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The boat went drifting, drifting, over the sleeping sea, And the man that I loved the dearest Fat in the boat with me. The shadow of ccming parting hung over the great gray swell, And the winds that swept across it sobbed on, fare well, farewell. The boat went drifting, drifting, in the lingering northern night, And the face that I loved the dearest paled with the paling light. We strove to join light laughter, we strove to wake a jest; But the voice that I loved the dearest rang sadly 'mid the rest. The boat went drifting, drifting, while the dull skies lowered down, And the "ragged rims of the thunder" gave the rocky head a crown. The boat went drifting, drifting, while to the darken ing sky. For the man that I loved the dearest the prayer rose silently. Oh, true, strong hand I touch no more; brave smile I may not see; Will the God who governs time and tide bring him back to my life and me ? PERSONAL AND IMPERSONAL, Turkish laws are good, but not well admin istered. Parnell has gone to Paris respecting Land League funds. The Empress of Germany reads without the aid of spectacles. Lawrence Oliphant says that Russia will make a raid on Jerusalem. A sixteenth interest in Goat Island, at Ni agara, has been sold for $14,000. The war party in Pekin collapsed on hear ing of the capture of Geok Tepe. A mermaid on exhibition at St Louis proves to be half calf and half codfish. Richard Graves, successively Governor of South Australia, Scotia and Hong Kong is dead. Demureness is said to be the fashionable manner for young ladies of twenty or there abouts. The Czar of Russia is not an Ohio man, but we confess that the fact is an unaccount able one. The ship Bremen was wrecked at the Shet land Islands. Thirteen of the crew were drowned and seven saved. Sir Nathaniel Rothschild has again return ed 20 per cent. of the half-yearly rents to his numerous tenants in Bucks. Twelve men have been imprisoned and probably perished by a colliery explosion in Whitefield mine, Staffordshire. A bill has passed the Senate appropriating $175,000 to send a vessel to the relief of the Jeannette and other vessels found needing assistance. Commodore Garrison says W. H. Vander bilt is worth $120,000,000. This is the first intimation that Bill has been working as a reporter on a paper. The spirit of enterprise is rapidly permeat iog the South. The Louisville Courier-lour nal recently printed an account of the cap ture of Island No. 10. There are few better epitaphs than this, inscribed on a simple freestone slab at Cedar Grove, New London: "What sort of man he was the resurrection morning will reveal." The Boers are inciting the natives to rise, but without success. A number of the loyal natives have been forced to join the Boers, and many who refused to join them have been murdered. Lord Houghton, the Bertie Tremain of ' Endymion," says in an article on the novel in the Fortnightly Review that Lord Beacons field's caricature of Thackeray is' at once "false and feeble." Abe Barnes, a freighter, was asked to drink by Jas. Fowler, at Custer City last night, and declining was shot dead by Fowler, who was taken away by the Vigilantes and his body found hanging to a tree. The Catholic clergy of St. Louis have for romne time been making a fight upon the or ganist, who, in choirs, have managed every thing in their own way. One pastor took from the book-case the favorite mass of an organist and burned it. The clergy say that fancy music must be given up and simple music adopted in its place. Wim. H. Vanderbilt gave his check to Commander Gorringans for the total cost of the transfer of the Alexandrian Obelisk from the bangs of the Nile to the banks of the Hudson. There are several conjectures as to the amount, but as the Commander has not drawn his cash and declines to disclose what he views as Vanderbilt's business, curi osity is at sea. It is known that $75,000 was to be paid for taking the monolith down: at Alexandria and setting it up in this city, but it is said that the transit and pedestal was not included in this cost. Railway officials say that more broken rails have been found this winter than during any winter in the past dozen years. As good luck would have it, most of these rails were discovered by section men, who, if they did not have time to insert new :-rails, threw out danger signals to approaching trains, and thus averted disasters. On the Alton, near Joliet, recently a section of a steel rail, two feet in length, was found to have been broken into seventy-six fragments. On the North western, during the past week, a sectition of a steel rail, less than six feet in length, broke into 170 pieces. These rails exhibited no flaw or imperfection on the surface. Florence's Enterta inng Companion. Once, during a tour in the Western States, writes Mr. Florence, the actor, an incident occurred in which I rather think I played the victim. We were en route from Cleve land to Cincinnati, an eight or ten hours' journey. After seeing my wife comfortably seated, I walked forward to the smoking car, and, taking the only unoccupied place, pulled out my cigar case and offered a cigar to my next neighbor. He was about sixty years of age, gentlemanly in appearance, and of a somewhat reserved and bashful mien. He gracefully accepted the cigar, and in a few minutes we were engaged in conversation. "Are you going far West ?" I inquired. "Merely so far as Columbus." (Columbus, I may explain, is the Capital of Ohio.) "And you, sir ?" he added, interrogatively. •'I am journeying towards Cincinnatti. I am a theatrical man, and play there to-mor row." I was a young man then, and fond of avowing my profession. "Oh, indeed ! Your face seemed familiar to me as you entered the car. I am confi dent we have met before." "I have acted in almost every State in the Union," said I, half patronizingly. "Mrs. Florence and I are pretty generally known throughout 'the Northwest." "Bless me !" said the stranger in surprise, '"I have seen you act many times, sir, and the recollection of Mrs. Florence's 'Yankee Girl,' with her quaint songs, is still fresh in my memory." "Do you purpose remaining long in Colum bus ?" "Yes, for seven years," replied my com panion. Thus we chatted for an hour or two. At length my attention was attracted to a little red faced man, with small, sharp eyes, who sat immediately opposite us, and amused himself by sucking the knob of a large walk ing stick, which he caried carressingly in his hand. He had more than once glanced at me in a knowing manner, and now and then giving a sly wink and shake of his head at me, as much as to say, "Oh, old fellow, I know you, too." These attentions were so marked that I finally asked my companion if he had no ticed them. "That man acts like a lunatic," said I soto voce. "A poor, half-witted fellow, possibly," re plied my fellow-traveller. "In your travels through the country, Mr. Florence, you must have often met such strange characters." We had now reached Crestline, the dinner station, and, after thanking the stranger for the agreeable way in which he had enabled me to pass the journey up to this point, 1 asked him if he would join Mrs. Florence and myself at dinner. This produced an ex traordinary series of grimaces and winks from the red-faced party aforesaid. The in vitation to dinner was very politely declined. The repast over, our train sped on towards Cincinnatti. I told my wife that in the smok ing car Ihad met a most entertaining gentle man, who was well posted in theatricals, and was on his way to Columbus. She suggest ed that I should bring him into our car and present him to her. I returned to the smok. ing car and proposed that the gentleman should accompany me to see Mrs. Florence. The proposal made the red-faced man under go a species of spasmodic convulsions, which set the occupants ot the car into roars of laughter. "'No, I thank you," said my friend, "I feel obliged to you for the courtesy, but I prefer the smoking car. Have you another cigar?" "Yes," said I, producing another Partaga. I again sat by his side, and once more our conversation began and we became quite fraternal. We talked about theatres and theatricals, and then reverted to political economy, the state of the country, finance and commerce in turn, our intimacy evident ly affording intense amusement to the fox eyed party near us. Finally the shrill sound of the whistle and the entrance of the conductor indicated that we had arrived at Columbus, and the train soon stopped at the station. "Come," said the red-faced individual, now rising from his seat and tapping my companion on the shoulder, "this is your station, old man." My friend rose with some difficulty, drag ging his hitherto concealed feet from under the seat, when for the first time I discovered that he was shackled, and was a prisoner in c barge of the sheriff, going for seven years to the State Prison at Columbus. Mr. Hayes Journey' to Washington. I shall never forget, says a correspondent of the Pittsburg .Dispatch, Hayes' reception at the Fennsylvania depot in Washington City, Friday morning, March 2. Our train was cut into three sections at Pittsburg, and two trains sent ahead, and they had arrived in Washington the night before. The Presi erent's train came last, but the newspaper and telegraph people had it that Hayes had ar rived in the night. So there was no crowd in the depot. I have seen more people, at fair times, at my country depot here, ten times over. It was dark, rainy, dismal-a Black Friday indeed. There were, all told, ten persons, eight gentlemanannd two ladies on the President's train. As the President stepped of. I saw two tall gentlemen there with umbrellas-John Sherman and General Sherman. And under the former -iWas -Hayes tind with the latter was Mrs. Hayes, who walked out of the depot, ·stepped into John Sherman's carriage, and drove off. This was Hayes' reception in brief. The Pennsylvania railroad officials, acting under Mr. Scott's direct orders, had managed the president's trip most admirably.. Got him through to Washington in safety and secrecy, and we were all happy. The last dispatches we had were at Harris burg, and they were not satisfactory. The election count had not closed and an all-night session was imminent. It was four o'clock in the morning. At some little station beyond Harrisburg suddenly the train stopped, and Louis Wehr, of Cincinnati, and I ran to the telegraph office, where an operator ran out and gave Wehr a great bundle of mes sages. He gave me a lot of them, and told me to read mine aloud while he read his. The moment I tore mine open I read, "Hayes' election-----" "H-ll, give me that!" exclaimed Louis, dropping his unopened dis patches, snatching mine out ot my hand, end with his hat off running screaming to the president's car. Dashing the door open, he finally shouted : "Glory to God ! here it is !' "Shut the door, Louis. Don't make so much noise or you will wake up the passengers," said the president, mildly enough, while his face grew pale as ashes, and he took the dis patch in his trembling hands and read it. RIVER BLACKSMITH SHOP Cor. Power and Franklin Streets, FT. BENTON, . RlONTANA. Horse, Mule& Ox Shoeing A SPECIALTY. 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