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FllIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1878. TJIE LITTLE FOLKS. An 01d-Fahloncl Time. Come, Mary and Buai, let'it run out and play The mornluK la lovely, th bird ainglnji gay ; The world baa a welcome for traveler, we kiuw, Bo off for a holiday, come, let n go. We'll atray by the mcadowa of aweet-aorntnd grain ; We'll atioll through the brook, and the fences we'll climb. Though weary and dnaty, we will nofootnplaln, , But glory in having an oUl-faahloned time I An cld-fKhionea tune I an old-fashioned time ! We glory lu having old-fashioned time 1 The barn we will aoour, and rifle the cent Of egg that are aurely the blggntit and best ; , Well aet all our traim, and expectantly wait For the rabbit and wcazlea to Dibble our bait. Weil ride in the agon without auy springs, And laugh till the reborn shall answer in rhjme, While the bird from the tree-top rxnltiugly aings. "Oh, are we not having an old-fashioned timet" An old-f tmhlout d time t an old-fashlonrd time ! ' O, are we not having an oUl-faahtoued time I We'll rake up the Lay, and we'll follow the plow ; We'll be on Kood tmus with the hore and the oow ; The dear HtUe plga and the chicken we'll feed. And down to the water the duck we will had. In aeareh of their treasure the wood we'll ex plore ; Unmindful of danger the tree we will climb, For up in the meadow or down by the thorc, We're bent upon having an cld-fuhlonnd time ! An old-f wbioued time! an old-fashioned time! We're beut upon having au olU-fashtouod time I Come, Mary and fctnK tx young -Ahllo you may, And put all the fun that you cau m your pUy ; Be lively and ch-erf ul you dear little prude ! One may frolic and yet not be naughty or rude. And w hen we arc old and have Borrow and care, Then awect lu our 1k arts will thctte memories chime, A we ning the old aong aud togethor declare There.' nothing so ttweet a an old-fashioned Uutl An o'd-faHhioned time ! an old-fahloned tima I There'a nothing to nice a an old-fashioned time S Jtwphin J'vllard, in Youth's Companion. An Old Stwry Retold. I don't know just what to do ! In tho first place, Buck dreadful things happen to people who steaUtories. To bo sure, I have not stolen any, although the one I tui going to tell you is very much like that splendid ouo "The Giant in tho Bottle," that I read iu an old fairy-book years ago. Now, that was onlv a story, and I read it, while this has just hap pened, and so must bo true ; and yet the two are so much alike that I can't under stand it at all, unTcss who knows ? un less the "story folks" are real people shut away in books, and once in a while, ay every hundred years, they come out from beneath the covers of their prison, and live the self-same stories over again. Though I cannot quite understand why the two should be so much alike, yet this mush I do know : when tho old giant, or his double, reappeared upon the scenes for the second time, it was at tho begin ning of our famous Centennial year, 187(5. At lirst no one had any idea that it was a giant. For months uod mouths something had been tho matter with one of the wheels in tho great printing presH. Now this little wheel had u great deal of hard work to do, and its shaft, instead of being a single one, was double, tho two pieces beiDg f.ecurely fastened together. As I 6aid before, something was tho matter with this wheel, but just what no one seemed able to tell. The more it was oiled the louder it creaked ; the bands were loosened and tightened, but with the same result. 44 Creak, creak, creak," it went from morning till night, making its shrill voice heard above all the din .of the surrounding machinery. There were those who could have told, had they been asked, but no one thought the bits of black type knew anything about it ; arjd they were lazy fellows these little black types ; so they said to themselves, 4 4 We have enough to do now from night till morning, aud from morning till night, we are kept slaving away upon the pages of this great news paper; now if little 4 creak' gets out there'll be columns and columns more of work to do, and we'll never get a mo ment to rest ;" and they clattered away the louder, hoping with their noise to drown tho sound of his pleadings. And so it went on until one day a wise man came into the great room where the little wheel was, and passed up and down about the machinery, looking to see if everything was all right. 44 Ah, what is this what havo we here ?" he exclaimed, as he stop2)cd be fore the little wheel, and bent down to listen. 44 Let me out! let me out I let mo out !" cried a shrill voice from within. 44 Well ! well !" said the wise man ; and reaching down in his pocket he drew out a steel bar, and began to undo the fastenings of the wheel's shaft. When the bits of black typo saw this, they fairly shook in their cases, for they knew what was coming. After one or two turns of the steel, the shaft of tho wheel fell apart, and out dropped a tiny black roll of something, just what the wise man could not tell, so he put on his glasses and bent down to examine. As he looked, it began to nnroll, growing larger and larger. First, out c.imo a queer little bunch that looked like a loot, and presently it was followed by another. Then on either side of tho roll appeared tiny hands that stretched themselves out to make room for a pair of arms : and, last of all, with a 44 ke-choo 1" that, large as he was, fairly made tho wise man jump up popped a tiny head. 44 W-h-y really !" said the astonished wise man and he took oil his glasses and gave them a vigorous polishing, to make sure he had not been mistaken. But no. there it stood, tho oddest-look intr little creature he had ever seen. 44 Who are you?" he at last found voice to ask. 44 I'm the Frince of Story-Tellers, your Honor, was tho shrill reply. 44 And did you really come out of that?" pointing to tho wheel's shaft. 4 4 To do sure," answered the elf, bob bing his little head up and down to give emphasis ; 44 to bo sure 1 did. "Well well well," was all tho as tonished wise man could say. 44 Perhaps you won't believe me," con tinued the elf, 44 but I'm a regular giant, onlr civo me the chance to grow. I know I look rather small now: but who wouldn't, after being crowded into that tinv holo for nobody knows now long. But now that I'm safely out (thanks to you) won't I give it to them, though I and his black eyes fairly twinkled with . delight. 44 (live it to them who?" , . V Why, the fellow who put me in there, for you see I've ns much right to a place on this great paper as any of them. When it was first started there were a good many of. us, and to I agreed to wait until my turn cam. .1 After a littlo the others gut jealous of mo they wanted to do all the talking themselves aud they began to plot against me. Thero was General Topics, and Old Politics (he's awful), and Literary Notes, and a host of others ; and, one night when I wasn't susect ing 'em, they got after mo they nearly killed me I thought at first I was dead and buried, but it seems I was only stowed away in tho shaft of the wheel. Now I'm out again, and won't they catch itP 44 Why, what are you going to do?" asked the wise man, rather anxiously. 44 Ila ! ha 1" laughed the little elf. 44 You'll see." Then, raising his hand to his head, he gave a defiant nod and van ished from sight. Now all this happened only the day before the ushering in of the new year, 187G. Always a busy time, then it was doubly so, and when our wise man had finished his round of duties, and was at liberty to sit down and think over his adventures, the day was far spent. In all his life, nothing like this had hap pened before, and the longer he thought about it the moro puzzled he grew. Then, to add to his con'usiou, his head began to feel queerly, and ho saw such strange sights; the chairs in tho room got up and oourtesied to the table, tho one that ho was sitting on giving such a violent lurch that it sent his hood down with a jerk, and he fell back, unable to rise, I suppose there are those who would say that he went to sleep, but I firmly believe the elf bewitched him. When the bells struck 12 that night, they mode such a noise as has seldom been heard. In the midst of the clangor, the charm was dissolved, and the wise man, opening his eyes, sat bolt upright, trying to remember what had taken place. Then, to satisfy himself that it was all a foolish dream, he thought best to go the rounds once more. 44 Of course, I shall find everything all right," he said, as he turned into the narrow passage that led to the great room where the little wheel was; but the words were scarcely out of his mouth be fore bump, bump, down he went over great piles of something that filled the passage. They felt like newspapers, and so, reaching out his hand for the light, that fortunately was still burning, lie began to examine them. Yes, they were copies of his own beloved paper; but what was the matter with them ? how odd they looked. The heading of tho first page was all right, but under neath, in place of the current items of the day, were stories for children, enig mas, rebuses, charades, etc. They filled tho second page, the third and fourth, md so on through tho whole paper; not a line of anything else could he find. 44 Horrors," he groaned, 4I am a ruined man. Who could havo done this wicked deed ?" then, gathering himself up, he moved wrathiully toward the great room. Once there, what a sight met his as tonished guze 1 The room was all aglow with light, and busy at work close be side the great printing press stood a giant, whose head nearly touched tho ceiling. "Why who are you?" at last ho found voice to gasp out I am the Prince of Storv-Tellcrs. your Ilonor," said the giant, with a low bow; 44 don t you remember how vou helped me out of the wheel's shaft, only a lew hours ago 7 And then, as tho wise man did not speak, but only stood staring wildly at him, he went on: 44 1 told you I'd fix 'em. didn't I ? and I have; you won't see anv thine: of Gen. Topics or Old Politics or any of the rest oi them about this paper again. I'm going to run it myself, now. 1 ve a few thousand copies out alreadv per haps vou saw them as you came in ?" 44 Yee-s I Baw them," answered the wise man, absently, for he was trying to think what he could do to prevent further miscuiei. .fortunately, he was not only a wise man but the son of wise parents, and as he stood there the remembrance of one of the famous stories they used to read to him came back. 44 I'll try that old trick myself," he said. Then, stepping nearer tho giant, ho pointed toward the little wheel. 44 You don t mean to say that you came out of that?" 4 4 To be sure I did," answered the giant. 44 Why, you saw me do it." 44 Impossible I exclaimed tho wise man, 44 1 can't believe it." 4 4 Just wait a moment and 1 11 show you about it," said the giant, and he be gan to roll himself up. It would have made you open your eyes to see the way in which ho disappeared, growing smaller and smaller until nresentlvall vou could see was a tiny black roll perched upon the wheel s shaft. 44 Now are you satisfied?" piped out a shrill voico from the roll. 44 Wonderful I Wonderful I" exclaimed tho wise man, 44 but still I think you are rather too large to be stowed away in the shaft. 44 Undo it and see." Vith eager ringers the wise man forced it open, and down dropped tho little black roll ; then, quick as a Hash, he hail secured the fastenings, and the giant was once more a prisoner. 44 Let me out, let me out, he cried, struggling within. 44 Never 1" ans-rered the wise man. 44 You've made me trouble enough al ready, and, now that I have you safely stored away, you'll never see daylight again. Then how the poor fellow begged and plead with the wise man for his liberty. At first, like the old giant in the fairy tale, he offered unlimited treasures of gold and silver, but it was of no avail ; the wiso man was deaf to all his en treaties, until at last he made a wonder ful promise just what it was I ought not to tell, but I am sure some of you can guess. And did he get out? think so ; for when the first paper of the new year appeared, much to the sur prise of eome, 44 General Topics and Politics, and the rest of them," had been crowded into a smaller space, to make room for the Children's Corner. Thero tho 44 Prince of Story-Tellers" reigns supremo. And did he keep his promise? I nm quite sure ho did ; for that was only two years ago, ami already each week huu drcds of . new voices welcome 44 our pa per" with shoitts of delight. - And the aweet aprloa bloaaom are not mora fair Thau the children' facea, that erery where 1 '' Hasten to (ireet it, while bright eye tell 1 he rlf-oame atoi y we love it wall, . AVt Ywk 1'ribune ,,,.) , , I'A POLITICAL BEttlXISCESCE. Chief Justice Chase and the) Democrat lo t . Con y cotton of 1868. From the Washington Void. The fact that Salmon I'. Chase was watching the Deniocratio National Con vention in New York, in 18G8, with a rare degree of expectancy is tolerably well known. But that lie labored to se cure tho nomination of that convention for President has not always been sus ceptible of proof, nis 44 friends " were there, of course, and it has always been thought that perhaps they were unau thorized to act for him to the degree re marked at that timo. The following let ter, written by Mr. Chase to a gentle man of this city, who was representing him in New York during the convention, is made publio for tho first time. It settles the point conclusively that Mr. Chase was anxious about the result of that convention. The Mr. V. referred to was Hon. C. L. Vallandigham, who, at one stago of tho convention proceed ings, was decidedly in favor of the nom ination of Mr. Chase. Altogether, the letter is quite an interesting contribu tion to political history: 4 Washington, July 4, 18(53. My Df.au Sib : I was pratitied bv your note which camo to-day. Whatever the result I shall never forget your good ollices. The re- f'orts by letter and telegram to the press seem o warrant your hope ; but I do not forget tho difference between outfide speculation and in side decision, and Bhall acquiesce cheerfully whatever tho vent. The assurance you give of tho friendship of Mr. V afford me real satisfaction, lie in a man of whose friendship one may well be proud. Even when we havo differed most widely. I have always admired his pluck and consistency, snd have done full justice to his abilities and energies. The propositions con tain little that I dissent from, except as to one part of the Reconstruct ion laws. I have al ways favored the submission of the question of reorganization after disorganization by war to the entire people or the whole state ; and, whether right or wrong, constitutions have been framed in eiuht of the States under which Senator and Representative have been, or soon will be, admitted to Beat in Congress. But there is no use in discussing this now. Dr. Mclllhaney has taken some notes of con versation wita me on this point, which he will hand to Mr. Long. You can use them, of course ; but I do not want to have them shown to anybody else except Sir. an liuren. I await the result very quietly so quietlv that I am almost ashamed of myself when I think of your anxieties and labors in New loik. Yours most sincerely, p. r. Chase. The Bland Silver Bill. We print below the Bland Silver bill as it passed the House, and as amended by the Senate Committee on Finance, The Ilouse bill ends with tho words printed in brackets. Tho Senate Com mittee on Finance struck out the words in brackets and added the words which follow, printed in italics. The reader thus has both bills before him: in Act to authorize tlte free coinage of the standard silrr dollar, and to restore its legal- tender character. lie it enacted, etc., That there shall be coined, at the several mint of the United States, silver dollars ot the weight of 412V grains Trov of standard silver, as provided in tho act of Jan. 18, 1837, on which shall bo the devices aud superscription provided by said act: which coin a. together with all silver dollars heretofore coined by the United States of like weight and iineneB-4, shall be a legal tender, at their nom inal valno, for all debts and dues, publio and private, except whore otherwise provided by contract and any owner of silver bullion may deposit the same at any United States mint or assay office, to be coined into such dollars, for his benefit, upon the same terms and condi tions as gold bullion is deposited for coinage under existing laws. And the iecretary of Uw. atreasury is aulftorized and directed, out of any iooney in the treasury not othenrise approprU will, to purchase, from time to time, silriT bull mn at tlie inarket price thereof , not less than tiro Tilhon dollars per month, nor more, than four million dollars iter month, andcausettie same to be coined into such dollars. Ami any gain or seigniorage arising from this coinage uhall be accounted for and paid into the treasury, as provided unthT evisling lairs relating to the subsidiary coinage; provide d, that tlw amount of money at anyone time invested in such silciT bullion, exclusive of such resulting coin, shall not er.ceedfive million dollars. 3Iaine Liquor Legislation. . The latest Liquor bill introduced in the Maine Legislature is one which its originator, Gen. Neal Dow, trusts will be more effective thau the present 44 Pro hibitory law" toward uprooting the traffic which ho is fighting in the Pine-Treo State. His new bill provides that the sale of liquor is to be punished by a fine of $200 and six months' imprisonment at hard labor; second offense, a year. No liquor is to be brought into tue bate, even for private persons. People are to be held responsible for liquors found on their premises, and the burden of proof as to ownership rests on them. Appara tus for selling liquor found is to be deemed evidence of guilt. If a team is found drawing liquor, tho horses and vehicle are to be confiscated. Common drunkards are to be sent to jail for a year, but released on conviction of the seller. Drummers for liquor houses are to be fined $1,000 and imprisoned for a year. Onisers obtaining convictions are to bo paid premiums. England and Turkey. Tho Hon. E. J. Morris, of Philadel phia, lato American Minister at Constan tinople, says, in an interview, that t,n gland opposed the first treaty of com merce between the United States and Turkey, and opposed the conceagion of trading in tho Black sea. He declares that the commerce of tho world is in debted to Bussia for the opening of the Black sea, and expresses the opinion that England is more interested in closing me uaruanenes to Binps oi wur than Turkey, the Porte knowing that Con stantinople is really safer with the fleets of all the world riding before its walls than it is when they are excluded. A Lasting Keepsake. 44Lookheah, mar's John, ain't you gwine to gib mo no keepsake dis New Year's ?" asked an elderly darkey, who hail evidently been out calling, of a young gentleman on Commerco street. 44 What sort of a keepsake do you want, uncle ?" asked tho youth. 44 1 wants sumfin what is gwine to last sumfin to tako wid mo when I dies, so I'll always think of ye when I Bee it sumfin what won't wear out." 44 How would a bottle of whisky do ?" 4 Foah God, dats de berry keepsake I'se been droamin' of I" San Antonio Express. MICHIGAN 1TEX3. Minister's new $1,000 Court House is ready for occupancy., TiuutB is a Moimon society otmsisting of twelv member in Westville, . Mont calm COUnty. ; ,,i i ,,.;...-... The law for closing saloons on Sunday was never enforced in Houghton county till last week. ; ' Tub Ionia Sentinel saya several flocks of wild turkeys have recently been seen feeding within the city limits. . t , - A petition has been sent to the Post master General to change the name of the Fentonville postofnoe to Fenton. A new secret society, recently organ ized in Ohio, called the 44 Knights of Labor," is reaching over into Michigan. The Governor and Railroad Commis sioner are on a tour of inspection of the Menominee railroad, in the Upper Pen insula, which is to receive a land-grant. LaFayette McMubray died at Hast ings a few days ago from lockjaw, re sulting from the loss of a finger mu tilated in tho machinery of J. L. Wilk ins' croquet works. He left a family. A LAuaa green-house at Brady Hill Cemetery, East Saginaw, owned by Wm. T. Arnold, tho sexton, and filled with valuable plants, was totally destroyed by fire recently. Loss, $850 ; no insurance. One of the farmers' institutes, con ducted under the auspices of tho State Agricultural College, held a four days' session at Saginaw City last week, a large number of people being in attendance. Dr. Van Deusen has rosigned from the medical superintendency of the In sane Asylum at Kalamazoo, and will leave it March 1. Dr. Geo. C. Palmer will succeed him. The fourth of the Farmers' Institutes for this season was held at St. Johns last week, the Court nouse being well filled with farmers from tho surrounding country. The dead body of Mrs. Deborah Green was recently found in her house, seven miles south of Jackson, with her head split open. She had evidently been murdered for her money. The old lady lived alone. A son of Mrs. Terney, of Carrollton, a young lad about 12 years of age, while skating on the river recently, broke through the ice and was drowned. This is tho second son Mrs. Terney has lost within a year in the same manner. A large dwelliner house, at East Sagi naw, owned by H. P. Smith aud occu pied bv two widow ladies. Mrs. Burdick and Mrs. Paul Brown, was nearly de stroyed by fire the other morning. Loss on building. $2,000 ; on furniture, $1,200. Insurance, $1,400. , . The wife of D. M. Howard, of Dover, ended her life recently by jumping into a well. She had been subject to spells of insanity, and, a few days before, was returned convalescent from the Wayne County Asylum, where she was sent for treatment last September. Congressman HcnnELn writes the school authorities of Houghton that tho high-school cadets of that place will probably be permitted to retain their muskets, and that another army olhcer will possibly bo detailed to take the place of Lieut. Ingalls. Tiie Secretary of State has issued a circular calling upon the "non-commis sioned officers and musicians of the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Michigan In fantry, having claims for pay during the month of August, to apply to that de partment for blanks with which to file their claims. Michigan financial reports show that the State bonded deVt has decreased $217,000 since Jan. 1. A series of bonds amounting to $243,000 fell due at that date ; also $29,G10 interest has been paid leaving the interest-bearing debt now at $1,159,000. The reports of the State banks to tho Treasurer show total liabilities, $2,813,251.35; resources the soma. Arrangements have been completed for the construction of a railroad be tween Saginaw and Vassar, to be com pleted within a year. The road will be twenty miles long, will connect at Vassar with the Detroit and Bay City road, and at Saginaw with the Saginaw Valley and St. Louis, and Jackson and Lansing Di vision of the Michigan Central. Work is to commence at once. The Circuit Court Commissioner has filed his report in the university chancery caso under tho decretal order of Oct. 26, 1877, refening it to him for accounting. The summary is as follows: AOAINHT ROME. Delinquent rrd-linM accounts or luiosing ticket $1,892.70 Sub payiuonta on forfeited accounts 34J 60 HtubloM accounta 1,231.65 Total $3,46(1.85 AOAIKHT DOUGLAS. 8tub account, initialed and not reported to Uetfeuta $1,175.00 The Commissioner rofers the vexed aud disputed items $104.25, $G6. 19 and $20.10 respectively reported in 18G7-8, 18G8-9 and 18G9-70 to the court for de cision, and gives all the facts relative thereto. He also takes up some special accounts which he has examined and re ports as to them. By these tho amount against Douglas will be decreased $200. 10 and the amount against Hose $58.10. Kittte Malonet, of Flint, aged 20 years, was awakened the other night by a sharp pain in her left temple. On ap plication of her hand she received a sharp prick, and examination showed tho ioint of a needle protruding. A common needle, rusted, was extracted. It was swallowed two years since, all of which time her health has been poor, and she has been unablo to work. A burglar named Bobbins was ar rested at Kalamazoo by the Sheriff, and escorted to the jail for safe-keeping. They had no sooner entered the jail door than the prisoner broke from the Sheriffs grasp and mado a dash for lib erty. The Sheriff, in company witli a large crowd, started in pursuit, and he was, after a short run, overhauled and lodged in jail. The thief had broken into several houses the night previous, and obtained considerable property. At an early hour the other morning the Kent county jail was discovered to be on fire. Tho police department were notified and twenty-six prisoners were removed by them to tho police station. The jftilWM constructed on tha i inside with wood-covered boiler plates, and be tween the plating 1 the flr burned all day, ' A foroe of machinists waa set to work cutting out the plates, and the fire men followed with water. The building is damaged to the amount of $10,000. Fifteen of the prisoners were removed to the Kalamazoo county Jail that after noon. The jail was erected aix years ago at a cost of $ 15,000. SECUETS OF THE P0LK CIKCLE. Voyage of DlaeoTery by Vtrm Other Na tions Tli Howgat Kxpdition Ap proved by ft- Ilouae Committee. The Committee on Naval Affairs of the National House of Representatives has reported favorably upon the Howgate Polar Expedition bill. The committee savs : We hare ascertained to our ftatlsfaction that the results yielded by prior explorations in the Polar teas have incalculably benefited the whole world ; that the knowledge acquired by experiment and discovery in that region can be obtained in no other way and in no other sec tion of the globe ; that such knowledge is an important factor in the regulation of com merce which is absolutely dependent, ho far as decreaking tho perils of tho deep aud enlarg ing boundaries of navigation are concerned, upon the knowledge of physical laws. Thero has never before been an opportunity afforded ho promising in results as tho one which now prose uta itself. To make such ex plorations entirely wiccossful it is essential that Bimultaneous observations be had at dif ferent points within tho Arctic circle, and for continuous periods of time. England, during the present year, will fit out two vessels, under tne explorer Nares, on a Polar expedition via the east coast of Greenland. Hweden, in 1878, nnder the auspices of lrof. Nordenskjold will explore the Polar regions via Norway across to Behring's strait. Holland has determined upon another. Germany, under the direction of the Arctic Exploration Society, has an Obi expe dition, commanded by Capt. Wiggins, now on duty. Russia, during the coming spring, will Sush forward an ethnological expedition un er the Ilelsingsfors Professor to the Vogels and Ostyacs of the Obi and Iitysh. After referring to tho ways in which knowledge of tho different natural sci ences may be advanced by this expedi tion, the report continues : Wonderful already are the discoveries made iu each field of inquiry noted, but we are yet in the vestibule. The region of the unknown is Just beyond. We are invited thither. We know enough to realize the wealth which awaits us. Hitherto observations have been limited and imperfect, the most Important of them wnolly neglected. Accurate data as to all of the sciences named are wanting. Geo graphic discovery has hitherto been the ob jective point. While this is praiseworthy, while it adds a most important chanter to the book of knowledge, it nhould not be the pri mary object to which all others are subordi nated. An absolute change of operations must be had. This change will be effected by the passage of the - bill II. It. 417. It meets tho exact need. It provides for a long stay, which' will give ample opportunity for observations and the conduct of scientilio inquiry under the most favoring conditions. It provides that an intelligent system shall be pursued under the direction of the National Academy of Sciences, i Tho report concludes : The honor of the American name is involved. Will Congress suppress this zealous spirit of inoniry and adventure, or give it scone by the passage of this bill and a meager appropria tion of 150,000. To us it appears there should be but one answer, and therefore we report back the bill with a recommendation that it do pass. Cold Feet. The feet should be washed in tepid water every day or two, but not in water so hot as to make them tender. In con cluding the bath, dip them into cold water, which closes tho pores natuially, and then wipe and rub them entirely dry and warm them. No business at the desk or counter or bench no domestic task or conventional circumstance is of so grave importance as to warm one's feet when they are cold. You can't af ford the hazard to health incurred by in difference to the discomfort nature is giving you as a premonition of danger. Keep yfflur feet dry. If, by accident, you wet your feet, don't be foolish, and sit still until death-damp steals your vitals. Exercise common senso and remove the wet stockings. U chilly, tako a wm foot-bath, ending with the cold dip and rubbing dry. . If, in a judicious way, people would wet their feet oftener clean up to their cars it would bo bet ter for their health. Kail roads of Seyen Great Powers. The Jlailway Age prints the follow ing statement of the comparative popu- latidn, railroad mileage, and debt of the leading countries of Europe, and re marks that it is not perhaps generally appreciated that the United States, with a population less than that of Crermany, has more miles of railroad than all the seven great powers combined their total mileage being 76,491, while ours is nearly 80,000 : MiUn of Xatutnal' reputation. Railroad. Dtbt. Russia 88,0U0,(00 14,(100 $1,840,033,015 Turkey 2 (.00,000 1,138 1,500.000.00 Oeraany 42,720,84 17,472 671,345,640 Austria 35,iX4.4:ifi 10,154 1,532,634,630 Great DritaJn. 81,783,700 16,664 3,625,296,580 France 36,102,921 12,246 5,000,000,005 Italy 26.801,154 4.817 1,851.622,640 That we have fairly beaten the seven great powers as respects mileage, it is very true, but, when looked at from a commercial point of view, the victory is rather a costly one. Prosecution of Timber Thieves. Secretary Schurz's war upon the tim ler thieves is showing results. Already 190 civil and 38 criminal suits have been begun, and $873,723 worth of property seized. Iu Minnesota, the Government has won all of the seventy-eight civil and twenty-five criminal suits, realizing $13, 000 in sales and $3,775 in judgments. Seventy suits have been begun in Missis sippi, and $308,408 of lumber seized ; in Florida, twelve suits, and $111,800 re covered. The prosecutions in Louisiana have just begun, and promise largo re sults. Another Arctic Expedition. Another Polar- expedition is being formed in New York, whence, in June next, it will start for the Arctic region. The commander will bo the old North ern adventurer, Barrv, and the party will go by vessel to Republic bay, and from there proceed in sledges across the ice fields to the point reached by the Franklin expedition. The adventurers hope to make new discoveries and sur vive to return in 1880. A mav, living five miles east of Bloom ington, Ind., tried to swallow too big a chunk of sirloin, and it stuck in his esophagus. It was so far down that his breathing was not seriously interrupted; so he went to the city for surgical aid. A doctor rushed the obstruction down with a poker. PEOPLE AND TJIINtJS. Iowa has 22,750 tradesmen. The moonstone is again a fashionaVle jewel. " A Pennsylvania! has died from the bite of a man. , A war of 1812 pensioner has just been married in North Carolina. The physicians say that promiscuous kissing spreads disease. . Heart troubles especially. 4 There are no less than 124 foreign en tries in the five great races of 1878 in En land, and among these ore five American horses. Mr. P. T. Bahnum calculates that he has sold, since he began his business of amusement, no less than $83,000,000 worth of tickets. Newsdealers in Boston and in Troy have set a good example by stopping the sale of illustrated sensational story papers for boys. Tue amount of sugar annually con sumed in Great Britain is 900,000 tons, being about sixty pounds for every one of the population. It is Dr. Fordyce Barker's opinion that city women are healthier and hand somer than country women, as a result of better food and more diversion. Accordino to the Governor's message Kentucky owes oidy about $180,000, and ample provisions have been made to meet this debt on its becoming due. There were five steamers, twenty nine ships and 101 other vessels built in Maine last year, the aggregato tonnage being 7G.308 tons. This is an increase over 1875 and 187G. A new design of postage stamps is soon to be announced. They are pre pared with inclosed borders of whito to prevent the fraudulent practice of 4 4 washing" canceled stamps. English authors produced and had printed last year 3,049 books. Thero were also 2,016 new editions, making the total book production of England 5,095, against 4,888 the preceding year. The exportation of fresh meat is look ing up again, and, on a recent Saturday, six steamers arrived at Liverpool with 9,112 quarters of beef, 1,400 sheep and 50 pigs, all from the United States. The total earnings of theJMexican rail road, the only ntilroad in Mexico, for last year amounted to about $2,000,000. The total operating expenses amounted to $1,500,000, or about 02 per cent, of the gross earnings. ; The largest oyster on record in the United States was one taken from the beds in Mobile in 1840. It measured three feet and one inch in length, and twenty-three and a half inches in breadth across its widest part. .. TnE English feed for fattening sheep consists of cotton-seed and turnips. They claim that it will put on the most fat, is the safest feed, makes the best mutton at a less cost, and produces the best and strongest manure. Clara Louise sang in Titusville tho other night. 44 Like the smooth, unc tuous trickling of tb6 oleaginous com modity from a hundred-barrel well," says the Herald. 44 were the liouid. oilv notes of the handsome, bediamonded Kellogg to the enraptured Titusvillers." From 1870 to 1874 the Austrian Gov ernment realized nearly $35,000,090 from tho publio lotteries; the ticket holders won $16,500,000. In Italy the net receipts of the Government lotteries in three years reached $10,500,000, while the sum won by the people was $20, 000,000. Thirty years ago J. "NV. Mackey left Ireland a penniless boy. Twenty years ago he was traveling in this country as a 44 drummer." Sixteen years ago he was bankrupt. Now he owns some of the richest mines on the Pacifio coast, and has a yearly income estimated at $14, 000,000. A huge mass of metal, weighing four or five tons, resulting from melting down counterfeit plates and dies captured by tho detectives of the Treasury Depart ment, has been laid as the" 44 corner stone" of the foundation in tho erecting shop of the engineering department in the Navy Yard at Washington. Ah Chuno, a San Francitco murderer, has kicked the bucket, literally as well as metaphorically. A prison-keeper found him hanging by tho neck in his cell. Ho had passed a cord through the air-holes at the back of his cell, fastened that end, made a noose of the other end, put out the gas, and planted himself upon a water-bucket. Then he kicked the bucket. In Falls county, Tex., a Miss Moore was preparing for marriage, and invited a friend, Miss Williams, to assist her. In rummaging through some clothes, an old pistol was carelessly handled by Miss W., resulting in the shooting and instant death of Miss Moore. She was buried on the day that was to have been the nuptial occasion, and the other young lady, who was the innocent cause of it, has become deranged. Victor Hugo is so strong a person that he can go ont in all weathers with out a greatcoat It is his 44 custom, al ways, of an afternoon," to take a long ride upon the top of an omnibus, and, in this elevated position, commanding a view of the busy life of Paris, he jots down his fast-coming ideas, and when he reaches home throws them into shape. It is asserted that he has written vol umes on the knife-boards of omnibuses. S. II. The Sitting Bull business in the North west acquires new interest from the re cent statement of Col. Corbin, who was one of the United States Commissioners to treat with that chief. He says that the treaty made by the Sitting Bull Commission with the Canadian Commis sion of the Northwest naturalized Sitting Bull as a Canadian Indian, so that, if the chief does cross the border and com mit depredations in tho United States, the Dominion Government will be re sponsible for them. Eads New Project. Capt. James B. Eads has a new project, embracing the improvement of the Mis sissippi river from St. Louis to the delta, near its mouth, His plan contemplates a permanent channel depth between Cairo and New Orleans of twenty feet a low water, sufficient to float the large vessels navigating the river at all sea sons of the year.