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.I.1,; . HENRY A. PARSONS, Jr., Editor and Publisher. NIL, DESPHilANDUM. Two Dollars per Annum. vol. y. EIDGWAY, ELK COUNTY, PA., THUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 187G. NO. 52. Did Too Ever Call Me Darling t Did yon ever oall oia darling, With a flush npon your oheek t Enow yon not my heart thrills ever To the slightest word you tpeak? Do yon never guess how pleasant Are the moments spent with yon ? That this strange, intense affootion Links my soul with all that a trne ? Xes, you called me darling one time, In a tone so sweet and low That its mupio thrills me ever, Cheering me where'er I go. Night was round us, soft aud dewy, Fragrant with the summer flowers, N - And on wings of swiftest fleeing Sped the bright, entrancing hoars. Angels hovered in the shadows, Whimpering holy things to me, Bounded through my spirit's cloisters A bowildering symphony. Darling! novor word of paeeion, But thiB toLler, tbrilliug one, Sweet as that which charmed the lovers When the world bad first begun. And it charmed me, thrilled me, filled me With supremest happiness ; Nor for king, wUli crown and scepter, Would I give that one oaress. Tour hand mine was fondly clasping, In its grasp my future lay, For a love then sprang to being Which will novor know decay. A MEMORABLE RIDE. "Hadn't you better leave the door un fastened, Ellen?" said my husband, as I turned the key in the lock, then dropped it into my pocket. "I don't know," I said, doubtfully; then, after a momont's hesitation: " No, I think it had better be fastened. The children might get out and run down to :the gate at tho foot of the meadow to py, aud it is but a step from there to the creok, you know." Ho made no reply, but stooped down and looked at boiuo part of the harness with a slightly perplexed air. "What is the matter now?" I said, with some asperity. Tho truth is, my husband belonged to that numerous class of individuals whoso motto is, never to do to-day what they can put off uutil to-morrow; while I, on the contrary, was prompt and decided. With me, to will and to do were synony mous, and I had little mercy for such a failing. "I fancy this little piece of twine will bring us through this time, but I will certainly mend it to-morrow," ho re plied, as I climbed into the clumsy, old fashioned phaeton. The harness being adjusted to his sat isfaction, if not to mine, he seated him self beside me; and nodding s lost good bye to the little faces pressed against the window pane, we drove off. Our cottage was situated in the little valley lying to tho southwest of what was at that time the village of Lanoy, in Canada. A hill of considerable height stood between us and the village, on our side a verdure-crowned, gently-rising slope; on the other a more abrupt de scent, with a rather circuitous road wind ing past little cottages and farmhouses ofjniore or less pretension. Our present errand was to the shop, to which we carried our produce as it accumulated from time to time, and re ceived in exchange groceries, clothes, etc. Our load consisted in part of a basket of eggs; consequently we were obliged to drive rather more slowly than usual. I left, aa I had often done be fore, the younger children to the ewe of Oraoe, who, though but eight years old, had a mind for in advance of her years, and who was never more pleased than when intrusted with some similar dnty or responsibility. I charged her not to take the baby from tho cradle, but to rock him gently to sleep if he wakened, or, if he would not sleep, to amuse. Lim with his playthings until our return. It was a lovely day in tho latter part of September, copious showers of rain had alternated with midsummer's suns, and the freshness of .the verdure was still nndimmed. It was scarcely yet time for tho "sere and yellow leaf," though the maples had hung out their golden banners as if to try the effoct of contrast with the living green of the other forest trees. The birds still sang cheerily as they fluttered to and fro in the hedge rows, and numerous little ground squir rels skimmed along the fence rails, dropped suddenly and disappeared mys teriously. Old Whitey ambled along after bis usual monotonous fashion, and we soon reached our destination. I had a num ber of articles to purchase and examine, as well as the merits of a new churn to discuss; and just as we had settled all to our satisfaction a neighbor whom we had not seen for some time came in, which detained us still longer, so that when we turned our horse's head homeward I saw with some surprise, as well as a slight feeling of alarm, that the sun had al ready set, and the soft gray of twilight was stealing u the valley. Our load was a pretty heavy one, my husband having purcluvsed several agricultural implements, of no great weight indi vidually, but collectively making do small load for one horse; so that though we were necessarily anxious to get home, we were obliged still to drive moderate ly, particularly as the road was not only hilly but rough. Chatting upon the various little items of gossip which we had heard, we drove on until we had nearly reached the top of the hill, when, turning to make some remark to my husband, I saw a change come over his face which struck me with a sudden terror. He was pale as a corpse. "Look I" he said, in a voice hoarse with emotion, pointing in the direction of our home, My heart gave a sudden bound, then fell like a lump of lead in my bosom. A cloud of thiok, dense smoke, distinctly defined against the clear sky beyond, rose above the treetops. I tried to speak, but I could not utter a word. At last I said, steadying my voice.: " I think it must bo Morrison's. Isn't it to the left of our house f " No," he said, quickly, as he seized his whip and urged old Whitey to his utmost speed. "Don't you remember that when we are at the top of the hill the smoke from our chimney rises just over the center of that little group of cedars?" Alas I I did remember, and as he spoke we reached the summit and saw enough to change our fears to certainty. JN either spoke, but each turned ana looked at the other with quivering lips and dilating eyes. I was fairly beside myself, frantic with terror. I felt as if I must leap from the vehicle, and fly to their rescue. Old Whitey seemed to understand that life or death depended upon his efforts, and he exerted himself nobly. On we flew, down the bill, dashing through the stony little brook that crossed the road, over the tumble-down bridge, whose rotten boards rattled and started up from their nlaees. tast the hedsrerows. that looked like one continuous mass of flying green ; past the little cottages, with the startled children staring from the doors, thinking of nothing, earing for nothing, but to rescue our darlings. I buried .my face in my hands, and rocked to and fro in my seat almost be reft of reason, as I thought of the scene which might be awaiting us. Imagina tion conjured up all the dreadful taies I had heard or read, to add to my horror. Once only I raised my head, and saw, or fancied I saw, slender tongues of flame cleaving the mass of smoke, which had by this time increased fearfully in volume and density. At last, after what seemed an age, but was in realitv onlv a few minnten. wo reached the bottom of the lane which led to our cottage. The angle was a sharp one, and we turned with such speed as to send the hind wheels of the old phaeton spinning high in the air. Mow 1 got out l never knew. I am sure I did not wait for the horse to stop. Bushing to the door, I threw myself against it with such force as to break it in. The room was full of smoke, but as the opening door dissipated it a lit tle, I saw that it was empty. Then, suffocated by the smoke and overpow ered by the excitement, I fell fainting to the floor. When consciousness returned I found myself in the house of a neighbor, with the children all about me, prettv well tnghtened, 01 course, but entirely un hurt. How the fire originated was a mystery which we never could unravel. Grace, sitting with her back to the stove, and with her attention entirely absorbed by the pictures in the family Bible, did not see it until Rover, the Newfoundland dog, who had been before quietly dozing by her side, attracted her notice by his evident uneasiness. after which he sprang through the win dow, fortunately taking the whole sash bodily with him, and, running at full speed to the nearest house, soon return ed with some of its inmates. Grace, in the meantime, after letting down the two elder children through the window, whioh vras only about four feel from the ground, took' the baby from the cradle, and was preparing to follow win n the neighbors arrived. The house being old, and .built, as such houses usually are, of the most combustible material"', notwithstanding ail enorts, soon became a blackened, smoking ruin. Rover aud Old Whitey lived to a gooo. old age, aud were ever afterward held in affectionate remembrance for their ser vices on that occasion. One evening, about a year afterwards, as we sat in our new house, built on the site of the old one, but more commodi ous aud comfortable in every respect, I remarked "that tho fire had benefited us in at least one way, for unless the old house had been actually consumed, we should never have had the new one. " "I have felt the benefit of it in another way," said my husband, gravely; " it has taught me never to put off doing anything which should be done at once until a ' more convenient seasou.' If the harness had given way on that day, where I mended it so slightly before we started, though it would not have inter fered with the safety of tho children, it would have added tenfold to our anxiety, because it would have delayed our reach ing them. I made a vow then that if we were permitted to reach home with out accident, I would use my utmost en deavors to overoome the habit of pro crastination, and I think you will allow that I have been pretty successful, so that, in more than one respect, we have reason to regard that as a ' memorable ride.'" A Society of Thieves. Gen. Chamberlain, warden of the Massachusetts State prison, in his evi dence before the State prison committee, said : ."I know from my own knowl edge that there exists in the city of Bos ton a regularly organized society of criminals, with a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. This so ciety has a regular form of admitting members. The prison he has graduated from, his offense, with information in regard to the prison, are all duly record ed. Tho society discusses the most ap proved plans for burglary, tools, equip ments, etc; they also keep a regular register of the best criminal lawyers in the country, and of the judges of the courts, and they knew at once what the prospects are for a brother criminal. If the case comes before what they call a hard judge,' they raise the money to secure a postponement of the case. They also have a fund for mutual sup port and protection, and through this source they are often able to send deli cacies to their brethren when sick in the prison hospital." Living on Seven Cents a Day. A Fhiladelphian has been trying the experiment of keeping his family on SI per week, and the result appears to be encouraging. The family consists of himself, wife and chil I. He first tried corn meal and found it insipid. Buck wheat soon followed, and potatoes also failed to sustain bodily strength. Then oat meal was tried, and at tho expiration of two weeks, says the experimenter. I found myself four and a quarter pounds heavier. My wife had gained three poundB, while the lad had gained over five pounds. Uur food outlay for four- teen days was exactly $2.80, or less than seven dents per day for each person. We are now pursuing the same course, with an occasional "mixed meal." Accord ingly, our Philadelphia economist pins his faith to oat meal and rests content. Something was Said. Gavernor Matthew Griswold, of Con necticut, was conspicuous for the energy of bis couusels and active measures dur ing tho war of the Revolution. Gover nor Matthew, when a young man, was grave, shy, tall, and somewhat awkward. He courted a young lady in Durham, who put him off, delaying to give an an swer in the hope that a doctor, whom she preferred, would propose. He fin ally, tired of his long rides on horse back, and suspecting the state of her mind, pressed for an immediate de cision. "I should like a little more time," re iterated the fair one. " Madam, I will give yon a lifetime," was the lover's response ; and rising with dignity, he took his leave. The lady took her lifetime, and died single, as the doctor never came forward. Young Griswold returned to Lyme so deeply mortified with the failure of his suit that he was little disposed to repeat the process of love making. In oonrse of events his seoond cousin, Ursula Wol cott, came on a visit to Black Hall. . She was a modern edition of her grandmoth er, the historical Martha Pitkin, bright, beautiful, accomplished, and self-reliant. She was a little older than Matthew. She became assured that his affections were centered upon herself, but he was pro vokingly reticent. MeetiDg him on the stairs one day, she asked : " What did you say, Cousin Matthew ?" "I did not say anything," he re plied. A few days later, meeting him, she asked in the same tone : "What did you say, Cousin Matthew?" " I did not say anything," he replied, as before. Finally, meeting him upon the beach one morning, she again asked: "What did you say, Cousin Matthew ?" " I did not say anything," he still re plied. "It is time you did," she remarked, with emphasis. Whereupon something was said, the result of which was a wedding, and the brilliant bride had a queenly reigu at Black Hall. Tho Esquimaux. The Esquimaux are not an interesting people. Spread over nearly the wholo of the northern coasts of America, they differ in form, manners and customs from any other race on the continent. They resemble more some of the natives of the north of Europe than the Ameri can Indians. In stature they are below Europeans generally. Those to the northwest of Hudson bay are of a larger sizo than those of Labrador, but all are dwarfish. But although they are di miuutive, they are well formed and hardy. Their complexions are clear, and the skin smooth. It has been remarked that "in this respect there are more shades of dirt thun any other differ ence." Their hair is black and straight: the men wear theirs loose, but the women, who take pride in it. separate it in two portions, so that one part hangs over each shoulder. Some of the men wear the beard on the upper lip and chin, and cut the hair on the crown, like the tonsuro of a monk. Many of the females and children have pleasing countenances, even after the strictness of the European standard. The old, however, are often exceedingly ugly. Y ars are unknown among the Esqui maux, though the Indians sometimes pursue them with ferocious vindictive ness. Fighting is not their trade; they are fishermen, and not warriors. Aud yet the fact that they are not cowards is well established, for they will some times attack a polar bear siuglo-handed; indeed, they frequently court danger that ordiuary discretion would warn them against. In quest of fish or game they will fearlessly trust themselves on floating pieces of ice where a European would not dare to set his foot. Sherman on the Presidency. General W. T. Sherman, of tho Uni ted States army, has written a letter in which he says : I never have been, am not now, and never shall be a candidate for the h gh office of President beforo any convention of the people. My wife and family are strong Catholics, but I am not; that, however, is nobody's business. I believe in' the common schools, and don't stop over the little matters which seem to be exaggerated by the press. In some quarters, how ever, these schools are extravagant, and indulge in costly buildings and expen sive teachers, so as to be too heavy a bnrden to the taxpayers. This ten dency ought to be checked, which may easily be done without making it a po litical question. Self-interest will regu late this and make them free schools to all and capable of imparting the rudi ments of a good English education. Diphtheria. Diphtkerta, says a medical writer, is a term derived from the Greek, signifying a skin or membrane. It is an epidemic sore throat of great seventy, often con tagious, due to poisoning of the blood, attended with much prostration, and characterized by the exudation of false membranes and lymph on the tonsils and adjacent parts. It attacks all classes of persons and at all ages. Children are most liable to contract it. It is proba bly most fatal to the poor, or such as re side in damp situations and in badly drained houses. So far as known, local treatment does not afford muoh benefit unless commenced in the early stage of the disease. Inhalations may then be of value; but the reliance must be placed in the good nursing, hygiene of the sick room and a supporting treatment, to en able nature to work her wondrous cures. There is no specific remedy for tho ailment. Disappointed. They tell of an ancient lady in Cali fornia who was disappointed in love sev eral years ago, and then pledged herself to never out her toe nails again. . Her toe nails are now so long that she can not wear shoes, and she is sorry, she owect We suspect it has neverooeui red to her to bite them off ; or she might place them on a railroad track, and have them crushed off, without breaking her tow. She can't expect to get a husband as long as she wears such toe nails. Barnum as a Young Lover. That was a big book P., T. Barnum wrote about himself. ' It is very com plnte, too, says the Danbury News, but there Is one little incident which ho either forgot to mention 'or which got pied when the forms went to press. It occurred when the great showman was a young man and a residentof this section. He was paying impetuous attentions to a young lady living iu Newtown. Being the son of poor bat honest parents, he was obliged to walk over to the village whioh contained his adored on the Sun day nights he visited her. When there he labored undor another and more awk ward disadvantage. Tho young lady's father conceived a singular and most violent dislike for the amiable embryotio showman. This necessitated extreme caution on the part of the lover, and he was equal to the emergency, as a matter of course. His ingress to the house was by a window on the second floor, which he reached by springing from the oover of a cistern curb and catching hold of the window ledge. His egress was effect ed by hanging full length from the ledge and then dropping to the cistern cover, a fall of about six inches. .. One Sunday he took with him on the, visit a young man who now carries his silvered hairs behind a Danbury grocery counter. They reached tho plaoe; the young lady saw the signal, opened the window, and the famous Barnum sprung np into bliss. The young man was to amuse himself about the village until the hour of de parture. He amused himself. It don't seem possible that any one could be so brutal, but that young man actually re moved the oover to the cistern. Then he sat down by the fence and ate cur rants and calmly waited for the rest. P. T. finished his sparking, and backed out of the window the full length his hands would permit. " Good-bye," he gasped in a whisper, as he prepared to drop. " Good-bye, Phinny," she whispered back. Then he let go, and instantly shot from sight into p yawning abyss of darkness and rain water, and if he had been of solid iron heated to a white glow he could not have created more of a commotion in striking the water. It is not necessary to repeat what Mr. Bar num said, both when crawling out of the cistern and during the eight miles walk home. Questions and Answers. Will it damage flax straw for manu facturing purposes to thrash it with a common spiked cylinder thrashing ma chine ? Answer. Yes, it very nearly spoils it. Treading out the seed with animals is better, but the rollers are the best. ' . What size ol opening does it require to keep life in one hundred men, sup posing them to be shut '-up in a close room f Answer. Supposing the room to be large, a much greater opening would be required at the top than if placed at the bottom, as the carbonic acid gas, which would accumulate by being thrown from the lungs of occu pants of tho room, is heavier than the atmosphere, and would rest upon tho noor. The most favorable arrangement to ventilate the room would be that in which an opening would be provided at the floor and another at the ceiling, and in this casd the size of the openings might bo at tho minimum, the fresh air entoyng at top and being discharged at the bottom, except where the tempera ture may be so much increased as to in duce a current in the contrary direction. An authority says : "The proportion of oxygen gas in the atmosphere is abont twenty-two per oent. bur after it has visited the lungs it is reduced to sixteen per cent." There is, therefore, a loss of about thirty per cent, of the oxygen of the air at each respiration ; and the opening should be large enough to re new about one-third of the air contained in the room in every five seconds. How large such au opening, or openings, should be will depend upon the velocity of the current entering, whether forced by mechanical power or not, and should be determined by experiment. How much water should be evaporated in a room fourteen feet square, to keep it in a healthy condition ? Answer. It is not desirable that the air should be entirely saturated with water. Fevers are sometimes generated in consequence of a too humid state of the atmosphere, An English admiral once banished the yellow fever from his fleet on a West Indian station by keeping his lower decks dry with stoves in the summer season. A vessel holding about two gallon 4 of water placed in the air cham ber of the furnace would give you all the moisture you want for the whole bouse. Scientific American. After Relief Now. Among the applicants for relief at a late meeting of an English relief society was a man, evidently of superior educa tion, who stated that be was nephew of a bishop, and formerly held a captaincy in a cavalry regiment. He had " run throuRh" afortuDeof 50,000 or 60. 000, and four years ago had made over what then belonged to him, amounting to about a pound a weok, to Lis wife and two children. He did not now know where bis wife was, nor did he wish to live with her, as his present unhappy position was owing to his own reckless- ness, and he was justly served. He stated that his health did not permit of his engaging in heavy manual labor, but he had supported himself in the summer by husbandry work, such as hoeing, hop picking, etc., and he was prepared to do so again when the weather permitted. The guardians as certained that the applicant had gained a settlement at Beading by renting a renting a house there, and they accord- mgly ordered his removal thither. John G. Saxe's Latest. When the witty poet was examining nouses in Brooklyn with a view to pur chasing, a lady acquaintance, of anibi tious ideas, said to him : " Whatever you do, Mr. Saxe, be sure ana purchase a house with a one out' side." Meeting her afterward, he said : "I have done what you wished I have bought me a house with a fine out side to which you will always be wel come. A SUCCESSFUL SWINDLER. lie Makes and Upends Over a Million Dol lars Before be la C'auahu Among the latest developments in the way of rascality is that of William J. ltee, oonvioted in New lorn of uttering forged paper. The prisoner is known as a most daring and expert swinaier and forger, and Tins had a remarkable and checkered career. He is a native of Denmark, aged about thirty-five years, of attractive appearance, gentlemanly address and refined tastes, and is said by his most intimate acquaintances to be a most entertaining conversationalist. He came to this country before the war, and was the possessor of some money. His first appearance before the publio in New York was as the organizer of a file dressing company, he claiming to be tho inventor of a chemical process by means of which old files were instan taneously restored to their original oughness, without the expensive pro cess of hand dresssing. Ho invited the leading machinists and hardware mer chants of the city to visit his factory and inspect his process, and by means of this ingenious ruse caused them to be lieve that the files which they had brought with them to test his patent, had been operated on by his chemical process, whereas they had, iu fact, while their attention was directed by Bee, been made rough by hand labor, as' in the old fashion. On the favorable re port of the visitors Bee received a con tract from the government for sharpen ing old files, but never received any money, the fraud being detected shortly after. He succeeded, however, in making money in another direction. Owing to the favorable report of his factory, he had his stock (all of which he issued himself) put on the market and regularly quoted daily. He paid a few quarterly dividends regularly, and succeeded in running the stock from twenty dollars to thirty dollars per share, while in reality it was worthless, and when he had disposed of a sufficient quantity at the latter figures, retired from the concern with a fortune of be tween three hundred thousand and four hundred thousand dollars. The file company, of course, shortly afterward collapsed, and Bee spent his ill-gotten gains in high living and the most ostenta tious display at Saratoga, Long Branch, and other fashionable resorts. He be came acquainted with the wealthy aud fashionable widow of Commodore Levy, then possessed of a fortune of some four hundred thousand dollars, and married her. They lived in style, and Bee in vested the money in his possession in all kinds of speculations. He carried fabu lous sums of money on his person, and was known to gamble extensively. He ran through his money eventually, and was in rather straitened circumstances, when an aunt of his wife was one morn-. ing found dead. On opening her will it was found .that Bee was heir to most of her wealth, but this second fortune he squandered as he had the first. He then became engaged in a number of swindles, almost too numerous to men tion. He got into the confidence of wealthy men, and it is said that since ho has been operating he has realized over a million of dollars, all of which he has spent in riotous living. He was sent to State prison. The Centennial Buildings. The number of visitors to the Centen nial grounds, says the New York Timet, has already become very great. There is, of course, little to be seen there yet, except the structures themselves. But the opportunity of looking at these is well worth the trouble, not only of a ride or walk from any part of Philadel phia, but of a considerable jonrney from beyond that city. The leading feature of interest in n view of the Centennial buildings is their immense size. The main exhibition building is 1,880 feet long and 464 feet wide. To illustrate its magnitude by a reference to New York localities, it would about cover the space inclosed by Wall, Nassau, Beekmau, and William streets. The dimensions of this vast edittoe are not generally at first appre ciated by the spectator, a circumstance whioh, as intelligent persons who have traveled much are generally aware, is not at all unusual in regard to tho first impression made by a very large object. Machinery hail, which is next in size to the main exhibition building, is 1402 by 360 feet, with an annex of 208 by 210 feet. The agricultural building is 640 by 820 feet. These three structures cover respectively about twenty, thir teen, and ten acres. The art gallery and horticultural hall are much smaller, though they would anywhere else be re garded as immense buildings, xtesidos these five structures, there is a great number of others, large and small, com pleted or in process of erection within the inolosure. The aggregate area oc cupied by all the buildings on the grounds will, as nearly as we can esti mate, be about sixty-five acres. Burned to Death. A poor ballet girl. Alma Oldale, re cently met with a terrible death under the wretchedest circumstances, through a fire which occurred during the per formance of a pantomime at a Sheffield (Eng.) theater. The unfortunate girl was only eighteen years of age, and was engaged to enact the part of an " extra" or " flying lady " in the trans formation scene of the pantomime. She was suspended from the flies, standing on a pieoe of iron, and strapped to an iron rod at her back. The gauze cur tains at the wing, from some unknown cause, caught nre and were blown by a current of cold air toward the girL Her muslin skirts she had on beside only a siagle garment were at once enveloped in flames, and it was stated at the in quest that two minutes elapsed before she could be lowered to the stage. Be ing strapped to the iron bar, she was, of course, utterly powerless, and be tween such a fate and being burnt alive at the stake there cannot be any material difference. -Alma Oldale appears to have undergone the process of roasting with remarkable courage; but her ner yous system- was entirely shattered by the shock she had sustained, and after lingering for a few days the poor crea ture died. He Won his Case. Alexander Stephens, of Goorgia, tolls this story : A Dr. Boyston, doubtless a most exoellent man, had sued Petor Bon net, a farmer, for bis bill. " Little A eck," as Alexander is minified by his friends, told his client, Peter B., that the case of service and its value were proved against him in legal form, and that there was no real defense. But the old farmer insisted that his lawyer should " speak to the caso." Mr. Stephens told him that he ought to speak himself if ho thought a speech could be made, and was surprised by the retort : "I will, if Bobby Toombs won't be too hard on me. " Mr. Toombs promised, and Peter Bennett began : "Gentlemen of the jury, I ain't no lawyer and no doctor, and yon ain't, nnther. And if we farmers don't stick together, these here lawyers and doctors will get the advantage of ua I ain't no objections to lawyers and doctors in their place, and some is clever men, but they ain't farmers, gentlemen of the jury. Now this Dr. Boyston was a new doctor, and I sent for him to come to doctor my wife's sore leg. And he did, and put some salve truck on it and some rags, but never done it a bit of good, gentle men of the jury. I don't boliovo he's no doctor, no way. There's doctors as I know is doctors, sure enough, but this ain't no doctor at all." This was evidently telling, and Dr. Boyston put in with, "Look at my diploma, and see if I am not a doctor." " His diploma 1" said the new-fledged orator, with great contempt. " That ain't nothin', for no pieoe of -paper over made a doctor yet." " Ask my patients," shouted tho nov furious physician. This was the conventional straw that seemed to break the back of the orator's patience. " Ask your patients !" he said, in slow and mournful deliberation. " Ask your patients I Why, they're all dead 1 Then, in rapid declamation, he named case after case, well known, but mostly among the negro servants of his neighbors, where his opponent had treated them and their owners buried them, and continued : " Ask your patients ? Why, I would have to seek them in the lonesome churchyard, and rap on the silent tomb to get answers from the dead. You know they can't say nothin' to this caso, for you've killed them all I" The applause closed the speech, and the defendant had his caso. Extravagant Suppers. The New York correspondent of tho Chicago Tribune writes as follows : One of the most gorgeous banquets even given in this country took place at Delmonico's a few evenings since. It was given by a well known Wall street broker, Charles J. Osborn, as the result of a bet with another Wall street party named Travers, on the price of Lake Shore stosk. These bets are of daily occurrence, but as this one involved something more than an ordinary amount its winning was celebrated by a banquet for forty two persons the winner and loser each inviting twenty friends. This affair cost over 82,000, or an average of more than $50 for each guest. This recalls an ex travagant entertainment given at Del monico's a few years ago by two daugh ters of a well known financier, formerly a Federal office holder, and now a bank president. The occasion was the twenty first birthday of their only brother. Having obtaiued permission from the father to make the entertaiment as grand and magnificent as they pleased, thoRo giddy girls gavo Delm nico an order to prepare a feat and ball for one hundred persons "regardless of expense." It was carried out in strict accordance with the order. The guests' iuvitation cards were engraved pearl, highly ornamented. The copies of the menu were also en graved on small ivory tablets set in Russia leather, with a small handle to oaoh. The flowers used on the occasion were so profuse that it is said that that evening not a flower could be had for love or money in New York the market had been literally stripped by Dol monioo. The feast itself was corre spondingly magnificent. Tho bill for this recherche birthday party was near ly $25,000, and the astonished fi.ther paid it like a man, though he fervently ejaculated that he was glad there were no more sons to celebrate their majority. No Best. Soienoe teaches us that the ciust of our earth is perpetually moving, and that the sea level is constantly chang ing. Our globe has its daily rotation on its axis and its yearly revolution abont the sun. The sun, with all its satellites, sweeps on toward a moving point in the constellation iioroules. Every so -called fixed star is in motion. Fifty thousand years ago the constella tion of the Ureat Bear or Dipper was a starry cross; a hundred thousand years hence the imaginary Dipper will be up side down, and the stars which form the bowl and handle will have changed places. The misty nebulae are moving, ana besides are whirling around in great spirals, some one way, some an other. Every molecule of matter in the whole universe is swinging to and fro; every particle of ether which fills space is in jelly-like vibration. Light is one kind of motion, hr at another, electricity anotuer, magnetism another, sound an other. Every human sense is the result of motion; every perception, every thought is but motion of the molecules of the brain translated by that incom prehensible thing we call " mind." Tho processes of growth, of existence, of de cay, whether in worlds or in the mi nutest organisms, are but motion. How to Make a Sice Girl. First get your girl. (N. B. She musn't be an old girl, but a young one, nice and tender.) Bring her up from early infancy on a strict diet of hot pickles, cold brandy and water, Ouida's novels. Bend her to a fashionable board ing school to be "finished off," and when she cornea home for the holidays, carefully develop her latent love for dress, extravagant habits, and fondness for flirtations. Buy her the slang dic tionary, and let her go everywhere and do everything Bhe likes. By the time she is twenty-one she will be quite moe girL Items of Interest. " Be content with what yon have," as the rat said to the trap when he left his tail in it. Silver mounted roparies, religious medals, and the like, to the valne of ono million dollars are sold annually in France. Some of the papers claim that Wash ington was a Boman Catholic, because after his army had crossed the Delawaro ho "crossed " himself. On the occasion of the marriage of a Los Angeles man for the third time, his jocose friends met and passed resolu tions against a third term. Economical fathers of grown-up daughters are growling over the fact that there are fifty-three Sunday nights this year. And it's leap year, too. Old Moneybags says that a girl with an income of three thousand dollars or more is always an object of interest, be cause she has so much principal. A poor family of Bangor, Me., ap plied to a charitable society for clothes. The next day the whole family dressed up, went down town and had their pic tures taken. An exchange declares that a Pitts burgh milkman can pay $500 in fines per year for watering his milk and then make considerable more money than a circuit judge. A Philadelphia man gained four and one-half pouuds in one week by eating oat meal. But he is wearing out his Ulster overcoat scratching his back against the door. Infanticide is said to be an alarmingly prevalent crime in London. It is re ported that in the district of Middlesex alone three hundred children are annu ally smothered by their parents. W. A. Kendall, a San Francisco Bohe mian, committed suicide, leaving a note addressed to the coroner, in which he said: " I have stated the immediate cause of my death, hoping it will obvi ate the necessity of cutting me up." The ex-Empress Eugenie is thin and pale, but still very handsome. She and ' her son live in a plain and unpretending way at Chiselhurst; the late emperor's place at table is daily decked with a little bunch of fresh violets. Tho i rinco is well ma le and goo 1 looking. At a publio meeting in a country town, an eloquent advocate of popular education thus delivered himself : "Mr. President, I rise to get up, and am not backward to come forward in the cause of education; for had it not been for education, I should be as ignorant as you are, Mr. President." The Philadelphia Press, which has been asking the hotel men of that city what their charges are to be next sum mer, says: We are glad to be able to give the assurance of the proprietors of the several hotels in Philadelphia that during the coming summer boarding and lodging rates will not bo materially advanced. Charles Sobillor has contracted to bury dead Chicago paupers for $1.40 each, and says that he means to sell the bodies for dissection. He argues that there is no law to prevent the business, that the burial, after the doctors art through with the corpses, will fulfil the contract, and that the plan will save the city much money, inasmuch as in no other way could a contractor do the work at that price. For some time a deadly jealousy ex isted between two negro men engaged on the Southeru railroad at Emery Gap. One of them went to a third negro and agreed to givo him $10 if he would kill the other. The proposition was accept ed. The third negro then engaged a ouithtodo the work iu consideration of $6. The enemy of No. 1 was killed. No. 3 received $10 from No. 1, paid $6 to No. 4, and pocketed $4 as his profit in the transaction. One of the most wanton and brutal cases of torture to a Jive animal ever recorded has oocurred in Shrewsbury, England. A farmer was convicted of having cut out a hen's "crop" while she was alive. She was found living next morning, with her chett cut open. When interrogated about his motive, he said that he had lost a bag oi wheat and, suspecting a neighbor, had cut out the orop of one of his fowls to obtain proof of the theft. He was fined five shillings. How It Is Lighted. The main hall of the art building on the centennial grounds at Philadelphia will be lighted as follows: The ceiling is a suspended dome at some distance from the outer dome, which also is of glass. But the glass of the latter is transparent, while that of the inner dome or ceiling is of white with a broad rim of purplo. This inner dome is sup ported by stay-rods, which start from the iron ribs of the outer dome and come together in an enormous pin shaped like cross and it is also upborne at the edges where it joins the trusses which supportithe ribs. The gas jets, 2,000 in number, will be aranged in three rings, one a little above the base and near the purple circle of glass, another in the middle, and the third toward tue crown of the dome. Inside, on the floor of the main hall, the effect will be similar to that produced in the art halls; but out side, the whole outer dome will be a mass of brilliant, dazzling lieht; and it must be remembered that the top of the dome is 150 feet from the ground, and that Landsowne terrace, on the highest 5oint of which it has been erected, is .16 feet above the level of the Schuyl kill river, so that at nighttime it will be a conspicuous mark over the whole ity. Calls for Cash. We lately met an old colored man trudging along with a heavy sido of bacon that he had bought swinging over his shoulder. We noticed he was mis erably clad, and we felt sorry for him, for a cold wind was blowing. We re monstrated with him. " Why do you spend your money for meat? You'd better buy a coat The old man stop ped, looked us full in the face for a min ute, and said, in the most solemn tone ; " Massa, when I ax my back for credit, it gibs it; when I speak to dis" (laying his hand upon his stomach), " it calls for de cash,"