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College rows and rows (spelled the
name but pronounced ditferentlyi again
prevail it) tin- Kant.
Mus. Mooiu.es, of Wausau, Wiscon
sin, presented her husband with triplets.
Of course they are very poor, and Mr.
M oodles is said to be a worthless vaga
bond. The questiou now is, doOS
Moodles deserve a pension ;
A London journal complains that
M low, dirty, blear-eyed, beery upwk
venders run after us in the streets to sell
Moody and Sattksy lives and hymn .
books, insulting their superiors with
such questions as these : 4 Huven't yer 1
got a soul tOsaTef' Don't yer want to J
find Jesus And all they want to find is
the penny profit."
It is a notorious fact that a great deal
of smuggling goes on in New York, cs- :
pecially in ailk goodoj but it is not true, 1
as some persons think, that the revenue
from duties 00 that branch of imports (
has fallen off, On the contrary, it has
increased. The average increase this
yttCj us compared with corresponding
months of last year, is at the rate of
three or tour millions I year.
The most singularly-nanied man in
NOW York is Walter li. T. Jones the
middle initial standing rot Restored
Twice. Hii parent! lint had a son oalled
Walter, who died. Another boy was!
born to them, and christened after the
first, with an addition. Walter Restored,
He died, and I third male child was born,
Qd received the name he now bears,
Walter Restored Twioe Jonea.
SrsAN R. A nt no ny has bits 10 un
tiring attendant at the bedside of her
brother, I. E. Anthony, ol Leaven
worth, during his illness resulting from
Embry'i pistol-shot and if the wounded
man recovers, it will be due largely to '
Miss Anthony skill and attention.
Every particle of food eaten by the Col
onel was prepared by her hands, ami for
the time, at least, the strong-minded
woman was merged in the loving sister.
The " balloon wedding" has Ims-u out- :
done by the, proprietor! of a variety show
in San Francisco, It was announced on
the bills a few days since that one of the
"varieties" of the evening would be an 1
actual wadding with a real minister; and
the programme was carried ontaooord-
ing to the contract, the parties being a
favorite clog dancer and the loading
VOOalist of the troops. After the cere
mony the happy j a r expressed their ap
preciation of the applause bestowed on
them by a combined song and dance.
Dnnra the recent visit of the Illinois
editon to St. Louis, they oalled upon
Gen. Sherman in a body and passed a
few pleasant words. Phelps, of the
Wyoming '., who was of the party,
says that a few of them lingered after the
main body had departed, and proceeded
to interrogate old Tsonmssh about his
book. His characteristic reply to I
question was, "I think I wrote the
truth, but if you think differently, after
carefully res ling the book, you ought to
give me ."
BOOWI from the South concerning
the condition of the cotton crop have
now an interest and significance which
they have hitherto failed to possess. The
general tenor of the report! ihowi that
labor, both white and black, is plenty
ami vastly more efficient this season than
it has been for many years, which argues
a good stats of fooling between the em
ployer and employed. The use of com
mercial fertiliser! has been resorted to
mors the present season than ever be
fore, and planter! are slowly habituating
themselves to the application of domestic
manures a practice which is quite new
in that section.
A rotnra lady of Portland, Me., not
long sine met a handsome Boston com
mercial drummer on the cars, struck up
an acquaintance, allowed him to visit
her, and finally consented to be his wife.
She afterward repented of her hasty
promise and wrote him to release her,
but he wouldn't. She .has now received
a letter from a Boston lawyer, stating
that her was-to-be husband had retnim d
him as counsel, md that unless the mar
riage takes place nt the time set, n suit
will le commenced against her for breach
of promise. As the young lady is worth
a handsome property, she is afraid the
tenaeious drummer's motives nre not
sincere, and that she has been very fool
ish to allow herself to get into all this
Fivs hundred young men recently
met together at Richmond, Va., as rep
resentatives of Young Men's Christian
Associations in all parts of the country.
The convention was strikingly harmoni
ous, and in its avoidance of mistakes as
well as quarrels presented an excellent
model to other large conventions, whether
political or religious in their character.
The Young Men's Christian Association
has won the enviable reputation of hav
ing accomplished a vast amount of good
unaccompanied by auy scandals provok
ing public distrust, or any mistake! rs
sulting from misdirected zeal, and its
prosperity, as evidenced by the proceed
ing of thi BOSVSauVOB, ll matter over
which all thoughtful persons, whether
professedly religions Of not, wil1
heartily glad.
A uKPo;m:n for the St. Lonis 77'
- - interviewed (n'U. Albert Pike,
who is at present attorney for the Choc
taw nation of Indians. He holds that
the Indians of Indian Territory have a
patent for their land, have kept up all
their obligations, ami cannot be removed
or disturbed, except by invasion, the
government having no right to give one
hundred feet on each side of the track to
two railroad companies, as was done by
Secretary Delano, an act which (ion.
Pike termed " filibustering. Cten.
Pike says further : "I OM take 1,000
Chsroksse rod whip my wild nation of
Indians on the plains. When. Jeff. Da
vis sent me up there at the beginning of
the war, I sent out a plug of tobacco,
tied around with a ribbou, which they
call wampum, and a bullet, saying to
the Comanches : you SHS take whichever
you like. If you want tobacco, come in
and make treaty, f you don't, I have
a thousand Cherokees here with whom I
nan to clean you out. Tbey oams in.
The Tinted States government OOUld
profitably employ Ghootawa, Ghiekaaawa
and Creeks to manage all the Wild In
dians of the plains. Every time Sheri
dan kill! an Indian it costs $10,000."
General LonOSrUBR is stopping at
Sulphur Spring! for a while. The Gen
eral is igeing fast
The merchants of Boston are prepar
ing to banquet Sen tary Prist OW 00 the
first available occasion.
Ex Gov. Novi s ha I his pocket picked
Of a valuable gold watch at the recent
Ohio lh pubttcro Convention.
George C. Gorham, late Secretary of
fie Senate, positively dtclined a Repub-
lican Domination foe Governor of Cali
fornia. Hon. Edward M Therson, late clerk
Of the National House of Representa
tives, is engaged in writing the M Life of
Thaddeui Stevens."
The London Newt lays caricaturist
renders as mueh service to a party as
speech, and no one thinks of ranking a
caricaturist with a politician.
.Tr.Kir.p.soN Davis will probably accept
the Presidency of a Texan College, hav
ing been guaranteed a salary of $4,000!
year, and a staff of six Professors.
After Vice-President Wilson's speech
before the Temperance Convention in
Chicago, an old lady, one of the dele
gates, arose ami Mid. M I nominate Mr.
Wilson as our next President."
On: country has about forty Lieutenant-Governors,
but Michigan's is the
only one known to tame, dust for a joke
he made " motion as if to kiss mun's
wife," and now enjoys a vacation with
a jug of arnica.
Vice-President Wilson says that one
object of his recent visit to ex-Vice-
Prsaident Breckinridge was to obtain
certain historical facte in the IstterS pos
session fot use in his "History of Slav
ery." TnitKK editors Col. Bsrr, ef the Pitts
burgh Pott ; Gen. Davis, of the Doyles-
town th moorut, and Hon. W. S. Btenge,
of the Chamberabnrgh Volley Spirit
are candidates for the Democratic nomi
nation for Governor of Pennsylvania
GOT. nOUBSOXiXi and Esnry 1. Harri
son, the Republican oandidatfi in 1871
for Governor of Connecticut, were ap
pointed at a large meeting of lawyers
bold at Hartford lately, as members of a
committee to organize a Connecticut Par
The longest resolution of the Republi
can State Convention of Texas was In
rapport of the free school system, and
in denunciation of the existing contra
dictory School laws, the effect! of which,
they say, have been to destroy the free
schools of the state generally.
The following bit of biography is
given in the BoctoU correspondence of
the Hartford Con rinf : "Mr. Lewis '..
Fisher, whom the Democrat! ire talking
of nominating for Governor in Minne
sota, is a brother of Prof. George P.
Fisher, of Vale College. Mr. Lewis
fisher was formerly a printer in Boston,
and was for a considerable t iiueemploycd
in the mail department of the Adver
titer. He went Weal to seek his fortune
OVer twenty-one years KgOj stopped at
St. Louis one winter, because he couldn't
get up the river; started for St. Paul in
the spring, and took place on the Pio
neer newspaper, of which be at length
became editor, and is now engaged QU
the consolidated I'iotU 1 r-Pfi 99.
A Fijian Feast.
Hospitality to strangers is i marked
feature in Fijian character (writes a cor
respondent). Their amusements consist
of wakes or dances, which are usually
held on moonlight nights. Hundreds of
the natives sit together with their faces
and bodies painted, rod dance in tine-to
peculiar music, made by two small
pieces of wood, beaten with great skill
00 a larger piece, and accompanied by a
hollow noise, produced by different
lengths of bamboo beaten 0B the ground
by the women. Moreover, twenty or
thirty hwns, it is said, will meet to
gether nt an appointed spot for an an
nual " feed. One took place at Mn
euata, whither the natives all brought
food and put it in the common heap.
Houses were built for the entire crowd
in twenty-four hours ; and then com
menced a week ot eating, drinking kava,
and dancing. Put everything was most
orderly and well conducted. There
were about a thousand pigs collected,
and thre were smoked tish, bns of
.ims, taro, sweet potatoes, bananas,
and food of all kinds. The natives re
mained till it was all gone, aud then
WWa! home.
On the Nth Of Jtily bids will be opened
at Lansing for doing the State printing
and binding for the coining two years j
also, for furnishing paper, stationery ami
fuel for us) of the State government.
The prolonged contest in the Lading
ton Common Council, over tie pu s-
tion ehsther George Weimer.or Levi H.
Wightman should be City Marshal and
Street Commissioner, resulted ill the
election of Wightman by two majority.
Michigan patents : Sawmill head
blocks, W. (ilen, Muskegon ; coffee
pots, R. L. Bate, Adrian ; shaft-couplings,
P. 13. Weeks, Battle Creek ; coffee-pots,
S. P. Webber, Charlotte ;
shaping blocks for garments, S. P. Web
bar, Charlotte.
The Comptroller of Bay City has com
pleted the assessment of liquor-sellers in
that place. The roll includes 2 whole
Bale md M retail dealers in distilled
liquors, 27 dealers in malt liquors, and
manufacturers -making a total of 18.
The total tax to be paid amounts to
Changes have recently been made in
Michigan postal a Hairs as follows : Din
cjntimtcrf Wakcshma, Kalamazoo coun
ty. Pout master Appointed DixaOA
dale, Eaton county, H. ft, French ; In
dian Creek, Kent county, Joseph Wilder;
Pinoonninge, Bay county, 0. H. Rhodes.
TUU was a destructive tire at Lud
ington on Monday. The losses include
the dry goods store of D. W. Goodnow,
$7,000, insurance, $5,000 ; dames S.
Hush, dry goods, $7,000, insurance, $3,
000 ; Win. Young, 8,000, insured for
2, 000, and several other smaller amounts.
The total loss, including buildings, is
probably 25,000.
The Far we 11 Register says: A
genuine brook trout, about 18 inches in
length, was caugkt by Ed. Hinkle, last
Saturday, in Tobacco river, about two
miles below this place. That is un
doubtedly the first brook trout e Aer
(Wight in any of the streams that empty
Into the Saginaw river, but this is at not
all strange, when it is known that brook
trout were formerly deposited in these
A mm named Abraham Pooley was
instantly killed at the IfiohigaiBBM mine
lately. It seems that Pooley, with sev
eral others who were in the shaft, had
overloaded the bucket to such an exten
that one of the derrick guys gave way,
precipitating the load upon the head of
the deceased, who was standing directly
beneath. Be leaves a family in Cornt
wall, England, from whence he came.
The Minoug Copper Mining Company
is about to inaugurate operations on an
extensive scale at Isle Koyale. There
are some sixty ancient pits on the com
pany's property, and it is estimated that
with the tools then in use it must have
taken 100,000 men 100 years to perform
the work done by that ancient and un
known race. Certain it is that copper
exists there in almost inexhaustible quan
tities, and no mine has yet been devel
oped on one of these ancient sites which
has not proved profitable.
At the Jackson prison, one night last
week, a colored convict from Detroit,
named Ben Thomas, was found missing
when the men were locked in. The cells
were searched all night and the day fol
lowing without success. . Next afternoon
the Warden noticed fresh lime scattered
on the walk under the eaves of the cigar
shop. A search showed a cavity in the
wall and Thomas concealed then with a
bird house In front of Mm Thomas has
made a great deal of trouble by his at
tempts to escape, and tried to kill a fore
man liwt February.
Contracts for carrying mails in this
State have recently been made with the
following parties. The contracts take
the places of others revoked ad re
signed: P. Goto nr01ii t" AlptfM 1,0M
Steilin W. Hamlin -I'ulaki to CotMOfd r"
.1hii. hmhune MtBpblt to bMM SO
Jftoob Bom WaMtnbufg to Mount Ck dbmm H
Ocortfn BoVBtehw OotUHh to Ho Ill
CM riii Scripturti Omoo to Lmu wo
JOMph PMUb WatM to Thornton mhi
Stov 1 J. Hnnth I.yro to guftlittt 1H7
St"ol .1. Smitli 1 ninki nliint to WMMMM 1!7
Calvin S:riptiiri MooBMf CVntre to OSMM
Cttf 90
J. L. Crippia SMaeji to stanton tSi
J. L, Crlpplll Stanton to Klnili:ill
i. L. Crlppln Stenton to Mount ri. ma( NO
J, L. Cnpi'in Stanton to MSbrooh 'JfiMi
Caivm Boripiun FnaMMl OMrtn to i'on-nt
cay W)
DnH Whth Uln Creek to PratwsMt 'J.mi
John Elliott Bolton to BrUlftwitM ir.4
P. J. Smith Woodrllle to Shcrmaa aw
C. '. Mor.-tc -Mortly to Millrook SSI
1 orrin K nam. An Sable to stainlili lg.1
Thnrua fl. lallinaii Alwna to An Salilf a4
V. J. Siullh Littlo Tr.nr to Charlevi roi . '('ii
CbM, P. Boirley Spnoar CrMk to OtMgo. ..
Maaly Newbof -tniitM it to Mariiiu oity 'iv
li. is. tu.'imoii sprinK iinxik to Uriajmnsir.. 74
W. t. Snntli -I,yr' to t 'aHM City MS
Wat. Q, Biker furry to viiirniij lm
Cahin Scriptiin- HoHurtl City to Laki'Virw. . . :i4:i
Joha TIik nlliwilwi lusiw to StudWi :tu
Mlttor Sjialilaiif Orand MpkU to OMonSt, . . . J'pO
Abraham Urown MoSSSOaMfl 10 HOBOI r. '.mih
. J. Salts Myron Oontw to HoOnnd MM
We have evidence of the use of DSSI
for more than 'J, (MM) years. The fllfwilsil
p et and satirist, Archilochus, who lived
about TOO Bi ('., and the Grecian tra
gedians .KschyhlS and Sophocles, who
lived about 100 1$. C, Onlled it wktB of
SoWajf. Diodorua, OS Sicily, who lived
about the time of Julius OeMMM, mentions
beer in his history. I'liny also, about
the middle of the first century after
Christ, speaks of this beverage in' several
places in his natural history. He says
that in Spain it is called Ha andoOTM ;
In Oaul and other provinces of the Ho
man Empire oerevUid, Afterward beer
was unknown in Egypt until the French
army Introduced it anew. How far the
best of the ancients resembled the
modem article we do not know. The
word 6" was derived from MfttrV, 0
a Unseal
(iraiiiliiiothor, 1 have MSMMMBB
I Ions ' ' ""toe on
It t mo hanl to kc. p It all,
All to uiyMoif kkM i
I'm hiii'.' I do-i t know alwaya
whatV rifht to clo;
M . -I ifi i t !l a m i ri-t ?
lint at leant I may to w".
fan know Mms nwnMns nnMf
Vou khiiI I niittht ko bfftaf
Sonic of t he watrr-crenarH
That ktow lo!i Um Hjirinn.
Well, whlltt I HtooH l to utU r tLciu
I h ari olom , onMwknco)
Two I DM talking all alMint
That tmk man, II r. Ulair.
And they talki-d of how nun h inotn y
And nilvtT-nlatf hi- kri-pn
All lo'kd uji in a OOpboord,
In tho 1'hatnlHT whi-rt- he hIi jf .
And how BHtiftMi at niidniKht,
Th. would o tlnd it th-r.!.
(1'hat would be atcaliiiK, uramlma;
I ahonldn't think they'd ilare).
And they naiil if he ahonld hinder.
Who knew ko well a- they
i uHt how he mold b. nUtnoi .1,
And what wan Hiiret way.
I couldn't underHtand it all;
I couldn't even aee
Tin.' men, the bnthOi ur v, M thick;
lint I (,'iieMR they nOMWd "ie,
For by and by one Maid, "A child !
What matt. ru if nlie hears?"
And then 1 thought the other -aid.
"Little nttonON hao iu ear."
I don't know uhat he meant, lor then
Th. y whiHtiereil er low,
And I'd leathered enough i rt'MHeH,
And no pant in to fO.
I know it wan a m ere;
I had no tlit to hear ;
Bat a wntnl r rj ru 1 1 t -n,
Now nat it, Kiaudma dl U f
.lohnny IturiiH BtaMnlf Without Fire.
Johnny found a big brass button the
other day, and set to work to make it
shim; by rubbing it on a phce of woolen
M Isn't it bright V he said, after work-
ing awhilu. ".Inst like gohl."
He rubbed away for a moment as hard
as he could, then to brush off some
chalk-dust tliat clung to the button, for
I had told him o chalk the cloth to
make it brighten the button quicker
he put the brass to the back of his hand.
" Oh!" he cried, drooping the button.
" What the matter r"
"It's hot."
" Hot !" echoed Mary, laying down
bar book. M How can it be hot .'"
M I don't know," said Johnny, " but
it burnt me."
"Nonsense!" replied Mary, picking
up the button. It's cold as anytliing."
" It's cold now, maybe," Johnny ad
mitted. " lint it was hot warm any
" What a silly bov ! You just imagin
ed it."
"I didn't," retorted Johnny.
Seeing that they were likely to, as a 1
great many older people have done, dis
pute about a matter that neither under
stood, 1 took the button and rubbed it
smartly on my coat sleeve, and put it to
.Mary's cheek.
There !" exclaimed Johnny, as Mary
died "Oh I" and put her hand to her
" I shouldn't have thought your arm j
conld make it so warm," she said.
I rubbed the button on the table-cloth
and placed it once more against her check
saving, "It couldn't have been my arm
that warmed it this time."
"Of course not," observed Johnny, I
"What did warm it?" Mary asked,
her interest fully awakened.
" That's a good puzzle for TOU two to
work at," I said. "Don't rub tin but
ton on tho varnished furniture Of OM the
marble table, for it might scratch them ;
but you can try anything else."
They worked at the puzzle a long
time and still were puzzled.
" May-be the heat comes from our fin- i
gers," Mary suggested at last.
I thrust a stick through the eye of the
button st that it could be held without
touching the hand, rubbed it a moment
on th" carpet, and it was just as hot as
" I guess it's just the rubbing," said
"A Terj good guess, indeed, for that
is precisely where the heat conies from,"
I replied. " How it comes is not so
easy to explain to those of your ago,
The simple fact that heat comes from
rubbing is enough, perhaps, for you to
know about it now. We say that rub
bing makes friction, and friction devel
opes heat. When you are older I'll try
to make it all clear to you."
"I thought heat nlways came from
tire," said Mary, "or else from the sun."
" Sun-heat is tire-heat too, it is be
lieved," I replied; "but there are still
other sources of heat -our bodies, for
instance. Wo keep warm when out of
the sunshine aud away from the fire."
" I didn't think of that," said Mary.
" Do you remember the day the ma
sons were pouring water upon a pile of
quicklime to make mortar for the new
house over the way' The lime hissed
and crackled, sending up great clouds of
steam. 1 have a piece of quicklime
here, and see ! when I pour water on it
how it drinks up the water and grows
hot. I saw a wagon loaded with lime
set OM lire once liy a SMOWOS of rain."
"Fred told DM about that, and I didn't
believe him. Who'd expect tire from
water .'"
"(let me a small piece of ice and I'll
show you how even that may kindle a
While Mary WSS getting the ice, I took
from my cabinet a small vial with a metal
bond at the bottom.
"Is it lead .-' asked Johnnj, when I
showed it to him.
"It is potassium," I said, "and I'm
going to set a little piece of it a tire with
the ice that M ny brought. There!"
" Isn't it spendid !" cried Mary, ais the
metal Mashed into flame.
" You can do anything, can't ynu
said Johnny, admiringly. His oonfl
deuce in my' ability is something I'right
fuL Really, if I were to tall him I could
set the moon on lire, I think he'd be-
lieve me !
"No, Johnny," I replied. "Thereat..
erv few things that I can do, as you will
discover in time. Rut now, while we
are talking of heat, let me show you an
other way of warming things. Pleas,
fstoh me a flat-irou, Mary, while John
ny brings my little hammer. Thank you!
Now watch me while I pound this niece
of h ad, and put your finger on it wlien I
stop. Now ! '
" Does the pounding heat it ."
"It does. I have seen a blacksmith
take a piece of cold iron and hammer
it on a cold anvil with o cold hammer
until it was not nMHejk to set wood
." Where did l come from?"
" From the blacksmith's arm, but in
such a round-about way that I would
only puttie you if 1 tried to descrile it.
You have wen that heat does come from
tire, from the sun, from our lsslies, from
rubbing, from iouiiding, from mixing,
things, such as Quicklime and water;
how it conies in cither case you will learn
by and-by, when vou arc older."
" Rut we have got a long way from
Johnny's button. OsnyoM auink of any
other time you have seen things heated
by rubbing ."
" We nab our hand when they are
cohl," Mary said, seeing Fred go through
those motions, having just come in from
out doors.
" I'll tell you something I noticed
coming aeross the bridge," said Fred.
" It was freezing cold, yet the snow in
the sled-tracks MMS melted when a heavy
kdeigh passed, leaving the boards bare
sometimes. I couldn't think what made
it ; was it friction r"
"Evidently. I've noticed the same
thing many times. The snow 1 wears
out,' as the teamsters suy that is, the
heat of the rubbing melts it."
" I've read of savages making tire by
rubbing sticks together," Fred contin
ued. " Thev have several ways of doing it
or rather dihVrent savages have differ
ent ways. One of the simplest is to rub
one stick in a groove, in another, rub
bing htiakly and bearing on hard.
There is a bit of soft pine board that I
tried the experiment with tho other day.
That is it. See ! when I plow this stick
up and down in the groove, the tine-wo. n
dust that gathers at the bottom begins
to smoke a little and turn black. Bj
WOrUng long enough and fast enough I
should set the dust on fire, but it is too
tiresome when a match will do as well,
and one can buy a whole bunch of
matches for a penny. We get our tire by
rubbing, too, only we use something that
u single scratch on some rough surface
develops heat enough to light it."
" What is itr" Mary asked.
"PhomhorUSj I have SStnS in this
bottle. You rub the button, Johnny,
while I take some of it out on the point
ol my knife. Now touch it with the
button. See! it is hot enough to set the
phosphorous a-tire. We might kindle our
tires that way, but we tind it more con
venient to put the phosphorous on the
end of a stick and mix it with something
to keep it from lighting too easily. Then
all we have to do is to rub the phosphor
us point against anything rough, the
friction heats it, it tikes fire, and our light
is MMdy Did you ever hear of the trav
eler who was stopped by some barbarous
people who knew nothing of matches?
rhey would not let him go through their
country, and while they were debating
whether to kill him Of send him back, he
STOW tired of waiting and thought he
would take a smoke. So he tilled his
pipe, and taking a match from his pocket
struck it against his boot, lighted his
pipe, and thought no more about it. To
his surprise the people who were watch
ing him suddenly ran oft and directly
there was a great commotion in the vil
lage. After a while the chief men came
back very humbly bringing him loads of
pretests, and begged him to go his way
in'peace. What was the reason '. They
had seen him draw fire from his boot, as
they thought, and were afraid that such
n great conjurer might burn them all up
if they offended him. That was a lucky
match for the traveler!" ChriHUui
I 'ninn.
Air Walking.
Richard Sands, a well-known circus
performer and manager, was the lirst to
perform the feat popularly known as
ceiling-walking. In lsr2 he performed
it at Drury Lane Theater, London, Eng.,
and the apparatus used and his per
formances were thus described : "From
two lofty draped supports was placed a
temporary ceiling, 90 feet in length, aud
consisting of u stout timber framing,
with a smooth surface ; at each end was
a slung seat, and beneath the ceiling was
a net, provided in case of accident. Mr.
Sands prepared himself by lacing san
dals over his boots, to which wero at
tached brass loops ; and these were con
nected by springs with a pair of platter
like soles, in which lay the secret, as
they we're brought to the theater in a
locked box, and conveyed away with
similar caution at the OHMS of tho per
formance. Mr. Sands commenced by
ascending by a ladder to one of the slung
seats, and, lying upon his back by aid
of tin; ropes, placed his platter shod feet
upon the ceiling, then gently detached
himself, and very slowly walked across
the platform, occasionally poising him
self on one leg. Tims he reached the
seat at the opposite end, aud descended
by the ladder." He subsequently suc
ceeded in walking upon a large slab of
polished marble. The platter-like soles
above floSoHbtd were made of soft
leather and moistened with water.
I lo se, when pressed firmly by the feet,
mo as to expel the air, enabled the per
former to maintain his hold upon the
slab, and by a movement of the foot a
valve was opened and forced be
neath tht leather, so that tho soles
could be readily detached from the
poiish. d surface, It was simply a scien
tific application of tho principle mani
fested in the child's toy commonly
called "a sucker."
Toy Balloons.
Fully half the toy balloons sold in
New York are made by a Frenchman in
Sullivan street, in a chngy little second
stoi vjt ront room about twel ve feet square.
"Make 200 or :50() a day, sometimes
400." He shows a red wooden chest full
of the little rubber pouches. "Con..
i loin Paris blow htm up, you see." And
he takes a pair Of bellows and inflates
the limp and dingy little sack into a
glassy scarlet sphere, 'ties the mouth with
a cotton thread, and lets it go. "Fall
on the ground, you we. Must put gas
in him." Water, sulphuric acid and
strips of zinc are the materials rts. d to
make this gas. A long thread is wound
around the neck of each and seeureh
fastened. A thin coat of liquid isinglass
is applied with a brush to keep tic ON
from slowly escaping, and when tins
dries the balloons are ready for the
Oohsets are the degenerators of one
sex as much as tobacco and liquor ore
the enemiei of the other.
People and Thing.
SrinrnTAi.i8M has just reached Russia.
Leavenworth, Kan., is 21 years sld.
Lizaudh are household pets in Ceylon,
being urbani for the way they ue up the
Red Ciioc-D and Spotted Tail will not
join the Improved Order of Bed Men
until they die.
As a preliminary step toward the
abatement of crime Hartford, Oi, has
abolished its detective police force.
Gkorob Dbkbv, of St. Louis, sou of
the late Lieut. Dcrbv (John Plneuix),
ranks second in his class at West Point.
A man has read the Lancaster (Pa.)
hUeUigM6tr ever since 1M27, and pays
for it now out of a pocketbook 108 vears
Experiments with carbonic acid gas,
as a motive power for war vessels, are to
le made by the direction of the Navy
Pemkekton, Pomeroy and Piper, Ros
tou's three most bloodthirsty murderers,
occupy cells in tin jail side by side and
j in the same row, hko so many P s m a
I pod.
Joseph Black, of New York, is the
champion buzzard. He has ls-. -u on a
Coroner's jury 232 times in one year, and
! the corpses are legiuning to remon-
i strate.
The late Henry Upham, of Brooklyn,
left SdO.OW) to the Church Home for Or
phans and Destitute Children, aud $50,
MN to the Episcopal Theological School
I at Cambridge.
j It isn't often that any ordinary person
accumulates a board bill of $40,000, but
a San Francisco man has brought a suit
tor this amount for boarding the wife of
a relative from March, 1848, to Jidv,
A man in Fiance who had his foot am
putated refused to pay the fee charged
by the surgeon, and commenced an ac
tion against the. latter for damages lo
calise the foot, instead of having been
buried, had been dissected in the inter
ests of science.
One of the Eddy family at Chittenden,
Mass., has accepted the challenge of tho
medium detective, Chapman, to exhibit
' their materialization before a disinter
! estod committee, ami proposing that
i each side shidl stake $1,(X)0 ou the re
sult. New Ton is given to thinking that
: there can little of merit come out of what
it is pleased to term provincial towns;
but some of the "country" bands of
i music at tho Masonic ceremonies fairly
surpassed the noted bands of the me
tropolis. Gbnt, Sheridan will hike his young
i bride out on the plains for the wedding
! trip, visiting, among other places, the
famous Yellowstone river, the rival of
the Yosemite of California. Secretary
i Belknap and others accompany the bridal
party, and Gen. Ouster's cavalry expe
dition of 1,900 troopers will furnish the
j escort.
I The latest wrinkle with the woman of
i fashion is that of having a model of her
, bust made, stuffed with wool and cov
ered with cambric. This is deposited at
her dressmaker's, and upon it her new
dresses are fitted, saving the aforesaid
woman of fashion all the arduous lalxjr
of " trying on," etc What next i Bos
ton J'ont.
True love is no respecter of law.
When Constable Damon, of Cabot, Vt.,
went dowu into Mr. Ainsworth's cellar to
attach some potatoes, Mrs. Ainsworth
suddenly closed the trap door and sat
down on'it mitil he promised to go away
without attaching anything. As he
came up from his prison she sealed the
agreement by hitting him three or four
times with the fire-shovel.
Ten years ago the Bishop of London
established a fund, since known as the
Bishop of London's fund, for the pur
pose of building churches ami schools in
his diocese. The sum voluntarily sub
cribed amounts now to $2,000,01)0, and
1 bi new churches as well as 100 new
schools havo leen built with it, besides
the addition of 120 clergy to the diocese.
A REAUTiKrii young lady got aboard
the Nashville-bound train at Decatur,
Ala., and insisted on going into the loco
motive and running the machine. The
engineer willingly surrendered his posi
tion to tho fair amateur. She started
the engine off ami kept her going at
the rate forty miles per hour till Pulaski
was reached, when she went back into
the coach aud took a seat.
Amono tisS passengers who have re
cently arrived in England from the west
coast of Africa, is the sou of Colic? Cal
calli, the Into Kiug of Ashantee. The
young Prince, whose name is Coffee Ju-
I tea, has been sent home for the purpose
I of being educated, according to the
! terms of agreement made when the treat?
of peace was made last year. He is said
to be an intelligent-looking boy about II
years of age.
What Law lost..
M it is no longer worn by men over
the tops of their boots, there are still
wedding orders received at Alencon for
$80,000 worth at a time, and inaiiMais
bio. though smaller, sums arc expended
id lloniton, in Devonshire. For Valen
ciennes, made at Vpres, s."n per metre is
paid, but the lace -maker, working twelve
noun a day, can only produce one-third
of an inch in a week. Every piece of
Alencon passes through the hands of
twelve workmen. The best Brussels
thread is spun in cells under ground,
because to! dry air above would cause
the thread to snap. Upon the worker,
a she sits in the dark, is directed ouo
lay of light, but the thread is so fine that
her delicate fingers are better guides
than her eyes. Very mauy lose their
sight, and the high pay the lace-worker
earns is proportionate to the acknowl
edged unhealthiness of the occupation.
The handspnn thread made at Rrussels
of tl.i x of Brabant cost. before it is yet
made up into lace $1,200 per pound, aud
the process of manufacture more than
doubles the value. Old lace is more
valuable in price, and some of it can lie
counterfeited by imitations, Of some
varieties, however, the secret is lost, an
of K)iut d'Argentine, which continued
to be made upon the bankn of the Orne
till the French revolution stopped the
demand for a time, aud gave the peas
ants other means of ear Ming their bread.

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