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LEPTIEX, WiiteliHiakcr and Jeweler^ 1 DES ARC, ARKANSAS. ! rAM NOW PREPARED TO DO ALL kinds of work in my liue. Mead ! iug, Cleaning. &c. * -Thankful for past favors, I solicit a cootinuanoe of the patronage heretofore be stowed on me. f«b2$-ff milB UNDERSIGNED HAVING ArA 1 opened a VIoilst> of Enter- JiijL lalnilirnt, on Buena Vista Street, near the Steamboat Laudiug, for the accommoda tion of . TRAVELERS AND BOARDERS, By the day, week, or month, solicit, the p»t- ' ronage of those rieiliug Des Arc. The fere’ ! will he a. good aa the market affovda, and Items moderate. ) Give me a trial, and 1 will endcarar to give ! eatiBfaetion. BKXJA IX 1IAYLEY ft,., \rr Vr)c . March 1**7 —1-rn D4ttK\i;SS. BY AGNES LEON ARD. When the twilight curtains fluttered Slow adown the shadowed sky, In my heart a groan was uttered For an idle dream gone by. And I fanoied that the suDset Trailed its banners o’er a cloud. With a motioti in the night wind, Like the rustling of a shroud. Day bath faded and the darkness Seems of my deep soul a part; Darkness, and no hope of morning For the midnight in my heart Ah ! the wild tumultuous paspion Of this angry thwarted pain , Ah! the many bitter fancies Heeling ever through my brain. Dream I cherished, Hope I nurtured. Falsest of all falser things. With .the grasp of tiend-IUt^ tortures To my heart thy memory clings. Memory that stern pride is crushing In the ashes of despair. Bluttedout Love’s golden record From my life-page blank and bare. Blessed Sorrow fold me closer, Thou at least art not estranged; Thou at least arc constant ever, All but thee grim Time hath chang'd Strengthen me, oh patient Sorrow ; Gourage, Peace and Wisdom lend For the lonely, coming morrow, Oh most faithful earthly friend. Thou hast taught me many lessons, Teach mo now one lesson tuuri, Lead me by thy rugged by-ways PI carer to Inc Heavenly snare. Patient teacher, pallid sorrow ; blessed angel in disguise, Thou wilt teach my spirit-pinions High and higher yet to rise. A DESPEItAI'E CHANCE! lit Charles Porter Scmxek. CHAPTER I. •'The infernal serpent.' he it was who. ■ guile. Stirred up with envy and revenge, deceived " —Paradise Post. Why 1 have non- resolved to disclose a secret buried in my own breast for thirty years it boots not to tell. Per haps it may be from mere recklessness, for I am ft desperate man. and, though none have suspected it, l have been so: for more than half my Jile. lie the motive tvhat it may, I alii resolved, ai.d, if the effort result in tortures potent to [-end asunder the Inst (Votl Miro»A oi*mg ife, 1 will fulfill that i impose. That I am guilty this confession will | imply prove, nor does it palliate my guilt that I was tempted. Vet K m i it , well to state £hc nature of my tempta- i don, for I solemnly believe that uo mortal ever suffered the same terrible ' L-xperiene*. It. is, in fact, my deliber itc conviction that a veritable fiend,, .'ommissioned by Satan himself for | Ibis very design, encompassed my de struction. Not in the spirit did this ! demon haunt me, but as a human be-, ing like myself; warm, broaching, baudsothe, flesh and blood—but none 1 the loss a devil! h'or half a score of years lie was niy bosom friend. I fairly worshipped him, and fondly be lieved that his love for me was as a shield of triple bra>s. And yet J killed him ! Let me tell my tale. * * * * * * IS'y name—or rather tho name 1 j choose to use in this confession—is i Walter Carlisle. Left an orphan at an early age, 1 succeeded to a moderate inheritance, and was adopted by my maternal uncle, Jason Wilmer. My guardian was a childless widower, and pleaded with me in infancy, determin ed, when 1 thus became dependent on his protection, to educate me as his heir. He was a merchant of great wealth and high standing, and, beside my sell', loved nothing on tho earth so | much ns the good name of his comnier- j cial lionse. In this, however, there was nothing sellish or miserly—for he 1 was charitable to a fault, and all who knew him blessed him for his kind heart and open hand—but he was jeal ous of the honor ills firm had acquired in the business world, and regretted bitterly, till ho adopted me, that he had do direct descendant who would per-J petnato its probity and importance | when he should pass away. When I came to him he fondly hoped that, at last, lie had found a fitting sub stitute for a son, who would fulfill his cherished ambition. Accordingly he resolved, oven in my boyhood, that 1 should succeed him, not only' in bis wealth, but iu ids name and business. I was to be Carlisle Wilmer, when 1 dime into possession at his death, and j tiie name of the firm was to remain unaltered ; his will, which he executed when he adopted tue, expressly provi ding that I should not inherit unless I carried on the business. A new life opened to him when lie1 had thus decided on educating me for , the position which lie hoped I would worthily till when he was gone. My 1 youth was one of fair promise, and ere long lie grew to love me as if 1 had been, indeed, his son. In those days ot innocence—In fact until the tempter and my crimes had changed my very nature—I returned his love. I rever-! euced him as my father, and as a bright example whose course I was to follow. Had any prophet whispered in mv ear, while I was thus grateful and free from sin, that 1 should one day be the asp in bia cup of joy to stiug him unto death, 1 should have laughed the oracle to scorn and considered him a madman ! Time passed ; my school education was completed, and I was introduced into the counting-house to undergo that thorough course of mercantile training which wits to tit me for ni> important position in the future. No pains were spared to induct me com pletely into the mysteries of commer cial science; but my adoptive lather was a shrewd man of the world and knew full well that youth was the time for enjoyment. I was, therefore, by no means closely confined during the first years of tuv probation, Mr. Wil mer justly arguing that my love for business must be gradually imbibed, that I might never consider it irksome through the memory of any hardship in ray apprenticeship. Accordingly I shared freely in the pVcnsures of those youths of my own age whom he per mitted me to know, bis only censor ship consisting in the choice of worthy companions for me, and my allowance in money was more liberal than that of any of my young friends. Those were halcyon days indeed, and until I attained the age of eighteen I never know a care. At that ago I was fulfilling his utmost wishes; I had never done a wrong wilfully; 1 was steadily acquiring a taste for mercan tile life and became strictly attentive toils duties; and, as 1 have said, I loved and reverenced ldm beyond all the world. There seemed to be no single cloud upon the bright horizon of my life, and could I have chosen ray own lot ere I was born, knowing and feeling what I did then, I would not have chosen differently. Tint the dark (Jays wore swiftly coming nevertheless, arid 1 must turn from the only pleasant retrospection in my life to chronicle their advent. llow and when I first met Arthur de Chargin' is briefly related. It was on the occasion of the celebration of my nineteenth birtl day. 1 had been din ing at my uncle’s country-house, and, when returning to the city at night, my horse took fright at a passing wag on. Taking the bit between his teeth ho dashed furiously down a steep hill at the foot of which ran a mountain torrent, swift, deep and impassable! I gave myself tip for lost and shut my eyes to meet niv death blindly. The frantic steed mailed on; there was a sudden check to his career, a violent slioek to mvsclf, and a loud shout ring ing in iny bewildered ear. When I re p,,.;,,,..! .»}• suii'-uasii: triou 1 found n>> self lying on the bank of the furious torrent, and bending over me 1 saw, by the lig' : of a small lantern which he held in hi. Land, the Ilian who had save I me .Vom a cruel death. Saved me, ales! from mortal peril only to condemn me t Immortal lortiient! I never knew uxaolly how ho had preserved mo; tlio simple tact wa cnoujfh. and from that moment 1 vow ed to him an eternal friendship. That it was e.-eie w irh no little peril to him self. was manifest in a broken arm, w'yicli hung helpless at his side, and the mangled body of niv steed, which had plunged to its death upon the rocks in the bed ot the stream. Recovering myself almost immediately 1 became his assistant, and in due time we reached a roadside tavern where the services of a surgeon were obtained and his injured arm was set. 1 imu nun .mf'j'jdmiumv vi uowi v ing llie personal appearance of him who had thus rescued ino from de struction, and found much to com mend both in that and itis manner. * He was evidently a gentleman, plainly but richly dressed, and having about him that air of savior-vivre which denotes birth and high-breeding His person was ot tlie middle bright, well-formed and graceful, though possessing great strength. Ills hate and military whis kers were coal black, his eyes of the same hue and of piercing brilliancy, w hile the rest of his features were per fectly regular and striking, lie was, in fact, a very haul, some man, in the prime of life, and in every way calcu lated to please. His most singular and inipressive attribute, however, was the wonderful variety of expression of which iris face was capable, and 1 tun at a loss either to describe this charac teristic or.lo explain its extraordinary influence upon myself. lit ordinary moods this expression was one of gentle seriousness; lie might thru have been deemed a phi lanthropist wtiosc only cure was the welfare of his fellow-men. In his hours of love and tenderness his lace became that of a seraph,; ids soft glan ces intoxicated; his smile was ravish ing, and his whole aspect a potent spell to fascinate and enthrall the ob ject of his regard. When rage flamed upward from his fiery heart, oh, lieav cu 1 w hut a transformation! still grandly beautiful, his countenance be came the epitome of wrath. Light uiugs flushed from Ins glowing eyes, bis delicate lips were the seat of a scorn unutterable, and his lofty brow the throne of a frown us majestic and ominous as that of dove himself. None who incurved his anger over forgot that baleful look, and few bad the courage to withstand it. But though these sentence*may seem exaggerated—and rather to depict the attributes of a god than a man—there was one other expression that he often wore which changed hia countenance to that of a very •end I It never lost its beauty or its fascination, but in this mood that loveliness became demonlao —the unearthly splendor shilling from the visage of the i’riuee of Evil! The truth was that this seeming seraph was »b stheis' snd scoffer! No religion of any kind ever found a [dare in Ids set ish, icy heart, and Ids whole life was t continual and deadly battle again* : God and virtue. Nothing of hollneei or good could he mentioned in hi: presence without calling that awftt look to his face, tliat daiiiuiug sneer t< Ids scornful lip. It transformed him as I have said, to the immediate like 1 ness of the. star that fell from heaven the semblance of that arch-angel, who in his pride, rebelled against Omnipo tence, and became a serpent to fasci nate and destroy mankind! It must not be imagined that I dis cerned this fearful phase of his eharac ter at once. Many years passed ere 1 guessed it even, and I never knew bin thoroughly until the moment ot hit | death at my hand I In the meantimi he had ensnared my soul through hii supernatural beauty and his winning subtle tnanner; so that I believe 1 should have been his slave even bad I realised the full extent of the evil ir liie nature. I have been thus magnilo quent in endeavoring to describe bin; because the greatest words are too fee ble to convey an adequate idea of hit extraordinary attractions, and the ter rible power of the enchantment which pervaded his whole being. Even when I was fully aware that his counsels anil his example wore leading me to mortal sin, I was powerless to escape the mys terious influence he exercised, and, with my eye? wide open, l deliberately followed him to my doom ! God grant Ih.-it earth mav never more he visited by such an incarnate devil I During his convalescence from tlie injury he had received in reselling me from death, on the night when first we met, I learned all that 1 ever knew ot his birth and previous history. Ac cording to ilia own story—which I never had cause to doubt—Arthur de < hargiiy was Tiie only son oi i French noble who had been guillotined during the Hcign of Terror, and whose family had been forced to fly from France. Ar'tiurnnri bis mother alone reached the United Suites, anil within the year after his arrival lie iv i» left an orphan. They had been able to bring with tbelli a lew family diamonds, tho ile ot which had produced barely enough to provide an income adequate to supply a miserable subsidence. At his mo ther s death this small inronio reverted to him and; as he said, lie bad found ii Midicicnt loV bis Wniirs. i it .ii in o at terward that tbi« pittance by no means formed bis sole resource; what be re ally depended upon will appear soon. Ile was but an infant when bis mother fled from Frame, and when ! met him lie had reached the age of thirty. The particulars of liis intervening life 1 ,it cCl- learned, hut what it had been may lie conjectured from that which I sill about u* l"!is|c of bis suscijiiirnr career. From the hour of our first acquaint ance we became inseparable. I have already shown wliv l became devoted to him ; his motives for cultivating' »u great an iufimney with a mere boy, as I was llicit, will shortly bo painfully apparent, 1 need not dwell on our earlier intercourse, further than to say tl. it I introduced llilll into UlVOWUcil' ele of friends. and even to my uncle-., house and table. In every situation he made a favorable impression and gnin ed friends. He was too consummate a hypocrite ever to allow the most virtu ous to suspect his real character. Among bis most extiftordinary quali ties was that of au inexhaustible pa tience. "Featina lente’ was ids motto, and he never attempted a coup do main when cunning subtlety would answer his purpose. ) have reason to suppose that he coolly determined to use me as his tool, and effect my ruin while hr built up his own fortunes, almost in the very hour we met, or at least as soon afterward as lie discovered my position in society and future expecta tions. Nevertheless he neither by hint or action ever allowed me even to sus pect such u design. Through many years of the close intimacy between u iiis only effort was to gradually under mine my morality and corrupt my ideas of religion and sin. Not openly, not even frequently, but by a long, pa tient course of sophistry, the sly cam ping of which would have done ltonot to the arch tempter himself. It was a masterly plan, and at last hit untiring perseverance hud its reward. By degrees I began to scoff'at straight laced morality louder than lie cvet dared to do. Gradually the restraints of religion gave way before the assattlti of a cynical phi losophy that was tin creed of n fiend, and, finally, though I knew it not. I was worse than tin • tempter in my utter infidelity »tid con tempt of all that was virtuous and in uocent. The change was very slow but not the less real and complete, am in secret my destroyer, doubtless, sun* pawns of triumph as he exulted in my certain downfall. Thus nearly tei years passed away , ami then, tlndini me ripe for his terrible purpose, my evil mentor prepared and presentee before me my first temptation! Helena Montlordl daughter of tin Graces, twin sister to the sirens—-lhoi Circe who betrayed y et loved me—how shall I describe thee? * Oh, cuauiag enemy, that to catch a salat With saint, didst bait tby hook’ most dan fpvrous is that temptation that doth goad us on To sin. in loving virtue!" And to me she was a saint; will al ways be one—In my memory. Foi though 1 knew her now to have beet the viWt of the rile most false of at things treacherous—I also know that site was tempted, ruined, and betrayed, even as 1 was, by that subtle devil: and in my heart 1 hold her, as 1 held her at first, "Fairest and loveliest of created things, by our great Author in the image formed Of ills celestial glory, and designed To be man's solace." Yes, she was beautiful, hi ore beauti ful than tlie Homan s queen, for whom he lost a world! fairer than psyche, whom the god of Love himself adored! more witching than Ontphale, for the love of whom the god of Strength be came an abject slave and twirled the distaff! Her eyes were crystals cut from heaven's azure,gleaming with the light of radiant stars ; her tresses were like threads of ruddy, woven gold flowing around a brow and throat of snow-drift whiteness! Her cheeks were peach-blooms scattered on that self-same snow-drift, and her lips! "The upper one was thill. Compared to that was next her elliu, Some bee had stung it newly." Imagine such a goddess, perfect in every outline of a graceful f orm, in ev ery lineament of a heavenly face, and wonder not at my enchantment; for j such,Indeed, was the Dejaniru destined ' hv my destroyer to enfold me in the poisoned tunic of the Centaur Crime, and well was she chosen for the fatal task. Thoroughly trained in every po lite accomplishment, her wonderful talents enhanced and developed by all the resources of education, perfect in p VP I* v art of fiP(1fit'tin:i Mini kii norm* 11 v powerful iu the majesty of tier glorious beauty, she dazzled and intoxicated me from »he very first, and ere long held mo enchained in bonds l was impotent to resvd rounder. Nor did I desire to escape Iter thral dom. Having brought us together—in such a way that I never dreamed he bad aught to do with her beyond a common friendship—he soon saw that I was at her mercy, and left her to com plete the evil work he bad -o patiently begun, t.'ontldeot that she would not fail him—for lie held Iter bouud in stronger chains than she held me—lip was content to resume his devilish pa tience and look silently on while the work of death went forward ! 1 was fully aware, from my first in troduction to her. that she had parted with her brightest jewel, houbr-though 1 knew not that he was her seducer— but, as 1 have said, virtue bud already hoeti made to appear a mere name to me, atid her unfortunate position in the world only hastened her triumph over me. It did not surprise me, therefore, to tin ! that she was leagued with game sters and knaves in her struggle with the world, and before long my blunted COUse'cti.'c uttered no warning when I beheld her joiu with them iu acts of ; fraud, "be did not let me .see this till l was helpless in her toils, and then I did not shudder at the revelation. When I became her acknowledged lover, L>e Chargny threw off the mask, and I knew, for the first time iuo.ur in tercourse, how my friend really lived. He w as ail accomplished and most skill ful gamester, a robber of dupes, a cheat, and an arrant knave. Strange to gay, | even this knowledge lessened not my friend-bin or rnv a .1 in i ral ion fur him Uis sly. patient corruption of my mor al nuttii'c had been so thorough, though so insidious, that 1 was not shocked at his turpitude, blit rather exulted in ids cleverness, lie had blinded me with fair-seeming sophistry till 1 deemed sin merely a cant title for superior shrewdness, a bugbear hv which hypo crites endeavored to frighten fools from following in their footsteps. Uis fear ful work had been well done, and now, unknown to me, lie began to reap the harvest! I l'p to this time t had suffered neith er in purse or position through my in timacy with him. Before the world he bore an immaculate character, and he had taken special care uot to allow a whisper of iiis real lile to reach the cir cle in which I moved. He had never tempted me to neglect my business du ties, but rather cucounag'ed nte to per severe iu them, and iu my uncle’s eyes De Chargny was the very guide, of all the world, to be chosen for his adopted son to follow. How doubly blind we are us to the motives and real charac ters of our moat intimate associates! But now the cloak was thrown aside, to me at least, and the reward he hud so long toiled for within his grasp. Even now, however, he did not let me perceive tliut lie had aught to do with niv ruin. Through all, until the very last, i believed him niv true friend, and honored him more and more for the advice by which he appeared to endea vor to arrest ray downward course, though In reality, by arousing iu my breast a foolish spirit of opposition, it tended only to accelerate my fall, lie was a patient fiend, as 1 have said, aud did naught without design, f I cannot dwell on this period of my Ufe, nor it there need. Mere worldly ruin is blit an atom in the mountain of evil my awful story must yet disclose. Let it be br.efly said that, led on by the triple fascination of my dearest friend’s example, the enchanting lures of the divinity I worshiped more than aught iu heaven or on earth, and the terrible pa -ion which gaming ever excites iu its votaries. I became a gambler iu the most desperate sense of the w ord—and at llio age. of thirty, ten years after I first met De Chargnv. I stood before the accursed altar of chance, stripped : of every farthing of niv paternal iiihcf itunre, and ripe, in my freuzy, to fol low any devil's counsel that should first salute rny ear! Nor was that counsel wanting. At my elbow stood tbo fiend himself, and by bis side a siren only too ready to confirm bis atrocious Jesuitry, and sing my startled conscience into sleep by the melody of as angel’s voice issuing from the lips of an accursed sorceress! [to be continued.] Strung* Unman Monstrosity. From the Nashville Union we take the following : A medical lrlcnd reports having seen within the past week, while travelling through the southern portion of Lincoln I county, a most wonderful human monstros ity. It is a well developed white child, of some' ten years of age, walking, talking, eating, etc., in the most approved juvenile | manner, with a third arm growing from its back, immediately between the should ers This arm, as it is called, is no flabby, useless excrescence, as is common in such freaks of nature, but a healthy, well de : fined limb, with separate and appropriate l bones, joints, muscles, etc., and applied by its little owner to a number ol strange uses. In the center of a plate of bone ! permanently uuiting the shoulder blades, is the socket or first joint, permitting the limb to be moved freely in all directions, by means of several powerful and strange ly complicated muscles. From the socket extends a largo triangular bono, or three small bones combined—perfectly straight, and about 5? inches in length, terminatim? in a short, flexible wrist, upon which close ly fils the hand. This hand, is somewhat in the shape, and about the size of an or dinary funnel, with d fingcr-like projec tions, at equal distances about the rim The lingers have claw-like nails, joints, etc., and possesses the power of opening and closing as in the ordinary hand, their grip, however, being much more powerful. The palm, which seeds already hardened by use, recedes into the wrist, leaving a small opening, from which constantly oozes a dark mucus discharge entirely de void of smell. At a word from its mother, the child bided and carried about with its strange member a small chair, and other unwieldy articles—susnemled itself from the doctors walking stick, and went through a num ber of evolutions, which would put to blush a well-trained monkey. The doctor candidly declares that he deems the case not deformity, and that the limb, being perfect, and harmonizing with the entire body, is nothing more nor less than a designed addition to it, by its great Author, ami this little boy’s birth has cre ated a blank in natural history. That he is not of the genus homo, is certain, but wh»‘her his strange species will lie per petuated or not is a question for the learn ed to di cuss, and for time to determine. Very lew are aware of the existence of this wonderful being, even in the neigh borhood where his parents are said to re side, - ♦ — — — Jo.sti Ultliugsiuma. It strains a man s philosophee the wust kind tew latl'when lie gits beat. Awl uv us koniplain uv the short uuss uv life, yet wo nwi wast more time than we uze. Don't mistake arrogause fur wisdom, meuny peple hav tho’t tha wuz wize when tha wuz onla windy, j The mau who kan t git ahed without ; pul 1 in others hack is a worry limited cuss. The principal differtneo between a luxury and a necessary i* tlie price. Wheuover tho soul is in grief it is i taking root. “(live the devil his due," but be care ful there ain’t much due him. I Afler a man lias rode fast oust lie j never wants to go slow agin, i Faith that is founded on an earnest and a truthful eouvickshuu is beautiful 10 behold, hut luith that is founded i siinplu by courage ain’t euuythiug | more than good grit. Evra joy lias its twin; the fun uv 1 scrulchin almost pays for having the eaeh. I Those famllys who are really fust I class never afraid that tha shall git cheated out uv their respeektability, while the eodtish family* are always nervous lest tha mite. it won’t do to stir up a man when lie is thinking entiy more than it will a pan uv milk when the cream is rising. F is easy enough to "raise the devil, but he is a hard crop to l eap. The only sure restpee tew govern mankind with is lire rod j you may fes toon it with flowers and case it with velvet if you piezo, but it is the rod af ter awl that does the business. tVe ar told that a contented man is ! happy, and we might hav bin told at the same time that a mud turtle could 1 tly if it onla had wings. |*jr“\Vhat are you about, you black rascal? Twice have you roused me ; from my sound sleep to tell me that breakfast is ready, and now you’ve awoke me by Attempting to pull otr the bedclothes 1 What the deuce do >ou mean? “"Why massa, if yon isn’t going to get up. I mu* hah de sheet anyhow, “ease dey’r waitin for dc tabl# clof!’’ *aj-Au old lady, hearing somebody say that the mails w ere very irregular, said; ‘it was just so in tuy young days-T-tio trusting any of them.” A conservative stndeut in a Western college, discussing the ques tion of negro suffrage iu a public debate, closed his eloquent argument with the remark :“If yon choose to marry blacks you may do so ; but as for myself, when I marry, I shall marry one of my own sex.” «3rWhat a poor world this would be if it had no women and newspapers in it. How would the news getavomid. tni'A young man once told Dr.Beth une that he had eYi listed in thfi Aditiy of •Zioft. ‘tn which Church ?’ asked the Doctor, ‘In the Baptist,’ was the reply. •I should ’call that joining the navy,’ was the Doctor's response S-ajrAt a church in Scotland, them was a popular call; two candidates of fered to preach, of the nanieR of Adam and Low. The last preached in the morn ing and took for his text, “Adam, where art thou? ' He made a most excellent discourse, and the congregation wero much euifieu. In the evening, Mr. Adam preached, and took for his text, “Lo> here am 11” The impromptu and his sermon gained him the church. 8*3?"A town in Iowa has the poinlo® name of Semicolon ville. This would bo a capital place to make a full stop at for a short period. sw ftyjrlu a village ‘away down East’ so the story runs-, an exhorter at a revival meeting became envious because a brother was his superior in singing and praying. So lie got ftp and said : ‘Brother -can sing and pray; but there is one tiling I can beat him at —I can fid die his shirt off.’ Sisf-Dr. Johnson was one day dining at the house of an English lady, when she asked him if he did not think her pudding very good. “Yes," growled the great moralist, “it is very good IVI IJHiWl l II . J UU iw UllUbUVI plate ful?" was her instant reply. fle£““Ill teach you to play pitch and toss! I'll (log you for an hour, 1 will!” “Father!” instantly replied the incorri gible, as he balanced a penny on his thumb and linger, “I’ll toss you to make it two hoUrs or nothing.” StarMen, in looking at the faults of women, should shut their eyes. Our gallant “devil” says they have no faults, and that there is no use of shut ting your eyes at all. H»a5“Uunging a mackerel to your coat tail and imagining yourself a whale, constitutes codfish aristocracy. S-2-Oencrally observed-tilting skirts and pretty ankles, chignon?) short dresses, pretty busts and other people’s business. S«j“A petite blue-eyed maiden, who was nursing lier fifth Christmas doll, and listening to her mother and some female friends talking about domestic broils and Chicago divorces, created rather a sensation by remarking; “Well, ilia, Fm never going to marry ! I m going lo be a widow !” -- How lieu «iot Cross-Eyed' J.ittlc Beany Butler Sat up iu his chair Looking o’er the tablo r If any spoons were there Ou each aide of Benu}’, Careless, a spoon was tossed , Ho tried to watch them both And so his eyes were crossed —.—_—--■ — ■— SaTA handsome young widow ap plied to a physician to relieve her ot throe distressing complaints with which she was afflicted. In the first place, said she, I have little or no appetite—what shall I do for that? For that, madam, you should take air and exorcise. And, Doctor, I am quite fidgety at night time, and afraid to he alone— what shall I do for that ? For that, madam, I can only recom mend that you take a husband. Fie! Doctor. Hut I have the blues terrible. Have you any panacea for that ? A sovereign remedy, madam.—For that I recommend that you take the Des Arc Citizen, published at Des Arc \ Arkansas, —,- ♦•>-» gtjy-A good joke was told us the other day of a preaeherop in Nebraska who had dined with a friend just be fore afternoon services. As it happen ed, this friend occasionally luxuriated in a smile of the ardent and sometimes carried a morocco covered tlask in his overcoat pocket. By mistake,the min i istcr toot his friend’s overcoat for his j own on his departure, and walking in to the pulpit, began the exercises with out dofflng the garment, it being rather , chilly in the room. Looking very ■ ministerially over his congregation j from behind his spectacles, he begun drawing from his pocket, as ho sup paaed, liis hymn-book, with the intro ductory remark that the congregation would sing from a particular page, i which he had selected beforehand. The minister held the supposed book up iu full sight of the congregation and attempted to open it sideways, hut it was no go The situation was realized in a moment, but ulus I too late! His reverence was dumbfounded, the nu dieneo giggled and the w hole scene ! was made lndlcroiis by a fellow iu the back part ofthe congregation, not alto ; gather too sober, who drawled out— , ‘"Hay, mister, kin we all (bie) jine in that ar hymn ?”