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PAW PAW, MICHIOAN. THE LITTLE t'OLKS. A KWle With Santa Clu. Oue snowy day a little boy namad Fred, W.ta brlRht, blue eyes, red checks and curly heau. Was bopmng around the room among bis toys, H;s new boot! making lot of .tolly noiae," And be was singing : Christmas aoon will come, And Santa Claua will bring a ball or drum." Ilia kind old nurse nulled at hit childish glee, And, taking hi in upon her aproned knee, haid : " Let nie tell you, Freddy, what I've beard ; ' If any child watch, without a word. And catch Ht. Nick at work on Christmas day, He'a bound to take him riding in hi sleigh." The blue eyes danced with wonder and delight Ai Freddy tjuettloned : Will he come to-night? " And being answered ' In a day or two," Ue trotted off to think what he should do ; And nurse, glad of the quiet, dozed again, Liwltting of the mischief set in train. On ChrUtruas eve the stockings all were bung Around the chimney; Christmas hymns were sung; And then the Jittle ones were tucked in bed, Aud went to sleep all but the monkey 1 red ; H:s eyes were open wide, and watchful kept Until quite certain that his brothers slept. Then slipping from bin bed, by slow degrees lie gained the hearthrug ; crawling on his knees. And putting on bis clothes in silent haste, Hi skatuig-cap upon his head he placed. And stretched hinittelf close to the chimney wide, To watch for Santa Claus, and claim a ride. The time parsed on. aud soon Fred was aware Of jingling sleigr-bell in the upper air; Then close behind him old Kris seemed to stand. Filling the stockings with a llbral hand ; Fred laughed with 1oy, aud merrily he cried : I've caught you, Kris; now let me have a ride!" No sooner said than done ; they seem to rise, And found upon the roof, "neath starry skies, A sleigh packed full of toys, aud drawn by deer, Who pranced and pawned to see a stranger near. " Now jump in, Fred, and bundle up your knees," Ba'.d Santa Claus, " unless you want to freeze." Strange sights saw Fred upon that Christmas ride ! At some he laughed, at some be almost cried ; The ric h man's home was pleasant to behold, stored well with every comfort bought by gold ; Aud Hant Claus while there seemed growing hot la hunting something that those boys had not I fcach warm sock was filled, a Christmas tree waa decked, Old Santa Claus saying: "Soon 'twill all be wrecked," With comic sorrow ; then away they sped To where tbe wind was howling round a shed, And snow was drifting in the shaking door ; Fred ne'i r had seen such wretchedness befo re. Within, five children huddled in a heap, With tear-stained faces, shivered in their sleep ; No stockings hung upon the chimney nail o tree was there ; but In a broken pail A spray of ivy bore a note which said : "Dear Santa Claus, please bring us all some bread!" A tear in Kris'a eye found resting-place, And Freddy's fist crept very near his face. Till, roused to action by this scene of woe, He whispered to his leader, soft and low : "(iive them the toys and candy meant for me, Aud let ue dress them np a Christmas tree." Then Santa Claus gave hlin a loving look, Aud from the sleigh brought top, and ball, and book. And heaped the table with a goodly load Of Christmas cheer; the ruady apples glowed, A turkey plump upheld a huge miuce pie. And in the replace wood was piled up high. Fred's joy wss great to see the pleasing sight. He gave a shout; when suddenly 'twas night ! He was at home, and lying en the floor, An 1 nurse was coming in the oiwn door ! He sprang in bed and held his frightened breath, While nurse said: "Child! you'll surely catch your death !' 'o word spoke Fred of all that be bad seen Only mamma the wond'rons tale could glean ; And when be said: "Please let me give soma toys And candy to the Widow Jenkins' boys,' She gave consent; while to herself she sighed " 'Iwere well if all with Santa Claus could ride." The I'eterklna' Chrlstmaa-Tree. Pretty early in the autumn the Peter kins began to prepare for their Christmas-tree. Everything was done in great privacy, as it was to be a surprise to the neighbors, as well as to the rest of the family. Mr. Peterkin had been up to Mr. Bromwich's wood-lot, and, with his consent, selected tbe tree. Agamemnon went to look at it occasionally after dark, and Solomon John made frequent visits to it, mornings, just after sunrise. Air. Peterkin drove Elizabeth Eliza and her mother that way, and pointed furtively to it with his whip, but none of them ever spoke of it aloud to each other. It was suspected that the little Iwys had been to see it Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. But they came home with their pockets full of chest nuts, and said nothing about it. At length Mr. Peterkin had it cut down, and brought secretly into the Larkins barn. A week or two before Christmas, a measurement was made of it, with Elizabeth Eliza's yard-measure. To Mr. Teterkin's great dismay, it was discovered that it was too high to stand in the back parlor. This fact was brought out at a secret council of Mr. and Mrs. Peterkin, Elizabeth, and Aga memnon. Agamemnon suggested that it might be set up slanting, but Mrs Peterkin was very sure it would make her dizzy, and the candles would drip. But a brilliant idea came to Mr. Peter kin. He proposed that the ceiling of the parlor should be raised to make room for the top of the tree. Elizabeth Eliza thought the space would need to be quite large. It must not be like a small box, or you could not see the tree. 44 Yes," said Mr. Feterkin, "I should have the ceiling lifted all across the room ; the effect would be. finer." Elizabeth Eliza objected to having the whole ceiling raised, because her room was over the back parlor, and she would have no floor while the alteration was going on, which would be very awk ward. Besides, her room, was not very hiurb now, and, if the floor were raised, perhaps she could not walk in it tip right. Mr. Peterkin explained that ho didn't propose altering the whole ceiling, but to lift up a ridge across the room at the back part where the tree was to stand. This would make a hump, to be sure, in Elizabeth Eliza's room ; but it would go across the whole room. Elizabeth Eliza said she would not mind that. It would be like the cuddy thing that comes up on the deck of a ship, that you sit against, only here you would not have the seasickness. She thought she should like it for a rarity hti micrht use it for a divan. Mrs. Peterkin thought it would come in the worn place of the carpet, and might be a convenience in making the carpet over. Agamemnon was afraid there would V rronble in keeping the matter secret, for it would be a long piece of work for a carpenter ; but Mr. Peterkin proposed having tbe carpenter iur uj or iwo tn number of other jobs. ODe of them wa to make all the chairs in the ucuse of the same height, for Mrs. Peterkin had nearly broken he spine, by sitting down in a chair that she had supposed waa her own rocking chair, and it had proved to be two inches lower. The little bova were now large Enough to sit in any chair ; so a medium waa fixed upon to satisfy all the family; and the chairs were made uniformly of the same height. On consulting the carpenter, however, he insisted that the tree could be cut oft at the lower end to suit the height of the parlor, and demurred at so great a change as altering the ceiling. But Mr. Peterkin had set his mind upon tue improvement, and Elizabeth Eliza had cut her carpet in preparation for it. So the folding-doors into the back parlor were closed, and for nearly a fort night before Christmas there was great litter of fallen plastering, and laths, and chips, and shavings; and Elizabeth Eliza's carpet was taken up, and the fur niture had to be changed, and one night she had to sleep at tho Bromwichs', for there was a long hole in her floor that might be dangerous. All this delighted the little boys. They could not undej stand what was go ing on. Perhaps they suspected a Christ mas tree, but they did not know why a Christmas tree should have so many chips, and were still more astonished at the hump that appeared ia Elizabeth Eliza's room. It must be a Christmas present, or else the tree in a box. Some aunts and uncles, too, arrrived a day or two before Christmas, with some small cousins. These cousins oc cupied the attention of the little boys, and there was a great deal of whispering and mystery, behind doors, and under the stairs, and iu corrern of the entry. Solomon John was busy, pri vately making some candles for the tree, lie had been collecting seme bay berries, as he understood tney made very nice candles, so that it would not be necessary to buy any. The elders of the family never all went into the back parlor together, and all tried not to see what was going on. Mrs. Peterkin would go in with Solo mon John, or Mr. Peterkin with Eliza beth Eliza, or Elizabeth Eliza and Aga memnon and Solomon John. The little boys and the small cousins were never allowed even to look inside the room. Eliz abeth Eliza meanwhile went into town a number of times. She wanted to consult Amanda as to how much ice cream they should need, and whether they could make it at home, as they had cream and ice. She was pretty busy in her own room; the furniture had to be changed, and the carpet altered. The 'hump" was higher than she had ex pected. There was danger of bumping her own head whenever she crossed it. She had to nail some padding on the ceiling for fear of accidents. The afternoon before Christmas, Eliza beth Eliza, Solomon John, and their father collected in the back parlor for a council. The carpenters had: done their work, and the tree stood at its full height at the back of the room, the top stretching up into the space arranged for it. All the chips and shavings were cleared away, and it stood on a neat box. But what were they to put upon the tree? Solomon John had brought in his supply of candles, but they proved to be very 44 stringy" and very few of them, It was strange how many bayberries it took to make a few candles ! The little boys had helped him, and he had gath ered as much as a bushel of bay berries. He had put them in water, and skimmed off the wax, according to the directions, but there was bo little wax 1 Solomon John had given the little boys some of the bits sawed off from the legs of the chairs. He had suggested that they should cover them with gilt paper, to answer for gilt ap ples, without telling them what they were for. These apples, a little blunt at the end, and the candles, were all they had for the tree. After all her trips into town, Eliza beth Eliza had forgotten to bring any thing for it. "I thought of candies and sugar plums," she said, "but I concluded if we made caramels ourselves we should not need them. But, then, we have not made caramels. The fact is, that day my head was full of my carpet. I had bumped it pretty badly, too. Mr. Peterkin wished he had taken, in stead of a fir-tree, an apple-tree he had seen in October, full of red fruit. 44 But the leaves would have fallen off by this time," said Elizabeth Eliza. And tbe apples, too, said Solomon John. 44 It is odd I should have forgotten that day I went in on purpose to get the things, said Elizabeth Lliza, musingly. 44 But I went from shop to shop, and didn't know exactly what to get. I saw a great many gilt things for Christmas trees, but I knew the little boys were making the gilt apples ; there were plen ty of candles in the shops, but I knew Solomon John was making the candles." Mr. Peterkin thought it was quite natural. Solomon John wondered if it were too late for them to go into town now. Elizabeth Eliza could not go in the next morning, for there was to be a grand Cliristmas dinner, and Mr. Peter kin could not be spared, and Solomon John was sure he and Agamemnon would not know what to buy. Besides, they would want to try the candles to night. Mr. Peterkin asked if the presents everybody had been preparing would not answer? But Elizabeth Eliza knew they would be too heavy. A gloom camfc over the room. There was only a flickering gleam from one of Solomon John's candles that he had lighted by way of trial. Solomon John again proposed going into town. He lighted a match to ex amine the newspaper about the trains. There were plenty of trains coming out at that hour, but none going in except a very late one. That would not leave time to do anything and come back. 4 4 We could go in, Elizabeth Eliza and I," said Solomon John, 44 but we should not have time to buy anything." Agamemnon was summoned in. Mrs. Peterkin was entertaining the uncles and aunts in the front parlor. Agamemnon wished there was time to study np some thing about electric lights. If they I could onlv have a calcium light ! Solo- man John's : candle sputtered and won! out; ; At this moment there ,wa a lond knocking at the front door, j The little boys, and the small cousins,' and the uncles and aunts, and Mrs. Peterkin," hastened to see what was tho matter. The uncles and aunts thought some body's house must be on fire. , The door was opened, and there was a man, white with flakes, for it - waa beginning to snow, and he was pulling in a large box. Mrs. Peterkin supposed it contained some of Elizabeth Eliza's purchases, so she ordered it to be pushed into the back parlor, and hastily called back her guests and the little boys into the other room. The little boys and small cousins were sure they had seen Santa Claus himself. Mr. Peterkin lighted the gas. The box was addressed to Elizabeth Eliza. It was from the lady from Philadelphia ! She had gathered a hint from Elizabeth Eliza's letters that there was to be a Christmas tree, and had filled this box with all that would le needed. It was opened directly. There was every kind of gilt hanging thing, from gilt pea-pods to butterflies on springs. There were shining flags and lanterns, and bird-cages, and nests with birds sit ting on them, baskets of fruit, gilt apples and bunches of grapes, and, at the bottom of tho whole, a large box of candles and a box of Philadelphia bon bons ! Elizabeth Eliza and Solomon John could scarcely keep from screaming. Tho little boys and the small cousins knocked on the folding-doors to ask what was the matter. Hastily Mr. Peterkin and the rest took out the things and hung them on the tree, and put on the candles. When all was done, it looked so well that Mr. Peterkin exclaimed : 44 Let us light the candles now, and send to invite all the neighbors to-night, and have the tree on Christmas eve !" And so it was that the Peterkins had their Christmas-tree the day before, and on Christmas night could go and visit their neighbors. St. Nicholas. The True Story ot a Doll. A year ago, a young girl, one of the teachers in a school in a great city, bade good-bye to the children and went home. The children laughed a great deal, and the story went about how that Miss Nelly was going to be married soon, and was going home to learn to keep house. Nelly was one of the merriest girls in the world. In school or at home, every body tried to sit next to her, to hair her laugh. Nobody was ever so f riendly or so full of life, thoy said. But she was not strong ; and when she went home, instead of learning to keep house, she grew thinner and weaker day by day, while the doctors stood helplessly looking on. The marriage was put off again and again. At last she could not leave her room. Yet still people tried to come close to her; the laugh was always ready on her lips, and the big blue eyes grew more friendly with each fading day. It began to be noticed, however, that she was anxious to sew or knit all the time, to make something for little chil dren soft, white little shirts, or baby's socks. In the city where she lived there is a hospital for sick children, in which there are many 4' memorial beds" given as legacies by dying women, or in re membrance of them by their friends. Nelly had no money to endow a memo rial bed, but her thoughts were busy with the sick babies. 44 1 will dress a borof dolln," she said, 44 so that each can have one on Christmas morning." They gave her the doll, and scraps of silk and lace, and she worked faithfully at it with her trembling fingers. 44 1 will have them ready," she would say. But it seemed as if she would not have even one ready, she was forced so often to lay it down. One September night she was awake all night, and by dawn ma do them wash and dress her and give her her work-box and scissors. By noon the doll was dressed, and she laid it down, smiling. An hour or two later, they told her that the end was near. She kissed them all good-by. Her face was that of one who goes upon a pleasant journey ; and, holding her mother's hand, she closed her. eyes and went away. There is the little doll, alone in its box. I thought if each lit lie girl who reads this story would dress a doll and send it to a poor child in some asylum or hospital on Christmas morning, that Nelly would surely know of it, and be glad that she and her loving fancy had not been forgotten. St. Nicholas. Indian Convicts. Satanta, the Kiowa chief, who is un der sentence for life, in the Texas peni tentiary, made an ineffectual attempt to end his life by suicide, a short time since. He secured a small rope, and, fastening one end to a scantling, tied the other end about his neck, and was caught dangling, with his feet about twenty-four inches from the ground, but was cut down before life was extinct. Little Bull, a Comanche chief, is endur ing his imprisonment with a more cheerful spirit,. Both chiefs were brought into fhf presence of Gov. Hub bard during the recent visit of the latter to the prison. Satanta made a request for some whisky to revive his drooping spirits. , Two glasses half filled with a mild dilution were prescribed for the Indian braves, when Satanta, snatching up Little Bull's glass, said, "Whisky no good for papoose, good for big chief," and, pouring the contents into his own glass, gulped down both portions, and then smacked his lips in contentment. The big chief finds it hard to be deprived of both liberty and whisky. The eldest son of an English Earl was brought before the Woolwich magis trates recently under strange circum stances. He had enlisted in the Boyal Artillery, and confided so far in the magistrates as to nay that he had been driven to this step through deficiency of income this amounting only to $2,500 per annum. The poor fellow was dis charged on paying the usual fees. How many children die from Croup, Diphtheria, Ao. This new principle. Dr. J. II. McLean's Congh and Lang Healing Globules, will cure Croup anrt Thoat disease. Consump tion, Coughing, Hoarseness). Trial boxes, xl ct. by mail. Dr. J. II. McLean's otlice, 311 Uheetuut St. Loui. THE AXCIENT WOULD REVEALED. Great Discoveries In Greece by Dr. hchlletnann. ,.- . i"rom the New York Sun.)' ,Whil we are trying to save from per version or . destruction the republic, which has , cow lasted out only its first century, an enthusiastic scholar, forget ful of the present, is unearthing the re mains of a civilization which existed 3,000 yeas ago. During this century, and especially during ' the last twenty-five years, we have revised our conceptions of the his tory of the peoples who, before the days of what has been regarded as authentio seoula" record, dwelt in the western part of Asia, and gave birth to a material )rosperity and perfected language, which ong anticipated those cf the nations we now know as civilized. The excavations on the Tigris, at Ilium, at Mycenae, and at Cyprus attest the substantial founda tion and even minute accuracy of tho stories of scripture, Homer and Pau sanias, which had gained credence through faith only, or were questioned as almost fabulous traditions. We find that Sardanapalus did indeed burn, with all his possessions and his luxurious court, in tho manner the ancient narra tors described ; that his city was as they pictured it ; that Babylon was actual in its extent aud grandeur, and that it fell as depicted ; that Priam and Achilles, Agamemnon and Menelaus, Clytem nestra, Eneas and Paris were real peo ple, and that as Homer describes them and their deaths and misfortunes they really were. The latest of these contributions to this most interesting study of antiquity is that of Dr. Henri Schliemanu, the en thusiastic German antiquary, who is now prosecuting, under the favor of his own and the Greek Governments, important excavations on the site of the ancient city uf Mycenie, in the Peloponnesus of Greece. His discoveries there, a brief telegraphic account of which we pub lished this morning, are among the most remarkable in the history of antiquarian exploration. On the 28th of November last, Dr. Schliemann, with 4 unbounded joy," informed the King of Greece of the surprising success of his labors. He thinks he has discovered the monuments of the Grecian heroes, of whom the tra ditions preserved by Pausanias make mention, and the palpable evidence sus tains the truth of the stories so familiar to schoolboys. He has unearthed tho tombs of Agamemnon, Cassandra, Eury medon, and their companions, who were killed while banqueting at Mycenie, by Clytemnestra, the faithless wife of Aga memnon, and her paramour and his cousin, iEgisthus. Agamemnon had just returned from his successful siecre of Troy, whither he had gone to assist his brother jtfenelaus in rescuing hia ab ducted wife; Helen, the sister of the cor rupt and murderous C!y tomnestra, when he met his predicted fate.' Dr. Schliemann believes that he has not only found these tombs as Pausanias described them, but that ho has also un earthed in them, to use his own words, 44 immense archaeological treasures, and numbers of articles of pure gold, suffi cient to fill a large museum, and the most splendid in the world." All these treasures, in the true spirit of an anti quarian, who desires no personal emolu ment, he turns over to Greece, and, as he says, they will become a new incen tive to pilgrimages to that land so fruit ful in interest to scholars and all who enjoy studying the developments of one of the most marvelous civilizations the earth has ever known. Dr. Schliemann's achievements will long make this year memorable. How the Cuban Insurgents Carry on the War. Tho tangled forests and luxuriant trop ical growth in the island of Cuba greatly aid the insurgents in maintaining their rebellion and the guerrilla warfare in which they have been engaged for years. A body of less than a thousand men form an encampment in a secluded spot, sur rounded by a thicket, with only a single bridle-path leading to it. As the Span iards advance in attack through this path, they are shot down. Into these encampments, inaccessible to an army, the country people freely enter to barter their fruit, vegetables and fresh meats. Indeed, some of these military stations have assumed the form of villages, with taverns, stores and ball-rooms. Tho great ally of the insurgents is fond in the climate, more fatal than cold lead to foreigners. The Marquis of Habana, who has twice held the chief command of the island, in an account of his operations and disasters, recently published, on this point says: 4 4 Disease made fearful havoc among my soldiers, many of whom were very young and had no constitution to resist the climate." And again he remarks: 44 Neither Span iard nor American has the least idea of the fatal climate or the wooded charac ter of the country." So rapid and luxuriant is the natural growth of vegetation in Cuba that when a plantation has been laid waste and burnt over by the insurgents, and left to itself for only a year or two, it costs a small fortune to clear it off. After Christmas, What! A London correspondent gives the following account of Christmas in En gland. It differs somewhat from tho popular idea of the festival abroad: " ingiisumen lane a uengut m n-uu-ing how many thousan Js of tons of beef are sent to the Christmas market, and they devour this beef in huge slices, yxith the red gravy (or blood) running down their chins, and stuff themselves afterward with great wedges of plum pudding, and then pile on heaps of mince pies, and wash it all lown with rivers of port wine, well brandied. Thi ia what they call having a 44 merrv Christ mas." People are at the table who would much rather be at their own homes, and relatives who have not one feeling or sentiment in common are obliged to sit side by side, and even try to talk, simplr because it is the 25th of December. The ordinary Englishman is at best a gorging animal, and ou this particular day he makes himself a mere receptacle for all kinds of incongruous food. What ia the consequence? A few days afterward he has another row with those uncles and aunt, the trades men's bills come pouring in, tho ser vants (his own and everybody's else) are pestering him from morning till night for 44 Christmas boxes," he is preached at in the papers, and finally he sinks I' into a i deeper depth than over of de spondency amj gloom.' He snubs his wife, Scolds the children, swallows box after box of Cookie's pills, and begins the new year a blighted man. Now, this is the true picture of Christmas, i . , .... STEPHENS AND THE FLAU. i An Epleode of the House Proceedings. Washington Oor. Chicago Times.) 44 Mr. Speaker I" sang out a shrill, high-pitched voice above the din and clamor of the early opening of to-day's sossion of the House. Mr. Randall turned toward Alexander H. Stephens with a prompt courtesy in answer to the shrill voice and said : 44 The gentleman from Georgia." Every one turned at once toward the black-eyed ghost of a man sitting so quietly buried in his blue overcoat, with a silk hat of several winters perched rakishly upon his wise looking head. Mr. Stephens moved his skeleton right hand, incased in a brown cotton glove, as he said : 44 1 have a resolution that I desire to send up to tho Clerk's desk a resolution which I dosire to have read and put upon its passage. " An awful silence fell upon the House assembly. Perhaps the Georgia ghost had evolved some now scheme for saving the country, and every one craned his neck and carefully crooked his ears as the Clerk began to read, Stephens mean while remaining grim and impassive. The Clerk read, and then every one smiled a sickly smile of disappointment. It was a resolution declaring that Mr. John Chauncy should be paid $3. CO a day for performing the arduous task of hoist ing the American flag every day upon the House side. Chauncy's pay had been stopped on aocount of the exhaustion of the special appropriation ; hence this resolution. It was passed. Alexander n. Stephens gave a sigh of relief as tho resolution passed. 44 Dick I" he called out in a testy 'whisper. A burly negro came from the cloak-room and gathered up Stephens in his burly arms, carried him out to a light invalid chair where two stout servants seized upon the Georgia ghost, placed him on a level with their shoulders, and bore him from the hall. It was Mr. Stephens' first legislative act in the Forty-fourth Con gress. How to Buy Cloths. Our housekeepers would all like to know how to buy cloths. A writer in the illustrated Weekly gives some im portant suggestions on this point : Buy no American cloths in the mar ket except cadet grays and army blue flannel, and scrutinize very closely where you buy these. If you live near a woolen mill, get the manufacturer to spin and weave you some fleece wool, using combing wool for the warp. Let the color be pro duced by mixing black wool with the white. Properly shrunk in the fulling process, and well washed, the result will be a cloth that will delight you in the wearing, and outlast any of the fashions. That there is no other American cloth equal to snch cloth is explained by the fact that manufacturers produce only adulterated goods for , the general market. . You may trust almost any foreign woolens offered you by a reputable dealer of intelligence. As to wejr, ex pect the least from a broadcloth and doeskin ; the most from a cheviot. Di agonals break down early. Mohairs ravel. Meltons are almost worthless; they are full of 44 flocks," are fulled till the life of the wool is lost, nd the cloth is a mere board, hot in summer, and cold in winter. French cassimeros are the best with out exception ; of the French, get the Elbeuf, If you buy an American cassi mere get the Hockanum ; it has a vel vety surface like the French, and is strong enough to last out a season's fashion. Finally, in buying a foreign overcoat ing, ravel the edge of the cloth in order to detect the cotton thread that too often forms the warp, although well dyed by the ingenious manufacturer. A Squirrel Has the Diphtheria. A family in this city are the happy possessors of a beautiful flying squirrel very tame and tractable. Some of the children were attacked with diphtheria recently, and, in accordance with his custom, the squirrel sometimes crawled into bed with them, oftentimes nestling up against their faces and throats. After a while the squirrel was seized with all the symptoms of tbe disease, and grow ing worse, apparently went through all the stages of the complaint in just the same manner as the children. When ill it was found necessary to feed hiai on soft food, in all respects similar to a hu man being suffering from diphtheria. Bridgeport Standard. The Nevf Speaker, Mr. Samuel J. Randall, the new Speaker of the House of Representa tives, is now 43 years old, and has from early manhood taken an active part in political affairs. Four years he was in the Philadelphia City Council, and in 1858-59 in the Senate of Pennsylvania, and at Washington in the Thirty-eighth Congress, and has been re-elected ever since. Mr. Randall lives with his family in a plain way in a small three-story house of his own on Capitol hilL He spends mast of his leisure time at home. The Army ot Japan. On the 1st of September, 1876, the whole regular military force of the em pire of Japan numbered 33,752 men and 1,517 horses. This not very imposing arrriT ia divirlail en fnllnira Tnfanlnr 80,039 ; cavalry, 431 ; artillery, 1,694 ; engineers, 749 ; commissariat, 194 ; coast artillery, 54. The imperial body-guard contains 3,791 men and 388 horses, and is represented by all the branches of the service. The capital is garrisoned by ,d(omenand bew horses. San Iran Cisco Chronicle. Imports and Exports. For the ten months of the year up to tho end of November, the latest date to which full returns have been made, our imports of merchandise, gold value, were $304,532,911, against $134,941,838 for the same period of 1875 showing a decline of 370,408,927, while tbe decline in the imports of specie was $3,568,656 tho exports of domestic produce for the same period were 3140,855,210 a gain over last year of $58,607,202. New York Srtn. A imtkIi is advertised as 44 kept by the widow of Mr. Brown, who died last summer on a new and improved plan." HORACE UREELET, The I'rlntere' Monument to tt o Great Jour nalistln Greenwood Cemetery. The bust of Horace Greeley, whicii waa recently" unveiled in Greenwood Cemetery, New York, was a memorial planned by American printers and ac complished through their efforts. It waa projected four years ago, immedi ately after the death of Mr. Greeley, by the printers in the composing-room of the New York Tribune. They asked their fellovr-craftsmen throughout the country to contribute to the monument the proceeds of the setting of 1,000 ems each, and the proprietors of printing es tablishments to forward old type-metal as material for the statue. The result of this appeal was about $1,000 in money and 1,500 pounds of old type. But the familiar saying that it is the practice of Americans, after having resolved to build a monument to a distinguished man, to abstain piously from building it, was in this instance again to receive a partial illustration. No further steps were taken in the matter for fifteen months. In June, 1874, the project wa3 revived in the International Typo graphical Convention, which met that year at St. Louis. A committee waa ap- ointed and a considerable sum raised y subscription, but the aggregate was still insufficient for the purpose. Aa appeal w.os made to the employing printers of New York city to make good the deficit They responded generous ly. The money obtained from all sources was not, however, enough to carry out the original design. A bust was accordingly substituted for a monu ment in the new plan, and it was made of bronze, instead of type-metal, which is less durable. The bust is four feet in height, and rests upon a pedestal of granite having a base four feet square and rising ten feet from the ground. Upon one side of the pedestal is a tablet bearing this inscription: 44 Horace Greelev, born Feb. 3, 1811 ; died Nov. 29, 1872. Founder of the New York Tribune." On the other side is an othr tablet in bronze, representing Mr. Greeley as a young compositor standing at his frame and setting type. On the third side there is carved in the granite a plow, and on the fourth a scroll with a pen. The ceremony of unveiling the bust was witnessed by about 500 person., many of whom were intimate friend3 of Mr. Greeley. Mr. William H. Bodwell made a pre sentation address on behalf of the In ternational Typographical Union. Mr. E. C. Stedman read a very beautiful poem, which illuminated the character of Mr. Greeley by a vivid light. The doctrine of the poet, although net of a nature to meet with the hearty concur rence of orthodox clergymen, would Erobably have been accepted without esitation by him on whoso behalf it was uttered. Tho most striking por tions of the poem are the last stanzas, which are as follows : What more ie left, to keep our hold On him who was so true and strong ? Ibis semblance, raised above the mold With ofierings meet of word and soils', That men nisy teach, lu aftertlrue. Their sons how goodness marked the f eatur i Of one whose life was made sublima By service for his brother creature. And last, and lordliest, his fam? a. station in the starry line Of heroes that have left a namo Men conjure with a place divin? ; Since, iu the world's eternal plan. Divinity itself is given To him who lives or dies for man, - And looks within his soul for U-.a.ea. Texas. The assessed valuation of taxable prop erty in Texas for 1876 is $260,000,000. The estimated revenues for the year are: From one-half of 1 per cent, oil the to tal valuation, $1,300,000; occupation tax, $.350,000; collection of taxes of for mer years, $250,000; office fees, $75,000; total, $1,975,000. The deductions to be made4 for the cost of assessing and col lecting and delinquencies are $283,750, leaving a net revenue of $1,691,250. One-fourth of the net revenue goes to thb support of public schools. It will amount to $422,812. The assessment for 1876 is $10,000,000 greater than that for 1875, and $16,000,000 greater than that for 1874. The debt of the State ia $5,210,000, being an increase of $791,978, which increase is attributable to the ne cessity for frontier defense and other extraordinary measures. Gov. Coke estimates that under the former revenue law 44 one-third of the property and values in the State escaped taxation," and that at a reasonable estimate the assessment ought to be $350,000,000. The estimated deficiency in the revenues for the present year is $300,000 Ballooning. Donaldson, the aeronaut who lost liis life in an ascension, predicted that if traveling in balloons ever became com mon it would not be by lofty flights bu t close to the ground. He said that by carefully gauging the amount of gas in the bag, and using a pole to assist ia raising over obstacles, a man might cer tainly travel fast and safely in the direc tion of the wind; and he thought that some system of steering and tacking might be devised that would make move ments possible without reference to the wind. The Secretary of the British Aeronautical Society seems to have a similar idea, for he says: 44 It is singular that no one has taken advantage of an ascertained fact to put the balloon to more pleasureable, because more pro longed, use than has hitherto been at tempted. There is every probability that, with a balloon properly balanced, a push with a long pole would send it spinning for fifty feet or more, and one might traverse a few hundred yards be fore it neared the earth and required another push." A Smart Youug Wife. ' . The Olean (N. Y.) Times relates: ,4A newly-married pair on their way to New Yorit, when between Coshocton and Nar rowsbnrg on the Erie train, one day hut week, caused no little sensation to tho occupants of the car. On the bride groom's taking a roll of brown paper, out of his pocket, the bride suddenly snatched it, raised the window and threw it out, saving: 4 You said you'd, quit chewing tobacco; there's bo much of the nasty stuff gone.' But ht laugh changed to tears when her htvsband in formed her that the roll was not tobao. co, but $100 in greenbacks, which ho was about to place in a safer place in his pocket. As it was dark at the tizae, any attempt to recover the ciouev wai thought to bi useless,"