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HENRY A. PARSONS, Jr., Editor and Publisher. NIL, DESPERANDUM. Two Dollars per Annum. VOL. XI. BIDGWAY, ELK COUNTY, FA., THUBSDAY, JULY 28, 1881, NO. 23. The Low? Journey. When our weary feet become heavy and weary On the valleys and mountains of life, And the road'has grown dusty and dreary, And we groan in the straggle and strife. We halt on' the difficult pathway, We glance hack over valley and'plain, And sigh with a sorrowful longing To travel the journey again. For we know in the past there are pleasures, And seasons of joy and delight, While before all is doubting and darkness, And dread of the gloom and the night; All bright sunny spots we remember How little we thought of them thenl But now we are looking and longing. To rest in those places again. But vain of the vainest is sighing, Our course must be forward and on; We cannot turn back on the journey, We cannot enjoy what is gone. Let us hope, then, as onward we travel That oasos may brighten the plain, That our roads be boride the sweet waters, Though we may not begin it again. For existence forevor goes upward From the hill to tho mountaiui tg rise, On, on, o'er invisible Bummits, To a land in the limitless skies. Strive on, then, with courage unshaken True labor is never in vain Nor glauoo with regret at the pathway No mortal can travel agnin. The Baroness' Jewel Box. FROM THE GERMAN. The Baroness Rukavina Eltz was the most splendid and dashing personage in the Er valley. Her castle near Sonilyo was the finest specimen of a great resi dence in all that shadow of the Ermel lek, and she, a Roumanian by birth, and a Hungarian by marriage, seemed to unite all the brilliant characteristics of both these picturesque races. She was a -widow to begin with, and since the animal, man, has speculated upon the varieties of the angel, woman, a widow has been pronounced the most amiable variety of the species. She was very beautiful, tall, blue-eyed, black-haired, piquant, red and white, with the most scornful little mouth, and the most delicate profile; her hand and foot were models, although the latter was frequently stamped when she was not pleased. She was in the third and lust place, as the preachers hay very rich, and had fallen heiress to two collections of jewels which were almost fabulously valuable. . A brilliant crea ture, the ImronosK. She owned villager and vineyards, and made a large inconir every your from her Fale of luster, a wino of a pule golden hue, which had as full and peculiar a flavor as she bat'i herself. Tun baroness sent her wine tc Vienna, whei e it was considered almost equal to Tokay. Of course she Lad suitors, the beautiful, sharp baroness. They came from Transylvania and Rus sia, from Roumania and all Hungary, from Austria and from the German principalities, and as for the unlucky wretches about Tuspoki, and the Be liar settlement, and the country gentlemen of Erdiozegh, thev knelt and worshiped in vain an she da lied past them on her fleet thoroughbred, for she was Diana, as a huntress, and the queen of the amazons; also her black horse Tetenyer .was said to emit fire from his nostrils when he stopped to breathe. This grand lady was afraid of nobody, loved nobody, had no friends save the nuns at the i'oot of the RezGcbirge and one old priest who seemed to be deeply in her confidence. Every year she made a grand visit somewhere Vienna, Paris, Koine, London or St. Petersburg. She spent money like water, niudo everjbody talk, wonder and admire, and her splendid jewels were the envy of all the court ladies. Yes she was afraid of one man, and that was her steward, Neusiedler, he who for years had managed her vast es tates, her vineyards and her wheat fields, her fields and fisheries. Neusiedler was a crouching, cross eyed, mean-looking man, married to a bold, black-eyed, large-nosed woman, who was t wice his size, and who lived iu the village, near the castle, and who spent her time envying and hating the baron ness. Madame 1'asteur, the r rencn companion, and Matilde, the French maid, who never left the baroness, thought that Neusiedler and his wife had the evil eye, and that they would Bomo day wilt the baroness. But Ruka vina Eltz laughed at this fear, and kept on her course exultant. Still when tne yearly payday came round, and she had to look over accounts with Neusiedler, phe did show what sni never had shown before fear. Anions her jewels was a splendid rope of pearl-colored pearls, the rarest tiling in the whole world, neither black nor white, but pearl color, with three great emerald pendants, each as large as a small pear. The emperor always noticed this jewel with a smile and a compliment when the Baroness Ruka vina Eltz went to a court ball at Vienna, lie told her that the empress had noth ing half as handsome, and it is to be feared that the emperor spoke also of the white neck on which the necklace rested, for Rukavina Eltz was apt to blush and look magnificently well at such moments. Then she had great chains of sapphires as blue as her eyes, and some big rubies which the baron had given her (the old baron, twice her age, who went down into Roumania for her when she was fifteen); and she had diamonds, of course every rich lady has diamonds and a grand boxful of engraved amethysts and antique gems. Some, that Cardinal Antonelli gave her tn Rome, for he, too, had admired the wild baroness. Indeed, if the Baroness Rukavina Eltz had ever written her memoirs what a story she could have told 1 But the end of every woman's history is that she finally falls in love ; and such was the beginning of the end of the story of Rukavina Eltz. She went to England one summer, and there was a young Lord Ronald Somerset, or a Lord George Leveson Montague, or a young Lord Howard Plantagenet (they mix them up so , these English words, they are not half so individual' as oar Hungarian names), who could ride better than she could. This was a dreadful blow to the baroness, and she wished herself dead. But when at dinner the soft-voiced, handsome, tall yonng Englishman, Sir Lyster Howard Lyster (that was his name after all) sat next to her and talked so well and was so. complimen tary to her seat, cross-country, . and noticed the pearl-colored pearls, and the emeralds, witn his lips, and the neck with his eyes, Rukavina Eltz forgave him and began to talk of her home near Somlyo, and it ended in a large English party coming to the Er valley, under the shadow of the Er Mellek, for a long summer visit. And how they raved about everything the wine, the horses, the scenery, the wild, barbaric splendor of the baroness' housekeeping, and how they all hated Neusiedler, and his big, black-browed wife, who were in vited up to the balls. There was an English lady, one with very long teeth, and a very long nose and very high eyebrows, and they called her Lady Louisa. She was very grand and lofty, and Madam Pasteur heard her say one day : " Do you know, dear baroness, I think you are very careless don't you know ? about those beautiful jewels of yours do yon know?" "But who could steal them?" said the baroness, laughing. " There are none like them in all Hungary, and no one would dare to wear them, they are so rare 1 " "Ah ! but some of these wild people of yours I They might swallow your emeralds, those fierce Croats, the Rou manians, and then you keep them in such open closets and boxes." Madam Pasteur nodded her meek head, too. She had trembled for the jewels always. But the baroness and Sir Lyster began to think of other things than jewels; there were moonlight rides and walks, and there were long talks and many reveries; Lady Louisa went home, they all went, but Sir Lyster came back. And then, one evening, Madam Pas teur said afterward that she saw Neu siedler come in and bully the baroness, and she heard him hiss out the words: "Remember if you marry, you lose all. Remember the baron's will ! " And Rukavina Eltz turned pale aud said, " Bully, traitor, fiend," between her shut teeth. She went off to Paris, for one of her long visits, and Neusied ler squeezed the tenants, and made every one miserable. The castle was shut up, and black Tetenyer grew thin in his stable. When she came back she looked older and more sedate. She went often to see the nuns at the foot of Rez Gebirgo. She saw the priest also very often, and Madam Pasteur thonghtshe was growing devote. But she dressed in her usual dashing colors (for she was a very Rou ma'nian at heart) and she wore "one of those Bcarlet quilted petticoats that the English ladies wore so much, and very pretty it looked, with her dark habit md lier dark dresses looped up over it. This, with a scarlet feather in her hat, looked as if the baroness was thinking of England. It was a miserable day that, when Madam Pasteur and Matilde came screaming down the long corridor. " The jewels are gone ! cone ! gone 1" The baroness had the great bell of the castle rung, and Neusiedler was sent for at once. She was very pale, for she loved those pearls and emeralds. Neusiedler was composed ; every look was made to say, "I told you so ;" he had always warned her about the jewels. " What can be done?" asked tho bar oness. " Search, whip, imprison all who at tempt to leave the province," said Neu siedler, calmly. " Exeept women I will have no women whipped," said the baroness. " I am glad to hear that," said Neu siedler, laughing his malicious laugh, " for Madam Neusiedler goes to Vienna to-morrow." "Ah I" said the baroness, "you know I could not mean, at any rate, that Mad am Neusiedler should be disturbed ; send her in my little carriage with the three ponies to Erdiozegh." " Your excellency is very condescend ing," said Neusiedler, bowing to the ground. The local police sought everywhere for the lost jewels, but no trace of them could be found. The baroness sat in a sort of stupor, and gazed out of the window. " I will go to England I" said she, hastily, one day. " Neusiedler some money, and arrange for me to be gone three months." " It is well, madam," said the steward. It was a very roundabout route that the baroness took for England ! When Matilde and Madam Pasteur reached the station at Erdiozegh, they were aston ished to see the baroness dash into the ticket office and buy tickets for Vienna, and when they arrived, all of them at her fine hotel at Vienna, who should step out to meet them but Sir Lyster Howard Lyster I Nothing but the well known eccen tricity of the baroness apologized to Madam Pasteur for what followed. She commanded two dresses to be made, and that Madam Pasteur should go witn her to a masked ball at tne opera house in Vienna. " Sir Lyster Howard Lyster will go with us 1 said she, as a shade passed over the pale face of her companion. Oh I that the lady of sixteen quarter ings should be seen in such a low place I No, she was not seen I she was masked ; but that she should even go 1 What a sacrifice of pride and of decency, Madam Pasteur thought it, as she saw the baroness take the arm of one masked man after the other, and then go into the supper room with a party who fol lowed a tall mask in a black domino. A voice struck on Madam Pasteur's ear was it that of Madam Neusiedler's? Was it could it be? Yes 1 and as she threw back mask and hood there sparkled on her neck the pearl-colored pearls, and the emerald pendants of the lost jewels. Oh, heaven I " The necklace of the baroness," shouted the impulsive, the imprudent Madam Pasteur. It nearly spoiled the plot, for Madam Neusiedler was amongst friends and confederates. However, the tall Eng lishman stepped forward, and two Vien I nese policemen arrested the woman. She behaved with extraordinary cool ness, and explained : "It is indeed the necklace of the baroness, given by her to my husband for moneys which he hns advanced to her. Let her deny it if she dare t I have her written acknowledgment of the money, and I have come to Vienna to sell the necklace where it is well known." The people gathered around the won derful necklace, which the chief of police put in his breast pocket, remov ing the woman Neusiedler. The baroness went back to her hotel, and allowed Madam Pasteur to pass a wretched night. She would explain nothing. All Vienna was alive when the great case came on, and not a few ladies were glad to hear that the Rukavina Eltz jewels were in pawn that envied neck lace ! Neusiedler came to his wife's rescue, and told the story over again. The evidence against the baroness was damn ing. She had, according to his story, lived far, far beyond her income, and he had supplied her with money from the money-lenders. She had fabricated the story of the lost necklace to try and cheat him, but here were her signatures, and here was the baron's will, which she was about to try to disregard. His will, saying that she would never marry, or, if she did, that she lost all her vast estates. " Baroness Rukavina Eltz, what have you to say to this ? What is your de fense?" said the prosecuting counsel. ' Only this 1" said the baroness, hold ing up in her hand the pearl-colored pearls and tho emerald drops, the real necklace I On the judge's desk lay a fac-simile of the famous necklace; the two ornaments looked exactly alike. " Let an expert be brought and pay which is the real necklace and which the imitation one, made in Paris, and used by me to lure this wretched and dishonest thief of a steward on to his destruction 1" said the baroness, with a flash of Roumanian fire in her eyes. It was true! Neusiedler had been foiled; he had stolen a false necklace, which the baroness had had made in the Rue de la Paix. "He has been stealing from me for years; he has doubtless forged a false will of the baron, for I have found the true one !" said Ruka vina Eltz. "I could not unravel the net that ho has thrown over me, but for this happy thought of tempting him to steal some false jewels. Had he got the real ones his story would have been pos sible. Now, I trust justice is convinced that it is a lie 1" A dreadful noise followed this speech of the spirited baroness. Neusiedler had fallen down in a fit. Never more would he drink the yellow-tinted ruster; never more would he return to the joys of crushing tho peasantry of Somlyo of cheating tho baroness. The baroness lipd cheated him at last! Sold! sold! cold ! with false pearls and emeralds! It was a very grand wedding, that of tho baroness to Sir Lyster Howard Lyster, who though only an English country gentleman, proved to be richer than she, and who made her a loving and a hunting husband. The emperor gave her away, and she wore the pearl-colored pearls with the emerald drops, now become historical. " Ah I Madame, dear baroness, please tell me where you have kept the real jewels all these months '." said the pious Madam Pasteur, almost kissing the hem of her mistress' robes. The baroness was dressed for travel ing, as her faithtul adherent knelt and asked this question. She had on the quilled satin red petticoat; the scarlet of old i-ngland. " Was it in the double-locked closet of the north tower ?" "Ah, no ! faithful Pasteur, thou knowest Neusiedler had the key to that I" " Was it in the jewel case of thy great ancestress, the Roumanian princess f " .No. uuess again 1 " Was it in the convent of the nuns of Rez Gebirge ?" " No I Pasteur. I never gave them anything to keep but my sins !" " Was it in the baron s strong box in the cellar?" " No, my dear Pasteur, no. You have the hiding place under your linger, They were quilted into the lining of this red satin petticoat. 1 owe the idea to that good Lady Louisa. See her e?" and gently raising the edge of her traveling skirt, right over her left foot the baroness showed Madam Pasteur a neat little series of pockets, where tho jewels had been safely hidden in scarlet prison. The Age of the Earth. Richard A. Proctor says that the age of the earth is placed by some at 500 000,000 years ; and still others of later time, among them the Duke of Argyll, places it at 10,000,000 years. None place it lower than 10,000 000, knowing what processes have been gone through, Other planets go through the same pro cess. The reason that other planets dif fer so much from the earth is that they are in a so much earlier or later stage of existence. The earth must have be come old. Newton surmised, although he could give no reason for it, that the earth would at one time lose all its water and beoome perfectly dry. Since then it has been found that Newton was correct. As the earth keeps cooling it will become porous, and great cavities will be formed in the interior which will take in the water. It is estimated that this process is now in progress so far that the water diminishes at about the rate of the thickness of a sheet of writing paper a year. At this rate in 9,000,000 years the water will have sunk a mile, and in 15,000,000 years every trace of water will have disappeared from the face of the globe. The nitrogen and oxygen in the atmosphere are also di minishing all the time. It is an inap preciable degree, but the time will come when the air will be so thin that no creature we know could breathe it and live; the time will come when the world cannot support life. That will be the period of old age, and then will come death. Thirteen hundred sheep, with their shepherds, were recently overwhelmed by an avaiance near Bngel, Switzerland, Sonnets from the Afghanese. In venturing to publish a few speci mens of the literature of a remote race, who have lately attracted the attention of the whole civilized world, I deem it necessary to offer a word of explanation, lest the reader should conclude that the colloquialisms of Cabool are too suspiciously like the slang of our own metropolis. Sir William Leslie, in his admirable work on the " Social Life and Manners of the Afghans," says: " Their poetry is rude and simple, full of collo quial phrases, and celebrates only the primitive passions and most familiar surroundings of their daily life." It will be observed that this remark is eminently true, if the following son nets are faithfully typical of Pushtaneh literature. In translating, I have been at some pains to preserve a natural at mosphere by substituting for the idioms of the Pushtu language such of our own colloquialisms as most nearly cor respond. In no other way could I pre serve the viva voce tone of ' the originals. No. 1. TO A MCLE. A weird phenomenon, oh, mulo. art thonl One pensive ear inclined toward the west, The other sou'-sou'-east by a little sou', i ne acme explicate ui peace ana rest. But who can tell at what untoward hour Thy slumbering energy will assert its func tion. With fervid eloquence and awakening power, xny nee-naw anu my neeis in wild conjunc tion? War. havoc, and destruction envy theel Ool kick the stufling out of time and space 1 Assert thyself, thou child of destiny, nil nature stands agnast witn frightened facet A greater marvel art thou than the wonder Of Zoub from high Olympus launching thunder. No. 2. TO A OOAT. Thou hast a serious aspect, but methinks Beneath the surface, Billy, I discern A thoughtful tendency to play high-jinks, a solemn, waning wickedness supern. Within the amber circle of thine eye There lurketh mischief of exsuccous kind A humor grim, mechanical, and dry; Lvasive. sulxlulous. and undefined. I would I understood thee better, Bill. Beseech thee of thy courtesy explain Now, doth the flavor "of a poster till rny utmost need ut old hats art thou ram? 1 pr'ytliee, gnat, vouchsafe some information. Oh, say 1 Come, uowl Get out! Oh, thunder- atioul No. 3. TO TAFFY. Hail, Taffy, new-bom goddess! Thou art come into tne world emollient and Bereno, Witli liberal hands dispensing balmy gum, A syrup-mouthed. uioloHses-visaeed ouecn I What are thou giving us, oh, gracious one? iiiou dost assuage our daily cares and toils, Tis thine to mollify the rasping dun, Thino to alleviate ilomestic broils: The lover socks thy aid to win liis joy, mo statesman looKctn toward tiiee, anu tne Preacher. The interviewer, and the drummer-boy, nno iirummctli wisely, owning tneo lor teacher. The clnm-dispenser toots thy tuneful praise, . ine jigutuiug-roddist Knowotn au thy ways. 1). S. Prondflt, inHcri'bner. Toads in the Greenhouse. A writer in the London Journal gives some interesting statements respecting the toad. In the matter of feedincr, he savs the toad is not very particular. either as to quality or quantity. Any thing that creeps or crawls will do for him woodlice, beetles spiders, slugs, worms, even snails with their shells are put out of sight as if by magic, for he lias a peculiar way of catching his prey. He watches the moving insects for a second or two, then suddenly darting out his tongue whi'e at a distance cf one or two inches the insect is snatched up and swallow instantly. One even ing he gave one a wasp and a humble bee. . Both were snapped up directlv they commenced to move, apparently without causing the toad the slightest discomfort, though they must have reached his stomach in a tolerably active condition. In plant houses, especially forcing houses, whore insects increase their numbers so rapidly at all seasons, the toad's services are especially valuable; and if a suitable ladder, made of a narrow board with bits of lath tacked on it two inches apart, be set in a corner, slanting from the floor to the stage, he will climb it, and then be enabled to make himself still more nse ful. But perhaps the most remarkable fact concerning the toad is, that though he can and does eat a great deal, he can exist a long time without eating any thing. Years ago he buried one for a month in the earth, as an experiment, and when dug up it was apparently at well as ever. More recently, havintr been bothered with myriads of wood- lice in an early cnoumber house, and not being able to find toads in Febru ary, he, later on, when they became plentiful, buried three in a nine-inch pot, with a 6late on top, eighteen inches under ground, that he might have them handy for the next early forcing season. But that season he did not require them, so they remained buried until the fol lowing one, and were then, on being taken up, apparently not much worse for their eighteen months last, thougt they didn't have any ice water or alco holic baths. The Fishermen. Yesterday forenoon there was a party of five persons on the wharf waiting to take the boat for St. Clair Flats, and each man had fishing tackle and other preparations for a good time. After looking the crowd over from his seat on ... . .11 . - a salt barrel, an oia cynio oi a dock loafer approached one of the gentlemen and inquired: ' Gom' a-fishin r "Yes, sir." "Expect to catch any?" "I hope so." " Goin' to lie about their size?" Sir !" " Goin' to lie like blazes about their size and number?" " Sir! I am a truthful man." "Oh, youu are, eh ! Then you'll let the other follows do the lying and you'll swear to it 1 I see I see!" Detroit Free Press. The way of publishing a work in an cient Rome was this: The author placed a copy of it into the hau da of the tran scribers, o died libran, who wrote out the required number of copies. These transcribers, who were equivalent to modern printers, passed the copies over to certain artists, called libraraioli, who ornamented them with fanciful titles. margins and terminations. THE FARM 1SD HOUSEHOLD. Faint nnHUarlrniNote. Alcohol, slightly diluted, mealy bugs, scale and other pests that infest house plant3. To cure fowls of the trick of egg-eating the feeding of clear tallow is recom mended by a Country Gentleman writer. It is said, with how much truth we do not know, that the free use of butter milk will kill lice on all kinds of stock. An orchard should never be planted in a clay soil unless the latter is under drained, after which it becomes one of the best soils for apples and pears. The following is said to be an anti dote for blight in pear trees: One quart of slaked lime, one quart of bone phos phate and one ounce of sulphur, sprinkled under each tree. Scatter white powdered hellebore over the cunants and gooseberries when damp with rain or dew, or put a handful in a pail of water and sprinkle bushes when foliage is dry. When ensilage is not fed at just the right time all the work expended upon it is lost. In addition it must be fed with the rieht proportion of winter grain to make it a complete food. Roup is a sort of catarrh. The nos trils discharge matter which has a dis agreeable odor and the breath is thick and wheezy. It does not hindar the patient from freely moving about, Dr. Hexamer, noted as a potato grower, attributes the- scab in potatoes to stable manure, and writes that since he has used commercial fertilizers ex clusively tho scab has disappeared. President Barry, of the Western New York Horticultural society, reports un favorably as to the policy of growing crass in fruit orchards. Most other observers have noticed the same thing Sugar beets and mangel-wurzel plants can be transplanted with success. Take out surplus plants, make a hole with a dibble iu vacant spots, insert the roots and press the ground firmly around the stem. Such poultry feed as will swell much after eating should be soaked and swelled before it is fed, and especially in the case of quite small chickens. Corn meal freshly wet up has killed many a chicken. A Missouri sheep-breeder says that chamber lye, sprinkled on sheep twice a week, will not only keep dogs from killing them, but will insure them against Buch diseases as rot, scab, ticks, hoof-au, etc. Poultry manure will lose in value if exposed much to the weather. Lime and wood ashes should also be kept free from it, as those articles liberate the ammonia. Road dust, swamp muck old sawdust, marl and coal are all good to mix with it. Tho following is recommended as a cure for garget iu cows: Eight drops tincture of aconite 'dropped on a piece of bread and mixed with tho food night. Iiioxt morning lour urops more given in the same manuer will generally complete the cure. If you wish success iu raising young chicks and turkeys do not feed coin- meal, r or very young chicks give cheap oatmeal and broken rice, and in two or three weeks feed cracked corn and cooked scraps. Young turkeys must bo fed on bread, thick milk and chopped dandelion and onion tops. Hens should not be allowed to dis turb the setters by laying in their nests. liroken eggs and a bad hatch will re sult. If the setting hen cannot be iso lated in any way, cover her with an empty coop, basket or box, being care ful to have her come off every day for feed, water, exercise and dust bath. Never have an excess of fruit to ma ture upon a tree under the impression that by so doing you can hope to in crease the yield either in quantity or quality. An excessive crop is always secured at the expense of quality, with loss or value, and not infrequently at the expense of the health and even ul tima! ely of the life of the tree. Loppered milk is considerably better for calves in hot weather than skim- milk, being more easily digested. If they are being reared for dairy purpose they should not be fed on new milk, which is too fattening. Oil-meal mixed with their milk will prevent scouring. Begin with a tablespoonful daily and increase it to a pint as the calf grows older. When squashes and melons first break ground give them a dusting of ash compost, made of equal parts of silted, unbleached wood ashes and gypsum or land plaster. This will pro tect the young plant from the " striped bug," and its use may be continued with advantage until the vines get so strong as not to care for this enemy. As a top dressing to almost any garden crop it will be found beneficial. Flies greatly annoy horses, some be ing very sensitive and sutler grea'ly from them. It is said that strong tea of hickory leaves, put on with a sponge and renewed daily, win keep away Hies, A thin cotton sheet win keep them away, and is often a great comfort to the horse. Darkening the stable dur ing the daytime will help keep out the flies. The cleaner the stables the less annoyance at the house from the flies. A London gardener planted a straw berry bed four feet wide across his ear- den, on one side of which potatoes were planted. These were dug up about the end of June, the ground leveled and raked smooth, so that the runners es tablished themselves and found a new bed. The next season a similar process was pursued, and thus a movable straw berry bed w as created. At the end of three years the original plants were ex hausted and dug up, though the bed annually grows wider without renewal or transplanting. A correspondent who has made the drainage of land a great success, write that when quicksand or unsound ground occurs drains should be out wider 8Dd in some cases deeper, with their sods trampled down along the bottom, be fore either tiles or stone conduits are in troduced. Soda thus placed always ad mit water freely, and the substrata in consequence very soon become solid. He recommend sods in preference to clay, because at the bottom of drain the ftp'.nent variation of the clav between a drenched and a dry state are calculated to disarrange or absorb the materials. Recipes. Fruit BiBctnTs. One coffee cup sugar, one cup butter, one cup raisins (seedless are best), one egg, three tea- spoonfuls baking powner: flavor with vanilla and lemon extract to taste ; the raisins to be chopped fine. Roll out and cut thin with a biscuit cutter. Bake in a dripping pan with a greased paper in the bottom of tin. Mock Cream Pie. Roll out the upper and under crust with a little flour be tween, bake a delicate brown, split them as soon as baked, and set them away until wanted for the table, then fill them between with a custard made with one pint of boiling milk thickened with two eggs, two-thirds cup white sugar, two tablespoonfuls of flour, salt, season, and scald together until thickened. When almost cold fill the pie, and eat when cold. Breakfast Roix. Prepare a good dressing, such as you like for turkey or duck, take a round steak, pound it, but not very hard, spread the dressing over it, sprinkle in a little salt, pepper, and few bits of butter, lap over the ends roll the steak up tightly and tie closely spread two great spoonfuls butter over the steak after rolling it up, then wash with a well-beaten egg, put water in the bakepan, lay in the steak bo as not to touch the water, and bake as you would a duck, basting often. A half I our in a brisk oven will bake. Make a brown gravy and send to table while hot. Minced Spinach. Boil the spinach in salt and water until tender. Drain in the colander, and chop fine in the tray. Season well with pepper and salt. For each quart of the chopped spinach put two tablespoonfuls of but ter and one of flour in a frying-pan. When this has cooked smooth, and be fore it has become browned add tho spinach. Stir for five minutes; then add half a cupful of cream or milk and stir three minutes longer. Arrange in a mound on a hot dish. Garnish with a wreath of slices of hard-boiled eggs at the base, and finish the top with an other. Serve hot. Lettuce can be cooked and served in the same manner. It must be boiled about twenty minutes to be tender. From Miss Parloa's New Cook Book. Potato and Meat Pie. Cut any kind of cold roasted meat into very thin slices ; shake a little pepper and salt over each slice ; then dip it into a small plate covered with flour. Place the slices, in layers, in a small yellow nappy ; and if a seasoning of onions is liked, sprinkle a littlo chopped onion over each layer or use three or four tablespoonfuls of canned tomatoes in stead of the onions ; but a very small quantity of onion will add to the season ing of the tomato and the meat. Turn in all the gravy that was left from the roast meat, or if none remains, put bits of butter over the top layer of meat, and pcur iu enough boiling water to cover tho meat. Put a plate or tin cover over the dish, and bake for an hour. While it is cooking, put some otp.toes into salted boiling hot water, and boil until a fo'-!; goes easily into hem (perhaps twenty-five minutes). Pour off all the water, scatter salt over the potatoes, and shako the kettle vig orously while you slowly count one hun dred. This will make the potatoes very mealy. Then mash them with a wire washer or fork, and spread them over the top of the dish of meat. Put bits ot butter all over the potatoes and brown them in a quick oven. This makes an excellent breukfast or lunch dish. Bloomlngdalc's Suicide. The New York correspondent of the Troy Times says: The reader has no doubt often heard of attempts at star vation with a suicidal purpose, but none has ever succeeded except in the recent case of the lunatic, John Burns. The unfortunate man resisted food in every shape, this being the only way in which he could accomplish his fatal purpose. On tho twenty-seventh day of absti nence ho was successful. Perhaps he would have held out still longer had he been in a healthy condition. This oc curred at Bloomingdale asylum, which once was a suburb, but is now brought into convenient access by the elevated road. I here are several points of in terest connected with this asylum, one of which is the refusal to admit Horace Greeley. The Tribune had published some unfavorable revelations concerning the treatment of the patients, which was made by a reporter who feigned madness in order to obtain entrance of the wards. The managers of the insti tution considered this method dishon orable, and the public generally did no credit the reporter's statement. Not long afterward Greeley became de ranged and application was made for his admission, but it was declined. Hence the unfortunate editor was re moved to a private retreat, where he soon expired. It was not sickness: "When we are married, Lucy," said the poor man's eon to the rich man's daughter, "our honeymoon 3hall be passed abroad. We will drive in the Rois, promenade the Prada, gaze down into the blue waters ot the Adriatic from the Rialto, and en joy the Neapolitan sunsets, strolling along the Chiaja " " How delicious," she murmured, " but, John, dear, have you money enough to do all this, for pa says I musn't expect anything until he dies." John's countenance uuderwent such a change that she couldn't help asking him if he felt sick. " No, dar ling," he answered, faintly, ''I am not sick. I was only thinking that perhaps we had better postpone the marriage until after the funeral." Brooklyn Eagle. If you want to get the reputation of knowintr a heap do as Professor Proctor does. He guesses what happened three or four million years ago, and predicts what is to happen fifteen million years hence. It is only a few years ainoe he commenced, and now he can get credit at any toc&cj.Detroit Free Pre, . The Park ami the Dawn. The glow against the western sky. Has faded into tender gray; The breezes in their fitf.il sigh Betoken soon the end of day. The shadows creep from vale to hill, The chill mist sottlca o'er the river; The things the day brought now are still Tho birdlings in the night air shiver. From ont the woodland's darkling glade Two figures take their silent way; Across their path has come no shade, Tho world to them is fair and gay. The paling light that wraps the earth Is more to them than bright adorning; But markB the token of the birth, The dawning of love's fairest morning. HUMOR OF THE DA." The fly that walks on oleomargerine is not the butterfly. Picayune. Melinda wants to know the exact length of a lumber ywr d. Philadelphia Sun. It is a mistake o assume that a rose by any other name would smell as wheat. Yonkers Gazette. War history: " What is the greatest charge on record ?" asked the professor of history. And the absent-minded student answered: "Seventeen dollars for hack hire for self and girl for two ijurs." " There goes the celebrated Mr. C. the lame lawyer," remarked a lady to her companion as he passed them the Btreet. " Excuse me, madam," he, turning sharply, " you are mistaken a lame man, not a lame 'awyer." "Iam wot jing, my darling, for thee," he warbled; and yet when the old man threw up a chamber window and assured him that " he'd be down in a minute," he lost his grip on the melody and went out of the waiting business. How is this for a three-year-old? An old man was passing the house Sunday, taking exceedingly short steps. The little one looked at him for several minutes and then cried out: "Mamma, don't he walk stingy?" Springfield Union. Young lady (to her old uncb): "Oh, uncle, what a shocking thing ! A young girl was made crazy by a sudden kiss !" Old uncle: "What did the fool go crazy for?" Young lady: "What did she go crazy for? Why for more, I suppose." The Examiner and Chronicle says a cup of water in the oven while baking will prevent bread and cakes from burn ing. Thanks for the information. And . ten-year-old boy, loose in the cellar, will prevent apples from spoiling. About one boy to four barrels of apples, ' doctor. Hawke.ye. ODDITIES. Cotton has been used for garments in India for 3,000 years. The first knit silk hose made in Eng land were worn by Queen Elizabeth. " Hob-nob " is a corruption of the old Saxon hab-nab, from Habban, to have, and nabban, not to have. The stories of Jack the Giant-killer and Tom Thumb were brought to Eng land by the earliest Saxon invaders. Tho divisions of nature into the three kingdoms, animal, vegetable and min eral, is i ne of the things we owe to the much derided alchemists. The art of iron smelting was known in England during the time of the Ro man occupation, and working in steel was practiced there before the Norman Conquest. Hunting humming birds is a favorite sport in Brazil. The natives arm them selves with blow guns made of reed, about fourteen inches long, and take pellets of cotton. With these they so stun the little creatures that they fall an easy prey to their pursuers, and their beautiful plumage is thus uninjurtd. It is well known that birds of differ ent kinds, notably the ostrich, turkeys and chickens, swallow stones to help digest their food. Recent researches show that seals swallow stones of one, two or three pounds weight, and one in vestigator, not long ago, found "ten pounds of tin se boulders in the stom ach of a sea lion." A. correspondent of a mathematical turn of mind has calculated that the 320,000,000 postal cards sold during the last fiscal year, if connected end to end, would run a girdle around the world with enough to spare to make a showy knot. An order is sometimes re ceived for as many as 40,000 postal cards at once. Novel Device In Smuggling. A novel device in smuggling has re cently come to the notice of Colonel Alexander, the fifth auditor of the treas ury. Sometime ago a vessel laden with lumber somewhere in Texas was dis patched to one of the Mexican ports, but for some reason she could not make her destination, and discharged her cargo upon the beach some sixteen miles distant. After a time the Amer ican consul or some one acting for him, evidently not well informed of the af fairs of the vessel's owners, sold the lumber on their account, and sent the money to the treasury department. The lumber was sent by its purchas ers to a sawmill, and the first log was placed in position to be cnt into boards. The saw had penetrated only a few inches when there began to appear upon its teeth shreds of clothing and finally it became fast and refused to move further. Investigation disclosed the fact that the log had been made hollow by boring, aud had been filltd with clothing and other dutiable material, and then plugged up. The vessel was seized by the Mexican government, but being ' wormeaten and worthless was abandoned. Gen, Tom, Browpe. says .that "when the Naval Academy Board unanimioubly voted the use of tobacco an injurious habit, which ought not to be- tolerated among cadets, every member of it had a cigar in his mouth."