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ELK CO UNTY--TUB :RErVBl ICAPA R T J. ol Two Doixau riJbtjrac. B1 VOL. II. RIDGWAY, PAM THURSDAY, JUNE G, 1872. NO, 14. POET It Y. TO A LITTLE Hl'SM IFE. 0 little liuwtfc clean and t pruce. Thy omc one heart dlvlu s j A roy apple, full of juice. And poltuh'A till It !-hIno ! A tidy, tripping, tender thine. A fcio to la'.jr litter, A household anijel, tMrlnR Till all aronnd thee (litter. ! To nee thee In thy lovc'.lnef.i. Bo prudish and so chaste ; No tpech upon the cotton dros (tlrtlled around thy waist ; Tin! ankle peeping white a snow Thy tuck'd-up kirtlonnder; TVliHe fthinlni; dishes, row on row, Hfbln4 thee stare and wonder t The crimson flrelipht dips Thy cheeks until they plow ; The white flour makos thy flngertin T.iko rosebuds dropt In snow. When all thy jrentle heart Flutters In exultation To compass In an apple tart Thy noblest aspiration ! O Huswife ! may thy modest worl li Keep ever free from wronir ; lllest bo the house and brlRht the health Thon blcseit all day lonit. And nightly may thv sleep bo sound While o'er thee, softly, stilly, The curtains closo like leaves around The hucht heart of the lily ! THE STOIt Y- TELTjEH. K1UT1I WELBOVS MARRIAGE. Ten years ago it was less the custom than at present for people to bo married in church. At that period the good clergyman was wont to come to tho residence of the bride's father," where, in tho presence of a few intimate friends, tho ceremony would take place, after which, perchance, would follow a re reception for tho less favored "ten thousand ;" and it was upon this plan that Edith Weldon's was arranged to take place. It was within the hour ap pointed for the marriage, and she stood ready dressed in her pretty boudoir, when hor mother came in to attend to the final touches in the fastening of the bridal veil. " Has Dick come r" asked Edith, stay ing her mother's hand as she was about to throw the flimsy lace over her head. " No, not yet, of course. Why ! don't look so pale, my darling, it is not time for him yet." " I wish he were here," sighed Edith. " Somehow I cannot help worrying about him." "You are nervous, dear, that is all," said Mrs. AVoldon, kindly. " Ho will bo hero presently. Dick was never un ptinctual, and he will scarcely be to night." While tho finishing touches aro put to the. pretty toilet, a few words with re gard to the story of Edith are necessary. The joung brido was tho eldest daughter of one of our city merchant prinors, a lovely woman, though per haps a shade more demuro than most girls of her age. Yet in spite of her quiet, iknd what some of her friends called " old-fashioned" ways, they wero somewhat surprised when she accepted Mr. Richard Strong as her lover. Ho was a country gentleman, a scion of ono of tho best families of which New York can boast, nnd lived on bis farm, which ho took great pains in cultivating. He was a man of fine powers and high edu cationbut his agricultural life had led to a certain roughness of dress and manner that was at times "almost un couth. Then his face was browned by the sun to a deep tun color, his hands were rough and brown, and ho would not wear gloves, and wotdd wear heavy boots. Despite this he was a fine-looking man,' with intelligent eyes and well knit frame, and Edith had sense enough to see beneath tho somewhat rude ex terior a cultivated mind and affectionate heart. Mr. Weldon was well pleoeed with his slaughter's choice. Mr. Strong's family was onaforAvhieh ho had tho highest rc hpect, and Edith's simple tastes were such as admirably fitted her for country life. The young lady's city friends were, however, rather contemptuous at her lover's - uumistakably bucolic appear ance ; und some of those who looked no deeper than tho surface, declared that he was only a country "clodhopper." To tell' the truth, Edith herself had been a littlo horrified at Dick's utter indif ference to style, and had even urged him to employ her father's tailor. " Go to Digbv !" ho exclaimed, with horror ; " why lio would make me look like a fool ! No; Bounderby always has nixda my clothes, and Bounderby always shall. He knows how to suit me !" And so even the wedding garments were male by Bounderby, who had a largo ren of custom among tho gontle nien farmers of New York, and under stood how to. make coats of excellent material and no particle .of stylo. Edith's toilet was complete by half past seven, and her mother and brides maids left her to finish their own pre parations. For a short time she was alone, and sat listening to every ring of the bell, hoping each one was Dick's, and expecting to be called down to meet him; us the moments went by, and no message came, her anxieties increased. It was certainly very strange that ho bad not arrived. He was tho very soul of punctuality always sure to appear at the precise moment appointed. Presently people began to come into the room ; aunts, and cousins, and par ticular friends ; and there was much chatting over the bride and her dress. Edith put the questions, "Has Dick come r"' " Have you seen Mr. Sti ong '(" until sho grow ashamed to repeat them, und her companions laughed at her for her seemingly needless anxiety. At ?ight o'clock her mother joined her, gorgeous in blue velvets and diamonds. "Well, Edith, the hour has come." ' But not the man," added one of the gay girls, laughingly. " lb not Mr. Strong here yet .' asked Mrs. Weldon, in surprise. "I think not." " That is strange," she replied, looking unmistakably annoyed. " But don't turn so pale, Edith, dear; he must bo here, or uomo directly ; I will go and ; see about it." Sho kissed her daughter tenderly, and went down ftairs. In tho library were her husband and several gentlemen. Mr. Weldon came forward to his wife. " It is a little strange, Mary, it ii five minutes past eight, and Strong is not hero." - "Can any of his friends explain his detention ':" Just then the door opened, mid among tho select few was admitted Charlie Strong, a city man and a cousin of Dick's. "Ah, Charlie! is Dick with you '(" asked Mr. Weldon. " Diek ! No ! Isn't he here r" " No." " Why, that is very odd I I left him an hour ago on his way here." " On his way I Was he driving 'r" " No. You know what a queer fol low Dick is. I wanted to send for a carriage ; but he said that was all non sense for such a short distance, and in spite of my objections, ho put on an old summer coat to cover his evening dress, and started to walk here with me. I told him he did not look much like a bridegroom ; to which ho gave the char acteristic reply, that ' Looks aren't every thing:'" " And how far did you come together r" " To Fourteenth Bt. ; there I turned off to Irving Place, and he started up Broadway." The disappearance of tho bridegroom was rendered more mysterious by this statement. There seemed absolutely nothing to do but wait for his arrival us patiently as possible ; and as people be gan to pour in, the time for the reception having come, Mrs. Weldon received them with what self-possession sho could, not telling them to go away, since at any moment the missing man migli; appear, and tho ceremony pro ceed. The company was very dreary, however ; every one knew what had happened, gaiety was out of the ques tion, and the only amusement was to rush to tho do r of the hall every time anyono came, in hopes of Beeing the pleasant brown face of Dick Strong. Cliuilie Strong went down to tho ho tel on the chance that for some inex plicable cause Dick had returned there. No, ho had not been seen. Mr. Strong next'inquired of the policemen along the route if any ono Mad been taken sudden ly ill, us this supposition had occurred us a possible explanation of Dick's ab sence his splendid health rendered it rather an absurd ono. No, nothing un unusual had happened, except that there had been a tiro on Broadway and a great crowd. This was the news with which the young gentleman came back to tho house, and the non-appearance of tho bridegroom seemed stranger thun ever. Poor Edith sat in her rooms looking like a pulo and stricken flower; her bridesmaids and friends wore gathered around her doing what they could to cheer her, but she grew hopelessly sad. Tho hours of the wedding evening stole by without any news of her lover. From time to time when there was the bustle of an arrival below, ono of the girls looked out to see if Mr. Strong had come, but each time only to return with fresh disappointment, so that in tho bridal-room, as well as in tho parlor, there was a gloom und anxiety. And now to tell of the man who had so stangely disappeared. When he part ed from his cousin, Dick, as Charlie had said, went straight up Broadway, which was the nearest roud to Mr. Weldon's home on West Twenty-sixth st. When ho had passed Union Square, ho saw that quite a crowd of people was assem bled in front of one of tho stores, from tho ppor windows of which smoke was issuing. No thoughts of turning aside to avoid the throng occurrod to Mr. Strang's mind ; no, he was broad-shouldered und powerful, and ho began to push the throng, elbowing right and left, and hurrying on at a little less than his usual brisk pace. Ho had pro ceeded in this way, getting a good many angry looks, and somo very uncompli mentary remarks to which he had paid no manner of heed, until he had reach ed a point where the crush was densest. Here he was jostled about somewhat rudely, in spite of his endeavors to force ahead unchecked. He began to feel a little angry at what seemed tho unnec essary amount of hustling he received, and was pushing on rather unceremoni ously when ho was suddenly grasped by a man, fully as powerful as himself, who cried out " You have got my watch! Police! Police! Stop thief! Police !" The man roared out the words in a voice that rang altove all the murmurs of the crowd, and Dick in a fury of rage turned on him like a tiger : " You infernal scoundrel, what do you mean ' Let mo go. Let me go, I say !" He struggled fiercely, but the man who seized him by tho shoulder had him at a disadvantage, and continued to shout : " Police ! Help ! help ! Stop thiof !" In a moment three or four men had hold of Mr. Strong, who had fought and raved in his wrath and indignation, and then two policemen appeared on the scene and summarily took him into cus tody. " There you scamp now we ve got you!" cried the man in triumph. Dick glared at him, almost speechless with anger, though he managed to say to the policeman : " You surely don't intend to take ine into custody on the charge of that ma niac Y" "Indeed we do, my good man, and vou might as well coiuo along peace ibly." Now if there was one thing that more than another Dick Strong despised, it was any boasting of position, or family, or money. He had always declared that ' people would know a man wag a gentleman without any need of telling them so," and that " it wasn't any con. sequence what a man wore if he only behaved himself He had flattered himself that lie looked, despite the roughness of his dress, too much the well-bred gentleman ever to be doubted, and yet hero were these two policemen calling him, " My good man," hustling him along, and no way to get out of tho scrape but to try to convince them that he wus not a common thief. Thus tho unfortunate bridegroom was pulled through tho crowd, people star ing at him, tlie pobcemeu holding him fast by the urmsi and his cuptor follow ing close at their heels, giving vont to feelings of enjoyment in occasional ex clamations of " Scoundrel I" " Scamp I" "But he couldn't come it over me I" &c. Goaded at last beyond endurance, Dick suddenly turned upon him : ' .' ' But I haven't got your watch, I tell you I Yon ought to know what you're talking about, before accusing an honest man in that way." " Nono of that, now," said tho police man, roughly ; " come along quietly." "We'll see! we'll see!" shouted the tormentor. And thus was Dick led along, a mis erable captive. Men looked curiously at him as they passed,-women drew DUCK in norror noiu me criminal, .ibvit had poor Strong so longed for the face of an acquaintance ; but nono met him. It was growing dark, and was not an hour when any ono ho know was likely to be out. In the sido street very few persons were abroad ; anil so they reach ed the station-house. For some littlo distance Dick had been quite silent, and, recovering from his rage, had tried to think what might be the best for him to do. Once in the dirty room of deten tion, fresh cause for anger speedily arose. The robbed man, who gave his name as Johu Clarke, showed as a very respectably dressed person when in tho light, and displayed tho dangling end of a handsome watch chain from which the watch had been wrested. " The ring was a little worn," he said, "und broke with tho pull. I felt it, and saw the hand that grasped the watch. It was brown and ungloved, like his," pointing to Dick, who as usual wus un gloved. " I turned round quickly and caught him. Now see if you don't find the watch on him." " It's all an infamous lie," said Dick. " What should I want of his beggarly watch r" " Tho prisoner had better bo quiet and let himself be searched," replied the police captain. " Search me and welcome," retorted Dick, pulling off his overcoat, there by bringing to view a handsomo dress suit. Tho men looked at each other in sur prise. " I didn't think ho was a swell cove," said one ; "ho looked lilto the com mon kind." Mr. Strong now drew out his own watch, which was an elegant chronome ter. " Here," cried he to his captor, " why should a man want to rob you when ho has such a timepiece as that ?" " It was stolen, too, I've no doubt," replied Mr. Clarke, imperturbably. Dick nearly fell into a rage again. " You're an incorrigible old fool," said he. " Prisoner will please be careful," said tho officer, sternly. " Now, sir, what is your name ? " Richard Strong." " Residence ':" "Oak Hill Farm, Alloghnnv County, New York." A shade of surprise crossed tho offi cer's face as he asked " Occupation r" " Farmer." Just then Dick, who still had his watch, opened it, and uttered a cry of horror it was after eight o'clock. " For God's sake, be quick with this farce," ho said earnestly. "I have a most important engagement, and it's already past the hour." Mr. Clarke smiled contemptuously. "I'm afraid you'll have to put it off," he said. "You do not seem to understand the gravity of the charge, Mr. Strong," said the captain. " Officers Smith and Brown will pleaso search the prisoner." With whit grace he could muster, Dick submitted to the search ; it was long and tedious, and resulted, of course, in noth ing. Strong was boiling over with in dignation and impatience, but had to put up with it ; and as it chanced from tho fact of his having on new clothes tho pockets were nearly empty, he had hardly anything upon him to serve as vouchers for the truth of his assertions about himself. His linen was, indeed, marked with his name, and tho men wero convincod that the culprit was by rank a gentleman, whether the charge made against him was true or n "it. When he was brought into tho large room, Clarke sprang forward eagerly. " Did you find the watck V" " No, of course they didn't," replied Dick. The man's countenance felL " Then ho must have flung it away when I caught him," ho said. " Why, do you think I stolo it, then '(" demanded Dick. " Of course you did ; I saw you take it." Dick turned away from him, without reply, to the captain. " Now, sir, I hope you will let me go." " No, Mr. Strong, we cannot do that while this man swears to this charge against you." This was more than Dick hod expect ed, and his reserve broke down. But Captain, you must let me go why, this is my wedding night, and I must go." " That's a likely story," said Cltirke, with a sneer . " May I ask whom you are to marry," asked tho officer, looking rather incred ulous. It was awfully against Dick's ideas, but he had to say, " A daughter of Mr. Jonn Weldon." " Not Weldon of Weldon & Grey r" " Yes." " Oh, that's too much," cried the irre pressible Clarke ; " as if he would look at such a fellow as you." Dick's anger flamed out again, but he began to find there was no use in dis playing it, and addressed himself especi ally to the captain. To him he was very earnest, saying all he could to prove that his statements were true perhaps too he displayed some of the greenbacks that were nlentiful in his Durse be that as it may, he succeeded at last in per suading tlio officer to allow a messago to be dispatched to Mr. Weldou, and finally ono of tho policemen departed with a hastily scribbled note. By the timo ho reached Mr. Woldon's it was after 10 o'clock-; the uncomfortable guests there assembled had ..begun to think they had better go hottm, as there , would bo no wedding that night, and the clergyman, who had passed anything but'an agreeable evening, hud gone to Mrs. Weldon to mako his adieu, when thero was a ring at tho bell, followed by a rush to seo who it might be. AVhen the door was opened and a po liceman stalked into the hall, the excite ment was intense Mr. Weldon hurried forward to meet him. Tho man touched his hat. Aro you Mr. John Weldon r" "Yes." " A prisoner down at our station sent you this note." Mr. Weldon opened the missive eager ly ; peopli? crowded round to learn its contents. " I am in the Twenty-sovcnth-st. Sta tion-house, charged with theft; come and get mo out. Kichard stroxo. A shout of laughter followed this an nouncement, tho people were so amused, they thought it such a good joke. 1 ho relief after the long suspense was so great that peal after peal of merri ment rang out, the jolly sounds echoing even to Edith's room, tho girls jumped out to hear the news, and quickly brought her back the tidings that Dick wus safe, though in such a funny scrape. I ho policeman meantimo looked at the smilins throng and then at Mr. Weldon. " So what he said was true, and he wns going to marry your daughter ':" " les, certainly. " We would not believe him, he look ed Buch a shabby chap ; however, the boss said as it was so near, I mighbeome and see." Moro laughter followed this, and in a few momonts Mr. Weldon and Charlie Strong were on their way, with tho po liceman, to Dick's relief. There is not much to add ; when they reached the station, a few words from Mr. Weldon convinced the police cap tain that thero must havo boon somo mistake, and Mr. Strong was released. Clarke still remained at the place, and was furious at tho result ; when going out, Dick s'dd to him " Now, Mr. Clarke, I hope you are convinced that I did not steal the watch ?" To this ho replied very angrily : " You did too, for I saw you ; and I say it's a monstrous injustice to let you off just becauso you aro going to marry a rich man s danghter. There was no uso arguing with such a person ; and as Dick once more drew on the objectionable overcoat, Charlie Strong could not help saying, " Ah Dick, it was all becauso you would wear a shabby coat, and would not have a car riage. You will do better next time." hen they reached the houso there was a groat crowding about the brido grooiu, and much merriment and con gratulations. Edith came to meet him, her paleness succeeded by blushes, and tho ceremony proceeded nt once. Knocked About In the World. It is a good thing for a young man to be " knocked about in the world," though his softdiearted parents may not think so. All youths, or, if not all, cer tainly nineteen-twentieths of tho sum total, enter life with a surplusage of self-conceit. If, in measuring them selves with wiser und older men than they are, they discover that it is unwar ranted, and get rid of it gracefully, of their own accord, well and good ; if not, it is desirable, lor their own sakes, that it bo knocked out of them. A boy who is sent to a largo school soon finds his level. His will may have been paramount at Home ; but school boys are democratic in their ideas, and, if itrrogunt, aro sure to be thrashed into a recognition of the golden rule. The world is a great public school, and it soon teaches a new pupil his proper place. If he has the attributes that bo long to a leader, ho will be installed in tho position of a leader ; if not, whatever his own opinion of his abilities may bo, he will be compelled to fall in with the rank and file. If not destined to great ness, tho next best thing to which he can aspire is respectability ; but no man can either bo truly great or respectable who is vain, pompous, and overbearing. By tho time tho novice has found his legitimate social position, bo the samo high or low, the probability is that the disagreeable traits of his character will be softened down or worn away. Most likely the process of abrasion will be rough, perhaps very rough; but when it is all over, and he begins to see him self as others seo him, and not reflected in the mirror of self-conceit, he will be th inkful that he has run the gauntlet. and arrived, though by a rough road, at seli-knowledge. Lpon the whole. whatever loving mothers may think to the contrary, it is a good thing for youths to be knocked about in the world it makes men of them. Keep the Heart Alive. A thoughtful observer gives these lines to the public : " The longer I live, the more expedient I find it to endeavor more and more to extend my sympathies and affections. The natural tendency of advancing years is to narrow and con tract these feelings. I do not mean that I wish to form a new friendship very day, to increase my circle ot intimates these are very different affairs. But I find that it conduces to my mental health and happiness to find out all I can which is amiable and lovable in those I come in contact with, and to make the most of it. It may fall very Ehort of what I was once wont to dream of; it may not supply the placo of what 1 nave known, felt and tasted, but it is better than nothing. It seems to keep the feelings and affections in exercise, it keeps the heart alive in its humanity, and, till we shall be" all spiritual, this is alike our duty and our interest. More American women are now tray, elling in Europe thanWn. ' Tho Coming Comet. :1 " " Biela's comet, which was discovered in 1820, is the one about which so much apprehension is felt as to a threatened danger of contact with the earth in August noxt. But there are certain things so improbable that they may safely bo classed among the impossibles, an t among them is the result predicted ; for, taking the facts connected with the differeut appearances of this body as premises for calculation,' it is shown that tho distance between the comet and the earth at the time their orbits impinge is one hundred and ten millions of miles. The comet of Biela is also so small that if it wore really to approach the earth the latter would have nothing to foar. Notwithstanding these proba bilities, and the continued statements of eminent scientific) men, the great mass of tho pooplo the world over seem to cling tenaciously to the idoa of collision and destruction, as if it were something really to bo desired. In Italy the idea has obtained so strong a hold, even among the intelligent classes that Pro fessor Donati, tho world-known astrono mer and scientist, has felt it incumbent upon him to give his views to the public in regard to the matter. This he has done in a paper just issued from tho Koyal Observatory ot J? lorence, in which ho ridicules the idea that a coinot will strike tho earth at eny time. IN o comet, large or small he declares, is visible at the present timo, though tho appearance of somo at an early date is not improbable. If so, he earnestly trusts they may be large, in order that investigations bs to their nature may be more easily made. The comet of Biela ho believes no longer exists. From tho lime ot its discovery in IN 20 until 18,2 it made its appearance regularly every six years and nine months, with the ex ception of 181)!), when it was so near the sun as to be obscured by its brilliancy. In 1840 it was again visible, and pre sented the singular appearanco of being double instead of single. In 18j2 the same peculiarity was noticeable, but in a moro marked degree. Since that year. though astronomers have watched eacer- ly for its advent, it has not bsen seen. Professor Donati believes, therefore, that it has consumed itself, or diffused its material through celestial space, por tions of which have probably reached the earth in tho form ot meteoric stones and fragments. The alarm occasioned by the appear anco or expected appearance has long existed, principally among tho most ignorant and superstitious. Tho first comets ot winch we have any definite accout aro tho twin comets, described in ancient history as contemporary with tho birth of Mithridates tho Great, King of Pontus. Those aro said to have re mained in sight for seventy-two consecu tive days, occupying a fourth part of tho heavens and rivalling tho bright ness of the sun. Tho next remarkable ono on record is the comet of 1.337, which created the most intense excite ment in England on account of its ap parent nearness to tho earth. Many people are reported to havo died from tngkt, and even the animals seem to have shared in the general terror. In lb. D equal alarm prevailed throughout Europe, caused by the sudden appear ance of one of these bodies, which re mained in Bight for nearly four months. More than a hundred years before, Tycho Braho had offered a rational ex planation of their appearanco and na ture ; but although this explanation answered well enough during the ab sence of any cause for alarm, no sooner did tho comet approach within sight of the earth, than the wildest apprehensions took possession of the people Churches were kept open continuously, business was neglected, and thousands believed the end of tho world to be approaching. In 1709 a most brilliant comet appeared, crossing tho earth's orbit at a distance of only two millions of miles away. One still more brilliant appeared in Septem ber, 1811, and again in 182U. Power of Kindness on Animal. Mrs. O. S. Johnson tells, in Oar Dumb Animal, the story of a horse whoso task it used to be to drag a meat cart, and which, because of viciousness, was final ly sold to his present owner, at a very low price. He would bite, toar, kick, run uway was. utterly uncontrollable. Soon after cbancriner masters, tho neo- ple, who had called tho purchase a fool- lsu one, wore surprised at tne dinerence in the horse's conduct. He would go fast or slow, as desired ; stop instantly at whoa ; follow his master's call, ana rub his head on his shoulder. What had made the change 'f Not force ; the poor horse had been beaten, kicked, and starved before ; and grown moro and more stubborn. No; but he was w oil fed, well watered ; not overdriven or overloaded; never whipped, kicked, or scolded. Kind words were given him, and now and then an apple or a lump of sugar. No gentler, safer, and more faithful horse went on the road. But, Indian fashion, he forgot neither benefit nor injury. Occasionally, when in har ness, he saw bis former master. Then, invariably, all the fire of his nature was aroused. His eye rolled, he champed his bit, and showed an intense desire to get hold of his former enemy. Only the voice and caressing hand of his kind owner could quiet nun. A New Invention'.- To wake wine from malt has often been a question among chemists and scientific brewers, and now the question has been answered oy the manutucture of " rod beer or malt wine, at a brewery in North Ger many. 'I be beer thus produced is de scribed as of a character something be tween Rhine wine and xfurgundy, with a port wine flavor, very lively and agree able ; and that when lookod at in a glass it behaves like cjod wino, clings to the inside of the glass, and there exhibits what the Germans call " church-win dows." This, howevor, Is an effect which crafty wino merchants know how to pro duce by the addition of a small quunt ity of glycerine to their liquor. The red beer, as may be supposed,, is made with' out hops, but so far as yet tried it keeps well in bottle. ; ' Tlio Albatross. - ' , This bird, which Is held in such su perstitious ' reveronoe by sailors, and which superstition is so daintily dished up by Coleridge in his " Ancient Mar iner, is an inhabitant principally of the Indian Ocean. When they are cap-, turedi and brought on board ships saiU ing in that latitude, their sleek, deli cate, and clean plumage is a subject of. much admiration; and the fiuo snow white dowu which remains after the re moval of the outer feathers is in requi- ' sition by ladies for muffs, tippets, etc. The spread from tip to tip of the wings of the albatross is something enormous. .The average is from eight to fourteen feet; while it is reported that speci mens have been captured, the extondod wings of which measured twenty feet across. When seizing an object floating on tho water, the albatross will grad ually descend, with expanded or up raised wings, or sometimes alight and float like a duck on the water while de vouring his food. Then, elevating itself, it skims tho surfuce of tho ocean with expanded wings, giving frequent im pulses since tho great length of its wings prevents its rising with facility from a level surface as it runs along for some distanco, until it again soars in mid-air, and recommences its erratic flight. Tho great difficulty of these birds in conimencing their fiisrht is to elevate themselves frnm the water. To effect this object they spread their long pinions to the utmost, giving them re peated impulses bs they run along the surface of the water. Having by their exertions raised themselves above the wave, they ascend and descend, and cleave tho atmosphere in various direc tions, without any apparent muscular exertion. Tho explanation of this facil ity ot flight in the albatross is curious. The whole sui face of tho body in this, as well as most it not all tho oceanic tribo, is covered by a number of air-cells. capable of a voluntary inflation or dim inution by means ot a beautiful muscu lar apparatus. By this power the birds can raiso or depress themselves at will, and the tail and great length of the wing enable them to steer in any di rection. Indeed, without some provis ion of this kind to enable them to save muscular exertion, it would be impossi ble for these birds to undergo such long flights without repose as they have been known to do ; for the muscles apper taining to tho organs of flight aro evi dently inadequate in power to the long distances they have been known to fly, and the immense length of time they re main on tho wing with scarcely a mo ment's cessation. Forty Years in Prison A Singular Character. Tho Edinburgh Scuttiman says: There died on Wednesday afternoon, in tho Edinburgh Koyal Infirmary, the well known Edinburgh character Aloxander Merrilees, better known by the sobri quet of " Sally Kelly." Of the eighty- two years ot his life, this singular per son spent moro than forty years in pris on, and for tho paBt half century has been considered a pest by the police au thorities, having been convicted at the Police Court ubout 3ii0 times. Upward of sixty years ago he came to Edinburgh from his nutivo town, Musselburgh, and commenced a career of dissipation, which continued until ho entered the infirmary about a ween ago. lie never learned any trade, but occasionally did odd jobs for any one who would employ hi in. He used to sing in High street, Canongate, and other frequented thoroughfares, to groups ot people, who gave him coppers to encourage tho flow of his jokes. It was from one of his favorite songs that he acquired tho sobriquet by which he wus generally known. hen not m prison he spent his merits in the muster room at the Police Office : and when for misconduct ho was eject ed, as was oiten the case, he would ad journ to one of tho cellars of the build ing. One ot the last offences he com mitted wns that of stealing some tools belonging to a workman who had boen making some repairs in a police cell. Sally knew the history ot all the gov ernors ot tho laii lor tho past halt-cen tury, and was thoroughly acquainted with every part ot both old and new prison. V hen seut to the 1'oorhouse or House M ltetugo ho woul d not remain, us he used to say the treatment he re ceived in prison was far superior. Nervous Complaints, Physicians tell us tliut nervous com plaints have never been more frequent than they aro in this city at the present time.- Men are suffering from nervous exhaustion, women from hysterics and extremo depression ot spirits. I he causo is not difficult to bo ascertained. Dur ing tho cold, dry weather of February and March the atmosphere was sur charged with electricity to an unusual and remarkable degree. Tho human system was thus stimulated to an un usual extent, and the warm, damp days of April, in which thi atmosphere was almost devoid of electricity, following immediately after the dry and cold days of the preceding two months, produced a feeling of nervous exhaustion such as the hard drinker feels when he breaks his evil habit for a few days. This ex planation, which is that given by one of the leading physicians of the country, is certainly founded on fact, and seems extremely probable. J'initt. LiviNa Without Food. The Snrine- field Republican states that Kate Dono van, whose singulur abstinence has been before noted still lives, and retains her plumpness of appearance, although, if reports be true, l,t manths has passed since she has retained anything in her stomach long enough to receive from it any nourishment whatever. Six weeks ago. the city physician gave her a tea spoonful ot beef tea, and for the fifteen minutes before it was thrown up, her sufferings were fearful. Since then nd similar attempt has been made to force nourishment upon her, and she has taken during thou six weeks only small Quantity of water, Fact s and1 Mtflirts:01- 'ii :. a. ti aO If speech is silver, and silence gold, how much is a dumb man worth P Thn citizens of Knitln .Croek. Mich.. have rewarded Miss Emma Pearl of that city with a fine gold watch: toi biking care of a smallpox afflicted family The Milwaukee Senl'mel says a street beggar of that city, bribed '.to show up his day's earnings, counted out -f 20 47, and did not consider it a good day at A lady in Lewistoh, Maine, 'rejoice in the ownership of hair measuring for-- , . ty-nine inches in length, the same not . an artificial product, but a gift of Ktfi'ci:tB ture. i j . - ; j !i i ; miixxn') Miss Laura Harris, one of our Ameri- 7 can prima-donnas, is, at present, singing " Lisbon, and will, it is said, soon marry a Portuguese nobleman and leave r the stage. . ; . a .. In San Francisco a few days ago, a3 Hd littlo girl eat an orange which she had br, picked up in the street, and died in gony a short time otter, ihe evidence at the inquest showed that the fruit Was c wm mpregnuted with strychnine. ' .,-,3 ;ru!t In Tazewell Caunty, 111., a young wo- , man n timed Abbie Oilman was ' taken ' ill with smallpox, and immediately-"1 1)1 abandoned by her friends. - -She-was left in a room by herself, and died 89v.j'. oral hours before it was known. There would urmear to be room in St. John, N. B., for some of the clorks with .,:- whom Boston, New iork, and other r.i cities aro over-crowded.' A dry-goods, . firm in that city who advertised for a clerk the other day, received only one"''' application, and thot from one nnao- ., quamtod with the business. rr . .' ; r v There is a deed on record in the town r of Scitico, Ct., bearing date of 1820, con- ': -' veying from certain parties to thd' Bo; j : ciety of Shnking Quakers," a gin dis-. tillery " for the express use and purpose" f of support of tho Gospel and the relief of the poor, the widow and fatherless cjT this world, ns the Gospel may require.', A gentleman, with his ivife and . daughter, arrived at Omaha ahe other day by rail. On the same titain was n ? -young man who had made the 'fvequaint anco of the daughter but a (short time , before reaching the city, and I who put up at the samo hotel. It wasa case ot" love at first sight. The samo? evening the couplo eloped and wero "married, much to chagrin of the parents ' The Gloucester mackerel fleet this . i season will carry more than two hun- . , dred seines, worth, with tho seino-boats to carry tkom, near if 250,000. These' nets, if ylacod n a continuous me would stretch from Cape Cod to Cape Ann, with a depth ot twenty-hve fathoms ; and if spread out they would covpr a farm of eight hundred acres. A first-class mackerel seine one thousand meshes deep and equal to two thousand cords, will pass through a ring one and a quarter inches in diameter. Among the titles of the colored socie ties which celebrated "Anniversary Day" in Richmond, Va., a week or two since, were the united Bons ot i-iove, the Sons of Elijah, tho lirst National Phenix, tho Rising Sons of tho Yine yard, the Following Sons of Abraham, the Laborers of the Yiueyurd, the Young Sons of Messiah, the Rising Sons of Zion, the Laving Sons of Galileo, the Supports ot the Vineyard, the Young Rising Sons of Ham, the Infant Sons of Love, tho Sons of Enoch, tho Young Sons of the J. Harp, the Shining Na tional Association of Bethlehem, &.C. It is rather hard ou a poor fellow to be forced to pay a large bill for having . his life saved, when he preferred to have it lost, and did his best to get rid of it. A rashly importunate individual in Iowa City, who was weary of breath, attempt ed lately to put a stop to it by cutting his throat and opening the arteries of his wrists. Two or three doctors got hold of him, howevor, stitched him up, and forced him to live, and then added insult to injury, by presenting a heavy bill. Tho courts have forced him to pay it too, with costs, about three hundred dollars in all, which is more than his funeral would have cost. . Mr. Wildman Whitehouse has invent ed what ho calls a differential micro- barograph, which indicates changes in the pressure ot the atmosphere even it not more than a thousandth of an inch. It registers those changes by a very situ- ' pie process, and in a form which can be ' kept for permanent reference. The in strument is not easy to describe without a diagram ; but it combines glass vessels partly filled with water, and connected by tubes, in which the requisite vacuum is produced, and is connected with an air-chamber of large capacity. It is so sensitive that evon the slamming of a ' ' ' door will produce a mark on the reg- " . i . a.. . i . i' 1 . 1 . . later, anu it recorus wiin greai uueiiiy e - all the atmospheric waves, large or small, -) i which pass ovor it. Another merit is that it gives very early indications of perturbations at a distanco, and thus may render important service in the hands ot competent meteorologists. Vhamiierm Journal. ' Gen. John B. Rose of Indiana, a vet eran of the late war with England, has ' had great difficulty in getting his pen- ' sion because when a soldier be was too full of fight. The General was a lieu-,. tenant at tho battle of Pittsburgh, and , his company, at the head of the regi- , l ment, moving in column, were to turn a ;' street corner and go under fire. ' His " captain hesitated, and Rose, with his -division of the company, moved around ' and took the lead. His superior after- - ward accused him of insubordinations - upon which he retorted with a charge of cowardice. A duel was the result in which both antagonists were wounded, and for fighting this duel the Secretary of War struck the names of "both'oflicers from the rolls. In his old age- Gen.1 R.ose came to poverty, and applied for a pension on account of his military ser vices. This could not be granted by the Pension Office on account of Lis dismis sal from the servioe; but the Committee on Pensions have reported a bill for his relief, through which the old gentleman will probably get his money after all, a .f. H