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HENRY A. TARSONS, Jn., Editor akd Publisher ELK COUNTY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. Two Dollars fir Annum. , 20, 1871. VOL. I. UIDGWAY, PA., THURSDAY NO. 20. TI1K HWALI.OW. Ilic following beautiful translation of n lit tle Italian poem, by Tommaso Orossl, entitled " The Swallow," lins been prepared for tlio Williams Review by William Cullen Bryant, of tlio class of 1813. Grosel was born at Be lano, in tho provlnco of Como, In 1791. no Is best known, perhaps, to English and Ameri can readers, by bis " Marco Viscontl," an his torical romanco, which has been translated in to English. As a writer' he is said to be "full of grace and elegance, but theeo qualities do not cxcludo force, ''passion, and elevation." Hu died at Milan in 1853. Swallow from beyond tlio sea ! That, with every dawning day, Silting on the balcony Uttcrest that plaintive lay, What is that thou tellcst nie, Swallow from beyond the sea ? Haply thou, for him who went From theo and forgot Ills mate Dost lament to mv lament. Widowed, lonely, desolute. Even then, lament with mo, Swallow from beyond the sea : Happier yet art thou than I, Thee thy trusty wings may bear, Over lake and ellll to llv, Filling with thv crics'thcnlr, Calling him continually, Swallow from beyond the sea ! Could I too I but 1 must pine, In this dungeon close and low, Where tho suu can never shine, Where tho breeze can never blow, Whenco my voice scarce reaches thee, Swallow from beyond tho sea I Now September days are near, Thou to distant lauds will fly, In another hemisphere, Other streams shall hear thy cry Other bills shall answer thee, Swallow from beyond the sea! Then shall I when daylight glows, Waking to tho sense of pain, Midst the wintry frosts and snows, Think I hear thy notes again Notes that seem to grieve for me, Swullow from beyond tho sea! Planted here npon the ground, Thou shalt llud a cross in spring ; There, ns evening gathers round, Swallow, come and rest thy wiug. Chant a strain of peace to me, Swallow from beyond tho seal rirs DIAMOND. From Chambers's Journal. Tho pleasure to bo derived from for tign travel depends mainly upon con trast; and, toenjoy contrast thoroughly, reader, eschew, if you can, tho railway or coach ; eschew the largo town and its hotels, each one with its extortionate landlord and parrot-like hanger-on, who, calling himself a guide, remorselessly pesters you going out and coming iu j e schew ease and luxurious living gener ally ; awake, and be in tho saddle when tho sun rises ; follow the rough track through the wood and over the moun tain j be wet to tho skin in fording tbe river, and dried again on tho sultry plain. Let your food bo simple, your chamber light the stars, and then, when a small town or village is gained, be able to ap preciate a respite from toil and fatigue us much as I did on reaching tho flour ishing settlement (for did it not boast an inn, a store, and three hundred inhabi tants at least i') of (Jan Isidro, in tho wilds of Brazil. About four days' ride from San Isidro Ihere was a diamond river, and dia monds so said tho natives were to be found by any ono who chose to establish himself on its banks, and to explore tbe deep holes, worked by tho rush of tho current over rocks, with an iron scoop and a long handle. The programmo appeared to me so simple, the necessary stock-in-trade so inexpensive, and the prospect of fishing up diamonds with an iron scoop and a long handle so delightful, that I yielded to the siren's song, and determined to become an angler for procious stones. Mules I had, so I packed the provis ions I thought necessary on their backs, bought scoops of all sines, (there were some exceedingly tall trees near the river, I was informed, from which .to cut the handles), hired a couplo of enterprising natives as guides and helpers, and set out one Hue morning from San Isidro, amid the wonder and delight of its pop ulation, some of whom were so carried away by excitement, that they actually turned out of their hammocks to look at me, and forgot to puff at their beloved cigarettes for at least ten minutes. It did not surprise me to find that, of thote who impressed upon me most con fidently the diamond theory, no single ono had ever reduced it to practice. When I asked the reason, I got but one answer, " God forbid, senor." As this was tho invariable reply to any proposi tion involving trouble on their part, I put it down to the inherent laziness of tbe Brazilian provincial character. Well, the expedition did not come on successfully. I established myself on the river bank, where the scenery was certainly glorious, end the shooting as good as one could desire, but, suffering as I was from a temporary though se vere attack of diamond fever, neither sport nor scenery could tempt me away. Jf my reward had depended upon hard work, glittering stones tho size of a cricket-ball would deservedly have been my portion. I fished up mud and weed in mfticieut quantities to have gained me an undying reputation on tho Suez Ca nal j but tho sweat of my brow, although I am convinced there was enough of it to increase perceptibly the height and temperature of the stream, produced not the wished for result. A small party of friendly Indians were camped in the neighborhood, and their chief, who, remarkably enough.had picked up a few words of English, would fit solemnly upon a rock in the shade, n ud watch me for hours, whether with compassion, amusement, contempt, or all three, I could not for the life of me de cide. IIo was a short, squat individual, and his copper-colored, grinning face had a Hibernian expression of joviality ubout it which rather invited confidence, no we occasionally tried to get up a con versation on the strength of Lis few words of English, eked out with a ballet of action. Arm,'! he would say, ''you makcy wantey shine-stones ; bem ! you give Tad dollars Pad 'im bem j good." Who or what " Pad" might be, was a sealed mystery to me, but wo always came round to him or it, and his or its goodness. The chief . undoubtedly did not refer to himsolf, for I had many times offered him dollars in exchange for " shine-stones," as he termed them, and always fruitlessly. At last I came to the conclusion that Pad must be a mythological being, worshipped by the tribo, and of this 1 was the more con vinced that on ona occasion, when I had by Bigns indicated a strong desire to know more about him or it, the chief stalked gravely off to tho river, and re turned shortly after with his hands filled with sand of a peculiar rusty-red color, and, placing it upon his head, repeated, " Pad," " Pad," with great earnestness. This 1 took to be the religious formulary ot his tribe. Dollars, he could not have failed to notice, were the objects most dear to the white man's heart ; hence his desire that I should propitiate his di vinity by laying what ho believed me above all things to cherish, before the shrine. Soon, however, tho Indiaus moved far ther away from us, and, having other things to think about, Pad the mysteri ous, ceased for a tiiue to perplex my mind. Tho Palace of Diamonds, a gor geous transformation scene my fancy bad pictured, was gradually fading away, to give placo to tho dismal and shabby accessories of the farce from roal life, " Sold again." Tho sight of the Scoops, and even ef the long handles in which I had taken such a proper pride, began to inspire me with an unmitigated disgust, when.turn ing out one morning for a last effort, the pleasing fact forced itself upon me, that my guides had disappeared, taking, with their own worthless carcasses, my two best mules, the greater part of the pro visions, and all the grog, except what remained in my pocket-nask. Luckily, some grains of comfort were left in, the facts that I otill had the two worst and weakest mules, and that I knew tho way back to San Isidro. Time is an object, when one is rationed for a limited num ber of days, so I set off on tho return journey at once, leaving the scoops as a warning to tho next comer how falla cious are tho hopes of youth, and carry ing back with me no diamonds indeed, but plenty of what was not without a considerable value experience. Tho details of that wretched ride need not be entered into ; it is enough to say that my mules wero elow, tho track bad, that my brandy and temper were soon exhausted, that I lived mainly upon what my gun could provide often too tired at the end qf the day to cock it and the reader will appreciate the joy with which, on the fifth evening, I mark ed tho whitewashed ranchos of San Isi dro in the distance, and will understand that its dirty little inn, tough beef and coarse spirits were grateful to me as the savory meat his soul loved to tho patri arch, or tho first delicious draught of champagne to the successful speculator athirst with tho excitement of Epsom's great race. After I had made myself comfortable, and dined, to speak comparatively, in a sumptuous manner, I lit my pipe (long arrears of tobacco had to be pulled up), and with a contented mind, strolled down the one straggling street of which San Isidro is composed, to the store kept by a Spanish Jew at tbs farther end. Don Fernando, th( storekeeper, was the most influential, man, and the big gest rascal in the pluce, and to earn the latter distinction, he must have attained to a very advanced pitch ot rascality, lie understood and could speak English tolerably well, when it suited his conve nience, und, as his conversation was al ways original and amusing, I had learned to look upon him as tho redeeming fea ture, in point of interest, in the town. Virtually the governor of San Isidro, ho bullied and swindled the natives openly; they bowed, but dared not grumble be neath his yoke. To the local magistrate he lent money ; with Englishmen he as sumed a deprecatory and servile tone, praised their own and abused every oth er country. The finest horses and mules were al ways taken to Don Fernando first. Did a dispute arise, he was the arbitrator. If a suitor wished to gain the ear of the court, ho poured his tale of wrong into the sympathetic ear ot the storekeeper, putting, at the same time, a chinking something into his still more sympathe tic hand. As I drew near this worthy's abode, it was evident that some event of unu sual interest had aroused the San Isidri aiis from their accustomed state of dream-like stupidity. A fair proportion of them stood outside the store, and looked in as upon a gratuitous perform ance, which afforded them intense and lively amusement. From the inside came a succession of jerky, screeching utterances, in no' language known to me ; and mingled with them, I heard at intervals a basso-profundo blasphemy from Don Fernando; tho whole to a babbling accompaniment of incoherent bystanders. At hrBt 1 thought the in comprehensible noise proceeded from some animal of the monkey Bpecies, and then from a madman. I was so far right, that the 6Creecher seemed to possess some of the chat acteristics of both. He was a little Irishman, with fiery red hair, and that ape-like type of face occasionally to be met with in Tipperary ; and ho was temporarily insane from extreme and fruitless rage, which, indeed, did not surprise me, seeing that his arms wero bound tightly behind him, and that he was in charge or two aomiers, who, not understanding one word he said, seemed to regard him as a curious and diverting study. After a time, ho became a little cohe rent, and I asked him what he had done to get into that fix. At the sound ot a Saxon voice, he broke out afresh. 1 could make out that he accused the storekeeper of being a rogue, which I thought too obvious a proposition to cause so much excitement ; that he, Pat Molloy, had been cheated also a very probable circumstance. Here be ex pressed a pleasant desire to "rip the soul out of ycz," and this induce! ids captors, who were getting tired of it, to drag him to tho guard-houso. Ho im plored me, as ho went, to pay him a vis it there, and hear his story. Don Fernando explained tho matter in a few simple words. "He is dam Irish, mister. You English gentlemen know them. No V Thoy have no relig ion, you see. Ah 1 well, ho como here ; want drink, which I not give him. He say I cheat him about diamond. I have not seen him never before. He make noiso ; I go for to shoot when soldier como and take him away. Bah ! it is not acting. Have glass brandy, No 'f Whatl you going away 'i" Now, if I ever saw a man in earnest, the Irishman was that man. If his rage had been feigned, I could never be cer tain that any one but myself was genu inely angry in future. I noticed, also, that the Jew, although he made light of the matter, was extremely nervous, as the tremor of the claw-like hand, with which he kept stroking his beard, testi fied. Looking into his treacherous eyes, of indescribable brown and green tints, and perceiving an anxiety on his part to prevent my inquiring further into the affair, I camo to the conclusion that I ought, at least, to hear the Irishman's explanation of tho cause of his unmusic al lament and to protect him, if possible, from suffering wrong at the hands of the storekeeper, or of his tool and debtor, the magistrate. Accordingly I took a glass of brandy, and, saying "Good-night," went straight to the guard-house, where a ludicrous bribe to the sentry got mo an immediate interview with the prisoner. He was lying on the earth in a wretched mud room, his arms still tied; but ho was calm enough by this time to toll me his talo, every word of which I became firm ly persuaded was true. He said that he had left San Isidro some months previously, with a party of exploiers, who were in Bcareh of a suita ble place for the settlement of several families arriving from Ireland. Whilst a long distance up the country he had the misfortune to fall ill of a fever, which made him unable to travel. His companions waited two days for him, but finding that ho grew worso instead of better, they proposed, and ho agreed to it, to leavo him with a party of Indi ans, who happened to be camped in the neighborhood, and with whom they had become very friendly, ne remained with the Indians some weeks, regained his strength, and struck up an intimacy with the chief, whom he managed to teach a little English, receiving in re turn a few lessons iu tho patois of the tribe. One day the chinas son, a lad of seven, playing about in a canoe, accidentally, or otherwise, let slip tho moorings. Tho stream was carrying tho child away, and, getting frightened, he made a clutch at the bank as he glided past, missed his aim, fell into the water, and was being swept out into mid-stream. Tho Irishman, who was not far off, swam out to and saved tho boy, thereby earn ing the father's eternal gratitude. When he left the Indians, the chief was greatly distressed, and pulling out a beautiful shining stone, about the size of 'a filbert (so Pat described it), told him that it would bd worth a great deal in the white man's country, and begged him to accept it, which he more to please his host, who had a strong belief in the stone's mysterious power to avert evil from its possessor, than because he thought it of any value did. Pat found his way again, after many vicissitudes, to San Isidro ; and craving, as he said, most of all for a " drop to dhrink," it occurred to him that the chief's gift might be the means of ob taining that drop. The Jew's store was the likeliest place for a barter, and there he went, and found Don Fernando alone. The latter took the stone, exam ined it, and pronounced it of no value whatever except to amuse children with. The Irishman was going disconsolately out, when the Jew again took it from him, and carelessly tossing it into a drawer, and pouring him out a glass of liquor, told him to drink that and be off. He complied with both these direc tions. Whilst wandering aimlessly about the village, he encountered, to his great delight, a countryman, one of tho same party in whose company he had quitted San Isidro before. His acquaintance was in high feather, for he had managed to pick up or steal a small diamond, and was on his way to a coast town, for the treble purpose of waiting for his emi grant friends, selling his luck, and drinking off the proceeds with all possi ble speed. Pat never having seen a " rale dimon," as he said before, begged for a look. On his friend's producing it, however, he discovered that he had not only seen, but actually possessed, one of great value and that but a few hours previously; for he instantly perceived that his "shining stone" was of the very same kind as the diamond he now saw, with the advantage of being infinitely larger, and therefore worth incalculably more. With profound Milesian cunning, Pat resolved to keep his discovery from the other, who, impatient for his drinking bout, passed on from San Isidro that Bamo day. Of course, on presenting himself again to Don Fernando, that astute individual bade him begone for a drunken villain. Equally, of course, he lost his temper, and thus playing into the storekeeper's hands, was lodged by the soldiers, who could not understand one word he said, in his present position. More than all, of course, the diamond, if diamond it was, was finally lost to him. "What was the Indian chief like, Pat?" I asked. " Why, yer honor, ho was as loiko a Tipperary boy, barrin' tho color, as one pig's loiko another. Shuro he was as da cent a man as ever I met at all." Tho mystery of "Pad," the hitherto inexplicable, was revealed to mo now. By the performance with the red sand, au indication of Pad's salient point, his rusty-red hair, and not a religious cere mony, was typified. The direction to give Pad dollars and the disinterested tribute to his goodness, now became in- telligiblo evidences of tho truth of his story ; and the only point of doubt re maining wns how to circumvent Don Fernando. Whatever was done to that laudable end had need be done at once, before tho bird had flown with his prey. So I came to a determination, and acted upon it forthwith. I went straightway to the magistrate. a civil (not polite) authority, whose sal ary a prudent government nad fixed at such a low figure, that to increase it by taking bribes from the suitors to his jurisdiction was evidently expected i- l it 1 2. 1. . . .1 1 oi mm. xeruaps m ueeu consid ered that, whatever tho amount of his remuneration, he would stfll have been open to corruption, and its smallness was due merely to a praiseworthy desire to save the public funds. This functionary I burst in upon as he was smoking his cigar in one of the dirtiest rooms possible, and plunging at once into tho airt and tho matter which brought me there, 1 made a judicious appeal for his interference, supported by compliment, corruption, and intimi dation, the three lovers by which most readily to move the official mind. At length I was glad to seo his first distinct refusal, to interfere between Don Fernando and any one else whom soever, was shaken ; and then I plied the assault afresh until the unfortunate man, who had finished his smoke, and was dy ing to go to bed, became reduced into such a state of despair that to get rid of me ho would have pledged himself to anything. Happily, iu that uncultivated region, the fiction, long since dissipated in Europe, still prevailed, that one of Her Majesty's Bubjects was a Bacred be ing, whom it was highly dangerous to treat with injustice, or even neglect. I did not fail to work upon thia idea by drawing a vivid picture of the British minister's power, and the reward or dis grace he could insure to the magistrate by requisition to the Brazilian Govern ment. I placed before my hearer's im agination the important service he would render by restoring an English subject so rich a priz;. In my zeal, I even ventured to hint at ray own close connection and iniluence with England's representative (he expressed his hope that I should amuse myself " up in the country"),before whom, I added, it would be my instant care to lay tho wholo of tho circumstances. It is but just to record of tho magis trate that ho had at least as much of the " legal mind " as enabled him to take an exceedingly clear and favorable view of that side of tho case which hold out tho prospect of advantage to himself. It may also havo occurred to him that any liabilities ho was under to Don Fernan do would bo cleared off' in a simplo and satisfactory manner by shutting his creditor up. When I left him, it was with tho promise that ho would ac company me to tho store very early tho following morning, and look fully into the case. I did not allow him much waking time to repent of his promise on the next day ; but short as was tho distance to tho Jew's, it nearly proved too long for tho carrying out of my purpose. Tho spirited officer of Justice began to quake in tho most undignified maimer as we approached the potent Jew's habi tation. But his alarm was causeless ; wo had not got up early enough to catch Don Fernando, who, making his hay and escape before the sun shone, had carried off, now without te slightest doubt, Pat's diamond, and all the pro perty of his own which he could easily move. Tho prize should be valuable that mado it profitablo for him to abandon utterly his store and the large stock of goods which was left in it. No doubt ho had watched ma to the guard room over night, and, foreseeing tho re sult, had levanted in the night. Pat, tho defrauded, was released at once. Ho raved a good deal over his feasible idea of catching up with his enemy on foot, but the judge, who was intensely delighted at the event, which relieved him at tho same time of a creditor, and considerable trobble, having arrived at the conclusion, upon some principle of equity I did not understand, that the store and its remaining contents belong ed equally to himself and Pat, the lat ter entered into tho notion with amaz ing ardor and the pair, without the delay of a moment began their looting, in which congenial occupation I left them and San Isidro at the sauio time. I wrote out a full and careful account of the whole affair, with a close and ac curate description of the Jew; and I afterwards learned that, on its coming before a member of the government, the police of coast towns had orders to board Bbips leaving the ports, and to search narrowly any one unswering my sketch. Hearing nothing further on the subject, 1 had almost forgotten the diamond and unlucky Pat, whom from that day to this, I have never seen. My mind was made up to return to England ; the passage from Bio Janeiro to Liverpool was taken ; and as the steamer sailed in the early morning, I went on board with iny iuggago over night. When day broke I was ou deck, to have a parting view of tho loveliest rcene, I believe, the world can show the Bay of llio. It was a beautiful morn ing, and loaning over the side, I enjoyed to perfection tho fresh cool air. Tho deep blue water, gemmed with Bparkling islands, was without a ripple, and a mist clung round the surrounding mountain-tops, concealing, yet height ening, like the robe of a beauty, their loveliness. As I stood, a boat containing a lady passenger came under the ship's quarter, and the mate, witn sauor-iiKe politeness, ran down the ladder, to help her on board. She was a very handsome girl, of the " magnificent animal " order of at traction. " Who is the lady '" I asked of the mate, who had come up again after see ing his charge below. ' "She is ono, of tho principal dancers at the Alcazar, sir. bhe is com a- to Lis- bon. It is a rum start for such as her to come with us, though, instead of by the mail-boat Quartermaster, hook ou to that boat there." Another passenger, and who but Don Fernando I He had not altered himself in tho slightest degree, and thoro was no possibilitv of mistaking his bird-of- prcy noise, remarkable eyes, and a silky beard. 1 saw a queer look in the remarkable- eyes as they full upon me, but he coolly wished me a " Good-morning," and professed his pleasure that wo wero to bo fellow passengers. Without replying, I sought out the captain, who displaying the noble scorn of his profession at a miserable lands man presuming to trouble him, said shortly that he was up to his neck in work (which accounted, perhaps, for his smoking a cigar with his collar off at that moment); that it was a matter in which he was not going to interfere ; there were police on board, and, if I applied to them, they would, he supposed, carry out their orders, whatovor they were. I am bound to say tho police did carry out their orders to the letter. The Jew's baggago consisted only of a portmanteau, and they searched it and him so through ly, that I do not believo a diamond the sizo of a needle's point could have es caped them. Excited with the hope of a great find, they prodded knives through the portmanteau's sides, and ripped the lining out of clothes with a seiiEO of duty truly delightful. Even I was com pelled unwillingly to confess that if ho had stolen the diamond, he had got neither it nor its price, for ho had but a small sum of money about him in his possession at that time. Were they going to permit him to leave the country ' I asked. Certainly, they said ; why not 'i when I myself, the only accuser ho had, was leaving, and tho whole charge rested' only upon the word of a savage Irishman, not forthcoming. Their instructions were but to search, and not to detain the Jew, unless they found the spoil. So I had the pleasure of seeing my enemy grin defiance at me, and of knowing that the police, who put off in thoir boat, regard ed me as u lunatic or liar, while the cap tain in his soul objurgated mo for the delay I had caused. To my joy, Don Fernando did not ap pear much tho first week of our voyage. There was consolation in the thought that te suffered from sea-sickness,unless, indeed, ho had swallowed the diamond, and might in that unpleasant way re gain, not exactly the possession of it, for that would be, as the lawyers say, in him already, but the power of turning tho possession to account. As wo neared the line, however, he began to emerge, usually at night-time, and the looks be favored me with would have done a devil no inconsiderable credit. One beautiful moonlight night on the line, finding tho heat below bo great that sleep was out of the question, I left my berth ubout midnight, nnd wont up into the air. The officer of the watch was dozing in a chair forward of the deck house, and the poop appeared to be quite deserted except for the helmsman, who, save that he gave a turn now nnd then to the wheel, and the quid in his cheek, might have been a part of the deck-tit-tings. I wore slippers, and was walking noiselessly to the stern, to watch the moonlight glittering on the ship's wako, when from out the dark shadow of one of the boats there came a low, soft laugh, I turned with surprise, and stumbled upon the Jew and the danseuse in close confabulation. Seeing me, the girl left his side, and went hurriedly below. Her companion gave me one of his diabolical glances, took a turn or two up and down tho deck, and then followed his charmer. Now, thero was nothing very extraor dinary between the pijir, but it was strango that up to that time they had studiedly avoided speaking to one anoth er. Neither of them was likely to bo particularly careful on the score ot pro priety ; that could not bo the motivo, Yet here was an evident and confiden tial intimacy established, and I could not help in some way connecting it with the diamond, the sale of which I was as firmly persuaded brought Don Fernando to Europe as L wus that he had cheated Pat Mollov out of it. At Lisbon, I parted, as I hoped, for good from my enemy. The danseuse accompanied him on shore ; and as the boat put off from the side ot the ship, the pair waved me a malicious and ex ulting farewell, which in the sweetness of parting I boro with equanimity. In a few days I was revelling in England's beefsteaks and beer, and, under those grateful influences, Jew apd diamond were banished from my recollection a second time. They occurred to it again about six months afterwards. A cousin of mine, who was traveling alone in the South of Spain, was taken suddenly ill at Cadiz, and a family vote pitched up on me to go and look after him there. On my arrival ho was bo much better, that the doctor predicted his ability to undertake tho journey home in a few days. In this satisfactory expectation, 1 settled myselt iu the hotel and waited, It happened that my watch, which was rather a valuable one, had got out ot order, and I was obliged to trust it, much against my will, to the hands of a Cadiz practitioner. I selected one who seemed quite a chatty and conversation' al person for a Spaniard, and who paid me compliments upon the excellence of my timepiece nnd my bpauish with all tho vivacity ot a a reuenman. . Would the English senor like to see the great De la Casa diamond 't he asked, I had never heard of it, I replied. Ah, that was excusable in one coming from England, as it had but very lately been brought out, having been pur chased by a certain lady of great rank from the distinguished Captain Fernandez for the sum of live thousand English sovereigns. It was now on view at the lady of great ranks' rest dence ; three pesetas was the charge for a look, which would generously be given to the poor of Cadiz. It was a Brazilian diamond of the first water, and as yet was almoBt unknown in liiurope. 1 Adios, senor, and ' Muchas gracias. On the evening of the same day, I had been strolling round the walls of tho town, and it was nearly midnight before I reached my hotel. As I entered, a carriage and a pair ot horses drew up. and a lady and gentleman descended, and came out into the lighted ball. The eternal Don Fernando with the girl again ! They were in full evening cos tume The Jew, who recognized me in stantly, looked to my mind a more con fessed villain in his gorgeous array than he had ever before done behind his coun ter at San Isidro. He resembled a tiger draped in white ; peaceful and innocent as the covering might bo, the fierce head and expression would peep out. His hanusomo companion, dressed, or rather undressed, in the very latest Parisian fashion, made me a mocking rcverenco. " Don Fernando, said 1, weakly, al lowing my curiosity to overcome mo. " The Captain I' crnandez, mister, he replied. " Well, Captain, General, or whatever you like, then, how was it nianagod You can toll me, now, you know." lie cave bis answer in a pitying, compassionate tone, as though I wero a baby, or I rather felt the character a fool. " Ah, why you take so much the trou ble for notinr1 Why mako that vigi lants espoil my new box V" alluding, I presume, to his confounded portman teau. "You know the sen or a. No? Ah, well, she has fine hair, you seo, t6 cover diamond more big than ten times the De la Cas. Bah ! Dam English booby 1" hetuer any relationship existed be tween the pair before Don Fernando's little finesse with the Irishman, I cannot say. Probably, aware that a confeder ate was necessary to take the spoil out of the country, he had chosen an agree able- one, over whom he was sure ot his own iniluence. So the precious stone, once kept religiously by a tribe of wan dering Indians, transferred to the crazy pockets of Pat Molloy, whoss heart a hundred knives would havo been ready to pierce had the treasure he carried been suspected, brought across the sea in one woman's hair, now sparkles on the bosom of anothor to enrich but a worthless robber. Poor Pat Molloy has most likely by this time drunk himself to death from his enemy's store. Who would have be lioved me if I had attempted to set Span ish justice on tho Jew 'i What credit should I have obtained for my story ? which though unsupported and perhaps uusupportable by other testimony, hus nevertheless tho uncommon merit of truth. Summer Eiiliuir. We eat to keep warm and to sustain strength, and articles of food have those two elements m varying proportion, Oils, tallow, and whale blubber are al most wholly of tho warming element ; hence in Greenland, where the ther mometer is many degrees below zero, and a great deal of heat is required, a native will drink half a dozon gallons of oil every day, or eat ten pounds of tallow. Iu tho hottest climates of the world tho inhabitants live to a great extent on fruits and vegetables, which have but very little of the heating qualities. In our climate, which is be tween tho two, moots, vegetable?,' nnd fruits are eaten all tbe year round ; but if eaten judiciously, if eaten according to tho season moio of fruits and vege tables in summer and less of meats and fats an incalculable amount of sick ness would bo prevented every year. Wre would think a man deranged who should koep as largo tires burning in his house in summer as in winter, and yet we all persif t in eating meats and tats and butter all through the summer. Meats and butter are on our tables three times a day, when in reality they ought to be sparingly used during the summer mouths, at least by the young, tho old, the feeble, und by all who ore most of the time in doors, or who have no activo employment. For the classes just named a very appropriate diet for the summer would be as follows : Breakfast Cold bread and butter, a slice of cold meat, or in its place a couple of eggs, or a saucer of berries or stewed fruit without milk, cream, or sugar. The same for dinner, with one vegetable ; no other dessert. For sup per somo cold bread and butter and a cup of hot drink, and nothing elso; nothing whatever botweon meals. So far from starving on such a diet the class of persons above named would thrive on it, would grow stronger, would have more bodily vigor, more mental elasticity, and a greater now of animal spirits, and for tbe reason that few would eat too much ; there would be nothing to over-tempt tho appetite, hence the stomach woulJ not be over-worked; what work it did perform would be well done ; the blood made pure, lifo-giving, and energizing. Any man of ordinary intelligence and observation, who will give a fair trial to the above system of feeding, will scarcely fail to be convinc ed of its value within a week if tor he begins it. Journal of Health. Brussels Lacs. A story is told in connection with the introduction of the manufacture of fine lace into Brussels, which is pleasant of itself and carries with it a lesson worth learning. A poor girl named Gertrude was deeply attached to a young man whose wealth precluded all hope of mar riage. One night, as she sat weeping, a lady entered her cottage, and without saying a word placed in her lap a cush ion with bodkins filled with thread. The lady then, with perfect silence, showed her how to work the bodkins, and how to make all sorts of delicate patterns and complicated stitches. As daylight' approached the maiden had learned the art, and the mysterious visi tor disappeared. The maiden grew rich by her work, and married the object of her love. Years afterward, while living in luxury, she was startled by the mys terious lady entering the house this time not silent, but stern. She said : "Here you enjoy peace and comfort, while without are famine and trouble. I helped you you have not helped your neighbors. The angels weep for you and turn away their faces." Bo the next day Gertrude went forth, with her cushion and her bodkin in her hand, and going from cottage to cottage she taught tho art she had so mysteriously learned, and comfort and plenty came to all. MISCELLANEOUS ITEM', Soldiers' widows are to be appointed to vacancies in the publio libraries in Germany. Fifteen suits for twenty thousand dol lars' damages in each case, have been commencod against a Jersey City news paper. The proprietor is delighted at tho exalted estimate put upon the lntlu onco of his journal. A French paper publishes a curious report that although the Mont Cenis tunnel has been piorced, and locomotives passed through it, there is still some doubt as to its being open to travel for some time to come. The trouble is in tho ventilation of the tunnel. The smoke evolved from the locomotives is not driven out. Out of three engine drivers who were employed on tho trip through the tunnel, two died of suffocation, and the third was restored to life with great difficulty. Tho Chicago T'tmen likens Chicago to tho man who earned a dollar, or just as much as and no more than it cost him to livo. He might live the six working days, but the seventh, the Sabbath, he must work or cease to live. The Time says : " Now, every man who has capital invested in Chicago, is in exactly this situation. The average profit which his capital will earn at the present time.does not exceed five and a half per cent, per annum ; and five end a half per cent, per annum is exactly what government, of one kind or another, takes away, in the shape of taxes, from all capital in vested in Chicago." Gold-bearing quartz and silver ore of great richness have been discov red near the Buckskin Mountains in Utah, about four hundred miles southeast of Salt Lake City. The district was- visited many years ago by Mormon mission aries, who carried, home glowing ac counts of its richness in gold. The country cannot be explored, however, except by large parties, as hostile In dians are numerous and active there abouts. A Salt Lake paper is of tho opinion that this is undoubtedly tho region whence the gold is to be brought to pave the stroets of that city in pur suance of prophocy. Western papers seom to vie with each other iu telling tho biggest snake stories. An Arkansas paper notes the killing of snake 18 feet long and 23 inches iu circumference. Then a Missouri paper comes along with a snake 20 feet long and 36 inches in circumference. But not to be outdone, the Kansas Statesman puts in its claim for the snake champion ship by giving an account of a snake 33 feet long and 48 incheB around tho body, coverod with scales like fish, and having a yellowish, sulphureous tint and tmell. But now comes along a Chicago paper, and says they havo a snake 1,40(1 feet long and 200 feet round the tip of the tail, and asks, as a mathematical problem, how much it will measure round the waist. The United Statos army comprises at the present time about 30,000 men, di vided into forty regiments, of which ten are cavalry and five artillery. It occu pies more than 300 military posts, and includes 2,277 commissioned officers. Tho highest salary paid to an officer, that of Gen. Sherman, is $13,500; the lowest, paid to second lieutenants, is $1,400 a year. The Quartermaster's De partment buys annually about 2,000,000 bushels of corn and oats, 120,000 cords of wood, 30,000 tons of coal, and moves' 100,000 tons of army Btores. There are 2.i,000 horses, mules, and oxen in tbe ar my ; some of the army wagon routes re quire 800 miles of hauling in a straight line. The Military Academy at West Point costs $220,000 a year ; besides this institution, there is a school of artillery at Fort Monroe, and a torpedo school at Willott's Point, N. Y. On the 12th of Juno 113,260 soldiers' widows wore on the rolls of the United States Pension Office. Complaints have been made that de faced and mutilated currency remitted to the United States Treasury for re demption has been subjected to unjust deductions for " short" packages ; but an investigation into the matter has shown that the " overs" discovered in money redeemed and counted iu the Treasury havo been greater than the "shorts." That is, more packages have been found to contain a greater sum than was re presented than a less sum, and more money has been returned to the senders in addition to the amounts claimed than has been deducted from the returns to those whose packages proved Bbort. It has also been found that some persons who are in the habit ot sending currency for redemption are habitually incorrect in t heir count ; and that those who have repeatedly made mistakes against them selves, which have been corrected by the counters, are the ones who make the loudett complaints when " short" are fastened upon them. A curious story is told of tho discovery of the Amador mine, now the richest in the world. The mine was first com menced by a Vermonter named Hay ward, who was soon after joined by another Vermonter named Chamber laine. Chamberlaine at last became discouraged, and Haywurd stuck to it, but his men all left him, and he was ou the point of starvation. IIo then went to Chamberlaine for some money, but was refused, but before he closed the in terview Chamberlaine gave him 13,000, all he had in the world. " Take it, old fellow," he said, with California hearti ness ; " do your best." With this money Hayward recommenced, and be had worked until it was all spent, and hie men were reduced to a bag of beans for nourishment, when to the gloom of hope tho precious ore blazed suddenly up. When the mine was paying $10,000 a month, Hay ward made over to his friend one perfect third of it. Chamberlaine retired upon $1,500,000, and moved East to educate his children, Hay ward buy ing back the whole. Finally, even Hay ward grew tired and sold out the mine to a stock company, of which General Col ton is president The mine will make $450,000 net this year, and Colton aid last week: "The Amador mine? will hold out longer than we will,"