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; ^ * /.I tr- gh:^ j ■ 3 ir i ■ ■ KMèS? - KhAVt» ■!EA'*I >v* f m. mm m Volume xiv. '«s Helena, Montana, Thursday, December 25, 1879. No. 6 të ri'KU«HEI) EVERY THURSDAY MORNING. FISK BROS., - - Publishers. R. E. FISK, - Editor. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. TURMS FOR TIIE DAILY HERALD. Subscriber« (deli vered by carrier) per month, $2 00 BY MAIL. Otic copy one month............................ f 2 00 Cue copy three months......................... 5 00 duo copy «ix months........................... 9 00 one copy one year ............................ 18 00 . ER MS FOR TIIE WEEKLY HERALD. (me year........................................|5 00 Hx months......................................!> 00 Three months................................... 1 50 A CHRISTMAS STORY. BY SOrHIA P. SNOW. •TV:.« the eve before Christmas; "Good night" had been said, And Annie and Willie had crept into bed; There were tears on tl'.eir pillows, and tears in their eyes, And each little bosom was heavy with sighs, For to -1 igln their stern father's command had been given Th it they must retire precisely at seven Iiir-t. 'iri of eight? tor they troubled him more \Vnli <|uestiou's unheard of than ever be'ore. He told I hem lie thought D*is delu.-ion a sin, No such a tiling as "S in ta Claus" ever had been. And iie hoped, alter this, he should never more hear How he scrambled down chimneys with presents each year. And this is the reason why two little heads 8o restlessly tossed on their sott, downy beds. Eight, nine, and the clock on the steeple tolled ten— Not a word had been spoken by either till then; When Willie's sad face irom the blanket did peep, And whispered, "Dear Annie, is you last asleep?" "Why, no, brother Willie," a sweet voice replies, "I've tried in vain, but I can t shut my eyes; F r soim how it. makes me so sorry because Dear pup t has said here is no 'Santa Claus ;' Now we know there is, and it can't be denied, For he came every year before mamma died; But then I've been thinking that she used to pray, And God would here everything mamma wouid say. And perlm >s she asked him to send Santa Claus here With the sacks full of presents he brought every year.' "Well, why tan't we p'ay dest as mamma did then, And ask him to send him with presents aden?" "I've been thinking so, too," and without a word more Four bare little feet bounded out on the floor. And tour little knees the soft carpet pressed, And two tiny hands were clasped close to each breast "Now, Willie, you know we must firmly believe That the presents we ask for we're sure to receive, You must wait just as still till 1 say amen, And by that you will know that your turn has come then — Dear Jesus, look down on my brother and me, And grant us the favor we're asking of thee; I w mt a nice book full of pictures a ring, A writing de-k, too, that shuis with a spring. HI s~ p pa, dear Jesus, and cau-e him to see That Santa Claus-loves us as much even as he; Don't let him get fretful and angry again At dear brother Willie and Annie amen!" "l'lea-c, Des us, 'et Santa Taus tome down to-night, And bring us some presents before it is light. I want he sould dive me a bright .ittle box, Full ot uc'obars, some other nice blocks, And a h. g lull <*f tundy, a book, and a toy, - Amen, aid then, Desus I'll be a dood boy." f l heir pray rs being ended, they raised up their heads. And with hearts light and cheerful again sought their beds ; They were soon lost in slumber—both peaceful and dee]», And with fairies in dream-land were roaming in oleep. Eight, nine, and the little French clock had struck ten Ere the lather had thought of hiH children again ; He seems now to hear Annie's halt smothered sighs, And t ) see the big tears stai ding in Willie's blue eyes. "I w s liaish with my darlings," he mentally said, "And should not baxe sent them so early to bed; But when 1 was troubled—my feelings found vent, For bank stock to-day has gone down ten per cent. But of cour e the-'ve forgot their trou hies ere this, But then I denied them the thrice asked-for kiss; But ju-t to make sure I'll steal up to their door, For 1 never spoke haçsh to my darlings before." s v , fVMr h • hoiriv . 11 -fvnded the stairs, And aiTftiffg ax rneir door heard both of their pravers. JHs Annie's "bless papa," d.&ws forth the big tears, And V\ iLie's grave promise tails sweet on his ears. trance, strange, I've forgotten," »-aid he, with a sigh. "IIow 1 longed when a child to have Christmas draw nigh. I'll atone for my harshness," he inwardly said, 'Lv answering their prayers ere 1 sleep pa my bed." Then he turned to the stairs and Boftly went down, Threw oil' velvet slippers and silk dressing-gown, Donned h t, coat and boots, and was out <u the street— A millionaire lacing the cold winter sleet; lie lirct went to a wonderful "Santa Claus" store (He knew it,for lie'd pas-ed it the day before). And there lie found crowd » on the same errand as he, Making purchase of presents, with glad heart and free, Nor stopped he until lie had bought everything From a box lull of candy to a tiny gold ring. Indeed, lie kept adding so much to his store That the various presents outnumbered a score! Then homewaru he turned with his holiday load, And with Aunt Mary's aid in the nursery 'twas stowed. Miss Doily was seated beneath a pine tree, Ry the sine ot a table spr-ad out for a tea; A writing desk then in the center was laid. Ami on it a ring tor which Annie had prayed ; F mi acrobats painted in yellow and red •'food with a block house on a beautiful sled; 1 here were bulls, dogs and horses, books pleasing to see. And birds of all colors were perched in the tree; M hile "Santa Claus," laughing, stood up in the top, A« if getringiready for more presents to drop; And a-« the fond lather the picture s rveyed lb* thought for his trouble he had amply been paid; And lie i-anl to himself as he brushed olf a tear, "Fin happier to-night than I've been for a year I've enjoyed more true pleasure than ever before. What can- I if hank stock falls ten per cent more? Hereafter F 1 make it a rule I believe, To have "Santa Claus" visit us each Christmas eve." So thinking he gently extinguished the light. And tripped down stairs to retire for the night. As soon as the beams of the bright morning sun rut the darkness to flight and the st*rs one by one, *' onr little blue eyes out of sleep opened wide, And at the same moment the presents espied. I hen out ol their beds the sprang with a bound, And the very gifts prayed for were all of them found: i hey laughed and they cried in their innocent glee, And shouted for papa to come quick and see vs hat present« old "Santa Claus'' had brought in the night (Just the things they had wanted) and left before light Kai( I Annie, in a voice soft and low, t ou H bel -eve there's a Bant» Clous, papa, I know;" le dear little Willie climbed up on his knee, Ar h t ,n ili , 'i d no HOCret between them should be; Thîto d? *1 Koft whispers, how Annie had said, i • J7 b . . r de " r ' blessed mamma, so long ago dead, Amt t » 1, A ct ! down and P«iy by the side of her chair, mat uod, up in heaven, had answered her prayer ! a "Then we dot up and prayed dust as well as we tould, And Dod answered our prayers : now wa-ii't he dood ?" "I should say that he was )f he sent yeu all these, And knew just what presents my children would please (Well, well, let him thiuk so, the dear little elf, 'Twould be cruel to tell him I did it myself)." Blind father! Who caused your stern heart to relent? And the husty words spoken so soon to repent t 'i'was the Being who bade you steal sottly up stairs, And made jou uns agent to answer their prayers. Rutter—Good aud Bad. [New York Times.] The quality of bad butler made in this country is surprising, not in the West ami South only, where the farmers and planters do not understand and do not care to learn the art of making it, but in the Middle Slates and even in New England, where it is better made than anywhere tlse. The chief trouble is iguorauce as to the methods of working butter. Comparatively few work out tbe buttermilk, and consequently the butter how ever sweet at first, will not keep. A great many people, fortunately for their palates, have no idea what good butter is, being total ly incapable of telling good butter from bad. Even in great cities, as New York, Boston, Chicago, and Cincinnati, good butter can not be had except at what is called a fancy price. Here for example, many families are obliged to pay fifty cen>s per pound, during spring and summer,one dollar a pound during autumn and winter, for prime butter. Phil adelphia butter, as it is called, commands from seventy-five cents to one dollar the year round. The first-class hotels and restaurants always have excellent butter—they are obliged to have it, but the moment you leave them the butter is precarious, even suspici ous. Indeed, you very rarely get it. Not nearly enough good butter is made to supply the demands of ordinary rates. You must pay double price to secure it. It is nearly as easy to make good as it is to make poor butter ; but farmers have not yet found it out. If competent persons would go through the country instructing others how to make butter, it would be an impor tant and benvolent work. What the quality of butter was in ancient times is unknown. Many people think it a modern article of food, but it seems to have been used largely by the ancient Hebrews. The earliest dis tinct mention of it is by Herodotus, and fre quent reference is made to it by writers of the same age. The old Greeks and Romans employed it as an ointment in their baths, the former gaining their knowledge of it from tbe Scythians, Thracians, and phyr gian8, while the Romans got butter from Uermauy. In Southern Europe it is now verj sparing ly used, and in Italy, Spain,Portingal, and in Southern France, it is sold by apothecaries medicinally for external application. This is the greatest butter-making State in the Union, about one-fourth of all the butter in the country being made in New York—at Cbatauqua, Deleware, Chenango, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Orange and Oswego exceeding all other counties. Something like 140,000, 000 pounds are said to be made in the entire country, and its value is estimated at some $70,000,000. If butter were properly made the value of the product would be nearly doubled. We sorely need missionaries in the cause of good butter. laut; lit at bis own dame. Years ago, into a wholesale grocery stor in Boston walked a tall, muscular looking man, evidently a fresh comer from some backwoods town in Maine or New HaniD shire. Accosting the first person he met, who happened to be the merchant himself, he asked : "You don't want to hire a man in your store, do you?" "Well," said the merchant, "I don*t know; what can you do?" "Do," said the man, "I rather guess I can turn my band to almost anything—what do you want done?" "Well, if I was to hire a man, it would be one who could lift well ; a strong, wiry fel low. On<^ for instance, who could shoulder a sack of coffee like that yonder, and carry it across the floor and never lay it down." "There, now, Captain," said the country man, "that's just me. I can lift anything I hitch to; you can't suit me better. What will you give a man that will suit you ?" "I'll tell you," said the merchant, "if you'll shoulder that sack of coffee and carry it across the store twice, and never lay it down, I will hire you . for a year at $100 a month. " ^ ^ t m Popular Photographs. [Pioneer Press Washington Correspondence.] I was talking with a photograph man the other day, who sells 10,000 or more pictures of public men every year, and has b en in the business nearly a quarter of a century. He said that he had gold more photographs of.Lincoln than of Sny other man, and the next largest number of Grant. Grant's have the best sale now, and it had revived very largely within the last year. Blaine, he said was the most populäre man in Congress, and came next to Grant He sold more pictures of Blaine than of all the other Senators put together. There was but a small demand for President Hayes' although Mrs. Hayes' fece was much called for. Sherman was the only one of the present cabinet who was much called for, but he sold more of the Gen eral's than of John's. Zach. Chandler. La mar, Logan, Windom, Alex. Stevens, Butler, Randall, Garfield and Morton are good stock and constantly called for. There was a good demand for Conkling's picture, but he could not supply it, as the Senator had not sat for a negative for several years, and was very peculiar about it The people who called for Conkling's picture were not satisfied with the one that was taken several years ago. DIVOKCU CASE. Separation of a High-Toned, Ill-Assort* ed Pair In Phtladelpgla. [Philadelphia Telegram, 18th.] A divorce case of more than ordinary in terest was concluded to-day by the judicial separation of Emiline Brightly from her bus band, F. F. Brightly. About eight years ago a brilliant young lawyer of this city, named Francis F. Brightly, son of the compiler of the laws of Pennsylvania, which is the stan dard legal authority of this State, was mar ried to Emiiiue, daughter of Cul. William B. Mann, a leading Republican politician, who at present is prothunoiary ot the court ot common pleas. Tiie union is said to be a most unhappy one, for, although he was deeply in love vvitn her, she is said to have married him in a tit of girlish pique. Tue parents of both were opposed to tue match, and at the wedding reception Col. Mann is said to have expressed his strong disapproba tion to sevetal guests, while BngUlly's father did not attend tbe ceremony at all, and never visited his son afterwards. The young couple at first went to housekeeping, but atterwaids lived with Col. Mann. Duiing 1870 a num her of entertainments were given at private houses in aid of the Centennial exhibition, and none were more elegant than those given at the Mann residence. At one of these Mrs. Brightly met a wealthy young New Yorker named Gouveueur Kortwrigbt, who became very intimate with the family. Kortwright invited them to spend the summer at his New port villa, and they remained there several weeks. Brightly's suspicions became aroused at certain circumstances and he brought his wife home, and shortly afterwards she an nounced she would never live with him again. Brightly commenced a suit against Kortwright in the United States circuit court, as the latter was a nonresident of this city, for alienating his wife's affections, laying damages at $500,000. Afterwards he with drew the suit upon his wife promising never to see Kortwright again. It is alleged that a ebert time ago Brightly discovered that his wife was meeting Kortwright secretly thro' the medium of a friendly shopkeeper. Bright ly at once said that he wanted nothing more to do with his wife, and left her. She com menced proceedings in divorce, alleging cru elty on the part of her husband, and Brightly made no defense. To-day an absolute divorce was granted, and it is believed that she will shortly marry Kortwright. Wbeat in Minnesota. "Lot'a see, they raise some wheat in Min nesota, don't they ?" uoked a Schoharie gran ger of a Minnesotian. "Raise wheat! Who raises wheat? No, sir ; decidedly no, sir. It raises itself. Why, if we undertook to cultivate wheat in that State it would run us out. There wouldn't be any place to put our house." "But I've been told that grasshoppers take a good deal of it." "Of course they do. If they didn't I don't know what we would do. The cussed stuff would run all over the State and drive us out —choke us up. Those grasshoppers are a godsend, only there ain't half enough of 'em." is that wheat nice and plump?" "Plump! Well, I don't know what you call plump wheat, but there are 17 in our family, including 10 servants, and when we want bread we just go out and fetch in a ker nel of wheat and bake it." "Do you ever soak it in water first?" "Oh, no ; that wouldn't do. It would swell a little and then we couldn't get it in our range oven. -I - A 4*00(1 Joke. Some time in '64 there were a number of a r my officeis stopping at a hotel in Washing ton. Among them was a captain Jones, who was a first-rate fellow, a good officer and very pompous. Emerson and Jones used to have a good deal of joking together at the table and elsewhere. One day at the dinner table, when the dining-hall was well filled, Captain Jones finished his dinner first, got up and walked almost to the dining-hall door, when Emerson spoke to him in a loud voice and said: "Halloo, Captain! see here; I want to speak to you a minute." Tbe Cap tain turned and walked hack to the table and bent over him, when Emerson whispered : "I wanted to ask you how far you would have gone if I had not spoken to you ?" Tbe Captain never changed a muscle, but straight ened up and put his fingers into his vest pocket and said, in a voice loud enough for all to hear him : "Captain Emerson, I don't know a man in the world I had rather lend $5 to than you, but the fact is I haven't a cent with me to-day," and turned on his heel and walked away. Emerson was the color of half a dozen rainbows, but he had to stand it. He never heard the last of it and it cost him more than $10 to treat on it. Tbe Power of jéanmeiit Surmises and suppositions cannot fill the place of opinions formed by penetration and discernment. A man of penetration is as slow to decide as he is quick to apprehend, calmly and deliberately weighing every op posite reason that is offered, and tracing it with a most judicious penetration. All these one must possess to have the judgment ot Plutarch, to discriminate between right and wrong; while to have the dear perception of Gœthe one must be willing to breathe s for eign atmosphere, and, freed from prejudice, feel the inspiration of other scenes and con ditions. If, in fact, we wish our life-struc ture to be perfect, we meet give it our per sonal care, lest, while we sit with folded bands and placid minds, the tottering struc ture over us falls with crushing violence to the earth, burying us amid the ruins. of a is a UASTIKOV GIFT TO HARVARD. Tbe Most Liberal Donation in tbe His tory ol tbe College. [Boston Dispatch, 7th.] The largest bequest that has ever been made in favor of Harvard College is contain ed in the will of the late Walter Hastings, of this city, which has just been admitted to probate. The will provides that upon the deatti or marriage ot his wife, or sooner, if in lüe judgment ot the trustees, tue amount of tne estate would warrant its being done and leave a trust luud adequate to provide an income sufficient lor tiie provisions of the will in favor ol the wile and adopted daugh ter, so much of the principal shall be appro pnaied as shall be appropriated as shall be necessary to erect upon the grounds of Har vard College a building of such a character as shall be decided upon by the President and Fellows of the College, to cost not less than $2UU,U00 and not more than $250,000, the building io be called the Walter Hastings Hall, in memory of his father, grandfather and great grandfather, all of whom gradu ated at Harvard College. Upon the death or marriage of his w ife and death of his adopt ed daughter, the residue of the trust fund and all the accumulations of income, he be queaths to tbe college as a trust fund, to be called the Walter Hastings Fund, the income of which is to be used at the discretion of the President and Fellows of the college suggesting, however, that the education of sons of American parents who may be in in digent circumstances would be the most prop er method of expending this income. The amount which will finally accrue to Harvard College as the Walter Hastings Fund is said to be not far from $500.000. About $100,000 in cash has been received from land just sold in this city, held by the Boston Water Power Company, which will be applied in part pay ment of the underlying mortgage, which is to be transferred to-morrow from the Five Cents Savings Bank to the trustees. SkutiuK Army. The corps of skaters,a force peculiar to the Norwegian army, has lately been reorgani zed, and consists now of five companies each of 110 men, which in lime of war can be re inforced by calling in 270 skaters belonging to the Landwher. The men of the corps are ar 3d with rifles, and c&n be manoeuvred up- on ice or over the snow fields of the moun tains with a rapidity equal to that of the best trained cavalry. The skates they use are ad mirably adapted for traveling over rough and broken ice or frozen snow, being six inches broad and between nine and ten inches long in ascending steep lopes the men take a zig- zag course, tacking up the mountain side as a ship does against a head wind. As aD in- stance of the speed at which they can go, it is mentioned that last winter a messenger de- spatched from Roeraas at three o'clock in the morning arrived at Drontheim at half-past nine in the evening of the same day, having consequently accomplished 120 miles in eight een and one-half hours. It must be added, however, that Roeraas lies some 2,000 feet higher than Dronthiem, so that the course of the skater was down hill the whole way. On the return journey the same man took fifty- four hours to reach Roeraas from Dronthiem but the route he took led him over very rough and broken snow fields, which render- ed great caution and slow skating necessary. --- If ■< I - Where Mnipina's Gone. [Detroit Free 1'ress.] I was walking down one of Detroit's beau tiful avenues on a lovely afternoon last week. In front of an ivy-wreathed doorway sat an old lady knitting. A sunny-haired little girl ran through the hall and down the steps into the street carrying her doll. Her curls had fallen over her eyes and she stumbled and fell. I had her m my arms in an instant. The smile that revealed her pretty dimples and snow-white teeth told me that she was neither hurt nor frightened. "What is your name, little one?" "Ain't dot any." "Haven't any name ? Is that aunty on the porch ?" "No, 'at's dan'ma." "Well, what does grandma call you ?" "S'e tails me Puss, but s'e tails 'e tat puss, too." "But what does mamma call you ?" "S'e doesn't tall me nuffin'—s'e's done 'ay off." "Gone away off where?" "To see papa." "And where is papa ?" "Up dere." And she pointed to the sky rosy with the sunset's glow. "When did mamma go ?" " 'E snow was on 'e dround, and s'e went in a sleigh wivoutany bells on 'e horses, and damna c'ied." >•« «« 3T.TT ' I am not ashamed to own that tears filled my eyes as I kissed the child and turned away, for I, too, bad my graves in childhood. - m -<44 ^1 I ^ Money is sunk, never to be recovered, when employed in the purchase of diamonds weighing (each stone) less than two or three carats. A stone of that weight will always command something near its value, even in times of depression or overstocking of the market, while in periods of scarcity it may fetch more than you paid for it ; but these little trifling stones, great clusters of spark lers, varying in size from a chip called a rose," to others considerably larger than a pin's head, are worth nothing intrinsically ; jewelers, however, ask a great deal for them on account of the setting, when new and fashionable, and it is when trying to sell them again that so many disappointments have en sued to persons who thought that diamonds were "a good investment." I a ALL MORTS. Boston girls are sighiüg for an intellectual looking method of banging the hair. How can procrastination be the thief of time when it never comes up to time ? Miss Lillian Bailey, a young American singer, has made a great success in London this season. Mr. James T. Fields is lecturing to 2,000 people in Baltimore twice a week on English literature. A western paper describes a very lengthy man as being tall enough to go into the woods and pick a mess of squirrels. Precocious B<»y (munching the fruit of the date tree) : "Mamina, if I eat dates enough wifi I grow up to be an almanac ?" Venus.was the first person who had her boat sawed in half; whence she came ashore on the half-shell. Both the Meeker girls are lecturing, and that scheme for presenting a testimonial to the squaw who saved'their lives is mdetiuiie ly posiponed. Archibald Forbes is mentioned in orders in tne last London Gazette for having, dur ing a fight in Afghanistan, attended to the wounded on the field. The Elmira Advertiser says that a lady at a theatre or an opera has a perfect right to wear a high hat, provided she takes the scat furthest back, or takes her hat off. "You just take a bottle of my medicine," said a quack doctor to a* consumptive, "and you'll never cough again." "Is it so fatal as that?" gasped the consumptive. The Hornell Times records the marriage of a man in Le Roy to his sixth wife, four of them being sisters, and the last one being the youngest. He says : "When you get into a good family stick to it." The man who starts out to lecture on the benefits of early rising to the present genera tion may confidently expect to starve to death alter the third night. A genius has invented a book-rest war ranted to save a man's back and eyes. They are worth saving, and clergymen from the pulpit will soon be crying "Give us a rest." Mr. William Bradford, the artist, for the two pictures which he is to paint for Earl Grosvenor is to receive $18,000. One will be a Yosemite picture, the other an Arctic scene. The Empress of Russia recently received a dress from Paris, the cost of which was $5,000. Probably the Emperor will have last winter's boots half-soled, and wear the same old ulster. The largest steamer that ever crossed the Atlantic was the Great Eastern. Her ex treme length was 680 feet, with a tonnage of 12,000 tons. She was built in England and was launched in January, 1858. The seventh regiment fair at New York has already resulted in putting $55,000 into the regimental treasury for the furnishing of the new $400,000 armory building. The fair will be continued another week. Who wouldn't rather be President than be right ? Come, now, no shirking. The salary ot President is $50,000 a year; the salary of being right is all the way from $15 a month down to splitting wood for a cold dinner. A corset-maker out of work thus vented her complaint : "»Shame that I should be without bread—I, who have stayed the stom achs of thousands." She should have re flected that she did this not with bread or meat, but with bones. A bragging nobleman once said at the ta ble that he had shot a buck to the hind hoof and the ear with ODe bullet, and called on his ready-witted serving man for corroboration. The servant, scratching his head, replied that the buck was scratching his ear at the critical moment, and added in an undertone to bis master : "For mercy's sakej my lord, next time don't make it so hard to make both ends meet." . A leading firm in Charlestown, S. C., has entered suit for $79,000 against the proprie tors of the two principal gambling saloons, the amount sued for or a portion of it being alleged to bave been lost at various times by young men in whom the prosecutors are in terested. The action is brought under tbe law which provides that money won at gam bling shall upon proof be returned fourfold. "Done," said the straDger, and by this time every clerk in the store had gathered around and waited to join in the laugh against the man, who, walking up to the sack, threw it across his shoulder with perfect ease, though extremely heavy, and Walking with it twice across the floor, went quietly to a large hook which was fastened to the wall, and hanging it up, turned to the merchant and said : There, now ; it may hang there till dooms day, I shall never take it down. What shall I go about now, mister? Just give me plenty to do and $100 a month, and it's all right. They broke into a laugb, and the merchant, discomfited, yet satisfied, kept his agreement, and to-day the green countryman is U e 8 n ior partner of the firm, and is worth a mil lion doll ars. _ Grant and tbe Nicaraguan Lanai. Philadelphia, December 18. — General Grant had an interview to-day with Admiral Ammen on the Nicaraguan canal project. Nothing definite as. to the General's inten tions can be learned, but remarks made by Admiral Ammen to personal friends are con strued into a belief on bis part that General Grant will accept the presidency of the canal compa ny. ^ _ The following communication from a resi dent of Arkansas was receded by a promi nent commission house of New Orleans: 'Your bill received ; would remit, bnt am in bed—shot behind my counter. Will be up in a day or two. One man who shot me is dead ; the other ran a-*ay. We are rid of bo*b and could spare more. We have a fine country."