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THE HAWK'S XEST.
BV BKKT HASTE. We checked our pace—the red road sharply round: ing: We heard the troubled flow Of the dark olive depth* of pine*, resounding A thousand feet below ; Above the tumult of the canon, lifted, The grey hawk orcathless hung, O on the hill a winßed shadow drifted Where furze and thorn-bush clung ; Or where, half-way, the mountain side was furrowed With many a seam and scar. Or some abandoned tunnel dirnl burrowed— A mole hill seen so far ; We look in silence down across the distant Unfathomable reach, A silence broken by the guide’s . • nsistent And realistie speech ; “ Walker of Murphy's blew a hole hrongb Peters for telling him he lied, hen Up and dusted out of South Hornitos Across the long Divide. • W< ran him out of Strong’s and up through Eden, And 'cross the ford below, And up flits mountain (Peters' brother hailin’), And me and Clark and Joe. “ He fou't ns game; somehow, I disr> member Jest how the thing kem round ; Home say ’tw as wadding, some a scattered ember From fires on the ground. “ Rut in one minute all the hill below him Was just one sheet of (tame ; Guardin' the crest. Ham Clark and I called to him, And—well, the dog was game. He made no sign—the tins of hell were round him, The pit of hi 11 below. We sat and waited, but we never found him, And then we turned to go. ‘And then—you see that rock that’s grown so bristly With ebapparet and tan— Suthin' crept out—it might hev been a grizzly. It might hev been a man, - “Rnthln’ that howled and gnashed its teeth and shouted In smoke and dust and flame: Buttlin' that sprang Into the depths about it, Grizzly or mao—but game ; That’s all. Well, yes, it does look rather risky, And kinder makes one queer And dizzy looking down, A drop of whisky Ain't a bad thing right here f” WIDOW HAWKINS’ TRIAL. From the Providence (R. I.) Press, “The old Hawkins estate ” was about as hare, rocky and unpromising a farm as you could find in all New England. A western man wouldn't have taken a single chance there against starvation, and yet the Hawkinses had held it for many generations. There was a tradi tion that “the old man of all had been put on that place and compelled to earn a living.” Whatever may have been the truth of that, it was certain his descendants had always shown great attachment to the old homestead, and would answer any disparaging re marks concerning the land by quoting “Granther Hawkins,” who used to say, “There’s a master lot of rock, which gives the farm a dreadful uneven look : hut there's spots where the ni/r is as good as can be found in this ’ere sec tion.” The present owner and occupants were tlit> Widow Hawkins and her two sous, Ephraim, a man of nearly forty years, and Solomon, who was “just turned twenty.” And “those two boys" were the source of all the poor woman’s trials. Not that they were bad, or even ill disposed, but simply “ trying." The husband and father had died when Solomon was a babe in arras, and “the boys had been brought up with out any head,” as the widow expressed it. Ephraim inherited the family name and most of the honors which had fallen successively to their share—such as being “ Selectman ” and a member of the “School Committee.” But his lather, grandfather and great-grand father had been Deacons, and as yet he had not been “chosen,” although sev eral vacancies had occurred since Ins years and experience had rendered him eligible to that office. It was a great trial to the widow, for, with a mothers’ partiality, she deemed it fitting that the fathers mantle should fall upon the son, who was in every wav worthy to follow in t In* footsteps of Ids sire. And another thing “tried the widow. Ephraim had never shown any matrimonial inclination, although his duty had been faithfully hud before him “ line upon line, precept upon pre cept,” but with strange perversity com mon to human nature, (and 1 should like to add, for the sake of truth, that it reaches its highest development in the masculine persuasion,; he seemed deaf to her fond entreaties and blind to his own interests iso mul (loop wore the arguments nsisl by the widow, but Ephraim would cooly put on Ids hut urn! uuiko liis exit in tin'middle of her longest sentence. Many mid curious wore tlie traps whioh slit' lor her sou, but he never for a moment became entangled in any of them. 1 >id she invito some of the farmers’ daughters “to pass the afternoon and stay to tea," Ephriam was sure to be absent at supper time and Solomon would have the girls to entertain and “see home.' Ami Solomon, instead of blaming his brother and sympathis ing with the poor woman in “her trials” set mod to consider it good fun, and would persist in rehearsing what the girls saitl about Ephriam’s miming away from them. And many evenings when lie should have been at home with his books, or in meeting with his mother, he would be idling his time away in some farmer’s kitchen, in dan gerons proximity to rosy cheeks and Hashing eyes, or awav on the ice where some pretty girl would cling closed to him, know ing intuitively that the more helpless and dependent siie seemed the greater would be the care and attention given her. No wonder Mrs. Hawkins used to sigh and say. “ If Ephraim ever does vet a wile and Solomon don't get more’n one, ! shall be thankful.” She had borne with commendable spirit and silence the remarks which were made in her hearing, but there is .; limit to human patience, and it i > a fact that women can manage to say most cutting and irritating things to, eai'li other under the garb of sympathy and condolence. It was at the sewing society, the first which had “met” since Deacon Elsbree hral been gathered to his fathers. Airs. Smith, w ith an elongated face and a voice toned down to the proper key, saiil : “I felt so bad for von, Sis ter Hawkins, when I heard they was going to pass your Ephraim by again, and take a in.in so much younger, and so little experience. It seems kinder like a put upon yon both', and a slight upon your husban’ that’s now dead and gone, it really does.” And she made a desperate effort to subdue the rising tri umph iu her voice. “ Who have they picked out ?” asked the widow, and she “looked ready to sink.” for she had thought, “Surely they will take Ephraim now.” "It's not settled yet, but they are talkin' bout Car line's husban’,” and then she added, after a moment’s pause, “I wish things had been a leetle dif ferent with Ephraim.” Airs. Hawkins tried to brace herself to hear the rest. She was soon ac costed with, “ Glad to see you out to day, Sister Hawkins; shows von ain't no feeling ’bout Ephraim’s bein' slight ed ; we all ‘spected you’d lot on his bein’ chosen, but you see’t wouldn’t do, nohow/’ The pale face Unshed, and then she looked up to find that every eye was upon her, and every one waiting to see what she would say. She spoke up quite unlike herself. “No, I don’t see why it wouldn’t do; ray Ephraim’s ns likely a man as there is in this town, and there ain’t a person with the right to speak agin him, and that's more n can he said of some folks that 'pear to stand a better chance than him.” It was pretty still there for a minute or so, and then Deaeon Slocum's wife, who was hostess on the occasion, said, “ Don’t you be afronted, Sister Haw kins, nobody blames you.” “And who do they blame? Hasn't my son always walked ’cord’n to his profession ?” “ Y-e-a-s, but you know what the Scripturs say.” “ I know a good deal that would be a rebuke to folks I could mention.”— But she tried to smile as she asked, “ What partickler Scriptur do you re fer to, Sister Slocum ?” “ 1 don’t know as Ie in give you the words straight. I heard my husband alkiu’ it over; ’twas something ’bout a deacon havin’ a wife and children ; I guess that they always have to, don’t they?” “It ought to be one of the qualifica tions,” severely remarked Miss Shumb ley, a lady of uncertain age. And then there was a suppressed titter among the younger ladies. a With her heart so rom from having 1 these two great trials of her life so ruthlessly brought before her, in such j a public manner, 'twas no wonder that her reply should have been given rather ; sharply. “Ephraim's been slow rankin’ up his j mind; 'tis his way;” and then with a j quick glance at Mias Shumbley, “it i ain't as if he couldn’t get anybody to j have him, you know.” It was well supper was announced, and the attention of the company turn ! ed to the strength of the tea and the j quality of the cake. Poor old lady, she was quite 1-ewil | dered with her thoughts ; she wanted j to get away from all those pitiless eyes and tongues, so she managed to slip out unperceived,and arrived at home just as | “ the boys ’’were going to milking, and ' to their anxious inquiries as to what was the matter, only said she was “tired.” Solomon hurried off to the society, : firm in the belief that his services could not be dispensed with,when the‘‘mem j bers ” should start for home. Ephraim and his mother had a long evening together, and her trials were so effectually shown to her son that the in terview closed with the widow triumph ant and happy, and Ephraim had a sub dued look which boded well for his mother On the following morning Solomon asked, “ Where are you going to pick up stones to-day, Eph I” and was told, “ 1 have other work on my hands to day, loss to my mind, but I have prom ised mother not to ‘try ' her any longer by shirking." Solomon's eyes opened wide, ami he did not hesitate to say, “ Hannah, there’ll he fun now, I guess." He was instantly stopped by a reprimand from his mother. Now Ephraim was one of those downright, upright kind of men, to whom the battle is more than half over when once they have “resolved," so his mother felt no misgivings about him as sin l watched him crossing the meadows in the direction of ’Squire Whipple’s. 1 do not think the good woman ever thought of the possibility of Martha's saying “ nay " to such an offer, but as the day wore on and he did not come home, she smiled to think what ardent lovers these quiet, backward kind of men made, when they come to know their own minds. Solomon declared “that Eph was making a fool of himself, going the rounds of the whole town,” and asked his mother “what she'd bet Eph wouldn't ask that 'ar Shumbley woman to add her forty years to his'u before be was through with it.” By nine o'clock Ephraim arrived, but nothing could be gathered from his face, and lie refused to answer a single question until he had his supper. They waited with what patience they could ; Mrs. Hawkins said, “he always was dreadful trying," and Solomon thought “ Eph's symptoms good, judging from his appetite." At lust he seated himself by the broad, open fire-place, and placing bis feet upon the fender, commenced : “I went over to the ’Squire's and found Marthy churning; so I took hold and helped her. She said something about my running away from her generally, biit I didn't take any notice of it. We talked over about work end one thing and another. She laughed at most everything, but gave me some kind of an answer, until Tasked her, ‘ Marthy,’ says I, ‘ what's your opinion about rais ing a large family ? Don't you think, if it's the Lord’s will, it is better to have a good many children to grow up together, than to have just two or three, like your family and mine?” She jumped so that we almost upset the churn, and then she snapped out, “Eph. Hawkins, what do you mean, talking like that to me ? Don't you ever dare to speak to me again as long as you live.’’ I tried to explain, but she wouldn't listen to a word, so I had to leave, and I felt glad twas ordered just as 'twas, for a woman with such a tem per would make an uncomfortable wife.” The widow groaned, but Ephraim told her “not to be discouraged, for he did not give it up so/’ “I went 1 from there over to Mr. Wheeler’s, and I thought I wouldn’t waste time in • compliments; so when Sarah Jane came ; to the door I asked her at once if she'd be kind enough to answer a few ques tions, and I told her a good deal de- ! pended on her answers, so I hoped she ' would tell the truth. At that she got j mad and called to her mother, ‘’Ere is i Eph Hawkins, come to take the ernewi, and he’s afraid I’ll tell him lies ; you had better come and answer him,’ and what should she do but leave. Sister Wheeler came, and I said I think I will call when Brother Wheeler is at home ; and then I left.” Again the widow groaned, and ac cused her son of being more “trying” than ever before. Solomon kept quiet, for fear of being excluded from the con fidence of the family. “Mother,” said Ephraim, “don’t nnd fault with me, for I never worked so hard to please yon iu my life as I have done to-day, and I have gone according to the light I had.” “ I know, my son, but you’ll never marry now. Oh dear, lam so tired.” “Yes I shall; I did not lose cour age a bit, but went from there to Ebeu Howe’s.” “Don’t you tell me Betty Howe is coming here to live on—” “No, she wasn’t at home, and when I asked her mother as to Betsy's views, die owned ‘that Betsy hadn’t any;’ so that was settled, of course,and I left word with her about some town business for Eben, and came away.” “At John Read's I found quite a company. You know bj-tiie time I got there ’twas in the afternoon. Well, I felt so thankful, for there was Ann Simpson. Abbey Cole and Nancy Fish er, beside the Bead girls. Somehow I didn’t feel quite as clear in my mind as to the questions when they were nil laughing.round me.” “ Oh.” interrupted Solomon, “if I'd only been there.” I was bound to be serious with them, so I asked them at once if they didn’t think a woman ought to be willing to do the milking if her husband was a farmer and was called away cm town business. “Of course,” said two or three of them. “Do you want to hire a hand, Eph? Take me, oh, take me;” and they all huddled up around me until I was almost crazy. I don’t know how I should ever have getaway from them, but I was tipping back in my chair, and somehow it went over and I went my full length on the floor. They all commenced screaming, and I suppose they thought L was hurt, fur they called to their father, and he came running in. Says he, “Brother Haw kins, what is the matter ? what have you done to frighten these girls so?” Says I, “ They can't be more fright ened than I am, and if you will get the chair mended I will settle the bill. 1 wanted to talk with you about the school in our district, but I guess I will see you down to the corner some day ;” and I was coming away, but my hat had been mislaid somehow, and after a long search Brother Read lent me his best one ; and though it was pretty large, I managed to wear It by wrapping ray handkerchief around my head. Becky Read was in the yard, and she said “if she found my hat she'd bring it over, and if I weren’t at home she'd stay and do the milking/’ I was going to have a little more talk with her, but I heard the other girls snickering, and it upset me completely. “Oh, Ephraim ; the* whole town will be laughing about yon, I know,” “Oh, no, mother, there’s no occa sion, for in all these places I never said a word to any one about marrying, and then yon know I passed it off ns though I really did have business with the men folks. “But what possessed you to ask such strange questions ? Why did you not leave those things to time ?” “No time like the present to settle points which might make trouble for us if left to the future At my age I wasn't going to ask any girl to marry me without knowing her views. When I got out of sight of Read's house 1. sat down on the wall and tried to settle whether I would give it up and go home, or what I had better do. I thought of all the hard work I had done on this place, and of what you said last night, that you’d settle every thing upon Solomon if I didn't marry in a month; and he's nothing but a child, and not tit to be trusted with clearing up the land; so, late as it was, and hungry and tired as I felt, I walked over to the Widow Slater's. The children came running out to meet me; you know they always 'peered to like me; they had been ciyiug because their mother had been ordered to have the • house empty in a fortnight's time. As soon as they told me I saw what my duty was, and why my way had been hedged up all the day. I staved an hour. I guess, and we agreed upon everything, and so T think your trials are about over, mother, for she is going to marry me as soon as ever we can be published.” “She! for conscience sake I who do you mean, for .the widow has three girls who have put on long dresses and taken to doing up their hair.” “Why, mother, ’tis the widow her self, though if I’d thought of it I’d asked Miranda some questions; but ’tis too late now ; the bargain is made, and when once I have the widow and her seven children here, nobody can complain of my not having a family. I think I have been led to great useful ness. ” “To great foolishness you’d better say. How am Ito live with all ‘ aosc children running wild around here? and Solomon will he flirting with those grown-up girls. Dear me; if your father had only lived, and there’d been some head here, you wouldn’t have tried me so.” “No, mother; I promise you about the flirting. I’m going to do better than that.” The promise sounded a little myste rious to Ephraim and his mother, but the explanation came soon enough, for Solomon was missing one day, us was also the widow Slater’s daughter, Ali randa; and when they returned Solo mon presented his wife to the f%mily, i saying that “ he’d given his word to i his mother that ho wouldn’t flirt, and he was bound to keep it, if it killed , him.” The last we heard about the widow I she was “tired ” about what relation ! Solomon’s children will be to Ephraim and his wife. And though Ephraim | has been chosen deacon, yet with such a mixed up state of things at home, she ! is of opinion that her trials have only | just begun. Telegraphic Notes. AT home. The Pennsylvania coal miners aro represented as tiring of the strike. Rev. B. Eaton, for thirty years past rector of Trinity church, in Galveston, died suddenly on the 19th, while deliv ering a sermon. The Senate Committee on Military Affairs have agreed to report favorably on the bill to sell the land and fort of the war of ISI2 at Sag Harbwr, Long Island. The following nomination was sent to the Senate yesterday: James M. Wilson, of Missouri, United States Consul at Nuremberg. Secretary Boutwell is preparing to pay the May and November interest on the five-twenty and ten-forty bonds. Judge Ellis Lewis late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, died at Philadelphia on the 19th, aged 71 years. Seven persons were injured on the 19th, by a construction train on the Pittsburg and Coimellsville railroad running into a creek. A collision occurred on the Morris and Essex Railroad, near Bergen Tun nel, on the 19th, which resulted in se vere, if not fatal, injuries to a fireman and engineer. The Neuse River, North Carolina, Paper mills were destroyed by fire on the 20th. Loss $50,000; insured for $15,000. The steamboat Rose Franks, with a cargo of 7,000 bales of cotton, was burned at Trumbull's Island, on the lower Mississippi. No lives lost. The boat and cargo are a total loss. George M. Barnard, of Boston, C. S. Bradley, of Providence, and C. R. Chapman, of Hartford, have been chosen assignees of the Boston, Hart ford and Erie Railroad. abroad. It is thought the revolutionary move ment now in progress in Paris will extend to Marseilles and Lyons, and even to Bordeaux. Thiers contemplates the removal of the French Government to Tours. It is said the Germans decline to interfere with affairs in Paris. A Paris telegram states that the mur ders of Le Compte and Thomas were perpetrated by order of Garibaldi, who directs the insurrection. They were shot in the garden of the line des Kosieros. Thomas resisted vigorously, but Garibaldi ordered him to be held against a wall while Ins body was rid dled with bullets. Le Comte died with the utmost coolness, smoking a cigar, and refusing a bandage over bis eyes. Many other executions occurred. Paris is said to be bill of Ronapart ist agents. Chevron, Conti, Bouher and Reguierare there. The insurgents, for some days past, have received five francs daily, which is supposed to have been furnished by these agents. The Ex-Emperor Napoleon has ar rived at Dover, England. He was en thusiastically received. Sir Henri Bclwek has been elevated to a peerage. The bark Cornwall was sunk by col lision with.the steamer Himalaya, and eleven persons drowned. wr Dr. S. A. Weaver’s Canker and Salt Hhelm Stri p.—lhe object of t liits Syrup w to throw all impurities which are in the blood, out upon the surface of the skin, which is the only true way that the blood can evtu be freed from them. When they aro out upon the skiu they can at once be removed by ap plying the cerate, which will, in all cases, ef fect a permanent cure. There is no external application which will, alone, permanently cure tnis class of diseases. jSfSEE ADVERTISEMENT of Dr. Butts Dispensary, headed Ik idt fortheMillion—Mar riage GriDE —in another column. It should be read by all. The Germans of Sun Francisco cele brated the restoration of peace in a becoming manner on the 21st. l ire Mutual Life f Chicago pars its promts to j olicv holders only. Summery of Important Proceedings in Congress. Senator Howe has introduced into the Senate bills for a ship canal to connect the waters cf Green Bay with Lake Michigan, M’is.; making land grants in aid of the Green Bay and Lake Pepin Railroad, and a railroad from Alii wan kee to Lake Superior, via Green Bay; extending the time for the construction of the railrqa I from tin- St. Croix River to the west end ->f Lake Superior and Bayfield. Among the bi.i- • -u. >■ 1 into the IT mo are the 1 Alow u. To repeal t;v income tax; mcr g rite repre sentation in certain at; >d. ..a House of Representative-; to cl ride the peo ple of Colorado and NewAloxieo to form a constitution and state government— the latter under the name of Lincoln, with the view to admission. The House has passed joint resolu tions repealing the duties on salt, coal, tea and coffee. The vote stood at about HO ayes to 50 noes. The House has adopted a resolution instructing the Committee on Foreign Affairs to inquire whether the acquisi tion of Lower California is feasible and desirable, and if so to make sneb rec ommendation as may seem best. The House has passed u resolution for the appointment of a Committee of 13, to sit during the recess of Congress and investigate the condition of the south with reference to the outrages upon the persons and property of Union men. Subsequently the Senate passed a joint resolution to the same effect, and it is probable that the House will rescind its action and concur in the Senate’s resolution for a joint Commit tee of both houses Sumner presented in the Senate a memorial from citizens of San Domin go who had been exiled from their country by Baez, setting forth his cru elties to them and all who opposed him and the scheme of annexation, that the vote in favor of annexation was ob tained by force; and protesting against that measure. Before the memorial had been half read the point was raised that it was against the usage of the Senate to receive memorials from for eigners, and the reading of the paper was stopped. Both houses have concurred iu grant ing permission for the erection of a monument to Prof. Morse, on the cor ner of Seventh street and Pennsylvania Ax enne, Washington. Senator Davis has proposed an amend ment to the constitution for the estab lishment of a constitutional tribunal, consisting of one member from each State, with power to decide all ques tions of jurisdiction between the United States and the several states, and the constitutionality of acts of Congress or any government officer, a 1 Ito open and count the electoral votes for President and Vice President. Nearly the whole session in the House on the 16th was occupied by a bitter personal altercation or debate between Speaker Blaine and Gen. But ler, growing out of certain charges made by the latter in a circular to the members, the principal of which was that the passage of the resolution for a committee ot investigation into South ern outrages was secured by a trick. The Speaker was active in getting up the resolution, and Butler opposed it, hence the quarrel. Foreign Gossip. Gladstone has sold his beautiful villa on the Rhine, near Rolandseck. Moritz von Schwind, one of the most brilliant stars in the galaxy of German Art, died the other day at Munich. The villas formerly occupied by Ros sini, Lamartine and Proudhon, at Passy, were nearly destroyed during the siege of Paris. The Leipsig Illustrated News yields its publisher, Webster, an annual net protit of one hundred thou -and thalers. Gen. Uhlich, the defender of Stras bourg, intends to leave the French army and to settle permanently at Basle. The governments of Denmark and Sweden have recognized the French Republic, Lamartine's niece, the only surviving member of his family, lives ;u great pov erty at Macon in France. Mr. Rogers, the celebrated modeller, is giving private exhibitions of his new groups of “Rip Van Winkle.’' The amber fisheries on. the Baltic have been more unprofitable last season than for many years pant. The Queen of Prussia, who lias been suffering for some time past ot amauro sis. is reported to be in danger of losing her eyesight completely. Renz. the celebrated European circus man, has sold all of hi- thoroughbred and trained horses at very high rates to wealthy officers of the German armies. The only French magazine which api t-ared without interruption during the war was the Revue de Deux Mon ties. But owing to the luck of printing papt r only two thousan • tpics w. re printed of the last five numbers. The unparalleled successes of the Prussians in France has been a death blow to the dethroned dynasty of Han over. Old King George h been con lined to his bed for several months, and he is said to be hopelessly insane. A German journalist , >-erts that “Our Fritz/' has saved fifteen million thalers since his father ascended the Prussian throne. The Crown Prince and his wife Victoria are the most econ omical two personages at the Court of Berlin. The Emperor Alexander the Second is generally known in St. Petersburg to have become a confirmed drunkard. He imlubt s nothing but the strongest kinds of alcoholic liquors. All the ef forts of his family to reclaim him have proved fruitless.