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Volume 1.
Number 25.
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"Girls," said Jc Henderson, looking
meditatively at a pile of books lying on
the tabic at her side, "what a grand
tiling it must be to be an authoress ; I
would give all I posesscd in the world to
gain fame and, literary honors." , . ,
Wc all glanced up in surprise as-Joc
f poke. There had been a perfect silence
Tor the last five minutes, broken only by
the whispered "One, two, three," of
Lily Armbrustar, Swno ,was busiiy.cro
chctingj a gay zophyr; tidy, and Itlie
scratching of a pen over the paper as an
other of the party worked diligently in
the preparation of the morrow's lessons.
,TVc were a party of six, juerrj-, light
hearted 'school-girls, ' gathered that cold
March night in 3Irs. Lindenmcyer's com
fortable sitting-room. Wo were insepar
able friends, attending the same school,
and living in closo proximity to one an
other; and. scarcely an evening passed
without finding us assembled at the house
of one of the girls, each bringing with
her the lessons for the next day, to which
wo would devote the fir&t hour ; after
these were committed tOvmemory, we
would have a pleasant chat, or perhaps a
quiet game of checkers or cribbae;
sometimes impromptu charades would be
the evening's programme; and a more
innocent, happier assemblage could nev
er be found.
On this particular evening we had all
finished our respective tasks, with the ex
ception of Mollio Archerwhoso pen was
f tiding rapidly across tho paper as she
cnt over the last page. Some of the
party were reading, and tho others em
ployed upon some light articles of fancy
Only one of the irroup was idle; this
was Kate Carroll, who, curled snugly up
in tne corner 01 the lounge, was watch
ing us with half-closed eyes. Kate scorn
ed tho insinuation that she was Iazv,
and would stoutly declare that no one
accomplished more than sue, although
she owned she did like to lounge a little
in the evening.
Joe Henderson, 'who had uttered the
sentence at the beginning of our story,
was a slender girl of fourteen, with fair
complexion, almost childish face, and
very light hair, 'cut short, and standing
out bodly in every direction;'' no one, to
my knowledge, ever saw it parted
straight, and as Kate Carrol used to say,
"'J.he part of Joes hair looked as it it
had lost its way, and was travelling first
in ono direction and thoji in another."
She was clad in a short, darkbrown dress,
with a little blue llannel jacket thrown
carelessly around her. Any stranger,
to have heard her .words and thcirglanc
cd at her appearance, would have laugh
ed outright; but upon us; who consider
ed Joe as an oracle on any subject, her
words created a profound sensation.
Lily Armbruslcr, tho youngest of the
group, who was seated on a low stool at
Joe's side, looked up lovingly, arid'said
in a sympathetic tone: " hy don t you
write a book, then, Joe? I know von
could; " and she slid her little hand into
Joe's, and laid her head upon her knee.
Lilly was a delicate child ol twelve, as
fragile as the flower w hose name she liorc,
and was petted by every one. In her
eyes, Joe was a paragon of virtue, and
Lily was never happy when absent from
her side.
Joe smiled kindly down upon the up
lifted face, and said sorrowfully: "I
wish I could, darling; but I am afraid
that my ambition is greater tlian, 1113- in-,
tcllect; but if Lou liindcnineycr would
try, I know-that she would succeed,"
glancing at Lou, who was deep in the
mysteries of "The Old Curiosity Shop,"
and too much interested in tho fate of its
little heroine to heed anything around
her; but as she heard her name mention
ed, she raised her head and said inqui
ringly: "Did you speak to me ? "
" Joo was saying that you could write
a book if youwould try," explained Lily.
"1 write a book!'' exclaimed Eon.
" Why, I would be tho happiest girl in
tho world if I could : but it is impossible."
"Euroka!" suddenly cried Kato-Caiv
roll, springing into an. upright 'position,
and clapping her nantH with delight. "1
know what we ctin do, "iris ; let us all
try together, and sec what kind of a story
wo can write. It could be nothing less
than grand, with so much talent employ
ed in tho production of it.
"lou know tho old saving about too
many cooks," said Mollio Archer, who,
having finished her writing, had joined
the circie, and now spoke for the first
"But," persisted Kate, eagerly, "it
would bo the easiest thing in the "world
to write a novel, if every one of us would -1
help, uii! wouldn tit be splendid ;ju-.t
imagine secinsr it in itrint. and saving to
yourself, "J wrote that."
" Hut how would we get it published 7
said Lou, thoughtfully; "would we have
it issued in book-form, or would We send
it to somo periodical ? "
"Well, I incline to the periodical,"
said Kate, after a moments thought;
" because,". nnramentativelv. "it-would
bo very thrilling, of course, and rt would
be so nice to liave folks read it, and just
as they get to tho most interesting part,
they would find that it was 'To bo con
tinued.' Oh! icouWrt'f they bemad? I
would just like to see them about that
time. And madcap Kate fairly bounc
ed up and down upon the loung'e, in the
exnberanco of her glee "Yes, it cer
tainly must bo'frjtcr a maaetofi
newspaper." " ---? -
"Aill it be very long," asked Lily,
with sparkling eyes.
Oh, my. 3-es !" said Kate : "von don't
suppose that six heads combined would
write a short story ! What do vou sav to
Lou: "but I think it is 4 capital idea."
VAna-r, "ana i,- ocnoca Atomic, and
Twoald bo as much pleased u you
arc with the idea, if I thought we would
ttcceed' said Joo; bmt as dcarly-J J
wonldTovo to'be an authoress, stifl Hear
none of us have tho requisite talent to
undertake such a difficult task, as I know
this would be."
"Difficult!" said Kate, scornfully;
" why it would be mere child's play. The
combined efforts of six intelligent girls
not enough to write one novel ; humph ! "
"Xeli," continued she, turning to me,
"you are sitting there as demurely as a
Quakeress; what is j-our opinion of our
project ? " '
"I think," said I, bluntly, "that Joe
is tho only sensible one among you ; but,
of course, it you are all bent upon the
undertaking, I will not say one word to
discourage you, and you are heartily wel
come to any assistance I can give you."
That's a" darling," said Kate, giving
me a ferocious hug, thereby disarranging
my collar and scratching my check. 1
gave her a gentle pinch to restore her
equanimity, and then wo all settled down
to discuss the projected story.
- "How long do you think it will take
to write it, Kate 1" said Mollie, in a per
fect flutter of excitement. "Can't we
commence right off?"
" Yes," replicdKatc, " there is no time
like tho present, you know, and if wo
commence it to-night we cau very prob
ably finish it to-morrow or next day.
In't there a proverb Uiat says, 'Always
take time by the topscnot?
"Forelock," corrected Joe, with an ex
pression of horror at Kate's mistake.
" AVcll, forelock, then; it don't matter,
tliC3' both mean the same thing," said
Kate, with asperity ; " but that has noth
ing to do with thesubject in hand. Lou,
get some paper, and wo will commence
, Lou opened her desk, and after look
ing carefully through it, said in a disap
pointed tone : " I can fine only ono quire ;
will that be enough to commence upon ? "
" Well, I biipposc wo will liave to make
it do for to-night," said Mollie, who was
impatient to oegin, ' and wo can buy
some more, to-morrow."
Lou produced the paper, and we all
drew our chairs a littlo closer in the cir
cle, aiid assumed the dignified express
ion befitting embryo literary celebrities.
" Who is to be the amanuensis ? " in
quired Joe, in a mclo-drauiatic tone;
"for, of course, ono of us will have to
transfer to paper the glowing words that
fall like gems from the eloquent lips of
tho respective members of this assem
bled company. There ! wouldn't that be
a splendid sentence forourstory? it litis
rather a poetical sound, I think."
" Yes, capital ; just dot that down, Joe,"
said Kate, " and wo will use it when oc
casion requires ; and I gdess you might
as well do all the writing, for Jam too
lazy, and none of the others can write
well enough."
" Why, Kate Carrol," cried Lou, " who
ever said you could write better than the
rest of us ? You blot every sheet of pa
per you use, and if you write the book,
we will have to apply the words of a cer
tain poet to oiirsclvc, and repeat dole
fully 'I eertainlr mrMii! Fom thin?,
Wlu-a ilM till. Iik I writ:
ltiitil.-jr know, nliat this booL mvaai now.
For Ve forgotten It." '
That is the idea, but I slightly altered
the words. And now I have one requcsf
to make before we commence, and it is
simply this, I want the hero to be named
cither ' Fitzniaiirice or Fitzgerald,' they
are ray favorite names ami they have
such a romantic sound."
"Xo," said Kate, decidedly, "I was
the one that propoicd the book, and 1
will not have a hero with fits."
"Don't be spiteful, Kate," said I ; "we
all know that your chirography is noth
ing to boast of; but that" is no disgrace;
and if you spend the evening in disput
ing, we will never get the story com
menced." "Yes, do begin," impatiently exclaim
ed Jlollie Archer. " What is it to be
about and what is to be the name of it ? "
" One question ata time, if you please,"
said Joe, with an asumption of dignity,
as sh'c drew her chair up to the table, and
arranged paper and pen within reach of
her hand. "Suppo-o each of us gives
her a idea of what the book ought to be
like, and whichever we think the best
we can use.
"Very good," said Mollie; "and as
Lou is hostess and the oldest of the par
ty, we will hear her views upon thesub
ject first."
Lou spent several minutes in deep
thought, and then said slowly and hesi
tatingly: "How would it do to have the
hero and heroine devotedly attached to
one another, and ou the eve of marriage
a designing villain shall come forward,
and threaten to publish to the world a
terrible secret which he has discovered
in reference to the vonn" ladv'.S father.
and will keep silence only on'eondition
that she will become his "wife. Fearing
that her father will die of grief and shame
if his secret is known to the world, she
consents to mam him ; and then in the
end the hero can come forward and prove
that the secret is no secret at all, but
merely a plausible storv invented by the
villain to frighten the heroine into a mar
riage with himself? Of coarse it will
endhapily;the lovers will get married.
and their enemies will be punished for
their wickedness.
Kate had listened with gradually wi
dening eyes, and as Lou paused, she ex
claimed : " Aint you a pretty one, Lou
Lindenmeyer, sitting there telling us
' David Copperfield' all orcr.again, ai.d
trying to make us believe that you made
it up yourself ! Wh v, any chUd could sec
that that was nothing but tho story of
Agnes V lckneld and ilavid Copperfield.
I own Dickens is a pretty good author,
but we don't want an v tecnd-hand plots."
,"lt isnt one , bit like David Copper-
fiiLI " caiJ. Tktl tnrfiv4ntll-.vrivh flnth.
. TT-Tr: -?"- "VI ." -
ed cheeks and tearful eyes ; "1 eofapo:
$d itsall myself; and-I think it sounds I health, sat in school with wet.foet aad
MidlVtIJAHT300 Sl-'SAhiSipcIoUiIrig. In the evening shccom-
hear whai-Kaie has ioy-Tbve
(( TaA w!w1 .- T . . t la fl
doabt he plqt' wHT oj-4 aajthiag ever
"WeU," said Kate. "I doVt waat aav
rfyoar nMyKiMsfl
wat sosKUuag with a tomble aystery
all through the book, and the heroine
getting out of a scrape in one chapter
only to get into another in the next, and
then in the end she can find out that she
isn't herself at all, but somebody else
stolen away. when she was a baby, you
know. And, oil I I'll ten you wiiat would
splendid let her fall in love with her
oicn Irotlier, and just as they are going
to be married she can discover who she
is, and taints away at finding it out ; and
when she revives sho can lie clasped in
the arms of her long-lost parents ; and
then she can discover lliat bho only loved
Victor St. Clair (that must be his name)
asa brother all the time, and sho cau turn
around and marry some real nice fellow
that we can have all ready waiting for her
in the book. Thcro now," said Kate,
triumphantly, as she paused for breath
for she had rattled out these w ortls
without a moment's hesitation "who
can ask anything better than tliat? But,
of course, wo will hear what the others
have to say before we decide which plot
wo will make use of," and she looked
complacently around, as if challenging
us to excel her in talent, if we could.
"That all sounds very well said Lou,
who was still smarting under the impu
tation that sho had plagiarized ; " but if
1 write a novel, I want the heroine to
have more stability of character than to
love one man until the end of tho book
and then turn around and marrv anoth
er." "Why, what do you want her to do ? "
retorted Kate, flaring up. " You surely
don't want her to marry her brother! But
I have just thought of a tplemlid plan.
Suppose we say that, just as the lovers
are plunged in grief at finding they are
so nearly related, they discover that he
m'nt her'brother after all, but a foundling
left at the door in a basket; and, to cap
the climax, he will turn out to be the son
of some great count or lord, and they can
get married in style."
" Oh ! " said Mollic, " that will be grand.
But what do you think, Joe; are you sat
isfied with Kate's proposed plot ? "
Joe hesitated for a moment, and then
replied slowly: "I have no doubt it
would make a very thrilling novel. But
don't vou think, girls, that an American
book, written by six intelligent Ameri
can girls, ought to have some better ob
ject in view than affording an hour's
amusement for thoughts readers? I
say, let the heroine be a good, loving
Christian girl, whoso noble conduct and
loving self-sacrifice, through the entire
book, will -.ervo as a model for those of
our readers who arc striving to conquer
their faults, and seeking to look above
the foolish friviolities of this world to a
better and brighter sphere. What a
grand thing it would be if we could do
even a little good in tho world; and if
there 1.5 any talent 111 our hook, let it lie
employed "in our Master's lausc."
Joe's voice had becoino tremulous us
she spoke, and thcro were tears in tire
eves of all. for we all knew and vm-
pathied with Joe's feelings upon die sub
ject of religion.
" Haven't you any suggestions to make,
Nellie? " inquired Lou, alter a few min
utes' pau-o.
"Xo," replied I; "what Joe has said
expresses all that I could say on thesub
ject; and 1 think it we-adopt ilia: sty 10
our story will meet. Willi a more coruiai
reception than a mere sensational novel
" O dear!" said Kate: " iust fancy me
tiointed out by persons n the atithoics
of a OLor.il S'tory fur Young Folks.' 1
would never dare to laugh again ; and I
supposo I should have to act like thi,"
and she drew down the corners of her
mouth, and, with a severe look at each
of u, said solcmnl: " Xo levity, young
ladies; 110 levity; lean allow no jesting
upon serious subjects ; it grieves 111c to
the heart to sec your worldliness ; il you
will accept a word of advice from so
humble- a person as myself, I would rec
ommend to your perusal my book, enti
tled 'Sweet Clover for Lost Sheep;'"
and the wild girl assumed such an air of
mock seriousness tliat none 01 us couiu.
resist a smile at her representation of a
moral authoress.
Jut at this moment a loud ringing of
the door bell startled us, and, glancing
at the clock, we were dismayed to find
it was hail" past nine.
"O dear!" said Lou, despairingly,
" there come" somebody after one of you,
and wo shall not gf t our book commenc
ed, after all. It's a real shame."
'"Twascver tkns from childhood's
hour,'" spouted Kite ; "but wocanwiin
mence it just as well to-morrow night;
and I guess our ideas will 'keep.'"
It proved to be a servant sent after
Lily ; and, gathering up our school books
111 haste, we wrapped our snawis ana
hoods around u, and all scampered off;
for nine o'clock was the hour at whuh
all good children should be at home at
Ioast so our parents thought.
As .ve separated, Kate said: " Wcwill
certainly write our book to-inorrow
night ; o in the meantime you can all
try to think of something excruciatingly
funny to put into it ; " and, with the ex
pectation of seeing each other tho next
evening, we parted. -
How often it occurs that when all
seems bright and beautiful around us,
when our hearts are bounding with do
light, and when sorrow or trouble seems
some far-off phantasm of the imagina
tion, that a gulf will open at our feet, and I
without a moments warning wc nmi
ourselves plunged in the maelstrom ol
grief or misfyrtanc; and ihoao whoso
bright c-es and cheerful faces proclaim
unimpaired health, mav, by some acci
dent or misfortune, be Lroaght in a few
hours to the verge of the grave.
The next day wasoalo. aad stormy;
Kate, with her usual .disregard of her
puuacu 01 a tioicbi bcwikw uu pure
throaL aad was loo slcklb ioia u. The
succeeding day found her with a high fe
ver. Day after dav nassed. and we met
with grave faces; aeae'ef a Upsagfct of
beginning oar book aatu asm- waul ae
with us to
At last she began to recover, and now
another trial awaited us. Lou Linden
mcyer's father heard of a lucrative po
sition in tho West, and as he hail for a
long timo thought seriously of moving
to one of tbo Western States, ho decided
that a better opportunity would never
offer, and attera tew weeks' preparation,
the family left for a far distant State.
Lou was almost broken-hearted at leav
ing all the friends whom she had known
and loved for so many years; audit was
with many tears apd sobs that we saw
her leave.
Lily Armbrutar moved to a different
part of the city, and our pleasant party
was completely broken up.
Kate's health returned slowly, and du
ring her convalescence she had timo to
turn her thoughts to subjects that she had
hitherto disregarded; and on her recov
ery, to the siiqirise ot every one, united
herself with the church. She is still a
merry, light-hearted girl, but her wild
spirits are toned down, and her expres
sion betokens a mind at peace.
I am sorry to say "Our Novel" was
never written, and the public little dream
what they have lost. No doubt it would
have created a sensation in the literary
world ; but, alas
"Of ahead wordof tousle andiicn,
Thi-NvMnt are-tutae: 'It inig'it line betn.' "
A Beautiful Castaway.
. A correspondent of tho Xcw York
Times tells the following s-ad story of
what he saw in one of the wretched ten
ement houses, which abound in the me
tropolis: As wo passed up the stairway we met
a fair young girl poorly clothed and hag
gard from debauchery. Her long, flow
ing, flaxen hair, blue eyes, tine white
teeth, good features, and slender grace
ful figure looked strangely out of place
amid such surroundings. The detective
suddenly grasped her arm. She slopped
and turned toward us with a startled ex
pression. "What have I done? Doyou
wantine?" she gasped. "No, Mag. But
what are you doing here ? Do you live
here now? " he asked. " o, sir. I only
stayed here this morning. 1 don't lice
anywhere. 1 only (lay, you know. 1
was out all night, and Mrs. up stairs
let mclay on the straw for a little Iecp,"
she answered. ." Why don't you go home,
Mag? What are you knocking around
such a place for? You are atreeent look
ing girl. Can't you get work and earn
your jiving?" "Homo?" she. almost
screamed. " Home ! I did know what that
w:is once. But now, noic pshaw, what's
the ue; Let 1110 go, please:
There was a wild light in her eve and
a tone to her voice, and a tremor iu her
features, that rooted us to tho spot ami
brought tears to our eyes.
"Work didn't 1 try to work, and
didn't they find out what happened me,
and wasn't I called a , and discharg
ed from every plate? No one would
give inea chance, and when I tirt went
home didn't my uncle tell me to clear
out and go to ? and that's the 011K
place I can go to!" she continued, with
a half-hysterical laugh. " Never mind,
Mag; be an honest girl and do the best
3-011 can," said the officer, and she diap-
1 (fared down the stairs with a hoiitid.
An old woman was leaning over the
banisters, und overheard our conversa
tion. She turned toward lis as we reach
ed the next landing, and said: "There
was a good nice, girl once. Bulshe amc
here from the country for work, and she
was looking lor lodging nt night, when
two men told her to come in here and
they would show her a cheap boarding
house. Vt lien she got in a dark plate
thev knocked her down. Sho didn't
make much noise, and voli can guess the
rest yourselves. Those two devils left
her most dead faint, and since then sho's
gone troni bad to worse." "Can this be
true?" we asked. "True! WI13- vou
needn't wonder at ar.y kind of deviltry
that happens in these places. If yon
traveled around this ward much yui
hear a great many strango stories I " re
plied the officer.
A Fight With a Hattlesxake. A .Min
nesota paper, tho Lancsboro Herald, of
J 1113- 4th, sa3s : " .Last week ftumlay, as a
Norwegian girl, living some four miles
lrom this place, was walking along the
road, she passed directly in front of, and
close to, a huge rattlesnake that was just
coining out of the grass into the road.
This unceremonious action seemed to
make his snakcship vciy wroth, ami he
immediate- sounded the battle alarm l3'
rattling his gong. The girl well knew
the sound, and turned to ascertain the
location of her ugK- foe, which she soon
did, and, instead of rsnning, screaming
or fainting, looked about for something
with which to defend herself. She could
find nothing, nor had sho a long time to
look, for the snake, with eyes glistening,
rattles in motion, mouth widco-ren, and
his tongue darting back and forth, was
close upon her. Bat sho was pluck to
the back bone, and did not pro)tKC to
surrender tho field without a fight in
fact, retreat was out of the question, for
the snake was now within arm's reach
of her so, keeping her eye rtea-Iilv on
the snake's head, sho commenced tho fight
with her foot, moving it back arid forth,
up and down in every direction, the
snake following the motions with his
head to get a chance to bite. The r
formancu lasted but pcrhas a minute
hoars to Ler when, by a quick move
ment, hc got the advantage, and down
came the foot and hcavyhoe upon the
snake's hca.1, where she held him until
he was dead. .She found a tone and
pounded off the rattlea, and slia ays it
was the largest rattle aake tJiccvcraaw."
The fallowing letter, according to asrir
rational ista, "jak volames," was jack
ed op in -the streets of HJoomrBto, 1 11-,
the other day: " Dearest (L, Yoar booU
are iaside the gardca feacr, at the soUa
east corner, under a piece of old carpet.
Dea'tcome aay more, for. haarea's sake.
Thoolemaa swears aVU UowtWtea
oyMr head off. Yyarafcctioa rta RT
J. C.lkidtiJaridyasaryamlrtilrr.
Female lalicace aad Kscrj-j.
I have noticed, -03-8 Washington Ir
ving, that a married man falling into
misfortune is more apt to retrieve his
situation in the world than a single one,
chiefly because his spirits are soothed
and relieed by domestic endearment,
and self-respect kept alive by finding
that alt hough all abroad bo darkness and
humiliation, .v-et there is still a little
world of love at home, of which he is a
monarch. Whereas, a single man is apt
to run to waste and self-neglect, to fall to
ruins, like some deserted mansion, for
want of an inhabitant. 1 have often
had occasion to remark the fortitude
with which women sustain the most
over-whelming reverse of fortune.
Those disasters which break down the
spirit of man, and prostrate him in tho
dust, seem to call forth all tho energies
of the softer sex, and give such intrepid
ity and elevation to their character that
at times approaches to sublimity. No
thing can bo more touching than to be
hold a soft and tendor leinale, who had
been all weakness and dependence, and
alive to all trivial roughness while tread
ing prosperous, paths of life, suddenly
rising in mental force to be tho comfort
er and supporter of her husband under
misfortune, guarding him, with un
shrinking firmness, from the bitterest
blast of adversity. As the vino which
has long twined its loliage about tho
oak, and has been lifted h" it in sunshine,
will, when the hardy plant is rifted ly
tho thunderbolt cling round it with its
caressing tendrils, ami bind up iLs shat
tered bough ; so, too, it is beautifully or
dained l3 Providence that woman, who
is the ornament and dependent of man
in his happiest hours, should be his stay
and Milaco when smitten wilh sudden
calamity, winding her self into the ca
ressesof his nature, tenderly supporting
the dropping head and binding up the
broken heart.
A liAiiY Asckxps Four Miles i.n a Ual
loo.n, Alone. The Utica, New York,
JYcTiiM savs : " Trofessor houire giv
a thrilling account of the ascension made
at I'oughkeepsie on the Fourth. Pro
fessor Squire went up in tho Atlantic. A
Miss Thurston went up iu another Lai
loon at the same time. The two started
together from L'oughkcepsie. Squire
ascended nearly to the clouds; then see
ing that Miss Thurston was not follow
ing him very fast, he descended, intend
ing to tell her to throw out ballast. He
fore ho coiihl get near enough to give
any directions, she cist overboard the
contents of o ne sand bag; this was fol
lowed immediately bv the tontents of
another. She then went into the cloinls
and out of sight of her fellow aeronaut.
and out of sight of thoe on earth, of
course. Professor .Sum re says, "she
went up like a rocket, and out of sight
almost instantly." Squire allowed the
Atlantic to drift under the ( loud-, and in
sight of the earth until over Hvdc Park,
lour Miles above PotighkeopMe. I hen
he threw out sand and went up through
ineilomis mio me clear suniigiii. -lie
savn he must have asi ended nearly hall
a mile above the clouds before he caught
sight of Mi-s Thurston's balloon. 1 In
balloon was then far above htm, and look
ed "no larger than a gentleman's hat."
Of course he could not see the lady at
all at that distance. Jle is ol the opin
ion that tho lady was at least four mtles
from earth. She says that the air was so
cold and rare that the pain in her ars
and eyes was so great that she ' oiild only
pull the valve cord by winding it around
her arm and throwing her weight 011 it
Miss Thurton, who, by the way has an
other namu in society, is nineteen year
of age, well cdiicateJ, and .1 student ata
prominent institution ot learning. Notic
ed her friends, .save her mother, knew
tliat she was to try to mana c a oailoou
alone on that day. She is the niece (f a
late balloonist, in his day the moat (tar
ing in tbo country, and has made, about
twenty ascensions with him during his
lif. This washer first trip alone. She
has long been acquainted with I'rofecir
Squire, and it is tnorothan probable will
again mako another ascension under bin
direction during the season.
A ISemakkaulk Srsixo. Silver Spring,
, -, ..j-.i ... - ;
riomia, is ono 01 me grcaiou cunoi
tiet inthcSouth. It btirts forth in the
midst of the most fertile portion of the
Stale. It bubbles up in a bain uuar
onc hundred feet deep, and al-out an
acre in extent, "ending from it a dccji
stream from sixty to ono bumln-I feet
wide, and extending six or i'jil mile
to the Ociawaha mcr. In the pnn;
itaclf fifty boats may lie at anchor
quite a fleet. The spring thu fornu a
natural island port, to wide h three U-aiii-
cr now run regularly lrom nu joint,
making close conncctfona with the cean
steamers at Pilatka. The clcarnens of
the water is truly wonderful. It accras
even more transparent than air. You
ec in the bottom of the spring, more
titan eighty feet lelow yotir l-oat, the ex
act form of tho ma!lct j.rbbl, tlie out
line and color of tint leaf that Iim aank,
aad all prismatic collur ot the rainbow,
arc reflected- Large fish -tm in it, ev
ery scale i risible, and every movement
di'tinetly wen. Il you go to the r priug
in a boat, you ec the bus ansa in the rock
from width the river pours ajra-ard Iiko
an inverted eaUract-
JjBpjio a wan and a girl wcro mar
ried ; and which i, of cure itnj"ible
that at the time of hymenial contract,
the man was thirty .five years old aad
the girl five; which make the man sev
en mac xs old a the girL Tbcv hvc
together until thegirl.U tern year--thi
makes lota lorty years oii, ana uar
timcs as old as tic" girl ; ih-cy live until
aha is fiftf-en, and the man being forty
five this cukes the man three tirse a,
old; they still live antil jb? U thirty
UiisiaalaM the mau ixty duly twice
as eld. Aid aow, a we kivcVt tiisc
la work mjsjaffji-rhayi Mme aae will he
good cnifija' to Ull tu how !og they
wuau mmm w ao
as c4d as
aw USce leva a Well.
It is not generally' known how eas3 a
matter it is to explore the bottom of a
well, cistern or pond of water by tho
use ot the common mirror, vt hen the
sun is shining linghtly, hold a mirror so
tliat the reflected rav's of light will fall
into the water. A bright spot will be
seen at the bottom so light that tho
smallest object will be shown plainly.
uy this means we have examined the
liottoins of wells fify feet deep, when
half full or more of water. The .small
est straw, or other objects, can !e por
fettly seen from the surface. In the
same wa 0110 can examine tho Iniltoia
of the ponds and rivers, if tho water be
somen hat clear and not agitate! bv Un
winds or rapid motion. U a well or
cistern lie .inder cover, or shaded by- a
building so that the sunlight will "not
fall near the opening, it is 011I3- necessary-
to employ two mirrors, using ono to
reflect the light to thu opening, and the
other to reflect tloun into tho water.
Light may bo thrown fifty or a hundred
yards to a precise spot desirable, and
then downward. We have used tho mir
ror with success to reflect light around tho
house to a shaded well, and also to car
ry it from the south window, through
two rooms, and then into a cistern un
der the north side of the house. Haifa
dozen reflections ol Iighs may bo made,
though each mirror diminishes tho liril
uruy of the liht. Let any one not fa
miliar w ith the method try ft, and he will
not only find a useful, but 11 plcawnt on
perimeuL It will, perhaps, reveal a
mass ot sediment at the. Iiollom ot tho
well, thai has been but little thought ot,
but which may hae been 11 frightful
source of disease bv its decay in tho wa
The Adtritf rati of Tea.
The liritish consul at Shanghai has re
cently made an interesting reiMirt 011 tbo
subject of the adulteration ofjea in Chi
na, which report has just been presented
iu parliament. Thu Hritiidi consul, Mr.
Medhurst, says that the villagers near
Foo Chow and other places bavo plant
ed the banks of the creeks with willows,
tho young leaves of which are collected
in tho spring, and so successfully and in
eniously manipulated as to make them
resemble genuine tea leaves. Tim wil
low leaves thus treated, uro then convey
ed to Shanghai and mixed with tho real
tea, in tho proportion of from ten to
twenty per cent. It Is, however, stated
that for many years the poorer classes of
Shanghai have drank tho infmtionof wil
low leacs instead of tea, thu latter being
too expentive for their use. According
to estimates made, bvkeen observers last
year, there wcao at Ken 100,000 lbs. of
wiilow leaves mixed with thotenthatwM
exported from Shanghai. Tho flavor of
the w illow leaves have no rencinblciuu to
that of any known variety of tea, but
the use of the Infusion obtained from
them, it is stated, docs not produced any
injuroiiH effects. Iu this re-qicrt, there
fore, willow leaves aro preferabto to tin
poisonous rubbish sold in tin great tea
markets oflondon under the name of
"Maloo mixture." The Knglish jour
nals report the M-izuro, in the jxirt of
London, of a voso1Ik containing a cargo
of two hundred thousand mundsof pu
rioux Congou tea. The authorities tato
that the iitcauro was adopted to prevent
tho " poisonous compound" from lieing
sold to the public.
Tho following letter was written in
lh(U to Col. ludial!, of the Mth Alabama
regiment, while A'allaiidighaiii was in thu
Pouth :
"You Hunulo correctly when you
say that you lielioio 1110 to ! friend
oftho South iu bcrntrugglo forfrcsxhin.
My feelings have liecn publicly cxpro(S
ird in my ow n country, 111 that quotation
from lyonl Chatham" nty Ixinl", you
cannot conquer America." There U not
a drop of Puritan blood In my vcina
I hate, dcapiao and defy tho tyrannical
government whi'h lias rnt tne among
you for myopinionsVakc, and ahall nev
er give it my fupj-ort mi its rruad- up
on your institution". Hut you aro n?t
Likrn v. hen ou ay thcro are but few
such in tho United State-, North. Tbou
raniW are tin re who would cj-eak out
but for the military dopotbun that stran
gles them. Although tho cotit-t ha
been, and will cohtlnncf 1 lie, a bloody
one, yon have but to pn-H-rTe,std tho
victory will surely bo your. Yon tnaat
tnkc'hoino! The fortMt -road Uipea
is the bloodiest enc. Yon ju havo
your own terms by gaining the battle
in our enemy's noil.
" Accept my regard for yoar trorr-
al welfare, and trine-re thanks for yoar
kind srubti in. my bvbair, ana Hoping
and praying for the ultimate caum- in
which rou are fighting, bclicm me, a
over your friend, C. la. Vallaiioiuw.
IL I. Mnnvm Is a pendatent Yankc,
a native of WilUtown, Vt., who has de
vote! tun of hi fbr-sKtin year to ths
arhbrrcrnent of taaking a tdotk m-at U-
more complM-atoIIy ingtfdoas than
Straaboort? timo-i.fece: and raatJy m
M-rvbiabb. It raini rljjht days aad la
dud mark" the ind, minau, hoar and
day of the wtsr-k, xitofiUt, aad yrar; m
thcrmomctrr reU againt its pendiilasB,
giving the alate ortctBperalare; the ball
of tho pctiduloxa contain a mfatatarc
Ume-pie, which derive its eotfv
power n-lely front its vibratlaff poailloa
tfearau- time ; wkh lh thnra 1 a de
lightful muiical apparal, wbh !
an air at tbo ted of rack hour, aad it k)
piotuly prccontrirril wtwto play oatjr
aacred taMe oa Sunday, brgiftidnr asai
ending with thi. - Daxdiry'''Oa aa
tionsi iuAidtrm m aiia aradiw.i-d
atnotltailr ' w Vaahaa ludJr, te.
This woaderfot utaavpw prsaeata
black waiaat fnA tea ! , xwf
inchoa wide and tern drj, aad Is rmaai
ludrtd with r-ndai- a-ndMrurk aadaa-
lioaal desiga.
, . '
Laagaage was giv! l a
-Bight y pteasaM thajf M
ac ciUatrr.

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