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Twilight Fields.
A quail's soft whistle, tremulous
With broken beat, now floats ncrosa
Ihoshadowy mead, all odorous,
With trampled grass and bruised moss,
The lowing kino in ccdaren shade
Seek at this hour their flanks to cool,
Then passing down the open glade,
Turn slowly to the drinking-pool.
The cardinal lobelia nods
Amid the inarisli weeds, and by
The running stream, the golden-rod
Dunce to the choral harmony
Of bird and wave; tho gossamers,
Seen in the sun's departing ray,
Glimmer liko mists around the tiia
That bond abovo 'he little bay.
Then come, my lovr?, and let U3 leav
Tho village din, the du.-tv roan,
Come, let us in this haunt ol Eve
Pilfer the 8wee's of Ceres' loid,
Ero yet tho halcyon, like a shaft
Of flashing light, shall seek his homo,
Wo may of nectar quaff a draught,
k As through the twilight fields wo roam.
? Robert Elliot in the Current.
' Author of " Called Bick."
It was over! She knew! The hope j
which may have buoyed my spirits, [
that Philippa's agitation at learning of '
Sir Mervyn Ferrand's death was but j
due to the fact that once she loved the
man entirely vanished. 1 could see no
loop-liolf of e ape, no possibility of '
persuading h^r that she was fancying 1
horrirs w.uch had never taken place.
Moreover, although 1 would have
given my life to have saved her from |
the knowledge of this thing, I could
noc meet the eyes of her I loved, and j
lie to her.
I did indeed, if but for the sake of
gaining time, attempt to stammer out
some evasive answer; but she interrupted
me before I had spoken five
"Whydo I ask?" she echoed. "I
knew it all?all?all! In dreams it has j
come to me?the whitened road?the j
dull dead face?the whirling snow! j
In dreams I have stood over him, i
and said to myself, 'He is dead!' But, j
Basil, my love, ray husband, I thought
it was but a dream. I hated him and
so I dreamed that I killedhim., Basil,
dearest Basil, tell me, if you can, that
I drfcamed it!"
Her voice sank Into accents of piteous
entreaty. She looked at me yearningly.
"Dearest, it must have been a dream,"
i saiu.
She threw out her arms wildly. "No
no! It was no dream. Even now I
can see myself standing in the night
over that motionless form. I can feel
the cold air on my cheek. I can see
myself flyin g through the snow. Basil
1 hated that man and I killed him!"
The tears were streamng down my
cheeks. I seized her hands, and strove
to draw her to me. She tore herself
from my grasp, and throwing herself
wildly on the bed, broke into a paroxysm
of sobs. As I approached her
she turned her head from- me.
I killed him! killed him!" she whispered
in awe-struck tones. "Oh, that "
fearful night! It has haunted me ever
since, I knew not why. Now I know!
Ho deceived me and I killed him!
killed him!"
I placed my arms around her neck,
and my cheak against hers. As she
felt my touch she started up wildly.
"No, no!" she cried. "Touch me not!
Shun me! Shrink from me! Basil, do
you hear? Do you understand? I have
murdered a man!"
Once more she threw herself on the
beJ, her whole- frame quivering with
"Sweetest, I love you," I whispered.
- "Love me! How can you love me.
Such love is not holy. If you love me,
aid me to die, Basil! Give me something
that will kill me! Why did you
save my life?"
"Because I loved you then, as I love
She was silent, and I hoped wa3
growing calmer. I was but waiting {
for the first shock of her newly-born !
knowledge to pass away, In order to !
reason with her, and show her that by j
every moral law she was guiltless ol
the fearful crime. Suddenly she
. turned to me.
"How did I kill him?" she said, with
a shudder.
"Dearest, rest. We will talk again
"How did I kill him?" she repeated)
with vehemence.
"He was found shot through th? j
heart." I answered reluctantly.
"Shot through his heart?his wicked
heart I Shot by me! How could 1 j
have shot him! With what? Basil,
tell me all, or I shall go mad! I will
not have the smallest thing concealed.
I will know all!"
"He was shot with a pistol." Where
is it?"
*I threw it away."
"You? Then you knew!"
I bowed my head. I felt that concealment
was useless. She must know
I told her every thing, I told her
how she had promised to come for me;
how, as she did not keep that promise
- I went in search of her. I told her
how she had swept past me in the
snow-storm; how I had over-taken
her. I repeated her wild words, and
told her how the fatal weapon had fallen
at my feet, and how I had, on the
impulso of the moment, hurjed it away
into the night; how she had broken
away from me, and fled down the lonelv
road; how. excited and terrified by
^Mier words, I had gone on to learn their
hnw f liad found the bodv ol
Sir Mervyn Ferrand; how, without
thought of concealing the deed, I had
laid the man by the roadside; how ]
had rushed homo, and found her, Philippa,
waiting for me, and in the full
height of temporary insanity, I told
her all this, and I swore that from th(
moment I discovered that her sense?
had gone astray I held her, although
she had done so dreadful a deed, as innocent
of crime jis when she slept; s
babe, on her mother's breast.
She listened to me with fixed dilated
eyes. She interupted me neither bj
word nor gesture; but when 1 had fis
dshed speaking she c >vered her fact
with her hand.s, and great tears trickled
through her fingers. "No hope
'No hope!" she cried. "Oh! Basil. )
dared to hope that something yoi
would tell me would show nic it. was
not my hand which did this thing!
love, my own love, we have been a
happy while I could persuade mysell
all this was a dream! "We shall be napnv
no more. ]}asill
r# ?
Although she still shrank from me,
by force I drew her to me and laid
that poor head on my shoulder. I
stroked the smooth black silky hair,
I kissed the white forehead, and used
every endearing and soothing expression
that love such as mino could suggest.
In* vain! The moment I looscned^my
hold my wife fled from my
"Basil," she cried, "you knew it!
You knew the blood of a man was on
ray hands! Again I sav such lovo is
not. hnlvl"
" Dearest, again I tell you that in
my eyes?if the truth were known, in
the eves of all?you are innocent as a
She shook her head hopelessly. I
saw that nothing at present could
move her. Perhaps it w:is more than
I had a right to expect. So for the
time I gave up arguing. I begged her
for'my sake to rotire to rest. I g;ive
her a soothing draught. I sat by her
for hours, and held her hand, until
at last her eye-lids fell, and, worn out
bv grief she slept.
Oh, how right Iha l been in choosing
flight! Although a cursed chance
.. ... ..
i had revealed what I fondly hoped
j would be forever burried in oblivion,
how right I had been! Had the hands
| of justice grasped my sweet wife,
although she might no doubt have
i been found guiltless, the trial, the exI
posure, would have killed her. Thank
I heaven, she was safe, and amenable
! only to the tribunal of her own sen!
sitive conscie: ce!
I When I heard ner breathing grow
regular, and knew that she was in a
deep sleep, I pressed my lips gently to
her fair cheek and left her. I went in
; search of my mother, and made tho
best tale I could think of to account
for Philippa's indisposition. I forced
myself to wear a smiling face, and to
; listen with a show of interest to the
account my mother gave me of certain
difficulties which had during my abscence
arisen with some of the native
servants. But there was nothing
which could really interest mo when I
thought of my poor love lying there
sleeping, to awake, alas! to sorrow and
remorse. No wonder that, as soon as
I had spent with my mother the smallportion
of time which filial duty and
gratitudo exacted, I flew back to
Philippa's bedside.
I watched besuio nor unui sne awoke?
unt il her splendid dark eves unveiled
themselves. I leaned over and
kissed her passionately. Between
sleeping and waking, while consciousness
was yet in abeyance, she relumed
my caresses. Then came back memory
and its terrors.
"Leave me," she said; "1 am a
Once more I denied it; onca more 1
told her she was innocent. My only J
hope was, that by continued argument
I might in time e.lso her mind. She !
listened almost apathetically. I grew |
eloquent and passionate. Was I not 1
pleading for my own sake as well as
hers? If 1 could but persuade her she
was unaccountable for what she had
done, some remnant of the happiness
which a few days ago I had promised j
myself might even now be left. "Basil,"
she whispered, "1 have been dream- j
ing horriblo things. "Will they try me
?and hang me?'* "We are in Spain,
dearest. Even if you were guilty,the 1
English law could not reach you."
She started. "And it was for this you
hurried to Spain to save me from a i
felon's death ?"'
"To save you from wnat, in your
state at the time, you could not bear, j
I say again you are innocent but I {
dare not risk the trial."
She was silent for some minutes; j
then she spoke.
"I am proud, passionate, wicked,"
she said; "but I coukl never have j
meant to do this. I was mad! I must j
have been mad! Basil, you could tell j
them I was mad. They would believe i
you, and forgive me."
She looked at me imploringly.
"I could stand up," I said, "and !
state on oath that you were at the j
time in a raging delirium. I could I
pledge my professional reputation 1
that your actions were the result of !
madness. Fear nothing on that score, |
my wife."
I spoke boldly: but as I spoke a
thought shot through me?a thought1
which blanched my cheek and brought
the boads of prespiration to my brow.
I knew enough of law to bo aware J
that a husband could not in a criminal
case give evidence for or against his j
wife. My marriage with Philippa!
had deprived her of the benefit of my j
testimony as to her insanity. I trem- j
Dieu 11K6 a leai as i piciureu wuni uugub
happen in the event of her being tried
for the murder of Sir Mervyn Ferrand,
The very nurses had but seen her sane.
No one but myself and perhaps my '
servant had seen her in her madness. '
My dismay was such that I was 1
bound to leave the room, in order to !
recover my presence of mind. Again
and .again I thanked heaven that we j
were on foreign soil. The thought
that my unreasoning love might have
destroyed her I loved was almost more
than 1 could bear.
I fancy I have lingered long enough
over that terrible time, when my wife ;
first learned that the dream which had j
haunted her was reality*?that her hand
had unknowingly avenged her supposed
and premeditated wrong. Let '
me but say that the mental anguish I
into which the k'nowlege plunged her
was not unattended by physical evil.
In fact, for many daj s my poor girl !
was ill. My mother and I nursed her j
with every care, and by and by youth
ami n sninndid constitution reasserted i
themselves, and a shadow of her i
former self, she was able to leave her
bed. My mother was tenderness itself ,
to her daughter. She knew nothing of ,
the true cause of her illness; indeed,
she blamed me roundly for not having j
l:i'<en proper care of my beautiful bride, i
s e vowed laughingly that for the j
future nothing should induce her to .
trust Philippa out of her sight.
Xow that Philippa knew all she had j
done. I thought it better to tell her j
that, although he had no intention of |
so doing, Sir Mervyn Ferrand. in causing
a mock marriage to be celebrated, !
had by a strange chance really made
her his wife. This gave her little
comfort. "It makes my crime the
greater," she said bitterly. I am not
Dt to live!"
Weeks went by. Philippa gradually
grew stronger, and, what was even
more a cause of jjy to me. calmer and
more reasonable on a certain subject, j
With all the power I could bring to i
bear, J. had never ceased to Impress i
upon her that morally she "jras inno !
cent, and I believed my words were'
bearing fruit. Her fits of mental i
anguish and self-reproach grew of less !
frequent occurrence. Sha did not,
whenever we were alone, continually
harp upon her crime. Calm seemed t j j
settle upon us oncn more, and I
ventured to hope that the great physi-1
cian, Time, would one day bring to my I
wife's heart something that might be
called sorrowful happiness; but 1 knew 1
I must waityearj and years for this.
Site was changed, greatly changed.
Her lips seldom smiled; her eyes never
brightened unless when she saw me
drawing near. She seemed older and
graver. But I knew, In spite of all
she loved me with a deathless love.
Although at least we had ceased to
discuss the sorrow of our life, I susyected
it was seldom absent from her
mind. Sometimes as I lay beside her
I heard her moaning and talking in
her troubled dreams, and too well I
knew the cause. As my arm stole
round her, and assured her of the
safety anil certainty of my great love,
in my heart I cursed the dead man
whose evil deed had brought such
lasting woo on the fair head pillowed
on my bosom. Ah mel what life
might have been for us two, now that
lovo reigned between us!
Once?it was shortly after Philippa
began to creep, a week invalid, about
t.ho fragrant patio?she said to me,
with evident meaning in her voice.
'Basil, do you see the London papers
"Promise you will seo thorn every
"I will, it' you wish; but why?
Jler voice sank. "Cstn you not
guess? Basil, listen. I have consented
to be guuieu uy you. x am praying
that the day may come when I shall
think iis you think, iiut what if ;m
innocent person were accused of tho
crime I have committed? Then there
is but one course; you could urge
nothing against it. Promise me you
will see the papers every day as soon as
it reaches here. 1 shall have no peace
unless you do."
I promised fearlessly. .Justice does
sometimes make mistakes, but not
such a mistake as the one hinted at by
Philippa. No;Sir Morvyn Ferrand'a
death was a mystery never to be
solved. So, to set my poor wife at
ease on the matter, Iwrote and ordered
that The Tivus should be posted to nu?
every day.
| General Grant's Long Struggle
With His Illness.
I Scenes and Incidents at the Soldier's
From the reports of the New York papers
describing the varying phases of General
Grant's prolonged battle with disease, we
give the following further particulars:
At ":35 a. m. the other morning, the Genor:
al, who had been sleeping quietly, waked up
| and took nourishment. Almost instantly af.
terward ho was seized with a paroxysm of
coughing, which ended in a suddon flow of
I blood from tho mouth. The acci lent that all
I along the physicians had feared had arrived.
Tho ravages of the disease had so weakened
' tbo walLs of an artery of tho throat
! that tho strain of coughing burst it.
Dr. Douglas at once saw the gravity of tho
j situation, aroused tho family, and sent for
friends and help. The general was perfectly
j calm. He composedly wiped the blood from
I his lips, manifesting not tho slightest concern,
j Tho flow of blood stoppeJ of itself after a
1 tint", aud an anodyne was administered,
! under the intluonco of which tho patient was
; soon fast asleep. Dr. Satuls went away in a
I short time, there being no occasion for his
services, and soon after Dr. Douglas said
that the immediate danger was over,
i Dr. Newman walked slowly down the front
: stoop in tho drizzling rain at C a. m. tho
next morning and went toward Madison
avenue. "How is tho general this morn
j in-;" lie was asked, mi l ho replied:
"Ho is stronger than yesterday, and the
great wcaknoss lias in a measure disappeared.
Ho is still in a critical condition and n very
sick man, but it seems miraculous that he
should have been snatched from the jaws of
death. When he was so weak ho seemed to
have lost his will power and to have sunk into
a state of despondency. This morning, however,
he appeared more like himself than ho
has for several days, and his wonderful will
was again showing its supremacy. Tho doctors
do not know what to think of the case. Such
recuperative power is rarely, if ever, met i
with, and if it were not for the moral shock
that the general received when his troubles
began he would undoubtedly have been 111 a
good condition to-day. His mind is perfectly
clear and he is inclined to be cheerful. When
I wont from the library into his room a few
moments ago t<i bid him good-bye 1 found
him sitting in his easy chair close by tho
bright tire. He turned his face toward mo
when I entered, mid said in his quiet way
and reverential tone: 'Doctor, let us have
our morning family prayer:' ami calling his
family near him wo nil knelt down and
joined in thanks to God for having spared
our lives. The general closed the prayer
with an 'amen' sottly spoken, and I left him
then, looking happy and contented."
General Rosser, tho well known Confederate
cavalry leader, of South Carolina, was
admitted t> the general's room at 6:30 p. M.,
and remained for twenty minutes. Ho
brought with him some flowers, and the expression
of sympathy from many Southern
hearts that had be.-n enlisted against the
Union in the war. Tho old general could say
little, but be was deeply moved at the affec
tionate regard shown by ono wuo naa Deen a
bitter foe in the days gone by.
An oxpreso wagon brought a large box of
flowers that had bsen sent from Philadelphia
by Mr. G. W. Childs. They were invoiced at
$140, and tho expressman said that a similar
box was to be delivered daily. Senator Chaffee.
who had spent the night at tho house,
called again in the forenoon, and when ho
came out he said that the general had walked
around a little wbile he was there, and talked
readily with everybody. His face was full
and showed no evidences of sickness, but his
body was greatly emaciated.
The chief incident of one day was a cable
message from Queen Victoria It was received
at tho house late on Wednesday night,
but was not made public until Thursday afternoon,
because it was desired that the message
and the answer should go out together.
These read as follows:
"Aix-les-Bains, fth April, 1S55.
"Mns. Grant. General Grant, New York:
"Thequeen, who feds deeply for you in your
anxieties, commands me to inquire after General
Grant. Dowager Marchioness or Ely." i
"April 9.18SJ. j
"MjincnioNEfs or Elt, Atx-lcs-Bnlns:
"Mrs. Grant thanks the queen for her sympft- (
thy, and dlrccts me to gay General Grant is no bet- i
ter. Fred. D. Grant. |
A cable dispatch was received from London.
England, asking that a bulletin of tho
condition of General Grant at 5 o'clock in tho
evening be prepared bv tho doctors, in order
that it might be cabioi as speedily as possiblo
after that time. If that were done, tne mes- |
sage said, the information would be received i
in London about 11 p. m. , when the theatres I
were closing, and the clubs and the houses I
of parliament wero thronged with anxious
inquiries about tho general's health.
On Sunday the general was worse, having
fits of coughing and choking, which gave him
great pain. On Monday he was ogain somewhat
better, and wrote his nam;; on a number
of his T)hotCLrranhs, Durinc the day Senator i
Chaffee said: "Jftho general continues to I
tako nourishment as he does now, I believe
that ho will live until ho dies from the effect
of tho cancer. How long that will bo I cannot
say, nor will the doctors express any
opinion upon tho subject."
During all of Tuesday there was a marked I
improvement in the general's condition. \
Earl}' in tho morning, while sitting in his
room, he wrote the following noto to his wife,
who was iu an adjoining room, and sent it to
her by a servant: "The doctor tells me I am
better this morning. I am better. I am bet-!
ter than I liavo been in two weeks.
"17. S. Grant " j
General Grant during tho afternoon and
evening walked several times from his bodroom
to his library and enjoyed the company i
of different members of his family.
I.I-In I.arjfl S ufinislicd Riiildingw !
Suddenly Collapse in >ew Vorli,
A large mnnber of workm.-n were putting
the finishing touches to a row of eight fivestory
brick tenement houses o:i Sixty-sevond
street, between Tenth and Eleventh avenues,
n New York, when they suddenly gave way
and tumbled to tho ground with a terrific
crash. Describing the accident a metropolitan
paper says :
Every one who saw the houses fall used tho
same simile in describing it: "They fell like
a row of dominoes." The h uses were 011 the |
south side of the street, and the first of tho
row was about two hundred feet from Tenth 1
avenue. They wero five-story '"doubledeckers,"
built as the sequel proves, in the
poorest manner and with the flimsiest ma- !
tenuis. Gangs of roofeis and bricklayers !
were at work in the houses at about o o'clock |
in the afternoon. Suddenly there was a long,
n orsicli no tlla ..net, wj.'ll I
of tiio firut house caved in ujxm its neighbor. ,
Houso No. 2 quickly followed, and with n I
protracted clatter the entire row fell in i
a heap. The noise was heard for blocks, and j
a cloud of gray dust fillel the air. Men
whose tattered clothing was covered with
dirt and whoso faces were bleeding crept out
from under the mass, and such as were able
to do so walked awoy. A boy wa \ at once
sent to the Roosevelt hospital with the news,
and soon ambulances canio hurrying to the
spot. An alarm brought the firemen, and
the ominous signal of twenty-rive consecutive
strokes was sounded. This is a call for all
the ambulances in the city.
Captain Killilea, of the Twenty-second police
precinct, led his reserves to the scene.
Finding them unable to deal with the crowd
he sent to other precincts for aid.
The police barred the streets at Tenth and
Eleventh avenues and nrevented people from
approaching through Mr. Buddensiek's Sixty- j
llrst street house. As the night drew on the
air became sharp, and the crowd, tired of
waiting when there was nothing to be seen,
slowly dispersed. Coroner Martin and his
deputy, Dr. William T. Jenkins, lingered
about the ruin, both expressing the hope that
there would be no need of their official servic -s.
By 1 p. M. sixteen men had been taken out
injured moro or less severely, and about
twelve irore wero reported missing, but all
turnod up safely. One mull died of his injuries.
The c< ntractor for the erection of the build|
ings is one diaries Buddensiek, who has be
fore l>een in trouble on account of his rocki
lessnessin building ojmrations. lie dis:ipI
pea red shortly after the disaster, but the
i police were sent upon his track and he was
six n arresteJ. In court he gave bail in
the sum of ?>0,000. The flimsiest materials
were used in erecting tho buildings and that
is assijno 1 as the came of their col lapse.
! Ki:n%ia lo Hold 1*en rich ? Allccert
Agreement Willi Kiiglnnd.
A London dispatch says that at a meeting
of tho English cabh;o'< the Anglo-Russian
situation was represented to be
ns follows: Knglind ami Russia
haw agreed upon n bisis for a delimita"
j tion of the Afghan frontier. subject ton satisfactory
explanation by Russia of the recent
attack on the A slia:is. According to this
scheme it is said that 1 V?:?j?l*?h will bocoled
to Russia. t-rovid" 1 th" Ameer cons -nts (Pen jdeli
was tit-.' s 'Mi of the Russians' recent
I vifti ry of th? Altrhaus. >
Recruiting for the Knglisli n ivy continues
j wiili threat activity. The admiralty have invited
navy pensioners to volunteer. Active
prop ir.itioiis for war nr.? making in all tho
i All .tra'ian colonies. The d-jiarture of the
! Dragoons from Brighton to India has been
! postpone 1 pending the issir.- of negotiations
1 between England and Russia.
; Orders havo bx'ii roe. ived at t!ic arsenals
j and docks nt Nicolaieif am) .'sebasiopol to
j work night ami day in order to complete
' three Russian men-of-war.
Vessels of all nationalities are crowding
into the Black sea for tho purpose of trnns
porting grain from Russian ports before an
| outbreak shall o.-cur between Englund and
Russia. Eijhty-seven English vessels arrived
in one w eek.
"The shah of Persia is reported to have offered
to let England havo 50,000 Persian
troops in the event of war with Russia.
Tito English government hns decided tc
create a volunteer reserve corps in India of
I RO.OUtf men.
C .... ..
rimirrn and Middle Slate*.
Jsffhhsox Davis, in his letter of sympa,
thy to General Grant, declare'!: "If tho
i prayers and good wishes of all thoso in the
j South cnuld avail, he would conquer the dread
I antagonist with whom ho is now contending
just as triumphantly as ho overcame tho nnj
tagonisls with whom lie contended twenty
years ago."
"William Donovan, the Elmir.x (N. Y),
i newsboy, who won thereci-nt. six-day rollerskating
race at the Madison Square garden,
j in New York, died a few days since in tho
I latter city, of pneumonia. His death is be|
lieved to have resulted from a heavy cold
contracted through a lack of rest after tha
! match.
j Georok H. Mills, who murdered his wife
in lt^Sli becauso sho refuse<l his drunken ro'
quest to send one of his children for inoro
, beer, was handed tho other day in Brooklyn.
He made a sjjeech on tho scaffold, saying that
when he committed the murder ho was out of
his mind.
' Ex-Pkksident Arthur is again at his
. homo in Now York city, and will renew his
law practico with his old firm.
j After a trial lasting over a month James
D. Fish, ex-president of tho New York Maj
rino banlr, has been found guilty of misapplying
its funds and making false entries on
: the books, with intent to defraud the instiluI
tion and deceive tha State bank examiner,
i Fish was taken to Ludlow street jail, where
Ward, of tho suspended firm of Grant ?S>
Ward, with whom ho had dealings, is con1
By the sudden collapsa of eight five-story
! brick tenements in courst! of erection on West
Sixty-second street, New York, from sixteen
totwentv-fivo men were buried in tho ruins.
| anil many taken out severely'hurt. The use
| of flimsy materials caused tiie disaster, and
i the polico were ordered to arrest the conj
Buddknhiek", the contractor building the*
i eight tenement, houses in New York which
tumbled suddenly to the ground, was ari
rested and held in ),00i) bail. J .oil is Wal:
tors, a workman buried in tho ruins, died
from his injuries.
Tex firemen were at work on the second
, floor of a Now York piano factory that had
been on lire, when tho floor suddenly gavo
way precipitating tho firemen to tho cellar, i
All ten were injured, but none fatally.
The Democrats were successful in tho mu- j
nicipal election at Albany, N. Y.
General Grant was feeling so much i
Letter on the Kith that ho walked to a win- j
dow of his room and looked out upon the ;
street Rev. Dr. Newman said: "Theroisa
granil chance, I think,of tho general's getting i
well again." Soon after his throat was :
dressed General Grant said, in remarking t
upon his improved condition, that he though
lie would get well.
George Hcmpf, a railroad employe living !
r.t Danube, N. Y., in a fit of insanity mur- 1
dcred his wife and five-day-old child in bed,
an 1 then cut his own throat, dying soon after.
South and Weit.
Floor went up with such a jump in Minneapolis
on receipt of the news of a battle
between the Russians and Afghans that one
firm made a deal of 2,500,000 barrels with a
profit of $125,000, and another firm a deal of
,000,000 barrels with a profit of $100,000.
Richard Fraser and Columbus Crawford,
both colored, were hanged a few days
since in South Carolina for murder, tho former
at Charleston and tha latter at YorkvUle.
J. H. Shaw, a Democratic member ot tho
Illinois assembly, died suddenly the other day
at Springfield. This makes tho third death
this session?something which never before
At Liberty, Va., a colored woman who
was about to bo committed to the gravo was
rescueu dy a uocior, who ucuiunisiereu restorative!).
A colohed tramp who had assaulted a
whito woman was taken forcibly from the
jail at Iuka, Miss., and lynched.
A fire in Cleveland, Ohio, bad'.y damaged 1
the upper part of tha handsome Stillman 1
house, a seven-story structure built at a cost I
of $31)0,000. The panic-stricken guests all !
reached the outside safely.
Great excitement has followed th-3 recent :
municipal election in Chicago, an<l extra po
lice precautions have been taken to <jncH expected
lawless demonstrations Three julg'-s
of election have been arrested, charged with
failing to properly attend to their dut)' and
permitting the stealing of a ballot box.
While seven men were clearing the brick
out of the smokestack of John Gram's mill
at Ascoda, Mich., tho bottom tier gave way. i
The seven men wero buried under 5 >,0T'0
brick. Five wero instantly killed and ? no
badly hurt, the seventh man marvt'ously
The District Grand Jv.ry has indicted But
ler Mahone, a son of Senator Mahone, of ,
Virginia, for assault with intent to kill John '
Wills, a colored waiter at "VVeicker's hotel, a i
fashionable resort.
The discovery of a man's mutilated baJy i
in a trunk at the well-known Southern hotel, j
St. Louis, aroused great excitement. The |
corpse was A. 1'roller, a young Englishman
traveling for an English liouse. lie .
had been rooming with another youngling |
lii-hman, registered at tho hotel as Walter j
II. Lennox Maxwell, M. D.. from j
fionion. who had disappeared. The pclico j
theory is that Maxwell murdered I'relbr for '
his money. Inside tho trunk was a paper j
with the words written on it: "So perish all
traitors to the great cause." 'Ihis was regarded
by the police as an attempt on Maxwell's
part to misload them into believing the
murder was a political assassination.
Mary Moore died at La C'rnscent, Minn.
after going without foou sixty-iouruays. one >
was suffering from a cancer of the stomach.
A Mon at Union City, Tenn., secured the .
persons of Bud Fairis (white) and Kroemau
Ward (colore 1) who had be.'ii arrested for
burglary, and hanged them to a troD in the |
fair grounds. Last month threi ltogroes t
charged with burglary were hanged on the j
same tree.
Gexekai. L. Baurii.ms has notified the
President that ho has succeeded the late General
Barrios as president of Guatemala.
Thk President has appointed postmasters
at tho following named presidential ollices:
Henry L. Kenyon.at NorthJield, Vt.: Jerome
La Due, at West field, N. Y.; Ezra
Evans, at Westchester, Penu.; George T.
Gross, at Allentown, Penn.; JamosDrury, at
Bristol. Penn.; George W. Statler, at Mansfield,
Ohio; David Overman, at Marion, Ind.;
Nelson Bruett, at Jefferson, Wis.; Benjamin
F. Mackall, at Moorehead, Minn.: George M.
Houston, at Harrisonvi!!?, Mo.; Benjamin U.
Smith, at Chillicotln', Mo.; Stanley S. Crittenden,
at Greenville, S. C.
According to April reports to tho depart
ment of agriculture the wheat crop has been
greatly reduced in acreage, aiv.l promises to
be poorer in quality than any for three year?.
Reduced acreage and winter hilling indicate
a reduction of 100,000.000 bushels over last
year's crop. The rye crop is also decreased in
acreage, but its condition is 1 otter than the
wheat crop.
The President has appointed Robert B.
Vance of North Carolina assistant commissioner
of patents, vice 11. <Dyrenforth, resigned;
and William E. McLean, of Terre
Haute, Ind., first deputy commissioner of
pensions, vicc v^uivin u. n uiklt, resignuu.
The President has niado the following appointments:
Charles T. Russoll, of Connocticut,
consul at Liverpool, England; A. Haller
Gross, of Pennsj-lvania, consul nt Athena,
Greece; William W. Lang. of Texas, consul
at Hamburg, Germany; Henri Vignaud, of
Louisiana, secretary of legation at Paris;
Augustus Jay, of New York,second secretary
of the legation at Paris. The three consuls
named above were nominated during tho
I special session of the Senate, but tlvir no-ninations
were not acted upon.
i The clerks in tho postoflice and navy departments
have bad their workir.g hours increased.
Captain Couch, the leader of the Oklahoma
boomers, hns lmd an interview with
Secretary Lamar. Tho s:*cretary informed
him that the Oklahoma lauds were part of
the Indian Territory an I reserved for the
Indians, and that th-.'ir ocjuiation by either
intending settlers or cattle men would not bo
Further appointments of postmasters by
the President: John L. Lindley, at Ansonia,
Conn.; Christian T. Georgia, at Unionviile,
Conn.; William I>. Hall, at Wallingford,
Conn.; Daniel D. Kirkley, at Camden, S. C.:
Heuben A. Mitchell, at Opelika. Ala.; F. M.
Householder, nt Koblesville, Ind.; J. S.
j father wood, nt Hnopes'own, 111.; Alexander
1 McKonua.at Crookston, Minn.; K. H. Debray,
at Clydo, Kan. ;(!corge H. Tracy, at Wilbur,
1 Admiral Jocett has telographcd to Secretary
Whitney from Aspinwall that trains
^ arc again running across Panama, and that
each passenger tram s accompanicrt as a
guard by fifty United States marines, with
rifles and howitzers. Colonel Hey wood anil
marines, with two field pieces, are at
Po.stmaster-Gk.verat. Vii.as has d"t'.>r|
mined to require applicants for positions ns
postoflice inspectors to pass a rigid plivsieal
! and mental examination to show their fitness
| noiorc appointing tlieni.
! The President has appointed Andrew J.
| Gross I'nited States marshal for Kentucky,
j and Carlton Stout | o'tmaster at McLean. ST.
Y., and .1. K. t'offroth, nt Somerset, IVnn.
I Sicxnit |)e I'ekaita, tlio Costa Hicilll llliiv[
ist?r, lias received tho following telegram
from President Zaldivar, of Salvador. who
j was in command of the nnny of that republic
j at the Little of Chalchmpa, which proved so
| disastrous to She fat-; General Harrios, presi:
dent of Guatemala: "Penc* with Ventral
I America sigiK-d? a new triumph doing great
j honor to Salvador.'
i Serkktaky Hayaud has wriUen a letter
I tn :i Now York colored man denying tlio pubj
lished charges that he was unfriendly to t li
i colored people.
The levee given at Dublin Castle by thi
j l'rin e and 1'riiicessol' Wales was larger than
. any held in Ireland since tho visit of Queen
Vieiona m 1S4!I.
The English and Russian press, on heat ing
of tho Afghan defeat at l'enjdo::, Wi-ro ne irly
unanimous in favor of war. Russian papers
assert that General Koniarofl' s a! tack was
caused by hostile acts of tho Afghans.
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Mr. Gladstone stated in the British house
of commons that upon England's demand
Russia had asked General Komaroflf to explain
his conduct in attacking the Afghans at
Penideh. 1 his reply was regarded in England
?s evasive.
Russian agents in London have been making
heavy bids for sonm of tho fastest ocean
steamers. Sixty thousand men from the
English army reserves and the wholo militia
will be called out. * Tho naval reserves will
bo used for home defence. Ninoty largo field
: guns are in course of manufacture in Eng|
l'nixcE Bismarck was reported by a c/vi
blegram to have expressed tho opinion that
| war between England and Russia would be
i averted.
| The French troops in Tonquin liavo roI
ceived ordors to cease hostilities.
The rebellion of Arab tribes against the
' Falso Prophet is spreading.
j Twenty thousand unemployed workmon
I held a meeting in London and adopted resoi
lutions asking the government to reduce the
I working day to eight hours.
Much damage has been done by renewed
earthquake shocks in sovoral provinces in
The steamer City of Para, which left New
York with :iOU United States marines, has arrived
at Aspimvall.
A disturbance took plm-o at Mallow
Junction, County Cork, on the arrival of the
train bearing tlio Prince and Princess of
Wales from Dublin. A large crowd broke
j through the police lines and were driven back
at the point of tho bayonet-. Messrs. O'Brien,
! Redmond and Harrington, Irish memI
bersof parliament, were in tho crowd and
j were badly mauled. Tho c'einonstration
I acrains,fc tho roval Dartv was organized by
I William O'Brien, tlio Irish editor and liieni!
be:- of parliament. In an interview lie said:
j " My object is accomplished. I have shown
i tlio special reporters who accompany the
j Prince of Wales tho tine Irish view of his
: visit, and I have vindicated Ireland's nam;."
Alejuhoka Sixivaldy has been declared
j provisional ])residcnt of Guatemala as sucj
cessor of the late General IJarrio3.
The Chinese forces in Tonquin have recoived
orders to cease hostilities.
! The death is announced of Admiral Sir
j Georgo Ross Sartorius, K. C. B., of the British
navy, at tho advanced age of nearly
ninety-five years, more than eighty of which
[ were passe f in the scrviee of his country.
The Russians wore reported on tbo 11th to
be advancing their lines toward Herat.
The British government has decided to
purchiso four moro steamers similar to the
America, and to equip them as armed cruisers.
Tho number of British men-of-war
now boing prepared for service is so great
that it is believed that active officers cannot
bo found for them all, and that it will be
necessary to resort to the retired list.
On their way to Cork from Dublin the
Prince and Princess of Wales generally met
with an enthusiastic reception. At kilmacthomns,
when the royal party went by, a
black (lag was hoisted ovor a hall.
The Afghans estimate their casualties in
the fight at Ponjdeli at TOO.
Seventy thousand animals for the traasport
service of the Indian army are proceeding
to Pishin. Tho harbor of Bombay has
been lined with torpedoes so as to prevent a
Russian fleet from entering it, and 4,000,000 J
cartridges have been landed at Bombay.
The terms of peace with Salvador have
been accepted by Guatemala, hostilities have
ceased and a definite treaty of peaco Is being
The Sixty-fifth Montreal regiment of
volunteers refused to procood against Riel,
tlio Manitoba insurgent, on the plea that they J
needed equipments. This is the only French
Canadian regiment of Montreal, and its refusal |
to proceed is generally supposed to be due to
unwillingness lo bi fed against tho French
half breeds under Riel.
M. Ai.fassa, a noted Paris speculator, hai
failed with liabilities of $3,400,003.
Bom branches of tho New York legislature
passed the bill providing for a State reservation
and free park at Ningnra Falls.
Mrs. A. T. Stewart's splendid gift of the
cathedral, soo house and schools at Garden
City has been formally accepted by the convention
of the Protestant Episcopal diocese
of Long Island.
There was a marked improvement in General
Grant's condition on tho ICth, and he
walked through tho house and took luncheon
with his family. Senator ChafTee, a constant
visitor at tho general's bedside,
thought he might i?o suffering from
an ulcorated sore throat instead of
a cancer. Dr. Shrady, one of the patient's
p'iysicians,said. however, that it was undoubtedly
a case of ulcerous cancer, but that nothing
serious was expected to happen for some
time. Dur ing tho day a dispatch of sympathy
was received from President Diaz, of
A fire at Buffalo, n.Y.,destroyed the daily
Express building nnd other proporly, causing
an estimated loss of $2.>0,000. The nowspapcr
reporters did some lively climbing to escape
the flames.
Four Chinamen were instantly killod nnd
another was fatally injured by the blowing
up of a Chinese wash houso at Anaconda,
Montana. Some men who had boon arrested
for molesting tho Chinamen aro supposed to
havo caused tho explosion out of revenge.
JAMES H. bell, cliarge.l WUIIuie murueiof
Forrest G. Small, wis hangecl at Pierre,
Dakota, by a band of lynchers.
The remains found in a trunk at tho
Southern hotel in St. Louis were fully iden
titled as those of A. Preller, tho young
English commercial traveler. Strong proof
was shown that he had baen murdered by
his English friend, Dr. Maxwell. Tho
latter was traced to San Francisco, whenco
he took passago on a steamer bound for Honolula
and Now Zealand. Dispatches were sent
to both placos to intorcept him, if possiblel'reller
and Maxwell becuine acquainted on
a steamer from Europe. Tho case has ex.
cited great interest all ovor the country.
Robbery was evidently tho motive for tho
A Washington" dispatch ^ays: It is under
stood that tho policy of President Cleveland'3
administration with regard to appointments
to places in the Southern States that are now
hold by colored Republicans will bo not
to substitute white men for col.
ored men, but to replace iucoiujietent
or dishonest coloivd Republican<
by colored Democrats, who arc worthy and
capable. In accordance, it is said with this
policy, tbe postmaster-general has just ap
pointoi ex-Representative Tom Hamilton, a
colored Democrat, of Beaufort, route a^ent
from Beaufort to Jacksonboro, S.
Fifty porsons word burned to death in a
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nru uuim uv'311 u i wn oviviui ?
, town of Meleeg, a few miles north of Cmro>
j Egypt.
All Paris is talking about a sensational
| crime iu that city, tho victim being the wife
i of a wealthy cotton manufacturer nn l the
i motive being robbery. The lady was found
| in a room of her house with her head entirely
: severed. A man servant, supposed to Iks the
murderer, had disappeared.
j A force of 2.0. 0 Chinese troops, unaware
| of the poaco negotiations attacked tho French
at Kep, in Tonquin, but were repulsed. AdI
miral Courbet also captured a Chinese ves1
sel with 750 men and throe mandarins before
! he heard of tho cessation of hostilities.
The second batch of United States marine:
i sent to Panama have arrived at Aspiuwall
I Everything was reported quiet at the Isth
j The Itunslan Coiiiinnnilor Txplnlus
why Bio ACn-kcit the Af^linn*.
General IComaroir, th.: Russian commandj
?r in the attack upon tbe Afghans at Penj*
j Jeh, has explained the reasons for his action
in tho following telegram:
! "On March 25 our detachment approached
Dashkepri. When near tho hriiljjc we saw an
intrenchment occupied by Afghans. In order
lo avoid a conflict 1 statknieit my troops fivo
! versts (a lit t In ov<r thre-> utiles) from tho At'
tjlian position. Negotiations with Captain
j Yale (a member of Sir l'eter I.umsden's force)
i iiegan on March :.'0. When tho Afghans
: became convince 1 that wo hail no intention
of attacking them they daily drew nearer
loom-camp. On Alar*h-7 they dispatchol
[igains'u a companv of r.nrs covering
a rocomioitci i:ig party three
companies with a gnn and somo cavalry.
Next day, their audacity and
arrogance iner a-ing. tliey occupied a high
nnd (Miiunniviing p:wjii.nf on tho left flank
of our camp, ma le intivn- hments, anil placed
a cavalry post in the rear of our lino and a
picket within gunshot of oar fort On March
'-"J I sent the Afghan eommnudcr an encrgetio
summons to evicuato the loft batik ot' tho
Kushk and tho left hank of tho Murghah ns
far as ilio mouth of tho Kushk. llo rcpliol
t hit acting on tho advieo of the
Kn;clish ho woitUl not. retire beyond the
Kttslik. 1 then s>nt him a private letter
couched in amicable terms. Oil March .'iO. in
order to support my demand, I marchcd with
my detachment n'zaitwt the Afghan position,
still expecting api.ilic issue; but fi.-e irom
tho Afghan artihery and auaita. kof thoir
cavalry comp -lied me t.> accept a combat.
I Tho lltt-sian minister of war hns sent a
congratulatory message t<> General KomaroJT
| amf has directed him to thank tho troops, in
| tho name of thy c/ar, and to announce lo
I them that all who took part in tho battle will
1 he rewarded according to their rank.
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SceiiR oT (Isc Dl*]>iite Ketween nnuli
mil England In Afghanistan,
The mop which wo give herewith describe
iccur.Uoly the rcsne of disput) between Eng
j Ian 1 nnd Russia. Pendjeh, the town cap
turo l by Ihe Russians in tho first fight witl
J ^lio Afghans, is situated in the northwester!
part of the region indicated on the map; anc
Herat, th'j strongly intrenched town whlcl
both England and Russ'a seek to occupy, is i
little to the thwest of Pen Ijeh. An arti
cle in tho New York World, describing tb(
i rauiO of tlio trouble between the two coun
tries, says:
Afghanistan is Ixjtwein Persia and India,
and tlw battle nt Po.ijdeh is significant, be
uau?) England having Afghanistan as a
neighbor on the west has promised that ooun
try proto.'ti >n in cas3 of invasion by foreign
powers. When Abdurrahman Khan succeeded
to power at Cabul he was given whal
wi3 calle I a charter of protection by Sii
L?pel Urillln, which calls for substantial aid
in case of "unprovoked aggression." A ques
tiou arises as to whether renjdeh is in Af
ghanist-in, tlioro having been so many change*
in the boundary between that country anc
Russia. If by a slight st ret :h of the imagl
nation Afghanistan is likened to a billiarJ
table, the cities of Cabul and Herat,
whicfi are on a lino east and west, would
bo tho places for "spotting" the balls, ant;
Penjileh is so far up in the northwest cornel
that its nationality becomes a serious move
meiit. A part of the Heri-Rood river is the
western boundary of Afghanistan nnd a pari
of tho Murgliab river is tho northern boun
dnry. If tho Russian outposts should b?
Demonstrations For and Agains
the Prince of Wales.
Serious Outbreak After the Roya
Visitors' Dsparture.
Upon the arrival of the Prince and Prin
cess of Wales in Cork the railway statioi
and streets in its vicinity were crowded witl
people. When tho train bearing them drev
into the station it was greeted with heart;
cheers. An address of welcome was de
liverod, and much enthusiasm prevailed
The prince and princess, however, did no
rej>eat their Dublin triumph. Everythini
within the power of the loyalists to do wa
j done to make tho reception a success, and tin
manager ol the demonstration remained u]
i most of the past night to make sure of thei
arrangements. When tho princo an<
princess emerged from tho railwa]
station, after their arrival in the city
they were groeted with cheer atte
! cheer. During their progress in the parad?
| workmen and boys ran alongside their car
j riage and kept up the cheering to drown th<
I hisses of the nationalists, who lined tho entiri
; route, and made continual hostile detnonstra
| tionj. The conduct of tho leaguers arouse.
: theso loyalists to a high pitch, and they madi
the streets echo with shouts of welcome.
Tho wonder is tint there was no violeni
j broach of tho peace during the parade, for i
! provided amui a contiuual warfare of word'
i ati-l taunts between tho loyalists and the na
I tionalists, whoso numbers were about equally
j divided.
John O'Connor, nationalist member for Tip
i perary, marched at the head of a processioi
| ot leaguer.!, who closef>" followed the roya
5 nr?vv>jsinii and sanz'"God Save Ireland1
every lime th9 loyalists or their barnl startei
I up " (iod Save tha Queen" or " God Save th<
I Prince of Wales." *
I At ono point a nationalist threw an onioi
at the royal carriage. The missile struck on<
of the footmen, who chanced to be in such i
position that he shielded the Princes s Aloxan
dria from it Many stones were thrown a
I the people who followed and cheered the roya
carriage, and the police several times 11 red a
the roughs. No injuries are reported.
The Prince of Wales betrayed some feelinj
i when lie replied to the address of welcom
I presented by the magistrates of Cork. He sail
' li3 was glai to hear the expression of loyalt;
| t:> the British constitution and to the auear
! which the address containol, and liopea tha
overy person possessing influence in Irelaiv
would exort it to avoid dissensions whicl
would interfere with the object and progres
of his pleasant tour through the country
and unite to promote the welfare of the Irisl
Tho prince and princess soon after th
| conclusion of the procession went to Queen:
Immediately after the procession was ove
a meeting of the. Cork national league wa
! held. The meeting djclarod that tho loyalis
i attempt to get up a fictitious demonstrate
of welcome in honor of royalty lmd proven
failure, and passe.l a resolution congratulat
ing John O'Connor, who managed the hostil
demonstrations, for tho victory ho ha
achieved for the nationalist cause.
In the afternoon a detective arrested
j man who was throwing stories at tho loya
ists' procession. A mob speedily formed an
attempted to roscue tho prisoner. Tho d<
I te.'tive fired his revolver, but without hittin
I any one, and succeeded in taking his prison;1
| to a police court, where he was promptly r?
i leased on bail furnished by tho mayor <
j Cork.
After tho mass meeting the nationalist
I scattered through tho city in parties nun
bering from 5I to ;VJUmen. f Joor.s aim winnow
were smashed, flags ami decorations war
torn clown and heaped upon blazing bonfiro
and many gun stores were broken into fc
the purpose of arming the mob. Polic<
men, when encountered singly or in smu
squads, were attacked and beat'U unmoi
clfully with th'ir own truncheon!
In many cases the police rallied and charge'
I desperately upon tfi > ni'>b, but they ware in
! variably surrounded and repulse! The polic
I then resorted to the freo usjof their re vol vei
I and bayonets. It was hand-to-hand fightin
i o( the most desperate s >rt. the police standin
I back to back and receiving and inflicting tei
riblo injuries.
At midnight the streets wore practically i
possession of the m >b. Tin |>olicomen wh
remaine 1 uninjured could not attempt to d
more than maintain t h-jir positions ami figh
on the defensive. In addition to attacA
from the crowds in llto streets, the polk
; were expose*! to volleys of stones from wii
| dows, housetops ami other |>oints of vantage
At "J a. m. the police sueceedc I inclearin
tho streets, after severe fighting, in whic
many on I Kith sides were wounded. Mar
nrrosts were made, and tho hospitals wor
full of wound; d |>olioenien and rioters.
All the shipping in the harbor of Queen
town illuminated in honor of tho royal vis
tors, and a grand display of fireworks \vi
given, which was attended by thousands <
I spectators.
Tho mayor of Limerick wrote to the Prim
of Wales expressing the regret of tho citizei
of that city that the political aspect given
tho royal visit prevented the tender of a to
mal wolcomo.
One cattle ranch in Wyoming embraces
million acre.
Tiikhk am i-V01/201) milch cows in t!
| United State-'.
The skating rink fever lias reached tl
Sandwich islands.
Cape May county, n. j., pays a bounty <
0 cents on every "crow scalp."
Stockton*, Me., boasts of a boy fiftcc
years olil who is six feet two inches tall.
Indianapolis is tin largest city in tl
i United States not on navigable waters.
Electuic lights can 1b served at a profit i
the same cost as gas at a thousand feet.
The sum of $1'MK)0,0:>() is to bo expend*
for tho Paris international exhibition in l!tt
Tiik king of Bavaria hn? spent $250,00!) f.
a chandelier from tho Meissen mauufaetor.
Over three thousand breeding cattle wei
brought from Holland to this country lu
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thrown across those rivers the Afghans would
consider it an invasion, and England would
undoubtedly bo called upon to keep her contract
with the Ameer of Afghanistan and
i protect the country from tho Russians. The
Fall Mall Gazette has lately given many
rages to discussions of the question whether
I Penjdeh is within tho Afghan boundary
line, a Russian ofllcer having quoted
from tho history of that country's
boundary troubles as far back as 1833, and
ail English officer having exhausted a good
1 deal of learning on the other aide to show that
1 Russia cannot claim Penjdeh on the ground
j that other portions of that tribe of people
wero subjected by them. Ho claims that
1 Pen jdeh has of late years paid tribute to Herat
But this tribute is said to have been only the
j payment of money for tho uso of pasturage
. by tho people of Pen jdoh for their sheep The
Afghans never went to collect the rental, but
when it was not paid they seized the flocks of
> tho Penjdeh people and held them till tho
tribute was forthcoming. The waste region
- along the boundary is occupied only by tribes
that live a pastoral life mainly, and they
were continually at war with one another in
years past, and appealed first to one power
s and then to another for protection from their
' enemies, and so the boundary vacillated. The
Russian bear went down there from St. Pe
tersburg year before last and showed his
claws, which has tended to keep the small
i tribo quiet, much as a brute will terrify chil1
dren into quiet by his scowl. Taking advantage
of this pacification of the desert re1
gion, tho ameer of Afghanistan occupied
Penjdeh in July, 1884 Lately he is said to
I have attempted the accession of more terril
tory along the Murghab, and Russia makes
' this an excuse for making a similar advance
toward the ameers possession. The Afghans
> afterward bocaina alarmed and fell back to
: Ponideh. but later advanced twenty or thirty
j miles,and Russia claims that they were urge 1
i I to this by Sir Peter Lumsden's staff.
What a War Hettvceti England an 1
| Would b3.
A war b?twd)n Englanl an 1 Ru33ia would
noi bo c3nfl:io 1 to a struggle betwoeu tho two
pow_>rs on the disputed Afghan frontier.
J Mm/ imwtmS warlike demonstration?
wonld o:cur on ssa an 1 nlonj the sei coast.
What wjuld bo likely to occur in tin event
of war, is thus tol 1 by a Njw York Hirald
. editorial:
i A war between Great Britain and Russia,
u supp wing no otlior European nations wctj
drawn into it, would yet probably be carried
7 on by sea as well as on land. Russia has a
f considerable navy?3 )1) vessels of a'.l c asse3,
carrying 071 guns. Of tli?se forty are ironclads,
of which six aro ship3 of th3 first class,
with armor from fourteen to sixteen inches
t thick, and eleven are seagoing cruisers, with
i' from four and one half to soven inches of
! Tho Black Sea fleet of Russia, which con8
. sisted last year of ninety-eight vessels, inp
clmling seven iron clads, is probably of only
r | local importance, though its oxisten:e necoi,
! sitates the stationing o( a strong British fleet
1 in tho Mediterranean to keep the Russians
f within the Black sea.
t But it is tolerably certain that in case of
. war the Russians would try to send a part at
least of their Baltic flest to sea. This fle>t
? contains thirty-three iron-clads and forty-nim
' I umrmored frigates and cruisars, soma ot
3 j thorn reputed fast, besitle ninety-live torpedo
J I boats and various gunboats and minor ves'
s jIs. Tno recent reports that the approaches
I j to Cronstadt wero being lined with torpedoes
3 j means, we may suppose, that on thes? and on
I th.'ir numerous torpedo boats th9 Russian
f 1 engineers mean to rely for the defence of
II their important harbors.
* Tho tirst aim of the English will be, of
* course, to blockade tho Rt*sian fleet in the
r Baltic. It is for this end, no doubt, that the
British admiralty is now concentrating a
" jKtwci'ful iron clad fleet in the channel and
1 Norili sea. The escape to sea of even a
!, small fleet of fast Russian cruisers might be
a serious matter to the English. Such a
fleot, well managed and reinforced by a fjw
5 ships now on the Siberian coast and elsewhere,
might, without stopping to fight
1 equals, worry its enomy in many ways. A
* threatened descent upon the British West
I Indies, for instmice, would neeessitat) the
" diversion of a numerous English fleot, as
{ well as of tro ios, t > protect thosa oxp>sj.l
' possessions. .Two or throa fast an I well
II nrond Russian cruisers in the Indian ocean
would employ amtlur an I considerable
5 British force to protect tho Mauritius the
? Cape, and, perhaps, to guard smn Indian
1 ports.
i Ttie Southern cities are putruui<aufe
ball liberally.
0 The Detrolte have been taking; all thei
practico in a skating rinks.
r The Western league is now under the pre
s tection of the national agreement.
t The Kansas City Western leigue ground
;i will have a seating capacity ot 11,0 J!>.
& A second nine will be formed at Ilarvari
and kopt in training during the spring.
In nine years the Boston Leiguo club ha
won 41!) championship games and lost 2.17.
n It is estimated that tho basjball c!u'?s o
|. this country will cost the people $lG,U 0,0J
,1 this year.
' The proposed tour of the Cunalian basi
K ball club through tho United States has beei
>' abandoned.
The Philadelphia league club's four catcli
ers are protty heavy men, weighing respect
s ively 171, 17:3, 184 and 1S7.
>. In eighty-six games botween League an
s American clubs Inst season the league ciuli
u won fifty-eight and two were drawn.
The Chicagos will make a despera'o cfTor
if this year to bring the league cliampionshi
3- pennant West. They will have no les; tha;
11 live catchers and three pitchers.
The greatest surprise so far this season ha
' been tho defeats that tha (hampion leagu
1 club from Providence has twice suffered a
llio hands of tho league club of Richmond
1 I Va.
? There nro four college associations m tn
? Deld this season?tho American inter colli
P giate, tho New York college lenguo, Wester
college league, and Maine State coileg
? league.
o The national ganio is booming at a gren
o rate in Massachusetts, ami nearly every city
it town and liamlot in the ol I Bay State wi!
is be represented by a professional or aniateu
:o club this season.
l" The Southeastern Massachusetts leigu
> was organized recently at Taunton. Arno i
'K tho clubs represented wero tho Taunton:
Middleboros and Kali Rivers. Tho numl>c
lJ' of clubs will bj limited t.o ten.
0 The Providence team have met with tw
s_ decisivo defeats by scores of 4 to 0 and 7 to
j" at tho hands of tho Virginia club in Riel;
mond, Va. Th) league champions wero out
batted and outfie'ded in both gainos.
The typesetters employed on (he Now Yor
World, Herald, Journal and Tinim have oi
in ganizod a base ball league, t> be callcd th
to New York Morning Newspaper league
ir- Officers have Leon elected and asehedulu
games has been arrange I.
There will be no overhand throwing i:
the American association this season. Th
; umpires have received explicit instructions ti
enlorce tho penaltv of a lialk every tima
I . * ' - I 1 t.i~l
I pitcucr pt-'is Ills UUIlil uiguvi
when delivering .1 hall.
a !
j SiM'K the American association organized
I "l ',ss:'? *'u' Western flubs won a t^tal of 47
j games over the Eastern clubs, anil the lutte
1 ;?4 over tiu-ir Western allies. Allegheny
10 | Baltimore, Washington and Virginia are r<
1 sponsible tor the bad showing of the Easi
jf ! The Host, however, held the pennant twicer
i Athletic for 1M>4 and Metropolitan for 1&
,n | ?to the West once, Cincinnati the lirst yea:
' Ex-United States Senator Nesmitit, <
lit Oregon, after about six months' confmeiner
in an insnno asylum as a hopeless patient,
5d now reported to lie gaining health with got'
prospects of entire recovery. He used to li\
on a huge and productive wheat farm in On
*r gon.. and on several oeeasionwhen his neigl
'* Ijoj-s were in distress through Iosj ?.f the
re erojjs he invited tnorn to come and fill the
st wagons at his nverllowing granaries, withoi
1111/iiey and without pricj.
To Preserve Potatoes*
This a very excellent method for preserving
the potato during the whole year
round: Get a copper of water to boil
and keep it at that point; have ready
some open worked baskets, into which
put your potatoes. Stand them in the
copper and let them remain two minutes.
Be suro the water boils and covers the
vegetables. Do not let them boil4beyond
this time. Place them to dry on the
floor, and they will be fit to store away.
This process docs not injure the potato
nor detract from its virtue, as the germ
(which is all it affects) is so near the
skin. When my family wero young I
found it not only economical, but an excellent
method to prevent disease or frost
from catching them. If you have no
convenience to do many at once put
them in cabbvgc nets and boil them in
your cookirg vessels. It will reward
j our trouble.
Blooming Lily of the Valley.
It is not generally known, says an
English exchange, thut the young plants
of lily of the valley do not bloom until
they are fully three years old, and even
then size and beauty of the blooms will
depend on their having been well grown
in the interval. They will not do much
good if they arc not separated from the
mother plants, and planted in wellraanurcd,
light soil, in a warm sheltered
- * ' j
place, and kept watered aurmg ary
weather. For this purpose cow manure
is the best. Crowns produce better
blooms and foliage than clumps, and old
lily beds become productive of small
blooms and a great miss of crowdcd, ill
developed young plants. Lily of the
valley that has once bloomed does not
die, nor do the plants flower again for
two years. Hence the waste of timo in
tyrcing of the lilies the flrst and second
after blooming.
Fertilizers for Sqnaihn and Pompkins.
Good, thoroughly decomposed stable
manure is as good as any fertilizer we
have ever tried for squashes and pumpkins.
But after the plants are well
started it is a good plan to top dress the
hills with wood ashes, bone dust, land
plaster, or some similar fertilizer, applying
not more than a small handful at a
time, and repeating the application every
ten days, or about twice a month. These
later applications not only stimulate the
growth of the plant, but often prevent
the attacks of insects. Wood ashes are
an excellent fertilizer for all kinds of
vines, and if there are insects to be driven
away add about a tablespoonful of spirits
of turpentine to every half peck of
ashes used, which must be mixed and
kept in a tight box over night before applying.
Creosote, benzine, kerosene, or
thinned coal tar may also be used in the
same way and for the same purpose.?
New York Sun.
fflilk-Feror Treatment.
I wish to repeat the way to prevent
and curejnilk-fever in cows, says D. A.
Barker in the New York Tiibune. The
way to prevent is to feed about two thirds
rations of fodder and half rations of
whatever mess they have been eatinpr for
a few days before tiiey come in, and for
two or three days after calving feed
sparingly with fodder; give no mess at
all for the first day or two after except a
half dozen potatoes or carrots, and take
the chill off all her drink for forty-eight
hours after calving. If the weather is
hot, keep her in the shade in the heat ol
the day, and she will not be likely to
have any trouble.
But if you are caught with a case ol
I milk-fever, don't try to physic her, but
I empty the rectum and give an injection
I of half an ounce of laudanum diluted
| with thin starch, and keep giving the
j laudanum often enough to kecp_her cosy,
I and in four or five days her bowels will
move. When you wish to leave her foi
( the night, give an extra amount of laudi
anum. As she begins to get better she
will look brighter and drink a little, and
; will not need as much laudanum.
By the second or third day she will al
I most surely need a catheter to empty hei
i bladder. If there is no catheter near, t
small rubber tube will answer. Youi
family physician can tell you how to us<
it if necessary. A little weak saltpetre
water for a diuretic is useful. Cows si)
years old and over are more likely t<
have milk-fever: I have never known i
case with a cow less than Cvc years old,
Good cows that give much milk nod an
; extra well fed arc the ones that have it
| A great many Jersey cows have died ii
! that way.
Strawberry Cnltnre.
According to J. II. Hale's expcricnci
| in Connecticut the following are some o
1 the leading points in successful straw
I berry eulture: To start with, the lane
! should bo well plowed, subsoiled an<
I harrowed several times over to make i
: soft and mellow. Well-rotted stabl
manure, if applied -liberally, will giv
1 good returns. If commercial manure
are used, those having but a smal
amount of nitrogen arc best. The straw
i berry is a gross feeder, and a larg
' amount of available plant food of a nitro
1 genous character, such as blood am
bone, guano or tish scraps, will produc
a very rank foliage the first year, and th
I plant seems to mane us piana ior u
enormous crop the next season, but
somehow, it" never keeps its promise
Then comes % great show'of foliage, bu
little fruit,while the latter is watery an
insipid in flavor, and will keep but
, short time after being picked. On th
other hand, a manure of raw, groum
, bone and wood ashes, or muriate of pot
ash, cncouroges a less rapid plant growt
3 early the first season, but gives a stead
and continuous growth through the sea
J son. These foliage plants will, at fruil
j ing season the next year, give a heav
3 \ crop of firm, bright and wcll-flavore
j berries. The best time to plant straw
j | berries is early in the spring, while th
j plants arc in a dormant condition. Row
: to four feet apart, and plants ten t
? twelve inches, with nil the runners cul
j will give the most and best fruit at th
i- least expense. The great bugbear o
^ | narrow-row or hill culture i* cutting th
j runners, but this is nothing lo the labo
'1 of picking out the weeds from a matte
s row during the last three growin
1 months of the season, while plants ma
p be grown more cheaply in th
i, | narrow rows, the fruit will I
! larger and of better quality, ani
s will suffer less from drought tha
e | in matted rows, My the selection o
( i-nriftips and the soil on which to plan
' | (hem, the strawberry season may be pre
| louged to six weeks or more, if the earl
; varieties are planted on warm, early soil
n | If planting is done in springall blossom
0 , ahould be cut off as fast as they appeal
ind no fruitiug be allowed the first sc;
1 ! son. As soon ns plants become well c<
J] ! (ablished commence running the suit
r | vator between the rows, and continue i
i once in a week or ten days all throng
e ! the season. At the approach of wintei
g | as soon as the ground is frozen, cover th
*> whole Held with a mulch of some sort
1 ! salt-marsh hay, pine needles or tobacc
! items are best materia'.*, although straw
a ! coarse stable manure, cornstalks or for<'<
i leaves may be used to ^ood advantage
> | Do not remove this in the spring, as th
plants can easily grow up through it, an
^ j it is of great assistance in retaining moh
j ture during the fruiting season, ns we
, | as in keeping the fruit clean.?Cultiu
if j tor.
ii j Oread Haklngt
0 And what a fuss most people mak
a : nbout bread making. I believe thf
r ! with bread, as with many other thins
'in this life, the simplest way is the bes
1 1 1 know that I, for one, should patronij
2 the baker much more than I do if I wci
r | obliged to go through the complicate
> : process laid down as a rule by man
* . cooks, to cet the home-made. And m
bread is good. I boldly declare it bi
5 : cause in the first place I know goo
r. : bread myself. In the second, the chi
j dren cry for it. In the third, my frienc
! offer cakes, preserves and various otln
)r | dainties in exchange for it. I general
it | use the "entire wheat" Hour. It is c:
w ' ccllent and I make it in the samo way
j do my white bread with the exception"
L? j the addition of a tablespoonful of m
j- lasses and once in a while, when I fe
ir Y?rv generous, * small lump of butte
And I'll tell you all, in the stri
test confidence, what that wav i
When some bread I wish to make,
First a cake of yeast I take;
Break from it a scanty quarter, tSoak
the rest ia lukewarm water,
about a teacupful.
Then yoiwift two heapiog quarts and
a pint of four and a level tablespoonful
of salt into your bread bowl and place
the bowl where it nnd its contents can'. $*'}&
get slightly warm- When the yeast cake
is dissolved, make a well id the middle -.vh^
of your flour, having first taken out a
pin&Vpour in the yeast and mix with it, -\:y
using-a wooden spoon, the flour directly
surrounding it. Then mix with tepid
water by degrees?the way they say
lawyers go to heaven?the remainder of .
tho flour; about a pint and a half will ?
do for the white flour, a little mote for
the entire wheat. .
And when at last the spoon dough-fettered .
helpless stands,
I pluck it forth, and in I go with both my *? ?!
And now you'll see what the pint of z-M
flour was reserved for. To flour the
dough and your fists so that you can /ilgS
knead for about ten miuutes without
any unpleasant amount of stickiness.
Fists? Yes, indeed, for bread fit to be eaten. , v--'-j
Has always been by someone's fljts well
When the dough no longer clings to
?- ?J- ^ ?? ?mnrrttnnft
juur minus suapc ii>, litu a*auiui^wi.^ " - ^
pat or two, cover with a thick cloth?a :
bit of old blanket is good?and leave it ^
lo rise. Set at 9 o'clock at night and '
left in a moderately warm room it Trill
be ready for the finishing touches early'
iu the morning. In the morning give it '
a light kneading, divide it into loaves,
two large or three sma'l ones, grease .'
your bread pans with a little butter, ?/jfaB
place your loves in them?they, the t
loaves, must only half fill them?and
leave it to rise again. When risen to
the top of the pans, which will be in an ~ 's'M
hour, more or less, put it in a good oven
and bake for another hour. And if the .
bread is not good, send bill for loss
and damages to me and make any way*
you choose in future. One word more
on this subjcct. Be sure and have your ' -"'JagM
dough as soft as you can handle it. Stiff
bread, like stiff-neckad people, is not 'SM
nice. Water is cheap. Use a little "
more than I have specified if you find
you need it,? Aunt Patty, in Detroit
Free Brett.
A Clever Swindle. A
person who spends his days in tell' m'M
ing'ham and beef over the counterman
hardly be expected to be n judge of mu- ^
" sical instruments. It was owing to thif ' ^
lack of judgment that a Parisian dealer . V;
i in these wares has just been mulcted of
I a considerable sura of money under rather % > jp
I unusual circumstances. To the police, .
! in relating bis misfortune, he told the j
following story: A (fay or two since
| little Italian minstrel entered his shop to
I buy a few pounds of ham. The boy on
[ feeling in his pockets discovered, with
! well-feipned surprise, that he had no
| money, but ho offered the charcutier to.V:?^Sai
leave his violin in his hands as a guaran1
tee of payment, and was nllowed bj^the
j tradesman to take away the ham which
j his " mother was waiting for." Soon
after the lad's departure a we!l-ap?
| pointed carriage stopped at the
| tradesman's door. Out of it 5
stepped an elegantly dressed gentleman
with a beribboned buttonhole, who
wished to purchase some pots of foo
1 jjras. He chanced to perceive the violin,
1 took it up, tried it, went into ecstasies - ^
1 over it?briefly, he offered the charcutier
; j over $200 for the marvelous instrument.
[ I The tradesman explained it was not.hfl : .V-JS
: j to dispose of, and after much discussion 'lit
was finally arranged that he should
I Ttollun llOV tn M?U it. &Ild '
would receive a handsome, commission if -3jjM
' he brought it that evening to "Lord Bus- ?2
1 sell," Grand hotel. When the boy ac*
1 complicc of the distinguished foreigner
' returned the tradesman, with difficulty,
: persuaded him to part with his instru*
| mcnt for the sura of $160. With it in'
his hands, the confiding charcutier hast-. 5|
' ened to the Grand hotel; discovered, ~
| alas! that no such person as "Milord y:>?a
' Russell" was 'stopping there; and, be- '^^?g
coming uneasy, took the violin to ? ,
stringed instrument shop in the neigh* ,-^4
borhood. Its value was estimated at . .
$1.20.? London Standard. , / ^^gaS
Chinese Passion for Flags. . v
The military desire for flag* in China " *3
has developed into a passion, asserts a
Hong Kong letter. Every fortress, in* ."#?
trenched position, camp, city gate or '
! officers' headquarters has from one to ;
j one hundred, some of them of one bright, ' :i$
solid color, but most are arranged in l&Z
I fKn /?nlnr* rod whito ana blue .'-aS
OVlipV^ V?*V VVT?.?
being preferred. Were but three stripes
used the regemblr.iire to the French tri- *^
j color would be almost exact, but as they " :i;
f [ ordinarily use five or six the similarit? ol '
color becomes a mere suggestion. When !?3
I blue is not obtainable, black, and rarely
I yellow, takes its place. At the camp of
t the Tso-tsung-tang regiment, on a pleas- "
e ant knoll just outside the walls of king- .
e chung-foo, more than one hundred large . '0
g flags were displayed, ranged with the Vj
[1 precision of the rows in a cornfield, there , J
being one for nearly every white canvas 'J$
e tent, in which the soldiers were com-'
fortably installed. The maferhl used is *'+3
j Manchester cotton, bought white and a
0 j colorcd by the Chinese. As. each is . ^
c | about the size of a common bed-blanket,
n and several thousand must be required . Ja
j for the 10,000 troops stationed in and ^
! j about Hoihow and Kingchow-foo, the
'j j quantity needed is immense, and the .
|j j merchants who deal in the goods were .$1
a prepared according. There is no doubt
e | that their number is often unreasonably
^ i increased by the mandarins commanding
.. j the troops, that they may have the ''.=39
k j squeeze or ditfereuce in price, since they '
y | purchase at a fair rate and chargo the
L ! government double. ." . -gM
The Human Manufactory. /ujjl
d Amaumay eat and driuk heartily all dayiffi9j||
and sit nnd lounge about doing nothlngflBBBM
c in one sense of the word; but hisboaJH
s must keep hard at worK an mo uuiu
0 lie will die. Suppose the stomach
fused to work within ten minutes after
e hearty diiiner, the man would dicuf con??~1B^H
f 1 vulsions in a few hours; or cholera otJ^^H
c cramp colic would rack and wrcck him/:^^H|
n? Supposing the pores of the skin? meaa-^^^H
[j ing thereby the glandular apparatus witSffl^H
rr which they are connected?should go otr~lj?gla
y a "strike," he would in an hour
c burning up with fever;oppression wouldr-^a -jw
c weigh upon the system, and soon bccomflK:<^B[
[1 insupportable. Suppose the liver became ;!
ii mulish, the appetite would be annihi- ' ^
if lated, food would be loathed, torturing
t pains would invade the small of the
| back, and the head would ache to buratI*
j Suppose the kidneys shut up shop,
lS , danger most imminent, sufferings un f
dearable, and death most certain, would
be the speedy and unenviable result.
j. If the little workshops of the eye should
j. close, in au hour he could not shut nor
it open them without physical force, aud ,v|
h iii another hour lie would be blind; or if
r those of the tongue should close, it
c would become dry as a bone and stiff as
steel. To keep such a complication of
o machinery in working order for a life- . ?
t time is a miracle of wisdom: but to work
it them by the pleasures of eating and tfi
.. drinking is a miracle of lieuc.iccncc.?
e I Medical Journal.
d ^
' j He Took the Wager.
11 '?!
1 "Poor John was so fond of gam
| bling,''said a bereaved widow. "Hi?
,last bet was $>0 that he could cat 300
clams in twenty minutes."
" Did lie win the bet?1'
c "Yes, he won the bet." sighed the
it widow, "but the money didn't do iw
;s any good. It took every cent of it to
t. bury him.''?Xmn York Sun.
# # V . 'ij
'c A gossiping ^roman, intent on slander,
" . went into her neighbor s and cxclaimod,
' as she threw herself into a chair: "One*
'y ; halt" the world doesn't know how tho
j other ha'.f lives!" "That isn't your
~ | fault," quietly responded the fcthor.
13 ' No machine of travel that man eve."
sr ; invented ran cipinl the speed of wild j
'y fowl. The canvas-back duck flics two
K* \ miles a minute. Til# broad-bill goca
I slightly slower. Tenl can Uy at the rate
of 100 miles an hour, the wild gooso
?* about ninetj-.
{.\ | J ?
r. I It is estimated that the silver take*
c- j from tho Corns!ock mine would load ? I
s: wacon train 547 miles in leu?th. J

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