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PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY", FOB THE YOUNG FOLKS. A NUT TO CRACK. There was an old woman who lived In a but About the size of a hickory nut ; The wall were thiok and the oelllngs low, And seldom out doors did Uio old woman go, 8be took ho paper, and tu no book . Of any o it was she scan to look i . ' -1 1 r et she lmuRlnod she knew much more ' t Than man or woman bad known betore.. ' j They talked In ' her,, bearing taf wondrous things, -Of the dazzling splendor of Eustorn Kings, Of mountains covered with ice and snow Whon all the valley lay green below. They spoke of advontures by sea and land, Of oceans and soas by a cable spanned, Of burled treasures; but though she heard, She said she didn't believe one word t And still she lives In her little hut' - -i About the sine of a hickory nut, l At pnaoe with herself, and quite content With the way in wkioh her days are spent. Littlo It troubles her, I suppose, ' " Because so very little she knows ; For, keeping ber doors and windows shut, She bos shriveled up in ber hickory nut. And you, my dears, will no longer grow, '' If you rest ooutented with what you knew; . But a pitiful object you will dwell, Shut up in9ide of your hickory shell. Jotephine Pollard, in Wlde-Awalee.,, THE GIANT AND THE HISSING CHIL- DUN. Did you ever hear the German story of the Giant and the Missing Children P It tells what happenod a long time ago in a village among the mountains. One summer, there, the children began to disappear one by one. It was certain that they wore not kidnaped and it was ju3t as sure that they did not ran away. The first that vanished was little Hans Stobbelt. "Has any body seen my Hans P" cried his granny, standing out side the door of her cottage, ; ''J: had just told him I wanted him to go to the miller's and he has disappeared, some how, all at once, without knowing what the errand is. Hans! Where are you?" she shouted. "Why, he was here not half a minute ago 1 " But none of the neighbors could tell any thing of Hans. What is more, Hans did not rer appear. The night passed, and he did not come; the next morning nothing was to be seen of him.--All the neigh ors were much excited, for though Hans had not been a good boy, everybody, was sorry at this having happened to him. While a' group of them around about the grandmother was pitying her, a cry arose in one of the other cottages. Those who, hurried there found Frau Hickelt standing near the hearth with her hands raised, gazing vacantly be fore her. ' "My Gretchen is gone!" she said in a f rightened voice. "I just bade her clean the hearth, and when I look ed again she was not there. Where is she gone?" she asked, turning from one to another of them. They could only shake their head?. In fact, they thought Frau Hickelt had gone mad. But it was quite true that Gretchen was not to be found, though they looked everywhere for her, both in-doors and out. That day threo other children vanished. On the next day five went, All the village was in alarm, that is the elders were, for they tried to keep it from the chil dren themselves. There was no cer tainty about any boy or girl in the place. The grown-up people had but to turn their baoks, and he or she' was gone, to an inctnnf. '. . , A U.l, i.i At last a strange clew was got to the mystery. Little Augusta nirsch vanish ed when her aunt as well as her mother was in the kitchen. The aunt said : " I saw her go ! " At her mother's bidding she had just taken the broom to sweep behind the stove when all at once she disappeared, just as she was speaking the words "I wish " But she hadn't time to finish. I heard nothing more. She was gone like a flash!, "That is very strange!" exclaimed Granny Stobbelt, who was one of the listeners. " Now you speak of it, the last words I heard my Hana say behind my back were, I wish ' " " Those very words my Gretchen s aid ! " cried Fran Hickelt. Indeed, nearly ev ery body who had lost a child came for ward, aad each and all were able to confirm this. Two things could be made out first that the children only ent when their elders had set tbem to do some Usk; second, that in the act of of vanishing, they all ottered the words, u I wish But in about a week's time the thing was carried yet a step further. " My Gu stare is gone ! " cried William Xeumark, appearing excitedly at the gate of bis little garden. "My ears are quick," as the neighors gather ed round, "and I clearly heard all he I htd bid him dig faster, and he wered. I wUh there was no dig ging!' i xrby, our Hans did not want i go to the miller's," Granny Stobbelt J hastened to say, " Nor,", cried Frau Hickelt, "did my Gretchen like to dust up the hearth!" " It is so!" solomnly said William Nuuma'k. " They are tak en away for being discontented at there being any work to do in life. They want it all play," All tho hearers grew more afraid on hearing this, and looked one at another.' Scarcely a minute passed before a woman in the group said : " What great shape is that I see upon the mountain yonder P". ... ; , . Every head was .turned toward the Eagle Cliff, as it was called. It was a lofty rook, some - d jtaliee from h vil lage, but looking right down the valley toward it. ,-The distance, .was too great, for 'things on the 'roek'W be'' clearly made out. but that woman, declared that she could see the form of a giant sitting there. She said he was clothed in a mantle, half blown back by the wind, and that he wore a hood on his head No sooner did she say this than several others saw, it all. - Then two or three voices cried out together: " See,' he is lifting his right arm and beckoning." At that instant a cry sounded from one of the houses. They knew that it meant that a child bad vanished. ' While they were looking in amazement, the giant again raised his arm beckoninglyl . As he did so, there came a fresh cry an other child had been taken; The whole thing now was plain the children dis appeared whenever the giant, on hear ing their complaining wishes; signaled for them.' . The next morning his huge shape could be seen more distinctly sit ting on the rock, and, whenever he beckoned, a child went.,; The white haired Lutheran minister, just as the sun was setting, oame in front of the crowd and said: "Let us each to night by our bedside pray that the chil dren may be forgiven and restored to us.'-' ' This prayer was answered. Early the next morning, some who were watching raised, a cry, saying that the children were coming back. In a long procession, the little people were seen winding down the valley1. Their fathers and mothers and all the inhabitants ran to meet them. They' were astonished to see how meek the returning children were. "Oh, let us get back, to our work in helping you," cried out a hub bub of boys' and girls' voices. N.o soon er had they neared the house than the boys rushed into the gardens, and snatching up Bpades began to dig j while the girls, darting into the dwell ings, instantly were ousy sweeping, dusting and polishing. The explana tion they all gave was this : " While we were kept inside the mountain, we were not allowed to do any thing at all, and, oh, it was so hard! The good giant said that we could not have play without work also." All looked toward the rock, but the figure of the giant was no' longer to be seen. The boys and girls were much the better for his visit. The Churchman. ' ' : Effects of Baths. An article of a very interesting and instructive nature, on the physiological action of baths, was published in a late number of the London Lancet. Sum ming up, the writer notes that warm baths produce an effect . upon the skin directly contrary to that which is brought about by cold water. ' The cutaneous vessels dilate immediately un der the influence of the heat, and, al though the dilation is followed by1 a contraction, this contraction is seldom excessive, and the ultimate result of a Warm bath is to increase the cutaneous circulation. The pulse and respiration are both quickened in the cold bath. The warm bath increases the tempera ture of the body, and, by lessening the necessity for the internal production of heat, it decreases the call which is mode upon certain of the vital processes, and enables life to be sustained with a less expenditure of force. While a cold bath causes a certain stiffness of the muscles if continued too long, a warm both relieves stiffness and fatigue. The final effect of both hot and eold baths, if the temperature be moderate,' is the same, the difference being, to use the words of Braun, that " cold refreshes by stimulating the functions, heat by physically facilitating them, and in this lies the important difference between the cold-water system and the thermal mode of treatment.'' " ' Todleben, the hero ' of the Russian campaigns, had never seen Constantino ple until he reached the headquarters of San Stefano. ' He is now amusing him self by making excursions and visiting all the objects of interest in the city and the environs. He is very fond of Prio kepo, and goes there often, and he and his aides-de-camp are f requently to be seen riding on donkeys up the pine-covered slopes of that Uland. There are a peat many English children staying in the hotel, and when be finishes his dinner be plays with tbem and charms them all by his good humor. Old Modes of Travel and New. It is well to style the railroad! a " common carrier," for it is the com monest kind of a carrier, and seems to have been deslgnbd for tho transfer of grain and cattle. , Only meditate a mo ment, and percoive what good tiraos these lightning trains have utterly abol ished. When that Bible youth sot out to go to the home of a certain girl whom he, knew, he ' was not whirled .along toward her at the rate of 40 miles an hour, to jump out of sleeping-car at last, poisoned by bad air and half blind With hod:toho, and thus to meet her whom his heart ha loved before It hod been so badly shaken',, up but!,, oh . i ... V: ' . it. : nnr,A ti.r.i ta,a ' meat soul journeyed, along at perfect leisure on foot, and had glorious visions on the way of palm-trees and of colored birds, and had full communion all along with the gentle spirit that was dwelling at tho other end of the route.' He car ried no time-table in his pocket. . There was no red check in his .hat. -' No one came to his beating heart every half hour to propose to him the purchase( of ah old magazine,! or some peanuts', or some wonder in vegetable ivory. , In deed, all Nature favored his meditations and his wanderings. When at last he found the girl', just homing but to a great well in the open fields, and, went joyfully toward the beauty, and, as the Bible says, kissed her, and then wept for perfect delight, he composed a pic ture of happy travel which no Erie or Manchester Railroad can ever . equal. No cultivated lover, after , 'reading that sacred story, could of free choice make a locomotive his companion and could kiss his Rachel at a depot. ?'": ! All .through the .classic ages, what good,, times had all those who made their littlo visits and tours on horse or ori foot! They never were in the fuss of a hurry '. They chatted by the way j and when 'night came the company be came chatters and story-tellers,' and af ter awhile sound sleepers' in good beds. Their train did not leave at 4 a), m. " :jMuch in literature has come to us from the old modes of travel. . From Homor to Hawthorne, the beloved books have been full of the wonders and ro mances and speculations born out of the old modes of roaming., - The wanderings, of Ulysses and of iKneas, the . Canter bury Tales, Don Quixote, the novels of Scott, Gil Bias, Froissart are some of the names which will recall the fact that the old literature was deeply affected by the old modes of going and halting. The Wilhelm Meister " ' assures ', us that when ; the' world.',' made short ' journeys ' ' each ' ' dajr and had no sleeping-car at ' night,1 but unpacked and unbent at a wayside inn, the heart found as much happiness and the intellect as much food as those two' hungry passions can find even on a train which has hotel-car attatchment. It would often have been well for Wilhelm Meister, if he could have been placed in even a freight-car, . and been whirled away rapidly from his traveling theater and pretty faces ; but, after making a few of theso special exceptions, it must be confessed that the old mode of travel had its immense merit . and its prodig ious fnn. " In the olden times,' when '' scholars, philosophers, lords, ladies,' and 'even kings and queens, ' moved around on horse or foot, each farmhouse was open for guests at nightfall or in case of a storm, for there was no danger that the guests would be a tramp or a band of tramps; but an absolute certainty exist ed that they would be a party that could play and dance and sing and perhaps eat and drink well.' All German and French students set apart for travel the year or two after graduation. This travel implies a wandering over Europe i on foot. Health, happiness, and inform ation came by it. Th is large class o the better sort the railway now whirls from one hotel to another, and leaves us to suppose that the man in the high way is a vagabond or a criminal. ' No body stops now at .the farmhouse ex cept the tramp (or the lightning-rod agent. , , . Thus might some one bring action against the railway system for damage done to old forms of human happiness and to old forms of literature. We can have no more " Tales " of the traveler. All that meeting of students and doc tors and harpists and ladies and lovers at wayside inns, in the Old World and in our New World,' is overthrown by the train. The literature of that old era is under the wheels of our locomo-1 tive and our sleeping-car. I do not pro pose personally to do any scolding or weeping, for Nature always has new buds to advance before she commands the old leaves to fall. It is some new harvest to come that impels autumn to nip with frost the old foliage. " Why weep over the " last rose ef summer," when that fading is only NatsnVs method of making room for a coming i Jane? The human progress which is , making railways is also, making some new forms of literature If the fireside tales are to be disturbed,' some good will take their place, and what seems lost to romance and ad venture and laugh ter will perhaps bo gained to 'higher forms of sentiment and philosophy. Prof. David Swing, in the Ittdependtni. The Power of Love. : ...i!i;:t 1 Mr. Colville's niece, an estimable as well as a pretty young lady, has been vis iting him for some' time.' 1 Shortly after her coming a clerk Id one of Danbury's leading stores made, her acquaintance and became at once her devoted attend ant, very niuoh, to the delight of young Cplville. . : .The clerk is very fond of good tobacco, and smokes an admirable cigar. The portion, of it that is not consumed when he reaches the house he leaves on the porch until he comes out again. The third br fourth time he ' did this young Colville detected the move, and lost no time in possessing himself of the luxury, with which he retired to an out-) of-the-way placo. When this had been done several times,1 and' several times, the clerk had secretly felt for and missed his cigar, he began to grow suspicious and uneasy.,! Peroeiving this, young Colville awoke to the; fact: that some thing must be speedily done to, counter act the smoker's discretion,,. and the best way to do it was to so completely in volve him in the meshes of love as to make the loss of an, unfinished .cigar a matter of no account whatever, jwith this View he put himself in the young' man's way at the store. ' The bait took. "How's Minnie P" asked the' clerk, anxiously.:'" ;: ""'"' ,:!' -A ' ' ." She's not very well," said young Colville. i : . '' ' '. "S '" t . " Why, what's the matter?"; i ! i j "I don't know. I guess you know that better'n I do," answered the youth, with a facetious ;wink.,!! ; -i I , "1 know?' , , : .,;;,;,. ; , ,,.,! " I guess so, 'l( Oh, she's gone.onyou,',, " Sh ! " cautioned thei clerk, looking around to see if they were unobserved. " What do you mean, BillyP" ', And he blushed and looked pleased. ' Why, you see, she's as chirk as can be when you're there, but when you ain't she's all down the mouth J She don't fix her hair,- as she won't see any body, an' she goes around the house sighing, an' sets on a chair for an" hour without savin' a blamed word to nobody, but just lookin' at the wall, h Then there's another thing," added the young man impressively, "she don't) put oo logne on her handkerchief only when you're coming. , l Oh, I know a thing or two, you bet," and he winked, again, , To say that the clerk was too pleased and rejoiced for any thing is but feebly expressing the state of his 'mind. ' In the excitement' of "emotion he gave young Goville a quarter. That diplomat hastened home and immediately sought his cousin. ',''"' ' . ' . , , .' ' " Minnie,", he said, " I have been up to Charley's store." '' "' '. " " Have you?" she said, trying to look very much unconcerned. ! '"Yes ; and lean tell you, Minnie, he's just a prime fellow way up. "But he's gone on you." , .' ' "' '.(..'., " What do you moan,. Willie P" asked the flushed and agitated girl. " ; ,." I mean jost what I say. ' He's gone, sure. He got me off in one corner and he just pelted the' questions into .me about you. By gracious, Minnie, it's awful to see .how he is gone on you. He wanted to know what you're doin', an' if you're enjoying- yourself, an' if you're careful about your health..' He'd better be loosing out ior nis own, i m thlnkin'."' , ,,': ''' I.'"..".,,'. ;,. . ., The girl was pleased by these marks of devotion from : the handsome clerk, but her heart failed her at the last ob servation. ' ' ' ' "'." '." " Why,' what do you mean,' Willie?", she asked, with considerable apprehen sion. . . .., t . . :. i.-f,-' " Oh, nothing only if he keops agoin' down as he is of late, it won't be many months before he is salted down for good," said the young man, gloomily. He told me the things of this world wa'n'i long for him." 1 1 ' And young Colville solemnly shook bis head and , withdrew . to invest the quarter. , , i , . . A great happiness has come upon Charley and Minnie now. Four times a week he visits her, and four times a , week young Colville pensively sits back of the fence, smoking a cigar and spec ulating on the joyful future opening be fore his cousin and her lover .Daniury Ktmt. ' ' " ' ' Tus total cost of the Canadian Pa cific Railway is estimated at 1 100.000, 000, The vast sum of $15,000,000 has already been expended la surveys aad contracts, and all that is now to show for it, says the Railway Aye, is some 70 miles of track from Thunder Bay, on Lake 8operior, westward into the wil derness, and a few miles of track from Winnipeg, in Manitoba, eastward. II ERE AND THERE. , The Baltimore police hare been pro vided with muskets lor use against mobs. Tukkish j baths' for : horses arA the latest novelty in New York, and the horses like them. " Ncv stylos lo stationery !are orna mented with grotesque , old English figures in color., . ., Or the 132 men composing the senior class at Yale this year, 68 do not use to bacoo. ' " y.nA . ".',.ai.'. Dry bread and toast are11 prescribed by Miss Corson for fat persons who want to be lean. ( A horses owned by7 k Nashville man swallowed a spider the other day and died InstanUyi - u' ,.; : It is said that ono Indian expert with a spear can in one month deplete the best salmon-river in the world. ! John E. Lanodon, of Seneca Falls, N. Y,,,shaved, off, iis beards and was next day seized, jvith. Jock jaw, . dying within three days. r ; InqkatJTuM is stfobgeit In a coro ner You may do him ever kindness, and yet you can't tell what momont he will sit on you 0J QUy'lktriok. A Chicago man has invented a kind of Ink spocially suitable' for Wers. . It remains (bright for five, days . after use, and then fades but," 'leaving the paper entirely blank.; Thus the most shing 6f correspondence would be Bale against exposure. . . . .'.- Wh. F. Satler, of Pawtuoket R. I., had given $50,000 to Brown'' University at Providence, R: I.', to be used In build ing a memorial hall where reoitations and reodings may be held. " The ' gift is in memory of his son; who died In the college a yeor or two ago, ;, j. ; Tub German Telegraph, Office is em ploying the telephone quite extensively ; 68 stations are already provided, with this instrument- 41 -others will have it in a few weeks.and 111 niore; before the end of the year; thus there will be then a, total of 220 telephone stations in Ger- mftnJK-.-M ,.t.--.-ii h .-.! I A bank-note album, has beep made by a German ( in von tor, the , leaves of which are composed of asbestos. It is said these ! albums : will, proteot bank notes or other valuable doouments to such an extent tiiat if they are laid, , be tween the leaves and the album is qlosed firmly, they even remain legible, after being burnt to oinders. . . . It is estimated . that ' 87,000 young women have been graduated from fe male colleges and seminaries thls: sea son. Just think of ilf ' 87,000 young women with their young, minds full of French conversations, mental v. philoso phy, white pekaya and deferential al culus, and not, ono of them. .that can make a green .apple pie ..or map out a constitutional amendment for the sub urbs of apair of. pants. Bt. Louis Journal. . ., ( y '" A parrot created some excitement in a baggage-car on the Chicago, Bur lington and Quincy Railroad the other day. 'The cage enclosed in a paper was 'put 6'n a coffin, and was soon forgotten. As the conductor 'and other trainmen were ' passing through '' the ' car ' they heard a Sepulchral voice issuing from the coffin, crying, "Lemme out!" They thought a dead man hod come to life until the bird was discovered." 1 1 The1 cruelty' of which a Wisconsin wife complains, in her suit for divorce, is that her husband tied her securely and shaved hot head. ' ' The defense is that she 'bleached her blaclL hair to lemon color by the use of; acid, and that he, dooming such a thing highly scandalous, took the ' only means: of undoing what she had done. He says that he bought a wig for her, imitating her natural hair, so that her bare head might be conceal ed while nature was remedying the dis figuration. I.I ,. .1 I . I-- :;':'; Concerning the so-called rain-tree of Pew, the water does not ooze from the trunk, andhardly .-ever falls in such quantity as to popyert .the ground into a swamp, i be fact appears to be that the liquid which falls from the leaves and branches is produced by a multitude of circades that live on the juioee of the tender leaves. This appears to be anal ogous to the production of honey dew from the lime tree by the ageacy of aph ides, i- A n dry lines In the official diary of the war now being' carried on be tween the Biitish and certain Kaffir tribes of South Africa, tell a story of hv roism. On Monday, the 29th of April,' the British made a eombiaed attack np on the Kaffirs la aad about Iataba Kaadoda, and the savages were evident- I ly getting the worst of U, when, says ine aiary, yaiarge iuuw vi wuumu (400), belonging generally to Sevolo'a, Pato's, and Edmund Sandili's people, came oat of the bash.. During the fight ing these woeaesi threw themselves be- 'tween the troops and the Kaffirs, Una enabling the rebels to escape." r J f : '.f t'