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1 ' - , , , , . -- : VOL. XII. RIDGWAY, ELK COUNTY, PA., THURSDAY JULY 20. 1882 NO- 22. V Evening nt llio Farm. Down irom the hills where the fresh breeze is blowing, Kicb with tho scent of the resinous pine ; Pp.from low pastures where blue flog is grow ing. Where, 'rrioiig the green grasses, brooklota entwine, Filled with the grasses, intent on honie-going Flow-footed cows are all hasting in line, Filling the air with their milking-time lowing, While boldly their forms tho last sun rays define. Afar in tho west the red sun lies a-dying, Gorgeous his couch as Aurora's gay bod ; . Homeward in haste the late swallows are fly ing, Dark float their forms 'gainst the sky's mciing red. Deep in tho wood the night birds are crying, J Wails for tho day that is past and dead ; High in the east where the faint clouds are lying, Cynthia glides on her way overhead. TEE BELLE OF THE "CHESTER BELL." " Tea, sir, in the old hulk that lies totting there I've sailed many a long year. She nsed to make splendid runs between Bremen and here. A grand clipper she was, a regular ccenn beauty in them days. Ber name was the Chester Bell, and she rode tho waves just like a nutshell, tir. Her captain's name was Tulliver, Tim Tnlliver; likely you've heard of him. . I know sailors, and pretty good seamen, too, that change color at the very mention ot that man's name. He was a tiger, sir, a human hyeia, a bloodthirsty, bully ing wretch, without having even the saving clause of a bad temper. Why, he could kill a man in cold blood tin same as y..u'd relish a good breakfust sir. " Many's the crew ol fine, honest fel lows I've seen shipped aboard o' her, to be turned into hknlkicg hounds the miDUte he'd look at 'em He'd a pretts littlo girl tor a wile, strung to say them eoit gen'ly gits such and soa;e times she'd go to si a with him. If any body could keep him iu order it wit her ; but even she cuulJu't pr veut hi cruelty o the men With fir&t-rat seamen he was tyrannical, but, prea Cesar I if a grtenhorn tbipped, let hin look alive 1 He'd as lief take a belaj in g-pin to him and knock him in th head as eat his dinner. I've seen liiu do it, too It was a young fellow tha answered him back, and he just laid hi face open from crown to chin. Oh, bu he was a cruel man, t-ir I "He often took emigrants to thi United State squads of 'em. Tliej gen'rally tot i-erved middling well. P the captain his money and he'd giu you the worth cf it so much for hi due. One passage he tad tuber an ur, common lot five hundred, I think young and old a prutty decent Be ii all Fact is, tbi s Ga man passengers, even if they aix in the steerage, havt their pockets pretty well lined. C m mend me to the German emigrant for honesty and thrift. There waB familiee of two and fivo, and sometimes t. n and twe've a good many handsome joung girls among them, too. " The paiticular passage of which I'm going to speak, however, was in the year '50 a gi eat year for clippers that was. I was busy tarring some ropes when a family came aboard that made us all look alive. First, there was the grandfather, in his old country dress, with hair as long as my arm and as . white as the foam of the sea under the Vsun, He and his dame were as sweet mannered and fine-looking as you mipht i meet in a hundred years. Then came the bGEF and daughters and grandchil dren. It didn't seem as if they ought to go in the tteerage along o' commoner passengers; but tbey did, though they bore themselves like gentlefolk. T-en followed, sir, atwe-en two young men her br ther and her lover, we afterward found out a yonng gill not more than sixteen or seventeen. Well, that van the handsomest littlo crft I ever laid these two eyes on, and I've seen some fine-loosing women in my day, hiving sailed from every port in the world. She was that pretty that we christened her on the spot thu Bella of the Chester Bell.' " Behind them came Captain Tim, behaving his level best, and there weren't many as could beat him for a fine eye and a gallant bearing. He teemed to be looking out for their com fort ah, but the little beauty she was ! Quecus and noble ladies might well envy the rod and white of her face, and even the way sho walked and the turn of her i.ead. It was a sight to see. Her brother and her lover were both right manly, hmdsonio fellows, too, and dear enough they lored her, one could see. ' Well, we set sail, having beautiful weather for the first few days, and the pretty German girl, sho would comoout sometimes for an airing, generally fol lowed by one or the other of them t wo chaps I was always looking out o' the corner of my eye, and I observed that the captain was allays on hand looking at her in the most adorning manner. I wanted to tell her lover that it would be better not to show his littlo beuuty so much if be wanted to keep her out o' harm's way, for girls iu mostly that vain if that handsome I 'Came tho second week ont, and wo bad bard weather. I was taking my ob nervations right straight along, for 1 noticed Captain Tim was always mak ing much of tho old gentleman and his wife. The fools I I could a-told 'em why he singled them ont. It wasn't tho captain's place to be in the steerage, longed to tell him 60. for I bad a pretty kid of my own ut home; but I might have paid for it with my life. ' There were but few passengers in the cabin, one of them a consumptive lady who had not brought her servant, -How it was done I never knew, but the taitiii managed to get this handsome Kir to wait upon the tick woman A 1 ;hty fond of money they muBt a'been to let that girl go out o' their sih t and fnto the company of a man like Captain Tim. " if ter a while I took notice that the young fellgw who appeared to be the pill's sweetheart grew pale and nervous, lie was out on deck oftener, and his face seemed to indicate uneasy, jealou? feelings. I didn't blamo him. 1 wanted to warn him for I could toll how it was with him, poor fellow I If he taw half that I did, I don t wonder not only that he was suspicions of the captain, but I thought it I was in his place I'd make the captain answer for it. He did get pretty well roused up one time ; but I won't tell that part o the story till I git o it. " I knew something of languages at any rate enough to make out even the lingo of a German, They say it's tho grandest language in the world; it may be, but it's jaw breaking all the lime. One day being down in tl'e Iteerage I heard something that made Axe open my ears. Just then down came the girl. Ob, but she looked prettier than ever. She had on a fine silk apron and a pair of shining rings in her littlo ear. Her hair was all fluffed up and her face aglow, just like a wild rose on a soft spring morning. The whole family were op, after their spell of sick ness, knitting and jabbering and laugh ing, all but the girl's sweetheart, who, tho minute he heard her footsteps, jumped up like a shot had be?n fired at him and went to another part of the ship. I see that she looked after him in that sort of way girls look some times, when they know they can do jnst what they please with a man's In art, and I took notice that 6he seemed flast re:l. " When tho girl spoke, I heard tho cap'ain's nnrne and then they all looked anxious and pleased at tho same time, a-king aiid answering questions. All h! once a strange feeling come over me, F diiln't know exactly what was my duty, for I was as much afra d of Cap tain Tim's ugly temper as any man cmH be, but us I listeui-d an t listened I cnldn't bear it any longer, and going up to the j eople I said a few words in heir own language. Well, I only gave f.hero to understand that the captain hud wife, but, puihaps I had better have h-id ii v tongue, for they evidently did not believe me. FiiiCmg I could make no irnprss--ion iipi n tU-m, I went after tho sweet henit Htd let Liui know what I su-i-oeettd. I never saw a man so fright fully angry. Ha crew white as a sheet, and tho terror and the horror made him ghastly. Ho clinched his hands, and ho veins s;ood swelled out on his fore head, while bis 'Mem Gott 1' was enough 0 curdle oue'n blood " Ihat ufternoon Captain Tim came coward me, and I knew what to expect. io I braced my nerves up and deter mined that, please God, I wouldn't be tfrairl of him. No nerd to repeat his language it was enough to shako the nerves cf a jan of brass, He used all the oaths I ver heard come out of a wholo ship's irew's lips in ten voyages, and sworo he d hovrt mv heart's blood that he'd -end me to the bottom of the eea, and neh like threats. I told him respect ully, as a petty oflicT should always ipeuk to his captain, that I had done by the girl as I would by my own sister. 1 don't just remember exactly what I said, but I think words was given, for tie looked hard at me, as if ho wasn't certain whether he quite saw through my motives, and with one worse threat than the last, and a mouthful more of dirt? oaths he went oft'. " But I could see a change in the girl after that for I was always on the watch. Sho smiled more seldom and her color went and came too easy. Then her step eiew slower, and she would go stand at the side of the vessel and take long sad looks at the water, a if she was in a brown study. Pretty soon after tint her eyes began to look heavy, and once or twice I found her in an out-o' the- way place crying and sobbing like a baby Well, I didn't attempt to cm- ion her she wouldn t a borne it for as soon as ever she saw me she would fly off like a scared bird. My heart felt heavy for her, because I knew there must bo a reason for it, besides the growing weakness of the poor woman, who was dying m the cabin day by day. and praying only to see land before she aid go. " One night,, ah, sir, I shall never forget that night the moon was at her full, and sat looking at the reflection in the water like a queen with a silver crown on, ond a veil of white light float ed away of! on the sea, so that it looked like a bride waiting for her husband. For the first time in many days I saw the pretty German girl and her sweet heart on deck together. X could not koep my eyes from her; she looked for all the world- like a sweet angel )U3t lent out of heaven for a little. It was my watch, and my duty to bid them be low; but I don't know why it was, I couldn't do it. They went forward ar:d sat at the bows. There were barrels there and planks atop, so no one oould walk back and forth easily. I couldn t hear anything thoy 6aid, oi course, but I saw by tneir gemures that they were talking very fast. Home times he would go close np to her, and she would put out her hand and push him away, then cry as if her heart would break. This went on for some time when at the last she seemed to grow calmer. I saw her throw herself into his arms. I saw him kiss her again and again ; tten she seemed to wrench bertelf away, and quicker than I can tell, over she went. "Idont know bowl got there, or how the whole ship seemed to swarm so suddenly with life. I remember catch ing at a dark body that was going over her poor distracted brother, and his falling baos into my arms dead as a Jog, after giving a great cry. That scream brought the captain and two mates. The captain asked, angrily, what was the row ? That little German gir is over board 1' I said ; and if I had any sort of a weapon that was dead sure I'd have laid him at my feet. He knew how I felt, he knew, the scoundrell the villain I His face changed, his very voioe was different, as he ordered ' Bont ship.' " One of the boats was down, and we supposed, through some mismanage ment, it swamped, for we saw nothing of boat or lover or pirl; and so that wai the end of that. It was a changed com pany afterward. The shook killed the poor sick woman, and she was buried the same day, for sailors can't bide a corpse on board ship ; but I declare to yc u, sir, that though we put weights in that, coffin, it stood up on end and fal lowed us until midnight. I never saw such a sight before ; I hope never to again. There it was right after us, and the sailors watched it with pale faces, no one daring to say a word to tho cap tain, who swore if any one bnt looked at him. " We all made as if the girl had fallen overboard for the sake of the poor creatures who were left. They conjeo tured everything, as folks will who go wild with grief. But I think her brother understood, though he was sick with brain fever all the rest of the voy age. Her mother, poor creature, came near dying herself, and I am sure her heart mast have been nearly broken. It was hard to see that fine-looking old grandfather tottering round wringing his hands and shaking his gray old head, while tho tears run and run may I never see the like again I ' 'Next voyage we shipped a green hand. I never suspected till we'd been out three days that it was the German girl's brother. Then I knew he meant mis chief. I told him 1 knew him, but he begged so hard I kept his secret. How often since I've wixhed I hadn't, though it might have been no better for him. I was sure there was going 4o be more trouble, and it came soon. He didn't know the ropes and I think tho captain suspected who it was and kept on his guard, for he was mighty careful not to anger him. But ono day his tem per gave way, and if it hadn't a bin as it was I shouldn't much blamed him neither, for I like good seamanship as well as the next man, and the German lad was as contrary ai a mnle. The first thing we knew the capta.n struck the man, and the next they were struggling together on the deck. Well, sir, we saw blool. The captain had got at his kuifo and run the poor fellow through tha heart He never spoko after that, and none of us could say anything, because the cap tain killed him in self-defenso. I was that horror struck that I vowed I'd ni. ver step foot in that ship again ; and never again I did, although Captain Tim offered me double wages. Sir, ,t was a God-cursed ship after that. Mis fortune went wii h it every voyage, and seemed to strike everybody but the contain. That always seamed strange to n e. He lost men and the own 'rs lost money, but he always came off scot free. "Well, sir, I am coming to the queerest part of my story. I was once inspecting an insane asylum with a friend of mine from the old country. He wished to soe a case of raving in sanity, being about to write a bofk in which he wanted to describo something of tho syrt. We had several cases, when the keeper aid, pointing to a donblo cell: " There in tho worst subject in this or any other establishment. He is an old sea-captain, whose madness is so alarming at about midnight that, in spite cf all our precautions, we expect every morning to find him a corpse. We are obliged to keep him in this closet, the walls of which are lined that he may not dash his brains out. Ha has been here nearly a year, and imagines that he is pursued by a girl, and held under water by her till his breath leaves his body.' " Well, the door wa3 unlocked, and there, despite tho hideously-altered and haggard face, I saw my old captain Tim Tullive 1" " Then," said I, speaking for the first time, " at last God had smitten him." " Well, I suppose that's not for us to Ray," coniinuea the narrator, lor 1 haven't como quite to the end of my story." " Soma threa years after the littlo German beauty threw herself over in tho way I have told you, I was off duty in a foreign harbor, and strolling into a street I found a little shop pre sided over by a woman who was the liv ing image of poor little Gretchen I believe 1 haven't spoken her name be fore. 1 went in, and she stared at mo, and I stared at her. I felt myself grow pale, but she flushed rosy red, which put me more in mind of Gretchen than ever.. So I said to her in German, to make sure, that she reminded me of a lass I had once known. " ' Oh ! she cried. I was sure I couldn't be mistaken you were so kind to me ono when I was on board that dreadful Chester Bell.' "'Then,' I said, completely aston ished, and catching my breath, ' it is really Gretchen 1 ' " Yes, indeed, I am really Gretchen, and my husband is not yet at home ; he has gone to look after our bit of land ; but sit down, he will be back in a mo ment ; no, no, come in here, dinner will be ready before a great while.' "I followed, like one in a dream, and found myself in a neat, pretty little parlor, looking out on a garden crowded with flowers, and beyond that the shingly beach, and further the deep sea. In a corner at one side of the tiny fireplace stood a wioker-cradle wherein sleot a lovelv child. "That's my little Gretchen,' she said, with a hannv and proud smile. I've Rot three nice children, the eldest quite a lad "'Then, please tell me, lor l am nearly dying of curiosity,' I said, 'how comes it you are here and not at the bottom of tha sea ?' ' ' Oh, that was an awful night I" she said, a shadow crossing her faoe. 'I threw myself over because Jlans, who was cruelly jealous, wouldn t believe my word, for, you see the captain was very wicked and I had found him out, and Hans would not listen, which drove me desperate, and I did not care if I died. But the poor fellow had suffered; for, though hated the captain, I was too easy to let him admire me But nans found me, though I was half dead, and then he kept the boat in the shadow of the ship till all the rush and fright wls over, for he said be would ruther die with me in an open boat on the sea than pat me in the power ot that bad cap tain. And so wo should, perhaps, have perished, bnt a ship came along in the morning and picked us up; and Hans would never go to America after that. He found good friends and settled down here.' " ' Bnt your people V "'Ob, thev all come ont h re all bnt my poor brother we never knew where he went ; so yon soe we were quite as well off as if we had gone to America, and I never thought to meet yon again sir, never ; are yon still on that dread ful ShlD?' . ' I told her all but' the traeio fate of her brother, which I thought was better suppressed ; but you see, sir, there was I no real haunting, but the poor old cap tain was -beset by his own dreadful imagination and the sting of his con science, for, no doubt in his heart, he had willed to do murder and worse. And so there yon have the story of the Belle of the Chester Bell." Mrs. Ben- son. Sfcret Marriages in New York. The Badger case (which has jst been settled by compromise in New York), says a letter from the metropolis, is very remarkable in its character, the facts being as follows s Jacob Badger recentlj died in his seventy-sixth year. He was a rich old bachelor, and had for many years been at the head of aa opulent shipping house. His heirs proceeded to divide the property, when a claim was made by a woaiun who asserted her dower right as his widow. For thirty five years she and ".John Baker " had held connubial relations, their home being in Brooklyn.1 "Baker" hal always conduoted himself in an exem plary manner, providing liberally and enjoying the respect of the neighbor hood. Every day he went to New York and returned at night, and this uniform lif j was only terminated by Lis sadden demise. It was then learned that "John Baker, 'of Brooklyn ,and Jacob Badger, of New York, were the same, and the woman was allowed a dower of $12,000. New York contains many such instances, which find protection in that mantle which a groae city throws over society, f well remember the flour dealer, D,wiel Angerine, who always passed for a bachelor. After his death, however, it was learned that he had a family, which had only known him under a false name. I was also acquainted with another bachelor business nitiii (the late ii. N. Ferris), who kept his residence a secret from even his clerks. Every morn ing he appeared at the store, and at night he left, but no one knew whither he went, and his employes became so accustomed to this mysteiy that it ceased to be a matter of comment. Eventually Ferris was taken ill and died, and it was th n discovered that he had a private establishment in an obscure street, far uptown. It. G. Siihuy lor, formerly tho noted railway con tractor, also passed for a bachelor, until his failure brought out the fact that he uad a wife and family in which ho had long been known by the name of Spicer. I could mention a man of wealth and of high family who passes iu the Fifth avenay circles as a bachelor, bnt hit triends have long been convinced that he bus a wife somewhere in the city. Home of theso secret marrnges occur in the following manner ; Young men seothoitnpossibility of supportiug those helpless, high-toned city girls who wnt a fashionable establishment, and hence, going from one extreme to another, ihey will sometimes marry the daughter of their washerwomen, simply because the latter can take care of themselves. As such a marriage would distrebs their fiiends, tuey keep it secret and pass for bachelors, being thus enabled to retain their position n society, ancli are among the stra'ige features in metro politan life. xVo man, however, can say he marries beloiv nis station if his wife, howover humble, is of decent character and possesses intelligence. That false notion concerning men marrying be Death them has led to a vast extent of mischief. "Cranks" in New York. A New York correspondent avers that ' two of tho prominent citizens of New York are now generally known to be in sane not hoiwiessly, perhaps, bnt posi tively. One is a lawyer whote services are so mnch in demand that he has been paid a 50,000 fee within a year for pleas in court since his reason went astray. He holds a prominent pubho olhoe. The otner is a bans president and a most capable financier. He has not walked a block in the street for six years, for he imagines that he is a cherry and if he is exposed the birds will eat bica! In this delusion he is immov able and accordingly he always rides to and from the bank in a close car riage, and never exposes himself out of doors. On all other matters he is per ieotly sane, and his counsel is taken in the investment of nmuons on millions, To a visitor from the ' province, it must seem as if a good many New Yorkers are insane. Nowhere have I ever senn so many people who indulged in that onnous habit known as talking to themselves." About every tenth person yon meet on the down-town sidewalks practices this self oom raunion. Every hour of every day vou will notice men go hurrying by, lookiug neither to the rignt nor lett, talking iu ex cited tones and gesticulating violently. I havo seen men in an omnibus carrying on a lively dialogue with tnemselves, and laughing vociierously at the "hits" made, as unconscious of the presence of others as it they were alone in the moon. The same queer phenomena are frequently seen in glimpses through carriage doors men with faces all aglow, swingin their arms and exclaim ing in loud voices driving a sharp bargain with a wholesaler, maybe, or wildly and hopefully bidding for the stocks that are to go up ten per cent, to-morrow. ' Fob Sdnbubn. Bruise and then squeeze ont the 'uioe from the stalks and leaves of the common chickweed, and add to it three times as mnch rain water, catne me skin with this for a few minutes morning, noon and night. and wa h it off with pure water. Elder flowers can be simiiarly treated and ap plied, or they can be steeped in milk and the faoe and hands washed in it. Sour on am applied at night and washed off in the morning will allay smarting Buuuurn. FACTS AM) COMMENTS. Edward Barr, of Missonri, was at the hetdof the late graduating cla ut Wt st, Point,, with an average of 1,9114.5 ont of a possible 2,000. The father of yonng Barr, who has thus graduated with such distinguished honor, said to his son, some three years since, that if he would graduate with distinction he would make him a present of $10,-000- The inoentive had its effect, and yonng Barr starts ont in life with edu cated brains and a plethorio pocket. James L. Loring, a civil engineer, suggests that tornadoes be fonght with cannon. He says : "It would be cheaper to put an iron cannon in every town in Iowa than it will be to pay the losses of Saturday. If one of these clonds were Been forming near a town the cannon would tell the news to the next town, and the concussion of tho air from a succession of firing certainly ought to effect the same result in Iowa that it does on the equator." The question of capital punishment, whether it is for the best interests of society to maintain or abolish it, ap pears as far as ever from a final settle ment. Several States have tried the experiment of dispensing with the death penalty, but there is no general agree ment as ti whether human life within their borders is more or less safe than before, and a strong party in each seeks to re-establish the gallows. The Swiss republic has had very mnch the same experience. Capital punishment was abolinhed in that country some years ago, but several ountons have gone back to it, while others have voted to keep on without it. On the whole it is probably fair to say that public senti ment in the laost enlightened countries is just now so uncertain on this ques tion that it seems almost an even thing whether the movement against the gal lows is to make farther progress or yield to a reaction. A Senate resolution calling for infor mation a'jout pensions has brougnt out some interesting facts. There were close upon 270,000 pensioners on the roll last September, wnen tue annual statistics were male up. But about twelve thousand pensions had lapsed through not being called for during ibree successive years, and hve thou sand were th se of sailors whose resi dences were not known. The actual number raid was 252 351. thu amount being 851,224.204. New York State heads the list. To her 32 024 pen-ion ers the trnnnal sum of $3,420,532 was given, bit arrears brought the amount np to $6,510,411. renn-ylvania's 23,- 2!12 penhioners required $5,74(5 802, aud Ohio's 24,663 had $4,911 520. More tiiau two million dollars each went tj Indiana, lewa, Maine, Massachusetts and Michigan; more than one million each to Kansas, Ivontuohv, Missouri and New Jersey. The Third Congress district of Maine surpassed all others in the amount it received. The importance of agriculture as a factor in our national prosperity can bust be appreciated by visiting New York city and observing the steamers and ships from all quarters of tho globe loading with products ot American foi in a single week, recently, upward ot $8,000,0u0 worth of agricultural prod ucts were shipped abroad from Now York alone. Among the experts of that wot k were 2,120 barrels apples, 1,647 pounds beeswax, bi.Wi barrels wheat Hour, 1,891 barreh corn meal, 481,252 bush els wheat, 2.G52 bnshuls oats, 4G bnshels barley, 2,023 bushels poas, 427 241 bushels corn, 13,517 bales cot ton. 402 bales hay, 4'j2 bales hops, 10, 967 gallons lard oil, 1,02 gallons lin seed oil, 3 993 barrels pork, 81)4 barred beef, 1.0GO tierops beef. 5.548,291 pounds cut meats, 74,414 pound. hotter, 070,151 pounds cheese, 3,654,680 pounds lard, 88 bar rels rice, 677,620 pounds tallow, 439 hogsheads tobaouo, 1,226 packages to bacco and 49,837 pounds manufactured tobacco, Although tho sanguine De Lessops makes frequent announcements that the Panama canal enterprise is in a most flourishing condition, unprejudiced ob servers who have been over the route take a very different view. Captain Belknap, of the United States navy, who crossed the Isthmus a few weeks ago, reporis that $200,000 has been paid for a hotel to serve as offices, and 9 all, 000 more in fitting it np; that another $200,000 has been, expended in buying buildings and grounds for hospital use, and that houses have been built for the officials, but that the only real work yet cone toward the construction of the water way consists in tho clear ing away of shrnbi and trees from the track. (Japtain iialknap found that intellig-nt residents of the Isthmus region believed the project feasible, but they agree in the opinion that it wouli take a great deal more time than the enthusiastic engineer oal oulates npon. The captain's conclu sion that people familiar with the Isth mus, and expeo.ing returns for capital invested, will not be likely to put money in such an enterprise will only strength en the' disinclination of Americans to take stock in the scheme as now con ducted. Professor Reese, of Philadelphia, das made an important discovery touching the cffeoti of drowning npon the human lungs. In aa autopsy of the body of a woman, found drowned, it it is reported that he found no water in the lungs, nor any evidence of water having been there, nor was a y found in the stomach. It is also said that the dead body bore no marks of abuse and violence, and there was nothing fonnd in the oesophagus to indicate that water had crossed the woman s lips. As the body was taken from the river near the wharf it is presumed that the woman jumped overboard, which leads Dr Keese to inter that persons plunging into the water, especially from an emi nence, can come to death from suffoca tion or shock without taking water in wardly. It is well known by bringing together the posterio r arches of the palate sad pressing the root cf Ike tongne against the palate both the mouth and the nostrils are completely oat off from the air tubes, as is done in ; Jding the breath. It is quite con ceivable that the shock caused by sud den immersion in water nnder a tem perature of sixty-five degrees might induce this movement, and also cause a musonlar contraction of lungs and air tubes, precluding the passage of water into the lungs of a person while drown in?. The case investigated by Professor Reese is of great interest to the medico legal experts, and the correctness of his conclusions will be tested by other ex amination of the bodies of drowned persons. It is quite generally known that Soot- land and Ireland with their uotatoes and Germany and Italy with their beans have been most prolifio in their contributions to this country's drought shortened supplies since last fall, but it is not so generally known that Egypt, or properly speaking the Levant, has begun to furnish us in abundance with that tseful garden product, the onion, Of this valuable bulb, which is so in separable from the dressing of a dainty canvas-back duck or the ingredients of a popular Irish stew, there have recent ly been imported into this country from Egypt 10.000 barrels. After the do mestio crop has been consumed by winter use or exported it has long been the custom to import large quantifies of onions from the sunny gardens of Bermuda, Lisbon and Oporto, but the Levant was never before called upon. The cultivation of onions on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean extending from the western part of Greece around to th9 western border of Egypt is reported as a great industry. It has been computed that the last crop there was over 200,000 tons. It is asserted that Levant onions keen better and longor than tho e grown in any other part of the world. This is an important feature, for many onions are needed in ships' supplies for long voyage3 on account of their excellence in preventing scurvy and other diseases incident to lite on shipboard. In this country it is remarked that tho con sumption increases yearly. This is due not only to the enormous increase of the foreign elements, who always use vegetables freely, bnt al-so to the en larged nso in populous cities of the c:ai-!-e parts of meats, in the prepara tion of which the onion figures promi nently. Story of a Bedstead. It was night. The board'nr house was wrapt in tenebrous gloom, faintly tinted with an odor of kerosene. Suddenly there arose on the yell, followed by wild objurgiti fur Otis anathemas. Then there wa a olankin? and rat tlinsf, as of an ovortnrnol picket fe ue, snd another yell, with more auathemas, The fatted b iardirs listened, an 1, ghostly clad, tip-toed along toBiiffum's room, he of Buff im & Bird, second hand furniture dealers. As they s:ocil there there was a whiz, a grinding, a rattling and a bang, and more yells Thoy consulted and knocked on the door. "Como in " "O en it." " I can't." Convinced that Btiffum was in hi : last agony they knocked in tho door with a bjdpost. The sight was ghastly. Clasped be tween two sturdy though slender frames of waluut, Buffam, pale as a ghost, was six feet up in the air. He couldn't move. He was cught like a bear in a log trap. " What on earth Is it? ' they said. Bedstead combination. New pat ent I was tellin' you about," gasped Buffuin. His story was simple, though tearful. He had brought it horr e that day, and after using it for a writing desk, had opened it ont and made his bed. He was going peacefully to dream land waen he rolled over and accidentally tonched a spring. The faithful invon tion immediately became a double crib, and turned Buffam into a squalling wafer. Then he struggled; and was reaching around for the spring, when the patent bedstead thought it woul t show off some more and straightened out and thot up iu the air and was a clothes-horse. Baflum said he didn't like to be clothes, and he wiuld give the thing to anybody that wonld get him ont. They said they would try. They didn't want any such nre-extinKUisiier as that for their trou ble, but they would try. They inspected it cautiously. They walked all around it. Then the commission merchant laid his little Soger on the top end of it. The thing snorted and reared as if i had been shot, slapped over with a bang and became an extension table for ten people. When they recovered from the panio they came baok. They iotina tue commission merchant in tue oorner trying to get breath enough j to swear, while he rubbed his shim, Biffum had disappeated, bnt they knew he had not gone far.. The invention appeared to have taken a fancy to him aud incorporated him into the firm, so to speak. He was down underneath, straddling one of the legs with his head jamtnad into the mat tress. Nobody dared to touoh it. The landlady got a club and reached for its vital parts, bnt could not find them. She hammered her breath away, and when she got through and dropped the clnb in despair the thing swung out its arms with a gasp and a rattle, turned over twice and slapped itself into a bed aain, with Buffam poaoefally among the sheets. He held his breath for a minute, and then, watching his oppor tunity, made a flyicg leap to the floor just in time to save himself from being a folding screen. A man with a black eye and cat lip told the Waso editor about it ye ter dny. Hn said be owned the catent and B iff urn had been explaining to him how it worked. YVap. To some men popularity is always suspicious. Enioyiug none themselves. they are prone to suspect the validitv of i, mono attainments wnierj command it. 1 lino's Cure. Mourn, Oh rejniolng hert, Tho hours are flying, Each one some treasure takes, Each ria some blosHOin broaks, And leaves it dying ; The chill dark night draws near, Thy sun will soon depart, And leave thee sighing j Then mourn, rejoiolug heart, The hours are flying I Rejoice, Oh grieving hoart, The hours fly fast, With each eome sorrow dies, With each some shadow flies, Until at last ' Tho red dawn in the East Bids weary night depart, And pain is past ; Rejoioe, then, grieving heart, The hours fly fast t HUMOR OF THE DAY. Household hints Pokers and broom sticks. "We'll shake once more for the qui nine," as the ague said to the victim. "Ida:" The best thing in bonnets continues to be as in the past a pretty face. Woman's inhumanity to woman is outbalanced by her insano devotion to masculinity. It didn't require much of a philos opher to disoover that all rich widow? are handsome. An exchange thinks that Pittsburg will never make a snocesi of glass shingles. There is no chance for tho carpenters to waste nails. A New York doctor says there s and unusual amount of oz'ine in the atmos phere this year, bnt that's no excuse for a man to steal a fellow's umbrella. " What havo you baon doing since I last saw you ?'' "I've been attending a course of free leotures." 'A course of free leohires 1" " Yes, I was married u week after wa i art.:d." A woman hai sufrgeited that when a man breaks his heart it is all tho same as when a lobster broaks one of his claws, another sprouting immediately and growing in its place. " Yes," said Fogg, " I used to believe everything; wai the most credulous fellow alive. Bnt," he nddrtd, "since I have had this conf ounded sore throat, it is hard for mo to swallow anything.1' They were talking a'.iout beauty, the other evening, when Mikh S. remarked: " Well, say what you will, homely peo ple are almost always un'mually bright." Miss B. (sottovoce): "Tuo egotist f Littlo Bobbie, who talks slang for the whole family, said to his father : "There are fis.e.1 savs, ain't there, ipa?'' To which hi fa' her replied, Y s, Bobbie." And theu the young rascal asked: "Ard they a'l wall fixed, papa ?" Daaf men make queer mistakes Rome- times. ' Were you born deaf ?" asked a of one whose hoariog was dread fully affected. " No," was tho reply, " I was born in Penn-i.au. ' " ishut tha door! ' yelled the gr.eer to a deaf man who had jist stepped in. "Iras bore. "Well, it I am I'll do mytrading some where elsa," aud away ha went in a huff. A Minci'-s Luck. Mr, Richard Knowles, a prominent miner of the Gunnison country, in Colorado, said to a reporter: " Whilo I was yet at Laadvillo a man came np thero from Denver named Dexter Jim Dexter they called him - and he was full of life and hpe, and had some moDey. Doxter looked about him tot a while, and finally bought a claim on Carbonate Hill, which bad, at that time, not been prospected very well. He paid, I think, about 15,00,1 for it, and set to work putting in machinery and sinking the shaft, which was alreadv down soo:e 100 feet or more, fie worked awav on the minn, people laughing at him a good deal, but he never onca lost heart. The mine hud not shown up a single thim; . n the way of mineral, and the shaft had been sunk by that time several hundred feet. Dexter did not know what to do. He bad now spent nearly all the money he had, and nothing was coming in. O ne day in the early part of the year 1879 a party came to him and aked him what ho wonld take for his mine. Dexter told him, and a bargain was made between them. The price paid was, I think, $30,000, some $5,000 mors tban Dexter had spent on it altogether. He was mighty glad to get the $30,000, and thought himself well out of a bad bargain. He rushed out to Carbonate h ll and ordered the miners t i drop t'ueir tools and quit work. This was about 3 o'clock in the afternoon. He said : 'B jys, I have sold this hole, and I don't want yon to work another minute in it for mo. I will pay you off right now and you can quit.' Well, the miners had jast finished a drill and were going to pla 'ea blast and nnoov?r some rook, and they asked to be Rllowed to nni-h it before they quit work, , No,' said Daxter, come out, I don't want you to work ano more; there is nothing in the old hole.' They re luctantly quitted and departed. Dexter got his money aud was happy. Well, the mine had been bought by a stock company, and in a short time they began work on it. N jv, young man. what I am going to tell you is the solemn truth," said the miner. ' Those fellows went up there to that mine and laid a fnse t the blu' t left by Dex er's men an I touched it off. After the smoke cleared away tbey went in to soj how much, r.-cfc had been loosened, when what do you th n'i'i Thero before tiieir eyes they saw the richest body of silver ore which has ever been seen since the world began. At that time hundreds of thousands of dollars met the gaze of the delighted owners of the richest kind of ore. Well, young fellow," continued Mr. Knowles, ":htt mine was the cele brated Kobt. 12 Lite, which bag made everybody rich who has had . anything to do with it since Jimmy D xter sold it. Millions of dollars have b en turned ont of it, and it is the greatest silver mine in the world." The United States has over 400 insti tutions known as college university,