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THE DEATH OF THE OLD YE All.
BAirru v o.i:iw za.. I. They say Hie old your chYii test lush!. And I do believe itV so ; For tho mountain stream Has a KlaRfly Rlenni. Aud the earth a.Bhrou.1 of s.-io-.v. Yea, anil all through tho darksome hours Of'tUe Ion?, ions lonesome ulght - j heard the loud wail Of the wintry (jsie,- ... As the old year panned Ironi ci(;ht. II. Mayhap. I was oujy dreaming; 15.it from my window ou lunti 1 haw the gaimt year Stretched out on a bier. Wlii theseasons'iimuriicd rloe by Fair Spnn;,' won' it wreath ot lsUct, Aud Summer a robe of reeii, Brown Autunm a train O; light golden f;rai:i. I'ale winter a snowy Hliee'i. trr. Grim Tini led the Koltinn ortw;? ; The sea 'oils bore tho pall. As with bated breath Taroufilrthe vale of dat!i They marched to hia silent 'lali. The oaks bent their brad! in anguish, And shed their crimson itrirs. For the dear, dear dejul ; Fur the hlo just lied To mingle with Hjnrit years. IV. Will you never come back, old year? Shall we never mot o seo you ? Will the new-found friend That the young year dentin Be good, and pure, and true A thOfO yiu made us love ho wed ? As tho?e you took away, As the tweet, young face, With its matohlcsfi grace. That you laid beneath the. c!ay ? FOR DEAR IjLFK. i Now Year's eve some thirty years ago ' tracking us by scent; so now our last and we were keeping it right merrily i Poor chancc laJ iu th rkness f thi at tho old mauor-houso of Stor Aswan, ! night autl our nearness to Stor Aswan, the home of mv childhood, as it had Eric still held the reins, and I cowered been that of my forefathers for many j down at the bottom of the sleigh, and generations. Tho pleasantest spot in , !yed more earnestly than I had ever all the world, I thought, and still think, yet deue in mJ iife " for au Urease of that quaiut Norwegian homestead, with ) the snow-drift or aught, even a mira its bluff walls, and birchbark roof, ' cle, if it might only save us." which succeeding summers had ren-1 On and on, for a time that seemed iii dered verdant with an evergreen thatch ; terminable, yet might in truth have of moss and lichens. Just now, howev- j been but a few moments. Then the er, this was not visible, for snow lay ! storm ceased, tho moon emerged from thickly upon it. as it had lain for weeks her belter, and we saw half a mile in past, not only there, but upon all tho I "r rear a dark line coming swiftly and country round. steadily down upon us. In the middle It was the hardest winter there had of a whito l,lniu' th no nook or corner been for fifty years-so the old folks j visibl wherein e could take refuge, i -i l r i n -i f rt i said and they foretold its continuance for some weeks longer. All this, however, did not. affect any , , it xt i nt mivnnrrv xshtt wfirn nil NnrsH men I X'- .? and maidens born, used to the cold, full of health aud spirits. J, Ella Bieorn, daughter of tho house, was the wildest of the mad circle who had assembled at that Christinas-tide to do ' , , , . it , r, t i j honor to my betrothal to Eric Jarl, the ! , - , . , , , ivi-.-f rF nifr rnnl li ovn loner rn hn mv , , , . , - , . i husband. As soon as the birch trees ! put forth their first green tassels, in the early springtinlo. I was to leave my old home for a new ono ; bo now, sur rounded by kinsfolk and neighbors, we were keeping thi3 last anniver sary of my spinsterhood in goodly fash ion. So in dancing, feasting aud merry. makir.tr the week sued: until a few hours more would seo us all scattered j in various directions, to meet again we ! knew not when or where. Eor tho last dav, therefore, wo had reserved the I i - c , .i r ! chief pleasure, the crowning point of I all our enjovment-a sleighing and skating party to Stor Aswan, a moun-! tain eacircled lake somo ten miles further north, tho name from which our homestead derived its quaint llunic name. This was to bo t ur hail or greet ing to tho Kow Yar our welcome to 4b n ;,,nn;n m.oaf Brightly dawned tho incoming morn-! ing, clear as one's heart conld desire. "Blue was tho sky as sapphire, whilst the freshly-fallen snow sparkled and shone a3 though strewn with liviu" gems. Ail nature seemed rejoicing like : tically, I whispered: t . j. c ! "Dearest, remember, wo stand or ourselves at the advent of another year, ' M ' and one already eo full of promise. 1 fal1 toSetaer !' Without, the sieigh-bolls tinkled and 1 A sudden thought, justified by our chimed merrily, making tho frosty air '. dire extremity, flashed through my ring again as tho gavly caparisoned brain it was at best a forlorn hope, horses pawed and shook their heads, Qnickly I bent over Eric, snatched the impatient as their owner to be off. At hunting-knife from his belt, aud cut length we started, Eric and I as hosts ' loose tho nearest pony. With an almost being the last of the party ; for, of I human cry of pain the poor animal gal course, he. was my charioteer. j lopped off with the ravenous pack after Of that day I Bhall not speak ; we j it. A few strides only and it was sur werc all young and in wiia spirits, and j rounded, overpowered, down ; and the some of na in love. I, blue eyed, gol- lt sounds wo heard ere tho welcome den-haired Ella Bieorn, was tho ac-! bts of Stor Aswan came in sight knowledged bollo and queen of tho ! "ere our bafiled enemies growling and party, and Eric, my lover, tho most j fighting over tho remains of my gallant stalwart youth of the country-side, j little steed. It was a cruel sacrifice, But all things, even the pleasantest, ' but necessity knows no law, and by it must come to nu end. So when tho ; WG eTe sawed. shades of evening began to fall heavily, ; In after years, as wo sat round the merging earth, sty and water into one j fire at New Year's Eve, with the storm gray leaden cloud, we began our jour- beating wildly as now against the case ney homeward. Tired out with my ex-1 ment, and the wintry twilight closing ertions, as soon a3 we started-1 nestled ! in, our children would ask to hear, down among the soft furs in tho sleigh, I "once more," the oft-told tale of the and, rocked by its easy motion, soon j " Salteu wolves," or our flight "for iell fast asleep. IIow long I slept I j dear life." knew not, but when I awoke it was snowing fast, and the darkness so in tense that wo couki not see a hand's breadth before us I called to Eric, who was driving, and asked if all was well. Tu which the answer came back, half deadened by the thick atmosphere. "All well, but for God's sake try t j keep awake." i So I aroused myself and sat up, knowing that sleep in that bitter night air might mean death. Of any other fear I had no thought, when suddenly I heard another sound come up with the wind a long-drawn hollow moan. Twice or thrice it camo at intervals, the weird noise, each time nearer and more distinct. The third time the ! ponie3 also heard it, for they sprang forward with an impetus that almost shook me out of the carriage Fright ened, I said to Eric, " What, oh ! what is that ?" And tho answer came back, short and stern, "Tho Salteu wolves !" Then began that terrible cha3e " for dear life " which, though we should both live for twice our allotted span, we could never forget. Swiftly we sped along, our steeds impelled by a terror as great as our own, until they ap peared almost to fly. Breathlessly wo barkened, hoping even yet to leave the enemy behind. But no, they traveled with us, gained upon us. nearer and yet nearer their cry growing perceptibly from an uncertain vague voice of the darkness into the unmistakably wolf like note. We knew from the direction ironi wuence it came tnac tney were anu sun neariy a xeiiuu nuui numu. uu" , . . . ' our case looked hopeless enough. So um- , now caught sight ot us tor the hrst time, aud lifting their black muzzles j from the ground gave vent to a howl of j savago exultation. I could have I screamed, too, when I lizard it, for friSllfc WftS d me,hfllf wildl iwas so unutterably horrible to perish thus, , JL . , L , . -, But a glance at Eric, so calm and stead- fast, gave me new courage, ' , I felt that, come what might, we should at least die together. Faster and faster we Hew, like hunted animals, death behind us coming on apace a few yards more and he would claim us for his own. Already I could hear the rapid breathing of our foes, j see their fierce eyes and white teeth, glittering and gleaming in the moon tempted by Eric, I threw out thc bearskin rug which protected me from tho col(1' For a mom?fc Paused' smelfc at if' theu 011 Wlt fresh fury after their old prey. One by one J 1 J ,T crab-ions, p3, all went over to the LunST pack, each gaming us an in- stani s precious cieiay. as iub last, iun from my hand the foremost wolf bound ed forward, just missing my arm, while his strong, cruel jaws met with a pain fully audible snap. mi it" . i .i .1 ii.,l . J.11CU Mjiiv filial uuu iuuhcu tu a JOUS' i0 Bnce-ana uegan mio- ting the reins to the iron side of the driving-seat. Instinctively divining his ! PnrP0SQ of ivinf bis life to save mine, I sprang forward, aud, clinging to him ;l FAMILY JIEUXITEV. One of the racst extraordinary stories of long-lost and finally restored chil dren is this, which is told by the Port laud (Oregon) Bulletin: "Wo just learned of a strange incident which has recently transpired in this, city, and fully proves that truth is ofttime3 stranger than fiction. Miss Gemma Frankle, "well known to many in this city, will be a passenger on the out-going steamer to San Erancisco,- cn route to visit her parents, in Florence, Italy, whom8ho has no recollection of ever having seen. When she was three and a half years old she was given to a fam ily named Stokes, who promised to educate and provide for her until she was eighteen years of age. She was then taken to England, India, Ger many, China, Australia, California, and last to Portland, Oregon, traveling with j . j j -j- ' i a circus When she reached this city, j about four years ago, she attained her eighteenth year, aud left the company and took up her homo here. She at once entered a printing-offico and learn ed to set type, and has been succeeding admirably, winning hosts of friends by her admirable disposition and modest retirement. She had been in Portland but a short time when she caused letters to be sent to tho United States Consul in Elorence, with her photograph, re qut sting that steps be taken to ascer tain the whereabouts of - her parents;- if livimr. In a short time they were found, and tho happiness given the family at home, who had advertised in almost every country on the globe for their lost daughter, can better be im agined than described. They forward ed sufficient means to carry her from the land of the settiner sun across the blue waters to the vine-clad hills of her Italian hom . Sho goes, and with her the kind wishes of a hundred friends." STONES OF SIZE. Some of the blocks of granito used in the construction of the Treasury build ing at Washington are tho largest ever moved in this country, and they were all carried from the eastern part of Maine. They were transported to Washington by water, and, after their arrival there, moved by ox-power upon a sort of double pulley system, -a dis - tance of two miles, to tho suot where tliov were wanted for use. The work of moving them was -performed with comparative ease, not more than eight or ton yokes of oxen being employed to movo a bloftk weiirhiiiff more than sev- enty tons. Tho flinted pillars, great building, are forty feet long, and weigh fift.v tortR nt. lftfist. The lftrcosfc blocks. thirty to forty feet thick, we-hed up- i Btjirted for the door. When he got out- October 7. The doctor and nurse were ward of seventy tons. The facility with , gilio he olaced that noble boy in front him when he first showed con which these largo blocks were moved of him kicked, him clear out of his pciqnsness . 'Where ami? ao asKed. and fixed in their places was a source t Th ho draped him to the They answered, 'You are cared lor by of wonderment, and seemed to admiring spectators to be tho perfection of mo: chauical skill and ingenuity. And yet how insignificent the achievement when compared with the triumphs of ancient art. In the foundation of the great Temple of the Sun at Baalbcc may still be seen, even in the Eecond course, stones which are 37 feet' long and 9 feet thick ; and under these, about 20 feet from tho ground, three stones which alone occupy 182 feet in length by 12 high. These threo stones are esti mated to weigh 900 tons each ! But wo read of an Egyptian idol-temple, Buris, far surpassing this, in which there was a sanctuary composed of a single block of granito sixty feet square. This is the largest and heaviest stone men tioned in the history of nations. WASHING POSTAGE STAMPS. The Western Postal Record says : The washing of postage stamps is probably- the most profitable species of laundry work in this or any other coun try. Third Assistant Postmaster-General Barber estimates that the govern ment is annually defrauded out of $1,000,000, or about five per cent, of tho amount of stamps sold, by the uso of stamps that have been used once and then washed, aud fitted for use a second time. This seems an enormous sum, but Mr. Barber ha3 given the matter long and careful examination. Who it was, or what organized band of men, is not yet known, but it is evident that the washing of stamps has become a J systematized business. As yet the gov- ernment has only one method of re- ( venge. In many cases a washed stamp I may be easily detected. When this j happens, and Postmasters are requested ' to scrutinize closely, the letter on which the washed stamp is found is forwarded to the dead letter office. A rnrvATE Paris letter says that Buchu B;elmbold is speculating there in stocks; that he has made a good deal of money recently, and had over a quarter of a million dollars when he left his creditors in the lurch in Xew York. SALTER'S MOY. Tho Chicago Tribune is the latest journal to secure the services of a "funny man." Ho belongs to the ranks of tho noble army of Danbury imitators,, and some of his attempts at wit are ex tremely gauzy. Occasionally, however, a real gem escapes from the point of his pen, as instance tho following : Salter had a boy who was not worth the starch in his shirt-collar to any one. His namo was Noble. He was appro priately named, ne was a noble fraud. Salter hired him for a $1 a week to tend office. He stayed with Salter just half an hour, when ho discharged him. His discharge was summary. The boy came to tho office at 10 o'clock. Salter, after telling him what there was to do, went -across tho street to see a friend, leaving the bov dusting the furniture. ... ..i After having quite a c-iat with his friend, during which ho had told mm that he had got a boy to work for Jam, j treaty for buying tho region was pend and that he' hoped he could leave the j jng $0 nofc yield food enough to sup office of tener now, ho returned. He piy the natives. The onlv portion of ! had been gone just fourteen minutes j the vast donain which yields any rev I by tho watch. It is astonishing how I f.nne to the government k the fur seal much enssedness a boy can accomplish good health in ' fourteen minutes. As Salter approached the door he heard a medley of indescriba ble sounds within his office. He opened the door, and there was that noble boy flying around the room with the broom after a strange cat. As he entered, the ! boy shouted, "Doggon it, boss, hurry j up and shut the door, or she'll get out. I Oh Lord, can't sho skin around, though ?" And, making a pass at the i amount to $120,000 a year, the balance cat with the broom, he smashed all the I sheet shows a heavy deficit. Washing glass out of the book-case. Did Salter i ton Letter to thc New York Tribune. gafcmad? Oh.no! He kept his tem per, but lie started for that boy, and j ! the boy, thinkmg that he was after the cat, too, got moi'fi excited than ever, and yelled : " There she goes, blast her old hide. Head her off, boss, he-ad her off ! Oh, glory ! ain't we having a time !" and, making another pass at the cat, he hit. Salter on the head with the j broom, and, running against him, upset ijim ;ut0 a coal-scuttle and rushed on. ( ! nftie cat making tho circuit of the j i room before Salter had time to arise, ; dashed across his outstretched body, ! anj ripped great gashes in his pants , ! anfl shirt-bosom with hor claws, the i , i,nr fnllnTcino- fOnsn after her. fell over 1 i,; J P.virW Wmsplf 1ir, lm sn.t. down to take a rest, while the cat, hiding on j top of the book-ease, mewed piteously. ' Then Salter arose. He did not let his i fmr,pr f. , letter of his indement. but he was very . - ' pale, and trembled i perceptibly. He reached for tho boy. ! TTq nnf o firm o-rir nn his nolln.r. and , stftira nnd pitched him down a flight of ten steps, and then jumped down on j . .a .v., J X j him. Then he plucked out a handful I of the boy's hair, and tossed him out ! on the walk. Tho boy picked himself np, gazed wistfnllv up tho stairs, and, hilo great tears of sorrow rolled down his cheeks, ho sighed, " What a bully time I could a had with that cat." Salter lias concluded that ho can cret along until spring without a boy. He j has adopted tho cat, aiyl has posted up J notice to the effect that any boys'j caught in the building will be shot on ! sight. SOME.UEA VY FAILURES. ira, linear suvs : Saveral recent failures among the grain and produce dealers of New York for amounts vary- P1RSier arouuu u, f- - ling from SIOO.OOO to 8300,000 recall", top on again, let it stand until harden I the fact that the way in which some of ed, and it is ready for use again. A ithe old gentlemen of history failed j lamp never should be filled quite full, , throws our two-penny affairs quite into I the kerosene softens the plaster. '. the shade. Csesar, before lie entered , Desteitction of Pr.orEV.Tr in Extix- iuto public life, was short 1,000,000, j origm3f0 aFiue. Chief Justice Miller, aud with no assets, and purchased the of tlie Supreme Court of Iowa, has re friendship of Quajsor for $2,500,000 ' contly rendered a decision declaring (which wa3 a pleasant thing for Qure- j tjlft(. municipal corporations, whose sor). Marc Antony failed for $1,500,- ' 0fflcors are by statute authorised to j 000 ou tho ides of March, but got an ! extension of only a few days, and paid ; 100 cents. Those old " swells " used to i get short and fail and compromise, just I as they do in Walbstreet. - , VUYSWAL AND MENTAL DISEASE. , Awnterinam Journal of tho fact as decidedly noteworthy that; the common opinion thf.t excessive men tal occupation gravitates toward insan- j itv, is not only not verified by facts, hnf. lftf , tho contrarv. one of tho foremost living physicians doubts whether alienation of mind is ever the reaulfc of overstrain ; it is to physical, ' not to mental, derangement, he thinks, j that excessive work "f the brain gener ally gives rise. Insanity, ho points out, finds tho most suitable material for its development among the cloddish, uu - . -. i l. :i pfmnnreri masses, wunc iuc wumu iuiuia of physical diseases are originated and intensified by the educated, overstrain ed brain workers. A HARD STORY ABOUT ALA SKA. Mr. Henry .Elliott, who went to Alas ka last summer 113 Special Agent of the Treasury to look after the interests. of the government on the island where the seal fur is taken, is preparing a report on the value of the.entire territory to the United States, which will Have the merit of being based upon the extend- i cd personal observations of the writer. J Mr. Elliott has spent a great deal cf time in Alaska, both before and since its purchase, and has probably seen more of its rocks and icebergs than any other American. All the stories of its mineral wealth, and of tho value of its fisheries, he says, are pure fictions. Its surface is a mass of basaltic rock, ; hich, as all geologists know, contains no mineral deposits. What little soil there is produces little that is useful to jinunt and the fisheries, which were de- i scribed as of immense value when the j islands. From tho tax on the skis of j the animals taken on these islands the Treasury gets about 300,000 annually. Against this singlo item of revenue Mr. Elliott offsets the cost of maintaining troops in the Territory, which amounts to about 350,000 a year, and tho ex pense of a civil establishment at Sitka and the seal islands. Without counting interest on the purchase money paid j Russiaj which, at six per cent., would FOE'S LAST MOMENTS. . In a volume of Poe s poems, B. H. Stoddard, the late John B. Thomp son's literary executor (who, by the way, was Poe's best friend), thus gives the last scene in the life of Poe : " He started from Richmond October 2, 1&M9, and arrived at Baltimore between trains, and unfortunately took a drink with a friend, tho consequence of which was that he was brought back from Havre de Grace in a stato of delirium. It was on the eve of a municipal election, and as he wandered up and down the streets of Baltimore he was secured by the lawless agent? of a political club and ' locked up in a cellar all night. The next morning he was taken out m a i state of !ieiazy dr"ffged and made to voto in eleven dlfferenfc s- he ' louomu u "u Wl" " . ruum a" iJullllu'11 "c . L X7. ,ti;i-;stri1 honlnnorbra onrl removea to a nuspuiu. iac was icu sible when found, and remained so on . Jour best friends.' After a pause m which he seemed to recall what had oc- I , , ,. 4: Trt curreu, ana to reiuii., xu replied, 'My best friend would bo the ! n ho woultl blow out bins ! Within ten minutes ho was dead. TO BE REMEMBERED. If you have a crack in the wall in the corner of the room, or anywhere else, do not send for the plasterer, but get five or ten cents' worth of dry plaster of Paris; wet with cold water; then take your- finger and rub it into the crevice till it is smooth. Bad nail holes in the wall can be done in the same ! way. Should tho top of your lamp be- ' come loose, take it off and wash it with ,'ap ; wash the glass also, then put the destroy any buliding when they shall eem it necessary to avert the progress j of an( extinguish a fire, are not liable to iie T)er30n whose property is thus de- "... ; atroyed, in the absence of a statute cre- jitine such liability ; that destruction circnmstanuSB & not a taJig of private property for - f1, TOfinT,inD. ftf tllft ; jjuuiiu uii-ui" w..w o Constitution. al shoemakek in Auburn, Me., takes contracts to " shoe and boot people at a stated arnual price, which ranges ! from $15 to $35, according to the size of the boot, tho size oi the man and his gait. A high stepper gets shod at a ! less annual rate ; au over-reacher costs more, a shuffler costs still higher. At the end of the year the customer comes ; in and onngs ms om uuu ltnira finna Rfvrvipo for the vcar. If . uunuu.. there is a month's wear still in his boot leather, tho shoemaker credits him ac cordingly on the next.