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-".v:- HENRY A. PARSONS, v Jr., Editor and Publisher. NIL DESPERANDUM, Two Dollars per Annum. MDGAVAY, ELK COUNTY, F A.,. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1881. VOL. XI. 30. W e Can Make nome Happy.'! Turnigh w. y not Wga the cottage For mansion, tell and gTudr Or excliango the little grass-plot For ft bound'ess str.toh of laud :! f j , Tet there i. something brighter, dearor, Than the wealth we'd thu commind. ' Though we have no mean to purohase . Costly plctnre. rich and rare ; YJ ! Though we have not silken hanging. For tho wall, so col 1 and bare, t T,) . t ; We can hang them o'er with garland., For flower, bloom everywhere. - We dan make home very cheerful, Ifthe right ooarae we begin J ' , ' We. can make it. inmate, happy, j And their truest blowings Win ; It will make a .mull room brighter If we let the sunshine in. We can gather round the fireside When tho evening hour, are long ; j We can bleud our heart, aud voice. In happy social song ; 1 . ! We can guide some erring brother Lead him from the path of wrong. . We may fill our home with music, And with .UDBhine brimming o'er, If against all dark intruder. We will firmly close the door ' . Vet should the evil shadow enter, We must love each one tho more. Thore aro treasure, for the lowly Which the grandest fail to find ; There', a chain of sweet afloctlon Between friends of kindred mind ; We may ronp the choicest blessing. ' From the poorest lot assigned. T puppy I ehcrald have been sure he was going to prove a naiuruiiHi, no um uuu a mania for "specimens, i usea 10 find a Bniall mnseum on tlie front galle- y every morning several old bones, a tin can, a discarded sun-bonnet and. gigan tic shoe of Jaointhy's, besides a dead particular she had never allowed to feel the. lofof a mother. The colonel was 1 a tall, soldierly-looking man, who told me Hooked like my grandfather,, ana in- sisted tipon rehearsing pBges of. my family history, while I ws long'.ng to talk to ' sweet Annie." Ho migb.t have been talking still had not the patter of feet made itself auuioie, ana wno Vi.,1 Tl.Ja liir1 in narticnlar Was wuu. . .. i . .. - . .1 . always turning tip nnerpeotedlv in tue should come prayiy mio iue room dw, malodorous COnui lion, roraoi UBgQiT)Bi luiMug B he jumped tnto ner lap. inw was ,he first thing that puppy ever aia tiiai -gave me a respect for him. . "Oh, law I oh, gracious r a unifj cried, Jumping np and spilling Iiim on the floor. " Please excuse the httl e wretch," I fiinst i arguments could, never persuade Lagni- mnn th at it was offensive, lie had a 7". . . ii i - I.J. fashion oi preeenuug it w uio, unci um more flagrant misdeeoji, as an aoi oi propitiation, until it re solved itself Into nun win? ma a lew naturs. His delicht was to snatcn tne iooa LAGNIAPPE. Why do I wear a dog's tooth set In gold fur a watoh cbarm ? Ah, boys, it in to remind me of an infirmity that. Lai brought Jack Campion trouble ever since he learned to talk. To becin at the noht end: I was just twenty-live when my father bonght me a ilaiitation no in the swamp where fortune are still to be made in spite of the changps of war. You Ncithrn folks don't know much abont life on the banks of the old Mis sissip, that's a fact. Su-auge that nature should make it easy in the swamp to do everything but live! S me people say you must be half alii at or to g-t along there; but as for me I wax always tough Cotton and corn grow higher than the head ot a mau on boi nebauk; the soil U so fertile that a Nuv'UHjn farmer in the midst of Mm stony fields would call the tilling it receives mere child's play; and in addi tion to thn8U lil.-MsiriKK, j.ur brains ai soniH raf'iiH are nearly jolted oat ol your h-ad ly ' the chills." My lion.' stood behind the green l-tv. p, hicib from the river made th ti'fi 8 lo k as if they had no trnnks. A uilit the fou f 11 and fell upoi the low muddy banks, like aome on c.irdinecntton. and 1 could seethe head lig.it of some steamboat now and then loom in? up thronph the dusk like a great red eye. and hear the wild ciies, half musical, half uncouth, of the roust abouts. Then came the whitle-low and hoarse at first, and deep as the base notes of a tremendous organ, aud riKinor and dbrillinc into a wail of acorw. Ilow nnntteraolv melancholy it uxed to sound, ding hopelessly on the dead, unchaneinff flats beyond 1 Plenty of sport, too, up there for a huntiog man herds of deer, foxes, wild hogs, and humbler came, such as 'coons and 'nnHcnms. Well. I went to work with a will, de terniined to be a model planter. Among other transactions I swapped my rifle with JnleH Bastien. an aged and dried ud creole. for a stout-bnilt Texas cob. " Vait a meenit," paid Jules, hobbling to the back of his cabin. "I geeve you lacniaoDe: I trow heem een." Lagriiappe (pronounced lanyap), let me explain, is what the vulgar American calls "boot" He returned, brinping wit,h b,im a brown paper bag that might have contained cbincapms or pinaars Then, as it squirmed slightly, I was i.tiuok by the fear that this present might prove to be crawfish, and that Jules would force the repulsive delicacy upon me. I was comforting myself with the thought that I could toss them into the nearest mud-hole on my way home, when out of the aperture popped a brindled head, all eyes and ears. "Eetees a fine leetle puppy dogue," said Jules. " Take heem; he keep off de tief bv de night." I thanked the old fellow, and was really erateful: for I had no dog. and I fancied that Lwniappe so I ohiis- tened him would prove good company, As time developed him he became a character study. He was part bulldog and part bound, with more than a strong dsb of cur, I suspected. The bulldog strain made him hold on Hie grim d eat a to'' anything in which he fastened his teeth, and from his hound ancestors he derived thbabit of howling systemat . ically for an hoar at a stretch if you wounded hi feelings. He bad the largest, brightest eyes I ever saw. and a trick of rolling them as comically as a negro minstrel. For the rest he had drooping ears and a tail with a perpetual curl in it, like a pot-hook. He was not much of a beauty, and he AiA tint, nun Ilia hr&ins to eood DUrOOSe. On certain occasions he showed his low degree most plainly. There was thu bnncer of generations in bim. No well-bred dog ever went into such coo wnlsions of delight ' at feeding-time, Harold, my father'a old setter, i would sometimes condescend to a dignified gambol, but he never turned double somersaults at sight of a piece of meat. ' 4 s Lacmiappe crew older Jacinthy, ocinion that he was "a debbil," and, indeed, bis conduct warranted the oom nliment Everything tearable he tore. When he found that he could not climb ! .i avis naimiv raoar. u m itrt rr tha iroo. . . a i il r .. . cushions, loweis everyming movauie, in abort be conveyed under the house. It was part of Jacinthy'a regular morn ing work to make pilgrimage thereto, emerging each time with loud groans and declarations that her . back , was " bios' broke." horse; leaping into the ti ongh and acat tr nir the corn lar ana wiuo. As for having a dog to intlmidato thieves, X often wished for a few thieves to intimidate this dog. He possessed an incredible impndenne. The only thine- that ever tnt him out ol connten " - . . . .11 T . 1 ancewas a concertina own ea oy o ocinmy, rom which She could draw Dlood- nnrrllinir strains. At the urst note he would utter a howl, anil retire under the house, with his tail between his leg s Among the members of my househo Id was a lean, ghostly white turkey, with whom Lagn iappe waged perpetual war. It was not Miat he was opemy auiBive, but he bowed and scraped aronjid it with such atnrd airs of exaggerated civility that tho turkey never could con sole Its temp r. J.nis creature wasai' most as fond f me as Lagnia ppe was and sometimes,, after going to ny room, I wonld hear a ghotuy cnucjue over bead, and looking up, there would be mv feathered friend roosting on the tester of the old-faeh'oncd bed. With all bis faults Lagninppe was af fectionate, aid loved to sit beside me. snuorulina Ilia black xauzzie Into my hand. After a.11, there's no friend kike a faithful dog. It never makes any m rcrence to him. whether you grow ld and uelv or lose all your money. He bears your kick s and curses patiently, and presently, when yon are in a gfl.od toiL'Per again, Jie is reaay 10 wpg xau Ami frisk about yon . - . . . . . Poor Iia!rnia,ipe 1 ho Drought rie one of tho bt.st things in my life. I wish I had been n.-ore gratcf nl, but at th at time my violent tamper often carried me " m 'a .1.. a 1 - 1; . away, iliewoi hw it wan iui ,i no uiu not conune ins aepreoauoim in my own domion, but son letimes made raids upon our neighbors, o that I was several times under the necessity of restoring stolen articles. All this time I had been very busy cetting things into- running genr, when one tine day I eaw LnKDiappe trot Into he yard with ,otaetLir,g in his mouth, which he secreted under the front bteps. I followed him, and discovered iho ob- cct to be a thin blue und gold volume of poems. The pnppy having b ecn dis- misi-ed with a enn on uio ears, j. jooaeu it tho fly-leaf, and saw written there : Anne Pane The Uaks. Under this a masculine ham had ap- oended the words. " Sweet Araie Page" a compliment snubbed by the severe marginal note, " Htnu ana nc msense." Then I rememuerea imu. my latner had given me a letter of 'introduction to a Colonel Page no doubt this young lady s papa. I pistured her tail and slim and fair, with a face like a white rose, and an air of gentle and gracious dignity. I intended returning me dook ira mediately, but e:ich duy something pxe vented mo from doing so, until in the mean time I became quite familiar with its contents. Here and there I found a word or a line underscored, and there I read with redoubled interest. At lust I found a leisure afternoon. Lagniappo showed an inclination to follow me, out I sternly ordered him to stay at home. Seemingly he bowed to fate, for he lingered beside the hedge, sniffing at the leaves, and giving a pass ing tweak to the turkey', tail almost humming a tune, in lact, the bettor to express carelessness and a good con science. Ho 1 leic mm. On my way toward Colonel Page's plantation I took a cut-off through the fields, but I soon discov-ored that it led me to a side gate. J low-ever, J went in, and followed the bridlft-path until the sound and voices told me 1 was near the house; so I cheoked uy horse behind a clump of j'aponicas in order to recon nuiter. Peering through the branches, I could see jutting out from the side of the mansion a little portico, on which a silvery-haired edd lady was' standing, with a young girl beside her. uch a girl I What a gypsy she was I Heavy masses of dark hair, a pomegranate bloom on her chocks, and the wildest, brighest, sauciest, most laughing eyes but I will not enlarge, as the preachers say. Before tbcm stood an elderly negro in a deuantattitude. . . " Abram, the old lady was saying, 1 really cannot sian I this any longer. Three times in one week you have come home in a state of intoxication. " Now. ole mistu, jes yon shot np, was Abram's astounding rejoiader. "It's Missv Anne what 1m addressin'." " Well, hurry ur and say what you have to av." retorted the young lady. " Row, Alissy Anne, uoesn 1 1 always drive you out nioe, an' go whar you sends me? An you Know yon, aon min aendin' me ont any time o'- day er night, no matter of it's rainin' rattle snakes no, nor scarpenters, neider. An when I takes you out in de o'r'age, an' you whistles an' sings an' behavea like a young lady didn't oughter act, does I ever make any 'jections wid you?,' " jno, . Abram; 1 should hope yon know your place better, said the girl, suppressing a giggle with seventy. r "Well, den" in a conclusive tone "what fault has you got to and o" me, name o gracious r "Oh. go along, Abram," said the elder lady. "You are incorrigible. Only don't let me see you again in such a condition." No. mist is: I won't, mistis. But you' doesn't 'pear to 'member dat I can't fnl n' anvthin' 'tlinnt its makfn' me riaht down sick." And he departed, shaking hi head over her lack of charity. Feeling - something of ' a sneak, I thoueht it biRh time to emerge. I re eeived a oordial reception from Mrs. Paze and her pretty grandchild, whom nnf nf the very month of Max. my said, when I had thrust hbja cut forcibly. "Ana 1 nave anomor ay oiogy to make for him," I added, prodt.cip.g the volume of poems. ' My book I Why, 'ran'ma, you know I have been wondering where It has gone. Do you Burpoae he stole it out of the summer-no ase, Mr. Campion? ' " I'm arraia r,e rtid," said I " Hia name by rights, should be Barabbas." "What a d.ear cunning thing he must be!" she cied. "Give him to me; won't you, please?" fo, .nne: not another dog shall come in'to this house," the colonel an swered, in an aggravated tone. " One can't move at present without tumbling over one or two. That great brute of a St. Bernard takes pleasure in making himself look like a door mat, because he knows I am nearsighted." "Oh, but this is such a smart, inter esting puppy," urged Anno, giving an eostntio spring upon lier cnair. 'My dear Anno," said Mrs. Page, in dulgently, " what will Mr. Campion think of you r " I can't help it, gran'ma," replied Miss Anno, blushing np to the curls on her forehead, but laughing at the same time. "Even if I should be prim now, Mr. Campion would find me ont sooner or later. I shock every one; but it is my nature, juntas dogs delight to bark and bite. Evon Abram why, Mr. Campion. I can see disapproval in hia very back at times. " He must be hard to please," said I, trying not to look guilty. "lhe truth is, repid Mrs. 1'age, " he is an old family Bervant. and we endure a good deal on that account" tome a totally unnecessary explanation. My acquaintance with "sweet Anno" prospered finely. She had a whole regiment of Urst, second and fiftieth masculine couains, who visited her in platoons, presented her with the latest sentimental ballads, and were never weary of chronicling tho smallness of her gleve and slipper. There were moments when I hated them. For a time "time, and quickly too, when the cut-ctflf seemed the length of an eternity, and Max's fleetest pace could not keep btcp with my desire. - As for Lagniappe, he became her ab ject, slavo, testifying his adoration by rolling his eyes and lolling out an inor dinately long red tongue when she held him in her arms and addressed him as "an old precious," and "too cute to live." His greatest breach of decorum was to bite the ends of her long braid as it tossed over her shoulders, and to tar.e rides on tho train of her gown. Iirniappe's heart was in the right place, that was clear. But all the world was not of our mind. Ou one occasion I found Abrum leis nrely sc tting a " figger-fo trap among the cotton as 1 crossed the neiu. He looked up, and remarked, as he pulled his grizzled forelock: "Howdy, Mas' Campion? 1 hopo I see y will. I's jes lookin' everywhere fer you." " So it seems," said I, with sarcasm He was obtuse. Yes," said he, artlessly, "dat's a fao. Missy Anne she sent me ober in a big hurry wid sumpin now what was it Rhe gimme? A boon or or no, 'twas a letter; 'n where'd I put dat air ? Clare to inussy I hope I am t loss it. Won't she skin me alive 1" This was soothing to a lover s ear. "You had better try to find it," I ad vised him. " Well, ain't I a-tryin' ? Law shucks ! won t missy be rampagiu 1 like writ an tore up, an writ an tore up, forty.' 'leven times, I reckon." As he said this he fumbl6d wildly in numerous pockets too ragged to hold anything, up his sleeves and in his hat, and at last produced it from one of the glgantio brogans that adorned his feet. I improved the occasion by a few words of advice; but he replied, calmly, mopping his forehead with a dingy bandana: " I knowed i d put it some ers, only I disremembered prezackly whar. Mighty lacky I loun' dat 'ere," he added. "Tell you what, I don't like to git little missy in my wool. Ole mistis she'll do pooty good, ef y' let her be; but Missy Anoe, she a mi-lghty per nickety. An' headstrong. Don' I pity de gen'leman what marries her I She's little, but, oh, lawdy I" " Abram," said I, with all the dignity I could summon, "be kind enough to keep your opinion to yoursel?," les, Bah yes, Bah yes, Bah sar- tainly, sab," responded Abram, oblig ingly ; but he did not seem to be crushed to earth, The note was merely an invitation to a little dance" at The Oaks; but to me it proved a momentous occasion, for before 1 lelt the house sweet Annie Page was my promised wife. From that time I worked with greater Will than ever, inspired by happiness. Meanwhile ljaguiappe grew apaoe, not losing a jot of hia impudence and tnckiness with his increased growth. Hpring was drawing near, and aa it had been a hard winter trouble was ex pected from the breaking-up above, Colonel Page's house was situated on i slope, so I felt tolerably sure ot Anne's safety ; but she, on the contrary, was certain that she should awake some day to find me swept away by a flood. Although I lantthed at her fears, I kept a sharp eye on the levee, One; afternoon I was making a tour of inspection, and I felt generally out of sorts. In the first place, I had not been able to nnd my mud boots, and natu rally their disappearance was laid at Lagniappe a door, although his inno cent and cheerful countenance as he frisked about Max heels should hav duarmed suspicion. (I must remark here that Jacinthy blamed Lagniappo for evey loss, from the frying-pan to nor S nnday bonnet.) In the second phw,( fh whole day hod been filled with, a stifginff rain, and a chill, damn air that went to one's bono, until just ! jfore a inset, when the west broke up 'into ragged clouds,from which streamed a garoisu yellow glow. A clump of willows beside the tarbid bayou was half obscured in a cloud of fog. Max's hoofs made a Bucking sound in the heavy Boil, and left spongy marks be hind them, Lagniappe was ranging a few feet ahead of me, when, just as I had crossed the " branch," he startled np a covey of partridges right under Max's nose. Well, that was the only shabby trick Max ever served me. " But 'twas enough; it sufficed," as the fellow in the play says, for he pitched me off against a tree, and then made tracks for hoifte. I was . conscious of a grinding pain in my left leg, and when I tried to get on my feet I found that usciai member was broken. This is the deuce of an idea," I said. Laeniappe was walking round and round me curiously, and as I looked at him an inspiration seized me. With some trouble I took a pencil and a scran of paper from my pocket and scrawled a few lines upon it. Then I called the dog coaxingly and showed him the slip, pointing in the direction of The Oaks, which was not more than a mile away. He seemed to understand. for he grabbed the paper; but he had not gone far before he tore it up and ran back to me. I coaxed, commanded, threatened in vain. He looked rrguish, and wagged his comical tail. Then I lifted up my voice and woke the echoes, but there was no answering shout. I fired my pistol several times, but no one came. " Very woll then," said I. "I sup pose I must lie hero till morning." I removed the comforter from abont my neck it was some of Anne's handi work, by-the-bye and began to roll it np into a cushion for my head, deter mined to be as comfortable as possible, when Laeniappe, with a wicked look, bnatched it out of my hands and darted off into the underbrush, to tear it into ribbons. I never doubted. Abandoned by even my horso and dog, you may believe that my feelings were not enviable, ine pain oi me iracinre was intolerable a violent throbbing, varied by a grinding agony whenever I moved a hair's-breadth. I had also the consolation of reflecting that this long delay might make an amputation necen sary. and I quailed at tho thought of being a cripple. Fever and the want of a proper support had sent all the wood to my head, and between rage and pain I was well-nih crazy. I longed to strangle Lagniappe. I was alone in the horrible silence of a winter night. That silence, pregnan with half-uttered sounds, whispered suggestions of evil ten times worse than the broad reality. JNot tho chirp oi bird, not the stir of a green leaf, only the Bonohintr of the wind across the naked Hat and the river booming threateningly against the levee. Thevo was ro moon, but a pole watery light spread itself over the sky. Soon I ex pected to feel the ram cn my upiurnea face. Then it seemed to me that tho thoughts in my brain began to buzz like bees with an ever ciuaung ana aecreas' Bachelor Quarters. The New York correspondent of the Buffalo Courier writes: Bachelors as tll as Benedicts have to live, ami there is probably no place where they eon live more comfortabh than in New York. Up to a few years ugo they had to make out with hotels and boarding houses or accommodate to the fur nished room plan. Now they can do better. Homes for bachelors are among the " institutions " of to day. Tho un married man need no longer wander disconsolate abont a hotel or poke himself away in a musty room in a boarding or lodging house. If his purse affords it he can set up bachelor quarters in good stylo in a house es pecially designed for his class. Four or five handsome houses of this kind have been built within a few years, and they seem to pay very well. They are called apartment houses for bach elors, and they are arranged much like French flats, the chief difference being that the number of rooms Is less. In some cases the bachelor's apartment consists of two rooms, in others of three, and in no case of more than four. The cost of living in this way is consid erable, but the life itself is comfortable and pleasant. The fact that there- is a demand for Buch houses is shown pretty forcibly by the fact that among the present building projects is a bach elors' apartment house that is intended to cover four lots, ana win cost about $110,000. Its location is on Forty-first stroft, near Broadway. This house is by far the largest bachelors' hall yet projected. How a Fog Whlsllo Works. Tha fog whistle, heard afar for ten miles, consists of two distinct whistles, operated by two engines in a building separate from the lighthouse. Fifty pounds of steam is the force earned while at work. Every blast lowers the mark four pounds. Shavings and kindling wood are laid all ready to start np steam when a fog comes on, and tho engineer can heat up for work in thirty-five minutes. The whistle gives a blast of eight seconds duration every minuto a dole ful sound, but invaluable to steamers and passing sailing vessels. We could hear it the other night booming dis mally through a fog five miles off. Tho captain starts in when the fog is such that he can t see Ooose Island, one mile distant. The whistle is produced by a wheel with a cam affixed; the wheel, a solid piece of work, regulated by a governor, revolves once a minute tho cam fixed at one point on its pcriph ery, opens a pipe, which lets off steam in the prolonged booming wail we had heard. To supply water for steam a big tank nnder the same roof and supplied by the min from it is kept pretty full, Forty feet long by eighteen wide and six deep; it in not likely to run dry in any fog; but a caloric engine nnd pump at the well will supply water in caso of emergency. Hartford Time.. SCIENTIFIC NOTES. Experiments byM. Pateur in vaccina- ino tor splenic ttver have proved en- lrely s fce'siuU The new vaccine matter can ba cultivated at pleasure, transported without injury, and pre serves the animals into which it Is in troduced from a mortal disease.. From the photographs of the comet which has recently disappeared in spaco, Dr. Henry Draper infers that the hy pothesis of the presence of carbon in the constitution of such bodies reosives corroboration, and he adds, with appar ent cautiou, that a part of the spectrum may be due to other elements. Cyclones aro observed to extend over a circle from 100 to 500, or, sometimes 1,000 niilos in diameter. In the West Indies they are sometimes as small as 100 miles in diameter, but dilate to 6(H) to 1,000 miles on reaching the Atlantic. They aoraetimes however, contract, in creasing greatly in violeuce during the process. Some interesting observations con cerning the comparative longevity ot men aud vomen in Europe, have been made by the director of the Vienna Statistical bureau. Ont of 102,831 individuals who have passed the age of ninety years, only 4'1J'2H are men and (iO.ilUj are women. Ho also nnds tuat there are but 141 malo centenarians to 211 women who have reached a hundred years of i ge. Some remarkable and suggestive peculiarities are found in a human jaw bone from Schiuka cave of Moravia Stone implements found with tho bono indicate that it belongs to the stone ago. in development the jaw is mat oi child, but it is of creat size, its shape indicates the absence of any chin, and has other peeuliarties found m greater or loss degree in the higher apes. It may not, perhaps, be known that a man wearing dark clothes is more liable to infection from contagious disease than ho who wears light-colored gar ments, because particles which emanato from diiieased or deenjiug bodies are much more readily absorbed by dark than by light fabrics. This is easy of proof. Exposo n light and dark coat to tho fumes 'of tobacco for five minutes and it will be found that the dark one fruells strouger than tho other of tobacco smoke, and it will retain the odor longer. Some Common Superstitions. There is scarcoly an article of dress, scarcely an article of furniture or scarce ly an articlo of food about which do not clunter numerous superstitions. AO cording to a well-known pieoe of folk lore most persons wear new clothes on Easter day, mindful of the old admoni tiou : At F.nslcrlot your clothe, he' now, Or tiso be sv.ro yon will it rue. ing sound. " Oodl if I could faint, or die I" I gasped. Thero was a crackling in the dead leaves, and looking up I saw Lagniappo. His sides heaved and foam hung on his lips. I felt for my pistol; there was still one cartridge in it. My hand was unsteady; he wavered dizzily before my eyes; but tha Bhot sped true to tho mark. A sharp howl rang out on tho Btill air, and he fell quite cIoho to me. The sound sobered me. " Lagniappe 1" I cried, in horror at my own deed, and I flung the pistol as far aj my arm could send it. At my voice his large eyes rolled, and he wagged bis tail leeDiy as ne araggea himself nearer and tried to hck my nano Then a auiver ran through his body. 1 felt him; he was still warm, but he was dead. Well. boys. I don't mind telling you that I cried like a baby. A moment afterward I heard voices and footsteps. Licrhts flashed through the dark, and soon a crowd of people came out from behind the trees. In the midst of them was sweet Anne herself, the dark ten drils of hair curling up with the damp around her faco, that bloomed like a rose under the shadow of her white hood. " Anne !" I criod, bewildered, fori ii no In tlioir liavincr some nnluckv Yes. my dearest Jack," she said; "it individual on board, and by burning his any young lady who is too fond of the ..' -J . . ' , ' .a: ,i i.ij i, i,;., wiv in. I lnbincr-olddB will ha unfortunate when bm nil i .(icrinamie s wors. lie came ""kj j umcTu m " 1 0 ; -,;ti, mn nnmfnriAr. and I flaence is cot rid of. ' I married. 1U11U1UK U 1 " - 1 1 ' . . , . knew something had nappenea you. inumoBnupupuiM mu iu.iio.uii, to. oi Vinmn. so I namft mvelf. is generally picked upon as the offend- onA wafnilnwnd Iiaffnianne." intr party. Sometimes two or three ti T fnla miHST free nr fn' times Pictures are PUlTiea. one Bitur nuuiui dat I could boss dis yer job myself; but if luck is very bad, and on an average one is Durneu in eauu uuu ruij nvaij season, A Snake as a Teething Ring. Mr. Robert James, who arrived in this city yesterday from Chicot coanty, tells of a horrifying incident winch ho stated has jast taken place in that county. A farmer returning at noon from the field, whilj pasting through the yard, discov ered his little boy, about a yeur old, fitting near the fence with one end of what seemed to be a leather strap m his mouth, while with both hands he held the strap near tho middle. Approaeh ing tho father was horrified to find that that the child held a snake, and the snake squirmed, but the little fellow pulled end closed his mouth as tiphtlv as though ho were trving to bite off the serpett s head. The father seized the child and tore the SDake from bin hands, The snake was of the black species, and though not poisonous, might have wound its body around, the boy and choked him to death. This would seem to settle the old dispute as to whether or not a human being a fear of a snake is innate or the result of education. It may have been that the child was teeth ing and wanted something to bite, and in the absence of rubber or a painted stick adopted the snake as a substitute. Those who naturally feel an interest as to the fate of the snake, may rest as sured that it was killed. M&nphi Tenn.) Appeal, Superstitions of Whale Fishers At the present day it is the common est thing in the world for whale liMhers to burn an eiligy in order to "bring luck." If the ship has fallen in with few whales the crew attribute their bad Compensation. For every leaf of green, A golden leaf I : For every fd ng flower, A ripened theaf. For every parching hewn, A drop of ra.'n ( For every sunny day, The .tar. again. For GTery warring wave, A pretty sliell ;1 For every Round of woe, A Joyous bell. ' For every passing enro,' A mother's Ides : And what could bettor be, Pear child, than this ? HUMOR OF THE 1M Y In Yorkshire, when a married woman'i apron falls off it is a sign that some .. . . . ... taing is coming t vex her; wnen, now. ever the apron of an unmarried girl drops down she is frequently the object of laughter, as there is considered no surer nign than thnt the is thinking aVout her sweetheart. Muny angtiries are still cathered from the shoe. Thus young girls on going to bed at night place their shoes at right-angles lo one anulll'Jl, ill lutj i'jiui ui hue a, ic- peating this rhyme : Ilopiiig this nlKl't my true love to oe, I place my eliocs in th. form of a T. It is frequently found that even strong-minded persons aro not exempt from tho prejudice against sitting down to dinner when thero are only thirteen present. Many amusing anecdotes are recorded oi tno devices rosoried to lor avoiding the consequences supposed to be incurred by tho neglect of this su perstition tho notion bemg that o:e of tte thirteen, generally the youngest, will die within the next twelve mouths. To urset the salt cellar indicates ap proaching trouble ; to drop a Kniie means that a visitor is coming. It is the he ght of ill-luck to see the new moon reflected in a loomng giass or t hrou ch a window-pane ; and some mothers studiously prevent theiryonng. est child - looking in one until a year old. It is also associated with mar riage and death. Thus, in the south of En eland it is regarded as a bad omen for a bride on her wedding morning to take a last peep in the glass when she is completely dressed in her bridal attire before starting icr tho church. Hence very great care is generally t- ken to put ou a glove or some Blight article of adornment after the final lin srerine and reluctant look has been taken in the mirror. The idea is that The sorrel nag is a horse reddish. What is that which no man wishes to have, and no man wishes to loso? A bald head. What word is there of five letters, from which, if you take away two, you leave six? Sixty. " Watnr-melon-eholy scone, said the small by when tho farmer's dog chased him out of the patch. Modern Argo. It is a grave offence to rob a soldier when on duty. The other night, how ever, a sentry was relieved of his watch. Be careful about trusting a secret lo old father Time, for there is a proverb, you know, that Time will tell. Somet - vMe Journal, Some men when they go to church, never think of studying the frescoing on the ceiling nntil the collodion plate is being passed around. -NorrMown ier-ahl. The ' Washington Monument. Some time sitie information was ro- ceived by the government authorn ics , that the kingol biaui was about sending a stone as a contribution to tho Wash ington monument. Tho king has fol lowed out his good intention, aud tho stono has arrived. Tho letter occoinpa- ' yiug it states thnt it was excavated by his majesty's orders from tho quarries in tho Korat hills, distant about one hundred miles from tho city of Jlausok. nis majesty, during his yontu, whilo a prince of the realm, conceived a pe culiar fonduess for America Rud her liberal institutions, derived in grent part from tho instructions oi onr mis- sionaries resident there, and a-wimed the title of "George Washington." For many years prior to his elevation to tlio throne ho was familiarly ndihvasid as "Prince George Washington, aiiJ eve n to-day enjoys a reference to that circum- ' stance. The king left it optional with his agents to have tho iuwriptiou on the stone engraved in EugUhh or Siamoac. As it was found dilUc.nl t te correctly engrave the Siamese characters, . the English were adopted. Tho orig inal of tlie inscription in Siamese lan guage is, however, inclosed on a slip of paper.. The full name and title of the royal doner is : "His Majesty Krom Phra llatcha Wang Berwang. Satan Mong kong, Second King of Siam." The atone is small, being about six inches by twelve, and is of a peculiar yellowish rown color. The inscription naysbe ' Presented to the Washington Monu- . mont Asoociatiou by His Majesty, the Second King of Siam." Mr. Lark in O. Mc-ade, sculptor, who is now in iiorenco, some years ago made a proposition to embellish the monument by four bronze panels on the sides of the shaft near the base, giving base relief representations of scenes marking epochs in Washington's life. Mr. Meade has already made de signs in clay for two of these panels. The first represents the surrender oi Cornwallis. The second has juri peeu completed, and Mr. Meado has sent a photograph of the design to tho Mon ument Association, it represents uia inauguration of Washington ' on tho portico of the old custom house in New York. The proposition to place these panels or. the Mdes of the shaft has . ... il t met with somo iavor, iuounn no omciui action has been taVen. Work on tho monument is progressing favorably, the shaft is now 227 feet high, sixty feet having been added since the work was resumed. It is expected that bo- fore tho first of next January at least forty feet more will be added to its height. Washington roL she'll hab her own way er bust," was Abram's characteristic rejoinder, And. ob. Jackl" cned Anne, "1 know Bomething dreadful is the matter with yon." Broken leg," 1 managed to say. Well, we mutt take yon home" as soon aa we can. And wnere s jjaginappe dear little hero ? Jack, he s dead 1" I had to tell a he. "Anne," I said, "he came running through the bushes; it was dark, and I fired I knew nothing alter that. Ameroiiul faintina fit saved me from the jolting of the rough litter, improvised of rails and boughs, on which they placed me, with Laniappe s dead body by my side, I was taken to The uaks ana nursed back to strength by, Anne and her grandmother; but always in the bottom of my heart lay the cold thought that I had murdered my menu. The worst of it was I discovered af terward that Jacinthy's son a gay young bachelor had borrowed my boots to wear to a party; so, after all, Lagniappe had been blameless I've been a fortunate man in my life, happy iu my wife and family and friends; but yet sometimes when. 1 think of the look in Laginappe's eyes the night I hot Jt)iin . Let's talk. of something tlte.IJarptr'i Batar, Trunks. One of the porters of the Fifth Avenue hotel. New York, has been talk ing about trunks to a reporter. He says the Booret ot handling a trunK saieiy lion in tVi knnwlpdirn nf the fact that The practice is a very old one, nd is I iie corners are always dovetailed and . .1 . n t.lr.n muA frnm A similar I , i . , . ... T T - a 1 . 1 . Bironeiy uraceu wun iron, xjbv u uuu the corners and it s ail rigui said to have taken riso from a similar custom which prevailed among the her. A . . T, VI' 1 -A ring nshers oi uanubuire, uy wnuiu it was introduced on board tno retemeaa whalers. A century or two ago not merely effigies, but living men and women were burned ou au&picion ot castinir a bliRhtupon tue nernng usu ery. Land and Yi'ater. Chains and linked rings are among the new designs in satin and velvet bro cades. They are 'prettier than the spades, cluba, hearts and diamonds of last year. The Mexican government has now is sued orders that no soldier guarding a nowdfer magazine can smoke while on duty, and some of the Mexican papers support the aruurary rui.ug. Adam is the patron aaint of the West ern pork raisers, because he had the first spare rib. , . . There Is no thunder and lightning in the Arctio circle. down on Big trunks are not what porters drcat " It Iookh tremendous, sam mis prau tical philosopher, "to kee a man tako one of them and trot up to the top story, but you want to remember this all through life: Whenever a woman is ooncerned, things are bound to be light; bo when a woman a truuk and only women have big trunks comes along, a porter picks it np easily. With a man, though, it s different. Old travel ers are apt to cary books, and books are mighty heavy, while a drummer will pack hall the fctock of a dry goods store iu his trunk, which is usually small, and then make funny remarks when you nearly break your baok lift ing it." A Gorman statistician reckons that the world contains 1,455,020,000 inhaba tants, or 10,778,000 more than it did it quarter of a century ago. lie allots 83t,7tJ7,000 to Asia, 1115,020,000 to Europe, 205,670,000 to Africa, 05,405. 000 to America, i, 121,000 to Australia Polynesia, and 62,000 to tha Polar regions.' ' A ' Model Farm Iu Dakota. Twelve miloa northwest of Fargo, Dak., is a farm which is declared by every ore who has seen it to be a model in equipment and management, and the claim is made good by the splendid crop which it has produced this year. The owner is John B Itaymond, United States marshal for Dakota, who went . to the war when he was sixteen years old, and served till it was over. The farm is only two years old, ana mis is the first crop. Mr. Raymond was re cently requested to furnish a few totals from his account book, and the reckon ing stands as follows; " Before we receive a return from onr crop we shall havo invested $55,000. Thnt includes the purchase of our land, the erection of five barns, a dwelling-house, an elevator capable of holding 100,000 bushels of wheat and oais, all the stock and machinery necessary to run the farm, aud all the cost of breaking the land, planting and reapirg the crop and delivering it at tho market. We have ,000 acres in wheat ana enougu oais 10 keep our utock. We ehall get about twentv flve bushels to tho i.ere, which will be 60,000 bnsheU from the entiro . place. We nhall save out onr need wheat for next year, ana can men ei the crop for about $50,000." This is a return of about ninety per cent,, upon the investment, or a dividend of lurty- flve per cent, a year, for the farm lay idle the first twelve months after its purchase. To the question, "Do you consider it an advantage to owu juu. own stock, and do your own work?" Mr. Raymond replies: "There are as many wyaa of farming aB there are of go- j ing to heaven, and you win n.iu iu every farmer likes his own method best. t I consider it twenty-five per cent, j oheaper -to own my machinery and , stock, and believe it i more economical to borrow money to buy stock and machinery than to tire the work, done."-'