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ABBEVILLE PRESS & BANNER.
JJV iiUGU WILSON. ABBEVILLE. S. C., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1877. VOLUME XXIV.-nB. 35.
AU day long she lield my question
In her heart:
Shunned my eyes that craved an answer.
Touched my hand in good-night greeting,
Should I leave to-morrow??early V
Beat her head in farewell courteous,
While a cold hand gripped mv heartstrings.
Held them fast.
Still I waited, still I listened ;
All my soul
Trembled in the eyes that watched her
As she st"le
Up the stairs with measured footsteps.
But she turned
Where a lamp in brazen bracket
Showed me all the glinting ripples
Of her hair.
Veiled her eyes in violet shadows?
f'nrvi /1 lii.r nmutli 111 woft Pillilf
As she bout
Towr.nl me from the dusky railing,'
Where she leant.
All. my love ! * * * One white hand wanders
To her hair,
Slo.vlv lifts the rose that nestles
Softly there :
Breathes she to its luart my answer
An-.! love's ::iess!??'e mutely flutters
To my feet.
Flexions to the breaking out of the
Mexican Avar in 3845, I was making a
tour of observation through the western
portion of Texas, looking for an eligible
location on which to commence my career
as a stock raiser. The summer seafiouiiad
passed away, ami October with
its hazy beauties lingered upon the
prairies, the^ow trees and tender mesquite
fo'iige, with a softness and grace
that gave a charm to all that the eye
chanced to rest upon.
One afternoon, when the sun was lowering
it.-elf -m the west, leaving in the
valleys shadows that the art of the painter
could hardly equal for softness and variety
<if -shiides, I passed through historic
Gotia'd, a small village on the limpid
S.tu Ant;?nio, and spurred my horse
on toward the old Spanish mission,
which reared itself as some antique
structure, a link between the living
present and the deadpnst. As I rode up
the hill leading from the river, at that
time of the year fordable, the mission attracted
my full attention. It was almost
square, built of rough stone, and
commanded a view of the whole country.
*The walls were thick, windows
few, narrow and barred with roils of
iron; and from the sides and ends, in
tiers, were portholes, from which, in
former davs. the muzzles of guns peered
forth at hostile men.
It w:>3 lit this spot?around this mission?where
Fanuin and his gallant soldiers
were slaughtered by the treacherous
Mexicans. The river, the waters of
which look milky in their purity, that
day were tinged with eddying pools,
leaving the incarnation which distingnishes
tlie corolla from the rose. Dismounting
from my horse, my mind took
in at a glance all that occurred on the
day of the massacre, and a multitude of
emotions thronged my 1 ?r< nst. What a
change had taken place since that eventful
period. Instead ni anned men,
bearing lance, sword ami carbine, chil?
dren played around the low, broad door,
and up from the river was wending its
way in the shadows of the hill and straggling
sunlight, a train of empty Mexican
ox carts?titty or more?two wheeled
vehicles, and the small animals yoked
with wooden bars from one to the other,
on the fore part of their sturdy head-s.
The drivers, vaqueros, were costumed in
leather breeches anil jackets, and wore
upon their hgids the inevitable sombrero.
A? thewMexicaus goaded their
animals with Ion? poles, in which rested
long, sharp pieces of iron, up the acclivity,
and on across the prairies, hiy
eyes commenced to take in objects that :
The mission had been transformed into
a caravansary, and around its door plave 1
nummeraoie .uexican cnuuren, ana uogs
of the linlf wolf s;>o -ies s.pi itted in luzv
attitudes in patches of sunshine that lay
around. Groups of Mexican men and
women lounged about, talking in their
low, musical Spanish patois, smoking
jpurarettes and blowing the light clouds
of vapor above their heads in fantastic
shapes and soiral columns.
A short distance to the right of this
group, on a square stone that projected
from the mission, forming the center of
a cross, stood a young girl looking abstractedly
toward Goliad, the white stone
houses of which peeped through the
trees, and the quaint towers reflected the
soft light as it came from the west. She
wits apparently thirteen years of age,
dressed in black, and about her shoulders
was the usu.d Mexican mantle, which
dropped down, and lay in careless rolls,
resembling drapery around a statue. A
foot, small and delicate, arched exquisitely,
aud covered with the Mexican gaiter,
protruded from under the folds of her
dress, as it was disturbed by the winds
of the evening that crept in gusts hp the
valley. Her hair fell over her shoulders
in aubnrn ringlets, and as the wind softly
lifted them the waning sunlight shone
through their golden folds with an ineffable
Who could she be ? I h id not vet seen
her face, Walking slowly to where she
stood, I looked for her to turn and eonfront
me ; but she did not. The profile
contour of the fae? wore a perfect shape,
but there Was a seemingly cold beauty
"Senoritn," I ventured to say, " this
is a charming evening "
She turned her face full upon me. I
was almost startled at the expression of
the eyes looking from a face'that was
beautiful t<> perfection. They were gr?y,
but unfeelingly cold.
" Yes," she answered, and her voice
rang with a metallic sound.
" Do you reside in this strange place?"
I again ventured.
" No more ; that. was nil the answer I
\ received. Now, I am not inquisitive,
ffet I was determined to learn more about
" Do you reside near the mission,
miss?" I asked, persuasively, bending
my head until my face almost touched
her golden ringlets.
She turned her body, with back to me,
holding her position firmly on the square
rock, and her figure tool a pose that a
sculptor would have admired, the folds
of her dress and gown orming drapery
no art could equal, ard shot her arm
straight out. ami the finger of her brown,
tapering hand pointed v.p to the western
slope to the top of a stone house that
just displayed itself from among the
deep growth of mesipiitc branches intervening.
No won! in reply escaped her.
She only relapsed into her old attitude
and looked toward the village.
Turning, a youthful Mexican was
standing near me. He beckoned me to
follow him. I obeyed reluctantly ; as
the youthful being who stood on the
broad stone cross was really beginning
to become of great interest to me.
"Senor." and the Mexican gracefully
look from his month u cigarette, " she
will not converse with you."
"Why?" 1 replied, in apparent surprise.
"She will converse with no strangers ;
nor will she tell her historyaid u
careless smile flitted across his brown
face. " One year ago to-ilny, just at daybreak,
the people in the plaza at Goliad
were startled by pistol shots, and a body
of men rode through the town, evidently
in pursuit of some oue. On running
from their houses this girl was found
wounued in the shoulder, but. she would
reveal nothing, nor would she permit
any one else to touch her except the
surgeon who dressed her rounds. It
was pronounced trivial. The surgeon, a
good man, took her to his house, but
siie remained sullen and reticent all that
day, and in the afternoon fled, and in the
evening was discovered standing where
she is now. lint nature could not bear
the strain, and at about this very hour,"
and he lookedut the declining sun, "she
fell with a moan, her wound broke out
afresh, and she was soon covered with
blood. The people in yonder house,
Americanos," and he pointed to the stone
house, "took her, and she has been
with them ever since. Her mind is not
impaired, and the people with whom she
resides say that she is gentle unless
aroused, and then she is like a tigress.
But her fierceness never displays itself
""I" +" otmmriiK! nr t/i tTiruift wllO NllP
thinks are doing a wrong."
"Strange, strange," I said, and mused
over what I lisul hoard. " Is there no
link by which she can he traced ?"
"None; it has been tried. The men
who rode through the town never returned,
and shortly after that occurrence
three men were found murdered on the
banks of the Nueces river. They were
buried That is the only clew, aud was
never followed, as no one cared."
As he ceased speaking, six armed men
rode up to the mission. Five dismounted;
the sixth, a tali, muscular, brown
haired, blue eyed man, was left upon
his horse, bound, his arms being tied
"Help him to dismount, Ruckcr,"
spoke the leader of the party. " ite
must be thirsty."
From the bound captive I casually
glanced at the girl. She had changed
her position, and was looking at the
prisoner, and her gray eyes apparently
dilated as she caught a gleam from those
of the tall, bound man, and I thought a
tear glistened in them. Their eyes
fully met, and something like a Hash <>t
recognition, as an electric spark, passed
between them, and again her face wore a
"Grey," spoke the leader, a low set,
(lurk featured man, " will you have
some water ?" as the captive dismounted.
"Yes, Haskell. Yoii know I have
drank but once to-day."
" When we reach San Patricio, where
you killed your victims one year ag<
yon will need no water."
"They pursued me one hundred mih-s
and fought me all the way. It was a fair
tight, and if 1 were only loose and armed
you would not follow me," and the
blue eyes turned to an almost harsh
"Curse you! you shall have 110 water,"
said Haskell, as he turned away.
With a bound as swift as a cat's leap,
the girl sprung upon him and wrenched
the gourd, full of sparkling water, from
his hand, and her metallic voice shrieked
" He shall have water !"
Haskell was startled, and a wild shout
of laughter broke from the throats of
his companions. The laugh was loud
and loner, and the irirl stood before a:.
one inspired with the ferocity of u tigress.
The prisoner rem;uned unmoved, his
arms still pinioned.
"Curse the little catamount!" muttered
Hiskell. "(iive it to him, and giw
plenty?enough to Inst him to Sun IVtricio.
We will hung him as soon as we
reach that place. He is Mushing Grey !"
" Mustang Grey ?" was re-echoed by
those gathered around, as he was known
as the most desperate man that ranged
from the Rio Grande to the Gaudaloupe.
I had heard of him as I passed through
Texas, and often heard of his during exploits
among Mexicans ; and in the town
of Victoria, where I had resided a month,
he had been a resident long before he
commenced his wild and lawless career.
Mustang Grey stepped upon the brosid
stone where the strange child stood
previously in her statuesque pose, sank
upon one knee, and bowed his head to
receive a cooling draught from the round
gourd in the hands of the brave girl.
She stooped forward, rnd her curls
fell down to his lips. I thought I
heard an audible whisper ; but, when ho
arose to hie feet, his face was calm and
hers wore the same look of passionless
"Now, my little viper, are you satisfied
? If you thoroughly knew the man
you would have given him poison instead
of water," growled Haskell, as he
took the gourd.
There was only a spasmodic twitch of
the girl's face, and a flush of her gray
eyes, and she was again in that impenetrable
repose from which she could
not easily be started.
The sun had entirely disappeared from
view mid tlio wrcp of tlip western skv
was enameled -with mellow tints, and in
the east shadows were gathering, making
somber and phantom-like shapes,
heralds of approaching night.
"Mount, Grey, wo* must to camp,"
said Haskell, as lie roughly assisted the
bound man into saddle. "Stranger,"
speaking to me, "will you camp with
us? The more the merrier."
I gave my assent, as I was glad of
their company, and rode along with the
Texans and their prisoner. One mile
from the old mission, on the route t<>
Mexico, we camped in a basin-like retreat,
in the center of which was a small
lake of clear water.
Dismounting, our horses were stripped
nf tlioir Ufti1ilK>u Yirwllnu nrul uoililln
blankets, watered and securely staked on
tlie margin of tin- lake, where the grass
was nutritious and plentiful ; then our
arrangements were made for an evening's
repast. That through with, we spread
our blankets ami prepared for repose.
Mustang Grey's arms and legs were
securely bound, he submitting without a
murmur, ilis blanket was spread and
his saddle arranged so as to give him a
rude resting place for his lie:id; then lie
was left to himself and his gloomy
.thoughts until morning should call his
captors to the saddle.
As we gathered around the camp fire
many were the stories told of the daring
and outrageous acts of Mustang Grey
and his numerous escapes from even under
the rope. Soon one by one fell
asleep, until the Texans were deep in repose,
and the camp fire had sunk into
white embers and served as a sentinel to
our quiet camp.
The events of the day had impressed
me strangely, and I pictured to myself
the kneeling figure of the strong, tall
desperado, and the lithe, graceful form
of the strange girl, as sin? gave him a
cooling draught to wet his parched lips
i and tongue.
The canopy of heaven was studded
with stars. Xo light from the moon
paled their liquid gloamings, and the
milky way, wherein clustered myriads of
these unseen celestial torches, belted the
torrid and frigid zones in its magical
Could the prisoner, this man of strange
deeds, be asleep? I looked toward him,
and as an pin her fell from us jiving pinnacle,
lighting up momentarily the face
of Grev, I saw that his eyes were not
closed. From that moment I banished
sleep, and my sympathies went with this
strange being, knowing that the Texans,
who were his captors, would execute him
without authority of law.
I was so close to him that by looking
at his reclining form intently for a short
space of time, I could almost see the outlines
of liis face.
The hour of midnight had passed, and
Ursa Major was below the verge of the
northern sky, when I saw something that
resembled a creeping form. Its movements
were slow, and soon it was almostat
the side of the prisoner. There was a
momentary pause; another ember fell,
and I recognized the prostrate form of
the girl of the stone mission. She crept
closer, when her head touched the face
of Grey, and there was a sound as if lips
touched in a fervent kiss. Then a knife
gleamed, and I heard the thongs that
bound the captive snap as the ligaments
He was as free as air. Another flash
from the almost dead embers, and I saw
two brawny arms twined round the neck
of the strange girl, whose head was
nestled in the desperado's bosom. Only
a moment, and he stood buckling a belt
containing pistol and knife around his
waist. He lifted his saddle and blankets
from the ground, and soon the tall out- .
law and the strange girl faded in the
darkness that enveloped the camp.
Morning, sober ami staai, camo on,
and one by one the Texans arose from
their blankets, and as they stretchcd
their drowsy limbs they mechanically
looked for Grey.
He had lied.
They swore loud and deep, and galloped
to the mission and aroused its
sleeping inmates; but they could give no
information in relation to the outlaw.
Next they visited the abode of the girl
of the mission. Her room was entered,
but it was found empty.
" We must give up the search," said
Haskell; "the little tigress turned him
loose. He is armed and will fight like a
demon; besides, he is many miles on his
way to the Nueces. This is bad work for
us." The latter sentence he muttered in
low tones, as if dreading the future.
The rangers left me at the mission, and
one month from the night of Mustang
Grey's escape I was again in Victoria on
the Gaudaloupe, where I learned that the
girl was the daughter of Grey} and thai
she inherited all the fierce traits of her
That eventful night she rode in the
gloom in the direction of the Rio Grande,
the route to which wild stream she knew *
as well as any frontier scout.
While the conflict waged between the
United States mid Mexico, Mustang Grey
proved himself of service, and at Humantia
lie received his death "wound and
died in Pueblo.
The history of his child is unknown,
as she faded from sight and memory of
men, as she sunk into the dnrkuess of
the night when she and her father tied
from the old mission.
A Disaster at Sea.
The following statement is mr.de hy
one of the survivors of the steamer Montgomery,
of the Havana line, snnK by the
Seminole, of the Huston and Savannah
line: The watches were set for the night
as usulil, and the watch below had turned i
in. Shortly after two bells had been '
struck I heard sounds of confusion on
deck, and cries as if an accident of some
kind had happened or was impending, j
My berth was in the forward house, and
as soon as I awoke I jumped from mv bunk
and pulled on my trousers. I was engaged
putting 011 my boots when the
crash came, and the steamer seemed to
stop, as if it lrid struck a rock. There ,
was a crashing of timber and a slight re- j
coil. I sprang out upon the deck, and j
ou looking through the mist discover*1! ;
that we hud been rau into by a baric rig- ;
ged steamer. All was confusion. Those j
who were below rushed on deck just as :
they left their bunks, terrified at the
thought that the steamer had struck
something and was about to go down,
while to their number were added several
men who had jumped from the vessel
they had run into. It was but a second,
so it seemed, we had a chance to see what
we had struck. When I first saw her she
was settling by the head, and, in another
moment she made a lunge forward and
sank beneath the waves, earning numbers
down with her. By their agonizing
cries it appeared to me that a large ship's
company were struggling for life, but
these voices were soon hushed. There
was quite a high se* running*at the time,
and the Seminole's boat forward on the
starboard side was with difficulty cleared
away, launched ami manned, and sent to
aid any that might be llo:it'.,ig on any
part of the wreck. But there was little
left to mark the spot where the ill fated
steamer had gone down. The boat returned
with but one man. Presently a
boat, be Ion ering to the other steamer
boarded the Seminole, and wit011 all hands
wore afterward mustered it was found
that only fifteen of the twenty-eight person.;
who had left New York for Havana
in tiie steamer Montgomery were alive. ,
Wlisit Increases Drunkenness !
The (Jiiarfcr/t/ .Journal of fnrftrhiy
says : It is a curious fact that grout financial
reverses and upheavals of society
are felt like waves, in the increase of patients
in all the larger inebriate asylums.
The Black Friday of Wail street,
the tire of Chicago, and tlie present financial
crisis, with its sudden revolutions,
have and are still developing thousands
of inebriates, all over the land.
The better class of these unfortunates
come to inebriate uKvIuins, others suflerin^
more severely appear in insane liosI
pitals, *1111(1 another class drop to the
I lowest level and soon disappear.
THE DANGER SIGNAL.
Trouble Anions: tlic Stnrs?Whnl .Hn.v Happen
to us Through Trouble with our own
Mr. Richard A. Proctor writes to the
London Echo as follows : Wo have I
within a short time had new evidence in '
the star depths of a danger to which our ;
own sun, and we along with it, would '
seem to be exposed. The news from the J
star depths concern us more nearly. It
tells ns of a snn, doubtless in general respects
like our own, which has met with '
ssme great catastrophe, whose cause we i
cannot at present determine, but whose ;
real nature is unmistakable. Our sun is
one among hundreds of millions, each of
which is probably, like it, the center of !
a scheme of circling worlds. Each sun !
is rushing along through space, with its 1
+ Ti>r>v1.1c on/ili lionrinrr nprVinim
fXUJAA Ul ??wwv?.^, jr~~ I"l
like our eartli, its living freight, or, more
probably, each, at some time or other of J
its existence, becoming habitable for a ;
longer or shorter period. Thus the sun I
may be compared to engines, each draw- :
ing along its well freighted train. Accidents
among these celestial engines seem
fortunately to be rare. A few among the
suns appear suddenly (that is in the
course of a few hundred years, which in j
celestial chrouometry nujount-s to a mere
instant) to have lost a large part of their I
energy, us though the supply of fuel had
somehow run short. Mishaps of this '
kind have not attracted much attention, |
though manifestly it would be a serious j
matter if our own sun were suddenly to !
lose three-fourths of his heat, as has
happened with the middle star of the :
Plow, or ninety-nine hundredths, as has :
happened with the once blazing, but now !
Scarcely visible, orb called Eta, in the
keel of the star ship Argo. Rut when ;
we hear of an accident of the contrary j
kind?a sun suddenly blazing out with
more than a hundred times its usual,
splendor; a celestial engine whose ener-!
gies have been overwrought, so that a |
sudden explosion has taken place, and j
the lires meant to wortt steaiiny ior me ;
train, have hlazeu forth to its destruction I
?we are impressed with the thought that j
this may possibly one day happen with
our own sun. The circumstances are ;
very curious, and though they do not i
show clearly whether we are or are not!
exposed to the same kind of danger
which had overtaken the worlds circling
around those remote suns, they are sulfi-.
Now, a point to which I would call es- j
pecial attention is, that all the elements'
of the catastrophe, if one may so speak, j
which has befallen the remote sun in the ;
Swan exist in our own sun. At times of ;
marked disturbance parts of our sun's !
surface show the lines of hydrogen'
bright instead of dark, which means that
the flames of hydrogen over those parts
of the sun are hotter than the glowing
surface of the sun there. We have all
heard, again, how Tachini and Secclii, in I
Italy, attributed some exceptionally hot
weather we had a few years ago to outbursts
of glowing magnesium. And, j
lastly, our sun is certainly well supplied j
with that element, whatever it is, which 1
gives the bright line of his corona during
eclipses; for we how know that the j
whole of the streaked and radiated corona
occupying a region twenty times j
greater than the globe of the sun (which i
itself exceeds our earth 1,250,000 times 1
in volume) belongs to the sun. Again,
though tho sun has shone steadily for
thousands of years, yet, so far as can he
judged, the stars which, like this one in
the Swan, have hurst out suddenly,
blossoming into Haines of hydrogen,
within which the star's heart core glows
with many hundred times its former heat,
have also been forages shining steadily
amid the star depths. We know that
the one which blazed ont ton years ago
in the Northern Crown was one of Argelander's
list, a star of the tenth magnitude,
and that, after glowing with eight
hundred times its former brightness for
a few days, it has resumed its feebler
luster. We have every reason which
analogy can furnish for believing .that the
new star, which was not in Argelander's
list, simply escaped record by him 011 account
of its faintuess. It is now fast
losing its suddenly acquired luster, and
is already invisible to the naked eye. It
' H. ? + Jo nntl'.ittrT
ilJJJJtHlls*, Uinunni;, liiiii uicm 10 uunui^
in tlic long continued steadfastnessof our
sun as a source of light to assure us
that he, too, may not suddenly blaze
forth with many hundred times his usual
lustre (the conflagration beingoriginated,
perchance, by some comet unfortunately
traveling too directly toward him).
Though he would probably cool down to
his present condition again in the course
of a few weeks, no terrestrial observers
would be alive, at any rate, to note the
fact, though the whole series of events
might afford subject of interesting speculation
to the inhabitants of worlds circling
round Sirius or Arctium Fortunately,
we may legitimately reason
that the risk is small, feeing that among
the millions of suns which surround ours,
within easy telescope distance, such
catastrophes occur only ten or twelve i
times per century.
The Lake Shore Disaster.
When the conductor of the train that j
was wrecked in the Ashtabula ravine was
told that about fifty of the passengers !
had been saved, he exclaimed: "Myj
God! have the rest of the 200 been
bunied up ?" When he went before the ;
coroner's jury he testified that there '
were only 131 passengers on the train.
The Cleveland Lender very sensibly re-.
marks that the absolute truth ought to
be brought out without misrepresentation
and pettifogging. We do not
charge that the conductor's testimony
before the jury was inspired by his olli- j
cia! superiors; we do point out the fact j
that it is already impeached by the evidence
of another conductor and by other
witnessses, ami that it is, therefore, no
only incitectual but damaging. We have
placed no faitli in the absurd story that
, J' />ninnonr flir*
use ol' its steam pump anil hose, which
stood ready on the shore beside the
wreck, to quench the fire that was consuming
the cars find tlio wounded within
them, but we want to see that charge
overthrown and buried by testimony
which will convince every one. Plain
language and perfect frankness on the _
part of witnesses,"and cool, judicial fail*- *
ness on the part of those who hear and
judge, are essential. Nothing else will
His Way.?The late Commodore Vandevbilt
was accustomed to carry his cigars ;
in his side pocket, and when a well
meaning friend who had observed this
hal lit presented him with a Dcauuim
cigar ease, the commoiloro declined the
gift, observing: "It will bo too expensive
for me. When I take it out full
of cigars everybody around will expect
nie to offer them one, but when I take
one out of my pocket they won't know
that there are any left."
The First Purchase of Railroad Stock.
It was about 1857 that the late Commodore
Vaiulerbilt begun to be convinced
that railroads, and not steamboats,
were his element, and he dropped
his steamboats as quietly ns years before
he had Riven up sailing vessels to adopt
them. He had large cash accumulations.
He begun with New Jersey Central, and
in 1863 he bought Harlem modestly.
Harlem was in no very promising condition
at the time. The bears were feeding
on it and it had got down to three cents
on a dollar. Wall street misjudged the
commodore, and considering him of like
passions as itself, set out to treat him accordingly,
and with some resentment that
a new hand should venture to lay hold of
" ? / XT 1
so old ft bone at tiie start, nut vanuerbilt
was in no sense ft speculator. He
believed in himself and in all his works
and proposed to "have whatever he was
interested in prosper. He worked liis
railroa<ls for the uses of them, and not
for the uses of the street, and from the
first stood by them in Rood report and
evil report and forced success out of nil
of them. Indeed, when he was making
his beginning with Harlem the street
soon found out this new fellow's method, j
and with more or less grief to itself has
had reasons of renewing the discovery
ever since. Harlem stood at three. He
begun to buy it and brought it up to
fifty-seven. " I've got a few millions
lying idle," he said to a wondering acquaintance,
"arid Harlem is going up to
par if we give it time. If I don't get the
benefit of it, my children will." This
amused the brokers. Buying Harlem
for an investment was so downright absurd,
and they accommodated him freely.
He bought all winter. 111 April mere
begun to be reports that Harlem had got
something?a street franchise down
Broadway to the Battery, some said, but
wouldn't find anything of the sort in the
charter, and it looked rather improbable,
and this franchise was just what it had
always hungrily lacked. April 21, in the
evening, the common council with great
haste made precisely that grant, anil
when the news got to the brokers away
went Harlem up to seventy-live. The
commodore lmd calcu'ated on this much,
but foresaw storms as well, ami deter- j
mined to hold up his stock in nil calamity.
A large "bull " element in tin;
street helped him, and during that summer
what is remembered for its sudden
disastrous alternations of ebb and flow as
"The Chancellorsville Rise "'of stocks
followed. Late iu June a queer thing j
begun to happen, namely, that the common
councilmen who had been so generous
of their franchise begun to sell Harlem
short. Then they rescinded their
generous ordinance, a? the commodore
had all along expected, though they
thought they were being scampish j
pnonrrli to take him in. Before that
Judge Brady, in common pleas, had enjoined
the laying of rails in Broadway,
and on the whole it looked like disaster 1
for the commodore's stock. So the
merry brokers sold short, and the stock
dropped to seventy-two, and rebounded
and fell again in its new summer fashion.
The commodore had two motives now?
one the safety and success of his stock
and the other the bitter punishment of
its assailants. "I bide my time," he
said, and he silently bought block after
block of the stock. When settling days
came there was i.?> stock to be had; tlie
commodore's small assailants of the common
council were ruined and their allies
of the street in dire straits, for up went
Harlem to 115, 120, 130, 150, 180!
"Short of Harlem" and "smashed'.'
were synonyms the rest of that season.
Tlie Story of n Child.
New Year's night an infant child was
found in n basket at tiie uentrevme
depot, 011 the New Jersey Central railroad,
by Edward Marshall, a track walker,
and by him taken home. A card inscribed
"Martha Jenkins" fastened to
the child's clothing led the old folks to
believe that it might be their daughter's
child, she having eloped from their home
in Liverpool, England, with a man named
Jenkins. They were so strongly impressed
with the idea that they requested
the reporters who called in search of the
facts to mention it in their story, aud to
say that their daughter would receive n
welcome home if she would return to
them, she being their only child. Chief
Whitney, of the Bayonne police*learned"
of a probable case of infanticide, and in
working it up learned that a poor,
miserable woman, living in a tenement
house on Avenue 1), Bayonne, had had
tin infant child until a few days ago, but
recently it had not been heard or seen.
He learned that the woman was a Mrs.
Jenkins, and on questioning her about
the fate of her child learned further that
she had put it out in the snow in a basket
on New Year's night. .She told him her
story, how she had eloped from Liverpool,
and lived in New York with her
husband until about a year ago, when he
took to drink because he could not obtain
work, and then deserted her. She had
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tho last one was born after her husband's
flight. She nearly starved after the
birth of her child, and was kept alive
only by the charity of her neighbors, as
poor almost as herself. When she could
go out she could not find employment,
and by reason of ill health and scant
food she could not npurish her child.
She knew from a letter she received from
friends in England where her father was
employed, and knowing his fondness for
children determined to put her child in
his way.. She watched him, and knowing
when lie would pass the depot at Centreville
she left the child just where he
would see it. She hid to see what liecame
of it, and when he picked it up she
ran away. She intended to commit,
suicide the following day, but her courage
failed her on seeing the ice on the river,
and she went back to the tenement house.
She would scarcely believe the chief
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lier to come home again, because lie lmd
been so much incensed at her elopement.
Finally she consented to go to lu>r father
and returned home.
Iioal cannibals have been discovered
by missionaries on the islands of New
Britain and New Ireland, off the northeast
coast of New Guinea. These natives
are nude savages of the Off ental negro
type, who live more like beasts than
human beings. The Rev. George Brown,
a Wesleyan missionary, reports that he
saw women roasting the leg and thigh of
a man who had been killed in a tight.
In another hut smoke dried human flesh
was hanging. In another he counted
thirty-five jaw bones of men and women.
Cannibalism seemed to be common
throughout the islands, not as a religious
rite, but as an ordinary means of sub
sistence. The natives assured the missionary
that the accounts heretofore published
of a race of tailed human beings
were true, and were certain that these
strange creatures were not monkeys.
THE BENGAL DISASTER.
The Cyclonp-Strirkcn DlNtriris Drucrlbrcl
by nn Eyc-WitiieitM.
The Gazette of India contains the following
minute of the lieutenant-governor
i of Bengal, Sir Richard Temple, on
i the cyclone and storm wave in the <lisj
tricts of Backergnnge and Noacolly.
In an area of some 8,000 square miles
1 out of 1,062,000 persons suddenly
| thrown into more or less of danger, 215,000
must have perished. This, of course,
. is only au estimate ; the exact number
cannot be known yet awhile, perhaps j
never will be known. We found in some
villnrrns fln'rfv rrPV fpnt. of the iuhabi- !
! tants lost, in others fifty per cent., in
: some even seventy per cent. There was
a severe cyclone in the bay of Bengal on
j the night of the thirty-first of October.
; But it was not the wind which proved so
I destructive, though that was bad enough;
it was the storm wave, sweeping along
! to a height of from ton feet to twenty
feet, according to different localities; j
iu some places, where it mot with any j
resistance, it mounted even higher than j
that. In the evening the weather was a
little windy and hazy, and had been
somewhat hot; but the people, a million
or thereabouts of souls, retired to rest
apprehending nothing. But before
eleven o'clock the wind suddenly freshened,
and about midnight there arose a
cry of " The water is 011 us," and a grout
wave burst over the country several feet
high ; it was followed by another wave,
and again by a third, all three rushing
rapidly southward, the air and wind l)>>ing
chilly cold. The people were thus
caught up before they had time even to 1
climb on their roofs, and were lifted to ,
the surface of the water, together with
the beams and thatches of their cottages. ;
When the storm Durst mere was au
abundant rice crop ripening for the harvest?the
well known deltaic rice crop
which is much beyond the needs of local j
consumption, and quantities (measured |
by thousands of tons annually) for ex-'
portation to distant districts. A part is
lost, that in which the plant had not advanced
beyond the stage of flowering, ;
and n part is still safe, that in which the i
grain had formed or begun to form. <
If even one-third is saved that would
suffice for the population now on the j
land. The wealth lost was almost en- j
tirely agricultural?crops or cattle. To !
this, however, there is one noticeable exception,
namely, Dowlutklian, a rich j
trading town, clean destroyed, with loss
of miscellaneous property and valuable !
records. It had eight thousand inhabitants,
one-fourth of whom perished, perhaps
more. It may be asked, in conclusion,
whether any protective means
against such calamities in future can be
devised?any embankments or the like ?
This question will be duly considered ;
but at present I know not how to devise
such safeguard, nor have I seen any
one who can suggest anything. The
area to be protected would be too great
to be encompassed with protective works.
If embankments became breached in
such n storm, they would ftltenvaru uo
more harm than good, for they would
prevent or retard the running off iind
the subsidence of the waters. Perhaps
the people might build perches for themselves
on platforms, 011 stilts, and the
like ; but the trees which invariably surround
the homesteads serve this purpose
admirably, and it is to them that
the survivors mainly owe their escape.
A Fearful Death.
After very many years, there was an
an execution at Lucknow, India, a short
i time since. A moulvie of some little
repute paid (he lust penalty of the law.
He was convicted of a most brutal act of
murder, albeit not committed by his own
hands, but through means the most revolting
to humanity, and was sentenced
to deoLl:. 71" kept a small school, and
' one of the boys who had been absent for
two or three days, on coming to Bchool
was locked up by him in a small room.
I11 this room a snake had been some (lavs
previously, but was not killed. A little
while after the boy's incarceration he
called out: "A snake ! a snake !" and
implored the moulvie to open the door.
" Oh !" he said, "open the door and see
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nuke open the door!" The moulvie
would do nothing of the kind. At last
the poor boy was bitten in several places
in the ankle, and he called out: " Oh !
now that T have been bitten, open the
door." The moulvie was inexorable?
lie would not open the door. About raidday
the father of the boy came to the
, school and inquired why lie had not
come home for his usual meal. The
moulvie said : "I have confined him for
his absence." "Well," said the father,
"release him now." The door was then
opened and the corpse of the lad twelve
years old, the only child of its parents,
was the sail and shocking sight which
presented itself, with the snake coiled
near his neck.
A Story of Immigrants. *
Autonia von Appenig came to this
country from Germany accompanied by
her brother, to whom she was greatly
attached. The brother fell overboard
from the steamer, and was rescued by
Christophei Josejihson. During the
rest of the voyage, and on their way
across the continent to California, Joseplison
became a suitor of Antonia's.
She did not desire to marry him, but she
was very grateful, and her brother
urged her to consent. She said that she
would he miserable as his wife, because
she did not love him, but that she would
marry him, if he insisted upon it, as a
recompense for saving her brother's life.
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were married in San Francisco. Her
show of repugnance was noticed by the
clergyman, and he asked her if the ceremony
was against her will. She said
that she had of her own accord consented.
On the following morning Josephson
was found dead in his bed, having
been shot, and Autonia's body was taken
out of a dock where slic had drowned
herself. The supposition is that, frenzied
by the hateful union, she killed him, and
then hurried to the water to kill herself.
What Made Them So '
I must say it! Human beings, considering
how talented they are, are very
foolish. If not, why do they make other
living things afraid of them instead of
teaching love and confidence by their
own example ? Almost all animals who
see men for the first time approach them
without fear. lain told that when the
naturalist, Darwin, went to the Galapagos
islands, he there found hawks that
had never seen men, and they were so
H.of l>o snmonf thorn centlv
ofT a brunch with the muzzle of his gun,
while others came to drink from a pitcher
he held in his hand. It is only because,
for generations, beasts and birds havebeen
so often deceived and cruelly treated
by men that they have become suspicious
| FISHING THROUGH THE ICE.
, A Community of Fishermen Living on the
Ice of .Saginaw Bay.
I visited Bay City a few days ago,
! says a Detroit Free Press correspondent,
s?ud learned that the fishing season had
S fairly commenced, and that fishing parties
were daily going out to the bay with
their shanties and fishing apparatus to
commence their winter's work. I at |
once applied to a livery stable for conveyance
to the curious city. I was informed
that it was some six or seven
miles to the fishing grounds, and that
the only road by which I could reach
them was on the ice on the river. I was
assured that the river road was perfectly
safe, that the ice was at least .eighteen
inches in thickness.
The first fishing shanty I found about
a mile above the month of the river, and
in this neighborhood were perhaps a
dozen, being all of about the same
make it ml size, abuut six feet square,
high enough for a man to stand up in)
covered with a roof, and built on runners
so as to be easily moved from place
to place, as the owner might desire. A
small stove, and blankets for sleeping,
forms also an important part of the
outfit. The material mostly used in the
construction of the shanties is thin
strips of timber lined with thick building
paper. Near the first group of
shanties, and on the high road to the
bay, stands a new, rough board build
iner, about twelve feet by sixteen feet,
built also on runners and labeled over
the door, "saloon." Immediately after
passing this group niul tne swoon me j
road leaves the river channel and passes i
for some distance over an overflowed i
marsh to the shores of Saginaw bay. j
Here was a low, narrow ridge of land, ;
and from it could he seen, as far as the '
eve could reach outward toward the lake, ;
these small abodes of the fishermen. I
could see from this point what appeared ;
to he quite a large building, about a !
mile distant from the shore, and started j
at a brisk pace to reach it. I found the
distance to be much greater than it ap-1
peared. When once there I discovered i
it to be a hotel, which affords entertainment
for man, and stabling and hay for i
The sight from tliis point is astonish- i
ing, the shanties dotting the surface of
the bay in all directions as far as I could J
see. I learned that, the number of these \
shanties on the bay was about three hundred,
that about thirty were arriving and
being put up daily, and that the average
number of occupants in each shanty
was three men or boys, thus making, including
the larger buildings and their
occupants, not less than 1,000 persons
already living on the ice. Mr. Fuller
thinks there will be tin-ice that number
on the ice by the first of February, and
that they can remain there in safety until
the middle of March. Mr. Fuller
could not give any satisfactory estimate
of the amount of fish caught, but tne
fact that teams are constantly engaged
in gathering together and hauling the
fish to Bay City, whence they are shipped
to all parts of the State, and that all
these people find it sufficiently profitable
to induce them to brave the perils and
hnrdships attending this adventurous
life, is proof that the aggregate revenue
of the business must be quite large:
This mode of fishing seems to be peculiar
to Saginaw bay, and was practiced
by the Indians many years ago, but it
i has been but a few years since it has |
grown into such enormous dimensions.
An Unhappy Postmaster.
The postmaster of Spencerfort, N. Y.,
is not happy. His last quarter's accouut
showed him indebted to the government,
over and abovo his salary and disbursements,
in the sum of 878.76. This
. amount he lias on hand and cannot legally ,
get rid of it. The department ordered
i him to pay it over to the agent of the
Hudson River railroad company, but that
individual declines to receive it, as the
I larger portion is composed of silver coin,
! ami the law is specific that silver coin is
! only a legal tender hi sums of 85 or less.
' Section 358 of the Postal laws provides
that no postmaster shall "loan, invest, ;
; appropriate or exchange" any money
coming into his hands in his official i
capacity, and section 359 makes it a
prima facie ease of embezzlement if he,
j neglects or refuses to honor a draft, duly
1 ceraneu, presenieu uy uli v i-uuuhciui ui
j agent for carrying the mails. No excuse
] whatever will be received for non-compliance.
I The position of tho unfortunate man
is, therefore, this: The government
cannot compel the Hudson River rail;
road company to receive more than ?5
worth of silver coin. They have ordered
the postmaster to pay over his surplus
to the aforesaid road. That surplus consists
principally of silver, which the law
forbids him to exchange for other money,
and which the department itself is, under
the law, forbidden to receive from him
fn any amount over ?5.
The unfortunate man lias written a
pitiful appeal to Postmaster James, in
New York, but the entire wisdom of Hie
department has thus far been inadequate
to suggest any means of relief. Until
the law is changed he stands self-convicted
of being an involuntary felon.
The Dance of Death.
It was New Year's night at Cole Camp,
sixteen miles from Sedalia, Mo., anil
there was a bur in the ballroom. A young
man, while dancing near the counter, staggered,
fel 1 to the floor anil broke his nose. It
Avas so common an incident that no attention
was paid to it. . The man lay on
the floor for half an hour, and the dance
went on. A physician came in, felt the
man's pulse, and gravely remarked that
he would die in a short time. In twenty
minutes the mail was dead. As the
waltzers whirled by the corpse they chatted
pleasantly about the cause of death.
Some thought that it was the bad quality
of the whisky; others attributed it to
unduii indulgence in Kimmel ; others
said it was the shock caused by the fall ;
others mentioned heart disease. But the
dance went on at Camp Cole until daybreak,
although the man under the bar
had increased his distance from Sedalia.
The notable Continental money of the
United States was issued in the following
quantities: 83,334 bills of eight
dollars each ; 83,333 bills of seven dollars
each; 83,333 bills of six dollars
each ; 83,333 bills of five dollars each ;
63,333 bills of four dollars each ; 83,333
bills of three dollars each ; 83,333 bills
of two dollars each ; 83,333 bills of one
dollar each. The Continental money,
when received for taxes by the colonies,
was to be canceled by "taking care to
cut by a circular punch of an inch diarae>
tor an hole in each bill, and to cross
the same thereby to render them impassable,
though the sum or value is to
remain fairly legible."
FARM, GARDEN AM) HOUSEHOLD.
Collie IIoxh rm sheep Drivers.
An interesting trial of collies at work
?between twenty and thirty entries
having been made?recently took place
at Alexandra Park, and is reported at
length in the Standard and other London
papers. Pens half a mile apart
were employed. The dog standing with
his master at the empty one was directed
by word toward the other, in which
were three sheep (fresh from the hills),
and these were unpenned as the dog
approached, and had to be driven and
ponned -within the hurdles half a mile
oft'. The man and dog walked together
along the racecourse until the sheep
were sighted, when he gave a sign or a
word to his four-footed companion, and
the intelligent brute at once started off
at a gallop, and sought first to drive the
sheep down the hill toward his master.
When he had succeeded in doing this
the man walked toward the pen, and the
dog drove the sheep after him until they
were near enough to co-operate in getting
the sheep inside. Twenty minutes
was the maximum time allowed, the
prizes being won by those which succeeded
in penning their sheep in the
shortest time, while those which failed
to pen within the allotted time were disqualified.
It was not difficult to discover that
dogs and sheep were working under
great disadvantages, and animals which
have,'no doubt, a well deserved reputa
tion oil their own lulls tailed to distinguish
themselves under totally novel
conditions, though enough was demonstrated
to make it apparent that these
collie trials are likely to become a very
interesting annual performance. Though
a space of ground was marked off by
ropes and stakes, which were respected
by the spectators, the sheep felt under
no restrictions, and the poor collie, therefore,
that had been used to the clear view
of a Welsh hillside, with no human being
but his master within miles of him, had
to dodge his charges among visitors and
round plantations, which frequently hid
them altogether. The sheep were many
4-1.am i-ovrr uriM nml run lik? deer. their
disinclination to proceed in the direction
of the pen being increased from the main
flock being in fujl view, and thus stimulating
the natural ovine tendency to rejoin
In several cases on the dog nearing
the three sheep, the nimble and independent
wethers scattered and galloped
in different directions out of sight, when
the collie, after an honest attempt to
bring them together, seemed to conclude
that it w;is hopeless to complete
the task in twenty ;nunites, so lie philosophically
dropped it altogether and
trotted back to his master. Some ot the
triads of wethers behaved in a manner
more in accordance with the-gregarious
traditions of their race, and when in addition
to hanging together they happened
to start in the right direction down
hill, the first portion of the dog's work
was easily and speedily done. The marvelous
sagacity of the breed was seen
when the sheep were near the pen and
the dog had to overcome their natural
disinclination to enter. Not only did
the animal in. this position obey every
sign and word of his' master, but he
would exercise what might almost be
called his own reason and discretion in .
the mode of carrying oat his master's
wishes in a fashion that was astonishing.
To Prepare Long Branch Potatoes.
?Peel a sufficient quantity of potatoes,
cut them in Long Branches with a potato
cutter like that used in all large establishments;
fry in plenty of hot lard, dry
ivo11 11 i),l oditb nn n fnliiipil nankin.
"v" ? 4Lemon*
Pudding Baked.?Stir over a
slow fire, until they boil, four and a half
ounces of butter, with seven ounces of
pounded sugar; then pour them into a
dish and let them remain until cold, or
nearly so. Mix very smoothly a large
dessertspoonful of iiour with six eggs
that have been whisked and strained.
Add these gradually to the sugar and
butter, with the grated rinds and the
juice of two moderate sized lemons. Put
a lining of puff paste to the pudding and
bade it for an hour in a gentle oven.
To Cook Fresh Mackerel.?Cleanse,
draw, pare and remove the heads and
tails of four large, very fresh mackerel;
cut in halves, crosswise; place in a flat
copper saucepan, with a gurnishing of
vegetables, salt and pepper, and enough
boiling water to cover the fish, and place
a sheet of white paper over; set on the
fire, let boil and simmer gently for fifteen
minutes; when done, dish up on a
folded napkin, garnish with fresh parsley
leaves and serve with a sauce bowl of
white ravigote sauce made with broth,
from the fish.
To Make Mutton Pie. ?Select a stale,
fleshy rack of mutton, cut it into chops,
pare them neatly, making them short
jiiuI rpmoviner the superfluous fat; boil
the trimmings with some broth, vegetables
ami a few .spices, to make a rich
gravy for the pie; season the chops with
suit ami pepper; have a deep baking
dish, place them in a circle, one resting
upon another, with the fleshv end up;
till the center with small round potatoes,
reduce the broth until there is just sufficient
to cover the meat, add a little salt
and pepper, let cool, cover with a puff
paste; cook slowly for an hour and a
half, and send to table in the baking
A Smart Wife.
Concord, N. H., boasts of a clergyman's
wife who is exceedingly smart, as
attested by her record for the year, as
follows: Gentlemen entertained, iiftythree
; guests at tea, sixty-nine ; at
breakfast, thirty-eight; at dinner, fortyseven
; lodged, thirty-nine ; number of
calls made, -IN l: received, 5(3.5 ; letters
received, 41)1: written, 010, covering
1,287A pages. She has read ninety bodfes
and written 11(5 newspaper articles.
This is in addition to doing her own
sewing, attending to her marketing and
parish matters, keeping only one servant.
Prompt payment of newspaper subscriptions
will meet with due reward. In
proof of this statement, read and ponder
the following incident: A gentleman lost
his poeketbook at the Centennial. The
other day he received it by express, with
contents intact, from a New York lady
who had found it, and identified it from
a receipted subscription to a newspaper.
Punch:?"Farmer (proposing landlord's
health)?4 An' if a' squiears 'ml
dew as our squiear dew, there wndna be
so many on 'em as dew as they dew
A little boy in 'Stockton, C'al., stuck a
red-hot poker into the bunghole of a keg
that contained a pound of gunpowder.
The result was all that he could have
There is no wisdom save in truth.