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Helena, Montana, Thursday, November 25, 1880.
No. 2
I KVKRY THURSDAY MOHXIXG.
FISK BROS., - - Publishers
R. E. FISK, -
Editor
Till: M IIITE FLOWER'S STORY.
•V -wit, ]>uro flower, white a.s the snow, without
I tfrcw and blossomed in the gr< tiled air,
\n<l dreamed full many a dream of life and love.
[ heard young: lovers whispering all alx>ut,
And thought that soon 1 too should have my sliarf
The sunshine wooed me gazing from above,
Twas then I opened out my perfect flower,
1'ntil the whole place owned its wondrous power
With soft sad eyes I watched my lady come,
And as she drew me toward her heaving breast,.
I deemed my time drew nigh to see the world,
That world, of which 1 heard the voiceless hum
(i<j on fore'er, with curious vague unrest ;
And wider yet my pure white leaves unfurled.
"My lady wears me at the ball to-night,
1 once slinll see a scene of rare delight !"
With shaking hand my lady cut the stem
And pressed me to her lips, and in her eyes
I saw the large tears slowly gathering there—
Yet did not fall. She did not notice them,
And looked through mist beyond the pale blue skies
As if she saw a mystic vision fair,
'My lady gives me," said I, whispering low,
To him to whom her sweet-heart longs to go."
Slowly she carried me witn flagging feet
Into another room. There, on the bed,
lay something white and wonderful and grand,
Upon the lips a lingering smile, so sweet
1 knew that I was with the blessed dead,
Whose work was done, who could no longer stand
With weary eyes, watching the daylight die
Too swift away across the winter sky.
My lady placed me on the unbeating heart,
By the crossed hands, and sighed with bitter pain
And methought she envied me my place.
She turned away, then, as if forced apart,
Her lips just breathed her lover's name again ;
Yet came no sign upon that silent lace.
Twas then 1 knew it all—death is life's best,
And he wins most who earliest goes to rest.
\ Test of Pronunciation.
[Rutland (Vt.j Herald.]
Tlu* following rather curious piece of com
position was recently placed upon the black
board at a teachers' institute, and a prize of a
Webster's Dictionary offered to any person
who could read it and pronounce every Avord
correctly. The Itook was not carried off,
however, as twelve was the lowest number
of mistakes in pronunciation made : "A sac
rilegious son of Belial, who suffered from
bronchitis, having exhausted his finances, in
order to make good the deficit, resolved to
ally himself to a comely, lenient and docile
young lady of the Malay or Caucasian race.
He accordingly purchased a calliope and
coral necklace of a chameleon hue, and secur
ing a suite of rooms at a principal hotel, he
engaged the head waiter as his coadjutor.
He then dispatched a letter of the most un
exceptionable caligraphy extant, inviting the
young lady to a matinee. »She revolted at
the idea, refused to consider herself saerific
ablc to Ills desires, and sent a polite note of
refusal, on receiving which he procured a
carbine and bo wie knife, said that he would
not now forge fetters hymeneal with a queen,
went to an isolated spot, severed his jugular
vein, and discharged the contents of Ills car
bine into his abdomen. The debris was re
moved by the coroner.'' The mistakes in
pronunciation were made on the following
words: Sacrilegious, Belial, bronchitis, ex
hausted. finances, deficit, comely, lenient
docile, Malay, calliope, chameleon, suite, co
adjutor, caligraphy, matinee, sacrifieable
carbine, hymeneal, isolated, jugular, debris.
A Bird's Fear of the Head.
jlTom the Gentleman's Magazine. J
it is not mere sentimentalism that pleads
in favor of the most merciful form of death
In-ing adopted in the ease of slaughtering of
animals intended for human consumption.
There is no question that much suffering
would be sparred cattle if they were not al
lowed to see each other slaughtered. Not
easy is it to conceive the kind of torture they
feci aud cannot express. How observant are
animals is proved by a case which came un
der my own observation. Among the in
mates of my bowse is a jackdaw, as illgrained
and vituperative bird as ever accepted, under
protest, human* companionship and human
attention. It prefers so distinctly sleeping
in a (-age where no enemy can assail him
while he is off his guard that he is allowed
io have his own way in the matter. One
day while he was in the cage, some dead
pheasants, which had just arrived in a ham
per, were placed lieside him. His dread of
these was remarkable to witness. A bird
whose whole time was passed in defiance of
things stronger than himself, in aggravating
a mastiff that would not make two bites of
him, or in pinching surreptitiously the flam
boyant tail of his arch enemy, the eat, when
it came within reach of his cage, went at this
oght into an ecstasy of terror, which would
flot W appeased until the uncanny objects
"ere removed. What instinct caused this
strange demonstration in the presence of
death shown in one of its own race, albeit of
different a species, is not to be guessed,
'buch food for reflection and speculation is,
however, afforded.
1 Queer Coincidence at Delnionico's.
[New York Hour.]
liiere was a curiously-dramatic scene at
Ibelmonieo's the other day. A slight young
fellow, with a red mustache, sat in the cafe
with a couple of friends. An elderly man,
"ith a gray mustache, sat
table, and played with
watched the younger man
was James lia rum Key.,
was General Daniel Sickles, who killed Phil
11 1 Barton Key one remarkable day in Wash
ington. Fortunately the vendetta is not an
Maexican institution.
at a neighboring
a -crutch as he
The young man
The elderly man
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Sunday School Methods.
A striking divergence of opinion respecting
Sunday' School methods was disclosed in the
course of a recent debate at the sixth annual
conference of the Michigan Unitarians. The
first speaker, a lady, objected to the present
system as promoting superficiality in re
ligious matters, and as encouraging absence
from church, but maintained that it was
necessary evil which must lie tolerated. The
next speaker said the main trouble was the
lack of definite aim. Some hints might be
taken from the manner in which the Spirit
ualists conduct their lyceums. Pictures, ban
ners and objeet lessons there serve to impress
the lessons taught. Children are not theo
logians. Appeal to their love of the realistic
and beautiful. The Kev. J. L. Jones said
whatever was done, let no more of the sys
tem proposed by the last speaker be adopted.
He did not think Sunday Schools a necessary
evil, but a necessary' good. Let the sugar
and candy phase of the w ork be abandoned
Military trappings and picture papers had no
place in his Sunday School. Banish the dis
sipations of the system. Sweet sobriety and
reverent service should lie striven for. Let
God's uame be spoken with solemnity. Do
not insult Infinity with an attempt to reduce
Him to the level of the leading character in
a huge comedy. The speaker favored regular
teachers', meetings. He thought that chalk
talks, mechanical and other contrivances of
the professional orthodox Sunday School
were largely responsible for the flippancy ot
the age. Dr. Forbush said the Sunday
School music of the present day was got up
on the principle that the devil had all the
good musie, and that it must lie reclaimed
for the Sunday School ; that the greatest
recommendation music could have was that it
was whistled on the streets. M. Y. Pork said
the easiest to teach were the children of
avowed skeptics and infidels; the hardest
w r ere the children of parents in whose homes
blessing was flippantly' mumbled three
times a day', and family prayers conducted
W'hile one member of the family was perhaps
washing dishes in the kitchen and another
making beds upstairs. lie did not believe in
the kind of Sunday School address where a
man gets up and say's to the children : " You
can't imagine how glad 1 am to look into
your bright eyes this morning. I have often
thought how much like heaven this is, be
cause there will be so many children there !"
Think of a heaven full of millions of year-old
babies.
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"Damn" as a noun substantive is an old
regular xvord, used frequently by English
writers down to the first part of the seven
teenth century. We do not see why so pon
derous a word has been dropped by lexicog
raphers. In some places, as, if we speak of
how original sin lies heavy on us, it seems a
most appropriate word. "We inherit with
Adam's nature, the damn cleaving of it!"
This use of the word came dow n to our Am
erican grandfather, and lasted even till the
time when the Continental currency was a
dead loss. So came the expression "not
ortli a Continental "not worth a Contin
ental damn," or "dead loss." And for short ;
Not worth a damn"—or bit of paper that
was a dead loss. It is not to the Credit of
our American lexicographers that they have
not recognized this origin of a phrase pecu
liarly American, and that if "slang" at first,
having a basis in fact, like a countless num
ber of other words, it has been enrolled as a
factor in our accepted languagee—as "gerry
mandering" has been. The people did bet
ter than their writers of primers, grammars,
and dictionaries. Damn means a loas (in
American parlance, as above, a worthless
scrip). Damnable, for its general meaning,
signifies "worthy of severe censure." Only
Avhen used in a theological connection does it
imply' Avhat Puritans suppose. It, most cer
tainly, is not "swearing!" And, except by
the imposition of the Puritan signification, it
is not cursing. And yet w r e remember hear
ing people, using a phrase whose history
they knew not, say : "I do not care a cuss"
—meaning a curse.
Au Indian Bride's Devotion.
There are few instances of devotion that
prove the existence of love in a higher degree
than that given by Kit Carson's Indian wife
to her brave and manly lover. While mining
in the West he married an Indian girl, with
whom he lived very happily. When he was
taken ill, a long w ay from home, word was
sent to his wife, who mounted a fleet mus
tang pony and traveled hundreds of miles to
reach him. Night and day she continued
her journey, resting only for a few hours on
the open prairie, forcing on her wonderful
little pony as soon as she could gather up
her forces anew. She forded rivers, scaled
rocky parses, waded through morasses, and
finally arrived just alive, to find her husband
la tter. She was seized with pneumonia and
died within a brief space in her husband's
arms. The shock killed Kit Carson, the rug
ged mirier. He broke a blood vessel, and
both are buried in one grave.
.Sea Water iu Disease.
A w riter in the Bulletin Generale de Théra
peutique states that sea w ater acts as an alter
ative in such cases as are benefitted by saline
mineral waters : and, as its continued use
increases the appetite, facilitates digestion,
quickens nutritive changes, and augments
the proportion of red corpuscles in the blood,
he recommends it in the following eases:
During convalescence from acute diseases ;
in the various forms of dyspepsia ; in neurosis
associated with impoverishment of the blood ;
in scrofulous aud tuberculous diseases, and in
diabetes.
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A Weird Legend of the Last Century
Dean Stanley telLs the .'allowing story in
Fraser's Magazine: In tua middle of the
last century the chief of the Campbells of In
verawe had been giving an entertainment at
his castle on the banks of the Awe. * The
party had broken up and Campbell was left
alone. He was roused by a violent knocking
at the gate, and was surprised at the appear
auee of one of his guests, with torn garments
and disheveled hair, demanding admission
I have killed a man, and I 'am pursued by
enemies. I beseech you to let me in. Swear
upon your dirk—upon the cruacban or hip
w here y'our dirk rests—swear by Ben Cru
aehan—that you will not betray me. Camp
bell swore, and placed the fugitive in a secret
place in the house. Presently'there w as
second knocking at the gate. It was a party'
of his guests, wdio said. Your cousin Donald
has been killed, where is the murderer? At
this announcement Campbell remembered
the great oath which he had sworn, and gave
the pursuers an evasive answer, and sent oft*
the pursuera in a wrong direction. He then
went to the fugitive and said, You have
killed my cousin Donald. 1 can not keep
y'ou here. The murderer appealed to his oath
and persuaded Campbell to let him stay' for
the night. Campbell did so, and retired to
rest. In the visions of that night the blood
stained Donald appeared to him w ith these
words : Inverawe, Inverawe, blood lias been
shed; shield not the murderer. In the
morning Campbell went to his guest and told
him that any further shelter was impossible.
He took him, how ever, to a cave in Ben
Cruachan and there left him. The night
again dosed in, and Campbell again slept,
and again the blood-stained Donald appear
ed. Inverawe, Inverawe, blood has been
shed ; shield not the murderer. In the morn
ing he went to the cave on the mountain,
and the murderer had fled. Again at night
he slept, and again the blood-stained Donald
appeared before him and said, Inverawe, In
veraw'e, blood has been said. We shall not
meet again until w e meet at Ticonderoga.
He woke in the morning, and behold it was
dream. But the story of the triple
apparition by him, and he often told
it among his kinsmen, asking always what
the ghost could mean by this mysterious
w ord of their rendezvous.
In 1753 there broke out the French and
English war in America, which after many
rebuff's ended in the conquest of Quebec
by Gen, Wolfe. Campbell went out with the
Black Watch, the 45th Highland regiment,
afterward so famous. There, on the eve of
an engagement, the general came to the
officers and said: We had better not tell
Campbell the name of the fortress which we
are to attack to-morrow. It is Ticonderoga.
Let ns call it Fort George. This assault took
place in the morning. Campliell was mor
tally wounded. He sent for the general.
These were his last words:. General, y'ou
have deceived me ; 1 have seen him again.
This is Ticonderoga.
Characteristic.
When a girl concludes to put up her hair
md make herself look sweet, the liest policy
is to let her have her own way. She can't
be drawn away from her. mirror by any of
the ordinary things of this life. A fire will
sometimes do it, but it has been show n that
even a fire may fail to excite some girls. The
other night a New York lodging-house took
fire and at a most uncomfortable hour
w hen most girls probably have their baek
hair down. One of the girls heard that the
place was burning down, but she didn't feel
like making her appearance liefore the crowd
which had gathered in the street looking
like a perfect fright. She shut the door lead
ing into the hall to keep out the flames and
went to her mirror to fix her hair. Anybody
who has waited for a girl to fix her hair
knows that it takes time and a great deal of
it. This girl wasn't quicker than the average
and she was very particular about having her
hair done up exactly as it should be. The
fire had cut off' her chances of escape by the
stairs, and her lover, after appealing to her
for some time, finally lost his patience and
got away without her. A fireman got up to
the room on a ladder, and she made him sit
on the edge of the window' and wait until
she had arranged her hair-pins and ribbons
for a right sort of public appearance ; then
she threw herself into his arms—it was so
romantic—and slid down the ladder with
him, looking just sweet. The whole thing
was a tremendous success, but when the
careful young girl was safely landed on the
paveinent she found that she had forgotten
her stockings.
Experiments with the Gastric Juice.
The results of his researches on the acidity
of the gastric juice in man, and of his obser
vations on gastric digestion, have been com
municated by M. Richet to the French Acad
emy of Sciences. He has found that. the
mean acidity of the gastric juice, whether
pure or mixed with food, amounts to about
1.7 in 1,000 grammes of liquid; that the
quantity of fluid in the stomach has no influ
ence on its acidity ; that wine and alcohol
augment its acidity, while cane sugar dimin
ishes it ; that the maximum acidity of the
gastric juice is attained during digestion ;
and that hunger neither depends on acidity
nor emptiness of the stomach. Some of the
conclusions arrived at by M. Richet are at
variance with the theories commonly enter
tained.
J im Lyon, who was killed in a bar-room
fight at Millard, Nebraska, was found to be
clad in a complete thongh penetrable suit of
armor. Shields for his front and back were
made of leather, padded with an inch of cot
ton batten, and suspended under his clothes
by straps over his shoulders. The protection
had long given him the courage to figure as
a bully.
TURNING THE TABLES.
How Ezekiel Whitman Put Some
Snobs to Blush.
City
When Maine was a district of Massachu
setts, Ezekiel Whitman was chosen to repre
sent the district in the Massachusetts Legis
lature. He was an eccentric man, and one
of the best lawyers of his time. He ow ned a
farm and did much work on his land, and
when the time came for him to set out for
Boston his best suit of clothes was a suit of
homespun. His wife objected to bis going in
this garb, but he did not care,
" I w ill get a nice suit made as soon as I
reach Boston," he said.
Reaching his destination, Whitman found
rest at Doolittle's City Tavern. Let it be
understood that he was a graduate of Har
vard, and at this tavern he was at home. As
he entered the parlor of the house he found
several ladies and gentlemen assembled, and
he heard the following remark from one of
them : 1
"Ah ! here comes a countryman of the real
homespun genius. Here's fun."
Whitman stared at the company and then
sat down.
" Say, my friend, are you from the coun
try ?" remarked one of the gentlemen.
" Ya-as," answered Ezekiel, with a ludi
crous twist of his face.
"What do you think of our city?" asked
one of the ladies. * •
" It's a pooty thickly settled place, anyhow'.
Got a sweepin' sight of housen in it."
" And a good many people too."
" Ya-as, I should guess so."
" Many people where yon come from ?"
" Wal, some."
" Plenty of ladies, I suppose ?"
" Ya-as, a lair sprinkling."
" And I don't doubt you are quite a beau
among them ?"
" Yes, beau 'em home, tew meeting and
singing-skewi.
" Perhaps the gentleman from the country
will take a glass of wine ?"
" Thank'ee. Don't kecr if 1 do."
The wine was brought.
" You must drink a toast."
" Oh, git out ! 1 eat toast ; never , heard,
sich a thing as drink in'it. ^ But I can give
you a sentiment."
The ladies clapped their hands, but what
was their surprise when the stranger, rising,
spoke calmly and clearly as follows :
Ladies and gentlemen : Permit me to
wish you health and happiness, w ith every
blessing earth can aff ord, and may you grow
better and wiser in advancing years, bearing
ever in mind that outward appearances are
deceitful. You mistook me, from my dress,
for a country booby, w hile I, from the same
superficial cause, thought yon were ladies
and gentlemen. The mistake has been mu
tual."
He had just finished w hen Caleb .Strong,
Governor of the State, entered and ■ inquired
I Al» W
lor Whitman.
Ah, here I am, Governor. Very glad to
see you."
Then, turning to the dumbfounded com
pany, be said :
' I wish you a v ery good evening."
The Dangers oi Sea Bathing.
The death of Lord Justice Thesiger, w rites
Olive Logan to the Philadelphia Time*
the result of a singular cause. When the
deceased legal light was a baby two years
old, be had scarlet fever, which w.as followed
by inflammation of the left ear. He was
deaf in the affected ear more or less all his
life,, and three or four years ago he consulted
Mr. Dalby, the great aurist, one of the few'
men on earth who really know anything
about the diseases of that most complex and
delicate organ, the ear. Mr. Dalby found
perforation, ol' the tympanic membrane—
that most frequent of all causes of deafness
—and advised artificial protection. A few
weeks ago the deceased gentleman was bath
ing in a rather rough sea when he was struck
on thç left ear by a
pain soon followed, coupled w ith stiff ness of
the neck, which indicated that inflammation
had extended along the internal passages.
The best medical and surgical talent was
summoned, but nothing could save him. It
should be mentioned that at the time the
wave struck him, his car was not protected,
and I record this case in the hope of warning
heavy wave. Intense I
nr.iß /1 tt-in, I
readers against the danger of going into the I
sea without protecting the ears with small
wads of cotton. At the French watering
places the attendants are always provided
with cotton batting, which they* offer to the
bathers. On exceptionally cold days, too, it
is well to protect the ears from the bitter
winds with cotton. Earache and deafness
are the frequent results of a lack of care in
this matter, but this is the first time I ever |
heard of death being directly traceable to a
perforated tympanum.
A Comical Mistake.
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Detectives arc shrewd fellows, not only m
New York, but the world over. Tho best
man on both the London and Birmingham
force was put on that ease furnished by the
supposition of an attempt to blow up a* rail
road train just out side of the former city
two or three Sundays ago. Neither knew
the other, nor that he was "working" on the
same job, and the consequence was that each
considered that he had found the chief crim
inal in the other. They set watches for one
another drew up minute reports of each
other's movements for the benefit of their
common superior, and at last were positive
that the time had arrived for arresting each
other. In the mean time the real criminals
probably enjoyed themselves at their ex
pense, and now are out of harm's way.
A SINKING CONTINENT.
The question whether the South American
continent is sinking or not is one on which
considerable difference of opinion exists.
Prof. Orton several years ago expressed the
belief that the barometric observations of the
heights of the principal mountains, which
have been continued through more than a
hundred years, afford evidence of a gradual
sinking and this opinion has prevailed ex
tensively. Prof. Agassiz believes that the
eastern coast was sinking while the western
coast w r as rising, and Darwin infers from the
discovery of an ancient race of civilization on
lands that are now too high for the develop
ment of human life that the lands are rais
ing. Dr. W. Weiss reads a paper before the
German Geographical society at a recent
meeting, in which he advanced the theory,
founded on a comparison of observations
which had been made at the mouths of
rivers, that the continent is rising. The isth
mus of Panama seems to be rising, and signs
of elevation are apparent on the north coast
of the continent.
A Good Story on General Sherman.
During the recent Presidential v isit at Los
Angeles, Secretary Ramsey addressed a large
crowd of people which had gathered in the
street in front of the St. Charles. Mr. Ramsey
spoke from the balcony of the hotel. Gen.
Sherman meanwhile standing in front of the
Cosmopolitan Hotel, which is on the other
side of the street and opposite to the St.
Charles, conversing with some friends,' when
some one behind him looking tow ard Secre
tary Ramsey, but addressing the General,
inquired :
"Who is that old gentleman who is talking
across the street? Is it General Sherman?"
"Yes,'' replied the General, his eyes twink
ling with the prospect of enjoying a joke;
"yes, that's General Sherman."
"Well," responded the seeker after personal
knowledge, "and.that's General Sherman!
He's a mighty old cuss, isn't he ?"
A roar of laughter followed the comment,
iu which nobody joined more heartily than
General Sherman himself.
Queen Victoria and Her Predecessors,
r Queen Victoria» has..attained her Bist year,
an age exceeded by eleven only of tlie sover
eigns of England, dating from the Norman
conquest, namely : Henry I., who lived to
the age ol' 07 : Henry III., w ho lived toj 65
years ; Edward I., who lived to t>e 07 ; Ed
ward III., who attained 05 years; Queen
Elizabeth, who reached 09 years ; Jamess II.,
who lived 08 years; George I., 07 years;
George 11., 77 years ; George IIL, 8*2 years ;
George IV., 08 years, and William IV., who
lived 72 years. On the 20th of June she had
reigned 43 years, a period w'hich has only
lieen exceeded by four English sovereigns,
viz., Henry III., who reDued 56 ^ears ; Ed
ward III., who reigned 50 years; Elizabeth,
w ho reigned 45 years ; and George III., w ho
reigned for the long period of 00 years.
Queen Anne.
Queen Anne was fat and not very digni
fied, but she was always simple and kind, at
least until the jar came. When the poor lit
tle l)nke of Glouster died, and Anne became
childless, there is something in the adoption
of the title "unfortunate" in her simple letter
which goes to the reader's heart. The mother
of many children, but childless, the wife of
a harmless drone, separated from all her
natural kindred, what was the simple soul
to do bnt to surround herself with that little
band of Friends ? When Marlborough's only
son died she entreated to lie allowed to go to
them, protesting that only those who knew
the same grief could comfort each other. Im
this, as in the heart of many a humble suf
ferer, lay the tragedy of her life.
Ex-Empress Carlotta.
The Ex-Empress Carlotta has fortunately
lost all memory of her Mexican experience,
never making any illusion to it. The un
happy princess in the darkness of her mind
still retains the habits of court etiquette
exacts all ceremonious adjuncts, even to a
I guard of honor, and always attires herself
I i n a handsome costume for dinner. The
only visitor whom she consents to sec is
Queen Marie Henretta, who shows a kindly
devotion to the invalid which does her
honor.
Definitions of Insanity.
Dr. Beard thinks that insanity Ls liest de
I fined as a disease of degrees—there being no
plain or dividing line between sanity and in
sanity. The latter he divides into two kinds,
namely, intellectual insanity, embracing
forms in which there are delusions ; and
emotional insanity, in which there are no dc
lusions. Insanity, he thinks, is a barometer
of civilization, and as we advance higher in
the arts and sciences, so will insanity become
| more prevalent. Intense application, brain
work and indoor life are the agencies which
most frequently bring it about—with savages
or barbarians there is little or none of it.
A Singular Accident.
A strange and fatal accident occurred in a
church in Rook hill, North Carolina. The
particulars are given iu a special to the
Chicago Nexen. The collection plate wa
lking passed around. An earnest exhorta
tion had been made for money to help the
Christian cause. James Gooch, a young man
in the congregation, did not have a cent, and.
being moved by the ministers appeal, be at
tempted to borrow ten cents from the man
next to him. The man refused. Gooch then
took a pistol from his pocket and offered it
as collateral. The man took the pledge,
and while exmining the weapon it went of
sending a ball through the brain of Gooch,
killing him instantly. The brethren in
North Carolina seem to carry dead loads of
collateral.

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