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Volume xi.
Helena, Montana, Thursday, January u, 1877.
No. 8
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"The child la mine," »aid the Daylight,
"For »lie is most like me ;
So get thee hence, thou gray Night,
We've naught to do with thee !
Her eyes are as blue as my skies ;
Her locks are like the sun.
She shall hut sleep 'neath thy skies.
When my glad hours are done."
"Not so," then spoke the Nisiht-time,
"She's fair as is my moon ;
And her voice is like the love-rhyme
My own bird sings in June ;
Her eyes are like the star-gems
Set far above the sun ;
And her breath is sweet as the blossoms
That open when thou art gone."
"Choose thou me," said the Daylight.
"For all the world is mine ;
The birds sing in my gay light
Like gold the waters shine ;
And mine are all the best flowers
That ever the whole earth grow,
And mine are all the blythe hours
Wherein men come and go."
"Nay, be thou mine," said the Night-time,
"For I too can give thee gold ;
P^ler indeed is my bright time,
Fainter, and somewhat cold ;
But the lover loves my fay-light ;
With me the poet sings best;
While the toiling children of Daylight
Can use me but for rest"
Then she answered, "While flowers sunlit,
While the bird and the humming-bee
And the eyes of playmates fun lit,
Are joys enough ior me—
While burdens are light for bearing,
While sorrow is loth to stay—
So long, beyond all comparing,
I will love thee best, O Day !
But when I shall find a gladness
To all but myself unknown ;
And when there shall come a sadness
I needs must endure alone ;
When grief is too great for weeping—
When bliss cannot bear the light—
'Tis then, while the rest are sleeping,
That I'll watch with thee, O Night."
Feminine Notes.
Patrick, lamenting his late better half, said:
"Och, she was a jewel of a wife. She
always struck me with the soft end of the
Littla Jennie, a girl of 5, has been scolded
and is in tears. "All right for you, mamma,"
she sobs, "all right for you. To-morrow I
go back into my cabbage."
"Whom do you like best, Aunt Jane or
Aunt Mary?" was asked of a little Miss. "Oh!
Aunt Mary, of course, cause she keeps the
cookies on the lower shelf."
Recent investigations warrant the assertion
that one baby with a cracker will make the
couch of wearied industry more uncomforta
ble than fifteen prize mosquitos.
Ladies are now wearing standing collars,
and the philanthropist will have a gratified
feeling as he sees a girl scratch her ear on
her collar, and not have to take off her glove.
The latest fashion is for ladies going out
to tea to take their work in goodly bags. This
gives them an opportunity to take samples of
the cake and cold meats home to their hungry
Sam M. Hopkins, the editor of the Gains
ville Kentuckian , recently officiated at a baby
show, and has been hiding in the woods ever
since, just because a large red-headed W'oman,
whose infant failed to get the prize, says
. she wants to see him.
A New Orleans journal having bragged
about " a beautiful girl " in that city who
weighs 421. thd Burlington Hawk-Eye ex
claims: "Fraud! fraud! Let's appoint a
committee of Northern men of national rep
utation to go down and see a fair weigh."
No jest about this ; it's a simple statement
of fact going the rounds of the newspapers :
"Into every married man's mind there sooner
or later enters the conviction that he cannot
dress his wife in plain clothes and keep the
current of her affection for him flowing at a
spring-freshet gait. "
Origin of the Polk».
(From the Allgemeine Familien-Zeitung.j
About 1830 a peasant girl, being in service
m a tradesman's family at Elbesteinitz, in
Bohemia, beguiled herself one Sunday after
noon in her kitchen by endeavoring to invent
a new step, which she t.ied to adapt to a
village song. While thus disporting herself,
she was surprised by her employer, who,
quite interested, made her repeat the experi
ment the same evening in the parlor, where
Joseph Neruda, an emiuent musician, hap
pened to be present, who noted the air and
step. Not long afterward the new dance was
danced at a citizen's ball in the town, and in
1835 came into fashion at Prague, where, in
consequence of the half step which occurs
in it, it was called the Polka, which means in
Tcheque, half. Four years later a band of
Prague musicians brought the dance to Vi
enna, where it had a great success, and in
1840 a dancing-master of Prague, named
Raab, danced it for the first time in Paris.
It was Built, on a Grave-Yard and
ted by Goblins.
Ha 11 ii
A Tbrilline History that bas Ended in
The Brooklyn Theater was built about five
years ago, for Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Conway,
by a company of whom the ruling spirits and
principal shareholders were : William U.
Kingsley, the Hon. Henry C. Murphy and
Thomas Kinsella, proprietor of the Brooklyn
Eagle. Mr. and Mrs. Conway had been very
successful in their management of the Old
Park Theater in Brooklyn, and had amassed
some seventy or eighty thousand dollars.
They had, indeed, become so popular and
firmly established that capitalists, such as
Kingsley and Murphy, thought it an excel
lent speculation to put up the house for them.
The spot selected for the building was the
old site of St. John's church and burying
ground, the pioneer Anglican church of the
city. The church was torn down, and all
who had friends buried in the cemetery, and
possessed the necessary funds, had their
bodies removed ; but there were many buried
there whose families had become extinct or
moved away ; and even some who were too
poor to meet the expense of disinterment
and burial ; hence a great many bodies were
left in the ground and the theater was built
over them.
From the very moment the location was
decided upon, Mrs. Conway was impressed
with forebodings of trouble and sorrow. She
insisted that the contemplated enterprise was
a desecration of holy ground, and that noth
ing would succeed there. Although her hus
band did not entirely share her feelings at the
time, still he also expressed great dissatisfac
tion with the site chosen for the theater.
MRS. conway's fears realized.
The theater w r as built, despite the fears of
those interested, and was one of the most
elegant and costly structures of the kind any
where about the metropolis. When comple
ted, it is said to have cost considerably over
$200,000. The Conways leased it, and soon
sunk every dollar they had made at their old
establishment. The dressing rooms were
situated directly over a number of scantily
covered graves, and, in damp weather, the
exhalations from these were not only disa
greeable, but so noisome as to cause serious
illness among the members of the company.
An impression got abroad, before a great
while, that the house was haunted, and there
was at least this much ground for the rumor.
The theater might be shut up, every door and
window closed at night, every possibility of
a draught provided against, and yet, just as
soon as the lights wefe extinguished, never
before, the flies and scenery on the stage
would flap, swing, strain and creak, as if a
terrific gale were blowing up through them,
and all this time without a breath of air stir
ring. Mrs. Conway, who ascribed all their
bad fortune to influences, other than human,
could not be persuaded, upon any considera
tion, to enter the house aftet the lights were
turned off. It may be imagined that the poor
lady's life was not a pleasant one, with this
horror constantly upon her mind, to supple
ment the mortification of continual pecuniary
loss which she and her husband were suffer
ing ; but her real sorrows had not yet com
They had been in the ill-fated theaterabout
two years, when Mr. Conway, one night, fell
on the stage, stricken with the disease from
which he died a few weeks later. Before
his death, he expressed the belief that he
might have lived to a good old age if he bad
left the haunted and cursed Brooklyn Theater
alone. He died, leaving his widow and chil
dren in such a pecuniary condition that there
was no alternative for them but to carry on
the theater. This Mrs. Conway did, but with
no better success than formerly, and her
opinion about the certainty of disaster im
pending over the concern, became more and
more fixed.
Just two years from the death of her hus
band she herself was brought low, and died
in her private apartments over the theater.
When in her last moments, she insisted that
all her losses, her bereavement, and every
thing unfortunate which had happened her
and hers, was directly a punishment for the
desecration of St. John's graveyard, and that
God would ever visit with His displeasure all
who thus disregarded sacred things. On the
night of Mrs. Conway's death, moans and
shrieks were heard in the theater, after the
lights were put out, which se terrified the
stage carpenter, scene shifters, and property
men, that they all tumbled over each other
down stairs and rushed into the street with
blanched faces and teeth chattering with
fear. All these men claimed that they had
seen manifestations of a frightful character,
but as their testimony may be questionable,
owing to the abject state of terror to which
they were certainly reduced by some cause
or other, we refrain from repeating their
At the time of her demise Mrs. Conway
owed about $12,000 rent on the building, and
there were no assests with which to meet it.
The daughters, Misses Minnie and Lilly Con
way, felt that, wittMhe prestige of the family
name, they might still retrieve the fortunes
of the concern if they could once get a start.
Messrs. Kingsley, Kinsella and Murphy
promised them that if they could raise $5,
000 of the amount due, they could have the
theatre. Their friends accordingly planned
a benefit for them at the Broadway Academy
of Music, at which place they gave an after
noon and evening performance, both playing
the sadly appropriate drama of "The Two
Orphans." The object of the benefit had
been noised abroad, and all Brooklyn felt so
great an interest in these young girls strug
gling against every obstacle for a livelihood,
that there was a general determination that
the $5,000 should be raised if a huge audi-
ence would do it. Accordingly the AcademO
was packed at both performances and $6,00y
realized; $5,000 of this amount wai at once
paid over by the young ladies to Kingsley,
Murphy and Kinsella, and they then proceed-
ed to organize a company for the next season.
Just before the season opened, and in open
violation of their agreement, the company
owning the theatre, couposed principally of
ibe same Kingsley, Murphy and Kinsella,
stepped in and took everything the Misses
Conway had in the world ; sold them out
and leased the theatre to Shook & Palmer,
who were running it at the time of its destruc-
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31. D— Domestic Difficulty.
[From the Detroit Free Press.]
It is all right for the Hon. Bard well Slote
to lug his "Mighty Dollar" around the
country and say g. f. for good fellow, c. d
for cash down, and s. m. for sour mash, but
such little eccentricities don't wear well in
the family circle. A forward youth of four
teen, whose parents live on Myrtle avenue,
entered the house the other day and remarked
to his mother:
" Is dinner ready, and if not, why in t.
(thunder) and 1. (lightning) ain't it ?"
** What do you mean ?" she slowly in
" I mean that you had better t. a. 1. (tread
arouud lively)," he answered.
She didn't say any more, but when the
father came home to dinner she quietly in
formed him that young Napoleon was pick
ing up slang.
"Is, eh ? i.ll see about that," and he called
the hoy in and inquired r
"Napoleon, where were you last evening?"
" Oh, down at the c. g. for a little while."
" What do you mean by c. g ?" demanded
the father.
" Why corner grocery, of course. You
see, I have g.t.h. (got the habit) of abrevia
ting my words."
"I see yon have," mused the father as he
rose up. "You will p. a. m. (please accom
pany me) to the wood-shed?"
They had a little physical exercise out
there, the father holding the balance of
power, and the son doing all the high step
ping and side-dancing. When the show bad
adjourned the father said:
"Now, d. 1. rn. (don't let me) ever hear
any more of your slang."
"Nota. b. w. (another blessed word),"
sighed the boy, and he sat down on a lump
of Briar Hill ond wiped his tears away.
Reflection** at 'menés.
[Charles W. Stodard in Sau Francisco Chranicle.]
From a high cliff that overhangs the
plains of Thebes, I looked down upon the
spring meadows and saw the shadow of the
temples sweeping eastward toward the Nile,
We were surrounded by a girdle of glorious
hills softened with the subdued light of the
declining sun. The beauty of the scene was
beyond description, and 1 strove to conjure
up the shades of the great past, but out of
the silence came no responsive echo, and
within the sacred chamber of the temples
the spell was broken and all the gods were
dumb. I lay on the deep grass at sunset
undei the feet of the Colossi. A well has
been sunk between the thrones of these
solemn watchers. A naked Nubian toiled at
the "shadoof," disappearing from sight as
he stooped to fill his goatskin bucket, and
turning his curious eyes towards me as he
rose erect aud swung the dripping burden
over his shoulder into a small canal, the
thirsty throat of the meadow. There I
dreamed of the dromos with its double row
of sphynxes, down which the Colossi stared
night and day; and of the great temple that
stood behind them, no fragment of which
remains, and over the site of which the corn
waves and the cricket sings, and I waited for
the voice hailed the morning with audible
utterance—but no ! The wind hissed in the
grass ; the flies buzzed about me ; the sun sank
into the desert, and the twilight paled before
the rising moon, and in the mellow twilight
I returned to the shore thinking that " Nilus
hearcth strange voices," and may hear
stranger yet in the hereafter ; but to us the
"Memnan resounded no more forever."
One of' flic Original Black crook Girls
[From the Philadelphia Chronicle. 1
A terrible case of destitution and suffering
has come to light in this city. Ermina Ven
turolli, an Italian girl, who was brought to
this country with the original Black Crook
combination, and who performed at Niblo
Garden, New York, as one of the leading
dancers, at $200 a week, when that brilliant
spectacle was in its glory, has just been found
lying in a hovel, dying of starvation and
cold. Immediate relief has been afforded
her, but it is feared she will die. She ha9
been living in penury for a long time past,
completely paralyzed and sick. A brother,
once a well-known singer at the theater here,
has been earning a precarious living and try
ing to support her by selling brushes on the
streets, but he disappeared a week ago, and is
supposed to have died at one of the public
hospitals and been bnried in a potter's field.
A Yontbtnl Rescuer.
Of all who have ever received a silver
medal for saving human life, Eudoxie Char
reton, aged seven, is probably the youngest.
On October 21st she was pasturing some sheep
near Tramolie, in France, when her little
five-year old companion, who was washing
her apron from a board over a deep tank,
tipped over and fell head foremost into the
water. Instead of running away for help
and crying, the brave little girl quickly
righted the board, caught her drowning com
panion by the heel, and succeeded in rescu
ing her. She then stripped, wrapped her
benumbed and almost lifeless protege in her
own warm clothes, and then ran off to get
Trappist Monks.
About nine months ago brother Francis
Xavier was sent to this country by the Gen
eral of the order of Trappists, with instruc
tions to select aud purchase a suitable plot of
ground for the erection of a monastery for a
branch of the brotherhood in America. After
some delay Brother Fraucis secured a desira
ble piece of property about three miles from
Baltimore, where the new monastery is to b
erected. Last September the farm-house,
barns etc., on the property which Brother
Francis had purchased were prepared for the
temporary housing of the monks, pending
the erection of the new friary, as about 100
of them expected to be sent here toward the
end of November. Brother Francis will
probably become prior or abbot of the new
colony of friars. Among the 100 monks
selected for the new 7 mission here there are
blacksmiths, shoemakers, tailors, cabinet
makers, carpenters, masons, weavers, and
skilled agriculturists. The order does not
live on charity ; it is not only self-supporting
but reaps large incomes from the industries
pursued by its brethren. The rules of this
brotherhood are the most ascetic of all the
monastic orders. They sleep on the floor,
rise to pray at midnight, go through the form
of digging their own graves as a reminder of
death ; preserve unbroken silence from year
to year, use neither fish, meat, milk, eggs,
nor anything except vegetables, bread and
water. Pure milk, butter, beer, and well
reared meats are proverbially found on the
lowest remunerative prices at the monasteries
of the Trappista. A few of the monks are
privileged to transact outside business, and
for these, of course, the stringent injunctions
of perpetual silence and other severe obliga
tions are dispensed with. Of the 100 monks
who are now on their way to this country,
equal numbers have been selected from the
monasteries of Mariastern, in Turkey, Mount
Miliary in Ireland, Lept-Fonds in France,
and St. Bernard in Belgium. They will be
expected to conserve the rules of their order
as far as practicable while traveling. On
reaching here they will be taken in charge by
Brother Francis .—New York Herald.
Antiquiiy »ml Durability of Brick.
The palaces of Crceesus, Mausoleus and
Attalas, and other extremely ancient build
ings, were constructed of bard burnt red
brick. At the decline of the Roman Empire
brickmaking fell, to a great extent, into dis
use, aud was revived again by the Italians
after some centuries.
The mediaeval, secular and ecclesiastical
architecture of Italy abounds with fine ex
amples of brick and terra cotta work, and
decorations of great beauty have been ex
eeuted in some materials.
Brickmaking arrived at its greatest per
fection in the reign of Henry VIII., in
England, and some of the finest shown
specimens ot ornamental brickwork con
structed iu that reign are still the subject of
admiration, and are well preserved from
On rebuilding London after the great fire
1666, brick was the material universally
adopted for the new erections, and laws reg
ulating the sizes, thickness of wall and pro
jections, were at that time made and enforced
for the better protection of the community.
Much of the brickwork remaining in London
in buildings erected in the latter part of the
seventeenth century and beginning of the
eighteenth, is admirably executed andin good
Domestic I.ite ol'tlie Presidents.
Washington was married but had no chil
dren. Adams wus married and had one son,
whom he lived to see President. Jefferson
was a widower ; his wife died twenty years
before his election. They had six children,
all daughters, of whom only two survived
infancy. Madison was married, bat had no
children. His wife was the most elegant
woman that ever adorned the Presidential
mansion. She survived him, and was for
many years the pride of Washington society,
having lived to listen to Henry Clay's fare
well speech in the Senate. Monroe was mar
ried, and so was John Quincy Adams. Jack
son was a widower, aud so were Van Buren
and Harrison. Tyler was a widower when
he entered office, but soon after married the
heiress Miss Gardiner of this city. He was
the only President that married during his
term of office. Polk was a married man, and
his wife survived him a number of years.
General Taylor was a widower. Pierce was
a married man, but Buchanan was a bach
elor. The social condition of such men as
Lincoln, Johnson and Grant needs no re
ference, except that Grant is the first Presi
dent who had a daughter married while in
office .—Cincinnati Gazette.
Tïie Affable Man.
[From the Detroit Free Press.]
A mother and babe were among the pas
sengers waiting at the Central Depot yester
day. She had the child carefully wrapped
up, and this fact perhaps attracted the atten
tion of a big fellow with a three-story over
coat and a rusty satchel in his hand. Sitting
dowD beside her he remarked :
"Cold weather for such little people, isn't
She faintly nodded.
"Does beseem to feel it much?"continued
the man.
She shook her head.
"Is it a healthy child ?" he asked, seeming
greatly interested.
"He was,, up to a few moments ago," she
snapped out, "but I am afraid he has smelled
so much whisky that he'll have the delirium
tremens before night."
The man got right up and walked out of
the room, and was afterwards seen buying
cloves and cinnamon.
I » Your Note Good?
A Boston lawyer was called on some time
ago by a boy, who inquired if he had any
waste paper to sell. The lawyer had a keen,
crisp way of asking questions, and is, more
over, a methodical man. So, pulling out a
large drawer, he exhibited his stock of waste
"Will you give me two shillings for that ?"
The boy looked at the paper doubtingly a
moment, and offered fifteen pence.
"Done!" said the lawyer, and the paper
was quickly transferred to the bag of the
boy, whose eyes sparkled as be lifted the
weighty mass.
Not till he had stoed it, safely away did he
announce that he had no money.
"No money! How do you expect to buy
paper without money ?"
Not prepared to stale exactly his plan of
operations, the boy made no reply.
"Do you consider your note good ?" asked
the lawyer.
"Yes, sir."
"Very well ; if you say your note's good,
I'd just as soon have it as the money ; but if
it isn't good, I don't want it."
The boy affirmed that he considered it good,
whereupon the lawyer wrote a note for fifteen
pence, which the boy signed legibly, aud lift
ing the bag of papers, trudged off.
Soon after dinner the little fellow returned,
and, p. xlneing the money, announced that
he had come to pay his note.
"Well," said the lawyer, "this is the first
time I ever knew a note to be taken up the
day it was given. A boy that will do that is
entitled to note aud money, too ;" and giving
him both, sent him on his way way with a
smiling lace and happy heart.
The boy's note represented his honor. A
boy who thus keeps his honor bright, how
ever poor he may be in worldly things is an
to an inheritance which no riches can
-the choice promises of God.— Interior.
the First, American coins.
Wampum—that is, strings of shells ground
down so that each piece was about the size
of a grain of corn—was used by the Indians
for ornament and for barter. The early
colonists, through trading with the Indians,
became accustomed to this article, and used
it to some extent among themselves. But as
it would not be taken by the merchants in
Europe lor goods ordered from them, a
Metallic currency was soon demanded.
In 1652, the General Court of Massachu
setts issued at Boston some silver pieces of
the value of twelve and six English pennies
each. There, coins were merely found, flat
pieces of silver with "N. E." (New England)
on the one side, and the value, XII, or VI.,
on the other. The frupal authorities wasted
no money on engraving, not even announcing
the year in which the coins were issued.
This coinage was, however, so distasteful,
because of the absence of any design, that
another series was at once issued, on some
of which are the words " Masathysets, in,"
while round the edge on the reverse is the
remainder of the legend, "New England,
An. Dora." On this reverse is the date 1652,
in the center, with the numeral of value,
XII., VI., III., or II., belofv it. On others
of this design is a pine tree ; and while of
both these designs occasional issues took
place during nearly thirty years, yet the date
1652 is the only one used.
Charles the II. „ it is said, regarded this
coinage of the colony as an encroachment
on his prerogative. We believe, however,
that his dislike was overcome by the state
ment that the design was a memorial of the
famous oak-treehidihg place of his father!—
St. Nicholas.
General Bartlett ami Ills Talisman.
When the late General William F. Bart
lett was a boy Gardibaldi had visited in
Bartlett's family, taken him upon his knee
and given him a little talisman, which Bart
lett had kept as well as the memory of his
youthful worship of the Italian popular lea
der ; and when he presented it and himself to
Garibaldi in the latter's Italian home, bearing
with his name and upon his body the proofs
that he, too, was a military hero, the gray
Italian welcomed the young American as a
proud father an honored son, and showered
him with affectionate attentions and hospi
tality. General Bartlett leaves a beautiful
wife and five young children—the youngest
of whom, a babe of a few weeks, was bap
tized as ii were in bis dying arms, but a few
days ago, while he partook of the last sac
rament, aud himself sang the sacramental
hymn with a voice as clear and ringing as
that with which he ever called his soldiers to
battle. À few of his friends in Boston and
Berkshire have been making up a fund as a
tribute to his memory and a support of his
family. It amounts already to some $12,000.
A Plainjre into the Hudson.
New York, January 3. —A sleigh contain-
ing the driver, and three ladies and three
gentlemen, ran into the river through the
gate of Hunter's Point ferry, at Thirty-fourth
street, last night. All were rescued but Wm.
Fearens and the four horses. The gate had
been carelessly left open, and the horses were
unable to stop on account of the ice.
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Illinois Legislature*
Springfield, (Ills.) January 4.—The Sen
ate this morning elected Plumb, (Dem.) pre
siding officer, and the House elected Shaw,
(Rep.) Speaker. The canvass for the Sena
torship is proceeding in an animated manner.
Railroad Accident.
Portland, (Me.) January 4.—The Mon
treal express on the Grand Trunk was ditched
in a snow bank ninety miles from here this
morning. None of the passengers were kill
ed or seriously injured, but badly shaken up.

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