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^ehtfed Qlvsctlluiw. PASSED. BY ROSE TBRRT COOKE. NKVEBMORE, nevermore. When the twilight pale and gray Veils the golden brow of day, Shall I, looking through the gate, Wait, wait, long and late, For thy coming—nevermore I •Nevermore, nevermore, When the breathless trance of Jnne Glitters in the rl«ing moon. Underneath a whimpering tree, Shall I wait, wait for thee, Liiger for thee—nevermore. Nevermore, nevermore, Where the blossomed branches spread Dew and odor overhead, fr-hall sit beside thee, dear, All thy secret heart to hear. Thy consoler—nevermore. Nevermore, nevermore, All that poignant past is fled I am living, thou art dead. I have drained the chalice awect. Thy quick heart has ceased to beat: Life shall vex thee nevermore. Nevermore, nevermore: Earth has sung the gong to thee Heaven returns it unto me. In thy blessing blessed 1 go. Home enfolds thee thou shall know Mortal anguish nevermore. —Harper's Bazar. THE UNDERTAKER. [From the Russian of Alexander Serguevitctt Poushkin The last of the goods aud chattels of the undertaker, Adrian Prohoroff, were heaped into the hearse, and a pair of lean horse* dragged it along for the fourth time from the Basmanaja to the Nikits kaja, for to the latter street the under taker was removing with all his house hold. Having closed his old shop he nailed a notice to the door to the effect that the premises were to be sold or let, and started off on foot to his new abode. He was surprised to find on approaching the little yellow house, which had so long taken his fancy aud which he had at last bought for a considerable sum, that he did not fuel in good spirits. Having crossed the threshold and finding his new abode in great confusion he sighed at the recol lection of the old hovel, where during eighteen years everything had been con ducted with the strictest regularity, and he scolded his daughters and the maid-of all-werk for their dilatoriness, and set to assisting them himself. Order was soon established the sacred image-ca. e, the dresser with the crockery, the table sofa, and bed occupied the corners assigned to them in the back room in the kitchen and the fitting-room was placed the mas ter's handiwork, which consisted of cof fins of all sizes and colors, and the cup boards were filled with mourning cloaks and torches. Over the gate appeared a signboard, representing a corpulent Cupid holding a reversed torch, with the inscription: "Here are sold and orna mented plain and painted coffins coffins also let out on hire, and old ones re paired." The girls retired to their room, and Adrian, having inspected his dwell ing, sat down by the window and ordered the samovar to be got ready. The enlightened reader is aware that both Shakespeare and Walter Scott repre sented their grave-diggers as cheerful and jocose persons, in order *o strike our im agination "more forcibly by the contrast. Out of regard to truth, however, we can not follow their example, and are com pelled to admit that the disposition of our undertaker fully corresponded with his mournful calling. Adrian Prohoroff was habitually sullen and thoughtful. His silence might occasionally be broken for the sole purpose of scolding his daughters when he had chanced to find them idle, gazing out of the window at the passers by, or asking an exorbitant price for his goods of those who had the misfortune (and sometimes also the good fortune) to re quire them. Thus it happened that Adrian, now sipping his seventh cup of tea, was as usual sunk in melancholy reflections. He thought of the pouring rain which fell at the very outset of the retired Brig adier's funeral the previous week. Many mourning cloaks had shrunk in conse quence, and many hats had been spoiled. He foresaw unavoidable expenditure, for his old stock of mourning attire had fallen into a pitiful condition. He hoped to charge a good round sum at the funeral of the merchant Truhin's old wife, who had now been nearly a year at death's door. But the old woman lay dying at Kasgoulai, and Prohoroff feared lest her heirs, notwithstanding their promise, would neglect to send for him all that dis ance and would come to terms with the nearest undertaker. These meditations were unexpectedly disturbed by three Freemason-like taps at the door. Who is there?" asked Proh off. The door opened, and a man in whom the German artisan was recognized at a glance walked in, and cheerfully ap proached the undertaker. Pardon me, my dear neighbor," said he, in that Russian dialect which we can not listen to without a smile. Pardon my intruding upon you—I was anxious to make your acquaintance. I am a bootmaker, my name is Gottlieb Schulz, and I live across the street in the little house facing your windows. To-morrow I celebrate my silver wedding, and I came to ask you and your daughters to dine with us in a friendly way." The invitation was accepted with good will. Ihe undertaker asked the boot maker to sit down and take a cup of tea, and thanks to the cordial disposition of Gottlieb Schulz their conversation soon became friendly. How does your trade prosper?" asked Adrian. Ah—he—he!" answered Schulz, so so I cannot complain, although my goods are, of course, different from yours a live man can do without boots, but a dead man cannot do without a coffin." Very true," remarked Adrian how ever, if the live man has not got where with to pay for his boots one cannot take it amiss in him if he goes barefooted, but a dead beggar has a coffin gratis." In this manner they conversed for some time. At last the bootmaker rose, and, taking leave of the undertaker, renewed his invitation. The next day at twelve o'clock precise ly the undertaker and his daughters passed through the wicket of the newly bought house on their way to Neighbor Schulz'. I shall not describe either the Russian caftan of Adrian Prohoroff, or the European attire of Akulina and Daria, departing in this respect from the now so prevalent custom among novelists. I dp not, however, consider it superfluous to remark that both young ladies wore yellow bonnets and red shoes this they did only on grand occasions. The small dwelling of the bootmaker was filled with guests, who chiefly con sisted of German artisans, their wives, and their workmen of Russian employes there was but one, the Esthonian, Yoorko, he watchman, who had, in spite of his lowly calling, managed to secure the special good-will of his host. He had served in this capacity for five-and-twenty years, faithfully and honestly, like the postman of Fogarelsky. The flre of 1812, which destroyed the chief capital,' annihilated also his yellow watch-box. But as soon as the enemy was expelled a new one appeared in its stead it was gray, with small white Doric pillars, and Yoorko was again seen pacing before it Almost all the Germans who lived in the vicinity of the Nikitsky gates knew him, and some had even chanced to spend the night of Sunday to Monday morning under his roof. Adrian hastened to make his acquaintance as he would that of a man of whom he might stand in need, sooner or later, and when the guests took their seats at dinner, they sat next to each other. Monsieur and Madame Schulz and their daughter Lottchen, who had seen but seventeen summers, while dining with and entertaining their guests, assisted the cook to wait upon them. Beer flowed. Yoorko ate for four Adri an did not cede to him his daughters, however, stood on ceremony. The con versation, kept up in the German lan guage, was becoming louder and louder. Suddenly the host begged for a few mo ments' attention, and drawing the cork of a sealed bottle exclaimed in aloud voice, in Russian: "The health of my good Louisa!" The so-called champagne sparkled. The host tenderly kissed the fresh face of his forty-year-old helpmate, and the guests drank noisily to the health of the good Louisa. The health of my amiable guests!" exclaimed the host, opening a second bottle. And his guests thanked him, and again drained their glasses. Here toast followed upon toast the health of each guest was drank separately they toasted Moscow and an entire dozen of little German towns, all corporations in general, and each one in particular they drank to masters, and they drank to foremen. Adrian drank sedulously, and was so elated that he him self proposed some jocular toast. Sud denly one of the guests, a fat baker, raised his glass, and exclaimed: 'To the health of those we work for—unserer Rundleute!" This proposal, like all the others, was joyously and unanimously applauded. The guests saluted each other, the tailor bowed to the bootmaker, and the bootmaker to the tailor, the baker to both all to the baker and so on. Yoorko, in the midst of these mutual salutations, exclaimed, turning to his neighbor: 44 What now! drink, sir, to the health of thy dead ones." All laughed, but the undertaker, con sidering himself affronted, became sullen. Nobody noticed him the party continued its carouse, and the bells had already rung for vespers when all rose from the table. The guests dispersed at a late hour, and most of them were elevated. The fat baker and the bookbinder, whose face appeared as if bound in red morocco, led Yoorko between them to his box, carry ing out in this case the Russian proverb: A debt is rendered honorable by payment. The undertaker returned home tipsy and wrathful. ll 41 What, sir?" said the maid, who was pulling off his boots '4 what dost thou talk about? Make the sign of the cross! To ask the dead to a house-warming! What horror!" By I shall ask them," continued Ad-ian I shall ask them at once, for to-morrow. Pray come, my benefactors, come to feast with me to-morrow evening I shall entertain you with what God has given me." So saying the undertaker tumbled into bed, and soon began to snore. It was still dark when Adrian was roused. The merchant Truhin's wife had died that very night, and a special mes. senger had been sent on horseback with this intelligence. The undertaker gave him a tencopeck piece for a glass of spirits, dressed in haste, took a droshky, and drove to Rasgoulai. The police were already stationed at the gates of the house where lay the defunct trades people were going in and out like ravens at their prey. The corpse lay on a table, yellow as wax but not yet disfigured by decomposition. Relations, neighbors and friends crowded around. All the windows stood open, candles were burning, priests were read ing prayers. Adrian went up to Truhin's nephew, a young merchant in a fashion able coat, and assured him that the coffin, candles, pall, and other funeral furniture would be delivered with all punctuality and without fail. The heir thanked him absently, saying that he would not bargain about the expense, but should trust implic itly to his conscience. The undertaker as usual swore that he would not overcharge exchanged a significant glance with his workmen, and started off to make the nec essary arrangements. The whole day was spent driving to and fro between Rasgoulai and the Nikitsky gates to ward evening, all being arranged, he set tled with his driver and returned home ward on foot. It was a moonlight night. The undertaker had safely reached the Nikitsky gates. At the Church of the Ascension our friend Yoorko hailed him, and on recognizing the undertaker wished him good night. It was getting late. The undertaker was approaching his house when he suddenly fancied he saw some one nearing it, open the wicket, pass through, and disappear. What can this mean?" thought Adrian, "Who is it wants me again Can it be a thief? Do lovers perhaps visit my silly girls? It bodes evil!" And the undertaker was on the point of calling his friend Yoorko to come to his aid. Just then some other person approached the wicket and was about to enter, but, on becoming aware that Adrian was nearing hurriedly, this person stopped, and raised his cocked hat Adrian fancied he knew the face, but was not, in his haste, able to examine it closely. You were coming to me," said Adrian, breathlessly "do me the favor to step in." 44 No ceremonies, friend," said the stranger, in a hollow voice walk on— show thy guests the way!" There was no time to stand on cere mony. The wicket stood open. Adrian went up the staircase, the person follow ing him. Adrian fancied that people were walking about his rooms. "What 44 Why, indeed," reasoned he aloud—" why is my craft worse than any other Is an undertaker, then, brother to an executioner? What had the heathens to laugh at? Is an undertaker a Christ mas harlequin I meant to have asked them to a house-warming, to have given them a feast but let them wait till they get it. And I shall now invite instead those for whom 1 work, my orthodox dead." §h W¥*rn devilry is this!" thought he, and hurried in—but here his legs gave way. The room was full of dead people. The moon, shining through the windows, lit up their yellow and blue faces, sunken mouths, dull, half-closed eyes, and thin, protruding noses. Adrian recognized in them, with dread, people who had been buried with his aid and in the guest whom he had preceded the Brigadier who had been in terred during the pouring rain. All the women and men assembled surrounded the undertaker, bowing, and greeting him all except one poor fellow, who had quite recently been buried gratis, and who, shy and ashamed of his tatters, did not venture to come forward, but stood retiredly in a corner. The rest were re spectably dressed the women wore caps with ribbons those men who had served the State were in uniform, but their faces were unshaven merchants wore their holiday caftan*. Seest thou, Prohoroff," said the Brigadier, in the name of this select company, how we have all risen at thy invitation. Those alone have re mained at home who could not possibly come, who had quite crumbled to pieces, or who had no skin, but only their bare bones left but even thus, one of them could not rest—so anxious was he to see thee!" AX that moment a small skeleton pushed his way through the crowd and approached •Adrian. His skull smiled affectionately at the undertaker. Bits of light green and red cloth and of old linen hung here and there about him, as upon a pole, while the bones of his feet rattled in his Hessian boots like a pestle in a mortar. 44 Thou dost not recognize me, Prohoroff," said the skeleton. Dost thou remember the retired Sergeant of the Guards, Piotr Petrovitch Kurilkin, the same for whom thou soldest thy first coffin, in the year 1799—and one of pine, too, for one of oak!" So saying the corpse extended his bony arms toward him but Adrian, mus tering all his strength, cried out, and pushed him from him. Piotr Petrovitch tottered, fell, and went to pieces. A murmur of indignation was heard among the dead they stood up for the honor of their fellow, threatening and up braidingAdrian and the poor host deafened by their cries, and almost pressed to death, losing his presence of mind, fell across the bones of the retired Sergeant of the Guards and remained unconscious. The sunlight had long been streaming across the bed on which the undertaker was sleeping. At last he opened his eyes, and saw before him the maid, blowing at the charcoal of the samovar. Adrian re membered with dread all the events of the preceding day: Trunin, the Brigadier, and the Sergeant ap. peared dimly before him. He was si lently expecting the girl to begin the conversation, and to relate to him the re sults of the night's adventures 44 How thou hast overslept thyself, Adrian Prohoroff, sir," said Aksinia, handing him his dressing-gown. "Thy neighbors, the tailor and the watchman, came to thee with the announcement that it was the saint's day of the Commissary of Police, but thou wast pleated to sleep, and we did not like to awake thee." And did they come to me from the late Madame Trunin?" 44 Late Is she then dead 44Fool 44 that thou art! didst not thou thyself help me to arrange things for her funeral?" 44 Hast thou lost thy senses, sir or have the fumes of last night's drink not passed off yet? What funeral was there yester day? Thou didst feast at the German's all day, and coming home tipsy didst throw thyself on thy bed, and didst sleep until this very hour, when the bells have already rung for mass." "Indeed!" said the rejoiced under taker. Of course," answered Aksinia. 44 Well, if that is the case, let us have the samovar quickly, and call my daugh ters."—St. Paul's. Performing Fleas. THE latest excitement in Berlin is an exhibition of drilled fleas. The exhibi tion takes place on a large sheet of white paper fastened on an ordinary table, to which all the spectators approach in turn, so as to be able to witness in all details the extraordinary maneuvers of these lit tle, but marvelously powerful and gifted, rascals. Here you see one of the mus cular fleas rolling a small barrel along with its feet, as the men do in the ciicus there you see a female of the species walking along in crinoline and carrying her parasol with all the affectation of a city miss at another place a Well-trained fellow performs on the flying trapeze— without any danger to his neck, however, since the biggest fall would not break that while below the trapeze, on the paper, a host of little ones are turning somersaults at a fearful rate. The largest specimens of the collection have been trained to draw wagons, drays, carriages, etc. To fix the harness properly on them the flea-tamer places his pupils on a piece of paper covered with mucilage, where they have to stick. He then, by the aid of a watchmaker's loop, arranges a strong gold thread around their bodies and at taches it to the wagon or carriage. The ladies of Berlin attend the exhibition in large numbers and seem totake an extraor dinary delight in the performance of the little creatures, who are regularly fed every morning from the arm of the great flea-tamer, he being quite ready to shed the last drop of blood for his darling little pets. There has been no similar exhibi tion in Europe since the days of the great Italian flea-tamer Bartolotti, of whom a number of more or less bloody stories are still current, among others the following: It was on a hot day in July that he pre sented himself at the court of a French Count, who called in his decollette-dressed Countess to witness the performance along with him. The little black fellows did very well until, when they were about to execute a military maneuver, the gentle men of the troupe got tired of the per formance, and, with a bold resolution, took a leap straight into the bosom of the Countess. Of course there was a grand scene. The Countess shrieked with horror the Count was laughing fit to kill himself, and Bartolotti was ready to die from anxiety for the life of his chief per former. At last the Countess hurried off into another room, calling loudly for her chambermaid. To Bartolotti the few minutes that intervened seemed hours of agony, and when the chambermaid reap peared, with the criminal between her fingers, his heart beat triumphantly. He stretched out his hand, called his darling pet by name, but no sooner had he seen it than, with an intense look of disgust, he threw it aside, exclaiming, Why, this is none of mine!" —Lewiston, Me., has 7,604 of its inhab itants engaged in the different factories. A N I N E E N E N N E W S A E WORTHINGTON, NOBLES CO., MINN., SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1874. The Mountains of the United States. The following is the height of the prin cipal mountains in the United States, as compiled from Prof. Hayden's Report, in the United States Register: ROCKY MOUNTAINS, SIERRA NEVADA AND CASCADE RANGE. Feet. Mount St Elias, Alaska (Est.) 15 860 Mount Fairweather, Alaska (Est..) 14J783 Mount Whitney, California 15,00*1 Monnt Shasta, California 14,442 Mount Rainer, Washington Territory 14,434 Mount Tyndall, California 14,386 Mount Harvard, Colorado Territory 14,270 Pike's Peak, Colorado Territory 14,216 Irwin's Peak, Colorado Territory 14,192 Gray's Peak, Colorado Territory 14,145 Monnt Lincoln, Colorado Territory 14,124 Mount Yale, Colorado Territory 14,081 Long's Peak, Colorado Territory 14,050 Mount Brewer, California 13,886 Mount Hayden, Wyoming Territory 13,858 Horse Shoe Mountain, Colorado Territory.. .13,806 Silver Heel's Mountain. Colorado Territory.. 13650 Fremont's Peak, Wyoming Territory 18,*TO Mount of the Holy Cross, Colorado Territory.13,500 Mount Hodges, Uintah Mountains 13,500 Mount Tohkwano, Uintah Mountains 13,500 Velie's Peak, Colorado Territory I3,4t6 Mount Audubon, Colorado Territory 13,402 Gilbert's Peak, Uintah Mountains 13,250 Mount Dana, California 13,227 Mount Lyell, California 13,217 Mount Guynt, Colorado Territory 13,223 Parry's Peak, Colorado Territory 13,133 Three Teton's, Idaho Territory 13,000 Bald Mountain, Idaho 13,000 Mount Flora, Colorado Territory 12,878 San Francisco Mountains, Arizona Territory. 12,052 Wahsatch Mountains, Utah 12,000 Spanish Peaks, Colorado Territory 12,000 Mount Englemann, Colorado Territory 12,000 Snow Line, 41° North Latitude. Mount Wright, Colorado Territory 11,800 Mount Silliman, California 11.623 Mount San Bernardino, California 11,600 Mount Hood, Oregon 11,245 Mount Pitt. Oregon 11,000 Lone Peak, Utah Territory li.OOO Black Hills, Wyoming Territory 11,000 Wind River Mountains, Wyoming Territory. 11,000 Electric Peak, Yellowstone Park 10.992 Mount Baker, Oregon 10,719 Emigrant Peak, Montana Territory 10,629 Lassen's Butte, California 10,577 Mount Sheridan, Wyoming Territory 10,420 Mount Washburn, Yellowstone Park 10.388 Ward's Peak, Montana Territory 10,371 Mount Delano. Montana Territory 10.200 Mount Blackmore, Montana Territory 10,134 Mount Doane, Yellowstone Park 10,118 Mount San Antonio, California 9,931 Mount St. Helen's (Volcano), Washington Territory 9,760 Old Baldy, Montana Territory 9,711 Mount Garfield, Idaho Territory 9.704 Mount Adams, Washington Territory 9,570 Bridger's Peak, Montana Territory 9,0ft0 Crater Lake, Cascade Range, Oregon 9,000 Mount Olympus (Coast Range), Washington Territory 8,13H Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming Territory 7,788 Mount Mitchell, Allegheny Mountains, North Carolina 6,732 Mount Washington, White Mountains, Ne Hampshire 6,285 PASSES OVER THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. Feet. 33d Parallel, near El Paso 5,714 35th Parallel, near Albuquerque 7.472 3rfth Parallel (Coochecopa Pass) 10,000 41st Parallel (Union Pacific Railroad) 8,241 42d Parallel (South Pass) 7,085 47th and 48th Parallels (Cadolt's Pass) 6,0*4 47th and 48th Parallels (Deer Lodge Pass) .. 6.200 47and48th Parallels (Lewis Clark's) 6,323 Flathead Pass (Northern Montana) 5,459 KutaniePas* (British America) 6,000 PASSES OVER THE SIERRA NEVADA8. Tejon Pa«s, 31 a 45' North Latitude 5,250 Walker's Pass, 35 a 30' North Latitude 5,300 New Pass, to Owen's River 3,1«4 Mono Pass, to Mono Lake 10,700 Silver Mountain Pass, to Carson City Donner Pass (Central Pacific Railroad) 7,042 Beckwith's Pass, to Pyramid Lake 4,,500 Truckee Pas 7,200 Lassen's Pa^s (40* 35' North Latitude) Madelin Pass 6,667 Some (Jueer Superstitions. IT is not necessary to go back to the middle ages to find among the people the grossest superstitions. It is not yet 200 years, no longer ago, indeed, than the be ginning of the eighteenth century, when men still believed in a thousand absurd things in which the devil, and Heaven only knows what occult influences, played an important part. A considerable number of these super stitious beliefs have been collected in a little French book which we have before us. It is entitled La Magie Naturelle," and was published in the year 1715. It being a copy of a revised and corrected" edition, we are justified in coming to the conclusion that the book had at least a very fair sale. And then the publisher neglected nothing, it would seem, to se cure purchasers. On the cover there is this announcement: To be had of Rob ert le Turcq, rue d'Enfer, Amsterdam," which is very like Robert the Devil, street of the Infernals. This was sufficient to attract the attentic of the credulous. One entire chapter of the book is de voted to the vertus (powers, properties) of certain animals. It is a series of recipes, directing how one may acquire a super natural power by utilizing different in habitants of the animal kingdom. Would you become brave, so brave even as to have no fear of death itself! would you be able to go everywhere without danger, take part in the bloodiest en counters and remain unscathed! then take the feet of a hare and the head of a black bird, tie them together, and carry them attached to your arm. If this process does not please you, choose another. This one, for example: Cut the skin of a lion in thongs and tie them round you. But one has not always a lion at one's disposal. For such cases the author has provided. The lark, the rapa of the Chaldeans, affords a substi tute for the skin of the king of beasts. He who will carry on his person the feet of this bird will never be persecuted on the contrary, he will always be ready to face danger. He will always be victori ous, and his enemies will fear him. The right eye of this bird, enveloped in a piece of wolfs skin, will make him who carries it mild and amiable and by putting a drop of lark's blood into a glass of wine one may make himself loved by the per son who drinks it. This last experiment has been recently tried." Who would ever have believed that the lark possessed such along list of virtues Amiability, courage, invulnerability, etc., etc. In 1710 it was discovered," says our author, that it one takes of the blood of the seal and a bit of its heart and carries them under his arm, he will surpass all his fellows in wit and judgment, and the criminal who is thus provided will ex cite the sympathy and compassion of his judges." But these are only bagatelles. Here is something worth while, thanks to the eel, by means of which the dead may be re suscitated. The only trouble is that the preparation is somewhat difficult. It is necessary, in the first place, that the eel should die for want of water, and further more that its body should be perfect and entire. Then we are directed to put the eel in a mixture of strong vinegar and the blood of the vulture and cover it over with manure—how large the pile should be is not stated. All that now is neces sary is to place the dead body before the file in order to see the person return to ife. Another property of the eel: If one eats its heart warm he will be able to fore tell future events." But let us leave the slippery eel for that ominous bird of yore," the raven. This memberjof the feathered tribe is well calculated to excite the popular imagina tion. If we boil its eggs," says our French man, and then return them to the nest whence we have taken them, the raven will Immediately fly away. Without halting, he will cross lands and seas until he arrives at the island on which Alodri cus was buried and there, even, he will remain only long enough to pick up a little magic stone. He now returns, at a single flight, with his precious burden to his deserted nest. And now, O wonder! hardly does he touch the eggs with the stone when every trace of the boiling dis appears. The bird having no further use for the stone, being now sure that the eggs will hatch, lets it fall. At this mo ment we must be at hand to pick up the stone. As soon as it is in our possession, we must have it set in a ring. This ring is priceless If we touch anyone with it who is in fetters, or a door that is locked, the fetters will immediately fall off and the door fly open." Besides these very useful properties the ravenstone possesses others that may be made to contribute greatly to our amusement: For example, our author says that he who puts it in his mouth will be able to imitate the song of any bird he chooses." And the blackbird! Although its pow ers are not equal to the raven's, they are still very remarkable. Witness: "If we hang up the feathers of its right wing with a red thread, in a house that has not been occupied, no one will be able to sleep in it so long as the feathers remain hanging. If we put its heart under the head of a person asleep, the person will tell all he has ever done in answer to our questions while if we throw its heart in to well-water, together with the blood of a lapwing, stir, and then moisten the tem ples ot any one therewith, sickness and perhaps the death of the person will be the consequence." These are veritable facts," says the author of La Magie Naturelle," as I myself have frequently proved by experi ment." Did he ever verify this one also? If any one eats of the brain of the eagle, powdered, mixed with the juice of hemlock, he will not stop till he pulls out not only every hair on his head but every hair on his body." After having recorded all these extrav agant superstitions the author of the little volume informs those who have any inter est in being informed on the subject that when one would have recourse to these secrets the trials shotild be made under favorable planets—Jupiter or Venus, when the object to do good when to do evil, under Saturn or Mars.—Hearth and Home. The Queen of Diamonds." MRS. ASTOR, the wife of the hundred millionaire of New York, appeared at a party which she gave at her Fifth avenue residence, the other evening, in a style which would justify any reporter in say ing that she literally blazed all over with diamonds." On each of her shoulders she had four stars the size of silver half dollars, made of diamonds. Her hair was set very thickly with diamonds, and her head seemed aflame with them. There was a diamond bandeau upon her brow. She had diamond car-rings, and a diamond necklace of magnificent propor tions. Upon the two sides of her chest were two circles of diamonds, about the size of the palm of the hand. From them depended lines and curves of diamonds reaching to the waist, round which she wore a diamond girdle. On the skirts of her dress in front were two large peacocks wrought in lines of diamonds. There were rosettes of diamonds on her slippers. There were diamonds large or small, but in every variety of form, all over her dress and person, wherever they could be artistically placed. She presented an extraordinary and dazzling spectacle as she moved languidly through the dance among her friends. One of the ladies present, a connoisseur in precious stones, who kept cool enough to take practical observation, says the diamonds she wore could not have cost less than a million dollars, and must have represented her husband's income for at least a quarter of a year. The same lady, who is familiar with court life in Europe, says that the largest collection of diamonds in possession of any Eu ropean Empress or Queen belongs to the present German Empress but she adds that even Augusta herself could not make a diamond show which would begin to compare with that made by Mrs. Astor.— N. Y. Paper. A Dumb Dialogue. It wrenches one badly to step on the wrong stair, but few can help laughing at the awkward stride he makes. It is equally funny to see a man meet the wrong customer," and go to talking and gesticulating at him as if he were some body else. Jones went out to the deaf and dumb asylum the other day to inspect the insti tution. Upon entering he encountered a man, evidently an inmate, and he at once endeavored to explain to the man by making signs upon his fingers that he wanted to look through the place. The man also made signs which Jones could not comprehend. Then Jones made other and more elaborate motions, which set the man at work with greater violence, and for the next ten minutes they stood in the hall gesticulating and twisting thci fingers without either being able to com prehend what the other meant. Finally Jones became angry, and in an outburst of wrath exclaimed: Oh, get out, you idiot! I'm tired of bothering with you!" Thereupon the man said: That's just what I was going to say about you." "Oh, you can speak, can you? Then why didn't you do so, and not keep me standing here motioning to you? I thought you were deaf and dumb." "And I thought you were," said the man. I came here to inspect the asylum," said Jones, and I took you for a pa tient." "That's what I came here for, and I thought you were an attendant," said the man. Here Jones and the man shook hands and hunted up a genuine attendant, and went away happy. After this Jones will always use his tongue, no matter where he is.—Youth's Companion. A TENNESSEE father has got himself be hind the bars for thrashing one of his sons almost to death because the young man would not go to a protracted meeting. —A hen in Indianapolis has been so affected by the Siamese Twins excitement as to lay a hyphenated pair of eggs. CURRENT ITEMS. A MILWAUKEE horse has died of a broken heart. THE Patti is the name of one of the new bonnets. THE crack of base ball clubs will soon be heard in the land. MOMENTS of triumph are not always moments of happiness. THE Order of Enoch" is anew society established by Brigham Young. BOSTON'S new Postoffice is called a magnificent heap of ugliness." MEMORY is the only paradise from which nothing can ever drive us. A-MARYLAND miller %as owned and tended one mill for forty-eight years. No Northern man who goes to Florida can rest until he has shot an alligator. AN old sinner grumbles at .the gout as a precious legacy"—only it isn't aisy. THE Siamese twins, it appears, are not to be allowed to rest either in peace or in pieces. IT is very ruinous to move, but especially expensive to move in the best circles. SEE what It is to live in a warm country the little boys in Texas are going to the circus now. CALIFORNIA still sneers at greenbacks, and if a man hasn't gold and silver he is rated "B 2." THE first and only Grange in Arizona was a few days ago organized at Phce nix in the Salt River Valley. A N EW YORK Shaker shook $4,000 out of the colony the other day and then shook himself far, far away. A MAN has discovered how to live well on twenty cents per day, but this won't help the fifteen-cent people. GLASS will sustain 2,000 pounds to the square inch, it is said. Just threw a two pound stone at a plate-glass window and see. JONES says that the difference between his wife and the Pope is that she possesses temper-all-power and His Eminence doesn't. A COMPANY has been formed on Bear River, Cal., for the purpose of manu facturing butter from the fat of the seal and sea lion. A WEDDING took place at Cairo a few days ago in which the ceremony was per formed by telegraph, the clergyman being in Memphis. A NEW HAVEN paper has finally admit ted that there may possibly be one well learned man and one well-bred lady out side of New Haven. FOURTEEN fathers in Quincy, 111., have signed a pledge not to allow their daugh ters to take music lessons until they know how to make good bread. MORE than a hundred people are drink ing warm blood at the Brighton (Mass.) abattoir, for various diseases, and there is talk of building a hotel to accommodat the patients. A CLERGYMAN writes to the Baltimore American that its attempts at criticising Mrs. Van Cott are as ridiculous as the ef forts of a mouse to nibble oft the wings of an archangel. THE Palatka (Fla.) Herald says that Florida has been talked of South more romantically, and examined less accu rately, than any other section of country on the continent. A MONTREAL paper, speaking of a re cent dualin explosion, says, in a most pa thetic style, that the bodies of the victims were spread over many rods, here apiece and there a piece." "MUNICIPAL INSANITY" is what they call it in Chicago. In New York and Brooklyn it is called municipal rascal ity." To doctors of law it is known as a complication of ring-round." OVERSKIRTS are made very long and come from the waist to the edge of the skirt in front and puffed into the side seams so as to be looped very high on the hips. This is the latest style. A MAN named Gail petitioned the Mis sissippi Legislature for leave to hang himself, but they refused to report favor ably on the document and he still lives, desiring, he says, to abide by the laws of his country. THE Maine Solons have curious notions about the care of the poor. The Legisla ture is seriously considering a bill to make railroads support persons whom they have brought to towns, if they be come paupers. THE Terry Island Second Adventists stick to it that the end is coming pretty soon, in spite of the recent miscalcula tion, and Rev. C. C. Barker devotes four columns ,of the Watchman's Cry to an argument on the point. IN reference to a distinguished surgeon's opinion that Chang and Eng might have been safely separated in life, the New York Commercial Advertiser thinks that Of all sad words to a Siamese twin The eaddeet are these: Itmight have been. A CAT in the Louisville Courier-Journal office lived in a drawer for nine days without food, light or drink, and in three minutes after being let out she was play ing base ball with a paste cup. This, it must be remembered, was a Kentucky cat. A YOUNG lady graduate of the medical department of Iowa University has won the first prize for the best performed dis section in surgical anatomy, from a class consisting of twenty-four young men and one other young woman. A CONFIDENCE woman of rare beauty and adroitness has swindled almost every merchant in Virginia City, and gone off with $3,000 of net result. The victims, however, admire her cleverness so much that they refuse to attempt her capture and punishment. THE filial tenderness of Mary Kane, of New Haven, is truly touching. She de sired to elope with a party already orna mented with a wife, but would not budge until she had seen her old and teeble mother provided for. And so she had her placed in the alms-house. VARNISH FOR GRATES.—TO one pound common asphaltum, fused in an iron pot, add half a pint hot boiled linseed oil mix well, and boil an hour. When par tially cooled add one quart oil of turpen tine. If too thick, add more turpentine. Apply with an ordinary paint brush. TEXARCANA, Tex., a town built in a dense forest, is located nineteen miles from Fulton, Ark., and is less than ninety days old. It now numbers over 2,000 bona fide citizens, and there are 200 buildings going up There is a general ticket office, two railroads, two express companies, two tel egraph lines and forty saloons. ONE of the ornaments picked out for the coming bonnet is the Russian pompon. It is of several colors nicely blended, and stands upright from the side of the head, gear like an illuminated cornstalk. Of NUMBER 29. course it will be fashionable. Anything imported and with as high-sounding a name as Russian pompon" cannot fail to be. RECENTLY a lady walked into the rooms of the Home Missionary Society in the Congregational House, Boston, and laid a $500 bill upon the table of the Secretary, Dr. Barrows, with a note containing these words: Please appropriate the inclosed to the cause of borne missions, and ac knowledge it in the next Home Mission ary as cash from H. Y." Having thus done her errand, the lady walked out as quietly as she came in. THE New York varnishers and pol ishers are reorganizing their trades-union with a view of being enabled to regain, with the opening of the spring business, their former rate of wages, which, owing to the financial convulsion of last fall, were reduced by an average 20 per cent. Their present average rate of wages is fifteen dollars per week, and they expect to have it raised when the time comes to eighteen dollars per week, at an average estimate. SHORTLY after the American steamer Illinois left Liverpool on a recent trip a man was discovered who had concealed himself for the purpose of stealing his passage. When questioned he handed the officer a card bearing the name of a correspondent of a New York daily paper. He stated that he had money, but refused to pay for his passage. He was therefore confined in a state-room during his passage, and kept on prison diet. A TOUCHING story is related of a young man from the vicinity of Ebensburg, who was violently attacked some eight years ago with the Western fever. He followed the track of the setting sun, and upon ar riving at his destination he possessed but a dollar in the world. After eight years of incessant toil he last week returned to his native hills, having accumulated the munificent sum of one hundred and thirty-eight cents over and above the amount necessary to pay his fare back.— JohnsUmn (Pa.) Tribune. The Hinge of the Universe. The beautiful constellation of the Plei ades is one of the most familiar in the sky, but it is probably not generally known bow important a position is held by one of its stars in the economy of the universe. We read in the Book of Job of the "sweet influences of the Pleiades," or more literally of the seven stars," but it has been a puzzle to biblical scholars what is meant by this expression. Of this cluster of stars, which Tennyson compares to a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid,"' only six are now visi ble to the naked eye, but as many as two hundred have been seen through a power ful telescope. In GreeK mythology the group con sisted originally of seven sisters, one of whom married a mortal, and therefore her star lost its brilliance and was no longer visible. As the missing one was lost from view long before the telescope was dis covered, it is impossible now to tell whether its light was simply bedimmed or, as in some other cases, altogether ex tinguished. The lost Pleiad has been the subject of much interest to the poets and painters, but in the estimation of astronomers the star called Alcyone holds the first rank. According to the German astronomer Maedler, it is the sun around which all the starry systems are revolving. After seven years spent in the most patient re search he came to the conclusion that Alcyone is the center or hinge of the uni verse. It may not seem to us large and bright enough to occupy so important a position, but it must be remembered that it is very distant, and that its light is 537 years in reaching our earth. Moreover, according to Maedler's calculations, eighteen mill ions of years are occupied in one gigantic revolution of the universe around this re mote center. The discoveries resulting from the in vention of the spectroscope have proved that there is very rapid motion among what are known as the fixed" stars. Some are approaching us, others drifting away, at the rate of from thirty to fifty miles a second. It was Ion? ago an nounced by Herschel that our sun, with its attendant planets, was moving toward a particular part of the heavens. It is re garded as probable by astronomers that the starry movements, like those of the great men in Spain, are all revolutionary in their character, but some have fixed upon a star in theconstellation Hercules, instead pfJpcjvfi&SsB the central point, or hub, rafnd which turns the wheel of the universe. ^_ Whichever point may be fiiiWf'decided upon, we cannot but wonder at the power and reach of the mind of man, which is able to penetrate into such immense dis tances of space, to measure the speed of such rapid movements, to calculate the almost inconceivable periods of time oc cupied by the revolutions of the heavenly bodies, and finally to point confidently to the starry magnet which unites the astral brotherhood in one great family."— YoutA'* Companion. A Good Canvasser. A CENTRAL MICHIGAN editor, whose death the Free Press chronicled only a few months ago, was probably as persist* ent a man as ever started out on a dun" or looked for new subscribers. He was ouce out on a jaunt in the township of White Oak, Ingham County, sticking to every farmer until he got his name and money, and it so happened that he came to a house where death had called a few hours before. The farmer's wife was laid out and the husbandman and his children were grieving over her loss when the editor knocked at the door. What's up!" inquired the editor as he saw the farmer's solemn countenance be fore him. My wife is dead," replied the farmer. Is that so?" mused the editor, a little disappointed. Did she die easy?" Dropped off like a lamb," Did she say anything Not a word—just went right to sleep like." I didn't know," continued the editor, a sad look on his face," but what she might have requested you to subscribe for the Cascade, which you know is the best paper in the country. If you want it I'll take your name right in, and under the circumstances I won't charge a cent for the obituary notice!" The farmer hung off for a while, but before the editor weat away he had two additional dollars in his pocket and had written out an obituary notice for publi cation in the next issue which the be reaved husband pronounced a niighty smart piece."—Detroit Free Press.