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HENRY A. PARSONS, Jr., Editor and Publisher. NIL DESPERANDUM. Two, DoMars, per Annum. I,;.; VOL. XI. That Swamp of .WcaiU. , A CITf pallad; re, lt'a itmtKlit nd true. Rood preaolicn triitj wotf that you hive mid : .1 Po not think tbeso tears nnmauly-thny'r. tha first (bat I li.voaliod. But thoy kind of proaaoil and rounded 0(1 my aching heart and brain, And they would not bo lot fro of, aail, ther fjv ma extra pain. I'm an limorantday-worlior worli ffor foort and rain and Bleep And I hardly know the object of tlifc lif. we alar to keep ; But I knowwhevi daya are cheorjr, or my hfart la mailo of lead's I know Borrow when I ce It and I know my child la dead. No, the Isn't much io look at, In t a ilalnish bit ol clay. Of the sort of porlshed children yo n arc Booing every flays And how the could break a life ur. yon'd be alow to undcmtiind ! But "lie held mint. Mr. Preacher, in that little withered hand. " I ain liml a laborinR-man, sir, of. tho kind that d!i;a and dolvea, Cut I've learn od tint human nailnrea cannot atay in by theinBolvoH ; They will wander out for aotnotli bb. bo It good or bo It bud. And my heart with licra had sett) cd, and the eirl TO all I had. Thero aro lota of prett. childroii, with a form, and face more flue Let their parents loro and pet them-but thi littlo one w:w mint. Tlicro was no one else to clinic 1o when we two were cut apart, And It'H rnuirh till amputattoa of the atrong anna of tho heart! lis eoiiaolinj, Jtr. Treacher, au1 it'a maybe aa you've tald- Ood loves children while '.heT'rW llvinit, and adopta them when they're dead ; But my brain won't cjtiit coutriVlnn, do the very best That 'twaa not God'a mercy took her, but tho aelflsh ncss ol man. Why, Bhc lay here, faint and jrasplns;, moaning for a bit of air, Choked and (strangled by the foul breath of tho chimney, over there ; For it climbed throuRh ovcry window, and It CTopt beneath the door, Audi tried to bar against it, and she only choked the inore. Sho would lie here with the old look that poor children Bomthow get : She had karucd to use her patience, and she did not cry or fret ; Cut would lilt her ralo plnehed face up, full of early cricf and care, And would whipcr, "I am dying for a little breati of air." 1 the'd cone out with the zepbyra, 'twouldn't have seemed ao hard to me. Or among the cool fresh breezes that come rushlnit from the sea ; But it's noihiu less than murder when my darling's every breath Chokes and strangles with the poison from that cursed swamp of death. Oh, 'tis not enouph that such men own the Ten grouud we tread. And the shelter that we crouch in, and the tools that earn odr bread : They mut put their blotted mortgage on the air and on the sky. And shut out our little heaven, till ourchildrcn pme and diel Tea, we wear the cheapest clothing, and our meals are scant and brief, ind perhai those follows fancy there's a cheaper grade of grief ; But the people all around here, losing children, friends and mates. Can Inform them that affliction hasn't any under rates. Oh, the air Is pure and wholesome wher some babies crow and rest, And they trim 'em out with ribbons, and they feed 'em with the best i But the love they get's an Insult to the God of love on high If to earn those children's living some one else's child must die. . . I'm no grumbler at the rulers of " this free and happy land," And I donl go round explaining things I do not understand ; But there must be something treacherous In the steering of .the law When re get a dose of poison out of every breath tte draw. I have talked too much, good preacher, and I hope you won't be vexed. But 1' in goiui; to make a sermon, with that white faco for a text j And I'll preach It, and I'll preach It, till I set our people wild 'Gainst the heartless, reckless grasping of the men uho killed my child. , Will Curleton, fn flarper't Weekly. THE COUNTESS. A ,Tn;ia ruorniDg of last year fouud Marshal Lester and myself on the good r.hip Herder, en routo to the Passion Piny at Oberamruergan, via tho Free City of Hamburg. As traveling com pauions vro were admirably mated ho, optimist; I, pessimist he, full of the roc "-colored illusions which tint the fln ialf ol tho twenties; I, in the for ties, in tho sun of life hot and feverish he, with life before him; I, already commencing to glance back at the milestones on a weary road. Soaroely old enough to bo his father, I was a good, heavy brother to him, and confi dence at its implicit best reigned se renely between us. A distinguished graduate of Harvard, and being of independent fortune, Les ter betook himself to books and travel, and, having first paid tribute to his own magnificent land, he Rpent three years in travel abroad, during which he picked np as many languages and the flotsam and jetsam which render the fellows who have been there" such de sirable and enjoyable companions. Our voyage was absolutely colorless. We touched at Plymouth, from thence crofsed over to Cherbonrg, steaming inside tho gigantic breakwater, and the morning of the twelfth day fouud us slowly winding our way up the Elbe be tween high banks of mud, from behind which peeped the red-tiled houses, set in a framework of trees, the foliage of a vivid and luminous green, and oh I how refreshing to the ocean-wearied eye. From Munich we journeyed by rail to Mui nau, where we put up at the hostelry now known, to many a " Passion Pil-. grim" as IIw Kottmuller's, and -in the glittering sunlight of the' following morning started for Oberau, an infini tesimally small village at the foot of tho giant JJugspite. . ' . The road for a little way lay between 'rows of thady trees and beside a stream that " zippled a song of welcome." Past this scene of greenery, what a glorious sight burst upon ns, causing even my very heart to leap in very ecstasy. Ris ing majestically in front were the peaks of the mountains outlined with snow ; to the right, the Ettaler range, with the Ltaller Mandl over five thousand feet high ; to tho left, the HeruogenBtand and the Krotten Kopf, over six thon jand feet, while direotly in our road, barring the end of the gorge, stood the Zngspito, ten thousand feet, cameo-cut against the full blue sky. The sunlight flashed among tho Titanic crags, laying bars of gold across dark pine woods, and illuminating patches of vegetation till they Bhone in gilded green ; while delicate shades of pink passed over the face of the virgin snow-like as Marshal Lester exclaimed, the first blush in the heart of the bud of the moss-rose." I mtiBt hurry up that stoep hill, the wood enshrined in trees, tho wayside a fringe of ferrs and mosses, tho clear littlo river like a silvern thread a thou sand foot below on our left, the pine dotted mountain sheer two thousand feet on our right, and come to the sum mit, whero the surprising loveliness of tho Ammerthal gradually unfolded it self. " Let us take to the fields," observed Lester ; "the village of Oberammcrgau must lio behind the shoulder of yonder hill." ; " Not until I get a cup of coffee. Here is the once famous monastory of Ettal, now a hostelry. Let us go in and taste the monastic coffee." Opposite the fortress-like gate of the monp.6tery stands the house formerly tho quarters of tho Lord Abbot, to-day a gristhof. A smiling, rosy-cheeked, yellow-haired Bavarian maiden, plump as a quail in October, greeted us with, "Grus Gott" (God be good to you), as we entered, and in a trice placed two cups of coft'ee beforo us on an Oaken tabl, black as ebony from age. As wo sat quaffing tho coffco Lester, who faced the window, suddenly started to his foot, exclaiming : " What beautiful girls 1" Two ladies stood in the roadway; both wero young, both very beautiful. They were attired in Ehort skirts, re vealing rough, hob-nailed boots. ()u their heads wero dark-green Alpine hnts, adorned with cock's feathers. While wo wero incontinently staring, a gentleman strode into the apartment, attired in a short gray friczo jacket, with bright green velvet collar and culTs, black leather breeches reaching to nbovo tho knee, and gray worsted stock ing enveloping tho calf of the log. His conical felt hat was graced by the ynms barl, or beard of tho stag chamois. Tho qnaint old silver buttons on his jacket wore worth a fortune. If blue blood and gentle lineage ever told a tale, it was written upon tho oroan-white tkin of the young chasseur, who bowed to us with the i-tatelv grace of the court of " Bonnie Prince Cbovlie." He addressed us in German, with which v.o were tolerably well ac quainted. " Come to see the Passion Play, gen tlemen ? ' ' i8 ; wo have traveled exprestly fron New York to witness it." "From New York?" Tbis f.iet seemed to astonish him considerably, and during our brief con versation he frequently alluded to it. "Is there not a pathway through the dele's to tho village?'' I asked, for Les ter was gazing at the two girls who stood merrily chatting outside, evident ly wailing for the chasBeur. ' Yes ; it runs by the river. Yon cannot miss it. We are going to fish in the river," he naively added; "and it is very diificult to obtain permission from Giaf zn Pappenheim." Wo Faw him join the ladies, and it was quite evident that ho ffas telling them of the two Yankees who had como expressly from New York to wit ness the play. Ojo of the girls turned as if to got a look at us tho smaller of the two. She was of medium height, of light and ele gant form. A profusion of chestnut hair framed the oval of a charming visage, pink and white like the month of May ; a delicate aquiline nose, a pair of dark-blue eyes.and a rich.rosy month, completed the attractions of a faoe whose expression may be described by the single word, "winsoiae, ' Is she not worthy of a poet's droam ing?" gushed Lester, as, with his face glued to the diamond-shaped pane, he gazed at her, his soul in his eyes. " Pay for tho coffee, Noel. I'll wait for you outside." When I rejoined him he was already across the clear and crystal Ammer. "There Ehe is!" he observed, "They are going to fish. Let ns get into con versation with tho young chasseur again. He's inclined to be very civil." . The chamois-hunter, however, gave us, if not exactly the cold shoulder, a reception which boded ill to Lester's wooing, ana as uio young iaaies were busy with their fly-books beneath the shade of a tree some paces off, my stricken friend, to use a vulgarism, ' got no show." " I will find out who she is," mut tered Lester. "Ay," he added, half aloud, and speaking at her, "I will get an introduction to you if I have to re main in this valley for twenty years." She looked up suddenly. I thought sho smiled as though she had heard and understood what had been said. I lifted my hat and passed on, Lester reluctantly following. "What's the hurry?" he growled. " The village won't run away." "The beds may, though." " I'll stop here, Noel. My fate is at work." " Don't make an ass of yourself 1" "I tell you," he said, gravely, "I have been hit badly. You may laugh at me if you will. Go ! I'll find you, never fear. Oberammergau isn't New York.".! The quaint little village the home of the Passion Play I found to be rich in deep eavod houses, all-unexpected galleries and gables and coignes of espial, brave and coquettish in new coats of paint, whitewash and varnish. Lodgings were not to be had for love or lucre. I repaired to the home of Herod, but he would not listen to me. St. Peter denied me admittance. Judas refused my pieces of silver. Pilate wanked bi3 hands of me. Joseph of Arimathea was three deep. After a weary searohing I found sanctuary be 1UDGWAY, ELK COUNTY, PA., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, neath the roof of Oaiaphas, access to my apartment being gained by a ladder through a hole in the ceiling of the principal sitting-room. ' ' -i Happily for myself, I Was not In love, and a glance from a pair of dark-blue eyes, however bright, would go but a very little way toward satisfying my inner man. The climb np the hill had whetted a vigorous appetite; so, leav ing word for Lester, I repaired to the GosthofJ Stern, where, in a little boW window, I played havoc With liver soup and a veal cutlet. I was smoking my post-prandial cigar when Marshal Lester joined me. "I have found out who she is I" he exclaimed, the words leaping from his lips. "She is the daughter of Count Starnberg; their castle is np in the woods. You might have soen the flag flying when we were crossing the river. They aro no end of swells, and have their town hosse in Vienna. They only come here in summer. The young chap is Count Alexander Starnberg; he is in the Austrian Horse Guards. I got hold of him after yon left, and gave him a couple of those Reinas that we bought in New York. He is a delightful fel low. They are coming to the Passion Play to-morrow. Have yon got seats ? Where? We must go to the eight mark seats they are the best." Later in the evening we sallied forth in quest of places, and, to Lester's chargin, could only obtain seats in tho open air, and among the peasants. " You always mauago things badly," he angrily observed " very badly. If you had left it to mo, I'd have had front seats. I won't sit among those greasy sausage-eating Bavarians. I'll give ten twenty dollars for a seat in the best place. Como and sco if Cook's or Gaze's men can help ns." Lester found Mr. Cook's agent, a very polite and anxious personage a mem ber, by the way, of tho English bar. This gentleman eventually succeeded in inducing a braco of Oxford men of his acquaintance to sell ont to us. " By Jingo," exclaimed one of them, as ho chinked the golden prcminru, "our expenses in Oberammergau aro paid." The villugo was thronged with Pas sion pilgrims, the English clement mustering in great strength. Every long-haired man was treated with marked respect, as ho represented somo character in tho play, while all hats were doffed whenever Joseph Meyer, the Chrintus, passed on his way. The great tragedy was the one universal theme, and tiny children lurked in quiet corners rehearsing their parts for tho coming tableaux. As Lester and I strolled through the place tho crack of a coachman's whip was heard, and the road cleared for a carriage to pass. " Yes, sir ! there she is 1" exclaimed my companion, convulsively lightening hi3 clasp on my arm. The young count was driving, a servant in Alpine dress seated betide him. The two girls wers iu the carriage, and, with his back to the horses, sat an elderly gentleman of very distinguished appearance, whom we at once adjudged to be tho head of the house of Starnberg. Marshal Lester was on my right, and, as ho pulled me close to him, I could feel his heart fluttering like a newly caught bird, A quarter to eight found us within tho theater, which, when considered in its relation to architectual beauty, pre sented nothing of importance sivo its simplicity. Occupying an area.of 20,000 square feet, it was capable of conveni ently seating between five and six thou sand people. There were five distinct plrccs of action for tho players: first, the proscenium for tho chorus, proces sions and tho like, second, the central stago for the tableaux vivants and the U3ual character scenes; third, the palace of Pilate; fourth, the palace of Annas; fifth, the streets of Jerusalem. But, oh, the background 1 Did any theater ever possess the like? That glorious wall of sottest green towering to the sky I On the leit tun valley of the Am morgan, with its flower-dappled meads and its silvern stream stretching away in the. distance; behind, the cross crownod Kofel, two thousand feet sheer ebove the nestling village. Thanks to the Oxonians, wo had capi tal cane-bottomed seats in the middle of the reserve, and beneath a roof. Les ter remainedstandiog, watching the en tianco and consulting his watch at least three times in each tisty seconds. . "There they are I" ho cried, growing as pale as death, thon flushing np into tho roots of his curly hair. By a etrantre cast of the die their seats were exactly in front of ns. The party consisted of five the Count and Countess of Starnberg, the son and the t wo girls. " The young count bowed and shook hands; the girls gazed at us in an in quiring sort of way, and the chorus entered. A dead silence fell upon the vast audi' ence, which lasted until the end of the seventh ect the Garden at Gethsemane when the burgomaster announced a recess of one hour and a half. "What do you think of it?" asked tho younger Starnberor. "It is awfully realistic," replied Les ter. Then the party rose and swept out. " Isn't she adorable ?" demanded my companion as we discussed the inevita bio veal outlet. " What a beautifully' shaped head and graceful neck 1 How deliciously her hair was done t Such little pink ears Did you observe her hands how dainty ana white and blue veined and the rosy fingers and al mond shaped nails? Did you hour her speak ? SVhat mutic I Oh, Noel, she is a revelation 1 " You'd better ask the young chap to dinner, Lester, and perhaps he'd return the compliment by inviting as to the parental $chlogs." I suggested. " A dinner here I Sausage and veal outlet ! : I wish I had him within ten miles of Delmonioo's, or the Bruns wick, then Let us hurry back, Noel." The seats of our noble friends were vacant when we returned, nor did they reoccupy them. Poor Lester was in despair, and he kept steadfastly watch ing the entrance instead of the awful tragedy being enaoted before him, and which he had traveled so many thou sand miles for the purpose of witness ing. 'As for rflysolf, I never was so wound ' np in all my life, and at the Crucifixion soene such a state of ten sion was I in that, when my companion accidentally touched me, I actually cried aloud as If In bodily prdn. "I guess they come here pretty often," he murmured, as we returned to our lodgings; " and take it in act by act they are so near. That is the rea son of their not reappearing." After dinner he proposed a stroll toward Ettal. Evening in tho Bavarian Tyrol is divine, and this particular eve was a perfect glory. Bain-washed and luminous, the sunsot sky held Hesper trembling in a solid green of beryl, whilo high np in the heavens the snow capped mountains were flashing In a dozen shades of pink, the valleys glow ing in a deep, soft pnrple. It is scarcely necessary to say that we struck the mountain road for the Schloss Starnberg, and -an hour's saun ter brought ns to tho great gilded gates, the pillars adorned with the fam ily arms on brazen shields supported by rampant boars. "It's no use, Lester," I laughed. "Your republican simplicity won't hold water Against that, my boy. You must bo ab'.o to show that a Lester rode with Ludwig, tho Bavarian, up the hill at Ettal in 13:10, when the miracu lous " " Hnshl there is some ono at the gate. Perhaps it's Count Alexander." Tho stately portal slowly swung back to permit the exit of au old man in ft Tyrolean suit. Tho old man smoked a pipe, and on perceiving m, respectfully lifted his hat. Lester was for moving rapidly on, but I crosfcod tho road and entered into conversation with tho venerablo re tainer of tho honso of Starnberg, for such ho proved to be. Presently I culled ont to Lester. "Hero's news for you," I cried. " Tho whole family huvo flitted." " Whot 1" and he actually staggmed. " Went off for tho 3 o'clock train to Mumau for Munich." "No. I I cannot, will not believe it." "Ask tho old chap yourself." Lester poured a wholo broadside of questions into tho gatekeeper which tho other answered seriatim. He knew that tho noble family had gono to Munich, hut whether they intenile.l remaining io could not say. The housekeeper at tho scWiiss could tell. Wouldn't the well born sirs walk up and auk hor? Wo adopted tho suKircstion. 'Uio housekeeper a staid, mreue, clderlv lady, who wore spectacles, and scruti nized us over them received us in a great oak hall surrounded by a gallery and adorned with trophies of the chase. kajgies in armor primly confroireu us, and a couple of stuffed wolves seemed reaJv to go for the calves of our legs, fixing ns with their glittering eyes as the Ancient; Manner riveted tho wan dering attention of the wedding guest. r roui tuo grim jamtress we learned that the family had departed for Munich, on routo to Vienna; that tho countess as en service was maid-of-honor to the empress of Austria; thtt the imperial lady, who had been visit iDg her mother at tho Garden of Hoses, on Lake Starnberg, had telegraphed for tho young countess to come into waiting at Munich, and that the young lountess had had but a few honrs, no- tic?. Well, Maishnl?" I exclaimed, as we emerged into the moon-lighted car riage drive. ' 1 m on to icnna, ho said. "Bosh!" " Vou may pooh-pooh me as you will, N03I ; but one glauoe passed between that beautiful girl and myself which has sealed my fate." 1 should liko to see her glance if yon asked her to become Mrs. m l go into a French cat in JSew XorK?' I laughed. :T Sho would go. into a shanty with tho man sho loved." ' Ye3, with a prince, or a margrave, or an elector, or a gran a duke, or a serene high mightiness." " Love levels all rants low, .Noel. " " 'And lays the scepter beside the shepherd's crook.' Claude Melnotte takes tho stand, if you please." I reasoned, bullied, cajoled and eventually laughed Lester into abandon ing the idea or toiiowmg ins ignus fatuus. I could get presented at the Aus trian court by our minister," ho urged. That would not present you to the Countess Starnberg." I could at all events see her, bo near her, bathe in the ennshino of her beauteous presence.'" The imperial family are now going to Ischl, I see, by the Ksirablatt. There they live in complete retirement. Any how, wait till the court season next January. Try and get on the legation staff. A secona secretary is someooay.' We visited Vienna, and spent a day at Schonbrunn. A young officer with whom we got into conversation at this charming palace, and who dined with ns in the evening at the celebrated Ronnachor's, had tho honor of being acquainted with the Btarnberg family, and when he announced that the young Countess Katrinka was engaged to the grand duke of some place with a yard' long name, I thought poor Marshal Lester would have fainted. He actually drooped from that honr became silent, moody and morore, and I was glad when we struck Havre and the good ship St. Laurent on our return trip. On board was Mr. Dysart, the banker, of Wall street, a very agreeable gentle man, and the only American on board with ourselves. His family, consisting of his wife, a son ana daughter, accom panied him. Miss Dysart did not show until the third day, as . the weather bad been a little disagreeable and miserably cold, ' Might I ask you to spread this rug on that aecu cnair, , sain jar. uyean, banding Lester, wno otooa near, a gen nine Culloden plaidie. Lester, with bad grace enough, flung it over the chair, and was about moving forward when Mr. Dysart and daughter barred his passage, " Good heaven 1" This exclamation came from my com panion as he reeled against tho bul warks. - " Are yon unwell, Marshal ?" I anx iously inquired. I followed his gaze. There, right in front of ns, leaning ob Mi'. Dysart's arm, and blushing a rosy-red, stood the Conntess of Starn berg, or, rather, Miss Florence Dysart. She had been on visit with the Stainbergs. The other girl was the countess. I am to be Marshal Lester's best man. Town Versus Country. The London Agricultural Uazette, in speaking of the rivalry of town and country people, says that the assump tion that country people are neces sarily of loss refinement and narrower mental resources than the dwellers in cities is not generally true, whatever may once have been the case, and goes on to say: " Bnt leaving tte professions, and coin ing down to the wage-earning classes, is it possible to declare that the artisan paid by the week has a larger stock of " know than has the skilled agricul tural laborer ? It was once pointed out what a really accomplished man an all round husbandman of necessity is how much training of eye and hand goes to gniding straight a plow and turning a proper furrow. But this is the smallest part of what a horseman on a farm has to be master of. He has to so far assert his command over his brute comrades that they yield implicitly their strength to his will, and obey instantaneously tho tones of his voico and the bending of his wrist; and he has so far to famil iarize himself with the effects of rain and frost and wind upon the special soil which he cultivates that ho can tell when labor bestowed npon it will cause tho clods to crumble into a mellow eced-bed and when it will only tend to convert the top earth into a hasty pud ding al mud, and ho has, too, to be come acquainted with tho various seeds, so as to recognie how fast they will inn through the colters of the drill, and how much will be needed to furnish a B-.ifllcient plant. Nor is this all. If ho bo to take his sharo in other work besides mere following the horses he has to learn how to feed and keep in health, under purely artificial treat inect, the various kinds of live stock; to know at a glance, in chopping out the root crops or trimming hedge-rows, which plant or bow to sacrifice and which to spare. And all this in addi tion to tho ordinary weather-wisdom, which, even in oldt-n. times, was admit ted to bo the prerogative of the hus bandmen. This rough sketch will show that, although the sum which represents all that the townsman has learned may vcrv possibly seem larger than that which would express what fills the mind and memory of the rustic, yet if ono were to be allowed to deduct from the store of each what eich has of barren, unprac tical acquisition of that sort of which it may be said that " it was not worth going through the trouble which it took to learn " then it is exceedingly doubt ful on which side the balance of mental wealth would be found to be. In short, borrowing, with a variation, the conclu sion of tho policeman in tho "Pirates of Penzanco," it is pretty 6afe to say that, "Taking one consideration with another, the Rustic's head is not an empty one." Saved by a Bonnet. The ether day Colonel Fizzletop, of Austin, took his wife out for a drive. Ho was driving a very, h'gh-spirited horse, when it occurred to Mrs. Fizzle top tint oho would liko to drive that kind of an animal. Sho remarked: " I have often heard yon say, colonel, that a woman did not know now to drive; I want to show yon how badly mistaken you are. Give mo (he reins. "Not with this buggy," replied Fiz zletop, trembling all over. " I know you can drive splendidly, bnt wait un til to-morrow, and I'll borrow an old second-hand buggy from a friend for yon to practice with. I saw where a woman iu Ualveston smashed no a new buggy, so that it cost 10 to repair it, so that it could be used for kindling wood. Let ns keep this buggy to go to our funerals in. " So you think I can't drive." " I know you can drive well enough, but before going down tho avenue lot's drive back and kiss the children and your mother good-bye, and then go over to the marble yard and pick ont a tombstone, and then down to the nn del taker and get measured, and then ' ." Out to the lunatic asylum and leave you there for awhile. Yon are talking like you didn t have good sense." All right. Just take the reins and give the people a chance to fresco the wheels with their brains." " You are in no danger of losing any brains. (Jet np 1" said Mrs. t lzzletop. as she took the lines. " How polite people are to get cut of the way," she remarked, as the near wheels scraped a flying drummer's pants, the end of one of the shafts knocked the hat off the head of a promi nent banker, while a life insurance agent Was acting as a brake for the off-wheel, without intending it at all. J ust at this moment, when Fizzletop had given np all hopes, just as the buggy was about to telescope a street car full of paasengers, just as the drivers of other teams were whipping np their teams to escape from the Fizzletop ava lanche on wheels, Mrs. Fizzletop saw a new hat in a store window, and in spite of the frantic efforts of the frenzied animal, held him as in a vise, until Fiz zletop had purchased the hat, and thus the danger was averted. When a lady has made np her mind to have a new bonnet, two locomotives cannot pull her past the store window Texas bifUnga, "Oh, Charley 1" exclaimed the elderly Miss Prim, "I've learned lota ol things this summer been studying' botany and geology and " Charley" What, more new wrinklts, Miss Prim?" Charley meant no harm, but Miss Prim was heard to remark, as she gazed into her mirror that evening, "The ideal More new wrinkles, indeed I The saucebox I" i v ' .-.1 Nevada's flriancos are In a bad cond -tion. Her taxes ore said to be increas ing, while the assigued value of prop erty diminishes. She rinds it nam to pay current expensos, and has a funded debt of $557,017, on which she mufct pay nine and one-half per cent, interests It is affirmed by the collectors of statistics in regard to intemperance that in the year 1879 there was paid out for intoxicating drinks by the people of Germany the sum of $1)50,000,000 ; and by those of Franco 9580,000,000, ; of Great Britain, 8750,000 000 ; and of the United States, $720,000,000 ; making 2,700,000,000. The arrival in England of a steamer from Australia with 120 tons of meat in good condition, indicates that American cattle raisers must henceforth expect competition from that quarter. The distance traversed is, however, so great as to give American producers important advantages in the matter of less freight, greater security and qtvicker returns. Few sights at tho great industrial fair In Boston attract more attention than the appearanco and work of two pupils from the Hampton institute. One of these is an Apache Indian, who sur prises all spectators by his skill in mak ing shoes. Beside the bench at which ho sits are two pair of luced shoes, neat and substantial, ono made after only six weeks' instruction at the institute, and the other produced within two or three days at the fan. By law marriago in EnglunJ, except by special license, is not legal if the ceremony does not take place in tho morning that n before noon. A special license, obtainable on payment of a cer tain fee to the Archbishop of Canteibury (that is to one of his clerks), legalize? a marriage at any honr of the day or night. Of late it has become rather fushionable to purchase these special licenses, and to have the ceremony per formed in the afternoon or evening. Three years ago the total number cf steamships in the United States was 4,7172,221 belonging to tho Atlantic coabt, 310 to the Pacific coast, 'Ji:i totho likes and 1,22 j to tbo Western rivers The cumber of these engaged in ocean commerce with foreign ports, other than thece cf tho West Indies, Mexico, etc wa. insignificant and surpassed by the smalloHt maritime blatea. Oreat JJrit- ftin hai 3,000 steamers, mainly engaged io ocean commerce, with a total tonnage f.f 2 500,000 tons. Duririg the year 1880 317 FtecmeiH were built in the United States. One hundred and eighty-two of these were for the lakes and Western livers, and Ml for Atlan tic and gulf ports. Tho Boston Globe points ont a singular feature of the business of building and controlling steamships which is, that Scotchmen in this respect are in an overwhelming majority. Lieuteusnt D. A. Lvle has eaten grasshoppers out West, and he lately ead a paper before a fcpimgneid science association prauing them as 100a. Al though they naturally have a disagree able smell, he savs that when cooked they become pleasant to both smell and taste, no disguise being required. They can be eaten alter boiling two hours, with pepper and salt , and thus prepared ro not easily distinguished from beel broth. Fried in their own oil they have a nutty flavor. One drawback to their use as food is the bones 111 the small locusts, though in tho larger ones these can be easily removed, borne residents of St. Louis have tried a inner of theso skillfully prepared, and liked it very well, and after becom ing accustomed to the llavor they were considered a desirable addition to the bill of fare by 6ome. These loensts feed on vegetable matter, and so may properly be clas ied n3 clean food. The Southern States are awaking to a realization of the riches which exist in th&ir vast forests. The New Orleans Democrat estimates that Louisiana con tains more than 17,000,000 acres of wooded land. Tho sawmills have made littlo impression upon this vast supply of timber, which comprises a large va riety of valuable woods. Most of it, too, can bo easily marketed, luanKs to the bayous and watercourses with which the State is liberally provided. Since the increasing scarcity of Western tim ber became apparent large purchases oi timbered lands have been made in Ala bama, Tennessee; Georgia and North Carolina. It is to be hoped that this splendid possession, the importance of which the South is just beginning to comprehend, will be managed with more care than has been bestowed upon the forests of the North and West. This country must learn tho science of for estry sooner or later, and now is a good time to begin. A table of statistics prepared by the census bureau shows that the judges of the supreme court and court of appeals are elected in twenty-eight States of the union. Their tenure 01 otnee is as 101 lows: In Vermont for two years; in Ohio for five ; in Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas for six ; in Minnesota for seven ; in Arkansas, Ken tucky, Michigan, North Carolina and Tennessee for eight ; in Colorado for nine ; in Missouri and Wisconsin for ten ; in California, Virginia and West Virginia for twelve; in New York for fourteen ; in Maryland for fifteen ; in Pennsylvania for twenty-one years ; and in Rhode Ibland for life. In all the other States the judges of these courts are appointed, in JNew Hampshire, Delaware. Florida : and . Massachusetts for life ; in Louisiana for twelve years in Mississippi for nine ; in Connecticut for eight : in Maine for seven ; and in New Jereey for six years. The majority of the States eleot the judges of these courts, and as to the length of their tenure of office tbeib lis very great djt versity of policy, ranging from two years in Vermont to a life) tenure in several of the other States, 1881. NO. 32. ' Tho Cows In the Corn. .:i " It fwrnn almost as if smnmor was gone, To soo this cow in tlii? Hold of corn; Tlipro's Brindlo with rod skin and crumpled horn, : ; .'; Who rambles tho fiolJs in carol os mowl . And gsthers tho best tho grounds afford. . Then thoro is IScssin. the spocklcd one, ' ' Who follows on wliero the other has gono; She isn't a cow that sn-1 and forlorn. Not sho. Khe's mock snrt patient. I like her best, Sho isn't selfl.-di like all tho rest. So sh 1 notice tho rooplo ahont, Thoy are Brindle and Beswo, out and out; Ronio want tho green corn, and havo it too, And leave what isloft when they get through. Vermont Watchman. IlliaiUR OF THE BAT. The man at the telephone office al ways has a " holler back." Blest be tho tie that won't work around under one's left ear. It was a schoolmaster who wroto "The Vacant Chair," soon after a boy left a bent pin in it. "An that's the TilJar of Hercules?" sho said, adjusting her silver spectacles. Gracious I what s tho rest 01 nis Bed clothes like, I wonder ?" An exchange asks: "What wonld a twenty-five cigar amount to if yon had no match ? Just a quarter 01 a dollar, brother. Give ns another. 'Che very heart and root of sin is an independent and selfish spirit. We erect the idol self, and not only wish others to worship it, but we worship it ourselves. " It is very muggy here" remarked the man in the barber shop as ho glanced at the display of china uponthe shelves; and then the barber lathered mm and made him shut his mug. "I'm afraid you'll be -late at the partv," said an old lady to her stylish granddaughter, who replied: "Oh, you dear grandma, don't you know in our fashionable set nobody ever goes to a party till everybody gets there." "The mainspring of Italian musio in the eighteenth century," says a recent writer, " was the ex elusive and passion ate worship of the human voice." Bnt Italian music has experienced a change. Its mainspring is now in a box, and is worked with a handle. A dentist presented a bill for the tenth time to a rich skinflint "It strikes mo," said the latter, " that this is a pretty round bill." " Yes," replied the dentist, "I've sent it round often enough to make it appear so; and I have called now to get it squared." Under the heading of "Gems of Thought," an exchange has it: "Have tho courage to piy a debt while tho money is in yonr p'ccktt." There is a great deal of that kind of courage in this world. And can n man pay tho debt and keep the money in his pocket? Let ns havo the recipe for tho benfit of our readers. Ti:cis liftings Thrillingincident: Adolphus' courage was np. . Falling on his knees he cried, " Angelina, dearest, make me the hap piest of men by accepting my heart and hand." Casting one look at the great paw Angelina thrilled in every fiber as sho replied, sweetly: "Oh, Adolphus, this is more than I expected.'' Boston Transcript. A Craze for Diamonds. Tho passion for diamonds is increas ing, says a New York paper. Trobably at no previous time in the history of the American world of fashion were so mony of these precious stones worn aB now, nor so large a proportion of them of such excellent quality. Here and there tho popular taste may select the fanciful gem tourmaline or zircon bnt the fire glancing from the facets of a diamond has a charm for the multitude not pos sessed by any other gem. Most of the diamonds come from the Cape of Good nope, a few from Brazil, and some from Siberia and Borneo. The discovery of the African diamonds Bix or seven years ago npset the market, but it has einco recovered its equilibrium, merchants in this city claim that imitation dia monds have not materially injured their interests. Such stones depend npon the glare of gaslight to avoid detection, as sunlight readily exposes their real char acter. The domuud for fine stones is increasing, and fcr stones finer cut than it is generally possible, to obtain in Europe. Many diamonds brought to America are not cnt in prismatic pro portion and have to be cnt over by Amer can workmen to bring out their real beautv. . A diamond has thirty-six facets on top and twenty-four facets below. If the distance from the table to the color is more than one-third of the stone its life is lost and it should be recut. The bottom of a good diamond tapers almost to a point in the cutting, which is finally taken off. Of all the diamonds the white translucent stone that is free from flaw and perfectly cnt is the most valuable. Pink diamonds are rare, but bright yellow, brown and jet black dia monds may be easily fonnd ' in the market. While a dull tint injures a white diamond a marked color of red or green adds considerably to its value. Nino-tenths of the bluo diamonds are milky, while all the fine white stones ' have just a snggesticn of blue in their composition. . i . Diamonds cost more than they did ten years ago. - A perfect brilliant of the first water is worth about $50 ; one half carat, $175 ; one carat, $550 ; two carats, 800. ' Diamonds of a larger size bring whatever may be obtained from the purchaser, aa no fixed price can be stated. As a diamond loses nine-twentieths of its weight in cutting, the valne of a rough diamond may be calculated per carat as one half the esti mate mentioned. Diamonds imperfect or thin are usually reduced to' powder or utilized in tools for drilling puiw poses, $000. Three-carat stones often bring -The. United States has nearly, fifty per cent, more paper mills .than any other country in the world, and it con sumes about as much paper aa the mills manufacture.