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nn JL EMOGRA A WEEKLY ON L. O. GOULD, Publisher- Devoted to the Interests of the Democratic Party, and the Collection of Local and General News. Two Dollars per Annum, in Advance, VOL. VII.-NO. 9. EATON, OHIO, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1873. WHOLE NUMBER 347. LUKE. (In the Colorado Park, 1873.) BY BRET HARTE. Wot' that you're readin'? novel? A novel welt, darn my skin ! Yon, a man grown and bearded, and taistin Bach tun as that in Stuff about gala and their sweethearts ! No won der you're thin ez a knife ! Look at me ! clar two hundred and never read one in ny life 1 That's my opinion o novels. And, ez to their lyin' round here, They belonged to the J edge's daughter the Jedge who came up last year On account of his lungs, and the mountains, and the balsam o' pine and nr ; And his daughter well, she read novels, and that's what's the matter with her. Yet she was sweet on the Jedge, and stuck by him day and night. Alone in the cabin up yer till she grew like a ghost, - - all white.- Bhe was only a slip of a thing, ez light and ez up and away Ez rifle-smoke blown through the woods, but she wasnt my kind no way ! Bpeakin' o' gals, d'ye mind that house ez yon rise the hill, A mile and a half from White's, and jist above Mat- tingly's mill You do T Well, now, thar' a gal? What, you saw her? O, come now, thar, quit ! She was only bedevilin' yon, boys, for to me she don't cotton one bit. Now, she's what I call a gal ez pretty and plump ez a quail ; Teeth ez white ez a hound's, and they'd go through a tenpenny-nail ; Eyes that can snap like a cap. So she asked to know Whar I was hid." She did t Oh, it's just like her sass, for she's pert as a Katydid. But what was I talking of ? 0 1 the Jedge and his daughter Bhe read Novels the whole day long, and I reckon she read them abed, And sometimes she read them ont loud to -the Jedge on the porch where he sat, And twas how " JLord Augustus" said this, and how " Lady Blanche" she said that. But the sickest of all that I beerd was a yarn that they read 'bo tit a chap, " leather-stocking" by name, and a hunter chock full o' the greenest o' sap ; And they asked me to hear, but I says, "Miss Ma bel, not any for me ; When I likes I can sling my own lies, and thet chap and I shouldn't agree." Yet somehow-or-other she was always sayin I brought her to znind Of folks about whom she had read, or suthin belike of thet kind ; And thar warnt no end o' the names that she gave me thet summer up here "BobinHood," " leather-Stocking," " Bob Boy " O, I tell you, the critter was queer. And yet, ef she hadnt been spiled, she was harm less enough in her way, She could jabber in French to her dad, and they say that she knew how to play. And she worked me that shot-pouch up thar which the man doesn't live ez kin use, And slippers yon seer 'em down yer ez would cradle an Injun's psppooee. Yet along o' them novels, you see, she was wastin' and inopin' away, And then she got shy with her tongue, and at last had nothin' to say ; And whenever I happened around, her face it was hid by a book, And it warnt until she left that she gave me ez much ez a look. . And this was the way it was : It was night when I ksm up here To say to 'em all "Geod-by," for I reckoned to go for deer At " sun-up" the day they left. So I shook 'em all round by the hand, Cept Mabel, and she was sick, ez they gave me to understand. But, jist as I pasted the house one morning, at dawn, some one. Like a little waver o' mist, got up on the hill with the sun ; Miss Mabel it was, alone all wrapped in a mantle o' lace And she stood there straight In the road, with a touch o'the sun in her face. - And she looked me right in the eye I'd seen suthin like it before When I hunted a wounded doe to the edge of the Clear Lake shore, And I had my knee on its neck, and jist was raisin' my knife, When it gave me a look like that, and well, it got off with Us life. " We are gaing to-day," she said, " and I thought 1 would say good-by To you in your own house, Luke these woods, and the bright blue sky ! You've always been kind to us, Luke, and papa has found you still As good ss the air he breathes, and wholesome as Laurel Tree Hill. " And well always think of you, Luke, as the thing we could not take away : The Balsam that dwells in the woods, the rainbow that lives in the spray, And yonll sometimes think of me, Luke, as you know you ence used to say, A rifle-smoke blown through the woods, a moment, but sever to stay." And then we shook hands. She turned, but a-sud- dent she tottered and fell, And I caught her sharp by the waist, and held her a minit well. It was only a minit, you know, that ez cold and ez white she lay Ez a snow-flake here on my breast, and then well, she melted away And was gone. And thar are her books, but I say not any for me. Good enough, maybe, for some, but them and I mightn't agree. They spiled a decent gal ez might hev made some chap a wife, And look at me! clar two hundred and never read one in my life ! Seribner'e for December. THE DOCTOR'S LAST SHOT. Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Brown were having a very comfortable afternoon to gether. Mrs. Smith, who was an in valid, or thought herself one, which is just as bad, was reclining in an easy chair, and Mrs. Brown, who had run in with her knitting work just to see how she was, had been persuaded to spend the rest ef the day with her friend. " Yes, Mrs. Brown, I consider it very providential. That poor, poor niece of mine was left an orphan on the cold charity of the world, and as I was the only friend she had, she came right here, of coarse. Well, here I am in Buch delicate health, needing constant attention, and I couldn't expect my own girls, poor dears, to be fussing around their sick mother all the time. I want them to enjoy themselves while they can. This poor thing needed a home, and I K.iVe it to her at once. I said, Of course, child, come right here and live with us. You can make yourself useful, no doubt, and it'll all be right. ' She's been here six months now, and has been a wonderful help to me. I keep her busy from daylight until dark to keep her mind off her troubles, you know, and nights when I can't sleep it's dreadful handy to have her where she can rub my back, soak my feet, bathe my head, and read me to sleep." " Do you pay her wages ?" " Bless me, no 1 She said something about it one day as if she expected to be paid for her work, but I told her we couldn't think of hiring our own blood relations to work for us. I told her to just be easy about that,' whenever she needed anything we'd see about it. She save me a kind of a queer smile that didn't Quite understand or like ; but on the whole, she is wonderfully quiet and gentle like, and I consider it a real providence. " " Where is she now ?" " X sent her down to the buck pasture to get some blackberries for my tea. I thought may be I'd relish them if they were fresh." Down in the back pasture she was, the poor niece, Meta Liangdon, but not picking blackberries. She was sitting on a mossy log among the bushes, cry ing as if her heart would break. It did her good ; it cooled the fierce fever in her heart, and she finally grew quiet and (-lipped softly down upon her knees and prayed long and earnestly for pa tience and wisdom and help from her heavenly Father. Then she caught up her pail and rose to commence her task. But it so happened that Dr. Chester, who was spending a few weeks in that delightful country place, was out hunt ing that day. "A fine, plump partridge flcrr -op fioin tho trashes jusX at "that moment, and the doctor fired. To his astonishment the bird escaped, but a shrill scream and heavy fall beyond the bushes-made him throw down 'his gun and bag and rush furiously through the sharp briers, never heeding the rents they made in his fine hunting suit or the cruel scratches upon his face and hands. There lay the game he had brought down, in the shape of a young girl who was in a dead faint or killed for aught he knew. He quickly loosened her dress and dashed water in her face from the full canteen which he happened to to have, and finally forced a few drops of brandy between her lips. At length she opened her eyes, to his great relief, and tried to rise, but a sharp cry of pain showed there was something more seri ous than a mere fright. " What is it where are you hurt ?" " My arm," she exclaimed. He tore the faded calico sleeve open to the shoulder, and,, sure enough, the soft, white arm was covered with blood and seemed to be riddled with shot. " Dear, dear, what have I done !" he exclaimed, hastily tying his own and her handkerchief tightly around it. " There's no time for apologies or ex planations. I thought I was shooting a partridge, and in some unaccountable way I have shot you. Now tell me where you live so I can get you home as soon 'as possible. I am a physician, and we'll soon, have the poor arm all right again." " My home is just over the hill ; I can walk if you will help me a little." With a set, resolute face, and lips tightly closed to keep back the moans of pain, Meta walked hastily toward home, leaning upon his arm. But just as they reached the gate she fainted again, and taking her in his arms he bore her rapidly to the house, and with out any ceremony pushed open the par lor door and laid her upon a sofa. Mrs. Smith screamed murder at the top of her voice, and went into violent hysterics. The.doctor frowned scorn fully at her, and said to Mrs.' Brown : " There's no time for nonsence ; bring me some cold water and bandages at once, and send somebody to the hotel for Dr. Chester's small case of surgical instruments." Mrs. Smith, left to herself, soon re covered, and insisted upon an explana tion of the affair. " It's nothing serious, I hope, I have accidently sent a charge of shot into this young lady's arm. Are you her mother ?" " No, indeed, she is a poor dependent creature that we've taken in for charity's sake ; a niece of mine, and what I'm to do with her now I can't see. I can't take care of her, and indeed, sir, it's mighty inconvenient to have her laid up just at this time. She is very neces sary to my comfort. I need a sight of care and waitin' on, night and day." " Well, madam, she'll ' need a sight of care and waitin on' herself now for a while, and must have it." By this time the young girl revived again under the vigorous treatment she received, and the instruments were brought to him. " Now, madam, will you tell where to take this young lady, for she must be put to bed at once." " well, sue sleeps in a uttie cioset on my room " That will never do. Show me the largest, best room you have in the house." Taking -Meta gently in his arms, the doctor followed Mrs. Smith up stairs to a large, pleasant chamber. one groanea in spirit as a Lie imucu down the white counterpane, and as sisted the doctor in getting Meta un dressed and to bed ; but he was not to trifled with at such a time. " Now, madam. I will excuse you, but let Mrs. Smith bring me plenty of warm water, . -i i i i "i : a . . i. ana boic, oia imeu, uuu rcuuuu iaj buoibh me. And I want a servant close at hand to get whatever else I may require while dressincr the arm." It was a terrible hour to jvieta wniie he probed each wound and removed the shot that were deeply imbedded in the tender flesh. fortunately no Done was broden, and at last it was neatly bandaged with soft linen and wet with a healing lotion, and she fell asleep. Mrs. Brown proved an efficient helper ; and as they passed quietly out of the room the doctor said : " Mv patient must have the best of care and attention. Could you stay and nurse her for awhile i " Yes, I mifrht." " Very well ; I will pay you well if you will do it, for everything will de- j V . i, ; lie met Mrs. smith m tne nail. " Madam, this woman has consented to stay and take care of your niece, and I will see that she is well paid for it. But mind what I say : you must '.not see her, nor must any one else see her but Mrs. Brown and myself for a week at least, for she will have a serious time of it at the best. 1 reeret it exceed' ingly, more than I can tell you, that I have been the cause of ail this suner- insr. and I will do my best to have her about again as soon as possible." So saving, the doctor wished them good- day, and soon disappeared from their view. " Well, now, if that is'nt cool ! And what am I to do all this time ?" groaned Mrs . Smith, rocking herself vigorously in her great arm-cliair. "And my best spare . room, too I oay, did he muss everything up dressing that arm ?" "O nol he was very careful about that." " Well, that's a comfort any way. To think I should have such trouble with that girl just when I needed her most ! I think it is a very mysterious dispensa tion of Providence. " The next morning the doctor found Meta in a high fever, moaning with pain and delirious. The arm was badly swollen and inflamed, and altogether her case had assnmed a very alarming aspect. He did not go hunting or fish ing that day, but stayed by her bedside administering medicine with his own hand, and doing everything in his power for her relief. He . was greatly distressed over the accident, and in wardly vowed he would never fire off another gun as long as he lived. But what a revelation of toil, hard ship, and cruel wrong the unconscious lueta made In lier delirium ! Sae fan cied the doctor, as he bathed her hot head and hands and soothed her ' as he would a child, was her mother, and she drew his head close to her lips and whis pered : " O mother I Am so glad you have come for me I I am tired to death. Aunt ie has no mercy or feeling for me ! She has kept me at work over her night and day, and 1 ve gone hungry many and many a time because I couldn't bear to eat the food so grudgingly given. O I am so glad you have come 1 " Now Meta was not a beautiful girl. though she had a sweet, pure, womanly face, and great wistful eyes, and an abundance of dark silky hair. But her small hands were brown and hardened with toil ; she was poor, dependent, alone in the world except for this selfish, un natural aunt, and the cousins who scarce ly deigned to notice her. JJoctor unester was a rich old bachelor. not so very old either, only thirty-six. Why he had never married no one could tell, but true it is he had remained heart whole all these years in spite of the many beautiful women who had smiled most graciously upon him. But somehow this poor suffering orphan won his heart completely during that week of uncon sciousness, lie was charmed with her sweet prattle about her childhood : and her innocence and helplessness, together with the suffering he had so unwittingly caused, appealed strongly to his sym pathy, and he fully resolved to win her love and make her his wife, if possible. Never had a patient a more assiduous doctor and nurse than did poor Meta. Mrs. Smith fumed and fretted over all the fuss that they made about " that girl," until the doctor frightened her into silence by telling her that he knew how she had treated the poor child, and if she didn't keep quiet and have every thing done that was needful for her com fort he would have her arrested and tried for inhuman cruelty. Under his watch ful care the danger was soon Over, and Meta was pronounced convalescent. The doctor took hex out to ride. its. soon as she was able, in the easiest of all car riage8. Bare delicacies were sent every day from the hotel to tempt her return ing appetite. The sweetest and most fragrant flowers that could be found adorned her room. Meta remonstrated with him for all this lavish kindness, but he would silence her by saying he was the cause of all her suffering, and she must allow him to atone for it in every way he could. How eagerly he watched the faint color that crept into her cheeks at his approach ! How tenderly and del icately he ministered to her comfort and pleasure day oy day, until atiastne ven tured to tell her of his love and his great desire to have her for his own. He had become very dear to her during all those weeks of suffering, and she acknowl edged it and promised to be his wife. He hastened to inform Mrs. Smith of their betrothal, and asked her forbear ance for another week when, he assured her, he would relieve her from all furth er care and responsibility of her niece. Imagine if you can her astonishment ! She was completely " dumbfounded ! " and had not a word to say ; though doubtless in her heart she thought it an other most "mysterious dispensation." The next day a notable dressmaker from the city arrived with various won derful and costly fabrics, which she had orders to make up for Miss Xiangdon in the latest style, ouch a time as there was then of cutting and basting, of try ing on and trimming ! Two other seam stresses kept their sewing-machines run ning at the highest rate of speed, until at the close of the week there was enough of a wedding trousseau to fill a huge oaratoga trunk. The doctor made daily pilgrimages between that chamber and the city, until at last he could not devise another thing which his darling could possibly need for dress or ornament during the trip to Europe which he had planned. .Never was there a happier bride and groom than those who were made one in Mrs. Smith's parlor that bright September morning. They went immediately to his beautiful home on the Hudson, where his mother -received the new daughter with open arms, and soon after went to Europe, where they spent a year. Meta made good use of the time by putting herself under the care of the best private teachers, and when on their return the happy doctor presented his wife to his friends, there was not among them one more highly accomplished or more elegant and re fined. The doctor was very proud of her, and never tired of telling his inti mate friends how he found his wife, or the result of his Last Shot. Hearth and Home. What is Jute? Jute is a fibrous plant that grows to a high stalk varying from six to twelve feet high. It is raised in the low-lands of the East Indies. The Jute plantations are ope rated somewhat on the system of rice plantations. The water used for flood ing purposes is takeu from rudely con structed reservoirs filled by the melting snow of the Himalaya Mountains. The plant is kept growing in about eighteen inches of water, which prevents the parching rays of a tropical sun from destroying it. When the stalk has at tained its growth it is pulled up by the roots or cut off near the roots. It is then laid out in boles like wheat or rye, and prepared for market. The people of Great Britain ami Ire land expended 8600,000,000 for intoxi cating liquors in 1872, and only $220, 000,000 lor the tea, coffee, sugar, nd cocoa which they consumed. Paragraphs of All Sorts. Thk city debt of Philadelphia is $50, 000,000. To complete the Brooklyn bridge $8,000,000 are wanted. The commerce of the Ohio river foots up $700,000,000 annually. Chicago received at her stock yards 139,000 head of hogs in four days. The revenue on distilled spirits for the last fiscal year was $52,099,371. The total taxable property in Phila delphia, this year, is reported at $548, 243,535 a gain oyer last year of $21, 078,267. The churches of New York number 349, with a seating capacity for 308,500 persons and an estimated value of $46, 000,000. A wo&iAif "clerk in the Treasury De- Eartment can count 9,000 notes' in an our, and has counted 4,000 in twenty minutes. The original Cardiff Giant, which was once valued as high as $40,000, was sold at auction in New Orleans tho other day at $8 ! The rent roll of the Marquis of West minster from property within the limits of London is said to exceed $35,000,000 per annum. The highest inhabited spot in the world is the Buddhist cloister of Hanle, Thibet, where twenty priests live at the enormous altitude of 16,500 feet. Since the establishment of the Gov ernment it has given away 74,052,800 acres of land to soldiers, making in all half a million farms of 160 acres to each. That new court-house which was to be built in New York city for only $500,000 has already eaten into the city treasury to the extent of $6,000,000, and is not nearly done yet. English technical papers express surprise that means are not taken to use petroleum for fuel, so as to influence the price of coal, the former article being now very abundant and cheap. A chubch near Bergen, Norway. which can contain nearly 1,000 persons, is constructed entirely of papier mache, rendered waterproof by saturation in vitriol,, lime-water, whey, and white of egg- The Stationery Department of the British Government has effected a sav ing of $1,000 a year by collecting, mend ing, and reissuing the quill pens used and thrown aside in the different public offices. Rochester, N. Y., is a thrifty place. Its wholesale clothing business last year amounted to over $60,000,000 ; the boot and shoe to $6.000,0OOT-trnituro to $3,000,000, ami the grocery business to $3,560,000. Up to Oct. 25 there were 7,580 granges of the Patrons of Husbandry in opera tion. The West had 5,001, the South 2,478, while the North had only 101. This winter will doubtless bring large additions to the order in the Eastern States. Pekin claims to have the oldest jour nal in the world. It is printed on a large sheet of yellow silk, and appears in the same form, with the same charac ters, and on the same kind of stuff as it did a thousand years ago. The only change is in the writers. The Gazette de France, of Paris, is the oldest newspaper extant, having flourished uninterruptedly since its foundation in 1633. It was the official organ of the French Government until the Revolution, and is still the " in spired " paper of Count de Chambord, Methodist Episcopal Visitations. The following plan of Episcopal visi tation to the Conferences was adopted by the Methodist Episcopal Bishops at tneir recent session, m iiucugu : Conference. Place. Time. Bishop. Texas Marshall Baton Rouge. . . Jan. 7... Jan. 7... Jan. 7... Jan. 15.. Jan. 15. . Jan. 15. . Jan. 21.. Jan. 27.. Jan. 20.. Jan. 29.. Bowman Louisiana Merrill North Carolina. 'Lexington... .. Haven Harris India South German. South Carolina. Mis8iHaippi Liberia Lucknow ...... Industry Bowman Columbia ...... Haven Aberdeen Merrill Roberts Clay Ashland. . . San Antonio . . . Gainesville. . Cincinnati ..... West Texas Bowman Florida Lexington Haven Merrill Feb. 11.. Feb. 18.. Arkansas . .. Virginia Kentucky Washington .... Wilmington.... St. Louis Batesville Bowman Alexandria Feb. 19.. Scott Merrill Covington Feb. 25.. Winchester .... Feb. 23.. Ames Salisbury Warreusburg .. Baltimore... Fairmount ..... Easton March 4. March 4. March 4. Wiley Andrews Baltimore Ames Scott West Virginia.. March 11 Philadelphia . . . March 18 Wiley Iiast German Pittsburgh Missouri . New Jersey Central Pa Kansas Newark Providence North Indiana. V illiamnburgh. Blairsville . Haunibal ...... March 1M Janes FoBter March 18 March 18 March 18 March 18 AndrewB Camden.... .... Ames Scott Altoona Atchison Patcrsou N. Bridgewater. Fort Wayne.... Brooklyn ...... Charleston . . New York city.. Fort Scott Wilkesbarre. Schenectady Manchester . Danville Carthage Belfast Biddeford April 1. Andrews April 1. Wiley Peck April 1. April 1. Foster New York, East April 8. Wiley New England.. New York South Kansas. . Wyoming Troy April . April 8. Janes Peck April 15. Andrews Haven Foster Janes April 15. April 15 New Hampshire April 22. April 22. ermont N. New York EaBt Maine. . Maine Peck Foster April 2!) May 6.. Janes May 6. . Simpson SimpBon Mexican Miss's Terra Cotta. country terra cotta, which abroad enters so largely into ornamental architecture. In its manufacture, clay, flint, glass, and fossils containing phosphate of lime arc powdered and mixed with water into a paste, which is then ground and beaten until all the air bubbles are ex pelled. It is then modeled directly by the artist and burned, having first been glazed and colored to suit the taste. The material thus formed is both cheap and durable. Neither heat, cold, nor moisture afiects it. And there is this further advantage in its use, that it can be molded by the artist as if it were so much clav : whereas stone must be cut by the hand of an intervening workman. There seems to be no good reason why terra cotta should not come into general use in this country for building mate rial, and it enters largely into parts of the elegant Albert memorial hall, as also cf the South Kensington museum. American architects have so far had prejudice against it, which it is hoped will soon yield before enlighteunnt as to it many admirable qualities. FORTY-THIRD CONGRESS. Standing Committees the House of Representatives. on York, chairman ; Thomas (N. C), Hazleton, Todd (Pa.), Pike, Robinson (Ohio), Harrison, Hyde, rjpeer, Lamar, urostjiana. Ways ana Means IJawes, chairman: jveiiey, Burcliard, E. H. Roberts, Kaason, Waldron, Sheldon, Foster (Ohio), Beck, Niblack, Wood Appropriations Garfield, chairman ; Hale (Me.), Wheeler, O'Neil, Starkweather, Xough ridge, Tyler, Parker (Mo.), Mareh, Swann, Hancock. Banking and Currency Maynard, chair man, larwell, Morey, Hawley (Conn.), Hon- ter, Phelps, HubbelL, Nilea, BandaU, Mitchell, Durham. Pacific Railroad Sawyer, chairman : Sypher, Killinger, Honghton, Crocker, Willard, Cor win (111.), McDell (la.), Wells (Mo.), Barnum, Standford, Creamer, Meal. jiaims nawioy, chairman; wens, buu maker, Lansing, Surrell. Nunn, Smith (Ohio), Burrows, Howe, M. H. Roberts, Eden, Hamil ton. Commerce-Wheeler, chairman ; Sawyer, Conger, Hooper, Negley, Staivnard, Parsons, Clayton, Holman, Bromberg, Wells. Public Lands Townsend, chairman; Dnn nel, Orth, Bnndy, Morey, St. John, Phillips, Bradley, Dunford, Hindon, Clymer. War Claims Lawrence (Ohio), chairman; Hazleton, Cobb, Kellogg (Conn.), Woodward, Scudder, Smith (Pa.), Wilson (la.), Holman, Harris, Morrison. Postoflice and Post-Roads Packer, chair man ; Stowell, Pratt (N. Y.), Williams, Page, Danforth, Cobb, Cannon, Randall, Beed, At kins. Manufactures Farwell, chairman: Hathorne, Viery, Ransier, Field, Whitely, Woodworth, Waddell, Wilson (Md.), Bowen, Blount. Agriculture Hays, chairman ; Lamport, Ha zleton, Bogole. Wilson (la.), Bay, Boss, Cain, Davis (Va.), Hatcher, McLean (Tex.) Indian Affairs AveriU, chairman ; Lowe, Butler (Tenn.), Bainey, Richmond, McNnlta, Lawson, Harris (Mass.), Adams, Comingo, Giddings. Mili tar v Affairs-Coburn. chairman ; Don- nan, Hawley (III.), Hawley (Conn.), Gunckel, Albright, McDougalL Thoniburgh, Nesmith, Young, Hulton. un miiiua isutier t xenn. j, cnairman ; ia- zleton, Snyder, Boss, Grouse, Elliott, Walls, Storm, SIlss, Hereford, Cook. On District of Columbia Hale (N. Y-). chairman ; Harmer, Cotton, Bice, Hendie, Clark, Pelham, Lapland, Eldridge, Barnum, Leach. , On the Judiciary Butler (Mass.), chair man; Wilson (lnu.), I'oland, Iremaine, Frye, Cessna, White, Ward, Eldridge, Potter (N. Y.), Jewett. Public Expenditures Havens, chairman ; Whitely, Richmond, Pike, Wilber, Smith (N. V.), Begole, Hynes, Clark, llobbins. Luttrell. Private Land Claims Myers (Pa.), chair man ; Eames, Sesiones, Bariere, Pratt (Iowa), Hendee, Freeman, Bright, Sayler (Ohio), De witt, Buckner. Naval Affairs Scofield, chairman ; Gooch, Hays, Piatt (Va.), Packard, Scudder, Bur leigh, Purman, Archer, Whitthorne, Jamison. Foreign Affairs Orth, chairman; Myers (Pa.), Willard, E. 11. Hoar. Clarke, Ward, Albert, Williams (Wis.), Robinson (111.), Cox, Ban ning. Territories McKee (Miss.), chairman ; Cur tis, Williams (Ind.), Havens, Hoskins, Cronnz, Fort, Hvnes, Schumaoker (N. Y.), Brown (Ky.). Mills. " Revolutionary Pensions Shoemaker (Pa.), chairman; Lansing, Sprague, Williams (Mich.), Smith (La.), Crutchheld, Bland, Caldwell, Vance, Rawls. Invalid Pensions Busk, chairman; Wal lace, Barry, McJunken, Mellish, Martin, Small. Sener, Young (Ky.), Crittenden, O'Brien. Bail ways and CanalB McCrary (Iowa), chair man ; G. F. Hoar, Hurl but, Bass, Sherwood, Lewis (Tenn.), Taylor, Smith (Va.), Arthur, Wolf, Stone. Mines and Mining Lowe, chairman ; Neg ley, Bumngton, Rusk, Hubbell, Page, Sheats, Lynch, Kendall, Southard, Harris (Ga.). Freedmen's Affairs Cobb, chairman ; Nunn, Bailey, TownBend, Culton, Morey, Barber, Sener, Comingo, Eden, Adams (Ky.) Education and Labor Monroe, chairman; G. F. Hoar, Elliott, Darrall, Field, Crooke, McDill, Ropier, Storm, Whitehead, Glover. On Revision of Laws Poland, chairman; E. B. Hoar, Lawrence, Buell, Barber, Pen dleton, Moore, Kasson (Ind.), Stephens, Ken dall, Knapp. Coinage, Weights and Measures Hooper, chairman; Houghton, Homer, Barrere, Wil lard (Mich.), Baylor (Iud.), Strait, Mills, Ber ry; Bell, Ashe. On Patents Conger, chairman ; Ames, Smart, Clements, Crutchfield, Dobbins, Bay lor (Iud.), Smith (N. C), Sloss, Parker (N. H. ), Magee. ' Public Buildings and Grounds Piatt (Va.), chairman ; Sessions, Killinger, Sprague, Hersey, Pierce (Mass.), Lowndes, Strait, Wells, Perry, Millikeu. On Reform in Civil Service Kellogg, (Conn.), chairman ; Willard (Vt.), Woodward, Sheats, Hurlbut, Butler (Mass.), Strawbridge, Willard (Mich.), Layton (Ohio), Luttrell, Whitehouse. On Milage Bundy, chairman; Berry, Bay, Nesmith, Parker (N. H.). On Accounts Bumngton, chairman ; Saw yer, Hoskins, Wallace, Archer. On Expenditures of State Department Pickard, chairman; Cobb (Kan.), St. John, Morrison, Lamisou. On Expenditures in the Treasury Depart ment Sypher, chairman ; Snyder, Phillips, Schumacker (N. Y-), Southard., On Expenditures in the War Department Williams (Ind.), chairman ; Lamport, Curtis, Bright, Giddings. On Expenditures iu the Navy Department McJunken, chairman; Burrows, Walls, Magee, Herudon. On Expenditures in the Postofflce Depart ment Barry, chairman ; Todd, Mellish, Whit thorne, Young. On Expenditures in the Interior Depart ment Orr, chairman ; Woodworth, Lynch, Robinson (111.), Bawls. On txpeuditures in Public Buildings Buell, chairman; Cessna, Smith (Ohio), Pratt (Iowa), McLean. Committee on Rules Tho Speaker, May nard, Garfield, Cox, Randall. Ou Printing Dounan, chairman; Hale (N. Y.), Waddoll. On Library Fry, chairman; Monroe, Cly mer. On Enrolled Bills Darrall chairman ; Pen dleton, Harris (Ga.). a South Carolina. A correspondent draws a melancholy picture of the de cadence of South Carolina. He esti mates that over 90 per cent, of the farmers have lost money since the war, and mentions one 3, 000-acre tract of land that has been sold four times under the Sheriff's hammer since 1865. Be fore the war, he says, the taxable prop erty of South Carolina was valued at about $488,000,000; in 1870 it had fallen to S84.00D.000. and the decrease has been stesidily progressing up to the present time ; but the taxation before the war was only a little over $400,000 annually, while the taxation in 1870 was about $2,100,000, yet the State taxation debt has increased from $6,000,000 to something between $16,000,000 and $20,000,000. Shtjt the Door! An Iowa magistrate, before whom a man was brought charged with cuffing a servant's ears "because she left a door open six hundred times,' discharged the accused, ou the ground that leaving a door open was a technical assault, as it involved bodily injury and that therefore the cuff administered by the defendant was given in self-de fense. How Indians Escape their Pursuers. During the early part of the flight every precaution is adopted to prevent leaving a neavy trail, or one caouy iu be followed ; to this end, instead of moving, as is customary, in single file, thereby leaving a clearly defined path, each warrior moves independently of his fellows, until all danger from pur suit is safely passed, when the party falls into single file, and, with the chief at their head, moves along in almost unbroken silence. If during an attack upon the ' frontier settlements the In dians should encounter unexpected and successful resistance, necessitating a premature withdrawal and flight og their part, they still resort to stratagem in order to secure theii safety. In ac cordance with a plan previously formed and understood by each member of the party, and specially provided for an emergency, the war party finding them selves about to encounter successivu re sistance of the part of the frontiersmen beat a hasty retreat ; but instead of taking their flight in a single direction and in one party, thereby leaving an unmistakable clue tot their pursuers, the entire party breaks up into smaller bands, each apparantly fleeing in an independent direction, a few of the best mounted usually falling behind to at tract the attention of the pursuers, and give time to those of the party who are burdened with prisoners and captured stock to make good their escape. In such an emergency as this a rendezvous for the entire party has been previously fixed upon. Its location is usually upon . or near some water-course of prominent landmark, distant perhaps thirty or forty miles ; thither all smaller parties direct their course, each by a separate and usually a circuitous route. Should either of these smaller parties find themselves closely pursued, or their trail being followed and all efforts to throw the pursuers off prove un availing, they relinquish their plan of uniting with the. others at the estab lished rendezvous, as that would im peril the safety of their comrades, and select a new route leading neither in the direction of the rendezvous or of the village, in order not only to elude but to mislead their pursuers. Then en sues a long and tiresome flight, until, having worn out or outwitted their pur suers, of whose movements they keep themselves thoroughly informed, they make their way in safety to the vil lage. At the latter outlooks are con stantly kept on some prominent hill to watch the coming of the absent warriors and give notice of their approach. A war party returning from a successful raid into the settlements, and bringing with them prisoners and captured stock, is an event of the greatest im portance to every occupant of th vil- age. Having arrived within a few miles of the village, and feeling safe from all danger from pursuit, the chief in command of the war party causes a sternal smoke to be sent up from some high point along the line of march, well knowing that watchful eyes near the village are on the alert and will not fail to observe the signal and understand its meaning. Gen. Custer, in Galaxy for December. Silk in America. Proof of the healthful growth of silk culture and manufacture in the United States is given in the following brief citation from an elaborate article in the New York Times: Since the home manufacture of silk got a firm footing, the importation of the article has fallen off, and in the nine months completed of 1873 the importations of silk have been much less than in the correspond ing nine months of 1871 and 1872. For instance, m l&u tne quantity oi im ported silk entered for consumption amounted in value to iod, ana for warehousing $6,760,233, giving a total of $30,644,386. In 1872 the total was $31,012,608, and forthe correspond ing months of this year it is reduced to $22,761,818, or $7,882,568 less than 1871, and $8,250, 75W less than in IBZ. The total dry goods imports for 1873 of wool, cotton, flax, silk and those com ing under the denomination miscellane ous, are $10,977,996 less than in 1871 and $19,558,210 less than in 1872. It will be thus seen that the decrease ef silk importation represents one- third of the . decrease in the dry goods importations. Now, with this falling off in imports of silk, the looms of the country are at work and the demands of consumers are steadily met, while there is no increased cost to the consumer. The silk trade of America is, in truth, at present an es tablished fact. Within the past ten years it has quadrupled itself. It now gives employment to more hands than the siik trade of x ranee, ana nas snown a progress which passes beyond that of England or any of the other European countries. A Curb. To the unfortunate victim- of drunkenness we recommend the fols lowing cure: A mixture made up as fol lows, and taken in Quantities equal to an ordinary dram, and as often as the desire for strong orinK returns, wiu cure the worst case of drunkenness: Sulphate of iron, five grains; pepper mint water, eleven drachms; spirits of nutmeg, one drachm. This preparation acts as a tonic and stimulant, and parti ally supplies the place of the accus tomed liquor, and prevents the absolute physical and moral prostration mat fol lows from a sudden breaking off from the use of stimnlatinsr drinks. It is to be taken in quantities equal to an ordi nary dram, and as often as the desire of a dram returns. Dried Oysters "Dried cy iters having been included among the articles imported, as published by the Bureau of Statistics, an inquiry made by a Boston firm as to their origin, has elicited from the chief the following explanation: "Dried oysters" are imported into San Francisco, chiefly from China, although a few come from Mexico, lhey are ta ken from the shell and dried in the sun, without the use of any salt or chemical preparation, and are imported iu wood en boxes containing 100 pounds each They are consumed mostly by the Chinese residents on the Pacifio coast, only a small proportion Viing used by Alexicani WIND-ELVES HEARD AND SAW. TBE WEST WIND : The Bad dent sound I ever beard Was the wailing plaint of a mother-bird For the one wee nestling that cheered her nest. Dead, with a thorn In its pretty breast. THE SOUTH WIN: I have known a sight that was sadder still ; There's a grave np yonder, upon the hill, Aud a mother weeps at her poor boy's name. For his ruined soul, and his guilt aud sliamo. THE WEST BD I The sweetest sight that I ever knew Was the kiss of two lovers whose love was true, As they pledged themselves, come weal or woe, One path in life they should henceforth know. THE SOUTH WIND : Once, when a weary old man died, I saw heaven's gates swung open wide. And his wife, who an angel long had been. Stretched welcoming hands and cried, " lcar, come in !" And the look on her face ! I was dumb with awe A sight that was grander I never saw. THE WEST WIND : Last night, when the stars were ont in the blue, Like a dead white lily kissad by dew 1 saw a baby of two short years Wet with jita mourning mother's tears. THE SOUTH WIND: I saw a mother go in one day Through the gates of heaven, and heard her say " Is my haby here 1" And they put in her arms A wee child, sweet with a baby's charms ; And she cried as she kissed it, her face aglow, " I have found my babe ! This to heaven, I knmc 1' Christian Unwn. Humorous. Do not run in debt to the shoemaker. It is unpleasant to be unable to say your sole is your own. Betttnq extravagant sums on cock fighting is the vice that brought Santa Anna to abject poverty. Where is ' parts unknown ?" asked a correspondent of the D anbury News, to which Bailey answers very truthfully ; Where they don't advertise." C arefttIjIj Y compiled statistics go to prove that if there were no red-headed boys, life would be far less of a burden to school ma'ams, and the earth a quieter and more peaceful abode. People who are at a loss as to how many to invite when they want to give " a party," may be guided by the fol lowing : " For thinking, one ; for converse, two, no more : Three for an argument ; for walking, four ; For social pleasure, five ; for fun, a score." " What would you have done with a case like that of Tichberne in 'your country?" asked John Bull of his American cousin. " Well, I guess the jury would hare made a joint stock concern of it wnd divided the proceeds with the party that had the most green backs." " Wife, what has become of the grapes ?" " I suppose, my dear, the hens picked them off," was the bland reply. " Hens hens ! some two-leg- seed hens. I sruess " said the husband. with some impetuosity ; to which she firmly replied, " My dear, did you ever see any other kind ?" Mabt, where's the frying-pan?" asked a worthy woman in New Jersey. ' Jemmy's cot it. carting mud and clam shells up the alley, with the cat for a horse." ' The dear little fellow, what a genius he will make ! But go and get it, we're going to have com pany, and must have some fish for din ner. "You want nothing but a dish-kettle," said an old housewife in the backwoods to her daughter who had just got mar ried. "WAv. when vour father and I commenced I had nothing but a dish- kettle. I used to boil my coftee in it and pour it into a pitcher ; then boiled my potatoes in it and set them on a warm plate while I stewed up the meat in it ; used to wash in it, and always, after a meal, I fed the pigs out of the dish-kettle. Sal, if you are only a mind to, can use it for anything." An Early Rising Fallacy. In olden times children were early taught that the instant they woke in the morning they must bounce out of bed, not waiting for a moment s considera tion until they were safely landed on the floor. Some wide-awake children, whose eyes naturally opened with the coming dawn, could easily accomplish this feat ; but alas for the poor little creatures who found it nearly impossible to shake off the drowsiness that per vaded their entire systems ! In a piti ful state of semi-sleep they dragged themselves from bed and tried to dress. Those who retain vivid remembrances of such experiences of childhood will be gratified to know that Dr. Hall says that up to eighteen years every child should be allowed to rest in bed, after sleep is over, until they feel as if they had rather get up than not : that it is a very great mistake for persons, old or young especially children and feeble or sedentary persons to pounce out oi bed tho moment they wake up ; mat fifteen or twenty minutes spent in grad ually waking up, after the eyes are opened, and in turning over and stretch ing the limbs, do as much good as sound sleep, because the operations set tne blood in motion by degrees, tending to eaualize the circulation; for during sleep the blood tends to stagnation, the heart beats feebly and slowly, and any shock to the system sending the blood in overwhelming quantities to the heart is the greatest-absurdity. An encounter of a fearful character recently took place at Constantino, Algeria, between the jews and Araus. As a Jewish funeral procession passed through one of the principal thorough fares an officer of tirallieurs insulted the mourners by spitting at them, and using obscene language. Some friends of the mourners, becoming enraged at this unseemly conduct, attacked the officer, and eventually threw him down a fearful precipice more than 100 meters deep. .Numerous Araos rusiied upon the Jews to avenge their countryman, and a terrible conflict ensued, in which several thousand Jews and Arabs took part. The military were called out, but order was not restored till numerous partisans on both sides were left dead on the field. The grave of Gen. Harrison, at Noi th Bend, Ind., is almost obliterated, and a movement is on foot to have the remains moved to Spring Grove, and placed under a monument fitting to th memory of ona so eminent.