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j, 0. BAIULEJfc, Publisher.
m—» wild, neglected ground,
*Th*t should have been a garden Mr.
Tft*i fruit wae foand
Xl ^of
'frun w« foand
brier, tU hedged It 1
LtJV ».*4 HUPO
a tbe ranK uncic ...... round,
nested there.
**.. winding way* were overgrown,
T"be flowers were choked in vase and plot,
weeds and venomous vines. alone,
inns' festering on he moldered stone
Afwut the dreary spot.
mcmed a soil unfit to feed
(The growth of any wholesome thing
Lt under the press of thorn and weed,
waxing, wae a wondrous see*
Waiting its tune to spring 1
#,e dews of evening filtered throBgk:
•?Tbe morning sunbeam* lent their prim*.
even ana muni, in sun and dew,
secret ever ihe good seed grew,
its perfect time.
At length the final Hour was found
Tbrouirh weary seasons long delayed:
•he ramTiad loosened the stubborn ground,
Ifld through the matted weeds a(MM,
There peeped a slender blade.
®n!v a thread of green at first,
Scarce visible amidst the gloom:
ettll sunshine nurst,
leaf and twig and branch, it bant
At in glorious bloom.
%o growth of mortal lanee or lea#
Had ever blossom half so fair!
the birds, it brought tUU VSMi
brought the eternal summer breeae
!To make new music there.
Jfod springing, spreading, day by daj,
(So full it filled the garden bound,
e lauirled weeds uprooted lay,
barren brier- dropped away
And withered on the ground.
Attd when the moldered stone lay ban
And blistering in the summer nooa,
wound about It, everywhere,
Step Kurlands, where the searching air
into sweetest swoon:
fjfbcn every stone a blossom seemed,
And every trap a hidden nest:
®feen nooks where secret music streamed,
Jjid scattered dews and petals gleamed
,,-^bout some fluttering breast".
blessed miracle, indeed
.'he desert quickening into flowirt
le stubborn growth of thorn and WS#4
irootcd oy a little seed
o*tered in sun and shower!
Ok miracle still wrought anew.
While hearts one germ of Heaven retain I
Where barren briers and nettles grew
U fall the kindly sun and dew,
And Bden blooms again 1
—Christian EMM,
THAT the knowledge of a language cut
be effectually driven out of the lieaa for a
time is beyond dispute the difficulty lies
in deciding whether this oblivion is ever
permanent, or whether it is traceable to
temporary mental maladies. Forgetful
ness of languages is only one among many
kinds of lapse of memory, some of which
are strange and surprising, wholly inex
plicable in the present state of science.
From the very nature of the phenome
non most of the recorded instances apply
to persons who know, or have known, two
er more languages in some cases the na
tive tongue had slipped out of the mem
ory, in others that (or those) acquired later
in life.
A German lady, married to an English
gentleman spoke English daring the
greater part of her married life but at
one period, during a protracted illness,
she used her native tongue, and could not
make herself intelligible to her English
attendants except through the aid ot her
husband as an interpreter.
Dr. Rush mentions the case of an Italian
gentleman, who died of yellow fever at
New York, and who underwent a remark
able series of mental changes during the
malady which terminated his life. He
spoke English, which had for some time
been his familiar language in America, in
the early stajje of his illness during the
middle period this was driven out of his
brain by French, which he had learned
before English and on the day of his
death he spoke only his own native
A case has been recorded by Dr.
Pritchard of a lady who, when suffering
under an attack of delirium, spoke a
language which nobody around her could
understand. It was at length discovered
to be Welsh, or something similar. None
of her friends could form any conception
of the time or manner in which she could
have acquired a familiarity with that
tongue but after much inquiry it was
ascertained that, in her childhood,
she had
had as nurse a native of the French prov
ince of Brittany, the dialect of which is
derived from the same Cymric stock as
Welsh. The lady had during those early
years learned a good deal of the dialect,
DUt had entirely forgotten it in later life,
until her attack of illness produced some
inexplicable change in the mental action.
This case was in every way remarkable
for the lapse of memory was in the native
tongue, while the language brought vividly
into action was that which she had only
heard during some of her child-years. In
*ll probability it was not really Welsh,
bat something like it.
Abernethy, the great surgeon, had to
Attend a man who was born France, but
had spent the greater part of his life in
England, and had for many years almost
entirely lost the habit of speaking French.
An injury in the head brought him under
the care of Abernethy. who observed that
the man spoke scarcely anything but
French during his illness the other lan
ftuge was for a time in oblivion.
There was a case at St. Thomas' Hos
pital, some years ago, in which real Welsh,
not merely a foreign dialect derived from
the same stock, was resuscitated. A pa
tient was in a state of stupor, owing to an
injury in the head. On his partial recov
•ery he spoke a language which nobody in
the hospital understood, but which on
farther inquiry was found to be Welsh.
Tracing back the man's history, it was as
certained that he was a Welshman, but
h*d not been in his native country for
thirty or forty years. During the greater
P«t of his life English had driven Welsh
from his mind but under the influence
his illness Welsh had reasserted itself
And had in its turn driven out the in
Sometimes erudite men lose their ac
quirements, in a partial degree and for a
temporary period, in a very inexplicable
banner. Dr. Beattie mentions the case
a gentleman who, when suffering from
•he effects of a blow on the head, lost his
knowledge of Greek as if it had been a
concrete something which the blow had
knocked out in its entirety. In other in
stances a special foreign language seems
to be selected by the brain, not for expal
but for intensified reception.
How far a mad can really forget a par
**ular language during all the later half
never be known unless he
•Mere under some kind of malady in the
®ind or brain something else then as
•Hnes the real mastery oyer him, and
•Mmory undergoes strange evolutions.
Dr. Abercrombie records an instance
of a gentleman who uniformly called his
snuff-box a hogshead. When reminded
of the error he probably recognized it,
bnt his tendency was nevertheless in this
direction. His physician hypothetically
traced the oddity to an early and long
continued association of ideas the gen
tleman had been a tobacco merchant in
Virginia, and had had his attention well
occupied with hogsheads of tobacco and
boxes of snuff. This may not be suffi
cient explanation, but it was the only one
that suggested itself, as he made no sim
ilar blunder with other words. Certainly
a greater difficulty was presented by the
gentleman who always called coals paper
and paper coals—systematically, as it
would appear, transposing the meanings
of the two words. Both substances, it is
true, are used in lighting a fire but this
fact does not suffice to solve the puzzle.
An inability to remember the names of
things sometimes presents itself in a re
markable way. A gentleman engaged in
extensive agricultural affairs could not
remember the spoken names of things,
but recognized them directly when writ
ten. He arranged his daily duties ac
cordingly, with a degree of success that
could hardly be expected under such
strange circumstances. He kept before
him in his business room a list of the
words which were most likely to occur in
his intercourse with his workmen. When
any one of his men wished to communi
cate with him on any subject the master
listened attentively to what was said the
sound of the words did not convey to his
mind the idea of the things or commodi
ties signified, but it did suggest to him
written words, which lie therefore pro
ceeded to consult the sight of the letters
forming those words at once ^ave him
the necessary clew to the meaning. The
process was noteworthy the sound of a
word, when spoken, suggested the shape
of the word when written, and this shape
suggested the idea or mental picture of
the thing signified. This appears to have
been a permanent peculiarity of mind, or
at least of long continuance, unconnected
with any particular malady.
A singular variation from this type is
a forgetfulness of the names of persons—
not that mere heedlessness which leads
some persons to speak of Mr. Thing'emy
or Mr. What's his-name, but a real in
ability to call to mind the particular word
or name belonging to a particular per
son. A gentleman, after a brain attack,
knew his friends perfectly, but could not
remember their names. Walking one
day in the street, he met an acquaintance
to whom he was very anxious to com
municate something relating to a mutual
friend. After various ineffectual attempts
to make him understand, he at last seized
him by the arm, and dragged him through
several streets to the house of the person
of whom he was speaking, and pointed
to the name-plate on the door. Not un
til he had appealed to this reminder
could he recall the proper name the
features or the inscribed name would
suffice, but without one or the other of
these the recollection refused to do its
An instance of an affecting kind is
mentioned by Dr. Conolly, relating to a
young clergyman who sustained an in
jury of the head just when he was about
to be married. He became permanently
deranged, and lived in this condition to
the age of eighty. One thought, and one
only, seemed to remain in his poor shat
tered mind. He talked of nothing but
his approaching wedding, and expressed
eager anticipations lor the arrival ol the
happy day.
Dr. Abercrombie was once called upon
to render medical aid to a boy who nad
fallen from a wall and struck his head
against a 'tone which lay at its foot. He
was carried home in a state of insensi
bility, from which he soon recovered, but
with his memory twisted a little awry.
He had no recollection of the accident
which had befallen him. He felt that
his head was hurt, but had no idea how
he had received the injury. After a time
the facts dawned upon nim one by one.
He recollected that he had struck his
head against a stone, but could not recall
to mind how he had come to do so. After
another interval he recollected that he
had been on the top ot a wall, and had
fallen from it and struck against a stone,
but could not remember where the wall
was. After some time longer he recol
lected the locality of the wall and the
minor incidents "of the mishap. The
memory seems to have buckled to its work
step by step, using each stage as a start
ing-point ior further advance.
Memory alike of persons, things and
words has sometimes been blunted or
blinded by temporary malady, and then
recovered by degrees. Wepfer relates
that a gentleman, recovering from an
apoplectic attack, was found to know no
body, and to remember nothing. After
several weeks he began to know his
friends, to remember words, and to learn
or re-learn a little of his native language
and a little Latin. When urged to read
more than a few words at a time, he said.
formerly understood these things, but
do not now." It was a hard thing to
bear, this consciousness of a former power
no longer possessed.
Sometimes the thing forgotten is not
one particular language, but the whole
range of events within a particular num
ber oi months or years. Very curious in
stances of this have been placed upon
record. In one instance a morbid state of
the brain had brought on complete obliv
ion of all the events of four years, leaving
the mind possessed of recollections con
cerning earlier and later facts. A shock,
not amounting to a mental injury, has
been found in a similar way to expel the
recollection of a portion of time.
One instance of forgetting a lanfjuage
has been narrated by Dr. Hush, and is un
questionably very curious. An American
student, of considerable attainments, was
stricken down with fever. On slowly re
covering, it was found that he had lost all
his acquired knowledge. When his health
was restored, he bravely resolved to be
gin over again, and pick up that which
he had lost. He took up the Latin gram
mar, went through the elementary part,
and was beginning to construe, when,
one day, in making a strong effort to
recollect a part of his lesson, the whole of
his lost impressions suddenly flashed
upon his mind and he found himself at
once in possession of all his formif
quirements.—All the Tear Round.
THK Rochester Expren is responsible
ior this:
A married man hearing that
the euling of certain kinds of animal food
would aid the same tissues of the human
body, as, for instance,calves' brains would
nourish the eater's brain, or beet's liver
the eater's liver, immediately gave strict
orders at hiB "family market that no more
tongue of any kind should be
Incidents and Accldeata
«-4Ln American schooner, the Phoenix,
was recently capsized in a whirlwind off
Ship Channel Keys, and five women and
one poan were drowned.
—Tobey & Booth's packing house, in
Chicago, one of the largest in the North
west, was burned to the ground a few
nights ago. A large amount of cured and
partially cured meats and over 800 live
hogs were destroyed. Loss, $125,000.
—A few days fcgo, at Warrensburg,
N. Y., David Mead picked up in the
street what he supposed to be a stone.
Upon throwing it from him it ex
ploded, injuring him fatally. It was a
nitro glycerine exploder, such as are used
in mining.
—Not long since an engine on the
Syracuse & Northern Railroad went
through the draw of a bridge near Syra
cuse, N. Y., killing the engineer and con
ductor of tlie train. The accident was the
result of pure carelessness on the part of
the engineer.
—An extraordinary accident occurred
at Whitehall, N. J., the other day. The
wind was blowing with such violence that
a small boy was blown from his father's
porch upon the picket fence, where he
was held fast by the point of a picket
until his cries brought relief.
—The other day James Beiand was
standing in a shute upon a mass of coal
dust, at Wilkesbarre, Pa., when the gate
below was opened for the purpose of filling
a car, and he was drawn down with the
dust, and in a moment was out of sight.
The operatures at once set to work to ex
tricate their comrade, who was soon found
smothered to death.
—Neephagon College, at Cross Plains
Tenn., was recently totally destroyed by
fire at an early hour in the morning. It
was with great difficulty that the young
ladies could be induced to leave the burn
ing building, and many of the male
students rushed into their rooms and
forced them oat in their night-clothes,
thus saving their lives.
—A lady was standing on a wharf in
New York the other day, bidding adieu
to friends about to sail, when the head of
a huge cask of molasses that was being
hoisted on an elevator above her burst
out, and she became an immensely sweet
and sticky substance. It is said the ex
pletives she used on that occasion were
distinguished more for their emphasis
than for their strict propriety.
—An extraordinary incident of canine
affection occurred in connection with the
recent calamity in Massachusetts. Col.
Joel Hayden, one of the sons of the late
Lieut.-Gov. Hayden, has a dog of the St.
Bernard kind. He has for a long time
been the village favorite and the pet of
the school children. Ira Bryant, the
father of Mrs. Col. Hayden, over sixty
years of age, was a great favorite with the
dog. Brvant was lost in the disaster. On
Sunday afternoon the dog started out and
followed the searchers for bodies in the
meadow lands. He was then seen on
Miller's flats pawing in the sand and,
when he was visited, it was found that he
had dug quite deep in the dirt, in which
excavation was discovered the lower
portions of a man's limbs. The next half
hour revealed the form of Bryant. Dili
gent search had been made tor these re
mains, but it seemed hardly possible that
any human being could have found the
imbedded corpse.
—A lady residing near Coopertown,
Tenn.. had a very unpleasant adventure
with a snake the other day. She had
just stepped into the edge of a grove
when she felt something moving about
her right foot. Stooping forward to see
what it was, a large adder struck her in
the breast, his fangs fastening in the
bosom of her dress. It then dropped
back, and she then discovered that she
wasjstanding on the reptile's tail. Her
first impulse was to run, but before she
could move the snake had begun coiling
itself around her ankle. With great pres
ence of mind she seized an opportune
moment to place her left foot on the rep
tile's head. There she stood, one foot up
on the head of the snake and nearly his
whole length coiled around her other
ankle. She was too far away from any
one to summon help and she was com
pelled to undergo the loathsome ordeal
of unwinding the coils that the monster
had thrown around her. This she suc
ceeded in doing, the snake meantime
writhing and twisting with all its power.
She then by a quick moment daslrcd its
head against a tree, and while it lay
stunned pounded its head to a jelly with
a stone. For several hours afterward her
hands and arms were much swollen and
of a dark color, but this soon passed
Religions and Educational.
JUhe Afethoditt inveighs against official
church journalism.
—Music in the public achool* of St.
Louis costs $23,000 a year.
—The Quakers of North Carolina are
going to build a $75,000 college near
High Point.
—Among the Pennsylvania Germans
there is a religious sect called the
—The ChriHtian Union thinks that
grace before meat is eminently proper
but grace before gluttony is blasphemy.
—An extraordinary revival of religion
is said to have sprung up in Jacksonville,
Fla., under the labors of Mrs. Palmer, of
New York.
—The Congregationalint states that out
of 1,0«2r foreign missionaries sent out by
the American Board only eight have died
by violence.
—The conversions in the several
churches of Springfield, Mass., during the
past winter numbered over 400. No such
revival had been experienced since 1857.
—The pews in a New York synagogue
were sold at public auction after an in
spiring lunch, and brought $100,000. The
highest price paid for one was $4,000.
—Rev. T. H. Taylor has been appointed
State Missionary in Illinois for the Uni
versalis! Church. He is commended by
the C'sceruirU aa an earnest and efficient
—Alluding to the fact that three steam
ers have been fatally weakened by addi
tions to their length, the C'hrittian ling ti
ter says:
wife or mother-in-law."
—Clipping dogs' ear* and tafia la
senseless mutilation.
SquAM-TOX* shoes #111 ba popular
again. i
Many fine sermons have been
ruined the same way."
—The Church Standard says: "In
Brother H. T. Anderson's translation of
the New Testament, the thirty-seventh
verse of the eighth chapter of Acta is
oxnitted because it is spurious."
—The Methodist Conference South, in
recent session at Louisville, adopted a
resolution requesting the Bishops in pas
torals to express disapprobation of ope
ratic music now so common in churches.
—The Baltimore Conference of the
Methodist Episcopal Chnrch South con
tains 168 traveling preachers, 106 local
preachers, 23,196 white membors, 09 col
ored members, f#J churches aad 8t
'v-vr-w y"
i -M,
—The American Board of Missions has
established in Turkey 222 common
schools, founded 78 churches, educated
110 pastors and teachers, opened 200
preaching stations, founded 4 theological
colleges, organized 12 girls' schools, and
around these various institutions gath
ered a Protestant population of over 20,
000 persons.
—Gov. Parker's message to the Legis
lature of New Jersey states tlie number of
children of school age (5 to 18) at 286,444
of whom 179,443 were last year enrolled
in the public schools. The number of
teachers employed was 3,131, and the
schools were open an average of nine
months and thirteen days.
—A British paper says:."The little city
of Derby, in mid-Englaud, is witnessing
an extraordinary revival, due to the ef
forts of the ltev. Mr. Douglass, the vicar
of an Episcopal church there. Mr.
Douglass preaches with all the fervor of
a Wesley or a Whitefleld, and he has
gathered to the fold 1,000 sinners within
a few months past."
—Alabama is said to be shipping con
siderable quantities of coal to Cuba.
—The Municipal Council of Houston
has passed a law exempting from taxa
tion all manufacturing establishments in
that city.
—Pittsburgh is supplying British
America, Nova Scotia and the Canadas
with manufactured iron 346,000 tons of
ore were reduced in that city in 1873.
—It is stated that the Connecticut to
bacco crop is almost wholly unsold, and
market gardening and strawberry raising
may yet supersede tobacco culture there.
—One year ago last February there
had been thirty-two Granges of the Pat
rons of Husbandry organized in Indiana.
On the 13th of April Rose Hill Grange
was organized as No. 1,880.
—The Harmony cotton mills, Cohoes,
N. Y., it is reported, which employ 4,300
persons, contemplates either an entire
suspension of work or a great reduction
in the hours of labor in a few weeks.
—The ruling prices for all the ordinary
grades of tobacco in the Richmond mar
ket have not been such for a couple of
months past as to have a very reassuring
effect on the nerves or pockets of planters.
—A New York fruit grower says:
Down-easterp are looking to Michigan as
their future main source of supply for
apples. Western New Y'ork apples are
good enough but there is not enough of
—The deplorable accident on Mill
River, Mass., threw out of employment
2,000 or :{,000 people. Around the reser
voir destroyed was clustered half a dozen
of thrifty manufacturing towns, a perfect
beehive of New England industries.
—The Massachusetts Anglers' Associa
tion having become convinced from the
result of their investigations that smelt
during the spawning season are not
healthy food, since they then are full of
have procured the passage of a
to prevent taking them at that time.
—In the vicinity of Pittsburgh there are
seventy-four glass-bouses, most of them
being situated on the south side 48
per cent, of the glass manufactured
in the United States is made in Pitts
burgh, the south side contributing about
30 per cent, of this amount. The
most of the window works are yet idle.
The biowers are still on a strike against
a reduction.
Personal and Literary*
—Fowler, the phrenologist, recently
purchased a large tract of land at San
—Mark Twain's new house in Hartford,
to be finished in July, will costhim $100,
—McVicker, the successful actor and
manager, was the first newsboy who ever
sold papers in St. Louis.
—Burnside has a first-rate name with
which to inaugurate the cremation move
—Stanley has been recognized by one
of Livingstone's attendants, and the au
thenticity of his ''discovery" is settled.
—Laura Fair is said to make a model
housekeeper, and her husband is one of
the happiest men in California.
—The Detroit Free Pre** claims for that
city the distinction of being the only city
in the country where Nilsson doesn't own
a corner lot.
—Mr. Bancroft, our representative in
Berlin, is said to speak German better
than English. His secretaries speak only
pigeon English.
—Sarah Alexander Young is about to
follow Ann Eliza in her efforts for the
overthrow of Mormonism, and soon the
bell will go ringing for Sairey."
—The CongregntionaliHt says the dying
request of the late Judge Evans, who,
while living was a noted Spiritualist, was
to be buried from a Christian church by a
Christian minister.
—Pauline Lucca says the chief good
fortune she has had in this cotintry con
sists in getting an excellent husband for a
very poor one, which compensates, no
doubt, for a great deal of ill-luck.
—Gen. N. B. Forrest, having abandoned
his railroad presidency, has gone into
partnership with the former city Treas
urer of Memphis in the business of haul
ing firewood into that city. Each part
ner will drive a
Paris, but the rate of mortality was not
unusually high.
—There were some good fashions in the
old times. When Louis XI. wanted to
borrow a book from the medical faculty
of Paris, in 1471, he was required to de
posit plate in pledge, and to get one of
his nobles to join him in guarantee for the
safe return of the book.
—Recently, in Norway, a man was lost
from his family, and, though the most
diligent search was made, he was not
found until after the lapse of three
weeks, when he was discovered
sunk in quicksand up to his neck,
dead. To be confined in such a prison,
and there to be subjected to storm, thirst
and starvation, without the power even to
place a hand to the exposed face while
waiting for death, must be an end dread
ful in tne extreme.
—A couple of butchers from an adja
cent town opened a store at Reading, En
gland, selliug beef and mutton about 40
cent, below current rates. Rival
utchers were incensed, and threatened
|o drive them away from Reading. The
Cheap butchers headed a procession of
workingmen, hoisted a leg-of-mutton flag,
and paraded the streets. The result was
a riot, in which several policemen were
trampled under foot and seriously in
jured, while the cheap butchers were sat
urated in brine. Finding themselves in
an undesirable pickle they retreated to
their shop, but the crowd who preferred
high meat followed them, smashed things
generally, and remained masters of the
situation. The roast beef of Old England
would cease to be beef if it could be pur
chased on reasonable terms.
A Man-Eating Tree.
New York World publishes the
following unique production, said to have
been condensed from a Carlsruhe maga
zine. The extract purports to be from a
letter written by one Karl Leche, a trav
eler in Madagascar. The writer says:
At the bottom of the valley (I had no
barometer, but should think it not over
400 feet above the level of the sea) and
near its eastern extremity we came to a
deep, taru-like lake, about a mile indiim
eter, the sluggish, oily waters ot which
overflow into a tortuous, reedy canal that
went unwillingly into the recesses of a
black forest, jungle below, palm above.
This lake was tilled with alligators, and
its jungled borders were the home of the
chetah and a variety of venomous serpents.
Great ferns bent over its margin, and its
surface was spotted with leaves and flow
ers of the lotus. A path, diverging from
its southern side, struck boldly for the
heart of the forbidding and seemingly
impenetrable forest. Hcnrick led the way
along this path, I following closely, and
behind me a curious rabble of Mkodos,
men, women and children. After we were
fairly in the forest the shade overhead
was so dense that the jungle and under
growth almost disappeared and instead
there was a damp, boggy turf, cold,
spongy, and yielding to the tread. The
BtalkrTof the tall trees rose like columns,
the vines hanging down from them in
festoons, and their roots running over the
ground in every direction made walking
Suddenly all the natives began to cry,
Tepe!" and HenricR, stopping
short, said,
spike team" of three
mules each, and they mean to "bear" the
market on wood.
Mary (Jlemmer Ames writes:
"Charles Sumner lived and died a moral
hero to women. Such men appeal to the
element of worship which lives ever in
the unperverted woman. Few approached
sufficiently near to discover any human
blemish which might mar tht gTand pro
portions of their god. To their eyes he
fill filled in person the ideal of greatness,
intellectual and moral."
—A Wyoming paper thought it a shrewd
dodge to announce that its charges for
marriage notices would be
»i st what the
ecstacy of the bridegroom might prompt."
This worked splendidly with those who
paid cash at the time, but when they came
to settle whose notices had been inserted
on credit the amounts ran discouragingly
below the regular rates, and, as about
nine-tenths were on credit, that paper has
iU tactics.
Foreign Goaalp*
—A Paris shopkeeper dispwf* •his
The man with the fork The
one that he swallowed was ijui^baded
here 1"
—There is no abatement of the famine
in Anatolia, Turkey, life ports from all
sections of that country are of the most
doleful character, many persons having
starved to death.
—The season has set in with unusual
heat all over Europe. In Paris and Lon
don the weather at the end of April was
hotter than it usually is in July. There
had been a case of cholera reported la
canal-like stream here wound slowly by,
and in a bare spot in its bend was the
most singular of trees. I have called it
Crinoida, because when its leaves are in
action it lears a striking resemblance to
that well-known fossil, thecrinold lily
stone, or St. Cuthbert's head. It was now
at rest, however, and I will try to describe
it to you. If you can imagine a pine-ap
ple eight feet high and thick in propor
tion resting upon its base and denuded of
leaves, you will have a good idea of the
trunk of the tree, which, however, was
not the color of an anana, but a dark,
dingy brown, and apparently hard as iron.
From the apex of this truncated cone (at
least two feet in diameter) eight leaves
hung sheer to the ground, like doors
swung back on their hinges. These leaves,
which were joined to the top of the tree
at regular intervals, were about eleven or
twelve feet long, and shaped very much
like the leaves of the American aguave,
or century plant. They were two feet
through in their thickest part, and three
feet wide, tapering to a sharp point that
looked like a cow's horn, very convex on
tlie outer (but now under) surface, and on
the inner (now upper) surface slightly
concave. This concave face was thickly
set with very strong, thorny hooks, like
those upon the head of the teazle. These
leaves, bunging thus limp and lifeless,
dead green in color, had in appearance
the massive strength of oak fiber.
The apex of the cone was a round,
white, concave figure, like a small plate
set within a larger one. This was not a
flower but a receptacle, and there exuded
into it a clear, treacly liquid, honey sweet
and possessed of violent intoxicating and
soporific properties. From underneath
the rim (so to speak) of the undermost
plate a series of long, hairy, green ten
drils stretched out in every direction to
ward the horizon. These were seven or
eight feet long each, and tapered from
four inches to a half inch in diimeter, yet
they stretched out stiffly as iron rods.
Above these (from between the upper and
uuder cup) six white, almost transparent,
palpi reared themselves toward the sky,
twirling and twisting with marvelous, in
cessant motion, yet constantly reaching
upward. Thin as reeds, and frail as quills,
apparently, they were yet five or six feet
tall, and were so constantly and vigorous
ly in motion, with such a subtle, sinuous,
silent throbbing against the air, that they
made me shudder in spite of mvself with
their suggestion of serpents flayed yet
dancing on their tails.
Here were not corolla, pistils, stamens,
a flower, mind you, nor nothing like it.
For Crinoida, unknown, new species as
it is, is nighest akin to the cycadace«,
and perhaps its exact prototype may be
found among the fossil cycaoa?, though I
confess I do not remember any one that
presents all its peculiar features. The
description I am giving you now is partly
made up from a subsequent careful in
spection of the plant. My observations
on this occasion were suddenly inter
rupted by the natives, who had been
shrieking around ths tree in their shrill
voices, and chanting what Henrick told
me were propitiatory hymns to the great
With still wilder shrieks and chants
they now surrounded one ot the women,
and urged her with the points of their
Javelins until slowly, and with despairing
lace, she climbed up the rough stalk of
the tree, and stood on the summit of the
cone, the palpi twining all about her.
"Tsik! tsik!" drink! drinki") cried the
men, and. stooping, she drank of tbe vis
cid fluid in the enp, rising Instantly
again with wild frenzy in her face and
convulsive choirs in her limbs. But she
did not jump down, as she MMbtd to in
tend to do. Oh.no! Tbo atrocious can
nibal tree that had been an inert aad dead
same to sudden savage life. The slender,
delicate palpi, with the fury of starved
serpents, quivered a moment over her
head, then, as if instinct with demoniae
intelligence, fastened upon her in suddeas
coils round and round her neck and
arms then, while her awftil screams aniA
vet more awful laughter rose wilder, to
oe instantly strangled down again into
gurgling moan, the tendrils, one after
another, like great green serpents, witftk
brutal energy and infernal rapidity rosa^
retracted themselves, and wrapped har
about in fold after fold, ever tightening,
with the cruel swiftness and sa^
age tenacity of anacondas fastening upoft
their prey. It was the barbarity of thNI
Laocoon without its beauty—this strange
horrible murder. And now the great
leaves rose slowly and stiffly like the arraa
of a derrick, erected themselves in tha
air, approached one another and closeA
about the dead and hampered victim witk
the silent force cf a hydraulic press and
the ruthless purpose of a thumb-screwli
A moment more and, while I could sep
the bases of these great levers pressing
more tightly toward each other, frotft
their interstices there trickled down thta
stalk of the tree great streams of the vis
cid, honey-like fluid, minjjled horribly
with the blood and oozing viscera of tba
victim. At the sight of this the savaaa
hordes around me, yelling madly, bound,
ed forward, crowded to the tree, clasped
it, and with cups, leaves, hands and
tongues got each one enough of th|*
liquor to send him mad and frantic. The®
ensued a grotesque and undescribabljp
hideous orgie, from which, even while itft
convulsive madnees was turning readil*
into delirium and insensibility, lienric|t
dragged me hurriedly away into the r$4
cesses of the forest, hiding me from th£
dangerous brutes anil the brutes from mdi
May I never see such a sight again!
lit the course of my stay in the valley
of twenty-one days, I saw six other speci
mens of the Crinoida Dajeeana, but none
so large as this which the Mkodos wor
shiped. I discovered that they are ui%»
questionably carnivorous, in the sam(i
sense that dion»a and drosera are insect*
ivorous. The retracted leaves of the greaj|
tree kept their upright position during'
ten days, then, when I came again on]|
morning, they were prone again, the ter|»
drils stretched, the palpi floating, an4
nothing but a white skull at the foot off
the tree to remind me of the sacrifice thaft
had taken place there. I climbed into
neighboring tree and saw that all trace oft
the victim had disappeared and the cu»
was again supplied with the viscid flui(j.
The indescribable rapidity and energy
of its movements may be inferred froiS
the fact that I saw a smaller one scizt)^
capture and destroy an active little lemutf
which, dropping by accident upon it
while watching ana grinning at me, in
vain endeavored to escape from the fatal
With IIenrick'8 assistance and the con
sent ot" some of the head men of the
Mkodos (who, however, did not dare sta*
to witness the act of sacrilege), I ci»
dowu one of the minor trees and dissect
ed it carefully. Seid, however, is waiting
for me, and I must defer to my next the
details of this most interesting examina
A Wyoming Ball*
Look!" The sluggish,
elegantly attired in a handsome buff groa-
rained buckskin dress, with armjjP
overskirt, looped up with buck|»
Hkin strings cut bias. Hair dressed a
Red Cloud, in which was twined a fe#
sprigs of sage brush, the whole secure#
behind in a bunch with a handsome ni®.
made with a pine splinter and a buffalo^
ear. She wore an elegant mountain caf»
skin cap, festooned with antelope tai!^
secured under the chin with a rattlesnakj
skin. Her feet were incased in buckski®
moccasins, ornamented with beads and
soldier-buttons. She created a big sensor
tion as she entered the hall hanging upo|f
the arut of Mr. H. Barton, of liallvilltik
who was dressed in the style of his locafi
ity—buckskin breeches in boots, huntinfifc
shirt of the same, ornamented with beau|j
and tobacco juice, an army belt of th$
latest pattern around his waist securing
pair of six-shooters and a huge bowit|t.
knife, which set off his gallant figure tfi
good advantage. Envious glances froi%
both sexes followed this handsome couplfl^,
round the hall. Several ladies and geq»
tlemen from the mining districts wer*
present and expressed themselves well,
pleased with the manner in which thi*
party was conducted. Their frequent ex
clamations of delight, such as
you bet!"
from Wildcr's Gulch, waa
Ited hot,
Ain't it fruit, though Hoop
la!" etc., plainly indicated that they wer#
enjoying themselves in the best possible
manner.-—liawlin* CorrMpondtnct iMTOfltUa
(IT. T.) Independent.
Tbe Feet.
Tim** awe no parts of the human body
that need more assiduous attention tha®
the feet. If the eyes, ears, lungs or oth#
more dclicate organs become derange^
they give warning by ailment. It ip
otherwise with the feet. They may b®
neglected, or even abused, without an#
bad consequences being immediately feltfe
But then, though not immediately felt
they will to a certainty be eventually fel^
and felt very sorely, too.
An excessive flow of blood to the head,
extreme liability to cold,disordered digeo^
tion, and other numerous evils are th®
result of inattention to the feet. The fe#
should be regularly washed and wipe#
every day.
Stockings should not be putonwhil®
there is the slightest moisture on the feet
The stockings absorb tlie moisture an®
gradually return it to the feet, thereby cau|k
ing the feet to feel cold and uucomfort®*.
ble, and, what is worse, when the feet ar®
cold, circulation is interfered with, an#
the whole system, especially the brain, Hi
thrown into an abnormal state.
Keep the feet clean and warm, the heaft
cool and the bowels open, and then It
makes no difference to you whether tli®
physician be skillful or not. If you wis)|
to preserve your whole system in goo#
working order, be sure ana attend to yot®f
Let all our readers profit by these r®»
marks and they will soon feel by experi
ence that we are not exaggerating tha
consequences of proper atUmUua & lift*
court ts
the solution of a difficult problem. Nol
long since, as will be remembered, Jacob
Stiner, with his wife and daughter, per*
ished in the burning ruins of their rent
dence. Stiner's estate is valued at $12^
000, and litigation has ensued as to th®
disposition to be made of a third share i®
a life interest therein, which turns upon
the question whether Mrs. or Miss Sun®|
died first.
hi i———
—A Boston contemporary asks why
speak of the silence of sleep, when moat
of us sleep seundwhich suggests ths i
farther inquiry why a man takes pains J®
darken his room when his sleep is ligMt

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