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A Family Paper, Devoted to Literature. Science, Agriculture and Ceneral News.
VOL. V.-NO. 6.
WHOLE NO. 214.
A water-spout burst , over Earn, in
Prussia, on the 5th. The place was inundated, a
bridge and several houses were carried away and
thirteen persons were drowned.
A Calcutta telegram of the 5th reports
disastrous floods in the northwestern provinces of
India. Many dwellings had been destroyed and
numeveas lives lost.
CTConnell's centennial birthday was
celebrated in London on the 5th and fith. On the
former day rel gious ceremonies were held in the
cathedral, at which Cardinal Manning officiated.
On the 6th there were orations and processions,
and in tetening illuminations and a banquet.
At the latter t 'disturbance arose, cansed by the
Lord Mayor calling on Charles Gavan Duffy
to fcpeak to the "Legislative Independ
ence of Ireland" one of the regular
toasts. On rising Mr. Dnfly was greeted withtre
mendons uproar and calls for Dr. Bntt, the Home
ruler. The Mayor made repeated efforts to gain
a hearing, and finally vacated the chair. Dr.
Butt began to speak, when the gas was turned out
and the company dispersed, leaving unfinished
the series of regular toasts. On the 5th, at the
chapel of ttie Irish College, in Rome, pontifical
high mass was celebrated in honor of the day.
On the 6th, at Oldham', England, eight
een additional cotton mills were closed in con
sequence of the labor strikes. The number of
idle operativeswas said to be 20,000.
Forty thousand persons met ih the cem
etery where O'Connell is bnrled,' in Dublin, on
the 7th. and adopted resolutions favoring home
rale and amnesty to the Fenian prisoners.
There .were serious riots in Glasgow
Ibet ween Orangemen and Home-rulers during the
O'Connell celebration, and several of the rioters
an4 policemen were injured.,. i -r , . -
Reports from Damascus of the 23d of
July report cholera, as raging violently. Over
400 cases were daily reported, but the real num
ber was thought to be considerably larger.
Ca.pt. Bogardua, the American pigeon
ehocte, n&s easily dcleated Rimell, the English
champion, J ; , a ' f ..
Another revolution has broken out in
the Khanate "of Kokhaod, In Central ASia.' The
Khan is reported to have lied and bis troops, to
Ihave joined the insurgents - - . . .'
Ofi-the'9th'the trial of Alexander and
"William Cailie, of London, en the "charge of ob
taining money from the London and Westmin
ster Bank by . als pretenses- came to a sudden
conclusion byHhe announcement that the senior
member ol the lq(e firm bad absconded.
The Carlist 'Villages oa the plains of
Alaoa have submitted to the national troops. A
dispach from Madrid of- the 10th says an addi
tional levy of IC.0,000 men- had been ordered by
the national authorities.
A serious, affair .Jias, Recently occurred
between the Russian , and .Prussian frontier
guards, arising from the trespass of the former
upon (german territory. Several on each side
were wounded.
Over 2,000 "men have -been, sent from
Turkey to Herzegovina to suppress the insurrec
Hon. . ......
An Indianapolis telegram of the 5th de
dares the losses from the recent floods in the
central and southern portions of Indiana would
reach to 50 or 60 per cent, of the entire crop.
Along the Wabash River i was estimated that
300.000 acres of com had been entirely destroyed,
which, at $15 per acre, would aggregate a loss of
The conscience fund at "Washington
was increased by $50 on the 5th.
The committee to count the funds in the
Treasury have completed their work and find
everything correct with the exception of the $47,
000 stolen some timeTtgo, which theft they think
was committed by seme one connected with the
Two bottles were recently picked up on
the lake shore near Chicago containing messages
purporting to come from the missing aeronauts,
Donaldson and Grimwood, but their genuineness
is questioned by parties familiar with their hand
writing. One of these documents read as follows :
July 16 two a. m. We cannot stay up more
than an hour longer, as the gas is rapidly escap
ing. N. 8. G."
Commander A. J. Drake, U.S. N., died
aa Newark,!; V., on the night of the 4th. : '"
The O'Connell centennial was celebrat
ed in the various eities of the country on the 5th.
At Chicago. Brooklyn, Boston and New York the
ceremonies were interesting and imposing.
Chicago architects to the number of five
having examined Se'o4 new Custom-House at Chi.
cago now in process of construction have report
ed unanimously in favor of continuing the work
on the original plan and with the same materials.
The report has been forwarded to Washington.
Drexel, Morgan & Co., according to a
New York telegram of the 5th, have arranged
with Duncan, Sherman A Co. and Alex. Duncan,
father of the senior member of the firm, to cash
all letters of credit held by travelers in Europe
issued by D? 8. Co, -f
A portion" of Knox County, 111., was
swept by s tornado which paBsed over on the
evening of the f th, doing considerable damage to
!life and property. Mrs. John Anderson, of Hen'
derson, was killed outright, and many of the in
jured were not expected to survive. In Wataga
eight houses were destroyed and several persons
were badly hurt. In the vicinity of Knoxville
Mr. Burton's residence was totally destroyed and
jUI his family more or lees injured.
Eton. Charles Schaeffer, formerly State
Treasurer of Minnesota, committed suicide at St.
Paul on the 8th by shooting himself with a re
volver. He is supposed to have been temporarily
insane. The deed was accomplished at the grave
of his wife In the St. Paul cemetery.
There are now on the Government rolls
the names pf 238,034 " pensioners a decrease of
4.871 since last year. During 1874 $1,223,000 less
was paid out than during 1873.
The printers' strike in Washington, D. C,
s ended.the Typographical L'uiou having accept
ed thev employers1 terms of fifty cents per 1,000
ems for general composition' and forty cents per
hour for time work. . .
The business portion of Victory, N. T,
was destroyed by fire on the night of the 6th.
Porty buildings were burned, involving a loss of
$250,000. An old woman and a boy were burned
to death and a fireman was killed by falling from
ladder. - r -
Benjamin B.s Halleck, a clerk in the
Treasury Department, W. H. Ottman, a saloon
keeper, and an old gambleroamed Brown were
arrested on the 7th on suspicion of stealing the
$47,000 from the United States Treasury some
time since. A special of the 8th says Halleck
had confessed.
The jury in the case of John D. Lee,
charged with being concerned in. the Mountain
Meadows massacre, reported on the 7th that they
were unable to agree ana were discharged. They
stood nine for acquittal and three for conviction.
A committee of the creditors of J. B. Ford
A Co. have recommended the acceptance of thirty-five
cents on the dollar, in twelve monthly in
stallments, commencing Dec 15, with interest.
On the morning of the 7th an explosion
occurred in the Government arsenal near Phila
delphia, which resulted in the death of one boy
and the wounding of eighteen others.
The Massachusetts Republican State
Convention will beheld at Worcester on the 28th
of September. ...
The Governor of Illinois has issued a
proclamation offering $4C0 each for the arrest of
the perpetrators of the murders recently com
mitted in Williamson County. The county has
also offered a reward of $1,000. '
Fourteen thousand five hundred dollars
of the $47,CO0 lately stolen from the United States
Treasury were recovered on the 9th. The money,
consisting of twenty-nine $500 bills, had been de
posited in a bank at Alexandria, Va., by Ottman.
one of the, parties arrested recently. u
ThTJ majority in Alabama for the Con
stitutional Convention is 16,50". The ollowing
is tne composition politically of the convention :
Democrats 81, Independent Democrats 6, Repub
licans 12.
Ira P. Rankin has been nominated for
Congress by the First California District Repub
licans. The Chicago Industrial Exposition will
open on the 8th of September and continue one
moKrVliiS i "j . x .... r
A 'Washington dispatch of a' recent
date says the Government income for the last
fiscal year exceeded the estimate made, and more
than realized the expectation of the Treasury
Department. "-
Jefferson Davis, the ex-President of the
Southern Confederacy, has accepted an invitation
to deliver the annual address before the Winne
bago County (III.) Agricultural Society at Rock
ford n the 14th of September,
According to a Cheyenne dispatch of
the 10th Gen. Crook and Col. Stanton had re
turned there from the Black Hills. They reported
that the miners were preparing to leave the Hills,
Covering up the richest lodes to prevent their
being discovered until such time - as they can
safely return. They say gold is abundant and
that capital and skill will develop mines eqnal to
thote of California and Nevada. The number at
present in the mines was about 1,500. r
Ottman, the Treasury robber, was ent
to jail, on the 10th, in default of $4,000 bail.
A Raleigh (N. C.) "dispatch of the 9th
says the result of the recent election for delegates
to the Constitutional Convention was still doubt
ful. The Democrats claimed a majority of four.
State Fairs for 1875. 'J "
Illinois Ottawa Sept. 1918
Ohio Columbus Sept. 610
Indiana... Indianapolis. .. .Sept. 7 -Oct. a
Iowa Keokuk Sept, S7--Oct. 2
Wisconsin Milwaukee. Sept. 6 II
N ebraska . . a Omaha i.. ..Sept. 2124
Michigan East Saginaw Sept. 1317
Minnesota. St. Paul. .......... .Sept. 14 17
California Sacramento ...Sept. 15 as
Colorado Denver Sept. 2125
Chicago Industrial ..Sept. 8 Oct. 9
St. Louis Fair Oct. 49
Cincinnati Indus. .. s. r. .,.. ..Sept. 9 Oct 9
Connecticut.. .. . ; .Hartford. .Oct. 58
Georgia Macon ............. .Sept. 18 25
Maine. ......... .Portland. .. . . ...... .Sept. SI 21
Maryland Pimlico. Baltimore. Sept. 14 17
Masssa'setta Hort. .Boston Sept. 21 34
Montana Helena Sept. 27 Oct, S
National Expos... Rome. Ga Oct. 4 9
K.ew England Manchester, N. H,.-..8ept. 10
New Hampshire... Manchester Sept. 710
New Jersey Waverley... Sept. 2024
New York Elmira Sept. 27 Oct. 1
Oregon Salem Oct. 1116
Pennsylvania . .Harrisburg. X ...... Seat. t 2$
Rhode Island. . . Cranston, Froiden..OcL V-r-T
South. Wisconsin. Janesville Oct. 59
Virginia Richmond. ... .. .i.Oct. 2630
West Virginia Clarksburg.... .......Sept. 7 0
The Man With the Coon-Skin.
He halted in front of a grocery-store,
and, drawing from under his coat a small
parcel tied around . with - a String, he in
quired of the grQcer, .. who sat. by the
door: - i - :
How's trade ?"
' " Pretty fair for hot weather,' was the
stranger, as he Untletl the parcel and took
out acoonkin a coon-skin which seemed
to have been kicked about the house ever
since the close of the warl ' , -
"Humph!" sneered the jtrowr-. as lie
contemptuously regard? the old skin. -
x ou may h.mphr and ' humph !' and
' humph I' all you want to!" exclaimed the
stranger in a loud voice ; " but if you want
a coon-skin to sell again this is the arti
cle." "I don't think I want to invest."
"You don't? Great heavens' hut. T
took you for a man of talent and enter
prise!" No one ever buys coon-skins or furs in
the summer," said the grocer.
- . "." " 11.1.1.. I1.1V, 111 .11 ObOOIll.
and therefore I'm willing to throw off
sonietliing. I shouldn't have the lace to
ask over fifty cents for this 'ere coon
skin." -..
" I shouldn't want to DavthatDrice." re
plied the grocer.
lou wouldn't? Merciful stars! But
is it possible that you would take'-bread
from the mouths of my starving children.
my innocent darlings, who don't know a
coon-skin from a cow-hide?"
The grocer was silent and the stransrer ,
smoothed the brindled hair with his rialit i
i , i
" I will so before any court in the land I
and take a solemn oath that this is one of I
the best coon-skins offered in this market
for the last fifteen years. - Observe the
variegated colors ! Behold the tender soft
ness! J ust put your hand on this coon
skin, mister!" - . .
" I don't think I want to buy any furs
before November," quietly replied the
"You don't? Is it possible that you
will deliberately let this great bargain slip
through your fingers? No! , il cannot be
lieve it! Dozens of grocers in this town
want this coon-skin ; want it so they can't
keep still; but Iwas recommended to come
to you, and I am here." '
" It isn't a prime skin," said the grocer,
as he glanced at the flesh side a second
"It ain't? Here, : mister, shoot me!
Draw your revolver and send a bullet
in here, right through .myr quivering
hearty '- f- -
He dropped the coonskin and held his
coat and vest , open, but as the grocer
didn't shoot he presently picked up his
merchandise, and continued in a sad
voice: .
"Mister, do I look like a pirate, or a
robber, or a liar? Do you suppose I'd go
and tell you a deliberate lie, and peril
my chances of ever reaching heaven, for
the sake of selling you this coon-skin?"
-: " No, I suppose not," replied the grocer,
leaning back in his chair. K
"Ah! no, I wouldn't. - I ain't purty, nor
I don't wear many store clothes ,on my
person,? but I'm honest -yes, as honest as
the day is long. If I should so far forget
my early training as to tell you a lie about
this coon-skin I never could enjoy another
night's rest never!"
" Well, I guess I don't want it," said
the grocer. .. ., . ,. , :
" Heavens! but is it possible that' you
will let me return to my loving wife and
fond children without bread to appease
their hunger? Will you deliberately and
willfully sit there and see me tie this coon
skin up and walk away when I am offer
ing it to you at one-half its market value ?"
r " You can perhaps sell it elsewhere."
" I know I can. . I know a dozen men
Who want it, but they are not men of pour
reputation. When you hand me fifty
cents I know it is the genuine scrip, and
I go away satisfied. , 'the others might
pass counterfeit money on ' me, and I
might be arrested and jailed, and my fam
ily be exposed to the scorn of this cold
" I don't want the coon-skin,1 said the
grocer, " but if your family are suffering
for the want of food I'll give you fifteen
cents for it, and throw it back in the loft."
"Fif fifteen fifteen cents!" exclaimed
the stranger, dropping the fur and spring
ing off the step. " Now let the angels
look down and weep! Let that bright sun
be obscured by clouds blacker than mid
night rolled in tar! .If life has come to
this let me die at once!" w
The grocer picked up a newspaper, and
the stranger waited two or three minutes,
sighed heavily, and then handed out the
skin, and sadly said :
" Take i and give me the paltry pit
tance! I am going home to die in the
bosom of my family! I'll gather them
around me once more, take a last fare
well, and then I'll drop into the turbid
river and be seen no more!" -
The money was handed him, and he
passed down the street two blocks, turned
to the left, and as he kicked open the
blind-door of a saloon he said to the bar
keeper: . i r . . . .
"Juleps for-one, and fill the glass
chock up. 2f. T. Sun.
There are in the city of New York
470 places of worship of every sort, 389 of
which are iTotestant, the- Episcopalians
head the list with. 99: the Methodists,
white and colored, follow after with 60 ;
the Presbyterians of the different schools
number 54, and the Catholics reach the
same figure lacking one. The Baptists
have 33 chapels and churches, and the
Jews Tiave 25 synagogues or halls in which
to worship, and the Reformed tDutch)
have.. 22. The Lutherans hasre 21, and
there is a miscellaneous : list comprising
Congregationalists, Unitarians, U'niversal
ists, Spiritualists and others of more or
less religious character, with the missions,
whic h number about 7J more.
The man who has spent weeks to train
and tutor fifty head of cabbages may not
say a word when he gets up some morn
ing and finds six cows in the garden, but
it ne doesn't speak he will die ot a broken
Heart witnin a week. Vetroxt fres. J J
The Journal of Applied Chemistry
says it is asserted mat saiaa oil, promptly
applied, is an antidote to strychnia. The
remedy has not been tried on men, but on
dogs a half-pint of oil is said to be suf
ficient to prevent fatal results.
It may be here remarked that astron
omy is the eye road to heaven.
BY MBS. S. SC. B. PIAtf .
Thb woman is a picture now,
The Spanish suns havetoucned her face;
The coll ot gold upon her brow
S'.iines back on an imperial race
With most forlorn and bitter grace.
Old palace-lamps behind her burn, ,
The ermine molders on her train ; ' -
Her ever-constant eyes still yearn
For one who came not back to Spain;
And dim and hollow is her brain.
One only thing she knew in life,
Four hundred ghostly years ago
That she was Flemish Philip's wife:
Nor much beyond she cared to know;
Without a voice she tells me so.
Philip the Beautiful whose eys.
Might win a Woman's heart, I fear, .
E'en from his grave ! " He will arise,"
The monks had murmured by his bier,
"And reign once more among us here."
She heard their whisper, and forgot
Castile and Aragon, and all
Save Philip, who had loved her not;
The cruel darkness of his. pall
Seemed on an empty world to fall.
,.?8he took the dead man to her sight
A pr'mce In death's disguise, as fair
As when his wayward smile would light
The throne be wedtted her to share
And followed, hardly knowing where.
Almost as dumb as he, she fled,
Pallid and wasted, toward the rMto
Where he, the princely proinise said.
Must wait the ttolit when God's sweet grace
Should breathe into his breathless face.
' Once, when the night was weird with rain,
She sought a convent's shelter. When
The tapers showed a. veiled train
Of nuns, instead of cowled men,
: She stole into the night again:
" These women, sainted though they be,n
" She moaned threugh all her jealous mindt
"Are women Still, and shall not see
Philip the fair though he is blind!
f Favor with him I yet shall find."
i '-
Then With her piteous yWkrning wild:
"tlnfclos'e his coitin quick, I pray."
Fiercely the sudden lightning smiled
When thev had laid the lid away. ?
Like scorn upon the regal clay. ,
She kissed the deal of many days,
As though he Were an hour sJt6T;
Dark men with sor to guard her way :
' Wept ioi tier but she did not weep;
She had her vigil left to keep.
They reached the appointed cloister. While
The heart of Philip withering lay.
She, without moan, or tear, or smile.
Watched from her window, legends say
. Watched seven and forty years away !
. .
Winds blew the blossoms to and fro,
Into the world and out again !
,rHe will come back to me, I know . .
Poor whisper of a wandering brain
To peerless patience, peerless paim
Ah, longest, loneliest, saddest tryst
Was ever kept on earth ! And yet
Bad he risen would he have kissed
The gray, wan woman he had met.
Or taught her how the dead forget ?
- Could she have won, discrowned and old,
The love she could not win, in sooth,
When queenly purple, fold 6n fold,
And all the subtle grace of youth,
Helped her to hide a hapless truth?
Did she not fancyshould she see
That coffin, watched so long, unclose
The royal tenant there would be
Still young, still fair, when he arose,
' " Beside her withered leaves and snows ?
He would have laughed to breathe the tale
Of this crazed stranger's love, I fear,
j 'Neath moon and rose and nightingale,
With courtly jewels glimmering near,
Into some lovely lady's ear.
.. Atlantic Monthly.
Joanna, the wife of Philip the Handsome, was
the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, sister of
Catharine of Aragon and mother of the Emperor
Charles V. ' "
At the time of which we write there
was an inlet on Tucker's Beach called
Brigantine Inlet, Jn 1800 this was closed
up, and the sea formed another inlet,
which exists to this day. There was no
Tuckerton then. It was the Gaunt Farm
at that time. The only settlement then
was what was known as -the " Middle-of-fhe-iShore,"
extending on each side of
what was called Andrew's Mill Creek, the
property; originally belonging to Jacob
Andrews,who settled there in the last
year of the sixteenth century, and who
had a mill. There were not a great many
people ; but they did a good business in
lumber and cypress shingles, which they
sent principally to New York and the
West India Islands. During the Revolu
tion the place was a rendezvous for Amer
ican privateers, and these little sea-hornets
annoyed the British' shipping so much
that an expedition was organized, with the
" Zebra" and other ships-of-war, to break
up " the den." There were several pri
vateers lying there at the time ; but they
were warned, by an express from Gen.
Washingtonvand escaped before the Brit
ish came. Washington sent a force under
Pulaski to meet the invaders ; but they
did not arrive until the- enemy had done
an the mischiel. .Fart ot Fulaski's men
reached Osborn's Island, and there their
picketguard was surprised and massacred
by the enemy. The invader did not es
cape without loss. In getting out the
Zebra" grounded, ana her own people
burned her to prevent her capture by the
There was oneTrivateer that the enemy
managed to take as she was coming in
the "Baucy Jaek." She was Baltimore
built, very fast and armed with a long
eighteen-pounder. . The Admiral made
ner a tender to tne nag-smp, added a
couple of ten-pound carronades to her arm
ament, and put a crew of eighteen men
and a midshipman aboard, commanded by
a master's mate. &ne Decame a regular
nuisance to the place, sailing in every now
and then, exnloriner the harbor, lewins'
contributions of soft tack, vegetSbles and
chickens, and. then sailing out. Tne peo
ple would have liked to take her; but
while the squadron was so near the place
the heavy private armed vessels avoided it.
mere was, a Quaker wno lived not lar
from the beach by the name of Ephraim
Lippincott. He had the reputation ot be-ina-
a Torv in svmnatliv. nrinr.inallv r-
vauac ills uu wuti, uavmg cugageu ill
one or two skirmishes with British forag
ing parties, nau ueen uisuwneu anu repri
manded for violating the peace principles
ot f riends. When the Jintish parties vis
ited there they were always met with a
warm welcome. Uut iphraim was no
Torv. after all merelv a prudent man.
who tried to sail as close to the wind as
possible. Obed, though he had been dis
owned, was always sure of quarters at
home when he chose to go ; and he went
there just after the last visit of the com
mander ot the " csea Wasp," as the "saucy
Jack" had been rechristened by her
The lather met. him lndinerently, but
after dinner called him out to the barn.
"Obed," he said, "I suppose thee's
consorting with the Ridgways and the
Willetts boys and such idle, disloyal fel
lows, as usual."
"Well, father, I go with them occasion
ally, as thee knows ; but they're very hon
est, hard-working young men and good
" I wouldn't wonder, if thee knew and
they knew that the ' Sea Wasp' is coming
back next Wednesday, they'd try to cap
ture ner. iney re wicneu eouugu.
" Shouldn't wonder, father," said Obed
set tentiously. " But I don't see how they
could do It." f. T
" I've noticed that the master of the ves
sel always -anchors right by the swamp
where the beach shelves oft suddenly, and
within a tew yards ot shore."
x " So I perceive."
" Now, if there were bloodthirsty and
wicked men who had brains to keep their
bad purposes, and knew that she is coming
on Wednesday afternoon, and knew that
they are going to Shoud's and round about
to forage, and would leave the schooner
weak-handed, they might they are just
bad enough they might leave a couple of
stout boats in among tne reeos in tne creek
there the night betore." .
" They might, father." I
" They might go down armed at the
same time, with enough to eat all day, and
lie there; and next morning when the men
came ashore and got out of sight over the
Band-hills, to Shoud's, they might, if they
were.asj resolute as they are bad, take that
" Thiey might, as thee says ; and I have
a notion they'll try."
" They may, Olied ; but if tlievdo I hope
they'll use peaceable means. If they do
try, as thee thinks they will, doi't thee go
with them. But if thee will, and thee's a
headstrong boy, thee must go unarmed.
Don't thee dart to take th'at rifle that thy
tjncie Isaac brought from Virginia and
that hangs up in the garret, with a
horn full of powder and a pouch full of
bullets and patches. I caution thee to let
it alone."
"Certainly, father; just as tbee says;"
There were a doic;ft y'ouilg men in" the
settlement, staunch Whigs some fisher
tiifittv and all accustomed to the sea who
followed Obed's lead oh all occasions. He
Summoned them quietly to meet him on
Wednesday night, secretly, at the beach ;
and in the meanwhile he secured a
couple of stout boats, with oars, and hid
them away in the place indicated.
On Wednesday afternoon near nightfall
the cutter came in and snchorcd, but no
one came ashore. They kept & good
watch ; but the night Wa8 very dark and
their observation could not e'xtend vfcry
Far. Obed arid his friends liiade their way
through the swamp to the bdats, and lay
there qiiieH
cvii mgiiji. .. . ,i. s, , ...
Next nioi
whUt'jd Jie!
at daylight there was a
a from the cutter and two
boats were let down, into which there
tumbled, to the great delight of the con
cealed Whigs, fourteen men, armed with
cutlasses and muskets, with the master's
mate and midshipman commanding in
separate boats. This would leave the
boatswain, three men, and a boy on
board. Obed kept watch, the others Ivint
close down, and saw tht boats land.
TkeV all disembarked, leaving the
bdats In charge of two men and no$ sendi
lng them back; They .evidently jntendM
return in a short while and no time was
tj be lost. So soon as the main party had
disappeared behind the sand-hills Obed
and Willetts, covering the two men who
were seated on the bows of the "boats,
where they were drawn up on the beach,
fired. One of the men fell dead and the
other mortally wounded., Obed and WiU
itetts flpttriderra through the marsh to
Where the men lay, and, without paying
any attention to the wounded man, quickly
stove holes in the bottoms of the boats
while the rest of the men rowed into sight.
One of their own boats took them on
board and they made for the cutter.
But the people on the cutter were not
idle meanwhile. Thev disentfaeed a c'ar
roaade. ran it out of a ttorthdlc. and bf is
pared td.live. me boats, by previous un
derstanding; separated; one circimg norta
The noise of the firing caused the main
party to retrace their steps, and they came
back in a hurrv to the landins--rriar.fi.
where they found their boats unfit for use
not, however, until they had pushed
them off and the water poured in on tbettt-.
Willette. in the meanwhile-, after th'e Oris:
oners were secured, rail .the nagazihe,
brought up some grape and canister, load
ed the Long l oin and trailed it directly
upon the party in the water. The shot
From that and one of the carronades -did
learlul execution, and the lew survivors
that were unwounded ran up the beach to
tne nearest House, wnere they sheltered
themselves and ultimately surrendered.
Five had been killed outright and eight
severely wounded, three of them mortally.
The cutter had been won ; out to keep it
was another matter. There was no crew
to man it, even if it could be got to sea
through the squadron. As soon as the
news of its capture was known, or when
some time had elapsed after its absence,
there would be powerful boats' crews sent
for it, perhaps one of the smaller vessels.
So, after consultation, it was agreed to cut
the rigging, remove the masts and sink the
vessel in the deepest hole in the harbor, to
be raised on a suitable opportunity. This
was soon done after taking the movable
property ashore, previously filling the
barrels of the Long Tom and carronades
with all the melted beeswax that could be
had in the neighborhood and then storing
them in the hold. Then the prisoners
were carried off by their captors over the
country and safely lodged in Philadelphia, j
in three days a .British lorce came, as
had been expected, and they made things
lively. They burned down a number oi
farm-houses, Lippincott's among the num.
ber ; but the inhabitants, except those of
known loyal sentiments, kept at a respect
able distance from harm. Every boat
upon the beach for miles the British de
stroyed. In about a year's time Obed, Willetts,
and some of the rest came back, got up a
crew, raised the cutter, and found her in
good order. The cannons were rusted
some on the outside, but the beeswax had
preserved the inside smooth. They re
masted and rigged her, cut the wasp figure-head
off, replaced it by the rudely
carved figure of a snake, rechristened her
the " Rattler," and one dark, stormy
night got off to sea with her, having ob
tained letters of marque, and ran down to
the West Indies, where they took ample
revenge lor the burning of the Middle-of -
the-Shore. iniact, with tne prizes tney
took, the master and crew shared quite a
small tortune at the close oi tne war. The
"Rattler" was disarmed when peace
came, and embarked in a quieter business,
carrying shingles and pine boards along
the coast lor many years. l nomas JJunn
anqlim, in Jy. i. inaepenaent.
The Impressive Hotel Clerk.
The hotel clerk I venerate in the ab
stract but I am rather afraid to approach
him in the concrete. My experience is
that when he does not snub you ne patron
izes you, and I'd about as leave be killed
one way as another. Where moral char
acter and that sort of thing tells, I feel par
ticularly at home, but where a man is
judged only by his clothes, confidence
fails me, and I am backward about coming
" Can I have a room?" I modestly ask
after registering my name.
Clerk looks at me a moment, takes in
the general unostentatiousness of my ap
parel at a glance, turns away and attends
to the swells who get credit of Bell instead
of buying for cash of Porter, chats with
the young men whom he knows for a few
minutes, pauses to tell some old gentle-
man with a bald head the last brilliant
bon mot apropos ot the Beecher trial, and
when everybody else is roomed and he
has settled the pen right behind his ear,
then he calls the smallest bell-boy in the
office and turns to me with, " Show this
fentleman up to 993 !" And by this time
feel so humble about it that I bow to the
bell-boy and look around for his bag and
wonder how I'm to find No. 993 to show
him to. J ohn Paul at Long Branch.
The other Sunday a Detroit minister
preached a sermon on the Sin of white lies
and evasions, and he flattered himself that
his congregation took every word to
heart. Next day he made a call on one of
his parishioners, and as he mounted the
tront steps he heard one ot tne boys call
out: "Ma! ma! the preacher's coming
here!" " Great lands!" he heard her
shout, " and my hair's down and I've got
this old dress on ! ilun to the door, Hill
and toil him 1 went to tirosse isle on a
church excursion " Oh, no, I hate to,"
replied the boy. " Go go quick hurry
up, or I'll tan yon till you can't raise a
fot!" she urged, and the lad went to the
door and discouraged the preacher from
making the call. Detroit Jf ree Irrets.
Fruits of the season rain-storms, tor
nadoes, hurricanes, water-spouts and cy
clones ; drownings and suicides ; burglaries
and three-card monte ; unsteady markets
and men and what is the world coming
to, anyhow?
The editor of the New York Express
is threatened with a beer-garden in front
of his country residence in case he does
not buy several acres of land opposite at
twice its value. He promises a retaliatory
bone iactory.
Why is one of the rank and file who
has failed to obtained promotion like an
illicit machine? Because he is a private
Saratoga has only one Duke this sea
The bat now flies much in sporting
If " a stitch in time saves nine," will a
double stitch save eighteen ?
.. A woman's name leads the list in the
Boston Directory for 1876.
Nearly all the horses nowadays make
"the quickest time on record."
The person who savs a new broom
sweeps clearili ever tried it; that's ail: ,
The cost of remeniiimnit a man can be
counted by the price of his monument.
Announcement of the death of a dog
by a marine reporter : Another bark lost.
A Virginia horse deliberately drowned
himself, which demonstrates that that horse
may be an ass.
South American soldiers have had their
pay raised to eight cents per day, and now
look out for war.
Handkerchief flirtation, to be success
ful, must have a fool on either side of the
street to make the motions;
A man faeiiig commiser'ftted vftdi dri ac
cdvirit of his Wife's runriirig away, fold :
"Don't pity me till she comes back again."
. The free-excursion system, in.Baltiirio're
lias niuch reduced he' death:rate amcirig
the poor children of that city this sum
mer. TnE bank robbers are at work again
after their summer vacation and the sound
of the exploding torpedo is heard in the
There are not as many old fools in the
world rs young fools, but there is more
libpe for one who belongs to the latter'
'kts. 'flriU.be ail upusiisil riip'nth ih that
crc will be two moons, making it the
most moonshiny month known for seven
teen years.
"Under some circumstances glass is
liable to break," is the way a timid grocer
warns the public not to punch their elbows
through his show-case.
Api butchers are npt hard-hearted ?s
Has beeil asserted. One of the cr2ft ill
San Antonio cut his throat the other day
because a girl of sixteen made faces at
The exultation of the New York ed
itors over the prospect of a poor water
supply at the Philadelphia Centennial
next year shows clearly that they intend
to be present.
. A Qtiaii riiaily things that would seem
silly in brbad daylight Sdund beautifully
ih the moonlight: Likewise many a ro-
maptic lady-killgr a
f-M tlie ddytiiiic.
at night is1 a gibbering
There was a uOV in Maine a year or
two ago who could pronounce the name
of every town in the State, but of course
he died. His own parents knew from the
first that he would die.
Neatnesb, simplicity and durability
life tyh.ftt ai:E waiile'd iitaftyes its' iiiticn as
a'iythhg nowadays. When the first two
qualities are lacking, however, as little ot
the third as possible is desired.
A Maine paper' says that there isn't a
man in Portland who wouldn't tell a de
liberate lie for three cents. Three cents?
Three cents? Well, money is a great
temptation. Detroit Free Press.
If you are going to travel in the Indian
Territory you should provide yourself
with a plug of tobacco. Aloflzd Davis
from New England; w9 killed by Sorrte
miners the either day . because he couldn't
furnish them with a chew of the weed.
Among other improvements introduced
in the United States Assay Office in Wall
street, New York, is a pair of balances to
weigh gold and other precious metals.
Their capacity is equal to 10,000 ounces,
or over $1,000,000 worth of gold, and the
scale is sensitive to one-tenth of a grain.
The Taunton (Mass.) Gazette tells of a
young man who recently conceived the
brilliant idea or popping the Question bv
postal card. Accordingly he dispatched
ofte to the idol of his heart, bearing
simply his name and this character: " ?"
His feelings can be imagined on receiving
by return mail a card inscribed most en
ergetically: " !" When last seen he had
checked his collar-box for Chicago, and
was inquiring the price of through tickets
to tne west.
An amusing story is related of Repre
sentative-elect Walker, of the Twenty
ninth District of New York. A few days
ago he was seated on a porter's truck in
front of a hotel in Corning, when a lady
traveler, mistaking him for the porter,
requested him to carry her sachel to the
depot, lie readily complied, and on reach
ing the lady's destination blandly de
clined to receive compensation and with
a giocciui uuw lcib ilia uuiiiptuiiuu uiliozeu
at the disinterested politeness of her
An Operation by Physicians Who Do
Not Advertise.
Since the Academy of Medicine at
Evansville expelled a veteran physician
lor regularly advertising, the Journal, at
that place, tries to carry out the rule in
spirit by excluding the irregular adver
tising, in reporting a case as follows :
There was an operation performed in
the city the other day a surgical opera
tion and if we did not have a wholesome
dread of the " Drake Academy of Medi
cine" before our eyes we would report the
case in full. It was an amputation of the
leg the lower part about half-way be
tween where the shoe stops and the garter
begins. I ne patient was weak and cou ldn't
afford to lose any blood ; she needed all
she had to begin the business of living
again, so the dootors (members of the
Drake Medical Academy, consequently
cannot be named) agreed solemnly that
she should not lose anv at all. Dr.
(we are writing according to the " code"
now, so we can't name mm) produced a
sort of rubber strap, which looked like
the doctor's suspenders, sewed end to end.
Dr. (a member of Drake Medical
Academy, so we cannot mention names)
held the leg up while Dr. (we don't
mean to be personal, but it was neither of
the other doctors) strapped the rubber on.
This done. Dr. (who, being a member
of Drake Medical Academy, cannot allow
the use of his name) put something else
on, while Dr. (who is nameless be
cause a member of Drake Medical Acad
emy) took the rubber strap off. A phy
sician was present (belonging to Drake
Medical Academy we withhold his name)
armed with a knife, and began Jto .cut. He
was ably assisted by a medical "gentleman
of this city (unmentionable here, as he
holds a membership in Drake Medical
Academy). The arteries were taken up
by Dr. (who belongs to Drake Medi
cal Academy, and is thereby " nameless
here forevermore") in a most skillful
manner. When our reporter left the pa
tient was doing well. The operation was
very creditable to the doctors (who, being
members of the Drake Academy of Medi
cine, cannot have their names in print).
A Discovery at Pompeii.
The Pungolo of Naples reports an inter
esting discovery at Pompeii, consisting of
a number of wooden tablets with writings.
They were found carefully arranged in an
ivory box. The backs of the tablets are
smooth and unwritten upon, and their
faces, upon which the writing is found,
are surrounded with a kind of frame or
border. They are either separate or tied
together, book-shape, with twine in bun
dles of three or four. On the tablets thus
bound together the writing is almost al
ways in ink ; but the characters on the
single ones, which had been covered with
wax, were engraved, and are still legible,
though the wax has disappeared, as the
sharp point of the style had cut into the
wood beneath. The separate tablets con
tain receipts for the payment of money,
and bear the consular date, with the name
of the day and the month and the amount
paid. On the outside edge of the center
tablet of those bound up in book-form is
written an index of the names contained
in tlie volume. It is entitled perseriptio,
and is followed with a name in the geni
tive or dative. The tablets are evidently
accounts, and from the way in which they
pre kept there can ue no aoubt that tlie
spot where they were found was the site of
a Roman banker's house. They were dis
covered in excellent condition, though the
damp to which they had been exposed has
rendered them very fragile. Those bound
together are in the best state of preserva
tion. Signor Fiorelli has given an ac
count of the discovery to the Archaeologi
cal Academy of Naples, and it is expected
that it will throw much light upon the
conduct of business transactions under the
CAft: Webb iias dete'rmihed.td attempt
the ftat of swimming aCrdss tlie British
Channel, and has beguri training fdr that
purpose. As he can remain in the water
for fourteen hours, and can swim one mile
and a half an hour, he believes that the
feat is quite within the range of possibil
ity. The Chinese Government has estab
lished pharmaceutical laboratories for the
analysis of-drugs at Yeddo, Kiyoto and
Osaka, and decreed a fine for any druggist
who shall be found to have in his posses
sion adulterated quinine or iodide of pot
ttsh;. Another healthy example which
Christian civilization would do well to
The English Court of Appeal in Chan
cer has recently given full effect to the
riiie in favor of'ancient lights, a Liver
pool boiler-manufacturer bng forbidden.
bythecrecuCZCI a 8nea on.Uie.rear.
Vila r,wn nmmiH fWvm i " Oil tne
light enjoyed by a chapel since 1840. He
was also held to be amenable to the court
in respect to interference with the chapel
services by noise:
AN extraordinary 0utfge tlpttii ft Ferti
Viarl newspaper editor is reported. Tlie
Editor .id. questip'ii; Castro Hamos by name,
and, residing at Iqiiictvi,. Jfis. severely
beaten by a police inspector and two con
stables, and an attempt was made to make
him swallow a newspaper which con
tained articles obnoxious to the police.
The inspector afterward shot the editor in
tlie stomach. By the last accounts he was
not expected to live, and the inspector was
in custody;
St. a recent decisidii of tite.Corirt of
Equity in London the fund of $10,000
raised in 1857 by Dickens, Mark Lemon,
John Forster, Maclise and others for the
family of Douglass Jerrold, just then de
ceased, in poverty, goes now to Jerrold's
only unmarried daughter, Mary Jane Jer
rold. The sum was originally invested in
Government securities for the benefit of
Mrs. Jerrold and her daughter, with re
mainder to the survivor. The widow Is
dead, ThJj claim of Miss Jerrold's brother
vi-aAdefiied: .,.'..
M. JAcqutn's system of recording the
vote oi ine rrench Assembly by means of
electricity is very ingenious. Before ev
ery Deputy two ivory buttons are placed,
like the buttons of electric bells. If the
Deputy wishes to vote " yes," he presses
the button
lett. 'the voter establishes cy
an electric communication, which is trans
mitted to an apparatus 'close to the Presi
dent and his Secretaries. Every time the
electric current acts thus, it opens the door
to a ball, and the ball falls through a tube
into the ballot-box. The balls are made
of glass or ivory, and are strictly identical
in weight. The two ballot-boxes are then
weiched. and the number of balls indi
cated by the, weight; ..Finally, by turning
a nandie;. an t tne bans wnicn nave not
been diea ,dre h?t. cjut. ind tHey.givejthe,
exact number of riicmcers wliH abstained
from voting, or . who were absent when
the vote was taken. The device appears
to be very simple, convenient and re
A new industry is the shipment of live i
frogs from this country to England for
breeding purposes.
. A.YERf ingenldus, methdd . of making
inlaid dr hidsaic wbrk ih wfjod liaS lately
been introduced. Two contrasting kinds
of veneer say bird's-eye maple and black
walnut are laid one on the other, and
confined between the covers of whitewood
or something similar. The desired design
is then cut through the whole by a fine
jig-saw, hardly larger than a horse-hair.
xne part uiat is cut out oi tne iignt-coi-.
ored veneer is then set into the place of
the corresponding part in the dark veneer,
and nice versa, and glued firmly upon the
article to be ornamented in the usual
manner of veneering.
The trade in tissue-paper patterns is
enormous. One house recently ordered
5,000 reams of paper and 2,000,000 envel
opes in which to place the patterns. These
patterns are so perfect that dresses lor cos
tume parties are easily mate, and are fast
becoming popular. These patterns' are a
real boon to the mother of a family living
far from any village or settlement. Every
garment worn by men, women or children
Can be made from them ; they are notched
at the places to join them ; the number of
yards for each garment and its trimming
is faithfully given, ingenuity is fostered,
comfort is promoted, and, in fine, we are
inclined to class paper patterns among the
great inventions of the age. N. Y. Sun.
An extensive manufacture of lock and
morticed bricks is carried on at Water
bury, England. These bricks, while pro
ducing workmanship greatly superior to
walls built with pressed brick being
tongued, grooved and locked at intervals
at each angle are also found to be strong
er than common hand-made bricks, be
sides possessing the additional recom
mendation of effecting a saving of two
thirds in the material used. These lock
and morticed brick, it also appears, are
adapted to extensive and varied uses, and
are specially serviceable where space and
light with solidity are an object. Their
usefulness is likewise very manifest, it is
stated, when employed for the building af
or sustaining and retaining embankments,
sea and other walls, quays and river front-
. .i . ' . i- . i j
ages, as aiso in uie erection oi snuiis, anu,
in fact, the formation of all works to
which bricks can be applied.
A very important, but, until quite re
cently, neglected, constituent of the waste-
neap are tne old iron, battered saucepans,
old pails, rusty hoops, and horse-shoes and
nails from the road. All waste soldered
articles now have the solder extracted from
them, as it is more valuable than the iron,
and the cheaper metal is then melted. Nor
are the horseshoe-nails mixed with the
common cast-iron, as they are much sought
after by gun-makers for the purpose of
making stuo-twist oarreis. craps oi iron,
it is found, may be made very usetul in se
curing the copper in the strer ms washing
veins ot copper pyrites ; pieces of bat
tered iron are placed in tanks, into which
these are collected, and under these cir
cumstances the copper incrusts the iron, in
process ot time entirely dissolving it, a
mass of copper thus taking the place of
the iron, and the residuum, in the shape
of a colored deposit, is at times taken out,
dried and smelted. These are but a few
among the almost numberless examples of
utilization processes now in vogue, and oy
means of which the merest and apparent
ly most worthless waste is made to yield
an important value.
Watch the Lips.
Words of detraction and slander require
the watch. It is not all mention ot
neighbor's faults and evil deeds that is
wrong, for we cannot but notice gross
faults, and to speak of them in a right
spirit may be perfectly right and needful
for selt-defense and the good ot society
The sin and wrong is in being quick to
see and punish faults, magnifying them,
imagining them, meddling with them
when it is none of our business to do so,
and speaking of them from promptings of
envy, resentment and rivalry, a slander
ous tongue moves as naturally in the ele
ment of hatred as a fish in the water. One
who loves his neighbor as himself and
seeks to do unto others as he would they
should do unto him can hardly be a slan
derer. The mischief of detraction springs
from a mean, unloving spirit, soured by
disappointment, fretted by envy, urged on
by meddlesomeness and miserable curiosi
ty. When one with such a frame goes
trom house to house with the preface
They say, or they do say, but I don't know
how true it is, that wis man qrjnKs; or.
That man and his wife don't live very
pleasantlv together ; or. That nidil did not
come by his money very honestly ; or, This
woman" is no better than she should be it
is very probable that then a busybody and
slanderer is at work who greatly needs the
prayer: "Set a watch, O Lord, before Ply
mouth; keep the door of my lips." W.
H. Lewis, D. D.
Feeding the Animals at Central Park.
NuiAn. the honi of two P. m. on anv dav
Except Shnday the Visitor fit. Central Park
Zoological Gardens may Witness tne teed
ing til the animal. Sundays ar6 except
ed because, says Mike, the keeper, " Sun
day is a fasting day with hq, critters.'?
The carnivores need this periodic' interval
for their health. Meat-eating creatures
naturally gorge themselves, if possible,
and then lie down to rest, whereas good
digestion waits on appetite, and health on
both. So, says Mike, we help them to an
observance of their normal condition once
a week. Empty stomachs for Sunday.
The feeding time brings a vision of
pandemonium ; no conception of it is pos
sible until it is witnessed. Brute nature
as well SS human nature shrinks front
responsibility, even in the matter of eat
ing and drinking. Anxious and expectant
as the brutes are; they all seem to depend
on the old Asiatic lion to announce the
coming of forage. They get restive in
their way, but it is quite plain that they
look to him fbr a definite impulse.. The
Hno 0f beasts at this interesting period
couches with mut ijnity . and looks
steadily through the big window tOTard
the arsenal door. All eyes are "fixed on
him. At the first - sign from him all
is uprdar, tlimuittlous plunging and
footing i the heavy ttnd quick strides
of the lifms ted tigers jaf their
Cages fearfully; the leopards leap and
plunge of arjd under, eafeh other,- and ex;
ecute most woiiderful...vatoting. i t Each
creature has its characteristic moveineni.
Meantime the air is rent by unearthly yells,
among them none more strange than the
voice of the hyenas, which canter, in a
most ludicrous style, up and down the
cage and laugh hysterically. ., The laugh
that is he ohly word to express it yet
the sound is like, thg continuous squeaking
of ail upright steam-saw, Slightly .inter";
rupted at intervals', as if s6me. hard knot
arrested its progress. All this time the lit
tle elephants have been pumping' and stir
ring the air, and looking as if they were
trying on the last new waltz. Of the
larger animals, the bears are the most de
liberate and demure; they do not partici
pate in the general excitement, which is
inQstiy. Confined to the strictly carnivorous
khiraalS: ... ..
The F.uiaS , af e" Somewhat deliberate in
their actions, but they corhp'erjs'ate by an
occasional yell that breaks thrortgh all
all other sounds and fairly chills the blood
an enlarged caterwaul, pitched on a de
moniac key. The magnificent jaguar the
South American tiger is also dignified in
his .bearing." , Conscious, of great power,
he takes his share of food as his right and
bStS del'beately; as becomes his rank.
All is uuiet now. save the lttW uarl of a
selfish brute or the crushing sounds of
mastication. Some hungry jaws are grind
ing the very bones. Not every day can
one see serpents feed r but we were fortu
nate at being present on one of the notable
occasions on which Mr. Conklin announced
that he had a litter of new-born rabbits to
' fted out." The Bnakes, responsive to the
late.eheeffUT advance in temperature, had
petitioned for.sustfiiahCe. Ih ajar'ge glass
cage; situated ori the grass border hear the
sea:lili5, ifrtt ra:I- rattlesnakes, Florida
serpents and black-snakes iitjn! out JNortu
ern pastures. The genial warmth of tne
sun, liLightened by the glass cover, had
stirrmlMtorl sprrwntinp. lit'p. into ouite hope
ful activity. Mike produces the desired
provender, and the reptiles acknowledge
his kindness. There is a very perceptible
awakening, and- immediately on the en
tf ttttce of the rabbits the black heads are
seen lifted above the fiuik gtowh of Clover
that lilies, the cage; A marked difference
is noticed between the snakes; The rattle1
snakes are inert, lying at length, and pas-"
sively seizing their prey as it approaches
The black-snakes, on the contrary, are
all attention ; their heads are raised as if
listening to the tread of the prey. At
sight of it they stretch forward with open
inouth and strike.. To take their prey
headforemost: which they invariably do
they execute some maneuvers, being ready
to coil round the victim if need be. His
coiling is characteristic of the black-snake,
as we had an opportunity to witness on
this occasion. One of the black-snakes
had swallowed a rabbit, and peered about
for more ; his eye tell upon the halt-swal-
lowed prey of the rattlesnake, which was
quietly enjoying the slow but sure process
of salivacoatlng his evening meal. With
out ceremony the black-snake seized the
rattlesnake by the throat and demanded a
disgorgement. The rattlesnake, in . his
stolid manner, refused, but made no dem
onstration. He lay at length and evident
ly trusted to his powers f endurance and
his fearful fangs for protection. His
antagonist now released his hold
and seized the part of prey left, outside,
sensibly concluding that now or never he
had a chance, for the inwardly-inclined
teeth of the rattlesnake are surely sending
the morsel out of sight forever. A vio
lent jerking succeeds no better, and now
he quickly sends coil upon coil around the
rattlesnake, putting in operation his
greater power. The rattlesnake keeps his
hold with praiseworthy tenacity ; his eye
flashes with rage; his head is swollen to
the utmost. His assailant is thoroughly
in earnest; he is all action. A. great com
motion is aroused among the other
snakes. The member from Florida re
tires to the gallery; the second rattle
snake is awakened into activity by the
plaintive cries of the half-swallowed rab
bit, and the black-snakes are darting
through the "green grass and clover m
search of more prey.
A crowd ot interested spectators had now
collected, many of them ready to bet large
ly and variously on tne result, mere was
now a first-rate " snake ngnt ' at hand.
certainly, and there seemed to us no rea
son to doubt that the black-snake would
win by crushing the other to death. We
were doomed to disappointment, for the
tender-hearted Mike could not see his pets
endangered to gratify us, and he wisely
essayed to "part 'em." This was a task of
no little difficulty. He pushed a pole
through the coils of the black-snake and
shook him vigorously for awhile. At last
the beast released his nold.
It is urged by some naturalists that the
blacksnake does not exert a crushing
power by the coil. On this occasion, cer
tainly, our specimen seemed ready to en
circle his enemy to some purpose. He did
succeed in wrapping coil upon coil around
him, causing enormous distension of his
jaws, but not quite releasing nis prey rrom
his teeth. What mignt nave occurred hart
the battle lasted longer we cannot say. It
seemed as if the continuance of such
crushing power would result disastrously
for the victim. When the black-snake
struck the rabbit it instantly and adroitly
useu lis cons 10 hi rest it, uiauai; iiili mem
as a man would his hand to grasp a steady
It is a singular signt, tnat ot a reptile
swallowing prey apparently so much
larger than itself. The devouring jaws
are flexible to the utmost and 'the under
iaw is so articulated in the middle that it
is completely uattenea in ine aci oi aegiu
tition. The whole region of the jaws and
fauces is so flexible as to admit of enor
mous distensions while the teeth, being in
clined inward, easily assist the slightest
movement in driving the tood down.
The black-snake, which is so common
all over our country, has the reputation of
being particularly bright and intelligent
It has a curious habit of rustling the
leaves with its tail when disturbed ; and
this is said to resemble the whirr of the
dreaded rattlesnake. It darts quickly at
the obiect ot its rage, and inflicts a wound.
though not a poisonous one. 2f. T. Post.
Dr. Barrett, of Middletown, Conn..
thinks he has discovered the cause of hay
fever in the pollen of the ambrosia plant,
which matures about August, and, carried
about by the wind, causes irritation in the
nasal passages ; and says that the way to
escape the disease is to go to some tQvji
where this plant is not found,
0ur 03 Htjd itU.
GotD Locks sits by the window pane,
Sits and watches the falling rain ;
The great drops patter thick and fast
From a sky all dull and overcast,
And she sighs, with half a frown on her brow:
" What good does tne rain ao, any now r-
I know she is thinking of the play
On the bright, dry sidewalk yesterday,
In hef pretty, new blue-ribboned hat;
8he is tired of the doll and book and cat;
She cotlld run and shout in the sun again '
But for this rain, this useless rain.
i smllfe at her small, iriipatient sigh,
And the wistful trouble of her eye,
And sitting down bf the window say!
"Little girl, Gold Locks, look this way,
And listen, and I will tell you now
What good the rain does, anyhow.
" The grass that spreads for your little feet
A carpet soft and green and sweet;
The leaves that cover the cunning nest.
On the apple-bough, of the red-breast;
And the fields of clover and fields of grain,
Could never grow without the rain.
" None of your dainty, biue-eyed pets,
The crowdings sweet-b0athed f iolets.
Could lift to the' light their happy heads
Out of the grass and the garden-beds,
And nod tn y ouf in their, blithesome way,
If there never wefe & faitiy AHj:
" Then, dear, all days go by eo fast,
The wettest, dreariest, does not last.
And if when this with it rain is done
From the west should shine the evening sun,
We shall see a rainbow's painted arc
Glowing where now the sky is dark.
"And then to-morrow when yon wake
To see the red, bright morniog break,
You will say as you smell the fragrant air,
And the fresh drops glisten everywhere
On tree and flower in the early sun:
' This is the good the rain has done.' "
Boston CongregatUmalist.
We : were all growing-up boys some
nearly young men, the rest of us smaller
when Uncle William, who had left the
country when we were little, returned to
pay ft vjsit t his Old home and friends. He
was .always" Thrich interested in father's
children, ,ind particularly in me, perhaps
because I was called after hihij aiid I
rattier think he noticed a prominent feature
in my charactef Pile of his own, too the
unnecessary anxiety to be a fflan before the
time. When we were all together cfrt'
evening, and after he had entertained us
with his adventures, he took the opportu
nity of telling us the following story, which
doubtless was intended for my special ben
efit: "In the early part of my life," said he,
"just about the time when I put on my first
pants and jacket and was shod with a pair
of top-boots, with brass toe-pieces, I was
seized with the ardent and longing de
sire to become a man. So much was said
among the school-boys about becoming
twenty-one, and so much ado was made
by parents when their sons arrived at
twenty-tifie, and so good and manly a
character most of them had at the age of
twenty-one they could all dress Veil,
carry a cane, smoke a cigar, chew tobac
co, ' take a glass,' and swear occasionally
that I looked away forward to twenty-one
as if it stood up in the far-off distance, as
the most desirable of all, and the only
prominent year of my life. It seemed to
me the Sentinel of all years. It would be
an epoch in my history. It was a year the
dawn of which would make me a man. It
was to be the dividing line between the
ages of slavery and of liberty. On this
side of it I saw nothing but commands,
rebukes, and a god, sound whipping now
id then, or, it it went no iurtner, at
least some severe threatening, as ' Boy, do
this, and boy, do &2z or I will flog you.'
As l grew up these aisaon.:."5" ccuIC
to .increase proportionately. There was
the endless school-tasks no escape from
fheih flothitig but school, school, school
and wretched school-books from January
to' December, till I hastily Concluded that
I was born for nothing else than to go to
school and be' fcepit a boy for ever and
ever. Even the Sabbath itefelf ,wa? no re
lease. To escape from day-scho,1 as to
plunge into what was ten-fold worse the
Sabbath-school. Then the tiresome ser-
rpon to be listened to as if I paid atten
tion ; then tie text and heads must be re
ported at home. Oh, how I longed to be
.Boyhood 1 thought was Slavery, pond
age to one's parents. I was not master ot
my own will, nor could I follow" once my
own desires. Did I wish to spend the
evening ' out among my admired com
panions, my mother interfered, and said it
was not proper. If I wished to spend the
evening at the theater my father had the
purse. Or if, by strict economy, I had
saved enough to purchase my own ticket I
had to" ask his consent, and that was cer
tain to be denied. Everything was so ex-
aCtlv measured outfof tne: my time, my
work, my play, my food, clothing, compa
ny all must pass unoer tne censure or ap
proval of my father and mother. Why so
much interfering? Did I not know better
than they what suited me ? And then to
think a boy of seventeen is not a boy, but a
mum VU1LC VA.iii if.: l:ii t IU LILVllIV t.l 1 V oii
tor himselt. if his motner were oeao ; ano
sometimes the wicked thought occurred,
' I wish she was below the sod, men l
should be free to do as I please, without
rendering up a daily account.'
" As I came near the year of supposed
jubilee, I became impatient My fever
grew upon me. II at tnat age l nao naa
the clock of time under my control, I
should have shoved it forward just four
years. Time moves so slowly when one
hastens to be a man! As it was, I had to
bear and wait. My grievances increased.
The smallest reauest was an imposition. I
was obedient, but after a sulky sort. And
my sole comfort arose from the thought
tnat l snouid soon pe tree, a recognizeu
and acknowleged young man!
" It was the last year of my minority
Mv apprenticeship was to expire with
what I thought my despicable boyhood.
If 1 recollect aright. 1 rather lanciea mat
everybody ought to have known that
was so near being a full-fledged man.
gave my mother and sisters to understand
it thoroughly. I took a very common
and natural "means of impressing them
with the fact. Though I knew that their
constant and studied care was to please
me, and that not unfrequently they did
more than they thought right in order to
conciliate me, I noticed not their thought-
fulness, but rather grumbled, and Iretted,
and found fault the more.
"My birthday came at last. The usual
honors were done to me. My friends were
there. I had the Inviting of them myself.
It was a day of joy and leasting and con
gratulations. And yet there was an inward
painful reluctance that made me feel a lit
tle sad. I felt as if twenty-one. had not
brought to me so much after all. At the
dinner-table father took from his pocket a
purse. A tear sparkled in his eye as he
reached it to me before all my guests.
That is your portion.' said he: 'youare
now of age, competent to think and act for
yourself. Make tne oest ot it xi you use
it properly it will set you up in business
if not vou cannot claim anything more
from me.'
"His lips quivered a little, and my
mother covered her face with her handker
chief. A cold chill passed over me.
vacancy opened in my heart that nothing
could fill. I felt as if I was leaving home
to wander in a foreign land forever. 1 took
the money and tried to smile as I thanked
him. I looked as wise and manly as I
could before my companions. If I had
had the power I should have made the sun
go back ten degrees at least upon the dial
of mv life.
"Iwas injudicious with my money and
soon got rid of it. I can scarcely tell
how. I was proud-spirited and father saw
my struggles and difficulties to get along
in the world. He knew that my heart
longed to get back and nestle in thepeace-
lui, happy old nome, but it could not ne,
I had already flown and could not return
to the nest It was only after many years,
when I had struggled and toiled with
hardships till 1 seemed to be gaining
ground, that father reached out a helping
If is now nearly twice a score of years
since I left behind me that lofig-lotiked-for
twenty-one. But these years have been so
filled up with cares, anxieties, crosses anil
vast responsibilities that a thousand time
I'm sure, when almost driven todespai" I
have looked back to the days of my ' boy
hood and have fervently wished, v."i.a
long, deep sigh, for the return of -ie c
less, happy day. Only one day aol in
my father's happy home woul ' - t-"' en
to me Paradise regained. TL je lays
were gone past forever!
" To-day when I see boys impatient un
der the restraints of school or of home,
and wishing for the age of manhood,
when they suppose they shall be so free. to
think and act as they please, I feel like
advising them to rest contented with their
happy youlh. Childhood's days are the
happiest you ever will enjoy. Be not im
patient and escape from them. When they
are gone you cannot recall them, though
you would if you could. Others so free
from care and so full of real happiness
yod need not expect to find. Stay in your
father's house as long as you can ; submit
to your parents' counsel when they give it
for they are wiser than vou." 2T. T. Observer.
The Armed Strength of Europe
In a recent lecture delivered in London
Cap! Vincent, of the Royal Berks militia,
made a hasty review of the armed estab
lishments of the different nations, the fol
lowing being, as he stated, the forces
which each country ought to count upon
ill afl hour of necessity:
Holland Sixty-eight battalions of in
fantry of 5 companies ; 111 companies of
engineers, transport corps, etc.; 24 squad
rons of savalry, 4 to a regiment; 18 bat
teries of artillery oi 6 guns, with a " com- -batant"
strength Of 90,260 inlantry, armed
with the Snider and Beaumont breech
loadeis; 3,850 cavalry, with 108 bronze
breech-loading rifled guns. Navy 113
ships, 17 armor-plated, with 981 Pns and
7,250 men.
Belgium Eighty-four battalions (mostly
of .four companies of infantry), armed
with Albini, Braendlin and Comblain
breech-loaders ; 16 companies of engineers,
45 squadrons (14 to a regiment) of cavalry,
20 batteries (of 6 guns) of artillery, with
a "combatant" total of 130,000 infantry,
7,500 cavalry, and 152 guns, a the Prus
sian system. ' "
Sweden and Norway One hundred and
twenty-two battalions, mostly armed witb
the Remington; 15 companies of engi
neers, 58 squadrons of cavalry, 40 batter
ies of artillery, with 152,800 infantry,
10,540 cavalry, and 322 guns, plus 20,000
"mvrriteer. United Navies Sixty-five ves
sels (fife armor-plated), with 491 guns and
5,100 men.
Denmark Five territorial brigades, 43
battalions of infantry, armed with the
Snider and Remington rifle ; 28 companies
of engineers, 21 squadrons of cavalry, 13
batteries of artillery,' with 36,050 foot,
2,100 horse and 96 guns. Navy Thirty
one steamers 1 (six iron-clad), three of
which have been converted on the French
model, and of the remainder the Odin, of
Danish built, a turret eight-inch armor
plated screw vessel, fitted with a peculiar
steel ram six feet in length, and hidden,
when not required, in the hull. The Odin
carries four ten-inch nineteen-ton guns.
Germany (including Bavaria) Peace
establishment, 18,079 officers, 401,059 men,
97,379 horses. War establishment, 31,495
officers, 1,273,346 men, with about 1,000,
000 combatants, 270,920 horses, and 2,473
field guns. In addition, the new Land
sturm bill provides an organized force for
the defense of Genuan hearths and homes.
The landsturm is divided into two classes.
The first, including all able-badied men
not already in tlie army, distributed into
293 battalions, and calculated to produce
175,800 men. This addition will bring
the Genuan war strength to over 1,700,000
men. Navy manned by some 9,000 of
ficers and men, the latter drawn by con
scription from the seafaring population,
estimated r.t 80,000, who on that account
arc exempted from military service.
Russia TTar strength, 752,000 cf-i-
batant infantry, 372,000 cavalry, wf b -i.-768
guns, including 4oS mitrailleuF . :
Ion nr fifteen vmn the land fore ; of lllB
Enipire will numbeT 2,000.0i!0 men, of
which about three-fourths will be com'
batant. Navy increasing every day in importance.-
Numerically, strength about 300
vessels, inCWding twenty-five iron-clads,
with an armament of over 1,500 grins.
Turkey 170,376 regulars, 148,680 re
serves, 7O,0OU auxiliaries, OI irregulars.
presenting a grand total oi aou.uw com
batant Infantry, Zi,uuu cavairy, wim ma
trims nsw one oi me nnesi 111 me '
commanded by an Englishman of no less
ability than experience.
Austria Hungary -o,H2 miamiy,
62,746 cavalry and 1,616 guns. -Navy
thrown into the shade by the efforts that
have been directed toward the army.
Eight or ten iron-clads tana the entire
fleet '
TtaW iAI 9iU infantrv. armed mostly
with the Remington breech-loader, IJ50
cavalry, and 1,240 guns, ixavy, qououju.
Portugal AlPOUI du.uw com uaumta iuiu
100 guns on a war strength. Navy, about
fifYv shins: not more than one-half sea
worthy, with six iron-clads now building
in England.
M .V . , ' . T. . J.J,. 1.
Switzerland usumauw xiraigui.
174,000 infantry, 5,000 cavalry and 1U4
SuJis- - ,
r ranee Army in pruceua vi icuigouita-
tion. Navy about 350 ships; some OU
iron-clads. . -
Tn conclusion the lecturer said: "Ul
the fifteen States of Europe, seven have in
troduced universal liability to mimary
service: Germany, itussia, Austria,
France. Italy. Denmark and Switzerland.
The armies of seven are recruited by con
scription, or conscription and enlistment,
viz. : Spain, Turkey, Sweden and Nor
way, Holland, Belgium, Portugal and
Greece, while in England alone are we
solely dependent on voluntary enlistment
JLOoking at tne armies oi x.unpc iiiiu.
every point of view, the rapidity with
which they can be mobilized, fed from re
serves concentrated on any point, main
tained in the field, they may be arranged
in the following recedence: First-class
I, Germany; 2, Austria; 3, Russia; 4,
France. Second class 5, Italy; 6, En
gland. Third class 7, Belgium ; 8, Tur
Hfey; 9, Sweden and Norway ; 10, Holland;
II, Denmark; 12, Spain; 13, Portugal;
14, Switzerland ; 15, Greece. Altogether,
four armies of the first class, two armies
of the second and nine armies of the third,
with, in round numbers, a paper strength
of seven and a half millions and a com
batant strength of five millions, with 15,
000 guns and a million and a quarter of
Not long ago a gentleman living near
New York had a barn-raising on his place,
in which a number of his neighbors as
sisted. In accordance with old custom he
brewed for them with his own hands sev
eral gallons of punch, upon which, being
an expert, he expended much labor ana
thought When the ingredients had been
combined to suit his taste he carried the
punch in a bucket to the scene of opera
tions, and invited the men to partake of it
They excused themselves for a few mo"
ments, wishing to complete their work,
whereupon he placed the bucket upon a
bench and retired. When about half an
hour afterward the men prepared to do
justice to the punch, they discovered to
their consternation that the bucket was
empty. The thief proved to be an Alder
ney heifer, who was found in a very dis
graceful state of intoxication. She had
scented the fragrant concoction and drained
it to the last drop. The animal recovered
(he next day, but those for whom the punch
was intended were obliged to quench their
thirst with something else.
A Detroit commercial traveler walked
down the aisle of a passenger coacl .ie
other day, having on an outlandish ' uen
duster and an old straw hat, an seven
women, who had seats by themselves,
piled their baggage on the spare half and
looked out of the windows to avoid seeing
him. While he was sitting on the wood
box and chewing the bitter cud of reflec
tion a man with a brass watch-chain and
a three dollar set of glass-diamonds entered
the car, and six of the women lifted their
sachels down and moved close up to the
side of the car. Such things are not right,
but they always will be. Free Pre.;

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