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An ti impendent Family Newspaper,
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A dtory for Boys.
ACKUTAIN young mastllf being
near dog's estate, his master Judg
ed best to trial and shorten Ills ears.
This the mastill thought hard, and
complained accordingly. But a9 he
grew older and met dogs of various tem
pers, he was often obliged to light for
himself and his rights : then his Bhort
ears gave great advantage, for they fur
nished no hold for his euetnles' teeth,
while the long-eared dogs, whom he hail
formerly envied, came from the fray
torn ami suffering. "Aha!'' said the
mastiff, "my master knew bettor than
I what was good for me." Old Fable,
" Hut why mustn't I V'Buld Towser.
Towser was not a dog, as you might
suppose, but the nickname of a boy.
'Exactly why his schoolfellows should
have chosen this nickname for Tom
Kane I don't know ; perhaps because his
brown, short-nosed face was a little like
a dog'B perhaps because ho was bold
and resolute, n good fighter, and tough
in defence of his rights and opinions. I
. hardly think it was this last reason, how
ever. Boys are not much given to
analyzing character, and are apt to judge
things and people by a happy-go-lucky
iDstinct, which sometimes leads them
right and sometimes wrong. But what
ever the reason may have been, Towser
was Tom's school-name, and stuck to
him through life. Even his wife called
him so when he grew up and had a
wlfo and the last time I saw him, his
little girl was stroking his hair and say
ing, " Papa Towser," In imitation of her
mother. Towser isn't a pretty name,
but it Bounded pretty from baby May's
lips, and I never heard that Tom ob.
jected to the title, either hb man or boy.
But to return to the time when he was
a boy.
"Why mustn't ir he said again.
" All the fellows are going except me,
and I'd like to, ever bo much."
" It isn'ta question of like," answered
'his father, rather grimly. " It's a ques
tion of can and can't. All the other
iioys have rich fathers; or, if not rich,
they are not poor like me. It's well
enough that their sons should go off on
canipiug parties. Twenty-five dollars
here and twenty there isn't much to any
of 'em, but it's a great deal for you. And
what's more, Tom, there's this : that if
they'd take you for nothing, it isn'ta
good thing for you, any way you fix it.
I pay for your schooling, and I paid for
those boxing lessons, and may be, an
other year, I'll manage the subscription
to the boat, for I want you to grow up
strong and ready with your fist, and
your mind, and all parts of you. You'll
have to right your way, my boy, and I
watt you to turn out true grit when the
tussle comes. But when it's a case of
-camping out a week, or extra holidays,
or spending money for circuses and
minstrels and such trash, I shut down.
You'll be all the better off in the end
without this fuu and idling'and getting
.your head full of the idea of always hav
ing "a good time." Work's what
you're meant for, and if you don't
thank me now for bringing you up
tough, you will when you're a man,
with may be a boy of your own."
Mr. Kane was a silent, gruff, long
headed mau, who never wasted words,
and this, the longest speech he had ever
been known to make, impressed Towser
not a little. He did say to himself, in a
grumbling tone, " Pretty hard, I think,
to be cut off so at every turn," but he
aid it softly, and only once, and before
long bis face cleared, and taking his
hat, he went to tell the boys that he
couldn't join the camping party.
" Well, I say it's a confounded
shame!" declared Tom White.
" I call your pa renl mean," Joined in
Archie Berkley.
" You'd better not call him anything
of the kind while I'm around," said
Towser, with on angry look lu his eye",
and Archie shrank and said no more.
Tom was vexed and sore enough at
heart, but he wasn't going to let any
hoy speak disrespectfully of his father.
"I say, though," whispered Harry
Blake, getting ids arm around Tom's
neck, and leading him away from the
others, "I'm reul disappointed, old
fellow. Couldn't It be managed Y I'd
lend you hulf the money."
Harry's mother was a widow, well off,
and very indulgent, and he had more
pocket-money at command than any
one else in the school.
Towser shook his head.
"No use," he said. "Father don't
want me to go, for more reasons than
the money. He says I've got to work
hard all my life, and I'd butter not get
into the way of having good times; It'd
soften mo, and I'd not do so well by-and-by."
" How horrid !" cried Harry with a
shudder. "I'm glad mother doesn't
talk that way."
" Harry Blake was fair and slender,
with auburn hair, which waved iiatur
ally, and a delicate throat as white us a
Tom looked at him with a sort of
rough, pitying tenderness.
" I'm glad, too," he said. " You'd
die If you had to rough It much, Harry.
" I'm tougher, you see. It won't hurt
A Bturdy satisfaction came with these
words that almost made up for the dis
appointment about the camping out.
Still, it was pretty hard to see the
boys start without him. Ten days later
they returned. The mosquitoes were
very thick, they said, and they hudu't
caught so many fish as they expected.
Joe Bryce had hurt his hand with a
gun-lock, and Harry Blake was half
sick with a cold. Still, they had had a
pretty good lime on the whole. Mr.
Kane listened to this report with a dry
twinkle in his eyes.
"Two huudred dollars gone in giving
tweuty young fellows a 'pretty good'
time," he said. " Well, all the fools
aren't dead yet. You stick to what
you're about, Towser, my boy."
And Towser did Btick, not only then,
but again and again as time went on,
and first this scheme and then that was
started for the amusement of the boys.
Now it was an excursion to Boutou; next
the formation of an amateur rifle com
pany ; after that a voyage to the flshing
bauks. Every few months something
was proposed, which fired Toweer's
imagination, and made him' want to
join, but always his father held firm,
and he had no share lu the frolicsi It
seemed hard enough, but Mr. Kane was
kind as well as strict ; he treated his
son as if he were already a man, and
argued with him from a man's point of
view ; so, in Bpite of an occasional out
burst or grumble, Towser did not rebel,
and his life and ideas gradually moulded
themselves to his father's wish.
, At sixteen, while most of the other
boys were fitting for college, Towser left
school and went into the great Perrin
Iron Works, to learn the business of
machine-making. He began at the foot
of theludder; but, being quick-witted
and steady, with -a natural aptitude for
mechanics, he climbed rapidly, and by
the time he was twenty was promoted
to a foremanship. Harry Blake came
home from college soon after, having
graduated with the dignity of a "second
dispute," as a quizzical friend remarked,
and settled at home, to "read law," he
eald, but in reality to practice the flute,
make water-color sketches, and waste a
good deal of time in desultory pursuits
of various kinds. He was a sweet
tempered, gentlemanly fellow.not strong
in health, and not at all fond of study ;
and Tom, who overtopped him by a
head, and with one muscular arm could
manage him like a child, felt for him
the tender deference which strength
often pays to weakness. It was almost
as if Harry had been a girl ; but Tom.
never thought of it in that light.
So matters went on until Towser was
twenty-one and beginning to hope for
another rise in position, when suddenly
a great black cloud swooped down on
the l'en In Iron Works, I don't mean
a real cloud, but a cloud of trouble. All
the country felt Its dark influence.
Banks stopped puyment, merchants
failed, stocks lost their value, no one
knew what or whom to trust, and the
wheels of Industry everywhere' were at a
standstill. Among the rest the Perrin
Company was forced to suspend work
and discharge Its hands. Tom was a
trusted fellow, and so much in the
confldencu of his employers us to know
for some time beforehand of tlie change
that was coming. He staid to the end,
to help wind up books and put mutters
In order, and he and Mr. Perrin were
the last persons to walk out of the big
" Good by, Tom," said Mr. lVrrln, us
he turned the key in the heavy lock,
uud stopped a moment to shake hands.
" You've done well by us, uud If things
are ever so that we can take another
Blurt, we'll do well by you In turn."
They shook hands, mid Tom walked
away, with a month's wages In his
pocket and no particular Idea what to
do next. Was lie down hearted ? Not
at all. There was something somewhere
that lie could do ; that he was sure of;
and although lie looked grave, he
whistled cheerily enough us ho marched
Suddenly turning a comer, he ran
upon Hurry Blake, walking In a listless,
dejected way, which at once caught his
"Halloo what's upV" Inquired Tom.
" Haven't you heard ?" replied Harry,
lu a melancholy. voice. " The Tiverton
Bank has gone to smash, with most of
our money in it."
" Your money I"
"My mother's. It's the same thing
"Was It much? Is the bank gone
for good V"
"Sure smash, they eny, and seven
eights of all we had."
Tom gave a whistle of dismay.
"Well, Harry, what next?" he de
manded. " Have you thought of any
thing to do '("'
"No. What can I do V" Harry's
voice sounded hopeless enough.
What could Harry do V Tom, who
had never wasted a night's sleep over
his own future, lay awake more than
once debating this question. Hard times
were hard times to him, as well as to
everybody else, but he had a little
money luld by; his habits were simple,
and to pinch for a while cost him small
Buffering; besides, he could turn his
hand to almost anything but poor
Harry, pne plan after another sug
gested itself and was proposed, but euch
in turn proved a failure. Harry lacked
bodily strength for one position, for
another he had not the requisite train
ing, still another was unsulted to his
taste, and a fourth sounded so "ungen
teel," thut his mother would not listen
to It. It would break her heart, she
said. Tom himself got a temporary
place in a locomotive-shop, which tided
him over the crisis, and enabled
him to lend a helping hand, not to
Harry only, but to one or two other old
comrades whose families hud lost every
thing and were in extremity. But thete
small aids were not enough. Permanent
situations were what were needed. At
last Harry obtained a clerkship in a
drug-store. He disliked it, and his
mother hated it, but nothing better
offered, and it is to his credit that be did
the work well and diligently, and only
relieved his mind by private grumblings
to Towser in the evenings.
" I'll tell you what," said Tom one
night, after patiently listening to one
of these lamentations, "you boys used to
think my father strict with me when
we were at school together, but I've
come to the conclusion that he was a
wise man. Where should I be now if
I'd grown up soft and easily hurt, like
you ? Giving knocks and taking knocks
that's what a business man's life is,
and it's a good thing to be toughened
for it. I used to feel hard to iny father
about it, too, sometimes, but I thank
him heartily now" and he held out his
brown, strong hand, and looked at It
curiously and affectionately. Well he
might. Those hands were keys to pick
Fortune's locks with only I'm afraid
Towser's mind was hardly up to such a
"You're right," said Harry, after
thinking a little, "and your father was
right. You're truo grit, Towser up to
any work that comes along, and sure to
succeed, while I'm as easily knocked
down as a girl. I only wish I'd had a
wise father and been raised tough, like
Hurry has repeated this wish a good
many times In the year that have pars
ed since then. Idfe has gone hardly
with him, and business has always been
distasteful, but he has kept on steadily,
ami his position lias Improved, thanks
to Tom's advice and help. Tom himself
Is a rich man now, He was long since
taken In as a partner by the Perrin
Company, which re opened its works
the year afler the panic, and Is doing
an Immense business. He makes a
sharp and energetic malinger, but his
open-handedness and open-heurtedness
grow with his growth, and prosperity
only furnishes wider opportunity for a
wise kindness to those who are less
fortunate. Ills own good fortune he
always ascribes to his father's energetic
training, and Mr. Kane, who is an
elderly man now, likes to nod his head
and reply : " I told you so, my boy ; I
told you so. A habit of honest work Is
the best luck and the best fori line u man
can have."
A Curious Animal.
On the furm of W. 1). Green, on the
road lending from the vlllnge of Florida
to (jilenmore Luke, not fur from Newton,
N. J. Is a cave inhabited by a nonde
script unlmul, somewhat partaking of
the human form. Some time ago this
animal was seen by two men named
Armstrong and Sullivan, who were at
work lu a field near the cave. It so
much resembled a humau being that
Armstrong, who was eating his lunch,
asked It to take a piece of bread, where
upon it gritted its teeth and fled to the
cave, remaining in sight only a few sec
onds. Several persons have endeavored
to entrap it, but without success. All
who have seen it describe It as being
covered with long, shaggy hair.
A few duys ago Ira Seybolt, a well
known hunter, chunced to pass the cave
and saw the animal lying ut length
upon a stone wall and shot at it, when,
with a cry of mingled rnge and pain, it
leuped from the wall and fled into the
cave. Mr. Green, on whose furm the
cave Is located, now has a quantity of
hair, about eight inches long, which was
cut from the body of the creature. by
Key bolt's shot. The creature walks half
upright and prowls considerably at
night, making unearthly noises. There
are a variety of conjectures as to what
the "thing" is. There is not a man in
the entire section who could be induced
to enter the cave under any considera
tion. The entrance to the cave is small,
but it is said to have a large interior.
Many people believe that the creature
who Inhabits this cave Is a wild man
and a watch is being kept over the
mouth of the "den" to see what manner
of creature it is. The affair has created
much excitement and considerable ner
vousness in this section, and the devel
opments are anxiously awaited. People
will not travel the road near where the
cave is located, and Mr. Green could not
sell his otherwise valuable farm for a
cent an acre at the present time on ac
count of the superstition prevailing
among the country people.
The Story of a Tame Walrus.
The Spanish bark, Odulio, from Liver
pool, now lying at Welch, Ulthlet &
Co.'s wharf, says the Victoria (British
Columbia) ColonUt, has on board a tame
walrus or sea-lion. This animal was
captured by Captain DeAbortiz, thirteen
years ago while cruising lo Behrlng
straits. It was then a "pup," was
trained by him, and has been his con
stant companion on all his voyages ever
since. He is called " Senor," and an
swers to his name or to a blast from a
silver whistle blown by his master; but
if blown by any one else he pays not the
slightest attention to the call. He eats
bread and meat, and enjoys tea and to
bacco. He is as passionately fond of
beer as au old toper, and on many occa
sions has teeoms -genteelly "tight"
from imbibing too heavily. When
caught' he weighed 19 pounds, but be
now turns the scale at 41 H pounds, has
two enormous tusks, measures 6 feet 3
inches at the girth, and is 8 feet 4 inches
long. As the captain good-naturedly re
marked, as he showed the brute to a few
visitors, he is becoming " one big noo-
sauce." In bright weather he sleeps In
the sun on deck. lurlng heavy blows
he resorts to a kennel, but when the
weather is calm he leaps overboard and
sports about the ship for hours, catch
ing and enllug fish. When tired of
swimming lie is hauled on board In a
great Iron basket. On one occasion, ff
the Cape of Good Hope' a great shark
tackled " Henor," laying hold of one of
Ids paws and biting off two of his toes.
"Senor" dove, and coming up under
his enemy's belly, ripped him up with
one thrust of his great tusks, and de
voured him with savage cries of delight
and satisfaction. He is very fond of the
captain, and when the latter has been
absent from the ship a day or two, he
manifests his uneasiness by a thunder
ing noise not unlike the sounds that
might be emitted by two or three scores
of dogs barking in chorus. "Senor" is
perfectly docile, allows himself to be pat
ted on the head, and Is very susceptible
to kindness,
Afraid of the " busting" Comet,
The IMchmond (Va.) Stale, says:
Much excitement prevails among many
of the colored people in and about IMch
mond over the appearance and dlsap
peatance of the comet, of which they
have just commenced to trace a series of
disasters the first being the illness of
the ltev. John Jasper, then the shoot
ing of President Garfield, and the last
the sudden death yesterday of Patrick
Moody, the well known colored driver
for Mr. Hubert W. Oliver of the West
ham Tobacco Works. The Ignorant
and superstitious ones of the race, while
a trifle uneasy at the first appearance of
the comet, have only in the punt day or
two Been the woeful effects of Its coming,
and now large numbers of the factory
hands are " gittlng religion."
" Yas, 'fo' Gord," said an excited In
dividual, with a face full of terror, last
night, " de Comtek's tall is up," and ho
then proceeded to show that when " de
Comtek's tall Is up" it foretells calamity
and death, and in support of his asser
tion recapitulated the disasters which
had followed the advent of the comet.
The fearful outlook was more threaten
ing now, he said, because the "coin lek
is busted," his idea being that the
strange lighting up of the heavens a few
evenings ago since was owing to the
smashing up of the heavenly visitor.
Several benighted colored tramps who
have been taken up at night on the
streets have exhibited lunacy over the
comet, the " busting" of which they ex
pect will soon set the world on fire.
Circumstantial Evldenoe.
A lawyer In Central New York gives
the following account of one of his first
cases :
" My client sued a neighbor for the
alleged killing of a favorite dog. The
proof consisted in the mysterious dis
appearance of the animal, and the pos
session of a dog's skin by the defendant,
which, after considerable argument, was
brought into court in evidence. It was
marked in a singular manner, and was
positively identified, with many tears,
by the plaintiff's wife and daughter as
the undoubted Integument of the de
ceased Bose. In summing up to the
jury, I was in the midst of a highly
colored picture of the virtues of the
deceased, and of the love of the children
for their four-footed friend, when I was
interrupted by a slight disturbance In
the crowd near the door of the little
school bouse which served as court
house. Looking around, I saw my
client's youngest son, a tow-headed
urchin of twelve, coming forward with,
a dog whose skin was the exact counter
part of the one put iu evidence. The
dog wagged his tail with goodnatured
composure, and the boy cried, in his
childish treble, 'Pa, Bose has come
home.' I gathered up my law-books
and retreated, and I have never had
perfect confidence iu circumstantial
evidence since.
A Warning.
" Young man, I say to you, looking
back to the fire where I lay scorching,
looking back at the past, and standing;
as I do now under the arch of the bow,
one end of which rests in darkness, and
the other on the sunny slopes of Para
dise, I say to you, Beware I Touch not
the accursed thing 1 and may God for
bid that you should ever suffer as I have
suffered, or be called to fight as I have
fought for body and for soul." John B.

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