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PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY. WmTOMAN, Editor and Proprietor Offlcc in Blood's liuildino, on the South Side of Main St., Four Doors from Bridife. TELLMS OF SUBSCRIPTION: £'2.00 per Annum, In Advance. HATER OF ADVEKTIS1N0: 1 w. rs w. 3 m. (i in. 1 yr. One Square, 1 00 1 50 50 (i 50 to (10 Two Squares, 'i Column, y 00 00 c. (N) 10 (Kl 1!) (Kl Two Squares, 'i Column, 5 IK) 1 IKI n (Kl is 00 :«i (Kl 'A Column, 7 ro .10 00 L'll (HI :t5 (Kl 55 (Kl One Column, HI (10 15 (III (Kl 55 (HI 05 (Kl licjral andOfficial Advertisements, One Hollar per square for the first, and Fifty Cents per square for each subsequent insertion, up to four insertions. A square is equal to ten lines of Iirevier type, or eight lines of Nonpareil, the type of this paper. Business Cards of six lines, or less, $0.00 a year. Marriage, Death and Religious Notices insert ed without charge. Obituary Notices ten cents per line. ATTOliNEVS. J. K. COOK, ^TTORNEY AT LAW, JESUP, IOWA. H. W. 1IO I.MAX, (SUCCESSOR TO J. S. WOODWARD), ATTORNEYOfficeLAW AT AND COLLECTION Agent. over Tabor & Son's Drug Store, Independence, Iowa. FRANK I). JACKSON, ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW. Special attention given to Collections. Of lice over Chicago Clothing House. O. M. (ill.I.ETT, ATTORNEY AT LAW AND NOTARY PUB- lie. Oilice in Osgood's building, up stairs, next to the river. JAS. K. JEWEL, TAWYER OFFICE IN Mt'NSON'S BLOCK with L.nko &- Harmon. Independence, Town. Collections a speeialtv. Will practice in all the Courts of this Slate and Federal Courts. Col lections and conveyances made, taxes paid, houses and land rented or sold. All business in citv or country, and before Board of Super visors will receive prompt attention. Also agent for Equitable Life Insurance Company, of Dcs Moines, Iowa. D. D. 1IOI.DK1 IH1E, ATTORNEY AT LAW, NOTARY PUBLIC and Land Agent. Oilice over Taylor's Hardware Store, Independence, Iowa. LAKE & HARMON, TTOltNEYS AT LAW, INDEPENDENCE, Iowa. Office in Munson's Block, Main St. JED IjAKK. M. W. HAUMON. A' BKlCKAItT & KEY, TTORNKYS AT LAW, j. V INDEPENDENCE, Iowa. Oilice over Morse's Store. Consul tations in English and German, L). w. HI:IVKA:ST. JOIIX J. XKY. W. G. & .J. It. DON'XAN, TAW, CONVEYANCING, WAR CLAIM AND Land Ageiuy Office. Ollicein First Nation al Bank building. Independence, Iowa. PHYSICIANS. OR. II. O. DOCKHAM, PHYSICIAN AND SI UC.EON, QUASQUE- ton, Iowa. Will visit Winthrop Thursday anil Friday of each week. DIt. II. II. HUNT, OFFICE AND RESIDENCE, COBNEB OF Court and Blank Streets, north of Catholic Church. W. A. 5IELLES, M. D. HOMfEOPATHIST, INDEPENDENCE, TA. Oilice anil rooms in Burr's Block, Chat ham Street, over Barnhart's Grocery. Office hours from S to'!• A. M. and from 1 to and 4 to 5 1'. M. HOUSE & W11.SON, PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS, OFFICE over People's National Bank, corner Chat ham and Main Streets, Independence, Iowa. Will attend to calls in the city or country. Con sultations in English and German. .i. o. norsi:. s. t:. \vir.sox. MRS. I)It. BETSEY EGGI.KSTON, CEDAR RAPIDS, Bevcr's Bank Block, Com mercial-st. This lady has ac(]iiircd a very wide reputation. She doctors all diseases she examines her patients and explains their dis ease solely from the circulation of the blood. All arc cordially invited to call and see her. Consultation ree. Slie will remain in this place several months. P.AH1JK1! SIIOI'. JOHN IH IiKE, fTIHE FASHIONABLE BARBER AND HAIR I Droecer. All the modern conveniences known t• he profession. Shop(ver Harnett & ('o's Store. Main street. Independence, Iowa. .LAl'XJItY & iiARJJEU tsIIOr. i. w. EVANS & On CO., PROPRIETORS OF NEW CITY LAUNDRY and Barber Shop. North side Main street, four doors east of Walnut. We are perma nently located and desire a share of your pat onagc. All work warranted. 1)1. XT ISIS. W. H. THRIFT, E N I S (Over XI. It. Plane's .Store), Independence, Iowa. Prices Reduced to Suit the Times! Best .Celluloid Plates.... $ 8.00 per set. Rubber ... 8.00 Silver ... 15.00 Crold ... 40.00 Extracting. Filling, (Gold or Silver) Regulat ing irregular teeth, &c., &c., at reasonable prices. E. M. BISSELL, Dental Rooms! Over City o! Paris Store, INDEPENDENCE, IOWA. Best Gum Teeth, $ 8.00 per set. Silver Plates, 15.00 Gold Plates, 40.00 f^All other work at from 10 to 50 per cent discount from old prices. September 1st, 1K77. E. E. SHATTUCK, DEUTIST! Over Hie 15 iza ir, Main St., Jiul('pftii/rinr, IoVDU. Prices Reduced to Suitthe Times. Best liubber Plates S (XI per set Besl Celluloid Plates H.00 Best Silver Plates, If,.00 Goll Plates Ill.00 All other work at reasonable prices. MOXEY TO LOAN. MONEY TO Improved Farms at S per Cent* DRY GOODS AND CLOTHING. Great _A.ttra.ot:Lon.s -AT- THE NEW YORK STORE. Bargains in Dress Goods, Bargains in Parasols, 2Te"W Sign of the GOLDEN MORTAR. —THE— Largest and BEST StocIc in the Oity! —AT Smale Brothers, Independence, Iowa. CITY DRUG STORE A fresh arrival of 3?-u.re Drugs, PAINTS, OXXjS. WINDOW GLASS and LAMPS, LASS AXO KOK-EXPLDSIVE CHANDELIERS, h. Chicken Powder, A positive cure for Cholera in all kinds of poul» try -never known to fail. Also HORSE POWDER, The best remedy for Epizoot and Influenza. The last two articles are my own manufacture, and I can recommend them with confidence. Swedish Leeches Constantly on Hand! Prescriptions Carefully & Acurately Filled. Everything' for sale at Astonishingly Low Prices. tSTuke sl look. Jp KIIHIS of $1,000 or Over. Address, ANN & Cli \WI''OIU», DUBUQUE, IOWA. N. B-—In writing to us state the amount you want to liorrow, the numbers and description of your land, and the iiaturcand extent of your mprovements, the number of acres under cul- Mitionand under fence. KM^im JJUMBER AND BUILDING. Money Saved in Building. To save money in building, and to put lip sti lish, well-proportioned Iniililinirs for less money than usual, can lie done by cullintr on ZI3ST2T, £J Independence, Iowa. Havintr inconneetion with my business a first class Lumber Yard, and always keeping 011 hand a full assortment of Sash, Doors, Blinds, &c., &c„ and have also in my employ a jjanif „f first-class mechanics, 1 will be able to take con tracts ami execute work for less money than any one else. I also keep in my Lumber Yard near tlie Depot, a complete assortment of all jjrades and descriptions of X-i"U"3^£S E 23 I Which I will sell at the Lowest Price for the Market. Estimates and Speculations made out at short notice. Also constantly 011 hand a large supply of Coal and Lime. E. Z1XT3ST, Contractor and Builder, C. R. WALLACE. ZPTJIR.E Drugs and Medicines, At Lowest Rates. A. B. CLARKE. GROCERIES AND DRUGS. GROCERIES DRUGS NEW CASH AKIMNUEMENT. I will from LOAN. this date sell both Groceries and Drugs, At my stores at west end of the TMdjfc, For Cash or Country Produce! At Prices that cannot be beat. FARMERS' TRiDE SOLICITED Good Goods, Small Profits and no Cotnbiuations to keep up Prices. Ctoods Delivered About Town. A. B. CLARKE. FURNITURE, O. Marquette, DEALER IN FTjirxiituLr®, No. 9 K*at Main Street, INDEPENDENCE, IOWA. The largest and finest stock of Plain and Fan cy Furniture in the city, at prices lower than at any other establishment. Also Agent for Henry M. Sherwood's School Furniture. Bargains in White Goods, Bargains in Hosiery. LOWER PRICES OX ALL GOODS THAN EVER BEFORE SEEN IN INDEPENDENCE. COME AND SEE OUR PRICES. IT PAYS TO TRADE AT THE "STorli: Store. DIU'OS AND MEDICINES. GROCERIES. Buy Your Groceries of JOSLIN, The Grocery Man. QEOCEEIES Cor. Main and Walnut Sts., Independence, Iowa. The subscribers have on hand a choice and well selected Stock of FAMILY GROCERIES! Which they will sell at UM very lowest bottom prices. Their 8tock consists of Sugars, Teas, Coffees, Spices, Syrups, Confectionery, CANNED ,iXD DRIED FRUITS, Kerosene Oil, Wood and Willow-Ware, Earthen Ware, &c., &c, N. U. All they ask is to call and see their goods before purchasing elsewhere. Highest price paiil for Produce. Remember the place, corner Main and Chatham streets. THOS. EDWARDS A CO. Buy Your Groceries of JOSLIN", The Grocery Man. J. W. Johnston Is still located at his old stand in FAWCETT'S BLOCK, CHATHAM STREET, Where he keeps on hand a iarjfe Stock of Groceries, Crockery! GKE-^SS Wooden Ware Phase give Mm a call and he will pay you Cash for ABUTTER AND EGGS. Buy Your Groceries of JOSLITsT, The Grocery Man. STOP BLOWING And talk good common sense. The Boss Variety Store! OF THE FOURTH WARD, Is located at JOSLINVILLE, ON CHATHAH**., W. H. JOSLIN & SONS, Prop's. CHAELIB JOSLIN, Each plucked what he had sown. So do men here, so do men there, So do men everywhere. —Thisleij'x Miw'azinc. tk Head Clerk for next Term. WE KEEP DRY GOODS! All Woo/ and some that are not. The nicest and best STYLES OF CALICO In town, selected for us by one of the tlnest young men, who very t'reuucu stops over .Sunday at the best, Hotel in ltay mondvlllo. The ladies, (especially those in the Fourth Ward) should bear in mind that in the way of We keep a general assortment 01 the lelicacics of the season, as well as the substantial*—rem edies that wherever known to have been suc cessfully applied, have iiuictcd the most irita bleand scolding- husband. You tickle his pal ate, load up his stomach and by the nose you can lead him, then seriously speak of the-'ne cessity and propriety of having that new dress. Goods Deliv&ed to am Free of Charge. We have no delivery wagon, but it is pleasant to give the poor drayman an extra dime now and then. 8m8 INDEPENDENCE, IOWA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1877. THE SOWERS. "AH seed is in the sower's hands."—Sossettl. Ten thousand sowers through the land Passed heedless on their way Ten thousand seeds in every hand Of every sort had they. They cast seed here, they cast seed there, They cast seed everywhere. The land a forest straight way grew. With plants of every kind And kindly fruits, and poisonous, too, In that wood could you lind For trees grew here, and trees grew there, And trees Krew everywhere. Anon, as many a year went by, Those sowers came once more. And wandered 'neath the leaf-hid sky. And wondered at the store For fruit hung here, and fruit hung there, And fruit hung everywhere. Then plucked thev many a berry bright None could their light deny And sonic ate to heir long delight. And some ate but to die While sonic plucked here, some plucked there, And some plucked everywhere. Nor knew they in that tangled wood The trees that were their own Yet as they plucked as each one should, THE STEAMER ON FIBS. Fiom Rev. Mr. Murray's new Book. The Captain stood another instant in profound thought, during which time his quick and fearless mind had considered all the contingencies, and, without a sin gle word to the three men who were with him, he started for the deck and the pi lot house, lie summoned the Chief En gineer and his officers around him, and stated what lie had discovered—laid the whole subject in a few terse words be fore them, and said: (Jentlemen, in five minutes the sa loons will be like an oven, and the win dows of this pilot-house will be cracking. Have you anything to suggest? The first officer, a sailor from boy hood, whose head and beard were alrea dy gray, said promptly: "Captain, we must beach her." The others looked their assent. It is our only course," said the Cap tain. Pilot," said he, turning to the man whose eye was on the lookout, "can you beach her?" The man deliberated a moment, and said: "Captain, I am ready to take any re sponsibility that a man in my position should take. I am ready to execute any order you give but 1 will not take the responsibility of running this steamer, with 00(1 persons aboard. 011 to a coast that I know nothing of beyond the knowledge 1 have of the lights, the reefs and the haruors. It would be a mere chance if I got within half a mile of the shore." The Captain actually groaned. He saw and admitted the force of the pilot's assertion. For a moment not a word was spoken, while the ship went tearing on through the water, and the premoni tions of rising tumult came to their ears from below, showing that the passengers were already on the move, lie looked an instant into each face below him, lifted his hand and wiped the great drops of sweat from his forehead, and said: "Gentlemen, what shall we do? I al ready feel the floor under my feet heat ing! The passengers are moving out of the saloon! What we do must be done quickly! A\ e are overloaded. Our boats wouldn't accommodate half, and besides a boat couldn't live in that sea. "What shall we do? Not a man spoke. They felt as if the horror of death was fast shutting down around them. They were brave, they were calm. They showed no evidence of fear. They could meet death as men should meet it but they could not tell how to escape it. Suddenly the Cap tain's! face lighted, with a light which was the reflection of a hope, of a conjec ture, of a possibility. lie darted out of the pilot-house, swung himself down among the crew, who were busy with the pumps and hose, and shouted, with the concentration of voice that penetra ted tin roar of the storm like a knife: Is there a man here who knows this coast?" When the Captain dropped among them the men stopped their work and stooiPstaring at him. Only the old trap per and Herbert, each of whom stood above the forward hatch, hose in hand, directing the streams that the pumps sent through the swelling tube, down ward, kept their position. The Captain waited a moment, while the light faded from his countenance as no response came, and then, as if iu despair, he shouted: Is there a man here who knows this coast? Again no reply came, and he was up on the point of turning away when the lad, who had been kneeling under the protection of the bulwark trying to stop a rent which the pressure had made in the hose that the old trapper was tend ing, arose out of the shadow and ap proaching the Captain, said: Yes, sir. 1 know the coa^t.'1 "Who are you," said the Captain, "that claim such knowledge? Are you not the youth 1 saw with the old hunter at the table to-night? How should you, born in the interior, know anything of this coast? "1 was not born in the woods," re sponded the lad. "1 was born within ten miles of where we arc now, and I know every rock, reef and point, for I have fished from them all and I know every beach, for I used to play on them when a boy.' The Captain looked incredulous. He had associated him with the hunter and the wilderness, and it seemed incredible that he should have been born where he said he was born, and that he should be 011 that boat that night, and be discover ed by the merest accident at the very instant of supreme peril. "Captain," said the old trapper, who had drawn nigh "Captain, whatever the lad says, ye kin sartinly take for gospel truth. And if he says he was horn here, he was born here and if lie says he knows this shore, he does know it and ye kin rely 011 htm to do what he says he kin do for his words be truth, and his acts be like his words." Young man," said the Captain, "have you any other friends 011 board besides this hunter? Sartin he has," the old man answer ing the question for the lad, "there be Henry there, who has boated with him and camped with him, off and 011, and the lad saved his life once, and that's a sarvice a man ain't apt to forgit. Yes, you may set it down. Cap'n. that Henry and me be the lad's friends.' "Call him here," said the Captain, hoarsely, "and then follow me to the pi lot-house." It was with the greatest effort that the four were aide to reach the point designated, for the gale was blowing with increased violence, and the iron rod and the ropes they grasped to stea dy themselves, were already hot and, even as they reached the upper deck, the flames broke fiercely out from the hatchway, and the lire began to run in wavering lines along the inner timbers of the bulwarks and the ornamental edgings of the upper deck. 1 have called you here," said the Captain, "to ask you, iu the presence of my officers, if there is any safe spot, any cove or bay, into which the steamer can be run along the coast abreast of us? Do you mean to beach her, Cap tain?" asked the lad, Yes," he responded, "it is Do you mean to say, young man, that you can beach this steamer? Gentle men," he continued, as he turned to his officers, "if this young man can do what he says, every soul on the boat can be saved." "I can do just what I tell you I can do," said the lad "that is, if the engines work, and we can fetch her around in the sea, and the flames don't get ahead of us for there is a little bay nearly abreast of us, and the water is deep in it, and the beach is free from rocks and stones, and I can tell the pilot just where to steer to get into it." But," said the Captain, and he spoke with hurried utterance, as one who feels there isn't a moment to lose, "you ought to know, and your friends here ought to know, the danger you run, for the flames will break out in a few moments. You can hear them roaring under-deck alrea dy. The flames will break out in a mo ment, I say this pilot-house will be on fire, and he who stands inside it will stand in the center of flames, and it will be through God's mercy if he comes out of it alive. I feel it to be my solemn duty to state these things to you, young mail, in the presence of your friends, who are interested in your life. Now, knowing your danger, knowing that you will probably lose your life, I ask you again, will you pilot this steamer to that beach? There are (00 souls 011 board, and if vou do it you will be their savior. Will you do it? The lad's face never changed a muscle. The light in his eyes may possibly have darkened a little, and the old trapper noted that his long, awkward fingers shut into their palms with a slightly tightened grip, but his voice was quiet as ever, as lie said: I will help you beach her, Captain." The Captain hesitated yet a moment. He knew himself that the lad was going to his death—going with the quietness that could have only ignorance or the finest heroism for its cause. It was not to be wondered at, that, accepting as lie was the sacrifice of a life, he was touch ed. He gazed at the singular being be fore him, observed the simple guileless ness of his countenance, and, dashing a tear from his eye, he turned to the trap per and said: "Old man, this boy is your companion, and you love him? Yes the lad and me have slept to gether, and we've eaten from the same bark, and he and me has done little sar viees for each other that men in the woods don't forgit, and 1 guess you're about right, Cap'n, when ye say I love the lad." "God forbid! exclaimed the Captain —"God forbid that I take the responsi bility of the sacrifice for that's just what it is, old man. Ought the boy to stay? Sartin, sartin," said the old trapper "if the lad can save the wimmin-folks and the leetle tins, not to speak of the men, by staying here, then he sartinly ought to stay, even if he starts on his last trail from the deck of a vessel in stead of from the shades of the pine for death never comes too quick to one who meets it at the post of duty, and it never comes slow enough to one who shirk s. Y'es. let the lad stay where he is, and an old man who has faced death 011 many a field where bullets was thick, will stand by his side, and the Lord of Mercy shall do with him as He will. I should liked to have seed the pups agin, but the good Lord will take care of the dogs." While this conversation had been car ried 01.1 the officers of the steamer had made arrangements to steer the craft from the stern, for the pilot-house was already so hot as to make it unsafe for the four men stationed at the wheel to remain in it much longer. The ropes and blocks had been adjusted, the pur chase tested, and the steamer was alrea dy being directed from behind. The Captain still stood by the side of the lad with trumpet in hand, ready to give the orders to veer her around. Young man,"' said the Captain, "you arc pilot now. When shall we swing about? It's a rough sea, but the flames give us no choice." The lad looked steadfastly a moment at the beacon they had passed, asked the Captain a question as to her course, and then said: We are passing the cove! We must not go a rod further! Quick! Swing her round!" The Captain lifted the trumpet to his lips, and iu tones that rang strong and clear above the roar of the storm and of the flame, shouted: Ilard-a-port with'your helm! Hard a-port, 1 tell you! Jam her down for your lives!" The men in control of the helm obey ed with an energy born of the peril of the moment. The mighty fabric swayed for a moment, but tore 011 as if unwil ling to yield. The next instant the im mense pressure of the helm hard-a-port began to tell, and the monstrous bulk swung slowly about, rolled downward in to the trough of the sea as if she would never rise, reeled over as she met the mighty wave square aniid-ship till her larboard rail lay deep in the hissing wa ter, struggled up, righted herself labori ously, and, as she straightened her course with the gale square astern, and with her steam-gauge standing at seven ty-five, shot toward the shore like an ar row from the bow. "Cap'n," said the trapper, as he low ered the trumpet from his lips, "give us the, instcrmcnt, and do ye run back and keep the poor creeturs from throwing themselves overboard—for they be get ting wild. I can talk through the horn as well as ye can--and the lad will tell me the words." I can't leave you, old man. It shall never be said that Charles Stearnes left two brave men to die while he saved his own life." "Capt'n," returned the old trapper, I know yer feelings, for I see the stuff ye be made of. but the Lord app'ints duty unto man, and it's not of his choosing and it's yer duty to go and ourn to stay. Don't ye worry about us, for I be old, and a few days more or less on the 'arth don't matter, and 1 can see by the look in the lad's face that he be ready. So give me the horn and you go where you oughter go, and we will stay where wc oughter." '1 lie old man uttered these words with such solemn majesty, and the truth they expressed was so evident, that the Cap tain did as commanded, lie passed the trumpet to The trapper and started aft, where his presence and words soon com municated new hope to the terrified throng. In a few moments the shouting and screaming ceased, and not a sound was heard save the roar of the wind, and the waves, and the flames. Henry," said the trapper, "it's time ye be going, for the fire be gcttin' hot. It's not likely that me and the lad will come out o' this, and there sartinlv isn't much time for leave-taking. Ye ll go, I know, and get the pups, and the rifle, and the tidule. Ye know where they be. And if there be any other things iu the shanty ye would like, remember they be yourn. This sartinly isn't the way thought things would end but the Lord knows when to call, and I dare say it is best as it is. So, boy, just take my hand a minit. Ye needu distarb the lad, for he is busy. No, jest give me yer hand for a minit, and then go. Ye be faithful and true, and may yer days be happy, and yer life be long on the 'arth. I am not going, our only chance. We must beach her. Can you do it?" I can," said the lad, simply. "You can!" exclaimed the Captain. John Norton," man, solemnly, "say no more. I shall stay with you and the lad. If we live, all will live if we die, we will die to gether, for I will not leave you." Be it as ye say, then, boy yes, let it be as ye say. This is no time for words, and I can understand yer feelings it may be yc be right. The lad and me met at the pond of the beavers, and it may be best that we both go with him to the end of the trail." In a moment the old man said, sud denly H« nry, if ye could git one 0' them water-pipes, and the pumps are still a-going, it may be yc could save our lives. But be careful where ye go, boy it's hot there ahead." Lightning is scarce quicker than was the motion of Henry, as he darted for ward into the smoke, which was rolling up in great volumes from the front part of the boat. By this time the forward part of the vessel was almost one sheet of flame. A column of the fire rose out of the for ward hatch fifty feet into the air, but was mercifully blown onward by the force of the gale. From this the trap per and the lad were at least safe, but the flames were now breaking over all restraint. The deck itself was being burnt through, and sections were falling into the hole. The stanchions and the timbers of the bulwarks were already in full blaze. The outer edges of the up per deck were girdled with fire. The roof of the pilot-house had begun to kindle. The flames were already eating their way toward the stern, and would soon be in the rear of the two men who were standing half hidden in the smoke at a point which would soon be the very center of the conflagration. But they never flinched. They stood in the exact position where they were when Henry left them—the trapper still holding the trumpet in his hand, and the lad still gazing steadfastly ahead. Tell them to port two points," said the lad, quietly. The old man placed the trumpet to his lips, and through the brazen tube his voice poured steady and strong: The boy says, 'Tell 'em to port two ints.'" The vessel swayed suddenly to port and, as she leapt away, the lad said: Tell them to hold her steady as she is." Again the old man lifted the trumpet and called: The boy savs, 'Tell them to hold her steady as she is." For a minute not a word was spoken. The steamer tore on through the gloom, lighting her path with the flames. The roof of the pilot-house dropped in, and the smoke and the cinders hid the two men from the sight of those who. with prayers on their lips, and with agonized faces, were gazing at them from be hind. Suddenly out of the smoke and flre came the tones of the trumpet: The lad says, 'Tell them I hear the surf on the beach.' Then the smoke suddenly lifted, split by a gust that tore through the air, and those behind saw three men instead of two standing 011 the deck. The trapper and the lad still at their station, and thirty feet further aft, Henry, hose in hand, flooding with water the blazing deck on which they stood. But what could the power of man do against the rush of such flames? The young man did his best. With hands blistered by the awful heat, he stood heroically at his post: but the garments of the lad were 011 tire, and the hair of the trapper was burnt to the scalp. Suddenly the starboard half of the upper deck fell with a crash. As it fell, those behind saw the lad turn to the trapper—saw him tottei—saw him stea dy himself—saw his companion catch him by the arm—saw the old hero, with the sleeve of his coat, that was itself smoking, wipe the cinders from his lips as he lifted the trumpet to his mouth and out of the black, eddying smoke, as it swept over the three and hid them from sight, bellowed the words, strong as trumpet could send them: The lad says, 'Tell them I see the surf 011 the beech! Hold her steady as she is!' God The sentence was never completed. The flat bottom of the vessel touched the sand—slid along it—and was driven by the momentum of her movement half her length up the beach. Then she roll ed over with a great lurch her smoke stacks went down with a crash, carrying the upper deck 011 which they stood with them, and the three men sank from sight in the smoke and fire. Dead wood Death. Cincinnati Enquirer Correspondence. As I was resting in a camp on the outskirts of Deadwood, a jolly-faced man came along and asked for a job. lie was told that every man was work ing for himself, and making mighty poor wages at that, when he replied: "Gentlemen, I liavn't had one good meal in three weeks 1 liavn't been able to get a day's work I'm dead broke, and the curtain is going to ring down 011 this tragedy right here and right now!" lie stepped around the fire, pulled a revolver from a miner's belt, and then retreating back a pace or two, he said: "Gentlemen, I'm going to hell! I've starved around the Black Hills for three months, and if there is any bigger hell than this I'm envious to see it. Excuse me for wasting ammunition, but here I go"—crack! He put the muzzle of the revolver to his forehead and never kicked after the report. No man rose up to restrain him. After a few minutes the owner of the revolver walked over and secured it, and as he wiped a spot of blood off the barrel he growled out: "Blast his eyes! Why didn't lie jump over some cliff, or go out and let the In dians tickle him to death!" Confederate Petticoats. Gen. Jas. H. Wilson's recent article upon the capture of Jefferson Davis, called forth a long letter from John II. lieagan, of Texas, in which he denied that the fugitive President attempted to escape in disguise, and alleged that the only foundation for the story was the fact that Mrs. Davis threw a water proof over her husband's shoulders when lie emerged from his tent. Julian G. Dickinson, who, as Adjutant of the 4th Michigan Cavalry, took part in the ar rest of Mr. Davis, sends the Detroit 'Tri bune a ^oint-blank contradiction of Mr. Keagan s account, lie says that after the camp had been surrounded, Private Andrew Bee, of Company L, pointed out to him three persons dressed in fe male apparel, and called out, "Adjutant, there goes a man dressed in woman's clothes." The Adjutant started after them, calling out "halt" repeatedly, and reached them as several troopers in charge of Corporal Mlinger dashed up, bringing their carbines ready for use. The fugitives halted Mrs. Davis threw her arms around her husband's shoul ders. and the lady close to him formed a shield which was respected. Davis had on a black dress, and though it did not fit fairly at the waist, it covered his form to the boots the boots betrayed his disguise. A black shawl covered his head and shoulders. His identity was confirmed by the removal of the shawl from his face. The Adjutant promptly directed him to retire to his quarters, and ordered Corporal Munger to place the men with him and keep careful guard. The Adjutant certainly has the advantage over Mr. Davis's Postmaster General in this correspondence. One saw the Confederate before he had a chance to unmask in the tent the other did not. said the young man. I e w e s a i o y e u n e e trapper. "Yes, it be well said or would be if things was different. But things be as they be, and ye must go." 1 shall not go," said Herbert. "Henry!" exclaimed the old man, earnestly, "this is downright foolishness. Ye can't help us by staying and two'll be enough if wust conies to wust." "John Norton," returned the young London ladies wear heelless boots. Morning Call of tlic Birds. Virginia (Nov.) Enterprise. We once went to look at a quartz mine in Tuolumne county, Cal. We were the guest of a man who had follow ed mining in that county, and who had lived in the same cabin for more than twenty years. He was his own cook, and generally had no company except his books, his dogs and the birds in the neighborhood, lie had a little garden where he raised his vegetables, and where lie had flowers enough to supply a first-class wedding or funeral. To meet the stage at Tuttletown. a couple of miles distant, it was necessary to get up at 3 A. M. While going over the the trail between the cabin and the ham let, the miracle of the dawn was per formed. It was a Juno morning, and as wc commenced the journey, the foliage of the hills was all dark and the stars above were bright as diamonds. But in a little while some warm rays began to bend over the hills from the cast, the green and scarlet of the hills began to take color, and the far-off stars grew less bright in their stately processions. And then the mountains commenced to grow resonant with the voices which they held, and which awakened to hail the approaching day. Then our senten tious companion, as though kindled by the same influence, opened his lips. He was answering the call of the birds, and his _words ran something like this: "Chirp, chirk, O my martin (the swal low's grandmother) as usual, you are up first, the first to say good morning, the first to hail the beautiful coming day. Ah, there you are, whistling, my lovely quail, you beautifully eockaded glory and now, my mocking-bird, you brown rascal with a flat nose, where do you get all your voices? Hcigho, you are up, Mr. Jacob (woodpecker), up to see if Mrs. Jacob is not stealing acorns this morning, you old miser of the woods with your black and white clothes and your thrift, which is worse than a Chi naman's and now my mourning-dove has commenced his daily drone, growl ing because breakfast is not ready, I suppose. At last you have wakened up Mrs. Lark a nice bird you are to claim to be an early riser, but you have a cheery voice, nevertheless. There conies a curlew's cry from the river shore, and now you are all awake and singing, you noisy chatterers and, final ly, old night-raiding owl, you are saying 'good night' this morning, you burglar of the woods." With such talk he went on for half an hour, and many a time since have we wondered if by himself, in the great hills and beneath the great pines, with his books and dogs for com pany, and with the chorus of innumera ble birds for his daily entertainment— whether, after all, he was not as happy as though among men he was struggling for money or for fame. Tlie Devil's Daughters. A special correspondent of the Salt Lake Tribune, with Gen. Howard, writes that the wounded were fearfully tortur ed and mutilated by the Nez Perces squaws 011 the Big Hole battle ground. I The soldiers had taken the Indian vil lage. but being overpowered by numbers they were obliged to fall back and fight their way to a position on the side of i the mountain which the enemy had ta ken possession of. They had a dcspcr I ate encounter but carried the place, and immediately dug trenches with their trowel bayonets. In the meantime the wounded had been left 011 the bottom by the creek, and while the bucks set lire to the grass and tried to burn the little band of soldiers out of the trenches, the squaws mangled and tortured the poor fellows who were still alive, but unable to help themselves. The atrocities per petrated upon the boys in blue by these she devils can hardly be realized by any one unaccustomed to tales of savage barbarity. They heated their camas hooks red-hot, and then thrust tlieni in to the bodies of the wounded mangled them in every conceivable manner, and slowly tortured them to death in ways only known to red devils. Earlj' in the action a bugler, a mere boy, was wound ed in both legs. One of his comrades carried him off the field and then return ed to the fight, the bugler saying that he would rest there a few minutes and then try and walk off to a place of safe I ty. The Indians got possession of the creek and bottom land, the squaws dis covered. mutilated him and burned both hit: eyes out. The boy's sufferings can be imagined, and death was certainly a relief to him. Hints on tlic Care of the Eyes. There are, perhaps, more individuals who ascribe their weakness of sight to a use of their eyes under an insufficient artificial illumination than to any other one cause. In a great many instances this may not be strictly true, but there can be no doubt that faulty artificial light is one of the most productive causes of a certain class of injuries to i which the eyes can be exposed. The two sources of trouble with the ordinary artificial lights are—first, that they are not pure white, and secondly, that they are unsteady. The first defect is found in all artificial lights except the lime, electric and magnesium lights the sec- I Olid especially in candles and gas. The yellowness is, in a measure, counteract- I ed by using, in the ease of lamps and gas, chimneys of a violet or blue tint, I and the flickering of the gas may be ob viated largely by employing an Argand burner. All things considered, a Ger man student-lamp furnishes the most satisfactory light. The next best is gas with an Argand burner. The chimneys of both may, as above suggested, be ad vantageously of a light blue tint. The position of the light in relation to the body is of great importance. If a shade is used on the lamp or burner (it should, by preferance, be of ground or "milk" glass, never of colored glass), the light may stand directly in front of the body and the work be allowed to lie in the light under the shade, which will protect tlie eyes from the glare of the flame. If 110 shade is used the back should be turned to the source of light, which ought to fall over the left shoul der. The same rule applies in the man agement of daylight. In this case the light should come from behind and slightly above, and fall directly 011 the work, whence it is reflected to the eye. It ought never to fall directly in the face. The light in the room during sleep is also not without its influence. As a rule the room during sleeping hours should be dark and, in particular, care should be taken to avoid sleeping opposite a window where 011 opening the eves in the morning, a strong flood of light- will fall on them. Even the strongest eyes are, after the repose of the night, more or less sensitive to the impression of in tense light. The eyes must have time to accustom themselves to the stimu lus. Attention should be called to the in jurious effects that sometimes follow reading 011 railroad ears. On account of the unsteadiness of the page, reading under these circumstances is exceeding ly trying to the eyes, and should never be persisted in for any considerable length of time. During convalescence from severe ill ness the eyes are generally the last to regain their lost power. Especially is this the case with women after child birth, and too much care cannot be tak en to put as little straiu upon the eyes as possible at this time.—Dr. Burnett, in Seribner. Man, being essentially active, must find in activity his jov, as well as his beauty and glory, and labor, like every thing else that is good, is its own-reward. Eft linrns, the Rat-Catcher. It-is said of the late Kit Burns, of New York that, as a professional rat catcher, he was the first in America. It is further alleged by those who profess unequivocal knowledge of the matter, that the deceased Kit had amassed much money in pursuit of his unique vocation, lie once made $500 out of one single job in the rat-catching line. One of the first restaurants on Broadway had been so badly infested by rats that the quan tity of provisions consumed or destroy ed night and day was incredibly large. The finest mousers were procured, but they made no inroad upon the army of rodents. In fact, cat after cat became demoralized, while the rats grew bolder, and frequently put them to flight. Alone in the restaurant one night, Kit survey ed the situation, and declared it a des perate one. The following night he set his huge cage close to an advantageous aperture. A small dim lamp on the shelf above liiiu was the only light in the place. He lay above the great cage with the string of the main trap in his hand. His object was to catch the 'king" rat, and then the work was easy. They all follow the king. Rat after rat came to the cage, nibbled the bait and ran back to the hole. There seemed- to have been a perfect understanding about the matter before his majesty ventured forth. When he did, Kit knew him, for the king rat is an enormous, shaggy specimen, with great bristles growing out of his body—and down snapped the trap. Now the rest were guideless and wholly at the mercy of the rat catcher. Kit then fastened the king so as to se cure his presence in the cage, and when the trap was again raised scores upon scores of rats filled the cage. It could hold no more but when the subjects found themselves captured they fell up on the king and nearly tore hint to pieces. After that. Kit easily secured the rest of the varmints, and was paid $500. Hand-Shaking. New York Herald. Gen. Grant's opinion of the custom of hand-shaking, expressed lately to a cor respondent of the Ilt. rabl, is that it is a nuisance. Upon this point he was very emphatic, having just shaken hands with several thousand Scotchmen, with the English people still to come. The general said that only a strong man could endure such a hand-shaking as he had had in 1SG5, and it must be a severe tax upon the strength of any one per son to have to withstand the grip of a succession of hundreds of hands. He was surprised to have found hand-shak ing so common in England, as he had supposed it to be an American custom but this shows that he does not study as he should his Shakspeare, in whose plays he will find many references to the habit. The English are responsible for that, as for many other vices, which are ignorantly credited to this country. It is singular that this custom, which is now the sign of confidence, had its ori gin in distrust. Half-civilized men, strangers to each other, meeting extend ed their right arms to show they held 110 weapons, and grasped each other's hands so that neither could have the ad vantage in the case of treachery. Thus the manners of barbarians are continu ed in the courtesies of the moderns. It is eminently fitting that the custom should have had a savage origin. The promiscuous hand-shakings wc are com pelled every day to endure is, as Gen. Grant says, one of the great petty nui sances of society. Bony hands, hard hands, finger-crushing hands, dirty and greasy hands, and, worst hands of all, those clammy, corpse-like hands, which make one feel as if he had taken hold of a toad, are held out to us every day. There is the person who nearly dislo cates your joints to show his friendship, and the man who extends a couple of fingers, as if to express his contempt. "The hand of brother in a foreign land" may be welcome but generally the cus tom is one more honored in the breach than the observance. It is a pity that some less familiar method of salutation or farewell is not adopted. Certainly, unpleasant as hand-shaking frequently is. it is better than the nose-rubbings of Africa, or the kissing and embracing of Continental Europe. Probably the bow of the Japanese or the Chinese, who in many respects are more civilized than even we are, would be the best substi tute. As it is, ihe custom of hand-sha king has become altogether too common to have any value as a token of civility, and. indeed, it often happens that when we shake hands with a man, if we obey ed our honest impulses, we should kick him down stairs. Wrap*. Harper's I!:izoar. Long slender sacques will again be favorite wraps for fall and winter. Those for general use are of medium length, and with coat flaps behind. These are also shown in smooth cloths of various light gray shades, and, more over. of clear blue and of scarlet. For the latter the trimming is rows of ap plique embroidery in shaded colors.— More dressy saeque cloaks are long enough to envelop the whole figure, which they fit closely and have side dra peries in the way of capes or flowing sleeves. These come in black repped silk, plush cloths, and the knotted'curl ed rough surfaces that are woven of fine camel's hair. There are velvet sacques in the Louis Quinze style, which is real ly the Breton jacket with its vest fast ened 011 one side. Brocaded stuffs and stamped velvets are much used in com bination with heavy silks for dressy cloaks. The trimmings are the richest passementeries, galloons, chenille orna ments, lace wide fringes, and the various beaded trimmings, such as jet. mordore, and clair de lune, also feather borders of new designs. Circulars of clinging shapes are shown for carriage wraps. Mantles as long as the saeque cloaks or as small as fichus, in scarf shape, like Dolmans, and as round capes, are shown and the materials are as varied as the styles. The Carriek cloak—a long U1 ster shape, with three small round capes known as coachmen's capes—is the styl ish overall. It is seen in rain cloaks made of waterproof cloth, and of the English cloths of gray invisible plaids used for traveling cloaks. Eveuing cloaks are of the finest white brocaded silk and satin, with threads of gold or of silver interwoven in the design. They have Dolman sides but envelop the fig ure as the long saeque cloaks do. They are richly trimmed with fur or down borders, with galloon in which gold or silver threads are seen, and with exceed ingly rich fringes there are also cash mere galloons, with all the colors of In dia shawls, for trimming cream-colored, scarlet and pale blue wraps. The luxu rious fur linings will be continued for midwinter cloaks those of squirrel lock, gray and white, are now so accurately imitated in cloth that it is not easy to detect the difference without examina tion. Seal fur sacques are of medium length, and are fitted more closely to the figure than those worn hitherto. Simple and pretty wraps for Autumn days are square shawls of India or of French cashmere of solid color, lightly fringed and worn in fielui fashion, cross ed 011 the breast, and tied behind. Those of black camel's hair are especially styl ish. French cashmere shawls of this kind are sold for and upward, to the fine Chedder shawls that cost from $35 to $50. The Pope has nearly finished the "Me* moirs" 011 which he has been working for more than forty years. He has pro vided, however, that they are not to be published until ten years after his death.