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Incidents. The trial of a New Zealand chief for the murder of two Europeans is thus described in a local paper, the Hawe's Bay Herald : On Monday, 11th of December, the trial of Kereopa was commenced before the resident magistrate at Napier. The Court House being too small to hold all the persons who wished to be present, after the information was read the court adjourned to the Council Chamber, when several witnesses gave evidence. Pihana Tiwhai sworn, deposed : I live at Opo tiki. I know the prisoner. I saw him at Opotiki in March, 1865. I saw him and Patrara. The prisoner had a basket with him. 1 found that there was a European's head in it. The first words that! heard him say were, "Friends, this is a word from my God to you. If any minister or other European comes to this place do not protect him ; he must die 1 die 1 die 1" Patara said next, " I am come to bring the new God to you. This is the trae God. If a minis ter or European comes within these bounde 'ies he shall not be spared." I know Mr. Volkner. He arrived about five days after Kereopa and Patara had come to Opotiki. He came by vessel. The vessel came up the river and lay close against the band. As soon as the vessel came alongside, the Taranaki natives tied up the Europeans, Mr. Volkner and Mr. Grance, and led them away to the jail. I saw the whole trans action 1 mean bv the laranaki na tives, Kereopa and Patara, and those that came with them. Next thing I saw was Mr. Volkner being led away. I could not see who the native was that was leading him ; I was too far off. It was on of the Taranaki natives. My wife said to me, " Don't tollow them ; thev are putting Mr. Volkner to death." I went away to a mill near. In the evening I returned. I was told that Mr. Volkner was killed, and was shown where his body was. The body had oa black t.-ousers, boots, and white shirt. There was no head on it. I asked Kereopa to let me have the body, to bury it. He said let the fowls of the air and reptiles of the earth eat it. I saw Mr. Volkner's head, and that of an' other European, afterward at Opotiki, in a tent E. Pina Pono, among other evidence, said: When Kereopa arrived it was dinner time, and he (witness) heard Kereopa say that Mr. Volkner was to "begiven up, killed, and eaten." On the following day they all assembled in m the church. 1 was in the house and saw Jereopa in the pulpit with a war club in his hand. Then I heard him sap that Mr. Volkner should die on this day, and that his eyes should be eaten, and if any one refused to obey his orders he would cut their heads off; his tribe would be destroyed and their houses burnt." The same day Kereopa said, " Go and fetch Mr. Volk aer." The soldiers then went out, and I followed them. I afterward saw the soldiers who had Mr. Volkner in their charge. stopped outside the church. I saw the soldiers hand Mr. Volkner's head into the church. His head was wrapped in calico. I saw the blood oozing out of the calico. At this time, Kereopa was in the church. Koreopa carried the herd about, telling; them not to be frighted to eat it. He said that the whole of the tribe who refused to eat part of the head would be destroyed. Another witness said : Mr. Volkner was brought to the church. After the talk was done there, he was led off to be hung. Kereopa gave orders to take him to a tree and hang him. The last I saw of Mr . Volkner was when he was being ted to a tree. 1 went to my plantation. hen I returned, Mr. Volkner was hanging on the tree went straight to my own house. After a short time I returned to the church and saw Mr. Volkner's body lying out side it without the head. Ihauraira Kari cut the head off. Kereopa told him to do it. The head was put into the church through the window. Kere opa placed the head on the table before him, and took out the two eyes with his hands. He said, " Listen, O, tribe, this is the Parliament of England." Then he swallowed the ees. After this the head was carried round to au the peo- f 1 1 o n 4Ti iiao of a rnl , Viafh vfrir m rinr ing. No one who is not in the habit of taking one can imagine now greatly it conduces to the health and to the fresh ness of the complexion. A large spongetul ot water should be aueezed all over the body for about two minutes, when rough towels (Turkish are the best) should be used until the friction causes a warm glow to be felt. The softest water should be used for the face (rain-water filtered is much the best), and soap shoulu always be applied once a day. It the skin is at all dry or cracked by the weather, a little fresh cold cream, applied at night, will soften ir, and re store the elasticity. .Plenty ot Iresh air and exercise must be taken: an hour, at the very least, every day, and more, if possible, should be devoted to walking or riding. .baHy rising, a daily cold bath, a simple diet, and plenty of fresh air and exercise, will do more to insure a clear and blooming complexion than all the cos metics ever invented. The Mysterious Abdication. The literary sensation of the hour in Germany is a revelation regarding the " mysterious abdication" of Ferdinand V.. in Austria, during the revolutionary troubles ot 184S. isaron tieirert, wno seems to have been in the secret, now gives it to the world in his history of recent Austria, and it seems to have been a mystery from the very begin nine. The Emperor had fled from Vi enna to Olmutz to avoid the dangers of the rebellion. Early one morning a mysterious excitement pervaded the old town. Ladies and gentlemen were hastening, on foot and in carriages, to the Archbishop's palace ; mounted or derlies were flying hither and thither, and troops were hastening to a common rendezvous. It was soon discovered that nearly all the members of the im perial household had arrived in the night, and that the ministers and all the high officers of state were present. No one could divine the cause of this unusual activity neither the actors nor the spectators. The most influential men of the realm simply knew that they were ordered to assemble in gala dress in the palace at Olmutz, a little after daylight of a December morning. The company represented nearly every department of the government, in all varieties of dress, even to the priestly robes of the high officials of the church. Anxiety and consternation were on every countenance. Even the Archr duke Ferdinand approached the maste of ceremonies, begging to know why they were thus mysteriously called to gether at so unseasonable an hour. His only answer was, mat nis lips were sealed until events should tell their own story. And thus the fail est princesses of the imperial court were kept in the agony of suspense. The incubus on the company was shown by the ominous silence or pain ful whispers, and the wailing minutes seemed to be hours. At last, at 8 o'clock, the folding doors were thrown open, and their majesties the Emperor and Empress, accompanied by the Archdukes Francis Charles and the present Emperor Francis Joseph, sol emnly entered and took the seats as signed to them. A breathless suspense controlled the assemblage as the Em peror arose, and taking a document from his breast read as follows : "Weigh ty reasons have brought me to the ir revocable determination to lay down the imperial crown, which I do in favor of my beloved nephew ; his father, my dear brother, renouncing all his rights to the throne in favor of his cherished son." The Emperor then bade the Minister of State lay before him the necessary documents lor signature and ratihca tion by witnesses, after which the youthful successor approached his un cle and knelt before him, in such a state of mental agitation that he could not command his words ot gratitude. The abdicating monarch bent over him with his benediction, and then embrac ing him, uttered the only free words heard during the entire scene ! " God bless thee ; be honest and God will pro tect thee. 1 have acted treely and wil lingly." Women burst into violent pie in the house. I went out. I iw i sobs, and the eyes of strong men be- the body. Several other witnesses were examined, and the prisoner committed tor trial. A Clear Complexion. From Frank Leslie's Lady's Journal, No one who goes much in society can fail to notice how very common the use of paints, powders, and cosmetics has become of late years. This fashion we owe with many others, to the constantly increasing intercourse with the Paris ians. Few French women have good complexions at least, what we consider such-a clear skin, with a bright, healthy bloom on it ; and from the time the Empress of the French reigned as the queen of fashion in Paris to within a 6hort time of the breaking out of the war, golden hair and' a fair complexion were the great desiderata among the usually raven-haired and dark or sallow skinned Parisians. It is perfectly right that every woman should try to make the best of herself, and the wish to improve her appearance to a certain extent is even laudible ; but is there, of course a golden mean in this, as in othr things. It is not at all difficult to obtain a good complexion, it the right means are taken to insure it. The first requisite is perfect health, without which all endeavors will be comparatively unsuccessful. The complexion is the barometer of health, and when the skin is sallow or dry, the eye3 heavy, and without bright drass, and the countenance has a worn look, we may feel sure there is some thing wrong in the health, and that must be first set right. The next essential to obtaining a clear and blooming complexion is early rising, which is absoutely necessary." Our Eng- iisn great-grandmothers used to rise very early, and go down the meadows and dip their faces in May dew, which they thought the best thing for the skin ; and no doubt they found the cus- . torn benenci&l, for it obliged them to rise early, and to breathe the fresh morning air. Seven or half-past, is the latest hour at which any one in ordinary health should rise who wishes to have a clear and blooming complexion. Avoid crowded assemblies, late hours and exhausting excitement. Nothing helps more to insure a good complexion came fountains of tears. Iron. A conference of the members of the Iron and Steel Institute was held on the 22d ult., in Willis's Rooms, London, Mr, 11. -Bessemer presiding. A long and scientific discussion arose on the reports of the American Commissioners on their experiments with the Danks Rotary Puddling Furnace, the principle of which is to puddle iron without hand labor. After the discussion had lasted some hours, Mr. Danks, the inventor, came iorward and was received enthusi astically. He first replied to some of the remarks of English ironmasters. who had started the idea that iron could be made direct from the ore by a further aeveiopement of the new machine, and informed the meeting that twenty-seven years aga he had made some of a good iron as could be, direct irom the ore, but not in the re- volving furnace. He had tried, how ever, to manufacture iron direct in this furnace, and he had succeeded; but owing to so much time being required ;r the introduction ot the reducing agent carbon the operation would always oe unprontaoie. Alter some further discussion, it was announced that the Danks furnace !at Middles- borough would be open to the inspec tion oi the members ot the Institute on proper notice being given. Mr. Spen cer, a well-known inventor, read a paper on the working of the machine, showing the great Baving in iron and fuel the revolving process will affect, in addition to producing metal of a superior quality. The opinion was also freely expressed that the doom of the blast-lurnaces was approaching. Amateur Telegraphy. Several lads in Milwaukee, Wis., have in operation a line of four miles ot tele graph, the copper wire costing about $1.50 per mile. The apparatus of the company consists of 25 cups 15 for the main buttery and 10 for local batte ries and 10 Morse instruments. The line was put up for practice and pleas use, and it prove1? very convenient in stormy nights, enabling the boys to con verse with each other, or play checkers and chess, without leaving their homes. Current Items. The mortal remains of 117 steamboats lie on the bottom of the Arkansas river. A poem 3,500 feet long was sent to a New Orleans paper with a request to publish it. Mr. Rice, of Marblehead, Mass., has a watch upward of a hundred years old, the case ot whuh is composed ot tor toise shell. A gentleman in the suburbs of Mont gomery, Ala., has recently hatched 1,000 chickens by steam, and has 1,800 eggs in progress of incubation. At a recent ball in Cairo, 111., a gold- headed cane was put up, to be given to the best dressed gentleman present. The prize was carried off by a high-toned negro. ' A suit involving more than $1,000,000 is pending against theLogansport, Craw fordsville and Southwestern Railway Company in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Castle Thunder, at Richmond, Va., has been transformed into a tobacco factory. Hundreds of people visit it every year, curious to behold the place where so many persons were confined during the war. Mathew Stacey, the present Treasu rer of the city of Jacksonville, 111., has held that position thirty-nine years. He was the first Treasurer selected by the city, and the first assessment roll amounted to $250. The true harbingers of spring have arrived at Niagara Falls. They are a peculiarity of that place, and are recog nized by white veils, bran-new clothes, squeaky boots, delicata mustaches, and plenty of money and sweetness. An ingenious swindler at Buffalo has enriched himself at the expense of the rew York Central railroad by purchas ing a large number of tickets from Brockport to Albion, and altering them so that they read irom Lockport to Albany. Texas has copper and silver ore in practically inexhaustible quantities, and coal which rivals the best anthracite of Pennsylvania. These minerals are to be found in the region known as the Staked Plains, in the northwestern and other portions of the State. The engineers employed in taking soundings for the proposed bridge across the St. Lawrence, between Pres cott and Ogdensburg, have completed their labors. The bridge will be 3,000 feet long, and the piers will have to be sunk in eighty feet of water. The ice men along the Illinois river are not in a cheerful frame of mind. Their ice barges, which generally go down the river in February, still repose on the bottom of the Illinois, and will not go out until a rise occurs. Mean time, the season is not favorable for the preservation of ice. A lady in Skowhegan, Me . lately stepped upon a furnace-register for the purpose of warming her feet, when the treacherous thing gave way and let her through the floor until she was caught by the arms. Her husband was luckily at hand, and speedily relieved her from her embarrassing position. Fort V ayne, Ind., is frightened. A handsome and stylishly-dressed lady walked into the opora house in that city on luesday evening. Having never seen such a person before, the audience came to the immediate conclusion that the woman was Josie Mansfield, and there was a sensation. The mystery has . . ... not been solved yet. Ax attempt has been made to stock Chatauqua lake, New York, with salmon trout. Mr. Green, the celebrated pisci culturist, has successfully transferred some 20,000 young fish, artificially hatched, to the waters of the lake, and there seems to be a good prospect that the experiment will prove a complete success in every respect. an fjngusn gentleman nas leased a water lot in Pilatka, Fla., for ten years. with the design of putting up a moss and paper factory. The moss will be manipulated into such things as hair cloth, etc. The paper mill is intended to manufacture paper out of the com mon saw palmetto. Paper made of this material is now used by the Bank of England for bank notes. Indiana has more ghosts than any other State in the Union. This is the latest narrative: Several years ago a child was sent out to hunt up some cows in Ohio township, Crawford county, and was never afterward seen. But its ghost still haunts the locality, and during the recent snow storm its footprints were round in a held, distinctly impressed in the snow lor a distance ot htty yards. Farm and Garden. The Pecan Tree. Its Value and How Grown. V. P. Richmond, of Madison County, 111., writes to an Eastern paper in legard to this tree and its fruit : It will grow in any soil where white hickory, butternut or pignut will grow, but it is a native of rich, alluvial soils, such as the river bottoms of the Missis sippi, Missouri and Illinois. The point of land between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers grows very fine speci mens, some fifty and sixty feet to the limbs. Its general appearance verv much resembles the white hickory in leaf, wood and bark, excepting the bark is thicker and softer. I have seen half of trunks of forty feet in length with no perceptible wind. The wood is good for any purpose where the hickory can be used. It is found growing on the Illi nois river above Peoria. " I have trees growing on my farm from the nuts. I planted the nuts in the early part of winter, some two inches deep, in light, rich soil. I think all came up about mid-summer. Think ing there might be a tap root, as in hickory, I passed a sharp spade under each root about six inches from the crown. When one year old. I set out four trees all grew ; three finely, one met with an accident ; and gave away a number ot which 1 can give no account. Two remained in the bed. Those re moved have made more than double the growth of those remaining in the bed, which I attribute to the difference in soil. The bed was where the clay was only a few inches from the surface, nd whe re the trees were set the black soil was over two feet deep. The nuts were planted in 1847, the first fruited four years ago. They will vary in com ing into bearing about five years, owing to location and depth of soil, some be ginning in fifteen years' growth. ' 1 think the pecan may oe grown m any latitude where the chestnut will grow, out not, on tne same boh. it is a beautiful tree, grows very straight, up right and symmetrical, and I would advise planting as an ornametal tree, From my experience, I think they bear transplanting better than the chestnut, and as well as any nut-bearin-r tree. presume it is necessary to plant seed of the present years growths.-' Sucking Cows. A correspondent of the Prairie Farmer gives the following as a preventive ot cows sucking them, selves : Take a hickory stick, ereht or ten inches long, make it round, whittle the ends io a sharp point, have it five- eighths or threo-fourths thick in the center when done. Then cut a groove around the center one-half inch wide, and about half the depth of the stick. jow throw your cow down, put your foot on one horn, turn up her nose, take a narrow-bladed knife and stick it right through the gristle of the nose (right in the very place where you put the bull's ring,) now crowd the stick into the hole until the gristle settles firmly in the groove, and your work is dene. It ii not twenty minutes' work, and I will warrant that she will never milk her self again. I have seen at least as many as fifty served in that way, and never knew one to do the like alter the stick was put in. I had a cow that wore one five years, and did not milk herself during that time. At the end of that time it rotted out, and she never at tempted it again. Try it. Wood Ashes. The way to test wood ashes is to apply them to such crops that are grown, leaving strips that are not dressed for comparison. TLe crops most likely to be benefited by a dress ing of ashes are corn, potatoes and clo ver; they may alio be a benefit to an old orchard. From three to five bushels per acre makes a very fair dressing, though some apply a good deal more. Ashes are of much the most benefit on sandy and sandy loam soils ; clay lands usually contain more potash and of course are less benefited by ashes. What their actual value will be on a given piece of land can only be ascer tained by repeated experiments, and then much will depend upon the quality of the ashes there being considerable difference in those from different kinds of wood. Hence it can only be stated in general terms, that on all the lighter soils ashes can be used to good advan tage : and that there is little doubt that they often pay a dollar or more a bushel when applied to corn on such land. FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS. Baby In Dreamland. Baby's dreams are very bright. Though they come at dead of night, fhen the house is still. For a moonbeam comes to take her Where the sweetest sounds shall wake her. Where she'll play at will. In the dreamland, far away. There do sleeping babies play. There they laugh and walk. AH the day their speech is gone Not a foot to stand upon There they leap and talk. There the pretty candle-blaze, When they clutch it, brightly stays; There the stars so grand Come to meet the outstretched arm, ' Leap all sparkling to the palm Of the little hand. Ttut in all that wondrous place Still is smiling, mother's face: Mother's touch is there. And like music sweet and low. Though the baby does not know. Breathes the mother's prayer. So the baby laughs and plays Through the happy dreamland ways (Close to heaven, may be). Till the merry sunbeams wake her. .Now, coma see to Baby 1 E. D. Glaciers. Webster's dictionary tells us that a glacier " is a field or immense mass of ice, formed in deep but elevated valleys, or on the sides of the Alps or other mountains." But perhaps we can bet ter imagine what it is by thinking what a river as wide and deep, though not as long as the Hudson, would be if frozen into one solid mass of ice, and instead of having a flat surface were to round up highest in the middle, rough and broken as the ocean in a storm. We shall not tell you now how these " ice rivers," which are found mostly in Greenland, Iceland, Spitzbergen, and Switzerland commence and grow. That is one of the very interesting things you big boys and girls find in your " physical geographies," and that you little folks will be delighted to study about when you are older. And how many such things there are, and how happy you will be when you can learn them all 1 e can only select one glacier, and tell you a little about it, and that we hope will give you some idea of all the others. In the same valley that is now cover ed with the glacier of Sermitsialik in Greenland, there were once green grass, sparrows chirruping among the branches ot the stunted trees, and herds ot rein deer browsing upon its abundant pas tures. This must have been about two hundred and fifty years ago, and natu ralists could tell us about the progress of the glacier since that time when the ice-stream first began to travel towards the sea, which it has now reached through the gorge in the mountain chain ten miles back from the shore. Fr, strange though it may seem, this flood of solid ice is always steadily mov ing, whether over steepest precipices or across level plains, carrying with it the largest masses of rock, and grinding smaller ones to dust; overwhelming the green pastures and the stunted trees, until at last it reaches the sea. But even here it does not stop. The bed of the sea is but a continua tion of the same inclined plane as the bed of the valley, and the glacier's on ward course is continued. It pushes back the water, it make3 a coast-line of ice where there had been a beach, and tretches a white wall from one side of the bay to the other. As it flows on ward it gets into deeper and deeper water, its foot still resting on the bottom of the sea. Thus the icy wall sinks gradually down as it moves along, and in course of time it goes almost out of sight. Then it get beyond its depth. But ice is lighter than water, and its nature is to float, and to enable it to do so a break must occur, as the ice will not bend, and finally a crack, beginning at the bottom, is opened with a fearful crash, and when completed to the top a huge fragment is detached. This fragment, small as it is compared with the glacier from which it is broken, is really of enormous size, and when it floats grandly off we call it an iceberg, though the Oreenlanders say it is the cait ol the glacier." Glaciers have long been counted among the wonders of the world, and many naturalists, for the sake of adding to our knowledge concerning them, as well as many travelers for the mare love of adventure, have incurred fearful dangers in exploring them. The sur faces of these ice rivers are seamed with great cracks, or crevasses as they are called, hundreds of feet deep, which can only be crossed on trail and slippery bridges f ice where a single misstep would be instant death to the daring explorer. Like Master, Like Man. Merchants and others who teach their employes dishonest tricks must not ex pect that they will be practiced exclu sively upon their customers. It is the inevitable result of such instructions that they return to plague the in ventor." A clerk in a dry goods store at Brighton. England, was recently ar rested for robbing his employer, and it was shown that he had stolen articles at various times of the total value of 52,000. The evidence was conclusive of his guilt, and his only justification was that the merchant had told him to cheat the customers, and that he thought it quite as proper that he should Bwincue me mercnant. Probably sub stantial justice would be done if the term ot imprisonment were divided be tween master and man. Wintering Grapes. Mr. J. E. Chamberlain, editor of the St. Joseph (Mich.) Herald, has shown us some hne samples ot Uiana grapes. grown by Orrin Brown, at his fruit farm south ot St. Joseph, on the lake shore. The peculiar point of interest attaching to the matter is the fact that Mr. Brown has "wintered" seventeen baskets of Dianas by simply placing them in a cool ry cellar, and covering them with paper on the top, care being taken that the baskets should not be jostled or dis turbed. The grapes are in a state of perfect preservation, with their flavor wholly unimpaired. Much dimculty has heretofore been experienced in preserv ing grapes through the winter in this climate, and the fact that it has been accomplished by a process so simple and inexpensive will be recognized as of the utmost importance to grape-growers generally. thicago Inuune, April 5. pose," said the professor, picking up a piece of pudding-stone that peeped from the little ruffled pocket of Tilly's apron; "maybe you think this' stone was made so ; but it was not. Once upon a time, a little pile of gravel stones lay in a hollow all by" themselves. There came a greatrain, and washed some soft, sticky mud down, and covered them all up; it squeezed itself in among the little stones, and filled every crevice; then, when the rain was over, the sun shone on it, and baked it hard, and af terward it got covered up under sand, and earth, and stones, and there it lay, growing harder all the time, till the mud was a dark-brown stone itself, when some one was digging there one day, found this brown stone, all full of little stones, that look like the raisins in your granuma's Thanksgiving pudding; and that's why they call it pudding-stone." Tilly laid down her pebbles and ex amined her queer little bit of pudding stone, and then laid all three in a straight row on the door-stone. They were very precious in her eyes, and she was just making up her mind to put them in her cabinet and label them "gems," as she had seen some precious things in the professor's cabinet la beled. But just then the professor went on : "Here's this rough, old door-stone, Tilly ; all the scrubbing and scouring in the world could never make it smooth and white like that one over the way. But do you see these queer marks in it just such marks as the geese mike in the mud along the edge of the gutter, only ever and ever so much larger? See, here is one, and here is another ; regular bird tracks." " Why, so they are," said Tilly, get ting down on her knees and laying her chubby fingers in the marks. " And, once upon a time you see its just like a fairy story once upon a time, this old door-stone wasn't stone at all, but just mud, stiff, gray mud, and a great bird came stalking along, and left it footprints in it. And the sun dried the mud, and there the tracks were; and the sand blew over them and cov ered them up, and at last the gray mud itselt turned into stone. It was a great many years about it ; and, in the mean time, the big bird and all its relations had utterly disappeared, so that when at last men dug up the stone, and saw the curious tracks, they could only guess how the bird looked that made them. Just think, Tilly, the bird that walked over this stone may have died long be fore Adam was made." That was a long speech for the Stone Professor, but Tilly seemed to like it. A Unanimous Legislature. The late Legislature of New Jersey was not -a harmonious body : but the unanimity with which the members stole the inkstands attached to their several desks is described as a touching evidence ot lellowship. The State, with reprehensible meanness, had caused these articles to be fastened to the desk, but the legislators knew their rights and were not to be baulked in securing tnem by any such device. According ly, on the last day ot the session, each uignined senator and Kenresentative might have been seen diligently at work wiw a screw-driver or other implement, removing the fastenings, and carrying away theinkstand, no doubt casting oacK a lingering look of regret at the uesK ltsen. A Baltimore Ghost. Great excitement was caused in street in Baltimore, on Sunday evening last, by a mysterious rapping at the window in an upper room of a business block, which was unoccupied and Be curely locked. A large crowd collected beneath the window, and various ex planations of the mystery were ven; tured. It was suggested that some per son had been accidentally fastened in but no response was received to inquir ing shouts. A number ot persons in the crowd insisted that they saw sheeted, gibbering ghost at the window finally, a large squad ol police was se cured, the building surrounded, an en trance forced, and the haunted room entered, the polieemen quaking in their doom, iney lound a small, lncnteneo innocent, and altogether insignificant red-headed woodpecker. Extunt specta tors. THEPensacola (Fla.) Express, inspeak ing ol the .Navy Yard at that place says the basin gate, built at an expense of $25,000, has been destroyed for lack ot necessary attention. Tilly's Lesson in Geology. BY SABRA C. SNELL. Tilly sat on the old door-stone with her two precious pebbles In her hands. They were smooth, and white, and glistening, and came from the shore of that wondertul ocean that I illy always dreamed about, but never had seen. The Stone Professor himself brought the pebbles to Tilly, and when he leaned out at the window, and saw the little maiden holding them against her round red cheeks, he smiled a little all to him self, and came and sat down by her, while Tilly looked shy and glad, but didn't speak a word. " You like them, do you? ' said the Stone Professor ; " well, I'll tell you a story about them." " Many, many years ago, liliy, long before either you or I were born, each one of these little pebbles was a rough piece ot stone that had crumbled oil irom some great rock, and it fell into the water somewhere, perhaps it was a great ocean, or maybe.oniy a river, but it lay in some place, where the waves washed over it, and rolled it about, and very slowly these waves wore oft" the corners and sharp edges, and very slow ly the rough stone grew smooth. If you had looked at it one May-day, and not seen it again till the next May-day came, I suppose you would hardly have noucea any cnange, dui it was just a little different) every spring it came out smoother than it was the year before, till, after a great while, all the rough part was gone, and what was left was this beautiful round pebble." Tilly handled over the two she was holding, while the Stone Professor talked, and tried to make believe they looked as he said they used to, but it was hard work to think that any thing so soft as water could have worn off such hard stone. " And this is another treasure, I sup- The Early Life of George Sand. " Happy are the women who have no histories !" some one says. But Aurora had a history. She had spent a singu lar childhood among the country scenes and country children of Nohant, getting up miniature battles which left the nursery strewn with fragments of dismembered dolls, organizing societies of little peasants to snare the birds in winter, erecting flower-strewn altars in some mossy cave to a strange and en tirely original fetish, weaving romances by the hour together before she could even put pen to paper. Always the busy brain, the sensitive heart, the in flexible will. As she grew older the continual bickerings between mother and grandmother grew to be intolera ble, their incessant jealousy made her life miserable, and she was thankful to take refuge from this persecuting affec tion in the Convent des Anglaises at Paris. Here she went through all the phases common to the convent of the period, from diable to devote. By the time she was seventeen, domestic dis sensions, severe study, physical and mental weariness had so worn upon her precociously excited brain that she tried to drown herself, but was happily un successful. The mania for suicide that possessed her at this time was partly inherited, and though her attempt at at the ford had cured her of a desire for a watery grave, she found herself at tracted by an almost irresistible longing to pistols and to poisons. At last, with rest and better health, the mania grad ually passed away. At eighteen she was married to a man for whom she al ways professed a tranquil esteem and friendship, but whose temperament was entirely uncongenial, and in a few years she was living in Paris again with her two children, supporting her self by painting portraits, by ornament ing snuff-boxes with miniature groups of flowers, and by her pen, going about in the costume of a young student to save the numerous little expenses of a woman's dress, and living in a garret upon scanty means enough. Whatever we may think of her theories of life and marriage, we cannot but admire her sincerity and her heroism; and when we read the sad words she has set down in her Lettres dun Voyageur we can better appreciate the hard and dreary nature of that life which too many of us have been apt to consider - one of reckless freedom. IAppincotCs Magazine. An Unfortunate Embrace. ; A California paper says : " Two Val lejo fashionable girls met on the street, exchanged gossip, and during the con versation a carriage drove up and halted in front of where the ladies were stand--ing, to take one of them home. The lady for whom the carriage halted, as usual, put her arms around her friend's neck, and kissed her good-bye. In do ing so her arms got entangled in her curls, and, as she was tearing herself away, off came a large chignon, falling in rich masses of shining curls and crimps at her feet, and revealing a head of short, stubby, black hair, rolled up in a little knot behind, and arranged to Accommodate the deceptive wig.- It was amusing to sde how both ladies spread their dresses, putting us in mind of a turkey gobbler when his spunk is nn. or when he wants to show off bv spreading or ruffling his tail." . : r A Modest Request. Yerba Buena, or Goat Island, which, lies in the harbor of San Francisco, mid way between that city and uaKiana, and which the Central Pacific Bailroad Company asks Congress to donate to it for its terminus, has an area of some thing under a square mile, its greatest altitude over the level of the sea being about 150 feet. It is worth $20,000,000, and would be a handsome present to a company already made enormously wealthy by government subsidies.