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A Family Companion, Devoted to Literature, Miscellany, News, Agriculture, Markets, &c
Vol. XII. WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 31, 1876. No. 22.
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UP A ND -DOWN.
Eveyay is amarriagedlay,
Ri4g bells ring for the bride
Tofl, toll. for along the -way
A funeral goes beside !
Death and birth all over the earth,
The world Is so very wide.*
Upward and downward pathways slope
From every level whereon we stand;
Rejoice with trembling ana mourn with hope
The fateful hours command.
Burth and death in a single breatb
For the end is close at hand.
Smiles are growing in other eyes,
.When with sighin my moments ran,
Malt' the world in the shadow lies,
Andf half the world in the sun;
I to-morrow may miss my sorrow,
And still.the world lack none!
WHAT WAS IT?;
Dr. Hibbert has shown that spec
tre are nothin mor -ha idea - _A1 2
silence, and became assured that
it was-no one whom he had ever
seen, it was too much for him ; he
rushed up to the deck in such evi
dent alarm that instantly attract
ed the captain's attention. "Why,
Mr. Bruce," s a i d the latter.
"what in the world is the matter
"The matter, sir? Who is that
it your desk?"
"No one that I know of."
"But there is, sir; there's a stran
"A stranger! Why, man, you
nust be dreaming. You must
iave seen the steward there or
,he second m a t e. Who else
vould venture down without or
"But, sir, he was sitting in your
rm-chair, fronting the door, wri
ing on your slate. Then he look
d up full'in my face; and, if ev
r I saw a man plainly and dis
inetly in this world I saw him."
"Him! Who ?"
"God knows, sir; I don't. I saw
man and a man I never saw in
ay life before."
"You must be going crazy, Mr.
ruce. A stranger and -we nearly
ix weeks out !"
"I know, sir; but then I saw
"Go down and see who it is.
Bruce hesitated. "I never was
believer in ghosts," he said, "but
the truth must be told, sir, I'd
ather not face it alone."
"Come come, man. Go down at
nee, and don't make a fool of
ourself before the crew."
"I hope you've always found me
lling to do what's reasonable,"
ruce replied, changing color; "but
it's all the same to you, sir, I'd
ther'we should go down togeth
The captain descended the stairs,
nd the mate followed him. No
Ddy in the cabin! They exam
ied the state-rooms. Not a soul
> be found!
"Well, Mr. Bruce," said the cap
tin, "did not I tell you you haid
en dreaming ?"1
"It's all very well for you to say
>, sir but if I didn't see that man
riting on your slate, may I never
e my home and family again !"
"Ah ! writing on the slate ! Then
should be there still," and the
ptain took up the slate.
"My G od !'' he exclaimed, I
ere's something sure enough !
that your writing Mr. Bruc.e ?"
The mate took the slate, and 1
here in plain, legible characters, ]
ere the words, "Steer to nor'
"Have you been trifling with me,
r?" inquired the captain sternly. 1
"On my word as a man, sir," re
lied Bruce, "I know no more of
ls matter than you do. I have
ild you the exact truth."
The captain sat down at his
ask in. deep thought, the .slate
fore him. At last turning the 1
ate over and pushing it toward a
rce, he said, "Write- down,
teer to nor'west.' "
The mate complied, and the cap- ~
in said, after narrowly campar
g the handwriting. "Mr. Bruce,
>and tell the second mate to come
awn here." He came, and at the
ptain's request, he also wrote
ue words. So did the steward.
>, in succession, did every man
the crew who could write at all. 1
ut not one resembled, in any de
ee, the mysterious writing. Af
r the crew had retired, the cap
1in sat deep in thought. "Could
2one have been stowed away ?"
length he said. "The ship
ust be searched,. and if I don't
d the fellow, he must be a goodJ
nd at hide and seek. Order up
Every nook and corner of the
ssel, from stems to stern, was 1
oroughly searched, and t h a t
ith all the eagerness of excited
iriosity-for it had gone out that
stranger had shown himself on 1
>ard-but not a living soul be
ond the crew and the officers was
Returning to the cabin after
eir fruitless searcb, "Mr. Bruce." t
id the captain, "What the devil
you make of all this ?"
"Can't tell, sir, I saw the man r
rite; you see the writing. 'here t
ust be somethig in it.",
"Wll, it would seem so. We(
have the wind free, and I have a r
great mind to keep her away and s
see what will come of it." t
"I surely would, sir, if I were in c
your place. It's only a few hours -
lost at the worst." V
"Well, we'll see. Go on deck v
and give the course nor'weRt. And, I
Mr. Bruce," he added, as the mate t
arose to go, "have a lookout aloft, s
and let it be a hand you can depend d
At about 3 o'clock the lookout v
reported an iceberg nearly ahead, s
and shortly afterward what he d
thought was a vessel close to it. t1
As they approached, the captain's &
glass disclosed the fact that it was a n
dismantled ship, apparently frozen d
to the ice, and with many human c
beings on it. Shortly afterward o
they hove to, and - sent out the i a
boats to the relief of the sufferers. b
It proved to be a vessel from P
Quebec, bound to Liverpool, with s
As one ot the men who had been b
brought away in the third boat t(
that had reached the wreck was b
ascending the ship's.side, the mate, c
catching a glimpse of his face, b
started back in consternation. It y
was the very lace that he saw n
three or four hours before, looking a]
up at him from the captin's
The exhausted crew and famish
ed passengers having been cared
for, the mate called the captain
aside. "It seems that was not a
ghost I saw to-day, sir; the man's
"What do you mean? Who's
"Why; sir, one of the passengers
we have -st saved is the same
man I.saw writing on your slate B
it noon. I would swear to it in a
"Upon my word, Mr. Bruce,"
-eplied the captain, "this gets
nore and more singular. Let us
ro and see this man." cc
They found him in conversation
eith the-captain of the rescued ship, ce
[hey both stepped for ward and ex
ressed in the warmest terms their.
eratitude for deliverance from a ri
irrible fate-slow death by expo- .
are and starvation. The captain. m
eplied that he had done only
hat he was certain they would w
ave done for him under the same d(
~ircumstances, and asked then! 8.
oth to step down into the cabin. ti~
hen, turning to the passenger, m
es said : "I hope, sir, you will not"
hink I am trifling with you ; butW
would be much obliged if youa
ould write a few words on this of
late," and he handed him the 01
~late, with that side up on which I
he mysterious writing was not.
I will do anything you ask," re- te
)lied the passenger ; "but what he
hail I write ?" ed
"Suppose you write, 'Steer tohi
The passenger cheerfully com
)lied. The captain took up the w
late and examined it closely ; then
tepping aside so as to conceal the fa
late from the passenger, he turn
d it over and gave it to him againa
ith the other side up.
"You say that is your hand
riting ?" said he. W
"1 need not say so," rejoined the *ac
ther, looking at it, "for you saw of
e write it." on
"And this ?" said the captain,
urning the slate over.
Thbe man looked first at one side qu
f the slate, then at the other,
uzzled. At last, "What is the be
eaning of this ?" said he, "I wrote ed
)nly one of these. Who wrote the as
her ?" dii
"That is more than I can tell a I
o, sir. My mate here says you
rote it, sitting at his desk ,atS
ioon to-day." th
The captain of the wreck and th
he passenger looked at each other p
~xchanging glances of intelligence dii
ud surprise ; and the former ask- t
d the latter : "Did you dreamsl
at you wrote on this slate?" he
"No, sir, not that I remember." hu
"You speak of dreaming," said mai
he captain of the bark. "What the
vas this gentleman about at noon on
o-day ?" w
"Captain," rejoined the other, in
the whole thing is most myste- th<
'ios, and 1 had intended to speak ga
o you about it as soon as we got mi
little quiet. This gentleman his
ointing to the passenger) beingr tr(
anch exhausted, fell into a heavy
leep, or what seemed sleep, some
ime before noon. After an hour
r more he awoke, and said to me:
Daptain, we shall be relieved this
ery day.' When I asked him
vhat reason he had for saying so,
e replied that he had dreamed
hat he was on board a bark, and
he was coming to our rescue. He
escribed her appearance and rig,
nd to our utter astonishment,
Then your vessel hove in sight
be corresponded exactly to his
escription of her. We had not
bought much of what he had
id, yet still we hoped there
iight be something in it, for
rowning men, you know, will
itch at straws. As it has turned
ut, I cannot doubt that it was
I arranged, in some incompre
ensible way, by an overuling
rovidence, so that we might be
"1 got the impression that the
ark I saw in my dream was going
> rescue us," said the passenger,
at how that impressien came I
innot tell. Everything here on
Dard seems to me quite familiar;
et I am very sure that I was
ever in your vessel before. It is
1 a puzzle to me."
A PERSIAN STORY.
N' IMAGINARY DESCRIPTION OF THE
WAY OFFICE HOLDERS WERE MADE
HONEST AND KEPT IN THAT CON
Three centuries ago, says Abon
en Adhem in his advice, there
as a kingdom to the north of
hat isnow PArlaia-thA inhabi
,nts of which weie of the,rme
,ce with the present Persians-in
hich these things of which you
mplain very seldom occurred.
i that blessed land there was no
ime to speak of-no accidents,
>mistakes, no nothing. Life
ere was like a calmly-fiowing
ger ; the people lived happily
d died regretfully, disliking very
uch. to leave-which is quite
iferent here. We had in Koamod
bich was the name of the'king
in, no penitentiaries, no reform
ools, no civil -service examina
ms, no boards of any kind
thing of the sort.~ If the govern
ent wanted a postmaster, we
1l say, it did not go bothering
out qualifications or anything
that sort. it simply posted up
the door of the vacant post
ice a printed statement of what
yuld be required of the postmas
e. Then the first man who said
wanted the place w as appoint
"Were not bonds required of
"No. He took the place, and
mt on with his duties."
"But suppose he proved a de
"He was immediately caught
"Hung for a defaleation ?"
"Certainly, and for a mistake as
,l. If there was an error in his
counts, by so much as a pound
wrapping-twine, he was hung
t of hand."
"But suppose his irregularities
re the result of bad business
"Then he was hung for being a
d business man. What we want
was honesty and capacity ; and
we did with postmasters, we
I with everybody else. Suppose
ailroad train ran off the track
a coroner~s jury was convened
er the bodies of the killed.
ppose they discovered the fact
at a rail was out of order, or
t the road was not properly
trolled, we hang one president,
ector and superintendent. If
3 accident was caused by any
p on the part of the conductor,
was hung, and so on. Once we
ng all the officers of the Tehe
2 and Ispaham road, and from
t time there was no accident
that line. Their successors
are tolerably careful ; the super
endenE slept very little; and
a company hung up a miniature
llows in the cab of every loco
>ie to remind the engineer of
Scertain fate in the event of1
"Then we carried the same rule I
into everything. The people de
posited with the First National
Bank of Pically. Very good. The
bank suspended one morning.
Exactly. The authorities took the
president, cashier, and board of
directors all out and hung them,
because they had been guilty of
"I didn't steal a dollar of this
money,' said the president. 'It
was lost in speculating in Persian
"'Never a difference,' said the
judge, 'where it was lost. You
haven't got it.'
"'But you won't hang a man
who has not stolen, will you?'
"I will hang you, my jooel, for
bein' an idiot. I shall hang you
for riskin' money that was not
yours to risk.'
"And up he went.
"In fact, they have hung them
more mercilessly for being fools
than for any other crime. If a
man said: 'I stole it,' they felt a
sort of pity for him. If he said:
'I lost it,' they felt none at all, and
strung him up in a minute."
"Did they hang always for mur
"Certainly: all they wanted to,
know was that the killing took
"Did they never admit the plea
of insanity ?"
"Not any of that. If a man
puts in thas plea they hung him for I
being insane. They were wont to
remark that it was not safe to c
have insane men running about f
loose with revolvers and clubs and
such things, so they hung them e
for fear they might endanger some
one else's life."
this vigorous hanging on things in C
"Splendid. Bank officials made
no mistakes- in their figures and c
none in their business. The of- 0
ficers of the government were
rater carcful about their accounts,
for they were hung for mistakes r
as well as;for thieving. The presi- "
dents and directors, of railroads ~
kept their tracks u-p and a more ci
watchful or careful set of mena
than the conductors, engineers, 4
and switchmen you never saw.
There being no plea of any kind.
permitted, the fact being all that
was considered, there was a whole
some care used in all departments
of life. t
"The effect was good in another
way. This system reduced the
population terribly, but it made
a magnificent race of: men and
women. You seeothevicioulsand the
areless-vn hich is to say, the nat- i
urally depraved and weak-minded t
were all hung, leaving only the
industrious and clear-headed to.
ive and perpetuate the species. ~
onsequetly it was a splendid peo
ple. I am, perhaps, a fair speci- ~
men. Thore were no lunatics,W
diots, trifiers or dishonest men left W
to spread mischief and danger.
T'he population was sorted and sift- di
"I-s that government still in ex
"Alas! no. There sprang up a l
lass of poolple who got to pity- o
ng criminals. They got into at1
way of visiting them just before
bhey were stretched, and sending
hem bouquets, and begging the sc
overnor to pardon them; they got
up sympathy for. them, and finally ta
ome escaped. Then the game was in
p. The moment there was any
oubt as to the certainty of pun
ihment, men became almost as t
they are here. Then I left the.
No UbE IN GoING.-"I'm going H
o stop attending our church," tei
eevishly exclaimed a vinegar- N<
faced spinster,not a thousand miles ed
from Chicago, the other day.
"Why, ni hat has happened ?" anx- be
ously inquired a friend. "There Si
in't nothing happened, and that's wi
ust what.'s the matter," continued w<
thA spinster through her nose; p1
here I've been aregular attendant ed
for mor'n two years, and there tit
asn't been no gossip, no scandal, E
or nothing to talk about in all trl
hat time and I can't see the use of mi
oing any longer!1" And she th
quared herself down in the chair
ith thn look of' a martyr.
FIFTY-EIGHT DAYS WITH
IFE SUSTAINED BY MILK AND BEEF
TEA BATHS-A CASE THAT HAS NO
Oswego, N. Y., April 22.-Near
1he village of Mexico, in this coun
;y, lives the widow Stansberry,
who, for 10years, has been bedrid
len of nervous disease. H e r
laughter Martha, aged 19 years,
ived- with her and took care of her.
:n October last Martha was taken
iiek with'neuralgia affection of the
'ace and head,and supposing that it
)roceeded from diseased teeth, she
vent to the village and had them
xtracted. Soon after she return
d home she was taken with ex
raciating pains in her left side,
ust below the ribs, which were
o severe as to throw her-into con
rulsions, of which she had as many
,s 100 in 24 hours, on some days.
rom her side the pain went to her
hest, and thence to her throat,.
,nd then she had difficulty in swal
From February 20 to 27 she took
,bout one teaspoonful of cream
ach day, and no other nourish
ient. With each administration
,f this diet the patient went into
onvulsions. On Sunday, Februa
y 27, the last successful attempt
vas made to introduce food into
er stomach. On that day the
onvulsions were so violent that
eath seemed to be imminent.
'he sight or smell of food produ
ad spasms, and it became necessa
avoid presenting food to her
>r a time. At this time she seem
d to lose the senses of sight and
earing, and also the power of
peech, and she remained for three
rin. -in a state of partial
:ma, after which she revived
ifficiently to write her desire on
slate. For the three weeks suc
)eding February 27 she wrote
)nstantly on her slate about her
iffering, for food, but when food
as offered her the convulsions
turned. In these three weeks
1e slept but' very little, and
as in a state of high nervous ex
tement, sometimes ordering her
~tendants from the room, as she
>uld not bear their presence. At
ie end of the three weeks she be
~me very quiet and slept regular.
and well. For three or four
~ya at a time she was apparent
blind, deaf, and speechless, and
ien she revived for a short time.
At the end of this period (the ,
tree weeks) her physicians, Drs.
eaton and Huntington of Mexi
>, began to treat her with hyper- i
~mic injections, introducing med-- ?
ations into the arms, and bathing s
ie chest, stomnach; and abdomen
ith milk and beef' broth. After
is bread and cake were placed
her hands she sometimes at
mpted to put the food to her
oath, but all attempts to eat
ere useless. At that time she
as able to talk, and' said she
ould not be able to eat again.
!hen asked why, she said she
dn't know, only she never could.
rom the beginning of her sick-0
~ss till her death, on Tuesday
st, April 18, the attendants were
'liged to fan her continually when
e fanning stopped she seem
to cease to breathe.
Before her death -she was con
ious, but had been unable to
eak since the previous evening.
ue had then lain 58 days without
king a particle of nourishment
to her stomach, not even a drop
water, her only means of sus-e
uance being the absorption ofb
e milk and beef tea, the bathing a1
which was continued to the r'
y she died. Drs. Heaton and oJ
anti ngton made a carefalpostmor-t
n. examination of the body.- J
> disease of any kind was reveal- ~
Miss-Stan sberry had previously
en a perfectly - healthy girl.
e weighed about 160 pounds
:le taken sick, and after death e~
aighed not less than 130. Thed
ysicians think that death result- t
from extreme nervous prostra-P
n rather than starvation. Drs.g
saton and Huntington and other e
istworthy phyicians say the
B<lical records show no case of
e kin d.-N. Y". Sun.
Be ch a"ita.hl. - 51
"I'm too poor to take a paper."
If you are too poor to take
a paper, you should be indicted
by the Grand Jury for obtaining
a family under false pretences.
Southerners are not as reliable
newspaper supporters as they
should or could be, for in fact, few
country families take*the newspa
pers. Travel through the country
from Baton Rogue to Richmond and
in nineteen of twenty of the un
painted, ill-located, and uncomfort
able dwellings on the roadside, you
m ill find neither newspapers nor
any trace of one ever having been
there. The husband knows 'no
thing about markets except a few
items that he picks up at the
country store. The wife is igno
rant, and because she is denied the
g e n e r a I information derivable
from newspapers, she descends in
the scale, and becomes a newsmon
ger, filled with superstitious ideas
and neighborhood scandal. The
children grow up ignorant, with
no ambition to'push ahead in life.
They know nothing about the
world they live in, and care less.
Stop at any neatly painted house,
situated in a grove of trees with
vines on the porch and a paling
fence in front, and on the tables, 1
in the -corners, and in the hall, 1
you will find the local papers, and
the weeklies of the nearest large
,ity,the Southern, Cultivator,South
3rn Ruralist,American Agricultural;
.st,orsome other valuable agricultu- I
al journal. The proprietor is as
#ell posted about the prices of cot- I
;on, grain, or stock, as any travel- ]
ng speculator. He does not de- ]
end upon the local politician for his c
olitical ideas, nor upon luck for a 1
icope for her mind's employment C
;han neighborhood scandal,and the t
hildren grow up ambitious to i
mcceed in life, and (warned of I
ihe tricks, evils, and quicksands t
>f the world) generally press on- I
v'ard and upward into the front t
If the country preachers -would t
abor to circulate the nearest local I
iewspaper, the usual Sunday morn
ng's gossip, slander, and general a
~onversation upon the church a
~reen and cn the steps would t
ease,and their community become r
nore intelligent. The local news- b
>aper in the family is read; Bax- t
er's Saints' Rest, and books of like t
haracter,if read,would do perhaps C
tiore good, but where there is no b
iewspaper, it is not likely that
ny one of the family will- read
ooks, particularly religious books. ~A
Whitewash on the wall, honey- t<
uckle over the porch, and a news- d
iaper in the ball," and the char- a:
cter and standing of the family w
3 evident to the passing stranger. w
Scene at a wedding breakfast:d
ompany all seated about the ta- P~
le. A pause in the general con- .O'
ersation. Happy husband to his T
rife's little sister at the other end ~
E the table: "Well, Julie, you ei
ave a new brother now." Julie: W
Yes; but mother said to papa
ie other day that she was afraid w
iat you would never amount to P4
iui:h, but that it seemed to be h~
mrah's l as t chance." In tense m
lence for a moment, followed i
y a rapid play of knives and h~
The influence -of the good man cc
~ases not at death; he, as the visi- st
e agent, is removed, but the light t
id influence of his example still "
~main; and the moral, elements to
'this world will long show the *
aces of their vigor and purity; re
st as the western sky, after the
an has set, still betrays the glow
g traces of the departed orb. -a
Eightsen hundred and seventy- ai
x is a great year for this Ameri
in nation. It is leap year, -Presi
antial election year and the cen
innial anniversary of our inde
3ndence, and for the purpose of a
tving us a rest during so much
ceitement, there will be one extrah
uinday, or fifty-three in all.
Short items are the oftenest clip
ed, and that is why they keep oi
Advertisements inserted at the rat of *LaD
per square-one inch-for first inertIoM "n
75c. for each subsequent insertion. Doubie
column advertisements tenper cent an abW*.
Notices of meetings, obituafles and batta
of respect, same rates per squire as ordbmwq
Special notices- in local column 15 cent
Advertisements wot marked ift the nu= -
ber oJRnserdlonwill.be-.keW-n.til forbid
Special contuwft,mad&.wMt-&rge adver
tisers, wit liberal dedue*obOf above Waes
Done with Neatness and Dispatch
THE TROUBLES OF A SONS
Mortimer J. Loomis is now one -
of the Moat violent of the denun
eiators of railroad monopolies.
Si oce his last adventure on.the -cans
be hates a railroad worse than an
Arapahoe Indian hates a baldhead
ad Shaker. Loomis has fits of
somnambulism occasionally, aind
at such times he has an uncontrol.
[able tendency to wander into dan.
werous julaces. More than" bncb
be has been surprised on. waking,
to find .himself roostiog -on- the.
3o rnb of the roof, or hanging head.
roremost down the well, with one
leg around the backet handle.
He went out to Pittabakg. ak-feVw
Jays ago, and- when he ettered. -r
the sleeping car, the thought---_-.
3truck him that he might get t -
prowling about in the night'while
isleep, and walk off 'thepltoi
Into the better world. So he-wenit
o the brakeman and gave hima
Jollar, with 'strict - instructions, i
he saw him walking, &r*oiid-the
d good-humored are very useM