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4 ottm Stan >js!hèiît^ •*$§ À ♦ / /ma > NO. 43. MIDDLETOWN, DELAWARE, SATURDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 24, 1874. VOL. VII. v?u You think I lore it? If this nerveless hand Could vain immortal strength this very IM tweep r <be hellish traffic from the land, And crash its blighieoii*, maddening. | tbe thing that drags me down to I Love it? I loath it! Vet I drinkknd drihk, j And hatamy bondage with a loathly hate, And hate myself as through the town I slink The pledge? No, no ! Too lat No pledge! I've tried it twice—a waste of Too late! There's no release for me but death, j feiert floetrg. THE BONDAGE OF DRINK. night-mare power, Yea, now, with my latest, dying breath, I'll curse death. too late. breath it'» bad enough to drink ; but not to drink Doth »uch a train of ghastly horror» wake | As in one hour would leave me dead, I think, Ah, keep away, ye fiends, for pity's sake I The very thought of them affect* my brain, My end shall be when they shall come again. Love ram ? I'd love to hold my head up high And breathe God's air a free and fearless man, Abd look with nodimmed eyes on earth and I *k/, With steady nerve to do and head to plan ; I'd love to «rapple trials as they come In manly fashion, brave and stronff. rum? Love If only I could come into some land Where no drinks are, God knows how wil lingly I'd fight those dreadful tormentspf the damned | That clntch the soul of him who would be free. Bnt marshal up those grizzly shapes of woe To fall again as twice before? No, no ! Ah, if I might have known how it would be In those old college days so wild and gay t When first I diank in youthful revelry I Hôw easy then to put the cap away ! A mother's hope and joy I was till then ; Now seewne trembling—ha 1 Those eyes again! Back, fiery eyes, to hell, where ye belong ! I I'll drink ye down—what, blood? Drink | blood ? Help ! Help ! They come, a hideous, devilish throng t Back', get ye back ! They'll tom me in the flood ! I Long, crooked hands are crawjing in my I be hair ! I« this th« «nd? Ha. ha I Too lata for prayer! Pay That little Bill. It was only * little bill of $9,34 that William Wbitbaék owed to Mr. Ford, He had the carpenter and builder, been owing it for some time, and bad I to not found it convenient to pay the bill ; I th* not that he coaid not have done so, bnt simply that it was a small amount and would not make— much difference w ith j anybody. Mr. Ford was building a house for a- Mr. Miller ; and a certain Mra. McQuade, hereinafter mentioned, bad agreed to purchase the aaid bouse I itio and lot (when completed,) to-payacer-1 tain amount down, and the balance in inatal! meets. Now, it happened that Mr. Ford needed a little more paint | with which to complete the painting of the house, and as he had overdrawn his account with Mr. Miller, be went to a I dealer in paint* and oils, and said he lacked a little paint with which to com- | plete the painting of a house be wa» building, and when paid for bis work I on that bn would pay for it and also | settle the bill the paint and oil house had against him. Mr. Payson, the proprietor of the I paint and oil boose did not happen to feel very well that morning, and his book.keeper had told him that there were a good many accounts standing ont that should be settled forthwith They both went to work and made out a list of customers whose accounts had been running a good while, and when it was completed gave orders to the was salesmen to sell no more goods on credit with to those parties until the old bills were the settled. Mr. Ford's bill happened to ing, be one .of ^hçse selected-for imifadiate and unconditional collection ; not ne- 1 eessarily beer use of any fear that Mr ye'll Ford was not "good," but from the and fact that the firm actually needed the money to pay maturing bills and notes yore at the wholesale bouses where they till bought their paints and oils. So, when | Mr. Ford said wasted ifte estera pajnt to day, finish the paîtüingTif "Mrs.'MT-Quade'» and house, the salesman, in a manner not not as polite as it should have been, told him that the firm would like a little the money on old accounts before making any new one«. Mr. Ford was surprised at this new turn of affairs, and demand ed, with the tones of an injured man, what it aff iq»pt.'-.,The salesman an-1 the swered that these were the orders from the proprietor. Some high words pass- Mrs. ed, on Mr. Ford's part, to tbe effect that if tbs firm |>*d got so hard up that reue they could not trust him with a little paint be would go where be could get of it. Tbe result was that he did not get not the paiot. At the same time, in his move ibe*rt. he cursed Whitback, who had and -not paid "that little bill" of $9,34. | the which bfe let .him out band- to gomcly, 'and'tii He went to a rival establ shment bad bia credit would not bave been distnrb ed. and said all sorts; of mean things shout press Payson, that be would not trade with Mrs. -so mean s matt ; that he meant to give bis custom ; where he would be well I tered treated,-ete., and closed by saying that piece he would like to purchase a small quan-j found, from ifity of paint on short credit. The rival establishment answered * chain —'4 1 W , 'S V . * I ! / —' a or the all that they woaM be happy to sell Mr. Forff the paint, but as to the credit, they could not think of it, because plainly, Mr. Ford had not patronised them, and bad no claim for accommo dations, so far as credit was concerned Chagrined at this rebuff. Mr. Ford got his temper up to a white heat, and said the finishing of Mrs. McQuade'» place might go to-, an exceedingly w#rm p] >ce w |,ich people generally have no desire to vist. So the painting wa* not g n j„ be ,j by the time agreed upon. .... upon for completing the sale to her. By the time Ford had got over his 8n g er an( ] g 0 t the bou«e painted, one of Mrs. McQuade's little boys was taken and Mrs. McQuade prevented fiom moving into the bouse at the time fixed nick—-no sick that the doctor Was Ca|l ed. He felt the little fellow's pulse, looked at bis tongue, and, shaking hi» bead, said : "He is a very sick child." "Faith, and I knew that before," said Mrs. McQuade. "The little fel low, has been terribly tick for three days. "Has he been vomiting ?" "What?" asked Mrs. McQuads. "Vomiting—throwing np." "O, it's puking ye mane—well, he'i poked and puked the full of a tay pot, I should think." paid the doctor "More or less retching, I suppose, "O, yes, he was very wretched in tirely ; the poor boy didn't sleep three winks the whole night long." Then the doctor passed his hand over the boy's bowels and said they were tympanitic. ' "Is that a very bad disease?" asked Mrs. MrQuade, in evident alarm. the (I of "It is only a condition of the disease my good madam," said the doctor feelingly, "O, well, if it's only a condition, 1 suppose it's all right," said Mra. Mc Quade, much relieved. "tie has a gainful tenesmus, has he not ?" said the doctor. Mrs. McQuade had got tired of being 4cornered,and supposing, of be something iu relation to Michael's disease, answered : and » , i t to hat »aid, nice my but goes the fool "O. yes, • good many of them ; but thin, I think he's puked 'em all up," "Well, my good madam, we will try do something for your boy," aai<t th* doctor, as be put some powders iu little square papers. "If his bowels continue tympanitic,' said tho doctor, "gi ve him_powdei marked No. I, once in three hoars." "Yes, sir." If yon should discover an encephal itio condition of the head, give him this marked No. 2, once in two hoars." "Yes, sir. »> "It is possible that he may have per itonetis ; in that case, send for me at lap the jes once. "And what is that last disease yon mentioned?" asked Mrs. McQnade. "That is inflamation of the peritone am," answered the doctor, them thiogs in bis whole body," said Mrs. McQuade. "O, well, if everybody has it, I sup pose it's all right." Mrs. MoQuade promised to give the medicine as directed, aud the doctor *snt away. Soon Michael began to cry with pain. "Indeed, Michael," said Mrs. Mc Quade, "that's the purtyonem that i» ailin' ye itfta, And thé doctor aaid ye was to take this," and little Michael, with childlike trust in hit mother, took the dose. So far from the pain ceat ing, it only continued all the harder, -"Sore, an' that mast be the ether thing now that's goin' to yer head ; and ye'll take this wanst in th ree hoars," and Mrs. McQuade gave him the other powder. "Now, ye mind, Michael, yore to take these wanst in-,three hoars till you get well." When the doctor'returned the "I don't think Michael has one o' "Every body has a peritoneum, said the doctor. next day, Michael was a great deal worse, and the doctor said tbe medicine had not operated as he expected, and that Miclntel would probably bave a run of the typhoid fever, "And can't I move till he gets well?" asked Mrs. McQuade. "By no means, madam," said the doctor. "It would be sure death to the child." "Well, thin, I won't move,' Mrs. McQuade. I wouldn't hurt dear Michael fvt fifty .such ':bw reue old Ford has built for So Mrs McQuade went to the of tbe bouse, the painting of which had not been completed in time for . her to move before her child was taken sick, and told him that she could not make said • a* 'JI*<H »» me. owner the first payment, that the money had to go for the sick child, and of course _____ _ __ _ The owner was a Mr. Miller, who bad hired Ford to build, with the ex press intention of selling the house to Mrs. McQnade, as before mentioned The house standing empty was en tered by burglars, who carried off every piece of loose property that could be found, even taking the inside doors from the hinges, and to oomplete the or was chain of misfortunes, it took fire —' ■ set on fire and burned to the ground. Mr. Ford, who built the house, lost a good part of hi» pay because the own er, who was just beginning in estate business, depended largely the payments that were coming from the sale of the bouse. 1 Now, tracing back the affair, it does seem that if Wbitback had paid that little bill of $9,34, a very different state of affairs would have been pre sented. Ford could have paid some thing on account of Pay son, and got <he paint and put it on in time for Mrs McQuade to have moved before the sickness of her boy ; and that, in all likelihood, would have been prevented, for his fever was caused, as the doctor said, by the malarious locality in which she lived, and from which she was in tending to move as soon as the new house was completed. It is not at all likely that if she had been living in the house, it would have been either robbed or burned. She would doubtless have been able to make her payments, or at least, being in the house the owner would have felt secure, and would have waited her convenience. Ford would have got his pay, for he had a lien on the house. So, it seems, from any reasonable point of view, that if Whit back had paid that little bill of $9,34 all these calamities would have been prevented. a i the real on That Mischievous Young Brother The moral to the following, told by the sufferer, is too apparent to men tion. Young ladies will hereafter run their brothèrs oat when gentlemen call. I'lb certain I wished somebody would *pank the yonng rascal. We talked of hills, mountains, valleys and cataracts. (I believe I said waterfalls.) when the brother spoke up.and said ; "Why sister's got a trunk full of 'hem up stairs ; pa says they are made of horse-hair." The revelation struck terror into me and blushes into the cheeks of my fair companion. be It be gan to ve ry ap parent to me hat I must be very guarded in what I »aid, lest the boy might slip in his re marks at nnealled-for places ; in fact 1 turned my conversation to him, he ought to go home with me and see what nice chickens we had in the country Unlackily, I mentioned a yokeof calve» my brother owned. The little one looked up and said : "Sister'« got » dozen pair of them, but the don't wear 'em only when sb*T goes np town on windy days." "L -ave the roo.m, you an mannerly wretçh !" cried Emily ; "leave quick !" "I know what you want me to leave the room for," he replied; "you can't fool me. You want to set on that nun's lap and kiss him like yon did Bill Jones the other day ; yon can't fool me ; I jes tell you, giro me some candy like he did, and I'll go. You think because you've got the Grecian bend, you're smart. Guess I know a thing or two. I'm mad at you, anyhow, becanse papa would bave bought me a top yesterday, if it hadn't been for getting them curls, dog yer.! You needn't turn so red in the face, 'cause I see the paint. There ain't no nae winking with that glass eye of yourn, for I'm going out 'o here now, that's what's the matter with the purps. I don't care if you art twenty eight years old, yon ain't no boss 'o me." , The less men think, the more they ig Costly Horses. —Tbe following are the prices currently reported to have been paid for the noted American horses named—Kentucky, $40,000 ; Norfolk, $15,000; Lexington, $15. 000 ;. Kingfisher, $15,000 ; Glenelg. $10,000; Smuggler, $15,000 ; Black wood, $30,000 ; Jay Gould, $30.00U; Dexter, $43,000} Lady Thorue, $30, 000 ; Jim Irving, $30,000 ; goldsmith Startle, $20,000; Prospero, $20,000 ; Rosalia, $20.000; Lula, $20,000; Happy Medium, $26, 000 ; Clara G , $30,000 ; Pocahontas. $35,000 ; Edward Everett, $20,000 : Auburn Horse, $13,000 ; Judge Ful lerton, $20.000; Mambrino Bertie, $10,000 ; Socrates, $20,000 ; George Palmer, $15,000; Mambrino Pilot, $12,000; Flora Temple sold, when aged, for $8,000, for brood Maid, $20.000; mare ; 25.000 was offered and refused for Tom Bowling last summer ; $30,000 was offered and refused for Bassett in his three-year-old form ; $25,000 will not to-day buy Baywood or Asteroid ; $40,000 was offered and refused for Woodford Mambrino, and $30,000 for Thorndale. An Iowa lady ha« presented her hus band with three boys and a girl at one birth. He dosen't seem to enjoy the proud eminence he occupies, and look* like a man who would just as lief "step down and out," if he knew where to |SQ tQ The Philadelphia Star thinks that genuine love is played out. Humph ! The old sinner ought to travel through Michigan and see the sparkle of the eyes as two lovers hold the same pep permint loxenger between their teeth. talk. À Trip np the Hudson. Ann Arbor, Mich., Sept 26 Mr. Editor : , As the "Wolverine" mongers of th. lesser sex are yet lying silent await ing the time to make a sudden "«tarn pede" in exclamation of their right* ;(?) as the fire of the suffrage campaçn i» yet but kindled ; for the want of a more voluminous and extensive subject to talk about,-1 purpose writing a short, though faint description of a hundred and sixty mile ride up the Hudson, that river upon whose bosom the cradle of steam navigation was first rocked To some of your readers it may be a monotonous review ; but to many, espe cially those familiar with Knicker bocker's New York, it may be read with some interest. There are bnt few who have never read, heard of or ob served the beautiful scenery which the Hudson presents. Nature seems not to have been partial iq the distribution o( her attractions : America is full of them. The celebrated mammoth cave, with its natural, obstruse and intricate windings, is looked upon with an amaz ing incomprehensiveness, Gough's sub lime descriptions of the beautiful as pects of the Rocky mountains renders a sensative possibility of their reality The stupendous Falls of Niagara, with their imposing splendor, excite an ob i-erver's imagination. But 1 doubt whether there is any other spot in th. world that presents so great a variety, associated with so many magnificent views as the noted Hudson. Surely no other river. The Danube has in part glimpses of such grandeur. The Elbe sometimes has such delicately penciled effects. But no Europeau river is so lordly iu its bearing, none flows in such state to the sea. It is not i he romance alone that gains for the Hudson its universal reputation. While some point engulfs our human thought, we are remiuded of some poetic or his toric fact connected with it ; or some legendary tale, which can properly be railed the foliage of history. It is full of historic intere st Weeh awken is th e »ceue of the duel between Hamilton and Burr. North, of Haverstown, we see the spot where Arnold and Andre met. äuuuyside —Irving's residence, is seeu in the distance; an eld antique looking building, surrounded by dense foliage accompanied by a large ^flag pole was shown us as Washington's Head Quar ters. Near the river, just below As pinwall is the place where Jobuny Dean met "his own Mary Ann." The site where Captain Kidd's ship was thought to bave been scuttled is poiuted out. The dreamland of Rip Van Win kle is another point of interest. It was on a Thursday morn when the steamer Vibbard began gently to recede from her wharf. Already the sun had riseu half a quadrant above the horizon and bis blithesome rays could only be seen playing upon the still waters as he oc casionally emerged from behind the purple and misty clouds which hung heavily ever us all day. This, how ever, but slightly obscured our view ; and it was not long before New York, Jersey City and Hoboken were left iu the distance, and our attention is now a of at 40 It the all kill As the still will pose tion in not of drawn to the scenery of the Hudson. For convenience and renietuberance, it behooves us to divide the river into five distinct characteristics. First, the Pal isades particularly noted for their gran deur and stateliness, present an un broken chain of rock for many miles, from Fort Lee to the hills of Rockland county. Their peaks vary from teo hundred and fifty to six hundred feet high. Interwoven as it were, among those massive rocks, stood the narrow ledge of rock where Hamilton fell in a duel with Aaron Burr. Tbis*spot has now made way for the West Side R. R. Yonkers, a beautiful little town well remembered as the place where Hen drick Hudson anchored one September evening 16U9, and the spot too, where he and his mate Juet made their périment. Here an old building pointed out erected in 1682, as once inhabited by Washington, miles farther brings us in view of the highest point of the palisades "Indian Head" so called, and said Jo be the site where Garibaldi spent many of his lei sure hours in conversing with his Dal ian friends. The palisades now taking a northwestern course we begiu to lose light of them and Tappan Zee, our second division, surrounded by the sloping hills of Nyack, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow arrest oar attention Narrative tells us that Tappan Z»e was once supposed to be haunted by the old storm ship which after its departure one evening up the Hudson never returned. Also by the "flying Dutchman" who ia always rowing but never sueeeeds in making a port, jnat beyond while we are gazing upon the many beautiful villa« a lmost enveloped in the thick foliage, ns they stand on the inclined banks. We have a good perspective of Sunnyside, "the great classical and poetic spot of our country, the Jiouse of Washington Irving, who laid the cor ner stone of our American Literature." Tarrytown is situated on the east side. TM* place and vicinity as is well known ig tbe ver y debatable spot of the revo lution, just here originated the two ex was A few was out the aud plied ning great orders of border chivalry, the skimmers and the cow boys. Nyack a thriving village ; Piermont, Rockland Lake, Croton river. Tellers Point and Haverstraw Bay were all places of in terest seen on our trip. It was quite amusing at times, when there was any who seemed to be familiar with the surroundings, and was overheard to make explanation to some others, to see hod everyone would rush toward that part of the boat to hear him. Their rushing reminded me a great deal of a large poultry yard at feeding time. Everybody seemed carried away with excitement. At this time man and woman had an equal curiosity Stranger or no stranger, the enlightened party would have to rehearse and re-rehea se the same story, followed by the an swering of many reduplicated questions. [ said but little, but ' one ■'I would out-stare the sternest eyes that look. r And now as the boat keeps continually floating through the smooth and dimp ling stream and the cool breezes con stantly arise from the noiseless tide, •inward—onward gliding, passing first Stony Point and then the Peekskill, the latter known as the spot where Nathan Palmer, the spy, was hung The Highlands another division is ap proached, here for miles the Hudson it said to play "hide and seek with hill* rock ribbed and ancient aS the snn" Scenery and history are colleagues among the Highlands. Anthony's Nose is a prominent feature, having a height of 1500 feet, near which remains a hole in a rock where the end of a chain was thrown across the river to barricade the British ships in tints of the revolution. In this vicinity, stands West Point perched many feet above the river but obscured from view, as it seems to be situated on the opposite side of one of the peaks. To this piTTut will be added interest when we remem a her it was in Benedict Arnold's coui maud at the time of hia treachery au familiar to^very school boy. Nut fur ahead, we have a view of sloping New burgh ; an old locking city hut cer laiuly an active one. There was one feature of the city that particularly struck our notiee, viz ; the narrowness of the streets. All the street's running at right angles to the rivef (which were the only one's we could see.) 1 doubt whether they would measure more than 8 feet from carve to curve. Just to the left of this city is an old bouse, known as Washington's Head ly in We were informed that there were many relicts of the revolution in this building. It is not long now ere we reach the picturesque scenery of the hillsides extending so far beyond us. Now we see the "queen city of the Hudson—Poughkeepsie" said to have 40 different ways of spelliug its name. It has a population of about 25,000 in habitants and noted particularly for its intelligence and refitted society. Far ther to the northwest, gazing down upon us in significance as it were, is the lofty and imposing Cattkill. Of all the scenery of the Hudson the Cats kill have the utest wonderful effect upou an imaginary mind. At once, 1 was reminded of that verse which reads "And soon the Catskill point tha distant sky, And o'er their the faint clouds And o'er their airy tops the faint clouds driven, So softly blending that the cheated eye Now questions which is earth or which is heaven." As we slowly floated along sitting upon the deck watching them, it now raining very hard, we could imagine that the black clouds which at this time cnvel to be fairly opened and bursted asunder by their lofty peaks. The damp and hazy atmosphere obscured something of their beauty ; but there still remained those objects which de light an esthetic faculty. At one time tbey would seem to approach ; at an other to recede. For a while they would appear as a vast and variegated »eene in unbrokeu stillness, and thus continue uutil like other objects of in terest they were left in the distance Look when you wi»b and where you will; on one or both sides of the river, from one terminus to the o^er you will always have before you either grandeur, sublimity, picturesque, re pose or beauty. Like the mountains of .Greece, they will call forth the admira tion of any modern traveler. Suffice in conclusion tb-t there is a peculiar charm about the whole scenery that no dialect can express. Nature seems to challenge the power of language. Aud while acknowledging a hundred other interesting places unmentioned I can not refrain from adding that "need never an American look beyond his own country for the sublime aud beautiful of natural scenery. Yours respectfully, P. An Irishman having accidentally broken a glass in the window of a house was making the best of his way to get out of sight, but, unfortunately for Pat, the proprietor stole a march on him. aud having seized him by the collar, exclaimed : "Did'nt yon break that "To be sure I did," re plied Pat, "and did'nt you see me run ning home after the money to pay for it." window ?' Prayer Before Battle. a to a se Whether it is true or not that the Welsh are a quarrelsome people, we cannot undertake to say ; the following laughable anecdote, however, would seem in some measure to countenance the conclusion (and Shakespeare, we believe, almost invariably represents his Welsh characters as touchy to a de gree) that there is a modicum of truth In the charge. But to the story. A Scotch peddler, without the remotest intention on his part of getting into a quarrel or fight with any man, had put up (with bis pack) for the night, at a country ale-house bordering on Wales, where, as the fates would have it, be found a motley assemblage in the kitch en of the inn, of not the most desirable individuals; and, among the rest, a Welshman, whose aim, from the very first . U. eo«»«I t* kv t. got-hir»~tn>t4-" water with poor Sawney. The latter. sagaciously appreciating the true char acter of his tormentor, and determined r Id past times (and not very long-past) when the "stocks," as a mode of pun ishment, was wont to be administered in "Merry England"—a punishment, by the way, the ignominy of wbicITwas in a great measure nullified by its Iu dicrous character—a breach of the Sab bath, during the hours of divine ser vice, was deemed canse, and cause suf Soient, f or the summary inflictio n J)L said punishment. An Irishman, one fine Sunday forenoon, while Banntering among the green fields and babbling brooks in the vicinity of a country church, was seized upon by the "look outs" before he was aware, and instant to get rid of him in the quietest woy possible, told him that he "did not want to fight." This only excited to a »till higher pitch the bracado of the Welshman, and he told the Sootchmau that be would "make him fight." "Well," says Sawney, "if I must fight, let me say my prayers before I figut,'' which the Welshman conceding, the Scotchman fell upon bis knees, implor ing his Maker to pardon him for "the tica men he had already killed, and for the one that was aboot to die : Scotchman slowly rose from his knees, but not before the Welshman had made a precipitate retreat from the room. The Fat iu the Stocks. ly hauled to the instrument of corree tin, which stood by the road-side, not far distant. His nether limbs were ac commoda t ed to the machine, and he was, like Sir John Moore, "left alone in his glory." It so happened that a friend and countryman of poor Pal presently "came that way," and at tempted, like the good Samaritan ef old, to administer comfort and consola tion. He inquired what it was that Pat had been doing to get himself into such a scrape. The latter instantly replied, '.'An', by the powers ? I've done nothing ait all at all, and they built my legs into tbia wooden wall.'" "But they cannot put you in for doing nothing at all," indignantly replied his friend. "Be the powers but i am in," rejoined poor Pat, leaving a faint con viction upon the mind of his sympa thizer and countryman that Pat was correct in bis conclusion. Anecdote of a Cardinal. To relate an anecdote without being able to give the name of the subject of it—more especially when that name is to be found among tbe most illustrious on record—seems to savor of absurdity in no ordinary degree. The person age, however, to whom we refer, was a French Cardinal, and one, we believe, equally reverenced both as a good man and a priest. On a certain occasion (it was during a spell of uncommonly warm weather.) "His Eminence," quite early in the morning, and in the light est costume imaginable, sought a room adjacent to his bed-room, from the open window of which he fondly imagined he could entice the breeze. For such purpose be was leaning out of the win dow, in a position the most comforta ble and easy, when a male domestic of the establishment chanced to enter the apartment, and, mistaking the Cardinal for a fellow-servant, gleefully wet both his bonds, and stealthily approaching "His Eminence,'' gave the latter so tremendous a slap, on a part that shall he nameless, that this illustrious aud most amiable son of the Church at once jumped to his feet, assiduously rubbing the part, when he encountered before him, on his kness, the domestic afore said, tremblingly exclaiming, "Please, your Eminence , I thought it teas George." The Cardinal, still engaged in the soothing operation, remarked, " Well, if it had been George, you need not have struck so hard " A boy let fall a jug containing fifty cents worth of molasses, which he was carrying along the avenue, and his wail of despair, as he saw the stuff stream ing over the flagstones, secured him thirteen shillings from the benevolent pedestrians. Fifty cents for molasses, two shillings for a jug, and seven shil lings for the circus, is the way the boy figured as he started for a crockery store. Agricultural. Labor : An Ode. BT O. W. B. Toil swings the axe, and forests bow ; The seeds break ont in radiant bloom, Rich harvests smile behind the plow, And cities cluster round the loom. Where towering domes and tapering spires Adorn the vale and crown the bill, Stout Labor lights its beacon fires, And plumes with smoke the forge and mill. The monarch oak, the woodland's pride, Whose trunk is seamed with lightning scars, Toil launches on the restless tide, And there unrolls the fiag of stars ; The engine wi*h its lungs of flame, And ribs of brass and joints of sled, From Labor's plastic fingers came, With sobbing valve and whirling wheel. < " Tis L*&>ot-Works the magic press, A^eS »ÜÄwnto*bÄ industrious hands on sea and soil, Here sun-browned soil, with shining spade, Links lake to lake with silver ties, Strung thick with palaces of trade, And temples towering to the skies. packed as closely as possible about the roots. No matter, however, how well this may bej done, there is always some space left. There is generally some water in'the soil at tree planting time, and as the dry: weathe r com es on and this water evaporate«, the soil ainka and separates from the roots. Now, Seasonable Hints on Tree Planting. When trees are growing naturally in the earth, the little fibres pash their way through the solid ground, and of course, are in this way in close contact therewith. They then drawn in mois ture easily. When trees are trans planted it is almost impossible to pack the earth so closely as it was before. A large number of little roots do not touch the soil, and then they are unable to be of any service in supplying food to the plant.* Iu fact, the plant might as well not bave these roots. A plant thus imperfectly planted, is in'tbe con dition practically of a-plant with half its roots cut awayr* Thu good planter, therefore,_takes care to have the earth the remedy for this is a good pounding down about a newly planted tree, as the weather becomes dry. Last season, in the height of the dry spell which occurred late in the Spring, the writer was passing through one of our leading nurseries where a large q uant i ty o f box edging had been set out. The proprietor was afraid it would all be killed by the drought. Most would have set to and watered it, but he bad a couple of men with rammers, who were going aloDg the rows ram ming the earth against the plants, much as a pavior rams the stones in the streets. Meeting him in the Fall, iu quiry was made of his success, and though the season was terrible on Spring planted hox edging and other small things, he reported all in excel lent condition. There is no doubt that a good pounding and ramming of the loose earth under a newly planted tree, when the weather becomes hot and dry, is much better than any amount'of watering. Of oonrse this must only be done when the ground is very dry If done when wet, it will only shrink again as it dries. again as it dries. of is Potato Keeping —As potatoes rip en they should be dug. Tender early soils such as Early Rose, are often damaged greatly by wire worms or white grubs. We never made any thing, but often lost, by storing pota a toes instead of selling them. 75c. a bushel is worth more bo*v than a dollar in Spring. A good way to dig pota toes in drills, is to plow a furrow close to the row g >ing np, then do the same down the next row ; then plow beneath the first row, turning it upon the first furrow, and so on through the field. The potatoes are all exposed, and can be raked out with the hoe or harrow. To sort them in tbe field is a saving of time and labor. Gather np the tops with the horse-rake, and catt them to the barnyard. Thin Seeding. —The experience of an old farmer as to thin seeding of wheat is given in The Agricultural Gazette. In 1806, one peck of wheat was "dibbled"—planted by single seeds in holes made with a round stick or dibble"—upon one acre : the produce was 204 pecks For the neat 14 years the seeding was from half a peck to two pecks of seed per acre, and the average crop was 44 bushels per acre, one year yielding 50 busheis and another 56 bushels. Since then and up to the pre sent time the seeding has been 12 quarts of wheat and one bushel of oats or barley per acre. The result is that the seed sowa each year sinoo 1806 has given five times more proportionate pro duce than any crop sown by other far mera with tbe usnal seeding. Happy the farmer wbo knows the value of even a small flock of sheep on the farm as a means of keeping down the growth of bushes and weeds in his pasture. Happy tbe fainter who knows that sheep in an orchard are far better and more profitable than pigs. Varieties Salt Lake City baa steam street ears. New Mexico exhibits ten silver and two gold bricks at the St. Lonis fair. The California wheat erop is estimat ed at 16,110,000 centals, of which 12, 000,000 will be exported. The signal lights on the top of the calabooses of the Pennsylvania Railroad are beiog changed from red to green. Briar wood which comes from points on the Potomao, York, James and Rappahanneok rivers, is worth $26 per ton. Dr. Matthias Kenny, who served in the British artillery during the Penin sula war and at Waterloo, died oently, iu Dublin. It is said that the most dilapidated things to be seen in Chicago are the omnibuses. These venerable relies date tH* Æy » A marriage was 'r ec e ntly celeftWWl in Paris between a dwarf and a giantess, the former forty inches high, and the latter six feet. It is said that the number of volumes of American law reports now exceed 2000, and that they are increasing at the rate of 100 per year. An actress in California, a Miss Kin lio, lately married a professional named Wood, and her stage name is now hy phenated into Mme. Kiulin-Wood. Notwithstanding the great crowd of visitors and the high prices at Saratoga this summer, the great hotels lost money. - Railroad employes in Nevada, from the conductor to the fireman, carry fire arms, for the purpose of putting gamb lers and other thieves off the trains. An ingenious Frenchman in the Bal timore jail has invented an improve ment for sewing the heels on shoes, for which he has been offered $5000. A Western journal announced that "a baby was born last week with one leg in Chicago." The New York Com mercial Advertiser is curions to know where the other leg was. As she rolled up her sleeves and—• looked) hard at a big busket of tomatoes, she remarked: "There's get up, pay np, bang np, go np, step up and climb up, but here goes for catsup. "What is a fort?" asked a teacher "A place to put men in," was the an swer. "What is a fortress, then ?"— The answer was prompt, "A place to put women. At the election trial In London, Can-— 1 ada, a Dr. Haggerty testified that he ' had paid about $125 to wives, in sums ranging from $5 to $25, to influence the votes of their husbands. re 1:1' ) >> In Germany, when the vote of the jury stands six against six, the prisoner is acquitted. A vote of seven against five leaves the decision to tha. court, and in a vote of eight against four the prisoner is convicted. A Boys' and Girla' Aid Society ex ists in San Francisco. It has large rooms, and provides a library, reading room, gymuaxium, and other national amusemeut for boys and girls. Chicago's latest sensation is a sait against C. B. Farwell, a member of Congress from that city, to recover 80 acres of land, which, it ia alleged, were obtained by Farwell in settlement of a gambling debt. Fashionable women in Paris now wear attached to a belt around their waists an alms bag, a fan, a card case, a pocket-book, an umbrella, a turnip watch, a pin-cushion, some ivory tablets, and a little mirror. The London Post learns that tbe pension grunted to the father of Don Carlos by the Emperor Nicholas of Russia was stopped by the Emperor Alexander directly the present Don Curios entered Spain as a pretender. The first American "tramway," as they call the street railways in Paris, ha» just gone into operation there. It ruus from tho place de'l Etoile to Surcsucs, and the cars have been well patronized ever since it was opened. A strange fish, about the size and shape of the herriog, is being caught in large quantities in tbe Potomao river, near Washington. Tbe Star, of that city, wants them investigated, to deter mine what species they belong to. A Texas paper contains an obituary notioe of a Confederate war horse, which served throughout tbe whole ooDfliot. At the end of the war he was the only survivor of sixty equine com rades who were mastered into the same troop. "Do you know your good pastor's chief end and aim ?" asked a New York Sunday school teacher of her favorite pupil. "Yes," replied tbe sagacious child, "tq get his sermons P r ' nte< ^ ' n the papers, Among other good th ings it is posai- - ble to have too much of, is filial devo tiou The son of an editor in Pennsyl vania has been recently convicted of arson, being prompted to commit the erime by a desire to make interesting local news for his father's paper. Ha had nat counted on the additional item oontainipg tbe news of his own convic tion.