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Night fills our earthly hemisphere. And golden planets round and clear, Like myriad watch-tin hung ou high, Burn in the,hollow \ault of sky. And, gazing up ,t them, I seem To live within a world ol dream, As though my life had strangely grown One with the unknowable and unknown. Then, turning to the earth, 1 see Vague waves of mountain-land and lea, Aud lorest solitudes that loom Thiough depths of overshadowing gloom. And yonder, when pale moonlight falls Down dusky avenues and walls, A million hearts together beat Some wild and lieree, some low and Bweet. Ah! this is night, supreme,' profound, And calm as aters underground, When sleep with tender beauty dowers Heaits heavy with the weight of hours. Yet, while I muse, my thoughts are borne Through spacious labyrinths of morn To ancient continents over seas Peopled with oui antipodes: And in this vi-ion I behold Bioad, luminous lands laid fold on fold, And heights that lift their peaks of snow Above green meadow-ways below 1 see gay, stately cities, where Day breathes urjon the languid air, And intermingled domes and spires That gleam afar like purple fires. Above me drops the misty blue Of sky, where no star glimmers through, While the calm, Summer sunlight flings Bloom over all the face of things: Thus day in radiant splendor thrives, When night lies soft on sleeping lives And the round earth forever seems T^vo worlds UKC two inimitable dreams. Cteorqe Edgar Montgonury. THIS PRIVATE SlSUlETARY. An Incident of Nniioleon'N Thresiteiiea Invasion of JHnsland. About the beginning of this century, while the Revolutionaiy Wais were rag jug, communication in cipher was natur ally very prevalent and ingenuity was taxed to the utmost on one hand to in vent, and on the other to detect, the medium used in secret correspondence. As a rule, the decipherer bad beaten the cipher and no known method was secure of detection. If conventional signs mere ly were used, the recurrence of the differ ent symbols gave a key easily followed out. Some ingenious spirits correspond ed by reference to the pages and lines particular editions of particular books otheis by an agreed-on vocabulary. But these last methods, although they might preseive the secret, disclosed what was often quite as dangerous, that there was a secret. 1 am about to tell you of a plan which for a long time was. not only unde tected, but unsuspected. It was at that time when the first Na poleon id assembled his fleets and tran sports at Brest, with the ostensible, and as is generally believed the real, view of making a descent on England. The greatest precautions were observed by the English Government in legard to correspondence with France, and ah amount of espionage was practiced at the post-office which left Sir James Graham's subsequent peiformances in tha*- line far behind. The national excitement was intense, and the political department was administered with an iron sway. My uncle, Sir George Trevor, wag, as all the world then knew, high in the Ad miralty aud as it was from, him that I heard this anecdote, its veracity may be depended on, The dispatches to and from the Ad miralty were the subject of the greatest vigilance and the most stringent regula tions. The clerks were not permitted to send or receive letters which were not first submitted to the chief clerk, and it was believed that letters addressed even to their private residences were frequent ly opened at the post office. At the time I speak of, the chief clerk was an elderly man of the name of Park era wizened, wiry, dapper individual, so imbued with the official tincture of "Whitehall that it had become second na ture to him. Ho was a genial and kindly soul, keen and energetic in the affairs of I119 otlicfe. and in all others a mere child. He had engaged as a private secretary a young fellow by the name of Beaumout, who was one of the most promising sub ordinates in the establishment. He was a modest, unassuming man, very good looking, with a countenance and an air suggestive of depression and melancholy. He was evidently of good education, and probably well-born also, for his manners were easy, and indicated good breeding. He was a native of Jersey, and had been introduced to the notice of the Admiral ty authorities by some influential mem ber of Parliament. He was much liked in the office, and dichargedj his duties to perfection. One morning Parker presented himself before my uncle with a visage pale with woe, and trembling with excitement "Why, what is the matter, Parker? Has Bonaparte come?" "He may have, for aught I know," said Parker. Things are all wrong, Sir George I" "What are wrong?" "The letters are wrong. There is a spy among us. I have known it for long now 1 am quite sure but I can not find him out.'- J Parker went on to explain that he had for some time suspected that some one in the office communicated their private in formation and dispatches outside. He had redoubled his precautions but more than ever confirmed in his suspicions, was entirely baffled in his endeavors to detect the culprit. "But, Parker,'! said my uncle, "how do you cuine to be so sure that your secrets have transpired?" "By the funds, Sir George. They an swer to the news, as surely as the bell down stairs does to the bell-rope. 1 find them going up and down as if they were sitting in "he office," said Parker, person ifying the Stock Exchange for the moment. 'Have all the letters to the clerks been examined strictly?" "Yes, I read them all myself." g^ "Find nothing' in them!" Mighty little. Some'are from honie^M some from friends, and most of them "about Elinor Beaumonjt? I have seen from sweethearts," said Parker, twisting'1'*""." his face into a grim smile, "and rum things they say in them." "And the young men's letters. Are they rum, too?" "They are more careful "like, as they know I am to see them but, Lord save you, sir, they are all stuff not a ha'porth of harm in them." "This matter must be seen to," said my uncle "I have had rnyewn misgivings on the same subject. Bring me all the letters which come to, and are sent by, the clerks for the next week. There is no reason why you should have all the rum things to yourself." I So my uncle had the letters'"for a week, and found them very much aS Parker had described them. The suspicious symptoms increased the StocK Exchange responded more sensitively than ever but not the slightest ground tor suspecting any one transpired. My uncle was bewildered, and Parker was rapidly verging to insan ity- "It is certainly not the cl^rksf ?aid my uncle. "There is no treason there," said he, pushing back the letters oi the' day. "By the way, how does young Beaumont get on? She seems & nice, creature, that sister of his, to judge by her letters." "He is the best hand in the office,, a long sight and his sister is a very sweet, ladylike creature. They are orphans, poor things, and he supports her out of his salary. She called at the office two months go, and I gave him leave to see her for a tew minutes in my room. But he knew it was against rules, and has not seen her here again." "But what are we to do.'" said my uncle. "I think I will speak to the First Lord." So he spoke to the Fiist Lord, who thought the affair serious enough. "It must be in the letters,'' said he. "It cannot be in the letters," said my uncle. "As you please," said the chief "but although you cannot find it there, per haps another can. 1 would try an ex- pert." My uncle had no faith in experts, or Bow Street runners, and mistrusted them. But he could not refuse to try the experi ment suggested. So the most expeiienccd decipherer in London was summoned into council, and to him the letters of the day were secretly submitted. He read them all very carefullv, looked at them in the light, and looked at the light through them. At last he put them all aside, excepting one from Elinr Beau mont. "Who is the lady that writes This?" said the taciturn man of skill at last. 'A very sweet young woman," said Parker, smartly: "tister of my oiivate secretary." "Does she wiite often?" "Yes she is' his only correspondent, and writes about twice a week.".'' "Where does she live?" "She lives in Jersey, Beaumont told me. Their father was in the business there." "And does she always write about the same kind of thingsaunt's rheumatism, picnics, squire's tea parties, and the like?" "Much the sanie, excepting when she spoke of Beaumont .himself." "Hum!" said the expert. "Well, sir," said my uncle, who was rafher impatient of the man of skill's pomposity, "and what may 'Hum!' mean? Have the young woman and rhesj aunt's rheumatism done the mischief?" "HumI She dates from Fleet Street?" "And why should she -not date from Fleet Street, sir?" "I should be sorry to prevent her," said the unmoved philospher. "Has this correspondence continued long?" "O, yesa couple of years or so,but not nearly so regularly as lately." "For how long regularly"?"* "About two month$."%" ^,t "That is, about the time when you first suspected the betrayal of confij dence?" "Really,my friend,if you can't see furth er into a millstone than that,you may give up the profession," said" my uncle. "Take my word for it, the Beaumonts have nothing to do.with it. Ruboish." "Hum!" And with that the man of skill took his hat land departed, saying he would return in two days. The two days, however, were five before he came back, and was again closeted with my uncle and1 Parker, with whom he had fallen intoj great disfavor. "Wants to make a je-b," said the latter "a regular humoug.'* "Sir George,' said the regular hum bug, "has Mr. Beaumont a locked Mesk in his room?" "Good gracious," said my uncle, chang ing color, "you don't sav that?" "It is a fact, and you will see the ne cessity of being cautious and silent in the matter. Detection hang3 on a thread as it stands,and a whisper will break it." What do you mean," said Parker, her "There is no Elinor Beaumont in Jer sey. I sent and have ascertained the fact." "I am sure there is some mistake about all this,' which. Beaumont can cl$? up. Let us send for him." "If you do the game is up/ I trust in fact he'does not know of my visits. We cannot be too cautious in these matters." "Pedantic ass muttered'my'uncle "but I supposs we had better give him his own way. If you meet Parker ana me here ,at seven to-night, we shall have that wonderful desk opened, and your great discoveries shall bd -made."" They met again that, evening. The desk Was opened by Parker, and a bun die of letters, carefully packed up, all from E'inor Beaumont, and a quantity of circulars,' play-bills, and' shop receipts were handed to the expert. That gentlemen read through the let ters, and seemed much struck by the last. "Read that?' said he, handing it to my Uncle. As the letter is important, I give it entire "120 FLEET STREET, Sept,* 24, 1803." %iMy !each t\*f $ "Yes, sir," said Parker, "he has." "Have you a key which will open it?'' "I haveand what of that?" *'I wish to h&vp that desk opened with out his knowledge, and the contents brought to me "'And on what pretence,'' sajcL^.my un cle, "do you propose'to put this insult on a man'against whom thtere is no reason able ground or suspicion, and -who has not been, allowedto speak for himself "There need be no insult, for he will know nothing ot it neither will any one else." "I will not permit it, sir." "Hum! Then I can do no more in the business." "But," said Parker, whose official no tions made him unwilling to fcreak off the negotians in this mannefc^wfrat-pretence have you for doing thi34o Mr.-Beaumont' and not to the other clerks?" "Shall I tell you? There is no such person as Elinor Beaumont, and the ad dress in Fleet Street is a notorious haunt of suspected foreigners." Dear Charles:Although we had an adverse wind all the way, we made without difficulty the port we were bound for. Aunt, in spite of the weight of her fifty years, enjoyed the trip much, and is ready to sail again. I hope you will think of sending the line you promis ed on the 25th, and come yourself as our party is much smaller, and we should en joy the visit." "When I was in London last week I saw our Cousin Harry, fresh from Wind sor. There is little change to be observ ed in himnot ai' much as you1 would ex- pect/ Come to us on Friday. "Yours, very etfectionately, ELINOII B." My Uncle read this out loud, from be ginning to end, and then he said, "Do you see any thing suspicious in that? It seems to me very innocent "Hum,! I(t may be. Was there any thing else in the desk?" said he, address ing Parker. "You may go and look," growled that potentate and he led the way, the expert following. The desk was quite empty, with the exception of two or three scraps of waste paper. On one of these the expert pounc ed, and returned with an air of elation to the other room. He then unfolded his scrap of paper, and disclosed a half sheet exactly the size of the paper on which Elinor Beaumont's letters were written, in which oblong holes at inter vals had been cut. He then placed his half-sheet over the letter, and handed bolh, thus placed, to my Uncle, whose astonished eyes read tiie folio wing'wordsJwMfch the holes' left a*visibie: /i. I "Fleet wind-bound. Fifty sail of the line, 25 smaller. Should the wind change, expect us on Friday." 'The devil!" said my uncle "and Nelson ordered off to the West Indias." Then was there, as you may suppese, hurry and scurrying, and running' ana chasing, and dispatching of government couriers, and semphore telegraphs and carrier-pigeons, and all the old-world means of communication then in fashion. The key thus obtainea disclosed the whole correspondence, which turned out to oe a connected series of letters from the French government, smuggled into Jersey. The result history knows the intended invasion was abandoned, and Napoleon went elsewhere. But what put you on the scent?" ask ed my uncle, afterwards, with many apologies Jto the expert. I suspected the trick from the first, although it was a very good specimen of it. "The letters weie too innocent, and had too little point in them. But they were aone with admirable skill. The grammer was complete: and the little dots or marks which bunglers use to guide them in writing the words which are to be read were entirely absent. The way in which the deception i effected is this: -The correspondents, before com mencing, take a sheet of paper and cut holes in it, which, of course in the two I half sheets, exactly correspond. They tooik one half sheet, and. when a let- ter is tou be written, the' writer so ar ranges the words that those intended to be read shall appear in the holes when the half-sheet is placed over the paper, which is ef the same size. When his correspondent receives the letter, he "places hi&> half-sheet over it, and readsdays, off thtfwords, as you did. The difficulty, whicn was so well conquered in-tnis case, is/to make the sense run fluently, and to prevent any visible break in the writing. Without the half-sheet with the holes in it, no one can have the slightest clue to ttie real meaning. '*My suspicions, on|e aroused,' were cqnfirm.ed.by the inquires which I made. The whole story' 4bout the sister W.ft fabrication. "$Elr"* letters did come from. JerseK the answers went .to Fleet Streef, 'Ito the charge of very notorious foreigji agents. But if our friend had not,beeii fefal enough to leave his half-sheet in his desk, we might have groped in vain' for fh$ mystery." Beaumont disappeared/Jiiat "night, and was never heard of agaittf at the Admir alty, and his inquiriesinsTersey. He had made an attempt to gei admittance to his room, but jwas-scared by the'., 'sounds he heard,' and/ cjbntriv'ea to escape to -France. The lady, who ac*ted the sister, and Who visttefl the Admiralty, partly to put the authorities off their guard, "and probably also to interchange the key to the cipher, was a Parisian celebrity who both before and afterwards was renowned for her daring in political intrigue. POOR LES DAMES. Elegant lace mitts are embroidered in Spanish colors. Egyptian bracelets in silver are novel and handsome. A, pearl cross-has eleven large pearls set in plain gold. The small rounl.turban is again worn by young ladies. ""Many of the new dresses are made en tirely without linings. Marigold, one of the many shades of yellow, is much in favor. New gloves have an embroidered coat of-arms on the back. The "ombrelle duchess" is one of the latest styles of umbrellas. Ladies in mourning wear black-lace mitts with a cuff of cr^pe.- partment of the New York Tribune. Open worked ho*e are favorites, with those ladies w'.o^wear sandals. Saiah. K. Bolton has become associate editor pj: the Oongregationaiisl*.. Velvet underskirts wi'h. polonaise of delicate fabrics, are lai^e worn. The newest caps for breakfast wear aie the Alsace bows, with only a mite of white muslin. Painting on silk is the latest mania among fashionable ladies endowed With a taste for art. Ladies knit silk socks for their gentle men friends. A pair ot socks reqtiires $5 worth of silk. What riles a country Postmistress is to have a postal card come to the office writ ten in French. Fleur ce soufre, better known as sul phur color, is one of the most fashionable colors this season. Old fashioned steel bead satchels are again worn as chatelaines, in rivalry of the velvet pockets. Away out in Yankton, the capital of Dakota, die woman are starting a public park lor their young city. New bonnets are seen in lilac-colored straw, and are trimmed with bunches of white and purple lilacs. Toe Rembrandt hat, of white plush, with large white plumes, is intended for blondes for dress occasions. Brussels net is a new material for even ing dresses. It is embroideied in leaves Oi pale drab and orange. An ivory brooch in the shape of a pas sion flower exquisitely carved, is a new design shown at the Palais Royal. New imported dresses have the backs slightly puffed, while the front of the barques are fecidely shorter and the backs longer. New specie holders at the Palais Royal are of ciocheted silk in bright colors, aud ju^t large enough around to hold a silver dollar. Mrs. Elizabeth Oakes Smith read poem, "Soul Questionings," in Boston, the 21st ult, beloie the Liberal Religious Association Prof. Leviteux, a Polish scientist, is, said to have discovered a method of tak ing entire casts of the Jiving body with out the slightest injury. Gold bands dotted with jet flowers are worn with the Roman coiffure. A long narrow band is worn over tne brow, and a broad one iurthei oack seives as a comb. Middie Morgan is the cattle and stock reporter of the New York Times, rides a horse to peifection, and makes admirable speeches at agricultural fairs. Satin 3s the favorite material lor para sols, which arc much larger this season than last. Some are ot figured white, otheis are of plain blacK 01 white satin. The municipality of Prague has forbid den the wearing of dresses with trains upon the streets "because ot the dust, in jurious to the public health, raised by them." The most stylish bonnets worn this sea son are trimmed with a prolusion of loops of narrow watered ribbon, with the edge of the bonnet finished with pearl or gold beads. Mrs. A. T. Stewait, it is said, in addi tion to her gifts at Garden City, con templates establishing and endowing a diocesan divinity school during the en suing autumn. Qwl boup. Dr. Jarvis, in the army in Texas, had a prank played on him by his brother officers. They forged handbills and posted notices all about the country that Dr. Jarvis would pay cash on delivery for owl-heads. Presently people about the cantou.-nents began to bring in owl heads, which the doctor, suspecting the joke, quietly bought up. The doctor was the butt of constant ridicule, of course, and coulst hear allusions to owl-heads at all times and in all quarters. After a few the doctor concluded, as a kind ot quietus, to buy off his merciless fellow officers, to give them a supper, which he provided for'them in magnificent style One ot the courses WAS a.soup, and a very good soup. Unable to repress an allu sion to the standing joke, a young officer aslfed the doctor, with a knowing leer, "if the soup they had been eating was not owl-soup?" "Weil," replied the doc tor, coolly, "it ain't anything else!" Ana sure enough, from the bottom of the soup-tureen, he ladled up some plump owl-neads,' bills and all. f&entlemen," interest or"not said the doctor, "we quit even. Your bills are receipted." Strawberry Cream.Pick, the calyxes from two quarts of strawberries and crush them in an earthen dish with one half pound of sugar put through a siev an mix with a pint of whipped cream, adding one ounce and a halt of disolved isinglass pour into a mould aDd when firm turn' out and serve. Wood ashe3 sifted on the currant bush es while covered with dew causes curran worsas to speedily disappear. Air slack ed^me is also good. '!1 "Summer Friends." All flourishing people have them. They come, like the house-fly, in dog-days," to those who are prosperous, and they hang around, and flatter, ana caress and make themselves agreeable so long as. prosper ity endures, ana then they take them selves off, and are heard ot no more. "Summer luends-' Mrs. J. B! Lyman edits the Home De- many good times together. It it so strange come to you just after a legacy from a '.ch uncle or aunt takes yon out of a second-class tenement house, and lands you hijfh and dry in a brown-stone front, with "front stairs and back stairs, hot and cold water, aud all the modern conveniences," as the real estate broker has it. How delighted they are that they have formed your acquaintance! How" they regiet that the auspicious event had not taken place before. You have missed so that you should never have met before. Belonging to the same religious denomi nation, too! They think your house peifection SIK'"I elegant wall paper! Such charm ing curtains! So much good taste every where. And then your childrenthe lit tle dears!how bright and intellectual they are! So different from those young ones of Brown's, over the way! Such classical features! And such a sweet ex pression on their faces! They do not wonder that-you are proud of them. Then your horses and carriages come in for a share of admiration. If your horses be black, then bL.ck horses are the favorites of your summer fiiends, and if they be white, then white horses are equally delightful. Indeed, so highly do they eulogize your quadrupeds that you feel as if you must order out the establishment at once and give these amiable people an airin\ You, summer friends will come to your diuneis and drink your costly wines, and lounge on your elegant chairs, and lean their oily heads against your immaculate walls and leave thumb-marks on youi photograph books, and echo every word you say, just so long as you have money and influence. They are a setof p.uasites who sponge their living out of people who are weak enough to be flattered by them. Let the report circle that you aie bank rupt, that the auction flag is flouting from your windows, and nolle how many of them will stand by you in your trouble. Try them, and see if anv among them will lend you live dollars, and if you fine such a one, "freeze to him," and ugh for him, if necessary. Sometimes we have almost been led to believe that the entiment known as true friendship has enthely died out in this world, and that in its stead deception aud trechery reign. But once in awhile we are startled by the exhibitim of some grand aud wonderful example of devo tion on the part of [somebody's ft lend, aud then our faith in humamtv comes back to us. Summer friends are always ready to go with the current. Th'y believe jut as the uiiijcnty do, and no matter how generously you nmv h,i\e behaved bj them, if you get going down hill, they will lend a helping hand to expedite your decenf, just as readily as will your enemy. If slander assails youi name, thev look knowing, and say it just what they have long expected. They arc pests! thev are vultures! they are wi.ise than open enemies foi you know how to meet an antagonist, and do not hesitate to stake blow lor blow. But the man who hab prnfosseel himself your friend, who has sat atjour table, and shared the pleasures of youi fireside, when he turns upon you, in the time of trial, what can vou do with \\\w\1--Kale Tforn, N. Weekly. I'lnr Tnno.s in Sanrlot/it. [Eli Peikins in New York Sun. SAKATOGA, Aug. 17.All reports about the failure of tho season, or all reports about a slim season this year at Saratoga, are false. The United States Hotel has averaged over 900 guests every day since August 1. Many of these guests paj $20 per day, and none less than $5. Several families of five, with servants, coachman, etc., pay $7i per day. Mr. Gage, the cashier, Bays the receipts average $7,000 per day. "How much will the total receipts for the season amount to?" I asked. "They can't fall short of $300,000. The property was bid in at $715,000, though it cost in high times sjj51,000,C00. Mr. Marvin controls the hotel. It is principally owned in the Marvin family." "Who makes or loses, if there is a profit or loss?" I asked. "Why, the hotel is rented by Thorupkins, Gage, Perry, and Janvrin from Mr. Marvin, who controls the interests of the Marvin family. The rent is $60,000, and we will pay it and have a nice profit this year. We'll take in $300,000 this summer, pay out $200,000,' and have $100,000 with which to pay the rent. The remainder, $40,000, will be a profit to be divided between the les sees,-Thompkins, Gage, Perry, and Jan- vrin." The boarding-houses in Saratoga are all fullfuller than I have ever known them. Every night the balconies of the hotel are packed. The Grand Union is not paying expenses, if you reckon the interest on the investment, $2,000,000, and it never will pay. Mrs. Stewart says she don't care whether it pays The Grand Union has now 1,180 guests. They do not pay the prices that they pay at the United States. In fact, many of the Grand Union guests pay $21 per week, aud some even lower than that. The money receipts of the Grand Union, worth $2,000,000, are probably lower than those of the United States, woith $500,000. Mrs. Stewart has been a missionary in Sara toga. Her money is here, and she enjoys it. If the hotel takes in $300,000 and spends $200,000, she calls it $100,000 made. She ^tonha count the $140,000 interest monty do't would have to be paid if she did no twnth eho^el. sSa Mrs. Catharine A. Courtney, of Ot*owa, 111., has just died of grief for the down fall of her son, a defaulting city official.