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All communications for this paper should beaccom. pnaied by the name of the author : not necessarily for publication, but as an evidence of good faith on the part of thewriler. Write only on one side of thepapec Be particularly carefnl in giving names and atea to iaye (he letters and figures plain and distinct. 'THE GRAPHIC" BALLOOX. " . Description of tlie Monster Air-Ship Sow Constructing for Prof. Wise. From the New York Graphic In answer to numerous inquiries on the subject, we give the following de tails as to the dimensions, material, out fit, etc., of the balloon to be used in the great transatlantic voyage. They .are from specifications made by Mr. Donaldson: There will be two balloons, the largest of which will be 318 feet in circumfer ence, tM) feet in diameter, ani 110 feet in height. "When inflated and ready to start, the extreme height of the appara tus, from the crown of the balloon to the keel of the life-boat, will be 160 feet., ?: h t The great balloon will require 4,316 yards of cloth. The material is un bleached sheeting, of a thick, close qual ity, Jof the, brand known as "Indian Oreftawf." The crown of the balloon will be doubled for a distauce of .50 feet irom the top, with 150 yards of the same materiel, and a third thickness will be i&dded of " Manchester Mills," bleached, of which, 250 yards are required. There will be 14,080 yards, or eight miles of sewing, in which 10,137,600 stitches will be.made. The thread used is silk and cotton, the top spool being . silk. . , The valve of the balloon will be three feet in diameter, and made of Spanish cedar, with a rubber-coated clapper closing on a brass plate. The network will be composed of three-strand tarred rope, known as "niarlin." The width of the net will te 212 meshes, and its breaking strength will be 58,300 pounds. Five hundred pounds of " niarlin" will be used. From the netting 53 ropes, f-inch in diameter, of Manilla, will connect with the con centrating rings. These ropes will each be 90 feet in length, or 4,770 feet in ibe Aggregate. The concentrating rings will b three in number, to guard against breakage, and will be each fourteen inches in diameter, each ring being of wood, iron-bound. These rings will sustain the car, life-boat and trailing rope, and will bear the strain when the anchor is thrown out in landing. From the concentrating rings 24 Manilla 1-inch ropes, each 22 feet long, or requiring 52S feet in all, will depend, and form the frames for an octagonal-shaped car. They-will be kept in pjace by light Loops, made of ash. The lower ropes will be connected with network, and over the network at the bottom of the car a light pine floor will be laid loose ly, so that it can be thrown out if re quired., ' The car will be covered with duck, of which 50 yards will be needed. Attached to the side of the car will be a light iron windlass, from which the boat and trail rope can be raised and lowered as may be desired. From a pulley at-- iached to the concentrating rings a ' ; Leavy Manilla rope will fall down through the car, and thence to a sling, attached to which will be the life-boat. This boat will be of the most approved .and careful construction. It will have water-tight compartments, sliding keel, and will be so made that it will be self righting. The boat will be provided with a complete outfit of oars and sails, I and to it will be lashed instruments, .guns, lines, etc., and provisions for thir ty days, all in water-tight cases. The trail rope, by which the aeronaut can maintain any desired altitude with out resorting to ballast, will be of Ma nilla rope, lj-inch thick, and 1,000 feet long. The car will be fully provided with instruments, provisions, etc., independ ently of the boat. A number of carrier pigeons will be taken along, and dis patched at intervals on the route with intelligence of the progress of the ex pedition. The smaller balloon will be 40 feet in Jieight and 34 feet in diameter. It will be attached to the concentrating wings of the large balloon, and will be used as may be required to test the upper currents or assist in feeding the large y balloon. j.ne balloons will be coated with a I Tarnish made of boiled linseed oil, bees- f ax and benzine, and of these ingredi i ents 1,000 gallons will be used. f ;The capacity of the great balloon will i "be 600,000 cubic feet of gas, but it will f ibe inflated with but 400,000 cubic feet, which, at the height of one mile and three-quarters, will expand sufficiently to fill the balloon. The lifting power of illuminating gas is about 35 pounds to the 1,000 feet, so that the balloon will lave a lifting capacity of 11,600 pounds. The pressure will be li pounds to the square inch. The weight may be summed up as loiiows: Pound. Balloon... Net and ropes Car Boat "Drag rope.. Anchor and grapnelaf . .. , Sundries 4,000 800 100 1,000 600 300 300 Total.; 7,100 Then 4,500 pounds will be allowed for passengers and ballast. Occupation and Products. The Stockholder has been overhaul ing the Census volumes tnl snm a effnt and has made a careful examination of the statistics of lal or. It gives the fol lowing table of tie persons employed and the Product Dei head in ncn-innl. ture, manufactures, mining and fisheries an the united states : ft- ' ' ' Ptnonu - Product -;- V employed. fc . per vtrmn. -Agricultnre. 5,923,471 , . ; fciis Manufactures 2,053,sy6 U9 ' ' Mining, quarrying, etc. 154,328 836 Tisheries ... 20,504 461 Total net product 4,339,214,408 Average product 'per - , head in all pursuits.. - f ;532 In his speech at the Cobden Club, in n lEngland, the other day. Mr. Wells said that if the production of the country -was divided among the people, the av erage per head would not exceed $175 The Stockholder infers, from the vari ous figures it" gives, that taking into consideration the cost of living, capr'tal employed, cost of superintendence, .ind all other elements. more productive than any other in the country. ; It also regards labor as more rj profitable in. this country than in any other part of the world. " ' - r The Reported Conspiracy to Rob the Shah of Persia. A London dispatch of July 15 says : The Co. respondent publishes the story of a conspiracy to rob the Shah of Per sia of his jewels. The party consisted of three remarkable men, criminals of the first water, yet who were totally un known to the London police, and indeed, though often arrested, had never been convicted of any felony. They were Col. Algernon Bignor Hawkins, the leader of the party and organizer of the conspiracy ; Serafhio his other name not known a Jew diamond broker of Marseilles, and Baron Narses Migraditch Dadian, formerly a seraff, or money lender, of Aleppo, but lately of London, an Entichian Armenian, and 4aid to be connected with the eminent Oglon Dadian family which so. long has man aged the finances of the Sublime Porte. The fourth and last actor in the con spiracy was Toby Spring, a first-class burglar and safe-blower. Toby Spring was left in London while ...the , others went to Moscow and managed to get Narses attached in some capacity to the Shah's suite. Hawking then hastened to London, rented a handsome furnish ed house in the neighborhood of Port man Square, hired a retinue of flunkies, and gave himself out for an American nabob, who had come to spend a few weeks in the great city, and especially to give some recreation to his daughter, just finishing her education at a fashion able pension on the Loire. It had been designed to commit the robbery while the Shah was surrounded by his retinue and guards in Buckingham Palace, but this idea was given up for the safer one of inducing the Shah to visit the house, and while there to get possession of his jewels. According to the story, an ap pointment was made for the Shah to visit Hawkins at his house, his so-called daughter being the attraction. "When Narses was made aware of his success, he got intoxicated by smoking opium, and was seen in that condition on the street. A detective followed, that the Persian might not come to harm, and saw him go to Hawkins' office, knock for admittance, and that the door was opened by Toby Spring, whom he recognized". Thinking that Narses had fallen among thieves, the detective got assistance, and foiced his way into the house. Tobey wa3 secured, also Sera fhio. Hawkins made his escape, but Narse3 in his fright and deliruin made straight for the river and was drowned. Serafino made a partial confession, and surrendered a quantity of burglars' tools and the plot was disclosed. The heaviest burden of the cheat fell upon poor Gen. Hadji Dschellalleddin, who has been permanently disgraced, and was sent home to Persia by the next steamer of the Peninsula and Oriental line. Signing the Declaration. The following gossip about the Declaration of Independence is from Wood's Household Magazine, and is by the Eev. J. B. Wakeley : In looking at the signatures, not one is written with a trembling hand except Stephen Hopkins'. It was not fear that made him tremble, for he was as true a patriot as any of theni. but he was af flicted with the palsy. .But one of the residences of the sign ers is attached to his name, and that is Charles Carrol. It is said that one was looking over his shoulder when he wrote his name, and said to him. " There are several of your name, and if we are unsuccessful they will not know whom to arrest." He immediate ly wrote, " of Carrolton," as much as to say, if there is reproach connected with this, I wish to bear my share ; if any danger, I am ready to face it. There was genuine patriotism. It was rather aniasmg, after they had signed their names, to hear Benjamin Franklin say to Samuel Adams : " Now, I think we will all-hansr together." Yes," said Mr. Adams. " or we shall hang separately. " Many have supposed that all the names were signed on the 4th of July, 1776. Not so. It was signed on that day only by the Presi dent, John Hancock, and with his sig nature it was sent forth to the world. On the 2d day of . August it was signed by all but one of the fifty-six signers whose names are appended to it. The other attached his name in November. The pen used by the signers is pre served in the Massachusetts Histori cal Society at Boston. What tales that pen could tell if it could speak ! What a history there ia connected with it ! The signers of the Declaration are dead. The hands that held the pen, and the fingers that moved it when they wrote their names on that original document, now lie cold across their bosoms. They all lived to a good old age. The average of fifty-three at the time of their decease was over sixty eight years. The last survivor was Charles Carrol, of Carrolton, being over ninety when he died. Fourteen sign ers lived to be eighty years old. and four past ninety, honored graves. . They all sleep in Stains in Black Goods. It is sometimes difficult to remove stains from mourning dresses, but this may be done by using a decoction of fig leaves. To make this, boil a large hand ful of fig leaves in two quarts of water until it is reduced to a pint, remove the leaves and bottle the liquor. With a sponge dipped in the liquor rub the crape or cloth, and the stains will disap pear. Fig-trees grew readily from, cut-, tings, and are as easy of culture ., as oleanders. Crape may be made over new by a simple process. It should first be thoroughly shaken and brushed to remove all dust from it, then held over a steaming kettle or laid on the grass in the dew. .Then it jnust be folded and laid between the lids of a large book or newspaper-file, and a heavy weight placed over it until it is dry. Whes by any mischance one is caught in a show er, and has a crape vail or other cover ing wet, if it is removed as soon as taken from the person, folded and dried under a heavy weight, it will look as well as new. Mourning calicoes may be wash ed repeatedly without losing color if they are placed in boiling hot suds, left there until the water is lukewarm, and then washed in the usual way.. Starch used in stiffening them should be mixed with an infusion "of coffee rather the n clear water, and like other calicoes, they should be ironed on the" wrong side. " '- - - ) i Xoah's Boat Sot so Much of a Craft, After All. Taking the cubit at eighteen inches, the ark was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet deep, and would register about 15,000 tons, if measured as a sail ing ship, or about 12,000 tons if meas ured as a steamer, by British, rules. The ark was truly the first Great East ern, and was built to save life, but it was inferior in tonnage and dimensions to the modern Great Eastern built in London, whose purpose was to save monev. The wooden ark of Noah ac complished its pui-pose, but the iron ark of Brunei failed signally. Noah's ark had three decks, and was divided into numerous compartments by longitudinal and transverse bulkheads for the safety and order of its occupants. To this day the Chinese, the oldest people having knowledge of the arts correlative with navigation, use compartments in their vessels. The ark was built of gopher wood, a species of evergreen timber resembling the pine in length and strength of trunk, and the white cedar in lightness ; and at the time of the flood growing abund antly around the headwaters f the Eu phrates (the gopher tree proper per ished in the deluge). The trees for the timbers of the ark were, many of them, cut out by the root, and wrought to form with tools of iron in the forests of Northern Mesorotimia. When duly prepared, all the timbers were floated in rafts down stream, and landed in time of freshets on a meadow-ground in front of the Noachian dwelling, where they were tested lor integrity, and then com bined in the wonder-exciting structure. The design for the ark was on this wise : For strength it had depth, for stability it had breadth, and for capacity it had length, and these qualities were perfectly proportioned. In model it was all that a great carrier could be chest like, with lines straight and angles square, but the bottom and top were elliptical in outline, presenting convex ity to the earth and to the sky. The central keel and midship floor were first built on blocks the floor crossing the jieei. jluus was lorinea the nrst cross, in which f.ign alone can a portion of humanity be saved. The ends of the keel and floor were next raised until the middles ceased to bear weight, when they were blocked in position. The other keels were then laid and the floors put across. The tim bering was solid throughout. Every floor timber was in one length, and had its roof shaped as a knee to connect it with a top timber, which was also in one length. Every top timber meeting a floor end having no knee, itself had a knee-end for the purpose of securely joining the floor, so that all the floors and the alternate top-timbers had root knees down at their ends. One pair of doors and two pair of top timbers made a double-timbered frame, in which the floors were seventy-five feet long and the top-timbers forty-five feet on the average. The frames" were se curely dove-tailed, doweled, and cement ed together with melted bitumen, which abounded in the lakelets of the sur rounding coi:ry. When laid accross the keels, and fastened thereto, the ends of the floors, with the side-keels under them, were raised to a catenary curve Of tension, the same as was done with the middle-keel and midship floor, which served to begin the bottom of the ark. Thus sprung into position, the bottom of the ark resembled the sheet sup ported at four corners that was seen by Paul in a vision ages after the ark was built. The bottom being duly formed and blocked, the top-timbers were next erected, with the beams for the decks, and every room had its own root-knee at at one end for attachment to the frames ; and the beams alternated knee-ends with each other, the same as the floors did, and being laid close together, the beams constituted the decks, without planking. When the keels, floor-timbers, top timbers, and beams were erected, then the bottom was covered both outside and inside with logs of great length, laid in bitumen ; and they were pinned and dovetailed to the floors with pins and dovetails of shittim wood. Longi tudinal and cross bulkheads were next bu.lt in the lower hold, and in the lower between-decks, the former being three in number, and the latter nine, making forty compartments in each of those stories, corresponding to the forty days and forty nights that the water poured from the windows of the heavens. The ark grounded on Mount Ararat. the highest land in that part of Asia, the more surely to prove that the waters had covered the whole earth, and the more certainly to cast it away where it might never more be found by the profane of the world. It is now in a good state of preservation, but lyin.sr under an eternal niar.tle of snow, hundreds of feet deep. at an altitude of 17,000 feet above the level of the sea. Ever since the flood dried up, the climate of Armenia lias been colder, and snow always covers the top ol Ararat, rendering it impossible for any of Noah's descendents to go up and find the ark the snow line defends the approach to the sacred relic as the tree of life was defended by the flaming sword in the Garden of Eden. Nautical Gazette. Startling Figures. The assessed valuation of all the prop erty in the United States ' in 1870 was $14,000,000,000, which represents the ac cumulations ot lour centuries of toil and economy. The assessed valuation of the railways in 1872 was $3,060,000,- UUU, made in but little over thirty years, in me me oi one generation, and not a creation of capital, but an absorption of that created by others largely. Taking this ratio oi accumulation, how long will it r-e beiore the men wielding this im mense power will override all other in dustries in their mad race after wealth and personal aggrandizement ? Letthe- history of James Fisk, Jr., and Bfcick Friday, answer. Again, the whole re ceipts of the Gen eral Government for 1872, from all sources, were $383,000,000, and the people groan under the heavy burden of taxation.' At the same time this railway interest quietly levies a tax on you of $455,000,000, or $72,000,000 more than the General Government. With these figures as a basis, how long will it be Deiore this becomes a railway empire, ruled by and in their interest ? "And while we complain of. the expenditures of our officials there has never been an industry which has been managed with the same reckless disregard ol all the i rules of economy as the railways of the United States. They have grown, not because of good management, but in spite of that which has been excessively bad. Senator Castle's Fourth of July oration at Princeton, III. Class Cloth How it is Made The Wonders of Glass-Blowing. One little machine interested me, as it pertains to a new art of cloth-making from glass. While in the glass exhibi tion from view the day before, I noticed a glass case rilled with silky-looking articles, such as feathers, children's hats, collars, cuffs, etc., of not very tasteful style."., attracting some atten tion. Sure enough, here were the ar ticles made of glass of which we have read during the last six months, and also a real piece of cloth of the same material. According to promise, I en deavored to procure some of the latter for a wedding vest for a bachelor friend ; but it does not seem to be for sale, be ing only made for a sample. The feath ers were for sale, and not at all dear. I was given some specimens of the silk and of the wool, as it was called, hang ing outside the case. The good frau told me the art was an old one from Venice, but had been lost : was now first put to practical use by her "mann," whose spinning machine was in the Ma chine Hall. So here, to-day, to my sur prise, I found the machine, primitive as the Turks' turning-lathe. A small boy turned a wheel having a broad rim of iron, while a girl sat with a few small glass rods before an intense jet of flame. Taking up one of these rods with one hand, and melting the end in the flame, with the other she thrust a little point into it, and threw a thread of glass over the wheel, much as the silk of a cocoon is started upon a reel. This was not always accomplished at one trial, but when once started it would spin off infinitely as long as the glass rod was held in the flame. This silk upon the iron reel had the same ap pearance as that of one continuous web of a cocoon, though not so strong. The process after this, then, to that of cloth making, is simple enough, and with proper machinery it may at length be made in quantity. If ever put to prac tical use, it will be very comfortable to wear in one respect, since it can not be easily soiled. But for a wedding vest, over a burning heart, my bachelor friend, it will never do, since it may surely melt. Vienna Cor. Cincinnati Commercial. Tree Planting on the Public Lands. At the late session of Congress it will be remembered that an act was passed intended to encourage the planting of timber on the public lands of the United States. The first section of this act is as follows: "J3e it enacted. That anv person who shall plant, protect and keep in a healthy growing condition, tor nve years, forty acres of timber, the trees thereon not being more than eight feet apart each ty, on anv quarter section ot anv pub lic lands of the United States, shall be entitled to a patent of the whole of said quarter section at the expiration of five years, on making proof of such fact by not less than two credible witnesses: Provided, That only one quarter in any section shall be thus granted." It will be seen from this section that it is left somewhat in doubt whether or not a planter may go on multiplying the number of quarter, sections to be thus entered and finallv awarded. The sub ject having recently been brought be iore the Commissioner of the Public Land Office, he has decided that while the provisions of the first section of the Timber-Culture act of March 3d, 1873, do not in terms limit a qualified person in the number of entries he may make thereunder, yet the policy of the Gov ernment, as expressed in the public land law generallv, is so opposed to a speculative monopoly of the public do main that, under the authority vested in him by the said section of the said act, he has ruled that an individual shall be allowed to make but one entry. A Lightning Tragedy with Something ew in It. A fearful death by lightning occurred during the storm, Monday afternoon, on the farm of Mr. Joseph A. Merrikin, about a mile from from Staunton. Mrs. Merrikin, with two or three servants, was having cherries gathered when the storm came up. She ordered the col ored boy, about 10 years of age, who' was in the tree, to come down. He started, saving, " Well., my. ticket is full," when the 'fl..-fch'cf.i.-,fc. i The boy was instantly ki lied in the position he stood, his face and one side being charred to a crisp, and the aim in which he held the bucket torn open to the bone. His clothing was almost entirely burned off. A hog under the tree was killed. Mrs. Merrikin was stunned, and the flame seemed, to those standing by, to run over' her clothing and circle around a ring she wore on her finger. Mr. Merrikin, who was some distance off, saw the smoke from the boy's cloth ing ascending from the tree. When he arrived he found the little fellow's body hanging naked in the tree, in exactly the position in which he had been killed, with one arm hooked over a limb, and the bucket hanging from the other, with the cherries stulx ii it.- r.lt i a remark able fact that Mri. Merrikin jieard no noise at all and saw no flame, while to those around and in Staunton the crash was terrific. Richmond Va.) Whig. J J t. Lire it Down; Never flinch before scandal ; if your good name is assailed, take it quietly. Breath is wasted in nothing more lav ishly than, in negations and denials. It is not necessary for truth to worry itself, even if a lie can run a league while it is putting Jon .its, boots, ff. Let it run and get out of 4refttV'.&iJvUget out of the way. - A man . who "spends his days in arresting " and ' knocking down lies and bars, will have no time left for speak ing the truth. There i nothing more damaging tq a man's reputation than his admission that it needs defend ing when attacked. Great sensitiveness to assault, on the part of any cause, is an unmistakable sign of weakness, A strong , man. and ,a, r strong canse need only to life an affinflatiVe -life; devoting no attention whatever to enemies, to win their way, and to trample beneath their feet all the obstacles that malice, or jealousy, or selfishness throws before them. ' - 'ar. i jf ; , -' ' ... Webster's Great Speech. "An Old Stager," in Harper for July, gives some interesting reminis cences of the public men of the last gen eration. One of the points he takes is, that a considerable proportion of the grand " extemporaneous" speaking of that day was in fact the product of study and preparation. The idea is, that the " extemporaneous" speaker, looking forward to an opportunity for getting off a speech or making an- attack on an opponent, would collect all the material and arrange it into useabl form, then wait for a week or a month, or even for a year until the hoped for chance came about, and then fire off the prepared speech "extemporaneously." It is quite certain that a good 'deal of this was done at that time just as it is now, and the speeches were none the wors for it . But the " Old Stager" of Har per's ought to give some respectable authority when he intimates (he does not say it squarely) that Dan'el Web ster's celebrated reply to Col. Hayne, of South Carolina, was of this carefully elaborated style of "extemporaneous" speaking, for Mr. Webster's own ac count of it was quite to the contrary. Several Philadelphia gentlemen have heard from Mr. Webster's lips the nar rative of how he was situated on that occasion. On the day when Col. Hayne delivered the able and eloquent speech to which Mr. Webster was expected to reply, the latter gentleman had a din ner party at his residence, which en gaged liis whole attention from the time when Col. Hayne ceased speaking until a late hour in the night. His guests were with him until a few minutes be fore he had retired to bed, and he, as well as they, had been drinking copious ly of the wines on the table. He was thus cut off from the chance of anything in the nature of preparation. He said, however, that when he went into his library the next morning, he found a volume of Shakespeare on the table open and marked at that passage in Macbeth which he quoted in his reply : " Thou canst not say I did it ; never shake thy glory locks at me." This, he said, was all the research he made, and he had no further recollection even of this, than from finding the book open and marked, and from his habit of veri fying his classical quotations so as to have them accurate. He went to the Senate with his nerves rather disorder ed by conviviality and the late hours of the preceding day, and felt obliged to compose himself "by a sedative. After this he had barely time to get his seat before the hour arrived when he was to begin the reply ; and in narrating these circumstances he said; that when he arose the lack of preparation turned out to be an advantage, for'it threw him en tirely upon his previously amassed re sources, and it seemed to him " that all he had ever read or known was spread out before him like a panorama, and that all he had to do was to select what he wanted for his present purpose." This is Mr. Webster's own account of that great speech, and if the " Old Stager" of Harper has any better au thority it ought to be produced. Phila delphia Ledger. Illinois Exemption Law. A new law went into effect in Illinois on the 1st inst., which makes material alterations iu the exemptions from taxa tion. The following is the list as now established : Every householder, having a family, $1,000. The necessary wearing apparel of every person. One sewing machine. The f umiture, tools and implements of any person necessary to carry on his or her trade or business, not exceeding in value $100. Materials and stock designed and pro cured by him or her, and necessary for carrying on his or her trade or business, and intended to be used or wrought therein, not exceeding $100 in value. xne implements or library oi any professional person, not exceeding $100 in vaiue. Necessary beds, bedsteads and bed' ding, two stoves and pipe. Necessary household furniture, not exceeding $100 in value. One cow and calf, and two swine. une yose oi oxen, or two horses in lieu thereof, used by the debtor in ob taming the support of his family, not exceeding in value $200, and the harness therefor, not exseeding in value $40. Necessary provisions and fuel for the use of the family three months, and necessary food for the stock hereinbe fore exempted, for the same time. The Bibles, school-books, and family pictures. The family library. Cemetery lots or rights of burial, and tombs for repositories for the dead. One hundred dollars' worth of other property, suited to his or her condition in life, selected by the debtor. The wages of laborers cannot be taken by creditors for the liquidation of debts. ; A Benevolent Printer. The will of the late John H. Eastburn of Boston, bequeaths sums of monev ranging from $500 to $2,000 to many personal friends and to employes in his office, and his family servants. Also to several persons who had served an apprenticeship in his office. His printing office he gives to three work men, who had been long in his employ. Among personal friends Thomas Barry, the veteran actor, receives $2,000, and B. P. Shillaber $1,000. Five thousand dollars each is bequeathed to the Frank lin Typographical Society, the Home for Old Men, Old Ladies' Home, Boston Asylum, and Farm School and Infant Asylum, Home for Orphans and Desti tute Children ; $10,000 to the Benevolent Fraternity of the Churches, and smaller sums for numerous other benevolent purposes. ' There is no accounting for tastes. The jelly-like mass of La Mountain's body was picked up, a procession was formed, and "all who wished passed round to view the remains." Those people were not to be cheated out of their Fourth of July pleasure. La Mountain had asrreed to entertain them and entertain them he must Was there no friends of the poor fellow's there kind and sensitive enough to throw so much as a cloth over his indistinguisha ble pulp ? Even a dead man has rights. Detroit Post. Missouri. Missouri is not only one of the largest but one of the most productive States in the Union. It contains an area of 13,123,300 acres ; only 8,000,000 acres are not yet improved. In the southeast part of the State, skirting the Mississip pi south of Cape Girardeau, is a marsh embracing about 3,000 square miles, nearly as large as the State of Massa chusetts. A movement is on foot to re claim this marsh, but an Eastern man would think there was no great need of it, considering the vast amount of un improved and valuable cotton planta tions. The iron deposits of Missouri, also, are especially valuable, and a large portion of the State is underlaid with coal as well as with iron, and the most useful minerals known to civilization, beside varied crystaline marbles, build ing stones of many varied colors, r.nd the very finest clay that is found in the world. All the fruits of the temperate zone flourish in Missouri, and as a grain producing country it has no superior ; its farms require no irrigation. Last year the State produced 87,300,000 bushels of wheat, 4,056,000 bushels of oats, 13,138,000 pounds of tobacco, 15, 008,000 pounds of butter, 1,780,000 gal lons of molasses (sorghum), and 5,409, 000 pounds of wool. In addition to all this, Missouri raised last vear 2,830,000 hogs, 1,451,000 sheep, 303,000 milch cows, 707,000 horses. The State enjoys the navigation of two of the greatest rivers in the world, the Mississippi and Missouri, affording her a comprehensive and economical thoroughfare with the northern areas of the United States, the valley of the Ohio and the ocean ports of the outside world. Boston Globe. A Musical Burglary. The- following incident ia related of Christine Nilsson : It was at Madrid. She had returned from the opera, and was in her room, when a ladder was planted against her balcony, which looked on to a garden, and a gentleman with a cloak and mask clambered through the open window, followed by a second, and so on until there were six of them. Christine Nilsson, no doubt, thought they had come for some money, but did not pull the bell-rope, because there was none. She asked them, without screaming, what they wanted, and they exclaimed in very choice Castilian that, being too destitute to pay for admittance to the opera at the increased rate of prices, they had come to hear the songs in which they were informed she excelled. Parley being bootless, there was nothing for it but to sing, and she did it right well. The Castilians bowed to the ground, and assured her, as they re treated through the way they arrived, that they had spent half an hour in paradise. But when they had vanished, they and their ladder, she found they had left a diamond bracelet, worth a thousand guineas, which caused her to wonder, in all probability, why they had not introduced themselves through the front door, as no six men with a brace let need be ashamed to do. The First Wagon from Galena to Chi cago. The first wagon that ever went through from Galena to Chicago was sent by Mr. James G. Soulard, in 1829, with a load of lead. From the Galena Advertiser (published by Newhall & Philles), Sept. 14, 1829, we clip the following. Notice how it describes the location of Chicago, it being a place which most Galenians had never heard of before : " Mr. James G. Soulard's wagon and mule team returned, a few days since, from Chicago, near the southwest bend of Lake Michigan, to which place it had been taken across the country with a load of lead. This i3 the first wagon that has ever passed from the Missis sippi to Chicago. The route taken from the mines was, to Ogle's Ferry, on Bock river, 80 miles ; thence east 60 miles to the missionary establishment on the Fox river of the Illinois, and thence a rorth easterly course 60 miles to Chicago, as traveled 200 miles. The wagon was loaded with l tons of lead. The trip out was performed in eleven, and the re turn in eight, days. The lead was taken by water from Chicago to Detroit. Should a road be surveyed and marked, on the best ground and the shortest dis tance, a trip could be performed in much less time. And if salt could be obtained at Chicago, from the New York Salt Works, it would be a profitable and ad vantageous trade." Galena Gazette. She Was the Idiot. A short time since a gentleman with long fair whiskers, and dressed in the height of fashion, entered a hosier's in Vienna, and requested the shop woman, who happened to be alone, to show him some colored shirts. Every variety of shirts was brought out, when he made his choice and requested that a parcel be made up for him. This being done, " What an idiot I am,"- he said ; "I have not seen how the shirts look when on. Would you oblige me by putting one on over your dress ?" The shopweman having complied ' with his request, "Be so kind," he continued, as to button the collar and wristbands, that I may get a thoroughly good idea of the effect. And now," he added, taking up his parcel, " allow me to wish you a very good morning !" and in an instant he was outside the door and had , disappeared, the unhappy girl, ap-' parently stupefied, not daring to follow him into the street on account of her singular costume. , , . r The June Drought.' The following statement bf. the rain fall by inches during June fjor several yeafs past, as recorded at "Dudley Ob servatory, has been obtained by the Al bany Express : ' , .. Year. 1865 ... 1866 .., lfW7 ... 1868... 1869... Inches. 3.04 4.51 ....7.57 ...3.64 ....4.57 rears, 1870.... 1871.... 1872.... 1873.,.. Inches. 7.48 7.25 4.68 1.42 The Express says : "The records of the Observatory date back many years, and authorities which give the rain-fall for every month and year of the present century do not show a June as dry as this has been. Its effect upon agricul ture has been most disastrous; the hay crop is almost ruined, while oats and rye, and even corn, look poorly, but if we have plenty of moisture during July these will revive, and the crop in this vicinity be as large as it has been in. many previous years."