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TAW PAW. MICHIGAN. THE LITTLE FOLKS. rutlirr at l'luy. .such fun as we had one rainy day, "When father was homo and helped ua play ! "We made a hip and hoisted wll, And eroded the aea in a fearful galo Slut we hadn't sailed into London town Wu Captain and crew and vcast'l went dowu. Down. dwu in a Jolly wrock, With tke Captain rolling under the deck. Dut he tiroke out again with a lion 'a roar, And we on two legs, he on tour, 3lau ont of the parlor and up the stair, .And f rightened mamma and the baby there. ro mamma said she'd le pliooman now, JVud tried to 'rent u. Khe didn't know how. Then the lion laughed and forgot to roar Till we t-hactd him out of the uuraory door ; .And then he turned to a pony gay, And carried u all en hU back away. Whlppity, liekity, hickity, ho! If we hadn't fun, then I don't know I Till we tumbled off and ho cantered on, "Sever stopping to aoe if bis load wan gone. Aud I couldn't Ml any more than he Wlich waa Charlie aud which wan me, Or which bh Towzer, for all in a mix You'd think three people had turned to six. Till Towzer's tail waa caught in the door ; lie wouldn't hurrah with ua any more. And mamma came out the rumpus to oilet, Aud told ub a t-tory to break up a riot. Youth' Companion. 1.1y.ie Adventure. In the lirfet place the wind was blow ing almost a gale. Not the cold, biting wind that usually comes whistling down from the North polo as Christmas day .draws near, but n mild wind blowing hard from the southwest, and trying its best to bluster, though not with the best success, for all that it had been able to accomplish was to send the gently-falling snow-Hakes in a feathery whirlwind around the children's rosy faces ns they xixn home from school, and to blow good Deacon Toodle's hat around the corner, where the poor man had quito a chase to recover it. But finally this saucy wind, in its search for mischief, met little Lizzie Murray coming homo from an errand over to her grandma's. And this was tlio errand. Lizzie's sister Mary, whoso nimble ringers had been at work, as a great many nimble fingers are at work, for a long time before Christmas, preparing wonderful surprises for mam ma, aunties and cousins, had just fin ished a nice chair cushion-cover for Aunt Ellen, and made the discovery that .,she had nothing to fill the cushion with ; and Nora, the kind-hearted maid, who often came to the rescue when the children found themselves in a dilemma, now offered the timely suggestion that they 44 sind Lizzie over to yer grandmither's afther some hin-fithers." Now if this had not hap pened on the verv morning that the mis chievous south wind was out on a frolic, Lizzie would have hod no adventure ; but, be that as it may, she set off on her errand as happy as every dear little child is that thinks about long stockings stuffed .90 full of odd-shaped bundles that they look quite misshapen, and counts the fast-lessening days before Santa Claus comes. And Lizzie was thinking " only six days more," as she skipped along over the frozen snow, looking like a bright little red-bird in her scarlet stockings and mittens and scarlet-lined cape, and her black eyes and rosy cheeks and lips flowing under the red hood tiod snugly "under her chin. And Snip was at her heels. Snip was a litte shaggy, black log, that went everywhere that Lizzie -aid. Grandma had the feathers, of course. Grandma was one of those dear old ladies that always seem to have what one wants when in a quandary. Her cozy old house was filled with odds and ends that many would think not worth saving, but igraudma could see a use that they might be of to somebody, some time. So Lizzie started home with the ieathers in a paper-bag hugged closo yi Iter chubby arms. It was quite a large bag, but feathers, you know, are not very heavy. The bag was carefully tied tight at the top, and so you may imagine that Lizzie was surprised as she trudged along to' see a tiny feather escape and go .sailing right away before her face. Then another, then two together, then four or ifive, and soon a whole handful whirling away or lighting like birds on her hood and flying even against her face. So she .Lugged the bag the tighter, for of courso .she could not see the sly little rent that was growing larger and larger in the bot tom. Then along came that wicked wind, .scattering the feathers in every direction and blowing Lizzie's capo over her head, .muffling her face in a most tewildering :and vexatious manner, 60 that she almost forgot about the feathers in the trouble of trying to rind herself again. When, finally, in spite of the efforts of the per verse wind, she had succeeded in unmuf Jliug her face, she found herself in a fihowcr of feathers, with Snip barking .frantically around, and only few downy little things in the corner of the torn bag. And there was the naughty wind, fairly puffing out his cheeks with laughter as lie chased the grocer's boy going up the .street with his arms full of paper pack ages. Now Mary was anxious to finish the cushion that day, and she looked at Lizzie with a disappointed face when tshe came in. gras ping tightly the torn remnant of the bag with its forlorn handful of feathers. "And where aro the fithers, me child ?" asked Nora; "what have ye done with Tthim ?" " Why. I tried to bring them," said Lizzie, "but the poor things didn't want to come, and they all flew back to grand ana's." When Mary took her cushion and went herself to see if grandma had any more feathers to spave, she camo home with it nioelv filled : but tho feathers that flew awav from Lizzie have never been heard of to this day. Aiw lork Jribunc. Fourth Month Iunoi. The curious custom of joking on tho first of April, sending tho ignorant or the unwary on fruitless errands, for tho f makinrr them feel foolish and Imvinor a laucrli at them, prevails mrr widolv in the world. And whether , mi mil tho victim a "Fourth niontl ' nuce," an "April fool," nn "April fish " (as in France, or an "April gowk" (as ia Scotland), tho object, to deceive him and laugh ut him, is everywhere the same. The custom has been traced back for ages ; all through Europe, as far back as tho records go. The "Feast of Fools" is mentioned as celebrated by tho ancient llomans. In Asia tho Hindoos have a festival, ending on the 31st of March, called the " Huli festival," in which they play the samo sort of first of April pranks translated into Hindoo laugh ing at the victim, and making him a " Huli fool." It goes back even to Persia, where it is supposed to have a beginning, in very ancient times, in the celebration of spring, when their New Year begins. How it camo to bo what we everywhere find it the wiso men cannot agree. The many authorities aro so divided that I see no way but for us to accept the cus tom as we find it, wherever we may hap pen to be, and be careful not to abuse it Some jokes are peculiar to particular places. In England, where it is called All Fools' day, one favorite joke i is to send the greenhorn to a bookseller to buy the, "Life and Adventures of Eve's Grandmother," or to a cobbler to buy a few cents' worth of " strap-oil " strap oil being, in tho language of the shoo miaking brotherhood, a personal applica tion of the leather. The victim usually gets a good wliipping with ft strap. There was an old superstition in En gland that prayers to the Virgin at 8 o'clock on All Fools' day would be of wonderful efficacy, and it is seriously mentioned by gravo writers of old days. In Scotland tho first of April fun is called " hunting tho gowk," and consists most often of sending a person to an other a long way off, with a note which says, "Hunt tho gowk another mile." The recipient of the note gives him a new missive to still another, containing the same words; and so tho sport goes on, till tho victim remembers the day of the month, and sits down to rest and think about it. In France, where tho custom is very ancient, the jokes are much the same; but the victim is called an "April fish," because he is easily caught. In one part of France there is a custom of eating a certain kind of peas which grow there, called pois c riches. The joke there is to send the peasants to a certain convent to ask for those peas, telling them that the fathers aro obliged to give some to every one who comes on that day. The joke is as much on the monks as on the peasants, for there is often a perfect rush of applicants all day. A more disagreeable custom prevails in Lisbon on the 1st of April, when tho great object is to pour water on passers by, or, failing in that, to throw powder in their faces. Jf both can be done, the joker is happy. I need not tell you the American styles of joking : nailing a piece of sil ver to the side-walk ; tying a string to a purse, and jerking it away from greedy fingers ; leaving tempting-looking pack ages, filled with sand, on door-steps ; frying doughnuts with an interlining of wool ; putting salt in the sugar-bowl, etc. You know too many already. But this custom, with others, com mon in coarser and rougher times, is fast dying out. Even now it is left al most entirely to playful children and the uneducated classes. This sentiment, quoted from an English almanac of a hundred years ago, will, 1 m sure, meet the approval of "grown-ups" of tho nineteenth century : nut u a thing to be disputed. Which in the greatest fool reputed, The one that innooently went, Or he that him designedly sent. St. Nicholas for April. Small-Talk. The little boy's comment on the spout ing whalo : " Oh, my, doesn't ho sneeze a good long way ?" As Frank 6tood watching the dust whirling in eddies, he exclaimed, " Ma, I think the dust looks as if there was go ing to be another little boy made." Bright-eyes, on being told that her heart was like a garden, where flowers grew when she was good and weeds when she waa naughty, rendered it afterward : When I am naughty I have a wee! in my stomach." " Comparisons are odious I lhe Aia- jor (rocking Nelly on his knee, for Aunt Mary's sake) Nelly "Yes, it's very nice, liut 1 rode on a real donxey, yesterday I mean one with four legs, you know." A littlo liochester girl who had been taught to say in her evening prayer : "Please watch over my papa," lately im proved upon that by adding, ''You'd bet ter keep an eye on mamma, too !" " No. said the smart boy-baby, when tho pretty young woman wanted to kiss Mm. " But why not !" asked she. " O, I am too littlo to kiss you ; papa will kiss you; papa kifs?s all the big girls." lie was permitted to piay witn his toys. Littlo miss "Papa. I cati eat a piece more currant tart, please." Papa "No, my child; I have already said that you have had sufficient." Little miss "Well, papa, then why do we so often sing that lavonto hymn of yours, where it says, Feed me till I want no more ? She had the tart. Mamma " What is tho baby crying for, Maggie? Maggie "I don't know. Mamma "And what are you looking so indignant about ?" Maggie lhat nasty dog s been and took and eaten my 'puuge cake. Mamma, " Why I saw you eating a sponge cake a minute ago. Maggie "Oh, that was buby'Bl" A M0TIIEH S JEWELS. I have strung on the thread of lifo, dear child, l'or precious geuis, thy year ; There arennly elfjht, no I've placed between, For pe;is, a mother's teara ; Not tears of sorrow, but tears of Joy, To think that I have given Some Jewels to make up the crown 1 hat an angel or in heaven. F. C. Jaqii, in Uoitun Traniicrijtt. Small People. Any family, no matter what its social standing maybe, is liable to have a dwarf in its circle. The celebrated Gen. Tom Thumb, who was considered, in da cone by. such a pigmy, would now i looked upon as a giant if placed iu con tact with the numerous little people that exist. The strangest of all freaks of nature is shown iu the Kieco family from Germany, now at New York. Taking tho whole family of four, their unitci. weight does not equal one-half tho weigl of an ordinary man. The likeness of one to the other is remarkably strong, am they plainly show their age, being fully matured and developed. HYUIEMC NOTES. VENTILATION'. A physician recommends as essential to health the opening of tho windows of every room in a house for a short time daily, that the atmosphere may be puri fied and changed. The want of proper ventilation is ono of the prominent causes of typhoid fever, in connection with un closed conduits to the sewer drains in bedrooms. TArE-WORM REMEDY. I know by actual experience that one half ounce of powdered korson root, steeped in ono pint of hot water, and taken in equal parts water, root and all stirred up two hours apart, on an empty stomach that has received no food or drink for twelve hours, and followed in one hour by a very large dose of salts, will expel tape-worm. Cur.' Chicauo Tribune. WHEN AND HOW TO EAT FRUIT. When fruit does harm it is becauso it is eaten at improper times, in improper quantities, or before it is ripened and fit fox the stomach. A distinguished phy sician has said that if his patients would make a practice of eating a couple of good oranges before breakfast, from Feb ruary to June, his practice would bo gone. Tho principal evil is that we do not eat enough of fruit ; that wo injuro its finer qualities with sugar ; that we drown them in cream. We need tho medical action of the pure fruit ucids in our system, and their cooling, corrective influence. Medical Journal. SNEEZING. As a rule, a sneeze is the warning na ture gives that some part of the body is exposed to a cooler temperature than tho other parts, and that the sneezer is "catching cold." Next to tho warning, what is tho use of tho sneeze ? It throws open the pores of tho whole body, and induces a gentle perspiration ; in a word, it throws off the cold. A child rarely sneezes more than twice. Perspiration is readily induced in a youth ; an old man, on the contrary, sneezes half a dozen to a dozen times, with a loudly ex plosive " catchogue." It is harder to set him to perspiring. When one is sitting by an open window, and finds himself sneezing nature tells him ho is taking cold. He should get up instantly, walk about, and take a full tumbler of cold water to keep up tho gentle perspiration that tho sneeze set in motion. If ho does this, ho will not be telling, an hour after, that he has a "cold in his head," or chest, or lungs. Dr. E. Went worth REMEDIES FOR SCARLET FEVER. Dr. Henry Pigeon writes to tho Lon don Lancet as follows : " Tho marvel ous success which has attended my treatment of scarlet fever by sulphur in duces mo to let my medical brethren know of my plan, so that they may bo able to apply the same remedy without delay. All the cases in which I used it were very well marked, and the epider mis on the arms in each caso came away like tho skin of a snake. The following was the exact treatment followed in each caso : Thoroughly anoint the patient twice daily with sulphur ointment ; give five to ten grains ot sulphur in a little jam three times a day. Sufficient sul phur was burned, twice daily (on coals on a shovel), to fill the room with the fumes, and, of course, was thoroughly nhalcd by the patient. Under this mode of treatment each case improved nimediately, and none were over eight days in making a complete recovery, and I firmly believe in each it was prevented from spreading by the treatment adopt ed. One. caso was in a largo school. Having hod a large experience in scarlet fever last year and this, I feel some con fidence in my own judgment, and I am of opinion that the very mildest cases I ever saw do not do half so well as bad cases do by the sulphur treatment, and, as far as 1 can judge, sulphur is as near a specific for scarlet fever as possible. " Mr. Witt, member of the lloyal Col lege of Surgeons, has published a pam phlet, in which he states that bicarbonate of ammonia is a specific for the cure of scarlet fever and measles. He cites Dr. Peart, of Liverpool, and other practi tioners, who have never lost a case out of hundreds since adopting this remedy. Two drachms of the bicarbonate of am monia are dissolved in five ounces of water, and two table-spoonfuls of the so lution given every two, three or four hours, according to the urgency of the symptoms. No acid drink must be taken, but only water, or toast and water. The system is to be moved by a dose of calomel if necessary. The room must be well ventilated, but the patient kept from tho slightest cold or draught. Gargles should also bo employed in clear ing the throat. The ammonia seems to counteract the poison which causes scar latina, and also acts on tho system by di minishing the frequency and at the same time increasing tho strength of the pulse. What It Oiwis to FeiMl Insects. There aro about 1,000 species of in sects in this country which are injurious to our grain, forage, and field crops, our garden vegetables, fruit crops, and forest and fruit trees. Among tuom a few are specially destructive. In 1875, it is said, as many as 10,000 settlers were driven out of Kansas by grasshoppers. In Missouri, according to State Entomol ogist lUley, the damage done by these insects in 1874 exceeded $15,000,000, and ho estimates the losses in the other parts of tho West at twice as much more, in all, 13,000,000 for one year's support of these pests. During the samo year, tho lestruction of growing crops by the chinch bug amounted to 19,000,000 in Missouri alone. Just ten years before, in Illinois, tho same insect occasioned a loss of over 73,000,000 in a single sea son. The average annual damago to the cotton crop of the country by tho cotton army worm, is estimated at 30,000,000. The devastating potato beetlo is capable of deducting other millions from tho an nual profits of our agriculture, and tho thousand other insect plagues are easily competent to swell tho aggregato annual board-bill of their kind to something like 200,000,000, according to the esti mates of Prof. Packard, whoso conclu sions on ft subject liko this are well worthy of respect. If tliis enormous sum, or even half of it, could bo saved, it would soon amount to enough to pay tho national debt. Tho question whether it can bo saved, or any portion oi ii, is certain ly worm consmer ing. Prof. Packard is confident that. with care and forethought, based on the observation of facts by scientific men, from 30,000,000 to 100.000,000 of tlds annual loss could easily be prevented by a littlo co-operation between the several States and the general Government, He would have tho former emulate tlio prac tical good sense of Missouri, and each appoint , a salaried entomologist. Then theso gentlemen, acting in connection with ft United States Commissioner of Entomologists, might issue weekly bul letins, perhaps in combination with the Weather Signal Bureau, reporting the condition of the insect world, forewarn ing farmers and gardeners from week to week of the insect enemies to be guarded against, and suggesting the preventive ami remedial means that should be adtted. The cost would bo compara tively slight; the possible good immense. Scientific American, THE WORLD OF FASHION. Ladies J fats. Hats come in the Dev onshire shape, and aro very picturesque and lecoming to large fiieoa. They are smaller than those of last season, and on ono side the brim and tho back rolls up. English walking hats with Derby crowns reappear, and there is a new shape some thing like a riding hat, with a stiff, square, high crown, with tho rim rolled backward. This shape is uncompromis ingly dignified, and admits of no liber ties in the shapo of garlands, wreaths and laces. Jlnntinq. Bunting is to tako a promi nent part in tho summer materials, shar ing with a new style of goods called sea side barege the usual popularity of such goods as can bo advantageously made into costumes for wear during tho sum mer both at the seashore and in tho mountains. Seasido barege resembles tho old make of barege, being perhaps a little heavier, with moro durability and Inxly combined. It is cheap, and comes in very pretty tomes of light color, to be trimmed with jacquard braids and em broidered bands. Improved Bustles. A substantial im provement in bustles and paniers is that of having tho ends of the horizontal hoops interlocked with tho lengthwise wires in a secure way that prevents them from being displaced and protruding at the ends, as they aro apt to do. Another good invention puts hinges in the length wise wires, so that they will fold without breaking when the wearer sits down. These are made up in cloth and in skele ton paniers, small bustles, long ones, and the small hoop-skirts that many ladies liko to use during tho summer months. Straw. Old-fashioned leghorn is re vived in bonnets, with an admixture of yellow-lace straw, open-worked yellow braids, and an open straw with chenille dots. Tuscan straws have a teautiful satiny luster of the samo bright-yellow hue, and there are cliips, no longer cream-colored, but of a deeper shade, and black chips are mixed with lace straw in open lattice-work or lustrous satin twists. All of the edges of straw bonnets aro finished with a pretty fancy straw gimp, or aro made with an edge pre cluding the necessity of piping or bind ing. This dainty bit of ornamentation is becoming to all styles of faces. The crowns aro made of straw or silk, accord ing to fancy. And So Forth. Mandarin is the loading shade of yellow. Smoked pearl buttons are very fashionable. All tho new shades of green have ft yellow tinge. Silk chemises and drawers are no longer fashionable. Netted fly fringes in Moorish designs are most sought for. The Bre ton vest crops out in many of the spring costumes. Gray kid gloves have the run of fashionable favor this season. Bound capes will take the place of dolmans as the season advances. 1 eathors for head dresses are studded with steel and crys tal. Tho latest foreign fashion plates represent oone-shaptxl hats. Large golden butterflies for the hair aro in vogue once more. Hair-line and pin head checked silks make stylish spring suits. Seaside barege is the novelty for country toilets for the coming season. Brides dresses at the moment are trimmed with fringes of the lilies of the valley, headed with orange blossoms. Clasps and buttons are so mode in parts that only on leing united is the natural object selected for imitation complete. The new veils aro large and square, and worn so as to cover the hat ana to tie in front under the chin in scarf style, Tho combination of black with blue or roRe color has returned to favor, and is adopted in many of tiie newest and most elegant French costumes. The Sagacity of a (iandcr. A correspondent informs ns that in the village of Drayton, a grain-buyer, several weeks ago, saved a gamier from two dogs who were acting rudely toward him, and ever since he has shown tho greatest affection for Ins protector; in fact ho never leaves him while in tho market, and if he enters a store or other place of business the gander will remain outside the store until his guardian comes out, and will always greet him with kindness, which he shows by mak ing ft great noise, flapping his wings, wagging his tail, and following him wher ever ho goes. He is the observed of all observers, and is certainly n curiosity. Ho can be seen every day in tho village, following his protector from door to door. The perceptive faculties of this gander are remarked by everybody, and particularly by strangers, as he will per ceive his protector in tho morning when ho Comes to business, several blocks away, and will immediately fly to him with every demonstration of love. 2o- ronto Globe. A Ojiccr People. Tho Mennouites do not appreciate the privileges of American citizenship. At a general conferenco recently held at Elkhart, Ind, it was resolved that all members of the church who had voted at tho lato Presidential election should bo admonished, and that every minister should try to induce his members to ab stain from voting. Previous to 1871, tho Mennonitcs in Southern Russia were ex empted from one of the duties of Euro pean citizenship military duty. In that year the privilege waa abolished and tlio immigration movement to tho United States set in. They never go to law, and make it a rulo never to accept ft public office which would render it nec essary for them to tako an oath. This lKing the case, it is not strango that American politics offers few attractions to them. BlU SALARIES. Th W'y (lie Money Goes. New York Cor. Cincinnati Enquirer. Taka a walk with mo any day in the centers of tlio financial, insurance, com mercial and manufacturing interests, and I could point out a score or two of men whose salaries aro over 50,000, many more who receive over 25,000 per year, and hundreds whoso income from salary alone runs from 3,000 to 20,000. Not by any means does the remuneration de pend uTon educational advantages. On the contrary, some of tho highest-priced oillcials are self-made men with good common "cart-horse sense." Away up town is the suiorintendent of a large sugar refinery whoso salary is 30,000 per year. Many years ago no camo hero a poor German sugar refiner, and worked for day's wages. Ho was fertile in genius, experimented ft great deal, and made valuable discoveries in the refining process. He was rapidly promotwl in salary and position, and, when ho re ceived and was about to accept ft salary of 25,000 from ft rival refinery, he was offered 30,000 to remain. In tlio brew ery interest I recall persons whoso sala ries run away up into the thousands. Two managers of large breweries in this city and neighborhood are paid 23,000 each, five are paid 15,000 each, and seven receive 10,000 per year. Many of our railroad officials receive princely salaries. Jew ett, Receiver of tho Ene, gets 30,000 ; Toucey, Superintendent of tho New York Central and Hudson River railroad, it is said, receives 20,000 ; the General Manager of the Pennsylvania railroad is credited with receiving 75,000; tho "head man" of the New York and Bos ton ia paid 35,000, while few General Managers of leading Eastern roads re ceive less than 20,000. The bank Presidents receive enormous sums. At least six receive $50,000 per year each ; nine range from 25, 000 to 130,000, and a number get from 10,000 to 15,000. The same is true of the steamship in terests a largo number of tho higher officials ocketing all the way from 10,000 to 30,000 per year for their ser vices to the corporations they represent. Life and firo insurance furnishes a field for great expectations on the part of those who aspire to become Presidents and seerctaries of companies. Tho com panies have always been shy of exposing the sums paid their chief officials. Fortunately our Legislature took the matter into consideration, and forced the leading companies to give tho informa tion desirod. Eighteen companies responded very reluctantly. Three Presidents received 130,000 or over per year, three 15,000 or over, three 12,000, and the balance run from 3,000 to 11,807. Mr. Hyde, of the Equitable Life, has had a "rich placer" since 1859, when he began at 1,000. In the past eighteen years ho has received 183,903. StockItal.sIng on the Plains. A correspondent of the Chicago Trib ttnc writes as follows from Ogden, Utali-j lerntory: "It does not require much capital to begin with. The most that is needed is a partnership between two or more persons who have a good stock of patience and stick-to-it-tiveness. Ten years at the business, it is claimed, with proper attention and common sense, will make any one who engages in it rich. There are many men on the plains with their thousand heads of cattle who began with but a few dozen only four or five years ago. Tho non-productive animals were sold for slaughter aud the proceeds invested in others to increase the herd. It costs nothing to keep them. The range is free. The cost of the herds man's living is almost as unimjwrtant. He may build him a ranch e for protec tion in winter if ho wishes of sods, at no expense except of tinio and labor. His herd is hist savings bank, and his increase is his interest, which goes on compound ing from year to year, until tho owner is a wealthy man beiore he knows it. lhe story of HilT, 'the cattle king of the plains,' reads like a romance. He began herding in 1850, with ft small capital, but kept his money in the business until he began to Ikj rich, when, instead of retiring on his laurels, he secured a range extending from Julesburg west about 150 miles, and south to the South Platte. where he bought and turned loose ft large herd of Texas cattle, in addition to the nerd he had carefully trained up. He has now (50,000 head of cattle, from which he sells 5,000 or more every year, bring ing him in 100,000, and over, annually. The increase per year is about 70 per cent, of the whole number. " On the Laramie plains sheep-raisini? is moro followed than elsewhere. Sev eral parties have flocks of 10,000. which have been but a few years in multiplying to that number. One man, with a pony and two shepherd dogs, aro all that aro needed to guard a flock. The average increase is said to be about 80 per cent , and many regard the profit greater and surer than in cattle-raising. But stock raising, although it has already become of the first importance, is yet in its in fancy. 1 his vast fertile region is capa ble of supporting millions where it only has thousands now." A Thiers Trick. Tho following very clever and sublime ly impudent dodcro was some time since adopted by a Parisian thief : A lady, en tering her apartment, discovered that a man was beneath her betU v mi much presence of mind she exclaimed : " Oh, dear, what a bore ; I forgot my parcel after all," and presently left the room, locking the door. The thief looked out of the window, and saw there was no escape that way, and so ho proceeded to undress himself and get into the bed. Before long a key turned in the door, and ft voice came from the bed, as tho lady, accompanied by an officer of police, entered, asking : " Why, what's all this about ?" Then, as they approached the bed, ho exclaimed: "Ah, hah 1 I see how it is. Madanfb is tired of me, is she, and thinks she'll bo rid of mo in this way? Well, well, I'll go." In vain tho lady indignantly protested, and demand ed his arrest. The officer thought that it would bo useless, under tho circum stances, to detain him, and he was soon out of bed and away. The wife of John Heffner, of Reading, Fa,, has just presented her husband with their forty-fifth child. There is proba bly not another family in the Union hav , ing so many child ru. PEOPLE AND THIN US. A Georgia editress has fallen heir to 100,000. The plaintiff in a San Francisco di vorce suit is a man 80 years old, and the wife is 70. Franklin county, Miss., has leen with out a jail for the lust six mouths, and moreover has no need of one. The village of Port Jackson, N. Y.t emulates South Carolina and Louisiana by having two sets of officers. Woman's suffrage has come within one of a viotory in the Rhode Island Legis lature. The vote stood 2G to 25. The Government survey boats to 1 used on the Ohio are to be named J. Donald Cameron and Gen. W. T. Sher man. The United States sends more pupils to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Leipsio than any other foreign country save England. Ax English ticket-of-leave man, who could obtain no work, recently committed a petty theft that ho might be returned to penal servitude. A Cincinnati quack, known as Dr. Raphael, became conscience-stricken le cause of tho death of several patients, and killed himself. Darwin's admirers in Germany have made a present to him of a magnificent album, containing the phctaphs of over 200 Darwinists. Gov. Stanford states that the South ern Pacific will be built 110 miles be yond tho Colorado into Arizona before the next session of Congress. There is a girl 10 years old in Hinds county, Miss., who is six feet, weighs 190 pounds, and has six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot. A Texas sheep-raiser says there are about 2,000,000 head, of sheep on the borders of the Rio Grande, the finest sheep-raising country in the world. A man living near San Antonio, Tex., cut 72,000 shingles from one cypress tree, which he sold for 300, enough to pay for tho whole tract of land upon winch the tree grew. Secretary Schurz has detailed ono of tho lady clerks in his department, a na tive of this country who was educated in Germany, to take charge of his German correspondence. Abraham T. Beidler, of Reading, Pa., vaccinated himself with impure virus, which produced great swelling of the arm and inflammation of the system, resulting in death. The Duchess of Marlborough intends to make it a condition of the St. Patrick's balls in Dublin Castle that women shall wear Irish poplins. This is done to re vive trade in that fabric. In England, in 1873, iron and steel rails were selling at 15 and jC22 per ton respectively ; now they may le had for 5 5s and 7 5s. Pig iron has fallen to less than half its price in 1873. When tho new Postmaster General is surrounded by tho horde of Washington house-agents offering their establisli ments for lease, it is said he smilingly re marks that he has nine cliildren. Secretary Fisn, on a salary of 8,000 a year, lived in a house the rent of which waa 8,000. His total expenses were itlxmt 50,000 a year, which his large fortune mode it easy for him to sustain. Mihs Maxwell Graham, of Williams wood, England, has left 20,000 to four charitable societies, wherewith to relieve poor Protestants, who are named Hutchi son or Maxwell, and to educate their cliildren. A Chinawoman was sold by her hus band to a fellow-countryman in Califor nia for 230. She was then healthy, but she soon fell sick, and was disabled for work, so the purchaser killed her with a cleaver. Durino the twenty-two years of his reign the luissian uzar has laned to in dorse a singlo sentence to capital pun islunent From 1855 to 18G0 222 sen tences were submitted to him and set aside. Live lobsters are the latest imported edible from the Unitod States to Great Britain, one 6teamer having recently carried a tank containing 700. A con stant flow of sea water was kept in tho tank by means of a small engine. People want whisky pretty badly sometimes. An Allegheny (Pa.) man went on a spree, tho other day, with money obtained by selling his dead child's shoes, and also that intended for the purchase of a coflin to bury it in. The business of fortune-telling is per ilous in Nevada. Castello, a gypsy, told a Truckee man that his wife was unfaith ful, and tlio wife, on learning what had been said about her, whipped the gypsy with a rawhide until he fell from exhaus tion. Latest advices from Africa indicate that Miss Alice Wren was killed by sav ages, and not strangled by Mile. Cora, as at first reported. It is now feared that tho wholo Cora troupe have been murdered, as nothing has been heard from them. The notion has leen started that com pressed tea, by a process which reduces it to one-tenth of its ordinary bulk, is economical. The theory is that the com pression thoroughly breaks the cells and smaller vesicles of tho leaves, so that boiling water acts effectively on it. nest-building. Lmly bird, laly Mrd, wake from your droama ! The winter, all dreary, is over ; I hear tho murmur of myriad streams Sinning aoft through the uppprintfinR clover. I've wooed you by melody tender and low, And yon you remember it aweetent? . Yon Kave mc my auawer while stara were aglow, By glance the Khycet and fleetest. Tbeu hiatcn t the hloHHoxna give promise of bloom, And we, in lhe April hours, Must hnish our nent where riih perfume Will reach us from all the flowers. Our little ones, fledged while the chcrriea arc red, Can dine at their own sweet treasure, And guarding them close while their banquet is spread. We'll sing without stint or measure. A touno Frenchman, to avoid con scription, pleaded that his right arm was paralyzed. The story was not Indieved, and various pretexts were resorted to to compel him to acknowledge the efficiency of the member. It was proposed to cut it off, but the young man did not shrink in presenco of the surgeon and his in struments. Under pretext of taking him to another hospital rTr tho opera tion, he was thrown into tlio river that was crossed. He at first swam with his loft arm, but, finding that insulficirnt, finally struck out with his right, and re veald his trickery.