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Ben your pardon, otil fellow, I tiiiuk
I wan ilrciimiiifj just now, when yon epoko
Tlio I'iiet in, tlie mnsleal clink
Of tli» iee on your wine-^olilet'H tiriufe
A eh'Td of my memory woko.
And I stood in tho pnsturq fleW, where
Twenty Hiltnnirra n^'o I had stood
Anil I heard in tliat sound, I deolaiv,
The clinking of balls mi tho air
Of the emvn eouiiii home from the wood.
'I'lH ii the aiilo-b1u«soms shook on tho hill
And the luullen stalks timed caeli latieo
And tho ran behind Kapulve'smlll
Was m.v uttermost wost, and could thrill
l.iKe the ultima thnle of romanee.
Tii11 my friend wan lioro, and tlicn
Rl nirl was au iingol. Inline,
1 drank buttermilk, for at ten
i'uitli asks loss to aid tier, than when
At thirty wo dottbt over ine.
All, well, it docs 8'eeiii iliat I must
Have been (lrraniiutr just now, when yon niioko
Or lust very like in the dust
if the vears that slow fashioned tho crust
On the iiyitle whoso seal you last broko.
Th entjr years was its aje. did yon say
T\v uty yearn? All, luy friend, it is
All tin* dreams that have tlown since that day,
All the hopes that in thattiiuo passednway,
ma friend, l'vobeou drinking with yon 1
Selct&iJ $Wi*ctUani).
"Tom lir«wn' an nn Rngllgk Viil ver
oity limit Knee.
'tlio following graphic account of a boat
rnco between some of tho colleges ot tho
University of Oxford will bo rend with spec
ial interest at tho present moment. It is
from Mr. Hughes's .well-known ftiul popular
oollege-book, "Tom Brown at Oxford."
For tlu! benefit of those unncquaiuted with
tho dilVicuties of boat-racing on tho Isis, it
iiniv be said that tho narrow breadth of tho
iivei: prevents two boats rowing abreast.—
The custom, therefore,- is for one boat to
clmse the other, and when it'succeeds in
colliding with it. or "bumping" it. it ob
tains its place on tho river. The champ
ion, therefore, of tho [sis, is the boat which,
by "bumping," has displaced all-itantag
onists, and which i3 sufficiently rapid to
prevent all others bumping it.
Tho crew had had their early dinner of
stinks and chops, stale bread, and a glass
and a half of old beer apiece, at two o'clock,
in tt-.e captain'ij rooms. Tho current the
ory of training at that time was—as much
meat as you could eat, the more underdone
the better, and tlij smallest amount of
drink upon which you could manage to live,
Two pints in the 21 hours was all that most
boats' crows that pretended to train at all
were allowed, and for tho last fortnight it
had been the nominal allowance of the St.
Ambrose t-rew. Tho discomfort of such a
diet in the hot summer, months, when you
were at the same time taking regular and
violent exercise, was something very ser
ious. Outraged human nature rebelled
against it and I tako it, though they did
not admit it in public, there were very few
men who did not rush to their w^ter-bot
tles for relief more or less often, according
to the development of their bumps of"con
sHehtioflsriesa and pl^tinncy. To keep to
tho diet *tft all stribtly involved a very re-*
spectable amount of physical endurance. I
am thankful to hear that our successors
have found out the unwisdom of this as of
other old superstitions, and that, in order
te get a man: ii^. graining for a boat race
now-a-days, it is'not' thought of thft first
importance to keep him in'a constant state
of consuming thirst, and the restlessness of
body and shftrppfsstdkl^nper whijeh thirst
generally induce*.5-*
Tom appreciated the honor of &
tho boat in his first jrearso keenly
had almost managed to keep to hisitraning
allowance, andr consequently, now'that the
eventfuldas was iq a most
uncomfortable state of body and disagrefii
ablo frame of mind. He fled a winy from
Diogeues's flute, but foun,^.
rest. He
tried Drysdale. That hero 'was lying on
his back on~ETs sofa playing with Jack, and
only mcretw^d Twn'p tUcst and .squred his
temper by th'e^vicibttmesw df* his (remarks
on boating, and everything and person con
nected therewith, abovi
had just come up,
day before, and pronounced the crew gen
erally, and Drysdale in particular, "not half
lilHkt*'/onkAvas 'fcs tivual. Tom
looked in at the captain'# door, but found
him hard at work reading, and sq carried
himfeelfoff, and, after V$in hAt aftei
of the crew, and even trying to sit- down
and read, first a novel, then a play of Sliok
spearo,. witt^iux eicoess whatever, wander
ed away out of the college, and found him
self in five, minutes, \y a natural and irrojv
sis tibia attrhotiotij oU the Hnlversity barge.
There were half a dozen men or so read
ing,the papers and a .group or two disciia
sing the coming1'races.' Amdng other
things, the chances of St. Ambrose's mak
ing a bumptho fi*st night were weighed.
Every one joined in praisingtliA Stroke, but
there were great doubts whether the crew
would live up to it* Tom carried himself
on- to the top of this* barge' to -gbt out of
hearing, for listening made his heart beat
and his throat dryer than ever. Ho stood
on the top'and looked right away dfown to
tho hit, the strong wind blowing hisgiiwn
about. Not oven a pair, oar was to be
seen -tlie gfeat'eveut of the evening mode
the river a solitude at this time of day.—
Only one or two, skiffs were coming home,
impelled by "reading 'men, who took their
constitutionals on the water, and were com
ing in to be in time for afternoon chapel.—
The fastest and best of these soon came
near enough for Tom to recognize Hardy's
stroke so he left the barge and went down
to meet the servitor at his landing, and ac
companied him to the St. Ambrose pronging
room. 5
At last the tima slipped away and tl
chaplain and Miller mustered them at
gates and walked off to the boats.
other crews were making their way iff the
same direction, and half the undergradates-
No time was lost in the dressing-Tiaoin»..
and in two minutes they were all standing
in tlnnnel trowsers and silk jerseys aj the
landing place.
"You had better keep your jackets on,"
said the captain, "we shan't be off yet,"
"There goes Brazen-nose."
"They look like work, don't they?"
"The black and yellow seems to slip
along so fast. They've no end of good col
ors. I wish our boat was black."
"Hang her colors, if she's only stiff in
the back, and don't dip."
"Well, she didn't dip yesterday. At least
the men on tho bank said so."
"There go Balliol and Oriel and Univer
"By Jove, we Bhall be late! Where's
"In the shed getting the boat out Look,
bore's Exeter."
The talk of the crew was silenced for
the moment, as every man looked eagerly
at the Exeter boat. Tho captain nodded
to ervis with a grim smile, as they pad
dled gently by.
Then the talk began again.
"How do you think she goes?"
"Nol ih# liiMlly* TUoy*xc vory ntrnnQ ir
the middlo of tho boat.
"Not a bit of it it's all lumber."
"You'll see. They're better trained than
wo are. They look as fine as stars."
"So they ought. They're pulled seven
miles to our five forthe last month, I'm
"Then we shan't bump them."
"Why not?"
"Don't you know that the value of pro
ducts consists in tho quantity of labor
which goes to produce them? Product,
paco over course, from IfHey up. Labor
expended. Exeter, 7: St. Ambrose, 5. You
see it is not in the nature of things that we
should bump them.—Q. E. D."
"What moonshine! As if ten miles be
hind their stroke arc worth two behind
"Why, my dear fellow, it isn't my moon
shine you must settlo the matter with the
philosophers. I only apply a universal law
to a particular case!"
Tom, unconscious of the pearls of econ
omic lore which were being poured out for
Die benefit of tho crew, was watching the
E.vetcr eight as it glided away towards the
Chcrwell. Jte thought they seemed to keep
horribly good time.
"Why won't Miller let us'start? Almost
ill I the boats are off."
"There's plenty of time. We may just
«h well bo up here as dawdling about the
bank at Iffley."
"Wo shan't go down tilljtho last Miller
never lets us get out down below."
"Well, come here's tho boat, at last."
Tho new boat now emerged from its
plied, guided steadily to whero they woro
standing by Miller and a waterman. Then
the coxswain got out and called for a bow,
v. ho stepped forward.
'•Mind how you step, now there are no
bottom boards, remember," said Miller.
"Shall I take my jacket?"
"Yea, you had better all go down in jack
els in this wind. I have sent a man down
to bring them back. Now, two."
"Ayo, aye!" said Drysdale, stepping for
ward. Then carno Tom's turn, and soon
tho boat was manned.
"Now," said Miller, taking his place, "aro
till your stretchers rightV"
"I should like a little more grease for my
"I'm taking somo down we'll put it on
dowu below. Aro you all right?"'
"Then push her off—gently."
The St Ambrose boat was almost tho last,
so there were no pnuts iu the wny-or other
obstructions and they swung steadily down
past tho University }xu-ge, thojtop of which
was already covered with' speculators.—
Every man in the boat felt as if tho eyes of
Europe woro upon hint, and piilted'iu his
vory best form. Sni.\ll groups of gowns
mau. were scattered along tho bank in Christ
Church meadow, chiefly dons, who were
really interested in tho races, but at that
time of day soldom likod to display enthus
iasm enough to cross the water and go down
to .the, starting places. These sombre
groups were lightened up here and there
by the dresses of a few ladies, who worn
walking np and down and watching the
boats. At tho mouth of the Chorwell were
moored two punts, in which reclined at
their ease Borne dozen young gentlemen
smoking. Several of tliead were friendp of
Drysdale, and hailed him as the boats pas
sed them. "What a fool I am to be hore!"
ho grumbled in an underdone, casting an
envious glance at the punts in their com
iortable berth, up under the bauks, and
out of the wind. "I say, Brown, don't
you wisU we wAe well past this on tho way
"Silenco in tlie bows!" shouted Mr. Mil
"You dovil, how I liato you!" growled
Drysdale, half in jest and half in earnest,
as they sped along under the willows.
Tom got more comfortable at overy
stroke, and by the time they reached the
Gut began to hopo that he would not have
a tit, or lose all hi.i strength just at the
start, or cut a orab, or come to some other
unutterable grief, the fear of which had
been haunting him all day.
"Here they aro at last! come along now!
keep up with them!" said Hardy to Grey
as the boat ncated the Gut and the two,
who had been waiting on the bank trotted
aloiif" downwards, Hardy watching tho crew
and Grey watching hiui,
"Hardy, how eager you look!"
"I'd give twenty pounds to be going to
pull in the race.
Grey shambUBon in silence by tho side
ot his big frici^Hand wished ho could nn
derstand whal^was that moved him ho.
As the boat shot into the Gut from under
the cover of the Oxfordshire bank the wind
caught the bows.
"Feather high, now," shouted Miller,
and then added in a low voice to the cap
tain, "it will be ticklish work starting in
this wind."
"Just as hard for all tho other boats,"
answered the captain.
"Well said, old philosopher?" said Mil
ler. "Its a comfort to Bteer you you nev
er make a fellow nervous. I wonder if you
ever felt nervous yourself, now?''
"Can't say," said the captain. "Here's
our post, we may as well turn."
"Easy, bow-side—now, two and four,
pull her round—back water seven and five"
shouted the coxswain and the boat's head
swung around and two or three strokes
struck into the bank.
Jack instantly made a convulsive attempt
to boir&ibut was sternly repulsed and
tumbled backwards into the water.. HarW
—the first gun. The report Bent Tom's
heart into his mouth again. Several of tho
boats pushed off at once into the stream
and the crowds of men on the bank began
to be agitated is it were by the shadow of
this coming excitement. The St Ambrose
fingered their oars, put a last dash of grec^e
in their oarlocks and settled their teef
against the stretchers.
we jrash her off?" asked dow.—
or^jBHi frae yem anotheninfriute," said
wauh'fa hand, in
the stern, "only be smart when I giv^ the
l^e CMiti rued ot^ljisBeat and look-
His face'was q4iet5bnt VuAof confidence,
which seemed to pass from him into tbe
crew. Tom felt stronger and calmer as he
met his eye. "Now mind boys doii't quick
en," he said cheerily. "Four short gtcokes
to get way her, and then steady. '.'Herd
pass up the lemon." And ho took ft fllic'ed
lemon out of his pocket, put a smoll .pifce
in his own mouth, and then handed it to
Blake, .and' pas
sed if 'oh.~ Xaeli .taan'tiook apiece an4
just as bow secured the end, Miller called
jacket^pf and get her bead out
*ive«ji thrown 'on slioie 'ahd
gathered up by the boatmen in attendance.
The crew poised their oars. No. 2 pushing
out her head, and the captain doing the
same for tho stem. Miller took tlie s^art
'•Wg rclpe iu his hand, "How tlio wind
catches her stern!" ho said "there, pay
out the. rope oije ofypu, No, not you—
'some fellow hvitb .a. Istrbng hand.1 Yes,
you'll do,," he went on as Hardy slipped
dowij and took hold of the rope: "let me
hnve it foot by foot ail I want it Not too
quick make the most ol' it that'll do. Two
and three just dip your oars to give her
The rope paid out steadily, and the boat
settled to her place. But ww the wind
rose again, and tlie stern drifted in towards
the buik.
"Yon must back her a bit, Miller, And
keep her a little further out, or our oard oil
stroke-aide wiH«ajtch.the,brtnk."
"So I see, „0urse the wind. Back her
one stroke all.' Back tier, I say!" shouted
It' is no easy mattor to get' a crew to back
her 'an inch just now, particularly, as there
are in her two men who never rowed a race
before, except in the torpids, and who has
never rowed a race in his lifo.
However, back she comes. The starting
rope slaoketufStlliller'B left liarU, and the
i^ke, na|biuping ldi'o«u\ pushes the stern
minnto mot^iMweM^ft ^ahort min
ute, indeed! Yofcwotomi't say\^6 if yon
were in the boat, witli your heart in your
of Oxford streamed along with theo^- ciThi. .. ...
banks of the river were crowded Mba the- mmthj'tutd.tremblings^ll over like a man
piled rapidly backward and forward' :Wth the ^itlsy. ^Fhos^r si$ty .. seconds be
farc^tber starting giv^n in yflur first race
wby they'are alittle life-time.!
"By Jove, we are drifting in a&ain," said
carrying loads of men over to tl
shiro side. The University barge ian^j
other barges were decked with fiags/^iitd
the band was playing lively airs as the St,.
Ambrose crew reached tho scene of action.
Miller, in honor. The captain looked grim,
bot«ald-nothing it was too late now for
him to be unshipped again. "Here, catch
hold of the long boat-hook, and fend her
off." -.-i V.
Hardy, to whom this was addressed,
seized the boat-hook, and, standing with
one foot in the water, pressed the end of
the boat-hook t^gainst-tlie gunwale at the
full stretch of his arm, and so, by main
force, kept the stern out There was just
room for stroke oars to dip* and that was
all. /The starting rope was as taut as a
harpstring. Will Miller's left hand hold
out It is an awful moment. But the cox
swain, though almost dragged backwards
off his seat, is equal to tho occasion. He
holds hi* wptch in his right haqd with the
tiller rope.'
Eight seconds more only. Look out
for the flash. Ilemember, all eyes in the
boat!" There it comes, at last—tho flash
of the starting gun. Long before the sound
of tho report can roll up the river the
whole pent-up lifo and energy which has
been held in leash, as it were, for tho lost
six minutes, is loose and breaks away with
abound and a dash which he who has felt
it Will remember for his life, but the like of
which will he ever feel again. The start
ing ropes drop from the coxswain's hands,
VU« uiua fluiU iliv wnVoc nud gleam on
the feather, the spray flies from them, and*
the boats leap forward.
The crowds on the bank scatter and rash
along, each keeping as near as may bo to
its own boat. Some of the men on the
towing-path, some on the very edge of, of
ten in, the water some slightly in advance
as if they could help to drag thoir boat for
ward some behind, where they can seethe
pulling better but all at full speed, in wild
excitement, and shouting at the top of
their voices to those on whom the honor
of the college is laid.
"Well pulled, all 1" "Pick her up there,
five!'' "Yon're gaining, every stroke!"
"Time in the bows!,r Bravo, St Am
brose 1"
On they rush by the side. of the boats,
jostling one another, stumbling, strug
gling, and panting along.
For a quarter of a mile along the bank
the glorious, maddening hurly-burly ex
tends, aud rolls np the side of the stream.
For the first ten strokes, Tom was in too
great fear of making a mistake to feel or
hear or see. His whole soul was glued to
the back of tho man beforo him, his one
thought being to keep time and get his
strength into the stroke. But as the crew
settled down into the well known long
sweep, what we may call consciousness re
turned and, while every muscle in his
body was straining and his chest heaved,
and his heart ioapt, every nervo seemed to
be gathering.now life, and his souses to
awake into unwonted acntcness. He
caught tho sccnt of wild tliyme in tho air
and found room in his brain to wonder
how it could have got tlierb, as ho never
had seen tho plant near the river, or smelt
it before.
Though bis eye never wandered from the
back of Diogenes, ho seemed to see all
things at once. Tho boat behind, which
seemed to bo gaining- it was all he could
do to prevent himself from quickening on
the Rlrokeas ho fancied that—the eager face
of Miller, with his compressed lips, and
eyes fixed so earnestly ahead that Tom
could almost fool the glanoe passing ovor
bin shoulder tho Hying flanks and and the
shouting crowd see him with his bodily
eyes ho could not, but be knew, neverthe­
less, that Gray had been npset and nearly
rolled down the bnnk into tho water iu tho
first hundred yards, that Jack was bounding
and scrambling and barking along by tho
very edge of the stream above all, he was
just as well aware as if lie had been looking
at it, of a stalwart form in cap and gown,
bouiuliug along brandishing the long boat
hook, and always keeping just opposite the
boat: and amia tho Babel of voices, and
the dash and pulse of the stroke, and the
laboring of his own breathing, ho" hoard
Hardy's voice coming to him again and
again, and clear as if there bad beftn no
other sound in tho air. "Steady, two!
steady! well pulled steady, steady." Tho
voice soeniod to give him strength and keep
him to his work. And what work it was!
he had had many a hard pull in tho last
six weeks, but never aught lil this.
But it cannot last forever men's muscles
are nol steel, or thoir lungs bulls' hide,
and hearts cannot go on pumping a hun
dred miles an lioui lap£, without bursting.
The St. Ambrose boat is well away from the
boat behind, tlierb is a great gap between
tho accompanying crowds and now as they
near ilio Gut, slio hangs for a moment or
two in hand, and though the roar from the
bank grows louder and louder, and Tom is
already aware that tho St. Ahibroso crowd
Is'hi el ting into the one ahead of them.
"Wo must bo close to Exeter!" The
thought flashes into liini, and, into tho rest
tlie crew at the satnemonieut for, all at
once, tho strain seems to be taken off their
arms again there is no more drag alio
springs to the stroke as she did at the start
and Miller's face, which had darkened for
a few seconds, lightens up ngiiin.
Miller's face and attitude are a study.
Coiled np into the smallest possible space,
his chin almost resting on his kuees, his
hands close to his sides, firmly but lightly
feeling the rudder, as a good horseman
handles the mouth of a free-going linntor
if a coxswain could make a bump by his
own exertions, surely he will dp it No
sudden jerks of the St Ambrose rudder
will you see, watch as you will from tho
bauk the boat never hangs through fault
of his, lmt easily and gracefully ronuds
every point. "You're gaming! you're
gaining!" he now and then mutters to tho
captain, who responds with a wink, keoping
his breath for other matters. Isn't he
grand, the captain, as he comes forward
like lightning, stroke after stroke, his back
flat, liis teeth set, his whole frame working
from the hips with the regularity of a ma
chine? As the space still narrows, the
eyes of the fiery little coxswain flosli with
excitement, but he is far too good a judge
to hurry the final effort before the victory
is safe in his grasp.
Tho two crowds are mingled now and
no mistake: and the shouts oomeallina
heap over the water. "Now, St Ambrose,
six strokes more." "Now, Exter, you're
gaining, pick her up." "Mind the Gut,
Exter." "Bravo, 8t Ambrose!" The
water rushes by, still eddying from the
strokes of the boat ahead. Tom fancies
now he can hear their oars and the work
ings of their rudder, and the voices of their
coxswain. In another moment both boats
are in the Gut. and a perfect storm of
shouta reaches them from the crowd as it
rushes madly off to the left to the foot
bridge, amidst which, "Oh, well steered,
well steered, St. Ambrose is the prevail
ing cry. Then. Miller, motionless as a
statue till
lifts his right hand. Aiy],
whirls the tasfcel'rouiid his head. "Give it
to her tiow boys six strokes
audi we're into
them." Old Jervis lays down thjitgr^at
broad back, and liffihe& "hls onr through the
ihitor witb th«imgh.t of a giant, the crew
catch him up in another stroke, the tight
new boat answers, to the epurt, and Tom
feels a little shook behind him, and then a
grating sound, as Miller shouts, "Unship
rtafe, bow and three and the nose of the
St Ambrose boat glides quietly up the side
of the Exter. till it touches their stroke
oar.' ''"V"
"Take cara.wherc youte coming to." It
is the coxswfttu. of the bumped boat who
Tom finds himself within a foot or two
Of him fwhen he looks round and being
utterly tinahle to contain-bis jdy, and yet
i&folling to .exhibit.it before tbe eyes of it
gallant rival, turijs away towards the shore,
and'begins tole&raphirig to ffiirily.
"N#w, theu.iwbafctucoyou at-.therein'the
bQWB? Cost her off, qpick. Come, lqpk
alive! Push aerOsfl ftt bnco otitf of the jvdy
Of the otJher boatSiV .v'i: i:
"I congratulate you,. Jervis,.". Says the
Exeter Btroke, 'as the St. Ambrose boat
Bbootspast him. '(Doit agmnAneXjt.race
and shan't care."
"We wei'e within tfiree loiigthsof Brazeti-(
noBe when w» bumped," says the all-obser-'
vant Miller, in a low voice.
'AU right," answers the Captain. 'Bra*
zeh-noso isn't so strong as/usual. We
shan't have much trouble there, But a tough
job up above I'take it."
."Brazeu-noso was bettor steered thaii
"They muffed it in' tho Gut, eh?" said the
captain. "I thought so by the shouts."
"Yes, we were pressing them a little
down below, and their Coxswain kept look
ing over his shoulder. He was in the Gut
before he know.it, and had to pull his left
hand hard", or tliey would have fouled the
Oxfordshire comer. That stopped thoir
way, and in they went"
"Bravo !aud hbwwell westartedtoo."
"Yos,- tlianks to tbat Hady It wm
touch and go thpugh I couldn't liavo held
the rope tWo seconds more."
"Howdid oiir fellows work? fSlio drag
ged a good deal below the Gut."
feliller looked somewhat b'erions, but even
be oAhnot.bo finding fault just now tor the
first, «tQjp is gained, tjie first viotoiy won
and, as Homer' sometimes nods, so Miller
relaxed the! sternness: of his rulG.
crew.jas soon as they have found their:
voice# again, laugh ana talk and answer the
congratulatiatiB.-of their friends, a^.^the.
boat Blipa along close taJ the "tow
ing-path oft' tlie British: side,,
'easy all," almost keeping pace, never
theless, with the lower boats, which are
racing up under the willows on the Oxford
shire side. Jack, after one or two feints,
makes a frantic bound into the w*tor, and
is hauled dripping wet into the boat by
Drysdhlei.unchid by Miller, butr to the in
tense disgust of Diogenes, whose pautaloons
and principles are alike outraged by the
proceeding. He—the Cato of the oar—
scorns to relax the strictness of his code,
even after victory won. Neither word nor
look does he cast to the exulting St. Arn
brosians on the bank a twinkle in his eye,
and a subdued chuckle or two, alone betray
that though an oaraman he is mortal. Al
ready he revolves in his mind the project
of an early walk under a few pea-coats, not
being quite satisged (conscientious old
boy!) that he tried his stretcher enough in
that final spnrt, and' thinking that there
must be an extra pound of flesh on him
somewhere or other the did the mischief.
"I say, Brown," said Drysdale, "how do
you feel
"All right," said Tom "I never felt
jollier in my life.'
"By Jove, though, it was an awful grind
didn't you wfeh yourself well out of it be
low the Gut?"
'No, nor you either."
•Didn't I though! I was awfully baked,
my throat is like a lime-kiln yet What
did yon think abont
"Well, about keeping time, I think,"
said Tom, laughing, "but I can't remem
ber muoh.'
'I only kept on thinking how I hated
those devils in the Exeter boat, and, how
done u| Uioy must be, aud liuplug (belt
Number 2 felt like having a fit."
At this moment they cumo opposite the
Cherwell. Tho leading boat was just pass
ing the winding-post, off the University
barge, and the band struck up the "Con
quering Hero," with a crash. And while a
mighty sound of shouts, murmurs and
musio went up into tho evening sky, Miller
shook the tiller-ropes again, the captain
shouted, "Now, then, pick her upland
tho St Ambrose boat shot up betweHl the
swarming banks at racing pace to her land
ing placo, the lion of the evening.
Dear readein of tho gentler sex you, I
know, will pardon tho enthusiasm which
stirs our pulses, now in sober middle age,
as we call up again the memories of this,
the most exciting sport of our boyhood,
(for we were but boys then, after all.) You
will pardon, though I fear hopelessly una
ble to understand the above sketch your
sons and brothers will tell you it could not
have been made less technical.
For you, male readers, who have never
handled an oar—what shall I say to you
You, at least I hope, in somo way— in oth
er contests of one kind or another—have
felt as we felt, and have striven as we have
strove. Yon ought to understand and sym
pathize with us in all our boating memo
ries. Oh, how fresh and sweet they tiro
Above all, that one of the gay little Henley
town, tho carriage-crowded bridgo, the no
ble river reach, the giant poplars, which
mark the critical point of tho course— tho
roaring column of "mulei-gnules,"
light blue and dark purple, Can
tub and Oxonian, aliko and yet how
different—hurling along together, and hid
ing the towing-path—tho clang of Henley
church bells—the cheering, the waving of
embroidered handkerchiefs, ana glancing
of bright eyes, tho ill-concealed pride of
fathers, the opon dolight and exultation of
mothers and Bisters—tho levee in the town
ball when the race was rowed, tho great
enp full of champagne (inn champagne, but
wo were not critical)—the chops, tho
steaks, tho bitter boor- but wo run into
anti-climax -remember, wo were boys
then, and boar with um if you cannot sym
And you, old companions, Thrmllui,
benchers (of the gallant eight-oar), now
seldom met, but never forgotten, lairds,
squires, soldiers, merchants, lawyers, grave
J. P.'s, graver clergymen, gravest bishops
(for of two bishops at least does our broth
erhood boast), I turn for a moment from
my task, to reach to you tho right hand of
fellowship from theso pages, and empty
this solemn pewter—trophy of hard-won
victory—to your health and happiness.
Surely, pone the worso Christians and
citi7.eus aro ye for your involuntary failing
of muscularity!
flow Towiih (jJrnw in (lie Northwest.
Incidents In the Red River Region.
"Carleton" writes to the Boston Journal
from Northwestern Minnesota:
"Emigration travels fast. Like tho fire
of tho prairie, throwing out hnndfuls of
flame to light new fires in tho dried grass,
so civilization is constantly kindling in new
places along the frontior. Four families
have just made a beginning at Detroit
Lake, in which tho Red ltiver of tho North
lias its rise.
"Wo reachod the settlement on Saturday
night, and pitched our tents for the Sab
buth. It was a rare treat to these people
to come into our camp and hoar a sermon
from Bev. Dr. Lord. The oldest of the
colony is a woman now in her eightieth
year, with eye undiminished, a countenance
romarkably free from tho marks of age, who
walks with a firm step after fourscore years
of labor. Sixty years ago she moved from
Lebanon, New Hampshire, a young wife,
leaving the valley of the Connecticut for a
home in the state of New York, then mov
ing with tho great army of emigrants to
Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa in suc
cession, and now beginning again in Min
nesota. Last year her hair, which had been
as white as the purest snow, began to take
on its original color, and is now quite black.
There are but few instances on record of
such a renowal of youth.
"The party havo come from Central Iowa
to make this their future home, preferring
the soil and the climate of this region to
one where the changes of temperature are
sudden and variable. Tho women and
children of the four families lived here
alone for six weeks, while the men wero
away after their stock. Their nearest
neighbors are twelve miles distant On
the 4th of July all hands—men, women
and children—traveled forty-five miles to
celebrate the day.
'We felt,' said one of the women, 'that
wo couldn't get through the year without
going somewhere or seeing somebody. It
is kinder lonely so far away from folks,and
so we went down country to a picnic."
"Store, church and school are all forty
miles away, and till recently the nearest
saw mill was sixty miles distant Now they
can get their wheat gronnd by going forty
The settlement is already blooming
with a half dozen children. Other settlers
are coming in, and these people are look
ing forward to next year with hope and
confidence, for then they will havo a school
of their own.
"Not any Chicago musicians heard of
our arrival, and here they are, twelve of
them, stard in a circle round our camp,
doing their best to express their joy. They
are Germans, all young men. Three years
ago three or four families came here from
Ohio. They reported the soil so fertile,
'the situation so attractive, the prospects so
flattering, that others came, and now they
li&va a dozen families, and more are com*
ing to this land of profriiso.
"Now just ride out and see whiat1 they
have done. Here is afield containing thir
ty acres of as fiue wheat as grows in M,inne
sota. It was just taking on the golden hue,
and will be ready for the reaper next weiek.
Beside it are twenty acres of oats, several
acres of corn, andan acre or two of pota
toes. This is one farm only. Ou yonder
slope there stands a two-storied house, of
hewn logs and shingled roof. See 'what
adornment the wife and daughter has given
to the front yard—verbenas, petunis and
nasturtions—and round tho door a living
wreath of morning glories.
"Cows cliev tlieir ends' in the stable-yard, whllo
'Vrowsy UnkltagH lull tlio distant field,'
where thei sljeppare herded.
"We shall find the sceno reneated on the
adjoining farm. Sheltered oeneath the
grand old torest trees stands the little log
church w^tb, a cro8s unou its roof,-, and here
wo seo coping down the road the venerable
father and teacher Of the community, in
long bliick gowii 'and brood brimmed hat,
with a crucifix at his girdle. It is a Catho
lic .oooifuQliity, aud they brought" theirj
priest,with then).,,
"Bui take'-V good,'Llong- look at these'
men as they statid' before1 our Camp. fire,
with their bright.nor instrumeuts ih their
hands,: They received them pnly three
weeks ago from Cincinnati. fitit
'We can'tpiay much yof 'says,.their
leader, Mr. Bertenheimer 'but we do., the
beBt we can. We havo sent to Toledo for a
teaoher who will spend the winter with nil
You will pardon our poor playing, bnt-we
felt so good when we heard you were here
looking out a route for a railroad/ that we
felt like doing something to show our good
will. You see we are just getting started,
and have to work,, bard but we wanted
some recreation, and we concluded to get
lip a band. We thought it would better
than to be hanging round a grocery.'
tPkdn fti)d simple the words, but there
is moro in them than in many a windy
speech madd on the rostrum or ill legisla
tive halls. Jtffit getting started! Yet here
upon the-frontier art has-planted herself.
The flowers of. civilization are blooming on
jheborder. •___ ,,
"As we listened to the parting strains,
and watched the receding forms, and look
ed into the coals of our camp-fire after their
departure, we -felt that there must be a
Urighti ..future for a commonwealth:* that
coiud grow shen fruit on'the borders of tho
uncultivated wilderness."
Atrocious Crime on a Steamer—a Man
Robbed uld'Thrown Overboard.
When the propeller Delaware, Captain
Smith of the -independent line between
Norwich and New York, was coming from
New York on Friday night, and was about
three miles east of Sands Point, tho captain
heard a faint voice of some one iu distress.
He immediately stopped the steamer and
called the watch below. No vessel was in
sight and nothing could be seen in the
darkness, but the. voice was again heard,
somewhat plainer calling "help." A
boat was promptly lowered and
pulled in the direction of the voice,
and after proceeding a short.distance came
upon a man in the water, who was taken on
board the steamer. He was entirely naked
with the exception of his shirt, and almost
exhausted. When be had sufficiently re
covered he was put to bed, and landed at
New London on Saturday morning wherg
he was taken to the alms house. He gave
his name as Richard Hecker, aud related
the following to tho reporter of the Nor
wich Bulletin:
"I left New York Friday afternoon, on
tho steamer Old Colony, bound to Boston.
Just before leaving I was accosted by two
men who were going on the same boat—
They invited me to take a drink with them,
which I did, and I also asked them to
drink with me. At this time I think they
must have Been my money, which I had in
my pocket book, amounting to §55. In
the evening I had a faint recollection of
some persons seizing hold of me,
and directly afterwards I found my
self in the water. I found when I first got
overbourd that my pocketbook was gone.
I tried to nwiua with my olethes on, bat
found it very difficult, and removed all my
clothing except my shirt My boots
troubled me most to get off. 1 then Btruck
out for land, which must have been a mile
or more off, but the tide kept putting me
back, and I had made up my mind that I
must finally be drowned, when I saw
tho light of the steamer Dolaware,
I judged a mile off, coming toward me.
I made every eflort to get as near her as
possible, but when she got in my vicinity I
called for help again ana again, as loudly as
possible, but my strength was nearly gone
and I feared I should not be heard. It was
a still night, however, and my voice was
heard by Captain Smith, who immediately
sent a boat to my relief, and I was brought
on board oi the steamer und kindly cared
for. I think I was in tho water about an
hour arid a halt."
Mr. Hecker was confined to his bed all
day Saturday, but will probably be out in
a day or two. Ho says he has been a clerk
in a drug store in New York, and has also
been employed in the same business in
Boston. He served three years in the war,
and was hospital stoward in the fifty-fifth
Massachusetts regiment. —Albany Journal,
1st inst.
The ARAns illustrate their estimate of tho
different colors of horses by the following
story: "A chiofof a tribe was once pursued
by his enemies. He said to his son: My
sou drop to the rear, and tell mo tho color
of tho horses of our foe, and may Allah
burn his grandfather.' 'White,' was tho
answer. 'Then wo will go south,'said tho
chief 'for in tho vast plains of tho desert
tho wind of the white horse will not stand
in a protracted chase.' Again tho chief
said: 'My son what colored horses pursue
us?' 'Black, O my fathor.' Then wo will
go among tho stones and on rocky gronnd
for the foet of the black horses are not
strong.' A third time tho young Arab was
sent to the rear, and reported ehestuut
horses. 'Then,' said the chief, 'we are
lost. Who but Allah can deliver us from
the chestnut horse
—Tho Missouri Stato Fair opens on tho
14th inst., and continues five days.
Letter from Bradford, the ArlUt
What waa Done to July —Narrow
Kscape from tlie UltcliHrge of Seven
Iviout, Greenland, July 27.- Since leav
ing St. Johns wo havo had fino weather
most of tho time. Wo nut do Capo Desola
tion after a week's run from St: Johns.
There wo lay three days, and started thonco
to Julionshab, tho most southern settle
ment of any importau'co in Greenland.
There Dr. Hayes and myself took nn omrnk,
or Esqnimeaux woman's boat, and visited
the ruins of the old cathedral at Krakortok,
built about 850 year* -ago by theNortlmieu.
ThiB, with other ruins, which wero sur
rounded by a wall, were photographed, and
the doctor made a careful burvoy of the
whole, and he will no doubt pnlilinh mnno
account of tbeso rarely visited and very
wonderful ruins. The old cathedral or
church is in a good state of pi-ener
vation the foundations and doorways tiro
perfect. The walls aro of it^mcnso thick
ness, which accounts for them Btanding so
long. One gable is firm, and still eighteen'
feet'high, and the other is crumbling away,
and the arched window in it will soon fall.
From Krakortok weretur-ncd to Jnlionshab,
thence to' a large glacier which pours down
into a fiord to the north and west. This
was tho most magnificent sight I have ever
beheld. It was more grand aud imposing
than I could have dreamed of and tho im
mensity of ice which covers tho interior of
Greenland and discharges into tho sea,
creating hundreds and thousands of ice
bergs, is something which cannot be de
scribed in words. Photographers have been
vory busy, and, with upwards of -JO different
views, I trust to be able, on iuy return, to
give you something like a eorroct impres
sion of what seems to mo one of tho most
wonderful works of nature. Further fiorth
we shall no doubt have numerous opportu
nities of visiting other glaciers, and of mul
tiplying our material for tho illustration of
this grand and picturesque Arctic scenery.
It greatly exceeds all my previous expecta
tions. The mountains are more rugged
and lofty, the glaciers more extensive, and
the great Merde Glace, which they call here
the Eisblinlcen, is more suggestivo ol vast
extent and solitude than anything had I even
thought possible in nature and then the
pdwer displayed in tho glacier flow and the
discharge of an iceberg is most surprising.
With the icebergs the coast is everywhere
lined. The sea is dotted with theso great
white floating islands, which are often from
one to three hundred feet high. Iu a
single view I have seen many hundreds,
spread before me on the waters, leading the
eye away into extreme distance
beyond anything I have ever seen.
We were fortunate enough to witness
seven bergs discharge in the manner
first described, I believe, by Dr. Hayes
and although we were at one time exposed
to Borne danger, and lost apart of our pho
tographic materials by the wave which
rolled thirty feet high upon the rocks, yet
all the party escaped without personal in
jury. The photographic party heard the
crash and saw the wave coming in time to
climb the rocks, and thus escaped being
washed into the sea, meeting with no fur
ther mishap than a good ducking from the
crcst of the sea. It was a narrow and pro
vidential cscapo. I was on the vessel at the
time, making a study in oil of tho glacier
front, wEich is two hundred feet high, ajid
bad we been nearer tho shore we should
have been,, in all probability, daglied to
pieces. We were not'long in gettiu" under
way, and, although Dr. Hayes seams hard
aned^y expei^en^e. nnd appears to regard
glacier ds an amiable kind of iriend, yet I
'think the!inexperienced are disposed to
hold a Greenland glacier hereafter at more,
respectful distance. From here we shall
proceed north into Melvi}le. Btiyj which I
trust the experience of Dr, Hayes' will ena
ble ns to pass throngh without 'risk, and
which will give me the opportunity ot ob
taining all the artistic material J,, now re
quire to complete my cbllectiou of views
and studies of this Arctic world of ever
lasting ice and rugged mountains. We
shall return as early "in the tenth month aB
possible. Thy iriend,
William Bbadfoi®.
Tiro Philadelphia Robbftrt—Forty Tlion*
sand Dollar*Stolen
From UieHorth American,'Avgost 30.
Just as lightning sometimes '-strikes in
unexpected places, «o did bufgjtas ibake a
demonstration fast Friday night.' The op
erator must have been something of an
iii'hi's'lihe, but the'apportunity pre
Aetted to hifti for the dxecutaon of.his profit
iablfc tapli wosall that a'Jack Shepjjard could
-hav^i .ejrery Phifadclphion
k^ows, the .oia.Court'of Quarter Sessions
room adjoini the "OffitJb of'Receiver of Taxes.
Qf- Iat* tliie-building has often been opened
at bights. A $ warm of bootbln&ks and other
itinerating urchins took possession of it at
nights as placo of lodging. On Friday it was
filled as usual. The boys say that at about
mne^afoloalt tfro- men entered the place,
drove them all out of it and proceeded at
once to secure the doors. Tho youngsters,
awed by this show of authority, lost no
time in putting between themselves and
the building in question a very, considera
ble distance. The parties ejecting th6m
were undoubtedly tho authors of what
proved to be a heavy robbery of funds in
the Tax Receiver's safe. The thieves found
no difficulty in getting into the par Honing
entry, and thence by a Bide dopr opening
squately into tho office of ,the Receiver.—
This accomplished,nyd tho lights so shaded
that frond tne street their operations would,
not he observed*, the burglars eut away the
masonry frQiu thq big Safe and threw back
the bolts of its 'doors, with what evidently
Very much taxed- their ingennity ©r their
strength They first collected ail the of
fice coats and dusters belonging to the
clerks that were hanging around tho room,
and used them as ineans to deaden any
sound likely to betray them to paesers-by.
The thieves then went to work on the iron
door of the vault with crowbars, tW -of
which they left behind them. The bricks
along side of the iron keeper of tho door
were forced out, and the bolt of tho lock
broken. This afforded entrance to the vault
containing the iron chest in which were the
money, receipts of that day, A panel in
the door was cut out, but the hole not being
sufficiently large to admit the passage of
the tin boxes containing the money, the
lock was smashed in, and then it was an
easy thing to abstract the funde.
This part of the werk must
have been done hurriedly,: as a number of
the checks and a quantity of the money
was on Saturday found lying around the
The plunder incluaed $15,000 in cash rod
between $20,000 and $25,000 in checks.
The safe was recently built for tho office,
and was believed to bo burgular proof.
A Seen* In tlie White Pine Region.
A correspondent of the New York Tri
bune, writing from Treasure City, Nevada
gives a description of a scene characteristic
of the Whiie Pine country:.
Leaving Shermantown on horseback, to
ascend the steep and rocky trail to Treasure
City, I witnessed a scene which rnado me
doubt whether I was In Old Spain, Spanish
America, or tho Great Republic A train
of small Spanish mules, bearing great piles
of cord-wood on their backs, came slowly
down the canon, their huge burdens sway
ing from side to side as tlioy moved along,
each mule giving vent to a low, peculiar,
long drawn meaning grunt from time to
time, as a modest protest against tho heavy
burden he was forced to bear. The mule
teers, in dust-soiled garments, with scarlet
silken bandas tied tightly around their
waists trudged along by the lauie.s on foot,
while the major-domo of tho concern, a line
looking Mexican, with black, silk-like mus
tache, teeth which gleamed under it like
pearls, and keen, glittering eyes, %dc be
hind on a riohly-caparisoned horse.
The horse might havo been worth thirty
dollars if you wanted one badly the black
saddle richly embossed and ornamented all
over with fine silver plates, bridle of braid
ed hair, similarly ornamented with silver
fancy bit, and huge, elaborately wrought
and ornamented spurs, which jingled like
a string of bells, cost not less than ?300 iu
in. Then from a narrow bridle path
down the mountain side, came a long train
ol mules, cach with a heavy sack of silver
ore, weighing 150 pounds or more, hanging
from each Biue of liis back. Tho patient
creatures walk along like soldiers in single
file, picking their way carefully over tho
rough, stony pathway, wkile the muleteers
who rode along on horseback, pliod their
wbipa and cursed iu tho soft Spanish tongue
unceasingly. Tho train wasftom the Ebcr
hardt or other mines on Treasure Hill, and
was bound for the mills in tho canon beiow
the town.
Sxkuckby Liohtnini .—About noon on
Friday of last week the houso of Joseph
lloskius, situated about ono mile north
west of this village, was struck by light
ning. The electric fluid entered the chim
eey, shivering it in pieces, and scattering
tho broken brick fur and near. It ran
down the stovc-pipo, splitting one length
open, and nearly flattening it. It struck
the stove, shattering it in pieces, killed a
cat which was lying near tlie stove, broko
the floor to pieces, aud entered the. cellar.
The concussion bo seho«kcd Mrs. Hoskins
and Miss Clayton, who wero sitting in tho
room, each with a child ou her kneo, that
they both foil to the floor, Mrs. II. scream
ing "I am killed." Though soveroly
shocked, they woro found to bo not vory
seriously hurt, and Mrs. H. was ablo to bo
around tho next day. One end of tho
houso was considerably shattered, tho
plastering being scattered all over tho floor.
—DodgwUlu Chmtick, 3rf.
Scenes at hie Death-Bed.
Washington, Sept 6—At 7 o'clock this
morning Secretary Rawlins was in a toler
ably comfortable condition. He spoko to
General John E. Smith and Commissioner
Parker with his customary earnestness on
various subjects, and inquired whether
thoy thought ho would recover his health
aud again riso from liis bed. To this ques
tion General Smith said ho feared not, and
asked whether bo bad any wish to oxprcss
with regard to tho disposition of liis re
mains in caso ho should die. Ho replied
that ho would leavo that with liis friouds,
-but he did not desire to have an ostenta
tious or expensive funeral.
During the afternoon Secretaries Cox and
Roboson came into his chamber, when tho
former read him tho following telegram:
Goncohd, Mass., Hopt. 6.
If Gen. Rawlins is living, convoy to him
tho assurance of my respect and affection,
und of ho sorrow with wliicb I learn the con
dition of a mail so upright, able and faithful.
God bless and keep him.
(Signed) E II. IIoAit.
Kecretaiy Rawlins said, with deep emotion:
"I am very gratdAitto tho Attorney-General
for hi»'lovo, and I wish you to say so to him."
At about three o'clock Dr. Peterson was
left in charge, Dr. Bliss and Surgeon-Gene
ral Barnes having been obliged by other
duties to leave for a short time. Dr. Peter
son, at a fow minutes to four o'clock, ob
served a marked change in the condition of
tlie patient, whose pulse had become very
irregular, and Ue remarked to Gen. Giles
A. Smith that he was sinking very fast, and
had but a few minuteB to live, and request
ed him to send for Surgeon-Goneral Barnes.
About this time there was read to him a
telegram from Lientenant-General Sheri
dan,- addressed to General Sherman, dated
Chicago, Sept. 6, as follows:
"Will you please give my love to Rawlins.
All tho officers here send their lovo to him."
With scarcely breath to speak, he said:
"Gen. Sheridan is very kind I appreciate
and am grateful for his kindness. If tlie lovo
ot my friends could do it, I would soon be a
healthy man."
About five minutes past four he asked
some one to raise him. Dr. Bliss, who had
returned, adjusted tho pillows under his
back, while Dr. Peterson held him up.
His eyes became fixed, and without a strug
gle he died at twelve minutes past four
There were present Secretaries Cox ahd
Robeson, Postmaster General Cresswell,
Gen. Giles A. Smith, Gen. J. E. Smith,
Commissioner Parker, James Rawlins,
brother of the deceased, Gen. O. O. How
ard, Mr. Chadwick, Surgeon General
Barnes, Dr. Bliss, Dr. Peterson and the
servants in attendance. During the day
the late Secretary often expressed a strong
desire to
President Grant, asking,
"When will he come but was fearful he
would not live long enough to do so. Yes
terday afternoon, while Secretaries Robeson
and Cox and Postmaster-General Creswell
were fitting at his side, the first-named re
marked, "Gen. Rawlins, lam very sony to
seo you so sick," to which the General re
plied, "Mr. Secretary, bo far as lam per
sonally concerned as a member of the Cab
inet, I have met with it for the last time.
You will never see me there again." The
company were deeply affected, but made
no reply. Soon alter the death of Secre
tary Rawlins, his body was embalmed and
dressed in the uniform of a Major General.
Col. Dayton, chief of Gen. Sherman's staff,
and Capt. Johnson, of the Medical Depart
ment, to-night, sit. up witjti the corpse.
President Grant,' accompanied by Private
Secretary Porteft artive&at' Washington by
special ^rain from B^ltiipove at 6:12l .and
was met at the station by Gen. Sherman.
He at qiice proceeded to the residence of
Gen. 'G. AA Smith, where ho learned that
Secretary Rawliils Aiad been deiad an hour,
Tho President was much affected while
gazing upon the lifeless fbrm of his friehd,
and expressed deep regtot that owing to
the non-delivery qf telegrams at Saratoga
he was prevented from, sooner starting for
President Grant,, on? .returning to the
executive mansion, transmittecfthe follovyr
ing dispatch, itamely
Mrs. Mary hawtihs^antmry, Cbnril:
Your beloved husbalid expired at twelve
minutes fetter fqqr o'clock th afternoon, to
bo mourned by a family and friends who
loved Kim for his personal worth and services
to his country, and a nation who acknowledge
to a
On .consultation with liis frietids it is de
termined that ho shfcll be buried ih the Con
'gre«siona,l burying ground, as tho moit ap
propriate) -place, unless yot} bftve other eug
giestiotlH-tO makoi' The time oTtlie funeral
is not anancQf,: .but, probably will jUke, place
on Thursday next.
S *,
Col. Douglas, assistant private' secretary
& the'PXesidenty ,h&8 been, telegraphed to
return from Virginia, and is expected to
morrow iiight.
An informal Cabinet meeting'was held
to-night at the Executive Mansion,, there
being prepent' Secretaries Cox and Rpbeoon
and Postmaster General Oresswell, with the
President and, for a short time, General
Sherman and other army officers. The ob
jeetof the meeting, was to mature arrange
ments for the funeral of the late Secretary
of War. It has been decided that (lie fu
neral shall take place on Thursday morning
at ten o'clock. The remains are to be
escorted to the Congressional Cemetery,
Which has been deemed an appropriate
place for, the Imrial. These arrangements
tire, however, subject to any xtiodifleation
tho widow of the late (Secretary may sug
gest, or. perhaps, to such action as may be
taken by his own state (Illinois), the fol
lowing telegrams having been forwarded to
Gov. Palmer by Gen, John E. Smith:"
Washington, Sept 6—5:00 p. m.,—Gen.:
Rawlins died at 4"12 this afternoon. Has
Illinois any wish to express with regarJ to
the disposition of his -remains Tomor
row forenooii iM. military, take chai'ge of
the body wh&i it? will be itemoved'to^the
War Department tolie in state, a catafal
que being in course of erection' for that
purpose., It will be guarded by_a detach
litent Of taVAlry and artillery. 3?he funer
al escort is to-be ufrder command of. Col,
Barry, U. S. A. To-morrow the public de
partments will be closed in accordance
with an order issued by tho Department of
Discoveries In Rome.
An undertaking highly interesting to
archosologists is about to bo commenced
with the sanction of His Holiness, being
the clearance of the ancient monumental
facade of the Marcian Aqueduct from the
mediaeval fortifications and superstructures
of the Porta San Lorenzo.
."The present Pope's predecessor,.Gregory
XVI., authorized a similar operation at the
Porta Maggiorie, which resulted in the ex
trication of the magnificent facade and in
scriptions of the Claudian Aqueduct from
rude towers and buttresses hastily thrown
up in remote ahd troublous times, and the
revelation of an interesting Roman tomb
under the rubbish, erected to the memory
of the wealthy baker, Vergilius Euryaces,
and bis wife—a monument decorated with
portrait statues and bassi-relievi illustrative
of the occupation of the defunot
Pio Nono is delighted at the continued
success of the excavations at the Empori
um. The marbles already extracted from
that ancient wharf are valued at 2,000,000
francs and as Baron Visconti predicts that
the depot will be found to extend down the
left bank of the Tiber, from the Aventine
to the -Church.of St Paul extra muros, the
supply may be considered as almost inex
haustible. Last week sixteen great masses
were got out, one being of rose-colored ori
ental alabasteT of groat valuo, anothor of
pavonazzetto, And several of giallo antico.
The Emporium has supplied everything
that the restoration of Agrippa's Pautbeon
required, and tlio same materials are
being employed in the restoration and em
bellishment of twenty-one churches in
Rome. The Pope has also sent presents of
marble to various churches in different
parts of Europe, and has promised Arch
bishop Manning an assortment of the most
precious kinds for the enrichment of the
ltiture Roman Catholic Cathedral of Lon
don. The Prussian government has re
turned thanks for the munificence of His
Holiness' gift to the Cathedral of Aix-la
Chapelle. Switzerland will not be forgotten
in the dispensation of these long-bidden
treasures. Only two columns of African mar
ble of size and importance wore hitherto
visible in Rome, at the entry of the portico
of St. Petor's. Tho Emporium has fur
nished fifteen others, of which the largest
has been destined to be the commemora
tivo'monument of the Council on the Janic
ulum. Thirteen pieces of tho precious
murrhre, for which tlio ancient Romans
paid fabulous priccs, have also been discov
ered. The Belvedere court yard in the
Vatican is now tho principal depot of those
marble treasures, which are arranged there
under the Pope's immediate inspection.
Last week his Holiness witnessed the arri
val of an enormous block of African dragged
from the Tiber bank to bis palace by twen
ty shaggy black buffaloes.
Prizes wobtii Winning.- California is as
liberal as she is rich. At tho coming State
Fair, to 1 hold at Sacramento from Sept
to Sept. 11, inclusive, in addition to the
socioty gold medal, $20,000 in coin will
I.o distributed in prizes. There are to be,
in connection with tho fair, cattlo and horse
exhibitions, and trials of horso speed on
tho track overy day. Stoam power is pro
vided for the machinery. The wiue-growers
expect to make the finest exhibition over
given in California and ono of tho features
of this part of the show will bo the actual
manufacture on tho ground of sparkling
wine. This fair will bo followed by ail in
dustrial exhibition at San Francisco, Sept.
II, to continue two mouthn.
Fire In a Coal Shaft—Two Hundred
Miner* enppo»ed to have been Buffo*
cated-Lou of Property 9100,000—
Great Kioltemtnt,
Pi.ymoutii, Pa., Sept. G—A fire broko
out this morning in tlio flue and bottom of
Steuben shaft owned by tlie Delaware,
Lackawanna and Western Company in thin
placo, and in a short, time tho wliolo break
er and out-buildings were in fliunes and
tlie hoisting apparatus, tho only avenue of
escape for tlio miners, destroyed. All efforts
to stay tho flames were unavailing, and the
whole structure fell, filling up the shaft.
Ovor two hundred men are in the shaft,
and have iio communication with the out
side. The only way of getting air into tho
shall was through the main opening, and
that was filled with burning timbers and
debris of tho flames. It is feared that the
wholo number havo been suffocated by
Bnioko or perished for want of air.
The fire departments of Scronton, WillceX
barre and Kingston are playing stream^
down the shaft for tho purpose of quenoh
ing the fire there, bo that tho rubbish can
be cleared out and the condition of tlie men
ascertained. It will probably take till to
morrow morning before tidings can be re
ceived from them. Tho scene is heartrend
ing. Families are congregated in great
numbers. Tho miners from all parts of the
country are thoro at work, and the mer
chants, and in fact the whole population of
tho town, have turned out to assist. The
loss by the fire will amouut to about $100,
000, partly covered by iustiiance. All tho
physicians of the city have been summoned
to attend when the condition of the men is
ascertained. The afliiir has cast a gloom
upon the wholo community, and business
is almost entirely suspended. The miners
only resumed work to-day, alter a suspen
sion of about three months. Among the
men in the mines is Mr. Hughes, the su
Plymouth, Pa., Sept. G—6:10 r. m.—Af
ter the rubbish from the bottom of the
shaft was cleared away, two miners de
scended in a bucket, and sent word up to
send down a pick and shovel to clear the
doors with. The bucket was brought np
and two men started down with the tools.
As they started the men at the bottom re
quested them to hurry. On their reaching
the bottom both men were found dead. No
hopes are entertained for the men in the
shaft. All are supposed to have perished.
The black-damp is very bad hero.
Scbanton, Pa., Sept. 6.—There iB great
excitement here in consequence of the
burning of a coal-breaker at Avondalemme,
Plymouth, about 20 miles south of this
city. There are 201 men and boys in the
mine, and the shaft, which is the only
means of escape, is choked by forty feet of
burning coal and rubbish. Ventilation is
totally Btopped, and there are great fears
that some, if not all, will be suffocated.
Sobanton, Pa., Sept. 6—6:10 p. m.—The
latest information from the Avondale mine
states that the shaft was cleared and two
men went down and penetrated sixty or
seventy yards to a closed gang-way door,
which they could not force open. They
found three dead mules outside the door,
and sulphurous fumes were pouring out
through the door. No signs of life were
discovered, and it is feared that all arc dead.
Scbanton, Sept. 6.—The fire began at ten
o'clock this forenoon. AU experts agree
that it must have communicated from the
ventilating furnace to the wood-work at the
bottom of the shaft, which is 327 feet be
low the surface. The flames then rushed
with great violence up the shaft, and broke
opt in the engine-room at th9:'tbp.r.-Tiff
engineer barely escaped with hie life. The,
buildings covering the mouth of .tho shaft
were 100 feet high and 200 feet long, all of
wood and dry as tinder. They were almost
instantly "enveloped in flames,! and it was
impossible to reach the mouth of the shaft
to help the men below,
Dispatches just received from Avondale
say that Thomas W. Williams,-ofPlymonth,
and David. Jones, of Grand Tunnel^ who
went.dow^tg make further investigations,
were suffocated to death. On a second at
tempt 'WilliamB' detrabody was brought otit
by David:-£L Davis .arid Benjamin Jones.
Thomas, Wilfiams went down^uid dragged
David Jones' 8on3e( distance to tlie foot of
the shaft, When he* was compelled to coriie
up.' John Wl'
and Isaac Thomas1then-webt
dowji and lbroughfe uJ) thd body.:AU who
attempted, to,go dowu.are pciw,.out olive,
except Williams ana Jones. No further at
tempt will be made togodown until a'sui&fl
rehgiiieis rigged.
The loss bjr-. .the burning of the Avondale
mine works is from eighty thousand to one
hundred thousand dollars, hot counting
tfte loss by .the stoppage of mining opera
The mine had been involved in a strike
for over threb' months,' but returned work
last Thursday^ and was produeing four hun
dred andjflfty tons of coal p^r day. The
works were ljuilt iu l8G7,' and it will take
four to six months to rebuild them,
It will (alee until five o'clock to-morrow
morning to get the small engine to work to
drive tho fan at the mouth of the 6haft and
force tho air through the. canvass hose All
who havo been down say it is very hot and
loud calls have failed to'elicit an answer.
Tho only hope for 202*men in- the mine is
that the must have shut themselves in a re
mote part of tho workings and entirely away
from the draft.
Several hundred men with tools were
taken from here this evening, with the idea
of driving a gang-way from a neighboring
mine into the Avondale works, but as it
must bo 6olid rocfe-ctitling,. this meanq
would probably-not'relieve the imprisoned
men in time. The distance to be. cut is
vaiionsly estimated atiirom twenty to sixty
,feet, ana the time required two. Or three
days. It has- been proved that .the ven
tilating furaaco at Avondale would some
day-fire the shaft, a» it waaa very dry one.
The danger to, life .ig very grgat in a
mine which has but oub means of entrance,
and it is thoifghf tha^i Avondale isibut one
of the mftuy mines in same Condition.
It is to be hoped that the next legislature
will not, as so many, preyjous ones have
done, refuse to pass astringent law for the
protection of miners and the inspection of
Scbanton, Pa., Sept. 7—3 p. m.—Up to
this hour no bodies have been recovered
the foul air being so grekt as to prevent
any person remaining in the shaft for more
than 20 minutes at a time. All are without
a doubt lost
Strange Phenomena In California.
The people of San Francisco, Sacramen
to, and- the country generally, are much
puzzled by the appearance of a phenomenon
in the heavens, unusual at least in Califor
nia. Long after sunsetr of the 18th, and on
the early morning of the 17th ultimo, a
brilliant orange-red light illumined the
west, warming up the whole canopy of hea
ven. Long after sunset the latter exhibi
tion was witnessed, which was the cause of
the notice it acquired. So vivid was it in
Sacramento on the early morning of the
16th, that the fire-bells were rung, and the
companies turned out imagining that some
terrible conflagration was raging in the out
skirts of the city. Some suggest that anew
sun has started to warm us others that we
are entangled in the luminous tail of some
comot some, again, talk of "Northern
lights Oregonians consider that it in
caused by the great fire now raging over
large tracts of their country. The "Web
Feet," t. c., the Oregonians, may bo right
all I eon say is that it lhust indeed be a big
conflagration to affect us six hundred miles
distant. Ttin t.ViArmomoter stood 81 in
Sacramento the day preceding the princi
pal exhibition during its continuance in
the evening it stood at 78
Some fear that it has some unknown con
nection with coming earthquakes. That it
is caused by some unusual condition of the
atmosphere is plain, but I believe still that
old Sol.ia at the bottom of it, and that it iB
his light that we aro bothering ourselves
about all tho time.
A Biir Jmiriret.
FVom tho San Francisco Bulletin, Aug. 21.
A. T. Farrish & Co. received this morn
ing, from Downierville, a nugget of gold
weighing ono hundred and six pounds, be
ing almost if not quite, the largest over
taken in this state, and within a few
pounds tho largest ever found in the modern
gold mining. Tho value is abont $25,000.
In the same find 367 65-100 ounces were ob
tained in smaller nuggets, from twenty-five
to seventy-five ounces each also ono cake
of fino gold, retorted, weighing 1,180A
ounces. All theso are now in Mr. Farrish's
hands. This extraordinary pile, $52,000,
was obtained in ono day by two men, lrom
tho Monumental Quartz Mine in Sierra
Bnttcs, Sierra county, owned by W. A.
Farrish and others. William Farrisli
writes that in two itays ho would send as
much moro. The vein varies from ono to
three feet, and is filled with decomposed
quartz. Tho gold is obtained by sluicing,
using quicksilver to catch tho fine par
ticles. Tho tailings only go through an
araslra. Tho Sierra Buttes and tho Inde
pendence Mino are located on tho samo
mountain. It is only some two months
since Messrs. Farrish commenced work ou
this mine, and they have got in a few foot.
A week ago they sent down $3,000 as tlie
result of two men's labor for eight or nino
An old tkaitek in tho Rocky Mountains
says that the winds there now blow milder
and damper than formerly, and tlio air is
heavier. It has been observed, also, that
rain tails more fiequently iu Utah and
other portions of tho Far West, ond the
ivors have increased iu volume.
Tho Home or Maximilian.
A correspondent of the Rochester Union
writes as follows of a visit to the castle of
"Miramar," near Trieste, the former home
of the unfortunate Maximilian:
At the door our card was asked for, and
handing it in, we were soon waited upon by
a gentleman whose manner at onco im
pressed us with a feeling of saddened in
terest indeed, as we entered,. everything
bore a subdued aspect, the shaded hall, the
soft tread, the low voico, as though in the
houso of mourning, Tho attendant in
formed us he had been with Maximilian
eleven years as an intimate friend and com
panion. He could scarcely speak of him
without tears, and when we inquired about
Carlotta ho shook his head while tears
gathered in his eyes, and afterwards Baid
her cobo, they feared, was hopeless. They
had done everything to restore her mind—
had taken her to the homo of her child
hood, hoping earlyassic^ciations might awa
ken an interest In her mind, but to
no effect.
He first showed us Maximilian's library, a
beautiful room, tastefully finished in carved
wood of his own design. There was a large,
well-filled library, in whieh we notice gome
American authors, the English poets, &c.,
anLa large collection of drawings and de
signs. The attendant informed us he was
very fond of drawing, that he planned the
architecture of the entire castle, and every
room of different construction. The walls
were hung with his designs, and in the
drawers were many of these, and on his
tables unfinished ones, and his secretary as
he left it The adjoining room represented
the cabin of his ship, the state-room, the
dining-room, with all their appurtenances,
and a model of the vessel,' all carved by
himself, with maps, charts, &c., of his own
design and drawing. The entire rooms on
this floor, ceilings, doors, panels and
furniture, are made ot a light
oak, sandal or olive wood, with
carved decorations of a darker wood.
The drapery and upholstery are of alight
blue Batin lined and embroidered with
white which gives to each room a very
chaste and elegant appearance. From
these rooms we entered Carlotta's study
and work room. Fine portraits of herself
and Maximilian and of her father and
mother and dear friends hung on the walls.
On her table were fine ivory pictures of
herself and husband, exquisitely painted.
Her work basket, work, scissors and thim
ble as Bhe last used them, and her secre
tary which contained some of her own
drawings, just as she left it The curtains,
«ofas, chairs, ottomans, screens, &c., were
embroidered bv her. They are light blue
satin, embroidered with white and a few
colors, very beautiM indeed.
Adjoining this was her music room taste
fully arranged, her dressing room and bed
room, in the form of an octagon, two win
dows looking out'on the sea and two into a
most delightful garden with a beautiful
fountain near, and it was difficult to deter
mine which was the finer view, that of the
sea or the gardens and fountain. This genf
of a room was Maximilian's and much of
the drapery was embroidered by Carlotta.
This room led to others, the breakfast and
dining rooms, parlor and reception—all
in perfect keeping. A large hand
some marble stair-case, adorned with fine
statuary, led to tho rooms on the next floor,
which were fitted up in magnificent style
in crimson satin, embroidered with gold,
with fine paintings, ornaments, mirrors,
vases, chandeliirs, &c. The wood-work
and finish of these rooms, however, were
of the same kind as those below, giving a
inch appearance, *!on^ipeil.,with the crim
bou and gilt, decorations, there, was the
grand reception room, state room, audience
or throne room, |»rlor, dining' and music
room, and' adjoining thu «mn)l: chapel
haodsomefyfiuishtd. A* we walked through
these, roonjs. we thought what a change is
here.' In the. place of the lofty tread of
noble 'occupants and their distinguishd
guests. '-the light tread ot sympathizing
strangers 'and whero tho loving influence
which m&de that ^pifip so attgaptive? Alas
for them, that honiq. influeu^e v^as not
mpre p6tent thkh aihlmidi&1,Ala8 for that
mind enshrouded in darkness mom dread
fidthftnthatpftti£ grave. We.pasfledfrom
thor cpjBtlei iutp. the. gardens and grounds
,laid out also by'Maiximi^ian in the most ar
tisKc style, with arbors and fountains, and
winding avenues to Carlofct&'s cottage, a
beautiful Gothic edifice, where ?h% was first
tak,en.aft^r hearing jOf her husband's death.
From,here we retraced our steps, thinking
ho\vJgrariithe change since that'husband
and wife adorned that beautiful home and.
together .traversed, these walks now ao
Bathing in Salt -Lake.
A correspondent of tho Chicago Journal
details his bathing experieqee in Salt Lake
as follows: •.
I came near going away, like nineteen
fourftts Out of twenty who visit
"these parts,
without taking a swim in Great Salt Lake.
If I had done so, you might have set me
down a poor traveler iudeed, ,for the day's
experience has been quite as interesting
and instructive, ita 'senBationis as "novel,
and its incidents as striking^ its have been
afforded by any other three days of my so
journ. A drive of twenty miles in the cool
of the morning brought, me and my com
panion to the beBt Tiathiiig place in the
lake. We had refreshed bn the way with a
nice conntry breakfast at Bishop Kessler's
(think of. l)reakfasting with A .bishop and
paying him "filthy lucre.for it!) and were
in prime condition for a dash'in t^io snrg
ing surf. ':'There were no houses within
gunshot, iand! the apathy which prevails at
the city concerning ^11 sotte of healthy
sport had its compensations in this case, for
it allowed ub full opportunity for indulging
in "bluff, -bathing''—nature's own-sort
which the catering places-have suppressed
hitherto, ljut 'Mow, ashamed of their "coh
ventibmdities at laBt, aHb#ing to "dome in"
again, But Bait' Lake fore naught for
watering-p^VregQlationa,1 and ie were
soofy itt/purisi nifarc?, peck-rdeep in fhe
fealty \taves, kicWnig ahd splashing, sum
mersaulting and cavorting, as happy as
.clams (or schoolboy^ in high water.
Neck.decp! it is an arbitrary expression,"
and'may mean flvti foet or twenty-five, for
one cannot go beyond, that- depth, unless
handicapped. The dense fluid buoys him
up, so that, after reaching the depth of his
shoulders, he may walk as he pleaseB, he
can't touch' bottom, and 'hia heiad refuses to
keep down as persistently as an apple on
Hallowmas E'en, or a Chicago scalper under
the, Bankrupt act Buoyancy—you will
never know the meaning of the word until
you go to Salt Lake and bathe! You feel
as if you had discovered a new element,
superior for the time to earth, air or water.
You feel like cutting up all manner of an
tics. You strike out to swim in the usual
way, and your back parts rear up like the
roof of the Tabernacle anon your feet are
kicking in the air, and yon flop to save your
head from an expected clucking. Lying on
your back, you may float liko a porpoise
then you try some new evolution and shout
your astonishment and hilarity at the result.
"Hallo! how do you feel now?" Iaskmy
fellow bather.
"O, buoyish," is the reply.
The sensation is akin to that described in
slang as ''salubrious," though it has none
of the muddled quality of the tippler's
6alubriousne88. You merely feel a little
delicious uncertainty as to whether you are
a Chicago traveler or a big air bladder
and yon delight yourself with the reflection
that after all, there is often not muoh dif
ference between the two. The tempera
ture ib just right, and the effects seem ex
hilarating, rather than weakening. By and
by you get surfeited with novelty and go
ashore. Then you get your first reminder
of the exceeding Baltness of the water
first except some little gulps on first plung
ing in, which most likely taught you to
keep your mouth shut to all further influx
from the element around you.—
Under the driving influence of the
sun, if you should stand in hisrays for
ment, you will soon be encrusted with a
white mass of pure salt—a sort of veneered
Lots wife. A friend told me that he once
solved the Sambo problem by fetching an
African brother out and giving him a bath
in this water. The fellow was soon enam
eled white enough. But that was iu the
days when magnitude was a drawback the
albescent, process would be uunecessarj'
nowadays. But we did not test this pecu
liarity of the lake bathing. Less than the
usual application of towels sorvod to make
ub dry and glowing, and we realized no
no prickliug sensation such as some visi
tors here have described, nor did we feel
any need of a fresh water rinsing. On the
whole, it was one of the beBt things imag
inable in the way of bath. I may mention,
also, that our Bishop takes a daily bath in
theso waters for his ancient broken leg
with good effect as lie thinkB.
A Railway is now in course of construc
tion across the Crimea, between Sebasta
poland LoBova, a station on tlioTagonrog
Chark-off-liftilway. The portion of the
line between Scbastapol and Simpheropol
is to bo built by the Russian Government
at its own expense, and the working com
panies of the rogimeuts stationed in the
Crimea are to be at onco employed to
the embankment Tho other portion of
the line, between Simpheropol and|Lo8ova,
is to be given up to a private company, but
tho period at which the charter will be is
sued is not yot fixed. The works underta
ken by the Russian government, it is be
lieved, will be very expensive, as tho coun
try through which the line is to pass is
The Revenue Bureau publishes an esti
mate that there are 79,000,000 gallons of
whisky in tho bonded*'warehouses of tho
Miscellaneous Ilcnig.
Board of Trade aas been'organized
at Bowling Green, tiy.
-7A Pne5,ma«c dispatch tube is beinP
laid under Broadway, N. Y.
—Tlio capital of the banks in the citv of
Boston is upwards of $46,000,000.
--The total rental values of London are
taXatiou at
-Ten men assembled recently in a hotel
SSwK "*am™8
—The Postoflico Department now re
ceives, transmits and delivers 720,000 000
letters annually.
—Mr." Peabody, who is a protestant pre
sented $1,000,000 to the Pope for the ben
efit of the poor.
—A piece of pnro amber was receutlv
found on one of the barren knolls near tho
Bijou Basin, Colorado.
—In Trowbridge, Vt, is a man by the
name of Diamond, who is the father of
thirty precious gems.
~X railroad is projected from Caldwell
to Iicondcroga, to connect with the Pitts
burg and Whitehall road.
—1The United States has 27,131 post ofli
ccs. The number of Postmasters, clerks
and mail contractors muat be forty thou
A Mobile negro mother-in-law whaled'
her son-in-law with an iron bar because he
would not buy her a new dress and a pair
of ear-rings.
—The New Orleans Picayune believes
that the cotton crop would reach 3,000,000
bales, but that theio are not enough labor
ers to secure it
—Two clog-dancers in Leavenworth are
about to have a match for five hundred
dollars, to settle who the champion
dancer of America.
—In a graveyard at Shrewsbury, New
Jersey is a row of ton graves of a femily of
brothers and sisters, aU of whom died at the
age of ten days.
—A nugget of gold weighing 106 pounds
and valued at $25,000, wasteken outof the
Monumental Quartz mine in Sierra county.
CaL, a few days since.
y°«ng man of twenty-two who has
recently been convicted of murder in Ten
nessee confesses that he has eight times
committed the same crime.
TTho, ®rftish ship Lady Apn cleared
^ui,We£ 1 ^"unento for London
^ea'-tewg the first vessel from that
port direct to London in two yesrsi
—The Colt pistol works at Hartford, Ct,
have mode mid shipped 8,000 of the 30,000
gunsorderedby the Russian Government
and bftV6 3,000 moro ready.
of President Pierce's Secretary
Dobbin died Fayettville, North Carolina,
by falling from a window a week or two
ago. -Ho was a promising lawyer.
letter of
August 25says that
Frank AV ard, a son-in-law of Wm. B. Astor
jumped overboard from the steamer Sacral
mento, near San Jose, and was drowned.
—Cosd speculators in New York now have
consigned to them and lying at their
wharves from 300 to 500 coal LoUl which
—A great fire, is in' tttB Dismal
Swamp,-in Virginia, Many miles of fences
and cordwoodf hfve ibeen destroyed, and
numerous wild animals have been driven
out into theopen country.
^A Chi?go
hroke her engagement
with ayonhg man forthe reason that he
sneezed in his sleep. Ifif wonl%'t be im
pertinent we iwoidd like lio1fliiaJ| how she
found it out --.'v
eloped with a blooming damsel of that
place the other day, notwithstanding the
marriage was to have taken
place in the regular way in* few weeka
of Lowell, Mass., aged sixyears, on Sunday
astsfaiive^ intothe .Wii,.wt Into the
hay and. was suffdcai^'. The fire was
shortly discovered, but'.tte&ild
—Charlotte Gnillard was theifirst nota
ble female printer. She was in business
Ipr fifty years in Paris.—from 1506 to 1566
—and 'was-celebrated for th* Arrectness
of her liooks. Women were etnifloyed and
commended as compoftitentinItaly as early
as 1481.
~A yoMig-GSrmai bail kSett h4 eyesitrht
by an ttttoDipttowin a'betto-swim a mi
tern length of time on his-hack in the
Scheldt with his spectacles on. A hot suu
acted on the spectacles as on a magnifying
—Coritfeett will soon awarded for
constructing another tunnel under the Chi
cago River. Tho new tunnel will be icoo
feet in fcugth-320e -feet» longer 'than the
one ajrea^y.built, and ,wil) .'cost about half
A millipxrdollars.
'A tj,.
--"Admiral" Semmes asked to be chosen
President of the Alabama State University.
His offer whs decfined, an^ErrffWfeorCvrus
Northrup of Yale waa chosen ta^he place.
Tho-Louisville Courier-Journal Pro
fessor Nortfirup a negro.
Mrs. Soalfield, of Chicago, has a pearl
which she inherited from her German au
cestors so.la^ge and valuable tl»t leading
New^ork jewellers infoTjja he? that its
price is .beyond tue means: of any one in
«ouutry, and sh^ intends.to exhibit it.
—Excursionists (from iSalt Lak«)—"Give
me through tickets for fifteen grown per
sons antjl thirty-nine children. Kew Tick
et Clerk (from, jfg
school or an ..asylum we can coake them
cheaper to jou." Excursionist (indignant
ly^— 'SirT k*s my'bwn private fiunily,sir!"
—JJie (/ounttof Cheste, Spain, was given
hia rank and pay on condition that he
should go to the Canaries. He gave a par
ole to remain at Puerto Real till a vessel
was ready, but he broke the parole and fled
to France^
The office of the Chicago, Sock Island
and Pacific Railroad, in Chicago, was
robbed Thursday evening of one thousand
three hnndred and twenty-five coupon tick*
eta. The value of the tickets about
—The wagon-bridge across the Dca
Moines River at Des Moines, Iowa, fell on
the 3d with about one hundred and fifty
Mustangs upon it Abont a dojsen of th*e
animals were ruined by having dtheir legs
broken, Jtc.
—Tho cattle in some parts of Surrey,
England, have been attacked with an epi
demic of a contagious character. The dis
ease is said to be of a similar type to
which preceded the outbreak of the rinder
pest in June, 1865, and it is gpiwiing
rapidly through the country.
—A lady in Missouri has applied for a di
vorce from two husbando. The first aban
doned her and circulated a report that he
was drowned, on the faith of which she
married again. She elaima'a divorce
from number one on the ground of aban
donment The other husband she now
finds had already a family when he married
—A child iu Minnesota recently swallow
ed a enp of water in which a quantity of
potato bugs had been thrown to drown.
The parents fed the babe for two hours ou
Davis' pain-killer and sweet milk, and be
yond "distress," which migbt naturally be
attributed to the heroic remedy* then wero
no serious consequences, though the pota
to bug is reputed poisonous in the West
—A boat race for $700 a side, was rowed
in the harbor of Yokohama, Japan, on the
10th of July, between the cutters of the
U. S. steamer Iroquisand her 1 itannio
majesty's frigate Ocean.
latur beat
the former in a five mile race, four minutes
and twenty heconds. This result again
gives the boast to the Britishers in these
waters, which was won from th«n about
year ago in a contest botweeu. the Ocean
and the Oneida.
Effect of tub Sale of Property im
Itai.y.—Wo hear accounts from Sicily of
the former church property which was sold
by auction to private individuals. The
houses belonging to the convents wen in
a dilapidated state, but have -now been
either thoroughly repaired or pulled down
and rebuilt The tilling of we convent
farms was in a backward state, being car
ried on in the most primitive manner and
with the rudest implements: but the new
ownors are devoting their attention to im
provement in the culturo ofthe soil, which
is naturally rich and fertile. In Messina
and in the communes of the province, sev
eral day and night schools are open. The
latter are well attended, and many of the
children of the peasantry can now read and
Neab Greenwood,
Mo., on Sunday night,
a Mrs. Czatt was shot through the head and
killed. Her husband says he was awaken
ed by two men approaching the window,
and one of them putting a pistol through
it with the design of scooting him. He
knocked the weapon asicUy and the ball, he
supposes, struck his wife when the pistol
was discharged. The coroner's jury found
that Bhe came to her death by meanB of a
pistol ball fired by some one unknown but
the general belief in the community ig that
killed by her husband.

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