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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 18 74. NO. 35. Volcano Lubricator. Published every Tuesday ? DY? G30RG2 P. SARGENT. OStce: No. S, Raymond street. :o: ? Subscription Hates: One year, invariably in advance, $:.co. Six months " " " " l.a<. Advertising Rates: One Square, one insertion, J 3.00 5"ach additional " i.oo One Square one year. *J.co " " . six months, 15.00 ?' 14 * three months 10.00 One Fourth Column one year, 40.00 " " six months, 30.00 ?? " three months,. 20.00 One Half Column oneyear, 70.00 ?' k4 six months, co.oo '? " three months, 50.00 One Column one year, 140.00 " " six months. qo.oo " " three months, 70.00 T.oca! notices so cents per line. No notice inserted for less than one dollar. All yearly advertisers pay quarterly in ad *nc i. I-3 a rkcrsbu ro Ail vertiscmcn ts. JOHN A. UCK'UN-C N.JK. DAVE D. JOHNSON. KU'?C II INSGN & JOHNSON, Attorn* vs and Counsellors at Law, \ Court Square, PARKERS3URO. W. V. SWANN HOUSE. ? 3. Gilbert, Proprietor. Parkersburg, W. Va. 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It never pays to fret and growl When fortune seems our foe; The better bred will push ahead And strike the braver blow, for luck is work, And those who shirk Should not lament their doom, But yield the pay And clear the way That better men have room. It never pays to foster pride And squander prjdc in show; For friends t'- ?? . uo'i are sure to run In times of v. woe. The noblest worth Of all the earth, Are geras of heart and brain, A conscience clear, A household dear, And hands without a slain. It never pays to hate a foe, Or cater to a friend; To fawn ind whine much less repine. To borrow or to lend. The faults of men Are fewer when Each rows his own canoe; For feuds and debts And pampered pets Unbounded mischief brew. It never pays to wreck the health* In drudging after ffai", And he is sold who thinks that gold Is cheaply bought with pain. A humble lot, A cosy cot. Have tempted even kin^s. For stations high That wealth will buy. .""Tot oft contentment brings. OVER I FALLS, ? OR ? THE LOGMEN'S RIDE. A rude though substantial log-cabin stood 0*1 the bank of an ice bound ri vci, in the heart of a great Maine for est; and around the boisterous fire that rose and fell in the huge log chim ney, were seated a seen- i men. \Y iih on t, the rain was pouring down in tor rents, borne in great sheets against the walls and roof of the cabin by the strong wind that caine 1 i lie a race horse from the south-and east. It was the annual March storm that Irecd the rivers from the icy fetters of winter, and forced the way for the great mass of legs, that all through the cold months had been piled upon their banks, to iind their way down to the cities by the ocean; and the occupants of the cabin were river-men, whose duty it was to keep the struggling mass in the stream, and so prevent each log from wandering olT singly into by and forbidden channels in search of ad venture on its own account. All thro' the winter they had toiled in the swamp, until the melting snows had rendered further ell'orts in that direc tion impossible; and now, each man hailed with joy the storm that would tend him on his way down over the rushing river, toward home and friends to whom they had bidden adieu nearly six months before. The group before the lire were en gaged in various ways in which to pass away the time. Some ol them were 1 gathered around the table, where a party were having a game of "high low jack.'" Those looking on seemed to ta*. ? much interest in the play as these engaged, and each player had his particular friend or backer to urge him on when fortune frowned, or to applaud when, by some master stroke he was triumphant. Other groups gathered more imme diately about the fire, and were en gaged in storv-telling, another popular amusement among the logmen, rela ting stories that they had heard, or in cidents of a somewhat marvelous char acter that had befallen them, in their long carecr in the forests and on the rivers; and many are the thrilling sto ries this class of people can relate, without departing from the truth in their narration; for no other occupa tion is so full of danger, aside from that of a sailor or soldier, as that of the logman. Seldom is there a drive that ever reaches its place of destin tion without claiming as a sacrifice, one or more of those who set out lull of life and expectations of soon seeing those iv.. .r to him, from whom he had been parted so long. Others were talking of home, and of the probability of soon being on their way, while others stiil sat mute and apart by themselves, either listening to the conversation of the rest, or think in" Pc rhaps, of wife or children, or of some one dear to him, but who as yet bore not his name, but would as sjyn as he could once s1 ? seach her side: and to these the her ce roarin * of the/ storm made music, and a stranger looking in upon them would have said that another so happy, stalwart a crew would be hard to find, even in that section which is famous tor its tall, broad-chested men. "What is that you are saying, Bill Brown?" demanded one of the players at the table, as he held the ace of dia monds suspended between his thumb and finger while in the act of playing. "I was telling the boys here that I went over 'Wildcat Falls,' and came out all safe and sound, never oncc lo sing my hold upon the log I had been riding," was the answer. "That's a lie, and a big one, too. That does for that ton spot;" and the ace decended upon the table with a force that was supposed to give great er stress to both assertions the speaker had made. "Do you mean to call me a liar, Cy Gordon?" demanded Brown, spring ing to his feet and taking a stride over to where the offender was silting, cool ly drawing in the game his last trick had taken, as if he had caid nothing offensive. "I do, if _vou mean to tell that story for the truth. I've drove on that stream myself, and I know that the man ain't r.live who could go over Wildcat Falls, and come out alive, much less not lose his hold upon the log he was riding. Such a thing is impossible." "It may be for you, that can't ride a log any more than a sheep. I wonder what vou are up here in the woods * " 5 for!" exclaimed Brown tauntingly, ana with anger blazing in his eye. "One thing I came for was to hear you lie," said Gordon, coollv, as he plaved another card. in a moment, Brown's fist was ! clenched, and lie aimed a blow at the | skeptical player, that, had it reached I its destination, would have felled its recipient to the tloor. but one of those bitting by watching the play knocked up his arm', and the blew went wide of its mark, while its sendu almost pitch ed jiead foremost upon the table. "Mow careless you are, Brown:" said Gordon, without seeming to no lice that the blow had been aimed at his head. "Don't you see that you have mixed these cards so that we can't tell totiier from which? It's al most as bad a mess as you made of your Wildcat Falls story." "Sit down, Brown, and you, Gordon, hold your tongue. I'll have no quarl ling or fighting here, for I want you o have whole hands and heads to-mor row, for, if it keeps on raining, there'll be plenty for us to do," said Sam Hartwell, the boss of the crew, a great six foot giant, whose word among the men was law, and i: any ?aw lit !o re bel, his hsts were like a pair of sledge hammers, and few mere were w ho cared to come in contact with them, much preferring to abide by the deci sion of his words. Brown muttered something about not caring to be called a liar to his head, and went back quietly to his seat, where he sat without making much conversation the rest of the eve ning, while Gordon went on with the fame without a word. 9 At the usual hour, the logmen went to rest, with the tempest sounding in their ears, mingled with the increasing roar of the falls, half a mile below, as the volume of water gathered strength, and went surging downward, carrying on its bosom a mingled mass of timber and ice, piled together by ths embrace of winter. With the earliest dawn the camp was astir. The rain had ceased, but not until il had accomplished ali that could be required of it. The river was free from ice, and was running like a mill-race, its surface covered with foam and straggling pieces of ice, hurrying or as if to overtake the main body far in advance. Most of the great piles of logs were gone, but there were some that still hung to the bank at the land ing, and as soon as they could sue, the men were busily at work turning them out into the stream. About half a mile below the landing there was a fall of considerable magni tude, etretehing entirely across the ri- j ver; the roar of which could be heard j a mile above or below. Between thisj and the landing, the rivet; was full of sharp, jagged rocks; some of which even now showed black hcado above the water, < insing the Hood to ebb and \ !;c>il like a -eetbin^ cauldron. The de- j scent was considerable lo the brow of the falls; with steep banks on either j side, through which the water poured 1 with great speed. Upon on^side near flic brow of tiie t'all>, the bank sank down almost to the edge of the water, while just above, through a break in the cliffs, a stream of considerable magnitude emptied itself into the river. Such briefly was the aspect of the place with which we have to do. About half way between the land ing and the falls, one of those black, jagged rocks showed itself above the water in nearly the centre of the stream, and against this a pile of logs, perhaps a hundred in number, had jammed, and as the river had already commenced to fall, there was no pros pect oftheir starting off of their own accord. Consequently it was necessa ry for some one to endeavor to reach it and dislodge them This was no easy task to do, for they had no boat at this po'nt. The only way to reach it was by means of logs, upon which some one well skilled in riding them might pass over in safety. But to return to the bank would be the most dangerous part of the undertaking, for theclifis that formed them were so steep that to ascend them from the water's edge was next to impossible. This jam and the prospect of dislodging it, kept run ning in the minds of all, as the logs were rolled in, with the exception of half a dozen that had been retained to form a raft for those who should under take the dangerous enterprise. The cook's horn sounded for dinner at this point of the operations, and be fore the meal was through, two men had announced their willingness to dislodge the jam. They were the foes of the evening before, Drown and Gor don. Something was said in a joking manner to the former, that he was used to going over falls, and that it was his duty to <40 on the jam; and he had declared his willingness to do so, providing that Gordon would accom pany him, upon another and single iog. This the latter had at once agreed to do, and as the boss knew them both to be good river men, and smart s:gile fellows, he made no objection to their going, thinking, perhaps, that it might be the means of healing the ill-will that existed between them. As soon as dinner was over the men gathered upon the ban lis, to witness the breaking of the jam. The boss, in company with the volunteers, went down to the edge of the falls and saw that there was no difficulty in bringing their logs to the bank at that place, so they were quietly to allow themselves to float down to this place before at tempting to land. This important matter decided upon they returned to tne landing, and each selecting a log to his mind, sprang upon it, pike-pole in hand, and pushed out into the stream. "Do careful, boys!'' shouted the boss after them. "Keep close to this shore afrer you break the jam. The water draws hard over the falls, and the further out you are the more trouble you'll have in getting ashore." Once in the current, the frail logs upon which the two men stood, sprang from wave to wave like a thing of life threatening each moment to throw them into the boiiing flood beneath them; but both had long been used to this mode of locomotion, and they kept their balance in a manner that was perfectly wonderful to those who never had ventured afloat on so frail a bark. With the sweep of their pilcc-po'es they guided the logs in the direction the}- wished, and in a tew moments, Brown, who was in tha advance sprang upon the jam. lie wis followed in a moment bv Gordon, and while their logs, no longer wanted, Heated down towards the falls, they fell to work upon the pile beneath them with a will. Thej' had hoped to have been able to lind iiic key log th.it lit id the jam, and so start the logs altogether, after a few moments labor; but this they soon found was impossible, so closely were they wedged agsinst the rock, and so great was the for.:e of the wa ter hurled against it; and so they la bored on for half an hour, dislodging a few at a lime, until at last a trembling beneath them gave notice that the jam was abcut to move. "Come o:i, Bill; they arc OiT,"' shout ed Gordon, as he sprang or. one of t he outer logs and with a sweep of his pike freed it from the 'struggling mass, and set olVon hi* swift downward course "Come back," shunted Bill. "Here's half dozen that mean to stay. I tho'i von would have courage to keep by a fellow until the work was done." Bill knew that it was impossible for him 'o return nor did lie need him. lie thought it was a good chance to pay him o ST for the words of tne even ! ing before and so lie iinpiovi-j it. Stepping from the logs upon the rock which afforded at the best but an un certain foothold, he with a little labor loosened them, and they commenced floating down the stream. With a leap he sprang on the hindmost, maintain ing his balance as easily as a practised rope-walker would have done, and al lowed the log to float downward after its companions. The water rushed and boiled like a huge caldron on eith er side and every now and then through the flash of the foam the dark-headed rocks would show themselves for a moment, and the next be submerged bv the rushing torrent. These he would avoid by a sweep of the pole, while every moment added to the velo city by which he moved, until At last as "the falls burst into right round a cove, it seemed almost a wonder how it was that he managed to keep his bal ance, upon his uneasy footing. Gordon had gone over the same route but a moment before, and was now standing in triumph on the edge of the bank, to which he had brought his log as easily as he would have managed a canoe; and there among his companions who had run down to wit ness their landing, he stood watching the coming of Brown, who was making the perilous journey with as much eclat as lie and done. On he came, with now and then a dip of his pole in the water, and al readv he had begun to shape his course in to where he s'.ood. when suddenly a rush and a roar, that mingled with the din of the falls sounded above them, and a great mass of ice and water that had been detained by a barrier in the brook that here emptied into the river, gave way and came pouring down a force torrent, shooting far out into the current. A cry of horror burst from the lips of the spectators as they saw that it. had caught the log upon which their comrade was approaching and in spite ofal' his efforts was carry ing him out into the centre ot the river wh'le at the same time he was nearing the brow of the falls, at a speed that showed that no earthly power could uvc him from taking the fatal leap. ^ '?For Go'' sake, strike for your life," shouted the boss, as lie saw the terrible danger; but the man needed not this to incite him to do his utmost, but which he knew would avail him nothing Each moment brought him nearer to the fearful spot and at last he ceassd from his efforts, and turned a white, ghastly face towards his mute com panions. For a moment the log seem ed to balance upon the very verge ot the falls, while Brown seemed hung suspended in the air, and the next mo ment the fearful leap was tanen, and both man and log were plunged into the raging pool belo?v "Follow me," shouted Hartweu, as lie sprang down over the cliiTs; but this order was not needed, for some of the men had already reached the edge of the gieat barrier into which the waters thundered before him, and eagerly they scanned the su-face of the foam covered caldron, but with very faint hope in deed that thej' would ever see aught of their comrade again. But a moment after, such a shout arose as the falls never heard before, and even its voice for a time was drowned; for out from the mist that rose up like a vapor or a curtain hiding the face of the cataract, they saw the head and shoulders of Rill Brown clinging to a log, which the action of the water was rapidly moving towards the edge of the pool, and three :r.in;:tes '..iter, eager and willing hands pulled him ashore, among whom was Cy Gordon, who exclaimed .is he gasp ed him my his hand: "I take b.n:!; all I've said, Bill, and vote myself a fool in the bargain; and and if ever 1 hear you tell that you have been over Niagara, I'll swear that it's ?0." A faint smile spread over Bill's face but as yet he had not found his ton gue. They carried him up to the cab in and by the next day he was a-s well as eve:; a;:d during the rest of the drive no..o cared to dispute his stories however improbable th??y might seem. Fine natures are like fine poems ? a glance at the first I.- v.' lines gives a gliin;>a? of the beauty that awaits you if you read on. This world ar.d the next resemble the East and the West; you cannot draw near to one wi'i out turning your back ; to the other. .'ieal glory springs from the silent j conquest of ourselves. | I tod hand girt? to *ome. whispets ptlit.in to otln r-.