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IaaUltsbTaaeb.es, neatly and picn:;tly eze
outed at this offloe on reasonable tonus
Are requested lo hand In their favors as carl
i o the week as possible.
All orders for job work or s trertisinsr, when
tent by mail, will receive ss prompt attention
at If patties called In person.
Advertisements not nuclei contract must be
plainly marked the length ot time desired, or
they will be continued and char; for til or-
ored oat.
The organization of the new com
pany for building the Isthmus of
Darien canal has been completed at
fans, and the capital all subscrib
ed, uour French bankers and a
dozen American capitalists are at
the head of It. Such are the power-
mi oomuinauons existing tnat con
cessions from the Isthmus Govern
ment will be secured. The company
wait me report of tne united States
exploring expedition to go to work.
W. P. Pbun, of Beilesille,ni.,con
tradiots the statement made by the
Louisville Courier-Journal that the
Advertiser in that city was abandon
ed by Shadrock Penn, his father, on
account of the opposition of George
D. Prentice. Mr. Penn saya that af
ter life father left Louisville and es
tablished the Reporter in Bt. Louis
In 1841, the Advertiser was atlll con
tinued by his old partners. Back &
A few days since live geese,o weed
by a man living at Mormon Island,
California, died from an unknown
disease;and on examiningthe gizzard
of one, grain gold sufficient to make
live-dollar piece ras fonnd. The
remaining four panned out, each, al
most the same amount of the pre
cious stuff. The gold was probably
picked up by the fowls near some
claims wnefe the miners had been
sluicing, and it is presumed that the
anlcksOver attached to it caused
ieir death.
Hbke is a brave Down- East sol
dier entitled to honorable mention.
Daniel K. Weld, of Abbot Village,
lie., who served in the 84th Penn
sylvania Regiment, has written to
the Commissioner of Pensions to say
that be is stoat and well again, and
does not want a pension any longer,
being amply able to support himself
by his own labor. The astonished
Commissioner replies that he will
strike Mr. Weld's name from the
rolls, and that he considers him to be
"a disinterested patriot."
TheNational Telegraph Company
has commenced the construction ol
a two-iine wire between New York
and Washington, D. C, and has al
ready built a portion of the lies be
tween Baltimore and Washington.
By an arrangement between the
company and the proprietors of Lit
tle's automatic telegraph patents,
the inventions of that gentleman
will be used in working the new line,
which, if successful, it s understood,
will be the initial section of a gener
al system of telegraph throughout
the country.
Borne idea may be gathered of
ex ten tf to which the use, or rather
abase of the franking privilege is
carried, by the fact that each mem
ber of Congress gets 3,150 pounds of
Agricultural Report, 981 pounds of
Patent Office Report, and 1,1M
pounds of Congressional Globe. Add
these together aud multiply It by the
number of members of Congress,
then estimate the crowd of Congress
men's friends who periodically gath
er at Washington, all of whom
sponge on their representatives, and
tfaeu add in the forged franking
which forms no small item, and the'
people can see how liberally our
mall facilities are made use of at pub
lic expense.
Teb news from Russia seems to
leave no room for doubt on the ques
tion Whether the Jews are or are not
to be persecuted. An imperial ukase
has been issued rendering Jews lia
Me to military service up to the age
jf 81, whereas Christiana are exempt
alter 23. Jewa marry youug, ana
this regulation is intended to fall
wltbeanecial severltv udoo them.
But if they choose tojturn Christian
they will be released from liability
to military service altogether. It
is the old atory proselytism by matu
foroe. The Kussfan jews win. aouot
lese, torn their steps to the United
Htatei, as the proscribed and per
secuted of every -nation have done
for between two and three centuries
past. jjtaAjBssss-
A sad affair in Manchester, Conn.,
should be a warning tc school teach
ers against the possible dangerous
consequence of sonic punishments
thattfeem perfectly safe. The story,
as told by a correspondent of the
Hartford Courant Is, in substance,
that a little gul, 9 years old, attend
ing a public school in Manchester,
having failed to realte ber geogra
phy lesson, perfectly on Thursday,
was requited on Friday to repeat the
lesson ror snaa aay and tne day be-
She failed again, and. as a
shment, was required to stand
the floor in a passage-way. where
there was a draft of cold air, while
be learned it. She stood there for
an ksjtur, and afterwards was compel
led to stand in the school-room five
hours longer, till she learned Thurs
day's lesson, and for an hour more
iiik w iwru rnusy i, auu hh
n iiLiinr nniui urn n hi . i . t 1 1 m'iii
health and spirits onFriday moro
ns-, n iinn nr nrnnv ner iper n.'i.Hti
w rnvwv i j ouv nun. . ... i
soon becoming delirious, trying to re
peat tne lesson which was the occa
sion of her punishment, and begging
of her teacher leave to take her seat.
After a few days of this agony she
died. An investigation by the School
Committee was demanded and held.
the committee finding that the
teacher was. guilty of an error iu
judgment. 3P
Rome HavM nun the nommunitv in
the vicinity of Carter's btation, Vir
ginia, was considerably exercised
oyer the announcement that Mr.
.Lyon, who lived in the neighborhood,
bad married his mother. It seems
that Lyon's father bad been twice
married, and the children by the
first wife continued to Ile In the
family after the second marriage.
Lyon the father, died, leaving his
second wife a widow, and Lyon, the
son, married his father's widow.
The clerk issuec the license without
a knowledge of tbe facts and the min
ister requested to solemnize tbe mar
riage declined ; a magistrate likewise
refused, and the pair crossed over to
Stony Creek, where they were un
known, and were married.
The book list of the Messrs. Har
pers forms a volume of above 8000
pages, and contains the titles of more
Uaaa,000 publications.
JN Lake aug 1870
" ... , 3 , -
VOL. Y, NO. 2.
. and
"Principles, not Men."
$2 per
Annum, In ADVANCE.
WHOLE NO. 209.
This ludicrous, yet popular sons with the
masses id quite old, having; been suns; Ions; be
fore the war by the negroes of Georgia. It is
wall known teat a Urn-engine bora the name
of -'Shoo fly," In savannah, as far baek ss
1850, having derived its name from this simple
and senseless song. As a matter of curiosity
to hundreds wko have had the clio-us ringintr
ing in .'heir ears on ' every hand lor several
Its past, we (five tne worm or wnat may
(nully be termed the souk of the period :
Shoo. Fly! Don't Hsddcr Mai
I think I hear de angels sing,
1 think I hear di aJigals iug.
I think I hear d ungi-U sin-'
De-angels jijijrj omJuaksWaSak J u
1 feel, I (eel, T ft el
Uat's wlistm) nwdder said
i De angel pouring 'lasses down
tTpea dis nigger's hesl.
Cbobus 9noo, ilyl don't bodder mel
Shoo, fly! don't bodder mel
Shoo, n 1 don't bodder me!
I belong to Uomp'ny U.
I feel, I feel, I feel.
I feel like a morning star;
I feci, f reel, 1 feel,
I fisfl likeamornirur star;
I feel, I feel, I feel; '
I fuel like a moruiug star;
I feel, 1 feel, 1 feel,
1 feel nice a in. Tiling slur,
irr sarep ln.de son, rsniajger lmoa.- - VJ
If 1 sleep In de sun, du nigger knows.
Iff sleep In de sun, UIs nigger fcnowj,
A fly come stl g him on de nose.
I feel, I feet, 1 letl
Dat's what my modder sai.l
Whenever dta nigger gwa to sleep
He must oober up his head.
Chorcs Shoo, fly! don1 1 bodder mo 1 etc.
The lamplight fi
un pale a
'w . 1
"Silence rt lift ttrwutfeTSTffrjss;
Nothing is idle here but the sighing
Tlis lstopllght f:ils on t-ariy Graos.
Uivlmry wane an neaxis ueguuing;
"LuWTdrenl" ' 'Such chai mioa style!
1. o 1
Xanaht SB d bBt da
Notning is idle tteeii hi
and smile;
e smiling .
The lamplight falls on a pale still face,
On Dale still flnjrer
fingers idle lying;
Why so startled.
irtled. silly slaves?
Work I erejrk
No one 1 idle I
i a pale wan fo
i anger i ever laying;
.1 It
"Pretty good far one day's wcrte"
Farmer Rankin rubbed bis hands
briskly together, alter depositing in
his desk a contract between himself
iud a poor neigh bor.
"Pretty good, Itttle wife. Do you
know how fast the money comes in?
There is nothing like making good
bargains. Pass the apples ana cider,
Mrs. Rankin Jtooked up from her
sewing with (fried gazo. -I
hope you havWTiot been too hard
with him, John ; his family is vary
"I have given & fine job to him
and his boys. They can do well
enough at eighty-se an, or even at
seventy-five cents a cord for wood
chopping. I paid only fifty cants per
cord las winter."
"I thoue-bt-voa
od wtre Tiaying
uonar i
' said us wite.
"1 am paying according to my
agreements," replied Mr. Rankin in
a tone of slight displeasure. There
was something in his wife's manner
that -repee-ved bin. s be- wati
the busy fingers, as they shot the
needle with a sharp elicit through
the cambric.
The children bad retired, and
Farmer Rankin sat toying with the
rich, mellow apples before him, while
His wire kept on at her sewing
"John I" . TVi
"Are you not paying, Thomas
Barnes one dollar percora or cutting
wood in your woods "
"You will have to draw it hree
"Aoout that."
"You are to pay Je Miller eighty
seven cents per cOrd for wood cat in
his woods, and you will have to
draw it two miles and a half."
"Yes, quite a saving of time'' and
money. There, wife; I understand
that peculiar look of yours, which al
ways warns me of a lecture on eth
ics. I tell you I have done well
enough by him. If I can give a man
a good job, and at the same time
make it profitable to myself, you
ought to be pleased. Joe Miller wish
es w clear his land. I am' to give
hfm eighty-seven cents per cord for
two hundred cords. I have paid fif
teen dollars in advance, and am to
pay the balance as soon as it is piled
and measured."
"It will take them a long time to
OUt f hat nr i h-aLlaa uir.ling
what ihey will be obliged to burn in
the meantime. And! what are tbe
family to do while they are cutting
it? They are 4rMKrtt, npou his
daily labor for fcehbread. I heard
him tell you tksat the money you
paid aim would scarcely hug tbe
beats that he and his boys mnfcSbavye
before tliey can Work." .
"That Is no concern ofinine. If I
pay when tbe work is done, it will
be quite enough more - than many
others would do. Before commenc
ing:, they can work out a few days,
and earn bread and meat enough to
last them through the time."
"We are not eiuded by wnat otn-
ers would do. The ntfesthni 1", what
others would do." The question is,
what ought we to do? Can you
afford to pay Thomas Barnes one
dollar per cord ?"
ar. JtanKin winced under tne,
penetrating-took of bis wife.
"Yes, bu"r could not get it done
Barnes knew the market price of
wood, and knew JusV how much I
can draw in one day."
"Then Thomas Barnes understands,
the worth of labor better than Joe'
"Yes, I save jusf twepty-six dol
lars on the chopping, provided he fills
the contract, and fifty if hot. The
difference in drawing and furnishing
the wood makes what T call a good
bargain," said Mr. Hankin. with a
.low chuckle, as he quaffed a glass of
"Sav. rather.a bad bargain, my
nusoana," saia airs. Kankin, with a
nan -smotnerea sign, 'jaargaina a re
rrh W a.rr.i In
uot to be estimated by dollafsan d
cents only. If we cannot stand self
aoquittea in our deali ngs with others,
we are miserably poor, heaping up
dross instead of gold. I am very sor
ry to see you taking advantage of a
poor man's necessity."
"Nonsense f" said Mr. Rankin, con
temptuously. ''Your nice distinc
tions of right and wrong will not
bear the wear acid tear of business."
"They will bear tbe light of eteriial
truth; and wbatevercan survive-that
ordeal can bear the best of this poor,
perishable world. According to your
expressed ideas of conducting busi
ness, yon make it a sin to accumu
late wealth."
"How so?"
"If there is no way of making bus
iness remunerative through strict
Integrity, then is it wrong to accum
ulate wealth ; and if wrong to aeeum- j
ulate it, Wrong to possess it. Thus
ri;rht to ensraire iu any enterprise de
pendent upon money for advance
ment. All branches of business are
notebually cmolumental :a man id
free to shoose."
"Ah! roy-.UUl iheorist ! nothing
shortof a theoracy , could ever bring
men op to your standard ."
"I would have every man heed the
whisperings of the conscience which
God has planted in his breast. Had
you sci ven Joe Miller terms a little
easier you would be better satisfied
with yourself, my husband ; you
know the conditions are nam."
"He went away satisfied In all,
save wanting Ms nay on every twen
ty-flve cords. But f knew he wuld
not cut on such terms half as much
as'I want. They wiikhave to work
a little harder; but, when they get it
aoue, tney will have more money
than they ever had, at once, it is a
fine chance for Joe Miller to pay for
hts land. I intend to give them an
the chopninar they can do for a year;
but he is a slow, indecisive sort of a
fallow one of your honest sort, wife
Bah II despise such men. They are
mere fungi in every thing they under
take ttiat requ-.res tact aua perserer
ance always, poor."'
"The victims of too many good bar
gains, perhaps."
Mr. Raukiu bit his Hp in chagrin.
"Your conclusions are forced and
cruel." continued his wife. "If you
can afford to pay Thomas Barnes one
dollar per cord ana you are not tne
man to nay It unless you find it prof
itable you can and ought to pay Joe
Miller the same. rte nas a large.
needy family, and be probably felt
compelled to make the most of tbe
'I tell you, wife, he was delighted
when he east up the amount, and
found that be could so neatly pay for
his land. I told him I would give
him on snfch terms all the chopping
he can do."
"Therein lies another wrong. You
held up a glittering temptation, that
the poor man oou Id not resist. Alas
for poor human-nature I It seemed so
easy to reach out his band and grasp
the bubble ; for bubble it is. John
Rankin, you know ne cannot fill that
contract without distressing his fami
ly, and you could, as well as not,
have given him more time, as you
will not draw the wood before next
fall or winter."
"He can fill it, if he tries hard."
"You have made no allowance for
any delays that may occur, and the
mere fact of your putting the price at
seventy-five cents' in .case of his fail
ing to have it ready in the time spec
ified, shows that yon entertained a
doubt, at least, about it. Twenty
foor dollars to that poor man is a deal
to lose, and there is no telling what
privation's the family may have to
endure by his trying to fill the con
tract. "You will pay Thomas Barnes
rty dollars more for the same
amount of work than you will Joe
rMiller, and be is not half so Tieedv.
'tlie difference in drawing is wortn
lometbiog to you, according to your
own estimate, to say nothing of the
"That is nothing to him, as he is go
ing to dear his land, whether I have
the wood or not."
There was anger in his tones, for
be had silenced just such thoughts in
his own breast.
Mrs. Rankin could not see him de
liberately wrongingapoor man with
out remonstrating, though she knew
from bitter experience that to ber
husband her words were ss sound
ing brass.
"It may be nothing to him." she
said, "but to yeu I know it is. He
has taken up s piece of wood-laud,
and to make the first payment, .has
paid out the last dollar he possesses.
To make out the required amount,
be soldhiscow. In thecontract, you
give him fifty days, and if the two
iiurdred cords are not ready for
measurement in that time, you are to
pav him only seventy-five cents."
That was put In. as a spur, for I
want tbe wood, .and would have
agreed to pay blm one dollar, rather
than not to have it ; though I expect
a man to do as he agrees I always
"Yes; but you are very careful as
to what you agree," said his wife,
with a meaning smile.
"Ah ! therein lies one great secret
of success in business. I made suffi
cient allowance for hindrances. He
and his two boys can put up six cords
to a day, with ease ; bat I will allow
them thirty-five days, and that will
give them fifteen days to work else
where for bread. Ism net so bad a
man, after alL if I do like good bar
gains." "How do you make it fifteen days?"
- "Humph 1 is not the difference fif
teen between fifty and thirty-five?"
"Would you compel a man to work
upon the Sabbath ?"
"I did not think of the Babbaths,"
stammered Mr. Rankin, looking
greatly confused.
He had no need to remind the pale,
over-worked, heart-burdened woman
before him, that tne tsanoatn was
not In all his thoughts. She knew
him better than he knew himself ;
knew blm to be a grasping, extor
tionate man in his dealings with oth
ers, and sne tremuieu ror tne poor
man that had, a tew nours oeiore,
left tbe house. 8he bad reasoned
with her husband atrtil reasca seem
ed futile, aud every day was shecon
scioas of losing confidence in his in
tegrity. Bad must oe vne aay to mat
wife, who has a love and reverence
for truth and honesty, that brings
borne to her soul the sickening truth
'hat her husband is unworthy ol tne
sacred places of her heart ! No true
woman can reverence tne man woo
jus continually suffering tne weeus
and b'rambleu of human nature to
choke out the blossoms of immortal
good in his soul.
As the days passed, the stroke of
the axe in Joe Miller's woods could
be distinctly heard at the farm-house
of John Rankin. To bim it was sim
ply the clinking of dollars in his al
ready full coffers. No thought of
plur for the shivering, half-fed man
and boys, struggling to meet tbe
hard conditions he had pressed upon
tuem, ever entered his mind," as he
seated himself at his well-spread ta
ble. He was growing rich very fast;
rich in houses and lands, but miser
ably poor In all that makes life beau
tiful, laying up treasures for moth
and rust to corrupt.
One of Joe Miller's boys out his
foot, long before one half of the wood
was chopped. The family was suf
fering for sufficiently nourishing food.
The nigh prices of food and clothing
were bidding fair to swallow up the
greater part of his labor. It was tak
ing more days than ne had anticipa
ted to work elsewhere, and earn tbe
food necessary to keep them from
starvation. The fierce, biting cold
of mid-winter was purpling the lips
and cheeks of his little ones, and the
racking soughs, from colds taken by
4 their constant, exposure to tbe weath
er, while gathering cnips irom tne
woods to keep them from freezing,
smote heavily upon the father's
heart. Sometimes the temptation to
j give up the job. or not try and com
plete it iu me spevmeu
strong upon him : but to do so would
he to liive John Kankin too much o
his hard earnings. He had learned
that Tbemas Barnes was to have one
dollar per cord, and that angered
him, and made bim feel all the more
determined to finish the work in the
fifty days.
"I must have arcow in the spring
he would think, as he redoubled his
exertions. "I was too grasping my
self: had I taken only one hundred
cords I could have done It with ease
and not distress my family ; but the
temptation was too alluring" were
thoughts ever present, 'men wouiu
the conviction' of the real truth force
itself upon bim that John Rankin
urged the two hundred cords from
no other motive than selfishness
As the expiration of the fifty days
drew nigh, be became fearful that he
should ran to nil nis part or tne con
tract. His second boy caught a se
vere cold, and was confined to the
house with pneumonia. He bad
calculated on tbe full help of his two
oldest boys, he felt weua nimaeif
his-food was not sufficiently nourish
Uig for snch excessive labor. The
last two Sundays found him in the
woods, splitting and piling wood, in
stead of m nis accustomed seat a
"On John Rankin's soul rests the
sin." said the poor man, repeatedly
as he wiped the perspiration fro;n his
.Early one cold, snowy morning
Airs, .ttankin was startled by a neien
bor woman's rushing in, and asking
for some remedy for the croup, say-
tog one of Joe Miller's children had
a severe attack. Mrs. Kankin, very
muen against her husband's expres
sed wish, he fearing she might take
cold in such a storm, took what rem
edies sne thought proper, and pro
ceeded to tne nouse across the neids
about half a mile distant. As she
entered the house, the scene was ap
palling. eatea in a rickety arm
chair was Mrs. Miller, with a boy
aoout six years old upon ner lap.
gasping in the last agonies of death,
wniie a cry of wailing went up from
tbe agonized father bending over
him, and from the frightened chil
dren, crouched in one corner of the
room. Mrs. Kankin advanced and
laid, ona hand upon the white brow
of the little sufferer, and parted back
the heavy locks of shining hair.
The poor woman's face ligb'ed up
with a strange, unearthly glow, as
she shrieked : "Don't touch him !
would not have his precious body
contaminated by a touch so vile
Do you think, by your hard bargains,
to grow rich upon tbe bone and mu
cle of a poor man and his family to
sap the life-blood of his little ones.
that your own may be clothed iu
nurnle and fine linen ? O mv Door.
dead boy !" moaned the wretched
mother, as she hugged the lifeless
form to her bosom.
'Heaven knows, poor woman
am not accountable for your misery.'
sobbed Mrs. Rankin, Sinking upon a
broken chair. M did not deem you
half so needy," she continued, glanc
ing at the untouched breakfast of
baked potatoes and salt to be washed
uowu by ceid water.
"Maybe you are not ; tout your
husband is. My husband went to
him a few days ago, and told him he
feared he should fail to have tbe
wood cut at the required time, in
consequence of one of the ooys cut
ting his foot, and-others-being sick,
and begged a few dollars to buy tbe
food for which we were su tiering,
promising to cut more "than the two
hundred cords. He knew, too, that
Mr. Rankin will not want to remove
the wood for some months, as he
will not draw it till it is seasoned
but he told him that be must abide
by the contract, and that he had no
money to spare. He let him have a
few potatoes, saying we could get
along very wen on Dread and pota
toes for a few days. Did be think
the bread wonld come down like
manna? I took the children out
to the Woods to gather chips from
etiopping to keep us from freezing
we have had no wood for a long
time, only wnat tne children and 1
have gathered. That Is the way my
darling csugnt nis deatn-coid. we
must give him a Christian burial
Hew can we bear the sound of the
ax while our dead boy lies in the
house ? How do we know that ev
ery stroke would not be riveting a
nail for the coffin of another ? O my
dead Ooy ! my poor dead boy I"
Mrs. Rank m covered her face, and
groaned in agony of spirit. Was
this one of-the results of her bus
band's graspingafter riches? Ah!
how many more, as sad, that she
knew nothing of! How little had
she anticipated what suffering might
arise from the bargain she bad so
earnestly remonstrated against !
"I am certain," said she, choking
back her feelings, "that Mr. Rankin
did not realize how much he was ex
acting from you. He is not so hard
hearted as te require the work to go
on now "
She could uot finish the sentence.
with that agonized mother's eyes
blazing upon her, as she held her
dead boy tighter to her breast.
Ctod be merciful to tbe.man whose
grasping hand is stayed only by
yawning graves ! . How does be
know that the death-angel is not al
ready hovering over his own house
hold ?"
Mrs. Rankin shivered and caught
her breath, as the suffering woman's
words burned into her heart. She
regretted deeply the intrusion upon
her sorrow. She had intended good,
but she thought it better to leave.
She could not speak for some min
utes, as she stood gazing upon that
poor woman, moaning in her first
great sorrow, and pressing her tear
wet cheek against tbe cold, damp
brow of her little boy. Oh ! ye
mothers, who have seen the sweet
lips of your precious darlings purpled
by death's vintage, pity thst wretch
ed mother, for no other mortals can.
"May heaven pity and comfort
you, grief-stricken mother !" said
Mrs. Rankin. "I wish I could make
you know how much 1 sympathize
with you how I wish to serve you,
and alleviate, to some extent, what
your family is suffering through my
husband's inconsiderateness."
True wife ! she could not give It a
harder term in words, though her
soul loathed his dealing with that
poor family.
"If you will permit -me, I will go
home and prepare a warm breakfast,
arid send it over at once ; you need a
cup of tea."
The poor woman looked up, as
though she would drink in all tbe
good and kindness she might find in J
the face before her. I
"Perhaps I have Judgedyon harsh-1
ly. ma'am. You look like a kind
hearted woman. You know, and
God knows, if you speak what is in
your heart ; and if you do, may I be
forgiveu for the bitter words I have
Mrs. Rankin could make no reply,
but her tears were more convincing
iiiau words.
;rThe neighbors weredropplng I . and
offering their services, and Mrs. Ran
kin wenthome, and soon sent a good,
warm oreaKiast to tne family.
r-eruaps no tears more bitter were
ever shed than those that poor Joe
Miller dropped upon the white brow
of his dead boy, lying in his little
plain coffin ; tears of keen self-ac
cusation, as he thought that if his
family had not been subjected to
severe privations, his boy might not
nave oiea.
"I did not know, O my poor lamb !
how much avarice was in my heart,"
he groaned, as he pressed the little
cold, dimpled hand in his bard,
nonest paim.
now much, compunction, if any,
John Rankin may have felt, as he
etood ay tne open grave or the poor
man's child, is known only to the
Searcher of all hearts. Ah I did he
know that, though on the side of
their oppressor was power, they had
oner Comforter ? He who wept at
tne grave of iazarus stood there in
divine c impassion, unseen, whispei-
mg, Dy ms blessed spirit, to those
bruised hearts : "Tne lad is not
dead, but sleepeth."
Mrs. Rankin wrapped her furs and
broadcloth more tightly aoout her,
as, leaning upon Mr. Rankin's arm,
she turned away from the burial ;
for the frozen clods falling upon the
little coffin sent a chill to her heart
that crushed out almost the last feel
ing of love and reverence for .her
husband, though the path of duty lay
plain before her, and she was not
one to turn aside from her own
obligations. And the contrast of
their warm, costly clothing with the
tbin, threadbare garments of the
poor mourners, was a source of agony
to ber soul, from which it would have
been a mercy to spare her.;
John Rankin thought he did a
praiseworthy act when he paid to
Joe Miller eight-seven cents per
cord for two hunded cords of wood,
which would have been finished at
the specified time but for the death
of the poor man's child.
Butter, Sugar and Superfine Flour.
We take the following article from
"Philosophy of Eating," by A.J.
Bellows, M. D., Boston, and publish
ed by Hurd A Houghton, 459 Broom
St., New York.
The only articles, the common nse
of which brings upon this communi
ty the terrible evils to which 1 nftve
referred, are fine white flour, butter
anO sugar. These articles made up
almost entirely as they are of heat
producing nourishment, are whole
some and necessary food to the ex
tent of more than three-fourths of all
our solid nutriment,. that great pro
portion or the carbonates being re
rilslrr' Ifi "f-r''" f""' "" -favt ;
they contaiu so few of the elements
that support tbe muscles and solid
tissues, aud so few that give us vital
power, that either alone, or all three
combined, could sustain life only for
a limited period probably not two
months. They are found in abund
ance combined with the other im
portant elements, which the system
requires, and in many -hey are found
combined in just the proportion re
quired ; indeed, in all food in such
proportions as to adapt them to tbe
differeut temperatures and circum
stances in which we may be plaeed
so that we have no necessity, or ev
en apology, ror separating whatUod
nas tuus joined together.
As far as we have articles of food
deficient in carbonates, we can use
without loss, butter or sugar to
supply the deficiency ; but most
of our natural food, both ani
mal and vegetable, contains a dne
proportion, and if with them we use
butter or sugar, they cannot be ap
propriateil by the system, and are
therefore lost.
All meats, fat and lean together.
all grains aud milk, contain all the
carbonates that are needed or can be
used to furnish heat in moderate
weather. All the butter or suear
therefore, that is added to either
ot these common articles of
food, as they are used In making
cakts, custards, pies, etc., are not on
ly lost, but by adding too much fuel,
increase the tendency to inflamma
tions, embarrass the stomach, and in
duce dyspepsia, congestions, obstruc
tions, etc.
with beefsteak, or any lean meats.
or fish, or potatoes, or any green
vegetables, or dried beans or peas.
some oily substance seems to be
needed, as all these articles are defi
cient in carbon, and in common use
we have the choice between lard.
sweet oil, butter. or perhaps fat pork.
ail of which are precisely alike in
chemical construction, and that one
is most wholesome which is best rel
Sugar also is needed with the acid
fruits and berries, and especially
with apples, which, in Newngland
are the most valuable of all fruits,
either with or without cooking, and
wnicn, witn sugar, turnish excellent
food, especially in winter and spring,
wnen otner iruit cannot De had.
Starch, of which fine white flour is
mostly composed, is found in the en
tire grain of wheat, and in many
grains and leguminous seeds, com
bined with muscle-making and
brain-sustaining elements, iu just the
right proportions.
Butter is found in milk, also com
bined with all other necessary ele
ments in exactly the right propor
tions ; and sugar in vegetables and
fruits ; and, it is a fact that our lelish
for, and enjoyment in. eating these
different combinations of necessary
food are in exact proportion to their
adaptedness to our wants at the time
we take them. But for the perver
sion of our appetites, caused by eat
ing these three articles in an unnat
ural state, we should always desire
most what we most need, and could
always eat all. we want of what we
best Use. And, even after our tastes
have become perverted, we find, on
giving attention to this subject,
that the more nearly we conform to
Nature's requirements in the selec
tion of food, the more we enjoy the
pleasures of eating ; so that in the
pleasures of the table, as in all other
pleasures, they enjoy the least wno
most anxiously inquire, "Who will
show us any god?" while they en
joy most who only expect pleasure
in the line of duty.
England has 24.000 troops In Ire-1
laud, besides an armed police lorceof
all to keep less than six mill-
ions in tne British harness. we
notice no reduction of the Irish army
since the settlement of the Irish
Church question
Barnum's Gamekeeper.
A friend of mine, Mr. James D
Johnson, lived in a fine house a quar
ter of a mile west of Iranistan,and as
I owned several acres of land at the
corner of two streets directly adjoin
ing his homestead, I surrounded the
crround with high pickets, and In
troducing a number of Rocky Moun
tain elk, reindeer, and American
deer. I converted it into a deer park
Stangers passing by would naturally
suppose mat it oeiongeu to jouu
son's estate, and to render tbe Ulus
ion more complete, his son-in-law
Mr. S. H. Wales, of the Scientific
American, placed a sign in the park
trontmg on tne street and reading
"All persons are forbid trespassing on these
I "acknowledged the corn" and
was much pleased with the joke
Johnson was delighted and bragged
considerably of having got ahead of
Barnum, and the sign remained un
disturbed for several days. It hap
pened at length that a party of
friends came to visit him from New
York, arriving in the evening. John
son told them he had got a capital
joke on Karnum ; he would not ex
plain, but said they should see it for
themselves tne next morning, isrigu
and early he led them into the street
and after conducting them a proper
distance, wheeled them around in
front of the sign To his dismay he
discovered that I had added directly
under his name the words "(Jame
keeper lo P. T. Barnum.1' His
friends as soon as they understood
the joke, enjoyed it mightily, bat it
was said that neighbor Johnson
laughed out of "the wrong side of
his month."
Thereafter Mr. Johnson was known
among his friends and acquaintances
as "Barnum's Gamekeeper." Some
time afterward, when I was Pros!
dent of tbe Pequonnock Bank.it was
my custom every year to give a gran a
dinner at irauistan to tne directors
and in making preparations I used
to send to certain friends in theWest
for prairie chickens and other game
On one occasion a large box, marked
x. 1. Barnum, Bridgeport dame,'
was lying in the express office, when
Johnson seeming it, and espying the
woru "game," taia "1xkk here:
am Barnum's 'gamekeeper,' and I'll
tfth-A harfffl nf t.hla l.rT- f
And "take charge" of It he did
carrying it home and notifying me
that it was in his possession, and
that, as he was my gamekeeper, he
wouio Keep"tuis, unless l sent him
an order for a new hat. He knew
very well that I would give fifty
dollars ratner than be deprived o
the box, and as he also threatened to
give a game dinner at his own house,
1 speedily sent tbe order for the hat
acknowledged the good Joke, and
my own guests enjoyed the double
game." Barnum's "Struggles and
Vietoria's Health and Wales Regency.
The Loudrni correspondent of the
New York Herald predicts that tbe
coming session or i-arnament, wnicn
opens early in February, will be
most eventful one. Apart from all
measures of law making, there is no
uouot mat tne health of (he yueen
of HiUgland is such as to render it
very probable that a regent will be
appointed. Her Majesty's health
has never been fully restored since
the death of her husband. Prince Al
bert ; but latterly she has become
less than ever fit for public business.
The Prince of Wales would.of course,
be named Prince Regent, a suitable
allowance being given bim to sup
port bis position. Tbat he will bt
popular there cau be no doubt.as, in
deed, he already is to a very great
degree-, and bis wife more so even
than himself. The change will be
very weH received by the nation at
large, fur tbe absence of court pomp
and expenditure for so many years
has caused a terrible stagnation in
trade all over the kingdom. The
Prince of Wales has a great fund of
common sense. He fully knows and
accepts nis position for tne future
and understands better than any of
his family have ever done how an
.English king must rule, but not gov
ern how he must be at one and the
same time the most and the least in
fiuential person in the whole king
dom. His mother was no doubt very
popular for many years, but the pub
lic got into their heads an idea that
she interfered, or rather that Prince
Albert thought she interfered in
State affairs, and then her pep u lar i
ty ceased in a great measure. Since
the Prince died she has been the re
verse of popular. At first, when ber
widowhood commenced, English
men and women sympathized deep
ly witn ner ; out ner private sorrow
has made her forget her public duty.
ana ner long continued seclusion
from the world, which has now last
ed more than seven years, has, in
point of fact, removed from among
us tbe heart of JSngland and greatly
changed not for tbe better the
tone of English society. Hence it is
that the appointment of a regent
would be popular, and for many
principal reasons the Prince of Wales
would be most popular as regent.
He has his faults who has not?
but they are faults of tbe head, not
of the heart ; faults of youth which
will die out as he gets older.
Jem Mace and Tom Allen have
violated a law which is on the stat
ute book of every State in tbe Un
ion, against prize-fighting. But in
giving and accepting a challenge to
fight for the Championship of Amer
ica, near New Orleans, they have
presented an opportunity to the po
lice of that city, which we hope will
not be lost sight of at the time the
fight is to come off. The "Irish
Giant," O'Baldwin, who was partic
ipant in a prize-fight on the soil of
Massachusetts last summer, is now
serving out bis term in the State
Prison for tbat offense. If the police
and magistrates of New Orleans will
see to it tbat Mace and Allen are
dealt with in the same manner, they
will put the decent people of tbe
country under obligations to them.
Since they have published in ad
vance their purpose of violating the
law, they ought to be nsbbed as soon
make their in
N. Y. Tribune.
It is not true that President Grant
accepts every present that is offered
to bim. He declined last summer to
take fifty acres of sand in New Jer
sey, and now he refuses the gift of a
dog. At least, such is the report
that comes to us from Washington.
charges were $10, whioh the Presl
12,000 dent would not pay, saying be bad
Tbe animal in question was sent
express from Cleveland, and the
no use for a dug. Whether a ainer-
ent answer would have been given
the freight had been prepaid is,
however, uncertain.
1870 On the Farm.
Gold is about fifteen percent, low
er now than it was at the beginning
of 1809. Wheat has suffered more
than a corresponding decline. A year
ago, No. 2 Spring was worth $1.13 at
Chicago ; bow, tbe same sells at 78c.
Oats have fallen about five cents a
bushel from last year. In' rye, the
decline is from $1.12 to 66o. Barley,
too, has fallen more than 100 per
cent. Hay has gone down from $20
to 15. On the other hand, in one im
portant crop there has been rise
corn being five cents a bushel higher
than in January, '69. Cheese Is
quoted two cents per pound higher
at tbe West than ft was last year,
but to New York It is a cent or two
Cotton is very much higher than
it was a year ago, and the Commis
sioner thinkr that the crop will
amount to three million bales, 400
pounds each. Beef, is on an aver
age, a cenfper pound cheaper. On
the whole, the review, though not
exhilarating, gives no cause for de
pression or anxiety la our farm
bouses, drain has ruled very high
ever since the war, and this fall Is
due to three causes the steady de
cline in gold, the entire absorption
of the disbanded armies in peaceful
industry, and the large number of
reapers made sod sold. McCormick
has accomplished more for grain.
growing than any agricultural in
ventor for any crop, and so much
can he done by the horse that on tbe
level lands of the West, grain grow
ing nas oeeu greatly stimulated.
Chicago received three million
ousneis more of wheat In '69 than in
8, and seventeen million bushels
mare than in '69; while of corn she
received six million more bushels in
1B62 than last vear. Hv what the
agricultural writers may, there Is no
l:i 1M i - i a
uaeuuoou tnat any words will ar
rest the westward roll of the wheat
crop. Twenty years ago, the wheat
product of New York and Pennsyl
vania was four and five bushels tier
head to the nonulatlon -now it la two
and a half.
Thevalue Of the o-raim.roHor nf rh.
New England States is $2,60 to each
person. In Kan as, it is $70. In
the prairie States, on an average it Is
$00. "It is of no use to mutiny against
such figures : they indicate a mlsrhtv
natural law. a drift that m us t contin
ue tin migration has eaualised in
some measure the value of lands In
this country. Oliver Dalrvmnla at
Minnesota, al thou eh wheat ia below
a uonar, proposes to devote 2.000 of
nis acres to tnat crop, for his land
did not cost bim over $20 an acre
But Ueorge Geddes of "
wuuse utrm is wortn ZZOO an acre.
and is as good s grain farm as there
is in tbe State, is looking in tbe di
rection uf vegetables and fruits.
The inference to which the rmnilta
of 1&69 force us Is this : If railroads
ana tne nearness of cities have giv
en Eastern lands an enhanced value.
It is not for grain ifrowlnc. Wheat
will not make them nav six ner oent
Interest. Some crop must be sought
which calls for closer economy ol
space, freer use of 111 11111 1
a more shrewd handling In the
markets. Another dednctlon la
sound : That be who produces meat
runs smaller risks, keeps nis land in
uekter neart, and saves more money
than the average grain farmer. As
luxury increases, people consume
more well-fattened flesh. Beef in
the r ew York markets is about the
list article to succumb to the gener
al pressure, in fact, good Ken
tucky and Ohio three-year-olds sell
about as well to-day as thev did
when wheat was $2. There was a
very moderate down grade In Jul v
and August, when Ac grass-feds
came In ; but it has required IS cent
to drive a first class animal out of
the yards during most of the past
year, ana to-day it requires 17 cents.
we draw another lesson from
these figures : that he who confines
his labors mainly to articles of prime
ana universal necessity suffers less
in tbe long run than tbe farmer who
runs his land to such crops as dam
age rather than support society. For
instance : neither the barley that
makes sle and beer, the boo that
gives them flavor nor tobacco, has
been a pecuniary success this year.
Oats have been a profitable crop :
wheat pays reasonably well; and
thousands of fat cattle have bean
sold at from $100 to $120 a head.
The farm products that have given
toast disappointment are such fruits
as the pea h, tbe pear, theapple,and
tne crauDeiry.
Great advance has been made in
the facilities for disposing of a lsrge
crop of peaches. A few yean ago,
the arrival of 66 ear-loads made such
a glut that hundreds of baskets were
thrown to the fishes. This year.
trains of 176 cars in a day did not
embarras the market. Tbe price of
good table apples Is nearly the same
year after year, whether wheat is up
or down, and the prices of cider and
good cider vinegar stesam' advance.
ith the exception of theswawber
ry there is little danger of loss on
any of the small fruits, and all tbe
vegetables of the market garden arc
profitable when rightly handled.
In conclusion, we say to the pro
ducers uf milk, cheese and flesh.
Your house stands strong : tbe In
crease of population, the growth of
foreign demand, and the more expen-
ve naoita Of tne opulent class, in
sure you a firm and remunerative
market, drain growers must re
member that so many will sow leas
and furnish a scant crop in 1870 that
scarcity aione is likely to prevent a
further decline.
For years, we have heard tbe
prophesy that the small fruit busi-
will be overdone and the nu
merous orchards and vineyards will
not pay the labor of harvesting.
Facts do not warrant the statement.
Grapes bring more per pound than
they did when we bad not ten acres
of vineyard in any State of the Un
ion, f ine large strawberries still
command nearly fifty cents a quart,
tnougn millions or small, sandy ber
ries do not sell for ten.
When a few thousand bushels of
wild cranberries were brought to ob
scure markets, they were a slow sale
at a dollar. Now. the product of
three or four thousand carefully
planted acres sells in New York sod
Philadelphia at four dollars a bush-
In short, while our clvilizatloni
grows nner ana higher, there is no
danger that any delicate flesh or any
savory fruit will go a begging fur
purchasers. The demand for them
nas all along outran the supply ; and
no roan tnat our rarmers will make
this scar, or within five years, to
ting orchards, is likely
[N. Y. Tribune.
Thawjretch who can stand in a pair
of slippers worked for him by bis
wire, ana bcoiu ner, is a orute, wcu
eserves to have the gout in both
A Tr.rwlnut e?rocer notlfiei
Un that be has "NewHuier for Sail.
Mrs. Partington don't favor tbe
woman's tights: she says its hlm-
Three thousand tons of coal are
uted eaoh day in the gss works of
A New York monomaniac has
spent 20 years in collecting a muse
um of pipes.
The losses by fire throughout the
United States for the year foot up
An African chief has sent Queen
Victoria a tiger and diamonds worth
Oranges are worth la tbe Wiimiug
toa, (N. C.)markst eighty-flvc senls
per hundred.
Secret societies for the expulsion
of the Chinese abound on the Pacific
Massachusetts contains twenty-
fl ve co-operative manufacturing asso
ciations. In Waldook, Germany, a man
who takes license to get drunk can't
obtain a license to get married .
There were over six hundred mors
buildings erected in Brooklyn then
to New York during the past year.
The gambling houses of New Or
leans pay $10,000 taxes a year half to
tne city and hair to tne state.
Tbe Salt Lake Reporter knows of
one Mormon family that has buried
one hundred and forty-eight chil
dren. San Francisco is tbe tenth city in
tbe United States in point of popula
tion. The Chinese number less than
The Amoskeag Manufacturing Com-
fiany at Manchester, N. H are start
ng up 250 looms which have been
standing idle since tbe war.
It is said that tbe "Editor's Draw
er," ia Harper's Magesine, is made
up by a woman. So are agreat many
Editors' drawers.
Tbe last roasting ears which ap
peared in tbe market at Brownsville,
Texas, were sold on the 6th of Jan
uary. The State of Illinois incut red au
expense of $30,000.80 during last year,
in the conveyance of con virta.te tbe
Edward Rippcy and hi wife were
shot and scalped by tbe Indians, fif
teen miles weal of Weather ford, Tex
as on the 8th Inst.
The Government sales of 8,000,000
seres of Texas lands, disposed of for
unpaid taxes brought into the Treas
ury only $6,000.
A youthful negro b) in tbe Albany
Penitentiary for selling a dressed est
for a rabbit to one of the first families
of New York.
During tbe past yesr $80,000 worth
of goods have been stolen from the
Hudson River Railroad by thieves
breaking into the cars.
The Russians are actively pushing
the culture of the tea plant to Turk
istan, and the results have proved
very satisfactory.
The inhabitants of Madagascar
possess ths domestic ox, sheep and
fowl, and are skilled in the smelting
and working of iron.
It is said that the twelve-vear-
old daughter of Jenny Ltod bids fair
to excel her mother m hei vocal pow
ers. -
So many operatives are out of em
ployment in Patersou.N J., thst in
some cases the most skillful male
operators are content to work for
woait sag 1 11
The Sara tog lan says If tbe hens
wonld doss much "lavlnir round."
as tbe loafers of that town do, eggs
ould be ss plenty as bank robbe-
A firm it is said have commenced
tbe erection of an establishment' 01
Orange Lake, Fla., for tbe manufac
ture of perfumery. The orange
groves sre very extensive there.
Com nana plug horses are selllnar in
Shelby, Ky., at from forty. to seventy-
nve aunars per need ; good wore
hoiseaatfrom one hundred to one
hundred and tblrty-fi ve dollars.
Corn has advanced st Tyler. Texas.
In tbe last two months, from fifty
cents to s dollar and a quarter and
business generally is very prosper
The Jews have a proverb tbat be
who brings not his son np to some
employment makes blm a thief.
Tbe Turks say. " An Idle mas is
tbe Devil's playfellow."
In Memphis a bride of twa davs
asks a divorce because on tbe morn
ing after marriage the husband
refused to send her breakfast mo to
ber room
Boots should be fed regularly to
horses and cattle. A few carrots each
day are very beneficial te horses, and
onoe s week a feed of small potatoes
win oe accepts Die.
Mrs. Olivia Lth. who la now
residing it Fayette County, PennsylaAsfn
vanla, is 108 years old. HhebMlivelT
to see ber children of the fifth ire Der
ation, tbe whole number of Lynnets
ueing now w.
A drunken man in Milwaukee was
cooked nearly throusrh bv Ivlnsr
down on a marble slab In a billiard
room, over steam nines. He aald tSsf'slj
thought at first he was la bell, and
men as it grew hotter be imagined,
uisi 11s wan uj uioago.
pleased when tbe crowd
off, and he found tbat bis :
not so bed ss be had supposed.
It was Jeremy Taylor who said to
all men, "If you are for pleasure. .
marry: ir you prise health, merr.
A good wife is hmmven'a lout. &St eMT
man ; bis sngel of mercy ; minis'
ter of graces Innumerable : his rem
many virtues ; bis casket of Jew
els ; ber voice his sweetest music 4
her smile his brightest dav." ete. .
Tbe California Farmer advhsassssvsra-
era auu others never to tmi
lucky men, as "unlucky
anotner name tor laziness 1
potency. All such shot
vided for In charity asyl
luuusvriuua os
generally prove cl
A Most Perfect
the whole human s
Dr. Pierce's Alterative
Uolden Medical Discov
Female Weakness, Wen
irregularities. It la a
storative tonic, and nerve
era tor, aud hence In all
or War-
vcus or Uenersl Debility.
no l h i n k
can equal It. Sold bv druvrh,t.
send three dollars and tvsntw.
Ave cents to Dr. R. V. Pleroa.
?0SfIo'.-N-Y" th
bottles, free of express charges.
took hifj.
In numbers there is safety. It was
pest Una principle that she Coram In of Juo-
MotnrTAnr Haas Pius was
Jadson, intending to seta
advertising his plus,
dps la the revision of Iks
result Is a slmnL
nsnsens msillssas iln Ju
uwp nil, x ne j partly
irirwi nmmins. Cleanse I
hu uuimuM, aiM I
S la wieir i
tain Uerb
regulariUes, I
Hern Pills, and whan rsa
a fortus
f tb. age "sod
SLneO .-Sf t. . a 1
SnC lain tomuS'-

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