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ia iwtraiiAn Story.
There are lonesome places upon the earth
Tlial have never re-echoed a sound of mirth.
Where the spirits abide that feast and quaff
On the shuddering soul of a murdered laugh,
And take grim delight in the fearful start
As tneir nnseen lingers ciutcn me nean,
And the blood flies out from the grasping pain,
To carry the chill through every vein;
And the staring (vet and the whitaned face
V IWajoy thesgbx af-Uie ionetow places.
- Bat of all the spots on this earthly sphere
Where these dismal spirits are strong and near,
'1 nere is one more areary man an tne rest,
'Tis the barren island of Bottenest.
On Australia's Western coast, you may
On a seaman's chart of i'rcmantle Bay
Find a tiny speck, some ten miles from shore:
11 tne cnart oe goon, were is sometning more,
For a shoal runs in on the landward side.
With five farthoms marked for the highest tide.
Yon have nought ut my word for all the rest,
But that speck is the island of Bottenest.
P Hila whits saad-hanpfahont two miles long.
And sav half as wide: but the deedR of wrong
Between man and his brother that there took
Are sufficient to sully a continent's face.
Ah! cruel tales! were thev told as a whole
They would scare vonr polished-humanity's soul.
They would Manek the cheeks in your carpeted
With a terrible thought or the merited doom
For the crimes committed, still unredressed,
On that white sand-heap called Bottenest.
Of late years the island is not so bare
as it was when I saw it first, for there
Ost theHter headlaa4 some buikliatrm stand.
And a flag, red-crossed, says the patch of sand
Is a reoganized part of the wide domain
That is blessed with the peace of V ictoria's reign ;
But behind the lighthouse the land's the same,
And it hears grim proof of the whiteman's shame
For the miniature vales-the island owns
Have a terrible harvest of human bones!
And bow did they come there! that's the word,
From the lips of a man who was there, and saw
The bad end of man's greed and of colony law.
Many years ago, when the white man first
tiet his foot on the coast.and was hated and cursed
By the native, who had not yet learned to fear
Ti.e dark wruth or the stranger, but drove bis
With a freeman's force and a bushman's yell.
At the white invader it then befell
That so many were killed and cooked and eaten,
There was risk of the whites iu the end being
beaten ;
So a plan was proposed 'twas; deemed safest
and best . , i
To imprison the natives in ttottenesL . i
, , And so every time there was white blood spilled,
There were black men captured: and those not
In the rag of vengeance, were sent away
To this bleak sand isle iu Fremautle Bav.
And it soon came round that a thousand men
Were together there, tike wild beasts in a peu.
There was not a shrub or grass-blade iu the
Nor a piece of timber as large as your hand;
But a government boat Wtfnt out each day
Tolliug meat ashore and then sailed an ay.
For a year or more was this course pursued.
Till 'twas noticed that fewer came down for food
W heu the boat appeared; then a guard lay round
To the shoal, that lay on the laud ward sidi
Tlie island one uieht.. and the white men found
- 'Htifltrthff nirnffnG fram tlimtiirh the tni&rst tl,lo
'Twas a mile from the beach ami then waded
So the settlers met in grave council once more.
"That a guard was needed was plain to all;
Hut no settler answered the Government's cal 1
For volunteer watch; thev were only a few,
Aud their wild vouug farms gave plenty to do;
A ud the council of settlers was breaking up.
With a dread of the sorrow they'd have to sup
Vhen the savage, unawed, uud for vengeance
- -wild,.-, , I , . i '
1 1 .nid wait hr the wo) for the mother and child,
And with doleful countenauce, each to his
Told a dreary tale of the world or labor
He had, aud said: "Let him watch who can,
I cannot ;" when there stepped to the front a man
With a hard brown race and a burglar's brow,
Who had learned thn secret he ut tered now
When he served in the chain-gang in New South
And he said to them : "Friends, a all else rails.
These 'ere natives aresafeas if locked and barred
If you'll line that shoal with a mastiff guard!
A nd the settlers looked at each other awhile.
Till the woudor toned to a well -pleased smile.
When the brown ex-burglar said he knew,
Aud would show the whole of 'em what to do.
About three weeks after the guard was set;
And a native who swam to the shoal, was met
By two half-starved dogs, wheii a mile from
And, somehow, that native was neverseen more.
All the settlers were pleased with the capital
tey voted their, thanks to the, hard -.faced
' - man. ; . . - i i
For avear, each dav, did the government boat
Take the meat to the isle and its guard afloat.
in a line, on tne lace oi tne snoai. tne uogs
Had a dry hense each, on some anchored logs;
Aud the neck-chain from each stretched just
hall wiiv ' - : ' ' '
To the next dog's house: right across the Bay
Ran a line that was hideous with liorrid sounds
From the hungry throats of two hundred hounds.
-,i -it l.I5 .i J."iii..i
So one more year passed, and the brutes on the
logs i - 1 ' --
Had grown more like devils than common dogs.
There was sneh a hell-chorus bv day and night
That the settlers ashore were chilled with fright
When they thought if that legion should break
And come in with the tide some fatal day!
But they 'scaped that chance, for a man rnme in
From the Bush, one daw with a 'possum's skin
To tiie throat lilted up" with large pearls, he'd
found - "
To the North, on the shore of the Shark's Bay
And the settlement blazed with a wild commotion
At the sight ol the gems from the wealthy ocean .
, iTIain th settlor fill began to paek Ul . 3
TheiYtodls and tents and ask the track
That the bushman followed to strike the spot,
While the dogs aud natives were all forgot.
' In two dars, from that camp on tha Kiver Swan,
" - To the Shark' Bay Sound hod the settlers gone:
"-And no merciful feeling did one retard
'"Fnrthe helpless men and their terrible guard.
It were vain to try, in my rmiet room,
To writedown the truth ol the awful doom
That befell those savages prisoned there.
When the pangs of hunger and wild despair
t Hail nigh made them mad as the llends outside:
'Tis enough, that one night, through the low ebb
Swain nine hundred savages, armed with stones,
And with weapons made Irom their dead friend's
Without ripple or sound, when the moon was
j , goue, '...,:,! - - i , ; t I !
Through the iuky water they glided on :
Swimming deep, and scarce dariug to draw a
While the guard-, If they saw, were as dumb as
'Twas a terrible picture: ob, God ! that the night
Were so block as to cover the horrid sight
From the eyes of. the Augel that notes man's
In thebook that will open on the Day of Days !
There weresceams when they met-shrill screams
of pain.
For each animal swam at the length of his chain,
And with parching throat and in I'm ions mood
Lay awaiting, not men, hut his coining food.
There were short sharp cries and a line of fleck
- As their long fangs sank in the swimincr,s neck :
There were gurgling sounds mixed with human
For the savages drove the sharpened hones
Through their enemies' ribs, aud the bodies
F.ach dog holding fast, with a bone through his
11 auk.
Then those ofthe natives who'scaped swam back
itut too ltel for scores of the savage pack
Driven mad by the yells aud the sounds of light,
liad broke loos and followed;" On that dread
.et the curtain full ; when the red sun rose
From the ulacidtcean. the iovs aud woes
. in' a thousand men he had last eve seen, -., . ;
t )re s thtngor thoaght that hud aevtr hecn.
When the settlers returned In a month or two
'J'hey bethought of the dogs and the pri-oued
And a boat went out on an ill-time nuest
l tt whatever wn- Hvinjr on Uottenesu
Thev searched all the ilc and sailed back again.
IV ith some specimen Imuics ofthe dogs and men.
mem tot tbm beautiful are-all dried up
before the breath of uoh a scoundrel.
One becomes awkward, timid ; all one's
energy is lost, as well as the feeling of
one's personal dignity, and one salutes
with great respect the burgomaster
Schnugans when he passes in the dis
tance !
Ore night, not having a penny, as us
ual, and being threatened with prison by
this worthy Master Bap, I resolved to
cheat him by eutting my throat. With
this agreeable thought, seated on my pallet-bed
opposite the window, I gaveiny-
tions, wnicn were more or less pleasant.
- "What is man?" said -1 to myself.
"An omuivorou -animal ; his jaws.
which are provided with fangs, incisors,
and molar teeth, are proof sufficient
thereof. The fangs are made for tearing
meat, the incisors for -eating fruit, and
the molar teeth for masticating, grind
ing, and triturating animal and vegeta
ble substances which are agreeable to the
taste and smell. But when there is
uotbing to uiaxUcatex tliis. ttiiag is i regu
lar absurdity iu nature, a superfluity, a
fifth wheel to a carriage." " :
Such were my reflections! I did not
dare to open my razor, for fear that the
invincible ioree of my logic should in
spire tne with the courage to put an end
to myself. After having well argued In
this manner, I blew out wycaotHnd
lelt the result for- the next day.-
This abominable Kap had completely
brutalized mo. . f. saw .nothing as re
gards art but silhouettes, anil my only
wish was to have money to rid me of his
odious presence. But that night a sln-
fular resolutioii was made in my mind,
waked about one o'clock ; I relighted
my. lamp, and, wrapping myself iu my
old gray coat, I threw on to paper a rapid
sketch in the dutch style; something
strange, wild, which had no connection
with my habitual conceptions.
Imagine a dark yard, inelosed iu high
tottering walls. These walls are fur
nished with hooks at seven or eightXeet
from the ground. One guesses at the
first glance that it is a slaughter-house.
On the left there is a wooden trellis-
work ; you perceive through it a quar
tered ox, hung to the ceiling by enor
nous pulleys. Large pools of blood
flowed over the flags into a trench, which
was full of shapeless remaius. The light
comes from the top, from between the
chimneys, whose weathercocks are cut
out against a corner of the sky as large
as one's hand; and the roofs of tiie
neighboring houses cast dark shadows
on the lower stories. In the farther end
of this place there is it shed ; under the
shed a pile; on the pile some ladders.
some heaps of straw and of rone, a coop
for chickens, and an old wornout rabbit-
How did it come that I imagined all
these whimsical details? I do not know.
I had no analogous recollection ; and yet
eaeh pencil-stroke seemed the result of
observation. .Nothing was wanting.
. But on t lie right a corner of the sketch
remained blank. 1 did not know how to
till it in. There something was moving
Suddenly 1 saw a foot a loot which wa3
reversed and not on the ground. ' In
spite of this improbable position. ! fol
lowed the inspiration without account
ing lor my own thought. The foot end.
ed in a leg. On the leg, whicli wns
stretched out with effort, floated the
skirt ot agowu In short, an old wo
man, wan, emaciated, dishevelled, ap
peared at last, lying on tne edge ot a
well, and fighting with a fist which was
pressing her throat. It was a scene of
murder which I was drawing. The pen
cil fell from my hand.
This woman, whose attitude was quite
startling, with her loins doubled on the
brink of the well, her face contracted
with terror, her two hands grasping the
arm or the murderer, frightened me,
did not dare to look at her. Bat hint
the man, the owner ofthe arm, I did not
see. It was impossible for me to finish it.
"1 am tired." thought I, while my
forehead was bathed in perspiration ;
''there is only this figure to be done: I
will finish it to-morrow. It will be
quite easy."
And I went to bed again, unite terri
fied at my vision.-, Five minutes later I
was sound asleep.
The following day I was tin at dawn.
I had just dressed myself, and was pre
paring to go on with my interrupted
work, when two little taps sounded on
the door.
i "Come in."- -i ;'-. ' -I
The door opened.' A man already !
old, tall, thin, dressed in black, appeared
on the threshold. The features of this
man his eyes which wer close togeth
er, his great eagle nose, and wide bony
forehead were somewhat severe. He
bowed gravely. ' ' ,
"Mr. Christian Venlus, the painter?"
said he.
"I am he, monsieur." '
He bowed again, and added
"Baron Friedrich von Spreckdal."
The appearance in my poor house of
tiie rich amateur Spreckdal, judge of the
criminal court, impressed me deeply. I
could not help throwing a hasty glance
at my old worm-eaten furniture, at my
damp bed-hangings, and dusty floor. I
felt humiliated by such dilapidation.
But Von Spreckdal seemed to pay no at
tention to these details, and, searing him
self before my little table, began :
"Master Ve'nius, I come "
But at that instant his eyes were
caught by the uncompleted sketch, and
he did not finish his sentence, -, I had
seated myself on the edge of'mv bed,
and the sudden attention accorded by
such a person to one of my productions
made my heart beat with undefinable
After a minute bow, Spreckdal raised
his head.
f -"Are you the author of this sketch?"
sale I he, looking at ine attentively.
"Yes, sir."
"What is its price?" .
"I do not sell my sketches, it is the
idea for a painting."
"Ah!" said he. raising the paper with
the point of his yellow lingers."
iieurew a glass from ins waist-coat
After these judicious reflections. I
seated myaelf to finish. the sketch; four
strokes of my pencil and it would be
done. But here an incomprehensible
difficulty awaited me.: jit wn impossible
for-tn ttr make- those Strokes. I had
lost the thread of my inspiration ; the
mysterious individual' would not detach
himself from tbe Umbers of my braiu.
It was iu vain that I invoked him, that
I sketched outlines and tried again and
again ; he was no more in accordance
with the whole than a figure of Ka-
phael'8 would be in one of. Tenter's
smoking iceMs. &T! drops stood oaniy
At the finest moment Kap opened the
door without knocking, according to his
laudaDie custom-ftls eyes feu on my
heap of ducats, and with a squeaking
voice he cried :
Ah! I have caught you. Will you
say agajBMr.' iTiinter that you have
no mowy?'"
And Ins crooked fingers advanced with
that nervous trembling which the sight
ot goiu always produces witn misers,
him. He was still assisted br the two enjoyment out of life, and, to have list-
men with staves, and I stepped out res- j ened to the soul which preached absti-
olntelv after him. We passed through nence. "Ah, if I had but known!" it
long galleries, lighted at certain dis
tances by windows inside. I saw behind
some bars the famous Tic-Tack, who was
to be executed the following day. He
Kas wearing a strait-waistcoat, and was
singing in a loud voice, "I am the king
of' the mountains !" - Seeing me, he
cried : -"Hullo,- comrade, I; will keep a
place for you on my right." -
The two police agents and the god of
the Caribbees looked at eaeh other with
smile, while a cold shiver crept all
down my back..
SchlusseL pushed me into a high room,
exclaims, " I should not have been led
by your big words, your grand phrases,
and magnificent sentences ! I should
have had some delightful moments
which will never return. It is all over.
You said to me, ' Curb your passions !'
Well, I did curb them ; and much bet
ter am I for liaviug done so. I am go
ing to be hanged, and in time you will
be called sublime spirit, stoical soul,
martyr to the mistakes of justice. I
shall no longer be thought of!" Such
were the sad reflections, of my , poor
The day came, at first pale, undecided ;
it sent its feeble rays through the round
slightest detail ? - Was it chance? Ila !
And, after all, what is chance but the
effect of a cause which is hidden from
BS? ' "" ' ''' 1 ' -; ' " ' :
Can Schiller be right when lie says;
The Immortal soul does not share in the
wickedness of the body; during the
sleep of the.body she spreads her radlent
wings,and goes God alone knows where.
What does she do then - No one can
say, but at times Inspiration betrays the
secret-of those nocturnal nights?" '
Who knows? JS at lire is more auda
cious In her realities than the human
mind in its imagination t -
which was very dark, and furnished with window, through the iron bars, then it
H remained stupefied JUfew.aeeonds. I
seats in a .genii-circle.. The appearance
of this deserted hall, with its two high
barred windows, its Christ of dark old
oak, a figure with its arms extended and
head, sadly falling on its shoulders, in
spired me with a religious fear over and
above that caused by my actual posi-
Then the recollatian of all the insults
which this creature had heaped on me.
his avaricious looks, his impudent smile,
exasperated, metgr With ar single bound 1
seized-him, and pushing hint with both
hands out of the room, I flattened his
nose witn tne door.
This was done with the "cric-crac"
and the rapidity of a Jack-Tn-the-Box.
nut, outsiae, tne old usurer uttered
piercing cries :
"Jy money, robber my money !" :
The lodgers came out of, their rooms
asking :"
'What is the matter? What has hao-
pened?'f 1 H f-i' - . t
1 opened the door suddenly, aud with
a blow of my foot in the spine of Master
tap,i sent titm dowii more than five
that is what is happening." said I.
beside mvself.
Then I shut the door and fastened it.
while shouts of laughter saluted Master
nap in ins niguu -
I was pleased with mvself: I rubbed
my hands. This adventure had restored
my animation. I recommenced work.
and was goiug to finish thejketcIjL, when
an unusual noise struck inv ear.
it was tne nutt-end o( rines being put
dowfr bn -the pavement of the street. I
looked out of my window and saw three
gendarare,, wltli . tlieir-npea. lowered,
urawu up at tne door oi tne House.
"Can that wretch Kan have broken
anything?" said I. in a fright.
And such is ttie strange contradiction
In the human mind, that I, who the eve
ning petora nad wisiied to cutrroy throat,
now : sniKioereu tctiieTnarrow-ur my
bones at the thought that they could
hang me if Kap was dead.
rue staircase was tilling with confused
son nds
"Open, iu the name of the Lord !"
I rose trembling, withi shaking legs
"Open !" repeated the same voice.
, The idea, of saving myself over the
roofs occurred to me ; but hardly had I
put my head through the little window
than I drew back seized with vertigo. I
had seen as in a lightning flash all the
windows below,- with their gleaming
panes, their flower-pots.their bird-cages.
their gratingsf jfhd lower down the bal
cony ; lower down the street lamp; low
er down tne sign of tfie Jonnelet Jtoxge,
covered with crampons; then, at Jast,
the three glittering bayonets, which only
awaited my fall to impale me. On the
roof of the house opposite a great red
cat on guard belli ud one of the chtni
neys was watching atroop of sparrows
wno were ciurping and quarreling in
All my ideas of false accusation dis
appeared, and my lips moved as I mur
mured a prayer. . For a long time I had
never prayed, but misfortune always re
calls us to thoughts of submission. Man
is such a poor creature ! :,
. in iroiit or me, on a nign seat, were
shone on the inside wall. Without, the
street was filling;, being Friday it was
market day. 1 heard the carts loaded
with vegetables aud the good peasants
of the Schwarz-voula with their baskets
going by. Some chickens in coops
cackled as they., went past, and the
sellers . of ' butter chatted to each
other. The market opposite was being
opened.' They were arranging the
At last it was quite day ; and the great
murmur of the growing crowd of house
wives who were assembling with their
baskets under their arms, going, coming,
; BY COL. J W. FORNKV. ,( '
More than fifty colored delegates in
the Republican National Convention at
Philadelphia, June 5, 1872! Shades of
John C. Calhoun, Barnwell EUett, .Dix
on II. Lewis, John Slidell- and ,W,; L.
two persons whose position with their discussing, and bargaining, slowed me
backs to the light left their figures in
hadow. Nevertheless I recognized Von
Spreckdal by his aquiline profile, which
was illumined obliquely bv a ray from
the window. , The other was fat ; he had
full red cheeks aud wore a judge's robe,,
as did also Yon Spreckdal.
Below was seated (Jonrad, the clerk:
he was writing at a low table, tickling
his ear with the end of his pen. On
my arrival he stopped, in order to look
at me, with . considerable : curiosity.
They made me sit down, and , Von
Spreckdal, . raising , his : voice, said :
"Christian Venius, where did you get
this drawing?". He showed me the
nocturnal sketch, which was then in his
possession. They handed it to me. Af
ter having examined it, I answered :
"l did It."
There was rather a long silence, and
Con rail wrote down my auswer. I list
ened to his pen running over the paper,
that it was eight o'clock in the morning.
With the daylight I began somewhat to
regain my confidence. Some of my
black ideas disappeared, and I felt
a great desire to see what was going on
Some of my predecessors had pulled
themselves up to the window, they had
made some holes in the wall by which
to ascend more easily. I climbed up in
my turn, and when' seated in the oval
recess with my back bent, and my head
pressed forward, I could see the crowd,
the life, the movement; tears flowed
rapidly down my cheeks. I no longer
thought of suicide ; I felt an extraordi
nary desire to live and to breathe. "Ah"
said I to myself "it is -delightful to live!
What do I care if they make me drag a
barrow or fasten a bullet to my leg, as
long as they let me live !"
The old market With a roof shaped
like an extinguisher supported on heavy
and 1 thought, " What is the meaning of pillars, was a splendid sight. Old wo-
t.no Miiruui. nicy nave jusi, asaeu uic 1 men seated in trout ot their baskets of
It has nothing to do with the kick I gave vegetables or eggs, or of their coops full
Kap' 0f poultry; behind them the Jewish
"YOU did this drawing " continued (tpolpriin 0l,i int.hes. wifhrrheir dark
v on hpreckuai ; wnat is tne subject oi faces . tue butchers in their bare arms
cutting up their meat iu their stalls; the
country people with their large felt, hats
planted on the back of the head, calm
and grave, their hands behind their
backs leaning on the holly-sticks, and
nnlntlv fimnWiiia their ntnpcL Then the.
said the judge, severely, thronging, noisy crowd, whose shrill,
noint so well the character of the indi-
tspreck- vidual ; in short, everything captivated
me, and in spite or my meiancnoiy
It is a fancy subject." '
ioh nave not copied all these de
'No, my lord, they are all imagin
ary?" 1
.- xi was a rising tide or nonow t " irun-mm, uuuui excited, serious, nign or snarn w
, . the clank of., mwis .and rapid l"- ; ! '" ' ' ' . ' . those expressive gestures, those
ds. Suddenly some one tried tof reuueneu, ana exciaimeo, witn pected attitudes ' which betrayed If
my door, ft was fastened. , , i some exctiemeut : -t nave toia tne af.,r the progress of the discussion.
1 hen there was ouite a clamor. i mini. -,
" Put this down," said 'Von
dal to the clerk.
''The pen again squeaked on the paper.
And tins woman," pursued tue
judge, " this woman who is being mur
dered on the edge of the pit, was she
also an imaginary figure?"
certainly." -
" You have never seen her ?"
."Never.-"-. '.'; '
Yon Spreckdal rose, as if indignant ;
then, reseating himself,- he consulted iu
a 1 low voice with his fellow-judge.
These two black profiles standing out
against-the light background of the
Window, and the three men standing
behind me, the silence of the hall, every
thing made me Bhudder.
What do they waut with me? ;What
have I done 1 murmured
the gutter. It is impossible to imagine ' Suddenly Von Spreckdal said to my
to what clearness, to what power and
rapidity of perception, the life of a man
can attain wnen stimulated by tear. 1
At the third summons "Ojien the
aoer, or we will break it open : 1 saw
that night was impossible, and approach
ng the door -with trembling steps, I
drew back the bolt.
Two fists iniuredintely seLaed. pay 0ol
tar; and a little" thick-set man,' smelling
oi wine, saiu; .... .. ,
"I arrest you."1 '
toned up to the chin, and' a hat shaped
tike the pipe of a 'stove; he had great,
brown whiskers, rings on all his fingers,
ana was caiteu -i -assaut
head of the police:
" Five bull-dog, heads with little .flat
caps, were observing me from without.
. .''What dp you want?',' asked,J of Pas
saufV.' , - .
Oome down," exclaimed he, rough
ly, making a sign tooire ef- the 'men to
seize me.
1 nis latter dragged me away more
dead than alive, while the others turned
my room upside down.
I went down, supported under the
arms like a man in the third stages of
consumption ; my nair tailing over my
iace, aim siuinot.ing nt eacn step.
I was thrown-into a-fly, between two
fellows, who had the charity to let me
see. the end or two staves; fastened -with
a strap V the wrist; then the carriage
set off. I heard the steps of all the
gamins of the town running after us,
"What have I done?" I asked of one
of my guards i , j , ; j
tie looked at his companion with a
strange smile, saying Hans, he waists
to know wbattue has-dofte.''- ---
This smile froze my blood.
Soon a profound shadow enveloped
the carriage-the horses' feet sounded
under an arch. We were entering the
itaspeinaus, oi which one mignt wen
"Dans cet autre
Je-vois bleu com meion'entr
Kt Be voit -noint com me on en sort
It-was rthc stables were
jailers: "Take back the prisoner to the
carnage; we nre going to start lor the
Metzer btrasse." Then turning to me,
he exclaimed: "Christian Venius, you
have started on a sad course;- recollect
yourself,-and remember that If human
justice is inflexible, there still remains
for you Uod s mercy, l oti may deserye
it i'you confess your c rime !'? .
inese words struck me as it witn tne
blow of a hammer. ' I stretched out my
arms, screaming, " O, what a frightful
dream !" and fainted.
When I came to myself the carriage
was moving slowly along iu the street ;
another one was in front. The two con-
' still there. On the road
offered his companion a
pinch of snuff; mechanically I put out
my finger toward his snufi-box ; he drew
back quickly. The blush of shame cov
ered my face, and I turned away my
head to hide my emotion.
" If you look out," said the man with
the snuff-box,' " we ; shall be obliged to
nnl irnn in lifirtflenffs ' ' '
" May the devil strangle you, internal
Scoundrel!" thought I. The carriage
stopped; one of them got out While the
other held me back by the collar ; then,
seeing Ins comrade ready to receive me,
he pushed me out rudely. These nu
ntercnis precautions for the safety of iny
person did not look well lor me; but 1
was far from foreseeing the gravity of
the accusation which was weighing on
sition, 1 felt happy to think that l sun
belonged to this world.
Now, while 1 was thus looking out, a
man went by; he was a butcher, who
with bent back was carrying an enor
mous quarter of beef on his shoulders ;
his arms were bare, his elbows stuck out
and his head was bent down ;his floating
hair, like that of saivator's Mcumbre.
concealed his face from me, but at the
first glance I started- It is he I" said
to myself, and all my blood flowed back
to my heart. . 1 got down into the dun
geon, quivering to the tips of my fingers
feeling my ciiecks growing pale,: aud
atn mnioi'i n if with n ctillnrl vnitip i
"It is he? He U there there, and I am
to expirate his crime. Oh, God ! what
shall I do? What shall I do?"
A sudden idea, an inspiration from
above, occurred to me.' I felt in the
pocket of my coat my fuse-box was
there. Then, rushing to the wall, I be
gan tracing the scene of the murder
with inconceivable . rapidity. There
was no more uncertainty, no more
groping. I knew the man I saw him
he was there before me.
At ten o'clock the jailor entered my
prison. His owl-like passiyeness was
replaced by admiration
"Is it possible?" cried lie, stopping
short on the threshold
"Go and fetch my judges," said I to
him, while I continued my work with
increasing excitement.
"They are waiting for you in the hall
of instruction," replied Sehlussel.
' 'I have something to reveal to them,'
I exclaimed, drawing the last hand of
mv mysterious subject,
He seemed alive ; he was fearful to be
hold ; his foreshortened figure stood out
wonderfully on the' white wall. The
jailor went out. ' ' ,
In a few moments he reappeared with
the judges who stood quite stupified. I
tended my hand, and, trembling in every
limb, said to them : '
"There is the murderer!"
After a short silence, Von Spreckdal
turned to me:
"His name?"
' "I do not know It, but he is at tills mo
ment in the market; he is cutting up
. . j.i,-.v, , " 1 . uiu ill (Vi fiu , nv go minify uu
me, wheni a frightful selFCnmstance at mPat in the third atll on the left no vmt
last, opened my eyes ana tiirew me into
despair. I had just -been pushed into a
low passage, with broken unequal pave
ment; tnere flowed along the wait a yel
lowish oozing, from which a fetid smell
exhaled;- i I was -walking in -darkness.
the two men behind me. Farther on
there was a, dim light from an inside
yard. v
The farther I advanced the more did
my terror .increase. Is whs not a nat
ural feeling; it was a fearful anxiety,
unnatural as a nightmare. . At each step
l instinctively urew naeK.
"Come, now!" exclaimed one of the
All is not covleur de rose in this world: constables, pressing his hand on inv
from the claws of Bap I fell into a dn- shoulder, " Get on !"
geon, from which most poor flevflsTiitve I But what , was my terror when, at the
small cnance or escaping. Great dark end of the passage, I saw the yard which
go in from the street to the Trahaus,"
"What do you think of this?" said he
to his colleague.
"Let the man be fetched?" replied the
other gravely ; several jailor3 who re
mained in the passage obeyed this order.
The judges remained standing, still look
ing at the .sketch. I had sunk on tiie
straw, with my head between my knees,
quite overcome. Soon footsteps sounded
in the distance under the archway.
Those who have never waited an hour
of deliyerence and counted the minutes,
which at such a time are as long as
centuries those ' who have not gone
through the poignant emotions of sus
pense, terror, hope, doubt can not con-
Milua thn tnnr,H i..V,n.lil.iftiiTr ,1 1 1 1 I
. I . V. . . . ... .1. ! .1 -J. ...'. ... i ...v...
felt at that moment. I should have dis-
yard, rows of windows, as in a hospital, I had sketched the previous night, with tlnguished the step of the murderer
not a tutt of grass, not leaf of ivy , not I its walls garnished with hooks, its col- among a thousand. They had came
lie urew a glass iroin ins waist-coat hw, iu,, giw, ivdi ui ta, iiui u vfra.ii.-s iii.-?nru wmi iiuurk, its coi- among a thousan
pocket, and began fo study the sketch, in even a weathercock in perspective ;that lection of old iron, its hen-coop, and its nearer the judge
silence. , ,. . I was my new lodging. It was enough to rabbit-hutch r Not a window, small or r had raised my 1
Th.e Mysterious ' Sketch, looking at me.
The sun shown obliquely Into the at
tic. Von Sprecl-dal did not utter a
word ; his great hooked nose, his wide
eyebrows, were contracted, and his chin,
protruding in a point, formed a hundred
little wriukles iu his long thin 'cheeks.
The silence was so profound that I dis
tinctly heard the plaintive buzzing of a
fly which was caught in a spider's web.
"And the dimensions of this painting.
Master Venius?" said he at last, without
make one tear out one V hair by, hand -
The police agents', accompanied br the
jailor, incarcerated uie temporarily m a
lock-up. r . . J
The jailor, 'as; far a f can' remember.
was called Kasuer Schlusael: with bis
grey wooieq cap, nis snort pipe between her eyes unnaturally open,
nis teetn, ami nis oum-ti oi Keys at nis tongue Del ween ner teeth.
waist, lie appeared to me like the god or It was a horrible sight!
large, not a cracked pane, not a detail
had been omitted. I was thunderstruck
by this strange revelation.
Near to the wall were the two judges.
Von Spreckdal and Richtcr..At their
feet lay the old woman on her back, her
long gray hair dishevelled, her face blue,
and tier
IPI'OSITE to the Cha)el of St.
Sebalt's. at Nuremberg, at the
corner of the street of the Tre-
bans, stands a little inn, narrow
high, with gabled front, dusty
panes, and tne root crowneu wunapias
ter Virgin. It was there that 1 passed
the saddest days of my life. 1 had gone
jo Nuremberg to study the old German
.masters; but, for want of ready money,
'I was obliged to do portraits. And what
portraits! Fat gossips with their cat on
Iheir kno&s; aldermen in wigs; bnrgo
jihiiiters in three-cornered hals the
whole colored in oei'C and Vermillion.
From portraits! I cnuie dowm to pencil
sketches, and from sketches to silhou
ettes. There is nothing so wrcU'bed as
liaviug the landlord of an hotel con
stantly after one, with pinched lips,
shrill voice, and impudent manner, com
ing every day and saying, "Come now,
.do you Intend to pay'me soon, sir? Io
tyonknow how much your bill ;ls?t No,
4 hat Is nothing to you. You cat, drink,
nd sleep quietly. The Lord giveth
food to the little birds. This gontlomairs
bill amounts to two hundred florins tflil
ireutzeis ; It is hardly worth speaking
xf " Those who have not heard this
the Caribbees, who is an owl. He had
great ' round, yellowish eyes, which
looked as if they, saw. by night, a pointed
nose, and a neck whicli was lost in his
seiiiussei sunt up as quietly as one
puts away clothes in a cupboard, think
ing ot . other tilings. , ,4s )ormev,l. re
mained more than ten minutes in the
same place, with my hands closed behind
my back, and my head hanging down.
At the end of this time 1 made the fol
lowing reflection :
"Rap, when he fell, called out: 'They
are murdering me!' but lie did not say
wfao. I shall say that It was my neigh
nor, the old man who sells spectacles ;
he will be hanged in jay place.?'; ...-.,: i
Tills Idea eomfortert me: and I heaved
a deep sigh. Then I looked at my pris
on, n It had jurtt been newly whitewash
ed, and the walls were quite bare.except
in one , corner, where mv predecessor
had sketched a gibbet. The light came
from a little window, "nine or ten feet
from the ground; the furniture consisted
of a heap of straw and a bucket, "
f "seated myself on, tha straw, ..with
in v- hands round mv knee, in Incon-
whlch glittered in the sun "yesterday ceivabie desrpondency:4 1: hardly saw
I formed the culpable design of cutting clearly ; aud of a sudden, remembering
my throat for a few miserable florins, I that Kap might have-denounced me be-
and now, to-day, a fortune ; falls from fore his death, ,! tlnglvd 411 , every joint,
the clouds. Decidedly I did well not to and got up coughing, as If - the hempen
open my razor, and If" ever the !tempt-ieravat were already pressing 'my throat.
tion to put sn enn to myseit - assail 9 me Aimost at ,uie same .moment l neard
"Three feet by four."
" rue price?'' ' " "
"Fifty ducats."
Von Spreckdal replaced the drawing
on the table-, and took from his pocket a
long, green silk purse. He drew off the
rings. , -,...'.'
"Fifty ducats," said he; "here they
are." , ,1 . ..1 , ... .
I was dazzled.
The Baron had risen : he bowed, and
I heard his great ivory-headed, cane
sounding on each step to the foot of the
staircase. Then, recovering from
my stupor, I remembered all of a sudden
that 1 had not thanked him, and ; I flew
down the five stories like lightning; but
when I arrived on the threshold it was
iu vain that I looked to right and left
the street was deserted : - : ''-.'
"Dear me, that's funny," said I, and
went up stairs again, quite out of breath.
The sui-pi-islng manner in which Von
Spreckdiil had just appeared threw me
quite into ecstay, . " esterday i", said I,
as I contemplated the heap of ducats
. 1 . .. t 1 f i . .. 1 1 ii. 1 - . . . 1 . . et .1 11 1 ,1 . 1 .. ,.1 1 1. . . ..
SOUr Sllllg Call liave HO liea vt llllt It I I ugaili, man initc- l-hiv w tiu I tn.iosl-jiTvisiiig - mi Jjuengei " 11c
' love of art, imagination, sacred euthusi- I the next day,"-, v. j -"'" 1 opened the door and told me to follow
"Now," said Von Spreckdal, solemn
ly, " what have you to say ?"
" J did. not reply. il; 4. , ,Y
' "Do "you confess to having thrown
this woman, Theresa Becha, inlo this
pit, having first strangled her in order
to rob her of her money ?"
" No," I cried. " No! I do not know
this woman ; I have never seen her. May
you ne my witness v
"mat is enougli, replied lie; and
without adding a word, lie and his com
panion wontotit quickly. '
The policemen then thought it their
duty to put handcuffs on me, and 1 was
taken hack to the Rnspclliaus iu a state
of stupor. I hardly knew what to think :
even my conscience was contused. 1
asked myself whether I had murdered
the old woman, in tne eyes 01 mv jail
ors I was already condemned.
1 will not detail to you nil that I felt
that night in the Raspelhaus, when,
seated, on my heap of straw, with the
little window" in front of me, and the
gibbet in perspective, I heard the watch
man erylng in the silence: "Sleep, in
habitants of Nuremberg! The Lord
watches! One o'clock! two o'clock!
three o'clock have struck!"
' Every one-Can form an idea Of such a
night. It is all very well to say that it
is better to be hung innocent than guil
ty,. , For the soul it may be so, but as fsu
tiie body is concerned it makes no differ
ence; on , the contrary, tt curses its fate,
and seeks to escape, knowing that the
cord will put an end to its part. Added
that it regrets not to have taken enough
even seemed moved.
my head and my heart felt
oppressed as it with an iron weight. I
fixed my eyes on the closed door. It
opened, the man entered. His cheeks
were Bwoollen and red, his large jaws
were contracted so that the muscles
stood out toward the ears, and his little
eyes, uneasy and wild like those of the
wolf, glistened under the bushy eye
brows of a yellowish red.
Von Spreckdal in silence pointed to
the sketch. 1 lien tnis man or Diood
with the large shoulders looked, grew
pale; and with a yell ; which froze us
with terror, he threw up his arms and
sprang backward to upset his jailers
Then a fearful struggle took place in the
passage; we neard nothing Dut the pant
ing breath of the butcher, hollow oaths,
hasty words, aud the feet of the jailors
striking 011 the nags alter they hat I been
lifted in the air. This lasted at least
minute. "
At last the murderer re-entered; his
head hanging, his eyes bloodshot, his
hands fastened behind his back, He
again glanced at the drawing ofthe mur
der, seemed to reflect, and in a low voice
as if speaking to himself, said: "Who
could have seen me at midnight ?"
I was saved ! ' ' '
Yancey, is this to be permitted?
aid the lords or slavery,, tweuty years ,
ago tmnK tnat sucn an , onenso would
ever be dared. Whn I recall. Dawson,
of Louisiana, with his . curls and jewels,
and gold-headed cane; Ashe of North
Carolina, with his jolly yet imperious
style: Jonn a. uarDour, 01 v irgiiua,wltn
his plantation manners ; Governor Man
ning, of South Caroliua, as handsome; as
Mrs. Stowe's best pieture of the , old
Southern school in "Uncle" .Toni's i.fcab;
in ;" Pierre Soule, with his handsome,
haughty face, true types and - apostles
or the peculiar institution,! wonder how
they would feel to see the South repre
seined in a National Convention by their
former slaves. A little more than ten
years have sufficed to disptove all the
predictions against the colored race, but
n nothing so mucn as 111 tne intelligence
of their representative leaders,-, and. in
their own general improvement, ir
you Were to compare the chiefs of the
freedmen with 'the chief., slaveholders,
knowing them' as I knew theni, you
would soon realize that Joun ju., Jjuig
ton, professor ofthe Law Department of
the Howard University, is as thorough
a lawyer as Pierre Soule in, his,, best
days: that Robert Brown Eliott is a bet
ter scnoiar and speaker than .Laurence
M. Keitt, who having lielped create the
rebellion, died in fighting for it; aud
that Benjamin Sterling Turner, of Selma,
Alabama, a self educated, slave,, and
now a freed man in Congress, is as prac
tical a business man as Joun i orsytu or
George S. Houston. : . .. . . I',
Frederick Douglass was famous as an
orator before the war. With the fall of
slavery, however, he rose to tbe highest
position. His eloquence is lornaed on
the best models. Captivating, persuasive.
and often profound, he wields an Increas
ing influence in both races. .. .
But among the colored delegates in tbe
Republican National Convention none
will attract more attention than Robert
Purvis of Philadelphia. 1 hope some
day to relate the romance of his life.
Born in Columbia, South Carolina, he
left it fifty-three years ago, when he was
about seven 3-ears old.. A -few weeks
since he returned to his native city, and
was eagerly welcomed by his own peo
ple, and by many ofthe old citizens, who
favorably remembered lus father' and
mother and had watcned nis own career
with friendly eyes. The changes wrought
in this more than half a century were
more than revolutionary. The stone re
jected by the builders had become the
J ' . 1 nn.. . 1 . 1
head OI tne commit. 111c magnate na.11
lisaiiearcd. and those Who made, them
so had taken their places. It was a be
wildering dream ; yet the. retributive
fact, stood prominent. . ,
The descendants of Calhoun,' Rhett,
M'Oneen.Havne. aud Brooks no longer
ruled like their fathers. New influences
and new ideas prevailed. Mr. Purvis
stood among his kindred like another
Rip Van Wiukle, with, the difference
that he was not forgotten ; and as he
W dked the streets of Columbia and re
ceived the ovation of his friends in
Charleston he saw and felt that, although
slavery was dead and the old slave-lords
deposed, tne sun suone, tue grass jjicw
the flowers bloomed, the birds caroled
and the waters run, as when the mag
nates lived on the lalwr of others as
good as themselves, and often died 'con
fessing that their bad work must come
tn sl hitter end.
Rodert Purvis is one of the best proofs
ofthe influences of education, travel
munt associations. ' and natural self-re
spect. Few would distinguish him to be
what -he often proudly calls himself,
"a negro." His complexion is not darker
than that of Soule or Manning. His
manners nre auiet and couriiv. m
general knowledge is large aud his con
versation easy and intellectual. Educa
ted at some of the best of our Philadel
phia sehools before there was any preju-
ice against tne repuiauie man or vt umau
of color, and when colored votes were
thrown at all tne elections, ne nas reacueu
sixty, universally esteemed. - His family
is among the most refined in the aristo
cratic country neighborhood where he
lives and he commands respect of others
by tiie courage with which he and -his
children respect meiiiserves, ict vtunc
h walks erect in all circles, and yield;
to none in the graces of manhood, and
n the observances of what we can soci
ftv. he is the ardent friend of his people.
determined that they shall eventually
secure all their civil, as they nave now
their nnlitical rights. No more usefu
or influential man sat among the
.luluo-.itM to the Philadelphia National
Convention Wednesday, the ' 5th of
.luno 1872. '
As these colored colleagues of Robert
Purvis from the South gather n round
their friend and teacher, now many s
Ktnrxr thev could relate of their individ
ual lives! Each has had his romance of
hard reality. Their struggles as slaves
their experience as freedmen their
"hnlr-hreadth 'scanes by flood and field
their restoration to family and friends
the fate of their old masters" what
materials for the poet, the novelist, the
historian, and the philanthropist!
ish Sabbath, not mueb in the letter of it.
he grimness tmU-we remember and our
eighooru' share, never can come face to
face with the gracious Oriental mood,
half languishing. That came over the
mind of Israel once in seven days."1' --'
- The Church of Rome has interpreted
the meaning of the day more intelligent
ly than any Church lias done. It. has
preserved the' cheerful tone ofifc."" In
Catholic countries business is suspended
and everything like work put aside... In
the morning the churches are thronged
with the people," who are attracted by 1
the -plctiiresqae 'worship" of the pagan
superstitution. and the remainder of the
day . is. jdevoted' to innocent recreation.
lUe people. . put on their holiday attire
and go forth to the pleasant places of re
sort, walk in the gardens, saunter Ihro'j
public grounds, sit and listen to mu3ic
under the trees, danee on the green. par
take , of . their simple beverages iu the
company of their inates.frolio with ibeir
children ; 'and 'enjoy as much open air
and free sunshine as their circumstances
will, afiord The. - priest 1 moves ; about
among them lending the sanction of his
presence and.' the eucouragement of his
voice and smile. " "' ' ' " ' ,
Th'e' earlv Protestant shared this gen
ial view-of the day,- having caught the
tradition 1 10111 tne eider churcn. t-, Jonn
Calvin had no scruples against playing a
game'' of bowls on Sunday, to give him
self recreation from the severe labors of
4hd theologian and divine. Luther was
no ascetic in this matter ., in tue great
Protestant city of Germany, Berlin, the
Sunday is " a happy day of opportunity
to the working people. The royal niiist!-
nm, one or the grandest in the world, is
open freely to all comers, and one sees
men and women ot all conditions meet
ing on equal terms in halls fit for princes
amid monuments and works of art that
are the admiration-of mankind. ; It is
most interesting, to see them standing
with admiring . eyes in presence of the
white marble aud the glowing canvas.
or gazing out of the broad windows ou
palaces and gardens. They who live iu
huts, .- elt on sofas and walk over marble
floors ; they who all the week see squalor
and filth and the forms of degraded hu
manity, how are in presence of glorified
saints and madonnas; they who wear
the rudest. clothes, brush with theui the
satin, silk .and velvet robes ofthe weal
thy, it is a sight to gladden any heart.
The ' gardens - are ' open 'on the easiest
terms to all ; the best mnste U played for
the t simplest, ear Sunday , Is tbe day
when . the,- richest gilts are most freely
dispensed.' ' Cheap excursion trains and
boats carry the people away from 'the
ity to tbe fields and woods, and every
means, of conveyance Is used with-fullest
countenance of the authorities.. ... In
Dresden the great picture gallery is free
the point of it into his throat or rather
to' all ' -on Sunday,' and the poor souls 1 upward through the under jaw.,, .There
. .. . . ... ' t l -. - . . : I . . -1 i- .1 . 1.
wnose ' lue 01 . aruagery, makes-' tnem I oemg 110 arteries iu me way 01 tne scy we,
familiar . with the meanest things ! of r none were severed, and still' life clung
earth, catch a glimpse of the glory of the to hlm Growing desperate ; and more
neaven irom i-ue eyes 01 tne oistine jua-i uciciuuucu tuau v. w nivms uiv,,ut;
donna." How glad must be those Euro-1 took the blade and began a see-saw oper-
pean worttiugmen aud women when the ation on nis leftside, we nau succeeded
Many years have passed since that
terrible adventure. Thank Heaven! 1
no longer do oilhouette nor even nor
traits of burgomasters. By means of
work and perseverance I have conquered
my place before the sun, and 1 gain
my bread witli honor by doing works of
art the only ooject , in my opinion
worthy of the trim artist's attachment
But 1 shall never forget the nocturnal
sketch. Sometimes, lit the very midst of
my work, my memory goes oack to it
T lieu . 1 put down inv pallet and drenm
for hours ! ,, How conld a crime, perpe
trated uy a man wuom 1 did not know
In a house that I had never seen, be re
produced bv my pencil down to the
- George W. N:i;'Yost, recently seu
teueed to the Pittsburg Penitentiary for
two years for perjury iu a patent case,
was 011 Monday pardoned by President
Grant.-; ' 1 ' t ,
. ' A man named Simmons a carpenter
at Chicago,- shot his 'wife through the
bead, on Friday, inflicting a fatal wound,
and then put a pullet, through his . own
head, falling dead by her side. ., . ,i.
A , difficulty l occurred at. Roseville,
Franklin county, Arkansas, on Monday,
between ' two brothers named McCoy
and William Harris, In which the for
mer were- killed and the latter' woun
ded.:.... ( ',!.. I ! ... -.ill .,1 -I. i , ,
President Finney, of Oberlin College,
announces that he "will keep on lecturing
against Freemasonry until every lodge
in the country is closed ; in which case,
as a free and accepted Frenchman ob
serves, "i n'aura jamais Finney.' 1 , i
::lRichard K-efe, ' Dennis Shea, George
Riggs,-, and Tlromas Franklin,- capsized
iu a sail boat off Erie on Sunday night,
Franklin got an oar and paddled the
boat ashore with one of the others on it.
who died soon after." The others drifted
off and their bodies were not recovered.
" For some' time A two men, 1 John W.
Smith and John ' Brady,' both residents
of Plainfield, New Jersy, have; had
some difficulty, and Brady frequently
applied opprobrious epithets to Smith.
Oir'Thursday, meeting 011 the street,
their quarrel was renewed,"and "Brady
made use. of some extremely offensive
exprssions, and Smith told him when
he met him again he would shoot him.
He immediately proceeded to a hardware
store and purchased a revolver and car
tridges with which he loaded the weapon.
Ou leaving the store lie met Brady, find
tired at htm once, the ball, taking enect
iu his' face; bystanders prevented him
from firing- again," The ' wound Was
thought at first to be slight, but the phy
sician failed to reach the ball,, and . the
wounded mail is lying in , a, dangerous
condition. Smith was arrested and held
to await the result 'of the injury, :
. . .fit : . I i ,W- :,' -P. I
A butcher named Louis , better
k now-h' as "Red Lou." attempted his
own life at Eighteentli and M. streets;
ban Jr raiK'i&co, 1. The means by wltlcli
Lotus resolved to suap asunder "the del
icate, minute thread," on which his life
hung was a somewhat rusty and by no
means sharp "bush : scythe'' or sickle.
With this lielirst undertook, to saw- his
bead off,.. but finding, the operation a
painful one and the prospect of a
speedy" consnmmatio'l of his desire by
that means not very flattering, he rati
iii nn:..
argument The - -Police
first day of the week offer to them these
opportunities for amusement! Amuse
ment not always the most, refined how
should it be r but amusement that ex
hilarates them as much as-refined hm Use-
men t exhilarates refined , .people,, nay
more; . amusement harmless, because
free. One sees no drunkenness,, hears
net profanity; meeta no obscenity"- The
people are happy, affectionate, natural ;
they .eive to religion au they ace capa
ble of giving ; , aud. they get .from nature
wnatever nature nas w give, tne true : 0n Monday flight the following party;
spirit of the Sunday jnst.tles this; more, CUne. .Thoma Shaiidley Jolin
it calls for, it inspires- it; The - people Kahl Alfred. C'rnmmenirer. Sarah , K.
, I nTita 1 I 1 . "
In sawing pretty well into his body tv'h'eit
he was obliged to desist from loss of
blood. , He was .found. in -.this awfully-
mutilated condition and removed. to the
County Hospital. . As to what caused
him to make thi-3'attempt upon his life,
we have; not been able to -learny nor
have we beard as to whethei. his injuries
are, of a nece8saruy.latal,character.l0r
hot. But the above are particulars as
related by those who found and removed
Mill, ( I .... --ii ,-- ' -t,.'.J . , i
enjoy themselves, not in spite of its be-1
mg huntlay, but because it isuuday.
As soon as the leaf is on the willoW',
and the sweet-scented . blossoms of Uie
May tree make their; appearance, in , the; thengry Miss Gilbert.
neuire rows 01 .aneianu. men tne uin-
Sies Destirthemselves-to get' otit'of "their
crowaeu- winter naunts- n-' tne- large
cities. They -have inherited the passion
for . Nature from . ancestors older., than
any stock in England. ' The Gipsy fs no
Egyptian, -nor .Bohemian, nor ancient
Christian driven out of the Eastibv the
Saracep, as the French. tale goes.j Helis
a Hindoo of the Aboriginal type his
dialect ls-lulls in every -tamt,"! broken
words from Indian roots ; his hatred of
houses, his airy"" contempt of dirt, his I mind, and was very odd In', her dispdsi
Gilbert ?and MaryKnowleSj, were re
turning from 'a pic-nic at Leflert's Park,
Jttrooklyn. A quarrel arose .between
Sliandley 4nd t'line by-" Miss Gilbert
Shandley had annoyed her by- taking
her parasol from1er hand,- and Cline
gallantly-stepped forward in-behalf of
He and Chand
ler struck ?ach other sewral times with
their fists, when Shandley drew a knife
from- his ' pocket; and with It - stabbed
Cline fatally in the left side, i " ' !
reter J . tiatrabrant, who resides 1n
Piiterson, N. J and ,- is doing .business
as head, manager of G, T.& C. Morrow,
boot and snoe manitiacturers, -os. n
and 43 Warren street, New-York is
respectable and highly1 esteemed mer
chant,,, He., ays his . daughter, Xlbby
from childhood alwars showed a weak
scorn of book and sdioorR'his turn- for
pilfering, ids rooted timidityjijaud un-
uing, and nis addictedness. fo divination
and black-arts, are all antique legacies
from an Asiatic source. ' The Danes call
the wanderers "Tartars." the. Germans
" Heiden" or Heathen, the French "Bo-
hemiana," and their own word ''Roma
ny" is corrupted feanscrft tor a 'hus
band." But all the other names. ZihgahL
Zingart, Tchingeuec, Gitanoes, and C'zl-
gany, are inflection of: the right' title
"Zincalt. , meaning "men., of India. r
lie who has seen the Briniari and lilioel
tribes of that peninsula lias seen the
first cousins of the Kuropean Gipsies;
and the. likeness between them and the
roving people of Beloochistan, and .At
the mouth of tbe;indus, is perfectly sur-
There exists. Indeed, an old legend that
the ancestors of this singular race were
the inhabitants . of a village in .Lower
tidnt-never said much.' but' would slve
good attention, when- t.ilked ' to or ad
vised, and - seemed .to appreciate sroou
advice., , In conversation - she would an
swer "yes" or"no,".ind that was about
ail she would say. At the age of sixteen
she- become 'reckless, navtng - een- se
duced by a young man, in the neiehbor-
hood. The parents however, 1 knew
nothing of this until nine or ten months
after, when thev 'Pre informed bv Mrs.
Tnttle,. to wlioni i Libby had tlisclosed
the full, paticulars. 1 r rom the time of
her first yielding to the tempter's 8etluc-
.T ' . t. .. 1 . I. -. ... ! 1 J
live vuict; sue re:iueu iu ucuuuic wuu
and reckless ; would rental n bit t "late at
night, aad near daylight would crawl in
the basement, window. , 1
Matters grew worse and worse,., aud
in. about six months she left Home and
went to board in Green street,' New
York The father then employed detec
tives, who, discovered: her. wherabouts
Egypt, to whicli Joseph and Mary .came 1 after she bad been there but six, or seven
in their flight with the Child. The , fir-1 days. She was arrested., and sent bv
gitives were . ret used admission . to its ner-ratner to tne House 01 Mercy, toot
hospitable walls, and thereupon a voice of Eighty-sixth' street, New-York, a pro
was heard from the sky ,crying,"Those testant4ustitution for the .reformatiou
who slint love out shall be sliut oiit Irom of females. . The father gave, her some
love." After this tbe doom of perpetual money, and hoped that some means
wandering,' with ceaseless ill-treatuient 1 might be adopted to reform his child
from all men. fell upon -the' oflendersl wnen iilnby lind oeen-tnere nut nine
I .days she escaped by climbing the yard
fence, and walked to. the 1 wenty-third
street Terry, and. from thence to Pater
son, a distance of sixteen miles, arriving
and their posterity: ; The story .is pretty,
but not true. ..In .'these, dark-skinned
Romanies we undoubtedly see veritable
Asiaticsi'and that incurable ' love of
wild life and free air,' Which they every- j home early in the morning, having been
where display, is ..the deep-rooted relic I all night alone, on the., road, t Mr. Gar-
of their ancient nomad existence .011 the 1 rabraut then had a long talk with her
hills aud plains' of India.. Their kins- I when she made solemn promises to stay
men, the low-caste Hindoos, are etial)y tat home, be it good girl, and help her
fond of bright colors,- equally, averse to r mother in household affairs,
Sunday is the Ohrlstain substitute for
r.lieSahhnth. Even liehind the Sabbath
cleams a purpose which should make It
a verv dllterent mine irom wnat tney
make it who believe iu it and celebrate
it. The Sabbath Was designed to be
dar of rest, according to the sweetest
and tenderest significance of that beauti
ful word. It closed the active week as
the evening closes the day," bringing the
delicious unconsciousness of care , and
toil and sorrow. It was a day of rest for
everybody ; for the slave, the field la
borer, the domestic menial, tue artesian,
the tradesman, the victim of malice, the
outcast from society, the pursued of the
law; rest for the beast, the cattle, the
horse, me ass, tne ox. mere must ne a
cessation from work. The day was not
iiistere: it was warm and genial a dav
of recreation for man and brute. The
spirit of it was nomocracy ; as all men
are equal In their sleep, fo all men are
equal on the Sabbath. There was 110
master or servant, 110 employer or em
ployed, no tyrant or subject.'" A temper
of mercy and compassion pervaded
the sacred hours, and produced an In
terior silence of hatred, malice mid un-
cliaritablencss.' - The Hebrew Sabbath
could not bo kept now according Ito the
letter; probably it never was strictly so
kept. - The necessary arrangements of
society, if it be at all complex, are in
compatible with entire cessation from
work; hut the spirit of It might be in
troduced with great advantage among
our modern Sabiwlarlans, who would he
compelled fit the bare approach of it to
relax the rigor of their countenances
and indulge occasionally In the nnwon
tod luxury of a smile.'1 ' I'trratrsiu Anils
no justification iu the Fpii lt
fixed habitations t clever as snarling wild
creatures,' chaste-within '-certain "wild
limits, timid, paMentt,- passfotmt i crafty
at: playing upoo credulity of the clvi-
Sha then- seemed to, .be: a (different
person, aud the parents were, rejoicing
in the prospect of reclniinine their child
from the path of vice, but her old ' asso-
lized, and scor nful of all beliefs, except I date appeared to lie in wait for achanoe
mat it is very- goon to oe wnere tne sun I to peruaue -ur ui imy nawsy, Uigurs.
and moon can be seen. They too;-: are
happy- In their way,- though - It is not
ours.: Meantime, it Is a pity to be -to
Hard on tne poor ztngari or rJnglnnd,
They- will die "but- soon : eriotlgh' When
the heather aiid; the1 furze have'-- all
yielded to wheat and turnips, and 'when
hazle-uuts are not -ta ' be had 'With ou
paying. - They do very i little harm int
deed, and contribute' to- many i 'rura-
laodseaiie in spring and summer '; a feal
ture or wnu primeval cnarm.1 -
tt,.- f.;i 1., ; "
A STBAftetTtf ELKTATED Trif Nt,-
Teople in thbTtTtilted ' States are 'not
generally in tbe natut of .looking upon
Uie couuti les ot tiouth .Aniei ica as the
aiHMles of enercv and enterprise. Yet
It seems that the "contagion of modern
civilization ' is spreading ' throuithout
that dreamy, lotus eating q natter' ofthe
worm m a remarkable degree.- liv fe
rn one ofthe greatest works of the "age
Is now tu progress the 'construction
of a' railroad- from "the part of Oalloa
across the - A ndes, Involving' a tunnel
throngh Those monntalus atji higher
elevation from the feen that the summit
of Mount Blanc." Home Idea of the diffi
culties exterlenccd In' the prosecution
ofthe work may "he gained from' the
fact that the'Inca Indians are 'the only
persons who can work at such high alti
tudes, and that the single mule train by
wnicn an tools, materials and provisions,
and she gradually decame.wild again
remaining out nicnta and being much
from home: then things grew worse for
eleven months, -when the mother took
her toNewrYork to the father's : store.
for the purpose of taking her back to
the House . of Mercy, This plau had
beeu fixed on by the parents as the best
Upon arriving at the store, Mr." Garni-
brant stated to Libby the: object of her
being brought to New-York, and what
he Intended to do with her. She shed
tears. and seemed much distressed. ' The
father then ' had a long and affcctln
talk with her; he asked her it she woul
be a good glrL do what-. was right, and
stay at home aud help her mother,, if he
sent ner nome, and try ner once more.
Her promises appeared so sincere, and
rcpentanoe genuine, that he relented of
his pimiostt, and told , the ,-. mother
take her home again. , After this Libby
mil very wen ior lour or nve weeks. null
last August, when she left home, statin
it was her determination to go and
board : she having Hist asked Mr. Brush
a Justice of the peace, if her . father
(onlrf lawfully control her, or If she was
now free to act for herself. ' The justice
told her she i-wiuv, now i free,, and iier
arents had 110 Juri.liction over lieri
and she left home. ,, -...', , ...
The next thing the pareuts heard waa
thenrtlcle In the ew-York Herald j
oti -the- morning of the xclteii-K'nt
about tltet horrible-; -crime -fori which
Libby Garrahrant had been (.arrested,
except the scant' menus of subsistence
obtained in the Interior passes over an viz., the polsoniug of Mr, -Burrough
altitude of nearly seventeen -thousand Even though the father had srivcii up all
nopew oi pyer seeing me retonnation or
111s uaugnwr, no says lie would prefer
sue snouitt tie imprisoned ratnlr. Uian
have her liberty again, but he cannot
endure the thoughts of the hangiug of
Libby -
feet, amid a clnster of rocks covered
with'' perpetual suow.'Tho work Is
-holly under the direction ' of Ameri
cans,' -'and is expected to tlioroughly
oiien up the vast mineral -resources of
of the Jew- that portion of the Cordillera range.
' Room
Court. ,;
An article you can always borrow
When is a lamp in. a bad, temper?
W hen it !s' put out. ' " '"
''Building Plots Thf auction' sales' of
suburban real estate.' - v' ''
Eugenie is again- going to look after
her cAa(iMie Kpagnt.-?i - .i, -
When the rain falls, doei it ever rise
again ?. Yes, in dew, time., iV ,, , y; -
President Grant will move to Long
Branch a week from next Saturday.
, Grant Is evidently a much better hand
at taking treats than making treaties.
Shakespeare on the political situation :
"Horace oh Horace head -accumulate."
Gypsy maidens bnve'fallen' to $5 per
head In Persia on account , of the liard
time..,,.,-.,. . , .- , ,j. ,;,v. .
, Incredible as it may seem, .many of
the richest planters iu Jamaica live on
coffee grounds. " "
' When a man 'sees double it Iff gener
ally an Indication that he is 'beside him
self -with f iquorr -
According to the showing of the Bar
Association,.-our fudges 'lay down the
law', ofteucr tbau they uphold it, . ,
A Tennessee editor was so rejoiced at
le death of his rival that he announced
under the head of amusements. 1
Tt is said that Brignoll was Invited to
take part in the Boston jubilee but de
nned to do auything in-de-chorus.
The .hired girls of t Janesville, Wis.,
threaten to strike, unless all tbe kitch
ens are provided with rocking chairs.
"Why, should "a stingy capitalist be
called ah 'old pump,' when from such a
one poverty is least likely to get succor t
A Terre Haute lady aged threescore
ears aud ten has attended, every circus
it bin reacb .since she was live years
old. '
Even tiicvwlio find least fault with
Mr: Grant's design at the South are be
ginning to criticise his military execu
tions. -.
Mount Washington is still blowing its
snows with a severe cold. (The Joke is
from an ancient MS., but the application
true.) ;;
Mr. Edmond Yates has most Inconsis
tently given up his place in the English
r-ost-oince in order to tie vote ft lm sell . to
letters. . ... , ., ...
A military balloon corps lias been es
tablished in the Prussian army,, which
Is considered as a very ehrlich branch of
the service. ntici" 1 .-n;-i
A Hindostan humorist named Sahib
Lavee Carson .Ka Pucka Tuniaslia is ad
vertised tor, a, course ,pi, comic lectures
u lxinuou. ..
The opponents of the beer clause in
the Ohio liquor laWmaybe said to have
carried their pint in a sort of half-and-
half measure. ,-ti!,,i -i ;
Paul B. Du Chnillu, the inventor of
the gorilla, and Kate Fields, Who discov
ered the Adriondacs, are now in Europe,
Dut win return 111 September.
A minister nof long 1 ago preached
from-the text,-"Bye, therefore, stead
fast!" but the printer made him expound
frornlf"Be ye there for breakfast.'.'
.The Princis Alexandra is said to be
getting deaf.' "This is probable heredita
ry; as the family for several generations
has had a dimeulty with its Erin V
Two Marlboro, Vt., girls having been
offered $10 apiece for sawing and split
ting a cord ot hard wood slabs, earned
their money in four hours and a half.
The blacksmiths have resolved to
strike while the Iron's hot,' meaning
thereby that they Intend to do quite the
reverse it they meet with no reverses.
The bar-rooms of Long Branch are to
be resolutely closed ou. Sundays, under
which Increased bar-roometrical pres
sure very 'dry' times maybe anticipa
ted. -
- MK -Simon Lang,' the last of the Gret-
na-GreertblacksinithBy died on the 23d
uit., and runaway couples nq longer mid
anything to remind them of old Lang's
sign. ' ' -; ' .'.'., '."
Although, "as Professor Chandler af
firms, the Croton water may be good in
the main, householders still -complain
that it tastes badly.after.it leaves the
Pipesr .,, ...1, ...,,.. , f: :
Mr. Greeley's vegetarian tastes alone
ought to have convinced the Cincinnati
Convention that lie was likely to make
poaec-meal work of tne --Liberal -.moTe-
meut. ,j j.H. ,! -'' oi .!- ...t .
'.Sensation shoes' are anuonnoed by a
general utility storekeeper at Yorkville.
Alt who have experienced 'where the
shoe"1 pinches-" understand what that
means.. i-.t it !:!!. t j ''
-The favorite candidate for the position
of. Recorder iu Jackson County, 111., is a
deaf and dumb gentleman, who asks the
voice of the people to enable him to hear
causes. -111 " -1 "- '
According' to Indian linguists, 'schem-
lendamourtcnwagero 18 tne, noble red
mau 'sword for love. Hiawatha then
was iu 'schemletidamourtchwager'. with
Minnehaha., . , , .
Tennyson received a steep price for
those two stanzas contributed to a New
York weekly; ' If .Tohu Smith bad writ
ten them . they would not have been
worth a sixpence. ,,, 1 , t-..i
James McGraw of Warsaw, Ind.,
drank nine glasses of whisky last week
to induce insensibility to the pain of
toothache."- The experiment was a per
manent success, i t ...
The geuiusof Connecticut has devised
a beverage under the name of 'medical
cider,' wnicn is said exactly to suit tne
complaint of the inhabitants of Maine
and Massachusetts.' " '" "'
In the absence of any show of mettle
on the part of the-Executive with re
gard to the treaty business, it would do
some consolation if the Treasury Depart
ment would show its metal.
"Are voii not alarmed at the approach
of the King of Terrors V said a minis
ter to a sick man. -' 'Hn, no : 1 nave oeen
living , six and , thirty - years with tbe
queen of terrors the king cannot be
much ' worse." ' ' ,
Mrs. Partington wants to know why
some of the sewing machine- advertisers
do not call their . machines their Cere.
Her nephew, who is learning the heath
en misogony,' tells her that Ceres first
taught sowing. 1 ' " 1 . - tu 4
, Ping Wing, the fireman's on, was the
very , worst boy in all Canton; he stole
his mother's pickled mice, and he threw
the eat in the boiling rice; and he ate
hernp, and "then:says he. 'Me wonder
where the mew-cat lie !' 1 ' 1
' A correspondent writes from Phlladel
plua: 'Th Greeley men In Philadelphia
are known by carrying white canes or
wearing white stove-pipe hats. A groy
hat Indicates on the fence. White pants
are regarded as hopeful.' i' ' -
The leaw granted to the Life Guard
uana to take part in Air. Uilmoro s .pitn
lee is characterized by the Duke of KIch?
tnond as an .'irregular proceeding.' Mrl
G., on the contrary, announces the band
in question as belonging to the British
'regulars.' , ,.... , ,
lutlielast generation the height of
fame was to have caiml-boat named af
ter you ; in this to have a piece of music.
Butnow comes- Arthur Guyas.the Broad
way music publisher, with the -E11 Pcr
kiiis Galop,' which Is so named, proba-
bly, for C'omwri'oJ reasons , ,
A Montana mineffdaughteV recently
stole her father's swag and elopetl with
hcrlorerto $an Francisco, .where the
deuce were made ace. Her internal pa
rent, who had turned his footstegs to
ward the capital of the golden State In
pursuit of his daughter and his ducats,
was killed by Apaches, so that now the
loving couple are as happy as the day 1

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