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""" IMM . TT1l II II i '" ' " ' ' " ' H I ' YOL. XII. 1UDGWAY, ELK COUNTY, PA,, THUHSDAY, NOVEMBEE 2. NO. 37. - 1 11 . - j After a White. There is a strange, sweet solace in the thought, That all the woes we Buffer here below May, M a dark and hideous garment wrought For ns to wear, whether we will or not, Be cast aside, with a relieving srnilo, After a little while. Only a little while this vale of tears With moans and sighs shall hem our devi ous way; Only a little while the grief that sears And wrings and rends shall gloat above its prey; And fade will, likewise, every hollow guile After a little while. What if we lose earth's pageants, fresh and fair The pride of morn, the sunset's gorgeous ' fields, Xove's leaping pulse, and the unmeasured share That Nature's largess for the asking yields If death to brighter shores our souls exilo After a littlo while? No mortal roaming but hath certain oud; Though far unto the ocean-spaces grny We sail nnd sail, without a chart for friend, Above the sky-line, faint and far away, There looms at last the one enchanted islo After a littlo while. Though over burning and inveterate sands, To seek the river's mystic source vo strain. With parching lips, scorched feet and blis tered hands, At last there rises the ono mountain chain That folds the fountains of our spirit's Nile After a little while. Oh, when our cares come thronging thick und fast, With more of anguish than the heart can bear, Though friends desert, and, a's the heedless blast, Even love pass by us with a stony sta'-e, Let us withdraw into some ruined pile, Or lonely forest aisle, And contemphito the never-ceasing change Whereby the processes of God are wrought, Aud from our petty lives our souls estrange. Till, bathed in currents of exalted thought, We feel the rest that must our cares beguile After a little while! Calvert's Magazine. A Breach of Discipline. "It's no use speaking, Brereton; I must go." "Are you mad, Kendal? It's your night on guard, and you know what a martinet the colonel is." " I tell you I will go. The colonel's not a dancing man. He'll know noth ing about it." " Don't you believe it. The colonel's thick with tltose Lindsay girls, and I'll bet you ten to one he's there to meet them." "Oh, hang it! I'll take my chance then," was the reply ,in the dogged tone of a man who knows he is in the wrong, lmt does not choose to yield. The speakers were two ollicers of the th regiment, which had been quartered for the last six months at Singleborough. The subject of dis cussion was a great public ball which was to take place that evening. The regiment, was to be relieved in a day or two, anil the ball would be the last at which the gallant ollicers of the th would appear in that hospitable town. Captain Kendal looked very obsti nate as he answered the prudent ad monitions of his friend Brereton, who gave a long whistle, and tapped the ground ominously with his cane. " 1 gave you credit t or more common sense," ho resumes, after a pause. " Then you were mistaken, you see." "So it seems, but it is an awful pity. You'll be cashiered to a cer tainty, for the old fellow is keen as a hawk and is sure to find you out. I say, man, be advised; give it up; the game's too dangerous." "Pooh!" exclaimed the other, test ily. " I tell you the colonel won't be there, and if ho were, trust to me to dodge him. Why, bless you, he's blind as a mole: His friend looked utterly uncon vinced, but remonstrance was plainly of no use. " It's all because of that Leslie girl," he said, ruefully, for he was honestly attached to his messmate, and saw clearly the consequences which might be expected to follow upon his attend ance nt the ball. " Thank Heaven, I'm not in love!" . ".Spare your eloquence and have done now, can't you?" replied Captain Kendal, ungraciously. "Go, I must and will, but trust to me to take care of myself." The two friends walked down the rest of the street in silence till Brere ton turned into his club, while the other went on, with a slightly anxious frown on his handsome, sunburnt face, and swinging his cane uneasily. He knew Brereton was right, but wrong is apt to be stronger than right sometimes, and the temptation in this case was powerful. He was about to commit, deliberately, a glaring breach of military discipline, which, if discov ered, would assuredly cost him dear and put an end to more pleasant hopes than one. Nevertheless, he was quite determined to risk it. It was his duty to keep guard that night at the Itoyal bank, and his colonel was not a man . 1, 1 .1 .1.. 1 , , .1. ... . X wno WOlllll UgUUY uvl-iuhmv evru u trirlinir offense UL'ainst the military - ' n J ' fthenT was-the motive which (induce this gallant young oflicer majesty's service, who had al ready won distinction for his bravery on the battlefield, and who had always acquitted himself well and honorably heretofore, to plan recklessly so grave an infringement of duty as the aband onment of the post he was bound in all onor to guard i W e oiler no excuse. Hut the expla nation of his conduct must be found in his state of mind, which was abnor mal. Brereton was right. There was a woman in the case, lief ore his mind's eye there danced a lovely vision that lured the infatuated young man from the right path a pair of lime eyes, a sweet smile, a graceful girlish form, to Raae on which the foolish fellow Would have traveled miles 1 And she Was to he at the ball, sur rounded by admiring swains, of one or two of whom he was madly Jealous '; and who knew what iriight happen while lie was absent? He might of course have spoken a certain momentous little word before, nnd lie had thought, now and then, that it would not have fallen on re luctant ears. But he had gone on basking in the sunshine of her smiles, too happy in the present to think of the future, and he had just heard casually that to-morrow morning early she was to leave town for her home in the country. To-day, too, chance had brought a sudden revelation to his heart. Till then he had not been fully aware of the strength of his own feelings for that blue-eyed charmer. On turning down a street corner, ho had come suddenly face to face to her, and in close attendance upon her wasMaddox, of the th Lancers, a brilliant Adonis whom ladies were terribly partial to. In his face Harry Kendal read something that made him tremble for his own hopes, and showed him, too, in a start ling moment of time, how his whole life's happiness was bound up in them. That rapid glance of recognition awoke a storm of anxious fears in his breast and left the green-eyed monster raging there. The bank, a great solid building of dark gray stone, stood in an inelosure. At the rear was a court encircled by a fence, in which was a small wicket gate opening into a lane a shori distance below the main entrance, and used cliielly for communication with the back premises. At night it was always kept locked. The front of the building, on the other hand, faced one of the principal thoroughfares, and was approached through a massive outer gate, which, like the smaller one, was carefully closed after nightfall. Captain Kendal did not change his mind. As the evening wore on he slipped out, merely informing the sen tinel that he should soon return. The old soldier, who had known and loved his young officer for some years, shook his head ominously as he saw him de part, but inwardly resolved to keep his counsel if possible. The truant meanwhile sped on his Willful way, nnd tumtehin all milfitn rellections appeared in the ballroom in time to secure the hand of his fair charmer for several dances. Fortune seemed disposed to smile propitiously on him, and the coast was clear. The colonel was not to be seen, and no one else cared to inquire too curiously what ollicer ought to be on guard at the bank on that particular night. As he led out the lady the scapegrace lover had the satisfaction of seeing his rival turn away with a lowering brow. He was determined to lose no time now. In the maze of the waltz, while the soft undulating strains of Strauss steeped the senses of the dancers in sweet dreams of delight, under the roseate light of the many wax candles in that perfumed, crowded ballroom, a question was asked, and an answer tremulously whispered, which trans ported two young people into a tempo rary paradise of their own creating, where there were only two, and no room for any other besides. No won der that at such a moment all minor sublunary considerations were 'for gotten. But, when a brief ecstatic hour had passed, and they emerged once more from the rosy pavilion whither they had retreated among the flowers, there loomed, dark and erect in the distant doorway of the adjoining ballroom, a tall, martial figure, whose gray head towered above the company; a vision which struck a sudden chill to the ardent lover's heart. " By Jove!" he exclaimed, with a start. " There's the colonel!" The sharp ejaculation, breaking in strangely upon the dulcet tones of love, as'tonished the pretty creature who hung on his arm. " AVhat fif the colonel ?" she asked, softly. " Why should he not be here, poor man?" " Because I am here who ought to be on guard in street, and because I shall be cashiered to a certainty if he sees me," was the abrupt reply. " Oh, do go away this minute. Do, dear Harry !" she pleaded, in terrified, beseeching accents. He looked at her, then around him, irresolute for a moment. The colonel had turned his back and was moving into another room. N o, he could not go just yet, the temptation to remain was too strong. " Leave you now, when we are happy and are to be parted so soon ? No, 1 cannot, darling," he whispered, fondly. "But, never fear, we will keep out of his way." She did not urge him any more. She did not fully understand the magnitude of the offense nor the risk it involve 1, and was too glad to keep him a little longer by all available means. There were a number of reception rooms in the locale where the ball was held, all of which were thrown open for the occasion. Keeping a cautious eye around them the young people contrived to pass from one apartment to another whenever they detected the dreaded form of the colonel ap proaching. After a time he settled down quietly at a whist table in the distance, and they gave themselves up with reckless gayety to the enjoyment of the evening. Another hour passed and supper time came, and still they danced or lingered in quiet nooks and managed successfully to elude the eyes whose recognition was to be so care fully avoided. I " What a comfort it is that he is such a maypole and may be observed from afar r laughed the pirlj who htid caught the Infection of her lover's au dacity. At length the dreaded time for part ing was at hand. The early morning train was to bear away the lady to her father's summer residence, and thus to separate for awhile the newly plighted pair. What wonder that in those last few precious moments they forgot all precautions and saw and heard noth ing in each other's all-engrossing pres ence ? He followed her to the hall and folded the shawl carefully round her graceful form ; for another happy min ute yet he stood with her hand locked in his, meeting all her heart shining out through her deep blue eyes. Then the carriage door closed with a sharp bang, which struck cold and heavy on his ear as the rolling wheels bore her away into the night. Perhaps his eyes were somewhat dazzled by the bright parting glance he had drunk in so eagerly, for all other things around looked dim. Pres ently he turned listlessly to take his hat and depart in his turn, still feel ing like one that (breams. Suddenly, however, something impelled him to look up, and what was his dismay, when ho found himself face to face with the colonel! There was a crowd of departing guests in the hall, and as they gath ered and jostled each other the two men who had been thus unexpectedly brought together were again borne apart. The recognition was but in stantaneous, therefore, and in another moment the junior ollicer had con trived to mingle with and disappear in the crowd. But by the stern, aston ished gaze which had met his eye for that brief instant he knew that ho had been identified, and that the colonel fully remembered where he ought to have been. if he still ventured to retain any hope that the recognition had not been complete, such hope was promptly dis pelled by the order which presently rang out in ominous tones from the colonel's well-known voice of thunder. " Drive to the Hoyal bank instant ly!" ho said, with awful distinctness. "And go as fast as you can." Captain Kendal had managed to slip unobserved through the doorway, and he now stood in the street. What was to be done? The carriages that were in waiting were all private ones. The hackney coaches were far down the file, and even had he been lucky enough to secure one in time the rattle of the wheels, at that dead hour of the niglit, speeding m tne same direction as the colonel's car riage, or indeed the very fact of a ve hicle stopping before the bank, would have convicted him at once. There was not a moment to be lost. At this crisis fortunately his wits did not forsake him. A sudden inspi ration presented itself to his mind, and his decision was taken in a twink ling. Favored by opportune darkness he crept round to the back of the colonel's carriage, and just as it was starting he sprang up nimbly on the step behind. The coachman whipped up his horses and rattled his wheels through the still streets of the sleeping city, clearing the distance in double quick time, in order to forestall the re turn of the delinquent ollicer. Neither master nor man guessed that their hot haste was bearing back the truant to his post. Within the carriage the colonel sat still and erect, as became a worthy disciplinarian, wholly intent on the conviction of his peccant ju nior, in whose impending discomfort lie could not help feeling a grim and righteous satisfaction. At the back the captain sat crouching on the step, desperately concerting his measure!;. "Impudence! stand my friend through this scrape," he mentally ejac ulated. "Perhaps all is not lost yet. When the carriage turned into street and the bank appeared in view he jumped lightly down, and under the friendly cover of night ran to the small wicket gate in the lane. .Most luckily he had taken the key with him, and hurriedly letting himself in he passed swiftly through the court and came up with the sentinel inside tne great gate while the carriage was taking the longer curve which led up to the front. How he blessed the chance impulse which had induced him to take that key 1 "The colonel's there," he said, breath lessly. "Dont be too quick in un doing the chain. Give me as long as you can. And I say, Dickson," he added anxiously, "muni's the word, you know if you can." "Ay! ay! sir," muttered the old sen tinel, as he shuttled slowly along, lie was very partial to the young man and not so much so to the colonel. The captain passed hurriedly within. Just then the bell of the great gate rang out a long, resounding peal. The sentinel clanked the chain nois- ily as he hooked and unhooked it, fumbled with the key in the lock and made such iudicious delays as enabled the officer on guard to compose himself in attendance at his post before the heavy doors turned on their hinges to admit the colonel. "Where is Captain Kendal?" he asked, as he alighted, in stentorian tones which vibratedstrangely through the silence, with a sort of angry ex pectant note of triumph. " On guard, sir !" answered the sol dier, curtly. "What?" cried the colonel, in the shrillest of accents. He was too utterly taken aback to say another word. The sentinel, adopting his usual stolid demeanor, took no notice of his evident astonishment. Captain Kendal heard the inquiry from within, and came forward. " Here, sir ; do you require me?" he asked, coolly. The tolonel stared at him. His face, with its expression of mingled sternness and entire bewilderment, would have been no mean study for a pillntcr. ' lie could hardly believe his eves. Keenly scrutinizing the votiDger man, who did not quail before his gaze, he said stiffly, after a pause of some sec onds : "I certainly thought, sir, I saw yoti at the ball in D street just now !" " Me, sir ?" replied the other, au daciously. "Why, I am on guard, sir. . " It is very singular," resumed the colonel, without relaxing his scrutiny and slightly raising his voice. "I could have sworn 1 saw you there I" " Very singular indeed, sir," retorted the delinquent, gaining boldness from the very extremity of the strait to which he found himself reduced; slnco a man can't be. in two places at once, and you have found mo here. A case of mistaken Identity perhaps, sir. The two men stood still eyeing each other, one keenly eager to detect, the other as equally seeking to avoid de tection. The colonel was completely baffled. The man was there before him that was certain; but how, hav ing left him, as he felt sure he had done, among the guests at the ball, he came to be there now was inexplica hie. Not having vings wherewith to Ily, how on earth hid the fellow got there? Could he ht.ve been mistaken, he wondered for a moment. But no, ho knew he had not. He shifted the form of his interro gation: " Then vou were not at the ball i he asked, very pointedly. The voting officer was worthy ot all condemnation for having forsaken the post of duty. But though he had acted nexcusablv, ho was still a gentleman, and ho would not pollute his lips with a lie. He hesitated for a reply ; then parried the question with another. How could l be at the ban when you find me here, sir?' he asked. l es, how ; that was the mystery, the simple solution of which was the furthest in the world trom presenting itself to the colonel's brain. He knew that it was quite impossible for an other carriage to have arrived before his own. His coachman had driven quickly enough to satisfy even his im patience, and he could not have failed to notice it another vehicle mm pre ceded or lollowed his through tne de serted streets. He could not in the least understand it. Silent, but wholly unconvinced, he at down in the hall to think what it might behoove him to say or do next, ilo tlm Junior OlTlCVr ljutlol ,lotit in a restless lashion, setting reiresii ments before him and awkwardly en deavoring to turn the conversation into another channel. The colonel answered at random, for his thoughts were perplexing. Mvstified, and righteously set on convicting the offender as he doubtless was, ho could not help, nevertheless, feeling a perception of the comical side of the question. He felt, too, that however fully persuaded he might be in his own mind of Captain Kendal's offense, it would perhaps be a difficult matter to prove it. At lengtli he cleared his throat portentously and re turned to the charge: Look here, Captain Kendal," he said, in accents which somehow had taken a milder sound from the bent of his cogitations, "it's no use beating about the bush; I would stake my ex istence that I saw you at the ball. But how you come to be here now is another matter, and I don't pretend to under stand how you managed it. A. ou had better make a clean breast of it, and although it would be my duty to take proceedings against you yet if you will explain it is possible that I may just for once, considering the peculiar features of the case, lie inclined to take a lenient view of a very grave misde meanor, sir." Thus encouraged, the culprit, who detected a kindly twinkle in the usually stern gray eye which was fixed upon him, made a full and free con fession of his fault and of the causes which led thereto. The colonel, though well advanced in the vale of years, had not outlived the memory of youthful hopes; and was a kindly man, though a strict dis ciplinarian. The young lady, whose fair image had lured the lover from his duty, was rather a favorite with him, and considering, as he had said, the peculiar features of the case, he con sented to overlook the offense, and inflicted no worse punishment on the delinquent then a reprimand, which was received in dutiful silence and with all due contrition. Six months later the colonel made an eloquent speech at the wedding of two happy young people, on which occasion Captain JJrereton acteu as uesi man Then two sweet blue eyes looked play fully into lus, as the pretty bride thanked him, in a mysterious whisper, for the solitary and memorable occa sion when he had consented, for once in his life, to overlook and condone signal breach of discipline. Temple liar. An Extraordinary Man. In the person of Hoc Bey, Constan tinople has been entertaining a most remarkable visitor. This Circassian chief, who has been paying homage to his liege lord, the sultan or Turkey, was born in 1762 and entered the Turkish military service in 1777, since which time eight successive sultans have knewn him as one of the most faithful and valiant officers in the Ottoman army, to which he still be longs, after an active military career of 105 years. He has fought in sixty-five pitched battles, innumerable skir mishes, received three and twenty wounds, and has earned every military decoration in the gilt of the sultan, Now, in his one hundred and twentieth year, he is still strong and hearty and in full possession ot all his laculties, Every attention was shown him that a sovereign coma oiler a subject, The Indians of AlaskA. The number of aborigines In Alaska, says a letter from that country, is V:l riously estimated from 30000 to 50,000. With regard to those in the jnterior there. is very .meager accurate knowledge. The obstacles irl the way of a thorough understanding of the nature of this portion of the American possessions nnd the number and char acter of the natives, are not great, either from the cost of 'outfitting an exploring party, danger from the na tives or any other terrors incident to such an undertaking. In their handi work, especially as exhibited by carv ings in wood, stone and slate, their ornaments and shapely canoes, they display unlooked-for skill. Blank eted natives, with painted or hideously besmeared faces, were to bo seen. From a condition offensive Wi the nostrils nnd this scanty mode of dress there are various stages of Ap proach to cleanliness and a civilized style of clothing ; some, indeed, make a very presentable appearance. Some times Indians were observed affection ately fondling their children, and the men often carrying their offspring in their arms with all the apparent pride of their white brethren. The women generally do the trading and bargain ing in disposing of furs and in other transactions. AVhen an Indian offers furs for sale, and the price has been arranged between him and the pur chaser, his klooehman, or squaw, can veto the transaction, and has to be consulted before the trade becomes final. The Indians are never in a hurry to conclude a bargain, those trom a distance often remaining at a railing post lor weeks holding out tor most trilling suiviuice on the price ollered. They are shrewd traders, and the amounts agreed upon for the different kinds of turs seem very high to an uninitiated on-looker. The purchasers would lose loney on the goods if they paid coin. he Indian s shrewdness manilests lt- lf onlv in securing the promise of a ligh price. They do not want money, ut desire articles out ot the store. heir ignorance of what these cost the dealer leaves them a prey to the most ulrageous imposition from the more intelligent but less honest white traf- cker. These Indians are industrious, illingly embracing opportunities of earning money by working lor it. 11 lev are not a doomed race, by reason f liquor and contact with depraved lutes preventing their reclamation from heathenship, in the coming devel- pinent of the resources ol Alaska they in ins a ttiuniio riictor as " hewers ot ood and drawers of water." They are nick to learn what is required of icm. Ten Bushels of Swallows. Nearlv sixty years ago," says an gcd correspondent of an Eastern a per, "when I was living in the town f Litchfield, Me., the occurrence of inch I am about to tell you took lace. My father's house was on the Id post road connecting the towns of Irunswick and Augusta, and about alf wav between those places. Early n the autumn mv father noticed large numbers of swallows for several davs ving over his farm to the north. Sim- ir Bights of the birds had in other ears been noticed by residents the vicinity, and comparison testimony showed that the swal- ows were evidently flying ti t com mon center not far away. The flight ad continued two or three days when my lather and two or three or ins neighbors determined to solve the mystery. Starting about 5 o'clock one afternoon, they followed the direction taken by the "birds and came to the dge of a grove. Here they were as tonished to see hosts of swallows com ing in from all directions and disap pearing through a hole in the top of the tall and lifeless trunk of a bass- wood tree. The aperture where the birds entered the tree was about thirty feet from the ground, was six inches or so in diameter, and was evidently aused by the breaking off of a rotten limb. The farmers, having noticed that none of the birds came out, but were constantly going In, went home uyre puzzled than ever. A day or wo after, when the matter had been alked over among the farmers, several of them returned to the tree, my father among the number, with the in tention of cutt ing it down. They set to work to fell the tree. Only a tew birds seemed to be disturbed or frightened away by the action of tho farmers, and the tree finally lell to the ground, The farmers were utterly astounded to find it nothing but a hollow shell, and filled from bottom to top with dead swallows. The tree was about two and a half feet in diameter and about thirty feet in length from the base to the aperture where the birds had been seen to enter, and it was estimated that the bodies of the swallows found in the hollow trunk would aggregate ten bushels I They were the common white-breasted swallow, mostly, like those you saw at AVesterly, although, as there, quite a number or marten swallows were among them. Why the birds came there is a mystery that was never solved. That the strange affair actually happened I am quite ready to prove ; and though, for personal rea sons, I prefer to withhold my name from the public prints, I am willing that all persons who desire a verifica tion of the story should be reierred to me." In a Dakota forest last week a party of hunters discovered a man who had a well-developed tail nine inches in length. They told of their discovery when they returned to town, but failed to state that the tail was the tail ot squirrel. The posse of Vventy-four young men who went out to capture the tailed man made unpleasant re marks when they found they were sold. FACTS ANU COMHEST.-. The (esthetic movement in England has entirely died out, and to be aesthetic is voted to be "low" .md common. Punch has largely assisted in killing the craze by ridiculing it. Asa jWdrfrt, now living in Tennes see, is 107 years old. He fought with Jackson at New Orleans, lie has ap plied for a pension, but so far has failed to procure one. He is interest ing and magnetic in conversation, and takes care of his great-grandchildren. There has been another silent couple nt Galway, N. Y., Jona than James and his wife, who lived together over twenty-five years without speaking to each other. Having dis agreed about the words of a sermon theV heard in 1856. thev vowed eternal silence, aild kept the vow, though always on apparently good terms with each other. Mr. James died hist spring, but Mrs. James is still living. From the statistics reported by the United States commissioner of educa tion for 1880, just published, it appears mat in mil twenty-nine States re ported a school population of 9,632,900, while in 1880 the thirty-eight States and eight Territories reported a total of 15,536,280. The number enrolled in tho public schools, twenty-eight States only reporting -for 1871,' was 6,393,085, while for 1880 it was 9,781, 521, all the States and Territories re porting this item. It is estimated that there are 5,000 patent, medicines manufactured and sold. There is one establishment that keeps them all. They include pills that cure every disease humanity is heir to, bitters, cordials, elixirs, syrups, salves, toothache drops and hair prepa rations. There are. seventy-five medi cinal waters, 150 liniments, 130 hair dyes, .and of plasters, oils and other medicaments an equal jumble. Mil lions of dollars are yearly spent in ad vertising them. A German paper estimates that the compensation which will have to be awarded by the international commis sion for houses destroyed by the Alex andria bombardment at $7,700,000. The property destroyed covers an area of 96,000 square meters, the ave rage value of which is estimated at, $80 per square meter. Adding $10, 000,000 or $12,000,000 for furniture nnd stock in trade, and $4,000,000 for the losssol the refugees, the aggregate sum would be $22,000,000 or $24, 000,000. The Suez canal was built with the shares at the par value of $100. and. although their price now is something like $540, the company is neither re- icing the dues nor giving greater fa cilities for the navigation of the canal. It is not surprising, therefore, that the inimercial classes in England take a eep interest in building another and ureiy isritish canal, an undertaking utt could be carried out. it is said. 'it li mechanical improvements and nowledge, at a comparatively small cost. In the event of postal savimrs banks in the United States where deposits as nail as one cent may bo received, n oou opijoruuuiv will occur to lest le old proverb which admonishes us take care ot the pence and let the xmnds take care of themselves. In England last year such small deposits ggregated $12,50U,WU. Another in stance of the result of this policy is afforded by the fact that the Bank of England has obtained $ao,300 by reckoning in its own favor in settle ments of transactions involving frac tions of pennies. Commissioner Dudley reports that the 285,695 pensioners on the list at the end of the last fiscal year, June 30, 1882, have been classified. There are 173,138 army and 2,361 navy invalids, . 4 AG .. , i nro : i u,i 10 iuuiY uu i,yoo navy widows, minor children and dependent rela tives; 7,134 survivors of the war of 1812, and 24,661 widows of those who served in the war of 1812. The total amount paid to pensioners since 1861 is $500,641,324.75. It is an astounding act that almost one-fifth of the whole amount expended for pensions since the beginning of the war twenty-one ears ago win be paid ior the same urpose during the present year. And there are 290,966 claims for pensions et to tie considered. An entire Gallo-Iioman town has been unearthed in the neighborhood of Poitiers. It contains a temple 114 yards in length by seventy yards in ireadth, baths occupying live acres, a theatre of which the stage alone measures ninety yards on its longest side, streets, houses and other build ings covering a space of more than seventeen acres. The excavations, which are being continued, have brought to light more edifices, sculp ture in the very best style and in good preservation dating, it is thought, from the second century and a quantity of iron, bronze and earthen articles. M. Lisch, the inspector of historic monuments, declares that the town is a little Pompeii in the center ot J; ranee. A street railway has been laid in Athens. But some 2,000 years too late to find out whether or not old Socrates, Xenophon or Demosthenes, riding down to Pirams on a horse-car, would have given up their seats to a woman who wasn't pretty. The length of tlie submarine cables in the whole world is estimated to be 64,000 miles, and their value to be $202,000,000. The lengtli of all the wires in the world would reach forty eight times around the earth. TYeililcd- Wow that I hold thee with a husband's right, Tarn thy dear head, sweet wife, and lot it rest Within my encircling arms, which thus en fold Of earth the purest, of thy wi the best. Let thy smilo-winning lips all tremulous Tress soft on mine a sonl-enthrallinff kiss; An earnest of the happy years to ns, Of unalloyed, yea! perfect wedded bliss. . So let the sunlight of thy presence shino Athwart tho future vision of my life, Thy gentler spirit radiate through mine, And make me worthier of thy love, sweet wife. JlU.ttOR OF THE DAY. boy describing how ho had a drawn said: "The doctor col A tooth li.! me. milled like wild horses, and just before my head came oil the tooth dropped out." A gentleman had his picture taken recently ; cost him two hundred dol lars, and still he is not happy. A fellow took it out of the hall when the latch wns up. Pedestrian, who has dropped a penny in front of "a poor, blind man:" " WhV, tou humbug, you're not blind." Beggar": "Not I, sir. If the card savs I am, they must have given me tho wrong one. I'm deaf and dumb." A queen bee lays in the height of the season from 2,000 to 3,000 eggs in twenty-four hours. The man who will discover how to graft a queen bee on a hen will make money enough to imy out the whole continent in six months. A man in Western Illinois adver tised for a wife, his sister answered the "ad," ana nun u.v j-nf, thinks there is no balm in advertise ments, while the old folks think it's pretty hard to have two fools in the family. An advertisement in a Western paper offers a "fashionable" piano for sale. Mrs. Yeast was at a loss to know what a fashionable piano really was, but she has come to the conclu sion that it must bo one that is "banged." "There is nothing like settling; down," said the retired merchant, confidentially, to his neighbor. " AVhen I gave up business I settled down and found I had quite a comfortable for tune. If 1 had settled up I should not have hail a cent." "No Indian ever has his pony shod," observes an exchange, " and yet the Indian department is charged with $18,000 worth of horseshoes per year." Oil, that's all right. The Indians hang 'cm over the doors of their wigwams to bring good luck. Not exactly quenched : "You know I am a member of the fire department," said Biggs, "and if I find your young spark in the house it will be my duty to put him out." "But, father," re plied his daughter, "if you do, like as not I shall have a new flame within a week." Astronomical : " Mother, may I get up at daybreak and go out to look at the comet with. Charley?" "No, my daughter, but you may go into the kitchen and peel those potatoes." It is in this way that many a youthful and soaring mind is condemned to limit the realm of its knowledge to the narrow borders of our insignificant planet. "I don't believe in this learning German, Spanish, French or any for eign language," said a .Michigan man tlie other day. " Why, I lived among a lot of Germans and got along with them just as well as if I had known their language, but I didn't not a word of it." " How did you contrive it ?" " AVhy, you see they understood mine." " A New Orleans washerwoman has in the past fifteen years raised a family of fatherless children, given them all good educations, purchased a hand some house, and has $10,000 laid away for a rainy day. Her entire possess ions were earned at the washutb." This item is valuable as showing how" promptly New Orleans men pay their wash bills. lie was a real estate agent and com plained that he had had three adjoin ing houses to let since last fall, and couldn't get rid of them on any terms. "AVhat's the cause?" asked a friend. "Malaria? "No." "Hum null on tlie corner?" "No." "Neighborhood infested with cats?" "No." "AVhat then ?" " AVell, there's a man across tlie way with his daughter, and he's trying to make an American prima donna of her." A Fable. One day an old Turkey took a Walk through the Meadow to see how the Crops were getting along. Seeing a Hornet's Nest by a Stone AVall, she i Fondly Imagined she could Hatch out I the Contents. So she Sat down upon It and did Hatch out the contents in about two Seconds. Five Minutes later she stood filled with Humiliation, Running her Bill through her Feath ers and Attempting to Count the num ber of Perforations in her Breast, which looked very much like a Nutmeg-Grater. The Moral of the Fable teaches us that Squatting on other People's Property is a Perilous Pro ceeding ; and that there are some Humble Institutions which cannot be Sat Upon. Puck. Speaking of spiritual consolation and the comforting assurance thatthe, eternity of the just shall be blessed, a Chicago clergyman tells a story. There was an old lady in his church who was noted for her penuriousness as well as her piety, and while talking with her about her hope of the hereafter he asked: "Mrs. 8 , did you ever stop to think what will gratify you most in heaven?" "Oh yes," she exclaimed' " it will be such a cheap place to live ial"