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TIE DONALDSONVILLE CHIEF.
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VOLUME VII. 1)ONALDSONVILLE, LA., SATURDAY, MAY 4, 1878. NUMBIER 34.
Amiens Humani Generic.
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Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, La.,
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Address: CHIEs, Donaldsonville. La.
DRY GOODS, GROCERIES, Etc.
B ERNARD LEMANN, dealer in Western
Produce, fancy and staple Groceries,
Liquors, Hardware, Iron, Paints, Oils. Carts,
Plows, Saddlery, Stoves and Tinware, Fur
niture, Crockery, Wall Paper and House
Furnishing Goods, Mississippi street, corner
JOSEPH GONDIIAN. dealer in Clothing,
Dry Goods, Notions, Hats, Groceries,
Wines, Liquors, Boots, Shoes. Hardware,
Paints, Oils, Saddlery, Crockery. Furniture
and all kinds of House Furnishing Goods,
No. 14 Mississippi street.
STOBIAS, dealer in 4Greeeerip °Dryr
. Goods, Clothing, Notions, hoots and
Shoes, Hats, Furniture, Hardware, Crock
cry, Trunks, etc., corner Mississippi and St.
Patrick streets and No. 24 Railroad Avenue.
Everything at lowest figures.
RS. M. INTZEL, corner Crescent
Place and Houmas street, dealer in
Dry Goods, Notions, Boots and Shoes, Gro
ceries, Provisions, Corn, Oats and Bran.
M ISRAEL & CO., deales in Dry Goods,
M Clothing, Boots, Shoes, Saddlery,
Buggies, ete., corner Mississippi street and
J IWITEL, dealer in Dry Goods, Cloth
" , g, Boots, Shoes, Hats, Groceries,
Furniture. Hardware and Plantation Sup
plies, at the old Post-office stand, Mississippi
V MAURIN, dealer in Groceries Wines,
Ve Liquors, Paints, Oils. Saddlery. Fur
7iture, Crockery, Oats, Corn, Bran and Hay,
Mlssissi ppi street.
HENRY LOEB, dealer in Dry Goods,
Clothing, Notions, Boots, Shoes, Hats,
Provisions, Furniture, Hardware, etc, cor
ner Mississippi street and Railroad Avenue.
S WEINSCHENCK, dealer in Dry Goods,
* Notions, Clothing, Groceries, hard
ware. Hats, Boots and Shoes, and general
Plantation Supplies, Railroad Avenue, be
tween Iberville and Attakapas streets.
P T. BABIN, dealer in Choice Family
* Groceries,Wines and Liquors. Lamps,
Oils, etc., corner Railroad Avenue and Iber
LIQUOR AND BILLIARD SALOONS.
THE PLACE, Gus. Israel, manager,
Corner Lessard and Mississippi streets.
Billiards, Lager Beer, Best Wines and
Liquors, Fine Cigars, etc.
UTCHERS' EXCHANGE, P. Moliere,
J proprietor, Crescent Place, opposite the
1akot-House. Best of Wines, Liquors and
Cgiars sways kept at the bar.
HOTELS AND BOARDING-HOUSES.
SIIAMROCK HOUSE, L. Wiest, proprie
tor, Mississippi street, opposite Lem
anu's old store. Board and Lodging at the
lowest rates. Best Wines, Liquorand Beer.
CENT HOUSE. Lacy utler, pro
prietor, Crescent Place, near the wharf.
First-eclass Board and Lodging at reasonable
CITY HOTEL, P. Lefevre, Proprietor,
Railroad Avenue, cor. Ibervilli street.
Bar supplied with best Liquors.
HILIP GEIGER'S Confectionery and
J ruit Store, Mississippi street, oalnoing
Lei aunns old stand. Cakes, Soda Water,
Nuts, Toys and Fancy Articles.
by A. Grilhe, Mississippi street, near
St. Patrick. Cakes, Fruits, Nuts. Soda %Va
ter, Ice Creaui, etc. Cakes. Ice Cream and
Syrups for weddings and parties lurnished
on short notice.
THE FINEST ASSORTMENT of Frnito,
Nuts. Confectionery, etc.. at moderato
prees to 'uit the times, at Sam Fucichjs
Ltands, one in the Market-House, toe ott
Railroad Avenue, next door to pott-ottie.
Cool soda water on draught.
i C. JtUBE, Cabinet Maker and Up
* hol r, Railroad Avenue, near Mis
sissippi street. Furniture repaired and gar
nished, Mosel Hair. and Spring Mattrassea
repaired and made over, Cane-seat Chairs
rebottomed. Orders for country work re
soonded to promptly.
RS. M. BLUM, Milliner, Mississippi
street. between Lessard and St. Pat
rick. Latest styles of Bonnets, Hats, French
-Flowers, etc.; also, al kinds of Ladies' Un
M RS.J. FEVRIER, Milliner; all kinds of
,Hats, Bonnets. Trinmings, Artificial
Flowdrs and F y Articles, corner Missis
sippi and LesbIa streets.
C (FFINS of all sizes, styles and prices,
at G. W. Mitchell's Livery. Sale and
I' e d Stable, Railroad Avenue, corner Iber
ville street. Hearse for hire.
BOOT AND SHOE MAKING.
1 GOE TL Boot d Shoewaker, Mis
sissil . t, 4* ~5ruin store.
wsork in 't sty l t prides
DRUGS AND MEDICINES.
B RYBISKI, Apothecary and Druggist,
" Mississippi street, between St. Patrick
and St. Vincent streets, adjoining Gondran's
CENTIRAL DRUG STORE, corner Rail
road Avenue and hlerville street, L.
4.hanchasd, proprietor. Fresh Drugs and
UHRMANN & WALTER, Blacksmith
1 and Carriage shop, 161 Railroad Aven
ue. Carriage, buggy and wagon making,
painting, trimming, decorating and repair
mg. Horseshocing and all kinds of black
smith work in first-class style. New bug
gies always on hand.
JOSEPII HISS, Saddler and Harness
Maker, 159 Railroad Avenue. Saddles
and harness of all styles and prices made to
order. All orders for repairing and paint
ing of Carriages and Buggies promptly ex
HOUSE AND SIGN PAINTLNG.
R J. GREEN, House, Sign and Ornauaen
* tal Painter, Railroad Avenue, near
Claiborne street. Paucer-hanging and Calci
mininglA superior style.
SODA WATER MANUFACTORY.
S ODA WATER MANUFACTORY, II.
Hether, proprietor, No. 11 Mississippi
street. Soda, Mineral, Seltzer and all kinds
of aerated waters manufactured, and sold
at lowest prices.
L L. FERNANDEZ, Barber Shop, Mis
" sissippi Street, near corner Lessard.
Shaving, hair-cutting, shampooing, etc., in
most artistic style.
[OSE IiEBERT, Dealer in Havana &
tF Donastic'igars, Tobacco, Snuff, Pipes,
etc., cor. Mississippi and St. Patrick streets.
LOUIS J. RACKE, Tinsmith, Mississippi
street, at Lemann's old stand. Orders
attended to with dispatch and satisaction
NOTARY PUBLIC, Etc.
J C. MATIIIEU. Notary Public and wri
" ter of all kinds of claims against the
United States or State Governments, office
next door to Rybiski's drug store.
ATTORIXETS AT LAW.
Frederick Duffel, R. Prosper Landry.
D UFFEL & LANDRY, Attorne-s at
Law. Office on Chetimaices street,
just back of the ('ourt-House.
EDWARD N. PUGH, Attorney at Law,
Attakapas street, opposite Louisiana
Square. Visits Napolconville on Mondays.
THE CRESCENT BAND of Donaldson
ville will furnish music for parades, ex
cursions, picnics, funerals, etc., at lowest
rates. Apply to or address Alphonse Mar
tin, chairman committee of arrangements.
DHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY. Henry
Gartz, proprietor. Mississippi street, di
agonally opposite the Catholic Church. All
styles and sizes of pictures from 50 cents up
ward. Copying and enlarging from old
and faded pictures a specialty.
RJ)1. J. C. LEGARE,
Office Hours: 11 A. M. to I r. M.
OFFICE: Intersection of Mississppi and
Lafourche streets, next to Bets drug store,
REsiuEaCE: Souvenir plantation. one mile
above town. feb5'75
Dee W. M. McGALLLit
Office in Crescent Place,
LAW A\16 NO1hRIAL -OFFICE.
R. N. Simms,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Practice in Ascension. Assumption and St.
James. mihe 12-ly
DONALDSON VILLE, LA.
Practices in the Fourth Judi istrict
(comprisin St. a4ls, St. Jofi. James
and Ascension pf~rns ), and inthen upreme
and United States (Vnrts. my5
Boot and Shoe Maker,
Mississippi street near corner of St. Patrick.
First-class work on shortest notice. Satis
faction guaranteed. Terms moderate.
sewing Machines repaired.
Give ae a call. jun5-75
Shinigles and Staves
Delivered any where on the coast or Bayou I
Lafourche. Also agent for the celebrated
Weed Sewing Machine.
Apply to or address. C. KLINE,
jy"2 Donaldsonville. La
On Innisfallen's fairy isle,
Amid the blooming bushes.
We leant upon the lovers stile
And listened to the thrushes;
When first I sighed to see her smile,
And smiled to see her blushes.
lHgr hair was bright as beaten gold,
And soft as spider's spinning,
Her cheek outbloomed the apple old
T'hat set our parents iin0ig.
And in her ajes you might behold
My joys asa griefs beginning.
Iin Innisfallen's fairy grove
I hushed my happy wooing,
To listen ro the brooding dove
Amid the branch&e cooing;
But oh! how short those words of love,
How long their bitter ruing !
Poor eushat! thy complaining breast
With woe like mine is heaving.
With thee I mourn a fruitless quest;
For a:! with art deceiving
The cuckoo-bird has robbed tum nest.
And left mo wildly grieving.
-Songs of Killarney.
Whet Jonah intervapwed the whale
And haunted his internals,
As erst it is recorded in
The truthfulest ofjournals,
What monarch did he symbolize ?
(A far-fetched joke you'll style it),
It seems to me it might have been
A sort of paunch's plot.
-- . Y. Independenl.
-004 -- _____
Our Letter from Europe.
"Carriage at the door, sir ! " roared
Betty from the foot of the stairs, as
the hack rolled up to iltyhouse on the
30th day of March, which was to con
vey me to the steamship City of Ber
liu, on which I had taken passage for
Liverpool. At the last moment, of
course, everything was in confusion.
"-Don't lose your shirts," cried my
wife, from the second-story window,
as she disconsolately wired her eyes.
"IYour handkerchiefs are in the bot
tom of your trunk," said Susan, stand
ing in the~kitchen door; while a big
tear rolled off the end of her nose.
" Don't forget my sealskin sack,"
said one; " Lavender kids, five and
three-quarters," said another; " A
camel's-hair shawl for mother,"
shrieked my youngest daughter,
" and two silk dresses for we." Old
shoes, as harbingers of luck, were
showered after me by friendly aial
weeping neighbors. A crack of the
whip, the horses leaped forward, and
in a minute I had left my happy
home behind, with all its loves, its
hopes, and its tender memories,
whose portals I should cross no more
for eight long months, or, perhaps,
Reaching the steamship, I found an
army of friends awaiting me, all of
thcem bearing gifts of love, the grate
ful memory of which will be minen as
long as life remains. While I write,
before me hang two baskets of beau
tiful flowers, which I have brought
three thsosand miles over the sea,
the faded rose-leaves of which have
still a sweet fragrance which reminds
me of my distant home and ever
present loves and absent friends.
God-speeds, blessings, kind wishes,
hand-shakings, telegrams, and letters
p10u1red in upon me, till at last I heard
the shrill -rvi of'" All ashore !" 'T'here
was a sudden rush, the gangway was
hauled in, the hawsers were cast ooff,
and the noble steamship, " City of
Berlin," swung slowly oft into the
stream. For a moment it seemed as
if the ties that had. bwond me to
home, country, friends and all that
makes life worth having, had sudden
ly snapped asunder, a feel ing of utter
loneliness mid deoelation crept over
mre. I felt a chokiifg siusation in
the throat, and a sudden mistiness
clouded my eyes, while cheer after
chberArit tip from those we had left
behind, mid whose facet foded from
my view as we rapidly steamed out of
Whatever misgivings I hial about
my ocean trip were dispelled as soon
as I had collected myself snuliciently
to take a look at the noble vessel on
which I had embarked, and at the
officers who had her in charge. The
" City of Berlin " is one of the largest
and finest steamships in the world,
being 525 feet long, nearly 6,000 tons
burthen, and having within her
mighty hull ample accommodation
for 2,000 passengers. Even those who
travel frequently by sea have but a
limited idea of what a iwondlerful
thing an-ocean steamship is; walking
her deck, looking lip at her toweri(1
masts, or examining her hull, I never
realized it. It was not lntil tinder
the guidance of her chief engineer,
Mr. Campbell, I had visited the en
gine room, and, twenty-five feet he
low the level of the sea, had walked
along the whole length of the mighty
shaft which diives the Giant pro
peller, that I began to estimate this
grandest modern triumph of hI n1u1
1genius. As she rolled securely on the
storm-lashed ocean, Breasting the
howalii g tempest, she seemed to real
ize the ancient fable of Ajax dety iug
the lightnings of the (oods.
"Step this wily," saill Mr. Canql
bell, the enig"ilnee. '' Look tint, sir;
here take thIs 'bit of lrott~on il volir
hoands. Now, misut whitre you put
down yoiur fmot."- Doswn, dohwmi, down
we wentl till -t lest we stood near the
keel ' The huge shaft, 000 feet long,
was revolving in its bearings as
smoothly and as noiselessly as the
spindle of a lady's sewing machine.
From that I passed into the fire
room; thirty-six monster fires were
blazing like mad under twelve im
mense boilers, which generated a pow
er of stea;m equal to the labor of 5,000
horses. Dark and swarthy the firei
demons moved busily to and fro, con
stantly feeding the insatiable mou
nter, night and day, whose cry was
still for more, more, inure! Into those
red haungr jaws went a hundred tons
of coal each day ; the mere food of
this Leviathan represelitinug inore
tonnage than the entire measurement
of the largest ships of forty years ago.
Tiemendous pistons! Titanic arms
of steel rose and fell like feathers,
but with the terrible certainty of
fate, seeming to say to old Ocean,
" Resist me if you dare," as the iron
prow tore the resisting waves apart,
and the great steamet swept on like 1
a sea-gull in its flight.
As we steamed down the beautiful
bay, salutes and cheer. came to ns
from all the passing vessels. Captain
Kennedy stood up on the bridge,
quietly surveying the scene, for while
the pilot was in command, lie was ab
solved from all responsibility. The
face of the Captain was hard and
bronzed, the deep lines telling of
years of struggle with ocean waves º
and ocean storms. He seems to fill
the idea of the perfect model sailor. I
The features were clean cut, the eye I
bright and clear, the mouth strong
and firm, the port erect, and looIpng I
in his frank face, you said to yourself, i
" there is a maim to trust in life or I
death." Near him stood his chief offi
cer, Mr. Condrou, a man fit to stand
by Casar and give direction ; and
anxiously flitting about the ship, with
a gay bouquet in his buttonhole, was I
the handsoiie purser, Mr. Bridge, the
embodiment of politeness and
urbanity. The fist night at sea is
always a troublesome one, and al
though old Ocean was as smooth as
a mill-pond, the ladies as a general
thing retired early to their state
rooms. to give lie unstable nature of <
their footi hg, their private and dis
tinguished consideration. Next day, t
Sunday, the solemn tolling of the bell e
announced the tall for prayer. The i
crew, got up in their Sunday rig, t
marched into the main saloon. -The e
passengers generally assembled, ex- t
cept here and there a heathen, out- i
side the pale of the church, and final- º
ly the captain, attended by his offi- I
cers, came in, and reverently laying c
his cap on the table, lie opened his I
prayer-book, and in a voice beaiti- -
fully modulated, commenced the sol- t
enin service of the Church of Eng- I
land. 1 felt that my character was at I
stake. I eagerly seized a prayer- I
hook, and ceimmenced reading at the
first pilace I struck. The captain andi
the rest of the congregation kept. I
bobbing about from one part of the r
book to the other, and I iuad'i a fran
tic attempt to follow him. When le I
began on the Litany, I was wading v
through Paui's Epistle to the Cor
inthianus, and at the prayer for Her
Most Gracious Majesty and all the
Royal Fam inly, I got entangled up
with the Baptism of Infants, and the
Burial Service of the Dead. When
the final blessing was announced, I
had reached the index, and was look- q
ing in vain for Hold the Fort," and a
the .. Sweet Bve-ind-lhye," whose in
spiring strins had cheered my droop
ing spirits in the long, long ago.
My fellow panssiiigeis appeared to
be evenly divided bet":een iien of
business and pleasure. One was an
enterprising Yankee from B. .ston,
who had iii ented a wonderful ma
chine for making wooden shoes; and
he was now on his way to Finland to
establish a fitetory; the Hon. Augus
tus K. L. Rosemary Hobbs, of Bob
hington 'all, Wilts, and two dogs; Mir.
Stutington Roxby Stubbs,, Cheese
monger; a very dull, h athid'r-headed
sort of person, who was all the time
sending for the steward to bring him
soimething to heat. " At night,
when everivbody else hail retired, lie
would have the steward sejit ftr, and
tell hiiii he wanted a 1 snack or snm
mnt." " What will you 'av, Mr.
Stubbs I" inquired the obliging waiter.
"Oh, I don't want tm ucli, "lie replied
"'av you got a bit of cold beef? "
" Yes, sir." " Well, I take that, a
little bit of tongue, a few sardines
just tosis Il ll a chop if you can, and
that, with a Couple of bottles of beer
and a snack of bread and cheese, I
think I'll do ; and, Joliti, don't forget
the pickles-Cross and Blackwell's
hif you 'av' 'ea. " About four o'clock
in the morni g I was awakener} with a
cix tfo a doctor. Stnbbs was ill. 1le was
afriid he had contracted some con
tagions diseaso in America. A mon
ster dose of castor oil, however, af
foided him utly a temporary relief,
for the \ext tigi t again lie went for
corned beef and lobster salad; and
when the setcond call for the doctor
caine, I wished that the fate of Jonah
had overtaken hitti, or that he had
foitd a permanent lodging-house in
the bottom of the sea.
The life on the modern steamship,
save nid except the mionoitony, is
not far ditlerenit from that of a first
class hotel. The discipline onv i board
the steamsh'lips of theIn m nrai line is
sitiilai to that on bourd a first-clas
ship of %war. Every man knows his
place and keeps it order reigns
every where, an4 the most scrupulous
neatness -aud cleanliness prevail in
every quitter. The Company book
passenger's straight through to Paris,
and as a hint t any of uty friends
who think of coming over, I would
say--buy your through tickets in
New York, as it is a great saving to
purchase them in that way.
The passage was a stormy one,
part of the time a raging, howling
tempest; but this grand ship rode the
waves like a sea-gull, and for comfort,
cleanliness, discipline, and kindness,
I cheerfully recommend the Inman
Line to all my friends, and especially
the " City of Berlin." But I feel now
as if I could perfectly understand the
feelings of the Western Tlousier who
started to make a " tower of turren
parts, " and the first night that lie got
oft soundings, he had scarcely risen
from the table,5lwhen he was called
on to part with his supper. While
leaning over the side, almost turned
inside out, a jubilant passenger in the
cabin struck up, 1 Rocked in the
Cradle of the Deep. " The I~oosier
looked up perfectly disgusted, and
the picture of abject misery ; and,
shaking his fist at the cabin gang
way, he exclaimed, "Only wait till
I get ashore, and if I ever meet the
fellow that wrote ' Rocked in the
Cradle of the Deep, ' I'll punch his con
founded head. No baser fraud was ever
palmed off on a confiding public, and
I am satisfied that the experience of
the poetic swindler must have been
confined to excursions on the;.raging
A-sniff of Irish air, a brief look at
Halbion's IHile, and *then for Paris.
Already I feel that I am a foreigner.
To-morrow I am going to have the
tails cut off my coat, and about three
inches off the sleeves. I shall get a
hat about three sizes too small for me
with a rim about half an inch wide,
and a blue glass it my leftVeye, "IIi'
'ope to pass hiuspection. " Trusting
that my friends will not be sorry to
hear that I have got so far in safety
on my journey, I am, truly yours,
The Country rress.
Point Coupee Pelican.
We have many country 'papers on
our exchange list, and venture the
assertion that, generally speaking,
the papers published in the rural
districts of Louisiana will compare
favorably with those of any State in
the.Union. It would be invidious to
call them by nlaes, bcl in many of
them we often find editorials evinc
ing a high order of genius and talent
on the part of the editor; indeed, we
frequently come acrose artiels that
compare favorably with the best we
find in any of the great metropolitan
journals. For the honte circle, and
to obtain all parish news the parish
papers are decidedly the best for our
patronage. A well conducted country
paper gives all the political anti com
mercial news; keeps us thoroughl
posted as to all that is going on at
home and abroad ; besides, it turnishes
reading matter for the tainily.
Tile parish paper should be taken
by every inhabitant of the parish
where it is printed.
A Projected Railroad.
St. Laundry Democrat.
Mr. Leulis McLain, formerly con
nected with the New Orleans Pacific
railroad, is in our.mnidst, making in
quiiies and taking observations with
a view to building a railway between
Opelousas and Washington. Mr. Mc
Lain has already obtained the right
of way froni the Town Council of Op
elousas, and is also assured of the
saute privilege from the town of
Washington. This is the only privi
lege or aid asked, and if it is accorded
by the property owners between the
two tow is. we are assured the road
will be built in four months from the
1st of May.
If you want your children to grow
Sly ignorant of the wonderful inven
tions and discoveries constantly being
made in all departments of science,
art and agriculture, don't take a good
family newspaper. KIep all such
papars out of the house, and your
children will be as ignorant of what
is going on in the world as yon can
possibly desire, and as unfitted for
usefulness when they become mei as
Satan can hope for.
Three remarkable steps in scien
tific progress and discovery have been
made within the past few months
'Thie reduction of the telephote to
practical use on telegra ,h lines; the
discovery of the mthmtiogralht, he
which the sounds of the hitucw voice
are mechanically recorded and retle
livered; the liquitfactiou of Iiidrege-u
and oxygen gases by ptessurt and
We shall notice ptaticulaly those
papers that are loudest in their de
liutnciatitotis of the last Legislature, de
tlaring it but one remove from Mtadi
calism, and see how long befotre they
it ith to reward some member of tt his
botly with an office of honor nid
profit. Eath taper stains Itt think its
41n mtetihtr was all tight, attd the
lest atl wrtong.
Last spring, one year ago. Sani.
Spar row plantedl a crop of the- " Early
ttoodrich " potatoes ; he gathered the
sutitier' crop and left the " small
potatoes " in the ground. Last fail
tiet "sinca II fellows" yielded him an
other clop; ie gilthe ed them and
left the' seed in the ground, and on
Satou iva had a dinner from the new
Our Washington Leger.
WASHINGTON, D. C., April 25, 1878.
The scenes witnessed before the
Senate and House Committees on
I Patents last Friday, recalled to mind
the early days when Morse, under
great difficulties, was seeking to in
terest Congress in the construction of
the first telegraph-a line between
this city and Baltimore. The master
genius of this later occasion was Mr.
Thomnas A. Edison, who sat at the
table before the phonograph, his
latest invention, and one that has
made his fame world-wide. This
young man, just past thirty, has al
ready taken out 158 patents, mostly
in telegraphy and electrical apparat
us. The committee rooms were filled
with members, and men and women
from among the most cultured and
scientific in the land. All eyes were
upon the beardless Edison, whose
shaggy brown hair stood out at every
angle in spite of comb and brush.
His eyes of piercing gray looked out
fi'om under a high arched forehead,
while his prominent nose and nervous
fingers suggested the artisan just in
from the woi kshop.
The phonograph is a cylinder cov
ered with small spiral grooves, and
at the end is a crank by iihich it may
be turned. The speaking disc or dia
phragm Iests against the cylinder and
Ilon the outer side is a mouthpiece.
On the inner side of this a delicate
steel point is adjusted so as to follow
the grooves as the cylinder revolves.
This cylinder is covered with tin foil,
the crank is turned, while the inven
tor talks, sings, shouts and wbhtlee
into the mouthpiece of theinstrumwnt,
and the sound waving on the reverse
side of the diaphragm or tympanum
forces the needle to make iwpre sions
upon the tin foil. Reversing tie in
strument the needle drope intq the
same points in the groove as the c l
Inder revolves. These indentations
cause sound waves to be given back
from the mouthpiece in the exact
tores of the voice, with.their otiginal
pathos and intonations, and so dis
tinct that they were plainly heard by
ever y one in the room. " Old Uncle
.a44 ". wa.. asng, 't Y*.nkeeDpie "
whistled, poetry was recited, S. 8.
Cox made a speech, and when the
cylinder was reversed and again sec
in motion, song, whistle, speech and
poetry all sounded forth clear and
distinct. One unbelieving committee
maln thought it was ventriloquism,
and insisted upon Edison's leaving
the room, after which he tried the ex
pliimlent liimself, and leaning back
in his chair with a face full of aston
ishmIent exclaimed, "I'll be d-d if
the thing luit. talk ! "
We should like to tell more of this
wonderful instrument, but we must
turn now to more practical things.
This time the cry of too much econ
omy comes from the Post-Office De
partment, which reports ten thonsajud
post-offices out of registered letter
blanks and no money to print any to
send them. That this is inconven
iencing the pnulic is shown by the
ftet that the Department has on d1e
orders for over three and a half mil
loilns of these blanks.
'Tnhn manifest iniprovemeut in the
business outlook is greatly encourag
ing to all classes. Many banks are
paying out specie, and thousands up.
on thousnds of gold is coining into
use, thereby greatly increasing the
amount of money in circulation. It
is stated that over $100,000,000 of
gold and silver that has long been
bidden out of sight will now be ad.¾ed
to the available capital of the conn
try. This inflation of the currency is
Sgood thing, and will stimulate de
pressed -vauations and give them
stability. It mnakts little difference
now whether the Resumption Act is
repealed or not. Practical resuiay
tion has already commenced.
The old and well known HIufthiii,
son family are here singing. They
have given a dogen grand concerts
in the last six weeks here,. besides
singing at varions charitable institu
tions-the Reform Stehool, Freedmen's
Hospital, Orphan Aaslue seum 4Isause
Asylum. Ouly one of tIja origiail
" boys " is now in the troupe-John.
But I faney only singers are allowed
to marry into the " mntihy;" and so it
is kept up. SENT1NEM.
Florida Frauds Confeused.
Jacksoiville Sui and Press..
Mr. MlcLin, Secretary of State on
der Stearns, and S. G. Dennis, the
little giant of Alachua county, have
maalea confessions in writing ' frauda
in 1;76. by which 14urida was carried
for IInaes. Demois exposes fully all
th m details of the Archer precinet
fhauios, a hid, played so impotannt a
1a.1t bin Iets the returning boau'41s. lie
sy 211 iinaes were pitt on the re
turns tt Archer afterplihe voting.
McLis's eoarfesuolnfi is said to cover
all transaitions befiwr the State Cas.
vaising Boards. These eonft ioe
are in the Iands of the presst re
tati of State. Bloxham, tid ltd
been forwarded to Waslhingtuti. After
Dennii iimade the confession, eleven
inIdictintitts against him for fraud in
Alechw anid Levy counties were dsia.
mirsed. iMaLin was also rewarded, it
is said, but how is not known.