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In the night pniemii night--1 iwoke in feaiful flight, Aud hit chu t if led lvy lrnl A ton or morw of tlcid WVltfht w imMwuig cruelly prwMintr Ami utoii with hot mine pU lvrolie.! uiNtii inj U.liot Lih; A ud b utt ilevi'.a I It'll tlie r revu! Menny lriu aching brln ilu kxl witli i tin, Anl k't)t tlmu-jng xuaJIjr rnoa On my braiiu Then I crywlMly rry : 44 (live iu ri'tit, or let mo dlo ; Ia'I me h!-'J M welly BUrp." ' llul the demon porched on high- v Ye 1 the l m iu with th pie ll.xuxlv Hh.iuted, 44 Nvr newt V Huolh tlio devil, Uaid j evwr V Then Uie Joke-rbeartlefii Joke Startled Uie, and I ftwoko woke lu piln, Jl If llltiaiiC, And I :ill elnip'y Mtd t Do I dream, or in I (tend f Have I Ultou out of IwdT From the gloom there caine replj ; 44 Hiieut be. It waii the p!e P Toronto On'jK THK C0NT)Umm,8"STOUY. J think it is Emerson who says, When you pay for your ticket ftnd get into the cur, you have no guess what pood company you shall find there. You buy much that is not rendered in tho bill." I have found this remark eminently true on several occasions, iarticularly when my life-long friend tilth bears mo compauy. Ruth is the most unconventional of women. Sho travels, as she does every thing else, with wholesouled earnestness, and finds bread where most people would gather only stones. Thus, re cently leing in the rear car of the long train, she preferred standing on the platform and drinking in at one draught that magnificent valley through which we seemed Hying than by tautalizing sips, as one has to do from behind a narrow car window. 1 followed her. I always do. And, ltoldiug on to the narrow railing", wo felt somewhat like two lost comets whirling through spaoe. SvXn the door behind us bunged, and 9 geutleman in tho midsummer of life, with a face as class ically beautiful as Edwin Booth's and a waist of Falstallian dimensions, joined us. IIo beamed on us literally. From the diznple in his fair soft chin to tho ring of brown, silky hair which lay upon his broad, f-moofh forehead, the ex pression scintillated with intelligent good nature. Withal, there was such a retrospective background to the sunny brightuesi that, after a few common places, Ruth, the darling, honest, im pudent creature, said, looking up mean while into his face with a smile so honest and kindly that he would have been a Rjrsekea not to have reflected it : 44 Sk, permit me to remark that you are a physical incongruity." " Not so bad as that, madam, I hope. I am merely a conductor, as by this time you havo discovered, and a pretty well balanced one, iuderondent of avoirdupois." 44 But your thoughtful face, sir, th:it is what perplexes me. It should belong to a body but one-third tho weight of yours," suggosted Ruth, the wise disci ple of La rater. "My face is nil right," he replied, stroking his checks aud chin with an air of marvelous self -complacency. " It stopped growing ten years ago, but it is here," touching the region of his dia phragm uith tho tip of his trout fore linger, "that contentment and my rare good luck shows itself. Once I w.is as thin as Peter Seheminel's shadow, and" ho paused, looking into Ruth's clear, gray eyes as if he would sound her foul's depths "I am strongly tempted to tell you my bit of a romance, for there is a long stretch ahead, and you look like one of tho kind to enjoy a touch of nature. Isn't it so ?" The conductor had struck the very keynote of onr needs. Wo were pining for a rentable California story, told in an unconventional way ; to hs told, too, under such peculiar oireumstaucos would bo an added spice, and thus be sought him to immediately yield to temptation. " I am an old stager," he said, " at least as far back as the spring of 1830. With a blanket strapied upon my back, 0 cents in my pants pocket, and the l)iggest stock of hope aud unused en ergy that ever niado a lad's heart as light as a balloon, I tramped along hero in my search for the gold diggings.' My ambition was higher than those lmttes yonder by thousands of feet, and the top was to bo capped by solid gold." pointing aa ho spoke to tnreo singular and isolated peaks wo were just then passing, known as tho Marysville buttos, whose volcanic heights looked as inac cessible to us as their peaks seemed brown and barren. "It appears to me," said Ruth, meas uring the most precipitous sides of thoso lofty and mysterious hills, " that when u man aiirea to touch the key ho would want a higher guerdon than mere gold ; not, however, that I hold tho metal in contempt." " I had, madam and that was tho whole matter. I was desperately in love that was a solemn fact expressed in as few words as possible, and I be lieve that sho loved me, but the top ot Mount Shasta was not more unattain able to mo than Jennie. Her father, an old Philadelphia druggist, had mouoy, and X as ambitious for his daughter as ho was proud. 1 felt that I could 4 movo a mountain,' if I could find a mountain to movo ; so Jennie and I said good-by one afternoon under an old oak in Fair mount Park, and in the very depths of my heart I believed that sho would bo truo to me. It was not a severe seven days ride in a palace-car from New York to San Francisco in thoso days, and tho tall, slender, hungry, penniless lad, who tramped along hero twenty nine years ago, seeking his fortune like another Dick Whittington, was a woary and homesick one as well." " By 4 here,' which you havo twico used, do you mean this veritable valley of tho Sacramento?" said Uuth. 44 The very same. My ojtctivo point was a place now famous in tho annals of that ppri'xl called Bid well' Bar,' on account of a rich bar in the Feather river full of golden sand, which was discovered by Gen. Bidwell. The place was many miles from me ; tho country wa third y Bettlod. I did not know a soul (for ev.n tramps were scarce iu thoe eariy dtv-), and so ray courage and legs gave out to gether. Palling off my boot about 5 o'clock one sultry day, I bared my blis tered feet to tho cool evening breeze, and, creeping into a clamp of young manzauita, fell asleep, hoping that I would never awake ogiin t'lU aid of tho stars. I did, however, conscious that mv toes were lxin? licked in a gontlo fashion, and discovered that it was be ing done by a brown setter dog, abjuk us hungry looking and gou orally dilapi date as I was myself. 44 Where ho camo from I never knew, but, looking into his half human eyes, wo speedily entered into a scrt of dumb compact to trudge on together. I found tint tin poor fellow (I never could call him n brute) had a soro knee, inflamed and bleeding. I toro a strip off from my last handkerchief to bind it up, and, in place of the Good Saraaritau's oil and wine, gave him my last scrap of cold bacon. It is siniuge, but, forlorn as I was in those days, I recall them with a tender pleasuro almost unac countable. If I had been raised a Brah min I would havo believed that some immortal-spirit of unfailing cheerfulness ntl unending resources was imprisoned in that dog's body. Did you ever read the fairy legend of tho Whita Oat,' who, after sho had persuaded the young Princo, her lover, to cut off her head and tail and ' throw them in the tiro, suddenly stood before lum a woman, fair as Aurora? Fritz, for that was the name by which I called tho dog, looked at me with Jennie's brown eyes, half roguisli, half thoughtful, and together we resumed our journey. Nor would I hsvo followed in the wako of the young Prince, even hod I known tho result would havo been similar, for Fritz, the dog, was invaluabUi just as he was. All loneliness was gone now that he rarely left my side, and although our shadows had grown less by tho time wo reached the 4 bar' our immaterial entities were in prime order for everything in the fdupo of adventure. 4 Have never seeu any gold dug.' Then I'll not at this la to day spoil your first impression ot" a miner's camp by describing mine ; as I approached Bidwcll's bar, I may say, though, that one might havo supposed an earthquake or tornado had been at work there, tearing up the hundreds of thousands of cubic feet that had been moved and removed by mortal hands in their frautic, persistent search lor gold. 44 Tho bar was a world in miniature. Almost every nationality was there rep resented, and almost every feature of human kind but humanity. Armed with a pick, pan and shovel, I like thousands of others, began to dig and burrow and wash dirt. But my labor and its results would not balance, for somehow my little leather bag of gold dust got no heavier, toil as I would. Wages being gotxl, I stopped digging and hired myself as a canip scullion. I did every kind of job bing within the range of a miner's wants. Washing dirty tlannel shirts and cotton overalls, patching leather trousers and cooking Uapjacks, is not the most digni fied and ilower-strewn path of fortune, you must know; and to a boy whoso ideas of chivalry, independence and deeds of knightly valor were purely Byronie such a fate, you must acknowledge, was a fcort of poetic injustice. My nim, though, was to earn enough money with which to buy a certain claim of which I kuow; and that I had in advance labeled 4 Bonanza.' 41 1 might have succeeded, but I was prostrated by a malarial lever, and for tlays and weeks lay uuconscious at tho tender mercy of a few rough Welsh miners with' human hearts. My little hoard of money and my energy melted away together like spring snow. But for Fritz I'd have died of disappoint ment alone. He had adopted the 'never say die' motto, and 1 often road in his glorious eyes the sentence, 4 You great old coward ! At him again 1 as a tender and uppeeiativo sympathy which the gift of speech could not havo made more assuring. My nurses had pitched me a tent on the south side of a low hill and had left mo to get well at my leisure. My 4 bottom dollar' had dwindled to tho value of a dime, my legs to the thick ness of a pair of tongs (for all appetite was gone), and one evening hoje failed me. Believing I was going to die, I re solved to do the fair thing by Jennie, apprise her of tho event and advise her to forget me. By the flickering light of a bit of tallow candle I began tho letter, tho first I had written for months. I thought aloud and wrote, Fritz lay be side me, his noso wedged between his paw-s, but 1 knew by the twitch of his ears that he understood every word I was writing. 44 1 had reached the climax of renun ciation and wretchedness or, rather, my expression of it when ho suddenly rose and went out. I soon heard him pawing and tearing and scratching the earth about six feet from me, as though ho was under contract to dig a tuunoi to China leforo daylight Thinking ho had found the burrow of a wolf or fox, I called him off, but ho was as deaf as a rat to my voice. Seizing the candle, I hurried to the spot, around which lay a half bushel of gravel, which he had loos ened, when my eye caught the gleam of a dull, red streak that veined a piece of quartz about the size of an egg lying among the free earth. Would you be lieve it? That streak was worth 50, for it was virgin gold. Nor was it tho only one upon that hill&ido. Fritz had found a lodo (thanks to a gopher), and I thereby had found a fortuno; As soon as possible I had tho gold of that pre cious stono wrought of my own design ing, all of it, at least, but the contents of the blunt corner, which, in its native roughness, I had mounted as a simple brooch. Sending these to Jennie, I " 44 An act of great generosity, sir, I think," interrupted Uuth, with a laugh able glint in her eye. 44 One would horvo thought you would have ircserTd such a piece of rare good f ortuuo as a memo rial stone." 44 You anticipate mo, madam. It was as a memorial that I sent my first bit of treasuro, but I expected to get it back again in two years, tho girl with it." "And did you ?" "No; nor even received a letter of acVnowledgment that ray offer had been accepted. Nothing finds gold quicker than gold, when a man hns once got a fair sliaro of it, and in two years I had, in various ways, secured $120,000. In vesting it, as I thought, safely, I re turned to Philadelphia in all the" pride of a conquering hero. My story ought to end here, to wind up with a chime of wodding-bella and a beautiful lUcel as my reward for faithful serving, but I had scarcely arrived when I heard, inci dentally, that Jennie had gone with her father to Eurof, nor left ono aign that she ever remembered mo." 44 You certainly did not let that fact dampen the ardor of your pursuit?" queried Uuth; "you followed her, of course." 41 1 did no such thing, madam. I re turned to San Francisco and plunged into the excitement of gold-hunting with a recklo snoa-t that a woman can not unevrstand. Six months after that I lost every dollar, but by that time I had learned that experienoo is worth nothirg as solid capital until it has boon dearly bought. I whittled my rhyme : Isw and fra'n, panre and pftio, llahoiue the eee-Htaw if l.fe. in the sensitive ear of my friend Fritz, hugged his own brown head close to my shoulder don't laugh, that dog was my friend rolled p my sleeves, and again went to work with a vigor that I know meant certain success if tho vein held out It did, and live years afterward I had a bank account which ran largely to tho thousands. I invested it in land. By that time I was a bachelor of 30. Hard knocks and' my own disappoint' ment had shaken all the romance out of mo, and when I again went East it was on business connected with the con struction of this railroad." 44 And you have quite outlived your boyish fancy, as your heart began to lose its youth ? " said Ruth, wih the least bit of cynicism in her tone. 44 1 think Fritz knew," said the con ductor, quietly. 44 J had become almost a misanthrope for his sake. If I left him to go into society such as we had for a few hours, he either whined like a sick child or kept up such an increasing bark ing and baying that to save him from be ing shot as a nuisance I went to no place where it was imos8ible for him to ac company me. Tho old fellow went with mo even to New York, and on tho jour ney I often caught myself cogitating how he, born in a wilderness of wild mustard, and as fond of camp lifo as an Indian, would take to the constraint of an old city. Well, I had not been in New York a week Injforo there was a strong tugging at my heart to run down to Philadelphia. Not that it was homo for mo, for my parents had died before 1 first let t it. I called the desiro 4 tho charm of association,' and it led me. 44 There, as I fir went down Arch street, my poor dog lost his wits and the sober dignity of his maturity. Ho had a remarkably fine scent. I always kuew that, but no sooner had we turned into that particular street than, with his noso close to tho ground and rigid tail, he ran zig zag to and fro, as though ho was on tho trail of an erratic fox. I called him, but ho gave no heedfc People got out cf his way. Tho gamins shouted, and with a wild, shrill bark ho suddenly bounded into tho doorway of a large drjr goods store. I bounded after him in time to seo him rush up to n lady in black, who was examining some gloves, and danced around her with signs of the most extravagant joy. There are tones that live without tho nid of photographs, 4 Boy I Boy ! Dear old Ilov,' was all she said, but I'd havo sworn the voice was Jennie's if I had heard it on tho summit of Mont Blanc. A white hand was laid upon his head and mv ring was on tho llOTHl." He pauped. 44 Yours? sir I hope you did not claim it," said the practical collocutor. 44 1 did, and the hand which wore it, just as I originally intended." Nor did Alexander, in his hours of conquest, ever smile a more sreno approval of himself than our conductor at this stage of the story. 44 But tho conduct of Fritz, and the lady's silence, aud the queer coueomi t ints which exist only in tiction how do you reconcile them with ail o'er true tale?' said Kuth, the truth loving. 44 Fritz was Roy, tho Roy who had often been caressed by Jennie before his joung master, Jennie's cousin, got the golden fever, when I did, and came to California never to return. Jennio had written, but her letters had never reached ine. She thought me dead. Why tho dog came to me when his mas ter died is one of tho riddles of my lifo, which I will disentangle in tho here after." 44 And to-day where is she ?" We stood waiting for tho answer. 44 On our ranch near Sacramento, and I beliovo ono of the happiest women in tho State. Wo have a boy 10 years old whoso name is Fritz, ami all tho dearer for tho sako of the old friend who has gone where I hope one day to meet the human of him. I wish you would stop off a bit and see my wife. Queer, isn t it, that I should have introduced this bit of private history upon you ? but the truth is Yes coming! I'll bo with you again, ladies." A brakeman beckoned him inside, and we had seen the last of our handsome conductor. The evening shadows had begun to lengthen. The sotting sun had turned the vast plain of the Sacramento valley into a 44 field of the cloth of gold," pnd tho distant peaks of the Sierras, clad in their eternal bhow, but now rose-tinted and glowing, seemed to cleave tho azure alxyve them as with a wedgo of burnished silver. It was starlight when wo reached tho end of our car ndo and were regis tered for tho night. 44 Tho conductor's story was a pleas ant little episode, Ruth, was-i't it ? Do you lelieve it all happened ?" I asked, as I leaned from my pillow to hers to leave a good-night kiss on her round cheek. 44 1 liko Fritz," was the sleepy answer, 44 There's an instinct about somo dogs that the half of mankind can neither ap preciate nor maintain. I trust a man whom a good dog loves." . r KcaI and Imaginary. What a curious fact in human nature a the relation of seeming to being in the drama. Dr. Sheldon, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was onco dining with the celebrated Bettcrton. The Doctoi iaM: "Pray, Mr. Bettcrton, inform me what is the reason you actors can affect your unliences with speaking of things imaginary as if they woto real, while we of the church speak of things real which our congregations only receive as if they were imaginary?" 44 Why, my Lord," replied the player, "tho reason is plain. We actors spenk of things iniHgiimrv as if they were real, and you iu the pulpit spaic of thintj4 real as if they were imaginary." "SOLACE." Tb 4r1lw mt tl OIbra(4 Tobaeeo (N.w Yorfc Utrmrj j John Anderson, the great tobacconist, millionaire and philanthropist, died re oontly; and that reminds me that some years since and not so very long ago. but many livin' men remember it, John Audersou, Ben Wood and Fernando Wood sat on the same bench together makiu' cigars. Anderson ued to keep n cigar storo on Broadway, opposite Pearl treet, near a big hospital with green shutters, that has long hinoe moved up town. But it was in a little stor) near Ann street that he laid the begiunin' of his success. Anderson's big hit was made by his 44 Solace tobacco," and this tobacco owes most of its luck to a name ; and this namo had its origin in the brain of an old New York Bohemian calhd Williams Thomas Williams who was a very curious character, and had lod an eccentric existence. ; He was a big fat fellow, very dignified, and carried a heavy gold headed caue. He was an Englishman, belonged to a 44 good family," and at one time had handled a good deal of money. . But he had two hobbies, both expen sive ones tho stage and the lottery. He was all the time followiu' actresses about, and buyiu ticket iu all sorts of 44 8chemes." He followed Mrs. Siddons all over Eogland, with somo frieuds in a four-in-hand coach, always takiu' a private box at all tho lady's performances. These two hobbies soon brought him to grief, and he came to this country to make a livin' with the only things ho had left his education aud his brain. He got some trautlatin' to do, and he worked awhile on a paper that was pop ular iu its day, called Winchester's New World One day he dropped in at Anderson's shop and saw Anderson there. The two got talkiu', and Anderson said he had leen tryin' for some time to thiuk of a nice name for some tobacco ho had wanted to introduce. 44 Can't you think out a name for me?" he said to Vyilliam!!. Williams tried tho tobacco Anderson spoko of, liked it very much, nnd said ho would take some of it to his rooms to serve him as a ".solace in his lonely hours." 44 By the by, Anderson," he Ka'd, 44 1 believe I have hit the very name you want 4 Solace.' That's it Call your tobacco tho 4Solaco' tobacco." Anderson did so, and either tho name or the tobacco made a tremendous hit About eighteen months afterwards Anderson met Williams on the street and asked him to call at his stores the next day. Williams, wonderin' what was up, did so, and, to his great surprise and no littlb gratification, Andeiscu handed him a check for $7A)0. 44 What's this for?" aked Williams. 44 Why, its fcr one word," answered Anderson. 44 Five hundred dollars for a word!" says Williams. 44 That's mighty good Iay." "Phliaw!" replied Anderson; "I have made over live thousand by it" And then he explained' to Williams that this money wais iu return for the lucky idea that Williams had given him that day on tho word "Sorace." Lemon Culture in Florhra. Florida lemons have not generally found favor in Eastern markets, owing to their large, thick skins and inferior flavor. A few individuals, however, wholelievtd the soil of Florida adapted for the culture of that fruit as well as oranges, have been experimenting with lemon seedlings imported from Sicily and Messina, and planted them, it i claimed, with perfect success. A writer from Lake Poinsett says : 44 Tho lemon produced had much of the size of the old Florida fruit, but was thin-skinned, of bright golden color, and juicy byoud comparison. They at once took rank in market as the best lemons that were offend, and commanded a premityn. Sales are reported for cer tain months of last season at $12.25 a box of lfiO lemons. A peculiar fact of lemon culture is that the imported lemon can not be raised in Florida from the need. Any seed will do for the stump, but to produce the perfect fruit the stump must 1k budded from the im ported tree. Tho advantages of lemons over oranges are that the trees bear sooner ; they bear larger crops, the fruit ripening contiuually for eight months, instead of a few months as is the case with the orange. Another advan tage is that the season is longer than the orange, aud the opportunity for market ing at good figures better. 44 Since the culture of tho lemon has become general the Floridians have learned the method of preparing the fruit for the market. Tho evenness of size so notable in a box of foreign lemons is secured by the use of a ring or 4 siztr.' On tho Mediterranean lemons are never left on the tree until they get their color. An attendant goes to each tree, passes a ring over each, lemon, and when it fits the ring it is clipped nnd put in a packing house, where the bright yellow color is given them by subjecting them to fumes of sulphur. A packing house of this sort has been established by a Mr. Bean, at Jacksonville. He buys the lemons then green at about a cent and a half each, gives- them the artificial coloring, and sells them for a handsome advance. The uy or a Serpent. The movement of a snake in climbing a perpendicular surface, as I nave ob served it, is ft vermicular, undulating motion, not spiral, but straight up the face of the surface. I have seen a black snake thii3 glide up a beech tree with the easy, careless grace of movement which is characteristic of that snake when moving over horizontal surfaces. The bark of tho beech affonls few in equalities into which the edges of the gastroslegal bands could be thrust claw fashion, and I have no doubt that atmon iheric pressure w the force that hold the snake against such surfaces in climb ing, sucker-fashion, as tho boy lifts the brick with the piece of wet leather. 1 once knew a black to ascend a stucco wall to the second story window, and another I saw go up to tho eaves of n carriage-houso to tho swallows' nest, straight up the up-nnd-dowu boards. havo seen them glide from tree to tre nid leap down from near the top of large tres. but never saw ono descend b going down a smooth, perpendicular suf face. I havo no doubt of their ability te do so, however. I do not believe that this power is enjoyed by the copper headed or rattlesnake, or any venomous sort with which I am familiar, they being heavy and sluggndi in their move ments. I havo seen them go up on lean ing trees and crawl into the foliage of bushes, however, Exchange. American Women nnd Family Duties. A gentleman writes to the &t. Jama , Gazette, London, the following letter on tho domestic condition of Amer oa : 44 Tho foot-note vou quoted the other day from Mr. Goldwiii Smith's paper in tho nineteenth Cci.tvry, nnd your ar tiolo, 4 Is the Family in Danger?' are calculated to give your readers aii unfair impression of American womea and tluir vows of famdy duty. Mr. Goldwiu Smith might very well have qualiflnl his remarks by adding that the woman suffrage movement, about w hich I offer no opinion, is iu a small minority in the United States ; that it has there much less hold on tho better classes than it has hero ; that it has little hold at all on the vast industrial and agricultural popula tion outside of great cities ; and that the ideas which, rightly or wrongly, ho at tributes to its leaders aa to matrimony and maternity are wholly repugnant to tho vast majority of American women. In fact, hia argument pointed to dangers real or exaggerated in the future, not to the present state of affairs. Though my experience of America has not been so long and continuous as Mr. Goldwiu ! Smith's, I havo been in America enough, and have seen enough of the various as lects of American society, to have some right to an opinion. And I havo somo hope that I shall find Mr. Goldwiu Smith agreeing with me when I say, without hesitation, that nowhere can family life, in its simple, honest affec tions, the cohesion of its memlers, Uie sense of duty of husband and wife, parent and child, bo seen letter dovel oied than in New England. And so ciety iu other parts of tho States diff -rs from that in New England more iu de grees of education and n finement than in essential habits and principles. Any one acquainted with American society knows, for instance, that young married women live a much simpler, more whole some life than the' do in Loudon draw ing rooms, and give more of their time to home life, to ttieir husbands and chil dren, and less to social engagements, than they do iu England. The statistics of tho writer in the Crntttry may show that the relaxation of the divorce law in somo of the States has been unsatisfac tory as leading to capricious breaking up of the marriage tie lor unsubstantial reasons in certain classes of American society. Tho fact, however, remains that th' grosser scaudals of married life which tho I)ivor e Court too frequently reveals in the higher circles of EngllJi society are strikingly rare in families of similar portion in America. 44 1 shall be glad to be permitted tlm to state what I think is the true state of the case, because mny readers who do not know America themselves might bo led by tho extract and your article to hasty and unjust generalizations which would have aixmt as much s;olid founda tion as similar generalizations suggested some years ago by the brilliant lucubra tions of that industrions book-maker, the late Mr. Hepworth Dixon." A Woman'ii Heart. 4Lemmo see," said tho old man mus ing with his chin on tho top of his oano aud speaking in the shrill falsetto voice of age, 44 it must be forty-seven years since Anna Maria died, yet I can remem btr tho very gown she wore and tho color of tho long curls that hung down over her shoulder and tho red on her cheeks that was like a winter applo! Dear me ! she's never faded a mite iu all them years, but just sits there a lookin' t mo, as sho did when I brought her home. You see there was a kind of romance tow it, and I've offen and offen thought that if I had the power and could rite it out it would read beautiful ler than a novel; the fact was Anna Maria had another Ikmui, but that ain't no wonder for she was tho smartest aud prettiest aud leBt girl in tho hull country side, but what 1 mcau, sho had favored him ever so little, aforo I come around and began keepiu' her company. Folks kind of coupled their names together, and some of 'em, to bother me, hinted that she cared a heap for him. Why, you'd orter tew hey seen him 1 He was slim aud fine as a lady, and wore gaiter shoes, and had holler eyes es if he'd never had quite enuff to eat VAnn Maria care for him?' why, the girl had sense and knew tho difference atweeu a feller as straight as a sapling with a color liko new mahogany, and such a melancholy look ing specimen as that Besides, I hed a mor'gage on tho old honiested, ami Ann Maria's father owed mo money, but I did right by them. I told her ef sho married me I'd deed tho whole thing back to her, and I did. Well, wo was married, and we made as purty a couple as you ever saw in your life. Ann Maria had aaettin' out of china and linen, and I provided the house, and folks said I had the best wife a man ever had in tho world, and I'd got everything just as I wanted it, and a'posed it would always bo so; but from the day wo were married my wife failed in health and spirits, nnd in six months I buried hi r folks said it was consumption, but it didn't run in the family. I whs blind and full of pride then -but I vo thought since," hero the old man lowered his voice, 44 that mebbo all tho timo she loved that white-faced chap as I despised ; a woman's heart I've found out, is a queer thing, and Lovo goes where it is sent, but if she did and married mo from a niistakcned Benso of duty why all I'vo go to say is I've Wen punished, too, for I loved her I Perhaps I never felt it as much as I did when I saw her lying white and peaceful in her chintz gown, with the violet on it, and something round her nock that I never see beforo a httle cheap locket with somo hair in that wasn't mine. 44 Then I mistrusted that her heart had broke and I said solemnly as I kissed her good by: 4Mv dear, I'il never have a wife but you if I live the four score year and ten Y and I never have, and I think mebbo she will see that I loved her truly, and forgive mc at laatwJcroi free Irc. Ben Butlkr ngures up that ho has had 122 different chances in his lifo to hang or shoot newspaper men, and as ho bits by his evening firo ami read such head -lines as "cock-eyed Bon again on the war-path" ho sincerel; ! wishes ho had made tho most of liU cp , per tuni ties. USEFUL HINTS. A nABD hydraudo cement is formed of aixty-threo parts of well-burned In-ick and seven parts litharge, pulverized and moistened with linseed oil. Moiaten tho auifaoo to which it i applied. A readeb's cabinet is a convenience for Vcepir g looks and papers m reaoh and tidy. These are small hanging cab inets, with a locked reeea for newspa pers which lie about, to everyone's an noyanco ; a shelf beneath for the maga zines of the day, and au open alioU at the side for the two or three books ia immediate use. A small panel lelow for a bit of needlowork, and a ahelf for china relieve the model. Fob m king cement for leather tako of common glne aud American isin glass equal parts, and place in agluc iot Add water to over the whole. Soak ten hours. Then bring the mixt ure to a boiling heat, and add pure tannin, till the wliolo becomes ropy or like the white of eggs. ApjWy warm. Buff off the grain of tho leather where it is to be cemented.; put the joint sur faces solidly together ; let it dry a few hours, and it is ready for nso. If prop erly put together the cement is as strong as the leather. To Measure Gorv in tut? Crib. This rulo will apply to a crib of any sizo or kind. Two cubio feet of good, sound, dry corn in the ear will make a bushel of shelled corn. To get, then, the quantity of shclltd corn in a crib of corn in the ear, measure the length, breadth and height of the orib, inside of the mil; multiply the length by the breadth, and the product by the height ; then divide the product by two, and you have the number of busLel of shelled corn. To find tho number of budiela of apples, jiotatoes, etc., in a bin, multiply tho length, breadth and thickness together, and this product by eight, and point off ono figure iu the product for decimals. How to bnish velvet is a thing, easy as it seems, not known to every bixly. Tho wholo secret lies in the manage ment of tho brush. Take a hat-brush that is not too soft, but has the bristles elastic, and that will return at once to their original state alter being pressed aside. Hold this firmly under the jalra of tho hand, in the direct on of tho arm, and with tho brl-tlea dowuward ; and pressing them, llrst, gently into the bubstauco of tho velvet, then twist around tho arm, hand and brush, all to gether as on ax a, without moviug them forward or backward. The foreign mat ter will thus bo drawn up, and tlirted out of tho tlock, wituout injury to tlie feubsttneo of tho velvet ; and tho brush must be lifted up and placed in a similar manner over every part required to bo brushed. By this moans velvet will be improved, instead of deteriorated, and will last for years. Joaqnln Miller's Ilero. " Joaquin Miller's " Thomas of Tigre is not only a ral pen-on. but he is the most prominent man iu Central America, His names is James Thomas. He was bom in New York, studied law, and went to Cincinnati There he fell ia love with a 4 'Juliet" and decided to be come a tragedlin. He turned up in New Orleans, where he started a newspaper, ; Having joined tho Lopez expedition to Cuba, ho was shipwrecked and floated around on a log for two days. Return ing to New York, ho lcoame a Bohemian, formed the acquaintance of Lippard, North, Fitz James O'Brien and other noted writers, scribbled rhyme, and finally lecame the editor of a widely known jonrnal, which is still bring pub lished. Returning to New Oi leans, he killed a rival in a duel. Other adven tures followed in Texas, Northern Mex ico and California. A return to Texas whs characterized by a duel with a fa mous desperado named Jack Turley, known aa "Tho Diamond Merchant," from having sto'en u largo number of valuable diamonds ia Brazil and made good his cscai). N xt camo tlo expe dition of Walker to Nicaragua, which ho joined. Siuco tio has been here he has amassed an immense fortune. At the end of a lively revolution ho was taken before tho successful riugleader. 44 What would you havo done with me if I had fallen into your xver?" asked the opposing General. 44 Had you shot in three hours," re plied Thomas. 44 Very well," was tho answer; 44 that shall be your doom." There chanced to bo in tho audience a wealthy Spanish lady, who did not ap prove of the summary execution of hand some young men, and to her golden in flunce popular opinion attributed tho immediate reprieve and sproly release of Thomas. Ho now determined to bid a long farewell to perilous conspiracies and filibustcriipg expeditions. In the center of the city he purchased a block of ground, built a spacious residenco on it and, to use hisownpecular expression, 44 took up his eternal rest" To such inpetuous spirits, however, repose is impossible. lie h id no sooner become established for life than tho mania of Europeau travel possessed him. Slapping $10,000 in gold to San Fran cisco, he arranged his affairs for a long absence aud speedily followed tho treas ure. In three years he expended every dollar of it in tho leading capita's of Europo. He formed the acquaintance, while abroad, of Sninbunie, the Rosettis, nnd other English writers, and also becamoon friendly terms with many French authors of reuown. Ho returned to Leon recently and is now living regally. I observed a copy of tho "Songs of Sun Lands" in his well-selected library, aud, taking it down, recited that much admired poem, "Thomas of Tigro." He seemed highly phnsd with it, but expressed regret that Miller should have depicted him as a gambler, when, in fact, he hiul never staked a dollar on a gamo of chauoo in hia life. -S'a Vran cUco. Firewood and Powder. They still keep up, in Maine, tho pleasant practice of loading sticks of firewood with gunpowder. In this way a great deal of excitement can be created in dull neighborhoods. The tedium of a long winter is effectually broken, also some ribs, and occasionally a skull ; but anything is better than absolute stagna tion. It is always an interesting ques tion, whether the person b)own up stole the billet of wood, or whether he charged one of hi own billets and forgot to to-s it over into hia neigl4xr'a pile.