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vol~21- NO. 2fi._ HAZLEIIURST, COPIAH COUNTY, MISS., FEBRUARY £>, I88(i._$2.00 A YEAR.
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* J. L. MEADE,
Attorney nt Iiiiw,
AUomeyM ill I ii»w
IIAZI.KIintST. Miss.
Alloi’iiey nt I
Attorm'V nl 1 iinv,
AtJorneyK nt l^nw
II AZI.KIU’ltST, Miss.
l’r.icticimr Physician,
llA/.I.KIiniST, Miss.
Physician ami Snnycon,
c. k. mils r. k. jiu
Physicians ami Surgeons,
DRTs. f7cA RR,
I f(t 1
(MfiTt lil< wrvi. 't t<» Ilit* |ml4ir mi l
pim-miltst ,uti.(n<’ti >u. oi!l<*ov«r |Wt<
t.tlli-M LiiiI.Iiiu.
Alt h «rk gumnnt.vtl, OilUv* in Mn>'*rtt
Iltil Luil.Uut;. u|t .mil « **n i «i It. r*i In. i
G. D. LOW E,
Justice of Pazca and Notary Public,
nidio in front of Cotirllt >n*r.
Unions, iltu^ivs anil Plows.
icrcra os hash
Til CHADS, IM I’ll,
▲so tx tm any
T. or. aF»s3SJiu,
Mmiufailur, r ami r- |>alr >, of
lliuririps, IViirrmis aii'l Plows
NImii> ,'ii Front *u«t »14o of tail*
Jerk Guaranteed and Prices Beassnailt
No. 140 1‘oydra* Street,
tUtn t fnSt. Cbarlo *‘i<l Cuto;> Nlrwti,
To>t i.Bt.MKRA. I*nipri-,t,*r.
Good Work and Satisfaction Gcaranteed.
lla/lclinrNt, >11**.
Business College
.Young men of ciif’kr iixl iptflllffiat
who .i«*«ir* to make tlo*ir w». in th* world
|iv It atilt* Of NOMIIIV and their own |q.
duntrion* efforts, will hat* the ln>«0 ml
vantage* offered them In »!*•« lii*»itii»lon
f,,r MCt|u!riiig a thorough l u»m*«a rduca*
Kortr Dollar* uccur. *a •cbolirdilp for a
c< ni| l«ta coursa in Hook'ICaepiug ami l‘*n
uiamdiip. ' n. ,
Tt.* i utii * cip«u*o to occur* a Diploma
n.w| not *nr«il *iu». including scholarship,
II >«trd, lk oka, Htatiouwrv and W aching.
Tim »ovud oaaoion of tbu writ Mtaldiah
•d school lic^lu* Mi pt. 14th, ISv.
Send for cirvulara uu l •|i*»ciincn» of |>an
' . n «,*» ’- * "* Li»a fa
it tmul l*o» il*r* *r* u*i tallin*. _
fi -to powi»r»willi-m*,wl wct«ill«ii a*to»*
frwtia l*ow.l*r» n n prr<rn» i;»rr« IS PWIA
r II, , I im*ifj*l OIIIV III I..I
«mt rr*u* iwent? per onr *»; *>***• u.* l>uii*r
** tlAyV Vow trf* wltl <nr* i*rp t'*tll at.nort nut
nJ.iH to wrnc h lion** uj t tttt.* «• wio'cck
i nTT 1‘* rowl» *• WILL SI** »**t*S*CltOB.
l)*Tjr V. FOHTi. Froprutar,
TT A WIT .TBirmiBT. m m m MIS
General Merchandise,
Dry Goods and Groceries, Boots, Shoos,
Boys’, Youths’, and Gents’ Clothing.
—nw stock <>r—
Is of tho Tcrj latest ityki, and prieea arc as low as the lowest. Ho ia now pro*
pared t*> furuish
Pianos, Organs, Violins ami other Musical Instruments
*441 14 IMiiAl H
MU cwist
"•? Kf«. CO.
Ilardware, Machinery,
Boilers, Engines, Saw Mills, Corn
Mills, Caneand Rice Mills, Hand
and Horse Power Hay and
Cotton Presses, Gins, &c.
Machinery ol* All Kinds
Turbine \V«t#r Wlirrln, f'lrviilnr Sawn,
n. ltm„. Ku-ilm-s Oil*. Kuiory Wheel*,ami
Aliil Supnlie- of nil kiiul*.
W, -.11 Mu 1 or rj M lowBl i* mu M
Imiiglit III New Orlm'in, HI. l.ouW or Mem
j.bii. K tiniiitoH nu<l ealalo^iH* fumi-beU
on eiM'Umtion.
I Ha to In Stork a Full Awortmeiit of Hardware. Fall ami
Kxamine Stork ami I'rirrs. ___ i
xxvTL«5X-.i3xxTjn«T\ - - - Misaissirn,
Steele Cry Goods, Groceries, Hardware,;
\NI» <ii:NI'.WAL
Plantation Supplies.
We have ju.l moved into t!»e IUw« Store, where we will le |'l« i*'*tl to ».e nur fo
tr Wi i ,••!.: ' ■ toeknl freak new • «da Millaldetoll won.
„ .. . . • | ut low |»r • ■■■ 'ii en«l examine our luwk we will ton*
I ii i illv he*i> "ii l.:n i|.| .t".'k <-'t uiee tre.li icood-s nothin »hoddy, and inteii I
t<l di.tfihute th* III ..Ml' tl.» ji-ojde. We mrlte the Ladle* e«|>.. ially to rail und r»
amine i>ur lrr'»* tlood*.
Lower Story Masonic Hall, HAZLEHURST, MISS.,
General Merchandise,
Staple ami Fanry Hoods, Clothiii*, limits, Shoes, Hals,
Domestic, Calico, Hosiery, Handkerchiefs, Lace,
Trimmings, Canned Goods, Hardware,
Ami «*v.Tvlliiii' u»ut!tv ki'p’ In * llrtt-.li** «'*tl him I •xaniiiu> our stock nml
HAaiiiEiiun^T. - - - - ovcx«j«X3raxr'r^
Highest Price Paid for Country Produce of All Kinds.
Toilet Articles, Notions and Sundries.
Prescription* and Family Receipts Compounded with the Greatest Care and it Al
Hour* of the Night
Hnaloliurat, - - - Mlsaiaaippl.
Burnley’s Omuicura, the Great Chill Remedy.
Bhs wug't vary pretty.
Nor «m she very neats
Her hernia were scarcely lltUag
And likewlao were her feat.
Bbe wasn't very graceful.
Nor wa* the very tall;
Bbe wasn't very braluy
And didn't know it alL
Bbe waau't quite patrician.
Nor waa elte "Cmnme II feotT*
In very many matter*
She really ought lo know.
She had a Bumuier temper.
Her hair we* truly red;
Blia wasn't always tender
In eierythlug she s;itd.
Out what a thcnUils. dear readaft
You should not claim the earth,
A million good Laid dollars
Was what the girl waa worth.
-.Urrrhnnt Tmretar.
#♦ » .
How a Pack or Trolnocl HoundB
Tracked a Georgia Convict.
At Oltltntrn 1 saw a rape between a
convict anil the hound*. It cnnio about
in this way: Mr. Williams claimed,
that he was hacked by ('aptain James,
that any convict could bo selected out
of a hundred and sent o!V to cirelo
through the woods, passing through a
dozen different squads of convicts; that
an hour later he could put his bounds
on that convict’s track, and they would
thread hint through the squads of con
victs, never be shaken from hi* indi
vidual track, and finally bring him up.
I remarked that I could understand how
the hounds might carry the convict’s
track through a crowd of outsiders from
some peculiar scent of the camp, hut not
how they could separate one convict
from another
" There may be u hundred convicts,”
he »aid, "clothed precisely alike, and
wealing precisely the same shoes. They
may feed together on precisely the same
food, and sleep in hunk* tlint touch
each other under precisely the same
cover. And yet each of them lots a
scent that marks him ju«t as distinctly
to my hound* from his fellows as his
appearance marks him under your de
liberate study.”
"And do you expect me to lielieve
that the dogs can catch thi- scent from
the living touch of his thick shoes on
the hard ground?”
"Undoubtedly. Ami further. Ho
may stop in n squad and change shoo*
with a convict, and the dogs will still
follow him. On the bamlest ground,
his scent will he plain to them, though
his shoe soles are half an inch thick.
When he runs through the woods
when1 hi* clothes touch the hushes,
they will trail hitu, heads up, iu full
cry. lifty yards, running parallel, but
away from where he ran.”
"Ho you mean that you can take lifty
convicts, all clad in convict suits, let
them run through the bushes, then
maid the convict the dogs are trailing,
through the same bushes, and the scent
of his body, left on the yielding twigs
ns his clothes brush them, will lead the
hound* through the maze?”
••Yes; lifty yanks away, they will
run it parallel at full speed. To prove
this. 1 will start a convict. I will let
others follow him through the wood*.
1 will let hint make a semicircle in the
woods with lifty yards radius. When
the hounds come to this, instead of fol
lowing the curve they will scent the
opposite side of the circle, fifty yard*
away, out aero** to it, take the track
up there and follow it.”
A gaunt convict, long of leg and
think, was selected for the run. He
was told to put oil quickly, circle ill
the woods, take a swift run over the
fields, roads and through *v«y squad
of convicts he could find iu hi* way.
This lie did. The hounds were then
loating about the stockade yard as list
less a lot of dogs a* over wen* seen. "I
nil! tempted.” said Mr. Williams, "to
let the convict ride a horse for a mile
or two after he had run awhile. I have
had dogs to trail a convict on horse
back four miles, and then take the
track where ho jumped from the
horse.” Hy this time the flying con
vict was a small speck on the broad
Holds, and iu a moment more had melt
ed into the horizon and was gone, as
if, indeed, he had found that liberty for
which his soul panted, and had gone as
the strong-winged bird* go when they
vanish in the blue ether.
Iii an hour wo mounted our norsc*.
Tho hounds wore still loafing in tho
sunshine. Suddenly Mr. William*,
squaring himself in his saddle, blow
three quick, short blasts on tho cow’s
horn that hung at his side. As if by
magic, tho hounds nwaked, and
charged at his saddle—eager, baying,
frantic. “Nigger!” ho said, senten
tiously. Like tho wind they were off,
nose to tho ground, tails up, circling
like beagles. Larger the circles grow,
the hounds silent as specters, eye* and
nose eating the earth for its secret.
“They will pass over tho tracks of oon
vict squads, bnt will open up on the
first single track they find. If it is tho
wrong track, wo will simply sit still.
They will run it a hundred rods or so,
and noting our silence will throw it off
and search again. When they get tho
right track, wo will halloo, and start
after the hound that has It. The oth
ers will at once join him and tho race
is opened.”
’ At last a red hound, carcoring like
mad across tho field, halts suddenly,
tumbles over himself, faces about,
Dows tho ground eagerly, lifts his
head, “A-a-o-o-o-w-u!” nnd is off liko
an arrow from a bowstring. “That’s
tho track,” shouts Williams, and after
tho howling houhd wo go. Tho other
dogs join in pell-mell at first, then each
houud true to tho track, in full cry and
at rattling gait Away off to the left
Captalu Janos calls attention to a
moving speck against tho sky. “That
is tho convict circling back to camp,”
he said. On the dogs went, keen as tho
wind, inexorable as fate, following the
track of tho convict as true as his own
shadow. Across the tracks of hundreds
of others, along high roads, over fields.
through herd* of cattle, by other con*
victa that smiled grimly as they passed,
the hounds went, holding the track of
the Hying convict where it had been
laid as lightly as a thistle on the linn
earth, but where it left its tell-tale '
■cent all the same. Nothing could j
shnke them off—nothing cheek their
furious ntsh. Over other tracks made
by ronvicts wearing shoes from the
same last and same Imix they went
without hindrance, led by some intang
ible miracle of the air, straight on a
single trail.
••Now we’ll see them wind his scent
fifty yards away," said Williams as
we neareil a patch of forest. Close to
this was a squad of convicts. These
we hud stmt through the woods an hour
before. We hud- made “trusties,"
walling singly, touch every hush and
tree. Then the convict we were trail
ing Vas mn through, making a half
oircle, with at least fifty yards’ radius.
The hound* entered the forest at a
hustling pace, a small red dog lending.
Suddenly the leader fnltrred for an in
stant, with nose in air, then hurst with
fierce cry to the left, ran obliquely for
fully fifty yards, with head up, when he
took up again the trnck of the convict,
and lowered his head to the ground.
He hail simply made a short cut across
the semicircle, having caught scent of
the convict on the hushes morn than a
hundred feet away. I atu aware that
this is incredible to those who have
never seen it. I can not explain what
it is that the Hying man, clad and shod
as a hundred others, fed on the same
food, chained daily to the samo chain,
and sleeping in the same hunks at
nights, imparts scent to a yielding
tw ig touched by his clothes so that it
attracts a hound fifty yards away. Hut
it certainly does just that thing.
The last te*t was now coming. Wc
were moving a squad of convicts at
work in a cotton field. We had sent
the fugitive convict through this squad.
We had then made them walk in a
double circle around him. They then
crossed and recrossed his tracks, many
of them wearing exactly suclt shoes as
he wore. One hour later the hounds
struck this point. There was not an
instant's pause. There was no devia
tion. no let up in the pace. Through
the labyrinth of tracks the hounds went,
as swallows through the air. hurrying
inexorably on the one track they had
The end was now near. The convict
having run hit race was seen leaning
again*t a tree, and watching the hounda
plunging toward hint. "Won't ho
climb the tree?” naked. "No. the
hounds are trained to simply
bay the convicts when they come
up with them. Otherwise the convicts
womd kill them.” Ily this lime tin*
hounds bad sighted him. They halted
about twenty yards away from the tree
against which he »lood nnd bayed
furiously. Pretty music they made. ,
and not deeper than I have heard often
and again under a 'possum tree. Mr.
Willard railed them otV. and the convict
came forward. "Dell! puppies is doin’
mighty well, Cap’ll," lie said, grinning
as he lazily swung by on his way to the
These dogs are not bloodhounds— I
I doubt if there is a bloodhound in
Georgia •though two are reported near
Cartersville, descended from a pair
owned hy Colonel deft' Johnson ill the
days of slavery. The Oldtown dog*
are foxhounds of the Kedbono breed, j
trained for several generation* to hunt
men. They nre never tempted hy |
other game. They are neither fierce nor j
powerful, and are relied on solely to(
Hook Hr!urns to Its Original Owner.
"A queer coincidence happened to
me recently,” said a prominent local
Judge this morning. "I was going up
Grand River avenue ami was attracted
by a lot of ancient books in an old-book
store. Going inside 1 ran aero»s a
novel by Anthony Trollope, my favor
ite author. I did not remember hav
ing read it, so I .bought the book and
took it home. On reading a few pages
that evening I recollected that I had
read the book many years ago. My
daughter theu pieked it up and hap
pened to glance at the title page.
There was tho faint outlines ot wnung
which had been craned. We studied
nt it for some timo when we deciphered
•To iny dear wifo Julia from her hus
band.’ As I read tho almost Illegible
Inscription my wife took tho hook fr-mi
me nnd deciphered the same words.
Then she looked at the binding and
burst into tears.
•• *I»o you remember this bookP’
•aid she.
••I hordly knew what she meant at
first, but it suddenly struck me that I
bad presented her with that very book
twenty-five years ago—a few weeks
after our marriage. I recalled writing
tho inscription in it: ’To Julia, etc..'
and recognized my youthful handwrit
ing. My wile remembered how she
liked the gift when she first got it, and
her chagrin at its loss. It had disap
j peared, borrowed or stolen, a few
weeks after I had given it to her. The |
well-thumbed leaves showed it had j
passed through many bauds during its
circuitous trip of tho last twenty-live
years. Wo now think more of that
book thiin all the rest of tho library put
together.”—Detroit Scm.
Musical Accomplishment.
Miss Birdie McGinnis is considoraUlo
of an amateur singer in her own estima
tion. It is a fact that she has a very
good voice, but sho is obliged to catch
her breath very ofton, being rather
•• What do you think about her sing
ingf” asked her brother of a stranger
who did not know that Hostcttcr was
rels’ed to the fair singor.
•• 1 like her singing very well.” was
tho reply. “She has undoubtedly the
finest asthma I ever heard on the
A l*i»ii man'* Itiln for OMtlug Aloof to
Mlpi*ory Wnihir.
All hut doctors and men who sell
linim' lit will bo glad to read tho ad
vice that follows nliout the proper way
to walk in these slippery time*. Tho
advice came from a very old postman,
jogging home from hi* daily round*.
•• You’ve seen postmen climbing up
front stoops, diviug Into basements
mill scooting across the streets in the
slipperiest kind of weather," the old
man said, “but I’m sure you never saw
a postman fall down, unless he was
very young and inexperienced. Walk*
lug, you see, is the most important
part of a postman’s duty, igpt to ring*
ing the door bell* #o a* to bring tho
girl on the lirstring. I can tell you in
two minutes how to walk; and if you
remember what 1 aay you will never
fall any more.
••In tho first place,you most go along
witli your feet pretty far apart. That
Is one important thing. Most persons j
walk with their feet close together— i
very close. That’s all right in sum
mer, but in winter it’s all wrong. ,
Your foot is likely to land on a round
piece of ice or auow and slip sidewise
toward the other foot, which is going
along all right. If your feet are close
together, nine times out of ten the one
that slips will knock the other one
from under you, and down you go. If
it doesn’t it will get so thoroughly
mixed up with it that your ankles will
curl all together, just like grape vines,
and before you can get them straight
ened out down you go anyhow. If |
your feel are well apart, as they should
be, you have time to think, reflect and
get ready before the crash comes, and,
perhaps, snvo a bone. Anothci* im
portant tiling is.to land well on the
ball of the foot wlieu you walk. If
you can’t get tho ball of your foot
down first, bring it down just as soon
as you do the heel, anyhow. Come
down llat-footcd. That Isn’t fancy J
heel-and-toe walking, but it’s business,
ami it's safer. And this is why. Yon
may slip and fall a million times, and
every time, if you notice anything,
you will notice that it was your heel
that slipped, and not the ball of your
foot, it is always the heel that slips,
i don’t know why, unless it is that the
sole of the shoe, helug broader, gets a
firmer bold.
Ilioe two rules, it you ioiiow tnem
out e;in fully, will savo you the price of
n good many bottles of arnica. There
are .o ne others, but they are not so
important. One is always to keep the
body limber as you go along; keep the
legs Umber at the kuccs, too. It is al
ways a stiff, dignified sort of a man
that goes down, because he holds him*
sell so that he is not prepared to lean
quickly one way or the other and save
himself, 1 don’t want to see the nation
get round-shouldered, but to hold the
shoulders too far hack in slippery
weather i* not very good either; it fixes
one already to fall. The best way to
hold oneself is in imitation of those In
dians that you see pictures of going
along at a sort of jog trot, with their
bodies stooping a little forward. Keep
your eyes ou the ground in front of
you, as though you*werc following a
trail, and look for very slippery spots,
and observe the other rules; and if you
are a lady you can dispense with the
humiliation of holding your muff be
hind your hack, trying to make folks
beli« ?<• you prefer to carry it that way.”
—S. Y. Sun.
On* Wlilrh Alworbed til* Attention of th*
York'lilr* Prop!* Lone Ago.
About tliu middle of the last century
the county of York was deeply inter
ested in the trial of the father of a
large family who, when living in the
greatest respectability, was accused of
highway robbery. The trial was in
York Ca«tle. The prosecutor was a
youth of about twenty years of age, the
son of a banker, and the prisoner a
stout, athletic man of ll/ty. The pros
ecutor had transacted his business as
usual at the market town; ho had re
ceived several sums of money in the
presence of the prisoner; ho had dinod,
nnd about live o'clock had set oat on
his return home. It was a line sum
mer evening, and he rode gently ^on.
In a solitary lane he was overtaken by
tho prisoner, who seized him and de
manded his pocket-book. In tho first
agony of surprise and fear tho prose
cutor struek him a violent blow with
his whip; but tho prisoner, who waa a
very powerful man. dragged him from
his horse, knelt down upon him, nnd
took from luin his money and account
books. In this situation the prosecutor
begged very earnestly for Ids life. As
ho lay under the prisoner he watched
bis countenance, and saw that ho was
much agitated. The robber desisted,
arose, mounted his horse and rode
away. It was then about seven o’clock
in tho evening; but tho young man was
so much exiiausted that ho did not
reach homo till late at night. He im
mediately stated these circumstances;
but the improbability of his having
been robbed in open daylight, on a
public road, and of his having lost
various memoranda which a robber
would scarcely have taken, excited
some suspicion respecting the truth of
his statement. As tho Jury were leav
ing the box. the young man who bad
been robbed begged to bo heard. He
was so much agitated that ho could
scarcely speak. When ho recovered
himself, be said:
••I stand here to plead for your
mercy towards a man who listened to
my voice when I begged for mercy
from him! If ho had been deaf to my
ciy, I should now bavo been In my
grave, and be in the bosom of a re
spectable family, with the wife who be
lieved him virtuous and the children
who loved him. It baa been proved
to you that hU connections, his char
acter, ids religiooa persuasion, would
all linvo united to shelter him from eue
picion; it has also been proved that I
wm lame from my birth; that I mb
feeble; dial I had exasperated him by a
blow; and that he knew I could identify
him; but tho kindness of his nature
preponderated, it overcame the fear
of disgrace, and he suffered me to de
part, although I might bo the cause of
his death I If you do not pity hla
momentary lapse, If you do not respect
his return to virtue, it would have been
well for me if I had died! It is me that
you will condemn! I shall be the vic
tim of tho law, and he gavo nte my life
in vain!”
He was frequently interrupted dur
ing this affecting appeal by the tears of
the jury and the general distress of tho
court. The prisoner was, however,
found guilty, and was executed in duo
course.—Leeds Mercury.
Only a lllght Chung* Wonld Cow flow
Uml with V*rdnr*<
The theory has long been advanrcd
that tho poles of greatest cold are not
coincident with the territorial poles,
aud that tho lowest mean temperature
is to bo found in the region of tho Lena
river in Siberia. This idea was en
couraged by the fact, among others,
that tho Polaris party reported a mild
er climate at Thank God Harbor than
Kane experienced ubout two hundred
miles further south. The part of tho
argument, however, which relates to
the Lima river valley is directly contra
dicted by Lieutenant Groely’s observa
tions for two years at Lady Franklin
ltay, where he found the lowest mean
temperature yet observed,—about four
degrees Fahrenheit. Grinncll Land,
therefore, as far as we yet know, is
tho coldest part of the Northern hem
Danish Greenland, whose mean tem
perature hovers around the freezing
point, is buried under hundreds of
feet of Ice simply because about two
inches of ico forms in winter more than
is thawed out In summer. The author
ities in terrestrial physics agree that
it would requin* only a slight change
iu climate conditions to remove Green
land’s ice blanket and cover the land
with verdure. Were it not for the
presence of these immense ice raassca
constantly refrigerating the air, the
summers of Danish Greenland would
bo as warm a> those of England. Mr.
Wallace is of the opinion that if the
two Arctic currents that flow south
along both sides of Greenland were di
verted from that country, tho great ice
mantle would rapidly disappear, and
the country might even become forest
rlad and habitable. Mr. Croll agree*
with him in tins opinion, ami both Mr.
Croll and Sir William Thomson believe
that it would not take a very large in
crease in the temperature and volume
of the Arctic branch of the Gulf stream
to produce the same result.
The powerful modifying influence
that the great ocean currents from the
south exert upon climates is nowhere
so strongly manifested as along the
north coast of Norway, which lias a
milder temperature than any other part
of the world in the same latitude. At
this moment the little town of Boss**
kop, lying at the foot of a third which
opens into the icy wuters of the Arctic
Ocean, wrapped in the twilight of its
winter night, is subsisting largely on
the grain that was raised last summer
on the valley farms in a latitud- about
six huudred miles north of the south
end of Greenland. This fertile spot is
the most northern place in the world
where wheat nml rju ripen.
It in tuo opinion «>r air uiinam
Thomson ami othor physicist* that the
prolific animal ami vegetable life
which covered Greenland and the
neighboring land* in a former geolog*
leal age, whose fo*sil remain* have
been found In abundance, wa* due to
warm ocean current* Mowing north gt
a lime when our continent had not yet
risen above the surface to impede nr
divert their course. There teems, after
nil, to be no inherent improbability In
the theory, to elncidate which two
books have recently beeu written, thot
human life existed, and perhaps origin
ated, in these polar lands beforo the
present populous part of tho earth wer*
habitable.—#. Sun.
Xfhr a Prudent Mamins Klcosed a take
warm l.oter.
At tho reception given to Lawrence
Ihrrett by the Penn Club in Philadel
phia tho other night an American who
bad just returned from Europe after a
long residence there aaid: “Marriage
abroad is a business. Just before 1 left
Marseilles a great trouble grew out of
the circumstance that an American
naval offlcc> then there did not know,
or forgot, that fact. A beautiful French
girl wn* singing at a musical party at a
nobleman's house. Tho naval officer,
who was present, was so smitten with
her that he burst into tears at tho song
before all tho company. He afterward
called on tho girl's mother and waa
accepted as a. suitor before ho know it.
When the first feeling had worn off ho
saw the situation be had gotten him
self into with mamma, and went to
Nice to get out of it. The mother,
however, followed him there, and in
sisted on his carrying out the promisa
that she contended ho had made. He
declared that ho had ucver offered him
self as a candidate for tho girl's hand,
^he mother, all the same, threatened
him with a salt. Before there had boen
any question of intention, however, she
had, like the prudent mamma she wti,
written to Washington inquiring a* to
tho officer’s financial condition. She
received a reply Informing her that he
had nothing beyond his good looks and
his pay. She dropped him without
more ado.”—N. Y. Yost.
—At a party one evening. Bally, the
painter, was speaking of a ball* who
was a gnat favorite. “Ah.” said
Sully, “she has a month lika an
elephant.” “Oh, Mr. 8olly, how oan
you be so rude?" “Rude, ladles, rude!
What do yoa mean? I say she has got
a mouth like en elephant, because It U
loll of Ivory.”—Boston Record.
a Nm> MrlM tnr Lll»*r«ll«* IUi*
riiiRrr ml I’Uunlortm Mil*"1
The method of liberating the ring
finger of musician* by dividing the a«‘.
cuasory tendon* of the extensor eonimu
ni* digitoruui muscle is attracting in
creasing attention. The weakness of
the thirst or ring linger is due to two
accessory tendons connecting its mo
tive muscle with those of the second
and little lingers.
In consequence of this connection*
the ring linger is incapable of free and
independent motion. Every one hra
probably noticed his own inability to
raise his ring linger any distance allot*
Jic plane of the hand when the neigh
joring digits are not similarly elevate*.,
md, if a musician, lias found it a great
inconvenience. Occasionally tl»e*«
tendons are found to be present outy
In one hand, which is usually the right,
and in rare cases they arc entirely
absent. The restriction which they im
pose upon the motion of the ring linger
cun be somewhat lessened by incessant
practice, but can never bo entirely
overcome. It is a continual disadvan
tage, both in music and in other art**
To free the ring huger uv aivimiig
the binding tendons is not a new sug
gestion. but it has only been during thn
past year that the o|K*ratiou has ouuie
into any prominence. Dr. William A
Forbes, of Philadelphia, ha* given tho
subjeet particular attention. The opera
tion, as practiced by hint, is very sim
ple, but should only bo undertaken by
one well acquainted with tho anatomy
of the hand. A narrow, pointed bis
toury i» inserted into an incision !«•*•
than one-sixteenth of an inch in length
made through the skin and fascia, just
below the carpal articulation of tho
metacarpal bom* of the third linger,
and above the radial accessory tendon
of the hand, parallel with thr extensor
muscle. Tho blade of the bislour) *
kept horizontal, and the handle a
somewhat depressed. In this position
the blade is moved beneath tho ac
cessor)’ tendon, and so far down ti e
hand a* to Iw a little above and be
tween the knuckle.* of tho third ami
middle fingers. Tho instrument is now
turned with tlm edge toward the skin.
The middle linger being strongly
flexed, and tho accessory tendon It'S •»
taut by extending tho ring finger, a
gentle sawing motion of the blado
sever* the tendon at once. The bis
tourx i* turned flat again, ami will
drawn through tho incision. Tim mu
don on the opposite side of the exten
sor muscle, that is. between tlm third
and little fingers, is divided in
n similar manner. Not a quarter of a
drachm of blood i* spent by the o|?xr;'
tion. Each incision i» covered by ;t
piece o( adhesive plaster, and a liguiv
of-cicht baudage carried around the
wri«t and hand. Two days after li«
operation, the patient i« required »•* ex
ercise on the piano in order to prevent
the tendons from reuniting. A slight
■welling remains for perhaps a week,
at the end of which lime the liberation
is complete, and tbe ring linger can 1 «
elevated an inch further above t o
plane of the band. Dr. Forbes writes
us tiint up to December IA. is**, ho
bad performed the operation upon
lift)-two patient*, and tiint in all case*
the result was perfectly satisfactory
The operation lias raised a great deal
of opposition among more conservatito
tmiMcian*. who maintain thut partial
freedom bought by years of constant
exorcise is preferable to perfect liberr
tion gained by a few minutes' surgery.
Others, again, contend that the method
is unnatural, and tends to interfere
with the designs of creation. But th *
is nu objectiou which we need scarcely
argue. Such a question should gi»«
rise to no partisanship. If the null • d
iie good it should bo accepted. If .6
docs not prove efficient, the suggestion
has done no injury. The favorable ex
perience of so large a number of pa
tlents is certaiuly a strong argument a
its favor. All of these people testify
that the freedom resulting from the
operation 1* most gratifying, and that
they have experienced no loss of power
in any other direction.
Tho discussion has alio been takm
up with much interest on the other side
of tho water. One of tho most col*
brated English surgeons. Dr. Noble
Smith, has repeated the operation with
perfectly satisfactory result*, lie r *.•
omniend*, however, that it be per
formed by an experienced operator,
and in cases where the accessory ten
dons arc well defined. Ho regards the
risks of thn operation a* inflnltesitna.',
but very properly add* that the patu 11
should, nevertheless, be warned tin %
no wound can be made without sou.*
danger.—Scientific American.
Coming Exhibitions.
The coming Centenary Art Exhibi
tion at Berlin promise* to be most elab
orate affair. There will be a huge con
tral building, divided into twenty large
galleries, a special annex (or historical
art, and another (or sacred art. Clot*
by will atand a copy of tlie Templo of
Jupiter at Olympia, containing a pano
rama of Pergamos. matched on the
other side by an Egyptian building,
modelled ou the Dakjeh Temple, to
display a panorama of the German pos
sessions in Africa. Bronze statue* of
the different periods will ornament the
grounds; while, to increase the attrac
tions of the exhibition. Teutonio artiste
are preparing a series of gorgeous his
torical processions. Talking of exhibi
tions, Greece has now decided on a
grand national display in November,
1887, in the Palace Zappion at Athens.
The chief object of the exhibition is to
illustrate Hellenic progress within the
last few yean; and. as an historical
curiosity, the Olympian games will be
resuscitated.— ,V. Y. Potl.
—Emperor William, of Germany,
never disposes of his time without con
sulting the Empress. They take tea
together, and the Kaiser gives a faith
ful account of bis whereabouts during
tbs day.

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