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"LET US HAVE PEACE."
ALEXANDRIA, PARISH OF RAPIDES, LA. SCOH8BOOMSuna ~P OMal·niIan " No donlht , .m...- ... Miscellaneous Selections. OREGON. BY JOAQUIF nILLUR. A morn in Oregon ! The kindled camp Upon the mountain brow, that broke below In steep and grassy stairway to the damp And dewy valey, snapped and flamed aglow ith knots of pine Aove, the peaks of snow, Wi, th unler-belts of sable forests, rose And flashed in sudden sunlight. To andfro And lar below, in lines and winding rows, The bhersers drove their bands, and broke the deep repose. I beard their shouts like sounding hunter's horn, Thelowing herds 'nade echoes far away ; When lo the acicds came driving in with morn Toward the sea, as fleeing from the day. The valleys filled with cluouds. They lay elow, leveled bse that reached and rolled And broke like breakers of a stormy bay Against the grassy shingle, fold on fold, So like a splendid ocean, snowy white and cold. The peopled valley lay a hMidden world, The sh ut were shouts of drowning men that died, The broken elouds along the border curled, Annd bent the grass with weighty freight of tide. 1 A savage stood In silence at my aide. Thea sudden threw aback his bealed shrouds And stretched his hand above the clouds, and cried, As all the land lay dead In snowy shrouds: Behold ! the sun upon a silver sea of clouds." Here lifts the land of clouds! The mantled Made white with everlasting snow, look down t Tlhrough mists of many canyon, and the storms lThat stretch from t Autumn time until the 'down The yellow hen of tpring. The cedars frown lark-browed, through bannered clouds that h stretch and stream Above the sea from snowy mountair crown. 'h[e heavens roll, an all things drift or seem To drift about and drive like some majestic ti In waning utum time, when purpled skies lign to haze an rfall in indolence below ti 'be snowy peaks, you see black terms arise In rolling thunder-bank, above, and throw a] ick barricades about the gleaming snow. at 'I hi strife begins ! The battling sueasons stand Blroad breast to breast. A flash Contentions ti ."rri c.WThunnders crash, and lightnings brand et 'The battlements a " The cloudls possess e the stormy land. Then clouds blow by, the swans take loftier re flight, i The yellow blooms burst out upon the hill, b'h purple camas comes ai in a night, lnl spiked and dripping of the news that fill in t he listy valley. " Sutnbeams break Ut and spill Their glory until the vale is full of noon. le roses belt the streams, nor bird is still. in TIe stars, s large as lilies, meet the moon Ir zl ning of summer, born thus suden, full and I MR. Ma RDOs'l was a solicitor of sound wt repute, enjoving an xcellent practice; a in tll, lean, elderly man, with good features, on worn very sharp by time and hard work i at his calling. His tall, bald orehead had de: the look of old parchment, or of dlscol (red ivory; his sallow face was deeply sal lined and very gaunt. fo Mr. Merdock sat at his desk-Idly for att the moment-glancing now at the greend to enclosure to be seen from his window, of now at a tin box, one of a large pile of similar tin boxes, ranged against the wall fro opposite to him, now at the Times news- o "' Poor Delpratt!" he said, with aglance at tin box. The legend TH DEL- Mr ,iArTr TRUST was Inscribed upon it in the dim gold letters. "e Dead !" He gazed ma from the window at the waving 'grass and to the murky elm of the graveyard without. tha " For days ago !" He laid his hand upon as the newspaper. It contained among its advertisements of deaths the following abi irief notification :- ret " On the 20th of November, at the Man- at or Houre, Lupton, Hants, ESro T h VERa na DELPRATT, aged fifty-seven." .lust then one of his clerks entered and I'd handed himacard. He started ashe read bw the name it bore. A.fteramoment's hesl- a ci tation he sahimd, You must show him n, gre Booth." wit A young man entered, dressed In deep lsti mourning, ma " Mr. Ernest Delpratt Mr. Mer- wo" lock was reading aloud the name on the sus "You have forgotten me, I see, Mr. Inti Merdock. But It is not surprising. Wea e l have not met for some years. know io n that Leam much changed in appearance. An I wa a mere boy then the dro lray be seated.-" bee "Y are aware. of oulrse, of the sad to t occurrence that has brought me here?" call "l haveon just read n the imes of side Mr. Delpratt s t eath." te t S"You knew him Intimately ?" sta ' can scarceiy say so much as that. I ot saw him frequently at one time. But of star ate years we seldom met. I rarely uit nt arded him as a friend. I heard from e T her occaionally He w as knd n Inteh aways to address me In the most od beti rin. I have learnt of hia s death with ex- ad tr e n t r e g r e t . " Del, "yo know mOre O f hi s pri vlyate fairs th a als o any one ?" a- .... "That maybe so,", said Mr. erdock, "ile executed a will in your presenc, ae, o s om e tea years go " was M r. Merdock made no reply, th e _."_I should e xplai," .the Yyoung man unt wentn t,,, "that as s !e surviving rela. ei "Pardon me," Merdoek interrupted, vai ia t ino relatives . f h eir "Perhaps so-but he always regardedte and Psoke me as his cousin, or rather was w i, ll, t a se rt an, I f h e- h a d pr e s e d l, I t da g I ho pee tat you n ag, n ohb e .To a m Mr. Merciock merely bowed. "The wollfound cantained no Instruc- a tlions of the kindel'elbrrd to. Further ot asr its terns I need not spea just now' uin 'Specally as, the document hai, ngbee ao 'iwn by Yo Y ou uare alrewaymtv e ust w it h I ts c o n t e n ts . " i n t c t "Tile only will of which I knon any th i tul te.i'delberation, "was execute.4t by an I he te.tator in ty presence some esi, c T hesw iTh l l e e n - t en l v, ..ar s . e w fo wa .. e o used and In in su •'lneate corse 1lam In the habit of'and r,'It i'+qllll t ilin ie in such <a ' es--a a m atter r'g o it, prt'hd'ce and P'd'tition. Sine ('opt' ik t.,' tiW ll i d safe. ' other, th,. w:. tairot tikl itr hi, 'iwn Icpic 'l. That I.i,+ I iru'·tiiei tihe tdocument to which yopai ', ,,, be en re le rrin g." wt'i l "No doubt." " Let us be quite sure," said Mr. Mer dock. He left the room. Presently he returned. , The will bore date the 18th of March, 1859." "That is the will in question. It was found in Mr. Delpratt's desk." "You found none of later date? No will or codicil "' S " No, though I made careful search. Some rough memoranda as to the disposal of his property I did find, but these were unsigned-me notes of an informal character. Nothing in the uature of a corn, will. You know of none?" " I know of none." 1 morn There was a pause. " Mr. Dellpratt died rather suddenly that is to say, he had been suffering, as all his household well knew from disease of old. the heart of long standing. Still none looked for his illness terminating fatally at so early a date. His medical attendant that visited him frequently of late. He was C not present, however, when the sad event I tide. occurred. He is fully satisfied, however, as to the cause of death. He attributes l1 and t to aneurismal hypertrophy of the heart. I am not doctor enough to understand It precisely his meaning." " The young man dabbed his white face I ted with his handkerchief. He was much ti moved, and his voice trembled as h9 con tinued. a "I need hardly say that I, my cousin's - death has been a that heavy blow to me. As you know, Mr. b Merdock, In times past there were many (ifferences between us-due to my folly ti stic to my misconduct, I am now prepa d fully to admit. But we had been recon- ti eiled. We were on Intimate and afe. tt tionate terms. I regarded him as my a1 benefactor, and was deeply grateful for th all he had done for me. Most unfortun- w ately I was absent from the house at the to fe time of his death." Mr. Merdock was silent, but he now be and seemed from under his beetling brows to a esa eye his visitor with a new curiosity. His TI attention was attracted perhaps by the Li icr restlessness that marked the young man's sh manner. He moved uneasily in hi ohair, at shifting his position constantly, and twist- to ing his handkerchief into a string by the Hi ak unconscious contortions of his hands. th " I had left the house early in the morn- de ing to attend the meet at some few miles distance from Lupton. It was late when dr nd I returned. My cousin had then been dead some hours. Coming up to London, fel to transact some business that could not mi be postponed, I resolved to call upon you, tic Mr. Merdock. In the first place, I have to request that you will attend the funeral, d which is fixed for the 27th, at noon, and bu a in the next place to beg that you will act be' s, on my behalf, as my legal adviser, In the prl k new position that devolves upon me un- we td der the terms of Mr. Delpratt's will." an, I- "I shall attend the funeral, of course," ly said the lawyer. " I have sincere respect for the memory of my late friend. I shall pet r attend, if you please, In my character as col n professional adviser, during many years, tea v. of the deceased." tor of " A carriage shall meet the early train eut 11 from town at Andover-the nearest sta- in s- tion to Lupton Manor." hai d "Any business arrangements in regard en d to your own future posidon it may be ion t- well, perhaps, to defer until after the fu- inm neral.' pr. a "As you think best. Good morning, Mr. Merdock. I will only add a hope n that you will dismiss any prejudice you and d may have formed against me in relation fro d to my life in the past. I do assure you ten t. that I am a different man. I am not now Gel n as you once knew-me. Good morning." bet a Later in the day the lawyer's room was " g abruptly entered by Mr. Plxley, the see- to I retary of the Albatros Insurance .Com a- pany, of which Institudon Mr. Merdock tha a had been for many years the solicitor. frot "I was passing, Merdoek, so I thought w d I'd look u," said Mr. Plxley, an active has I bustling gentleman, who always declined for -a chair, fnding that he could talk with I, greater ease f permittedin erect posture, with space for free movement and gesticu- un p lation. " We're infora heavy claim. The den matter's not ripe for discussion, but It's pre worth mentioning. I don't say that it's dum e suspicious as yet; but it's odd, and soon- rest er or later, I take It, you'll have to look son Intoit for us. Yet the partesare of great u respectability; they always are, I notlce, on r in cases of an unpleasant complexion. upC And it's odd, as I said. The life only dropped four days ago. Yet already its had been thought advisable to notify the fet " I to us, and the party most interested has n called in person at the office. Now I con f sider that rather sharp work. What can his be the reason of it It's a pollcy of long day standing-a heavy risk-we divided it, of ase l course, with other offices, but still we But f stand to lose a large amount. The sum run insured, with accumulated bonuses, ring makes a heavy total. Is it all fair? That's frot the question. by "That's the name of the gentleman n a who called upon you," said Mr. Merdock, roa and he handed the secretary M r. Ernest sn Delpratt's card.fath "The very man! You've seen him mn also? Upon my word he doesn't let the teel grass grow under his feet."seem "He didn't come here about the lnsur- " ance: but I happen to know a good deal e about the' ase. The late Mr. Delpratt was a client of mine. It was through me but the insurancs was ected. Hae ws the give natural son of old Joshua Deipratt, who hon bequeathed to him ately the Lupton Lug Manor estate-property o onslideable o value in Ha h -rJoshua Deplltlat was never married. His prumptIve tnt heir was his nephew, Delam re beet the father of Ernest. Delamss'e he i was a scoundrel, and Joshasl che. his Intention to Euastees, rat than toe alk hisnephewe,lmr who had aoght dalsgrace upon the famil. To aiga Del- s amere Eustace borrow a Ire sum ofItma money. This was in Joshas li~time, mind. Eustace could not of course deat charge theestates, whleh h.ws only to " acmulre under the will of a man w art. was still living, and who might at any stae time change his mind as to theu o forI sl of his property. The nly se ity He Eustace could otr was his reversionary stu Interest in a sum in the fmds invested o r e the benefit of his mother and the subject he Indeed of the Delpratt 'rust the deeds and papers of which are in that tin box dock beside yo. Further, he could, as he did, "] insure his life heavily, lodge the policies, "] and bind himself to pay thepreamtms resl regularly. Of the money advaneed Eus- "] t:wo, never touched a halfl-penny. All atco v:.-. 'dlorbed by Delamere. On coming fore it'o. Possession of the estates, Euatace And i p:ii o'd the loan, but thought it worth a mi Swhile to keep up the policle. He had little especially in view the benefit of the legit er- imate members of the family. Of these, he Ernest Delpratt is now the sole repre Ith sentative; for Delamere, his father, died of drink, many years ago leaving no 'as other issue. Eustace, my old friend and client, left no children. Here you have, !o briefly tald, the story of the Delpratts." "Then this Ernest is the last of the h. race?" al "The last of the race." re " His father, you say, was a scoundrel ; al and he?" a "Well, I'd rather defermy opinion. We musn't be in a hurry. He is, clearly-and there he's wrong." "In suspie'ous cases" S"kind, I don't say that this is suspi eil cous as yet," interrupted Mr. Merdock. of " Let me continue. In suspicious cases we what we have to inquire is, who is the ly person who benefits by the death of the t Insured? If wrong's been done, there ma must be an inducement, a motive for It. it Find out that, and" r, "My dear Pixley, hadn't you better a leave it all to me? Don't keep a dog and t. bark yourself. I'll attend to it. I'm go d ing to the4hneral on the 97th." Your are? Then I've nothing more e to say; only keep me informed of every h thing." "Of everything. And mind you do the same towards me." That night Mr. Merdock left London. a On the morning of the 27th of Novem ber a carriage from Lupton Manor was waiting at the Andover station to meet the early train from London. Mr. Mer dock, however, stood on the platform of the station some time before the arrival of the train. He was dressed in deep black, and looked worn and anxious. Among the passengers brought down from town was Mr. Plxley. Mr. Merdock hastened towards him, and drew him aside. "You got my letter of course? Now be very careful, Pilxley. Don't say a word more than you can help. There's a carriage waiting to take us to Lupton, a pleasant drive over the Hamp shire downs. The driver's been resting at the Andover Arms; he only drew up to the station when the train was in sight. He supposes that we both came down by I the train. You're understood to be my I clerk." They entered the carriage, and were driven from the station. "Put up that window Pizley. That t fellow musn't hear us. This is a delicate matter, and we must proceed very cau- I tiously." " Well? And what's been done?" " I've not been idle, but, I'll own, I've but a poor case as yet. I can't get much c beyond suspicion. I cannot arrive at proof. Still, I've set two or three at r work, and something may come out at c any moment." 1 " The funeral will proceed ?" t "Not so loud. Yes. You know, or, perhaps you don't know, what country e coroners are. And.we've scarcely a pre text for demanding an inquest. The doc-. a tor, a local practitioner, sticks to his an enrismal hypertrophy. What can we do v in the face of his certificate? The servants have been got at and questioned skilfully enough, without awakening their susplc ions. A hint of physic bottles destroyed r immediately after the death of Mr. Del pratt. h "But If the funeral" " The funeral doesn't matter. If we've p any evidence to go upon, we can obtain u from the Home Office an order for disin- Ii terment. Never mind about the funeral. a Get that over quietly; it may be all the h better for us." n " But the other doctor, who gave a hint h to the office." h " I've seen him, and it only comelto h this-he suspects. He was dismissed y from attendance upon the deceased three d weeks ago; so, you know, he couldn't T have seen poor Delpratt during his last d fortnight of life." b " But what does he suspect?" it " Suspicions, mind, amount to nothing, t unless you can support them with evi- fi dence of facts, and that we can't do at S present. But he suspects that the medi- b dines were tampered with, and that death oI resulted from the administration of-poi- fI son-probably arsenic, in small but Mfe n quent doses. That could only have been al done by some one in constant attendance w upon the deceased." ci "And we know that Ernest Delpratt al had opportunities of that kind." is "Y s; that we know. He sat up some il nights with the deceased, was with him, fr indeed, continually, except on the day of Is his death; then he was absent, out all w day-hunting, he told me. He lied. I've fe ascertained that. He did go to the meet. C But there was a poor day sport, a short te run with a you fox, and a kill n Dar- nt rington Plantations, only a few miles w fromnLupton. He might have been home in by two o clock. But he stayed drinking be in a littm public-house on the Purham m road. So, you see, he lied. That doesn't as srprise me; he was always a liar, ahis th father was before him. It looks likead- bh ministering the last fatal dose, and then de keeping out of the way of the closing He seene to avoid suspio." a " He was on good terms with the do- L] ceased?"P' "Yes. Notsogood as he'dmakeout, en but still on good terms. He'd been for- v g ven, and made weleme to the Manor- a ase. Poor Delpratt, I take It, was try- de ing to like him, ad, on the whole the of ioung ma had belhved pretty well of sh •". "n hadobeenmdtet d orrly. In qu truth, Ernest was as had as Delamere had been. DismIssed from the army befos'ee be was twenty fr diagraceftal condut--- es cheating at cards-then guilty of what's pc raled in plain terms, at the Old Bailey, am orpr. But thething was hnshed up, a tbe young m ws palpcked cd-to Au 0 " Who wh with him at the time of~ ii £a dsesth P' "No one. There we're weak. He ad certainly heart disease o'f considerable sinaNg-smu eat. rha. to aeontwi rorhisden&. Ther's onlythis toadd: t Eels knownto have compitned of the tog taste of his med au, ad of the wi laternal ,pain and buring thirs s 'At all, asu said yourel Mer o lock, ulnstnow, itd bt a p ee. "I repeat it-a poor ema." " I don't see that we've any rimnd for h ressting payment of the polc, we "PerLps not,as yet. But never rush t conclusions, Plxley. We've time be- au rore us, and many things may happen. And mind, in any case, I mean to spring Smine upon that young man such as he ittle dreams of. Eustace Delpratt was eta egit- my friend. I don't fbrget that. Hush! e, We've arrived. Bemember you're my Sre- clerk." died The funeral was of a simple kind. It U no was chiefy remarkable, perhaps, for and its paucity of mourn.ºrs. But, as Mr. iave, Merdock had explained, the late Mr. Del s." pratt had, legally speaking, no relatives. the No "'nhertable bood" to use the con veyancers' term, had fowed in his veins, andl be had died childless. Iel; Ernest Delpratt was the chief mourner. I " Keep close to me, Pixley," Mr. Mer We dock whispered to his Mend, afer the fu and neral ceremony was concluded, and the I mourners had returned to the manor- I house. Then he added aloud, " I wish it Kspi- to be fully known that I have attended I k. here to-day as the friend of many years eses and the professional adviser, of the late the Eustace Vere Delpratt." the " That is quite understood," said Er- I sere nest Delpratt, rather impatiendy. " It is r it. now proposed that in that character you shquld read the will of the deceased. He q tter placed upon the table a small packet the c and seals of which had been broken. go- " You wish me to do so P' l "Certainly. I wish all the usual forms ore to be observed on this melancholy occn. ry- slon." 8 " Be it so, then. And you produce this G the documentasthe last will of the late Mr. b Eustace Vere Delpratt ' t Mr. Merdock took hbi seat at the head en- of the table. He laud beside him a vas small black leather eet "The will you pr e" he said, with m er- a grave, business-ike air, turning toward In of Ernest Delpratt, "bears date the 18th of. P lof March, 186. It was drawn by me, and ti ik, my name appears as that of one of the fa ng witnesses, attesting the due execution of is wn the dooument by the testator. By this to agd will the whole of Eustace Delpratt's es- T tate, both re land personal, is bequethed h )w to you, and you are appointed his sole ex- D sy ecutor. You produce this as his last will In Ip. and testament? You know of no other be to will or codicll executed by the deceased'" oc ip- "He executed no other will or codicil," is og said Ernest, In a low, faint voice. o0 up " The deceased had, however, it seems, is it. some little time since, coatemplated mak. fol by ing a new disposition of his property. II sy He had drawn up a few notes and mem- du oranda. He designed to make a hand- he re some provision for Mr. Ernest Delpratt no but the residue of his estate he propos m at to apply in a different way. But need pr te not go into that. Mr. Eustace Vere Del- wi u- pratt did not survive to make a new will, gr and these brief writings of his are with, tie out legal value." ly ve Mr. Merdock paused, and took a pinch So ,h of snuff. br at "I have now to state," he continued, he at raising his voice somewhat, "that practi- Mi at cally, this document notwithstanding, the de late Eustace Vere Delpratt died Intes- th tate." r, There was a mrmur of surprise. Ern- o ry est Delpratt rose from his seat, and raised R" e- his hand. He tried to speak, but his voice sol c- appeared to fail him. hat n- "Three years after Its execution, this lo willvas revoked." die s " By deed ?" some one asked, up ly "No. By the adoption of another c- course, not less decisive. In fact, by mar- he Id rage." hit 1- " It's a lie!" Ernest Delpratt screamed, I hoarsely. De "The late Mr. Delpratt," the lawyer - re proceeded, calmly, " was married in Jan n nary, 186, at the chapel of the embassy, t- in Parie, to Hortense Leroux, a Frencn 1. actress. Legal proof of that marriage I se have with me. Into the details of-the al matter I need hardly enter. I may state, al it howover, that In tarl life Mr. Delpratt it I had met with severe disappontment. He to to had contemplated an allnce with a say d young lady, a member of one of the most ha is dlngulshed families of this country. wo 't To that uneion the stain upon his birth was far at deemed by the lady's friends an insuper- cl ble objection. The engagement, such tit it may be called, was therefore abruptly , terminated. Mr. Delpratt was deeply w flicted. He determined never to marr has at Some time afterwards he made this will, of - equeathing his entire property to the son b only surviving legitimate memberof his ear I- family-Mr. Ernest Delpratt. But he had all e reason at a later date to be much offeded n at the conduct of the man his generosity all e would have enriched. To the peculiar cir- for cumstanoes of the ease I will not farther Om It allude. Mr. Ernest Delpratt left Eng- 390 land, and was for nearly t years absent e in Australl. In the interval my late , frend and client again turned his thoghts hot if towards marriage. He resolved tofdi a le Il wife among a class little likely to be af-. pit e feeted by the circumstances of his oIn. o Chance threw him In the 'way of this Hot- wh t tense Leroux. She is now dead; Ibring of 4 no charge against her, therefore. I lay, Swill only say that she was one e in every way unworthy of her has- coo g band, and thatthe marria was a most #t& a unhappy one. The newry-wedded pair oth t sparatd forever within a few weeks of rap a teirunion. She was amply providedfor for - but survived only a few ya, meeting her this a death under very palni dra mstances. l SHer drescdentJly ah t are, and she ec Lyons theater. Mr. Delpratt'smarriae n was kept a strict secret. It had been on ai Semni~zed privately, sad was known to Mhnl very few. Henever alluded to it. It was iLo -a distres in ddent in his lfe,which he ! - desired to rget. He placd the proofs hay of te marriage in my ans some years ago f lsince. Of its validity there ean be no asr a question whatevmr." w I "It's a tramped-up story," ored Era- of a est, with a livld face. "I' goto law. PI de esatablish ther wil. It's mmtomt. sap- d a pose thatlt could be revokedal by aud a the marriage." A A servant ented and handed a nos to aloi Mr. Merdock. the : The company rose, and prepareattoquit pl a scene that had beaome strangely pain- ral I "And the propety ' oe aued. p "Mr. Derl daing lateatat, and i ui a "It ean't b.-t shan't be," Ernest cr ed, It wildly. "Il not be swinmed in this I'll eb ish tei will. At leastse a at of the nbsranes shbaIl be mibe. Tepl- b ies are in my possslom, Tkhey wese ell assitgned to me. I ean prove It. It tbs b r ys lea drstood tLha t tQea were intendad for my bhent.',, " In grd to oe ofthose asuranes I tim am at liberty to state that, acting upon torl my advice, the directors of the Lbatss sta Smee will refuse payment ofthe claim." thn The lawyer looked the young man very i I stadily In the face. mc " Wat next? What are you going charge me with next? lefhee payme. How dare you? Why-do you thini poisoned the man t' "We know you did t" said Mr. Me dock quickly, in a low tone, as he stra~ his clhed han sharply upon the tab and handed the note ne had just recely to Ernest Delpratt. He clutched it tremblingly; read with raging eyes. Then it fell from 1 shaking fingers, and fluttered on to t floor. He gave a strange, piteous moas raised his hands, and pressed them again his head, as though to still some terrib acute pain. " I'm ill," be murmured, faintly. "L me get some fresh air. Ishall be bett presently-I shall"--and he stagger from the room. Mr. Merdock found himself left aloe with Mr. Pixley. "I told you I should spring a mh upon that young man," said the lawye quietly. " I think I've been as good my word." "What was that note you hands him ?" " Bead it." Mr. Plxley took the paper from tb oor and read: "E. D. boughtarsenic Gibbons, Chemist, Catharine street, Salit bury-on the 17th and 89th October, an the 20th November." " He's certainly a villian, if there eve was one,' remarked Mr. Pixley. "And now I can tell you somethlnj more about him. You're fond of dwell ng upon the mottves that lead to orime Pixley. At the same time I may tell yoi that you omit from your calculations th fact that much wickedness in this worli is aeeomplished at a very cheap price, a to say-for very inadequate reasons There was motive enough in this ease however-m re than enough. Ernes Delpratt had of course discovered the wil In his favor, never dreaming that it bha been revoked, or of the manner of Its rev ocation. But more than that. The mar is a gambler, and deeply involved. He )wes at least ive thousand pounds. He "s a defaulter upon the turf, and he has Forged acceptances in the deceased's name, [have ascertained that. Bills are falin. Ihe at the Branch Bank at Andover, whicl he must meet, or prepare for exposure, ii not arrest. So he determines upon the nurder of his benefactor. Once the pro prietor of Lupton Manor, all will go wet with him, he thinks. But he was in toc rest a hurry. If he had only waitedalit le, a new will, under which he was large. y to benefit, Would have been executed. Something his crime would then have rou.ht him. As It is he gets nothing; is Jmoly beggars himself. Murdering tr. Delpratt, as he did, in fact, the mur lerer, to speak plainly, cuts his own hroat !" A strange noise was heard in the hall outside the library door. The servants reatly excited, entered the room. It was ome moments before they could re ate Intelligibly the tidings they brought. The body of Ernest Delpratt had been Incovered lying on the floor of one of the ~pper rooms of Lupton Manor House. Its one hand clutched a razor, with which se had Inflicted frightful wounds upon minself. He-was quite dead. It was the room in which Eustaee Vere )elpratt had met his death by poison. -All the Yewa Round. Are the Planets Iahabitedt Tax Evening Mail contains, under the bove head, an argument tending to an firmative answer to this question; but is founded more on poetical lzn on than on sober truth. The writer ys: " Reasonitn from analogy, it is ardly possible iat such nmagidficent orlds as are within telescop inspection Ssurp.ssing our own in magnitude and destial beauty, are soliltr lobes, doe tote of living fIrms o foreI oy g as much as we," etc., and heends Wth the statement that the spectroscope as demonstrated that the composition fthese worlds as to their metallic re maoes is essentially like that of the urth; and he asks, finally, " why not in 1 other respects?" The answer to this question is that in 1 other respects the conditions required r organle life are exceedingly complex. me of them is a tempetre between n1 and 1000 Fah., and this condition revails only on two of the plaets, the arth and Mars; all the others are too at, and their moons are too cold; at est, it is probable that the moons of Ju r Saturn, and Uranus are as thor y cooled of as our own moon, h is totly nfit for the existence Sorganic life as the tops of our lims yas. If the spectroscope had not dem israted that the celestial bodies were impounded of the same elements as our rxn, we might perhaps argue that, fl is elements unknown to us, another ,ige of tem.rture might be required i orgmnic lie, but the revelations which s dmirle instrument has given ex de suech a supposition; asnd a in con ot.ion with the telesope and photonme r, it ha also taught us that a tempera re of 1000 Fah. and upward pevail I al the planets except ]mars, kses at al ahabitedst fhe wm tims. We say st tecsamne time; the moon may e been inhabited millions of years o, when the surface of the earth was red hot as that of Jupiter is now; and hen by furthercooling d urig thoumads caentures our earth will have become oialte, it may be the turn for Japiter i other planets to becompe the seene of a most uxurios organic mle. A German mig Is: *God work owly, because Hetsernal." No doubt ie universe was not created hi a hurry; ahe have been revolving around ca al suns for millions of centuries, and cordlingto nasltemble Iaws haw their r inividnafly and are placed dnibba' It conditions; the larger ones must soo owe than the mae, a.the urth am the sun hster hamo nearer to at orb. Eash has its own dimi~ d , ant; while it sweeps in its course rough spaces so large that all the em res of our earth are comparatively a er handfhll.--&ientife American. Educated Observers, I IN talking to the San Franaesans not long ago. Professor Agassl pgsd upon them t e propriety of etablisein in their c mid.t a Museum of Natural a e not merely because' a collection of seleatlo I specimens, such as they have the means of making, would be an honor tothelr t city and state, but more especialy because s such collections serve to make educated observer s. whose habits of observtion will enable them to. become worthy don ttrbutors to the general ftnd of human Nowf, s that one happy phrase "ed cated observers," the preser struck the key-note of all trueeduatla plmpls. I The habit of observation is, abovea else, the educator, and the man or woman who cultivates that makes sure wrk in the matter of acquiring Inflbrmadm, whether the habit be accompanied by much or lit tle of scholastic culture. All that we know of physical science, of coarse, we owe to obeervation alone. BDt tis is not all. In a thouansd other ways as study of things and the study of men ie even more value than the study of booh. In deed, the very books we use, f they be of any account at all, are the mes or ess immediate fruit of intelllgent obertveoo. All that we know has bees learned - inally by this process. We observe a ht and larn t tltl a Act. Frorm Ittad others we draw oonclusloas. And this is the genesis of all our knowin.. We get rom books only the vsults of ether peo ple's observations, and, while these are of great worth without doubt, we am not do a more foolish thing than to rest stladed with them, and neglect the coutlesso portunities we have of qgueslh g tme things about us for information at list hand. As well might we ralees to lek at Niagara because we have already seen pictumes and read descriptiem of the esta raot. Training of precisely this rt.-ths.l tivation of the habit of looking at and looking into the things with whis we daily come in contact-Is one of the great educational needs of our Mne, as t has been of all other times. The only wonder is, that professional educators n the past have been so slow to reoognise the want and to supply it. We observe facts, and we question them of their cause and meaning Instinctively. We do it even in early childhood, and ordinarily the ten dency is pretty effectually checked then by those who ought rather to encourage it, and to so direct It that it will bear abundant fruit. The child who asts him self down to commit something to mem ory, however worthless, or however un Intelligible to him that something pay be, is sure of encouragement. Bat l he ask why iron sinks and wood floats in the water, he is shut up like a jack-kni, with some idlotislly wise saw about be ng seen and not heard. But it is not merely the habita obssrv ing that we need to cultivate. We must learn to observe intellgetly--to looeek at things with our wits about us, and to learn their causes and aonssquseess as well as the facts themselves. Anybody may see the bud, the blossom, ad the fruit of a tree in all their reu r oder, but if he see no more than te, Is o serving is of little wo th. He mst see in the bud the beginning of a blosses, in the blossom the promise, ina the fit the fulfllment, before his look will have taught him even so small a thIgjr why the bud and the blossom are, Weo can hardly tllto be observers so l a we have eyes and ears, but we may, ft we will, make ourselves educated obserers, which is quite another thing. We rny learn to make a teacher out e. y around us, ad thus draw from a mundred soees that wee ether. wise sealed books to us, and inised we must do something of seort if we would be really and truly edmasd.- H.erth end Home. The Great BriZtsh hut. Tas great and disastrous steam " which has reoently swept over Great ain Is one of the most mrabevsamRL )f the kind on record. Tr eb super Leavy snow in London, and heiter n the northern pae a the I dsm. Pavored with a marine Lma., mewlen - ono to the winter weather ils Sthe Patte siopes of the Und Stes, owept by warm and vpor-ldes air esr 'new fom the great ocean. Is Deeber, 100, h land was visited by onme of its - nptuonaI an phenomenal now stems. n February, 1811, another dsehI snow storm visited Scotland, can ig gr cs of ItM. The "gat frost," as it is own which occurred in December 10, was ered in by a heavy smow in lootland, which metsorologilts we m b. nquently enabled to trace to a oenmi ms stream of intensely cold, dry san av ir ow ng m To b s arth weads ahroh R raaer Nor m northerly wind. Oe ohr1 n hat year smne of the gabh ereae -risd l to twenty dsgr blow We have no aecurate report as yet reeal ag the eodltions uander whbL tUs Plear emperatre hs bern loUserd l Orat Britain; but i ls dutles de toeer. lom anim to those wrhb bmsew I Irthwestrn e euro IeD, embms, It is also highly probbse tlbth p boats of hIstr-.g., that ezp1 d a Pladers,in 154, whes in ge in tie casks, wuas c t eheth hsVsL by weight; tht of 1 whuathe ww ioversd witha bridge a e tlas ms t md 1740, when Thae T was femm rI, ns ware h ad dam iwaL ioa It, and other netabl pIhmam oa in Western Europe re rz m ao she -ma atmospherle arrsh ead semi ions observed at Tobelsk 18 3. It Is doebthl whIher say part of Sh estern de of the Amees'sm Cs bos Californsi to Sith, ever h as seed inch frgorire etrmasses a ,otern Europe--N. 7. H rsu bmetnast th.t on e tleheb ,ren -TrheWeia, a ,ero IA d In 1862 Its enlerarsem t was U! ; which made it 'W 3 d at ma bt tom, seventy 03 sba 5, mn in Sasad L of Isaag a beat ear two h ndrd and thirty teas. It is burden. The Welland Casa, from Lake Erie to Ontario, pases vesselsof sixhun Ir-d tons, and is to be enlarged to double its present capacty.