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? \ ss m n k u 77 /. w ulil % y m m W* l '»«s Se Volume xiii. Helena, Montana, Thursday, November 21, 1878. No. lûtw I PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY MORNING. FISK BROS., - Publishers TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. TERMS FOR THE DAILY HERALD. City Subscribers (delivered by carrier) per month, $3 00 BY MAIL. One copy one month................ One copy three months............. One copy six months............... ............ $ 3 00 ............ 6 00 .............12 00 ............ 22 00 TEKMS FOR THE WEEKLY HERALD. ..............3 50 Three months..................... ..............2 50 FROM DEATH TO LIFE. There were six of us seated before a blaz ing fire, which cast a generous glare into the otherwise unlighted room. Outside a winter storm bellowed over the chimneys, and beat seriously at the window-panes. Afar off we could hear the gust roaring among the naked hills, now plunging shrilly through the skele ton branches of the trees, and again whirling overhead with a weird shouting sound, that might well have proceeded from the throats of evil things riding upon the wind. The ghostly spirit of the storm seemed to have penetrated even into our comfortable circle, for we had got, I know not how, upon that most dismal of all subjects—death. We had canvassed the theme pretty thor oughly before we discovered that two of our number. The professor and the doctor, had taken no part in the conversation. They were sitting a little removed from the rest of us gazing gloomily into the fire. Their or dinarily cheerful expression of countence had given place to a sober, troubled look, and more than once we had detected the ex change of a strangely-significant glance be tween them. As may be readily supposed, we were not slow to press them for an explanation of their conduct. But for a considerable time our efforts were fruitless. At length, after much persuasion, it was the professor who spoke : "Gentlemen," said he gravely, "no man cares to gain for himself the reputation of a liar or a maniac. Yet that is exactly what you are pressing both of us to do. I have no doubt that the experience which I am about to relate, and in which my friend the doctor bore no unimportant part, will appear abso lutely incedible to persons of your advanced views." There was a touch of sarcasm in the wor thy professor's tone, but in our eagerness to heir his story we found it convenient to dis regard it. "However." he continued, "I shall risk it. If you choose to disbelieve it, why I shall endeavor to have charity for your ignorance and conceit. Now, doctor, if you will hand me the tobacco and one of the pipes—the ranker and blacker the better—I will pro ceed." Having filled his pipe and settled himself comfortably in his chair, he began thus : "It must be fully ten years ago that the doctor and myself were engaged upon a geo logical survey of the northern part of this State. We had labored diligently during the summer and fall, when toward the close of a cold November day, we shouldered our knap sacks and turned our faces homeward. "Our way led through a chain of black and rugged hills toward a frontier town, twenty miles distant, where we intended to take the railroad. A more forbidding region it has never been my misfortune to see. It was a chaos, blackened and warped by pri meval fires, and destitute of the smallest trace of vegetation. Tall cliffs towered a thousand feet above our heads, shutting out the light of the dull November sky. Slug gish streams filtered between the crevices of the rocks, and poured noiselessly into the deep and motionless turns. It seemed that the blight of death had fallen upon the whole country. "Well knowing the peril of attempting to proceed through such a region after night fall, we halted at sunset, and, building a fire at the foot of a craig, disposed ourselves to rest as well we might. Exhausted with the toils of the day, the doctor was soon asleep, and I was not long in following his example. "How long I had slumbered I knew not, when I found myself sitting upright, peer ing nevously in the darkness around me. It seemed to me that some one had uttered a wild, appealing cry in the yery portals of my ears. For some moments I sat so, wonder ing and anxious. Then I reflected that as there could be no human being in the neigh borhood besides ourselves, the sound which had alarmed me must have been the shriek of some bird or animal. Explaining the matter thus, I was on the point of lying down again when I was arrested by a repetition of the cry. This time there could be no mis take. Wild, long, and, it appeared to me, full of intolerable anguish, it re-echoed among the crags with fearful shrillness. With an incontrollable start, I turned and shook the Doctor to awake him. 'Be quiet," he muttered; T am awake, and heard it all.' , . "'Whatcan it be?' I asked anxiously; 'surely ,nothing human ; no one lives in this region for miles around. Perhaps its a wild cat»' " 'No,' he said, between his teeth, 'such a a a a sound never came from the£throat of a wild cat. There it is again. Listen !' "The cry was repeated. It was a woman's voice, but it expressed such supreme misery as I believe woman never felt before. It came ringing up the gorge with a wierd and mournful intonation that chilled the blood in my heart. By the doctor's quick breathing I could tell that he was as much affected as myself. Neither of us spoke nor moved; both waited for a renewal of the cry, in the hope of arriving at some rational expanation of it. "Again it came; but now like a low, trem ulous sob. I am not a superstitious man, gentlemen, but I confess that I sat there shivering with a species of horror that was utterly new to me: What could it be? Not a living woman, surely, alone and suffering in an inaccesible fastness where we w'ere morally certain nothing human dwelt. And then what misery was it thut gave itself such uncanny expression? Not fear, nor bodily pain but something terrible, something name less to us. While we were debating these questions in smothered tones, the cry came once again. This time in words we under stood : "'Help! Oh! God! help!' "At this intelligible appeal to our man hood, our superstitious weakness at once dis appeared. Seizing a torch from our smol dering fire, we made our way hastily toward a pile of rocks a few hundred yards distant, whence the sound seemed to have proceeded. Scrambling up the height, we came suddenly upoaa strange and mournful scene. Before us stood a small wretched-looking hut, evi dently constructed by hands unused to such labor, unglazed, and without a chimney. There was a dim light withiD, and through the open door we saw the body of a man. ap parently lifeless, lying prone upon the earthen floor. Beside him, with arms flying wildly over her head, knelt the figure of a woman, evidently the one whose cries had alarmed us. It needed but a glance to assure us that some strange tragedy had taken place, and without a moment's hesitation we entered the hut. "The woman raised her eyes as we ap proached, but gave no farther heed to us. Apparently her great sorrow had driven her distracted. She was a young creatuie, hardly twenty, I should judge, and despite the signs of hardship and sorrow visible on her fea tures, very beautiful. Her form was slight and even attenuated, but in its shabby dress preserved traces of former refinement. "Her companion, a young man of about her own age, attired in a woodman's suit, had evidently succumbed to hardship or dis ease, and was either insensible or dead. His pinched and ghastly countenance must have been once very handsome, but now it looked old and worn as that of a man of 60. He had apparently fallen in the present position, and the girl had been unable to raise him. "My friend, the Doctor," continued the worthy Professor, "surely, uncouth and cyn ical as he commonly appears, has as kind a heart as ever beat in a man's breast—no flat tery, my dear fellow, for it must be confessed that you have faults that more than counter balance your one good trait. Well, gentle men, he bent over the poor creature, and in a voice as gentle as a woman's endeavored to arouse the girl from her lethargy. "Who are you ?" said he, "and what has happened ?" ' 'He is dead—dead ! " she muttered hoarsely. " 'Perhaps it is not as bad as that," he re joined. 'Tell us all about it. We are friends, my dear, and medical men, and may be able to assist you. " 'He died this morning, before my very eyes,' she moaned, 'died, oh, my God ! of starvation. And I never knew he was de priving himself for my sake. Oh my hus band, why did you not let me die with you ? And she threw herself across the body, sob bing us if her poor heart would break. There wer? Lears in the Doctor's eyes as he looked at me," added the Professor, with a tremor in his voice, "and the rascal has always sworn that. my own were not dry. That, however, is aside from the subject. "Though we knew nothing of these two poor children—for they were but little more —we felt that we. had chanced upon a strange sad story of love, pride, and suffering, such as is rarely told, even in this unhappy world. "The Doctor stooped down and felt at the heart of the prostrate man. "'He is dead,' he whispered, motioning me to imitate his example. " 'Yes, dead,' I replied, after examining the corpse. "How we made the truth known to the poor wife I do not remember. It would seem that she had preserved some faint rem nant of hope until our assistance destroyed it utterly. With a low groan she fell suddenly at our feet, insensible. Although we were at a loss what course to pursue, we felt it no more than our duty to remain in the hut for the night ; and on the morning to make the best arrangements for the poor girl's comfort that were possible. "Fortunately the doctor had his medical case in his pocket. Administering a powerful sleeping potion to her, he placed her in happy unconsciousness of the events that were to follow. We then proceeded to a morec areful examination of the man. "Without vanity I can say _ that both the doctor and myself have received some few testimonials as to our scientific ability from the world. You will probably believe that we are capable of deciding upon a very sim ple case of death by starvation ?" He paused, and looked gravely around. "Very good ; re member, then,'that I assert upon my profes sional reputation that the man was stone dead." ..... "Yes," added the Doctor, who had hitherto remained silent, "the life must have been ex tinct more than five hours when we found him." v "Well," continued the Professor, with in creasing gravity, "having satisfied ourselves upon this point, we covered the corpse de cently and sat down to wait for morning. Though in no mood for conversation, the startling experience of the evening kept us both awake for several hours. But at length, completely overcome wi*h weariness and ex citement, 1 fell into a light slumber." Almost immediately, it seemed, I was awakened with a shock. The Doctor was bending over me with an expression of won* der and alarm upon his face. " -Wake up,' be said in a troubled whisper, 'something very strange has been going on in this room for many minutes past.' " "'What is it?' I asked. T thought I heard some one speaking.' " " 'You did,' he replied. T have distinctly heard a voice close beside us, yet there is no one in the room except ourselves and these two poor people.'" " 'Perhaps the woman has been talking in her sleep,' 1 suggested, 'or it may be that the man is not dead after all.' " " 'No, I have looked to both,' he returned. 'One sleeps soundly, and the other will never speak again in this world. So satisfy your self.'" . u , "I arose, and trimming the lamp, pro ceeded first to the couch where the girl lay. She at least could not have spoken, for all her senses were locked in a profound stupor. I then examined the corpse and found it as we had left it, except that the features were more shrunken and sallow than before. No voice could have proceeded from those rigid lips. Concluding that we had both dreamed or had mistaken some nocturnal cry for the human voice, I replaced the light and was about to resume my seat, when my move ments were arrested by a very singular voice. "There it is again!" muttered the Doctor agitatedly. "A low, confused murmur, resembling nothing that I had ever heard before, arose in the room, and seemed to circulate in the air for an instant, and died away. Again it arose, coming from a point over our heads, and gradually descending until it appeared to emanate from 6ome invisible source immedi ately beside us. X I know of nothing with which to compare" the intonation, except it may be the articulation of the telephone, or that of a ventriloquist. "The first words we caught were "Oh, my poor Wife!" "It would be impossible to describe the effect that these words produced upon us. It was not so much the tone, weird and uncanny as it was, as the startling significance of the words that amazed us. "Who could have spoken them but the hus band of the woman lying stupefied upon the couch ? Yet he had been dead for many hours. Full of repugnance of the horror of the idea, we started up and again examined, not only every nook and cranny of the hut it self, but even the space outside for many yards around. There was no human being besides ourselves in the vicinity. "We again scrutinized the corpse. It had neither changed its position nor its appear ance. The flesh had grown perfectly cold and the muscles rigid ; there was no trace of vitality in it. Now, continued the Professor, wiping his head nervously, "I have arrived at what I imagine will be the limit of your cre dulity. I do not expect you to credit what followed ; but I swear to you, on the word of an honest man, that I do not deviate from the truth as much as a syllable when I say while we bent over the body we again heard the voice proceeding from the distant part of the room, saying audibly : "In the name of God, assist me back to life!" . "With hearts beating thick and fast, we stood gazing at each other absolutely thunder struck. An experience so terrifying, so ut terly without precedent, completely unnerved us. While we remained stupefied with hor ror, the voice was again audible : "Oh, have pity !" it said; "aid me to re turn to life!" "It was some minutes before either of us could recover from our amazement sufficient ly to make any reply." "Who is it that speaks to us ?" asked the Doctor, in a low tone. "The soul of the man who lies dead before you!" it replied. "It is impossible that the dead can speak," answered the Doctor. "No, for the intelligence never dies," re plied the voice. 'My body is indeed dead, but that with which I lived and thought and loved is still in this room.' "What is it that you desire ? asked the Doctor, carrying on this strange colloquy with increasing wonder. "To be aided to resume my former exist ence,' was the rejoinder.^ 'I dare not leave my poor wife unprotected in this wilderness. I cannot see her suffer. 1 love her beyond all my hopes of a future life, and by the pow er of my love I have remained near her, and have been able to communicate with you. I cannot, I will not, be separated from her. I must return to her in my human shape.' "Whether the Doctor's courage deserted him at this point or not I cannot say ; but he spoke no more ; and, as the voice was no longer audible, we remained silent in a state of mind that baffles all description. "I am morally certain that both of us would have fled instantly from the place, had it not been for the poor creature sleeping upon the bed. We could not leave her to face alone a mystery that shook even nerves^ as toughened as ours. After a hasty consultation as to what course we ought to follow, we resumed our former seats, and waited in breathless expec tation for what was next to occur. "Home hours had passed in this way» and the first dim traces of dawn were shining up on the eastern horizon when with a simulta neous start we sprang to our feet The voice had again spoken. This time it had proceeded, not from some indefinite point in the atmos phere, but from beneath the sheet enveloping the corpse : I Help!' it cried, in faint, but distinct ac cents ; 'for Christ's sake, help !' "For an instant we hesitated—and who would not?—then hastened to the body and removed the covering. There was no altera tion in its pallor and rigidity, but we per ceived that the lips, from which a faint mur mur was issuing, trembled slightly. Here our instincts conquered our weekûess. Whatever the mystery involved in the mat ter, a human being was struggling to regain existence, and our impulse was to aid with out question. A powerful restorative was administered, and, before many moments had passed, we saw the color coming back to the wan cheeks and the sunken musclss re shaping themselves with the current of warm blood. Then, with a faint sigh, the eyes opened and gazed at us inquiringly. In a word, gentlemen, the dead was restored to life. _ "It is needless to detail what followed. In the meeting which occurred between these two poor young creatures, we felt ourselves more than repaid for the startling experiences of the previous night. It can do no harm to add that we claimed and exercised the right of securing their future prosperity out of our ample means. We learned no more of their former history than that the prosecution of those whose wishes their marriage had op posed, had driven them to hide tbeir poverty and misfortune in the wilderness. We have heard of them since. The young man, as we discovered on questioning him, remembered nothing of his sensations while unconscious, except a vague, dream-like, and yet intense sorrow for his young wife. He had no knowledge whatever of the voice which had addressed us, and ap peared to believe that he had labored under a temporary suspension of animation arising from starvation. We did not combat his be lief, for we supposed that he was actually dead, and that he only returned to life through his great love. Who will deny that love is stiererer than death, and that it goes with us even beyond the grave ?"—W. Y. Times. The Effect of HoaseworK Upon Women. Many of the ills and diseases prevalent among women in our days are, no doubt, traceable to the sedentary mode of life so common among them. The progress of modern industrial art has done away with much of the household drudgery to which women were formerly subjected, and the ^ re sult is in too many cases want of sufficient occupation for needed bodily exercise. The fruits of this state of things are strikingly exhibited in certain observations made by the late Mr. Robertson, a Manchester surgeon, who in his practice as a specialist for wo men's diseases found that in women who performed all their household work there was no trace of certain complaints ; that these complaints begin to make their appearance in women with one servant, become more pronounced in women who have two servants or, worse still, with those who have three servants and so on. He showed statistically that the deaths from child-birth were four times greater in the case of women with four servants than those with none. What She Meant;. The young man was evidently honest in his intentions, but three years of constant courting had failed to overcome his excessive bashfulness. They are sitting in chairs at a respectable distance apart. Said the young man, having spent five minutes in search of a subject: "How do you get along with your cook tog-" "Nicely," replied the young miss ; "I'm improving wonderfully. I can make splendid cake, now." "Can you?" said the young man in a pleased manner ; "What kind do you like best?" "I like one made with flour and sugar and citron and raisins and currents, and lots of those things, and beautiful frosting on top, responded the young miss. "Why that's a wedding cake," exclaimed the young man, nervously. "I meant wedding," said the young miss, shyly. They are published. - mm 4 ^^ ►► m When to Pop. Young men contemplating marriage have so frequently called upon us to advise them in the manner of popping the all-important question that we have concluded to give our opinion once for all. Never propose to a young lady after a hearty meal. The blood is needed to aid digestion, and her imagina tion is chilled. Nor should it come just be fore a meal, for the longings of an impor tuned system conduce to anxiety and ir ritability, and the shock may prove hazardous. It would be better to select the evening, and invite her to some entertainment which you know she wants to attend, and then propose to her just as she is ready to start. This will be greatly to your advantage, for she will easily see that a rejection will upset an even ing's amusement. 'which ? [Cincinnati Times.] A certain little girl up-town lived with two aunts, one married, with a whole lot of child ren, and lots of worry and bother, and the other single, and having quite a comfortable time teaching school.. The child had con trasted the respective situations, but was not old enough to understand the difference in the position of her two relatives. One day she threw her doll aside, and assumed an at titude of profound thought, which was inter rupted atlastbythe question, "Well, Julia, what are you thinking about ?" When the child let loose a ten-acre lot full of crude philosophy by answering : "I was finkin whevver, when I growed up, I'd teat stool or have a baby!" all of by be as to GEN. SHERIDAN'S REPORT. Inadequacy of the Military Force. The Indian Situation Reviewed. a a a in or In his annual report to the General of the Army, Lieutenant General P. H. Sheridan takes occasion to set forth at considerable ength the fact that the military force of his division is entirely inadequate to perform the duties it has in hand. He says : No other army in the world has such a difficult line to keep in order, and no army in modern times has had such an amount of work put upon the same number of men. In all other countries it is the system to establish garrisons of not less than a regiment or a brigade, while we have, for the performance of similar duties, only one or two companies. With us regiments are rarely, if ever, to gether. The posts are generally garrisoned by one, two or four companies, who are ex pected to hold and guard against one of the most acute and wary foes in the world a space of land that in any other country would be held by a brigade. To do this requires sleeplessness, watchfulness, great activity and energy, and I am gratified to know that, as a general thing, our officers possess these soldierly qualities. THE INDIAN QUESTION. The situation in this respect is wholly un satisfactory. The Indian Department, owing to want ot sufficient appropriations, or from wretched mismanagement, has given to the settlements in the Western country constant anxiety during the last year, and in some places loss ot life and loss of property, at tended with dreadful crimes and cruelties. There has been an insufficiency of food at the agencies, and, as the game is gone, hunger has made the Indians in some cases desper ate, and almost any race of men will fight rather than starve. It seems to me, with wise management, that the amounts appro priated by Congress ought to be sufficient, if practically applied to the exact purposes specified, and if the supplies are regularly delivered. But the reports of the regiment commanders, forwarded herewith, would indicate a different result, except in the case of the Red Cloud and Spotted Tail bands of Sioux, who, although threatening in their conduct, have been the best supplied and have been humored until their increasing in solence constantly threatens to bring about a breach of the peace. BAD OUTLOOK FOR THE SAVAGES. The outbreak among the savage tribes will certainly go on unless wise measures are adopted to prevent them. Already there have been engagements with the Kiowae, Coman ches, Cheyennes, Nez Perces, Bannacks and Shoshones. The Crows will come in next; the A8sinaboines and Gros Ventres and wild tribes north of the Missouri will be obliged to follow. Spotted Tail's and Red Cloud's peo ple will be driven to the same conditions eventually, and so on down to tribes in the western part of the Indian Territory. To prevent or even avert the calamity which may occur we are entirely unprepared, for with out exposing other important points we can collect together but a few hundred men. For instance, at Fort Hill and vicinity to meet the Kiowas, Comanches, Apaches and others located in the Indian Territory, numbering 3,000 or 4,000, we have not more than 300 effective men. At Fort Reno, to guard the Cheyennes and Arapahoes, numbering 5,000 or 6,000, we have not exceeding 200 effective men. At Red Cloud Agency, where there are at least 6,000 Indians, we have only two companies and could not in ten days collect over five or six hundred, men. At Spotted Tail we have only two companies, number ing 119 men, and it would take two weeks to get all the troops we could muster, and they would not number much more than 500 or 600 effective men, while the Indians number not less than 7,000 and so on. At points where there are Indians and agencies and at other strategical points the number of troops is insignificant, and if outbreaks occur, as I fear they will, the consequences would be appalling, and I wish to warn the General of the Army that we have not half the troops required to meet these anticipated troubles. THE REMEDY PROPOSED. The General is of the opinion that kind treatment, administered with steadiness and justice, would remove our Western frontier of all its appalling horrors arising from In dian outbreaks. With treatment of this kind the Indians can be made self supporting in an incredibly short time. VESTS. It is given out that ladies will wear vests precisely like the gentemen's this winter. When a married man goes to bed he will have to put a chalk-mark on his vest, or next morning he may slip on his wife's and not discover his mistake until he inserts his thumb and forefinger in the right-hand pock et for a pinch of fine-cut, and finds nothing but a piece of chewing-gum and the stub of a short black lead-pencil. Then he will sud denly remember that there -.vas a roll of ten dollar greenbacks in the left-hand pocket of his vest,—that is, if he is an editor, he will, —and he will rush back home in Rarus time. Prof. Fisohbr, a chemist of Prague, re cently boasted in the presence of a gymna sium official that "science had so far ad vanced as to be able to render harmless so dangerous an agent as cyanide of potassium." Saying which he put upon his tongue a mix ture of sal ammoniac and cyanide and was forthwith seized with violent pains that were only relieved by death.