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HENRY A. PARSONS, Jr., Editor and Publisher.' NIL DESPERANDUM. Two Dollars per Annum. .VOL. IX. RIPGWAY, ELK COUNTY, PA,, THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 1879. NO. 17 - i . Let Bygones be Bygones. Let bygones bo bygones; if bygones were clouded By might that occasioned ll pnng ol regret, Oh, lot thorn in darkest oblivion be shrouded; 'Tis wise and 'tis kind to forgive end forget. liot bygones bo bygonos, and good bo - ex tracted From ill over which it is a folly to frot; Tho vi908t of mortals have foolishly acted The kindest are those who forgive and forget. Let bygones be bygones; oh, cherish no longer ,; The thought that tho sun of aflbction has set; Eclipsed for a moment, its rays will be stronger If yon, like a Christian, forgive and forget. Lot bygones bo bygones ; your heart will bo lighter When kindness of yours with reception has met; The flame of your lovo will be purer and brighter If, God-like, you strive to forgive and forget. Let bygonos be bygones; oh, purge out the loavcn Of malice, and try an cxamplo to set To others, who, craving tho mercy of hoavon, Are sadly too slow to forgive and forgot. Let bygones bo bygones; remember how deeply To Heaven's forbournnce wo all are in debt ; They value God's infinite goodness too cheaply To heed not the procept, " Forgive and for get." Chambers' Journal. My Strange Fellow-Passenger. "Yes," said the old doctor, assenting to a remark I had just made. " I've had a good many strange experiences in my time, and 1 think I may call mine rather nn eventful life. ' Forty years ago hist June," lie re sumed, after a moment of thoughtful silence, " 1 graduated with high honor.', and received a. hospital appointment, which would furnish me witli employ ment lor the next-live years, and enable me to obtain a practical knowledge of medicine before setting tip for myself. " My duties did not begin, however, before the first ot August, and as 1 was a little worn out by the heat and by hard study. I was glad to be able to spend the intervening' six weeks with my mother in the country. "I Iff t Philadelphia one day nt noon, by the st;ig that v:is to convey me to the town wheic she lived. We were to travel until late in the evening, when we were fi stop for the niuhtnt a little pub lic) house on the road, resuming our journey by the mail-coach at six the next morning. " There were two oilier passengers be sides myself, a young man who had sf cured the'jiox-seat which I had ex peeted.to get; and a lady who sat inside with me. " We drove nlong merrily enough, in good humor witli ourselves and each other, and had f laced about a mile be tween us and tho town, when, as I looked out of the window, I saw, stand ing by the roadside, a man with a car pet bag in one hand, who was beckoning to the driver with the other. We pres ently came up with him. "'Inside or outside, sir?' asked the ' driver, as lie dismounted. '"Inside: inside, of course,1 was the reply, a little irascibly, I thought, as the new-comer placed his feet upon the step. " ' Yer pay in ndvance. sir, beggin' ver - -. , , " .i..j i. ... ,i. ...; oj5" jmriioii, leimiuu-u iur uuvi-i, uciauuiig . him and touching his hat. " The old gentleman he was elderly, and to all appearance a gentleman seemed further irritated by tho delay, lie asked the amount, however, paid it at once, and took his seat beside mo, be stowing his carpet-bag under his feet, and evincing great satisfaction as we started again. "I had feared we were to have a dis agreeable addition to our party, judging from first impressions; but when, after a while, the man joined in conversation with us, we found him remarkably in telligent and nffable. " Before ho had talked a great while I discovered he had led rather a noma dic life. Europe, Soutli America, East India, seemed equally familiar to him. Without being garrulous, ho had so many charming incidents to relate of life in many lands, that lie contrived to entertain us most delightfully. " I judged he was traveling on import ant business, he seemed so jealous of any attention. When we stopped to al low the " box-seat " passenger to alight, and again at three o'clock, when we halted for dinner, I noticed he became restless and anxious. " At dinner, his manner was eon strained. He ate little, and talked less, consulted his ' watch frequently, and finally excused himself before we had half finished the meal, and left the room. " When we resumed our scats in the stage, we found him there before us. He was seated in his old plate, with his head drawn back in an uncomfortable corner, effectually shielding him from observation. Indeed, I had handed the lady in before she discovered him, and she gave a little cry of surprise. "'I hope I haven't startled you, madam,' he said. 'I had no appetite for dinner, so I thought I might as well wait here as in the house.' "These delays are rather annoying when one is anxiotos to get on,' I re marked. "'Yes, sir: yes,' he replied with a light sigh. 'It is highly important, too, that I should lose no time on the way.' "He then changed the subject, with the case of a man of the world, and our conversation became general. He was certainly very pleasant. After five o'elotk, when the lady inside ' as the driver called her, left us to ourselves, our tete-a-tete was especially agreeable. " Just at dark, we drew up in front of the little inn which was to furnish us with our .night's lodging " The proprietor came out to meet us, and with many apologies regretted that he had but one spare room to oiler us. "There was a wedding in the neigh borhood that evening, and a party from town had driven down early in the after noon and engaged all his apartments ex cept this one chamber. But if you two gentlemen don't ob eet sharing the same room for a couple of hours you'll have to rise early to take the mail coach I think I can make you very comfortable. There are two clean beds in the room, and' " I'm sure I'll not object,' I inter rupted, turning to my fellow-traveler. He hesjtate4 an. Instant, p4 gen. said, Well, sir, I'm agreed if you arc ;' then, with an almost solemn tone, 'Re member, sir, tho proposal came lrom you, and if fate should ' "The astonishment expressed, no doubt, upon my face at this peculiar ad dress, caused Iiim to stop. Then he laughed pleasantly, and resuming his usual manner, said, ' Excuse mo, but my mind, just now, is so occupied witli affairs very important to me that I'm afraid my attention sometimes wanders. You are very kind to offer me half of your room. I accept with many thanks.' And we passed into the tavern, where a good supper was awaiting us. "There were no other guests at the table. ' All gone to the wedding,' the landlord said. " We did not regret in the least having the house to ourselves, and supper being concluded, we went to the wide front porch, where we spent the evening in pleasant talk. " I gave my companion a sketch of my life for the past three or tour years. He reciprocated by telling mo about his family his wife, and his lovely daugh ter, who was very dear to him. " ' She is a good girl, and a very pretty f;irl, too ; everybody says so. Stay I've icr miniature 'in my carpet-bag, and my wife's too. I'll show them to you.' " He rose from his seat, when a sud den thought seemed to strike him, and ho resumed his chair, saying, 'I'd for gotten. They have taken my carpet-bag up stairs to the room. You can see them at bedtime.' " About eleven, we rose to go to our room. My companion preceded me. I sought, the landlord to ask that I should be called at half-past four, so that I mieht dress and breakfiist at my leisure, before taking the coach again. " I lingered, chatting, for ten minutes or so witli 'mine host. When at lost I entered the bed-chnmbei. I found my room-mate had made good use of his time, and was already in bed, with the coverlet drawn up to his very ears, ns if it. had been December instead of June. Making no comment, however, I was soon occupying tho second couch, which stood in , recess in the inner extremity of the room, on one side of the great fire place. " I did not sleep well. I had a teasing dream, which recurred again and again. It seemed to me that some one was mov ing about the room with eyes fixed on me. Once I thought this figure ap proached my bed, and a hard touched me. " I roused with a start. When my eyes became accustomed to the darkness, I :iwthe old gentleman looking out of the window by his bedside. " He said he had been disturbed, and he supposed the wedding guests were just returning. Gay voices outside, pres ently followed by footsteps ascending the stairs, and mutual good-nights ex changed, corroborated this conjecture. "Soon all became quiet, and I again fell asleep, and was again disturbed. This time I was sure that there were stealthy feet creeping around the room, and that a hoarse voice was muttering. I listened, and distinctly heard the words, ' The will of Fate.' I called out: " Who is there?" "Xo answer followed. The mutter ing ceased. I heard the feet creeping away toward the other bed. I could not stand the suspense, and sprang up and lighted tho candle in nn instant. " There was no person in the room but the old gentleman, who was sitting up in bod, looking startled. " ' Did you hear that noise? Were you walking about?" I asked. " ' Walking about?" he replied. ' I am only just this moment awake. I heard you call out, and I roused to see what was the matter.' " ' I'm sure I heard footsteps and voices, too, in this room !' " ' Voices in the room ! You're surely mistaken.' " Tm ml mistaken!' I repeated, testi ly. ' Why, I could even distinguish words. Something was said nbout the " will of Fate.'" " He laughed confusedly a he replied, ' I'm afraid I've been talking in my sleep again. My friends say I'm ad dicted to that bad habit, and I suppose I say all sorts of things. I think it is very likely you heard me ; and as to the footsfps, perhaps our friends next door have been restless.' " I listened, but could hear no sound. " "This explanation did not satisfy me. I looked at my watch. It was just two o'clock. " ' It is very strange, but those steps were in this room,' I said. I will let the candle burn for the rest of the night. It will be daylight, now, in nn hour and a half, and I, for one, shall be glad to see it. If I believed in ghosts, I should think this room was haunted.' I lay down ngain, determined, if possible, not to go to sleep. "The noises were not repeated. Si lence pervaded the Jiouse, unbroken, except by the breathing of the old gen tleman, who, it was evident, was now sleeping soundly. Ho was not fright ened ; that was certain. "I mused on these things for some time. Those strange words, 'the will of fate,' what did they mean? Just then it occurred tome that my fellow-passenger had used sucn nn expression the evening before, when I first offered to share my room with him. ' He must havo been talking in his sleep, after all. I'm a fool to think so much about it.' " I tossed and tumbled, and again consulted my watch. " ' Only twenty minutes of three! Oh, that morning would come!' " I glanced across the room, and fan cied for an instant that I saw my com panion's eyes wide open, watching me; but when I sat up in bed to satisfy my self about it, lie seemed to be souud asleep. "By this time, I began to be ashamed of myself. The house was so quiet it seemed absurd to be keeping vigil. Nature began to assert her claims, too, and settling back on my pillow again, I presently lost consciousness. " When I awoke again, it was broad daylight. My fellow-traveler was al ready dressed, and stood with his back to me by the open window near the dressing-table. I was about to say, 'Good morning," when I heard him mutter to himself " ' It's the will of fate. There's no re sisting it. I call on you all to witness' extending one hand, as if appealing to an assembled company ' I am only an unthinking agent in this matter. His blood be on fate's head, not mine. I've enlisted in her serviee, and I'm bound to obey orders.' " Filled witli a vague alarm, I started into a sitting nosture, the better to catch the import of his words. At that mo ment he turned., gazed at me an instant, then advanced townrd me. There was a pistol in his hand. " lie approached with the pistol lev eled at me, his ejeg burning like coals of fire. Otherwise his manner was quiet, and his voice low and muffled. "'Come, sir,' lie said, shortly, 'pre pare for death 1 Fate, whom t serve, commands me to slay you at the rising of the sun. You have just five minutes in whitl. to make your peace with Heaven : then you must die!' " The i istol was what was then called a ' pepper-box,' the prototype of the whole modern arsenal of revolving wenpons. As ho held it toward me, I could distinctly see the balls at the end of the chambers ; and I realized that the man who held the weapon of death was a maniac. If I made the least movement toward the door, my young life would be the forfeit. " What should I doP" " Like a flash of light came the thought: 'The landlord will be coming presently to rouse you Try to keep your wits about you, and gain a little time.' "'Are. you praying?" said the mad man. " 'I'm thinking,' I replied, as quietly as I could, fixing my eyes upon his livid countenance, ' that is very harsh treat ment to offer a man who has done nothing worse to you than to give you a share of his room.' "Cnn't help it, sir: must obey orders.' "'Do you know, I said, trying to control my voice, 'that you've deceived me? You didn't tell me, yesterday, about your being an agent of Fate, or I should have been better prepared ; but you allowed me to believe you to bo a gentleman, traveling on ordinary busi ness or for pleasure ; so I offered you a bed in my room; and in return, you take my life! To say the least, you have not behaved like a gentleman. " He looked a little troubled. ' De ceived is a strong word, sir,' he began. "'I can call it nothing else,' I re turned, still speaking as quietly as I could ; and what is more, sir, when a man deceives me about one thing, I'm very apt to distrust nny other statement he may make to me. I doubt, now, whether you were ever in the" East at all : I doubt whether you were ever mar ried ; I doubt if you have a daughter. Why, I remember how you said, last evening, you'd show me her miniature; but you didn't produce it. I don't be lieve now you've such a tiling in your possession.' " ' I have ! I swear I have it here in my carpet-bag !' he said, letting his hand which held the revolver fall to his side in his earnestness. " ' Well,' said I, nonchalantly. ' I'll "believe you when I see the picture, not petore. "lie laid the pistol down on tho foot of my bed, and strode across the room. You may believe I lost no time in se curing the weapon. "Just then footsteps sounded in the passage outside. Ihe landlord was coming at last. I sprang to the door, and pointed the pistol at my late would be executioner, who had turned, and was looking nt his empty hands in con sternation. " ' You stir another step,' I cried, ' it will be your last step!" " I then opened tho door nnd admitted tho astonished host, who looked per fect lj aghast as I tried to explain to liim what had occurred. I was excited al most to frenzy, while my companion, well-dressed, bland and self-possessed, expressed the greatest amazement at my story, which ho denied in every particu lar. " ' Just look nt his appearance,' he said. ' Contrast his manner with mine, and tell me which of us looks like the madman. You heard him outside, just now, landlord, threaten to shoot me. He has the pistol in his hand now. Is if Sikoly that, if it belonged to me, I would give it into his possession? The man is perfectly insane has been act ing like a lunatic ever since lie awakened this morning.' " 'At this unexpected turn of nfl'airs, I was so nonplussed that, in nn excited manner, I endeavored to show the de ceit of the fellow, moving the pistol in my excited gesticulations. "'Help, help! Murder, murder!' screamed the man, in apparent terror. "'Help, help! Murder, murder!' echoed the wretched landlord, who clutched at the other's arm, and dragged him toward tho door, vociferating, 'Help!' There's a crazy man up stairs!' " I don't know how I should havecon vinced the landlord of my sanity if un expected help had not arrived soon after, in the shape of two stout, burly keepers from an insane nsylum in Philadelphia, who pounced at once upon the old gen tleman ns their legitimate property, and handcuffed him iu the twinkling of an eye. "They had most opportunely arrived by the mail-coach during the altercation up stairs. " It seemed that the old gentleman had formerly been an actor (I could well be lieve it), but was possessed with a homi cidal mania, and had been pronounced incurable. As soon as his escape from the asylum was discovered, it at once occurred to the keepers to inquire for him at the different coach offices in the city. " Xo. such person being booked as a passenger, they were thrown off the track, and were searching the city and its environs, when they were put upon the right track by a countryman who had seen him waiting on the roadside to take the stage. " They had just time to send off two men by the mail-coach, which left Phil adelphia at ten, and whicji arrived at the inn just in time to rescue me from a distressing dilemma. " How the maniac obtained possession of a loaded revolver they could not con jecture, nnd he obstinately refused to tell. " However, as you may imagine, I did not concern myself a great deal with that question. I hurried on with my clothes, ale what breakfast I could, and left the house by that blessed mail-coach at six o'clock, thankful enough that I was able to pursue my journey uninjured. Youth's Companion. Probably the oldest timber in the world winch has been subjected to the use of man is that which is found in the ancient temples of Egypt. It is found as dowel-pins in connection with stone work which is known to be at least 4,000 years old. These dowels apptar to be of tamarisk, or chittim-wood, of which the ark is said to have been constructed, a sacred tree in Egypt, and now very rarely found in the vaaey of the Nile. A San Francisco genius named How land has invented a machine that will tell to within a small amount the quan tity of gold a person has about him. Ho spent $8,000 in experimenting, and is bow so poor that the machine will uot act within a mile of his own pocket. FARM, GARDEN AND HOUSEHOLD. Carrot Onltnre. The carrot prefers a light, sandy loam of medium fertility. A good coat of manure, applied to the soil the previous year, will prove of advantage; but if it is manured the same season it should be with guano after the crop is up. As a Gakden Chop. For garden cul ture the earliest crop should be sown as soon as the ground is fit to work. Late crops for winter use can bo sown any time before the middle of June. The seed should be soaked a couple of days in water; and immediately afterward mixed with a small quantity of ashes or plaster. This will prevent the seed from adhering together and it can then be sown more evenly. Sow in rows fifteen inches apart and cover the seed with about half nn inch of soil. Later, the young plants should be thinned to three inches apart in the row. Cultivate diligently, nnd remove all weeds from tho rows. The carrot eron is one of those crops that are irrevocably dam aged if the weeds are allowed to get tho start. The Early Horn and Atringham are among the best varieties for cooking purposes. For winter use, carrots are most conveniently kept in a cellar, packed in dry sand, ; As a Field Chop. But the carrot is more extensively cultivated as a field crop for food for cattle nnd horses. For this purpose the Long Orange and Large White Belgian are the best. In good soil these may attain a size of twelve inches long and three inches thick, and give a yield of horn 1,200 to 1,400 bush els to the acre. The land, which though light must not suffer from lack of mois ture, should be thoroughly pulverized by deep plowing and repeated harrow- iner. Souk the seed nnd mix it with ashes or plaster as before, and sow it from the middle of May to the first of June, in rows two feet apart with a seed-drill, taking care that it docs not clog in the hopper. Hoe the crop as soon as the rows can be seen, and when a couple of inches high, the plants should be thinned to six or seven inches apart. After this, the ' horse-cultivator should go through the plat at least once a fort night, as long as the crop is growing. In the fall, when the roots are taken up, they should be allowed to dry in the sun for a couple of days after the tops are cut oil", before they are put up for winter use. Jliey may no stored in a cellar, out-of-doors, or in pits, like potatoes and turnips, but having a greater tendency to decay than these, when put together in large quantities, they should be placed n small neaps only. A wrop of carrots is somewhat more expensive to raise than acropof turnips, but for winter nnd spring feed, both for horses and cattle, they are said to be better than any other root crop. Fed in moderate quantities, they strengthen the digestive organs of the animals and help to assimilate other food eaten in connec tion with them. Experienced dairymen have maintained that carrots, fed to milch cows, not onlv increase the flow of milk, but that they impart n flavor to tlie milk similar to tliat lrom green pas turage, and thpt the butter from cows fed on the Orange varieties acquires a color like summer butter. The follow ing analysis gives the composition of carrots : Water 87.5 Albumen nnd casein 0.6 Su-;ir 5.4 lilt 1.2 (iiun 1.0 YVooilv llbor 3.3 Ash 1.0 100.00 Sural New Yorker. House-top (ardeniiijr. A .really serious effort is being made to establish house-top gardening in our city, says a Xew York letter. All the sanitary objections which have been niaile to-it at one time or another have been easily waved aside by our skilllul inventors'in styles of rooting. Having seen these blossoming uuuer surfaces arranged in Europe with many pleasant ...... -... . i I !ll. l l i-iinsriiui'iicro, l IS Hlipossioie HOI lO lOOK forward to the possibility of their general uses witli eagerness. It is pro posed to have one part of the roof glassed over, and the other part covered with a wire netting to keep the mischiev ous sparrow from despoiling the- tender vegetation, nnd nlso to prevent a heedless foot from trending upon nothing at all over the eaves. A summer evening, with easy garden chairs, tea-trays, with glasses and unmcntioni bio delicacies of cooling liquids standing in readiness upon them, are said to be ns certain a luxury awaiting the future Xew Yorker as is a new moon once a month or a Black Friday once in a dozen years. Of course, the garden summit to a home will protect scuttles down which the burglar lately finds an easy nnd un disturbed opportunity to enter a house. Incredible ns it may appear, in our own block nine huge trunks were lifted up through this necessary aperture to a neighboring roof, where every article of value in a whole tamuy wardrobe for summer uses was removed unnoticed and carried away, nobody lmo yet I i j i i .i. . i i luarueu wucre, aim me uunKS U.lix' - selves were lelt to be returned' to the attic, to be again refilled with costly marketable fineries for future roof burglars. A HelUUfor Farm Stock. The importance of an occasional relish of salt and wood ashes for all kinds of stock, says the New York JForM, cannot be too highly appreciated. The most convenient form in which these materials are offered, according to feeders of wide experience, is in a solid mass, which ad mits of diligent licking on the part of the animal without gaining more of the mixture than is desirable. In order to mix these ingredients so that a solid mass may be formed, take salt and pure wood ashes in tho proportion of pound for pound, with water sufficient to hold the mixture together. To preserve the mix ture in a solid state place it in troughs or boxes sheltered sufficiently to keep rain ind snow from reaching it and con verting it into an alkaline pickle. These troughs witli their tempting contents prove efficient as baits for alluring ani mals, turned out on long runs during the day, home at night. When cattle chew leather, wood and old bones, remember that it indicates a lack of phosphate of lime in their food, which is required to supply bone ma terial. A teaspoonful ol bone meal given daily with their grain will correct the habit and supply the deficiency which induces it. II the disposition to eat bones is indulged in when cows are on grass, the deficiency evidently exists in the soil, and the pasture will be greatly benefited by a top dressing of none oust. iwo or three Hundred pounds to the acre, sown broadcast, will repay attending expenses in a better yield and quality of milk and butter. lyT. In Cookery, An English writer, speaking of the culinary uses for leaves, says that one of the most useful and harmless of all leaves for flavoring is that of the com mon syringa. When cucumbers are scarce these are a perfect substitute in salads, where that flavor Is desired. Again ths young leaves of the cucumber itself have a wonderful similarity in taste to that fruit. Carrot tops may be used, and a prodigious waste is suffered in not using the external leaves nnd blanched footstalks of the celery plant, The young leaves of the gooseberry ndded to bottled fruit give a fresher flavor nnd a greener color to pies and tarts. The leaves of the flowering cur rant give a sort of intermediate flavor between black currants and red. Orange, citron and lemon leaves impart a flavor ing equal to that of tho fruit, and rind combined, nnd somewhat different from both. A few leaves added to pies, or boiled in the milk, used to bake with rice, or formed into crusts oi paste, im part an admirable "bouquet." An infu sion can be made of either the green or dry leaves, and a tea or tablespoonful used. Peach leaves give the flavor of bitter almonds. itlulchlnR Tree. During warm weather the mulching of young trees is a decided advantage to their growth, particularly the first sea son after planting. Many young trees have, after planting, started out well, and as soon ns the warm dry season came, withered up and died, whereas if they had been mulched they would have prospered finely. Mulching is done by placing a layer of coarse manure from three to six inches deep, extending one or two feet further in each direction than the roots. This protects the earth about the roots against drying or baking with wind and sun, retains to it the requisite moisture and obviates all occasion for a practice generally of injurious effects t he watering of newly-planted trees. In case it is not convenient to get manure, cut down grass, weeds, etc., and put nbout the trees, placing flat stones or boards on top to keep it from blowing, away. Exclmnte. Exciting (Scenes nt a Hotel Fire. Some of tho exciting scenes which took place during the fatal fire at Hagerstown, Md., are described in tho columns of the Xew York Herald: The lire broke out in the front part of the Washington Hotel under the stairway on the seeond floor, nnd when discovered it had gained considerable headway. A commercial traveler was first awakened by the smoke nnd ho gave the alarm. Mrs. Middlekauft'and a servant girl were soon aroused from their beds nnd they ran through the house kicking nt the doors of the sleeping-rooms and crying " Fire!" As the news of the conflagra tion spread there was the greatest excite ment among the inmates, who rushed about in all directions to make their escape from the rapidly burning build ing. The front way of egress for those on the third and fourth floors had been cut off by the fire, and those on the second floor found it dangerous to escape in that direction. Mrs. Middlekauff did invaluable service in saving the lives of the inmates. Three times she visited the upper floors, nnd was prevented nt a dangerous moment from going on the fourth mission. She also conducted the guests to the rear building of the hotel, when many made their escape down the stairway. Many others were not so fortunate. Some jumped from the win dows, sustaining injuries, and others were seriously burned in their efforts to get to the outside. Thomas Troxell was specially warned ot tho tire, but he appeared to be indifferent, showing no disposition to hurry when ho received the news. A few hours after the lire his body was found in a mangled condition and burned beyond recognition. The body lay among the rubbish of the stair way of tho ladies' entrance. Troxell, who was in Hagerstown attending court, had evidently tried to make his escape by the front way. S. II. Dorscy, a young man, rescued Mrs. Patterson and child from the third floor at the peril of his life. The stair way was enveloped in flames, and he (lushed forward, receiving a number of burns about the head during his ascent. Tho woman and child were uninjured, their rescuer removing them from tho building by the back way. While the fire was in progress a bundle of bed clothing was found in an alley adjoining the burning hotel. Investigation dis closed a man who had wrapped the clothing about him and jumped from one of the upper stories. He was not seriously hurt. Did he Get a " Raise." Xo barber knoweth whom he may shave, and the man who rushes into a shop and drops into a barber-chair, without seeing who occupies the next eluiir to the right or left may get badly left, as a case proved yesterday. A solid old citizen in the wholesale trade was taking it easy, his face covered with lather, when in came a young man who flung off liis coat, bounced into-a chair, and called out: "Hurry up, now, for I must get back to the store before old Blank docs or ho will raise Xed! Hang him, ho won't even give a man time to die!" The solid citizen turned his face to glance at the other, and the barber noticed a reddening of his face. "Going on a vacation this summer?" asked the barber who was preparing to shave the young man. "Vacation! How the deuce can I get away from old Blank? And if I could he pays such :i stingy, contempti ble snlary that I couldn't afford even a ride on tlie ferryboat!" " Why don't you ask him for a raise?" Queried tlie barber. " Why don't I ask for the hand of his freckle-nosed daughter. He'd dis charge me in a minute, though he's mak ing monev and can afford it. If the old hyena would have a stroke of apo plexy the junior partner might do some thing, but such chaps always live to be a hundred years old." Conversation ceased heie, the solid man got out of his chair, took a brush. ing and sat down, and when the clerk arose from his chair and turned around snow-balls would have looked black beside his face. He tried to bow and speak, but something wouldn't let him. and when he started to put on his coat he held it tails up and collar down. He was still struggling with it when the solid man rose up, looked around and walked out. saving never a word. The barbers wet tlie young man's head and lieiu coiognu 10 ins none, uui uo wni&cu sideways when he went out and there was an uncertain wobble to his knees. In applying for the vacant position to day state wlmt shop you shave at. pc troit Free Press. TIMELY TOPICS. In many parts of Germany the roads are lined along the entire distaneo with rows of poplars, or of apple trees, the branches or which latter nend beneath tho weight of fruit. A fine of three shillings is the penalty for plucking the fruit, consequently it is permitted to ripen, and the owners of the community reap the benefit of the foresight in plant ing fhade trees at once beautiful and profitable. Horse races were introduced into the Grecian games 648 years B. 0., and 152 years later, or B. C. 40(1, a race called tho "Calpe," for mares only, was also introduced into their sports. The date of the introduction of racing in England is unknown. In this country the first racing is believed to have taken place almost simultaneously in both Virginia and Maryland, about the year 1750; but the first race for a public stake was on Long Island, in 1818, against time, by a horse called "Boston Blue," for $1,000. The value of California's products is fiven in these figures from the Snn 'rancisco Journal qf Commerce : " We have a wheat crop which will reach at least twenty millions of centals. We will have a wool crop of forty-five to fifty million pounds. Our vintage will yield not less than eight million f allons of wine and brandy. Ten mil ion centals of barley will lie raised, and two million centals of corn. Tho south will yield four million pounds of honey. Our gold nnd silver yield will not fall short of twenty million doKars. Our fruit and raisin crop will sell for at least three millions of dollars. Quicksilver, coal and copper will yield moderately, if not in their wonted abundance." Peculiar and infrequent crimes are brought to light occasionally in the Xew York police courts. A woman was re cently sentenced to twenty days' im prisonment for unmercifully flogging her twelve-year-old niece, and the child was given over to the Society for the Preven tion of Cruelty to Children. On the same day, in another court, a woman received four months in the penitentiary for t hrow ing kerosene over her husband's body, lighting a match nnd then trying to set fire to the oil. Husband and wife had not lived happily together for years. One evening he enmo home, found her slightly intoxicated and the two had some words. Just as the man was retiring his wife threw the oil over him, but was frustrated in her diabolical attempt and arrested. The reported exploits of Mile. Sophie von Ilerzfcld nnd several other ladies during tho recent Nihilist emcute at Kicff, add one more instance to the long nst or icmaie revolutionists in nussia. Muring the tumult which dethroned Peter III., in 1703, in favor of Catharine II.. Countess Dashkoft' rode at the head of the Preobrajenski regiment in male attire, with pistols at her saddle-bow. Several ladies of rank took part in the conspiracy formed against Alexander I. in lwyi-5. Among the political prisoners banished to Siberia by Nicholas in 1831, was the celebrated Princess lrubotskoi. One of the principal leaders of tlie Po lish insurroetionof 1863 was accompanied everywhere by his young wife, who made herself conspicuous in every skir mish by her reckless bravery. The at tempt made by Vera Sassulitch upon the life of the ex-Minister of Police, Gen. Treuoff. is still fresh in everyone's mem ory, and two young Indies of good family were lound among the workers ot the Miniist printing press recently seized in St. Petersburg. In the New York postofliee a force of six men is employed solely in correcting blunders of the people who write letters, ami the skill which these men display in prising. The postmaster gives tlie follow ing list, of a lew of the many postolllces in the United States bearing the same name: there are eighteen Brooklyns, twenty Williamsburgs, five Baltimorcs, ten Bangors, twelve Bostons, sixteen Buffalos. seventeen Burlingtons. seven teen Charlestons, four Chicngos, eight Cincinnati, ten Clevelnnds, twenty-five Daytons, fifteen Louisvilles, fifteen Jewells, three Milwaukees, fourteen Nashvilles, seven Philadelphia, fifteen (iuinceys, twenty-two lticlimonds, twelve St. Pauls, seven Toledos, thirty ir..r.i.: , .... ti o !.. .-ri -i .1.. ii 2uiiigiun, iwcniy-iivo opnugiieuis, thirteen Wilmingtons. five Omiihns. This list might be extended to more than 350 different nnd familiar names. One Saturday afternoon recently after the heavy mails had been dispatched, no less than 4,000 misdirected letters were found in the office in tlie scattering and supplementary mail matter. Evading the Customs Duty. An amusing anecdote on this subject was lately told at a public dinner by M. Ferdinand Duval, Prefect of the Seine, lie said that the octroi men of Paris, who levy the municipal barrier dues, are a most vigilant set of fellows, but that, having boasted of th-.ir merits, ho (the prefect) had been caught. A friend of his, living at St. Cloud, had made a small bet that he would introduce a pig into Paris, in his brougham, without the octroi men detecting it. M. Duval took the bet, and strict orders were given at all the gates of Paris to look out for the brougham of the friend in question. Within less than a week, however, the prefect received eighty centimes, amount of duty leviable on a pig, and a request U come and assure himself that the quadruped had been successfully smug gled in. It turned out that the pig, killed and scalded, had been dressed up in women's clothes, nnd had been driven into Paris seated triumphantly on the box beside the coachman. The Bludgeon and Dagger Fans. Some " fans " are not fans at all. The " steel fan " is simply a bar ot metal, shaped and painted to resemble an or dinary closed fan, and carried sometimes as a life preserver, sometimes by the swell mobsmen and rowdies of China, to be used at close quarters, with murder ous effect. Of the same species is the well-known " dagger fan," which con sists of tih elegant imitation in lacquer of a common folding fan, but is really a sheath maintaining within its fair ex terior a deadly blade, short and sharp. like a Malay kris. This daggt r fan was invented by the Japanese, and its im portation into China has always been strictly forbidden. Great numbers have, however, been successfully introduced into Canton, Foocliow and other large maritime cities, and they are now even manufactured by the enterprising natives of the- first-mentioned, port. fYqseft ITEMS OF INTEREST An upstart Beginning to prosper. Always best when rare Family broils. Philadelphia is to have a school for silk culture. Minnesota millers are now shipping direct to Europe The increase of the population of the United States is 1,000,000 a year, It is 3,322 miles across the continent from Philadelphia to San Francisco. Tlie total amount of lumber cut lost year is set down at 4,334,216,000 feet. A three cent stamp becomes a sent stamp after you hare mailed your letter. Good buy, as the overjoyed sales man said when the liberal customer turned to go. The flaming circus advertisement is apparent once more throughout the length nnd breadth of the land. Scientific men generally believo that the bed of the Pacific Ocean was once above water, and inhabited by men. In the Arctic regions, when the ther mometer is below zero, say thirty de grees, people can converse a mile apart. An ambitious voung writer having asked, "What magazine will give me the highest position quickest P" was told : " A powder magazine, if you contribute a fiery article." A correspondent in a Baltimore paper says that in a case of terrible burning, followed by lockjaw, which came under his observation, tlie patient was cured by the application of dog fat. Mine. Cataeazv. wife of the Russian Minister at Washington, during Grant's administration, is dead. She had the reputation of being tlie handsomest women at the national capital. " Father," said a cobbler's lad, as he wns pegging away at an old shoe, "they say that trout bite good now." " Well, well," replied tlie old gentleman, "you stick to your work and they won't bite you!" Any one who wants a printing-press hn.s now the chance of purchasing-the one which Napoleon earned with him to Moscow, and which leu into the hands of the Russians during his retreat. It is now at St. Petersburg, and the owner offers to sell it for 1,000 roubles about $730. Delaware and Rhode Island are the sleeve buttons of the Western Hemi sphere. Kcw York Herald. And Ken tucky furnishes the studs. Boston Post. And New York furnishes the rings. Alhnny Aryus. And Missouri the Vest. Chicago Newspaper Union. And Wash ington the Schurz. Oxschaxonlilo Irodalomtortcnelmi Lapok is the title of a little fortnightly journal published in Kolozsvar, Hungary, whose columns contain original articles in French, German, English, Italian, Span ish, Portuguese, Norse.Swedish and Mag yar. Often tlie poems are followed by translations into several languages. A father said to an old acquaintance who came to condole with him on the unmanageableness of his two sons, who bad committed a burglary in the next town nnd had been sentenced to prison : " It is pretty rough on me to have them both go to once, but there is one thing to it when it comes night now, you know where them boys.be"." The daily circulation ot the most popular newspaper in the City of Mexico, with a population of 200,000, does not exceed 2,000 copies. All the newspapers in the republic aggregate a consumption of only nbout 800 reams a month; a quantity that many single mills in the United States could supply, and yet not run a fourth of the time. A Prince's Mistake. Prince Peter of Oldenburg has just had a somewhat exciting experience. He is at the head of the imperial Russian colleges for girls and is very diligent in performing his duties. lie lately de cided to see for himself whether there were any grounds for the numerous complaints of the poor food furnished nt the Smoling Convent, where 800 ' girls are educated. Proceeding to the insti tution just before tlie usual dinner hour, he avoided the main entrance, and walked straight toward tho kitchen. At its door ho met two soldiers carrying a huge steaming caldron. "Halt! he called out, " put that kettle down." The soldiers, of course, obeyed. " Bring me a spoon," added tho prince. Tlie spoon was at once produced, but one of the soldiers ventured to begin a stammering remonstrance. "Hold your tongue," cried tlie prince; "take off the lid. I insist on tasting it." .o lurtuer objec tion was raised, and his highness took a large spoonful. "You call this soup!" he exclaimed ; " why, it is dirty water!" " It is, your highness," replied the soldier; "we have just been cleaning out the laundry." A "Cluck" and Six Kittens. Mr. Parvin, of West Icesport, has a cluck" which tenderly cares for six kittens about three weeks old. The cluck had been deprived of a brood of young chickens, r.nd feeling the loss very keenly she no doubt consie""l the tak ing charge of the kittei :i ju -f compen sation. Tee kittens sein; V iwien to her call, and will nestle umiui ner wings and feathers like little chickens. No one is allowed to approach, not even tho cat herself, while tho hen has charge, but she seems satisfied when the kittens oc casionally creep out and go over to the mother cat in the next comer. This is indeed a great curiosity. Quite a num ber of persons have watched with great interest the old hen caring for tlie kittens. She "chicks " and calls them, plays with them anil scratches and endeavors to lmd for them. The kittens jump about tho old hen nnd make a big fuss with their two-footed, feather-tailed mammy. Reading (l a.) Logle. Delicacy of the Mint Scales. The fine gold-weighing scales made in Philadelphia for the New Orleans mint are marvels of mechanical invention and accurate workmanship. The larger of the two has a capacity of ten thousand ounces troy, or about six hundred and eighty-six pounds avoirdu pois, and, when loaded to its full weight, will show a variation of one-thousandth part of an ounce, or the millionth part of it weighing capacity. Another pair of scales is the one intended lor weigh ing gold only. It has bearings com posed of the finest agates, which have . been ground with wonderful precision So delicate is this machine that it wil. ' give the precise weight of a human hair, and is susceptible to the slightest ntmos phcric changes. Millions of dollars' worth of precious metals will be weighed annually upon these scales. 1 New Orleans Times. f