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N ' A HP Ok IV! EMOCRAT EKLY 1 G. GOULD, Publisher. . Devoted to the Interests of the Democratic Party, and the Collection of Local and General News. Two Dollars per Annum, in Adrancc, VOL. VI.-NO. 47. EATON, OHIO, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1873. WHOLE NUMBER 333. DID IT PAY? Sharply the sickle rings out through the mir, Catting the billowy gnus so fair ; Bright shines the sun on the broad hay lands, Where wearily toil all the harvest hands ; AU day long, with unceasing seal, They have driven the sickle and swung the steel ; Often and often they glance at the sun. And as often wish that their day's work was done, For the heavens all seem like bright, molten brass, And the ground seems to scorch their feet as they pass. But to old Farmer John, who leaned 'gainit the fence, It all seemed a matter of dollars and cents ; He watched while the mowers fell the rich fcay, And watched till he Baw it all hauled away. And while he stood watching, he reckoned the yield Of hay from the meadow and wheat from the field. Of hay he reckoned, when all was doue, There would be at least full seventy ton ; Bach ton, to count at the lowest rate. Would bring twelve dollars, sold early or late. And then he on tinted each bushel of wheat. Cleaned from the thrashing of refuse and cheat ; Passed on to the oats, and ran the whole score, And found he had hundreds of bushels more ; And then, in fancy, he paid off his hands, Gathered his corn, and cleared up his lands, Balanced things well for the year to come, And found himself richer by quite a round sum. Then said, as he lighted his pipe of clay, " I knew that common sense farming would pay ; My land yields as well as any around. Better Btock than mine can nowhere bo found ; My farm is in order, each pasture and lot, My fences are ' up,' when 1 am about. I have reapers enough, and harrows, and now, lust one thing I need tis a new ' Gang plow.' - It will save, in the end, the wage of a man, And 111 make by saving whenever I can." The farmer forgot, when he laid his plans, The good wife at home, who had stayed his hands. vv no naa wuca xor mm wuca none oroer wuuia, And in every way had done what she could ; Who had starved, and pinched, and slaved herself, To help him gather his hoard of pelf ; Who had worked, when with fever her hands were frot, To help him purchase one more " pasture lot." He forgot to ask, in his thankless greed, If there was not something his wife might need ; He forgot to ask if she had a care, Or a wiBh as to how should be spent her share. He forgot how often, in vain, That the old farm-houso might be painted again ; He forgot how she'd toiled from year to year, With the household arrangements ail crooked and queer, When a few days of labor, or dollars' outlay. Would have fixed things convenient just the right way, And while, in fancy, he drove his new plow, (A eertaii. possession with him now, Thinking how much it would speed his work, This new " Gang plow," with its new-fangled quirk.) It never entered his head to buy A sewing machine for his wife, O Fie ! " His mother had sewed with her hands, and she Was as good wife as woman could be ; He wasnt the man who 'gun-cracks' would buy, When money was scarce, and taxes were high." Time went on ; all the hay was sold, The wheat and corn brought plenty of gold, -The plow was bought, and with money in bank, The farmer was rich with no one to thank." With no one to thank 1 though his wife was bowed With striving to carry her end of the load ; Bowed and wrinkled, and seamed with care, With many and many a silvery hair ; Beauty and youth had slipped away, In the wearing duties of every day ; Till Youth, Ambition, and Health were gone. What to her were broad acres of waving grain, When she ne'er might see sons or daughters again ? What to her were the barns with grain piled highT What the finest stock that money could buy ? Ijong years ago, she had wanted the gold, To give her children the wealth untold, Of education, position and place, But thee were denied to her very face. Nov, when her boys and girls were gone. And weary and old she was left alone, She only sighed, at the very -best, To be left a little space for rest; And when, worn out with toil and strife, a iie good wire enaea ner weary liier The farmer saw at what fearful cost- He valued the life that now was lost. But unavailing were tiara and remorse. Ah I he would have given his very best horse (TA baa hi. wlfa In tha hiliHUl a. ni I'-iP. : But love and the dead return no more. And this was the end 1 Ah ! let it be told There are some things better than land or gold. There are things more worth Riving a life to gain Than the choicest stock, "or " the finest grain." So Farmer John thinks, as lonely and gray, He wonders if 41 common-sense farming" does pay. ' it to I In of a If of a .. Prairie farmer. A LITTLE MISTAKE. "Why don't I marry? Not because I have any dislike to womanhood ; far from it." " How about the little Bose ?' " sev eral voices cried in chorus, bnt our host instantly replied, Hush !" It was a sore point with him. I have mentioned our host, and now let me introduce him. He was a man of powerful build, fair, with a profusion of whiskers ; with beard and mustache, but soft, light eyes, which had nothing in them of his character,- reckless and joviaL- His words, given above, sprang from, some banter of ours (there were half a dozen of us who had sat after the late dinner in the largest room of the smallest but "snuggest" shooting-box the whole county of Yorkshire contained) upon his apparent dislike of the gentle sex. Perhaps we felt curious to know why or how it was that a man with an unencumbered estate, a congenial tem per, and a good country gentleman,, al beit on the verge of forty, should not long ago have been what shall I say ? in love? no, that is not always the case, but married. Few of us, it may be, thought at the time that we called out "How about little Bose?" that there was a sore point there. It was only an imperfect knowledge of the story of a young lady with whom our friend's name had been mixed up ; but such of us as were best acquainted with it re membered of hearing of a little gov erness in a private family where he vis ited (where it was thought the daughter of the house, a coarse, showy girl, was the attraction) being found hearing a a declaration of love from our friend. The story went, too, that the governess, upon whom they had some claim of re lationship, was sent from the house upon a planned tale of her lover's false hood, and kept abroad till she shortly died in that belief ; that. the memory of the girl so remained with rnm that he quickly left London, and was lost to the maneuvering mammas who sought his unencumbered estate rather than him self for their daughters " on show." " You want to know," he said, not an swering the question put to him "you want to know why I didn't get married at the ' usual' time ? Well, I don't mind telling you. Fill your glasses, then ; and, Con, don't you play the 'nurse' with the bottle." According to our host's invitation, we filled our glasses, and, drawing up, sat pulling at our cigars in silence, await ing his story. He sat looking at the fire for a few moments, and then broke out "It's not much I have to tell, but as some of you have not yet passed your flirting days, it may teach you a lesson. I was only twenty-two when it happen ed, and I believe that is about the usual' time when matrimony is perpe trated. Then my father was alive, and I only plain 'Mr. 1 had never lived much down here, but had passed a good deal of my time in London, and I had some old friends of my college days, and old boaters on the Cam, with whom the days passed more pleasantly than profit ably, I'm afraid. At any rate. I will own that, after a longer and more varied season than usual, I felt that my consti tution would oe better lor a change, oo I Xt to I determined to get away and take the Cumberland lakes for a time. My most intimate friend -nt that time, Jack , well, never mind his other name, as some of you may know him, though now he's settled down to what he calls a quiet life. ' That means a small house, his ' suburban retreat,' and a large fam ily of babies crying about the place from morning till night. Jack, I say, had given me a light commission to ex ecute for him in the neighborhood, and was to serve as an introduction for me to some lady of - his acquaintance, who, he said, possessed two charming daughters. A man - has a liking, for fe male society at that time of ijfe, and, the ladies being so promisingly described, I determined on my arrival in Cumber land to take advantage of my commis sion. I did so, and I found the ladies one dark and the other fair the young ladies I speak of now. My good friend Jack had informed me that they were of very opposite temperaments. Elsie very fair was gay and fond of bold and merry' natures, he said ; Dell short for Delilah was dark, . and retiring almost to bashfulness and timidity. He had joked me by saying that he expected to see me come back tied to one of their apron-strings ; and that, if I were anything of a reasonable being, these were two girls who ought satisfy any expectation. Of course my commission procured me an invita tion to the House, ana my stay in Cum berland began most favorably. Alas for promises ! I had determined to act upon Jack's suggestion, and render my self agreeable to the young ladies ac cording to their respective inclinations. When, therefore, JL met them, X con versed with the fair one in a light, live ly, and, as I believed, happy manner. I even forced myseii into a merry mood. made jokes, and laughed at them my self, but, strange to say, she answered scarcely a word to all my observations. sought all opportunities before a week was out of catching her unexpectedly. the recess of the windows of the dining-room I hemmed her in, and made laughing love. I praised the color her hair and eyes, and vowed I'd steal ringlet of her hair, if only to kiss it. she ran away, I thought it was coy ness, and followed her. Mind you, I was only acting upon my friend s sug gestion, and was not rude beyond what youth will excuse. With the sister, Dell dark, dark-eyed Dell X played a wholly diverse character. Books Scott, uyron and fcjna&espeare ; music the oratorios, Schubert, and the works the " severe" school of composition, formed the ground-work of my dis courses, and I never attempted to catch her alone. Being by chance one day wandering about, I met the fair Elsie coming nirnaa a liflltowaitl irxt- Two were company, X thought, and here was happy occasion for rehearsing my part. Laughingly I talked to heir I cannot say with her joKed and told stories, x spoke of my travels, my college life, mjr London experiences such as a lady might hear and enlarged upon them almost to the verge of romance to in terest and amuse her. Not a word above monosyllable could I extract in reply. Shall I admit that I had begun to feel what slow work was, when luckily the sister, also a lonely pilgrim upon the hills, appeared before us ? " Although it placed me between two fires, I felt it al most as a relief. I could play the two parts at once, I thought, and so we proceeded on a trio. The knowledge that I was the protector of a young lady who had been described to me as of re tiring and almost timid disposition, made me doubly anxious to prove my powers of entertaining. I continued to rattle on in slight asides to Elsie, and then at length, after we had gone some way in silence, X turned to Delilah with some remark about the weather. Don't laugh, it's a very genuine remark. She turned away, and I thought she laughed, but perhaps it was only thought, for when she replied it was a quiet acqui escence in my observation. Then again there was a silence, and an aside with the fair Elsie, who blushed and turned away. A few. minutes afterward I ventured to inquire of Delilah, with all the modesty I could, if she were fond of poetry. Did she like, Shelley? She stared at me so hard that, for a moment, thought she believed I was question ing her as to her knowledge. I was about to relieve her from what x thought an embarrassment, when she said : " No ; he s so jolly dry ! "You know" the old saying, 'You might knock me down with a feather ?' was true m my case. Xhe manner was so rough and boisterous that I was quite taken by surprise. I ventured, however, another remark, and said, mildly, that I thought Cumberland very charming, and that I should not mind living there forever. And then, turning Elsie, whispered softly, ' With yon- ... . ... " i ipnin n answered quicKiy : " ' It may be charming, but it's aw fully slow, and you'd soon get the old notion out of your head. " And then she ran on telling me of the opera she was ' dying' to hear, the fetes at the Horticultural Gardens she pined to go to, and the thousand and one of the jolly old London lions' so 8he expressed it Bhe had heard of by name and knew nothing of by acquaint ance. Elsie said never a word, and the retiring, timid Dell rattled on as if she possessed a fund of information of Lon don Life, and only longed to be in it. My mind was in a whirl of confusion. remembered my friend's description. "fair and good-humored, with high spirits ; dark, modest and full of quiet grace." I had made no mistake. ''That walk did not finish as it had begun at our meeting. In almost total silence we approached the house. Deli lah had long since stopped the flow of her talk X caannot say our conversa tion,' for in truth she had quite run me off and I could but think. The sisters exchanged looks, and Elsie shrank away from me, as though X were mad and would bite, when I addressed her. The other only curled her lip in scorn, or turned away her head if I only looked toward her : and" at last X was so an noyed with them not with myself that X could scarcely tell what X did say. I knew I was right, however, and was glad when we reached their home. Would I not stay ?' said mamma the girls had fled away the moment we ar rived, and as soon as they had crossed the hall I could have sworn I heard a laugh. ' No ;' I thanked the good lady, and said that I had a particular engage ment a few miles away, which would de tain me two days. After that, I hoped to be permitted to call on her and her charming daughters again. With this lame excuse, X left for two days. Is it necessary to tell you how I employed them ? X was wild, excited, mad, be cause in youth one feels these little crosses somewhat more keenly than we do in later life, when we know that 'man is not perfect, nor woman neither.' I had determined, then, to write to Jack, ' my good friend,' and tell him of the extraordinary conduct as I thought of his 'modest and retiring' maiden, and request any explanation it might be in his power to afford. I caught that night's post, and throughout the next day remained indoors, fearing, if 1 stirred out, to meet the family I had made my friends, and so give the lie to my assertion that I had gone away for two days. These two days shall I ever forget them, the fever of excitement I was in, and the monotony of the self constituted imprisonment. The post on the second morning brought me a latter from Jack. I tore it open, and dashed at once into the pith of his epistle. How I cursed his circumlocu tion 1 Instead of at once replying to the question I had put to him, he com menced witn a roundabout story of his acquaintanceship with the ladies of the Lodge. ' I skipped the pages one, two, and three, and. determined to know the worst, I went at once to the last break of his letter. ' This was it : " After all, you see, I had a jolly time of it. and, between the two, won der that I came away faithful to the lit tle woman soon to be my wife. Xf X did make a little error in my description of them, set it down to the dangerous fas cination they exercised over me. It is Elsie who is fair and retiring ; Dell who is dark and dashing; that's the word.' He would have written before, he said, had he thought it of any consequence, but he apologized for what he considered after all all only a ' little mistake. ' .Need X tell you how, when x called at the ' Lodge' again, I was met with the reply to my inquiry, ' not at home,' though I thought the servant was a long time gone to give my name, and I felt almost certain, as I left the house, that I saw a dark-haired, girlish, laugh ing face peeping from behind the drawn curtains ? .Need x tell you how, in envy, hatred, malice, and all uncharita- bieness of spirit, x rnsnea up to town only to find the story known to all my set, and going the round of the ' social and literary' club I had joined shortly e ? unnecessary, too, to tell you how I experienced to the full extent the capacity of the club for sociability," in an immense amount oi cnan upon tne matter from the members ; and how thenceforward, till I left the place, I was known as the 'bashful man. Suffice it that I had at first a decided in clination to sacrifice my ' dear friend' Jack upon the altar of my wounded pride, by horsewhipping him for put ting the story about. But at length I rushed away from London (our host did not say how long after, and he skipped the story of little Bose, which was the real cause of his leaving, with some thing like a break in his voice,) and joined the Governor poor old man down here, and went in for life as a ' country squire,' with an interest in turnip-crops, pigs, and sheep, and the education of the crow-boy. So you see why I didn't marry at the 'usual' time for such chances some I know would call them the ' mischances' of life ; and I'm not likely to play the fool now. " And now," he concluded, rising, " there's the billiard-room open for those who like to knock the balls about ; there are candles for those who like their bed I'm one of them. Six in the morning early tub and I'll promise you a good find and a couple of fox-tail before dinner, my boys." Newsboys' Magazine. A Useful Shoe. We lately saw in a shoe shep a that would seem to be very useful for farmers. The upper part was of leather, the sole of wood. The upper portion was in two pieces only, and all the sew ing required is to stitch thesi together and to fasten in the counter. This is done by a machine. .The entire sole, in cluding the heel is of one piece of white wood. This is well shapen to fit the in ner curve of the foot, and requires no inside sole. The wooden sole is about an inch in thickness, and the heel pro portionally thicker. On the upper edge a small portion is cut away about the thickness of the upper leather, and to this the upper portion is attached by brass or copper tacks, which first pass through a leather band. The shoe weighs hardly more than a common leather shoe having a double leather sole. If each were exposed to moisture, as by wearing them in the mud, the wooden soled one would be the lightest. These shoes are designed especially for men -engaged in distilleries, breweries, or who work mixing mortar, or in damp places ; but it is obvious that they would be excellent for farmers. As a shoe to wear in the barn, stable barn yard, or for general use in sloppy weather, it has many advantages. The Dutch, as well as the people of several other countries in Europe, generally wear shoes made entirely- of wood, and they are in great favor, notwithstanding their being large and unsightly. The com bined wood and leather shoe has all the advantage of the wooden shoe and is open to none of the objections. These shoes could be made of split leather for about eighty cents per pair, and ought to retail for a dollar. The sample we saw was not marked "patented." If a patent is not secured on them, ihis pat ent is not extended by Congressional ac tion, and a stock company does not secure a monopoly in making and sell ing them, we think farmers may keep their feet dry at small expense and make a great saving in the matter of shoe leather. Prairie Farmer. Fob more than a hundred years coffee has been denounced by medical writers as poison. Yet the consumption of the article has constantly increased. Miscellaneous. Senator Sumner is taking absolute rest. From five to seven refrigerator cars, loaded with butter, are shipped East every day from Chicago. Prof..Agassiz desires to throw open to women all the educational institutions and facilities under his control. There are 20,000,000 acres of wild land along the Mississippi river, of great richness of soil. Indiana has the largest school fund of any State in the Union, amounting to over 8,000,000. Mrs. Schtjrz .has had the good for tune to inherit $170,000" from her uncle, recently deceased at Hamburg. The ancient gates of Constantinople, which resisted decay for 1,100 years, were said to be made of cypress. It has been twice judicially decided that a railroad passenger need not give up his ticket until furnished a seat. Under the revised code of Iowa the guilty party, in cases where divorces are granted, shall lose all rights acquired by the marriage. One of the notorious divorce lawyers of New York, in his advertisement in the city papers, says : " Hymeneal in compatibilities as a specialty delicately adjusted. 'Tis slavery to retain the hand after the eradiac entrail has de parted." The Union Pacific Railroad Company report that they sold during the month of July last 20,500 acres of land, at an average price of $6.73 per acre, amounting to $138,677.23. The sales averaged 108 acres to each purchaser. Dere & Co., the well-known plow manufacturers of Molina, Til., have been awarded the first premium at the great Vienna Exposition. This award reflects credit upon the manufacturing skill and enterprise of the Great West. A new dress which a Brattleboro woman invented worked so well that, while walking along one of the public streets, the entire garment fell to the sidewalk, leaving her costumed like a Georgia major. The total amount of tea consumed yearly in the United States is about 50,000,000 pounds, of which 20,000,000 is green teas of various descriptions, about $15,000,000 Oolong, and the re mainder Japanese and other varieties. Books in China are not dear, and all the standard histories and school-books are very cheap. The whole of the Con fucian classics sell at from 30 cents to $1.50, according to the quality of the paper. Xhe Uiiinesjnev-ei' m uuty uu boofcor Since Miss Maggie Elphich, the Con necsicut oysterman's daughter, pulled young Sims out of the bay at Green wich, she has received a dozen offers of marriage, and the Connecticut girls are now asking, " Mother, may I go out to swim ?" There are seven newspapers pub lished in the United States which are over 100 years old. They are the Ports mouth (N. H.) Gazette, Newport (B. L) Mercury, New London (Conn.) Gazette, Hartford (Conn.) Courant, New Haven (Conn.) Journal, Salem (Mass.) Gazette, Worcester (Mass. ) Spy. The five leading branches of manu facture in the United States are iron, lumber, cotton, machinery and woolen, ranging in importance in the order named. The iron trade employs 137, 545 operatives and a capital of $198, 356,116; the lumber trade 163,397 operatives and a capital of $161,500,273. Emma Black, living in a small town on the Mississippi, saved a man's life the other day in a curious way. He was fishing, and tumbled out of his boat, and being unable to swim, would have perished had not the maiden, dis covering his danger, swam out to him, and throwing into his hands her back hair, four' feet in length, towed him to the land. Mrs. Kate Ferguson, the wife of a Cleveland printer, was frightened to death recently. ' She was walking on the street, followed by a small dog, when a dog-killer, seeing a chance to make a fee in his vocation, aimed the gun at the dog, which so frightened Mrs. F. that she ran screaming home, was seized with convulsions, and died in a short time. Miss Anna E. Dickinson rode to the top of Pike's Peak, Wednesday morn ing, accompanied by Mr. E. S. Nettle ton, Chief Engineer of the Bio Grande Railway Land Department, her brother, the Bev. John Dickinson, and Ralph Meeker. She is the first person who ever mode the ascent on horseback, and hitherto the feat was considered impos sible. On the following day she lec tured at Colorado Springs on " Joan of Arc." Denver News. Speaking of the cholera, a leading English authority says that there is no sign of any rapid spread of it in Eu rope, and that there seems to be little doubt that physical, like moral, epide mics, wear themselves out to some ex tent ; or rather, that the human frame accommodates itself to the conditions which cause them, that they do not pro duce the virulent effects after long pre valence that they produced at first. Among the recent and ingenious de vices for utilizing the electric spark, is that which substitutes it for the ordi nary flint or percussion cap on fire-arms. By the aid of a small ' galvanic battery within the handle of the pistol or gun, or by the conrenient arrangement of a Ley den jar and rubber, the current is generated, and conducted by a wire to the cartridge. The contact of the wire with the cartridge may be effected by a simple press pin or lever. Omc fences are valued at one thousand eight hundred millions of dollars, and it costs ninety-eight millions of dollars to keep them in repairs. Illinois has two million dollars invested in fences, sixty per cent, of which are boards, post and rail, and forty per cent, wire and hedges. These fences cost one hun dred and seventy-five thousand dollars nanually for repairs. The Tichborne Case. The proceedings in the Tichborne case on Aug. 11 seem to have been particu larly lively. The Daily Telegraph re port says : "A necessarily dry sum mary can give no notion of the torrent of invective which Dr. Kenealy poured forth. Utterly regardless of the pres ence of the Bench, he addressed himself to the jury and at Mr. Bowker, who sat unmoved below him ; he made no at tempt to conceal his meaning ; he open ly admitted that conspiracy and perjury were the ' logical effect' of his charges ; and once again, referring to Lord Bel lew's private life, he begged the jury to declare that the man who had basely seduced his friend's wife was unworthy to be believed upon his oath. A storm was evidently impending. In a few minutes it burst. A reference to Cbatil lon who seems to have, been Boger Tichborne's paidagogos rather than strictly his tutor as ' a valet,' drew from the Lord Chief Justice the indig nant remonstrance, ' That is a most improper remark.' 'I say it is a proper remark,' said Dr. Kenealy. I say it is not, sir.' ' With all submission to your Lordship, I say it is. I do not wish for a discussion with your Lordship.' ' Nor will I have a discussion with you, sir,' was the retort ; ' I have had enough of them.' 'It .was a proper remark,' per sisted Dr. Kenealy ; it was my duty to make it.' 'It is your duty,' severely interposed Mr. Justice Mellor, 'to fol ow those rules which guide a gentleman in the performance of his duty.' 'I know a gentleman's conduct as well as you, my Lord,' cried Dr. Kenealy, swinging round toward Mr. Justice Mellor ; 'I beg you" will not repeat that observation.' ' I repeat it,' said Mr. Justice Mellor. You shall not repeat it to me, my Lord,' called out Dr. Kenealy. ' I will not allow you, sir,' interrupted the Lord Chief Justice, to address -a member of the Bench in that tone.' ' If a member of the Bench,' cried Dr. Kenealy, ' forgets his duty, he must be properly rebuked.' To the surprise of all in court, the Lord Chief Justice, in stead of ordering Dr. Kenealy's ' com mittal, repeated, ' You shall not speak to the Bench in that way, sir ;' and, as if he were actually trying to drive his Lordship to commit him, Dr. Kenealy again retorted that his remarks were called for.' ' I say you shall not ad dress them to me, sir,' was the reply. 'I address them to you, gentlemen of the jury,' said the learned counsel, turning round toward the ' sheep pen ;' and so ended this extraordinary alter cation." the claimant's butoher-shop. The following advertisement appears in the Australian papers : " The Claim ant's butcher-shop, now standing in WttggaYfdgg, 3frew feoulli Wales, for sale. The house is made of logs, has" a brick chimney and a bark roof. On the door still remain penciled accounts of sales of meat written by the Claimant himself. The whole structure can be easily taken down, the door, chimney and sheets of bark (roof) packed in cases, and by the aids of plans and pho tographs re-erected anywhere. This remarkable specimen of an Australian bush-house, rendered particularly inter esting through the most remarkable trial of modern times, will be sent some 400 miles by bullock wagons, and put on board a ship bound direct to London for the sum of 2,400. Affidavits will accompany it to prove its authenticity. The time occupied by transit will occupy nearly five months." A Couple Married Three Times. The men are few to whose lot it has fallen to be married three times ; rare, though less rare, are the women who have achieved three ceremonies of" that interesting character ; but here we have a couple who have been married three times to each other. Nine years ago Mr. Charles Wood, then living in De Kalb county, of this State, was united in marriage to Miss Martha Bailey. Within a year or two, she developed what Capfc. Dalroy calls, " a very large temper," and Mr. Wood procured a divorce. A year or two more elapsed, they came together again, buried the hatchet or the broom-stick, or whatever it is that typifies domestic warfare, and were married again. This time the con nubial peace was destroyed by the green-eyed monster, and the second di vorce was procured at his suit on a charge of adultery. Then Mr. Wood moved to Iowa, his divorced wife re maining in De Kalb county. A short time ago she wrote to him, asking if he would not take care of the children, to which petition came the reply, "Yes, and of you too." She went to him, and is now, for the third time, his wife. Chicago Times. Singular Lightning Stroke. The Wilmington Commercial says that on Tuesday last, while working in the woods, William Palmer, of Concord, Delaware county, was struck by lightning. The current entered below the left shoulder blade, and passed down the left side,' tearing and burning the skin, but not injuring the clothes in any way. Mr. Palmer was not stunned in the least, but felt disposed to lie down, and so walked to a good place, where he pros trated himself, and instructed his son to throw some water over him, when he (the son) took his shoe and carried some water, which he dashed on his father. Mr. Palmer was afterward taken home, and has not yet recovered from the shock received. He had been driving wedges with a maul at the time he was struck, and the handle of that imple ment was shivered to splinters by the current which struck him. Fun for the Children. Did any of our readers ever experiment with the acquirements of a spider? If they haven't they have deprived themselves of much amusement. One of the best ways to test a spider's ability to get himself out of a scrape, is to fill an or dinary wash-bowl with water, take a stick and place it in the center of the bowl, and reaching some little distance above the water, and then put a spider on the top of the stick. We will wager almost anything that the insect gets himself away from his isolated quarters in less than ten minutes, if undisturbed, and he won't even wet his feet in the transit. Try it and see how it's done, i Peoria III.) Transcript, Gen. Sherman. The General of our army, whose sal ary is $13,000 a year, came among us three days, and wo shook off bureau re straint and conventionality, and ex changed opinions freely. Sherman fs a purn, frank type of man, who will have and hold his own. .He substitutes for mere imagination a short-cut, original observation, which is charming and surprising. In thirty minutes he will say so many new, pithy, innocent things of depth that you begin to feel that your man has just come into the world seeking after truth, and does not know what anybody had said previously on the same sub jects. This quality of first-sight never grows vagarious and lapses into the mere verbosity of a professional talker one of those elbow-chair fellows who sentimentalize, talk - a straight rhapsody sprinkled with inconsequential anecdote, and kill time and thought like a masculine Dorcas Society. Sherman says much in little, with vistas of si lence between, like the passing ships you Bee, small and suggestive, on the water-line. Not dogmatic, but little given to qualifying anything he is sure of, there is yet a cool, soldier's materi alism about him which is contented with fact, and leaves the reason for it to somebody else. " The French are not a military peo ple," he said ; " they may have been at some day, but the spirit is not there now. They live in a simple way in their little villages, and try to avoid the conscription." How palpable, and yet previously unsaid, is this remark ! Again, Sherman remarked: "I think city and county corporations, and their abuses, are more dangerous than the railroad corporations. The one is a long line ; the other is the whole area. Every town of any proportions in America is bonded away by the least responsible people in it, and taxation is riscng around ns like a freshet. Stop these local politicians from selling good citizens out ; that's where competition begins and ends." At another time he alluded to Washington City life, and expressed the sentiment that he was not wholly satisfied with it alL There were a set of bureau-officers there who were tenacious of their places, and perpetu ally and annoyingly apprehensive of be ing transferred to some other points of duty. "I prefer the West," said the General, "and think my California ex perience was the healthiest and most useful I ever had." He further said he had formed no very high estimate of the destinies of Europe ; had little or no de sire to return there, and had never been tired but once in his life, when he ascended "Vesuvius and returned the same afternoon. Seaside Letter. All's Well That Ends Well. Saturday evening, says the Sacra mento Union, a gentleman in the em ploy of the Central Pacific Bailroad Company drove out to a place about fifteen miles from the city, where his family are stopping, and soon afterward started on his return to town. Before startincr he lighted his meerschaum and indulged in a long and pleasant smoke as he drove along. This over, he placed the pipe in the outer breast pocket of his coat, and paid no- more attention to it. By and by a peculiar smell greeted his olfactories a smell of burning wool en cloth and, as it increased, he began to look about to see if his garments were on fire, and at the first movement he found that the whole pocket had burned out of his coat, and the fire was spreading rapidly. He grabbed at the burning material hastily, but was so nervous about it that he frightened the horse, and the animal ran. To make matters worse, the lines were not buckled together, and one slipped out of his grasp while he was endeavoring to smother the hre with his other hand. Still worse, the increased speed increas ed the breeze, which fanned the fire, and portions of it dropped down upon his pants, burning through them, and causing him to bounce up and down on the seat as though he were trying to settle an unusually hearty meal 1 And there he was horse running away, line dragging, and fare rapidly making the cuticle of his leg rival the hue of his red-flannel underclothing ! At last by dent of dexterous clawing he managed to smother the hre, then stepped out on the shafts and recovered the line, and in course of time subdued the horse. Exceedingly thankful to get out of his trouble without broken bones, he rode on to the city in a subdued frame of mind, and never thought of being pro fane until, just as he was quietly sup ping into a clothing-store -witn tne buffalo robe gathered about him to con ceal the deficiency of his wardrobe, he met full in the face two lady friends, who' insisted upon his escorting them home, and wanted to know what in the world he had got himself wrapped up that way lor y The German Minister of War has re cently issued an order that every man subject to military service in the Empire shall present himself for enrollment with a photograph of himself in his pos session, duly certified to by the police or municipal authorities of the locality in which the candidate may reside. This course has been taken to prevent in the future any fraud on the recruiting offi cers of a kind that has heretofore been practised and whereby able-bodied men, whose names have been drawn have sent in their place for examination individuals who suffer from some phy sical defect, and who have thus secured immunity from service. Ingrowing Nails. One of the most painful surgical operations is removing nails which have grown into the nesii. There is r.o necessity whatsoever for this pain. Tho new method is to keep the patient ten 6r fifteen days on a bed or on a sofa with a bread or meal poul tice applied to the toe. This poultice is changed several times daily, and the toe is bathed twice a day in water as warm as may be borne. In ten or fifteen days the nail becomes so soft it may be cut with scissors and removed by hand without the least pain. Could not the nail be made soft enough by keeping in hot water, often changed, for ten or twelve hours ? AN OLD MAN'S DREAM. BY OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES. Oh, for an hour of youthful joy ! Give back my twentieth spring ! I'd rather laugh a bright haired boy Than reign a gray haired king. Off with the wrinkled spoils of age ; Away with learning's crown ; Tear out life's wisdom written page, And cast its trophies down. One moment let my life blood stream From boyhood's fount of flame ; Give me one giddy, reeling dream Of life, and love, and fame. My listening angel heard the prayer. And calmly smiling said. " If I but touch thy silver hair, Thy hasty wish had sped. But is there nothing in thy track To bid thee fondly stay. While the swift seasons hurry back To find the wished for day ?" - Ah, truest soul of woman kind ! Without thee what were life 7 One bliss I cannot leave behind IH take my precious wife 1 The angel took a sapphire pen. And wrote in rainbow hue ; M The man would be a boy again. And be a husband too I " And is there nothing yet unsaid Before the change appears T Remember all their gifts have fled ' With these dissolving years I" u Why, yes, I would one favor more My fond paternal joys I could not bear to lose them all ; ill take my girls and boys." The smilling angel dropped his pen Why, this will never do ; The man would be a boy again, And be a father too 1 And so I laughed my laughter woke The household with its noise, I wrote my dream when morning broke To please my fair haired boys. . Humorous. When is a balloon not a balloon? When it's a loft. A favorite dish with the ladies Tongue sandwiches. What State in the Union can never be out of debt ? - Iowa. Why is a solar eclipse like a woman whipping her boy? Because it's hiding of the sun. . What kind of esssence does a young man like when he pops the question? Acquiescence. It is said that, to be perfectly consis tent, Miss Anthony always concludes her prayers with "Amen and Women." It has been suggested that in building railroads the rails should be red hot, so that the workmen will lay them down rapidly. Mrs. Partington will not allow Ike to play the guitar. She says he had it once when he was a child, and it nearly killed him. "Ye are the children of the devil," was the text of a divine in the morning, and in the afternoon he said, ''children, obey your parents." Notwithstanding all they say against it, there is not an editor in the State who would refuse to receive " back pay " from subscribers. It is said that while "beaux" are per mitted to go on in the way they are, bent, "belles" are expected to go on in the way they are told. An observant man of the world re marks, that when a young widow re resumes tight corsets it is to show her admirers that she is solaced. The Boston Transcript asks: If a miss is as good as a mile, how good is a Mrs? ' If she is a widow she will be good for a league, perhaps. A friend of ours is in a dilemma ; ha -says his finance objects to his being "loose" and yet threatens to discard him if she ever sees him "tight" A fascinating young lady, at one of our resorts, on being asked recently if she had ever read Shakespeare, tossed her pretty head with the answer, "Shakespeare? Of course I have; -I read that when it first came out." A John Bull, conversing with an In dian, asked him if he knew the sun never sets in the Queen's dominions. "No," said the Indian. "Do you know the reason why?" asked John. Because God is afraid to trust an Englishman in the dark," was the savage's reply. A professor, in explaining to a class of young ladies the entire theory, ac cording to which the body is entirely renewed every seven years, said : " Thus; Miss B., in seven years you will in real ity be no longer Miss B." "I really hope I shan't, ' demurely responded the girl, casting down her eyes. Sin ob Jones has been in reduced cir cumstances he takes, much pleasure in singing the following version of a popu lar song: H While beeksteak and venison cost lots of cash, Be it ever so gristly, there's nothing like hash. The scrapings and leavings of no use elsewhere, When mixed all together make excellent fare. Hash, hash, good meat hash 1 Be U ever so gristly, there's nothing like hash I " A stranger from home, hotels dazzle in vain ; O give me cheap eating-house food that's more plain; The waiter who gaily re-echoes my call For a nice plate of hash or a single nsh-ball. Hash, hash." etc. The sun fish is the largest of the true fishes, measuring sometimes 36 feet. Its liver is of large size, generally two tons ic weight, and yields from six to eight barrels of oil. The sunfish are very powerful in the water, and, if har pooned in the shoulder, are very hard to kill, often carrying off the whole har poon line. They sometimes run off with 200 fathoms of line and two har poons in them, and .will employ tha fishermen 24 hours before they are sub dued. Great caution must be used in striking them, as with a blow of the tail they will stave in the boat if it is within reach. From 60 to 100 of then, may sometimes be seen together off the coast of Ireland basking in the morning sun in the latter part of June. Three ancient cakes of copper from Wales, supposed to have been mined there by the Bomans during their occu pation of Great Britain, were the sub ject of a paper read not long since at a meeting of the Archaeological Society. A member declared that, the Romans valued copper at 440 times its present price.