment gave a sign
of contrition, and then went on with his
" How long I had waited for Abner, I
don't know I bad a sense of being bit
ter cold, but if it had been ten times
colder, my hate would have kept me
there till morning when, all of a sud
den, I heard, nigh on shore, the boom of
cannon. 1 knew what that meant
some vessel in distress and it was fol
lowed by another and another in rapid
succession, in a moment, ADner was
forgotten, and my only idea was to hur
ry to the beach, and give what aid I
could to the vessel, which, if not already
on Bhore, would soon be driven there by
the wild, tempestuous wind.
" When 1 arrived on the beach, 1 lound
many there before me, all intent upon
the same errand as myself for you must
know none of us lose much time in has
tening to a ship's cry of distress. We
had no life-boat down on this part of
the coast then, and even if we had, it
wouldn't have been of much use. I have
seen many a rough sea, but that beat all
I have ever seen. As the waves rolled
on the shore, they Bcooped deep hollows
in the sand, and went tearing and tum
bling back with a maddened fury that
was terrible.
" Old fishermen men who had never
been a day away from the sea in all
their lives shook their heads, and said
that nothing could be done, the ship
must be left to the mercy ot Providence.
All this time, none? bad soen the vessel,
for the falling snow prevented objects
titty yards distance being seen, yet the
steady and incessant firing of the can
nonhoard above the roaring of the
tempest told us of her deep and dire
" Women were wringing their hands
and begging, against their own judg
ment (for they knew as well as any, how
foolhardy wouia do sucu an undertak
ing the men, for the sake of the moth
ers, sisters and wives of those on board,
to try and save them.
" At last they sent up a rocket and
another, and finally they lit a Bignal-
light and by its glare we saw her
" There she lay, not a biscuit's throw
from the shore, beam-ends on, and the
sea making a clean breach over her.
Just at that very moment I heard an
imploring voice, close by my side, say,
Abner, Abner, pray do try ana save
them I'
"I turned quickly, and there stood
Esther and Abner.
me be to you as I once was.'
" I hardly know what 1 said in reply,
but I mumbled out something about
Abnor Sanford, and she hud better go to
him for comfort
" At these words she gave a little cry
of pain, clasped her hands in anguish,
and said, Dave Pearson, you don't know
what you are doing ; you are breaking
mv heart'
" She then turned toward the door,
and I heard her open it. I could stand
for, as I certainly have felt it myself in
listening to tho mocking-bird, I do not
know why these inferior creatures should
not. also. It must be known that these
creatures differ from each other as do
men and women in their vocal powers,
and there is usually one bird in a neigh
borhood that supremely surpasses all
the rest. It is another remarkable fact,
back with the flat of his sword, and colls
her by her Christian name. If she can
answer to it, she is considered cured ;
for those who have the tigretier, says an
eye-witness, are always unable to an
swer to their Christian nauios.
hibits reasoning powers whioh are un
precedented. This may readily be be
lieved, when it is stated that among
the visitors was a countryman who
was so astonished, that he exclaimed t
" Why, that 'ere darned hog knows more
than I do 1" This may be considered tho
tiroudest triumph of piggy thus far. It
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it no longer ; I tried to follow her ; but, that all other mocking-birds retire from
Lor' blesB you I I couldn t stir, and, like the immediate neighbc
a great baby, l commencea to cry
weakness made me do that, I suppose
and blubbered out the word lusther!
"In another instant she was in my
arms, and covering me witn Kisses,
Hush! here Bhe comes; not a word to
her, as she don't like to have it spoken
At this juncture, Esther, with her
bright pleasant face, entered the room,
and said, " Come, Dave, if you have to
catch the first tide in the morning, it is
time you and the gentleman were in
bed, for it is near ten o clock.
neighborhood of this ac
knowledged monarch, to such a distance
that you can hear but the faintest notes
from them in the pauses of his song, and
it sounds as if they but prolonged the
Balancing of Soxes,
A correspondent of the Boston Herald
has discovered a method for restoring
the equilibrium of the sexes. He would
. . . . ! iL.
do it by sending young woman in tue
course of empire. Emigration, he argues,
for the last twenty years, has been
steadily tending to increase dUpropor-
i it. ,1.. 'Plio
tion OI trie buB iu lun ubu
young men have gone West, while the
young women remain at home. In Iowa
there are said to be thirty thousand more
men than women, the majority of whom
are unmarried. They need wives out
there. Why not organize female enii
gration societies for the purpose of sup
plying the West i " There is not a
State west of the Mississippi but has
from ten thousand to thirty thousand
more men than Women, the most ot
whom are single. Young women need
not throw away their lives in Boston
Bhops and Lowell factories if they would
onlv resolve to act in concert and seek
husbands and homes in the West It
may be said the men ought to come
East for wives. The women ought to
go half way. at least. Instead of se
cret societies, which do more harm than
good, why not form a ' Marriage B ureau
Thousands might be provided with hus
bands and homes that would otherwise
remain single if such an institution
wera not in oueration under the man
agement of respectable parties. Such
institutions exist in Europe. Why be
ashamed to get a husband by such
means instead of an old-faskioued five
years' courtship
One of those new torpedoes, mistaken
for a sugar-plum, lifted the top of a lit
tle I'biladeiptua boy s nead.
Illegible signatures.
What a silly pedantry that is that in
duces some little people to sign their
names so that no ono can decipher them.
If anything that a man puts upon pa
per ought to be bold and unmistakable,
it is his signature. The habit of signiug
with a hieroglyph sprang up with peo
ple in high places no credit to them
and those in lower places contracted it
aping their betters as usual, and thereby
honoring the character inherited from
their Darwinian progenitors.
Scores of letters from conspicuous no
bodies come under the eye, wound up
with conglomerations of dashes and
flourishes, that supposing them to be ex
cusable as the signs manual of bishops
and first lords, are absurd as the sub
scriptions of people of no note. The
culminating point of inconsistency is
reached wheu the name is written so
vilely that the writer has to enclose bis
card to tell you what it really is. Often
the body of a letter thus signed is legi
ble enough, showing that the corres
pondent has learned to write properly,
and that his scrawly signature is a mere
It may be said that the hieroglyph
prevents forgery ; but this is a bad ar
gument tor the more complicated a
writing the easier can it be imitated.
Far more difficult is it to counterfeit a
simple hand which bears, as all simple
hands do bear, a character peculiar to
him who wrote it
The habit is quite unpardonable ; and
a man who puts a puzzle in the most
m . 1 . .
Hydraulic Mining.
A correspondent of the Evening Fort,
writing from California, says that the
ancient river bed from which so much
gold has been taken in this State is in
many places covered witn eartn to tne
denth of two or three hundred feet.
Once, perhaps, they say here, it ran in a
valley, but now a huge hill covers it
To dig down to it and mine it out Dy
ordinary processes would be too expen
sive; therefore hydraulic mining has
been invented. Water brought from a
hundred or one hundred and fifty miles
away and from a considerable higbt, is
led from the reservoirs through eight,
ten or twelve inch iron pipes, and,
through what a New York fireman
would call a nozzle five or six inches in
diameter, is thus forced against the side
of a hill one or two or three hundred
feet high. The stream when it leaves
the pipe, has such force that it would
cut a man in two if it should hit him.
Two or three and sometimes even six
such streams play against the bottom of
a hill, and earth and atones, otten oi
great size, are washed away, until at
W. a creat slice of the hill itself gives
way and tumbles down. At Smarts- important part of his epistle ought nev-
ville, Ximbuctoo and Jiose s uar, i sup- er to oe uisappuiuteu u ue gnu no im
pose they wash away into the sluices swer ; for the time that could be given
Wit a dozen acres a day. from fifty to to a reply may be completely used up
two hundred feet deep ; and in the in disentangling the web that shrouds
muddv torrent which rushes down with the name.
railroad speed through the channels
prepared for it, you may see large rocks
helplessly rolling along.
Not all the earth contains gold. Ot
ten there is a superincumbent layer of
The following are some of the names
of highways in London : Addle street
Kottun row, Gutter lane, Fryingpan
alley, Vinegar yard, Mincing lane, The
fiitvormorefeetwhichisworthless.be- Poultry, Shoe lane, Inkhora court,
. i i i, I . A I P.nillumifiv trnot T
lore tney reacn tue immense grvei uo-
poait which marks the course of the
ancient river; ana irom tnis gravei,
water worn and showing all the marks
of having formed once the bed of a rush-
. . , :i ? a . l -,T J, L
ing torrent, trie goia istaKen. u naer graav
pressure this gravel which contains,
you must understand, rocks of large
size, and it is not gravel in one sense vi
the word, at all has been cemented
together, so that even the powerful
Candle wick street, rater JNOBter row,
Amen corner, Sermon Lane, Creed lane,
Cripple-gate, Houndsditch, Tripe court.
Grub street, Halfpenny alley, All Farth
ing lane, Baudyleg walk, Shoulder-of-Mutton
alley, Cat's castle, Hen and
Chicken lane, Birdcage walk, Noah's
Ark alley, Stinking lane, Turn Again
lane, Honey lane, Out-throat lane, Do
little lane, Labor in Vain street Pig alley,
Blow-bladder street, and Ebenezer place.
i i. i . i . y i 1 1 i
la not wondenui tnat ne suouiu uuw
more than the spectator, but it ia sur-
E rising that the latter should have
ad the grace to own it.
The great work undertaken by the
city of Chicago some three years since
of deepening the summit line of the Illi
nois ard Lake Michigan Canal is nearly
completed, and the water of Lake Mich
igan will soon run into the Chicago riv
er, thence into the Illinois river, and so
down the Mississippi to the Gulf of
Mexico. One result of this improvement
will be a constant renovation of the
Chicago river, heretofore so foul and un
savory, by a current of pure water from
Lake Michigan. A further advantage
will be an increased facility of navigat
ing the canal. It is not expected that
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any perceptible lowering oi tue lerei oi
the great lakes will be effected, the new
outlet being of insignificant capacity
compared with the Niagara river, which
has never as yet sufficed to drain off the
lakes faster than they are filled.
Heaven help the man who imagines
he can dodge enemies by trying to please
everybody ! If such an individual ever
succeeded, he should be glad of it not
that one should be going through the
world trying to find beams to knock
and thump his head against disputing
every man's opinion, fighting aud el
bowing, and crowding all who differ
from hiin. That, again, is another ex
treme. Other people have their opinion,
so have you ; don't fall into the error of
supposing they will respeot you more
for turning your coat every uay, iu
match the color of theirs. Wear your
own colors in spite of winds and weath
er, Btorm, and sunshine. It costs the
vacillating and irresolute ten times the
trouble to wind and twist, and shuffle,
that it does honest manly independence
to stand its ground.
A fashion report gives us some cheer
ing intelligence in saying that there is
a strong disposition on the part of many
gentlemen to kick at the dress coat busi
ness, and insist upon their right to wear
whatever kind of ooat happens to , be
convenient for them to wear. They in
sist with truth, that the exactions with
respect to dross exclude all the brains
from society, and that society will never
amount to anything so long as all the
energy must be expended on a neck-tie
in order to eet there. At present the
brainless people have quite the best of
it ; in fact they are the only ones who
can properly sustain a position in a cir
cle from which ideas are excluded, and
clothes made to take their place. It is
astonishing ihat these views are just be
ginning to be understood. People of
sense have long understood it, and have;
acted accordingly.

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