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E. A. WEBSTER, Editor and Proprietor.
A Weekly Paper Devoted to Temperance, Literature and Polities! *"" .m.
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NUMBER 31.;^
[Competent litorary critics havo pronounced tho
following poem unsurpassed by any other produc
tion of l?a class in our -languaco. It is porfoct In
rhyme, t>eautlful in figuro and expression, and wo
know our- readers wlU thank us for its reproduc
tion,! .
Leona, tho hour drawB nigh,
.Tlio.hour wo'vo awaited HO long-,
For tho Angel to opon a door through tho Bky,
That my, spirit may hroak from itu prison and
try '
Its voice in an infinito song.
JnBt now aa tho BlumborB_oJt night. _ _
Carno o'eivmA with poncoigtving ^roath,
Tho curtain half Iii tod rovoalod to my sight
Thoeo windows whioh look on tho kingdom of
That borders tho river of death.
And a vision foll solemn and sweet,
Bringing gleams of a morning-lit land ;
I saw the white .shoro which tho palo wator?
And I hoard the low lull as ihoy broko at thoir
- feet
"Who walkod on tho boautiful strand.
And I wonderod why spirits ?fiould cling
To thoir clay with a stfUgglo and sigh,
Whou life'H purple autumn is bottor than
spring, ... -
And tho noni MOB away, liko % sparrow, to sing
In ii climate whore loavoo never dio.
Leona, como oloao to my bcd,
And lay your doar hand on my brow ;
Tho samo touch that thrillod mo in daya that
aro fled,. . J . VI
And raised tho loet roses of youth from tho
Can brighton tho briof momenta now.
I thank the 'Great Father for thia,
That our love ia not laviahed in vain ;
Each germ in tho futuro, will blossom to bliss,
And tho forms that wo lo YO, and tho lipa that
we kins,
Never shrink at tho shadow of pain.
Ky tho light of thia faith am I taught
That my labor in only begun ;
In tho atrenglh of this hope havo I struggled
aud fought
With the logions of wrong, lill my armor lins
The gleam of Elornily's aun.
Looua, look forth and bohold,
From headland, from hillside, and duop,
The day-king surrenders his b'a'nubra of gold ;
The twilight advaucea through woodland and
wold. .
And the dews aro beginning lo woop.
The moon's ailver hair lieu uuourlod,
Pow LI tho broad-broaBtod mountains away;
Ere sunuet'B'rod glories again uhall be furled,
On tho wallu of tho wool o'er Ihp plains of tho
World? . - -
I shall rise in a limitless day.""
O ! como not in leara to my lomb,
Nor plaut with frail flowers the Bod ;
There is reat nmong rosen too sweet for its
gloom, ,.. -T ; . .
And-?lto-wU?r?JLo mic/. jto.niallibjoont^^ -J
lh tho imlfflR)roal??it!g gardens of God.
Yoi deeply Ihouo momoriea bum,
Whioh bind mo to you and to earth ;
And I Bomotimoi have thought that my hoing
would yf am
lu the bowers of ita beautiful home, lo re
And visit Ibo homo of ita birth.
'Twtfcuhl bo pleasant lo stay,, is
And walk by your aide, to tho last ;
But tho land-breeze of Ho?v?h is beginning lo
play- y
Lifo u Bhadow'a ?re meeting Eternity's day,
And ita tumult is hushed in tho paat.
ni VSAW ?*2*JT if?'ly
Loona,' good-byy sh?nld the grief
Thal ia gathering now, ovor bo
Too dark for.yonr faith, you will loug for ro
And romombor.'tho journoy, though lonosomo,
is brief ' " "'
Over lowland aud river t o mo.
M?BS Rebeooa Erism, a valetudina
rian of sixty, Jay dying;at her house in
town. She baa held so ten ne hms a
grip upon life that it wao difficult for.
the fcwo y?ung p?bple to realize the end
was so near. ThoBo two young people
were Gerald Erism, heir nephew, and
Miss Luane Williams, her companion
and nurse. 1
Gerald had seen the* young woman
every day'for the three yer-s she had
lived with his mint, but never until thin
moment had bestowed a serious thought
upon her. Ho did not oven know the
color of her eyes till his aunt gasped
out a sentence that caused him to look
at her attentively. Then be found
thom shining luminously'in the somber
gloom of tho sick chamber, and some
thing therein forbade him to hate her,
although ;the. sentence his aunt had
uttered was to the effect that she- had
left Miss Wilhams all her money.
" If you expect to pay for that horse
for Emily Thorpe to ride with tho
money you got by my death," said tho
dying woman, "you're mistaken."
"You don't understand," began
. " It was an infamous transaction,"
said tho old lady, " and .what "T jcnll a
postobit. I found out enough about it
to make mo put a codicil to my will.
That rascally horne doalor'U loso his
money after all, and Emily Thorpe shall
flaunt none of her finery at mv'expense.'
I've left my money to L?nne Williams!"
It was thon that Gerald looked at
L?nne ; but his aunt suddenly stretched
out hor hands to him pleadingly, and
finding a gray pallor spreading ovor
hor face, ho knolt down by hor bedside
and took hor cold withorcd baud in his
" If tho horse had boon for any one
but that Emily Thorpo 1 " faltered the
poor old lady.
" Oh, aunt," said Gerald, "if you'd
let mo explain-"
" I would if I had time," she said;
' ' but I must die now; "
In ten minutes, it was all over, and
Gerald went out of tho house with a
groat ache at his heart, He was very
?orrf for his* suit; sliehatt been Very'kind
to him-too kind, for sha had reared him
for the useless life of a drone, when
now it appeared ho must work for a
living likq ali thei r^st -pl*.the.'bees* ?lb;
had hrthortoue?h somethingfof a hore
to him morely, lo?spend ?\nneiyV.ahd tho
foot began to dawn unpleasantly upon
his-mind that to earn it must ba in
finitely moro wearisome.
Walking aimlessly on bin, foot took
mechanically a familiar direction, and
ho found himself pausing before a fine
house in a fashionable quarter of the
city, from which shambled a somewhat
bent and awkward figure that presently
disappeared in a brougham before the
Gerald recognized the man as Mr.
Badger the- millionaire, and involun
tarily contrasted his condition with that
of tho fortunato soap dealer. He was,,
however, so absorbed with the direful
news he. had to tell Emily that before
she came into the parlor he had forgot
ten Badger's exiBtenc?.
It was singular that her remarkable
beauty and brilliant toilet did not np
pr/il Gerald at that moment ; that the
loot of his no longer being able to grace
that lovely hand with befitting gems
did not prevent him from seizing it in
both his own, and kissing it rapturous
ly. But for an enchanting moment ho
was allowed to forgot the gloomy cham
ber where his atmt lay dead, and the
woman who waited there for the monoy
ho had been taught to consider his own.
"It seems to mo that you are veiy
beautiful this morning," was all that
ho could say.
Emily drew her hand gently away
from his caress.
" Gerald," she said, *' I have some
thing to toll you."
Her accent was cold. Thcro was
something in her manner that caused
him to stop bank and.look at her with a
dim premonition of what was to come.
" You know," Bim .continued, "how
bitterly opposed is your aunt to your af
fection for mo. Bho has told mo horsolf
that she will never consent to our hap
piness. Gerald, I am too fond of you
to wreck your wh'olo life. Thero was
but ono way to cud it oil-"
Hbo paused. Ho leaned forward, and
still kept his oyo, now wan and haggard,
upon her face. Then she sank.palo and
trembling into a chair, and covered hor
eyes with her hand. She was moved
with'pity, perhaps, or a'vagho " rogrot.
At last she spoke.
" I havo just accepted au oiler of
"From Badger,"-cried Gorabi, aud
walkod to the door. " Your prudence,"
ho added, standing upon tho threshold,
" has Served you well. You havo just
got rid of mo in f*?iel ? My aunt died
this morning, and; "hur. loft overything
to her nurse and companion. "
Then he got into the street, and
wulked^longjvitk^ _faHtojng? stagger-.
T??g step. TiiB^?v?a were willi bia fned
dividly pale. Pooplo turned to look at
him as ho wont hy, and two or threo
wondered what was sending that manto
tho devil.
Ho went homo and stood by tho body
oi his anni Thero wan n ningle fasci
nation about this death-something
"ery wondorjnl and tempting in that
'mysterious?and absolute rest. Sudden
ly ho bocam'o" master of liimsolf, of tho
bitterness and despair of tho moment.
Ho walked firmly to tho door, but a step
followed him, and, turning, he saw the
pale, perturbed face of MISB Williams.
Then ho remembered her presence in
tho room, but his madness and grief
had prevented him from realizing it.
t* Just ono word, Mr. Erism," she
said. " Of course you know that I will
not touoh ono peuny of this money 1"
" It doesn't matter now," he replied.
"It might as well bo yours as any
body's r
ff Bnt it ia yourt," she said. .
" Oh, as for me," said Gerald, "I
shall not want it." Ho waited through
t Lo hall. Miss Williams followed him
stealthily. He entered tho room, but
when tho door abut him in Lnano re
mained, haggard and trembling, hor ear
gined to the cold panel between thom.
A grim silence reigned about her. She
could hear tho clock tick in tho dead
woman's room. below. Soddenly. she
put both'her hands about the knob and
opened the door. Gerald turned quick
ly ; there was an ominous cliok ; thc
Eistol fell a little as it went oil. The
lood soaked through his coat and
triokled out' lipon the floor. .Ti;Sv af
L?nne waa about sinking at bis feet,
Gerald put ont his hand to her.
" An accident, Miss Williams," ht
said. "Please send Adams for th<
doctor, and thou help mo off with m\
This brought L?nne to herself. Sh?
hastened to do his bidding, dispatcher!
Adams, and returning again to Gerald,
stanched tho blood with strips of thc
pillow-case ' from a bed. When th<
dootor came she held tho light for hin
while he probed tho wound and ex
traoted tho bullet.
" An inch or so higher," said tho-doc
tor, "and yon would have been buriec'
on tho same day with your aunt."
"It was a lucky thing, then, tba
M?B8 Williams had an errand to mi
room when she did/- said Gerald
" As she oponed tho do?r my hand fel
and tho pistol wont off/?
"Sholins unconsciously saved youl
lifo," said tho dootor. Thou as Lu am
loft tho room he added, "Shu's tin
finest young woman I know, and wonk
make a capital nurso in my hospital
Do you know what she thinks of doini
now that your aunt is gone ? "
V No," said Gerald, with a grin
smile; "but I taney she'll think o
something livelier than that. "
" She has suoh an excellent physiqui
and splendid nerve," said the doctor
" But 1 must < go., - Keep as quito a
you can, and havo Adams within .call.'
That night Gerald awoke with an in
tolerable thirBt ; his temples throbbed
bis eyes burned. Looking over a
Adams," ho lound that ho was sonni
asleep. This of itself was offensive, i
Gerald. What business lind tho mn:
to sleep when ho. was suflering? Hoi
terribly oppressive tho atilluesa wat
this s?mi-darkness and lonelines 1 A
that moment a ponderous snoro r<
sounded from Mio throat of the ?turd
Adams, and Gerald almost leaped from
his bed. It was like a stab to him ; it
was unendurable. He stretched over
his sound arm, and reaching a pillow,
threw it with all his might at tho un
conscious Adams. But in spite of the
agony the movement cost him, it was a
futile one. The pillow fell far short of
the object on the floor, and Gerald sunk
back with a groau.
But suddenly the soft touch of a
woman's hand fell tenderly upon bia
forehead, the sweet tones of a woman's
voice fell soothingly upon his ear.
" It is time for your medicine," said
L?nne, and put tho cup to his lips.
Gerald drank as it it was nectar. Then
she arranged his pillows for him, and
was about retreating from the room
when ho faintly called for a drink.
Then bo thought his head was too high,
or perhaps a trifle low ; every move
ment caused bim intolerable agony,
and he hated to be alone with Adams
again. She must have really divined
his motive, and come to save his life.
She was again about to leave bim, bu
h ? put bis hand upon hers to dotaint
Uer, and found that it trembled a little
beneath bis touch.
" Your hand did'nt tremble when you
held tho lamp for the doctor," said Ger
ald. " Ho wants you for a hospital
nurse, but I told bim you'd prefor
something moro cheerful."
"Why, I think I'd like it," said Im
ane. " Yon know I must do some
"1 don't soo Ibo necessity," said
Gerald; "you have my aunt's mouoy,
and it will occupy all your time to enjoy
" Your aunt's money is your own,"
said Imano, "and you insult mo by
thinking I would tako advantage of a
poor old lady's weakness; I never will
touch a penny of it. And, Mr. Erism,
you must not talk."
"Ono word, only ono," pleudcd Ger
ald. " But for you I might havo boon
like-like our poor old friend below."
Gorald shuddorod and turnea palo. "I
am cowardly enough," ho wont on, " to
hate even tho thought of it now. How
can I thank you, M?BB Williams V"
"By takiug what is your own, and
imiog it nobly and well," said Imano,
and vanished from his sight.
But as sho loft him ho felt a sudden
throb in tho hand beneath his own, and
uaw a (puck flamo leap into her check, a
glow to her eyes.
v "..Three .lpiltr ?ftnrB,1' innrn-\t<:oJL Ocv
aid, "and I novor know her till now."
Gerald was young and strong, and
tho fourth day, tho one appointed for
the funeral, bo was able to bu up and
dressed, iiud welcomed Luauo warmly
as sho onterod his room. Sho looked
paler than ever in lier blaok droHS, but
Gerald thought ho had never F.eon HO
sweet and noblo a face.
" How I would like to go down, Miss
Williams," ho said, "aud enjoy the
BurpriBe of tho good people below ! I'd
like to see thom bow and smilo to the
heiress of my aunt's fortune. I'm as
bad as the rest of them, I supposo, for
I feel like making all sorts of pretty
speeches." Gerald paused, and his face
grew suddenly grave and tender. ** Go
now," bo added, "and kiss my aunt
good-by for me ; toll her I am quite
satisfied with everything."
Imane went from the room and down
the stairs. For the last three days she
had been like one in a dream. Ii
seemed awful to be warm and happy
even after she entered the dark, gloomy
drawing-room, even after she had bent
and kissed the cold, stem face for Ger
ald and for herself.
"I will not take it," she whispered,
hot tears raining on tho dead woman'E
face-"I will not take a cent of it, but
it has given me such a gleam of happi
ness. God forever bless you for it."
Then the people began to pour in,
and tho ceremony commenced. Luane'c
were the only tears that were shed, anci
the most of the guests came from civil
ity or curiosity. Miss Erism bad taker
bnt little active part in the world foi
many a year, and the poor lady was verj
soon put away and forgotten."
The most important part of tho pro
ceedings was when they returned fron
tli? burial to hear tho reading of tho will
Lnane trembled when the pompom
lawyer unrolled the parchment, and bo
gan in a sonorous voice: "In tin
name of God, amen !"
"What would they think of her-wha
would they say of her? Oh, how glai
sho was that the only ono she cared foi
in tho world know all about it ! HOT
innocent she was, and bow ignorant !
But oven while sho thought thus sin
heard the lawyer read ; . " To my bo
loved nephew, Gerald Erism, 1 givi
and bequeath all my property, persona
and otherwise." Luano couid seared;
believe ber ears, ?hc listened to thi
end, and heard at hist: "To Luau
Williams, my faithful nurse, I givo i
mourning ring and tho sum of $50."
Then sho wont up stairs to Gerald.
" Tho King shall havo bis own !" sh
" Onlyou ono condition,''said Gorabi
" I'll tako your mouoy only on ono coi
"You'll lake my money?" echoe
L?nne-"my poor little fifty dollars':
Luauo's face shone with a profound j oj
" Your aunt loft her money where it bi
longs, Mr. Erigin. I havo just hear
you declared ber solo surviving heir.
Gerald remained blunuod and bi
" Whero is the codicil ?" ho cried I
the lawyer, who stood at tho door. " M
aunt left her mono}, to Miss \Y illiam
She told mo so when sho was dying
" Oh, that was when you bonght tl
horse ! .1 was afraid there would 1
trouble then ; but, bless your soul, si
got nil over that."
"And tho money bj minc?" evil
"Of conreo it's yours," and the lawyer
went down tho stairs chuckling at his
Then Gerald held out his bands to
Luane. "
"I was^ going to bo magnanimous
enough te marry you despite your
money," he said ; "now there is no ob
stacle to our happiness. Come, my
sweet Luane, aud bless the lifo you
have given me I"
Luane became his wife. Mrs. Grundy
said that lie married her to spite Emily
Tnorpe. ?The lawyer chuckled still
more, and'thought of the codicil. But
wo know that it was love, and for love
ulone. _
The^.fJchoolmnster's Story.
When ? taught a distriot ???hool, said
he, I adopted as a principle to give ns
few rules tp my scholars as possible. I
had, however, one standing rule, which
was : "Strive, under all circumstances,
to do right," and tho text of right,
under all circumstances, was the golden
rule : "All things whatsoever ye would
that men should do unto you, do yo
even so unto them."
If an oSftiso was committed, it was
my invariable practice to ask: "Was
it right?" " Was it as you would bo
done by ?"
All my experience and observations
havo couvincod mo that no act of a pupil
ought to bo regarded as an offense U? .
less it bo snob when measured by the
standard of the golden rule. During
tho last yoar of my teaching tho only
tests I over applied to an net of which
it was necessary to judge were those bf
tho above questions. By this course I
gained many important advantages.
In the first placo, the plc?, "You
have not filado any rule against it."
whioh for .:i long timo waa n terrible
burdon to nie, lont all its power.
lu the soeond plano, by keeping con
stantly beft;ro tho scholars tm n stan
dard of aeft?n tho single text of right
and wrong jas ono whioh thoy were to
apply for tlA'msolves, I was enabled to
cultivate in them a deep feeling of per
sonal respoipibility.
In tho ti j rd pl noe, I got a stronger
hold on their feelings, and acquired a
new power ?l cultivating and directing
them. ft h
In tho fpujvth place, I had thc satis
faction of I Boing them become moro
truthful/*^ Sst, trustworthy aud manly
in their?i>>;/;* .parse with mo, with their
Qnce, V?v-f?ver, I was sadly puzzled
by au application of the principle by
ono of roy s^jholars. George Jones was
a largo boy/Who, partly through a faino
feeling of humor, and partly from a feel
ing of stubbornness, refused td give me
some information. The eircumHlauoeB
were these Tu-'
A scholar ljuid played some trick whieh
interrupted ?io oxorct?oB. As was my
enstom, I colled on tho ono who bad
dono tho mi; ohief lo como forward. As
nc one starfv d, -I repeated tho request,
but with n<~* mccess. Finding that the
oulprit woul l not confess his guilt, I
asked Goorg?: if ho kuew who committed
tho offence. ?
" I did no . do it," was the rfply.
" Bat do j ou know who did ?'
" Yes, sir. s
" Who was it ?"
" I do not wish tp tell."
"But you must tell. . It is my duty to
ask and yours to answer-tee."
" I cannot do it," said t?sorgo firmly.
" Then yon must stop with me aftor
Ho stopped as requested, but nothing
whioh I could urge would induce bim to
reveal anything. At last, ont of pa
tit nee with what I believed to be obsti
nacy of tho boy, I said :
"Well, George, I have borno with you
ns long an I can, and you must either
tell mo or be punished."
Wi'h a triumphant look, as though
conscious that ho had tho better of me
by an application of my favorito rulo,
he replied : "I can't tell you, because
it wonld not bo right. The boy would
not like to have me tell of him, and I'll
do as I'd be dono by."
A few years earlier I should have
deemed a reply thus given mo an in
sult, nnd should havo rosen ted it ac
cordingly ; but experience and reflec
tion had taught me the folly of this, and
one of the most important of my oit
quoted rule was-to judge of tho nature
of others as I would have them judge
of mine. Yet for the moment I was
staggered. His ploa was plausible ; he
might bo honest in making it. I did
not seo in what respect itwas fallacious.
I felt that it would not do to retreat
from my position and nutter the offender
to osoapo, and yet that I should do a
great injustice by compelling a boy to
do a thing if ho rosily believed it to be
After a littlo pause I said : " Well,
George, I do not wish you to do any
thing winch is wrong, or which conflicts
with your golden rule. Wo will leave
this for to-night and perhaps you will
alter your mind before, to-morrow."
I ?aw him privately before school and
found him moro linn in bia refusal than
ever. Aftor the devotional exercises
of tho morning I began to question the
soholnrs, na was my wont, on tho va
rious poiuts of duty, and gradually
led the conservation to tho golden rule.
" Who," I asked, " aro tho persons
to whom, aa members of this school, you
ought to do as you wonld bo done by ?
Your parents, who support and send
you here ; your schoolmates, who are
engaged in tho samo world with your
selves ; tho citizens of the town who,
by taxing themselves, raiso inonoy tc
pay tho expenses of this sohool ; the
school committee, who take so great nv
interest in our welfaro ; yonr teacher,
ortho scholar who carelessly or will'
fully commits nome ofienao against goo<"
A hearty "yes" was responded to
every question except tho last, at which
they were silent.
Then addressing George, 1 said :
"Yesterday I naked you who had com
mitted a certain offense. You refnBod
to tell me because you thought it would
not he doing ns you would be done by.
I uow wish you to reconsider the sub
ject. On one side aro your parents,
your Behool mat cs, the citizens of this
town, school committee, and yonr
teacher, all deeply interested in every
thing affecting the prosperity of this
school. On the other side is tho boy
who, by this act, has shown himself
ready to injure all these. To which
party will jon do as you would be done
by ?"
After a moment's pause he said : " To
tho first ; it was William Brown who
did it?"
My triumph, or rather tho triumph
of principle, was complete ; and the
lesson was as deeply felt by tho other
members of tho school as by him for
whom it was specially designed.
The Khedive's Ball.
A Cairo correspondent describes n
ball recently given by tiro kh?dive as
follows: "It took place"at tho Qne
zireh palace, situated on tho Nile. As
one entered tho uvonuo leading into tho
garden of the palace, fairy land boguu
-Chinese lanterns suspended along the
avenues, and gleaming amid the broad
grcou leaves of lofty palms, giving thom
tho appearance of being covered with
gorgeous flower? ; fountains sparkling
like sprays of diamonds in th? flashing
light ; graceful statues draped with gar
lands aa if trying to conceal their love
liueHH ; gaB-jcts placed close together
round tho top of tho pallico, giving tho
effect at a distance of an unbroken chain
of flame ; revolving lights in many col
or?, so arranged as to bo reflootod in
tho river for almost a mile, combined
to form a scene of magical beauty un
equaled by any in tho 'Arabian Nights.'
When tho invited guest roached the
grand entrance his ayos were dazzled
by the flood of light poured upon him
from the richly gilt chandeliers in tho
vestibule; tho marble pavement and
tho broad marble stops woro covored
Hit h rich Persian carpets. As tho ladies
Blepped from tho carnages ushers dress
ed iu tho native costume offerod their
arms to tho cloak-room ; then up tho
gr?i?<l lil.-.iivasa, ?nd, i Loy - /.'>'.:!<.!. t*k*
spook English nor most foreigners
Arabic, thoy could not present tho
ladies whom they oscorte.t, but now
and then a gentleman who had been
presented and who understood Fronoh
conducted tho Hfcraugera to tho room
whero tho khodivo stood alono, receiv
ing his guests liko any ordinary Amori
ean gentleman. When introduced ho7
shook hands and smiled pleasantly.
AR lie, too, could not understand those
who did not speak French, ho remained
silent till another group onme up. The
next thing in order was to walkthrough
the various rooms, particularly admir
ing those occtqned by the Empress
Eugenie, of France, when here on a
visit some few yours since. They were
elegantly fitted np in blue. It would
be impossible to fully describe their
mogniticont beauty. vVheu we entered
the ball-room, which was superbly dec
orated and lined with mirrors, a single
set had been formed for the 'Lanoiers.'
The gentlemen in tho set where Prince
Arthur, two princes (sons of tho kh?
dive), and the duke of Mecklenburg.
The ladies were very handsome and
mngnifloiently dressed. Tho dresses of
tho women in gonornl at this princely
fete wo/e surpassing in their splendor,
ulitteriug coronets, necklaces of pre
cious stones, and on their arms, in tlipir
hair, and oven around their waists and
on portions of their dress wore some of
the largest diamonds that were over
seen outside of palaces when the conrt
jewels were displayed. Weary of the
glitter of tho bnll-room we passed out
on the balcony to there revel in tho
panorama spread before us. It was
boyond description, and still (though
the hour was late), far as tho eyo could
reach carriages could bo seen coming
up thc illuminated avenue as though
bringing gnests from tho uttermost
ends of the earih. Tho kh?dive'? buffet
was next in order. Hero there wore all
kinds of refreshments for tho gentle
men, with.a profusion of rare wines.
All through the evening waiters carried
around trays of ices, wine, lemonade,
lind sherbet. Half an hour after mid
night supper was uunouueed. The
guests wore all teated at tables glitter
ing with crystal, silver and gold, and
laden with all the luxuri?s of tho east."
Tho Shah's Strong Box.
Tho f-trong box of tho Shah of Persia
consists of a small room 20x11 feet.
Hore, spread upon carpets, lio jewels
valued at ?7,000.000. Chief among
thom is the Kainiari crown, shaped
like a flower pot, and topped by an un
out ruby ns Iorgo ns a hen's egg, and
supposod to have como from Siam.
Near Ibo erowu uro two lambskin caps
ador iu d with splendid aigrettes of
diamonds, and before them lie trays of
poa ri, ruby and omerah! neoklnceo,
and hundreds of rings, A Mr. East
wick, who is reported to liave been
allowed to examino the collection, states
that conspicuous among tho gauntlets
and belt-a covered With pearle and dia
monds is the Kaianiiui belt, about a
foot deep, weighing perhaps eighteen
pounds, and one complete mass of
pearl?, diamonds, emeralds and rubies.
Ouo or t wo scabbard* of swords aro
said to lie worth a quarter of a million
each. Tuero is abo the finest turquoise
m tho world, thiee or four inches long,
and without a flaw ; and au emerald as
big an a walnut, covered with tho names
of kings who hnvo ponsoflsed itt
-"Fd like to give something to the
poor," remarked a Toledo lady.-".*^"^^
hard times and they must be suffering,*
but I've got to nee this $40 to buy an-*?
otherswitoh." -.-?IA
-" Hellen was proud," said an .Ind?^?<?
ana widower of his late wife, " and she
was a great worker. You onght^W"
have R to o d by and eeo her jerk' a j bedA.,,
atead down and go for boga * "
-A woman recontly died in Alabama r
leaving to somebody,it is said, an inher
it anco of no less than. 287 hoop-skirts.
Tltat woman was as well hooped aa 'an*
imported barrel of French brandy. J"
-A good many young men would be
content if they were only astronomers,
but when a mau sets out to be really
great he will never stop until people
speak of him as a pisciculturist.
-A Troy fool got a beef's heart, pul
n golden arrow worth $75 through it,,
and sent it to a Troy young woman for
a valentine. The fair creature gave the...
heart to her poodle, but will keep the
-A silly fellow whose ears were, 'un
usually large once Biniporingly asked a
witty lady : "Will I not mako a lino
angol?" "Woll, no," she replied,
pointing to his ears, "I think your0'
wings aro to high."
-Now England Beems to bo drying
np. At Braceborough, "Vt., water
costs thirty cents a barrel, and at Graf- .
ton, N. H., ono mnn asks li YO hundred
dollars for tho privilege of drawing
water from Ids woll.
-1 HE total receipts of tho trans
atlantic steamship companies plying '
botweon Now York and Europe were *
rmly $30,153,885 in 1874, against $57,- ?"
"577,350 in 1874, a dooroaso of $27,423,
-Murderons affrays, burglaries"; and
issassinations aro of constant occur- 1y)
renco in Port Said, Egypt. *The r?si- '
?leutu are hardly Baie in . their., ?awmsa
liouses, nnd a lady scarcely dare venture ..
io appear in the streets for fear vf ",s
insult. aafi?
-A vory tlexiblo tempor?neo pledge
is this, which is circulated among Bbs-7
ton fashionable ladies: "I promise*
Hint no intoxicating liquor ?Indi bel'*
used in this house for cooking purposes,
und in sickness that it . shall be given
conscientiously^,' . . .'.."- -'. V'-?'*'d
-rTiio Pall Mall^Gazette'a ^corros"- -
p?Weht^r^Brlul^? Ger
man government has received a memo
rial from the Protestant clergy of Spain,
oomplaiuing that tWliberty of worship.
?a threatened. Simimfr^omorials have
beau forwarded to\othor Protestant
povvors in Europe and to Uie United0-'*!
W**- }o ..>-..,;
Q??r Iior Uiinr? nv?r l.or ^T-^yp^r ?
uilow my old groiiumotnor used to spank mo; ' .
?vor lior knoo, over lier kneo.
When I watt quite a amah boy !
It. VT.:? J.pank, spank, spank !
No nae waa it kicking, for on abo went liok- , .
'ng, .
With spank, spank, spank!
Tho thing i'll o used to enjoy!
Ohorue-Thon it's ovor knoo, oto.
-A wealthy and eccentric woman in
Springfield, Til., contributes $."?00 a year
to* tho support of ono of tho churches
there, but cannot be induced to attend ' '
i single service. Nor will Bhe allow its
pastor to enter her house. She says
that ho "means well," and that is why .
die gives the money, but sho doesn't.
lesiro to " hear any of his can't.".
-They have a good deal of wind in
Holland and the people make a good
[lear of money out of it. Thero are
12,000 windmills in operation, each do
ing a sir or ten-horse power service;
through tho twenty-four hours. These .; :
mills are kept up at an annual cost of
54,000,000, and they perform all the
service required of steam engines at
ane-twentieth the cost.
-For tho year r n^ing September 80,
the pi onle.of tho United States con
sumed 580,000.000 bushels of peanuts.
Tennessee furnished 185,000 ; "Virginia,
225,000; North Carolina, 60,000; and
the balnnce, 125,000 bushels, was im
ported from Africa. The maturing
Virginia crop is said to be largo, prob
ably about 350,000 bushels, while the
North Carolina crop is estimated at
120,000 bushels.
-The compiler of foreign gossio
doesn't often give us anything so ro
niantio as this : The will of an old mau,
who died recontly in Brussels, tells how
he once fonnd a valuable diamond in
Ania, .which ho concealed in a ont in the
calf of his log, where he had made an
intentional wound. The apparent mis>
fortune procured his reloaeo from tho
mine, and be was made immensely rich
by the salo of the gem, whioh is now
one of Russia's crown diamonds.
-Old man "Wheeler of Minnesota
wauts a divorce from his wife. She
sent him down tho cellar one night last
week after a bottle of yeast. Ho got it
and WHS trudging along up stairs, think
ing of nothing in particular, when the
bottlo exploded, scaring Wheeler so that
ho foll with ono prout whoop down in a
soap bnrrol undor tho stairs. When
tliey pulled him out he pranced around
yelling " Cuss a wifo ; on ss yeast ; ouse
tho winde of yoi" And the lawyers
say ho has got a good ease.
-In making dresses for this season
nearly overy lady can have a style of n
her own, tho only points in whioh-fash
ion is inexorable being a long over-skirt .
and a high corsage, except for, full
dress. Af ter conceding these pomt8-ai;/
dress may be short or demi-trained
with a p?ain or drapod apron front, or.
no apron ; may bo puffed full at the
back, or drapod gracefully or left to
hans perfectly plain. It may bo caught ?
up at one side or at both. The waist
may bo single or double breasted, and
tho sleeves of rigid plainness or covered
from shoulder to wrist with puffs, pleat*
iugH and ruffle*)

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