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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1877.
THE LITTLE FOLKS. The IJttle Light-Keeper. II ere in the story of a little child. Who, with her father, lived beside the sea. On a lone inland, from whose rocks wait piled A lighthouse tower of stoutest masonry A sleepless sentinel whose beaming eye Watched.through tho night to waru of danger ninh. One day her father, who had gone ashore, Failed with the early twilight to return ; And so she sat, and wondered more and more Until the evening star began to burn. And thought, Our light should shed a true a ray, Lent ships should be misled and cast away." And (to she sat, perplexed with anxious care, And listened to the ocean's restlens moan; " What can I do? Indeed I cannot bear Through all tho dreary night to stay alone; Kay, not alone," she thought; and, undismayed, The little creature then km It down and prayed, Tnen she Arose, and, with a trembling hand, blow drugged a chair beueath tho well-trimmed light; Perched her slight figure on the trusty stand, And stretched on tiptoe to her utmot height, And then reached up alus 1 her heart waa sick ; The lighted paper did not reach the wick. What should she do in this her hour of need ? Nought could she find to make tho pile more high, Till the big Bible, kept with careful heed, And read at night and morniug, met her eye ; But still she paused, for, with a reverent dread, Upon the book of God she feared to tread. And yet she thought, " What if our light could save Some ship from wreck upon the rocky shore !" And so, with resolution strong and brave, The heavy volume to the pile she bore. Tho deed was done; the light's benignant ray Beamed o'er the boiling breakers of the bay. Her father sat upon tho shore meanwhile, Detained by cruel wretches, who had planned To keep the light untended, rud beguile Home passing vessel on the rocky struud ; Au J, when the cries of drowning men were o'er, To steal t'je cargo m it washed ashore. And as they sat there plotting evil schemes, Hoping the midnight hour would bring them luck, True as a star the light's reproachful beams Flashed o er the waters. Foiled and panic-struck, They rose together with a sudden start, Aud grutlly bade tlie keeper to depurt. Soon o'er the waves the little lsat he steers, Its white sai gleaming in that grateful light ; And now tho strong mau's eyes are full of tears, To see afar that lace so wan aud white, Feering through darkness from the slippery rocks, The night-dews falling on her flaxen locks. Glad was the daughter when her father came; Proud was the father ns he kissed his child ; But when she asked, witii blush of bushful t-huine, If her young feet the Bible hud defiled, " No, no," he said ; " there never is abus-, When sui;red things are put to noble use." And so he soothed her till her thoughts grew calm, And brought the Bible when she wus in bed And read the glowing 1 inguage of a psalm, Until her heart grew warm and comforted ; And, listening to the roaring of the deep, The little lighthouse-keeper fell asleep. Oliver Oiitic'it M(vja;inv. Commander .Jamie. There lived in a Scotch village a very little boy, Jamie by name, who set his heart on being a sailor. His mother loved him very dearly, and the thought of giving him up grieved her exceeding ly; but lie showed 6uch an anxiety to go and see the distant countries which he had read about, that she finally con sented. As the boy left home the good woman Baid to him: "Wherever you are, Jamie, whether on sea or land, never forget to acknowledge your God. Promise me that you will kneel down, every night and morning, and say your prayers, no matter whether the sailors laugh at you or not." 44 Mother, I promise you I will," said Jamie, and soon he was on shipboard, bound for India. They had a good Captain, and, as some of the sailors were religious men, no one laughed at the boy when he kneeled down to pray. Ou the return voyage, tilings were not quite so pleasant. Some of the sailors having run away, their places were sup plied bv others, and one of these proved a very bad fellow. When he saw little Jamie kneeling down to say his prayers, this wicked sailor went up to him, and, giving him a box in the ear, said in a very decided tone : 44 Nono of that here, sir." Another seaman who saw this, nl flinnrrli he swore sometimes, was indier- nant that the child should bo eo cruelly treated, and told the bully to come up on deck, and ho would give him a thrash ing. The challenge was accepted, and the well-deserved beating was duly be ts towed. Both then returned to the cab in, and the swearing man said, "Now, Jamie, say your prayers, and if he dares to touch yu, I will give him another dressing.' The next night the devil tempted Ja mie to do a very foolish thing, lie does not like to havo any one say his prayers, or do right in any way, or ho put it into the little boy's mind that it was quite unnecessary for him to be creating such a disturbance in the ship, when it could be easily avoided, if he would only say his prayers quietly in his hammock, so that nobody would observe it. Now, see how little he gained by this coward ly proceeding. The moment that the friendly sailor saw Jamie get into the hammock without first kneeling down to pray, he hurried to the spot, and, dragging him out by tho neck, he said : "Kneel down at once, sir! Do you think I am going to fight for you and you not say your prayers, you young rascal ?" During the whole voyage back to Lon don this reckless, profane sailor watched over the boy as if had been his father, and every night aaw that he kneeled down and said his prayers. Jamie soon began to be industrious, and during his spare time studied his books. He learned all about ropes and rigging, and when lie became old enough, about taking lati tude and longitude. Several years ago the largest steamer ever built, called the Great Eastern, was launched on the ocean, anil carried the famous cable across the Atlantic. A very reliable, experienced Captain was i tnr Hiia imnnrtiint undertakiner. I . and who should it be but little Jamie, of whom I havo been telling you. vtnen the Great Eastern returned to England, tins BiivPHsftil vovacre. Oueen Vic- toria bestowed on him tho honor of Jcnightood, and tho world now knows Iiimasniruinta nuii . u lrry-ooat. Tell Your Mother. Fanny Fern says: "I wonder how many girls tell their mother everything. Not those 'young ladies,' who, going to and from school, smile, bow, and ex chance notes and pictures with youDg pictures, speaking in a way that would make their cheeks burn with shamo if they heard it. All this, most credulous and romantic young ladies, they will do, although they will gaze at your fresh young faces admiringly, ami send or give you charming verses or bouquets. No matter what ' other girls do,' don't you do it. School girl flirtations may end disastrously, as many a foolish, wretched young girl could tell you. Your yearning for some ono to love is a great need of every woman's heart. Rut thcro is a time for everything. Don't let the bloom and freshness of your heart be brushed oil in silly flirtatious. Render yourself truly intelligent. And above all, tell your mother everything. Never bo ashamed to tell her, who should bo your best friend and con fidante, all you think and feel. It is strango that so many youug girls will tell every person before mother that which is most important she should know. It is sad that indifferent persons should know more about her fair young daughter than she does herself." Kddie's First 1'ants. "rants" mako an era in anybody's life. There went out of my house ono after noon a chubby little f ellow less than 4 years old, wearing a child'B frock. I re member distinctly that frock of soft, white cloth, with pretty blue trimmings. It was Eddie going to tho city. In two or three hours he came back. My 1 What a change ! Up the front entry stairs he eaino looking liko a Dutch captain cut short, with blue jacket and pants on (real ones), and in his hand was tho American Hag waving I That night ho couldn't sit in his high chair at tho table. He was too big a boy. The chair might do for Pectins (a name from the Chinese or Choctaw or Hottentot, given to the baby by her young sister), but a body in pants must have a chair like older folks. I really think he felt that the change to pants was so marvelous an event that others would think the boy in pants might go back to something else by morning, liko ico cream that, left in the kitchen over night, goes back to a sweet mildy stuff on the morrow. So in the morning, when Uncle John camo down stairs, Eddie cries out: "Here lam, just the same !" There was one change, and a hopeful one, a change of purpose. " I am not going to 4 ky ' in my pants; I nmtoo big a boy 'ky,' ' was the word for the future. Unfailing sources of interest were the pockets. Oh, those pockets ! As a fat list was plunged into one, it was pro nounced 4 4 a werry deep pocket. " " Feel in them ! See if they ain't deep !" was the challenge. As he walked down tho street one morniug he cried, 44 1 have got to pnt my hands in my pockets. There's Mr. Dean wid his hands in his jiockcts !" So the two men went 44 wid hands in their pockets !" I left Eddio just now sleeping on the back parlor sola, a hand resting on his plunip chin, and one fat leg thrown over the other. If I should put him, while asleep, into his frock again, it would mortify him dreadfully on waking. But when I think that jacket and pants sig nify that he is growing older, and I shall soon lose my chubby boy, I sigh for the little white frock and blue trimming. I have a great mind some day to put that frock on him again. JOHN 31. HA ULAN. llingraphicut Sketch of the w Supreme Judge. We find the following biographical sketch of the new Associate Justice of tho United States Supreme Court in tho Chicago livening Journal : Gen. John M. Harlan, of Louisville, Ky., is about 42 years old, and is blessed with remarkable physical and intellect ual powers. His parenta were natives of Kentucky, and his father (James Har lan) was the distinguished Whig poli tician who represented the Mercer dis trict in Congress from 1830 to 1839. His father was also Secretary of State of Kentucky from 1810 to 1811, and from 1850 to the time of his death, in 1803, he was Attorney General of the State. Har lan county, Ky., was named after Gen. Harlan s grand-uncle, who fell in a bat tle with Indians at Blue Lick. In 1850, when only 21 years of age, Gen. Harlan ran for Congress in the Fayette District (then called the Eighth) on the Opposi tion ticket, and, after a hard light, was defeated by the Democratic candidate by a majority of only G7 in a total vote of 13,707. When tho war broke out ho joined the Union army, and served for two years as Colonel of tho Tenth Kentucky infantry. The death of his father then compelled him to tender his resignation. On re turning to civil life he settled his father's estate, and in tho same year (1803) he was elected Attorney General of the State on the Union ticket, which was headed by tho late Gov. Branlette. Gen. Harlan's majority was 52,752 in a total vote of 78,032, Gov. Bramlette's majority was 50,017. At the close of his term ho removed to Louisville and re turned to the practice of law. Gen. Harlan is probably tho best law yer in Kentucky, and tho ablest and most successful "member of tho bar in that State. Talent for oratory is with him a natural gift. His command of language is great, and his sense of humor keen; but he indulges in few rhetorical ornaments in his speeches. When only 21 years of ago he canvassed Kentucky for President Fillmore, and there aro Kentuckians still living who speak of his boyish eloquence in high terms. Gen. Harlan has tho respect of all Kentuckians, and his vigorous canvasses havo made him tho leader of the Repub lican party in tho State. In 1871 he was tho Republican candidate for Governor, and polled 80,201 votes against 120,417 for the Democratic candidate. In 1875 lie was again tho Republican candidate, and ho then increased his vote to 90,705, against 120,97G for Gov. McCreary. Gen. Harlan is about six feet high, and weighs perhaps 225 pounds. He lias good-numoreu, expressive uiue eyos, tnim nAmnlnTi'nn nriil liaii a larorn lioal massive, lofty forehead, deep chest and broad shoulders. His power of self-con trol is great, and ho has an abundant geniality and tact. He is probably the most industrious, untiring lawyer in Kentucky, capable of working sixteen to eighteen hours per day. He is always in perfect health. It is said that ho was never sick a uay in nis me. A YANKEE MONTE t'HIUSTO. The Wonderful Career t Henry MelKga. the Houth American lUllwajr Itulldlng Millionaire. From the Chicago Inter-Ocean.J Henry Meiggs, the Peruvian railroad prince, diod at Lima, on tho 29th ult. In his taking off the world of romantic financial endeavor loses a hero whoso record is unparalleled in tho history of business effort. His life was one of glit tering successes, dazzling failures, brill iant frauds, and reckless extravagance. In his character ho was an anomaly. Thoroughly lacking in principle when his interests were at stake, ho was at tho samo time honest. A close, shrewd cal culator in his every action, ho was also a prodigal. Destitute of any moral nature, ho became a god through his lavish gen erosity. With all the instincts of a hard-working man, his preferences were for the everyday life of a King. Volup tuous in his tastes, ho courted hardships for tho pleasure he found in them. In him all extremes centered. Born in Greene county, New York, in 1811, ho in early lifo developed a facility for conceiving and executing plans in volving heavy monetary interests. The shallow streams of trado had no alluro ments for him. It was in tho broader sea that ho found water to float his gigan tic schemes. Embarking in tho lumber business, ho matured arrangements that soon had placed him at tho head of that interest but for tho crash of 1837, which laid the fabric of his early fortunes in ruin. He turned his eyes upon Califor nia and was pleased. In July, 1849, he landed at San Francisco with a shipload of lumber. His profit on his cargo was 50,000. His profits in experience were millions. Taking a subordinate position in a lumber yard, ho studied the situa tion. San Francisco needed lumber. Contra Costa county would furnish it. He hired 500 men, and cleared $500,000. California bowed before him, made liim her model in politics and in society. When the crisis of 1854 passed over, his worshipers found him to bo a forger and an exile. He might have saved himself, but in trying to save his friends he had committed crimes that drove him from the country, but ho had paid every per sonal debt he owed. The next news of him reported him as superintendent of bridges on the Valpa raiso and Santiago railroad in Chili, a road that had ruined every contractor that touched it. There were but thirty threo miles to finish, and they were through solid rock. For $12,000,000 ho tilled tho air with earth aud stones, and in two years the road was finished. The highest honors were crowded upon him, and the Chilenos made an idol of him. Pern sought him, and he laid railroad lines through swamps, and mountains, and storms, and earthquakes. His suc cesses were scarcely commensurate with his prodigal style of living. The enter tainment he gave on the completion of one road cost upwards of 200,000 in gold. He chartered steamships and extended roads to convey his guests to the ban quet. The nabobs of the republic looked upon his expensive habits with wonder. His wealth was unknown, but along the western coast of South America he was called Monte Christo, and he put the same energy into his work that Ed mund Dantes put into his vengeance. His residence was tho finest in Peru, and his table ready for guests, however un expected and however numerous. Around Lima was a dilapidated adobe wall, andbevond the wall awearv nrniri of refuse. For an interest in the re deemed laud he made tho waste a flower garden. The staple product of the re public had been revolutions. Evolution in office depended upon tho financial condition of the 44 outs." When their treasury was ruined they routed the ins, who retaliated when they had expended their stealings. A stable gov ernment was necessary to Meiggs' schemes. When the 44 outs" were im poverished he gave them what they wanted from his own means, and they lelt the Government intact. He inaugu rated a system of bribery that paralyzed all opposition. A dangerous man was to him a merchantable article. When the combination became too strong for him he bought the Government. By expending fortunes he secured contracts for building 1,007 miles of roads, for which ho was to receive 120, 000,000. These roads all led to his financial Waterloo. For the first time he had miscalculated. They proved failures, aud, having absorbed the con tract price, forced him upon the market for money. His enemies seized upon the advantage offered, nnd refused to accept his bills, which" became a drug. Ho bought the Government indorse ment and staggered on. His bonds fell on the foreign Bourses, and finally be came valueless. Tho combination formed against him struck blow after blow at his credit. Two strokes of par alysis had weakened him, and a third found him shattered and broken. Ex posures of his frauds camo thick and swift. His creditors were clamorons, and the poorer were paid to the utter most farthing. It was plain to him that his fortunes had fallen beyond retriev ing, and he turned away from the cares and troubles of a life remarkable for its incongruities, its pleasures and anxie ties. He left Peru almost bankrupt through schemes urged upon her as her salva tion. His death has created a financial revolution whose effects will be felt after his rails have rusted and his ties rotted away. In his lifo he taught a peculiar lesson of sagacity, without moral bal ance; of generosity, without an element of justice; of magnificent frauds built upon a foundation of fair dealing be tween men. A Mason' Presence of 3IInd. Somo repairs being in progress to the roof of a house in High street, Barnsta ble, a ladder fifty feet long was reared from tho roadway. A mason's laborer, named Charles Jones, when nearly at the top of the ladder, but not sufficiently so to deposit a heavy load of mortar on the roof, was observed by Georgo Cross, tho mason, who was waiting to take the load from him, to suddenly stop, and to be in a fainting condition. Cross im mediately went tlown tho ladder and re moved tho load from the fainting man's shoulders on to the roof. Ho then de scended to tho assistance of Jones, whom he found in a fit, ready to fall, but this he happily prevented by getting across him, and holding him tightly by hand and leg. Jones, in his fit, fixed his teeth in Cross' arm, end trembled vio lently as well as struggled to get free. For fifteen minutes the people below witnessed the struggle, afraid to aseeud, until another bravo fellow, named Will iam Richard, a driver of a van, ran up the ladder to the assistance of the ma son. In tho meantime tho lire-escape ladder was brought to tho spot, and in the nick of time the police ascended, and the leather belt belonging to the escape being fastened around Joies ho was lowered, still in the fit, to the ground unhurt. The mason, CrofS, was mu:h exhausted, and when ho regained tho ground fainted. London lluilder. F1SIIINU FOR SHARKS. Sport That Resemble llutcherj How the Voracious Mounter Fight. From the Forest ami Stream.) We hauled in tho bluo beauties hand over hand, and in a couple of hours caught enough for our purposes, and then beat up against a still' northerly breeze to tho shark grounds oil" Great point. Wo anchored in about eight fathoms of water, with a rapid title and lively sea, and, as one of the prelimina ries, emptied overboard the bloody water from the barrels. This, of course, runs down with the tide, and the sharks, scenting it, follow up like hounds until they reach the boat. The tackle used in taking these fish consists of a long, three-quarter inch line, to which is attached a fathom chain to prevent them from biting it off, as they will often do without this precau tion; and to this, in turn, is fastened a quarter-inch hook, eighteen inches long and e ight inches across the bend. This, baited with bluefish, is flung overboard, and allowed to sink as deep as tho tide way will allow, and the boat end of the line mado fast to something solid. We waited perhaps an hour, when our skipper, who a moment before, was doz ing in the stern, made a frantic leap in the air, and, failing to stop his lino from running rapidly overboard, called lustily for help. Three of us laid hold with him, and slowly, hand over hand, hauled in. Now we could see the shark's white belly flashing as he turned on his side in his involuntary ascent, and then with a gurgling roar he broke water close to us. Now, ho would attack the boat, his jaws snapping together liko bear- traps, and leaving numberless teeth sticking in her sides; then he would roll himself over and over, biting savagely at the chain, but soon we hauled him close aboard, when our pilot, by repeated blows with a club, soon laid him stiff alongside. Shark fishing cannot be called sport; butchery is a more proper name to ap ply. Sword fishing is dangerous, and consequently exciting. Shark fishing lacks one iota of danger; and tho putting forth of sufficient strength to haul one to the surface, and then to beat his head to a jelly, can hardly be exciting. The sand shark is most frequently taken here, although the blue-dog or man-eater, shovel-nose, hammerhead and river shark are also sometimes caught. Tho fishermen try the oil from their livers by letting them stand in tho sun; sell tho jaws to visitors and the bodies to farm ers for manure. I forgot to mention the dogfish, another of the family, although much inferior in size to the others, rare ly exceeding three feet in length. They aro caught for their oil, and the livers are also 44 sun-dried." They are fierce biters, two men often taking nearly a thousand per day. A hook without a barb is used, as they aro ugly customers to handle, being armed with a spike near the tail, which they do not hesitate to strike into any one foolish enough to handle them. A Desperate Leap. An extraordinary and daring escape, involving a heroic act on tho part of a police inspector, occurred on tho Great Eastern railway, near Colchester, En gland, recently. A slim, active man was brought before the Barnsley magistnrtes charged with being a deserter. He gave the name of Walter Marsdeu, and said he came from Ashton-uuder-Lyne. He was taken to the police station at Peni stone, and on being examined a small wart was found on the back of his neck. The Gazette was then searched, and the prisoner answering the description of a a man named Joshua Beaumont, who was 14 wanted" as a deserter, he was detained. He then admitted ho was a deserter from the Sixth Dragoons. When brought before tho magistrates he pleaded guilty, and was ordered to be forwarded by civil escort to his regiment at Colchester. This task was deputed to Inspector Cor don. Tho officer aud the prisoner left Penistouo by the 7:30 train for Colches ter. All went right until they had got between Petcrboro' and Hitchi.u, when the Inspector noticed his prisoner trying to get one of the handcuffs off. Ho then linked both the handcuffs together in order to prevent tho prisoner using his hands. They changed trains at Hitchin and at Sudbury, Suffolk. This was tho last changing place, and hero a third class compartment was secured, and the two were the only occupants until Bures station was reached. Here they were joined by a gentleman and an old lady, tho latter of whom let down the window on tho off side of tho carriage. The prisoner was sitting in front of the In spector, and whilst the latter just turned his head the prisoner took the oppor tunity, and jumped head foremost through tho open window, tho train pro ceeding at fully forty miles per hour. The Inspector caught him by ono of his legs, but he escaped, and many of the affrighted passengers believed ho was dashed to pieces. The Inspector, how ever, looked out, saw him roll over twice, and then, getting on his feet, he made off in tho opposito direction to that in which tho train was going. Tho shouts of the astonished passengers could not arrest tho attention of the engino driver, and, as tho cord intended to afford com munication between the passengers and driver would not act, ho was powerless. He, however, opened tho door, and, con trary to the wish of tho passengers, mounted on the top of one of the car riages. After crossing ono of them he had to get down in order to clear a bridge. With no little difficulty ho at length reached tho driver, and tho speed was slackened, but not before the train had run full a milo and three-quarters. A mart chaso ensued, and the prisoner was caught as ho was trying to get through a gap in tho hedge. Ho was brought to Bures and handed over to Inspector Corden, who lost no time in sefely lodg ing him in Colchester barrack. PEOPLE AND T1IINUS. Mr. Gladstone is writing a primer oj liomer. Ice sells for 12 cents a pound at Cor pus Uhnsti, Tex. Cotton is turning out better than was expected in Texas. Schuylkill county, Pa., has twelve female postmasters. The Montreal bakers have reduced the pi ico of bread 2 cents per loaf. The present annual liquor bill of the United States is 750,000,000. TnE St. Gothard tunnel will probably be finished within three years. New York city is experimenting with a furnace to burn city garbage. A narrow-gauge railroad is to be built between Dead wood and Central City. A cabbage weighing twenty-two pounds was " plucked" in Eau Claire, Wis. It is proposed to bridge tho Bospho rus at Constantinople ; estimated cost, 25,000,000 ; time, six years. The best bricklayers in Paris receive but 1.80 per day. The average wages in this country for tho same are 3 per day. The son of Abd-el-Kader, who, it is said, has developed considerable literary taste, is engaged upon a life of his father. A Nevada flockmater has invented a contrivance for counting sheep that makes the sheep count themselves, by a register on a dial as they pass through a gate. A Kentucky farmer poisoned somo watermelons to kill thieves, and then sold them by mistake to his customers. Several persons were taken sick, and one died. A lake has suddenly appeared at Cat amarca, Buenos Ayres, and is swallowing up land and trees. The loss of sheep and cattle by flood is said to have reached 17,000 head. WnEN a new girl enters the Freshman class at Wellesley College, Massachu setts, the others kiss her all round ad give her a bouquet, and that is tho way they hazo her. It is estimated by authority that in Europe ono person in 1,537 is deaf and dumb ; in Ireland, one in 1,714 ; in the United States, one in 2,500; while in Switzerland the average is one in 503. William Cullen Bryant, Longfellow and Bayard Taylor have recently been elected honorary members of the Liter ary Academy of Athens, which is .under the special patronage of the Queen of Greece. It is estimated that tho bell-punch in Virginia (oy which alcoholic liquors are taxed 2 J cents a drink and fermented liquors cent) will bring the State an nually 844,000. Richmond alone will pay 211,000. The Austrian soldier is about the only one in Europe who receives only ono meal a day in time of peace. That is, indeed, a very fair one; still, for young soldiers hard at work nearly all day, it is scarcely enough. Recently twelve of the multitude of destitute men in the Black Hills offered to draw a loaded wagon from Dead wood to Bismarck on condition of being fed by tho way, and their imposition was accepted by a teamster. Some of the young bloods of New York city have inaugurated a series of fox hunts after the English fashion on Long island, and Anti-Cruelty Bergh has issued a proclamation aaiust the sport to the farmers of the island. Archbishop Bayley's will devises to Cardinal McCloskey and Bishops Longh lin aud Corrigan all his property of every kind in New Jersey, and to Arch bishop Gibbons and Bishops Becker and Kaiu all the remainder of his property. The pupils in a school in Boston were asked to give in writing the difference between a biped an4 a quadruped. One boy gave the following : 14 A biped has two legs and a quadruped has four legs ; therefore, the difference between a biped and a quadruped is two legs." It has been demonstrated that the cork tree can be raised without difficulty at Los Angeles, Cal. ; and, as the demand for corks in bottling wines and brandies is very great on the Pacific coast, the growth and manufacture of cork is likely soon to become an important industry there. While it has been generally claimed that Manitoba has an unusually mild climate, the published statistics of tho Canadian Government show that it is one of tho coldest inhabited portions of British North America in winter, and that the summer, although short, is very warm. , Dr. Duff, tho venerable Indian mis sionary, severely censures the apathy of the English people in connection with tho famine, lie pitches into the Queen, and particularly the nobility, who have given next to nothing. He thinks Vic toria ought to hare given 100,000 at tho very least The center of population of the United States is said to havo traveled westward, keeping curiously ntar the thirty-ninth paralltlof latitude, never getting more than twenty miles north or two miles south of it. In eighty years it has trav eled only 400 miles, and is still found nearly fifty miles eastward of Cincinnati. London consumes daily about 300 tons of fish, over 4,000 sheep, nearly 700 oxen, about 100 calves, 4,000 pigs in cluding bacon and hams, not less than 5,000 fowls, a million or so of oysters, eggs innumerable, with flour enough for 1,000,000 loaves of bread, and vegetables, fruits, butter and cheeso in proportion. A roLK EMAN was trying to arrest a man at Hanley, England, who had been charged with felony. Tho man darted into the old church, which was open for service, and mado his wot up to tho top of the tower, with the policeman at his heels. Ho jumped over tho parapet, and, sliding down tho lightning con ductor at the risk of his life, escaped. A number of tramps were ordered out of a chestnut tree by Louis Schaler, a farmer of Haulsbury, Pa. I hey drove him to his houso with a pistol. " You've got to die," they shouted, and legnn fir ing. Hv-haler tired out of a window and killed tho ringleader of tho gang. They picked up their fallen comrade and re treated to tho woods. Nothing has bven seen or heard of them since. MICUKUN II EMS. The Michigan Central reports being 1,200 cars behind orders. Fifty trains pass daily over the main line of the road. The twenty-fourth annual session of the Michigan Grand Lodge of Good Templars was held in Kalamazoo, a few days ago. The German Lutheran ministers and teachers of Michigan held a State Con ference recently, in Saginaw City. About sixty members were present. Railroad Commissioner Williams has notified several railroad companies to obey the law in reepect to tho main tenance of gates at railway crossings. TnE Detroit livening Telegraph which is an afternoon edition of the con solidated Font and Tribune, has mado its appearance as a 2-cent paper. Jon.v Strong, of South Rockford, Wayne county, recently received 1,400 in cash for 122 black walnut trees, tho logs of which will be sent to Europe. The other night, during a severe thunder-storm, the barn of John Allison. four miles from Saginaw City, was struck bv liehtniner. and totallv destroved by fire. Loss, 1,000; insured for 000. The drill-house, blacksmith-shop, and about 100,000 feet of lumber at Saginaw City, owned by Barnard & Binder, were destroyed by fire last week. Loss, 1,000. The lumber only was insured. TnE veterans of the Twf ntietli Miphi- can Infantrv held their annual rennion last week at Grass lake, Jackson county. There were upwards of 100 of the old soldiers present, and most of them had their wives there too. The Indians of Taymouth, Saginaw county, the Chippewas of Isabella coun ty, and a delegation of about 200 from near Sarnia, Ont., held a comp-meeting near Birch run, Saginaw county recent ly. The Indians are described as being' intelligent, and, as a rnle, well-to-do farmers. The delegation from Canada brought with them a brass band and an organ, and with a choir of their own members furnished go:xl music. Three hundred ministers were pres ent at the recent session of tho Baptist State Convention, and the following offi cers were chosen for next year: Presi dent, Rev. Kendall Brooks, D. D., Kala mazoo; Vice Presidents, E. Olney, LL. D., A. II. Wilkinson, S. Graves, D. D., C. Van Husau, Rev. 1. Butter field; Secretary, T. M. Shanafelt, Hud son; Treasurer, G. R. Byrne, Jackson; Auditor, O. S. Gulley. A fire at Cadillac, on the Grand Rap ids and Indiana railroad, the other day, destroyed an entire square of buildings in the center of the town, opposito tho McKinnon House, including in the dozen buildings burned the Arnold House, barn, Hicks & Cummer's hard ware store, Peck's furniture store, Bloss' boot and shoe store, Cummer .fe Son's lumber office, aud other stores and shops. The loss is estimated at 35,000 to 10,000, on which there was but 12,000 or 15,000 worth of insurance. Tho town has no fire apparatus, and, had not 44 the bucket brigade " worked nobly for hours, the entire town must havo been destroyed. The business men have al ready begun preparations for rebuilding at once of brick. TnE following table shows the amount and kind of lands sold during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, as shown by tho books in the office of the State Land Commissioner: Acre. Amount. 1'rimary school fi,:B.27 f'25,4(;5.08 Agricultural college 1,h:4.75 5,504.25 University 40.00 '.(80.00 State builcliug(LanHinglotH) 148.HO HaltsprinK HH.00 S'JO.no Aiwt 507.05 4,472.04 Hwaiup land for catth 5,027.80 5.5I16.K7. Swamp land for scrip 31,103.4i 45,1G0..U . Totals 44,9.-)0.2;l ?87,'.tf8.05 The amount received for these lauds was 15,100.01 in scrip and 24,030.03 in cash, leaving 18,107.51 still due in cash; total amount, 87,908.05. The value of lands disposed of in 1870 was 119, 327.14; in 1875 it was 172,200.74; in 1874, 257,78G.51. There has been a steady decrease in the sale of State lands, owing partly to the hard times and part ly to the most desirable 1 ands being pre viously selected by buyers. During tho late fiscal year 5, 885! 40 acres of swamp land were patented under the Homestead act, and licenses were issued to the set tiers on 20,415.19 acres more. A Child Falls Tifty Feet Without In jury. A most remarkable accident occurred yesterday afternoon at the Whittier building, corner of Ashley street and Broadway. About 3:30 o'clock a child named Ella Peak, less than 2 years of age, whoso parents occupy room No. 50, climbed the railing of the fourth-story porch while no one was near enough to stop her, and after a moment fell over the railing headlong to the ground. Sev eral persons saw the child as it shot downward through fifty feet of space to the alley pavement, and with one accord they rushed to the spot, expecting to find it crushed and mangled by the ter riblo fall. Their surprise can be well imagined when it is stated that the little one was found not only to have sustained no broken bones, but to havo retained its consciousness. While all wondered, it was carried into the house and divest ed of its clothing, tho utmost caro being observed to avcid injuring it. Mean while, Dr. Nidelet had been summoned, and, on arriving, made a careful exam ination of the little patient. The closest scrutiny, however, failed to bring to light any injury of a serious nature, and before the doctor was out of the house the child was eating an apple, and indicated an intention to return to play at the earliest opportunity. It is supposed the child's clothing must have acted as a parachute to break a portion of the force of tho fall. St. Louin llcjntblican. A (Jreat Cat-Kace. The greatest of the cat-races ever held in Belgium came off recently at Belcele, r.ear Bousecoures. Tht re were seventy eutries for the chief prize. The animals were carried some four miles from the village in baskets, and there let loose. Of course they all ran toward home swiftly. Minette, a pretty white cat with a pensive eye, reached the town first aud won the first prize a silver coffee-pot Lolo a big tortoise-shell, which had boon' made tho favorite in tho betting, jumped the course, and has not since, been heard of. men who mane aui ui mim