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WATERTOWN, WIS. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7~ 1878. GENERAL NEWS. Gen. Von Moltke has just been de feated for the reichshig in Berlin. Associate Justice Miller is again able to get out. He bas been very ill. Prince Arthur, ibe Duke of Con naugt, will marry his German princess next February. The Pennsylvania people now be lieve the threatened miners’ strike will not occur. Capt. Eads, though standing between the sharp cross tire of bis friends and enemies, keeps busily at work deepen ing the Mississippi channel. Vinnie Ream Hoxie, who failed to save her husband from being dropped from the District of Columbia pay roll as lieutenant of engineers, has secured his appointment as assistant engineer. Six hundred and twenty mail routes, embracing all those authorized at the last session of congress, were let on the 29th of July. There were 7,533 bids —a competition far in advance of any previously known. The yellow fever seems to have main ly developed in the lower Mississippi valley instead of on the Atlantic coast, this year. Quarantine against its fear ful ravages is being established as far up as St. Louis. The interest in carrier pigeons is again reviving in this country. Several interesting experiments have recently been tried. There is a mystery about the wonderful instinct of .these birds that is well worth attention and devel opment. ; The wheat speculator says look out for an August corner in wheat. The sun and clouds seem to have gotten up the worst possible cor ner on pretty much all small grain, and it is a corner, too, that the “shorts’ (the farmer in this case) can’t “break. ’ The Canadian press almost, if not quite, unanimously endorses the ap pointment of the Marquis of Lome to be governor-general of the provinces. The fact that a daughter of the queen is to come among the people of the American provinces is a very gratifying one; while the marquis himself is ex ceedingly popular, and will be heartily greeted on these shores. Gen. Fnz-John Loner’s re-hearing has developed the fact that at the time of his court martial during the war for dis obeying Pope’s orders, the verdict stood nine for shooting to one against. That ‘was a sccreet of the court room long kept from the public. In the more sober judgment of “ peace and good will,” Gen. Porter seems to be faring much better at the hands of his exam iners. • " The Sho-wae-coe-incites boat crew, that failed by an accident to win one of the boat races in the Henley, Eng., regatta, has returned to its native land well and hearty. The members of the club say they were coldly treated by the English and perpetually made to feel the insufferable snobbishness of the foreign boatmen. Nevertheless, the club says it was given a perfectly fair showing in the race.” The Union Pacific railroad company has notified shippers of an increase on first class merchandise from New York to San Francisco from six to twelve dol lars per hundred. The reason assign ed is that when rates were low mer chants only shipped light freight by rail and sent all bulky merchandise by clippers around Cape Horn, thus leav ing to railroad companies light and costly freight on which the risk was too great for small profit. Are all our preby romances to be rudely dispelled ? The latest attack of the voracious historian is made upon the “Battle of Lookout Mountain.” We have all seen or read of the picture of that event so graphically portrayed by one of the gieat artists. And now comes the historian backed by innum erable generals and colonels, including Gen. Grant, and says there was no pat tie upon the mountain at all. Gen. Grant himself says: “The battle of Lookout Mountain was one of the ro mances of the war. There was no such battle and 1 no action worthy to be called a battle on Lookout Mountain.” The Winona, Minn. Republican, brings information that Prof. J. W. Stearns, formerly of Winona, who has for the past three, or four years been the president of the normal school of the Argentine republic, has just return ed to this country,- making the tour of Europe with his family en route. Binge his arrival in Chicago? he has been Of -07 -si - * fered a professorship “in the Chicago university, asako the, presidency .of the Wisconsin normal school at. White*, water, recently vacated by Pj-of. Phelps. It is understood that he will accept the latter position. The salary is $2,500 per annum. Miscellaneous News THE RED |lEjj. Boise city advices of the 2nd yist. state that Gen. Howard with the main body of his troops was at Rocky can yon, on Malheur river, last night in pursuit of hostile Indians who attacked the stage yesterday. They were esti mated at about 200 in number, and have gone up Snake river towards Bru neau valley. Parties just arrived from the Payette valley report two small parties of In dians in the tributaries of the Weiser. A Silver City dispatch savs the hos tiles on their way up Snake River yes terday stopped at Ranschmagar ranch, and encountered a number of Chinese employes, four of whom they slaught ered. The savages have been committing serious depredations at Sucker Creek and other points within fifteen miles of tins place. There is no probability that they will conic nearer town. JOURNALISTIC. A Columbus dispatch under date of August 2nd says a change in the Ohio State Journal is announced to-day where in George E. Ross, of London, and D. Flickinger, of Dayton, obtain one twetfth interest each, and will be con nected with the editorial staff. The sale was made on a valuation of s<>o,ooo for the entire establishment. A. W. Fran cisco retains the management of the paper. Gen. Comely retains his one third interest. The Journal is the only morning paper at the state capital, and has control of the morning Associated Press dispatches. TERRI RLE STORMS. Cincinnati advices of the 2nd inst. state that a tornado swept through eastern Indiana on the night of the Ist, damaging crops, trees, and buildings quite seriously. At Liberty, the Meth odist church was badly damaged. The residence of M. Darcow was partially burned at Eaton, Ohio. Corn was bat tened out over a large area; apples and pears covered the ground in the vicinity of orchards. Reports of the same tenor are also received from Green ville, Ohio, West Alexandria, Ohio, Rushville and Connersville, Indiana. A telegram from central Illinois states that Wednesday night’s storm, did con siderable damage to crops and barns in Canton and vicinity. The storm was less destructive, but unusually violent, at Havana, Champaign, Springfield, De catur, Bloomington and Frescola. At Pekin the loss is $20,000. CONGRESSIONAL LABOR COMMITTEE. Tim committee of the house of rep resentatives to consider the labor ques tion met in New York City on the Ist inst. There were present Messrs. A. S. Hewitt, of New York, J, M. Thompson, of Pennsylva nia, W. W. Rice, of Massachusetts, and Thomas A. Boyd, of Illinois. Word was received that H. L. Hickey, of Ohio, would not be able to serve until after the October elections. THE JULY WHEAT CORNER. A Milwaukee dispatch dated July 31st says the corner in July wheat culminated amid great ex citement at 2:30 this afternoon. A few minutes before noon the board closed, and McGeoch instructed his brokers to bid $1 30 for all July wheat offered, thus establishing a price at which de linquents must settle. Settlements were made for all but 84.000 bushels. This amount is due from prominent members of the board, who claim their deals are margined to a higher figure than the closing price; but that they were forbidden by their customers to settle. Matters will he thrown into the hands of the committee foi* arbitration. 1 McGeoch <fc Co.’s profits by this corner is variously estimated at from one hun dred thousand to half a million dollars. It is certainly the most successful ma nipulation ever attempted in the north west. It is now thought that August wheat is also cornered. Under same date as above a Chicago dispatch says, the corner in wheat culminated to-day, and the high est price for cash was sl.lO. At the close sl,lOl- was paid for July. There was less excitement than anticipated, the price only having gone up about two cents during the entire day, and the corner showing much less strength here than in Milwaukee. There is much discussion as to whether the rule of the state warehouse board as interpreted by the directors regard ing the right of operators to deliver winter wheat in contracts in place of spring, will stand in court. Test cases will immediately be tried, and shorts who offered winter wheat, mixed with spring in settlement, will insist that the rule which makes such wheat grade as spring is in force, and that they have settled. Otbersuits will be brought on the ground that this whole operation is a corner contrary to law and the regulations of the board of trade, which meets now for a settlement of prices. BEAR PAW GOLD. A Sioux City dispatch of July 31st says the Bear Paw Mountain gold dis coveries are creating considerable ex citement in this section. W. 11. Orcut, a former resident of this county, but who has for several years been keep ing a wood-yard in the vicinity of Bear PatV, returned here to-day, and is going to commence immediate ly organizing a company of 250 men to start from here on the 25th of August, and to-day contracted for the steamer Eclipse, E. D. Coming, agent, to take the party to their destination. Mr. Orcut brings with him some very fine specimens of placer and quartz gold, and is very enthusias tic. These discoveries promise to make a greater stir than the Black Hills ex citement of four years ago. hi THE TOTAL ECLIPSE. X-Denverspecial to the Inter Ocean gives the following graphic description bf the eclipse and the observers: The cloudy afternoons and daily r&ins which have prevailed up to to-day, have, brought anxious forebodings to the seientihg men who ligYiTassembled to witness the total eclipse of’the sun. hpis morning-, however he'arose into.a perfectly cloudless sky, and grave.pr*> lessors boldly asserted that their inten tion'of standing on theiri heads if the heaven continued to smile. At Prof. Blinker’s academy, a little northwest of Denver, Avere located by the Rev. Dr. Swnzey and Professor Burnham, of Chicago, the former of Avhom might have been seen, in the convenien shadow of the barn wi*h a table of lagarithms, figuiing intently. At the same place were professor Ingersoll, of Columbia college; president Rogers, of Christian college, Missouri; and profes sor Turner, of Kentucky. Universally a smile of cheerful content illuminated their faces when the subject of the \yeather was broac.hed. Next, half a mile north, was the tent of the Chicago astronomical society, with Prof. Colbert presiding. The Princeton college, led by the distinguished astronomer, Prof. Young, ' and assisted br Profs. Brackett and Rockwood, of Prince ton; Professor Grant, of Chicago, and nine young men from the col lege, was located two miles further northwest, near Cherry Creek. This party was by far the best equipped of any in the vicinity, and has spent nearly a month on the ground in preparation. Their instruments were a large teles cope with connected spectroscope, used by Professor Young; a comet seeker; several good smaller telescopes; a double telescope with prism, used by Profs. llockwood and Grant, four pho tographic instruments, and a prismatic spectroscope, besides many smaller in struments, Mr. llanyard, secretary of the Royal Astronomical Socie ty, also made independent ob servations in connection with this this party at Pike’s Peak. Our univer sal friend, Old Probabilities, had taken his station; also Prof. Langley with a large supply of instruments. The pre vailing belief was that their station was poorly selected, on account of danger from haze and clouds. It is now thought that their view was unobstruct ed owing to the wonderful clearness of the day. At Schuyler, Prof. Stone, of the Cincinnati observatory, selected run eligible location, while Mr. Edison, the great genius of the age, with his party, located at Ka vlins, Wyoming Territory. Special observations were also taken by Professor Stoekwell, the well-known mathemathician of Cleveland; Professor Gove, formerly of Chicago, now superintendent of schooishere; Mr. Nelson, of the Railway Review; Profcsssor Snow, of Sacramento, and Professor Snow, of Lawrence, Kan. At 2:19 all eyes were directed eagerly to thesun, and, according to prediction, in a few seconds the first contact was seen to take place. Nothing of specia l interest Avas developed until the appear ance of Venus, and later of Mercury, which Avas to-day seen for the first time by hundreds of people. As the totality approached, search was made by par ties not interested in Avatching the cor ona for Encke’s comet, which was calculated to he above the horizon. The mountains on the edge of the moon Avere very plainly visible about half an hour after the first con tact. Madame Gretner, a spiritualist went last night to the sun in spirit, to find the position of Vulcan. So far, hoAvcver, it lias not been reported as seen by the eye of science. The Vassar college scientists, directed by Professor Maria Mitchell, ob served from the Sisters’ Hospital Hill, the highest prominence northwest of the city. This distinguished in structress was aided by four cory phees, all alumme of the college, and the manner in which three of them warmed as many excellent glasses, while a fourth took rapid sketches in oils of the great phenomenon was an attraction to the gaping, yet respect fully distant, multitude of masculines, almost as absorbing as the eclipse. Prof. Mitchell herself, as with iron-gray curls fluttering under a broad-brim med Leghorn, she swept the hea vens with a four-inch telescope, or di rected with native majesty and grace the operations of her assistant nymphs, was a figure, and perfectly command ing. No one on seeing her unsparing exertions, which insured the signal suc cess of the observations, would have imagined her physical strength equal to the masterly lecture delivered by the lady in the evening before a theorizing audience, upon the astron omer Herschel. The party Avas success ful in fixing the time of the beginning and end of the obscuration, and also with great nicety, the exact dura tion of totality, on Avhich point the labors of the Chicago obser vatory explorers were not so satis factory. Three planets discovered their beauties to the ladies —Mercury, Venus, and Mars —and a perfect myriad of stars. The great result of this eclipse cannot be fully known until the professors can compare notes, but all express satisfac tion. Many very perfect photographs were taken of the crescent and corona, and the spectroscopic observations were specially successful. Professor Colbert reports that his ob servations tend to show that the moon’s path in the heavens lay a little farther to the southward than indicated by the lunar tables, or else that the esti mate of the moon’s diameter is too large. Perhaps the measures made by Mr. Easterday indicated that the corona ex tended out on an average about twenty six minutes of an arc corresponding to a distance of fully seven hundred thous and miles all around the sun. It was strongly striated, and in the dircc tion of the ecliptic the rays were nearly straight, while above and below that line they were markedly spiral in their character, and some of the dues at the base formed an angle of not less than thirty degrees with a pro longation of the sun’s rays. A HORRIBLE CRIME; i A New York dispatch of July 28th says the Times of to-day adds to the criminal record an accbunt of per haps the'most audacious crime eyer perpetrated in Pus country. It appears that some months since a married lady of .Boston, of great refinement and beauty and occupying a prominent social-position, had been visiting friends in thq, interior of this state and when levying tppk , ; a drawing-rMm tar, ion the New ; Yprk ( Central roayd for Albany, where her husband awaited her. Tyvu villains followed her into the car probably attracted by the noticeably jewelry she wore, and when the conductor approached the lady for a ticket they informed him that they were her friends, and that she was de ranged and they had unfortunately been selected to convey her to the Utica asy lum. In spite ot her protestations and appeals for protection, the scoundrels succeeded in convincing the conductor and passengers of the truth of their story, and removed t' e lady from the cars at Utica, she swooning as the train moved away. She was then lifted into a coach, chloroformed and taken to a house of ill repute, outraged and rob bed of her jewelry and clothing. The husband learned of ids wife’s alleged insanity when the train arrived at Al bany, and procuring a special engine, started for Utica without delay; upon arriving, a fe\\ : inquires enabled him to find thodisrepulahlo house where the wife was taken and there he found her lying on a bed almost stripped of her clothing and her mind seriously injured by the terrible experience. No names are given from considerations of deli cacy. The husband made every effort consistent with privacy to discover the fiends, but so far without avail. INDIAN MASSACRE. A Portland, Oregon, dispatch of July 20th says that Lorenzo D. Perkins and wife were attacked by Indians near Battle Spring, Columbia river, and both murdered. The bodies were recovered by a party of citizens Avho went on the trail of the missing people. Foreign News. GERMANY ELECTIONS. Berlin advices of the Ist inst., state that results in about one hundred elec tions are known, and are as follows: Fourteen national liberals, fourteen clericals, nine conservatives, eleven progressionists, three of the various separatist and particularists parties, and one socialist. In the remaining twenty-three districts second bal lots 4 Avill be necessary. The socialists have been defeated in four constituencies whore they were former ly successful, but arc concerned in many of the second ballotings, includ ing those in Dresden and Sffiingen. COMPLETE RETURNS from flic kingdom of Wurtemburg elect seven'free conservatives, three imper ialists, two national liberals, and one Ultramontane. Second ballots in three districts Avill be necessary. The Free conservatives and imperialists elected may he considered supporters of Prince Bismarck. The national liberals have carried the Duchy of Brunswick. FULL VOTE. Special dispatches from Berlin to the London press agree that the great fea ture of elections is the interest display ed by the people, from 80 to 00 per cent, of the full vote having been polled in Berlin and the larger towns, against the usual average of 4G per cent. Another feature is the notable front shown by the socialists, who, though they lost several seats, polled more votes than ever, and weie only defeated by the ex traordinary efforts of tneir opponents. ANOTHER CONGRESS. Paris advices under date of July 30th say that a preliminary meet ing of delegates to the congress, for the consideration ,cf a commercial treaty between France and the United Stales, was held yesterday. A draft of the treaty was submitted, and avi 11 ho dis cussed at a further meeting, It is pro posed that the French government shall engage to admit all American produc tions on the same terms imposed upon the production of the most favored na tions, and that the United States shall make the same arrangement regarding productions of France; that if either nation impose domestic duty upon its own productions, the same duty may he imposed upon productions of the other party to the treaty. FRANCE DISSATISFIED. London advices under dale of July 29th say the results of the Berlin con gress continue to excite much popular, feeling in France against England, be cause they are regarded as a challenge to that country, both in regard to Syria and Egypt. Sir Garnet Wolseley, governor gen eral and commander-in-chief of Cy prus, has selected for the officers of his staff nearly all those who served under him in the Ashantee campaign. Much sickness is anticipated among the troops at Cyprus, who landed there at one of the most unhealthy seasons of the year. Admiral Yelverton, whose death is reported, is the officer whose divorce from his wife twenty years ago attracted such wide attention. The Whitworth thirty-eight ton gun recently experimented upon at Wool wich proves to be a failure. THE AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT HAS DISTRIB UTED A PROCLAMATION in the native language. It says; “The Austrians come as friends to stop evils which have for many years disturbed Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Aus trian borders. The Emperor Francis Joseph could no longer look on and see the sufferings of these prov inces where force and turbulence reigned, while the government of the country was incapable of restoring or der, and want aucl misery Avere knock ing at the frontiers of his own states. The emperor therefore directed the eye of Europe to yom position, and the Council of nations decided that Austria should give you back your long lost peace and prosperity. The sultan com mits you to the protection of his mighty friend, the emperor. The Austrian troops bring you peace, not war. They will protect all and oppress none. Established cus toms and institutions will be respected. The revenues will be applied solely to lhe Avants of the country. Arrears fc of taxes will not be collected.” A LARGE MOBILIZATION. Austrian subjects in Servia belonging to the Autslriau reserves have been peremptorily summoned to join then* battalions. This creates uneasiness, t because I’t indicates a far larger mobili zation than was originally intended for the occupation of Bosnia. GOVERNOR OF CANADA. A London telegram of July 29th says the Marquis of Lome will appointed tu succeed Lord Dullerin as governor gcugral of Canada. ' practice ot filling up the holes 1 of Thdl-’stonesdvitb a mixture of lead aiVd ’glNTeripe has resulted in producing'ser iduse.ifises of lead poisoning in some pWI Ain France, Norway* and England. The French have prohibited the use 6f lead in that way. POLITICAL. VERMONT GREENBACkEBS. A Burlington dispatch of the 2nd says the state greenback convention to day, Kelson Nye presiding, adopted resolutions and adjourned to meet in St. Albans. Aug. 22,* when a state ticket will be nominated. Following are the resolutions; J* Ihe financial system needed is that all piouey must be issued by the government, Avhether made of metal or paper. It must be perfect and com plete in itself, be full legal tender in every case, and to any amount, in the payment and lawful discharge of every .-pecies of indebtedness, no matter how little the commercial value of tlie ma terial of which it is made. 2. Congress shall create a suitable amount of money, in a sate and con venient form, to meet the necessary re quirements of the business and labor of the country, 3. There shall be no privileged class of creditors. Official salaries, pensions, bonds, and all other debts and obliga tions, public and private, shall be dis charged in legal-tender money of the United States, according to the stipula tions of the laws under which they were incurred. 4. Public lands are the common property of the people, and should not he sold to speculators and granted to railroads or corporations, but should he donated to actual settlers in liberal quantities. 5. All useless offices should be abolished, the most rigid econornv en forced in every branch of the public service, and sevt re puni>hment inflicted upon public officers who betray the trust reposed in them. G. That a graded income-tax on all net incomes exceeding $2,000, to be increas ed on each additional SI,OOO, of income. 7. That the passage by congress of a joint resolution'declaring the principal of the bonds payable in coin was an act of flagrant injustice and grave breach of public trust which ought to be im mediately rescinded, and the issuing by the secretary of a large amount of 4 1 per cent, bonds in advance of the gov ernment’s need of money, and when the 4 per cent, bonds could have been floated just as well, was an act of un accountable folly or impeachable fraud. SOUTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATS. A Columbia dispatch dated Au gust Ist, says the state demo cratic convention met to-day, Gen. John 1). Kinnedy president. The platform adopted reaffirms the platform of 187 G. is in harmony with the pledges and performances of Gov. Hampton, and guarantees full protection to all classes in the administration of justice. Ac companying the platform is a series of resolutions, also adopted, urging unity of purpose and action among the democrats and denouncing fusion with the republicans, and depre cating the presence of independentcan didates;also strongly recommending the fostering of immigration; inviting peo ple from every part of the globe to make their homes in South Carolina. In directing the attention to the reve nue troubles in the upper counties, the resolutions uge congress to amend the law and quiet the irritation, and re quest President Hayes to grant am nesty to the illicit distillers in the upper counties. Gov, Hampton and the entire state officers were endorsed and renominated amid great enthusiasm. Hampton and others made speeches. WISCONSIN REPUBLICAN PLATFORM. The Wisconsin republican state central pomhlittee met in Milwaukee on the 31st nil., and adopted a brief ad dress, urging consistent and harmonious action on LBe part of the republican congressional district conventions, and submitting the following propositions as a suitable platform on which* the party may go into the coming canvass: First —Adherence to the principles of the republican national platform of 1876, and the sentiments expressed in Mr. Hayes’ letter of acceptance, recog nizing the honest differences of opinions among republicans, respecting certain features of the policy of the natioi al adminis tration, but cordially approving the aims of the president in seeking to re store fraternal relations between the different sections of the country, and to purify and improve the civil service. Second —We earnestly desire the es tablishment of fraternal relations be tAveen the different sections of tl c Union, but demand that the laws be impartially executed, and that all citi zens, without distinction, shall enjoy equal rights before the law and equal protection under it. Third —We rejoice in the pros pect of the resumption of specie pay ment by the close of the present year. A stable, non-fluctuating currency, pos sessing the intrinsic value of coin or paper, convertible at par into gold or silver, at the pleasure of the holder, is the only secure foundation of a per manent; business prosperity. Such a currency Avill impart that steadiness to prices Avhich is an essential condition for the successful prosecution of legiti mate industry and enterprise, and is equally demanded by the true interests of the laborer, the business man and the capitalist. Fourth —The value of all paper cur-; rency, whether issued by the govern-1 ment or by banks, consists in the prom- , ise It bears of payment, and in the de gree of credit attached to that promise. If it cannot be converted at pleasure into currency of intrinsic value, it can not remain at par, and its depreciation will be in proportion to the prospect of its, being convertible within a longer or shorter period. The printed bits of paper which some wild theorists pro pose to employ as currency, and which the term “absolute money,” containing: no promise of.pay ment and po intrinsic value, would speedily' become absolute in one respect, only tney would be absolutely worthless. This and all the ntpCr chimerical subjects by which it is proposed to bind' aV/cheap and worthless, substitute for the measure of value accepted and- employed by the civilized woHd are based upon delusion, if qot dyshopesty, and if would result in disaster and shaipq. We hold it to be the duty of republicans and of all good citizens to oppose with uncompromising firmness ail those mitfchicviuus theories as well as cognate doctrine of communism and internationalism which menace so ciety, individual liberty and the accu mulated savings of industry. Fifth—We condemn the democratic party for attempting to disarm the na tional aim and for seeking to debase the currency . and arrest all progress towards resumption for vot ing to reduce largely tnetax on articles like whisky and tobacco, thereby ren dering necessary increased taxation on other industries. Sixth—We declare the investigation respecting the last presidential election has wholly failed to disclose any im proper action by President Hayes. Seventh —We oppose further grants of public lands in aid of corporations against sectarian control of public schools and favoring economy in public expenditures. How the Austrian Linperor Fell in Love at First hight. He married a. princess who was al most a shepherdess. She livdd in the mountains with her sisters and an old bonhomme of a father, a kind of coun try gentleman, who dressed himself in coarse cloth, and his daughters in wool. She had not been brought up for the tlirone, and it was one of her sisters that they destined for the youthful Em peror. Francis Joseph arrived one evening in hunter’s-dress at his future father-in-law’s, on the banks of the lake ofTrrun, Ashe wa3 chatting before the house with the four young girls— who have since become, one the Queen of Na( Jes, another the princes of Thurm and Taxis, a third the countess of Trani, and the fourth the duchess d’ Alencon —of a sudden he saw detach itself on the skirts of a neighboring wood, that the setting sun was streaking in red and yellow, like stained in the windows of a church, the admirable form of a young girl all in white, fol lowed by an enormous dog. The sun set tier dress a-sparkle in a thousand points of light, and she came forward in a halo of an apparition, her magnificent hair streaming over her shoulders. It was the princess Elizabeth; at sight of her the heart of the emperor felt itself fixed. Some days afterward, at a ball at Ischl, he passed almost ail the even ing in dancing with the lady he called “ the Fairy of the Forest:” and so he marked his preference publicly. The Hill of Life. The roads leading over the hill of life are numerous; some people take the road which is bright and gay—on which flowers of the richest hue are blooming —hut they find, that before they are helfway, the flowers are faded, all is bleak, they are wearied, and are glad to lie down and die; others strive to go over the steep banks \vhich lead to for tune and to fame, but the paths on which they walk are weak and rugged; some stop at a deep precipice over which they are unable to pass; the foot hold of others give way, and they are hurled to the bottom, while only a few reach the coveted goH; but the wise man chooses the road wdiich goes over the hill with a gradual slope, on which here and there are sweet flowers which Cheer him on his w r ay until he arrives at his journey’s end, where dwells Peace, Happiness and Contentment. A Troy inventor will shortly take out a patent for a cataphone, By means of wires stretched along back-yard fences and house-tops he conveys, with the aid of some machinery, all concatenate caterwauls into an air-tight barrel. By another simple contrivance the sound in the barrel can be compressed, and can be used in quantities for fire and. burglar alarms. Tile inventor predicts that he will give to the boys something that will make Rome howl, in place of dangerous fire crackers for Fourth of July celebrations. For blasting rocks, he says, it is just the thing.— Troy Whig. Dr, Carver, the glass-ball rifle shot, spent a thrilling and thoroughly ditpc novel youth. His father, mother, broth ers and a sister were massacred by the Souix in Minnesota and he taken cap tive to be brought up in the tribe. A life of nineteen years as a nomad .with the rifle, his most loved companion, gave him the wonderful skill recently exhicited. —Philaddphia Times. —# -**- _ A gentleman asked a shepherd ‘weth er that river might be passed over or not.’ ‘Yes,’ says he, but upon trying, he flounced over head avid ears. ‘Why, you rogue!’ says he, f did you not tell me it might be passed over?’ ‘lndeed, sir, says he,’ I thought so; fbr my geese go over and back again every* day, and I did not doubt but you was as wise as a goose.’ A “ Female Hercules,” a native of France, is to be seen in Loudon. One of her feats is to lift an anvil by the hair of her head, and then have the same anvil placed on her bosom, while three smiths forged a horse-shoe with their hammers, she talking and singing all the while. There are but fifteen coal producing countries in the world, and the entire annual product is about f140,000,000 tons. Of this, 135.000,000 tons, or over one-half, is from the English mines, and about 50,000,000 from American mines. In 1808 the production of English coal was but 11,000.000 tons. A large manufactory was recently shut down a few days foV repairs, and one day the proprietors and their em ployes devoted to picnicking together. This was a couiforgabhy and, doubtless, of benefit to’ all inter ested. I The fashionable wife looks upon her husband# money as spoil — something which lie wants to guard, anti she to seize. The aggregate value of the petroleum exported "'from this country was, S6A -000,000.,“ Q lt*]^4jg^,o(|t). * A In 1850 Ifaly had 1,000. miles of .rail way. Now there, am aides in operation*. ■, * The woman who maketh a good pud ding in silence is belter than she who maketh a tart reply.