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My Country-May Wro,«-My Country _ _— -=======^ m:w skkikshkookhXvknTmiss. . yJLY «H. »»>•' VOL- 10 "N°- 51 '■ ■nrf iniM ■■■■« §V00hUavcn ledger. Established in 1S4;0. K. H. HUSKY, Editor and Proprietor. $2.00 ter year; $1.00 for six months. THE LEDGER HAS ABSORBED THE SOUTH ERN JOURNAL AND WEEKLY CITIZEN Job Work of Every Description Done in Best Style and at Lowest Prices. (The §W0klutv*n Jedger. AdrertUla« Rules. v Z 5 i T 3 i W Space Time M < Mon’s Mod’s Mod’s Mop's i’in'ch' i'oo 3 so ’’n’uo "'s'oo ’ii oo ‘io'oo 2 inches 2 oo BOUU 9 00 12 00 18 00 98 00 3 “ 3 00 1 II 00 IS 00 94 00 SO OO 4 “ 4 00 SOOjuoojo^gooo^oo ft “ 5 OO II 00 18 00 94 00 80 00 ft! OO « “ # 00 13 OO S1 00 98 00 41 00 to 00 Marj-Iuge notices and deaths, pot ex oceding six lines, published free. A1 over six lines chargod for at regular ad jvertising rates. NEW ORLEANS. _ ~~ >X F. p7 G-B. XVELEY, \ ACE ST FOR Gullett’s Magnolia Cotton Gins, V* \ Arnes Portable Engines, ^ Eclipse Traction Engines, DKALLiiVrX . Bradford Corn Mills, mmopVn'. Carkys Saw Mills. VALVE?; \^vJlk, SyracuseWaterWlieel* t* . Xr« - , It! ctors, Ejectors, Brass Goods, Stc am Pumps, Shafting, NS#NX Belting. Hose. Pulleys, Pipe, Packing. Pipe Fittings, Etc. VfrV Etc., Etc.. EVERYTHING PERTAINING TO , Etc. PLASTATM IAC1MERY XVJkx A SPECIALITY. \ Send for Circulars and Prices F. P. GRAXHEXEY, XT1^ 16 UNION STREET. NEW ORLEANS. X O 11 T> E W© for fresh, first-class DRY GOODS, FANCY GOODS, ETC., SENT TO E. H. Adams &Bro., WILL RECEIVE THE Promptest and Most Careful Attention, As they do not deal in DAM1WF.D CIOODN, AltTIOV WOODS OK JOH I.OTS Their Patrons are Sure to get Good Value. 594 and 596 Magazine Street, New Orleans, mar31-3m SCIENTIFIC EISCOYERY You can get a pair of spectacles that will keep your eyes in as good condition for ev er after as when first you use them, These Medicated Glasses have been thoroughly examined and analyzed by Prof- IJerger, the great French oculist, and Or, Carl Hol lander, tne famous German oculist, and pronounced as far superior to any glass as yet made, and recommended as the only glasses to be used to save the eye. American ocu lists claim that the Medical Glasses have no equal, and can in some cases restore the eye to|its original Bight when used in lime, and In no^casecan the eye become impair ed by the use of the-e glasses, if properly adapted, for the following reasons. 1. The chemicals S'ften the light to the eye, completely doing away with that tire some sensation that is experienced in using glasses after one or two liours use. 2. The medicated properties contained in the glass make it as hard as a diamond. It will retain its polish and never become dull or dim, hence you will always see through it as bright and clear as at first. . , 1 The chemicals keep the glasses cold as ice—result is your optic nerves are always coo, doing away with any feverish sensation to the eye 4, These glawes liaye no equal for night reading or sewing, \\ ith them you can sit up all night, and the light has no effect on4thc eye, with no tiresome sensation whatev er, which necessarily continues to improve the eye. ... We suit all eve i and warrant our work, or money refunded. I ersons living at a ■ distance desiring the Medicated Glasses, can be fitted by sending address with postage stamp. The Medicated Glasses can only be had at 74 St. Charles Street, as we aaye no :agents, nor do we employ peddlers. RFU/ARF OF mi JNTFRFEITS. NONE GENUINE UNLESS STAMPED “MEDICATED.” XXEB.C. HOUSAH, Crescent City Spectacle Co., op30 ly 74 ST. CHARLES STREET. NEW ORLEANS. SoW in Broekhaven byL. L. SCHWAB, agent for Lincoln county. H.P. BUCK Watchmaker & 8 Camp Street, New at Lowest Prices.dec23-6m Has a large stock e»f A\ altliain (I1EAPEST ® ® SOUTH. t, WASHBURN’S [•mtifx.K ii’mcPAKi.oKNaai> rise aibx UAIABRV 109 Cftnfil.Street, New Orleaus, La. lielargestainMincst PUiiogwiiMc-t^ablisliment intlic United States A coniial jation to visit it is ejieflded. The work proouced in this establishment is far siTper horte any made in the Soiitii, and equal in every respect to that of the celebrated galler ies in New York, Paris or Berlin. An additional studio just erected on roof of our buil Idiug, awables us to fill orders for copying and enlargements at short notice. Portrait .painters .can have the use of our mammoth silver camera to make sketches and draw jugs. Ealargemcuts made for the trade. Prices moderate. Send for my little book, “How to Dr css and when to come for Photograps,’ free. WASHBURN Photographic Artist, 109 Canal st. N.O. Marble And Granite Works. C< -TOMBS, lDE BOAKUS; AJJSO A l^AKUA SltAA. u* Marble, Slate and Iron Mantles and Crates. Special Attention Paid to Country Orders. NEW ORLEANS. M*FnM>M of the Eye himI Enr. DR. C. BEARD, OCULIST AND AURIST, 142 Canal Street, New Orleans, La. Office Hours from 10 a. m. to 3 p. in. earx fine selection of Artificial Eyes. feb24-tf A. B. Griswold & Co., 119 Canal Street,N. 0. AMERICAN SILVER WATCHES, $10to 20, accord ing to Grade. Gold Watches $40 to 75,according to grade. DIAM ON DS At such moderate prices that the purchas er can always get hack the hulk of his money for them. Silverware, Plated Ware, Bronzes,Clocks, Table Cutlerv, Pocket Knives, Scissors and military goods. Send for catalogue. febl7 LOUISGIMBLE~ OF THE 554 & 550 Magazine St., New Orleans, Xs offering Great Bargains in LA 1)1 ES,GENTLEMEN & CHILDRENS BOOTS AND SHOES, —ALSO— Hats, Caps & Trunks. Orders from the country will receive prompt attention. Send for prices. oet28 ly Wm. Reinerth, JOBBER IN Fur, Wool and Straw Hats, 30 Chartres St., New Orleans. BfiPCampeachy Hats a Specialty. "©# dec23 ly_ SPRING OPENING . GODGHAUX’S, 81 and 83 Canal Street, 1%EW ©RI.E*rVS, - - - i I.A. On Monday' March 23th, we opened more than 60 styles in Jlen% anil VouIIi'h ClotliinC, comprising the latest novelties and most FASHIONABLE GOODS, in medium and flight weights. The entire line is the Largest anil Handsomest we have ever displayed, to which we invite iaspection. Our stock ol DIAGONAL WORSTEDS, TWEEDS, SERGES AND CASSIMERES, cut in various styles, is large and varied. Our assortment of Hoi's autl Children's ClotliinC is complete, and will he kept so through the season. Novelties in Furnishing Goods and Hats. LEON GODCHAUX, 81 and 83 Canal Street, New Orleans, La. U. B.—Samples and instructions for self measurement, willingly sent on application. mar!7-ly___ Chaffe & Powell, COTTON FACTORS AND COMMISSION MERCHANTS, No. 6 PeriJAl0 st. P. O. Box 602, NEW RA. oct-19 "X a HIIOTT, / WITH S; MAY & VAUHGHT, *7h.olesale Grocers 44 Common St., New Orleans. To my Friends and Customers—I have this day associated myself with the well known grocery house of May A Vaught, where I will be pleased to serve them with goods at the lowest market prices. J. ABBOTT, sepl6 ly Late of Flaks, Preston & Co. ~tTw. WATTS, DEALER IN Choice Groceries, WINES AND LIQUORS, 330 RAMPART STREET,! (Corner Calliope,) NEW7 ORLEANS LA. feb3tf Hansen & Co., Manufacturers of Saddles, Harness, Bridles, Collars, and all (Foods in the Saddlery line. 119 Common Street, New Orleans. dec23 ly LOUIS IIALL. LOUIS OOOK SPORTMEN’S EMPORIUM. HALL&COOK, No. 24 St. Charles Street, NEW ORBEANS. LA DEALKllS IN GUNS, RIFLES AND PISTOLS, Sporting and Fishing Tackle of everv doscnp tion. Powder, Shot, Shells and Fixed Amu nl tion of all kinds. The Repairing Department Is under the per sonal supervision of Mr. Louis Cook. Guns re bored to shoot close. Mail Orders particularly attended to. P. O. Box 937. sep30 ly Agents for the Baker Guns. Margaret IIaugukry. Bknard Klotz Margaret Haughery and Co. MARGARET’S STEAM AND MECHANICAL B AKEHY, Nos. 74. 76 & 78 NEW LEVEESTREET Jan-29 m New Orleans, La. Prize Medal Paris imposition 878. AWARDED TO ALPH, WALZ, FOR HIS MALAKOF BITTERS, 26 Conti Street, NEW ORLEANS. Sold in Brookhaven at Smith’s Saloon. W. H. SMITH, Steam Boiler Manufacturer, 117 Front st., between Notre Dame and Girod, New Orleans. blue, Cylinder and Low Pressure Boilers of all sizes. Steamboat, Steamship and plan tation repairs promptly attended to. Residence—409 Third street, between Franklin and Liberty._mnr31-ly iT.G-.LIEIE, Practical Slater, i Importer and Dealer in AMERICAN & ENGLISH Slates, Ridge Tiles, Fire Brick, Cement, Lime,Sand and Hearth Slabs. O ffice, 109 St. Charles Street;Depo35 31/ Mifidni ■Lrjjt, New Oris apr7-ly jitoy//. He I*atient. Has your pathway been darkened, uiy brother? i Is the radiant sunlight of joy So eclipsed by the shadows that gather, That life seems a hitter alloy? lie patient! One smile of the Master Will drive all those shadows away; When he welcomes you home in the morn ing Of eternity’s beautiful day. Has your pathway been darkened, my brother? Has hope risen cloudless and bright, And just as it promised fruition. Went out in adversity’s night? lie patient. Remember misfortune, li hallowed by heaven born love, Is purchasing riches and honor, In the home of the spirit above. Has your pathway been darkened, my brother? Has pitiless, painful disease Divested your earthly existence Of sweetness; of all that can please? Re patient. The time is approaching, You know not h. w soon it will be, When a City, where pain cannot enter, Shall open its gateway for thee. Has your pathway been darkened, my brother? Has the angel of sorrow drawn near, And taken, in spite "f your pleading, Some treasure, your heart knows how dear? Be patient. Look up; and your daughter From a beautiful home in the skies, Will tell of a Comforter, Jesus, Who'll wipe all the tears from your eyes. Then try to be patient, my brother, Whenever life’s pathway shall lead Through thicket of briars and nettles, Instead of the rose-colored mead, Remember, its course was determined By Jesus, your Saviour and Friend; And leads to the the purest enjoyment, Of pleasures that never shall end, ONLY BESSIE RAVEN. “It’s only Bessie Raven,” said Mrs. Liddiugtou to her niece, Mrs. Enfield, a blooming city matron who bad brought her two boys to the country for the summer. “I wouldn’t let Hal aud Felix associate with her, on any account, if I were you. There’s no good in any of these Ravens—a yile, low set!” Mrs. Enfield looked pityingly at the brown-faced, bare legged gypsy, WI1U IKIU ft l U li IV UHHimi UiU UUVIV door, a basket of late, luscious blackberries on her arm, aud the deep flush that betokened how plain ly she had over-heard Mrs. Lidding ton’s careless words, still dying her cheeks. ‘•Only Bessie Raven!” IIow of ten she had heard that phrase. IIow bitter a meaning did it convey to her ears. ‘‘There are no trout there! You might throw a bait and wait a year, and you wouldn’t get a bite!” It was a deep, solitary ravine, where, in attitudes of intense eager ness, Ilal Enliekl and his brother Felix were holding their fishing-rod, awaiting the expected bite, while, iiessie Rmifti. ■•vowmace ana black eyes looked out at them from a natural oval frame of bushes and vines, as she held a bas ket in one hand, and her tattered sun bonnet in the other. Hal Enfield, a self-sufficient little aristocrat, by nature as well as by education, drew himself haughtily up. “I don’t know that we asked any information from you,” said he, haughtily. “Have the goodness to be about your business.” “I won’t!” retorted Bessie Rayen, with an ominous flash in her dark eyes. “It’s a free country, ain’t it? And I’ve as much right here as you have!” “Very well,” said Hal rising, and gathering together his tackle. “Til go, then. Come, Felix.” But Felix, the younger brother, had no idea of leaving his cool, shady nook for a whim of Hal’s. Hal stalked away in high dud geou; Felix remained behind to cultivate the acquaintance of Bes sie Raven. “If there are no trout here,” said he, composedly eyeing the brown, gypsy face among the leaves, “where do they hide?” “I’ll show you,” said Bessie, with alacrity. “Just a piece farther on. There’s lots of ’em—only every body don’t know it. C'ome cn!” And the two children spent a long summer morning together un der'the green trees. Until, just as Felix Enfield was turning to go nome, nan-appreueu-1 sive that lie had missed the farm house dinner, he perceived that the little gold cross he wore attached to his watch-chain, was gone. “Oh!” cried he, “where is my—” He stopped abruptly. For in the very moment in which he spoke he perceived half hidden in the folds of the bosom of Bessie’s tattered dress, the gleam of some golden or nament. Involuntarily he caught at it—it was his own. “You little thief!” cried he, “you have stolen it!” Bessie stood sullen and silent, her eyes cast down, her bare feet impa tiently patting the velvety grass be low. She could not deny it—she scorned any attempt to justify her self. “Bessie,” said the bov, slowly, “what made you doit! Don t you know that it is wrong to steal?” “Wrong!” cried Bessie passionate ly. “Why is it wrong? You arc rich and I’m poor! You’ve got everything, and I’ve got nothing! Why should I not help myself when I’ve got the chance?” Felix Enfield looked at her. Ver ily there was more in her creed than he had realized. “I’ll tell yon why, Bessie,” said he. “At least, I’ll tell you what I think about it.” So in his boyish way he unfolded the philosophy of rneurn and team. Bessie Raven listened in surprise. She had never been reasoned with before. No one had ever taken the trouble to explain matters and things in general to her. “Oh! Felix,” she cried out, with a great sob in her throat, “I see it all now. But no one ever told me before. And father was lost at sea, and mother had us little ones to take care of, and somehow every one’s hand was against us, and we had to fight our way along, so I got somehow to not care about any thing. “Don’t cry, Bessie!” soothed the lad. “Don't fret, that’s a good girl! Here—take the gold cross and keep it! I don’t care much for it,” So they parted. At home Felix found that hi* father had come to take them up to the mountains for a few weeks, before they returned to their city home—^nd so he nctei got the chance to tell Bessie Raven good bye. Ten years afterwards! Three and twenty*ia a dangerous age for flirta tions, but Felix Enfield had never been seriously smitten utitil that time when he crossed the Atlantic in the steamer Will-o’theAVisp, and fell in love with the Captain’s Span ish eyed daughter. ‘•If you don’t marry me,” said Fe lix, with comical earnestness, “I’ll throw myiolf into the sea.” “There's not much danger of that,” said Miss Richfield, quietly. “But in earnest!” protested Felix. t “So am J,” said the damsel with the blue -lack eyes. “Do i e. me?” plead id Felix. “I doalbsyUslike you,” demurely answered Mi«s Adi field. ■’ “Then I shall hope,” declared Felix. “Hope is a commodity that is free to all!” said the young lady. But at the voyage’s end, Mr. En field wes deeper in love than, ever. “Look here, Miss Richfield.” said lie; “if you don’t say you’ll have me, I won't leave the steamer’s deck! I'll go back and forth perpetually between New York and Southamp ton !” “I don’t think papa would care for so permanent a passenger," said Miss Richfield, with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes. ‘•But, really! Do you know, Miss Richfield, I believe you arc engaged already?” She colored a little. “Why?" she asked. “Ah!* you think I have no eyes. You think I haven’t perceived that you always wear a black velvet rib bon round your neck—a black vel vet ribbon, from which is suspend ed some trinket of gold, hidden in the lace frills of your collar. Is it a, gauge?” “Yes,” Miss Richfield calmly au swcrcd, it is a gauge ot true love. If I ever am married—” ‘•If,” almost scornfully ejaculated the lover. “Well, when I am married,” Miss Richfield corrected herself, "“it will be to the gentleman who gave me this!” “Then I may consider myself re jected?” slowly spoke Felix, with a face of the bitterest chagrin. “Not quite;’’ said the dark eyed damsel softly, as she drew the gol den talisman from her throat and held it towards him. “Don’t you remember who gave me this? ’ lie uttered an exclamation of rec ognition. “It is the gold cross I gave, years ago, to llcssic Raven,” cried he. “Yes,” she said, quietly, “and I am Bessie Raven.” “You?” — res. i My-m.-jiticr mini ctiuiUy after yt>u gave me til's. My uncle, who had just returned from the West, adopted us all. Two of my sisters are in boarding school. My brother is being educated in a Ger man university. And I am my uu elc’s adopted daughter, known only b}' his name.” “But, Bessie, you said you would marry the one who gave you that!" “So I will,” confessed Bessie, laughing and blushing, “if he is still infatuated enough to persist in wanting me.” They were married within a month—a regular true love match— and old Mrs. Liddington finds her self grand-aunt-in-law to “only Bessie Raven!” “And really,” says she compla cently, “I don’t think Felix could have made a better match!” -1 - A Good Joke on a Lawyer. Ati honest German laborer was passing along the street a day or two ago, when a small dog rushed out of a yard aud hit him on the leg, tearing his pants aud leaving the print of his teeth in the calf. The German hastened to a lawyer’s oilice and asked the barrister if lie could not sue the owner of the dog for damages. The lawyer agreed to take the case, aud made proposi tions for filing a suit for $5,000 damages, alleging that the dog was a ferocius animal, and that plain tiff’s flesh had been terribly lacera ted, necessitating the expenditure in liiigu ouuia iui niuuivai aiu:uu-1 anee and for a new pair of pants. The client was directed to go to the house of the owner of the dog next day, make a demand for the $5,000, and ascertain the name of the de fendant. He called at the house early the next morning, and asked for the “boss.” He was somewhat surprised to learn that his black and-tan was the cause of the trou ble, and he informed the client that a suit would not be maintained, as the injury done was a mere trifle, and the dog was only iu fun. The result of the conference was that the lawyer gave the client sixty five cents to pay for patching his pants, and took a receipt iu full satisfac tion of all claims for damages. Both parties wore satisfied, and the courts were spared the trouble of trying* vexatious and costly dam age suit. A Strange Preacher. There was once a minister of the o-ospel who uever built a church. Who never preached in one. Who never proposed a church fair to buy the church a new carpet. Who never founded a new sect. Who never belonged to any sect. Who frequented public houses and drank wine with sinners. Who never received a salary. Who uever asked for one. Who never wore a black suit and a white necktie. Who never used a prayer book. Or a hymn-book. Or wrote a sermon. Who never hired a cornet soloist to draw souls to hear the “Word.” Who never advertised his ser mons. Who never even took a text for his sermons. Who never went through a course of theoligical study. TFho never was ordained. Who never was even converted. Who never went to conference. Who was he? Christ. New cotton is in the market. The Spanish FortBailroad. The recent sale of the New Or leans, Spanish Fort and Lake rail way owned by M. Swartz & Bro., merchants of this city, to the New Orleans and North Eastern Railroad Company, prompts us to mention in terms of praise the names of these gentlemen, who, by their en ergy and liberal expenditure of money, have transformed a inarsh into one of the most delightful lakeshore resorts in the country. Those who remember the condition of Spanish Fort a few years ago cannot fail to notice the change which has taken place and appre ciate its present maguiflcence. For the Spanish Fort and for its beauty and comfort the public is indebted to M. Schwartz & Bro. and to Capt. T. S. Williams, the Superintendent of ■" road, to whose able mauage ir ‘ ad executive ability much of the success is due. From a short local road the Spanish Fort line suddenly springs into prominence as a part of tiic great railway enter prises which mark the growth and development of the South. In a short time the line will span the lake, and after passing through some of the finest timber and agri cultural lands in the country will form a connecting link with the great eastern lines centering at Chattanooga and Meridian. The benefit which New Oneans will de rive from such a connection will add much to the already immense trade which she controls. The public spirit of M. Schwartz & Bro., which has done so much for the embel lishment of the city and the com fort of the people, will be manifest ed in other enterprises equally as beneficial to the prosperity of the great Southern metropolis. The Swartz Brothers are justly entitled to the gratitude of the entire pub lic, as they eyiiice a spirit of enter prise which places them in striking contrast with the old moss-back ele ment which has (lone as much to retard the development of New Or IL'dlin, WUUII this community, and should be ap preciated.—If. 0. Democrat. A Fable. A pack of liyenas having been much annoyed at the manner in which the leopards had carried off the sheep which they had intended to feed upon, were rejoiced to see one of the enemies alone. “Now,” said they, “we can revenge our selves, and strike terror into the rest of the family. We have noth ing to do but surround him, and he will fall an easy prey to our furj\” “It will be a grand thing to drag home a dead leopard,” said a young hyena. “I will have his head,” said another. “And I his tail,” “And I his teeth,” “And I his claws.” “And his body will make a tine feast for us,” said all the hyen as; and they laughed in chorus. They drew closer and closer around tne ieo[*. *. it* greatly outnumbi"7*, iclt'that flight would be better than fighting, and, perceiving a sturdy tree not far off, lie made a sudden bound, and, up setting several of his assailants, gained one of the lower branches, where he kept the enemy at bay, So matters stood, suddenly the leopard begun to growl furiously, and the growl was answered by a prolonged growl in the distance. Again-and again the leopard growl ed, and each time the growl was heard from afar. “The leopards arc coining,” said an old hyena, “wo had better be off.” Then a panic seized upon the pack, and away they fled, leaving the leopard his post of advantage. lie waited a few moments after the last of his opponents disappeared and then quietly descended. “Ah,” said he, it is not always those who talk the loudest who win the victory. A wise head will outgeneral an army ot boasters; and it was lucky I re membered that there was an echo about here, or 1 should not have been left master of the field.” Gladstone in Two Mirrors. Mr. Grant Dull, M. P., recently entertained his constituents in England by reading to them two acrostics on Mr. Gladstone, the first being the work of a clever Tory who hated th Liberal chief: G was the great man. m stain of mind; L a logician, expert i 1 fined; A was an adept in rl 's art, T) u-nstlie dark sw> n'his heart. S was thesohistry leu stray; T was the truth that he i ared away; O was the cipher his conscience became; N the new light that enlightened the same; E was the evil one, shouting for joy— “At it, and down with it, Gladstone, my boy!” The acrostic, he said, was repeat ed in a drawing room in the pres ence of a young lady of good Lib eral principles, and the daughter of a well-known member of Parliament, who, without leaving the room, went to the table and wrote the an swer to it: G is the genius that governs the Nation; L are the Lords, who require education; A is the animus raised by the great; I) are the donkeys who fear for the strte; S is the standard the Liberals raise, T are the Tories who howl in dispraise; 0’s opposition, wanting a head; N is the Nation, not driven, but led; E is old England, shouting for joy, “Stick to the government, Gladstone, my hoy.” The reading of the reply was greeted with loud and prolonged cheering by Grant Duff’s friends. Gold Hunting, Gold hunting and gold digging fascinates thousands of persons, because the element of chance, that which makes gambling attractive, enters into the results. The New York Times publishes sundry facts about this mania, which he com mended to the young: Despite the immense yield of gold in California it is now shown that their tillable soil produces more actual wealth than her richest mines. Her grain and her fruits exceed in value the best of her placers. Most persons think of California as only a gold bearing State, and it is pleasant to know that her Agri cultural resources are beyond those of her mines. Agriculture is apt to pay better titan gold or silver seek ing in any fertile, well cultivated region; but there is a sort of fasci nation about the precious metals which allures men the world over, and bindsj them to the more ration al and legitimate branches of in dustry. rjjjfiscelhmu. How Famous Writers Worn. It is curious to recall the man ner in which “The Great” seek in spiration and how they work. M. Alexandre Dumas, is a morn ing worker; the dawn finds hin> al ready up. lie salutes her with a genial countenance. His habitual good humor proves that his health and his mental faculties are in com plete equilibrium, lie is hungry immediately on rising and attacks a good plate of soup with the eager uess of a rustic. After that he seats himself before a large secretary and writes until noon—in negligent dress, as you may suppose. M. le Comte de BufFon, before entering his study, always puts on his court dress, did not forget his sword, and did not deign, except in lace cuff's, to occupy himself with the humble animals whose history he was wri ting. There are few coats more thread bare than those of the master of al I have named, M. Victor Hugo. M. Hugo is also an early riser, but he does not live on soup. Before noon he lives only on his thoughts. He writes a ureat deal and his heart is in the work. In his long walks he prepares the work of the morrow, and as his memory is prodigious he has only to write out what his faith ful memory dictates. He has often related to his friends that in his youth, during a rainy winter, he was occupied with his “Marion Delorme.” He had chosen as a place of exercise, under shelter, the Passage du Saumon. The first act, a marvelous com mencement, full of passion, poetry, and fire, was the work of two after - noons spent in promenading in the passage of dingy shops, where were sold, side by side, stockings, straw mattings and butchers’ caps. Lamartine, auother early riser, composed his most beautiful verses on horseback. That was a habit worthy of an aristocratic poet, a lover of the open air and of heaven, who, not possessing the Pegasus of heroic days, gave wings to an Kn glish saddle horse. Byron snowed this sportive taste, probably be cause he had a club foot. The poet, beloved by lovers, Mus set, adored the reveries of evening. But it was not under blue heaven, by the splendor of the stars, that he evoked the music of night, whose voice still vibrates in young hearts. It was in the glare of candles, at the angle of a table reddened by over-flowing cups. George Sand always wrote at night. Lady of the niannor during the day devoted to her guests, ma king preserves and engaged in nee dlework, it was at 1 o’clock in the morning, when the chateau was fast asleep, that the genius awakened and gave to us “Mauprat ” “Fran cois de Champi,” “Consuelo,” and a hundred other works. More Wonderful Than the Comet. One of the greatest attractions of a comet is variety, which lends to each succeeding one the charm of novelty. Were the evening skies dotted with nuclei with long flowing tails curving in graceful sweeps through space, the}" would not be looked admiringly upon by the mas ses of the people, nor would they be more frequently tne subject of con versation than the stars are now. But at present the world is as tounded by rapidly recurring phe nomena. The eclipse lias just pas sed, a softly radiant comet is visible in the Northern skies, but what is of still greater import is. that the four planets which are nearest the earth, Venus—between us and the sun—J/ars, Jupiter and Saturn— beyond our orbit, are all strung out in line of battle as it were, in Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac. This is a phenomenon which may never have occurred before, and which, if it takes place again, will not be for hundreds of years. Next year Venus will be the even ing star—in the west, of course— aud Mars, having completed the half of his circuit ’round the sun, will be on the same side with her as he was of old, when Homer sang of the fall of Troy. Jupiter will be in Taurus, and Saturn will be left alone, to be butted along by the Ram. So all who appreciate un common things should rise at three o’clock on a cloudless night to wit arc displaying. The order of the planets, as at present ranged, is Venus, brilliant as a baby moon, farthest cast or nearer the horizon, the Jupiter, Sa turn, and fiery Mars at the top. A little to the North of Venus the Pleiades may be found, and between the Pleiades and the comet, Capel la snaps and twinkles, seemingly conscious that it is one of the most beautiful of the fixed stars. Such a wonderfully grand collection of celestial bodies will never be seen again by any one now living, and the opportunity of witnessing it should not be lost. -.-• • - ■—. Old Timber. Probably the oldest timber in the world which has been subjected to the use of man is that found in the ancient temples of Egypt in connec tion with the stonework which is known to be at least four thousand years old. This, the only wood us ed in the construction of the temple is in the form of ties, holding the end of one stone to another at its upper surface. When two blocks were laid in place an excavation about an inch deep was made in each block, into winch a tie shaped like an hour-glass was driven. It is, therefore, very difficult to force any stone from its position. The ties appear to have been of the tam arisk or shittern wood, of which the ark was constructed, a sacred tree in ancient Egypt and now very rare ly found in the valley of the Nile. The dovetailed ties are just as sound now as on the day ofthcir in sertion. Although fuel is extreme ly scarce in the country, these bits of wood are not large enough to make it an object with the Arabs to heave off layer to obtain them. Had they been of bronze half the old temples would have been des troyed years ago so precious would they have been for various purposes. “My wife,” remarked Fitznoodle, “is fairly crazy over the spring fash ions. She’s got the delirium trim mins." XX A arniij At 8 o’clock the other morning a wife followed her husband down to the gate as he was starting for down town, and kindly said to hi in: “William, you know how sadly I need a blue bunting dress.” “Yes dear,” he remarked, “hut you know how hard up I am. As soon as I can see my way clear you shall have the dress, and a new hat to boot. Bo patient, be good, and your reward shall be great. Forty minutes after that, he emerged from a restaurant witli a big basket and a fish-pole, bound for the river. In the basket was a chicken, pickles, cake, fruit, pie, and a bottle of liquid of a rich col or, and he was just lighting a tweu ty-cent cigar when his wife came along. “What, you here!” he exclaimed, “Yes. I am going to the market. Where you going—what’s in the basket?” “I was going to carry this fish pcile arotind to a fr'er-d on Jefferson avenue,” he modestly answered. “And that basket?” “2'iiis basket—well, 1 was going to take it to the orphan asylum as a present to the children It is a do nation from six leading citizens.” “William, I don’t believe it.” “Sh! Don't talk so loud.” “William; I shall talk louder yet!” she exclaimed. “I’ll bet you are going a-fishing.” “Mary, have I ever deceived you?'’ he plaintively asked. “I never have. As proof of inv sincerity you can take this basket to the asylum yourself.” “And I’ll do it,” she promptly re plied, as she relieved him of it. “Mary, hadn’t you—” “No, sir, I hadn’t! You’d better hurry up with that fish-pole, as the man may want it, and be careful how you stand around in the hot snn.” She left him there. He watched her take the ear for home, and then i. .. *. i r. I. seil t he street, anil said to an ac quaintance: “Toni, I’m suffering with neural gia, and the excursion is off till next week. Too had. but we can never tell what a day may bring forth.” There was chicken and pickles ami other good things on the table at dinner, hut lie never smiled. Even when his wife wished she was an oiphan, if that was the way they were fed, he never betrayed the gloom in his heart. It was only when she handed him the bottle he had so carefully tucked into the basket, and lie saw it labeled “God for Little Children,' that he said: “Mary, it is an awful thing for a wife to get tiie impression that her husband is a cold-blooded liar.” “It must be,” siie replied as she took the other leg of the chicken. A Liberal Reward will be Given. To the writer for the press who never said that his contribution was dashed tiff. . ** To the young man who doesn’t think the girls are all dying after him. To the young woman who wouldn’t choose an ice cream to a substantial meal. To the woman over thirty who never had an offer. To the young lady graduate who would not rather have a white sat in dress than high honors at the graduation exercises. To the married man who never considered the possibilities of a sec ond marriage. To the married woman who docs not sometimes wonder how she ever came to say yes. To the clergyman who doesn’t feel just a little proud of the tears he calls up at a funeral. To the ear conductor who does not take peculiar pleasure in help ing the ladies off his car. To the man who never exchang ed umbrellas and went off with a worse one than he left behind. To the small boy that never wliis tied. To the doctor who has the hardi hood to tell a wealthy patient that nothing aiis him. To the hoy of eighteen who does no know more than ins parents. To the amateur farmer who never drew the long how when dilating upon his agricultural achievements. To the widow who docs not like to liaye her mourning becoming. T'rt t.lin cr*ltnnl tnnelioi* wi n talk without seeming to watch every word she utters. To the politician who never sought the place that seemed to seek him. Excessive Heat in Prance. London, July 21.—A letter from Paris dated yesterday says: “In all my visits to Paris this is the worst summer by far I have ever known. Old residents say they have never seen its like. Oa Tiles day the thermometer touched om hundred and one in the shade, and it has been 9d to !'rt nearly every day since the 10th inst. The heat has been awful, and horses and men have wilted. The streets have been scantily washed and sprinkled, some of them not at all. Dust rises in toggy clouds, and had smells fib the air indoors and outdoors. I. Paris escapes an epidemic it will b< fortunate. There are few American tourists here. All who could leave have gone, seeking a cooler spot. It is said that wheat and other crops are suffering from heat, and in the absence of rain that product will be much below that of last year” Conscience. It matters not that the murderer was acquitted by a jury. There is a higher power within the breast that condemns him. The uncertain shadows of the departing day bring out in profile the form of his vic tim. II is sleepless nights are haunted by the spirit of blood. And when day and he walks forth in the sunlight the clouds watchijg above will assume the face of the one dead victim. The blades of grass that he crushed under his feet will raise their chrushed heads after hiir. and cry to God with a voice thai shall bo heard through all eternity “A murderer.” Thus it was in tin beginning; so it shall ever be. “Terrible as an army with ban ners,” is a sentence that revisers wanted to change to read “bum mer,” having heard of Sherman's army in the United States. | S”? -®tre s tae. Should Tirod People Go to Church. Many of those who stay at home all day Sunday because they are tired make a great mistake; they are much more weary on Sunday I night than they would have been had they gone to church at least once, as the time must often drag heavily on Sunday for lack of some tiling to do and to think about, and the consciousness of having spent the day unprofitably must some times add mental disturbance and dissatisfaction to the langor that follows idleness. More over these tired peoplo would often find refreshment for their minds and their hearts in the (juiet service of the church. They would secure by means of them a change of mental atmosphere, and the suggestion of thoughts and mo tives and sentiments whicu are out of the range of their work. Fora hard working mechanic or salesman or housekeeper or teacher, this di version of thought toother than the customary themes, might be the most restful way of spending a por tion of the day of rest. We happen to know several cases in which this prescription has been used with excellent results. Those who want to stay at homo because they were too tired on Sunday to go to church, have been induced to try the experiment of taking rest for their souls as well as their bod ies, in the sanctuarj-, for a small part of Sunday, and they testify that they have found what they sought; that the observance has proved a refreshment rather than a weariness, and that their Sundays never gave them so much good rest when they staid at home, as they have given them since they formed the habit of going to church. Help the Orphan. The IIon. A. H. Stephens, of i-OAi'orln • ill nn nililrnoa ViaTan meeting at Alexandria, some years since, for the benefit of the orphan asylum of that city, related this in cident: A poor boy, one cold night, with no home or roof to shelter his head, no parental'or maternal guardian or guide to protect or direct him on his way, leached, at nightfall, the house of a rich planter, who too.' him in, fed and lodged him, and sent him on his way, next day, with a friendly blessing. Those kind at tentions cheered the heart of that boy. and inspired him with fresh courage to battle with the obstacles of life. Years rolled round. Provi dence led him on, and he had reach ed the legal profession; his former kind host had died, and the cormo rants, that prey on the substance left bv man, had formed a conspira cy to get from the widow her es tates. She sent for the nearest counsel to commit her cause to his hands; and that counsel proved to be the or phan boy, years before welcomed, entertained and so kindly treated by the diseased husband! The stimu lus of a warm and tenacious grati tude was now added to the ordinary motive connected with the legal profession. lie undertook the cause for the widow with a will and determina tion not easily to be resisted; he gained it; the widow’s estates were secured to her in perpetuity, and (Mr. Stephens added with an em phasis of emotion, that sent an elec tric thrill through the entire au dience), “that orphan boy stands before you to night!” - -— Sound Sleep. Sound sleep is essential to good health. It is impossible to restore and recuperate the system, exhaust ed by labor and activity, without this perfect repose. Sleep has a great deal to do with the disposi tion and temper, A sound sleeper is seldom unduly disturbed by tri fles, a wakeful, restless person is apt to be irritable. A great deal has been written about the advantages of curtailing the hours of repose, and of sleeping but lit tle. We are inclined to think that there is room for doubt whether the benefits of limiting the time given to rest have not been exaggerated. Active persons of nervous tempera ment can hardly get too much sleep. We know very well that the saving :»f two nr t.liroo linnra ft flftv frnm slumber is, ill one sense, equivalent to a considerable prolongation of human life, and we are no advocates if indolence; but the fact still re mains that sleep m«y be so much abridged as to leave the system incapable of as much work in two hours as might be performed in a better condition in one. “I Love Your Jesus.” An English lady, writing from Syria, says that the Mohammedan girls there arc continually singing our beautiful hymns in Arabic. •‘Safe in the arms of Jesus,’’ is a great favorite. A little Moslem girl accounted for her preference for the Christian religion by saying, •1 like vour Jesus because he loved little girls. Our Mohammed did m t love little girls.” With uner ring instinct, she had seized upon at least one of the great differences between the two religions. No better reason could be given by any one for loving Jesus. The Apostle John says; “We ought to love him because he first loved us.” He not only loved little girls, but he loved everybody. Words of Wisdom. How poor are they who have not patience. It is not only arrogant but it is profligate for a man to disregard the world’s opinion of himself. We are hanging up pictures ev ery day about the chamber walls of our hearts that we shall have to look at when we sit in the shadows. Socrates said that there are two sciences which every man ought to learn—first, the science of speech, and second, the more difficult one of silence. - ^ - The Khedive is interested in the education of women, and is about to build in Cairo at his own expense, a school for the instruction of girls of the higher classes. The Old Testament will not be re« , vised for three years yet, bi says ao [exchange.