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AKTIClrATIOK. "IH take the orcbarJ patb.-ebe said. Speaking lowly, nulling slowly : The brook was dried within its bed. The hot inn flung flame of red Low in the went forth she ed. Across the dried brook-conrse she went, Singing lowly, smiling slowly : She scarcely saw the snn that spent It's fiery force in swift decat fche nerer raw the wheat was bent. The pw'" parcha. the HiMKomn dried, 8ingiw lowly, smhinif slowly : Her eye amidst the droagbt ericd A mmffifr j.leaauce far aod wide, With roses and sweet violets pied. It. DIS APPOINTMENT, Eat homeward coming all the way, Sighing lowly, pacing slowly : She knew the bent wheat withering lay, Bhe saw the blossoms dry decay, She mUsed the brooklet's play. A brerz had sprung from ont the south, Ent, siehing lowly, pacing k.owly, She only felt the burning dronght ; Her eyes wen hot, and parched her month : Yet sweet the wind b'.ue from the south ! And when the wind bronht welcome rain, Btill sighing lowly, pac'i'g slowly, She never saw the li.'tirg grain, But only a long orchard lane, Where she hai waited all In vain ! Xnra Pn-. THE CRACK IX TJ1E DOOR. The prettiest house, prettiest garden, the best servants, and tLo largest back acceunt in X belonged to Mrs. Mehita ble Armstrong, widow. Some people also declared that she was the prettiest woman in X., bnt these were not the other women. They said that she had red hair, and was too fat, and what the gentlemen saw to admire in her they could not Sliest etc, etc. ; but, ray it as often as they might, every man in the place was Hetty Armstrong's devoted servant, friend, and, a dozen of them, her lovers, also. A bright, dashing, warm-hearted woman she was, as merry as though she Lad never known a care. Not that she had forgotten tho love of her yonth the gallant, Waek-eyed cap tain, whoso ship had gone down in mid ocean five years before, and whose pic tured faco lay near her heart eight and day, sleeping aid waking; bnt the was too full of life and hope to live entirely in the past, and loved neither Lours of melancholy, not what women call "a good cry." To forget all sorrow, if she coald, and to be as happy as she might, were tho two grand rules of her life,' and, therefore, people who did not know netty Armstrong thought her heartless, and made a grout mistake. They called her a flirt, and that was not true, either. She only flirted with those who began the gnme first, and that a woman had a right to do. At X., if a gentleman called t wice npon a lady his attentions were said to be "very par ticular;" "if ho saw her homo from meeting," rumor declared that they were "engaged;" aid if he Fpent an evening witli her, they were " to be married next wetk." for certainty ; but Hetty Armstrong was somehow iiot in cluded in tho general rule. She had determined to do as she chose. She went everywhere with every unmarried gentleman of her set. She'was friendly when site choso to bo, and flirted when she liked. After setting gossip afloat a dozen times, she gained her point, and people left her alone. It was Hetty Armstrong's way, and no indication of matrim&nial intentions. Tor years gen tlemen hannted her parlors, escorted her Lither and thither, sung with her, dance 1 with her, confided with her. and adored her, and village gossip Lad not not married her, until suddenly a f tran ger made his debut at X., and set the tongues goicg beyond even Hetty Arm strong's power of silencing. He was tall, lie was handsome, Lo was comparatively young. He Lad just that touch of exquisite about Lira which is bo charming when "a man's a man for a' that ;" faultless in toilet, faultless in manner, education, accomplished alto gether, ho openly 11 icg himself at nttty Armstrong's feet and declared himself her admirer. Of course we do not mean to ray that he ruined tho knees of Lis faultless habiliments by going down upon them.ori'i any other way conduct ed himself as did the knights of old when heart smitten, but, after the manner of tho nineteenth century he declared his intentions eiuite as openly. He sang to and at the lady. Tie hannted her parlors like a well dressed fhoht. He wrote poetry for the "L'im nary," addressed to II. A. and signed C. P.. Ho breathed deep sighs and gave eeifc ghraeen, and said tl i:igs Unit rv'ght Lave double meanings. And this nr t f r n week rr a month, but for n year, at the end cf which time Hetty Armstrong began to understand that she was expected by everybody to ac cept Ciarles lioktwood whi n he offered her his heart nu l hand. Meanwhile, the soft eyes and sweet voice, tLo deli cate at tentiors, and the winning songs of her admirer were not without their cftVct upon Hetty Armstrongs heart. It began to bo en?ciour of certain tremors and !l itterings in Lis presence. Her cheeks flushed as they had in girl hood. Her dreams were not tho sober, practical dreams which nature tit fiv and twenty should alono indnlgo in; and as the days relied on tho ft-It more conscious thai tho "Yes" which whs expected of her would bo easily uttered. S!io tried to bo prndent and judge the man carefully. The result was that she declared him to bo " an sugcl." At last Hetty Armstrong fairlv let go cf the rudder of solf-wiM, to which ho had clung so Ion;?, and allowed herself to drift down the tide of circumstances which were to lead her into tho arms of Charles Kokewood. Sho ftlt that life would bo happy with such a bosom to repose upon, and began to weuider whether it really was necessary for a widow to be married iu peatl color when white was so becoming to her complex ion. So ma'.ters stood when Christmas drew near, and with it Hetty Arm strong's regular Christmas eve party. All X., or nearly nil, would 1 there ; even tho Kev. leather Paragon, who amiably forgot to say that he disap proved of dancing and charades when Mrs. Armstrong declared that "the adored them." It was always tho mer riest party of tho season at X., and this time 'Irs. Armstrong decided that the would outdo herself. There was a tbish more of coquetry ia hor dresfi ; a dash of extravagance in tho supper ; 8 glitter of rare China, and a perfume of rare flowers in tho parlors just as they Bay wine warm up tho wifs and fancy does lovo at times. All things would be brighter, fresher, more sparkling, just now, thought, or rather vaguely felt, the woman who had just began to know her heart, and thought 6ho knew an other's. Sbo stood, in Ler rich drCBS of laco and silk, flow, rs in her huir and on her bosom, Kforo htr guests arrived, lxfro her gr:to liro in tho parlor, when h.iuo t;o touched her on the shoulder, uul, t iming, sho saw Charles Kokewood, JL Inl iu By HORSLEY BEOS. & Her face wss a little paler, her eyes more earnest in thoir look than usual, and a sort of happy terror hung upon her as she guessed why lie had come so early. "I knew I should find yon also," he said, "and I have something to say to yon ; something " Ihero she stopped him. " Don't say it now," she pleaded. "I have an evening before me which call3 for all my calmness. If it i3 rnvthing agi tating, I I must ask you to wait. After these guests of mine are gone er to morrow, I will hear yon ; not now." Charles Kokewood bowed. "Your will shall be my law," he said, and took her hand and kissed it. She let him do it, blushing all the while, not caring now to look at him. All the evening, after the other guests were ; there, her thoughts wan dered back to that moment. She know what she would say, and she could an swer only in one way only one she liked him bo well. "And I have felt ro euro I could never like any one again," thought Hetty Armstrong. "There is fate in it." But she danced and sung and talked aa usual, and no one guessed that was what she was dreamiDg not even Mr. Kokewood, who, with a chosen friend, had slipped away from the par lors, and was smoking and talking in the dressing-room. He was a little out of sorts, netty. conscions of her du ties as a hostess, insisted on being pub lic property, and could not be lured into a tete-a tete, and tho women who were ready to be talked to he did not care about. Engaged men are gener ally known by their boorish conduct to ladies generally. Kokewood, although not engaged, believed himself far enongh on the road to forget suavity, and fell back upon cigars and his mas culine friends whenever his lady-love could not be whispered to or gazed at. Consequently damsals who thought Kokewood charming were wondering what had become of him, when Biddy, the waitress, mysteriously beckoned her mistress into the hall, and, in an awful whisper, said " more spoons were needed for the cratne." " Of Course there must be," said Mrs. Armstrong. ' Where was my poor head to so forget it ? I'll get poor Aunt Martha's set from my up stairs china closet. Flease wait on the stairs until I come to yon." And away ran Mrs. Armstrong to the second floor, where she plunged into a long, old-fashioned closet, and brought forth a legacy of silverware left her by her maiden aunt. Counting the spoons over, a murmur of voices from the next room fell upon her ear. At the same time she caught the perfume of a cigar. She knew that charles Kokewoood had the richest voice and smoked the best cigars of any man in his set. " Yon dear old fellow," she whis pered to herself, I have been so cross to you to-night that some day I'll be as kind to you as I can to make up for it." Then, with a loving woman's wish to 6eo tho dear face that i3 so dear to her, she stepped forward and peeped through a crack in the deor of the china closet opening into the little sewing room, devoted for this evening to the gentle men's toilet. Every word wns plainly audible when her pretty ear approschd so closely to tho crevice, and the first word rivited her attention. Tho men were talking of matrimony. "It's a denced bore," said his friend. lou are tied to a woman s apron ptrings for life. You can't say your soul is your own. Take my advice and keep out of it altogether, Charles." "Look here, old fellow," said Charles, taking his cigar from between his lips, "that sort of a thing is all a man's fault. Now, when I marry, my first act will bo to prove mjeelf master. As yeu begin, so you go on, and, before the honeymoon ia over the woman who takes my namo shall know that my word is law, and that hers must yield to it." Tho spoons in Mrs Armstrong's hands tingled together just then, but no on s heard them. Charles went on : " My wife, if I have one, shall have no chance to show her temper. If she does not like my orders Bhe must obey without liking. I'll break her in jnst as I would a horse bring hor down at once to the frame of mind I mean to keep her in ; purposely thwart her for a while; contradict her ; object to style of dret-s; make her alter her way of doing her hair ; refuse to dance attendance at church ; make her send regrets to pfirty invitations when she wants to accept them ; show her at once what she may expect. After a while I mignt yield a little more ; but because, you under stand not to please her." " T-o es," said his friend, doubtfully; " but you can't think how hard you'll find it ; and if you stay out late they make such a row tit up for you in a night cap, and cry when you come in." "I'd manage that," said Kokewood, 'by staying out every night until day light. The one rule I should put in practice would be never let tho woman have her own way." The spoons tingled a little more, and Mrs. Armstrong's face was terribly flashed, but 6ho listened still." " Of course you yield a great deal to the woman you are in love with," said Mr. Kike wood, evidently brushing tho ashes from the cigar; "but that's becanso of the romance and all that sort of nonsense, which dies out with the honeymoon. You can find women enongh to write poetry to, and to talk sentiment with, married or single. As for your wife, she's the woman that keeps house for you, and the sooner yon make her aware cf the fiict the better. When I marry, Jones, my dear fellow, it will bo with no Miotic idea of perpetual courtship in my mind. I'll begin as I intend to go on, and bo ni!ster, depend npon it." "Bat not my master," whispered pretty Mrs. Armstrong, "not mine." "Mistress Armstrong, them spoens," whispered Biddy, at the stairs just then. Hetty Armstrong gathered up the spoons which had slipped down into her lap. Sho looked at them as sho cTid bo. They wera solid and elegant, as was all her silver. Her eyes glanced about the room, which wealth and taste had made tho pci feet ion of elegance and comfort. Her room! She heard down stairs tho merry chat of her guests, the sound of FIGUERS. music and dancing. She remembered that in the kitchen her servants were making ready, a supper fit for a king. She turned to the mirror ; a handsome woman, still young and elegantly dressed, looked proudly back. An hour before all this, the woman included, she would have given to Charles Koke wood had he been a beggar. Just a twinge of pain went through her heart. One tear stole down her glowing check. Then she gave a litt'e titter laugh. " I alone am queen of me ! " she misquoted, and ran out to give the spoons to Biddy. "It was hard to find them," she Eaid, " but here they are at last." And she laughed a little louder than usual, and not quite naturally. It was the merriest Christmas party of them all. said every one of her guests, and Hetty Armstrong seemed the merriest there. But no one saw her when the door was closed upon them, and Bhe was alone in her cham ber. No matter how brief a love-dream has been, tho awakening is hard, es pecially if it is sudden. netty Armstrong refused Charles Kokewood the next day, and the people who guessed it blamed her bitterly. As for Charles himself he was amazed, and injured, and deeply grieved, for he never guessed that his lecture on mar ried life had a second auditor ; nor that Hetty would have said " Yes " instead if "No," but for that crack in the China closet. Statistics of Cigars and Tobacco. From the advance sheets of the yearly official report of the tobacco trale, the following interesting statis tics have been gathered. The report ia for tho fiscal year cneling June 30, 1871, and will be completed about March 1. There was exported from the United States of native leaf tobacco, 318,097,801 pounds, amounting in value to 30,399,181. During the same time hero was imported into the United States, and entered for consumption, 9,213,800 pounds of leaf tobacco, for use in the manufacture of cigars, and 5,090 pounds of stemmed, or prepared tobacco, smounting together in value to $5,323,550.41. During the same time there was im ported into the United States and en tered for consumption, 844,771 pounds of cigars, or, at an average of eleven pounds to athousand, 76,880,000 cigars, amount ing in value to $3,030,628.79. In the same period there were manufactured in the United States, of foreign and domestic tobacco, and tax paid, 1,7S0,- 901,000 cigars. Allowing thirty pounds of tobacco for every 1,000 cigars manufactured, there was need 53,428,630 pounds of foreign and domestic leaf tobacco in the manufacture of cigars in the United States, The comparison shows there were twenty-three domestic cigars made in the United States to every one import ed, and the tax thereon paid, for every ci gar that wr simported and paid duty dur ing the same time. A close scrutiny re veals the astounding fact that the average nnmber of cigars smoked iu tho United States during each twenty-four hours is 5,108,000. The following amounts of duty and taxes on tobacco and cigars of all kinds were received by the govern ment for the fiscal year ending as above. Import duty of leaf tobacco for cigars, gold, $3,224,787.82 ; import duty on all other kinds of tobacco and snuff, gold, $53,181.12; import duty on cigars, ciga rettes, etc., gold, $2,872,091.47 ; tax on cigars, cheroots, etc., currency. $9,333, 502.24 ; tax on manufactured tobacco, currency, $20,900,509.67; tax on snuF, currency, $1,038,415.62 ; tax received from all other sources from tobacco, currency, $1 070,327 79; total amount of import duties paid ia gold, $0,150, CC0.41 ; total amouut of taxes paid in currency, $33,212,875.02 ; grand total, $39,202 920 03. American Girls. A French traveler, who has recently passed some months on thi3 side of the Atlantic, furnishes the Kevue des Deux Mondes quite a lengthy sketch of life and manners in America. Witiiout com ment we give that portion of his sketch in which referenco is mado to the man ners and customs of the average Ameri can girl. We imagine, however, that the pictnre drawn will be readily recog nized. Tne writer says : "The young American girls only live to have the best possible time. They aro as free as can be. Fortunately, their exaggerated love of pleasure is checked by a calcu lating temperament, which saves them from many a fall. Then, the laws of the country protect them more eflicient ly than ours would against the enter prise of the male intriguer. They elo not, however, prevent many abuses, and fast young ladies are by no means a rarity in the city of New York. During the day they go with some friends, or with the escort of him who has the privilege to flirt with them, to the Cen tral Tark. In winter they'go sleighing and fkating, and air their curiosity in all the stores of Broadway. There they get all sorts of goods spread out before them ; they ask the price of each, and buy none. The impassive salesman dots not show tho least sign of eliscon teat. There ia a peculiar word for that singular custom. It is ' shopping. ' Another custom which i3 largely prac ticed by American ladies is to enter con fectionery shops and take ice creams at every opportunity. In the evening the same young ladies are teen at tho theatres and in the fashionable eating-saloons. If a great ball is given anywhere, you may be sure to meet them there. In summer they flock to watering places, such as Saratoga, Long Branch and Newport, where several times a day they make a display of dresses which might ruin a score of hus bands ; or they cross the ocean, and astonish European folks by their merry freaks, Many people accus; tomed to our habits would not fancy such girls for wives ; and they may not ba wrong ; but the truth is that these Sfty light-hearted and often dangerons-ly-imprndeut girls niako, in the end, excellent wived and mothers.'1 " Thau' lays a man who'd givo his last chaw of terbaeker to a starvin Granger, and then j ay hiui for spit ting," was tho eulogy pronounced on William Hart, of Tennessee, COLUMBIA, THE FARMER FKKDKTII ALL. My lord rides through his palace gate. My lady sweeps along In state ; The sage thinks long on many a thing, And the maiden mnses on marrying ; The miustrel harpcth merrily. The sailor ploughs the foaming sea. The huntsman kills the aood red deer, And the soldier wars without e'en fear ; But fall to each, whate'er befall, Ihe farmer he must feed them all. Smith hammereth cherry red the sword, Priest preacheth pure the Holy word ; Dame Alice worketh broidery well, Clerk Richard tales of love can tell ; The tap wife sells her foaming beer, Dan Fisher flsheth in the mere ; And courtiers ruffle, strut, and shine, While pages bring the gascon wine." But fall to each, whate'er befall. The farmer he must feed thcia all. Man builds his castles fair and high, Wherever river runneth by ; Great cities rise in every land, Great churches show the builder's band ; Great arches, monuments, and towers, Fair palaces and pleasing bowers ; Great work is done, bo it here or thero And well man worketh everywhere ; But work or reBt, whate'er befall, The farmer he must feed them all. FACTS FROM ALL SOURCES. THE THISTLE TAX, The Canada thistle is gradually work ing its way westward, having now reached Iowa and Kansas. It appeared in Indiana and Hlinois several years ago, but vigorous efforts wore taken on the part of the states, and the warfare is constantly kept up. Men are employed at regular wages to dig and burn the plants, it being ineffectual to leave them on the surface of the ground to dry and die. Wherever the thistle gets a foothold in a community, the damage is equal to a tax of 10 per cent, on all the farming land, at a fair valuation. It is agreed that the seed was first in troduced, in the hay with which fruit trees are packed. It would be better to raise one's own trees, and have inferior fruit, than to be thus burdened. Granges, agricultural societies, and clubs should make it an especial busi ness to watch the Canada thistle. THE GRASSES. Dr. Bachelder, of central New York, talks thus of the different grasses with which ho has been experimenting : Perennial rye grass ho considers of no value for hay or pasture, as it will not endure the winters ; but Italian rye grass, he says, is hardy anywhere iu New York, and is one of the most valu able grasses known either to cut for soiling or for hay. In vigor it is like orchard grass, but it is finer in texture, and is of the " cut-and -come-again kind," often producing two crops in a season and then a rich aftermath. Meadow fescue he finds to be one of the most vigorous grasses, adapted to either meadow or pasture. It equals tin.othy in the amount of hay and can be cut at the same time. It is a good grass to grow with timothy. Sweet vernal grass ought to be grown in the meadow to give fragrance to the other hay. Cattle devour it with great eager ness. Orchard grass alone, or with the medium clover, is valuable, but it ripens too soon for timothy. If cut just before the flower-scape opens it makts a valu able hay, but if left till it ripens its seed ia no better than rye straw. USES OF SAWDUST. A correspondent of the Ohio Farmer writes : About six years ago I had a I saw-mill eet on my farm. At first they washed the dust, as the sawyers called it, by letting a stream of water run under tho saw. As the water got low it would not work ; then they had to wheel it out in a pile, and when they went away I had a big pile of sawdust on my hands. As it was on a good piece of bottom land that I desired to plow, I wanted it out of my way. I tried to burn it, but it would not burn. I concluded at last to turn it to some good account ; so when I put my hogs up to fatten I hauled a good load every few days and threw it in the pen. They mixed it with their manure and the cobs, and in the spring I had about twenty loads of the very best manure, besides keeping tho hogs clean and dry. I use! the sawdust for bedding the horses and cows ; I put it around my grape vines to keep down grass ami weeds and the ground moist. The vines improved wonderfully. S3 my sawdust is used up, and it has paid. If I was to have a mill again I would make a bargain to have the sawdust left on the ground. GRAFTING WAX. One pound of rosin, five ounces 95 per ceDt. alcohol, one ounce beef tal low, one table spoonful of turpentine. Melt the rosin over a slow fire, add the beef tallow, and stir with a perfectly dry Btick or pioL-e of wire. When some what cooled add the turpentine, and last the alcohol in small quantities, stirring the mass constantly. Should the alcohol cause it to lump, warm again until it melts. Keep in a bottle. Lay it on in a very thin coat with a brush. Should it prove thick, thin it down with alcohol. It is always ready for use ; it is never affected by heat or cold, and heals up wounds hermetically. LIQUID GRAFTING WAX. The Horticulturist giyes the follow ing formula for making Lefort's graft ing wax, which is said to have been highly recommended in France and until lately kept secret: Melt one pound of common rosin over a gentle fire. Add to it one ounce of beef tal low and stir it well. Take it from the fire, let it cool down a little, and then mix with a tableepoonful of spirits of turpentine, and after that about seven ounces of very strong alcohol, (sixty five per cent.,) to be had at any drug gist's store. The alcohol cools it down so rapidly that it will be necessary to put it again on the fire stirring it con stantly. Still the utmost care must be exercised to prevent the "alcohol from getting inflamed. To avoid it, the best way is to remove the vessel from the fire when the lump that may have been formed commences melting again. This must be continued till tho whole is a homogeneous mass similar to honey. After a few days' expoonre to the atmosphere in a thin coat, it assumes a whitish color, and becomes as hard as stone, being impervious to water or air. A Threatening Fashion. A Taris correspondent writes : " A hint a prophecy of coming fashion : It i3 projected in the highest world of the gentlemen and ladic3 who create our fashions that it may b-ecomo possible to entirely dispense with all underskirts vhatevcr. In their stead tightly fit- TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1S75. ting trousers will fee substitute d, or a warm material for winter and a lighter material for summer. I suppose we s'aall not ba asked to wear muslin dresses with these ? though I do re member once seeing a lady at Milan taking her coffee, on her balcony, one warm summer's eve, in a green tarlatan dress with only one most transparent cambric garment beneath ; this cam brio also being considerably shorter than the green tarlatan dress. But in warm countries we must excuse light ness of apparel. But here, in our northern climes, how will these south ern fashions agree with the ladies' health we will not say taste or deli cacy ? Already our dresses are so tight that we can scarcely tread over a gutter and they are to be tighter still." The Military Infatuation. Just now Europe is suffering from ono of her periodical military infatna-' tions. Everybody predicts war. All the cabinets prognosticate hostilities. Business is depressed and stocks de cline, and an indefinable feeling of in security and dread fills the air. Bat when the inquiry is pressed beyond these superficial aspects of the situa tion it is hard to discover aDy tangible and satisfactory reasons for the forebod ing. The ghost in a single closet does not account for the universal scare. The only facts that as yet have come to the surface are that Germany, know ing that France feels her humiliation and chafes untler it and may some day endeavor to offset the recollection of Sedan, has increased her army to a mil lion and three-quarters of men. All the reserves of the empire are drawn upon to the utmost to put the available military forces into training for a possi ble contingency. The experience of the late struggle as to the value of particu lar arms and methods of operation is being utilized, and the nation has been increased and made more efficient. Bnt Germany has no foreign foe, and no quarrel on hand. Any immediate war with France is out of the question. Trouble with Knssia she may have pro vided ehe provokes it. Trouble she may have with Italy and Spain and France if she attempts to bully the college of Cardinals into electing a Ger man Fope. And she may have trouble with England and Russia if she insists on absorbing Denmark. But there is no legitimate occasion 'for war and no reason for this enormous increase of her army. The other' nations have natu rally enough taken alarm, and begun to increase their armies and navies too, simply because Germany has increased hers, and to-day Europe has larger military establishments than ever be fore in a time of peace. The posses sion of the instrument is a temptation to use it, and such splendidly equipped and thoroughly drilled armies ere a constant provocation. Considering tho poverty of Europe, the oppressiveness of taxes, the degradation end Buffering of the lower classes in every nation, these enormous military establishments are terrible perversions of power and property. It is only necessary to think of the industrial force represented by a million and three-quarters of men in the most productive period of life to see what a drain Germany is making on the resource of the nation. And yet every soldier has to be supported by the productive energies of the yourg and old, the lame and the infirm, the women and tho children ! We have a great deal to complain of, but it is mat ter for congratulation that we have no great army to support and no military infatuation. The Piano of the Future. A new thing in music ! It has re cently been ascertained that by the ap plication of electric communication any number of pianos can be performed upon simultaneously by the person who touches the keys of the central one. It is proposed by this means to fill every nook and corner of the centennial expo sition buildings with melodies. In fact the discovery or invention, whichever it is, was arrived at by some genius who was delving about for something with which to create a centennial sensation. The idea is, of course, a novel one, brims over with suggestiveness. Let thero be a mammoth instrument located in a city upon the same princi ple aa our gas tanks and reservoirs. The community might tax itself for the purpose, and issue municipal mnsic bonds. Then let there be a musician engaged both day and night to manipu late the keyp. By a system of tele graphic connection every parlor that could boast of a piano would echo the refrain. The flow of melody would, o course, be subject to some sort of valve, and could be turned off or on at pleas ure, just as we do our gas and water. A meter might bo so constructed as to indicate tho number of feet of music furnished at a given time. Truly, an era in piano-play ing is drawing upon us. When the thing is all perfected, it will no longer matter whether or not we have musical sons and daughters at home iu order that we may have music at homo. Serenading will be discounted entirely. When bed-time comes, a full bead cf Straus, or Vedi, or Donizetti, or Offenbach, or Will S. Hays, might be turned on, and as the Bweet sounds filled the house from garret to cellar the whole family might be wafted serenely into dream land. But if about midnight the cor poration musiciarjs should take a notion to try a little Warner, whatahowl would startle the dozing moon I Mart was the proprietress of a dimin utive, incipient sheep, whose outer cov ering was as devoid of color as congealed vapor, and to all localities to which Mary perambulated, her young South down was morally certain to follow. It tagged her to the dispensatory of learn ing, one diurnal section of time, which was contrary to all precedent, and ex cited tho cachination of the seminary attendants, when the children perceived the presence of a young quadruped at the establishment of instruction. Con sequently, the preceptor expelled him from the interior, but ho .continued to remain in the immediate vicinity, and tarried in tho neighborhood withont frotfulness until Mary onco more be came visible. Over-Exercise. uymnasuc training nas received a temporary back-set by the death of young Cashing from injuries sustained in the gymnasium connected with the Boston Institute of Technology. Of course, his case was somewhat exception al, and abuse furnishes no argument acrainst use. But it seems to be a law of human development to push a par ticular tendency to an extreme, regard less of consequences, and thento push the opposite tendency to a similar ex treme. A few years ago the Graham fever swept over the oountry, and hundreds of people dropped the eating of flesh as poisonous, and starved them selves on hard bread and cold water with a raw turnip now and then by way of variety, the good ia the Graham system was turned into evil by abuse. Hydropathy was an invaluable discoV' ery in itself, but no sooner was it found that a class of peculiar cases might be benefited by a treatment of cold water than the extremists set about soaking and bathing 'and showering and pack ing and douching everybody for all real and pofsible maladies, and doubtless hundreds of people had their vitality quenched and washed into their graves by the unreasoning application of a method which is admirably suited to particular cases and constitutions. Half a century ago systematic physi cal exercise was hardly thought of, and students, clerks, and people of seden tary habits and quiet pursuits suffered for want of muscular development and activity. Physicians and health re formers preached exercise to people who could not afford horseback riding, and had not time to walk enough to get the exercise tfiey required. The gym nasium grew out of a necessity. But like other needful and useful things it has been carried to an extreeme, in many cases, which has proved injurious, if not fatal. The notion has gained cur rency that exercise is a good thing in and of itself, and when a person has exhausted his vital forces by brain work it ia only necessary to exercise his muscles in a vigorous way to regain his equlibrium. Expenditure of neive power must be balanced by aa equal expenditure in muscular activity, and if tho time is shortened the action must be correspondingly increased in vio lence. The folly of this notion is ap parent when it is remembered that the system is a unit, and the vital force ex pended in one way cannot be recovered by another expenditure ia a different way, any more than a man regains the money he expends out of one pocket by spending an equal amount from ."mother. It is constantly forgotten that recuperation requires rest as well as exercise, and that every tension of the will should be followed by a pas sive condition. Modern life is an ag gregation of activities. Everybody is on the jump. The faculties are strained to their utmost tension. Study, and business, and pleasure are done on the high-pressnre principle, and the sane intensity of movement is carried over into recreation and appears in violent exercises in climbing, rowing, ball-playing, and the performances of gymna sium, it snouia ne Dome m mma tnti the antithesis of action is not action in another way, but quiet and passive re pose. The vegetative processes must ba respected, and the jaded faculties niuEjfc bo given time, for recuperation. The thing wanted is not a crusade on calisthenics and the gymnasium, but a wise discretion in their use. We have learned how to make a perfect horse and ox and hound ; wo have not yet learned how to make a perfect man or woman. In this respect the wise old Greeks were far ahead of any modern people, and it would be well for our teachers to borrow a hint from their methods and experience. Grecian Brigandage. Writing of brigandage in Greece, the Cincinnati Gazette says: "The main object of brigandage is a financial one. The robbers are iu want of money, and the best way for them to turn an honest penny is to steal it. When they cap ture travelers they help themselves to watches, money, and jewels, and any thing else that may be of value. But the end is not yet. They take the cap tives into the mountaina and hold them for something more, and they aro care ful to squeeze out as much as possible. If the victim is a wealthy nobleman or some ether purse-proud aristocrat they think it will be worth about 10,000 to release him, but if he is some ordinary mortal with no influential friends in Athens, a hundred or two hundred pounds will be sufficient. The foreign residents and travelers who happen to be in a Greek or Italian city when ran som is demanded for some unhappy wretch are frequently compelled to raise money to meet the demand. There is a great deal of complaint at this, and much of it is well founded. 'Why should I,' said a gentleman to me in Naples, 'be compelled to pay some thing every little while to get one of my countrymen out of the hands of the brigands? I wouldn't venture whero the scoundrels could catch me, and I wouldn't allow any of my friends to do so if I could prevent it. But along comes some reckless fellow I never saw, goes into danger, and is captured. Then I am appealed to on the ground of hu manity and all that sort of thine, and asked to help release him. It is his own fault if he is caplured.' If he had stayed away, as I do, he would have been safe, and not compelled to appeal to strang ers. If a man meets with an accident I am willing to help him, but I think it hard to be asked to contribute for a man who has deliberately and with his eyes open walked into trouble.'" The Travels or St. Anthony or Tadna. Curiously enough, the missing frag ment of Murrillo's " Appearance ef tho Infant Chriet to St. Anthony of Padua" has turned up in New York. The prin cipal figure was cut out from the pic ture, brought to this city and sold for $250 to a Broadway picture-dealer. Fortunately the dealer knew the work and was able to secure it at once, and ho has honorably turned it over to tho re presentativo of the Spanish gov ernment residing in this city. The original theft was, morst likely, commit ted at Seville by some of the Spanish banditti and Bent to this country in charge of comrades. It seems to have got into the oountry without detection by custom officers by being packed in small compass. In a damaged condi tion it has at last been rescued, and St. Anthony of Padua, after more adven tures than usually fall to the lot of his associates in the calendar, will find his way back to the shrine from which he was torn by sarcrilegious hands. Malleable Glass. The French journals contain an oo oount of experiments made with a new kind of glass so perfectly annealed as to have lost all brittleness, wherefore the inventor calls it, justly or unjustly, malleable glass. His name is De la Bartre, and the experiments were made at the workshop of the railroad com pany of Pont d'Ain, said company wish ing to ascertain the value of an inven tion which at the present day is exciting a great deal of interest, especially in such pursuits where glass- is exposed to a great deal of strain and danger. A pane of common glass a quarter of an inch thick, of which the borders were supported by a wooden frame, was laid on the ground. A copper weight of four ounces was droppep on its surface, elevating gradually the height of its fall. The glass broke at the shock caused by two and a half feet of fall. In place of that pane another, half as thick, was substituted, of one-eighth of an inch in thickness, of the .glass tem pered after the new method. The same weight was dropped, raising success fully to the height of the ceiling of the hU, without causing any damage to tho glass. The experiments wero continued out side the building, and the experimenter climbed on a ladder leaning against a wall, to let the weight fall. It broke at a fall from seventeen feet. It was then proved that the tempered glass does not break by shocks of longer or shorter duration, as the common glass doe?. It is broke in a great number of very small crystals, resulting from its new molecular disposition. When thrown on the ground the tempered glass rebounds, giving a special sound like that of the fall of a sheet of metal. The observations as to its resistance to heat have caused another series of experiments to be made. A strip of common glass was laid flat over the flame of a lamp. At the end of twenty four seconds a sudden noise told that the glass was Bplit. A glass annealed according to tho new method subjected to the same conditions resisted indefi nitely. It was taken and plunged in a pail of water, put again all wet above the flame. It was in no way broken by the fire. Patents have been taken in France and in other countries. A society was formed at Bourg by the aid of some friends, who have offered their testimo nials to the inventor. The buildings for manufacturing this kind of glass are in course of erection. ' We add to these details, given by tho local journals, that the inventor pat ented his process in France. The claim of his invention is : As soon as the malleability begins the glass is thrown at once in a greasy, resinous or other r.ubstance, previously heated to various degrees, iu proportion to the nature and quality of the glass on which they operate. The Radiant Can a'; A Venetian correspondent sajs : " It is a triumphal hour we live while drift ing down the Grand Canal between two lines of palaces whose facades have given whole pages cf glorious form and color to Buskin's poetic prize. It is here we see to the best advantage those bowildering facades thf t look like lace work wrought in variegated marbles the clustered windows, each one a pic ture in itself, windows that are scattered all over the great houses with a diste cardpf old architectural laws that is at first appalling and then delightful. We see the stately palaco where Lord Byron lived for a time and the grand, gloomy chambers, with a broadside of windows, that have tales of sorrow and of blood connected with them. We see the tall, narrow, and exceedingly picturesque home of the unhappy Desdemona, and in another canal we are shown to or three palaces that are 6ftid to have been inhabited by the Moors. We float under the great Kialto and its stone arch of seventy-four feet span, thirty two feet ia height, and covered by a double row of pretty little bootbB. Under this broad arch our voices ring aa if we were in some hall, and here often of a night barges filled with singers congregate and give thoir open air concert to a river full of gondolas and a quay crowded with listeners. Ahundred Japanese lanterns swiag over the water, and when the last chorus is raised, blue and red lights stream up and down the river and flood the gloomy old houses with lovely light. Ob, there are festi val nights in Venice ; this is the perpet ual carnival of the Adriatic 1" Changing tho Earth's Urograpliy. Several projects which are likely to change the features of geography to some extent have been furnished the American geographical society and are worthy of notice. The Suez canal alreaely successfully carried oat has separated entirely the continents of Asia and Africa. The Isthmus canal, be tween the Pacific ocean and the Ca ribbean sea, will, in like manner, when completed, divide the North and South American! continents. The propoeed Maryland and Delaware ship canal, to connect the waters of the Chesapeake and Delaware bays, by the Sassafras river, will convert the large peninsula, 150 miles long from north to south, and over 65 miles wide at tho widest part, comprising more than three fourths of the state of Delaware, the counties of Northampton and Accomac, Virginia, and nearly all that portion of Maryland on the eastern shore an area of little less than 5,000 square miles into an island. Another ship canal is to cut off tho peninsula of Barnstable from the main land of Massach. Both of the two latter enterprises, it is thought, will soon bo accomplished, as tho benefits to Amerioan cemmerco that will come from thera are most manifest. A Georoia farmer guards his Rmoke house with a circle of i ixtdeu boar tiaj s. VOL. XX. NO. 30. Important and Interesting Discover of Art Treasures. Rome Ltttir to tlie Lonilon Timee. There appears to be no limit to the wealth of art buried beneatn the ruins of the ancient city. Ou Tuesday last some of the woikmen employed in clear ing away a quantity of fallen walls and debris for the purpose of leveling the newly marked out streets npon the Es quiline, split off a mass of earth with their wedges, and, f s it fell, out rolled a female head of great beanty. The cleanness of the fracture across the neck, and the indications that the place had never been disturbed since ruin covered it, at once aroused expectation of finding the remainder of the statue or bast, whichever it might be. The archioologiCiil commissioc immediately set its men to work, and within a short time a second head the portrait of a man was found, then the beautiful nudo body of the first, and directly af terward its legs and plinth. A new Venus of the pnrest Parian marble had been discovered. By this time it was dnsk, but the men had become too ei cited to think of leaving off. Of thair own accord they got torches, and con' tinning their work on into the night, found a bust of Commodus, altogether unique in art. On the following morning a draped female statue, broken across a little above the knees, but without the head and neck, which had been sculp tured separately to fit into the drapery, was first discovered, and then two statues of Tritons, as far as the hu man portions of the monsters were con cerned, that is, down to tho hips. They had not been broken off at that point, but were terminated ia such a manner as would lead to the inference that the tails were originally of broEEO. Next, tho head of another Venus was found, and immediately a considerable portion of a semi colossal statue of Bacchus, which would also seem to have been formed of different materials. The portion discovered consists of the head, the right arm, and the whole of the front of tho body down to tho hips, The back was evidently cut awny at the time when the work was sculptured, in order to fit it into the drapery, which was probably of bronze. The left arm, broken off at the shoulder, has not yet been found. On Thursday morning a second draped female statue was discov ered, of which, like the first, the head and neck were sculptured separately, to fit into tho drapery ; then two male legs, which, from the similarity of the marblo to that of the head found on the first day, probably formed jiarts of the same statue ; and, lastly, bo far as the excavation has been carried, the heads of two female statues in all, six statues, a bust of Commodus, a head of Venus, and a male portrait head, and two legs, apparently portions of the same statue. The gem of these pieces of sculptnre, all found together within the space of a few square yards, is tho Venu, as it is called. Its only claim, however, to be considered arepresentatiemof the Paph- ian divinity consists, like that of the Capitoline Venus, in being perfectly nude ; but iasteal of being a statue of a fully developed woman, it is that of a lovely girl of seventeen. To use the words applied by Winkelmann to the Venus do Medici, " It is like a lovely rosebud bursting into bloom," and might not inappropriately be called a Psyche, did not the style of art suggest an earlier period than tho date of the fable. She stands with both feet npon the ground and close together, the left a couple of inches further back, with the heel very slightly raised. A moment before sho was erect, but she has dropped into an easier petition, with the left knee bent forward and inwards against tho right, ner left hand is resting on the knot of hair at the back of her head, while her right holds tho fillet she has already passed ireveral times round it. In doing this sho has swayed a little over and down to tie right, bringing tho left side forward. The shoulders are well set back, and the face is turned to the right and a littlo downwards, showing from the front not quite three quarter view. The result of this action is the most beautiful flow of lino from every point of view. The modeling is perfect, tho contours have that delicious softners given to the gradually increasing fullness of ap proaching development, together with all the beauty, charm and sweetness of youth, virginity and innocence. Alto gether it is the most perfect representa tion of pure, unconscious girlhood I ever beheld. On the ground at her right is what appears to be a perfume box, ornamented with flowers like daisies, and npon a blender kind of bol aster, upon which her drapery has been thrown. This, of course, Berves as the support to the statue, but does not intrude as clofcly apt a the leg as the vase and drapery which support the Capitoline Venus. 1 may bo somewhat unduly impressed by tho first Bight of this "thing of beauty," but I am inclined to think that it will take rank above the Medicean Venus. Judging from tho execution, which is slightly unequal, and which, though good, is inferior to the beauty of the conception and modeling, here can be little doubt that the statue is a copy, b .t from a master-piece. Tho marble, as I have raid, is Parian of the rarest quality. The statue is broken across tho neck, below tho b ft and above tho right knee, and abavn the 1 ft ankle. The nose is slightly broken at tho tip, and the right arm has not yet been found. TnE queen of England's daughters are examples to the rest of the fashion able world ia industry and taste. At the royal Swiss cottage each of the princesses has a garden which she cul tivates with her own hands. They have learned to cook, and they frequently sit down to a meal prepared by one or the other. Louise, wife of tho marquis of Lorn?, is a clever artist. A wee hit girl ia Cusco, Wis., while at the breakfast table, a lew mornings since, made loud and repeated calls for buttered to apt. After disposing of a liberal quantity of that nourishing arti cle, Bhe was told that too much toast would make her fiick. Looking wist fully at the difih for a moment, ehe thought Bhe saw a way out of her diffi culty, and exclaimed : " Well, give me annuzzer pieoe and Bend for the doctor,' SAYIXUS AND DOISUS. A DOCTOIt'S IIOHV. Mrs. Rogers lay in her bed, BndaR0d ml blistered from foot to led. Itandaged And blistered from head to t e, Mrs. Rogem waa very low. Bottlo and saucer, rjioon and enp, Ou the table stool bravely np ; Physio of Ligh and low defrree ; Caomel, catnip, bourse t te ; Everything a body conld bear, Excepting light, and water, and air. I opened the blinds ; fie dy was briirU. And God gave Mrs. Roger som liglit. I opened the window j tlio day wa f;r, And God pavo Mrs. Rogers some air. Roltles and blieter, powders and pills, Oaitiip, bononet, symp and senilis ; lings and mouicines, high and lnw, I threw them as far as I con!d throw. " What are yon doing ?" m.7 patient cried, " Frightening death," I ccolly replied. " You are crazy ?" a visiter said ; I flung a bottlo at her head. Deacon Rogers he came to me ; ' Wife is a comin' around, ' aaid he, " I really think she will worry through ; She eool.Is me just as she used to do. All the people have pointed and slurred -All the neighbors have had thoir word ; Twas bettnr to perish, some of Vin say. Than to be enred iu anch an irregular way." " Yonr wife," said I, "had God's good care. And his remedies light, and watr, and air. All the doctors, beyond a doubt, Couldu't have cured Mrs. Rogers without." The doacon smiled and bowed his head ; "Then your bill is nothing," hesai 1. ' God's be the glory, as you say ; God bless you doctor; good day good day." It ever I doctor that woman a.-ain, I'll give her medicines made by men. A ood name will wear out ; a bad one may be turned ; a nickname lasts forever. It is better to bo aloue in this world than to bring up a boy to play on tho aceordeon. A hook has bee-n published called "Half Hours with IuBccts." The au thor was not a regular boarder A". 1". Mail. A mas may be properly said to havo been drinking like a fish when he finds that he has taken enough to make his head swim. oAQrrx MitXEtt cut his hair on re' turnirjg to Lemdon, but preserved bin peeti a individuality by donning gretn pantaloons. Tiiebr will be two eclipses of tho sun this year, one on April f, not visible iu the United State, and another on Sep tember 29, visible east of tho Missis sippi. Thekk is nothing half to sad in lifo as the spectacle of an auctioneer at tempting to eell $15,000 worth of good to an audienco whose aggregate and tangible assets foot up thirty cent. It looks a little Btrange to the Mis souri traveler who knocks at a door to have the man open it, push a shot gun out and inquire what's wanted, bnt tl e owner of tho shot gun knows his busi ness. Some physiogomists ssy thut the back of a man, his head, etc., show his real self moro truly than his fate, with its trained and conscious expression, iu which ho seeks to reveal or hido such parts of his nature as he sees fit. TnE Titusville Courier says that tho production of petroleum in western Pennsylvania during tho year 1H7I would fill a canal thirty feet wide at tho top, fifteen feet at the iwttora, seven feet deep and over seventy-five miles long. OtUNeiF.s are now raised in such quan tities, and ef Bnch excellent quality, in the neighborhood of Galveston, Texas, that the importation of tho fruit, it is thought, will shortly ceaso at that port. A EAitT boy in Nevada has lo hair, and the doctors Bay he never will havo any. Perhaps the Almighty hns changed the Btjle of getting up tho masculine human in view of the well known modern propensity of wemen to jank something. Tub St. Lawrence county (N. Y.) dairymen have btMa discusning tho length of time a dairy oow should g dry. After two hours' debate a vot.J was taken, which resulted iu a six weeks' vacation for each dairy cow, beginning with the first of January of each year. Uecii-e ron Gm r ran r.EAnr I si: To any quantity of glue uno rotanon whisky instead of waUr. Put both together in a bottlo, cork tight, and put t away for tureo or lour iays. it win then be fit for ns without tho applica tion of heat. It will bo found a tist fHl and handy article for every household. TnE Chicago, Hock Island and Pa cifio railroad company has created a department of aurgery " on their road. The department will Iirvo the supervision of all cases of injury by accident, and will attend to tho brokn and bruised bodies of tho patrons of the road. Good ide, but not ft cheer ful one to elaborate. " A CLEnoYMAN " ruggests ocean im mersion as preferablo to cremation H says: "Funeral steamers might bo provided, which, proceeding to a dis tance from land, could deinwit tho re mains beyond tho reach of desecration, and whence injury could not result to the living." CiiAnr-E.s W. ru-MMFii, a Newark N. J., society-duck, had to pay Miss Grace E. rinmmcr, a belle of the Mnio city, for "hugging her on the parlor sofa, kissing her every time they met, and going to Bleep ou her shoulder," tho net sum of 85.0(H) ; but, as this sort of thing went on for sixteen months, tho bill was not excessive. Nice girl, Miss Plummer. Tnis is the way one char sinps the first verse of Jerusalem, ioy huppy homo : " Yiii- ln sah-lot'K, Yi-o-1'i-sli-!ciig, i-ming Jih-c;i o pan-pii ; Ling-cong z' '" ''- " l't-u ngo ziu gyi en-wo ? The choir io which wo now refer Is oomponed of Chinamen ; but there are plenty of American choirs that can ning it just as badly. An observing Frenchman thus writes of what he saw in this country: " lu winter evenings, when there comes up one of those dense fogs which aro ho common over iu America, it is no un usual thing to meet in thentreuts a mno carrying a lantern, which resembles one of onr magio lanterns, lie st lcta frequented spot, and when tho crowd becomes dense around him ho turns his lantern towards the lowering clouds. At that instant, rs if by mimcle, the by standers behold in the midet of the heavens, which do duty for a enrtain, a gigantic advertisement reoommeuding some dry goods establiBLmnt or cloth ing store. The second example is more simple, but not less ingenious. One often passes on the Btrctt a citir.cn walking rapidly, and treading with all his weight on the sidewalk. You draw near, and on the asphalt, in the trace left by the footprints of the personage in question, yon read an advertisement, printed in clear and elegant characters. The man was a walking advertisement, and he wore shoes with nailed letters t.u their solos. " .