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HENRY A. PARSONS, Jr., Editor and Publisher. ELlt COVNtYTUli REPUBLICAN PARTY. . Two Dollars jkb Akmum. VOL. II. RIDGWAT; PA; THUItSDAYrAIRlL 25, 1872. m"' 4 "gNO; 8. : : . . ; POliTli Y. ACCOUNT OF A ( URONKK. A GHASTLY BALLAD. Joe Bowers wae a coroner. Of whom the scoffort wild, That, like the horrid cannibal, He made his dally bread From the bodies of his fellow, m Unnaturally dead. ' By night and day thin coroner Wan always prowl in if ronnd For subjects," suddenly played out, Stabbed, polponed, shot or drowned ; And where the cm nans wax, there Joo JV'ould epcedily be found. Joe had a buzzard's Instinct, And a hyena's scent ; ' If auy one passed In his checks, Joe for the body went ; And corpses seldom jrot away To any great extent. Indeed, Joe trot so zealous Ho couldn't bear to wait ; But, with the sick he left his card. As if to intimate The folly of their struggle with Inexorable fate. Whether twas Joccph's cntorprUo That made nrrlm Death fight hy. Or vtto prevorsity induced The people not to die ; There came a tlmo when corpses ran Particularly dry 1 Then bodies were btit rarely " viewed," ' Post tnortems" Ml away. Till " coroner's accounts" appeared A beggarly array. And Joseph trnnsiontly succumbed To sorrow and dismay. But soon he roused his drooping crest, And cried, Away with woo I Ha 1 Am I not a coroner And used to play it low f Shall my accounts be 4 cut' like this To naught V No 1 Not for Joo 1" lie hied to a tobacconist, Full ruthlessly, I ween. And bought some snuff, and mixed then with Some nitro-glycerlne ; Then fared forth with the compound And a diabolic grin I Ho met one of his neighbors, A man whose name was Lynch, With most capacious nostrils-Three-quarters by one inch And asked him quite politely. To tuke a social pinch ! Into his nnsuppectlng noso, A plenteous pinch Lynch drew Boon felt the grateful stimulus. And simply said, " Ca-choo I" Ye gods 1 His shattered head Into A thousnnd fragments flow ! From that day at a fearful rate Tbo cafes multiplied. Joe simded them out so rapidly The town was tor rilled ; And Joseph held the inquest On overy one that died I You may sneeze at this plain story. But those who sneezed at Joe Were apt to have a violent Attack of vertigo. That coroners are up to snuff I all I wixh to show I Frank Clivg. THE STO R Y- TELLER. A PERILOUS POSITION. In tho winter of 1858 I was mining, or rather sojourning, and waiting for u chance to mino in the spring, in tho town of Omega, Nevada county, Cali fornia. Snow fell in the town that win ter to tho depth of eight feet. Three of us were living in a cabin about half a milo out of town near the head of Sour Krout Ravine. We were in tho habit of spending our evenings in town or at the cabins of our brother minors, gener ally remaining from home till ton, eleven, or even as late as twelve o'clock. . I happened to be in town the very evening that the first big fall of snow began. I saw that the snow was coming down very fast, and knew before start ing home that the trail would be hidden ; but this gave me no uneasiness, as I knew the course well, and could keep within a few fods of the trail the whole distance,, if not in it. When I finally started home it was about ten o'clock, and there wcro six or eight inches of snow on tho ground, and Hakes coining down us big us saucers. Knowing my course, I rushed along, paying but little attention to the trail, and was within two hundred yards of the cabin, when there was a sudden crash of breaking twigs and brush under my feet, and I felt myself sinking into an open spaco. Instinctively I stretched out both arms to their fullest extent and clutched the snow with both hands. Instantly, in fact before I had fully settled into this posision, I knew where I was, and fully comprehended the dan ger of my situation. I knew that I was hanging over tho old Brpokshire shaft a shaft dug some years before to pros pect the hill, and at least one hundred feet in depth. It wus but two or three rods below tho trail, and was covered by a few pino and spruce boughs that were thrown across its, mouth when it was abandoned. I knew that there were huge bowlders and sharp, jaggod rocks projecting everywhere along the sides of the shaft, and that in the bottom was at least twenty feet of water, for, in passing, I had once or twice pushed the brush covering aside and dropped into it pobbles and pieces of lighted paper. I felt my body and legs dangling in space, and without thinking of the con sequences, made an effort to reach out with one of my feet to see if I could touch the wall of the shaft, I had ex tended my leg some distance without touching the wall, when, to my horror, the dry and rotten covering of the shaft began cracking under my arm on the side upon which my weight was thrown in the attempt I had made to leant ' something of my situation. Carefully I swung back till I hung perpendicularly over the fearful chasm, the brush still cracking as I did so. As each little twig snapped I felt that there was that much less between myself and death each little "rotten stick that held was worth millions to me, and for a tout beam under my foet I would have given tens of millions. The snow fceat down incessantly upon my head in im mense damp flakes, and I could fuel it gradually piling about my neck. Oc casionally there were wild blasts of wind - that roared among the tall pines and swept tho light snow into my eyes. One of these blasts took awuy my light felt hat, and left my head exposed to the beating storm. As I felt my hat going I made an involuntary movement to raise my orm to catch it, but instantly the crackling twigs warned me to desist. This movement, the slightest in the world, cost mo half-a-dozen twigs, and, as it seemed to nio, greatly weakened my support. The snow melting on my head and face trickled into my eyes and almost blinded Aie. My hands and arms seemed coming benumbed, and I began to fear that I would lose my hold upon the brush covering of the shaft. When ever this notion took possession of my mind I would extend my ams and even my fingers till the joints of n. shoulders seemed starting from their sockets. By straining my eyes I could see the dim outlines of our cabin on a little rise of ground above me. I could see no light, however, and concluded that my partners had either gone to bed or had not yet returned from a neighbor's cabin a quarter of .a mile further down the ravine, whithor I knew they had gone to spend the evening. Once or twice I shouted, but the effort caused a orackling of tho twigs supporting me, and I desisted, determining to wait till I could hear the voices of my cabin com panions returning, or see a light in the little window of four small panes, which, fortunately, was on tho side of the house next to me ; so, too, was the door by which they- must enter the cabin. I thought of all this, and it gave me some hope. Several times, as tho roaring wind lulled for a moment, I thought I heard the sound of voices and laughter, and my heart beat quick with hope and joy ; but the sounds were not repeated, and doubtless wero.but the creaking of some stormed swayed boughs, or the chattcrings of somo distant coyote. I now began seriously to fear being completely covered in the fust-falling and drifting snow. It seemed coming down at tho rate of an inch a minute, and already covered my shoulders and was piling closo up about my mouth. I daro not make the slightest move to rid myself of tho drift which was about to bury me. Should the snow get over my eye I could not see the light in the cabin, and could only call out by guess. As so slight an exertion as calling out in a loud tone set my rotten platform to cracking, I did not wish to call for aid till I wus certain it was near. As the snow begun rising about luy mouth I discovered that I could keep it away with my breath. I saw that I still had a chance of keeping my eyes free, and I kept constantly at work blowing away the accumulating flakes. This gave me something to do, and was a relief to my mind. So jealously did I keep guurd that I wouldardly allow two flakes to lie before my lips. Thoughts of home, my friends, of the little I had ever done in the world, and of the jagged rocks lining the side of the shaft, with the great pool in its bettom, passed and repassed in my mind. In this circle my mind seemed swiftly re volving, dwelling but for a moment upon any one thing. I would strain my eyes to see the light in tho window till they were ready to start from their sockets. Sometimes I would see a sud den red flash, and with a joyous throb of my heart I would say, " It is there !" but in a moment after I would groan in spirit at discovering the flush was only within my strained and weary eyeballs. From straining my eyes and ears for some sign of tho arrival of my partners, I would full into my old circle of thought, and round and round in it as in a whirlpool my brain would whirl till some moan of the wind or creaking of trees would arouse me to thoughts of escape from my fearful position. Alter tho hrst tew ettorts I made towards extricating myself, my whole care was to remain as motionless as possible, and keep my arms stretched out to their fullest extent in order to grasp for my support every twig within my reach, were it no larger or stronger than a rye-stalk. Time seemed to move on leaden wings, and it appeared to me that I must have been suspended over the shaft for many hours. I began to fear that on account of the storm my partners had concluded to " turn in " at the cabin of our neighbor. Tho moment I thought of this it seemed to me almost certain that such was the case. My escape, I now began to think, rested with myself. . I thought there might bo before me a polo across the shaft strong enough to bear my weight. Slowly I begun rising my right arm, in order to feel for some such support, but a startling snapping of twigs, when this extra weight was thrown upon my left arm, caused me very quickly to desist. " Great God '" I groaned, as I settled back into my former position, "how long is this to lust '" Just at this moment I heard the sound of voices. This time there was no mis take about it. I heard tho loud, ring ing laugh of my jovial partner Tom, and heard bean-poker loving Bob say something about a game they had been playiug at " the other cabin. As they came nearer I heard Tom say, "I won der if Dan has got back from town." They spoke in their ordinary tone of voice, and this gave me great joy, as I knew I could make them hear without shouting too loudly. I hean-d them at the door, scraping the snow away with their feet, and that now was the time to call for once they had entered they might not hear in'e. " Tom !" I cried, " Tom !" There was no answer, and my heart felt cold witliin me. " Tom !" I asriin cried, and this time to my great joy both of the boys in a breath sung out, " Hello ! " Tom ! I cried agaiu, in as loud a tone of voice as I dared use, " Tom. come here!" " D d if that ain t Dan 1" cried Bob ; " what the d 1 can be the matter '(" and both came as fast as their legs could carry them down to near where I was hanging. " Don't come too near '" I cried, "for God's sake, don't come too near ! I have fallen through the brush over this shaft, and it's just ready to break and let me down ; get a rope, quick the windlass rope, you know !" Tom ran to the cabin, and in less than a minute though it seemed an hour to mo was back with tho rope. Both wero rushing to tho shaft with the rope, when I stopped tliptn, "Stop right where you ore, boys! Now listen, ir you will kill ino. Don't come near the brush about the shaft, or you will break it and let mo down. Take hold of tho rope about twenty feet apart rflid walk so as to bring it across the shaft, so that I can reach it." They did as I directed, and the rope was soon against my face. I began slowly to lift my right hand to clutch it, but a crackling of the bush on which I hung suspended startled me so much that I had notthe courage to try and grasp the rope. I thought of making a sudden plunge for it, but feared I might fail to catch it, when I would most cer tainly break through and fall to tho bottom of the shaft. "What is the matter?" asked Bob. " Can't you get hold of the rope?" I replied, " No ; I will break through if I even lift one linger." " Take hold of the roie with your teeth !" cried Tom. . This was the very idea. " Hold the ropo a little lower, said 1, " and I will try lower yet there, hold on I" " Have you got it '" asked Tom. As well as I could, I answered " Yes." " Now try for it with your hands," cried Bub. As quickly as I could use my stiffened riht arm I made a clutch at tho ropo, and most luckily for myself got hold of it. Had I missed it I would have been precipitated to tho bottom of the shaft, for as I clutched tho ropo the whole rot ten pjle of boughs broke loose and drop ped if to the dark pit below. After be ing flagged somo distance from the bluckVad yawning mouth of the shaft, I still field the rope with both teeth and hands,' and could hardly be persuaded that I was yet out of danger. I was so completely exhausted that I was un able to walk to the cabin without the assistance of both of my partners, and it v as some weeks before my strained shoulders were free from pain. There may be more trying and peril ous positions than that abovo described, but if there are I beg to be excused from " baying in." Life's Brightest Hour. Not long since I met a gentleman who is assessed for more than a million. Sil ver wus in his hair, caro upon his brow, and ho stooped beneath his burden of wealth. AVe wero speaking of that period of life when we hud realized tho most perfect enjoyment, or, rather, when wo had found th.o happiness nearest to bo unalloyed. " I'll toll you," said tho millionaire, " when wus tho happiest hour of my life. At the age of one-and-twenty I had saved up $800. I was earning $300 a year, and my father did not take it from me, only requiring that I should pay for my board. At the age of twenty-ono I had secured a pretty cottage, just outside of the city. I was able to pay two-thirds of the value down, and also to furnish it respectably. I was married on Sunday a Sunday in June at my father's house. My wife had come to me poor in purse, but rich in the wealth of her womanhood. The Sabbath and the Sabbath night we pass ed beneath my father's roof, and on Mon day morning I went to my work, leav ing my mother and sister to help in pre paring my home. On Monday evening, when the labors of the day wero done, I went not to tho paternal shelter, as in tho past,, but to my own house my own heuse. The holy atmosphere of that hour seems to surround me even now in tho memory. I opened tho door of my cottage and entered. I laid my hat up on the little stand in the hall, and pass ed on to tho kitchen our kitchen and dining-room wero all one then. I push ed open the kitchen door and was in heaven ! The table was set against the wall tho evening meal was ready pre pared by the hand of her who had come to be my helpmeet in deed as well as in name and by the table, with a throb bing, expectant look upon her lovely and loving face, stood my wife. I tried to speak, and could not. I could only clasp the waiting angel to my bosom, thus showing to her tho ecstatic burden of my heart. Tho years have passed long, long years and worldly wealth has flowed in upon me, and I am honored and envied ; but as true as heaven I would give it all evory dollar for the joy of tho hour of that June evening, in tho long, long ago: Ieu lurk LeJijer. Sonography. A hopeful philosopher thinks the time may come when a man's words will be made to write themselves down autom atically as fast as they come from his lips when a speech will yield a sound picture, or a sonogram, that we may gaze upon, as we do now a light picture, and translate as we do now the notes of music. Light, he says, is a wave mo tion, and the chemist has found a sub stance which the waves, as they dash against it, can transform or transmute, and so we have got photography. Sound is a wave motion ; its waves are as break ers lights are as ripples; the former large and slow, the latter small and rapid. Since we have got the substance that is impressible by the little weak waves, why should we despair in finding a sub stance that will alter under the influ ence of the great strong ones ? We can make a lamp-glass ring with the voice pitched to a certain note; soon we may cause the same sound to vibrate a body that will make a mark on paper while it swings, and then we make another work ing body vibrate to another sound, and so on up the gamut. Thus we shall get an apparatus which will mark the notes of a melody each as it is sung ; and af ter this it is not difficult to conceive a series of vibrations, each attuned to one of the few separate and distinct sounds the human voice can utter. Here will be an analogue to the photographic camera. Placed flefore a speaker, such an apparatus will sonograph all he has to siy. Women, under the name of " assistant pastors," do missionary work for several of the St Louis churches, and receive compensation therefor. THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE. fctreania of Fire I sail In ft Prom the Ride of a Jlfnnntnln-The Whole Country Shaken Like a Pan of Dirt-All thellouaesCrnm bled -Lund Ridge, and Water N poll a. From tht Virginia (.) Unttrprln, March 30. We yesterday met with and inter viewed Mr. Frank Bell, Division Super intendent of tho Western Union Tele graph Company in this State, who was at Independence, Inyo county.California, last Tuesday morning when the great earthquake occurred which shattered that whole region, and which- shook us up not a little in this city 300 miles north of what would seem to have been tho centre of tho great telluric dis turbance THE FIRST GREAT SHOCK came at 2:30 on Tuesday morning, and was probably the most severe that oc curred. Mr. Bell, who was sleeping in tho second story of the hotel at Inde pendence (a frame building filled in with adobes), says that when the first shock came it threw his pitcher and wash-bowl, which were upon a wash stand six feet distant, upon his bed, whence they rolled to the floor and were broken. After a few heavy sidewiso lurches from south to north, during which Mr. Bell was trying to climb out of his second-story window, about half a dozen perpendicular jolts came, which seemed to lift the house to tho height of several feet. Tho earth now settled down to a steady, tremulous motion, which sort of calm lasted long enough to allow Mr. Bell to partially dress him self, find his oveicoat and carpet-sack, and get down Btairs and out into tho open air. Hero he found tho startled inmates of the hotel to tho number of twent3'-fivo or thirty, MEX, WOMEN AXD CHILDREN EX DESIIA- MLLE, all in momentary expectation of a repe tition of the shocks. Frightened as all were, one man still had sufficient com mand of his wits to notico Mr. Bell's overcoat and carpct-bag. " Hullo !" he cried, ".here is a man who has packed his duds and is going to leave the coun try." The joke must have been consid ered a good one in somo quarters, for just at tho moment the earth laughed such a luugh, and so shook its sides that nobody cared to make another attempt at wit. From this time till nearly 7 o'clock tho earth was never for a moment per fectly quiet, and every few minutes heavy shocks of a few seconds' duration wore occurring. In all, there were moro than fifty very heavy shocks, Tho first shock cracked and threw down many walls and buildings, but it was the heavy succeeding shocks which leveled everything. Tho brick Court House and every brick adobe house in the tuwu and throughout the country wero thrown down. PERILOUS POSITION 01' A CHILD. When tho first shock occurred, Mr. Harris of tho firm of Harris tfc Kline, rushed out of his dwelling with his family. After getting out ho found ono child was missing and was rushing back to rescue it when the whole building fell. It was supposed that the child was killed, but upon cutting through the roof and removing a portion of the wreck of tho building, it wus found and rescued quite unharmed. It would be useless to attempt to de scribe the consternation which prevailed throughout tho town during tho time tho shocks were occurring; many sup posed tho la-t great day hud come. The shocks wcro accompanied with a great rumbling, and the air was filled with great clouds of dust indeed such quan tities of dust filled the air that a cloud was formed which was seen by persons residing fifteen or twenty miles to the northwurd. THE SHOCKS WERE STILL COXTIXUIXa when Mr. Bell left, and tho people were so utterly demoralized that they did not know where to turn or what to do. 'The impression at Independence Was that to tho southward the earthquake was still more severe than in that place, and fears were entertained that but little was left of Cerro Gordo and other mining camps in that direction. They worked an hour and a half trying to get at Wells, Fargo fc Co.'s-treasure box, buried in the ruins of Nathan Iihine's store, and at last the stage came off without it. Even as the stage started there came one or two rat tling shocks. All the adobe buildings at Fort Independence wero laid low, and a child killed ; the mother, also, was seriously injured. THE IXYO "IXDEPEXDEXT" OFFICE, a frame building filled in with adobes, was not thrown down, but the offico was badly damaged evon a cooking stove that stood in it being smashed to pieces. 8TREAMS OF FIRE ISSUE FROM THE MOUXTAIX. Fourteen miles this sido of Indepen dence, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is a large mountain called Black Bock, the sides of which are covered with lava and which is supposed to be an extinct volcano. The settlers informed Mr. Bell that during the time the shock were most severe, flashes of light were seen to issue from the top of this moun tain and streams of fire ran down its sides. Thero are on the side of the mountain throe old lava streams, but when the stage passed along no one had yet gone to see if any fresh flow had occurred. Mr. Mallory, formerly of Carson City, stated that he observed flashes of light in other places in the mountains, but hi was of the opinion that they were caused by rocks striking together as they rolled down the slopes of the peaks. In places on the stage road there were encountered ROCKS AS LAROE AS TWO-STORY HOUSES, which had rolled from the mountains. From Independence to Big Pine, a dis tance of forty-five miles, there is not a square yard of ground that does not show cracks. Near Big Pine they found a crevice across the road sixty feet wide and six feet deep. Off the road, but in plain sight, this crevice was two hund red feet wide and over twenty feet deep, and it could be traced a long distance, running north-and south, parallel with tho Sierra Nevada Mountains. LAND RIDGES AXD WATER SPOUTS.' South of Fish Springs Slough tho wator spouted out of tho ground in many places, and there wero still to bo seen largo pools when the stage paBsed. Here also ridges of ground from eight to ton foot in height were raised up acros the road. At Big Pine the heavy dining table, with all it contained, was overturned, and five shocks, were ex porienced while the passengers wero eat ing breakfast. . r Between Fish .Springs and Bishop creok, where formerly was a desert place, thero now gushes forth a stroam of water large enough to turn a mill. ' In othor placeB streams and springs ore dried up, and, in fact, tho whole country turned topsy-turvy. At Hot Springs, ' while severe shocks were, felt on tho surface, tho mert in tho mines (200 foet deep) felt flothing of theln. ' We have been told of many other circumstances in connection with this great earthquake, but have not room to mention them. . A Japanese Inn. Tho evening was fur advanced when I reached Fujisawa and rode up to tho Su zukiya, once a porcelain-shop, now a really excellent hostelry, where, to my astonishment and delight, I found the luxury of a table and a very hard, straight-backed chair, such as our great grandmothers sat in and wero content ed, such as we, more effeminate, vote to bo an instrument of torture. The room was so nutty and tidy as to deserve a few words of description. The sliding panels wero covered with a smart new paper, decorated with a pattern of fans sprinkled over it with marvelous effect J the tokonoma, the raised recess, which is tho place of honor, was supported on one side by a wooden pillar, composed of a single trco stripped of its bark so as to be perfectly smooth, and contained one of those quaint zigzag sets of shelves which have their origin in a p'ioce of obsolete etiquette. When per sons of rank used to meet together in old days to drink and be merry, they would lay aside their caps and dirks, the man of highest rank placing his traps upon the highest Bhelf, those of lower rank not presuming oven to allow their caps to tuke a precedence which did not belong to them. This is said to have oc casioned the invention of those shelves which in lacquer cabinets must have puzzled collectors at Christio and Man son's. The mats and wood-work, which are the pride of the Japanese household er, were whito and now, the beams do corated with carving of no mean taste. One solitary picture, executed with won derful freedom of touch and grotesquo ness, represented, in a few bold strokes of the brush, a group of husbandmen sowing rice in the field, and on one sido of the drawing was a distich running thus ' Unelees.ven for driiir, How happy are the frog, t" Tho literal translation must plead my excuso for the badness of the rhyme. I was not a little puzzled by tho meaning of the couplet until Shiraki camo to tho rescuo and solved the riddlo. " Sir," said ho pompously, " here is a lesson of humility and content conveyed in a parable. It is a fact which will meet with the imperial assent, that frogs are of no use in the world either as food or even as medicine." " Very good food," I objected, " either in a cury as eaten at Hong Hong, or with a whito buuco as at Paris." Shiraki smiled a smile that was in credulous. " Some insects feed upon 8inartwecd. However that may be, we say that the frogs being useless, no man interferes with them, and they aro al lowed to live out their lives in undis turbed poaco. So it is with tho farmers : their position is lowly, but they have none of the cares which haunt great ness ; therefore they should bo content ed, and the poet praises their modest lot." The Cornhill Magazine. A Pathetic Scene. Tho first sense of sorrow I over knew wus upon the death of my father, at which time I was not quite five years of ; but was rather amazed at what all the n.-ise meant, than possessed with a real understanding why nobody was willing to play with mo. I remember I went into tho room where his body lay, and my mother sat weeping alone by it. I had my battledoor in my hand, and fell a beating the coffin and calling papa ; fur, I know not how, I had somo slight idea that he was locked up there. My mother catched me in her arms, and, transported beyond all patience of the silent grief she was before in, she al most smothered me in her embrace, and told me, in a flood of tears, " papa could not hear me, and would play with me no more, for they wero going to put him under ground, whence ho could never como to see us again." She was a very beautiful woman, of a noble spirit, and there was a dignity in her grief amid all the wildncss of her transport ; which, methought, struck me with an instinct of sorrow, which, before I was sensible of what it was to grieve, seized my very soul, and has made pity the weakness of my beart ever since, i.he mind in in fancy is methinks, like the body in embryo ; and receives . impressions so forcible, that they are as hard to be re moved by reason, as any mark, with which a child is born, is to be taken away by any future application. Hence it is, that good-nature in me is no merit ; but, having been so frequently over whelmed with her tears before I knew tho cause of any affhetion, or could draw defenses from my own judgment, I im bibed commiseration, remorse, and an unmanly gentleness of mind, which has since ensnared me into ten thousand calamities ) and from whence I can reap no advantage, except it be, that, in such a humor as I am now in, I can the bet ter indulge myself in the softness of humanity, and enjoy that sweet anxiety which arises from the memory of past atuictions. mr uunara esteeie. Peoria shipped 30,000 cir loads of grain during the year 1871. A Nevada Serial by Several Hands. ': ' Tho "Weclly Occidental, devoted to liter ature, mado its appcaranoo in Virginia. We expected groat things from the Occidental. Of course it could not got along without an original novel, and so we made arrangements to hurl into the work the full strength of tho com pany. Mrs. F. was an able romancist of tho ineffablo school I know no other name to apply to a school whoso heroes are all dainty and all perfect. Sho wroto the opening chapter, and intro duced a lovely blonde simpleton who talked nothing but pearls and poetry and was virtuous to the verge of eccen tricity. She also introduced a young French Duke of aggravated refinement, in love with the blonde. Mr. F. follow ed next week with a brilliant lawyer who sots about getting the duke's es tates into trouble, and a '. sparkling young lady of high society, who fell to fascinating tho duke and impairing tho appetite of the blonde. Mr. D., a dark and bloody editor of one of the dailies, followed Mr. F. tho third week, intro ducing a mysterious EoBicrucian who transmuted metals, held consultations with tho devil in a cave at dead of night, and cast the horoscope of the several heroes and heroines in such a way as to provide plenty of trouble for their future careers and breed a solemn and awful public interest in the noyel. Ho also introduced a cloaked and masked melo dramatic miscreant, put him on a salary and set him on the track of the duke with a poisoned dagger. He also cre ated an Irish coachman and placed him in tho service of the society yottng lady with an ulterior mission to carry .billet doux to tho duke. About this time there arrived in Vir ginia a dissolute stranger with a literary turn of mind, rather seedy however but very quiet and unassuming, almost diffi dent indeed. He applied for literary work, offered conclusive evidence that he wielded an easy and practiced pen, and so Mr. F. engaged him at once to help him with the novel. His chapter was to follow Mr. D.'s, and mino was to come next. Now what does this fellow do but go off and got drunk, and then pro coed to his quarters and set to work with his imagination in a state of chaos, and that chaos in a condition of extravagant activity. The result may bo guessed. He scanned the chapters of his predeces sors, found plenty of heroes and heroines already creuted, and was satisfied with them ; ho decided to introduce no moro; with all tho confidenco that whiskey in spires, and all the easy complacency it gives to its servant, ho thon launched himself lovingly into his work ; he mar ried the coachman to the society young lady for the sake of the scandal ; mar ried tlio duke to tho blonde's stepmother for tlio sake of the sensation ; stopped the desperado's salary ; creuted a mis understanding between tho devil and the Kosicruciun ; threw the duke's pro perty into tho wicked lawyer's hands ; made the lawyer's upbraiding conscience drive him to drink, thence to delirium tremens, thence to suicide ; broke the coachman s neck ; let Ins widow suc cumb to contumely, neglect, poverty, and consumption : caused thn blondn t.n drown herself, leaving her clothes on the banlc with the customary note pinned to them forgiving the duko and hoping he would De nappy ; revealed to the duke by means of the usual Btrawberry mark on left arm, that he had married his long-lost mother and destroyed his long lost sistor ; instituted the proper and ne cessary suicide of the duke and duchess in order to compass poetical justicn ; opened the earth and let tho llosicrucian through, accompanied with the accus tomed smoke and thunder and smell of brimstone ; and finished by promise that in the next chapter, after holding a gen eral inquest, ho would take up the sur viving character of the novel and tell what became of the devil. This chap ter was never published, but it created such a flurry among tho contributors to the Weelly Occidental as to quickly causo the death of that sheet. Mark 'Twain. Poor Frenchmen's Passion for Land. A peasant, who hears of fields in the market, will give as much as 100 an acre for tho freehold of sterile soil out of which it takes tho toil of Her cules to make a living. Ho will work fiersistently, stubbornly, almost savage y, to wring every sack of potatoes and barrel of course wine out of his sandy fields and stony vineyard. To get more out of the land he sacrifices others be side himself. His willing wife slaves and drudges like a London cabhorse, and changes with hideous rapidity from a young to an old woman, over the daily task in all weathers. His children toil more than is good for tho straightening of young backs and the shapeliness of tender limbs, in the service of that Moloch of a farm. Up at earliest dawn, busy till dark night, scraping and hag gling, pinching and saving, tho whole family struggle on, spending as little as they can, making the most possible to them. But, "tie vol non robin," might bo the motto of the French peasantry. These poor folks practico the severest self-deuiul, and display an almost heroic courage as workers, tor the emolument, less of themselves, than of the notary. Of the notary or of " his friend in the city," who found the exorbitant pur chase money for the meadows beside the brook, who lent wherewith to buy the cows, and the horse to replace old Quatreblanes when he fell lame, and who advanced the portion of the mar ried daughter, established in the nearest town as a petty shop-keeper. The in terest is high ; but then M. Deslunettes gently deplores that his invisible client exacts a large return for tho cash lent. and money, as the peasant very well knows, is scarce. Ho J acques goes home. and works furiously, and lives as hard as he woiks, under the spur of his fierce land-hunger, and loves the barren soil which he could sell, and well, to-morrow. only that he prefers to toil on, and so much the better for canny, comfortable M, Deslunettes. All tte Ytar livunU. A young lady of Muscatine, while making her toilet, set tire to her " cnig non" with a curling-iron, Facts hndJjF) iu Ves. ' Tho only steam-ploughing apparatus in Rucoossful ' operation -in the ' Unitbd States, it is said, is on a Louisiana planj tation. . " ' " Tho Chicago Ecening Pott introduces its obituary of Prof. Morse with the fol lowing 'appropriate; text: ;V.His line is gone out through all thevcarth, and his words to the end of fhe'workU'' An air-lootu has been, invented rby an English man, in which the shuttle is al most noiseless, thrown across the room by the action lot compressed airv Bery family can have an heir-loom now, ( . Mrs. Ann Thompson, of West Union, Iowa, is distinguished for patriotism; She has stopped tho ponsion paid hr as a war-widow, her son, aged fourteen, be ing now able to support tho family. . ' ' A Connecticut paper says : " An un happy and disgraceful ' family feud in Danbury was brought to a tragic end Saturday, by tho head of ono family pre senting a son of tho other with an accor deon. , ..-:!. A remarkable coincidence was present ed in connection with tho death of Jo nas Parker, at Goshen, Maine, lately. Three cousins of the. deceased,, residing in different States, all died the same night, and nearly all at tho sauio hour, and each in a fit. ( A California Court' has granted a divorce to a husband on the ground that he was insane when he married. The Judge has the immediate prospect of an immenso business, and the Pacific Rail way Company is making provisions for an extraordinary travel westward daring ' the spring. ,,. ; i The Danbury News moralizes thus of the peacock : Vocally tho peacock needs cultivation, but in attire it cannot bo im proved upon. When it puts up itB awn ing and sails around the yard there is a comfort in looking at it that ia not ex perienced in looking at a woman. - This is probably because the plumage is in herited. If any man has an uncontrollablo do sire to elope with somebody, we recom mend to his thoughtful consideration the example of the Missouri man who a few days ago ran away with his own wife. In this particular case the man made a mistake, the lady being in tho disguise of a fancy ball costume, but (ho result was the same. Ho had reason, no doubt, to bless his luck that prevented his falling into wicked ways. A young man in Wilmington, Del., lately helped a feeblo old man over a street croosing and soon after found himself remembered in the old man's will to the extent of $10,000. Ever since this became known of course all . the young men in town have been on the lookout for feeble old men at the corners of the crowded streets. It is al ways a safo thing to pay particular at tention to these tottering patriarchs, although very few fortunes of $10,000 are to bo picked up in this way. They have a way of extracting teeth in Iowa which has its advantages and its drawbacks. The victim of toothacho goes forth into the woods, bends down . a vigorous sapling, lashes tho offending grinder thereto, and then lets the sap ling spring up to its natural position. This procssB ia economical and generally effectual, but instances are recorded in which the entire jaw has been extracted or the individual landed bodily in a neighboring pond after having described a graceful curve over the top of the grove. With regard to those gold discoveries in the Black Hills, Gen. Hancock who is in command ot the Department of ' Dakota, has written a letter to an Iowa paper in reply to many inquiries sent to him, which ought to settle the minds of all who had thought ot seeking; their fortunes in tho new El Dorado. In the first place he says the Black Hills are within the limits of an Indian reserva tion, and any expedition setting out for that point will be unlawtul, and will bo stopped by the use of troops ; and futherniore no gold has been discovered there. One of San Francisco's largest cavar- ansaries is entirely under the manage ment of the fair sex. From the proprie tress to the hall-girl, from the bar-tender to tho boot-black, all connected with tho establishment are women. The portress es are muscular Germans, who handlo the most mammoth " Saratogas deftly and easily, while the clerk is a handsome brunette, who parts her short black ring lets on one side, and makes bright re partees to ' the jokes of the drummers and travelling salesmen who largely fre quent the house. The bar-tendor can make a cocktail better and quicker than any other in the State, and drinks her self every time she is asked to, which on the average is about fifty times a day. The landlady is fair, fat, and forty, and has received offers of the hearts and hands of more than 400 of her sometime guest. Haiti Journal of Health protests a cruel error into which many, full in recoui mendiug all consumptives to leave homo and its comforts to seek health in distant regions, such as Minnesota or the South ern States. Dr. Hall does not deny that climatic influences benefit consumptive people, but much depends on the stage of the disease and how far the comforts and (uroundines of home can be provid ed in the new home of the patient. It js a cruelty, Dr. Hall contends, to send away from home a patient for advanced in consumption. In fact he believes that, other things being equal, in any ordin ary case of consumption, if a man has money enough ,the chances of recovery from consumption are better in a large city than in the country with all its boasted advantages of pure air, fresh vegetables, luscious fruits, spring chick ens, rich butter, and fresh hud eggs. These things can be better obtained in New York the year round in their high est perfection than ai the farm-house. After an elaborate summary of all the needs of a consumptive, Dr. Hall con cludes that New York is just as likely to benefit a consumptive as even Minnesota.