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WHOLE NO. 252.
Oh, yss-ril teU. jott the stery.
The very worts that were said.
Too see the nunt was cooking.
And I was slicing some bread.
And Richard came Into the pantry.
His face was exceedingly red.
And he opened hU hatf-stat fingers,
And gave me" glimpse of a ring ;
And then oh, yes, I remember, .
The kettle began to sing.
And Kanny came in with her baby, ,
The cunningest bench of a thing.
And the
erf pnt In a minute.
Well, what
next? lietueeee
Oh I Fanny
"with her baby,
kllri -11 mm. . .. . .. r.
And grandma ldbked-over her gl
go queer at rtienatwi ana met
Bnt It wasn't tm aftor milking
That be sala what he had te say.
How was It? WbJ Fanny had taken
The baby and,goie away
Th fanciest rogue of a fellow
He had a new tooth that day.
We were standing under the plum tree.
And RlchardMaid something low,
Bnt I was tired and fnetered.
And trembled, I almost know :
Kor old Red h the hardest of milkers,
And Brlndle so horribly slow.
And then left me see where wag 1?
Oh, the stars grew thick overhead,'
And we two stood under the plum tree
Till the chickens flew up to bed.
Well, he lovee me, and we're to be married.
And that is aottt what he saM I
Hearth and Home.
The sunshine shrmmenne through the
nummer air: a eralden vaoor restintr dream
ily on field and river ; H very ripples run-
uuju? inrougn uiv ripe ry u ; uie uariey
Heads swinirmc heavy and yellow : the
meadows eniarsld-irreen ; the home lot
White with dajffis ; the brown-gabled, red
roofed, old farm-house, mellow-tinted in
the enchantet' .ionosphere ; the wide river
creeping lazily by; the glistening white
beach shelving down to it this was the
cene on whtch7cssica Dale looked from
her seat among the branches of the ancient
ash that stood on the river-side. A tittle
way down the river a schooner lay close
up to the black wharf that stood tiDsilv on
its half-rotten piles; and, on this wharf
Jessica s eyes at last lound a resting place.
She looked long and earnestly at a group
oi men on u : a taw sailors lazily tranater
ring baskets of vegetables and firkins of
butter from the wharf to the vessel ; a
few lank, seedy-looking men sitting on the
wnan-posis ana empty barrels, swinging
figure was stretched at full length, and he
was apparently- placidly gazing up at the
white clouds slowly forming and dissolv
ing in the brae sky.
The apron that Jessica was making fell
ut of her hand and rustled down among
the daisies, but her thoughts, as well - as
her eyes, were busy on the wharf. They
were not pleasant thoughts it would seem,
for she puckered up her pretty face into
numerous wrinkles, and curled her red lips
in a very contemptuous manner. Jessica
was rightly considered a ' beautiful girl,
brown as a berry from exposure to wind
and sun, with sweet, thoughtful gray eyes,
wavy brown' hair, small, reimlar features.
and the rosiest -of Bps and pearliest of
teeth, and a trim, graceful figure. She
even looked pretty whan she was cross, as
then, in the? ash-tree.
The man an the planks, soon tamed his
head in such, a way that he probably caught
a glimpse of her white dress among the
leaves, for he instantly sprang lightly down
from his resting place, and walked swiftly
across the meadows towards her, vaulting
the fences on his way. As he drew nearer
it became evident that he was a young man
of fine physitrne, with a well-shaped head,
good, though irregular features, and great,
sleepy, brown eyes. As he crossed the
last meadow Jessica sprang down from her
perch just in time to prevent the old gray
winged gander from snipping a piece out
of her new apron. She met the young
man at the stile by the pollard willows.
" I am so very glad to see you, Jessica,"
he said, fervently, as he helped her over
the stile.
" For what reason, Bernard ? You seem
wonderfully in earnest."
" Why, no reason, except the pleasure of
being with you."
" Not having seen me since nine o'clock
last night.1
" But you are alwas a fresh and beauti
ful sight. -I have been wondering what i
could do with myself this afternoon, and
behold ! Fate sends me you."
" I wonder you are not sun-struck lying
there on the whu-f. in this hot, broiling
" I don't mind the hot sun. It never
harts me."
" And yet, the coldest day last winter,
you worked out of doors all day, building
that ice palace for me."
I enjoy the cold, too, and take the sea
sons as they come. Heat and cold are
alike to me:
"You don't mind storms, either, I
should judge, from your -walking fifteen
miles in the worst one we had last spring,
for no purpose, I believe, but just to show
that you could do it."
" Yes, I can walk any reasonable dis
tance in any weather," said Bernard, caret
lessly, but qecretly much pleased that his
companion remembered all this.
"Does anything make you sick, Ber
nard?" " No ; I hav not had a day's sickrfees
since I was ten years old."
"I should think, Bernard; you might be
as much as f feat high," she said, meas
uring him with her eye.
" Very near the mark ,- I am five feet
" Well," said Jessica, stopping under
neath the pollard willows, and surveying
her companion from head to foot, " here is
a young man, fivejTeet eleven, broad shoul
dered, never sick, whb minds nefther sum
mer's heat nor winter's cold, nor terrible
storms, and yet' Who cab find nothing in
all this wide world to do on this long sum
mer day but lie on a pile of planks, or
lounge upland down the river bank with a
The young man's brown face flushed
crimson. " But what can I do, Jessica r1.'
" Help Uiqse sailors down there on the
wharf, arid perhaps" you will put a little en
ergy into them.
" And what would be the use of my
doing that "
" Just for the sake of doing something.
Arc you going to liva tiiis lazy, useless life
all your days f
" You know very well my uncle won't
help me to get into any business, or rather,
he r.m't, for he never has ready money."
" Help yourself, then."
- " How can I, without money ? I must
have a little to irurt with."
" Put yourself in as capital, and use
your muscles. i They are- big and i strong
enough, I am sure. Such weights as staey
t ell me you balance at the gymnasium go
and break stones !"
" You talk just like a woman I They
think men can: do everything. What do
you suppose I could earn breaking stones.?"
" Your solf-respect, if nothing,, mora'.
Yon are of no Use to anybody now. Your
uncle and aunt don't need you; they have
their own children; I have1 no doubt they
like to have you with them, and will give
you what yon need; but -yeta-"should be
ashamed to dawdle through life dependent
on a rich man's bounty."
"I don't feel that It is a dependence. I
am one of the family, and we all live hap
pily together,' and have every thing in the
world wei Want. And, more than all that,
ancle wants you to come ami live there,
too. There is plenty for all, he says. It
is a large house, ander are many ser
vants they can't find enough to do, aha a
great deal coming in all the time that would
be wasted if we were not there."
" And you ' think I Wonlft1 letyftu' take me
to sueh a home as that ?"
"Whynof? It will be happy and lux
urious home, and they all want you ; and
you inow now I want you, my dearest.
" I will never go there with you, Ber
nard, never. ! I would rather die I"
You use strong language, Jessica."
" And I feel strongly. 1 would rather
live in a log cabin, on bread and milk, than
with a husband who would be willing to
lead such a life as you do. I should be so
ashamed of him."
The sleepy looTc went out of Bernard's
eyes in a moment, and a bright light
Hashed into them. Is that the reason
you would never consent to make me hap
py, Jessica? Oh, why did you not tell me
this before ?"
" I have not told it now. You dragged
me into the discussion, and I was only car
rying out your supposition."
" I will go to work to-morrow, if you
will only promise to love me."
" I thought you could not do it without
1 Just give me as an incentive the hope
of one day calling you mine. I can do
anything for the sake of yonr-love.'
" First, you could not do it without
money ; and now, you cannot do it without
love. Do It for the sake of your manhood,
Bernard. If you are true' to yourself and
work your way to a manly independence,
you will win the heart of some good
woman ; but it may not . be mine some
body better, perhaps. Oh, you need not
say anything ; there are better women than
I am in the world. I may be married to
somebody else by that time, far we cannot
say what may happen. Indeed, I think it
is quite likely."
"Jessica, you will not be so cruel as to
make. me do this thing without the least
hope of reward ?"
I don't make yon do it ; it is your
awakened self-respect. And you will, find
your reward in the work, and in the mde-
rwnilATiMit .-! Tn n
1' "111 guc J vu.
" And you will let me go away without
a shadow of hope. I can do nothing with
out your lave."
" Let it alone, then," said Jessica, con
temptuously. "It is nothing to me; I
have only spoken for your own good, and
I have but one thing more to say : never,
from this moment, say to me one word of
love until vbu can offer rao something of
your own. The log cabin is enough, but it
must be your own. Mind. I don't sav I
will listen to you then ; it is probable I '
wm not. lint, in tae meantime, love must
not be named between you and me."
" It is clear she does not love me, and she
might as well have said so -without Insult
ing me with all that tark:"' Sueh were
Bernard's thoughts after Jessica had left
him, and he stood idly kicking pebbles into
the river. " She said some pretty stinging
things. That is the way she thinks of me,
is it ? I would be a fool to give up all I
have and work like a common laborer.
She is always as busy as a bee herself, and
I have thought how nice it would be to
take her from her home, where she -does so
much, to a place where she would have to
do nothing at all. 'And her ladyship
does not like It ; she gives herself aoo.
many airs." ;,
Three miles below the old farm-house
stood the busy town of Porkinsville. The
sluggish waters of the rivers crept into It
and formed a' basin arotrhd' which there
was constant activity from morning till
night. Among the towering ; ware
houses, a little . one-roomed, wooden
building had impudently'1' thrtrst 'Itself
and . flaunted a rusty-red i stove-pipe
into the air, winter and summer. It was
whispered about town that there was more
business done-la this KagyslWa aflcef thMta j
in two or three ot the bug arojoseSj . . t
On a hot summer afternoon, two, days
after the talk under the- pollard willows, a"
man sat m this room -on a wooden arm
chair, tilted back at a comfortable angle,
while his feet rested on the, "pattered stove,
apparently doing not Iring, but really ab
sorbed in layirfg plans for the success of an
enterprise In which he had lately embarked.
He was an elderly, .gentlemanly -looking
man, with a careless manner, but a Wonder
fully keen look in his blue eyes. He had just
brought his calculations to a satisfactory
conclusion when a shadow fell across the
open doorway, which shadow was imme
diately followed by the appearance of Ber
nard Ley burn.
"Good afternbon, M. Dalrryl.''
"Good day, Leybufip. J should as soon
have thought of seeing the Prince of Wales
here as you. But come in and take a seat.
Not very elegant quarters."
"I know your, time is valuable, Mr. Dar-.
ryl," said Bernard, "and In order to trespass'
upon It as little as possible, I will state boy
business at once, for there is no bony in
Perkinsville can tell me what I want to
know as well as you.'
. "All right. "
"I want work. Can -you tell ma where
to find it?"
"Any money to invest ?"-
'.'Not a-oeaaV" -aj
"Then you have not the ghost of a
chance. Dozens of young gentlemen now'
in town wanting.wprk."
"I. told her So, thought Bernard. It's
of no use." ' :
" Old man hasn't gone .up, has he ?"
asked Darryl. ' ' ' - ''- "fo
" Who ? My ancle ? Qh no, but I cannpt
live forever dependent oh his bounty. 1
am getting ashameu erf it. Ho would give
me money to start same genteel business,
if he cotW, but he can't do that, and now I
am in for any sort of Wosrk. facia - don.'t
approve of it, but I feel I am doing right."
Darrvl looked keenly at the young man.
14 Sorry I caul help you, Leyburn," he said,
more 'cordially, " but, indeed, every place
is iun and overflowing.
" I do not care nartici
not care particularly for a gentle-
manly situation ; T had no expectation oC
that kind. I will do any kind of work
'Humph'l That is -V dmht thing;
What kiad, for instarsqe t" , , j -"
Driving a" wyron,' porterage, anything
"A company of rua have . started ., the
lumber business high up the river, it
Maple Bend Got a saw -mill goin? tolerably
livery already,' and it will move faster soon.
It is eointr to be a bitr affair. I think. If
you. want hard work there is a chance fori
elp pile, lumber, or'teRe It Wtlie rafts, or
cut down a tree, if necessary ?"
" Certainly I can, and will be glad to do
ft" ' i " ''''. : "it
I don't say but what you may work your
way to something better, but that is the
way you "will have to ' begin. I am afraid
it won't suit you." ,
"Yes, if will'" said Bernard, eagerly.'
"I wish I could prove, fp you how anxious
I am to go to work."
" Do you see that row of. flour barrela;
ranged out there, ready to be shipped f
, "Yes, sir." " 1 '-
' " fhat sloop has come In sooner than
was expected, but those barrels ought, to
go oh board of her this afternoon, and all
the hands axe busy." -
"TH do It rsaid Bernard, smiling.
He went out in high spirits and began
rolling the barrels up the gang-plank, eager
to show Darryl that he Was not afraid of
work. He was accustomed to handling
heavy weights at the gymnasium, for his
amusement. But, before his present job
was half done, he found out the difference
between work and play. When It was
three-fourths done, he wished ha had lot it
alone. When the last barrel was on the
sloop, and Bernard went' back to the office,
Darryl noticed that the brightness had
died out of his eyes, and the old,
sleepy look had come back to them.
"That viaa, .weU done, Ley bum, said
Darryl. " You wHI rhake-a splendid Work
man. When will you be ready for up the
river?" , ,
. I have hot quite decided" to-go. I must
think it over." ',, ,
" This Is Wednesday. I must know yo in
decision by Saturday.
" What has come over young Leyburn ?' j
asked Darryl of Jessica, when he paid a visit
to the old farm-house thai evening. "He
came to me to-day to ask for work. And
then he related, With a good deal of humotV
the adventure of the barrela It was .well
they were out on the porch with no light
but the stars, or he would 'have seem how
Jessica's eyes were . sparkling with pleas
ure. '
" I told him If he would go up to Maple
Bend he would find plenty of rough work
to do, getting out lumber. He 'was all
eagerness, before his tussle with the barrels,
but very cool afterwards. He Is to decide
on Saturday, but I feel so sure he will hot
go I shall suy nothing to anybody."
I " But I will ! " thought Jessica. " I
would not encourage him by any hope of
my loving him. But I will give a little
posh-ijust to start him off. I will tell
everybody in town ! "
And she did. That is, she told half a
dozen carefully selected Individuals, and
they told all the rest, that Bernard Leyburn
was going up to Maple Bend to learn the
lumber business. It was not until Friday
that this report obtained general circula
tion. Thursday evening, Bernard visited
Jessica, but not a word did he say of either
lore, or lumber. The next day e was con:
gratujated everywhere, am e-eijrbTxly he
met wfshed him good lucltv -
spread trie-repot abnt, and now 111 have
t'o go up and give it a trial. L shall find it
a horrible business, I knoW " ' 1 J "
The first day of summer. ' The brown
gables of the old farm house lifted them
selves out of a sea of flowering' peach-trees,
and red and White apple blossoms. The
waters of the river crept stealthily up the
White beach, and murmured low and softly.
Jessica, on the bench under the ash-trees,
leaned forward, apd listened, as if she
would catch from the rippling waves some
whisper of the Ufa o thetfe, Mffple Bend,
kucy nau uuwcu uuwii nuui liull un
known, blissful land, and yet they would
not give to Jesstea one, wojed. Tbose ves
aete"4pating past with tne"sldgglsh- tide
were, no d o nbt, frei ghted w i t h the precious
lumber of that region, but they, paused not
on "their slow' course and Jessfcafs mind
was ifillad with discontented thoughts.
. . Bernard had not returned since first he
went up,' now Ueariy :4 year ago, and he ,
had not written iter a letter, or sent her a
message. His. uncle's family had told her
that he wrote to 'them in good spirits, ap
parently, bjat that be said nothing about
his business, and they believed aha hoped
as fast getting cared ot mstouy, lor
ey understood that he worked like a
mmon" day -laborer. She rometimes
questioned Mr. Darrvl. bar: he would
mereiy reply : " The t young man is doing
pretty lairry," which was certainly not
very enthusiastic praise.- Mr Darryl had
good', reason for his . reticence, for he re
membered how she had spread the report
of Bernard's going to Maple Bend through
all 'Perkinsville, while the matter was
still undecided, and. after he, Darryl,
had' told her be. should tell no one.
" It's strange," thought Jessica that after
noon for the hundredth jme, Mfm .Ber
nard never writes to me ! I am afraid he
is net d6mg well.' : I wonder if he was
foolish enough to Jiterajly believe that I
did not love him. and never would love
him ! Or It may be he has learned to lave
work so much he aon t care tor anything
else. A pretty result Of my advice ! Bnt,
I am not sorry I aroused him from his
lethargy, even if I never see him more !
Here the gray eyes filled with tears,
which might perhaps have faUen,but for a
sound that, now struck upon her ears the
nniptr tmrrintnir of footsteps through the
hong grass and daisies. Her heart beat
fast, but she would not turn her head.
" I knew I would find you under the ash
tree." ' '. '' '"' '
"Bernard." And new the head turned,
and she ,hed oat both hands. He squeezed
them in a verv uncivilized manner, fhat he
surely must have, learned In "the lumber
region. - i
"How-yoa are changed!" she exclaimed.
She saw at a glance that the great brwn
eydrwere alight with' active thought; that
the mouth wai firmer, and the whole bear
ing of the man, resolute and manly.
- ''If he has hot succeeded, he has not
given up? " was hermental oomment. She
made room lor him on the bencn.
f And yoq, not at all ! You are the same
Jessica I left 1 JL So believe this is the
very dress you wore when! last sawyott !'?
" How can you be expected .to know ons
white dress from another! "
"It is not your wedding-dress, I hope.
lou are not married, Jessica?
'No. I am not married, she said, de-
"Thank Heaven for that ! What hive
youbpen dolngpthis long thne ?" fu -,c
"Toe same ota round of dutjes. . Shewing
and belt ling mother with the housekeeping,
fhfe cMldreB? With thata" daasons. . Thsre is
no end to woman's work, you know. Only.
I don't believe vou know anything about
It. 'I ' -..:, .w i i rrDflEm: j rjl
i UJ know 'f6ft Were iflways as busy aVa'
bee, and I used to think you must eonse
quently be unhappy, but I have. learned
better than, that, now.
"Indeed ! And pray what haviryett been
doing that yu were ashamed to write to
your old friend?"
AlVl JWU UA rv.j I. VJ "1111. K JUU I
"We generally look for common courtesy
from those who pretend tot be- ourfriends,
and neither letter nor message have you
aantme.V mnni.
I was 'Vaitihg for u something of my
pvwn. .7t..x l j if
"You see,iC have ao ftirgotten a certain
conversation , under the "pollard willows
aphfler." -" '-' "m Viu m r; -rt
Jessica turned- away ner head. "1 aw
not say you were not to treat me with the
ordinary politeness of an acquaintance.''
' ''I know. I refcolved to see'you no more,
to apeak to-you no more, until I should
have retrieved my manhood- I went to
see Daryl who' told meoChis lumber busl
ness at Maple' Bend, :where I could
get work: as a common laboring hand.
It was rather.,., a.. ,,staggerfng offer,
and I took a couple -of days to consider
it. I was at first somewhat inclined to
back out of the scrape; bu at last I sum
moned up the necessary fortitude, and
went" 1 "
Jessica thought of the report she had
purposely spread around hint to force him
to go, but, like a discreet woman, she
Ield her peace.
' "Hard -work it was,'ycohtmued Bernard,
after a pause, "and dreary and disagree
able, heiping to get .the lumber to the rafts,
and -down to the vessels. This labor lasted
for three months, and If it had ' not been
for my poeitivte determination that nofhinc
sboottl force me back to' the old life and
tor- one other thing L think my endurance
would have given way At the end of three
months, the business Increased so rapidly,
and so many hands came up, that t was
promoted t a part of the business 1 liked
very well fjfling out the orders, that came
in pretty fast,! by selecting the proper wood,
and measuring the lengths, etc. But, I
need not tell you atl that, and how One
thing led 16 another, until how Phold quite
an important position, with a fain salary, a
good knowledge of the business, and (lie
prospect of doing belter still. And, be
sides, these, I have the funniest mRu of a
house that looks as If the wind, had blown
it together, and might, at any time, blow
it apart, and yet it is sung and tight for
ail" - " ' ' ,: S . t(l
; " You have, indeed, dene wonders, Ber
nard. I knew you could do anything you
wanted to do."
"If I had got nothing from my work
but the consciousness of Independence and
manliness, : I would consider myself fully
M Of coarse you wouKH"
. " But then ybu see I got something more
than this, and I still expect something
worth more than alL"
"Oh, you do! A mill of your own, I
No, yoi little, demure witch, you don't
suppose anything of the kind. Would I
have cornfe dd wn here to our busiest season
for that ? No, I came to look for a jewel
without which mv life will be nothine
say Jessica's loye. Will you refuse to lis
ttn to me now, 6WsttgrV Ot btWlO 1
There was no need for words; Jessica
turned her Washing, happy face to Bernard,
and he clasped her in his arms.
, ".At last? he said, rapturously. "Oh,
my dearest, I have waited long far this. If
Jwefe not so happy 1 would reproach you
fox having been so cold and cruel to me.
But, youlove meTat.Jast!"
-! " twill make a confession to you Uowi,
Bernard I loVted you- all the time." ; jj j
' "My darling! And you. let me think
you did not' care for me. ' Why ndid'you
send me away without the least glimpse of
fiork . for your love ? " Why did you tell
me you dBspised me?"
' "NonOj-Bernard, I never said that!"
"What yod did say amounted to -the
same thing, anoVyou would not even soften
it by saving that you would try to love
" What security would I have had, that,
after you had won me, yon would not re
lapse inlo yout!ld sew? leaved you, bnt
I wanted you to be worthy of my love.""
" You are mine now, at all events." And
he held her mora tightly.
"But," he. said, thoughtfully, ' Vhat will
you do np there ih that rough region, away
from your old friends, and you will not
have the comforts you have now ih the old
farm house C
"I would a thousand times rather be up
there than In your uncle's fine house.
.'But we have plenty of time to consider all
"Not so much time ! I can only stay
four days, for we are very busy just now ;
and we ought, by all means, to be married
by the encfof the month."
The head was quickly raised from the
shoulder. " Why, Bernard ! ,A-re you
crazy?" ' '
"By ho means. What in the Nvorld is
the use of our waiting ? We have known
.each other, all our Uvea, and how do you
suppose I can take the time to come phi
landering down here every week ? In fact,
i ought not to be here now, but I made a
confidant of Darryl, and he took compas
sion on me. At the end of this month he
thinks they can do without me fora week,
and then we must be married. It is not so
bad up there after all. It Is a beautiful
country, and we have a little society. The
superintendent's wife, and the wife of the
engineer live there' in funny little houses,
just like mine ; and they are both ladies.
And theft are a good many cabins dotted
here and there in the woods, and the labor
ers' wires are nice, kindly women."
Jessica laughed. "You wilt make It
out a sort of Paradise, I expect, if I let
you go on. But may I ask if you had that
house built because you , felt- so sure of
"I did not feel at all sure of yen, but I
could hot help a little feeling of hope. I
did not believe yau would care so much
about the life I led if you did not love
me the least little bit. ' ' However, the hbute
was already, built. One. of the members of
the company used to live in it. Every
thing seems to have happened just right
for us." .
"You take too much for granted, Mr.
Bernard, I have not yet consented to your
arrangement." -
"But, ydu will darling? Just .consider
how much you will make me dp when ydn
get up there !"
"That is a consideration, certainly."
"Oh! I well know I shall have "a hard
task-mistress. Bnt you will make a happy
home for me as a compensation,"
, mil M
-prhftns-.Tp.filnJVlt. alu-)Ast Tvpn flrht-
trary esuougnVAtull evehWner lo"ver ftadtyM
his own way, and Use weejtang-aay waa.
ffSred'ttl suit him ; the bride elect reflect-"
ing that her simple troustean would not
require much time fr .preparatiou Ruf
fled dresses and trailing silks would be en
irrely out of- place; in- the lumber region.
They were so happy, sifting there under
the drooping bnmches.of the ash, with the
silvery sands at their feet, and the river glid
ing gently by, that they forgot to go up to
the house to tell the wonderful news to
the until the dusk of evening" stole
Wood's Household Magazine.
Jeremiah, the Rogue.
' We were lying in Calcutta, with our
eareo on board, ready to i sail as soon as
hher" majesty' s.health officer should see fit
to issue o.ur cenincaie. ner .majesty a
health officer, however, was in AO hurry,
ttnd-I saw with chagrin the prospect of be
ing detained perhaps a week-for our clear
ance. T had nothing definite to do ; my mani
fest and papers Were completed, and it was
with real exultation that .received a brief
letter from Charlie Napier, a genial Brit
Ish'er ' who held a comfortable government
post, Inviting me t i?in a hunt after a
tiresome rogue elephant, which for some
time had been annoying the people in the
neighborhood of my mend's estate. '
Captain DTacntt reafflly granted me tw o
days' leave of-absence, and early one sultry
morning I was rowed ashore by a patient
Hindu, and started for Charlie's residence,
which was, some, thirty -seven miles inland.
The Calcutta Railway co'nveyed me twenty
eight miles of aiy Joumfcy, and at Runjecx,
the terminus, I found one of my friend's
servants waiting with a horse. Tt was
midday, and scorching-hot?, so I deferred
continuing my journey until afternoon.
Toward four, p'clock we again started,
and though the heat had moderated,
it was stluvery oppressive. Our road lay
through a rich tropical forest, wih culti
vated grounds at long in.teryals. The jun
gle was wild, and I alniost Instinctively
cooked my rifle as my eye distrustfully en
deavored to pierce its thick depths and
dismal shadows.
I My guide, a sedate native, spdke Eng
lish plainly. He said the wood through
which we were traveling had been almost
freed of wild beasts-, but hat the old
rogue Jeremiah had last been seen in '' this
A rogue elephant; I may say, is, the . out
law of his herd a fellow who, for certain
reasons, scorns the peaceful, inoffensive ex
istence of other elephants, and carries on
a guerilla warfare with men. He is mar
velously cunning,' a marauder, a source
of perpetual mischief; and as every man's
hand is against him, he Is against every
We had accomplished but seven miles
when, a craunching sound attracted my at
tention. The horses pricked their ears,
and seemed to be alert for danger. I turned
to look at my companion, who was lean
ing forward until his face almost touched
his steed's neck. Trie noise of the-breaking
of branches and . undergrowth con
tinued, and the tread seemed that of some
animal of heavy weigtrr. ah at once me
Indian screamed, "Jeremiah! Jereniiaii!"
and spurring his horse, dashed .away tike
A gigantic elephant quickly came from
the thicket. Ny first impulse was tf fol
low my companion ; but fortunately I had
often heard of the craft of these elephants,
so I decided to make a boldtand, and take
my chance. Levelling my gun, I took aim,
and fired. The huiletmissed his eye, and
struck his forehead. , With a kind of shrill
short he rushed toward'me. Ireehtg my
feet from- the stirrups and grasping at a
projecting branch, I dextenously swung
myself into a tree, as J eremlah, bristling
with rage, -charged beneath me.
The horse flew ahead. My foe, recover
ing from his miscalculated - dash, again
came hastily toyvadsthe tree to which I
clung. He paused', andappareHtly debated
for a few minutes as to his best coarse. My
rifle lay on the ground, and seeing it, ,he
deliberately crushed ft with his 'great feet.
Then throwing his trunk Up, he found that
I was vrt of his reach, and again he
seemed, to1 cogitate. i
' I was in a sore predicament. A rogue's
cunning is boundless, and it is seldom he
will give up his pursuit of any object, when
it seems within his reach. My only hope
was that lus schemes might be foiled until
assistance arrived frorfr Charlie's' house,
whither I hoped my attendant had flown.
After going around the free, and survey
ing my position, the ,Beast wound his
trunk about the bottom, and strove with
all his power to tear it from the ground.
I'felt it bend and crack. My heart sank
within me. The roots were relaxing their
hold upon the earth. CHmbing among the
branches, endeavoring to get to the next
tree, I missed my footing, and fell. J ust
then the roots gave way, and the tree
toppled Over.
My time had- come. The mammoth
beast, avoiding the falling branches, with
surprising agility, strided" towards me.
Crack ! crack ! ' Two shots were fired.
My adversary paused in bewilderment,
raised his trunk, gave a. shriek of rage, and
' dropped to the ground with a deep moan.
"Well, well, old boy! You were as
near death that time as ever you were.
Had we been a moment later, that old
villian would have trampled you info a
It was Charley who spoke, and I, in
meek submission, listened to his comic
reproaches for keeping all the ''sport," as
he .called my adventure, to niyaeif. -
Youth's Companion.
Good Humor a Duty.
Can any one define good humor? We
all, know what it is. . We can feeLand , en
joy it, but it is hard to' pin the thing down
to any ' formal definition. The good-humored
man is at all events a happy man, a
man to be envied, a man on whom troubles
sit lightly, and a man who confers as ranch
happiness as he enjoys. He radiates it, ti
it were, and his good humor becomes an
atmosphere in which, other people's good
humor, latent or pined half to death, comes
out, revives and fKrarisHes. - Good humor
can scarcely he called a moral virtue. It
depends perhaps as much on disposition
ana the perfect action or the liver as on
ahytlrhfg ";'erS! A good humored man
must he I ipio. facto a eupeptic aaan, a man
that enjoys a good dinner. Now, equality
which,.depenas upon the - action of a man's
liver can 'scarcely be a high moral quality.
And yet has. any man a right to be dys
peptic. Is it not a moral duty not to be ?
Setting aside the rare cases of inevitable
misfortune, -is not -dyspepsia a man's own
fault, generally the result of his gluttony,
his laziness, his stupidity, his carelessness
or his ignorance? And are these things
moral virtues? Has a man any right to
make himself wretched, to people the
grid with horrors; to beariuiBhnmtohim-
lt RT1(
d everybody abont him,, because he
lacks the sense to control his appetite or
the energy to take sufficient ejiafrcise to
keep his liver healthy? One -of these days
we shall come to the conclusion that the
snarling, fretful iu-tenrpered or complain
ing and depressed victim is not merely to
be pitied, but deserves to be punished as
he is. He may be very devotional, in his.
way. He may make high pretensions to
piety and religious feeling, but he is none
the less a nuisance ; and on the whole,
dyspeptic piety is as unhealthy as any
Dr. Dio Lewis on Meats, etc.
.11'; t
In his recent .work-touching food, on
the subject of meats Dr. Lewis has the
following suggestiver paragraphs, which
will answer for other latitudes as well as
that 'of Boston :
Meats are very high in the Boston mar
ket. The other day I devoted an hour or
two to inquiries of the leading market men
about th prjees i of different parts, of fhe
animal. They generally agree upon these
figures j that in ano, which, When dressed,
weighs 800 pounds - m u i r. L.,
60 pounds bring 30 to 40 cents a pound.
140 pounds bring '30 to 3 cents a pound.
400 pounds bring 30 Jo 12 cents: a pound.
80 pounds bring 30" to 10 cents' a pound.
40. pounds bring 80 to 6 cents a pound.
90 pounds bring 3 cents a pound.
40 pounds bring 1 cent a pound.1
You must have meat every day of the
year. Your children" should have some
animal -food during the autumn, winter
and spring. But meat is very high.A
sirloin steak costs In our market 'from
thirty-five to forty cents a pound. And
even this is . not the most expensive part
of the animal. ''
Bat do you know that in an ox which,
dressed, weighs 800 pounds, only a very
small part brings this high price? And
do you know that that small part is
neither the most nourishing nor the most
nalatable? While, certain portions of the
animal sell for thirty to forty cents a pouncl,
.there are-portions, not one whit leas palat
able than the tenderloin (when properly
cooked), that can be bought for a very
small price. Take, for example, what is
called the shank; the very best can be
bought for three cents a pound, and a sin
gle pound -booked in a stew; with dry bits
of bread, will .make a meal for yourself
and your entire family. The French sol
dier understands better than anybody else,
the secret of getting much of little.
When yon gq to market for meat, don't
buy tenderloin, but bay what ae called
coarse meats. Purchase for your dinner
fivo or eight cents' worth, say ten cents'
worth, of the cheap, coarse bits. Among
our foolish, people the competition is so
slight over these coarse meats, that the
butchers have to put all the price on the
small part which is in active demand, and
sell all the rest foi a mere nothing. I can
not go on to tell you just what pieces ym
should buy, but buy just such pieces as are
sold in this Boston market the highest
market in the United States for three,
four1, five or six cents a pound.
Good solid meat is sold for these figures,
and only needs to be steamed or to be
made into a stew to be as tender and de
licious as the expensive parte of the crea
ture. The neck of the chicken is the
most delicious part of the animal. TPh
neck of a beefi when made tender, comes
near being thejnost delicious part of that
Leaving the moats, hit us speak of the
vegetable food. Oat meal. In the form of
' i z e 1. i f
the most nutritious of vegetable foods. A
pound of oat meal is wonn, as nutriment,
six pounds of superfine wkjte flour, and
pound for pound costs less than wheat
Hour. It is most substantial and nutri
tious food.
Cracked wheat, or whole wheat, - when
properly cooked, is really one of the most
delicious articles at food ever eaten by
man. One pound of cracked wheat will
give as much strength of muscle and nerve
as seven or eight pounds of common
bakers' bread. jSominy, samp and. hulled
corn are among the most substantial and
lasting of human foods, and are very cheap
ompared. even with wheat.
One pouna of cheap1 meat boiled to rags,
with a quart of white beans, and eaten with
brown bread, will make a dinner that a
king might luxuriate upon. Your family
of seven pemons would not be able to con
sume such a dinner.
Butter, poultry and potatoes are mrtet ex
pensive articles of food. A single buihel
of beans, properly cooked, with condi
ments, will furnish not only more palata
ble food, but will furnish more nutriment
than ten bushels of potatoes. i
Dr. Dio Lewis on Meats, etc. Look Sharp.
A TOrTKY affair occurred the. other day
illustratiijg the importance of business
men Too king on both sides of scrap paper
upon which they may write orders, re
ceipts or messages. A well known mer
chant having a small lot of damaged and
almost unsalable goods remaining from a
large consignment, at last succeeded in
"working them off," and. . sitting down to
his desk wrote a note to the consignor, an
nouncing the gratifying Intelligence in
these words :
. . "I have at length succeeded in closing out
those, by selling the whole lot to old
SerooginSifor a hundred dollars, arid glad
to get rid -of them at any price. I'm to
afraid, eve flow, the sharp old codger will
back out, that I won't let him have the
goods -till h4 pays the money."
At this point the merchant was interrupt
ed , and turning the note sheet face dowuwafd
in bis portfolio, wen t out into his warehouse
.to attend to a customer. . An hour or two
afterward; as he returned, having forgotten
the note entirely, Scroogins' clerk eaters,
hands a hundred dollar bill, and asks for a
receipt. The merchant seizes the first
piece. of paper before him, dashes off the
receipt, and hands it to the. clerk.
What -as his consternation half an
hour afterwards, when the grinning clerk
returned wifh the message from his mas
ter, Hr. Scroogins wants to know if you
won't give him another receipt on a
clean piece of paper," to-find that he had
inscribed the ; acknowledgment on the
tack pf the very letter announcing the
sale to his correspondent.
Scroogjns got an amount of private in
formation -with the flret receipt that he
didn't count upon.
Remedy for "Felon.- The following is
pronounced an infallible cure for a felon :
Hlue flag root and wild turnip root, a hand
ful of each, stewed in a half a pint of hog's
lard strain it off; add Jo it four table
spoonfuls of tar, simmer them together ; ar
pl v this ointment to the felon till it breaks.
Add lieeswax and rosin to the ointment
for a salve to dress it after it is broken.
A Rising Max The balloonist.
Tub " Dabk Auks"; Ladies' ages.
.The cobbler has a sole purpose in life.
A sube way to make an impression
Fall down in the mud.
A doctor's motto is supposed to be "pa
tients and long suffering.'
A tochg lady of Boston counted among
her wedding presents, recently, eleven pie
knives. Hamn
My first is equality, my second is in
feriority, and my whole is superiority.
Neably every considerable city im
Europe has a charitable "Iiome for Con
sumptives." A TnAKBsarvTrto turkey in Syracuse
got away and made an ugly hole through
a $150 pane of. glass.
Some wit has discovered fhat 'the3 "em- '.
hers of the dying year" r0ts September,
November and December.
Dkatii is the great persuader, and
works more successfully than all the other
agents pf the Washington Life. '
AltooHa, Penniyrvanm, -the police
furnish the liquor. dealers with J"'8 of per
sons to whom it is unsafe to sell Intoxicat
ing drinks.
"Ma," said Fred, "I should rather, be a
Wild turkey, and live my JUc- out on. the
prairies, than be a tame turkey and be killed
every year."
A Nw Havbw couple, recently, cem
brating their golden wedding, exhibited a
piece of cake reserved from their marriage
ceremony fifty years ago.
The Supreme Court of Massachusetts
has decidedthat a contract made and carried
into effect on Sunday cannot be repudiated
by either party.
A 'Kansas City artist committed auicide
the other day because he could not pay bis
tailor. The tailor wants to know how that
helped matters.
The anatomist who has discovered a
new muscle in the human body has taken
out a patent, and no one can use the muscle
without paying royalty.
The Mutual Life Insurance Company
-of Chicago is a favorite with the insuring
public. It is one of the few companies
which shew a good increase during the
past year.
A baptttbed writer inquires : " What
is there under heaven more humanizing, or
if we may use the term, more angelizing.
than a fine black eye in a lovely woman ?
Two black eyas, is the ready answer.
A Pbbsiaw philospher being asked by
what method he had acquired so much
knowledge, answered, " By not being pre
vented bv shame from asking questions
.when I was ignorant."
Thompson is not going to do anything
more in conundrums, lie recently asked
his wife the difference between his head
and a hogshead, and she said there waa
none. He says that Is not the right answer.
Two men have been sentenced to four
months' imprisonment and hard labor for
obtaining money from weak-minded per
sons in London toward paying off the na
tional debt of England.
"Johh," said a father to his son one day
when he caught him shaving the idown"
off his upper lip, "don't throw your shaving-water
out where there are any bare-
footed boys, for they might get their feet
' "What is the difference between sixty
minutes and Diy youngest sister?" asked a
precocious boy of his grave uncle. "I don't
know ; what is it ?" was the uncle's reply.
"Why, one's an hour, and the other's our
Ann, was the stunning explanation.
Nubsk "I cannot allaw butter and jam,
too, on yonr bread, Master Alfred. It Is
very extravagant." Master Alfred "It can't
be extravagant. Mary, if the same piece of
bread doesfor both."
' A o enti.km an havm a pony th"1 start
ed and broke his wif's neck, a ntighbor
told him that he wished to purchase it iot
his wife to ride upon. "No," says the oth
er "I will not sell tha little fellow, be- .
.cause I intend to marry again.
i Bomb idea of the enormous facilities af
forded lor locomotion by the railway! en
tering London is given by a statement
which shows an average otabout filty-four
trains per hour, or nearly one per minute,
during the whole twenty-four hours of the
A new ticket printing machine, which
has Just been patented in England and
Prussia, prints railway tickets on both
sides, perforates them, and numbers them
consecutively by one process, and does all
this at the rate of 300 and 300 a minute.
The American Tract Society, of Bos
ton, Mass., have made a grant -of 5,000
copies of their magazine, Xhss Sal&ith at
Home, to be distributed among the Totted '
States troops at the 'fort and atatirms of
the army in the far West, for winter read
One Maine editor has arret another
Maine editor for deaunatkm. of character,
and the defense is understood to be that,
in the first place, the plaintiff had no
character to speak of. and that, even if be
had, nothing the defendant could say
would Injure anybody.
A foi; ii hundred dollar doll la novelty,
in the New York market, whereupon the
Extres, of that city, asks I " Can we
wonder that a genuine, flesh-and-blood
belle's outfit for an evening may be made
to reach the value of a small fortune, when
human ingenuity and extravagance have
united to dress a doll to the actual value
of $400?".
Dbouth and Potatoes. Hearth and
Home points to a lesson from the drouth
in the fact that potatoes which were
planted on or near the top of the ground
in sections where The drouth haarfacen ex
oessive, were hardly worth digging, while
those in adjoining fields which were put at
i,o t.ttom nf a deert farrow and never
hilled at all, yielded well.
A bogus lately gave a waiter at a well
known cafe in Bruasels a ten-franc pieee.
The waiter very correctly pronounced it
bad. " Let me see it again," add the fel
low then examining it carefully, ha ex
maimed in a loud voice, as he put it back
in the waiter's hand, " Observe the date,
1813 ; do you really suppose that if K was
had they wouldn't have found it out by
this. timet" and promptly, departed, leaving
the, astonished gareon piece in hand.
The Chinese division of human life Is in
teresting. The age of 10 is called the
opening degree; 80, youth expired t 8.
strength and marriage ; 40, officially apt ;
50, error knowing ; B0, cycle closing ; 70,
ram bird of age ; 80, maty visage : 00, de
layed; 100 age's extremity. Flourens
division is more scientific; 1-10 years, in
fancy; 10-20, adolescence; 20-HO. first
youth; 30-40, second youth ; 40 3 first
manhood ; 55-70, second manhood ; "0-eTj,
first okl age t 85-100 second and last old
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