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THE HOUSEHOLD ANGEL.
Her name shines not in bannered field, Where right and wrong so boldly war ; Nor rings her voice in any cause Which men and women battle for ; 1 Yet in her presence, subtle, sweet, You long to kneel and kiss her feet. No wondrous romance wreathes her life ; Nor hath she led a martyr train ; Nor beautiful nor rich is she. But poor, and—some would call her plain; Yet in her two dear eyes you see A beauty shining constantly. No silken robe enfolds her form; Nor dainty leisure has her hands ; Her jewels are a simple ring; A ribbon binds her hair’s smooth bands ; Yet in her garments’ simple grace Her soul’s regality you trace. No gift she has to shake and thrill A thankless world with warbled songs. And art that wakes the ivory keys To other hands than hers belong; Yet in her words o' tender cheer A richer music charms the ear. She walks in humble ways of life. That lead oftimes thro’ gloom and shade; And cares and crosses, not a few. Are bn her patient shoulders laid; Yet smiles and drinks each bitter cup, And keeps her brave eyes lifted up, And homely ways she wreathes with grace. Harsh duty turns to loving zest; And cheery hope and steadfast will Are at her side, in work and rest; Yet never dreams she you can spy The angel looking from here eye. MISS WARREN. “My last hope rests in you, May.” “ In me, father ?” May Warren made answer in a tone of surprise, raising her sad, anxious eyes to her father’s face. As if her gaze discomposed him, Mr. Warren turned his head, and his glance wandered restlessly around the apart ment. He was an old man, with a tall, spare figure, thin, gray hair, and was sitting in an arm-ehair, by a stable cov ered with papers, while his pretty daughter May sat beside him on an ot toman. She repeated her words ; “In me, father ?” % “ Yes,” he replied, starting from a moment’s abstraction. “Do you re member Col. Leighton, my dear!” “ Col, Leighton ? An old man with a heavy beard, partly gray, and pleas ant blue eyes. He dined with us a few weeks ago. Yes, I remember him, fa ther. ” “Not so very old May,—not so old, as I am,—and one of the finest men liv ing. He is wealthy,—very wealthy, too.” He met his daughter’s questioning gaze fully now, as if he had wished her to read something in his face. She kept her dark eyes fixed searchingly upon his countenance, the ebb and flow of the soft color upon her cheeks be traying the quick pulsations of her heart. “What do you mean, father?” she asked, at length. “I saw him last night. He offered to help me—save me, if ” “ If what, father?” “ If I would give you to him.” The words came hurriedly from Mr. Warren’s lips, as if he feared that if he deliberated he should not be able to utter them at all. As they fell on his daughter’s ear she started* to her feet, pushing hex’ hair back from her pale face, in a bewildered sort of way, as if she were half-stunned. “ Marry me, father? Col. Leighton?” she cried in a low voice. Mr. Warren took her hand, and drew her down to her seat again. “ May, Col. Leighton will be a good husband to you I have known him from boyhood, and understand perfect ly well his character and principles. He loves you—will be kind to you, and strive in every way to make yon happy. And more—and more May, he will save me from beggary. ” He paused, but his child, with her face bowed upon her hands, made no reply, nor stirred. The mute distress that her attitude betokened was notun noticed by him. “ I do not force you to this, May, re member ; the matter is left to your own choice. But you know what my own wish is—what the alternative will be if you do not accept the offer.” She knew only too well. Fully she realized now how absolutely necessarv the luxuries to which her'father had been accustomed were to him. Absol ute less of possession did not seem the most dreadful tiling in the world to her, but she knew what a wreck it would make of him. In her. youth and strength the future would still be bright and full of hope to her; but how could he, with his aged frame and burden of sixty years commence life anew? The hopeful thought that she could work for him and supply him with his ac customed oomforta, afforded her but a moment’s comfort. To him, with his stubborn, aristocratic ideas, this would be the most severe trial of all—his de licately reared, petted child laboring for his support. He would never be reconciled to it. That was no alterna tive she saw at a glance. Then with a desperate effort to think calmly, she recalled the form of Col. Leighton. She remembered his bowed head and sil vered beard, his dark, deeply-furrowed face, and fifty years. She could get no further. A younger face, with mer ry azure eyes, and tossing, sunny hair sprang up in strong contrast. Stretch ing out her hands to her father, as if for pity, she cried out, “I cannot!— oh. father, I cannot!” The old man sank back with a groan. “ Fost—then I am lost !” he cried shuddering. There were no reproach es, only those bitter words and that de spairing attitude. White and tearless she sat at his feet, the agony of her heart written on her face. The wild, desperate thought that the sacrifice was possible, occurred to her. “ Father, dear father !” He raised his head, whitened with the frosts of sixty winters, and looked at her with a gleam of hope in his sunken eyes. She crept into his arms as she had done when a child, and laid her soft cheek against his wrinkled brow. “ Ton know that I love you, father,’ she said. I can never remember you but as kind, tender, and forbearing with me. Tour heart has been my home all ray life. I will work, beg, sutler for you,—oh, how willingly, if need be ! But that—oh, father, you do not know what it is that you ask !” lie did not speak, but a moan broke uncontrollably from his lips, as he rent ed his head upon her shoulder. The struggle in her heart sent dark, shadowy waves across her face. Could could she ?” " Father," she whispered hurriedly, • let me go, now. I will see you again* —answer you to-morrow.” And she left left him. He could not see her face in the gathering darkness, only a glimpse of something white, but be felt the qui vering of her bps as she bent to kiss him, and leached out his arms to em brace, her but she was gone. “ Heaven pity me 1" The'words came like a wall from her lips. She was alone in the chamber. Hung prostrate upon a low couch, with her face hid in the cushions The sound of the rust ling foliage of vhe garden, and the , chirping of the birds, came in through the open window with the damp eve ning breeze, and the pale light of the rising moon filled the room with its soft radiance, but she was unconscious of everthing but misery. The house was so quiet that the sound of a foot step crossing the hall below fell upon her ear, and aroused her to a momen tary interest. She heard a door open —the library door, and then a voice uttered a few words of common-place greeting. She remembered it well, and sprang to her feet with a desperate, in sane thought of flight. But the door closed, the house was still again, and she was calmer. She crossed theroom listlessly, and drew back the curtain of the window. The scene without was beautiful. The moonlight lay broadly on the garden, turning to silver the tops of the trees and making the little lake bqyond look like a great white pearl. Gazing earn estly downward she saw a tall, shadowy figure standing beneath the shade of the old elm. With a low cry she sprang from the room, and, a moment after, stood beside her lover. ; “ Come, at last, my treasure,” cried 1 Mark Winchester, folding her in his | arms. She remained leaning passively ; against his breast, while he pressed ' passionate kisses upon her forehead, cheeks, and lips. “ Why have you made me wait so long, darling ?” he said softly, and, tak ing both her slender hands in one of his, he pressed them to his lips. “Why, how cold you are ! How you tremble !” he continued, as she clung to him.— “ What is the matter, May ?” “ I waited because I dreaded to meet you, Mark.” “ Why ? What do yon mean ?” And, brokenly through her tears and sobs, she told him all. He did not speak of star while she was talking ; and when she had finished there was a long silence. She lacked courage to say more.—he would not ask. She re peated the last words : “ And to mor row I must give him my answer.” Still he did not speak. She looked up at him. In the dim light she could see his rigid, agonized face, white lipi, and gleaming eyes.— She stole her arras about his neck, and drew his forehead down to her lips. “ Speak to me, Mark; say that yon do not blame me. ” • He knew then that she had decided, and what that decision was. “ And you will leave me, May, and marry that old man ?” “ Heaven pity me, Mark, for I must. I will become his wife, and I will be I true and faithful to him, for he will be kind to me. You will hear of me thus, . and when you do, remember my words, j Mark, that you have my heart.” “ I will remember, May. God help us both, for I shall never forget you. They shall bury me with this upon my heart. ” And he drew a tress "of soft brown hair from his bosom. For a moment more—one little pre i cious moment—he held her against his I heart, and then kissed her, put her gen | tly from him, and was gone. , For a moment she stood alone under ; the trees, with clasped hands and face ; upraised to the quiet sky, and then she turned and walked silently toward the house. A light from thelibrary win dow streamed down on her, and" as she looked up, she saw the shadow of a bowed figure fall across the curtain. “ Father, you are saved !” she mur mured. A hand was laid suddenly on her arm ■ and she started with a low cry. 1 “ Good evening, Miss May,” said ; Colonel Leighton. “ I have been seek ! ing yon.” She bowed, and stood silently before him with a calm, downcast face. “ I have been talking with your fath er,” he continued, carelessly pulling a rose from a bush near them.* “ He tells me that you have promised to think of my proposal, and let us know what your decision is to-morrow. Is there any thing I can say which will influence you to form that conclusion in mv fa vor ?” “ You cannot say anything which will influence me in the least, Colonel Leighton. As my father has said, you shall have my answer t -morrow.” He glanced at the ponng face, so sad to its calm dignity, and looked down at his fingers again, which were bruising iu tearing to pieces the blossom he held, and allowing the crimson petals to fall at his feet, as if they were fragment of the heart he was breaking. In the long silence that followed sne glanced up at him once with the thought of flinging ; herself upon his mercy by giving him her confidence ; but the "stern expres sion of his face repelled her. “ Miss May Warren,” he said sud denly, “ you are averse to this mar j riage His tone aided in rendering his words an assertion. She was startled, but re -1 plied quietly, “ Do you think so ?” “ I must be blind if I could think j otherwise,” he continued, with sudden i energy. “ May Warren, you know that | you hate me—that you would die rath i er than to become my wife, were it not for your father’s sake.” Before she realized what she was do | ing, the monosyllable “ Yes” slipped from her lips. “ And in doing this, do you realize how you would wrong us both ?” She was silent. “It shall never be. I will never call you my wife, knowing that you do not love me—that your heart is not in my keeping. I will not tell yeu of mv hopes, how I have dreamed that my last days -would be m\ happiest ones—it would not interest you. Now I have only to say that you are free as if I had never seen your sweet face. ” He paused for a reply, but she made none. Bewildered by her position I she did not know what to " say. “ I know that I have my self re- 1 proach,” he went on. “My "motive in offering your fatMbr my assistance was purely a selfieh one. The consequences are only what I deserve. I had no thought of the long years during which he had been my true and faithful friend, but cruelly took advantage of his position to gain my own ends. Yes, I am properly punished.” There was a bitterness in his tone, a despondency in his attitude, that great ly changed his accustomed dignified composure of manner. Half uncon scious of what :he did, only sensible of the pity she felt for him, the young girl put her hand upon his arm, and said softly, “ Forgive me.” “ Forgive me, rather, mv child,” he said, gently, taking the little hand in one of his, “ misery I have caused you. I I should have known that our paths in life could never be one. But good night, I will not detain you.” She did not shrink from him as he bent down to kiss her forehead, with bis last words. He stepped aside to allow her free passage to the house, but she did not move.” “ You are thinking of yonr father,” he said. “Do not be distressed on bis account. Remember me in your pray ers to-night, and sleep sweetlv. It is all I ask.” He did not wait to hear her fervent “God bless you !” or witness her burst of joyful tears, but quickly left her. The morning sunshine streamed bold ly Into the apartment of old Mr. Warren, where he lav in the heavy sleep of phvs ical and mental exhaustion. The*fore noon was far advanced when a servant roused him, informing him that Col. Leighton waited in the library. Mak ing a hasty toilet, the old man left his 1 chamber and went to join his friend. The gentlemen met cordially, and CoL Leighton immediately requested that May might be sent for. They waited but a few minutes before the door swung noiselessly open, and, wearing a white morning robe, the young girl en tered. At a motion from her father she sat down upon a low seat at his ieet, and then glanced up with a confiding smile at Col. Leighton, who stood lean ing against the mantlepieee, with an expression of face half-sad, half-ad miring. “We are waiting for your answer, May,” said Mr. Warren, quietly. “ I will leave the matter entirely in Col. Leighton’s hands,” she replied. The old man glanced perplexedly from her to his old friend. Col. Leighton stepped forward. “My old friend, James Warren,” he said, “I met your daughter last night, and talked with her. I discovered with what feelings she regarded a marriage with me, and cannot allow the sacrifice she would make for your sake. I wall never marry her; she is free. And now I have to ask your pardon for the unmanly way in which I have taken ad vantage of your embarrassment, and have come so near to destroying’ the happiness of your child. Every power of mine shall be exerted to its utmost to relieve you, and all the reward I ask is, the knowledge that you and May do not despise me. Nay, nay, no thanks. I desire rather to be scorned for the part I have acted. But I have one favor to ask, old friend. Will you allow me to choose a husband for your daugh ter?” “You have my full and free permis sion,” replied Mr. Warren, smiling through his tears. “But I hope you will be more suc cessful in your choice than I have been.” “Never fear,” said the colonel, with a glance at May. Flinging open a door that led to another anartment, he call ed, “Now, my boy!” and Mark Win chester sprang into the room. “Behold your future son-in-law,” said Col. Leighton; and ere the old man could comprehend the scene, the young couple knelt for his blessing. At a motion from his friend he gave it willingly; and never was there a hap pier party. Through the interposition of his friend, Mr. Warren was saved from ruin, and his daughter made happy. When May that morning asked for a solution of the problem of -Col. Leigh ton’s knowledge of Mark, he replied, “ I did not wait a half hour in the gar den to no purpose, little one.” And she understood that he had overheard the conversation with her lover. Through his influence Mark’s talent as an artist became known to the world, and a few years afterward he became a popular painter and a wealthy man ; and out of gratitude to his benefactor he christened his first-born son Edwin Leighton Winchester. The Lyons papers tell a good story The bed chambers of two wealthy gen tlemen are adjacent, and thin parti tions divide them. One tenant spends his nights at his club house, never re turning home before half-past five in the morning. His neighbor rises at six, and sits down at once to his piano, which he does not quit until dinner.— The former complained to the Com missary of Police, who laughed in his face, and told him to keep better hours. As he had a lease for six years,he could not change his apartment. He thought of sending a challenge to his neighbor; his neighbor was paralyzed in his low er limbs. He iiad his walla fined with thick mattrasses: still “sharps” pene trated into his room. He made his servants take a hammer and rap against the wall. His neighbor waited until he was tired, and then began to play. IHe then bought a large hand-organ, which was sadly out of tune, and had a turnspit, which would turn eight days without being wound up, fitted to the organ. The turnspit was put in motion after it, and the organ had been placed next the chamber wall. The piano player bore the organ for nineteen I years, at the end of that time he sent a letter of truce. He was told the club hunter had gone out of town and wouldn’t be back in a * week. The pi anist sold his lease. The organ is still going- _ The cultivation of cranberries is just now attracting considerable attention throughout Maryland. The Cumber land Civilian of last week has the fol lowing on the subject: “The cultiva tion of cranberries in several localities of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey has proven a great pecuniary success, yielding large profits for the labor ex pended in their culture, beside render ing valuable a character of lands hith erto of but little or no worth. Now in the Glades region, of this county, are thousands of acres of the best land adapted to the growth of the cranberry to be found in the United States. These lands are even now productive of cran berries in their wild state, seeming to point out to our blinded farmers their fitness and adaptability, and convinc ing at once that to cultivate the berry would be no experiment, but a positive success. A friend of Koopmanschap says that the'Chinese prefer railroad work to any other; indeed, dislike plantation work. There are about one thousand planta tion hands in the South, at work in the States of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. Of these, but three hundred signed contracts in China ; the remain der are from San Francisco. Besides these there are, perhaps, two thousand five hundred men at work in Tennes see, Alabama and Texas, none of whom contracted in China. There are about four hundred Chinamen in the South who have escaped from coolie servitude in Cuba; and Mr. Koopmanschap has a contract, to be filled early the coming year, for one thousand men to go to Kansas. Blitz Outdone. —in California, when the diggings were paying well, Signor Blitz, visited a gulch, and, before a large audience, exhibited his legerde main. - During the performance, he took out his handkerchief, threw it into the air, caught it again, when he took a twenty dollar piece out of it, asking the boys if they could do that. Old Pete, a “forty-niner,” who had never changed his mining shirt., since he came into the diggings, immediately went upon the platform, took off his" shirt, dipped the tail of it into a bucket of of water, held it up, and rung out $39,50 in gold dust, including 15 pounds of subsoil. Blitz took the next mule train. Protection of the Water Pipes.— Dr. Schwarz, of Breslau, gives a sim ple method whereby water may be run through lead pipes without becoming poisoned. The pipes are filled with warm, concentrated solution of sulphide of potassium or sodium, and left for about fifteen minutes, when an insolu ble sulphide of lead will be formed within, and line the pipe. The hint may be worth something. THE GERMAN EMPIRE. \V li a t German In lon la Costing and How It Is Viewed In Germany. • World’s Berlin Letter It remains for me to explain in what light the German nation views the King’s elevation to the imperial throne. I find that out of Germany the King of Bavaria’s offer is regarded as an expres sion of loyalty and homage, and an in tended reward for an approved under taking, and that the nation is in the same manner supposed to rejoice at seeing King William thus crowned with honors for his popular campaign. This is erroneous. A great party there is, of course, regarding the King's eleva tion as his personal triumph; and there are some who welcome the event as se curing to Prussia the long-desired rule over Germany. But on the whole the matter lies very different. The sover eigns of German States are anxious that King William should assume the imperial title, not as homage to him, but as an excuse for paying him hom age. As King of Prussia he is their equal, to whom it is Inimiliating for them to submit. As Emperor he re vives a constitutional superiority, and, by the offer coming from his fellow princes, even the old form of quasi election is preserved. The former Emperors we're considered as above the Princes; and the traditions of the Em pire are still too well remembered to make submission irksome. The last Emperor abdicated in 1806. and since then many attempts have been made to revive the dignity and office—the latest in 1848, when an Archduke of Austria was elected Regent. As elected Em peror, the ihosv powerless Prince took precedence of his former superiors and equals; the in truth vanquished sover eigns will now pay homage to the King, not as of force, but of choice. The nation, on the other hand, rejoices not so much in the elevation ol King Wi-liam to the higher rank as in the revival of an office that seems at least, and pos sibly promises, to establish a common and general country, the supposed eroundwoik for internal development. It is not the victory of Prussia but the regeneration of Germany that elicits such marks of joy as are exhibited. But, to say the truth, there are very few. Disgust at the frustrated hopes of Ihe South German treaties, and weari less of the horrors of war, damp this joy considerably. The empire still looks more a thing of show than of matter, and perhaps disappointment, at the blessings of unification falling short of what they promised to be, now that union is established, contributes to the discontent. On the other hand, ■while hundreds of thousands are wa ging' war in France, each of whom may fall a prey to fisrht or illness any day; after thousands and tens of thousands have been killed | and mutilated, and sadness andmoum img have found their way into almost 'every German family; while business suffers, agriculture i$ at a stand still, taxes threaten to increase, and no promise of an end is as yet to be dis covered—there is but one event which would produce real, heartfelt and gen eral joy, and that is peace. Newspapers keep up a show of limbtheartedness. but private life and business plainly betray the symptoms of impatience arid weari ness of a war, the first and laudable object of which vanishes more and more out of sight the further the Ger man battalions advance, and that, thus | deprived of its legitimate excuse, and 1 as much of German union being estab lished as can at present be hoped for. appears to be conducted for no end but conquest, which is not worth having in exchange for all the sacrifices it costs. The Coniraander-in-rhlef of the French Army of the North. Louis Leon Cresnr Faidherbe, now Commander-in-Chief of the French i Armv of the North, was born at Lille on the 3d of June, 1818. He was ed i ucated at the eollece in that place, en | tered the polytechnic school in 1838, I then went on to the military school at I Metz, which he left in 1842 with a lien- I tenant's commission in the Ist regiment iof engineers. He served first in Al j Qferia, where lie remained throughout ! 1844 and 1845. Having obtained the rank of captain, he sailed, in 1848, for La Guadaloupe, where he acquired much colonial experience, and became inured to life in the tropics. Having failed in obtaining an appointment at Senegal, he returned to Algeria lin 1850, where he constructed the | outlving fort of Bou-Saada, took part ■in the campaign of Kabylia, under | Gen. Saint-Arnaud, and also in the ex pedition of Gen. Bosquet to the Alger ian highlands. The services he per formed at the time of the disaster which then occurred were rewarded by the Cross of the Legion of Honor. At the end of that year—lßs2—he was, at his reiterated request, sent to Senegal. Here he soon gave proofs ot remarkable administrative ability, and, after two years’ residence, showed srch knowl edge of the needs, the dangers, the economy, and the practical policy of the colony that in 1854 he was made Governor of the French possessions in Senegal. M. Faidherbe now devoted himself to the fulfillment of the task he had so long wished to take in hand— the thorough renovation of the colony. He carried on a successful warfare with the Moors of Furza, but his principal warlike achievement was the struggle he carried on for some time, and over a great extent of territory, with the prophet El-Hadji-Omar, who had conceived the idea of founding a vast Mussulman Empire in Central Africa, and driving out all for eign intruders. He compelled this apostle of Islam to submit in 1860, and left Senegal to command the sub-divis ion of Sidi-bel-Abbes, having been made Lieutenant-Colonel of Enefineers in 1855, and Colonel in 1858. But his absence was soon felt in the colony, his policy was not maintained, his instruc tions were neglected, and everything retrograded. On the 20th of May, 1863, M. Faidherbe, raised to the rank of Brigadier-General, resumed the *eins of government in Senegal. Two years after, his health requiring his return to a less murderous climate, he took the highest command in the sub-division of Bone. M. Faidherbe has written much on the manners, language, and history of the African nations, as well as on the topography, geology and archaeology of the districts thev inhabit. He is a member of the Geographical Societies of Paris, London and Berlin. A Nfw York correspondent writes: The other dav the front door of the New York Tribune office b ad been closed for some porpose. So Horace Greeley wrote on a piece of paper, “Entrance Spruse street, ” and sent it down to the man who does the painting of the bullet ins to be copied. The men studied over Horace’s tracks all the forenoon, and finally in despair, wrote “Editors on a Spree!” and posted it up. The passers-by thought the circumstance was not unu sual; but wonderd whv it should be pos ted up so conspicuously. Prttssivg’s White Wine Yinega a most superb article for table use Ask wayt pure. JJ Alligators. From Llpplncott’a Magazine. Jmst imagine a black, slimv-looking lizard, from ten to twenty feet long, and yon have him exactly. A dirtier, nastier-looking creature can be seen nowhere. He is odoriferous too—the wrong way. Where they are often hunted and much shot at, alligators become very timid and shy, and avoid men instinctively. In wilder parts of the country they are sometimes fierce and troublesome. As they crowd the banks of the rivers travelers have fine sport shooting them, and even boast of killing a good many; indeed, to hear the accounts of the cockneys when they come down the St. Johns’ river, you would expect to find the stream covered with floating carcasses of dead ’iga’tors. But in truth, the creature is very hard to kill ; in three days’ journey on the St. Johns’ I saw some three hundred shots fired, and only one alligator killed outright. He was struck in the eye: his brain was penetrated, and he lay like a log. An other was made very sick by a ball in the neck, and has had a stiff neck ever since. They are not sociable creatures; I have seen hundreds, and never two of them together. Each one of the big fellows will have his own stretch of river-shore or his own fide of a pond, or the whole of it, if a small one, and allow no intrusion by others of his kind. I have often heard the negro steersman call out, “Get your guns; dar’s de place were de big ’gaitor lives;” and there he would b< sure enough monarch of all he surveyed. Alliga tors are tenacious of their rights of ownership. If another trespasses, there is a big fight, generally ending by the stronger eating the weaker. The female piles up in the swamp a mass of mud and leaves for a nest, that the sun’s heat may hatch her eggs. She is then peculiarly savage, and will at tack anything. A friend of mine found one of these nests, and standing on it, employed himself in raking out the eggs and throwing them against a tree, much to the detriment of the young, unhatched alligators, who had not been consulted. There was another party, however, who thought that she had a right to an opinion in the matter, and that was the female alligator. A rustle in the bushes, a rush, and then a big pair of jaws belonging to an eighteen footer, were heard snapping between his legs. She was so mad that she missed her aim. Mv friend is a slow man—T never saw him even walk fast—but on this oc casion he did not wait to apologize; there was then exhibited some of the tallest jumping, tumbling and running ever seen in Florida, or anvwhere else. The female will not allow the male to approach her nest. He has a glutt 'li ons habit of eating all the eggs, thus necessitating her laying more, which she does not like to do. So, whenever she catches him in that neighborhood she thrashes him on general principles —he either has done mischief or intends it; at any rate, he is meddling in do mestic matters and deserves snubbing. I am told that it is really amusing to see the big bully stick his tail between his legs and sneak off, the very image of a hen-pecked pusband, after one of these conjugal scoldings. He is not by any means a model husband; and, al though he takes his thrashing kindly, he revenges himself by watching until the eggs are really hatched, an.' then eats up as many of the causes of the family dispute as he can catch. Young alligators don’t like to know their own father. I heard of but few instances where these creatures have attacked grown men. They are fond of children, and show their attachment to the offspring of other people as they do to their own. In one instance, where a man on horse back was crossing a ford, he was seized by the leg, but when his dog plunged in, the alligator left his leg to take the more delicate morsel. In another in stance, an alligator struck at a mule pulling at a cart,and bit out two spokes from one of the wheels, leaving a tooth sticking in one as a memento of the visit. He hurried off with great speed, on the lookout, I suppose, for a dentist. ’Gaitors like dogs, pigs, and young darkies. The dog is a special favorite. The whine of an alligator is easily mis taken for that of a puppy, and may mislead a young and inexperienced dog. A wise Florida dog will not go boldly down to the water to drink ; he learns by experience after having been eaten once or twice. If the shore is open, he will draw all the aligators to one place by a barking, and tlien scamper off to some other place where the coast is clear; or he will creep down to a moist spot, tail down, body crouched, eyes skinned and ears up, pushing his paws before him slowly to feel the water, lapping it without noise, and then sneaking away again. The alligator has his uses; near every house you find more or less swamp, and in every swamp more or less alliga tor. I heard one lady complain very much because some traveler had killed her alligator. He lived near, and killed snakes, frogs, young wildcats and other varmints; thus he earned his board, and was consequently protected; be sides this, he was useful in preventing young children from straying too far from home. “Order of Old Women.” To parody Juvenal’s hackneyed lino, being men, nothing concerning women is alien to us. We read, therefore, with lively interest, that anew society has been formed in England, called “The Reformed Order of Old Women,” a sort of cross between a burial society and a i convivial club. Some of the rules of j this sisterhood are curious. Its primary i object is declared to be the cultivation of friendship, the pleasure of good company, and the improvement of inor als, and in these respects it is that “every old woman shall cheerfully sub scribe her wit to enliven the meeting, as well as her money to defray the nec essary expenses of the lodge,” which Id like “theSorosis” again. But other by-laws full of painful suggestions fol low. Thus: “ Any sister swearing, or singing any improper song, or giving any improper toast or sentiment, shall be fined three pence.” Moreover, we fear that Betsy Prig and Sairey Gamp must both be among the Odd Sister; if not, why had the society adopted the following rule : “ Any sister entering the lodge-room in a state of intoxication shall be Ikied one shilling; and every visiting sister shall pay two-pence for ale, to be drunk with the lodge ale the same night, and any sister refusing to do so shall be fined one shilling to our own lodge fund. “If they draws the Brighton Tipper, here,” said Mrs. Gamp, “ I takes that ale at night, my love, it being consid ered wakeful by the doctors.” As there is an intimate connection between j wakefulness and the “wit” which every Odd Woman is expected cheer- i fully to “subscribe,” it seems to be i rather an oversight that the constitn- ; tion of this lovely choir does not insist i upon “the Brighton Tipper ”to the i exclusion of every other brew. Reminiscence of La Fayette’s Visit to | This Country. The Washington correspondence of the N. Y. World contains the following: General La Payette arrived in this country in August, 1824, and was met with ovations wherever he went. Con gress gave him a warm welcome, and Mr. Speaker Clay addressed him in his accustomed felicitous style, awakening unbounded enthusiasm. The General’s I response was equally appropriate and 1 happy. Gen. La Favette, after a year’s so- 1 jonm, came to Washington in Septem ber, 1825, to pay his farewell respects to President Adams. The scene at the White House was impressive in the i highest degree. Mr. Adams surpassed ; himself, and brought gushing tears to the eyes of the listeners. How touch ing and truthful his allusion to “belle France,” the home of the illustrious visitor. The General was overwhelmed with gratitude, yet played his part with dignity and grace. General Lafayette was escorted from the Presklent’s house to the national vessel in the Potomac, near the Arsenal, by several volunteer companies—one of , which was commanded by the late Col. W. W. Seaton, one of the editors of the National Intelligencer—and embark ed for France amidst the cheers of the sympathizing multitude. The Mayor of the city, Roger C Weightman, who received General La fayette on his arrival here and accom panied him wherever he went on sight seeing expeditions, is still living, and tells of his accompanying the party on the Brandywine some distance down the Potomac. Another gentleman tells of the General’s first reception in Alex andria, and how he, as a small boy, stood with a long line of his schoolmates, attired in white trowsers and blue i tickets, on one side of the way, while a line of little girls in white dresses and blue sashes stood on the opposite side and repeated alternate lines of poetry. The little girls strewed flowers, and the boys spoke of “the fair strewing flow era for the brave.” An arch was placed on the line of march, as was the case in every city, and on the arch a live American eagle was placed to strike attitudes as natural as was consistent with the means taken to secure the bird in its position. When the dis tinguished visitor passed beneath the arch a canon fired the salute and the eagle took fright and yelled with terror. But the writers of that day were as ready as those of our own time to give to untoward circumstances a fair ap pearance, so the reporter of the period told how, as the hero passed beneath the arch, “the bird of freedom uttered i a note of triumph.” Summary of Congressional Proceedings. Senate, Jan. 4th.—Among the hills intro duced was one to enable honorably discharged soldiers and sailors, their widows "and orphans and children to acquire homesteads on the public lands of the United States.—The bill was passed amendatory of the funding act of 'he last session, authorizing an increase of the issue of five per cent, bonis from S2OO,- j 'tOO.OOO to $500,000,000, and making the inter- I eat on the same pavable quarterly.—Sumner’s ! resolution calling for information on San Do- i naingo matters was adopted without objection. —Some discussion was had on the bill for the 1 relief of Congressmen from importunity in regard to official appointments, but it went over without a vote.—After some further busi ness of secondary importance the Senate ad journed. House —Among the hills offered was one to extend the benefits of the homestead policy to disabled soldiers and sailors, and to widows and orphans and dependent relations of those who died in the service of their countin’. — Wood offered a resolution calling upon the ■ President for all correspondence, papers, Ac.. I relating to San Domingo. This created some i discussion,pending which the House ad journed. Senate, Jan. sth.-—Several hills were intro duced and referred, among which was one for j the appointment of inspectors in the Indian j service. It directs the President to nominate I to the Senate six inspectors of Indian affairs, j who, under direction of the Interior Depart- I ment, and at a salary of $4,000 per annum. | are to visit the Indian tribes and inspect their sanitary, industrial and educational condition j —A bill was patted providing that hereafter nc tax shall be imposed or collected upon anv un -1 distributable sum added to the contingent fund of any insurance company, nor on unearned premiums received for risks assumed.—A reso hit ion was adopted calling for the correspond ence between the State Department and Min ister Motlev, relating to his duties and also to his removal.—The bill for the reimbursement of J. M. Best, of Paducah, Ky., for the de struction of his dwelling house during the war by the Union forces was passed, aPer consid erable discussion. It appropriates $25,000 for the purpose. Adjourned. House.— Gen. Schenck’s resignation of his seat was presented.—Orth, of Indiana, was appointed to fill the vacancy on the committee of Ways and Means, caused by Schenck’s res ignation.—Some time was spent in discussing the resolutions relative to Paraguayan affairs and Minister Washburn, but they went over without a vote.- A bill was passed giving Mr. Scheuck, United States Minister to England, an additional allowance of $2,500 per year fur private amanuenses, rendered necessary on account of Mr. Schenck’s partial disability of h risigbt hand from wounds received in battle Adjourned. House —Jan. 6. — Several unimportant bills were introduced when the House resumed the consideration of the resolutions reported by the Committee on Foreign Affairs in reference to the dispute between Minister Charles A. Washbume and the late Government of Par aguay. After some discussion they were adopted. They declare Rear Admiral S. W. Gordon, in neglecting to aid Mr. Washburne in reaching the government to which he was accredited, failed to discharge his duty as Com mander of the South Atlantic Squadron; that Messrs. Bliss and Masterman were members of the personal suite of Mr. Washbume. a®d , were, therefore, under the law of nations, en titled to the protection of the United States : that the forcible arrest and detention of Messrs. Bliss and Masterman by the govern ment of Paraguay was a violation of the law of nations and a gross insult to the honor and dignity of the United States. They approve the action of the President in with drawing the American Minister, Gen. McMahon, from the government of Paraguay, and de clining to have further diplomatic intercourse with that government, and they declare it to be clearly the duty of the United States naval officers at foreign stations to render all reason able assistance to diplomatic officers of the United States, in the discharge of their duties, and that a refusal or neglect to render such assistance when required, or any discourtesy of such naval officers toward diplomatic officers, shall be a subject of inquiry and pun isment by the Naval Department. Additional resolutions were adopted directing a court of inquiry for the trial of Admirals Gordon and Davis; disapproving of the conduct of Rear Admiral Chas. H. Davis in delaying for an un reasonable time to proceed to the rescue of Messrs. Bliss and Masterman, in accepting their release in the manner and under the circumstances detailed in the testimony, and in receiving, holding and treating them as prisoners; declaring that Admiral Gordon, in negl Acting to aid Mr. Wasbum in reaching tire Government to which he was accredited, failed to discharge bis duties as commander of the South Atlantic Squadron. Adjourned. Senate, January 9th.— A bill was introduced appropriating $25,000 for the completion of the harbor of Duluth, Minn.—The Judiciary Committee reported adversely upon the bill for tire election of Presidential electors and members of Congress by ballot.—The House joint resolution appropriating $2,500 p year for an amanuenis for Minister Schenck, passed.—The correspondence between Minis ter Motley and the state department was pre sented and ordered printed.—The bill relative to mints, the assay office and coinage was dis cussed during the remainder of the session without a vote. After an executive session the Senate adjourned. House.— After the introduction of a large number of hills, Orth asked to suspend the rules and take from the Speaker’s table and pass the Senate joint resolution authorizing the appointment of commissioners in relation to the annexation of Dominica. After con siderable discussion on the subject, and the understanding that the resolutions should re main open for debate until two o’clock to morrow, the motion to suspend the rules was carried, and the resolutions were ta ken up an debated until 5 o’clock, whoa the House ad journed. Summary of Late News. J. R. West was, on the 10th, elected United States Senator by the Louisiana Legislature. Gov. Clayton, of Arkansas, was elected United States Senator, Tuesday, by a vote of 94 against 14. James Kelly, ex-postmaster of New York city, died at his residence at 6 o’clock Tuesday evening. The Missouri River opened at Fort Benton Monday, and is now entirely free from ice at that place. Stephen S. Ward well, for 15 years cashier of the Eagle Ba kof Providence, R. 1., died Tuesday morning, aged 70. The cattle plague excitement has caused some attention at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Cases are reported at Seabrook. Gov. Randolph, of New Jersey, in his message shows that the receipts of the State of New Jersey, for 1870, have been $031,000; disbursements $562,000. Two-thirds of the receipts came from railroad sources. The Farmers’ and Mechanics’ Life Insurance Company of New York has failed, and a receiver has been appoint ed. It is charged with making false entries of business in its books, in or der to show a large amount of business Arthur X. Breed has been arrested on charge of committing the railroad express robbery near Albany, N. Y. The express agent, Halpine, is so low from the effects of his wounds that it is not deemed safe at present to bring Breed before him for identification. John Zook, belonging in Farmington, 111., committed suicide at the City Ho tel, Chicago, Monday evening, by tak ing poison. It appears by the evidence before the coroner’s jury that Zook and his brother wooed the same girl; the brother won the girl, and John had nothing left to live for. The Roman Catholic Church of St. John the Evangelist, located on Fif teenth street, near Fourth avenue, New York, was totally destroyed by fire Tuesday evening. The church was a wooden structure, very old, and the value does not exceed $20,000; insured for $5,000. The organ was worth $25,- 000. On Monday night the through train from New York, which left Baltimore for Washington at 8:30 p. m., was en tered by robbers, who broke into the baggage car, and threw off’ five trunks near the Four Mile House, and after rifling more baggage in the ear, left the train at the Relay House, and went back to secure the trunks. Detectives discovered that no clothing was taken, the object seeming to be to secure valu ables. One gentleman had $2,500 worth of diamonds in the car, which the thieves did not succeed in getting. No clue to the robbers has been dis covered. FOREIGN. The Right Hon. Wm. Monsell, Mem ber of the British Patliament, from Limerick county, has offered the Pope a residence on his estate in Ireland. The second instalment of the German loan has been taken up by contractors at an advance. A u Boston (iirl ” and the War in France. A curious but interesting story is | told by the Washington Patriot, a jour nal edited by Mr. Harvey, lately Min ister to Portugal, a gentleman likely to be well informed upon the intrigues of Peninsular politics. The Patriot says that for a longtime j negotiations were going on for placing I upon the throne of Spain Dom Fernan do, the father of the King of Portugal, i Dom Fernando was flic widower of i Donna Maria 11., and had married af terwards an American lady, Miss Heus ler, at the time connected with the Grand Opera at Lisbon. Alisa Hensler was a native of Boston, who had stud ied music in Italy, and achieved some success on the operatic stage, while the charms of her person and the graces of her character were universally admired. Before her marriage with Don Fernando, the Duke of Saxe-Co bnrg had created her Countess d’Edla, and her position was one in every way calculated to ensure her happiness. I But Prim and the Spanish Cortes were I unwilling to receive her as Queen Con- I sort of Spain, and as the gallant old Fernando made this a sine qua non, the I negotiations fell through, and the throne was offered to the Prince of 1 Hohenzollem. Then came the war Such is the romantic story, from I which the Patriot thinks it clear that the war resulted from “the unsatisfied ambition of a Boston girl.’ Post hoc \ is not always propter hoc. There never I yet was a war which was not traced up j by some marvel-monger to a frivolous : and remote cause. Sever, the cook, ; used always to declare that the war in | the Crimea would never have occured but for a headache of some great lady residing in one of the embassies in Constantinople. Scyer had cooked a dinner for Lord Stratford dc Redcliffe, which was designed to compose all the troubles between Russia and the west ern powers. The soups were soothing, there were pates cl la pacification and conciliatory croquettes, and the entente cordinlc was to pervade and character ize the whole menu down to the Maraschino; but the fine lady had the headache, the dinner was postponed, and the end was Sabastopol. History is every repeating itself, and secret history most of ail.—.V. Y. Post. “ Magna est beer et prrvalcbiV should be the motto of the Bavarian army. Made is a miserable stimulus to these brave fellows compared to the ncentive of “ along drink.” “Look here, my lads,” said a major to his men, “ it is now 9 ; at 12 we’ll tap anew bar rel at Weisenbonrg. ” There was no re sisting men with this in prospeet, and the barrel was broached at the appoint ed hour. A happy youth in Connecticut has three living grandfathers and six living grandmothers, making nine grandpa rents. His grandfather, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother are living in the same family. Next door live his grandfather, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and within a mile live his great-grand father, and a third great-grandmother. Chapped hands, face, rough skin, pimples, ringworm, salt-rheum, and other cutaneous affections, cured, and the skin made soft and smooth, by using the Juniper Tar Soap, made by Cas well, Hazard & Cos., New York. It is more convenient and easily applied than other remedies, avoiding the trouble of the greasy compounds now in use. The assets of the Mutual Life Insur ance Company of Chicago, on security invested in bonds and mortgages first lien upon real estate, and in United States bonds and securities, in accord ance with the laws of Illinois. Life Insurance has the great advan tage of providing money for immediate use, for the benefit of a family or to pay debts. Take a policy in the W ashington Lite.