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The New York Dispatch,
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J. G.— The Arabic word, Sheik
(pronounced sbike), does not mean poison, or hasohish.
It simply means lord, or chieftain, or old man, and is ap
plied indifferently to the leader of a tribe, to the head
of a village, or to a holy man. Haschish (or hashish, as
It is now oFten written) is the Arabic for hemp; and the
intoxicating drug which is known by that name is noth
ing but a preparation of different varieties of Indian
hemp. This drug is said to have been discovered by an
old Sheik, who soon killed himself by its too copious use;
and you may have got the two things mixed up in your
memory, and so been lead to suppose that Sheik means
haschish. In their effects, the different kinds of hemp
at first exhilarate the spirits, cause cheerfulness, give
?olor to the complexion, bring on intoxication, excite the
Imagination into the most rapturous ideas, produce
thirst, and increase the appetite. Afterward, the seda
tive effects begin to dominate, the spirits sink, the vision
darkens and weakens, and madness and fearfulness are
the sequel; the animal secretions dry up, body and mind
»re enfeebled, and the infatuated beings who indulge in
the use of the poison become utter wrecks of humanity
too disgusting to look upon.
Millie.— You must have got your
history exceedingly mixed up. George I. was in no sense
“a fine English scholar.” In fact, be was so ignorant of
the English language, that he and his minister, Sir Rob
ert Walpole, used to converse mainly in Latin. George
11. did speak English, and very good English, too.
George 11. was not King of England during the Ameri
can revolutionary war. He was an ignorant, stupid,
brisk little man, with an aquiline nose, prominent eyes,
and was restless, though precise. He was so regular in
his habits, that he seemed to think “ his having done a
thing to-day an unanswerable reason for doing it to-mor
row.” He had no taste; was parsimonious, yet could be
generous; was a truth-teller, yet destroyed his father’s
will; loved a joke, especially a practical one—on others:
did not love his children till they were dead (he hated, he
said, to have them running into his room); was fond of
his wife; and looked upon all the men and women he
saw as creatures whom he might kick or kiss for his di
Qwenst—lt was Plato, we think,
who gave as a definition of man “ A biped without
feathers.” Diogenes, the cynic, thereupon took a roos
ter, stripped him of his feathers and exhibited him to
the public, saying: “Behold, here is Plato’s man!”
You will find many specimens of “ dry wit ” iu the writ
ings of classical authors and many thoughts that for
depth and grandeur are unequaled among moderns.
Still our modern writers have a breadth and scope that
the ancients never compassed. Herein lies the differ
ence. I her used a plow that went deeper; wo cultivate
« broader field. They dus much ore, but minted and
polished comparatively little; we, on the other hand,
•tamp and burnish much but dig out loss than they. For
a “practical, business Jife,” you will probably find
French and German more useful than Latin and Greek.
Some knowledge cf Latin is necessary in the medical
Amanda.— Here is an unfortunate
»oung lady. She had a lover, but has none now. She
•ays, “He became angry because I persisted in prac
tising the * Grecian bend,’ and left me. I thought he
would return, but he has not. I feel very bad. Please
tell me whnt to do about it.” Truly this is a heartrend
ing case. We have heard of a great many cases of “Gre
cian bend,” but this one beats them all; it affects not
not only the .young lady herself, but reaches in its effects
the lady’s lover. No wonder you ‘ ‘ feel very bad, ” Aman
da, after such an attack—not to mention the added
agony of being left alone, deserted. You wish to know
“what to do about it?” About what ? The “ bend” or
the lover ? Year question is rather ambiguous. We can
hardly tell whether you want to straighten the “ Gre
cian” or Ihe man. However, both seem to need straight
ening badly enough, and we think th© application of a
lattie common sense will do the work in either case. Try it.
P. M. Garland. —General Grant
held th& rank of Second Lieutenant when the U. S.
Army crossed tho Rio Grande; in April 1847 he was ap
pointed RegiiNental Quartermaster, for his bravery at the
battle of Molino xel Rcy, he was brevetted ’ First Lieu
tenant, but this he declined; soon afterward he became
a full First Lieutenant and, for heroic conduct in the
battle of Chepultapec, received a.brevet of Captain to date
from September 14th, 1847 Vice-President elect,
Hon. Schuyler Colfax is now forty-five years of age. He
was born in North Moore street, in this city Hor-
•aco Greeley was never elected to Congress. He was ap
pointed to fill a vacancy George Francis Train is a
native of Massachusetts The early history of Ire-
land, like that of every other country, has probably more
of a mythical than an actual foundation. It is difficult
io separate the true from the false where few, if any,
written records have been kepis, and truth and tradi
tion, fact and fancy have become mingled and confused.
De.yserate Cireumstances-.—“ I would
nish tn hive Sl.WO—the loan of it, I mean—for one year.
I would have it by fair or foul means. Would there be
the remotest hope of addressing Stewart, Helmbold, or
any of our tender-hearted money kings?” Our D. C*
would do well to learn that there is a law against false pre
tenses and theft, and there is not, under our detective
system, a possibility of his escape from the consequences
of his illegal acts. Messrs. Stewart and Helmbold would
probably inform D. C. (if they had either time or
cion) that if he desires any such amount, he might ohS
tain it from a money-lender on giving good collateral, or
upon showing by his avocation ho might be able some
day or other to return about $1,000,000 for the use of the
amount he requires. Our advice to D. C. is to select one
pursuit among the mechanical employments, and follow
it vigorously, aud one day he may see the the absurdity
•if being asked to loan a lazy, good-for-nothing fellow
f I.GOO who is unwilling to work for it.
Cuba.— This correspondent wishes
•e know if we “ consider Cuba a desirable place for n
young man with some capita! to engage in business?’’
We are too little acquainted with the present opportu
nities for business in Cuba to give a definite answer;
but the revolution in Spain has unsettled political af
fairs in the island to such an extent that the future
looks doubtful, to say the least. Iu fact, there is now an
insurrection or rebellion there that is far from sup
pressed, and may possibly subvert the regular govern
ment. Then there would probably follow a long and
Barrassing war with Spain, for she would not give up Hie
brightest jewel in her crown without a struggle. On the
■whole, we think our correspondent would do better to
stay ut home, or emigrate to Alaska, New Zealand or the
Sandwich Islands, in preference to Cuba.
D. O.—“ When was the art of mak
<ng glass known in Europe, and when was it introduced
•ntoTlDgiand ? Have we any plate-glass manufactories
fnthis country that can vie with those of Europe? . The
art of making glass was known to the Romans A. D. 79,
to the Chinese several hundred years previously. It was
mtrodneed into England by Benedict, a monk, A. D. 674;
glass windows began to be used in private houses m En
gland 1180: glass first made iu England into bottles and
'vessels Ijs7; the first plate-glass for looking-glasses and
coach windows made at Lambeth U 73. The plate-glass
Berkshire counry, Mass, is now considered equal to
the best French plate, but we beHeve it does not ecm
«ia»a so high a price in market.
Afeuw*.—"How many inhabitants
were in New York City at the last census, and how
many are there now?” According to the last census, it
appears that tho total population of New York County
wras >26,386. With foreign end domestic immigration io
New York City, and considering the difficulties of pro,
curing the information for toe last oeneus on account of
xhc draft, it is believed that She population of New York
«ow amounts to about 1,060,G0, bat we hope that “ New
ark,” if ho resides in Ne w York City, will do his tor her)
hast iacroase l ie fcaact censuv tluqe or four
Constant Beader.—“ When a man is
lawfully married to a woman, and leaves her for another,
can the wife sell the household furniture while he is
away ? And can he come ppon her for a part of the pro
ceeds should she do so ?” A husband is obliged, by law,
to give his wife a proper support. If he abandons her,
she can sell furniture, or anything else left in her pos
session, and Irom the proceeds support herself. The ab
sconding husband could not recover the value of the
property, or any portion thereof, that bad been disposed
of for this purpose.
D. J. M.—“ I am desirous of know
ing upon what grounds an absolute divorce may be ob
tained within this State, and what does a limited di
vorce mean under the laws of the State of New York?’’
An absolute divorce can be obtained on the ground of
adultery, impotency, non-age or fraud. A limited di
vorce, or a divorce from bed and board, may be obtained
on the ground of cruelty, or upon representing by legal
pleadings abuses that render it impossible or unsafe for
the parties to live together,
C. B.— lf you have read the papers,
you know, or can know, as well as we, the majority in the
October election in Pennsylvania. We do not care to do
work that can as well be done by those who ask questions
merely to save labor.
P. H. S.— Did Mrs. Shaw ever play
the character of RawiZeZ, and if so, when and where ? 1.
Yes—frequently. 2. At the Park Theatre, on several
occasions, when it was under the management of Simp
son & Price.
Hippel.— The author to whom you
refer was born in 1741, and died in 1796. He is considered
one of the first of the humorous poets of Germany.
Removals and Appointments.
In common with, the majority of the peaceably
disposed portion of the community, we have always
felt a pride in our Metropolitan Police Department,
believing it to be about the only protection we have
against the rough class that is growing up among us,
fostered as these last-named are by political ruffians
holding high places. When the funeral of a man
who met a violent death at the hands of one whose
place he had entered with a number of companions
for the purpose of raising a row—a man whose asso
ciations were of the roughest character, composed of
outlaws, paize-fighters, and politicians, who com
prised the characteristics of both—when, we say, the
funeral of such a man is attended by prominent rep
resentatives of the city, county, and State govern
ments, it is time for the more decent portion of the
community to look elsewhere for protection under
the law. And such protection we have had hereto
fore. With many of tho acts of the police wo have
found fault, and, we think, justly; but, in the main,
their acts have received our commendation.
No one can deny that we have a hne-looking body
of police—probably the finest in the world. Certain
ly, the police of London, Paris, Vienna, Brussels,
and the other cities of Continental Europe, cannot
compare with them in physique, and, until very
lately, we might have added, in intelligence. By the
rules of the Board of Metropolitan Police Commis
sioners, adopted for the guidance of the force, and
enforced by successive acts of the Legislature, no
one can become a member of the Metropolitan Police
unless he be a citizen of the United States, and has
been a resident of the county for the space of four
Until very recently these requirements have been
carried out to the letter; but of late, intelligence
seems to have been at a discount, and muscle has
been at a premium. This was illustrated not long
since when a man came UD before the Board of Sur
geons for examination. Physically he was a splendid
specimen of a man. To test his eyesight he was
taken to one of the windows ana a sign with large
letters, a considerable distance away, pointed out to
him, and he was requested to road the name of the
firm painted thereon. After considerable hesitation
he admitted that ho could not make it out. Believ
ing him to be near-sighted, the examining surgeon
gave him a hook with large print, and requested him
to read that. The candidate tor police honors was at
length forced to confess that he could not read. He
would make a pleasant addition to Inspector Leon
ard’s class of instruction.
By the law of the Legislature under which the Me
tropolitan Police was organized, inspectors must be
chosen from the captains, captains in like manner
from sergeants, and sergeants from roundsmen.
Naturally, therefore, we should examine the charac- i
ter and qualifications of the roundsmen, for some of
them will, in time, fill the higher positions on the
force. The duties of a roundsman consist of visit
ing the men on duty in the Ward, and, in fact, ex
ercising a general supervision over them. Should he
discover on the part of the men any direliction of
duty or violation of the rules governing the force, it
is the duty of the roundsman to make, charges
against the offending officer, and the latter will then
be cited to appear before the Board of Police Com
raissioners, who will try the case, and afterward ad
judge the amount of punishment to be meted out to
the offender, varying from the loss of one day’s pay
to dismissal from the force.
In the majority of cases, the word of the rounds
man is taken by the Police Commissioners in prefer
ence to that of the officer complained against, so that
should tho defendant have excited the ill-will of tho
roundsman in any manner, it is easy to see that the
latter can, in many ways, annoy the officer, and cause
either the loss of many day’s pay or. perhaps, dis
missal from the force. For, if a number of charges
• accumulate against an officer, the Commissioners are
apt to become prejudiced against him, and uncon
sciously to themselves, perhaps, prejudge his case.
As a consequence, the officer becomes reckless, and
is eventually broken. Had he received prooer treat
ment, it is more than probable this same officer
would have proved an ornament to the force. Gen
erally, the efficiency of the roundsman is judged of
by the number of complaints he brings against the
men under him. Keeping steadily in view the prize
for which he is striving—the position of sergeant—
the roundsman, if he is not a conscientious man (and
I fear few of them are) will make as many complaints
as possible against those under him, and equally, as
a matter of course, will make those complaints as
strong as possible. The most trivial offences are
magnified into grave errors, by means of what, if
it cannot be termed false swearing, is certainly a dis
tortion of the truth.
The Commissioners must certainly be oognlzant'of
these facts. They are apparent to any one who has
attended the police trials for any length of time, and
become aecquainted with the calibre of the rounds
men who come before the Board of Commissioners
at their trial, and it would seem as though they were
encouraged in such practices. Some lew rounds
men there are who endeavors honestly and laithful-
Jy to perform their duty. They bring none but le
gitimate causes of complaint-, and they generally auc
-1 ceed in proving their cases. It would seem, how
ever, that they are not the kind of officers wanted
by the Commissioners.
Recently, at one meeting of the Board, they sent
back on post duty fifteen roundsmen, and among
the number are some of the best officers on the
force. Ono of them we know—a man who served with
credit to himself and country, in a New York regi
ment, during the late rebellion. It is the universal
testimony of his superior officers in the precinct,
that he was always faithful and attentive to his du
ties, and strict with the men under him; but he
would not make petty oomplain is, ami, accordingly,
he was reduced te make room for some who would.
Several of the remainder of the fifteen are officers in
every respect capable of filling the positions to which
they were assigned. A few had proven themselves
incompetent and unfit for the poistions of rounds
men, and no one but would regret that
they were sent on post.
In many of the station-houses, *• rings” are termed
among a iMMrtion of the officers and men, and the
favored ones are, of course, exempt from complaint
on the part of their officers; but those who do not be
long to this privileged circle are forced to bear all the
punishment for the transgressions of themselves and
their more favored brethren. A case in point will
illustrate this fact. In one of the up-town precincts,
on the east side of the city, is such a ring as we have
mentioned. A patrolman, a good officer, for his
general good conduct, was assigned to an easier posi
tion in Police Headquarters. The night before he
was ordered to report for his new assignment, while
on post duty, the officer was accosted by a brother
officer on an adjoining post, who asked him if the
rumor was true that he was to be assigned to another
nosition. The appointee informed him that such was
the case, aud, having talked for a few moments about
the matter, both proceeded to patrol their posts.
On the following morning the officer informed the
sergeant in command of the station-house that he
had been assignee! as mentioned. The sergeant asked
him vzhat time he was to report at headquarters, and
was told at 9A. M. The officer’s lour ot duty in the
precinct would commence ut 8 A. M., and the ser
geant very coolly told him to go out and patrol his
post until 9 o’clock, and he would send some one to
relieve him. Soon after 9 o’clock the doorman came
on the officer’s post and told him that the sergeant
hod sent him to tell the officer to at onee report at
Police Headquarters, he having been telegraphed for.
Now there was no earthly reason why this officer
should have been sent on post for that one hour.
For the most trivial reasons—a portion of the platoon
absent at a fire, an officer absent with a prisoner at a
police court, or many other reasons—officers* posts
have been doubled; and how easy it would have been
in this ease to have told the officer on the adjoining
post to cover that of the appointee. It was simply a
I' last exhibition of spite on the park of the sergeant to
ward a man who was about to be removed irom the
t'puere «f his authority. A day or two alter he had
tuiumepced his duties in his new tiftnaviwm*
appointee received an order to appear before the
isoard of Police Commissioners and answer for a vio
lation of th? rule?. On appearing for trial, the
roundsman in whose platoon ne had been in the pre
cinct made complaint that on the last night the of
ficer Was on duty he had talked five minutes with an
other officer. The conversation with the other officer
then flashed upon the recollection of the delinquent,
and of course he admitted the truth of the charge.
For this trifling dereliction he was fined two days’
pay. Had he belonged to the ring, no attention would
have been paid to this trifling dereliction by the
The discipline of. the police force must, of course,
be maintained, but it certainly seems to me that
fining an officer two days’ pay in these hard times
for such a small offense, and one that was almost par
donable under the circumstances, is rather “ rough.”
Has any one yet heard of a Commissioner, or the
being fined for any shortcomings ?
or is it to be taken for granted that they are to be
considered model specimens of what may
hope to become in time, should they attend faith
fully to their duties, and—secure the requisite amount
of political influence ? lam afraid that that newly-ap
pointed memoer of the force was correct in his reply.
He was a member of Inspector Leonard’s class of in
struction, and on being asked how he expected to
ootain promotion, instead of saying, as set down in
the book of rules, “By faithfully performing my
duty, obeying my superior officers, and conforming
to the rules that govern the force,” he replied, “By
influence.” I rather guess he was right. Malicious
individuals on the force claim that to have once been
a servant in the employ of one of the Police Commis
sioners is by far the most direct way; but for the
truth of this we do not vouch.
Eow Citizens are Locked Up-JIo Oppor
tunity for Defense Allowed,
It is always claimed by American citizens that
“ the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” is
the only one on the face of the earth where the sub
ject is allowed the largest liberty compatible with
the safety of tho community at large, and, in the
main, this boast is correct. Since the abolition of
slavery, no human being can be held in bondage.
Unlike the leopard, the American citizen, whether
“native and to the manner born,” or an off-shoot
from Great Britain, Europe, Africa, or Asia, whether
white, black, or copper colored, or no color at all, he
can “ change his spots” as often as he likes. If he
does not like the breezy air of Maine, he can warm
himself in the everglades of Florida. All this he can
do, so long as he keeps out of the meshes of the law.
Once become entrapped in an entangling alliance,
whereof none but a lawyer can unravel the tangled
skein, and the boasted freedom ef the independent,
freedom-inhaling American citizen is gone, and he is
very like to breathe the air of a prison coll. To
come down to sober English, if any one is unfortu
nate enough to have said or written anything about
any individual which the latter may have deemed
derogatory to his good name or character, if he can
procure a warrant of arrest from some obliging judge
or magistrate, and an officer willing, for a considera
tion, to serve the same at the hour designated, (after
court hours, of course,) the person named in the
warrant will be thrown into prison for one night, no
maker what may be his standing in the community,
or the number of his friends who arc ready and will
ing to become his bail to any amount. Such an in
stance we will give as an illustration of tho nice
manner in which the thing works.
Almost every intelligent person in this city and vi
cinity knows that, for many months past, a contro
versy has been waged in the courts between several
sets of stock operators, known as the Erie Railroad
war. The press of the city and country have been
pretty outspoken in their condemnation of the action
of certain of the directors of the Erie Railroad, prom
inent among whom are Jay Gould and James Fisk.
A eong those most outspoken in their condemnation
of these men was the Springfield (Mass.) Republican,
the Hon. Samuel Bowles editor and proprietor. For
their strictures on him, Mr. Fi?k sued, or threatened
a suit, against nearly every daily morning pa er in
this city, and also the Republican, the damages in
this last-named suit being laid at $50,000. A few
days since, Mr. Bowles came on to this city, accom
panied by his wiie, and put up at the Albemarle
Hotel. On Tuesday evening, while conversing with
Mr. Murat Halstead, of the; Cincinnati Commercial,
in the vestibule of the Filth Avenue Hotel, he was
approached by two men, one of whom asked if the
gentleman whom he was addressing was Mi’. Bowles.
Replying in the affirmative, the journalist was some
what uscenished at having a piece ot paper flour
ished under his face, and he was told that he was
under arrest. At the same moment, the Sheriff’s
officers, for such they proved to be, seized the unre
sisting man by the arms and hurried him to the
street, where a carriage was in waiting, into which
he was thrust. He was not even given time to com
municate with his friends, and request them to in
form nis Inends of the fact of his arrest; nor would
the officers tell by whom the warrant was issued, on
whose comi>laint, or where they intended to take
their prisoner. Nor would Mr. Halstead have known
where Mr. Bowles was to be immured, but for the
fact that one of the officers told the driver of the
carriage to “drive d d quick to Ludlow street
Jail.” The carriage was then driven rapidly away.
Later in the evening, a number of tlie prominent
members of the press, together with several of our
most wealthy aud reputable citizens, visited the jail
to see it anything could be done to add to the com
fort of Mr. Bowles, it having been previously ascer
tained that nothing could be done xor him in a legal
way. Mr. Bowles asked the keeper ot the jail if he
could be allowed to send a note io his wife, as she
would be alarmed at his long absence. To this re
quest the keeper replied that it any of the under keep
ers choose to go, they could do so. One finally said
he did not know, but ihat he might be prevailed upon
to accommodate the gentleman it a large enough eum
were offered him. Mr. Bowles tendered five dollars,
but this was indignantly Refused by the deputy turn
key, who, in common with the rest of the gang,
seemed to think that they had a bird who could be
well plucked. The extortionate demand of the ruf
fian was not complied with, and subsequently Mr.
Bowles was enabled to send a note to his wife through
the medium of a frie.nd. On the following day the
prisoner was taken before Judge McCann, by whom
the: warrant of arrest was issued, and released on two
sureties of $50,000 each. Cyrus W. Field and A. A.
Selover becoming sureties for Mr. Bowles. To show
the animus of those concerned in causing and mak
ing the arrest, it need only be stated, tnat on the
night on which the arrest was made, a reception to
A. Oakey Hall, Mayor elect, was given at the resi
dence of Augustus L. Brown, at which the friends of
Mr. Bowles learned that SherSt O’Brien was present.
Col. Bliss and Mr. Halstead proceeded to Mr. Brown’s
residence, where they found the Sheriff, and also Mr.
Fisk, the prosecutor in the case, Judge McCunn, the
committing magistrate, and other officials. Ap
proaching Sheriff O’Brien, these gentlemen proposed
then and there to give bail tor the prisoner. TO this
the Sheriff made some objection about office hours,
which was, however, quickly overcome, when he re
quested the gentlemen to wait a few minutes until he
consulted his legal adviser. After waiting about an
hour they ascertained that the Sheriff’ had gone away
leaving a verbal message for them to the effect that
he could do nothing until office hours the next day,
thus strengthening the impresion' that already pre
vailed that the purpose was to keep the respondent
in confinement for the night at all hazards.
Nearly two yeais since, Mr. Richard Colbhm, then
employed upon the New York Tribune, in his cor
respondence in the St. Louis Republican, took occa
sion to reflect rather severely upon the manners and
character of one of our leading merchants. Not
long afterward he was arrested, on a warrant issued
by Justice Dowling, by one ot the Tombs Police
Court officers. The arrest was made soou after four
o’clock, too late for the prisoner te be taken before
the magistrate by whom the warrant was issued, and
such was undoubtedly the intention of those at
whose instance the warrant was procured. Mr. Col
burn could be found at any time, of course, he hold
ing a responsible position, and this was represented
to the officer. Friends offered to become security for
him to any amount, if he was allowed to remain at
large until the following morning, but this was re
fused by the officer who had, undoubtedly, been
paid to make the arrest at that unseasonable hour.
Solicitations were of no avail, and the prisoner was
taken to the Charles street Police Station. Thanks
to the generosity of the late Capt. Sebring, Mr. Col
burn was not locked un as was hoped by the prosecu
tor, but was, at the request of’ the writer, an inti
mate acquaintance of Capt. Sebring, allowed to pass
the night in one of the sergeant’s rooms. On the fol
lowing morning, Mr. Colburn was taken before the
magistrate by whom the warrant was issued, and re
leased on bail. The magistrate severely censured
the officer for making the arr&st at the hour he did,
but as the latter had probably received his pay tor
the service, he could very well afford to take, with a
good grace, the slight reprimand administered by
the magistrate.
A friend of ours not long since was so unfortunate
as to come within the meshes of the law. He was
told by the officer holding the warrant for his arrest
that he would be forced to incarcerate him in Ludlow
street jail unless he were paid for the trouble of
watching him. For a consideration, however, Che
officer would be willing to allow him to sleep at
home, and in the morning he could procure bail.
The trifling sum demanded for this service was SSO,
and rather than be incarcerated in a filthy jail, our
friend gave the official that amount.
The above are only specimens of the manner in
which “justice” is administered in this city. We
doubt if the old cities of Bodom and Gomorrah could
boost of worse rulers than this same Gotham. With
gamblers in “faro” and “Erie” on the judiciary
benches to issue warrants, and political ruffians
charged with the execution of them, is it any wonder
that outrages similar in character to those we have
mentioned above should occur? And our citizens
quietly, year after year, submit to this condition of
affairs I Is it any wonder that a Vigilance Committee
is talked of as the only means of ridding the commu
nity of this incubus of ruffians and thieves ? Some
overt act, small in itself, perhaps, will yet precipitate
this dread judgment, and when it does come it will
be apt to make a pretty clean sweep of the Thugs
th ;t have made the iaine of a N York office-holder
Parbss anil fnhpahiit
linin’ Jltm’U.
By Marc ie.
Some folks do well to go out and skate;
But the story of one we have to relate,
Who had better stayed by a good hot fire.
Altho’ to skate might have been his desire;
For sometimes, you know,
When skating you go,
You’re not quite prepared for accidents, so
On a very cold day,
It’s never aufait
To go through the ice, and. in fact, it don’t pay,
The cold that you get,
If you chance to be wet,
Is a sit for a sweat
And blankets you bet,
With castor-oil cocktails or what is worse yet,
A good hot bowlful of nasty boneset,
Which sets all your bones to twisting and turning,
While your stomach has turned and your skin is all burn
Well, Charles Augustus went up to the Park
To skate, with his girl, just before it was dark.
They couldn’t skate well. It isn’t the thing
To skate very much when your girl you bring;
It’s holding the pretty girl close to yourself.
And hearing her scream, the dear little elf;
It’s watching her feet, those sweet little mates,
And perhaps, you know, it’s putting on skates;
For a glimpse of her stocking
Will set your heart rocking
The wildest of reels against your ribs knocking.
So Charles got her skates on—a dear little pair—
And then his own hoofs were embellished with care,
Then off in a trice,
He repaired to the ice.
All full of device,
With his darling so nice,
The ice on the pond there to slather and slice-
For an hour or so,
This girl and her beau,
They skated over that ice, you know.
Charles Augustus he held her as close as he could.
While she didn’t squirm, be it well understood;
I really think that she liked the fun,
Or else she’d surely have cut and run.
Her screams said “no,” but the fact was, indeed, he*
Face said “yes,” so I’ll leave to the reader
To judge for himself
If this sweet little elf
Liked hugging—l think that she did myself.
Now, Charles Augustus he wanted to show
His girl a movement she didn’t know;
It might be an eight, or perhaps a three,
Or a bold pirouette it might possibly be.
At any rate he,
For a certainty,
While skating, a hole in the ice didn’t see.
So without the intent,
And without his consent.
He kicked up his heels and away he went.
Into the hole drove down like a wedge,
He changed from the out to the inside edge!
e In up to his ear,
He did disappear,
‘ Tho’ lost to sight, yet to memory dear.”
Two stout policemen, alarmed by a cry
Of “murder” and “help,” to his rescue fly;
For Charley Augustus, they dragged him out.
More dead than alive, you’ll have no doubt.
Cursing and crying.
Half living, half dying,
A very bad pickle I won’t be denying.
And pickled in water, all charity cold—
A position that’s trying, no matter how bold
The hero may be.
This point you will see.
From a souse of this kind I’d say, excuse me I
They took Charles Augustus, all stiff as ice,
Away to his home with his girl so nice.
His folks gqve him boneset and put him to bed,
And wrapped him in blankets all up to his head.
Thus swathed he sweated and steamed and swore
He’d never go skating again any more.
And he kept his bed for a week or so
Before he again in the street could go;
And bating he now declares is a sin,
While ho never forgets the time he got in.
“In union is strength* v says the old adage; and,
of course, it is conceded that united effort in the
accomplishment of any design is almost a positive
assurance of success.
The rule applies as well to skating. We do not
mean particularly when upon the ice that ‘ ‘ union is
strength,” so aptly illustrated by the learner when,
in falling, he clutches at the nearest person, crying,
“ United we stand, divided” we sit down upon the
cold, cold ice, but as applied to skating clubs.
A few years ago, a skating club was unthonght of,
or, if in embryo in the brain of our versatile skaters,
it was unpronounced, and until the year 1863 we ha d
no skating elub in our midst. Philadelphia, we be
lieve, boasted a club anterior to that time, and re
ceived the first palm of success in skates by intro
ducing the celebrated Philadelphia Club skate, to
which some of our Quaker brethren still pertina
ciously cling, notwithstanding the superior advan
tages, finish and material of our New York Cluo
skate. ’
From the origin of skating clubs dates the com
mencement of the great success of the art in this
country. Good skaters, banded together, pledged to
further the interest of skating and popularize the
art, are able to accomplish their object. From em
bryo. the art has been brought as near perfection as
coukl be in the short space of time. Crude move
ments have been brought out and elaborated, the
elementary moves distinctly marked out, new ones
invented, beautiful combinations brought to light,
and each movement, as fast as it became known, con
fined to paper, as well as indelibly in the memories
of our skaters, until we have a programme which
tells the whole story in a small compass.
If cur people had not been from time immemorial
so negligent of athletic sports, and particularly out
of-door exercises greatly to the detriment of health,
and we may add, wealth, skating would have sur
passed its own success and become something more
than the most popular of all out-of-door sports ren
dering Winter a blessing and Jack Frost an angel in
It is generally supposed that our wealthier citi
zens compose our skating clubs in this country.
This is a great mistake; we would that it were not.
We need them to support with money and influence
the efforts of <rar lovers of the art who have worked
so assiduously in the past, and will work as earnestly
tor the future. Wealth breeds indolence, and the
opportunities for the indulgence of sensual and indo
lent desires being constantly present, it is not singu
lar they are improved. Is it strange that a perstm
who is not a skater should prefer a eozy seat in a
Turkish arm chair beside a warm fire to an hour or
two of hard practice in a freezing atmosphere ? Not
at all 1 But if he would go out and take that practice,
the exercise keeping him warm, he would return to
his home with a glow in his healthful countenance
which no hot stove in a ‘■onfined atmosphere could
give. But still it is a sad fact that no amount of per -
suasion will induce our wealthier citizens to indulge
in the sport. Occasionally.there is a little spurt of
popularity among them, and it dies away before we
become aware of its conception. An abortive effort
was made among the “nobs” last Winter at Jerome
Park. A skating carnival, shake-down soiree, jambo
ree, or something of that kind was to be expected
every other Saturday. Some Saturdays it was only
expected and never realized, hope seldom ending in
fruition, and other Saturdays a corporal’s gaard con
stituted the audience. Of course there was a dinner
and wine, and an opportunity for a danca—
but was that skating ? The affair was con
ducted very ranch in the same manner that a
blacksmith would conduct the manufacture of a
watch, and, as a matter of course, did not add to the
popularity of skating, and, like “love in a tub,” the
“bottom fell through.” The idea of telling Jack
Frost that one day in two weeks was reserved for the
“ nobs” to go skating, and he should not blofv snow or
frizzle on that day, but give them good ice, was
enough to try the patience of Jack, and he went back
on them. We, democratic skaters, are satisfied to
take what Jack Frost gives us, and be grateful, and,
upon the whole, we think we are righj, and the
“ nobs” are wrong.
It is, therefore* to the middle and lower Jassee—r.o.
not the lower but the higher classes, for labor elevates
humanity in this country—to these we must look for
material ont of which to form our skating clubs, and
although occasionally we find some of our wealthy
people among them, they are seldom workers, and
much more seldom skaters.
The New York Skating Club, notwithstanding the
humorous remark of one of our papers that it was in
an “ impecunious condition,” is one of t-ie most suc
cessful of all this class of associations in the country.
The treasury is healthy, the membership increasing,
and the interest unabated. The reason of their suc
cess is, they have adopted sure means of keeping the
club together, and increasing the interest of their
members in the success of the club. Their cozy club
house contains every comfort, and is honored by the
presence of beautiful maidens and fair dames—one of
the greatest attractions, by the way, which you can
offer. A fine piano is there, always in good condi
tion, and ready for action, while, when tired of skat
ing, the young folks dance attendance to the music,
and “ trip it on the light fantastic toe,” as nimbly
upon the floor as upon the more slippery floor out
side. They hold continual communication with other
clubs in different parts of the world, and aim at the
promotion of the art.
We do not say this in the way of flattery—it is their
due. They'have their faults, and we do not tell them
because we wish to use them as an example for other
clubs to follow in the respects we mention. It is ab
solutely necessary that the members be kept to
gether by some means, and every opportunity offered
for conversation upon the art and communication
with other clubs. We are sorry to say some of our
clubs in this country lack these important features,
and for their consideration the above is written.
The Empire City Skating Club was organized in
1867, and although in its infancy, it is increasing in
numbers and popularity. It already comprises some
good skaters, who are thoroughly interested in the
art, and mean to “do or die.” Their initiation fee is
low, their dues nominal, and their success certain if
the club is properly conducted, as we are assured it
will be. They may be found any day at the Empire
City Skating Rink, sporting on the ice, cutting fig
ures in the most artistic manner.
The Washington Skating Club, of Washington, D.
C.» is the largest club in the country, being com
posed of some five hundred members, all intently in
terested in the sport, and managed to a T. A de
scription of their headquarters was given in a recent
article in this paper, to which we refer the reader for
assurance of their success.
The Poughkeepsie Skating Club is a recent organi
zation, but the members work like veterans in the
business, as we hear of continual attractions there,
and almost feverish excitement in the sport. Their
headquarters are on Eastman’s Park, and they have
some of the best skaters in the country.
The Philadelphia Skating Club, the oldest in the
country, has been a successful organization since its
commencement, and has done a great deal to popu
larize the art. To them we must look for much of
which we are now iiossessed, and “render unto Cceear
that which is Cajsar’s” with a hearty wish for their
We hear of a new club having been started on
Staten Island, another in Norwalk, Conn., and others
in different parts of the country. We hope to hear
from all these clubs, and hope they will instruct
their Secretaries to communicate regularly with us.
Literary men have not supported the exercise as they
should have done in the past. Let us see if this
Winter will be a successful attempt on our part to
popularize the art among them. Shall we be as
sisted in our work, or will another Winter find us
missing ?
The weather has been all we could desire for the
past week with the exception of Sunday and Monday,
when it rained and “thew” to an alarming extent.
The remainder of this week was “ altogether lovely,”
and “ the ball hung high,” and the skating fraterni
ty improved the opportunity. All the private ponds
were crowded, and the Park was jammed. Wo have
reached the middle of the season, and the excite
ment is intense. Mitchell’s Fifth avenue pond came
in for a big share ot custom, and the way the stamps
rolled in upon Hugh was a caution. He found room
for his customers, however, and gave them a sheet of
the most beautiful ice that ever dazzled the eyes of a
skater. The New Yor.r Skating Club was present in
large numbers, and the entire company was very
The great Empire City Rink, which was closed
early in the week in order that they might possess
themselves of a sufficiency of ice for the season, was
opened to great numbers on Wednesday, A. M. On
Christmas the crowd was intense, and filled the
treasury to repletion. A long line of anxious people
waited outside the ticket office to procure tickets,
fearing every moment the announcement of “ landing
room only.” In fact, the pond was literally cram
med with skaters, and a large and interested audi
ence looked on. Can any one now doubt the success
of a rink in this city ? We are told of carnivals and
other attractions which are to be got up here soon,
although the skating seems enough to draw the peo
ple there, and fill the rink.
The Brooklyn-ponds have been crowded and have
givyiL us sple ndi(L ice an the week.
There are prospects of the match between the
champion and Jimmy Meade falling through in con
sequence of the persistency of Hervey & Johnson,
in the enforcoment of the rule applying to such
matches, which was adopted by the American Skat
ing Congress, to wit: “ The holder of the Champion
Medal shall not be compelled to ’skate for a less sum
than one hundred dollars a sides which is to accom
pany any challenge to make it binding.” This was
adopted as a necessity as a guarantee of good faith
and the intention of the challenging party to be
forthcoming at the time specified. Messrs. H. &J.
are right. W’here is the hundred ? We sincerely
hope this match will not fall through and feel as
sured that it will not. By the rules of the Congress
also it must be skated on the nearest rink to the
residence of the champion built by H. &J. What,
then, do they want of Meade in Chicago ? Let ns
have light!
We are requested to say that our friend of the
News was in error concerning the Fullers last Sun
day. He became befogged and needs Fuller infor
mation. William Fuller, the brother of Charlie, the
skater to Boston, is practicing law here in this city.
Charlie Fuller who, was in Berlin, knows nothing of
law and don’t want to. Having been acquainted
with two of the parties for years we speak advisedly
and are not befogged. Selah!
writes us a very interesting letter, which we must
leave out this week on account of want of space. He
tells us the weather will be splendid this week, and
he means to give the little devils an opportunity of
using their sleighs and sleds. He sends word to open
ponds, to lay in a stock of brooms and shovels, and
ends by saying, “ Fore-warned is foro-armed. ”
of the kingdom, we hear that Jersey City is not ready
with ite rink, and they are anxiously looking for its
The Boston Rink is not completed, and was to have
been opened on Christmas, but we have no deponent
who “ sayeth” anything on the subject.
The Cambridge Rink, which was deprived of ite
roof last season, has not had a new roof built, but
will adopt their test Winter’s resource of a canvas
roof upon four poles fenced along the length of the
rink. There was no skating there up to the 15th,
and they had not flooded the ice up to the 10th, al
though they had opportunity to procure ice.
T. W.—H you are proficient to your “ outside edge
rolls forward,” try the “ threes,” and when perfect
on both feet, put to a “pyramid,” then try your
“ crOfls-roU” backward.
H. A. Jf.~Cook w made of rubber, although he
don’t rub out his marks on the ice for any man liv
ing; he can give you a rubber you cannot solve any
day. Jenkins is a foreigner, ho comes from Gutten
berg. We refuse to pun on the word.
hi. A. IF.—The skater’s text-bock is now out. and
for sale at a 1 book etorea.
(‘healing in the Sheriff’s Office—Swindling
Outside of it—Swindling Inside of It—lnd.
low Street Jail—What a Wetli’s Board
Costs There—s2o a Day*
The arrest of Mr Bowles, the editor of the Spring
field Republican, for libel, is likely to awaken an in
terest in the Sheriff’s] office that his subordinates
would rather have kept silent.
A similar case has been reported to us by a party
aggrieved. We give the facts as stated to us :
Andrew Henderson, our informant, merchant in
Greenwich street, was the victim.
Mr. Tracy, the jailor of JLudlow street prison, and
Mr. Hickey and Mr. Moore, special deputy Sheriffs,
are chief actors in the case.
With this description, we proceed to facts.
Andrew Henderson, a wholesale liquor dealer in
Greenwich street near Murray, caused circulars to
be distributed among his friends, that his late part
ner, Mr Stone, was a fraud, This was considered a
libel. Stone believing this, caused a warrant to be
issued for the arrest of Henderson. A warrant was
so issued by Judge Lott, of Brooklyn, for the arrest
of the accused, but he could not be found, and the
proceedings were transferred to this city.
Here is Henderson’s version of the story :
“ I’m an importer of liquors, and it would*! do a
. hit of good to advertise my place. I don’t believe in
giving a man’s place of business, except for special
purposes. I did libel this fellow that had been my
partner, and I’d do it again . Well, I did libel the
fellow. He should be libeled, let me tell you. Mr.
Sheriff Campbell couldn’t find mo, and that’s why he
sent the case over to Jimmy O’Brien, the Sheriff of
New York. That was all right; but what think you
they did? They arrested me on the afternoon of
Saturday, when the courts were closed, and when no
bail could be entered.
Mr. Banker is the acting Sheriff of New York. He is
the shadow of the great representative of writs and
torts. He gels to his house generally, about from
one to three o’clock. He has at his home bail pa
pers. If he accepts bail, the Sheriff is satisfied, If
the Sheriff is not satisfied, he isn’t. That ends the
Suppose for a moment that we are present at by no
means a suppositious case, said our informant.
Sheriff—l want you.
Prisoner—What for?
Sheriff—l’ve got a warrant for you.
Prisoner—Oh, now, you are fooling ?
Sheriff—Not a bit of it.
Prisoner—What are you arresting me for ?
Sheriff—Blast my eyes, I don’t know. It’s none of
my business. You’re pinched (arrested). That’s a
Prisoner—Can’t I give bail?
Prisoner—When ?
Prisoner—Monday! This is Saturday.
Sheriff—Have you lost your reckoning, old fellow ?
Prisoner—No; but I want to get out.
Sheriff—Well, it’s a go. Can you go ?
Sheriff—l’m a deputy sheriff under Mr. O’Brien—
now, I tell you what I’ll do. Give me $25, and I’ll
take you up to Mr. Banker, and he will accept your
Victim—l don’t want to go to get it.
Sheriff—Neither do I.
Victim—lt’s a shame to arrest me when you know
I can get bail.
Sheriff—Oh, that’s all right! Do as you please,
It’s out make to arrest when the courts are closed.
There is the secret, and it is a secret that the
Legislature at Albany would do well to ponder over
before they give new powers to the Sheriff. The con
stables and clerks of the district courts are, with a
few exceptions, all swindlers and thieves, and to put
the power into Mr. O’Brien’s hands, it might as well
be said that it goes into the garroter’s grip.
Here what another victim says :
Tracy, the keeper of the jail, asked me where I
was born. I said, New York. He asked hsw old I
was. I told him, I said when I was bailed that I
did not intend to stop over a day. The jailor said,
“ What the ib that to me; give me twenty dol-
“ Twenty dollars for a night?” I asked.
“ Yes, twenty dollars,” said Tracy, the keeper of
Ludlow street jail.
Here it will be seen how a week’s board is charged
to the man that only stops a week in jail.
Ail through, it is a question of monish. Here are
a few questions that might with propriety be pro
pounded to Mr Sheriff O’Brien :
Has not a bond been taken frequently without jus
tification ?
Has not Mr. Banker takenjbail bonds in his house ?
Has not the justification occurred four or five days
afterward ?
How much is it worth to be 5 carried up to the
Sheriff’e house or Mr. Banker ?
How much is it worth to get a Sheriff to lock you
That is not all.
Mr. Henderson was arrested for traducing the
character of a previous partner. He gave bail, and
was released. Mr. Deputy Sheriff Moore called on
Mr. Henderson, when the following colloquy occur
red :
Sheriff—You’re a beat.
Victim—You’re another.
Sheriff—l guess you are a beat.
Victim—So you say.
Sheriff—l’ll look you up.
He did lock the victim up, but bail was eventually
In the meantime the following scene occurred at
the jail :
Jailor —What yer got?
Jailor—qip it out, now, no gammon.
Mr. Tracy—Oh, he is a fool; if you want to pay a
week’s board, say so.
Victim—l’ll be bailed out to-morrow.
Tracy—l don’t care—it’s nothing to me, dy’e
know ?
Tracy retired, and victim paid to the deputy
twenty dollars for one night’s board.
That was not all. Mr. Henderson who had been
discharged, was surprised to find himself in the cus
tody of a deputy sheriff.
Eor what ?
Here comes the conversation, and it occurred on
Saturday afternoon when no bail could be entered.
Sheriff—You are our prisoner.
Prisoner—l gave bail. What’s the meaning of
Sheriff—Your surety did not justify.
Prisoner—Justify ?
Sheriff—Come along yon , if you don’t I’ll foul
play you, d’ you hear ?
There is no use in writing up the Sheriff’s office.
It is rotten from head to foot* So is the jail, so ia
the way in which all the business is transacted. So
in regard to the fees—illegitimate at that, sll 75,
that can he avoided if counsel will only go into
Court and give bail before the Judge. The Sheriff’s
deputies being on the make in other words, not
swindlers, but next door to it, it behoves, and is to
the interest of all, not by any means to increase the
Sheriff’s powers. They should be curtailed, not in
creased, and the Legislature should investigate into
that as well as to the fees of this office. No more
power need be givos to the Sheriff than he now
holds. He and his satelites have enough.
The richest mine, however, connected with the
Sheriff’s office probably is that of arresting aoscond
ing debtors. The worth of this office is set down at
Here is the way that it is said this amount of mo
ney is to be made: A merchant cheats his creditors,
and concludes to flee the country with all that he can
lay hands on belonging to himself and others. He
takes pa esage for California, or it may be Europe.
Some one of the creditors swindled, more shrewd
than the rest, gets a warranf issued for the default
er’s arrest. After getting the warrant, it is placed in
the hands of a deputy sheriff; the deputy goes down
to the dock and finds the fleeing defaulter in his
stateroom, and the following scene ensues:
Sheriff—Going to England ?
Sheriff—Sony to stop you.
Sheriff—l’ve got a warrant for your arrest; I want
you to go back to the office with. me.
Fraud—Well, now, can’t we fix this thing quietly ?
Ijet me see, the claim yon have there is ten thousand
dollars. I’ve made every arrangement to leave.
What’s it worth io return on your warrant, “ Not
found ?”
Sheriff—That’s for you to say. i
Fraud—Name it.
Sheriff—Two thousand.
Fraud —O, no, that’s sweating it too much.
Sheriff—Not a bit of it. You can come with me or
go, suit yourself.
After much haggling the two may arrive at easier
terms, the fraud glad however to pay any price to
get out of port. The Sheriff takes the money, SSOO
less probably than the original demand and endorses
on his warrant when making the return *• not
This has been a game played by deputy sheriff’s
from time immemorial, and what it is worth can be
best understood by those that are in the «« ring.”
The arrest after Court hours is a small arrange
ment. If the victim wont come down to the sheriff
he will come down most unquestionably to the keep
er of the jail. If the deputy sheriff la not paid to
allow a man to go on his parole till next day, he is
trudged off to jail, c apped into, by accident, the foulest
and dirtiest cell in the place. He is not long locked
up, when he thumps at the coll door tor the runner.
When asked what he wants, ha stales a decent room
for the night. He is immediately told that if he likes
to pay S2O for a week’s board in advance he may get
better quarters. He has his choice to submit to the
sweat, knowing that he will be liberated on bail next
day, or make lor the night bedfellow’s of a year’s col
lection of vermin.
This is only a slight glimpse at the myzstories of the
cheriii’s office and Ludlow street jail. There are
hundreds in Jus city who, if they would take the
troub.c, could give some sla-t.ing revelations. Why
don’t Eoan) of Luc victims lei us have jotijngs of their i
?xner.i' in tins .•.vil ikunx e i
By J. Tetlow.
Peer or lord of high degree,
Sitting by the glowing fire,
Think of those without that be,
Warmth and comfort that require,]
Thou art housed, and clothed, and feds
Christmas smiles upon thy board,
While the houseless cry for bread—, .
For the help thou canst afford!
Listen to the moaning sound!
List the tap upon the door!
Must the baying of the hound
Mock the voices that implore ?
Must the liv’ried menial go
Pompous to the outer gate,
Heedless of the tears that flow—
Of the beating hearts that wait ?
Stay him, ere he drives them forth,
Bids them harshly seek the fitoruJ;
Let sweet Charity have birth
In thy bosom; pleading warm J
Let the gentle spirit say:
“ They, alas! no Christmas have,
But are poor and bowed to-day;
Stoop to mercy and to save 1
** Open wide escutcheon’d gate,
Give them of thine ample store,
Blessings shall upon thee wait
In thy blessings to the poor 1”
Oulliiig fvcmanct.
“ Will you ■write that letter for me, now
inquired Mr. Lanceford, after the clock in the
hall had struck seven, and Mr. Winter had
called in to see his patient, asked a few ques
tions, and retired.
Willie sat down to the table by the window,
and looked tqjvard his father.
“ To my mother, sir ?”
“Mo,” with a shudder, "’not your mother,
yet! She would disturb me too much with her
reproaches, or vex me too much with her re
fusal to see me—time enough in a day or two'
for her.”
. “ Father, lam sure you are mistaken—l am
sure ”
“ 'Time enough, son ; give me time. I bear
her no malice, and she and I will meet present
ly,” he answered.
“Shall I write to Edmund, then, or Na
“Edmund and Nathan Lanceford are the
last to be considered; I have no pardon to beg
of them that I’m aware of. They have been
undutiful, ungrateful sons, and their presence
would excite me just at present. Still, I will
see them in good time.”
“To whom shall I write, then ?”
“To Abel Gurnett, bookseller, near Hol
born,” replied Mr. Lanceford. “Tell him that
lam stricken down suddenly and Surely,, and
there is left no hope. Tell, him I would have
his forgiveness from bis own lips ; that I wish
to see him, and I beg of him to come.”
Willie wrote a few hurried lines to that effect,
wondering the while. When the letter was fin
ished and read to Mr. Lanoetord, he said:
“Let a servant take the next train to Lon
don, and return with Mr. Gurnett.”
“Oh! father; and with mamma ? You must
see her, at least.”
“ She has been wronged—l own it; but I
dare not face her. Gurnett is weak, and can
bo reasoned with; but the wire I have so griev
ously offended I must meet at my own time.”
“ But may she not be prepared for the shock,
sir ?” ,
“ William Lanceford, do you begrudge me
my peace of mind in the hours you have made
so few ?”
Mr. Lanceford was quick to detect the change
of color and the rapid catering of the breath,
for he said, quickly :
“There, there, Willie, I did not mean that.
God knows it was all accident; that if it had
not been for me you would have been in Lon
don, and away from me. It is retribution to
die by your hand— her child! And 1 don’t oom
plain. I have done much of evil in my life, and
it is best to end it. I thought it over last
night, and am sure of it. But you must nor
weary and agitate me with your persistence.
I will see your mother presently—have I not
said so ?”
Willie still regarded him doubtfully.
“ Even the doctors recommended quiet, yon
know, Willie,” said he, stiil in self-excuse, “ and
your mother is so excitable. I have only to
say good-by to her; there is no forgiveness to
be hoped. Don’t speak ; I’m sure of it.”
Mr. Lanceford pointed to the letter, and Wil
lie left the room, and delivered his message to
a servant, who departed at once on his mission,
not sorry for the change. Then the day began
the long, dull, weary day to all within the
house, despite the frequent inquiries after Mr.
Lanceford’s health, and the roll—roll of the
carriages to and fro again, and the doctor’s
stately visits. Mr. Laneelbrd was not sinking
rapidly; there was plenty of time to plan still,
and to play the philosopher. During the day,
after Willie had been pressed to lie down for an
hour or two, and had refused, his father had
motioned him to the bedside.
“Have you resolved upon your profession
now, William ?” he asked, abruptly.
“Yes, sir.”
“ And it is ”
“The Church,” said Willie, earnestly.
“You have chosen well—l see that now } 1
wonder,” with a strange .smile, “it your good
intentions will go to tho credit side of my ac
count, and make the balance ol my sins’ less
heavy 1”
“Father, do you feel them heavy?” cried
Willie, who had been longing to speak all day ■
on the subject; “ will you let some one try to
make them light, by speaking of Him who died,
for all our sins ? Will you see a minister ?”
“He could do me no good—l have ho faith
in ministers. Don’t make me a hypocrite at
the last; let me retain my character for con
sistency, at least. How the world would laugh
—my world—to hear Lanceford was sick, and
that Lanceford ‘ a saint would be I’”
“Do you care for the world, now, father?”
“ I don’t know—l think not. But, pray, re
member tho doctor’s advice—perfect quiof is *
best for me, and I am wary of tho excitement
that would rob me of a minute. lam the ephe
meron that has but a day to live—don’t stand
between me and the sun! Let us be child and
father to the last—not priest and penitent.
Did my Times come yesterday }”
“Yes,” answered Willie.
“ Ring for it, and let us see if the greedy re
porters have heralded my death-blow.”
The Times having been brought in duo
course, it was found that no report of the acci
dent had appeared in that journal. Mr. Lance
ford gave a sigh of rehet; “That’s well,” said
he, “London society is not yet aware of its
loss, and the country papers are of little conse
quence. If to-day pass also, without the news,
I shall be glad.”
Willie asked for what reason.
“To surprise two of my children at their
feasting and revelry, and pale their cheeks
with the shock, if they haven’t lost all feeling
by this time. Let them suffer as I have suf
fered, and take the moral to heart. They have
been cruel sons to mo I”
Mr. Laneeford seemed to take a little com
fort to himself in believing he had his Wrongs
to mourn for, also, and grave offences to for
give. He would not trace cause and effect too
deeply to their source, or go back, to the old
time when the selfishness and self-will of his
children might have been uprooted by a little
care; he had not leisure or inclination to set
himself that task. He would think of nothing
but how to die with decorum—like a gentleman
and a Lanceford. ,
Toward that hard, strange man
became more weak, and betrayed, to a certain
extent, less composure. He began to fidget
about Mr. Gurnett, to fear it would be too late
for his arrival that night, to betray some alarm
lest he should say “ No” to his request, and
stop away at tho last. The thought troubled
him ; it interfered with his arrangements, and
kept him sleepless late into the second night.
Willie sat by the bedside, and studied the rail
way time-tables for him ; talou’ated the hour

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