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GEO. W. MEHAFFEY, Proprietor and Publisher. -PRINCIPLES, NOT MEN." Two Dollare per Annum in Advance.
' Go down to the meadow at break of day.
Go down to ths meadow, son John,
And labor away among the sweetest bay
That ever the eau shone on."
And John went down to the meadow-land.
Bat be saw not the clover aweer.
And the sky wa dun, for he missed the son,
Though It reddened his brow with heat.
Be missed the snn. and be missed the light
And the world seemed upside don,
Till be oanaht the sight of a smile so bright.
And A Uosey-woolaey gown ;
Till ha caught the sight of a golden head.
And a rafr and merrr face,
WbeH'so bright and round, with a sudden bound,
Se-un,wn up in lis place.
rftio snn wVt nfe and the light came down,
And. the fteld waa all aglow,
JLhtle hja heart kept time to the merry rhyme
""Of the reapers' song below.
And Mary laughed at her lover's mood,
Xa she turned from his fond caress,
Thoneh the south winds blew from her lips so
2, Irne,
Tho sweet little answer, " Yes."
" Oh. wherefore so glad f " ssid Farmer Gray ;
" Oh, wherefore so glad, son John f
For the storm to day spoiled the sweetest hay
That ever the sun shone on."
Bat John knew nothing of the rain or flood.
And ii. 'thing of ruined hay
For tho flower" of joy to the farmer's boy
Were scattered along the way. ' 1
And merry the wedding bells rang out.
And merry the pipers did play.
At the golden dawn of the happy morn
That ushered the marriage day.
" It is with unmitigated gratification,"
said my friend, Richard Longchild, be
tween the puffs of his cigar, " that I have
obtained from the excavatory (puff) per
quisitions of the persevering (puff) Jones,
overwhelming corroboration of the here
tofore theoretical deterioration of the (puff)
species, mar. Nothing can be more satis
factory. It is now (purl) known that we
are descending, sir, at the rate of two
inches and an eighth per century."
" I don't see tne fun of that, though,"
said L
"It'shows, at least, what we were," re
joined Mr. Longchild, rather bitterly.
" The indefatigable archaeologist, in dem
onstration of the indestructibility"
" I must be off in ten minutes, Dick,"
I remarked. .
Dick took the hint, and, dropping from
his polysyllabic stilts, came lightly to the
" Yea. Jones has put his thumb upon
a chap, who might, in his lifetime, if in
condition, have whopped any amount of
authenticated bones we know of. In the
much -admired, but carefully avoided,
island of Sardinia, there was a spot known
by the natives as the Giant's Sepulchre.
It proved to be thirty -seven feet in length,
by six in breadth."
" The skeleton t"
" No ; the grave. And ditto in depth."
" Thirty-seven feet !"
"No, six. With enormous stones re
clining on their massive bosoms," con
tinued M. Longchild, a little obscurely.
" It was upon raising one Of these that
the important discovery was made that
there was nothing beneath. Nay, I am
wrong I Embedded in the soil, an object
was perceptible, strongly resembling, both
in form and volume, the drumstick of the
Cochin China fowl. You smile. Wait.
Slight and inconsequential as this success
may appear, it encouraged the party to
further explorations: 'These resulted, to
cut my story short, in the actual discovery
of the remains of a colossal human being,
who could not have been less than twenty -iflve
feet six inches in stature! Jones'
amstzement may be conceived!"
" it cannot exceed mine 1" said I.
"But it was probably nothing," con
tinned Dick," compared with that of Ser
" tortus, if we may believe Plutarch. 'How
great,' remarks that usually cold and cau
tious writer (betrayed for a moment into
enthusiasm), 'how great was his surprise
when, opening the sepulchre of the Phoe
nician Aniasus, he beheld a body of sixty
cubits long !' "
' I should think so P" '
T Jfoys, "resumed my friend, brightly,
" what is this pigmy compared with more
recmol acqiiif-itious ? What would Set to
nus have said to the giant of Trapani
sixteenth century described by Boccaccio;
who 'attained the height of two hundred
fMihita atitWuba of whose teeth, vet sound
and servlVUnV and weighing six pounds!?
four ounce Avoirdupois, is still preserved
in the musbunr'at Berlin t"
" Labelled, ignorantly, ' mastodon.' I
have-seea it," said I.
"'W-nibJ." concluded Longchild, frown
ing, '.' remains even more stupendous have
. revealed themselves to the scientific inves
tigator, I cannot accept three htmdred
feet, British measure, as the ordinary
stature of man at any definite epoch.
But, twenty-five is a very different affair.
It is, in point of fact, hardly more than
double the height of well-developed indi
viduals of our own time, occasionally to
be seen "
" For a shUling," I put in.
" Undeteriorated specimens," pursued
Mr. Longchild, firmly, "of a race that
peopled the earth in its august adolescence.
To what may we attribute their present
rarity ? Simply to this. That, nature, de
lighting in contrasts, somewhere called
into existence a new and puny race, in
tended probably as objects of curiosity
and mirth to their mightier brethren.
That, nevertheless, one of the latter, with
a morbid love of the opposite, ana a dis
regard of the general interests of human
itv which cannot be too severely repre
hended, took to wife some wretched little
fifteen-foot thing, and inaugurated that
decadence, of which," concluded Dick,
striking his palm upon the table wit. a
fur eo that made the glasses ring, " we are
reaping the bitter and humiliating
frail si"
" But" I observed, "to return to these
highly valuable Sardinian remains. Is
' tht re no reason to apprehend that they
may be claimed by the country to which
tney unaouoteaiy Delong? There are
antiquarians in that island Spano, and
oth-rs nO lesB enthusiastic than our own
indomitable Jones."
' Spauo," replied Mr. Longchild, "hand
somely declined to advance any claim on
belinlf of his government. It is true he
did pot seem entirelv satisfied that Jones's
conjecture was correct."
" The skeleton was incomplete f"
"To the uninitiated, yes," said Dick.
?!lFtarn0n-seienlific observer demands that
everyi hing'should be revealed to his actual
senses, LitiraUy, then, these invaluable
r lies consisted of a most gratifying though
inc naweiabJe portion of the thigh-bone,
a fj'u!a ihtt hfi nothing to tie desired,
and, to crown all, a couple of grinders.
These, my friend, were nil. But -here
Science steps in to our aid. Through her
marvelous lens, we see these seemingly
dissevered bones draw together, and,
united with their missing fellows, grow
into the mighty creature of which they
had once formed part. We gaze with
awe and rapture on those ship-like ribs,
those tree like legit, that don.e-like.head!
We look upon each other and redden with
shame, as the fancy occurs to us, that, had
one of us to act as dentist to this gigantic
thing, he would have to bear the tooth
away upon his shoulder !"
Dick was silent for a moment, then re
sumed, more calmly
"All .this, Harry, confirms, me in the
belief that we all spring from one giant
stock. If, comparison with the remains
of our massive sires be painful to our
vanity je.t us at least exult in the knowl
edge, thus confirmed, of what we once
were. I myself," continued Dick, draw
ing himself up with dignity, "as my
name, Longchild, would seem to imply,
am a scion of a race remarkable for
length of limb. If a baby could be de
scribed as colossal, deserved that appel
lation." "The painful reflection, after all, is
what we shall ultimately descend to," in
terrupted I.
" What, indeed ! My dear fellow, if we
have already dwindled from three hun
dred feet to six, can you blame me lor
dwelling on the glorious records of the
past, rather thanv'bn a coming period
when the average height of man will be
pah ! eighteen inches, with a tendency
to further diminution? And I confess I
derive but little comfort from the reflec
tion that our (by that time) gigantic re
mains will, when exhumed centuries
hence,- extort the admiration of the tribe
of hop o' -my -thumbs calling themselves
men, who will come swarming aruuuu to
gaze upon our massive frames !"
Longchild punea out nis cnesi, anu
stretched himself generally, as if in full
enjoyment of the posthumous renown on
which he loved to dwell.
The excitement, however, was but tran
sient. Dick's spirits were evidently de
pressed, and aware that at such times he
preferred to take refuge in bis own reflec
tions, I bade him farewell, reminded, as I
did so, of my promise to visit him at
Gaunthope-the-Towers (a place that had
descended to him in Cornwall) the follow
ing week. . . .
" Then, my dear Hal," he concluded,
as, with a sigh, he pressed my hand, "you,
who are already posse seed of one sad
grief of my life, shall learn a second fear
ful secret, one which, I am persuaded,
will, independent of our friendship, have
a certain romantic interest for you, and
on which I earnestly desire your counsel."
I have recorded the foregoing conver
sation iu order to exhibit my friend astride
of his favorite hobby, the. gradual dete
rioration of our species from the hale
and healthy giant, considered as cut -oil
nrematurelv at seven hundred and fifty
years, to the puny little contrivance now,
bv the combined operation of luck and
care and skill, kept going for threescore j
and ten.
Nor was Dick colossal only m nis tne-
ories. Jiverytning aDoui mm uau gi
gantic flavor and twang. He spoke, wnen
he thought of it, hoarsely and hugely.
He used tne most uemeuuoua
words and phrases. He surround
ed himself with weighty and ex-
expansive accessories. His bed might
have been tne consort oi sm ui hic.
In the calm waters of his bath the univer
sity match might almost tat a piuuu;
have been rowed. He wrote the smallest
note with a quill furnished by the eagle or
the swan. His walking-stick might have
been wielded by the drum major ot tne
Guards. His favorite riding hack was over
seventeen hands in height.
Gaunthope-the-Towers nung, iikb a
gloomy frown, upon the face of a dense
and lolty wood. It might easily have been
tne residence of one of those tremendous
persons who; before the day a of their de
stroyer. Jack, regarded Cornwall with pe
culiar favor.
There wasaemaller mansion, Gaunthope
Lodge, lurking in the skirts of4 the wood,
which, when found, proved to be some
what like its gloomy neighbor, minus the
towers, and reminded you of an ill-favor-,
ed dwarf in attendance on a giant. Mr.
Longchild affected to regard this appan
age as of about the dimensions of a hen
coop, and magnificently left it to the oc
cupation of his sub-forester.
A carriage drive about the width of
Recent street, London, gave conveniens.
access to Gauxkthope-thejtewersthe great
aecess to Gauntoope-thajewersjn
seum of truculent weaponkl: clubsv
seum ot truculent weaponac ciuDspiaces,
two-handed swords, and the like, such as
might have been wielde 1 by Titans.
I was met at the station by Mr. Long
chilu's mail-phaeton, a machine, or rather,
moving edifice, of alarming size, to which
were yoked two steeds of corresponding
magnitude. The very whip placed in my
hands was of such preposterous length as
to assist the illusion that crept over me,
as we thundered heavily alone, of going
on a visit to some friendly giant, and fish
ing, as I went, in a black and heaving
Dick was waiting on the steps of hia
majestic dwelling, and seemed, good fel
low t heartily glad to see me.
Nice little things, those!" he remarked
nodding towards his phaeton, as it veered
slowly round in the direction of til sta
bles. " Light trap, light horses f But to
morrow rfl introduce yon to something
like bone and substance, worthy of a
brighter age."
There was no one but ourselves at din
ner. LongchVld, pn succeeding to the
property, two' years before, had, so far
from cultivating his neighbors, been at
suae pains to make it well understood
that, as a mere bird 6f passage, he did not
desire to form any local connections what-
ver. D " ' :
Nevertheless, the bird of passage must
have found sufficient to interest him, for
he remained glued to his perch in a man
ner that awakened considerable general
interest, and a special curiosity as to what
on earth he did with himself. Dick ex
alted in this. There was something
gloomy, menaclous, gigantic (so to speak),
in this standing mysteriously aloof. The
domestic habits of the Cornish giant have
hopn ascertained with precision.
and Mr. Longchitd, resolving that no light
should be cast on the matter through a de
generate descendant of that lamented
race, sternly repelled attempts to allure
him from his solitude.
In furtherance ol his general plan, he
mide it his habit to ride after dark. Many
a belated rustic, though your Cornlshman
is no heart-ot-hare. lelt a t brill oi aston
ished fear, as two mighty horsemen, loom
ing large in the rising mist, swept heavily
across nis way. Wm.ili blame to tnemi
For Dick always bestrode his biggest
horse, and was followed by his groom, a
fellow seven feet high, mounted on an an
imal quite up to his weight, and they must
have looked like Godfrey de Bouillon, of
Westminster, attending George the Third,
of Pall Mall. t f T
We were waited on at dinner by a but
ler and two footmen, whose united length
must (I am afraid I shall hardly be
believed) have exoeeded twenty feet
Everything was on the like tremendous
scale, and Dick carried his singular hobby
so far as to eschew the small and, delicate
cates, which, in his heart, he loved, in or
der to dine off joints that might have satis
fied a bevy of aldermen.
When soup, a mighty turbo, a brace
of capons the size of Norfolk turkeys, and
a calf s-head, had been removed, there was
heaved upon the board a magnificent
haunch of venison. ,
" Harry, my good fellow," said my host,
in a tone of regretful apology, " 1 am
afraid you see your dinner."
.1 replied, with sou.e alacrity, that I had
distinctly perceived it half an hour ago.
" Nonsense f
" It is true."
Pie, fie !" said Dick, remorselessly be
ginning to carve.
" If you were to add 'fo-fum, in the
manner of your distinguished ancestors,
I should tell you lean do no more,"
' Now, see here," said Dick, in a reason
ing tone. " This will never do. Those
lighter matters were merely provocatives
and toys. (White burgundy, to Mr. H&lse
well in a chalice.) Taste that, my friend.
Then resume your -weapons, and to your
duty, Ifydtrbe a man.''
" If I were twenty-five men, you should
not invite me twice. As it is, my appe
tite is rena. Ib was hale, but nqt jmmpr
tal. It frwindled with the capon. It van
ished with the calTa-head?
Well, well," said Dick, " the fault is
not ours. Let nature bear the blame of
her degeneracy. How melancholy to re
flect that, at a period of dinner when half
a bullock and a couple of-hogs wtjuld
have been dealt with by my forefathers as
a woodcock and a brace of larks, we coWer
and quail before a miserable haunch !
Take away, and bring pitchers .and
pipes "
Two mighty claret jugs and some Tur
kish pipes (of which the specimen selected
by Dick reached nearly to the window)
having been produced, the butler placed
a large carved box on the table, between
us, and withdrew.
" Help yourself," said my friend, push
ing the box, not without an effort, within
my reach. "My great-great- grandmother's
favorite snuff-box ! She was nearly seven
feet high, large in proportion, and snuffed
inveterately. This box chest, we should
now call it lasted her two days. And
now, dear boy," he continued, " fill your
pitcher, and listen to me. -Harry, you see
before you a miserable man."
" Go on."
" I tell my chosen friend that I am a
miserable man," said Mr. Longchild,
faintly, " and am simply requested to 'go
on' !"
u y Before I car sympathise with my I
friend's sorrows, I must know them."
" Harry, I am in love."
" My good feUpw 1"
" You're such a devil of a distance off,"
said Dick, "that I can't shake hands with
you ; else for the sympathy expressed - iu
your tone, I would give yon a grip yon
should remember for a fortnight. Yes,
Harry, I love."
" Do so. Marry. And be happy."
" Harry, you kn;w the upas-tree under
which it is my lot to dwell," rejoined
Dick, " and you bid me love and many."
" I don't positively insist upon your do
ing either. It waa only a hope, rather let
me say, an expectation ; for I see that
your mind is made up." ,
" To the first, yes,'' said Dick, refilling
his immense pipe, and sending forth a vol
ume of smoke that almost obscured him,
blushes and all. " But fill your goblet.
It was towards the close of a sultry August
day, that a solitary horseman might have
been noticed, issuing from the pictur
esque defile created by the diggings of the
Uorburam 3c iredaialem Kan way, in close
proximity to the sequestered and intensely
Cornish village of Trecorphen. ' The'ani
mal he bestrode, though not less than sev
enteen and a half hands high, was almost
concealed by the folds of the enormous
traveling-cloak worn iu deference to;
the inclemency of a British summer
by the rider.
"An apparition so unwonted attracted to
the casements more than one comely rus
tic face, "usually on the broad grin; but
to none of these did that pensive traveler
vouchsafe the slightest heed,' until he had
arrived opposite the last dwelling: an
edifice half hidden in trees, and singular
enough in structure, having rather the
appearance of a couple of tall dovecots,
placed one upon another, with an observ
atory topping all.
" I never saw so queer a wigwam 1" con
tinned Dick, dropping the incognito.
' Although of inordinate height, it con
sisted of only two floors, the lower of
which might have accommodated a cam
elopard, who had a growing family in the
nursery above. ,,. ....
".I checked my horse, and was ad mir
ing the simple grandeur of the building,
when a a figure came I into view."
(Dick's voice trembled slightly, and he
passed his hand across his brow.) " You
are, doubtless, not acquainted with that
majestic abstraction popularly known as
Britannia. Sir, if for the shirt of mail we
substitute a woollen spencer : for the fork
with three psongsj oue:with;f$; and for
the helmet, a natural diadem of fawn-colored
hair; interpersed, for the moment,
with wisps of hay, you have before you
the noble object I am feebly endeavoring
to depict '
" The hair decorations I have mention
ed, proceeded from a truss of hay which
she bore upon her shoulder, and which
she flung up, as though it had been a
Senny roll, in the direction of a massive
ead and shoulders which appeared at the
window of an adjacent loft.
" It was only when she turned and
faced me, that I became aware of the full
magnificence of that fair woman's propor
tions. I speak of her, of course, as com
pared with existing races. In brighter
ages a mere doll, she was now what might
not inaptly be termed a giantess. Henry
Halsewell, that grand development was
seven feet two inches in stature I?
" Whithout her shoes 1"
" Or stockings," replied Mr. Longchild,
solemnly ; " she hadn't either. This Cor
nish Britannia was, -1 should say, about
three-and-twenty. Her manner, sir, was
easy and dignified ; and as she dibbed the
handle of her tri bid en t, I mean into
the soil, and, placing her white elbow be
tween the prongs, gazed at me with great
calm eyes, the size of cheese-plates, I felt
my whole being dilate and thrill, in a man
ner to which I had been totally unaccus
tomed. " My appearance, or that of my horse,
seemed to awaken her interest. Summon
ed by a graceful' backward movement of
her disengaged thumb, the individual in
the,loft descended and stood by her side.
He also; was (for modern times) hale, and
well grown, standing a good eight feet in
his boot
" For a whole minute, we gazed silently
on each other. Then the male giant
it '"I say, mister, won't ye step in ? There
an't no charge, and father's a sight bigger
nor tee. He doubled up with rheumatis'
just now, but he don't mind bein' draw'd
out for strangers.'
! '"'My good sirf I replied, rather taken
aback by this address, ' by no means.
You'f worthy -father shall not be forcibly
straightened for me. Do not mistake a
very pardonable admiration for intrusive
curiosity. The attraction outside your
mansion is more than sufficient May I
beg you to present'me to your char that
is, your Bister ? My name is Longchild.'
" ' Hern's Pettidoll.
I bowed, and a gracious smile widened
Britannia's lips to the extent of about a
quarter of a yard. ' Pettidoll V
" There's sixty foot of us in family alto
gether, between eight ; wi'ont count o'the
baby, which, beinr only a year old, an't
four foot yet,' remarked Mr. Pettidoll.
' But won't ye come down for a bit?1" he
added, with involuntary deference to the
stature 0f my steed.
" Wouldn't I come down ! Ah, Harry !
What would I nob: have given to ' come
down'; to stand before t fiat blessed crea
ture ; to tell her that -here, at last, was
the realization, of my dfim ; that united
with 7ur, and parent, perchance, of a line
of giants, I Bnt, no, no. Once dis
mounted,, the sense, of insignificance in
proximity to prrjpurt.l6ns so vast would be
too strong for me. One single moment I
hesitated. I even disengaged my right
foot preparatory t coming down, but my ,
heart failed. I flung all the passion that
was seething in my soul, into one look,
and rode hastily awav. Bnt, sir, that look
had been returned ! She loved. Britannia
loved me !
" Turning an angle 'ln the road, I
glanced back. She was immovable, lean
ing on her bident her eyes (plainly visible
even at that distance) still fixed on my re
treating form."
" And that is the end of the story ?'
"No, the beginning. F have visited
this remarkable family," said Dick, with
heightened color, " more than once more,
I may say, than twenty times. They grow,
sir - 'T'. ' ' -i.r i ,:i .;
" I should have thought that impossi
ble!" " Hear me outr grow more and more
upon me. Britannia (Susan, I mean) is an
angel ! As she stood with her broad
white hand on my horse's mane "
" You are always on horseback ?"
" I have never," said Mr. Longchild,
" mustered courage to disabuse her of the
idea she manifestly entertains, that I am
of a stature equal to her own. She would
not like to look down upon me. And,
Harry," continued Dick, looking .at me
w.ith wistful interrogation, "ahe would
look down upon me, ehr
" Well, physically, perhaps, yes. Intel
lectually "
" Bah 1" said' Dick. " Now, Harry, you
know my sad story, and myself, well. I
put it to you, what chance, what hope,
have I in the world of making this splen
did piece of nature my wife ?
" Kno ing, as you say, my good friend,
both yourself and what you style your
sad history, I affirm that you have every
chance and hope. You shall marry the
object of your singular passion."
"Harry!" exclaimed Dick, his really
noble face lighting np in every massive
lineament " You good fellow ! You give
me new life !' Ccinplete the work. Lend
me your SSStstance.-
" Command rtih'everything. If taking
you on my back in the momentous crisis
of proposal, wcjuld give you a sufficient
advantage in point of "
" No jesting, if you love me," interrupt
ed Dick. " Come of it what may, note
that I am in earnest. I have set my heart
upon .this girl, and if I seem timid, shall
I call it ? it is because I do not wish to
throw a single chance away. Susan Petti
doll is peculiarly sensitive, and (no un
usual thing with these finer natures) keen -ly
alive to"t he. ridiculous. On my horse I
am her emperor, her lord ! On the earth,
beside her, what am I "
"But eurely, she does nqt suppose, that
she has beeji receiving the addresses of a 1
giant?" "
j " I I Am not sure of that," interrupted
Dick, coloring slightly. " I may have i
permitted . myself aliu$ione, . , tending
vaguely in the most indirect manner,' to
foster that supposition J And herein ties
the difficulty from which I rely upon
your tried friendship, Harry, to extricate
me." it bam -,
".Speak 1" ,1
" I am due," said Dick, gravery; " at
Trecorphen to-morrow; and sure I am
that the whole colossal fraternity enter
tain the liveliest expectation that I shall
then formally demand my Susan's exten
sive hand. Tou must visit must see her,
must (kindly but firmly) divorce her mind
trom the cherished faith that my stature
is absolutely gigantic, or that I can even
(speak with perfect candor) hold my own
among her colossal kin. Succeed in this,
and," concluded Die, with quiet exulta
tion , " I will answer for the rest"
The next afternoon found me at Tre- A
corphen. The residence of the Pettidoll s
was easv to discover.. Evervbodv in the
sequestered village 'knew, and appeared-!
to hold in high respect, that giant family,
whose ancesters, I found, had been sub
stantial farmers in that vicinity.
My summons at the lofty poital was'an
swered by the young lady herself, in
whose fair large face I fancied I could de
tect a slight shade of disappointment at
the annearance ot' love's ambassador in
stead of love himself. She was decidedly
handsome, and despite her amazing ,
stature, which fully confirmed Dick's
computation, was, nevertheless, as brisk
and graceful in her movements as a
fa iry 1 .
A human mountain; designated as '
" Brother Will," who appeared to have
been playing with the four foot nursling,
presently vanished with his charge ; and
I was left alone with Britannia to execute
my delicate mission.
Space' forbids me to repeat at length the
conversation that ensued. Three tilings
became clear. First, that the singular at
tachment was reciprocated; sec.mdfy,
that Miss Pettidoll was fully prepared for
the proposal I was empowered to mnke ;
thirdly, that a persuasion that hrr lover
was of height commensurate with ber
own had full possession of her mind.
By way of preparation, I drewaihov- :
ing picture of my poor -friend's present
mental couditio.i. not to speak of that to
which lie wouVV infallibly be reduced,
should xnv n If-sin, when fully declare!,
pro -e inetfei'tu.ii. Briti.nnia'vas touched.
She even shed a mighty tear, avowing,
with quiet simplicity, that her happiness
(as far as she could judge of it) was in
volved in this affair. ' But then, alas ! her
father, still lying indisposed within, had
peculiar' views with regard to his daugh
ter's mSfriage, and to htm she must, of
necessity, refer me. Would I see him ?
Of course, with pleasure. And we en
tered. '
Mr. Pettidoll, reclining on a couch that
might have served for 0g, was still in a
rheumatic state of curve, bat might (at a
rough calculation) have reached. When
elongated, fb about ten feet and a half. He
had a fine old reverend head, and would
have made an imposing , study of an an
cient patriarch in his decay.
To hind I repeated the particulars of my
mission, and expressed my hope of a favor
able reply,
Mr. Pettidoll cleared his throat, 'and
with language and manner somewhat
above bis apparent station, replied as fol
lows: " Young gentleman, my young friend,
if I may call you so, I am now an aged
man ; and, though I hope at all times a
resigned, I have not been a happy one.
The remarkable proportions whichProvi
dence has1 allotted to my race have been
the cause of much mortification, much
separation .from the general community
of man, and,' by const quence, much loss
and curtailment of things appertaining to
material comfort My resolution was
long since taken, and has acquired the
force of an absolute txHty-never to permit
one of my daughters- to marry- an indi
vidual of uns&l .stature. Giants are an
anachronism. Never, never, with my
consent shall the unhappy race be re
newed! Sir, my answer is given, Thanks,
thanks, to your high-minded friend,. but
his offer is declined. Susan shall never
wed 'a giant-husband."
"Thanks to you, my dear Mr. Petti
doll !" I exclaimed, starting up, and grasp
ing as much of the hand of the good old
man as mine would hold. "My friend
Lonenhild is not, as you apprehended,
gigantic, save in heart" I added; for I
caught sight of Miss Susan hovering With
in ear-shot.
"Not gigsntic? That is weU. But"
continued Mr. PettidoH, "opinions are
various. Mr. Longchild's stately bearing !
Mr. Longchild's commanding form ! The
powerful animal Mr. Longchild is com
pelled to use t These are indications of
something beyond the height I could de
sire to see."
" Reassure yourself, dear sir," I replied
(a little uneasily, for I did not know how
the. young lady might take it), " my friend
is not no, certainly he is not six feet
" Good 1" said the giant, relieved.
And, to my unspeakable satisfaction,
Britannia1 clasped her hands, as in thank
fulness. "I should,, perhaps, be wrong," I re
sumed, gaining courage, " if I estimated
Longchild's height as exceeding five feet
"Better!" cried Mr. Pettidoll, sitting
up in bed, to a towering height and rub
bing his hands.
"Will you be astonished," I faltered
(not daring to look towards Susan), " if I
frankly state that my friend's height is
pnder five feet t"
(I heard a giggle.)
" Best of all !" roared the old gentleman,
flinging up his nightcap.
"No, not quite, I stammered, "come,
the truth must out t M jjadear friend Long
child sustained an accident in his child
hood, which, limited his height (naturally
moderate) to to four feet and a half."
" That man is my son-in-law !" shouted
Mr. Pettidoll, almost straightening himself
in his ecstasy.
And there came, in Susan's broken ac
cents, from the adjacent room,
"Little darling!"
The largest chalice in Gaunthope-the-Towers
was replenished twice that night.
All the Jfertr HmkL
The Valur of Science.
Many persons have been deterred from
pursuing scientific studies on account of
the cry of utilitarianism and the. reproach
that attends upon anything practical.
There is something quite unworthy of the
age in which we live, in any. such notion,
as the progress of society and the advance
of civilization in modern times depend
chiefly upon the application of the dis
coveries of scre'ntiftc men. We " never
know what use may ultimately be -made
of a discovery. What appears to us at
the time as a trivial and insignificant fact
may become one of the liuks in a great
chain of practical application.
When Oersted observed the deflection
of the neede produced by the galvanic
current, he could not have anticipated that
a telegraph would grow out ot so slight a
circumstance. Faraday's discovery ot in
duction gave us the present form of the
telegraph, and also electro-plating and
electro-chemistry. The black powder in
ths alkali manufacturers' vats in Paris, to
which .the name of iodine was given, was
of no consequence when first discovered,
but now we knew that the grand applica
tion of photography depends upon it
A few years ago a German chemist an
nounced the discovery of sugar in the
beet. The account was received, like a
vast number of other announcements, as
a useless fact, and rather drsgincefui to
the man who wasted his time in such in
significant labors. -Now we know that
the beet sugar industry is one of thje most
important on. the continent of Europe,' in
volving millions of capital, and giving
occupation to thousands of men.
The illustrious philosopher, Faraday,
succeeded in condensing a number of gas
es. It was an interesting experiment,
but certainly no one could have predicted
that someday the question of furnishing
cheap food to large cities would depend
upon the application of this discovery,
but such appears likely to be the fact The
best refrigerating machines, and the most
practical method, of, producing artificial
cold, are founded' upon the condensation
of gases, especially of ammonia, by means
of which we shall be enabled to transport
frozen meat any distance.
But not only in the production of cold
is Faraday's discovery available ; we have
in it the germ of a valuable motive power
that is capable of extensive application.
Faraday also discovered benzol, and for
many years no use could be devised for it:
we now know that the whole aniline in
dustry, with its magnificent array of col
ors, rests upon what appeared to be a use
less discovery; and' yet Faraday, who
grrrc us m.r present form of telegraph,
who enabled us to produce the richest
colors, who put cheip food within our
reach, and gave us a motive power availa
ble at. all times, himself worked in pover
ty and died a poor man.
Professor Tyndall has just aroused the
attention ot the world to the great ques
tion of ban l dust and out of the agita
tion of this subject will eventually grow
true methods of ventilation, the suppres
sion of cholera and fevers, the proper
care of the poor in tenement houses, and
many improvements in the sanitary con
dition of mankind.
De la Rive,- of Geneva, while experi
menting in electricity, found that a bit of
zinc would prevent the oxidation of iron,
and he at once suggested its employment
for this purpose. Out of this simple fact
has grown the immense industry of gal
vanizing iron : but that is hot ' all, for in
the same battery De la Rive observed that
the minute scratchings on one of the cups
was accurately copied on the copper de
posited upon it He mentioned the cir
cumstance ; Jacobi took it up, and we now
have electro-plating and galvano plasty
carried to complete success.
Pasteur has been devoting years to the
study of fermentation, and as a result of
his experiments, we are taught to 'know
the true causes of disease and decay, and
to vnventnne proper remedy.
The workers in copper were found to
be exempt from cholera, and on examina
tion it was found that they breathed con
siderablc sulphurous acid, and it was at
once seen that this gas, which prevents
fermentation and destroys the cholera
germs, was what had afforded protection
to the coppersmiths, and the same remedy
was applied with success in cholera dis
tricts and in hospitals.
Sir Isaac Newton discovered the solar
spectrum. It was an insignificant thing
to throw a beam ol light onto a screen
through a hole in the shutter, and his
neighbors thought he onght to be better
employed; but what a wealth of inven
tion has grown out of this one fact. We
now dissect our light and apply each part
as we want it We can shut out the light
and admit the heat We can concentrate
the chemical rays and take a picture. We
can examine the spectrum and determine
the composition of the sun, moon, and
stars, and we shall, before Ionic, separate
the light and chemical rays from the heat,
and shall store up the heat of the snn as
our great motive power, after our coal
and fuel have been exhausted We can
not tell to what vast uses this discovery
is destined to be applied.
Professor Schrotter, of Vienna, found
that he could convert phosphorus into a
red powder, which had many peculiar
properties : It was not so poisonns to the
workmen in the match tactory; it did not
ignite on friction, and could be easily
transported from one place to another ; it
was not soluble in the same re-agents as
the Ordinary phosphorus; and it had pow
erful reducing properties. It was a trifling
matter at first, but has since saved the
lives of many a poor person in match fac
tories, and served an important use in the
extermination of vermin.
The catalogue of trifling discoveries' is
almost endless, and we have mentioned
enough to show the importance of appre
ciating the labors of those whose whole
life is devoted to the good of their fellow
In ancient tines it was said, "Tho
proper study oi mankind is man," and
acting upon that the world.'stood still for
centuries. The study of mankind led to
metaphysical mysteries and superstitions,
and it is only since science has dispelled
these clouds and let in the light of ob
servation, perception, and judgment that
man has begun to enjoy freedom from
such thralldom as our early philosophers
imposed upon nun. one superstition af
ter another passes away before the clear
light of scientific inquiry, and it is not the
man of science, but the metaphysician
and inductive philosopher, who throws
doubt and distrust and nnbeli. f into our
ranks. The value of scientific study is
therefore two-fold ; it gives ns the com
forts of civilized life, and overturns all
doubt and superstition ; " it proves ail
things and holds fast that which is good."
Scientific American.
Don't be in Toe Much Harry.
Remember this, and you will avoid
many pitfalls. Too many, Esau -like, sell
their best hopes of success for a mere trifle
of present gratification, and destroy the
opportunities which would naturaKy
come to them in their pathway. The as
pirant for riches, the ambitious for he nor,
the uneasy seeker for pleasures, may find
their goal, bnt never in their truest sense,
if procured through dishonesty, intrigue,
treacherous and unprincipled action, in
tercourse and companionship with the
gay and festive. Such are in too much
hurry, and their conscience and sense are
sacrificed to this unnatural reeling of im
patience and unrest None should be
satisfied with what they are, but every
effort toward advancement in any direc
tion should be by the strong hand of
sound judgement and right
If you do not want to meet with dis
appointments, don't be in too much
If you want to keep conscience clear,
and be free from any sore temptations,
don't be in too much hurry.
If you covet the respect of others and
wish their confidence, don't be in too
much hurry.
If you desire to be considered a man of
sense and judgment, don't be in too much
If you hope for success, for pleasure,
fame and competency, and this at no sac
rifice of principle, don't be in too much
If yon do not wish to hate yourself be
cause of failure in any attempt to overdo
a thing, thereby bringing yon into a po
sition before , others most uncomfortable
to yourself, don't be in too much hurry.
And again If you do not want to be
called a fool, don't be in too much hurry
to be considered a Solomon. Exchange.
Iu America it would scarcely be re--garded
as an evidence of very tender
filial affection for a son to send his father
a coffin as a birthday gift ; bnt in China
such a gift is considered the very height
of courtesy and love, and is received with
gladness, paraded ostentatiously in the
best chamber, and, until required lor
special use, is made a depository for cloth
ing or food. Sometimes the Chinaman
provides his own comn, according to nis
fancy, long before his decease.
It is said that there is a line in Lower
California dividing the weather and the
seasons, so that on one side of this line
these are just the reverse of what they
are on the other. Advantage is taken of
this peculiarity in climate by the stock- rais
ers, and when a drouth occurs in one sec
tion, the cattle and horses ate driven into
the other, where the pastures are green for
the rest of the season.
8i!cb 1835 the number of lunatics in
France has increased from 4.96 per cent,
oi the population, to 24.28 percent M.
Lunier, the Inspector General of lunatics,
is of oj)lni-ti Utat a ooni lerablo propor
tion of this incrxiisi it duo to the use of
spirituous liquors.
A live alligator has been found in the
river Thames.
A man in Akron, Ohio, recently receiv
ed his eleventh divorce.
salt well at Terre Haute, Ind., has
been sank 528 feet
Bbigham Young is the third largest de
positor in the Bank of England.
Db. Hawkins, a blind chemist of Phil
adelphia, invented soda-water in 1813.
A London stenographer has used one
pen constantly for twenty-one years.
George W. Snow has occupied the po
sition of City Clerk of Bangor, Me., for
twenty-five years.
The travel on the '.Union Pacific
amounts to between 500 and 000 passen
gers daily.
A boy, aged only fourteen 'ears, was re
cently arrested in Hartford, 'for habitual
It is said that fifty-three languages are
spoken in the cigar and tobacco shops ot
New York.
Victoria's youngest daughter is just
turned IS, and her first name is Beatrice
Mary Victoria Feodore.
A ball was given lately by a Russian
nobleman in Paris, which is said to have
coat oyer two million francs.
A bot on the Staten Island boats plays
on his violin with a piece of ordinary mu
sic tied in a roll, instead of a bow.
There is in Paris a milliner that has
made, in the last seven years, upward of
seven hundred and fifty thousand francs.
Miss Rtk, who brought 70 English girls
to Canada, has found good homes for all
of them, and is going back to England
for lOOmore.
In this country there are 659 Young
Men's Christian Associations, and 1,400 in
the world, with an aggregate membership
of 150,000.
There are 185 Lodges of Odd Fellows
m the State of Missouri, with total con
tributing members, 8,897; total assets,
f 211,846 ; increase for the year, $88,277.
A brass door, weighing 1,456 lbs., and
costing $850, has recently been man
ufactured in England for the Wolf Rock
light heuse. It is intended to replace a
solid oak door, four inches thick, which
had been shattered into fragments by the
force of the waves. il
, The fashionable shoe for ladies is made
seven inches high, with an inch and a
half heel, a Spanish instep, arched sole, a
movable heel of gilt or silver with an India-
rubber Up to deaden the sound, and
they cost from $8 to $20 a pair.
The Indians on the island of Oldtown,
Me., have formed a debating society, and
hold weekly meetings for discussing mat
ters of the day in their own language.
The meetings are carried on with the
strictest regard for parliamentary usage.
Mr. RAWLmaoaT. an eminent Enslish
engineer, in a report to Parliament about
the sewers of London, estimates the mar
ketable value of the matter accumulated
there at 1,000,000, and states that it
would enrich annually 70,000 acres of
Thi vaccination mania in Paris has
netted over $100,000 to the enterprising
owner of a heifer in the full glory of cow
pox, which he takes to the houses of cus
tomers, who can" thus be vaccinated direct
from the original source of protection.
There is a family of nine brothers and
sisters in Maine whose circle has never
been entered by death. The youngest is
now 63, and the oldest 79, and their united
age is 681 years. They have eighty
children, 114 grand-children, and fifteen
A Nbw Haven man called his friends
to a social gathering in bis pear orchard
the other evening, and desired each one
to pick out a branch on which should
grow the pears tor his or her eating, the
name Of tne person being affixed upon a
label. In the harvest time they will meet
again and enjoy the fruit so generously
and ingeniously disposed of.
. Maris, the 1 He French Republican, pat
the following clause in his will : " I crave
your pardon, my dear children, for leav
ing yon but a modest competency.
Another would have been able to make
yon rich. But I have held it a duty to
devote my whole life to the political
cause which I bad embraced, and I assume
that you would prefer that to any other
Recent legislation in England has
largely curtailed the traffic in liquor in
that country. At last year's session of
Parliament a law was passed transferring
the licensing of beer houses from the ex
cise officials to magistrates, and the result
is said to be that 8,000 beer houses have
been closed. It is now proposed by the
temperance reformers to transfer the issue
of licenses from the magistrates to the
Bonner Is reported to have spent nearly
$200,000 since he was first bitten by mania
for "-fast horses." The prices paid for the
most noted horses were as follows : Poca
hontas, $50,000 ; Dexter, $33,000 ; Bruno,
$23,000; Major Win field, $20,000; Lan
tern and Light $10,600 ; Flatbush Maid,
$8 000; the Auburn horse, $18,000; Joe
EllioU, a colt now owned by him, and ex
pected to beat Dexter, cost $10,000.
An English paper says that one of the
novelties of the season, is a summer hat,
looking much like very good straw,
but in reality made of wood shavings, and
sold for two and one-half pence. A high
ly superior article may be had for nine
and one-half pence. It is said to be fra- '
gile ; a heavy shower would reduce it to
the consistency of blotting-paper, and it
will not stand the slightest blow. Bnt in
fine weather it looks as well as a Panama,
The distance to be covered by the pro
posed cable from San Francisco to China
is as follows : From San Francisco to the
Sandwich Islands, 2,080 ; thence to Mid
way Island, 1,140 ; thence to Yokohama,
Japan, 2,260 ; thence to Shanghai, 1,085
miles. To this is to be added one sixth
of the whole to make statute miles (1,086),
and, also, the usual 20 per cent allowance
tor slack in paying out cable (1.520 miles),
making the total length of cable required
to connect San Francisco, California, with
the Sandwich Islands, Japan, and China,
9,121 miles.
A spectator states that it is quite im
possible to judge of the merits ot the play
at i 'Chrheee theatre, for two reasons.
Fir8tly,the orchestra, which is liberally
supplied with gongs, keep up a continu
ous clamor during the whole performance,
and the actor has to carry on an animated
competition with these discordant instru
ments in order to make himself heard.
Secondly, the representation of a Chinese
drama extends over several months, and
can only be compared to a ten volume
novel, every word of which is spoken
and acted. One cannot but admire the
colossal memory of Chinese actors.

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