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HENRY A. PARSONS, Jr., Editor and Publisher. NIL DESPEItANDTJM. Two Dollars per Annum. VOL- YI. RIDGWAY, ELK COUNTY, PA., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1876, 0 30- Too Late. Too late, too late, thy beaming smile rests on me, Warm sighs and loving whispers come too late) Long sinoe has died that true and loving pas sion, Which, while it lived, met bnt thy soorn or hate. It might have been had bnt thy love awakened Before my ruined life no power could save ; Bnt now, alas t thy warm and tender glanoes Fall on my heart like sunlight on a grave. One thing I fain would know. Throngh death's dark portal, Where goes the soul on its mysteiious flight ? Whore goes the flame in darkness when ex tinguished ? Where is the wind that blew but yesternight t MR. GRUMBLE'S CURE. A Lesson for Husbands. Tho old story the coffee cold, the fire nearly out, and the room full of stifling smoke." Mr. Grumble drew his oliair up to the breakfast table aa he spoke, with the face of a martyr. " The coffee is only just made, dear," said Mrs. Grumble, a pretty, timid look ing woman, with soft blue eyes and l.rown braids; "and I don't realiy think the room is very cold. As for the smeke, I am sorry, but the man promised me to have the chimney seen to yesterday." " Of course he did; nobody ever keeps promises to us," groaned Mr. Grumble. " If it had been Smith, now, the clini ney would have been seen to long ago. Do give m a piece of steak that is at least warmed through; we're not canni bals that I know of, to eat our meat raw. But that's always the way we never had a cook that understood how to broil a steak." " But, my dear" said Mrs. Grum ble. ' Don't tell me," interrupted Mr. Grumble. " I know just how things ought to bo done. The paper hasn't come yet, I suppose? No, of course not. I really wish somebody would en li hten mo as to why my paper is always h iir an Hour inter than anybody a else s, If tht baby dou't leave off crying, I s'ifill vrt iinly go crazy." " Its teeth trouble it," sighed Mrs. G.-nmble, leaving tho breakfast table to vulk up and down tho room with her fivttnl little charge. "Oh, nonsense!" said Mr. Grumble, sli only, oltarciiifir nfc a slice of toast with fork; "you coddle it too much, that's au." Alrn. Grumble thought of the general commotion iuto which, the house had bfeu thrown, about a month previously, win n Mr. Grumble had had the tooth ache. But. she only nestled the baby's velvet Heart nsainst iier shoulder, and said nothing woman's way of dispos ing ot a great many little martyrdoms. " Now, then, where's my hat ?" de manded Mr. Grumble, rising aud look ing around. "Very singular thit that hat is never iu its place." "It is just where you hnng it your self, pnpa, in the hall, said little Harry, from behind his spelling book. " Children shouldn't talk so much," said Mr. Grumble, tartly. " Mv dear. that rent in the lining of my coat isn't mended yet ; why did yon not see to it?" " 1-intended to do so. said the wife. apologetically, " but you know we had company Inst night, and the baby slept so badly that I rose rather later than usual this morning, bnt "Always some excuse," interrupted her liege lord. " I really don't under stand the reason that nothing is ever done in time in this house. He gave tho front door rather an em phatic slam as he went out, and little Mrs. Grumble, instead of rebelling against her husband's iron rule, just sat down to cry. Mr. Grivrble wasn't by any means bad husband. He really loved his wife. and believed himself to be a pattern of conjugal amiability ; only he had. some how or other, fallen into tho unconscious habit of fault finding ; and, like many another individual, whenever he couldn't think of anything else to do, he grum bled. Crying again, Bessie I" exclaimed her brothpr, coming in an hour or two later. "Now, that a too bad! I sup posa Henry has been treating yon to another domestic growl f I've a great mind to tell Mm how uncomfortable you are martn by Ins little eccentricities. Shall I, Bessie ?" " No, no ; I wouldn't have you breathe a syllable to him for tho world!" eagerly exclaimed Mrs. Grumble, hurriedly dry ing her tears. " Henry don't mean to annoy me. lie has the kindest heart in the world, and I know he loves me I" " I dare say he does," said young Mr, Carlton; "but why is he fritting and fault finding hour after hour, aud day after day I Upon my word, Bessie. I think it's an oversight in our laws that there ia not one to puuish married men who scold I "Dou't talk so, Tom," said Mrs Grumble, earnestly. "Henry isn't at all to blame, only baby is very trouble. some, and I had au indifferent night's rest, and "Oh, yes I understand," signifl cantly smiling. "My dear, little, for giving Bessie, you onght to be made a martyr of." He Bat a moment or two in deep thought, then, suddenly start ing up, exclaimed : "I must be gone, or I shall be too late at the station to meet Uncle Tompkins. Did I mention to you, by the way, that Uncle Tomp kins was coming to visit you!" " Uncle Tompkins I I didn't know we had an Uncle Tompkins, Tom." "Didn't you, dear? Well, please to prepare your best bedroom for company the old gentleman is rather particular grumbles a good deal, in fact: bnt you are used to that eort of Hilt. TOm. I don't. nnifj nna.. 1 1 1 1 detain me now. Kaua t ice him. Good-live!1 nt the doer had closed bb. hind Tom, Bessie put her baby in the oradlo, and claspei her hands to her aching head. What was Tom thinking of I How oonld she exist without that growler domiciled for nobody knew how long at her hearthstone? But perhaps they might neutralize one another, like two powerful poisons. There was a spice of comfort in that reflection, at least; and Bessie Grumble wiped her eyes, and almost smiled. hat was Mr. Grumble s surprise, on coming horse that evening, fully primed for a domestic tirade, on iho subject of a button which had drifted down from his shirt front during the day, to find his especial easy chair, and corner of the fire, occupied by an asthmatic old man, whose head and face were enveloped in a silk handkerchief, aud whose feet were in a tub of hot water. lie stopped short, iu amazement aud horror. " This is Uncle Tompkins, Henry, said Mrs. Grumble, who was busy warm ing a basin of gruel over the tiro; and the old gentleman extended one finger without turning his heart, saying, in a cracked voice : " I wish, nephew, you would shut that door. Nobody ever thinks of shutting a door in this house I What's that noise up stairs ? I beg, ni ce, that your baby won't cry tho whole time thut I am here. Is tea ready ? If so, I will take a cup j -.ist here by the fire." " What docs this mean, my dear," ejaculated Mr. Grumble, in a hurried whisper; and his wife, whose arm he had caught on the way to tho kitchen for more hot water for Uncle Tompkins, re plied, in tho same tone: "(Jul you musn't mind my uncle, dear; he don't mean anything, only he's old and whimsical." " But a man has no business to make everybody else uncomfortable in this sort of way," muttered Mr. Grum ble. Tea was brought in at this moment a little smoky, it must bo confessed, and the toast considerably charred; but, just as Mr. Grumble was opening his mouth to comment upon these facts, Uncle Tompkins forestalled him by exclaim ing : " What etuff this tea is t One wonld sjpposo it was mauo of cab bage leaves. The toast, too, is as black as a cinder. Isn't there a slice of stale bread in tho house ? I'm a dyspeptic. aud have to be very careful as to what I ear- Mr. Grumblo silently devoured his meal, secretly wondering how long Un cle Tompkins meant to stay. No sooner .vas the table cleared than the irrascible old gentleman began again: "Grum ble," said he, " I wish you'd stop that creaking of your choir, my nerves are so weak; and if you could keep your children up si airs, that racket wouldn't disturb me quite so much. I really don't know how I'm going to stand that baby a noise. "1 do not think it is a very noisy baby, said Mr. Grumble, meekly, " It's teeth lire very painful just at pres ent." Mrfi. Grumble, who was stirring the lire, in acoordanco with her uncle's petu lant request, said nothing, but smiled quietly to hear her husband trying to extenuate the baby's sins. " Well," remarked Uncle Tompkius, " all babies nre noisy. And, by the way, Grumble, I wish you would oil t he hinges of that squeaking door; aud I don't like the smell of that geranium iu the window. nallo I you haven't any top button on your shirt front 1 I hope my niece isn't a careless wife." " Not at all sir," said Mr. Grumble, nervously; " but the caro of her child aud housekeeping duties absorb a great deal of her time. The instant she finds leisure she wili look to my clothes." " I dou't see how a woman cau spend her whole time keeping house and luok-i-)g ufier a pack of children," observed Uucle Tompkins, inciodulounly. About ten o'clock the old gentleman was ushered to the spare room, accom panied by a procession of medicine vials, tubs of hot water, woolen dressing gowns, aud heated blankets for his feet ; and his absence occasioned very general relief. "What an insufferable old egotist that is !" exclaimed Mr. Grurablw, throw ing himself, with a sigh of satisfaction, into his favorite seat ouee more. " My dear Bessie, how could you endure his eternal fault finding ?" "I am accustomed to that, Henry ; it is the lesson th-it most women are obliged to learn," replied Mrs. Grum blo. with a plight sigh. Her huibaud pricked up his ears a little uneasily. "Accustomed to it?" What did she mean ? It was not possi ble it could not be possible that he was like thut odious old Uucle Tomp kins. And yet he wished Bessie had not spoken iu that way. Somehow it made him feel excessively uncomfortable. Day after day passed away, Uucle Tompkins growing more and more in tolerable the whole time, while Mr. Giurobla improved the occasion by making a sort of mental looking glass of that worthy old gentleman. " Upon my word," said he to him self, " I must have been a perfect nui sarce all these years. Why didn't somebody tell me of it ?" At length Uncle Tompkins went away, flannel gowns, medicine bottles and all, and on tho evening of the same day Tom uariton arrived, from a temporary ub seiice, nobody knew where. " So uncle has been visiting yout" he said, gayly, to Mr. Grumble. " Yes," eaid the latter, with a alight grimace. " What sort of a looking man is he I" Mr. Grumble was silent a moment. " Do you know," he exclaimed, burst ing into a perplexed laugh, "I couldn't describe a single feature of his face. He was always enveloped, like an Egyptian mummy, in a pilk handkerchief, some thing like that one you have in your haud. With my permission he shall nover Bet foot in this house again." "No 1" said Tom, archly. "The most intolerble fault finder I ever met with," said Mr. Grumble; "ab solutely the most disagreeable man who ever cumbered the earth. I don't see how it is possible to take exceptions to everything as he did." "That's not an uncommon failing, I believe," observed Tom, demurely smil ing. "Very likely," eaid his brother-in-emphatically; "but his visit has productive of at least one good ef fect it has completely cured me of any tendency I might have had that way. I, lor one, mean to leave off grumbling. "I'm happy to hear it, nephew Grum ble," exclaimed a cracked voice. The victimized man started up in dis may, scarcely believing the testimony of his senses, as Tom twisted the silk hand kerchief skillfully round his head, and bent himself nearly double with an anth matio sound between a groan and a grunt. " Wiry, you don't mean to say that you are Uncle Tompkins!" exclaimed Mr. Grumble. "Pardon me, Henry," said Tom, smiling, "but I saw that you had un consciously become an habitual grum bler, and I judged that the best antidote was a faithful representation of your own failings. Was I right f" His brother-in-law was half inclined to be angry, but thought better of it. "Shake hands, Tom," said he. " You're an irreverent young scamp, bnt I forgive you. At all events, the cure is complete." And so Bessie found it. Tho Railroad Guide. One foreuoorj, says the Detroit Free Prci8, u young man, whose business it was to sell railroad guides to any one who would buy, found a clothing dealer stliug iu an arm chair in front of hi door, nnd after a kindly salute the agent handed out one of his guides and s u'd : " This is the handiest littlo book in the world. It coutains the name, time table, and route of every railroad in this con ti try." "I ueffcrpuysuo such kind of pooks," replied the dealer, as he glanced through it. "But you want that pamphlet, my dear sir. You look like a man who travels aronud considerably, and no traveler can get along without one of ' thee guides." ' I don't care to guide, no railroad," said tho dealer, shaking his head, and turniug away. " Hold on, now just look through it once. Suj poso for instance, that you want to go to New Orleans ?" ". I shall neffer go there so long as I am bom." " Well, suppose you want to go to Omaha?" ".Don I don't go." " What do you do when you want to go to Chicago?" asked tho persistent agent. " I sthays at homo." "Well, suppose you had to go; wouldn't you have to look at a railroad timetable then ?" 'No, F.ir. I should go down py der depot, get on der train, puy some apples off dor poj , aud I sbnuM stop otT in Chicago bko some grease !" The ngeut had no further arguments to advauee. Long Sacks. Long sacks of cloth, according to a fashion journal, are in the graceful' Frerch shape, single breasted, with partly fitted backs. Thoy do not differ matciially'from those of last winter, ex cept iu their added length and in tho preference for those that are straight around instead of having long fronts with short backs. Thirty inches, it is said, will bo the average length of sacks for ladies of medium height. Garments of 1 it winter will be lengthened by adding a border of fur or ether trirn niintf. Some very elegant sacks have tho long mantilla fronts, but these are cut square instead of rounded or pointed as they wero lat year. Tho most uniquely shaped pockets and the inevi table long bows of ribbon ornament tbeso fronts. The back has English side forms with a bow at the end of tho seams. Serge cloths of very large di agonal figures are used for these sacks. TLe V of braid or of silk is tho trim ming for tho back. The fronts of some havo a dart, while others are loose. Eight or ten rows of soutache braid of thick, heavy quality form very neat bor ders for such sacks. The simplest styles of braiding are preferred for these cloaks, while most uniquo and intricate patterns are used in rich Bilk garments. Tho buttons are of shell or of wood fastened on strongly with ryes. Both very large and quite small buttons are ui d. For old ladies are long comfortable clouks of cloth, partly iu sack and partly in dolman ehupe. They have long dol man sleeves hanging almost to tho bot tom of the cloak, and inner sleeves that are eloso fitting. Would Not Change. A New Hampshire boy, now a resi dei t of Wisconsin, was a fine scholar, a graduate ot uartmoutn fjoiiege, ana a law student. Just previous to his ad-mi-sion to the bar he took a severe cold, which rendered him very deaf, and no medical skill was able to restore Lis hearing. This affliction compelled him to give up his chosen profession, aud he went Wei-t very much broken down in spirits. For ten years he has been furming, cultivating about two hundred acres of prairie, and, as he expressed it, making a good living and salting down something every year. And he de clared that v, knowing what he now knows, he was to begin his active life over again, he would do just as he was oompelled to do ten years ago ; that is, he would throw aside his .profession and settle down on a farm. Said he: " There isn't much glory on a farm, but yon get a good sure living. You are your master ; you can't starve nor be turned out of business ; and as for as the woj k ia concerned, in these days of horse power a man needn't kill himself farm ing my more than at any o her business. It's brail s that win on a farm as well as everywhere else, and the smart man is going to ride while the stupid one goes afoot, in the cornfield as well as in the bar or pulpit. I should like to have my hearing again, but I wouldn't leave my farm if I had it. " The new Territory of Pembina, which is to be taken from Dakota, covers 72, 930 square miles on the northern boun dary of the United States. There are within its limits 2,000 miles of naviga ble waters. Bismarok will probably be thecapital. The Troy Hysteria Case. The Troy Timet sayfl : Many con flicting statements have been made re lative to the condition of the two girls residing iu Cohoos, who were mentioned as suffering from a singular physical dis ability. The exact facts are that the girls are afflicted with a mild form of hysteria. Their names are Lizzie Lis corbo and Mary Michel, both about eighteen years of age. The latter has been married about eight months. Both were seized at the same time with con vulsions, accompanied by rigidity of all tho muscles, which laste 1 nearly forty eight hours. During that time they were perfectly insensible of feeling, as pins were used and their bodies were pinched. The paroxysm was followed by an ecstatic condition. Their eyes were open, the lips slightly parted with a happy smile, as though some su preme joy hold their senses. The hands were raised with the palms upward. This condition lasted an hour or more, and the girls recovered and arose from the bed and ato a hearty meal. Two hours afterward they were both seized in the same manner as the first. The paroxysms this time were not so violent, and were followed in twelve hours by tho same condition of ecstasy. For three weeks about two hours of the twenty four each day they havo been similarly affected. Both were in full health, sleep, eat and converse naturally when not uuder the influence of the singular spell. Miss Liscorbo's parent, with whom the girls reside, . seem very re ticent and profess now to believe that they are bewitched. When first taken, it was given out that an overdose of ljudanum was the cause. Mrs. Michel's husband says a "bad man" spoke in sulting and blasphemous words to them, which frightened them. A reporter, in company with a physician, visited the girls, and after a thorough examination ! by the doctor, both girls being in par oxysms at the time, he prououueed it a form of hysteria, produced by mental distmbauces, with which the story of iuieijel that tiie girls wern frightened by a " bad man " seems to assimilate. The rigidity of the muscles in Miss liiscorbo was so fixed that her body could bo raised horizontally by lifting at her head and feet, and all vhe while her features expressed a serene mental condition and her pulse was at the ordinary healthful beat. The parents are anxiously await ing tho arrival from Canada of au uncle who has acquired celebrity, they say, in exorcising bad spirits. When the girls are free from the malady they seem to bo almost unconscious of what has oc cuired, suffer no pain fiom the reaction of tho muscles, and have a dim recollec tion of having had a good time and speak pleasantly of it. The presence of sympathetic neighbors pleases them and liasliun the ic-luiu of tho COmatOBO BllltU. A Cunning Expedient. There is a fable among the Hindoos that a thief having been detected and condemned to die, happily hit upon an expedient v. hich gave him hope for life. He sent for his jailer and told him that ho had a secret of great importance which he desired to impart to the king, and when that had been done ho would bo prepared to die. Upon receiving this piece of intelligence tho king at onco ord red tho culprit to be conducted to his presence. The thief replied that he know tho recrct of causing trees to grow which would bear fruit of pure gold. Tho experiment might be asily tried, and his mnjwly would not lose tho op portunity ; so, accompanied by his courtiers and his chief priest, ho went with tho thief to a ppot selected near tho city wall, whore the latter per formed a series of solemu incantations. This done, the condemued man pro ducod a piece of gold and declared that if it should be planted it would produce a tree, every branch of which would bear gold. "But," he added, "this must be put into the ground by a hand that has never been stained by a dishonest act. My hand is not clean, therefore I pass it to your maiesty. . The king took the piece of gold, but hesitated, f inally he said : " I remem ber in lay younger days that I have filched money from my father's treasury which was not mine, l have repented of the sin, but yet I can hardly say my hand is clean. I pass it therefore to my prime minister. The latter, after a brief consultation. answered : " It were a pity to break tho charm through a possible bluuder. I receive taxes from the people, and as I am exposed to many temptations how can I bo sure that I have been perfectly honest? I must give it to the governor of our citadel." " No, no," cried the governor, draw ing back. " Remember that I have the serving out of pay and provision to the soldiers. Let the high priest plant it." And the high priest said : " You for get ; I have the collecting of tithes and the disbursements for sacrifice. " At length the thief exclaimed : " Tour majesty, I think it would be better for society that all five of us should be hanged, since it appears that not an honest man can be found among us." In spite of the lamentable exposure, the king laughed, and so pleased was he with the thief's cunning expedient that he granted him a pardon. His Prescription, Ia one of the small mining camps in the b ack Hills lay a big Cornishman stricLea with fever. His wife, being unskilled iu remedies, hunted for a doo tor, failing, however, after a long and patient search, to discover anything better than a veteriuary Burgeon. "What would you do, doctor," she cried, " if your own hnsband was deliii ous with fever ?" ' Madame," said he, " I know no more thau you. I can only cure horses and other brutes." " Well, doctor," she replied. " my husband's as strong as a horse. What would you do for a horse f and io! Heaven's sake tell me quick." " Madam, I thould open his mouth, pull his tongue out on one side to prevent his biting me, and give him this fever powder, paper, string and all. ' Blinded with tears of gratitude-, the poor woman paid for the fever powder and depaited. History Bays that the mau got well, but he has a hole in his tongue, and his wifa has only three fingers on one hand. Cottage Gardening. Mr. Gladstone recently addressed the villagers of Hawarden, England, where he has lived for many years, on the benefits of cottage gardenirg. He said : The trouble in that the circle of topics opened up by a flower show is not a very large one, but at the same time it is one which anybody may be well contented to treat. There is not a better nor a more wholesome and salutary village institu tion in the whole round that can be named than a flower show; that ia to say, than a society of which a flower show is the annual celebration. In the first place, it is one of those independ ent institutions which teach the people to exert themselves, and you may de pend upon it that man is not a passive and mechanical being. You don't train man aa a plant; he is a moral agent, and if any good is to bo done to him or to any woman or child and I am delighted to Bee how many young boys and girls have como for ward to obtain honorable marks of rec ognition on 1 his occasion if any effec tual good is to bo done to them it must bo done by teaching and encouroging them and helping them help themselves. All the people who pretend to take your own concerns out of your own hands aud to do everything for yon, I won't say they are imposters; I won't even say they are quacks; but I do say they are mistaken people The only sound, healthy description of countenancing and assisting these institutions is that which teaches independence end self exertion. There ia no better kind of exertion than this. It is good for your health and good for your independence, be cause, though a garden is not a very large thing in the life of a cottager, it is a very considerable element of inde pendence, as well as of comfort, pleas ure and satisf iction, when well mauaged and of proper size. It makes a sensi ble addition to his means of living; and, for my part, I sometimes hope that you, rnauy of you, may live to see the day whi n there will be no such thing in this country as a cottage without a garden. The Two Sisters. There wero two little sisters at the houso whom nobody could seo without loving, for they were, always so happy together. They had the same books and the same playthings, but never a quarrel sprung up between thorn; no cross words, no pouts, no slaps, no run ning away iu a pet On the green be fore tho door, trundling hoop, playing with Rover, helping mother, they ere always the same sweet tempered little girls. " You novcr seem to quarrel," I said to them, one clay; "how is it you are always so happy toeether ?" They looked up, and the eldest an swered : " I 'spose 'lis 'cause Addio lets me and I let Addle, I thought a moment. "Ah, that is it," I said; "she lets you, and you let her ; that's it." Did you ever think what an apple of discord "not letting" is among chil dren? Even now, while I have been writing, a great crying was heard under the window. I looked out. "Gerty, what is the matter ?" " Mary won't let me have her ball, bellows Gerty. "Well, Gerty wouldn't lend me her pencil in school," cried Mary, "and I dou't want she should have my ball Flo, fie ! is that the way sisters should treat each other?" "She shan't have my pencil," muttered Gerty; sho'll only lose iu." " And you'll only lose my ball, retorted Mary, " and 1 shan't let you have it. The "not iettiug " principle is dtwn right disobligingness, aud a disobliging spirit begets a good deal of quarreling. These little girls, Addie and her sis ter, have got the true secret of good manuers. Addio lota Rose, aud Roso lets Addio. They aro yielding, kind, unselfish, ulways ready to oblige each other; neither wishes to have her own way at the expense of the other. Habitual Criminals. A writer in a New York paper has been collecting statistics concerning the pickpocket's profession Whole fami lies ure sometimes educated to the busi ness, the littlo ones bt ing systematical ly and thoror.ghly eJucated by their parents iu the differout branches of stealing. They begin with the simple picking of the pocket of some unwary person, and finally become able to com mit the most daring burglary. Not in frequently tho habituil criminal life so blunts the moral fe liDgs, that the youth who begins as a newsboy or boot- bia-'lc, and del try abstracts the change from his customer's pocket, develops into the hardened man, who pauses at nothing in the mitillment of his de sires, aud unhesitatingly lakes the life of a fellow being, if by so doing ho thinks his evil deeds will be more cer tain to escape detection. The case of John Dohm, tho Noe murderer, is an instauco of this. He was a man com paratively young, was brought up as a thief, was the habitual a-sociate of thieves and abandoned Women, and never had any refiuing or moral influ ences thrown about him, Attempt to Escape from Jail. A novel attempt to escape from Lud low street jail, New York city, was made by one Webster, who is confined there on a warrant of arrest against him npon an execution for $1,500. Webster has been oonned in the jail for some time. and was the boon companiou of another imprisoned debtor named Billsley. The wife of the latter visited the jail quite often, and she is charged with furnish ing Webster with the disguise iu which he hoped to make his escape. .Late one afternoon Webster approached the prison gate to pa-s out, dressed in the complete attire of a woman, not except ing chignon and curls, lewelry, etc, striped stockings and high bulmoral shoes, a thick veil concealing the face, The gate keeper requested the veil to bo drawn up, which was done without hesitation, and in answer to the ques tion as to where he had been answered to see Mr. Billsley. The gate keeper said be looked very much like the pris oner Webster, which was denied. The keeper refused to allow him to pass out, aud finding himself detected, Webster ran back to his room, where the clothes were afterward found. The Bank of France. Opening on the Rne de la Verilliers, and surrounded by the Rues Radziwill, Balif, Croixdes-Petits-Champe, the Bank of France has oocupied, ever since 1811, the ancient hotel of the Count of Toulouse. Its general aspeot is that of a prison for good society. It shows many prospects of iron railings and iron doors, the latter being abundantly garnished with bolts and bars. Its height and solid walls would defjr any attempt to scale them, and every issue of the building is made for a defense which coald only be vanquished by a regular siege provided with the engines of war. Within the place is as active aa an ant's nest. Every psssagn and staircase of tho building is crowded during all the busi ness hours of the day, and an incoming multitude elbow an outgoing host in each direction. None bat people in a hurry are to be seen there J so at every door and landing place are posted UBhers ready to reply immediately to those ask ing the way to different points in the labyrinth. Yet the edifice is daily grow ing lareer. and the palace which sufficed for the want? of legitimate princes is too small for this temple of trade. Nowhere are so many varieties of people to be met as within the precincts ot tins uni versal assembly house. Every class of society is represented there, from the capitalist who comes to receive the divi dend on his shares, to the womman who ha to pay an acceptance for a few francs which he has given for his tools. The first impression made on a stranger by the Bank of France is one which inspires good will lor au estaD lishinent which, having only in view the public interest, impartially trios to be useful to every section of the com munity. It was in 1HUU, the twenty-iourm Pluviose, year VIII, that certain banker formed themselves into a company which became the Bank of Fiance. Tho principal of them were Perregaux, Le Couteulx, Cantel u, Mallett, the elder, Ilecamier, and Robillan.l, a tobacco manufacturer. Tho commercial gentle men speedily agreed upon tho statutes of a financial institution, which was to h-ivo a capital of 30,000,000 francs, or 5-0,000,000, divided iuto 30,000 nomina tive shares. The bnsiness of tho company was re stricted to discounting, collactiug bills, reciiviug deposits and consignments, keeping current accouuts, and issuing dralts at sight to bearer ; all other trade but thpt in gold and silver was forbid den. In the primitive statutes of the bauli may sua be ooservon, in a rutu nv.'utai v state indeed, but very clearly, the system which has secured to it au ulmost uninterrupted career ot pros jiority to this lny. On the twenty eighth of Nivose, or as early as the 'ishtcenth of January, 1800, a consular decree deposited a largo amount of gov ernment money w;th tho new banu, and on the twenty-fourth Germinal, year A. I, or fourteenth of April, 180d, it was definitely organized by law, under tho .stvlo and titlo of tho uauK ot .t rance, its capital being raised at tho same time to forty-nvo million francs, or nine mil lion dollars. Keeping Engagements. Miss Marie Poirsou, of Paris, has just dono a very pretty thing. Sho had buen betroihed to Iho young Count do Foisant beforo tho war, in which, while r-erving in the artillery, he had tho mis fortune to lose both his legs. After that i 'ut:U cannon shot at sedan, the count must have thought the chance of his love keening her word with him was but t-mall; but she has just done so. The marriage has taken place. During tho ludiunmutiuy a precisely similar mis- fottiine befell au officer, who obtained tho Victoria Cross at tho price of the loss of his ower limbs; and in this in- s.'auco al-.o the girl who had promised her lovo to him did not withdraw it. Such loyalty can by no means be reck oned upon in the cither sex ; and often an attack of smallpox or other illness is m fatal to a niau's lidolity as to his love's good looLs. The late Duke of Welling ton took a very characteristic middle conrso under circumstances of this k nd. lie was not sentimental nor chivalric, but he had a strong sense of duty. When the womau to whom he was engnfirert wrote to say: " My beauty is gone," ho replied, from Spain: "1 am sorry for it; but I will marry you h till if you think proper to hold mo to my bargain." And she did think proper. It is scarcely necessary to say that the marriage did not prove a happy one. Putting Them on a Level. A correspondent writing from Long Branch declares that the bathing suit is not a thing of beauty, aud that it does metamorphose people in the oddest way. One looks around and sees a tall form of dignified aspect, and a noble gray haired head, but cannot recognize the person, more especially as the indi vidual is jumping un a little girl to es eaoo a monster wa re fhat has come roll ing iu. Suddenly by some flash of jer- ception one discovers thut it is a pro fessor of Columbia law school, who evidently finds the rollers much less re spectful thau his students. The ac knowledged belles of the hops, the beau ties of the ballroom, smile at you a charming recognition, and you stare stupidly at them, wondering who they can be. Iho water, iu lact, is a great oblitcrator of distinction, and mingles beauties and plain girls, nameless jour nalists and politiod dignitaries in one common horde of blue flannel and straw hats. Iu Paris, night watches of factories aud warehouses containing highly com bustible material are supplied, for safety, with a peculiar lantern. A piece of phosphorus about the size of a pea is introduced into a glass flask, which is then one-third filled with boiling olive oil, and closed air tight with a cork. When light is desired the cork is simply removed for an instant to admit the air, and a clear light, is emitted from the empty space in the flask. The intensity oi me n gut wnen it uiminisnes may De renewed by admitting air again. A lantern thus prepared, it is said, may be used continually for about six mouths without the least trouble. A Tarody. Where the Moosetookmagnntio Pours its waters in the Bkuntio, Met along the forestside Hiram Hoover, Bnldah Hyde. She a maiden fair and dapper, He a red haired, stalwart trapper, Hunting beaver, mirk and skunk Ia the woodlands of Bqneduuk, Bhe, Pawtucket's pensive daughter, Walked beside the Bknntic water, Gathering in her apron wot Bnakeroot, mint and bouncing bet " Why," he murmured, loth to leave her, Gathering yarbs for chills and fever, When a lovyer, bold and true, Only waits to gather you?" Items of Interest. A man of littlewisdom isasage among fools. Just the place for drummers The town of Fife. A cheerful disposition is the sunshine of the soul. Making sugar out of melons is a new California industry. A Philadelphia paper says the Cen tennial will close $3,000,000 in debt. A prudent man," says a witty Frenchman, " is like a pm ; his head prevents him going too far." Mrs. Robert C. Mason, of Uilbert- ville, has presented her husband with a third pair of twins 1" She is a brick Mason. Desnitn the time, the official returns show a decrease of pauperism in Eng land and Wales the preEent year, as com pared with 1875. Horses employed in haying on the marshes near Hustisford, Jis., wear wooden shoes made of plank six by eight inches screwed to the hoof. Tfc was Georce D. Prentice who de clined to discuss tha question of woman suffrage because he had considered woman, from the creation, as a Bute issue. An old bachelor having been laughed at by a party of pretty girls, told them : . tr .. "...it ,inta I" ffn ninv 1UU ill tJ EtUJMll J"Ulwrn 4 J be small potatoes," said one of them " but we are sweet ones 1" A waiter advertises in Chicago foreni- ployment, giving as a recommendation his ability to " fold napkins iu threo hundred different woys, in the perfect image of every kind of bird. Thomas Hassett, one of the escaped Fenian prisoners, says that he once bo- fore tried to escape, and, though his original imprisonment was for life, the Australian judge sentenced him to tnree years additional. A Boston newspaper osserts thut a Western manufacturer sent a pair of lady's slippers to the Centennial without desicnatina: their use, and they were at once assigned a prominent placo among boats and nautical niiairs. A man paid 81,000 for Washington's state coach to exhibit outside the Cen tennial grounds; he put up a building, and offered a sight of it at ten cents a head. At the end of three weeks he had not taken in a single dime. What i3 tho chief uso of bread ?" asked au examiner at a recent school ex hibition. "The chief uso of bread," answered the urchin, apparently as tonished at the simplicity of the inquiry, ' is to spread butter and jam on. The policy of the South, says the Memphis Ava'anche, ia to stick to hog and hominy. In live years, under this measure of industrial reform, it will be able to pay its debts and be the richest section of ' the Union, or the world. The new United States postal law allows a person to write his cr her name on a newspaper wrapper, and also the word " from," to let tho party receiving it know who it is from, without violating the law. It allows tho sender to write on a package tho number aud kind of articles it contains. At a recent funeral in Chicopee, Mass., the earth on one side of tho grave being sandy, caved, aud one of tho pall bear ers having hold of one end of a lower ing strap, slid into the grave. Tho coffin fell on him, head downward, and some time was required to disentangle the living from the dead. A statement of the number of cattlo destroyed in the Madras Presidency by tigers and cheetahs during the three months ending the thirty first of March last shows that 452 hirses, 629 cows, 204 calves, 124 bullocks, 125 sheep, 189 goats, seven horses or ponies, eight asses, eighty-nine dogs and twelvo pigs were killed during that period. An attorney named Else, rather di minutive in stature, and not particularly respectable iu his character, once met jejjyiit Sir," said he, " I hear you have called me a pettifocgingscouudrel. Have yon done bo, sir?" "Sir," Eaid Jekyll, with a look of contempt, "I never said you were a pettifogger, or a scoundrel; but I said you were little Else.' " Near a bridere on the Seine a corpse was found in the water and brought en shore. It wus iu a dreadful state of de composition. A lady aud gentleman passing turned aside to loon at it, ami the lady recoiled in horror. " Oh, how frightful 1 What can have made the poor man kill himself?" "Doubtless dis tress and misery, replied the husband. "Ah, most likely," responded the wne, very simply. "He certainly does not look well offl" Rapid Growth of Forest Trees. A correspondent of the Boston Culti vator gives his experience in the growth of forest trees : Norway spruce ana Scotch larch were planted, and in nine years the spruce trees were fifteen feet high, with twelve feet epread of top. In fourteen years the larch were thirty feet high, with a spread of twenty feet, and a circumference of four feet at tho baso. One larch was forty feet high in seventeen years. Silver maple planted iu 1864 are now thirty five feet high, and seven to ten inches in diameter at the base. Elms planted in 1856 now range from thirty to forty feet high, and are fifteen inohea in diameter.