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HENRY A. PARSONS, Jr., Editor and Publisher.
NIL DESFERANDUM.
Two Dollars per Annum.
VOL. III.
KIDGAVAY, ELK COUNTY, PA., THURSDAY, JULY 31, 1873.
NO. 22.
Conductor Bradley.
Conductor Bradley falwavn mnv Ilia numA
Be said with reverence !) as the swift doom
camo.
1 Bmittcu to death, a crushed and mangled
framo,
Bank, with the brake he grasped juBt whore he
stoou
To do the utmost that a brave man could,
And die. if needful, as a tme man l.nnl,l
Mcu stooped above him j women dropped their
tears
On that poor wreck beyond all hoi es or fears,
Lost in the strencth and irlotv of bis renin
What heard they ? Lo ! the ghastly lips of
pain,
Dead to all thought Favo duty's, moved again :
" Put out the signals for the other train !"
No nobler utterance since the world began
From lips of saint or martyr ever ran,
Electric, through the sympathies of man.
Ah, me ! how poor and noteless seem to this
The sick-bed dramas of self-consciousnoss,
Our senBiial fears of pain and hopes of blisB !
Oh, grand, mprcme endeavor 1 Not in vain
That last brave act of failing tongue and brain !
Freighted with lifo, the downward rushing
- train,
Following the wrecked one, as wave follows
wave, .
Obeyed the warning which the dead lips gave,
Others he saved, himself ho could not save.
Nay, the lost life vat saved. He is not dead
Who in his record still the earth shall tread
With God's clear aureole shining round his
head.
We bow ni in the dust, with all our pride
Of virtue dwarfed the noble deed beside.
God give us grace to live as Bradley died !
A LEFT-HANDED JOB.
"I never siwbutone literal gaucherie
in my life," said Frank Delnmere, as
we leaned over tha bulwarks find watched
the quaint old houses of Panama melt
ing into the receding background of
forest; "and this was how it happened.
On mv first visit to New Orleans, I fell
in with an Englishman by the name of
Moutfort. I hud got lost no very diffi
cult matter iu a town like that and was
asking my way of a niggro, who seemed
to know rather less about it than I did
myself, when, luckily for me, this fel
low Moutfort happened to pass by. The
moment he saw that I was at a loss, he
stepped forward, and very politely of
fered to pilot me ; which he did, going
consi crably out of his way to do it.
When we got to my hotel, of course 1
couldn't well do less than ask him in ;
we got talking, and his talk amused me
somehow, ro that, when he got up to go,
I begged him to look me up again when
he had nothing better to do. He did
so, and in a little while we became pret
ty intimate as intimate, ht least, as any
one could get to be with him. Not tha't
he was what you would call reserved ;
lie would talk freely enough about tht
tilings he had seen nnd done, and the
strange places he had visited, and tht
strange people he had met ; but when
you came to think it all over aftewards,
you would begin to notice that he had
not said 11 word about who he was, or
wheie he came from, or what he did ;
and although we were so constantly to
gether, I knew no more of him the last
day than on the first, except that we
were fellow-countrymen.
' Another of his queer ways was do
ing things that nobody else did, and not
things that everybody else did ; and
that, too, not at all like an affectation,
but as if it came quite natural to him.
He uied to walk the most uuheard-ol
distances in the heat of the day, when
all the rest of the town was having a
siesta ; and to go to bed early in the
evening, just when every one else wat
going out ; und then to get up early m
the morning, just when every one else
was going to bed. Then, on the other
hand, he neither smoked nor drank,
never played cards, and (which was even
more astonishing to the New Orleanser)
never made love ! At New Orleans, you
know, you make love to every woman
you meet, as a matter of course ; but
this fellow (though, t- do him justice,
he was always perfectly polite to them)
seemed hardly to know whether they
were women or men !
" You musu't suppose from all this,
though, that he was unpopular. Let a
fellow qnce get a character for that sort
of thing, and it's ten to one the women
like him all the bettor for it. Then, too,
his feats in theathletio line, and the re
ports that were afloat of his won
derful adventures, and above all,
the kind of mystery that enveloped him,
were points iu his favor. He wasn't or
namental, certainly a square, heavy
built fellow, with a biglumpy forehead,
and a long, hooked nose, and a hard
mouth half-covered with a thick mous
tache and beard ; but he had a strange
ont-of-the way, picturesque style ol
talking that was rather attractive ; and
with all he had seen, and all he had
read, he was worth listening to. But
it will save you a great infliction, if, in
stead of describing him any further, 1
just quote you part of a conversation
we had one day.
'"I suppose you'll be here some time
yetrs.il I.
"Not likely,' he answered; 'I've
been here six weeks already, and that's
too long for any man to stay in one
place, without special object. New
scenery renews individuals, just as new
blood renews races ; and besides, I've
been far too comfortable here as it is.'
" ' What the deuce do you mean ?'
asked I, fairly puzzled.
" I - mean',' said he, 'that too much
ease relaxes the muscles of the mind as
well as those of the body ; you need
hard work, and danger, and adversity,
to come nnd fling cold water on you,
nnd rub you down with rough towels,
and stir your blood into action once
more. When anything goes wrong
with me, it's just like a shower bath ;
and after the fire t shock, I feel ten times
fresher and stronger than ever ; but
prolonged enjoyment, with nothing to
ruffle it, is not good for any one. Just
think- what a burden life would be, if
there were nothing to fight against!'
" Well,' said I, (I really conldn't
help it) 'there's no fear but you'll have
enough to tight against, if you always
go slap in the teeth of established
us agon as you've done here!'
" Very true,' he answered, as coolly
as if I had paid him a compliment ' 1
can't expect everv one to think as I do.
and very likely it would be a bad thing
if they did. But when a thing has got
to be done, done it must bel'
" I can't give you an idea of the way
he brought out that Inst sentence ;
every word sounded like a niil driven
into a wall. I didn't say any more to
him that time.
" Now I must tell yon, that at this
time the belle of New Orlpans was a
certain Miss Georgiana De Conrcy, the
handsomest girl, and the greatest heir
ess in Louisiana, and what counts a
good deal in the Southern States of
one of the oldest families in the South.
She was certainly a splendid woman
without an atom of heart or conscience,
beautiful as a leopard, vain as a pea
cook, and greedy of admiration ns a
well as a woman ; one of the finest crea
tures Altogether that I ever saw in my
life! Well, as you may imagine, before
she had been in town a month, all the
young swells of the place were at her
feet ; nnd the most ardent of all was a
yrmg Frenchman, Henri Le Vaillant by
name, a man of good family, and origi
nally of good fortune; but'he had con
trived to run through such a lot of it
before lie came of age, that as Paddy
says in the song
' When ho came to man's estate,
It was all the estate he had.'
This being the cue, it was only natural
that he should think it a good idea to
recoup himself by winning the favor
(and fortune) of Miss De Conrcy ; nnd,
to give the devil his due, he was just
the man to make any girl like him if he
had n mind that way. To begin with:
he was a very handsome fellow slim
and graceful as any statue in Romp,
and with that beanie du diablc which
von see so often among high-caste
Frenchmen ; then he could sing first
rate soups, and dance like any Taglioni ;
and, to crown all, he was the best rider,
and, what was more to the purpose, the
best fencer in the town. Indeed, he
had pinked so many men in various
quarrels, that his chums, in a kind of
ehnff upon his double capacity of lady
killer and duellist, nick-named him
" Peree-ccenr." Se, when it was known
that the " Pierce-henrt " had got his
eye upon Miss De Courey, you may
think that her other worshipers began
to feel rather put about.
"Now it so happened that I had
brought an introduction to the girl's
father, Colonel De Conrcy, whom she
ruled as completely ns she ruled every
one else, and he find invited me to a
grand ball thnt they gave a little after
my arrival. It was at this ball that I
sot my first sight of Le Vaillant a
slight, delicate-featured man, with a
little black moustache,- but supple as a
grey-hound and active as a tiger. Of
course, he was horribly conceited, as
these fellows always nre : but barring
that, he struck me as rather pleasant
company, and I couldn't help thinking
that if 'ho really meant business as le
garded the De Courcy, he stood well to
make his game.
" Well, the ball was like every other
ball plenty of heat, and crush, and
chatter ; lots of dancing ana flirting,
and ices nnd champagne ; n few people
worth talking to, and a great many bet
ter worth leaving alone. About two in
the morning (having just made my es
cape from a dreadful woman who had
never been to Pans, and would insist
upon knowing all about it,) I went out
upon the veranda to recover myself,
and came bump against another man
who was just coming iu. I turued
round to apologize, and saw Mout
fort !
" I don't think I was ever more taken
aback in all my life. Here was a fellow
who neitherdanceu, drank, nor ilirted
who always went to bed at ten, and
didn't know a woman from a milestone
cropping up all at once in the middle
of a ball ! It was Saul among the pro
phets with a vengeance !
"Hollo, Montfort!' said I, 'isn't
this rather a violation of your prin-
iples ?' -:
"'What would you have ? One
must do in Roma as the Romans do.
Here it's the fashion to go Jo balls, and
go to them. In the Andes, where I'm
"oing presently, it's the fashion to elinib
peaks, nnd scramble along; rock-ledges,
and I shall climb and scramble with the
rest. Good-night I must be going.'
" This (as poor Dickens says some
where) was 'pilin it up rayther too
monntaynious. The idea of Montfort,
i all men on earth, doing a thing be
cause other people did it, was a little
too good ; I d as soon have believed in
lorn Sayers joining the IVace Society.
And my doubts were not dispelled by a
fragment of conversation which I over
heard just then from two men who were
standing on the veranda a little way
off.
" ' Who was that fellow who was out
here just now with Miss De Courey ?'
" Don t know ; but 1 fancy it s the
same man who takes those wondertul
walks Moffat, or Montfort, or some
such name.'
" ' Well, he seemed to be making the
most of Lis time anyhow.' And the two
passed on.
As for me, Iwent home very much out
of temper with myself. I had been wont
to brag that nobody could throw dust in
my eyes; and yet this fellow Montfort
had done it as thoroughly as one man
ever did to another. To judge by pres
ent appearances, his former show of as
ceticism must have been all humbug ;
and upon my word, I was rather sorry
for it. To me this man was a kind of
rare specimen a Codex Sinaiticus,
a new hieroglyphic ; and I valued him
as Professor 'Tischendorf might value
the one, or Sir Henry Rawlinson the
other. In this easy-going age, bristling
with every conceivable invention for
making man indolent and luxurious, it
was something to find even one living
creature who seemed to defy, without an
effort, every determination that can as
sail humanity ; and now it appeared all
at once that he wasn't the man I took
him for. The only thing to be done
was to find out at once how the case
really stood ; so, direotly after break
fast, I posted off to Montfort's quarters,
and found him near the window (as
fresh as,if he had been in bed all night)
writing a letter with his left hand.
"Hollo ! " said I, " is your right arm
paralyzed with handling lemonade ? "
"No; but it's as well to keep in prac
tice, in case I should hurt the other
hand. That's one thing my travels have
taught me to be as handy with my left
as with my right.'
" 'Why, do you mean to say that you
can carve, and write, nnd handle a cue
or a single-stiek, ns well with one hand
as with the other ' ? "
" 'Pretty nearly, so far nslhave tried
yet ; one of these days I'll give you a
specimen.' "
(So he did in a way that I little
dreamed of.)
" 'Well, look here,' snid I, coming to
the point, 'aren't you a pretty fellow to
be by way never making love, and all
that sort of thing nnd then to go
walking on a veranda- at two in the
morning with the prettiest girl in the
town?'
"A,s I spoke, I looked keenly in his
face for some sign of confusion. I
might as well have looked at the Great
Sphinx.
"'Ah! you think I'm in love with
Miss De Courey? ' snid he, with a quiet
laugh. ' Well, you're not the only one
who does me the honor to hold that
opinion ; but yon rate my good taste too
high. The young lady is an extremely
interesting study ; but as for my admir
ing her, happily, even public opinion
cannot turn that fiction into a fact ! '
"'D j you mem to tell me, then,'
cried I, 'that you can't fall in love,
even if you tried ? '
" 'I mean to tell yon,' he answered,
drawing himself up, and looking really
grand for the moment, ' that I should
not count life worth having, if I were
overcome, even for one moment, by nny
influence that Icould not shake off, which
is what understand by love. The great
est pleasure of life, take my word for
it, is the free use of one's own will.'
"'I suppose, then,' said I, ' that if
you did fall in love, and she played fast
and loose with you, you'd kill yourself? '
" 1 Not nitse,' he answered very
quietly ; anil then he put away his wait
ing, and asked me to come out for n
stroll. And so the subject dropped.
But I now began to suspect (not for the
first time) that my friend Montfort
wasn't quite right in the head ; and
when you hear the rest of the story, I
think you'll agree with me.
" Well, for about a month after that
everything went on as usual. The sea
son was well iu by this time, nnd I had
my hands full balls, masquerades,
musical soirees, private theatricals, and
what not. Once oi twice I lighted upon
Montfort in the very thick of it ; but
for the most part he seemed rather to
fight shy of going about, in spite of his
theory about 'doing as the Romans did.'
However, he occupied a good deal of
my attention just then ; for, to tell the
truth, I was rather riled at the way he
had thrown dus in my eyes ; and i de
termined to find out, by hook or by
crook, whether he was really spoony on
the De Courcy or not. But I might as
well have saved myself the trouble, for,
look as sharp as I might, I was just as
wise at the end of the month as at the
beginning. One thing I found out,
though that Montfort and Le Vailhiut
liked each otherabout as well as a badger
and a terrier, and thaji tho least thing
would kindle a row between them. Le
Vaillant had managed, by dint of his
dueling renown, to exact a kind of def
erence from everybody heknew ; whereas
Moutfort made no more of him than it
he had been n crossing-weeper, and,
indeed, had rather shut him up once or
twice, when he began to brag a little too
extensively. Now, I needn't tell you
that yon may do anything to a French
man rather than make him look small
before a whole roomful of people, es
pecially when half of them are ladies.
Then, again, Le Vaillant's blustering
ways riled Montfort ; and so, bit by bit,
they came to hate each other like
poison.
'Now, I shouM te1.! you that while n1!
this was go'rg on, I had become rather
thick with Cilonel De Conrcy, Georgi
ana's father ; not that I had any idea of
her, but at that time I was rather mad
ou sportitig, and the old colonel seemed
to have hunted and shot every beast
that came out of the Ark. So, pretty
nearly every other day I used to stroil
up there, aud fiud the old boy sitting in
his garden over a weed and a mint-julep ;
and we would have along palaver about
the big game, and tho best spots for
finding them. Well, one nfternoon,
about five weeks after that ball I was
speaking 4f, I turned up in the colonel's
garden, but didn't find him in his usual
place ; and I was just thinking of going
up to the house to look for him, wheu,
all at once, just on the other side of the
high shrubbery behind which . I was
standing, I heard voices ; and Ihpy were
the voices of Miss De Courcy and
Moutfort !
" Of course, you'll say I was a con
founded snob for listening, and I don't
deny it; but, at the same time, I could
no mora help it than I could help
breathing. Through the leaves I could
see them standing in the sidewalk ; and
though they spoko low, I heard every
word.
" ' Mr. Montfort," says she, 'I have a
great favor to ask of you ; and although
fieople call you ungallant, I cannot be
ieve that you will be so unkind as to
refuse me. Will yoa do what I ask ?'
("Talk of witchcraft! you should
have heard her voice, and seen the look
she gave ! It was enough to drive a
man stark mad ; and I know it made me
tingle all over, as if I'd fallen into a bed
of nettles).
"I await your commands,' said
Montfort, as coolly as if he'd been read
ing Euclid. (I couldn't have done it in
his place, I know that !)
" Well,' says she, I find that Mr.
Le Vaillant that young Frenchman
whom you met here the other day has
been showing to all his friends a like
ness of myself, which I was foolish
enough to give him, and has the inso
lence to boast of it. as if as if I had
in short, as if more importance might
be attached to it than itreally deserves.'
(The way she did that little bit of bash
fulness would have made her fortune ou
the stage). ' You are the only man
whom I can trust to check his imperti
nence, for all the rest seem afraid 'of
him. May I count upon you to defend
my reputation ?'
" She took both his hands in hers, (I
suppose to add emphasis to her peti
tion,) and east her eyes on the ground.
It was well that she did : for there eame
over Montfort's face such a look of kill
ing contempt as made me fairly shake.
He drew himself up, as if he could have
trampled her under his feet ; and for
that moment he looked really splendid
just ns I had seen him look when I
chaffed him about being, in love with
her, the morning after the ball.
" ' I am at your service, says he,
bowing ; and with that away he went,
without another word. As for me, I
stood like a fool for good five minutes
before I could recollect myself, the
whole thing took me so aback. This
was worse than I had ever dreamed of.
All that I ever bargiiined for was n little
flare-up between Montfort and the
Frenchman, which would blow over and
leave all clear again ; but here was a fa
more serious business. Whether the
He Courcy had got tired of having Le
Vaillant always hanging after her, and
wanted to get rid of him, or whether it
was only her coufounded vanity that
was tickled at the idea of settiug men
Hhting about her, I can't tell; but I've
alwayB thought (though it seems a hor
rible thing to say of any woman) that
she was riled nt Montfort for not bowing
down to her ns every one else did, and
that she meant to punish him by get
ting him knocked on the head. Look
at it which way I would, it was a very
bad business. Apart from my liking
for Moutfort, I couldn't abide the
thought of nn Englishman being killed
by a Frenchman, and the whole town
crowing over it, as they'd be sure to
do. And yet how was I to stop it ? I
and tho other two meu were invited
that very day to dine with some Vir
ginian bigwig (Fortescue, I think his
name was,) and then to go to a ball that
Colonel De Oburcy was giving the same
evening; so that even if they missed
each other at one place, they were sure
to meet at the other. Altogether, it
really seemed ns if the powers for mis
chief had contrived it ; and I went home
feeling bad all over.
"Well, to Fortescue's I went, and
didn't manage to get near Montfort till
dinner was done ; but when we turned
out to have our smoke in the garden (a
famous big place, with a fountain in the
middle, and dark shrubberies all round
hung with colored lamps, just like a
scene in a theatre,) I got hold of him,
and drew him into conversation, mean
ing, nt least, to stick by him all the
evening, in caseof anything happenixg.
But just then, as ill-luck would have it,
who should come swaggering past but
that beast LeValliant, with his chorus
of worshiper about hira, and of course
he must bring out Miss De Courcy's
likeness, and begin bragging about it
before them nil.
" Thus it is that we Frenchmen win
the day,' said he iu his boastful way ;
'everything is possible to those who
dare. It is only those who hang back
that get nothing, like those English
cowards in the Crimea !"
"I jumped up like a shot at that, you
may be sure ; but Montfort was before
me. With one stride he was through
the circle, nnd confronted the French
man, looking him full in the eyes."
" Did I understand Monsieur to say,'
asked he, bowing, that the English are
cowards ?"
" I did,' answered the other, looking
up nt. him insolently.
" You lie, then !, says Montfort, and
gave hi ma slap in the face with his open
hand, that, echoed all over the garden
hike a pitt l-shot.
" Then there was a row, if you like.
Everybody ran foiward at once, shout
ing and screaming. Iu an instant the
two had their coats off, and were stand
ing face to face, each with a small
sword in his hand, on the bit of smooth
turf beside the fountain. It was evi
dent, as soon as they began, thut Le
Vaillant was the better swordsman of
the two; and iu a few minutes, (just su
had fenred,) Montfort got a thru-t
through the arm, below the elbow, that
made him drop his weapon. Of course
all Le Vaillant's chums shouted for joy;
but how they stared wliou M ut fort
coolly twisted his handkerchief round
his right arm, drew the kuot with his
teeth, tonk up the sword in his left
hand, and said, quietly 'En garde,
monsieur 1"
"It was then, for the first time, that
the Frenchman began to look disturbed;
and certainly there was something aw
ful in this dogged, bloodthirsty persis
tency, which no paiu or danger could
shake. Two or three of Le Vaillant's
party tried to protest, but the others
overruled them, and the fight began
gain. The two faces were a sight ; Le
Vaillant looked like a wolf in a trap
full of a kind of frightened fury ; Mont
fort's face was quiet, and cold as mar
ble, but with a look of grim sat Ufavt ion
ou it, as if he were sure of his man at
last. And so, indeed, he was. In those
days, the French schools didn't gener
ally teach their men how to meet a left
handed attack; nnd Le Vaillant, who
had never seen anything of the kind
before, was fairly puzz'ed. His breath
began to fail, his hand shook ; bh1 nt
last, as he overreached himself iu mak
ing a thrust, Montfort sprang in, and
went clean through him. from breast to
back. Then, picking up the miniature,
he flung his coat loose over his shoul
ders, and flew out of the garden like a
wild-cat. x loiiowea mm ' as hard as 1
could pelt, (you know I couldn't tell
what he might do in the mad fit that
seemed to be on him), and I tell you
that in all my life I never had such arun.
He never slackened pace once till he get
to Colonel De Courcy's, where the ball
was just at its height ; and there, he
bolted through the gate, burst into the
ball-room, right through the midst of
the dancers, aud rushing up to where
Aliss JJe uourcy was stuuding, flung the
miniature at her feet.
" Talk of theatres ! that scene beat
'em iUL Everybody seemed turued to
stone ; and several ladies fainted out
right, without any one minding them.
Aud well they might. Montfort was
white as a corpse, in spite of his hard
run ; his clothes were all splashed
with blood ; his right arm hung down
at his side ; and his face glared as if he
were mad.
" ' Are you satisfied ? ' he asked, in a
voice us ii buiiio uua were cuomng mm.
' You commanded, aud I have obeved
you. Take your likeness,' (he crushed
it under his heel as he spoke,) 'and so
perish every memorial of the woman
who dared to weigh her caprice against
the life of a brave man ! '
" He looked round upon the company
who were all standing like statues
as if he could strike them dead on the
spot, aud then vanished into the dark'
noss, like an evil epiiit.
"I never saw or heard of him after
that night; but he had his revenge, if
that did him nny good. The De Courcy
never got over the fright he gave her ;
she fell into adecline, aud died eighteen
months later; and Her father wasn't
long in following her. Now, then,
what do yon say to a hand at ecartef "
A Spanish Prison.
A correspondent writing fron, Madrid
gives a vivid description of the city
prison of the Spanish capital. He goes
on to say that, h ving traversed well
lighted passages, we stumbled down a
dark, break-neck and filthy staircase,
and making our way through groups of
ill-favored, ragged denizens of the
place, stop before an iron-bound door,
at which my conductors knocked loud
ly. It is opened. We enter another
passage nnd halt for a few seconds. A
man with forbidding countenance, him
self n prisoner, shouts loudly, an
nouncing the Governor's visit, and a
crowd of filthy, miserable objects in
human form hurry past. The Governor
beckons me to follow, nnd we find our
selves in a long, dismal, vaulted cham
ber. The offensive stench for nn
nstnnt makes me recoil with disgust.
Throughout the whole length of this
horrible abode is sloping wood-work,
similar to that iu guard-houses, which
serves for the prisoners' bedsteads.
Standing on these sleeping places, the
wretches, about ninety iu number, had
taken their position. No bidding of
any kind is provided for them, and un
less they have friends outside who char
itablv supply them with a mattress, the
scum of society crouch for the night on
the blackened, filthy boards, huddled
together like wild beasts in their lairs.
The authorities have not a sufficient
quantity of blankets to provide one for
each prisoner. And now, although the
weatlr was mud, within tins vaulted
ileu the pestilential ntmosphere was
damp and chill. The inmntes who hnd
blankets kept them tightly diawn
around their shoulders for warmth, and
for fear of their being stolen by their
associates. On the walls are long lines
of wooden pegs, to which are suspended
the extra rags ot the prisoners entitled
to consider the portion of the plank
beneath his sleeping place.
High on the wall, to tue lett Hand,
are a few small unglazed apertures with
iron grating, which dimly lightthe den,
and afford the only and far from suf
ficient means of ventilation. Toward
the centre of the wall is a recess, the
state of which is indescribable. And in
this den, unfit for wild beasts, human
flesh and blood must pine and rot until
tardy Spanish justice either releases
the wretched tenant, or sends him for
trial or to the Bugue, which is, by com
parison, Paradise. The brawls and
lights which sometimes occur are terri
ble. Imagination reiuses to picture to
itself the horrible and depraved scenes
enacted when the sun has set, and those
two poor little lanterns, swinging by
cords from the roof, shed their faint,
dickering light ou the man of human
wretchedness shut iu from the outer
world ! A sojourn iu the Saladero
would demoralize the strongest mind.
.Therein the innocent become criminal,
and depravity doubly deprived. The
abuse of power, the total disregnrd ol
humanity, nnd the disgraced adminis
tration of law, which my visit to this
hellish place has revealed, would also
justify the overthrow of the govern
ment that lias tolerated tnem.
A Sight of Terror on Lake Erie.
The details of the fortunate escape
from drowning of live men of Cleveland
who passed anight and a day adrift in a
boat on Lake Erie duriug a gale have
come to light with the return to Cleve
land of the party from Dullulo, whither
they were carried after having been res
cued. The men in a boat left together
for Rocky River on Sunday morninu
last. Crozid had chartered the boat,
in open yacht twenty feet long, and the
others went to sail her, or for their own
imusemeut. After Crozad had finished
his business, the party set out on their
return to Cleveland. The breeze fresh
ened, and the yacht was running along
very well, when an accident happened
to the rudder. Two hours time was
consumed ' in the effort to repair the
damage, und in the meantime the yacht
had dritted helplessly out to sea. one
wus now distant eight miles from shore,
and the wind was blowing away from
the land, while the gathering of thick,
black clouds betokened a coming storm.
In spite of all efforts the boat could not
be made to near the land, and at every
tack made she was further away. One
of the Benjamins took charge of the
helm, as be was the only man of the
party who knew aught of the manage
ment of a bout. The night came on,
aud the wind, now increased to a gale,
drove the yacht, drifting under bare
poles, the sails having been clewed
down, far out to sea. The sky was of
inky blackness ; the rain fell in tor
rents ; the waves rolled nround the
bout, threatening each moment to sub
merge her, und the scene was rendered
more fearful by the glare of the light
ning and the incessant crash of thun
der. For hours, with not a light to
guide them, and half expectant of
grave in the angry waters of the lake,
the crew of the yacht waited for the
break of day. They were exhausted,
as none of them had eaten anything
since breakiast the previous morning.
When daylight made things visible they
could see fifteen sail in the distance.
But none of these noticed their signals
of distress, and they continued to drift
until towards suudown. After nearly
thirty-six hours of fearful physical fa
tigue and mental torture, they wre res
cued by the schooner A. Bradley, bound
for Buffalo, and were carried to that
port. When picked up, only the jib
sail and a single oar remained to the
castaways. They were at the time forty
miles below Cleveland, and in sight of
the snore of (Janada.
The owner of a hotel in Skye has
brought an action for slander for &!H)
against a gentleman who made the
following entry in the visitors' book:
" I have been in many indeed in most
hotels in Scotland, but nowhere have
I encountered so much drinking,' or so
much, squalid untidiness and, dirt,
(Signed) Malcolm. MNieU."
The Boy Whose Mother Cuts Ills Hair.
You can always tell a boy whose
mother cuts his hair, says Danbnry.
Not becar.se the edges of it look as if it
had been chewed off by nn absent
minded horse, but yon tell it by the way
he stops on tke street and wriggles his
shoulders. When a fond mother has to
cut her boy's, hair, she is careful to
guard against any annoyance aud muss
by laying a sheet on the carpet. It has
never yet occurred to her to set him
over a bare floor nnd pnt the sheet
around his neck. Then she draws the
front hair over his eyes nnd leaves it
there while she cuts that which is nt the
back. The huir which lies over his eyes
appears to be surcharged with electric
needles, nnd that which is silently
dropping down under his shirt baud ap
pears to be on fire. She has uncon
sciously continued to pUBh his head
forward until his nose presses his
breast, and is too busily engaged to no
tice the snuffling sound that is becoming
alarmingly frequent. In the meantime
lie is seized - with an irresistible desire
to blow his nose, hut recollects that his
handkerchief is in tho other room.
Then a fly lights on his nose, nnd does
it so'unexpectedly thnt he involuntarily
dodges, nnd catches the points of the
shears in his left ear. At this he com
mences to cry and wish he was a man.
But his mother doesn't notice hi in. She
merely hits him on the other ear, to in
spire Viim with confidence, and goes on
with the work. When she is through,
she holds his jacket collar back from his
neck, nnd with her mouth blows the
short bits of hair from the top of his
head down his back. He calls her at
tention to this fact, but she looks for a
new place on his head and hits him
there, and asks him why he didn't use
his nndkerchief. Then he takes his
awfully disfigured head to the mirror
and looks nt it, and, young ns he is,
shudders as he thinks of what the boys
on the street will say.
Narrow Guagc.
Mr. Hall, of the Catskill Recorder,
writes to his paper from Colorado. He
says : " At Golden we were transferred
to a new narrow guage (3 feet) railroad,
the first of the kind I have seen. The
passenger coaches were neatly and com
fortably constructed, with double seats
on one side and siugle seats opposite
one-half the length of the car, and then
alternated, to preserve equilibrium.
But little motion, or jar, is observable,
and one rides ns comfortably as upon
the New York and Erie six-feet guage.
I'his road is a marvel of engineering
und enterprise, and ns great a curiosity
as can be found on the continent. Some
of its heaviest grades are 170 feet to the
mile, while the average is 14U leet. it
is completed only to Floyd's Hill, 18
miles from Golden, but will soou be ex
tended to Georgetown, about 21) miles
urtlier, with a branch (now in opera
tion) to Central City. The roadbed is
nearly all "made," of masonry, nnd is
a complete succession of short curves
almost the entire route. In fact, I do
not think there are, in the entire 18
niles, forty successive rods of straight
track. Our partv wisely gave the opeu
observation ear' tho preference.
A Private Still.
We heard a good story lately. A rev
enue olhcer was sent into ine mien
whisky distilling district in Kentucky.
He knew illicit distilling was going on,
but he could get no basis to work from.
Coming to an Irishman who was toler-
ibly drunk, the omcer tapped mm on
the shoulder, and said, " My man, do
ou want to make ten dollars t Is H
ten dollars? said Put, "sure aud 1
lo." " Th,Kn," said the officer, " show
ue a ' private still.' " " I'll do the same;
follow me, yer Honor."
The oiheer followed across lots nnd
ields to the camp of a company of sol-
liers that had been sent there to aid
the revenue officers. The soldiers were
ti hue dress parade. "Do you see
hat red-headed man ? aslied rut.
pointing to one of the soldiers. " Yes,"
replied the oflicer. " tie is, said rat,
' my brother, tie s been in tue service
welve years, tie u be a corporal niter
i while, but he is 'a private still.'"
' Ten dollars gone, and no illicit whisky
found, moralized the omcer as n
wended his way back to his hotel.
Madison Courier.
The Capture of Khiva.
Dispatches from Khiva give the fol
owing account of events subsequent to
the capture of the city ;
The Khan voluntarily entered tue
Russian camp and gave in his submis
sion, formally declaring lumsell a vassal
f Russia. Gen. Caufman then restored
him to the throne, and appointed
council of administration to assist him
n the government during the ooenpa.
Hon of the Khanate by the Russian
torces.
The Khan, in token of gratitude,
issued on the 2ith of June a decree
forever abolishing slavery within his
dominions.
Gen. Kaufman has sent dispatehes to
Teharan, notifying the Persian Govern
ment to make preparations lor tue re
ception of ten thousand natives ol
Persia released from slavery Dy the
Khan 8 decree.
An Indian Wedding.
Gov. Sockalexis, of the Penobscot
tribe of Indians, was married at Old
Town, near Bangor, Me., to Miss
Moddlin. who is a daughter of P
Sockalexis Glossian, and reported to be
'iu Iudian maiden of great beauty. The
Bangor Whig says that the interesting
ceremonies inoluded a revival ol tue
old Indian dance, the marvelous snake
dance, and the still more intricate Mio
mac, being skillfully executed by stal
wart mtn and maidens brown. J-iate
in the evening' the fashionable dances
of the white man were introduced, and
the younger members of the tribe took
part with much apparent satisfaction
The bride was attired in a brown and
white striped silk dress, heavily flounced
and long train ; black lace shawl ; flesh
colored kids ; white lace hat, trimmed
with white ribbon and pink flowers.
The Chignon is no longer Been at
fashionable watering places,
Items f Interest.
The recent forest fires in Michigan
destroyed about eight thousand aores
of wood 8.
A Maine farmer 1ms put nn on his
land a sign reading: " No Gun iN aloud
Hear."
Vermont is ft fortunate State. Its
ontst itidiug debt now amounts to only
$297,500.
A party of Englishmen have arrnnged
for the purchase of 20,000 acres of land
in Kansns.
The Fall River Co-operative Associa
tion has declared a quarterly dividend
of 12 per cent.
The Iowa State Fair will beheld nt
Cedar Rapids, from the 8th to the 12th
of September,
A little boy nt Mnysville wns with dif
ficulty saved from death from the bite
of a caterpillar ou his tongue.
Fifteen persons were bnclly in;'uved
by an nccideiit on the Nashville Di
vision of the St. Louis and Southern
Railway,
A rattlesnake bit a boy on the finger
lately nt Hamilton, Gu., and the boy's
mother chopped the finger off iu time to
save him.
The New Hampshire Agricultural
Fair will be held in Manchester, be
ginning September 30, and continuing
four days.
The keeper of a town farm iu
Peacharo, Vt., is accused of kicking a
little boy to death, aud has left for
parts unknown.
" What's the date of your bustle ?"
wns what nn noxious papa of Cobleskill
asked his well-dressed daughter, after
searching for the latest copy of his
paper.
The farmers of Tennessee will hold a
State convention in Nashville on the
15th of September, at the suggestion
of the farmers of East Tennessee, who
recently met in Kuoxville.
Gov. Carpenter, of Iowa, has decided
not to call the convention of Western
and Southern Governors, to consider
the transportation question, until the
ill.
A Boston jeweler has on exhibition
hat he claims to be the largest dia
mond in the United States. It weighs
thirty-two carats, and has a yellow
tinge.
A Connecticut farmer, who set out au
elaborate seure-crow in his strawberry
patch, was disgusted to find that a pair
of robins had built their nest, aud were
raising their young, under its hat.
Thev fouud the body of a boy in the
lake at Chicago, the other day, with a
pair of skates on his leet. it was
identified ns tho remains of a lad who
wnt through the ice, a tuihi from shore,
m New Year s clay.
His Holiness Tope Pius IX. will, it is
said, create the Most Rev. Archbishop
Manning of Westminster, England, nnd
two Americnn Archbishops Cardinals if
the Church, nnd forward to each of the
prelates a scarlet hat.
From returns lately published, we
learn that there are in India 313 differ
ent newspapers, of which G8 ure Eng
lish. 30 in the dialect wincu pusses as
English among the natives, and 211 are
u the native languages.
A Lancaster (Pa ) man had what he
htUL'ht to be a very painful bunion ;
but ou paring it he found the cause of
the irritation to be a long lmman hair,
which had by some means become im
bedded in the flesh of his foot.
The libel suit of Miss Linda Gilbert
gainst the Chicago Keening Post was
iven to the jury, with instructions to
bring in a sealed verdict, lhe jury
ame into court with a verdict tor the
plaintiff, assessing the damages at six
cents.
A western traveler suggests a new
keeping car regulation, which shall
prohibit porters from extracting a
pusseuger's well-polished boots from
under his pillow, aud charging twenty
dve cents for setting them on the floor
in front of his bunk.
The great log raft from Michigan has
irrived at Chicago. Not a single log
vas lost, no heavy weather having been
xperienced, save during the last lour
lours of the trip. It is estimated that
he profit over the old method ol trans
portation was ubout $1,500.
The will of a Kentuckian, which was
made before his marriage, and gave nil
tiis property to the lady who afterwards
became his wife, has been successfully
contested by his legal heir, it being held
that the marriage ucted as a revocation,
tnd that the widow is entitled to only
one-third.
A lady in Providence was accosted a
few evenings ago by a stranger, who
handed her a new purse, containing a
sum of money, which he hnd stolen
from her three years before. He simply
remarked in giving it back, " I took it.
I was in bad company, and was tempt
ed, but I never meant to keep it."
A professor of physiology, in explain
ing to a class of female students the
theory according to which the body is
renewed every seven years, said,
'Thus, Miss B., in seveu years, you
will, in reality, be no longer Miss B."
I really hope 1 shan t, demurely re
sponded the young lady, casting down
her eyes.
New Jersey, although the twentieth
State in population, is the sixth in the
value of its manuiacinres, wnicn are
steadily increasing. Newark is the
third city in the Union in the value of
its manufactured produots. The pot
teries of Trenton are more extensive
thun. any other in the country. The
glass manufactures are large, and more
than one-half of the zino products in
the Union are mined and made in New
Jersey.
It seems that every member of Con
gress elect who, holds the proper certi
fioate and whose seat is not contested,
now draws a salary monthly at the rate
of g052 per month. Thus, there having
been no March session, members may
draw $."),G25 before they take their seats
in December, which is $625 more than
the whole amount of the old salary, and
is to be paid before a day's service hn
been rendered, or before even the fo&
of membership has been complied ritb.

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