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ON THE STAIR.
A rare, sweet smile lit up her perfect face, And wreathed the scarlet of her tender mouth; Her warm breath swept across my cheek, Like winds upstealing from the fragrant South. The sweet good-by still trembled on her lips, All warm with kis3es I'd been leaving there; As I looked backward from the silent street, She stood above me, on the ivyed stair. The moon, within the great, unsleepinu blue, Smiled out, and all the east was pale with dawn, Ah, love, I had not thought 'twas half so late, Where had those hours in dreamtul swiftness gone I'd tarried long, so loth to say farewell For even one short week-an age of woe; So loth to kiss those pleading lips good night, And she was sad, dear heart, to have me go. And, as I saw her there beneath the vine, Sweet smiling down upon me from the stair, I'll always keep ner picture in my heait Her eyes love-bright, and moonlight on her hair. And when this weary, waiting we, k is dead, And all these exiled hours are changed to light, We will not part at midnight on the stair, But I will kiss those eyes to sleep each night. ODDS AND ENDS Of Literary Bric-a-Brac from Chambers' Journal. "'Taste and try, before you buy," is a very wise rule, if it could only be follow ed; but in this world most things must be taken on trust; infallible tests are as rare as infallible remedies. It was the custom among the Nestorian Christians, immediately upon the conclusion of the marriage ceremony, to carry a newly made wife to the house .of her husband's parents, and place an infant in her arms and three sets of baby clothes before her. It she succeeded in dressing and undressing baby three times to the satisfaction of the critical matrons there assembled, well and good ; but if she failed she was sent to her old home again, to stay there, a wife and no wife, un til able to face and pass a second trial. Sakti Kumara, the hero of a curious Hindu stani story, preferred testing a damsel's capa bility before tying the knot. Master of a prosperous and profitable business, he came to the conclusion that a wife was wanted to complete his happiness, and determined to go in search of one. Adopting the guise of a fortune-teller, and carrying some rice bound up in his cloth, he started on his travels. Whenever he encountered a girl that pleased his eye, he asked her to cook his rice for him. Some laughed at him, some reviled him, none seemed inclined to comply with his modest request, and it seemed as though he would have to take his rice home uncook ed. At last he reached Swira, where he be held a beautiful girl, who, instead of ridicul ing or abusing the strange traveler, relieved him of the rice, and bade him be rested. Then the kindly maiden set about prepar ing the rice. First she steeped it in water, then dried it in the sun, and, that accomplish ed, rubbed tihe grains gently on the ground, removing the awn without breaking the rice. Calling her nurse, she despatched her to sell the bran, and with the proceeds purchase an earthen boiler, two platters and some fuel. By the time this commission was executed, the rice had been brayed in a mortar, win nowed and washed, and was ready to be put in the boiler with five times its bulk of water. As soon as it had swollen sufficiently, the boiler was taken from the fire, the water cleared of the scum, and the boiler put back, and the rice constantly stirred by the pretty cook until she was satisfied it was properly done. By turning the boiler mouth downwards she extinguished the fire, and, collecting the unconsumed fuel, despatched the old woman to convert it into butter, curds, oil, and tam arinds. This achieved, she told the enrap tured Sakti Kumara to go and bathe, and not to omit rubbing himself with oil. Having obeyed orders, the wife-seeker was directed to seat himself upon a plank on the well-swept floor, on which were already laid alarge plantain leaf and two platters: His charming hostess then brought him water in a perfumed jug, and administered two spoon fals of well-seasoned rice and ghee, prepara tory to serving up the remainder of the rice mixed with spices, curds, butter and milk; of which Saktj Kumara ate his fill, and then indulged in a siesta with a mind at ease, knowing his quest was ended. As soon as he Woke he asked the girl to become his wife, and she being willing, the necessary ceremony was gone throuigh' with outdelay; and the supposed fortune-teller took his bride home; to astonish her as the Lord of Buleigh'aistonished hiis rustic: love; but the Hindu lass was luckier than Tenny son's heroine, for we are assured that she lived long to worship her husband as a god, to pay the most assiduous attention to his household affairs, toi.4erintend the regulatin of the 'family e irbg'i due course, and made her house such an abode of bliss, Sakti Kumara was well paid for the trouble he had taken to get a good wife, and tasted in his well-ordered hoie the joys of Pairadise. .Somie people are never satisfied, iowever "fortunate they may be. A nursemaid in the service of an English family in Russia, left her place to get married, but had not been long wedded ere she complained to the Nat thla.sh of the ':district" in which she was! domiciled, that her husband did not love her e l do and on tbe offcial inquiring oshe knew it, replied: 'Because be never 7whips e.' Doubtless the disappointed one meant what she said, but she 'might bas of a rich old. husband, who refused to believe her dear partner could be so cruel as to leave her, crying out : 'He's alive doctor; I'm sure he's alive ; tell me, don't you think so ?' This piteous appeal the physician met by suggest ing the application of a galvanic shock, and offering to apply the apparatus. 'Oh, no, no!' exclaimed the grief-stricken widow; 'hard as it is to bear my fate, I will have no experi ments against the law of Nature ; let him rest in peace !' When it is desirable to put any one to the test, there is nothing like doing so without warning. An actor fond of playing practical jokes at the expense of 'utility' men, heard that one of them-his particular aversion had boasted that if any trick was played upon him he would turn the tables in a way that would astonish the actor. The latter, of course, resolved to test the boaster's readiness on the first opportunity. He did not have to wait long for the chance. One night, when the house was crowded, the carpenters failed to get.a set scene ready in time, and a 'dead stick' ensued. Knowing his man, the stage. manager entreated the joke-loving actor to go and 'gag' for a few minutes. 'Certainly,' replied he; and seeing the utility man at the wing, he seized him by the wrist and, spite of resistance, dragged him to the cenre of the stage, and said : 'Your sister then, has been betrayed. Tell me the story !' The frightened fellow had no story to tell, to the crafty joker's delight. Whether the audience in front and the manager behind were equally pleased, the record Eaith not. In olden days the burgesses of Grimsby were wont to decide which among them should be mayor, by a very odd process. Having chosen three of their number as eli gible for the position, they blindfolded them, tied bunches of hay at their backs, and con ducted them to the common pound where a calf awaited their coming. He whose bunch of hay was first eaten by the calf was pro nounced most worthy of the mayoralty, and installed into office accordingly. William Thompson, the once famous Ma ori chief, adopted a shrewd method of decid ing which of his two sons should succeed him. As they stood before him as he lay sick unto death, he suddenly addressed him self to the elder, saying: "Shortland, take down that gun and shoot the white man standing outside the hut." The youth was about to obey the order, when his brother in tervened with: "Why should you kill the man ? what harm has he done to us ?" Then said the old chief : ' Yes, that is right. You have what is wanted-sense and discretion. You will take my place when I am gone.' And so the succession was settled. When the American Colonel Ellsworth t wanted a chaplain for his zouaves, he sent word to the applicants for the office to meet him at the Astor House at a certain hour. The room was full of aspirants to the chap lainship long before the appointed time. At last the clock struck the hour, and while it was striking, in walked another candidate. The colonel rose from his seat, held out his hand to the last comer, and said: 'You are r my man; I can depend upon you, for you come at the appointed time.' The colonel's reasoning was as inconse- o quential as that of the stage carpenter whom T Edmund Kean heard thus settle the preten- h sions of impersonators of Hamlet: 'You a may talk of Henderson and Kemble and this a new man,' said the carpenter, 'but give me n Bannister's Hamlet. He was always done i twenty minutes sooner than any one of 'em!' t Self interest is a sad warper of the judgment, p and devises very strange tests. Going over si the graveyard of the 'Old Meeting' at Birm- l ingham, with the clerk, Joshua Vernal asked him who was the greatest man lying buried p there. 'This is he,' answered Mackey, point ing to a grave; 'I get five shillings a year to E keep it in order.' 'But what was he? What k did he do ?' inquired the incredulous Joshua. a 'Why,' said the clerk, 'he invented the hole- n ing of thimbles!' Vernal thereupon pointed o to the grave of a distinguished scholar as be- n ing that of the greatest man there; but the ti clerk pooh-poohed the preposterous sugges- a tion, saying: "No such thing; I only get a e paltry shilling for that grave.' His test of a greatness was a purely professional one, like ! that of the Norwich barber who confidentially told the Mayor he did not think much of 'this British Association; nine out of ten of them don't shave at all, and the others shave them selves.' 'Humboldt,' said a Middlesex imilitia-cap tain-'Humboldt is an overrated man; there is very little in him, and'he knows no more of geography than my terrier there. I met him once at the Russian Amsbassador's at Paris, and put him to the proof. As long as he was talking of theAndeb, and the Cordil leras, and places which none but himself had ever heard of, he carried it all his own way; E but the moment I put a straightf'rward ques tion to him, which any schpol-boy might have answ'ered, he was floored. "Now; Baron," said I, "can you tell me where lurnham Green is ?" Upon my honor, he knew no more about it than I know iabout Jericho.' The conclusion was as inevitable as that V drawn by the English carpenter: working at - the Vienna Exhibition, who !complained to a .newiiper correspondent:- "Only fancy, sir, : here's Friday-two days after the race-and we don't know. what wasii !second ni d third forithe Derby yet;, and they call heres cdubtry civilized. A ape'ker at an American 'convention,' on being iaddressed hya gentleman as 'Colonel,' not even a captahi. 'Don't you live in Mis souri ?' queried his new acquaintance. He owned he did live in Missouri, and in a house with chimneys. 'How many ?' was the next question. 'Two.' 'Then I was right at first' exclaimed the interlocutor. 'You see, I've lived in Missouri, and know how it is. Over there, if a man has three chimneys on his house, he's a general; if two, he's a colonel; if only one he's a major; and if he lives in a dug-out and has no chimney, he's a captain anyhow ; so I was right after all.' QUIEN BABE. -The Prince of Wales rides about a great deal in a private hansom cab which has many comfortable improvements. Among these is a travelling clock with a luminous dial-face set in the centre of the splash-board. -Out of a grand total of 455,649,000 bush els of wheat grown in this country this year, the production of the South was only 41,329, 000 bushels, or about 30,000,000 bushels less than the actual consumption of that section. -The late astronomer, Professor Watson, had a remarkable memory. When an under graduate he used to memorize long passages of the Greek and Latin authors, which he sometimes in after years repeated to his friends with complete accuracy. -The North German Lloyds line of steam ships will deliver according to contract 3,000 Roumanian Jews in New York during the month of December, This is the beginning of a large immigration of this people driven from Roumania by persecution. -Asparagus grows wild in France, and may be gathered in many forests. The wild asparagus is long, thin and green, and has a slightly acid but agreeable taste. It was first cultivated by a well-known horticulturist, Louis Therauit, about 100 years ago. -Mrs Schliemann helps her husband in all his scientific labors, superintending excava tions under his direction and bravely disre garding sun and dust. She wears while en gaged in this work a plain,, trim dress and jacket, and carries a stout umbrella. -Kate Fields says the marked difference between English and American newspapers is that the latter have a capacity for keen and witty paragraphs, while the former-as for example, the London Times-often devote a column to what might be condensed into a dozen lines. -The Rev. Antonio Arrighis has collected $10,000 in this country for the benefit of the Free Church of Italy. He will return to Italy shortly and Father Gavazzi will arrive. The latter's last visit to this country was quite successful. The Free Church and the Wal densian Church are both very prosperous. -Lord Beaconsfield is the first Knight of the Garter since the days of Walpole who has written a novel. Few of the knights have written anything but their names, and the earlier Knights could not do that. Clarendon, who declined the garter, left a name in En glish literature, and might be called the father of British history as well as of British queens. Chesterfield who wore the garter, dabbled in Literature as a favor, but peers who write are rare, and few but peers are raised to the Order. -While a boy was bathing at the opening af a channel connecting the Fountain of the Virgin and the Pool of Siloam, at Jerusalem, ie discovered a rock upon which were graven Snumber of Phoenician characters. They ire small and finely wrought, but unfortu iately not deeply cut. Part of the stone is ubmerged and hidden a silicate deposit. Af er the channel has been drained and the de osit carried away it is expected that con iderablelight on the topography of Jerusa lem will hereby be gained. -In 1805 a Scotchman wrote a big book to rove that Napoleon Bonaparte's real name was John Oswald, and that he was born in .dinburgh. A man named Oswald was nown to have left Scotland and entered the irmy of the French Republic. He was a nan of vast courage and enterprise, possessed >f an indomitable will, and was an ardent ad nirer of Ossian. Napoleon was all this, but :he facts concerning him and his family were to well known that the Scotch bookmaker's extravagant theory made but little impression mnd was soon forgotten. ITHE RESTAURANT. YARD & FLANAGAN, Proprietors. BOARD BY THE WEEK, $6. B[avint one of the best of cooks, and under the super vision of Mr. Yard, and buying the very best thea market affords, we can insure to the pub 'lic entire satisfaction. . lIEAtLS AT ALL H0OUR OF THE POLITE AND ATTENTIVE WAITERS. We pay the top prices for Game, Poultry, and country produce. Overla d Billiard Parlor text ito Overland Hetel. WINES, LIUORS & CGARS OF THE BEST BRANDS._ JOB PRINTING1 Parties who desire any work in the line of Book and Job Printing should-get it done at ----THE--- RIVER PRESS PRINTING HOUSE. We are prepared to execute all kinds of Commercial Job Printing Such as BILL I-IEAI)S, LETTER I.lADS, BUSINESS CARDS, STATEMEN'T'S, EN VELOPES, CIRCULARS. We have just received from the East a lot of the latest and newest styles of type, and will in future make a specialty of iFi'NE PRINTINCG WEDDING CARDS, Ball Invitations, Orders of Dancing, NEW YEAR'S oARDS, ETC. And are well prepnred to do all work of this class, having, it is universally conceded. two of the most fin shed job printers in Montana connected with the estab lihhmient. POSTERS And all other large work done to order. and estimates given on all classes of work. We will aim to keep up with Eastern styles. Metropolitan Billiard Hall HELENA, LtIONTANA. MAX SKLOWER, Proprietor. The above elegantly appointed resort is situated over Gans & K ein a ore, corner Main and Broadway. Drop in a.-d whi e away a ,lea ant hour at "the gentleman's game." AN ELEGANT CLUB ROOM Can also be found here. GEO. CROFF, Popular Resort -AT LILLY'S OLD STAND. A choice lot of the best WHI.: I SK IE S, Wines and Cigars Always in stock. Neatnes' and orderly conduct per vades the establishment. Drop in and while away a pas.ing hour in TRIPPING THE FANTASTIC TOE. AUGUST U. BECKNIAI, Manufacturer and Dealer in HARNESS and SADDLES BRIDLES, Whips, Spurs, Eto. The Best Stock always -used. Good Workmanship, and Satisfaction Guaranteed. My Hfarness and Saddles are all made at home. REPAIRING.; NEATLY DONE FOR THE LEAST)IIONEY IN: Carria-e Trimmin & U1.holstsrill DONB IF REQUIRJD. A large stock of the Celebrated - . - ,- , THE "Eagle Bird" Saloon. WM. FOSTER, Proprietor. (Late of the Palace Parlors.) Main Stieet, opp. Court House, Ft, Benton, THE FINEST KINDS OF Wines, Liquors and Cigars KEPT CONSTANTLY ON HAND. The proprietor cordially invites his old patrons to call on him in his new departure, assuring them that th y will receive careful attention and courteous treat ment. -:A: FIRST-CLASS RESTAURANT ran in connection w'th the establishment, where Meals will be served AT AL[. HOURS by prompt and attentive waiters. LEE ISABELL, Break o' Day Saloon. MAIN TRBEET. Just received, a choice stock of; FINE KENTUCKY WHISKIES And Imported Wines JOHN H. GAMBLE, Front Street, a few doors above postoffic. PROPRIETOR OF THE STAR BAKERY Fort Benton, Montana. Confect ionery, CAKES AND PASTRY,. Of all kinds always on hand We makLe a specialty of turning out the BEST BREAD I'I BENTON, and customers can always rely upon getting Fresh Bread at all times. ORDERS FOR Weaii¶ Caies and Pastry Goods Will always receive prompt attention, OYSTERS, AND ALL KINDS OF FRUITS In Season. Goods Delivefed Promptly. PALACE PARLORS Front Street, Fort Benton. -:THE:_ Finest Tonsorial Parlors IN THE NORTHWEST. VITH & SPALDING, Proprietors. Messrs. Smith & Spalding respectfully inform the citizens of Benton that they have recently bought out Mr. Win. Foster, and assure the public a continuation of the uniform skill and courteous attention which is familiar to the habitnes of the place. Hot and Cold Baths, X-lO U-8 MEAT MARKET Cor. Bond and Main Streets, IFT. BENTON, . I ONTANA. All kinds of Meat, FIsh. Poultry, Vegetables, etc. S: +kept on hand;; All kinds of Gamein season. G . oods Delivered Free. C. 8- . ANBORN-& CO. ~ '.-' ~ Js;~· -51 ia-R 60 ~