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THE VS ATTAINABLE.
It chanced tht m I " 0D m1 WT'
One mia" a das',
With ,k, ehii "'' nnt0 fnci quaint,
i 't""lK"y whit tim he flu n-rtmint;
Uke "'j ; iU brink
A ooaiMiplBlive tw had paoard to think.
He tooI rflectiv, ruirii: (ar away,
Ai whoftbould 1st:
7iU ulumbinns uaim-r noon i nowis fit
for iiidit of toil iu bntrhUM to amnil:
But in Uk lap of dreamy thoughts to ait
And gather ao
Such pcaoe of mind as lazy know.
Quite loat in contemplation deep wu he,
One ear did noinrwhat drop, aa with the weight
Of portly fly, which jrravely hung thereby,
In niniinir rvpinlnn and conu ntmi-nt great;
Nor dc-rmed that be
Wan otherwhere tunn mt a fly should be.
O aa," I aaid, "what )ierTect rest is thine,
W hut peaoe tK-mjrnl
Ioat thou not know audi 1,-isurr cannot last?
Hi-I tli'iu no tear ot blows still .hit- thee here,
Aa debits n the paw by fate forecast'.'"
HeoflVreil no rei.lv,
But with his hind-tuot calnily brushed that fly.
"Oass," I aaid, "the pleasant hours are few
Thy journey through !
Jfcwt thon not dread what yet may come to pass?
oit'inints )Mn:nance ttiuie utter nonrn&Jance
Muy be because, in truth, thou art an an,"
'1 hun I. in brief :
fie naught, but used his tongue for handkerchief .
"O ass," I aaid, "canst thou not teach to Die
And flill eniovini-ntof the passing hour?
Without or vain regret, or ceaseless, weary
Toward what future illsmev darkly lower?"
He turned his head.
Fall-solemn wink-ed he, but no word said.
"Nor have f ever learned the potent plan.
From aaa or man,
Of how to rest content with present stood:
tVilhoul forebodings vain, or rcirosjiective
To Bur the most oomplaoeot peaceful raood :
N"tr is U SrtM,
That any (oik but assea reach thereto.
ItY WM. H. MAHF.R.
I di-clare, I could no more realize that
our Nelly whs about to Im- married, than I
could account for the white Lain that Kit-
ly pouits ont to me in mr hairand whiskers.
I do not know when? the years have pone.
Kitty and I very often speak of these years,
but hot as if they had passed away from
us ; they arc more like old friends who are
just as dear as when we first knew tacm ;
just as securely nestled among the good
tilings in our fiearts.
Yes, God lias liccn very good to us. This
thought is never out of our mind. He has
guided our lives with so loving a hand
that the years have passed away and left
Not that they were all sunshine or
laughter. Nay," there were many days oi
weeping, and "there is a tremor, even now,
in Kitty's voice, whenecr she sjieaks of
two little hearts that were taken to heaven
ln-fore they had reached their tenth year.
All laughter? No, J thank God now, tru
ly and heartily, for the sadness that came
to us, lust a truly and heartily as I thank
llim tor all our happiness.
Ileal h has no terrors for us when it will
but take us from our chilcli en ou earth to
our children in heaven, and if we had not
known what it was to stiller we could not
have understood how to sympathize with
others who mourned.
And yet. its I said liefore, I could not re
alize that all these years had parsed over
me, and that our Nelly, our darling, was
old enough to leave us.
To be sure I saw that Tom Baron was a
very constant visitor at our house, but he
played and sang a great deal irore with
Grace than lie did with her older sister,
Nelly, and he always had sonic question to
ask nn", and was sure to find occasion to
have a chat with Kitty ; so that 1 had no
reason to think the boy had any idea of
marrying, and csiieciaily of marrying our
Kitty saw it till anil supposed that 1 did;
but then Kitty is much quicker to see to
the bottom oi things than 1 am.
I was quite taken aback when Tom told
me he wanted to marry Nelly.
Marry Nelly !" said" I. "why, bless us.
Tom. u are only a couple of' children .''
' Tom laughed, as he answered. "I am
twenty-lour, and Xellv is twenty.'
" I know," said I; but then what is
twenty ? Why the girl is but a child yet."'
"Weare old enough to love each other,"
said he, and with a q nick dignity that made
.'me respect the boy more.
" You have spoken to Nelly then ?" I
" Yes, sir, I have told Nelly that I love
"And what did she say?"'
"She consented to become my wile il
you and Ikt mother consented. '
" lint she didn't say that she loved you !
Come now, she didn't say that she loved
you. did she?"
" Then wa no need of saying it. I saw
it in her face."
Just then Kitty came in the room, and I
must say I felt relieved to see hur.
" What do you suppose Tom has Iteen
telling me? 1 asked Iter.
" From the puzzled look in your face I
should imagine it was something strange."'
"Why," said I, dashing into the sub
ject, "the Imiv want to marry Nellv !"
She didn't look at all surprised, as I
imagined she would.
"Well."' said she, in her tenderest way.
" we haven't any fault to find with Tom.
" Fault !"' said I. more puzzled than ever
at the cool way she took it. "Hut tiicv are
a couple of children yet !"' '
".lust two such children as you audi
wen-, Dick. We can certainly "trust our
Nelly with Tom. father, and I am glad and
thankful that she has won so good a man's
love."' She stooped over as she said the
words and kis.-ed Tom. and 1 know she
had taken liim into her heart of hearts
where she held me and the children.
Of course there was no use of my saying
anything more except to give him' fatherly
counsel, and then to call Nelly iu and kiss
As she came into the room I acknowl
edged to myself that she was a woman,
and I ha l no fears but that she would lie a
good wife; for a Inltcr or more loving
daughter never lived.
It seemed to mo Tom was very impatient
to bo married, but whenever I said this to
Kitty, she laughed and recalled sonic ol
the scehcs 1 had made in our young days.
Nelly was not so eonsfantlv "sewing but
that she and 1 liad long walks and talks
together, and the dear child was so like
her mother, I could fancy 1 was young
and chatting again with Kitty. And Tom
and I were often together too. 1 found
him as full of hope and ambition as lie
could well be. but with a thoroughly good
heart, and a desire to !' happy iiutf com
fortable rather than rich and stylish. ;
At last the day came when we were to
give our Nellv into the hands of another.
It was a lovely day in dune, and I hope it
was a foreshadowing of what their lives
It seemed to me too solemn an occasion
for theatrical show or flourish. They
were married in the church, of course. A
ceremony that is bound by God's ordi
nance; vows that reach even lieyoud the
grave, should only be given under the root
of God's house.
There were no bridesmaids or grooms
men. Nelly, dressed in a simple white
dress and with a few orange flowers in her
hair, walked up the aisle on Tom's arm.
and there, in the solemn quietness of the
- chureh, with the voice of God's servant
sounding iu their hearts, thev were made
1 knew I had not lost my daughter. I
knew that her love was mine tluit day, to
morrow, forever ; just as it was when she
sat on my knee; but still, perhaps I am
growing childish. I eould not keep back
the tears. '
" Not crying, Dick ! " said Kitty ; and
her own voice was not too steady.
"Yes," gaid I. "but I don't know
why. 1 am certain we have not lost our
"That we haven't."' stud Kitty: "she will
always be our child."
There M as no jwtrty after the ceremony.
Tqiii's people and our family made a
goodly number to gather around'the table,
and we lingered long over our dinner as
if we dreaded to part, But the hour for
parting came ; Tom and Nelly were oblig
ed to hurry to catch the trainthat was to
carry them to a quiet place by the sea-side,
'khere they were to spend not all. please
God hut the first f wrh wn.l.- if thA ii ,i i
Such pleasant letters as came to us from
them both in those dav6 ! Nearly every
day Grace brought me one and called all
the family around that they might "isten
to what Nellv said.
When they came home they found Tom's
father and myself had not been idle. We
had bought them a handsome, cosy iittle
cottage, and furnished enough so that tncy
could so into it at one'.
I met them at the depot and, as we had
arranged beforehand, drove them to their
"We must get out here a moment," I
said, ana they botn stepped out oi tne car
riage at once, though with somewhat won
"Will we go in?" Tom asked.
"Y'es. for moment '' and we walked to
the door. Kitty and our children and
Tom's iw-ople were all standing in the hall
to receive them, and such shouting and
kissing and explaining I never heard lie-
I took Tom and Nelly one side when
they had greeted every one ; my heart was
too lull lor a speecu tn-iore mem an.
"This is vour house, children," I said.
"and it is for von to nmke) it a home. I
pray God that you may find in it all the
iK-ace and happiness you desire, and that
your children may be as great a joy to you
as vou have been to us."
Kitty placed Nelly at the bead of the ta
ble. "It is your table and your house,"
said Kitty, "and your place is here al-
wavs ; ' and we sat down to the hrst mc;u
in our children's house.
That is the house on your left as vou go
down the road. There is Nelly now play
ing with a little boy in the yard, lliat is
young Dick, and he and I are capital
Iriends and companions. And we haw
not lost our daughter ; no, she is our Nel
ly to-day as she alwavs was, and l think;
she will be our daughter just the same
when we are gathered around the throne
of God. Hearth and Home..
Adulterations of Food in I'nglan.i.
The practice of coloring or "facing' tea
is so notorius that it ought to deceive no
body. Habit and imagination enable us
to jM-reeive that a peculiar and grateful fla
vor is imparted to ordinary black tea by an
infusion of green tea at a higher price.
Speaking generallv, the true green tea
comes from Shanghai and the liilse from
Canton. lr. Hassall gave lately an analy
sis of an article which, with commendable
honesty, was announced as "handsome
made Canton gunpowder, to imitate true
.Shanghai I'ing Suey gunpowder." Thi
sample was "very strongly magnetic,"
containing 4S.4(! per cent, of lie tea
"earthy matter partly in the folded leaves."
It wxs faced with turmeric, Prussian blue.
and a white mineral powder. The ash of
the tea was -UM) jer tnt.. whereas the ash
of tflXHl tea is less than G per cent.; so that
extraneous matter must have Ih-ch largely
ntrodiiced into it. Dr. llassall mentions
iu the same number of his journal dust or
sittings, which he says is usually genuine,
and is sold at a very low price, it is not
known to the public at large, and is much
used for mixing. The public, if they were
sensible, would infinitely prefer this inoan-
lookmg tea-dust to handsome made .an
ton gunpowder. It is an intending ques
tion whether China and other accessible
countries can grow enough tea to supply
the world. If they can, we should prefer
to receive their tea and leave their dirt, ot
which we have an adequate provision at
home. If they OHiinot, we had better
adopt 'obltett's principle and stick to beer.
At present one analyst tells us that our tn
is "laced :" another finds "living organ-
ins ' in the water with which we fill our
kettles ; and a third suggests that our milk
nay have been adulterated with water'
Irawn from a well nolluted bv infiltration
of sewage. Our beef is probably horse-.
flesh, and our mustard is Hour colored
with turmeric and seasoned with capsicum.
A few years ago, says 1 r. Hassall. genuine
musMrd was scarcely to be met wilu the
market. The manufacturers yrriadc
three qualities of mustard, distin
guished as " line, " " superfine, "
uid "double superhne. Ihey ail
consisted of the above-named ingredients,
and th! first named contained the least
mustard, while even the "double super
line' contained a good deal of flour. The
value which all trades attach to names is
remarkable, considering that neither deal
ers nor customers expect realities to cor
respond to them. The commonest kind
of sherry must be marked " V. S. O.,"
and mustard largely coniosed of colored
Hour ranks as " double superfine." Per
haps the reason why genuine articles are
hardly ever sold in Lngland is that the
language has no epithets siiflieiently mag
nificent to apply to them. It was alleged
by a correspondent of the Times that
wheat llour improves mustard, on which
lr. Hassall observes that in the "fine' ar
ticle of commerce which contains least
mustard, there is most llour, which seeing
to him extraordinary if the llour is only
used to improve the mustard. A practice
analagous to that of " facing' tea is
whitening bread by means of alum. If a
West Knd baker made bread from the best
wheat llour and used no whiteuing matter
the bread would Im- yellowish, like the
home-made bread of aco tin try-house, and
his customers would reject it. An exam-'
ph.' somewhat similar is that of putting
sulphate of iron into loer to give it
" head." It is to lie feared that our grand
mothers were addicted to what they called
"greening" pickles by putting them into
a copjier vessel. We need not dwell on
tae familiar atrocities of colored confec
t.onery nor upon the use of red lead in
cheese. lint a new horror has been added
to the list by the author of a little book oii
Adulterations of Food, who has discover
ed that mushroom ketchup is adultetnted
by "the juice expressed from the livers of
p'utrifying horses." Alter this it is almost
a relief to revert to the older theory that
ketchup was made out of crashed "black
beetles. Amng the probable ingredients
of butter is " rag-pulp," and straw-pulp is
largely ust'd in making jam. We tlo not
find that this author sanctions the popular
idea that calfs-foot jelly (recommended
for its strengthening qualities to invalids)
is made out of old combs. He tells us
that ' plain spirit" is produced froirt grains
at the distillery, and it becomes gin,
brandy, or rum, at the pleasure of the rec
tilier. Many so-called wines, he says, con
tain the genuine article in only a lioinoo
pathie proportion. This statement is in
disputably true, and it leads us to inquire
whether the wine merchants are to lie
treated on the same principle as the tea
dealers. If they are. tlte unlucky grovr
who sells both articles is likely to be doubly
punished. Saturday Reriew.
Xova Seolian Children.
II. H.. in her "T.itsof Talk," is impress
ed with th1 children of Nova Scotia, who
are superior in apiearanee, size, and
health to the children of the New England
and Middle States. There was soareely a
sickly one among them ; such brilliant
cheeks, such merry eyes, such evident
strength; broad shouldered, straight, and
sturdy, and their faces wore a quiet, un
harrassed expression. The climate has un
doubtedly something to do with this, the
air being moi-t. and the mercury rarely
rising above K or falling lielow 10.
There are no public schools in Xova Scotia,
and in eontra-ting the state of the children
wah a similar class in the United States.II.
H. comes to the broad conclusion that it
i better to have no schools at all than to
have such public schools as are now kill
ing off our children. In Massachusetts
more than two-fifths of all the children die
before they are twelve years old. In Nova
Scotia the proportion is'Uss than one-third.
In Massachusetts the mortality from dis
eases of the brain and nervous system is
eleven per cent.; in Nova Scotia it is only
eight per cent. So it seems that to have
rosy, ruddy, calm children we must reor
ganize our schools, and taking Nova Scotia
for an example, no child should be sent to
school under seven years of age, or kept in
school more than six hours a clay, with an
hour's intermission, and no learning les
sons out of school allowed.
PERSONAL ASD POLITICAU
The Missouri State Grange adjourned on
the 2fth, leaving the time and rlaee of the
next meeting to be designated by the Execu
Chin Larpin Chinese Commissioner of
Education, was recently introduced by Secre
tary Fish to the President and Cabinet. Chin
Lai-pin expressed the hope that the inter
course between tne I nited States and China
would grow more general, and existing
friendlv feeling never be interrupted
The Iowa Anti-Monopoly Convention met
at Pen Moines on the 25th, for the purpose of
perfecting a State organization. Sixty-four
counties were represented by four hundred
and sixty-four delegates. A platform was
adopted declaring that a tariff on impor
tations is justifiable for revenue purposes
only, and demanding free iron, steel, suit, and
lumber and woolen fabrics; that all corpora
tions should be subject to legislative control ;
opposing all grants of lands to railroads or oth
er corporations; that the "pretended repeal
of the back-salary law after the appropria
tion of the grab, both before and after the serv
ices performed by m&ny members of Con
gress, and the failure to apply it to the Presi
dent, is a gross fraud upon the public, and
nothing short of an unqualified repeal will
satisfy the just demands of the people."
The Boston Grange has declared them
selves indeondent of the National Grange,
and invite other organizations to unite with
Ex-President Baez has been interviewed in
Washington, and denies the rejiorts that he
and his family have been banished from San
Domingo. On the contrary, he says that the
Acting President, Gonzales, is his friend, and
that there is a perfect understanding between
them. He further states that all concessions
are respected,aud that the right of the Samana
Hay Company, as well as those of other for
eigners, are quite secure.
The nominatiou of William A. Simmons as
Collector tit Boston has been confirmed by the
Senate, lie was strongly opposed by many
Massachusetts men, and Messrs. Sumner ami
Boutwell spok in opposition to his confirma
tion. The fight was really between the
friends and opponents of General Butler, who
stood as sponsor for the nominee. The vote
stood, ayes, 27; noes, 17 all the "Democrats,
it is stated, voting aye.
Senator Chandler has brought suit against
the PetroitFree Press for libel, claiming $100,
000 damages. The alleged libel is in a special
dispatch from Washington dated February 20,
charging Chandler with intoxication and dis
graceful conduct in ihe Senate chamber.
COMMERCE AXD ISDI STRI.'
Gold closed in New J York, on the 2d, at
The freight brakemen on the Erie Railway
struck for back pay due on the 22d. The
movement of trains over the road was almost
The Secretary of War asks appropriations
for improvement of the mouth of the Missis
sippi for the next fiscal year, and for improve
ment of the banks of the Rio Grande at Fort
The X'Uionnl Crop Jieporter publishes es
timates from reports of its correspondents in
the States of Illinois, Indiana. Iowa, Kansas,
Minnesota, Missouri. Ohio ami Wisconsin, of
the pros)octive supply of hogs for summer
packing in those States. These estimates
place the liumber at r0 per cent, less than the
i:umler fattened last year for summer pack
ing. Wisconsin returns eighty per cent, as
compared with last year, and Minnesota forty-two
per cent., being prospectively the
highest and lowest aveniges of the several
Following is the comparative cotton state
ment for the week ending Feb. 2.S :
Net receipta for past week
all U. S. port 102.97S 1I4,'0
Total receipta from Sept. 1
to tlnte all IJ. S. ports 3,05y,Htr, 2,70fi,GM)
ExtorU for past week
Irom all ports 81,403 84,270
Tutul export from Sept. 1
to Ute from all ports 1,098, SK'J 1,611,7SC
StiM-k now on ham! at all
U. S porta 836,522 5'"3,:17'
The following is a recapitulation of the
public debt for the mouth of February:
Debt ltearine interest in coin :
Sir per cent, oontls, $l,2l4,fti,l.V)
Kive per cent, bonds 505,b'J7,5.iO
Total coin bonds $1,720,3I,700
Law I ul money utbt 1 4.li78.tsl
Matured debt U,sH,.Ui
lpal lender Dotes . S 2,07s 5.f2
Certificates of dep't ;l,:WJ,iiOti
Fractional currency 4S,ti4ti,4!t4
Coin certificates 40,f.tj!I.M) .
Total w ithout interest 521 ,78,i-s7
Total debt 2, Wi,Ml,!i77
Totul interest 28 ,053, 065
( h in Treasurv
Com 85,588, 222
Currency 3,727, 7.'4
Special deposits heltl
f ir redemption ol
certificates of de-
lo-it. us provided
uv law ;m,.i'.),uiiu
Total in Treasury
Debt less cash in Treasury
Decrease "luring month
li-tntls issued to Pacific Railroad
companies, interest payable in
lawlul money, principal out
Interest accrued anil not yet paid. 0P,2:5
Interest paitl by United States 22,?ti,o!!l
Interest repaid by transportation ol
mails, etc 5,0I?4,317
B ilnnce of interest bv U. S 17,352,44
CHIMES A5fl CASUALTIES.
Chris. Rafferty, who killed Policeman O'
Meara in Chicago about two years ago, and
who was three times tried, convicted and
sentenced, was finally hanged in accordance
with the last sentence, at Waukegan. on the
A San Francisco dispatch of the 2sth says
that Yasquez and his gang of roblers and
murderers were raiding the southern coun
ties of that State. Oa Wednesday they
robbed the Ixs Angelos stage and got $ 200
and eight horses. One Inan resisted, shot at
Vasijuez and missed htm. Vasquez returned
the lire, shooting him through the legs, then
told him his name and granted him mercy.
The banditti traveled southerly after the rob
bery. MISCELLAXEOI S.
The Ohio House, on the 24th, refused to
adopt a resolution of sympathy with the wo
men's temerance movement.
A State Mass Temjierance Convention was
held at Columbus, Ohio, on the 24th, repre
sentatives from various portions of the State
being present. Iio Lewis presided, and Van
Pelt, the converted saloon-keeper, made an
address. Resolutions were passed ex
pressive of an assurance that the liquor
traffic can be removed from the State
and Xation; relying on Divine assistance
through faithful and persistent praying;
anil recommending to all engaged in the work
to " avoid all envy, hatred, malice, and all
uncharitableness and bitterness of speech
ami denunciation of men engaged in the
liquor traffic, but to cultivate their acquaint
ance and kindly feelings, and by all honorable
an 1 practicable means to assist them in
changing from a business injurious to society,
to some other, remunerative to themselves
anil lteneticial to the community." The asso
ciation adopted the name of the Woman's
Temiernnce Association of Ohio.
In New York City the leaders of the tem
lerance movement discourage all praying
iu or in front of liquor saloons, which they
fear would lead to riotous demonstrations,
but instead, will quietly circulate a pledge
against the use. sale or manufacture of any
intoxicating drink, taking this especially to
sa'onn-keeiiers and men who lease their
milldings for the sale of liquors.
At Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, on the
night of the 23d, the mercury etood 21 deg.
MILAN, GIBSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE.
below zero, being the coldest of the season.
It was feared that the troops moving north
from that point would suffer severely.
A dispatch from Portland, Oregon, says
that the horse and cattle disease has broken
out in that State and is spreading extensively.
It is quite fatal.
The Philadelphia Medical Times states
that the autopsv of the Siamese Twins ct
closed the fact that the livers, which were
suposed to be joined only by blood vessels,
were reallv one body of parenchymatous tf
sue, being continuous between them, so that
when they were removed from the bodies snd
placed on a table they formed one mass. The
so-called tract of portal continuity is there
fore liver tissue. It will lc remembered thai
Chang was said to be possessed of one more
nouch than En?. 'When the liver was re
moved, however, an upper hepatic ioiieh
was found also proceeding from Eng. so that
the hand contaiued four pouches of peritone
um besides liver tissue. These disclosures
show that any attempt during life to separate
the twins would in all probability have
proved fatal. y
The President has addressed a message to
Congress, favoring Congressional legislation
in aid of the Centennial Exposition.
The House Committee on Appropriations
will report a bill setting apart f 4.SOO.0O0 for
the Indians. This is $2,000,000 less than the
estimate of the Department of the Interior.
The Modoes get ? 10.000.
Two attempts have been recently made in
B ift'alo, X. Y'., to burn public school build
ings while the schools were in session, but
both were fortunately discovered and frus
trated. The Senate Committee on Post-offices and
Post-roads have agreed to amend the Postal
telegraph bill in various minor particulars,
suggested by arguments of Orton and Hul
bard. The committee voted to report ad
versely on Senator Hancock's bill proposing
to vest in the Postmaster-General the power
of establishing post-roads. The committee
an-of the opinion that this power cannot con
stitutionally be delegated by Congress to any
The House Committee on Appropriations
are preparing a bill, it is stated, making ap
propriations of money to provide for the pay
ment of bounties to colored soldiers, the ap
propriations for which service are nearly ex
hausted. It costs the Government about
.,500 monthly to meet this class of claims.
The women's temperance movement was
inaugurated at Philadelphia ou the 27th. A
number of saloons were visited, the proprie
tors of which closed their doors and the la
dies knelt and prayed outside the buildings.
The proprietors called upon the police for
aid, but the officers refused to interfere.
A dispatch from Cheyenne, 2sth. says that
the settlers in the Loup Valley, Nebraska,
have applied to General Ord for protection
against the Indians, who are becoming very
troublesome. Unless they are protected they
will be compelled to leave their homes, some
already having left. Further advices from the
Red Cloud Agency show that the number f
heretofore reported good Indians is growing
less day by day, and that the search for the
bad ones by the troops leaving Fort Laramie
earlv next week will be successful.
A Summing up of the results of the
women's temperance war in Ohio, up to the
1st inst., is given as follows: Forty-four
towns and cities in the State report 214 saloons
closed, 74 druggists pledged not to sell liquor.
4s!) saloons still open, and lo druggists refus
ing to sign. Probably 30,00 people have
signed the pledge, it ought. However, to lie
stated that these figures include some large
places, such as Springfield, with 115 saloons,
where none have been closed at all. At
smaller places, where work has been begun,
it is safe to say two-thirds of the saloons have
Dispatches from the upper lake ports, re
ceived at Detroit ou the 2sth ult.. indicated an
early opening of navigation. The ice in the
Mackinaw straits is said to be lighter than for
many previous years.
It is reported that a great battle was fought
on the 31st of January between the English
army and the Ashantees at Acroomboo, in
which the English lost some 300 men and two
officers, besides nianv wounded. There were
various rumors as to the result of the battle,
but it was feared the English forces were in a
A dispatch was received at the War Office
in London, on the 2(ith, from Gen. Wolseley,
commander of the Ashantee expedition, tint
ed at Coomassie, which say8:"We reached
here yesterday, after five days' hard lighting.
The troops behaved admirably Our casual
ties are under 300. The King is in the neigh
borhood of the town. He promises to meet
me to-day and sign a treaty of ieace. We
hope to start on our return to the coast to
morrow. The wounded are recovering, and
the health of the remainder of the army is.
Professor Huxley has been installed as
rector of the University of Alicrdccn.
It is officially announced that the Duke of
Edinburgh and his bride, accompanied by the
Queen, will enter London on the 12th of
A Bayonne dispatch of the 2Gth says that the
Spanish army under General Marioncs has
made three attacks on the Carlist forces be
fore Bilboa, and was repulsed each lime.
The sale of the Conservative Republican
journal, the Siede, has been prohibited in
France, because of an article insulting to Buf
fet, the President of tlte National Assem
bly. It is reported that the Chinese Government
has notified foreign ministers at Pekin that it
cannot guarantee the safety of foreigners at
Tientsin, and the naval authorities have been
requested to send war vessels to that port.
News from Chili is that a strong shock of
an earthquake was felt at Copiapo on the 15th
of January. The Chilian volcano had open
ed the crater on its eastern side, and the ther
mometer had risen as high as 28 degrees cen
tigrade. The trial of the Tichborne claimant on
charges of perjury lasted ISO days, and ternn-t
nated Feb. 2S, in his conviction on all the
charges. He was sentenced to fourteen years'
penal servitude. After the verdict was an
nounced, the claimant expressed a desire to
address the court, but the judge refused per
mission and proceeded to pass sentence, the
claimant maintaining his usual composure.
He was at once taken to Newgate.
A disastrous fire occurred in Panama on the
25th ult., whereby the largest portion of the
business part of the town was destroyed.
The losses are estimated at over one million
Serrano has been declared President of the
Spanish Republic, and General Sabala, Min
ister of War, is appointed President of the
Council of Ministers.
A Madrid telegram of the 2Sth says a dis
patch had been received at the War Office
from General Mariones, stating that he had
been unable to force th. Carlists from their
entrenchments before Bilboa and that his own
advanced line had been broken by the insur
gents. He asks for reinforcements and the
appointment of his successor.
A singular and fatal accident occurred on
the Great Western Railway, Canada, on the
night of the 2Sth ult. When the Sarnia ac
commodation train was about seven miles
west of London, a saloon coach took fire in
the forward end, caused bv the falling of a
lamp. The flames spread through the car
almost instantly, and before the train could !
be stopped and the passengers extricated, j
eight persons were fatally suffocated and
burned. A number of the passengers leaped
through the windows and from the rear plat
form of the car.
At Blackburn, Lancashire, England, re
cently, twenty persons were killed and
thirty seriously injured by a boiler explo
sion. A Bayonne telegram of the 2d says that
the Carlist Junta have a dispatch stating that
Bi!!oa has surrendered to Don Carlos, and
that one church, several banks, and seven
teen private houses were destroyed by the
Fkis. 24. Senate After some unimpor
1 1 tit bu-incss was disosed of, the Currency bill
usain came up, when Mr. Schnrz addressed the
Senate at length. The tloor and galleries were
both erowtbd. Messrs. Morton anil Cameron
replied to some points in Mr. Schurz's speech.
The latter held that instead of improving the con
dition of the Weft and :niwth, an increase in pa
per currencv would jnly min the indus
try anil "mirketa ol those sections.
Haute. the II, rase resumed the consideration of
I tm bill to provide for tne distribution of public
documents printed by the authority of Congress,
and of seeds furnished by the Agricultural De
partment, for free exchange of ncwspaiiers be
tween publishers, ami for the lree transmission
of weekly newspapers by the mail within the
county where published. A general debate was
t-r.tcrcd into, a number in favor, and but few
arfainst a restoration of the fnnkiug privi
lege. Fkb. 25. Senate. A bill to provide for
the appointment of a commission on the subject
of Ihe alcoholic liquor traffic was taken tip. Mr.
Schurz opposed and Mr. liuckincliam favored the
passage of the bill. It was finally laid over lor
lurlht-r consideration Consideration of the
currency bill was then rc-urned. the pending mo
tion being that of Mr. Buckingham, to recommit
tli" bill to Ihe Finance Committee with the in
btruction agreed upon directing the committee to
report in favor of increas'ng tiie volume of na
tional fractional currency to 94uu,0uo,l)O. A
fi riher debate took place between Messrs . Schurz
and Morton, unit tne Senate adj. turned without
miking any further progress on the bill
Ho"'?. The bill to providu for the distribution of
public documents, etc., was again under dis
cussion, dining which Mr. Kutlerof Massachu
setts made a sieech opposing any further con
cessions to newspapers in the proKsed law, on
the ground that by the publication of murders,
robberies, arsons, rapes, etc., etc.. they (the
newspapers) were debauching the public
mind. He concluded: " And yet these pnHrs
were to be sent free through the mails to
etbicite the people and children in the ways of
crime. If any Congressional committee ever
franked any such document as this, he would
take away not only the franking privilege from
that cotiiinit.ee, but he would lake away the
committee itself. Membirs were to take off their
own privileges as public, servants, ill onlei that
the mails might be loaded down in that wuy.
Think of it. Think of it, fallirs, brothers, good
Citizens! Think not how much pi-op'e are edu
cated, but how they are educated by newspa
liers." The House adjourned without coming to
a vote on the bill.
Feb. Senate. After an hour's debate
amotion to take np the Centennial bill was de
feated ayes, i:S; noes, 2S Mr. West from the
Committee on Appropriations reported the Army
Appropriation lull, which was ordered to lie on
the fciblc aud be printed. The bill as reported
tri m the Senate Committee makes a reduction of
I i, no I in appropriations for regular supplies
and incidental expenses of the yuarterniaster's
department, and of $JlS,0iiO ill sundiy other
items The Senate went into executive session
ami soon a Iter adjourned. Home Consideration
ot the bill reviving the Iranking privilege was
resumed, and speeches in its favor were made by
Messrs. Dantord, Hereford, lHinnell, Conger,
Hun-hanl, O' linen, Kandall and Biery. Mr.
E. II. Huberts moved to lay the bill on the ta
ble, which was negatived "ayes, 11S; noes, 140.
A vole w-is thin taken on the substitute offered
bv Mr. II lie of New York, to repeal the law
which abolished the franking privilege. Keject
edayer, 5n; noes, l!i!. A vote was then taken
on the passage of Ihe bill, which was also reject
ed aves, li!t; noes, l id. A motion to reconsid
er was made bv Gen. itutler, but was afterwards
withdrawn, aiid no further action was taken oa
Feb. 27. Senate. The bill to provide for
Ihe appointment ol a commission in regard to the
alcoholic liquor traffic, being unfinished business
from the morning hour of yesterday, was taken
up and the amendment of Mr. Morrill of Maine,
appropriating $10,000 for expenses of the com
mission, aitried to. Mr. Sherman opposed the
passage of the bill on the ground that
it would be the entering wedge for
Congress to enter upon legislation affect
ing the rights and powers of States. . . .
Pending the decision the morning hour expired,
and the Senate bill in regard to the Centennial
Kxhibiliun was taken up. Mr. Sumner offered a
substitute for the House bill, to the effect that the
celebration should be a na'ional and
not an international affair or exhi
bition Xo vote was reached, and
the Senate adjourned until Monday. . .
Iluiw.Mr Tyner gave notice of a bill which
he should move to pass under a suspension of the
rules, for the free circulation ol weekly news
pa iers Mr. Shanks entered a motion to recon
sider the vote of yesterday rejecting the bill to
revive the franking privilege, to be called np
hi rea'ter. . . .House adjourned.
Feb. 2s. House. Mr. Hyde, from the
i'oiiimittee on Elections, made a report in the
ti -orgia contested election case that Itawes, sit
ting member, is not entitb d to a seat, and that
Moan, contestant, is. A minority report, tak
ing an adverse poi-ition. was made by Speer.
The reports are to be called hereafter Com
mittees were called for reports of a private char
icii r and alter some unimportant business the
March 2. Senate. Various petitions, for
and :igainst an increase in the volume of paper
currency were presented and referred Mr.
Pratt from the Commtttue on Tublic Lands re
portcd favorably on the Senate bill ceding to
several states beds of all unsurveyed lakes, bay
ous and other bodies of unnavigable water lying
vvi'hin Ihe limits of such States. Placed on cal
endar Mr. t-churz presented a resolution of the
Missouri Legislature, asking an appropriation
lor the nnioval of obstructions Irom the
channel of the Mississippi Kiver The
bill in reran! to Ihe Centennial Expo
ifon was taken up and discussed at sune
length, pending which the Senate adjourned.
Home. Itcsoliitions introduced from the Iowa
Legislature, asking the passage of a law to pre
vent railroad or transportation companies lroni
making unjust charges or discriminations; also,
in lavor of the election of United States Senators
bv tiie peopl--'; from the California Legislature,
a king Congress to appoint a committee to investi
gatu the affairs ot the contract and finance com
pany ol the Central Pacific Kailro.ni Bills were
1111100111111 lor nit: nuuiisBioii 01 t. tan iu llie
Union as a State; to enable members of Congress
to do public business with their constituents anil
other departments of the Government, and limit
thclraaking privilege to certain newspapers.
(I he bill provides that during any session of
Congress, and for thirty davs prior and subse
quent theret i, all written and printed matter, and
such other things as have been ordered by either
House lor distribution, shall go free of postage.
Tne second section provides that all newspa
pers regularly printed, andnot advertisingsheets
simply, Miall go free of postage through the
mans in tne county wnere iney are puonsneii,
but shall not be delivered under the free deliv
ery system. The third section requir s all post
al matter to be prepaid. ); for tne appoint
ment ol a joint commission to examine na
tional lines of water communication
Mr. Tvner moved to suspend the rules and pass
th-j bill authorizing weekly newspapers to be sent
by mail within the county of their publication
and exchanges lielwecn publishers to be trans
mitted in mails tree of postage The House rt
fiHH.il the second motion by 01 to !S, and the bill
was not received The House went into Com
mittee of the Whole, when the kill to repeal the
tax on matclipsand bank checks was discussed at
length by E. II. Koberts.
w Kinks in Society.
Mrs. Stockton rave her son, Mr. Richard
Stockton, a most beautiful German last
evening. There were thirty-eirht couples.
and six " favor " figures were uanceci. i n
favor, w- re all very handsome, and most of
them were of original design. To the gen
tlemen "orders" were given, simdar to
those bestowed by foreign courts on those
they wish to honor. A broad ribbon, red,
blue or yellow, was passed over the left
shoulder across the breast and back and
caught at the waist with a tiny silver
bell, while a silver star glittered on the
breast. Tamborines and beautiful Cms
were among the favors of the. ladies. An
other and most becoming favor for fair
arms was a band of black velvet for the
wrist and one for the upper part of the
arm, united by a strapexteipiingalongthe
arm. studded with small sleigh-bells. Miss
Edith Fish and Mr. John Davis led the
German ; Miss Grant and Mr. Stockton
were the next couple, aud Miss uicmeiu
and her partner the third. Mrs. Stockton's
toilet was niaguiticeut. it was a ricn suk,
the court train of the shade known as
" frozen moonlight," and the petticoat of
"glacier " blue. To the uninitiated it
must be explained that "frozen moonlight'
is gravish white ; it might be more prop-
erlv called "morning twilight," suggest
ing the faint gray bghtof early dawn. The
"glacier blue " is srreen in some lights.and
is a choice tint. With this toilet pearls and
diamonds were worn. One of the features
of the refreshment table was a punchbowl
made out of a solid block of ice clear as
crystal. Washington Star, th.
tyuJl X It?
What a Real Lady rer Does.
The woman who is more or less green
or snobbish borrows clothes, ribbons, jew
elry and bonnets with which to tlress.
The genuine lady never is guilty of such a
degradation. The high-toned woman is
above having articles of dress or jewelry in
common with another; she never will run
to borrow new gloves, new riblons, new
cloaks, shawls and other articles of appar
el with which to cut a dash. To dress a
mud-lark in yellow feathers does not make
a canary, nor will dressing, a woman in
borrowed plumage transform her into a
Men seldom display such weaknesses.
The real gentleman never will appear in
borrowed articles of dress or jewelry. Nor
will the woman who litis real pride of char
acter so cheapen herself as to appear in
goods not her own.
A gentleman friend of ours, who loves
his wife dearly, was constantly buying
for her costly and beautiful articles.
He filled her lap with such little things
as he saw from time to time which he
thought would please her. She
lived in a boarding-house anil was very
popular. One day her husband noticed
that she was without certain articles he
had bought for her a. short time before. He
began to inquire and learned that her land
lady had borrowed her furs to wear to
market ; that her sister had borrowed of
her jewelry and other choice articles to
wear to a party ; that a lady friend had or
rowed her new bonnet to wear on the
street, and that scarcely one of the ..eauti
I'til articles he had bought for his wife be
cause he loved her and wished her to have
them, was in her possession. Whoever
should see her in company even with her
own articles on her person, would think
thev were borrowed of those to whom she
bait loaned them rather than to lose their
As the articles were returned to their
owner, some of them torn, broken, soiled
and damaged, like a sensible man he threw
them into the tire and told his wife that if
she did not love him enough to keep for
her own use such ornaments as he bought
for her alone, she might buy for herself
hereafter. There is no ditlerence between
a borrower and a beggar; except the bor
rower is the most selfish of the two, and
the least entitled to respect. Pomeroy,s
There are two things that puzzle me.
One is the amount of misplaced virtue in
the world; that is to say, the immense
quantity of downright gooduess scattered
around among the commonest sort of
people; among people about whom there
are no social safeguards whatever, and
who would be quite up to the moral stand
ard of their neighlors if they gave a loose
rein to ail manner of passion. I tell you,
when a man has been surrounded with
pure influences I do not mean with aus
terity or fanaticism, from which he would
be likely to suffer reaction when a man
who has been breathing no atmosphere
but that of moderation and decorum looks
back upon his own life, and trembles at his
hundred hiur-breadth 'scapes from utter
ruin, of one kind or another, he cannot
help wondering what keeps the unpro
tected classes from going altogether and
utterly to the bad. It w;is one of the best
saints out of the calendar who declared
himself competent to commit any crime
under the sun of which he had ever heard,
and w hat it is that keeps the average sin
ner from going straight through the
criminal list, it is hard to tell.
The other puzzle is how the ordinary
human is able to bear up against the enor
mous weight of suffering imposed upon
him not simply the misery of which the
papers tell under startling head-lines, or
in little paragraphs that travel the rounds
of the press, and startle you now and then
with their grim and gruesome humor
not simply the tlistress which is the sub
ject of charity reports, and governmental
statistics not simply the obvious exam
ples of quiet endurance, the heroic men
and women whose lives are one long self
sacrifice not simply these, but the abso
lute discomfort and pain, physical, moral,
anf aesthetic, that is borne by almost every
human being in the world. "with such no
bility of endurance that the croaker and
com plainer is so much the exception that
he is pointed at with scorn, and shunned
by his fellows as an anomaly and a nuis
ance. Scribner's for March.
Miss Frank Tottle is a school teacher iu
Fryeburg, Me. Her avoirdupois is ninety
pounds. She is small, but desperate
weak, but determined. In the pursuit of
her honorable but trying calling, she had
cause to animadvert in severe terms upon
the conduct of one her scholars, who, not
being fully impressed with a sense of re
spect due her position, replied in terms
that were at once objurgatory, discourte
ous and insulting. Whereupon, the lean
but undaunted little teacher " went for
him," and soon placed him Aor du combat.
The result was, that the pugnacious Pottle
was brought tin before a Justice of the
Peace for whipping a scholar. The Jus-1
tic looked first at the prisoner and then at
the complainant, who happened to be a
strapping, lubberly boy, sixteen years of
age, and almost double her size. He was
impressed with the fragile build of the Pot
tle, the pugilistic, whose delicate hand.-;,
slim waist, and meagre muscles did not ap
pear to be a match for the hulking cub
who had provoked her. The Justice, after
a moment's reflection, quoted scripture to
the following effect : " When the strong
oppresseth the weak, then do the people
gnash their teeth and cry aloud against the
despoiler ; but when the weak turneth from
her path, taketh the strong by the scurf ot
the neck and waistband of the pantaloons,
and hurleth him to the earth, then do the
people marvel, and they are amazed
much." He then inquired into the merit
of the case;, and finding that the punish
mcnt had been well deserved, he expressed
admiration for the plucky Pottle, and dis
charged her from custody. This is as it
should be. Whenever weak and down
trodden woman proves that she is neither
weak nor down-trodden, she deserves and
should receive every encouragement. As
for the Judge, he is the very prince ot
Farmers Cheap Fire-Extintpilsher.
A solution of pearl-ash and water thrown
upon a fire extinguishes it insfantly, and
by a knowledge of this ict every one, and
especially the farmer, who is removed from
the benefits to be derived from water works
or tire engines, may make himself a cheap,
handy and efficient fire-extinguisher with
but little trouble.
The proportions are four ounces of pearl
ash dissolved in only such hot water as
will thoroughly dissolve it. and then re
duced by mixing with it a bucket of com
mon water. Any quantity may be made
upon the same proportions.
To prepare it for nse for a farm house,
select a tight keg that will hold several
pails of water, aou, after dissolving suffi
cient of the pearl-ash as above indicated,
pour the solution into the keg of water.
The keg should have an opening in the
top siiflieiently large to allow the use of a
common bucket in dipping up the fluid
with dexterity when wanted. It should
also be furnished with a close fitting, mov
able cover when not in use. With such an
arrangement at hand, scarcely one tire in a
hundred usuallv originating in a Cirm
house would withstand the application of
this fluid if taken in time. It is certainly
efficient, cheap, handy, and for his owu
protection no farmer can well afford to be
without something of the kind. Aside
from the power of forcing the liquids as if
by pump or power, as is uone in tne patent
and more expensive firenextingnishers, the
simple arrangement as suggested above is
The Delusions of Drink.
King Sdomon has the credit of Wing
the w isesl man that ever lived ; and he de
clared that he who is deceived by wine,
the mocker, and strong drink, the "raging,
is not wise. The delusions of drink are as
old as drink itself, and are as prevalent
now as in Solomon's time. Then' are men
who honesth believe that alcoholic drink
is good for tficm ; yet there is not one of
them who would touch it except as a pre
scribed medicine if it were not for its pleas
ant taste. The delusion touching its
health! illness grows out of the desire to
justify an apjietitc which may either be
natural or acquired. If a man likes whis
ky or w inc. he likes to think that it is
giiod for hiui, and he will hike some
pains to prove that it is so, both to him
self and others.
Now, alcohol is a pure stimulant. There
is not so much nutriment in it as there is
iu a chip. It never added anything to the
lerinanent forces of life, and never can
add anything. Its momentary intensifica
tion of force is a permanent abstraction of
force from the drinker's capital stock.
All artificial excitants bring exhaustion.
The physicians know this, and the sim
plest plan's reason is quite caimble of
comprehending it. If any nan supposes
that daily drink, even in small quantities,
is conducive to his health, he is deluded.
If he possess a sluggish temperament, he
mav be able to carry his burden w ithout
much apparent harm, but burden it is,
and burden it always will be.
After a man has continued moderate
drinking long enough, then comes a
change a demand for more drink. The
old quantity does not suffice. The powers
winch nave been insensibly undermined,
clamor, under the pressure of business,
for increased stimulation. It is applied,
and the machine starts off grandly ; the
man feels strong, his form grows portly,
and he works under constant pressure.
Now he is in a condition of great danger,
but the delusion is. upon him that he is in
no danger at all. At last, however, drink
begins to take the place of food. His ap
petite grows feeble and fitful. lie lives on
Ids drink, and, of course, there is but one
end to this viz. : death ! It mav come
suddenly, through the collapse of all his
powers, or through paralysis, or it may
come slowly through atrophy and emacia
tion. His friends see that "he is killing
himself, but he cannot see it at all. He
walks in a delusion from his early man
hood to his death.
A few weeks ago one ot our city physi
cians publicly read a paper on the drink
ing habits of women. It was a thoughtful
paper, based on a competent knowledge
of facts. It ought to have been of great
use to those women of the eity who are
exposed to the dangers it portrayed, and
especially to those who have acquired the
habits it condemned. Soon afterward
there appeared in the columns of a daily
paper a protest from a writer who ought
to be a good deal more intelligent than he
is, against the doctor's conclusions. The
health and physique of the beer-chinking
Knglish woman were placed over against
the health and physique of the water
drinking American women, to the disad
vantage of the latter. The man is deluded.
It is not a year since Sir Henry Thomp
son, one of the most eminent medical men
in England a man notoriously beyond
the reach of any purely ( 'hristiiin consid
erations declared against the beer-drinking
of England on strictly sanitary grounds.
Our litterateur declares that the English
woman can outwalk her American sister.
That depends entirely upon the period of
life when the task is undertaken. The
typicsd Englishwoman who has stood by
tin; beer diet until she is more than forty
years old, is too fat to walk anywhere eas
ilv out of doors, or gracefully within.
During our late civil war this matter of
drinking for health's sake was thoroughly
tried. A stwk inexperience and observa
tion was acquired that ought to have last
ed for a century. Again and again, thous
ands and thousands of times, was it proved
that the man who drank nothing was the
better man. He endured more, he fought
iK'ttcr, he came out of the war healthier
than the man who drank. Nothing is
more easily demonstrable than that the
liquor used by the two armies, among offi
cers and men alike, was an unmitigated
curse to them. It disturbed the brains
and vitiated the councils ef the officers,
and debilitated and demoralized the men.
Yet all the time the delusion among offi
cers aud men was? that there were both
comfort and help in whisky.
The delusions of drink are numberless,
but there is otie of them which stands iu
the way of reform so decidedly that It calls
for derided treatment. We allude to the
notion that it is a nice thing to drink nice
liquors or wines at one's " home, to offer
them to or.e's friends, and to make them
minister to good fellowship at every social
gathering, while it is a very different thing
to drink bad liquor, in bad places, and in
large quantities. A man full of god wine
feels that he has a right to look with con
tempt upon the Irishman who is full of
bad whisky. It is not a long time since
the election of a professor in a British uni
versity wa opposed solely on the ground
that he neither drank wine nor ofli-red it
to his frientls ; and when, by a small ma
jority, his election was effected, the other
professors uecHicti not to recognize iiuu
socially. There are thus two men whom
these sticklers for wine despise viz. : the
man who gets drunk on bad liquor, and
the man w ho drinks no liquor at all. In
deed, they regard the latter with a hatred
or contempt which they do not feel for the
poor drunkard. The absolute animosity
with which many men in society regard
one who is constantly opposed to wine
drinking, could only spring from a delu
sion in regard to the real nature of their
own habits. The sensitiveness of these
people on this subject, however, shows that
they suspect the delusion of which they
are the victims. They claim to be on the
side of temperance. They depreciate,
drunkenness, and really don't si-e what
is to be done about it. They wish that
men would be more rational In their enjoy
ment of the good things of this world, etc..
etc. ; but their eyes seem blind to the fact
that they stand in the way of all reform.
The horrible drunkenness of the larger
cities of Great Britain, with which no hell
that America holds can compare for a mo
ment, can never be reformed until the
drinking habits of the English clergy and
the English gentry are reformed. With
eleven-twelfths of the British clergy wine
drinkers, and water-drinkers tabooed in
society, and social drinking the fashion in
all the high life of the realm, the workman
will stand by his gin, brutality will reign
in its own chosen centers undisturbed, and
those centers will increasingly bi-come
what, to a frightful extent, they really are
festering sores upon the body social, and
stenches in the nostrils of the world.
The habits, neither of Great Britain nor
America, will be improved until men of in
fluence in every walk of life are willing to
dispense with their drinking customs.
Hundreds of thousands ot English-speaking
men go to a drunkard's grave every
year. There is nothing in sanitary con
siilerations as they relate to the moderate
drinker, and surely nothing in the pleas
ures of the moderate drinker, to mitigate
this curse. It is all a delusion. The water-drinker
is the healthy man, and the
happy man. Spirits, wine, beer, alcoholic
beverages of all sorts are a burden and a
bane, and there is no place where a good
man can stand unshadowed by a fatal delu
sion, except upon the safe ground of total
abstinence. Lntil that ground is taken,
and held, by good men everywhere, there
can be no temperance reform. The wine
drinkers of England and America have the
whLsky-sdrinkers in their keeping. What
do they propose to do with them? Dr. J.
O. Holland, in Scribner' for March.
A highwat robber captured in Maine
the other day proved to be a graduate
from Harvard, but after all his education
was a help t him. as be pleaded bis own
case and got off with three month in jail.
TITII A3D POUT.
Tmt Indians have invented a new meth
od of scalping victims, so that now a bald
headed man stands no more show tluin
any one else. This is as it should be.
Si.MKixs playfully remarked to his wife
that he had four fools : beautifool, dutifool
youthfool, and dclightfool. "Poor me !'
said she, "I have but one."
Thkrk is always some incentive to the
American youth to study and work. He
may not become President of the I'nlted
States, but he may he the Oldest Mason
A certain style of prayer now in vogue
was well described by an admiring listener
to the Hcv. Mr. Kirk, of whom he said "he
made the best prayer ever addressed to
Ax old Milwaukee bummer, when he
read that the women in Ohio wereemptving
barrels of whisky into the gutters, patheti
cally exclaimed", "What happiness to be
an Ohio gutter !'"
A QCARREl-soME con pie were discussing
the subject of epitaphs and tombstones.and
the husband said : "My dear, what kind
of a stone do yon suppose- they will frive
me when I die?"' "Brimstone, my love,"
was the affectionate reply.
When a colored man sits down on the
civil-rights bill and a seat at "de fust ta
ble" on the Ijike Michigan steamers, they
have a neat way of heading off his enjoy
ment. The waiter coinesi around and
takes his order, and his plate, knife and
fork with it, and don't come back again.
We are told that three hundred years
ago ladies conilx-d their hair just as they
do to-dav. This won't do in a civilized
land and among an observing people.
Three hundred years ago ladies used to
comb their hair on their heads now thev
hang it over the back of a ' chair to comb
The "Fat Contributor" offers the fol
lowing among other valuable hints to Mr.
Bergh for the S. F. T. P. O. C. T. A. : To
encourage trout to write poetry, for we
have seen some very beautiful trout lines.
To protect ants from their nephews and
nieces. To alnilish mosquito bar, as they
make the little fellows very irregular at
At a very successful seance iti Cincitr-
nati, the other night, a woman burst into
tears when the medium described very
accurately a tall blue-cved spirit standing
ny mm. Willi iilliu snre-mnsni-i .iiiu iu-
hair parted in the middle. "IH you know
himV' inquired a man at his side in a
sympathetic whisper. "Know him? I
guess 1 do," replied the unhappy man,
wiping nis eyes, -lie was cngagcti u my
wife. If he hadn't died he would have
lieeu her husband instead of me. Oh,
George, George!" be murmured, in a
voice choked with emotion, "why did you
Josh Bh.i.isos has an entirely bald
head; and it is related of him that once,
when he was at the Zoological Gardens in
Paris, the day being warm, he lay down
on one of the benches and went to sleep.
After a while he was awakened by a sense
of suffocation, and when he opiencd his
eyes he found that something covered his
face. He ln'gafi to struggle to release
himself, and the next moment a gigantic
ostrich leaped up mid began to prance
down the path. The ostrich had ob
served the top of Josh's bald hi'ad. and
mistaking it for one ot its eggs, it nan Be
gun to sit upon it for the purpose of hatcU
Spare the Trees.
Professor Ezra Carr delivered an inter
esting lecture hist night at the hall of the
Mechanics' Institute, on the national val
ue of forests and the urgent necessity for
their preservation. The auditorium was
well tilled. He began by saving that when
Capt. John Smith wrote home to England,
he depicted in golden colors tne wonticrs,
the variety and the richness of the forests
on this continent. The English are emi
nently a tree-loving nation, so that the fa
vorable description of the wooded shores
and fertile soil of America attracted mem
hither. They found the swamps filled with
the cedar and the cypress, and the moun
tains covered with forests of larches ami
firs, which, although the guardians ot
the settlers, sheltered also many a enemy
the panther, the Iwar, the poisonous ser
pent and the treacherous and wily Indian.
It is not to be wonered at. therefore, that
the settlers, in making their clearings, de
stroyed these forest. This clearing was
so complete that you can travel the whole
of New England to-dav, w ithout finding a
tree that grew in the time of the first land
ing. But the tide of civilization flowing
westward came at last to wash Ihe shores
ot the 0en prairies, where no clearing was
needed to tit them for agriculture.
Before the Western States Ix-eame thus
populous, the question of the destruction
of timber was not important, but with the
growth of the West it liecaiue apparent
that not only cheap food but timber for fu
el would be affected by this increase ot
population. " Let us build of brick and
stone." the people said; bat still the con
sumption of timber increased in flooring,
rooting and finishing of houses. The
wood grows dearer with which we bum
clay for our bricks and the lime for our
mortar. Fences must be had, and already
these cost more tluin the farms they serve
to enclose, and these have to In; renewed
iu a certain time ; in other wonls, the dead
wood perishes about as fast as the live
The lecturer then spoke of the sources
of supply, and proved by elaborate reason
ing and an appalling array of statistics,
that unless some legislative action is taken
in the matter ot preserving the forests of
America, the wood supply will have failed
before the finger of time .-hall have touched
the ebony locks of the present rising gen-
ation with a tinge of silver. The consume
tion of timlier is going on at an alarming
rate. More than S"ai.iiH),0i)0 has U-en ex
jm ntleil for railroad tics alone. The slee
crs required for one mile of road will take
the bodies of forty trees one IV. ot in diame
ter, the result of "thirty years growth. In
spite of the warnings of" history, and expe
rience of enlightened modern govern
ments, we are pursuing a policy w ith re
spect to this subject more worthy of sava
ges tlian civilized men. San Francisco
A " Gushing" Description of a Modern
The most awe-inspiring sight on earth
to those who rightly comprehend it is a
woman in lull-tlres.s. As she stands under
t Jie glittering light of the chandelier, tlixxl
ingher iktsoii with its soft mellow rays,
with her diamonds flashing in her white
bosom ; with her hair sparkling with
gold and trimmed with pearls; with her
silken rnlie flashing out its brilliant dyes
and trailing its length along like the plum
age of some bright tropiial bird ; with her
creamy laces foaming about her ; with her
jeweled fun, her breast-knot of heavy-scented
roses, anil the breath ot Araby floating
about her, and as you gaze upon her, do
you not see earth, air, and sky but as si
lent ministers to her perfection ? Io you
not see the trains of insects, crawling
worms, and the beasts of the tic-Id paying
to her their tribute ? Down deep in mines,
fathoms under the sea; crowded in damp,
dark cellars, and breathing the heated,
greasy air. among whizzing looms, do
you not see the toiling masses her faithful
servitors? Above the perfumed crowd do
you not perceive the world of thought, the
sweet amenities of religion, and wliite
winged peace her guardian angels hov
ering about, l-st she, the queen of the uni
verse, dash her foot against a stone?
There she stands serene in her smiling
beauty, crowning the summit of the ages.
The entire past has been but that she
might be. She is the epitome of the cen
turies. And there are men who can see
no beauty in a modern belle !
Charming is the faculty of the human
mind which enables one to drop into poet
ry, like Mr. Wegg, upon any occasion, no
matter how prosaic, which throws a soft
light of romam-e around bread and cheese,
and irradiates the commonplace soul with
beauty. Such is the faculty possessed by
a noble poet of Chit-ago, who was recently
informed that Madame Nilsson had
thoughtfully built a shelter for cows on
her land at Peoria. Mindful of the catas
trophe which led to the destruction of his
native city, he immediately burst into this
wad and beautif ul frenzy of verse : "Chris
tine, Christine, thy milking do the morn
and eve between, and not by the dim relig
ious light of the fitful kerosene. For the
cow may plunge, and the lamp explode,
and the fire-fiend ride the gale, and shriek
the knell of the burning town in the glow
of the molten pall .'" v. Y. Tribune.