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Annuo I Report of State Superintendent Whit ford. The annual report of State Superin tendent Whitford for the year ending Aug. 31st, 1878, just issued, contains the following information; On the 31st of August, 1878, the num ber of regular and joint school districts in the state, not including independent cities, as reported, \vas 5,361, a decrease for the year of 203. The correctness of these figures is questioned in the report. Tne number of children, over four and under twenty, reported is 478,692, showing an increase of only 304 thi# year. In the counties, the decrease has been 925; and in the cities the increase has been 1,229. A less number of chil dren is returned from the southern and eastern portions of the state, and a greater number from the northern and western. Some of the older settled counties show each a decrease from 369 to 620 children. The number of children, between four and twenty years of age, attending the public schools is 295,215; under four years of age, 590; and over twenty years of age, 2,387, —making in all 297,602. The gain this year is 6,332. The pupils who attended only private schools, as re ported, were 25,532. Of these, 9,600 re sided in the counties, and 15,926 in the independent cities. Of the children of school age. 67 per cent, have attended either the public or the private schools in the state. This is again of nearly 2 per cent. The independent cities report an attendance of these children of slightly less than 49 per cent, upon the public schools, and some over 16 per cent, upon the private schools; making in all 65 per cent. Of the children be tween four and fifteen years of age in the state, 65 per cent, attend the public schools. Those of this class in attend ance-upon the private schools have not been ascertained. Under this head the counties made a better exhibit than did the independent cities; the attendance in the former being 74 per cent., while in the latter it was 62.8 per cent. If the statistics gave the number and the attendance of the children between six and fifteen years of age, the percentage of their attendance would be materially increased both in the counties and in the cities. Many children under six years of age are not allowed by their parents to attend school. This may be judged to be the case from the fact that in the whole state only 590 children under four years of age were reported as attending the public schools. Of the youths between fifteen and twenty years of age, nearly 56 per cent, attend the public schools. This class number ed 60 per cent, in the counties, and only 14 per cent, in the independent cities. It appears from the above figures 180,000 children in this state between the ages of four and twenty do not at tend school at all. In the country districts, the average wages of male teachers were $38.45 per month, a decrease of $2.03; and of female teachers, $25.33, a decrease of $1.02. In 1874, the wages of country teachers reached their maxium in this state, the average for gentlemen being $47.44 per month; and for ladies,s32.l3- In the following year, the w r ages de clined very sensibly, about $4.00 per month for each gentleman, and exactly $5.00 for each lady. The number of districts which have adopted lists of text-books, is 2,9s9—slightly over ore half of those in the state. In 1875, the number w T as 1.4u2. In all the independ ent cities, an adoption has been made. The districts -which purchase text-books, number 1,104—a gain of Gsl; which loan them to pupils, 427 —a gain of 172; and wdiich se 1 ! them to pupils, 681—a gain of 511. Seventy towns report uni form series of text-books used in all their schools. The total amount of money received by all the schools, from the state fund and local taxation including $491,331.- 58 on hand at the beginning of the j 7 ear is given at $2,749,955.93 and the total expenditures amounted to $2,143,329., 64; leaving a balance on hand of $601,- 626.39. The aggregate amount of school property is given at $5,115,555.- 92. The Amount expended for services of teachers, was $5.42 for each pupil at tending the public schools; and the whole amount expended for the support of these schools, divided b} 7 the num ber of pupils attending them, gives $7.24 as the cost for each. If the in terest, lit 7 per cent., of the amount in vested in school property be added, the cost for each pupil is $8.49. LEGISLATIVE SUMMARY. Friday, Feb. 28— Senate. —The joint resolution providing for biennial sessions was ordered to a third reading. Bills passed were: relative to the assessment and collection of taxes; to authorize the state superintendent to fill vacancies in the office of county superintendent of schools; to repeal*the law authorizing bounties on wolves, etc. Bills concurred in, of a general nature, were: to provide for the redemption of forfeited mortgag ed lauds and refunding of surplus money thereon: to pay the manufacturers of the Oshkosh steam wagon $5,000; to change the name of the military organization of Wisconsin; relating to certificates and examination of teachers; relating to of fenses against the lives and persons of individuals. The interest bill and the bill relating to a tax on mortgages, were indefinitely postponed, the former b} r the following vote: Ayes —Senaton? Andrews, Burrows. Bennett. Chipman, Bering, Grimmer, Hudd, Hyde, Kel logg. Morgan, Paul, liaukiu, Richmond, Scott, Swain, Van Schaick, Van Steenwvk. Wolf—lS Xoes— Senators Anderson, Campbell, Hahen, Hathaway, Loper, McFetridge, Treat, Welch-8. Friday, Feb. 28. Assembly. —Bills of a general nature concurred in were: relat ing to the distribution of the Blue Book; to establish a board of immigration; for a more vigorous enforcement of insur ance; to appropriate to Henry Baetz a sum of money to cover bis expenses and attorney fees in his late suit with the slate. Bills passed were: relating to civil rights ot discharged convicts; to au thorize the issuing of patents to deceased persons in certain cases; relatiing to as sessments upon premium notes of lire insurance companies; relating to assoes ment of cord wood; to provide for the pubiica'ion and distribution of town laws. Adjourned. Saturday, March I—Senate .—Thz joint resolution ordering the superin tendent of public property to cut dowu the wages of hia employes 20 per cent, was declared out of order. The joint resolution providingfor biennial sessions was defeated, a majority of all the sena tors not having voted to pass it. A large number of local bills were passed and concurred in. The more im portant bills passed were; to se cure the proper completion of the Stur geon bay canal; to provide for the pub lication of the town laws; to repeal the laws providing for a state bounty on wolf scalps. Adjourned until Monday evening. Saturday, March I— Assembly. —The bill relating to insurance companies was recalled and passed. Thanks were form ally tendered lo the various officers of the assembly, and to the press. The bill re lating to grain passed and the assembly adjourned until Monday evening. Monday, March 3 — Senate —An even ing session only was held. The bill to reduce the salaries of judges and state officers passed. Bills concurred in were: to appropriate to Edwin C. Wall $l5O as contested election fees; to authorize the levy of a state tax of $248,000. Compli mentary resolutions recognizing effici cency of officers were ad op ed. The ad jourumeut resolution was amended to make the date of final adjournment 11 a. m:. Wednesday. A bill to provide for experimenting with the electric light with a view to lighting the capitol, was concurred in. Bills indefinitely post poned were; llclaling to assessments upon premium notes of fire insurance companies, to repeal all laws authorizing counties to aid in the construction of railroads. Adjourned. Monday, March 3— Assembly. —The evening session was spent in debate on the salaries hill, and an amendment to exempt the judges of the supreme bench from its provisions, prevailed. The ad journment resolution was amended to make the date of adjournment Wednes day noon. Adjourned. Tuesday, March 4 — Senate. — The se lect committee to whom was referred the bill authorizing the Madison Fire In surance company to close out business reported adversely on the bill and it was killed for want of time to amend it. The hill reducing salaries of state officers aud judges failed to pass for want of time, all business being cut off at 11 a. m. The senate reconvened in the after noon, bet there being no business on the table, adjourned until to-morrow. Tuesday, March 4— Assembly. —The assembly returned thanks to the resident clergy for their kindness in opening session with prayer, and killed one local hill. Adjourned, Wednesday, March s—Senate5 — Senate. —A few senators remained to formally close the winter’s session which was declared ad journed sine die at II a. >t. by Senator Burrows. Wednesday, March s— Assembly. —A communication having been received from the governor that he had no further communication to make to the legisla ture Mr. Speaker Kelley declared the as sembly adjourned without day at 11 a. m. Esthetic Flirtation. Horm Journal. The lexicon 4 says the word flirtation signifies “playing at courtship,” but in the cultivated circles, where leisure and opportunity are most abundant for this sor< of amusement, it is doubtful if such a signification can now be applied to it with anything like accuracy. Flirta tion is quite distinct from coquetry, both in the minds and intentions of those who possess any substantial claim to elevation of character. The sole basis or spring from which those conversations generally termed flirtations arise, is, quite as often as otherwise, simply a desire to afford pleasure to others. It takes the form of graceful courtesies gracefully ex tended, or graceful discussions all the more elegantly and brightly expressed because two persons happen to possess certain potent mental qualities which compel from each other a fairer, finer and cleverer thought tbai# either of them could have formulated and ex pressed to another person of a duller, or perhaps only a dissimilar, quality of intellect. That is all. The less witty world looking on without an incisive vision, and possibly w r ith malicious ten dencies or perhaps ignoble purposes, either wdiispers or perhaps cries out, “flirtation, flirtation!” and the very key of the shout transforms the most inno cent and really elevating expressions of kindly speech into a misere, or per haps into a death chant to all social pleasures. If it does not uproot peace and happiness altogether, and wither them beyond a possibility of resuscita tion, thanks be to a better intelligence that has lately sprung into life in our best society. If only some new word could be or dained for’this sort of charming spar kle of talk between gentlemen and ladies so that its old sound could be ut terly forgotten beyond the possibility of rousing its faintest and dullest echo, and there could be absolutely nothing left to remind one of the miseries which the uncharitable have wrought by just uttering its taboo, the best of men and women wo*ild be glad. An insinuating grace and kindliness of manner, and an evident intention of bestowing enjoyment, is called flirtation, and that, too, in its degrading sense, when it is offered by a woman to a man; or by a man to a woman, but how dif ferent the judgment when it is display ed by woman to women. Interesting to Railway Travellers. An English gentleman travelled over a railroad line where the fare was 7d,, but not having taken a ticket before en tering the cars, the company undertook to charge him Bd., reckoning the dis tance from the terminal station, from which he had not started. The com pany sued for the Id. and was beaten in all the courts. The court of appeal ruled that the company might insist on a passenger paying for his ticket before carrying him, or, if he was given credit, could insist on his paying such fare as they demanded, but only for the distance actually travelled. It is officially announced that the Marquis of Hertford after Easter will Le succeeded as Lord Chamberlain by the Earl of Mount-Edgcumbe. The Earl, who is already attached to the household of the Prince of Wales, pre sided the other day at an Evangelical service in Plymouth Guildhall, some thing after the Moody and Sanisey pat tern. As Lord Chamberlain, therefore, he will doubtless keep a very strict eye on the London theatres. STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS. Reminiscences of the “Little Giant” of the West—The Most Remarkable Polit ical Leader of Modern Times. Forney’s Progress. Not longer than a common sized wo man in men’s clothes was Stephen A. Douglas when I first shook him by the hand In the rotunda of the old capitol, 3G years ago. He w 7 asjust 30years old, and tdo not think he was bigcer than my attenuated old friend, Alexander H. Stephens, of Georgia, who in his 07th year, is not much larger than the cele brated Tom Thumb. And yet, in 1843, when I first met Stephen A. Douglas, he had gone through adventures enough to float a novel by Charles lieade, or to put to blush some of the London stories by Charles Dickens. Born at Brandon, Vermont, he lost his father while an infant, and became an apprentice to a village cabinetmaker, to support his des titute mother. People who talk about the miseries of the mechanics in these days, have no idea what a Yankee, or even a Pennsylvania apprentice, 30 or 40 years ago, or even an ordinary house-servant, had to undergo. Up at dawn in winter, eating breakfast by can dlelight, doing all sorts of chores in the cold, the same now 7 not even done by the paupers in our benevolent institu tions, under the overfed policy W’hich coddles the inmates and enriches ma trons and directors; the old time ap prentice w T as as bad off as the southern slave. But'when Stephen A. Douglas w T as learning how 7 to make primitive furniture in Vermont he was in training for a greater vocation. He could not have been more than 13 and he worked so hard at his trade that he lost his health, and he was several years a stu dent of law in Canandaigua, New 7 York, where his mother removed; and then he could not have been eighteen, for I find that while he w r as still a student he “emigrated” to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1831, when he was only nineteen. Cleveland, which is now a lovely metropolis, was then a miserable hamlet on Lake Erie, and the little stripling, evidently dis gusted, pushing on to a still smaller State, Jacksonville, Illinois. Here he kept school, clerked for an auctioneer, and still read law. At 21 he was ad mitted to the bar, leaped at once into a good practice, and was elected Attor ney-General of the State. Honors crow ded on the precocious boy. In 1840 he w 7 as elected Secretary of the State, and in 1841 Judge of the Supreme Court of the State, when he w r as only 27. 11l health forced him to decline this last office, but in 1843 be was chosen to the National House of Representatives, in his 30th year. There were then seven members of the house from Illinois, there are 19 now 7 . Douglas passed through all the honors his adopted State could give him, rose to the Senate of the United States in 1847, and served till 1801. On the 31 of June of that year, he died in his 48th year at Chicago. I call that putting a long experience into a snort space, or, to use an old simile, forcing a quart into a pint. It is w’orth while, at the present time, to pause and make note how much this one brief and busy life has moulded and mastered the destinies of empires. He w r as the absolute creator of a school. There were others who appreciated and cultivated the future of western Ameri ca; hut there was no one man who so fully understood it as Douglas. Benton, Allen, Linn and a few more did much, especially Benton, "whose great picture and prophecy of the future of Oregon, in IS4G, seemed to indicate that he had caught the inspiration of the coming time. Douglas alone had the good sense to grasp the political or party is sue when Kansas proffered the oppor tunity. Of all his contemporaries of any distinction only one survives—Wil liam Allen, of Ohio. He was born in 180 G, in North Carolina, and is stili liv ing near Chillicothe, Ohio; but although Douglas has been dead over seventeen years, his name far out-we\ghs the fame of his old colleague. The secret is easily traced. Slavery and the pre judices that grew out of slavery, have dwarfed sections and statesmen. The experience is exceptionless, and Doug las and Allen prove it. As Douglas grew in years he grew in size; he broad ened, but did not heighten.and when he rose to speak the first impression was not agreeable, but he soon won his way, and never lost what he won. He had a great following. Older and abler men willingly yielded to his influence. In making friends he was always ready to sacrifice himself. Leading in all the great move ments, bold to rashness, far-sighted and prophetic, one weakness was insepara ble from such methods. He cared too little for the practical objects of life. He enriched thousands and never stop ped to provide ways and means for his own welfare; and it must be said, if he had, his boundless influence would have been shorn. It was his utter disregard of self that made even selfish men trust him, and naturally attracted to him the enthusiastic and patriotic elements of the country north and south. He died in Chicago in the flush of his heroic sac rifices, and I spoke his eulogy in July of 1861, at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D. C., in the presence of Mr. Lincoln and his cabinet, and a great audience, the illustrious Profess or Joseph Henry in the chair. The civil war had just begun. Most of the great actors on the government side were present, Stevens, Stanton, Chase, Ben Wade, Cameron, Sumner, and Fessenden were present; all gone hut Cameron. Lincoln mourn ed his old adversary with honest grief, not simply because they had become friends, but because he looked to Doug las to sustain bis administration, and because he knew that with his aid the democracy, north and south, would be favorably affected in the same direc tion. It was on the book that the great tribune would have been called into the army had he lived. In that event he might have been to-day a formidable rival for the presidency. The Royal Sky fugle Degree. The other day, after a strapping young man had sold a load of corn and pota toes on the market and had taken his team to a hotel barn to “feed”’ it became known to the men around the barn that he was very desirous of joining some secret society in town. When ques tioned, he admitted that such was the case, and the boys at once offered to in itiate him into anew order, called “The Cavaliers of Coveo.” He was told that it was twice as secret as Free Masonry, much nicer than Odd Fellowship, and the cost was only $2. In case he had the toothache lie could draw $5 per week from the relief fund, and he w 7 as entitled to receive $lO for every head ache, and $25 for a sore throat The young man thought he had struck a big tning, and after eating a hearty dinner he was taken into a store room above the barn to be initiated. The hoys poured cold w 7 ater dowm his hack, put flour on his hair, swore him to kill his mother , if commanded, and rushed him around for an hour with out a single complaint from his lips. When they had finished, he inquired: “Now I’m ene of the Cavaliers of Co veo, am I?” ‘You are,” they answered. “Nothing more to learn, is there?” “Nothing.” “Well, then, I’m going to lick the whole crowd!” continued the candidate, and he went at it, and before he got through he had $2 initiation fee back, and $3 more to hoot, and had knocked everybody down two or three times apiece. He didn’t seem greatly dis tressed in mind as he drove out of the barn. On the contrary, his hat w 7 as slanted over, he had a fresh five cent cigar in his teeth, and he mildly said to one of the barn boys: “Say, hoy, if you hear of any cava liers asking for a Coveo about my size, tell ’em I’ll he in on the full of the moon to take the Royal Sky fugle de grees.” Two Confederate Heroes. From Mre. Phoebe Yates Pember’s ‘Southern Woman’s Story.” I. After the battle of Fredericksburg, while giving small doses of brandy to a dying man, a low r , pleasant voice said, “Madam.” It came from a youth not over eighteen years of age, seeming very ill, but so placid, with that earnest, far away gaze so common to the eyes of those who are looking their last on this w’orld. Does God in his mercy give a glimpse of coming peace, past under standing, that we see reflected in the dying eyes into which we look with such strong yearning to fathom what they ! see? lie shook his head in the negative ! to all offers of food or drink or sugges tions of softer pillows and light cover- I mg. *T want Perry,” was his only wish. On inquiry I found that Perry was the friend and companion who marched by his side in the field and slept next to him in camp, but of whose where abouts I was ignorant. Armed with a requisition from our surgeon I sought I him among the sick and wounded at all the other hospitals. [ found him at ; Camp Jackscn, put him in ray ambu lance, and on arrival ai my own hospi -1 tal found my patient had dropped ' asleep. A bed was brought and placed ! at his side and Perry, only slightly | wounded, laid upon it. Just then the sick boy awoke wearily, turned over, and the half-unconscious eye fixed it self. He must have been dreaming of the meeting, for he still distrusted the reality. Illness had spiritualized the youthful face; the transparent forehead, the delicate brow so clearly defined, be longed more to heaven than earth. As he recognized his comrade the wan and expressionless lips curved into the hap piest smile—the angel of death had brought the light of summer skies to that pale face. “Perry,” he cried, “Perry,” and not another word, but with one last effort he threw himself into his friend’s arms, the radiant eyes closed, but the smile still remained—he was dead. 11. Private Fisher had remained through all his trials stout, fresh and hearty, in teresting in appearance and so gentle mannered and uncomplaining that we all loved him. Supported on his crutches he had walked up and down his ward for the first time since he was wound, and seemed almost restored. That same night he turned over and uttered an exclamation of pain. Following the nurse to h:s bed, and turning down the covering, a small jet of blood spurted up. The sharp edge of the splintered bone must have sev ered an artery. I instantly put my fin ger on the little orifice and awaited the surgeon. He soon came—took a long look and shook his head. The explana tion was easy; the artery was imbedded in the fleshy part of the thigh and could not be taken up. No earthly power could save him. There was no object in detaining Dr. strength, and long I sat by the boy, un conscious himself that any serious trouble was apprehended. The hardest trial of my duty was laid upon me; the necessity of telling a man in the prime and fuliness of strength that there was no hope fer him. It was done at last, and the verdict received patiently and courageously, some directions given by which his mother would be informed of his death, and then he turned his questioning eyes upon my face. “How long can I live?” “Only as long as I keep my finger up on this artery.” A pause ensued. God alone knew what thoughts hurried through that heart and brain, called so unexpectedly from all earthly hopes and* ties. He broke the silence at last: “You can let go”— But I could not. Not if my own life had trembled in the balance. Hot tears rushed to my eyes, a surging sound to my ears, and a deadly coldness to my lips. • The pang of obeying him was spared me, and for the first and last time during the trials that surrounded me for four years I fainted away. Tea drinkers will be grieved to learn that there is good prospect of higher prices for their favorite herb. The im ports of tea from China during the sea son just closed were 13,000,000 pounds, which is 5,000,000 less than for the pre vious season. THE FASTEST EARTHLY GOING. How the Iceboats of the Hudson are Built And How to Sail them. New York World. With the nominal —and perhaps before long actual—advent of spring the Hudson River steamboats arc being re fitted and prepared for business, while the ice-boats are preparing to withdraw. Many are the accounts given in the daily papers of the ice-boat races every winter, and yet many people have no idea what an ice-boat looks like or what rate of speed it can attain, or how it is sailed. ‘’Well, it doesn’t make much dif ference,” said an a priori thinker on the subject of ice-boats the other day; “if you do break through the ice. Of course you can stay quietly in the boat till someone helps you out.” Imagine sit ting quietly on a triangular platform which, while going at the rate of sixty miles an hour, has been suddenly brought to a standstill! Poughkeepsie on the Hudson is the headquarters of ice-boating, and of a winter’s day can he seen hundreds of the queer looking crafts either skim ming over the glassy surface of the river or lying with sails carefully furled with in a stone’s throw of the docks The interest people take in the boats is evi dent on the trains on the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad. If a boat is sailing about in sight, an utter stranger will call his neighbor’s atten tion to it, and in a moment every one has left the opposite side of the car and is gazing in wonder through the windows on the river side. Elderly gentlemen put down their papers and 3ay “Humph! dangerous amusement, very;” ladies lean forward with exclamations of ad miration at the ease with which the boats arc apparently managed and at the graceful turns and circles they make. Then someone says aloud. “I wonder what time they can make under most favorable circumstances?” This is quite enough, if there is an ice-boatman on hoard to loosen his tongue, and he will give every particular concerning the boats, from the time they are built to the time they are wrecked. He gener ally begins in this way: “ My Dear sir, they are as unlike any other kind of a boat as possible. The only thing in common is the sales; and as for sailing in one, I’d rather do that for half an hour than —than —than do anything else for six months.” For all ice-boatmen are enthusiasts. And an ice-boat is unlike any other boat. It is simply a triangle of hickory or spruce plank, say thirteen feet long and two and a half inches thick. The base is the bow, and under each angle is a runner or skate of wood, shod with steel and coming down to a sharp edge like a knife. The skate is fastened be tween two small chocks of wood, in order that it may play a little up and down and glide over rough ice with greater ease. This is called the runner plank. Another, somewhat shorter, is above the runner-plank, and through this runs the mast, which is stepped in the lower. From the runner-plank a light though strong beam knuwn as the “stringer” extends aft and corresponds to the keel in a sail-boat. Two other beams of about the same size as the “stringer” and bent at one end so that when joined they form the prettily rounded stern, also run aft from the runner-plunk, the end resting on the plank aud supporting the upper or mast plank, thus making the sides or taffrail of the boat. At the extreme stern or apex of the triangle is the rud der, which is a skate like the two others but smaller, being only about eighteen inches or two feet long. This skate is attached to the rudder-post. About half the space inclosed by the side beams or rails is decked over at the stern, affording room for the helmsman and two others to lie down (for that is the only position practicable aft of the mast, or in what is ©tilled the cabin.) Rubber “washers,” the size of a man’s fist, are very often placed under the ends of the side beams, where they rest on the runner-plank, and also on the rudder-post under the cabin, the object being to make the boat ride smoothly over rough ice. The boat being built, the enthusiastic boatman goes on to explain to (by this time) a little knot of listeners in the palace car, how it is sailed. In this re spect ice-boats do not differ m aterially from other craft, except in one respect —they are never sailed “ free,” that is, before the wind, for this reason: they will go much faster “on the wind,” be cause, “ going free ” they will only run as fast as the wind blows; so that if the wind is blowing at the rate of fifteen miles an hour that is the speed they will attain, but with the same wind on the “ quarter” they will do forty or fifty miles in the same time with ease. This is a most simple thing to understand, yet few but practical sailor* compre hend it. Sailing on the wind the same pressure is on the sail ail the time, and the boat keeps gathering headway, while in the other case, after reaching a cer tain point there is no pressure on the sail at all. In one other thing an ice boat is unlike its sister of the water —it makes no “ leeway,” its sharp runners having such a hold upon the ice that it will sail almost into the “ eye of the wind.” Care must alw T ays be taken in “ going about ” never to “ gibe,” as, al though the boom has not very much play, what it has it takes advantage of and swings over to “looard” like a thunderbolt, and tears the mast out. At Poughkeepsie the boats are seen in perfection, made of different colored woods, with silver-plated shrouds and gorgeously gilded and painted names; and it is in the races of the Poughkeep sie and New Hamburg clubs that they show their speed. A boat owned by a gentleman of New Hamburg made in a race a few years ago nine miles, the distance between the above named towns, in seven minutes and a fraction. Another owned further up the river made, under most favorable circumstan ces, wind and ice being perfect, and with a flying start, one mile in thirty one seconds. This boat has since been beaten in a race by a New Hamburg boat. One more anecdote of the sailing pow r ers of the ice-boat. A gentleman standing on the platform of the depot at Fishkill said “ good-by” to a friend in a train as it w r as leaving the station, ran down to his boat, jumped on board, set sail, and stood w aiting to receive his friend on the arrival of tlie train at New Hamburg, ten miles above. As to danger, the best proof of how little there is, is the very few accidents that have happened. lie sure the ice is safe, keep a good lookout for places where people have been cutting ice, don’t lose your head if you see other ice-boats hying about in your neighbor hood, and the danger is trifling compar ed to that incurred in sailing a boat in the water. New Burial of Sir John Moore, Cincinnati Inquirer. Not a drum was heard, because the drummer was not feeling very well and asked to be excused, nor a funeral note of any kind, as his corpse to the ram parts we hurried; not a single, solitary son-of-a-gun of a soldier discharged his farewell shot o’er the grave where the remains of the late Mr. Moore were de posited. The farewell-shot business was omitted on account of the great scarcity of ammunition. We buried him dark ly at dead of night, and did the best job we could for him under the circum stances. We could not - borrow, beg, or steal a nick or shovel in the entire neighborhood, and were obliged to turn the sods with our bayonets, which, by the way, was the first thing that had been drafted. We did this all by the struggling moonbeams’ misty light, and the lantern dimly burning, with just about half enough oil in it, and a strip of an old flannel undershirt for a wick. Few and short were the prayers we said, the chaplain being home on a furlough, and no one within forty miles to take his place. We spoke not a word of sor row, our time being somewhat limited, as the enemy was not far distant, and advancing with gigantic strides. We thought, as we hallowed his narrow bed and smoothed down his lonely pillow with a canteen, that the foe and the stranger would tread o’er his head, and ve far away on the billow; but not too far, however, as the enemy outnumber ed us about seven to one. • Lightly they’ll talk of the spirit that’s gone, and wonder where tlie} T can get another flask filled with the same, and o’er his cold ashes upbraid him, knowing, of course, that he is in no condition to de fend himself; but little he’ll reck if they let him sleep on in a grave whore a Briton laid him, and not bother him to get up and take out a burial permit or ask him to pay ground rent. We wish here to correct the impression that slowly and sadly we laid him down from the field of his fame fresh and gory. We did no such thing. The corpse was washed and put in good shape, and we defy any man to show that there was a drop of gore about him. It is true that we carved not a line and we raised not a stone, because there was no stonemason handy who would do the job at reasonable figures. About this time we heard the distant and random gun that the foe was sullenly firing, so adjourned + he funerel, left the deceased alone in his glory, and made ourselves scarce in that vicinity. Buying: Elephants iu Trunks. National Hotel Reporter. The proprietor of the Everett House, St. Louis, recently had a sale of the baggage left at his hotel by frauds and impecunious patrons. There were eighty-three trunks and valises offered for sale, and the total amount realized was SB3, A large crowd was nresent, but the bidding was far from spirited, as the contents of the trunks were not exposed to view. Many laughable in cidents happened. One old gentleman insisted on prying open the trunks with a big knotted cane, and would only de sist when made to do so forcibly.” At the commencement of the sale he was observed to be closely eyeing a huge Saratoga which had been left at the Everett House by a female adventuress. When this trunk was cried he anxious ly fumbled in his pockets and brought forth 10 cents, with which he started the bidding. Finally it was knocked down to him for $2. “Open it, open it!” yelled the crowd, and he did so. The first thing seen was a roll of news papers; the next, more newspapers, and the last a lot of bricks, among which were found a sheet of foolscap with this inscription on it: “Sold again! and nev er got your money back. Yours in haste.” A boy bought a trunk for 40 cents, and found in it about $lO worth of clothes and a valuable breast pin, evidently intended for a lady. A la borer purchased a rickety receptacle held together by ropes. It was full f papers and letters, the latter written by a lady to her husband and full of piti ful tails of poverty, distress and sick nsss. To enumerate all the mistakes in buying would take a column. Suf fice is to say that a grocer bought some surgical instruments, a druggist a sack of dried apples and a quantity of beans, and a market woman a complete skele ton, carefully polished and set on wires but not put together. The sale wound up with a free fight which the police had some trouble in stopping. Bats and Their Ways. London Naturalist. Bats live their active lives in the night, when sunlight comes they fly away to their holes, there to sleep until twilight comes again, when they resume their occupation of insect-killing. The female bat has a hard time of it; she is the nest, and has to procure the food for her young until they are themselves able to fly. Often I have seen a female bat with her young clinging to her breast, flying about in search of food, and the little ones were not so small either. How else could they get along? The old ones make no nest; if they wanted to ever so much they could not, and the chances are that from their wandering habits they spend the day in one place and the next in another two or three miles distant, just as they' hap pen to be when day overtakes them, and if they left their young behind them the exact locality might be forgotten. When the y r oung ones are to shift for themselves their mother’s life is easier, and until winter comes to kill insect food she lives luxuriously. Then, when all nature iis preparing to put on the livery of winter, instead of leaving the scenes where they have passed the sum mer, repair to their haunts in the caves and walls, and hanging by their hind feet in little groups of five or six togeth er, pass the dreary season in one unbro ken sleep.