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"LET US HAVE PEACE."
ALEXANDRIA, PARISH OF RAPIDES, LA. /i ., " - Miscellaneous Selections. JOHNNY BARTHOLOMEW. BT DR. TIIOMAS DUvN IENGLISIH. The journals this morning are full of a tale Of a terrible ride through a tunnel by rail; And Wpe Ile are called on to note and admire Hlow a hundred or more, through the smoke cloud and lire Were barne from all peril to limbs and to lives Mothers saved t., their children, and husbands to wives. But of him who performed such a notable deed, Quite little the journalists give us to read. In truth, of this hero so plucky and bold, There is nothing except, in few syllables told, Ilis name, which is Johnny Bu tholomew. Away in Nevada-they don't tell us where, Nor does it much matter-a railway is there, Which winds in and out through the cloven ra vines, With glimpses at times of the wildest of scenes Now passing a bridge seeming fine as a thread, Now shooting past cliffs that impend o'er the head. Now plunging some black-throated tunnel with In Whose darkness is roused at the clatter and din; And ran every day with its train o'er the road, An engine that steadily dragged on its load, And was driven by Johnny Bartholomew. With throttle-valve down, he was slowing the train, While the sparks fell around and behind him like rain, As he came to a spot where a curve to the right Brought the black, yawning mouth of a tunnel in sight, And peering ahead with a far-seeing ken, Felt a quick sense of danger come over him then. Was a train on the track ? No! A peril as dire- The farther extreme of the tunnel on fire! And the volume of smoke, as it gathered and rolled, Snook fearful dismay from each dun-colored fold, I Iut daunted not Johnny Bartholomew. Beat fister his heart, though its current stood still, And his nerves felt a jar but no tremulous thrill; A And his eyes keenly glearedl through their part- I ly closed lashes, And his lips-not with fear-took the color of ashes " If we falter, these people behind us are dead! a So close the doors, fireman-we'll send her ahead! Crowd on the steam till she rattles and swings! Open the throttle-valve! live her her wingl" I Shouted he from his post in the engineer's room, Driving onward perchance to a terrible doom, t Tlhis man they call Johnny Bartholomew. Firm grasping the bell-rope and holding his breath, On, on through the Vale of the Shadow of Death, I On, on through that horrible cave rn of hell, p Through flames that arose and through timbers that fell, Through the eddying smoke and the serpents of S fire a That writhed and that hissed in their anguish and a ire, With a rush and a roar like the wild tempest's blast, t To the free air beyond them in safety they passed; a While the clang of the bell and the steam-pipe's B shrill yell Told the Joy of escape from that underground hell, Of the man they called Johnny Bartholomew. t Did the passengers get up a service of plate ? Did some oily-tongued orator at the man prate? Women kiss him? Young children cling fast to his knees? Stout men in their rapture his brown fingers c squeeze? And where was he born? Is he handsome? lHas he t A wife for his bosom, a child for his knee? Is he young? Is he old? Is he tall? Is he short? B Well, ladies, the journals tell naught of the sort. And all that they give us about him to-day, After telling the tale in a commonplace way, I Is-the man's name is Johnny Barthlomew. t -Hearth and Home. -- ~-- MRS. PERCY'S PERIL. a t Though I am a soldier's wife, I fear I can lay claim to but a small portion of f the couraffe which is usually attributed to a them. t Arthur Percy, Captain in Her Majesty's Dragoons is my husband, and the adven ture I am about to relate befell me about a eighteen months after our marriage, t when the regiment was quartered In Ire- I land. A detachment was stationed in one of t the most unquiet paris of that country, c which I refrain, for obvious reasns from i naming. Arthur was ordered to take t command of it, and so I, of course, ac- f compatnie'i him with our baby, an Infant I of about five months. We thought our selves veTr fortunate in having secured at small but extremely pretty cottage at an t almost nominal renit, distant about one I mile from the barracks. I cannot better describe the cottage, i than by telling you that it was called, I " The Bungalow." and, like its name sake, was a long, one-storied building t with a verandah in front of the principal t windows. A small entrance hall in which were two doors, was the first thing ob served on entering; one led to the draw- I ing-room, dining-room, and three bed rooms, while the other led directly to the kitc'ien, servanlts' rooms, and into a pas tags' leading to the outer offices. Outr establishment consisted of two wo men servants and one man; the latter, be- a ing a soldier, returned every night to the a barracks, which happened to be the near- f est habitations to us, not even the hum blest dwelling breaking the loneliness j of the way between them and the Bun- t galow. I have already said that the distance I from them was about a mile, and the road, I which was partly grass grown, lay through a narrow sort of lane, enclosed I on each side by very high hedges. These hedges were a continual horror I to me. Scarcely ever did I see Arthur I start in the morning, withoutvisions aris- I ilng of desperadees concealed behind them, dressed in the Inevitable longtailed, rag ged coat, the high-crowned, narrow-rim med hat, and the murderous weapon, all of which things 1 invariably associated with an Irish ruffian. Tl'he Dragoons had been sent to quell some risings, and to support the authori ties, consequently they were not regarded by the natives in any very friendly light. 4 At the weeks went on, and every after- I noon brought Arthur safely back to me, my fears were somewhat allayed, and oc casionallv I walked through the lane to wards the town to meet him-always, however, feeling tlad when I got safely past any chance passer-by whom I might encounter. Arthur used to laugh at my fears, and as 1 knew I was a desperate coward, I tried to think they , ere groundless, and merely the result of my natural timidity. The year was drawing to a close, and on tle 10th of January we were to bid adileu to the Bungalow, Ireland and the Irish. The regiment was underorders or England, Un spring, and till then Arthur was to go on leave. I was in raptures at the prospect of be ing settled in my own part of the world again, and best of all, leaving Ireland, against which I entertained so profound a prejudice. It was Christmas Eve: Arthur was obliged, most unwil lingly, to spend it at the barracks, as the p few officers there wished to have a fare- b well dinner, and, in addition, there was to o be an entertahiment for the soldiers at an a early hour. s It had been snowing heavily all day, I and when Arthur left, about half-past v three o'clock in the afternoon, darkness a was beginning to come on. h I had begged of him net to return if the snow continued, as I knew it might be o very late ere the party broke up, and I in could not bear the idea of his coming p home through that dark, narrow road, in tl the middle of a snowy December night. n If he did come, he was to tap at my win- n dow, which would enable me to let him in n without disturbing the servants, who ii slept at the other side of the house. d After I had watched his figure disap pear, I re-entered the cottage, with a disa- g greeable sense of solitude, and timorous- oi ness, which I tried to dispel by ringing cl for the nurse to bring my baby, stirring Is the fire to a cheerful blaze, and otherwise b] occupying myself. Though almost quite si dark, it was now only about four o'clock, g and the blinds in the little sitting room h were still undrawn. I was sitting on the in hearth-rug, with baby on my lap, amusing fa her with my watch and its glittering ap- ni pendages, which were an unfailing source )f pleasure to her; and as she stretched g >ut her little hands to grasp them, I was e: suddenly attracted to the direction of the window, through which, to my unuttera- a )le horror, I distinguished distinctly the ri ace of a man gleaming upon me. In as hat swift, momentary glance, I could see w hat it was a pale, sinister malevolent ni ,ountenance, with small, hungry at 'yes. My heart beat wildly, but dissembled my terror well, I suppose, tl 5s had I done otherwise, baby and I might ci lave fared differently. So rapidly had 1 I omprehended the necessity for appearing I sot to have observed him, that I hardly hi topped speaking to my baby; but a thou- >n and projects for escape from my present at tosition revolved themselves through my hi vhirling brain. How could I escape from as hat little room, with its dark, unshaded tl vindow? Furtively I looked again, and bi vas infinitely relieved to find that the ap- si iarition had vanished, for the present at east, from its late close proximity to the tl vindow. I got up at last, still chattering ol o my unconscious child, and moved vi lowly towards the door, even pausing for b ,n instant at the table, partly to gather u trength to proceed, as my limbs were t ottering beneath me; partly because I si Ireaded lest the lurker without might is till be marking my movements. I had carcely strength left to turn the handle of el he door, but once on the other side of it, u rushed across the little hall, and gained hi he kitchen, where I found my two domes- tl ics seated at their tea. e: I briefly told them of the fright I had as -ot, and was not much reassured on find- rI ng that both were, if possible, greater ti owards than I was myself. st The round of a whistle at no great dis- t( ance from the cottage roused me to the g recessity of instantly making every place If a s- cure as possible. Accompanied by et he two trembling servants, and with baby g n my arms, I began my tour of inspec- ti Ion. At last, every bolt was drawn, di very shutter closed, and nothing more h emained to be done. I found, on looking tt t the clock, that it was little past five, so w hat a long evening was before me. Not a sound was to be heard, nothing tl resh occurred to alarm us in the least, w ,nd at last I grew almost ashamed of the hi panic I had given way to. merely from aj saving seen a man glance through the hi sindow. Very probably he was some ti trolling vagrant who had been attracted di ty the bright light of the fire to look in, vithout an idea of doing us any harm. So I reasoned with myself, and so I ried to reassure the servants. Under any v ircumstances, I was glad to feel that we vere safely shut up for the night, and de ermined to go soon to my room, where I elt less lonely than in the empty drawing- s oom. Had there not been the chance of Arthur uturning, I would have proposed that t he servants should sleep in a bed there cappened to be in his dressing-room; but d Ls they assured me they were not at all b lfraid, now that nothing more had been t leard of the man, and I knew it would be º great nuisance to Arthur, if he did re urn, I concluded that it was wiser to let t hem sleep in their own room, though it s -as at some distance from mine. I went to my room at about half-past d line, and proceeded to undress; after which I put on my white flannel dressing- h ,own, placed my candles behind me, and , eating myself in front of the fire, be tan to read. In spite of all my assurances to myself nmd my servants, I felt strangely nervous c md restless. My book was a very in'er sting one; but it failed to obliterate from I ny mind the horrible remembrance of the sce at the window. Perhaps he was ;here still-perhaps he was watchldng for hrthur's return to waylay and murder tim. All sorts of wild visions presented h ;hemselves to my mind. Once baby moved c tlightly and it made me start nearly to my eet with terror. L I was thoroughly upset, and the only bought that consoled me was, that I had egged Arthur not to return; so be was, so doubt, safely at the barracks, little Ireaming of my state of mind. It was snowing heavily s;il. I knew t by the dropping that came steadily a own the clhmney. The atmosphere a teemed to choke me somehow. And iver and anon I found myself listening ntently. The hall clock struck eleven; every itroke vibrating through me. 8till I sat n ; my fregrowing dim, and myself feel ng cramped, cold, and almost immov ible. 1 hat was I so afraidof? I askedmy- t ielf a hundred times. I could not tell; it I was a vague, shadowy terror that seemed Sbe chamining me down. I had heard of people's hair turning white in a night l orom fear. Surely mine would be as inowy as the ground without, if I had to ipend the whole night thus. Oh, for the soun of Arthur's voice- d erhaps I should never hear it again-per- 8 pse would never know whata night had spent, as either he or 1 might be murdered before morning. Half-past sleven--only thirty minutes since the e clock struck. In eight hours our servant rom the barracks would come, even if Arthur had settled not to return till the v morning-eight hours of this! c A quarter from twelve I By a mighty a effort, I forced myself to get up; glancing I stthe glass, my own ghotly relection terriAed me. I laid my watch under my I )llow, and was In the act of lying down reside bady-not to sleep, as till two 'clock, I should hope for Arthur-when I sound, awful, wild, unearthly, broke the ent tillness of the dark December night. pia t was a scream from a woman's the 'oice in dire distress; another followed, the nd it came from somewhere within the the louse. Not a moment did I hesitate. am Springing out of bed, and putting on any nly my slippers, happily havinu kept on me y dressing-gown, I seized up my child, ble causing only to snatch up her little shawl it hat lay beside her on the bed, I unbarred the ny shutter, opened the window, and the su; text moment was on the verandah. It los seeded not a third wild shriek to impel val le to speed beyond what I had ever tre Ireamt of as possible. I in a second or two I was beyond the hat rate flying for life, for my own and an- we ther existence, dearer far, in my arms tre, -asped tightly to me-flying through the wit anes, past the dreaded hedges, on, stum- me ling now and then, but recovering my- gar elf only to resume my race for life with tur reater desperation. Death surely was be- as 1 ind us, but a refuge was already loom- str rg in front of me. If the pale, piercing as cee of the outside watcher overtook me has .ow, what would be my fate? bar God was merciful indeed to me, and ab ave me power to proceed in my awful oft xtremity. of Hleaven's portals could hardly have been rid core rapturously reached than the bar- s ack-gates, as I flew inside of them. I aw a group of men standing in the door- cor ray, and towards them I rushed, recog- bot izing, to my unutterable thankfulness, tre mongst them, my husband. thi His amazement may be better imagined str hain described, as he beheld us; anid as I of ould not do more than point behind me, ex believe poor Arthur must have thought I had gone suddenly raving mad. I only hae Beard their voices murmuring round dog ae, and I felt baby lifted out of my not rmus, though they told me afterwards I me Ield her so tightly they could scarcely the eparate us. The next thing I knew was, son hat Arthur had laid me on a sofa In a the right, warm room, and that we were the afe-Arthur, baby and [-and together! of But the servants! I conveyed to Ar- ba bur, as coherently as I could, the events wa f the afternoon and night, and my con- see iction that nothing short of murder had of een committed. In less than five min tes he was off, with some of the others, gy o the cottage, where an awful scene pre- ma ented itself to their view as they en- be ered. sel In the passage from the kitchen to the cot ntrancehall lay the dead body of our we tnfortunate cook. A blow from some we eavy weapon had actually smashed in tr he back of her head, and life was quite 7 xtinct; our other servant was found in of n insensible state, but, after some time the ecovered sufficiently to be able to give Th he particulars of the attack, and a de- ste cription of their assailant, who proved is o be no other than the monster who had lared in upon me that very aftrnoon. tie t seemed that, after I had seen that ev- or rything was secure, the servants had 7 one out to the coal-house, and during car heir temporary absence from the kitchen ac, oor, the ruffian had slipped in, secreted anu imself in a cupboard in the passage, and abe hus been actually locked into the house on rith ourselves! der Imagining, it was supposed, that Ar- ma hur would not return, and ;knowing that to re had a good deal of plate in the house, of re had arranged to begin operations after ele II was quiet, and the first scream I had mt eard had been elicited from the unfor- tin unate servants, at whose bedside he sud enly appeared. Sk The miscreant had struck down the ook while she attempted to escape, rhich, happily for herself, the other ser ant was too paralysed to do. The b cream I had heard as I left the house oust have been the last dying one of the ha oor cook, whom the murderer had pur- bra ued and overtaken before she could gain A ny door, which was, no doubt, the point the o which she was flying for succor. Not vet moment too soon had 1 gone. An ac- bu omplice had been admitted by the front me loor, which was found wide open, my to ed-rotom door shattered, but nothing wi ouched, my flight having, doubtless. on cartd them. The tracks of their pursu- an, ng footsteps were discerned easily, when we he blessed light of Christmas Day the phone. They had evidently gone in pur- Or suit of me, but probably my safety was in lue greatly to the whiteness of my gar- w nents which must have rendered my fly- att ng figure almost invisible against the wt ,nowy ground. The police were soon in the luest, and, ere many hours elapsed, the ter etreat of the assassins was discovered. tr A desperate struggle ensued, and re- tot rognlzing in the one man an escaped and m notorious convict, and in the conflict feel- t ng his own life was in danger, the con- by table fired on him, and the miserable w orpse was conveyed to the Police Sta- ou Ion, where our servant identified it as the gle nurderer of the cook, and the assailant of rerself. The wretched man had, with his of rompanion and accompliee, escaped only ;wo days before from prison, to which the atter was safely escorted back by a cou- tw le of policemen. The funeral of our tal oor servant took place a few days after- th wards, and the Bungalow was finally de- hi merted by us. The other servant recov- me red completely and the policeman, who ak rad been wounded by the convict rather th everely, was reported convalescent before st ur departure. me I never saw the Bungalow aLn; and very joyfully did I enterthe steamer which onveyed us back to dear old England. Neither baby nor I suffered any bad ef ects from our midnight race through the rish lanes; but when I think of its hbor ors, I lift up my heart in fervent gratitude ab o God, who preserved us when encom- re assed by perils so profound, and guided th o graciously my faltering footsteps, as I led through the snow on my first and b ast lonely Christmas Eve.-Lomdo SoeCS d :iy. A sonowiro friend, writ1g of the t leath of an estimable lady, said, She has ri one to her eternal rest." His dismay can bl nly be faintly imagined when, upon a or proof"' of tis o~iuary notiee being sent o him, he read, "She has gone to her e ternal roast." fo Tes intellect has only one failing, th rhich, to be sure, is a very considerable to ne; it has no conscience. Napoleon is at Ihe readiest instance of this. If his heart si had borne any proportion to his brein, he is had been one of the greatest men in all in history. t How Sienee Helps Tree Culture. nati Ur to the commencement of the pres- an1 it century science was little more than a diff laything. It was customary to speak of in e re exact and the abstract sciences; but trafi te abstract branches of knowledge, as of el Ley were then called, have come to be blac nong the most useful to humanity. Bot. Tur iy, for instance, once regarded as little onl ore than an accomplishment-the amia- mad Le science, as its devotees loved to term goo0 -has proved one of the most useful to amo Le practical man; and what were once pouf ipposed to be mere abstractions of phi- usw sophy, have been found of the utmost valu due in founding systems of practical tuar ee culture. mu In the nature of bark, for instance, we lor ive learned so much from botany that witl e how unhesitatingly adopt methods of of tJ eatment which we would not have done clim Ithout this knowledge, and find an lm- have sense benefit therefrom. We used to re- victi ard a tree as having somewhat the nna ire and constitution of an animal; and e the skin is an important part of animal ructure, we regarded the bark of trees Ti e the equivalent of the skin. Botany refu is at leingth taught us that the outer rnag ark of a tree is of no more use to it than cesa beard is to a man; and indeed we very mor ten aid and encourage the development time the tree by assisting the tree in gettin have d of it. In fact the tree spends a oo nun >rtion of its early years in getting rd of thot Sbark ; and not until it has burst its Binr )rtical bands, as a general thing, does it idea und forth into vigorous growth. Some way ees, as the beech tree, never accomplish cow cis feat; but t"y are provided with a bees ructure whl mits of a free growth curl new cells la y every year, and thus sal pansion is provided for. min, We all know how a tree looks when it in tl as its rough bark. Fissures are up and are own at regular distances; but these are drec it caused, as once was supposed, by the have sere growth of the tree--for if they were one Ley would all present nearly the same in-lI )rt of fissures, whereas they each have prol seir separate way of doing the thing ; but case re fissures are made by the development her r what are known as cork cells in the are ark, which by their growth in certain the' aye give the direction to the lines as we few te them. We now know by the progress sane f this branch of botany that the little or- beec anisms we call cork cells have for their lege rest object the aiding of the plant to ble, take these fissures, which are finally to have e the means by which the plant rids it- peti If of its bark; and we have found, as a afte rnsequence of these observations, that if Leg e also aid in this decorticating process, mat e advance the vigor and growth of the woo ee. whc There is, therefore, no longer any dread ing f scraping bark or of using washes for ty, I ie stems of trees, as there once was. tem 'he man who tells us we are in this way Too opping up the breathing pores of plants her simply laughed at, andregarded asbe- tod ig worthy of nothing more than the ti- it is e of " professor" in some college where ever riginal observations are net taught. tere This is the season of the year when we post an put these newly discovered lessons of fence into useful practice. Insect eggs ad the spores of destructive fungi bound on the bark of trees, oftentimes Ti n the fresh young -urface, and always un- that er the loose scay bark. A sort ofpainl the iade of lime, sulphur, and a little earth "no , ive it a dark color, put over the stems brin f trees, will destroy all these injurious and lemeqts-helping to loosen the bark, so f, such desired by the plant, at the same natt me.-Forey' Press. that celt rull Huting nla the South Bea nat Islands. nen der Tun practice of skull hunting is a most whi arbarous custom of the natives of these app glands, who in many cases undoubtedly con ave been assisted by the white men, thei rought about in the following manner: tabl vessel arrives at one of the islands, and mot re king is informed by the master of the twe essel that he is desirous of trading and bar artering. The answer Is that he has so In iuch cocanut oil, &c., which he is willing bull part with for trade r, providing he mes rill allow some of his the king's) warn- lish rs to take a passage in the vessel to such roo id such an island with whom they are at con rar. This is agreed on, and a number of like hese so-called warriors are embarked. mat rn arriving at the island the unsuspect- ser rg natives, as usual, come alongside, Fur rhen these so-called warriors suddenly wot ttack, kill them, and cut off their heads, exe rhich are kept and placed on pegs in cale heir taboo houses as trophies ; the mas- hal er of the vessel on his return secures the be ( rade as before promised in exchange for whi ibacco, pipes, &c., as most fancied and cha ranted by the natives. It is but right to and tate that, although it has been reported ha y the missionaries on these islands that of t rhite men have assisted n these barbar- (the us practices of skull hunting, yet no sin- be le case has been fully proved. the At one of the villages on the sea shore pro f Isabel island a most sickly and re ulsive sight presented Itself. AcroS the dou oor of the chief's house were nailed kits wenty-three or twenty-five human heads, dan sken about three weeks previously by edit he chief ard his followers from some ef whl is fellow islanders. The attack had been roo iade from the rear, as was evident by the hat kulls; the flesh was still on the bones, ma he eves protruding, jaws broken, and the bee tench frightlhl. The bodies of all these rial sen had been eaten.-Sidney Herald. The Traff ie Slaves ln Egypt. " Tas correspondentof the London Daily o klegrcpA, who accompanies Sir Bartle EO rrere's expedition to take steps for the De ,bolltion of the slave trade in Africa, in a s ecent letter, sends the following notes of Ita he traffic in slave in Egypt. Every class of society, from pashas and aeys down to a petty shop-keeper, in- 1 ulges in the lnxury and vice which it af- bee brds. No one can pretend to respecta- We JUry-a sort of social franchise-without is I his property qualification. No unmar- hal led man can obtain lodgings in a respec. ter de quarter ofa town unleas he has a wife del rra female slave. Thua men who visit wa arge centers of business, and who are io ompelled to live there among the people 'or some time, buy female slaves, whom ;hey resell or otherwise dispose of when h hey leave for their homes. All this, taken its egether with the extent of the country me md the population, warrants the conclu- rui ion that the absorption of slaves In Egypt s enorn.ons. There are no open markietes n Cairo, such as the mart at Zanuibr for lot he sale of slaves; but I m iarmed by Th ytives that private establishments for the rpose abound in the native town, where Egptain can buy slaves without any TH McultT whatever. Such is also thecase nue every town in the interior, where the had e affic is more open. There are two raoes ordin slaves sold in Egpyt, the white and The c ack. The former are imported from and a irkey, are highly prized, and are bought more ly by the rich. They are generaly car r ade concubines. Of course young and pleme god-looking girls fetch high prices, ters. nounting in some cases to thousands of here. unds. Before being sold, they are silk ually taught certain accomplishments was lued by Turkish and Egyptian volup- metr aries, such as singing, In some cases nine u.ic, and invariably the gait and behav- Engi rof a high-class lady. As is the case a wlL th women in these countries, the charms mach these girls fade at an age which in cold vente mates is considered young, and they ly; r ve to make room in the harem for fresh tremi tirms. hydr An Air Battle. lengt lowecr TaH British House of Lords has again and b fused to sanction a bill legalizing mar- takes ige between a widower and his de- The seed wife's sister. The House of Com- ofav ones has reported the bill sixty-three thing nes, and the petitions for its passage nous ve been signed by an almost incredible nine tmber of people. There were twenty and ousand signers among the women of by ts rmingham alone. Now, we have no I is ea of discussing this question In any ball ty. as it is not in issue anywhere in this every untry, we believe, but we mention it selve cause its history serves to illustrate a and I rious tendency which is almost univer- phyui 1 among men. Unless the city of Bir- the e Inghamn is different from all other places panl the character of its population, there we at e probably not more than a few hun- to ev ed marriageable women there, who ganiz we widowed brothers-in-law. Not every well te of these is enamored of the brother- temp -law, and even if they were, it is hardly se obable that the attachment is in all pro ses mutual; in other words, the num r of women in Birmingham who have real, practical interest in the passage of e bill in question can hardly exceed a very w score at most, and yet twenty thou- great nd dames and damsels in that city have cours come so anxious for the abstract privi- tic I ge of marrying actual, probable, posi- ago, e, or imps sible brothers-in-law, as to out ve made themselves humble and earnest ouslr titioners for the of the bill, cont ter it had already been rejected by the shod 'gislature sixty-two times! Why this little atter should so strongly interest a fougl oman who has no brother-in-law, or one sne. ho is already married, or one who, hav g no sister, can never, by any possibill have a brother-in-law of the kind con- D rnplated and so cannot have even Mrs. odlks' door-plate argument to Justify ad r anxie'y, we should be totally at a losthe e determine, were it not for the thct that is a characteristic of human nature Fot erywhere to becone most strongly in- the c rested in those things which cannot aen esibly concern it.--Hear-t and Home. ear ---~t---sioni Japanese Refbrm. so at - and a TaRRs seems to be considerable danger have at the Japanese Government may make can r e mistake of loving the spirit of reform man , tot wisely, but too well." The mail readil ings, as usual, a long list of new laws the dl d regnlations, some of which, it is with red, will interfere so directly with the stain, tlonal and rational habits of the people, cani at considerable uneasiness has been ex- and h ited in the minds of both foreigners and arie Ltives by their enactment. Pre-emi- we gw mtly among these is to be noted the or- time a for the abolition of the soft mats with hol a hich all native houses are floored. To make ,predlate the disturbing nature of this it ma rmmand, it must be remembered that peat ese mats serve the purposes of chairs, that t bles, and beds, and that if they be re- to a oved the people will have to choose be- That reen sitting, eating, and sleeping on the have ire floor, and buying wooden furniture. to the I addition to which It will oblige house- as po liders to introduce a new system of prod essurement in lieu of the old-estab- use it shed custom of estimating the size of a ated om by the number of mats it would belie, ,ttain. The women, also, are as little pure tely to listen complacently to the com- a mi and which bids them dispense with the pure rvices of professional hair-dressers. fect, urther, the immediate advantage which I wot ould doubtless otherwise accrue by the With change of the English for the native that lendar will certainly be marred by the rese isty way in which the innovation is to "oe enforced. The new year is the time at ad t hich it is customary for native mer- In l rants to pay off all outstanding claims, coho id it is possible that some who might tans tve been well able to meet the demands per c [ their creditors on the 9th of February is 2c he Japanese New Year's Day), would in ditlcalties when called upon to do e same on the 1st of January. Thelaw rohibiting kite-flying in the streets of 80 ~eddo and other large cities will, no made rubt, be an unmixedgood to all but the or m Itr-makers, for whom, however, abun- ofB ace of employment might be fund in Be itilng some of the numerones ewspapers half hich are daily springing up like mush- um oms all over the country, or in making pap; ite to cover the naked crowes of the are 1 tale portion of the populatics who have qua een robbed of their top-nota by impo.- two al order.-Ewery Swdasy. so Deauso 1872, 291,217 Immlgrats ar- a ved at New York beingan iweass upon stir 171 of 61,578. Of the total number, ho Ierman sent 111,415; Ireland, 63,90. ; ogland,31,581; $weden, Norway, ad sit enmark, 22,209; France (including Al- T ace-Lorraine) 14,000; Scotland 9,100; on P taly, 5,858; kussia, 4,137; Holland, 3,- low 72; non-European countries, 29,450. A Turssez editor says that he has en eating strawberrie raised this year. Ve have heard of this editor before. He a the same who once labored under the alluDcination that he wa quartermas er's mule and his body still bears evi lence of the means resorted to by some rags to more fully develop the hualein ~ ion. ____ tute A vouo lady having read about a man taving invented a stove which consumes ata ts own smoke, bohes he will devise a nethod whereby tobacco-smokers can be hl un on the same economical principle. ofe TaH man who advertises that "he has a at of hardware on hand" means nals. A Ibey are always on hand. *e Ballou AI ioms. THz balloon ascensio from the Ave ie Suffen, in Paris, were the first that Ad ever been placed within the reach of dinary purses and ordinary courage. ee cost of ascension was twenty francs, id although this sum entitled one to no ore than a five minutes voyage, yet the r rarely went up without ifs full com ement of a score or two dozen passn trs. It is true there were no dangers re. The balloon, an immense brown Lk globe of tweaty-one metres diameter, as aed in by a cable of three hundred etres (100 feet) length and weighing ne hundred o mes (1,800 lbs. nglish). This was wound around windlass turned by a powerful steam achine of 50-horse power which pre tnted it from unrollag Itself too abrupt ; nevertheless the ascensions were ex emely rapid; the balloon, filled with drogen pure instead of common as, d not take a minute to run out the whole ngth of its tether, and had it been al wed to go free It wold have shot up Id been out of sight in less time than it kes to count a hundred. The sensation experinmeed in rising is avery exuberant klnd. There s some ing almost intoxicatig in that prodig us flight into the cold pure air, some ne hundred feet above the highest trees id monuments; one's plse beats faster r twenty to thirty throba a minute, aad is with real regret that one feels the liloon come to a standstll ; /bur out of ery five people who asesnd ind them Ives wishing that the cable would break, id this, be it obser is a purely iysical sensation, quite independent of e enthusiasm caused bythe magnificent norama beneath one. For this reason e should not recommend balloon riding every one; with women or nervous or mization the excitement might very ell produce hysterics, and men of weak nmperament have been known to be ized with that strange lmlpls whiskeh rompts one, upon the border of a preci eo, to throw one's self down. If this ipulse is not irresistible, it is yot saful ently strong to trouble ane's mind in a ry hlghdegree. A German chemist of reat lerning, and of well4tred personal urage, who had ventured upon a celen Sc ascension from Brusase, a few years to, lost his head completely when he got it of sight of land, and screamed hide isly for a whole minute ; his companions )ntrived to tranquilize him; but the lock had been very savere,, and we have Itle doubt that from that, day he has ught shy of balloons.-(-rsAill eaga ne. Drankeuness a Disase. DR. WILLARD PARKER, an old and ominent physician, In a recent address ade the following statement concerning e effects of alcohol upon the human sys m: For many years I was couseeted with e care of Inebrlates and paM particular tention to the charter of those n my arge, and I have arrived at the concin n that drunkennessis a disalse. A man affected cannot control his appetite, id must have drink regularly, and will ve It at all hazards. A healthy man n refrain from drinking, but a diseased an cannot; and these men so addicted adily admit that. Men susring from e disease have been caured and they will Ith tears in their eyes proise to b sin, yet on puinga liquor store they nno help im and will go In td have their whisky. Now the question ises: What can be done? Bow shall e go to work? Society has been all the me trying to show what the up o aloo l make-aus do, and many wll reply it akes them feel good, and some will say makes them crz, drives them to des oation and to fiht. Now let aus drop mt mode, and ask what does alcohol do me, and not what it makes me do. hat is the great starting plint. We ive to teach the people what aleohol does them, and how it sets on themn. It is poisonous as arsenic or belladna, and reoduces Its deadly effect on thboe who e it ; but then is r used in a dulter ed state. Whisky is a poison 'but some illeve and have the idea If w man get ire spirits that it Is all right, that is mistake. Alcohol s poo and the rer It is the more deadly bis In its ef et, and if I were ,olig to partae of It would prefer that which is adblterated. rlth regard to ales and beer, Itis believed at they are hbarmless, but with the resence of alcohol there is alwaysdaIger. hose who partake of it become drowsy, ad those who drink wines besomn stupid. 1 ager beer there is 3 or 4 per eat of a1 )hoe in ale 7 or 8 per cent; win con Ins , in 61 per cent,. and brandy 63 r cent of alcohol. Even in ae there 2 or 3 per ceatM the poison present. Artihlal -1k fr Oalves. BuccMsru. experimete have been ade in raising calver by means ofa soup r milk prepared ogrdl to the reclpe SBaron Llebl, which is as fellows: even pints of water ead three sad a alt pints of milk are boiled with 10 unms of wheat flour to an ordinary ep; three nd a balf moreplate ei milk re then added, with an ounee and a aeof a pota h stoulutin cousis of Snartes of biarbonat of poW - oavedln 11 parts of water. Tha same urehof braised maltas o wheat Sour ato the hot pap, whisek is well irred and allowed to isettle fbr imlf an tour near the store or other warm place, when It is boiled again and fltered through ultabte goaue. The calves are fed fer about six weks sn pure milk, and grndually they are al owed less", smi theta te being dded. At last they are give ven uarta of artlcslmilk per day, sad no re milk. After three months, oly one malf of this quantity is given alf a msound of liseed cake bdang ddJin the l some boiled potatoes are lein. Pbe alves na aboot two pounds in reh At per c. A ealf whish was weammt i February gai on a av eam e -*12 omd per day. Should eive dislike Stake the ml of the cow, the subti bate is givenimmediasely. No sadvan ageoou efesa c ofding with *15 milk wereobsrved. Diarrheadid Dotoccur atall. ThemItkwSSru SnubS to the raising of pigs, and was in ta ese use hul in the cure of diarrhea, whis m often fatally attacks thee a--rkli Awearica. -.L A oon is a letter to the unknown blmnds one has in the world.