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PAW PAW. MICHIGAN. cr .T'rrr. THE LITTLE IOLKS. My LUtl Treasure. 'Would you know little tinware, tUrent, jineHeM wyona iueuro i Uooie with in ; Look and ef Kip 11 a briiun:lii oVr with pleasure Laughter-loving Marjortel "Littl dariiuff, bright eyea jfipiniing, kull ef thougat ami tender dreatuuig Thought for tue I l.cok and All the love that thwre in beaniinfl I Hwettebt, dearoHt Marjorie! Tittle daughter, full of laughter, Whom tho nuubearus npple after, Dear to ine ; Look aud eo All tho love that I would waft her Bmt of treasures, Marjorie ! Harper' Lazar. Johnny' Acrobata. " Come, Johnny, it's bed-time," said mamma. But Johnny was making a wonderful figuro, wherein one acrobat, standing on his head, was " takiug hold of heels" with two of Lis brethren above, while a fourth appeared to be dancing on their head. The faces of tho performors ex pressed such unqualified enjoyment of the fun, and the figure was really so very funny that Johnny laughed loud and long. " Look I mamma." ; " Yes, I see; but it's bed-time." "I made this without looking at tho paper at alL" " Don't make another ono to-night, Johnny." Johnny took down tho box with a sigh, then proceeded to pull his jolly acrobats to pieces, a process over which they laughed silently. Tho bodies were laid carefully in tho box, tho heads placed beside them in a row, and lastly the vacant spaces filled up with the dis membered arms and legs; aud Btill tho faces smiled on. " Wouldn't it be funny if we could take off our arms and legs so ?" said Johnny as he closed the box. 4 Very funny." "You m?ght see mo sometimes with Jimmy Nelson's head on." "I'd rather tee your own' replied his mother with a kiss. " Aren't you al most ready?" Johnny could find no possible excuse for delaying, so ho trotted slowly up stairs with his mother. He had so much to talk about that it seemed a long time before he was fairly arrayed in his little white "nightie," and after that it took him so :o time to sny his prayers. "I rnr.st put cousin Annie in," said he earnestly; "because sho gave me the acrobats." Johnny thought ho never should go to sleep' that night, and just as he was about entering tho Land of Nod he heard the strangest little noise, like tho pattering of tiny feet around him. He sat np very straight and rubbed his eyes incredulously, for, wonders of wonders! there wero his four jolly acrobats turn ing sunimerpaults, dancing jigs, and cut ting up all sorts of caperB upon the bed--quilt. " lie's awake," said one of them at length. Then they all stopped dancing, and tho one which Johnny had always called the clown straightened himself up and prepared to make a speech. "Master Johnny Wheeler," said he in a squeaky little tone, "we've always done our best to amuso you, haven't wo?" " Yes," replied wondering Johnny. "And it's only fair that we should have some amusement in our turn?" " So it is," replied Johnny. " Well, then, what can you do for us ?" Johnny's mind ran hastily up and lown the scale of his accomplishments. " I can speak a piece for you." "Let's hear it." He stood up on the bed (no easy mat ter, by the way) and commenced : Trettyl'olly Tansy Hadn't any hair: JiiMta rufT of gold down, Fit for ducks to wear. Merry" " I don't think we want any more of that," said the clown with a wave of his arm. " Give me something more sensible. Johnny thought for ' a moment and then began again. " III ! the baby in ettintf up stairs, One ate t. two step, three steps slow. Down she comes with a thump, thump, thump."' ," Good enough for her," shouted the clown. " Capital t hat ha!" exclaims the others in concert. " anma kisses " "Oh! we don't want to hear any thine about kisses. Just leave that fcrhere it is." "I don't like you a bit," thought Johnny. "I only know one more piece and 1 am giaa oi it. ' Creep away, my bairnle. Creep bof ore you Kn8i LUteu " " I should think so," put in the clown frownintrly. ; " Creep !" cried the other in scornful chorus. "That won't do at alL" " That's ail I know," said Johnny crossly curling himself up in the bed clothes again. " Couldn't you stand on one foot upon that had board awhile?" asked the clown .glancing at tho bedstead. "No, I couldn't." "Or jump up to tho top of that look jfog-glaps?" "No. I wouldn't." " Or sit astride tho gas fixture for half an hour ?" "No." " Hi. others." said tho clown majestic ally, " he doesn't know anything. Ho must be taught." ' "Yes." shouted tho ethers. "He really must be taught." Hero one of the jolliest of tho group seated himself upon Johnuy's breast and waved a flag over him a moment. Johnnv legan to feel tho queerest sen sations in his back and limbs. His lin ers and toes were gone, and instead of them were three or four funny little grooves. Ho knew well enough what Jiha grooves wero for. He liked them irf.rv much, indeed upon tho acrobats but to find them upon himself was a very AtrrYnut matter. . "Bnpposo I should grow into ono of bVm " ho paid though tlully. " Come !" said the clown, " you're all 4t Sprite ready. Get up. "Ishin'tdoit." "You'd better." "I shan't." "It's a' clear caso of disobedience," thundered the clown. " What shall we do?" " ne must be punished." "So ho must. Brothers, I have a headache, caused by a tremendous whack which he gave mo this very evening. I demand a fair exchange." While Johnny was wondering what a fair exchange was, tho clown came toward him with a series of jumps, pull ed his head quickly from his shoulders, and thruct his own in its place. "lou let my head alone ! screamed Johnny. But he found himself staring at ins own face, which looked at !him from the clown's painted shoulders, and which seemed to take on a leering, mocking expression as he looked. "Anybody else want to change ? "Yes ; my arm's broken." " O h ! I don't believe it." "My legs are both black and blue." " It s tho paint," cried Johnny, wav ing his arms, and trying to kick with little wooden legs. .Hut the acrobats had them off in a trice, and in the twinkling of an eye the exchango was mado. " Hardly any of this is mo, thought Johnny, ruefully. " Wonder if I shall ever get myself back again. This hoad does ache a little, truly. J J at he couldn t stop to think abou t, for just then the clown announced in a loud voice that an entertainment would commence in five minutes, and the three others busied themselves in arranging their poles for the perform ance. And what wonderful tnings they did ! Balancing themselves upon each other's shoulders, jumping from bed to bureau and back again, turning summersaults from soap-dish to waterpitcher, waving a tooth-brush instead of a fiag in short, indulging in more extravagant feats than the little boy had ever dreamed of be fore. " Now," shouted the clown, "we'll have our song. We'll give you some thing worth hearing. And, without stopping this evolution for an instant, the queer little figures piped out : jony acroDais are we, As you see, Movnting high or stooping low, Here we go. Without hands and without feet, Our gymnastics who can beat 7 O nt Jolly acrobats are we, Doing wonders as you see.'' Thoro were a great many verses, but they all sounded just alike. Johnny became tired of it at last, and was thinking that ho might just as well go to sleep, when the clown cried out : 'Silencer Instantly the three acrobats jumped upon their poles and stood there. Do you want your head back again? inquired the clown, gravely, of Johnny. "Of course I do. "And your arms and legs?" "Yes." "Very well, earn them, then. I'll give you five minutes to climb to the top of that picture-frame," (pointing to a photograph which hung just over tho headboard.) Only five minutes! Come, now. "That's my father's picture," said poor Johnny. " Can t help it if it s your grandfather. There's one minute gone." " I in so heavy. "Two minutes gone." Johnny rose slowly on his wooden legs and commenced the assault. His limbs wero grooved, to be sure; but the bedstead was so very smooth that ho slipped back again. " Oh I dear me. I " Three minutes gone." He tried again, but with the saruo re sult. " 'Tisn't fair. These arms and legs aren't good for anything. You eaid they wasn't." " Four minutes gone." Johnny tried again; but it was such very hard work that ho began to cry. Ail at once ne nearu a voice, wmcn uiu not belong to the clown. " What is the matter, darling? And the little fellow looked into his mother':! astonished eyes. " I wanted ray head and my arms and legs." "Th?y all seem to be here, said mamma, laughing. " Yliat were you trjing to do, Johnny ? " Trying to trying to. Oh I mother J" And he clasped her tightly around the neck. "P'r'aps I've been asleep. But are you sure my acrobats haven't been out of the box ?" " I certainly think I should have seen them if they had, replied mamma. She laughed again, and Johnny couldn't help laughing a little, too, he was so glad to be himself again. "Its ever bo much better to have your arms and legs fastened on," he ex claimed, at length, with a sigh of re lief. "I should think so." " I wouldn't change heads with any body. Would you, mother ?" "That would depend upon circum stances, replied mamma. " I don t Iwhove I shall ever like that old clown so very much again, mur mured Johnny, sleepily. But he did. Fixing the Kesponslbllity. Some important testimonv boarincr upon the question of the cause of and the responsibility lor tho brcaning oi tio Ashtabula rmug-3 was given at tne Cnrnnrr's iuemest. Mr. Joseph Tom- linson, now of Ottawa, Canada, formerly in the employ of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Itailroad Company, testified that ho drafted the original working plans of tho bridge, aud pro viding for extra strength to tho main braces upon which the greatest strain must come. Theso braces were not con Rtrnr?td in accordance with the draw ings, but were made considerably lio-liter. and the cost therebv materially lessened at the expense of the strength and safety ot the bridge, as was suose mwntlv mode clear with awful distinct ness. Mr. Tomlinson testifies that ho protested earnestly against this seiious dofect. but was overruled bv Mr. Stone, who at that time had tho management of the road. Tomlinson again advised tho strengthen in i? of tho main braces. and his persistency in the matter led to the severance of hia connection with tho road. VAKDEKHILT. 1IU Personal Habit und l'eriillarltlra f. tent of Ills Kullway Operations. Cor. Chicago Tribune. niS FONDNESS FOn CARDS Commodoro Vandcrbilt never per mitted his feelings to get the better of his opinions or his judgment. No man was less governed by his feelings in his stock or pecuniary operations. Ho al ways said that a man was a fool to allow himself to fight, or to quarrel, or to call names, and that no business man ever did this. He was always very fond of cards, whist and "point eaehre." Ho never played poker or . gambled at the faro- table. I asked him once aa to the largest amount of money he ever made at whist, and he said that when the Southern men wero in their glory he won $20,000 in one day. He was a member of tho old Itacket Club years ago when it was down next to the ' Metropolitan Hotel twenty-five or thirty years ago. For many years he was a member of the Union Club, and was once guilty of an indiscretion in language at tho table in tho club-house, and was threatened with suspension. Ho did not go there for a very long time after that, but later he resumed his visits. In the years from 1865 to 1870 ho was a regular attendant at the Manhattan Club. He was a good whist player, though not a first-class one. He was Lot very apt to indulge in recrimination at a game. No special persons formed his whist party. In those days there were many whist-players Work, Banker, Dean BichmonU, Farmer Abel, August Belmont and A. W. Clas son. He did net go to any club after 1872, I believe. Ho changed his habits materially after his second marriage, and didn't go out much in tho evening. HIS POWER. Ho carried his point many times by tho sheer weight of his indomitablo will and money power. A committee of tho Legislature once asked him why ho did not appeal to tho power of the law, and his answer was, " I havogot the power." HIS STOCK OPERATIONS. If ho made money by tho rise and fall of stocks it was only incidentally and as ho saw safe opportunity. His attention was devoted to the management of his railroads. Ho distinctly differenced himself from such men as Daniel Drew and Jay Gould, and never lost an oppor tunity to condemn WTall street specula tions. " But you buy and sell stock on the street, do you not, Mr. Vanderbilt ?" said the writer toliim on one occasion. Yes," was the reply, "but I pay for what I buy, and only sell what I have got, and these fellows (tho speculators) don't" nis owNERsnrr of railroad stocks. The Commodore, according to esti mate, owned stock in the following roads : New Haven and Ilartford $ 500,010 New Yoik and New Haven ACU.OOO Central Hu.lHon 3D.Coo,(xK) ,ake Shore 5,)iHUil0 Ohio aud Misf-iBsippl 1,U0U,00U luuroad bonus, aim) shares lu Bleeping cars 8,ooo,oco Total $15,000,100 ms rnysiCATj activity. As an instance of how active ho was in his 58th year, it ia related that in 18o2 ho was on board tho steamer l'ro metheus, of the Nicaragua lino, as she was being moorod to her berth at Tier No. 4, North river. A single hawser had been run from the ship to the pier, but, owing to the strong current, tho vessel could not bo moored. The Com modore became impatient at the delay, and, throwing his cane on tho dock, swung himself hand over hand, on tne hawser, from the ship to tho pier. Then, picking up his cane, he said, " I was not going to stay there all day, and walked slowly up the cock. ms PREJUDICES. Many stories showing his fitrong prejudices and peculiarities in those days, in regard to his busmoss, are told of him. On ono occasion in 1852, a Mr. Loper, of Philadelphia, who had built a number of propellers, and who was strongly in favor of that class of vessels, called on the Commodore to try to in duce him to use propellers instead of side-wheel steamers on tho Nicaragua line. He exhibited a model to the Com modore, and predicted that in ten years from that time not a single side-wheel steamer would bo built, as tho profilers were superior to them, both in speed and economy. After hearing all that Mr. Loper had to say, the Commodore said: "All you say, Loper, may be true. but 1 11 tell you what 1 11 do. lou build a propeller, and I'll build ono of my walking-beam ships, and I'll run you a race from New York to Liverpool, ship for ship." Mr. Loper did not accept the wager, and tho Commodore never built a propeller. rrorlslonaofthe Will of the Late Itailroad Klag. The will of the late Cornelius Vander bilt is dated Jan. 9, 1875, and a codicil is attached bearing date June 30, 1875. The will directs tho executors to pay to Mrs. Vanderbilt $500,000, settled on her at marriage, together with the family mansion, statuary, furniture, plate, two carriages, one pair oi carriage horses, etc. To the five daughters, Mrs. Jameu M. Cross, Mrs. William K. Thorn, Mrs. Horace F. Clark, Mrs. Daniel Torrance, and Mrs. ,N. B. LaBon, $1,250,000 reg istered bonds Lake Shore and Michigan Southern railroad, and $1,250,000 con solidated mortgage-bonds of the New York and Harlem Railroad Com pan y, to be divided in equal shares. To Airs. Daniel B. Allen, a daughter, $f 00,000 United States 10-40s in trust, upon which she is to receive the interest. Upon :ier decease the $100,000 bonds to go to her children. To the daughter, Mrs. Eliza Osgo d, interest on $300,000 same class bonds, and at her decease the principal goes to tho residuary legatee. To the daughter, Mrs. Catherine JLa- fittee, interest of $500,000 10-40 bond, and at her death the bonds to be divided among her children. To his son, Cornelius J. vanderbilt, interest on $200,000 10-40 bonds. Upon deceaso of Cornelius, the $200,000 bond i are to be given to the residuary legatee To his sister Fhebe, $1,200 per annum dining her life. To his nioco, Fhebe Ann Blake, $300 per annum. To Rebecca Little and her daughter Cornelia, $200 each per anaum. To his brother, Jacob H. Vanderbilt, 850,000 first-mortgage bonds Slaten Island Bail way Company. To his niece, Ann C. Root, 820,000 liko bonds. To his nephew Cornelius V. Deforest, $10,000 registered Lake Shore bonds. To his niece, Fhebe Ann Dusten, $5,000 consolidate'1 New York and Har lem bonds. To Mrs. Sophia White, $5,000 like bonds. To his niece, Charlotto Haskell, $5,000 such bonds. To each of tho three daughters of his niece, Fhebe Ann Dusten, $5,000 such bonds. To Charles Simonson, son of his nephew, Charles M. Simonson, deceased, $10,000 like bonds. To the family physician, Dr. Jared Laialey, $10,000 'like bonds. To Capt. James Braisted, formerly in the employ of the Commodere, $1,000 such bonds, Tp Lambert War Jell, an old and faith ful clerk, $20,000 such bondJ. To his grandson, William K. Thorn, Jr., son of his daughter Emily, $25,000 in registered bonds of the Lake Shore uiid Michigan Southern Kail way Com pany. To Samuel Fatten ntnd, son of Oba diah Hand, brother of tho Commodore's mother, one such registered bond of said company, $5,000. To the Rev. Dr. Charles F. Deems, pastor of the Church of the Strangers, $20,000 of such registered bonds. To Mrs. Maria Lecher, wifo of Gen. Gordon Granger, $10,000 of such registered bonds, and to tho wife of his nephew, S imuel Barton, $25,000 firat mortgage bonds Staten Island Railway Company. All the rest, residue, and remainder of tho property and estate is bequeathed to.Williaui H. Vanderbilt, his heirs, execntors, administrators, and assigns forever. The codicil bequeaths to his grand son, Cornelius Vanderbilt, son of William H., 22.390 shares of tho capital stock of the New York and Harlem Railroad Company, and 31,050 shares of tho capital stock of tho New York Central und Hudson River Railroad Company. To William K. Vanderbilt, another son of William II., 20,000 shares of New York Central and Hudson River Rail road Company stock. To Frederick W. Vanderbilt, another son of William H., 20,000 shares of the same etock, to be delivered when ho be comes of age. To Georg'e Vanderbilt, nn other son of William H., 20,000 shares of tho same stock, to bo delivered at the age of 21. To his beloved wife, Frank A. Van derbilt, 2,000 shares of like stock in ad dition to previous bequests. Story of an EjeWItuess at Ashtabula. The following description of tho scene at Aehtabula, on tho night of tho rail road disaster, is from an eyo-witness, who, at tho moment of tho crash, wai at the railroad station, having come across the fatal bridge only a short time before the interrupted passage of "No. 5." The wind was blowing so at the time that the noise of tho crush was not heard at tho station. The first alarm was some one's shouting, " No. 5's ever the bridge !" Rushing at onco to tho river, the narrator was present just as the wreck was beginning to burn. To bor row his own words: " As I looked down I couldn't see more than four or five cars at first, they were so buriod under each other. They had just started to burn. Tho ' Socrates ' had stopped about 150 feet from the edge, and aa I came along the engineer said, Great God, the train is over the bridge all but us.' I rushed right down, and al most tho first one I met was the fireman, ne was walking about, and seemed stunned and dazed. He said ho was cold, and wanted somd one to take care of him. I carried him up the hill to the switch shanty, and then the cars were all in a blaze. The sky was all lightod up, and tho snow was just coming down from the heavens in waves. You could look right down in thero and see them writhing with tho horrible agony, liko worms, and fighting the fire ; and O, that moaning 1 I can't describe it it was like a long Oh o o o in suoh a fearful wail, tho sound rising and falling, and every once in a while a fearful shriek and a desperate cry for help. Women were swooning, and this moaning cry kept up for O, 1 can't tell how long, but it seemed a good while. It seemed to mo that fifty people musl have passed mo up the bank, some climbing, and others being pulled or carried up. It was burning for a long time in the night, but nothing could be done. O, it was awful, and I can't re member what I did down there on the ice, or how long it lasted." Cleveland Ilerald. Corn and Hogs in Illinois. Tho Secretary of the Board of Agri culture of the State of Illinois estimated the yield of corn in the State for 187G at 208,112,910 bushel, against an average yield of 339,008,973 bushels. The num ber of hogs reported in the State on May 1, 187C, was 2,005,935, against 2.809.CC9 at the corresponding time in 1875, and 3, 152,213 at tho same time in 1874. Tho decrease in the crop in two years is equal to 23 per cent. It ia estimated that the farmers of the State have suffered a los? of 17J per cent, of their hogs froxr cholera. --Chicago Inter- Ocean. underbill's Secret of Success. Mr. Vanderbilt was asked one day what was tho secret of his success in businesrt. "Secret? There is no se- civt about it. All yon have to do is to attend to vonr business and go ahead." At unother timo he said : "Tho secret of my success is this : I never tell what I am going to do till I have done it." This was nearer the mark. Ho kept his own counsel and never betrayed his best friend himself. Maj. McFarland, the engineer em ployed by the Interoccanio Canal Com mission to report on a route uniting the Atlantic and the Pacific, saya that the Nicaragua way ia tho most feasible. The distance would bo sixty-one miles; there is no natural harbor at either end, and the cost would bo about tllO.OOOiOOO. The difficulty would be greater than in making the Suez canal. Tho Darien Toute would be much shorter, but would fcivolvo tunneling. Brtwn's Matrimonial Methods. Brown, I don't know how it is that your girls all marry off as soon as thoy jivt old enough, while none of mine can m&rry." Oh, that's simple enough. I marry my girls off on the buckwheat straw principle." But what is that principle ? I never heard of it before." V Well, I used to raise a good deal of buc kwheat, and it puzzled me to know how to get rid of the straw. Nothing would eat it, and it was a great bother to me. At last I thought of a plan, stacked my buckwheat straw nicely ana built a high rail-fence around it. My cattle, of course, concluded that it waa something good, and at once toro down th' fence and began to eat the sb aw. I dogged them away and put up the fence a few times, but the more I drove them awny the more anxious they became to eat tho straw, and eat it they did, every bit of it. As I said, I marry my girls off on the same principle. When a young man that I don't like begins call ing on my girls I encourage him in every wuy I can. I tell him to come often and sbt'y as late as he pleases, and I take pains to hint to the girls that I think they'd better set their caps for him. It works first-rato. He don't make many cuI'h, for the girla treat him as coolly as thy can. But when a young feliow tliHt I like comes around, a man that I thi'ik would suit me for a son-in-law, I don't let him make many calls before I give him to understand tint he isn't wautod around my house. I tell the girls, too, that they shall not have any thing to do with him, and givo them orders never to speak to him again. Tho plan always works first-rato. The yt nug folks begin to pitch into each otht-.r, and the next thing I know they are engaged to bo married. When I see tlmt they aro determined to marry, I always give in and pretend to make the best of it. That's the way I manage it." Dubuque Telegraph, The "What Is It" at Sea. Au extraordinary report appeared a few days ago in the papers of an ex plosion and sudden disappearance of an unknown vessel off Fortland. A still more extraordinary explanation of tho matter is given by a correspondent of the Dorset County Chronicle who states that when on the look-out at Fortland Bill, on the morning when the alleged explosion occurred, he saw what at first appeared a long, low, dismastod ship, with short, stumpy jury-masts, about one mile south-southwest off Port land. Sho looked like a vessel broken backed, as her stem and stern were well out of water, and something like smoke or nteam wa3 rising up in midships. To his surprise, on looking through a telescope, he saw it was "a monster fish, with head and tail rising high above the swell of the eca, and the back nearly down to the level of tho water, and what appoared at first to be smoke or Hteam was large jets of water thrown up like a big whale blowL?. The stumpy masts were immense long fins. AU at once, with a tremendous bound at least thirty or forty feet high, and down aguiu almost liko lightning, the huge mobster disappeared." This statement, it is said, is confirmed by Capts. Cosens, Gibbs and Mace, who went out in the Commodore in search of tho crew or fragments of the supposed vessel. They saw " an immense monster of the deep " throwing np jets of water and making itself painfully conspicuous by its ec centric proceedings. This remarkable creature is evidently not the sea serpent, but Homcthing far more interesting and disHgreeable. Indeed, it ia impossible not to feel sorry for the sea-serpent, whoso charms are entirely eclipsed by the Portland monster. Fall Mall Ga zette. Yanderbilt's Religion. Tho Bible has long been the Commo dore's favorite book, and, during his last attuek, the religious side of his character was mere fully displayed than ever be fore. About August last he manifested a desire to have hymns sung at his bed side, and frequently called his fam ily around him, requesting them to join in singing religious songs. His life, during the last eight months imme diately preceding his death, was exceed ingly quiet and peaceful. All his vast interests in the several railroads, in the affairs of which he had been the ruling spirit for so many years, were disposed of to his satisfaction, and, as he repeat edly said that he was prepared to die, there wero no disturbing influences sur rounding him. New York Iribune. Pretentious Pests of tae Period Our expenditures must be made more Eroductive; the dignity of labor must ave more recognition, and the gentility of various counterfeits of work rather less. The country yields enough for all, and we must learn to make all earn their share of its abundant wealth. The able bodied tramp who lives on tho earnings of honest toil is no more of a social pest than some more pretentious members of society, who live by various ingenious devices for levying toll on capital and labor. A good many such have found their natural level of late, in our pro gress toward sound business methods ; many more gamblers, speculators, and Hiiperfluous middlemen must fall by the way. New York limes. Sad Statistic. Thirtv-one of those who non'shAl Vtt the Brooklyn Theater lira loft and small children who had been en tirely dependent on them for support ; four left widows alone in destitute cir cumstances ; eight left widowed moth ers: fix were the solo surmort of rtrt.kin si-tera and brothers, and forty-fivo of ino joung men were helping to main tain acred parenti: eleven of thn V7iliwa aro about to become mothers. One hundred and nine of tho families visited by tho relief committee will require tem porary assistance, and seventy-five more will want help through the winter. F. P. Bliss, the noted singing reviv alist who was killed in tho Ashtabula disaster, was 36 years old. Ho wa for merly in tho employ of a musio-publish-ing firm. In 1874 ho made the ac quaintance of Maj. Whittle, the eboj-t-er, at a Sunday-school convention, and on that occasion composed the now fa miliar song, " Hold the Fort." There after he and Whittlej traveled together almost constantly. He is the author or adapter of most of the songs used in tho Moody and Sankey meeting. People and Things. Liszt drinks schnapps. Admiral Porter ia in poor health. Boccicault has seven lawsuits on hand. Woman is fast being made eligible to all the olnces without salaries. Parisian Judges are not permitted to wear the unprofessional mustache. The Grand Duchess of Sixe-Weimar has tho richest collection of rubios in the world. A San Francisco woman won a wager by eating thirty quails in as many con secutive days. Thk Sheriff of Tunica county, Ark., is accused not only of stealing public mon ey, but of murder. Over seventy members of tho Ver mont Legislature attend a prayer meet ing every morning. Queen Victoria rejoices in tho birth of her twenty-fifth grandchild. Sixteen of tho twenty-five are girls. OmvER Goldsmith's grand-niece, Jane Goldsmith, has just died at the Homo for the Aged, in Halifax, N. S. A CO-tear-old woman in Leesburg, O., dressed herself in a man's clothes, and committed a daring burglary. Father Bollio, the new custodian of the Vatican Basilica at Rome, is said to bo the master of fifty-two languages. Prof. Huxley, in a lecture at the Lon don Institute, has declared his opinion that the horse ia only a bear developed. The Rev. Edward Everett nale con ducts a weekly history class in hia church, after the manner of a Bible The Dramatic Neios says that a for mal separation has been arranged be tween Kate Claxton, the actress, and her husband. Herman Michaels suej- his sweet heart in St. Louis for breach of promise, and for the return of jewelry that he has given to her. TnE City Government of Boston re fuses to license any more boxers and wrestlers, and those active scientists will have to strike out for the tolerant West. . Ex-Treasurer Spinner has written his name in the sands of time, and when tho next generation comes along and sees it, what a puzzled look there will be. Thb Cherokee nation in Arkansas has gained its suit to compel the Little Rock and Fort Smith railroa 1 to take up its rails and cease running within its bound aries. Sir Michael Costa, after his two ora torios, " Eli "and "Naamin," has pro served a long silence in composilion ; but it is stated that he ia now engaged on a third work depicting the career of Joseph, the son of Jacob. Henry Bergh has secured the con viction of 872 inhumans, relieved and provided medical attention for 1,802 horses and mules, and put 2,2154 animals out of misery, all in Now York city, dur ing the year just past. A Cincinnati woman saw a boy slide into a sewer opening. She did not faint, or scream' but sho hastily took off her shawl, lowered it so that the lad could catch hold of ono crd, and in that way kept him afloat until assistance came. Mmk. Alioa MARcnAFDy formerly a dancer at the Grand Opera, Paris, died in that city lately at the age of 108. She made her first appearance in 1775, at tho ago of 9. She has left inemolre which are soon to bo published by her executor. Bertha Voy HiLLERN.the pedestrienne, has in BostoL. awakened interest remark ably. The Governor, the Mayor, several clergymen, and a large number of women go to see her in Music Hall. She has learned Weston's play of getting men of public standing to countenance her un dertaking. frost work. Th fronts hve coma with noiseless tre&d, The vanguard of the mow ; Thfl buuimc wrara thvroboof red, And all the fort-Ht luvti, though deaJ, 111 gold aud criiaon glow. The exiled aunimtr bird have flown. And o'ei each rupty next The brrathlng im make ccmcIcm uioaa A half unuttered laosotune, A nitfh of vagu unrest. Remains of an ancient Indian village have been discovered at IiaragonaJi Utah. Tho houses, now covered with sage brush were arranged in uniform rows and were about eight by nine feet in si2e. They were all, two story built of adobe, supported by pillars of sandstone rock. Rude ap pliances for grinding corn, were also, found. Tux DukB of Westminster has. set a very good esxample to the other propri etors of London squares. He has. of fered to the Metropolitan Board of Works tbe freehold of Ebury Square Gardens, in order that this space may be thrown open to tho public. The Duke offers to give up absolutely to the public the fee simple unhampered by any conuiuon. Mr. Parnell, a member of tho In ternational Gun and Polo Club, has. performed at Brighton, .England, the extraordinary feat of shooting a hundred penny pieces successively in fifty min utes, thereby winning a heavy wager 300 to jC15. The axzangeiaKUts wtra that the "thrower up" should stand eight yards from the-shooter, and that he should no throw a coin mere than three feet abovo hia Lead. Von Moitkk expressed himself at a recent military gathering to the 2ect that Busftia, in making war agaimt Tur key, was embarking in a preat aad dirli ciilt enterprise. In !fc'23 the Turks, with bftrely 1C000 w levk, resisted for a long time the onslaughUof 120, 00C well-equipped and disciplined Banians, who?o numbers were kept up by contin ual reiuforcenienK lu tho present emergency tho Bussians would have still less reu-sou to anticipate an easy and rapid succeys. Ir you aro to marry a delicate, pale and fUkly IkJv, matte lur t&ko Dr. J. II. Mo. Lean' titrcngthetiing Cordiil ..vl Klcnkl Tori fier ; it Vital; oe and j:n:lM tLn bloo 1, fctrongth ens and iiiYifcorataa, cannon H o rich blood to tbe cheek aaiu. Dr. J. 11. McLcn 3U Ctuwtt. nut street, bt. Louu, Mo.