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THE GRENADA GAZETTE,
tAUD * PAYNE. Editors and Managers. MISS. GRENADA, • • THE NIAGARA SACRIFICE. I nt vM the custom of an Indian tribe to ■ aijrifloe a beautiful maiden annually to the I jpirit of the fall* of Niagara.] ■ o'er iwift Niagara'* echoing ahores ■ moon has spread her silver ray, ■ loud the impatient torrent roar*, I gfpeotaat of its oomlng prey; ■ for on this very night I fbe fairest Indian maid must glide ■ nolo that swift stream so fierce and wide, I gait yield her to tho eddying tide, I And quit the realms of light I such sacrifice by old decree I each year hath been, each year shall be. I And to which fairest maid is given I The meed among so many fair? I Who, journeying to the red man's Heaven, I gusli shun this world of toil and caret I And doth she fear to die? I pear to embark in frail canoe, I And bid her tribe, her friends, adieu. I Then pa*s, like fleeting ghost, from view I For all eternity? I At no; though death Itself be near, I ad Indian maiden knows not fear. I Behold her calm and passive mien, I Her lustrous eyes, and dusky brow i I Hath ever maid more dauntless been I Than she who cornea to perish now? And yet—she scarce knows why— There lurks within her inmost breast A grief which may not be represt, That he, the chief who loves her best, Should thus behold her die; | Should see her borne on ruthless wave Beyond all hope, all power to save. And now tho fatal hour is nigh; The Indian warriors line the stream; While, all around, the cloudless sky Is flooded with the bright moonbeam. And lo!—at signal given— A damsel fair, in drifting boat, Adown the shimmering stream doth float; They note her form, her mien they note. And rend the echoing Heaven. Loud swells the applauding shout while she Is gliding to eternity. But see! propelod with greater foree, There enters on that scene of death A second boat; they watch its course With straining eyes and quick-drawn breath* A warrior sits therein. With vigorous arms his oars he plies. •His bark with Heavon's owu lightning vie*, And shoots like meteor through the skies, The maiden's boat to win. A few strong strokes—then side by side, They journey down the furious tide. Tis he! 'tis he! They meet again, Nor death itself can part them more. Words speak they none, for words were vain Beside you cataract's deafening roar; On—on—speeds each canoe. The falls are near the stream more fleet, The currents shelve beneath their feet, Their eyes for one short moment meet. Then both are lost to view. Yet sweet, methinks, those lovers' fate, Whom death hath failed to separate. —Cans ell's Magazine. THE BANK BURGLAR His Fatal Mistake and Terrible End. (Original.! BANK KOBBKD. Mnnr.mv i.i.k, June SI.— 1 The First National Bank ot this city was robbed lust night of 1230, ■ two in cash nnd bonds. Entrance was gained by sawing through the roof. The watchman was overpowered and left bound and gagged. He says the robbers were alt masked, ana that the man who lint surprised him was tall and heavy. It is supposed to have been the work of Black Jack, the noted croon, and his gang of experts. No traces of the robbers have been discovered, although a large force of detectives ere at work, It was this item among many others that Charles Clayton, president of the largest banking house in the city of Helena — distant from Mcrlinville about twenty miles—read one morn ing while glanelng over his paper. Of course, being a banker, it was only natural that It should prove interest ing to him. Ho read it over carefully several times, then laid tho paper aside. Somehow, after reading the aooount ef the robbery, ho folt a strangeness that he conld not orercomo. He did not know just what it was. The damp ness of the morning sent, a chill through him that the cheerful fire in big granite grate could not drive sway. The misty rain seemed more dismal than ever, and altogether Charles Clayton wns evidently In for ssevere case of "blues." He tried to interest himself in various ways; he looked ever all the choice works in bin luxuriously furnished library, hut the flegantly bound books witli all their jilded titles proved uninteresting. His eye* rowed about tho walls nnd rested upon cost thousands of dollars, but it was Tory plain to be seen that on this particular morning they hold no charm for him. tie picked up the paper again, and, behold, the report of tho robbery stared at him bolder than ever. a if I I the and bric-a-brac that »1 He threw tlie paper down with an *■>£■7 exclamation, and then, seem ingly recovering his composure some •bat, said: "Psltawl I don't know what's,the Matter with me this morn fog- I wonder If that item has turned w», or what the deuce Is wrong with me- But that can't be It All tho Black Jack* in the country couldn't get into our bank If they worked a Tear, no matter how skillful they all Were. Bbt something Is wrong With 'We this morutng—I don't know what he •ilia" And then he relapsed Into an ■other fit of thinking. He sat In tills ■nsiinor for at least fifteen minutes, ■when lie was aroused by s tap »t the door. Shaking off his drowsy sir and wondering who It Could lie that wanted to sec him so ••fly in the morning, he arose and «pened the door. But It proved only fo be James, his man servant, who had to o®"* to announoe his breakfast "1 won't go dowa to the dining room 'this morning- James," ha said. "Just bring ms np a cap of ten and tome to dry toe, *" P 9 *mus did a* requested, and h* sip T* *he taa hnd tatted the toast, but Wksimry thing else. It wa, all wrong, Ibj Wa Was like to mnoh hot water •ud(hetoastHbaahlp*. and so he put M ura twain Thus ha foU to muf to I, M I wonder what has ever become of my brother John. I shall never forget him. It was just such a bloak, dull morning as this when I ordered him from home. True ho was younger than I, but 1 couldn't help it. He acted so outrageously towards poor father. Ho was so quick tempered and never conld stand much. How I wish I could recall those cruel words." He wrung his hands and shook convulsively. "But I couldn't stand It any longor. He treated father like a dog, and when he struck hint.— Well, 1 could forgive all but that. True, father did drink, and when it got the upper hand of him he grew abusive. When we laid poor mother away in the village churchyard"—a little sigh—"there was no getting along with him. We were all very poor then, and the circumstances were so different. "That was a terrible day when John left us. I can not believe him guilty of so henious a crime, even though he was quick-tempered. Bather came home in an awful condition, and at onco became very abusive, I saw that a quarrel was imminent and so went out, but John refused to go, Father at once commenced cursing him. and John answered back. Word followed word, and curse followed curse. Then father struck John square in the face with the poker, inflicting an ugly wound, from which the blood flowed freely. It was too much for the boy; ho sprang at father, grasped him by the throat nnd hurled him to the floor. I remember it as plainly as if it were being mimicked before my eyes now. iff ^ l u i* ml 7 ' Ww\ i I mm W . - IT WAS A HORRIBLE SCENE. "It was a horrible scene. There stood John on one side of tho room covered witli blood, and father lying motionless on the floor. It was too much for me. I rushed into the room and grasped brother by the collar and marched him to the door, ami then or dered him never to return. And ho never did. Oh, that ho would only corno back and say that lie was inno cent—that there wns no blood upon his hands. "Father recovered consciousness, and, with its returning, the liquor that had parched his throat awoke in him all the furies of hell. He raved and swore, nnd threatened to kill John at sight. With forced strength he roused himself, and against ail my wishes and pleadings, wont out in the drizzling rain, never to come back alive. "He did not return that day nor that night, and I remember how anxious I grew. Tlie second morning I searched everywhere but couldn't find him, and so spread the fact of his disappear It did not create much cxeitc anco. merit; no, it provoked only derisive re marks, some of which sorely wounded my pride and taught me never to speak ill to children in this same situation. I could not help it if my fatlior wns a drunkard, and such scathing flings as 'he ought to be dead, the sot;' made my heart bleed; and only made his mem ory dearer." "I succeeded in organizing a search ing party, nnd in a short time his bloated and dripping body wasdragged from tlie mill pond. Oh, horrors, what a sight he was. The coroner nnd other officials were there and the corpse was examined to find if lie had committed suicide, or if there had been foul play. Investigation disclosed the fact that his skull hail keen crushed in by some blunt instrument. Seeing this, tho coroner began to question Of courscT did not know how it happened, but I did know that brother and father had quarreled, nnd that, if they had mot after fatlior loft the house the last time, his death would not proro much of a mystery. Know ing all this, I hesitated, for ns much as I hated John for his cowardly conduct, I knew that my testimony would fasten him the crime of murder; and, me. upon oh! I appeal to you, my wife who is now In Heaven, to forgive mo forever telling all to that jury, who deliberately pronounced my brother tho basest of all crlminals-a murderer. But I thank thee, Almighty Providence, that he esenpod tho clutches of a law that would have killed him too. Oh, brother, brother, come back to me. if only for ono moment, and tell me that your soul Is not stained with our father's blood; toll mo that you are In nocent," A singlo tear oouraoil down hts cheek and ho hettvod a troubled sigh, Ho was arousod by James, who camo to Inform him that his carriage was In waiting. "I won't go down to the bank to-day. James, and If anybody call* I'm not to bosoon. Idem t want, to be molested, lie said. James promised to see that ho was not dU turbed aod went out again. Charles Clayton * "•<** wretched day. and night spread her ds^ msnt e ovor tho earth. Ha retired poorly. It wa* oa# of those ntiui steep* Ittwhtoh waan awakooad bf horrible nightmares, end to him the newspaper item, which he had seen in the morn ing paper, was always uppermost in his droams wpon he awoke. Suddenly ho jumped up in his can opied bed. Ho was sure lie hoard a noise. Yes, there it was again—in the library, which was just below his bod room. It was the sound of his revolv ing desk chair, and lie remembered distinctly of telling Ja mes to oil it, be cause the squeaking noise made him nervous. He listened intently to as ■ure himself that it was no idle fancy, and a* the sound was repeated several times, ho determined to investigate. Charles Clayton was a brave man, but not reckless. Ho did not know who or how many men lie had to deal with, and so he carefully examined the large revolver which ho took from under liis pillow, to see that it was in perfect order, and then proceeded down the heavily car peted stair very cautiously. The library door was partially ajar, and the sight that met his gaao as he looked through tho crack made him shudder. There at his desk sat a heavy, broad shouldered man, his face covered with a black mask, end through the two holes a pair of gleam ing eyes flashed restlessly. Beside him lay a heavy revolver, and in his hand he held a picture. Presently he looked around the room as if in search of something, and then spying a shelf with several bottles upon it, seemed satisfied, and crossed the room to where they were. "I wonder what the man wants with thoso fire extinguishers," thought Clay ton. The burglar, for such he proved to be, removed the cork and placed the bottle to his lips. Tho banker al most laughed outright, for he saw the fellow's mistake—ho had taken tho hand grenado for a decanter of liquor. The man looked at it, smelled of it, and then put tho bottle back with an angry, as well as disgusting, gesture. He started back toward the desk, but before he could reach it tho banker saw his opportu nity and stepped out before him, and, presenting his revolver, ordered him to throw up liis hands. The burglar, with a muttered curse, sprang upon Clay ton, intending undoubtedly to surprise liis adversary, knowing probably that tliis was tlie safest way of overcoming him. A terrible struggle for mastery en sued, and tho big burglar was fast get ting the better of his man, wh^u sud denly his grip loosened, and he would have fallen heavily to the floor had hot the banker caught him. Clayton was surprised, being unable to comprehend the turn of affairs. He removed the mask from the man's face and discovered on liis right cheek a livid scar. Then he started back as if struck. The mail's lips moved. "Charles." "My God! Then I was right. John, John, what is the meaning of this?" "Charlie, I'm afraid that was poison I drank. I feel like—like I'm dying." "No, no; not that!" "Yes, Charlie, I feel it. Let me call you brother again." "Toyour heart's content." "Listen, brother. I want to tell you how I—ugh"—and lie shuddered all over —"killed your father. I've got no right to call him father. Ho marked me for life by that blow across the face, and when you ordered me from the house I was in a passion. I be lieve I could have killed yav. too. I waited for him, and when father— your father—came out of tbs house and saw mo by the mill pond washing the blood from my face, lie flo-v r.t me. We had it up and down. He struck me square on my wound, nnd started the blood again. I tore at- Mtu; 1 picked up a coupling pin fir'll tho railroad switch that run* into bhe old mill, and. God help me, I killed Min." His voice grew hoarse, and was plain that his life's flame was sf liter ing the last time. \.s£ E '-jsPJUl m \ /it te/.,' IH mm, , b tJA -cz \ *f. ORDERED HIM TO THROW Ilf HIS HARDS. Charles turned away to hide liis emotion. "Don't turn from me, brother. I'tn almost gone. L't me finish." "Go cm. I am prepared for any thing now." "Don't think too hard of me. broth er.' After leaving lioint I was contin ually iu fear of being captured, be cause I know thoro was a price upon my head, to I look what eholter was offered me. I full in With a gang of hoitse-breakora and have fallowed the buslnese ever einea. I came hero t<» night to rob this house because they lohl me a bank president lived here,* 1 but I didn't know it was you, brut hor, or I'd a Staid away. When I'm dead, toll the paoplo that Black Jnck. tho burglar, poisoned himself bymlstnao. Bund my body to tho ntorguo. I've diigraued the name too naneb to dimg It lower." His voice was growing feeble and convulsions were coming on. Charles removed all traces of a strug gle ami placed his brother on a couch. Janes was dispatched for a doctor, bul before he arrived John Clayton was bcyonil all mortal aid. He had ex piated his crimes, and no judge or jury would pronounce upon him sentence, ''Bettor this than a scaffold or pris on," said the banker, inwardly. To his friends he told that his brother from tho country hail come to visit bi m, and, being thirsty, he had taken a drink of tho tire extinguisher by mis take. A large line of people followed the remains to tho grave, hut not one of them knew the story of Blackjack, the bankers burglar. Jomr M. Schoeneman. Some Valuable Advice (»• People Whs [ I "Every woman who is thin would j like to be stouter," says Brillat- j Savarin in his fragmentary chaptei j "On Leanness," from which, however, the following sentence is worth citing: "Mon fatten sheep, calves, oxen. HOW TO BECOME PLUMP, Have But Little Finish. poultry, carp, craw-fish, oysters, and I hence I believe the general maxim: Whatever eats can be fattened, provid ed tho food is well and suitably chosen." The famous Mr. Banting, who re duced his weight by more than fifty pounds in one year, found that sugar was the most fattening thing he could eat. Hence, to increase your weight eat cakes, puddings, syrup, honey, candy and pastry, always taking care that it bo crisp and digestible, for in-1 digestible food is a chief cause of leanness. Now England pie-crust probably responsible for The appearance of the typical gaunt Yankee. Other fattening articles of food are tender lamb, sal mon and eels, milk and cream, corn broad and butter, and those vegeta bles which grow under ground and of which sugar is made—beets, turnips, etc. Boiled or baked potatoes, mashed on tho plate and seasoned with salt and fresh butter, make a delirious : dish, rapidly fattening. Eat often and j very slowly, for it is not the quantity that is eaten, but the amount that is I thoroughly digested that nourishes the . system and rounds in bodily contour. Bismarck's private physician, Dr. Schwenncnger, owes his international reputation to his success in diminish ing tho Chancellor's weight. The secret of liis method is never to allow is his patient to drink with his meals, or if tie does drink to du so sparingly! Hence follows tho converse rule that if von covet stoutness you should drink freely with your'meals, always, however, in such away as to not interfere with the digestive processes. That is. you should never drink while you have food i« your mouth, for the food ought to be moistened by saliva alone. always avoided. It chills the stomach and is tlie cause of three-fourths of the indigestion and consequent leanness in this country. Mountain tourists know that ice water never quenches the thirst. Yet wo constantly spoil out wafor by putting in ice. Tlie ice should never be allowed to come in contact with the water we drink, but only with tho outside of the pitcher. In this way wo avoid also tlie danger! from microbes hidden in impure ice. Air is food, as much as beef, the only difference being t lint food is assimilated in tlie stomach, air in the lungs. Hence, if yon wish to be plump, become an air-glutton. Breathe all tho fresh air you can get, anti avoid foul, stuffy air, espe cially at night, as you would putrid meat. Always breathe through tho nose, nnd cultivate the habit of slowly tilling your Inugs with twice as much air as you commonly inhale, exhaling it again as slowly. This purifies lit blood and stimulates the appetite. Frequent warm baths before retiring, or cold sponge baths in the morning, followed by brisk friction with a coarse towcll, have the same effect. Exercise is commonly proscribed as method of reducing one's weight, and brisk and long-continued exercise does have this effect. But moderate exercise is an antidote agninst lean ness, because it stimulates tho appe tite, and thus more than, atones for the loss following muscular move ment. Besides, if exercise is altogeth er avoided there is danger of losing grace anil symmetry. Brain-rest is especially indicated in tho case of those who object to lean ness. Moderate brain-exercise is. in deed, essential to perfect health, but lee water, too, should be a excess should be carefully avoided. | Emotional excitement and worry are fatal to tho chances of becoming plump and pretty. If an annoying thought haunts you, forcibly fix your attention on something else. Above all, never allow such thoughts to torment you after retiring, and thus to pass dis agreeably into your dreams. Eight hours of dreamless sleep, in a well- 1 ventilated loom, form tlio most potonl cosmetic known to man or woman— the straightest road to |dumpness and beauty .—Henry T. Fink, in Epoch. —A patriotic hen of tho Langshan lorstianlon, belonging to Dr. W. H ttehanls, of Ban Louis Obispo, distin guished herself and celebrated the Fourth of July by successfully present ing her proud ownor with two eggs on that same day. The doctor has soenred an affidavit of tho facts from tho fowl, and proposos to paint her rod, white and blue. _ _ —Wichita Is without debt, which can bo said of no other city in Kansas, and taxes arc lower in Wichita than if any city, towu or vlllago In Kama*. INSECT MECHANICS I "j j, ave b( >eii watching a yellow hor. 'net building a nest near my kitchen. door for several days," observed a gen tleman'to another, "and the longer 1 watch it the more puzzled I am to know whether it is guided in its work by knowledge and reason or by instinct, it docs not work like a machine, but with all the sagacity of a reasoning be ing." "I have watched them, too," replied the other; "but I could never see any 8 ig 113 0 f reasoning powers. They B eemcd to be doing something that they couldn't help." "This is not the case with this hor ! Wisdom That Prompts tho Hornet to Pew form Peculiar Duties. net," observed the first gentleman. "It came one day when I was sitting in the door and made a careful survey of the [ surroundings, and seemed to he partic I lilar about getting in a place where it j would be well protected from wind nnd j rain. It finally selected a place under j the string rail to which the fence boards are nailed. After making up its mind it cleaned off a spot about as big as an apple seed. Then it flew away, but it I was not long until it returned with a l um p 0 f black-looking stuff about the size of a large bird-shot in its arms. It then began spreading this over the bare spot on the rail with its bill. The work was done as carefully as a plas terer would have done it." j u tllis it bored four little holes, such : as would be made by tho point of a j pencil in a soft niece of puttv. t h en went to work and polishe d up the I gtem> wll ; dl is abmlt a quar t er 0 f an . j nt .| 1 long, until it looked as if it had "May be it had a trowel and facing board concealed about its person," ob served the other, jestingly. "If it had I didn't see 'em," replied the other, "but I watched it when it returned with another load of papier mache. It pinched small bits oft' the little ball held in its arms and seemed to chew it before sticking it on to the other. While it was gone for another load I examined the work and found that it constructed a small stem, not much thicker than a coarse sowing thread, which was attached to the foundation by a broad, flaring base. The next road was built onto the stem, and flared out even more than the base. It been waxed." "How Ion# did it take this mechan ical hornet to do tliis?" interrupted the listener. "Less than an hour," replied the other. "I had not iinished mv after supper toddy when it knocked off for the iiigln. 'it must have got to work early the next morning, for when I : on the end of that stem had grown into cells a quarter of an inch deep, and that a cup-shaped enclosure had been commenced at the point where the i went out after breakfast I found that those four little indentures in the bulb stem was attached to the foundation. The cells and the enclosure grew with | about equal rapidity, and were as per- 1 feet pieces of art work as you could ivish to see." "Not more perfect than the crystals we find in quartz rock, or a thousand nnd one other places," suggested the listener. "No, not more perfect," argued the other, "but here was the mechanic at his work. He was collecting tlie ma terial and preparing it as intelligently ns a stucco worker would gather and prepare his. In order to test tlie equanimity of the fussy little artisan I stuck a straw into one of the enclosures. Immediately ou its return it flew into a passion, buzzed around a few seconds, as if looking for the fellow who had tho hardihood and ill-manners to in trude upon its premises, and tlqm went to work and cut tho straw into little ,. . . , , , , bits and carried them away. It then repaired the damage and went on with the work. ••1 have seen almost the same thing going on when preparing crystals of the salts of copper and lead," re marked the other. "With the aid of a battery of moderate strength the pro cess of crystallization can be seen dis tinctly. Several times I have inter posed foreign matter between the par ticles of metal and the parts to which they were tending, when some unseen foree would drive them away in order to allow the proper particles to take their respective places. If the foreign matter, such ns a straw or pieeo of thread, persisted in remaining, the atoms of metal would form around it and go on until the figure was com pleted." "Well, my little artisan next began a second or outer covering for his nest," said the other, "and it is as perfect a | upbore ns if it had been modeled in a j ath( ,. j t is roilde of „ C oarser and heavier material than the colls ami the | nncl . covering. It gets the material f roul tlie boards on the fence, but that j 01 . ti )0 inside works it gets front a dis tancu, and it requires considerable time j u( . j, (0 the round trip.— Pitts burgh Dispatch. 1 —A man hi Lafayette, lml., was re cently granted a divorce from hie wifo on the ground that she was an inveter \to smoker nnd user of tobacco in all forms. The Woman's Standard thinks that "if the wives of ail men who are addicted to its use should seek to be released from matrimonial bonds on that account, the courts would bo In would permanent session, and lawyers become immensely wealthy." —"Mr. Dnsenberry, a man's will doesn't go into operation until he's dead, does it?" dear. of a woman's will? not A woman's will is in operation al long a* she lives. It ends when shl dies. "-'Philadelphia Call. "Of course not, my And is it tho same in the case Why, blew jrou. GERMAN ADVANCE. . . Germany, the immense efforts she has made to maintain her military su premacy, and the exorbitant burdens t0 which she has submitted for tho purpose of keeping up her colossal standing army have caused the outside world, and especially the English world, to lose sight of the great pio gress she has made of late as a com mercial and industrial community, This progress can only be compared to that made by France under the Second Empire, while it has this sig nal advantage, that it is in the main the result of individual enterprise, not of State initiative and impulse. The industrial development of Germany has proceeded pari passu with her mil itary aggrandizement; and whenever she is relieved from the dread of im mediate attack, which, with or without reason, is her dominant thought at the present moment, as it has been ever since the late war, her policy will necessarily be directed by commercial rather than strategical considerations. Germany has all the conditions re quired for the creation of a great mer cantile community. She has a largo and hard-working population, a central position; her people have the trading' and colonizing instinct; her merchants have established themselves success fully in all parts of the globe. All that she requires to become a first class mercantile power is free access to the sea and the command of a large Given these The Wonderful Industrial end Commercta Growth of the Empire. The extraordinary martial successel seafaring population, conditions, it is not difficult to foretell that Germany, if she retains her mili tary supremacy, will not rest content without having a better seaboard than she at present possesses. Sooner ot later the Austrian ports on the Mediter ranean will probably be made avail able for the extension and develop ment of German trade. This object could, however, be attained without the need of any territorial changes, provided Austria could be induced to enter the German Customs Union. It is enough for my present purpose to say that Trieste may, and will prob ably, be converted into a German port without any necessity for a resort to arms. It is, however, to the west rather hail to the south that Germany must look for tho real extension of her trade. The Baltic ports are unavailable for winter traffic. Hamburg and Bremen He too much to the north and too far f ,,oni st * a * The natural outlets of Herman trade are the ports of Holland and Belgium. In order to avoid being : misunderstood, let me say, once foi all. that I am not finding excuses for, still less advocating, the possible annex ation of Belgium and Holland by Gcr many. My wish is to point out what :ire 'I 10 objects the various great i powers may reasonably have in view in any revision of the map of Europe. | this standpoint I fail to sec how 1 an J' impartial observer can dispute the statement that the acquisition of Hol laud or Belgium or both countries must bean object of desire to Gerutauy.— nineteenth Century. AN EXTINCT BIRD. How the Once Numerous Great Auk Family Was Exterminated. Sixty or seventy years ago the birds were exceedingly common along tho northern coast, coining as far south as Nahant. But warfare was commenced upon them, and, though it hardly seems possible, their extermination is doubtless complete: the last living bird having been killed in 1844, on a group of islands called Funglasker, off the southwest coast of Iceland. In the last century, those birds, which were large, handsome and strik ing in appearance, were common at , hc Karoc Islands . nnd> „ th (olind t0 be good eatingi th( , y WCM slaughtered by the boat-load, not only for immediate use, but to be dried ami preserved. They were finally driven to a desolate rock that was considered inaccessible; but one calm day a Farocse vessel succeeded in making a landing, and the crew destroyed nearly the entire rookery. A few birds es caped to sea and returned after tiu> de parture of the men, and for a time were safe. Then, as if nature herself were in league against them, the rock a few years later was engulfed by a subma rine eruption. The few remaining great auks now assembled and formed a rookery on a ruek called Eldey, where, for fourteen years, they lived a precarious exist ence. During that time sixty of thcii number were taken, and finally the last pair was destroyed, Their history in other localities is very similar tie this. That the birds wore mon on tho Maine coast is shown by the fact that their bones are found in the oyster-shell heaps at various parts of the shore. At the same time and In the same locality with the great auk, lived the Labrador duck, a tine bird, quite even in.collections, and now totally tinet. The last known living specimen was killed by Colonel Weddcrbufn, ol Halifax, in 1852. In a similar way the curious dodo, which was a giant pigeon, was exter minated. Tho sailors who visited the island of Mauritius used to kilt them in mere wanton sport The notornie, a beautiful rail of New Zealand, has become extinct probably within the memory of some of our read ers, its extermination also being dns to man. And In our own time, wo see the buffalo being crowded farther and farther into tho mountains, and almost exterminated from our Western plains. —Charles Frederick Haider, in 81. Nicholas. obcc com* rare ex —Experiments have been made t«e light the British'bum with electricity.