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VOL. I.?NO. 2. 3EAUFORT, S. 0., DECEMBER 2, 1874. $2.00 PER ANNUM. W. ... '.fv ' - " ' The Home Ileart. The babe that nestled in my arms coos for m< but in dreams ; The prattler crowned with golden ourls lives but in memory's gleams ; What marvel, then, that loving fear blende with the pride and joy That watches, on his manhood's verge, the bold and bonny boy ? The happy Btnile of infancy still wreathes hie rosy lips. The fearless light of childhood's eyes knows nothing of oolipso ; But firmer tread and Btronger clasp attest the rolling years, While growing, daring thought and will awake the woman, fears. My son, a wleor hand than mine will shapo the onward way, A greatov Tower soothe thy night and guide thee through the day. ?* _ So, in a patient impotence, I Btrivo to stand apart, "Only praying, for thy father's sake, oh, koep tho frank homo heart! Keop tho pure unstinted charity, tho trust in all things fair, Tho hope that mid each earthly cloud still feels tho sunshine there ; The faith in goodness, love, and truth, that, spite of fault and fall, Looks on the bright world God has made, and owns His touch on all. So shall tho light fool spring unharmed along tho perilous path, So shall tho bravo hand clasp and keep the one immortal wreath. By tho yearning of tho lonely life, whoso chief eat joy thou arl, Ob, darling of ou.r severed lives, keop still th< fresh b',mo heart! TIIE BASKET OF FLOWERS. I wondered what peoaliar taste could have induced either the designers or decoratora r.* Ah.- craft to 1. .iv cl ipped such a preposterous Ihing a.s a flower Laaket on the stern of iliat ship. I was neater! on a dock mar Hunter's Point watching the ioaUin.. of a petroleum vessel?a uaerr, old-fashioned bark. Hi d tl ? i>'.'or b kipper any floral proclivities ? Perliups some practical band in a ship-yard?a master in the art of hooking figure beads of dolphins <or cornncopias all out of solid oak? some one who might have beeh a Tlioruw*l<lwn but fur the want ol opportunity, had eliminated that flower basket from his inner consciousness. Just as likely it might have been the production, so far as the poetical conception of it went, of some captain through whose composition there ran a latent vein of romance. Who oould 1...1 11.-A. i * 1011 uuii iuiu in years long gone Dy tutwoman tho captaiu had loved had beeu associated with a basket of flowers ? So he might have gone straight to the ship-yard, all aglow, inspired for the moment, and iu a cheery voice said, " Here, onrpenter, cut me out a basket of flowers. Do it good. I ain't particular about the kind of flowers, so that there is plenty of them, and that the basket is all right. Put two handles on the basket." And so to work fifty years ago went the carpenter, who had followed the sea in his younger days, aud the artist, with adzo and gouge in hand, had possibly got into a quandary over tho job, for quite likely he was more familiar with tangled seaweed than with the primmer garden flowers. So in great mental travail he must havo solved the que-tiou by taking as a pattern his mother's oldfashioned sampler, on which in crossflf.i fnlt U'o a rltminfuil a ^ ?I?*W ( UV/Jk(tl UUUlIU^j and copied it all out in wood and stuck it on the stern of that vessel, and felt batisficd with it, though a stifTer or moro impossible flower basket never was made. Undoubtedly onoe it was colored with hues as bright and varied as a rainbow, and shown out resplendantly as the ship's stern and was raflooted in summer seas, and was the envy of other skippers. Bat when I saw it all its bloom was gone, for it had been painted all over a glaring yellow, and was as ugly as sin. Ornamenting the stern of a petroleum ship, odorous with the most villainous of smells, that poor old flower basket seemed horribly out of plaee. "Captain, sir?" I made bold to say iu u man in me ciocn, wno was giving Bome instructions as to the moorings of tho vessel. | i" JuBt so, sir," was the reply of a fine, hearty-looking man. " Here, Mr. Matliias"?this was lo a person evidently the mate?"have this hawser eased. Take out the double hitch, and don't jam the knot. It's too tight. It wonld take as much as flvo minutes to unreeve that kuot; ain't you got ?a6e enough to know that when you are taking on board this kind of dangerous stuff, alongside of the factory as makes it, the whole place is just as likely as not to be on Are any minute? Tell that hand forard at tho fall to watch the capstan and them spiles here, and to loosen the hawser with the tide. Hhe can't chafe much. It ain't a bad plan I to have an ax, and a sharp one, always ady, so that a fellow can out hit luoky and run. Capt. Billy Magrude Baved hi3 brig a year and a half ago, a ' this very dock, from being bnrned up because he had a carpenter's hatchc 1 handy. You was wanting me, but?' said tho captain. "What can I do foi 1 you ?" " Only this,'* I replied ; ' I am verj ? little nautical, and my experience doei not go beyond yachting ; but I havo, 1 ( think, a kind of memory for ships. ' Did I not see this ship at New Bedford; she was then in tho whaling businest ! some years ago ?" " Exactly so, sir. You are right. 1 Maybe you found her out by the carving on her Btern. She is a queer old i craft, built as they only built 'em fifty years ago. She has been kept up, though, all thetiino right through, and the oil is so soaked into her timbers that there is no rot in her. For nigh on to thirty years she pitched and I tumbled On the Paeiflo ?n<1 nmnir o whale she has hail alongside of her, and tried out, and if all the money she has arned was in my pocket or in yourn, or only halved between us, why, I, for one, make bold to say that I wouldn't be here stowing away coal-oil. The petroleum business is a kind of resting place for old-fashioned ships. It used to be the lumber trade, but now lots of the old stagers go into ooal-oil." " It is, then, a kind of cliarnel-houso for decayed vessels ?" " Well, that's it, pretty much. 1 Beed you looking at her stern. It's a real nice bit of work that carving. Them flowers is all buttercups and oowslips and sunflowers now from their color. Thero is a queer yarn about , this here ship which I don't mind telling. I* am fresh in her, that is to say, it will be a year this coming February sinoo I took hold of her. I ain't hud much luck, that is for my time of life, and had hoped at my age to be something more than captain of an oil-craft; but luck is everything. Now, we seafaring men keep the run somehow of all the ships and the stories about 'em. You see, some shipB bring luck and others don't. I've known a ship that moBtly always made money for her owners, but alw'ays killed her captains. I knowed one bark that made every Bkipper as sailed her take to drink. Yeu see, the story about this ship I got from the man as sailed her before me ; and during her whole life she ain't hud but Ave men to handle her, and four of 'em, of which I am one, has been on her during the lust ten years. Afore that, for nigh on to forty years, only one man sailed her. Before the keol of this ship was laid, thero was a seafaring man as sailed out of Maine. That man struck salt water nirly, and hadn't no education when lie was vmini; but lots of pluck. la tliem days, fifty year ago, passengers used to tako the regular liners from 'Boston or New York and go to Charleston. That sailor man was before the mast. He was a handsome, civil kind of a fellow, and was learning his dnty fast. There came once aboard the brig he was on, which was a Charleston liner?one of them big Boston bugs?one of them aristocrats of the old time?with a sick daughter, his only che-ild." My captain, I saw here, was inclined to bo melodramatic, as he insisted on this peculiar, eccentrio subdivision of a single syllable. "The v'yage was a long one, and Jack's duty it was to go down below and hand that young miss on deck, and put her like a frostbitten flower in the snn, for they thought she was dying. Now this rich man's cheild didn't care a brass larden for Jaok, but Jack, who was an ass, cared for her. When they got South, Jack put the lady in her carriage at Charleston, and bid her good-bye, and didn't say nothing more. That rich man's cheild camo pretty near dying in Charleston, and Jack kept calling every day, with the captain's compliments, so he said, to see how sho was getting on ; but they wasn't the captain's compliments, but his own. She didn't get any better or much worse, but kept baoking and tilling. When it got to be time for Jack's brig to go home, the girl's fathor he came in person on board to thank the old man for his civility in sending so often to make inquiries about his daughter. Now, this made the captain stare, for the old skipper, after he had dumped the party on the Charleston wharf, had no more thought about 'em than of an odd cask of nails. 80 the story got about the ship, and the orew ran poor Jack about it, as shipmates will, until Jack got moBt wild. But they knowed Jack didn't allow much chaffing, so after a regular knock-down or so, they let Jack alone. Jack stayed by that brig all that winter, she going regularly on her trips, and he findiug out how the young woman was making out. She stayed South most a year, and then Jack learnt she was coming home in another vessel. What does he do but leaves his own craft and ships in the other one, und comob home with the young womau. Jack hod brushed up mighty in tko twelvemonth, though ho wasn't nothing more than a sailor. The father didn't know him no more than you could tell one link of a ohain cable from anothor, hnf. Ilia <1 oncrlifr.Ar T ^iovamnmKn* exactly how the yarn goes on here, but as sure as yon aro born the rioh man's daughter and Jack got to lore one another unbeknownst to the father. M Now, fifty years ago a man that commanded a ship wasn't thought no mean shakes of. Now-a-days he is mighty low down, and ain't considered as muoh account as a hpad waiter in a dining-saloon. It was agreed between 'em that Jack should tight it through i and get a ship, and that then, if the old i man didn't agree to it, they would loot > out for themselves. Bo he did, and he r wuit to South America round the Horn t anl was gono three years, and oomo , ba?k second mate. Then he went to t Chna, and had no end of luck. Ilir. ' captain and first mate died on board t theship, as did a good many of the crev, and Jack br; tight the vessel into r Boson most by himself, and was made i eaptein and had all kinds of favors [ shovn him. You see, sir, I have been thiid mato more nor once on a long ; v'yige, but sotueho w or other no such i luor never come to me. Well, Jack ha< broncht from fihinsi r r.nrionn kinrl of 3asket for bis true-love, and bad male a regular hot-house of bis ship witi queer kinds of China plants, whoh wasn't common in them days in lh( United States. So now, as captain, lie made bold to givo the basket to her, nul they both weuf to the old man and toll their stories. 4 No, sir, ho couldn't th nk of it. What, givo his choild to oib of them no-account Bhip captains ? Nit if he kuow'd himself.' Well, at last it was fixed up that Captain Jack slould make another v'yago, and then, i: she would have him, they should be narried. That was all the old man vould do, and them hard lines was tgreed to. Captain Jack had a new ship a-building for kirn, for the China :radc, as you know, was just busting in :liem days, and ho wanted his owners to let him oall his ship after his sweetheart's namo, but the old man wouldn't let him. So says she to him one day : ' My dear lovo, in remembrance of mo, you'll have that basket of flowers put on your ship, and just while your ship I floats I'll never forget you, nor must you forget me.' My wife, air, as is at Bridgeport, has got that part into rhyme, something about 4 your heart smoats,' and 4 the ship she floats,' but I never was good on poetry, and just as likely havn't got the hang of it. The ship was launched, and that there identi/tu 1 l\n olr lit vtron /latwtAil am/1 ?t viva* womxkjv n it a v/uit .u auu pun uu nci. It ain't stuck on, sir, but is cut right out of tlio timber, so as to be everlasting. " Oh, he come back, sir ; but not at the end of thrco years, nor in his own ship. In Munila he took the fever, aud was left for dead, and she, the rich man's cheild, was made to believe that her sailor lover was gone, or didn't care for her, so after awhile she married another fellow. I never heard she was unhappy. My wife says ah? was ; but, then, women, you know, sir, has such strange ideas on them subjects. Jaok took to his ship again, and the old wooden basket of flowers, carved and painted on the stern of his vessel, was all that remained of his true love, and they do say, no matter how rnsty his old craft became, whether ont at sea or in port, he used to have them old flowers kept in a regular blaze and bloom of glory. He was a mighty restless old fellow, aud never staid a day ashore, always lived on ship board, and a-going all the time. Whaling he took np some time in 1840, aud kept it Tip for a long time, a-living in the ice, maybe a-trying to freeze the love out of him. Ho died mighty rioh, and singularly crusty aud cranky, a matter of eight year ago in Maine, where he was born. The yarn is a true one. because I heard tell how in his will he left some of his money to tho woman he had loved onoe, beoauso times had changed, and she and her family had tinnt* flnma #1/% uo*i fluif man's daughter and her family had been supported by that old whaling captain for years. So, you see, he didn't bear no malice. This old craft never was cxaotly unlucky, and that old basket of flowers has hung to her so long that I ain't going to have it taken off while I sail hor. Guess them flowers has been a good deal patched up since they was first put on hor, as may be my story, though, saving the soft parts, which I can't work in like my wifo can, it's pretty muoh as I havo been telling it to you. I am going to keep that old flower-basket fresh, mind I toll you, no matter what yellow ochre does cost a pound. No, sir ; no ghosts ; not even a rat; petroleum is pison on rats. Wo are for Trieste. Rates mighty poor?4s. 3d. a barrel. It may be a matter of seventy-five days before I get there. She is steady, sir, though she can't be said to bo fast. No objections to your writing it out. I might like you to send the story to ray folks at Bridgeport, only my wife will be euro to tell me I have left out all the nicest parts. Women are so queer, yon know, and spin things out so." How He Hot *100,000. An item of mncb historical interest is contained in the account of the es tato of Robert Roberts, of Medfield, presented in the Probato Court of Dedham, Mass. It seems that the father of Robert Roberts, whoso account lias just been filed, was captain of an American vessel, and during the first French revolution, when Robespierre was in power, called at a French port. While there e wealthy Frenchman, who had gained the hostility of tho government, secured a passage on Captain Roberts' vessel and plaoed the sum of $100,000 in gold in the cabin. Pre vious to tho sailing of the vessel the government arrested the intended fngii tire and beheaded him. Captain Roberts, fearing he would get into trouble and perhaps lose his head, immediately set sail from the port, and, upon arrivi ing at home, left the dangers of the i deep and invested the $100,000 in the l Massachusetts Hospital Life Insuranoe i Company. A number of heirs laid l olaim to the money at the decease ol i the son, but the oonrt has aoknowl; edged the present holder tho rightful > heir. REVIVAL OF BUSINESS. 1 | the UronDitiwell of a. Kreeh Start In pen? Comuierclal Activity. Although nearly one-half of the Qe period assigned for the short-time Pens movement in the New England cotton mittt mills has now elapsed, says the United tary States Economist, it is yet too soon to 5,758 determine with the requisite accuraoy pens: the effects of the movement on the annu trade. But that the movement at the of 8, time was a salutary one cannot be incre doubted. It imparted confidence to of $-1 the trade, and at least temporarily from averted the downwarn tendency which 105, threatened such grave results. At tho of re* i present time prices aro by no means lid j | settled, aud judging by recent develop- annu j monts it is not improbable that a general revision of the entire list may take ? place. Bat the general tone of tb6 market is decidedly improvod, and there TTCre is a bustlo and activity apparent which on are in marked oontrast with the stagna- ^ tion of a few weeks ago. The improve- mcre ment is still more marked in prints and was dress goods, owing, it is probable, to ?* P' the active demand that has ^set in for the retail trade, the requirements for w^?" which are likely to be much heavier a^OTP than were deemed either probable or possible a short time Binoe. The gen- PenB1 eral feeling now is that we shall have a afc ai large and active winter trade, especially if the season should chance to be an ro^ 0 open one. In confirmation of the im- namG proved tone of the dry goods trade of ^50,1 New York oity the news from the mann- there factoring districts is unexpectedly an<* c favorable. The short-time movement a^ an in the cotton trade appears to havo al- 195.5 ready reached the turning point. 4,572 Several mills which went on two-third sions time have resumed full work ; others are preparing to do eo. Now, this movement is chiefly important as illus- On trating the improved feeling and is by 551 3 no means on a scale to warrant expectations of important changes. * aBut from the West the news is more ?^eas decided of coming activity. At Chi- P.e cago, St. Louis, Louisville and Oinoin- o nati there is an active demand for money . for business purposes. The erain trade ?iune appears to have received a new impulse, &187 the receipts and deliveries one weeli r~ ..1 recently reaching to something near the iignres at corresponding periods in tue r former years. But the chief cause of the present activity appears to be the requirements of the pork trade. This will liberate a very largo amount of money, which will be distributed ali _er over the West in payment of hogs. . j The farmers who, from whatever cause, . held back their grain, will now bo in a dec_ position to realize on stock, and will bo . in a position to settle up their old store e<^C bills and make now purchases. a The South is harvesting her cotton llIU< crop with an activity whioh shows that ' the granger polioy of holding back ***. produco for higher prices has made Pqic very little headway in that part of the ?> * country. The proceeds are put into "eat immediate general circulation ; and al- * ( though, owing to causes which are a ra disgrace to our country, they no longer widc flow back in a stream of wealth to the m. North, yet the money received for the fiirtSS crop is devoted to the wiping out of in- n-ig c dividual and looal indebtedness. Even at present prices planters receive a Z: good profit. * The general outlook, then, is not un- * favorable. It is true there is nothing particularly bright or attractive in the immediate future, bnt at the same time pe there is nothing particularly depressing jnva] All our iudnstrial interests, without exception, are in a sound condition,and this encomium could perhaps now be jnVft| more truthfully applied to the general ijr-n. finances of the country than at any ' ' former period in our hiBtory. wido How to Manage Her. reas( A man named Taddles, in Virginia, bou> has got his wife in proper subjection, p, and moans to keep her so. "Oh," ty la says he, in tolling about it, " there runti ain't many who know how to rule a The wife properly. Now, my old svoman is one of the bost-natured women in tho ^ world, but she's got a deuce of a tern- pii0fl por. Whenever I see she's got her mim madness up, if it's a dozen times a day, ing 1 just quietly say nothing, but rather pond humor her, and she oomos around all 8crni right after a while. Even when sho jowa throws thincs at me or oivn? n noilr! 1 u- o ? UX1HI dash at me with the broom or rolling- of CJi pin, I just dodgo a little, and she never been hits me a third time before 1 get my cienl eyes on her, and let her know I disapprove of such actions on her part. Perhaps I have to leave the Loubo to wibto show her this, but she sees the point, of tl Then, by being careful not to irritate be P her, and letting her have her own way, ing I manage make her do as I please. And bom > you bet I make her understand and appreciate my discipline. Oh, I keep Ai , her under perfect control I A man a po has, you know, got to be master in his w own house, or your wife will ride you thirt > down as if yon wasn't nobody. My robt p wife's a perfect angel in her natural ter v disposition, but any other man but me repli , would spoil her." the < I has > The best shot ever heard of has been foun I made in Calais, Maine, where a gentle- the i ! man fired, in midnight darkness, at the mid bark of a dog, and the next morning will 1 touad the animal dead, the V1 t h sv- be it i ing hi;, him in the throat ; and UNITED STATES PENSIONS. Ion tloll of the Army and Itavjr < of the War ot IRIS. n. J. H. Baker, Oommissioner of j ions of the United States, has subid his annual repoit to the Secre- ] of the Interior. During the year, 1 new applications for army invalid 1 ions were allowed, at an aggregate 1 al rate of $39,332.50; the pensions 063 pensioners of this olass were j a sod at an aggregate annual rate 116,257 50 ; the losses to this roll j death and other causes were 3,- < whose pensions, with the amount duction of the rates of other inva- 1 pensions, aggregated 8377,452.55 < ally. 1 THE ARMY PENSION ROLL. | the 30th of June, 1874, there 102,457 army invalid pensioners 1 le roll. The aggregate annual pay ' lis olass was $10,058,377.54. The 1 ase in the number of this olass ] 2,653, and the aggregate inorease ?nsions was $431,137.45. During year, 3,051 new pensions for army 1 urn nnd dariATiiIcnt vAlafivaa urara t ed, at an aggregate annual rate of 433, and the pensions of 12,932 ] [oners of this class were inoreased | 1 aggregate annaal rate of $408,- i 2. There were stricken from the >f this class of pensioners, 7,623 1 s, whose pensions aggregated $1,- 1 13.05. On the 30th of June, 1874, 1 were on the roll of army widows ' lependent relatives, 107,016 names, j aggregate annual rate of $13,637,- , 6, tho dcorease for the year being ^ names, and the deorease of pen- < of this class being $424,568.08. THE NAVY PENSION ROM/. J the 30th of June there were 1,- i navy invalid pensioners, at an ag- l .i- onnnnl ? * A1 /?rt iArt *_ 1 tw P.dhu^I rate ui m- J o in tho year of 121 in the number ' nsioners, and $18,954 25 in the an- J rate of pensions of this class; On 0th of Juno there were 1,785 pen- 1 >rs on the navy roll of widows and < ndent relatives, at a total rate of < 534, an increase for the year of 15 1 e number of names, and $6,984 in ] ate of pensions. i THE VETERANS OF 1812. , e names of 571 new pensioners added to the roll of survivors of no,. n# 1Q1<> on/1 1 _1 VTA AUAM, nuu X,MA I Ui VUIO U1MO I lost by death, leaving on the 30th me, 17,020 pensioners of this class total annual rate of 81,691,520?a ;ase for the year of 646 in the num>f pensioners, and $62,016 in the of pensions of this olass. The js of 813 widows of soldiers of the of 1812 were added to the roll, and were kmt by death during that >d, leaving on the 30th of Jane, 5 pensioners of this olass?an inle for the year of 259 in the num>f pensioners, and $21,864 in the of pensions. >WS OF REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS, io total number of pensioners of all es on the 30th of June, 1874, was 541, a decrease of 2,170 during the ; th > aggregate annual rate of peni of all classes on June 30th was154,071.10, a decrease from the preig year of $5,645.13. The roll oon i the names ?f 410 widows of soli in the Revolutionary war. rtain specific increases allowed to id pensioners, by lawn passed at last session of Congress, and the ly inorease in the number on the lid pension roll will, probably, ; the disbursements to invalids for present fiscal year up to those of year ; but in the payments to ws, minors, &c., a red notion may >nably be expeoted. rTY LAND WARRANTS AND CLAIMS. iring the year, 234 claims for bounnd warrants wore allowed, the wari calling for 35,640 acres of land. , number of applications for bonnty , 9 received daring the year were There are now tipon the snspendiles of the offioe nearly 100,0(X) ap- i itions for bounty lands. Of this ! her 350 cases were prosecuted dnrtlie year. The existence of sus- , led claims is a temptation to unpnlons agents to fabricate testiy, with a view of obtaining the since of claims not admissible upon ,ing known evidence. The last act ongress granting bounty lands has i in force for twenty years, a suffib time for all those who are entitled s benefits to avail themselves of its isions. It would, therefore, in the ion of the Commissioner, be oonnt with justice, and for the interest 10 Government, that a limit should ut by Congress to the period durwhich the various acts granting aty lands shall oontinne in force. jottt the Butter.?After buying und of butter of a Detroit grocer, oman indignantly remarked that iy-seven cents per pound was sheer ery, and she couldn't see how butras so high. "I'll explain,madam," ed the bland grocer. "Yon see exceeding parchednees of verdure resulted in a dearth of lacteal dation for butter, and not until atmosphere is rendered more huby some astronomical procedure the supply of oleaginous matter icreaf" ?." Bhepondered a while; weut oit feeling much letter. Items of Interest. The last thing a man should be oat i>f?Temper. To keep eggs through the winter? Don't eat them. A oorn-eztraotor that has never been patented?The crow. 1 Advertising costs money." So does store rent; so do all good and useful things. " Where is ' parts unknown ?'" asks a correspondent. "Where they don't advertise." Don't tell an editor how to run n newspaper. Let the poor fool flud it out himself. Performances in the Japanese theaters begin at siz o'clook in the morning ind olose at nine at night Glory iB well enough for a sioh man, but it is of very little oonseqqenoe to a poor man with a large family. 4 " I was very near selling pay boots the other day," said Joe to a friend. " How so ?" " I had them hhlf-soled." iVouldst thou be a rebel? Coma",Sebel then, For an experiment against thy heart! 3aet thon nevor been a rarer 7 well, then, Bale thyself, O man, whoe'er thou art. A Frenchman intending- Ao oomplinent a young lady bj. oal&US *-er tt jontle lamb, said : " She is <K)6 mutton is is small. An Englishman has 'just bought at Bordeaux, for $1,800 francs,'three bot;les of Medoo wine, of the-year 171)3? |120 a bottle. . >yi WWW v i * as w _ m l _ M we snail nan me a ay oi ^omaie ?uifrage, for then the monotony of seeing a rooster at' the head of every victorious aewspaper will be relieved 'by the occasional intersparsion of a hen. Without any desire to bragi the Detroit Free Press points to a ^Jichigan mnflower nineteen feet high, and reipectfully inquires after the health of >ther sunflowers around the cfofantry. Two ladies oanghi small-pox from rearing dresses which they had hired to go to a ball in, London. One died, ind the other brought suit against the proprietor of the costutoe-snop. The iatter at gues that he did not'irent the lis ease. The lady took it without his permission. Oase still on. r Twenty barrels entered as " salt meat " and " Australian beef " were seized at Portsmouth, England, and in each barrel was found the corpse of a lull grown negro. They reached England from the United States and were intended for disseotion in London ; but who sent them, and where did the sender get them ? The main features of a new plan, on trial in the British navy, for raising sunken ships are olosing hermetically the hatches and all openings in the upper parts and pumping down air. The air thus introduced rises toward the under side of the deck, and, not being able to escape, presses the water down and ont through the holes made in the ship's bottom. The vessel by this means will be rendered buoyant and rise to the surface. ?/ Suffering In Nebraska. ri.i \t a tr tv yi tt a a i ? i/ui. 11. a. iu. j^uuiey, u. o. a., uub, at the instance of General Ord, commanding the Department of the Platte, made a careful inspection of those counties in Nebraska that were visited by grasshoppers. He his just submitted an elaborate report which contains by alljadds the best statement of facts in regard to the scourge that has been made. Oolonel Dudley rode from house to house, accompanied by eoucr iers, and aoquired his information personally and at first hands. In Bed Willow oounty he found many houses abandoned, and the settlers who remained had only ten or fifteen days' provisions on hand. They informed Colonel Dndley also that tyej did not know where a further supply pould be obtained. The grasshoppers have left their fields bare, the buffalo, hAve gone to distant pastures abdut the head waters of the Bepubncan, far beyond the reach of thetto pobFpfe&ple, and their domestic animals atorbtnoed to mere skeletons. A thorongh oanvass showed that there are G#4?pflrsona in Bed Willow oonnty who aanskhave help within ten days. In Furnas oonnty, substantially the same deplorable state of affairs was found. Many settlers had left, but others oonld not get away. The settlers on the Sappa itnd the Be. ver were brought together by couriers to meet Colonel Dudley at Arapahoe. There are 9,800 people in Fornas connty. One-fifth will require aid in thirty days, and the number will be increased, so that full three-fourths will have to be supported beforq spring. Many instanoesof actual present suffer- . ing are mentioned. Htfrian'oounty has many suffering families already. Meetings held in the interests of relief were attended by men whose wives and children were " absolutely without food." Colonel Dndley gives the -fadts in a precise manner, oy precincts, ana tney all bear the same oomplexion. The same is true of Gosper county. The following is quoted from Oolonel Dudley's report: "Great suffering exists in all fire of these extensive frontier counties to a fearful extent. The settlers are, in most instances, scattered ever a large extent of country, a large portion of them living far up numerous streams flowing into the Republican. If the winter should be as severe ss thai of 1*70-71, and deep snows fall, beyond a ;Sn doubt hundreds will starve."