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' """ ' ' - -" " Volume xi canton, Mississippi, February c, is75. number 31. . - . " ' i ' ' ' TERMS OF SUBSCEIPTIOH. For en. Tr. t V Kor m rr, It mot Im autval 'r six MMkl. la !-- S.S la AN HOUR. aimoraTioa. "IT1 lake th. orchard petb,"ebe amid, Speaklne; lowly, aaalliaa; ssowty - Th. break luirM witfcia Its bed, The hot a Saaa of red . Low In Hie west aefortlt aha sped. '" 'Jt 1 ' K ' Aaroaa the dried brooa-otrnras aha went. Statins lowty, amUlnf slowly : Bha scarcely saw the ran that spaa It Aery force la swift descent Ska never, aaw the wheat was bent. . the blossoms dried, Bloclax lowly. mmiifm stowij : Her eyre amidst the droncai espied As Withi n. DxmoirnarF. Bat hiaiMjaard eoaaaas aP the way, Barhfna? lowly, pefttos slowly ; . She tan the aat rhea withering lay, Bha aaw the bioasosaadry decay, . 8ha the brooklet's play. had! rescAosvowt the aanth. But. sKhiaar alw).VMIr sJowla, She only felt tike borninx drought ; flee eyes wrra4jJad.aaaaadAsr saavta-? Tat awett the wind bine from the south ! And whan the wtagererir? ii sl'i nun rain, 4 HO sajhlM fwlsvtacfr, etowly, Bha Barer aaw ihelifUimrala BonrykisoaaaBUdJasas wv. hadwaienlaaiatPaal &i-.yxr Ifdnrrtftv. THE CRACK V1 IB if DOOR. The prettiest house. vrHmt aaxSaa. the beat servings, and the fargesi bank aooeunt la X belonged to Mrs. Mehi ta ble Armstrong; 'widow. Some people also declared nat she was Ihe prettiest woman is X., but these) vera not the other women. 1 Tflary aaiil that she had red hair, and was too lit, aad what the gentlemen saw to admire in her they eonld not gsaaa, eta, eta.; bat, say as often as they might, every roan in the plaee was Hetty Armstrong's devoted servant, friend, and, dozen of them, her lovers, also. A bright, dashing. warm-hearted woman she was, as merry as though she had nerer known a care. Not that she had forgotten the lore of her youth the gallant, black-eyed cap tain, whose ship had gone down in mid- ooean five years before, and Whose pio tnred face lay near her heart eight and day, aleeping acd waking ; but ahe was too f nil of life and hope to lire entirely in the past, and lowed neither hours of melancholy, not what women, call .good cry." To forget all Borrow, if she -"ould, and to be as happy as she might, ''Were the two grand roles of her life, v . ' and, therefore, people who did not know Hetty Armstrong thought her X heartless, and made great mitkft They called her a flirt, and that was not true, either. Bhe only flirted with those who began the game first, and that a woman had a right to do. At X., if a gentleman called twiee npon lady, tus aitennons were said to be "very par tioolar;" "if he saw her home from meeting," rumor declared that they were "engaged;" acd if ha spent an evening with her, they were '"to1 be married nest week." for certainty ; but Hetty Armstrong was somehow not in cluded in the general rule. She had determined to do as she chose. 5 She went everywhere with every unmarried gentleman of her set. She was friendly wnen ane cnoae to do, and flirted when ahe liked. After setting gossip afloat a dozen times, ah gained her point, and people left her alone. It was Hetty Armstrong's way, and no indication of matrimenial intentions. For years gen tlemen nanntea her parlors, escorted her hither and thither, song with her, dance 1 with her, eonndrM with her. and adored her, and ttt&ge'gosslp had not not married her, until suddenly a stran ger made his debut at X, and set the tongues going beyond even Hetty Arm strong s power of silencing. He was tall, he was handsome, he was comparatively young. He had just that touch of exquisite about him which is so charming when " a man's a man for a' that faultless in toilet, faultless in manner, education, accomplished alto gether, he openly flung himself at Heft Armstrong's feet and declared himself her admirer. Of course we do not mean to say that he mined the kneeeCof bis faultless habiliments by goinir down npon them, or in any other way conduct ed himself as did theknighta of old when heart-smitten, bat, after the manner of the nineteenth eentsryfce declared his intentions quite as openly, He sang to and at the lady. - He haunted her parlors like a well dressed ghost. He wrote poetry for the "Iinmie nary, addressed tot H. A. and signed C. IS. He breathed deep sighs and gave soft glances, and said things that mignt nave double meeaihge. And this not fyt a week or a month, bat for a year, at the end o which time Hetty Armstrong, began to coders tand that she wa expected by everybody to ac cept Charles Bokewood when he offered her his heart and hand,' Meanwhile, the soft eyes and sweet voiee, the deli cate attentions, and the winning 'songs of her admirer were not without their effect upon Hetty Armstrong's heart. It began to be conscious of certain tremors and fl titterings in his presence. Her cheeks flashed as they had in girl hood. Her dreams were not the sober, practical dreamTwhich nature at five-and-twenty should alone indulge in; and as the days rolled on she felt more conscious that 'the "Yes" which was expected of her would be easfly uttered. She tried to be prudent .and judge the man carefully. ! The result was that she declared him to be " an angel." At last Hetty Armstrong fairly let go of the rudder of self-will, to which be had clung so long, anf allowed herself to drift down the tide of circumstances which were to lead her into tho arms of Charles Bokewood. Bhe felt that life would be happy with such a bosom to repose upon, and began to wonder whether it really was necessary for a widow to be married in peatl color when white was so becoming to her complex ion. So matters stood when Christmas drew near, and with it Hetty Arm strong's regal' Christmas eve party. All X, or nearly all, would be there ; even the Bev. Luther Paragon, who amiably forgot to say that he disap proved of dancing and charades when Mrs. Armstrong declared that "she adored them." It was always the mer riest party of the season at X, and this time Mrs. Armstrong decided that ' ahe would outdo herself. There was a ' dash more of coquetry in her dress ; a dash of extravagance in the supper ; a glitter of rare China, and a perfume of rare flowers in the parlors just as they lav win warms up the wits and fancy dees love at times. All things would be brighter, fresher, more sparkling, just now, thought, or rather vaguely felt, the woman who had jost began to know her heart, and thought she knew an' otherls. She stood, in her rich dress of lace aad ailk, flowers ia her hair and on her bosom, before her guests arrived, before her grate fire in the parlor. when some one touched her on the shoulder, and, turning, she saw Charles Bokewood. Her face was a little paler, her eyes more earnest in their look than osuaL and a sort of happy terror hung npon her as Bhe guessed why he had come so early. ' I knew I should find you also," he said, "and I have something to say to you ; something- - There ahe stopped him. " Don't say it sow," she pleaded, "I have .an evening before me which calls for all my calmness. If ft """Is my thing agi tating, must 4sk you to wait. After these guests of mine are gone ar w morrow, I will It ear you ; not now, Charles Rotewoo bowed. - Tour will shall be my law," he . said, and look her hand and kissed it, Bhe let Jbim do it, blushing all the while, not casing now to look at him. . All the evening, after the other guests were ' there, her thoughts wan dered back to that moment. She knew what she would say, and she could an swer only in one' way only one she liked hint so well. And I have felt co sore I could never like any one again, . thought Hetty Armstrong. "There is fate in it," Bat she danced and sang and talked 1 usual, and no one guessed that was what she was dreaming not even Mr. Bokewood, who, with a chosen friend, hsd slipped away from the par lors, and was smoking and talking in the dressing-room. He was a little oat of serfs. Hetty, conscious of her da ties as a hostess, insisted on being pub lic property, and oould not be lured into a tete-a-tete, and the women who were ready to be talked to he did not care about. -Engaged men are gener ally known by their boorish conduct to ladies generally. Bokewood, although not engagej, believed himself far enough on the road to forget suavity, and fell back npon cigars and his maa online friends whenever his lady-love eoold not be whispered to or gazed at. Consequently damsals who thought Bokewood charming were wondering what had become of him, when Biddy, the waitress, mysteriously beckoned her mistress into the hall, and, in an awful whisper, said " more spoons were needed for the orame." " Of course there must be," said Mrs. Armstrong. " Where was my poor head' to so forget it ? ' III get poor Aunt Martha's set from my up stairs china closet, Flease wait on the stairs nntO I come to you." And awafr ran Mrs. Armstrong to the second floor, where she plunged into a long, old-fashioned closet, and brought forth a legacy of silverware left her by her maiden aunt. Counting the spoons over, a murmur of voices from the next room fell npoa her ear. At the same time she caught the perfume of a cigar. She knew that oharlea Bokewoood had the richest voice and smoked the best cigars of any man in his set. "Yon dear old fellow," she whis pered to herself, I have been so cross to you to-night that some day I'll be as kind to yon as I oan to make up for it. Then with a loving woman's wish to see the dear face that is so dear to her, aha stepped forward and peeped through crack in the door of the china closet opening into the little sewing room, devoted for this evening to the gentle men's toilet, Every word was plainly audible whan her pretty ear approaohd so closely to the crevice, and- the first word rivited her attention. , The men were talking of matrimony. " It's a deuoed bore," said his friend. Ton are tied to a woman's apron strings for 'life. Ton can't say your soul is your own. Take my advice and keep oat of it altogether, Charles." "Look here, old fellow " said Charles, taking his cigar from between his lips. "that sort of a thing is all a man's fault. Now, when I marry, my first act will be to prove myself master. As yon begin, bo you go on, and, before the honeymoon is over he woman who takes my name shall know that my word is law, and that hers most yield to it." The spoons in Mrs Armstrong's hands tingled together jost then, bat no ono heard them. Charles went on : My wife, if I have one, shall have no chance to showb.er temper. If she does not like my orders ahe mast obey without liking. HI break her in jost as would a horse bring her down at once to the frame, of mind I mean to keep her in ; purposely thwart her for a while; contradict her ; object to style of dress; make her alter her way of doing her hair; refuse to dance attendance at church ; make her send regrets to party invitations when she wants to accept them ; show her at once what she may expect. After a while I migtit yield a little more; bat because, you under stand not to please her." Y-e-es," said his friend, doubtfully; bat yon can't think how hard you'll find it ; and if you stay out late they make such a row tit jjp for you in a night-cap, and cry when you come in." "I'd manage that," said Bokewood, by staying out every night until day light. The one role I should put in practice would be never let the woman have her own way," The spoons tingled a little more, and Mrs. Armstrong's faoe was terribly flushed, but she listened still." Of course yon yield a great deal to the woman you are ia love with," said Mr. Bokewood, evidently brushing the ashes from the cigar ; " bat that's because of the romanoe and all that sort of nonsense, which dies out with the honeymoon. You can find women enongh to write poetry to, and to talk sentiment with, married or single. As for your wife, she's the woman that keeps bouse for you. and the sooner yon make her aware of tho fact the better. When I marry, Jones, my dear fellow, it will be with no i'liotio idea of perpetual courtship in my mind. I'll begin as I intend to go on, and be muster, depend upon it." "But not my master," whispered pretty Mrs. Armstrong, " not mine." "Mistress Armstrong, them spoons,' whispered Biddy, at the stairs just then. - Hetty Armstrong gathered np the spoons which had slipped down into her lap. She looked at them as she did so. They were solid and elegant, as was all her silver. Her eyes glanoed about the room, which wealth and taste had made the perfection of elegance and comfort. Her room ! She heard down stairs the merry chat of her guests, the sound of mnsio and dancing. She remembered that in the kitchen her servants were making ready" a supper fit for a king. She turned to the. mirror ; a handsome woman, still young and elegantly dressed, looked proudly back. An hoar before all this, the woman included, she would have given to Charles Boke wood had he been a beggar. Just a twinge of pain went through her heart. One tear stole down her glowing ohetk. Then she gave a litt'e bitter laugh. ' ' I alone am queen of me 1 " she misquoted, and ran oat to give the spoons to Biddy. "It was hard to find them," she said, " but here they are at last." And she laughed a little loader than usual, and not quite naturally. It was the merriest Christmas party of them all, said every one of her guests, and Hetty Armstrong seemed the merriest there. But no one saw her when the door was closed upon them, and she was alone in her cham ber. No matter how brief a love-dream has been, the awakening is hard, es pecially if it is sudden. Hetty Armstrong refused Charles Bokewood the next day, and the people who guessed it blamed her bitterly, As for Charles himself he was amazed, and injured, and deeply grieved, for he never guessed that his lecture on mar ried life had a second auditor ; nor that Hetty would have said " Yea " instead f "No," bat for that crack in the China closet. Statistics of Cigars and Tobacco. From the advance sheets of the yearly official report ef the tobaooo traJe, the following interesting statis tics have been gathered. The report is for the fiscal year ending Jane 30, 1874, and will be completed about March 1. There was exported from the United States of native leaf tobacco. 318,097,801 pounds, amounting in value to $30,399,181. Daring the same time here was imported into the United States, and entered for consumption, 9,213,860 pounds of leaf tobaooo, for use in the manufacture of cigars, and 5,690 pounds of stemmed, or prepared tobacco, amounting together in value to $5,323,550 41. During the same time there was im ported into tho United States and en tered for consumption, 844,774 pounds of cigars, or, at an average of eleven pounds to a thousand, 76,88(5,000 cigars, amount ing in value to $3,030,628.79. In the same period there were manufactured in the United States, of foreign and domestic tobaooo, and tax paid, 1,780.- 961,000 cigars. Allowing thirty pounds of tobacco for every 1,000 cigars manufactured, there was nsed 3,428,830 pounds of foreign and domestic leaf tobaooo in the manufacture of cigars in the United States. The comparison shows there were twenty-three domestic cigars made in the United States to every one import ed, and the tax thereon paid, for every ci gar that was imported and paid duty dur ing the same time. A elose scrutiny re veals the astounding f act that the average number of cigars smoked in tho United States during each twenty-four hours is 5,168.000. The following amounts of duty and taxes on tobaooo and cigars of all kinds were received by the govern ment for the fiscal year ending as above. Import duty of leaf tobacco for cigars', gold, $3,224,787.82 ; import duty on all other kinds of tobaooo and snuff, gold, $53,181.12; import duty on cigars, ciga rettes, eta, gold, $2,872,091.47 ; tax on cigars, cheroots, etc., ourrenoy. $9,333, 502.24; tax on manufactured tobaooo, currency, $20,900,509.67; tax on snuff, currency, $1,038,445.62; tax received from all other sources from tobacco, enrrencj, $1,070,327.79; total amount of import duties paid in gold, $6,150, 060.41 ; total amount of tsxes paid in currency, $33,242,875.62 grand total, $39,202,926.03. The Badiant Cana'. A "Venetian correspondent says : " It is a triumphal hour we live while drift ing down the Grand Canal between two lines of palaces whose facades have given whole pages of glorious form and color to Buskin's poetic prize. It is here we see to the best advantage those bewildering facades that look like lace- work wrought in variegated marbles the clustered windows, each one a pic ture in itself, windows that are scattered all over the great houses with a disre gard of old architectural laws that is at first appalling and then delightful. We see the stately palace where Lord Byron lived for a time and the grand, gloomy chambers, with a broadside of windows, that have tales of sorrow and of blood connected with them. We see the tall, narrow, and exceedingly picturesque home of the unhappy Desdemona, and in another canal we are shown to or three palaces that are said to have been inhabited by the Moors. We float under the great Bialto and its stone aroh of seventy four feet span, thirty two feet in height, and covered by double row of pretty little booths. Under this broad arch our voices ring s if we were in some hall, and here often of a night barges filled with singers congregate and give their open air concert to a river full of gondolas and a quay crowded with listeners. Ahundred Japanese lanterns swing over the water, and when the last chorus is raised, blue and red lights stream up and down tho river and flood the gloomy old houses with lovely light. Ob, there are festi val nights in Venice ; this is the perpet ual carnival of the Adriatic !" It looks a little strange to the Mis Bonn traveler who knocks at door to lave the man open it, push a shot-gun out and inquire what's wanted, but the owner of the shot-gun - knows hio busi- neg. '" THK FARSKR FKKDKTII ALL. My lord rides through his palace Rate, My lady sweeps along In state ; The aage thinks louo. on many a thine. And the maiden mnsee on marryinK ; The minatrel harpeth merrily. The sailor plongha the foaming aea. The haoteman kills the sood red deer, And tne soldier ware without e'en fear; Bat faU to each, whate'er beTsll, 'i he farmer he mnat feed them all. Smith hammereth cherry red the sword. Priest preacheth pnre the Holy word ; Dame Alice worketh 'broidery well, Clerk Richard tales of love can tell ; The tap wife sella her foaming beer. Dsn Fisher nsheth in the mere ; And oonrtfera raffle, atrnt, and shine, While paxes bring the gaacon wine.; Bat fall to each, whate'er befall. The farmer he mnat feed them all. Man bolide his castlea fair and high. Wherever river rnnneth by ; Great cities rise m every land. Great charchee shew the bailder'a band ; Great arches, monument, and towers. Fair palacea and pleasing bowers ; Great work ia done, be It here or there And well man worketh everywhere ; Bat work or rest, whate'er befall. The farmer he most feed them all. FACTS FROM ALL SOURCES. THE THISTLE, TAX. The Canada thistle is gradually work ing its way westward, having now reached Iowa and Kansas. It appeared in Indiana and Illinois several years ago, bat vigorous efforts were taken on the part of the states, and the warfare is constantly kept up. Men are employed at regular wages to dig and burn the plants, it being ineffectual to leave them on the surface of the ground to dry and die. Wherever the thistle gets a foothold in a community, the damage Is equal to a tax of 10 per cent, on all the farming land, at a fair valuation. It is agreed that the seed was first in troduced, in the hay with which fruit trees are packed. It wonld be better to raise one's own trees, and have inferior fruit, than to be thus burdened. Granges, agricultural societies, and dabs should make it an especial busi ness to watch the Canada thistle, TBB 6 BASSES. Dr. Baohelder, of central New York, talks thus of the different grasses with which he has been experimenting Perennial rye grass he considers of no value for hay or pasture, as it will not endure the winters; but Italian rye grass, he says, is hardy anywhere in New York, and is one of the most valu able grasses known either to cat for soiling or for hay. In vigor it is like orchard grass, bat it is finer in texture, and is of the " cut-and-oome-again kind," often producing two crops in a season and then a rich aftermath. Meadow fescue he finds to be one of the most vigorous grasses, adapted to cither meadow or pasture. It equals timothy in the amount of hay and can be cut at the same time. It is a good grass to now with timothy. Sweet vernal grass ought to be grown in the meadow to give fragrance to the other hay. Cattle devour it with great eager ness. Orchard grass alone, or with the medium clover, is valuable, but it ripens too soon for timothy. If out just before the flower-scape opens it makes a valu able hay, bat if left till it ripens its seed is no better than rye straw. TJ3E8 OF SAWDUST. A correspondent of the Ohio Farmer writes : About six years ago I had a saw-mill set on my farm. At first they washed the dust, as the sawyers called it, by letting a stream of water run under the saw. As the water got low it wonld not work ; then they had to wheel it out in a pile, and when they went away I had a big pile of sawdust on my hands. As it was on a good piece of bottom land that I desired to plow. I wanted it out of my way. I tried to burn it, but it would not burn. I concluded at last to tarn it to some good account ; so when I put my hogs up to fatten I hauled a good load every few days and threw it in the pen. They mixed it with their manure and the cobs, and in the spring I had about twenty loads of the very best manure, besides keeping the hogs clean and dry. I nsed the sawdust for bedding the horses and cows ; Z pat it around my grape vines to keep down grass and weeds and the ground moist. The vines improved wonderfully. So my sawdust is nsed np, and it has paid. If I was to have a mill again I would make a bargain to have the sawdust left on the ground. OBAFTTNO WAX. One pound of rosin, five ounces 95 per cent, alcohol, one ounoe beef tal low, one table-spoonful of turpentine. Melt the rosin over a slow fire, add the beef tallow, and stir with a perfeotly dry stick or piece of wire. When some what cooled add the turpentine, and last the alcohol in small quantities, stirring the mass constantly. Shoald the aloohol cause it to lamp, warm again until it melts. Keep in a bottle. Lay it on in a very thin coat with a brush. Should it prove thick, thin it down with aloohol. It is always ready for use ; it is never affected by heat or oold, and heals up wounds hermetically. LIQUID GBAFTTNG WAX. . The Horticulturist gives the follow ing formula for making Lefort's graft ing wax, which is said to have been highly recommended in France and until lately kept secret: Melt one pound of common rosin over a gentle fire. Add to it one ounce of beef tal low and stir it well. Take it from the fire, let it cool down a little, and then mix with a tablespoonfnl of spirits of turpentine, and after that about seven ounces of very strong aloohol, (sixty five per cent.,) to be had at any drug gist's store. The aloohol oools it down so rapidly that it will be necessary to put it again on the fire stirring it con stantly. Still the utmost care must be exeroised to prevent the aloohol from getting inflamed. To avoid it, the best way is to remove the vessel from the fire when the lump that may have been formed commences molting again. This must be continued till the whole is a homogeneous mass similar to honey. After a few days' exposure to the atmosphere in a thin coat, it assumes a whitish color, and beoomes as hard as stone, being impervious to water or air. A Threatening Fashion. A l'aria correspondent writes : " A bint a prophecy of coming fashion : It is projected in the highest world of the gentlemen and ladies who create our fashions that it may become possible to entirely dispense with all underskirts whoever,, In their stead. tighfly nr. ting trousers will be aubatitntf d, or warm material for winter and a lightei material for summer. I suppose shall not be asked to wear muslin dresses with these ? though I do re member once seeing a lady at Milan taking her coffee on her baloony, one I warm summer's eve, in a green tarlatan dress with only one most transparent cambric garment beneath ; this cam bric also being considerably shorter than the green tarlatan dress. But in warm countries we must excuse light ness of apparel. But here, in our northern climes, how will these south ern fashions agree with the ladies' health we will not say taste or deli cacy ? Already our dresses are so tight that we oan soaroely tread over a gutter and they are to be tighter still." The Military Infatuation. Just now Europe is suffering from one of her periodical military infatua tions. Everybody predicts war. All the cabinets prognosticate hostilities. Business is depressed and stocks de- cline, and an indefinable feeling of in security and dread fills the air. Bat when the inquiry is pressed beyond these superficial aspects of the situa tion it is hard to discover any tangibl and satisfactory reasons for tho forebod ing. The ghost in a single closet does not account for the universal scare. The only facts that as yet have oome to the surface are that Germany, know ing that France feels her humiliation and chafes under it and may some day endeavor to offset the recollection of Sedan, has increased her army to a mil lion and three-quarters of men. All the reserves of the empire are drawn npon to the utmost to pnt the available military forces into training for a possi ble contingency. The experience of the late straggle as to the value of particu lar arms and methods of operation is being utilized, and the nation has been increased and made more efficient. But Germany has no foreign foe, and no quarrel on hand. Any immediate war with France is out of the question. Trouble with Bussia she may have pro vided she provokes it. Trouble she may have with Italy and Spain and France if she attempts to bully the college of Cardinals into electing a Ger man Pope. And she may have trouble with England and Bussia if she insists on absorbing Denmark. But there no legitimate occasion for war and no reason for this enormous increase of her army. The other! nations have natu rally enough taken alarm, and begun to inorease their armies and navies too, simply because Germany has inoreased hers, and to-day Europe has larger military establishments than ever be fore in a time of peace. The posses sion of the instrument is a temptation to use it, and suoh splendidly equipped and thoroughly drilled armies are constant provocation. Considering the poverty of Europe, the oppressiveness of taxes, the degradation and suffering of the lower classes in every nation, these enormous military establishments are terrible perversions of power and property. It is only necessary to think of the industrial foroe represented by a million and tbree-qnarters of men in the most productive period of life to see what a drain Germany is making on the resource of the nation. And yet every soldier has to be supported by the productive energies of the yonrg and old, the lame and the infirm, the women and the children t We have i great deal to complain of, but it is mat ter ior congratulation that we have no great army to support and no military infatuation. The Piano of the Future. A new thing in music I It has re cently been ascertained that by the ap plication of eleotrio communication any number of pianos oan be performed upon simultaneously by the person who tDuches the keys of the central one. It is proposed by this means to fill every nook and corner of the centennial expo sition buildings with melodies. In fact the discovery or invention, whichever it is, was arrived at by some genius who was delving about for something with which to create a centennial sensation. The idea is, of course, a novel one, brims over with suggestiveness. Let there be a mammoth instrument located in a city upon the same princi ple as our gas tanks and reservoirs. The community might tax itself for the purpose, and issue municipal music bonds. Then let there be a musician engaged both day and night to manipu late the keys. By a system of tele graphio connection every parlor that oould boast of a piano wonld echo the refrain. The flow of melody would, o course, be subject to some sort of valve, and could be turned off or on at pleas ure, just as we do our gss and water. A meter might be so constructed as to indicate the number of feet of music furnished at a given time. Truly, an era in piano-playing is drawing upon us. When the thing is all perfected, it will no longer matter whether or not we have musical sons and daughters at home in order that we may have mnsio at home. Serenading will be discounted entirely. When bed-time comes, a full head of Straus, or Yedi, or Donizetti, or Offenbach, or Will S. Hays, might be turned on, and as the sweet sounds filled the house from garret to cellar the whole family might be wafted serenely into dream land. But if about midnight the cor poration musioians should take a notion to try a little Warner, what a howl would startle the dozing moon 1 Mart was the proprietress of a dimin utive, inoipient sheep, whose outer cov ering was as devoid of color as congealed vapor, and to all localities to which Mary perambulated, her young South down was morally certain to follow. It tagged her to tho dispensatory of learn ing, one diurnal section of time, which was contrary to all precedent, and ex cited the caohination of the seminary attendants, when the children perceived the presence of a young quadruped at the establishment of instruction. Con st qncutly, tho preceptor expellod him from the interior, but bo continued to remain in the immediote vicinity, and tarried in the neighliorhood without fretfulness until Mary once more be camB visible Over-Fxercise. Gymnastic training has received temporary back-set by the death young Cushing from injuries sustained in the gymnasium connected with the Boston Institute of Technology. course, his case was somewhat exception al, and abuse furnishes no argument against use. But it seems to be a law of human development to push a par ticular tendency to an extreme, regard less of consequences, and then to push the opposite tendency to a similar ex treme. A few years ago the Graham fever swept over the country, and hundreds of people dropped the eating of flesh as poisonous, and starved them selves on hard bread and cold water with a raw turnip now and then by way of variety, the good in the Graham system was turned into evil by abuse. Hydropathy was an invaluable discov ery in itself, but no sooner was it found that a class of peculiar cases might be benefited by a treatment of cold water than the extremists set about soaking and bathing 'and showering and pack ing and douching everybody for all real and possible maladies, and deubtless hundreds of people had their vitality quenched and washed into their graves by the unreasoning application of method which is admirably 'suited to particular coses and constitutions. Half a oentury ago systematic phys: cal exercise was hardly thought of, and students, clerks, and people of seden tary habits and quiet pursuits suffered for want of muscular development and activity. Physicians and health re formers preaohed exercise to people who could not afford horseback riding, and had not time to walk enongh to get the exercise they required. The gym nasinm grew out of a necessity. But like other needful and useful things it has been carried to an extreeme, in many coses, which has proved injurious, not fatal. The notion has gained cur rency that exercise is a good thing in and of itself, and when a person has exhausted his vital forces by brain work it is only necessary to exercise his muscles in a vigorous way to regain his equlibrium. Expenditure of nerve power must be balanced by an equal expenditure in muscular activity, and if the time is shortened the action must be correspondingly increased in vio lence. The folly of this notion is ap parent when it is remembered that the system is a unit, and the vital force ex pended in one way cannot be recovered by another expenditure in a different way, any more than a man regains the money he expends out of one pocket by spending an equal amount from mother. It is constantly forgotten that recuperation requires rest as well as exercise, and that every tension of the will should be followed by a pas sive condition. Modern life is an ag gregation of activities. Everybody is on the jump. The faculties are strained to their utmost tension. Study, and business, and pleasure are done on the high-pressure principle, and the sane intensity of movement is carried over into recreation and appears in violent exercises in climbing, rowing, ball-play ing, and the performances of gymne- stum. It should be borne in mind that the antithesis of action is not action in another way, bat quiet and passive re pose. The vegetative processes must be respected, and the jaded faculties must be given time for recuperation, Tho thing wanted is not a crnsode on oalisthenics and the gymnasium, but a wise discretion in their use. We have learned how to make a perfect horse and ox and hound ; we have not yet learned how to moke a perfect man or woman. In this respect the wise old Greeks were far ahead of any modern people, and it wonld be well for our teachers to borrow a hint from their methods and experience. Grecian Brigandage. Writing of brigandage in Greece, the Cincinnati Gazette says: "The main object of brigandage is a financial one. The robbers are in want of money, and the best way for them to turn an honest penny is to steal it. When they cap ture travelers they help themselves to watches, money, end jewels, and any thing else that may be of value. Bat the end is not yet. They take the cap tives into the mountains and hold them for something more, and they are care ful to squeeze oat as much as possible. If the victim is a wealthy nobleman or some other purse-proud aristocrat they think it will be worth about 10,000 to release him, but if he is some ordinary mortal with no influential friends in Athens, a hundred or two hundred pounds will be sufficient. The foreign residents and travelers who happen to be in a Greek or Italian city when ran som is demanded for some unhappy wretch are frequently compelled to raise money to meet the demand. There is great deal of complaint at this, and mnoh of it is well founded. 'Why should I,' said a gentleman to me in Naples, ' be compelled to pay some thing every little while to get one of my countrymen out of tho hands of the brigands? I wouldn t venture where the scoundrels could catch me, and I wouldn't allow any of my friends to do if I could prevent it. But along comes some reckless fellow I never saw, goes into danger, and is captured. Then am appealed to on the ground of hu manity and all that sort of thing, and asked to help release him. It is his own fault if he is capiured. If he hod stayed away, as I do, he would have been safe, and not compelled to appeal to strang ers. If a man meets with an accident I am willing to help him, but I think it hard to be asked to contribute for a man who has deliberately and with his eyes open walked into trouble."' The Travels of St. Anthony of Padna. Curiously enough, the missing frag ment of Murrillo's " Appearance ef tho Infant Christ to St. Anthony of Padua" has tnrned np in New York. The prin- pal figure was out out from the pic ture, brought to this city and sold for $250 to a Broodway pioture-dealor. fortunately the dealer know the work and was ablo to secure it at once, and he has honorably turned it over to tho representative of tho HpaniBh gov ernment residing in this city. The original theft was, most likely, commit ted at Seville by some of the Spanish n3itti nd sent -to thig conntry in charge of comrades. It seems to have got into tbe country without detection by custom officers by being packed in small .compass. In a damaged condi tion it has at lost been rescued, and St. Anthony of Padua, after more adven tures than usually fall to the lot of his associates in the calendar, will find his way back to the shrine from which he was torn by sarcrilegious hands. Malleable Glass. The French journals contain an oc oount of experiments made with a new kind of glass so perfeotly annealed as to have lost all brittleness, wherefore the inventor calls it, justly or nnjuetly, malleable glass. His name is De la Bartre, and l he experiments were made at the workshop of the railroad com pany of Pont d'Ain, said company wish ing to ascertain the value of an inven tion which at the present day is exciting a great , deal, of interest, afspeciaily in such pursuits where glass is exposed to a great deal of strain and danger. A pane of common glass a qnarter of an inch thick, of which the borders were supported by a wooden frame, was laid on the ground. A copper weight of four ounces was droppep on its surface, elevating gradually tbe height of its fall. The glass broke at the shock caused by two and a half feet of fall, In place of that pane another, half as thick, was substituted, of one-eighth of an inch in thickness, of the glass tem pered after the new method. The same weight was dropped, raising success fully to the height of the ceiling of the hall, without causing any damage to the glass. The experiments were continued out side the building, and the experimenter climbed on a ladder leaning against wall, to let the weight fall. It broke at a fall from seventeen feet. It was then proved that the tempered glass does not break by shocks of longer or shorter duration, as the common gloss doe. It is broke in a great number of very small crystals, resulting from its new molecular disposition. When thrown on the ground the tempered glass rebounds, giving a special sound like that of the fall of a sheet of metal, The observations as to its resistance to heat have caused another series of experiments to be made. A strip of common gloss was laid flat over the flame of a lamp. At the end of twenty- four seconds a sudden noise told that the gloss was split. A glass annealed according to the new method subjected to the same conditions resisted indefi nitely. It was taken and plunged in a pail of water, put sgain all wet above the flame. It was in no way broken by the fire. Patents have been taken in France and in other countries. A society was formed at Bonrg by the aid of some friends, who have offered their testimo nials to the inventor. The buildings for manufacturing this kind of glass are in course of erection. J We add to these details, given by the local journals, that the inventor pat ented his process in France. The claim of his invention is : As soon as the malleability begins the glaEs is thrown at once in a greasy, rrsinous or other r.ubstanoe, previously heated to various degrees, in proportion to the nature and quality of the glass on which they operate. A nierican Girls,. A French traveler, who has recently passed some months on this side of the Atlantic furnishes the Revue des Deux Mondes qaite a lengthy sketch of life and manners in America. Witbout com ment we give that portion of his sketch in which reference is made to theman ners and customs of the average Ameri can girl. We imagine, however, that the picture drawn will be readily recog nized. The writer says : " The young American girls only live to have the best possible time. They are as free as can be. Fortunately, their exaggerated love of pleasure is checked by a calcu lating temperament, which saves them from many a fall. Then, the laws of the country protect them more efficient ly than ours would against the enter prise of the male intriguer. They do not, however, prevent many abuses, and fast young ladies are by no means a rarity in the city of New York. During the day they go with some friends, or with the escort of him who has the privilege to flirt with them, to the Cen tral Park. In winter they'go sleighing and tkating, and air their curiosity in all the stores of Broadway. There they get all sorts of goods spread out before them ; they ask the price of each, and buy none. The impassive salesman does not show the least sign of discon tent. There is a peculiar word for that singular custom. It is ' shopping. ' Another custom which is largely prac ticed by American ladies is to enter con fectionery shops and take ice creams at every opportunity. In the evening the same young ladies are teen the theatres and in the fashionable eating-saloons. If a great ball is given anywhere, you may be sure to meet them there. In summer they flock to atering places, such as Saratoga, Long Branch and Newport, where several times a day they make a display of dresses which might ruin a score of hus bands; or they cross the ocean, and astonish European folks by their merry freaks. Many people aeons tomed to our habits would not fancy such girls for wives ; and they may not be wrong ; but the truth is that these gay, light-hearted and often dangorous- imprudent girls niako, in the end, excellent wives and mothers. '" C itables W. Pi,rMMEB, a Newark J., sopiety-duck, had to pay Miss Grace E. Plummer, a belle of the same city, for " hugging her on the parlor sofa, kissing her every time they met, and going to sleep on her shoulder," the net sum of $5,000 ; but, as this sort thing went on for sixteen months, the bill was not excessive. Nice girl, Miss Plummer. " A clergyman " suggests ocean im mersion as preferable to cremation H says : " Funeral steamers might be provided, which, proceeding to a dis tance from land, could deposit the re mains beyond the reach of desecration, and whence injury oould not result to liTipg-" Important and Interesting Discovery of Art Treasures, Borne Letk r to tbe London Timp. There appears to be no limit to the wealth of art buried beneath the ruins of the ancient city. Oa Tuesday last some of the woikmen employed in clear ing away a quantity of fallen walls and debris for the purpose of leveling the newly marked out streets upon the E quiline, split off a mass of earth with their wedges, and, as it fell, out rolled a female head of great beauty.' The cleanness of the fraoture across the neck, and the indications that the place had never been disturbed sinoe ruin covered it, at once aroused expectation of finding the remainder of the statue or bust, whichever it might be. The archffiDlogioal eommissioc immediately set its men to work, and within a short time a second head the portrait of man was found, then the beautiful node body of the first, and direotly af terward its legs and plinth. A new Venus of the purest Parian marble had oeen discovered, is? this time it was dusk, bat the men had become too ex cited to think of leaving off. Of thair own accord they got torches, and con- tinning their work on into the night found a bast of Commodus, altogether unique in art. On the following morning a draped female statue, broken aorosa a little above the knees, but without the head and neck, which had been sculp tured separately to fit into the drapery, was first discovered, and then two statues of Tritons, as far as the hu man portions of the monsters were con cerned, that is, down to the hips. They had not been broken off at that point, bat were terminated in such a manner as would lead to the inference that the tails were originally of bronze. Next, tbe head of another Venus was found. and immediately a considerable portion of a semi colossal statue of Bacchus, whioh would also seem to have been formed of different materials. The portion discovered consists of the head. the right arm, and the whole of the front of the body down to the hips. The back was evidently cut away at the time when the work was sculptured, in order to fit it into the drapery, whioh was probably of bronze. The left arm, broken off at the shoulder, has not yet been found. On Thursday morning a second draped female statne was discov ered, of which, like the first, the head and neck were sculptured separately. to fit into tbe drapery ; then two male legs, which, from the similarity of the marble to that of the head found on the first day, probably formed ports of the same statue ; and, lastly, so far as the excavation has been carried, the heads of two female statues in all, six statues, a bust of Commodus, a head of Venus, and a male portrait head, and two legs, apparently portions of the same statue. The gem of these pieces of sculpture. all found together within the apace of a few square yards, is the Venn., as it is called. Its only claim, however, to be considered are presentation of the Paph- lan divinity consists, like that of the Capttoline Venus, in being perfeotly nude ; but instead of being a statue of a fully developed woman, it is that of lovely girl of seventeen. To use the words applied by Winkelmann to the Venus de Medici, " It is like a lovely rosebud bursting into bloom," and might not inappropriately be called Psyche, did not the style of art suggest an earlier period than the date of the fable. She stands with both feet upon the ground and close together, the left couple of irehes farther back, with the heel very slightly raised. A moment before she was erect, but she has dropped into an easier position, with the left knee bent forward and inwards against the right. Her left hand is resting on the knot of hair at tbe bock of her head, while her right holds the fillet she has already passed several times round it. In doing this she has wayed a little over and down to the right, bringing the left side forward. The shoulders are well set back, and the faoe is turned to the right and a little downwards, showing from the front not quite three qnarter view. The result of this action is the most beautiful flow of line from every point of view. Tbe modeling is perfect, the contours have that delicious softness given to the gradually increasing fullness of ap proaching development, together with all the beauty, charm and sweetness of youth, virginity and innocence. Alto gether it is the most perfect representa tion of pure, unconscious girlhood I ever beheld. On the ground at her ight is what appears to be a perfume box, ornamented with flowers like daisies, and upon a slender kind of bal aster, upon which her drapery has been thrown. This, of course, serves as the support to the statue, but does not intrude as closely upon the leg as the vase and drapory which support the Capitolino Venus. I may be somewhat nnduly impressed by the first sight of this "thing of beauty," but I am iuolined to think that it will take rank above the Medicean Venus. Judging from the execution, whioh is slightly unequal, and which, though good, is inferior to the beauty of the conception and modeling, here can be little doubt that the statue is a copy, b t from a master-piece. The marble, as I have said, is Parian of the rarest quality. The statue is broken across the neck, below the It ft and above the right knee, and above the U ft ankle. Tho nose is slightly broken at the tip, and the right arm bos not yet been found. TnE queen of England's daughters are examples to the rest of the fashion able world in industry and taste. At the royal Swiss cottage each of the princesses has a garden whioh she cul tivates with her own bands. They have learned to cook, and they frequently sit down to a meal prepared by one or the other. Louise, wife of the marquis of L jrns, is a clever artist. A wee bit girl in Cusoo, Wis., while at tho breakfast table, a few mornings since, made loud and repeated calls for buttered toart. After disposing of a liberal quantity of that nourishing arti cle, she was told that too much toast would make her sick. Looking wist fully at tbe dish for a moment, she thought she saw a way out of her diffi culty, and exclaimed : " Well, rive me annnzzer piece and annd frr ''rJL SAYINGS AND DOINGS. A DOCTOll'S STORY. Mrs. Rogers lay in her bed, Bandaged and blistered from foot to head. Bandaged and blistered from head to toe, Mrs. Sogers was very low. Bottlo and aaucer, apoon and enp. On tbe table stood bravery rrp ; ' Physic of bigh and low degree ; . Ca'omel, catnip, boneeet tea ; Everything a bod; oould bear, Excepting light, and water, and air. I opened the blinda ; the day was bright, And God gave Mrs. Boger some light, f opened the window ; the day was fair, And Qod gave Mrs. Rogers tome air. Bottles and blisters, powders and pills, Calnip, boneeet, sjrnp and squills ; DrngB and medicinea, high and lew, I threw them aa far aa I could throw. ' What are yen doing f " my patient cried, " Frightening death," I coolly replied. " You are crazy ?" a visitor said ; I flung a bottle at her head. Deacon Rogers he came to me ; " Wife is a oomin' around," aaid he, " I really think she will worry through j She scolds me Just as aha nsed to do. All the people have pointed and slurred All tbe neighbors have had their word ; Twos better to perish, gome of 'em say. Than to be cured in each an irregular way." Tour wife," eaid I, "had God'a good care. And bia remedies light, and water, and air. All the doctors, beyond a doubt. Couldn't have oared Mrs. Rogers without." The deacon emiled and bowed bia head ; Then your bill ia nothing," he said. God's be the glory, as yon say ; God blees yon doctor ; good day good day." If ever I doctor that woman again, I'll give her medicinea made by men. A Georgia farmer guards his smoke house with aciicleof sixteen bear traps. A good name will wear out ; a bad one may be turned ; a nickname lasts forever. It is better to be alone in this world than to bring up a boy to play on the aooordoon. A book baa been published called ' Half Hours with Insects." The au thor was not a regular boarder Jf. Y. Mall. A max may be properly said to have been drinking like a fish when he finds that be has taken enough to make bis head swim. oaqutn BttiiiiEB cut his hair on re"! turning to Ijondon, but preserved his poetia individuality by donning green pantaloons. Thkbb will be twe eclipses of the sun this year, one on April 6, not mn Die in the United States, and another on Sep tember 29, visible east of tbe Missis sippi. " Thar' lays a man who'd give his last chaw of terbacker to a starvin stranger, and then pay him for spit ting," was tbe eulogy pronounced on William Hart, of Tennessee. Thebk is nothing half so sad in life as tbe speotacle of an auctioneer at tempting to sell $15,000 worth of goods to an audience whose sggregate and tangible assets foot np thirty cents. Bomb physiogomists say that the back of a man, his bead, etc., show his real self more truly than his faoe, with its trained and oonsoious expression, in whioh he seeks to reveal or hide such parts of bis nature as he sees fit. Teb Tituaville Courier says that the production of petroleum in western Pennsylvania during the year 1874 wonld fill a canal thirty feet wide at the top, fifteen feet at the bottom, seven feet deep and over seventy-five miles long. Obaxoks are now raised in suoh quan tities, and of suoh excellent quality, the neighborhood ol Ualveston, Texas, that the importation ol tne fruit, it is thonght, will shortly cease at that port." A baby boy in Nevada has no hair, and the dootora say he never will have any. Perhaps the Almighty has hanged the style of getting np the masculine human in view of the well known modern propensity of wemen to yank something. The St. Lawrenoe county (N, T.) dairymen have been discussing the length of time a dairy cow should go dry. After twe hours' debate a vote was taken, whioh resulted in a six weeks' vacation for each dairy cow, beginning with the first of January of each year. Recipe fob GiiUB fob Kbadt Use. To any quantity of glue use (immon whisky instead of water. Pnt Dotn together in a bottle, cork tight, and put it away for three or fosr days. It will then be fit for use without the applica tion of heat. It will be found a useful and handy article for every household. The Chicago, Boak Island and Pa cifio railroad company has created a department of surgery" on their road. The department will have tne , supervision of all caaos of injury by acoident, and will attend to the broken and bruised bodies of the patrona of the road. Good ides, but not a oheer ful one to elaborate. Thib is the way one choir sings the first verse of Jerusalem, my happy home : " yiB- lu-Bah-leng, Yine-ln-au-lerig, Di-ming jih-ozire pan-pe ; Ling-cong z-'eo kyi-a we tao, Teh ulto ziu cji en-we ? The oboir to whioh we now refer is composed of Chinamen ; but there are plenty of American choirs that con sing it just as bodly. An observing Frenohmon thus writes of what he saw in this country: "In winter evenings, when there comes np one of those dense fogs whioh are so common over in America, it is no un usual thing to meet in the streets a man carrying a lantern, whicn reeemoics otie of our magio lanterns. He selects frequented spot, and when the crowd beoomes dense around him he turns his lantern towards the lowering clouds. At that instant, as if by miracle, the by standers behold in the midst of tho heavens, which do duty for a curtain, a gigantio advertisement recommending some dry goods establishment or cloth ing store. The second example is more simple, but not less ingenious. One often passes on the street a citizen alking rapidly, and treading with all his weight on the sidewalk. Ton draw near, and on the asphalt, in the trace left by the footprints of the personage in question, you read an advertisement, printed in clear and elegant characters. The man was a walking advertisement, d he wore shoes with nailed letters cn their soles."