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9 JJV iiUGU WILSON. ABBEVILLE. S. C., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1877. VOLUME XXIV.-nB. 35. Her Answer. AU day long she lield my question In her heart: Shunned my eyes that craved an answer. Moved apart Touched my hand in good-night greeting, Hosier grew? Should I leave to-morrow??early V Then adieu! Beat her head in farewell courteous, Onward passed, 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 Brightly burned. Showed me all the glinting ripples Of her hair. Veiled her eyes in violet shadows? (ilimmcred where 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 Shyly sweet, An-.! love's ::iess!??'e mutely flutters To my feet. ?Bclyraria. MUSTANG GREY. 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 : eurroiinded me. 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 halo. 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 about it. "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. " Yes." " No more ; that. was nil the answer I \ received. Now, I am not inquisitive, ffet I was determined to learn more about er. " 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. " Senor!" 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 belaud liiui. "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 gray. "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 out: " 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 quietude. "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 folds. 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 separated. 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 father. 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. i Trouble Anions: tlic Stnrs?Whnl .Hn.v Happen to us Through Trouble with our own I 'InuiiniUor. 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-. cieutly suggestive. 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. f 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 suffice. 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 * 1Awm lmf +1? iv*p lin/I iHml rm<l """ vnumvM, ?..v. 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 i I .1..1.1 i.~? ii...* i.?? Wlleu lit? mm 11a tlllll lln 1UIIH1 nuiiiiu 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. Real Cannibals. 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 - ii? ic-i 1 lor yOlll'HKlI lor ^XilUUlUCU ivunaum o 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. TT- 1 i.1 on.l +l,n,r IIL* UJOh. lit: I Ull lllUOt icimo, tiiv. j 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 of them. | FISHING THROUGH THE ICE. i , 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 horses. 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. Continental Money. 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 companions. 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. Donicxtir Help*. 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 dish. 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 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 expected. There is no wisdom save in truth.