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o. , . . The Mountain Signal. i Publlshod Evory Friday. MT. VERNON. : KENTUCKY. THE .FIRST MEMORY. Jt is my'6nrHest momory: ' UqHfnd, by viewless sunlight kissed, 'Lies, glimmering, the golden mist . Jhnt hides for ever hides, from inc, The fairy land of infancy I The gateway of our narrow yard My baby feet from roving barred. One day I found it swinging wide; My freedom wa9, at last, my own; I pressed triumphantly outside, And stepped forth in n world unknown! Across the way, a Hold of com Was rustling in tho breozy morn. I hastened to it; overhead The long green leaves tholr banners sprend; (No eastern p.ilm, to-day, to me, So proudly tall would seem to bo !) Above against tho clear, bluo sky, Tho crests of flowers roso straight and high, "While, in tho sheltering shado beneath, Tho silk hung from each emerald sheath. At once my dimpled hands wcro full What Joy the glistening threads to pull, And bear the treasure homo to show I . 'Whrn, lo. I could not tlnd tho way to got I wandered helpless hero nnd there; The long, green leaves with rustling sound. "Were bending, swaying, all around: They whispered terror in my cars; "Where hndl comol O whoro? O whero!" Myall, my baby all, sccmcdlost, Since I the door-yard gato had crossed. With trembling limbs and blind with tears, And lifting piercing shrlok on shrlclc. That still to mo scorned faint and weak, Of all earth's creatures most forlorn, I stood amid that waving corn-When on my brow I felt a kiss, "Warm, loving arms were round me prost, And in an ecstacy of bliss I lay upon my mother's breast I It is my earliest momory; Ay, more ! how oft it comos to mo When all looks dark, around, above, And seem9 a parable of love! Marlon Douglns, in Wide Awake. STOIUES OF SHIPS. Tho Mysterious Fato of Vessels Never Hoard. Prom. I suppose that i hundred ships como and go whoro ono is lost, but when ono reflects on tho dangers to which they7 are exposed ho must marvel that so many escape. I saw a list of thirty-six missing ships tho other day,, missing from Amorican, English ports, and tho fate of each, was unknown or guessed at. Say that half of thom foundered in 'ocean, five wore run down in collision, flvo more wore wrecked on capes o shoals whoro all hands perished, and what' became of R.ho rest? Say that tl rco of tho nminder Mero destroyed by fire, an ," h.. ,i. -.-i. rhiit Tate snail wo aw cytio tno feat? live? From tho moment i vessel hjavoi) port to begin her voyagi sho is ox-posed to danger, and though a sailor may bo over so bravo and hardy, ho can not shake off tho knowledge that ho lives on tho verge of tho grave. There are gales, nnd fogs, and collisions, and fire, and hidden rocks, and powerful currents; and" so I ropoat that it is a marvol more sailing craft aro not added to tho lonesome list of missing which is recorded year by year. In the year 1855, as tho British bark Lord Oldham, of which I was second mate, was approaching tho Canary Islands, and when about 180 miles diaf tant, wo wero caught in tho tail ond of a cyclone and badly knocked about. We got out with some slight loss and a great deal of discomfort, and wore bearing up again to our courso when a great calamity happened. Half an hour before midnight, whilo tho bark was doing her best undor a fresh breeze, a sudden and groat shock was folt. Her masts went by tho board, and, na 1 reached tho deck, a minute after tho shock, tho hull scomqd to split open from atom to stern. I had gone bolow to got a glass of bitters, leaving tho dock only thirty seconds boforo tho shock camo. 1 was knocked down and confused, but it could not havo boon over sixty sec-i onds beforo I regained tho deck. It was just in timo to bo carried I went with .a.lot of rafllo from tho decks, nnd amid tho frightened cries of tho men, and a quarter of an' hour later, whon I had lashed myself in tho cross-trees of tho mainmast, I could not got an answor to any of my calls to tho rest of tho crow. How iti was that all woro lost I novcr could mako out. Thoro was rafllo' enough to havo floated 500 men, and my watch wero certainly all wido awako at tho moment of tho collision. Tho only explanation 1 can give is that they woro somehow caught and crushed. 1 drifted during the rest of tho night, and was picked up in tho morning by li vessel bound in. By that timo thd wreckage had drifted apart until noth ing could bo found. Nothing whatever was picked up or cast upon any shore, and had I not been saved, tho fate of tho bark could only havo been guos'iod at. What did sho collido with? Tho lookouts wero on tho bow, and alort, ar.d tho night so clear that a ship eou.d havo been seen a milo away, The chart showed clear water for a hundred miles about, and wo must have run full tilt upou some vessol which had been dismasted and bilged in a hurricane. If loaded with timber, her decks would havo been awash, nnd sho would havo been as bad as a rock to collido with. There was only ono shock, and tho wholo bows of tho bark woro crushed in by it. Thrco years later, whilo off tho Banks of Brazil in a small English ship called tho White Cloud, anothor strange thing happened. I was first mate of this ship, and about ton o'clock in the forenoon, tho weather being very fiuo and tho wind light, I had all tho men on deck sotting up tho digging, some of which had slackened away. A man aloft suddenly hailed tho deck with the information that a largo whalo was bearing down on tho ship, head on. Wo wcro a merchant vessel,' and tho sight of a whalo had no interest for us. Wo went on with our work for thrco or four minutes, whon tho man again hailed mo with; "If that fellow holds his courso ho will be dead on to us, sir. He's a big fellow, and coming like tin iron steamer." I ran forward to get a look, and tho sea was so smooth that I had no in making out tho whale. Ho was still a mile away, coming down at about steamer speed, and holding a course as straight i& if somebody aboard of him was steering by compass. I was not a bit alarmed, to see' him show flukes every moment, but tho captain camo on deck and ordered tho man at tho wheel to break off two or three points. This brought tho whalo on our port bow. .As I told you, I expected to sec him sound every moment. It was astonishing that ho had not discovered us long before. I could scarcely believo my oyes as he held on, and by and by we had him alongside. I am telling you tho Iruth when I say ho actually rubbed us as wo passed each other, and tho odor of him was so rank that some of the men cried out in disgust. That whalo was ninety feet long if he was an inch, and ho had a head on him like a brick wall. So far as wo could see ho was carrying no harpoons and had no frosh wound, but ho was moss-grown and barnacled as if ho had knocked about for a couple of hundred years. Tho fact of his holding his ,own in sueh a bull-headed way was alarming, and when wo wero clear of him we foil to congratulating ourselves over tho close shave. Wo wore pornaps a milo apart whon tho whalo slewed around. Tho moment wo discovered what ho was doing wo know that he meant to attack. The 'oezo'lmd now died away TooTH'I iiwJliopo Xo'Ttouge hiKrnnd ho had not yet fairly turned when wo dropped the yawl from tho davits and ran her alongside, to tho bow. Two men wore ordered to got water and provisions into hor, and as tho whalo headed up for us wo went oft' boforo tho breeze to givo him all tho room wo could. Three or four minutes sottlod tho question of whether he was after tho ship or sailing his own courso. He headed up for her, coming fastor and fastor, and when ho was two cable's length away there was a great white wall of water rolling beforo him, and his speed was from eighteen to twenty miles an hour. Ho struck us full on tho starboard quarter, and tho shock was as if two ships had collided. Planks and ribs gave way beforo him, and as he recoiled from tho blow our ship settled down stern first and was undor water within two minutes. Everybody was knocked dcNyn by tho shock, and everybody got up to rush for tho yawl. I was sucked down almost as soon as I reached my feet, and after a struggle, in which I camo out first best by a closo shave, I was shot to tho surfaco amid a lot of deck rafllo. Thoro woro two or three men around mo at first and as I was heaved up I caught sight of tho yawl with at least two men in hor. Tho whalo was still at hand, lying vory quiet, but I foarod ho would soon bo aroused and attack us in turn, and I seized tho galley door and paddled away to got out of his roach. Whilo doing this a squall camo down and hung on for twonty minutes, and whon it had passed I could see nothing of boat nor whale. That afternoon, an hour boforo sundown, I was picked up by tho American whaler Richard Knox. Sho already had our yawl, which sho had found bottom up, but had not scon any of tho men nor mot with any wreckage. I was again the only ono saved, and but for my testimony tho fato of tho ship would havo forever remained a mystery. As to why tho whalo attacked us was mndo more clear after my rescue. Tho Knox had raised and chased him tho evening before, and he had boon "gallied" or annoyed so often during tho month past that ho had become ugly. Ho camo for us with tho fntention of sending tho ship to the bottom, and ho succeeded only too well in carrying out his purpose. A third mystery was the case of tho Janet Wilcox, an American brig bound for Hio Janeiro. I was second mato of her when the occurrence took place. Wo had bad weathor for a good sharo of tho voyage, but tho brig was now X and stanch, and was at no timo in imminent noril. About threo hundred miles oil Rio, whilo enjoying a bit of good weathor, we one morning raised a longboat full of men dead nhead of us. Indeed, tho boat had taken down hor sail and was' waiting for us to como up. There woro nine men aboard of her, and they had plenty of water and provisions. Tho story thoy told was that they were a part of tho crow of a largo British -.hip which had boon burned two days before. Thoy claimed that all had got oil in boats, but that tho boat3 had becomo separated in tho heavy weather. Thoy woro a hard-looking lot, compo.-ed of all nationalities, and when we had taken them aboard our captain was by no means satisiled with their story. Ono of them claimed to be second mute, and, as tho crowTfffu 'Ul got off in two boats, it was a puzio that tho first mato was not in command of ono. Other strange tiling camo up, and tho story of tho men did not hang togothor, and so all hands were ordered to keep an eyo on tho fellows. Wo got a good slant of wind and had run down to within fifty or sixty miles of tho coast when tho fellows showed their hands. They had been allowed to minglo freely with our crow, but had carefully abstained from a remark to indicate that they had an ovil purpose in view. Their boat was largo and unwieldy, and we had towed it after us ratherViTan'to cast it looso or to attempt to hoist it inboard. I was on watch from eight to twelve, and nothing suspicious occurred during tho first throe lyntrs. About eleven o'clock, as I stood near tho man at tho wheel, I was hailed from tho foremast with: "Mr. Merlin, will you pleaso step forward and tare a look at something wo can't mako out?'' I afterward recalled that it was not tho voice of ono of my watch, but I did not heed tho matter at tho time. I started forward and had reached tho waist of tho vessel when two men seized me, lifted mo clear of tho deck, and beforo I could recover from my astonishment I was flung overboard head first. It was more by instinct than any plan of my own that I swam for tho boat towing astern. Had the brig not been sailing close hauled, and therefore sailing at a moderate paco, I should n6t have reached it. It was a close shavb and as I hung to tho for a moment L-heard a great confusion on tho brig. It was mutiny, of course, and was the first victim. My idea was to get aboard again as soon into the yawl, pul hor closo up, and then shin up tho pt jnter. After an effort or two I pulleci myself in, and just then there woro caths and cries and pistol shots from tho brig, followed by a couplo of splashes alongside, which meant that two bodies, living or dead, had gone overboard. I had hold of tho painter whon it was loosened from above and I drifted rapidly astern. Tho fight continued as long as I was within hearing. I was out of it entirely, nnd could only hopo that our crew, who wera all good men, would overcome tho mutineers in tho struggle. After tho brig was out of sight I got sail on tho boat, and followed hor to tho best of my judgmont. It was just in the gray of morning that I was picked up by a British ship bound into Rio. It wasn't so very mysterious that we picked up tho boat and hor crow attempted our capture, but it certainly was queer that from tho hour sho left mo to this day that brig has never boon heard of. But for my sho would havo been rated as lost and tho insurance paid. As it was tho insuranco company contested payment, and wonThoir ease in court. The insuranco of that day, at least, did not provide for any such, emergency. Tho naval and merchant service of evory power was notified of tho and for two or three years evory sea was under observation, but tho brig was "never overhauled, nor any of hor old crow heord of. My idea is that sho foundered within a fow days with all hands, but othors differ. Sho cortalnly did not turn pirate, and sho was never heard of as a wreck. Thsro was no such British ship as tho men said, nor was any craft burned as thoy stated. Thoy juuat havo been lying in wait; but it is queer that they would bo so far out to sea in such a boat. Taken all in all it was a strange caso, and no ono has over got tho right end of tho thread to solvo tho tangle. N. 1". Sun. A discussion arose on board an Atlantic liner a' short timo ago as to tho citizenship of a gontleman at tho other ond of tho saloon. "Ho's an Englishman," said ono, "I know by his head." "Ho's a Scotchman," said another. "I know by his complexion." "He's a Gorman," eaid' anothor. "1 know by his board." Tho young ladies thought ho looked a littlo Spanish. Hero tho conversation rested, but soon !.,.-. ,r .i,, . 1. T Imvn it." said uiiu u mum - she.. "He's an American; ho's got hia legs on tho table." Boston ueacou. SWEEPING A ROOM. A Domestic Art Tlmt Should Ho Acquit eel lly All llouselooinr. Rooms that aro carpoted should bo frequently swept, oven though thoy may not bo used much. Especial caro should bo taken to brush tho edges nnd corners of tho carpet with a short corn broom. Moths and aro in this way kopt out of a room. A sleeping-room should bo thoroughly swept and dusted overy week, no how clean it may look. With no room in tho houso should thero bo moro caro taken. It may look all right, but it will not bo frosh and sweet without the wcokly cleaning. Havo covors for tho largo pieces of furniture. Thoso covers should bo about two yards and a half long. In most households threo such covors will bo enough. Threo breadths of somo cheap print, stitched togothor and hemmed, will mako a cover that answers fbr tho largest pieco of furniture. First dust tho ornaments and small pieces of furnituro and put thdm in anothor room. Now dust tho heavy pieces and covor thom with tho cloths. Brush tho backs of tho pictures and tho ledges over tho doors and windows. Shako out tho curtains, if youjiavo drapery, and fold and fasten them back from tho window. If thero bo portieres, tako them down, if you can easily do so, and shako and air them. Tako up tho rugs and have thom beaten out-of-doors. When all this is done, sprinkle the carpet with coarso dairy salt and then sweop tho room, taking short strokes with tho broom. Tako up tho sweepings and shako tho broom out-of-doors, to remove all tho dust and lint. After tho dust has had time to settle, go over tho carpet with a broom once more, sweeping very gently. This will take up all tho dust that has settled on tho carpet. With a feather duster, dust tho walls, doors, pictures, windows, otc. Tako tho covers from tho heavy furniture, and after shaking them out-of-doors, fold thom up and put them away. Wash tho windows and wash all tho spots from tho paint around tho door-knobs, baseboards, etc. If thero bo a fire-place in tho room, wash tho hearth; or, if a stove bo used, polish it boforo dusting. Now shako out tho curtains and hang tho portieres. Place tho and ornaments in position, using a pieco of cheese cloth to wipe off any dust that may cling to any of the articles. No matter how cold tho weathor, tho windows should bo kept oped during the swooping nnd Jdu'sting'. J A print dress and a cap should always bo worn when sweeping. Cut a pair of old stockings open at tho toes, and cut a hole in each hcol for tho thumbs. Draw these over tho hands and arms and they will protect tho hands and sleeves. When a carpet is used a good deal, as in a sitting-room, after it is swept, put two quarts of warm water in a pail and add to it threo tablespoonfuls of ammonia, or two of turpentino. Wring a cloth out of this water and wipe tho carpot with it. It will brighten tho fabric considerably. When cleaning a room, novor shako rugs, curtains, etc., out of tho windows. A largo part of tho dust flies back into tho room; much of it clings to tho houso; and if thero bo any windows open near by, the dust is blown through thom into other rooms. In oither summer or winter, all thoso things should, whon posslblo, havo a good shaking in tho back yard and then bo hung on a lino for awhile, to got an airing. Maria Parloa, in Housewife. Soaking Grain in Brine. Tho usual method of soaking grain in brino to destroy smut spores is as follows: In an ordinary wash tub prepare tho brino so that it will float a fresh egg. Tho seed is then placed in the fluid nnd allowed to soak for ton or fifteen minutes, after which tho liquid is poured into anothor tub and tho grain is spread on tho floor, sprinkled with sufficient limo to whiten it, and allowed to dry. This process is repeated until all tho grain has been soaked. Whilo there has long been a beliof among farmers that soaking seed in brino, sulphato of copper solutions and other preparations would provont smut, rocent carefully conducted oxporlments havo demonstrated that littlo or no benefit is to bo dorived from any such treatment. In fact, it has been shown that drossing tho seed with strong brino or sulphato of copper solution, especially tho latter, in nino cases out of ten does moro harm than good. It woakons tho vitality of tho seed to such an extent that if they gormlnato at all tho plants thoy mako aro weak and raroly maturo perfect fruit. B. T. Galloway, Vegetable Pathologist, Department of Agriculture. By using tho host seed tho moro vigorous and healthy plants aro secured; and then by giving good cultivation a good growth is inado, and in this way largo crops aro secured. PERSONAL AND IMPERSONAL. Miss Fannie Macaulay, who died a fow days ago at Brighton, England, al tho ago of eighty, was tho last surviving sister .of Thomas Babington Macaulay. Ono of Murat's daughters, Luisa Marchesa Rasponi, is said to bo still living, at tho ago of ninety-two, in Ravenna, Italy. Sho was, thorofore, nineteen in 1815, when Napoleon I. was dethroned nnd hor father shot. Assistant Doorkeeper Bnssott has boon In tho employ of tho United States Senate for fifty-eight years. Ho recently celebrated his goldon wedding, and was then mndo the recipient of a handsome present from tho Senators. E. B. Ball, the nearest living relative of Gcorgo Washington, Oc cupies ;i sum in uiu suhmi uunuiur ui tho Pension Building at Washington, whero ho soils cigars and fruit to tho clerks. Ho is nearly eighty years old, and bears a striking rosomblanco to tho Father of his Country. John Wanamaker's country placo at Jenkin town is said to absorb his attention as completely whon out of town as business does at tho store in Philadelphia. Ho is a liberal entertainer, and his freedom and jollity aro contagious. Ho has a splendid collection of roses and orchids, and his rhododendrons aro famous in tho neighborhood. Mrs. Stanley Brown, formerly Miss Mollio Garfield, daughter of the dead President, is described as a singularly beautiful womnn, with a slender but almost faultless form. Thoimpressivo effect of her beauty is said to bo heightened by "undisguisablo suggestions of sadness," which havo lingered about her oyes and mouth ever ainco the dark days of 'SI, when she lost tho father she idolized. Tho Duke of Westminster, according to the latest returns, is still tho richest man in Great Britain, his fortune being set down at $80,000,000. This is a pretty big pile, but it isn't overstating it to say that there aro at least half a dozon men In this country who could buy out tho Duko without exhausting tho contents of their coffers. America has becomo tho abode of tho Crasuses of tho earth. Miss Breckinridge, daughter of tho Kentucky Congressman, said to a Washington writer, recently: "Wo once lived at tho same hotel with Gen-oral and Mrs. Harrison. Sho is ono of the sweetest women in tho world, and will bo very popular. Sho takes sin-cero pfeasuro in doing good ami making everybody happy. Wo young girls woro all in love witli her. Sho used to givo us a groat deal of pleasure, and I do not suppose that sho was ovor conscious of it." "A LITTLE NONSENSE." A Chicago woman recently married a man named Nail. Thero is ono woman, then, who can hit a Nail on the head evory time. Yonkors Statesman. In Ecuador it is understood that tho employer shall board tho cook's family. The caso is similar in only tho employer doesn't understand it. Drake's Magazine. Tho last words of great men aro all recorded in tho books, but tho last words of women, great and small, havo always boon too much for tho historians. Journal of Education. Rescuer (to man ho has just cut down) "Tho boys lynched yor, and loft yer fur dead, did thoy? Well, how do yer feel now?" Half-hanged man "Quite unstrung." Boston Beacon. Dullard "Now this is outrageous. Here's Casket has charged tho widow Jones $500 for her husband's funeral." Brightly "Well, you must always expect a stiff bill from an undertaker." Lowell Citizen. The coal man he whistled a mcloiy gay, As ho flxod up tho scales in a, fanciful way, And ho nodded and smiled whilo he caroled this lay: "As wo journey through life, let us live by the weigh." Merchant Traveler. Mrs. Tcmperton "Henry, father wrote mo yesterday that ho wants to got a typewriter. What is tho best kind, do you think?" Tomporton (immersed in stock questions) "I liko 'om about twenty-four with dark bluo eyes." Munsoy's Weokly. Stranger "How aro base-ball prospects In Torro Haute?" Terro Haute citizen "Bad. All gone to tho logs, so to speak." Stranger "Ah, that accounts for tho sight of so many canines with catchers' mnaks on, I suppose." Torro Haute Express. A gontleman meeting a friend on tho street stopped him to condolo with him on his emaciated appearance, and inquired anxiously as to tho cause. "Alas!" eaid tho friond, "I havo suffered for yjars with walking In my sleej). I have walked out of tho door nt night, havo been saved whon about to step fiAm an upper window, and am now so in dread of fatal results that I fear to sleep at all." "An easy matter to cure," replied tho first gontleman. "Tako car faro to bod with you and you won't walk." Philadelphia Press.