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Poetry. IN THE LANE. BY CELIA THAXTER. Br cottage wall the !n blow ; Rich spikes of perfume stand and sway At open easements, where all day The warm wind waves them to and fro. Oat of the shadow of the floor, into the go den morning air. Comes one who makes the daj more fair And summer sweeter than before. The apple-blossoms might hare shed V pon her cheek the bloom so rare; The son baa kissed her bright brown hair. Braided about her gracefa. head. Lightly betwixt the lilacs Ull She pas-es, through the garden pate, Across ine roaa, taa ays w wait A moment by the orchard wall ; And then In gracious light and shade. Beneath the blossom-laden trees, 'Mid song of birds and ham of bees Ebe stays, unconscious, unafraid. Tni swiftly o'er the grassy space Comes one whose step she fain wonld stay; uih as uic uvwij-ruMsa ay He stoops to read her drooping lace. Her face is like the morning skies, , Bright, timid, tender, bluriiiog sweet; She dares not trust her-own to meet The steady splendor of bis eyes. He holds her with resistless charm. With truth, with power, with beauty crowned. aduqi ner sienaer watst is wouna The strong, safe girdle of his arm; And np and down, in rhade and light. They wander through the flying hours, and all the way is strewn with flowers. And life looks like one long delight. I happy twain t so frost sball harm. A o change shall reach yur bins so long as Ktrcus lu D ire uin i -1 1 r; 1 11 1 nrniir. CT . ; 11. 1 . . , ,, cue jnua oi mat ioioing arm. Could you this simple secret know. No death in life would be to fear. Ere in another fleeting year By cottage a alia the lilacs prowl Atlantic Monthly. Miscellany. Mr. Jack Littlegame's Opinion of Base-Ball. Who should I meet bat Sam Skinrame. made np like a regular swell, full suit of DiacK, stove pipe flat, patent leather boots, and alL " What's the lay, Sam ?" sez I, " What's yer mue game ? u The Nashunal game," sez Sam. Tm - a member and stockholder of the ' Dirty D&OCKingS. " -res, but whats the gamer Is it bones or papers f vz I kinder ignorin the stockins. "It's the one-ball game," sez Sam. "The Nashunal Game of Base-Ball. Want to liner" WelL 1 don't mind," says I, "but Td . like to be left out of wearing the stockins till cooler weather." "Stow that," sez Sam. " Dirty Stock- ins is the pet name of our professional I nine. So Sam a creed to let me have some of nis stock an some brads to pay for mem- I bership, and we went np to the Cheatem grounds to see the nrst game lor the cham- pionship between the Dirty Stocking and -.concerning the Soiled shirts of Sedalii. It was hot I as blazes, but you may pick me up for a uai ii mere warn t more than three thou- go sand people sitting there in the sun. to .rreny soon me game began, i he nrst wing iney aid was to select an umpire, not umpire s duty is to stan' out one side " " maao sum uuug vi it, every once in a while he sings out, " One bawl!" "Two bawl I" After they had stood the umpire out in the sun, one of the Dirty stockins picked up a big club and stood over a little iron plate like a pavior with a rammer. Three other chaps - went and stood on three little sail-loft cushions ; three other fellows winked at each other and got as tar out in the field as they could ; another man planted him self about fifteen feet from one of the little cushion. Sam says they call this man "short stop," because he don't stop there long before his head is caved in by . the ball. Then a player stood behind the cnap on tne iitue iron plate, an another went in tront of him an began to pitch a ball at his head, and he dodged it, an' then the chap behind would chuck it back. Bime-by the feller that held the full hand of clubs got mad, struck the ball an' drove it into the short stop mans . stomach, flung his club back an' knocked oat the front teeth of the man behind ; then he ran at one or the chaps on the lit tle cushions, knocked him down and stomped on him, and went for the chap on the next cushion; but the ball got there somehow before him, an' the chap on the second cushion grabbed it an fetched him - a pelt side of the head as he come up. Then the umpire yelled. "Out!" The crowd cheered, the wounded was carried off in an ambulance, new men put in their piaccs, and inty began ail over again. I asked Sam if anybody ever got hurt - piaytn the Nashunal game? . - " Not enough to interfere with the game," says Sam. "We've located our , grounds pretty near the city hospitals, have our own ambulance, coroner and undertaker, and the doctors bring the ' medical students over to all the matches to study surgery. We did have a life and accident insurance agent ; but the first two matches tailed his company. ' Sam says that when the Nashunal game was rust introduced, men used to play for - xne run an- exercise; but sense John Mor- rissey. Jim Irish; and our kind have taken the game up, they have to pay a member , of the professional nine a thousand dollars for the season, his doctor's bill, an' all he can make through his friends in side bets. Yon can bet your pile the Nashunal game's a big thing. had five and was fine the a jack ting her with and wash some Will lortn in? and ed with. and had baby. large the for school not again, ing house The where Tell-Tale Tomatoes. ".Whkbb did you get them tomatoes?" . asked an old Long Island fkrmtr.the other . morning, oi a neighbor whose real estate yielded s product of ntZ, and on which there was not a tomato-vine. His basket was full of very fine, ripe specimens, which the farmer thought he recognized. It wasnt the first time that suspicion of his impecunious neighbor's T . V .1 : , ; . - jMiuevty jiau anseu iu nis xmno. "" Where did you get 'em ?" Bought 'em.' Who did you buy 'em of ?" , " Bill Van Brunt, on Crow Hill." " Ah ! let us look at your hands." With his basket on his arm he held out both hands for examination. " What do yon want to look at my hands for ? There am t nothing onto em . The old tanner was washing his own .hands at the time in a tin basin of raw water, with a wooden bowl of curdled brown soft soap before him. "Nj; there ain't nothing on 'em that ; Tou can see; but see here, set downyrnrr basket, and wash 'em. Its: wery coolin', and your face and hands look hot." So saying, he emptied the basin, filled it with cold water, pointed to the soap dish and relieved the bearer ot his basket. Bone called, 1 tinued. sprang the along groped with it. used coal, A what, with below the had the but.- gazed ed up far about, The on and The first immersion and friction of the f shook mds in the water let the cat out of the river ' hands : bag. It at once turned green: grew preen er and greener every second, and at length . was an intense dark green. " Here, Jim," said the old farmer to his' tow-headed son, " take in this basket and empty it and bring it out agio." Then turning to his honest neighbor, he said : - l ou hooked them tomatoes from my patch not half au hour ago. Three or four of the top ones I knew in a minute. Here's your basket!" If any reader of the Evening Pott in the country would test this discovery of a theft, let him pick one or two tomatoes, separating the vines wit his naked hand, and then wash it. There is a mysterious something about the plant, perfectly color lass, that instantly impans the green, which ennnot be seen until water removes "it Nob York PotL Boms curious genius has been investi gating beer, and among the ingredients used in making up that beverage, he says he found sugar, honey, molasses, liquorice, alum, opium, gentian, quassia, aloes, coccu lus indicus, amora, tobacco, nux, saltpeter, jalap, salt, maranta, green copperas, mar ble -drat, oyster shells, sulphate of lime, : hartshorn, shavings, nut-gall, potash and soda. Tax boys are advised to get their smoked glass ready for the next eclipse. It will come off in June, 1954, and will he total through a large part of the Unitd States. sat back Don't the quickly, ready tening creaking his fright " father ed down out, nice. " father nas She " No, be herself get a floor, bread They : fira. EASTERN VOLUME I. McCONNELLSVILLE, OHIO, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1871. NUMBER 23. A NIGHT'S ADVENTURE ON THE OHIO RIVER. An Incident the Flood of 1832. " Titk river rises wonderfully Cist, wife," said Jack Mirtia, as he wiped his hands on the roller-towel behind the door, before sitting down to bis supper, "it is almost up to the top of the bank ; never was known to be so hish : and Wilson really seems scared about it." "Do vou think there is 'any dancer." asked 2rs. Martin as she pound out his tea. No, we are not going to be carried away because it is a few feet above high- water mars, it will go down as it came up, when it is ready. Come in." This was said iu answer to a knock at the door, and was followed by tlie appearance of a bov about thirteen j ears of age. " Mother is sick, Mrs. Martin." he said. approaching we tabic, axd the sent toe to ask yen to come over. Granny Hays is down with the rheumatiz, and she hain't got no one with' her." 1 expected it, said Mrs. Martin. What shall I do?" " Go, of course," said her husband. "Yon can't do anything else. " She is very bad." said the dt, " and 1 am to go around and fetch the doctor." Well, draw up and get some supper, Joe," was Jack's answer; "then I will put Dolly in tee wagon, and we will go the upper road ard tatce the doctor in. -Hut the children. lather 7 " Now don't begin to worry, Molly. can take care of the baby, and I will not be gone more than an Hour or so. Ton can get alone, can't you. Sally?" I guess so," was the smiling reply oi a brieht-eyed girl of some thirteen years who sat beside him. The creek is running like a mill-race. and the water is spreading all over," said Joe. "lie trees looked standing in it when I came over the hill. I dont be lieve we could ret along that road." wTh walpr ta Tw-jbiriO- tin thpfl " said Jack ; "but it is too cold for it to rise much farther " Mrs. Martin made a hurried meal. and. bavins stowed various articles in a basket. was "ready by the time her husband had the wagon at the door. With charges to sally the baby, she stepped in, while Jack locked the house door and put the key in his pocket, telling the children to to bcu as soon as tney naa set t nines rights, but to be sure and have a good nre and keen a iurht burning. lor ne would be long gone. Jack Martin and his young wife had left jjew England when they were nrst married, and settled upon the Ohio some distance above Cincinnati. Here Jack built a small frame-house and begun to cultivate hislland, and here his children were born, two of whom had died Sally and Will the baby being all that were left. Jack a happy, light-hearted, industrious man. who worked his i.trm and took things easy." Kis land was productiveiis crops had sold well, he had built a bam, and had good out houses, but his own dwelling was shabbiest part of the premises. It was frame of but one room, with a loft above which had been put up for present wants when he first settled there, but it was plastered snug and tight. Every year had thought he would add to it, and when his wife represented that it was get very old. and was really too small for growing family, he would put her off a promise ol building next spring, a compliment to her housekeeping. Alter her parents left, bally proceeded to up the tea-things. The baby, a child ten months old, was asleep, min ing up the end of the brown table-cloth. got out his slate and arithmetic, and began to cipher, while bany went oacif. and trom the cupboaKi to tne table, sing and nnttintr the thincs away. Will was slow at figures; he put down rubbed out : and bothered and scratch .his head ; and finally appealed to Sally, "Just show me this Dart. Thus an hour passed, ine baby awoke was fed and played with, and the two getting sleepy they prepared lorr bed. Usually they slept in the ion unless tne weather was very cold, but this night they been told to get in below with the Before undressing they rolled a log on the fire, and put a candle in lantern, as they had been taught to do salety. Tired with their walk oi two miles trom in the wind, they were soon asleep. Suddenly Sally was awakened by she knew what, and was turning to go to sleep when there was a groaning, creak noise, and she thought she felt the move. Thoroughly aroused, she sat up in bed. lantern was dark, and from the hearth. she had left a great fire, came a sound, and there was only the of a dull burning log. She thought one was putting out the fire, and "father! father!" here was no answer, but the sound con Without waking William, she out upon the floor and ran towards fire-place. . As she reached it her feet splashed in the water which was running over the floor. Quick as light the thought came, "The river is up!" She for a candlestick, and found one a small piece of candle remaining in Taking one of the long sulphur matches in those days, she touched it to a and had a light. quick glance around told her at once was the matter. The hearth laid heavy stone had sunk several inches the floor of the room, and up through crevices of. this came the water, which almost nut out the fire, leaving onl logs burning. The door was locked raising the window-curtain she out The house was- surround by water ( . the waves -were- washing against it and over the doorstep. As as her eye could - reach, all around was water. only water, with trees standing in it.- - girl had been brought up to depend herself, and- she had both resolution courage. -Running to the 'bed, she Will. " Get up, Will get up! The is all around the house. The boy up, rubbed his eyes stupidly, then 6ank again. "Get up, Will, do get up! you hear? the river is coming in house." She sTiook him again. "Dress and don't wake baby." She al had her own shoes on. and was fas up her drees. There -was the same noise, and the house shook. Will comprehended at last, and while putting on clothes ran to the window, "What are we to do?" he asked in af " If father was only here ! " We must ro to the loft and wait until comes," she answered. Taking the baby in her arms, she climb stairway and laid it on her own bed. wrapping it up warmly. When she came again, Will, who had been looking stood with the tears running down his Where is father? O Sally, where is ? I am so afraid he.is drowned ; he not come nome I hugged the tender-hearted boy close. Will, no, father is safe ; -he will only troubled about us." She shuddered as she reassured nim, . He will boat and come." Finding the water was covering the they carried to the loft all the art i cles they couid move, not forgetting some and a crock of milk for the baby. then took refuge there themselves. While they were thus engaged they frequently felt the house quiver. Itwas cold. ,. They had a light, but no So, wrapped in comforters, they " us." and the The the the baby ly's and and the them, other to They on. began . " thing coop, and down, Sally of going against back waters, it plank had old frantic with auiver or make draw opened in, W energy knew which a tened beads river-bank After nailing placed pitating she at dngou's They the were On thickly Now and An frantic, times them, fretted soothed - who held each other close, not daring to go to bed. They crouched near one of the win dows, of which there were two in the loft, one looking back on the hills, the other in front on the river. Th eir father did not come. It was not a dark night, and they could see that tho water spread over the meadows almost to the hills. The barns and ail the out houses stood surrounded. They couid hear the geese gabble in alarm, and the ducks quack, for they had been driven from thtir shelter. It was a strange sight, and one well cal culated to fill them with fears. Thev spoke little as they sat hugged together, except to say, "What is that?" as the creaking noise they had heard grew loud er. Will, who had always been delicate, was a dependent, loving, sympathizing boy, whose bravery was shown in bear ing he was uncomplaining but sympathet ic bally, who had often kept the house for weeks together when her mother was ill, and cooked her father's meals, and even done the washing, was sturdy, and a little rough to others, but to Will she was always tender. Now her heart ached for the lad she held in her arms. - The little wooden clock on the mantel shelf below struck two, and a moment after there was a great noise, as of something tearing away a jarring and a jerk ing; the housQ swayed to and fro, and, as if struck with some thing, went down one side, and up the other. With smothered exclamation, the children covered up their heads and clung closer to each other.. A violent motion was followed by a calm. They looked up. There was a tearing and pushing along the sides of the house, a violent thump, the window glass rattled as broke and fell, and the opening was darkened by branches of trees. A moment more, and all was quiet again. They were still. Presently Sally stood up and said, We are moving, Will ; the house is mov ing ! " She ran to the front window and looked out They were afloat on the broad Ohio. Alone, without help, in this old house, they were moving down the surging stream. With a wild scream bally sprang across the floor, and looked out at the back win dow. She saw the barn and the wood housa and the tops of the fences, with chickens roosting on them. Great trees which had been uprooted, and in whose branches wood and logs and other debris had caught, were swaying where the house had stood, snnarentlv pinned hv some thing remaining there. Even as she gazed, the distance between them and these fa miliar ohiectsincreased, and she knew they were on the broad, swift current of the river, helpless. The boy saw the terror in her face, and, clinging close to her, he looked up and said, soitly, as a big tear swelled irom under her lid and fell upon his upturned cheek, "Don't cry, Sally; God will help The girl, always more given to de pend upon herself than to seek higher aid, clasped him, and relieved herself by a loud burst of sobbing. Awakened by the noise, the baby cried. had to be taken up and fed ; this took attention of the children for some moments from themselves and their situa tion, which they .could not fully realize. raft of trees and driftwood coming against the old house, already swaying in water, had forced it trom its founda tions and swept it out into the open river, bearing it past the great trees on the bank, boughs of which had broken the win dows and tore off some of the weather- boarding from the side. somewhat nerseu again, Baiiy laid the down, and, drawing Will with her, crept to the window. Crouching, they looked out Just then the piece of candle flared up, sank again in the socket, flick ered and went out "It will soon be morning, the boy said, in answer to Sal clasp as they were left in darkness. Then the people will see us and- come take us away," was her reply. The clock had struck lour. Kneeling there, they passed villages and high bluffs, saw distant towns, all of which seemed submerged, for there were lights gleaming from upper story windows in the houses, and moving about as though on water. Dark objects went swiftly by and every, little while the house would din and rock, as a log or tree or weighty object struck it Heavy as their hearts were, tney spoke each other of the great flood and likened themselves to Noah in the Ark. were in the current and went swiftly Five o'clock struck, then six; they to see objects distinctly in the dawning light See 1" exclaimed Will, " there is some on that bale of hay, and there is a full of chickens too !" iiook at that settle and those chairs I their is a dog-house turned upside and tho poor dog is clinging to the outside with his paws ; he is chained to it" pointed towards the spot. Hay. straw, articles oi turniture, bales cotton, wood, and timber of all kinds, strewed the face ot tne river. Oh !" The house careened as though over, as some large object struck it, and the children were thrown upon the Boor, it righted again, and tremblingly they continued to watch the their thoughts diverted from them selves from what they saw. There was a strange noise at the back window, a scratching and clawing and thumping. They drew near to see what was, and found that the cat, which had probably been on the shed, that plank by was falling away from the house. sought the refuge of the window-sill without, where she was disturbed by the ram, also on the shed, and making effort to reach the same position puss, as he felt his unsafe foothold beneath him. As he bounded up. climbed against the house, striving to away with his horns, the cat would back . and spit and hiss at him. Amused despite themselves, the children the window and the cat bounded to its his a to the of is of it so The from the to Last head the and from the now. cents at He an was tacked "Buy Uenid his Care gun. one the for while the old ram was left to his fate. ith the light all Sally s resolution and came back to her. They passed towns and villages. the they must be n earing Cincinnati, of she had heard, and there, she had vague idea, they would be rescued. Taking the sheets oil the bed, she fast- them to a couple of slats from the tea d, and put them out of the win dow, as she had seen persons do on the when they wished to attract attention and get a steamboat to stop. several attempts she succeeded in the slats to the window-sill. Stationing Will at one window, she herself at the other, her heart pal with expectation. sun had now been np some time ; had a clear view of the scene, and be gan to realize the danger and to shudder every creak of the timbers of the house. They passed a solitary dwelling half immersed, then several, then a town with steamboats at the landing, and skiffs and paddling through the streets. were sure that the men in them saw house they pointed to it, and they talking of it ; but still no help. they went The waters were more turbulent the surface of the stream more studded with floating articles. it spread out so wide it seemed boundless, and again it would contract, on the high ground would be dwell ings not yet reached by the the flood. hour passed, oaiiy was almost and began to despair. Several she had seen people make signals to but none came to help. The baby and cried, and Will took it up and and gave it milk. jat a oa, will, eat a bit," said Bally, was herself almost exhausted through wantofileep and excitement The lad only shook his head and looked up. There was an expression in his face beautiful to see. " We are coming to a town. This must he Cincinnati. See the houses !" Sally leaned out of the window amd wildly waved something she had enatched up, raiang her voice at the same time ai.d Shrieking lor aid. " Pul the baby down, Will, and come and wave and holler," she said, looking in at him, and Will obeyed. "They see us! Why don't they help us?" the exclaimed in wild excitement "It is Cincinnati! Why don't they come? See the boats!" She came near falling out of the window. They passed the suburbs ; people faw, and shouud to them, but seemed to have no power to reach them. They were coming in front of the cry, tho lower part of which, with Covington and Newport, lay in the water. The steamboats appeared to be away up in the town, and many skiffs and other little crafts were plying upon the river." Now they were indeed seen, and their shouts were answered, but the skiffs could not get near them. The current of the river was strong, and there were too many largr oDjects on its surface. Encouraged by a knowledged that they were seen, the children increased their exertions. Sally broight the baby from the bed and held it up. Presently a large boat, which was mamed by men who were at work trying to save some of the lumber of a saw-mill, shot out and came towards them. Slowly and steadily it moved in and out, avoiding or pushing off the driftwood and other articles floating by. People who had been obliged to retreat to the second story of their dwelling put their heads out at the windows to see the strtnge'sight a house afloat and waved and shouted and threw up their hands when they saw that it had inmates, and these inmates were children. Meantime ths house was floating on and the boat was nearing it. . A few lengths and it would be at its side. Just then a nuge saw-log, which had -been lying like a great whale on the surface of the water, was struck by something, and, changing its course, dashed into the side of the dwelling. A startled shriek was given by the lookers on, as, thrown down by the concussion, the children disappeared, and the water dashed over the parted timbers. While the frame turned and whirled in the eddy, the log moved on. Taking ad vantage of the clearer space, the boat gained by a few clever strokes the side of the ruin ; then, while one of the crew sue- ceeded in making it fast, another climbed the window, where the children had again appeared, and lifted them out A moment more and the house fell over on side. "I thought God would take care of us," whispered Will to Sally, as they were safely set ashore. Jack Martin, who had reached the vi cinity of his home to find it gone, was soon informed of the safety of his chil dren, and ere long the family were to gether again. Need we say it was a joy ful meeting? Our Young Folk. it it a Business is Business. Tots editor of the Colorado Herald had occasion to leave town for two or three days, and he committed hU paper during absence to the charge of a young man. novice in journalism, whom he had just engaged as assistant Before leaving he instructed the ambitious young editor not permit any chance to go unimproved to force the paper and the very small size of subscription price upon the attention the public. " Always keep before your mind the fact that the object of this paper to extend its circulation," he said ; "and whenever you see a chance to insert a puff the Herald in any notice you make, pile on as thick as you can. Keep the peo ple stirred up all the time, you understand, that they will believe the Herald is the greatest sheet in the United States." The parting tear was shed, and the editor left following night, while he was away home, his wife died very suddenly. Upon the assistant devolved the duty of announcing the sad intelligence to the public. He did it as follows : " GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN." "We are compelled this morning to per form a duty which is peculiarly painful to able assistant editor who has been en gaged on this paper at an enormous ex pense, in accordance with our determination make the Herald a first-class journal night death suddenly and unexpect edly snatched away from our domestic hearth (the best are advertised under the of stoves and furnaces, upon our first page), Mrs. Agatha P. Bums, wife of Kufus P. Burns the gentlemanly editor of Herald, (Terms, three dollars a year, invariably in advance.) A kind mother an exemplary wife. (Office over Coleman's grocery, up two flights of stairs. Knock hard.) ' We shall miss - thee, mother, we shall miss thee.' (Job print ing solicited.) Funeral at half past 4, the house just across the street from Herald office. Gone to be an angel (Advertisements inserted for ten a square.) Well, the editor arrived home that day noon. Slowly and sadly he was ob served to arm himself with a double-barreled fowling-piece, into which he insert ed about two pounds and a half of bullets. marched over to the office, followed by immense crowd. The assistant editor busy in painting a big placard to be on the hearse. It bore the legend, your coffins of Simms, over the' oflioe." Th assistant - editor cast eye around and perceived his chief. sat upon that wan cheek, and thun der clothed bis brow. . He leveled his The assistant did not wait With wild and awful yell he jumped from second story window, and struck out the golden shores of the Pacific It is believed he eventually swam over to oi site son and felt and All this men shut not your your care out to cases says he all from it only forth is and men and for - he may most A Ludicrous Telegraphic Blunder. The London Court Courier relates the following anecdote resnectinir a noble lady who is young, beautiful and good! uunng tne Army Dili debate, her nooic husband who is as proud and fond of her as he should be, was just about to rise and delivers violent attack upon something or somebody, when a telegram , was put into his hands. He read it, turned pale, and quitted the House, called a cab, drove to the Charing Crces station, and went to Dover, and was no more heard of till the the next day, when he returned to his own home, and to his first inquiry was told that the Countess was in her own room. He hastened to her, and a terinc row ensued, the exact words of which no one knows but themselves. At last, how ever, he burst out, Then what did you mean by your telegram?" " Mean ? What I said, of course. What are you talking about ?" " Read it for yourself," returned the still unappessed husband! She did read : " I flee with Mr. to Dover straight Pray for me." For a moment she was startled, but then burst into a hearty fit of laughter. " Most dreadful telegraph people. No wonder you are out of your mind. I telegraphed simply, I tea with Mrs. , in Dover street Stay for me.' " His lordship was so savage at the laugh he had raised against himself mat ne was at nrst inclined to make a par liamentary question of it but, listening to more judicious advice, refrained. , When a man puts up at a Chicago hotel he sees in the paper next morning that he has "reined in his foaming vali; at the iremont there and sure There many one do, that going body should say still, and mostly When with trouble ii Unintended Influence. BY WM. AIKMAN, D. Did you ever stop to explain the effect nuica ine mere presence ol some persons has upon you ? They may cot speak a word, scarcely give you a look, yet they iuiiuruuc you. iou ieci tu.-in without either loach or sign. There are persons whom you speak of uaviug a cuuung manner, wnicn at once repels you. The coming of such a one into a circle where a moment ago all was cordial symyathy and pleasure, is like the floating of an iceberg into the tropics; mo air oecoracs nyperoorean where sum mer was reigning. So there are those whose personal pres ence you can well describe in no other way than by saying, it is sunny. They carry with them an air of health and joyous ness. Their step in the house makes the children smile and the circle grow full of talk ; it is, even in the sick chamber, like a breeze of spring; you cannot tell why; you only knoie that the place is Dngnier ior mere being mere. This effect of mere air and manner goes much farther than the emotions and spirits of those who feel it ,- it has a bearing upon cnaracter ano shapes lite. JNo one can tell how early it is felt and how last ing are its results. The infant in its mother's or its nurse's arms is perpetually a recipient ot it That miant may be catching hour by hour the disposition and character of her upon whose bosom he is held. It is not material food only that he draws from the mother's breast power is emanating in word and manner, nay, in the subtile unnamed outgoings of thought and feeling from that bosom, and the little one makes them part of his life. The fretfulness or petulance of the mother is seen to reproduce itself in the child. Many a mother who has been impatient and perhaps angry at her infant because it was "cross perhaps, were she willing, might find the cause of it all in her own disposition. How could he catch sunshine out of a cloud ? How could he gather material ior smiles out ot the perturbed place where he had been nestling? It is most probable that the character and disposition of chil Iren are formed mere by these silent influences than by woras and precepts, indeed, in a multi tude of cases these latter are wholly over borne by the former : the direct and an nounced teachings are in one direction, the secret but mighty overflowing are in aaother. Arctic navigators drifting northward sometimes see a huge iceberg crashing its way southward through ice heios the unseen under-current has a mightier hold on its mass than the sur face drift You may call it what you will or you may be unable to name it at all, yet there are lew who are not cognizant of the in fluence the simple presence of certain per sons have upon them. Women know it, though they may not be able to explain it The quick instinct of a woman ! how keen is to discern character, and to recognize simply by this unseen outflowing oi the soul ! Perhaps it is because the nature of true woman is more keenly sensitive than man's. A needle floating delicately the water s surface feels the faintest ap proach ot a magnet Laura Bridgeman. the deaf, blind, and dumb girl, was a very striking illustration this recognition ot unintended influ ence. Before she was taught self-restraint, had learned to guard her demonstra tion of feeling, she would show, on the moment or introduction, the most oppo emotions toward those who approach ed her. On taking the hand of one per she would at once dash it from her turn away with every expression of annoyance or, possibly, disgust; while touching the hand of another, she would endeavor to pass her own hand caressing ly over the arm and cheek of its possessor. Deprived of the ordinary means of knowl edge, her abnormal sensitiveness actually the emanations of the stranger's life character. But extreme instances need not be cited. persons are more or less affected by occult power. One man niakes you easy, another disturbs yon merely by his presence, and you may not ne able in either case to explain the reason; and what we feel as flowing out from other is perpetually streaming out of our selves. Every man carries with him a power which he cannot but exert He cannot so his soul within his body that it may go forth. Take attar of roses and fold hands tightly as you may, will no perfume go forth ? ' The words of the old Book are true, "Ointment in the hand betriyeth lvelf. The aroma of your moral life will go out l ou may guard lips, you may shape with minutest your acts, but your inner life will go and some one will be touched and shaped by it Here is a new and intense feeling given every man s mo. it is not in most so much what he does or what he that makes his influence it is what is. That which is within he cannot by his power keep from going forth. He cannot help it if he would. It streams out him like the unseen magnetism that R Every man is perpetually at work, not in hours when he purposely puts his powers, but when most of all he thoughtless of it- Indeed, the thought less hour may be the hour of most lasting power, since it gives the truest revelation throws out the most subtile influence. Responsibility goes farther than most imagine, it does not end with words acts. He is responsible for what is within, since that will inevitably go forth good or ill. That unintended power is often the tru est influence of the man, as it is the mightiest It may be the reverse of what wishes it to be. His words, his acts be in one direction, while the influ ence of his inner self stretches out in another. Many a parent lives down all his carefully inculcated lessons. His life is mightier than his spoken What we want is to be right within. Phrenological Journal. " ' is as cf to it we as the the a witn with that as to this will i cine. made and oil, the cends sides are Hints to Carpenters. The American Builder believes that is much labor in vain in the orna mentation ot houses, especially wooden It tells carpenters, before making fixing a quantity of ornament, to be that it is good, and goes on to say : are many things that you do, and others that an architect if there be in the case will often instruct you to which are neither tasteful nor in good construction. Of course there are excep tions. You may be sure of this, however, the more elaborate and covered with ornament a building is, the more you are on the wrong track. Real beauty consists not in added features but in the of the work itself, and this fact always be borne in mind. The principle of carving wood for out side ornament is wrong. We would cot it is to be discarded altogether, but, we have that leaning. Cut work, that of the simplest kind, is the best Complexity in forms and ornaments is bad. It not only requires unnec essary labor to produce, but there is actu ally vexation in the mind of the spectator. peoplo sec a thing that is crowded intricate work, that it takes them to make out, it is tolerably good ev idence that such work is not exactly what wanted. Give great attention to the sizes and proportion of doprs and windowj,-.ait4 pay special attention to the construction ; ana iron and has than at out be hand, place place, not ing when can that the kee would " those might never, if possible, conceal its DrinciDles. but let them form the basis of ornament. Moldings, cornices, and miters are not to be put m exposed positions. it is surprising what an excellent effect can be produced by cutting, even with little or no molding or carving. we do not stick mncn molding or carv ing about a ship. How plain, yet how beautiful it is, simply because of its pro portions ana because it looks like work. The Curfew Bell. Many have heard of the " curfew bell.' but not all who know its origin. Its his tory in England runs back to the time of William the Uonaueror. who ordered bell to be rung about sundown in summer, and eight o'clock in the evening in w inter, at which time fire-lights were to be put out and the people to remain within doors, and penalties were imposed upon those who neglected or refused to comply with mo iaw. mis was catiea tne curlew, a word derived from the French eouvrefeu. cover fire, and so the appropriateness of the name is readily seen. The old King iiaa oeen generally cnarccd witn institut ing this custom in order to impress upon nis Buuiucts a sense oi meir auiect condi tion; but as tho "curfew bell "was rung in France long before William's time, as a saicguard against hres, it is not improbable mat ne orougnt ine custom with him into England from the continent and that he has been slandered as to his motives. At any rate, he has sins enough to answer for wiiuout mis. In the sixteenth century " bellmen " were added to the night watch in London. They went through the streets ringing their bells, aud crying : " Take care of fire and candle ; be kind to the poor, and pray for the dead." It was the bellman's dutv. also, to bless the sleepers as he passed their doors, in " 11 I'enseroso," Milton refers to this custom: The bellman's drowsy charm. To bless the doors from nightly harm." Poets have often referred to the curfew or cover-tire bell. Gray begins his beau- uiui - r.iegy witn : - ine curlew tolls the kseU of parting day." Longfellow, too, has a pretty little poem teuing me story oi mis bell witn charm ing simplicity: Solemnly, mournfully dealing iu dole, n't... .... r I M i v .. .: ... 1 1 Cover the ember, net ont the llffht- Toil comes with the morn in--, and rest with the nigni. Dark grow the windows, and quenched is the are. Sound fades into silence, an footsteps retire, No voice in the chambers, no sonnd in the hall. Ditrcp iiu uuiitiuu reign over ail. King William died, and the original ob- bligations of the curfew were at last re moved about the time of Henry I., in 1100 ; but tne custom oi ringing an evening bell still kept up in England with variations to the hour. The " nine o'clock bell " familiar to most New England people wnicn Benas so many young people home and to bed, and which in the early history our country, was almost as rigidly obeyed by all, both old and young, as the old curfew, traces its origin almost directly the cover-fire bell. In Longfellow's Evangeline" the custom is well de fined .- u Anon the bell from the bclfrv Sang out the hoar of nine the village earfew and straightway Hose the guesteand departed; and silence reigned In the household.' But now the customs have changed .- and though the bell still rings out on the even ing air, in country village and city streets, has lost its power, save as a tell-tale of passing time. Let the old bells ring on ; love the sound ; or, in the words of Moore : Those evening bells! those erenini bells 1 How manv a tale their music telle. Of youth, and home, and that sweet time When last 1 heard their soothing chime." Hurai JSeiB Xorker. in Oil in Boilers. Dr. Jentz made the following statement, an answer to a communication of Dr. Morgan, relative to the oily water in the boilers at the West Virginia oil wells: About twenty-five years ago. while Dr. JenU was practicing chemistry in Phila delphia, an extensive fire occurred in that city. Among the buildings destroyed were two containing oil and saltpeter. When the buildings had partially fallen, many explosions occurred among the ruins, creating such consternation among firemen that they refused to approach buildings again, and merely devoted their euorts to prevent the spread of the names, these explosions caused consid erable speculation among scientific men. so much interest was taken in the subject by the public that the City Coun cils of Philadelphia were induced to offer large reward lor the solution of the mystery. Dr. Jentz made experiments saltpeter ana water at nrst without success. He then began experimenting on and water, when he discovered the explosions at the fire were u doubtedly caused by the heated walls fall ing into the oil and water in the base ment of the building.- This he explains follows : When oil becomes attached any object hot enough to produce a combustion, gas is generated ; and unless gas has room to expand, an explosion surely follow. Before the doctor had concluded his investigations, and had noted the chemical changes through which the oil must pass previous to reach ing the explosive point, he came to New ork and resumed the practice of medi He did not publish his discovery. because, though confident on the subiect uiiuseu, ue couiu not make it clear to others without further investigation. At the time these experiments were petroleum had not been discovered, the oil used was common lubricating such as is still used on machinery, and careless use of which, the Doctor claims, has caused many boiler explosions which have apparently been involved in mvsterv. Water, he savs. in boilin?. as from the center and descends at the of the boiler, and oil floating on the surface will be carried down with the cur rent If the inside of the boiler be oxi dized or sealed, some portions of the oil likely to be caught by these scales and with them. Then when the and the oil come in direct contact the former is hot enough to cause the combustion of the oil, an explosion must follow. The Doctor also claims that water no explosive power. Ii a boiler is subjected to a greater pressure of steam it will bear, it will burst generally its weakest point, the steam will rush people may get scalded, but no such explosion as that on the Westfield could caused by steam alone. On the other explosions caused by oil will take at the point where combustion takes whether it is the weakest point or The vessels the Doctor used in his experiments were open on top, with noth but a lid laid loosely over them, yet the oil exploded they were burst in fragments, and scattered in every direc tion. The Doctor will immediately re sume his experiments, and as soon as his apparatus is completed, he claims that he demonstrate to the most simple mind, one simple drop of oil will explode heaviest boiler. - "A foreigner who heard of the Yan propensity for bragging, thought he beat the natives at their own game. Seeing some very large watermelons on a market-woman's stand he exclaimed: What ! dont you raise larger apples than in America?" Tha quick-witted woman immediately replied: . "Anybody know you was a foreigner; them's currants ! " in her is It his gave This her that he they a ticed it vain. sight duck cept skin, could the must and in day up was table, ugni fare, filled, a man, knife. at the heard my case the a short the next and they one his he at its had guard MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS. Nature's Tailoring. A potato patch. Bowrxo to circumstances, according to i. unci, m lureeu politeness, Provids for your old age with a policy in the Washington Life InsurancertJom pany, of New York. Tna Mutual Lifo Insurance Comnanv. of Chicago, is prudently managed, and its claims are promptly met Insure there. A man and his wife, who had not met for eight years, recently found each other in a Chicago police court, both charged with drunkenness. Uktil the 1st of July, seven persons committed suicide this year at German watering-places, in consequence of losses sustained at the gaming table. A man in Galveston, the other day, who complained of being over heated, affected a permanent core by drinking six glasses of ice water, without the aid of a physi cian. He was cool when the Coroner came. WaTERBTJRY. Conn- has a " Bachelor's ieague," whose articles of association a be hA punish, by a heavy fine, any member being seen twice consecutively in company with the same woman, and with expulsion from ine oroer ior a third olfence. Related by Marriage. a As my wife at the window one day. Stood watching a map with a monkey, A cart came along with a broth of a boy,' Who was driviog a stout little donkey. To my wife I then spoke, by way of a Joke, 'There's a relation of vnnr in that rim.ml To which she replied, as the donkey she spied. Ah V... . mUiIa. K- M. l, Is driving a London underground rail. road tunnel, we are told that in one nart of the line the cuttings were made through mass of skulls and bones, sixteen feet in the ground. In another place a forgotten secret passage, twenty feet wide, was dis covered, supposing to date from the four teenth century. A woman with three lighted candle in each hand, traversed the streets of New Bedford on her knees the other evening, not in payment of an election bet. . micrht be readily supposed, but as a religious penance in lumilraent of a vow for the safe return of her husbaud from sea. A schoolmaster in Brideecort. Conn who asked a small pupil of what the sur' face of the earth consists, and was prompt ly answered, " Land and water varied the question slightly, that the fact might ue impressed on tae Dov s mind, and asked, 44 What, then, do land and water make ?" to which came the immediate re sponse. "Mud." As a specimen of Berkshire old am. th Pittsfisld (Mass) Eigle says that one day recently. Mr. Cecil Soring, of Worthinir- ton, aged ninety-six, went into the field of Horace Spring, in Hinsdale, with hi son. grandson and great-grandson, and assisted mowing a field of grass that yields two tons to the acre. The old gentleman took the lead of the four, ancUhe way the grass went down before these four generations was a caution. Thb tomato vine, it Is stated bv the New' York Evening Pott, is covered with a col orless dust or dve. Derfectlv nndistin- guishable by the eye, and only to be rcuuguizeu aiter immersion m water, to which it communicates a dark green color. After picking; a few tomatoes, the hands. though in contact with the vines, will ap pear perfectly clean. If the hands, how ever, be washed the water, it is stated, will exhibit a decidedly green shade. Ax aged woman In North Adams. Mass., relates that many years ago. while attending a social dance, a young mechanic asked her hand for one ot the dances. She indignantly refused, feeling very much mortified that he should make such an offer. Years have passed, and she has filled an honorable but humble position in life, while the young man whom she then scorned has been Governor of Massachu Tub ex-Empress Carlotta has recently. her insanity, caused her guardians and relatives a good deal of trouble. She in sists in remaining in the open air all the time, and any attempt to take her back to apartments brings on frightful parox ysms of rage, in which she refuses to take food for several days in succession. The Queen of Belgium passes every day six or seven hours in the company of the unfor tunate lady. Carlotta 's favorite language Spanish, and, to gratify her, both the king and queen have learned to speak that tongue since her return from Mexico. A Maixb paper relates a little romance. is to the effect that a New York mil lionaire,who was spending the summer with wife and daughter at one of the Dirigo State's moit noted watering places, was called away on business, and before going his daughter some f 300 as pin-money. did the daughter promptly send to lover in New York city, w ith a request he should present himself forthwith. Thus advised, so he acted, aud on arriving and his true love hied them away to a clergyman and were made one. And now await the paternal blessing. A woman living in Portland, Me., keeps brood of ducks, and of one of them the Press tells the following : " Lately she no that the largest and finest tne of the brood appeared to be ailing. She doctored to the best of her knowledge, but in The duck finally died. The woman, being anxious to ascertain the cause of the fowl's death, cut it open, when a singular presented itself. In the crop of the was a large frog, like any other (ex that it was covered with a very thin through which the blood vessels be plainly seen), completely filling crop, thus causing suffocation. It seems that when the duck was young it have swallowed a little polly-wog, this polly-wog had grown and thrived its singular habitation. Tub St Joseph (Mo.) Gazette says : " A or two ago, a gentleman, who had probably been used to eating gennine country butter, arrived in the city, and put at one of our hotels. When dinner announced he took his seat at the and after gazing with evident de- to the few and to to you the to take stand you and have same can you trust a find still. of much " about broad, not pools to low, which house They the legs pole, is wishes again earth, tail, ditches of in rivers seasons their These, one was old which in with good-natured sport a fight, at the divided and public on me lengmy ana attractive om oi toaT made his order.' It was promptly niai and he was indulging in the hope of luxurious feast, when, helping himself - imxi", "vii6 ui uu.iuuua Dame a long hair, evidently from some human cranium, came curling out on his Be held it up, gazed suspiciously it for a moment and then motioned for waiter. The latter individual prompt ly entered an appearance, when the guest, holding the knife up before him, and pointing to the capillary attached to it exclaimed in a voice loud enough to be by the whole table : ' Look here, friend, have you any bald-headed but ter about the house f " Thb 8t Paul Pioneer says : "A strange of equine affection and solicitude was to us yesterday. A teamster near fair grounds, has for some years driven certain span of horses about the city. A time since, he turned them out upon prairie to feed during the night, and morning was disappointed at not find ing them, as usual, near his house. He searched for them in vain for eleven days, had about come to the conclusion that had been stolen, when he discovered of the span, about half way down the precipitous river bank.a short distance from stable. Upon approaching the spot found the mate lying dead away down the foot of the bank. Examination convinced the man that the -horse had ac cidentally fallen over the bank, and broken neck, on the evening of the disappear ance of the span, and the remaining horse descended as far as it dared to go to ward its lost companion, and had stood over the remains for eleven days.' music, banners. mission on by field. longer, great Saxe, of but a Austria see a fight and beer think, In mention rapids after Our Is and Youths' Department. MY BOY. BY LAURA D. NICHOLS. - Waking np early, ' - All vigor and else, Keutllntf and whispering. Tiil he has waked me; Taking bis moptiiluls. And spilling his milk. Dulling my tcissors. And snarling my silk; Slow t his alphabet, iikk in all play, Devising new mischief Each hour in the day; Wnbtling and whittling. And beating bis dram; Losing his handkerchiefs, Cutting his thumb; Breaking the windows With ball, stone or bat; -Making the dog bark. And teasing the cat; Losing his mittens. And spoiling hia hat; Scaring his sister. And tearing his cloths; -Fighting bis mates Till he bleeds at his nose; Muddying the carpet. Knraging the cook; Softening my heart With his sweet "sorry" look Source of anxiety. Pride, pain ana joy My brave blue-eyed darling. My five-year-old boy. Merry's Muunm. ON STILTS. BY GEORGE ASPINWALL. The best stilts are made to fasten firm ly to the leg, leaving the hands and arms free. The toot-piece should be four or five feet from the ground, or even higher, according to the aspirations of the walker and the upright piece should extend far enough above that to "reach the knee, just below which it is to be lashed. Skill is required, however, to walk safely on such pair, and a fall with them is dangerous. A very good pair to practice upon can made in half an hour by any school- wHl )Aa fl,A MiweMM anil ma. trial at lianrl flhrv t.- tnnr .ty,H. ards,or upright pieces, two plain, straight strips of wood strung enough to bear your weight and long enough to reach to the tops of your shoulders after you are mounted. For stilts to learn on, the foot piece should not be more than fourteen mches from the ground, or even less for a small boy, for you will find it necessary step on and off a good many times be fore you have learned to walk securely. The foot-piece is nailed or screwed to the standard, from which it projects at right angles on the inner side, just far enough to form a comfortable rest for the foot It should also be supported by a brace on under side. The implement I have described was known to nearly every lad in America a years ago ; but of late stilts seem to have gone quite out of fashion in some parts of the country. I am surprised at this, since they afford a really fascinating exercise to alternate with base-ball, kites, marbles, and can be mastered by every owner of a good pair of legs, hammer and nails, and a jack knite. - Your stilts completed, the next thing is mount .them. Rest the ends, on the ground, grasping the handles in a manner bring them behind the shoulders; set your left foot in its place and spring up, bringing the right foot to its place while are in the air; at the same time hold standards close to your shoulders, un der your arms and partly encircled by them, with the hands near the hips, press ing forwards. It will take you some time learn to perform this little teat and re main mounted until you are prepared to a step. Once well poised on your stilts, you will find it easy to keep your balance as you walk, but not so easy to still. Of course you will choose hard, smooth ground for your first exercise. Afterwards may lengthen your stilts, cross brooks, step over fences. To become a good "stiltist" one must courage and a pretty large " organ of weight" It brings into play much the faculties that skating does. If you wear stilts made fas to- year legs, will be a skillful walker if you can yourself upon them without carrying pole. Your arms set at liberty, you will a long light pole wonderfully con venient in fording streams, passing rough places, or resting, when you wish to stand The nature of the soil and the character the streams have brought stilts very in use in some countries. On the Landes" of Gascony, in France, they are as common as shoes. Over those marshy and sandy plains the shep herd goes stalking on high stilts, which only enable him to pass the deep ' and wet places in his" way, but also overlook his flocks feeding among the thorny shrubs and brushwood with the region is partly covered. He mounts his suits, from the roof of his or his stable roof, early in the morn ing, and does not quit them until night are made fast, not at the knee, but at thigh, in such a way as to allow the to move freely. He carries a long which serves several purposes. It his shepherd's crook ; and with it he steadies his steps when necessjry, sup ports himself when he wishes to rest, easeshis descent to the ground when he to He down or sit and gets up at pleasure. Thus lifted above the he goes striding like an immensely thin-legged giant over hedges and and bushes, with perfect ease and security, and sometimes running with re markable speed, like some grotesque, half human crane. Races on stilts are a favorite pastime in Gascony, and other countries of ths South France. The people of Namur, in Belgium, be came early famous for their use of stilts, conseqence of the overflow of the Sambre and Meuse, which period ically flooded the city streets. In the of high water men and women out of their windows, going about business and making calls, on stilts. introduced at first as a matter of necessity, at lcnglh became a source of amusement and made Namur famous for of the most remarkable games on re cord. . . This was the battle on stiita. The city divided into two sections, balled the and the new town, the inhabitants of like those of many another town our own day were constantly at strife each other. There feuds were of a sort, however, though they sometimes resulted in some pretty rough Namurois were fond of games ; and . hundred and fifty years ago the stilt- . introduced nobody knows when, was height of its popularity. The com batants, five or six hundred in number, into two bands, regularly officered, distinguished by the colors of their costumes, advanced upon each other in the sauare, mounted ' on ' stilts fee h,eh. They were un . Knt wn-Mtline- and kiekin and thrusting with the stilt-leg sometimes a dangerous weapon were allowable. The begun witn tne souna 01 maxtiai and the armies were led with gay Women followed their lovers, and husbands to the fight, their being to encourage and cheer them their presence, to support the fall ing, and to assist the wounded from the These battles lasted an hour or two, or the combatants often fighting with spirit and determination. Marshall who, in 1743, witnessed one of these encounters, said of it 11 two amies en gaged showed as much valor as the youths Namur, it would not be merely a battle, butchery." Once when the Archduke Albert of passed through Belgium, the Gov ernor of Namur promised that he should battle in which " the warriors should neither on foot nor on horseback,' got, up a stilt-combat for his entertain ment The Archduke was so much de lighted that he at once exempted the Namurois from the payment of the tax on a privilege which they enjoy, I to this day. conclusion we must not forget to the Yankee who crossed tho of Niagara on stilts a few years ago all, the most daring feat of stilt walking of which we have any account Young Folks. , Germany and German Austria, twenty-one humorous ' papers are published, all of them are well supportad.