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DeSOTO TIMES
vol. XXIV.-NO. 33.
HERNANDO DE SOTO 00.,
MISS., THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 1800.
PUBLISHED WEEKLY.
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the tongue.
to
\
(ilÄDlNG
sli life,
pa«'hr«
hr 1 , ... ,,„,i nirb thr
JjSrirrf » 1
things
co there would bo
fill"
U
it niiirbt beeo
ith flowers.
L nu pathway
-.„..tva little
•ilcctio
us the day.
pla
hastily
hei
.(ijiatf"
ikiics Dill Hi
think it o'er,
•1
i tbeda;
il sliouM !"• true.
honestly say
'
; nothin
1
i> clearly
gentil" fault"
fault"
-ur
I#' 1 * ;
•II in houses of «lass
ai
Ht

eh du
(Iwrit
il
rtueuf «U,
ruly,
iciuher
h il cl fall.
t.ood Housekeeping.
CizHiM th Notts.
b'üKin \KKII'S TALK.
P
L Experiences of the Mon Who
Bury Us.
I
People to lie moderate
L ! Wert
h EqimdUnre*- V Lamentable Oc
the Kemains
Were Mixed l p.
veil-known Fourth
lid a
'il s rule,'
a „, undertaker recently, "there is
y ten a man feels so liberal
I decision ■
■is fart, «i
regarding the ex
mey—as when he is run
eckles
aiiture of
sr up the expenses of a first-class
island it requires a good deal of
■ »I strategy to keep him within
ink and proton! ourselves frôïïi loss.
n the customer is wealthy and can
sd it, why naturally we are inclined
inior every whim, and sometimes
re do
I
io carlo liian |, ]ic is given us
or which really
(jol up m a
te il a pl' iisnn to lie the star at
tain of a funeral. However, all of
I customers tin not possess a healthy
U «count, and we have to look out
bite that we do not get 'hung up.'
jil long since a charming widow
nr into our place to make arrange*
mis tor tho funeral of her husband,
fens heavily vailed, and sho sobbed
it distressing manner as she took a
Bind proeeeded to make known her
nts, She detailed the story of her
stall's illness and its fatal termina
it by stating that
)lfuneral must be the most im
taftiunt elaborate that could be got
>up. Nothing we had in tho estab
taent could tie any too good. By a
* carefully-ili rented questions we as
laincd the age of the deceased, his
! ■atm . am! also the all-important
8 that he had h*fi his widow and fam
es very moderate circumstances. As
a
He
it
of
the
the
was
or
of
the
The
Joe
ago,
hind
k. and wound
. t could compose lier
as detailed to
vith the quiet
m that her bill should not
Various styles of caskets
her. and as she had some
Ihtrecovered her spirits she kept up
prunning fire uf <ju<-stions and sugges
PJk Finally. as she was about to de
■skot which the clerk had
cm appropriate, she hap
qiy in another part of the
s several most elaborate and
lyburial casrs, which she insisted
Md $250.
re showr
sled as n
tned to
looking at. In vain did tho clerk
a vor to di 1
rt her attention from
foMi. rhoso caskets, made in mahog
isv, phony and other costly woods,
* f, re trimmed with silks, satins and
acosof tho rkhost kind, and were orna
ttkd with solid
silver and gold
re the finest goods we
■ Compared with them the goods
slip hud horn looking at seemed
i f îTi. ami sin* wasn't slow in detecting
II* iliffe
P'rr. i:'-'-. and 1
m i. The clerk shut her off
■ . h by stating that they
I " "I ' and that it would lie impossi
P»"(»plicaV them in season for the
"a llnw-pver. the bereaved widow
swallow all this
'l finally she ordered an étab
li' price of which ivas just
Having com
L
tt** 1 affair, tl,
hundred dolla
rs.
lifted her sein
ta enibalmi
6(1 other dotai
ltd orde
•tien, sli
ave her orders
tig. flowei
sarriagos and
is. At last, when she
y thing she could think
uve, whereupon the
, , sted her to step into
- ""i ' n »'bill' he had the bill made up,
»tending to ask lie
ftrrentage of it,
(W politely l'ei
good
r to pay a certain
or at least to give sat
V ref'Tenccs. At the word "hilt"
kVa
n'u
a passion. "Bill," sho
I ho bill was; that would
proper time. The poor
explain, but that only in
cite called the clerk
** ,lar ' 1 names, accused him of
. 'j 1 h e'ii'ï. and finally flounced
il, I .!»? ' l,,fl 88 a parting shot
' ly husband shall have the best
""'rai that o
so
ton
ing
this
line
tle
out
teen
He
[tat rare what
settled at the
•talt tried m
tacherait»™*.
i!
, , • took place in the
.— ""hood, even if I have to take in
' ,,ln K to nav for it."
■r
as
umns
curs
"l\i> fc av
Id,! ( >"»ny experiences similar
1 ' ,ll! ln the majority of cases our
. 'fry reasonable and we
^ -i' t!li*■ u 1, y i n persuading them to
i 1 tient, to ours. We much
. fJ, (eal with men on such occa
»(„i ' s J hf, ' V 11 "• lo*» moved by senti
\V f arf more P ract ical and sensi
ihM \ al,Vii ' VS Wrongly aclviso that
n, 'i il ;ir rangements be left to
friend of the fam*
( >mau is in no condi
ansact such business.
Römers are
v
of
about
the
and
tors.
■ were called one
only daughter
Ujjj I ^ Parents, who had died quite my
")• 11 k- grief e f the stricken fa- j der
lily
out:
agi
c the* funeral of a boau
man, th
111!,!
.Vmnif wo
alth
thor ami mother was quint and undem
onstrative, yot, nevertheless, of the
deepest nature. The father was so pros
trated that he couldn't bear the thought
of entering our warerooms to make any
selections; he merely sent for me to call
at his house and then quietly requested
me to make all necessary arrangements
for the funeral, and, handing me a blank
cheek with his signature attached, bade
mo nil it out myself.
Occasionally wo receive orders for
persons who are alivo and well, and
whoso chances of living to a ripe old
ago are «apparently as good as yours or
mine. Some of these customers have
heir caskets sent to their homes.
Others prefer to leave them with us,
and we have on hand now three of them
waiting for their future occupants. One
of them was built to order for a fat,
jolly stock broker who
ness on Nassau street. Occasionally lie
calls around to take
generally he taken off his boots and in
sists on getting Into it, viewing himself
with a hand glass to see how he will
Look when he is laid out.
this casket ready for him for three
years, and the last time ho called lie
found that he was growing so fat that it
was getting to be a pretty tight fit for
him; he is considering the advisability
of having a new one made,
ly» Loo, we receive an ordor from people
who are very sick and expect to die,
but who get well. They pay us for the
casket just the same, and as they some
times move out of town to some other
city we sell the goods to somebody else,
and are just so much in.
frequent occurrence, but it helps a little
to make good the bad bills which we in
bo
is in busi
look at it, and
Wo have had
Oecasional
is
ex
run
of
can
do
This is not a
cur.
"Many people who como to us have a
dreadful fear that they may he buried
alive, and while there is a remote possi
bility that this might happen, I have
never known a single instance of it in
all my experience. These people insist
upon my promising to observo the ut
most precaution, even so far as to run
red hot needles into their bodies, and
other equally barbaric treatment, before
they are finally consigned to tho earth.
About four years ago a young
called upon
torriblo
li ad
at
of
out
a
her
her
im
a
as
his
As
man
mo one morning', in
state of agitation,
dreamed tho night
before thut his sister, who had been re
a
He
cOntly buried, had come to life after
being placed under the sod. I tried to
prove to him the utter improbability of
such an occurrence, but without avail.
He insisted that her grave should he
opened, that he might be satisfied. I
was actually horror-stricken at the sug
gestion, not that I had the remotest idea
that his dream could prove true, but the
thought flashed across my mind that if
it should be so the shock would make
him a raving maniac. I tried to per
suade him to defer the matter until the
following day. but he positively refused.
Finally, as there was no other way out
of it, I consented, and, having obtained
the necessary permit, the body was ex
humed, and to my inexpressible relief
the absurdity of the young man's dream
was proven. The effect on him was
magical. He looked sorrowfully on the
face of his dead sister a moment and
then burst into a flood of tears, and,
throwing his arm around my neck, he
wept from pure excess of joy.
"Home people have peculiar notions
about burial. I havo oftentimes been
requested to place the coffin in the grave
with the head pointing toward the north,
or vice versa. Once I was asked if the
coffin could not be placed standing up
right in the grave—a request which, of
course,
Home people, too,
about being buried on certain days
of tho week, and leave a special
order that their funeral shall take
place on a certain day. Then there are
peculiar fancies in regard to flowers and
the hymns which shall be sung. Such
matters as these are, of course, within
reason, and are always complied with.
The queer and outlandish tastes of some
people are exemplified in tho case of
Joe Beef, a well-known Montreal char
acter,'] recently deceased, who on the
occasion of his wife's funeral some years
ago, ordered the brass band which ac
companied the funeral procession to the
cemetery to play 'The Girl I Left Be
hind Me' on the way b«ack.
to
I
was unable to grant.
are superstitious
of
to
"A custom which has sprung up re
cently, and which in many respects is a
good one, is to have a stenographer
present at the funeral services to take
down the funeral oration, prayers, and
These are afterward type-writ
so on.
ton in appropriate form, the hymns be
ing incorporated with the report,
know of at least one stenographer in
this city who makes a specialty of this
line of business, and as he has but lit
tle competition he makes a good thing
out of it.
teen dollars, and frequently he receives
high as fifty dollars for his services.
He watches closely the obituary col
of the daily newspapers and
I
His minimum charge is fif
of
as
of
to
umns
regularly calls upon a number of under
takers.
"As a rule no unpleasant incident oc
curs to mar tho successful carrying out
Of course, the
of a funeral ceremony,
director must have his wits constantly
about him and must be thoroughly ex
perienced. I had one experience, though,
which was most embarrassing and which
caused no end of trouble, it was through
the carelessness oi one of mv assistants
and the assistant of one of my competi
tors. 1 had received an order to send
one of my wagons to tho Grand Central
Depot to meet a corpse which had been
expressed from Albany. It appears that
my competitor had also received an or
j der to get a body from the saiu* train«
the
pros
any
call
bade
for
and
old
or
have
us,
One
fat,
lie
in
will
lie
it
for
the
in
Both of us dispatched « man to attend
to the matter, and, as neither of them
thought that there might bo more than
one corpse, they took no especial pains
to ascertain whether they got the right
a result of this carelessness
each of them got the wrong one, and as
both bodies were those of men the mis
take was not discovered
were unscrewed at the funeral for the
mourners and friends to take the last
look at the dead. The blunder had a ter
rible effect, and as the first mourner gazed
upon the features of an entire stranger
she gave one wild shriek and fainted
dead away in the arms of her escort.
This precipitated matters, and for a
while every body was panic stricken. I
was dumfounded for a moment and al
most spoecblss with mortification. As
soon as I could recover my senses I or
dered the removal of the body, and the
minister closed the services with
ono. As
until the lids
a pray
I then set out to hunt up the lost
corpse, and my work
considerably from the fact that my com
petitor had been driven well nigh crazy
by much the same exDerionce at hit
funeral.
and
er
r as facilitated
had
As tho other body had bee
taken to Jersey City for interment, it
took us over three hours to straighten
the matter out, and the burial services
in both instances bad to bo postponed
until the following day. I didn't get
over my 'mad 1 for over a week, and tho
first thing 1 did was to discharge tho
fellow who made the mistake. My
petitor's assistant also got his walking
papers at the same time. Noitlier of us
had nerve enough to put in a bill for
our services."— N. Y. Sun,
com
a
A FOUR-LEGGED ACROBAT.
Comical Anticn and Gyimmstlo Perform*
anco of a I.lttlo Tree-Toad.
While walking on a country road one
coo] morning in June I noticed a small
object on the edge of a board fence
which excited my curiosity. The object
was about two inches long, and looked
like a piece of putty which had been
pinched on to the hoard, or, perhaps,
more like the light-gray fungus growth
seen on decayed trees.
I approached cautiously, having a
strong feeling that it might he a thing
of life, although there was nothing
about it to indicate that it was such.
When near enough to touch it I felt con
fident that it was a tree-toad, even
though 1 had never before seen one. Its
little head and rump were drawn down
and partially under, and its legs and
feet were drawn upaud folded so closely
to ttie body as to make an almost sym
metrical figure, the lines where the
limbs touched the body being almost im
perceptible. With a feeling of joy I
closed iny hand over it and removed it
from tho fence.
To the sensitive palm of the hand its
touch was cool, but not moist or "clam
my," as in the case of its cousins, the
common toad and the frog. Its skin felt
smooth and silky.
For fear of smothering the little fel
low I made a pouch of my handkerchief,
putting a stone in the bottom of it to
make it roomy, and in that way brought
him home for a closer acquaintance.
When placed on the center of the
library table, he sat for a moment as if
to collect his thoughts, and then sprang,
blindly, as it seemed, over the table's
edge and caught with one toe on an ob
ject which he was passing, and which he
could not have seen from where he
started. Although going with great
swiftness, the strength of that single
slender toe, rounded on the end with
its curious little sucker, was suffi
cient to enable him to stop and
draw himself up in good form,
llo then hopped on to the round
of a chair, and to give him a good op
portunity to display his wonderful agil
ity, I tipped the chair on one leg and
revolved it slowly, he hopping from
round to round, up, down and across,
seemingly enjoying it as much as his
audience did.
a
in
ut
in
to
of
he
I
if
At first when touched he appeared
startled, -and would jump. In one of
these jumps he landed on the surface of
the pier-glass, on which he moved up or
down with a sort of halt shuffle and
half hop. Soon he evinced no foar on
being touched, and on being stroked
gently on the back would turn his head
with a knowing wink in that direction.
Having given us such uninteresting
entertainment, I considered that he de
served li is freedom again. Taking him
in my hand I held him up about three
feet from an old apple tree at the side
of the house, lie seemed in no hurry
to take his departure, but crawled leis,
urely up on the tips of my fingers, hi,
little toes clasped firmly around them,
surveyed for a moment tho group sur
rounding him, and the next instant
alighted on the bark of the tree.
We waited for some time, curious to
his next movement, hut he mado
I watched closely for any change
of
seo
none.
of color in his coat, for I had read that
like chameleons, change
tree-toads,
their color and so render themselves al
most undistinguishable from their sur
roundings, but there was none, and ho
was perfectly plain to the sight of any
of those who saw him gain the position;
but another person joining tho group
oould not discern him for some time,
although his location was pointed out.
After awhilo, our attention for a mo
ment being drawn elsewhere, he had
disappeared completely, and the sharp
est pair of eyes could not trace him, nor
had ho left tho tree. This would tend
to prove whether or not he could adapt
ills oolor to match his surroundings, lie
ceitainly possessed tho faculty of get
ting on to places most like his coat in
appearance.—Harper's Young l'oople,
them
than
pains
right
as
mis
the
last
ter
gazed
a
I
al
As
or
the
ministers and money.
Bntarli-1 and Opport
City Clergy
facts and figures will glv* an
idea of the opportunities that New York
holds out to brainy
the ministry as a profession.
The wealthiest
York
itien of N
A foi
ho have chosen
men
ingle church organ
ization on this side of the Atlantic iß
the Trinity corporation of the Protestant
Episcopal
T rinity, at the head of Wall street, and
eight parish chapels—St.
John's, St. Augustine's, St. Cornelius',
Zion Church, Zion Chapel and Trinity
Church, Morrisania. To support these
churches there are ample funds. Tho
income of the corporation is between
$700,000 and $800,000
this amount does not adequately repre
sent the corporation's capital. À large
portion of its lands were leased long
ago, when property was not as valuable
as at present, The leases were to run
ninety-mne years. When they nepire
the income of the Trinity corporation
will be double what it is
Dr. Morgan Dix is the rector o.' old
Trinity, and exercises a general super
vision
lids
Miureh.
It embraces old
Paul's,
St,
Yet
a vear.
lost
com
hit
now.
it
get
tho
tho
us
for
over the pariah chapela. His
salary is $15,000 per annum. The as
sistant rector of the same church re
ceives $6,000, while the assistants \\ ho
have charge of tho chapels receive $♦,
000 a year each, excepting Ur. .Swope of
Trinity Chapel, who gets $8,000.
These are pretty high salaries, hut
the Episcopalians of New York are re
nowned for generosity toward their
pastors.
The last rector of .St. Thomas'
was paid.518,000.
the pulpit at present, gets $15,000. Ur.
Huntington of Grace Church, which
Vice-l'resident Morton attends when liv
ing in the city, has, perhaps, tho most
desirable parish of all. His
$15,000, and h<
Ur. Brown, who fills
one
a
Its
I
it
its
to
if
alary is
occupies a beautiful
parsonage, rent free, next to his eiyipvh,
which is architecturally one of f 11r
handsomest, residences in the city, and
is certainly worth an extra $5,000 a yoai
to the pastor. Another church that pays
$111,000 to its rector is.St. Bartholomew's.
Dr.
Greer is the fortunate clergyman.
Ho possesses private means, and returns
his entire salary to tho church.
Dr. Rainsford . of St. George's, receives
$10,000 a year, lie also is possessed of a
private' fortune, and, like the rector of
Ht. Bartholomew's, turns his salary over
to his church. There are at least a
dozen oilier Episcopal parishes in the
metropolis which pay their reclors,sala
fics ranging from $1.000 tb'$8,000 per
annum.- The YtikhrfjTW'iTI'e 'iWIW.Îi rof
New York is paid $16,000.
In the Methodist Episcopal churches
large, salaries are not the general rule,
but the ambitious minister can aspire to
become one of tho agents of tho Book
tern established here, or the secre
tary of one of the many branches of
church work, or, forthat matter, a Bish
op. The Bishop of New York
$5,000. All the other Bishops receive
$4,500 annually, excepting tho Bishops
of Africa and India, who are paid $4,000
and $3,000 respectively. Tho agents of
the Book Concern get $5.000. The same
sum is given Jo tho
The pastor of St. Paul's on Fourth ave
nue, the largest Methodist church in the
city, gets $5,000 and a large parsonage
comfortably furnished to live in rent
free. All tho Methodist churches fur
nish their pastors with residences. The
Madison Avenue Church also pays its
pastor $5,000.
The Presbyterian pulpit in New York
is filled by some of the ablest preachers
in America. Dr. John Hall of the Fifth
Avenue Church draws a salary of $20,
000. Dr. Paxton is said to receive §10,
000, Dr. Parkhurst, $8,000, and Dr. C. C.
Thompson, $8,000, while T. Ho Witt
Talmage of tho Brooklyn Tabernacle,
whose influence is as great in Now York
as it is in Brooklyn, is paid $12,000.
Apart from what they receive from their
parishioners, Dr. John Ilall makes a
handsome sum each year by writing for
the New York Ledger, and Dr. Talmage
is paid a salary for editing Frank Les
lie's Sunday Magazine.
Rev. Robert Collyer of tho Park
Avenue Unitarian Church receives $10,
000. Dr. William M. Taylor of the
Broadway Tabernacle, a Congregational
organization, is supposed to have a like
salary.
But, putting all monetary considera
tions aside, the reputation a clergyman
of talent is certain to achieve in New
York and the opportunities for doing
efficient work for the cause of religion
and humanity are so many that most
clergymen regard it as a very desirable
field of activity.— N. Y. Epoch.
s secretaries.
to
of
Look Out for the Points.
Y'oung people, when they write, no
matter to whom, or for what purpose,
ought to got into the habit of putting in
the stops where they belong. If they
are slovenly and careless in this par
ticular, those they write to will often
make mistakes in understanding their
letters. Printers commit great blunders,
sometimes, just because the authors
they have to deal with either do not
point their manuscripts at all or point
them wrong. The worst mistake result
ing from bad pointing that I ever heard
of was something like this; "A lady in
Massachusetts had a husband who xvas
about making a sea voyage, and she
wrote a note and gave it to her minister
to read on the Sabbath, in which she
meant to say: "A member of this con
gregation. going to sea, his wife desires
prayers for his safety." Rut instead of
reading it thus, on account of the points
being used wrong, it was road in this
manner: "A member of this.congrega
tion, going to sea bis wife, desires pr.y
ers for his safoty."—Farm and Firesi lo,
STORY OF A SPONGE.
an
It Lives,
«I Yet It llaa No Heart, Month«
Lung».
Sponges were at one time living ani
mals. Although they have no nerves,
no heart, no lungs, no mouth and no
stomach, yet they are placed by the
naturalists in tho animal kingdom.
Living sponges consist of a jelly-like
mass, supported by a frame-work of
horny fibers called spicules. This "jelly
body" covers all parts of the frame
work, or skeleton, with which we :iro so
familiar.
During the life of the sponge the flesh
is said to present a beautiful appear
ance, almost all the colors of the rain
bow, dazzling the eyes with their brill
iancy.
During life thp sponge is constantly
drawing water through its pores, and
countless streams are continually flow
ing through the sponge, bringing i
little particles of food and all tho air
needed to support it. There is another
element in this wonderful ciiculation
that should not be overlooked. Located
in different parts of these pores are cup
shaped hollows filled with fine thread
like particles, or "celia," which are con
tinually in motion and assist in keep
ing tho water in circulation.
Every thing that lives must breathe
and eat. And it is one of the curiosi
ties of nature that an animal without a
mouth or a stomach can eat and digest
its food. The circulation of the water
through the pores supplies oxygen for
breathing at the same time that it
brings little particles of food into con
tact with, different portions of the
sponge. When the food touches any
part of the body, the soft, jelly-liko
flesh sinks in so as to form u cup. while
the surrounding parts creep out over the
morsel of food until it is entirely cov
ered. Hero it is held until the digest!*
hie portions are absorbed, when the
flesh assumes its original position, or
any shell or other refuse that remains
from the meal is carried away by the
currents of water.—Rehoboth Sunday
Herald.
si

old
old
St,
Yet
n
as
re
ho
of
is
a
of
a
THE AFfCTIC CURRENT.
Damming It
to Temp
the Climnto
of Labrador and Newfoundland.
The announcement that E. J. Bender
has succeeded in making arrangements
in London for the purchase of the Que
bec & Montreal railway and its exten
sion to the Straits of Belle Isle revives
the proposal of General Sir Selby Smyth,
laid-before the Dominion Government 1n
1S79, for diverting the Arctic current
from the Gulf of St. Lawrence by fill
ing in the Straits of Belle Isle, which
would serve as a bridge connecting New
foundland with the mainland for rail
General Smyth's idea of
dam across tho straits
way purposes
constructing
does not appear to havo been original
with that gentleman, as Lieutenant
Maury, it is understood, laid a similar
proposal before the British Government
over thirty years ago. In his report
to tb
Dominion Government Gen
oral Smyth draws attention to tho
fact that tho Straits of Belle
Isle arc open to the northeast, thus re
ceiving the direct flow of the polar cur
rent down Baffin's bay. This icy stream,
at from two to four miles an hour, pours
its way into the Gulf of St. Lawrence,
overcoming by its greater density tho
warm gulf stream from the southern
latitudes. The cold stream, he says,
divides into two branches near Cape
L'Araour—one running westward up tho
gulf and the other southeastward, dis
charging into the ocean again between
Newfoundland and Cape Breton. The
General explains that this branch then
sweeps along the eastern coast of Nova
Scotia and shoulders off tho warm water
further out to sea. which would other
wise find its way along the shores of tho
continent and into the gulf. If, there
fore, the polar current could he excluded
and deflected eastward of Newfound
land into tho open ocean tho climatic
effect, by tho exchange of cold and
warm, would ho very marked in the
gulf and adjacent shores.—Ottawa (Ont.)
Letter.
CHARLOTTE BRONTE.
Where the Famous Authoress Paused the
Last Years of Her Life.
So groat- is tho growth of population
in the district round Keighley and
Haworth (to which tho railway now ex
tends) that the desolate loneliness of
Haworth parsonage and the moors he
yond, so graphically described by Char
lotto Bronte and her biographer, can
now be scarcely realized. On visiting
the church and looking at the Bronte
tablet, with its pathetic record of eight
deaths, this lady got into conversation
with ono of the older generation of
Haworth women, who, though at first
(with true Y'orkshire caution) a little
suspicious of a stranger, eventually
spoke froely and in the most
affectionate way of Miss Iironte, men
tioning as one of her chief character
istics the shyness and reserve of which
the authoress herself was so painfully
conscious. "She never raised her eyes
from hor hook when in church," said tho
good woman. How clearly the picture
rises before our mental vision! The tiny,
but well-proportioned figure; her dress
exquisitely neat, but perfectly plain;
her face without pretension to beauty,
but with the light of genius shining
bright and clear through the expressive
eyes. Here, in tho old church—plain
and unpretending like, herself—where
for so many years her prayers went up
to tho God in whom she never lost her
trust, we can most fitly take cur leave
of Charlotte Bronte. —Geptleman'# Mag
azine.
WONDERFUL WILLS.
Testamentary rtteranros That Kept the
Makers' Memory <«
Oft quoted is the remarkable will
Solomon Sanborn, of Medford, Mass.,
who died about fifteen years ago. San
born was a great patriot, and specially
glorified in the part Massachusetts took
in the revolutionary struggle. In his
will he left his body to Dr. Oliver Wen
dell Holmes and Prof. Agassiz, not, how
ever, without imposing some of the most
unheard-of provisions and conditions.
His skeleton he desired prepared in the
most artistic manner known to the pro
fession, and placed with the many others
in the anatomical departmentof Harvard
College. While preliminary prepara
tions were being made in carrying out
this request, he desired the surgeons to
be very careful with the skin, so that
it could bo tanned in pieces of
sufficient size to make a pair of drum
heads. Upon ono of these drum-heads
the Declaration of Independence was to
be written and upon the other Pope's
4 Universal Prayer." Fitted in its proper
wooden frame this ghastly relic was to
be presented to a local drummer, whom
the testator designates a "distinguished
friend," upon condition that he would
promise to carry it to the foot of Bunker
Hill monument on, each succeeding an
niversary of the battle, at sunrise, and
beat upon it the invigorating strains of
"Yankee Doodle."
The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham in
the Hospital Museum, London, is there
at the request of its owner, who made a
special provision in his will to have it
presented to the curators of the hospital,
who, upon accepting the gift, were to
have the skeleton mounted and put in
the presidential chair at each meeting
of the hospital directors.
Dr. Wagner, an American, is up to or
oven ahead of the English precedent in
the dismemberment idea. During his
life his relatives had given him but lit
tle thought. When it came time for
them to die—he had a little money,
about $1,000—his brothers became very
kind. After his death, when the will
was read, the following remarkable
clause Was disclosed:
"To my brother, Napoleon Bonaparte,
I bequeath my left arm and hand; to
George Washington, my second brother,
my right arm and hand; to my other rel
atives my legs, nose and ears.
money, $1,000 cash, now in the B
bank, I bequeath to the physicians and
surgeons who carry out my request by
dismembering my body and giving to
each of my relatives the portion allotted
to him or her."
Horatio G. Onderdonk, a brother of
the Bishop of Now York, mado provis
ions in his will which would havo
turned old Draco green with envy.
Draco was strict and well understood
the meaning of the expression "ruling
with a rod of iron," hut had Mr. Onder
donk lin'd at the time the old man was
preparing his famous code he could havo
helped to make it more binding. Tho
last paragraph in the Onderdonk will
read as follows: "No heir must be an
idler, sluggard, profligate, drunkard,
gambler; uso liquors or tobacco; go hunt
ing or fishing on Sundays; attend races;
entera bar-room, or porter-house; neg
lect to rise, breakfast, and bo ready for
business by nine o'clock, or got married
before he or she arrives at tho age of
twenty-five years."—St. Louis Republic.
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THE GREAT EASTERN.
The Leviathan Broken Up for Old Iron
After Thirty Y
We havo so often been called upon in
past years to announce the last, and the
very last, and positively the last of this
magnificent, but generally useless, ship,
which has lingered on, through an ob
scure and profitless existence, since her
single voyages to New York, New Or
leans and Melbourne proved a com
mercial failure, that tho stranded hull
on the Mersey shore, ready to be broken
up for a few thousand pounds' worth of
old iron, may se
of the fate repeatedly declared to be im
minent and commonly believed to bo
past.
It is thirty years since sho first put to
sea from the Thames, and her passage
down the channel was marred by a
shocking disaster—from the blow-up of
her steam apparatus, which cost ten
lives; but the laborious efforts to launch
•mous "Leviathan," as sho was
* Servlet*.
but a reminiscence
this ei
at first called, in 1857, from Mr. Scott
Russell's building-yard at Millwall, had
been ominous of ill-success. Men were
killed by the breaking of the gear
attached to hydraulic engines that
slowly pushed her, broadside on, into
the comparatively narrow rivor, and
Air. Brunei, the eminent engineer,
dying a few days afterward,Jwas thought
to be a victim of sore anxiety and severe
disappointment.
One serviceable and honorable per
formance, the laying of an Atlantic tel
egraph cable in 1866, is set down to tho
credit of the Great Eastern; hut experi
ence has shown that vessels of moder
ate size can no such work as well. It is
a sad chapter in the history of marine
architecture, and'some people must havo
lost at one time and another nearly a
million sterling altogether by this im
mense mistake. The Groat Eastern
might, perhaps, havo been converted
into a very commodious floating hotel,
moored in some tranquil bay; she could
never have been a good sea-going ship,
competed in speed, comfort or safety
with the admirable "liners" ef recent
Her engines, Indeed,
OI
construction,
were manifestly of insufficient power,
and she rolled grievously for lack of a
The dimensions of tho big ship
feet
keel.
wore 091 feet length, eighty-thre
width and sixty feet depth; capacity,
22,59« tons burden.—Loudon Graphic.

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