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wife 1 1 r - . 1 " 1 . i 1 ' " 1 ' HENRY A. PARSONS, Jr., Editor and Publisher. NIL DESPERANDUM, Two Dollars per Annum. vol. hi. 'ridgway, elk county, pa., ..Thursday, October 9, 1873. no. 32. The Kivor rath. No bird-sons floated down the hill J The tangled bonk below was si III ; No rustle from the birchen rtem No ripple from the water's hem : The dink of twll'itht round u grew, We ielt the falling' of the dew J For, from us, ei-c the day was douo, The wooded hills shut out the uu. But on the river's farther eido Wc saw the hill-tops glorified A tender glow, exceeding fair, A dream of day without its glare. Withm the damp, the chill, the gloom; With them the sunset's rosy bloom, While dark, through willowy vistas seen, The river rolled in shade between. Trom out the darkness where we tro'd Wc gazed uj-on those hills of Ood, Whoso light seemod not of moon or buu : Wc spake not, but our thought was one. We paused, as if from that bright shore Beckoned our dior ones gone before ; And stilled our beating hearts to hear The voices lost to mortal ear. Sudden our pathway turned from night ; The hills swung open to the light ; Through their preen gates the sunshine showed, A long, slant splendor downward flowed : Down glade and glen and bank it rolled ; It bridged the shaded stream with gold, And, borne on piers of mist, allied The shadowy with the Buulit side ! " So," prayed we, " when our feet draw near The rivr dark with mortal fear, " And the night cometh, chiU with dew O Father 1 let thy light break through ! " So let tho hills of doubt divide ; So bridge with faith the sunless tide ; " 80 let the eyes tlmt fail on earth; On thy eternal hills look forth, " And, lu thy beckoning angola, know The dear ouub whom we loved bolow !" TO LET. I should like to describe my hero as a young p. ml gallant cavalier of this nineteenth century, with the beauty of an Apollo and the wisdom of a sage, but truth compels me to acknowledge that Rupert Smithson, in spite of his fine Christian appellation, was neither one or the other. His nephew and namesake, who was called by the bosom of his family Rupert the Second, said that his Uncle Rupert was a crusty old bachelor, and I hammer lny brains in vain lor a more httinsr description. A crusty old bachelor he undoubtedly mis, more man mty years ot age, with grizzled hair, heavy gray beard, and a . luuBii iuii;u unit manner, it is very i .... 1. . 1 .... hub unit ue was always carelul to Keej: iiiu vriiBiitME sine 01 nature on tho snr lace, ana had been discovered in the act ot committing several deeds of charity and kindness, that belied utterly his habitual surly tone and abrupt manner. Twenty years before, when tho gray liair was nut-brown and clustered in rich curls over the broad white fore head, wheu the brown eye shown with the firo of ambition, the clear voice was true ami tender, Rupert Smithson had given his whole loyal heart to Katie Carrol, neighbor and friend, little sweet- nearc irom cluluuood. Urged by love as well as by ambition, lie had left his home, in a small Western town, ami gone to AewYork to win t name and fortune to lay at Katie's feet, .1110 fortune and fame as a successful merchant came to him, but when he re 'irned to Katie he found she had left jDer Home also, to become the wife of wealthy pork dealer in Cincinnati. Nobody told Rupert of treachery to iiib jjiuuy ivuue, 01 letters suppressed, of slanders circulated, and parental authority stretched to the utmost in favor of the wealthy suitor. He had no record of the slow despair that crept over the loving heart, when the plead ing letters were answered, of the dull apathy that yielded at last, and gave a way the hand of the young girl, when lcr heart seemed broken. All that the young, ardent lover knew was the one bitter fact that the girl he loved faithfully and fondly was false to her promise, the wife of another. He - spoke no word of bitterness, but re turned to the home ho hoped was his stepping-stone, and a life of loneli ness. Ten years later, when his sister, with her son and daughter, came to live in JNew lork for educational advanrnrroH Rupert the First was certainly what his Biiucy licpucw called luni, a crusty old oaciieior. let into that sore, disap j'ujuieu neari natie s desertion Had bo wounded, the bachelor uncle took with warm love and great indulgence his nephew and niece, bright, handsome children ot .ten and twelve, who, child like, imposed upon his good nature, rioted over his quiet, orderly house, his staid housekeeper declared they were worse than a pair of monkeys, caressed h'iin stormilyone moment, and pouted over some refusal for a monstrous indulgence the next, and treated him generally as bachelor uncles must ex pect to be treated by their sister's chil dren. " Rupert was so set in his fidgety old bachelor ways," she said, "that it would be positive cruelty to disturb him." Probably young Rupert -and Fannie , did not consider their blight young faces disturbers of their uncle's tran . quility, but it is quite certain that out 1 of school hours, No. 49, their uncle's house, saw them as frequently as No. . 43, where their mother resided. With the intuitive perception of chil dren they understood that the abrupt, often harsh voice, the surly words, and the demonstrative manner, covered a heart that woild have made any sacri ' flee for their sakes, that loved them with as true a love as their own dead father could have given them. As they outgrew childhood, evidences of affection eeased to take the form of dolls and drums, and cropped out in Christmas checks, in ball dresses and boquets, a saddle horse, and various other delightful shapes, till Rupert came of age, when he was taken from . college into his uncle's counting house and a closer intimacy than ever was cemented between the young life and the one treading the downward path to oia age. There had been a family gathering at Mrs. Kimberly's one eveninar in the month of March, and a conversation had arisen upon the traditional customs and tricks of the 1st of April. " Senseless, absurd tricks," Rupert atmthson had called them in his abrupt, rough way, fit only to amuse children or idiots. "O, pshaw, Uncle Rupert!" said Fannie, saucily, " you played April fool tricks too when you were young. ".Never I Jsever could see any wit or sense in them. Aud what's more, Miss Faunie, I was never once caught uy nny of the shallow deceits. " Never made an April fool?" " .Never, and never will be," was the reply. " There child, go play me that last nocturn you learned. It suits me. I hate sky-rocket music, but that is the dreamy, lazy air, and I like it." " The idea of your liking anything ureamy and lazy," said JUrs. itimberly. " I thought you were all energy and activity." "When I-work, I work," was the reply ; " but when I rest, I want rest." "Uncle Rupert, broke in Rupert, suddenly, " what will you bet I can't fool you next week?" " Rah 1 The idea of getting to my age to oe looiea Dy a ooy line you. " Theu you defy me ?" "Of course I do." " I'll do it." "Fore-warned is fore-nnned. But come, stop chatting, I want my music. Pretty, snuey, mirth-loving Fannie. with her dancing black eyes and bril liant smile, did not look like a very promising interpreter of dreamy, lazy music, out once ner nanus touched the keys of the grand pianoforte, the whole nature seemed to merge into the sounds sue created. Merry music made dan cing elves of her fingers as they flew over the notes ; dreamy musio drew a mask ot hushed beauty over her face. and her great black eyes would dilate aid seem to Bee far away beauties as the room filled with the sweet, low cadences She would look like an inspired Joan of Arc when grand chords rolled out under her hands in majestic measures, and sacred music transformed her beauty into something saintly. When once the rosewood case closed, Saint Cecilia became pretty, winsome Fannie Kimberly again. There were few influences that could soften the outer crust of manner in Ru pert Suiithson, but lie would hide his face away wheu Fannie played, ashamed of the tears that started, or smiles that hovered on his lips as the music pierced down into that warm, loving heart he had tried to conceal with cynical words and looks. So, when the first chords of the noc turn melted softly into silence, the old bachelor stole away and left the house, bidding no one farewell. They were accustomed to his singular ways, and no one followed him, but Mrs. Kimberly sighed as she said : "Rupert gets more odd and crusty every year." "But he is so good," Fannie said, leaving her piano stool with a twirl that kept it spiuning around giddily. " Why don't he get married ?" asked Rupert. " It is a downright shame to have that splendid house shut up year after year, excepting just the few rooms Uncle Rupert aud Mrs. Jones occupy." " I mean to ask him," said Fannie, impulsively. "No, no!" said Mrs. Kimberly, hasti ly, " never speak of that to your uncle, Fannie, Never !" " But why not ?" " I never told you before, but your uncle was engaged years ago, and there was some trouble. I never understood about it exactly, for I was married and left Wilton the same year that Rupert came to New York. But this I do know; the lady after waiting three or four years, married, and Rupert has never been the same man since. I am quite sure he was very much attached to her, and that you would wound him, Fannie, if yon jested about marriage." " But I don't mean to jest at all. I think he would be ever so much happier if he had some one to love, and some one to love him in return. It must be dreadfully lonesome in that large house with no companion but Mrs. Jones, who is 100 years old, I am certain. " He ought to marry her," said Ru pert, " she always calls him 'dearie.' " " Don't, children, jest about it any more, said their mother, " and be sure you never mention the subject to your uncie. The first of April was a clear, rather cold day, the air bright and snapping, and the sky all treacherous sm'les as became the coquettish month of sun shine and showers. Uncle Rupert, finishing his lonely breakfast, thought to himself : "1 must be ou the lookout to-day for Rupert's promised trick! He won't find it so easy as he imagines to fool his old uncle. Who's there ?" The lust two words in answer to a somewhat timid knock upon the door. J t was certainly not easy to astonish Rupert Smithson, but his eyes opened with an unmistakable expression of amazement as the door opened to admit a tall, slender figure in deep mourning, and a low, very sweet voice asked: "Is this the landlord? ' "The the what?" "I called about the house, sir." "What house? Take a seat" sud denly recalling his politeness. "Is not this No. 49 W place?" "Certainly it is." "I have been looking out for some time for a furnished house suitable for boarders, sir, and if I find this one suits me, and the rent is not too high " But interrupted the astonished bachelor. O. I hope it is not taken. The ad vertisement said to call between 8 and 9, and it struck 8 as I stood on the door step." "O, the advertisement. Oh. no. Mas ter Rupert. This is your doings, -is it? will you let me see the advertisement, madam?" "Yov have the paper in your hand, sir, she said, timidly. "1 did not cut it out." 'O. you saw it in the paper." and be turned to the ljst of bouses to let, Sure enough there it was. "lo let, furnished three story, brown-stone front, basement." and rath er a full description of the advantages of the premises, with the emphatic ad dition, "call only between 8 and 9 A. M." " So as to be sure I am at home, the rascal," said Rupert Smithson, laying aside the paper. " I am sorry, madam," ha said, " that you hare had the trouble oi calling upon a useless errand. " Then it is taken ?" said a very dis appointed voice, nnd the heavy crape veil was lifted to show a sweet, matronly face, framed in that most saddest of all badges, a widow s can. " Well, no," said the perplexed bach elor, " it is not exactly taken. " Perhaps you object to boarders ?" "You want to take boarders?" he answered, thinking Low ladylike and gentle she looked, and wondered if she had long been a widow. " Yes, sir; but I would be very care- tui about the reference. "Have you ever kept boarders be- tore i "No, sir. Since my husband died, six years ago ho failed in business. aud brought on a severe illness by men tal anxiety my daughter and myself have been sewing, but we have both been iu ill health all winter, and I want to try some way of getting a living that is less conhniug. i have kept house several years, but I havo no capital to furnish, so we want to secure a house furnished like this one, if possible." Quite unconscious of the reason, Ru pert Smithson was finding it verypleas ant to talk to this gentle little widow about her plans, and as she spoke, was wondering if it would not make nn agreeable variety in his lonely life to let her make her experiment of keeping a boarding house upon the premises Seeing his hesitatiou, she said, earn estly " I think you will be satisfied with my references, sir. I have lived in one house and have worked for one firm for six years, and if you require it, I can obtain letters from my husband's friends m Cincinnati. "Cincinnati?" " He was pretty well known there, Perhaps yoa have heard of him, John Murray, street i " John Murray !" Rupert Smithson looked searchinelv into the pale face that was so pleadingly raised to his gazo. Where was the rosy cheeks, the dancing eyes, the laughing lips that he pictured" as belonging to John Murray's wife? Knowing now the truth, he recognized the face before him, the youth all gone, and the ex pression sanctified by sorrow and long sunering. "You have children?" he said, after a long silence. " Only one living, a daughter, seven teen years old. I have buried all the others." " I will let you have the house on one condition," he said, his lip trembling a nine as lie spoke. he did not answer. In the softened eyes looking into her own, in the voice suddenly modulated to a tender sweet ness, some memory was awakened, and she only listened with bated breath and dilating eyes. "Uuouo condition, Katie, he said, that you come to it as my wife, and its mistress. I have waited for you over twenty years, ivatie. it was hard to believe, even then. though the little widow let him cares s her, and sobbed upon his breast. J.U1S. gray-naired, middle-aged man was so unlike the Rupert she had be. lieved false. Even after the whole past was discussed, and Rupert knew how he had been wronged, but not by Katie. it was hard to belUve there might be years of happiness still iu store for them. Rupert Smithson didn't put in an ap pearance at his counting house that day, aud Rupert the Second went home to his dinner in rather an uneasy state of mind regarding that April fool trick of his. " I must run over and see if I have offended beyond all hope of pardon," ho said, as he rose from the table. But a gruff voice behind him arrested his steps. oo, so; you nave advertised mv house to let," said his uncle, but spite of his efforts he failed to look very angry. " How many old mauls and widows applied for it ? " inquired the daring young scapegrace. " 1 don t know. After the hrst appli cation my housekeeper told the others the house was taken. " Taken ! " " Yes, I have let it upon a life lease. too." Here ho opened the door. " My wife I " Very shy, blushing and timid " mv wife " looked in her slate-colored dress and bonnet, as her three-hours' hus band led her in. After a moment's scrutiny Mrs. Kim berly cried : "It is Katie Carroll I" "Katie Smithson!" said the bride groom, with immense dignity, and my daughter, Wiunifred." There was a new sensation, as a pret ty blonde answered this call, but a warmer welcome was never given than was accorded to these by their new rel atives, and to this day Uncle Rupert will not acknowledge that he got the worst of the joke -when his nephew played him an April fool's trick by ad vertising his house to let. A Mocking Bird Risen front the Ashes. A mocking bird in its cage was saved from the ruins of the rear buildings of the Holliday Street Theatre, Baltimore, on Saturday last, by Mr. Thomas Mox ley. ne had left the bird in charge of Mrs. Linton, who so barely escaped with her children on the night of the fire. Attention was called to the bird by his tinging amidst the desolation of a half-consumed room in the second story of the building at the Fayette street entrance. Mr. Moxley was both surprised and delighted to find his bird alive, though terribly altered from Tuesday last, when he had been fed. No water or food was found in the cage, and the bird was nearly famished. A part of the cage was slightly soorched, and it seems wonderful . that the bird was not smothered to death, .- . . , How Counterfeiters Work. When the rebellion broke out, a noted counterfeiter, says a reporter for the U. S. Senate Secret Service Bureau, saw an -excellent chance to "make money," by imitating the postal and legal-tender notes which then appeared. Ho went into it on a wholesale scale, and his efforts at this time were im mensely profitable. He got out fair counterfeit plates of the Si's, the two's, the &10's, and the $20's, which all suc ceeded finely ; but his specially success ful effort was on imitation fifty-dollar legal-tender, which proved the most dangerous counterfeit, as well as the most accurate imitation, of all that ever were got out' of that denomina tion. After fully half a million dollars of this dangerous note had been put upon the market, Bill, the counterfeiter, was arrested on suspicion ; but, so well had he covered up his tracks, that nothing could be proved against him, and he was again released. His success with this operation led him to undertake a still greater venture ; and he deter mined to go to work and introduce a bogns one-hundred-dollar compound-interest-bearing note, which were then greatly in demand and for which he thought he would find a ready market. Bill, consequently, by a liberal outlay of money, induced an attache of the Treasury Department, through the agency of a handsome woman who figured somewhat prominently in the affair to break his trust, and take a wax impression of the back of the plate, from which the genuine note was being printed, from which an electrotype was subsequently procured. The young man who had been led into this crime died suddenly, a short time afterward, in Washington, before he had been sus pected of tho crime of which he had been guilty. Pity the Poor Printer. A writer in Our Monthly has evident ly been inside a composing room, if he has not " dug a living out of a case." Ho thus sums up tho result of his ex perience : " Working for forty editors and scores of authors, every one of whom is as sensitive as a sore thumb, aud as lively and interesting as a hornet, no wonder that printers die young, and only paehydermatous grizzly, mulish spe cimens get their share of life. " Happy infants, early blent ! Host iu peaceful slumber; rest ; Rescued from the thumps and jeers Which increase with growing years." "The writer wishes ha could offer himself as an awful example of the perils which erviron the man who meddles with cold type. A thorough ly trained printer s'houd have had a stepmother and then stepfather, and theu have been bound out to a tanner and then have married a scolding wife and lived in a smoTting house, and have had a family of babies who were afflicted with the colic. He should have added to all this discipline a thorough knowl edge of science, art, law, languages, theology, history and biography. If, in addition, he has a vicious-looking countenanco and an amiable disposition, he may stand some chance with those authors and editors ; but tho probabili ties are, after all, that they will worry him to death." How He Deat an Editor. An October mntrnzino rplntea flm fnl. lowing incident of Cagliostro, the noted swindler of his day. It says : Expelled from FrnnAP CnnM turned to London and Masonry. A newspaper quarrel, in mat nay of small things in Newspapers, made him tem porarily famous throughout England. One De Morandi, editor of the Cuurricr do VKuropz, accused him of being a rogue. This editor was happily witty over a statement of Cagliostro's that, in his princely travels in Arabia, he saw pigs fed and fattened on arsenic sprinkled food. When thoroughly saturated with the poison, nn tlmt. tboir sides stood out with fatness, the pigs were marcued into the woods to be de voured by lions, ti ETerS. lnnni-ila niifl other camiverouB animnls trhn ni died immediately after their poisonous repast, it is ratner a tough story, and De Morandi made great fun of it, offer ing to eat any amount of the pork. But the Count turned the tables on his editorial persecutor by offering to put up twenty-five thousand dollars that he would fatten a pig on nrsenic, and thai De Morandi and himself rIi hearty breakfast of it, tho survivor to have the fifty thousand dollars. The pork, he told Eugland, would kill De Morandi, but ho was immortal. The editor declined the test, not caring to risk hia life even in hopes of winning twenty-five thousand dollars. Improvements In Iron Production. A London inventor, named has devised a furnace which is claimed to resolve the three problems of the utili zation of coal dust, the perfect combus tion of fuel without chanical puddling, The furnace is now i. Anwni..n .. t- I. TIT 1 1 1 .ii u;ciuuuii mo y ooiwicu arsenal. It Consists of a cylinder rnvnlvi a horizontal axis, and divided into two chambers, unon four benvinrr wl.oola lot into a bed plate on the ground. Around the furnace at one end is a toothed wheel, which gears into a pinion con nection with a small it is said to revolve. There is a circu lar opening in the bridge or partition between the two chambers. Into one of the latter, the combustion rh comminuted coal dust mixed with air is blown, and there consumed. The inte rior is lined with fire-brick, to which the slasr from the iron melted in tb tnr. nace forms a protective covering, being equany uisiriuiueu over the surface as the cylinder revolves. At the end of the work i no- chamber is a fluo laJinnli the chimney, and which is arranged with a counterbalance weight, so that it can be removed when , the charge is to bo intrnrinnerl. or witlirl re,., A ,'n 1 --.wnu, AB IU the common reverberatory furnace, the products of combustion pass from the first into the second chamber, where the heat is applied for the purification ot the charge, . Tricks of a Smuggler. The especial attention of the Senret Service of the United States having been called to the fact that large amounts of valuable lacea and jewelry found their way into this country in some mysterious manner, without pay ing duty, during tho years 18CC and 1807, it was at last ascertained that these smuggled goods came through Boston. A "special" (Captain S ) was sent to the Custom House at that port to " work up " the case, and for several months this gentleman was on the qui vive watching tho European steamers carefully, but without avail. One fine morning, however, this officer, while on board of a steamer which had just come in from Havre, observed a large deal box, which was being trans ferred to the shore. His suspicions being aroused, he inquired what it con tained, and was answered that it was a corpse an American who had died abroad, and whose body was being sent homo for interment in his native soil, at the request of his mourning relatives. Not quite satisfied with this explana tion, the officer ordered the box to be opened. Inside was a handsome black walnut coffin. Still suspicious, he or dered the lid of tho casket to bo un screwed, and thora lay the dead man sure enough, the body slightly decom posed. The casket was quickly closed, and the box nailed up and taken away without further investigation. A short time subsequently a similar occurrence took place. Another steamer arrived from France with another corpse aboard, it was said, addressed to other waiting, mourning friends in America. Somewhat confounded at the apparent mortality going on among American citizens in France, Captain S or dered also this box to bo opened before leaving the ship. This was done, and there was another elegant casket with silver mountings, handles, etc. This unscrewed as before, and there lay the corpses the cold blue face and head and neck there could be no question about tho fact. The coffin lid, which opened a third of its length upon silver hinges, was just being thrown back to its place when the officer insisted, to the surprise of the sailors, that the entire lid of the casket should be removed. This was done at once, and, horrible to relate the fact, the trunk and bowels of the corpse were found to have been removed, and, in place of the contents for which intended, tho cavity in the casket, for two-thirds of its length, was tilled with shallow tin boxes, hermeti cally sealed, containing some eight thousand dollars' worth of choice Mechlin and other valuable laces I These, of course, were seized and con fiscated, while tho mutilated corpse went on its way, according to address. How Young Men Fall. " There is Alfred Sutton homo with his family to live on the old folks," said one neighbor to another. " It seems hard, after all his father has done to fit him for business, and the capital he invested to Btart him so fair ly. It is surprising he has turned out so poorly. He is a steady young man, no bad habits, as far as I know ; he has a good education, and was always con sidered smart ; but he doesu't succeed in anything. I am told he has tried a number of different kinds of business, and sunk money every time. What can be the trouble with Alfred ? I should like to know, for I don't want my boy to take his turn." " Alfred is smart enough," said the other, "and has education, enough, but he lacks the one clement of success. He never wants to give a dollar's worth of work for a dollar of money, and there is no other way for a young man to make his fortune, ne must dig if he would get gold. All the men that have succeeded, honestly or dishonest ly, in making money, have had to work for it, tho sharpers sometimes the hard est of all. Alfred wishes to get his train in motion, and let it take care of itself. No wonder it soon ran off the track, aud a smash-up was the result. Teach your boy, friend Archer, to work with a will when he does work. Give him play enough to make him healthy and happy, but let him learu that work is the businefM of life. Patient, self denying work is tho prico of success. Ease and indolence eat away not capital only, but worse still, all of man's nerve power. Present gratification tends to put off duty until to-morrow or next week. It is getting to bo a rare thing for the sons of rich men to die rich. Too often they squander in a half-score of years what their fathers were a life time in accumulating. I wish I could ring it in the ears of every aspiring young man that work, hard work, of head and hands, is the price of success." 'ot Remarkable. A Massachusetts farmer says; "My cattle will follow me until I leave the lot, and on their way up to the barn yard in the evening stop and call for a lock of hay." Smithson says there is nothing at all remarkable in that. He went into a barnyard in the country one day last week where he had not the slightest ac quaintance with the cattle, aud an old bull not only followed him till he left the lot, but took the gate off the hinges and raced with him up to the house in the most familiar maimer possible. Smithson says he has no doubt that the old fellow would have called for something if he had waited a little while, but he didn't want to keep the folks waiticg dinner, so he hung one tail of his coat and a piece of his pants on the bull's horns and went into the house. The Lookino Glass. To repair the silveiing on a mirror, the following method has been recommended by good authorities: Clean the bare portion on the glass by rubbing it gently with fine cotton, taking care to remove all dust and grease. With the point of a knife cut upon the bock of another glass a portion of the silvering of the required form, but a little larger. Place a drop of mercury upon it.. This spreads, and presently the piece of amalgam may be lifted up with the blade of a knife, and transferred to the place to be repaired. Press it with a piece of cotton wool. It hardens speedily, and the patch is as good as any other part of the mirror. A Singular Case. Senator Foote, of Mississippi, in his reminiscences of early times, tells a horrible story of a Governor of that State as follows: Alexander McNutt was a coarse", bru tal man, with a certain sort of ability and fluency in speech, calculated to en tertain the masses, but an arrant cow ard. He formed a valuable partnership with one Joel Cameron, a very success ful cotton planter at Natchez, and grew rapidly wealthy ; but suddenly tho peo- fdo of Mississippi were shocked by earning that Cameron had been mur dered, and that four of his own negroes had been arrested for the deed. These negroes were tried and ung, McNutt being particularly officious iu bringing them to justice. One of them, named Daniel, a very intelligent, though des perate man, began, before his execu tion, to throw out dark hints of McNutt being an accessory to the murder, and was only silenced by a threat that a dentist should be sent for and his teeth drawn a very strange proceeding, truly. Daniel remained silent after that until the day of his execution. The negro supposed ho would have the op portunity of saying a last word on the gallows, as is usual in such cases ; but anticiptting this, McNutt had arranged to defeat the intention, and when the negro began speaking the drums of the guard commenced to beat, drowning his voice, and in the midst of the tu mult he was swung off. Immediately thereafter McNutt secured the arrest of a free negro named Byrd, whom he charged with complicity in the crime. Byrd was familiar with the affairs of the purtners, and McNutt doubtless feared he would betray some secret. Byrd was tried twice, each time convicted, and each time the Supreme Court an nulled the sentence and sent the case back for rehearing. But McNutt pur sued him like a bloodhound. He waa tri3d a third time, and again convicted. He made a statement the day before his death, which he submitted to Governor Foote, who was his counsel, in which he charged the murder directly upon McNutt, and adduced facts strongly corroborative. He also gave a state ment made to him by the negro Daniel, above referred to, aud in support of the charge referred to the fact that within a few months after the death of Came ron, McNutt had married the latter's widow, aud had come into the whole of his property. This statement was suppressed at the request of Gov ernor Foote, und McNutt permitted to go unmolested. Byrd was hung, though there seemed to be, outside of the jury, who had doubtless been tampered with, a universal belief in his innocence. McNutt afterward became Governor of Mississippi, and was a prominent can didate for United States Senator, but was beaten by Mr. Foote. In the course of his recital the latter relates that McNutt and Cameron were guilty of the most horrible treatment of their negroes. They beat them in the most inhuman manner, and murdered them without fear or restraint. The case of one is related who was held upon burn ing coals until the fire consumed his vitals. The Dog and Prairie Wolf. The resemblauce between the dog and coyote, or prairie wolf, is the sub ject of an interesting paper by Dr. Elliot Coues iu a recent number of the American Naturalist. A table of measurements of the two species shows a very close argument between them, even though one of tho terms of com parison be so highly specialized a va riety of dog as the pointer. Crosses of the coyote and the dog are frequent, with the resulting mongrels fertile ; "and in every Indian commuuity on theplains," says Dr. Coues, "there are mongrel dogs shading into coyotes in every degree, all having the clear wolf strain, and some being scarcely dis tinguishable from a prairie wolf. The most striking difference between the coyote and the dog is their physiogno my." That of the coyote is character ized by Dr. Coues as being intermedi ate between tho wolf's and the fox's, but more "doggy" than either. Audu bon's figure of the coyote is said to be faithful enough, though the front view of the upper figure is too "foxy." The coyote face occurs in many cur-dogs, especially the slender-nosed kinds, but the true coyote lacks almost entirely the frontal prominence of tho latter animal, its face from occiput to mouth deviating but very little from a straight line. Its lips are thin and scant, com monly showing the teeth, and always parting when the animal is dead. The differences between the skull of the pointer and that of the coyote are trilling compared with tho discrepancies existing in different breeds of dogs. Fifty Miles iu Two Hours aud Five Minutes. Chan. Reticker, the celebrated rider, performed his extraordinary feat of riding fifty miles in two hours and a half, at the (Greenland Race Course. Louisville, Ky. At twenty-eight minutes past 3 the word was given, and off he started for his first mile. Each of the horses was brought out in turn as he arrived at the end of a mile, but, after the hrst ten miles had been accom plished, three of the horses were taken away, not being in good condition, leav ing only seven to run the remaining lorty miles. Total time of running, 1 hour, 52 minutes, and 311 seconds. Time lost in changing horses, 12 minutes and 4 seconds. Total time of race, including chang. ing, 2 hours, 5 minutes, and twenty seconds. Reticker thus accomplished the race 24 minutes and 40 seconds quicker than he proposed to do it. . Mr. Reticker states that the time ac complished is the fastest on record in the United States. This is greatly due to the horses, all of which are Kentucky morougnpreas. Mr. Reticker used the old fashioned California Spanish saddle iniiding, and also has a peculiar bridle, - The track was somewhat heavy and was very dusty, the dust flying into the rider's throat, compelling him to drink water at times to moisten his lips ; otherwise be was in good condition, and felt as well after the race was over as when it . ', Items of Interest. Carlist bonds are quoted in Frank- fort. Marine blue is one of the fashionable colors for the winter. England must import 12,000,000 quar ters of wheat this year. On a tombstone nt Stenday, Prussia, -is inscribed "she died of a ootset." There wasn't even one friend to fol low poor Beau Hickman at his last rest ing place. ' There are from eight hundred to nine hundred beer and whiskey saloons in Milwaukee. . Redingotes are as popular and fash ionable as ever, and will be worn throughout the winter. Two Texas eattlo men in Wichita recently played a game of marbles for one hundred steers a side. Fifteen persons have been killed in Ohio during the last year by weapons supposed to be unloaded. Chloroform will remove paint from a garment or elsewhere, when benzole or bisulphide of carbon fails. Gen. Sheridan presided at theseventh" annual reunion of the Army of the Cumberland, in Pittsburgh. A Vermont buzz saw jumped out of a saw mill and ran a straight half mile on the highway before stopping. "Terrible Outrage Au Orphan Boy Murders his Mother," is the heading of an item in a Kansas paper. Arvanitakt, the chief of the band which massacred the English travelers at Marathon, has been killed. They say the largest English settle ment made in this country is in Kansas. We thought it waa the Alabama. It is becoming quite a common cus tom to sell potatoes by the weight. The standard is sixty pounds to the bushel. The injurious effect of artificial light upon the eye is Baid to be due to the presence of an excessive number of non luminous heat-rays. Mrs. Fannie Oakes has sued a Georgia railroad for $20,000 damages for the killing of her' husband, who was an engineer on the road. The Warden of Sing Sing Prison says that during his service of 20 years, he has never known of the attempt of a " life prisoner " to escape. The Vizier who accompanied the Shah of Persia on hia recent visit to Europe has been sent to prison on the . return of the party to Teheran. The Chinese of Nava Creek (Cal.) dam up the shallow places, and when the tide has run out they find their fish by the basketful in the holes above. The London Times keeps a "libel suit lawyer," and he has carried the paper through thirteen suits without judgment being rendered against it. Wcolei.ii popowi urn mriviirinfjr tlin reasons why the uermans do not share in tho grange or farmers' move ment. No very plausible explanation is afforded. A strange and fatal disease, producing great consternation, is very prevalent at Ivelton, Oregon. Persons die m a lew hours after they are attacked. The disease resembles fever. Gath epitomizes Long Branc'i as "a stretch of frame houses on a green bluff, with good air, fair roads, a bud, duty and dangerous surf and great monot ony, relieved only by dissipation." They didn't invite Jim Cummings to a wedding ball iu Nebrasko, and Jim took position at a window and shot with his shot gun until ho had effectually marred the harmony of the evening. The bodies of four men and ono woman have been washed ashore at Big Bras D'Or, C. B., supposed from the wreck of the schooner Eureka, of New York, lost at that place during the great gale. Many hop-growers have been called upon to respond in various amounts for infringing on a patent for stringing hop vines, that of using short poles aud running strings between them for tho vines to cling to. A Maryland woman is shortly to bo tried under the old English law as a common scold. tier counsel is con fident of an acqnittul, however, as he can produce her husband to testify that she's a most uncommon Bcold. A call has been irsued for a National Convention of Colored Men, to meet in Washington, December 9, to impress upon Congress the necessity of passing a Civil Rights Bill. Each State and Territory is entitled to twenty delegates. Over the shop door of a pork butcher in a village in one of tho Eastern conn- ties of England, may be seen a sign board representing a man in a black coat brandishing a hatchet, with the inscription, "John Smith kills pigs like his father." In one of his letters to the London Times, Mr. Alfred Smee mentions the curious instances of a cat that would not drink the milk of cows fed on sew age grass, or that otherwise adulterated, while it lapped up eagerly a fresh can from the country. . Anew version of "Old Uncle Ned" has become - popular in the suburbs.' It runs somethingas follows: "Then pull up the wicket and the stake, and put by the mallet and ball ; for no more croquet'll be played this year, it's get ting too late iu tho fall." A novel cure for whooping-cough is reported in Collinsville, Conn. A little four-year-old boy -was severely attacked with the above complaint, when a little kitten was given him which he was very fond of holding most of the time. The . kitten Boon began to cough and whoop, with symptoms of being quite ill, The boy rapidly recovered, and be and the kitten are now both well. A little girl, probably six years of age, appeared at cne of the juvenile balls held recently at Long Branch, in an entire dress of lace of the most valu able description. It was made in the style of the day, and worn over pink silk. The lace being white in color the effect was beautiful. The dress was' valued at $900. 'The little child also wore diamond earrings, necklace, and rings. .Five years ago, says Grundy, the same child's father waB a barkeeper in California, " ' '