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FDBLISHED WEEKLY AT
IKK A, - - MISSISSIPPI.
FORTUNES IN A MBEBGRIS.
A Prise for Which Whaler* are
Constantly on the Lookout.
Ambergris is a peculiar secretion
found in a deceased sperm whale, and
is worth its weight in gold. It is not a
buoyant article, and is only obtained by
killing the whale, or the whale’s dying
and drifting ashore, when the lump of
ambergis washes upon the beach after
the carcass is decomposed.
The amltergris whales are usually
found near the land, and when the stuff
is picked up on shoro the carcass of a
dead whale is usually somewhere in the
vicinity. When an apparently healthy
whale is killed and on examination ap
pears to have very little oil, a search for
ambergris is immediately made. In ap
pearance it is a dark-gray substance,
and very vile smelling. It is princi
pally used in making perfume to “set
the odor,” and as a refiner. Province
town whalers have always been fortun
ate in finding this valuable article, either
in large or in small quantities, and have
certainly had their share with whale
men from other ports.
It is related that on one clear, calm
afternoon, a number of years ago, the
schooner Gage Phillips of Provincctown
was drifting along on the whaling
grounds, when the man on the look-out in
the crow’s nest hailed the deck, as is
customary when anything is discovered
on the water, and reported to the officers
on deck that a small, peculiar-looking
substance was floating off the port quar
ter, and said it looked something like
beeswax, which is often round Homing
in those waters. The captain was im
mediately called, and looking at it care
fully through his glass, ordered a boat
lowered to get it. It was taken on deck,
and after a careful examination by the
crew pronounced to bo some peculiar
kind of West Indian gum, something
they had never seen before. After being
kicked about the deck for some days it
was thrown carelessly iuto the stern
boat and soon forgotten.
It was not long, however, before the
Phillips fell in with another Province
town whaler, and the crews exchanged
visits. While the two captains were
seated in the Phillips’s stern boat spin
ning yarns and talking of home, the vis
iting captain suddenly espied the lump :
of so-called “gum,” and with much sur- :
prise asked: !
“ What are you letting that lay around
in that style for (”
The answer was: “Why, it is ho good,
only wax that I am taking home for some j
of the boys. ”
“Nogood!” said tho other captain;
“why, it is ambergris, and is worth its j
weight in gold, and you had better take j
care of it.” I
It is needless to say that it ivns taken
care of, and when tho vessel arrived 1
homo tho sale of that little lump of I '
“gum” added $6,000 to tho general stock '
of the voyage. : 0
Another captain of a merchant ves"
eel, while lying at anchor off one of tho ;
small islands in tho West Indite, dis- I „
covered a lump os large as his two fists 1 w
in the possession of a negro, who, not j p,
knowing its value, sold it to the Cap- | j j
tain for oue flannel shirt nud an old j w
pair, of pantaloons. It was sold in tho \ s,
is told of aProvinoetown | *
Sfe -,.':#rhaling crew who lost their prize when s
^ almost secured. Tho whale had been 1
SESp killed atld towed to tho vessel when one ; *
mtf'" of the sailors discovered some peculiar- 1 !
W looking particle's floating ou tho water ,
alongside the boat. Ho took them up ,
with a dip-net, and after examining I
them said they lookod like ambergris. ,
It was deemed wise to make ft sea-ch.
, On sticking a sharp spear into tho part
where ambergris is usually found a
liard substance was struck. Immedi
ately all was ex* t<*in<*nt. The whale
was cut in two mid n dark-gray mass
about tho size of a half barrel was dis
covered. Guy rojies were made fast
nnd an attempt was made to haul it in
on deck, but it proved too much for tho
men at the ropes. A boat was then
lowered and hauled to the spot, and guy
rnnea warn thrown to the men ill the
boat. Before they could catch the ropes
the leadlike mass shot down into the
bottomless sea and at least $50,000
slipped neatly away, leaving behind a
mad Captain and a mad crew.
There .are living in Provincotown
many retired whalers who have made
fortunes in the finding of ambergris, and
seldom a season passes without some of
her Captains returning wealthy men.
Dubing the late war General Lee
needed most desperately to have a cer
tain bridge built within a limited time. '
He had his engineer and his builder \
meet at headquarters and sketched be
fore them wl^at ho wanted. The two
men went their ways, tho former to draft
the working plans and the latter to get
together his materials. In oourso of
weet~ the general became impatient and
sent fo urge on the work. He got tho
builder's answer first:, “General, I have 1
not seen the picture* vet, but the lridge
u built."
r The Argaiui Lamp.
Argand, a poor Swiss, invented a
lamp with a wiek fitted into a hollow
cylinder, up which a current of air was {
allowed to pass, thus giving a supply of
oxygen to the interior as well as to the
exterior of the circular frame. At first
Argand used the lamp without a glass 1
chimney. One day he was busy in his
workroom, and sitting before the burn
ing lamp. His little brother was amus
ing himself bv placing a bottomless oil
* flask over different articles. Suddenly
he placed it upon the flame of the lamp,
NEWSY PARAGRAPHS.
A FEW ITEMS OF NORTHERN INTER
EST cARFPfcfcv cn.i.En.
The Con Hen f.e.1 News by Mali, Wire
AnH Otherwise.
The court, house at Louisa Court House,
Va., and about-20 houses, were recently
destroyed by fire.
Samuel Belir, aged 37, a merchant of
Montgomery, Ala., committed suicide in
his store by cutting his throat.
Atlanta's new morning daily is getting
licked into shape. Leaning prohibition
ists arc freely subscribing to the stock. 1
Mr. Joseph C. Jejtson, a prominent
citizen of Columbus, On., died recently.
He was f>5 yeais old, and one of the first
settlers of Columbus.
Ms j. AV. M. Jcndone, one of the most
brilliant lawyers in Texas, committed
suicide the other afternoon by stabbing
himself in the bowels.
Under an ordinance adopted by the
City Council of Atlanta, Ga., any man
arrested twice for being drunk is “black
listed;” it will cost a dealer $500 if liquot
is sold to him.
Ben Burton, a fireman, of Atlanta, Ga.,
has been arrested charged with having
wives in Homer, Ga., Easley, S C., An
derson county, S. C., and Atlanta. He
is only 22 years of age.
James Cawthom, a young man from
Tilton, Ga., was on a freight train of the
AV. & A. Railroad, learning the duties of
a brakemau, and slipping between two
cars at Big Shanty, was killed.
Three of the notorious Reeves gang at
Glasgow, Ky., received sentences aggre
gating thirty-one years imprisonment
each, for various burglaries and burning
the court house at Tompkinsville, Ky.
Lafayette Carrington, an aged and
highly esteemed citizen of Milledgevillc,
Ga., recently died. He was for many
years clerk of the House of Representa
tives, and tilled that position with honor.
Dr. James J. Waring, a prominent
physician and citizen, Savannah, Ga.,
is dead. He had been in poor health for
a year, but the immediate cause of his
death was a congestive chill. Dr. War
ing leaves a large estate.
Over 500 ex-Confederates have received
pensions under the wounded soldier act
of Georgia. Two of these men, who lost
both eyes in the service, and five who lost
one eye, were pensioned. The former
will receive $100 a year, the latter $15 a
year each.
A freight train on the New River di
vision of the Norfolk & Western Railroad
ran into a rock slide, twenty-seven miles
from Central the other night. The engine
jumped the track and ran into the river
and disappeared. The engineer was
drowned at his post. The fireman was
also killed and twenty-five loaded cars
were demolished.
At the annual camp fire of (he local
Grand Army po‘t at Jacksonville. Fla.,
Vfaj. Gen. Schofield, United States army,
nude a patriotic and fraternal speech to
he WKcmb’ed Federal and Confederate j
i femes, and had a dramatic meeting I
,'ith Gen. W. S. Walker, of the Confed- I
rate army, who was in the Mexican war
ith Gen. Schofield.
The dwelling house of Plunk Mayo, a
ell known drayman of Augusta, Ga., j
lio runs a dozen drays, was destroyed (
tire, llis loss will reach about $t,000.
e seems ill-fated, for not more than a
eok before, his large stables were do- 1
royed in the as me manner, lie is, how
rev, a plucky fellow, and is certnin to '
recced in the end. r
A large and enthusiastic meeting of the 1
fading colored citizens was held in Au- I
;usta, Ga., for the purpose of devising
neans for the completion of Arrangements
lor the colored department of the Augus
ta National Exposition. Upwards of $400
was subscribed, making a total of $1,000
so far subscribed hv colored people.
Rev. J. S. Johnson was consecrated at
Trinity church, in Mobile, Ala., as Mis
sionary Bishop of Western Texas, Bishop
Wilmer was chief conscenttor, assisted by
Bishops Harris of Michigan,and Dudley,
of Kentucky. Among others present
were Bishops Galleher, of Louisiana, and
Thompson, of Mississippi, with eight
other clergy men.
. .Apparently the whole city of Charles
ton, S. C.. is up in arms against the mu
itw-innl liooneo ovcfnin lJi*w Pltl’
council passed the usual license hill, and,
although there had been an effort to
abolish it, everybody thought the matter
was settled. However, a peti
tion and protest has been circulated, ex
tensively signed, to be presented to the
council.
Miss Fannie Gillem, of Chattanooga,
T< r>n., was carrying a bucket of water
from a spring, near her home, to the
house, she was shot in the face by her
eleven-year-old brother. Thfrty-two shot
struck her in the face and head, and she
is thought to be fatally hurt, The little
fellow was playing with a double-barrell
ed r-l\Ot gun, which he thought was not
loaded.
Mr. Holmes, the transfer mail agent at
the union depot in Birmingham, Ala.,
was robbed of 19 registered packages
while he was asleep on a truck in the ear
shod. Postmaster Inspector Williamson
arrested Thomas W. Petect, a young man
who has been living by his wits some
time. Petect was intimate with Holmes
and was seen about the depot on the night
of the robbery.
A boiler in Worthio & Son’s mills, in
Jonesboro, N. C., burst, instantly killing
Richard Mclver, Colored, fireman, and
jeriously injuriug Henry Dark and Peter
Mclver. The fireman had chained the
safety valve down to prevent the loss of
(team and filled the furnace full of
pine knots. He was blown through a
nonse, a distance of seventy-five feet,and
his body was torn into fragments.
JAMES NOBLES, SB.
The funeral of James Noble. Sr., took
place at Anniston, Ala., from Grace
Church, attended by a large eoncourse of
sorrowing friends. There were near one
hundred of his direct descendants pres
ent. All the pall-bearers wore youDg
men, grandsons of the deceased. Work
iss been suspended at most of the facto
ries since the death, and all of the opor
itires attended the funeral,
HOUSEHOLD AFFAIRS.
Homo Vegetables.
Spinach has been called by a French
physician the “broom of the stomach,"’
and if the busy housew ife wnVd only use
this broom as often as she Aes the one
neatness requires, there would be less
stomach troubles in the land, and adver
tisements of stomach bitters would not
greet one on every side. Spinach as it.
is often served, is far from inviting, but
properly prepared it is a delicious vege
table. Have the water boiling very
strong before you put the spinacn in it,
and keep stirring the spinach occasion
ally, so that it will not get into a lump.
A very few minutes will suffice to cook
it. As soon as the stalk is soft take up
the spinach, press every drop of
water out of it, then put it on a
board and chop it with a very sharp
knife until it is almost pulp. Then sea
son it with salt and a teaspoonful of
sugar, moisten it with a little cream or
milk, add a small piece of butter, and
place it where it will get hot, but not
boil. The chopping is a little tiresome
and takes some time, but nothing is ac
complished without some trouble. It is
not a generally acceded fart, but cooks as
a class are very unselfish, and unless they
arc, success never really crowns their ef
forts. Unselfishness is as necessary as
skill, because the cook rarely or ever
can eat tho viands she prepares, and all
the labor is for those more fortunate ones
who have only to enjoy them.
A large per cent, of iron enters into the
make-up of carrots, and those whose
vitality is low, and those who sutler
from poverty of the blood, should eat
this vegetable in season and out of
season. It is a very palatable way of
obsorbing iron into the system, and it
will not necessitate a visit and a conse
quent bill from the dentist, as iron in
variably does when taken in a liquid
form.
flnlnrv conked nr uncooked, is a
specific against rheumatism, and toma
toes for purifying the blood have no
rival. Asparagus helps, and in some
cases prevents kidney trouble
To preserve the flavor and appearance
of vegetables, they should be keep in a
cool, clean, dark place, but in any house
that is heated by a furnace, a cool, dark
place is somewhat very difficult to find.
Even if you have not a very good place
to keep vegetables always buy them by
the bushel; this quantity will certainly
keep and will save you many a penny.
Look them over carefully from time to
time, and as soofr' as any of them show
signs of decaf" 'emove them, and use the
one nearest to them for the next meal.
No matter how cool a jdace you may
have, a constant supervision is necessary,
because an apple may have been bruised
by falling, and unless it is thrown away
in time it will be a source of eoutagion
to the rest. The same holds good with
all other vegetables. — Hr okbjn Citizen.
Useful Hints.
The most useful kitchen utensil is a .
sharp knife. i
The covers of the range should never t
be allowed to get red hot. t
A hot shovel held over varnished fur- f
niturc will fake out white spots. I
Clean the zinee under the kitchen J
store with a woolen cloth saturated in
kerosene. . - "
Buckwheat and hominy should be
lought. in small quantities and kept in a
:ovcred tub.
Baking soda dissolved in spirits of !"
:amphor and applied to corns night and ”
Horning will entirely remove them. . ’’
For a s >rc throat, cut slices of fat,
boneless bacon, pepper thickly and tie 1
around the throat with a flannel cloth. "
tMadeha vines can be kept growing j
Upright, and bright and beautiful all j
■Winter, and they will help to beautify
an uns’ghtly corner of a room wonder
fli 11 tv
•va.Aj •
Soap should never be rubbed on flan
nels, but they should be washed in warm
suds and rinsed in water of ■ the same
temperature as that in which they are
washed. A little bluing in the second
water will improve their color.
An tipple grated and stewed with meat
Of any sort will insure its being tender.
Vinegar or lemon juice is also useful in
removing the strong flavor from beef
kidney. If sliced and soaked for a time
in the acid it becomes almost as mild as
Sometimes the lamp wick will obsti
nately refuse to be turned up in an or
derly manner. It will seem firmly
wedged at one side, while the other will
run up in a point, causing a weariness
and vexation of spirit. To overcome
this depravity, take a new wick, draw
out it single thread near the selvage, and
the wick will be found quite tractable
when introduced into the burner. The
cogs will take it up properly, and it will
appear in good form and give an even
flame when lighted.
A Trick in Rifle Shooting.
“Nt), sir, I do not claim to be an ex
pert at rifle shooting,” said ( apt. Jack
Crawford, in answer to the Arounder's
inquiry. “There is too much trickery—
a sort of sleigh'.-of hand business con
nected with it. I do pretend to be h
crack shot, and to excel in accuracy and
rapidity with a Winchester rifle. The
Winchester Arms Company have offered
repeatedly to back me for $5,000 against
any man iu the world for that sort of
skill. I have fired twelve shots in three
and a half seconds. But here, let me
enlighten you as to one of the neat little
tricks used in many shots.” Here the
scout produced what appeared to be, as .
he held it at a distance, a brass shell
tipped with a leaden ball. “Looks like
a bullet, don’t, it?” he said with a laugh.
“Well, it isn’t. It is sirapty a papier
mache protuberance appropriately colored
to look like lead. Now I’ll show you
what’s behind it.” Picking open the
cl*1 he disclosed to view a quantity of
shot—about 200 he said were in the
shell, with just enongh powder at the
butt to do the work. “How are these
used? You have probably witnessed the
feat of cracking glass balls thrown in the
air by shooting at them with a Winches
ter, and while riding a horse going at a
gallop. Well, that’s the kind of a ‘ball’
cartridge that is used, and the spectators
look on with wonder and admiration,
supposing that it is done with a single
ball; and that is something, my boy,
that no man in the world has ever done
or will do, because it is a physical impos
ijbility.”—Courier.
WASHINGTON CHAT.
IMIING* AN 11 HAYING* AT OI K NAT
ION A I, * * PITA I,.
rii«* (ioNNip nt lhr Vnriottft Drpn rl iiiriilw—
lloinit* of thr Nation** Law
MakerN.
Ainun»» the nominations sent to the
Senate by the President were the follow
ng postmasters: Robert M. Gardner,
'twistiansbnrg, Va.; C. L. Jack, Fer
laudina, Fla.; Wm. T. Broyles, Dayton,
I'enn. Memorials were presented by Mr.
illair in favor of a national prohibitory
constitutional amendment. One by Mr.
[lour agaimt the admission of Utah as a
state so long as its local power is in the
lands of the Mormon priesthood. Also,
several in favor of the Blair educational
aill. A bill was introduced by Mr- Hoar
to provide for a world's exposition at the
national capital in 1892, and thereafter of
a permanent exposition of three Americas
in honor of a four hundredth anniversary
t»f the discovery of America. Referred
to the select committee on the centennial
celebration. Mr. Mitchell then called up
the joint resolution introduced by him on
December 12th, for tiie appointment of a
commission to select a site for a naval
station on the Pacific coast, and addressed
the Senate in advocacy of it. Mr. Dolph
also spoke in favor of the same resolu
tion. The Senate then, at 2.tin, took up
tiie Rlair educational hill as unfinished
business. The report (unanimous) of the
committee on education and labor was
then read, after which Mr. Blairsaid that
ius the bill had been long before the
country, and had twice passed the Senate,
the friends of the measure thought it
proper to yield the floor to those opposed
to it. Mr. Reagan opposed the bill. He
argued in detail that the Southern states
were not in need of Federal aid for tiie
DU|)[)uri ui iiuir cuimuuu sruuuia, «uu
showed that in the state of Texas the
school fund for this year was $0,100,000.
Mr. Vest obtained the floor, but yielded
to Mr. Plumb, who offered an amend
ment to the second section providing
that the money shall be distributed
among the several states and terri
tories in proportion to their popula
tion, according to the census of 1880.
The following bills were introduced in
the House and referred: By Mr. E. B.
Taylor, of Ohio, for tlie preservation of
tlie woods and forests of tlie national do
main adjacent to sources of navigable
rivers; also to restore the rate of duty on
imported wool. By Mr. Stewart, of
Georgia, authorizing national banks to
take liens on real estate for loans of
money. By Mr. Collins, of Massachusetts,
to establish a marine signal board of the
United States with a view to tlie adop
tion of tlie code and system of marine
and fog signals; also for the prevention
if cruelty to animals. The Speaker then
mnounced the committees.
Mr. Plumb suggested the inquiry wheth
■r the object in giving the list was an
ipprehension that any of tlie Senators
vho had voted for the bill might get
way. Mr. Blair read letters from edu
atioual authorities in Texas complaining
f a want of funds there and urging the
assage of th'1 bill. The, Senate then
rocecded to the consideration of exeeu- i
vc business. At 5:10, the doors were
a.iponed and the Senate adjourned.
gossip. 1
President and Mrs. Cleveland have *
sen formally invited to attend tlie open- (
g of the Sub-Tropical Exposition at ,
vcksonville, Fla.
Hon. L. Q. C. Lamar, Secretary of the
ntevior, has resigned his position, to
void embarrassment to the Government,
lending his confirmation as judge on the
iupremc Court bench. Appearances now
ndicate he will be confirmed as judge.
Sherbune G. Hopkins, tlie young news- ,
lajier reporter, who some weeks ago sent
i sham infernal machine to Chief Justice
IVaite, for the purpose of creating a sen
sation and selling news, plea'd guilty in
tlie police court to the charge of attempt
ing to obtain money upon false pretenses,
and was fined $100.
Tlie first of the annual series of presi
dential state dinners was given at. the
White House to members of the cabinet.
Tlie public parlors were handsomely deco
raieu wiui paims, pmiru |ii«uu.-,
Bowers, while festoons of.smilax were
entwined around the chandeliers. All
the lower part of the house was brilliantly
lighted. Tlie dinner table was adorned
with a floral centre piece consisting of a
bank of red roses three, feet or more in
length, and a tower of ruses standing at
each end, while the whole was set off by
missive shining candelabra.
HCHOONEKH l.OST.
The consignees of the two masted
schooner Mary S. Tibbetts, ('apt. Keen,
bound from Virginia to Philadelphia
with pine wood, fear that she lias been
lost with all hands. She has not been
heard from since leaving Hampton Roads.
The missing vessel sailed from Hampton
Roads with the schooners C. G. Cram
mer, I). & E. Kciley and W. AY. Pharro.
All of these, vessels were caught in a ter
rific hurricane the following day. The
two latter were lost. Crammer got into
port with the assistance of the revenue
cutter Hamilton, having, six feet of water
in her hold, and otherwise badly damaged.
It is feared the Tibbetts went down with
all hands. _ _
IN TIIE TOIIiH.
J. C. Hamilton, marshal, of Tennille.
R3a., caught Cordy Harris, a negro, in the
ret of placing an iron rail across the
track, at the 138 mile post, on the Cen
tral Railroad in AVest Cut. The up night
freight* No. 105, passed about ten miu
atesTafter the rail was removed, and was
going at a fearfully rapid rate. Had it
struck the rail the whole train, no doubt,
would have been wrecked. 1 he case
was worked up by a colored detective,
Robert Paine, and the proof against
Harris is positive. This is the second
ittempt at wrecking the train at this
place, besides several instances of trains
being rocked while passing the cut.
Hairis is a man about 40 years old, and
has long borne n shady reputation in the
oounty.
The Supreme Court of Iowa has decided in
favor of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
Railroad in a suit brought against it by the
the Milwaukee Malt Extract Company for
I refusing to transport new beer in tut State.
AN INDIAN SHOW DANCE.
ITS PERFORMANCES AT STANDING
ROCK AGENCY IN DAKOTA.
A GrdtPsqiiP Sight in a Eng Hotisf
—Indian Cmirting-Kaglc Feath
ers— Hunting Without Guns.
I had long been wanting to see at
Indian “snow dance,” when one Satur
day, after the usual bi-monthly issue o
rations, it was rumored that there win
to be an unusually large one about fou
miles from the post. It was a clear
cold winter night, with the mereur;
standing at twenty-eight degrees belov
zero. The members of our little part;
were soon snugly nestling in the strav
at Iho bottom of n Government sleigh
and we were traveling toward the dane
as fast as four good mules could drav
us.
The danec was held in a low log house
about forty feet long and eighteen fee
wide. The doorand windows were open
and the house, which was not divide'
into rooms, was lighted by two kerosen
lamps. We entered during a lull in th
festivities. In one end of the room
squatting on the ground close to the wall
were thirty-five or forty squaws, drcssci
in their usual calico dresses and woolc
shaw ls. Around the walls at the othe
end sat the mule guests, each with hi
blanket or sheet drawn over him. Inon
corner of the bucks’ end of the room wa
a tom-tom, or Indian drum, arouni
which were seated just as many oli
bucks as could crowd into the little cit
cle. Near the middle of the room at th
squaws’ end was another drum, cquall
well provided with musicians. Nea
these was a small stove, in w'hich
wrinkled old buck was keeping up a fir
by feeding it with twigs. We range
ourselves along the wall near the dooi
and, although our entrance was notice
by all, they gave no indication ui it u
look or word.
Boon after our entrance the old fellow
around (lie tom-toms began to beat ther
with measured cadence, at the same tim
accompanying the sound by crooning
weird song. Suddenly one buck three
off liis sheet, and springing to his fee
began to dance. He was quickly fol
lowed by the others, and in a momen
our brains were almost whirling at th
grotesque sight. The dancing consiste
of a series of horrible contort ions of bod
and face, accompanied by the mos
blood-curdling shrieks and yells, th
feet, meantime, keeping accurately th
cadence of the drums. The Indians wer
painted in the most striking manne
from head to foot. Each had a head
dress or bonnet of colored buffalo bait
with a fringe of eagle feathers runniuj
down the back. Brass bracelets am
anklets and strings of beads also adornei
many of them. The description of th
decorations of one of them will serve fo
all. In addition to the adornment
above mentioned he had a double strinj
of sleigh bells running from his ankle ti
ii strap passed around the leg at the knee
At the small of his back, and attached t<
his girdle, was an immense buncl
}{ long, colored buffalo hair. His face
ivas painted saffron yellow, with a largi
•ed spot on either cheek, and horizonta
•ed lines running across the forehead,
lis eyebrows and the edges of the lid)
vere painted a duzziing white. His
iody was red, and his arms and legs wen
light blue, with occasional bauds
if yellow. In one hand he brandished a
omahawk, highly ornamented with col
■red horse hair and porcupine quills, anc
us appearance was truly hideous as h<
wistett himself into almost impossihb
positions and gave his blood-curdlin'
yell. After the dancing had been goin;
an ten or fifteen minutes the tom-tom
ceased, and he retired to his place by th
wall and covered his steaming body wit’
a cotton sheet, lie had probably walkci
a mile through the snow with the thei
mometer 28 degrees below zero, wit
only that cotton sheet to protect hn
from the cold. Each dance was termir
Sited by the old dime-novel war whooj
which the small boy imitates by yellin'
and at the same time vibrating his han
before his mouth.
Once in every hour the squaws are a
lowed to take part in the dancing whi
the bucks rest. They join hands an
form a circle about their tom-tom, an
their daneim/ consists of a series of sic
hitdie-i to the left, accompanied by sin;
ing. They slowly travel around tl
circle. Should any buck come ne;
enough to the circle, the squaw neare
seizes his hand, and he is compelled I
join the squaw dance and make his ca|
tor a present at its close.
At intervals during the dance we ha
noticed two squaws enter, carrying b
twen them an iron pot slung on a pol
The pot was deposited near the stov
and the squaws disappeared only to r
pcutcdly return with other similar bu
dens. The contents of the pots, we di
covered, constituted the refreshments,
had the curiosity to look into one of tl
pots, and was horrified to find it till*
with a muddy liquid, out of which wi
protruding the grinning head of a goo*
sized dog] Jt had been killed by a bio
on the head and thrown us it was in
the pot to boil. Each guest brings wi)
him to the dance atm cup with which 1
helps himself to the soup at the prop
time. Fearing that we might be call*
to join the feast, we beat a hasty rctrea
our brains whirling with the stran;
scene l,eft behind. At these dances tl
Indians even now work themselves in
a perfect frenzy, and it has always bei
a custom with them to engage in a dan
before going to war or on the eve of
battle. For this reason they arc allow*
to dance only on certain stated occasion
A scene accompanying nearly eve
dance is the Indian “courting.” As
the case amo^; civilized people, some
the maidens are more sought after tin
others, and it frequently happens th
eight or ten bucks will be seeking tl
hand of the same girl. They wait in tl
vicinity of the dance until she appeal
when one of them approaches her, thro*
half of his blanket over her should*
places his arm around her waist, at
walks away a short distance with he
telling her of his mad devotion for he
of his wealth and prospects, and ho
many ponies he is willing to give h
father for her. hand. He then retur
with her, and the next buck goes throut
the same scene, and so on until all ha'
proposed. She then consults her fathe
anti’, if all is satisfactory, when the dan
is over she goes home with the accept*
lover, and without further ceremony th*
are man and wife.
I spoke above] of the ornament*1
■v m
-- i 1
eagle feathers. Those are the half white,
half I black feathers from the eagle s »
wings, and are greatly prized by thp jjS
Indians, who consider them -‘good medi- *
cine.” But in order to be acceptable to ||
the Indians, the feathers must have been fjl
taken from an eagle whose blood lias not
been spil ed. In order to accomplish
this, the Indian goes to a place near some \
eagle’s nest and digs a cylindrical hole in j
the ground in<t large enough to hold s
him in a stan, ,ng position, lie carefully
removes all the earth taken out, and
i then, p acing the liddies of a few rabbits
■ and birds around the opening, lie gets
into the hole, pulling over him the gras9
■ : around the edges in order to hide him*
■ self as much ns possible. He will remain
' there sometimes for days at a time, until - .
■ I an eagle swoops down for the bait. I hew 0
a dusky hand is thrust out of the hole,.
• j and clutches the bird’s leg, and another .
r ! one is soon choking him to death; 1 he
I >nsrkct price for an eagle killed in this,
, w iy is two young ponies,
t The Sioux Indians have all been dis
, anued, and depend entirely upon their
1 skill as huntsmen and their bows and ai
3 rows for game. The buffaloes are all
3 gone, and ?t is seldom that they are able
to bag an antelope. Every morning after
a snow storm numbers of Indians in pairs.
1 go out aft er jack rabbits. They arm them
i selves with only a club, and follow the
r rabbit’s tracks stealthily until lie is found
s resting behind a clump of sage or in a
5 hole il the snow. Then a quick blow ol
, the club and-the rabbit is bagged. I have
1 known two Indians to kill as many as nve
1 of them in one morning.
Foxes and wolves the Indians poison,
b using their red paint for that purpose.
j They eat poisoned loxes and wolves and
r consider uum ““ i.
i dogs. .
B The constant tendency among these In
t dians is, however, to leave the chase and
turn to civilization; and when one re
{ members that only ten years ago many
r of the Indians who now own little farms
scorned the thought of manual labor as
g degrading, the out look fortliem is cer
j tainly better than some pessimists would
e have us believe.—New Yorlc Sun.
* WISE WORDS. r 'i '
-
. One good act done to-day is worth a
j. thousand in contemplation for some fu
ture time. _
j | No man can bo provident of his time
^ i who is not prudent in the ehoiee ol ins
l ; company.
3 J Manage all your actions and thoughts
b i in such a manner as if you were just go
3 j ingout of the world,
r ! Talents archest matured in solitude;
- ; character is best formed in tlic stormy
■ billows of the world.
> 1 Order is the sanity of the mind, the
health of the body, the peace of the city,
| j the security of the State.
„ Many men claim to be firm in their
9 principles when really they are only ob
r stinate in their prejudices.
> There are often rare abilities lost to the
world that are but ill-bestowed on those
, who do not know how to employ them to
[ advantage.
j The bee, though it. finds every rose has
i I a thorn, comes back loaded with honey
j from his rambles, and why should not
| other tourists do the same,
j An accession of wealth is a dangerous
predicament for a man. At first he is
stunned, if the accession be sudden; he
! is verv humble and very grateful. Then
i he begins to speak a little louder, people
j think him more sensible, and soon he
! thinks himself so.
The Christinas Tree.
; o,
■ the
i Christ,
3 mas t ree
! r.o bright
and green, \
* awaits O 1 d
Ran t a Claus.
1 And the chiin
a ney plajoall swept
and clean gapes wide
its ponderous jaws.
’ The little stockings are
all hung up, and baby’s
:l just makes four. Won't
Old Santa Claus be surprised
when he finds there is no more.
There’s an elegant place up in the
e tree to hang Johnny’s gun, and a
d place for May and one for Kate to
ri leave their dolls upon. But for little
baby blue eyes a lower branch he must
e choose, where she may reach and find the
r. i.t..«• .in.tr cl./vu! Turn
e down the light a little, now, s<j Old Santa
r Claus can see. And baby and all must
t go to bod and be as goo l as good
t an bo, and to-morrow morn got
° up early, after n long night's
)- sleep,
a n il
com e
, softly
down
"• to the
■, Xmas
tree
„ and
see
3j Who will get the first peep.
ie The First Young Girl Cremated.
The first young girl to be cremated in
Is America was nineteen-year-old Alida
*' Weissleder, the daughter of the Superin
w tendent of the Brush Electric Light Com
,° pany, in Cipcinnati. tier body was
* burned recently at the crematory in that
t0 city. The corpse, wrapped in white
I alum liuen, with white and yellow roses
a on the breast, was slid into the retort by
two attendants, who at once retired, and
;e in the stillness that followed the mourners
,e could hear the pull and sizzle of the gases
;° of the body ns the heat devoured it.
After nn hour the blue flames stopped
:c circling about the body, and p long white
j streak was seen where it had been. These
II ashes, when gathered up, weighed less
f‘ than a pound. They were returned to the
7 parents, aud will be preserved in an urn.
It was the ninth incineration at the
crematory.____
lt The City Flower Trade.
IG *
lt, ‘‘There,s not so much profit in.this
s business as you would suppose,” said a
florist to a Philadelphia Call man. “Bo
,. tween bad debts, the loss of flowers,
rent, clerk hire and other incidentals n
r man flnds at the end of the year that he
r’ has earned but a fair living. Green
ly, houses cost money. Yes, we. get a num
sr ber of the best roses from New York, but
,s vet raise them in liftge quantities in this
h vicinity. The supply and demand gov
re ern the market price ot flowers. Of
r course, in the winter they are higher
e than ip the summer.”
^ Portraits of Lincoln and Jefferson
- have been put in the East Room tb§
White House.
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