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Bob Ikueksoll says that “nearly all
the joy of this earth is by the fireside. Some people say that in the next world Bob will get all sorts of joy that he wants and a little more. The London Chronicle s Berlin corres pondent says that advices from Brazil by mail report that the proclamation of the Republic was received with enthusiasm in all places where the German population predominates. There is likely to be an exodus from Canada pretty soon. The extradition treaty recently negotiated makes embezzle ment an indictable crime. There will be a host of defaulters emigrating soon. Where can they go to ? Ileixois has an industrial training school where city boys are taken out into the country and taught farming. It would take about three such institutions to the square mile to counteract the at tractions of the city to the country-bred boy. The question as to the arrangement of the forty-two stars on the flag, is exciting some attention. There is no prescribed form. But the best suggestion seems to be to place the thirteen in a circle, and the added twenty-nine in a five pointed star shape about the circle. There is room for several artistic arrangements. A Western inventor is endeavoring to interest capital in his electrical magic lantern for casting or reflecting advertise ments on the dark clouds that often hang low over a city. The inventor claims to have secured contracts from several well known firms for displaying their cards in this manner. If the idea is fully develop ed we may expect to see some very start ling and grotesque effects. There seems a prospect that the United States may conclude an extradition treaty with England much broader than that now in force, which will cut off the use of Canada or our own country as an asylum for embezzlers or others of that ilk who, committing a crime in one country, seek refuge in the other. The responsibility for the fact that such an agreement was not reached long since, rests principally with the United States, the Canadians having again and again shown their will ingness to meet us more than half way —most recently in the Weldon act. The substitution of legislative measures for treaty agreements in such cases is always unsatisfactory. The Mormon press has very little to say about the ground of Judge Anderson’s de cision, so far as it is based upon the charge that the Mormon church is a treasonable organization. The doctrine of blood atonement, however, comes in for lengthy review. Judge Anderson, by his brave exclusion of Mormon aliens from citizenship, has delivered the most telling blow that the priesthood has yet received. The confiscation of church property gave the leaders an opportunity to parade in their old role of martyrs to the faith; but to be pillored before the world as traitors to government and as vulgar thugs is another thing. The decision has given a boom to real estate at AnU. Lake City. Should the February elections be carried by the gentiles, it will be considered nothing short of the dawn of anew era. EVERYBODY PREPARE TO SNEEZE The Paris correspondent of the New York Herald cables his paper that 100.000 people are sick in that country with Rus sian influenza. The military school of St. Cyr, the corps de ballet at the opera and the clerks in the great shops have fallen victims to the curious malady. The Her ald correspondent obtained the following opixdon from Dr. Albert Robin of the Academic de Medicine: “This is known as ‘influenza,’ or more commonly in French as ‘la grippe.’ Five days ago I had my first case, and since then I have treated at least twenty patients. Unques tionably the epidemic will continue to spread—how far it is impossible to say — but the Herald may assure its readers that there is no occasion for serious alarm. An ordinary case of influenza* !>* nothing more to be dreaded than a severe cold of a week's duration. The symptoms are un mistakable. Headache, pains in the eyes, soreness all over the body, as if one had been beaten, loss of appetite, and a gen end sense of lassitude and discomfiture. These general symptoms are apt to be fol lowed by various local troubles, such as a bronchial attack, a cold in the head, sore , throat, diarrhoea and sometimes by pleur- j isy or pneumonia. The only real danger is presented in the last two cases, which can usually be guarded against by proper | care. From three to eight days is the | average duration of the disease proper, but its effects upon the system are compar atively severe, so that several weeks more are often needed for a full convalescence, i The Grand Duke Alexis, who was only ill for a week, will probably require a month before he feels himself again. As to the cause, medical science to-day is practically at a loss. We can. to be sure, tell the public that it is due to the ravages of an unknown microbe, but ihe public takes only an indifferent interest in that fact, j Why the epidemic should sweep across Europe and then remain unknown for a decade, is beyond our power to explain The theory has been advanced that influ enza is the forerunner of cholera, but I re gard that as pure nonsense. It is true that several times in the present century an in fluenza epidemic has been closely followed by a visitation of cholera. It is also true that several times in the same century there has been an epidemie of influenza with no cholera following, just as there has been an epidemic of cholera with no influenza preceding. The fact is that the two diseases are so utterly dissimilar as to make any such sequence all but impossi ble. and any occassional instances of their simultaneous appearance must be regard ed as a mere coincidence with no deeper significance.” Another expert expressed the opinion that the disease was nothing more nor less than dengue, which has raged in various cities in this country. THE FARM AND HOUSEHOLD, LAND OF Till: BEAUTIFUL DEAD. By the hnt of the peasant, were poverty weeps And nigh to the towers of the king, Close, close to the cradle where infancy sleeps And joy loves to lineer and sing, Lies a garden of light full of heaven's perfume. Where never a tear drop is shed And the rose and the lily are ever in bloom— Tis the land of the beautiful dead. Each moment of life a messenger come* And beckons man over the way; Through the heart sobs of women and rolling of drums, The army of mortals obey, Few lips that have kissed not a motionless brow, A face from each fireside has fled, But we know that our loved ones are watching us now In the land of the beautiful dead. Kota charm that we knew ere the bound'ry was crossed, And we stood in the valley alone; Not a trait that we prized in our darlings is lost: They have fairer and lovelier grown. As the lilies burst forth when the shadows of night. Into bondage at day break are led, So they bask in the glow by the pillar of light, In the land of the beautiful dead. O! the dead, our dead, our beautiful dead, Are close to the heart of eternity wed, When the last deed is done and the last word is said We will meet in the beautiful land of the dead. FARM NOTES. It is claimed that if linseed oil and sulphur mixed be poured on the hot-water pipes of green houses the odor will destroy mildew. Linseed meal should lie used regularly for all classes of stock. It is not only nu tritious, but serves to regulate the bowels and aid digestion. Have a small bin in the cellar in order to store parsnips, carrots and beets for family use. Store them in dry sand. The main crop may be stored in mounds out side. Calves do not pay, say the dairymen, yet somebody raises the cows that the dairy men buy, and it is possible that someone must make the calves pay. or there would soon be no cows. As soon as the fall work is over the tools should be thoroughly cleaned and well anointed with kerosene oil, which will pro tect them from rust. Never keep tools in a damp place. Does it pay to keep oxen ? Where the roads are rough in winter, and travel very difficult, an ox team can be made service able, especially for hauling wood or heavy loads. Where the roads are kept in good condition the horses are better adapted for service The sheep will find *juite an amount of forage on the Stubblefields which other ani mals will not touch at this season, but be cause the sheep is willing to eat what it can find in that manner should not de prive it from receiving regular rations at the barnyard. When a flock of hens do not pay, the best plan is to pick out the ones that are laying and sell off the others. It is some times the case that there are too many of them together. A few hens, well kept, will produce more eggs, proportionally than a larger number. A good dressing of manure around each raspberry plant at this season will cause the canes to grow rapidly in the spring. Only a few raspberry bushes are required in order to supply a small family, and the richer the ground and more manure used the larger and better the quality of the berries. There is usually a difference of 5 cents per pound between live and dry-picked poultry. Scalded poultry sells for about 2 cents per pound less than the dry-picked. Young squabs at this season are saleable, and young ducks brings 7 cents per pound more than the adults. After January prices usually begin to rise. The advantages in keeping ducks are that they are not subject to to vermin (such as lice), are rarely affected by disease, and can endure nearly all kinds of ex posure when fully matured. A fence 18 inches high will serve to confine them, if the large breeds are used, and they can be kept on grass principally, although a heavy feed twice a day will greatly pro mote laying. Numerous cures of rhuematism by the use of celery have recently been announced in English papers. New discoveries —or what claim to be discoveries —of the heal ing virtues of plants are continually being made. One of the latest is that celery is a cure for rheumatism; indeed, thedisea.se is impossible, it is asserted, if the vegetable be cooked and freely eaten. The fact that it is always put upon the table raw prevents its therapeutic powers from being known. How John Got an Idea. “Mamma! mamma!” cried Johnie, “do you know- where my cap is? I can’t find it anywhere, and papa w r ants me to go to the post office for him right away.’’—Mamma was busy sewing, but she laid down her work to look for the missing cap. As John nie had said, it was nowhere to be seen. — “Where did you put it when you came home from school not half an hour ago?”— “On the hat-rack, 1 know, and now it isn’t anywhere. Oh dear, how provoking!”— After fifteen minutes diligent search, shared by all the members ot the family, the cap was found tucked away in the owner’s coat pocket and Johnnie ran off to do his fath er's errand while the others returned to heir interrupted work and endeavored to make up for time lost in the search. “Johnnie is growing more careless every day,” said his mother. “I don't know what to do with him. It isn't always pos sible to make him look for his own things, and I’m afraid nothing else will cure him.”— “Suppose we try setting a frightful ex ample,” suggested his elder sister. —“Per- haps that would do.” replied her mother, as the details of a plan presented them selves. The next afternoon Johnnie rush ed in from school crying. “Mamma. Mr. Harris says the ice is stromg enough to bear us. and we are all going skating, but Ive just torn my coat. Can you please mens it right away?”—Yes. I if can find my thimble. See if it is in the work basket.” "Why. I don't see where it can be.” said Mrs. Blake, feeling in her pocket and not finding it. “Look all around.” Johnnie, in too much haste to think how very strange it was for his orderly mother to misplace anything, hunted diligently, but no thimble came to light. “Go ask Jennie for hers.” Jennie's was also mis sing. “I think you will have to stay at home; yon certainly cannot wear that coat as it is.” Sore as the disappointment was, Johnnie was obliged to submit. For a week the very spirit of disorder seemed to rule the house. Every article was left where it was last used, until the once tidy rooms looked fairly cheerless with the accumulated litter. 1 There was one exception. While Johnnie was constantly called upon to look for | Jennie's gloves, or mamma's scissors, or ! papa's umbrella, bis own cap was more fre quently upon the rack, his skates upon their hook, his slate and books strapped to gather. Finally, after an unusually trying expe rience. he exclaimed one day: "1 never saw such a house as this is getting to be. I seem to be the onlv one that ever puts things where they belong.” The shout of laugher that went up at this extraodinary statement somewhat abashed the speaker, but he sturdily maintained his point; whereupon the others promised that if he would continue to set such a good example they would certainly follow it. That week taught Johnnie a lesson that he never for got.—Morning Star. THE BLIND WHISTLER. How He Announces the Approach of In coming Steamers at Hilo. In the little town of Hilo, that lies upon the bay of that name, there lives one of the happiest of all the Hawatiians, or Sand wich Islanders, a blind boy, or rather man. Everybody for miles around knows him, and the stranger who tarries at Hilo for a short time is soon made familiar with the Blind Whistler, as he is called, and the other curiosities of the place, the Blind Whistler's pet goose and a giant blind turtle. Hawaii being an important sugar-cane port, many steamers put in here, and their entry into the Utile harbor is one of the most important events that can happen and the steamer’s whistle a welcome sound to the inhabitants of Hilo. One day it was discovered that the blind boy had developed a taste for music, as from his hut and the woods where he loved to wander came strange sounds resembl ing those people make when learning to plav upon some new musical instrument. For some time it was a mystery what it all meant; but one day when a steamer was expected a whistle was heard, loud and shrill. Soon it came again, and when the shopkeepers looked out of their doors they saw the blind boy standing in the street, furoducing from a bamboo whistle which le had made so exact an imitation of the whistle of the steamer looked for that morning that people without going out, said: “There is the Kawaii coming in.” The blind boy had conceived the idea that he could thus remind the inhabitants that the steamer was coming. So successful was he in this first attempt that he began to imitate other whistles and to-day he has a whistle for every steamer that regularly visits the port and, when she is sighted or her smoke can be seen on the horizon, her whistle is heard before every shop in the town and the people know that in an hour or so the vessel will be in. Our Blind Whistler is tall and slender, with jet-black hair and a rich, copper-hued complexion. He goes barefooted and in his open shirt he carries his half-dozen whistles. As he walks along the street, his sightless eyes lifted upward, behind him, in solemn fashion, waddles along a big white goose—a familiar sight to the people of Hilo and a curious one to for eigners. □The third wonder of Hilo is a large turtle as blind as Joe and so old that no one knows how long he has lived on the island, though probably over 100 years. It is the only turtle of the kind here and is one of the Gallapagos Island variety—a perfect giant. It is confined in a large corral and during the day crawls slowly about, feeding upon the grass, at night, by some strange intuition, finding its way back to a depression or hollow it has made in the ground. The old turtle is very patient and has room for three Hilo boys upon its back, and if the rides are not very exciting or rapid they are not the less enjoyable.— [Philadelphia Times.) THE NOBLE SIX HUNDREI). Some New Points of a Different Nature Given by u Survivor. To the Editor of the London Stan dard. Sir: —The charge of ‘‘The Light Brigade,” called “The Six Hundred.” took place Oct. 25, 1854, and is still a house hold memory with us, though thirty-five years have slipped by, and I have been asked by many to place on record this an niversary some occurrences other than mere galloping, cutting, thrusting and stiong language, all of which are very similar on like occasions, and are often told in prose and verse. Short and to the point is hist suited to what is required of me. So to begin my story. Maude’s horse artillery, with me second in command, opened fire at day light and kept in action until its ammunition was exhausted, when it retired a few yards down hill and remained there for a while, screen ed from the Russian shot and shell, with the hope of giving confidence to wavering Turks. Maude was seriously wounded by a shell bursting in his horse, and there were several casualties among the officers, men, horses, and gun wheels. Some of our field batteries soon arrived and continue the can nonade. In the course of an hour or so our two brigades of cavalry" and horse'artillery form ed columns near the height of the plateau of Sebastopol, when suddenly a line of cavalry", with supports in column, probably five thousand, poured down the grass slopes toward Balaklavn, and were glor iouly defeated by our heavy brigade of cavalry, under General Scarlett. In the pause that followed I deemed it desirable to learn what the Russians were doing and as the horse I had ridden was wounded by the splinter of a shell, 1 mount ed a baggage pony and rode up the grass slope to near the crest of the now famed valley, where 1 tethered him to a tent peg. and crept on through the long grass until my telescope cautioned; Beware! The brushwood on the hill opposite was full of guns, and down the valley were troops by thousands. Captain Charteris, one of Lord Lucan's aids de camp, now rode by, but as he did not see me I hailed hin with the information, when he replied: “The Light Brigade is ordered to attack,” and while we were speaking it hove in sight, advancing and deploying at the trot and center. There was not time for warning, so I ran to my pony, getting back to the guns as fast as he could carry me, brought them up at full speed and placed them over the ridge, where best able to aid the remains of the Six Hundred in their inevitable retreat. At this time Lord Cardigan rained up and told me what had happned, at the same time pointing to a long rent in his cherry overalls, made by a Cossack lancer, who had otherwise missed his aim. Others rode or ran up to the guns. Among the last was Captain Godfrey Morgan, Seven teenth Lancers, now Lord Tredegar, whose horse had Ijeen killed and his helmet lost. However, he came to me, sword in hand, and, speaking as tool as he would on par ade, said; “Is not this an awful business, Shakespear! What shall Ido ?” My reply was: “Quick: jump on a gun limber, and go to ihe rear with us, or to the front if we go into action, when you may help fight a gun.” We must not forget the volley from the Ninety-third Highlanders, which emptied many Russians saddles near the entrance to the village of Balakava; nor the attack on the Russian artillery in the brushwood by the French cavalry on horses. I can see them now. so conspicious were they on the hill. So keen is memory fcmr ed on the battlefield that even now 1 fancy I see Nolan and his horse lying dead, like many others whose names 1 did not know. Of my friend Charteris I have a remark able foreshadowing of fate to relate. On the previous evening he and I. while tak ing a quiet ride, saw signs of a tight on the morrow, when he spoke very gloomily of it being his last. My saying, “Well, we have been under fire together pretty often, and yet here we are again.” did not cheer him. "No; it would be his last.” A round shot killed him directly we parted on the ridge before named. As the spot was debatable ground, my gunners buried him then and there. I am. sir. your obedi ent servant. John Shakespear. Colonel, late R. A. Balaklava Day. Oct. 25. Lincoln and Stanton. Charles A. Dana in the New York Sun; In the last number of the Century Magazine Messrs. Hay and Nicolay narrate their idea of what happened at the war depart - i ment on the evening after the second elec j tion of President Lincoln in 1864. As they ; were not present their report must be a i matter of hearsay. Ido not know that any of the particulars they relate are deficient in accuracy, though I can testify that while I was there at that time I did not observe them. I was not usually on duty in the war de partment at night, but Mr. Stanton had directed me to come over that evening and I arrived pretty early, say at 8 or 8:30 o'clock. The excitement of the struggle had been intense. In all my experience I had never witnessed any other election that had so much politics in it. All the resources of partisan science, backed by the immense power of the vast and wide spread expenditures of the war department, then about 81,000.000 a day. had been em ployed by the astute and relentless states man at the head of the war office, and he did it with a pertinacity and skill that never have been surpassed. Of course no great step had been taken without the knowledge and consent of Mr. Lincoln, himself a politician of a very fertile and superior order, but the engineer whose hand was never taken off the machine and whose purpose never relaxed its high-pres sure energy was Mr. Stanton, and his ar dent and excitable nature was kept at fever heat to the very last moment of the contest and aft ft-ward. The president, apparently as serene as a summer morning, was in Mr. Stanton's large private room, and no one was with him except the secretary and Gen. Eckert, who came continually with telegrams. The result of the voting was of such a decisive character that the news arrived much earlier than had been expected, and when I went in I learned both from the president and the secretary that the ques tion seemed already to be substantially settled. Each dispatch that was received seemed only to add to the apparent certain ty, and by 9 o'clock there was no longer any doubt. But without waiting for that hour Mr. Lincoln drew from his breast a thin, yellow-covered pamphlet. ••Dana,” said he to me, “have you ever read Petro leum V. Nasby?” —pronouncing Nasby as though the first syllable were spelled with the lettere. ’“No, sir," said I, “not much; but I know he writes from the Confederate Cross-Roads and prints his things in the Toledo Blade.” “Yes," said Mr. Lincoln, “that’s so, but that is not the whole. Pull up your chair and listen.” I drew up to him and he began to read aloud —to me only and not to Stanton—-one after another of Petroleum’s funny hits, and between each of them we had a quiet little laugh all to ourselves. But the lion head of the sec retary showed plainly that he had no sympathy with this amusement; in fact, his face wore its darkest and sternest ex pression. However, the reading went on. occasionally broken by Gen. Eckert’s en trance with another telegram, to which Mr. Lincoln paid no very serious attention, and he quickly turned back to the reading every time. In this way he read para graphs and even pages of Nasby until finally a dispatch was brought in of a more important nature, and he laid the pamphlet down to attend to it. While he was thus engaged Mr. Stanton motioned to me to come with him into Gen Eckert’s room, and when the door was shut he broke out in fury: ‘ ‘G —and d —n it to h —.’’said he, “was there ever such nonsense? Was there erer such inability to appreciate what is going on in an aw ful crisis? Here is the fate of this whole republic at stake, and here is this man around whom all centers, on whom it all depends, turning aside from this moment ous, this incomparable issue, to read the G—dd—d trash of a silly mountebank!” This fiery speech of the enraged secretary was interrupted by Gen. Eckert, and with which we all went back into Mr. Stanton’s own office, in order that the president might see it. Hardly had he begun to read it, how ever. when anew occasion of irritation arose. The messenger brought in a card and handed it to the president, who said at once, as he passed the card over to the secretary, “Show him in!” Stanton read it. and, turning tome, exclaimed in a low voice: “God in heaven, it is Whitelaw Reid! I understood the point of the ex plosion at once. Mr. Reid, who was then the correspondent of the Cincinnati Gazette and a great friend of Secretary Chase in W ashington, was not liked by the secretary of war. This dislike had gone so far that the doorkeepers at the war department had received directions that Mr. Reid was not to be admitted. But when he sent his card in to the president they could not re fuse it. Mr. Reid came in and was greet ed by Mr. Lincoln, but not by the secretary. Bis purpose was merely to’ obtain from headquarters and from the highest author ity the assurance that the election had certainly gone in favor of Lincoln, and after expressions of thanks and congratu lations he withdrew. Just then Judge David C. Carter came in with two or three other gentlemen, among them Mr. Fox of the navy department, and the reading of Petroleum V. Nasby from the Confederate Cross-Roads was not resumed. These incidents of a memorable historical event are not recorded in any annals of the time that I have seen, and yet they appear to me interesting and characteristic enough not to be forgotten. Carlo in Tears. “He had been owned by Rev. B. C. Phelps, a Methodist preacher stationed at at Danielsonville, Conn. When Mr. Phelps was removed to another charge he was made a present of him. The dog took kindly enough to me, as yellow dogs al ways do to small boys, and we struck up a great friendship, and had glorious old times hunting woodchucks and rabbits. It was “hunting without a gun,” but with Carlo's help I captured lots of game such as it was. Tho dog had not appeared to mind parting from his former owner, and as time went by I took it for granted that he had forgotten that he ever owned any other master than myself. One day. ft must have been a year afterward, we had been out on a hard campaign against the woodchucks, and I reached home just at sundown. As I went into the house by one door Mr. Phelps entered by another; he had been an intimate frind of my father's and now walked right in without any ceremony After greetings by my father and mother, and just as Phelps was seating himself. Carlo, came running in. without noticing that he was there. “Why Carlo!” said Mr. Phelps. The dog stopped, looked, and with a bound was in the old master’s lap, and lay across his knees motionless, with his head hanging down, while tears rolled down from Lis eyes and dropped no the floor. \\ ell. sir. at seeing the dog weep. Phelps himself choked, and the tears came into his eyes. Father followed suit, and l heard something that sounded like a sob from mother.' ’ One of the most remarkable stories to which the Paris Exhibition has given rise is the tale of what happened to a London city man the other day. He went to Paris with a party of other tourists, and arrived in the morning. In the evening they all went out for stroll, and in some way he be came separated from his companions. He could not speak French, and he had com ! pletely forgotten the name of the hotel. I So. after vainly endeavoring to discover it, | what did he do but drive to the railway j station and went all the way back to find ! out what address he had given to his wife. Then he started again triumphantly for Paris. Herminee Phebault, the mistress of Sil cott, the defaulting cashier, is said to be in Montreal Canada, and detectives are 1 scouring the city for him. REID PLACING HIS MEN. Appointment of the Representatives on Committees. La Toilette Chairman of the Commit tee on Agriculture. Washington. Dec. 21.—Speaker Reed this morning announced the remainder of : the house committees. Wisconsin fares i well. Caswell is on the judiciary com ! mittee and gets the chairmanship of | the private claims. Thomas secures the I war claims chairmanship. La Toilette the agricultural chairmanship, where he will be near to Secretary Rusk; and Clark is given a place on the rivers and harbors. The principal committees are as follows: Judiciary—Ezra B. Taylor. Ohio: Stew art. Yt.; Caswell. Wis.; Adams. III.; Buchanan, N. J.; Thompson, Ohio; McCor mick. Pa.; Sherman. N. J.; Reed, Iowa; Culberson, Texas; Oates, Ala.; Rogers. Ark,; Wilson. W. Va.; Henderson, N. C.: Stewart. Ga. Banking and Currency—Dorsey. Neb.; Conger, Iowa; Morrill, Kas.; Wilbur, N. Y.; Arnold, R. L; Walker, Mass.; Wright, Pa.; Evans, Tenn.; Dargan. N. C.; Covert, N. Y.; Shively. Ind.; Wike, 111.; Haynes, Ohio. Commerce—Baker, N. Y.; Mason, III.; O’Neill, Pa.; Wickham. Ohio; Brown,Va.; Lind. Minn.; Randall, Mass.; Stockbridge. Jr., Md.; Sweeney, Iowa; Campbell, N.Y.; Turner, Ga.; Phelan. Tenn.; O’Neall, Ind.; Wilkinson, La.; Walker, Mo. Coinage. Weights and Measures—Con ger, Iowa; Wickham, Ohio; Walker,Mass.: Carter, Mont.; Comstock, Minn.; Bartine' Nev.; Knapp, N. Y.; Taylor, 111.; Bland, Mo.; Tracy. N. Y.; Mutcheler, Pa.; Wil cox. Conn.; Williams, 111.; A. Joseph. N.H. r,Rivers and Harbors —Henderson. 111.; Grosvenor, Ohio; Hermann. Oregon; Bow den, Ya.; Clark, Wis.;Stephenson, Mich.; Moffit, N. Y.; Townseno, Pa.; Niedrin haus, Mo.; Blanchard. La.; Catchings, Miss.; Gibson, Md,; Stewart, Tex.; Lester. Ga.; Clarke, Ala. Merchant Marine and Fisheries —J. M. Farquhar, N. Y.; Hogkins, 111.; Dingley, Me.; Bingham, Pa.; Banks. Mass.; Clark, Wis.; Wheeler, Mich.; Ewart, N. C.; Cummings, N. Y.; Wheeler, Ala.; Wise. Va.; Dibble, S. C.; Price. La. The chairmen of the rest of the commit tees are as follows: Agriculture, Funston. of Kansas; foreign affairs, Hitt, of Illinois; military affairs, Cutcheon, of Michigan; naval affairs, Boutelle, of Maine; post office, Bingham, of Pennsylvania; public lands, Payson, cf Illinois; Indian affairs: Perkins, of Kansas; territories, Struble, of Iowa; railways and canals, McCormick, of Pennsylvania; mines and mining, Carter, of Montana; public buildings and grounds, Milliken of Maine; Pacific rail roads, Dalzell, of Pennsylvania; im provement of Mississippi river. Burrows, of Mich.; education, O’Donnell, of Mich.; labor, Wade, of Missouri; militia, Hend erson, of Iowa; patents, Butterworth. of Ohio; invalid pensions, Morrill, of Kas.; pensions. Delano, of N. Y.; claims, Laid law, of N. Y.; war claims, Thomas, of Wisconsin; private land claims, Caswell, of Wisconsin; District of Columbia, Grout, of Vermont; revision of laws, Browne, of Indiana; expenditures state department, Scranton, of Pennsylvania; treasury de partment, Atkinson, of Pennsylvania; war department. Yardley, of Pennsylvania; navy department, Sawyer, of New York; postoffice department, Brower, of North Carolina; interior department, Banks, of Massachusetts; department of justice, Sherman, of New York ; department of agriculture. La Toilette, of Wisconsin; public buildings. Flood, of New York; library O’Neill, of Pennsyl vania; printing, Russell, of Connec ticut; election of president and vice-pres ident, Lodge, of Massachusetts; Eleventh census, Bunnell, of Minnesota; Indian depredation claims, Hermann, of Oregon; Reform in the civil service, Lehback, of New Jersey; Ventilation and acoustics, Haugen, of Wisconsin; Alcoholic traffic, J. D. Taylor, of Ohio; Irrigation and arid lands, Vandever, of California; Immigra tion and navigation, Owen, of Indiana. WHAT A REAL BATTLE IS. Tittle Opportunity for Display of Heroics or Poetic Glory—The Madness of Unor ganized Retreat. United Service Review. A battle does not consist, as many imagine, in a, grand advance of victorious lines of attack, sweeping everything be fore them, or on the helter-skelter flight of the unfortunate defeated. The historian must so present it in his descriptions, the artist in hie paintings. Even the writer of an official account must limit himself to the presentation of such moments as de mand special treatment, or to such epi sodes as involve important and instructive tactical movements. All those events which are less striking, which pass more quietly, but which, nev ertheless, contribute to tl e final result, can not be reproduced without too much ex pansion. These incidents, which no ac count of the battle, official or unofficial, takes any note of—the thousand and one events observed only by the participants, the innumerable cases in which the direc tion and control of affairs glide out of the hands of the officers—these are the little drops of water that make the mighty ocean of battle and determine the victory or defeat. The opening of the day of a great battle is generally very prosaic. After an uncom fortable night passed in a wet or cold biv ouac, where the men wrapped in their overcoats, have been gathered shivering about the campfire, trying' in vain to get warm; after the simplest of breakfasts, of which the drought of poor, cold water was the only palatable constituent, the soldier goes forth to battle. There he may never see the enemy; indeed, unusually long halts, uncomfortable standing still under shrapnel fire, or apparently useless camp ing in mud and under small-arm fire await him. The feeling of being exposed to the invisible missiles of the enemy, mingled with the uncertainty as to what is going on to the right and left, often produces in the best of troops great depression and a falling off in offensive strength, even when the battle in general is making splendid progress. In such moments tactics are ex hausted, and it is only a question of grit and sense of duty. Sheridan tells us: “Indeed, the battle of Chicamauga was something like that of Stone River, victory resting with the side that had the grit to defer the longest its relinquishment from the field.’' Still more pressing is the appeal to the morale of the troops when an unfortunate termi nation of the battle forces an army which has done its duty to retire. Exhausted to its last gasp, its resistence, pushed to the highest pitch, gives way, and with fright ful reaction the resistless mass plunges to the rear. This is to-day no longer an or ganized retreat from position to position, as our predecessors taught and practiced, but an uncontrollable current, like the mountain torrent, which, fraught with havoc and disaster, overflows its banks. "W oe to the land that can oppose no other dams to this stream than strategy, tactics and the instruction of the troops. These will be washed away like sand heaps by the roaring waters. WEALTH OF THE EXITED STATES. Exceeds That of the World at Any Time Before the Eighteenth Century. New York. — The World has obtained from the treasurer of each state the value lof property as assessed for taxation. The census office of 1886 made a report of its exhaustive and laborious inquiry into the proportions existing in each state between taxed property and actual wealth, which ranges between 2b per cent, in Illinois and 68 in Wyoming. The World’s report shows an increase in taxable property of $6,963,000.000. and an increase in actual wealth of $18,662,000,000 since 1880. The total wealth is $61.459,000,000. exclusive of public property and $3,093,000,000 in vested and owned abroad. The assessed val ue of taxed property and our actual wealth at different decades hits been: Assessed Value. Actual Wealth. iSSO n, us $13.66-2,499,739 IS6O 1-2.084.50',006 31. 201.310. 876 18TO 11.342,789,306 30,068. 51S. 507 ISSO 16. 90-2, !93.543 43, 642. 000,000 I ISB9 -23.719,000,000 61,459.000,000 The wealth of the United States now exceeds the total wealth of the whole world at any time previous to the middle of the eighteenth century, and the amount in vested abroad is alone equal to the national wealth of Portugal and Denmark. The total wealth of only five nations is equal to the mere increase of *he United States in the last nine years. Franc Rea Richardson tells this storyof Mrs. Blaine: A stranger in Washington, a lady, happened to be stopping at the same hotel, but was unacquainted even bl ight, with the Secretary's wife. Intend ing to go from the parlor to the dining room. the lady stepped inside the elevator, saying to the boy. "Down!” "Up!” and the first lady was confronted by a second one, who had immediately followed her. The stranger flushed, but stood her ground, saying, rather tartly, "Down!” "Up!” in terposed the severe-looking elderly lady, staring blandly over the other's head. “Down!” "Up!” The bewildered eleva tor boy just here caught sight of the clerk and called him. "What is it?” demand ed that gentleman, glancing from the pale face of one lady to the burning cheek of the other. “I stepped into the elevator and ordered the boy to go down. This woman followed and ordered him to ,go up.” The clerk turned to the bov and said, with severity: "Take Mrs. Blaine up at once, and. hereafter never hesitate in obeying her order.” Avery angry and very much chagrined woman is said to have made an unwilling trip to the upper floor, while another coldly triumphant, went "up,” as she had desired. Dom Pedro's Republicanism. “I believe,” says ex-President Hayes, re ferring to the Brazilian revolution, “that Dom Pedro is fully in favor of Republican institutions, and that the present change in the political situation in his country is not at all distasteful to him. I well recall that at the Centennial celebration in Philadelphia in 1876 I sat next to the Em peror of Brazil. Just before Mr. Evarts began his speech I was surprised to see Dom Pedro draw from his pocket a well worn. well-creased copy of the American Declaration of Independence, a fac-simile of the original; with written inter lineations and corrections. Said he, turn ing to me, ‘That was given to me by an American friend over ten years ago, and I’ve had it as a constant companion ever since. It’s a grand, good document. I’ve made it a close study.’ While the Dec laration of Independence was being read from the orator's stand, the Brazilian Em peror. with bowed head, and eyes fixed in tently on the well-worn document before him, followed the reading, word for word. The reading concluded, the venerable Em peror, with bowed head, still kept his eyes on the last words of the document before him; then looking up, eves dimmed and voice betraying emotion, he remarked: ‘A wonderful document; a wonderful docu ment!’ To me, as I recall the incident there is pathos in it; there is prophecy in it, remarked Mr. Hayes, as he concluded the story. The editor of the Lincoln, Neb., Call ev idetnly had a bad fit of the “blues” when he, wrote this: We mix in the great inter national jam; we crowd and push and rush and worry. And all for what? Over in the graveyard, yonder, lie the hopes, am bitions and dreams of a thousand men who toiled and struggled only to find a narrow prison cell where no hope or thought or love can come. And does it pay ? Ought it to be the base metal of a fluctuating commercial value or the priceless coin of pleasure and content that we poor mortals should strive to secure? Buried cities, centuries old, are found covered with the dust of human beings. They yield up their treasures and vandals dig among the bones of the dead without a sacred thought, that they may find a bit of gold to satiate their greed. And the man who pauses to re flect upon the causes of it all picks a bare bone in the glare of his neighbor’s cluster d diamonds. CON FLICTING REPORTS. Meagre Information of a Fearful Mine Disaster in California. Sax Francisco, Cal., Dec. 23.— A re port has reached here that an accident in a mine at San Andreas, Calaveras county, resulted in the death of sixteen men and the injury of thirty others. Later.—A cave-in occurred at the Lane mine, Angeles camp, yesterday afternoon. Sixteen men were buried, with no pros pect of getting them out alive. Nearly all the men had families. At a late hour this evening but little in formation has been received regarding the mine disaster near Angels Camp, beyond what is already known. A special despatch from Milton says word has reached there that twenty men were imprisoned in the cave-in in the Utica mine. Two miners escaped without injury and one with seri ous injuries. Those remaining with the Eossible exception of two are supposed to ave been killed outright. GREEN BAY, WINONA —<&— ST. PAUL RAILROAD IS THE SHORTEST LINE FROM G-reen Bay AND ALL POINTS IN EASTERN WISCONSIN TO NEW LONDON, STEVENS POINT, WADSAU, GRAND RAPIDS. LA CROSSE, WINONA, NEILLSVILLE, EAU CLAIRE. STILLWATER. HUDSON, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and all points in MINNESOTA AND DAKOTA. Day-Light Eide BETAS EEN GREEN BAY AMD ST. PAUL Close Connections and Quick Time. Ste that your Tickets read via GREEN BAY, WINONA & ST. PAUL RAILROAD. S. W. CHAMPION, Gen’l Pass. Agent, G. eea Bay, Wii. Q. CAMPBELL, Gen’l Manager, Green Bay, Win. WATUC * rom diary of touriii* n U 11JU °° mmerci al travelers, taut nees men and others kat revealed: That the Wisconsin ha# tbr unqualified endorsement of all; That the Wisconsin Central has the most popular line between Chicaf* and Milwaukee, and St Paul, apolis and the Northwest; That the Wisconsin Central is daisy adding to its admirers as the recog nized Pullman line between Chicaff and Milwaukee and Ashland, Pqleu and Lake Superior; That the Wisconsin Central t axusttm the most prominent points in Wlano* ain, and that it h 4 more important business centers on its through line than any other railway to and Croat the Northwest; That the Wisconsin Central has mada an enviable reputation with its pee#* less Dining Car Service ; That the Wisconsin Central runs fan trains on which all classes of passes gers are carried with commodious distinct accommodation for all; That the Wisconsin Central has repre sentatives distributed throughout country, who will cheerfully give tar information that may be desired ax-i that its terminal agents are specially instructed to look after the comfort at passengers who may be routed via it# line. For detailed information apply to yoag) nearest Ticket Agent; or to represeat* lives of the Wisconsin Central. WU.I.HKLLEN, JAMES BARKKIt, GeuejnU Manager. Ueu'l Pas.sr. A Tkt Aff LOUIS ECKSTEIN, • Aset (*n’l Paasr. A Tltt, Aft. MILWAUKEE. WIS. LEGAL BLANKS FOR SALE -AT THM— WOOD CD. REPORTEROFfICL FOB JUSTICE OF THE PEACE. Appeal—No tie*. Affidavit and Uadertahiae Attachment—Warrant and Affidavit. Bill of costs. Qsrinshee Affidavits. Summons. Replevin—Warrant and Affidavit. . Subpoenas. Summons—with filing and Return. Venire. And a full line of blanks used by any Justice of the Peace. MISCELLANEOUS. Land Contracts, (Bond for deed,) Lease—No. 2 lor Farm land. “ 3 “ a term of yean for property. Mechanics Lein—Petition for material *si labor. Mortgages—For real estate—Prepared speafr ally for Wood County Records. Warranty Deeds—Prepared for Wood Coaatr Records. Chattel Mortfage—No 1. “ “ 3. Several Notes- Satisfaction of Mortgage. Assignment “ “ Notice to Tenant to qrit Premises. Goneraiffiadavo for Pnsion, Physicians affidavits for Pension. Saloon License bonds. General Power of Attorney. Quit-Claim Deed —No. 1. form 1886. Search Warrant, and Affidavit. STATIONERY No. 1. Legal Cap—Linen. “ 2 Abstract or Department Legal—Number*# lines. Letter Heads printed to order. Note “ “ ** 44 Bill 44 44 44 44 Envelopes 44 44 44 Business Cards 44 44 44 Tags—all sizes 44 44 44 Circulars 4 4444 Show Bills,all kinds 44 44 44 Tablets of white paper for pencils. 44 44 44 44 44 pen, all sizes in stock. We propose te keep all blanks used in Circuit Court, Justices Court and those of misceUa teous character as noted above. , JOB DEPARTMENT. We have in this department a complete iiw of job Material and Type for doing tirst-cIoSK job work on short notice and at the lowest living prices. We do all kinds of Pamphlet and Law Brief work known to the trade. Call in and get prices. The Milwaukee, Lake Shore A Western Railway ban been well named the Fishing end Hunting Line of Wisconsin, passing, as it does, through thousands of aoree f but partially explore" woods and withar easy reaching distance of lakes aa£> streams that have never been fished white men, all well stocked with the gam* fish for which Northern Wisconsin water** are noted- The woods abound with gan; deer, bear, wolf, mink, beaver, pheasant, and other game are quite plentiful. THE ONLY LINE From Milwaukee to the new Iron Mining District in Wisconsin and Michigan th*i reaches ALL of the developed Mining towns; GOGEBIC, WAKEFIELD, BEMER, IRONWOOD AND HURLEY. Direct line to ABHL AN D and DU LUTE Sleeping cars between anrf CHICAGO. The Guide Book, and other desoripw t matter, containing full information, majw and engravings of the country traversed by the line, will be sent to any address s application to the General Agent. L, Hvdkr. Qen’l Apt. i 114 Clark St., B Vuet. C >.y P & T. Agt. ( Milwaukee Office. 95 Wisconsin St. and. F WHITCOMB. GEO. K MARSH, Qen'l Manager. Geu‘l Pass. &. Tkt. KOX MILWAUKEE, AVIS. !Milwaukee] Fast Blafl Cine with Vestlbnled Tralu* •- fween Chicago. Milwaukee, St. Paul Minneapol s. Trans-Continental Route between Chicago, Council Bluffs, Omaha and the Pacific Ow* Great National Route between Chicago. Ka*- as City and St. Joseph, Mo. 5700 Allies of Road reaching all principal Kiints n II inois. Wisconsin, Minnesota, low*. Missouri and Dakota For maps, time tables, rates of passage a< freight, etc., apply I* ihe station agent £ the Cbicaoo, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway. or to any Railroad Agent anywhere in the Wot**. ROSWELL MILLER, A. V. H. CARPENTER, General Manager. Gen’l Pass, and Tkt. kgi. VW~For information in reference to Lands aorf. Towns owned by the Cbicaoo, Milwaukee ft St. Paul Railway Company, write to H. G. Hina AM, Land CommisatoMbr. Milwaukee Wiacoda.