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HENRY A. PARSONS, Jr., Editor and Publisher. NIL. DESPEKANDUM. Two Dollars per Annum. VOL. XII. HIDGAVAY, ELK COUNTY, PA., ' THUHSDAY. APRIL 27. 1882 NO. '10. .The little snowflnkcB come When tho singing birds are dumb, And fill the empty nest; And tho frost upon the pane Mimics ferns and boarded grain, And tbo blossoms we love best. The pretty wind-flowers rise With an air of sweet surprise When the laughing spring Calls the crocus from its floep, Bids the grass begin to creop, And the sparrow sing. Tho daisies' lint-white flocks Tush and jostle: and the locks Of the barberry Bliine, When the mosses' fringes spread, And tho daddor's jewo'ed tliread Make the meadows fine. When the autumn wallts abroad, Torches of the golden-rod Burn the livelong day; And the birds aro flying far When witch-hazel's yellow star Loads its little r.iy. 3iry A. Proicolt. STRATAGEM. I am a spinster, pgril but no, I will not tell you roy ago and I live in a lit tle v.hv.o home cn t ho side of tho bill. surrounded by fruit trees and lilac bushes, while in tho front of the house ia a littlo garden with hollyhocks, mari. golds and a plentiful supply of spear mint, which is so nice for soup, and a sprig or wako-robin, winch w very arood for weak eyes. I am plagued with weaK eyes some. Here I live alone by myself not alone either, for haven't I Towzer, n Dig uiacu doe1, with a face that is a mix tare of gray and white, and great brown eyes with a look almost human in them. and a great deal more expression than has that simpering Sarah Stay the. She says i am a conceited old maul, only waiting for a chance to g.-t married me ninny i why shouldn 1 1, if I have a good chance? It would be handy to have a man bring water, chop kindling3 una sireicn ciotuesiiineH on waBhdajs I may be out of the market cow before she i?, the little gooe ; for when I turn my cup over after drinking tea I al ways do the grounds pay a Ions iour- ney with three dots at the end, which Btunds for a crown; and if that isn't marriage I d like to know what is ? If nothing happens to intercept for tune i. euau nave mm call roe SilJie; it is so much more loving an 1 affectionate man jrriKciiia. JNow my name is oi.e of those things that never can be ac counted for; fur why thould they name Mich a loving person rriscilla Nettle ton? And to tell the truth the mat; who gets Prifcilla might do worse. 1 don't want to brag, but the man or wo man who finds any dirt in my hon bas got to hunt for it; and I can muke piecruht lhat would melt in yom mouth, and rhubarb tarts and huckle berry hollows that would do your soul good. Iu my mind a man's love has & great t'etl to do with the condition oi bis stomach. Then I am not very bad-looking; I have a sweet disposition, dress young and that makes me think of Saial: Smythe again; that girl is a brier iu my flesh. She says, coming home from meeting the other Sunday so I could hear her, too : "If old Miss Nettleton hasn't got a pink gingham just like mine, and made just like it, with th:ee flounces!" Savs I: "You good-for-nothing little minx, why shouldn't I hsive a pink ginphaa: with three flounces if I pay for it ? Your father ia ia debt to everybody in TLom asville!" Don't you think she got mad just mv saying that ff.ltis d,ii't get mad as easy as that unless you bit them pretty close and says she : " You'ro a meddlesome, interfering old maid 1'' Just think of calling me an interfer ing old maid I Now that is a downright fabrication. I don't want anybody to ba wicked, but if they aro I 'want to know all about it, and I won't uphold anybody in their wicked ways by with holding my opinion, and if Abbv Nicholas is going to have a light in her front room until half-past 10 Sunday evenings, I have a right to call in there about that time if I want to. And if Sara Porkins and her husband don't get along I want to know that, too. I knew they wouldn't; why, Sara can't make brown bread fit for my Towzer to eat; and that so.cgy white bread is what has given poor Perkins the dyspepsia, and in my mind it Las something to do with his rheumatism. You have to ,be very careful about raising white bread, for if it stands three minutes too long or too little it is spoilt just spoilt. There comes Mary Green's eassy bov. I must go out and tell him to wipe his feet before he comes iu and if he hasn't got a letter! Now u letter always sets me shivering like, for they ere almost al ways trimmed with black; but this one isn't. I most wish it was, though. "Deab Miss Nettleton: -I wrote you some time ago informing yon of tho death of your kinsman, John Vance. I now feel it incumbent on me as bis friend and tho guardian of Lis onlj child, Dolly, to say that, as she Las no permanent homo, it might be pleasant for you to have her come to you. If I receive no answer by next week I ehnll take silence as consent, and yon may ixpect her the first of the week after. " Very respeotfullv, "W. Keller." fen' t that cool, though? Why, she will bo aa much trouble as was Towzer in nia juvenile days, dancing in and out, and I shall have the doors to shut after her, and my kitchen will Lave to be washed twice a day, and she'll want to Bit in the front room and Lave the cur tains up, and my rag carpet will be all faded out; and I shall never know where to find notLing. Now. if I lay a thing down it stays there till I pick it up again. Why, I could darn my stock ings in the dark, and lay my hands on the right number of cotton to darn them with. Number sixteen is in the right hand corner, number eight is wrapped in paper, number twelve is in a rag. Things will bo mixed in the family circle. Now I have my corner, Towzer has his and Nepenthe hers. Did I tell you about Nepenthe ? Well, she's a re markable cat of three colors, is double pawed and has great yellow, moon" liko eyes. But it is no reason because thero are four comers in the room that I want Dolly Vance set up in .the fourth. I don't want her, but I sap pose she will have to come. It's my misfortune to have relations. ' She came. Now if I don't tell you how she locks you will be wondering what she is like, and think her eyes are like snnshine and her hair like spun silk. Thpy aren't neither one nor the other. She has brown eyes that have such a queer way of shutting together whenever I say anything, and, then she puts her handkerchief over her mouth. I suppose she shuts her eyes to take in better what I have to say, and puts her hankerchief to her mouth to keep the idea in; as if people heard with their months I And then she has brown hair just the color of her eyes, which she wears braided down her ba:k with the end curled; and the time she wastes twisting thnt one curl would knit a pair of shell stockings. But Dolly don't liko to knit nor scour tin pan a. nor to learn any accompliHhments. However, 6ho does well enough, and we get along nicely; anybody could get along with a3 amiable a person as I. One day Dolly says: " Cousin !" Then she makes a long pause and says I: "Dolly, if you Lave got anything to pay, say it, and don't wait till that dish water gets cold and the grease settles around the edges of them boilers." "Well, cousin, I was going to say t'nat if you had no objections, I have a friend from Sweetwater. Mr. Howard. that I would liko to have coma here once in a while; it is so very lonely." "Lonesome for them that's pot noth ing to do," pays I. " Now, Dolly Vance, after all the good advice I've given you! Why, I've talked to you hours "and hours about the frailties and disap pointments of this world, and I've just watted my breath. As if wo didn't bavo work enough to do now I There's more than forty chips about that chop ping block to bo picked up, and there's that rising sun bedquilt to be set to gether, and squash pies to make, and that old speckled hen's come oil with sixteen chicks; of course she'd hatch every one if she stole her nest. I shouldn't think you'd have thought of snch a thing as a beau. Wait until you get a little older say my r.ge, now." I think she will remember that, for s'as clapped htr bunas right over her aiuuth i.'o as not to forget it. " Hut I know it would corne to this told you so. If it was a deacon rr a minister, or some kind of a religious man, I wouldn't have minded bo much." But Mr. Howard is just aa good ts " "Don't tell me ! I know he ii just Rood for nothing, or he would want some girl that knew something about work, and net oitfi that burns her Lands every time sho turns a pie round in tho oven." After this thero was a cairn ia our mill-pond of an existence I have rend of liio's being like a river, and why not like a mill-pond, which if much smoother and more poetical ? and nothing occurred to disturb mv bw et. serene disposition, until I paw Tommy Green coining over again with a letter. 1 declare it s;t me in a perspiration ell over ! I bored no more cousins had lied and left thoir orphans 03 legacies to me. Deab Miss Nettletox : I am a min ister in somewhat poor health; have a disease of the heart; and the doctor says I must have quiot and rest for a wuue. Hearing of your little UJeu of a place, I hope and trust it may be my good fortune to engage board there for a few weeks. Will pay seven dollars per week. Geo. Rushing." Of course I would take Lim ! It would be flying in the face of Provi dence and fottune not to. Poor, fear rr an ! be Lad tho heart disease, but I'd cure Lim cf that- that is if he would take the catnip tea and thor-ughwort. Seven dollars a week, too 1 If he stayed four weeks that would be twenty-eight dollars; twenty-live to lay up in the old tea pot, and three left to spend. I de cided to buy me a red feather for my bonnet with a dollar and a half, and with the rest get Towzer a new brass brass collar, with a littlo padlock and key on it " Dolly," saya I, as she camo in with her cheeks as red ai one of them red hollyhocks -I don't like red cheeks myself " I've got a letter from Parson Rubbing, and he wants to come here to board a few weeks at $7 a week." " Of course you won't take him," eayo she. "Of course I shall 1" says I. The next week the same one-horse chaise that brought Dolly fetched the parson, and now he's quite at home. He is real nice looking; his hair and mustache is gray, but his eyos are black and bright, and he is not tLe least bit of trouble, and I think after a while he will got over the dyspepsia and that Lacking cough of his. It is tome better now. He takes long walks iu tho morning for his health and also in the pursuit of science (he is very learned), and brings home lots of bugs and beetles ugh I tho nasty things! Not that exactly, either, for Parson Rushing Buys somo of them are very carious and quite rare, so of course they are. After the snn has gone down they take a row on the river; yes, they, for Dolly doesn't steady herself down to anything, and so she is always ready to set out when the parson is, while I never, or scarce ever, go with them, aa I have the dishes to wash in the morn ing and the pans to rcour and the floor to 6crub; Parson Rushing does so like to see a white floor I At night there is the bread to toast, and he ia ao partic ular about that One night I did go rowing, and if it wasn't a biefsing I got back again and alive! Why, that boat pitched and rocked and dove, till my head buzzed and my stomach felt so queer, all be cause I was physically bilious, and dis inclined toward rowing.the parson said. But he did his best to make it pleasant and rowed until his face was red ; and he would go from one side of the boat to the other as quick as lightning to see if there was a fish at my line, and then the boat would give one of them lurches, till I was afraid it would take in water at the sides ; and I had to pretend it was delightful, when it was so horrid. It was like a nightmare chasing yon over a stony pastnre. It was the thankfullest moment in my life when Towzer came down toward us and I knew I was on Trilla Frilla (that's French) onoe more. But my troubles weren't but half over, for when we got home Dolly had scorched the toast and burnt the bread, and the tea wasn't steeped, and the elder said if he drank sucn weak tea as that he was afraid it would set him in the dyspepsia again, and looked reproachfully at Dolly. But don't you think that instead of looking meek and being sorry as sho should, the heartless girl just laughed and laughed until she jarred over the tea in tho elder's cup. I always fill his cup full. There are some people who never do care about other people's feelings t Now I am not one of that kind, and I felt very muoh for the parson; but at the same time I thought it would do him good, for he would now know bet tor than ever how to appreciate ray good cooking; not but what he did, dear man! but now he would come to a fuller knowledge of it by experience; and, too, ho'd know I'd given Dolly a chance, and not kept her in the background. The other day he was saying that it was a very excellent thing for young ladies (that's me) to have a thorough knowledge of housekeeping, and ho did not see what some, people could bo minKing 01 to Dnng tneir daughters up in idleness now Dolly was brought up when sho came here, so that isn't me nor what mou could be thinking of to take such girls 03 wives. Parson Rushing had been here three weeks to a day, and an awful hot day it was, to my thinking, and I Lad just made up my mind that when I finished washing the floor I would refresh mv mind with Dr. Watts' hymns for an hour or so, and rest my weary brains. Parson Rushing says tho mind must have something to feed on as well as the body. Well, I had just got com fortably sottlod down in my corner, with my feet placed carefully on a cushion, but had not got down to the bottom of the first page when in Towzsr came ia with ob, horrors! He had scalped Pavson Ru shing, for thero were his lovely gray curls, aud tbo dog camo and laid the trophy at my feet. I took it up aud walked tip-toe to the sitting-room, where Parson Rushing and Dolly were taking notes of their morning ramble. Having arrived at tbo door I paused why or for what rea son I cannot say; it must havo been a presentment of the great sorrow that was already over my Lead. Having, as I said, come to the door, I paused. Now elm door had a aperture a crack that extended the whole length of it; unto this aperturo I applied my eye, and but words aro inadequate to express my thoughts, letters are not black enough to convey my feelings. There sat Par son Rushing (for it was he) miuus the gray curls, bereft of gray whiskers, which were in a chair, Bud in their fcterul were short black side whisK-rs a-id mustacho and close cropped IS" jk curls; his eyes and nose, which had a littlo scratch on it from Nepenthe's claws I wi&hed she scratched more affectionate ly ! were the same. Well, there ho sat, looking as coo! and comfortable, and besido him that little witch, Dolly I always knew there was something deep about her and he was talking away, and she a-chattering. By-and-bye he took one of her hands, and, bending over would youbolievo it? I can, hardly kissed it ! At this sign of love, unreciprocated affection burst in from the door. " How dare you thus ttifle with a con fiding maiden's love ? How dare yon" "I am not trifling at all. I was never more in earnest in my life. Allow me to introduce you to my affianced wife." Saying this he arose and took Dolly by the Land; she began with : " Cousin, this is the friend I spoke to yon about when I first came, but you would not allow him to visit me unless he was a deacon or a minister. Accord ingly he adopted the latter role. To day the weather was so unbearably warm that he was forced to take off his whiskers and wig. I hope you will for give us, cousin." " That I never will I" said I. "A girl who will deliberately steal the affec tions of a man from such a loving, trust ing woman as I " " But, cousin," with a very peculiar smile " I had his affections before he ever came here. Had I not, George ?" " That you had. my darlinir. nnd always will have." I hen he said a lot more of foolish stuff that I don't remember. But the short and the long of it was they went to the city and were married and set tled at housekeeping in no time at all. I occasionally drop in and have a cup of tea when I go to the city shopping. jjat i never win lorgive them. Towzer has his brass collar, padlock and all, Our Agricultural Army. Just now the farmers all over the land are astir. Think of it ! during the cur rent year in the United States as many as 120,000,000 acres will be under grain ! So many acres to be plowed, to be har rowed, to be aowed and planted, and cultivated and reaped. How vast the army of our American farmers; and no standing army either. Does the heart almost grow sick at the thought of such an amount of plodding, plodding, plod ding toil, toil, toil, involved in ail this? But think, too, how all thia measure lesa labor is by no means ft prosaic af fair; it ia capable of being cheered by all the hope that comes of nature's an nual prophecy, and all the subtle glad neaa that springs from the felt poetry of earth and sky and the advancing ever cLangefuI aeaaona. Exchange, FOl)I FACTS. Maize, or Indian corn, is one of the most nutritious of the grains, and con tains more of the fatty elements than the others. The substitution of from four to six drams of glycerine for the amount of sugar usually added to cream, milk or water, is recommended in preparing food for infants. Tho better qualities of flaxseed con tain about thirty per cent, of "oil, and if well masticated may be eaten freely by those whose system requires more fat such people as are recommended to use cod-liver oil. Beans contain all the elements of trno aliment excepting fat.- To obtain this it is not necessary to bake beans with pork. A fat piece of corned beef is an excellent substitute and is ex tensively used by those who entertain a prejudice to pork. During the first two months of an infant's life it should not be fed of tener than once in two hours. After this the interval betweeu meals may be length, encd with advantage, and at the end of six months farinaceous or starchy food may be allowed in small quantity. A writer iu tho Laws of Life, speak ing of pork parasites, tries to make the swine-eaters flinch by stating that an ounce of flesh may contain a quarter of a million of the infinitesimal larvte of the trichina), and that a pork eater may with a few monthfuls 11 himself with 50,000,000 vermicularis. One who has made the calculations finds that as a flesh-producing food eggs are equal to meat; that they sur pass it in ability as a heat and force, producing agent; and that a pound of corn will be more than twice as valua ble if transformed into eggs by means of the hen, as when put into tho form of meat by feeding to pigs. Dr. Foote's Health Monthly, The Use of Bank Checks. In the reign of William old men were still living who coull remomber tho days when there v,-as not a single bank ing house in tho city of London. So late as the time of the Restoration every trader had his own strong box in Lis own Louse, and when on acceptance was presented to him told down tho crowne and caroluses on Lis own counter. But the increase of wealth had pro duced its natnral effect, tho subdivision of labor. Before the end of tho reign of Charles tho Second a now mode of paying and receiving money had come into fashion among the merchants of the capital. A class of agents arose whose office was to keep the cash of tho commercial honses. This new branch of business naturally fell into the hands of the goldsmiths, who woro accustomed to traffic largely in precious metals, and who had vaults ia which great masses of bullion coald lie securo from fire and from robbers. It was at tho shops of the goldsmiths of Lombard street that all the payments ia coin were made. Other traders gave and received nothing but paper. The great change did not take place without much opposition and clamor. Old-fashioned merchants complained bitterly that a class of men who, thirty years before, had confined themselves to the proper functions and had made a fair profit by embossing silver bowls and chargers, by setting jowels for fine ladies, and by soiling pistols and dol lars to gentlemen setting out for tho Continent, had become tho treasurers, and were fast beooraing the masters of tho whole city. These usurers, it was said, played at hazard with what hud been .earned by the industry and hoarded by the thrift of other men. If tho dice turned up well tho knave who kept the cash becanio an alderman ; if they turned up ill the dupe who fur nished the cash became a bankrupt. On the other side tho tonvenit nces of the modern practice were set forth in animated language. Tho new sys torn, it was said, saved both labor and money. Two clerfcs seated iu one counting house, did what, under the old system, must have been done by twenty clerks in tweuty different establish ments. A goldnmith's note might be transferred ten times in a morning, and thus a hundred guineas, locked in his safe closo to the exchange, did what would formerly have required a thou sand guiueus, dispersed through many tills, pome on Ludgate hill, "some in Austin Friar and some in Tower street. Currency Controller Knox. Wit of tho Littlo Ones. "What i3 that man yelling at?" in quired Tommy of his younger brother. "At the top of his voice," replied the little on?, A little girl read a composition before the minister. Tho subject was "a cow." She wove in this complimentary sen tence: "A cow is the most useful ani mal in tho world except religion." "Ma, am I all made now ?" said a lit tle miss of three and one-half years at the breakfast table fyesterday morning. "Why,-dear?" said the fond mother! "Because I have had my ears pierced and was vaccinated yesterday," said little Tot. 3 Nellie has a four-year-old Bister Mary, who complains to mamma that her "button e&oes" wore "hurting." "Why, Mattie, you've put them on the wrong feet." Puzzled and ready to cry, she made answer: "What'll I do, mamma? They's all the foet I've got." A lady was singinrc at a charity oon cert in England and the audience in sisted upon hearing her song a second timo. Her daughter, a littlcTchild, was present, and on being asked afterward how her mamma had sung, replied: "Very badly, for they mala her do it all over again." A young lady having get her cap" for a rather large specimen of the op posite sex, and having failed to win him, was telling her sorrows to a cou ple of her confidants, when one of them confronted her with these words : " Never mind, Mollie, there aa good fish in the sea as ever was caught." " Mollie knows that," replied her littlo brother, " but she wants a whale." Amsterdam, the chief commercial oity of the Netherlands, is to have an inter national exhibition froai May to October, 1883. FOR THE LADIES, I.nnaansc of a Fun. Beaconsfleld writes: A Spanish lady with her fun might shame the tactics of a troop of horses. Now she unfurls it with the slow pomp aud conscious ele gance of the bird of Juno; now she flutters it with the languor of a listless beauty, now with all the liveliness of a vivacions one. Then, in the midst of a very tornado, she closes it with a whirr, which makes you start. Magical weapon ! It ppeaks apartionlar language and gal lantry requires no other mode to inter pret a Spanish woman's most subtle con ceits or her moot unreasonable demands, l'erlla ol DrcDamnUlnir. The occupation of dressmaking is by no means so sa'e as is generally sup posed. A dressmaker admitted into the Leeds dispeusary, in England, was found to have a distinct blue line on her gums, with simultaneous symp toms, such as furred tongue, inflamma tion of the lips, and general debility all signs pointing to the probability of poisoning by leud. The doctor in at tendance on her for some time failed to discover the sonrcs, and was boginning to think the blue line had boon caused in some other way, when he accidentally learned from a merchant that silken thread being sold by weight and not by length, is sometimes adulterated with sugar of lead. Ho thou questioned the patient, and she informed him that it had been a common practice with her at work to hold silk, as all other kinds of thread, in her mouth, and, that she had done this the moro readily with silk, inasmuch as it had a sweet taste. This characteristic is a sure indication of the presence of lead, and all thread possessing it should either be rejected or used with caution. It will bo found that the dlk thread of the best makers is tasteless, whereas some inferior threads are sweet. Fnaulon I'aiKlcn. Colored red-spreads aro fashionable. Polka dots, specks and circles aro all the rage. Polka dotted neck wear is as fashion able as ever. feature of new walking ackot3 ;re -shaped waistcoats. Back draperies are not so elaborate in tho looping as formerly. There are beaded laoes worked in dark rich colors on a black ground. Gilded paragon frames are placed over the linings of hand3ome parasols. Chenille-spotted, silvered and shaded tullc3 appear aiaon,; ball dress fabrics. Navy blue asser's itst If in all the new goods, silk, wo.jlen, cotton and linen. There is a revival of the tasle for ori ental colors and designs in all kkds of goods. Opon work embroidery of black sill: on not will be used as a trimming f 31 grenadines. A large pouf bow, with wide ends, trims tho backs of some of the now mantles. Maroon or Egyptian red iu combina tion with porcelain blue is much ad mired in lawn tennis good3. A silver fly with wings o Rhine crystals and rnby eyes, on a golden leaf, is a late design in hairpins. Among the model bonnets from Paris are poke-fihaped Panamas, lined with velvet aud trimmed with handsome satin libbons, trails of tha most ex quisite flower.?, and aigrettes and pimpons in soft and beautiful tints. Dresses of fino French lawn will this summer be mado in short priucesse style, tho nppef part formed of per pendicular fchirrings and Lands of in sertion, and the lower portion of flounces embroidered , twelve inches deep. Bootd laced up the front are cominc into fashion for the promenade. They are in kid or moroeco, faced and finished with patent leather. Tho Hoed Deux shoo ia black satin nearly covers tho instep and is embroidered in a fine close pattern with jet bead?. For spring and summer wear fancy silks aro in great demaud. In taffetas, Louisine, glace, cUeno and other light silks, ore found some novel and attrac tive patterns and combinations. These fabrics make inexpensive and dressy costumes which, with care, will last two seasons, especially if a thin lining is used in making them np. Bustles aro worn qnito belo.7 the waist line in the back, and do not reach over tho hips as in the past, tho bouf fant effect here being produced entirely by the pannier-draperies, to which are added huge sashes of moire, satin or silk, which are draped and tied above the low-set bustle, the end fulling very often to the foot of the skirt in the back, Death from a Tower. Four suicides during the present cen tury have been committed at Bologna Italy, by jumping from tho top of the famous leaning tower, Asinelli, tbe climbing of which involves a toilsome journey up more than 400 worn and dnstv stairs. Tim first pukk nnnnrraA in 1833, when a shoemaker, while sitting astride one 01 the battlements, drank a flask of wine as he was singing, and then allowed himself tn fall tmntrwap into space. The second was in 1874, a young man, agea iwenty-tnree, allowed himself to fall, with a handkerohief ti 3d round Lis eyes, leaving hia coat, hat. sleeve enffs. and Iwn 1 a Hern hind him. The third happened two years later: an old man wi,t. nn vith hia boy nephew, and while the boy waa vucjiug uib uucciiuus til write tue word " infamy" on the wall, threw himself over the battlement. The fourth auioide has just taken place. A joug man who had failed ia a certain examination, ascended the tosver with the keeper, lighted a cigarette, and while the keeper waa allowing him the bell, jumped off. Two ladies and gen tlemen fume nn inut attar ha ko.l - r 4 mw vnu jumped, and found that the keeper had juii-rcu irom irigQT, Centre of gravity The letter V. Saved from Cannibalism. On Christmas day, in the Pacifio ocean, three boat loads of people yut off from the hopelessly burning Coal ship Milton. Ijast evening, says the San Francisco Call of recent date, the survivors of the second boat load heard from ariived in this city by the steamer Newbern from Mazatlin. The survivors were Captain McArthur, hia wifo, two children and one sailor. They had been taken from a Meximn coasting schooner by the Newbern on her down trip. Two days be foro that the schooner had picked tbem up, the captain and hia family looking little better than bronzed skeleton, one sailor a gibbering maniac, tho other senseless. A two-year-old child of the captain's was dead. All had been in an open boat forty-MX days. For many days they had subsisted npon a mouth ful of food and a spoonful of freshened ocean water. When the Mexicans schooner took them on board one sailoi overcome all restraint and drank him self to death with the water furnished. "For the love of God give me pass age to some place where my wife and ebild can have proper care," the wrecked captain said to Captain Huntington, of the Newbern, when the steamer waa ap proached by a boat from the coasting schooner. The survivors were taken aboard. "There is a white man among them fcr I can tell by his voice," an English lady on the Newbern said, " but how dreadful that poor squaw looks." It was the captain's wifo, her exposed flesh burned t o a darker hue than an Indian's, that the lady thought was a squaw. The maniao tailor died from tho ef fect of the water.wbich he hoped would give him new life, soon after he was liftod on board the steamer. The others were tenderly cared for. The captain's little boy, only four years old, looked wildly strange and nnnalnral. " But, bless you," an of ficer of tho Newbern said to a Cull re porter, " wo eould just see him grow fat and natural-like from meal to meal." The little fellow, who had stood what killed three of the strong sail ors, was soon a great favorite with overy man on the steamer. The captain's wifo, when Mazatlan was reached, after being on the steamer three days, gave birth to a son. It was two weeks old when the steamer orrived at the wharf, aud a lively, bright infant. Snch is the story of their rescue. Words cannot picture tho sufferings thoy endured in tho forty-six days in an open boat; daya when the mother saw one babe waste away to deah for the lack of even such scanty nourish ment as had to bo dealt to all; days when tho clear-headed captain had to tie to tho thwarts two of the crazy sailors to prevent them from feasting in fact upon the weaker ones, upon whom their delirum-lighted eyes flashod hungrily, .longingly; daya wren distant sails would loom up, wildly revive sinking hope, disappear. and drive hope into a greater, blacker distance; days when the sufferings of all wero nearly ended by drowning, when the crazed man's wild plunging nearly capsized the boat. It was a ter rible picture, and one which the imag ination alono can attempt feebly to paint. " Ahl" the wife and mother said one lay on tho steamer, as tho passengers wero at dinner, " if my dear baby boy had had each day a mouthful of the water so lavishly dealt out here." Popular Usorls in a Spanls'i Town. The people (of Toledo) generally WOl'O very simnle and onnd nnt.nrarf. and in particular a young commercial traveler irom Htircnlnn.i wbnm wa mot exerted himself to entertain us. The el'.ief streot was lined with awnings reachillf? to Hia nnrhct.nnn in fr.r.f tho bhops, and every public doorway was screened bv a striped enrtnin. P-JGhinK aside one of these, our now acquaintance introduced us to what seemed a din?y bar, bat by a series of turnings opened out into a spicious concealed cafe that of tho Two Broth erswhere we frequently repaired with him, to sip chiecory and cognao or play dominoes. On these occasions he kent tho tally in pencil on tho marble table, marking the i-idn nf liinw.-ir n?-.,1 n friend with their initi tla, and heading ours "i.ne otrangera. All travelers in Spain aro described by natives as "Strancrerii" or 'FrMieb' arwl thn ntatiou for a pnre Parisian accent which we acquired unuer tnese circumstances, thouffh brief, was clnviniia. TnthoTmn Brothers resorts mnnv Knlliora olmn. : , j . UUVj,- keepera and housewives during fixed 1 . -1 . 1 1 , 0 uuurs 01 me aiternoon ana evening, but at other times it was as forsaken as Don Roderick's tmliinn. Annthnr nlaAa of amusement was the Grand Summer theater, lodged within the ragged walls of a large building which had been half torn down. Here wo sat under the stairs, luxuriating in the most expensive seats (at eight cents per head), surrounded by a lull audience of exoeedingly good arpeet, including some Toledan ladies of creat beauty, and lis tened to a zarzuela, or popular comic opera, in which tho prompter took an almost too energetic" part. The tioket collector camo ia among the chairs to take np everybody's coupona, with very much the air nf twine una nf tlio f.m. ily; for while performing his stern duty uo eiuosea a tnori oner pipe, giving to the act an indescribable dignity, which threw the whole bnsinoss of tho tickets into a proper subordination In returning to nnr inn inn( midnight, we were attractnd liv t Via ca cool sound of a guitar duette issuing nom uaiK Btreei mat rambled oil somewhere like a worm-track in old wood, and, pursuing the sound, we dibcovered, by the aid of a match lighted for a cigarette, two men stand ing in the obsoure alley, and serenading a couple of ladica in a baloony, who positively laughed with pride at tbe attention. The men, it proved, had been hired by some admirer, and bo our friend engaged them to perform for na at the hotel the following night George P. Lnlkrop, in Harper. Aa no road are so rough aa those that have just been mended, bo no Bin nera are bo intolerant aa those who have just turned saint, Hands. A littlo band, ft fair, soft hand," Dimpled and eweet to kiss; Nosculptor ever carved from stona A lovelier band tlmn this. A hand na idlo and white As lilies on tbeir stems; Dazzling with ro?y finger-tips, Dazzling with crusted gems. Another hand a tired old band, Written with maHy linos; A faithful, weary hand, whereon The pearl of great price shines. Tor folded as tbe winged fly Bleeps In tbo chrysalis, Within this little palm I see That lovelier hand than this. Harriet rrtteott Spofford. HUMOR OF THE DAY. Arabella No; powder will not make your hair bang. Circus jokes are generally served np like boiled mutton with caper sauce. Moonbeams are the strongest tim bers used in building castles in the air, Picayune, The contribution plate passed about in a fashionable ohnrch is apt to come back nickel plated. Picayune. Fashionablo Indies with short sleeves wear their bracelets above the elbow. Policemen continue to put theirs on the wrists. He who courts and goos away May live to court another day; lint be who weds and courts girls still, May get in court against bis will. Salem Sunbeam. An Italian glass manufacturer ii mak ing a great success with ladies' glass bonnets end hats. Thank heaven I We will now have something transparent. Rome Sentinel. Onr Continent says that marriage is on the decline. That may be, bnt the ladieawho are over fifteen and under sixty years of age are not muoh on the decline. exus Siftings. A little boy who wouldn't run to the store for his mother until he had a drink of water, pleaded in extenua tion of his disobedienco that " even a river couldn't ran when it was dry." A man does his 'courting in private and seclusion. John Henry, aa a boy, gbes behind the wood-shod to suck hia orange. Not because ho is ashamed of it, butbecaus3 ho f?.:rt,s ii all ii:tnself. H'tickeye. A scientist says that every adult per son carrios enough phosphorus in his body to make at least 4,000 of the or dinary two-cent paokages of friction matches. That ia a scientific fact that is of very littlo valno to a man who comes home in the night, smashes everything on the bureau in searching for a match, and realizes that all the 4,000 match-power phosphorus con cealed inside of him will not light the gas, Sifting. A Sailor Coon. A correspondent of the Forest and Stream, who used to sail a fast yacht, tho Decoy, describes one of his crew, a pot coon, caught when yonng and raised in tue uoat-nouse. xne yacht never sailed without bim. He was " forward man." Often when the sea was heavy it would wash him from the deck into the boiling foam, but in an instant he was ngain at his post, and gave us all to understand by a peculiar guttural sound that ho meant business. He delighted to sit on tho end of the bowsprit, and when we would cross a boat's bow, or take tho wind out of her sail, he talked. Sometimes a coming sea would chase him up the jibstay a foot or two, bnt he never failed to regain his old position. In moderate weathor, and the water smooth, ho would come aft, and looking at me knowingly, would mount the tiller; and with one paw placed affec tionately on my arm, would sail the boat for miles. Then he did talk. He had been shot at several times from rival boats, and ho knew them all as well as we did. Once ho was badly hurt, and fulling from the end of the bowsprit into the water, I picked him up as he drifted by. The ball had passed through his intestines. He was a sick coon, almost nnto death. We ran into Gloucester, where a surgeon, ft friend of ours, attended his wound. How often he thanked that man for his kindness the God that has given life to all can only tell, for he was then to weak to talk. Wo all loved him, and it waa reciprocated. How onr hearts warmed and throbbed ia sympathy for that innocent, unof fending atom of the great creation. He got well, bat he never venturod out on tho bowsprit any moro. Quiet after noons in tbe boat-house he would climb np gently into my hammock, and softly comb down my beard with hia paws, and brash the flies away until I anored; then he knew I wa dead to all earthly things, and in a minute he would have my watch and money down to the last cent, and, in fact, everything about my clothes. Unlike, however, the genua man with all his godlike gifts he gave hia plunder baok, and told me plainly he could have robbed me if he lised. Punctuation. Punctuation ia an art, and one that has been learned in comparatively modern timea. The Greeks did not know the meaning of it, nd left no mmue ueiween tneir worda. T he Ro mans put np a kind of division without any apparent method. Up to the end ol the fifteenth century only the colon u " comma were introduced, and the latter at tlmt. timo nnin , . . vu.j no n yvi yaw dicular figure. We are indebted to oiuus luanuuuo, an eminent printer, for tho comma aa we have it now, and in 1790 he introduced the semi-colon into printing, and published ft set of rules for tbe guidance of writers. It ia not known by whom notes of interrogation or exclamation were first used, but inverted commas (") were brought into oommon use by a Frenoh printer to supersede the use of italics, bat the EnglkU adopted them, to specify quotation.