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0PEL0USA8, : LOUISIANA. CURRENT PARAGRAPHS. Souther» New». The New Orleans grand jury recom . jnenü a Sunday liquor law for that mu nicipality. The incoming South Carolina legisla ture will likely call a convention to draft a new constitution of that state. Ralph Bingham, the seven-year-old [Richmond, Va., oratorical proJigy, is dubbed the " Boy Orator of Bethel." Walter Malone, of " Waldron, Scott county, Ark., recently shot his father-in law dead when the latter interfered to prevent the former from beating his wife. R. E. Robinson, of Petersburg, Va., was dangerously wounded in the side on the 24th ult. by the accidental discharge of a pistol, which he was showing to his wife. The Mobile Register thinks the revolt ©f the western coffee dealers against the Baltimore and New Yoak merchants and of the railroad lines running eastward bas called attention once more to the advan tages of Mobile as an entrepot for coffee. There is a mammoth scheme on foot to abandon the James river and Kanawha canal and build a railroad along the tow path ; but it is believed the legisla ture will never grant a charter giving Richmond a controlling interest in the road. It seems now to be conceded that the canal will not be repaired west of Lynchburg. Between that city and Buchanan a charter is being pressed for a railroad between those two pointa. Showing the results of scientific farm ing, while Austria produces on one square mile 3,7 6 head oi stock, Prussia, within tin? ««line limits, raises -5,537, ITrsnee^ 6,670, Great Britain, 11 447. In Bel gium, where agriculture is most naturally pursued, a bquare mile produces means of nourishment for 7,345 persons, wherea in Poland the farming produces food for only 2,229 persons per square mile, and, taking the world at large, a far less aver age than this it obtained. Senator Gordon, of Georgia, has re ceived the silver salver given him by "Columbia women," and in acknowledg' meut writes: "What assistance I have been able to contribute to the relief of voui Btate from the evils of misgovem ment was rendered to a people bound to those who sent me here by every tie of kindred, of interest, of deathless mem ories and enduring sympathies. I shall treasure this beautiful gift through life as a memorial of South Carolina s new birth ami of the too generous tribute paid to me by her daughters for the aid it was my privilege to render in the time of her distress and humiliation." Aiken (S. C.) Journal : Dr. J. L, Smith, of Sil vertod township, while open ing up a new turpentine farm, noticed something, fall to the ground and crawl toward tlie tent where he was sitting, On examing the object he found it to be an alligator. In the course of a few mo» ments a second one made its appearance The doctor found six others within a space of two hundred yards. The ani mals were all quite lively and about twelve inches in iength. The place whereon they fell is situated on high sandy ground, about six miles north of the Savannah river. The anin als are supposed to have been taken up in a wattr-sprout, at some distant locality and dropped in the region where they were found. Miscellaneous. It is reported that petroleum of a good quality has been discovered about one hundred miles south of Dead wood, in the Black Hills. The Railroad Gazette thinks the year ending July last was, the centennial not withstanding, the worst for railroad interests sinee the war. Switzerland has passed a law prohibit ing children under the age of fourteen from being employed in manufactories after the first of next May. A cloth made from the down of birds is coming greatly into favor in Paris. It is waterproof, and estimated te be five times lighter and three times warmer than wool. Mortar does not reach its usual firm ness when dried in the heat of summer, and one of the best authorities commends the custom of the masons of northern Italy,who,in constructions of importance, water the masonry during the summer months to prevent its drying too rapidly The managers of the Washington mon ument fund publish a statement to show that about $240,000 raised by contribu tors was received by the society, and that about 1230,000 was expended to put the monument in its present condition. A very pertinent query h : Who has stolen the money raised by voluntary subscrip tions in nearly every city in the union 1 The two large business houses in Salt Lake City, receiving two hundred letters daily, hare not boueht 15 worth of stamps from the Salt Lake City postoffice for two years, but they have stamps con stantly or »ale ; and one offered to furnish the Silt Lake postmaster wiih $1,500 worth. A mormon from southern Utah, coming into Salt Lake recently, bought new furniture for his entire house, and paid for it in postage stamps. Eighteen thousand men are now en gaged in the express business. Express companies cover 60,000 miles of railroad, and it m estimated that their messengers daily travel 300,000 miles. Three thou sand five hundred horses are employed, and over 8,000 officers are required to transact their business in, and an amount of capital invested not less than $30 000, 000. The experiments that have been going on for the past year in making glass from slag have oeen concluded, and a glass suitable lor bottles is now being made on a commercial scale. The Blag is taken hot from a blast furnace in a ladle and poured into a Siemaa's furnace ; carbon ate of soda and silica are then added, in various proportions, according to the quality of glass to be produced. A large manufacturing plant wiU soon be in operation in this line of glass-making. Ou * Saturday, the Illinois supreme court decided a case in which the hus band of the appellee was run over and killed by the cars while drunk. The appellee brought au action against the saloon-keeper who sold to him the liquor arid against the appellant who is the owner of the building in which the saloon was situated, and she secured thé judg ment for $2,500. An appeal was taken and the appelate court affirmed that of tli« court below and sustained the con stitutionally of the law. This is the first time that a cage of this kind, brought under the provisions of the Illinois liquor law, has been sustained in the high courte. Lieutenant Walter Walton, assistant inspector of liie-satinc service on the Noijh Carolina coast, makes his report in relation to the loss of the Huron, showing that one Evan O'Neill, a fisher man at N*g's Head, discovered the Huron coming on shore at halt-past one o'clock on the morning of the disaster. She drifted and pounded along the out ter edge of the bar, and finally struck broadside on. He heard shouts and screams go up from the stranded vessel, and saw rockets go up, followed by burn ing signals from end to end. So that even light rigging and men could be plainly seen. A boat on the starboard side, full of men. disappeared when the foremast fell. The shouting and scream ing continued,and in about an hour and a quarter after he first discovered the ship the signaling ceased,Jand all was darkness O'Neill went home, ate his breakfast, and did not return to the wreck until after sunrise. He knew where the keeper of the life-saving station lived, only two and one half miles distant ; bad a good boat, a free wind to go and return inside of Roanok island, and yet he remained silent and indifferent lor three hours. 1'her eport concludes: "It is shocking to report that out of ninety-one bodies found, about twelve of whom were officers, not a single trinket, such as would be deemed a relic by the relatives of the dead, was found on the bodies. Watches and chains, money, and even finger-rings, had been stripped off by those who first found the bodies as they wasbéd up. Good evidence is found in the case of Lieutenant Simons, whose third and fourth fingers of the left hand had been scratched and gouged by the body-robbers in their haste to secure their ill-gotten booty." Religion*. The death of Bishop Marvin, of the Meihodirt church, south, will necessi tate the election of three bishops by the general canference, which meets in Atlanta. A Methodist minister in Georgia walks thirty miles in each week in order to fulfill one of his appointments, and works two days out of each week in a Tjricfc-yard for com to feed bis family. Bishop Miles, of the Colored Metho dist Episcopal church, is about to start out on a lecturing tour to raise lunds to establish and endow denominational colleges at Louisville, Xy., and Sardis, Miss. Rev. Dr. Harris, bishop-elect of the new diocese of Quincy, declines the episcopate, compelled to the conclusion by considerations relating to the work of the church in his present field of labor. The Reformed Episcopal church is slowly developing its diocean or synodi cal organization. Two synods have been organized—that of Chicago and recently that of New York. No bishop has yet been appointed for the latter. A theological seminary is to be opened at Tokio, Japan, in connection with the recent union of the three Protestant missions, the American Presbyterian, the Dutch Reformed and the United or Scotch Presbyterian. The college will have a permanent staff of three pro fessors, one nominated by each of the missions. The Houston Southern Methodist conference will send a petition to the southern general conference next May to change the name of the Methodist Episcopal church to " Episcopal Meth odist church." This name was once adopted by the general conference, but was not ratified by the annual confer ences. The work among the Chinese on the Pacific coast, by the Congregationalists, ba3 been carried on in schools with seventeen teachers and over a thousand pupils A Christian association and home has been kept up by the Chinese converts. A school building has been erected, and despite occasional "hoodlum" outbreaks, the work progresses." About the Fnir Sex. Madame Janauschek cleared $3,200 in Philadelphia last week. Frau Von Ingersleben is said to be the rising novelist oi Germany. Neuralgia is more fashionable this season than ever before among fashionable ladies, because the fashionable hat leaves the top« of their heads bare. They had a dance out in " Hackberry Precinct," Nebraska, and the mothers of families piled their babies, sixteen in number, upon one bed while they danced. A woman in the St. Louis Republican has hit upon a remedy for the hard times. "Turn the keys of banks and treasuries over to women, and the jmoney will soon be in complete circulation. No doubt of it. _ A'ter the failure of the late insurrec tion in Japan, a richly attired Japanese young lady was found lying dead in a castle moat, with her father's head in her right hand and a bloody knife in her left. This devoted heathen heroine had cut off her father's head, at his command, and then killed herself, that the two might not be taken prisoners. Pale blue is bridal color in Russia, Divorces are unlawful there, but a mar riage may be annulled by the priests for informality. A curious custom prevails in Eome parts of Russia with respect to this "informality" business. At the marriage ceremony it is the custom for the nearest relative of the bride to give her a slap in the face as she is being led forward to the priest. The slap is given for nothing less than to convey to spec tators the impression that the bride is compelled to this marriage, and there fore is unlawfully wedded, and can break the matrimonial chains if she wants to. The slap is given with a wise view to future incompatibilities between the wedded pair. . .If a calico dress is washed carelessly, starched stiff, sunned a day or two, and half ironed, it is nota very comely sight. But if quickly dried in the shade, very thinly and evenly starched, and ironed on the wrong side so that it will not shine, it will look like a new dress for a long time. Many pretty blue prints and cambrics fade when washed in the usual way. If they are washed the first time in strong salt and water, or water to which a little beefs gall is added, the colon will be set so that they will be as handsome as at first, and can be washed ver after like other goods. . .There are, it is said, no old maids in Russia except the nuns. The public sentiment is so decidedly against female celibacy that when a woman reaches the age of twènty-five, and still pines in sin gle blessedness, she finds it best to go ofl on a journey in search of a husband, and usually returns, after some length of time, and announces that she is a widow. Russian etiquette, which positively for bids any allusion to the husband in the presence of his widow, is very convenient fer thë purposes ef those ladies. HOW TO MASTAÖE HIM. " How shall I manage my husband." : I will tell you my dear, il I can ; He is really à wonderful creature, That troublesome animal, Rian— Yes ! re.illy a wonderful creature— So strange, inconsistent and queer ; But you'll soon know the secret by learning The modus operandi, my dear ! If he stays out too late in the evening, Partaking of supper and wine, Don't prove him a false fabrica'or, When he come* home by asking the time ; For he sure'.y wUl tell you the town clock But. the momeat before rang out one— When it struck he bad counted it over Juat three times before it had done! Ard then, if his hat, in the merning, Is smaller bv far than his head, Don't hint by tie merest a'lusion That his lordship went typsy to bed ; But rather regard the occurrence A phenomenon- puzzling and queer— With a strange look oi mystification In your eyes, if he's watching, my dear! And don't fail to sew on his buttoBS, And likewise his clothes mend with care; Don't tease him for itioney for shopping ; Don't frown when he acts like a bear ; DoH't tell him too often, my deary. That your poor head is aching with pain, L*st he whisper, way down in his bosom : "O! 1 wish I were single again !" Don't teli him that Mary, the housemaid, And Ann, tue obstreperous cool?, Refuse to receive your suggestions With even so much as a look, Don't tell him how very annoying Yon often have found it to be To be tola to " Get out of the kitchen, And dun't come a-bothering me I" But always seem cheerful and happy, And always look plea-ant and gay ; Than a frown t > ere is nothing more potent In driving one's husband away, And thus you must ever keen striving— You'll find it an excellent pian ; liut whatever you do, dear, remember ihat your husband is only a man. THE ADIRONiDACKS VERIFIED. HOW I KILLED A BEAR. So many conflicting accounts have ap peared about my casual encounter with an Adirondack bear, last summer, that in justice to the public, to myself, and to the bear it is necessary to make a plain statement of the facts. Besides, it is so seldom I have occassion to kill a bear that the celebration of the exploit may be ex cused. The encounter was unpremeditated on both sides. I was not hunting for a bear, and I have no reason to suppose that a bear was looking for me. The fact is that we were both out blackberrving, and met by chance, the usual way. There is among the Adirondack visitors always a great deal of conversation about bears, a general expression of the wish to see one in the woods, and much speculation as to how a person would act if he or she chanced to meet one. But bears are scarce and timid, and appear only to a favored few. It was a warm day in August, just the sort of day when an adventure of any kind seemed impossible. But it occurred to the housekeepers of our cottage there were tour of them- to send me to the clearing on the mountain back of the house to pick blackberries. It was rath er a series of small clearings, running up into the forest, much overgrown with bushes and briars, and not unromantic. Cows pastured there, penetrating through the leafy passages from one opening to another, and browsing among the bushes. I was kindly furnished with a six-quart pail, and told not to be gone long. Not from any predatory instinct, but to save appearances, I took a gun. It adds to the manly aspect ef a person with a tin pail if he also carries a gun. It was possible I might start up a par tridge ; though how I was to hit him if he started up instead of standing still puzzled me. Many people used a shot gun for partridges. I prefer the rifle ; it makes a clean job of death, and does not prematurely stuff the bird with globule of lead. The rifla was, a Sharp's, carry ing a ball cartridge, ten to a pound ; an excellent weapon, belonging to a friend of mine who had intended for a good many years back to kill a deer with it. He could hit a tree with it, if the wind did not blow and the atmosphere was just right and the tree was not to far off, nearly every time ; of course the tree must have some size. Needless to say that I was at that time no sportsman. Years ago I killed a robin under the most humiliating circumstancecs. The bird was in a low oherry-tree ; I loaded a big shotgun pretty full, crept up under the tree, rested the gun on the fence, with the muzzle more than ten feet from the bird, shut both eyes, and pulled the trig ger. When I got up to see what had happened, the robin was scattered about under the tree in more than a thousand pieces, no one of which was big enough to enable a naturalist to decide from it to what species it belonged. This dis gusted me with the life of a sportsman. I mention the incident to show that, idthough I went blackberrying armed, there was not much inequality between me and the bear. In this blackberry patch bears had been seen. The summer before, our col ored cook, accompanied by a little girl of the vicinage, was picking berries there one day, when a bear came out of the woods and walked towards them. The girl f oak to her heels and escaped. Aunt Chloe was paralyzed with terror. In stead of attempting to run, she sat down on the ground where she was standing and began to weep and scream, giving herielf up for lost. TJie bear was bewil dered by this conduct. He approached and looked at her ; he walked around and surveyed her. Probably he had never seen a colored person before, and did net know whether she would agree with him. At any rate, after watching her a few moments he turned about and went into the forest. This is an authentic instance of the delicate consideration of a bear, and is much more remarkable than the forbearance towards the African slave of the well-known lion, because the baar had no thorn in his foot. When I had climbed the hiU r J.jet up my rifle against a tree and began ing berries, lured on from bush to bush by the black gleam of fruit that always promises more in the distance t.ha n it realizes when you reach it; penetrating farther and farther, through leaf-shaded cow-paths flecked with sunlight, into clearing after clearing. I could hear on all sides the tinkle of bells, the cracking of sticks, and the stamping of cattle that were taking refuge in the thicket from the flies. Occassional] y, as I broke through a covert, 1 encountered a meek cow, who stared at me stupidly for a second and then shambled off into the brush ; I became accustomed to this dumb society, and picked on in silence, attrib uting all the wood-noises to the cattle, thinking nothing of any real bear. In point of fact, however, I was thinking all the time of a nice romantic bear, and, as 1 picked, was composing a story about a generous she bear who had lost her cub, and who seized a small girl in this very wood, carried her tenderly off to her cave, and brought her up on bear's milk and honey. When the girl got big enough to run away, moved by her inherited in stincts, she escaped and came into the valley to her father's house (this part of the story w r as to be worked out, so that the child would know her father by some family resemblance, and have some language in which to address him), and told him where the bear lived. The father took his gun, and, guide! by the unfeeling daughter, went into the woods and shot the bear, who never made any resistance, and only, when dying, turned reproachful eyes upon her murderer. The moral of tbe tale was to be kindness to animals. I was in the midst of this tale, when I happened to look some rods away to the other edge of the clearing;, and there was a bear! He was standing on his hind legs and doing just what I was do ing,—picking blackberries. With one paw he bent down the bush, while with the other he clawcd the berries into his mouth, green ones and all. To say that I was astonished is inside the mark. suddenly discovered that I didn't want to see a bear, after all. At about the same moment the bear saw me, stopped eating berries, and regarded me with glad surprise. It is all very well to im agine what you would do under such cir cumstances. Probably you wouldn't do it; I didn't. The bear dropped down on his lore feet, and came slowly towards me. Climbing a tree was of no use with so good a climber in the rear ; if I start ed to run, I had no doubt the bear would give chase, and although a bear cannot run downhill as fast as he can run up hill, yet I felt that he could get over this rough, brush-tangled ground faster than I could. The bear was approaching. It sud denly occurred to me how I could divert his mind until I could fall back upon my military base. My pail was nearly fall of excellent berries,—much better than the bear could pick himself. I put the pail on the ground and slowly backed away from it, keeping my eye, as beast tamers do, on the bear. The ruse suc ceeded. The bear came up to the berries and stopped ; not accustomed to eat out of pail, he tipped it over and nosed about in the fruit, "gorming" (if therçis such a word) it down, mixed with leaves and dirt, like a pig. Whenever he disturbs a maple-sugar camp in the spring, he always upsets the buckets of syrup and tramples round in the sticky sweets, wasting more than he eats. The bear's manners are thoroughly disagreeable. As soon as my enemy's head was down, I started and ran. Somewhat out of breath and shaky, I reached my faith ful rifle. It was not a moment too soon. I heard the bear crashing through the brush after me. Enraged at my duplic ity, he was now coming on with blood in his eye. I felt that the time ®f one of us was probably short. The rapidity of thought at such moments of peril is well known. I thought an octavo volume, bad it illustrated and published, sold fiity thousand coppies, and went to Eu rope on the proceeds, while that bear was loping across the clearing. As was cocking the gun, I made a hasty and unsatisfactory review of my whole life. I noted that even in such a com pulsory review it is almost impossible to think of any good thing you have done. The sins come out uncommonly string. I recollected a newspaper subscription had delayed paying, years and years ago, until both editor and newspaper were dead ; and which now never could be paid to all eternity. The bear was coming on. I tried to remember what I had read about encounters with bears I couldn't recall an instance in which a man bad run away from a bear in the woods and escaped, although I recalled plenty where the bear had run from the man and got off. I tried to think what is the best way to kill a bear witk a gun, when you are not near enough to club him with the stock. My first thought was to fire at his head, to plant the ball between his eyes; but this is a danger ous experiment. The beai Abrain is very small, and unless you hit that, the bear does not mind a bullet in his head,—that is, not at the time. I remember that the instant death of the bear would fol low a bullet planted just back of his foie leg and sent into his heart. This spot is also difficult to reach unless tbe bear stands off towards you, like a target. I finally determined to fire at him gener ally. The bear was coming on. The contest seemed to me very differ ent from anything at Creedmoor. I had carefully read the reports of the shoot ing there, but it was not easy to apply tbe experience I had thus acquired. I hesitated whether I had better fire lying on my stomach, or lying on my back and resting the gun on my toes. But in the pick^rJSgitber position, I reflected, could I see until he was upon me. The range too short, and the bear wouldn 'tlîait for me to examine the thermometer and note the direction of the wind. Ttrial of the Creedmoor method, therefore, had to be abandoned ; I and I bitterly regretted that I had not read more accounts of off-hand shooting. For the bear was coming on. I tried to fix my last thoughts up on my family. As my family is small, this was not difficult. Dread of displeasing my wife or hurting her feelings was up permost in my mind. What would be her anxiety as hour after hour pa^d on and I did not return ! What would the rest of the household think as the after noon passed and no blackberries came ! What would be her mortification when the news was brought that her husband had been eaten up by a bear? i cannot imagine anything more ignominious than to have a husband eaten by a bear ! And this was not my only anxiety. The mind at such times is not under control. With the gravest fears the most whim sical ideas will occur. I looked beyond the mourning friends and thought what kind of an epitaph they would be com pelled to put upon the stone. Something like this:— HERE LIE THE REMAINS OF EATEN BY A BEAR August 20,1877. It is a very unheroic and even dis agreeable epitaph. That " eaten by a bear" is intolerable. It is grotesque. And then I thought what an inadequate language the English is for compact ex pression. It would not answer to put upon the stone simply " eaten," for that is indefinite and requires explanation ; it might mean eaten by a cannibal. This difficulty could not occur in the German, where essen signifies the act of feeding by a man and fressen by a beast. How simple the thing would be in German: — HIEB LIEGT HOCH WOHLGEBOREN GEFRESSEN August 20, lo77. That explains itself. The well-born one was eaten by a beast, and presuma bly by a bear, which animal has a bad reputation since the days of Elisha, The bear was coming on. He had in fact come on. I judged that he could see the whites of my eyes. All my sub sequent reflections were confused. I raised the gun, covered the bear's breast with the sight, and let drive. Then, turned and ran like a deer. I did not hear the bear pursuing. I looked back. The bear had stopped. He was lying down. I then remembered that the best thing to de after having fired your gun is to reload it. I slipped in a charge, keeping my eyes on the bear. He never stirred. I walked back suspiciously, There was a quiver in the hind legs, but no other motion. Still, he might be shamming. Bears often sham. To make sure, I approached and put a ball into his head. He didn't mind it now ; he minded nothing. Death had come to him with a merciful suddenness. He was calm in death. lu ord.r that he might remain so, I blew his brains out, and then started for home, I had killed a bear! Notwithstanding my excitement, managed to saunter into the house with an unconcerned air. There was a cho rus of voices : " Where are are your blackberries?" " Why were you gone so long ?" " Where's your pail ?" " I left the pail." " Left the pail ! What for ?" " A bear wanted it." " Oh, nonsense !" " Well, the la3t I saw of it, a bear had it. " Oh, come ! You didn't really see a bear ?" " Yes, but I did really see a real bear. " Did he run ?" " Yea ; he ran after me." " I don't believe a word of it. What did you do ?" "Oh, nothing particular, except kill the bear Cries of "Gammon," "Don't believe it," " Where's the bear?" " If you want to see the bear, you must go up into the woods. I couldn't bring him down alone." Having satisfied the household that somethifg extraordinary had occured, and excited the posthumous fear of some of them lor my own safety, I went down into the valley to get help. The great bear hunter, who keeps one of the sum mer boarding-house3, received my story with a smile of incredulity, and the in credulity spread to the other inhabitants and to the boarders as soon as the stoiy was known. However, as I insisted in all soberness, and offered to lead them to the bear, a party of forty or fifty people at last started off with me to bring the bear in. Nobody believed there was any bear in the case, but everybody who could get a gun carried one, and we went into the woods armed with guns, pistols, pitchforks, and sticks, against all contingencies or surprise.—a crowd up But when I led the way to the fatal spot, and pointed out the bear, lying peacefully wrapped in his own skin, something like terror seized the boarders, and genuine excitement the natives. I was a no me excitement tntj uanvea. x mistake bear, by George; arJ the hero of the fight-well, I will not sist upon that. But what a processif that was, tarrying the bear home, an| what a congregation was speedily ^atS ered in the valley to see the bear 1 (tor best preacher up there never drew lly thing like it on Sunday. And I must say that my pirtfftilar friends, who are sportsmen, bdkved very well, on the whole. Tiejjflidn't deny that it was a bear, altloqjja they said it was small lor a bear. Deane, who is equally good with a 0e and a rod, admitted that it wis s Irery fair shot. He is probably tie |j|t salmon fisher in the United Sta!es,j^hd he is an equally good hunter. I Äppose there is no person in America utjo is more de I sirous to kill a moose than he. But he needlessly remarked, after he had ex amined the wound in the bear, that he had seen that kind of a shot made by a cow's horn. This sort of talk affected me not. When I went to sleep that night my last delicious thought was, " I've killed a bear."— Charles Duddley Warner. THE PAK LOK RIFL13. Curions and Interesting Tests by Or W. F. Carver. The extraordinary challenge issued by that crack shot, Dr. W. F. Carver, in the " Rod and Gun " column of last Sunday's Chronicle, has produced so much interest jn sporting ciicles here, that it was thought worthy to make a report of the practice which the doctor is now making daily in order to prepare himself for the matches he sees in perspective. I)r. Car ver, in his contests last year with Bogar dus, showed an excellent form in all the fine points at pigeon shooting and glass ball breaking, but the most remarkable part of his challenge was the offer to shoot with any one in the world for $250 or $500; 250 glass balls, his adversary to use a shot-gun at thirty yards' rise, while the doctor was to shoot with a rifle, the ball being thrown in the air for him. This parlor rifle is a Ballard of some nine pounds weight, of 22 diameter, and Wed nesday he gave a telling exhibit of its powers by first picking off a ground squirrel that was peeping from its hole at some eighty paces distant. In practicing at glass balls the thrower is placed at some eight paces distance, and h&pjtopels the ball perpendicularly some »«iteen feet high, and then, as the ball recedes from its highest point, nine times out ten the shooter scatters the remnants to the air. The performance is certainly most remarkable one ; of course, there a knack in it, as there is in all kinds flying shots, but the accuracy of aim appears to be altogether unprecedented. Thus in twelve balls the doctor missed but one, and that was thrown almost directly over him. But after that the practice was not so good, as the gun re quires cleaning at the expiration of about ten shots. He then took an ordinary Springfield rifle and broke seventeen out of twenty balls, and, after this, with the same weapon, hit thirty-lourtarge stones, thrown in the same manner, out of forty. After exhibiting some fancy shots that were quite interesting, he shot with the parlor rifle three times at a half-dollar spun in the air, and hit it fairly twice and once so squarely that the bullet remained in part imbedded in the coin, and they were both picked up at some eighty paces distant. It is certainly curious exhibition, and it Dr. Carver can exhibit the same skill and dexterity with pigeons at thirty yards' rise he may well be considered the champion rifle shot the world. The practice took place Shell Mound Park, with dull, cloudy weather, that enhanced the difficulties of the tests.— San Francisco Chronicle. a ( Henry Ward Beeclier Repudi ates the "Hell Doctrine." It was said Adam was created perfect. It was also said that Adam sinned, and that, in consequence of that sin, the whole human race fell. The numbers the human race were actually beyond computation, and for thousands and thousands of years they had been born into the world, bad lived and struggled, and finally died, and gone—where ? you tell me they have all gone to heaven* my answer will be that such a sw^epi^ of mud into heaven would defile ^ purity, and I cannot accept that./" you tell me they have gone to hell, # en I swear by the Lord Jesus Christ, ifl°m I have sworn to worship lorevef you will make an infidel of m <i doctrine that God has been lor tjhisands of years peopling this earth wil human beings, during a period, thre^ urt ^ 8 °* which was not illuminated $ an altar or a church, and in places ^ere a vast population of those people^® y ß t with out that light, ia to jlnsform the Almighty into a monste#^ 11016 hideous than satan himself, an<}I swear by all that is sacred that I n# er will wcrship satan, though he shoal appear dressed in robes and seatedJn the throne of Jehovah. Men may^y> " You will not go to heaven." A if&ven presided over by such a demon af that, who has been peopling this woi^ with millions of human beings aw* then sweeping them into hell, not likfdead flies, but without taking the troujie even , to kill them, and gloating and lai'hiug over their eternal misery, is rotAich a heaven as I want to go to. ' Tfce /fectrine is too horrible. I cannot Wi*e it, and I won't. They say the sain# heaven are so happy that they dmind the torments of the damne* i*hell. But what sort of sain,s must-he? be who could be happy while look a g down upon the horrors of the botomfess pit? They don't mind. Tby're safe; they're happy. What w»uW the mother think of the 16 year ,id daughter who, when her infant was ,ying dead in the house, shonld come dsncing and singing into the parlor, and eiclaim. "Oh, I'm so happy mother, I j ^ ^ ^ dead in the eoffin!" | Wnil]d ahe not be ehocked? And so with Aad , by the blood of ttl19 Christ, I denounce it ; by the wounds in His hands and on His feet, I abhor it ; by His groans and agony, I abhor and denounce it as the most hideous night mare of theology.— Frcrn a recent sermon in Plymouth church. The Rev. îlatthews Hale Smith, in a recent lecture on " Wit and Humor," said : " Tbe Bible is ehock full of wit from Genesis to Revelation, abounding in sarcasms and incidents where men had eot the better of one another by rare humor, and others had been lu dicrously 'hoist by their own fpe tard,'" WAIFS AND WHIMS. Tlie Mistletoe. In anci. ut times tbe Druid [ riest*. ith many a fo'emn vow, Gathered thy branches, sacred plant. I o crowti the priestess' brow ; And chanting grave, mysterious hymn», « ith ujeakuied steps and slow, Thev marched beneath the old oak-trees, f'-aring the mistletoe. IIow many a legend, strange and old, Around t!iy branches clings, Of superstitions tierce and dread, 01 wild, bsrbiric things ! What cuiious ."ties on saulsl'tiry plain, What grand and Dompous siiow Of Cîlts and Northm, *t. hast thou sc n," MyBterioui inistlitoe! Those cruel, superstitious year# Long M lire haT» onseed away ; A fairer priestess th m of o.d Blesses thy leaves to-day. Trooping atroas the snowy fields The laughing maidens go, To gather for their festival 1 hu Christmas mistletoe. The hall is bright with Christmas cheer, And youths and maidens fan'. With innocent and happy ht-aits, Ilave met together there, Willi pure r , deeper reverence Thau U.uil priest cjuld know, 1 lie lover kiste-t bluihiug cheeks Under the mistletoe. ■ Mrs. Partington remarks that f persons nowadays suffer from suggestif of the brain. ..Sometime ago tbe newspaper #<"■ respondents left the seaside, since the sea s>. rpent lias not shown his ■ A poor man remarks that the# advantage he gets from capitalists# 1 fr ''live within his income,'' wherein» difficulty he experiences s to live an income. .." Even the boot which lifts sJ w % machine agent off the front strf contain a stocking which on morning will overflow with bleusp fern loving friends." . It has been discovered that lager'' beer is a certain remedy for coins. We believe the usual method of ap] y ing the remedy is let it toak into the i rn froni the inside of tho foot. .. A Spanish illustrated nesrspaper a threatened with prosecution (■* publish ing a portrait of the Princess Meire<ie«, the destined bride of King Al üoom , the portrait being by no means 11.' .. A schoolmaster cannot connu;' ui cide without stating the proposition. A fortnight ago a pedagogue in San Juan, Cal., shot hinuelf after school bsurs, but not until he had chalked on the blackboard the words, "May thisiclvo the problem." .. Ah, love!" she murmured, asthey wandered through the moonlight,'ah, dearest, why do the summer roses hie?" He happened to be a young chemisiof a practical turn of mind, and he relied that it was owing to the insuflioincy of oxygen in the air. .. A Philadelphia paper is movedtu inquire why, if druggists by mistake poisons to person^ causing death, re prosecuted, those who sell explose burning fluids, cause the deathof people almost ^i'y, should be alioed to go scot lree.. She used i> ^ ee P bits of broken chut and crocker /piled up in a convenht corner of th# c ' 03et > iin( l when asked er reason for Reserving such domestic !u ber, she rçfnld shost a lucid glacceat her hushed) an( l merely remark, "le knows them's for." "I my breakfast ready ?" sai<hn impat^nt young man who was tryinto get lis breakfas* at a beer saltn. .<ljjd 't know," said the waiter, '"'11 w ytle up and see." " Heavens ! o, dfi't do that. I ordered sausage, anif yu whistle you'll have the whole )t own." I Il^ Another Koute to tlie Noili A dispatch from London to the Mw York Herald says: " Captain Wiggis, an Englishman just returned from ne Jennessi and Obi rivers, in Siberia, e ports that route practicable to tli«» pole, with an open sea all the way. also reports that there is an immenee commerce with Siberia from China, Captain Wiggins, with his schooner orty tons burden, sailed from the capital of Siberia to St. Petersburg, and anchored before the winter palace, where his vessel was visited by the imperial family and by great crowds of people. Step3 are to be taken to organ ize a line of trading steamers, and thus open to the world the marvelous timber, grain and mineral resources of Siberia. Seven tons of gold were taken from one mine this year. Wheat, equal to that of California, sold at $15 a ton. Beef is one cent a pound. There are telegraphs everywhere, and the large cities and fine people exhibit the great spirit of enter prise that Russia has carried into the country. 'In England, people will not credit the existence of the open sea, as reported, nor the possibility of such a commerce. It is only fourteen days travel from the Jennessi river to Lon don. ___ Bill« l.ut True. There is said to be a young man in the Missouri penitentiary whose parents at their death, left him a fortune of *50,000. There is where his parents made a fatal mistake. If they had taken the precau tion to invest that sum in a small dog, and shot him, and th'en had simply left tue young man a jack plane or a wood saw "with printed instructions how to use it, the chances are'that, instead of being in the penitentiary, he would to-day hnrx been gradually but surely working his way up to a handsome "competency and au honorable old age. But ever since the days of Adam and Eve, parents have made it a point to toil and struggle all their lives to realize a sufficient ,sum of money to purchase, when they are dead and gone, their sons each a first-class through ticket to the devil, and it is not much to I« wondered at that so many of their sons, reared in vice and idleness, as too many of them often_ aje^Jave^no hipher ambition than to invest their in heritance in just that sort of transporta tion.