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PACIFIC COMMERCIAL ADVERTISER, MARCH 5, 1888.
I -",. A POET AT HOME. VISITING JOAQUIN MILLER IN HIS MOUNTAIN CABIN. I,ivingr in California at an Altitude of TOO Feet Above the Sea Has Given Up Poetry Waiting for His Time to Come. At Oakland I visited Joaquin Miller, known as the Poet of the Sierras, a man of unquestionable poetic apprehension and frequent poetic genius, who might have been, with education, the best poet now extant in our country. Lacking original education he trives vent to surprises, and sometimes mistakes strong language for the voice of art. Bret Harte has written the best poeiiis of any Californian, for lie seems to have been an exploring, reading man. Miller, however, has had a more consonant life with his romantic writings than either Clemens or Harte, the other two well known coasters. "When Clemens lived out here he was generally hard up, and being fond of money he was cor respondingly saturnine. lie has cured himself bravely of impecuniosity, but Bret Harte, as Joaquin Miller said to me, will some day starve if he .stays in London and tries to live upon mere literature, which is no profession in our day. It is a curious thing to see Joaquin Miller, living here at an altitude of TOO feet above the sea, on a yet naked moun tain, diguing with his own hands cracks in the black mold ami among the stones to procure drinking water, which trickles all around his water shed and promises to turn his land into an oasis in the skies. With his own hands he erected the stone steps which lead up to his door. In this operation it is said that lie had a hem orrhage of the lungs, and this, added to his labors to finish a Sc-ri plural poem, gave him a rather old and worn look when I saw him, and lie limped besides from some wounds received in his body in Oregon, where he was one of the lynch law men, yet ultimately a judge, lie has a little house in the cleft of the moun tains, made of redwood, about ten or twelve feet high and perhaps thirty feet long. It has just one room, with alcove beds for himself and his mother, who is a line old woman, originally from Liberty, Ind. She went out to Oregon somewhere about 1852, and there had three sons, of whom she says that two were men of more abilit' than the celebrated poet of ti:e Sierras. Miller says the same about 'lis brothers. The and his father are de ceased. Miller is not an atl'eeted man, but one who really represents in himself most of the evidences of extreme border mountain life. HIS VARIOUS EXPERIENCES. ITe has lived among the Indians, has been a favorite in the drawing rooms of London, was at one time something of a success in Wall street, and he astonished Washington by building a log cabin with in less than a mile of the president's house. This cabin he still possesses, but the land he held in Washington has been Fold at a considerable advance. He took the money and bought property in Oak land, which he has turned over to ad vantage, and therefore owns 100 acres of good building and orchard sites four miles from the ferry. Miller is a blue eyed man with warm brown hair, almost reddish in its tint, and he can be affectionate and engaging in his manner, and is a good deal admired by a class of men above the newspaper paragraphers and below the millionaires. He says he will never again move, but expects to die on his lofty patch and have his bones cremated among the stones there. His historical passion was evi denced from his having planted the flag staff on a step upon his cabin, where, he says, Fremont encamped at the time of his first exploration. I found him sitting with his Bible turning the story of Christ as a human man and brother into poetry, if that can be done any better than the oil fellows did it. He is one of the last poets we possess who, after the manner of. Thoreau, has given his maturer life to the creation of dreams in verse. It must not be forgotten, however, that he wrote two very good plays, which have been repre sented on both sides of the ocean, and they made a fortune for McKee llankin and one or two others. "I went to Washington," said Miller, 'sincerely desiring to adapt myself to it, and to love it, but they didn't agree with me there; I found it was no place for me and I came back again to my own coast. Instead of writing poems hereafter I shall try to enjoy the raising of poetical houses on my tract and to study nature and wait for my time to molderaway." Mr. Miller married a few years ago Mrs. Leland, of New York, an amiable and charming young lady, and he expects to bring her out here to his new possession and have her superintend his affairs and teach him the ways of practical life. Cor. Cincinnati Enquirer. lB-v' A F.tscinatiiig; Fashionable Fad. A Scotch gentleman relates how his father, a pioneer in the new f angled but instantly popular "craze," printed wall paper forty years ago in pieces of abo;it eighteen inches square. It was not very beautiful, looked at in the light of this year of grace, 18S7, but it was very ex pensive when one considers the cost of print papers of the same grade today. Tin; advance in the idea which has grown into an art has transformed the paper hanger of ten years ago into the interior decorator of today; and, indeed, the art is so fasci nating that it has become a fashionable "fad" with both sexes. New York Even ing World. A Novel Innovation. A novel innovation in criminal prosecu tion is reported at Cincinnati. A detect ive firm has made a contract with the city to arrest all persons violating the Sunday ordinance relative to theatrical exhibi tions. The witness fees and all other ex cuses are to be paid by the tirm, which 'ill also .swear out the necessary war juts. Chicago Times. A Ta.te for the Horrible. The taste for the grotesque and horrible that leads men to wear skulls for scarf pins and cuflins for sleeve buttons, that induces a dainty girl to choose a dress with snakes outlined on it, and a metal spider perched at her throat, lias got into architecture. The writer went to call and, mounting the steps, laid a hand care lessly on the iron rail that meandered up tlie stone stoop. It fell on the head of a bronze and realistic snake that was coiled round and round the balustrade The whole row of tine houses had the same sort of approach, and twisting about all the hand rails was the vile serpent with battened head and baleful eyes natural and hideous enough to make one afraid to in er or leave the house. It's to be hoped old Maj. JimJams never rents one of 'em; lie 11 come home some night from the club and break his illallt at LLs (nvn door. NeW York Sun. A KciuarliHble Case. Under tha above heading the "Don caster Reporter" of July , 1887, pub lishes the following in its editorial col umns: Our readers may recall the circumstance of a young clerk, named Arthur llichold , falling insensible on the Wheatley Lane in this town some time ago, and being picked up, as he continued perfectly helpless, and taken in a cab by two gentlemen to the otlice of F. W. Fisher, Esq., the solicitor who employed him. On restoring him to consciousness it was ascertained that he was alUicted with what seemed to be an incurable disease. When he was able to speak he said he had been to his dinner and was on his way back to his work, when suddenly his head was in a whirl and Jie fell in the street like a man 'who is knocked down. On coming to his senses in the solicitor's oilice he thought what this mkmt mean, and feared he was going to have a tit of illness, which we all know is a very dreadful thing for a poor man with a family to care for. With this in his mind he at once sought the best medical advice, telling the doctors how he had been attacked. They ques tioned him, and found that his present malady was exhaustion of the nervous system, resulting from general debility, indigestion and dyspepsia of a chronic nature. This in turn had been caused by confinement to his desk and grief at the loss of dear friends by death. The coining on of this strange disease, as described by Mr. Kichold, must be of interest both to sick and well. He had noticed for several years previously, in fact, that his eyes and face began to have a yellow look; there was sticky and unpleasant slime on the gums and teeth in the morning; the tongue coated ; and the bowels so bound and costive that it induced that most pain ful and troublesome ailment the piles, lie says there was some pain in the sides and back and a sense of fullness on the right side, as though the liver were enlarg ing, which proved to be a terrible fact. The secretions from the kidneys would be scanty and high-coloredi with a kind of gritty or sandy deposit after standing. These things had troubled Mr. Kichold a long time, and after his fall in the street he clearly perceived that his tit of giddi ness was nothing more than a sign of the steady and deadly advance of the com plaint, which began in indigestion and dys pepsia. His story of how he went from one physician to another in search of a cure that his wife and little ones might not come to want is very pathetic and touching. Finally he became too ill to keep his situation and had to give it up. This was a sad calamity. He was appalled to think of how he should be able to live, lhit (iod raised up friends who helped to keep the wolf from the door. He then went to the seaside at Walton on-the-Naze, but neither the change, nor the physicians who treated him there, did any good. All being without avail he visited London, with a sort of vague hope that some ad vantage might happen to him in the me tropolis. This was in October, LSSf. How wonderful, indeed, are the ways of Providence, which dashes down our high est hopes and then helps us when we least expect it. While in London he stated his condition to a friend, who strongly advised him to try a medicine which he called Mother eigel's Curative Syrup, saying it was gen uine and honest, and often cured when everthing else had failed. He bought a bottle of a chemist in Pimlico, and began using it according to the directions. He did this without any faith or hope, and the public may, therefore, judge of his surprise and pleasure when after taking a few doses he felt great relief. He could eat better, his food distressed him less, the symptoms we have named abated, the dark spots which had floated before his eyes like smuts of soot gradually disap peared, and his strength increased. Before this time his knees would knock together whenever he tried to walk. So encouraged was he now that he kept on using Mother rieigel's Curative Syrup until it ended in completely curing him. In speaking of his wonderful recovery Mr. llichold says it made him think of poor ltobinson Crusoe, and iiis deliver ance from captivity on his island in the sea; and added, "But for Mother Seigel's Curative Syrup the grass would now be growing over my grave." Our readers can rest assured of the strict truth of all the statements in this most re markable case, as Mr. llichold (now resid ing at Swiss Cottage, Walton-ou-the-Naze,) belongs to one of the oldest and most re spected families in the beautiful village of Long Melford, Sutfolk. and his personal character is attested by so high an au thority as the Kev. C. J. Martyn. We have deemed the case of such importance to the public as to justify us in giving this saort account of it in our columns. Bone Meal! Bone. 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