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A German king, not uuknown to fume. But ptmrsssd aa unpronounceable name, Yell ill on day of astrantfS disease. Of which nothing could cure him or et him ftt MM, rhyslriana were ummonod from country and town. Men of modeet pretonsione, and those of renown, Who dosvd him with drugs to such a degree That be wished, himself hanged or drowned In the ee. At leBfftn an old monk, with a Tory grave face. Said, "But on thing will cur thia aingular ease, And that, my dear overeltjn prey do not feel hurt le to put on your book harry man! shirt.- Thafe eaaily done" thry all fried in a voice, And the people contmenoed with grvnt glee to rrjoioe ; Courier were atnt the whole country around. But a man quite coutent not one could be found. They hunted for day over mountain and lea, And found one at hat in a cave by the tea, Half blind, lame and deaf; but when round out, alm.k. The happiest man had no ehlrt to his bark. ATLANTIS JiOT A MYTH. By Edward H. Thompson. Our sturdy worker in the cop per mines of Lake Superior, find ing both bimself and bis vein of copper growing poorer day by day, determines to seek some more pay ing claim in the yet unexplored portion of the copper country. He gathers his kit of tools together and starts, and, after many a bard hour's travel over the wild and rugged country, finds a region with abundant eigne of copper, and where seemingly no human foot has trod since creation's dawn. Tie strikes a rich vein and goes steadily to work digging and blast ing bis way to richer portions, when suddenly, in the richest part, he finds his lead cut off by what looks to his experienced eye marvelous ly like a mining 6haft. Amazedly be begins to clear out of the pit the fallen earth and the debris of ages, and the daylight thus let in reveals to his astonished gaze an immense mass of copper raised some distance from the original bottom of the pit on a platform of logs, while at his feet lie a number of strange stone and jopper im plementssome thin and sharp like knives and hatchets, others huge and blunt like' mauls and hammers all being left in such a manner as though the workman had but just gone to dinner and might be expected back at any moment. Bewildered, be ascends to the surface again and looks about him. lie sees mounds that from their positions aro evidently formed from the refuse of the pit, but these mounds are covered with gigantic trees, evidently the growth of centuries; and, looking still closer, he sees that these trees are fed from the decayed ruins of trees still older trees that have sprung up, flourished, grown old, and died since this pit was dug or these mounds were raised. The more he thinks of the vast ages that have elapsed since this pit was dug, that xnasa of copper quarried and raised, the more confused he becomes; his mind can not grasp this immensity of time. "Who where these miners? When did they live, and where did they come from P are the ques tions he asks himself, but gets no answer. However, one fact is pa. tent to him that, whoever they were, they will not now trouble his claim; aud, consoled by this re flection, be goes to work again. TbeJ traveler in v.r.ndering through the dense and almost im penetrable forest of Central and South America, suddenly finds him self upon a broad and well-paved road, but a road over which in places there have grown trees cen turies old. Curiously following this road, he sees before bim, as though brought thither by some Aladdin's lamp, a vast city, a city built of stone buildings that look .at a distance like our large New England factories splendid pala ces and aqueducts, all constructed with such massiveness and gran deur as to compel a cry of aston ishment from the surprised travel er an immense but deserted city, whose magnificent palaces and beautiful sculpturing are inhabited and viewed only by the iguana and centipede. The roads and paths to the aqueducts, once so much traveled as to have worn hollows in the bard stone, are now trodden only by the ignorant mestizo or simple Indian. Of this deserted borne of a loet race, the traveler asks the same questions as the miner, ami the only answer he gets from the semi-civilized Indian is the laconic "Quien sabot" And who do know f The curious and scientific world, however, are not so easily answer ed, and various are the theories and conjectures as to these diggers of mines and builders of mounds and strange cities. One of the most plausible of these one be lieved by many scientists to be the true theory is this: Ages ago the Americas presented a very different appearance from what they now do. Then an immense raninsula extended itself from Zitxlco, Central America, and New Granada, so far into the Atlautio that Madeira, the Azores, and the West India Islands are now frag ments of it. This peninsula was a fair and fertile country, iuhabited by rich and civilized nations, a peo ple versed in the arts of war and civilization country covered with large cities and magnificent pala ces, their rulers according to tra dition reigning not only on the At lantio continent, but over islands far and near, even into Europe and Asia. Suddenly, without warning, this whole fair land was ingulfed by the sea, in a mighty convulsion of nature. Now, this catastrophe is not im possible or even improbable. In stances are not wanting of large traots of land, several hundred miles in extent, disappearing in a like manner. The island of Fer dinandea suddenly appeared, and after a while as suddenly disap peared. In 1819, during an earth quake in India, an immense tract of land near the river Indus sank from view, and a lako now occu pies its place. The whole bed of the Atlantic, where Atlantis is said to have been situated, consists of extinct vol canoes. The terrible Lisbon earth quake of 1755, and the later Amer ican shock, created a commotion throughout the whole Atlantic area. That Atlantis possessed great fa cilities for making a sudden exit can not be doubted. Its very sit uation gives good color to the nar ratives of ancient Grecian histo rians and Tolteciau traditions, that 'it disappeared by earthquakes and inundations." Not only is it within the bounds of possibility that it might have occurred, but if traditious so clear and distinct as to be almost au thentic history aro to be believed, then it did occur. Listen to what one of the most cautious of an cient writers, Plato, says: "Among the great deeds of Athens, of which recollection is preserved in our books, there is one that should be placed above all others. Our book tells us that the Athenians destroyed an army that came across the Atlantic seas, and insolently invaded Europe and Asia, for this sea was then naviga ble ; and beyond the straits where you place the Hilars of Hercules was an immense island, larger than Asia and Libya combined. From this island one could pass easily to the other islands, and from these to the continent beyond. The sea on this side of the straits resem bled a harbor with a narrow en trance, but thero is a veritable sea, and the land which surrounds it is a veritable continent. On this is land of Atlantis there reigned three kings with great and mar velous power. They had under their domain the whole of Atlan tis, several of the other islands, and part of the continent At one time their power extended into Europe as far as Tyrrhenia, and uniting their whole force they sought to destroy our whole coun try at a blow, but their defeat stopped the invasion and gave en tire freedom to the countries this side of the Pillars of Hercules. Afterward, in one day and one fa tal night, there came mighty earth quakes and inundations, that in gulfed that warlike people. At lantis disappeared, and then the sea became inaccessible, on account of the vast quantities of mud that the ingulfed island left in its place." It is possible that the debris, said to have been left by this cat astrophy, might be identical with, or the nuclei of the sargazo fields that, many centuries later, Colum bus found almost impenetrable. Again, Plato, in an extract from Proclus, speaks of an island in the Atlantic whose inhabitants pre served knowledge from their an cestors of a large island in the At lantic, which had dominion over all other islands of this sea. Plutarch, in his life of the phil osopher Solon, Herodotus, and other ancient writers, speaks of this island as a well known fact, and it is impossible to believe otherwise than that Seneca thought of Atlantis when ho writes in his tragedy of Media": "Late cen turies will appear, when the ocean's veil will lift to open a vast conn try. New worlds will Thetsys nn veil. Ultima Thule (Iceland) will not remain the earth's boundary.' He evidently believed in the un known island and continent, and knew it would not remain forever unknown. Diodorus Siculus says that "op posite to Africa lies an island which, on account of its magni tude, it Is worthy to be mentioned. It is several days distant from Af rica. It has a fertile soil, many mountains, and not a few plains, I unexcelled in their beauty. It is watered by many navigable rivers, aud there are to be found estates in abundance adorned with fine buildings." Again he says, "In deed, it appears on account of the abundauee of its charms as though it were the abode of gods and not of men." The situation, the description of the country, in fact every particu lar, agrees precisely with our idea of Atlantis; and what other land now iu existence agrees In any way with this description what is lands of magnitude that contain navigable rivers, large fertile plains, and mountains! Turning from our well-known ancient writers, we find in all the traditions and books of the Cen tral Americans and Mexicans a continual recurrence to the fact of an awful catastrophe, similar to that mentioned by Plato and other. Now.what are we to believe! This, that either the traditions and nar ratives of these ancient writers and historians of both lands are but a tissue of fabrications.evolved from their own brains, with perhaps a small thread of fact, or else that they are truths, and truths proving that the Americas, instead of be ing the youngest habitation of man, are among the oldest, if not, as De Dourbourg affirms, the old est. Brasseur de Bourbour, who Baldwin says has studied the monu ments, writings, and traditions left by this civilization more carefully and thoroughly than any man lin ing, is an advocate of this theory, and to him we are indebted for most of our translation and histo ries of tho ancient Americans. To the imagination and lov ers of the marvelous this theory is peculiarly fascinating, and the fact that thero is a plausible evidence of its truth adds to the effect. With their mind's eye they can see the dreadful event, as recorded by Plato, os in a panorama. They see the fair and fertile country, filled with people, prosperous and hap py ; the sound of busy life from man and beast fills the air. Com fort and prosperity abound. Tho sun shines clear overhead, and the hugh mountains look down upon the cities and villages at their feet, like a mother upon her babes : all is a picture of peaeefulness. Sud denly, in a second, all is changed. The protecting angels become de stroying fiends, vomiting firo and liquid hell upon the devoted cities at their feet, burning, scorching, strangling their wretched inhabit ants. The earth rocks terribly, palaces, temples, all crushing down, crashing their human victims, flock ed, together like so many ants. Vast rents open at their very feet, licking with huge, flaming tongues tho terrified people in their yawn ing mouths. And then the inun dation. Mighty waves sweep over the land. The fierce enemies, Fire and Water, join hands to effect the destruction of a mighty nation. now they hiss and surge, rottle and seethe ! now the steam rises, mingled with the black smoke, looking like a mourning-veil, that it is, and, when that veil is lifted, all is still, the quiet of annihila tion I Of all that populous land, nought remaining save fuming, seething mud. It is not to be sup posed that all perished in that calamity. Long before this they had spread over the portion of the Americas contiguous to the penin sula, building cities, palaces, roads, and aqueducts, like those of their native homes; and adventurous pioneers continually spreading north, east, and westward, their former constant increase of num bers from their former homes en abling them to overcome the re sistance offered to their progress by both natives and nature, till at last they reached and discovered the copper country of Lake Superior. That they appreciated this discovery is evinced by the innumerable evid ences of their works and of their skill in discovering the richest and most promising veins. Wherever our miners of the present day go, they find their ancient fellow crafts men have been there before them, worked the best veins and gather ed the best copper ; and it is sup posed that they continued thus till the terrible blotting out of their native country cut short all this, and left this advancing civilzation to wither and die like a vine sever ed from the parent stem. Having no further accession to their numbers, and being contin ually decimated by the savages and decease, they slowly retreated before the ever advancing hordes. Gradually, and contesting every step, as is 6hown by their numerous defensive works along their path, they, were forced back to their cities on this continent, that bad been spared them from the urjver sal destruction of their country, jwhuethd djnff ud almost 1- passable forests afforded thrta their last refuge from their enemies, and where, reduced by war, pestileuce, and other causes, to a feeble band, their total extinct was only a mat ter of time. Suoh probably would have been the history of our civil ization had we in our infant growth been cut off from receiving tho nourishment from the mother countries. Within the last twenty-five years, all science relating to the past and present of man have been enor mously developed. Old, worn-out, useless theories have been discard ed, new facts have taken their places, discoveries have followed discoveries, each discovery helping to form, link by link, the chain of human history. We are beginning to perceive we are but young in the knowledge of human history, that we have as yet picked up but a bright pebble of thought or glittering shell of theory, whilo before us lies the whole vast sea of human history uuexplored. That we are beginning to acknowl edge this, is a good sign, for, when a man or mankind acknowledge their ignorance, they have at least a sure foundation to build upon. Again the spirit of bigotry, the spirit that told men to scorn and deride Galileo and Columbus, is fast passing away, and in its stead comes the spirit of rationality, a spirit that tells men to look upon a new idea or theory, even if it does run outside of the accustomed rut, with a reasoning if not favor able eye. And wo have faith, as science grows to grander propor tions and dispels some of the mist that now envelops it, that some day not far distant will bring forward an historic Edison that shall bring together the faiut voico of the prehistoric past and tho bright, clear voice of the present; that some future Chainpollion will dis cover, among the mined cities of the Americas, an American Hosetta stone that will complete tho chain of human history. "The noblest study of mankind i9 man." A Summer Idyl. Ho was a decidedly poetical look ing chap, from head to foot. He wore eyo-glasses, and had curly hair. By gazing upon him you could almost tell the exact number of sonnets contained in his pocket, lie had on n blue flannel suit and a smile. She was a country maiden, practical and innocent. They walked down a fragrant meadow paused beneath a spreading oak. He was the first to break tho silence : "Isn't this lovely !" "Oh, isn't it 1" she replied. "Yes," ho went on, as he planted his chin in one hand and contain plated the vista of skyland ; "this is simply divine. To sit here ond breath the soft, cool, summer wind, fraught with the charming fra grance of violet and rose, is just entrancing." She said nothing. "Isn't that a majestic mountain over there towering into the fleecy clouds ! Isn't that a lovely little brook pattering in baby syllables over the innocent pebbles I" "Kinder," she responded. "Yes," he went on, as he plant ed his chin in the other hand for a change, "Summer is the heaven of the year. Just look at those hap py birds darting through the air from tree to tree and flooding the valley with exquisite bursts of song. v ouidn t you line to De a bird, pet!" "I'd rather be a girl and eat ice cream," she replied, with a twinkle of Arcadian simplicity in her merry hazel eyes. This seemed to ruffle the poet considerably, but he managed to regain his mental equilibrium suffi ciently to go on. "Behold the golden-winged but terflies; don't they fly languidly, as though their lives were but one smooth period of bliss and unin terrupted happiness P "Yes," she responded, "and they p their wings like doormats, don't they P After ten minutes of the most profound silence he ventured to speak again. And there goes the merry bees in golden flotillas, coquetting with the breeze swayed flowers." She kept still. "But soon all pretty things will vanish like a lover's dream. The flowers will fade, the leaves will fall, the birds migrate, and the em erald tapestry of the leaf will be come the couch of the snowflake. The lilies will vanish from the lake, and the sunset will glimmer on the barren limbs and melt the snow in the empty nest." lie pansed for breath and she whispered : "And then we'll have 'to wear heavy underclothes, won't we I" He couldn't go any further with his remarks so they got up and wandered away. The Suu Sever Sets In the United States. Few people are aware that the proud boast of Englishmen that the sun never sets on the British empire is equally applicable to the United States. Instead of being the western limit of the Union, San Francisco is only about mid way between the furthest Aleutian Isle, acquired by our purchase of Alaska, and Eastport, Me. Our territory extends through 1C7 de grees of longitude, or 17 degrees more than half way round the world. The Rocky Mountain Presbyterian, in commenting on this fact says, "When the bud is giving its good night kiss to our westormost isle on the confines of Behrings sea, it Is already flooding with its morning light the fields and forest of Maine, and in the eastern part of the State is more than an hour high. At the very moment when the Aleutian fisher man, warned by the approaching shades of night, is pulling his canoe toward shore, the woodchopper of Maino is beginning to make the forest echo with tho stirring musio of his axe." "Any burglars in this town !" a traveler asked a villager in West ern Tennessee. "Well, no, not now, stranger; there was a couple of 'em here last spring but one night they broke into the editor's house and starved to death before they could get out." NOTICE. Whereas, a considerable amount of opposition has Ini-n mnnifi'iu-d on tlio purt of some of our citicn to buiMinu the c ourt llouso on V letoria Nijnnre; ami. whereas, the county has no other property upon which to erect the buildinfr: Now, if nny of our citizen mean buiiiiosa, ami desire to furnish u site down town free of expense to the countv. tl uiidi-rsiirncd committee will re ceive until tl.c lt duy of March, A. 1. IHho, pro posal to tlmt effect, hiicI will consider the etinie on uid first duy of March, A. 1). 18(t. r. 11. nMimm.i, CnAKI.KStiOIXINO, joiin ixuarsox. Committee. Dated Jan. 23, IIWO. 4-Uw.l NOTICE. Alpena parties indebted to the undersigned are hereby not i lied to cull nt the oliioe of Vim. A. Henderson within tho next thirty days and Bet tie accounts, thus saving further coot. Jan. 21, 10. 13 NOTICE. The Common Council of the city of Alpena, lutvintr divided to cell No. 2 Kwrilie, being the s'ime engine boiiirht from the Kilsby Manufactur ing Conipnnjr a tew years nifo, nnd aa irood aa tu w ; and also, the city Irnm. The undersigned w til receive scnli d proposnW ror the above until thu Hist day of March, IhM). "P ropoanl" inuat bo marked on envelope. B. XI. l A.liUTOlll.il, Comptroller. Alpena, Jan. 1 1SMI. 18 Dissolution of Co-Partnership The eo-rmrtnershiD heretofore existing be tween F. U. Cwf nnd 1). McTallum, under the llrm name of Oiscy McOllum, is this day dis solved by mutual couscut. PAN. McCALLVM. Dnttd Alpena, Jan. S, isso. 435w4 PMlJUSrUATOU'S BALE. Mate of Mivburnn. Connty of Alpena. as. In tho mutter of the estate of Ira btout, de oensed. Notice is licrcliy iriven, that in pursuance of an order granted to the tindvrsifrnvd. Administrator of the cut te of paid Ira Motlt, decoutted, by the Hon. Judire of 1 robate for the county of Alpena, on the 12rh duy of January, A. 1'. 18.), there will be sold nt public vendue to the highest bidder, at the front entrance to the Circuit Court Doom in Johnson's brick block, on Water street, (that be inir the buildinir in which the Circuit Court for said county is held), in the city of Alpena, in the county of Alpeftn. in said State, on tiatnrdny, the sixth day of March, A. 1). 1SM, at tn o'clock in the forenoon of that day (subject to nil encum brances by ntortiraire or otherwise existing at the time of the death of said deceased, or ut the time of L-nntimr administration, and also subject to the ritrht of dower and the homestead rijriita of the widow of said deceased therein) the following d inscribed real estate, to wit : Iot No. five. (A.) in block , of Hitchcock's addition to the city of Alpena, according to the recorded plat thereof, aa the same apjicars of record in the otHee of the ItetfwU'r of liceds, in and for the county of Al pena. Also, lot bounded aa follows: on the north by lot ten, (10.) in block three (.11 of 8. A, Carter's addition to the villiuro (now city) of Al pena, on the eat by slier, on the south by Third street, ana on the west ny land ownea ny wro. 11. Phelps, being sixty-six feet (') front on Third street, br one hundred and thirty-two feet (132) deep on the line of the alley, running through said block mree. Q. n. S HELTON, 4-11 w7 Administrator E EXECUTOR'S SALE. 8tnte of Michitrnn, County of Alpena, as. In the matter of the estate of Alexander Keen an. deceased. Notice is hereby (riven, that in pursuance of an order grantod to ti.e undersigned, Kxeeutor of the estate of said Alexander kecnun, by the lion. Judge of Probate for the county of Alpena, on me i.to any oi January. 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