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" "" ,',' Tlioy met each other in tlio ifludo hiiu Hfteii up iiernyei; Aluck tlio (Jay ! uluck tliu nmld I hho IiIuhIk'4 with Hwltt mirprixo. Mux ! iilim f tlio woe that come from tilting up tlioeyea. ' The pull won full, tlm path wuh stoop He readied to nor his linnd L Slio felt lior wiirm young pulnos leap, Hut did not uuderetiuid. .Aliwl uliut tlio moo tluit comes from clasping huud with limid. - bhomitbCKldoJilmintliowooil , ilo wooed KiMi words and Hlglm; Ah love in Spring hooiiih Hwoot and good. And maidens nro notwlso. , : Aiun! Klnitl tlio woo thnt comes from listing luvor'a sighs. . I . Tlio Suinmor-Hiin hIioiio fnlrly down, Tlio wind blow from tli Bout'n ; As IMtie eyes ffuzod in eyes of brawn, Klii l:Un foil on her mouth. Alus? Idas I tlio won (lint comes from kisses on tho mouth. ' ' '. And now tho Autunm-tlino is near ' The lover rows away; With breaking heart und falling tour, 81m lt tlio llvolong day. Alas! iilns! for breaking hearU when lovers rovo away. . Ella Wheeler, in the Chicago Tribune. Tlio Corn Harvest. , The loml trilled songs of birds begin to fall, JliMlied are tho aurolings lit ovo mid morn ; Through thustftl afe'tho downs of tlilstlos Bull, While wraiths of bloom on autumn breezes , ' borno. 1 Tho forest slowly gutfior rlohor huo, And the far distance volls ItHelf in bluo. The miiilo glows a gold and scarlet flame, Tho beeches redden in tho warm, rich sun; Some jwtiar us tumlor green as when spriug , came, Or In ru to sober rtissot and to dun. The slreums-tlow ouwurd, thick with dcu leaves strewn, And nil thelroddios iniiko a plaintive tune. In tlio deep woods, whero dropping nuts nro heard, And golden pawpaws shlno from leafy floor ; Wlieiu tho luished spaco U waked by scarce a bird, The squirrel gather in his winter's store; While sad leaf lnuttorings overhead hound like a requiem o'er summer dead. Where curls tho quiet smoko nbovo his homo, The Inrmor idly puffs his ousolul pipe, Or by. hi clder-4iilll, whero Into bees come, lie Walclics tho Juice oozing, amber j-ipo. Jiegirt by plenty, ho hath little fear Of bleak Decembor dully drawing nour. His latest harvest o'er, bo smites content Behold, across the fields, in ordor'd line, .Like a groat host camped with many u tont, Jn bright array tho yellow corn-stacks shlno. ... Sweet to his eye tho sight of labor's spoil, Sweet, too, tlio rest tliul eoineth after toll. When life's Into sun is sinking wan and low, Our autumn como, when wo can work no more, , -Smoother tho dying stream of life would llow Could we with huppy eyes tho past explore, And in its dim fields, hali-forgotton, ilnd, Jtrlght, gloaming harvests of tho hand or intid. Then would tho ebbing pulso of llfo grow sweet, Mkc this lato sun that smiles so fair and . fiitnt;..t Thou wo the sivlft approaching doom could 'meet ' Without regret, or four, or weak complaint; i,ie tho brown loaves that down tho cur rents stray, On the (lark stream of silonco float away. Will. Forsyth, in the Indianajiulit Herald. DEATH IN THE PIT. The Hurrlhle Disaster nt tho High IJInii tyra Colliery, Sculllliid, by Which U30 Lives were Lost. Krom tliu London Telegraph, Oct. S3. Tho little colliery village of High ltluutyre, near Hamilton, to-day was tho scene of a most tcrriblo colliery dis aster. l!y this catastrophes, unparalleled in the, history of Scotch mining, it is rock ivied thnt fully 200 lives have been lost, though tho number who have por ished can only bo approximately deter mined. , This morning about 0 o'clock the -men employed at Messrs. Dixon's .collieries, High Blantyre, departed to their usual work, 12(i men descending tho shaft of tho pit known as No. 2, while 107 entered pit No. 3. Statutory communication exists between these pits, and it seems that before tho disas ter occurred a jiumber of men were en gaged removing stoops in tho splint of the lower seam of No. 2 pit. This op eration is always regarded us hazardous, nnd it smears that, with culpable and almost inexplicable recklessness, the t hands employed lo-iay uiaue use oi naked lamps. While tho men wvie engaged in blasting in j the splint of No. 2 pit, about 9 o'clock, . an appalling explosion of fire-damp oc eurred, which spent itself in tho shaft ( of No. 3 pit. Tho explosion was at-; tended by a sound resembling the loud- . est thunder, flames burst forth at the j heaJ of the shaft of No. 3, and dense j volume of smoko rolled up from the' entran-e Xm pit No. 2. Fragment ol , coal and timber and clouds of dust were j then scattered around the heads of the Mi:.t'., l.irge quantities of debris being shot for a great height into the air. j The deafening sound of the explosion immediately attracted a large crowd to the seen vf the calamity, and with all jHisilile t-Xrity relief gang were or- gani.-od, and evciy eiTort was made to re-i'.ore ventilation to the mine. An : hoo-r, however, elap.-cd before air could ,' n in Le admitted to the pits, and all efforts to descend the shaft of No. S were found to be Impracticable. Four men then strevo to ontor No. 2 pit, but were unable to proceed along the splint seam from tho .damp, and after per severing at the imminent risk of their lives, wero brought up in a fainting con dition to tho surface, ono of them, named Thomas J.aidlaw, being, it is feared, very seriously injured. Not withstanding this, however, ANOTHER RELIEK OANO was immediately formed, and the now party of volunteers, after advancing a short way from tho lootoi tne snan, found the bodies of six mon, dreadfully charred and disfigured, which wero at once drawn up to the bank. Although a constant stream of water was poured down the shaft that the rcsorvo party might be in a measure relieved from the noxious effects of tho damp, tho new re lief gang wore finally forced to desist from their perilous mission, anu so so riously wore several of thorn affected by the deadly atmosphere wnicn tney had been inhaling that they had, on re turning to the surface, to be covered with earth to free them from tho influ ence of tho choke-damp. Fresh bands of volunteers at once took up the task of exploring the workings, and several other bodies, mostly mutilated boyond recognition, wore recovered. The cloud of smoke which at first floated over the scene of the catastrophe cleared away, and as the nows of tho disaster spread like wildfire through the surrounding districts a vast concourse gathered round the pit-heads, the wives and chil dren of the men who wore in the pits exhibiting heartrending emotion. Very faint hopes are entertained that any of tho men in tho pits have escaped, and tho choke-damp was at first so strong that it is feared that all tho 233 men who descended the shafts in tho morn ing must have perished. ADDITIONAL PARTICULARS. Further details respecting the explo sion at Blantyro make it only too sadly evident that tho disaster is by far the most terrible that has over occurred in tho annals of Scotch mining, and has been scarcely less fatal to human life than tho worst catastrophes of that kind that have happened in England. The colliery which was the scene of the ex plosion is situated not far from the left bank of tho Clyde, about three miles from Hamilton, and perhaps ton from Glasgow. Tho mine has been regarded in the district as one of the best venti lated and safest, and it is only dne to its owners to state that the unsolicited tes timony of colliers who have worked in tho pit from tho time it was sunk is that no scientific appliance for securing thorough ventilation and general good working condition has boon omitted. ACCIDENTS FROM FIRE-DAMP have b en extremely rare and trivial in tho Hamilton coal-field, and so great has been tho confidence engendered by this stale of matters that naked lights as well as Davy lamps have been in reg ular use in this as in other collieries in the neighborhood. At present, since there, can only bo conjecture concerning tho cause of the fearful disaster of this morning, it is impossible to say whether It has been brought about by tho pres ence of naked lights in the workings. In accordance with the usual practice at coal mines it has been customary to send a man down tho High Blantyro Colliery before work is commenced every morning in order to see that all is safe, and there is no doubt that tho in spection was made as usual this morning by tho foreman, and ho returned with the report that every thing was in good order. Tho ' miners accordingly de scended to their work about C a. m., 108 men and boys going down by No. 2 shaft and 123 by No. 3. Work was be ing chiefly carried on in tho southwest portion of tho mine in tho vicinity of No. 2 shaft. At that point the miners were " working backward," as it is termed, in the splint coal seam, and taking out tho " stoops" as they ad vanced. All went on as usual till about 9 o'clock, when those who wero about the mouths of the shaft wero 6tartled by hearing rumbling sounds, as of thun der, below, and almost immediately af terwards A VOLUME OK FLAME shot up the up-cast, instautly destroying the pit-head frame and knocking th j .ide of the shaft itself to pieces. Several persons who were at the pit -head at the moment, among them Mr. Watson, the j manager, were badly hurt. At the same , time dense smoke was seen to be rising j from No. 2 shaft, and it became pain fully evident that a serious explosion of ; some kind had occurred in the work- ; ing, although, of course, the full extent of the disaster was not yet realized. In a very short time a dense crowd had gathered on the pit hill, including hun dreds of women from the neighboring village, in a state of wild excitement anj anxiety as to the fate of their bus ba u'.-s lathers, brothers sons, who were down in the workings. Colliers ana viewers from . the neighboring mines soon gathered round also, and, with the least possible delay, exploring parties were formed. It was found to be utter ly impossible to descend No. S shaft, which Was choked with shattered tim bers and debris of all kinds, so the first gang descondod the down-cast, up which smoke was still rising. Bofore thoy went down, however, the cage hadbeon drawn up, and fifteen minors who had been working in what is known as the north face" the side of the facings opposite to that whore tho stoops were being taken out were brought up.most ly uninjured. The effect of the oxplosion had not been felt in that quarter and they had only boon alarmed by tho sound of it, and had at once hastened to the foot of the shaft. '. Tho exploring party made their way for some distance into the splint coal working on the southwest face, where they at once porceived that the explosion had occurred; but their progress was soon ARRESTED BY CHOKE-DAMP, and they had to withdraw, some of them being drawn up insensible. There was no lack of volunteers, however, to con tinue the gallant effort to save life. Ere long nnother party descended, and in the course of a few minutes they had brought six bodies to the surface. All these bore terrible traces of burning, and the condition in which they were found boded ill for tho prospect of any more mon being discovered alive in that part of the workings. For more than an hour attempts wero prosecuted to ponotrato tho workings at this point, but at every descent the rescue parties found tho fatal choke-damp gaining ground, until at lost it met there at the foot of tho shaft, and then began to ascend. ; Finally, however, it was found necessary to close the shaft and to give up all hope of saving the people in that direction. A few more maybe saved, but at least 20G, it is dreaded, arolost. THE TERROR AND AGONY exhibited amongst the wives and chil dren of the imprisoned miners were of the most heartrending character. . Ef forts were made to' restoro communica tion with those below, and at length these were so far successful that one man was brought up alive to the sur face. This survivor, who escaped from No. 2 pit, stated that he was working at the face when he heard an explosion. Not, however, suspecting any thing un usual, he made, his way leisurely to the bottom, when the sight of dead bodies all around opened his eyes to the ap palling extent of tho catastrophe. Every effort was made to restore the ventilation which the explosion had stagnated, but more than an hour elaps ed before a current of air would llow as it should do from No. 3 pit along to No. 2. Six several times the reserves return ed at great risk to themselves, and on each occasion they managed to bring up a dead body, each of which was dreadfully burned and mutilated. THE CHOKE-DAMP eventually became so bad that they were forced to desist. Some of the party in deed very narrowly escaped, and so overcome were they all that they had to bo covered with earth to free them from the choke-damp before they recovered full consciousness. To promote a cur rent of air.streams of water were poured down the shafts, but along time elapsed before there was much improvement in the atmosphere below. The bodies that were recovered were terribly scorched and blackened, and the mn who went down stated that there was every ap pearance of the explosion having been so tcrriblo as to justify tho worst fears. Dead bodies were strewn about and every thing was a mass of confusion. Joseph Gilmour, the hoursman of pit No. 2, was found dead near the engine at the bottom of tho shaft. The work of exploration was vigorously prose cuted, and up till 3 :30 o'clock in the afternoon three more bodies wero re covered. They were brought up by the No. 2 shaft, near to tho bottom of which thev had been seen lvin. Tho bodies were those of young lads aged from 12 to 14, and they presented a shocking sight when brought to the surface. They were literally incased in mud ; the faces were all blackened and charred. Two of them, named Boltou and Henry, were pony drivers, and they were found lying beside their dead charges. The third lad was identified as a son of of a man named Gilmour, whose corpse was removed from the same pit at an earlier hour. LATER NO IIOrE. In spite of the great exertions made by large bodies of willing workers the men imprisoned in No. 3 pit have not yet been reached, and there is not the slightest hope of their being got at for a considerable time. Although their fore knockings and shoutings were in the af ternoon heard from below, it is not ex pected that a single man in that pit of the l'j" mi-TS who entered it in the morning can be got out alive. From No. 2 pit 20 of the 120 miners empioycu in it have been saved, but all the rest have perished, so that altogether up wards of 200 men and boys have met their death. As already mentioned, 13 dead bodies have been taken to the surface, and further explorations reveal a fearful spectacle at the bottom of tho shaft. No fewer than 40 corpses still lie thoro, strewn in all direction within a short spaco, burned and mutilated beyond recognition. It was doomed advisable not to take these bodies to the pit-head, although that might have been done, but rather to continuo the exertions be ing made to roach No. 8 pit. The feeling produced over the coun try by the terrible catastrophe can hardly be imagined. Soon after the ac cident occurred tho news had spread over the wholo of Scotland, but from the very dostructiveness of its character in the loss of life it was noi creuueu. Thousands of people crowded to the scene of the explosion during the day, arid those who were ooservers oi me frantic rrrief displayed by the widows and families of tho miners will not soon forgot it. There is scarcely a household in Blantyre in which there is not the deepest mourning for lost relatives, and the keenest svmpathy is felt all over the country for the bereaved. Oh, Ye Tears." Here is a storv illustrative of the fact that, tfinrs are a powerful Weapon in tho hands of a matrimonially inclined modern Niobe : Thoro was a Southern merchant, a handsome, dashing fellow, who astonished all his relatives a few years ago by marrying a very plain girl, the aistor of his business partner. The mar riage has turned over reasonably happy, but it has always remained a mystery to the society belles, who were ready to fall into his arms at a word. It was tears rand not "idle tears") that trapped him. One evening he called at his part ner's house and found only the young lady at home. Very artfully she led the conversation to her own atlairs, ana told him that she was a perfect slave to hersister.tyrannized over and ill-treated, and that life had become sucn a Duruen to her that she should rid herself of it unless she could chango her home. The visitor tried to comfort her, but in vain. Marriage was very far from his thoughts then, and he had no love to give any where. Niobe's tears fell faster and faster, and at last they came in an hys terical torrent. His ejaculations ot sympathy were in vain, when she cried: ' Oh, whero shall I go? who will oner me a homeP" . " I would, if I dared of fer it, poor girl," said the male victim, and quick as lightning came the re sponse: "What would my sister say if you married me?" What could the man do under such circumstances? A tolerably fair face was lying on his bosom, a pair of grateful, loving eyes she did love him dearly were looking up into his own, and a delicate little hand had sought and found his. He did what anv disengaged gentleman would have been likely to do, pressed his suit, secured her unreluctant consent, in formed her sister of it, married her, and did his best to make her happy. She, in her turn, made him a good wife. .Lit tle by little he discovered her stratagem but he never told his wife of it. Couldn't Leave the Dog. "Yesterday, a poverty-stricken family, consisting of a man, wife, andthreo children, applied at the office of Mayor Moore for passage to Jackson County, Indiana. They had footed it from North Carolina. All were in tatters, from head to foot. When the chief of the family walked into the office the mud "sqashed" between his bare toes. A good deal of sympathy was manifest ed over the hard lot of the unfortunates, and Clerk DeBcck proceeded with alac rity to fix them out with railroad passes. "Thank you," said the stranger. "God bless you for your kindness ; but how about the dog?" "Oh, a dog!" ex claimed Mr. DeBeck. "Have you a dog in the party?" And then he pro ceeded to explain that it would be im possible to grant a pass for the dog, as they wouldn't admit him aboard the train, and advised that the dog be left behind. The stranger called up from the midst of the waiting family a gaunt, sore-footed hound. He hesitated a while, and then went over and held a consulta tion with his wife. He came back to the counter and remarked, "I guess I will walk," and the sorry party, includ ing the dog, took its way out of the build ing. The incident was quite amusing, while there was something of homely tenderness in it that the faithful fel low, who had followed his friends so far, was not deserted in the hour of tempta tion. Cincinnati Commercial. Teai sie fires in Iowa are doing a good dcil of damage. What it Should Cost a Woman to The following extract from Jennie June's New York fashion letter to the Louisville Courier-Journal will bo found especially interesting to those imp, cunious young mon who are contom plating matrimony the coming season: An indignant individual of the male persuasion addressed to me recently what he evidently considered a highly sarcastic letter on tho score of a remark In one of my lottors, to tho effect that the majority of women naa not more than from two hundred and fifty to five hundred dollars per annum to spend on their entire wardrobe, ana tnerefore could not be expected to spend that sum on one dress alone. "Not more than two hundred and fifty to hve hundred dollars ner annum." he reseats, "he should rather think not," ' and he adds that perhaps I am not aware there are plenty of people with families who actu ally live on these sums and less. Quite true. But, then, they do not dress, at least only in such clothing as the people who do, give them, and they do not read fashions, and naturally fashions are not written or created with reference to them.- It is undoubtedly true that some women spend too much on dress, but it is only true of a comparatively small number. The majority spend too little. There are men who make and lose hundreds and even thousands of dollars, who complain of the cost of a necessary dress or a pair of shoes purchased by their wives. Complaint isrthe normal condition of those who hold possession of money against those who have to spend it. Women in the country, the wives of , well-to-do farmers and proprietors, spend altogether too little on themselves and their dress. They grow old before their time with hard work, and they look older still from the poverty of their personal belongings. The subtle influ ence of becoming dress, the refinement of habitual association with the fine in stead of the coarse, is unknown to them. The clothing of persons ought to be representative of their position, and a man should be ashamed, who has money to spend upon lands or horses, or his own pursuits, to grudge that which his wife needs, and which sho would prob ably have were sho riot tied 'to him. Two hundred and fifty dollars seems a largo sum to some men, who can very well afford it, for a woman to expend on herself. But how much will it buy of ordinary clothing? . Ono silk dross fljj Ono woolen costume Ono indoor dress Summer dresses, making, trimmings una belongings 40 Two wrappers W Shoos, including slippers 20 Hats for summer and winter 15 Underwear, corsets and liosiory 25 Cloak, shawl, or some other outside gar ment 25 Total ?250 This is a very bold estimate. There is surely nothing superfluous, and the prices are such that good materials could only be secured by having the garments at least partly made at home. Yet there is no margin for ribbons, lace3, gloves, handkerchiefs, perfumery, nor any of those small items of personal expense, such as stationery, which so cial life involves ; nor does it mention furs nor gifts of any description for birthdays or holidays. No doubt thrifty women could save on some of tho items mentioned, but it would be by adding to the burden of their lives the burden of cutting and making their best as well as their com moner dresses, by buying low-priced stuffs and the sacrifice of their taste to their economy. This may be all right, but they should at least have the credit of it ; nor is it always economy to spend five dollars instead of ten in the pur chase of materials or articles of use. Many women are forced into waste ful habits by never having money enough to buy a really good thing. It is always a smaller sum than they need that is doled out to them, and so they are always in arrears with their necessi ties, which have no element of durabili ty, afford no satisfaction in the posses sion and are the dearest in the end. The conditions of our daily life are very dif ferent now from what they were fifty years ago, and it must be remembered that women neither make them nor can they change them.. Men make much more money now than they did then, but they seem to consider it their ex clusive right to save it or spend it as U pleases them, and exact from their wives a rigid system, which has not the com pensation of former times, when the products of the spinning-wheel furnish ed them at least with comfortable cover ing, and the march of civilization had not proceeded far enough to awaken so cial competition. SrEAKixo of the Black Hills editors as poker nlayers, the Deadwood Miner says if a fence-rail was to be put op as a blind, the editors are so poor that not I one of them could straddle it.