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OPELOOS AS, •• LOUISIANA. CURRENT PARAGRAPHS. Southern News. There are three families in North Car olina that poll thfrty-five democratic votes. The salary of the speaker ot the Lou» isiana house of representatives is $24 a day. Vessels are not allowed to load at Port Royal, South Carolina, on «Sunday. A blue law. The moonshiners of the Alabama mountain districts manufacture crooked brandy. The spring cattle drive in Texas, ac cording to the Ban Antonio Express, will number 323,400. The agricultural population of Georgia is 900,000 souls, and the number of acres in cultivation is a trifle over 600,000. The Palatka (Forida) Herald says one of the best evidences of a heavy «range crop next season is the backward spring. The real estate prices in Atlanta have been much higher since the determina tion to make that city the Georgia capital. Montgomery, Ala., has purchased fif teen guns of the most approved pattern for the use of the police force in cases of emergency. There is fully a car-load of North Carolina specimens intended for the Paris exhibition in the bands of the agricultu ral department at Ealeigh. General P. M. B. Young, of Georgia, the southern commissioner to Paris, is very enthuiastic over the prospects ot a liberal display of southern goods at the exposition. The auditor of public accounts of Vir ginia has declared the financial condition of the state to be deplorable; that no money was being received for taxes, «11 payments being made in coupons, on which there was thirty per cent, dis count, and that he can run the slate government not an hour longer. New Orleans Democrat : Joseph Jef ferson (Rip) is over on his beautiful 1 plantation, shooting, fishing and painting between timss. Why does Rip Vau Winkle come so far to spend his leisure time ? To get away from the managers, <ny good friends; mails irregular, no telegraph, distance great, can hunt ducks quietly here., without beiDg hunted by the managers. The Jacksonville (Fla.) gun and Press says that oue of the best business men of that city offers to take the contract of running the city government for a year for two-thirds what it now cost«. He will be mayor, alderman, police—in fact, the whole machinery of the government—ard if at the end of the year the people by their votes say that they have not had as good a city administration as they have had for years, he will pay the bills and claim nothing. The general conference of the Method ist church south will be held in Atlanta the first Wednesday in May. The general business of the conference will embrace many interesting subjects, prominent among which will be : 1. The relations to each othrr of the two great branches of American Methodism. 2 The adjustment of the presiding-elder question. 3. Temperance and great moral subjects, including perhaps the questions involved in the discussion of the subject of dancing. Russell (Ala.) Register: There was a negro marriage in Talladega a few day« ago, and a few minutes after the cere mony had been performed a rejected suitor of the bride threw his arms around her neck and in the presence of a number of persons inflicted upon her eight or nine stabs, from which she died almost instantly. He then mounted the court house steps and proclaimed, " I done it hang me, or kill me just as you please, only bury me by Liza'e side." Charleston Journal of Commerce: A dispatch received states that the bark Azor left Boston for Charleston on Sat urday afternoon at 5 o'clock. As the Jong t»lked-dr and anxiously-awaited vessel is indeed on her way hither, this announcement is expected to infuse un restrained joy into the hearts of the many hundred future Liberians who have doubtless been dreaming for some time past of the unalloyed happiness and luxurious ease that are in store for them upon their arrival in the land of "milk and honey." Liberty, thou art but a name! Brunswick(Ga.) Appeal : Capt. Clay, of the whaling schooner Golden City captured in our harbor on Monday last an enormous white whale, measuring sixty-five leet in length, and from which he feels sure ef " trying ®ut " one hund red barrels of oil, and getting between seven and eight hundred pounds of whale bone. The tongue of this monster of the deep alone produced five barrels of oil. The captain thinks this leviathan wilt net him about $4*000. We have at our office a smell piece of the bene taken from the mouth of this whale, which we will take pleasure in showing to any one who may call to see it. We are informed that six more of these ^monsters have been recently seen in eur harbor. The Galveston News ou mob law : The logic of the advocates of systematic jail-breaking and mob execution involves radical hostility to the whole constitu tional ground-work of our criminal juris prudence. But the logicians are not con sistent in confining their revolutionary operations to sporadic cases of raiding upon jails and hanging untried and un convicted prisoner«. According to their theory, the evil is palpably embodied in courts and lawyers and juries, and the logical and consistent thing for them to do, therefore, is to wage war directly upon courts and lawyers and juries. Let them purge these away by recognized processes in the art of lynching, and ther«! will be no more occasion for mask ing and for midnight executions. A howling local communism—or unre strained mobism, if you prefer the phrase —will rule in place of general laws and a Tegular administration of justice. Clarke county (Ala) Democrat: A negro man named Dale Tyson, living near Bashi. in this county, was shot in a singular manner Borne two weeks ago. It seems that Dale was acting wizzard, or imagined that by certain evolutions, gesticulations or articulations he could surround his body with a magic armor that would be entirely impregnableto shot or ball. The strangest part of the story is that any one should be wicked enough to experiment with his imaginary armor. Two young negro men and a white man fired a few shots at him without injury, when one of the negroes fired at him agaia and shot him down. He lingered aboui a week and di^d Foreign Intelligence. Thekhedive of Egypt is ruining him self by extravagance. He sustains up wards of twenty palaces, in which he supports in Itixnry'tbree " proper wives" and three hundred women of the harem. Each of the grown princes of the blood also has his separate palace and retinue of servants, and the horses in the stables of the father and sons are numbered by hundreds. Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, the widow of the late President Lincoln, is living a secluded life in an interior town in Franc«?, and declines to return to America lest she may again be placed in a lunatic as/lum. It is said that in France she still indulges, to a moderate extent,jin her propensity for buying things for whici she has no use, and filling closets with articles wholly unnecessary. The Cuban war seems to have come to a close. It has lasted now, in a somewhat spasmodic manner, for ten years. During that time Spain has seut over 80,000 soldiers, and has expended over $80, 000,000 in the attempt to quell the revolt. She b-*s finally quelled it, less by force of arms than by increased wis dom of administration. The Spanish government itself has been revolution ized since the Cuban revolution began, and reforms have been granted to Cuba, among which is a promise of representa tion in the Spanish Cortez. How substantial these reforms will be remains to be seen, but not even a Spanish government will be ready to provose another Cuban revolt by acts ot palpable injustice and oppression. The conditions of the peace between Russia and Turkey, now duly signed, while giving Russia all that she an nounced she would accomplish last April, and securing to her many territorial ad vantages, leave England without the shadow of a casus belli, except that Russia exists, and, according to British views, the existence of Russia is a constant menace to India. The continued military preparations of England, and her an nouncement that she would not feel bound by the decisions of the approach ing congress, make it appear that Bhe will provoke a conflict by keeping her fleet off Constantinople, where it has no right to be. The position of Hornby in the sea of Marmora is, in fact, England's declara tion of war. Finding that she caunot inveigle Austria into an alliance and that Russia and Turkey prefer to arrange their businees in private, England has chosen to be very sulky and has gone to cleaning her sword. Of course, if she is very anxious for a fight, she can secure one by shelling Constantinople or occu pying Buyukdeie or Yeni-Koi. It will be seen, however, that her military pre parations mean that she will confess to having been outmaneuvered by Russia, and will take the spoils suggested long ago by Nicholas, viz., Crete and Egypt. —[Courier-Journal. All Sorts. A California firm' proposes to can jack rabbits for the English market. There are nearly 70,000 cases before the pension bureau at Washington, awaiting action. The Gentiles of Utah still have hopes that they will secure the expulsion of Delegate Cannon from the house because of his polygamous practices. A boy of fifteen and a girl of fourteen were married with the approval of their parents in Russellville, Ky. Then they were sent off to separate schools for three years. The house poBtoffice committee has •greed to recommend the adoption of a double stamp return postal card. The purpose of this is to permit an answer to be returned on a postal card. King AHonsohasgiven Queen Mercedes town composed wholly of diamond« ; gowns costing altogether about $35, 000 ; also mantillas at $2,000 apiece. A mantle wom by the queen at the state dinner on the wedding day cost $15,000. The plates for printing the notes of nearly three hundred defunct rmtin n n i banks, which have accumulated at the treasury department, are to be melted down in one of the furnaces in the Washington navy-yard, in the presence of a commission of prominent gentlemen. Savannah News : The meeting of citi zens of Jacksonville, Florida, which has extended an invitation to Capt. Eads, of jetty fame, to visit the St. John's river bar, has requested and authorized the city coupcil to appropriate one thousand dollars to pay the expenses ot Capt. H frd g in the contemplated vkdt of inspection. Sister St. Charles, of the Umüipe Convent, in Brown county, Ohio, died on Saturday. She was a daughter of Gen. A. S. Roaecranz, one of the moot noted Ohio ^generate in the late war, who is now a resident of California. She had been an inmate of the institution for a number of years. WEARY. The following poem is from a reprint of a volum 1 of Mrs. Browning's early poetry, pub ished in 1826 when ehe was between sixteen and seventeen year? of age Mine of es are weaiy of conveying The fairest things too soon decaying ; Mine ears are -weary of receiving The kindest words—oh, past believing : Wesry my bone, of ebb and flow ; W eary my pulse, of tunes of woe ; My trusting heait is weariest ! I would—I would I were at restl For me can earth refuse to fade? l"or me can words bi faithful made ? Will my erobitter'd hope be sweet' M v pulse forego the human beat? Nö I Darkness must consume mine eye -ilence, mine ear—hope cease-pulse die— And o'er mine heart a stone be nressd— Or vain this—" Would X were at rest !" There is a land of rest deferr'd : Nor eve hath seen, ner ear hath h'ard, Nor Hope hath trod the precinct o'er ; y or hope beh Id is bops no more! There human pulse forgets its tone— 'I here hearts may fci.ow as they »re known ! O, for dove's wingB, thou dweiliug blest, To fly to thee, and be at rest 1 Hunting for an Ideal. " No girl will ever have a chance to marry me for my money. I'll tske good care of that. When I wed there shall be nothing but the most disinterested affection thrown into the scales—no ideas of a grand home and carriages and opera boxes and fashionable parties and rich dresses and diamonds, and all that sort of thirg." And Charley Marshall tossed his half-finished cigar out of the window, and added, with emphasis: "No! the girl I mske my wife will have to love me for in/self alone—take me without the slightest idea of future ease ; be content with the anticipation of ' love in a cot tage,' and the prospect of having to prove a 'help-meet' in fact as well asii name." " That is, cook, sweep, wash dishes, scrub the floors, and all other drudgery," added Fred Tryan, with a peculiarly ex pressive whistle. " Certainly. That's just what I mean." '• And you expect to find such a girl in this beflounced, bediamond age, Charley ? " " Why not?" " I thought they had all died out with our grand mothers. Matrimony nowa days is a very different thing from a century ago. The homespun age has given place to one of satin-work and frivolty. It's a mighty hazardous un dertaking to marry. Women are daily driving poor fellows to bankruptcy and the dogs ; and the salary that a few years since would have been ample for house hold expenses wouldn't now pay the rent." " You are cynical, Fred." "A trifle, perhaps ; but that doesn't alter the facts of the case. It is different with you who 'have plenty—are one of the 'bloated bondholders.' How I wish I was ! But what in the name of com mon sense would I de getting married with only a couple of thousand a year ? " " Do well enough if you marry the right kind of a woman, and train her properly in the beginning." " As how ?" with a dubious smile. "As I intend to do. I have told you that no one shall marry me for money. The girl shall consider me poor—look upon her future in that light—and after the ceremony I shall take her to a plain country home and test her well before revealing that her lot is to be otherwise." " What if she rebels ?" " No danger of that. With my fore thought I shall not be likely to be de ceived." " But if, after your chrysalis puts on the gorgeous garments of the butterfly, what if she should spread her wings and revel in the surrounding splendor? In other words, what if the uplifting from poverty to riches should make her giddy and wild ? The change from a country girl to a city belle is very great, and has turned the head of many an one." '• Granted ; but I shall guard against such a thing." " Educate her up ! " laughed Fred. " Well, I wish you success. But where do you expect to find such a paragon of loveliness (for with your aesthetic tastes you would never marry any but% beau tiful woman) and good sense and pro nounced character? Certainly not in the city ? " " I can scarcely indorse such a sweep ing denunciation. Yet I intend to look about in the country." " Among the green valleys and ' forests primeval' ! I wonder how* Priscilla,' the meek and loving, would have stood such an exaltation? and whether 'Miles' would have believed in [your theory?" And Fred laughed heartily as he thought of the stern Puritan captain and his quaint idea of courtship—his Steady, straightforward and strong, with ir resistible logic : Orthodox, flashing conviction right into the hearts of the heathen. " You can make merry as much as you please," answered his friend ; " but this is no idle whim of mine. I have re flected upon it long, perfected my plan, and intend to carry it out to the very letter." " Bon voyage, then, and I hope you will not meet with shipwreck. But promise me one thing." " If it is within reason." "That you will train your rustic di vinity to love cigars, so that I may come and see yon sometimes, sit with my legs under your mahogany, have a good old fashioned smoke, and gaze upon the de licious wonder of the nineteenth cen tury 1" " You will be welcome at any time." " One thing more: Have it one of the marriage vows, Charley, that the di vinity shall never eat Jonions ! " And Fred Tryaa departed laughing, though not until he had promised faithfully keep the plans of his friend a profound secret. The proposed delusion in his marriage (whenever it should occur) had become a pet scheme with Marshall. He had given it much thought, and flattered himself there could be no miscarriage. Certainly if a girl loved him as abe ought, she would be content to dwell with him in an humble abode and min ister to his comfort. In fact, his " castle in Spain " was al ready built—everything perfect except ing the perfect woman who was to be come the satin of the inner shrine. She was yet to be found, and he resolved to no longer delay. Mad it not been for the conversation with his friend, he would have continued dreaming as before, for he was naturally dilatory. But the only half-hidden.sneers of his friend had stung deeper than he had at first been awate and roused him to immediate action. " I will commence my search to-mor row," he said resolutely ; " and before a year has passed will show Mr. Fred Tryan and the rest of mankind a model wife one whose only love is her husband ; who accepted poverty with him, and when given riches and position and influence was not unduly exalted. He quoted j Miles Standish. So can I, and to the purpose ; for I shall astonish his critical eyes with The skv was all blushes, the earth was all bliss, And the prayer of each heart: "Be the end ing like this." " Aha I Mr. Fred ! I think I shall have you upon the hip then." A few days enabled Marshall to finally arrange all his matters to his satisfaction, and he disappeared from the city, no one but his friend knowing whither he had gone ; even his own family little dream ing that he had set out upon such a Quixotic mission — had indeed under taken to find a perfect woman. Partially disguised, and under an as sumed name, he journeyed hither and thither, looking for the thornless rose, the diamond without a flaw, the pearl without a speck. But disappointment met him at every turn. Girls of all kinds, golden, auburn and raven-haired ( arose before him like daisies in the meadow—a perfect bouquet of loveliness. But alas! there was an indescribable something lacking—the rare combination of mind and physical proportion that was to insure him happiness, make the humble and wealthy home alike happy—to stand the severe test of both poverty and riches. Any ordinary mortal would have been satisfied with the choice offered ; could from out such a bevy of beauty have selected scores that would indeed have been " a jewel in the crown of her hus band." But he was very hard to please His ideal was altogether too high for human nature to fill. At least he found none that satisfied him, and, after a long search, was about to return home, rest, and take a new departure for foreign laads, when accident caused him to be delayed in the picturesque little village of Ferndell. The breaking down of the stage landed him, in the midst ef a violent storm, in front of a large farmhouse, the surround ings of which indicated unusual thrift. "Who lives heie?" he asked of the driver, who had informed him that it would be some hours before they could proceed. " Zenas Partridge, one of the richest men in the county," was answered. "I shall have to trespass upon his hospitality. Anything would be better than remaining in this miserable old conveyance, through the roof of which the water passes like a sieve." " Yes, it is a better dry-weather stage," laughed the driver. " But go right in. 'Squire Partridge will be glad to see you. He is one of the most friendly kind ef »en. Besides," and the laugh grew broader, ''there's the prettiest kind of a girl in there, and I guess the time won't htng very heavy on your hands." ■ " A pretty girl ! " and Marshall looked dismayed ut his wet and mud-splashed waidrobe. "That ain't nothing," replied the friendly Jehu, reading the expression 0 f his face. " She ain't one of the stuck up kind, but just as good and clever as she is handsome." Thinking what a foel he was to have been standing even thus long in the rain, Marshall made bis way through the closely-mowed and clean-kept door-yard, along the path fringed with flowers, and knocked at the door. It was opened with little delay, though his quick ear caught the rustle ef feminine skirts, and he was satisfied he had already been in spected, and most probably by the "pretty girl" herself. •' Walk in—walk right in," was the welcome he received, and the broad palm of Zenas Partridge closed upon his own, and emphasized the hospitable reception " Thank you sir. I shall be gratefuj W shelter for a time—until the stage is repaired," replied Marshall. " And that won't be to-night," said his host. "They are slower than mo lasses in a cold cellar on a January morn ing." ■"But I can not think of trespasing upon your kindness for so long a time, sir." "There, there! Don't mention it. My wife and Lena will be only too hap py to have your company." " Lena—your daughter?" "No; haven't chick or child in the world. Lena—Eleanor is the right name —is a neice, and Well, you'll have a chance to see for yourself." Eleanor Rivington, as she appeared at the supper-table, was nearer the beau ideal of Marshall than any he had ever seen. She was a sparkling beauty, could not have been called either brunette or blende, but partook of the best charac teristics of both ; was a happy, medium type, fair, not tall in height, and of well rounded proportions/with dainty feet and hands, the latter just tinged enough with labor to show that she was not un familiar with it. Her eyes were of a peculiar soft grayish hazel ; her hair a mass of golden braids; her lips delicate cleft, and red as the ripe clover-blossm ; her nose and chin exquisitely cut, and there was the charm of perfectly graceful, lady-like self-possession and culture in her movements, albeit her dress was of the simplest in texture and fashion. To say that Marshall was delighted with the vision was simply less than the truth. And he found, as the evening passed, that her mind was well stared by reading; that she possessed a rich and trained voice, and played and sang in a manner he had seldom heard equaled. In fact she grew in his dreams to be the paragon of loveliness and worth he had so often pictured ; and when detained the next day he poured out (by letter) to his friend Fred Tryan a glowing de scription, and predicted that at last the spotless pearl he had so long been in search of had been found. It Cupid had made especial terms with Jupiter Pluvius the matter could not have been better arranged. Such a storm as raged had not been known even by tbat ubiquitous individual, " the oldest inhabitant." Streams were flooded, and bridges carried away, and all travel stop ped. The old stage still remained un repaired by the wayside, and Marshall was kept within doors, feasting upon delicacies, and passiug'the time reading to Lena, and hearing her sing, or con versing with her. And naturally, as they became ac quainted, they talked to themselves, and he hinted at his peculiar ideas with regard to married life ; that when he married the beginning would be in a small way—an humble home; and that, while he was willing to toil for the woman he loved, it might be necessary for her to take up her share ot the burdens. The beautiful girl met him half way —did not seem averse to "love in a cot tage," seemed to consider it would be a pleasure to contribute to' the making of a home ; and some dainty dishes from her own fail hands were proof positive to him that she was versed in the cul inary art. The storm ceased at last and they parted. No words of love had been spoksn, but the touch of hands and the glancing of eyes and the tell-tale blood had given full promise of what would be, even as the rosy tints of morning tell of the golden glory of noonday. Of what Marshall thought, his words to Tryan told the entire story. " She is as beautiful and good as an angel, Fred. The most perfect being both in mind and body." " And will cook your pork and beans and do up your shirts with smiles ?" was the quizzical question, " Without doubt. Oh, such dishes as she can prepare ! They are focd for the gods." " Apples of the Hesperides, sweetened with nectar and ambrosia ! But of course she knows of your wealth ?" " Has not an inkling. In fact she does not even know mv name—thinks it is Charley Marsh, and that I have to de pend upon business for a livelihood." " The name of the goddess, Charley?" " Eleanor Riverton." '• Ah ! A romantic name. When io she to change it?" " That is undecided as yet. I have not even whispered of my devotion." " But intend to do so very soon ?" At the earliest practicable moment." With such a commencement as had been made the growth of love could not have been otherwise than rapid. The visits of Marshall to Ferndell grew fre quent, became more and more lengthy ; and, one evening when the moon sailed as a silver boat over the slightest waves of clouds, the fond vows were whispered, and two hearts pledged to beat as one for all time ; soft hand was clasped in broader palm, and burning lips were pressed to lips in the first lone", passion ate kiss Of betrothal. Fred Tryan laughed a cynical laugh when he heard of the engagement. Something in the matter seemed to amuse him very much. Yet he con gratulated his friend warmly upon his choice, and wished him all the happiness he anticipated. * And for once love seemed to run a broad, deep, untroubled river, with noth ing to mar the smoothness cf its course. The wedding-day was a glorious one, golden with sunshine, with only rosy clouds ; without even the slightest pre monition of future storms ; a day of per feet June, when " She, the Puritan girl, in the solitude of the forest, Making the humble house and the modest apparel o( homespun Beautiful with her beauty, and rich with the wealth of her being. The wedding feast finished, Marshall took his bride in the conveyance he had provided, and carried her to what he led her to believe was her future home. The journey ended, they stopped at a small cottage in the outskirts of a manufactur ing town. It was scarcely more than comfortably furnished, the surroundings not attaractive, and only such as a bride in the most humble circumstances would have been contented with. But the young wife took up her lot cheerfully. She went around sineing all the day long, brightening up every room with tasteful womanly touches— always had meals ready upon the return of her husband—and seemed to enjoy what well might have been called "play, ing at housekeeping" ; and even objected when her husband proposed to employ a girl to do the drudgery. But if it was fun for her it was'not for him. He had nothing |to do. and soon grew tired of "loafing" around the little village, killing time, so as to make his wife *believe he was hard at work. The months he had intended to be passed in this manner dwindled into two short weeks. Hecouldendure.it no longer; and, having made the necessary prepara tions (through his friend Fred Tryan), he determined to move to the [city and his true sphere in life. Money smoothes most ways as it did bis, and a few days later he escorted his bride into a " brown stone front,'-' exquis itely furnished, told Lena it was hers, and that he had deceived her, as he was rich. " No, Ch8riey," she answered, with rippliDg laughter. " No, Charley, dear, you have been simply deceiving your self. I knew you all the time. My cousin, Fred Tryan, had pointed you out to me, and told me all about you." " The deu " "Hush!" and she kissed him into silence. " But I won't make you any the less a good wife, dear." She hasn't, though she has cuted him of many foolish notions of mortals being prefect ; and he has learned to rejoice that his Quixotic quest resulted so well and happily, when the chances were as a thousand to one against anything b u disappointment.—[W. H. Bushneil. THE PEACE TREATY. A Synopsis of the Twenty-Nine Articles Agreed Upon by the Eastern Belligerents as the " Preliminaiies of Peace The Indemnity Details Post oned. The treaty bears the title, "Prelimi naries of Peace," and contains twenty nine articles. The opening articles relate to Montenegro, Servia, and Bulgaria. The indemnity is fixed at fourteen hun dred and ten million roubles, but eleven hundred and ten millions are covered by territories. Nothing is fixed concerning the terms and period of payment of the three hundred and ten million. No guarantee is stipulated, nor is there mention of the Egyptian or Bulgarian tributaries, or the Turkish fleet. The treaty simply states that Russia and Turkey shall agree subsequently about payment. Pierott remains, but in the limits of Bulgaria. . Servia includes Sienitza, Novibazer, and Vranja. Mor henegro includes Artivari, ppuz and Nicsics. All the Bulgarian fortresses are to be razed an J the Turkish troops with drawn. A military read will be estab lished for the Ottoman posts, and tele graph, and the passage of troops, which, however, must not make any considerable halt while passing through the country. The Mussulmans may return to Bulgaria. Any property of Mussulmans who have not returned, which they leave undis posed of, will be sold, after two years, for the benefit of the widows' and orphans' fund. The arrears of taxes in Bosnia and Herzegovina are to be remitted. The rev enue until 1880 is to be applied to indem nity for sufferers by the insurrection, and to provide for local needs. Austrian and Russian commissioners will arbitrate in all disputed claims. The navigation of the straits is declared free for merchant vessels during peace or war. Six divis ions of Russian infantry and two of cavalry will occupy Bulgaria until the formation of the Bulgarian militia, the strength of which shall bs fixed later by Russia and Turkey. The Russian army of occupation will preserve its commu nications, both through Roumania and the Black sea. The expenses of Russian occupation are to be borue by Bulgaria. Roumania is author'zed to make her demands for indemnity direct to the porte, and make a direct treaty. No indemnity is stipulated for Servia or Montenegro. Russian, Turkish and Bulgarian commissioner« will determine the Bulgarian tribute The refotm pro gramme of Constantinople will be applied to Bosnia and Herzegovina. An organ ization similar to that granted to Cretejis stipulated for Thessala and Epirus. No mention is made of Greece or Crete. Batoum, Ardahan, Kars and Bavazid are ceded to Russia. Erzeroum and Trebi zond are not mentioned, except that the Russians may embark at Trebizond on their return home. Asiatic Turkey is to be evacuated iu six months, and the evacuation of European Turkey is to begin immediately and become accom plished within three months. The European Danube commission retain its former rights. The porte undertakes the expense of re-establishing naviga tion on the Danube and indemnifying private losses, the amounts of which are to be deducted by the Danube commis sion irom the sums it owes the port«. Russia receives Dobrudscha to exchange it for Bessarabia. The question of the Turco Persian frontier shall be speedily settled. The treaty is to be ratified within fifteen days, but its provisions become obligatory immediately. Noth ing is said about a ratification by con gress nor ths capitulations, nor of a Russian-Turkish alliance. The details about the payment of indemnity, which were to have teen arranged at San Ste fano, have been postponed, and the nego tiators have arrived at Constantinople. Artesian Wells. Artesian wells number 1,000 in Cali fornia, Of these three hundred are in Santa Clara valley, fifty miles from San Francisco. Most of them overflow the surface, and the tubes average seven inches in diame'ter. The local resources of artesian water are now mapped out. Under the valley runs a broad river, coming from the great lakes of the Sier ras, two hundred mijes off. The pressure from 6,000 feet elevation suffices to throw the water above the surface. The depth of the bore runs from one hundred and fifty to two hundred and fifty feet. Outside the boundaries of this subterra nean river—several miles wide—no depth of boring has struck artesian water. There is reason to believe that every valley in the state has an underground rirer, leading direct from the same lakes, and lying below the superficial currents that have no direct connection with any elevated re servoirs A basnful young man applied to his village paper for information on the im portant subject, " How to win a woman's love." The reply was, " Kiss the babies caress the tomcat, and pay strict atten tion to the old lady." GRAVE AND GAY. The Opera Box. Well, we're here in good time, alter all, rr>« ; How glad I am pa tcok a boi I See, there'« Mrs. Jones, in blue velvet — Bo handsome; 1 dote on blue to*. Don't you think that the troupe muet [eel Battered? The nouse is just crammed - such a crowd I Thero's the count in the balcony- look, Katel Just across from us-quick, dear!—he liowed. Throw your cape back, ma, over your shoulder, Carelessly, so the lining will show. There's Fanny Duval wit» her husband— They're newspaper j>sopIe, you know. He <4 does the dramatic " or something. She told me ; th( y go evervwhere; That's one of her last winter's uressef— Made over—quite well, I declare. How these singers do dress ! my! wlist lecf» Those diamonds are perfectly grand ! Please lend me your opera-glares - I left mine at heme on the stand. Ma, I wish you would shut your libretto; It's shoddy to stick to it so Looka like you wen rrt u'ed to the opera : Can t you read It at home when we go v There, Charlie Van Zandt and his cousin. Young Ruyter, are coming this way. Kate, shake out your train, it's a'l doubled. Ma, where did you put my bouquet ? That's " Miserere " they are playing , It makes me feel awfully sad. They played It at poor Ned May's funeral, You know. What's It, n<a-Mrs. Ladd . Oh yéf, l forgot her reception ; She'll expect us. What lime is it, Kate '' ilalf-past ten ? Very well, there's no hurry 7 It's stylish, you know, to be late. . Ben Wade left no will. He was '■ worth " from $75,000 to $100,000. . .The only safe way to keej) a diary is to put it in the stove, and this is the time to do it. . .Pharaoh's heart was hard, but it was pulp in comparison with a paste brush that has laid on the floor over" eight." . .A new a^ng is called " Always Keep a Smile for Mother/' Some young men will drink every drop that is in the bottle without giving a thought to their parents. .. A doctor's wife tried Mie persuasive effect ol tears. " Wife," said he, " tears are ueeless. I have analyzed them. They contain a little phosphate of lime, some chloride of sodium, and water." ..Colorado giants whould be planted early in the spring, in rows about two pestoffices apart. They should be trans planted in August, when college profes sors are oir vacation.—[New Orleans Pic ayune. .."I was not aware that you knew him," said Tom Smith to an Irish friend, the other day. " Kuow him," said he, in a tone which comprehended the knowl edge ot more than one life, " 1 knew him when his father was a boy." .Now that the telephone makes it possible for sounds to be canned the same as beef, milk, lobsters, Iruit, etc., mis sionary sermons can be bottled and sent to the South sea islands ready for the table instead of the missionary himself. .. A minister was once engaged to preach to his Sunday-school, but after the little people were all plsced before him in order, he told them that some of them might be weary and want to go out before he had finished, so he would rather have any who fancied they would like to go, to do so uow, and then no one would be disturbed. For a moment all sat still ; then one little fellow got his hat and went down the aisle ; another and another followed, until not a child was left. ..Writing of those who scrawl the." names in Egypt, John Russell Youiij. says ; " The greatest donkey of the tribe —the monumental donkey of the age is 'Powell Tucker,' of New York. If Powell Tucker reads these lines he will learn that his name is the theme of re peated execrations throughout Egypt Powell, as the story goes, did not content himself with carving his name on the walls—that, perhaps, would have been too much trouble. So be carried a sailor with him, and this «ailor had a pot of black paint and a brush. Whenever Powell came to a monument the sailor painted in large black letters, ' Powell Tucker, New York, 1870.' Sometimes it is only ' P. T.,' but the tracks are here and there all over Egypt. The authorities in charge of the antiquities have tried to rub out this and other marks of vandal - ism, hut Powell's sailor painted deep." The Search for the North Pole. At a recent meeting of the American geographical society in New York, Capt. Howgate repeated his colonization plans for the complete exploration of the polar district, and affirmed his determination to use every aid to be derived from scientific sources in his expedition. He will not only establish colonies with ample supplies of food and clothing, drugs and apparatus for preserving hu man life in a clime in which mercury freezes, but will connect the colonies with telegraph wires and telephones. More than this, he will prosecute his Arctic trip with the assistanceof balloons, having an experienced French a;ronaut, recommended by the Paris geographical aociety engaged For these aerial experi ments. To save telegraph poles, he gpoke of the new copper telegraph wire which carries a current without insulation, and can be atretched carelessly on the dry enow and ice of the Arctics without support and yet be successfully worked, as proved by late tests. This subject o! Arctic exploration, so interesting to the attendants on the New York meeting, is equally ascinating to hundreds o< thousands outside, and, while few are as sanguine of advanced results from the newly organized explor ng expeditions as are the participants themselves, it is most satisfying to be cermitted to knew that so much of earn nestness, enterprise and common sense are associated with the plans. In addition to the Howgate expedi tion, which will probably reed ve $50,000 from the United States government, there will be in the Arctic field the com ing- summer government expeditions from England, Holland, Germany and Russia, besides a few private enterprises like the Barry expedition at pie^ent forming in the ea*t.