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Wrra a cherry- woedeasc.
And yj round face.
Standing- just (a the niche la tht wall,
Ticking-aU night and Ul, .',. .
In the steadiest way, , , ,
b an oM-iashJoned clck in the halL
There's spot on the face,
' And there's many a trace
Of a scratch and a scar on the wood ;
And the band made of brass.
With an odd shadow pass '
O'er a diai that ages have stood.
Yet the old clock la ticking, -
The second hand picking
Its way ronad to 60 so sure ; ;
And it strikes with a ring,
Uk an animate thing,
AS taw while looking old and demure
i Ah! that cherry-wood dock, , -Htandinjr
Arm as a rock, . - j -looking
down on the folks of to-day, . .
Could tell tales of Its own,
In its own solemn tone, , .
Of -the past in its old-fahioicd wsj ".
t . . -
It has ticked slow and strong,
la Us monotone son;.
War i at house was all qatet and still;
It has okeo so loud,
AIumnm. ioyow sad proud.
When the bU4 wilhoui whistled so shrill.
. It has ticked with the belt.
That a sreddiiur would tell.
It hw ticked, keeping time, with the sonx ;
It has ticked at the birth . ' t
Of a sool brooifht to earth.
To battle and grow with the strong.
It his ticked thronph the night,
When tbe small shaded light
taw the weary, fond watchers above,
With the breath afying last.
Ens tbe lire-lease was past,
Of a parent or child whom they love.
. It has ticked to the tread,
A they carried the dead
Throma tbe old-fashioned hallway and door,
And it ticked rijrbt along.
Just as steady and strong.
When the funeral service was o'er.
'TIS an honest old hand.
With a dingy brass hand.
Tracing ronnd the old dial each day,
Mnt it seem to foretell.
With a mystical spell.
How swiftly our liven pas away.
Tis an heirloom at best.
Looking odd. with the rtst "
Of the modern apparel and wear; ; '
With Its wandering gaze,
At the present odd ways
Of the new generation and fare.
There's a problem to solve.
As the hands slow revolve.
Whether modem folks, manners and all.
Are as true and a good
As tbe old folk so rude.
Whose hands placed the clock in the hall.
sr jrui c a. jhbb. -
UMle store of wealth have I ;
Not a rood of land I own ;
. i
Jinr a mansion fair and hijrh
iiuilt with towers of fretted stone.
Stocks, nor bonds, nor title-deed.!
Flocks nor herds have I to show ;
When I ride, no Arab steedB
Toes for me thvir manes of snow.
I hive neither pearls nor gold.
Massive piste. Bor jewels rare ;
Brnidered silks of worth nntold, -
Nor rich robes a qneen miirnt weir. '
In my rarden'e narrow bonnd
Flaunt no costly tropic blooms,
Ladnniiur all the air around
With a weight of rare perfumes.
Tct to an immense estate
Am I heir, by grace of God
Richer, frrander than doth wait
Any earthly monarch's nod.
Heir of all the Ages, I -
Heir of all that they have wronght,
All their store of empriae hih,
AU their wealth of precious thought.
Every golden deed of theirs
Sheds its lustre on my way ;
All their labors, all their prayers
Sanctify this present day 1
Heir of all that they have earned
By their passion and their tears
Ileir of all that they have learned
Through the weary, toiling yeara I
Iicir or all the faith sublime
a whose w'.ngs they soared to heaven ;
Ileir of every hope that Time
To Earth's fainting sons hath given t .
Aspirations pnre and high
btrcumh to dare and to endnre
Uir of all the Agw. I
I0 1 I am no longer poor I '
AppUtons' JoHrnel.
Right f tbsewgpaper Pregs..
.Tudce Dobbin, of the Superior Court of
i -uturtore, Aln., in bis cbargc to tne Jury
in a recent libel suit against the proprie
tors of the American of that city, gives a
- more liberal construction to the rights of the
newspaper press than has usually ema
nated from the courts. The law of libel
in this country is to a large extent tradi
- tional, resting mainly upon English stat
utes, and the hardship it works to tbe
public is the presumption of malice against
publishers, whenever the conduct of indi
viduals is commented upon unfavorably.
Xiibcl suits are in the nature of criminal
prosecutions, and yet the ordinary rule
thnt every man is to be supposed innocent
until the contrary is established is reversed
in these cases, and the burden of proof
thrown upon the defendant. Judge Dob
bin, actuated by a more enlightened spirit,
V sand by a higher estimate of the responsi
bilities of journalism, declares that it is the
duty of the press to be vigilant in regard to
the correction of public wrongs, and that it
is even better for the innocent to suffer in
some cases than that the right to freely
comment upon acts prejudicial to the in
terests of the community should be ham
pered and newspapers deprived of an in
fluence no essential to the welfare of man
kind. In several of the States the libel
laws have of late years been grcafly
'i'aincnded in this direction, and a better
protection given to the independent and
respectable press. Of course it is not de
sirable that all restraints should be abol
r ished, and the opportunity given for wil
ful defamation ; but the laws should not
make it a dangerous or costly thing for a
journalist to speak plainly of wrongs
against society. Muourt liepuMunn.
i Transmission of Mental Disease.
-v m . WTt . . . TR . 1" 1
ijt. vnaries .iam, an Jiingusn pnysicinn,
- has just published a book in which medi
cal problems are discussed. Of the trans
mission of mental disorders, he says : -
' There is no form of heritage more re
' markable than that of the tendency to
. suicide without any other marks of aber-
ration of intellect. Dr. Winslow relates
J the case of a family where all the mem-
luirfl AvliittitnjV m-linn tknv amiul mt a
certain age, a dec,.re to commit self-destruction
; to accomplish which the great
est ingenuity ami industry were manifest
ed. Dr. Gall relates a very striking in
stance of seven children of one man who
all enjoyed a competency and good health,
yet all possessed a rage for suicide, and all
, yielded to it within thirty or forty years.
' 'Some hanged, some drowned themselves,
and others blew out their brains.' Many
other examples of the same tendency are
brought forward by the same writer. . I
may add one case to the above from my
'own experience. Sitting one day with an
Acquaintance, I noticed some depression in
his spirits. After a prolonged silence, he
broke out into the following dreary at
tempt at conversation : 4 My grandfather
. liung himself, my uncle took poison, my
. . father shot himself, I shall cut my throat'
The facts were correct; but constant sur
veillance prevented the sequel in his own
history." -
- When Napoleon IIL drove out for the
first time, after his recent dangerous illness,
he fainted after riding for a quarter of an
hour. A very "trong dose of cognac, ad
ministered to him by Dr. Corvisart, who
van wit h him in t.h lums rarriaow rmtnrsd
,liua to a little vivacity, but,, during most
i nit; imc uc -3 uui&uic hiujicu uurjci.
The Empress, who was at first in the car
riage following that of the Emperor, turned
deadlv nalc. nnon hearimr what had han-
. B ' . O
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v penvu kj hit consort, auu sue . insiBieu
Uia entering hrs carnage. Very few
cheers greeted the imperial couple auriaur
." the ride through the city.
An application will be made to the
Parliament of Canada, at its next session,
to incorporate a company for the purpose
of building a tunnel under the Detroit
' River to connect the Great Western Rail
way with the Michigan Central Road, and
to secure to the railroads a termination
either in Windsor or Detroit, with the use
of the same on fair terms. Power will
also be asked to work the same bv steam
and horse itower for local passenger and
, freight Irallic between Detroit and Wind
sor. . -
The Concord (X. IL) RepuUiean says
. that when General Chamberlain, Govern
or oi aiainc, alter one or the terrible bat
tles of the war, lay upon a hospital couch,
riiot through the body, and, as all supposed,
very near his end, the attendants began
. preparations for embalming his body, that
4 might be sent home. This was a little
' curlier than the General desired, and mor-
. iog himself, he said : "Gentlemen, I have
uittuc uiuvituv arrangements, i invite
, " you all to dine with me one week from to-
t ' A m aw In Woodbury recently broke Ids
; leg while wrestling. The village lmU-her
and blacksmith trt up a match for bis
benefit, and a like accident befel the black
smith. .
" The cheese crop f the United States
this year id estimated at 50,000,000 pounds.
By Alfred s. Horsley.
LOT 217.
" At forty shangs ! going at forty
shangst Did I hear two guin-ness of
fered? thank you, sir. Two guin ness is
in time. For the first time, at two guin
nemt For the second time I Any advance
on two guin-ness 1 For the third and last
time going at two guin-ness ! " , r -
Rap I. - ; , . :
" Name, if you please, sir "
. "John. Trum way," I said, for the lot
was mine. Lot 217. Whatever made me
buy the lotl I am sure I didn't want it
I am afraid I am one of those great grown
up children who are not safe to be trusted
out with" money in their pockets, unless
coppers. The coins in my purse always
leap up wiih frantic desire to buy every-,
thing I sec, and the result is, that no mat
ter what sum I go out with, I always come
home penniless.
What on earth could I want now with
a second-hand, patent fire-proof, powder;
proof, bomb-proof, thief-proof, iron safe,
constructed to resist fifty-burglar-power
(nominal), case-hardened, nndrillabie, tin
pickabic, to be sold at a bargain, owing td
the key being lost, and the only man wb
knew how to make another having gont
to sleep with his fathers? When! re
fleeted about my purchase, I began to f -el
quite hot. There is no doubt it was a bar
gain, or might have been, to somebody;
but then, patent, unpickable iron safes
with tbe key lost, and owner-proof, as weB
as thief-proof, are not everybody's money,
however cheap. I had a cold, creeping
doubt if they were mine. While the auc
tioneer was describing it, and the people
all round the room wee yearning for it
in bids, I seemed to see many remarkable
qualities emanating from the safe, like
perspiration, so that its acquisition ap
peared to me then peculiarly desirable.
O her people seemed similarly affected,
for its value increased momently. Some
ten or a dozen persons had all in turn de
sired to be its fortunate possessor, and all
at increased rates. The man who bid
"forty shangs" certainly must have seen
his way to turn the sale to account, or
why have bid" forty shangs" at all? And
if so, of course i. was plain there
must be a way to turn it to
account, and one which a few mo
ments' quiet reflectioa apart from the
excitement of the saleroom, would doubt
less reveaL It was something of this feel
ing made me bid tha " two guineas," or,
it may be, the vaguer conviction that here
was an object suddenly become extreme
ly desirable to a number of my fellow-
creatures, which evoked a corresponding
and envious desire in my own breast But
now that the thing was mine, all the
latent value which ' had before perspired
from it under the auctioneer's hands
seemed absorbed again into its shamefully
rusty iron sides it had become a misera
ble hundred-weight of useless old iron
and I loathed the very sight of it, espe
cially when I thought of Mrs. Tramway.
sly wue is not a woman oi many worus:
by no means the kind of woman verbally
to upbraid me for buying inconvertible
bargains, and she has had previous op
portunities for so doing, if so disposed.
Mrs. Tramway never ay anything. She
didn't when I once bought two hundred
weight of puffy, bloated cheeses at two
pence per pound, and sold portions after
wards to some poor people I knew as a
kindness at a trifling profit, and made
them all very poorly, and got summoned
before the m gistrates, and lined for sell
ing cheese unfit for human food, and lost
cheese, temper, reputation, ana jus.
No; at such times Mrs. Tramway makes
no remark; she only sniffs. But the
amoupt of meaning conveyed by one of
Mrs. T.'s sniffs is voluminous nay, ency
clopaedic. It means, " O dear, yes ; I knew
how 'twould be. You've been at.it again,
have yon? liven out with your money in
your pocket, and come home with nothing
but your pocket left? Just like water in a
colander; the colander don't run away
more'sthe pity. No; it's always ready
for more. And here am I, pinching and
screwing, and saving money, and allowanc
ing the house don to one box of Tand
stickers' a week, and you going fooling
money away like this. Remonstrance,
John, is perfectly useless. I have awaked
to the conclusion that I have married an
incorrigible idiot ; but I don't complain.
No ; a noodle you may be, but I am jour
affectionate wife, Martha Tramway. It
means far more than this ; it means every
recriminatory epithet, which a naturally
sensitive person, like me, can apply to
himself, after making the pleasing dis
covery that he has taken himself in.
I went home to dinner, which had been
waiting an hour. I said nothing about
my piuchase. There was a small sniff a
very small one expressive of, " It's not at
all, nnlikely, John, tnough, mino, 1 aon t
accuse you of it without evidence ; but
now I come to consider, it's rather more
likely t han not that you've something on
your jiiiad, and nothing in your purse.
After dinner, I escaped np stairs to my
study. In the evening I saw it coming
un m v trarden nath on a pair ot trucks.
Should:! to down? No; I reflected; I
would not zo down. How I detested the
thing now t It didn't look worth half a
crown. 'i-i - i
.. Yes," I heard the servant say In
answer to the man with the trucks : " this
is Mr. Trumwav's."
44 eio's this," said the man ; " and I wifh
him joy of It, and I shouldn't mind a glass
of beer to wish it him in."
Which conversation had the effect of
brfcinir out Mrs. T. Her comprehensive
m til must hare taken in the situation ata
" Where is this from ? she asked tlie
nmn. ' ' j
" From the saleroom, m."
" John !" It was the voice of my affec
tionate wife addressed to her husband.
" Have you been buying anything at a
" O dear, yea," said I, calling down
stairs. "Didnt I tell you? It's
Althoach two pair of stairs separated
nie from the partner of my bosom, I was
aware of tbe snui wnicn succeeded, ana
implied : " O yes ; you're quite right, my
man; this t Mr. 1 rum way a. lou
needn't be afraid you've mistaken tbe
house. There isn't such another mart in
tiic neighborhood as lives at No. 19." But
I Mid, she proceeded, "Quits right;
!dg it in, please." "Johnf Do yon
ieh the man to leave it in the passage ?"
Fniff (being interpreted): "-Or would I
iko it taken into the drawing-room, or
rlacedonthe dressing-table or the spare
-'torn perhaps, or on the study mantel
piece ?'
I thought it better to go down stairs.
" O, leave it in the passage I said. " No
tie will steal it"
" O dear, no," said my wife with a little
smile. " No one will steal.it; that's qiite
certain." I admit it was not a seductive
looking object now. i
When we were alone, Mrs. TrnmWay
asked me what I intended to do with the
safe, which was the very question I h&d
teen asking myself ever since returning
from the sale. ' (
" What do I intend doing with it ny
dear?" I repeated, to gain time. " Why
yes ah 1 that is do with it? Why,
open it, of course."
She sniffed a sniff equal to two columns
of printed matter. Although my answer
was not premeditated, I didn't think it al
together a bad notion. Accordingly, for
the next two or three weeks my house be
came the constant resort of blacksmiths,
whitesmiths, locksmiths, and people in the
engineering way, an oi wnom, nowever,
failed utterly in the attempt to open the
unpickable, nndrillabie fire and thief
proof, Lot 217. They fairly owned it
feat them. I wanted the safe owned,
however, for the reason that being
opened, it might become an artteSr per
haps useful or saleable, wnereaa now it
was neither. One morning, an uea ot
unusual brilliancy occurred to me, and I
put on my hat, and went out to rut it in
practice. I walked np to our great model
jail, and saw the governor, with ffhom I
lil previously some acquaintance, i kki
him I should feel deeDlv oblto-d if he
cm Id render me assistance, actl Ulen came
ti tbe purport of my visifj. . 1
" Have von. my pood sir, such I thing as
a good stmnglmrglaron IhecsUMiahwent
that you could leant me Tor an nour or
two? And I explained what "i wanted
him for. But the governor shook his
head, and said he was sorry U' disoblige
me, but it really couldn't be d'ae. as all
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their burglars were ia use, and couldn't
be sitrea off tbe premises. Yery good ;
but supposing I were to send the safe np
to the burglar to while away a lew hours
of hi leisure at a congenial pursuit? No.
He tidn't see that he could; it would be
against the rules; besides which, their
burglars had become so reformed by at
tention to tbe ministrations of the chap
lain, that it was exceedingly doubtful if
they would be willing to return to sinful
ways, such as breaking open safes, lest it
might show a worldly spirit that would
interfere with their tickets-of-leave; and
then, again, there were no burglars' tool
I lath" jail. ,
. . . . i -i, i . . , .
-1 ii ieii you wnai, mougn, ne saia,
after a bit ; "I dare say I could find yon a
ticket-of-leave man who would do it
They report themselves to us at stated in
ten !&, so that we always know where to
find tliem. Indeed, I think I know just
the very man, ana win sena mm to you."
One evening in the twilight, about i
we k afterwards, our servant came in, in
some alarm, to say that two very ill-look
ing men were at the back door, who said
titer had " come to crack the gov'nor's
money box." They were not nice-looking
men. une oi tnem, a great Drawny ruman,
with a head and neck like a bull, and a
wisp of colored handkerchief over a shirt
less chest hairy as Esau's, gave me a stolid
nod when I went out
-The boss np at the Model," he sid,
pointing with his thumb over his shoulder
m tne uirecuon oi me jtui, asaeu mo u
so be as I would oblige you by crackin. a
little bit of a box you've got You see,
gov'nor, I ai nt any tools o my own, so
I've brought a pal who's got his 'Lady's
Companion' with him, to do the Job," in
dicating his friend, who carried a parcel
of tools done np in matting. I should say
he was not a nice man to have for a friend
a spare, short, cunning little fellow, with
restless eyes ; a lace that gave yon tne im
pression of a weazel s ; and a thin note,
with a continual nervous twitching in the
nostrils, like a rabbit's, as though he was
an animal always on the scent for game or
hunters, which perhaps he was. Ilia name
was Toney.
I brought them in, and pointing out the
safe, asked if they thought they could open
" Open it !" repeated Toney, with ineffa
ble contempt, "why a kid could open it
with a nen-nive ! It's one of them Unim-
neachables. Bill." he said to his mate
"vou remember 'em ; like what we had
at" (some name I couldn't catch).
"Why, I could blow it open it with an
ounce of baccer in a quarter of an hour."
Well," I said, " I would give you . five
shillings to open it"
" Would you, be-garr growled the big
man. vur wiuio m mm. m m
and Toney and two pott of beer, and
two ounces of baccer ; and then it's a fa
vor, on account of our doin' it to oblige
the boa. - Xad w. ain't . a-foing to do it
here, un'stan' ; but if you've got e'er hit
of a outhouse out at the back, where we
can be private, we'll do the job there on
the quiet . . . .
I was obliged to accede to their terms
finrlforl thev were both persons I would
not have had a difference with for the
world). So they carried the safe into the
tool house in the garden, where I supplied
them with the quantity of ale and tobacco
agreed on, and they shut themselves in.
"It's only a cas- for the 'alderman,'
Bill," I heard the little man remark as I
left them.
In twentv-five minutes, by my watch.
the boll-headed man came and told me it
was done. " Not that.we've been all this
time about it though, guv'nor, for Toney
he prised it open in nve minutes, as easy
as a ovster. but we've been settin' and
rlnin' a nniet nine together.:
They certainly had opened it, not by
picking the lock, as I anticipated, but bv
wrenching off the back, so that the safe
was comDletelT- destroyed. They had
drilled two holes in Ue back-plate, 16 al
low of inserting two hnmensely powerful
aleel rrrowlmrti in such a Dafeition that, the
leverage of the two bars would tell one
gainst the other, and wrench out the in
termediate piece. From the appearance
pi the holes and the smeU in the out-house,
I judged the men had previously lowered
the temper of the steel back with a blow
pipe in the places where they intended to
drill. I felt disposed to be angry at the
destruction of the safe, and was going to
say so, when Toney pointed out a dirty
roll of papers lying inside. I took them
out unrolled them, and forgot my wrath
immediately. A prize indeed! Fifty
share certificates, each for twenty pounds,
in the " Undeniable Security and Unlim
ited Discount Banking Corporation
fLimited:" Offices LnS street city. I
nnid off mv two burelars with a light
heart, and returning to the house, I believe
I danced a war-dance ot inumpn rouna
Mrs. T, exhibiting a thousand pounds'
worth of property, which had cost me but
" There," said I, " that's the good of go
ing to sales ! "
" Well, but, John, these shares are not
" But they are," I retorted. " I bought
hem, and they are 'to Bearer,' and no
name on them to indicate whose they are."
" But bad you not better see the auc
tioneer, and tell him" what you have
"Why, m. I bought the lot, faults and
errors o'f d cription, and aU ; and it is as
much mine -s if I had paid a thousand
pounds for t" '
"Yes; at some poor man may be
ruined by ie loss of these shares."
" WeU," itid L " what I will do wffl be
to go np U London, to the company's
offices, and ascertain whether these certifi
cates are claimed on behalf of any one
else, and if not, to elaim them for my
self" I
I found tie offices of the " Undeniable
Security and Unlimited Discount Banking
Corporation (Limited)" a most imposing
edifice of Italian architecture, and im
mense plate-glass windows, and Purbeck
marblp columns, and the name of
the company in meditrval gold - let
ters, f ruining the whole length 1 of
the uiklng. Evidently a very pros
perous .concern. On ; entering there
was toot that amount of business doing
whifu I should have liked to see ; in fact,
beyfnd two clerks one of whom was
paring nis nans witn ine orace pen-Knue,
while the other, and more elderly, was
resting the newspaper the place was
empty. I stood quite five minutes at the
missive Spanish mahogany counter ap
parently without eitker of the clerks be
aming officially aware of my presence, so
intent were they on their duties. I there
fore rapped on the floor with my umbrella,
which made a great noise in the empty
office, which was cbnrch like for size and
echoes. The elder clerk looked up impa
tiently from his paper, but resumed its
perusal immediately. The younger got
off his stool, and went to a looking-glass,
where he commenced arranging his hair
with a pocket-comb.
i" I have caUed," I remarked In a some
what bud tone, "about some shares in
this company,' the certificates of which I
y "Eh? " said the old cierr, at last aeiecv-
Ing my intrusion.
I repeated my business.
I " Certificate Nos. 2034 to 9083, they
are tinny possession; in fact, I bought
tt"vJdll, what do you want? Do yon
xish tnem registered in your name? Simp
son, ,to tne young cierKj, "get uown ute
transfer-book." - ' "
" Taat is the difflcultr." said L " In the
event, for instance, of any one else claiming
the starts, for they came into my posses
sion U a rnthcr singular manner.
"NetOfficuHyat all. You say you've
got the Certificates, and you're bought
them.) It doaen't matter to ns if you've
stoles item. ' Just produce the scrip, and
write pe an authority to register the shares
He looked over the certificates, and
counted tl em, while I wrote the required J
aaiu'Hiiy. i
" But I said, when I had done, with
view to satisfy my conscience in the ap
propriatioi of property, " I assure yon the
cirximstaneea under which I acquired the
ct ritiftnt are so singular, that "
You needn't trouble about that," he
it terri.Us; our office takes nocogniz
sace of the way you became possessed of
them. Yon are the holder and the regis
tered proprietor of the shares, and you
: ' ' "
r , m
maybequl s sure no one else win ever
chum tnem." - -This
sounded satisfactory in on way ;
but the man's manner of saying iffdid not,
I confess, leave a favorable impression on
my mind. I went home rather uncomfort
able, and feeling so oppressed with the
notion oi naving property wnicn my con
science would not concede was mine in
strict justice, that it would have been a
relief to have had an accomplice with
whom to share the proceeds and the re
sponsibility. .
It may seem singular that when in
town I had taken no steps to ascertain the
value of mv property: but. in the first
place, I know yery little of the ways of
the money market, ana the snare list is as
great a puzzle to me as jjraasnato. Ana
Ox tbe next, to tell the truth, I felt timid
at asking questions which might lead me
to betray how I became the owner of the
A month after this, I had been but for
the day to a picnic with my wile, we
had both enjoyed ourselves hugely, and
come home flushed with the summer heat
and braced up with the fresh air. I had
ct)t over all my qualms about the posses
sion of the property, and begun to look
upon it as promising a very acceptable ad
dition to my income. I am not sure I had
not been regarding the scenery of trees
and sky and rippling water with some
thing of unusual complacency, for feeling
that the acquisition of a thousand pounds
removed me so much the farther from
anxiety as to enable me to enjoy it in the
greater peace.
A great oblong official blue letter await
ed my return. It contained a blow
most letters dated from Basinghall Street
Be The Undeniable Sectmttand Uk
limited Discount Basking Corpora
tion (Limited).
Sir : I beg to inform you an order has
this day been made by the registrar, call
ing upon you as a contributory in respect
or your ntty (50) shares neia in tne aDove
company (now under a winding np order),
numbered respectively from 2,034 to 2,083
inclusive. The amount of the call is five
pounds ten shillings (5 10s) per share,
making a total or two nunarea ana seven
ty-five pounds (275) ; which sum must be
paid at my office between eleven ana lour
on Thursday next tne zotn mst
Official Assignee the Bankruptcy,
O fool ! I beean to vaguely see now
why the clerk told me I might be quite
snre no one else would claim the shares.
They were not only of no value, but their
possession was subject to neavy iiaoiuty.
And I, to be idiot enough to go and claim
them when the company was actually
bankrupt and worse !
Night as it was, I determined to go at
once and see my wife's brother-in-law,
Mr. Blode. He was a barrister had been
one for ten yeara but had never had i
brief. -
" O, I shouldn't take any notice of that,'
he said, I don t think they can fix you
with liability. 1 11 write to the assignee
and manage it for you. Let me know if
you hear any word of it You are an in
nocent party; yon didn't buy the shares but
the iron safe. But how on earth did they
know you held the certificates ?"
I told him I had given an authority to
neve them registered in my name.
I iHe drew in his breath, and produced a
long whistle like a sigh. - "Then, you've
indorsed their possession. - You should
have consulted me. However, I wouldn't
trouble about it Leave it to me.
It would take too long to describe the
harassing anxieties which each week
broutrht me. while ror case as aleontribU'
tory wasdragging along first through one
court atfrercn another ; but tne ditterent
lights which various luminaries of the law
snea on my uniortunate . two guineas
worth deserve to be narticulanzcd.
Vr bum umwd vttalL. in hnvina IhA ihikt
I could not have bought the contents that
the safe was described in the catalogue as
safe, and nothing more, and that conse
quently, as I had only bought a safe, what
ever was found in it was no more mine
than unv other distinct catalogue, and I
could not therefore be responsible for lia
bilities attaching thereto, it was retorted
by the opposing counsel, that should his
lordship acquiesce in the view of the case
propounded, certainly to his astonishment,
bv his learned friend, and decide that the
certificates were not purchased by me, and
not therefore mine, he would agree to
a verdict, and immediately indict me for
felony, for appropriating tne snares to my
own use, authorizing their registration in
my own name.
He submitted that if I had bought the
shares, I was liable as a contributory ; and
if not, as a felon. The learned judge said
he could not entertain the issue of felony,
as that was a question for a distinct tri
bunal, but that he was inclined to rule
that I hod bought the shares. The condi
tions of sale were sufficiently explicit to
humindon that point "the lots to be
cleared with all faults and errors of de
scription." Indeed, the yery term em
ployed by auction custom appeared deci
sive. The item in question was described
as "Lot 217 an iron safe." It was the
"lot" which was put up to competition.
B.nrio use a common expression, Mr.
Tramway had bought "the lot "that was
"all tne lot" The question then arose
Could I be held liable as a contributory,
when in fact, I had purchased the shares
on the very day of the company? Dan
ruptcy, and the registry in " my
name was not completed until some
weeks later? In other words, that
seeinr the company bad contracted
no liabilities during the time I held the
shares (having, in fact, ceased business),
could I be made a contributory ? Against
this it was urged that shares represented
past responsibilities, and that as i snouid
have been entitled to share in a dividend
on the past year (had one been declared),
so it was just that I should bear my pro
portion of the burdens. And again ; it was
clear that somebody must be liable as a
contributory in respect of these fifty shares
for twelve months prior to the bankrupt
cy, and the bnrden of proor as to tne per
son so liable, if not myself, must be sup
posed to rest with their present possessor.
The judge thought not, as it was not to be
contended I could have had either interest
or liability in the company before the date
of the sale. The case, however, was com
plicated still further by the opposing coun
sel bringing evidence as to the previous
owner of the iron safe, and endeavoring
to prove that his liability in respect of the
shares actually terminated twelve months
previous to' my purchase, so as - to fix me
with responsibility for the interim. It
appeared that the safe and its contents,
some eighteen months back, had belonged
to a Mr. Wendle, a shareholder in the com.
pany ; that in addition to the certificates,
It had contained his cash-box and a quanti
ty of gold and notes, and that the safe had
been stolen from his office, the notes and
Sold, and cash-box removed by the rob-.
ers, who had obtained a wax impression
of his key, and the valueless safe contain
ing the shares, sold to an ironmonger,
who put it into the sale. This Mr. Wendle
had applied for duplicates of the share
certificates, which were refused by the
company until he could prove the destruc
tion of the old ones. Unsuccessful in
this, and distrusting the reckless business
of the " Undeniable and Unlimited," he at
last applied to have the shares standing in
his name canceled, vhtck had been dene. It
would therefore follow, it was contended,
that my liability embraced the whole
twelvemonth, from the time Mr. Wendle's
name had been erased, to the stoppage of
the company, I being the next registered
proprietor. Against this it was argued
that whatever Mr. Wendle might have
written to the company, the cert Incites,
Jie found, were hi property; and that
after they were stolen, they none the less
ceased to be his property; And if so my
counsel proceeded, there would he a very
remarkable point for the decision of his
ludship. For he went on to elicit that Mr.
Wendle, after losing nearly the whole of
his money, had committed suicide under
such determined circumstances, thateren
the charity of a coroner's jury had' been
constrained to pronounce it fde det and
be had been buried without funeral rites.
Wherefore, as the certificates of which he
had been robbed were still his property in
the eye of the law, it would follow, from
his being a fdode ee, that they became the
property of the crown, consequent on his
act But if they were the property of the
" - . . - .
crown, the crown was Dable for that
twelve months : and again, the safe could
not be legally sold without authority from
the crown ; and his client could not be the
legal buyer, nor, consequently, have any
right, title, or liability in the shares afore
said. . ..
In addition to aU this But no I will
spare the reader the future' particulars of
this involved case. Suffice it to say that
it was decided in - nry favor; but it was
carried to a higher court where I was re
quired to show cause why the verdict was
not set aside and entered for the- plaintiff,
on the ground of the decision being con
trary to evidence. There it was all gone
over again, with the addition that the
original thieves were produced, one of
them no other, than my burglar's friend
Toney (and I was threatened with an ac
tion by the maker of the safe for stating
that Toney broke open the "Unimpeacha
ble" in five minutes in my outhouse). Here
the decision went against me. Finally,
the case came before the bench of judges,
where a majority of one reversed the. rul
ing of the lower court.
I was therefore at last so far successful
in the issue as to find myself in the Bank
ruptcy Court, on account of the legal ex
penses my precious trial had accumulated.
The one satisfaction attending this resclt
was, that I must inevitably have gone
there had I lost -
- The very sight of a sale-catalogue is
now sufficient to produce from Mrs. T. a
snift off about the capacity of a three-volume
novel. Chamber? Journal. -
aBBBaBBBBBl ,. .
Bavaria has 233,139 hives of bees.
Mil Stewart, though he iscaUed A. T.,
is only 67.
A Canadian bride in New York wears
a $7,000 diamond. -
Brooklyn has appropriated $20,000 for
free public baths. -
Three hundred and seven ladies ex
hibit works of art in the French Academy
of Arts.
There is a lunatic in a New York, asy
lum who imagines himself William' IL
Seward. .
The total valuation ' of 1 property in
Kansas is $96,383,797, an increase over
last year of $9,434,147.
A journeyman blacksmith says he has
been striking for hire wages these twenty
years, with uniform success.
A New Hamtshire genius is construct
ing a miniature steam engine,, boiler and
all, out of a single silver half dollar.
"Em Quad " and " Shooting Stick " are
the names of two rival baa ball clubs,
composed of printers, in Reading; Pa.
Bbigham Youno has a school for his
own children sixty or seventy in num
ber. It is a two-story square adobe and
stuccoed building. .
The Commissioner of Agriculture esti
mates the total value - of the crops of the
United 8tates, for the year 18G9, at $1,811,
608,915. - '
The St Paul Pioneer thinks that not
less than one hundred and fifty thousand
bushels of apples wiU be gathered in Min
nesota this year.
One of the features In the New Hamp
shire State Fair was a team of eleven
yokes of oxen, from Barrington, drawing
a handsomely decorated rural cottage on
wheels. -
- Bill Penntwealth, an Englishman,
living in Boston, on a wager of $50, eat
in succession three dozen hard boiled eggs,
without drinking any. liquid whatever. .
At funerals in Massachusetts, for two
or three generations after its sctUemen
the prayer was made bv tne nearest-"
rplfttiv nf thp. deceased who W
The Southe:
are each to
work one
Borneo a year or two
prove one of the richest in
specimens of native ore already
yield between seventy and eighty
cent . of pure met aL .
A oooo deacon, whose slumbers were
nightly disturbed by the fluttering . of
swallows in the house chimney, set a nun--die
of straw on fire in the fire-place, when
down came 359 swallows in the flames,
and were picked up dead. . ...
The Territory of Utah has 63,000 square
miles, population 120,000, not 5,000. of
whom are Gentiles ; has under cultivation
135,000 acre? of land SUfiOO acres are in
cereals, 2,000 in sorghum, T,000 in root
crops, 200 (in the southern section) in cot
ton, 900 in apple orchards, 1,000 in peach
es, 75 in grapes, 195 in currants, and
30,000 in meadow. They look upon cot
ton as a success, for their own use. Ninety-four
thousand acres were irrigated, at a
cost, during the year, ia making canals,
ditches, etc, of $247,000. '
The life of the Empress Eugenie was
insured four years ago, for the benefit of
her son, in three different offices of Paris,
to the amount of 60,000 or 70.000. Sup
posing any neglect to occur 4n.keeping up
these insurances, which on account of
her peculiar position, were charged at an
unusually high rate, the Prince, at her
death, would only possess the barren lands
bequeathed to him last year by bis father's
eccentric cousin, Princess Baecioccbi, and
situated in the Landes. The Emperor has
not laid aside "money : he has spent his
civil list In keeping up a mors magnificent
court than any other in Europe, as well
as in profuse charities ; - out aeKner lor
nun self, bis wire, nor son, nas ne lata asiac
any portion of the money received irom
the country, 't . ? ;
Not long since, in the-vicinity of L tica,
N. Y a marriage was solemnized in a sin
gular manner. - As the parties to be mar
ried entered the parlor arm in arm, tne
clergyman met them midway in the room,
when the bridegroom, taking the right
hand of the bnde, said : " We ha prom'
lsed to protect each other so low. as we
live. We intend now to be unite , and
hereafter to live together, husbano and
wife, and we have invited you to be . es-
ent this evening to sanction our union
cording to the requirements of custom
and the laws." The clergyman, in reply,
said: "By the authority I possess as a
clergyman, and in the presence of these
witnesses, I hereby (laying on bis band)
recognize you as husband and wife in ful
fillment or vour nromises." iMver roi
lowed, and the ceremony was ended.
A strange story has got abroad in
Edinburgh recently, in regard to an . aged
female pauper in the St Cuthbert's poor-
house. The woman has been an inmate
of the poorhouse for a good many years,
and, in addition to her other misfortunes,
she has been afflicted with blindness. Not
long ago, she was attacked with a violent
pain, such as the medical officers could not
understand, far less relidve. It lasted the
whole of the night, and part of the follow
ing day, and was described as of such a
nature that it threatened to " tear her eyes
out" At last it reached a height ; the
poor woman for a time was left in a state
of semi-prostration ; but, to her delight as
soon as the pain naa passea on,. sue lonna
that her eyesight had beec restored! One
can imagine the astonishment of one of
the officers, when, shaking him heartily
by tbe hands,, she said: t"I have often
shaken hands with' you ttefof u ; I have
often heard your voice ana spoke to you.
but never have 1 seen yoarfaoe till this
morning I'
Sagacity tjt Aats..
: ' - J
Dr. Ebrand, a keen observer of the
habits of the black ants, rekites the fol
lowing story of an ant that wanted a ma
terial to use in BupporBng a portion oi
her" house. Not finding anything that
would answer the purpose near . at
hand, she left her work for a moment and
went to a corn-stalk a little distance off.
She ran up and down several long and
narrow leaves, then choosing the leaf
nearest her, she fetched wet earth, which
she fixed to the upper extremity. She
continued this operation Until, under the
weight or the earth, tne tear inclined gent
ly toward the apt it was to cover. , This
inclination took place unfortunately neat
the top of the leaf which seemed inclined
to break oft The ant noticing this new
inconvenience gnawed the leaf at the
bottom so that it fell dews over the spot
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''' Human Twigs.
If you would have your chfldren grow
np strong and robust you must require
them to be regular in their habits and
careful of their diet Do not allow them
to eat rich and highly seasoned food at any
time,, and forbid all "dainties" between
meals. . If they are hungry as no doubt
they often Are before meal-time, give
them a slice of good bread and butter.
This is sufficient, and can do them no
harm. They need plain, nutritious food.
If you wiU give them candy, nuts, cake,
etc., let it be in very small quantities at a
time the less the better.
Children are naturally so very active,
they require a good deal of sleep : put
them to bed early : if they are inclined to
be timid, do not compel them to go to bed
in the dark they may be kept awake a
long time through fear. You need not think
of the light as a useless expense and simi
lar reasons, for children who -go to bed
feeling well in mind and body will drop
to sleep in from five to ten minutes, when
the light may be removed. Do not tell
your children wild, tragical stories of
hairbreadth escapes from wolves, bears,
Indians, etc -1 recollect a book in our
school-district library which I used to
hear my older brothers and sisters read.
The stories and pictures it contained really
haunted me. I would dream of them
night after night, often waking up terri
bly frightened. If you wish to tell them
stories, let them be entertaining, and such
as will leave a pleasant remembrance, if
any. Children must be amused ; if they
have something to amuse them, they will
not be so much inclined to mischief; yet
too many playthings are worse than none.
In this case, they do not appreciate them,
and consequently destroy them. A little
boy will often leave a room fuU of toys
for an old hammer, a piece of board, and
a nail ; or a little girl will leave all for
her doll As soon as a little girl is old
enough to handle a thread and needle,
keep her supplied when she wants them.
Do not give her needles with broken
points, worn-out scissors, thread too coarse
for her needle, etc., but just as good as
you . use yourself; these things try the
patience of grown people, to say nothing
of a chiH Give her pretty pieces of
goods, such as are found in every house ;
encourage her to cut and make her doll's
clothing. When she comes and asks you
to do it for her, give her only hints, and
let her do the work herself, unless you see
she has really tried and failed, then by all
means give her a little assistance. In this
way you wiU learn her to be self-rely'ng
and ingenious.
Give children occasionally some little
piece of work : nothing pleases them more
than to be able to do something that " big
folks" do; but do not overtax them bv
compelling them to tend the baby, rock
the cradle, etc., for any great length of
time. I believe many a little girl has been
injured for life by being compelled to take
care of their younger brothers and sisters.
We cannot be too careful in measuring
their strength.
A little boy is generally a servant to tht
whole household ; he runs of aU the er
rands, and in the end gets the credit of
" doing nothing." Be careful how you say
this. You will find, if you make a close
calculation, that he has, perhaps, taken
twice the number of steps of any one else
in the house during the day. You may
not see the work accomplished, but he has
worked faithfully, notwithstanding. Do
not wound his feelings by saying he has
done nothing, until you have well consid
ered the matter.
your children has something
mm say, ior instance, iruit
u feel willing for him to
mle it among the
to feel that
unless they
m to
ou will
this a few times !
dren to bed out of humor:
had occasion to punish them,
them off half repentant, but
them yield entirely; then let the
matter-drop it is wicked toreierto it any
time after: It is quite common, I am sorry
to say; for parents to delay forgivenncss,
thinking, if the child reflects on the enor
mity of its transgression, it will prove a
benefit Here you make a great mistake,
I believe. The tendency is rather to
harden than otherwise. When a child
aks to be forgiven, do it at once. When
his little heart is melted and ready to con
fess his fault, should you not be ready to
forgive ? I have seen a child denied a good
night kiss, from father or mother, for some
fault committed during the day or evening,
when the child had already done all that
was reauired of him that is, ac&nowi
edged he committed the act said he was
sorry, and promised "ever to repeat the
onence. in sucn a course consisieui :
Think of it It may seem a email matter
to you, but you know very little about
children if you think it a small matter to
them. The feeling to a sensitive child,
that father or mother is 'not willing to
give him a kiss, is a trouble to his mind as
preat as the trouble a man in business
might f el when he retires at night
thinking the morning may find him bank
runt - . .
, Again, never show a preference for one
child over another; let your love be as
equally divided as possible, and in all your
acts be guarded, that they may have no
possible chance to imagine that you love
one better than the other. Never speak
ot the faults of your chilpren before others
than your own temiiy. now onen you
hear mothers or fathers speaking unguard-
AW to' -some friend in the presence of
their children, like thisr "I really no not
know what we are going to do with James;
he is so dull, it seems as if he never would
learn anything. Now, here is our little
Julia, not more than half his age ; she
commits to memory a dozen verses from
the Bible every week, to repeat at Sunday-
school ; she learns every thing so readily.
while James can scarcely learn tnree
verses." .
What is the effect of this ? - Oftentimes
th hov is mortified : he is ashamed to
meet that person again : he feels discour
hsed. This is downright unklndness.
Pmi rlo not do it ! Your very bright little
girl may make a showy, supefficiaTwoman,
while your auu ooy grows np a morougu
ly practical, sound-minded man. -
Do not be in a hurry to teach children
to read; better let them get a start physi
cally than to tax their brains too early.
Children of six or seven years are Quite
young enough to begin to read. They
may learn their letters before, and per
haps a few little words, but do not confine
them to a book earlier than this. . Some
people take great pride and delight in the
precociousness of . their children. I
greatly prefer to see a child a lit
tle slow at learning than unusu
ally quick. - You- . will find . many
of the greatest scholars of the past and
present are made up of such as were once
considered dull boys and girls. A good,
sound mind, good judgment and fixed
Christian principles, are only acquired by
slow, careful study and experience.
Children should be allowed to act and
feel , like children. They should be in
dulged in all kinds of harmless sports.
Let them romp in the open air as much as
possible; encourage them in all active
sports which will tend- to strengthen and
develop them physically. Go out occa
ainnallv and loin with them: nothing is
more gratifying to children than to have
grown people step down from the pedes
tal of their dignity and frolic with them.
Life is too short and real to try to crowd
happy, careless children into manhood.
Let them retain their youthful, jubilant
faelinm as long as possible: take every
reasonable means to increase their pleas
ures, then will they look back to the days
of their childhood as the happiest of their
life, and ever reverence the name of fa
ther and mother. There can be no stereo
typed laws to govern children, because all
cannot oe govern eu aime. uuixmi .m-
peraments and dispositions require uiuer-
ent treatment. The parents ought to be
the best judges. In Bhort, whatever you
do, act with decision, without sternness,
with kindness without too much indul
gence, act carefully and prayerfully, leav
ing the result to the future and with God.
Zkarth and Home. .
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do nHT
Another Robinson Crusoe.
the mon'h of August, 18G3, the
French ship Adelina Eliza quitted Bor
deaux for llong Kong. A month after
ward she was spoken off the Cape of Good
Ilope. She was never heard of again un
til a few days since; her history and the
history of all her crew became public. A
typhoon in the Indian Ocean threw her
out of her course, dismasted her, broke
her rudder, and tossed her toward Oceani
ca. Bad weather lasted twenty days, and
when fair weather returned she struck
upon a coral reef, and the exhausted crew
were scarcely able to take refuge in the
It was a moonless, starless night when
this accident occurred. They rowed wild
ly, and thanked God when the breaking
day showed them a barrier surrounded by
a shining landscape. They reached land
and lay down to sleep. When they awoke
they found themselves bound hand and
foot and surrounded bv savages. Their
captors proved to be cannibals. Eleven of
them, their Captain included, were slain
and eaten. Three others contrived, how
does not appear, to make their escape ; but
they were mutilated, l ne one wno sue
cecded in reaching Europe has one arm
cut off and one eye torn out The three
reached a remote part of the island, where
they found a canoe and embarked in it,
preferring the risk of being de
voured by sharks, to the certainty of be
ing killed and eaten by cannibals. For
tunately they found themselves in an
archipelago, and were able to go from one
island to another. After wandering for
some time, moving as rapidly as possible
away from the cannibals home, George
Samazon s two companions died of ex
He remained alone, mutilated, hopeless.
upon a frail canoe, lie nevertheless con
tinned to push on, touching land only
when necessary to sleep, and to get water
and food. Ue eat shell Dsn and roots.
One day he reached the last island of the
group, and nothing lay before him but the
wild ocean. He set to work to build a
raft He launched it He several times
tried to put it to sea, but constantly failed
He resolved to turn his footsteps land
ward, but in a different direction from the
cannibals' home. He climbed a mountain,
crossed a desert, fell again into savages'
hands, once more escaped from them, fled
through forests, his feet were bitten by
venomous insects ; his face scabbed by the
bite of mosquitos ; at last, nearer dead
than ali ve. he came upon white men. The
white men received him kindly, and did
what they could for him. He embarked
noon a small Portuguese ship, and at last
reached Europe. His family had long
given him up for dead. Paris Cor. JT. 0.
To Keep Grapes.
Grapes can be easily preserved till spring
if a little care is taken in the gathering
and "curing." The bunches should be
picked and carefully laid on large trays.
Extensive raisers of grapes should have
wooden trays three feet in length, and
from eighteen inches to two leet in widtn,
and six to eight inches deep, with slanting
sides like common travs. These should be
made of slats of wood, or like baskets, so
that air may circulate through them.
These travs must be placed in some spot
where there is a free circulation of air,
without artificial heat an upper chamber,
or any out-room with the windows open,
will answer. Great care should be taken
in handling the grapes, for one crushed
one will in a few weeks spoil the whole.
When the grapes have remained for a
week or two in the trays, they will have
become somewhat hardened or " cured "
the grape itself has lost but little mois
ture, its thick skin prevents that, but there
has been some evaporation, and t Hereby
less tendency to mould. If grapes are
zMwJratl awav directly from the vines, they
shrink, contract moisture, and are liable u
decay ; consequently they arrive in market
(if for sale) short in weight and in bad con
dition. When properly "cured," put in
perfectly dry wooden boxes, or . in stone
pots or tin cases. Place a layer of cotton,
wool, or dry leaves on the bottom of the
packing case. We think the common
fern, found plentifully in the forests and
roadsides of our towns and villages, if
gathered and dried, would prove the best
preservative for grapes in the world. It
possesses rare powers of prevention
against mould and decay, has a pleasant
odor, dries quickly in the sun, and would
doubtless prove of benefit The English
are using it not only to preserve fruits,
but for fish, fowl, and meat Over each
layer of grapes a covering of leaves or
cotton is spread. Three tiers of grapes
are said to keep better than four or nve.
The boxes should be placed in a cellar
where the temperature is cool and uniform
not in a furnace-heated one, unless in a
different compartment with a happy me
dium between damp and dry such a cel
lar as will keep apples well. March and
April will find the grapes fresh and sweet
as when gathered from the vines.
. We cannot all possess a "preserving
house," but we can keep grapes if we
choose to take a little pains with them.
Hearth and Home.
Ages of Some Living Authors.
Appleton'e Journal gives the following
list ot the ages of some ot the best Known
living authors :
The following Utt of tha apea or living author
will, no doubt, prove of Interest to onr reader. It
ha been compiled with care, and will be found, we
think, entirely correct : Gnlian C. Verplanck 87 :
Richard n. Dana, S3; George Ticknnr and L'harlea
Ppragne, 78; John Neat, 76; John P. Kennedy, 75:
Sarah i. Hale, 74; William Cnllen Bryant, 74; Ste
phen 11. Tyne, Francis Ueber, and George Ban
croft, 70; William H. Seward and Catherine B.
Beecher, AO: Lydia M. Child and Leonard W. Ba
con, 68; William II. Faraim and Kalnb Waldo Eni
eraon, 67; Horace Baxhnell and George D. Pren
tice. 66: William Gilmora Sim and at. F. Mnnry,
St ; Theodore S. Fay. John G. Whittlei, Louis Ara
six, and W. 11. LoncTellow, w; .jiimes- rreeman
Cbirke, Iaaae McCluIlan, and Oliver Wendell
Holmes, 60; Charles Sumner, Horace Greeley, and
Alfred B. Street, 5; Harriet Beecher Stowe and
Saronel Osgood, M ; C. B. Cranch and John .
Dwigot, 57; J. T. Headley, W. II. C. Hoxmcr. H.
T. Tuckerman, Henry W. Bellow. Henry Ward
Beecher. and K. ILChapin, 6; Kichard II. Dana,
Jr., and John Lothrop Motley. 58 : John G. Saxe and.
Epea Sargent, M ; E. A. Dnyckinck and Parke
Godwin, 63: James T. Fields, John Birelow, and
Arthur Cleveland Core, 6i; William E.
Channrac, Henry Gile, Mrs. E. D. Sonth
worth, Mrs. S. F. Ellett, F. S. Cozzens,
E P. Whipple, and James Rmwll Low
ell, 51 ; Julia Ward Howe, Thomas W. Pairon. C.
A. Bristed. and Herman Melville, 50; T. B. Read.
Samnel Eliot, J.G. Holland, and Edward Everett
Hale, ; Alice Cary, William K. Alger. James
Parton, and Donald G. Mitchell, 47; Franca Park
man and George W. Curtis, 4ti: Richard H. Stod
dard. George U. Boker. Bayard Taylor, and Charles
G. Leland, 45; Mary A. Denison and Charles L.
Brace. 48: Panl H. Hayoe, and William tMwell
Donne. S3; William Swinton. 96; Ellen Loaiott
Chandler and James Grant Wilson, S3-Thomas R.
Aldrich and K. S. Band, Jr., S3. Kngiuh ami
Frtneh Francoia P. G. Gaiaot. 83: Charles
Knlirht and Victor Coofrin, 79 ; Sir John Browning,
77 ; Thomas Carlyle and William Howitt, 74 ; M. A.
Thiers, 73 ; Emile d Girardin. Victor Hmo and
Barry. 6K; Benjamin Disraeli, Sir Lytton Bnhrer,
Harriet Martineaa, and Alexander Dumas. 67 ; Mary
Howitt and George Sand. 66: W. E. Gladstone, 6t ;
Alfred Tennyson, 60 ; Lonis Blanc Charles Birkena,
Robert Browning, and Charles Mackay. 57 ; Charles
Beade, 55: William IL Kueel and Anthony Trol
lop, 5S; Tom Taylor, hi ; Rev. Charles Klngxley
and John Ruskin. 50 ; Wilkie Collins, 45 ; Matthew
Arnold, 44; and James Hannah, 48.
An Eastern paper has the following :
"Afewdavs ao we chronicled the dis
covery of the great Shanandoah diamond.
It was picked up to throw at a rabbit, sup
ing it to be a worthless stone, but after
ward discovered to oe a gem oi greai
value. And now a son of llr. Robert
Davidson, in Montgomery county, Mary
land, has picked up another stone to some
purpose. lie did so to throw at some in
truding cows; but, lo! the pebble was
found to be a gold nngget weighing nine
ounces, and worth $150. Of course, the
cows were permitted to depart in peace.
The nugget was carried home, and since
then an experienced Californian has pros
pected the entire farm, finding ' numerous
pieces of virgin gold the size of a grain of
wheat. The surrounding farms are to be
Erospected, and the whole county and
tate are to be searched. The philoso
pher's stone is now discovered to be the
stone which Southern boys pick up to
throw at rabbits and cows."
It is rumored in England that a state
ment in Lord Byron's handwriting will
shortly be published, which will settle for
ever the unhappy question wnicn nas late
ly been raised in the papers relative to
Lord and Lady Kyron.
The Canadian schooner Kate Burley
was recently lost on Lake Michigan. Six
of the crew, including theaptainand first
mate, perished.
VOL. XV. NO. 11.
Bell Black, the Miner's Little Daughter.
Ali. the years of her short life. Bell
Black had lived near to the mouth of the
coal-mine in which her father worked.
Mr. Black lived in the same region
when he was a boy, before the mines were
opened, and his father's rude little home
was so close to the place where the ground
was first broken that it was moved a little
way to give room for the workmen to
move about when they began the shaft ;
and then when his sonBell's father
grew to manhood, and had saved money
enough to put up a roof and four walls,
that he could call " home," the old love
for the spot made him put his cabin down
as near to the mouth of the mine ai he
could. : .
One might almost say that the Black
family were rooted into that coal-mine,
for there were three brothers who went
down into it together every morning, and
came up out of it together every evening,
and sometimes a fourth person went with
them, and him they called " Father and
looked after tenderly, for his steps were
feeble from age, and his sight was dim ;
nevertheless, he also loved the old coal
mine where he had worked when in his
strength, and where his boys toiled all
the day.
Bell liked the mine also until last June.
A gentleman who had an interest in the
mine invited Bell to go to Philadelphia
and make his daughters a visit lie did
that, partly because he had a sincere wish
to make Bell happy, and he did it, in part,
because he saw some signs of a strike for
increased pay among the miners, and he
desired to please the Black brothers be
cause they were men of influence in their
own class.
Bell went She left home with tears of
affection for her father and mother, many
"words of good by for her brothers and
sisters. Just as long as sne could see a
sign of the place, she looked back toward
it, while the wheels of the rail-car rolled
her from home.
Bell's home-sickness was very slight
and lasted but a day or two. Amid all the
marvels and delights of the city, she be
gan to wonder how she had lived in the
black, dingy coal region, and she was
sorry when the time came that Mr. Capi
tal said : " Now, Bell, I am going down
to-morrow, and I suppose you will be
very glad to see your father and mother
" Yes, sir," said Bell ; but she did not
look glad at all ; and I will U 11 you what
she did. Just as soon as she could escape
from the table, she went up to the room
that had been given to her for the visit;
shut the door, and then she sat down and
Presently Mr. Capital's little daughter
Bernie went up, and found Bell crying.
What is the matter ?" she asked.
"Oh ! I can't never go back to that
dreadful place to live, and I don't want
to," said BelL
" I always like to come back home when
I've been away," said Bernie, "and I'm
sure so you ought"
" Well, don't you have a nice home to
come to? I guess I should," said Bell;
" I just wish my father wasn't an old coal
miner." ; -
" O Bell Black ! for shame to say that I
You ought to be dad he wasn't a slave
nor an Indian. And you just cried to see
him the night you came, you know you
" I don't care if I did," said Bell, " he'd
be my father just the same if we lived
somewhere else, wouldn't he t You needn't
If this feeling had lasted only a moment
it would have been bad enough ; but it
staid until she reached home, and made her
fnrirpt all the pleasure that had been iriven
her. When the iratu stoppeis sua teu a
cross and disagreeable as possible.
Thinking to surprise and please her
daughter, Mrs. Black had gone to the railway-station
to meet her.
I cannot tell you how that poormother's
heart felt when she saw BelL Instead of
running down from the rail-car to kiss her,
the little girl just went up and said
" Mother, how shabby you do look."
Mrs. Black was not very well dressed,
but she looked quite as well as usual, and
she wore the same dress that she had
worn when, at parting, Bell had clung to
her neck with kisses.
" Do I, my dear child I did not know
it ; but I dare say I forgot to brush my
hair: the baby has been ill, and someway
there never seemed so much to do before.
Besides, Bell, there's trouble at the mine."
" I wish there wasn't any mine, mother,
and I wish father wasn't a miner, and we
wern't poor. I don't want to five here
anyhow," Bell -said, as they came in sight
of the little cabin. Mrs. Black and Bell
were walking, while on a wheelbarrow
just behind them was Bell's little trunk,
and rolling tne narrow was jimmy, uiu
eldest child of the family.
Jimmy heard that rcmarlc, and ne
dropped the barrow, exclaiming, as he
wiped his face :
u Hell, you may just trundle mat narrow
home yourself. I guess my lady has put
on altogether too fine airs for the mining
regions." And Jimmy walked past them
and ia at the cabin-door, leaving Bell's
baggage on the highway.
"It s nice to come nome ana oe ireatea
so," said JSeil, - ana every ming s so mean
here. I just wish I was dead."
" DiJn t you have a nice lime at 3lr.
Capital's? Were they kind to you, my
dear?" asked Mrs. Black, going up to
Bell and taking off her hat, while at the
same time she turned about and made
Jimmy understand that he was to go back
alter the wueeicarrow.
lie went, and Mrs. Black did her ut
most to make UeU reel Jiappy m ner
home-coming, but Bell did not try to find
hanniness in anything. When her father
came up from the mine that night in.tead
of finding Bell at the top of the shaft, as
he expected, to greet him, she was not
there, and when he went in at the door
she shrank back from his kiss.
It is true that it was not so pieasant to
kiss a man who had been for eight hours
delving in the black dust and grime of
the mine, but Bell had kissed her father
when he was m just that condition many
"Got a new 'dress on, have you,
that yon are afraid of, Bell?" he
said. " WelL wait till I wash."
When he was ready, Bell had disap
peared. "She has gone np-stairs, her
" .. .. ...1 1 -v 1 1 1 .
niotfitT said, ana auaeu : x m nu ucucr
let Bell alone to-night; she reels the
change in every thing here, coming
"A week s a ereat time to change in.
I don't see that every thing isn't just about
the same as usual around here," said the
miner. '
It had been arranged that one of Mr.
Capital's little daughters should go down
with another little girl and see Bell some
time, hut the time was put off from week
to week, and then came the great strike.
That wrought evil m the miners homes
and in their beans, ai nrsi me uiaca
brothers held out against it but they final
ly were forced to fall in with the rest "and
so want and trouble came into their cab
An unhappy summer it was. Bell Black
was not wise enough to know that God
knew what was best for her when He sent
her to be a miner's daughter, and that she
was in just the best plac in the world for
her to be ; so she went on finding fault
and wishing that she had a rich man for
her lather, and trying to mm uia a nno
house and fine dresses would make her
t last the strike was over. The min
ers were going to work again, and there
would be better -times every body
htMr!Capital was so delighted that he
took one of his daughters down with him,
and left her at Mr. Black's cabin until he
should return home ; he was going on to
visit other mines in which he was inter
ested.! .
Helen was the little girl s name, bhe
haI never bt-fire been at the mines, and
she was delighted with every thing that
she saw.
To nlease BelL Mrs, Black bad put on
the best appearanco possible in view of
Lps. . io..
; "oes.,:,
terndon a- an.
hue miners to come u.-.
along pretty well if it wb . . t w
.coming. . You know how he 3 lot
black as any thing, and Helen will k .
see him and know that it's my father. L
too bad; but every thing's always t:'i
that I want nice."
-" Never be ashamed of your father, "Zd
Black," said Mrs. Black.
"I wish she was half as good. I just
hope something will come to punish ner.
She's spoilt since that Philadelphy dodge,'
said Jimmy.
"Hush, Helen is coming down," said
" Isn't It most time for the men to come
up I should like to go out and see," said
Helen, coming into the room.
"They'll be np in just five minntes,"
said Jimmy. "Ill go. with you Bell's
" You go," said Bell, " and rH come brand-by."
She did not say that she wanted
to wait nntil the "worst , was over, and
Helen had found out just what coarse,
common miner her father was, but she
meant it, and staid in the cabin and peered
out from the windows.
Presently there was a stir around the
shaft. Bell shivered. She knew her father
was coming up. f
Mrs. Black was busy In the little kitch
en, preparing supper. Ht husband car
ried a cold dinner down into the .mine,
but when he came up ho always expected
his dinner-supper, as he called it, to be
ready." ?
She toiled away for a few minutes, and
then she looked into the room where
Bell was. "Isn't it time for him?" she
" He didn't come up (n the first lift to
night" said BelL " Tk'-re's another one
coming now."
Presently in came Jimmy and Helen.
"Mother! mother!" sobbed -Jimmy,
they're a bringing him up. Something s
the matter."
Bell might have spared herself the life
long pain that will grow into her heart,
for her father never came up out of the
mine to cause her to be ashamed of him
before Helen.
The miners brought him out, dead by
black damp. Bell's prayer was granted.
She will never hide again lest she should
blush to see her father coming up the shaft
She is no longer a miner's daughter.
Hearth and Home.
The Power of Wort.
A mother on the green hills of Ver
mont was holding by the right hand a son,
sixteen years old, mad with the love of tho
sea. And as he stood by the garden gate
one morning she s:ud: "Edward, they
tell me for I never saw the ocean that
the great temptation of a seaman's life is
drink. Promise me. before you quit your
mother's hand, that you will never drink."
"And," said he, (for he told me the story,)
" I gave the promise, and I went the globe
over, Calcutta and the Mediterranean, San
Prancisco, and the Cape of Good Hope,
the north pole and the south : I saw them
all in forty years, and I never saw a glass
filled with sparkling liquor that my moth-
r. , K . -n t 1 1 1. 1 nnr tin nA.
fore me, and to-day I am innocent of tho
taste of liquor."
Was not that sweet evidence of the
power of a single word? Yet that is not
half. "For," said he, "yesterday there
came into my counting room a man of
forty years."
" Do you know me?"
"Well, said he, 'I was once brought
drunk in your presence on shipboard ;
you were a passenger; they kicked me
aside; you took me to your berth and
kept me there till I had slept off the in
toxication ; yon then asked if I had a
mother. I said I had never known a word
from her lips. You told me of yours ami
the garden gate, and to-day I am master
of one of the packets in New York, and
I came to ask you to come and see me.'
How far that little candle throws its
beams ! That mother's word in the green
hills of Vermont! God be thanked for
the mighty power of a single word ! Ex
change. '
Some Queer Calculations.
Havis you not often heard, or read, a
statement like this ? " The earth has been
r!ug over maiy times to bury the millions
who have lived on its surface." . Do you
i ) : .u:a m T f Vnn As trial fnllr.w m in
a calculation. The present population of
the earth is one thousand millions. Jtow,
supposing that at the creation there were
ahniMj millions instead of one
pair and at nd of thirty years, they
died and were buried, and their places
taken by another one thousand millions ;
and so on through the six thousand year.
This would give us a grand total ol two
hundred thousand (2W.OOO,000,000) mil
lions. Where can this immense and al
most inconceivable number be buried?
Let us see. The earth's surface is 200,000,
000 of square miles. This multiplied by
27,878,400 (the number of square feet in a
mile), and the product divided by two
hundred million, gives 55,756 square feet
for each and every one of this vast num
ber. This brought into a square gives the
very respectable sized lot of 23(1 feet each
way, or nearly 13 rods square.
Not very much crowding or digging
over and over again, is there T Decidedly
better sized lots than Cedar Bill or Spring
Grove affords. If you think I am wrong,
go over with the calculation and convince
yourself. Another little calculation, if you
please How much room,- think you,
would the thousand millions now on the
earth require to stand upon were they all
brought- together? Figures will tell.
Draw a circle ten miles in - diameter on
some smooth plain, and place a church
bell in the center, and every one of the
1,000,000,000 could hear it when struck.
Such a circle would give to each of this
immense number two square feet or a
space about seventeen inches - square.
Rather more crowded than the burying
ground, I admit out still more than
enough for the small ones, jather scant
perhaps, for the Lamberts yet, on the
whole, a very good average.- Don't you
think such a gathering would beat the
Hub Jubilee? Perhaps Gilmore will try
it He can do it if anybody can. The
only trouble is, Boston does not afford a
spot large enough, and of course it conk!
never be done anywhere else. Hartford
Range of the Human Eye.
The ranee of the human eye may be
judged of from a consideration which gives
us at the same time a good idea of the
scope of animal structure. Supposing
that an individual of every known species
were to take U stand between the two
species that were respectively the next
larger and the next smaller than itself, the
smallest known animal at one extremity
of the line, and the largest standing at the
other ; and then suppose we were to axk
which creature occupied the middle place,
having as'many degrees of size below it as
above, and as many above it as below, that
place would be found to be occupied by
the common house-fly. What stupen
dous optical instrument must that be
which, assisted with a few brass tubes and
some disks of glass, shall discern a creature
as much smaller than a fly, as a fly is
smaller than an elephant VLU'de Thing
qf Hat ure. - - -
A Practical Fljlng Machine.
A member of one of the oldest and
most successful business establishments in
this city has been for several years experi
menting with a flying machine that be
has invented and is now sanguine will be
entirely successful. Discarding entirely
the common modes of meeting the diffi
culties of keeping the machine pendant in
the air by some form of balloon, our Pa
ducah Inventor elevates his machine, and
keeps it afloat, by mechanical means and
the use of materials that combine strength
with extension. His present machine,
which may be called indeed a model, em
ploys two engines, with two-Inch cylin
ders, and its supporting and propulsive
agency is a perpendicular shaft with two
arms, to which beautiful wings are at
tached. These wings strike the air at
about the same angle as the- wings of a
bird do, and operate more like screw
propellers than the . wings used on any
other flying machine yet proposed. The
steam was put on last Thursday in the
presence of several competent machinists,
and everything worked in satisfactory
manner. The inventor ia bow engaged in
ascertaining, by practical experiment, the
exact lifting power of his machte.3.
to whom he has exhibited it are u ni
mous in their opinion that he will achieve
the great feat cf making a machine that
will ny ; will be elevated or depressed at
ph-asure ; wDl go in a direction contrary
to the wind, and will not nee l a balloon
togive it buoyancy. Pnl uchl'mt .
It Is proposed to erect a ir - ament to
Mr. Peabody in Druid Bill ti
more, to cost f loO.OOO.

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