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PLYMOUTH WEEKLY DEMOCRAT.
VOLUME XIV. PLYMOUTH, INDIANA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1869. NUMBER 52, POETRY. norm and covino. BT EDWABD A. JINKS. I. Ctoivo the grent round Sr.n, Dragging the captive Day Ov.-r l.'hin:l the frowning hill. Over beyond the bay Djlsg: Coming -the du-ky Night, Sil.-ntlv stealing in. CHooaBj drapinc the oft. warm conch Whore the golden-haired Day had been Lyinir. n. (Join? -the bri jht. blithe Soring: Blossom ! how fast ye fill. BSMatauj out of your tarry nky Into the darkness all Blindly!" Coming the mellow dar; Crfcnsas :inl yellow leaves; Langnihim: purple and amber fruits Kissinsr the boarded aTaasVai Kindly! m. Q incr our early friend: Voleai we lowed an inks Fo ttatefM jrrow dim in the morning dew; Painter the echoes come Kininj: "omin?to join our march Shoulder to hon!der pressed: (Js ay-tnired nlMHi trike tlvir tents J For the far-off purple West Sinking! IV. Coing thi old. old life : ''autiful world! farewell! VlHM and meadow ! rivur and hill ! King ye a loving knell O'er us! Cominsr a nobler life : ( 'oming a b.'tter land : Coming-the long. long, nigUtle-s day; Comi oat the grand, grand Ohorns. Iltarth nn'l Home. MISCELLANEOUS. THE TKYST I TWIX-TREE LANE. At midnight between the ftth nnd 10th or Hay, 18 (H is less than thirty-five venn ago), there oerurre.l a Meeting which, wh ther lor the incongruity of it constit uent elements, the difficulties with Which it was encompassed, its gloom and mystery, or it- actual purpose, has to the best of the writer's belief, no parallel in social history. During the period that has since elapsed, many minor particulars have eoane to light, and supplied the materials for as circumstantial :i narrative of this lingular transaction as the most curious inquirer coul 1 desire. On the evening of the 8th of May, that is. the day preceding the incident about to he related, the family of Mr. Newton Horsfall, of Cowling Prior. Herts, no tied something unusual in thai gentle man's demeanor. Mr. Horsfall was the representative of an old und loyal county family. Though of osnewhat quiet and retiring habit s he was an active county magistrate, and, the previous rear, had erred the ofBee of high sheriff Aged, at this period, about forty-eight, he nad married seven yean before a lady twenty rears his junior, by w hom be had I son and daughter. At dinner, on the day above mentioned, Mr. H-rst ill's disturbance seemed to In crease lie ate but little, was silent and abstracted, and, contrary to hia wont, ap peared relieved when his wife's departure left him to his own meditations. He moved restlessly in his chair, got up and paced the room, and, finally, sitting down at a bureau that stood in a corner f the r "m, fell to examining some -p ipers he selected from its contents. These he di vided into two portions, one of which he tore up to the minutest particles, the other he placed under seal and restored to its former place. It was known at an after period that he had also opened and repe rused his will. This done, he rested his head on b h hui ls and resumed his anxious med tions. Suddenly be spoke aloud. "I wdi yea, I will do it. Yea, c. . ie w hat may. the reproach of being absent shall n t attach alone to Mft Let danger, let what is worse, ridicule, attend this proceeding, I am of a race that km p their faith, and" "Newton:" said a gentle voice, and a white band glistened 00 his shoulder. " I have not bean your wife for seren years," resumed Mrs. Horsfall, "without learning! to read your face. You have a trouble, dear; t lie first, I hope and believe, you I have not permitted in: to share. Forgive ' 1 I . - hit ea esoropping. ny anxiety was in tolerable. What Ins happened ?" Mr. Horsfall smiled. " Happened, my love ! Nothing, nothing in the world. The worst is the very worst is, that that I must have you for some thirty six hours, and that, unfortu nately, this very night.'' " To-night!" " I anderstand y mr consternation, my dear," -aid her husband, trying to peak lightly ; "WS have people to dinner to- nonow, and unless tacj would consent to wait till six in the morning, my Lucy nui.-t Ik' host and hostess too." " 0 Newton, ii is impossible !" " Try." " Bui will you teU me nothing more ?" " Kvery word, dear; but not nakn M Newton, 1 have a petition to make to voll." " Speak it, love." lake bm with you." "Not if ahem my d(.,r, it is IniDOSsi- hie,". said the magistrate. "Von must remain to reeeiva our blends, and assure them that nothing short of business thai would not brook an hour's delay compelled me to he absent from my post. Now, if you lore me, not another question. Ring the bell, like a sensible woman, and order the car riage at four." Four in the morning:'" ejaculated Mrv Horsfall, faintly, and burst into tears " The idea is terrible," said the magi- ; träte, smiling; "hut take ooiir :ge. Doty 'ails." May I go with you part of the way?" 44 To London ? Certainly, if you wish it. AH the way." It was not in his very enth'st BCOI nts that Jacob Qoold, the coachman, acquaint el his pamp red horses with the astound ing awl that they were paauired to tarn out of their comfortable not-, as he him self had done, at four in the morning. A hw Mr. Horsfall himself, now that lie hau apparently resolved upon his rjoarae of nttion, he grew more cheerful and jested gyiv W1,i, his wife as he put her into t,,. , atfflage. At the top of Regent Btreeth stopped the carriage an I beckoned to a haekni y coach. "God bless yew, an beef he cried, leaning from the window; and, adding a word of direction to the driver, wasjaltcd away. " Where did your master aa Robert f naked Mrs Horsfall. Iffbyto' eiler. Piccadilly, 'm," retorted Kobalt, with a slight cough, meant to in timate that traveling so early did not agree wih him. "I will alight here also, said Mrs. Boas fill. "Let the carriage Iwr put up lor an nour or two. You and Jacob gt t SOnM breakfast, then return home, and sec that the letters I have left be delivered imme diately. I shall not he back until to morrow, with your master. Call that coach." " Piccadilly," was the direction she gave, hut, stopping the coach in a minute or two, she asked the driver what was the White Horse Cellar. " Plnce wheat the Brighton coaches plies from," was the answer. 44 Drive to the Elephant and Castle," said Mrs. Horsfall, 44 and be quick.1 44 Is there a Brighton coach about to start ?" Mrs. Horsfall inquired, eagerly, as they ming'ed with the mass of coaches Which, at that period, congregated around the well known hostel. 44 Yes, 'm, the Age, in a moment ; one inside?" telegraphed a porter to the Brighton driver, who nodded. Mrs. Horsfall was in her place in a mo ment, and whisking along through Toot ing, half an hour ahead of her husband, supposing, indeed, he had taken that road. Btit she was far from content with herself. Twenty times, during the journcv, she wished the step untaken. Asoften she suc ceeded in persuading herself that her dis obedience was pardonable, and preferable, whatever its consequence, to the anxiety she would have had to endure ; for that her husband was bound on an expedition of danger, she entert.iined no manner of doubt. It was a period of discontent, and much uneasiness. From causes not necessary here to recall, the working classes in sev eral comities had allowed themselves to he moved to serious outrage. Incendi arism was the order of the day, or night, and it was no uncommon thing to see the horizon lit up in twenty places wi h the ires that guilty hands had kindled Bvery- where there was a vague apprehension of a visit from the 44 mob," which noun of multitude was supposed to be prowling about, burning and pillaging the houses of the rich, and, in more than one instance, justifying the fear. Mrs. Horsfall trem bled, as it occurred to her that her hus band's excursion was connected with the repression of these disturbances. She had resolved upon her course of action; and, accordingly, quitted the coach at a small hotel al the very entrance of Brighton, at whic h most of the coaches halted for a moment. Here she obtained an apartment facing the road, and, shroud ed in the curtains, set herself to scrutinize the passengers of each vehicle, as they successively arrived. The vigil was tedious, hut, at six o'clock, her patience was rewarded. As the Red Rover dashed up to the door, the familiar face was discernible at the coachman's siue. Mrs. Horsfall had concluded that hi" would certainly go on to Castle Square, and had prepared herself to step into a ny, and follow. lo her astonishment, however, if not alarm, he quietly descend ed, obi lined his valise, and entered the same modest hostel in which his wife had already taken refuge. In the course of the evening. Mrs. Hors fdl, by skillful inquiry, contrived to barn that the magistrate had dined, by himself, in tin; cotlee-room, had subsequently smoked a cigar, and, that finished, gone to the play. 1 io the Mrs. Horsetail hail some difficulty in checking her ejaculation of surprise. But the gentleman would return at eleven ; only the portef was not to go to fa d, as he was going out again, and might be absent some hours. Mrs. BonfidTa heart gave a throb. 4' Timt is it, then," she murmured, and sunk into trembling meditation. In this condition we must leave her, and repair to another part of the country. Doctor s., who nt this time presided over an Important inland diocese, and was in the prime of intellectual, if not physi cal life, was a man who never spared bin elf in hia Master's service. It was there fore an unmistakable token of overtaxed energies, when the bishop, sinking into hia chair on the 7th of May, acknowledged that a brief respite from lalor would not be unacci ptable to him. His wife caught at th idea. For the last few days, I sort of harasse d look, not habitual with him, had attracted her attention. He wanted rest. 44 How I wish, my dear," said .Mrs. S., "that you could escape, If it were but four or fire days, from off hard work ! Now I r. ally think that, with the assistance you can command, and " " My dear, you anticipate my thought," the gi od bishop replied. ''Nothing would recruit me more effectually than a fair three days' holiday, exclusive of the trav eling: a little unfaliguing journey, some whither my towards the sea. 1 ought, yea, certainly, I ought to do it," he added, half to himself M ITtat you ought f" exclaimed his wife, triumphantly. "I shall order William to prepare your things, so that, if you please, WO can leave tins very day." "Gently, gently, my dear," said the bishop. Witf nay, nay; I must not take all my comforts with me, and expect fo find health to hoot. It is enough that I fin 1 real, and and chnagO. I shall make my little expedition entirely alone." 4Mc" echoe I htra. S. 44 My dear, I shall he so nervous." '4 On behalf of which of us, my love ?" Inquired the bishop, laughing. "Come, come, the dangers t the highways are re doced to a minimum. As regards the perils of damp aheeta and doubtful fare, I CSB make yoni mind easy. I shall ask the hospitality of my cousin, Anna Meadows, at their pretty place near Brighton, and occupy the bachelor's l )om," "At bast, you will take Charles?" (''barb s was the bishop's nephew, his chaplain and secretary.) '' lie bishop hesitated. It was clear he pit "posed to have gone alone, but his wife's tone of entreaty pre trailed Moreover, he was rery fond of hfal nephew. " Well, well, Charles shall go." They Set otr that day, and the net, May the Nth, saw them, to the delight of their amiable boat and hostess, comfortably established ai Parkhnrst Dene. Mra. .Meadows, was, indeed a little disappointed next morniiur, when her tight reverend guest announced, with some reluctance, that a business en gagement of a pressing nature wonld oom ; I him to absent himself for that erening and flight, but that he would return early na the morrow. Except that hia destina tion was Brighton, the bishop added no further particulate, and, the distance being but ei-lit miles, the carriage was not ordered till four o'clock, at which time, ac companied by his n phew, he tiwik hi departure He bad made a feeble effort to shake off this faithful com pan i t, hut Charles had laughingly reminded bun nf the promise his aunt had exacted from him, not to los.- sight of the bishop till the latter returned in safety. Bo the prelate had given way. During the drive, their conversation turned upon the state of the agricultural districts. There had been some threaten ing of disturbance, and several incendiary fires visible from Brighton ; hut the presence of a large sneaky force at the latter place kept the fashionable folks en tirely at their ease as regarded a visit from the 44 mob." After passing through the village of Portslade, the bishop began to scrutinize the locality with keen interest. "Here are spots," he observed, 44in which escape or concealment would not be dif ficult for these misguided persons, should these ample rick-yards tempt them to fresh crime. We are "approaching a still more broken My friend," added the bishop, taking the advantage of the carriage walk ing up a hill to accost a rustic who was at hand, 44 do you know Cold-tone Bottom and and "twin-Tree Lauer" 44 1 'low I do," said the man, 44 whereby I've lived at Coldstone better nor twenty years. T'other's to the left, handy." For the remainder of the drive the bishop was silent and meditative. They were quickly in Brighton, when the bishop drove to the York Hotel, dismissed the carriage, and ordered apartments. "We will dine together, Charles, at seven," he mid to his nephew ; 44 the eve ning is at your disposal, for my work, which may possibly detain me to a late hour, admits of no assistance or interfer ence." There was an emphasis on the latter words that forbade remonstrance. But the Reverend Charles Lileham was sensible of an undefined anxiety which induced him to resolve that, happen what would, he must not let his honored relative wan der far from Ins sight, it was a little be fore eleven when the bishop, suddenly rising, put on his greatcoat, took his hat and stick, and affectionately pressing his nephew's hand, walked quietly torth alone. That night, the Mb of May", was a festi val one at Brighton. A gentleman of the highest distinction, in his line, was rec iv ing the compliment of what might be lust ly called a 44 public " dinner, inasmuch as it was held at the Clenched Fists, Binlcagt Lane, North Street, and was open to any gentleman interested in the matter to the amount of threc-and sixpence, liquors not included. It was well attended, for Mr. Willi am Beekes, far better known as the " Bradford Dumpling," retired champion of England, was the son of a much respected yeo man fanner in the vicinity, and. though making Bradford the city of his adoption, had never forgotten the peaceful village that gave him birth. The beads he had punched in youth were, like his own, tinged with gray for the DumpUag had attained the (for the ring) patriarchal age of forty-five, but Iiis visits were bailed with undiminished enthusiasm, ails', moreover, this 9th of May was the anniversary of the last great triumph of his professional cereer. The festivities v ere prolonged to a late hour. At that disturbed period, it was fell that the usual loyal toasts should be re ceived with double hon-;, if not with double draughts, audit was past ten o'clock before the chairman arrived at the great toast of the evening. A long (patriotic), and another (pugilis tic), with choruses to both, wound up the evening: when, as closing time approached, :t was proposed to escort the ex-champion to his private residence in Burr Alley. West Street, give him three ( beers, and dismiss him to his similiters. But to this little attention the Dumpling opposed a Strenuous opposition, lie preferred walk ing home quietly, alone and nnrecogniicd, indeed, he was not going home, least ways, not yet. He bauan engagement be yond the town, Patcham way, and it was near upon the time. To the playful com ment of one of his friends that it was a "rum start," the Dumpling merely re sponded with a wink. To another, a little nattered with drink, who affectionately insisted upon bearing him company whit h ersocrcr he was bound, the Dumpling offered just sufficient personal violence to disable bun from doing anything of the sort, and, having at length shaken oir his friends, strode away. It was at this time nearly half-past eleven. The same evening Colonel Spurrier, commanding the gallant Hu sar regiment at that time occupying Brighton bar racks, had dined at the mess. The circumstance was not of frequent occur rence, the colonel Ix ng a married man, and having a house in Brunswick Square. During the meal a letter, bearing the police official seal, was delivered lo him. The colonel read it with a serious look, but not till later in the evening did he conmuini cate the contents to the officers present. It seemed that the authorities had been warned of the probability of I meeting of the chief promoters of discontent, at some spot near Brighton, and, fearing that the ordinary eivil force might prove iusulllcient to effect the capture, the magistrates re quested that a small military detachment might he held iu readiness to act in Cateof need. The colonel supplemented his informa tion by issuing the necessary directions, and added that he should himself sleep in barracks that night, although for the next two hours, at least, he must unavoidably be absent. 44 Perhaps," he added, smiling, rsdie threw on a cloak and lit his cigar, "I may tiring back some information of the ene inv's movements. I am not going into the town." " Permit me, sir," said the young Adju tant, "to recommend you not to 0 entire ly unarmed. Your face is known, and if these lurking rascals are In earnest " u Well, well; lend me your pistols, Baird," said the Colonel, and, thrusting them into his pocket, walked away. The clock sttuck eleven as the sentry at the gate saw the Colonel suddenly quit the high-road, and strike across the rising ground in mar of the barracks. An(t r event of some interest had sig nali.ed this especial evening, the Dili of May, at Brighton. That admiral. le come dian. Mr. L., had wound up a starring en gagement of six nights, v':,h a benefit that attracted nearly all the play-going world of that gay watering place, lie had acted in three pieces with unsurpassable humor, marked, however, as the night drew on, with a haste ami excitement unusual with him, and which did not escape tin notice of his fellow -performers, lb- was perpetually glancing at his watch; fell into quite a passion at a trifling delay between the second mid last pieces; order ed a fly to be waiting at the stage-door, and, the moment the curtain fell (it was then lull half prist eleven), threw himself, dressed aa he was, into the vehicle, and, calling out M Patclnun ! quick!" drove fuii ooslj away, disregarding the very treas urer, who, with bis bands lull of notes and gold, stood prepared to tattle accounts with the fortunate star, in order that the latter might start, as he proposed, eatly en the morrow. The traveler who passes old Brighton church, and, crossing the top of the hill, takes a by-path on the right, leading in the direction, of Patcham, would, thirty years ago, have traced the wind ings of a very pretty rural lane, bordered on the one hand by beech and chestnut trees, on the other by a high bank, beyond which cornfields stretched away In the direction of the Dyke downs. Half-way down the lane the path, widen ing for a few yards, left room for a rode Beat, which was under the immediate shel ter and protection of two large beech trees, so precisely sinn!:'.- in shape and size, as to have imparted to the path in question the title of Twin-Tree Lane. It was, at the time of which we apeak, a sequestered place enough, and was ap proachable alike from the high-road through Patcham, and from that which crosses the Old Church hill. It was a few minutes only short of mid night, on the eventful 9th of May, that a lady, muffied In a cloak and hood, stopped her carriage at the entrance of Patcham, and, desiring the driver to await her re turn, struck across the fields to the left. The night was fair and Still; with occa sional bursts of radiance, as the moon Struggled from one blue-biaek cloudbank to another. Whenever this occurred the lonely wan derer strained her eyes to the utmost, as if in search of some receding object, but seemingly In vain. At last she paused, and gave a sudden snilf. 44 Thank Heaven !" she exelaimed, clasp ing her bands in real thankfulness. "That is his pipe! I should know it among a thousand. lie must be close before me." In elhct she fancied she could discern her husband's form not fir In advance, and, shrinking closer into the shadow of the hedge, she continued to fallow him. At the mouth of what was apparently a wooded lane the guiding shape suddenly disappeared 1 .Mrs. Horsfall hurried for ward, and, pausing to listen, thought she could now hear both the Step and voiee of her husband. He was passing op the lane, evidently with one Of more persons, but with little thought of danger, for she beard his frank langfa ring through theqniel air. " If they should have betrayed him into some ambush !" thought the snxious wife. " He is so unsuspecting I" The party ahead seemed to make a sud den halt. " Instinctively, Mrs. Horsfall shrank toward the border of trees, and, in doing so, almost came in contact with a man who was stepping from them. Fortunately, she did not cry out, and the manner, unmistakably gen tlemanly, in which the stranger tendered his apologies, ;it once disarmed her fears. He looked at her, however, with a little astonishment, hesitated, then, as If a thought had struck him, said, "Is it possible pray forgive me that we are here on a similar errand? My name is Lileham, Charles Lileham, a minister of the church.1 14 Mine is Horsfall," said the lady, quick ly. 44 1 1 am in some anxiety about my husband rhn U ja 't b f r us, in com pany wi'.h I know not what dangerous and desperate men. (), what shall we do?'' " For the inoffen si yc character of one, at least, of his companions, I am prepared to answer," said the young clergyman, with a smile, "it is ihe Bishop of L. my uncle." 44 The bishop!" " Of his business here at this hour, I am as completely ignorant as you ap parently are of .Sir. HorsAuTa I fear I am transgressing his wishes in following him thus closely.'' 44 Hark! There are more voices!" ex claimed Mrs. Horsfall. 41 They seem raised in anger." 4 In amusement, rather, if T mistake not," snid .Mr. Lileham. 44 But come: il you will accept my guidance, you shall see what is passing. They have assembled under those two large trees. Will you permit me to show you the way?' Mrs. EJorsfall assented. In less than ten minutes they had reached the point in dicated by Mr. Lileham. A bright stream of moonlight was pouring right into the recess canopied by the twin trees, and ma'de the singular party therein assembled distinctly risible. It was composed of fire individuals, seated on the curved bench, engaged in earnest and animated dis cussion. In the centn- might be rec ognized the reverend and stately form of the Bishop of L., immediately on whose right sat the Bradford Dump ling, supported in his turn by Mr. Newton Horsfall, of Cow ing Priors, Herts. On the left of the prelate might be seen the familiar, mirth-awakening lineaments of Mr. L., the celebrated low comedian, Banked by the commanding presence of Colonel ReguiakVßpurrier, of the ih Hussars. The subject of their conversation was manifestly of the deepest interest. Of what could they possibly be talking? And why, O, why this mystery T .Mrs. Hors- lall saw that ner companion was as puz zled as herself, ahd that his countenance had become very serious indeed. Suddenly they saw the Colonel P'art to bis feet. A horse-tramp approached from below, and his quick ear had been the first to catch the sound. 44 1 fear we are suspected, " Le said aloud. "Listen. I thought so. They are upon us from both sides!'1 And in truth, next moment, an armed horse-patrol rode in from either side, and halted in the front of the party beneath t lie t l ees. M Pleasant night, gentleman," add the first patrol. "Curious time, though, to be Bitin here, ain't it f Mr. Horsfall conceded, in the name of himself a, id friends, that it mi'jht .seem a (Urions time, but at the same time, in- quired what business that was of the officer 44 My business is to obey orders, thata all," replied the man. "And one of 'cm is to pcrwenf any gatherings at night we don I know the meaning of. It's our duty, gentlemen, to demand your names and oc ki pa tions, preparatory to requesting you to move on." 44 The man is right," said the bishop. "I COOld have wished it otherwise, but the fault IS OUT Own. My friend, I am a church man. My name is 8., Doctors., Bishop of L " 14 Wery likely, was the rep y. "And this bare gent1 (pointing to toe Dump ling), " he's the Lord Mayor of London, 1 suppose y" " Conic, my man, you are mistaken," said Colonel Spurrier, striding out Into the full moonlight. u If you are unacquainted with the face of the revevend gentleman, perhaps yon know mine?1 He took off his hat. "Colonel Spurrier!" cried the men, saluting. "This is Mr. Horsfall, a magistrate of Hertfordshire,' renamed the comnel. MMy other two friends are already known to you." "I beg your pardjn, gentlemen," mid the patiol. 44 There was notice give, you see, of a hillegal meeting to-night, near Brighton, and seeing parties pinting this way, we thought we was down upon 'cm. Whatever you was a-doing here's best known to yourselves." 44 Stay,""said the bishop; 14 I feel that some fuller explanation is needed. What ever jesting comments our meeting may provoke, I for one am content, to hear them, tor the pleasure it has afforded me. Have I vour permission, gentlemen to state the facts?" Every one consenting, the bishop con tinued : 44 We five whom you find assembled here were in early youth schoolmates at an establishment situated at no great dis tance from the spot on which we stand. Twin-Tree Lane, as I and it is still called, was a favorite half-holiday resort. Here Ave discussed our school affairs, or specu lated upon tin wide, u. tain future that awaited us in tt- tu. th of the world. The death of our excellent master caused the sudden dispersion of the school, and it was on the evening before the general de parture that we live, Bitting together under our favorite trees, entered into a solemn agreement to meet, if God permitted, that day thirty years, at the same spot at mid night, with the purpose of declaring how Providence h ul hitherto dealt with us in our several ways of life, and comparing our actual experiences with the brilliant hopes of boyhood. 44 So far asunder have our duties sepa rated us (I myself tor some years presided over a colonial see, and my friend, Colonel Spurrier, has served in India), that for the whole period of thirty years no two of us have ever met together, nur, indeed, so fat as I am aware, held communication of any sort. It was a doubt with me whether every member of the party had not long since forgotten this boyish compact. There were also the difficulties that might have arisen if remembered, in keeping it. But the solemnity with which it was made had left upon my mind, as it did upon others, an abiding- impression. My pledge had been given and never withdrawn. I thought of the possibility of one of ns at i tast, faithful to hia word, groping his way hither in the faint hope of graspinganold friend's hand, and finding only darkness and a void. I was altogether wrong and mist nisi ful : here we are, all five, grateful for many mercies, cordially rejoicing to have met again : and, if our vocations in life have been widely diverse, I may, I think, say, with truth, that we hare wrought in them with honesty ami single ness of purpose, without wrong to any, in thought, word, or deed Von are satisfied, my friends?" The officer bowed, and apologizing for their interference, prepared to move on. M Not a word," said the bishop; "you have only done your duty. Good night, and may you meet with no less loyal and peaceable men than von have surprised ere. 4 Here are two more watchers tobe for given," said a voice familiar to the bishop, . two fisaires, male and female, suddenly descended Into the road, ami Mra. Hors fall, bathed in tears, threw herself into the arms of her astonished husband, while .Mr. Lileham, in a few words, explained the anxiety which had prompted their pursuit. Anger was out of the question ; a general laugh announced that all was forgiven. Only the bishop attempted to frown, and that was a failure. AM the Year Hound. Who isJohiTsinitli ? At noon yesterday, according to an nouncement, General Butterfield began to open the proposals to purchase $1,000,000 of gold. He had nearly finished the read ing when he opened a propositi from .John Smith at $133.30, a figure about one-sixth larger than any other of the bids. Hur riedly completing the remainder of his task, the General awarded the whole amount to Mr. John Smith, at the.premium named. General Butterfield then went over to Debnonico's to lunch. Just as he had reached the stage (for those who are curious about such things i! may be said that his first COUTSC was potagc a Vk najfra (Fheiet) a clerk rushed madly into the restaurant, upsetting a waiter and a ride table, and breathlessly addressing the General, said: " How about those awards, sir?" 44 Why, I made 'em, didn't I ? I gave them to John Smith." "Yes, sir. Hut cii John ftmühf" Here was a poser. Jamming his mili tary hat hard down on his head, and hur riedlv buttoning the lower brass button of his military vest, tin- General rushed forth into Broad street. The first man he met was a certain stock operator who has long been in search of a 44 North west" passage via Chicago. " I say, , who is John Smith ? 44 John Smith? Well, my shoemaker is John Smith, and the watchman at my place is another John Smith, ami " 44 Oh, d n them," said the General, " I want John Smith, the banker." Rushing up to the Sub-Treasury, (Gene ral Butterfield put the same puzzling ques tion to all his clerks, and they raked up from the depths of theo- memories enough John Smiths to man a 74-gun frigate, but not one of them was a banker. Giving John up as a bad Job, the General revoked the award, and, consequently, the gold sold for 133 and 133.15 instead of 133,30, as would have been the case had John Smith appeared to make gool his pro posal. It was hoped at the Sub-Treasury that this annoying Incident of official life would not get spread abroad; but, alas for human expectations ! The financial edi tors had already been Informed that John Smith was the lucky gold purchaser, ami through them the bankers and broken were idso made aware of the fact. For soinu time curiosity was expressed OH all sides as to 41 Who is John Smith?" but finally the story got out, and all Wall street was on the brod grin. On the (1 old Hoard the busy broker- -impended their operations lor full ten minutes, during which time filly lu-ty voices propounded the pnzzlinr, question, "Who is .lohn Smith?" Two young brokers, entering the room, instructed the door-keeper to call John Smith, and he added his voice to the universal din, never thinking that he was calling for a Treasury myth 1 A stranger entering the room at that moment would have at Ural suppose! that the brokers were about to engage in deadly conflict, such was their unearthly din ; but hearing their loud cry for John Smith peaceable John, who was never known to hurt anybody tint Turks and In dianshe would have been reassured and looked on without tear. It was currently reported last night that General Butter field, armed with a mountain howitzer and a double barrelled shot gun, was still arching for John Smith. Perliaps he will find him. Nrw York ifhtn, Aufftut 80. Kansas City has a tailor whose name is A. Swindler. Nearly Drowned by a Water Dog-. Tfte following curious story is told by a correspondent of Isnel and Water, a Lon don magazine : "The following adventure mav serve as a warning to others: Last Saturday I took my first bath of tin- season in the beautiful and retired pool below tin- WeiratOdney, near Cockham. This pool, like most of the pools on the Thann s, is known to be dangerous when much water is coming down, as the undercurrants are very strong, llowing directly back beneath the upper-down currenl nntil they n ach the boarding, which is extensively undermined As the water was low, no danger was ap prehended on this score, even by a poor swimmer out nf practice like myself 1 had with me a young retriever of a very large breed, a famous swimmer, whom, unheeding, I left upon the bank untied. While swimming on my back, and splashing with my feet, friend Rollo, thinking, doubtless, bis master was in a bad way, hastened with all speed to wards me; having turned on my breast, 1 was then swimming leisurely away to about the middle of the pool, which is fif teen feet deep. When I felt the dog el upon me I si ruck out hard, but could not get away, his daws scratching my back, and bobbing my nose under water repeat edly, till he sent me right under by putting his paws on my shoulders. When I came np out of breath ami with mouth full of water at his side, 1 yelled out as well as I could, 'Quiet, Rollo !' This was hear! above the noise of the waterfall, tod at tracted the attention of some gentlemen m ar the bridge; but it failed in its effect on my poor dog, who, delighted to see me above water again, began fondling, and again putting his paws on my shoul- ders and head, sent me down ander water ever so far. Thinking my only chance was to dive from him under water, i turned under the water and struck out as fast as possible, ami as long as I could keep un der. The boatman tells me he had seen or heard none of this, .swimming towards the other side of the pool, when turning round at this moment, neither I nor the dog were in sight, and he got alarmed, as I kept so very long under water. He says the dog must' have dived after me. When I came up, greatly spent and out of breath, to my horror Ihe dog was close to me. Again and again he was upon me. "When came up the last time, gasping and ex hausted, I hit the dog with ;'.!! my might hard on the tender part of his nose, driving him away three or four yards. I then struck out for the shore' wi'.h all my stnngth- race tbr .tear life mv faithful log close at my heels. 1 touched the ground with my knees, and with an utter exhaustion 1 staggered the two paces to the bank, and fell down with heaving chest and gasping breath, unable to move, while my poor dog licked me all over to show his gladness at my having got out safe. Having had so narrow an escape of life, for most likely the dog would have prevented those from diving after m i who were ready to help me (and whom I now beg most sincerely to thank), i think ti my duty to warn others, as few know what a dangerous companion a dog is in the water, unless, indeed, it is spec dally broken in, or swimming with those who, unlike the writer, are perfectly at home in the midst of the deep." A (iood (amc. THESE is a simple but extremely enter taining play to which ouryoung folks have given the name of Verbarium, and which has had a remarkable effect within our ob servation In stimulating the faculty of language in many somewhat sluggish brains. It is true, and will be seen present ly, that in this play words are associated by means of their spelling merely, while in speaking or writing we require them to obey the association of ideas; but the great point is gained when we have become thoroughly familiar with the words them selves, their looks, their sound, and their meaning; and Rernariwia is to the word student what herbarium is to the botanist. A number of persons the more the mer rier are provided with pencils and paper, and a word Chosen as the r r! iruun, which each writes at the head of his sheet. The object of the game is to draw out the vast number of words which lie folded up, ss il were, in the aafPUTtass, and this is accom plished, amid much excitement and amuse ment, in the following manner: Let us suppose, for instance, that the word chosen is Treason. One of the company is ap pointed time keeper; and the signal being given, each' writes as rapidly as possible all the words beginning with T which can be spelled with the letters of the terhariHtn. At the end of two minutes- the time-keeper calls "Time !" and the eager pencils are obliged to stop. The company then read, in order, the words they have written. As each word is read, those wie have not written it call OUt 14 No," and those who have il cross it out from their list, and place opposite to it a number of credits, equal to the num ber of defaulters. If three persons, fur instance, fail to have the word Tea, the rest take three credits. Two minutes arc then devoted to word:' beginning with II, and soon, until the whole rtrbanm is ex hausted, when each player counts the ag gregate number of his credits, and he who has the largest number is declared the winner. The possibilities of fun in this : line do not all appear from a dry descrip tion like the foregoing. The lamentations of those who, in their leajnot pursuit in complicated anagrams, have overlooked the simplest combination; the shouts of laughter that attend the defeat of aa at tempt to impost' triumphantly some word that isn't in it ;" the appeals to the Dic tionary to settle the disputed question, and a hundred other lively incidents of the game, render it one of the most popular with old and young that have ever been introduced into the parlor. Try ttrbetrium in your family, and you will find it Infalli bly successful as a means of amusement. While it is, as we have pointed out, highly useful. .I rican Hnil! r. An English paper states that out of twelve jurymen who decided upon tin merits of a case beard at the recent Mf rl onethshire aaaiaea, only four could speak or understand English. The evidence was given in English, the counsel spoke in English, and his lordship's charge was given in English also. Ami eight of the jurymen understood not a word ! Upon the four who did, devolved the unpleasant duty of explaining the facts of the case and making char to their fellowa what was before dark. No wonder they were feOOM time in arriving at a verdict, ami that Ihe four English speaking Jurymen vowed they "never had such a job to tackle alore. Tiiky say. in Berlin, thai King Willianl is si ways under the Influence of strong doses of morphine when he mean on parade, or on other nobile OCCaatona, FACTS kXD F1GÜKES. SrmxonELi), Mask, is valued at 131, 535,910. s.u i! amexto river and is said to he worth sS per ton. Lf.wiston, Pa., has inhabitants who are more than 70 years old. One of these is 101 year- old. Rome, by a new census, has BfUVBS inhabitant-;' 7.4U of them are priest, monks, and nuns. Blub Qowit, the winner of the Derby in ls; has won for his owner the hand some sum of 1.7,562, A Cincinnati gentlemau has bought tc n thousand acres of land in Tennessee lipo i which to establish a colony. Ox the 1st of .Inly the Western Union Telegraph Company had 104,534 milcsof wire an 1 103 miles of c ' . A statistical chap aaya th" hands of magazine readers in this country travel 13,000 miles a year in catting the lean s. Oil of the most fkshioanble young bv dies at Xahant weir-; a bat which est onlv ten cents, and which she trimmed herseIC Quite a number of hears hare been trapped this season in the vicinity of Au rora. Maine. They have not bet n sc troublesome for many ye :- . Tun "champion borse tradist resides in Msnehester, X. H. uj has owned, during the past five rears, 8,000 horses, worth, on an average, tS spleen. Euro lli'UWTT, the learned b! ck-mith, has established an emigrant agency at Birmingham, England, where be has been United States Conan for several yean past. Woman Suffrage Conventions are to be helil in Chi -ago on the 8th and K'tli of September, on the 16th as Ith in Cincin nati, and on the 8th and 7 1 Ii of October in St. Louis Ix July 33SL-72 crt Isens of Boston, men women and children, a vailed theuasi lresof the privileges and advantages afforded by the various public bathlng-honses in that city A srtnr.u in the Sheriff! oficc in St. Louis lias woven a web which is a perfect imitation of lace. It is eight inches in length, and has attracted hosts of specta tors. Tkk number of mw? in France is inor than 5,000,000. In Paris the consumption of milk is nearly 5001,000 quarts a. day. Milk is sold at from ten to forty centimes a cpiart, according to the locality and the qu;tlity. A im:amati--t in Rutland, Vt., has writ ten a moral play, alter the style of One Night in Ten Uar-roonis." it is a temper ance drama in ten acts, eighteen aoanea and fifteen characters. It is tic career of four drunkards. Tin: noise produced by the Chinese mu sicians is so harsh and barbarous that the Common Council of San Francisco aot long since passed an ordinance for the sup pression of Chinese rwchestra band-. The total amount expended in the Pis irtci oi" CutanftMn, ftawn l" liw tn- -at of Government was located there, to June :50, 1SUS, for public work - of e very descrip tion, including buildings and works of art, is :;:,:i!iu s :!.0S. WirmX ten miles of Ithaca, N. Y., there are over one hundred, and fifty waterfalls, nine of which are more than one bundled feet high. These sre aftnatnd in thirty superb rarines in the midst of the grandest rock scenery. Tue present numerical strength of the Baptist Church in the UnitedlStates, ac ording to the Yemr Beek, is 1,121,988, being an increase over 1 ist year of 12,062. These figures, it is -aid. would be mat erndly increased if the returns from the several States were no; so imperfect. A MiNisTr.n win has been recruiting among the Springs of Saratoga writes that the belle of the season wears a drtsa valued at the amount of his salary for two years, anil a srt of diamonds equal in rahsa to the cost of a comfort die' mission church, with infant room attached, gas fixtures and cabinet -organ included I At a recent sale of Mr. DilknVs collec tion of autographs in London, borge Washington's letter to New sham, in which he deplores the condition of Ire land, sold for $500; one front Bnoooi brought $96; and one from Olirer Crom well M95: Queen Eliabetli's instructions concerning the Anjou marriage brought 350. lx the Eit'Jish Cfastrni u&Va Atmem$xt the annual incomes of the twenty Arch bishops and Bishops of the Church of Kur land i given. The largest annuity, about ä I (Hi,(MH) in our currency, is received by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Several receive $75,000, and the ranallest amount is 23508. EUDCI'MCITI on the raUTOads in France is taking the place of human watchful ness. On many lines there sre contriv ances where the passing of a train is au tomatically announc, d to neighboring stations. 'The cars piss orer connecting wires and the train records Itseif before and behind, so thnl its pron ss n I ap pearance are alike indk an d. A OOatPAl vtivi: statement of the mor tality of the eitles of Boston, Cincfaan i Chicago and St. Louis, hxna January I to July 1,1800, based upon official figures, hows thai every eight, -ninth person died m Boston ; every one hundred and fourth in Cincinnati; every one hundred and eterenth in Chicago, snd every oneha )'.:'' d and h nth in St. L -iiis. A i ms correspondent mvsthe Bavarian irirls, whatever mar be the reason, have The finest hair in Europe. There i in the town when- th.- fa'r Austrian EmpTem pasaed her chiklhoou, the aaonuaaeat of a girl who died of having too mncfa of it. It is stated in her epitaph thai the nourish ment of her body was absorbed by the capillary vessels, ami that In r hair in the short space of ten month gn w, on hs he ilig shaved, to the extraordinary length of t hree yards. A man living in Boulwy, France, recent lv fell, from over indulge nee in drink, into a stat- of lethargy bo complete that he was befaeved to be dead. Th saan as laid out, and his friends canu to pay tin ir farewell visit. Ott woman, hon ever, re marking that OtM of his arms was hanging down, took, it up to replace it on the bed, when, at the tomb, the apparent corpse suddcnlv opened Its eyes and looked around the room. A. doctor was at once sununom d, and the in in reCOVl n 1 The Pittsburgh , ' states that an inventor, of thai city, nas constructed a furnace in which a pan of water has been so arranged that flic water is decomposed, and the oxygen ejected into the tire ivud- r- bag combustion complete, and s ;in:' fifty per cent, of the fuel. Another exchange claims that a similar arrangement was in vented in Europe a few years ago, but failed to save lud because it n ptird as IMCh heat to decompose the water as was gained by the Use of the oxygen.