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.'. : T'. v v.' ". ; lie rv. (-r . 1 !. .- HENRY A. PARSONS, Jr., Editor and Publisher. ' NIL, DESPERANDUM. Two Dollars per Annum. i. 1 VOL. XI. RIDGWAY, ELK COUNTY, PA.; THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1881. NO. 41. '0 Who Is Thy Friend f Who ii thy friend ? The man that shares thy pleasures ., In banquet hall or beauty's witching bowers ,' He that will dance with thee to folly's measures And make no reckoning of the squandered hours To whom the revel and the (fame is all ? These are the friends that help men to their ' fall. Who is thy friond The man that shares thy prido, Thine hour of glory, or thy day of gain ; Who stands in every triumph by thy side, And never finds that triumph false or vain, But shapes bis doctrines as thy humor goes ? These are the friends misfortune turns to foes; Who is thy friend ? The man that for his winning '' ' 'IVi power or place hath need of thine or thee Who will not fear thy risk, or blame the sinning, 80 it but speed his fortune's growing tree j Whose praise is large, whose promise larger yet -These are the friends that fail ns and forget Who is thy friend ? The man of truth and trust, In gladness near, in sorrow nearer still ; To thy faults generous, to thy morits just, Thy help to every good from every ill, Whose love for the world's hato might make amends? Alas for it ! this life hath fow such frienctf. Who is thy friend ? The best, tho leat re garded, I In faith unfailing, and in love unchanged". Through all tho changeful years, though ill rewarded 1 Give Him thy heart, so long and far estrangec And from the broke n reeds of earth ascend, To soek in heaveu thine everlasting Friend. Frances Browne, Blind Irish Pcetret. DANGEROUS. COMPANY. "It is very remarkable," said my nncle, aa Mr. Gregory left the room. . "It is very mysterious," said Lily, with strong emphasis on the adverb. " To me," observed an elderly lady boarder, "it appears to be something worse than mysterious ; and, without making any assertions, I would at least caution you, my dear, against any closer intimacy with one who seems so often to be possessed of information in a manner of which there is no conceivable natural explanation." ' It reminds me most," said the Bev. Mr. Brigg-i, "of -certain cases, un doubtedly well-anlhenticated, in which the existence of the so-culled ' second night ' liHb been demons) rated in a very singular manner." "And," added my uncle, "although many of fun jiroft s-ors of e piritnalism have been proved impostors, it by no means lollows that all" " Yos, ym " lii-i lu- iu our lady fii ml, " bnt o r'.I Inow that people "onco hart dealings wi h familiar spirits, and I never could find any proof that tliis kind of thing had ever ceased, and therefor?, us I taid before, I very strongly caution you " ' Hindi I ' cried several voices. "Here he conies." My uncle, my cousin, Lily and I were staying at a boarding-house at the seaside, and among a somewhat-numerous company was a certain Mr. Gregory. We had made his acquaint ance on the night of our arrival in a rather comical manner. He was pass ing our r.om just as Lily was calling to me in a tone of woful despair that she had broken the key in the lock and could not get out. Through the key hole he had volunteered his services as an amateur lock-picker, and released us from our. imprisonment. This introduction had served quite as well as a much ruoro formal one would have done to inaugurate what promised ;to bo a pleasant seaside acquaintance. Now on first sight he certainly presented "very little appearance of being a sus picions or dangerous character. He was a young man of some twenty-five years of age, with a bright, frank ex pression and a gleam of mischief in his eyes. He was exceedingly .intelligent and well-informed, and though rather retiring in the mixed company of our : establishment, could, wo discovered, sing well, read well, and talk well. Without intruding biruself upon us, he had made himself very agreeable to us two girls j and we had surmised that he was a young professional man suffering from overwork, who had come down to recruit his health. Bat we are often warned against judging from appear , anues, and he had during the past few , days manifested . a very remarkable powerof clairvoyance or second eight, or whatever else yoa like to call it, which had created a great sensation among ua. ' On the previous day, for instance, my uncle had met a gentleman at the station aud had brought him home to dinner. We saw them walking slowly up the garden together in conversation, and Lily had exclaimed. " Who on eaith is this V Mr. Gregory looked and said : His Dame is Smith, and ho is return ing to town bv the midnight train." " You know him?" I Eaid. Never saw him in my life-Wf ore," was the answer. ' - Huro enough his name proved to be Smith, and he returned to town -that night alter a long private interview with my uncle ; nor had he, he told us in answer to our inquiries, ever seen or heard of Mr. Gregory before. ' On Saturday morning also the Bev. Mr. Briggs, taking a walk on the beach, meditating on his Sunday text, had en e untered Mr. Gregory, who volunteered information as to the eaid text, with ohapter and verse all correot, to the petrifartion of the reverend gentleman. On another occasion, when - - our elderly lady friend mentioned .that she had been out making a small purchase, . Mr. Gregory informed me sotto voce that a bottle of hairwash constituted the purohase in question. This com munication was very unfortunately overheard. Its correctness was not at the time definitely established, but it was shortly after this that she first pro pounded her own particular theory on the subject, which she put forward with renewed confidence in the conver sation given above, after a fresh dis play of the unholy phenomenon as she Mllod it. lau was the oooasion thereof. Mr. Briggs had been seen coming up the walk in great glee with a parcel un ite? his arm. (i- .;-)''"" ' " What has he got there ?" said some one. "All the works of Josephus for ten pence," replied Mr! Gregory. Immediately afterward Mr. Briggs entered the room and said to the com pany s " What do you think I have just bought?" to which the general response was : " All Josephus for tenpence." It turned out that he had just fer reted it out from a second-hand book stall. When questioned about his mysterious powers Mr. Gregory always became very serious, and gave no information, but changed the subject as soon as possi ble. In consequence of all this, interest, curiosity, uneasiness and even alarm, were in varying degrees excited in the breasts of the several members of our company. Most of tho ladies declared that they were daily expecting some thing serious to happen. That those expectations were not altogether un fulfilled will now be made plain. There were two new arrivals on tho day on wbich our story opens. Onr company had hitherto been pleasant and select, but tho lady and gentjenian who now came among us, and who were named Mr. and Mrs. Grice, were ex ceptions to this. Showily dressed, and loud in their conversation, they made great efforts to mix with ease in our corn puny, and for som; inscrutable reason seemed to make special . endeavors to become intiinato with our own party ; Mr. Grice attacking my uncle, and his wife devoting herself to us. We were at no pains to conceal our aversion to their ill-mannered and offen sive intrusion, but they seemed deter mined to accept no rebuff. Lily said tuat we had met here tho most pleasant aud the most unpleasant persons whom we had ever seen in our travels. The former cluss.I prosume,main,y embraced Mr. Gregory. Ever since Mr. Smith'a vir.it on the previous day, my uncle had seemed to bo unusually worried and ansioun. Something had Lupponcd ftt the oilieo, it appenred, which caused him very treat. uneasiness, and he kpta constaut watch for the post. Lily aud I were troubled about it, but wero hardiy pre pared for his sudden announcement at lunch the next day, upon receiving a letter from town, that wo must pack up at onco and return by the first morning trtiin. We had no objection to escape from the Grices, but in spite of Mr. Gregory's ill-repute for his mysterious arts, we wero very sorry to leave mm, to say nothing of the abrupt and unexpected termination of our holiday.. The Grices were sitting next to us when my uncle made this announce ment, an'.l I saw a pecnliar look of fiis niticance pass betweeu them. Mr Gregory was siltmg at the other end of a long diuing-table, and qnito out of earshot, but he camo up immediately after we rose from the table, and taid: " A very ead thing, this sudden de paitureof yours !" "Mr. Gregory, I replied, " you are perhaps awaro that you are under grave suspicions of being in league with the powers of darkness, and this is another proof? How could you possibly know ?" " Oh, ill news travel fast,'- he said, laughing. " But it is a very hot after noon; what do vou say to a little read ing?" Lily here squeezed my arm vigorous ly, but I answered: "I f-ar my undo will not let us go out of hi$ bight. He feels it his duty to keep special guard over us while wo are in such dangerous company." . "Never mind," he said, "I will read to him as well." We wero now in the corner of tho drawing-room, near a window looking out on to a covered balcony which overlooked tho garden. My uncle came up and returned Mr. Gregory's courteous greeting in a manner which was, I fear, not very gracious. " May I trouble you for the paper after you, sir V he said. " Certainly," was the answer. " But may we not all enjoy it together? With your permission I will read aloud to the company." My uncle looked considerably aston ished at this unusual proposal. Lily looked up with open eyes and curious expression, this being net exactly the kind o reading she had intended. But the ofl'cr was seriously made and o peated, and my uncle, who dearly liked being read to, gave a dnbious consent. Mits Lily, with iili-l affection, made him particularly comfortable in an arm chair, and Mr. Gregory commenced reading a long, prosy article on French Eolitics. Ho read with anything but is usual spirit, and in a soft, low, monotonous voice. The consequence was as had possibly been cot wholly un forseen that my uncle was soon enjoy ing his accustomed afternoon sie-ta. Tho readiog, having become gradually blower and softer, now ceased, and the reader, looking up, suggested by a slight gebture an adjournment to the garden. ' Lily an I tried to smother our laughter and look shocked, but wo adopted the suggestion. A book of poetry was soon produced, and I found that there is a difference between hear ing French politics read in a stuffy drawing-room to a middle-aged gentle man, and hearing " Enoch Arden" read iu a cool, shady alcove, to a pretty, dark-eyed, lovable maiden, with tender bosem heaving in sympathy with poor Enoch's sorrows, especially when tho reader is a handsome young bachelor, with an exquisitely modulated oice, able to do full justice to the harmonious numbers of the laureate. . . ., At the end of half an hour I was startled by an exclamation from Lily. Looking up, I saw in the garden below, silting on a seat under the trees with their faces toward ns, our dear friends, Mr. and Mrs. Grice. The gentleman was keeping up, ap parently, a desultory conversation with Lis wife. They waved their hands on c bohing oar eye, and beckoned to us to come and join them, which we did not do. 1 ' -. - Mr. Gregory, instead of going on with Lis rending, continued to regard thorn intently, and asked ns whether wo knew them. ! We said, "No." ' " But they seem to ' know you," he said. We explained how. they had favored us with their attentions. To our dis appointment he could not be induced to go on with his reading, bnt he con tinned to stare at the coupla before us; and when at last they strolled off in dif ferent directions he said that he must apologize for having an engagement, and he left us abruptly. " A strange young man, indeed!" we thought, and we were still more surprised when in at hour he returned and asked my uncle to be allowed a short private conversa tion with hittu--My uncle seemed startled at this request (and so, by tho way, did Lily), but after a short pause he led the way into an adjoining apart ment. The conversation which ensned , as we subsequently learned, was as follows: "I om about, sir," said Mr. Gregory, " to refer to your private affairs to an extent which will surprise yon, but I hope to be able to render you a service 1 which will be an ample excuse for my intrusion. Yon are, I believe, returning to town to-morrow?" Yes." "The cause of your return is, I be lieve, connected with the forgery of a certain check in your name." "Sir, how can you possibly know that?" " That check was brought to you for your inspection threo days ago by one of the clerks from the bank, a Mr. Smith, and it is now in your posses sion." My uncle was speechless. " Hear me further. The accuracy of my statements hitherto may claim credence for what I am about to nllirm. Unless I am greatlv mistaken, thoro are now in this establishment two per sons who have been employed to re gain possession at all costs of that forged paper. They suspect that you have it, aud already your room and your daughter aud niece's room have been searched aud it only remains to search your person." My uncle turned pale. " it is known that you aro leaving to morrow morning, and the attempt will bo made between now and then. Will you allow me to offer you my advice V. I will not attempt to describe my re spected uncle's condition of body and mind at this part of the interview, suf fice it to siy that the proffered advice was ultimately adopted. On that evening my uncle declined to accompany us when, an hour after din nei, the houwe emptied onto the promo nade. Mr. Gregory was also missing, tmd had not appeared at dinner. The Rev. Mr. Briggs took us under his care. My uncle was already nodding in his clmir as we went out. Twenty minutes aftorward two of the company softly re entered tho room. This I had fioin an eye-witness. Their names Were Mr. and Mrs. Grice. Mrs. Grice stood at tho door, and her husband udvanced gently across the floor to whero my uncle lay bad; in his chair, snoring audibly, his handkerchief over hia head, his coat thrown., optn, and a pocketbook just showing in his brear-.t pocket. Mr'. Grice crept up to him, abstracted the book with a practiced hand, put it into hia own pocket, and turned to go. Now, as he rocrossed the room he had to pass before a large lounge, with long hangings in front, and he was, perhaps, somewhat surprised to find his ankles seized in the firm grip of a pair of hands thrust out suddenly from under tho lounge. As he fell, Ins amiable partner turned round into the arms of a detec tive officer. At the same momont Mr. Gregory entered through tha window from tae.baloony, "This i3 your pocketbook, sir," said one of the detectives. " Thank yon," said my uncle. " It has nothing in it, but I am glad to have it back again." Mr. and Mrs. Grice were removed at once to another public establishment in the neighborhood, where tho company was very select, the hours very regular, and the maintenance very cheap a style of establishment which it was subse quently proved they had frequented in more than one part of the country. Amid considerable excitement we promenaded lute that night. My uncle said : " You have rendered me a service, sir, which lays me under the deepest obligation to yon. I have no doubt that the original delinquents, of whom thosa creatures are only the tool, will be brought to justice. Finding that we are on their track, they have mado this ellort to destroy tne proof of their guilt, and prevent us from submitting it to exports. Thanks to you, they have failed. 1 can only Bay how welcome will be any opportunity of making any returns to you, however slight." " I shall certainly take you at your word, sir," was the answer. " And now, Gregory," continued my uncle, " will you pardon our curi osity if we beg you to tell us the means by which you were able ta divine the intentions of our departed friends V" ' . " Oh, Mr. Gregory," cried Lily, "you must tell us. We are on thorns to know, and will do anything in the world you like to mention if . you will tell us." ' s . -" On those terms I consent," said ho, with a curious look at Lily, which made her suddenly blush very much, as I could see even in the moonlight. " You may have.noticed," began Mr. Gregory, "that I am somewhat deaf, a'-d I have been much more so. In con sequence of this I have acquired the art, which I believe almost any one can acquire, of reading the movements of the lips in the same way that the deaf and dumb are taught to do, so that I can always understand what people say if they are only in seeing distance; and my seeing is very acute. I need hardly say that I avoid over-seeing conversa tion, if you will allow the expression, as much as I would over-hearing it; but I frequently see people speak a few words on accidentally glancing at them. I think that what has puzzled yoa will now be plain. Perhaps I ought to con fess that I have yielded a little to the temptation of mystifying the company durin;; the liWt week, especially in the case of Mr. Brigjs, who ha', like many pecple who have lived a good deal alone, a habit of talking to himself as he goes along, which he is scarcely aware of. This afternoon, however, I watched the Grices in good earnest. I was very much astonished at 'what I saw. Your sudden departure had dis arranged their plans, and they had a full disoussion of pas'; and future op erations. It was not at all a bad idea to hold their deliberations before your very eyes, eo as to keep up their watoh on your movements and disarm sus picion, but they had taken no precau tions against being overseen. Tho rest yoil know." 1 "But how about the purchase of the hairwash, that sad proof of occult art? ' I said. . "Oh, that had nothing to do with it. I was in the shop being shaved and I saw tho transaction in a looking-glass." Later still, when my uncle had gone in, I heard him quietly say: "So you will do whatever I like to mention ?" But these words were not addressed to me and I judged it best to fall into the rear, and having no gifts of clairvoy ance myself I cannot tell you the rest of the conversation. I can only add that our return was postponed, and that shortly after these events Mr. Gregory again requested a private conversation with my uncle; and that he had again some revelations to niako concerning a conspiracy of two, male and female, in this case also; and that shortly after the first pair of conspirators had been "sen tenced for life" by one of her majesty's judges, a similar sentence was pro nounced upon the other pair by the Ebv. Mr. Briggs. How Rugs Are Made. How many who stop to admire the show windows of our carpet dealers know how tho rug is made? That ii is woven somehow is all that is apparent aa it lies there, warm, soft, bright, with a dozen colors, and attractive in its pretty design of flowers, fruits, birds or tiRurec. The rug is twico woven, and this is its hibtory: First, the border and center that is to form the pattern is designed; then painted in straight lines upon paper containing a ruled scale, aud in tho proper colors that aro after ward to appear on the rug. This paper rug 13 then cut into strips, each con taining two spaces of tho scale, and these papers are tho pattern that the hrst or weft weaver has to follow. In weaving wo.ft a warp beam of say two hundred threads in width and n lepp beam of one hnndred threads in width are required. Two threads of the first and one of tho second pass through the same split m the ivea at regular in tervals of say one-third of an inch, the intervening' splits of the reed bein empty. The paper pattern is fastened to the middle of tha work, and the weaver folluws it exactly as it iB painted, that is the pattern may need six threads of crimson, two of black, twelve of ecru, ten of green olive, and so on, the weaver filling the "spot" exactly as to length aud color. Having woven tho lull length of the paper as painted in tho left-hand space the paper is bnguu again and the painting on tho right hand fcpaca is lollowed, and when all tho papers which, laid side by side, form the rug have been thus gono over, tho weft for tho rng is finished. The roll of welt-cloth is then run through the cutting-machine, a ten inch cylinder, around which a contin uous thread yf knife-blades i3 wound. This cylinder i; revolved ut a high rata of Fpeed, and the weft-cloth, passing within range of tho knives, is cut into strips by them. These strips do not unravel, because in weaving tho wheel thread is twisted about tho two warp thrcads aud the filling is locked iu. After twisting each 6trip to change i. from being a flat thread into a round thread, it ia wound upon a bobbin and is ready for the second weaver, who is called the setter. Th 3 warp of the. rug is black flax; and the setter uses two shuttles alter natelya small one, containing a bob bin of two-ply cr three-ply flax, and a largo one for tha unwieldy bobbin of weft. A white thread on each side and one in the middle of the black warp aro the guides to tho setter, who sees that certain parts of the warp-throad come under those white threads before ho presses tho weft in. Each bobbin weft will weave about three inches of the rug; so, if the rug is one yard long, it will require twelve bobbins, which mean twelve pieces of weft-cloth, to complete it. But these twelve pieces, having rach been cut up into ninety-six iden tical strips, will" make ninety-six similar ruga. Therefore, should the weft weaver put in, fay, eight threads (ouo half inch in length) of a wrong color or shade, the error would appear in ninety-six rugs. The setter having finished the ninety- six sets of twelve bobbins, the rugs me ready for finishing. The machine through which thej pass cuts the sur face off evenly, and brushes them free of fragments of the materials used. This treatment brings out every detail of the design and heightens the colors, Most of the rugs made . here are) of flax and wool ; others are of silk and shoddy silk. Tho weft tor the silk rags has eight stripes to the inch, and to cut requires 28H knife blades, each one of which must have a razor edge. The weft cloth and the blades must bo sot to a nicety, since the variation of the sixteenth of an inch would make tho knives cut the 288 threads instead of the filling between the threads, There is a firm in Glasgow, Scotlaud, who manufacture for the royal houses of Europe such elaborate designs as the Lord'sS upper, the weft-weaver, in'some cases, using four hundred different shuttles. Philadelphia Record, A family of Uerman rmmigrants re cently passed through Harrisburg, Fa, consisting of lather, mother, nine children, forty grandchildren, and eleven Rreat-grandchildren. Enough of them were married to make the entire party number ninety-five. Tney were bound for Northern Iowa. DiniTIIEItlA. Rul lor Its Prevention and Treatment. The Massachusetts State board of health has issued rules for the preven tion and treatment of diphtheria, which are applicable to any locality. ; They are as follows: In the first place, as diphtheria is a contagious disease, and under certain circumstances not entirely known, very highly so, it is important that all prac ticable means should be taken to sepa rate the sick from the well. As it is also infectious, woolen clothes, carpets, curtains, hangings, etc., should be avoided in the siok room, and only such materials used as can be readily washed. All clothes, when removed from the patient, should be at once ploced in hot water. Focket handkerchiefs should belaid aside, and in their stead soft pieces of linen or cotton cloth should be used, and at once burned. Disinfectants should always be placed in tho vessel containing the expectora tion, and may be used somewhat freely in tho sickroom; thoso being especially useful which destroy bad odors without causing others (nitrate of lead, chloride of zinc, etc) In schools there should be especial supervisions, as the disease is often so mild in its early stages as not to attract common attention; and no child should bo allowed to attend school from an in fected house, until allowed to do so bv a competent physician. In tho case of young children, all rea sonable care should be taken to prevent undue exposure to the cold. Ture water for drinking should be used; avoiding contaminating sources of supply; ventilation should be insisted on, and local drainage must be carefully attended to. In country towns, privies and cesspools should bo frequently emptied and disinfected; slop water should not be allowed to soak into the surface of the earth near the dwelling houses, and the cellars should be kept dry and sweet. In cities, especially in tidal districts, baBins, baths, etc., as now connected with drains, should never communicate directly with sleeping-rooms. In all cases of diphtheria fully as groat euro should be taken in disinfecting the bick room after use, as in scarlet fever. After a death from diphtheria the clothing disused should be burned or exposed to nearly or quite a heat of boiling water; the body should be placed as early as practicable fa the coffin, with disinfectant and the coffin should be tightly closed. Children, at least, and better adults also in most cases, should not attend a funeral from a house in which a death from diphtheria has cccurred. But witu. suitable precautions, it is not nec- e isury that the funeral should bo pri vate, provided tho corpse be not in any way exposed. Although it is not at present possi lile ) remove at onco all sources of t-pi euiic disease, yet the frequent visita- ion of such disease, and especially it onlmued prevalence, may be taken as sufficient evidence of unsanitary sur roundings, and of sources of sickness to a certain extent preventable. It should be distinctly understood that no amount of artificial " disinfec tion " cau ever take the place of pure air, good water ana proper drainage, which cannot be gained without pi ompt and efficient removal of all filth, whether from slaughter-houses, etc., publio buildings, crowded tenements or private residences, in tne opinion of the board this is likely to be done proporly only through independent local boards of health, the appointment of which in all cases we most respect-f-'.llv, bnt earnestly, urge upon the citizens of the State. Cases of Leprosy in Louisiana. A writer for the Morgan City (L.,) Rivietn, who has lately visited the Bayou Lafourche, says: As a companion and myself ap proached a house below the Cut-off he told me the entiro family were afflicted vrith leprosy. I s-.w a man hobblo out with a half sack of rice on his bent shoulders ; ho was followed by three little children. There was a trading- boat coming up the bayou at the time, ana so we stopped at the fence, my companion exchanging a lew remarks in French with the unfortunate. One excellent quality about this poor man and his children was the lack of that everlaEting trait of the 'Cadian "hand' shaking." Ho dian t rush up to us and hold out his whole arm, like a Hiudoo would, until something happened to . lower it, but, instead, he went on jolting his rice down into his sack, and now and then casting fugitive glances over to where we stood at the fence, beside our horses. When the trading boat tied up to the bank he went on board with his children and we followed. Tins man had what is called elephantiasis, his legs and feet were horribly swollen, and were incased in large, shapeless canvas coverings neither shoes nor moccasins. At two isolated, common, J hovel-looking dwellings my companion pointed and said; 'lucre is leprosy in mere, am tne houses were closed up; doubtless the inmates were out in their little rice patches, and so we rode on. "I'vo heard that sometimes those poor creatures bait the trading boats for something to eat or to trade with them, and they ' pass by on the other side ;' is this true?" " You have seen how that family was treated above here. No trading-boat shuns them, except the trader is that of provisions, or has a fall return of freight ; then he don't stop for any body." "Do any of the children of these lepers attend the publio schools?" "No. Though these lepers keep to themselves, they are all - known. One of the children of a leper down here tried to attend school last year, but the pupils all left immediately." A pleasantry attributed to M. Thiers: "When I was very young I was so little so little that I needed a polo to knock down the strawberries." Li Figaro, Fish as Food. A doctor writes in Good Word, an English tntinziue, as follows: Found for pound IMi is fatly ns nutritious as butcher's meat. It may not seem so satisfying, but that is because the sense of satisfaction which wo experience in eating is the result of supplying the stomach with food and in na direct or immediate way related to the nourish ment of the organism as a wholo. Very few of the solid substances we eat are digested, even so far bs the stomach is concerned, in loss than an hour, and nutrition cannot commence until after digestion has proceeded for some time. It follows that the feeling of satisfaction produced by solid food duriug a meal must bo due to the appeasing of those cravings which are set up in the stomach rather than the supply of the noeds of the system. Inasmuch as butchers' meat is less easy of digestion than fish, and it gives the stomach more to do, it is easy to see why it seems, at the moment, more satisfying. Looking to the ultimate purpose of nutrition fish is tho better kind of food; it is more readily and completely re duced in the stomach, and it nourishes the organism more thoroughly, and with less physical inoonvenienco, than the flesh of warm-blooded animals, A common error in regard to the use of fish is the failure to recognizo that there are two distinct classes of this staple, looked at as food. In one class, which may be represented by the mack erel and the salmon, the oil and fat are distributed through the flesh, whilo in the other of which the cod and whiting may be taken as examples, the oil and fat are found almost exclusively in the internal organs, notably tho liver. Now the oil and fat are necessary, and if the fish is not cooked and eaten whole, or nearly so, these most important parts are wasted. In cleaning fish, as littio as possible should be removed. This i3 a point of the highest practical mo ment. Fishmongers aud cooks need to be instructed afresh on the subject. To omit any portion of the liver of a cod in preparing the fish for tho table is to throw away a great delicacy. A cod's liver properly dressed is a dish for a gourmet. It is inexplicable how any thing so nauseons as tho " codliver oil" of the chemist and druggist can be pre pared from anything so nice as the liver of cod. Housekeepers and those who purvey for the table should take care that nothing edible in a lisli is sacri ficed. For cooking purposes it may be assumed that fish is not only good food, bnt food of the best description; well able to supply the needs of the system, and particularly easy of digestion. It is equally serviceable for the weak ns for the robust, the young ns the old. The Secret Order of tho Zimls. Mr. Francis H. dishing, the young ethnologist, who was sent out by the Smithsonian Institution to study the inner life of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico, had some strango adventures recently when he was initiated into the secret order of tho Zunis. Having secured a scalp - a necessary perquisite iu the war with the Apaches, he pro sented himself to the council of Zunt warriors, aud like Othello, though with a different puvpore and to a different audience, told the story of his valor iu war. Alter rnncli persuasion on Ins part he was filially accepted us a suit able candidato and ceremouies began lie was taken to tho burring-giound, where a sham fight, with prayers nd songs interppeined, ensued. Carrying a pole on winch was ti 0 bcalp, he then marched at the head of thoytlliug band of Indians to souie.girdons, whero the ri-le was stuok in tho ground. Then until eveuing he had tho pleasuro of bitting motionless on an Rnt hill filled vithants, which doubtless made tho most of their unexpected opportunity. Aller further prav-rs and other cpio- monics he was formally takpu into the ordt-r. Then flowed a march around tho town. A scoi'O or more of do;rs were killed to rive, variety to tho dav's fes- tiviti'x, und tLo mng fellow was hur ried off to bo baptized ua " a child c tho parrots " and "a son of the eagle." For the next four days ho was locked up without " fire, meat, oil or tobacco," being forbidden to see any one. Nor was this all. For the ensuing twelve days the ceremonies of this mystio order were continued; and of them he writes to a friend in Boston. " Fresh in my memory as they are, they seem to me tho grandest, most interesting, weird and terrible expenences and days my Ida has over seen, and open up the sub depths 01 meaning to my resarones in Zuni." If, as he says, this was the least wonderful part of his experience he will return from the land of the Pueblos with a narrative of striking interest, and with much valuable information regard ing the docendants of the Montcmumas. Kerosene and Salt for Diphtheria. A correspondent of the New York Sun says: in lob'z, on a plantation in Uontb Alabama, where there was great diffi culty in securing good medical advice, I saw a whole plantation of blacks, as well as the white members of a large family, successfully treated for diph theria with kerosene oil and salt; used thus: Every patient was given a lnmp of rock salt about the size ox a boy's marble, and instructed to keep it in his or her mouth, swallowing the salty paliva. At the same time the throat was rubbed with kerosene oil, and a flannel saturated with kerosene kept around the neck until tne symptoms were abated or entirely gone. If necessary mild cathartics were given. Not a case was lost, and there were fully 120 in all on the plantation. In Walker county, Ala., is a natural bridge said to rival that of Virginia. It is in the sandstone called millstone grit, which underlies the coal formation. It spans about one hundred and twenty feet and its height is about seventy feet. A smaller bridge connects it with the bluff beyond. The lines of strati flcation of the sandstone give the struc ture the appearance of having been ar tificially built up with massive blocks, It is in the midst of a region of wild and romantio beauty, high, escarpments ot tne same sandstone being seen stand ing out iu the face of the hills around, May lie. She leant across the stile, With her merry golden smile And her bonny brown eyes glancing Through the groen leaves all the whilo And he who loved her so , . , WBtcIicdJfrom the path below s , , Put Bho tossed her head so daintily, And laughed and bade him go. Maybe I maybe I we cannot know i Maybe I maybe 1 'twas bottor so 1 When the winds of March wore loud, And the skies were dark with cloud, He had won her lovo forover, And she trusted all he vowed. But sho wopt against his heart : ' " Oh, my darling, wo must part ; For a barrier lies between us. Forovormore, Bwoetheart 1" Jkybc 1 maybe 1 we caunot Itnow ; . Maybe t maybe 1 'twas better so 1 And the years havejpassoii away, And they both are old and gray ; But the same sweet dream is in their hearts Forever and forgave. Oh, sweet and sad tho'pain Of the love that will not wane ; Bo sweet, so sweet, because so true So sad, because in vain t Maybe ! maybo 1 we cannot know ; Maybe 1 maybe I It shall bo better so Aiid'onai Republican, HUMOIl OF THE DAY. Some of the most timid girls are not frightened by a loud bang. Wbon a o-irl reiects an offer of mar riage she goes through a sleight of hand performance. "What pressing necessity to crusn the life out of us?" inquired the apples of tho cider mill. Peacock feathers are emblems of vanity. They serve to point a moral and adorn a tale. Picayune, Politicians ought to make good tele graph repair men. They are used to pulling wires. Chroniclt-Herald. An old negro says: " Sass is power ful good in everything but children. Duy need some other kind of dressing." A gentleman friend had thirty-two teoth taken out tho other day without pain, and no anesthetic of any kind was used. jjaiser yon say. xes, iney wero false. ...Inst tha American oyster die?" asits one 01 our exouanges. it must,. If it is tough enough to go through a olaia stew or a fancy roast alive, we don't want it. ' Whot can I do for yon to induce you to go to bed now?" asked a Lowell mamma ot uer nve-year-oia ooy. - iou can let mesit up a little longer," was tho youngster s reply. An advertisement reads: "Wanted A young man to be partly out-door and partly behind tho counter;" and the Cleveland Lender asks: "What v be tho result when the door slams? Tho Boston Bulletin says: "The America Angler is a new pap r which w hope will not live by look and ljin'." We have no doubt it will pub lish do-baits, tn I worm its way into iscatorial cij-cl.i-. They sat (o !; her in the lampligh aud read tho .uiverti-ing columns ot their local paper, when Vie suddenly ex claimed: "Loot, only $15. for a snit of clothes! "Is it a wedding suit?-' he asked. "Oh, no," ho replied; "it is a business buit." "Well, I meant IniMuebs," ehc replied. That settled it. If lei World. "Edward," said Mr. IVcp, what do I hour ? that you have disobeyed ycur grandmother, who told ,you just now not to, jump down theEe steps?" "Grandma didn't tell us not to, par-1; she only came to tho door and said : I wouldn't jump down those steps, boys;' and I shouldn't think she would- an old lady like her!" Onurenieur Her nil. When you are coming up the cellar stairs with a bucket of coal in one hand, two pics and a plate of butter in the other, and a loaf of bread under each arm, it ia exceedingly trying to your Christian fortitude to have a woman yell down and caution you not to forget the preserves on tho swinging shelf, in tha corner of the cellar, next to the cuirant jelly. Been there, haven't you? Williamiport Breakfast Table. The Mysterious. He is a man with a light beaver over coat on. He drives a white horse and a top buggy, aud all of a sudden ho stops in tho middle of the street and looks fixedly at his horse. In two - minutes fifty people line the curbstone. " W hat s the matter ? " "Balky." A man steps out to seize the bridle and start the horse, but the driver shakes his head and motions him away. 1 11 bet he s an ugly brute." Of course he is. Look at that wicked eye of his!" The crowd has now increased by fifty, and several vehicles have stopped. " Auybody nurt r " No; balky horse." " Why doesn't some one whisper in his ear?" Four men stepped out to give ad vice, but tney are nastily motioned back, and a livery stable man in the crowd observes: " II that horse doesn't kill two or three men hero I shall be much mis taken." Three minutes more and the crowd numbers 200. Tho man with the gray horse looks up and down the street, braces his feet, takes a firm grip on the lines, and softly says : " Come, Peter." . , And Peter drops his head, dangles his ears and moves off as slowly and softly as a river of grease. , ' 1 " What was it?" calls a man who has run four blocks and , is . puffing like a whale. - . - But there is no uuu to answer him. Tho crowd has dissolved like a handful of sugar in a barrel of water. It is very mysterious, and the crowd doesn't enjoy the climax at tW.DetroitFre Pre.