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PIOGIE WEEKLY BEC01
Published Every Thursday. noeiiE, - NEVADA. Tbb politeness and courage ol Americans is proverbial. Of all the passengers in recent train robbery not one was rude enough to interfere with the bandits and not one was scared to death. ' A New York editor is said to favor the plan of limiting suffrage to capi talists, thus definitely forming a plutocracy. The editor is not wholly given over to lunacy, for he refuses to rovcal his name. f-' Wites the "czar of Russia cannot enjoy the pleasure of feeding hungry orphans with the crumbs from his table without danger of killing off all the innocent partakers of his bounty his lot is hard indeed. '? Footpads who rob women cannot expect to have the offense condoned because they are gallant enough to tip' their hats as they depart, it may soften the hearts of women, but it will fail to touch . the police as signally as the police have thus far failed to touch thorn. ' Wat off in Africa King Lobengula, whose skin is black has succeeded in cutting to pieces some of the white troops that havo been haying similar fun with his followers. The king does not realize that he is bucking against civilization that can be just as uncivilized as himself. Jtf time of peace It troubles the officials of the navy to have the New York get away for Klo In such a hurry that they haven't timo to paint out the coal stains on her sides. It is hard to say what such over-nice officials would do in timo of war, if she should have any blood stains on her decks. Robbers tried to extort monoy from a Chicago lawyer. They did not get any, but acquired a lot of valuable experience on which thoy now meditate bohind the bars. Strange as it may seem the lawyer did not charge them a cent. They ought to repay him by retaining him to defend them. The modern great city must have streets two stories high; either with elevated roads above surface or tun nels, or subways underneath. This involves tremendous expense, which might be saved if the streets had been made wide enough in the first .lace. This Is a lesson which should be heeded in the laying out of all fu ture streets. Some one has said that the world has progressed as much between 1820 and tho present day as It did between 1820 and the days of Abra ham. If this notion is to be accepted James Morris, who has just died at Lyons, N. Y., at the age of 121, has had an opportunity of witnessing as many changes as if he were born just aftor the flood and lived until tho 3! umoovery oi America. As exchange doclares that Cali fornia has "women tramps." What is a poor woman to do when her lather, husband, brother or son rideB oil and leaves her with the childron to food? One of the most pitiful aspects of modern civilization is the eagerness with which many itinerant men of various classos desert thoir families and devote their time and oaruings solely to thoir own aopotites. Many people living in Rochester, JN. Y., who could and would work are dobarrod from so doing because of insufficient clothing. Children, too, are unable to go to school be cause they have no shoes. The mayor has established In the basement of Iho city hall, a bureau whore second hand clothing may be sent by those who have discarded them. Every day between certain hours crowds of poople in need of clothing go there and are fitted out The safest possible way for dis tributing alms Is through the organ ized charities. Money doled out in answer to street solicitation lg oftener misplaced than otherwise. Tew unworthy people are able to hoodwink those who manage the or. ganized charities. The man who said ho would rather give to nine un worthy solicitors for aid than refuse the tenth who should prove to be worthy is not now under the neces sity of more imposition. The grand jury, of Kings county. New York, is surprised and dismayed to learn that the inmates of the county jail are the "offscourings of society." This is indeed depressing. It shows that the standard of Kings county criminals is very. low. Steps should be taken to "pinch" a few doctors of divinity, two or three judgos, a bank president or two and u. sprinkling of professional men to leaven the lump. Ward McAllister might bo inveigled across r the river and chucked in. A woman has disposed of an es tate of $13,03) by writing a few lines in pencil on aa old envelope. Lawyers say that the will cannot be broken, and their opinion that women know nothing about business they regard as confirmed anew. Vaillant, the bomb-thrower, has a reoord that his last achievement fitly crowns. He has been a vagrant, a beggar, a thief, a woman beater, and served time for each offense. It is, perhaps, little wonder that he is not enamored of the law. A countkv boy who was swindled at Sacramento forced tho swindlers to look Into a pistol and while labor ing undor the mental disquiet thus ptoduced to return the spoils. It is to bo hoped the young man will ex tend bis visit to the city. Tmt executors of I. T. Darnum's estate, which is worth ovor W.OOJ, 0)0, have applied to have a portion of the property distributed among the hoirs. It U but natural that the holrs of the groat showman should want a show themselves. LOVABLE CIRLS. Girls that are f sir on the hoarthstone, And pleasant when nobody sees; Kind and sweet to their own folk, ' ltoady and anxious to please. . Tho irlrln that aro wanted are wise girls, That know what to tlo und say: That drive with a smile or a soft word The wrath of the household away. Th ulrls that are wanted are girls of sense, Whom Tachion can novor deceive; Who can follow whatever is pretty. And dure what ia silly to leavo. Tho Mrls that are wanted are careful girls, Who count what a tiling will cost Who ue with prudent, t-enorou hand Hut see that nothing is lost. The girls thnt are wanted are Kirls with hearts; Thoy are wanted for mothors and wlvos; Wanted to cradle In loving- arms. The strongest and frailest of lives. The clover, tho witty, the brilliant girl There nro very few, understand Hut o: for the wise, loving, home ylrls, Thore's a constant and stoid y demand. A Chapter on Correspondence It is well known that the art of let ter writing is an art by itself; that it is aa index of the cultiiro of the writer and carrier h!s personality in moro ways than otto. A letter may be written by a very scholarly por- son, who lias traveled ond seen much of the world, and yet fail whero the letter is concerned, nr.il, on tho other hand, a person may have but little education and spare observation and still excel in correspondence. Men as a class are tcuvte and concise on paper, and tho ordinary letter does not lengthen in their case. Whole chapters can ba said by the pen iu a page or two, so far as they are con cerned, except in tit') case of a love letter, when both men and women view the letter in another sense. I T hero is no doubt that women are raoro gifted as letter writers than men; they are vivacious naturally, and possess that social gayoty and light ness of touch which are part of an epistle's charm. All young wo men delight in a voluminous correspond ence. It is regarded as an Important social function, and keeps them in view by those whom distance separ ates. For the more manner of the letter, every season brings us now fashions ia nota anil letter paper. A high class stationer mentions tho Worces ter, gray wove, ond antique parch ment as among some of the best in vogno tit the moment- The envelopes may ba square or oblong as prefer ence dictates, with, however, a fash ionable leaning toward the former. Ruled paper betrays an ignorance of social customs and in reality be longs to children and uneducated per sons, who cannot write .without Hues. Fur headings of stationery tastes differ, and a cousulorablo choice, any of which is permissible, is offered at the shops of kaown authorities in such matters. A crest, a coat of arms, a monogram, or merely tha Initials or tulilre ses are all usod, taste only stip ulating thoro shall ba nothing garish or outre. Eleganea sanctions nothing liku roil papar with black lottoring, or green and gold, or any similar daz a'.ing combinations. A few pale tints and some slightly roughened surfaces are not objectionable, but as a rule, smooth white or cream paper is the safest choice It may bo added that there are unwritten lawsof suitability in this matter, as in most things, and tin exaggerated elegance and flour ish of stationery on tho part of per sons in mo lest circumstances adds want of tasto to waste of money. Tho etiquet of letter-writing is al most without end. First, we are told that tho lettor sent on business should have a stamp anil envelope inclosed if an answjr is expected at an early d.-ite. Then every letter either of business or otherwise should bo an swered promptly. It Is not considered form to bcginaletter with an apology for not writing, that is, expressed di rectly, und soma particular lottor wrlters always slip tho opening Ran tenoe about so that that pronoun "1" shall not bo tho openi ng word. An other rnlo Is the avoidance of flour ishes and eccentricities of hand writ iu?. I'ostal cards are to be employed for it business message or an inferior. In ro'.ite society their usefulness extends no further. There is a distinction, too, in the matter of nildros', "Dear Mrs. Hop kins" showing a less, degree of inti macy than -"My Dear Mrs. Hopkins" These forms are, however, quite as often used interchangeably, such use no. being regarded in the light of a heinous offense. There is a certain intuitive) courtesy in the knowing when to drop tho formal "Dear Sir" nnd "Dear Madam," a sort of recogni tion of one's claim to acquaintance, that is possessed by some persons and indefinably enjoyed by those to whom it is extended. It b like the bit of breeding -which forstalls on introduc tion, where the two persons about to bo introduced are perfectly well known to each other, either by sight or because, under existing circum stances, neither could be anybody tlse. In the matter of signatures there is again an opportunity for the nice dis-riminution of degrees of Intimacy and formality. - "Very truly yours" is a hdo more cordial, perhaps, than the "Very truly" of puro business, und so through "Sincerely" "Cordi ally," and "Faithfully with and without the adverbs" "most" and "very." Women of tact und courtesy know how to put a pleasant warmth in their letters by just the closing of thctn perhaps that is why they are apt to be such acceptable correspond entsand they rarely err, cither, in knowing when to put it 1'unctilious persons, either men or women, never avail themselves of hotel or clubhouse paper in notes of ceremony, ' To such their portfolio is almost as individual as their soap dish. And punctilious men do not use office paper for social correspond ence. At a friend's house or aboard a friend's yacht, however, the host's stationery is welcome. And it may be added as a final word that the punctilious guest always sends his letter to the house or yacht mail bag stamped. Tiro Ways of Doing It. .lust how they began talking . of compliments not ono of them could have told. Probably it was when the Chatterbox told the Distressed Damsel that "some one" bad said such a pret ty thing about her, but she wasn't going to tell what it was or who said it Now the chatterbox was just long ing to tell both these items, so sho was horribly disappointed when little Mrs II. said: "Talking of pretty speeches, tho pleasantest compliment that ever drifted my way I received tho other day from nn absolute stranger." "Which accounts for the compli ment," muttered the Chatterbox to her work. Put then the Chatteroox was cross. She had been cut short iu her career of chatter. "I was hurrying through Madison street," continued Mrs. P., "when I saw apnroaching me a womtn whom I thought I knew. I took her for an out-of-town friend, and my pleasure at tho meeting was the greater from itsrarity. I hurried forward to meet her, not waiting to fairly reach her before beginning my delighted greet ing. The words froze on my lips, however, as we actually melTf I saw that though the likeness was extra ordinary, even at close quarters, she was not at all the person for whom I had taken her. " 'Oh,' I said, with a smile of apol ogy, "I beg your pardon; I thought you were a friend of mine.' Siie smiled, too, ond then, after a second of survey and hesitation which subtly pointed the remark, ' said, with a graceful bow and an air of breeding, 'I wish 1 were, madam,' and passed on. "The whole thing took only a breath to do, though it has taken several to tell, and sho was out of hearing al most before I could rally and call 'Tlinnk you' after her. I shall never see her again, of course, but I shall always remember her quick, tactful courtesy." "That reminds me," said the Chat tel box, in high, good hnm.r again, now that she could have her innings, of a story Aunt Mary used to tell. The reminder is entirety by force of contrast. It seems that Aunt Mary saw some one sho thought she kn -v in one of tho big stores. Site had not seen the particular friend she thought she saw for a long timo, and started toward her with outstretched hand. for some reason tlie woman in ques tion thought that she know Aunt Maty too, and came to meet her equally delighted. Almost as their hands met tho two womon discov ered their mistake. " 'Oh,' said Aunt Mary, impressive ly, 'I thought it was you!' 'So did I,' replied tho other, distinctly ag grieved. And then they separated, each probably thinking how stupid the other was." Chicago Times. The iGollnn Ilnrp. Among the other bright u'eas of an English duchess, she caused un ..Eoliiin harp to be slung up close to the front door of her London home, and her vis itors learned to like its plaintive rushes of music so well that many a one thought of following her examplo and to take a harp unto themselves. If you wish to manufacture nn yEolian harp at home here are somo directions which I havo culled: Take Borne wood a quarter of an inch thick and make a box the length of your window frame, five inches deep and seven inches wide. Now bore somo holes in a circle near wh it will be the upper side of tho back of the box. Put the box into your window r.nd secure two bridges, just like fiddle bridges one to each end, stretching across strings of fine catgut, with tho help of strong screwing pins. Tune toonenote. Then pull up your sash when the wind is making itself known, and the air passing over tho strings and through the holes will produce very charmiug and unexpect ed sounds of music. Hero is another and even more sim ple method. Take pieces of button hole twist and thoroughly wax them; tie each end firmly to a peg and thrust the pegs down tho crevices between tne two sasnes or, your soutliern or western windows, Btretchtng tho silk as tightly as possible. This second and uncomplicated device is the means of bringing you equally sweet soumis of music as the first. " Theeorly Greeks were tho inventors oi ine bouan narp, anil mere were few Athenian gardens without a tree among whose branches there was not slung a harp fashioned in the way have done my best to describe. flour Griddle Cakes. One quart of sweet milk, two egg.s. one tcaspoonful of salt, ono table spoonful of butter melted in tho uiiik, one gill of yeast, or quarter of a yeast cane, ana uour enotign to make a smooth batter. Make in the morning and they will be ready for tea. Women Everywhere. Princess Louise and the marquis of Lome have purchased a villa at St. Catherine's on the shore of Loch Fyno, Scotland. The engagement is announced in Boston of Miss Olea Ball, daughter of Ole Hull, to Mr. Henry J. nughn Harvard '90 man. engaged in tho study of law. ''-'. Mrs. Eae, widow of Dr. John Rao the Arctic explorer, has presented hor husband's collection of Arctic nnd other curiosities to tho university of Edinburgh. "' Toronto, Canada, has an offleo called the department of neglected children, which is superintended by J. J. Kelso, whose duty It is to find suitable homes for unprotected children. The executive committee of the Western Reserve university has ap pointed mi's. Aiary -oyes coivin pro fessor of romance languages in the couego ior women, airs coivtn was graduated from Mount II jlyoke, und after studying and teaching several years she entered for a degree at tho university of Zurich. In Februury lss, mat university hostowoil noon tier tne degree oi I'll i., sumina cum laude,' she having been tho first wo man to receive tlie doctors dogrtc from the institution. GARDEN AND CRADLE. Vi'hen our babe he Booth walking in his (tarden, Around his tinkling feet the sunbeams play; ' he posies they tire Kood to him And bow them us they should to him, As fureth he upon h s kindly way: And birdlinKS of tho. wood to him Make music, gentle music all the day, -When our bubc he gocth walking lu his garden'- When our babe he poeth Hwiimimr in his or .idle, Then tho nUht It lookcth ever sweetly down; The little stars are kind to him 'lhe moon she hath a mind to him And layeth on his head a golden crown; And simoth then the wind to him A hoii', the yentle sontf of Ueihlehem town, Whenoiir bubo he goeth bwinninuin his cradie. Kuk'ene Field. A llos's Charity. Late in the afternoon of a raw day in November, as a doctor alighted from his carriage at the door of his stable, altera long driva over frost bound country roads, ho was some- what startled by the sudden appear ance of a hound, which trotted up to liim without ceremony, and, seizing him by the skirt of his long driving coat, endeavored to pull him in tho direction of ashed adjoining the stable. The doctor remonstrated rather vigor ously, whereat the dog immediately rilensed his hold, but instead of run i tng away retreated iu good order towards the shed, whence ho presently reappeared, and tugged at the coat as before. Having freed the horso from the shafts of his buggy, tho doctor went into the house for a lantern; as he came out ot the house tho hound again approached and repeated his previous performances. This time, greatly to the creature's delight, the doctor followed him into the shed; and . there, in a . remote corner, stretched at full length upon his side, and evidently in a condition of ex haustion, lay what is known as a "coach-dog" a short-haired animal of medium si.e, whoso coat is thickly covered with black and white spots. l!y the light of tho lantern the doc tor looked tho poor fellow over care fully, and soon found the cause of his break-down iu torn and bleeding feet that made travel impossible. Here was a charity case indeed; and to such appeals of charity the physician is ever ready to respond. A comfortable bed of straw auU a good supper .were quickly provided for the sufferer. His foet were then elea- sed, annointed with a soothing oinuuent and wrapped in bandages, the hound looking on meanwhile with every manifestation of interest nnd pleasure. Ilo was invited by the hos pitable doctor to. spend the night with his canine friend, but he declined the nvitation. Having seen his compan ion properly cared for, ho hurried away as if on important business, but when the doctor went to tho stablo next morning ho found tho faithful creature at tho stable door waiting for admission. When ho was permitted to enter, ho went straight to the patient, and I wish I could report word for word what passed between tho two. I havo no doubt the hound inquired into his friend s condition, congratnlaled him on having found on asylum in his extremity, and, in reply to expressions of gratitude and obligation, protested that ho had dono no more than any self-respecting dog would do in tho same circumstances. He remained about tho stable for half an hour and then left. Our Animal Friends. , Indispensable Authors. There are -certain books which it is necessary to read; but they are very few. Looking at tho matter from ao aesthetic pointof view merely, I should say that thus far only onO man had boon able to use types so universal, and to draw figures so cosmopolitan, that they are equally true in all lan guages and equally acceptable to the whole Inuo-huropcan branch, at least, of the human family. That man is Homer, nnd there needs, it seems to me, no further proof of his individual existence than this very fact of tho solitary unapprooehnbleness of tho Iliad" and the "Odyssey." The more wonderful they are, the more likely to bo tno work of ono person. JNownere is the purely natural man presented to us so nobly and sincerely a3 in these poems. Not far below theso I should place the "Divina Commedia" of Dante, in which the history of tho spiritual man is sketched with, equal command of material and grandeur of outline. "Don Quixote" stands upon tho same level nnd receives the somo universal appreciation. Here we have the spiritual and the natural man set be fore us in humorous contrast. 1 In tho knight and his squirj Cervantes has typified tho two opposing poles of our dual nature the imagination and the nnd -rstandin? as they appear in con tradiction. Tills is the only compre hensive satire ever written, for it is utterly independent of time, place and maimers. Faust gives us the natural history of the human intellect. Mophlsto pheles being raereiy tho projocted im personation of that skepticism which is tho invariable result of a purely intellectual culture. These four books arc tho only ones in which universal facts of human nature and experience aw Ideally represented. They . can therefore never bo displaced. I have not mentioned Shakespeare, be :auso his works co;no under a dif ferent category. Though thoy mark the very highest leval of human gen ius, they yet represent no special epoch iu tho history of the Individual mind tru; man of Shakespeare is always the m in of actual life as ho is acted upon by the worlds of sense and of spirit under dellaits conditions. Wo all of us ma ba in thq position ot Macbeth or Othcillo or Hamlet, and wo opproel nl.' their sayings and deeds potential I v, : u to s cak, rather than actually, through the sympathy of our common uutiira nnd not of our experience. James P.usscll Lowell's Posthumous Essay in the Century Magazine. What Dreamers Hear. A lawyer who had been over worked rose in his sleep, went into the hall of his house and discharged a nistoL The household hurried to the i place and found him at the head of the stairway, awake, but much be wildered. He had dreamed of bur glars and had gone to attack them. One member of the family slept through the noise. When he came into the dining room before he heard the events of the night he com plained that his sleep had been much disturbed. Ho had dreamed that he hat. een condemned to be shot, that he lad been led to the place of execution and had fallen senseless when the guns were fired, says Kate Field's Washing ton, A lady dreamed that a man came into her room, poured some water into a basin, carried the splash ing water to her bedside and begau to sprinkle it over her. Sho awoke and heard aloud splashing. At first she was motionless with fear, but pres ently she lighted a candle and went to the basin, where she found a mouse making frantic efforts to get out of the water. Another dreamed that she had a severe earache; that she rose, un locked tho door that separated her room from one in which two children slept and went to a shelf where thcro was a lotion which sho applied to her ear. When she awoke sho found her self in her o.vn bed and without pain. The door, was still locked, but in a fow minutes one of tho children began to cry that his ear ached, and she rose and went to the sholf for tho lotion. A young man dreamed that ho was in his ollico busy with a troublesome estimate when a wo nun fame in with a screaming baby and began to walk rapidly up and down the room, so that it was impossible for tho calculator to remember his figures. Presently tho woman thrust the child iuto his arms, and he was so startled by this that ho awoke, Hut the screams still troubled his ears, for a mother iu a neighbor ing room was walking about vainly trying to quiet a crying child. . Several years after the death of her husband a widow, lying awake one night, recalled vividly somo scenes of her husband's last illness. Presently her daughter, who was beside her, awoke und said: "Oil, mamma, I have been going over in my dreams all tho scenes of papa's last illness." Sho then told her dream, iu which the scenes were almost tho counterpart of those that had been recalled by her mother. Horn Yitlloufa Muscle. Charles Tolley, who recently died ia Delaware at the age of seventy-threo years, was born without muscles, and for a year after his birth it wrss thought that he would never be able to move or speak. He ould not cry like other children, and his expres sions of pain or discomfort, which are mado known by vigorous yells by other babies, only brought from hiin a kind of noise that sounded inhuman. That he could hear was evident and when less than a year old there was an expression in and about his eyes that was more eloquent and effective to those who saw him than any outcry could be. Tho baby was a sourco of wonder to the country folk about and no one ever thought It possible that this weakest of weaklings would over reach his seventv-fourth year. Atone year of age the boy had never lifted his hand from the pillow on which ho lay, and when ho wasdressed or other liltlo things done for him which babies must havo dono, he was literally as 'limber as a rag. At 13 years of ago tho only suggestion of locomotion the boy had ever made was a sort of drag ging himself forward on the ground. It was about this tiaio that tno boy first began to show indications of that marvelous will power which carried him through n long life and enabled him to see his boyhood's friends, who were of sturdy mould, drop ono by one and go to tho gravo while ho lived on. Ilo never spolte a word In his life. Ho had a way of expressing him self which his friends learned to un derstand, but to a stranger tho noise which came from his mouth had a startling and frightful effect As he grew older, by great will power he was, after many years ot practice, enabled to stand upright and remain standing by a great effort. Later ho was abo to make progress with his feet, but his going forward was a tottering, faltering motion which seemed os if ho would fall at every step if his eil'oits could bo called a step at all. As ho grew to young manhood he had a good ap petite and he made flesh nnd bone, but no muscle. Ho was as big as the average man of his ago and would weigh as much. He lived with his parents. A Dutch Concert.' Arrange the players in a circle and appoint a leader. Tho leader must then tell each one to play (in fancy) on some special musical instrument, such as the harp, trombone, flute, vio lin, baso viol, jewsharp, concertina, cornet, drum, eta., also selecting ono for himself. He then announces that ho wishes to drill them on a certain tune, say, for example, "Home, Sweet Home." At his signal they all com mence to play, each imitating as well as possible his own instrument. Of course this creates a wonderful noise and lots of laughter. Suddenly the leader drops Ins own kind of music and starts up with the instrument of somo other player, who must take up the one ho left. If ho does not ob serve the change, the leader calls out: "Forfeit!" What's on the Paper. This must be played with a person who does not know the trick. Tell the guests that you will undertako to do a little "mind-reading." Ask someone to write anything he likes on a piece of paper. Take the paper, roll it up, and after a few passes of tho head, say: "Xow drop the paper on the middle of the floor, . nnd to show you how fair 1 am you may actually stand on the paper with both feet." After a fow mysterious motions and a moment of silence turn to tho person and say: "You are on the paper, are you not?'' A hhort Cuke. It was in the South school. the other day that the scholars were asked to writo a sentence which should con tain the pronoun "I," and n small c61ored pupil perpetrated this: "My mother mado a shortcake. It was so snort i iiiiin b get any oi it.' Uart ford Post. IIS THE ONE FORTY-FOUR. I.oftv, serene, star crowned she sits, the one That's forty-four; li :ht-throned and beautiful, Hut with glad welcomes iu her sml.int eyes For all the lowliest of Uod's boor, who toil Ana come to make thoir homes with her and be lier children. Never more shall Tyranny Command them to hard, unpaid toll. nor seourgo Tnem lorth to battle m unrighteous ana Ambitious wars. Her banner shields them with Its torty-four in one the ila beneath Whose folds each citizen is honored prince Or princess of tho limd, and all in rule Of their proud heritage. Thus blossoms fair The realm to fuller bloom and truer life And closer fellowship swift marching toward The sure fulllllment of tho Master s word And thought, blest "Peace on earth, pood-will touieu." Albert C. Hopkins. I'roveil Ills Courage. Wartimes and adventures were tho burden of the conversation among a half dozen veterans of tho civil war tho other day. War stories are al ways entertaining, and each one of this party was ready with' somo reci tal of a deed of daring, a clever piece of strategy, tough-luck experiences, or tho grimly humorc .s side of some dangerous predicament. "I have read many stories," said one of the old soldiers, "of individual exhibitions of bravery during tho war, but I witnessed a duel between two officers of high rank that hail I read it 1 would have believed it the product of imagination. The veteran was a great story-teller, and the party into which tho re porter had intruded settled down pre pared for something interesting. "During the early days of the war," said the old warrior, "the Federals, who had already driven the rebels from Southern Kentucky, wero much troubled down in Christian county, by a Colonel Woodward, who, I believe, lived near Lafayette, in that county. He was in tho habit of visiting his homo with a small party of skir mishers, and ho always carried away with him a number of horses and supplies. Tho raids were uniformly successful becansc ot their audacity, and Woodward was a thorn in tho sido of the Union forces in charge of that territory. A number of Northern officers, noted for their sagacity and courage, wero intrusted with the task of capturing or killing Woodward, but ho was too much for them. The Southern sympathizers, of whom there wero many in the vicinity, greatly enjoyed theso fruitless efforts to end tho career of the audacious rebel, and the Union officers were ex asperated by the ill-concealed amuse ment of tho neighborhood at their ex pense. "Finally a Major Brackett I think he was from Northern Ohio volun teered to put an end to tho depreda tions of Woodward. l!y somo means he learned that tho Confederate, with a small force, would visit Lafayette one night, and an elaborate plan fcr his capture was arranged, Soon enough the raider put In an appear ance, as had been expected, and Ma jor Praekott thought his gamo was at last corraled. Woodward was at last surrounded, as Major Iirackott thought, and the signal was given to tho Union men to cioso in. Thoy did so, but just ns thoy thought tho gamo was up for tho rebel, thoy wero sud denly attacked from soveral quarters simultaneously and demoralization en sued. Slajor Iirackott swore and fumed, and the wholo forco fled pell mell. They went at a wild pace through Lafayette, followed by the jeering taunts of the Southern sympa thizers. "Though no one had tho temerity to say it to his face, Major Brackett felt that ho was regarded as a coward, and he was naturally exasperated. It developed later that Woodward's forco had been greatly inferior, nu merically, to that of Itrackott's. Con sequently he had to submit to a deal Of chatting from his brother oilicers, and, being of a sensitive nature, it hurt him more than ho would ac knowledge. Ho seemed to think that his reputation for personal courage had suffered, and he was all but fran tic for opportunity to prove that he was no coward. Brackett was soon after assigned for duty in the neigh-, borhood of Memphis, where ho did good work, but nothing, as he thought, to repair his shattered reputation. "Ono day, however, tho longed-for opportunity came. At tho head of a skirmishing party ho was quietly marching down tho road when sud dscly he came upon a similar party of Confederates. Tho unexpected niect iiig threw both parties into confusion, and before either had a chance to form for a fight, Brackett ordered his men to remain quiet and rodo for ward. It was a remarkable course, and, I believe, without a parallol in tho history of tho war, but ho chal lenged tho commanding officer of the rebels to a personal conflict. "It haopened that the rebel officer wsis Major Valentine, whoso homo was in Memphis. Ilo was one of For rest's, men, and had a reputation as - a man of aggressive personal daring. Ho was surprised at the unusual chal lenge, but he immediately accepted, and the two officers, in plain view of their companies, galloped toward each other with drawn sabers. Thoy went ut each other like knights of old, and n thrilling duel followed. The horses turned, charged and reared with won derful rapidity. Tho sabers hissed viciously. Blood was drawn on both sides. The officers charged again. Brackett made a savage cut at Valen tine, who dodged. The officers charged again. Tho rebel officer made a back ward cut as he passed, and the blade struck Brackett square across the back of tho neck. His head dropped to ono side, ho reeled and foil from his horso. They picked him uo, but l.e was dead. Tho blow had broken his neck. He had proved his courage. but he died in the attempt They nniieii nun ov inn roadside, and the two forces withdrew without firing a - hli')t. I l was with Valentine's force, IS and I never witnessed S similar fight and never hope to do so. Bowling Green Gazette. Those Hpoons. "Almost everybody knows some-' thing of the famous war story of the late General Butler and the spoons," said Mr. J. W. Donovan of Detroit, in a recent conversation; "but I heard tho story direct from the general him self, when he was on tho stump in tho campaign of 1S73. It was at Indian apolis. "A crowd of fully .10,000 persons were gathered under a canvas tent. Butler was in full dress his usual habit when before the public and was as smiling as a bride. He was at his best, a condition which meant a great deal in a man like Butler. As he stepped to the front of the plat-' form and bowed, ha was given an ova tion. "Holding a newspaper closo to his. eyes, he said: - " 'Tho paper I hold is the Times. The item I am about to read is slightly personal. I'll read it.' "Then ho read as follows: "The citizens of Mount Vernon will be treated on Tuesday forenoon to the sight of the most hideous-looking man in America when Ben Butler will speak for the Republicans.' "Here General Butler paused for a moment impressively, then finished thi) paragraph with ringing emphasis: '"Citizens, take care of yourspoons.' "A wild burst of applause followed, which General Butler stilled with a wave o his right hand.. Then he turned the profile of his face to his oudienee and said: " 'Now,-1 am on exhibition on that point' "A powerful speech of an hour and a half, urging the election of Ueneral Grant, followed, aftor which General Butler mopped his heated face and tackled tho spoon question. " 'I have never before attempted to answer the slanders and calumnies that follow the career of men who become tho marks of their enemies,' lie said, 'but. I will pay my respects to this little editQi -,nd his companion on a local paper.' "General Butler then burst forth ia tt philippic fun, severity, sarcasm, and eloquence alternating. He swayed that vast audience as few such aud iences had ever been swayed before. Hundreds juuv upon their seats and yelled: "'Give it i Give it to him! D n him! 1 tn again!' "This excitem i continued for half nn hour, when the speaker suddenly wound up with the story of how ho had been placed in command when New Orleans was in open rebellion; he had cleaned the streets, reclaimed a million dollars worth of waste lands, brought order out of chaos by pro claiming that if tho women of the city did not cease from throwing slops clown tho necks of his soldiers while they were on guard duty, from their windows, they would be classed as women of the town, and treated ac cordingly a threat which stopped tha method of insult, and led to their say ing, in thoir anger, that such a man would steal spoons. "'With 500,000 men under my com mand,' the general thundered, 'with millions of money under my control, with all this vast responsibility, with life and death at my finger ends, how much timo do you think how much time do you really think old Ben Butler had to crawl into back yards and steel spoons?' "That," concluded Mr. Donovan, "was a speech and a climax that I have never been able to forget" Na tional Tribune. 1'romutly Done The "Historical Record of the Forty-third Light Infantry," that famous regiment that played a most promi nent part in the English warfare dur ing the last quarter of the eighteenth century and the early part of tho nineteenth, contains a stirring incident of prompt action which averted a tragedy. Worn out with hard marching the brigade under Captain Loyd ap proached the convent at Benevente, where the cavalry and reserve still remained, hoping for shelter. They were disappointed. The convent was occupied by several thousand infantry and the lower galleries were so densely packed with the horses of cavalry and artillery that it was hardly possible for a man to make his way among them. Two of the officers stood looking at tho dubious prospect through the sln glo door that gave Ingress and ogress. A sudden cry of alarm burst from the lips of one. "Look there!" he cried, pointing over the backs of the horses. At that moment one of tho inside wooden shutters burst into flame. Horrified, the oilicers looked at tho burning shutter and realized the hope lessness of the situation. It would be impossible to get the 0,000 men and horses' out, and they must stand by and see their comrades perish miser ably. There was no water near, nnd if there were, how get at the fire through those densely crowded horses? I he flames crept upward toward the rafters, "Good heavens! Some thing must be done," cried Captain Lloyd. And then, with a motion to those outside to be quiet, the brave captain leaped on the back of the nearest horse, and Bteppingfrom back to back of the animals, ran to the blazing shutter, tore it from its hinges, and pitched it from the win dow. Then he mado his way back to the door in the same way as before. So quickly was the act performed that even the horses were scarcely disturbed. The building was saved and there was no panic, which would have been as disastrous as the flames. The captain's eyebrows ond mustache wore scorched, but that was all. "And they'll prow again," he said with a laugh. Amusing llluoder. On the evening before a solar eclipse not long ago the colonel of a regiment of German infantry sent for all his sergeants and said to them: "There will be an eclipse of the sun to-morrow. The regiment will meet on the parade ground in undress. I will come and explain the eclipse bo fore the drill. If tho day is cloudy tho men will meet in the drill shed as usual." Tho sergeants thereupon drew up the following order of the day: "To-morrow morning, by order of the colonel, there will bo an eclipse of the sun. The regiment will asse m ble on the parade ground, where the colonel will come and superintend the eclipse In person. If the day is cloudy the eclipse will tako place in the drill shed. Youth's Companion.