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'
"'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
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
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
'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
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.'
-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
-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
-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.
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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
Overla d Billiard Parlor
text ito Overland Hetel.
WINES, LIUORS & CGARS
OF THE BEST BRANDS._
Parties who desire any work in the line of Book and
Job Printing should-get it done at
We are prepared to execute all kinds of
Commercial Job Printing
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
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
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
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.
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
Whips, Spurs, Eto.
The Best Stock always -used. Good Workmanship,
and Satisfaction Guaranteed. My Hfarness
and Saddles are all made at home.
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A large stock of the Celebrated
- . - ,- ,
"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
ran in connection w'th the establishment, where
Meals will be served AT AL[. HOURS by prompt
and attentive waiters.
Break o' Day Saloon.
Just received, a choice stock of;
FINE KENTUCKY WHISKIES
And Imported Wines
JOHN H. GAMBLE,
Front Street, a few doors above postoffic.
THE STAR BAKERY
Fort Benton, Montana.
CAKES AND PASTRY,.
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turning out the BEST BREAD I'I BENTON, and
customers can always rely upon getting
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Weaii¶ Caies and Pastry Goods
Will always receive prompt attention,
AND ALL KINDS OF FRUITS
Goods Delivefed Promptly.
Front Street, Fort Benton.
Finest Tonsorial Parlors
IN THE NORTHWEST.
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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,
Cor. Bond and Main Streets,
IFT. BENTON, . I ONTANA.
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S: +kept on hand;; All kinds of Gamein season.
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