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Tho Lincoln County Herald
PUBLISHED AVERT THURSDAY THEO. D. PISHEH. LINCOLN COUNTY HERALD. 9I.OO A TEAR IN ADVANCE Ml NCI. 14 COPIKS ViVti CENTS. VOL. 7. TROY, MO., THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1872. NO. 10. CHAS. MARTIN, Jr., ATTORNEY AT LA IV, TROY, MISSOURI, WILL practice In nil tho Courts of tho Third Judicial District. Special attention civen to the collection of debts. v0n3tf B. W. WHEELER, Attorney at Law and Notary Public, NEW hope, mo. VT7ILI, attend loan; professional buslhess In v v tbo Courts of Lincoln, Warren, I'ike and Montgomery counllca. scp7'71n30yl GEO. Ii. COLLIE II PIIOTOGKAPGK) TRO, MISSOURI. OALLEKY SOUTH OP BALLINOEK'S DIIUO STORE. Photograph Albums and Picture Frames For Salo at Lowest Prices. jiStT Call and look at my pictures. sep7n36 T . J . WEBB) ATTORNEY AT 1A', Tpoy, JIisoviri, WILL promptly attend to legal business. Special attention given to Collecting. Offi.cc with J. D. Allen, in tho old P. 0. building. vGn29yl E. E. SYDXOR, DENTIST, TItOY, MISSOURI, ATTENDS to all kinds of DENTAL WORK, and gunrantcesperfect satisfaction. pir- Ofllcc Front room over C. C. Ransdcll's Hoot and Shoo Store. fcb2l)n8 J. C. GOODRICH. W. W. BIKKHEAD UOOmilCH&RIRKIIEAD, TROY, MISSOURI. DR. UIRKIIEAI) will be In tho offico all tho tlmo. Dr. (iOODHICII will only bo hero from tlmo to time, duo notico nf which will bo given. (las for tho PAINLESS extraction of teeth administered at all times by Dr. llirkbcad. August 31, 1871. vGn26l iii. nr. mcleixaiv, ii. i)., PHYSICIAN AM) SUKKHON, Troy, IVIiHwoixvi. Offico at M. S. Jiallinger's Drug Store. Hi. C. MAGH UDERi attorne at law, cap-aimris, Missouri. Will prnctico In the Courts of tho Third Judical District, v6n5 A. V. .Mr.KEE. VM. FRAZIER. 3KKEE & FRAZIER, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, TROY, MISSOURI Wilt practice In all tho counties of tho Tblrd J ndicidi Circuit, and in the Supremo Court of the Mate. luchl ly WAIIOV & CREECH, ATTOHNUVS AT LAW AND ItliAL KSTAT12 AC! 13 NTH, TROY, MISSOURI. Will practico in oil tho Courts of tho Third Judicial Circuit, and tho Supremo Court of tho fitato. All business entrusted to their care will bo promptly attended to. Offico over Dr. S. T. East's Drug stoic. Offico Hours rromv a- m. to 4 p. in. vol6n2 F. T. WILLIAMS, ATTORNEY AT LAW NOTARY' PU I! LIC, WARRENTOA, HO. January I, 18011 Inly A. II. BUCKNER, ATTOKNdkV AT LAW, ST. CHARLES, TIO., n ill attend to any professional business in tho courts or Lincoln, Warren, Montgomery and St. Charles, and In tho District and buiircmo Courts. vSnlyl UENP.Y QUIOLEY. J EUCJENE N. H0NFIL8 QUIKLEY & BONFILS, ATTORNEYS AT LAW. Conveyancers d-Iieal Estate Agents, TEOY, 3UEO, WILL practice In tho various Courts of tbo Third Judicial Dlstslct (Pike, Warren, Montgomery and Lincoln). Having been en- iraired for two vpnra rui.f In m,vtnn nn nk.t...i of title of all real cstato in Lincoln county, thoy uu.v pvuuimr uicimius lor lurnisnmg ai snort notice a complete abstract of title of all tbo onus in sniu oouniT. July 28. 1870. SIXTY-FIVE FIRST PRIZE MED ALS AWARDED. THE GREAT UBaltimore Piano J Manufactory. WM.KNABE&CO., GRAND SQUARE AM) UPRIGHT FORTES Batimore, Md. These instruments bavo been before the Publlo for nearly Thirty Ycors, and upon their excel lence alone attained an m7fflrcfla;re-Miicii, nM,iu jiiuuuuiieu iuciu uncnuaietx in TONE, TOUCH, WORKMANSHIP Aud DUUABILITY. All our Square Pianos have our New Im proved OviRSTRVno Scai.k and Agraile Treble, would call special attention to ou' late Improvements In (IRANI) PIANOS and SQUARE GRANDS, found in no other l lano, which bring tbo Piano ncaror Perfection than has yet been attained, tvery Piano I'ullv Warranted for Plvo in Years. Illustrated Catalogues and Prlco Lists prompt ly furnished on application to A, I-SVr KABK Haltlmorc, SW. nf ??' rBl" establlsk.d ageacics. CHRISTIAN INSTITUTE FOR Males and Females, TROY, IfflSSUORI, THE SECOND TERM OF THE SIXTH AN NUAL SESSION of Troy Christian Insti tute, will comuicnco on MONDAY. FEBRUARY, 12, 1872, and close on Wednesday, Juno 20th. TERMS FOR TWENTY WEEKS. Boarding $75.00 Colleglato Dopartmens 20.00 Academic " 15,00 Primary " 7,50 Contingent Too 1.00 German, French, Music, Drawing n-t Book keeping, extra. Wo havo inorcasod our Faculty by tho addi tion of ono or moro tonchcrs, and feel ablo, under present arrangements, to glvo Stulcnts all tho ndvantngo they will havo elsewhere. Wo havo room In tho Boarding department for a largo number of boarders, and It Students oro entrusted to our cxcluslvo care, both In the school and In tho lamlly, wo will bo rcsponsitlo for their mors! culturo whllo with us. By en trusting children to us, parencs may fed assured that they will bo as carefully guarded as at their own homes. Wo want Active, Earnest young Men uml I.ndics, who roaliio the Importance of lire, and appreciate good advantages. J-AS- Ono half of nil bills nro duo when the Student enters s remainder at eloso of Term. We Insist cm the observance of tills re quirement. Charges dato from beginning of Term, except on special contract. No deduction savo for pro tracted sickness. Addrcs J. R. GAFF, A. M.f JPresident. Bras-was TO HOUSEWIVES I TROY BAKERY. rTMIIS BAKERY WILL SUPPLY YOU WITH Light, Health. ill Rreatl, Cheaper than you can make it, and save you the vexation of often seeing all your i east and Dough turn out badly. Tho spring and summer season will soon bo here, and In order to mako it proQtablc to ray customers by furnishing them bread cheaper than they havo heretofore been nblo to get it, I will selr tickets, each of which will bo good for a ten cent loaf of bread, at tho rato of 1.1 for $1, thus giving $1.30 worth of bread for a dollar. MY STOCK OF CON PECTIOXERIES IS LARGE AND VARIED, AND I KEEP THE FINER QUALITIES AS WELL AS STICK CANDIES. Also, Figs, Raisins, if-c, and all kinds of Cakes Found, Sponge, Lemon, Tea, Seotch and Ginger. All kinds of Cakes and Pastries made to order. All orders should be given at least two days in advance. NEW OPENING! I have just opened out a NEW AND COMPLETE STOCK of Goods in the brick building of Mess. Woolfolk & Creius, adjoining Mr. Withroui's saddle and harness store, and will keep on hand Dry Goods, Clothing, Groceries, COMPLETE STOCK OF Queensware, &c. The Season being short J have determined TO REDUCE FORMER PRICES ON ALL GOODS. As I realised consldciablo loss by the burning of my homo, store and stock, I earnestly call upon all persons who owo ma to settle. I need tho monoy. JOS. HABT. Troy, Mo., Nov. 30,1871. J. B. ALLEN. WM. T. BAKE ALLEN & RAKER, Attorneys-al-Law, Agents Slate Ids. Company and Real Estate Agents, TROY, MISSOURI. WE have a number of good farms for salo, among which are the following: 111 Acres. Farm of Win. Crouch, 1 mile from Troy. Well Improved, SO Acres. Farm of T. II. Elliott, on the mad between Wright City and Truxton, Improvements good. SO Acres. Farm of Eliiah Owlnss. known as tho San. defer place, 6 miles west of Troy, near Mexico road. IO Acres. Belonglnging to tho estate of Jos, Doled, near Chantilla, Office I11 the old P. O. llulldlng ( VT. A. RCKS01I. A0VEKTISK KOtflt BUSINESS IN THE HESW MARK TWAIN. The Humorists Account of his first l.ec ture. I was horns) again, in San Francisco, without totalis and without employment I tortured my brain for a saving scheme of some kind, and at last a public lecture occurred to me I I sat down and wrote one in a fovor of anticipation. I showed it to several friends but they all shook thoir heads. Thoy said nobody would cotne to hear mc, and I would make a humiliating failure of it. They said that as 1 bad never spokon in public 1 would break down in tho delivery, anyhow, I was disconsolate now. But at last an cd itor slapped mo on tho back and told mc to "go ahoad." Ho said, "Tuko the largest house in town, and charge a dol lar a ticket." Tho audacity of tho prop osition was charming ; it seemed fraught with practical wordly wisdom, howevor. 1 ho proprietor ol tho sovcral theatres en dorsKil tho advice, and said I might havo his liandsoma now opera house at half price ulty dollars, in sheer dospora tion I took it cn credit, for sufficient reasons. In threo days I did a hundred and fifty dollars worth of advtrtising and printing, and was the most distressed and frightened creature on the I'acino coast, I coald not sleep who could undor such circumstances? For other pnoplo there was iacetiousnsss in the line ot my poa tcrs, but to mo it was plaintivo with a pang when 1 wrote it : "Doors open at 7A o'clock. Tho trouble will begin at 0, That line has done good scrvico since. I havo seen it apponded to a newspaper advertisement, reminding school pnpils in vacation what tiuio next torm would bogin. As thoso three days of suspense dragged by I grew more and more uti happy. I had sold 200 tickets among tuy personal friends, but I feared thoy might not cotno. iIy lecturo, which had eootned "humorous to mo at first, grew steadily more and more dreary, nil not a vestige of fun seemed lelt, and I grieved that I could not bring a coffin on tho stage aud turn tho thing into a luneral. I wat so panic strickeu at last that I went to throe old lnonns, giants in stature, cordial by nature, and stormy voiced, and said : "This thing is going to be a failure ; tho jokos in it aro so dim that nobody will ever ecc them. I would like to have you sit in tbo parquetto and help me through. They said thoy would. Thon I went to tho wifo of a prominont citizon, and said that if she was willing to do mo a very great kindness I would be glad if she aud her husband would sit promi nentlyjn the left hand stago box, where the whole bouso could see them. 1 ox plained that I should need help, and would turn toward nor and smile, as signal, whon I had delivered an obscure joke "aud then," I answerod, "don't wait to investigate, but respond I She promised, Down tho street met a man I had never seen before, lie had been drinking, and was beaming with smiles and good nature. lie said: "My name is bawyer. iou don t know me, but that don't matter. 1 haven't a cent, but if you know how bad I wanted to laugh, you d give mo ticket, Come, now, what do you say ?" "Is your laugh hung on a hair-trigger ? that is, is it critical, or can you get it off easy r My drawling infirmity of speech so a I' fected him that he laughed a specimen or two that struct me as being about tho article I wanted, aud I gavo him a ticket. and appointed him to sit in tho second circle in the centor and bo rcsponsiblo for that division of the house. X gave him minute instructions about how to detect indistinct jokes, and then wont away and lett him chuckling plaoidly over tho nov elty of tho idea. 1 ato nothing on tbo last three ovont- ful days I only suffered, I had adver tised that on the third day the office would be opened for tho salo of re6orved seats. I crept down to tho theatre at four o'clock in the afternoon to see if any sales had been made. Tho ticket seller was sono, the box-office looked up 1 nau to swallow suddenly or my heart would have got out. "No sales," I said to myself. I might have known it. I thought of suicide, pretended illness, flight. I thought of these things in earnest, for 1 was very miserable and scared. But cf course I had to drive them away and prepare to meet my fate I could not wait for half-past seven : I wanted to face tbo horror and end it tho feeling of many a man doomed to be hung, no doubt, I went down a back street at b!x o'cloek, and entered the the atre by the back door. I stumbled my way in the dark among tho ranks of can vass scenery and stood on tho etage, The house was gloomy and Bilent, and its emptiness depressing, I went into the dark among the scenes again, and for an hour and a half gave myaolf up to the horros, wholly unconscious of everything elso. Than I heard u murmur ; it rose higher and higher, and ended with a crash, mingled with cheers. It made my hair rise, it was so oloso to mo and so loud. Thoro was a pause, and then an other ; presently camo a third, and be fore I well knew what I was about I was in the uiiddlo of tho stage, staring at a sea of faces, bewildered by tho fierce glare of lights, and quaking in every limb with a terror that seemed like to take my life away. Tho house was full aisle and all I The tumult in my heart, and brain, and legs continued a full miuuta beforo I oould gain any command over my soil'. Then I rocognizod thu obarity and friend liness in the faces beforo mo, and littlo by little wy fright melted away, and I tega U talk. Within three ot fo minutes I was comfortablo and even eon- tont. My threo chief allies, with three auxiliaries, were on hand, in the rar- quettto, all sitting together, all armed with bludgeons, and all ready lo make an onslaught upon the feoblest joke that might show its head. And wbtnevor a joko did tall, their bludgeons camo down and their faces seemed to split from ear to ear. t-awyer, whose hearty couute nanco was seen looming redly in the ccntro of the circle, took it up and tho honso was carried handsomely. Inferior jokes never fared so royally beforo Presently I delivered a bit of pcrious matter with impressive unction, (it was my pot), and the audience- listened with an absorbed hush that gratified mo moro than any npplauie. Just as I dropped tho last word ot the clause I happoncd to turn and catch Jlrs. s intent and wait ing eye ; my conversation with her flashed upon me, and in spite of all I could do I smiled. She took it for tin signal, and promptly delivered a mallow laugh that touched oil tho wholo audience, and the explosion that followed was the triumph of the evening I 1 thought that that honest man lawyer would choko himself; and as for the bludgoons, they performed liko pile-drivers. But my poor little morsel of pathos was ruined. It was taken. in good faith as an intentional joke, and tho prize one ot tho entertainment, and I wisely let it go at that. All the papers were kind in the morn ing; my nppctito returned ; I lmd abund ance of money. "All's well that ends well." A Modem Wile. "You're a pretty girl to be married,' said an aged aunt to her nice. ' hy, what do you know about houjc-keopiug just from a boarding-school ? I am ture your husbind will have need of a mint of money.' 'Lai aunl, I expect to board; you need not think I shall bother my head about domestic affairs. Fvcrybody now boards, who gets married genteelly, the first year." "What shall you pay a wcok for such kind of living?' inquired the aunt. Mr. Hyde says that he can get first class board and accommodations for (if teen dollars ; two rooms beautifully situ atcd ; and I am suro that is cheap.' 'AVhat is Hyde's salary ?' 'Why, six hundrod dollars now, and tho promise of promotion perhaps eight hundred dollars bctoro tbo year is out. 'So you aro going to live on tho 'per hops,' aro you? Now, let mo tell you, Susio. you talk foolishly. If your hus band is at present receiving six hundred dollars a year, lay by ono hundred. It will be foolish to live beyond your in come.' 'Why, ount, nobody will respect us if we do not livo as stylish as other pcoplo begin. 'True child, and that is what lam try ing to impress you.' Tho year passed away. Susio lived in stylo, paid fifteen dollars for board, ro ceived her genteel acquaintances, worked some fancy netting, drew a few skotches from old paintings, grow tired of board ing, determined upon fashionablo house keeping, when, lot a defalcation camo out. Hyde had embezzled his em player's money, was arrested, held to bail, and the penitentiary stared him in the face. SuBie did not believe him guilty ; they always lived so economically that it could not be true I Hut bo was proved guilty at the trial and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of years. 'How come you to do so, Hyde ?' asked the good old aunt. 'To please my wife's fancy,' was the reply. 'Sho wanted to livo like other people and I wishod to gratify her, and to do so committed my breach of trust,' Tho broken hartcd wifo lamented the beginning she had made, when, alas I it was too late. She now lives at her father's, with a worse thun widow's sorrow to harrow her fe1ings. The plain road to ruin is here olearly marked out. Wo seo wbat must have bceu tho result of such a course, but aro not thousands of others sacrificing thoir hus band's reputation by less obvious but still as ruinous coursos of extravagance? Away with the ruinous thought that gentility demands sush a sacrifice! If you vuluo tho good opinion of truly worthy people, you will not sacrifice your integrity at the shrine uf shoddy gentility ; for they aro always favorably impressed by prudence and economy in tho young. 'Cut your garments to suit your cloth,' is an old maxim, but the sen timent is as good now as in the olden times. A life of gaudy show may do for a butterfly, but not for a man or woman who expects to survivo one sea-1 son. The wife should trv to aid tho hus band in tho toils of life, and honost in dustry hardly evor fails to be rowurded with a competency and contentment. J.ll'IIUUgU, t 'Tis distanco lends enchantment to viow. An old Dutohmao, who some years ago was eleoted a member of tho Canadian Legislature, said in his broken English stylo : " Ven I vent to the Leoh. islature I thought I would find deni ll Solomons dcre, but I soon found dere vai tome at piok feols dero ai I vas." An old criminal was ones asked what was the first stop that led to his ruin, and be jnBwered : "The first step was oboat in a printer out of two years subscrip tion, Whon I bad done that, tho devil got such a hold on mi thai I eotld mtm aftoivtrdt shake km . A Leap Tear Ball. They bad a leap year ball at Wellsville, Montgomery county, on tho 'i'ZA ult. Wo olip the following humorous account of it from tho i'laindcalor : Tho Leap Year Ball given by the young ladies of Wellsville on the evening of tho 22d, was a complete success, and was heartily anjoyed by all present. Tho whole management of tho ball was in the hands of the young ladies and they deserve special credit for tho efliciont manner in which tho programme for tho evening was carried out. It is customary on all festive occasions to givo a descrip tion of the ladies' toilets, but at leap year parties, this rulo, wo beliove is ro versed and the make ups of the gentle men becomo fit subjects of comment. Soino of the costumes worn on this occa sion wcro so beautiful and singularly appropriate, that wo must essay a briof description ot some ot them : Mr 0. II. W 0 was becomingly at tired in an elegant dress of imported flour sack's, with over dross ol same tastefully trimmed with flounces of red cotton flan ncl ; cast iron jewelry ; hair artistically arrunged, and scanted with tho extract of hart.hnrn ; square-toed number elevens, cut low in the instep and high at tho heel. Mr B, O d was magnificently ar rayed in a full suit of sky blue bed tick ing, with Lias folds ; black crape over skirt, cut high in the neck, brown paper collar, corn cob jewelry J hair en regie. Mr. J. T r looked beautiful in aco9tly dres of sea island cotton, trimmed with guipuro lace and pannier to match; brick bat jewelry ; hair fricasecd. Mr. Fi. W 0, a brunctto, woroa eostly and olegantly niado up suit of Japanese oil cloth, cut high in tho back and very low in front, with salo leathej bolt ; mag" nificcut soltairie etoiy mado from Wells ville coal ; hair loose and flowing. Mr. A. L d was decked in a full suit of corn colored hemp lace, over dress to match, trimmed with white cotton cord ; large and flowing bustle, wagon hub jew elry ; hair in curls, tastefully trimmed with artificial sun flowers. Mr. F. 11 U t, (tho belle of tho even ing) was neatly and beautifu-ly attirod in a tight fitting suit of gunny bagging, with box pleated ruillen of ingrain carpeting; Spanish flounces of army blanket, deep pointed cuffs of cross grained muslin ; Grecian bend slippers and palpitators. Sang with lino effect during t lie evening the beautiful aong entitled "Put mo in my little bed." Mr. O. II 0, a blonde, was modestly arrayed in a neat navy blue calico dress, cut hollow, with basque waist and double skirt trimmed with buckskin; tucked Irish linnen chcmizetto; Coon creek dia monds and Germany slippers. Mr. D. W r, of Middletown, woto nn elegant suit of golden brown homespun, with swallow tail, cut double-breasted in tho back, with myrtle green velvet trim mings ; Hickory creek jewelry ; juto chignon, and hurse hair ringlets. Mr. F;. B s, of Montgomery City, woro a costly dross xxxx blue denim; with over skirt of cotton batting, decora ted with a bright yellow, and very ex pensive hemp lace; Danville marblo jew elry ; hair a la pig tail. There were many other elegant toilets worn on tho occasion, but our memory will not allow us to mako a definite de scription of them: "l'was but a cuuplo of hours before tho sun mado its appearancu in the east, 'ero tho lights were turned out and all ro turned to their homos, fooling perfectly satisfied with the evenings enjoyment, and the success mado by the young ladies in their efforts to mako the ball ono of the brilliant events of the year. Typo. Two-Seventee.v, Almost. Undo Peter, who flourishes in tho mountains of Vermont as a horso dealer, was called upon tho other day by an amateur of 'equine' who was in search os something fust. Tho result is told as follows: "There," said Uncle Peter, pointing to an auimal in the meadow below the houce, "there, sir, is a mare that would trot her mile in two minutes and seven teen ccconds wero it not for ono thing." "Indeed I" cried his companion. "Yes," continued Uncle Poter, "she is four year old this spring; is in good condition; looks well; is a first rate mare; and she oould go a mile in two seventcon were it not for one thing." "Well, what is that?" "That maro," resumed tho jockey, "is in efory way a good pieco of proporty. She has a heavy mane, a switch tail, trots lair, and yet tboro is one thing only why she can't go a milo in two seventeen." "What in the Old Harry is it then?" cried tho amateur impatiently. "J no dutance is too great for the time 1" was the wags reply. When Gen, Jackson was Prosidont', a heartless clerk in the Treasury Depart ment ran up an indobtness with a poor landlady to S-ri0, and thon turutd her off as ho did every othor creditor. She finally went to the Preiident with her complaint, and asked if he oould not compel the cleric to pay the bill. "Ho offers his note," elio said, "but his note is good for nothing." Said tho Presi dent, "Oct his note and bring it to mo." Tho clerk gavo her tho noto wi'.h tho jeering request "sho would let him know when she got tbo money on it." Taking it to the Prosidont ho wroto "And Jaokson" on the back of it, and told her aha could get the money at tho bank. When it became duo tho olerk refused to pay the nolo, but when ho learnod who the in dorscr was he mado haste o "raise the wind," The next morning bo found u noto on his desk saying that his service! wero o longer repaired ly iht govertii stii-rMl i swe4 hi ligtkt. TERMs UP ADVKNTIftlNr. Ono Sqanro(10 llncs)orless,en Insertion, ..$1 II Each additional Insertion. 1 ,, ? Administrators' Notices A 01 Final Settlement Notice 3 00 Stray Notices (single stray) II CO Each additional stray In same notico . 1 (ID p.' A Liberal Deduction will bt made td yearly advertisers. A Little Sermoi. At a railroad station not long ago one of the beautiful lessons which all should learn was taught in such a natural, simplo way, that none could forget it. It was a bloak, snowy day, the train was late, ladies' room dark and smoky, and tho dozen women, old and young, who sat waiting impatiently, nil looked cross, low spirited or stupid, Just thon a foilorn old woman, shaking with the palsy, camo in with a basket uf littlo wares for sale, and went about mulcly offering them to the sitters. Nobody bought anything, and tho poor old soul stood blinking at the door a minute as if reluctant to go out in the bitter storm again, she turned patiently and poked about the room as if trying to find Bomothing, and then a lady in black, who lay as if asleep on a sofa, opened her oyos, saw the old woman, and instantly asked, in a kind tone. "Have you lost anything, ma'nm 7" "No, dear, I'm looking for the hoatin place, to havo a warm 'fore I go out again. My eyes aro poor, and 1 don't seem to find the furnace nowhere." "Here it is," aud the lady led her to tho steam radiator, placed a chair and showed her how to warm her feet. "Well, now ain't that nice?" said tho old woman, spreading her ragged mittens to dry. "Thaok'eo, dear ; this is proper comfortable, ain't it? Im 'most frozo to day, bein' lame and aching; and not sel ling much made meson of down-hearted." Tho lady smiled, went lo tho counter, bought a cup of tea and some sort of food, carried it herself to the old woman and said, as respectfully and kindly as if the poor soul had been dressed in silk and fur, "Won't you have a cup of hot tea? It's very comforting such a day as this." "Sakcs alive I do they give tea at this depot?" cried the o'd ludy in an innocent surprise, "that made a smile go round the room, touching tho glummest face liko a streak of sunshine 'Well, now, this is just lovely," added the old lady, sipping away with a relish. "J hat docs warm my heart." Whilo sho refreshed herself, telling her story meanwhile, the lady looked over the little waros in the basket, bought soap, and shoestrings; and cheered tbo old soul by paying well for them. As I watched her doing this I thought what a sweet face she had, though I considered her rather plain before. I felt dread fully ashamed of myself that I had grimly shaken my head when tho basket was offered to mo ; and as I saw a look of interest, sympathy aud kindness come into faces around mo, I did wish that I had becu the magician that called it out. It was only a kind word and friendly act; but somehow it brightened that dingy room wonderfully. It changed the faces of a dozen women, and I think it touched a dozen hearts, for I saw many eyes follow tho plain, pale lady with sudden respect ; and whon tho old woman, with many thanks, got up to go, sovcral persons beckoned to her and bought something, as if tbey wanted to repair their negligence, There wag no gentleman present to be impressed by the lady's kind act ; so it was not done for effect, and no possible reward could be received for it excopt tho thanks uf a poor old woman. But that simplo little charity was as good as a sermon, and I think each traveler went on her way better for that half hour in that dreary itatiou. How to Phevent Oil Lamps Bubst l.NU. A lato number of tho Scientific American contains a valuable letter from Professor J. M. Barbour, of La Grange Collego, Missouri, on a very simple de vice for proventing tho bursting of oil lamps. It consists simply in fastening tho burner on with a cork initead of a scrow, when, if an exploiion does take pluoo, the cork will blow out, leaving the lamp aud oil intact. He has experi mented for over twenty years in oxplo sivc gases, and has proved the correct ness of this pluu upwards of five hundred times during his lectures. For instance, ho fills a strong glass decanter of 000 quart capacity with equal volumes of olefiant gas and oxygen, and pluL's the mouth tightly with a cork. When tho gasses are fired it will blow the cork out with a loud explosion and force, but tbo , decanter, which ho holds during the ex periment in his hand, is unharmed. Tho same experiment may be tried with an ordinary lamp with perfect safety. The reason why tho glass does not break is beoauso there is a ready exit for tho force, and there is no necessity for rupture. The olofiant gas aud oxygen exert a greater explosive force than could possi bly toko place with any mixturo of hydro carbon vapor und atmospheric air. Tbo only danger when applied to an oil lamp, would be to throw out tho inflamed wick along with the cork ; the oil according to the Professor's cxperienee, would seldom, if ever ignite. The device is not pat ented, and it appears effective and rea sonable enough to knock all the other patent safety, non-explosive contrivances into tho shade. A Dutch Jmtico iive tho fi.llowini' oath to. witnesses : "Ymi dn nwlnllv swore you tell tho truth, the whole truth, ami naming but the truth, tho best what you oan't." The Democratio central committee of Indiana hav concluded to riolrl n atat convention for tho nomination of state officers. Pveaidenllnl aleetnto nd ilaln. gate itt large to the National convention, on tne iztn 01 June, by which tune the political situation trill bo intelligibly manned out. and Democrats of all shades of oyiulon ennblod to agree upoa a harm onious xtrogrameia ros tuo svs. iiruur.