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THE ST. CHARLES HERALD.
OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE PARISH OF ST. CHARLES. VOL. III., NO. 32. HAHNVILLE, ST. CHARLES PARISH, LA., SEPTEMBER 25, 1875. TERMS. S 3 A YEAR TIMELY TOPICS. Jefferson Davis, .has started from Memphis, on his ieeluring tour in the west. The pnblic debt statement for August shows a redaction of aboat a million and a half daring the past month. " Gams to his death hr accidental drowning," is Ute vercnetHbf^iJb Sah Francisco jar; in the case of Balaton. The Freeümen s bank commissioners think that a dividend oar be declared for the anfortnuate depositors by Christ mas. Philadelphia this year heads the list of United States ports in the molasses trade. The bulk of the importations for the year are usually made in the first half year. Recent reports say that the colony of Liberia ia prospering. New plantations nre developing, oommodions dwellings are going up, and the schools and churches are well attended. Next Tuesday will lie a blaok-letter day in the annals of Arkansas. No less than six murderers are theu to be exe cuted at Fort Smith. Arkansas can claim pre-eminence in one respeot at least The Atlantic Mills, at Lawrence, Mass., started on Monday, after being idle seven weekB. The stook on hand has been sold to good advantage. There ia a prospect now for steady employ ment for one thousand hands. The eminent oomposer, Gounod, has declined the directorshop of the pro posed American College of Music, gently hinting at the same time that an Amerioan institute of the kind should have an American director. bridge across the Ohio at Cincinnati, will perferm the feat of spanning the sixteen-hundred feet obasm with wire. The " wheat belt " ia enlarging its area. Arkansas, for instanoe, will ex pert small grains this year for the first time in its history. The same general tendency to raise more and buy less is observable throughont the south. The great suspension bridge between New Tork and Brooklyn is assuming shape. The towers on both sides will be completed next spring, and the Roe bttngs, who constructed the suspension so ' In an agricultural convention at Dalton, Go., a few days ago, a gentle man called on all present who owned sVep and no dogs to rise, and thirteen rose. He then called upon all who owned dogs and no sheep to rise, and sixty or seventy responded. Valmaseda has called on the loyal merchant« and planters of Cuba for $800,000 in gold to pay for the trans portation of the fresh troops from Spain. He gives each person twenty-fonr hours to respond favorably. If they do not uotim his cironlar they are declared rebels. Valmaseda will squeeze the gold out of these unfortunates. Thebe is evidence tua» the French government will put _ «top to the Ger man Oathc lie pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Loardes in the sonth of France, if it can de so. The pope has given his blessing to the movement, however, and he will hardly interdict it now. The Frenoh fear complications with Germany. The liabilities of the late bank of Cal ifornia are estimated at $14,000,000, and assets at $7,600,000. The stock holders will lose aot only their invest ment in stook, bnt will be heevily as sessed to pay the olaims of depositors, the entire Meets of the bank only fool ing up about eighty per cent, of such claims. _ The superintendent of the direct United States cable says messages are passing over the cable at a high rate of speed. Although the Faraday arrived at the location of the fault on the 22d of August, ten days after railing from London, she had only three days of moderate weather, daring which she picked np the oable in 2,500 fathoms, out out the fault, and made final splices. Despite the laws governing the im portation of sattle in England, which ate ao strict that if only one animal is found diseased the whole cargo ia slanghtered, the distemper hai broken out in Dorsetshire, and ia rapidly spreading. Happily, few cattle are brought to the United States from Europe, but tbe présent oiroamstanoes warrant every precaution being em ployed at Amerioan ports to guard our herds from this fearful plague. or a The government id reported to have more silver on bands than it ntn «tow to of from the Sah list first of and at away. An effort baa been made to f et spaoe in the Boston onstom-house, bat the blundering Mullett pat the vault in the aeoond story without sufficient sup ports, and only $3,000,000 can be placed there. Every money mill the govern ment owns is rattling out silver by the millions of dollars, and it looks as if thr secretary of the treasury contemplate Aj the speedy substitution of silver oci sTj for fractional rags. The mudh-mooted consolidation the Western Union and Atlantic & Pa oific telegraph lines has at last oome to pass, and the telegraph system almost of the entire continent of North Amerioa is now gathered into the control of vast monopoly. The Western Union absorbs the rival corporation, the terms of the transfer being a guarantee of an annual dividend of 7 per cent, npon 25 per cent, valuation of the stock of the Atlantic A Tacifiio, or $2,000,000. The recent pleasant weather in Great Britain and on the continent has en abled the farmers there to gather their crops with but little injury. The yield however, is deficient, both in quantity and quality, especially in Great Britain and France. In other parts of Europe there will be but little deficiency over last year. The entire surplus of the United States will, however, be con earned by Europe, and good prices will therefore be realized nntil the next har vest That which makes the farmer in Europe groan, makes the American granger smile like a basket of chips. Their future affords scaroely a hope, At last it looks as if the Oarlist cause was about to be abandoned. The render of Seo de Urgel was a sad blow to Don Carlos, who is represented as being greatly dispirited. It has bees followed by disastrous routs of smaller bodies of Carlists, who, besides being greatly outnumbered by the government troops, have bnt little hope for the fntnre, and fight only because their sit uation is desperate, and compels it. and we may look, therefore, far ah early disband?ning of the army and the flight of its leaders into France. The imprisonment of Cortina, the border bandit, in the City of Mexico, has not had the effect of restoring peace along the Bio Grande. The brigand's former companions are continuing the cattle raids, in the conduct of which he so well instructed them. Our govern ment is now fitting out additional light draught gunboats for immediate servie* on the river, but it is problematical whether this will have the desired effect, as long as the Mexican government is not strong enough to ourb its own law less population on the "free zona." Thebe ia a good deal of interest at the east relative to the location of the new mint at the west New Tork wants a coining offioe in connection with the assay offioe there, and will combine with Chicago if Chicago will anpport her (daim. Philadelphia will fight New Tork's enterprise, for if oarried it would make the Quaker city a secondary place in tbe matter of coinage. Philadelphia will also form a combination with some western city to defeat New York. If New York and Chicago nnite, Philadel phia and St Lonia will form a combina tion. The question, at any rate, will create a good deal of trouble in tbe next congress. She Cored Him. At last she completely cured had patiently endured " la ef wives him. dured For months she the pangs so many are compelled to suffer. Almost every morning at breakfast the heartless bus band expressed the hope that he might live to s«e the day when he eould get such coffee as he nsed to get at home ; or such corn bread as his mother was wont to msks and bake. At dinner the meat was overbaked in the range. To be snre his mother used to roast tbe meat in an old-fashioned Dutch tin even, and the piece was alwayr done to a turn—the last torn of toe revolving spit. Those days were forever gone. But he might and ought to get such a green apple pie with new cheese as his mother need to give him. At length the long suffering wife arose in her wrath, upset tbe table, seeding the dishes and their contents clashing to hne carpet, strided over to her astonished band, and gave him a box on the which knocked him off his ohair.and the sad a »ave him a box on the remarked : " There's a clip over tbe head, snoh as year mother used to give you when yon was a boy." Thereafter there was domestic peeee and quiet in that house, with never even an allusion to the maternal oookery and oomforts of the bygone days. —The newest rage at the summer re sorts is the Chinese sun-shade. It is a very peculiar affair and somewhat unique—hence its popularity among young women at the seaside who act and call themselves fashionable. They are cheap, and the fact is calculated to make them still more fashionable. „ to of m His be His San Dr. Mr. of for his His hia The the man be fall. died of f et bat in sup the thr Aj - sTj ** to an the en the in as THE BORE. Ag»ln I bear the creaking step. He'« rapping at tbe door 1 Too well I know tbe boding sonnd That ushers in a bore, I do not trem ble when I meet The «tontest of my foes Bnt heaven defend me from the friend Who comes but never goee He drop« into my easy chair And aaka about tbe news. He perpe into my manuscript. AüdJbveSlhia^andirt visita; ' * He tell* me where he likes the Hne, And where he s forced to grieve ! He iskes the strsngeet liberties— Bnt neve» tak a his leave. He read* my daily paper* through Before I've seen a word, He scans the lyric (that I wrote)— Asd think* it quite absurd. He calmly smokes my last cigar, Aid then he a*ks for more ; He open* everything he sees- Except the entry door. He talks about bis fragile health, And tells me of his pains. And of a score or more of ill*, Of which be ne'er complains : And hsw he struggled once with death To keep the fiend at bay : On themes like thoee away he goe>— But never goea away. He tellameof the carping words Some ihallow critic wrote, And eveiy precious paragraph IVnilitriy can quote ; He think« the writer did me wrong, He'd like to run him through ! He rays a thousand pleasant things— But never say* " adieu i" I mean to take the knocker off ; Put crape upon the door; Or bint to lohn that I am gone To «tay s month or more. I do not tremble when I meet The stoutest of my toff, But heaven defend me from a friend Who never, never goe*. THE DEAD BANKER. Something About the Monte Christo of tfic Pacific Coast, W. C. Ralston, the president of the bank of California, who is supposed to have drowned himself on Friday last, was, in many respects, the most re markable man of the present century. He was intimately known to many of our leading citizens, several of whom were entertaiaed at his beautiful country residence within the Dast few weeks. Ralston was born on a farm near Wellaville, in Columbiana * County, Ohio, and in early life served as clerk on boats between Portsmouth aud points on the lower Ohio. He also run „ u the trade to 8t. Louis, rad in oar uaii line here. He prospered, and in ims built the old steamer Memphis »ere in 1847, and run her in the Mem »his and New Orleans trade. In this rade he made a fortune of $100,000. He was afterward oaptaic of a boat that am from New Orleans up the Missis i and Missouri, and afterward drifted to California, where he first appeared clerk in a bank. Later he became cashier of another bank, and during this time speculated with remarkable He was afterward appointed osahier of the bank of California, an institution greater in its influence, if possible, than the bank of England. Ralston held this position in '72, and ■hortly after became president of the bank. He waa no Jim Fisk, in any sense of the term. He was the pro jector of the Pacific coast, prominent among which were the Kimball manu factoring company, an establishment employing 2,000 men, and engaged in the manufacture of furniture, railway ooaohes, etc ; tbe Pacifio watch oom pany; rolling-mills and machine shops; and not the least among them all, the Palaoe Hotel, one of the largest in the world. In the construction of this vrat building be personally superintended and directed the work, compelling the architect to oonform to his plans. In the management of this hotel he devoted two hoars daily, amid the multifarious duties that devolved upon him. He was always ready to assist in any enterprise that would advance tbe in terests of his section, and never failed to give hearty encouragement to bnsi raen. Belmont, hia oountry rési deras, situated about» thirty miles from Ban Francisco, near San Jose, was a magnifioent structure. It would lodge sixty two people elegantly, and every arrangement was on the most superb scale. His stables contained nearly one hundred of the finest horses that could be purchased; and his carriages, of varions kinds, were proportionately numerous. He entertained a large number of people daily, but particularly on Satur days and Sundays hi" invitations were (enerously extended and aooepted. No iotel oonld vie in profusion and luxury with Ralston's entertainments. His (nests, if they traveled by rail, would m met at tbe depot with elegant car riages, drawn by four horses, and were driven to Belmont through delightful scenery. He was the modern Monte Cristo. His power to command gold seemed to be unlimited. In his personal appear anoe Ralston was plain and unassuming. His apparel gave no indication of wealth. He was the personification of business. Only a few weeks ago, while visiting San Francisco, Mr. George W. Morris. Dr. Dennis Long, Mr. W. Hite, Jr., Mr. Muldoon, and ' everal other citizens of Louisville who had known Ralston for years, and admired him, partook of generous hospitality at Belmont, death a..... his His death will be sincerely regretted by hia Louiarille friends. Thom who knew him intimately judge him well The morning the telegraph announced the fadnre of the bank, and the ex citement consequent upon it, a gentle man in this i-ity just from the Pacific coast predicted tnat Ralston would not be able to endure the disgrace of his fall. The prediction was too trne. He died in the prime of manhood, amid a wreck of falling fortunes and tbe ruin of vast interests. is of a to In of to of and He at In be me but he last And Affrr all, such men are invaluable. They» re worth an army of plodders. Theywrest fortune from fate itself. Through their indomitable energy and wondîrfnl brain power they build up and boite vast interests, which cans« desefts to bloom and hamlets to spring into iities. They make and unmake. Whep they fall ruin and distress follow; but, ifter all, it ia better to have ao oomp^sh ij much and then failed, than to have done nothing for one's country or fellow-man. The ble.isings which accompnny the worker will outweigh the curses which naturally follow failure. Pre-natal Homicide. Archbishop Lynch, of Toronto, does excellently well to reprove pre-natal homicide upon all proper occasions, but when he ventures to say that "in the New England States an ungodly people are exterminating themselves from the face of the earth, and a chaste and God fearing people are succeeding to their inheritance," the little adjective " un godly " is likely to go far toward upset ting the whole of his argument. Are the Catholic Frenoh an " ungodly peo ple ?" It is certain that the crime of abortion is practiced much more oon Btantly in Franco than in New England, and with results which approach much nearer to the point of arresting increase of population. Must it for that reason be assnuedthat the "ungodly " Frenoh are exterminating themselves from the face of the earth in order to make room for the chaste. God-fearing Germans ? Such a conclusion will scarcely suit Archbishop Lynch, nor yet those to whom his remarks were addressed. But the French are seriously oonoerned about the decreased growth of their oountry in popnlation and the causes which Lave led to this, asking them selves waether the cold blooded theory be indeed trne, that races, like individ uals, have a limited existence, and that there are young races which blot out the old aid decrepid ones by mere oon tact witk them. M. Sadillot, of the French institute, has lately been ex amining into tbe general question of the vital functions of a nation with special nference to the resources of Franoe in these respects, and his Du Revelcmsnt de la France is a pregnant and instructive work. Omitting refer ence to all that is embraced in this valuable' book except the subject touched Tipou by Archbishop Lynch, we find that the French marriage bed is unfertile in comparison with the Eng lish. In the first place, the proportion of marriages to the total population is much greater in England than in Franoe; in the second place, the mean of chil dren bom to an English marriage is four, while that to a French marriage is only three. Here is a difierenoc, really startling, of 25 per cent against the Frenoh, and the proportion of it due to aboition must necessarily be large. One cause of this diminished fecundity naturally is that the Frenoh do not marry so early in life; the higher classes do not marry mnch younger than thirty, while the age of restes t fecundity is between twenty ive and thirty-five. The large drafts of young men into the army is also a deterrent agency ; but pre-natal homi cide is after all the chief cause, and how large a part it plays may be gath ered from the significant foot that, while the average mortality of infants under one year old is for all France twenty in a hundred, in some departments rising to thirtyjaix per cent., the death of suoh inf aits born out of wedlock range from double to triple thjs percentage. In the regions about PariB the deaths of illngitxnste children run from fifty to seventy per cent, of the births in tbe first year, and it is a well known fact that in Pitis the nnmber cf illegitimate births exceeds tbe number of legitimate ones. Tim New England States show a much mom healthy condition of things than this. Taking the whole United States thiougn, as compared with the other countries, we find that in one hun dred thouiand persons the proportion of popnlation under one year is, in the United SUtes 3,212 ; in England and Wales, 2,929 ; in Italy, 3,319 ; in Nor way, 3,042; in Franoe, 2,169 ; in Massa chusetts, with its large manufacturing and town population, 2,419. If Arch bishop Lynch will compare these fig ures he will discover that Catholic Franoe is in much greater danger of being depopulated than ungodly New England ; but, per contra, that Catholic Italy is more prolific than either the United States or Protestant England,— New York World. A Scene from Life. —A young man entered the bar-room of a village tavern and called for a drink. " No," said the landlord. "yoo]have had delirium tremens once, and I cannot sell you any more." He stepped aside to make room for a couple of young men who had just en tered, and the landlord waited upon them very politely. The other had stood by silent and sullen, and when thev finished, he walked np to the land lord and thus addressed him ; "Six years ago, at their age, I stood where those young men are now—I was a young man with fair prospecte. Now, at the age of twenty-eight. I am a wreck, body and mind. You led me to drink. In this room I formed the habit that baa been my rain. Now sell me a few glasses more, and your work wijj be done. I shall soon be out of the way ; there is no hope for me ; bnt they can be saved. Do sell it to me and let me die, and the world will be rid of me; but for heaven's sake sell no more to them." The landlord listened, pale and trembling. Setting down his decanter, he exclaimed, " So help me, this is the last drop I will ever sell to any one." And he kept his wo. d. a in a for of of cial the of to on by of in and and to Mr. try a to in is ties be has use as a and ner Go-oper&trve Business Idea. The Mississippi Valley Trading com pany has five hundred thousand live working members in England, with an active business capital of twenty-five million dollars. This company is tbe natural outgrowth of new ideas in re gard to productive industry, and the exchange of the fruits of labor by tbe producing elaaras of one nation and one continent with those of the same classes living in another nation, perhaps on a different continent. The managing director of this company is Mr. T. D. Worrall, wbo, by invitation (with others) recently addressed a large meet ing in St. Ixmis. He said "the plan of oo-operation was the salt which was to savor this country. The grange oper ation began by bay ing at wholesale and distributing to it* members. The plan will do harm. If the natrons of nns bandry will adopt the Rockdale plan it will prosper. As a people, Americans want to do too much at once. Begin with a small amount of capital; but be gin. Hire a clerk; the committee, how ever, must ran the machine. They must meet once a week with great punctuality," etc. Mr. Thomas, presi dent of the Leed's co-operative socie ty, gave an intending account of the rue and workings of that organisation From very humble beginnings the profits of the society were now twenty five thousand dollars a year. He ra marked, that "a* soon as a man be comes a co-operator, he begins to think and to save, and tue result is that he be ones a better citizen. He felt con fident that cooperation, if faithfully «mied ont, wouldrevilt in incaloulable good to the peoplftof America. Co-operative idtas have taken a strong bold of tbe people who apeak the tbe English language on both aides of the Atlautio. Tkev number some eighty million souls, including tbe British Provinces lorth of the United States. Fraternal lympathy, free trade and greater econony in the adminis tration of government affairs, will be among tbe first fruits of the cordial union of the industdal classes of Great Britain and this republic. It ia tbe be ginning of changes in. agriculture, man ufactures, trade, tansportation and of reforms in government, of unknown extent, and of mestimable value. These representative men are of a type ♦ha* has never betete eleltad'fliX oountry, and will carry book to England information gathered in New Orleans, Memphis, Georgia, St. Louis and other places in the south and wesi, of telling influence on the minds of both capital ists and operatives in a land whion has a redundant population. Business in tercourse and confidence between millions of laboring people living partly in Enroue, and partly in America, are a new feature iu the progress of modern civilization, and in the distribution and accumulation of wealth. The Valley of the Mississippi is beginning to be better understood, and more appreciated in London, the center of the world's com merce and capital. The agricultural resources of this vast water-shed of more than a million square miles, call for an industrious, enterprising people of at least one hundred million to own and cultivate the soil. One English man (Mr. Grant) bas purchased in Kansas, and is settling with immigrants over 300,000 acres in one body. We have no doubt of the auooeas of the effort to deepen the water at the mouth of the Mississippi, ao that ultimately some 20,000 miles of river front can ship direot to any part of the commer cial world. Scientific engineering, backed by oo-operative industry and oapital, will in a few decades show what the waters of the great lakes and rivers of North Amerioa were made for. Them waters are placed by nature in a position to have a thousand fold greater agri cultural and mechanical foroe than is now appreciated. Such lakes as Su perior and Michigan, plaoed so high above sea-level, do not elsewhere exist on the globe. The affluents of the Mis sissippi are constructed not only hard by on the same continent, bnt on the same magnifioent soale. Tbe intelli gence, industry, enterprise and oapital of the best parts of the Old World find in the Valley of the Mississippi room and verge enough to invest their labor and money, and plant their offspring to become a part of a nation whose fntnre is so full of promise. Direot trade with the south and west is what Mr. Morrall and Mr. Thomas seek.— Nashville American. try Tho American Tea. —Georgia is going to her hand once more at tea growing, ose who have investigated the subject assure us that the obstacle to the cul ture of tea successfully in the southern states is the want of experience, bnt chiefly of cheap labor. The tea tree of China has been grown by several per sons in Georgia, from tbe Piedmont region lo the sea coast. This enrub ia a hardy and vigorous evergreen, and thrives as well with us as it does in China and Japan. It grows fiom three to five feet high, s neat, compact, laurel leaved shrub, with pretty white flowers in Spring, and is quite ornamental. It is perfectly hard and will stand any ex posure to the ehmate, and bra been tested in Athens and many other locali ties in Georgia. We are told it would be an easy matter for any family that has a home and a few feet of ground to produce their own tea, and a little to sell. I*s general introduction for home use would must likely lead to its pro duction for the people to learn before they are able to manufacture the article as we get it from China ; but it is said a very good tes, and free from adultera tion,'can be made by simply picking and drying the leaves in tbe same man ner that sage leaves are cured.— New York Bulletin, of o FACTS AND FANCIES. —The papers ara Always saying smart things, and one of them has just said this: ^ "No young lady who vaines her happiness will marry a widower until ta least his first wife is demi." —The Troy Times ia assured by the chief signal officer that, not withstand ing the periodical exoeaaivo rainfall, the aggregate rainfall in the United States is not increasing. —The following is significant of .Spanish morality; "NoSpanish maiden, however poor, or however low her rank, can ever walk alone in tne street even for a few paces; if ahe does ao her character ta gone." —Little Alio«» was crying bitterly, and on being questioned, confessed to having received a slap from one of her playfellows "You should have re turned it," unwisely said the questioner. "Oh, 1 returned it Itefore," «aid the tittle girL — Happy Bridegroom —"More money, madam ! More money ! (lav e you for gotten that my money lias bought everything that you jHissess the very dress that yon staud in ?" Bride "No, air; nor hare I forgotten tUat your mourn has bought wuat stan lai i it" --A ragged little urchin came to a lady's door asking for old clothes. She brought him a vest and a pair of trows era, which she thought would be a comfortable fit. The scapegrace took the garments and examiued each ; theu, with a diaoonaolahle look, said ; "There ain't no watch pocket." — Madame de Staël wrote on an al bum reoeutlv delivered. "When two beings truly love each other, they obey without knowing, and that state of mutual dependence constitutes the warmest and mildest of tyrannies." —During a clerical conference, tbefol lowing conversation waa heard lietween two newsboys : "1 say, Jim, what's tbe meaning of ao many ministers being here altogether ?" "Why," answered Jim, «eortifully, "they alwaya meet once a year to swap sermons." —"What wealthy old fellows those Knickerbockers mast have been," said setrenj«». walking thronst* one of our ancient graveyards. "Why so?" asked his companion. "Beoanae," answered the first, "I so» 'Died rich' inscribed on so many of tbs tombstones." —A London paper tells of a oountry man being taken to a theatre, and when the lights were down and the play had commenced he was offer*»d the use of an opera glass. Examining it as closely as the darkne's of the place would per mit, ne plaoed >t to his month and turned it upwards. Finding that no liquid was coming-out of it, he handed it back in despair, : "It's empty, John; there's not a single drop in't man " —How much greater is the power of an old song, with simple air and words, than that of those more difficult and artistic ones which sometimes throw professional musiciana into ecstasies of delight ! It may not be because there is more music or feeling to it; but it is endeared to the hearts of the common people through familiarity, and as sociated with home scenes of love and affeotion, and appeals to sentiments and feelings that oonld not be awakened otherwise. —Miss Minkler, of Story county, Nev., deserved a better fate. Both her arma were taken off at once by the sickle of a reaper. Her father and the hired man were paralyzed with horror. Miss Minkler quietly called to them each to seize the stumps above the wound and oompress them them, which they did. She then told them to walk her to the road, and they obeyed. She was taken home smiling, the wounds were dressed and the-poor girl is gointng to recover.— Chicago Tribune. —During a dense fog a Mississippi steamboat took a landing. A traveler anxious to go ahead, came to the un perturbed manager of the wheel and asked why the boat stopped. "Too mnch fog; can't ses the river." " But you can see the stars over head." Yes, replied the urbane pilot; "but until the biler busts we ain't goin' that way." The passenger went to bed sat isfied. —Addison says : "I have always pre ferred cheerfulness to mirth. The lat ter I consider as an aot, the former as a habit of the mind. Mirth ia short and transient, cheerfulness fixed and per manent. These are often raised into tbe greatest transports of mirth who are subject to the greatest depression of melancholy ; on the contrary, cheer fulness, though it does not give tbe mind such an exquisite gladness, pre vents ns from falling into any depths of sorrow. Mirth is like a flash of light ning which breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment ; o jeerfulness keeps up a kind of day light in tbe mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity." —All the ladies wear a medal or a cross, attached to a ribbon, round their necks. On close inspection I saw that these medals and crosses were the sane as given to distinguished men for ser vices rendered to their oountry ou the bat 1 le- field. On inquiry, also, I ascer tained that they were in reality the medals and crosses of the husbands of the ladies who wore them, and that it was now to be the fashion of all ladies to show in this way that their husbands are decorated. "So," they say, "we are snre that this fashion at least will not be copied by the vulgar "—Paris Correspondence.