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BY JIARUK DOUGLAS. KU11 shines that Sabbath morn for me, Ita brt te etUl whiper low; Twm ycaterrtay ; li cannot be 'Twm thirty year ago, K little girl. In broed-bnnimed hat. In the old meettng-nouae I aat ; The south ulnd through the doorway blew, And the old deacon. In the pew In front, looked back and gave e roll blown, a crlmeon peony. What eudden hdn of wealth wm mine ! To my delighted eyes, It eeeuied a bloaaom each aa might Have grown in Pared Ue ; So wide ita silken petal spread, Ho rich ita robe of royal red, Piuka, rone a, lilies, violeta, all My garden blOMOtue, great and small, Seemed poor, pale, common things to me, by that resplendent peony ! In what eereue content I spent That oftumea weary hour, My little hf ad in rapture bent Above that niatchloaa flower ! The prayer and hymn were both unheard ; I loKt the eerinon, every word ; Put, oh, whatcharnia, unseen before, For me, that gray old deacon wore 1 The beat of wen. I thought, muttt be The giver of that peony. Time fllea with awallow'a winga away ; I oount the yeara, and know That Sabbath waa not yesterday, But thirty yeara ago; The very meeting-house la gone We gathered in that summer morn ; The preacher's voice la hushod, and wave The daisiea o'er the deacon 'a grave ; Uirt, frreh and f ragTunt, still for me Vnfading, blooms that peony Btill bright, aa when, above Ita breast, That happy day I smiled ; Ob. blent, for aye the gift Is blest lie stowed npon a child ! It has a worth beyond ita own A charm to all things else unknown ! How perfect is the Joy it gives I How loDg in memory It Uvea ! And cbildhood'e spe!l yet makes for me A flower of flowers, the peony I Sunday A(er noon for June, TWO FAIR DECEIVERS. "What do young men talk about 'when they Bit at the open "windows smoking on summer evenings ? Do you suppose it is of love ? Indeed, I suspect it is of money: or, if not of money, then at least of something that either makes monev or spends it. Cleve Sullivan has been spending his time for four years in Europe, and he has just been telling his friend John Selden how he fpent it. John has Bpent his in "New York he is inclined to think just as profitably. Both stories conclude in the same way. 44 I have not a thousand dollars left. John." 'Nor I, Cleve." I thought your cousin died two years ngo ; surely you have not spent all the old gentleman s money already ? "I only got $20,000; I owed half of it." 44 Only $20,000 ! What did he do with it?" 44 Gave it to his wife. lie married a beauty about a year after you went away, died in a few mouths afterward and left her his whole fortune. I had no claim on him. He educated me gave me a profession, and 820,000 That was very well. lie was only my mother s cousin. 44 And the widow where is she?" 4 'Living at his country-seat. I have never seen her. She was one of the St, Maurs, of Maryland." 4 4 Good family, and all beauties. Why don t you marry tiie widow? 44 Why, I never thought of such thing." 44 You can't think of anything better. Write her a little note at once ; say that you and I will soon bo in her neighbor hood, and that gratitude to your cousin and all that kind of thing then beg Jeave to call and pay respects, etc., etc.' John demurred a good deal to the plan, but Cleve was masterful, and the note was written, Clevo himself putting :i' ii a- . ism uie posiomce. That was on Monday night. On Wednesday morning the Widow Clare iouna wiin a aozen otners upon ner breakfast table. She was a dainty, high bred little lady, witli Eyes that drowse with dreamy splendor, Checks with romwleaf timings tender, Lips like fragrant pony, and withal a kind, hospitable, temper, well inclined to bo nappy in the happi ness of others. But this letter could not be answered with the usual polite formula. She was quite aware that John Selden had re garded himself for many years as his cousin's heir, and that her marriage "with the late Thomas Clare had Eerious ly altered nis prospects. Women easily see through the best-laid plans of men, and this plan was transparent enough to the shrewd little widow. John would scarcely have liked the half -contemptuous shrug and 6mile which terminated her private thoughts on the mattei. 44 Clementine, if you could spare a moment from your fashion puper, I wnnt to consult you, dear, about a vis itor." Clementine raised her blue eyes, dropped her paper, and said, 44 Who is it, Fan?" 44 It is John Selden. If Mr. Clare had not married me, he would have in herited tho Clare estate. I think he is coming now in order to see if it is worth while asking for, encumbered by his cousin's widow." 44 What selfishness! Write and tell Inm that you are just leaving for the Suez canal, or the Sandwich islands, or iny other inconvenient place." 44 No; I have a better plan than that Clementine, do 6top reading a few min utes. I will take that pretty cottage at Kyebank for the summer, and Mr. Sel den and his friend shall visit us there. No one knows us in the place, and I will lake none of the servants with me." 44 Well?" 44 Then, Clementine, you are to bo the Widow Clare, and I your poor friend and .companion." 44 Good ! very good ! The Fair De livers an excellent comedy. How I shall snub you, Fan I And for once I shall have the pleasure of outdressing yen. But has not Mr. Selden se?nyou ?" 44 No; I was married in Maryland, and went immediately to Europe. I came liack a widow two years ago, but Mr. Selden has never remembered me until mow. t I wonder who this friend ia that he proposes to bring with him ?" 44 Oh, men always think in pairs, Fan. They never decide on anything until their particular friend approves. I dare av they wrote the letter together. What is the gentleman's name ?" The widow examined the note. " My friend, Mr. Clevo Sullivan.' Do you know him, Clementine?" 44 No ; I am quite sure that I never .saw Mr. Cleve Sullivan. I don't fall in love with the name do you ? But pray accept the offer for both gentlemen. Fan, and write this morning, dear." Then Clementine returned to the con sideration of the laoe in coquille for ber new evening dress. The plan so hastily Bxetcnea was bud- seouentlv discussed and carried out. The cottage at Ryebank was taken, and one evening, at the end ox June, tne two ladies took possession of it. The new Widow Clare had engaged a maid in New York, and fell into her part with charming ease and a very pretty assump tion of authority ; and tne real widow, in her plain dress and pensive, quiet manner!, realized effectively the idea of a cultivated but dependent companion. Thev had two days in which to rehearse their parts and get all the household machinery in order, and then the gontle- men arrived at uyeoauK. Fan and Clementine were qui jo ready for their first call ; the latter in a rich and exnuisite morning costume, the former in a simple dress of spotted lawn. Clementine went through tho introduc tions with consummate ease of manner. and, in half an hour, they were a very pleasant party. John's ,4cousinship afforded an excellent basis lor lniormai companionship, and Clementine gave it full prominence, indeed, in a lew days John began to find the relationship tire some ; it had been, 44 Cousin John, do this." and 44 Cousin John, come here," continually ; and one night, when Clove and he sat down to smoke tneir nnai cigar, he was irritable enough to givo his objections the form of speech. 44 Cleve, to tell you the honest truth, 1 do not like Mrs. Clare." 44 1 think she is a very lovely woman, John." 44 1 say nothing against her beauty, Cleve; I don't like her, and I have no mind to occupy tho place that beautiful ill-used Miss Marat fills. The way Cousin Clare ignores or snubs a woman to whom she is every way inferior makes me angry enough, I assure you. 44 Don't fall in love with the wrong woman. John. 44 Your advice is too late, Cleve; I am in love. There is no use in us deceiving ourselves or each other. You seem to like the widow why not marry her ? am quite willing you should." 44 Thank you, John; I have already made some advances that way. They have been favorably received, I think. 44 You are so handsome a fellow has no chance against you. But we shall hard ly quarrel, if .you do not interfere be tween the lovely little Clement and my self." 44 1 could not afford to smile on her, John; she is too poor. And wnat on earth are you going to do with a poor wife? Nothing added to nothing will not make a decent hving. 44 1 am going to ask her to be my wife, and, if she does me the honor to say 4 Yes,' I will make a decent living out of my profession. From this time forth John devoted himself, with some ostentation, to his supposed cousin's companion. He was determined to let the widow perceive that he had made his choice, and that he could not be bought with her money. Mr. Selden and Miss Marat were always together, and the widow did not interfere between her companion and her cousin. Perhaps she was rather glad of their close friendship, for the handsome Cleve made a much more delightful attendant. Thus the party fell quite naturally into couples, and the two weeks that the gen tlemen had first fixed as the b'mit of their stay lengthened into two months. It was noticeable that, as the ladies be came more confidential with their lovers, they had less to say to each other ; and it began at last to be quite evident to the real widow that the play must end for the present, or the denouement would com6 prematurely. Circumstances fa vored her determination. One night Clementine, with a radiant face, came in to her friend's room, and said : 4 4 Fan, I have something to tell you. Cleve has asked me to marry him."" 44 Now, Clement, you have told him all; I know you have." 44 Not a word, Fan. ne still believes me the Widow Clare." 44 Did you accept him ?" 44 Conditionally. Iam to give him a final answer when we go to the city in October. You are going to New York this winter, are you not ?" 44 Yes. Our little play progresses finely. John Selden asked me to be his wife to-night." 44 1 told you men think and act in pairs." 44 John is a noble fellow. I pretended to think his cousin had ill-used him, and he defended him until I was ashamed of myself; absolutely said, Clement, that you were a sufficient excuse for Mr. Clare's will. Then he blamed his own past idleness so much, and promised if I wuld only try and endure 4 the slings and arrows' of your outrageous temper, Clement, for two years longer, he would have made a heme for me in which I could be happy. Yes, Clement, I should marry John Selden if we had not a five dollar bill between us." 44 1 wish Cleve had been a little more explicit about his money affairs. How ever, there is time enough yet. When they leave to-morrow, what shall we do?" 44 We will remain here another month; Levine will have the house ready for me by that time. I have written to him about refurnishing the parlors." So next day the lovers parted, with many promises of constant letters and future happy days together. The in terval was long and dull enough; but it passed, and one morning both gentle men received notes of 'invitation to a small dinner party at the Widow Clare's mansion in street. There was a good deal of dressing for this party. Cleve wished to make his entrance into his future home as becoming the pros pective master of a million and a half of money, and John was desirous of not suffering in Clement's eyes by any com parison with tho other gentlemen who would probably be there. Scarcely had they entered the drawing-room when the ladies appearod, the true Widow Clare no longer in the unas suming toilet she had hitherto worn, but magnificent in white crepe lisse and satin, her arms and throat and pretty head flashing with sapphires and dia monds. Her companion assumed now the role of simplicity, and Cleve was dis appointed with the first glance at her plain white Chambery giiuze dress. John bad seen nothing but the bright face of tho girl he loved and the love- light in her. eyes. Beore he could speak he had taken botn ner Hands and whispered, "uearest and best and love liest Clement" Her smile answered him first. Then Bhe said: " Pardon me, Mr. Selden, but we have been in masquerade all summer. and now we must unmask before real life begins. My name is not Clemen tine Marat, but Fanny Clare. Couln John, I hope you are not disappointed. Then she put ner hand into John's, and they wandered off into the conservatory to finish their explanation. Mr. Cleve Sullivan found himself at that moment in the moBt trying circum stance of his life. The real Clementine Marat stood looking down at a flower on the carpet, and evidently expecting him to resume the tender attitude he nad been accustomed to bear toward her. ne was a man of quick decisions where his own interests were concerned, and it did not take him half a minute to review his position and determine what to do. 1118 PtlUU U1UUUO Klfl WlUiUUb IUI lUJiO was not the girl he could marry; she had deceived him, too he had a sudden and severe spasm of morality; his confidence was broken; he thought it was very poor sport to play with a man's most sacred feelings; lie nad been deeply disappoint ed and grieved, etc, etc. Clementine stood perfectly still, with her eyos fixed on the carpet and her cheeks gradually flushing, as Cleve made his awkward accusations. She gave him no help and she made no defense, and it soon becomes embarrassing for a man to stand in the middle of a largo draw ing-room and talk to himself about any girl. Cleve felt it so. 44 nave you done, sir?" at length she asked, lifting to his face a pair of blue eyes scintillating with Bcorn and anger. 44 1 promised you my final answer to your suit when we met in JNew lottc. You have spared me that trouble. Good evening, sir." Clementine showed to no one her dis appointment, and she probably soon re covered from it. Her life was full of many other pleasant plans and hopes and she could well afford to let a selfish lover pass out of it. Sho remained with her friend until after the nvrriage be tween her and John Selden hud been consummated, and then Cleve saw her name among the list of passengers sail in a: on one particular day for Europe, As John and his bride left on the same steamer, Cleve supposed, of course, sho had crone in their comnanv. 44 Nice thing it would have been for Cleve Sullivan to marry John Selden's wife b maid, or something or other I John always was a lucky fellow. Some fellows are always unlucky in love affairs I always am. Half a year afterward ho reiterated this statement with a great deal of un necessary emphasis. He was just but toning his gloves preparatory to starting for his afternoon s drive, when an old acquaintance hailed him. 44 Oh, it's that fool Belmar," ho mut tered; 44 1 shall have to offer him a ride, I thought he was in Paris Hello, Bel mar, when did you get back ? Have a ride?" 44 No, thank you. I have promised my who to ride with her this after noon." 4 lour wile I Wnen were you mar ned?" 44 Last month, in Paris." 44 And the happy lady was " 44 Why, I thought you knew; every one is tulking about my good fortune, Mrs. Belmar is old Paul Marat's only child." 44 What?" 44 Miss Clementine Marat. She bring me nearly $3,000,000 in money and real estate, and a heart beyond all price. 44 now on earth did you meet her?" 44 She was traveling with Mr. and Mrs. Selden you know John Selden &ue lias lived with iVlrs. Selden ever since she left school; they were friends wlien tbey were girls together. Cleve gathered up his reins, and, nod ding to Mr. Frank Belmar, drove at a finable rate up the avenue and through the park. He could not trust himself to speak to any one. and, when he did, the remarK wuien lie made to lumsell in strict confidence was not flattering. For once Mr. Cleve Sullivan told Mr. Cleve Sullivan that ho had been badly pun ished, and that ho well deserved it. Harper's Monthly. Indications. There are not wanting indications of a real revival of prosperity. First. The revival of foreign imnii gration. For the first time in five or six years tho tide of foreign immigration has set in toward this port. This is an unmistakable sign of prosperity. second. The under-current of the stock exchange is buoyant. No bear movement has been successful since the passage of the Silver bill. Every down ward movement has been almost instant ly followed by an upward movement. Third. Railroad building has been resumed, more especially in the far West, This, of course, has already reacted on the iron industries of Pennsylvania, and the increased activity there will, in time, produco an increased activity in the New England mills. Fourth. The prosperity of the far West is phenomenal. Nothing similar has been known heretofore. The har vests promiso great abundance, and the tide of settlement is flowing in rapidly. New lands are being brought under cul tivation ; feeders to the great trunk lines of railroad are being constructed, and the demand for manufactured products is sure to be largo. Fifth, Our foreign commerce is steadily increasing. This is another excellent criterion of returning pros perity. New York Graphic, Cats in Spain. Cats have a nico time in Spain, I hear. No dismal moonlight prowling over fences and back sheds for them I They have the roofs of tho whole country for their walk, and need never touch the ground unless they choose. I'll tell you why. Grain is iorod in the attics of Spain because they are too hot for anything else. But rats and mice delight in attics, as well as grain. So each owner cuts a small door from the roof, big enough for puss, and any homeless cat is wel come to her warm home, in return for which she keeps away rats. In a sud den rain it must be funny to Bee dozens of cats scampering over the roofs to their homes among the gTain-bags. SU Nicholas. MJJiT LET I K ROT RITE US. President Hayes' Correspondents. The President, says the Washington Star, receives more letters a day than any other individual in the United States. It would hardly be ctretching the point to Bay that he receives more than anyone else on the globe. Every mail brings him a large batch coming from almost every State in the Union, while commu nications from foreign lands are the rule rather than tho exception. These let ters are npon every conceivable subject. Invitations, criticisms of the Presi dent's course, expanded theories, re- qmests for pecuniary aid, letters of coun sel and advice, petitions to be retained in office, and hundreds of other topics furnish Bubioct-matter for those who wish to gain the Executive ear. Letters of importance are, of course, answered, but thousands of epistles go to the files or garret unseen by him. Among the President a correspondents is a London er, who seriously requests him, as 44 the head of a free and humane Government," to issue a proclamation prohibiting, un der penalty of death, tho killing of any of tho feathered tribe, any dog, or even a rat or mouse. Another letter is dated in Virginia, not very far from Washington, and is headed 44 On Finance. The writer as serts that he has discovered a gold, sil ver, and copper belt running through that State and northwesterly as far as Michigan. He promises to give to the President a portion of his good fortune for 44 pecuniary assistance. One man from Kentucky sent the Pres ident a photograph. Shortly after, an other letter from the same individual mado its appearance, containing another photograph, which the sender thinks is much better than the first one, and, hav ing been improved on iu regard to looks, ho wishes it, in place of the former one, to be placed in tho President's album, with 44 my best regards. The following is an inquiry from school-boy in Horton, Mich. I wish to ask von vour airo. and clcaHO do not think I am meddling for our teacher does not no and I would like to ask you when your birth day conies and how old you be and where borne. The letter below is from a Vermonter. The President enjoyed it hugely and had a reply sent regretting his inability to accommodate his correspondent : I have long entertained the hope of visiting tho Capital of my country. 1 am 74 ycarB of age; have always worked hard, and have ever zealously cherished the public welfare. I have now an opportunity to carry out my plans, un less some unusual Providence prevents. The occasion of my addressing you on the sibject ia to obtain, if ponnible, residence in youi- fam ily while I remain in the city. I am a Btrictly temperance man, and entertain great aversion to the hotels. I wish, moreover, to see yon, and express to yon, in friendly and personal intercourse, ray appreciation of your independ ent efforts for tho good of the people. I do not come from any personal or seiutu consider ations have no ends to seek but those I have already indicated. If you could for a few days receive an unknown 'but patriotic citizen, I should be pleased to be the happy recipient of your favor. I ehall come entirely alone, and I do not feel that I could be at home anywhere ho much aa in your family, for whom I cherish a profound souse of gratitude and respect. I can give you referencea to men of eminence in thia section of the (State. Flease, sir, accept my kindest regard and be kind enough to communicate with me at your earliest conven ience. The next will be of interest to Capt. Howgate, James Gordon Bennett, and others interested in Arctic exploration. It hails from Utah : I learn to-day of the Jamoa Oordon Bennett undertaking to open the long-closed doors of the Arctic regiona. I am strongly of the opin ion that the implement to open the Polar doors ia not yet made, and will not be ready before or between 18'JO and l'JOO. I am not speaking with a view that my words will have any effect on Mr. Bennett's plans, for no person in the land would feel more proud or Joyful to learn that the Stars and Stripes were lloatiug on that pole. For my part I do not like these plans "the climbing of breastworks in squally weath er." I would rather take Gen. Grant's plan and undermine for tho pole. A Pennsylvanian sent a long disserta tion on the extraordinary merits of the Keely motor only a few days before it was exploded by expertR. A few days after, the same ion of the Keystone State sent the lollowing, which is brief, but to tho point : 44 1 have just learned of the dowuftllof tho Keely motor. An Alabamian sends the following plea for aid to native American inventive genius : Hearing of your generous and noble dirfposi tion, and believing it also, has emboldened me to write to you. 1 am a poor man, and would crave your help in a matter that would not only be a Lenent to me, bat will bo benetlcial to oth crs. I have found a remedy that will cure cholera in hogs, and, not being able to prove it as such, 1 want you to Bend me a transporta tion to tne Dog-raising states, so that 1 can prove to the world that what I claim for thia antidote ia no humbug, but the naked truth. I hope thia will not pass unnoticed, but will meet with all the aid that honest integrity de- serves. I remain, as ever, a friend to your cause. The Star reporter who secured this correspondence did not learn if Mrs. Hayes had read the following : Mr. Itnthcrford li. Hayna: Deab Eleksed Intknded Buiceoroom now pen a few lines to you to let you know that I am well, hoping these lines will find you the same. If you please to come after me you will find me at , and I will try to live with you till the Lord comes to receivo ua in heaven. I heard you would like to live with me in New York citv or Washington. I send my love to you, and liko to see you very much. From California Oliver Magnam an nounces himself as the second Giovah (supposed to be Jehovah), and calls on the JL'resident to reform and to preach reform to the Eastern country, 44 for soon half of all you shall die suddenly. hkely next spring." He himself will try to look out for the people out West. There may be some doubt as to the sanity of Bomeof the writers of the above letters. Of the insanity of the writer of tne lollowing there can be none. It is written in an excellent hand, on paper bearing the printed letter-head, 44 West ern Kentucky Lunatio Asylum:" The IKrii.R. B. Hayea: Dear Sin: Having already mentioned se cret detection in these asylums, I will make one request, and then I am done for the pres ent. Come on the 3d of December next plant a battery of forty-pounders in front of this building, and, if not surrendered in one hour, please shoot hell out of the Center. Another letter, from the hand of a lunatic, contains this: Since the fall of Adam man has been search ing for Satan. Eureka I Eureka ! I now pro pose to drown him and nut out his fire that we may have no need of any more Christ. But that God himself may reign supreme, I am certain of success. Christ never worshiped himaolf. nor did ho ever advise others to do so, and if the people cannot see him in hi a true light they will have to abide the con-equonce, for they had an well worship me aa him. I sin bound to relieve thia people, and my motto is, 4' Victory or Death." If you becomo Insulted at what I hav said, then yon are not prepared for the kingdom of heaven. Why dou t the 1 SDOpleact? Ood will pounce ou them some ay. If all this availeth you nothing, you will have to end in disappointment and despair. If my enemies will not acknowledge me, I have tua power to make it rougn for mem, certain. I am staying ia aa asylum and plajing the lu natio splendidly. Have Just finished writing a short note to all the Governors of the United States and the Queen of England, so yon may look out for tornadoes, fire and hail. I also sent each of them a photograph of myself. Recent FostoClce Rulings. The husband cannot control the cor- resjiondenoe of the wife, and, if the wife requests that letters directed to her be not placed in her husband's box, the Postmaster should comply with her re quest. Ordinary postage stamps cannot be used in payment of postage upon pub lications received into the mails at the pound rates. Special adhesive stamps are provided for this purpose only. uurrency cannot De sent in seaieu transparent envelopes unless postage is paid at letter rates. A regisiereu lewr cannot. is aiutuuou . i 1 A 1 .11 while in the hands of a Postmaster be fore its delivery, aa the department holds it in legal custody for delivery to the person addressed or according to his or her order. To inclose an envelope with a written address thereon, to be used at some future time would subject any package of which it forms a part to letter post age. A publication claiming two places or localities as its office of publication, can not bo mailed from either place at pound rates. The Postoffice Department has no au thority to detain or open letters sent in conformity to the laws governing their transmission in the mails ; such letters must be delivered to the person named in the address, or according to his or her order, as soon after arrival ss practicable, but it is the duty of a Postmaster to obey a mandate or court, and should he have undelivered letters in his office addressed to a per son on trial in court, and the court hav inor served on Biich Postmaster a sub pena duces tecum, it would be his duty to appear in court with the letters, and, once in court witn the letters the juris diction of the Postoffice Department ceases, and if said letters are opened tho resDonsibmtv rests with the court. Anything whatever pasted, gummed or attached to a postal card subjects the same to letter rates of postage. The law makes no provision for the mailing of 44 extras," except that they must be prepaid at the rate for printed matter. To inclose a hand-bill in a newspaper sent to a regular subscriber would Bub ject the entire package to postage at the rate of 1 cent for each two ounces or fraction thereof. Tin dishes are unmailable. Printed matter cannot be returned to sender unless the Postmaster is fur nished with stamps or money to prepay the same. Postmasters are not required to open their offices on Sunday unless a mail ar rives on that day. To paste a printed slip upon a postal card would render tne same siiDieci ia letter rates of postage. Soap ia unmailable. Any matter partly in print and partly in writing is subject to letter rates of postage. Packages of merchandise not prepaid in full, at the rate of 1 cent for each ounce or fraction thereof, should not be forwarded. When two or more kinds of mail mat ter are inclosed in the same package the entire package is subject to the higher rate. Advertising sheets received in bulk mail prepaid at pound rates should not be delivered unless postage is paid at double rates. 1 cent for each ounce or fraction thereof. The insertion of a now date or figure in a circular makes it subject to letter rates of postage estern Postal Re vieiv. A Kemarkahle Crime. The secret of a remarkable murder was recently disclosed iu a medical lect nro delivered in London by the eminent Dr. Bucknilh In discussing the legal relations of insanity he remarked that the most singular case in which he had ever been concerned was that of Con stance .Kent, who murdered ner young brofeher and escaped detection. After an interval of several years a truly con scientious motive led her to confess, and Dr. Bucknill examined her for tho pur pose of ascertaining whether it would be right to enter the plea of 44 not guilty on the ground of insanity." He was compelled to advise against it, and her counsel admitted that the experts could not do otherwise. By her own wish he published a letter in which the material facts of the crime were described, but as the motive was not disclosed the case was still enveloped in mystery; for how could a young girl, who was not insane. have murdered her beautiful boy-brother in cold blood? Dr. Bucknill, after keep ing the secret for many years, now ex plains that a real and dreadful motive did exist. The girl's mother, having become partially demented, was left by her husband to live in the seclusion of her own room, while the management of the household was taken over the heads of grown-up daughters by a high-spirited governess, who, after the decease of the llrst Mrs Kent, and a decent interval, became Constanco Ken 's step-mother. In this position sho was unwise enough to make disparaging remarks about her predecessor, little dreaming, poor lady, the fund of rage and revengeful feeling she was stirring up in the heart ctf her young step-daughter. To escape from away from home, but was brought back; and after this she only thought of the most efficient manner of wreaking her vengeance. She thought of poisoning her step-mother, but that, on reflection, she felt would be no real Punishment. and then it waa that she determined to murder tho poor lady's boy. her only chHd. A dreadful story this; but who can fail to pity the depths of household misery which it denotes T SrxTT men and women of San Fran cisco have gone into the mountains un der the direction of Dio Lewis, to live in tents for four months. They will eat plain food, take plenty of exercise, move from place to place, and return home, they hope, in improved health. BT tJLMV MABBIA How come the early flowera of sprleg f Aa roba h'raelf mr Phyllis aweet. Just In her tena, wbUe f reah yeara cling Unto bar aa her (town dlacret Clloga to ber dainty anklea, fain To leutfthen as the yara go on. And uber in ewet womau'a dawn. A mirror-look ah, me 1 o vain I Then abapely Uuiba are tockiD(ed neat. And allppere laced o't r dainty feet. And breaata like alij?bt-reised works on frleee Are coyly bid neath wbite cbruiLw ; Tben, like tbe gboatly uilsta of aprlng, Bhe filta about on feet of nlr, And, blue-blrd-llke. essaya Ui aloft Hong ba!f-renieuOered in tbe preea Of ber own aweet eelf-coneciousueae; Then, with ber wealth of gold-browo hair 8he tove aw bile, and rods or bralda Or out la are used aa dainty alda Toward tbat perfection be, dear girl. Must be to b hereeif , tbe pearl ! Tbeu knot of ribbon, brlht and fair, Makea brighter atiU ber wealth of hair; Then eudUenly a 'wlldring flanh Uf auk appeara ; and tben a aaah Of daring color round ber waiat, Where lover's arm baa ne'er been placed All aUtely now, in blonsom full, In color rich and bountiful. Bo come the flowera of spring. Bo alow Cornea bloeaom-eve, you scarcely kuow 'Tla balf so near. Lyke PbyUle, prim, Hweet nature first must get in trim ; And when a bloaon flrut in air Khe Stunts like ribbon for ber balr, before you know it, all around. Her dreita with riebneaa will abound, And gret-na and acarleta, plnka and bluee, Hhine la their f reehent. brighteot hues. -A jpletan' Journal r June. WIT AW1 HUttOK. Vehj of Tears Crape. A Dead Set The Coroner's jury. Dboppino a privateer Weeping in secret. The rabbit is timid, but no cook can make it quail. TnE man who cuts across lots is a sort of cross-patch. Railroad depose Turning out the Superintendent. Tjie scales of justice are for tho weigh of the transgressor. A good school-book, like a dress-shirt bosom, should be well studded. The American rifle team can tell you what's in an aim, if Shakspeare cannot. A transaction that soots everybody Taking down the parlor stove for the season. Youjfa poets find it hard to win fame nowadays. There are so few anonymous poems to claim. . A man is obliged to die before his will amounts to anything, but that of a woman is always in force. A correspondent wants to know what kilt BkirtB ought to be made of. Corse material, we should say. 44Dtin( in poverty," says a modern moralist, 44 is nothing it is living in poverty that comes hard on a fellow." Let's see, is this the day for the cable to declare 44 War Inevitable?" or is it the ' Peace-Assured " day ? Norris town Herald. People who attempt to cut boarding house pie-crust with a fork Bhould re member that time thrown away can never be recalled. A freight car was recently broken open on the Boston and Albany road and a case of soap taken. Probably a case of car-steal soap. An Eastern antiquarian has discovered that the reason The boy stood on the burning deck was that there was a brass band there. Breakfast Table. The Breakfast-Table man says 44 there are four quarters in everything but the Fourth of July." Will it tell us if there are four quarters in hind quarters ? Graphic. The Cincinnati Enquirer's 44 Essay on Man" is in one canto, as follows : Man'a a vapor, Full of woea, Starts a paper, Up he goea. Pause, vain and impatient youth. Squander not thine earnings for magic elixirs wherewith to hurry -up thy tardy mustache. Esau might have saved his birthright and avoided a world of trouble had his face been as smooth as thine. Breakfast Table. A boy in a Sunday. school proposed a question to be answered tho Sunday fol lowing : 44 How many letters does the Bible contain ? The answer was 3,530, 333. The Superintendent says to James, 44 Is that right? 44 No, Bir," was the prompt reply. 44 Will you please tell us how many there are, then?" 44 Twenty six, sir." Must it not be exquisitely romantic to bo on your knees beforo one of Eve's lovely daughters, heaving up a torrent of delectable sentiments between her glowing, parted lips, raising roses on her cheek by the acre, bringing tears of ecstasy to her eyes, and at the critical moment, when she is on the point of swooning blissfully away into your arms, to hear her anxious mother cry: 44 You, Sal, hev you fed them 'ere hogs ?" MAT. I saw a child, once, tbat bad lout ita wty In a great city ; ah, dar Haaven, auch eyes ! A far-off look in them, aa if tbe aklea Her birthplace were. 80 looks to me tbe May. April la wmaoine ; June ia gla.l and gay ; May glldea betwixt them In auch wondering wise Lovely aa dropped from noma lar Paradiae, And knowing, all the while, heraelf astray. Or is the fault with ua ? Nay, call it not A fault, but a aweet trouble. Is It we Catching aome glunpxe of our own destiny In May'a renewing toucn, aome yearning thought Of heaven, beneath ber resurrecting baud We who are aliens, loat in a rtrange land ? Caroline A. Man, in June Unribner, CniCAOO COMMERCIAL ADVERTISER. 44 It 'was simply an informal affair," wrote the editor, of a little strawberry party at a neighbor's house. 44 It was simply an infernal affair," read the com positor, and that editor will never get any more invitations from that quarter. 44 This is meat and drink," said the sailor, who sat on the gunwale sipping his grog following his remark by tum bling back into the water. "Ay, and there's washing and lodging," said his messmate. . MACBETH TO THE DAOGKR. Ia thia a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my ban' f ' . Or ia the hlc point toward my ban'? . A feller cant most always aome nic aanieumne Come, let me clutch thee Oho, yon wont? Well, then. III show ye who'a runnin'the she hlc ehebang I have th. hio not : and yet I have thee still I Hello, I see two daggers, or I '10 a goat I Art thu not. fatal too hlo toothpicks, 8nalble to feeling, aato eight? No; That eouldet net be hlc, elae could I vt ihm rinnhiA. dnniile do I hlc see thee I P'rapa thon art but a couple of daggers of the mind, A falee ere hlo creation, so to speak, Proceeding from the heat-oppreaeed brain Is good, ai m 1 that word lar np iu the vat Storehouse of my mind tor Mra. hlo Mrs. Mao beth. Oil City Derrick.