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' VOL: L--NO. 14. BEAUFORT. 8. C., FEBRUARY 24, 1875. $2.00 PER ANNUM.
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The Paradox of Time.
Time goeB, you say ? All no!
Alas, time stays, wo go ;
Or else, woro thin not so.
What need to chain the hours,
r For youth were always ours?
Time goes, you say??ah no !
Cure is the eyes' deceit
Of men whoso flying feet
I,esd through some landscape low;
We {Ass, and think wo seo
The earth's fixed surface flee ;
Alas, time itats-^-we go!
Once in the days of old,
Your locks wero curling gold.
And mino had shamed the crow;
Now, in the eolfsamo stage,
We*vo reached the silver age ;
Time goes, you say??ah no !
Ouce, when my voico was strong,
I filled tho woods with song,
To praise your ' rose "and "snow;"
My bird, that sung, is doad ;
WhcJ'o are your rosea fled?
Aja?, tunc stays ?we go ! r
Moo, in what travorsed ways,
What backward fate delays, *
The hopes we uktfd to know ;
Wbero are ovir old desires? j
Ah, where thpso vanished fires ? ^
Time goes, you say??ah no ! t
How far, how far, O sweet,
The past behind our feet ^
Lies in the even-glow !
No.w, On the forward way,
Let us fold hands and pray ; D
Alas, time etays?we go ! .
. v
Up in a grout warehouse, six high *
storms above the ground, and everywhere T
about me wool?bales upon bales of
wool, which we had been craning up all ^
day, ami in at tho open door. Floors n
and floor.* beneath stowed with jute and
dyewoods, teas, coffees, spices, tobaccos;
and, lowest of all, tallows in huge hogs- ^
heads. Rid lies from all parts of the
world lying on hand, and wuiting tho R
finish of the commercial enterprise j
which should consign them to traders, ^
and then to the people of a busy country
"Wliat's tho matter with Jock ^
Wood 7" said one of tho men in thenfter- (noou.
i . . . . J
But, excepting thnt he looked a little
wild about tlio eyes, I didn't see anything
more about him than might often 8
be seeu in men who drink heavily at n
times; and so I said. But at lost, to- E
wards evening, when I was longing to
get away homo to spend my evening u
comfortably, I was left olono upon that t
floor with him, and felt a bit startled to
see him go ull at once to the open door ?
where tho crane landed tlio bales, and p
cut some strange capers, like a man g
going to dive off a board into the sea. -y
Putting down my work, which was
getting ready two or three burst bales j,
for the hydraulic press, so that they
might bo tied up again, I slipped quietly n
up behind him, and laid my hand upon
his shoulder, when, with a yell, ho Q
shrieked out:
"Devil! devil! devil!" ^
And the next moment, by the light of u
the gas of that foggy winter's afternoon, ?
we two were wrestling and lighting to- j
gather, within a few feet of the door, out ^
... , ?f which. wo should have fallen clear a ^
hundred feet upon the stones of the }
wharf below.
I shoidd have shouted, but all power a
of speech seomed taken away, as locked ft
together we wrestled here. and there, ft
while his hot breath hissed against my j
cheek, and I could look close into his
wild, glowering eyes as, Hushing with
xago, ho bore me nearer and nearer to *
the doorway.- - ' IP
Used as 1 was at all times to standing ; v
a - il- - - i ' *
*;judu iu mu t-cigo ana receiving bales V*
and packages, I could lean over usually
without a shudder; but now, with this u
madman slowly forcing mo back towards
the certain death, I could feel the f
cold sweat standing upon my face, and (j
trembled so with dread that my resist- ^
auoo became feebler iuui faobler; and as ^
a last rcaoAi'do 1 ttmutged to get my leg c
between my opponent's, afid tripped fi
him, when we fell heavily.
Fortunately for mo my enemy was nn- y
dermost, and tlio force with which his .
head canio against the wareliouso floor 11
partly stunned him, so that I shook myself
free, and turned and fled toward the a
stairs. But the next moment I thought ?
of the open doorway, and the state the y
poor fellow was in, so I turned back to ^
lock it, and so insure that lie did not I
come by his death by falling oHt beforo ^
I could get assistance. t
My hand was 011 the door, but I could ^
not close it, for Wood lay in tho way; d
and shuddering nt how near he lay to t
the golf,'I Bto#pcd to drafohim on one
aide, w hon tnvstarted tip ?md seized mo 't
"To beat up his hands, and turn and t
fleo down betwoen the piled-up bales was a
tho work of an instant, wlnlo roaring a
with rage I could hear him tearing aftor t
me. n
Tho stairs wero pretty close, but as I t
ran round tho end of tho bales I found a
the door closod, and had to dart past to v
avoid being caught; when I turned down s
another opening lietwoen thi packages, il
and ran panting on, s
Vast as the lloor was, there was pas- j a
sago after passage between tho wool, v
which wan piled up eight or nine feet ; o
high, and I tore on in the hope of so far j fi
distancing my pursuer tlint I could dart j
through the stair-door, fasten it after me, a
and co esoapo or summon as <istanee. ! e,
On and on I ran, now getting ahead, and I t:
now with the panting breath close to my i n
shoulder, so that I expected every mo-1 g
l .
116nt to feel a savnge hand laid upon m<
;o drag me down. At last life* got s<
lear that his hand brushed me; but, witl
i yell of horror, I leaped forward aguiu
lodged round a corner, ran down i
ihort passage, and again on, past pillar
ind piles, when turning round I fount
hat I was aloue; and hurrying to abou
ho oenter of the narrow passage, be
.ween the high walls, I leaned ugains
he side panting and breathless.
44 Now, if I coulir but reach the dooi
vliilehe was at the other end," I thought
41 should be safeand I kept oi
lervously watching the two ends of tin
lassage lest I should bo taken by sur
irise; when, to my horror, I saw by tin
{as shining ypou it a savage head pee;
"ound from the end- nearest tlio way o
iscape, watch me for a moment, ant
hen disappear. It was now quite din
md twilight in all the passages, and mj
irst impulse was to dart off in the oppo
lite direction; but a little thought tolt
no that perhaps tlio wretch did not H6*
ne, and therefore I had better .sUr
vhere I was; and so I stood niihut*
iter minute, expecting to see him conn
ound one end or tlio other and dasl
lowu upon me.
J knew that about half-past five tlic
vatcliraan would corno round, and then
. would give the alarm; but it wanted
le&rly an hour of that time, and how 1
vug to hold out until theu I could uol
ell, for the very thought unuerveil mo
aid overcome with fear, I could feel
cuoes tremble and seem ready to givi
ray beneath my weight.
Five minutes ;passed?ten minutes?
md still no sign. My spirits rose a little,
md I began to hope that escape was yel
jossible, but abated nothing of mj
watchfulness. Another live minutes,
ind I had almost determined trying tc
teal down to\Vard3 the door, where tin
?flection from the gaslight mado tin
nd of the passage quite bright, while
where I stood was in a fast-deepening
hadow. 1 took two steps forward noiseeasly,
and then stopped ; stole on agait
nd stopped with a dead silence all
.round, through which I could hear the
inging of the gas and the loud " throb,
lirob" of my heart. I had somewknl
ooovercd my breath, and kept slinking
ilently on, every now and then looking
?nck to see that there was no pursuit.
Vhat 1 should have liked, and whicL
rould liave been in accordance with mj
eclings at the moment, would have beer
o iliish fprward; but 1 kept down the
lesire, ahd crept slowly on between the
mgo walls of wool bales piled some eight
>r nine feet high.
Only another three yards and herd 3
topped, trembling in dread lest Wood
night be watching for me; but colling
nyself cowardly, I stepped on again,
nd at lost, with the light shinning full
ipon me, leaned forward to peer cauiously
round the edgo of the bales,
ilowly and quietly, nearer and nearer,
ill I looked round; and then, with a
lorrible fascination upon me, I stopped
till-?for, in precisely the same position,
Vood was craning his neck forward to
ieep round at me ; and with eyes look
ag into eyes, ana only ttiree or four
aches apart, we stood what seemed
linutes immovable. Move I could not,
peak I could not, for my throat felt dry
ud hot; while my eyes, fixed and starag,
looking into those glaring, wildteast-liko
orbs, which seemed to liolil
je fixed to the earth as if some horrible
ightinaro was upon me. I felt that if
closed my eyes but for a moment he
rould spring at me; and at last, catching
he worn firmly with one hand, I drew
lyself slowly buck, fixing his eyes the
rholo while, and then, as my strength
eemed to come back, I leaped round
nd fled down the passage once more,
s I heard a hideous yell, and saw Wood
ash into the entrance.
But there was silence again directly,
nd- kx>Mn#piback m I reached the mi'dle;
I -gouldl hoc thafc I was not pursued;
rhiri, "fearin'g that with:all a madmnn'f
mining ho had gone round to try and
rap me at the other end, I stopped once
lore where I was, mentally praying foi
id, o?.I strained oyea and ears to catcli
ight of or bear my enemy.
A quarter of an (our must have passed
r-ithoui a sound meeting my ears, and 1
ras hopefully calculating upon aid soon
oming, when a slight rustling noise
eemea to hnve been made close by me,
nd I started and looked enrreriv to
. arils t^e dork and then towards the
ight end of the narrow passage I wat
Nothing to be seen; and the minutef
gain passed slpwly on, when all a(
nee came the most, horribly uneorthlj
ell I ever heard from just above 1)13
lead, and then, overcome with terror af
shrunk to the Hoor, I looked up and
new that Wood liud erawled over the
op of tlie wool; Mid as the thought
lashed through my mind, he bounded
lown upon mo and luul mo by tlu
"1 struggled for a ftxt moments, and
hen ligiitH seemed dip wring before mj
yee, blood rushing to my head; and
hen, in a kalf-in#eiisit>l? state, I liav*
. -l:? *
v/uio (cauvccuuu or uenig dragged
long the floor into the gaslight, and
hon palled and throat about for a few
moments, when thero came the regular
hud-thud of the iittlo pump close by.
ud 1 could feel myself moving upnurds.
But all seemed so calm, and
uch a desire for sleep was upon me, that
b was not till a feurful senso of oppresion
and tightness was upon me that I
woke lo the consciousness dint the
rretch had forced me on to tho traveler
f tho hydraulic press, and was now
arcing in tho water beneath tho ram.
Thud-thud, thud-thud went the pump,
nd tho pressure was awful; while at the
ime time, as I vniuly writhed and
ried to press down tho heavy plate that
ras crushing me, I was conscious of a
rest light which shone around me, and
3 1 which I thought was caused by the
3 | llusliing fieuaation in my eves; but no,
i for directly there came tlio noise oi
, shouting, louder every moment; and then
i ( I made out, ringing up from the yard,
a these horrid words, " Fire ! tiro !" and
1 I then I knew that Wood must have fired
t tho warehouse.
- i Shouts, cries, and the noise of hurryt
j iug feet; and Wood stood in the glare ol
s light, looking first one way and then
r another, as if confused, for he had
, quitted the pump on the first noise ol
l j shouting. All at onco he darted away
a and half fainting and suffocated with the
- | pressure, I could do nothing but groan
a feebly, after struggling a little, to find
r 1 every effort vain; and tUen with skarpf
| oned senses gaze at tho flames licking
1 the roof of tho floor I waa on, and esl
caping up the sides of wool bales, and
r* the more inflammable goods that were
- ! in tho warehouse. The smoke soon bcl
1 camo blinding and tho heat stifling; and
3 j for mo tliero seemed no hope, Hince I
r | ' asit\ire no one would able to ponej
i trato to where I was; when again I gave
3 : a strugjgle, and stretched down my hand
i | backwards to try and reach tho tup, which
would let off the water and let mo al
i | liberty, or at least place mo in a position
i to try und escape the horrible death that
I seemed to await me.
[ But no, the handle was far out of my
b i reach; and I groaned and wept meekly
; 1 at my helpless condition. The press
r I lielcl mo by the chest with awful power,
! I but my hands and arms were at liberty;
i while my head hanging down backwards
. j enabled me to seo the flames creeping
I along faster and faster, as I saw them re[
versed, and began to calculate how long
r it would be before they would reach me
and end my misery.
> All at once, when nearly fainting, my
, hand came in contact with the iron bar
j usod to lengthen the handle of the
, pump, to force in the water with more
, ease when greater power was required ;
and then my heart gave a leap as I
, thought I thought I might be able to
[ strike the handle of the tap and let out
, the water.
To grasp the bar was the work of a
moment, and then I began swinging it
, about slowly, to try and strike the tap;
but in vain, lor I could do nothing with
it from only being able to swing it at
L random, for I could not see. Nearer
p came the flames, louder roso the shouts;
l and as I looked along the warehouse I
, could nee that all escape was cut off by
, the stairs, even if I had been at liberty;
; and now, completely overcome with the
pressure and the horror of my position,
I groaned heavily, and the bar fell from
[ my grasp.
The last hope gone, I thought; when
at the same moment a familiar sound
struck my ear, for in falling the bar had
fallen upon the tap, when there came
the tierce gush of the compressed water,
and the ram begau slowly to descend till
I could crawl out, to fall faintiug on the
But I was up again directly, for there
was a tierce glow in tlie place; and now
I could see Wood busily at work tearing
, out wool to feed the flames, and dashing
everything else he could lay his hands
upon into the fire, which seemed at
times to singe him.
I looked round, for ho took no notice
of me; and as I had before seen there
was 110 escape by the door, so, running
| to the open door by the crane, I caught
hold of the rope, and began lowering it
, down as fast as possible, with the light
. shining full upon me, and the people
1 below either groaning with horror, or
, cheering me on as I tore at the stout
, rope, and sent the crane handle spilling
[ round and round.
Could I but got enough rope out be
i i iuro HiKm h aiu'iiiion was tauen, X felt
: safe, for I knew that I could slido down
easily enough; but, as I dreaded, he
caught night of me, and leaving his liery
task, he rushed towards the door; when,
' | with a yell of terror, I leaped from the
' ! flooring, clinging tightly to the rope,
which began to run swiftly out as I
' 1 swung to and fro till it was all out, when
tho jerk nearly dashed me off. But,
1 after sliding down some little way, I re.
1 covered myself, and letting the rope
- glide slowly through my hands, I went
" ; lower and lower, with my eyes fixed on
| ! the blazing floor above me.
All at once I felt tho rope jerked and
1 | swung about, and I could sec tho figure
| of Wood at it; and thou again I was bo!
iug drawn up, and I knew he must bo
1 busy at the crane handle; but the next
j minute he must have loosened his hold,
' wlieu the handle flew round and struck
t him from his feet, and I wont swiftly
r doWn. there Was a yell from tho crowd,
' Horn, thing dork- dashed by me with a
* rushing noise, and as I clung trembling
I to tho rope I heard a horrible dull thud,
? and slippiug swiftly down tho rope for
' the remainder of the distance, I suppose
i I fell fainting by the side of Wood's
! mutilated body.
Tho fire was got under when our floor
I burned out, though much damage was
- done by water; but with the exception
[ of a strange, nervons timidity that I
i fanev I shall never cet the r\# t
I was not much the worse for ray terrible
1 encounter with the poor fellow who came
- to his end bo fearfully.
Another Little One.?The Boston
t Journal knows of a bright, intelligent
i littlo miss, now residing in that city, who
is eleven ^ears old and who weighs about
sixty pounds,who, when sho opened her
' oySa upon this world, weighed less than
' one pound and a half. Sho was the
tiniest piece of humanity which we ever
heard of. The nurse, in washing and
i dressing her, used to lay her in the palm
J of her hand, and the first few days of her
| life were mostly spent wrapped up in
; cotton-wool and placdd in a basket beside
. | the stove to keep her warm. Her head
I would go into a small sized teacup.
> ' Ti-alnlngr Our Children.
| liov. l)r. Bellows, of New York, in a
' recent lecture on 44 Household Training,"
presented this picture of American life :
, '* The truth is that wo are naturally boI
coming very impatient of details of every
kind. We want to do up business, rei
ligiou and education in a lump. Such
r is the growing tendency of the times, the
( perilous times, that aro bringing in the
^ , dangers of despotism. Generous sentir
| ments are substituted for careful habits
. | of discipline, which are abandoned in
J favor of certain fin? and general resolut
j tions. It is the peril of our business
^ 1 that men substitute show, and pay enor;
mous rents, and expect to make rapid
r fortunes, and intrust its management to
[ strangers, instead of haviug a personal
supervision over it, and moderate expec,
tatious and patient industry and life-long
labor. It is the peril of our domestic
^ life, and the cause of domestic happiness
being sacrificed, that people are so am|
' bit ions for splendid suites of rooms and
, showy carpets, splendid mirrors and
I costly furniture. And it is tho peril of
L our education that it is intrusted to costly
. 1 teachers to perform tho duties which
[ ' none but devoted parents can so prop.
1 erly perform. It is obvious that iu this
' j state of things, while parental and do,
i niostic teaching is imperatively neces.
! sary it is also peculiarly difficult. So
! deeply are many parents impressed with
i ine mincuity of teaching their children
{ satisfactorily under the moral and politi|
i cal intluencos by which they are sur.
i rounded, that at all sacrifices they flee,
, i like Joseph, into the interior of the
, i country, where there is some hope of
t | seclusion, or they go away to Europe.
It is wise to run away from dangers of
the kind referrod to. But young people
, ; should bo brought up where they nro to
i live.. We cannot avoid our national cir:
i cuinstouces or our social and domestic
! atmosphere. We must recognize it. Do
I parents expect to set bad examples, to
I hurry and worry through their business
i and exhibit a want of temper to their
I children, to bring anxious and gloomy
I feelings home, and hope to have their
, sons and daughters love their society ?
I Do they think to indulge in wholesale
I denunciations of their neighbors, to talk
J at home of political excitements and of
I murders, oFgreat insurrections, of the(
atricul performances, and have tlieir
j young children Hitting round then- table,
j and expect that they will cultivate a taste
j for history, for painting or sculpture, or
j other elevating influences ? It cannot
j be so. If our nutural circumstances have
j'brdught. our men and women up iiupn!
tieut of details, superficial in their
j knowledge, fond of excitement, and in,
temperate of speech, if husbands and
j wives are not what they ought to bo at
home, let tliom not wonder at what they
see in their children. To train them up
properly first requires that we should
train ourselves. When we do this we
may hope to possess wisdom and power
to train our children to good and in
the ways of virtue, peace, and piety."
A Remarkable Railroad Accident,
| On the Detroit and Bay City railroad
I au accident occurred which eclipses anyI
thing on record in the annals of raili
roading. It appears that when the south
| bound night express train was in the
i vicinity of Oxford, Conductor Noys felt
j a slight but sudden shock, and heard the
bell-rope snap. He sprang to the brake,
and after setting it swung his lamp for
the engine to stop. The train went a
distance of four or five car-lengths before
being halted, hut when it came to a
standstill everything was found to be all
right, excepting that one "blue line"
car just ahead of the passenger coach
was missing. A search was instituted,
and the missing car was found in the
ditch in the rear of the train. From the
position of things it appeared that the
front end of tho car had jumped the
track, severing the connection witk the
car ahead as it did so. The combined
force of the cars in the roar as they came
down on to the "off" car served to end it
around, until finally the rear draw-bar
twisted off (the night was frosty), and
' tho car was free. The coaches kept
| pushing it further and further, until
(finally tho "blue line" had been sent
entirely from tlio track, and at right
angles with it, clearing the rail l?y fully
three feet. The rear coaehes rolled on
past the ditched car as if nothing had
happened, and stopped, without accident
or without the knowledgo of the passengers,
several car-lengths behind. The
engine was stopped and backed up, connections
were made, the track-men were
sent for to gauge the rails, and the traiu,
one car short, proceeded on its way,
making its meeting point at the next,
station. Such an accident lias never before
boon placed on record. Of course
the linppy results were in a measure due
to good luck, but the presence of mind
of the conductor contributed largely.
A Healthy Association.
There is quite asuc-cessful co-operative
association at work among the Fall Itiver
mill liaiuls. Tho purchase ami stile of
family supplies began in 1867, its members
numbering sixty-five, its capital
being $3,600; investments, $">,750.69:
slies, $21,281.45; total of members'
dividend, $804.03, and non-members'
dividend, $280.79, for tho year. Tho
! membership now numbers 265; their
i capital is about $20,000; tho sinking
1 fund, $1,100; snlos for tho year, nearly
$8,000; and for tho nine months ending
! September 24 tho aggregate of mem|
l>ers' dividend was $6,318.02, non-members
receiving in tho same time dividends
amounting to $574.24. A eo
(inn iin^uuiiiiiuu n:m UCOI1 organizcd,
aud one gentleman has tendered
to it a gift of twenty-she acres of laud for
building purposes.
Lark Edge, the Driver.
Tliero is much of romantic adventure
still connected with stage-coach travel,
says tho S&nford (Ky.) Journal, in
regions as yet untrod by the ".iron
horse," and many narrow escapes from
death, many tolls and hardships, exposures
to summer sun and wintry blast,
are crowded into the life of the hardy
Jehu, who, four-in-hand, conducts the
lumbering coach through narrow gorges,
over the high posses, and steep defiles
of Southeastern Kentucky. To travel
over the route from Samlford to SomerI
set, the name of ijark Edge is faimliar.
j Lark is a character that Bret Hntte
would bo proud to immortalize. His
i Inst adventure showed him possessed of
t an heroic courage that many who hove
I gained glory at the cannon's month cannot
boast. A few days since as the
I Somerset coach was descending tho pass
. known flnti in nlmrorrt r*f
noted driver, Lark, one of the leading
horses got his tail over the lines, and
became vicious and unruly. Lark
thought of the three passengers?one a
lady?and took prompt measures to stop
that nonsense. In the effort to stop
the team, the lines broke, and loft the
drivor apparently a lost mariner. The
leaders headed for the bluff, and after
them lumbered tlio coach with its precious
freight. Those who have traveled
the rond know the danger of a plunge
over the bluff at this point. The gentlemen
passengers jumped out, and one
of them seized a wheel and succeeded
in checking the ooacli a moment, while
the other assisted the lady to alight.
In another second, the frightened team
were on the verge of the precipice, and
before them a perpendicular plunge?of
thirty feet. The passengers called to
! tlio driver to jump and save himself.
This ho refused to do, saying: "Goodbye,
friends, I guess I'll go with 'em,
and see how tluey looks down tliar!"
And down he went. The passengers,
went to the scene of the wreck as soon
as the descent could be effected, expecting
to find the mangled remains of poor
Lark, intermingled with horse ears, legs
and tails; but Lark wasn't that kiud of
a fellow. He had hastily selected the
softest pluce on a big flat rock, and there
ho sat, crying as if with n broken heart.
I He actually bhcd tears of commiseration
] for his poor horses, proving that his
heart was far softer than other parts of
his organization. Upon investigation it
was found that the horses, though considerably
bruised, were not mortally
wounded. The coach had suffered injuries,
bnt, with tha aid of the passengers,
was placed upon its wheels, and
repaired sufficiently to finish the trip,
and the whole party took up its sad
march toward town. Among the articles
of freight were 1,000 dozen eggs, which
Lark fears are injured from their rapid
transit through the air.
"" ???????
Getting Acquainted with the Dees.
A writer in the liriliah lice. Journal
opens up tho interesting question as to
whether immunity from the pain and
other injurious effects of tho sting of the
bee can bo obtained by iuoculation.
Visiting the Hanwell Apiary, he was
struck with the mode in which tho
owner managed his bees, and asked liira
the length of time required to render a
person sting-proof. The reply was, that
his son had only been a short time working
with bees, and that ho was free from
any of tho usual effects of bee stings. Mr.
Walker made tho experiment upon himf
nit. !- 1? i- ?1?1
ovu, nio f/?iyuuo l/^/l /C?r/(l? IM'iU^ IU I'ULUll
a bee, place it upon bis wrist, aud allow
it to sting liim, taking care that lie received
tlie largest amount of poison, by
preventing it from going away at once ;
then he let the poison-bag work, which
it does for some time after being separated
from th? bee. The first day he
stung himself twice. The effect was
rather severe cutaneous erysipelas, disorder
of the motor nerve, with the usual
signs of inflammation. A few days having
elapsed, and the symptoms having
subsided, ho caused himself to be Httuig
again three times in quick succession.
The attack of erysipelas was on this occasion
not nearly so severe, still u stinging
sensation ran up to the shoulder, and
a lymphatic gland behind his ear inI
creased considerably in size, the poison
being taken up by the lymphatic system.
A few days subsequently lie was stung
thrice, and tlio pain was considerably
less, though the swelling was still extensive.
At the end of the next week he
had eighteen stings, and by the close of
tho tlurd week thirty-two stings. After
the twentieth sting there was very little
swelling or pain, only a slight iteliiug
sensation with a small amount of inflammation
in the immediate neighborhood
of the part stung, which did not spread
The Antiquity of Iron.
According to the Iron Aye, a wedge
or plate of iron has been found imbedded
in the masonry of the great pyramid, the
indication being that it must have been
wrought in the age of Cheops, placed by
some authorities us far back as 5,400
years ago. This makes the use of iron
about '2,500 years more ancient than it is
supposed to be, and affords opportunity
for explaining tho cutting of tho sharp
and well defined hieroglyphics on porphyry,
granite, and other hard stones
employed iu tho construction of Egyptian
pyramids, temples, and tombs. How
il 1.1 1 1 x 1- ll
wiivkj cuiiMi jiitv** uwu nu ncioro inn ngn
of iron, 1ms lwon a puzzling question to
many. Further investigation inny show
iron to have been in use 0,000 years
The -women of C< ylon were greatly
shocked n short time book at seeing an
English lady traveler wearing a tortoise
shell hack comb. In that qiuuter of the
globe the article is only worn by men.
Items of Interest.
I Paring the last year the Boston bonks
i paid $1,024,819 taxes to the city,
i' Atlanta, Ga., has two widows, sisters,
i aged respectively thirteen, and, fifteen
| years.
Many' horses have died in Missouri
from having been fed on chinch-bug
fodder. r
The Kindergarten system is to bo introduced
into the public schools of Mil1
At Medina, Pa., a seventy-five-pound
"devil fish," caught in the Delaware,
has been on exhibition.
The grand juroas of 1amMp oounty,
Ohio, have presented church rafflos as
an illegality and a nuisance.
There were two hnndjj^d and nine
marriages in Nodaway county, Mo., last
I year, notwithstanding that sleepy name.
Don't feed your birds on stale canary
seed ; more than half the birds that die
arc lost on acoount of musty, unhealthy
j seed.
Mrs. Pepin, aged one hundred and
four years, and tno mother Of twentythree
children, died at Essex, Vt., rej
oeutly. -t.
Th? ftrnfA^inn r\f flin miocfmn r\9
storing the duties on teas has already had
I an effect on prices, which have materially
! advanced. *
So we go. A young mail in Otterville,
! 111., has actually married his mother-in!
law, and they are living happily in the
old homestead.
Miss Jennie Britton, of Lcwisburg,
Pa., has won great glory by skating
thirty-two miles in three hours and thirty-five
A New Orleans paper offers the following
sentiment: *' George Washington?
i tint in war, first in peace, ppd, last in
I getting a monument. .
Among the curiosities of advertisements
is the following: ''3Aloon for
sale at half the cost of fitting."* Central
location.- . Mean<buaiire?8j- (
t Miss Ada Bwoet, of Ohiepgo, is the
| only female pension agent in the country,
and receives the highest pabiry paid
to a woman by the government. *
A generous Terre Haute butcher, in a
: friendly scuffle, cntr a gash ftPthe hand
I of a companions To show his iWgret, he
immediately turned and slashed his own
j thumb off. j. .. \f
The 1 ativrs of Africa are sp(fond of
, music that Sir Samuel Bilker declares
that a London'or$hgrinder could march
| through Central Africa followed by an
I admiring crowd. . .
The plantation of Mrs. Mayblum.Fort
i Bend county, Texas, has this year produced
$3,000 worth of Byrup from land
[ which, if planted in cotton, would have
? yielded only about $400.
i A gentleman whose house was repairing
went one day to see how the job was
| getting on, and observing a quantity of
' nails lying about, said to tho carpenter :
"Why don't you take care of these nails ?
?they'll certainly be lost." **No," replied
the carpenter, " you'll find them
in the bill."
The editor of tho Country Centleman,
after practical tests of the utility of the
plan of picking the blossoms'off from
growing potato plants to increase the
growth of the tubers, decides that the
increase, if any, is too slight to be perceptible,
and that the process costs more
i than it oomcs to.
Only a woman's hair ! Who has not
some time in his life, picked such a
golden thread from his best coat collar,
, and felt his heart beat the quicker foi
! it t Or gazed upon a tress laid away in
' some nook, and not felt tho influence of
tender memories? Only a woman's hair !
and yet we don't like it in a biscuit.
I The exactness with which tho man of
i the house shovels off his sidewalk is re|
marked as amusing. He will go at it
j fieroely until he comet to the line that
j separates his territory from that of the
j next aoor neignoor, ancl there he stops
! and squints his eye, and treats dlie snow
j that lies just over the boundary as
j though it wero so much i miaou.
An old man lay on liia death-bed in In1
diauapolis sarrounded by five or six
! children and his second wife. ' He was
! on the point of signing his will, when a
I dispute arose between the prospective
widow and orphans concerning the distribution
of the property, culuiinating in
an actual hand-to-hand tight. Quiet was
not restored till the police interfered.
A hospitable lady, of St. Louis, reI
cently gave a party for her friends among
I the young misses and masters the other
, evening. Round donoes were proposed,
' when the huly said : "I cannot allow
1 yon to have any round dances. If any
! of the boys wish to hug the girls, let
j them sit down upon the sofas, and go
j right at it in earnest, but?no round
j dances, mind you 1"
At Lima, Ohio, they adopted a very
plensii >t way for raising funds for the
, grasshopper sufferers. A " spelling
I school" was held, the admission fee
being placed at twenty-five cents, and
j the successful contestant was presented
, with a copy of Webster's Unabridged
Dictionary. The profits of these enfcer1
i. A:? ~ i
j ii:iiiiiuguuc) i/irou uiuuuutui^ i/U U> liir^n
! Hum?are then went to the charitable
j societies of the desolated dielri ts in tho
I As a policeman passed upon lm beat
in Detroit ho observed two broken windows
Ho looked through one of them,
and raw n man on the floor with a broken
I and bonnd-up head, whilo furniture and
j fragments were hoaped about him. Inquiring
as to tho origin of tb<* ruin, he
was answered by a woirtitn a baby
| in her ln|?: tHfe 4*hn there!
Well, he'a my hasbnnd. .Baby's rick.
Ho said, ' Give her castor ile.' I Biud,
j Givs her gooes grease.' There belays,"

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