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Willi HENRY A. PARSONS, Jr., Editor and Publisher. NIL DESPERANDUM. Two Dollars per Annum. VOL. IX. BIDGWAY, ELK COUNTY, FA., THURSDAY, JULY 31, 1879. NO. 23. Watchwords. Through gathering clouils and stormy seas ol fiite Two golden -watchwords guide and comfort me; Toiling along my path, early and late, I cling to patience and fidelity. In nil the weary clinngos ol my day I strive to follow duty faithfully; And when I falter, tainting ty the wny, With sulitlo inlluonco patience strengthens me. So onward, through what sufl'cring God may send, I walk with faith, and feet that shall not tire, Trusting with patience, strong unto the end, To reach at Inst, oh, Lord, my soul's desiro. Helen S. Conant, in Harper's. A Midnight Struggle. In the parly autumn of the year 184!), about half an hour of sunset, I drew rein in front of a large double log house, on the very summit of the Blue Ridge mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The place was evidently kept as a tavern, at least so a sign proclaimed, and here I determined to demand ac commodation for myself and servant Hose, a dark-skinned body-guard, liose and I had been playmates in child and boyhood, and 1 need hardly say that the faithful fellow was attached to nie as I was to him, and on more than one occasion lie had shown his devotion. There had been a " shooting match " at the Mountain House that day, and, as I dismounted, I saw through the open window of t he barroom a noisy, drunken, and evidently a quarrelsome set of backwoodsmen, each of whom was swearing by all possible and im- fiossible oaths that lie was not only the ost shot, but that he could out-tight, out-jump, out-wrestle, run faster, jump higher, dive deeper and come up dryer than any other man " on the moun tains." '"I say, Mara Ualph," said Bose, in a low tone, as I handed him my bridle rein, " I don't like the looks of d'em dar. S'pose wo goes on to the next house: taint fur." "Nonsense, Boso," I replied ; "these fellows arc only on a little spree over their shooting. We have nothing to do Willi tliem nor tliey with us. Take the horses round to the stables and see to them yourself. You know they've had abiiril day of it." And throwiny; my saddle-bagsvor tny siioulders. I walkd up the narrow ;itll to the house, I found, as t have intimated, the bar room li ! i' 5 wi'.h a noisy, turbulent crowd, who one and all stared at me without speakin-.' :is I went up to flic bar ami instiled if I am! my servant co'iid have ,i: i ivniinodat,ion for the night. K 'Ci-ivinsr an allinnative reply from the landlord, a little, red-hended, cadaverous-looking man, I desired to hi at once shown to my room, whither I went, but not until I had been compelled to decline a score of requests to " take a drink," much to the disgust of the slal-' wart bacchanalians. The room to which I was shown was at the far end of a long two story struc- tu re, evidently but recently added on to the main building, which it intersected at right angles. A gallery extended along the front, by means of which the rooms were reached. I found my apartment to bo large and comparatively well furnished, " there being, besides the lied, a comfortable cot. half a dozen " splint bottomed" chairs, a heavy clothes press, and a bureau with glass. There were I wo windows, one along side the door, anil the other in the oppo site end of the room. The first mentioned door was heavily barred wilh stout oak strips, a protec tion, I presumed, against intrusion from the porch, while across the latter door was drawn a heavy woolen eu'-tuin. In the course of half an hour Bose entered and announced that the horses had been properly attended to, and a few minutes later a bright-faced mulatto girl summoned us to supper. Supper oyer, I returned to my room, first requesting to be roused for an early breakfast, as I desired to be on the road by sunrise. Thoroughly wearied with my day's ride, I at unee began preparation's for re tiring, and had drawn oil one boot, when Bose came in rather hastily, looking furtively over his shoulder, and then cautiously closing and locking the door. " Mars Ralph, dars gwino to be trouble in dis house afore morning," he said. And I saw in a moment that some thing had occurred to upset the faithful fellow's equilibrium. "Why, Bose, what is it? What do you mean?" I asked, barely restraining a smile. " I tole you, Mars Ralph, we'd better trabbel furder." was the rather mysteri ous reply. "You see dat gal dere tole nie dar would be a muss if we stayed in this old house all night." By close questioning I elicited the fact that t he girl had really warned him that four men whom I hatt noticed together were a desperate set of villains, and probably had designs upon our property, if not our lives. The girl had seen two of them at the stable while I was at supper, and by cautiously creeping into a stall, next the one in which they stood, had heard enough to convince her that they meant mischief. Subsequently to this she also saw the landlord in close confab with the entire party, and from his actions judged that he was urging the men to their nefarious work. "I tell you, Mars Ralph, dem people ain't arter no good now you heard me, persisted Use. I had brgim to think so myself; but what was to be done. The situation was full of em harassment, and I felt that nothing could be done save to wait and watch, and, by being on the aleit, defeat their plans by a determined resistance. I found that from the barred window, in which there was a broken pane of glass, a good view of the stables could be had. Then for the other window. I crossed the room, drew aside the heavy curtain, and, raising the sash, looked out. A single glance was sufficient to caus . me a thrill of surprise, and I gave a low exclamation that instantly brought Bose to my side. . Far below I could 6ee the faint glim mer of water, the low murmur of which came indistinctly up from the depth while on a level with what should have been the ground, I dimly iuw the waving tree-tops, na they gently swayed before the fresh night breeze, and knew that the window overlooked a chasm, the soundings of which I could only guess at. In other words, the house, or that por tion of it was built upon the very verge of the cliff, the solid rock forming a foundation more lasting than any that could be made by the hands of man. I leaned far out, and saw that there was not an inch of space left between the heavy log on which the structure rested nnd tho edge of the precipice ; Mid then I turned away with the full con viction that if escape must bo made, it certainly would not be made in that di rection. There was nothing especially strange in this ; there are many houses so constructed I had saen one or two myself and yet when I drew back into tho room nnd saw the look in Bose's face, I felt that danger quick and deadly was hovering in the air. Without speaking I went to my saddle bags and got out my pistols a superb pair of long double rifles, that I knew to be accurate anywhere under half a hun dred yards. 'Dar! dem's what I like to see!" ex claimed Bose, as ho dived down into his bag and fished out an old horse pistol thatiad belonged to my grandfather, and which I knew was loaded to the muzzle with No. 1 buckshot. It was a terrible weapon at close quarters. The stables in 'which our horses wer feeding could be watched, and by events Liaiispuuig in uiat locality we wouict shape our actions. I found tho door could be locked from the inside, and in addition to this, I improvised a bar by means of a chair leg wrenched off ana thrust through a heavy iron staple that had been driven in the wall. Its fellow on the oppoiste side was missing. We then lifted the clothes press before the window, leaving just room enough on one side to clearly see, and, if neces sary, lire through ; dragged the bureau against the door with as little noise as possible, and felt that everything that was possible had been done. A deathlike stillness reigned over the place, broken only once by the voice of I he colored girl singing as she crossed the stable yard. I had fallen into a half doze, seated in a chair near the window facing the stables, where Bose was on the watch, when suddenly 1 felt a slight touch upon my arm and the voice of the faithful sentinel in my ear. " Wake up, Mars Ralph; dey's foolin 'bout de stable doo' arter do horses, shuah," brougl.it me wide awake to my leri. Cautiously peeping out . I saw at a glance that Bose was right in his con jeetuie there were two of them one standing out in the clear moonlight, evi dently watching my window, while the other nnd I fancied it was the landlord was in the shadow near the door, which at that moment slowly swung open. As tho man disappeared within the building, a low, keen whistle out the air, and at the same instant I heard the knob ofiny door cautiously tried. A lew hiss from Bose brought me to his side, from tho door where I had been listening. " 1 ey's got de horses out in de yard," he whispered, as he drew aside to let me look out through tho broken pane. "Take the door," I said, " and fire through if they attack. I am going to shoot that fellow holding the horses." "Lordy, Mars Ralph, it's de tavern keeper. He ain't no count. Drop the big man !"' was the sensible advice, which I determined to adopt. Noiselessly drawing aside the curtain I rested the muzzle of my pistol on the sash where the light had been broken away; nnd drew a bead upon the tallest of the two men who stood, holding the three horses, out in the bright moonlight. The sharp crack of the weapon was instantly followed by a yell of pain, nnd I saw the ruffian reel backward, and measure his length upon the earth, ami then from tho main building there rang out : "Murder! Murder! Oh, help!" hike lightning it flashed across my mind. There were three horses out in the open lot! There was, then, another traveler besides ourselves. "A heavy blow descended upon tho door, and a voice roared : Quick ! Burst the infernal thing oppn, and let me get at him. The scoundrel lias killed Dave!" . " Lot them have it, Bose," I whis pered, rapidly reloading my pistol. " The second panel." With a steady hand the plucky fellow leveled the huge weapon and pulled the trigger. A deafening report followed, and again a shrill cry of mortal anguish told them the shot had not been wasted. "Sabcus! how it do kick!" exclaim ed Bose, under his breath. The blow had fallen like an unexpect ed thunderbolt upon the bandits, and' a moment later we heard their retreating footsteps down the corridor. " Dar'll bo more of 'em heah 'fore long, Mars Ralph," said Bose, with an omin ous shake of the head. "I 'spects dese b'longs to a band, and if dey comes an' we still heah, wo gone coons tor shuar." This view of the case -was new to me; but I felt the force of it. I knew that such bands did exist in these mountains. Stunned for a moment, I turned round and stared hopelessly at Bose; but ho, brave fellow that he was, never lost his head for an instant. " Bound to leab here, Mars Ralph," ho said, quiteconfidcntly. " An' dar ain't no way gwino 'cept tro dat window ;'" and he pointed to the one overlooking the cliff. I merely shook my head, nnd turned to watch again, hoping to get a shot at the rascal on guard. Bose, left to his own devices, at once went to work. I heard him fussing around the bed for some time, but never looked to see what ho was after until he spoke. " Now den for de rope," I heard him say, and in an instant I caught his meaning. . lie had stripped the bed of its cover ing, dragged off the heavy tick and tho stout hempen rope with which it was " corded." In five minutes he had drawn the rope through its many turnings, and then, gathering the coil in his hands, he drew up the sash and prepared to take sound ings. Jt failed to touch the bottom : but, no wise disheartened, he seized the cotton coverlet and spliced on. This succeeded and tiio cord was drawn up preparatory to knotting it in place of cross pieces. In the meanwhile the silence without had been broken once. A shrill, kn whistle, such as we had heard before, was given by the man on the watch, and replied to by some one seemingly a little way off. Then I heard footsteps toft, cat-like ones on the veranda outside, showing that the robbers were on the alert at alllpoints. At length Bose announced the " lad der " ready. It was again lowered from the window, and the' end was held and made fast to the bed wo had dragged over for the purpose. "Now, den, Mas'r Ralph; I go down fust and see if 'um strong enough to bar us." And lie was half way out of the win dow before I could speak. " No.Bose ; you shall not," I answered, firmly, drawing him back into the room. " You must " The words were lost in the din of a furious and totally unexpected attack upon the door. The dull heavy strokes of the axe were intermingled with the sharp quick clat ter of tho hatchets as they cut away at the barrier, and once in a while I could hear deep oaths, as though they had been rendered doubly savage by our resis tance. " Here, Bose, your pistol! Quick!" I whispered, and tho heavy charge went crashing through, followed by shrieks aid curses of pain and rage. "Now, then, out with you! I will hold the place," I said, rushing back to the window. Come, Bose, hurry, or all will be lost." The fellow now wished to insist cm my going first ; but he saw that time was wasting and glided down ..the rope, grad ually disappearing in the heavy sliadows. me tan of one oi tneir number had caused only a momentary lull, and I heard them renew the assault with ten fold fury. I dared not fire again", for I felt that every bullet would be needed when af fairs were more pressing. It seemed an age before I felt the sig nal flm below that the rope was ready for me ; but it came, and I let myself down, pausing an instant, as my eyes gained a level with the sill, to take a last look into the room. ' As I did so the door gave way, and the bloodthirsty demons poured over the threshold. I knew that I had no time for delib erate movement. They would instantly discover the mode of escape, and either cut the rope or else fire down on me. I hr.d taken the precaution to draw on my lieavy riding cloves, and my hands, thus protected, did not sutler as much as might have been expected. With my eyes, fixed upon the win dow, I slid rapidly down, and struck the earth with a jar that wrenched every bone in my body. Quick as lightning I was seized by Bose, dragged some paces on one side, and close against the face of the cliff. Not a secord too soon, for down came a volley ,'tearing up the earth about the toot of the rope, where, a moment be fore. I had stood. "Thunder, they will escape! After them, down the rope!" yelled a voice al most inarticulate with rage. And I saw a dark form' swing out nnd begin the descent. "Now, Mars Ralph," whispered Boso, significantly, and with a -quick aim I fired at the swaying figure. Without a sound the man released his hold, and came down like a lump of lead, shot through the brain. Another had started in hot haste, and was more than half way out of tho win dow, when suddenly the scene above was brilliantly lit up by the glare of a torch. Again the warning voice of the watch ful black called my attention to the figure now struggling desperately to re gain the room, "and, as before, I threw lip my pistol, and covering the exposed side, drew the trigger. With a convulsive effort the wretch, springing far out into the empty void, turned once over, and came down with a rushing sound upon tho jagged rocks that lay at the foot of the precipice. A single look to see that the window was clear we knew there could be no path leading down for a long distance either way, or they would never have attempted the rope, and we plunged headlong into the dense forest that clothed the mountain side. We got clear, it is true ; but with the loss of our animals nnd baggage; for the next day, when we returned, with a party of regulators, we found the place a heap of smoldering ashes, and no living scul to tell whither the robbers hail fled. It is Better. It is better to look up and take pleas ure in contemplating the good 'and great, than to find happiness in low de vices and mean acts. It is better to tell the truth than to tell a lie ; to do good than to do mean ; to save a reputation, than to blast one; to have charity than to be critically severe: to love your fel lows than to hate them ; better to lilt up tho fallen than to null down those al ready up; to speak kind words than to hiss out the gall of bitterness; to keep pure than to reek with filth; to be on the losing side of right than to be on the triumphant side of wrong; to be honest than to cheat ; to have honest piety than to be a flaunting hypocrite ; to lie indus trious than to be an idle vagrant; to be a air and square human being than to be n.n uncertain quantity. With your virtue worship the true and you may at tain unto greatness, but you can never do it in the eyes of justice by trampling upon, or by despising what is under you. The poor have as bright eyes Bnd as ten der hearts as the rich. Tliey are not be low your consideration. Nature's wil low will bend over them with the same grace and beauty they will over the proudest son and daughter of earth. Con cerning being true in life, Grace Green wood says : " Never unsex yourself for greatness. The worship of ono true heart is better than the wonder of the world. Don't trample on the flowers while longing for the stars. Live up to the full measure of life, give way to your impulses, loves and enthusiasms ; sing, smile, labor and be happy. Adore poetry for its own sake; yearn for, strive after excellence ; rejoice when others attain itf feel for your contemporaries a loving envy; steal into your country's heart; glory in its greatness, exult in its power, honor its gallant men, immortalize its matchless women." How much better to do these things than to go sulkingand skulking through Hie like some dishon ored cur! It is better and easier to do right than to do wrong. You go straight forward to the right, but you approach the wrong by devious and doubtful ways. Quincy Modem Argn. Mr. John B. (lough is in his sixty second year, has traveled about 420,000 miles and delivered nearly 8,000 lectures within tho last thirty-seven years, and vet lie has not betyt in bed a whole day from illness since 1846. TIMELY TOPICS. Prof. Bencke, of Marburg, Germany, after measuring 970 human hearts, says that the growth of that organ is greatest in the first nnd second years of life. At the end of tho second year it Is double in size, and during the next five years is again doubled. Then its growth is much slower, though from the fifteenth to tho twentieth year its size increases by two thirds. A very slight growth is then ob served up to fifty, when it gradually diminishes. Except in childhood, men's lienrts are decidedly larger thin those of women. A French minister of finance has a good word for toads, moles nd birds. For toads because they live mtirelv on insect food, and are entirely harmless; for moles because they live on grubs, larvm, palmer worms nnd insects injuri ous to agriculture, it having been pret ty well demonstrated that the true mole docs not eat vegetable food. Of birds lie says: Each department looses several millions annually through insect. Birds nro the only enemies able to contend against them vigorously. They nro the great caterpillar killers and agricultural assistants. J " The Americans endeavor to combine strength with lightness," says tlu Ion don Economist, "while we look enly to strength; notice the locomotive anl cars, American implements and tools, Which have beautiful finish and lightnejs, and arc -more convenient than ours, i Take American and English scythes, as an in stance. I find that tho American weighs a little over two pounds, and hiving a good curve and polish under the lunaee, are handier ana out easier and closer than the English, which weigh nearly five pounds, and are broad, straight anil rough, just as the hammer leaves them." A Paris correspondent tells a strange story of tho Zulu war. In 18G3 Captain Lambert, of the Fourth Voltigeurs of the French Imperial guard, was caught cheat ing at cards and was expelled from li is regiment. He decided to drown him self, but his godfather convinced hini that it would be better try his fortune in foreign lands. So lie went to the Cape of Good Hope, learned the native (ialeets nnd became a purveyor of iimnunition to the Zulus, nnd afterward obtained a commission in the Zulu army, of which he finally became commandor-im-hief. Ho died in the service, but it is sai( that to him the Zulus owe their knowlclge of military tactics. i .In- In St. Petersburg more than six dred persons of the noble or privileaed classes are under arrest to be deported to Siberia without trial. In one of the tem porary governor-generalslups in the south of the empire (Odessa) sixty privileged persons have been already sent to Siberia without trial, and wo hundred persons of tlus class are under arrest to be judged. So great is the nuiti ber of persons of this category to be ex iled that a practical difficulty is sait to have arisen in connection with their de portation. A nobleor privileged person, who has not been judicially sentenced, when sent to Siberia, by the orders of tho Thiid Section, or Secret Police, nust ho escorted by two gendarmes, it lfing against tho laws to manacle a privileged person who is uncondemned. It appears that there are not gendarmes enough tints to escort the number of persons to be deported, and the Ministry of Secret Police has proposed to get rid of this difficulty by sending the" privileged per sons fettered like ordinary criminals. On the other hand, the officials nri op posed to any such course. The Giant Cue 1 1 or Aiizn.ii. A writer in the Philadelphia Time, describing atrip through Arizona, says: We soon entered the land of giant cacti. I was never more surprised than at seeing the wonderful development of this plant in this region. I am satisfied that nowhere in the world is such sie attained. The species called Swatara grows to tho enormous height of sixty feet, nnd measures six feet in diameter. There are tens of tltousands of this species. Most of them viil measure from eight inches to two feet in diameter and reach a height of twenty to thirty feet. Some have no limbs, and resemble a high post; others have from one to three arms. Tliey seem to stand on the top of the sand, with scarcely any root, and must receive their nutrition largely from the atmosphere. They nro capped wit ha beautiful Mower, and later with fruit. Tha Indians remove the fruit with a long spiked Dole, and use it in large quanti ties. Tho center of this cactus is pierced with a hard, tough rod, which supports it in times of storm. So firm is this sup port that one is seldom found broken or blown to the earth. When in a state of decay you can extract tho centre, which resembles more than anything else a fishing-rod. There are fifteen or twenty different species of caeei growing in this region. 'I he pole cactus grows much like a Targe corn-stalk. Each year's growth is indi cated by a joint, and a rich, tenacious gum exudes from the surface, causing it ta burn like pine when it is entirely green. There are two varieties of what is called the bulb. These grow in tho form of a ball and nearly the size of a pint cup. One variety is armed with thorns half an inch in length, the other with a different kind of thorn, much re sembling a porcupine's quill. These thorns are as sharp as needles, and re quire but little pressure to penetrate their entire length into the foot of a man or the hoof of a horse. The variety hav ing the short thoins bears a red-colored fruit, about the size of a small peach ; it is very sweet, and the juice flows from a gold pen as heautilul red ink. There is another species which bears a different kind of fruit, resembling a cucumber about two-thirds-matured. The pulp is of the consistency of the banana, but much sweeter, and very full of black, flat seeds, the 6ize of a dime. As far as I have been able to ascertain there aro three kinds of fruit growing on as manv different species of cacti in this desert land. Another kind, prized nioro than all tho rest by the Indians, very much resembles our century plant. The wild Apaches have for ages depended largely on this for sustenance. They boil the root, make it into mush nnd tlnm out it and from the rest of the plant make a our arinK, wfiicfi tliey greatly enjoy. The Charleston (111.) Flaintlealer says that the farmers of that vicinity have discovered a ew cure for hog cholera. When flip nhnlni-fi nnnpnra animals they cook a dead one and feed it to the others, and it rarely fails to effect a cure. FOR THE FAIR SEX. Fashion Notts. Vegetables are now seen on bonnets. Lawns of a pale green are fashionable. Mexican filigree jewelry is the coming rage. The last novelty in fringe is made of pack-tliread. Carefully-made flies are worn as ear rings nnd pins. Linen serge slippers are cool for home wear in hot weather. Dressmakers say that alpaca will be much worn this fall. Feathers prevail wherever tliey can be used with propriety. The yoke waists have been superseded in Paris by tho fan waist. Silk nets are more popular than ever, especially for young ladies. The costumes of grenadine over silk are usually made with a polonaise. Cover a Japanese fan with a bit of pretty silk and it is quite "chick." High colored stockings are the rago still, and especially for young misses. A new sort of goods. Glace Mar guerete, of silk and wool, is mucli worn. Linen costumes much embroidered are worn for morning dress in the country. A profusion of knife-plaited ruffles weighs down the new cheese clotli gowns. Dresses are worn much shorter in the streets abroad than they are in this country. The flower that a lady wears at her throat should give tho keynote of color in her dress. Dresses of the same material as those worn by tliei mothers are made up for young girls. fc Ribbons with spotted strines are tho latest importation, and take the fancy of nearly all the ladies. Imitation pearl beads nre coming into fashion this fal., and large importations from Italy will be made. Tidies made of pink and blue silesia and bordered witli laco are considered quite tho thing just now. Pointed waists, botli back and front. are being revived, but are far from heini? a becoming style for the figure. Barege dresses for voting girls are trimmed with cascades of Breton lace, with loops ol rinnon in each fold. Imitation Lislo thread gloves, costing but ten cents per pair, are just as hand some as the real, which cost ten times as much. Some walking suits have lone waist extending nearly to the knee in front These can be worn without any outside wrap. Sewing beads on black Liee would be a profitable amusement for idle hours. Beaded lace is to be fashio.iablc in tho winter. A Paris idea is to wear flesh-colored stockings under open-worked ones. Preposterous as this is, it is fashionable on the boulevards. Velvet is more used for trimming now than at the beginning of the summer, but it is placed on cotton materials rather than on woolens. A new hat called tho Princess Louise lias made its appearance in London and New York. Il is of delicate straw and turned up one side and back. To Mend Slocking. A lady, who finds in the practice of the homely art that she brings comfort to her family, gives these suggestions as to stocking-mending: Given a dozen pairs of woolen ribbod socks. Select from them the two or three pairs most worn; cut away the heels and toes, nnd lay by the better parts for use in mending well, yes, for patches. From tho best hose retained to be re paired, cut out the worn heel, and from the patches cut a new heel precisely like the old one. First sew the bottom of the heel, then sew it into the place made vacant. Use soft cotton, or else tho fine, soft mend ing yarn, which comes, of all colors, on spools. Sew the raw edges " over and over," about as close as a nice overcast ; so that wnen tne new neei is worn out, vou have only to pull the thread nnd insert another. Tho thread must not be so tight but that tho seam will flatten and become imperceptible to the foot. To sew in such a heel will require nbout one minute. If the toe is worn, so that tho new dans seem to take from the old, and the rent is made worse, cut it off so far from the instep as it is thin. rroni the top of the sock put aside, cut a new toe like the old. Sew across tho end, nnd then around the foot, ob serving to make the seam, as before, flat and soft. When again worn out, repeat the pro cess, till the entire dozen, like tho fabled ducks, have eaten one another up. Hypochondria. There are mild forms of hypochondria which never receive that specific name from tho doctors who attend them, but nevertheless give their victims much trouble. The nervous man who is visited with a pimple magnifies it into a malig nant pustule, and his imagination tor tures him with the morbid picture ol the suffering and sudden death which he will be called to undergo. Many people are haunted all their lives in this way without anything serious ever happen ing, and when tliey reach old age have, for solo compensation, the opportunity of congratulating themselves that not one of tho disagreeable omens they had was ever realized. But after tho hypo chondriac is cured of ono of his un healthy fancies he is sure, sooneror later, to acquire another. As Dr. Maudesley points out in his "Responsibility in Mental Disease," though the patient may seem to go away entirely disabused of his sick fancies, they return to him. or aro supplanted by worse. In very exceptional instances, indeed, the hypochondriac may tako a new de parture and with a dailv sum-erne effort of will shake off the enenmbrance that weighs upon fiim. But this is so sel dom the case that statistics scarce make mention of it; and it may generally be taken for granted that when hvnochon- dria is cured a change of surrounding conditions is more responsible for it than is the direct exercise of will on tho part of the patient, his environment remain ing unchanged. Few men thus afflicted have the perseverence and the strength of will necessary to lift off every day the incubus which fastens them down and to think nnd act like well men merelv because they choose to do so.-JVu J'ori Telegram. Little Johnny's Philosophy. There was a dog, and there was a cat, nnd tlierewas a ox. The dog it sed to the ox, the dog did : " That's a mighty long tail you pot there, mister, with a nice tossle to the end, but you can't waggle it when you meet your master." Then the cat it sed to tho ox : "No, indeed, and you can't bio it up like a bloon when you git mad." Then the lam it sed : "You ain't able for to twinkle it, either, wen you think of something funny." The ox he thot a while, and bime by ho spoke up nnd sed his ownself : " I plade hooky wen I was a little boy so much that I dident learn them vain accomplishments, that's a fnck, but I got a tolably good bisness edecasliun, and I gess mebbe you fellers wude have to cum to mo for to hellep you out if you had to fil a order for ox-tail soup." Wen Mister Gipple was in Africa lie seen sum natifs, wich is called Hotten tops, nnd they likes t heir beef raw, like dogs, and lie see em cut it orf of the cat ties wilo they was a life and bellerin. And sum of the catties had ben cut up a good deal that way, but not tied. One day the King of tho Ilottentops ho see Mister Gipple, and he sed, the King sed : "Did you see any catties 'long the road you cuniP Cos mine have strado away, and I can't find 'em." Mister Gipple he sed : " Yes. sir. iest over bevond that, hill 5s a porter-house stake with one horn broke i orf, and 'bout a mile further 'long yule uno a ni) roast eattn tne wiiers, and near ' by I seen two houtches of bull fitin sum i soop hones, nnd onto the other side of the spring I gess yule see a liver and sum tripe a lay-in in the shade and a cheivin their cuds." But Mister Brilv. tho butcher, he nock em onto the lied witli axes and cut their throte in a minnit, nnd me nnd Billy we say hooray. Cows is beef, and a calf it is veal, but little pigs is mutton. One time I was in Mister Brilv's shop and lie had cut orf a pigs bed and set it on the top of a hard, and ole uatier Peters he cum in and seen it, nnd he sed, old Gaffer did : "Mister Brily, your pig is a gitting out." Mister Brily he luked, and then he sed : "That's so. Gaffer, you jest take that stick and rap him onto the nose fore he can draw it in." So Gaffer he took up the stick nnd snook up real sli, and fetched the pigs lied a regular nose wipe, hard as ever lie cude with the stick, and nocked the pigs lied orf the burl, and you never seen sceh a stonish old man. But Mister Brily he pretended like he wasent lookin, and old Gall'er ho sed : "Mister Brilv, you must xcuse nie. but wen I struck at that pig it dodged and cut its lied orf agin the cdje of the barl." Wrapping Food in Paper. It is a matter of daily experience on the part of every one who purchases such common necessities of life as butter, bacon, cheese, sausages, etc., that these goods are. almost invariably wrapped up in printed or manuscript paper. Per haps we might also say that provisions for picnics and other hampers are stowed away in similar coverings, and it will, therefore, not be amiss if we call atten tion to the fact that danger has been dis covered to lurk in these newspaper wrappings. In the ease of printed paper, the char acters have often been transferred to the cheese or butter, and either they are cut away by the observant cook, or they are unnoLiced, and in due course become as similated in the process of satisfying hunger. It is supposed that the ink or the paper itself may possibly by some chance contain something deleterious. Rut written paper is even more likely to be hurtful, inasmuch as in writing the inper has been in close contact with the land, which not improbably may lie giving i ff a perspiration, that may enter the pores ol the paper and may there ferment, not with advantage to health in the event of any portion of the manus cript being allowed to accompany. the food down unsuspecting threats. This subject has called forth some correspondence in German papers, and though we wouid not attach absurd im portance to it. it may still lie said that clean unused paper is so cheap that retail dealers have small excuse lor using cither printed or written matter for wrapping up their commodities. hxeiuinye. The Queen of All. Honor the dear old mother. Time has scattered the snowy flakes on her brow, plowed deep furrows on her cheek, but is Hue not, s weei anil oeauuiui now r no lips are thin and shrunken, but those are the lips which have kissed ninny a hot tear from the childish cheeks, and they are the'sweetest lins in all the world. The eye is dim, yet it glows with the soft radiance of holy love which can never fade. Ah, yet, she is a dear old mother. The sands of life are nearly run out, but feeble as sho is, will go further and reach down lower for you than any other upon earth. You cannot walk into a midnight where sho cannot see you ; you cannot enter a prison whose bars will keep her out; you can never mount a scaffold too high for her to reach that she may kiss and bless you in evidence of her deathless love. When tho world shall despise and forsake you, when it leaves you by the waysido to die un noticed, tho dear old mother will gather you in her feeble arms and carry you home and tell you of all your virtues un til you almost forget that your soul is disfigured by vice. Love her tenderly, and cheer her declining years with holy devotion. Exchange. Where He Stored His Money. A few days ago there died in the town of Vernon, Winneshiek county, an aged farmer named Carpenter, who left a will, bequeathing to his son an old chest that had been an heirloom in tho family. On opening the chest tho son was surprised and incensed to find that it contained nothing of value. He so reported to the remaining members of the family, when they persuaded him to make further in vestigations, which he did in taking the chest apart. In doing so, two cleats, each half an inch thick and perforated with auger holes, were discovered. Tear ing off these cleats the young man found that they were hollow, and that the space between tho lid and the bottoms of the cleats had been tilled with gold coins by the thoughtful parent. How long they had been stored in such a singular manner in that old chest is a mystery. Iowa btate Register, ITEMS OF INTEREST. What an oarsman likes "A real good time." The total number of American patents extant nnd expired is more than 210,000 The man who runs up large bills is a man of somo account. Yonkers Slates num. The mosquito almost always succeeds in getting a speech from the person it honors with a serenade. Next year will be a very prosperous one for dealers in smoked glass. No less than seven eclipses are advertised. "Those whom the gods love dio young." That's what he"omcs of all the honest advertising agents. Middlctotvn Transcript. Fort Wayne, Ind., has a professional frog catcher, who works the canal from that city to Defiance, Ohio. Ho some times catches as high ns 5,000 frogs on a single trip, which retail from twenty-five to seventy-five cents per dozen. There are very few feminine criminals in India. The average prison popula tion in Bombay is 1 to 1.815 of the total population, hut that of the female pri soners is only 1 to 23,500. This is at tributeJ to tho subjection of women, nnd tho absence of drink. There wns a moment's lull in the dp- bate, nnd then a member known as " Old Reliable " spoke up : " u hv. down to Arizona, when I lived thar, it wns so hot that they used to have to splice two thermometers together so's to get nny irtea of the heat, and even then the quick silver would spurt over the top one sometimes." " Walter, do you think the stars are inhabited?" she said, glancing at him with an expression that showed what confidence she had in his superior wis dom. "Clara," he replied, "your father only allows me ten dollars a week, and you can't expect nny but a high-priced clerk to answer thnt question." An drew's Bazar. CASAniANCA. The hoy stewed on the burning deck Whence nil but him hnd fled; And when they shouted, "Leave the wreck!" He turned and hotly siiid, "I'm goin' down with this 'ere ship Hulk, musl, jibboom and spanker; And, when I've made my briny trip, You'll nnd Casa-by-anc-lior." American Punch. A London paper describes the assegais used by the Zulus, stating that the name "assegai" or " liassagaie " which is nearer the native word is derived from the tree from which the wood used in making those weapons is usually taken. This wood has peculiar properties, being brittle and at the same time slightly elastic, and spears made from it quiver in their flight, a movement upon which the accuracy of their aim and their great penetrating power depend. " Say, mister," said an urchin to a gal lant protector of the peace, "there's a fellow just been struck with abeam what fell a 'fearful way!" "Where is he?" asked the excited peeler. " Just around the corner!" And it wasn't till he rushed madly around and discovered a man sitting down nnd wrestling with the sunbeams with a pocket handker chief that he took in the situation. Meanwhile the boy remembered that he had been sent on an errand just two hours nnd a quarter previously. Ton I crs (lazctlc. A Mmsl'MMKIt IDYL. Thou art so near and yet so far, O filmy, pule mosquito bar ! In silent watches of the night, When owlets moan and bills disport And cnts upon the woodshed court, We stretch our hands to thee so white To pluck thee 'round us all oliout. l.cst Hies blaspheming find us out lly dawning morning light. Thou art hb near and yet so fur, (.'orjuetlish, v r. mosquito bar! Some imil have cached thee on the flnoi Pevcliance somo hook upon the wall Impedes thy grncelul, sheltering full; Yet when the dreary night is o'er We Unci thee splattered on the bed Kntwineil about our ieet and head O clinging, gauzy bore! Dr. F.uward G. Loring speaks in Har per's Magazine of persons not taking proper care of their eyes as follows: Whatevci an. ounce ol prevention may be to other members of the body, it cer tainly is worth many pounds ol cure to tho eye. Like a chronometer watch, this delicate organ will stand any amount of use, not to say abuse, but when once thrown off its balance, it very rarely can be brought back to its original perfection of action, or, if it is, it becomes ever afterward liable to a re turn of disability of function or the seat of actual disease. One would have sup posed from this fact, nnd from the fact that modern civilization has imposed upon the eye an ever increasing amount of strain, both as to the actual quantity of work done and the constantly in creasing brilliancy and duration of the illumination under which it is per formed, that the greatest pains would have been exercised in maintaining the organ in a condition of health, nnd the greatest euro and solicitude used in its treatment when diseased. And yet it is safe to say that there is no organ in the body the welfare of which is so persis tently neglected as the eye," Just Like a Man. Mrs. Cligho went down to the Sand wich Springs the other day with some friends, and after she had departed her husband looked around the house to see what he could do to busy himself. The front steps looked rather brown and he Eulled off his coat, hunted up paint and rush, and in an hour ho had completed a,s nice a job of painting as any house- wile would care to see. lie Had a right to chuckle over it, and to imagine how pleased his wife would be; but no ona could tell what an hour may 'iring forth. t.vea before sho bad opened the gate on her return the wife got red in the face, flourished her parasol around, and called out: "You great big idiot! Won't you never learn anything?" "Wh-what's the matter now?" he gasped. "Matter! Why, I have invited a dozen people to come in this evening." "Yes well, can't they come?" " Can they? Hasn't every blessed ono of them got to come in at tho side door and see that sitting-room carpet all full of holes, nnd the hack hall all torn up? I'll Jio before I'll let 'cm. and If you don't get soap-suds and a rag and take that paint off I'll hire it done!" Mr. Cligho was just an hour and a half at the job, and when men went past and asked him what he was doing, he softly replied that he was usingsoap suds to exterminate red ants. Jidroit Fret Frets.