Newspaper Page Text
LOVE IN ASHES.
BY SAKAII J CLARKE. "Scant of nine, and the washing all out," mused thrifty Mrs. Cbutter^li she scrubbed the porch. "Deacon, I'll get you to set the big tub down cellar, if you will." "Certain, wife," responded the deacon !rom his cart in the door-yard. "There comes Kendall's new basket wagon, with two women in it," pursued the lady, wringingher mop. "Isn't that the horse that balk";-'" Being in the critical act of emptying a four-gallon bucket of soap, the good man vouchsafed no reply. When the jellied mass had quivered and splashed into the barrel in waiting he looked up just in season to see the. gay little pony shy at the cart and 50 tearing down the road. . "They'll upset! they'll be killed! Run ifter 'em! Do something!" shrieked Mrs. Chutter. "Don't get excited, wife; they're all right aow. That girl drives like a man." And picking up his bucket, the moderate deacon marched off for a second supply of soap. But though tbe little incident "had failed to shake his nerves, it did make him oblivious of his wife's wash-tub poised on the landing of the dim stairway, and as a natural consequence he put his foot in it. The tub rolled; the deacon swayed like a pestle in a mortar; there was a lively suc cession of bumps, followed by a clatter and a thud, and deacon, tub, and bucket strewed ihe cellar floor. "Adah andablbu!" ejaculated the fallen int, with sinful energy. a "What's up, uncle." cried an anxious foice overhead. "I can tell you what's down," was the jrim response. "Come and brace me while [ try to step." The owner of the voice, a fine-looking fouth ot one-and-twenty, was already groping ais way among the debris, his aunt in the •ear with the camphor. The deacon's attempted locomotion re sulted in a groan. "I must have sprained my ankle, Harvey. If I'd postponed this tub race till alter I'd sees my rounds, 'twould have been better calculation." "Oh, I wouldn't worry about my rounds, uncle. What'B|tbe hurry?" "My customers expect me to-day, that's the point. I hate masterly to break my word. Now there's the widow Cleaves wait ing for me take her ashes, so she can scrub after me with the boiling suds, and up at Kendall's they're clean out of soap." "And not clean without it, eh." laughed the young man. "See here, uncle; since you are going to feel so uneasy about disap pointing the people, why not send me in your stead." "You, in your fine clothes! I should smile," mumbled Mrs. Chutter, with the stopper of the camphor bottle between her teeth. "Why can't my uncle's mantle fall upon me, auntie? I was intending to borrow the frock." "Well, if I do say it, you've got the Vance common-sense. Some young men of your bringiug up would be ashamed to drive a sn;i) i cart." "Humph! Some young men would by fools," said the deacon, with warmth. "No i ' ly has any call to be ashamed to deliver JttC soap as I make. If you've a mind to ....i the team to-day, Harvey, I shall be .(bleeged to you.". Fifteen minutes later the worthy deacon ,vas extending his aching length upon the sitting-room lounge, and gazing through the open window after his youthful proxy, who, duly initiated into the mysteries of the cull ing, was driving away in the big blue cart. Behind jounced and creaked an empty ash bin, flanked by two covered barrels of soap; but the swinging seat was clean and comfort able, commanding a fine view of the sur rounding country. A half-mile and more the road wound through his uncle's fertile acres, for Deacon Chutter was withal a farmer. Farming, in deed, was his chief vocation, soap-boiling being an accessory venture growing out of sundry extensive experiments In the use of leached ashes as a fertilizer. It was one of those tuneful mornings in early June when all nature joins in a glad doxology. The newly arrived bobolinks, tipsy with glee, carrolled in the meadows. The orioles, hanging their hammocks in the elms, could scarcely work for singing. Gay breezes whispered love to the graceful young clover, then danced away to flirt with the coy hill side birches. Everywhere were life and motion irradiated by tbe benignant sun. For Harvey Vance's study-weakened eyes there was too much glare, too much flutter. He lost no time in putting on his blue goggles. ••Who cares if they do make me look like a hog." mused he, as he settled them astride lis aristocratic nose. "Thanks to them, and tochange of air, my poor optics are undoubt 20?}- improving. I shall be back to college oy fall. Ha! Hal if the fellows could only aee me now'."' And here, to the infinite surprise of staid Dobbin, his new master broke into a rollick ing elass song—a song abruptly ended as a tarn in ihe road revealed a near farm-house. "If I peddle soap, I'll peddle it with due decorum," soliloquized the youth, knocking upon the back door with the handle of his whip. To have seen the capable air with which he measured ashes bushel by bushel, giving in exchange money, or gallons of soap, accord ing to the customer's desire, one would have pronounced him bred to the soap business. Since his month's rustication at his aunt emitter's he had made the acquaintance of most of the farmers along the river, and these expressed their gratification at meeting "a judge's son that wasn't afraid to work," but outside the parish limits his triumphal march terminated. He was a stranger in a strange land. One man asked if he had bought out the deacon; a second hoped he rasn't proposing to run an opposition team; Uid the loyal widow Cleaves could hardly be persuaded to surrender her ashes, because, lorsooth, she preferred to trade with Deacon Chutter. Obedient to his uncle's instructions, at her cottage the young man took a cross-road to Kendall's a summer hotel, familiarly styled "The "Eyrie." "You'll find it a long three miles," had been Mr. Cleaves's parting remark. "Three miles, and not a neighbor between here and there: I couldn't blame the widow if she should want to change her situation," mused the deacon's deputy, scanning the western horizon. "Should'nt wonder if that :loud yonder meant business. I thought the *un was too bright this morning. Well, a little high-toned thunder will drown this ev erlasting racket." Facing about to wedge in position an emp ty soap barrel, he observed two ladies driving up the the hill on a basket pha?ton. "That looks like Kendall's team that gave auntie such a panic this morning," thought he. "Those ladies are some of the boarders, I suppose—Tom Calender's mother and ais ter, for aught I know. I have heard they vere stopping' at the Eyrie. Goodness! wouldn't it be a joke if I should fall in with them to-day? Meanwhile the younger lady in the carriage was merrily commenting on the quasi-soap man's active figure, conspicuously and am ply clad in the deacon's canvas frock and overalls. "I hope he isn't a preambulating maniac, mamma." "It's the very cart that frightened the pony!" was the terrified response. "Do let me get out, Lila! Oh! Oh!" But already the horse was backing down the hill. Harvey sprung from the cart, and grasped the refractory animal by the bridle just in season to prevent the carriage from overturning in the ditch. "Thank you, sir—thank you very much," said the girlish driver, the color rushing back to her face. "Now if you'll be kind enough to lead our pony past your cart we shall be yet more obliged." "A pretty girl—stylish too, but abomina bly patronizing," thought the young Sopho more, stalking resentfully at the pony' head. "There, now your cart is behind us, we shall have no further trouble. I am sorry to have detained you, sir. Infinitely obliged." In leaving the ladies Harvey mechauical ly raised his hat, the deacon's hat—alas! yellowed and frayed by farm service. The touch set flying the ashes upon its brim, giv ing our receding hero the effect of being caught away in a cloud. A, little blinded, but laughing behind his goggles, he went back to old Dobbin, and waited for the ladies to go in adyance. But what ailed that surprising pony? The young lady chirruped to him; he would not budge. She snapped the whip; he stood as .he wooden horse of the Trojans. "Oh, daughter, daughter, he's balking!" jrled the elderly lady, who Appeared to be an invalid. "If fere's anything I'm afraid of it's a balking horse." "Allow me, madam," said Harvey, again advancing. He twisted the animal's ear a moment to divert his attention, then took him by the bit and led him several paces. "See, mamma, the pony has got over his sulks. Thank you, sir." The young lad resumed the reins; the fractious quadruped promptly refused to stir. "Let me get out, Lila I won't go another step with him." "He doesn't seem to be going," said the daughter, with a vexed laugh. "You know you can't walk a rod. You'll surly have a relapse, mamma, if you don't sit still." Again Harvey led the pony. Again the tantalizing nag stiffened in his harness the instant Miss Lila took the reins. Many times was this farce repeated, and many were the minutes wasted. Meantime the sky had become overcast, and thunder was muttering in the distance. "My mother has been very ill. If she is acnght in the shower she may get her death,' cried Miss Lila, in distress. "Oh, what shall we do?" "If you'll pardon the suggestion, I might drive you to the Eyrie, if that is your destin ation," said Harvey, with a deprecatory glance at his masquerading costume. •Oh, will you? But there is your horse and cart:*' "I could come back for them." "And with all mamma's shawls and pil lows, the phaeton is hardly wide enough for us two." "That is true; it Is a Lilliputian affair." The youth was gravely testing its light springs and braces. "Is there danger of breaking down? Then you will go with mamma, and I'll drive the cart." "Lila Cavender! The idea!" expostulated the invalid. "Tom Cavender's mother and sister, by the ashes of my uncle I Confound it, what a scrape!" was the young soap merchant's in ward ejaculation as he awaited the ladies' pleasure. •What better can I do, mamma? I shall ride famously. Unless you're afraid to trust me with your horse," the young lady added, with a glance toward Harvey. "Not in the least. lie's far from being a tiery BucephaluB." Struck with the incongruity of the remark from such a source, Miss Lila lost all control of her dimples. "That seat is suspended between the heavens and the earth, like Mohammed's coffin, mamma," she jested, by way of cloak ing her untimely mirth. "One ought to be shot into it out of a cat adult," To aid the young lady in mouuting, Har vey silently extened a hand, whose exceed ing smutttness was Intensified by a ring that glittered upon the little finger. Miss Lila glanced curiously at the fine cameo with its quaint setting. Who was this anomalous being who sported costly ornaments and quotedfrom\the classics? Aud where, had she seen that peculiar cameo before, or one Just like it; Ah! now she recollected: Tom had worn it home last vacation, when he and his chum had exchanged rings. But how had this scap-man become possessed of it? Could it be that he and Harvey Vance were identical? Tom had said that Harvey was spending the summer in the ncighbornood. This must be he. Yes, she was sure of it. Obedient to the young man's will, that un accountable pony darted away on the wings of the wind. Close behind, head down, tail up, followed old Dobbin in a heavy canter which seemed to shake the very leaves on the trees. Charged upon by the empty soap barrel, Miss Lilla slipped to the other side of the scat, and clung to the ash-bin. A mile was passed, two miles. The gable-joofed Eyrie loomed in the distance. On sped the pony; on lumbered old Dobbin; on swooped the storm-cloud. A dozen guests crowded out upon the hotel piazza to witness the exciting race. "How white Mrs. Cavender looks!" cried one. "Wlierc did she pick up that fantastic' driver?" "Is that Miss Lila in the cart?" exclaimed the gentleman addressed. "Well, she's a girl of mettle! Ha, here comes the rain !" As the phaeton dashed up he rushed out with an open umbrella to escort Mrs. Caven der into the house. In mounting the steps she turned toward Harvey. "You have done us a great service, sir, I assure you we are grateful. My daughter will see that you are recompensed for your time and trouble." "The dickens she will!" thought the dea con's indignant substitute. Standing beneath the dripping caves, with rivulets of lye coursing down his cheeks, he assisted the moist young lady to alight. "I am—we are deeply indebted to you," she, stammered, blushingly. "My mother—" "Has taken no cold, I trust" said he lofti ly. "Good-afternoon." And horse, cart, and driver disappeared kitchenward. In putting the cart, to rights that evening Harvey discovered a grimy object caught be tween the seat and the ash-bin. It proved to be a lady's pocket-handkerchief, bearing in one corner the name of "Lila Cavender." He handed it to his aunt for bleaching purposes, and received in return a letter from Tom. "My mother and sister have perched at the Eyrie, on Emden Hill," it ran. "My mother is getting up from a fever, and is bound to get as high up as she can. If you are anywhere near their secluded nest, do peep in upon them. They'll be charmed to make your acquaintance." "I believe I'll take that handkerchief to Miss Cavcnder to-morrow, auntie, and have it off my mind," remarked Harvey, careless ly, as he folded the letter. "Well—or you might send it by the stage." But Harvey was deaf to the suggestion. The next evening, faultlessly attired, and minus spectacles, he presented himself at the Eyrie, and was cordially welcomed by both Mrs. Cavender and her daughter. Con vinced that he was not recognized as squire of the soap cart, he saw no necessity for pro claiming himself such. In making his first call why should he introduce himself as a clown. "You've made quite a visit," was his aunfs salutation when Harvey entered the sitting-room. "Was the girl glad to get her handkerchief?" "To tell the truth, auntie, I didn't give it toher." "Humph! Strange how a handsome young woman will weaken a chap's memory," observed the deacon, slyly, as his wife band aged the offending ankle, "I don't see but Harvey '11 have to call again." He did call again, and again, and again. Indeed, his rides to the Eyrie grew so fre queut that his uncle teasingly counselled him to buy a second saddle-horse. "Orget a carriage that will hold two,," amended his aunt. At which the youth flushed guiltily, confirming Mrs. Chutter in his private opinion that he was "very far gone." He went further yet that evening—even to tbe length of proposing to Miss Lila. The little coquette only langhed, and bade him not to be absurd. Absurd! He would really like to know what she meant. Oh, they were both so young. Harvey looked hurt, and intimated that he, at least, was nearing the down hill of life. And he didn't know her well enough. The youth eagerly protested that he knew her weil enough to love her. "Besides, I'm not sure but I love another young man better." "Oh, if you care for somebody else, why, then —why, in that case—" Harvey found the English tongue terribly intricate, and rose with precipitation. CVZj "I met him first, you know^' said Miss Lila, dropping her eyes apologetically, "and I am under great obligations to him." "Oh, it's all right. You're all right, I mean; but I think Tom might have told me." "Tell you what?" "About this other fellow." "There isn't much to tell," said Miss Lila, demurely. "He hasn't come forward." Harry drew on his glove with a mystified air. "But I am looking for him any day now, for the Eyrie is nearly out of soap." "You bewitching little tease !" Miss Lila's cheeks were eddying with dim ples deep enough to drown a man's heart. Perhaps they made Harvey's head swim. I can't say. I only kuow that he laid hold of the young lady's hands at that moment in the most giddy fashion,and she seemed quite willing to let him steady himself in this man ner, "Well, Harvey, I expect to be on my legs again to.morrow," observed the facetious deacon, at breakfast; "and when I cali at tbe THE ST. PAUL DAILY GLOBE, WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 20, 1884. Eyrie I guess you'd better let me give that young woman her "handkerchief." "Thank you very much: I attended to that last night." "It didn't seem just right to keep her out of it so long, Harvey," remarked his aunt, dryly, as she passed his coffee. "You ought to have paid her Interest." ••Humph! don't you be a mite concerned, wile.-' said the deacon, with a mischievous wink. 'Depend upon it, Harvey has squared accounts with that young woman before this, and taken her note of hand. He's driven business since that day I set him up in the cart," CHARLES AND LOUIS BLANC. The. Rescmblanees and Differences of Two Rrothers. Charles was exuberant, passionate, even violent; but easily resigned, amiable at bot tom, and above everything good—a reed, painted like Iron. Louis, on the contrary, was gentle, humble, timid, polite, almost obsequious; yet beneath this mild exterior tenacious, resolute, rebellious—iron, painted so as to resemble a reed. In the fond com panionship of these two beings, 60 different in character, the young one was almost im petuous devotion, the elder was all tender* ness, and exhibit that vol untary and touching submissive ness which the protector feels toward him whom he protects —formingthe weakness and gracefulness of strength. The one adored, the other loved; and to determine, as it were, the shades of their mutual affection, it is suf ficient to mention that when they spoke of each other, Charles said: "Mon frere;" Louis- ••Mon Chariot." Born almost at the same time, brought up together, later on struggling side by side, they were in a way wedded together in spirit, as some twin* are in the flesh. If you wish to understand them, you must separate them. Their moth er, a woman of unusual distinction and southern piety, belonged to the family Pozzo di Borgho. Their father, an inspector of finances in Spain under the first empire, was in the service of King Joseph. Their pater nal grandfather, an ardent royalist, had been guillotined for his loyalty during the revolu tion. From the moment they entered life the young brothers had to reckon with it. On Napoleon's fall their father saw his political fortunes collapses, and his political fortunes were all bis fortunes. This situation entailed that kind of privation which is concealed on the surface by foregoing the necessaries of life. Even the education of Louis and Charles was a problem long unsolved. At length, toward the middle of the restoration period, thanks to the protection of Baron Capclle, then counselor of state, later on minister of Charles X, and a signatory of the famous ordinances, they were enabled, both of thpm, to enter as bursars the college at Rodez. When they left it their position, al ready bad, was still worse. Their mother was dead, their father was suffering from the first attacks of the malady from the effects of which he was to lose his mind. He was not only incapable of protecting them, but he needed to be protected himself. His only resource—a surprising and a curious one was a pension granted by King Louis XVIII to the ex-functionary of Joseph in his cap acity of son of a refugee. Privation became poverty. What should they do? Alas! what everybody does and always will do—go to Paris; undertake the starving pilgrimage of unsatiated ambition and-ill-regulated appe tites. For Paris is a kind of holy city in its way; the Mecca whither from the four corners of the earth the true believers come, once in life at least, to offer up their devotions to the almighty being called Success. A Dog Bring* About a Wedding. [Cincinnati News Journal.] "Do these boats always remain at one place with their occupants?" inquired a re porter of a captain, upon seeing at tbe river bank a number of living boats. "By no means," replied tbe veteran; "these boats are adapted to various uses. There is a kind called tlie 'pirate,' which is floated down the river by its occupants, who are usually dis honest and desperate. Then there is the or dinary flat-boat, which is loaded with pota toes, corn, flour, or bacon, or any other Northern commodity, and floated to the South. Again, there is the coaster, trading boat, in which a man and his family make their homes, and trade with the people who live along the banks of the river. Once upon a time one of these coasters, which started from a small town in Indiana, was lying near Vicksburg. Its occupants were the owner, his very handsome, rosy-faced daugh ter, and a large black Newfoundland dog. The captain of a steamboat that made regular trips from Vicksburg up one of the tributar ies of the Southern Mississippi had frequent ly noticed the dog sunning himself on the forward end of the coaster, and took such a fancy to the animal that he one day ran his boat in close enough to the shore to ask the father what he would take for the dog, where upon the daughter suddenly appered upon the scene, and called out, defiantly, "If you take that dog you will have to take me too!' This was the beginning of an acquaintance that ripened into friendship, and then a sentiment more tender, and resulted in the young lady becoming the wife of one of the most prosperous and respected steamboat man in the Southern waters, who also became possessed of the dog." Andrew Johnson's Last Letter. The Nashville American prints the last let ter, or fragment of a letter, written by ex- President Andrew Johnson. It was as fol lows : "greenville, Tenn., June 6, 1875.— Jonx M. Carmack, Esq.—Dear Sir: Your letter of the 9th ult. has been received and and read. I confess I was somewhat sur prised when I received your account of Vice President Wilson's conversation with Gov. Isham Harris and others in regard to what would have been the policy of President Lin coln, if he had lived, etc. In your letter you state that H. Wilson, vice president,—" Here came the fatal stroke. The word "president" was the last ever written by the hand of Andrew Johnson. The letter is written with a lead pencil on ordinary printing paper, such as is generally used for "copy" in newspaper offices, and the ex president was evidently preparing it with the expectation that it would be published. Judge Carmack, oi Memphis, to whom it was addressed, was an old and warm person al friend of the great Tennesseean. He was a prominent member of the Tennessee bar, and one of the most zealous and effective leaders in the movement which, headed by The Memphis Avalanche, secured to ex- President Johnson the support for United- States senator of the Shelby county delega tion to the legislature. The county con trolled ten of the one hundred members, and their votes turned the scale.. Judge Car mack, who was a cousin of Capt. J. R. Mil ler, of Little Rock, died In 1883.—Little Rock Gazzette. Death of The Thunderer's" Editor. [New York World.] The death of Thomas Chenery, the editor of the London Times, is announced. Mr. Chenery was fifty-eight years of age. He was born in Barbadoes and at the time he succeeded Mr. Delane as editor of the Times had just given up the Professorship of Ara bic at Oxford. He was celebrated for his Oriental knowledge, but was not regarded as a thorough journalist. He had learning but no practical knowledge and the Times under his editorship has steadtly lost ground. Of the London newspapers it is fourth or fifth now in the matter of circulation, and its ad vertising patronage—the bulwark of the con cern—is begining to show decadence. The Times is unable to keep up with the modern journalistic competition, and unless new blood is infused into it another generation will find it far in the abject rear. And yet the Times was once thought to be the news paper Gibraltar as well as the Thunderer of the world. The people who were attaehed to it are dying off, and the new constituencies are being gathered by the more active and incisive journals. Mr. Holman. The N. Y. World says: "Mr. Holman, we observe, was again engaged yesterday in pushing through the house an appropriation for the relief of the flood sufferers in the Ohio valley. Mr. Dana says that this is all wrong, highly unconstitutional, ete. But the Ohio river washes the end of Mr. Hol man's district and he knows what he is about. A short while ago the Sun consid ered Mr. Holman too good to waste in the coming contest for the presidency. Can it be possible that he has now drowned his presidential chances in the ragiDg Ohio?" ' SCIENTIFIC MISCELLANY. Efforts are being made to establish a weath er service in China, with the Hong Kong Observatory as its center. Meteorological re gisters are to be systematically kept at the principal ports of the country, and it is ex pected that the Government Astronomer, who is at the head of the project, will ulti mately be able to give forecasts of the weath er and to furnish information to marines which will greatly lessen the dangers of their voyages. In 1881 the International Polar confer ence was organized in St. Petersburg, and planned the scientific expeditions whieh were sent by various governments to fourteen points within or near the Arctic circle. These expeditions were to make meteorolog ical and other observations during the year ending with August, 1883. A meeting of the conference is to be held at Vienna in May of the present year to receive reports of the work done by the observers. Mr. C. W. Heaton, an English chemist, has analyzed a sample of water from the fa mous Hagar's Well, at Mecca—to which thousands of Mohammedan pilgrims resort annually—and reports that the water is a most dangerous compound, containing an extraordinarily large proportion of filth. The total amount of solid matter found in a gal lon of it was more than twenty-five times as great as that found in a like quantity of the water from the Thames river. Physicists have lately been trying to deter mine by experiment whether the electricity of thunder storms is generated either by the evaporation of water or by the condensation of vapor. Freeman and Blake have each ob tained results which indicate that no elec tricity is produced by the evaporation of pure water; and Mr. S. Kalischer has sinee made some investigations with delicate appa ratus which have failed to show that con densation of vapor or the formation of hail is a source of atmospheric electricity. The pulse-beats of a criminal during ex ecution by hanging have been recorded. After the rope was adjusted the pulse-rate was 121; immediately after the drop it fell to 54, 52, 39, 20, and 10, and to 0 in the fifth minute; but the sixth minute it rose to 70; then to 73; eighth minute, 0; ninth, 34; after this no pulse was perceptible in the arteries, but the heart beat two or three times between the ninth and nineteenth minutes, and once in the nineteenth minute. The death was from strangulation, the neck not being dis located. Our stock of knowledge of the animal kingdom is increasing very rapidly. The number of mamals is now estimated at about 1200, of birds 7500, of reptiles 2000, and of fishes 10,000 —making a total of about 20, 000 species belonging to the higher classes. Near the close of the seventeenth century these groups of animals —now known as ver tebrates—were thought to include a total of about 1600 species. As naturalists have be come familiar with the invertebrates their list of those creatures has become enormous. Of beetles alone the museums of the world contain over 100,000 species, while the best estimates place the total number of distinct forms of insects at more than 500,000. The whole animal kingdom is believed to em brace about 1,000,000 species. The results of a hydrographic survey made in the Straits of Sunda since the volcanic eruption of last August have been given by M. C. van Doom. It appears that the south ern part of the peak of Krakatoa yet remains unchanged, and rises', with an almost per pendicular northern edge, to a height of more than 1500 . feet above the sea. The northern part of the island, however, has en tirely dissappeared, and soundings on the place where it has stood reached a depth of 1800 feet without touching bottom. The last ground of Krakatoa is evidently found a few wiles to the nortH, where the depth of the water has been greatly diminished and one old island has been much enlarged, while several new ones have appeared above the surface. The entire examination of the north of Krakatoa suggested the idea that the surveying ship was above a crater which had been filled with water and quenched by it. Out of the 700 species of solanum known to botanists, according to a paper read by Mr. J. G. Baker before a recent meeting of the Linnean Society of London, there arc onlv about six which produce tubers, and only one of these, the common potato sola num tuberosum, has yet been cultivated. The native home of the potato is in the dry and elevated parts of Chili. In other por portions of the same country is found anoth er species, S. Maglia, which should be much better adadted to general cultivation, as it grows in moist places. As long ago as 1826 the cultivation of this species in England was attempted, with most promising results, but was believed to' be identical with the com mon potato. Another species, S. Commer soni, from the eastern part of South Ameri ca, is now being cultivated experimentally in France, and is likewise suitable for damp soil; while a third wild species, S. Jamesii, is being tried in the United States. This last species is the one which Mr. J. G. Lemmon discovered in southeastern Arizona in 1881. A French meteorologist has planted in the ground near his house two bars of iron, from which wires run to a telephone receiver. The earth currents which are indicated by sounds in the telephone never fail to give notice to the observer, who consults the ap paratus several times a day, of the approach of a storm from twelve to fifteen hours in ad vance. Narroto Escape of a Cunarder. [Letter to Boston .Journal.] The leaning of the pttblie mind toward a determination to find a victim for public cen sure who shall be held responsible for the loss of the Columbus inclines me to send you a statement that may in some way modify the existing state of things concerning tbe late wreck. In the summer of 1867 I took passage in the China, of the Cunard Line, for Liverpool. We had a very dismal run across the Atlantic, rain alternating with thick fog for twelve days, the ship rolling incessantly, and every night becoming a new horror in the constantly increasing fear that some thing would happen to the steamer. Fastnet Light, off the coast of Ireland, was seen for a few minutes during a fog-lift on the evening of the thirteenth day, and the captain told us, one and all, that our wretched passage would soon be over. The night that followed was densely black and very stormy, but the ship was under full sail, and was driven through tremendous seas with all steam on. I turned in about 10 o'clock and slept, I should say, two hours, when an irresistable—and to this day unac countable—influence compelled me to get up and dress myself. The ship rolled fearfully, but I managed to reach the deck and to grope my way, hand over hand, by the deck railing to the smoke-pipe, where I stood a few min utes, thoroughly appalled at the blackness of the night and the mad plunging of the ves sel. Suddenly this terrific cry came up from the deck below me:B"God Almighty help us! we're going ashore. Put the ship about." I faintly saw the white waving of an arm in a shirt sleeve, and the next minute was thrown from my feet by the sudden change of the -ship's course, brought about by an officer's telegram to the the wheelhouse. Everything was in instant confusion, not bettered by the fact that the dark rocks of the Irish coast were plaiiily visible to many of the •frightened passengers. The ship shook like a reed in the fierce wind that blew, for every sail was aback, and headway seemed utterly impossible to make. It was a long time before the vessel answered her helm, and nothing but tbe naval discipline of the sailors saved the China from becoming a total wreck. I may here mention that the captain of the ship Three Bells—the savior of the San Fran cisco's passengers after she was dismasted— was with us, and he assured us that in all his long life as a sailor he never had so narrow an escape from instant death. The ship was nearly upon the rocks, and at the rate she was going she would have smashed her self to pieces in a very short time. -After breakfast the next day Mfene one said: "Let us have up the man who gave the alarm;" for we had learned that the man I saw at midnight was s steerage passenger: and soon he appeared among us, a gnj haired son of the sea, seventy years of age, or thereabout, who modestly said to us as we gathered about him: "Good friends, give thanks to God, and do not praise me. I only smelled the land growing nearer and nearer, and was but His humble instrument to save you." The fact is we were drawn in some mys terious manner eight miles ont of onrcourse- Captain Hockley was widely censured by the London papers, and has never been seen, so I have heard, upon the ocean since. Possi bly the magnetism of the land, or the effect of the iron and steel in the ship's construc tion, or some powerful element of the stormy atmosphere, produced a deviation of the needle of the compass, and perhaps counter currents or other contrary forces of resistless tides made the great ship a plaything for the treacherous seas, SHAMMING FOR TWENTY YEARS. Fanny Jordan's Remarkable Imposture Investigated by an English Coroner. | London Standard.] Mr. T. T. Delasaux, coroner, held an in quest yesterday at Whitestable, on the body of Frances Wood^ alias Fanny Jordan, aged thirty-five. She had for over twenty years carried out the imposture of pretending to be a confirmed invalid and bedridden, and stated that she had been stricken black in the face by a marvelous visitation. She elicited much sympathy and charitable help in this way. Harriet Jordan, mother of the deceased, said that her daughter was au illegitimate child, the father being Edward Jordan, wit ness' husband's brother. Witness' daughter had never been very strong. When she was fourteen years of age she was afflicted with typhoid fever, and when she got better she went to a situation, but did not stay lon_f. When she was 15 years of age she had fright. A deaf and dumb man used to come to the house, and she was always alarmed at him. On one occasion she saw him with a large knife in his hand, and she was so frightened that she was never well afterward. She was for eight weeks an out-patient of the Rent and Canterbury hospital, and after that she took to her bed. She could not eat any thing that was solid, but lived upon wine, brandy, custards, jellies, sponge cakes, and oysters. She vomited everything, aud bud other peculiar symptoms. She was apparent ly paralyzed, with the exception of one hand but with this hand she could write letters. For many years her face had been almost black, with the exception of a white streak down the nose. Witness had never sus pected all this time that her daughter had been practicing a wicked deception, but a fortnight ago she confessed that she had done so, and had carried on the imposture for twenty years. Witness happened to say to her: "Fanny, you don't seem happy, have you anything on your mind?" She said she had a load on her mind, and then she confessed that she had never been par alyzed, that she had the use of both hands, and that the dark line on her face was arti ficialty produced, she having blackened it by means of burnt cork. Replying to the jury, Mrs. Jordan said the blackness ol her daughter's face disappeared all at once, and when witness questioned her about it the young woman attributed it to the shock she sustained upon learning that her brother had been committed to prison. All these years witness detected no black marks upon the sheets or pillows of her daughter's bed. She always wore a handkerchief over her face and head, and witness never saw her put it on or take it off. She always threw her handkerchief into the hand-basin herself. Witness never noticed any discoloration of the water. Deceased would have no difficulty in getting corks, be cause she frequently had ginger beer and other bottles. She also had a piece of candle always on hand, as she rubbed her side with tallow. Witness admitted that she had never washed the deceased. Witness used to take water to her daughter for that purpose, but never remained while she washed. Several medical men had seen the patient, but not of late years. Witness did not seek their aid because she thought they could do her daughter no good. She remembered Lady St. Vincent calling to see deceased on one occasion. Witness under stood that her ladyship expressed the opinion that the young woman's face was painted, but witness took no steps to satisfy herself whether or not such was the case. Witness declared emphatically that the deception practiced by her daughter had not been car ried on by her connivance. She had no sus picion of it until her daughterconfeiMed. The coroner said that in his lonjr experi ence as a coroner this was the most extraor dinary case that had come under his notice, and he was bound to say of Mrs. Jordan what he has never said of a witness before— that he did not believe a single syllable of her evidence. Dr. Hayward said he had made a post mor tem examination of the body, and found tubercular disease of the lungs, showing that the woman had suffered from consumption, but of not long standing. If she had re ceived proper treatment her life might have been prolonged. The body was extremely emaciated, and there was not a vestige of fat to be seen, and the muscular tissue had near ly all disappeared. The intestines and blad der were perfectly healthy. Alfred Reeves, a member of the Plymouth Brothers, who had visited the deceased for many years, deposed to a confession made voluntarily by her to him, which was in veri similar terms to that deposed to in Mrs. Jor dan's testimony. Deceased said to him: "Mr. Reeves, I do declare to you before God that my mother knew nothing of this." The jury returned a verdict that the deceas ed died from disease of lungs and consump tion, and they expressed the opinion that gross deception had been practised, as well as neglect shown, in not providing sufficient medical attendance. David Dudley/ Field's Birthday. [Washington Letter.] Justice Field, of the supreme court, cele. brated the seventy-ninth anniversary of the birth of his brother, David Dudley Field, of Sew York, by a dinner party February 13. The table was laid with twenty covers and decorated with roses. The menu was printed on satin and the gilt-embossed name cards bore colored fruits in relief. Mrs. Field sat at one end of the table, with President Ar thur at her right and Chief Justice Waite at her left, and Justice Field, at the opposite end, had Senator Edmunds at one side and Speaker Carlisle at the other. Mr. Cyrus Field and Rev. Henry Field completed the group of brothers, and Mrs. Dudley Field, Jr., was the only lady at the table beside the hostess. The other guests were Justice Har lan, Senator Gibson, Representative Dors heimer, Justice Gray, Secretary Freling huysen, Justice Blatchford, Representative Randall, Representative Randolph Tucker and Senator Bayard. Becoming Acquainted. [From the Arkansaw Traveller.] Two old negroes become acquainted in a way that shames formality. Meeting for the first time, they look at! each other. Then one remarks so the other can hear him: "Doan' belebe I knows dat man, but his face is mighty 'miliar." Then tbe other one says: "Seed dat man somewhere, but kaln't place him. Howdy do, generman?" "Porly; how is it wid yesse'f ?" "Porely; thank yer. Whar does yer lib?" "On der Pryor place. Whar does yerse'f 'zibe." "On de Avery place. How's all yer folks?" "Porely, thank yer; how's all widyesse'f ?" "Porely, bleeged ter yer.'^ After this they are old acquaintances, and never fail to greet each other as friends. An experienced buyer of silks says that a good test to secure one from being deceived in the quality of black silk is to pinch a spec imen on th.e bias and afterward pull it in an opposite direction. H the crease made by the pinch looks like a similar fold in a piece of writing paper, reject the piece unhesitat ingly. On the contrary, if the mark smooths out and is hardly distinguishable, it is safe to purchase. It is also advised that before making up a silk it is an excellent plan to open it the full length, and heap it up in loose folda on a spgre bed or large table.. Every few days the silk should be lightly tossed about, and drawn through the hands, by which means the "store 7' creases made by folding the silk flat, and which are the j first parts to cut, become less accentuated, j nd a pliability is produced that greatly in- j creases the chances of satisfactory wear. CITY NOTICE, Notice for Judgment Ofttcf. of the Citt Treasurer, I St. Paul, Minn., Feb. 18,1884. f I will make application to the District Conrt, in and for the county of Ramsey, and State of Minnesota, at the special term held Saturday, March 8, 1884, at the Court Hoow, in St. Paul, Minnesota, for judgments against the several lots and real estate embraced in a warrant in my hands for the collection of unpaid assessments, with interest and costs thereon for the hereinaf-* ter named special reassessments. All in the city of St. Paul, county of Ramsey, and State of Minnesota, when and where all per sons interested may attend and be heard. The owners and description of lots and real estate are as follows: Reassessment for Paving Waba shaw street, from Third street to College avenue. Davidson & Merriam's Sudivision of Lots 1 and 2, Block 22, St. Paul Proper. Supposed owner and Am't of description. Lot. As*'mt. R D Sherman 2 $120 UO St. Paul Proper. Supposed owner and Am't of description. Lot. Block. Assm't. E P Lewis, S23H ftof N73>j ft of 1 8( Same. S88K ft of N 73M of 2 8 ) 108 00 Pat Kei^her, N 30 ft of S 50 ftof 1 8| Sam.-.N lit) ft of S 50 ft of.. 2 8 ) 130 75 B Jc C II Sherman, N 100 ft of 8 9 ) Same, X 100 ft of 7 9 ) 454 50 R P Lewis, X 19 5-12 ft of S 59 5-12 ft of 8 0 ) Same.X 195-12 ftof S595-12 V 90 00 ftof 7 0) John Sutton, S 30 ft of N 50 ftof , 9 C I Same, N 50 ft of 10 G\ 130 75 Bazille & Guerin's Addition. Supposed owner and Am't of description. Lot. Block. Ass'mt B F Sherman 1 11 $225 00 P Mc.Mamis, S .1 of E % of 8 11 112 50 D H Valentine 7 7 075 00 Frank Breuer ,N 3* of S 54 1 of 1 8 Same, N U of S y t of .2 8 \ 225 00 Same, N »/ 2 of S Jtf of 1 8 Same, N »/i of S X ot 8 8 J 3 W Cunningham, N 25 ft of 1 S 100 ft 12 8 V 112 50 Same, X 25 ft of S 100 ft of 11 8 ) Xininger & Whiting 1 2J Same 2 2\ 750 00 I Achilles S;J7 l/j ftof 0 1 j Same, S 37! i ft of 5 IV 187 00 Same, S 37 .j ftof 4 \) All in the City of St. Paul, County of Ramsey State of Minnesota. 50-54 (;EORGE REIS, City Treasurer. WASHINGfONfl;M. Insurance Company. PRINCIPAL OFFICE, BOSTON, MASS, Isaac Sweetser President. A. W Damon Secretary. Agency iuoftlce of St. Paul Fire ic Marine Ins. Co. Cask Capitai7$l,000,000. i. aaana. Loans secured by mortgages on real estate $84,960 00 Market value of all bonds and stocks 1,125,310 31 Loans secured by bonds and stocks as collateral 102,400 00 Cash on hand and in bank 148,490 I IS Premiums in course of collection... 134,0').-) 98 Allother assets 4,784 00 Total admitted assets $1,595,550 32 II. LIABILITIES. Capital stock paid up $1,000,000 00 Reserve for reinsurance 270,770 40 I'npaid losses 113.4-12 00 Other liabilities 21,571 88 Total liabilities, including capital $1,411,789 73 Net surplus 183,700 02 III. INCOME in 1883. From premiums received $505,434 77 From interest and dividends 49,890 98 Total income $555,331 75 IV. EXPEXDITURES IN 1883. Losses paid $319,980~09 Dividends 20,000 00 Commissions and brokerage 80,519 58 Salaries of officers aud employes.. 18,552 22 Taxes 11,996 03 All other expenditures 25,242 04 Total expenditures $482,291 70 V. MISCELLANEOUS. Total risks in force Dec. 31, '83.. .$37,345,500 00 BUSINESS IN MIXXESOTA IN 1883—EIRE. Risks written $794,995 00 Premiums received 11,939 30 Losses paid 1,050 84 Losses incurred 10,415 84 STATE OF MINNESOTA, 1 Department op Insurance, V St. Paul, February, 1884. ) I, A. R. McGill, Insnrance Commissioner of the State of Minnesota, do hereby certify that the Washington Fire and Marine Insurance Company above named, has complied with the laws of this state relating to insurance, and is now fully em powered through its authorized agents to trans act its appropriate business of fire insurance, in this state for the year ending January 31st, 1885. A. R. McGILL, Insurance Commissioner. New Hampshire Fire Insurance Company. PRINCIPAL OFFICE, MANCHESTER, N. II. J. A. Weston President. J. C. French Secretary. Agency in office of St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. Cash CapihT$500,000. I. ASSETS. Loans secured by mortgages on real estate $88,246 86 Market value of all bonds and stocks 680,092 00 Loans secured by bonds and stocks as collateral 88,629 17 Cash on hand and m bank 70,348 50 Premiums in course of collection.. 25,84:. 40 All other assets 5,988 00 Total admitted assets $905,147 93 II. LIABILITIES. Capital stock paid up $500,000 00 Reserve for reinsurance 227,985 28 Unpaid losses 31,000 00 Total liabilities, including capital $758,095 28 Net surplus $206,162 65 III. INCOME in 1883. From premiums received $437,792 07 From interest and dividends 45,544 40 Total income $483,336 47 rv. expenditures in 1883. Losses paid $254,245 05 Dividends 40,000 00 Commissions and brokerage 85,099 00 Salaries of officers and employes... 16,731 10 Taxes 14,099 91 All other expenditures 24,889 57 Total expenditures $435,004 75 v. MISCELLANEOUS. Total risks in force Dec. 31,1883. .$37,874,200 00 BUSINESS IN MINNESOTA IN 1883—FIRE. Rijks written $548,600 00 Premiums received 6,600 01 Losses paid _. 5,061 69 Losses incurred 8,109 04 STATE OF MINNESOTA, ) Department op Insurance, /■ St. Paul, February, 1884. ) * I, A. R. McGill, Insurance Commissioner of the State of Minnesota, do hereby certify that the New Hampshire Fire Insurance Insurance Co. above named, has comp. ed with the laws of this state relating to insurance, and is now fully em powered through its authorized agents to trans act its appropriate business of fire insurance, in this state for the year ending January 31st, 1885. A. R. McGILL, Insurance Commissioner. A TRIUMPH OF SKILL. Dr. Frieda ■"special « EXTRACTS Prepared from Select FruiU that yield the finest Flavors. Have been used for years. Be come TJie Standard Flavoring Extracts. None of Greater Strength. None of such Perfect Purity. Always certain to im part to Cakes. Puddings, Sauces, the natural Flavor of the Fruit. MANUFACTURED BY STEELE & PRICE, Chicago, 111., and St. Louis, Mo., Baiter, af Lupulln Ytait U«n>, Dr. Prlca's Cr*ua Btklsg Powdrr, sad Dr. Pries'! Catqa* .Vr fum... WE MAKE NO SECOND CRADE COOOS. DAPILION ICOUGH CURE Can be administered to Infant* without the illghteit danger. It does not contain drugs or ehemlcali, but It b harmless vegetable syrup, very delicious to the taite, that relieves and positively cures WHOOPING COCGH at once, and Is a permanent cure f;.r Bronchial or Win ter Cough. Bronchitis and Pulmonary Catarrh. FAFILLON j-LOOD CURE. For all diseases of the Liver. Stomach. Bowels and Kidneys, this medicine Is au absolute cure. Especially for Sick Headache. Constipation and Female Weak, ness. It docs not nauseate or derange the stomach. PAPILLOH CATARRH CURE.~ _/_ unfailing means of curing Nasal CaUrrh. by Insuff lation. Ordinary Catarrh. Cold iu the He:.J, Bronchial Catarrh and Hay Fever, yield almost Instantly to thl* sovereign remedy. It does not Irritate the nostrils. FAJPlliOlTsKINCUl^ Plmples.Redneas.Blotches. Scurf and Roughness, vanish as if by magic; while old enduring Skin Disorders, that have plagued the sufferers for years, however deeply rooted, this remedy will successfully attack them. Sold 1n this city. Price $1.00 per bottle, six for $5.00. Direction* In ten languages accompany every bottle. f' Vi'lULOS MFC CO.. CHICAGO For sale by Kd. II. P.igtis, Mi Musters AUettp, B. & E. Zimmerman, A. 1\ Wilkes and Clark & Frost. INSFRANCE. TRAMS INSURANCE CO. PRINCIPAL OFFICE CHICAGO, ILL. B. Buckingham President. I:. ■.'. Smith Secretary. Agency in Ofliro of St. Paul Fire & Marine Insiinmre C». Cash Capital, 8500,000. I. ASSET". Value of real estate owned $137,195 <*rf .Market value of all bonds and stocks 872,02'. :>o Cash on hand and in hank 08,837 42 Premiums in eoarae of collection... 46.318 M All other assets 41,078 84 Ttftnl nrtmlttrfl niaoti $l,105,378 10 u. liabilities. Capital stock paid np $500,000 00 Reserve for reinsurance 217.462 40 Unpaid losses 44408 81 Other liabilities 41,999 01 Total liabilities, including capital $803,5C:_ 72 Net surplus 301,814 38 III. INCOME IN IMS:!. From premiums received $412.3X0 40 From interest aud dividends 38,927 70 From rents and all other sources... !____: 0,000 00 Total income $-157,308 21 IV. EXPENDITURES 1*^083. Loues paid $217,659 62 Dividends 30,000 00 Commissions and brokerage 71,002 06 Salaries of officers and employes... 87,868 01 Taxes 14,260 4: All other expenditures 11.9.2 -'J. Total expenditures $:.92,760 10 V. MISCELLANEOUS,. Total risks in force Dec. 31, 1888 §30,759,900 00 BUBIXasS IX MINNESOTA IX 1883.—PIKE. IJisk- written $1,034,711 00 Premiums received 21,018,73 IN'LAND, Risks written $48,724 00 Premiums received 202 88 Lo»M8 paid 7,988 01 Losses incurred 13,751 31 STATE OF MINNESOTA. I Department op Insurance, > St. Paul, Febrnary, 1884. ) I, A. K. McGill, Insurance Commissioner of the state of .Minnesota, do hereby certify that the Traders Insurance Company above named, has complied with the laws of this state relating to insurance, and is now fully empowered through its authorized agents to transact its appropriate business of lire and iuland insurance iu this state for the year ending January 31, 1886. A. It. McGILL, Insurance Commissioner. U. S. BRANCH LANCASHIRE Insurance Company. PRINCIPAL OFFICE, SEW YORK CITY. Henry Robertson U. S. Manager. Agency in OHicfl or St Paul Fire & Marine Insurance t'o. I. ASSKTS. Market value of U. S. bonds $1,360,464 12 Cash on hand and in bank 30,349 77 Premiums in course of collection.. 58,500 73 Total admitted assets $1,455,314 02 II. LIABILITIES. Reserve for reinsurance $652,411 83 Unpaid losses 117,081 33 Other liabilities 13,724 91 Total liabilities $318,818 07 Net surplus 041,490 55 III. IXCOME ix 1883. From premiums received $1,091,435 63 From interest and dividends 59,860 57 Total income $1,151,316 20 IV. EXPENDITTRES IN 1883. Losses paid $766,483 41 Commissions and brokerage 167,448 32 Salaries of officers and employes... 153,288 17 Taxes 28,152 38 Total expenditures $1,115,372 28 V. MISCELLANEOUS. Total risks in force Dec. 31,1883. .$119,253,200 00 BUSINESS IX MIXXESOTA IX 1883—PIP.E. Risks written $1,214,915 00 Premiums received 20,914 33 Losses puid 18,360 02 Losses incurred 31,757 02 STATE OF MINNESOTA, | Depaktment of Insurance, > St. Paul, Februry, 1884. . I, A. R. McGill, Insurance Commissioner of the State of Minnesota, do hereby certify that the Lancashire Insurance Company above named, has complied with the laws of this state relating to insurance, and is now fully empowered through its authorized agents to transact its appropriate business of fire insurance, iu this state for the year ending January 31st, 1885. A. R. McGILL, . Insurance Commissioner. 5