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in primeval wood.
This deep, primeval wood - how still!
Lo, silence here makes ail his own;
Veiled shapes, with hands ujkvi thoir lips
Stand round about liLs darkened throne.
The patient pleading of the treesHow
deep it shames the soul's despair!
In stfpplication moveless, mute,
They keep thoir attitude of prayer.
?John Vance Cheney, in the Century.
Old Mr. Bittlcstrm had a charming
house and grounds on the Thames, near
Mariow, including a pretty little eyut.
One sultry afternoon )" was enjoying a
placid doze in a shady arbor near the
water's edge, when he was aroused "by
the splashing of oars, and beheld a young
man in a boating costume in the art of
alighting upon the lawn. Mr. Bittleston
sprang to nis xeet in an lnsiam, prrimini
to lose his temper on small provocation.
He knew the stranger's errand, for he
had received half a dozen promiscuous
visits of this kind in the course of the
day. "When the voting man drew near
he proved to he rather a miid-looking
youth who wore spectacles and seemed
diffident and embarrassed.
"Have I the pleasure of speaking to
the proprietor of thi< island?" he in
quired, politely lifting his straw hat from
v his head.
"Yes, the island belongs to me," said
'"Sir. Bittleston, shortly.
"Will you permit me to hand you my
card," said the stranger, producing a
card case.
Mr. Bittleston felt somewhat mollified
by the youiiir man's polite and respectful
demeanor, and he took the card. It bore
the following inscription: "The Rev.
Mark Avery, 14 llaytcr, St. George's inthe-East."
"Oh, you are a clergyman," remarked
the old gentleman, who had a good oldfashioned
regard for "the cloth."
"Yes, in spite of my dress, which is
decidedly anti-clerical," said the young
man, smiling; "I suppose you can guess
* '-ill w..
wny 1 trouoieu von. >t l-.uc v.h um
to Oxford, and i wished your permission
to camp out on your island for the night
with my friends.''
"I'm sorry to say that I've been obliged
to put a stoj) to that," said Mr. Bittleston;
"I am afraid 1 cannot make an exception
in your case."'
"I hope you will, sir," said the parson,
persuasively: "I plead not so much for
myself as for my two companions. They
are both very worthy young men. and
this little trij), which I have organized,
is a pleasure which they have never before
experienced. One is a teacher at
our schools, and the other is assistant in
the night school. They have both earned
a holiday, and I wish to do all I can to
promote their enjoyment."
"You will find plenty of accommodation
at Marlow, at all events," said Mr.
"Undoubtedly, but the fact is. we can
not alford to pay for it," returned the
Rev. Mark, candidly; '*my companions!
have no money, and my own purse is, i
' unfortunately, very narrow."
<l0h, then you are the paymaster,"' j
said the old gentleman, whose kind heart I
was touched by the parson's artless con- j
"Yes, it is my treat, in fact," an- !
swered the Be v. Mark, smiling; "of;
course, if you object to our landing on
your island, \>e must try elsewhere.
But it is a convenient spot, ami I |
, '"Well, well, for this once I will make
. an exception," interrupted Mr. Bittleston. ]
unable to resist any longer. 4>i must a<k 1
you to fix your camp on the most remote
corner of the island and not damage the ;
. ''We will do nothing that can possibly ,
offend you,"' returned the young man,
offering his hand to Mr. Bittleston, who
grasped it in a friendly fashion; "I ami
exceedingly obliged to you for your kindness."
"Don't mention it," said the old ccntleman,
walking bv the parson's side ;
acrosc the lawn; "any little thing wo can i
do for you, or supply you with, do not
hesitate to a>>k. Have you any fresh
milk ? I know that it is a commodity
which is generally in request."
"Thank you. We won't trespass fur- ,
ther on your kindness," returned Rev.
Mark, heartily; "we have our provis- j
"Would you and your companions
come and dine at the house with me tonight?"
inquired Mr. Bit:leston, who was j
a hospitable old gentleman, and had
taken ri.ther a fancy to the young man; j
BL "my wife and daughters would be
"You are extremely kind, but the fact
h is my companions, though excellent vouiur
3 men, are not quite refined enough to sit
at your table," said the Rev. Mark, canI
tiouslv lowering his voice, so tlut theoe
cupants of the boat fhould not hear him;
9 "for myself," he added, aloud, ' ! should
I only be too pleased, but, unfortunately. I
H have no clothes but these 1 stand up in.
H We are only away for the inside of a
I week, and must be back on Sunday." I
H "Never mind your clothes," said old
B Mr. Bittleston; "we shall be alone toB
night, and my wife and daughters are aeB
customed to see guests in boating cos
B "In that case. I shall only be too
j happy," said the Rev. Mark, as he stepped
B into the boat; "what time do you dine?"
fl "At 7 you will hear the gong," anbB
nu-prcd Mr Bittleston. from the bank, as
he planted at the young parson's companions.
The latter were very unprepossessing
young men, and would have
been out of place in a gentleman's (lining-room.
Un seeing them, it occurred
to Mr. Bittleston that he had been a little
too precipitate with his invitations,
and it was partly owing to this reflection
that he took down the clergy list on
reaching the house, and sqarehed for the
Rev. Mr. Mark Avery's name. lie found
it duly recorded, and learned that the
young man was curate of St. Blaise's
church, one of the largest and poorest
parishes in the east of London.
The parson made his appearance at
t dinner, and created a favorable impression.
He won Mr. Bittleston's heart Intaking
an immense interest in the house
and grounds, and insisted on being
shown over them. His tav*s of the suffering
poor of his parish, and his modest
references 01 his own arduous life,elicited
the sympathy of the ladies, and, in fact
the evening passed off so well that, on
his rising to leave, old Mr. Bittleston
pressed him to remain a day in the
neighborhood, so as to visit the church
ana other objects of local interest. '-No,
thank you, I'm afraid we must not
linger,'" he said, shaking his host warmly
by the hand: "wehave our work cut out
to row to Oxford and back to town by
Saturday. I must think f my companions."
"Well, at all events, come and
have breakfast with us to-morrow,'' said
the old gentleman.
"We must be several stages on our
road before your breakfast hour.'* lie said,
as he saluted fhe ladies in turn; " bythe
by,"' he added, addressing Mr. Bittleston,
"there is one small favor I venture
to ask of you. May 1 leave a portmanteau
here, and fetch it on our way down
Friday or Saturday?"
" Certainly,'* said the old gentleman,
"I find we have a good many things
I we shan't need, now tnat tne weainer nas
set in fair," he explained; "there :ire
always some cooking utensils we can dispense
with. It is desirable to lighten
our boat, and by leaving the portmanteau
here I have an excuse for calling on
our way back."
" We shall be delighted to see you,"
said Mr. Bittleston; "and if you leave
the portmanteau at the house to-morrowmorning,
it shall be taken care of."
The Rev. Mark then took his departure.
Next morning the party had left
when the family came down to breakfast,
but the parson had entrusted the portmanteau
to one of the servants. The following
day he wrote a few lines to Mr.
WJittlcston from Heading, sending a piece
of music which he had recommended one
of the young ladies to get, and begging
that she would accept it. as he happened
to come across it in the music shop in
the town. The little act of politeness
excited less attention than it mightotherwise
have done, because the letter arrived
while every one was in a great state of
excitement. The discovery had just been
made that a large quantity of jewelry,
plate and other articles had been abstract
) ed from ;i safe in Mr. Bittlcsfon's dress
iiig-room. The loss was so considerable
! that Mr. Bittleston immediately tele
I graphed to Scot land-vard,nut caring to en
[ trust the matter to the local police. Ii
| response a detective appeared upon tin
j scene, and made a careful inspection ol
the premises. The safe was uninjured,
and tho lock had not been tampered
" It was cleverly done, but there wano
magic in it." said the inspector, :
j sharp-eyed little man named llardiss:
"the lock is a very ordinary one and ha?
evidently been opened with a key."
"Bui who could have done it? I am
about the house and grounds all day, and
nobody could have got in and out withi
out being observed," said Mr. Bittleston,
j in a great llustcr.
It's a case of burglary," answered
the inspector. "There are no signs of :i
! forcible entrance having been effected.
but some of the windows on the ground
i iloor have no shutters, and may havi
I been unlocked."
! "Then you don't suspect any of tin
servants," said Mr. Bittleston; "indeed,
1 can answer for them all."
"Well," said the inspector, shrugifinii
his shoulders, "I can't express an opinion
at present. Have you had any strangei
in the house lately.'"
"No," said Mr. Bittleston, adding. a>
! he remembered the Hev. Mark Avery,
. "by-the-bv, a clergyman dined here .1
' nii'h: or two airo?a curate of a London
1 parish. He was the only visitor the last
j few days.''
I The inspector asked no questions about
the parson, but Mr. Bittleston resolved t<i
make a journey to the east end and ascertain
beyond a doubt that the Kev. Mark
was the person he represented himself tu
lie. He had no difficulty about this, and
had the satisfaction of feeling upon his
I return, that he had not committed an indiscretion.
It so happened that when he
' called at the Kev. Mark Avery's address,
he met his friend's vicar coming out of
I the door. Mr. Hittlcston easily ascerj
tained that the young curate had gone
on a boating expedition to Oxford with
two companions, and this evidence appeared
quite conclusive. lie made a
j clumsy excuse to the vicar to account
for his solicitude, and made his way
home, feeling ashamed of himself.
The following evening, Inspector Har:
diss called to report progress, and to ask
; a few further questions. Mr. Bittleston
J was out in the garden, and the officer
1 joined him on the lawn.
i "It's a puzzle, and that's a fact,'' said
Ilardiss, when his inquiries had been
I satisfied'I've come to the conclusion it
has been done by some one in the house.
Yn cti-intri-r Vin? hr>f?n 111 the neighbor
hood, and it's downright impossible tint
I any one could have got away with the
swag without being noticed in a little
place like this."
| While the inspector was speaking, Mr.
1 Bitflcston's youngest daughter, a girl of
fourteen, came running across tlie lawn,
j '"Papa,'' she cried, "isn't that Mr. Avery?
lie is rowing stroke in that boat, and he
has evidently forgotten the house, but
his portmanteau is here."'
"By Jove! I believe it is Avery and
his friends," cried Mr. Bittleston, as the
boat swept quickly past the lawn in midstream
at the best pace the oarsmen could
command. "Hi. you! Confound him!
wh j-can't he look round? Boat ahoy!"'
I?ut though Mr. Bittleston had good
lungs, and though a broad sheet of water
is an excellent conductor of sound, his
voice failed to arrest the attention of the
occupants of the boat, who were straining
every nerve to reach the next lock.
While Mr. Bittleston was still shouting,
they begun to disappear around the top
reach, wjthout once turning their hearls.
"Silly fellow!'' exclaimed Mr. Bittleston.
in a state of excitement, as he hastily
descended from the garden seat on
which he had been standing: "he must
be deaf, and blind, too ! Here, Ada !
quick! Tell Robert to run to my room
and bring Mr. Avery's portmanteau.
.Lend me a hand, inspector. If we look
'sharp, we shall be able to catch him at
the lock.*'
He led the way to the boat-house as he
spoke, followed by the inspector. But
by the time the boat was ready, and th footman
h id appeared with the portmanteau,
several minutes had elapsed.
"Here, Robert! put tlie portmanteau in
the bow and jump in," said Mr. Bittleston,
impatiently. "I want you to row
me to the lock as quick as you can."
"Let me lend a hand," said Inspector
Hard iss, div--stiiiy himself of his coat in
a very business-like manner.
The party started down stream in pursuit,
Mr. Bittleston steering, and frequently
bobbing up and down in his excitement,
to try and catch sight of the boat
ahead. In spite of their efforts, however,
they found the lock-gates closed against
them, and the parson's boat out of siirht.
What was more tantalizing, the lock had
been emptied by the time they got there,
and was waiting a boat which was coming
up stream. An abrupt turn in tlio
river at a short distance already hid from
view the boat just relieved from the lock.
' What a nuisance!" exclaimed Mr. Hit11-ston,
mopping his forehead as he stood
on the banks of the lock, having taken
in at a glance the position of affairs.
"Boat with three gentlemen just gone
through, Sm it hers?" he asked of the lockkeeper.
: "Yes, sir, but they are coming back.
They pulled their boat round by the back
water and went ashore, after asking me
' to keep an eye on it till they returned,"
said the man.
Oh. that is all right,"' said Bittleston,
in a tone of satisfaction; "we will get
back, inspector, to attend to business.
Hi! Bring up that portmanteau, Robert.
Smi thers, will you take charge of it and
give it to the Rev. Mr. Avery, who is one
of those three gentle men, with my compliments.'1"
"I think you mentioned my name, sir,"
said a voice from the lock, proceeding
from one of the occupants of a boat which
had just entered.
"Not that I am aware of," said Mr.
Bittleston politely; "the gentleman I referred
to was the Rev. Mark Avcrv."
"I am the Rev. Mark Avery," said the
stranger promptly.
"The gentleman that I mean is the curate
of St. Blaises' church in St.
<!eorj;e\s-in-the Ka>t," said Mr. Bittleston.
feeling confused.
"Then there is no doubt whatever that
you mean me.1' returned the stranger,
with a lauirh in which his companion
Mr. Bittleston started, and stared at the
i- - i? i.;
young man, wiiu uurr n ? luuiiiu.uin?lv.
This Mark Avery was a tall,
powerful. black-whiskered young fellow,
totally different in appearance from the
slim, modest, retiring youth who claimed
tie same appellation. It crossed Mr. liitt
lesion's mind that the party in the lock
were having a joke at his expense, and he
was about to resent the impertinence in
very forcible language, when the inspector,
who had been standing by, touched
him on the arm.
, "That is Mr. Avery, sure enough, said
the ollicer; "I've seen him before. That
being so, I think we had better see what
is inside the portmanteau. It's precious
heavy,*' he added, seizing hold of it with
' sudden interest.
| Mr. Hittlcsvn was too much nonplussed
to interfere, beside which he began
to entertain disquieting suspicions.
The inspector proceeded with great dcxti-fitv
td unfasten the straps of the port
j mantcau. ami 111 the twinkling of an
eve had mastered the lock with a large
i stone. Upon his opening the lid, an
excited exclamation burst from the by!
standers, for the contents of the portj
inanteau proved to be the whole of the
articles of silver and jewelry which had
been stolen from Mr. Bittleston's safe.
"Hanged if I didn't think this was it,''
| ejaculated the inspector; "you put me
j off the scent, by leading me to believd
| that the parson who dined with you was
j an old friend. You never told me yon
had entertained a stranger who had left
j his baggage, or I should not have wasted
I the last day or two "
"I had no idea that?that the younj,'
! man was a swindler," murmured Mr.
j Bittleston, apologetic-all v.
"I can see the game as clear as day
! light." said the inspector; "having re
eonnoitred the premises, he and his pal.'
j do the job neatly in the night. Ht
i knows the difficulty of getting away with
] the swag, and thinks he may be stopped
and searched by the police, in conse
quence of having been to the house tin
day before the robbery. So he left th<
things with you, and meanwhile lie has
: made every arrangement to dispose of
"How fortunate! How miraculous!"
i exclaimed the old gentleman, beginning
; to realize his good fortune; ''but how
r was it he didn't claim the |iortmanteau,
, after all?"
1 "I rather fancy he caught sight of ine
on your lawn, and sheerc<l olT." saiil the
; inspector, in high humor; "this i?; about
i the meaning of it. and what is more, [
; cm make a very good guess at who is. I
i shall not wait for him, breansc he won't
come back, but I think in the course of
i a day or two I shall lay my hands on him
1 and his pals too." And he did.
History of the Alphabet.
I flow many of the millions that daily
use the alphabet ever stop to think of
its origin and long history? In tin* true
I spirit of a student, Isaac Taylor, a well.
known English writer on philosophical
and philological subjects, has recently
. written and published, in London, two
stout volumes under the title: "The
Alphabet, an Account of the Origin and |
, Development of Letters." It is only by |
\ help of recent discoveries of early in*
. scriptions and the progress in the art of
reading lost languages and deciphering
hitherto unknown symbols, that such a
well posted history has become possible,
j By careful study of the learned essays and
! scientific investigations of the latest philologists,
Taylor has set forth in language
of easy comprehension the origin of the
alphabet, showing that our own "Ro,
| man " letters may be followed back to
t heir very beginning, some i wenry or more ,
centuries ago, as he asserts. \Vc have
, no more letters, according to this account.
, than those of the Italian printers of the
fifteenth century. These were imitate"!
from the beautiful manuscripts of the
tenth and eleventh centuries, the letter
ing of these being derived from the j
Roman of the Augustan age. Roman
letters, in their turn, are traced to those
employed at Rome in the third century
B. ('., and these do not differ greatly I
from forms used in the earliest existing
specimens of Latin writing, dating from
! the lifth century 15. C. The primitive
alphabet of Rome was derived from a
local form of the (ireek alphabet, in use
about the sixth century B. ()., and that
was a variety of the earliest (ircek alphabet
belonging to the eighth, or eveh to
tlip ninth century R. The Wrecks got
their letters from the Phynicians, and
theirs are clearly traceable in the most
ancient known form of the Semitic.
The most ancicnt of books, a papyrus
found at Thebes, and now preserved in !
the French national library, supplies the i
earliest forms of the letters used in the I
Semitic alphabet. The stone tables of
the law could have been possible t<> the
Jews only because of their possession of
an alphabet, and thus the Bible and modern
philological science unite in ascribing
a common origin to the alphabet
which is in daily use throughout the
world. The nineteenth century B. is
held by Taylor to be the approximate
date of the origin of the alphabetic writing.
and from that time it grew by slow
degrees, while from Egypt, the home of
the Jews during their iomr captivity, the
knowledge of their captivity was carried
in all directions where alphabets are now
The Aryans are thought! to have boon I
the first to bring the primitive alphabet
to perfection. ami each ictter ami each
sound may be traced, by Taylor's careful
analysis, through all the changes that
have marked the growth, progress, and,
in some instances, the decay of different
letters of various alphabets. It is an interesting
fact that the oldest known "A
15 C" in existence is a child's alphabet,
scratched on u little ink bottl" of black
ware, found in one of the oldest Greek
settlements in Italy, attributed to the
fifth century, B. C. The earliest letters
anil many liter ones arc known only by
inscription!*, an I it is the rapid increase. 1
by recent discoveries, of these precious j
fragments that has inspir-d more diligent j
research and quickened the zeal of j
Hirned students in mastering the cle- j
incuts of knowledge of their origin and i
history throughout the world. As late ;
as 18?(i there were found in Cyprus some i
bronze plates inscribed with Phoenician ;
characters, dating back to the tenth,
even the eleventh century B. ('.
Coins, engraved gems, inscribed slat- j
<;es, and, last of all, the Siloam inscrip- ,
tion, found in 1SS0 at Jerusalem, on :
t'>e wall of an old tunnel, have sup- J
plied new material for the history, j
From the common mother of many alpha- i
bets, the Phu'iiician, are descended the j
Greek and other European systems on j
the one side, including that which we
use and have the greatest interest in;
and on the other, the alphabets of Asia,
from which have sprung those of the i
East, Syriac, Arabic, and Hebrew.
Queer Tilings in New Zealand. '
Monctirc I). Conway, writes as follows j
from New Zealand to the Philadelphia (
Tiines: The queerest thing I have seen !
out here is the so-called "bulrush eater- I
pillar," or "vegetable caterpillar."' This ;
is also found in New Zealand, where the
natives name it "Awcto Hotete," but I
have two specimens found in Tasmania.
The plant is a fungus, a splneria, which
grows seven or eight inches above the .
ground, generally in a single stein, round, |
and curving at the end like a serpent. I
This end is thickly covered with brown '
seed for some three inches. It grows j
near the root of a particular tree, the i
"rata." When pulled up its single root i
is found to consist of a large caterpillar
three inches long, which, when dissected,
is found to be solid wood. Every
detail of this grub is preserved. The
sph;cria always grows out of the I
nape of the neck. It is supposed that i
when this grub (that of the large moth) j
burrows in the ground, one of the seeds j
get between the scales of the neck,strikes i
reot, and completely turns the in- j
tcrior of the creature into its own !
substance. Only the shell is left ,
intact, no smallest rootlet appearing uny- i
where. The aborigines also eat this pure
white grub, and a friend tells me that, J
taken raw, it is delicious. The New |
Zcalanders also burn the caterpillar-root \
and run it into their tattoo wounds. A
good many white people, it is said, be- j
lieve that the plant actually develops the j
caterpillar form, and if this be true, we !
I cannot laugh much at those who believed |
j in the vegetable Scythian I.amb and the I
Mandrake Man, of which specimens are j
preserved in the Surgeons' museum at
London. The multiplication of rats in
| these far olT towns (tln-y are not lonwt in
j the hush, though mice swarm there) is
such as to inelitie one to Mr. Walter
Hesaut's belief in Whittington's cat.
Any sensible inlander would pay mueli
to lie rid of such ]>ests. 1 was unwise
enough to bring a wicker trunk, and on
| the Pacific steam* r the rats entered it
| and devoured the nice soft parts of my
hoots. With their usual daintiness they
preferred patent leather. In llohart I
was at Sunday supper in a gentleman's
house, when suddenly the ladies began
to climb on their c hairs in an astonishing
way, and the young men to rush about
with poker and tongs. They had not
thought it necessary to explain that a rat
had entered the room, which was in the
second story. It was not an uncommon
| occurrence, and a gentleman present said
I it was one of his amusements to shoot
rats in his bath-room with a pistol.
The Wire Kdije of Iho Times.
Future annalists may well describe this
period of American history as the wire
aye. In no part of the economy of our
daily life are we divorced from wire. It
is our slave, and yet an ever present master.
Sleeping, we repose on wire mat
tresses. Eating, wo see loou.s which nas
passed through sieves, and which are
sheltered from insect appetite by wire
i covers. Calling, we pull wires to ring
i curled wire gongs. Traveling, wc are
: conveyed by cable or electric railways,
hoisted by elevators hung on wires and
hurried over wire bridges. Wc announce
our coming by telegraph or telephone
; wires, and we thread our way by night
through streets lighted by means of electric
cables. Across our fields are strung
many thousands of miles of barbed wire
fences. Texan rangers draw the knife,
i and lawyers, juries, judges, and reporters
! whet their intellectual blades. Our
i clocks are set by wires, our watches run
I by wires, our books arc stitched with
wire, our pictures hung by wires, and our
; politics managed by wires.? Boston Adi
J'licjr B3nl>ils, ami HSiiiv Thoy are fn'
CBiintcii fur TJit'ir skins?'B'lio Ux- '-1'
iM'rit'iicc ol i;r.!?<n tlnml. tfl
"So, it's a crocodile," said a tall, liirlit- tli
haired man hailing from Miami, Kla.,
gazing curiously :it the skin of a long,
sharp-nosed reptile In; lin?l I iron "lit in n.^
ami comparing il with the broad bead hi
of an alligator. "'We call ' in 'long- th
no<ed'gator*'down our section. but now
i I come to look. th"V do seem kinder
! different from a regular 'gator, and, conn* tli
to think of it," continued the speaker, pr
who was a professional alligator-hunter,
I "I've seen 'em do things ye wouldn't
| look for in a regular 'g tor. They sticks re
j close in shore, where there's plenty of in
| mud to wallow in and hide, but these
long-nosed cusses?why. I've seen "em
three miles out to sea fishin' on the reef th
i as regular as you plcu<e. One was seen w<
as fur down the reef as I'ranscoin li-iht. f.n
1 1 1 .1 <t...
1 (lr;i]>pi'i| 111 lie'ie Mm- Mil* l?> III., nr
keeper, :i!i olil mute of mine, an' lie h;ul s'r
one of these yore long-nosed 'gators ra
hangitf on a peg. 'Shoot 'cm on the
j wing?' says I, intendm' to lie joking, ^
us it were. 'No,' says lie, -but they to
swims out yore once in a while, plan'
that's about as remarkable.' m
lie said he he'd seen a heap <>f 'cm pj
senoe he'd been thar. a-nosin* around on ^
the beech and reef after fish and crawfish, ea
and one day 1 was a-bowlin' along jest i"1
inside the reef, when 1 see one myself as Ur
long as the boat. Yes. it was one o' of
them long-nosed chaps; ycr can't be mis- us
look on uccount of their showin' their fliteeth
when the mouths is shut. There's "e
heaps of 'cm in County Dado, but I never ^
knew they was crocodiles afore. Yes,'' of
continued the cracker, "I foiler 'gater- f?
huntin' fur a business. Does it pay? "
Well, I don't look like a man tor follcr a
losin' trade, do \ i I've got more orders fu
on hand than 1 kin fill in a year. That cn
looks like prosperity, and it. K if the cr
'gators will only hold out. I've been a- killin'
of 'em now, off an' on. for four fn
years, and tliar's heaps o' folks after'cm at
beside me. Why, 1 kin remember when <'r
alligators could becotehedat Fernand'na,
right in the swamp between there and ?j<|
old town, but you'd have to scrape lively th
to find one now on the St. Johns any- w<
whore within fifty miles of the
sea. There are all bcin' druv ofT.
If you want to got 'em easy and 1
plenty, the only way to do is Se
to go down into Lake Okeechobee, and
thar the alligators, moccasins, leeches 0f
and mosquitoes are so dog-gonncd thick H<
yo' can't breathe without suckiif sonulof
'em in, atf I'm a-diawin' it mild, too. I Sl3
tril aU I want though, at .New Kjver an j,e
down tjiat way. too, wo don't do any 1
shooting at night; some do up the river,
but I kin^t-all I kill skin in the day- ?il
time. Tt talwtwome oxuciience in shoot- J.0
in*, as a MW^put in the wrong j>lacc 11a
spoils the hide." The place to put it is in'
in the eye, au'Jr'rcckoa [ kin do it. about
every time as ftir'as 1 kin see ilie critter. an
You soon git (tie hang of it. That way tin
generally stuns or kills the critter right of
olT, but if you break a leg or wound it,
it's good-bye, sure." ?
"How many skins do you get in a f .j
season?" asked the Knqnirer writer, who cil
was a listener. 01
That depend^," was the reply. "Last
year I soaked down about twenty-live j jn,
hundred with one gang of men, and in '
.ill I reckon about live thousand. If I | t;t
< .Id e'ni uutanncd they'd average about j ^
a dollar apiece, but tanned they sell ;
much higher, and that's what I'm up , na
North fur. As the business now stands ' th<
the tanner gits all the cadi, and wedoall \ mi
the work. I'm going to do my own j jn(
tanning now. and expect to carry back j fn
:;ll the lixin's. R<
"No, there ain't no special fun in i Jn'
shoot in" 'gaters. It's all right if you can | ta'
float down the river in a steamer, antf! t<?<
h ive a servant to hand out your gun and } sn;
another to fan you, like I see an Knglish
swell on the St. .Johns, but wlion it j ^
comes to wadin' in mud up to your neck, an
lightin' chills, leeches and sich, there ; it
ain't much romance I kin tell ye. It's I wl
hard work, and will kill a white man. i
In juns is the only folks that kin stand j jn
life in the swamps and glades. j tin
"Ailjgators ain't such fools as folks j na
think," continued the hunter; "they hev I tic
a heap sense salted down one way or an- j
other. I've seen 'em shot and taken j ni>
' - 1 - 1 1:1... ..11 i
Jilt.) il DOill KIUIKT M UIIIIUH-I1HI-, .in .111 , V..
of a sudden lit out, with their tail knock- | J,e
ing all hands into the water and lillin' 1
the boat, and the critter was only twelve |*jm
f?*ct long at that. Vou kin imagine j ti\
what a twenty-loot one could do. i co
"Vou take a wild alligator and lie's jj?
got more curiosity than an old maid in j lo
a one-horse town. When I fust struck i rci
Lake Okeechobee the 'gators were thick, [ stc
and never thought of moving out of the i
way, and, instead of that, they would j t|?
follow the boat in regular droves. At j fei
first I thought they were after me, but J mi
when the canoe stopped they stopped, I ^
ami kind of drew round just as if I was I to
some sort of curiosity. You didn't have : pj:
to hunt much there, they hunted you, wi
and stood around waiting to be shot as
agreeable as you please. ( j
' You know,*' continued ilic hunter, ja,
'that the gator's stronghold is his tail, wi
and when they want to go lor anything <lc
011 laud they make a whack at it side- jj"
ways, open their mouths and turn their A1
heads in the same direction, and if the im
game is small it's liable to be knocked tic
right down their throat. u"
"Anybody what has h id any cxper- "j!
rienee with alligators kin keep out of the nt
way, but a green hand ginerally gets sj>
fooled on the start. I had a Western
man with me las! season, and about the
first 'gator he saw nearly cleaned him
out. lie saw the critter asleep on the
bank, and thought he could creep upon
hi in and lay him out with a club. The
boys didn't let on, and in a minute he 1
was within two foot of the critter, and *
then tli'Te come a kind of a stvaoin. an' 1
we see that man right in the air, his feet 811
up. and lie a goin' round like a wind- jj't'
mill in a gale o' wind, an' when he ??
landed Ik; didn't know where he was. sic
Ye see the gator's tail had struck him *a
right alongsideo' the shins, and knocked 11
his legs from under him. lie didn't fo .I J',
round any more 'gators at short range, I nt
kin tell vou." -C'ttfiintiiti lui'/t/wci'. in
| w
Drinking water neither makes a man ?
i rick, nor in debt, nor his wife a widow.
i In the adversity of our best friends we
! often liml something tint is nol I is
j pleasing to us.
If vou would know one of the minor "
1 ' i : . I.:. . ..,.1.
M'UI'UIS Ol I lil j ?J ?IIM *: *>, 11 uin. ^
' cheap pleasures.
j I'erfeet valor consists in doing without f?
witnesses all we should becapable of doi
ing hcforc the world. er
We are readier to pardon those who jj(
I laugh at our gravity than those who do M
not laugh ;it our jokes.
If you hit the mark von must aim a lit ^
Ilc above it: every arrow thai Hies feels "
the attruction of the earth. ^
We cannot live on probabilities. The Fi
faith in which we can live bravely anil
die in peace must lie a certainly, so far
ns it professes to.hc a faith at all, or it is
" nr
Whatever perplexes confronts the truth- Is
seeker when Ik? endeavors to understand
the mysteries of existence, the path ol tli
right living runs like a shining way across
the darkness.
Satire is a sort of glass, wherein he- fcjl
holders generally decover everybody's
face but their own?which is the chief 1*1
reason for the kind of reception it meets
| in the world, and that it olVends so few. Wl
! Chinamen have lit led up a gymnasium J''1
in San Francisco. .Most of the apparatus lv
j is American, but there is u contrivance of
j Chinese origin. A heavy upright post jj,
| has a liandie like a pump. The lever is bi
j moVable. so that an attached weight can
, be made hard or easy to lift by it. This gi
is for developing the muscles of the forearmand
wrist. The handle is not grasped, ^
but the wrist is placed 011 it, with the Vj
arm nearly vertical. er
'What is this big corner in pork T n<
hear about?" asked Laura, across the u<
cheery tea-table. ''The big corner in
pork," replied Tom, who is a big, rough,
coarse man, "is the ham."?Hawkeye. f0
The Senate had a lonx discussion over the |
II appropriating ) to stamp out tho i
at and inotitli disease among <attle in Kan- !
Many Senators opoo^ed tho bill on the
omul that Congress had no power N
appropriate ntoncv for such a pur- ! 0f
se, uikI t hat it had not b en shown be
at it was bovond t he ability of i cc
o State of lCansn-s to ileal with the trouble, j y(
r. Ingal s attacked the State rights doc- "m
im* which, lit; sai I, liad been preached at
ainst the biP. No action wa; token on tho ' nc
II A bill was introducod to authorize j
o secretary of the treasury to establish a 1 ,
imber of a lditional life-savin? stations on
o sea and lake enacts of the I'nitcd Stales
..Mr. Ho wen introduced a bill to reduce ^
e poslnge "ii second class mail matter. It
ovides that after Oclober 1. 18*^4, the rate
such povta,re shall bo one cent a poun 1. ; {'<
lis includes sample c )nies. j J
Mr. Hoar offered a res 'lu'ion, which wa< j bi
ferred to the committee on pensions, call- i
'?'<m tlio secretary of the interior to report ; A
e names of parlies who have had pension j fa
pl ications pending for more than two | "
ars. Mr. Hoar . aid there worn many ; ?>
ou-ands of olil soldiers or I heir heirs who | gi
?ro suffering dire privations because the I
veniniont did not act on tho pension cas *s. I r?
r. Blair said that our system was one of j ni
olongod murder inflicted by a process of I ni
>w starvation. There were AVI,00(1 of tha m
sos indicated. Several Senators thought cl
e trouble was due to tho claim agents.
id not to the pension bureau The ^
mmitteo on |>ub:ic lands w.is directed -j
ascertain what legislation Is advisable to i
event large tracts < f land from falling j (](
U> tho hand* of foreign corporations or |
nilicates....After a long debate Mr.
limb's resolution appropriating jil.O'K) for [ ?
e suppression of the foot and mouth dis- [
se wa? passe l. and th<> a;.propriation wa9
ireased to $ ">(),(MM. The resolution appro- 111
iates ?50,000, to b? used by the commis- J1,
mer of agriculture, with the co-operation Jf
the authorities of the States in which it is
erl, for stamping out the foot and mouth P(
ease, tho government not to be com nitte:! j P1
yond the amount appropriated. |
Mr. Hawley introduced a bill to authorize P*
s secretary of the navy tj offer a reward 'j'
$'.'5,000 for rescuing or ascertaining tho *'
te of tho Greely relief expedition.... 0]
le bill to aid in tho establishment and temrary
smport of comnmn schools was taken M
i, and Mr. Blair addressed the Sanato in its y<
pport....Mr. Li:an reported from the hi
mmitteo on military affairs a bill torn- sv
ea?o the efficiency of tho armv.
A bill was reported,by Mr. Miller, of Cali- O
rnin. providing for an inspection of meat* ti
r exportation, nnd prohibiting the inport- ion
of adult or-it^a articles of food and r<
ink A report wns made by Mr. Ilarri- di
n against the exprlhncy of establishing a di
ilitary academy t?> train Indian youth..., T
le Blair Kdti'a'ionnl biliai>l the bill fixing hi
o salary of the United States district judges tt
;re debated without action. g
houm. vi
l'HE bill granting a pension of $'2,500 to J*
ptiinina Randolph Meikleham, the sole surging
grundchild of Thomas Jefferson, was
;oussed at urreat length in tho committee
the whole. Finally on the motion of Mr. .
switt, of Alabama, tho enacting clause
is stricken out by a vote of l-'J yeas and
;ty nays. Ho agreed to the conimitto? re- rt
At tho evening session twenty-two f
nsion bills were passed.
On motion of Mr. Candall the House sus- J?
nded tho rules nnd pns-ed a special defi- 1
(ncy b 11 appropriating ?1,070.000 Tho
ra of $5,000 was appropriated from the ?
ntingent fund to enable tIn committee on 0
,val affairs to procccd witn the Jeannette
vestigation Among tho bills introduced o]
;re these: By Mr. Hewitt?To suspend for ft
o years the coinngo of the silver dollar, N
d to make it un'awfnl for tin secretary of
e treasury to print and issue treasury notes si
the denomination of ?1 and ?'i; by Mr. nl
idd?Prohibiting tha im|>ortation and sale if
opium (X-opt as aqueous extracts for fe
?dicinal iw; by Mr. Sloctim?To provido oi
r the enrollment of < very nb'e-bodied male w
tizen between eighteen and forty-two years ]?
ago in the militia, tho enlistment to bo for
least three years. The bill provides frilling
and equipping tin militia and for
<truction in rifle practice.
Bills were reported making an appropria- .
n to construct revenue marine vessels for J
B in Alaskan waters, authorizing tho con- ,
nction of bridge, over the Niagara and
idson river.-, una reducing the number of
val cadets one-half The House passed k
e postotlice appropriation bill, with all tho to
lendments adopter! in cammittee of the V
yjlo except one. The amendment increas;
by >'40ii,t(>0 tho appropriation for the
;o delivery system iva< rejected....Mr.
igers reported a bill to prohibit the mail- tV
? of lottery circulars or of newspapers coninincr
lottery advertisouients. S?
Mr. Curtin. of tho foreign a:'airs commitsubmitted
u report on the l.a?ker affair,
}-ii!g that while the committee thought tho j fL
solutions of tho House on the death of | ft]
>i-r l.nsifAr slinnld have been received and I e/
msmitted in the same soil-it of cordiality ^
(1 good will by which they were prompted, ,,
refrains from expressing an opinion as to .J
lether (he course i ursued by the auorities
of tho German empire in
gard to Ihem was or was not
accordance with the proprieties governing
einternal regulations of the empire as a T1'
itter not within its province of considera -
in. Mr. Hiscoek's recent resolutions were ai
ported ad vera dy, and n nv resolutions d e- "
aring that the resolutions of the House ni
out T.a>ker's death wore intruded as a
bute of resjieet to the memory of an emint
foreign statesman who had died within vi
b I "nited States, and ai expression of svm- C
thy with tbu German jwonle, for whom he ti
d b'.vu an Honorable reprosentn- Ik
e, and that the Ho.iso. having no official ( di
ncern with the relations between the ex- I fi
utive and legislative branch :s of the Ger- I
in government, does not deeui it requisite ! b
its dignity to criticise the nuainerof the | ^
option of the resolutions or the circuminees
which prevented their reaching their t),
stination after they bad been communited
through the proper channels to j
b German government, were of- 1
ed. Mr. Curtin immediately* tie- [ "
indod the previous question. Mr.
ix. of New York, moved to table the |
lole matter. That, was the wav, he said, ci
treat the German chancellor, i, ?st, W to ol
'>. Mr. Ochiltree, of Texas, declarod it | d<
is not becoming the dignity of this body i
enter into explanations ot th^ meaning of | j,
? original resolutions. Alter a eulogy | e,
ion Lasker, Mr. Ochiltree, amid some
ighter, read an extract from a lottor ,
itten by Mr. Lasker some days before bis ?.
ath, in which he refers to Mr. Ochiltree as
ving intro bleed him to the President,memrs
of the cabinet, and foreign ministers. H
Iter further discussion Mr. I'urtin's reso- j5
lions were adopted, as were a!s) resolu- 11
ins reciprocating the wishes of the liberal
lion of the members of the German parlia- SI
jnt for the close union of tho two nations,
d accepting the resolutions sent by the I Jl
iern union, and directing that the}' be j C
read on the journal.
n Kight-\car-Old Hoy Who I.ivc* S
and Die* Daily.
A wonderful ease of susjiended animation 'n
reported from Ejjypt, Penn. The subject
an eight year-old boy, who has lived anil ct
ed every day during tho last month. From
nset to sunrise ho enjoys good health, and | n
inpsaronnd like all children of his n:je, but i
du>K ho boeiines entirely unconscious *
id remains sj until morning. 1'hy K'
:iansai o sorely puzzled by tho ea-e. One
id: "i pricked him with a pin, and applied 1,1
galvanic battery to his most sensitive
irts, but without creating the lea-it iuiession.
1 forcilily raised one of his arin3
id it remained in an upright position. 'J'ho
inbers were like wax, and were covered r
it h indentations which I inude with iny C]
luers.*' Tho child had just recovered from f
Iionpimr cough when this strange allliction j ,
,1110 upon him. II. was proposed to take him I
Now York, to hi examined l?v tho most j ^
ninent physicians in tho country. sj,
An Iowa mjin drank three ?juart-? of cider
throe ininu'es. j
A ten-koot animator was captured re- j,,
ntly near Waxahatchie, Texas.
The government envelope factory at Hart- ai
nl, Conn., uses a ton of gum a week. t?
A i'ainv of 1 tat on liouge, i.a., bird hunt- ir
s recently killed 1,100 robins with sticks. it:
A sea !>0g was killed on the i teach near
>ng brunch, N. J., not long ago. It weighed H
:: pounds. r(
While trapping near Iiridgman, Mich., I s<
'illiam Williams caught an oaglo that j s
ensured nine leet.
As owl measuring four feet and two inches ! rc
om tip to tip was recently capture I in ai
ranklin county, C!a.
Mississii'I'Ians feel very proud of their f"'
ate library in the capitol at Jackson. It !"
i uprises :! *(,000 volumes. 1,1
A cow ninth* four feet eleven inches long
id eighteen inches in diameter at tho base I
on exhibition at Monticcilo, Fin.
lioitiNS are found in (locks of 10,000 in ! .
io neighborhood of l'owhatan, \ a. A 1 ^
an recently killed 4*0 of the birds. I 'jj
The highest rate of postage from this ! 0j
untry is to Catatonia and the Island ot j ,.c
l. Helena?lifty-four cents an ounce. i jj
A sritAXiiE fish was rcc-nt y captur rt o(T I si;
lock island. Newport. It was tour feet
ng, and it lull a mouth ten i.iclies wide. It j |,j
eighs -00 pounds. j ,,f
A laijv sixty years old, residing in ! tl
ucheater, N. Y., skated from that city to j di
r. ckpoit, twenty miles, in an hour and I CI
reuiy-flvn minutes. oj
New Oiu.kanh recently had a baby show,
ith ninety-nine infants on exhibition, Th" &
st prize was won by a seven months old '
iby that weighed thirty-one pound'. rt
The United States Treasury has the big- ftI
;st spittoon on record. It is a great oblong n<
ooden box as big as a bed, filled with saw- "
,,-f It lino in tl.,. hn..?n?.itII,., font. ,if ''
ie four flights of stairs which lead t j tlio i1
irious stories, anil accommodates tho gov- '.
nment employes and others,
J. It. Keuns, of Stokes county, N. t\,
cut there from Pittsburgh, l'a., f'>ur years fjj
jo. In that time six children have been m
lded to his family. He has been married
tho same wife eighteen years, ami Inn
ireuty-throe children livi-g. Sevenieon of "1
lem aro boys and six girls. His wife is
rty-six and ho forty-eight. 11
Eastern and Middle States.
Oliver Dyer, Jr., a student at Yala colgo,
New Haven, an I son of a well-Known
ew YorK journalist, died from the effects
! injuries received while engaged in a
ixing match with Robert B. Williams, a
ilored student from Augusta, Ga. Tho two
rniiK men wcro sparring in n friendly
ateh nt tho college irymnasium. Mr. Dver
tributes his son's death to aooplexy, and
>t to injuries received while sparring.
At tho thirty-second annual commencement
' the Women's Medical college of Pennsylxnia,
held in Philadelphia, twenty-six
ning women received diplomas to practice
: physicians.
Witnesses test ide 1 in New York city
jforo the State seuate committee on public
?a1th, that tho sale of oleomargarine and
itterino was killing the butter trade, and
mt these articles woro in jurious to health,
man who had worked in an oleomargarine
ictory testified that his hands became soro
dm handling the stuff, his hair dropped
it, his teeth decayed, anil the grease
ive him hemorrhage of the lungs.
Speaker Carlisle, of the Hous9 of RepiSentatives.
1'nited States Senator Yance.
: North Carolina, < "oncrrosiman Bolmont
id others made speeches at the sixth annul
dinner of the New York Free Trado
The strike at. the Montour Iron and S'eel
till, Danville, Penn., inaugurated January
has assumed serious proportions. Five
undred men are out of employment and
jstitution prevails in a .'arge number of
imtlies. The wife of one of the laboring
en fell s'ck, and fading to get proper nourhment.
died in nbv>Iute penury.
Two three-year ol 1' Holstein heifers, Jaaica
and Ktelka, owned by John Mitchell,
farmer near Newbury, N. Y., have shown
lems'Ives the greatest milk producers in
10 world. Jama'ca rec ently produced 1112'<
sunds of milk in one day, and Etelka 101
- ri??,'n,r tiiirtv.nnn rlnv? tlin former
ive pounds, and the Intter 5,48<?
aunds ten ounci'P, heating all records to
ite. Tlio owner lias been offered fci'i.OOO for
amaica and her calf, or $1(1,000 for tho calf
lly, but declined both offers.
H. M. Richmond, a young lawyer of i
eadville, Pcnn., son of a prominent law-1
ir of that city, shot himself through tho '
?art in a New York hotel, lit* had long |
iffered severely from dyspepsia.
A Latroise (Penn.) dispatch says that a I
erman family?Mr. Shu It hers, wife and j
vo brothers, at the Loynlhnn-.ia coa! mine J
-bavo he?n altected with trichinosis, as a j
>sult of eating fresh t>ork, raw, with no con- j
iment but a little salt. Thoy ha 1 been renced
to preat povert/by the recent floods. !
he women died, and was buried, and her '
usband's death wo; hourly eqiocted. Tho
vo brothers were also reported as gradually j
otting worse.
The Rhode Is'and Democratic State coir i
snti'n at Providence was the most exciting
jlitical Catherine huld in that i^tate for ,
lany years. (Joirge H. Corliss, Republican,
id "nominee of the Independent Kepub-j
sans for governor, wa; put in nomination, j
id rectived forty-four voUs upon the fir.-t
illot, to twenty six for Ama a Sprague j
nl twenty-three for Th ma< W. Segar. I
[r. Ct >rliss w.is thereupon made tho nominee j
>r governor, but decline 1 tho nonination i
I or. the score of ill health. Kegar was then j
ominated for governor nnd Spraguo for !
autenant-zov.'rnor, together with the re- !
lainder of the State t'eket. Eight delegates
i tho Chicago national convention were also
A liitx n aking it mandatory, instead of '
itional, with tho mayors of cities to en>rce
the civil service reform law | assed tho j
w York assembly by 84 yens tonays.
Madame A n.va Bisiio:\ tho once famous
nger. d c 1 a few days si::cj in New York
' apoplexy. S!ie was born in London in
514, nnd had a long and remarkable pro ssion
il caivcr, appearing in either concert
omra in n any every country in tho
nrld and simrinz in a dozen different
South and Wast;
Frederick .J. dien.u.us, a teller ill the
aclcde bank, of Sr. Louis, has been ar sted
f'T embezzling $:!(),000 of the insti- !
ition's funds.
Frank Slagel was hanged at .Somerset
,'y., for killing and robbing three compan
ins with whom h* >ra< getting out ratlrna 1
es In a camp last August: and on the sa ue
ly Matt Lewis motored) was hanged at St.
ouis for wifo murder.
Tiiiiee thou-and people were driven from
leir homes at Nashville, Tenn., by a flood.
Such a furious crow I was present at the '
lie of tickets for the appearance of Patti,
le opera sinuer, in San 1-ranciseo, that winjws
ami plants were smashed, many womon
linted, the box office window was broken,
(id ordc was restored only after many perms
had beer, arrested.
Cattle in'ected with the foot and mouth 1
iseaso in Kan-as nre being killeJ aud
Heavy fra'uls bv toba c) dealers ha v.)
Jen unearthe 1 in Louisville, ivy. D. K.
lason, proprietor of tin Peoples' Tobacco
arehousp, is a defaulter to the tuuo of
57.00!!, and Peter F. Semouin, president,
nd his son, W. O. .Semonin, secretary of |
le Pike warehouse, absconded after c ?mlitting
frauds to the ext;nS of abrjt $10J,)0.
A oa li. has b-en is nod for a national contention
of A nM-Monopolists, to bo held in
hicago on Ma II, to nominate a preside!)al
ticket. The quota of re| resentation will
3 four delegates fro n eacli congressional
istrict, four fro n each Territory an 1 four
oni the Dis'rict of Columbia.
Later report1*, put the number of lives los
y the expld-ion in t.io Poeah mbus (Va
lino at IP.'.
Several large plantations were inundated
y a break in the levee on tlio Mississippi at
ato:i J'ouge. La.
Wiiilf. a colored man and his wife wore at
'ork in a liel 1 not far from MrBean, Ga.,
leir lour children were murderel.
A msi'fTK between three men playing
irds near Hutsburg, Tenn.. ended by one
T the players sho tting his two companions
Josei'H F. Sanders, bookkeeper for a St.
ouis wholesale grocer, stole $15,000 of Ills
np!oyer*s money and spent it in speculation.
An affecting scene occurred the other day
b a prayer meeting in Chicago,
[rs. (ieorgiaiia Miller, a widow,
>mained on her knees i i the attitude of
raver. wh>le the rest of the worshipers
owly left the lia'l. Examination showed
rnt -Mrs. Miller wa-i ilea l.
Five minors in Colorado were killed by a
low-slide fifty feet deep.
Bishop Kavaxai'uii, senior bishop of tho
[cth <list Kuiseopa! church South, died at
ohtmbua, Mi s., al ter a | ainful illness.
The Virginia senate before final adjournlent
authorized tlietraiisinissioiitothe presicntoi
this United States Senate of a copy
l tlio resolution recently adopted requesting
enator Maliono t? resign.
By tlio explosion of au oil .still in f'levemd,
Ohio, three emiiloyes were surrounded
y e-caping oil, wiiich jutd caught fire, and
ere burned to death in sight of a helpless
A twain of forty cars, hnndsomely decoded
and loa I d 'vitli corn valued at $11,000,
is been >ent to tlio Ohio flood sufferers by
10 | eopl.i of Seilgwic't couuty, Ivan., in
ratefu! roinembraiiCJ of charity extended
hen they were sud'ering from the grass*
upper plague in 1-7-.
Henry \Vati';:iishn, of tli? Louisville
hvrii-r-.hiunuil, appeared before the conro-isional
joint c.mimit toe on the library anda
lea long argument, in favor of the lull
ranting iii'wspa.ies a copyright of eight
rmrson theirncw--. Mr. U'atters in said that
icre had b-cM a gr at de.il of iui->approhciio'i
in regard to tlii; bill; that it was not dik'ted
a.'ain-t, the co;int.rv pivsi at all, but
lainst daily p:i|n'rs ami certain concerns
liicli appropriate the valuable news of
-her | a;iers in their vicinity, and by buredly
getting out. such new; or furnishing
latos >>f the same defeat legitimate enterrise.
The II'Misc committee on post offices ordered
1 verse rep rts on the hills authorizing pus11
savings banks and prohibiting the transli.-sion
in the mails of newspapers contaiuig
lottery advertisements.
A resolution has been adopred by the
louse committee on postoilices and nose
>ads declaring tho charges against Kepre nttttivo
Kllis in connection wllh certain
ar route contracts t > be utterly groundless.
The JeauneUc <-x ?r*?li| ion to tho Arctic
sgions cost th government, in cue way cr
lotlier, ab:>ut (IU0.
('oxckkssman* Hatch, of Missouri, reliveda
te'Gjram stating that t!i" foot and
lotith disease liu< 1 broken out among cattle
I the northeastern part of that State.
llEl ltK.-k.VI ATlVt: . Hoi.mav tli'ulcs Con- j
re<s will bo unnblo to adjourn bc-foro Aullst.
The President sent the following notninaiin
to tho So nte: Situuier Howard, of Michan,
to b chief justice of the supreme court
' the Territory of Arizona: Case Hro lerick,
' Kansas, associate just it-oof this supremo
mrtof th* Territory of Idaho: .Ja-ob H.
lair, of AVyniiiing. assosoei.-ite justice of the
ipreine court of the Territory of Wyoming.
Skxatck II.mvi.kv having introduce 1 a
II in the S -lia'e authorizing tli secretary:
' th'> navy to offern reward of s'J.'i.OUO for
le rescue or it sc. i very of tli* Oreely oxpetioii
in tho Arcli regions. Secretaries ;
handler and bn-olii wrote totlio President
ip< sing any such action.
Sei i:etai:v ( uanm.icu has written to Mr.
S. Cox, cliiiriiiai of tho committee'
l nnvai affair.-, opposing t h'? recent,
'solution of tlie House providing fori
lothor investigation of the Jean- :
?tto expedition, lie snfs tho alligations I
iade against Mcut-nnul UobonKngiu.-er J
elville, t.iie members of the court of in- j
liry, and tiio navy department, in behalf of j
route J Collins,nieto rologist of the expedi- '
>n, are untrue and unjust. and object* to j
opening the inouiry in:o what, liesavs, the
mrt of iniiu'rv correctly termed "trivial'
llleullies, tucli occur on shipboard even |
ijjpr tlv most, lavoraole circuinstaiicos." .
The Indian appropriatio i bill as agreed i
pon by the lions? appropriation committee, j
>propriat?s a decrease of $Ki,- 1
l!2 from the appropriation of last year and I
1,11)!', 150 from the estimates.
French troops have capturod the town of
Bacninh in Tonqnin.
.Mr. Bradlauqii, while delivering a locture
at Bridgewater, England, against i>er- (
pctual pensions, was attacked and driven ,
from the platform by showers of rotten eggs,
fruit anil fireworks. The mob afterward
attacked and wrecked the chairman's house. )
A Berlin dispatch says that trichinosis, 1
engendered by eating Gorman-bred pork,
and duo in no wise to the American product,
is ravaging various parts of Germany.
Great excitement existed at Ottawa, On- '
tario, owing to a report that the government
had received important information of a con ,
spiracy to blow up public buildings with dynamite.
The guard around the parliament
buildings was increased, and the speaker of
the House of commons, with his family, suddenly
vacated his apartments in those buildings.
Queen* Victoria is said to be in bad health,
suffering continually from fits of depression.
During the second battle between General
Graham's troop? and Osman Diana's forces
Adams Fi aser, the largest soldier in tin
Black Watch regiment, laid twelve Arabs
low with his single bayonot. For this tent
he was cheered by the troops returning to
Suakim Weston,
the American pedestrian, has accomplished
the feat of walking 5,000 miles in
100 days?doin^ fifty miles a day and lectur- 1
inc in the various cities and towns through <
which ho passed. Prominent temperance advocates
took great interest in the feat, as it
was undertaken by Weston with a view to
demonstrating the superiority of tea over
in nnHorfftlnnra rami! finer nliVsipftl
'"i1"" " ? a- . ?j- a i-j
Plans *"->r general assassination by the use
of explosives havo l>?en disc ivered at Birmingham
and Newcastle-on-Tyne, England,
A subterranean spring blocked a silver
rrine near Schwatza, in tha Tyrol, and sev- (
oral miners were drownei.
Henry Brown, a colored man, died a Tew
days ago in Niagara, Ontario, at the al- 1
leged age of 121 year.-. He claime l to remember
George "Washington, and said that
on one occasion ho drovo that gentleman
from his master's plantation to Washington. 1
Admiral Hewitt isssued a proclamation
oflvring a reward of ?'J,000 for the head of <
(isnian Digna, the rebel chief In the Soudan;
but the English war secretary ordered the
proclamation to be withdrawn. Osman
Disna was reported to bo still defiant, and 1
returned with !i,0(W followers to his former
encampment He exhorted the people to a
religious war, promised them success in a '
third battle, and used stern measures toward t
his disaffected followers.
A woman who was attacked by two dogs
in Quebec was frightened to death.
The French government has decided to
occupy Upper Tonquin as far as the Chinese
border. i
Some of the Itlany Crimes of Bon
Thomson, of Texas. (
A San Antonio (Texas) dispatch to the New f
York World says: The tragic drath of the j
famous desperadoes, Ben Thomson, King
Fisher ana Joe Foster, who killed each other (
in the Vaudeville thea'rohsre, was the sole t
topic of conver.-ation. Everybody knew Ben
Thomson, and while the public in general s
breathes more free'y over his death, yet all ^
feel that the city has lost one of its most
noted characters. Strangers coming hero t
wore loth to believe that the quiet-spoken
gentleman pointed out to them was the no- ^
torious ben Thomson. He looked more like
a sentimental dry-goods clerk than like a desnei-ftdo.
One of his boasts was that he was f
the only man in the city who dare 1 wear a d
9ilk lmt ou all occasions. Slenderly built,
with carefully curled mustache, natty in
dres-*, always clad in immaculate linen, Ben
was t!io last man in the world tp be taken as
tho murderer of a dozen men. He never
could remember all whom he had wounded
and mt killed, and it was difficult for him to j
recall the names of those who had met death ,
at his han.!s.
Ben was born in Yorkshire, England, in t
1*44, and came to Austin, Texa^i, when a c
child, with his parents. His mother was j
murdered by a runaway slave, aud Ben,
with his brother Bill, enlisted in tho Confed- *
eratf army a~ the outbreak of the war. He >
was oii:y a hot-headel bov at this time and
very soon quarreled with his superior officer,
shot him dea l, and was chained in the guard
house, to which he set lire and escaped.
Then he enlisted under Maximilian and spent ;
tw > years chasing Mexican deserters, most
of whom ho ?hot on the run. (
Tired of the army Ben went to Austin
and o,jenel a gambling saloon under tho
Austin Statesman. Here ho often amused 1
amused himself and friends by firing
through the ceiling 'just to see tho printers (
c amber out of the windows." Tha' old oflic?
is oven now considered the bast venti- !
la ted inTexa--. When drunk ho would ride i
like mad through tho streets, shooting out (
the lights. Next day ho would call aid pay ,
his fine.
One bright moonlight night Ca tain Rabb
ca:no to his house and asked Ben to protect
him from fivo cowboys. Ben ran down (
from his houso b.iivhoaded and in his
siiirt-sleeves and wa3 soo.i among the
cowboys. His llr.it shot killed tiie I
leader," his second a horse, and he actuallj
-i 1 rrtort r\nf. Mwn RWMrinp.
t'UflVU LUC 1.WU' lUwli V* WW...., OT
| taunting ami firing fit tb^m as they catloped
away. So this desperado *as continually
fighting the hat le.s of his friends. In Kanvis
his brother Bill wa? b?sie::<?d by the
entire police force in a store. Ben clambered
in to his assistance. The marshal, an old
friend <>f Ben. approached to confer with the 1
be.iegod, when Bill shot him dead. Ben
curscd his brother for causing the death of
his best fri- nd. but nevertheless helped Bill ,
to escape by a rear <'*it. Both got away,
but Bill was captured, tried and acquitted c
two years later. I
Christmas night three years ago Ben ;
slapped the faco of the proprietor of the same
theatre in which lie met his death Wednesday.
The latter ran behind the bar, caught '
up a double-barreled shot-gun and fired both ?
barrels. One side of Ben's trousers, vest and f
c at were cut to pieces, but only slight
wounds were received and his wife soon
patched the clothes. As the smoke cleared '
awav Ben iired threo times at the proprietor. '
One bullet w nt through his brain, one J
through his heart and the third through his '
arm. The barkeeper meanwhile got out
h;s pistol, but as Ben turned upon J
him he dropped behind tho bar.
Tho point of his pistol was alono visible .
and Ben fired by guess through the wood- 1
wortc of tho bar. The bullet struck the man \
in tho face. going through his mustache. ;
Ben b.dieved that the barkeeper died from '
tho elTects of tho wound, but ho did not. His
name was Matthews, and he afterward
was connected with the 11 >tSprings Sentinel.
He thi n had threo bullets in him, one of
which was receive ! from tho mayor of Hot
Springs. He was killed less than two years
ago in an afrray at the Arlyton house. Hot '
Springs. Ben was not strong physically. He
said tluit when frolicking with his wife and t
httie boy they could always throw him down <
and master him. But he* was a dead shot,
and could hit a man every time 100 yards ,
away with his pistol, which was a beautiful |
silver-mounte I one. His luck was amazing, |
ami half the time ho did not carry his pistol.
If a man wanted to fight he tried to talk .
him out of it. If ho persisted, Ben let him
lire first. "Then," said lie, with a smile, J
"I fixed him and worked in the plea of selfdefense."
One night Ben and bis brother
were in a Rambling saloon in Laredo. A row 1
started, the lights wero put out and every- '
I ody wont to shooting. Ben and Bill got in '
the windows, emptied their revolvers, sprang
out the window, swam the river and got off ]
without a scratch. I
The B.ong and C'urcvi <
<>1 a Once Fuiiiohm Singer. i
Madame Anna Bishop, who died a few '
days ago in New York of apoplexy, in her (
seventieth year, was onco famous in the
world of song, and had a mo.-t event ul |
career. In the course of her long profes- I
sional life, she appeared in either concert or 1
opera in almost every country in tho world. ,
It is believed that, from first to last, Mad- I
uini) Bishop sang before a greater number of '
people than any other singer who ever live I. 'J
Hie has sung in from ton to fifteen different
languages on one occasion, while in Moscow. I
succvssiuIly taking the part of Alice, iu
'liobert le Diablo, in ti:o Kussian language.
China and India are among the countries in
which she has given concerts, and iu ISM die
was accorde I the unusual privilege of sing- j ,
ing iu tin; tabernacle in Salt Lake city, which J ,
was filled by an immense audience.
In iSiIii, while on the Voyage from Mono- i
lulu to Hong Kong, sho and her party were |
shipwrecked on a barren coral island, where ] '
they remained for twonty-one days. In the j
wreck they lost all their personal effects. | i
Finally they s-t <?ut in a boat twenty !?*
feet long for one of the L-idrouo islands, l. lmi
miles distant, ami accomplice I the jour- j <
ney in thirteen days. They had but J
a scanty supply of foo l and water, which I
was exhausted before they reache 1 their I .
joarney's end. Wliilc they were almost j
starving, a largo lish leaped from the water !
and fell into the b iat. 'ihero were twentytwo
persons in the part'.", and the tl>h was ! I
c;it into twenty-two pieces which were i '
eaten raw. Ma .'amc Bisli ip has re.'erred to 1 i
her share on that occasion in one of the mo>t i
delicious tasting 111 rselsshe ever ate.
She started on her la-t tour around the |
world in lsJVi. Since its completion she has ( i
lived for most of the time in New York, i
with li'T husband, Mr. Marti i ScliuIU, | (
whom 'he married in l^V, a few years after i
the death of her first husband, lier I ist a, - :
iM-arance in pub ic wa< at a concert in *
New York about a year a;o. Her voice uas I .
wonderfully well preserved in her latter j
years, and in her personal appea ance and
manners she was also remarkably you'liful. 1
ller?onversation was highly entertaining, j .
being enriched by a fund of curious anee- j 1
dole, although she was singularly modest in !
speaking of her own artisti<- triumphs.
The ('our d'.Alene (Idaho) mining fever has ,
become epidemic. A correspondent >ays
there has been "nothing like it since California
and the days of '4'.'." California, Mon- '
ana, IdaUo, the Lilaek Hills and the Kast are '
pairing in prospectors, miners, broken-down ; .
business men, gamblers and paupers at the | ,
rale of two hundred a day. There are now ; ,
3,000 men at the mines, and it is beiieved thai j
the number will be doubled shortly. j
At the Rhode Island Republican State
convention, held in Providence, all the pres?nt
State oflirers, from governor down,
were renominated, and a resolution wa^
adopted congratulating United States senator
Anthony upon his return to health.
Prominent New York Gorman businoss
men are raising a fund of $100,000 for exSenator
and ex-Secretary Carl Schurz.
I'etkr Edwards, seventy-five years old
a well-to-do larmor of Albany county, N.Y.,
but addicted to opium eating, killed his
aged wife with a hammer and then mado
[Ill UUSUIXCSOLUI ULWJUi^U w vuw uio una
Charles Langheimer, bettor known as
"Dickens' Dutchman,'' died a few days ago
in the Eastern penitentiary, Philadelphia,
where ho had spent the better part of his life.
He was eighty-two years old and was buried in
letter's Field. He was first sentenced to the i
penitentiary in 1810 and was released from i
time to time only to bo returned for thefts, i
His notoriety was gained by Dickens' refer* j
enco to him in the American Notes, in a I
chapter describing Jthe system of solitary j
confinement, and speaking of Langheimer
in pathetic terms. Langheimer, however,
success u!ly passed through all the misery so
pathetically pictured by Dickens and lived
to hear of the novelist's death.
This country is to have an invasion of
whito elephants, the first of his kind arriving
in New York a few day3 since on an
ocean steamer, His color is described as " a
[i?ht gray, a shade lighted, perhaps, than
irigar asties."
TiiE Senate confirmed the nominations of
Joseph E. Irish, of Wisconsin, to be consul
sf the United States at Cognac; Leonard E.
Wales, r.f Delaware, to be United States
listrict judge for the District of Delaware;
James N. Kerns, of Pennsylvania, to be
['nited State3 marshal for the eastern district
of Pennsylvania.
B"th the Senate and House having ac:eptel
the conference report on the military
icademy appropriation bill, it went to the
Mr. Bliss, late counsel for the government,
appeared before the Springer commit:eoof
investigation and explained his con.
irction with the star route prosecutions. He
stated that in hi* opinion the Dorsey case was
;he strongest of all with which to go before a
JIrs. John Smith, of Jackson county,
ja., filled a pot with water, put it on the
Ire, and when the water began to boil she
ilunged her head into it and died.
The Gill Car Manufacturing company, of
Columbus, Ohio, has failed for about $i(30,KX).
X HE Italian ministry resiguou uitui^ tu tu?
niallness of the majority received by tbe
(resident of the chamber of deputies.
Admiral Lessoffsky, the Russian miuiserof
marine and commander of tho Rusian
squadron which visited the United States
luring the civil war, is dead.
Twenty-seven nihilists, among them
our artillery officers, were arrested a few
lays since in St. Petersburg.
Mr. Allison reported with amendments the
leflcieney appropriation bill received from
he Hrm-o A bill was reported favorably
o provide for refunding exce&j or impos'8
in raw .sugar The Senate debated, .'t
ength and without action, the bill to fix th'*
alaries of United States District judges at
00, n?d the Blair education bilL
Mr. Turner called up the Virginia con;"sted
election caso of Garrison against
Mayo, the report declaring the contestant,
''arrison, entitled to a seat. ill-. Mayo, the
;itt:ng member, was heard in his own bomlf.
He admitted that, if the act of the
general assembly of Virginia requiring
ho prepayment of a capitation tax constitutional,
the repori of tho committee was
ibsolutely correct. But he believed ttiatthe
ict was unconstitutional and void; that if
th > votes of the persons who had been rejected
for not having complied with that
[aw were counted he would be found to bo
untitled to the sea'. After some debate,
[kj'.itical in character, the resolution declaring
Garrison entitled to tho seat was unanimously
adapted, an J that gentleman appeared
and too'; tho oath of office.
[> c arat'o-iM for the World'* Fair at
New Orleans.
i'i.? <>f a ileoartment of in*
taxation of the World's Exposition is oflB ally
ann unced, says a New Orleans dila'ch.
It is under the direction of Samuel
dtillen, who is designate I chief of thedepartneiit.
There will bo sent to applicants the
ituation and plan of the exposition grounds,
i imp of the city showins the 1 cation
>f the grounds and the approaches
iy ra'l. water and horsa care, and a
ithographi" ground plan of the builJinrs.
Articles intended for competition must be
fnt -red in the name of the manufacturer or
roducor. Exhibitors from the United
5ta'es will ba charged an entry fee of five
lojlars for each separate article entered.
no charge will ba made to foreign exhibits.
The World's Exposition opens December 1
ss4, and closes n >t later than May 31, lJSjiJ,
Yrtictes must bs in place and anangement.
:omp!etel by November 15, 18S4. Exhibitors
nust provide all show-cases, shelvings, coun.
ors, iittings, etc.
Alexis.?The Grand Duko Abxia is now
ligh admiral of the Russian navy.
Miller.?Joaquin Miller is an applicant
it Washington for a consulate in some warm I
Aknold.?Matthew Arnold, the English
jvayist and poet, alter an extended lecturing
tour in this country, has returned with his
family to England.
Wood.?Professor J. G. Wood, the English
naturalist who has been lecturing in this
lountrv on natural history subjects, intends
to settle in Boston.
Dl'n.ve.?Pope Leo has conferred upon Ednund
Dunne, formerly chief justice of Arisona,
and n ?w at. the nea 1 of the San Antonio
colony in Florida, the title of count.
Packer.?It is said that the death of |
Harry E. Packer, the late president of the Lehigh
Valley Railroad company, leaves his
>ister, Miss Packer, with the largest Income
jf any unmarried lady in America.
Ears.?Captain James B. Eads. the noted
.'ngineer. having finished his work at the
liiuith or th-> Mississippi, has been invited to
examine the bar and channel of the .Mersey
tvith reference to improving, if possible, the
ipproach to Liverpool.
iicud.?When Victor Hugo's eighty-t&ird
birthday was r cont'y celebrated in Paris in
Lhe poem's hou-e cr w Is of his friends and adnircrs
(locked to nay him homage. His
Irawing-room was filled with choice (lowers
sent from all parts of the country. Arecep;ion
was almost forced upon him, but, in
spite of his natural wish to retire early and
seek repose, the a^e I j>oet, surrounded by th*
nciiibere of his family, had a kin I word tor
very one win had "come to congratulate
Tiiekk are over *2?k) indictments for niurd.r
>r attempted murder pending in Cincinnati
Tiiiktv tiiocsaM) patents were issued last
rear in tireat Britain agaiust 'JO,(KJ0 in this
A i-AKTVof Baton Rouge (La.) bird-hunters
recently killed 1,40 ) robins with no other
weapons but sticks.
Viitsinia, Tennessee, Alaba ma and Georgia
pruducd 704,OJU tons of iron last year, j
gainst tons in 1>S0.
Six thousand uuesses at the number of |
.leans in a bu< reali/' I SI,"iO) for the flood
iUtlVrers in Columbus, Ohio.
\ ?? n?. k'inL- .if Corea, a son of I
.?r.i tir. u w- - ?r~t -lis
prime minister, ail 1 a sun of a military
nandarin of that country nave lately been
nade iii?'inl>ts of tho Methodist church at
Shnnhai, ('liina.
Sinn k 1SM> I'itlsburg has had twenty-three
loi ids, thirteen of which have occurred in
lie winter? hive in December, four in Jailwry
ii.li. 1 six in February. The worst have
. oiiio in February.
It is a curious fact that the French-speakng
population of Canada has increased
luring the last decade at a much greater
'atio thau the K*igiish. The formerc!a?s now
lumber seve i-tenths of whom live I
11 the province of Quel).v.
Tiik may>r of Zacata^as, Mexico, has just
issued a iterivf that; every house in tne city
ilia!i lie j aimo I within a specified time, at I
:be owner's expense, and also directing that
iwners of city lots snail build houses thereon
iiiinediately, or forfeit the same to the ?jov riinienf.
A company w.th capital is prearing
todraln acres of land in Cam'imii,
Cnle:i>ieu a id \'crmilion, in the south.vest
corner of l^tuisimiii, and to make a gulf
rontofono hundred miles of agricultural
amis b?!wetu I/tko Charles and Sabine
i'ass. Steam plows for tho work have arrived
from England, capable of plowineflfty
lores a day.
_ rm
Borler Ein]o3:on 011 an Express
Train in Ohio.
Enj'ncer an J Fireman Blown Five
H^n !r?d Feet and Killed.
. -M
An acident unparalleled in ths railroad
a'inals of that sjction occurred early in th? .
morning on the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and
Chicago R, It., near Salem, Ohio. The New
York awlChicago linrite 1 express ha 1 reached
tho locality designated, when the boiler ol *
the engine exploded. The truin was moving
at the rate of sixty miles an hour. Tho engineer,
.lames Ri''hards, and Fireman Char'ei
Rhodes were b'own a distance of .100 feet and
instantly killed. The engine went down one
sn;e oi t he thirty-loot emhanKment,while tne
tender was thrown over the opposite side.
The train consisted of a baigaze-car ani
three sleepers. Tlie baggage-car rolled $
down the embankment. The sleepers kept /J
the road-bed, but had all the wheels ..
carried from under thorn. Abiub two
hundred feet of track was utterly
demolished The explo.ion was heard in Sa- .. lem,
about three miles distant, and sounded
like a peal of thunder. A farmer living '
11 ar heard the engine whistle for the road '
crossing ai'd a moment after thought be
h<-ard thunder, which in reality was the explosion?
Dr. J. A. Tressell, the railroad surgeon afr XzM
Alliance, was immediate.y telegraphed for
and was so >n on the spot doinsr all that medical
aid could do to alleviate the suffering
of the injured. A special train was dispatched
to the scene, ?. carrying, beside
the railroad surgeon, John Sharer,
undertaker, a :d several rallroal officials.
(. haxles Rhodes, the fireman, was terribly
scalded about the head aud had an arm
and leg broken. He was unmarried and , ' -3
l;ved at Wampum, Penn. James Richards, .
theenginear, seems to have sustained in- y,
ternal injuries, as there were no bones -? .
broken and he was very Jittle scarred. He
lived in Al!e ;heny, Penn., aud leavei a wife
and four childreu. Charles Bissel, baggageman,
had his knee broken, and about a .
doztn j-asserjgers were more or less seriously
Eoucicatxt claims to have written over
40) plays.
Strauss is writing a new opera, " The
Gypsy Baron."
Sims Reeves, the tenor, is seriously ill at ' '?>
his home in England.
Emma Abbott singi ia opera on Sunday
evenings in Saa Francisco.
Henry Irvino's gross receipt! in thii . U
country will aj?regate nearly $400,000.
Sonnenthal, the foremost leading man In ,i
Germany, has been engaged for an American'
Ristori, Salvina and Bernhardt are all
coming back to work still further the mine
in America.
President Arthur gave a dinner recently
at tho White house in honor of Mr. Henry
Irving and Miss Terry. . . *^*3
Miss Whitxey, the Boston sc.ilptor. is engaged
on a bust or Ellen Terry, the English
actress now with Irving's company.
Wachtel, Cotze and Botel, thres celebrated
Gennan tenors, will all rival each
other in ditrerent tneatres in .Benin in may.
Ax imperial censor ia Russia recently objected
to the publication of "Hamlet" as a
pernicious piece of literature to put in the .
bands of the young.
Eowakd King eays that "Mr." Wilson
Barrett is becoming a great man in London,
asMumin; a s>cial prominence wlileh few
actors in France or America attain."
Madame Nilssox says she shall retire from
the stage in two years. "I shall not stay upon
the stavre," she says. " to hear it said, ' Poor i
Ma lamo Nils^on! Her voice is a'l gon?f"'
Mary Anderson rests in Italy after the
close of the season; then travels through
Edinburgh, Gla-gow, Manchester, Liverpool,
Dublin and Birmingham, taking her company
and charging double pr ces.
There is to be a great Handol commjmoration
in Giermany, on the 20th of May, the
second centennial anniversary of the com- 91
poser s death. The first anniversary wa?
held in Westminster Abbey, George III and
Queen Charlotte being among theauiltors.
Miss Selena Fetter, who plays the
heroine of "The Straj^ler* of Paris," is the > 3
Louisville beauty who made so flatterini a
debut two seasons ago. She is said to reaeinb'e
Mary Andei-son in physique, and to excel
that favorite in intense emotional endeavors.
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On the register of the St. James hotel, New
York, aud within four lines of each other,
one day recently, were to be seen the names
of B. McAulyy, New York, and John T. <
Maeauley, Louisville, Ky. The two men are
brothers"; one a well-known actor, and tho
oth'T a prosperous thcatro manager. They
hal a a impute some years a^o about the
theatre; ' Barney " chanjtefl the spelling of
phis t ame, and they have since been strangers
to each other
Charles Balmer, one of the best musicians
in the West, and a very able and conscientious
critic, thus tells a reporter the
musical relations between Patti and Gerster:
"The style of the artists is so different that
it is almost impossible to make a comparison.
Certainlv. whatever Gerster does sne enacta
the character. She is a conscientious artist",
but ?he has not the facility that Fati ha*
She ha; equally as much execution,but there
a is someihinu in Pattl's voice that is indescribable.
The Ion? and short of it is that
Patti Is the greatest artist in the world.
Sapphire-blue is a favorable color for
the dresses of growing girls.
Queen Victoria is the richest woman *
in the world, and growing richer.
The grain of wop;l makes the pattern '
for the polka dots on some of the new
patterns in calico.
Tufts of white chenillp in the form of
dots, balls, tassels and blocks occur on
many of the new veilings.
Coquelicot red bonnets with trimmings ,
of red maple wings will be worn by pale
ladies of fair complexion.
Mrs. Livermorc, in a recent lecture,
said that in the West she finds "a perfect
network of women's clubs."
Very narrow velvet ribbon, as narrow
as soutache braid, is used in large quan
titics on imported bonnets. x
I It is now the extravagant fashion to
use as mtifh material as possible in the
skirts and overskirts of dresses.
Spring wools in the new brown-gray
tints and also those in vert-de-gris predominates
in fresh importations.
The beautiful and durable tafTcta
again the favored silk both for all-sil
toilets and silk and velvet combinations
India shawls are formed into graceful
spring mantles by means of silver or gilt
buckles, used to hold the folds in place. ?
Lace waistcoats, or rather satin waistcoats,
covered with pleatings of lace,
arc very fashionable on toilets of black
The full silk waistcoat used in the
! summer dresses will be elaborately
strapped rather than allowed to hang
Plaited nelcrincs, of the material of
the dress come :is the fashionable wrap,
with Parisian dresses for very young
New York florists have adopted a
fashion of encircling all bouquets with a
wreath <>f ivy leaves, giving them a very
stiff effect.
Hound hats trimmed with velvet
scarfs, which are fastened loosely about
the throat, are called Spanish by those
who find that the curves of the scarf remind
them of the mantilla.
White nun's veiling is extensively worn
by little girls at children's parties. Some
of the new styles for children's dresses
are exceedingly quaint and pretty. Puffed
sleeves are worn, and the Kate ( Jrecnaway
waists are still very popular.
The Princess Louise has recently regained
the youthfuluess of appearance
which she possessed before her late visit
foL.,,1.1 vt -I recent wedding she
wore a dark-red satin, with bonnet to
inateh, and a boa and tnulT of skunk fur.
Mrs. .Marv A. Miller's final capture of
the captaincy of a Mississippi .-teainboat
has kept biographers bu>y in setting
forth her many merits. She is said to be
eipially at home on the river or <>n shore,
and to carefully adapt her language to .
the emergencies of either.
XiNson displayed at a recent reception
in Philadelphia iiianv elegant diamonds,
anions which were a diamond bird of
paradise in her hair and a comb of five
very large diamonds On the front of
the'eorsage she wore twenty-seven diamonds,
nearly all presented to her by the
late czar of liussia and the king of Sweden.
On the left of her corsage she wore,
the court order of Sweden, encased in
diamonds also an order of the commander
of (rcrmany of art and science, and
a similar one from Russia. Her bracelets
and shoe-buckles were also ornamented
with the same precious jewels.
Representative Lamb, ot" Indiana, is
said to be the handsomest man in Washington.

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