Newspaper Page Text
HENRY A. PARSONS, Jr., Editor and Publisher.
NIL DESPERANDUM. Two Dollars per Annum. VOL. IV. BIDGAVAY, ELK COtftfTY, PA., THUHSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1874. NO. 8. Money Musk. In shirt of check and tallowed hair The fiddler, sits in the bulruish ohair Like Moees' basket stranded there On the brink of Father Nile. He feels the fiddle's slender neck, Picks out the notes with thrum and oheck j And times the tun with nod and beck, And think it a weary while. All ready 1 ow we give the cali Cries, " rj0nor to the ladiet !" All The Jol'.y tides of laughter fell And thinks it a weary while. " Begin." D-o-w-n comes the bow on every string, " First eouplejoin right handt and truing !" As light as any blue-bird's wing " Swing once and a half timet round." TThirls Mary Martin all In blue Calico gown and stockings new, And tinted eyes that tell you true, Dance all to the dancing sound. She flite about big Moees Brown Who holds her hands t keep her down And thinks her hair a golden crown And his heart turns over once 1 "His chock with Mary's breath is wet, tt gives a second somerset ! He means to win the maidon yet, Alas, for the awkward dunce 1 (porters) whom w hA nn ry the provisions to the beach, but not one was to be seen I They had dropped , . , ""uo "u uoa witn the crowd, which still rushed past lift in fli'amav stumbling and rolling over the bags of provisions. Anxious to get out of the yinj vi me terror-stricken populaoe, u.un vnuio uown upon us like an aval anche, we quickly mounted the eleva. tad platform of the nearest stall a bar bers shop, or rather a head'shaver's establishment, for Moslems rarely, if ever, shave their faces, but universally From the " Your scrga boot 1ms crashed my toe !" " I'd rather dance with ouo-lcgged Joe;" " Yon clumsy fellow " " Fast below !" And tho fi'.st pair dance apart. Thou " Forw ard ,u !" advance, retreat, Lilto midireB gay iu sunbeam street 'Tii Mf.uoy Musk by merry feet And tho Money MuRk by heart ! " Three quarters round your partner swing ! "Across the set ." The laf ters ring. Tho girls and bora have taken wing AmHiave brought their roses out ! 'Tis " Forward six .'" with ruBtio grace Ah, rarer fnr than " Swing to place!" Than golden clouds of old point-lace They bring the dance about. Alien gasping hands all "Right and left .'" .mi swiitiy weave the measure deft Acmes tho woof in loving weft And the Money MuBk is done !" tb, dauccrs of the rustling husk, Good night, twoots, 'tis growing dusk, Good night for aye to Money Muk, For the heavy march began ! UUJLMXG A MUCK. A few years ago I left Bombay, India, s a passenger on the screw steamer Fenang, vhioli at that time used to carry tiro regular monthly mail between liompay Muscat, or Mascat (a sea-port rT . -"-u56 coast or Arabia), and ynuvipm pores or the 1'ersian Gulf. j.iie steamer, a staunch vessel of bdoui eigut hundred tons, carried a full uu very valuable cargo of merchan dise, aud her decks were densely crowd .uua oicm iu uieru witn deck pas sengers of both sexes and all ages, without exception natives of Asia aud -Eastern Africa, who, iu their hetero geneous, highly picturesque Oriental cuBvumes sua characteristic attitudes. iw" u onrittiug moieau vtvant .10 uou a very pieasant passage across the tranquil, azuro waters of the wuu tji uman, and iu due time sighted he bare and rugged cliffs of Ras-Cape)-cl Had, 130 miles southeast of 4 "aroor of Mascat, and, shortly after, the mountain chain which forms the coast of the torrid, dismally deso- oi i territory oi iiii Uman. Slowly and cautiously the steamer -uuu Uer way through the gor?e, jrrefcenuy she came in sight of three large, jolain, stone buildings, fronting towards the offing, and standing on the .J.. J! vi me uarnnr. exauea nnsirion now occupied on the platform we had a good . "?Kl lU0 enro crowd, pushing ir resiatibly on through the narrow street, ana soon discovered tho cause of the stampede in the shape of an athletic man, of dark olive complexion, in state of absolute ly as slippery skinned as an eel hnnnd. ing towards us with the velocity of a houiuci pouncing on its prey. An ugiy-iooking Malay "creese" (a dag. ger, at least fourteen inches in length with a sharply pointed flaming blade) vleunT uuiiium in iiis ngnt nana, gladiator-fashion, and dripped with blood ; hia head was bent low like a buttiug ram, and everything indicated that tho fellow meant, nay, had already done, mischief. Indeed, we shortly af terward saw him plungo his knife m v. ma unt iuto ine oreast or a poor old fisherman, who had not been fleet enough to escape him. No sooner had the villain withdrawn his weapon when a young snopKeeper, attracted by the general uproar, rushed out of a side street, and, unconsciously, right into the jaws of death. The next object of attack was a phleg matic, long-bearded, heavy-built "der vish " (Moslem monk), with three vol umes of manuscript under his arm, who dropped his library, toak to his heels in right good earnest, and disap peared around the cornet like a shadow. Frenzied by the escape of his intend ed victim, the human tiger darted mad ly on in ni8 course of destruction, over took and grasped savagely by the right arm a handsome young woman, who had been making strenuous efforts to get out of his way ; but the well-known waddling gait peculiar to Moslem women, and mainly due to their far too spacious betasselled, lemon-colored, morocco-leather boots, was no match for the prodigious speed of the murderer. Just at this point tho bloody career of the desperado was abruptly cut short by a well-mounted Bedouin, armed with a long lance, which, on dashing up behind the murderer, he drove deeply into his back at the very moment when a well directed slash of a sword in the hands of an armorer on the neck of the assasbin almost severed his head from his bod v. 1 l.i i. .i " auu ihiu una out on tne around ston dead. A feeling of intense relief was mam. fested by the spectators of the terrible tragedy : and my com Damons and mv. self, all armed with revolvers, felt neartily glad to have been spared the awful probability of becoming his executioners. The corpse was soon identified ak that of a Malay sailor, who had been known to be subject to occasional fits of insanity, or rather uncontrollable fits of frenzy, for few of those fellows who indulge iu running a muck (by no meaus a very rare occurrence in certain parts of the Orient, especially in India una me iuaiay islands), can be pro nounced absolutely insane. Just pre vious to those freaks, thev usuallv shave off every hair on their bodies, and thoroughly oil or grease their persons from head to foot ; then they start on their errand of destruction, armed onlv with a knife or daeerer. and in a stato of perfect nudity, in order to reudtr tneir seizure all but au impossibility. On the Boacli. If one does not fancy a surf bath in propria persona, it is a curious pastime to watou tne natuers from the hotel piazaa, or if you chance to bo thus favored from the sea-overlooking window of your own room. Before us lies the long, level, sandy beach. The tide is steadily rising, and soon tho great billowy waves will dash over the pure white sand within a few feet of the hotel. The sunlight silvers the restless surf, and the ceaseless voice of the waters seems an invitation to bp proach. The bathers begin to appear. running down from the hotels and bath nouses m an sort ef nondescript gar ments, for this is a very democratic watenng-plnco, and people give them selves the largest liberty in the matter of attire. Bathing suits are of every hue, from black to white many being strangely striped and checked and of every conceivable style, from the most tasteful to the most outlandish. How marked is the difference in feeling as the bathers touch the water I Some plunge in boldly, with evident jollity ; some step in daintily, not exactly fear ful, but quivering a little with the prospect of the first splash of Epray of over their shoulders ; some tremble on the brink, and need some coaxing friend, whose steady hand will guide them amidst the breakers. The little folks who have once been in the waves. and know how jolly it is to tumble about in the surf, rush in without thought. The scene becomes exhil arating when the slight shock of the first wetting is over. Shouts arise as tho crested billows rollover the bathers and they ero out into deenHr wnt.nr. 1 here is no danger on this safe level beach, yet there are stronor and friend ly hands ready to help the weaker ones. We notice one bather in particular who seems always skillful and prompt to give guidauce to any who feel more se cure under some protection. But there is no mistake about the enjoyment of the majony in the surf ; it is a tonic that acts immediately. Ah I the bath is over for some, and one after another they step, dripping, on drier sand. iJoes any body look handsome when rising from the sea in a dripping batn ing suit? Perhaps ; but the cases are too rare to mention. A quick run up on the white sand, and tho wot fie-uros disappear in the bathing-houses. Can they be lecognized an hour later at dinner ? teirS!1 "L Jiving creature,, man o .--.av.raiucura Vl 1118 UHaUlU (SUl" lauj oi juascat; the one on its left erne, Mimiar m appearance, but withall animal, within their reach : but rarely. if ever, stab the same victim more thau once. They usually run straight the window-one i . i k 7 3 , never turning bnck or round the6 mfiuyTK abrnptcornernor running into houses; uor win tuey stop untu strangled by a xtU Indian mattng, as tbo Imaum'a , v,t umCU, j wane rue edi fice on the right side of the Imaum's quince, a ouiiaing much lower than the two former, but of a less forbidding aspect, owing to its whitewashed walls uuu u luxuriant garden within its spa ious precincts, was the residence of "er -urnannio .majesty's consul.or rath nnlif-i'rt.il . i l r. ..uum uycui, wuose innuence is . rcarceiy less than that of the Imaum uiujHeix, Not beincr a British sublet .T -ou more about seeing something of tho .cijr-uuv me oi tne people of Muscat than the honor of being introduced to a British consul, or even political sruti una eo ramoiea on through the town in company with the' second ffllicer ana tne steward of the steamer, who proceeded to the bazaar, to purchase some fresh provisions. After a protracted zig-zag tramp through the exceedingly narrow, tortu ous and filthy streets, permeated by an atmosphere oppressively hot and posi tively sickening ; brushing past closely muffled, carefully-veiled women, seri-ous-looking, long-bearded merchants and tradesmen, ragged soldiers and Bedouins, all but stark naked fisher uiep, sailors, laborers, slaves, etc, we finally readied the bazaar, or market, where everything that is obtainable or manufactured in Mascat can be bought from the well-known locusts, a favor ite article of food, to the most gorge ous diamond necklaces of the Orient. My companions had just finished their purchases, and hired a couple of stout negroes to carry the goods to the beaoh, when all of a sudden we were startled by a general stampede of all the people of that portion of the ba Baar which we had just left They came rushing madly after us, the men shouting, the women scream ing, and all of them gesticulating in the wildest manner. What could cause such a sudden and universal flight of the population ? Was it a revolt among the rabble ? a dog afflicted with hydro phobia ? a sudden attack of hostile Be douins from the adjacent desert? or bad the good people of Mascat all gone raving mad simultaneously ? questions more easily asked than answered by strangers. We turned around to look for an ex planation from our negro hammals running noose thrown over their heads, or until they are stunned, mortally wounded, or killed outright. Ivunmnar a muck bv Orientals is at. tributable to various causes, as, for in stance, to the consumption of opium, hasheesh, (Indian hemp), etc. to reli gious frenzy, to a thirst for revenge, or to acute mental and bodily suffering of uuluo ue&cripuon. ihe casualties of the tragedy lust de scribed amounted to five persons killed outright, and about twenty others more or less seriously wounded. Shortly uner me ueam oi tue desperado, and the removal of the killed and wounded, the locality gradually re-assumed its customary appearance, our fugitive . . ' tj iiammais again appeared, and we re turned to the steamer in safety. Lancashire Brutality, The following is from the London Daily Ttlegraph : "At the St. Helen's police court six young .men. colliers, were charged with a diaboli cal act of ruffianism. A few nights ago they made an attack on several cottages in the suburb of Parr, smashing the windows and doors. One house was occupied by a man named McGrath, over eighty years of age, and his wife. They forced an entrance, struck a light, and then assailed the occupants. At the outset one of McGrath's eyes was knocked out of his head, unrl h va kicked to the floor. A bucket of newly slacked lime happened to be convenient. and the ruffians holding open the mouth of the unfortunate mau, forced some of the liquidized lime down his throat. The empty socket of his eye was also rilled with the same material and then the contents of the bucket were emptied upon him. He appeared to be dead after this treatments and some of them expresse'd that opinion. Hia wife was kicked and beaten savagely. but managed to get away for the police. Colonel Gamble, J. P., had to take the deposition of McGrath at the St. Helen s Hospital, where he lies anita blind. There was not the slightest ground for the outrage. The prisoners were committed lor trial." He who freely praises what he means to purchase, and he who enumerates the faults of what he means to sell, may set up g partnership with honesty. An Industrious Cleric, Peter Lamb, the clerk in tho drno store in our village, says Max Adeler, read somewhere the other day that two drops of tho essential oil of tobano.n placed upon the tongue of a cat would kill the animal instantly. He did not believe it. and he concluded to trv the experiment, to see if it was so. Old Squills, the druggist, has a torn cat weighing almost fifteen pounds, and Mr. Lamb, taking the animal into the back room, shut the door, opened the cat's mouth, and applied tho poison. One moment later a -wild, unearthly " M-e-ee-e-ow-ow-ow 1" was emitted by the cat. and to Mr. Lamb's infenxn alarm the animal began swishin" around the room with hair on end and tail in convulsive excitement, screech ing like a fog whistle. Mr. Lamb is not certain, but he would considfir it r fair estimate to say that the cat made the entire circuit of the room, over chairs and under tables, seventy-four times every minute, and he is willing to swear to seventy times, without counting the occasional diversions made by the brute for the purpose of snatching at Mr. Lamb's nantnlnnini and hair. Just as Mr. Lamb had about made up his mind that the cat would conclude the gymnastic exercises by eating him, the animal dashed through the glass saeh of the door into the shop, whisked two jars of licorice root and tooth brushes off the counter, tore out tbe-ipecao bottle and four jugs of hair-dye, smashed a bottle of "Balm of Peru," lit on the bonnet of a woman who was .drinking soda water. nnr1 after a few convulsions, rolled over into a soap box and died. Mr. Lamb is now satisfied that a cat actually can be ameu in tne manner aforementioned, out he would be better satisfied if nld Squills didn't insist upon deducting me ynce oi tuose arugs and tne er hkh. sash from his salary. Matrimonial Thorns. Prentice Mulford says, in one of his London letters to the San Francisco Jiullclin: "Young man and young woman I you think that the divine in toxication of courtship is to lait for ever. You think it is always going to be an ecstatio pleasure to trudge a mile through mud and rain to buy Seraphine Ann a paper of pins, But this state of things can't last. It's too high pres sure. It must cool down. When you are marriod, and she is yours and you are hers, and the novelty of the affair is over, and you are fairly settled down into 'old married folks,' then comes the test, Then, if you have been a orabbed old bachelor, full o little whims, habits and peculiarities as is the fretful porcupine of quills, then will coma the tug of war. Don't yon recollect how, when single, and you came uome atter some tedious business. heated, tired, irritable, and disgusted with the world, aud got alone in your room, tuat you used to nmg books and blacking-brushes about, and swear and turash around for an hour or two be. fore you simmered down into compara tive calmness ? Well, matrimony won't cure this at least at first. But you musin t cut up so now. iiiven a tem porary raving maniao is not a proper or a pleasant person for any young woman to be alone with. And if, on entering, she sees trouble written on your face, and asks you 'What's the matter?' and you reply, ' Oh, nothing,' because you don't want to be spoken to, and, ubove all things, it annoys and irritates yon to bo so interrogated ; and still she persists in asking 'What's the matter ?' and still you try to say Oh, nothing,' as mildly as you can, only it won't be said mildly, and it comes off your tongue as a pistoi-suot. and you would just then like to bite somebody's head off oh, Won't you at such a time won der where the amiability, the oil, the sugar, the honey, the sunshine of courtship has all gone to ? And how will you feel, you who have been accus tomed to go in and out of your vile bachelor s den without inauirv or hin. urancer now win you leel as you start to go out for the purpose of get ting a drink around the corner, to hear ner say 'Where are you going? and this a dozen times a day, and every time it is asked you must staud and rack your brains for a new lio. And those girls on tho opposite side of the street who are always at the window, and' with whom, before marriage, you carried ou a sort of optical flirtation, which, to be sure, went no further than the eyes how do you feel now as vou catch yourself still looking into those windows and find your wife regarding you iu a peculiar manner, and you Know mat sue knows that you know Wnn Leo as a Printer's " Dftvll." Bret Harte describes the exploits of a uuinaman in a newspaper oilloe. He writes : It was deemed advisable for the next three weeks to keep Wan Lee closely oou fined to the printing office and the purely mechanical part of the business. Hero he doveioped a surprising Quick' ness and adaptability, winning even the favor and good will of the printers and foreman, who at first looked upon his introduction into the secrets of their trade as fraught with the gravest politi cal significance. He learned to set type readily and neatly, his wfinderful skill in manipulation aiding him in the mere mechanical act, and his ignorance of the language confining him simply to the meshanical effort confirming the printer's axiom that the printer who considers or follows the ideas of his copy makes a poor compositor. He would set up deliberately long diatribes against himself, composed by his fel low-printers, and hung on his hook as copy, and even such short sentences as " Wan Lee is the devil's own imp," "Wan Lee is a Mongolian rascal," and bring the proof to me with happi ness beaming from every tooth, and satisfaction shining in his huckleberry eyes. It was not long, however, before he learned to retaliate on his mischievious persecutors. I remember ono instance in which his reprisal came very near involving me in a serious misunder standing. Our foreman's name was Webster, and Wan Lee presently learned to know and recognize the in dividual and combined letters of his name. It was duriDg a political cam paign, and the eloquent and fiery Colonel Starbottle, of Siskyou, had de livered an effective speech, which was reported especially for the Northern Star, In a very sublime peroration Colonel Starbottle had said. "In the language of the god-like Webster. I repeat " and here followed the quota tion, which 1 have forgotten. Now it chanced that' Wan Lee.looking over the galley after it had been revised, saw the name of his chief persecutor, and of course imagined the quotation his. After the form was locked up Wan Lee took advantage of Webster's absence to remove the quotation and substitute a thin piece of lead of the same size as the type engraved with Chinese char acters, making a sentence which, I had reason to oeneve, was an utter and ab ject confessiou of the incapacity and offensiveness of the Webster family generally, and exceedingly eulogistic ot wan i-iee himself personally. The next morning's paper contained Colonel Starbottle's speech in full, in which it appeared that the "god-like " Webster had on one occasion uttored how she knows all about your goings his thoughts in excellent but perfectly nn nr. fhORA wirwlnwa 9" I i i. : . i nu: mi cuiuintium uiuso, xuq rage Colonel Starbottle knew no bounds. " Tipping: " In England. In addition to the ordinary expenses oi ueu ana ooaru m jjondon must be reckoned a large tribute paid to the ini- qmtous European system of "tips. It is Btrange enough to an American. wonted to the lavish liberality of our tueuiricai managers, to be obliged to pay for the programme he uses at the theatre or opera. And also so strange that probably he will not at first com prehend it is the danghter-of-the-horse- leecn look which the usher who shows him his ceat at tho opera or theatre gives him if he does not voluntarily " daa.iuui uuvr oaiu u 3 lac I a JJUi LU. You cannot inquire your way in the street that, in all probability, the in terrogated will not reply, " I can't de scribe the way, but I'm just going there and will show you." That means a shilling thirty cents in American cur rency, although only twenty-four in American coin. Yon see one can take a cab almost as economically as to in quire the way. The waiter who brings me a single cup of chooolate in a cake shop hangs about my presence as if re sponsible for the one spoon with which I Bip the beverage till I begin to think myself that I am in the Land of the Leeches and give him his experienced " tip." If I cross the street, a filthy wretoh darts before me with a stump of a broom, and. stirring up all the rlirt possible in so short a time, to make my passage a triumphal march of dirtiness and my raiment like unto the of the Confederate armv in nnlnr stands whining for his tip. I cannot call a cab that another loafer does not dart forward to open the door for me and stand with a mouthful of curses ready if I fail to render him tribute of a penny or two. One cannot go iito many of the city churches on week days that some one, verger or pew-opener, does not force comoanionshin nmn you to the tune of a sixpenoe. London Letttr. The Modoes and their new Home. A correspondent recently visited the snrvivors of the Modoc tribe of Indiaus at their home in the Indian reservation at Southern Kansas. The Modocs now number, all told, 148. Of these less than fifty are men. all that remain of the little bund that for so long a time itepi six times their number at bay iu the lava beds of Oregon last year. The chief of the tribe is now Bogus Charley, whoso name will be remembered in connection with the war. Among other participants in that campaign whom the correspondent saw and with whom he snook hands were the "old familiar snack-JNasty Jim, Hooka Jim, and bear- aced Charley. The tribe live in tents, apparently preferring the open plain to the shelter of the woods. They are resignea to tueir late, and while many of them epeak English, the others are endeavoring to learn the language, so as to be able to communicate with their white noighbors. Tho correspon dent found them all comfortably dressed and adapting themselves, as fur as was possible in their situation, to the ways of civilized life. Major Jones, who 'is iu charge of the ogeucy, lives with his family among the Modoos. Govern ment provides partly for their sub sistence, but clothing is furnished them oy tne yuakers and other charitable persons. The correspondent visited the widow and sister of Captain Jack. Tho former, Lizzie, received hira seated on her throne of skins and sticks, and the latter. Mary, a neatly-dressed and pleasant-looking woman, stood by. She looheu at tne visiting party, shook hands with them, and then sadly cov ered her face with her hands. Since the removal of the Modocs to their new homo nine of the number have died, and four have been born. They express no desire to go back to their old lands around Lake Tula and Lost River, and say that they fought because they loved their hunting-grounds aud the graves of their fathers, and there wanted to Btay. of I have a vivid recollection of that ad mirable man walking into my office and demanding a retraction of tho state ment. But, my dear sir," I asked, "are you willing to deny, over your own sig nature, that Webster ever uttered such a sentence ? Dare you deny that, with Mr. Webster's well-known attainments. a knowledge of Chinese might not have been among the number? Are vou willing to submit a translation suitable to the capacity of our readers, aud deuv. upon your honor as a gentleman, that the late Mr. Webster ever uttered such a sentiment ? If yon are, sir, I am willing to publish your denial." The uoionet was not. and left, highly indignant. Webster, the foreman, took it more coolly. Happily he was unaware that for two days after Chinamen from the laundries, from the gulches, from the kitchens, looked in the front office door with faces beaming with sardonio de light ; that three hundred extra copies oi tue &tar were ordered for the wash houses on the river. He only knew that during the day Wan Lee occasion ally went off into convulsive spasms, and that he was obliged to kick him into consciousness agaiu. A week after tho occurrence I called Wan Lee into my office. wan," I said, gravely. "I should like you to give me, for my own per sonal satisfaction, a translation of that Chinese sentence which my gifted coun tryman, the late god-like Webster, ut tered upon a puono occasion." Wan Lee looked at me intently, and then tho slightest possible twinkle crept into his black eyes. Theu he replied, with equal gravity : "Mishtel Webstel. he say: 'China boy makee me belly much fooleo. China boy makee me heap sick.' " Which. I have reason to think, was true. Proposed Dangerous Experiment. A correspondent of the Baltimore American writes from Atlantio City " I paid a visit to the celebrated Paul Boyton, who has become so extensively known throughout tue country as peari-diver, lite-saver aud man-nsh in general. He is apparently 27 years of age, ana good-looking, and although nob above the average size, is an excel lent specimen of graoeful development, In manner he is affable and gentleman. ly, talks pleasantly and intelligently, uu uisimuyb a must ujuiuea lniatua tion for his business. " The equipment of the life-guard is simple and consists only of Mcrriman's life-saving suits and an inflated rubber life-coat, the invention of Paul Boyton which, although only about eight bv nve in size and weighing but 20 pounds. is claimed to be capable of easily sus taining 20 persons of the average weight. It is of a novel construction, and its arrangement is such as to mako it a matter of indifference how it floats, It has no special position and is al ways in condition for instantaneous use. The rubber suits or armor are also of a peculiar pattern containing compartments whioh, when inflated, are able to float over three pounds. Their weight is something less than fifteen, pounds when the air is intro duced, and it can be properly adjusted within three minutes. It consists of pantaloons and boots, and jacket and hood attached. Seven small tubes with mouth-pieces are connected with the air ob ambers in different portions of the dres?. The hood, as it becomes inflated, is drawn tightly over the face, leaving only the eyes, nose and mouth visible, and making a perfect air pillow for the head, which is not onlv com fortable but also serves to keep the face constantly above the waves without the slightest exertion. The swimmer, after having donned the dress, lies flat upon his back in the water, and bv means of either a double-bladed paddle or blades strapped to the arms he contrives to propel himself over the waves with re markable rapidity. raul Uoyton s engagement here ter minates in Sept. 15, when he will pro ceed to New York city to mako arrange ments for what might reasonably be termed a hazardous undertaking. The patentee of the life-dress, has offered $500 to Mr. Boyton to make a sea voy age iu his suit, in order to demonstrate to the publio its merits as a life-preserver. He has accepted the proposal, and on or about the 25th of September he will be carried from New York by an outward bound steamer to a distance not less than 200 miles from land, when he will bo dropped and left to the mercy of the waves until he shall meet with a passing vessel. He will carry with him in a rubber bag sufficient rations, con sisting of dried meats, etc., for one week, as well as a good quantity of fresh water. Ha will also carry signal lights and flags with a sectional staff twelve feet long for raising them, all of which are to be stowed away iu the un limited portals of the rubber bag. which is about two feet square, and is littlo or no inconvenience, strapped to and floated at the side of the swimmer." Overcast. A little cloud camo Into the noon, And darkened the whole broad daylight soon I Far flew the shadowd across the plain, And the golden morning has set iu rain I A little cloud came Into our noon, And darkened the love of a lifetime soon' We never shall find our faith again, For the gol Ion morning has set in rain f Method or Evading Debt. We have before us. says the Milwau kee Wisconsin a good illustration ol Ventilation. In a report made by a the ingenuity of commercial travelers ...... f J. 1. T " i J . 1 - . . I 1 I, . . . i committee of the British Association, it is asserted that there cannot be a perfect system of warming and ven tilation in a building having separate rooms if there is a deficiency in respect to any of the following particulars ; a means of moving through the buildino steadily the definite quantity of pure air knowu to be required ; the proper distribution of this air to the different rooms and compartments ; a suitable method of diffusing the air iu each room, as well as discharging the vitiated air ; proper means of giving to the air the desired temperature, and also of seouring the fit moisture. It is further argued, that the more the apparatus employed is rendered self-regulatinc. or independent of the constant watch ing and interference of attendants, thn better it is likely to bo, both as to per formance and economy. in making themselves the real iner chants of the country. A commercial traveler sold some goods for a Milwau kee house in Iowa, and the Iowa mer chant made the contract to pay when the commercial traveler came around again, but for some cause the latter absconded and will never be seen again in these parts. The Milwaukee mer chant wrote to the Iowa-trader inform ing him that he wanted his pay, but the latter replied that he agreed to pay the commercial traveler, and he should not pay the debt until that identical fellow came around again. Finally the demand was sent to a lawyer in that State. He tried to collect it, but found it unavailing, as the Iowa merchant de clared that his contract was to pay the commercial traveler, and him only. Perhaps this will be a good defence, as the commercial traveler has power to l. i . M l. l -rt- n mi . ., i, uiuivo ouuirsBio iu any turui no metises, IobMcrder. This is the way thev j i. i ....iri. ' do it m Pans : A father of a family mva ii , t?ot tna v,o n. took his children, two little girls and a boy, out for a walk, and conducting them to the banks of a shallow stream, he threw them in and held their heads under the water till the two girls were dead and the boy insensible. Think ing he had finished his work, he con cealed the bodies under some bushes and went away. The warmth of the sun revived the boy, who hastened to the village and told his story, and the unnatural father was arrested and is to be tried for the murder of his little daughters. as if he were the head of the house, This has been one of the chief obieo tions to that system of commercial trav eling which has cost the merchants such enormous annual expenditures, and which has involved them in so many bad debts, one of whioh they might escape if they would reach the merchants through the country press instead of by agents. The woman who writes the addresses of her letter " eattioornered" is the especial tormentor of post offloe clerks. What He Was Waiting For. The wit ot the mauy unthanked gentlemen who give up their seats to thankless ladies in the cars is continu ally contriving new rebukes, and the people publish them gladly. A recent letter-writer says : a gentleman of our acquaintance, ageu about fifty, took the cars for a long ride. Ho secured a good seat in a not crowded car, and put therein his bag and various conveniences. After some hours he left his seat for refresh ments, leaving ample evidence therein of Us occupancy. On returning to the train, he found a highly-finished woman sitting in his place, and in tbe midst of what Western people would call his plunder. He paused at the entrance and looked wistfully at the woman. ' Do you wish anything, sir ?" " Yes, madam, my carpet-bag, if you please. Thauk you." He still waited an looked. " Is there anything else, sir ?" " Yes, madam, my umbrella, if you pleas. Ah, thank you 1" Still waiting in a respectful attitude, the lady grew restless. " Is there anything more ?" " Yes, madam, I will take my cane and the papers, which I fear you are sitting upon." Tnese were hastily offered, and as the gentleman still stood respectfully at the entrance, she turned upon him with some emphasis : " Well, sir, what else are you waiting for?" 45 " Madam, I was waiting to hear you say, Thank you for the seat 1' " A Chance for Saving. " A penny saved is a penny earned." is one of Poor Richards proverbs, worth remembering by everybody. Any of our readers, when tempted to form the habit cf smoking, will do well to think how muoh they can save by keep ing out of the habit. Here is u mod erate estimate of the saving : A young gentleman of my acquain tance concluded to commence smoking cigars on his twentieth birthday, but resolvedj that he would never exceed eight per week, nor pay more than ten cents each for them. I asked him to reckon how muoh money would be saved by the time he was sixty, if he should place the eighty cents per week in the savings bank every six months, and let it lie there, drawing seven per cent, interest. Being quick at figures, he made the calculation, and f ouud the amount to be eight thousand three hundred and eleven dollars. "Put that in your pipe aud smoke it," young mau. One of the queerest duels on record was that In whioh Sainte Beuve was en gaged. It began to rain slightly after he had taken up his position, where upon he coolly held his umbrella over his head with his left hand, while hold ing the pistol with his right. The ex postulation of his witnesses had 90 effect upon him. " It is all very well to be killed," said the famous essayist, "but I object to catching cold in mv head." ' Items of Interest. St. Louis has a detective by the name of Eggs, and he is considered hard to beat. England and Scotland aro said to con tain six hundred thousand habitual drunkards, including both sexes. The amount of opium consumed in this country at present is ten times greater than it was thirty years ago. The woman who became famous by walking from Chicago to S in Francisco, has been sent to tho poorhou?e in the latter city. There is a man iu Dubuque who is so afraid of hydrophobia, that he keeps his hat full of memoranda how to pro ceed in case he is bitten. Dr. Glenn of Colusa eounty, Cal., has about 30,000 acres of wheat, from which he expeots 25 bushels to the acre, mak ing a total of 750,000 bushels. A law firm of Carthage, Mo., has been indioted by the Grand Jury for running off witnesses who could have given important testimony against their client, acoused of robbery. On a hot day full grown shade trees on the sidewalk are worth ten thousand dollars apiece. The man who sets out a single shade tree is better than the founder of four base ball clubs, bold as the assertion may eeem. A stingy husband accounted for all the blame of the lawlessness of his children in company by saying his wife always gave them their own way. "Poor things! it's all I have to give them," was the prompt reply. Deaths take place the world over, at the rate of one every three seconds, and births at the rate of one every two seconds. There is a sense of profound relief in the thought that every time a man goes out of the world, a baby and a half are coming into it. . A man named Bvers. of Clover town ship, 111., was showing one of his horses to a visitor lately, and placing his hand on the animal's hips said : " There's a Tjolt that's perfectly gentle." At the same instant the colt kicked him in the side, inflicting fatal injuries. A guardian of the poor, old Mrs. Grummiles "Green peaa and new 'tators I Does your mother know them sort of things leads to the work'us ?" Boy " Know ? 'Course ehe does 1 That's why she has 'em now ; 'cos she knows she won't get 'em there." An Indiana clergyman recently stirred up a hornet's nest by declaring in a sermon that certain candidates for office in the town had cards with their initials printed thereupon, which were exchangeable for drinks at various bars. The politicians are greatly ex ited. The celebrated Irish beauty, Lady Cahir, desiring to astonish the vice regal court by the very newest fashion, had her hair dressed by an artist in Bath, and then spent four days and four nights of sea-sickness iu crossing the Channel in the old sailing vessels from Bristol to Dublin, propped up carefully in her berth to prevent the disarrange ment of her stupendous powdered toupet. Catching Woodcliucks. The Newburyport Herald relates the following story : Woodchucks are a most intolerable nuisance in Bowley, some years cutting off half tho pump kin crop. One enterprising farmer made a formal declaration of war against them, and bought a dog that was reputed to be the champion wood- chuckist. Bose did shake the life out of half a dozen of the varmints, just to show what might be done iu case of an emergency ; but his interest declined, and he didn't seem to take much stock in woodchucks. One morning at break fast the farmer's little daughter, nine years old, told her father that she be lieved she could beat the dog at his own game, and he replied that she should have a quarter apiece for all she would catch, and tho champion's belt if she brought home more chucks for the next week than Bose did. Accordingly, after breakfast, sho went out with no arms except what 'nature had endowed her with, and no traps except her cun ning hands, and within au hour re turned holding what appeared to be the grandfather of all woodchucks, a per fect monster, by the hind legs, carrying him at arm's length, while he struggled to get free, and scratched and bit to the best of his ability. The farmer patted his daughter on the head in apprecia tion of her prowess, and theu patted the woodchuck on the head also. The girl caught another in the afternoon, and within a week caught five, beating the dog and claiming the champion ship. Her method was simply to lie down back of a hole and patiently watch the appearance of its tenant, grabbing him by the nape of the neck as soon as his head emerged above ground. The farmer would dispose of the dog at a reasonable prioe, but that girl isn't for The Wheat Crop or Europe, The Mark Lane Express, in its weekly review of thebreadstuffs market, says : Bad weather has prevailed through out the past week, but our farmers have kept a sharp lookout, and hay secured their crops. There are no re ports of sprouting, though much wheat was stacked in poor condition, in eonsequenoe of high winds and low temperature. The same weather has ruled on the Continent. This will bring good samples. to the front, and increase the value of old stock. There is little difference in prices sinoe last reports, although the tendency is down ward. France is sending back here the cargoes shipped hence. The crops here and in France are mostly secure, and the dependence of both countries on foreigners is materially lessened. The latest estimates put our crop at seven per oentum below tne average.