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Si. Landry Deiocrat.
Southern News.
Chufa planting is acquirng much
lavor in Georgia.
An Alabama judge has decided that
any one who sets a spring gun does so at
bis own peril, and is to l)e beid reponsi
ble for any damage dona. even to tres
Galveston is perhaps the only city in
the land that can guard herself against
tramps. She is located on an island, and
all she has to do isto station a policeman
at the end of the bridge.
A tooth the size oC'ft small ham, and
similar in shape,weighing twelve pounds
was extracted from the jaw of a white
elephant ir. Ceylon while the animal was
under the influence of chloroform.
► The number of Mormons in Scandi?
navia is stated to be 2,249 in Demmark,
1,606 in Sweeden, 892 in Norway, and
15 in Iceland. During the course of
last year, 583 persons immigrated from
Scandinavia to Utah.
The Poles, Germans, French, Bohe
mians, fecandinavians, Italians, Aus
trians, Hungarians, and Slavs of Chi»
cago are perfecting an organization for
the protection of their rights in their
adopted country.
A» Sacramento woman accused her
husband of attempting to kill her, and
he was sent to prison for two years.
Then she hegged to be sentenced for the
same term, because she could not bear
to be parted from him, and, the judge
refusing, she went away and tried to
hang herself. *
" Bob," the veritable sorrel war-horse
which Stonewall Jackson was riding
when he rc-ceived his fatal wound, is
still living, at the age of twenty-three,
and retaining much of his old-time vigor.
He is owned by a brother-in law of the
general, in Lincoln county, North Car
A huge skull of some animal, 8up»
posed to be an elephant, was found im
bedded in the sand near Santa Barbara,
Cal., recently. It measures across the
forehead tbree feet two inches; in
height, two feet one inch ; in depth, one
feot two inches. The brain cavity is
sixteen by ten by eight inches.
The United States courts doa thriving
business in Georgia. For the four years
ending July, 1877, the United States
district and circuit court in this [state
rendered judgmenfs amounting to six
million of dollars—more than half as
much as the judgmenta obtained in all
the Southern States.
Galveston News : At this time the
f xecutive of lexas cannot be too cautious
in interposing between the law and its
execulion. Nor eau we say at this time
that lexas is solitary in this business of
• Gilling. Everywhere in this country
human life is too unguarded while
besieged, so to speak, with dangers. It
is because everywhere, breast pockets,
breeches pockets, beits, boots, vest pock
ets, are the hiding places of Colt's.Smith &
Wesson's and English revolvers, or dirks,
bowie-knives, clasp-knives and deringers.
Our ganshops, hardware stores, variety
stores, book and jewelry stores and retail
shops display glitteriDg blades and in
gcnuously wrought murderous revolvers,
but, not being able to supply the demand'
the mails and the express are loaded'
with weapons ordered from distantmarts
and manufacturerg.
Judge Lochrane, of Georgia, on Sfc.
Patrick's day: Kepel by your example
the tendency to libel the Jrish race, by
carricatures upon the stage and the
great evil which is circling and gathering
aroun4 the Irish name by passing it into
anecdote. Cherish rather the splendors
of our intellectual and patriotic country
men, than the remark "Pat" made in
his traditional interview with the pope,
or what even Mr. O'Connell eaid in his
encounter with Biddy Moriarty. Rather
take Mr. O'Connell when he came into
the British pnrliament as a member for
the county of Clare in his manly rejec*
tion of the fest oaths, or when he stood
on the hillside of Athlone and shook
with his thunders the enemies of Ire
land. Rather Iet us pstronize the
Lvadne ofShiel, with all its rich coloring
of sentiment and beauty than be tickled
with the sensational extravagances of the
wjke in the Sbaughraun.
The Mobile Register States that Mr.
Cobt will lead the northern, Mr. Stone
the western, Mr. Barnes the eastern, and
Mr. Langdon the Southern divisions in
the gubernatorial race. The Register
tbinks South and West Alabama, being
practically one in the fight, wül dictate
the nomination. It admite, however,
t bat the result is not free from doubt.
The struggle for the senatorship enters
into and materially effects the guber
natorial race. The leading senatorial as»
----piranta are Govern or Houstn n ar ,A
Messrs. Walker, Sykes and Fugh. This
tcnatorial feud is said to be a very bitter
■one, raid overtures between senatorial
and gubernatorial aspirants rendeth®
situaties altogether inexplicable. The
29th of May will decide.
New Orleans Democrat: The New
Orleans custom-house is comparatively
the most expensively conducted large
custom-house in the union. There are
ou tbe coast of Maine, it is true, a num
bsrof customs diatricts where the ex
pmditures far exoeed the collectioas,
but these and these alone are more ex-,
pjnaively conducted than the gmnite
building in this city. Our city is the
s xth port in the union in the amount of
collections. The following are the ex»
peedituros in the six leading ports of
this country for every dollar of revenue
collected : New York, 2.9 cents ; Bos»
ton, 4.8 cents; San Francisco,^4.6 cents;
Philadelpbia, 5 8 cents; Baltimore, 9.2
cenis, and New Orleans, 16.1 cents.
That is, the New Orleans custom-house
is five timesas expensively conducted as
the New York and three times as ex
pensively as the Ssn Francisco and Bos
ton custom-house: and this wholly be
cause it is made " a political asylum and
the Üeadquarter* of the radical party of
the state."
Mobile Register : All that ia wanted
to complete the Grand Trunk to Union
town is one hundred and fifty thousand
dollars from the people of Mobile. This
meney will be paid back in one year by
the handling of forty thousand bales of
cotton that will come from Marengo,
Clarke and Perry, and the forty thousand
bales of cotton will enable our merebants
to send back to those counties over two
millions' wortb in return. But even if
this were not so, the history of Richmond
and other Atlantic cities teache3 us tbe
enormous possibilities of Mobile as a coal
ingdepot. We have now more water than
Richmond, and we can improve our bay
at less eest than the James can he deep
eued at. If Richmond sees over three
hundred vessels at the Rocketts, within
three years alter the railroad has tapped
tbe mineral regions, there is a certainty
that Mobile will see five hundred vessels
at her wharves so soon as the Grand
Trunk road reacbes Birmingliam.
Mempbis Avalanche: The causes
which have made the colored people
think of removing from the cotton belt
to the grain region are worth finding
out. They have been induced to remove
from tlie uplsnds and the older Southern
states to We3t Tennessee, to Missis
sippi bottoms and to river lands in
Arkansas, because there more cotton
could be raised and better wages se
cured. But now they seem to desire to
go fartker west, and to go bevond the
cotton belt. Their emigration tenden
cies have not been very strong, but re
cently they have been excited by tbe
Liberia movement, and they are in a
mood, as a race, to cbange in hopes of
bettering their cqndition. This is an
evidence of improvement in their mental
condition, and evinces a spirit of enter
prise. The Liberia movement will not
be a success, but we are inclined to the
opinion that the movement to the States
west of the Mississippi river will be as
formidable as that of tbe whites which
sweeps annually across tbe Mississippi
river at Memphis.
All Sorts.
Lawyers have fleeced the Erie railway
out of $400,000.
Canada owes $160,000,000, or at the
rate of $40 a head of her pcpulation.
The Chinaman's weak spot is white
sugar. Ile'il pass over jewelry to steal
Joaquin Miller, it is said, realizes
from his published works an income of
about $4,000 a year.
In Hartford, Conn., women receive
twenty-five cents per dozen for making
corsets; and tho cotton threaa, which
must be bought of the corset manufac
turer, is deducted from this sum. There
are thirteen stitches to the inch, and five
thousand stitches in one corset. An ex
perienced needle-woman can complete
half a dozen in a day, and thus earn
twelve and a half cents.
Foreign Intelligence.
The tsetse, knowu to entomologists as
glossina morsitans, is thus described by
Stanley: "Not much larger than
common house fly, nearly of the same
brown color as the honey bee. After
pait of the body has yellow bars across it
It bas a peculiar buzz, and its bite is
death to the horse, ox or dog. On man
the bite has no effect; neither has it on
wild animals.
Tbe famine in'China was the oppor
tunity of the English and American
missionaries. They devoted themselves
to relieving the dying people about them,
and hslping the sufFering as far as the
means at hand would allow. This
efleeted a change in the opinion of the
Chinese as to the religion of the mission
aries. They now concede that a religion
which sends its devotees on missions of
mercy is at least a good religion, if not a
better one tban their own.
The assistant adjutant general, depart
ment of Texas, has received a dispatch
from Fort Brown, which says: " Mr.
Eveesman, a large merchant in Mata
moras, tells me that the authorities
have fined foreign merchants about $80,>
000. His house was to pay $22,000. He
and many others are preparing te leave
Mexico as soon as they can close their
business. Gen. Canales is opposed to the
fine, and a revolution is confidently ex
pected, with Garcia de Cardenas as the
head. He is governor of Zacatecas.
Brazil has made a liberal appropriation
for the introduction to the people of
Europe of sterva-mate, an article largely
cultivated in Parana and treed in South
America to produce a popular heverage,
but as yet unkno wn abroad. Mr. O'Conor
of the British legation, says it will be a
Capital substitute for the far more expen
sive and too-often adulterated tea and
coflfee, being more fortifying and alimen
tary and much more wholesome, and an
article that can be sold at a price so
moderate as to place it within the reach
of all classes.
. As year after year rolls into the
great sea of the past, and man drags
nearer the great port of death, he be
comes more and more sadly convinced
that red flannel wrappers will shrink in
spite of the brat effort» of the washer
woman. This Is why it ia so hard to dis
tinguish a last year's wrapper from a
cc-ral necklace.
How sweet, as we're floating on HieVehanging bii
Like maricera voyaging over the Icain,
To think of the drar onte in yender biest har oor,
And the beautiful songs they are singingat home.
How sweet to be thinking of pearly gat=3 open,
And angels in white robes so spotlesa and fair,
With golden hurps ringing in maneions of glory,
And eweet songs of !ove floating soft on the air.
How sweet to beiitve that our Savior is Jesus,
And trust in His strengih as we're gii.iing along;
His iove nc'er fail us: it, guides us forever,
And tills our glad hesrts with n beautiful song.
How sweet to be singing, while o'er the waves gild
A n i praising the Hord with our heavt and our
And working and praying that otbers may love
And join in His prai3i> as we're floating along.
How sweet to be thinking of angels and loved ones,
And joys that await us in Heaven above I
Sweet strains wiil be floating, when Jesus our
Shall welcome us home to tbe manaions of love.
Dcar Savior, we t'aank Thee, we love Thee, and
trust 1 hee;
We'11 sing ot ihv love as we journey along;
And, oh, when we enter tbe harbor of Heaven,
We'11 pratse Thee again with a beautiful song!
— J. Emerson Walker, m Chicago Standard.
Some Poinfed Rerr.arks on Everlasting Punisb
As a bit of personal experienee by a
lady of large brains and large heart, the
following extract from a letter to the
New York Tribune by Miss Catherine E.
Beecher deserves careful and thoughtfu!
In Baxter's " Saint's Rest," given to
me when I was vainly trying to love
God, it is written that the torments of
sinners will be universal. The liquid
fire will prey on every part—the eyes
will be tortured with sights of horror, the
ears with howlsand curses ©f companions
in torment, their smelt with fumes of
brimstone, and no drop of water shall
cool their tongue, no respite relieve
their agonies. President Edwards, in a
work given me to lead me to love God,
says the saints in glory will see the
suflerings of the darnned with no
grief, but. rather with rejoicing. They
will not be sorry for them, but will be
excited by joyful praise. Dr. Emmons,
whose preacbing I heard when sorrowing
for a friend supposed to have died unre
generate, taught the happiness of " tbe
elect" in heaven will in part consist in
watching the torments- of the damned,
and among them will be their own chil
dren and dearest friends; and yet they
will sing ballelujah, praise the Lord.
My father's friend, Dr. Gardiner Spring,
of New York, said that when an angry
God undertakes to punish, he will con
vince the universe that he does not gird
himself in vain. It will bo glorious
when He who hung on Calvary shall
cast thoee who have trodden his blood
under their feet into a furnaee of fire,
where shall be weeping and wailing and
gnashiug of teeth. My father's friend,
Dr. Nehemiah Adams, of Boston, says it
is to be feared that the forty-two cbil
dren who mocked Elisha are now in
heil. President Edwards, in his
sermon "Sinners in the hands of an
angry God," says "you cannot stand
an instant bsfore an infuriated tiger;
what then, wili you do when God rushes
against you in all His wrath ?" Spurgeon
of England sav3 "at the day of judg
ment thou wilt have twin hells; thy
soul sweating drops of blood and thy
body sufiused with agony." Dr. Talmage
of Brooklyn, paints the miseries of heil
in a similar language. The Methodist
Christain Advocate represents that this
denomination, on veariy average, gives
snly 34 cents for each person to save
700,000,000 brothers and sisters from
wadingebin deep through the torments
of eternal
preaching on the dangers of heil, at
time?, the whole congregation arose
smiting their breasts, weepiDg and grean'
ing. My father rejected the idea of
literal fire and brimstone torments, but
I once heard him in Cincinnati describe
the miseries of the wicked shut
death. The biographer of
Edwards says tbat when \
together with all their horrid paseions, ®
and I should have been afiected,
as were the hearers of president
Edwards, had I not escsped bv leaviDg
the church, as did my sister, Mis. Stowe.
For the benefit of those who claim
that the doctrine ®f a materialistic heil
is no longer taught, we present the fol
lowing passages from a book written by
Rev. J. S. Furnis, and published in
England a few years ago by ecclesiastieal
authority "for the instruction of the
We know how far it is to the middle
of the earth, it is just two thousand
miles; so if heil is in the middle of the
earth it is four thousand miles to the
horrible prison of heil. Down in this
place is a terrible uoise. Listen to the
tremendous, the horrible uproar of
millions of tormented creatures, mad
with the fury of heil! Oh ! thescreams
of fear, the groans of horror, the
yells of rage, the cries of pain,
the shouts of agony, the shrieks of
despair, from millions on millions!
There you hear them roaring like
lions, hissmg like serpents, howling like
dogs, and wailing like dragons. There
you hear the gnashing of teeth and the
fearful blasphemies of the deviis. Above
all you hear the roar of the thunders of
God'sanger,which shakes heil to its foun
dations. But there is another sound.
There is in heil a sound like that of many
waters. It is as if all the rivers and oceans
of the world were pouring themselves with
a great splash down on the floors of heil.
Is it then really the sound of waters ? It
is. Are the rivers and the oceaus of the
oartb pouring themselves into heil? No
What is it, then ? It is the sound of
oceans of teare running down from mil
lions ef eyes. They cry forever and ever.
They cry becausé the snlphur
ous smoke torments their eyes.
They cry because they are in darkness!
They cry because they have left the
beautiful heaven. They cry because the
abarp fire burns * * The roof is red-hot;
the walls are red-hot; the floor is like a
thick sheet of red hot iron. fcjee, on the
middleof that red hot floor stands agirl.
Shelooks about sixteen years of age. feihe
has neither shoes nor stockings on her
feet. The door of this room has never
been opened since she first set her foot
on this red-bot fluor. Now she sees
the door opening. She rushes forward.
Sbe bas gone down upon her knees
upon the red-hot floor. Listen, she
speaks! .She says: "I have been
standing with my bare feet on
this red-hot fiood for years. Day and
r.ight my standing place has been this red
hot. floor. Sleep never came on me for a
moment that I might forget this horrible
burniug floor. Look at my burnt and
bleeding feet. Let me go off thisburniDg
floor for one moraent--on]y for a short
moment. Oh! that in this endless eter
nitv of years I might forget the pain
only for one single moment." The devil
answers her question. " Do you ask for a
moment—not for &ne single moment dur
ing the never-ending eternity of years
shall vott ever leave this red-hot floor."
Gra P hic '
Doing' Paris Clieaply.
One may, at ordinary times, live in
Paris very ccnnfortably on eight or ten
dollars per week; and this will include
car-fares and admi-sion to the theatres,
great and small. Possifeiy, during the
exposition, prices may rule a little
higher. Ia the Latin quarter an aparl
ment need not cost more than a dollar
and a half or two doliars per week. Two
good small rooms there will rent at thirty
francs (about six dollars) per month.
Breakfast, cofiee and» all the bread you
can cat, four cents; lunch at noon, or the
rea! breakfast in Paris, one and two
t'iirds franc, or twenty-five cents—this
includesthe half-bottleof claret; the same
rate for dinner,at fi ve orsix in the e vening.
Fifty or sixty cents per day will feed
you weil. Ir' you choose to eat in your
room, you may, in buying cooked food
(and every variety of food is cooked and
held for sale by the cut in Paris), live
for thirty cents per day on roast fowl
various kinds of salad, fresh fish and
potatoe3, baked apples and pears, potage
or buillon. It is not bad for a change
and far better tban any cheap food you
can get in New York. To famüiarize
yourrelf with French quiekly, buy your
own groceries. Prices of sneb
staples as flour, sttgar, coffee
etc., are more extensively marked
than with us, and every shop windovv
is a practical edition of Üllendorf, only
there are no quarts, gallons, pints or
pounds, feet or yards. These are all
changed to liters (a little over a quart)
meters (three inches over the English
yard and kilogrammes or "kilos" (two
pounds three ounces avoirdupois). The
smallest French coin is tbe copper five
centimes, corresponding to our cent. Tbe
smallest silver coin is the fifty centimes,
corresponding to the American dirne
The franc is twentv cents American. The
average seat in the uppermost gallery
of the French theatre is railed
cushioned, and as comfortable as the
more expensive one below, and costs
but a shilling. You will recoüect that
the museum and galleriesof the Louvre
are always free; also the Jardin des
Plantes of zoological gardens; also the
museum of the Luxembourg palace ;
also the Hotel Cluny en certam davs,
which is a palace showing the style of
household royal furnicure common five
hundred years ago; also the palace at
Yersailles. These alone will interest you
far more. than the exposition, for they
contair ' the ac cumulation and historie
a?sociatioDS of eenturies.-[New York
Chinese Money.
Coined money was known among the
Chinese as early as the eleventh century
before Christ. but their inability to com
prebeud the principles upon which a
® currency should be based, led them
7 into all sorts of extravagances, which
have been attended by disorder, famine,
and bloodsbed. Coins came at last to
be made so thin that 1,000 of them piled
together were only three inches high;
then gold and silver were abandoned;
and copper, tin, shells, skins, stones,
and paper were given a fixed value, and
used until, by abuses, all tbe advantages
to be derived from the uge of money
were lost, and thpre was nothing left for
the people to do but to go back to bar
ter, and this they did more than once,
They cannot be said now to have a coin
age; two thousand nine hundred years
ago they made round coins with a
square hole in tbe middle, and they have
made no advance beyond that since.
The well-knowu cash is a cast-brass coin
of that description, and, although it is
valued at one mill and a half of our
money, and has to be strung in lots of
one thousand to be computed with any
ease, it is the sole measure of value and
legal tender of the country. Spanisb,
Mexican, and our new trade dollars are
omployed in China; they pass because
they are necessary flor larger operations.
[Science Monthly.
Tlieology in the Bud.
Once on a time my eousiD's child, a
four-year old boy, had to " try on" some
garments. His admiring mother, finding
she had made a bad muddie of the cut
ting, Haturally vented her own irritation
on the restive little figure wriggling
under the infliction of " taking in here
and letting out there." It ended in her
giving the poor child a slight shaking.
At night, as his mother was preparing
him for bed, he said, I was so nsughty
you had to shake me mamma, didu't
you cause I wouldn't stan' still wher,
was a-makin' my new close, would I ?',
Then Fsuddenly, " gay, mamma, teil me
what God has to do to the naughty litt'e
boys up in heaven that won't stan' still
whenhe's a-makin' of'em ?"~[Hawkeye
Improvement on the Telephone Success'ull)
Tested---The Ariphone or Speaking Fog
Horn and lts Mission.
The proüfic brain of Professor Edison
ha.- given to the world two new discover
ies One of these is an improvement on
the carbon telephone. In the two pre
viou3 inventions the diaphragm was
suspended from the carbon desk by a
section of rubber tubing. He has dis
covered that by bringing the diaphragm
into immediate contact with the disk, a
considerable increase in the force of
articulation is increased, and that the
thickness of the diaphragm could be
increased at least tbree times without
affecting it. By this method vibration
gives place to pressure. Experiments
were made with this improvement
between the offices of tbe Philadelpbia
local telegraph and residenceof Professor
Edison, at Menla Park, New Jersey, a
distauce of sixty-five miles. The remarks
made through the instrument at this end
were even more distinctly heard at the
other end. An experiment was made of
pending marks to Menlo, via New York,
a distance of one hundred and thirly
five miies, which was equally success
The second invention is the airophone.
It is an instrument into which words can
be articulated and they gather such force
as to be heard for a number of miles with
great distinctness. Indeed, it is in reality
a talking fog hom, By its aid captains at
vessels meeting at sea could converte
easiiy while tbree or four miles apart;
signal station offieers could warn vessels
coming on a dangerous coast to keep off,
and it is adapted to all uses to which
«uch instruments as fog horns, etc., are
now applied. This is a most remarkable
discovery. Mr. Adams, Edison's agent,
will leave New York on Saturday next
for London. A Company of English
merebants have oflèred Mr. Edison
£60,000 if the invention can successfully
be applied to the local telegraph wires
in London.—[N. Y. Times.
Sedentary Habits.
In " Nutrition in Health and Disease "
Dr. Bennet says: These physiological
eflects explain the prostration of an in
valid, or, indeed ot any one unaccus
tomed to exercise, after a great muscular
effort. They feel languid and exhausted,
have paius in the muscles and cannot
sleep. They have used up, wasted part
of their muscular structures, and there
is not sufficiënt crganic activitv in the
economy to rapidly renew the destroyed
fibre; so the feeling of fntigue and pros
tration lasts. This, however, is not a
reason for renouncing exercise a? an im
possibility, a3 not agreeing with the con
stitution. A small amount only should
be taken regularly at firat, persevered in
whetber agreeable or not, and grsdttally
increased as the muscular power in crea
ties, which it is sure to do. Active
people, even tn doors, take a deal of ex
erciee. They are ever on the move, run
ning upstairs and down, fetchingall they
want, and waiting both on themselves
and others; and that even when surroun
ded with domestics. Such persens fiud
that they have walked several miles in
the course of the day, without even
leaving the house. This is the history of
female servants, who often never go
out of doors from week's end to
week's end, and yet usually retain good
health. Sedentary people, on the con
trary, persons of indolent habits, who
never move from the chair or sofa, if
they can help it, and who ring the bell
for ali they want, reach the end of the
day with scarce a ruile of exercise. Not
only, therefore, do they eschew exercise
out of doors, but they do not even take
it indeors. Is it surprisiDg that they
should be obese and unwieldly, and a
prey to the diseases of' a torpid, sluggish
vitaüty ?
Tbe Onteome of ft.
Hard times always have a soft side to
them. Tbe fooi of King Charles cried
when be went down bill, but laugbed
when he went up. BeiDg asked why, he
said : " ïf I am going up bill now I shall
be able to go down next, but if I am
going down now, I shall soon have to
climb." The country bas some things
to groan over; traific is thoroughly at a
loss in its circulation ; manufactures are
bankrupt; and yet we never had a more
bountiful harvest than in 1877. The land
teemed with every variety of pro
duct, There was enough and to spare
for every Citizen of the union. The
difficulty evidently had risen from the
fact that too small a proportion of our
population has been in the direct line of
production. The plentiful or super»
abundant pro vision of nature feil
lavishly into the hands of a smaller num
ber than it was intended^for. That we
have land enough to provide comfort
and competence for every one who will
werk is self-evident. The iazy will be
badly off under all circumstances, and
neither nature nor neighbor can make
them permanently contented or happy.
This the presairaof the times is at last
driving the people to recognize. Men
can live, and live well, on the land, if
they are willig to work and use econ^
omy. The demand for farms, either to
buy or to rent, is vastly on the increase.
While rents drop conti nually in the
cities, and town lots are unsalable at any
price, farms do not anywhere beg for
occupants and workers. This is not
notablv true in the east, where the ten
dency has been for years to press toward
the cities. Young men are less ambitious
of rapid wealth, simply because they have
become satisfied that the avenues are
closed. They must learn to he patiënt,
laborious and saving. It costs less not
only cashwise,|but demands less exhaus
tion of vital force to live in the country.
This ebhing of the human tide carriet
back to the farm life, inteiligence, and a :
knowledge of the world accumulated in
the centers of trade and thought.—[St. i
Louis Globe-Democrat.
The Death of Nero.
Nero wandered out into the streel? of
Rome, bnocked at the doors of friends; |
none would answer to let him in. He ,
came back to his bed room, cailed for i
Spiciilus, the gladiator, to kill him, but!
Spicillus was gone. " What!" said he
to Epaphroditus, his seeretary, who had
now joired him, "have I neither friend
nor foe ? " and he rushed out again to
throw himself into the Tiber; but his
courage failing him, and the reason grow
ingclear once more in the face of appall
iug ealamity, he wished for some quiet
place where he might consider hisstrange
and sudden position, and coilect his |
thoughts for death. With his head muf
fled up, and co vering his face with a j
handkerchief, dressed only in a tunic !
with an old soiied cloak thrown over his
shoulder, he trudged along barefoot in
the gloom of the early twilight, accom
panied by Phaon, Hporus, and Epaphro
ditus. As these four slunk from the
Nomentane gate together like common
wayfaring men, they could hear the
soldiers in the Prnetorian camp on
the right cursing Nero tbe beast,
anti hailiDg Galba as father of his
country. " They are in pursuit of Nero,"
said a man a-s he passed them. "Any
uews in the city about Nero ?" asked
another. There was no time to spare.
They found him a broken-down horse
which he mounted, and they hurried on.
At last they reacbed the village of
Phaon, parched with thirst; the Emperor
lappeü up some water with his bandsfrom
a running tank, with the bitter jest,
"ThisisNero'sdislilledwater." Hecrept
quietly into the house on all-fours,
through a hole in the wall, and threw
himself on the fir^t mattress, prostrate
with hanger, inisery aud fatigue. Then
he ordered a grave to be dug before his
eyes, for be re u-ed to fly. He bade
them pave the pit with marlde,and,
weeping theatrically, he prepared, sur
rounded by his only remaining friends
to play his last act. " What an
arfist is now about to perisb !"
he exclaime.1, but ere the words
left his lips a dispatch from Rome
arrived, which he snatehed out of
Phaon's hands. He reacl it and shud
dered. He had been condemned by the
sonate and beaten to death and dragged
by the heels and fiung into tbe Tiber
Seizing two daggers, he feit tfieir points.
Grcc-k verses occurred to him and he
began to recite. He begged Sporus to
set up a wal! for him—to kill him —to
kill himself fir.st.
At this moment the tramping of
horses and clash of armed men were
heard below. He broke out in a verse
from the Iliad : " The noise of swift
heeled steeds assails my ear." In
another moment he would be taken
alive. " Come then, courage man F'
he cried, and feebly pushed the point
of the dagger into his throat. But his
nerve was gone, and Epaphroditus
came to his heip and pressed it home.
The guards burst in aud would have
seksdhim. "Is this your fidelity? ' he
murmured and expired, with staring
eyes, tothe terror of all who beheldhim.
It was his last pose, and, as the end of
such a life, it could not have been out
done. "Is this your fidelity?" "He
had never made a better comic hit,"
writes M. Renifh. "Nero uttering- a
melaneholy glaint over the wickedness
of the age, and the disappearance of goed
faith and virtue ! Let us applaud! as
the drama is ended and the curtain falie.
Once in history, O Nature, with a
thousand masks, thou bast had tbe wit
to findan actor worthy of such arole."
An OM Bullfighter's Struggle.
The London Times' Madrid corre
spondent gives this incident of the bull
fights which made a partof the festivities
following the marriage of tbe King of
Spain: Oasas, eommonly cailed Sala
manehino, is a veteran matador , seventy
years of age, who, having figured in
Queen Isabella's marriage festivities,
wished, although he bad loDg retired
from the field, toappear in Friday's and
Saturday's bullfights. He ajipeared
dressed in blue, embroidered with silver ;
bis grav hair was gathered into a knot
behind; and over his pure white shirt j
waved a long. red cravat. On the fourth ;
buil being let loose he advanced toward J
the royal bsx to request permission to
encounter it. All the torreros clustered
round him to protect him. The
buil is attr&cted toward Salamanchino,
who holds hts scarlet mantle in one hand
and his sword in the other.
The struggle commences, but Casas is
old, be is not firm on his legs, his mus
cles are not supple, his arm is not sure.
Twice the buil throws him down. He is
thought to be dead, but he is up again
and returns to the fight. There is a cry
of " Fvcral " and pockethandkerchiefs are
waved to stop him; but the obstinate
matador wishes to win a last laurel.
Fortune, however, is unpropitious; seven
times he attacks theltuli, seven rimes he
misses it. According to custom, after
seven unsuccessfnl attacks, the bull's life
iö safe, and, shaking its streamers may
re enter the " Toril" amid the applause
of the spectators; while, on tbe other
hand its unfortunate combatant is hissed.
.. Jenuie has strict ideas about equity
in little things. When she first heard
the story of the Savior's miracle in feed
ing the multitude with a few Joaves and
fishes obtained irom the young lad's
basket, she was awed into thoHghtful
and solemn amazement. Some time
afterward, in the midst of a talk about
other matters, she suddeely paused and
asked with special concern, " Did they
give back tbe basket to that boy ?"
The Cock and the Sun.
A cock sees the sun as he climha up the eaat,
" (rood tnorning, Sirüun, it'a high time yot. ap
pe»r '< ,
I've been calling you up lor an hour at leaM
I'bi ashamed of your slowness at this tiin» ni
The sun, as he quietly rosé into \iew,
luwked down on the coek with a show o! hop
"You may not be awaw, my young friend, hui
it's triie.
That I rosé once or twico bsfore you, sir, were
. The pleasure of talking is tbe tnex
tinguisbable passion ol woman, coeva!
with the act of breathïng.— [Lesage.
..O. Vanderbilt, jr., is as yet quite
uncertain which hurts him most, his
father's wili or his brother's won't.
..It is said that the latest mania of
pottery decorators is to paste picfures on
bald heads and coat them with varnish.
..Canon Farrar says that "Heli is a
temper, not a place." If he has that
kind of wife, why doesn't be apt'ly for a
..A negro teamster in Nashvüle d<
clares that he must eithergive up driving
mules or withdraw trom the church, tbe
two positions being incompatible.
.."Do you sec any grapes, Bob?"
" Yes, but there is dogs." " Big «log?,
Bob?"" Yes, very big," "Then come
along—these grapes are not our?, you
. ."That's our familv tree," said an
Arkansas youth, as he pointed to a vig
orous hemlock. " A good many of our
folks iiave been hung on that tree for
borrowing horses after dark."
.."Well, I swan, Billy," said an old
farmer to an undersized r.ephew who was
visitiDg him, " when you take ofl that
'ere plug hat and spit two or three times
there aiu't much left of you, is thar?"
. .In the species with which we are
best acquainted—namely our own—I am
far, says a writer, even as an observer of
human life, from thinking tbat youth is
the happiest seasoD, much less the only
happy one.
..Said him to she: "What is tbe dif
ference between a bill and a pill ? ' Said
her to he: "One is hard to get tip, and
the other is hard to get down. Jt is ohi
but good." Said him to she, "Do you
allude to the hill or the pill?"
Tbe young men paeed the parlois.
While she was cieaning her teeth;
And he thought ol the nce-ied dollar
Which Ihe old man had to bxjueaih.
The old man aat on the counter,
With his head between his hands,
And rejoiced that the girl had a lover
Who would help him meet his deman I?
.. Definitiou's artful aid: " What ia
a junction. nurse ? " asked a seven year
old fairv, the other day, of an eiderly
lady, who stood by her side on a railway
platform. "A junction, my dear," an
swered the nurse, with the air of a very
superior person indeed, "why, it's a'
place where two roads separates."
. ."Why haven't you got marrird be
fore this time of life?" queruiousiy asked
an cld man of his uephew. "Well»
uncle," replied ihe nephew, "I'm sure
it is not my fault. I proposed to three
girls only last week, and, on copopariug
notes, the whole of 'em unanimously
rejected my offers."
.. The resident of Washington torriiory
having heard that another man had
settled in the western partof the territory
immediately applied for admission into
the Union as a state, and has promised to
elect the other man to the Jegislature, if
the other man will pledge himself to vote
for him for United States senator.
Ali! what would tho woild bo to ui
If the childio» were no more?
Wo should rtreid the deaerl behind ui
Worse ,r >an ihe dark before.
What the lenves are to tho foiest,
With light and air and food,
Ere their sweet and tender juic s
Have been hardened into wood —
That, lo the world, are ehildren ;
Through them it feels the cl'i'v
()[ a brighter and sunnier elimate
That reachcs the trunks lielow.
.. A Scotchman who had gone back (o
his country after a long absence, decJnred,
after going to the kirk, tbat the whole
kingdom was on the road to perdition.
"The people," he said, "used to be rr
served and solemn on the Sabbatb, luit
now they look as happy on that day as
on any other."
. .Grandmother Miller, of Brooklyn,
one hundred and six years old, says:
" Father j'ined the rebels, as they cailed
em then. I 'member when peace was
declared, though. I was about twelve
years old when mother toox me over to
New York to see Gen'1 Washington and
his army come into the city. it was
about November some where, in 1783.
The general and the army came down
from Harlem ï rememter he rode a
splendid horse, and Gen'1 Knox was with
him. I threw a bouquet in front of bis
horse, and he bowed to me and smiled.
The trcop3 were awful rsgged, some ol
'em, and my father was one of 'em, '
Fig-liting- a Whale.
A correspondent of the Raleigh Ub
server, writing from Moorehead City,
coast of North Carolina, says: La-t
week there was tbc mo3t excitinrand
dangerous whale fight that Las evsr oc -
curred on this coast. It was with some
difficulty that the captain of the crew
could get his men to obev orders. When
the first bomb was fired into tbe whale ïl
failed tó explode, This made the wbaio
furious, when at ihis instant he stnuk
one of the boats and kuocked it some feet
above the water. Ttie captain then
fired another bomb ; this failed of explo
sion; the fight was stiil getting more
furious. The third bomb was fired and
expioded near tbe heart. Thisconquered
the monster. The blood sjxmted some
ten feet high, and as the crew rushed up
to stick their lances in him, the blood
feil ia showers upon them and their
boats. The fight was witnessed by an
other crew stationed about seven miles
above them. They looked on with de
light, only wishing they could get mto
such a bloody contest. The whale was
forty-two feet long and extremely fat.
This fish will probably bringabout $900.

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