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THE EVENING HEARTHSTONE. GtLT bow we gather roana h, toiling ay to done. And the gray and solemn twilipht FoUowb down the golden inn. Shadows-lengthen on the pavement, -btalk like giants throuira the gloom, n nder past the dusky casement, , Creep around the lire-lit room. . . Draw the coram, close the shorten, . Place the slippers by the fire; Thongh the rude wind loudly nintters. What care we for wind-sprite's ire 1 'WJ. ; re we for outward seeming? Fickle Fortune's frown or smilel If around us loTe is beamine, 1VA f- t hnvn. 111- ) - - 'Neath the cottage roof and palace, rom Peasant to the king. All are quaffing from life's chalice Bubbles that enchantment bring. Grates are glowing, magic flowing From the liie vrelove the best; Oh, the Joy, the bliee of knowing There are hearts whereon to restl Hearts that throb with eager gladness llearts that echo to our own hile grim care and hannting sadness bungle ne'er in look or tone. Care may tread the halls of daylight, Sadness haunt the midnight hour. But the weird aud witching twilight Brings the glowing heartostoue's dower. Altar of our holiest feelings 1 Childhood's well-remembered shrine 1 Spirit-yearnings soul-reveal ings Wreaths immortal round thee twine. RIVER OF LIFE. BY S. F. Thirb is a stream whose waters lave In gentle flow, or swelling wave. The face of every land. And tiny boat lets hither go. And thither, 'mid the ceaseless flow That eddys o'er the strand. Not ocean depth, nor mountain height, lior silent vale, nor desert blight, . Excludes its fiery beat; ' Where'er the blessed sunlight falls. Or eve to deeper nightshade calls, its countless, currents meet. The peasant hamlet "neath the brow Of Alpine cliff, 'mid crad ling mow, lis sparkline waters bless; The Arab teut, within the shade Of tow 'ring palm; the everglade. All feel its loveliness. River of Life! Thy poises sound With measured throb, on either bound Of ever-moving Time. In Paradise thy nunoet verge ! And ever since tby rolling surge Uath sought a heavenly clime. O! Elver, sweet! on thy dear breast liear thou thy children home to rest From ev'ry earthly ill ; That on the banks of heavenly streams. Where Life and Love give fuller gleams, Tuej drink eternal fill. Miscellaneous. Don't Tell Betsey Jane. " And for your life, don't tell Betsey Jane!" Mr. Nicodemus Harding, having uttered this caution in a low. earnest tone of vnira alighted from a Concord wagon in front of bis own iarm-nouse aoor, ana stood there a few minutes in a brown study, watching iuc uguie ui ma urotner-in-iaw ana the lawyer, as he drove back towards the vil lage of W , whence the two men had just come. " Don't tell Betsev Jane '" Now, Betsey Jane was Mr. Nicodemus Harding 8 wile, a stirring, notable soul, who made more butter and cheese, and x)k more eggs ana iowis to market in the course of a season, than any other woman for miles around. Strong, healthy biui ucariy, sne maue tne Housework cy, ju use ner own energetic expression ; and if Nicodemus Harding owned his firm that day, and was well-to-do, in fact a rich man to Doot, it was owing m no small measure to the skill and energy, and gen eral gu-a-neauauveness oi nis lie tsey Jane. What was it, then, that the ungrateful man was not about to tell her? "It would never do, never!" thought JMeodemus to himself, shaking his head. "She'd be wanting a new carpet, or a new silk gown, or the house all painted over, or some such nonsense. No, the woman is the weaker vessel ; it won't do to trust one too tor. Their heads won t bear it." So Mr. N icodemus passed through vlhe house, and out toward the barn, with the pre-occupiea air oi a nen who has an egg to lay, and don't know where she can hide it irom tne eyes of mankind to the best advantage. The kitchen was empty and silent as he went through it But oh ! if he could have seen the buxom, good-looking female who stole silently out of the pantry, and as silently followed him on his way toward the barn. Mrs. Harding came back in about twenty minutes or so, wun a lace red from sup pressed laughter. "Don't tell Betsey Jane," she said, giggling into her gingham apron. "You are a very smart man, Nicodemus, and my brother, Tim Noyes. is another, and a lawyer in the bargain. Don't tell Betsey Jane, Indeed ! Two wretches, you deserve all you'll get, pretty soon !" Betsey Jane said no more, but bided her time, a weeK passed away, and then brother Tim's wagon drove up aeain to . 1 J i v. - . . - . uie uour, mm XMCoaemus stepped into it, and was off to the village once more. .Betsey jane had asked in vain to go. Nicodemus was bound on business "business which a woman could not under stand," he loftily exclaimed. He, lord and master, well out of sight, Betsey Jane went about that business a woman could not understand, with a merry twinkle in her ongni Diacit eyes. At 4 p. vcl, Nicodemus returned home again, looking quite as important as before. He tiptoed alone throuah the kitchen Betsey Jane watching him from the corner oi ner eye au tne while. He passed out into the shed. A fragrant smell of smoke came forward to greed him an odor of owning corn cobs gradually curing ham. Nicodemus turned deathly pale, and ran frantically forward to a large fire smolder ing in the ash-house, and a large ham or two covered over Dy blankets, hanging placidly there. The yell he gave brought ukukj jane irom tne house instanter, to find Nicodemus grovelling before the ash house door, weeping and wailine and tear ing his hair, and ottering yell after yell of uepair. " Why, bless me ! what's the matter Are you in a fit ? Let me run for the cam phor," shnekc-d Betsey Jane. "Camphor! Bring arsenic ! Bring pot son of some kind poison ! " yelled Nico demus frantically. " Woman, you've ruined me ! Twelve thousand dollars in government bonds did I put in that ash-hole for safety just a week ago, and now you've gone and burned them to cook that cussed bacon. Pison ! Pison ! Pison ! And let me get out of .1 J ISM uh oreary wona. - -" Oh so that was what you were not going to ten iseisey jane ! Am t you asnamea oi yourself, is icodemus Hard ing " Nicodemus could not answer. He laid prostrate iu the ashes and howled. " Get up and don't be a fool ! " said Bet sey Jane amiably. "I heard you and brother Tim conspiring at the door that day, and I watched you go to the ash hole, and soon found out what you had hid away there. Woman is the weaker vessel, no doubt, but she don't put twelve thousand dollars where the first match that comes handy can burn it up ! Here are the bonds, Nicodemus for ten thousand. I've kept two for my honesty." Poor Nicodemus ! He gathered himself up out oi tne asnes, and tooK nis bonds what was left of them. He rather thinks it pays best, on the whole now, to tell Bet sey Jane. When making playful contracts, adjust able many years ahead, with very young ladies, gentlemen will do well to call in a cunpetent arithmetician before closing the bargain, and have the possible results properly figured up. Here, for illustration, is Miss Susie Evans, of Bainbridge, who sues Curtis Cooper, of Guilford, Conn., on a contract made fifteen years ago, by which Mr. Cooper agreed to give Miss Evans one ewe lamb and its increase until she was twenty -one years of age, in consider ation of a eold watch-key. The suit is brought to recover the sheep or its equiv alent. The evidence snowed mat me in crease was to be in ewe lambs, and that the natural increase of a flock of sheep would double every year. According to this estimate. Miss Susie would have at the end of fifteen years 16,004 ewe lambs. The justice declined to give judgment fur so large a number, because, he said, he was afraid Miss Evans wouldn't be able to find pasturage for so many. to the he by his I but He all was that ne The from ly with had Dr. man, He was at tion, but true, a open was very room mucn, were tastes taken set ousy. with the lug remark tingle said would 1 nior and the make " tor, come make an two, So Dr. room ever. Col. close the hand. am her gruut, 1 the her " should waut Can and hnd drawing-room, room. ravages lovely INDEPENBENT. VOLUME I. McCONNELLSVILLE, OHIO, FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 1871. NUMBER 10. THE MAGNIFICENT. In the ancient Roman citv of Bath. about the end of the last century, while it still retained much of the fashion and celebrity it had reached in the days of ueau iash, tne frequenters of the pump room and the balls were divided into two rival factions, and long and fierce were their quarrels over the topic of dissension. This was neither more nor less than the not inappropriate one of the merits of two rival doctors, who divided between them the smiles and guineas of the elite of Bath. Dr. Heathcote, the senior of the two, long ruled over the internal economv of tha upper class of patients with undisputed sway. He was a handsome, dapper, dig nified, well dressed and well-spoken little gentleman, with undeniable manners, silk stockings and shirt frill. Among the dow agers his word was law. At whist or piquet he was an oracle, and not unfrc- queutly the younger ladies would confide k ma saie ear and Kinulv counsels mala dies of the heart. If he did bow a little low to a baronet, and still lower to a coro net, it was his only foible ; and as this was part of his professional' manner, It was pardonable and not unpopular. The reign of this iEsculapian potentate was at last rudely disturbed by the ar rival of a pretender to the throne. Where Dr. Lenoir came from, who he was, or wnere ne had previously practiced, no one Knew, or, to tell the truth, had ever ven tured to ask. He was a man of immense frame, over six feet in height, with a large head, black eyes, and a good-tempered. sanguine complexion. He had commenced his Bath career by becoming the tenant of large nouse on tne outskirts of the town. hich rumor said was used as a lunatic sylum. But he made his appearance in the pump-room and the evening recrea tions, and, as he proved to be a man of wit and information, soon became a favor ite with the lounging society of the place. Even in his most familiar moods, how ever, he had something formidable about nun. no coxcomD ventured to asK him questions, and he assumed a quiet supe riority which was only not galling be cause it was so thoroughly good-tempered. ltn nis patients he was exactly the re verse of the reigning sovereign. He was gruff to the great, kindly to the poor, to children gentle as a woman. Rules of practice he set entirely at defiance, and was said by his enemies to toss up for each case whether he could kill or cure. Cure, however, he did many cases apparently nope less, ana oy aevoung much care, and soothing the suffering he could not cure. and making the approaches of death less agonizing, ne earned the gratitude of sur viving relatives. Such were the rivals, for whom the card tables of Bath waged war. me rivals themselves were sworn brothers. Dr. Heathcote at first was scornful, and then was testy; but he could not resist the spell which Dr. Lenoir seemed to wield ; and although at consul tauon ana on proiessionai visits ne wore his dignified sneer with due propriety, many a hand at piquet did he hold with brother physician, aud when none was by see or hear, would make his old consult ing-room ring with laughter at the exuber ant humor of his companion. Lenoir, on other hand, bowed in public, with the modesty of a younger man, to the more mil ui c pi , a ii a lu&uuieu 1113 place with so much kind-hearted deference that other-was entirely disarmed. But a kind of undefined pomp followed his foot steps. In the pump-room and at the balls had a chosen place which no one ever usurped; and he went by the name of Doctor Magnificus, which, contracted the unlearaed into The Magnificent, was ordinary title. Dr. Lenoir had been about three vears at Bath, when the events happened of which am about to speak. Little more was known of him then than when he first ar rived. It was known he was unmarried ; he was plainly rot a marrying man flirted in his good-humored way with the pretty girls, but it was evidently flirtation of society, not of the heart. It also certain, by his style of living, he was in easy circumstances, and that naa resources otner than his profession. only instance when he ever unbent his superb demeanor was when in company with Mrs. DeGrey, an exceeding oeauiiiui ana attractive -woman, who, her husband and two voune children. lived for more than a year at Bath. Lenoir plainly admired her very much. Colonel DeGrey was a good-looking with a military air, and manners which bespoke knowledge of the world. was not a favorite, for his demeanor reserved to the crowd, although, when his ease, he could converse with anima and was well read and well traveled. his wife was all that was charmincr. Lively, spirited, kindly and thoroughly wiinout a aasn 01 sen conceit, or thought of evil; ready in repartee. sparkling in small talk, but with an ever heart and hand lor real sorrow, she tne joy 01 ail who Knew her; and nonestiy distressed were the pump- gossips when they heard that Mrs. JJeurey was seriously ill. tJoL ieurey auueted .Lenoir s society lor nis powers ot conversation remarKame, and mey nad many in common, am wnen nis wue was ilL he sent for Dr. Heathcote, to the amusement of Bath scandal-mongers, who it down to a slight infusion of leal Now and then, as Lenoir stood leaning like a Hercules against his ac customed pillar, some wag, who thought himself privileged, launched a shaft at him this barb to it; but Lenoir, without slightest discomposure, or even allud- to tne gibe, shot back some sarcastic on his assailant, which made him to the tips of his fingers. But he inquired, with real solicitude of Dr. Heath cote as to his patients health. - "To tell you the truth, my dear fellow." Heathcote one day, "I wish they call you in. ui course, you know, cannot ask lor a consultation with a ju ; but I wish thev would pay me off taKe you. 1 am burly puzzled ; and all medicines 1 have given her seem to her worse." No wonder," said Lenoir ; " but, doc it would be a pity tbat harm should to that poor creature because we up our pills differently. If you make excuse to let me attend for a day or 1 will tell you, to tne best oi my judg ment, what I think of the case." Dr. Heathcote made his excuse, and Lenoir was called in. And the pump- scandal-mongers talked more than DeGrey lived in a .handsome villa to the town ; and thither Dr. Lenoir proceeded. The Colonel received him at door, and shook him warmly by the ' - My boot wife is very ill,-1 fear, and I sure you will do your best to bring through." Lenoir answered this appeal with a and walked straight into the dining room, and looked ont at the window. suppose Dr. Heathcote has told you symptoms that she never can take food T" He has told me nothing. If he had I not have believed him. I don't to know anything about symptoms. I see her?" ; "Certainly. She is rather belter to rlav very anxious to see you. You will ner in tne drawing-room." Lenoir went tip stairs and entered the the Colonel simply an nouncing him, and then leaving the Whatever he thought of the wastine which a month had made on that face, he said nothing on that sub a I to I to j I has but saw The on her may " own ing from ana Next lady that a then. has " " my ment is and peud. you to about " not " and their to-morrow." " tongue knows cent asked ject, but put his questions more disagreea bly than usual. " You are not to be so cross. Dr. Le noir; Dr. Heathcote was never cross," she said, with a wan smile lighting up her faded cheek. Lenoir flushed for an instant, and then replied: "Cross yes, I'm always cross with people like you. It's good for them.' As if she had not heard what he said, she aioiin addressed him : "Ami very ill, doctor?" "Nothing bat fancy and temper the matter with you. Why do you mope up here?" " I cannot go outj You cannot tell how weak, and oh ! how sick I am ! O, Dr. Le noir, can you not cure me ? If you can't, I shall die, and- leave dear Fred and my poor little children." And the poor wo man burst into a paroxysm of tears. Lenoir sat until the storm had burst, and had spent its force; but tears stood in his own impassive eyes, and his voice trembled in spite of himself when he spoke to her. . "Core youf Of course I shall, if you don't give way to such folly ; and when you are cured you will say you got well of yourself" - --- - "Do you really mean it?" she said, faintly. Dropping his gruff style, he said, in a softer tone, " I think I can cure you." And with those words he left her, and reioined the Colonel in the dining-room. and straightway again looked out at the window. Quite a common case," he said, as if to himself ; " have seen it a hundred times ; must have a nurse." " A nurse !" said CoL DeGrey. " What do you think of my wife ? A hat is her illness?" " A very common complaint. Colonel." said the doctor, "although I have not often met with it in this country. But she must have a nurse who understands su- dorifics, and with your leave I will send one." And without waiting to know ' whether the Colonel wished to have a nurse or not, the doctor stalked out of the house. If any one had seen the doctor's ex pression of countenance as he strode down to the gate he would not have liked it. Was it wrath, or malignity, or cunning? It was a very tmlovablable ex pression, and not like the doctor's usual face. Within two hours the nurse arrived : a tall, gaunt French woman, with a resolute set of features, who understood and could speak English when she chose, but not otherwise. . She brought with her a small phial of medicine, which she explained to Mrs. DeGrey was to be taken every hour dur ing the night, and the effects of which re quired to be carefully watched. . She seemed to consider this her peculiar charge, for on CoL DeGrey taking out the stopper to smell it, she snatched it away, with a pettish French exclamation, and without much reverence. A fortnight passed over. Dr. Lenoir came every day. He prescribed nothing but this nightly potion, which was gradu- a:ly discontinued; and Mrs. DeGrey be gan to rally, her appetite returned, and sh was apparently getting well. The Col onel was greatly relieved, and was profuse in his thanks. People began to say that there was no necessity for the doctor visitine auite so often. But the Colonel did not seem to think so, for the doctor dined with him almost every other day. To Dr. Heath- cote's inquiries, Lenoir only said, to his great wrath, that there never had been anything the matter with her but his med icines. One evening, as the Colonel and he were sitting at their wine after dinner, the former said, " When do you think Mrs. DeGrey will be able to travel ? I think change of air would do her good ; and began to fear Bath does not aeree with her.,r "Soon. I should think." said Lenoir: and as she is so much better, l propose be absent for a day or two, as I have business in the country. So. if von think can be spared, I shall go to-morrow. But don't change her regimen in my absence, nor give her any of old Heathcote's po tions. They are all very well in their way, but she has done better without them." The Colonel laughed and gave his word eschew the established order of things ; and the next morning the doctor left. Four days passed away, and on the fifth Lenoir again appeared at Prospect Villa. CoL DeGrey was at home, and appeared dejected. " Things have not been so weil," he said. " Your patient has had a relapse of her sickness; and something happened which troubles both her and me." "What is the matter?" said the Mag nificent. " Well, I don't like to inspire suspicions, I fear that nurse drinks." " Why do you think so ?" Because Mrs. DeGrey tells me that she her conceal a bottle in her pocket. woman thought she was asleep, and her moving concealed it hurriedly." " Have you observed any other symp toms of drinking?" said Lenoir.- - . - " No, I caunot say I have excepting that manner is very abrupt and rude." "I shall probe this to the bottom, you depend on it," replied the doctor; and I shall examine her about it at my house to-night Meanwhile say noth more while she is here." He saw his patient, and found she had decidedly relapsed and was greatly de pressed.. His visit had little effect in re viving her spirits, and again, as he walked the house, the evil shadow came across his face. The same day brought a letter by post forOoL DeGrey, desiring his immediate attendance in London on urgent business ; ne started tne same night by the maiL morning the Magnificent paid the a visit She seemed greatly excited. "Doctor" she said, "vou must take woman away ; 6he b a drunkard and thief." "She may, perhaps." the doctor re plied, " take a drop of brandy now and But remember what fatiirue slm undergone in sitting up with you." Well, but, doctor," said Mrs. DeGrey, she is a thief " I saw her yesterday put soup into a bottle and hide it in her pocket.- She did not know I saw her." the face of the Magnificent for a mo exhibited great agitation. " If this true," he said, " I will take her away, send you another on whom I can de The Colonel spoke of fresh air for ; do you think you are strong enough travel? He gave me some directions that" I don't think I could. He surely did mean me to go before he came back." He left you entirely in mv lunula. I must make you well, as I said I would" "Not before he comes back, at any rate. doctor." Verv welL "said he, resumine his ruff manner, " people always know better than doctors. Good-by ; I shall see you The next day, in the pump-room She is off, I assure you," said Mr. Hen shaw, a dyspeptic barrister, with the of a viper; "she has gone this morning, ami so has hermirse, and no one where, excepting that the Magnifi is gone also." Who told vou? How do vou know?" half a dozen tongues at once. l snail not give up my authority, 1 can to to see if ' - but is sank ago. but me who the her. " there. the " I my the dealt nearly seize a " have will the are and until to new " At last may better " the had failed. Airs, of family. assure you ; but if you step out to Pros pect Villa, you will find it to be true."' " I don't believe a word of it," aid Sir Bernard Brand, a stout supporter of Le noir, who had cured him by making him drink lemonade instead of port; "I don't believe a word of it It's some of that humbug Heathcote's nonsense." But when the whist-tables were set Tor the evening, behold the tale was true, and the universal community of Bath were ringing with it! But to the still greater astonishment of every one, there was the Magnificent, looking more magnificent than ever, seated in his accustomed place, and glancing benignly from under his swarthy eye-brows. " Magnificent," said nenshaw, " have you heard what people are saying?" " Yes, Henry, I have heard it" ' Well, what is the story ?". . " They say you are not to have that place in the Customs, because you can't keep a secret" . Henshaw's face grew livid, for the place in the Customs was life or death to him, although he thought no one knew of it -II ptscfccU Up Geuratre-, riowerer. and re torted : " They want to know what you have done with Mrs. DeGrey." - "I believe Mrs. DeGrey has gone to the country for her health. . Of course, CoL DeGrey is the best authority on that sub ject" " Lenoir," I donbt not you are a villain," said a voice behind him ; and, turning round, he saw Dr. Heathcote. " I have just seen the Colonel, and he is raging at the disappearance of his wife. He says she went away last night, and no one knows where. He was on his way to your house when I met him." "Dr. Heathcote, you jog-trot practition ers judge by the most superficial symp toms," said Lenoir, iu the loftiest tone. " I shall see the Colonel if he has returned, and to-morrow I shall take occasion to re quest an explanation of the epithets which you have used, and tne impert inent sug gestions of the little lawyer." ' " Meantime, with your leave, I shall fin ish my rubber." But the party broke up and declined to finish the rubber, and the Magnificent took his hat and walked slowly from the room. His faction retired home in great discomfiture. Meanwhile CoL DeGrey, in the great est perturbation, having found his wife gone on his return, and no trace of her, went on to the house of Dr. Lenoir.. It was a large, gloomy mansion, with high walls, and surrounded by trees; a dim, flimmering light shone over the doorway, 'he Colonel's knock was not answered at once, and he thought he heard a window open and shut. At last the door was opened by a thick-set, powerful man with one eye. . ' "Is Dr. Lenoir at home?" said the ColoneL "Yes, sir," said the man, "be kind enough to walk in." Colonel Ueurey entered and followed the man upstairs. He thought he heard the outer door locked as he went up. He was ushered into a strange-looking room, with very little furniture, and a window at the roof, so high as to be be yond reach. The moment he was in the room the door was violently shut and he was left in absolute darkness. He rushed to the door, raged and stormed, bellowed at the top of his voice, but no answer was returned. Half an hour had elapsed, and at last a trap in the ceiling opened, and a light appeared through it " The master be cooin !" said a voice. " You scoundrel, you and your master shall pay for this !" " The master be coom. Wilt go quoit ly?" Another volley of wrath was about to escape from his lips, when he bethought him that his better plan would be at: least feign submission. " I shall be glad to tell your master what a blackguard he is. I shall do that quietly enough." tin this assurance tne trap was closed ; and in a few minutes the same one-eyed man, with a companion of equal strength, opened the door and invited the Colonel emerge. ., He saw at once that he would have no chance in a struggle, and determined to the matterout resolving to use violence he could not otherwise escape. Passing through a narrow winding pas sage, a door opened, and he was ushered into a well-furnished sitting-room, and there, seated in an easy chair, was the im perturable Magnificent The door was closed behind him, and looking round, he could not have told where it was. " Lenoir motioned to him to sit down ; giving no heed to the invitation, he exclaimed . " What is the meaning of this infamous conduct ? Where am I " " In a mad-house," said the doctor, com posedly. ' . ' - "And on what pretense have yon de coyed me here, you scoundrel, and where my wife ?" Don't you think," rejoined the Mag nificent, in the same tone, " that should your wife die, you had better be mad for a little?" - " What on earth do you mean !" said the ColoneL But his face blanched, and he into a seat. - . v . " Col. DeGrey, I knew yon a long time Do you remember Dr. Gerommo Spiretti at Padua?" " Gracious God !" said the Colonel. " I was his assistant when you studied poison under him. I was a lad of sixteen, you have not changed. Now you Know alt The wre'tched man for a moment nearly fainted. Ho tried to speak, but could make no articulate sound. "Don't glance at the poker. Killing would be your own death. - Listen : "I knew you from the first, and I mis trusted you from the first and but for the sweet woman who is linked to you and still trusts you, you should have met doom you deserve, as far as I am con cerned. But to expose you would kill I was certain, from Dr. Heathcote's ac count, how the matter stood. I knew you would discontinue the doses while I was Y'ou thought that was the cause of recovery, and did not thing of Spi retti's antidote. I knew the attempt would begin when whs absent The nurse brought me the poisoned soup. I have had it analysed in presence by two careful chemists, and analysis, and thesubject of it are so be stowed Drop that I " he thundered, and DeGrey such a blow on the arm as fractured it He had attempted to the poker. The pain of the blow was intense for a moment, but Lenoir gave him glass of brandy, and proceeded : . Your wife is where none of Spiretti's recipes will reach her. She believes you sent her there, and is content You now write two letters before you leave room. One to tell your wife that you obliged to go abroad for two months, requesting her to remain where she is your return ; the other to request me attend her during her absence at her residence. I shall send the two children to her. the end of two months, unless the dose was too strong for her shattered system, she will be quite well, and you rejoin her. Until that time you had be absent One word more. You how know that Insurance Company, fn which you that policy on your wife's life, has Perhaps you do not know that ueiirey lias succeeded to an annuity 300 a year from an old friend of the in is a say he a us " " to fell, see to near " not " you " the see " of as holei "You stay here for a week, then go quietly to Paris ; but, mark ; if your wife dies in any circumstances of mystery, whether I am alive or dead, retribution will hunt you to the ends of the earth." " But Virgiuie the nurse ?" stammered the self-convicted wretch. " Virginic knows nothing excepting that she did what she was told. She has done stranger things than that without ever asking for reasons. She will never open her li ps on the subject. You are perfectly secure, ior tne chemists had no idea on what their experiments were made." ? Next day the Magnificent was in his place in the pump room as usual. iien looked shy at him, and women looked sly. He was as cool aud lofty as ever. He waited until the room was full, and then, taking an opportunity when Heath cote aud Uunshaw were close to him, he caueu out, " blx. ilensbaw." Ho took no notice. He repeated his call with the same effect. Lenoir took two strides toward him, and fining him by his SQOuiders, placed him with his back to the pillar, and then said : i. "Too preatimed yesterday to make re marks dispimiging'to a lady. - Y'ou will be kind enough now to retract them, or I promise to kick you from one end of this room to the other. Pale and affrighted was the little law yer; but Dr. Heathcote interposed .- " Dr. Lenoir, this must not be ; I was tne accuser yesterday, and you must first deal with we." " True, my dear Heathcote, but I mean to deal with each alter their kind. You are a gentleman and a man of honor, and as such I intend to treat you. Read that Dr. Heathcote read, to his intense as tonishment, the following note : Bath. Anff. 1. 17tt- Mt Sear Lmoin: As I am oblieed to go to the Continent for two months, 1 hope yon will allow ma to leave Mrs. DeGrey nnder your charm, should she at her present residence require yonr uviee. iuiub, kij irmj, F. DiGeit, "Read it out, doctor," said Lenoir, and the bewildered man obeyed. "Now, you slanderous little toad, eat up your calumnies on the spot !" said Le noir to the lawyer. " I am sure I meant nothing," said he, " I will make you repent these words. " " Eat them up, I say, for the last time !" and terribly he looked down upon Hen Shaw. The latter quailed. " I admit, " he said, tney turned out not to be true. " And ought not to have been spoken. " Go, then and be warned." "You will hear from me to-morrow, however, for all this. " " I think not " said Lenoir, when he had gone. And he did not, for the purveyor of scandal thought better ot it, and trans ferred his attentions to Scarborough. "And now, Dr. Heathcote, I presume you retract tnat epithet which you used yester day? I admit appearances were against me, but a true physician distrusts appear ances. "I forgive the banter, and cheerfully retract the expression ; but after what the Colonel said, hang me, doctor, if I knew L . . . i . i WMUb IU UI lb. "I never supposed you did." said Le noir; and the Magnificent reigned in Bath ior many years atterwara. 1 he gap in the story you may fill up as suits you best Lenoir, in his trip to Lon don, had consulted his solicitor, who told the story to my late master. The cautious London lawyer told Lenoir he might be hanged for compounding felony; and Le noir toia mm ne might be banged ior his advice.' The annuity was, the solicitor be lieved, provided for Lenoir himself; and the surmise was, either that he was in love with the lady, or that he knew more of her history than he chose to explain or probably both. The Colonel and Mrs. DeGray never visited Bath again ; but the annuity was paid for many years afterward, the Colonel probably being as anxious to Keep ins wife alive as be had been to de stroy her; and she, poor thing, with the constancy and credulity of women, rejoic ing in her inmost soul at the increased ten derness ot ner husband. of A Panning Judge. LippineolC Magazine has the following account oi tne facetious sayings of J udge Richard Peters, of Philadelphia: It was as a punster that Peters was most widely known, great as was his reputation more important respects. Men love to laugh, and he who induces them to do so much surer of a kindly place in their recollections than any mover of their other emotions there can be no doubt tnat the sign which Peters hung from his office win dow on beginning his professional career, T?ilar1 Potoro Jt ttsirnotr.af.la vr Tlnal- ness done here at half-price: N. B. Half- done," a capital sign, by the way, for all half-price places had the effect of tick ling more tees out of passing pockets than could have been secured by more serious means. Peters was colleagucd on the bench with Justice Washington, of the Supreme Court, quiet, severe man, of whom he used to that Bro. Washington was the strict Judge, while he was the dw-trict Judge. Justice Washington was iu the habit of delivering the opinions ot the Court, and was, moreover, noted for a very vigorous appetite two fXcts which caused his asso ciate to call him the mouthpiece of the court A superlative spinner of naval yarns, on returning from a curise, assured a festive assemblage, of whom the Judge was one, he had encountered a soap island, which he elaborately described. When had finished, the Judge blandly request ed to be informed if the making of that island didn't require a great deal of lie ? At an agricultural dinner he entertained countryman of more candor than cour tesy by telling extraordinary stories ; and when he paused, the man shouted, " Tell some more of your 'tarnal lies!" A neighbor who kept a noisy pack of hounds, once complained of suffering from ague. "Bless my soul!" he exclaimed, can't you cure it with all that bark ?" At the trial of some pirates in South Carolina, the District Judge acquitted them for want of a comma in the law: So for want of a comma," said he, " the doings of the rascals will never be brought a full stop." One of the members of the State Legis lature, when the Judge was Speaker thereof, in crossing the hall tripped and on which, of course, the legislators into a laugh. "Order, order, gentlemen; don't you that a member is on the floor ?" This rebuke of the Judge did not restore them gravity. Once when the Judge was standing La : Fayette, a young military officer, in addressing the latter, exclaimed, Sir, although we were not born to par tike of your revolutionary hardships, yet should our country be attacked, we will fail to tread in tho shoes of our fore fathers." No, no." Interrupted the Judge ; " that can't do, for they fought barefooted." "Why don't you buy land in North Carolina?" asked a friend of the Judge. I'd rather buy it in the moon," was reply, " for then I might sometimes my purchase." up to her her on I in her rest b The tors, tice he came day to had not tne bors out ising dient for Tub following is from the will of a mar iner of Bristol, England, proved 1795 : My executors to pay, out of the first moneys collected, to my beloved wife, if one shilling, which I give as a token my love, that she may buy hazel nuts, know she is better pleased with crack ing them than she is with mending the in her etockingi. " cows said made milk ery the and stools pails in his good A either many asked Jake's A willed nailed loft Tale of the Four Deaf Men. A deaf shepherd was one day tending his noca near nis own village, andlnouga it was almost noon, his wife had not yet brought him his breakfast He was afraid to leave his sheep to go in quest of it, lest ome accident should befall them. Hut his hunger could not be appeased ; and upon looking around, he spied a laUnynn, or village hind, who had come out to cut grass for his cow near a neighboring spring. He went to call him, though very reluctantly, because he knew that, though these servants of the village are set as watchmen to prevent theft, yet they are great thieves themselves, lie hailed him, however, and requested him to give an eye to his flock for t lie short time he should be absent and that he would not forget him wnen ne returned irom breaKlast. But the man was as deaf as himself, and mistaking his intentions, he angrily asked the shepherd, " What right have you to take this grass, which I have had the trou blc to cut ? Go about thy business, and let me alone !" The deaf shepherd ob served the repulsive gestures of the hind, which he took for a signal of acquiescence in his request, and therefore briskly ran toward the village, fully determined to give his wife a good lesson for her neg lect But when he approached his house, he saw her before the door, rolling in vio lent pain, brought on by earing over night too great a quantity of raw green peas. Her sad condition, and the necessity he was under to provide breakfast for him self, detained the shepherd longer than he wished, while the small confidence he had in the person with whom he left his sheep, accelerated bis return to tne utmost Overioved to see his flock peaceably feeding near the spot where he left them. he counted them over and found there was not a single sheep missing: "He is an honest fellow, quoth he, this lalaiyan : the very jewel of his race! I promised him a reward, and he shall have it 1 here was a lame beast in the flock, well enough in other respects, which he hoisted on his shoulders, and carried to the place where the hind was, and courteously offered him the mutton, saying " You have taken great care of my sheep during my absence, lake this one lor your trouble. " "I ! " says the deaf hind, " I break your sheep's legs ! I'll be han ged if I went near your flock since you have been gone, or stirred irom tne place wnere 1 now am. 1 es. said the shepherd, " it is a good and fat mutton, and will be a treat to you and your lamily or friends. Have 1 not tofd thee, replied the lal aiyan in a rage, that 1 never went near thy sheep ! And yet thou wilt accuse me oi breaaing that one s leg. Uet about thy business or 1 will give thee a good beat ing! " And, by gestures, he seemed determined to put his threat in execution. The aston ished shepherd got into a passion also and assumed a posture of defiance. They were just proceeding to blows, when a man on norsebacK came up. lo him tney both appealed to decide the dispute between them; and the shepherd, laying hold of tne bridle, requested the horseman to alight just a moment, and to settle the difference between him and the beggarly Talaiyari. " I have offered him a present of a sheep, says he, ' because 1 thought ne nad done me a service ; and, in requital he will knock me down." The villager was at the same tune preferring his com plaint, that the shepherd would accuse him of breaking the leg of his sheep, when he had never been near his flock. The horseman, to whom they both ap pealed, happened to be as deaf as thev: anu did not understand a word that either them said. But seeing them both ad dressing him with vehemence, he made a sign for them to listen to him, and then frankly told them that he confessed the horse he rode on was not his own. " It was a stray that I found on the rood," quoth he, "and being at a loss, I mounted him for the sake of expedition. If he be yours, take him. If not, pray let me pro ceed, as i am really in great haste. The shepherd and the village bird, each imagining that ths horseman had decided favor of the other, became more violent than ever; but accusing him whom they nau taxen ior their judge oi partiality. At this crisis, mere happened to come an aged Brahman. Instantly they all crowded around him : shepherd, Talaiyari, and horseman; each claiming his inter position, and a decision in his favor. All spoke together ; every one telling his own tale. But the Brahman had lost his hear ing also. " I know," said he, " you want compel me to return home to her " (meaning his wife) ; " but do you know character? In all the legions of the wic&ed ones, 1 defy you to hnd one that is equal in wickedness. Since the time I first bought her, she has made me commit more sins than it will be in my power to expiate in thirty generations. I am going a pilgrimage to nasi (ttenares), wnere will wash mvself from the innumerable crimes I have been led into from the hour which I had the misfortune to make my wife. Then will I wear out the of my days on alms in a strange land." While they were all four venting their exclamations, without hearing a word, the horse stealer perceived some people ad vancing toward them with great speed. Fearing they might be the owners of the iast, he dismounted and took to his heels. shepherd, seeing it was growing late, went to look after his flock ; pouring out maledictions, as he trudged, on all arbitra and bitterly complaining that all jus had departed from the earth. Then bethought himself rif a snake that had crossed his path in the morning, as he out of the shcepfold, and which might account for the troubles he had that experienced. The Talaiyari returned his load of grass, and, finding the lame sheep there, he took it on his shoulder, to punish the shepherd for the vexation he given him, and the aged Brahman pursued his course to a choultry that was tar off. A quiet night and sound sleep soothed his anger in part, and, early in morning, several Urahmans, his neigh and relations, who had traced him persuaded him to return home, prom to enjraee his wife to be more obe and less quarrelsome. Good Word the Young. Milkeso Tubes. A writer in the Prairie Farmer cautions all persons against using quills for drawing milk from : " Forty or more years ago a boy, to have been below par in intellect, the wonderful discovery that the would run out or a cow s udder by inserting straws in the teats. 1 he discov "went the rounds of the papers,' and result was that many of the lazy boys some others were sitting on their and seeing the milk run into the through straws, quills and tin tubes, about two months the papers had to chronicle facts like these : ' Mr. A. has had valuable cow ruined by having been milked with straws ;' 'Mr. B. has had a cow nearly spoiled by having been iniiKcd with tin tubes,' etc., etc citizen of a Western State was boasting that in his town there wasn't a doctor, a lawyer, or a town clergy man, and only one rum-seller. " How inhabitants are there altogether?" a bystander. " Well," was the re ply, " there's only my family and brother and Jake is the rum-seller. RELieiocs fanatic in Germany has that his body bo embalmed and to a cross, and placed in the organ of the church. This done the church receives sixty-eight thousand guldens. ed at the ent it, ne beer was the So, it, ry - you not tne is I Youths' Department. THE NICE LITTLE PRESENT. Can yon des what my papa did brln me to-rlsrht f You mizht den yois of thins, but you wouldn't 6er rii'ht. OI I do not believe dat yon could dess. now. H 1 was a aerl, you would ray a new dess. Hut as 1 am a boy, and dust four years old. Do yon think. yon could dess, if you never was toia i Key are not velly Ion. and not velly short. em aey are tne nicest dat ever was Dousnt, Dey are black as can be, have yittle yed tops. And the yed betrins jnst where the black stops. Per have two little heels, and two fnnnv ears. And sometimes dey rqneaks so that all the folks neaxs. Dey were de nicest my papa could det ma, would seep in them if mamma would yet me, I s'pose she ynd say Hwasa velly bad plan. o I II teep my eyes ogien e'long as 1 can. And of all mv presents 'tis dis one dat suits. These dear ylttle suueakv, yittle red-top boots. I'll help my dear mamma, and I'll rock de baby, I'll he ever so dood, and den some time, may be. ii ne mazes yois o money, my near papa mient Pet some squeakier boots dan he dot me to-night. For of all de music 'tis d is kind that suits. De bid squeak dat comes out of de new pair of oooia. juuion journal. A Bit of Astronomy. I bcspect that not one child in fifty, under twelve years of age, could tell me exastly how any one knows that the moon is really larger than a soup plate, or whether it is as far or farther away than Boston. Now don't shrug your pretty shoulders, and laugh, and say I must be cray to think you don't know that It is not so easy a matter to know many things just right ; and I hope you will not say one boastful word about your knowledge of the subject, until you have thought it over carefully, and seen how much you really know certainly. Wise men are very cau tious indeed, and know what they say, and the reason for it No one ever comes from the moon coun try, to give us descriptions of it, and one has a great deal of trouble in studying it since he cannot go there. The "man in the moon" is not at all social, either, in his ways, as you know, and I never heard of anyone getting any sort of information out of his ugly mouth. We have to learn things the best way we can, all by our selves, one thing at a time, and that often a very long time. I will tell you to-day about the size of the moon, aud how men are able to find out exactly what its size is. The moon is a globe, whose diameter is two thousand miles; about one-fourth of that of the earth. Now, how," do you ask, can one know that?" There is a method something like this ; Let us take, for example, a cent piece, which measures about an inch in diameter. and let it be placed between the eye and the moon, at any distance from the eye. It will be found on the first trial, that the coin will appear larger than the moon ; it will, in fact, completely conceal the moon from the eye, and produce what we may call a total eclipse of the moon. Let the coin be moved farther from the eye, and it will then appear smaller, and will seem to grow less in size as its distance from the eye is increased. Let it be removed until it seems exactly to cover the moon, and neither more nor less. If the distance from the coin to the eye be measured, it will be found to be about ten feet or one hundred an twenty inches. or, what is the same, two hundred and forty half inches. But it is known that the distance from the moon to the earth is about two hundred and forty thousand miles ; so that it follows in this case that one thousand miles in the moon's distance is exactlj what half an inch is in the coin's distance. Now you all understand, I suppose, how, in geography, you measure a country on a map, when you know the scale of the map ; if, for instance, you have the map of Illinois before you, made on a scale of buy miles to an men, and end, by measur ing, that there are about two inches of the map from Chicago westward to the limits of the State, you would at once be able to say that the real distance between those points must be about two times fifty, or about one hundred miles. Now, in the case of measuring the dis tance across the moon's disc with the coin. we have found the scale to be half an inch to one thousand miles ,- since, then, the coin measures two half inches in diame ter, the moon must measure two times one thousand miles, or two thousand miles in diameter. Little Corporal. " " do A Bit of Astronomy. That Egg Story. CrtARLBS Lakb once wrote a very amus ing treatise upon "Popular Fallacies," in a vein of facetiousness foreign to my pres ent purpose. Consider, seriously, the vast amount of good logic that is thrown away because of false premises. For how many centuries ships were built on the most absurd models, because somebody had said that it was easier to draw a tapering log through the water " butt end foremost !"' Nobody saw fit to question the statement, and therefore all vessels were built with the broadest part near the bow. Finally some original thinker in our own day tried an experiment; and lo, the log towed easier point foremost! Which of my readers believes that an egg can be made to stand on end ? " O," you respond in one breath, " we have read history, and know how Colum bus put this question, and how he convey an idea by his mode of answering it" But, my dear Young Folks, an egg can be made to stani on one end, upon a polished glass plate or other smooth surface, by simple balancing. borne eegs are much more difficult to put in position than others ; but I never failed to accomplish it in any instance. Every one of you can do the same. The only secret is that all the fingers and thumbs that touch the egg must leave it the same instant Observe this, and with a little perseverence you will invari ably succeed. I was first shown this by an Italian dis tiller, on the remote sugar estate of San Francisco Xavier, at the northern foot of Cuzco Mountains, in the Island of Cuba. When he stated that he could make an eeg stand on end. all of us pres laughed at him, and began to talk of Columbus. Ah yes," said he, " ta com ie Colon" that matter of Columbus ; " but I can do and you can do it It is a little thing," continued, but 1 nave drank much with this," meaning that every one ready to bet upon the impossibility of undertaking. Nevertheless he did it, and we all did it. my young friends, you may set about with perfect faith in your success. Moral : be careful how you accept a maxim until you have proved it Oar Young t'ulke. I of ed now has Old, four the can his W. True Reason for Being Honest. ' Hojhesty ia the best policy " said Har aloud ; " and I mean always to be hon est" "What does policy mean?" asked his sister Ada, looking up from her book. "Why this," replied the boy, "that if are always honest, even though it may seem the wisest thing for yourself at lime, vou will get best ott in the end." " I don't think," replied his sister" that a good reason ; because if you saw dis honest people geting on better for a long time, you would, perhaps, get tired of waiting for the time to come when you half ratio have would be the heat off' and hetn'n to bS dishonest too." Ada Is ri?ht " aM hn mamma Knk into the room ; 1 be honest because it ia right, my son; that is the only safe rea son, lry to please God. whether nv gain comes from it or not; you will not be able to see how doing the right thing ia profitable in a temporal point of view J but it will matter little, when vou come to die, whether you have been be6toff in this world or not" ' "I thank you, mamma," said Harry. 'In future I will endeavor to do right be cause it is right, and is pleasing to God, whether it seems to my advantage or not The Little Loaf. In a time of famine a rich man sent for the poorest children in the town and said to them : "There is a basket full of bread ; you may each come every day and take a loaf until it pleases God to send better times." The children attacked the basket, and disputed as to which should have the larg est loaf, and then went away without once thanking their benefactor. Only r ranees, a very poor but cleanly eirl, modestly remained behind and had the smallest loaf which was left in the basket She gratefully returned thanks and went home quietly. One day the children behaved very badly indeed, and poor Frances received a loaf very much smaller than the rest but when she took it home and her mother cut it open, a number of pieces of silver fell on the floor. The poor woman was astonished and said. " Go and return this money immediate ly, it must have been put in the bread by mistake." Frances went directly with it to the gentleman, who said : " My dear child, it was no mistake. - I had the money put into that loaf to re ward you. Remain always as peaceable and contented. Those who are satisfied with a little always bring bleasings upon themselves and family, and will pass hap pily through the world. Do not thank me, but thank GodV who put into your heart the treasure of a contented and grate ful spirit, and who has given me the will and opportunity to be useful to those who are in need of assistance. " - : MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS. Toilers of the See Opticians. Vegetalz Philosophy Sage advice. A Precious Volume A bank book. Light Employxest Building castles in the air. It is more diffiult to manage riches well than to acquire them. , . A Hard Case The house the poor snail is compelled to live in. A cofish breakfast and an India-rubber coat will keep a man dry all day. In the height of prosperity prepare for adversity, by insuring in the Mutual Life, of Chicago. It is suggested that the first piece of music performed by Adam must have been " warblings at Eve." Foresight is the right eye of Provi dence, and Providence dictates Life In surance. Insure in the Washington. The epicurean who made a dessert of the fruits of an enterprise picked his teeth with the point of a joke. The only manufactory of hairpins in the United States turns out fifty tons of those useful articles per month. At what time of life may a man be said to belong to the vegetable kingdom? When long experience has made him sage. Scejte nr Chicago. "Is Mrs. Smith at home ?" " No ; but walk in. She has just stepped out to get a divorce, and will be back in in a few moments." A shodpt woman, who returned from Europe with some paintings, was asked if they were landscapes. She said, "No, over one-half of them are water-scapes.? " Wht dont you take your seat at thv bar?" asked a lawyer of a client, the other day. " My father always advised me to keep out of bad company," replied the other. The family of Mr. Ansel 'Gammon, of New Vineyard, Me., consisting of twelve sons and four daughters, weighs 3,140 pounds. The boys average 195 and the girls 200 pounds, " Mr dear," said a husband to his wife, I'm going to start a coffee plantation." How'll you get the land?" " Oh, there's no trouble about that; I always have plenty of coffee ground in my cup." A convict in the Windsor, Vt, State prison has recently constructed a box one toot in length, six inches wide and five inches deep, composed of 2,800 pieces, his only tool being a jack-knife. A New Jersey inventor has fixed up a way of dressing linen thread to imitate natural hair so perfectly that It is almost impossible to detect it as artificiaL When our laities- have their heads shod with this1 material, no matter what the color may be they will all be flaxen haired. Talleyrand used to be worried about his autograph, and to one of his persecut ors he thus wrote : , " Will you oblige mr with your company to dinner on Wednes day next, at 8 o'clock? I have invited a number of exceedingly clever persona, and not like to be the only fool of the lot" A man, praising porter, said it was so excellent a beverage, that it always made him fat "I have seen the time, said another, "when it made you lean." "When, should like to know ?'r said the eulogist "Why no longer ago than last night, against the walL" A Frenchman at Sheldon, Vt, who the employ of the railroad company because of the danger to his life, and com menced working from house to house, was instantly killed a few days after, by a frag ment of a log exploded by powder, in a lot adjoining that in which he was sawing wood. He leaves a wife and two children. The entire population of Ohio, accord ing to the recent census, is 2,655,012, and this number 2,029,753 are native born. and 373,250 foreign born. There are 601,735 white persons in the State, and 63,267 colored persons, including Indiana. One man is returned as a Chinaman, nam Daniel Webster, born in Alabama. Going to Propose. Be went np town to-day, girls, With a very business air; He'd oiled up his mustache, girls. And parted well his hair; Something's in the wind, girls, W hichover way it blows ; And I'll tell you what it Is, girls lie's going to propose. i Sometimes he's confidential. And says Maria's fair. And praises Bessie's hazel eyes. And Jennie's dowing hair; Says Alice is aneelic, too. Admires Lucinda's nose; 1 knew how it would end, girls lie's going to propose. There is said to be a man 67 years old, living in Chester County, Pa, who been blind since he was seven years and who can find his home among the trees on Welsh Mountain at any time without aid from anyone ; who can pass from one place to another for a distance of or five miles in his own neighbor hood; knows the different residences of neighbors as soon as he approaches them; knows the voices of his acquaint ances, and in many instances their foot steps; can tell different kinds of timber; make a shaking fork, broom, or axe-handle ; hang an axe, and can chop wood, and done with his day's work will hide axe, and return to the woods on the following day and find it . Americas Newspapers. CoL John Forney said, at a dinner given in his honor : " In 1370 we count fifty-five hun news periodicals of all degrees, with probable annual circulation of not less seven hundred and twenty-five mil lions. Of those, four hundred and seventy-five are dailies, circulating nearly two millions of copies every twenty-iour hours, one hundred and sixty are agricul tural journals, circulating over half a mil lion; and about three hundred religious periodicals, circulating over two and a million of copies of each edition an aggregate, without counting our monthly literature, larger than the rest of the civil ized world. In fifty years, when our popu lation shall have attained, on the present of increase, to one hundred and fifty millions, the boy of seventeen to-day will a far different story to telL"