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vol. 35. YORKVILLE, S. C., AVEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1889. JSTQ. 14. felertctl f octrg. THE PRODIGAli DAUGHTER. To the home of his father returning, The Prodigal, weary and worn. Is greeted with Joy and thanksgiving, Ah when on his first natal morn ; A "ro^e" and a "ring" are his portion, The servants as suppliants bow, He is clad in fine linen and purple, In return for his penitent vow. But ah ! for the Prodigal Daughter, Who has wandered away from her home? Her feet must still press the dark valley And through the wild wilderness roam ; Alone, on the bleak, barren mountains? The mountains so dreary and coldNo band is outstretched in fond pity To welcome her back to the fold. But thanks to the Shepherd, whose mercy Still follows his sheep, though they stray; The weakest, and e'en the forsaken, He bears in his bosomalway ; And in the bright mansions of glory, Which the blood of His sacrifice won, There is room for the Prodigal Daughter As well as the Prodigal Son. ike Itotii leUfr. THE SILVfift BULLET. In 1869 Lawrence Nutting was a United States marshal in the southern district of Virginia. The State was at that time fairly overrun with outlaws of all classes. Bushwhackers, highwaymen, counterfeiters and "moonshiners" nestled in all the countryside among the mountains, and far from towns and cities, upon lonely roads: while gamblers and desperadoes swarmed in and about the settlements. Crime was frequent, and the life of the United States officer was a series of stirring adventures involving great danger, and demanding great tact and personal bravery. But Nutting proved himself worthy and fit for the office. A young man of temperate habits, quick wit, splendid physique and dashing courage, he was never at a loss how to act; and the vermin that infested that region soon learned to hate and to fear him intensely. Many were the expeditions which the officer had led, many his escapes, and many the prisoners safely captured and walled by his efforts; but one man evaded him. The shrewdest and worst "moonshiner" of all was still at large; despite all his efforts, Nutting had not yet secured Ruloff Allen. This man was known throughout the State. His career liad l>een that of a criminal from his birth. In the fastness of -southwestern Virginia he manufactured whisky on a grand scale, and was the owner of a dozen or more "queer stills," and snapped his finger at the law. Several times had Nutting sought this quarry; twice he had actually caught him, yet twice he had escaped, and at the time of which we speak he was still free. Nutting sat at his office window one evening musing, half dreaming, when there fell a light touch on his shoulder. He started up quickly. A stranger stood before him. "The United States marshal?" said he, interrogatively. "Ye*, sir." said Lawrence, rising. "Be seated. \vWt can I do for you ?" ,4I would speak with you alone," he said, glancing around. "1 have matters of importance to communicate." "This office is out of hearing from the street," replied Nutting, "and we are by ourselves. You can speak freely." The other drew a couple of cigars from his pocket, offered, one to the marshal, and lit the other himself. Nutting followed ills example; then the man drew his chair nearer, so that he sat between the officer and the desk whereon lay his belt and Kistols, threw open his coat so that the utts of two heavy revolvers might be seen, and blowing the smoke from his cigar said, in a quiet tone, to his companion : "You are desirous-of arresting a noted moonshiner, one Kuloff Allen, are you not?" "There's no doubt aliout that," said the marshal, smiling. "1 am the man." Nutting's cigar never stirred in his lips; his hand did not quiver nor his breath come the quicker. A single sign showed how deeply he was moved; his eyelids dilated, then he laughed soft and low. "You?you Rulon Allen;! My friend, I know Allen. His hair is red; yours is black. His face bears a scar across the chin; yours a board. His teeth are broken ; yours are perfect. The joke is good, hut you are not Allen." The other hesitated a moment, then striking a wig from his head, a beard from his chin, and removing a single false tooth, lie turned again to Nutting, red-haired and smiling. "And now?" "You are Allen." For a full moment neither man moved. It was as though two large tigers gazed at each other. Then the outlaw said: "Listen ! I am armed : vou are not. 1 am fully as desperate as the report makes nie. Iam as strong as you. l>o not try to arrest me, for 1 shall then be obliged to kill you. I came here to have a private talk, but it was necessary you should know who 1 am. I will not molest you if you will do the same by me, and give me fifteen minutes to escape when we have finished." Nutting measured his chances. Unarmed in the presence of a man to whom murder was not new, he deemed prudence the hotter part, and replied: "I agree." **tiood," said Allen, removing his own pistol belt; "your word is equal to mine. We shall both be unarmed And now 1 would tell you a story." Then he drew his chair still nearer the marshal, and as the twilight fell and the night came down he told of his life?a weird, strange history, every line intense with the throbbing passion of lawlessness which made the man what he was. The other listened breathlessly; the darkness shrouded both, #iul the cigars were finished long before the story was ended. At length, however, the visitor paused, and then concluded as follows: "?So have I lived. As a wild man almost; and that life has for the past five vears been more a mania than ever before, jg* hut with a method. 1 ?un and have been , seeking money, and money only. Not so widely different, you will say, from all the -world, except that my search was without the pale of the law. And now the end has come. I am rich. I have enough, and now I desire to return to civilization. You can permit it?you can prevent it. I am an outlaw. Very well! I will cease outlawry, 1 will turn over my stills to the government, will swear a great oath?and Keep 11, too?ior my own interests uemanu it?to become ii worthy citizen, and if you will accent the prodigal son and kill forme the fatten calf of pardon, all will he well. I came hereto ask you to intercede for me. will you do so?" Nutting hesitated a moment. This man was a veritable Robin Hood! Could he trust him! The other spoke again. "Such assistance from an official is what 1 need, and I can pay for it. If you will get a free pardon for me I will give you five thousand?" "I cannot do it." "Allen's face paled, and his hand crept toward his hip; then restraining himself with a scofting laugh, lie said: "Be it so, then, we are enemies. I, to you and the Jaw; you to me. Remember my fifteen minutes, and beware when next we meet!" He threw his cloak about him, buckled his pistols at his waist, and disappeared, but as he left the room a little piece of metal fell from his person, and rolled unnoticed upon the floor. A minute later the ring of his horse's hoofs sounded through the night as he rode toward the mountains. The morning following, as Nutting entered his office, his aged servant bowed low tiefore him, extended his brown and wrinkled hand, and said, in an awe-stricken voice: "Foun' dis on de floor, niassa. K'pose him your'n, bad ting, massa, bad?ef you 'low old nigger to say so ?" The marshal leaned forward in surprise. Lving in the outstretched palm of the black negro was a silver pistol bullet. "Why. uncle," said he, taking it, "this is not liiine!" "Not your'n massa! Tank <le Lord! I'so pleased, I is, massa. Found it ver, (lough. 1 hit's ar's a seweyside bullet, massa," he coutined, lowering his voice to a whisper, while his eyes rolled like ships in the midst of white and seething billows. "I know 'em!" My ole massa he had one wist, an' carried it many years. Dey neher kill no one but de fellers dey's made for. Massa John, dough, hedidiit get a chance for to use his'n," and tin? old man chuckled. "A suicide bullet," said Nutting, with a I smile, as he examined the silver sphere. I "That's a new idea to me. Why make a , special bullet, uncle. 1 should think one of those deadly enough." And he pointed toward some of the heavy cartridges belonging to his own pistols which lay on the table near. "Dey mought miss, massa. You know de debil cares for his own, an' (lis bullet is made by his help, at night, in de grabeyard, an' can't miss. I knows 'em, massa. I'se seen em afore." Then, drawing near, he whispered, "J'se made em!" "And did they do their " ork ?" said Nutting, laughing lightly. "Dey did, massa." The officer now opened a drawer in his desk, and took from it an old-fashioned dueling pistol, which he had picket! up apmewneie, and tittod the -tolhk into -its rusty muzzle. "It's just the tiling, uncle. Bring me my flask, and I'll load it with the suicide bullet. It's best to have it handy by if 1 get the blues." 1 Ie'laughed again. The servant obeyed. "No use to 1x 'im, massa. 'Twon't only kill de one who it's made for, sliuab, an' ye couldn't shoot yourself wid it, nohow." "Well, uncle, I'll load the smoothbore, anyway," said the marshal, suiting the action to tne word, "and this afternoon we'll try it at a mark. If I miss a half dollar a dozen paces, I'll give up that you're right. If I hit, your 'suicide bullet' is 110 better or worse than a leaden one." "Ali right, massa, but you won't hit," replied the old darkey. Just as Nutting completed the charging of the weapon a visitor called, and it was thrust hurriedly into a pigeon-hole in the desk. His visitor's business detained him from the office until night, and the plan of the morning was forgotten. The duelling pistol with its silver missile lay unnoticed for months in the desk. The days and weeks passed. Summer came and went, and fall ripened the year. A dozen times had the marshal organized expeditions and scoured the country, seeking the notorious Allen, but each time he had returned unsuccessful. One final effort, however, was to be made. Certain information which he knew "to be reliable had at last, he felt sure, put the outlaw in his hand, and he looked to his horse's shoes and loaded his pistols with unusual care. At his orders mounted guards?men on whom he could depend?patrolled all the roads. Upon the morrow at dawn, with a posse of seven fearless mountaineers he was to storm the very stronghold of the moonshiners, and to-morrow night would find a vacancy either in the Government office or in the ranks of the illict distillers. | The expedition had thus far, Nutting believed, been kept a secret. Because of this he looked forward with strong hopes of success. Ths officer sat at his desk writing. He had but a few pages to complete, a letter or two to prepare for the mail, and some memoranda to destroy. He might never sit at that desk again. As his eyes wandered over the mass of papers, documents, and duplicate reports tiled neatly away before him, he suddenly noticed the butt-end of his old duelling pistol, half-hidden in one of the compart ments. and as the remembrance oi how it came there flashed over him he was about to draw it from its hiding-place, when a shuffling step at the door arrested liim, and an instant later an aged and bent woman entered the door. ' The hour was late, and Nutting regarded the new-comer with surprise, as he arose to otter her a chair.' She accepted it with a whine of thanks, and sank panting into it. The marshal resumed his seat at the desk. "Yeare the gov'ment man, I reckon?" said the woman, after a pause, raising a brown and wrinkled face, half hidden beneath an immense hood and a pair of green spectacles, toward Nutting. "Yes, madam," replied that worthy. "I've come a right smart pieee to see ye, for an old woman. I'm true grit, lam, but a getting wore out. These yer mountains are a sight steeper than they was forty years ago," and she sighed. "But see here, I'm on business, I am. J want to talk to ye. You don't know me, I reckon ?" "I cannot say that l do, said cutting, slowly. "I reckon not?as ye never see me hefore. I am Mrs. Allen?Bethslieby Allen?and my hov, lie's Ruloft' Allen. Ye hev heard of him, mebbe?" and she paused and gazed cunningly into her listener's face. "Yes, I know him," and the man's hrow darkened. "Wall, now I tell ye. It seems yer on a raid arter him to-morrer?ye see I know a thing or two?an' ye've got the hoy badly cooped up this time, shore. Not hut what he'll fight, and some on ye may catch suthin besides moonshiners. My boy is smart, he is, 1 tell ye, an' he'll tote ye round considerable afore ye gather him in ; but he's cooped all the same, and I'm afeared ye'll catch him or kill him. An' I'm his mammy, ye know." The old hag paused and wiped her eyes. She was a woman, even yet,and Nuttiiig's heart softened towards her. "What can I do in this matter, Mrs. Allen?" began the marshal. "Your son is a?" "Never mind what he is?you can save him. lie's trapped, catched, cooped. But he's my boy, an' I want ye to let him go. Take his stills an' his whisky, take everything?but let him go, an' I'll give ye my word?its good; Bethslieby Allen never broke it yet?that in less than three days we'll be?" "Mrs. Allen, that is impossible. I'll try not to hurt your son, but capture him I must and shall." "But if he should capture you, what then ?" At these words the green glasses fell, the hood was thrown back, the bent form became straight, and before the eyes of the dil'/i* 1 Riilutt' Allen liinxelf ww 1 ti look of deadly hatred on li is face, a heavy revolver in his outstretched hand. Silence reigned a motnent as the young man gazed into the deadly tube before him. "1 came here to give you one last chance, and myself the same!" half hissed the moonshiner. "That chance is lost to both of us. 1 go back to the mountains and outlawry?you retire from active service. Can you pray?" If so, do it now. In three minutes I shall kill you." Slowly Nutting's eyes ran about the room. Kscape was impossible?help would not come. A single cry meant instant death?he was lost! 1 lis heart sank. Suddenly the butt of the old duelling pistol came within the circle of his vision. Cool as his would-be murderer, he turned to him and said, " Will you let me smoke once more ?" The fellow eyed him sharply. "Smoke? Yes, one cigar," he said, at length. And lowering the muzzle of his weapon, he thrust it into his pocket to supply Ids victim's wants. "I have some here," said Nutting, and like a Hash his hand shot upward towards the pigeon hole where lay the old duelling pistol. "Down with your hand," cried Allen. It was too late. There came a sharp and ringing report, a single cry, a dull and sfpkening thud upon the floor, and all was over. And the moon, breaking between tho rifted clouds without, looked through the open window on the face of the dead, while Nutting, white and trembling, held in his nerveless hand a smoking pistol. The silver bullet hud found its mark and returned to its owner. The Cnited States .Marshal was saved. gap*-Crowds are honest. If you compliment an individual man to his face he'll pretend that he does not like it ; but tell an audience that it is with unspeakable pleasure that you appear before such a tine-looking, intelligent body of men, and you will be applauded to the echo. Utiscdlanrous Reading. A BLIZZARD IN THE NORTHWEST. While teaching the Pleasant Point school in Dakota, last winter, I had an opportunity to witness a genuine Western blizzard. The newspaper accounts of its destructiveness were greatly exaggerated, there being no more loss of life than was caused by the storm along the Atlantic coast in the following March. Still, it was quite a l.Jiz! /ard, and is worth ttdling about. I One tine Saturday, Hill and Alt', sons of | my host, set out for a hunt. Hill was a | fine sturdy specimen of a Western farmer; while Alf, though slighter, was quick, shrewd, a good shot, and always in buoyant spirits when anything like sport was suggested. We watched them for a long time as they galloped awav over the prairie, while the dogs could be heard in the distance barking furiously at some frightened rabbit or prairie chicken. Finally we turned away, Mr. Y. to feed the stock, while J continued to scrape the windowpane in a fruitless endeavor to clear sufficient space thnfcigh which to watch the distant settlers drawing loans 01 gram 10 market. TJti.e house wasp,, plain l?ff cabin, like the others in the settlement. The walls were composed of peeled logs, notched at the angles and plastered between, making quite a comfortable abode. The whole structure was whitewashed twice a year inside and out. Sometimes the rains or melting snowsof spring would beat through these walls, leaving dark, yellow stains on their snowy surface. Then the bible and chairs must all be moved outdoors, while the whole interior received another coating. The roof, which was of thatched straw, had to be repaired each fan to protect us against the .sweeping winds of winter. Inside, the place had a cheery, hospitable look. The kitchen, the main room, was clean and bright. In one corner was a ladder leading to the loft overhead. The water pail, set on a stool, generally Occupied another corner. A large old fashioned cupboard against the wall did duty as china-closet and refrigerator. On the white walls hung numerous almanacs, together with brilliant advertisements of mowing machines and other farming implements. On the mantel stood a large old-fashioned clock, brought from some far away Eastern home. The pine floor, from semi-weekly scourings, had begun to show serious signs of wear, while the various rugs, products of the toil of long winter evenings, made bright spots of color and warmth on its uneven surface. Having given up the attempt to thaw any amount of space on the window-pane, I finished the morning by assisting a younger member of the family to patch a pair of moccasins. About noon the wind changed to the north, and gusts came whirling about the house, compelling us to remain within. Soon dark clouds rose rapidly up from the northeast and Mr. Y. went down to feed and water the stock. As a heavy storm was threatened, he brought to the house one end of the rope kept attached to the cattle sheil. The storm came 011 quickly, the air /.rOilo!. noeli lllimiff" while t.llO w",v" wind continued to rise. By Tour o'clock it lmd grown so dark that lamps had to he lighted, and 31r. Y., in going to the sheds found the rope serviceable its the wind and snow came with such blinding force. In the barn yard the cattle hovered on the sheltered side of stacks and buildings, and wild (leers, driven in by the storm, took refuge with them. One who has not experienced a storm of this kind can have but a faint idea of its peculiar effects. Jt.is not unlike a drowning sensation. The awful force makes it almost impossible to catch one's breath and seems to draw the very life of its victim, leaving him blind, bewildered, and so completely exhausted that he is be| numbed and apathetic, so helpless does he become. A If and Bill had capital success that morning, having shot a fine young deer and an antelope, besides small game, and were just returning when the storm came up. Fifteen miles from home with ' nothing visible but the naked prairie and a heavy snow storm approaching! The horses needed no urging, but dashed forward, anxious to reach hiyne, where they knew a plentiful supply of oats awaited them. The boys hail gone only a few miles when they were compelled to take refuge in the bottom of the wagon, pulling their caps over their faces to shut out the piercing wind. To make matters worse, the darkness was becoming so great they could scarcely keep their position, and soon lost sight of the familiar landmarks. To proceed further was useless, as a house could not have been set 11 a dozen yards and, although there were bright lights and anxious hearts awaiting theni at home, | they had to abandon all further attempts in that direction, and seriously consider j camping out. Coming to a small rise of ground they stop]ted. The snow had drifted, making a high semi-circular mound quite suitable for a snow house. A large hole was soon tunneled and tilled with the warm buffalo robes they had brought with them. These, with their fur coats, made a very good covering. Then, turning the horses loose to find their way home as best they could, and taking the hounds with them into their Arctic house, they drew their robes about them I and prepared to pass the night, the fast j falling snow soon covering them. All night the storm raged. On Sunday it still continued, and on Monday it secm| etl to increase in fury, but by evening the wind changed toward the south, and we knew that the storm was past. Tuesday | dawned beautiful and clear, with the bright blue sky and dazzling sun so general in high latitudes. About eight o'clock a neighbor came with the news that the I train for Bismarck was snowed in, and that the settlers were carrying food to the j beleaguered passengers. \Ye speedily set ! to work and soon had a quantity of coffee, cake, etc., for the hungry. Other settlers soon arrived with sacks filled with provisions, and all set out to the relief of the j snow-bound people in-the cars. Nothing was learned of Alfor Bill from the settlers --1 .,..1 (I.,.,, Willi WIIIMII wi.- SUjJJHI.SVU inv-^ mill kuuim refuge, and their mother, who had scarcely slept or eaten since the storm began, was nearly distracted. Kind neighbors were searching in every direction for tbe missing ones when, suddenly, in bounded Hose, one of the hounds, jumping up and licking our hands in the most demonstrative manner. In a short time a wagon was seen coming slowly across the plain with two men who, on closer inspection, proved to be All' and Hill. The horses did not go home as they expected, but simply turned their backs to the storm and remained beside tbe wagon. They had eaten a good portion of the boards which formed the bottom of the wagon, which being of pitch pine, gave them a certain amount of warmth, as well as sustenance.?[Miss M. Council, of Dakota, in American Agriculturist. (?bb TIME llorSKKKKIMNti. When inclined to murmur at our lack ol luxuries we should find consolation in reflecting that we enjoy much which the higher classes of Kuropc could not comI mand two hundred years ago. Kven chimneys arc quite a modern invention; formerly the tire burned in tbe middle ol the room, a hole in the roof inviting the smoke, which slowly curled about the room, apparently taking leave of every person and object before making its egress. To-day, among tbe Crofters in the Highlands of Scotland you will see protruding through the thatch a dilapidated barrel doing duty as a chimney. Helow it, on stones in the centre of the kitchen, smoulders the peat tire, and rafters and women arc equally smoke dried. Class windows continued very rare for a long time on account of the heavy tax upon them, old househad small openings in the walls to admit air and light, but the glazing of a single American cottage would have enriched a whole village such as (pieen Klizabeth knew. At the present time private dwellings in Kngland usually look sombre and uninviting to our eyes from having fewer and smaller windows than our homes display. Floors were strewn with rushes, among which the dogs and other domestic animals poked for bones and scraps tiling from the table by human eaters. There was then a great deal of sickness in Kngland, and the terrible plagut itself wasal last discovered to be closely associated with garbage littered floors, seldom swept and cleansed. Sheets and pillow eases were only for the wealthy; none , of their servants shared such elegances, ("hail's were stiff in form, although often richly carved and ornamented; the common people used only wooden stools and . ungainly settles. IS A CIIAXUE WSKK1) NKCKSSARY ? There is a prevailing idea that a change 1 or renewal of seed is a necessity?that , j stocks will run down if constantly grown in the same locality. This opinion is 1 j shared alike by practical and theoretical ] j agriculturists. Change of seed is a very common practice with market gardeners for some vegetables, and for others it is 1 wholly ignored. It is only beneficial to | change seed, that is to procure fresh stock, : in order to secure earliness. For instance, seed grown at the extreme northerly point that a given variety will perfect its growth < if taken South wiil develop and mature I much quicker the first year than the seeds < saved where the growing season-is twice as ] long. For this reason, the South depends 1 almost wholly on the North for its stock 1 seed, which must he renewed annually, as i plants in any locality will adapt themselves to the conditions in whitfji they arcBj placedwhere thqy have, a U*rig season to? develop they make haste slowly, and employ all the time available. 1 This is noticeably the case with our com- < mon field corn. I once brought a few ears < from the farthest northern point in Canada 1 where corn will ripen. There the stalks were not four feet in height, but each of i 2 1 * ??/. ??vir?ll AjiiKi <\f xromr Ov. , | 11it*i11 pruuciccu uvu ?jii?hi w? >6^ , cedent quality. The seed was planted in < Central New Vork, where it ripened perfectly in August. This was considered a i great acquisition, and the product was i carefully saved for seed purposes. The < second year's planting was a disappointment, as it grew nearly as tall as our common field sorts, and was not materially i earlier. For earliness, rf change of seed ! may he desirable, hut for no other reason. , This may be readily seen, as when we wish : to make a change we invariably go where >, a desired variety has been perfected by . many years of selection on the same soil < and under the sanie conditions. The advantage to be derived from a i change of seed arises mainly from the fact that in certain localities the principle of selection is better understood tnan in others, and more generally practiced in the i saving of seeds. In all other countries there are certain districts, and some par- i ticular farms, which are famous for the production of a specialty, whether it be of seeds, grains, fruits or potatoes, and where the whole agricultural industry is of a specific kind, and that for seed purposes. In such localities we generally find that the advantages they enjoy can be attributed not less to natural causes than to the great- i er care and attention paid to the crop. And the farmers think tha^they owe the reputations that their productions have obtained as much to the latter as to the former circumstances. We also find in these localities a greater degree of intelligence among the farmers; they are thinkers as well as workers, and their thought is wisely applied to their industry. The pioneer of any industry is a man with strong traits of character. He does his work well. If he is successful his neighbors will follow his example. In this way the.seed growing industry has been developed, and in no other can it be successful; certain localities have become famous, and their business remunerative. It is a well understood fact that in 110 one locality will all vegetable forms thrive with equal vigor, and that many varieties which we wish to grow will grow imper fectly, if at all. It is not of such I write: on the contrary let it be well understood that selection with a view to improvement or development must be confined to such classes and varieties as will with proper cultivation reach the highest limit of development in the locality where they are" grown. There are cases where it may be advantageous to procure seed from a distant source, and whore the question would nat urally arise as to whether wo should procure seeds grown in richer or poorer soil; from a milder or colder climate. To all such interrogations there is a very simple answer: Procure seeds which were grown when* the plants that produced them reach the highest stages of development, where the seeds are thoroughly ripened, and where those who grow 'them are the most discriminating in their selection. At the commencement of our civil war, a market gardener left his Virginia home and settled on Long Island, to carry on truck farming as he did in the South. "Lettuce was his specialty, lie commenced by buying in New York a small quantity of ' seed of a then popular kind. He cannot remember the variety, but probably it was what was then known as the Indian Head, a variety no longer cultivated. For economic reasons he saved seed from the best heads for future use, always making a judicious selection, with a view of solid heads in summon For seed purposes he selected each year those that were the latest in going to seed. For more than twenty-five years the same care in select ion has been practiced, the same cultivation has lieen given, and the same fertilizers hay I teen used, all in the same garden of five acres. The result is a variety which is now known as the York Head Lettuce, the best for summer of any in the market, as it will not run to seed quickly ; besides it is the largest and most tender. We have sf'cn heads of this lettuce on exhibition that weighed seven pounds each. As a fertilizer, this gardener uses salt liberally, and to this lit; largely attributes the development and distinctive characteristics of this variety. Here was ( a gradual improvement during these long , years, a change so marked that the parentage of the variety is nowhere visible in the offspring. The same results can he reached only by growing the successive generations in the same soil, with the same system of cultivation, and under the same climatic 1 influences.?[('. L. Allen in American Agriculturist. A pretty married woman living near Americas, (la., owns a cow that she thinks the world of. She milks the cow herself, ( as she does not want her spoiled by endless attention. Since the crops have been ( gathered the cow has been running in the ( fields, and the brush of her tail got tilled ; with cockle burrs. ()ne morning last week ( the lady went into the pen to milk, iwid while siie was performing the duty, the , cow switched her tail into the neatly'done- ' up hair on the lady's head. The burrs caught, and the lady dropped her pan of milk and began to entangle her hair. The , operation disturbed the cow, and she be- ] gan to prance. The lady grabbed the pan ( and said, "So wench ! so, wench !" but the ( wench not liking the grip started in a , trot around the pen. The lady startled the household by her shrieks, and a negro ( woman ran to her rescue, but had to return , to the house for a pair of scissors. The eow was driven into a stall, her tail trimmed oil'and left sticking to the lady's head. She weid to the house and it took her bus band, the ii(*?rro woman and the family until in o'clock that night to pick the i burrs from her head. + i Yes," said a grave gentleman the other day, as he sat down to a dinnor-tahle , where tiiere were already twelve diners, "there is one occasion, decided, when thir teen at tahle is a sign of had luck." , "When is that, please?" "When there is : only enough to eat for twelve." "And , whiit ahout upsetting the salt-cellar?" "() that is unlucky, too, when you upset it in ( a dish that is just to your liking," I'or- : haps it may have heen accidents of this , sort that sot these superstitions to going ; originally. Once started, there is no end of plausible ways in which a superstition , , can he justified, and no end of people who , will declare that they have known it to , "come true." (Vi'a is not I'ou Sam:.?In the Spanish ; > Senate recently, replying to a member of the < )pposition, the minister of the interior declared that Spain would never consent to sell Cuba to the lTuitcd States or any other country, nor would Spain, In' ; continued, accept any pijee for the smallest portion of her colonial empire. Therefore the rumors circulated by the American press were without foundation. lie de! dared that there was not wealth enough in the whole universe to buy even thesmallest portion of Spanish territory, and that in case of need Spaniards would know how to defend their country's soil. A HAUNTED COUNT HOUSE. Workmen refuse to tear down the old court house building at Washington, Tenn., on account of a mystery which has surrounded the structure for nearly thirty years, and which is vouched for by the representative citizens of the county. The countyseat of Rhea county was recently removed from Washington to Dayton, and the court house, which has stood for over fifty years, has become so out of repair that it is deemed advisable to tear it down, and especially so as the county has no further use for it. The ground which it occupies is wanted for the purpose of erecting a poor house, but it now appeal's impossible to obtain workmen who are willing to tear ilown the old building, as it has been known for years as the "haunted court house." "jimmy lonesome." It has lieen nearly thirty years since the supposed spirits took possession of it, and they have remained there ever since. The uourt room and county officers occupy the first floor, while the second story has always been vacant, except one end, which Was once occupied as a lodge room, and a small room in the corner of the building which was formerly used as a doctor's PUce. In this room a skeleton was kept Pntch wrfs universally known as "Jimmy Lonesome," some of whose hones are still there. This skeleton was there when the strange phenomena which have since givnti +lm 1 miIflinnr vrifla^nnKwl flr<t L... V..V, Wfe .... ? began. About the same time a man named Peterson was shot and killed in his room by an unknown hand. Soon after this tragerly occurred Judge Frank Locke, who was the clerk and master and circuit court clerk of the county, heard strange noises in the upper room every night. His office was directly underneath the small room in which Jimmy Lonesome kept guard, and he would hear footsteps start from the skeleton's corner and walk across the floor. Sometimes the object would fall heavily. Judge Locke was noted for his bravery, and he was determined to find the intruder and eject him. Night after night lie would go up stairs immediately after hearing the object fall, but nothing could be seen. He himself stated that he had gone up there at least a hundred times between the years 1H(>5 and 188f>, but he never saw any form whatever. Nearly twenty years ago Col. T. M. Burkett, now of Atkins, and one of the leading members of the East Tennessee bar, was starting in the practice of law at Washington. JJe was poorat the time, and in order to save money obtained permission to sleep in the haunted room, which he did. The first night he heard the walking plainly, but could see nothing. The object would walk up and down the room and then seem to stand by his cot. He is a man of unusual nerve and bravery and returned the next night determined to solve the mystery. boon after he retired he again heard the walking, when suddenly a hand seized him and jerked him out of bed. He could see no one, and, trembling with fear, he hastily left the building and nothing could ever induce him to return. WHY TIIKY DON'T STAY. About ten years ago, Mr. W. S. Shirley, mi nttnrnpv liviiiwsit Snrine-('itv. had been in the; upper room of the court house during the day and had left a hook there. After supper he went after the hook, entiling hack on a run and never stopping until he had left the court house far behind him. When questioned, he said that as he stooped for the hook the form of a nam leaned over him with lighted blue candles about his head, lie didn't remain to cultivate an acquaintance with the gentleman. ()ne night, a few years ago, T. J. Howard, now chief of police at Chattanooga, was sitting in the court room with a friend. They had built a fire in the stove which ignited a piece of cloth that had in some way come m contact wjtli the stovepipe 011 the second ttwor. Howard wentup-stairs, takingsome matches to light his way, and succeeded in j putting out the lire. Mot knowing where I the stove-pipe went, he climbed into the cupola to satisfy himself that the fire was out. As he descended the ladder leading from the cupola his matches became exhausted and he had to grope his way in the dark. When he reached the bottom of the ladder a voice said: "Is the tire all out?" Howard supposed that it was his friend whom he had left down stairs, and answered without fear or surprise: "I think it is." He felt a sudden chill pass over him, because he could neither see any one nor hear footsteps, although the voice was directly in front of him. When he reached the lower room he said to his friend, who was sitting by the tire where he had left him: "How did you get down here?" " ! 1 11... A.! 1 It f 1 "\\ iiv," said me iriemi, i iuivhi i nmvc(1 from this chair since you left." Chief Howard says he wouldn't have gone up stairs again for any price, although he is far from superstitious. The man, or apparition, whichever it is, lias been seen through the window a few times, hut he is not often visible, although he can he heard walking the floor almost every night. The character and standing of the witnesses give the courthouse widespread notoriety as being haunted. There are three theories extant. One is that it is the spirit of the murdered man, Peterson, haunting the place; another that Jimmy Lonesome is responsible for the disturbances; and a third that the room has been occupied all these years by a man who, for some reason, has exiled himself from the world and has constructed a hole or place of some kind where he can disappear when the room is searched. The mystery would probably be solved by the tearing down of the building, but the people have become so superstitious concerning it that it will probably be impossible to utilize it as a poor house, as it is now intended.?[Chattanooga Telegram. HOW TO MAKKTHAITY HOME. A home of discord may be visited by acquaintances, but its doors are never likely to be knocked at by friends. .Sensible people will give it a wide berth, and prefer friendship and ifitimacy with those who live at peace, Nobody finds a wise young man courting a girl in a family who get on ill among themselves, lie wants a bird out of a good nest, and has no wish to be ilrawn in by marriage to take one side or other of a life-long fireside feud. It is hard on agirl, you say. Sometimes. Hut about the young mail's sagacity there can be no question whatever. If all homes were H'ni'lil it U'lilllrl 111. ^ >1(11 <1 |M\yUClUli M Wl *V ?? WMI?? wv , und there is no reason why happiness should not reign everywhere, if people would only make wisdom, and not stupidity the guide of their lives. When people ire miserable it is in ninety-nine eases out of the hundred nobody's fault hut their dwii. An emperor of China was once traveling through his realm, and became upon n family in which the grand-father, with his wives?lie had several of* them?his children, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, and servants, all lived under the same roof in perfect peace and harmony. The emperor was so struck with this, that he asked 11ic old man by what means he contrived to avoid quarrels and disputes, and to have his large family live together so pleasantly. Taking out a pencil he wrote in reply these words?"Patience and common sense." That was the whole secret. An easy one to remember, but bant, especially* with some natures, to put in practice. What strikes one as an odd thing is that many are able to exercise patience and common sense abroad, but find it next to an impossible task at home. With them everything is done for the benefit of society at large, and at the expense of their own circle. In other people's houses they have u face like a benediction, whilst in their own it is disfigured with frowns. Of all follies, this is one of the greatest. As if it were not their interest, let alone their duty, to do exactly the reverse. If any one has a mind to be cross, snappish and disagreeable, let her choose a field forgiving vent to her ill-humor as far removed from home as possible. Our best side should be turned not to strangers hut to those with whom we dwell, and whilst it is right to wish for the good opinion of everybody, we should be anxious most of all about the favorable impression we make on our own folks at home. Of the whole tribe of girls give us her whose brothers and sisters call her, and with good reason, an angel. We have duties to perform abroad, but we can never do these things rightly if we start by neglecting what we owe to our relatives, and acting as if we believed that good works, kindness, gentleness, and good humor ought to begin at any place rather than at home. This is in verting the natural order of things, and is a proceeding to be looked for only from foolish people. If there is to be household harmony, an important point is to cultivate a sweet temper. We cannot do without that. Some tempers are like violin strings out of tune; with them, who can expect either melody or harmony from the family orchestra ? This is specially a young woman's subject; indeed, if our girls are not amiable, nobody else can be expected to he. It is to their kind and gentle words that we must look for an antidote to fretting and ill-humor. At home the key-note of the day's music is often struck by the first word we hear in the morning, and happy is the house where it is always uttered by the smiling lips of good tempered girls. REAL AND FATSE MODESTY. It would be well if young women were taught early in life that there is a false shame and an affectation of modesty as unlovely as forwardness, and which repels ; as effectively as brazenness. To be on the ! qui vivi lor innuendo, to nave a smari mc-! ulty for extracting the bitterness of evil from any good, is all wrong and all immodest.' To see where harm is not intended is immodest. The young woman who thought she would die of shame because some gentlemen came into the gallery where she was alone with the statue of the Venus ofMHo, who fell into confusion and blushed mightily, advertised a modesty that was possibly only skin deep. A blush is something sacred to pure womanhood, and it is a sad spectacle for thoughtful eyes to note a young woman so far gone in the improprieties that she pretends to be shocked at things which simple, unaffected candor is far from thinking wrong at all. There are otherwise virtuous and modest young ladies who manage to convey by subtle insinuations that they are deeply conscious of scenes which a really modest woman would ignore, it is true, indeed, as a great writer has said, that a modest woman must be at times both deaf and dumb. Disagreeable happenings, offensive to the eyes and ears, are at times incidental to almost every one's life. The most sheltered young lady cannot he entirely protected. She may find herself in places where profane language reaches her eyes. It is then the time for her modesty to take 011 an armor of dignity; it is time to be both deaf and blincl. There are many things in life that young women ought to know of. and which, if they did know, they would regard as great solemn truths, too sacred to he giggled over and simpered at; which are not proper subjects for conversation, but which none the less exist, and should be well comprehended. For a young woman?or a young man, either?there is 110 safety in ignorance. The mother assumes unwarranted responsibility who leaves her innocent growing girls and boys to be educated in the mysteries of life by unthinking outsiders. Constant rubbing cannot wear off the delicate hue of the seashell. nor can the real purity of mind, the real modesty of refined womanhood, be more easily ' worn away. Mock modesty I IS I >v 111 nisici iu liiai V/anwi-iivai v\/V4 t vuv i which consists in not being found out. Persons who affect it are social "suspects." Beware of it, young woman, because it deceives no one, and because if you do not, young men who are in search of lovely wives will beware of you.?[Woman's Journal. SHE PAID THE BILL. "No, I haven't any news of importance for you," said M. J. Cullen the undertaker, to a reporter, "but I can tell you a mighty nice little story, the truth of which my books will verify. It is about the noble action of a little girl who came to me about fifteen years ago. She was then about 12 years of age, and despite the fapt that her outward appearance suggested parental negligence, she appeared to have a noble and honest heart. It was about 7 o'clock of a cold January evening when she walked into my office almost frozen and crying bitterly. She asked to see me, and when I made myself known she stopped crying and told me a very pitiful story that would soften the heart in the coldest of persons, Shesaid she lived near my stable; that her father was a drunkard and her mother was dead. She and a little brother 7 years of age, of whom she thought the world, were cared for by the neighbors when the father was on a spree, and, despite the father's misconduct, the little girl could not be induced to leave him. She kept the house and prepared the meals. She bore her lot philosophically and tried to be happy, but her whole peace of mind was almost wrecked when after about two weeks' sickness her little brother died. He was her pet, and the two were much attached to one another. She again burst into tears, and between heavy sobs she said that on account of her-father's evil wavs there was no money in the house, and she did not know how her little brother could be buried. She had been told that the city would bury the remains, but when she looked into the manner in which such a burial would be performed?that the coffin would he a plain pine box and that instead of a hearse a wagon would take him to a potter's field?she became almost frantic and would not allow it. She then pleaded with me to bury her brother. She wanted him to have a white coffin, a white hearse with white horses, and his remains to he taken to Calvary cemetery. Crying bitterly, she said: 'I will give you my word of honor to pay you as soon as I get the money." I was much touched by the story, and went to the home of the child and there learned the truth of her statement. The dead boy was laid on the bed, which was neatly made up by the little girl. I iinniedi/.tely took charge of the funeral, and con/plied with the every wish of the child. 1 never expe^fed pay, and although 1 thought of the story for some time after I never expected to see the child again. Not lvng since, while seated in my office, a handsome and well dressed young lady entered, and, addressing me i by name, called me aside. She asked me if I remembered her, and I was compelled to acknowledge my-ignorance, imagine my surprise when she told me of the little ragged child of fifteen years ago. "I am that little girl,' she said, and I have come, according to promise, on my word of hon A Al... I.S1I J I l,w.b>Asl <!!", KJ jm.V JOU lilt: Hill. 1 luunru mvi mv books and found the account and she paid it. She lias married well and her husband is a prominent and prosperous business man.''?[St. Louis Globe-Democrat. 4. 4 What is Ki.kctkicity??As the use of electricity becomes more general there is increased curiosity to learn what it is, says The Klectrie Power. It is considered a mysterious force because in its normal condition it cannot be seen. The wire which conveys the current gives no manifestation of the energy which is passing through it. Just as the poet said, "We take no note of time, save from its loss." ISo with electricity, it must be measured as it flies. It is true, however, that its laws are perfectly understood. Is it necessary that we should i.now what it is? Nothing is more familiar to us than the action of gravitation. We know that it is the attraction of the earth. It holds the atoms of the earth together and enables us to perform all of the operations which make up our daily life. It is, however, a mystery, but its laws are as well known, and if we violate them by jumping oft' a precipice should we consider the force of gravity necessarily dangerous? Steam is also something of a mystery. It has been familiar to mankindsince the dawn of eivilzation, yet how many people know that it is transparent and therefore invisible until it conies in contact with the air? Tiik Hi.air Him,.?Senator lllair be lieves that the bill providing national aid for education will lie passed by tbe next Congress. Jlesays: "Nothingcan prevent it, if the people who desire it make- their wishes known through the press by memorials to Congress and by the action of their Representatives. It will be the fault of the peopte and not the President if the bill does not become a law during tJit? next Congress." When President Harrison was i in tlie Senate he spoke in favor of the bill, and voted for it both times when it passed the Senate. The Republican platform declares in favor of Federal aid for the I schools, and in his letter of acceptance President 1 Iarrison endorsed the platform. It is true that there may be strong grounds aginst the adoption of such a measure, but the weight of the precedent seems to be on the side of the power of Congress to make such provision for the general welfare. GOOD-XATllKKI) MAGISTRATE. "Look hero!" shouted a woman, an old offender, on being sentenced to a month's imprisonment by one of the London magistrates. "Look hero! the next time I'm charged here I'll take jolly good care it's befofe old Flowers." The magistrate she preferred was Air. Frederick Flowers, a good-natured man who hated to punish people and had a tendency to let everybody off. Once a little boy, eight years old, was charged with snowballing an old gentleman. Mr. Flowers kindly reproved the boy, and told him never again to snowball people in the streets. As the little fellow had been detained for four hours in the jailer's room, and his violent crying showed that he was sorry for what he had done, the magistrate discharged him. The old gentleman, who, as prosecutor, had watched the proceedings with amazement, exclaimed : 1.: i,**. i "~ ? liy, yuur aywimiiji, ymi \ t: 11-1 miiii off!" . "Of course, I have. You wouldn't have nie punish a child like that, would you"" answered tke magistrate. "Of course, 1 would," rejoined the prosecutor ; "what have 1 had him brought here for" Look?he has cut my cheek." "Ye3, but he didn't mean to cut your face." "Well, but he has done it at all events." "And he is very sorry, and I am very sorry ; but I dare say when you were a hoy you used to snowball old gentlemen?at all events, I know 1 did, and I am not going to tine a boy for doing what 1 used to do myself." One morning a poor wonbtn appeared before Mr. Flowers and expressed a wish to prosecute a man who had passed a bad sixpence upon her. The magistrate took the counterfeit coin, and after examining it said: "Well, I dare say the man didn't know it was a bad one; it is a remarkably good imitation of a genuine one. 1 tell you what I will do?1 will give you a good sixpence in exchange; that will put an end to all legal proceedings." The good-natured magistrate gave the woman a sixpenny piece, and ordered the clerk to break up the bad one. Then turning to the reporter, from whose "Reminiscences" we nave extracted the scene, he said; "I hope, Mr, Grossmith, you won't think it necessary to report this case. 1 f you do, I shall be haying three or four hundred people coming to nie to-morrow with had sixpences to exchange," IMPORTANCE MUM)!) SEEDS. It is tolly to expect that the corn at harvest will be better than the seed that was put into the ground at the planting. It is a Waste of labor and manure to expend them on poor seeds. Farmers do not give this matter of seeds sufficient thought and study. There are some seeds, if he will tuke proper care, that the farmer can properly raise himself, while others can be bet ter raised by the seedsmen, one 01 the most important differences between the seeds raised by the skilled seed-grower and the ordinary farmer is this: The former carefully "rogues" the crop. Suppose both are raising dwarf peas of some kind for seed. The farmer will take a picking or two for Ids table, "just to try," thus removing all the early seeds; the seed-grower will allow none to be taken, and he will also "rogue" the crop, which means that lie will go along the rows and if there is a plant disposed to run up and be no longer dwarf that plant is pulled up and thrown out as a "rogue." If a plant shows a difference in the color of the flowers, in the size, shape and abundance of the crop, or presents any other marked peculiarities that show it to be different from the average of the crop, those plants are regarded as rogues and treated as such. If his .Indian corn at harvest shows that it is mixed?that some of the grains on an ear are of the wrong color?the farmer wonders how this can be, as he planted but one kind f>f corn. Me forgets that his neighbor hits a field of different corn from his and that the rail fence will not prevent the wind from flouting or bar insects from bringing the stray pollen which has caused the "mixing." Do not think that selecting oars which show no admixture will answer as well for seed. If a crossing has UIKCU piUCO, Willi rvsuiin tlllll J IIU UUI .-ft;, there will doubtless be n mixing in other respects, such as earliness, number of ears on a stalk, or number of rows to the ear, which may be equally important, but will only be manifested in the next year's crop. If you have a select and favorite variety of corn which it is desired to keep pure, and there is danger that it may be mixed with pollen from a neighbor's field, it will be well to plant a patch exclusively for seed in some locality as far as possible from the neighbor's field. If the planting of this corn for seed be delayed a few days the corn will not be "in silk" until the other from which danger is feared has shed all its pollen, Money expended in securing a stock of pure seeds in place of those of doubtful quality is well invested, although its wisdom may not be apparent until harvest. There are several novelties offered each year which are praised in glowing terms without intent to deceive. Do not decry them because they are new; they may be really desirable. Even a cautious man will try a few?enough to yield seed for next year's crop if desired. Some Sui'ekstitious Statesmen.? Nothing can induce Senator Voorhees to ride in a streetcar drawn by a white horse. Senator Joe Blackburn not only takes the white horse, but also one having a white spot on it, or one white foot. Senator Edmonds regards it as unlucky if the first person he meets on emerging from his house is a woman, and will return for a fresh start. Senator Sherman will not extend his left hand in greeting or receive one extended to him?a familiar habit with politicians. Senator Call will bury or burn a pair of socks, one or both of which he has put on wrong side out. Representative Kennedy, ofOhio, wears a voudoo charm which he obtained from an old negress in the swamps of Louisiana. When Senator Harris, of Tennessee, is in doubt as to a course of action, he decides it by spitting at a mark. If Senator Vest, of Missouri, meets a beggar in the streets before he has spent any money lie invariably gives to the mendicant. If the first person Representative Breckinridge meets in the morning is a colored man or woman he crosses to the other side of the street. He claims if he continues on the same side he will be hoodI ooed for the entire day. Senator Kvarts is a great admirer of the i Haming beauties of the circus posters and ! /.I, tllll 11ll 11II l!) I*ll< | uinuu- miuwuMu..,,,.... , | which taste he has in common with Ilale, ! of Maine; Butler, of South Carolina, ami | Pascoe, of Florida.-?Washington Letter in Cleveland IMain Dealer. > NKW UsKS FOK T1IK KlJXTHlC LlCHT. I The hody of a hoy drowned at Winehendon, Massachusetts, recently, was found through the use of the electric light, a hull) being fastened to a pole and submerged, illuminating the water for a considerable distance in the neighborhood. The electric light promises to become an important J aid in all manner of submarine operations. We notice that the superintendent of the I Madras Museum has been requested by the Board of Revenue to visit electrical establishments in Kurope in order to select an ; electric globe light to shine in twenty fathoms of water. Such a light is wanted at the pearl fisheries, for up to the present tin* work of the fisheries has been confined to comparatively shallow hanks. Fleet ricity is also being applied with some success to the lighting of omnibuses in London. The accumulators are placed in a small box beneath the body of the vehicle. The lamp stands in a frame, and is so arranged that being moved a little towards right or left it is lighted or extinguished. The frame is connected with the accumulator by a small hidden wire. One chargeof the battery is sufficient for two days. The invention is in practical use on some of the London omnibus lines, and it is said to work excellently.?[Fxchange. When the Manistee and Northwestern Railroad was being built into Manistee. Michigan, Mrs. A. 1\ Sorenson concluded she did not want the road to run in front of her house, and ordered the tracklayers to clear out. They laughed at her. Then she took her rocking chair and knitting work and sat down on the right of way. The railroaders picked her up and set her aside. She wouldn't stay set aside, however, and returned with her chair and some blankets and camped down again. Her meals were brought to her, and she ate, drank and slept there during the raw November days and nights. The track was laid up to her camp each way, and when the company wanted to connect the links, the gritty ol>structionist was arrested and sent to jail. Last Friday a jury gave her a verdict of &!(M)and costs for false imprisonment, hut the railroad is built. " ?" * ? Tick Homino Jxstixct.?Dr. Geo. M. Gould has collected authentic eases of animals finding their way homeward over long distances. Dogs, even when carried away in a blindfolded or drugged condition, find their way home over distances of five to five hundred miles ; and in one ease, when the dog was taken off along the two sides of a triangle, he came home by the third side. The exquisitely trained instinct of the flying pigeon, and similar capabilities of most animals, show the great importance of this faculty. By way of explanation, Dr. Gould suggests that wnnoui 1110 iaeuiiy 01 nnumg me way homeward the sphere of ah animal's life would he very narrow. The maintenance of the species* would develop the power of seeking- new llelds and the power to turn homeward. The ordinary senses cannot account for this homing instinct, as actual experiments have shown. Dr. Gould sees here the true sixth sense, and regards it as a sensibility to changes in electric and magnetic tension, due to positions 011 the earth's surface. The home is the animal's North pole. By habit it is accustomed to the magnetic conditions them, but when away is restless, and finds its way homeward by this mysterious compass. Dr. Gould connects with this some fanciful speculations as to the import of the pineal gland as a possible magnetic organ, and some hints as to the physical nature of home-sickness in mankind. IIow to Stop a Runaway Horse.? When you see a runaway coming do not 'try to check him by a rush from the opposite direction or by the side, for you will be immediately knocked flat by the collision, but instead prepare yourself for a short run with the horse. Measure with your eye the distance and start for the run while he is yet some way off, perhaps ten feet in the case of fair to medium runaways. You may depend upon his keening a straight line, for a really frightened horse is half blind, and would not veer for a steam engine. He will go straight ahead until he smashes into something. So do you get close to the line on which he is rushing, and, as he passes you, grab the reins near the saddle. Gather the reins; tirmiy, unci tnen, leaning oacKwaraas you run, give them a powerful yank. You may be able to brace yourself somewhat as you give this yank, half sliding on your feet. The strong jerk on the bit tells the horse that he again has a master, and prepares him for the final struggle. A step or two forward after the first yank, do it, again. This is the finishing stroke. It never fails when given by a determined man. The horse is on its haunches. Keep a firm pull 011 the.reins till you grasp the horse by the nostrils, and hold him so until he is pacified.?[Southern Cultivator. Puddles for a Prince.?On the birthday of Napoleon Charles, son of Louis Napoleon and Hortense, a child whom the Emperor Napoleon meant to make his heir, he and his mother were seated at a window in the palace which opened upon the Grand Avenue. A heavy shower had fallen, and the avenue was full of pools of water. A group of barefooted children were out there wading in the water, and playing with little chip l>oats. The young prince, richly dressed, in a splendid hall, and surrounded by his elegant and costly birthday presents, turned carelesslv away from his toys and watched the children with eager interest. "So then, my son," said his mother, "you are grateful for your presents?" "/I \'o< " ronlirwl fliA vmitur nriiif?n "hilt " |' """ft I J I am so used to toys. Look at those little boys, mamma." "Do you wish for money to give them ?" "Papa gave me enough this morning." "Well, what ails you, my child ? W hat do you want ?" "<)," said the young prince hesitatingly. "I know you won't let me, but if I could go out and play in those beautiful puddles, it would amuse me a hundred times more than all my elegant toys. 0 please let me go!" So the real enjoyments are not always the most costly, and poor children enjoy liberties unknown to some rich ones. Nicotine Whims of Statesmen.? Senator Hampton has a queer habit. He does not chew or smoke to any extent, but he is fond of pinching off sections of a tine cigar, powdering it in his hand and snutting it. He will sit in the cloak room where he can see the President's desk and snuff cigars for an hour at a time. Senator Daniel, of Virginia, also has a nicotine fad. It is to indulge in a "dry smoke." That is, he keeps an unsnioked cigar in his mouth all the time. Gen. Samuel Thomas, of the BriceThomas Seney syndicate, got into this habit as a compromise between smoking and not smoking, and the result was a surgical operation to remove a tumor-like growth that appeared on his lips just at the place where lie always held his unlighteu cigar. The doctors told him to either smoke or let the whole thing alone, but not to carry an unlighted cigar in his mouth.?[Washington Post. A Snakk ix a Cow's Nose.?Mr. Swetnam, of Blaine. Uiwrence county, Ky., owned a fine milch cow, which was seized with fits and pitched around in a dangerous manner and exhibited many vicious freaks. She would strike her nose against any available object until the skin and flesh were torn awav. Alarmed at the danger of her doing harm, Mr. Swetnani dispatched the animal and made an inves ligation, when, 011 cutting her head open, a copper head snake was found in her nose, which had crawled up the left nostril, over the bridge of the nose and down the right nostril, where its fangs were firmly imbeddedj completely hiding them from view.?[Chicago Times. Pocket Money ?>r Children.? Children delight in having money of their own to keep or to spend as they choose, and if allowed or required to earn such spending money they soon learn to appreciate its value/ With a timely hint now and then, they will not recklessly invest their nickles, but with happy, praiseworthy independence will insist on furnishing their own pennies for Sunday school and paying for thei r jack knives and fish hooks anil marbles and sand paper and patent pencils, or doll equipments, and whatever else weights a boys pocket, and is dear to a little girl's heart. fikaj" A first-class American watch, well 1.... 4 ...III I., 4 ^ KUJU, Will lil?U ,W?unt in pwiiiviiiiiv o even longer, before the works wear out, but the average life of ail ordinary lowpriced American watch is ten years, and that of a Swiss, watch of the same grade is seven years. The length of life for a watch depends largely on the number of its jewels. The range of price for American watches runs from ?."> to $500, the costliest being a split-second minuteregister timing watch. In the United I States about :},5U0 watches are manufactured every day. W This record is claimed for Alfred Daniels, of Douglass county, (?a., who is eighty-two years old, was never s'.t k a day in his life, was never in Iw <1 after sun up, never lost a tooth, has been to six log rollings this year, lifts more than most men, often indulges in coon and 'possum hunting, has been a deacon in the Baptist church fifty-eight years, was never drunk in his life and an oath never escaped his lips, lie is the father of twenty-six children, fifteen now living. India llrimKit Bavkmkxts.?Experiments have been made in Berlin with India rubber pavement. It is said to be very durable, noiseless*and unaffected by heat or cold. As a covering for bridges it is said to\ave unexceptional merits, its elacticitypreventing vibration. flsay If men had only temptations to great sins, they would always lie good ; but the dailv tight with Iittle ones accustom them to defeat.