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-EKYEIINWINNSBORIO, S. C., AUG UST 23, 1879. VOL. 11-NO8
THE LOOM OF LIFE.
All day, all bight. I can bear the jar
Of the looi of lif6, and tiear and far
It thrills with its deep and Agiufllod sound,
As tir'lesi tild4hoole go.always round.
1)uolly, eoasoles'ly goes the loom,
In tihe light of day and the mIdnight's gloom,
The whouls are turning early and late,.
And the'woof is wound in the warp of Fate.
Click', Clack I there'e a thread of love woveun In
Click, clack I another of wrong.and sin I
What a oh okered thing this life will be,
Whet, we soeeit unrolled in otornity I
Time, with a tao like mystery,
And hnds as busy as hands can be,
- Sits at the loom with arms outspread,
To catch A ith meshes each glancing thread.
When shall this wonderful web be done?
In a thousand yearo perhaps,.or one,
Qr to-morrow. Who knoweth.? Not you or I ;
lut the wheels turn on and the shuttles fly.
Ah, sad-eyed wea erei the years sre slow,
But each one is npar r the end I know ,
And sqmd day the last thread shall be wovn in,
Go grant it be lov6 instead of ina.
Are 4Wo spinners 6f wool in this life-web-say?
Do we furnish the weaver a thread each day P
It were better, then, oh my friends to spin
A beautiful thread, than a thread of sin.
The Belated Bridegroom.
"Do you think I lhull get there inl time?"
said Mr. Pennleld, pulling his beard rather
"Oh, yes, sir, plentr of tine " said the
stage-driver. . "it. al t often we has .such
a heavy fall o' snow as this in the montlth of
March, but Its softish and hasit driftcd
much yet, and my horseas Is used to these
hills. Jest'yon set steady, sir, - and don't
mind an extra jolt or two, and, my.- word
for it, yoti'll get there by eight. Anyhow,
if you don't," ie added, with a grin "I
cale'late as hw' you won't be the only one
- - '"No, I suppose not, ". saild Mr. Penfeld,
with a complacent smile, as he seated hin
self in the snuggest corner of the damp and
diam)al stage-coich, which smelled of blue
mould and rtistled Its carpet of wet straw
'Evidently,"said he to ihimself,, as' the
driver cracked his whip, and the whole
lumbering concera got under way, "thi's
is a literary neighborhood. My lecture on
the 'Life and Character of Dickens' standls
a fair chance for'being appreciated.0'
Mr. Petronius Penifeldl'-was a publlc led
turer ; and he was' coning to Plppsville
Four Corners to deliver the favorite lecture
of his series, this snowy, tempestuous night,
when traine: wore. blockaded, ferry-boats
behind time, and - stago-coaches floundered'
through the white wilderness' liko rocking
ships at sea.. -
"Very uiducky," pondered 'Mr."Penfleld
-"very unlucky, indeed. If I hadn't been
sensible enough to tako. all 'thcau cuntin
gencles into considrmtion. and start well in
advance of tlne, I shbuld* certainly have
been belated I"
But at all the way-gtatiois-and it seemed
to Mi. Petroplus Pentield that the: namne
was legion (little, .solitary imps, with red
light's blinkingfrbin their casements, and a
general Impression of stable boys, crusted'
with snow, and carrying lanterns)--pcople
cane and peeged snrreptitiously through
the misty stage windows to' get a glimpse
.at him, and:grmited and whispered. mys
teriously to' each other, and telegraphed,
after some unknown system, to distant ob
servers in the background.
"This Is 'fame ' " sait Mr. Penfield to
And a comfortable sensation stole, over
him, sich as Shakespeare might have felt,
could he rise Qut of Iis grave and . see; the
crowds. falling down to worship At ia birth
place at 8tratford.upon-Asvnm ;-and he fell
to repeating to himself the ,most sounding
sentences of lias new. leiure,. ud .fancying
the effect they , yould produce upon the
andience at lPippsville Four Corners.
-At length', after an uziconscionable1length
of tinjo, the stage rumbled up to the tavern
Mr. Pentleld 'dinerged,' stiff, uncomfort
able anid half izen,' with a nose the 'color
of hhaven'soeelestiai -'blue,' and little ieicles
hanging all over histbeard. . '
"(loin'. to-get out,sli' iV' said. the driver,
mnanifesting domne'Atu'prisei .
."Of oourseI'mt'oing t: 'get out,". 'aid'
Mr., Penfld4 :'P .m -'
"But Squire Tubbs, sir, he's gone to the
Atheneumi Building a'-readye And .'they're
-'a-waiti' all ef ent."' '' *' "
.'t. half' past s~ten--what tiondente 1"
said'Mr.. Eeniheld consuiting, his 'w~tch.
"My good fnalt thel-e's 'ftull half an hour to
- pare.'. i '.- :1 ..i
"But. Lwas to take -'you'- to the - door,"'
urged thd stage-driver, in .a! state of. 'very
evidentiperplexity.. 'i profuised 'em.'
"0hr I cagm Walk,"Tnodded .the.'lectuirer.
"A little eterciab :Will 'db .ne -good, . Efter.
being ,cooped ulp.ibg that.obnfounsded mouse
-trap: of a cosoh for two-timortai houfrs.!'?
-"Walk -' No1:ye-can't 1!' said thme -Jehu,
"It's a good two miles .1 Milles, , arid. every
inch-of~ths way covered With snow-drifts."
M'Iensessent' crl~ed -Mr.p Penflel," pet'u
lantly.." 'i'an falf ' starved,; atd-'I ,must'
have sprnething to-eat, -whatever .happens.
Walter I ,*Ire. i Erinug 'whatever ieold
moat you hMye, .apd.a bottie of ;uase'se ale.
And beooksarpabout its dlo you hear,'r
.The stagqedriyqr .diappeard smuttdrIngi
to' himselt,)i dpepidisgust, sontietling about
."the cpolpe$ oustpmpt as- ever, he 'soon'l
and the landlord came hurrying and smilling
itedee al!a fnxu ;ew Yerk,,
Isuppos sr?' said he, , .3.
A 'es,. t the gpotlemai from NIew York,
pnfocidede ,mde1fis'ld ,unwhrsdipg .about
three yards of worsted comforter . from ' hIs
noqjcdaa$ sattghlnself-in fimntmof the
ire.' "Anda apre y hungry sort of gentle
I Qll,"a~~1 r,, Pqufield,
ew 9 eoW gart of to orld
sup t t h n lerary men
cou d live w41h 'jtng.
tif si U ng j, M ii tii t
little abstract hita of
'No oonha~ tl d lekiu '4a 'e h
ha~I~ u tho. w go bfo~ c
husky whisper, "there's no time to los
Going on eight. The squire, he'll be, tir
of waiting, and may be,go back home."
"And if he doesi' said the lectirer.
" Why, sir, thit 'ud bp awkward Onough
said the landlord. "Wouldn't it now 1"
"Well, iy good filend," said Mr. Pc
field, facetiously, "you mueit remeb
What the crihinal on his way to be hange
said to the crowd-I'There could be no ft
without him !' "
"But itiain't just exactly as if you wl
going to he hanged, sir," -said the- landlor<
in soiie displeasure. Miss Jennie Tubbs
beggin' your pardon for making so bold c
to mention her-is the prettiest young lad
in all the country around."
"Elh ?" sai Mr. Penfield. "Is 1he to'
The landlord stared back at him.
"Well, sir," s'aid he, "you will have yoi
jke. Here's Bill Stokes a-waltin' with tli
horses, as had ought to beeii in their stabh
half an hour-ago."
"I'm not, particular about the horses,
said Mr. Penfield, "but since they are he:
Iiay as well ride."
And away went the stage-coach agair
plunging and floutidering through the sno
with Mr. Penfield's luckless head bumpinl
up against one side of It, then .he other
untIli at last it came to a dead stop in fror
of a big, square building.
"Is this the Atheneum ?" said Mr. Per
field, staring abput bi. "Why It nust b
pretty well out of town-and it's all dar
Where are the lights, iand posters an,
things? My good man, you must hav
"It's all right--all.right, sir 1" cried Jehu
pushing him hurriedly into a doorway
which opened just then, disclosing. a fain
glimmer of brightness in the distanc
*1'glights all at the back of the house, sir.
"Peter !" cried a soft voice; "is it you
Oh, you poor dear I You're half frozent
death I And so late, too."
And Mr. Penfield,' with the vague sensa
ti6n of oie who moves hi a dream, felt hiil
.self handed to and frO, kissed and Ihmggcd
aid congratulated in a manner which, in al
his experlence in the lecturing field, lie ha
never before encountered.
"Bit perhaps its their way of doing busi
ness out here in the' Westei-n wilderness,
thought he--'a sort of delightful bewilder
ment. At all events, it's not unpleasant
that I mill say for it-"
"We're all ready and waiting this hal
hour," said the first sweet voice, that had I
masical "ting" to It, like "smitten silver;
"and Jennio-oh, she's just lovely I"
"Oh I" said Mr. Peuifleld, allowing hin
self to be divested of his great-coat and seal
skin cap without resistance, "she is, el ?
"The minister was getting tired of wait
in," added the sweet voice. "Ie was jus
-"Going, was lie ?" said Mr. Penfield
."Well, I'm glad lie concluded to stay."
"Ile thought it was getting to be so lat
you Wouldn't come."
"I aim always punctual to my engage
ments,".said Mr. Penfneldi a lIttle at.:lV
"unless sickness or death should intervene.
"Then come on," said the silver-tone<
And Mrn Penfield, running the fingers o:
one hand through his ambrosial locks, an(
catching up'his roll of manuscript with ti
other, followed her into - a large and bril
But It was no lecture-hall. There wero
neither footlight nor rows of bdnches, no
yet a platform filled with the trustees an<
selectmen of the village; there was no dis
play of hunting, nor appreciative audience,
with open mouths and eager eyes-only I
pretty rooim, crowded with guests; an ol
clergyman with an open book, and a prett
young girl, all in white, with a wreath o
snowy clematis blossoms on her head, an
a veil falling around her like folds of mist
"Here lie is I" cried Mr. Penfield's guide
valiantly ; and then, her countenance cbang
Ing, she exclaimed : . "No, it isn't, either V
- ".It isn't the right man I" said thit clergy
"It's the wrong man I" cried the bride
"It's a total stranger.I" shrieked thi
"My frieds-" began Mr. Penfield
staring wildly around him.
-But just thon Squire Tubbsa himse
'bouned into the apartnment, scarlet-face<
'"I liever was so imposed upon -In all mn
life I"'.reared he. -"No lecturer. no
Ehi, how.?, .; What's all tIs "
'And almnost simultaneously a -young -mai
rushed 1u, at the oppositedoor, flinging hi
portmanteau into the middle of the room.
"Lost the train, by George I" hecexclaim
ed,. "Hiad to wait for the Southern express
f Toung man," -eiled. Squire. Tubbs
".what.are you here for ?" .
"To narry your daughter, sir," valiantl:
responde~.the bero of the portmanteau.
"Against my will ?"
.%aatthe will of the whiole wrd
nlOe5" ysir, so long as she'i wa lng!
"Biegone h!" ,thundered the sqiuire. "TI
your-Too'm, Jennie I As 'for ybfi," Elde
Hickox,', to the~netounded .old' clergyman
.$L'l1 lay this-matten before a special com
mitten of. the 94tge l. Gentlemen ani
ladles;" to t'ho giiests,".5I'anm very-Qheml
-hiappy to sde you ail here,- "sugh
cantb idt. I ivitlid you f'* *,On
O'deby e, thes guests slunk away ; tht
belated bridegroom took the next ti'ain bac1
to New>Yokk, irith lisa niatrimoial hiappi
ness5 blighted In the bud'; the bride orne
riveild of teai's ove- her Inew' white' dress
and there was no wedding, after ttl*
'9eithier *ds there any lecture on~ "TI:
Life and Character of Diekeris," at 'th
I. T - - - lipd ISs Ine4a!
While crosslag thle (#iskrial h et, w
iAd de'ei' vei'y striking night scenet
~While 'the sky' was hung like asihIpne
trable fundral pall' over us, the sea wqul
light up as though it was milk. .Sometime
the sea would strike. against oui.ship, brea
ahd'sen~d a gleam over all theo skls like ti
most powerful calcium hlit." 'It was
weird, unewrthly pectacle. On one <
abdo t'a~g ad'oi of ou bats ca
pyI'flaiud thieAhIp, etidently antxior
to know what kind of; k creature bihe was
Tidse bihqckcformi could be seene ~a long .wt
19 ;h (lite sea,.lgay ng ti long trail
spark behlind him ash dar~ allout., J
last 6i toek' np 15is 1 atin, ~aoa treme;
deullteta, and iaia lhead 'nto~ the'hl
withi all. his migt, hitting 'her abaft tl
n inl It. But poor' grampus'du
d~qlyre or415te elo
. A Couple of Heroines.
TwO women live in Chicago, and keep a
pistol. It never makes any difference with
a woman whether a pistoi is loaded or not.
She can iiafke a mau believe it is loaded to
the muzzle by a little exertion, and if the
man gets away you nevor can make him
believe but wilat the gun was loaded, and
that the woman intended destruction. Omie
n night recently these two unmarried and
" all alone " women were in their couch at
is home, after the duties of the day, just
where all good women ought to be. Snd
denly therewas a racket in the pantry
among the ti pans. One of the females
y cuddled up to the other, and said; "hI
Did you hear that? " And the other
e woman pulled the bed-sheet over her head
and said, "What is it? It wasn t any
thing, I guess. You're always hearing
1 something in the night." Just then there
C was a squeak of the door, and a velvet
a footstep was heard in the entrance. The
females cuddled together, and then re
solved, as they were alone, unprotected by
e any big brother, husband or blood relation,
that the time had come for them to prove
their womanhood. So they crawled out of
bed quickly, put on their elippers stealthily,
g their wrappers quickly, and turning up one
corner of the carpct drew forth an old
t horse-pistol, which was as rusty as if it
had been planted in the ark. They fell in
single file, and marched to the front. Uponp
0 flashing up their glini they actually en
countered a man-a live robber. They did
not squeal, but one of them levelled a gun
e under his nose and lie threw up his hands.
Then the question arose in the minds of
the women as to what they would do with
their elephant. One of them said she would
t keep him at bay while the other went after
a "cop." She went out, and on the near
est corner she found a man who was a po
heeman in citizen's attire. le noticed her
0 excited condition, and asked what the mat
ter was, when she told hn. He then in
for)led her that he was an officer in disguise
and would come to her rescue. But she
wouldn't have it. She said that she be
lieved lie was a "pal" of the robber, and
told hin to go away and leave her alone.
She continued her search for an officer un
. til she encountered one, full-fledged, stand
Ing under a lamp-post. To him she con
imenced to relate the adventure that had
befallen her and her companion. Sie
fr rated the affair in detail, and with the
utmost minuteness and earnestness. The
1"cop" eyed her intently as she told Lihe
story, her hair hanging over her shouldera,
and her eyer, sparkling under the gas-jet
like two stars under a storm cloud. At last
she ceased, when, to her surprise and dis
contiture, the "peeler'" informed her that
- he was a Dutchman, and that she would
have to tell him the story over, and "go
slow mid it,",' There are women in the
world who would have killed that police
man right where he stood. But this par
ticular woman had left her gun with her
companion, and she had no weapon but her
tongue. Once more she commenced to de
-_ 4..a ,% U9 uWmau A o IVn UC%, u" ma&S --
hands to assist in making the officer under
stand. He felt of his chin and turned up
his nose as she was reiterating 1er state
ment, and when she had again finished lie
said to her:
"Is dot so?"
"Yaw, dot ish so," said the female,
"tumbling" to the Dutchman. But lie
didn't seem to " tumble," for lie again felt
r of his chin and remarked: "I guest you
vas a lunatic, 'u1mph. Ish not dot so?'
This was too mncl, and she took him by
the arm, and, by vigorous gesticulations and
a good deal of explicit talk, she at last gave
Imhun to understand that she was an unpro
tected female, and that there was a robber
f in her house, not far away. Then lie
wanted to know what kind of a "robber
dot vas," and how 1e got in, and whether
h1e had taken anythLipg, and if so, how
mucl. And when she had answered him,
hippatiently, he asked heCr whoe was holding
-tile man. Shep informed him, and lie ex
pressed a good deal of surprise. Then lhe
took'his whlistle out of Is p~ocket and gave
three shlrill blo~ws in Dutch. Then they
stopped, and some time after, another cop
came around tile corner and walked up.
SThey talked the -mstter over to themselves
and thlen looked at the woman, as if thley
believed 11cr to be a liar, or were afraid of
hecr. At last they started, one on each side
Sof thje woman, and wondered why it was a
woman couldn't talk Dutchl. They, arrived
~at tile house,. and there sat thle othtet female
'h"Iolding thie: fort," her: rusty gun, thlat
hadn't a ball or cap about it, pointed at ttie
robber whowas seated on . a box. When
-ever 110 .moved. sihe raised the gun and
thlreatenled to. blowr out Is brains if h~e
stirred. *The two."cops"' viewed the man
carefully, and satisfying themselves that he
was alive, they marched . him away. Tile
hleroie woman who had hleld one man to
his post with an empty pistol did not offer
to. assist tile officers in taking him away, as
they perhaps expected. And tile question
as to which woman was thle, inbt hleroic,
'a the ene who held the burglar, or tihe one
r who fprced thp. ppliemren. to the rescue, is
Ahiard 0one to settle.
tlCThe Darkc Day.
*(f all tewonjerfulstories thlat my great:
grandmnother use( to tell my mothe~r whlen
e she was a girl, the mnost wonderful was
k about tIeo -dark day in New Jungland, Fri
day, May 19, 1780. This was during
our revolution, you will rememiber, and the
same year in wleh .the traitor, Benedict
Arnold,attemipted to. betray, his eountry to
e For several .days before the nineteenth,
the air was full of ,vapors, as we of
ted sge it wrben flies are raging1i9 the woods
nep us, And the pun and moon appeared
e ..eaind tlbeir usual clear . light did not
. usepeaywheni rasisg pnd setting..
- wids bechefly from the soutle-west
4 pand north-ent, nud1 the, wenther was cool
is and clear. The moi-ning of the nineteenth
& was coudy and in many: places slight
e shiowe fell, eoinetimues aceompanied by
q' tbun 'an ltghtning - but s he sunv arose
i f did not h~iereable thie ight' and the dark
ness05 deepened and d .onJ~until tWI'e chil
e dren atandig b'fore ti 6 tail clocks pould
is not oet'o (911 the timnb andc so~lder peple
;. p No~pwr tile alinenac were not ab e t
)ar~ev'enoi,6ngsadfli~ ~ 1r neet
~ nthe woods,, the6tdultry. huri~f to their
i- roost., w toe the oatt e In the notas uttered
~ stftg9o alajpdthe etige (ences to
qgahelo h~d h sepall huddled
deepest green, verging on indigo; tlh
brightest allver seemed tagnished, and every
thing that Is white in thd sunlight bore t
deep yellow hue.
The shadows, which before noon fell t<
the westwqrd and afternoon the eastward,
were observed during the darkness to fall
in every direction.
The rain also, was unlike any other rain,
and it set all the people to wondering a
they dipped It from tubs and barrels; for a
s*ui formed on it resembling burnt leaves,
emitting a sooty smell, a d this same sub
stance was seen on strea a and rivers, es
pecially the Merrinac, where it lay four or
five inches thick, for many miles all along
Another peculiarity was the vapor; in
many localities it descended to the earth
from high in the atmosphere ; but at one
point a gentleman saw the vapors at nine
o'clock, rising from the springs and low
lands; one column he particularly noticed
rapidly ascending far above the highest
hills, then it spread Into Ailarge white cloud
and sailed off to the weqjward, a second
cloud formed In the same way from the
same springs, but did not rise as high as the
first, and a third formed fifteen minutes
afterward. At a quarter of ten the upper
most cloud was of a reddish hue, the second
was green, indigo and blue, and the third
was almost white.
So unwholesome was this vapor that
small birds were suffocated in it, and many
of them were so frightened and stupefied
that they flew into the houses, adding to
the fears of ignorant people, who considered
it'a bad sign for a bird to enter a dwelling.
The commencement of the darkness was
between ten'and eleven in the forenoon
(when the men were busy in the felds and
offices and workshops, the women spinning,
weaving and preparing dinner, and the
children at school, or helping their fathers
and mothers at home), and it continued un
til the middle of the folloiving night ; but
the degree of darkness varied ; in some
places the disk of the sun was seen when
the darkness was the most dense.
Lights were seen burning in all the houses,
and the people passing out-of-doors carried
torches and lanterns, which were curiously
reflected on the overchanging clouds.
Thousands of people were sure that the
end of the world had come, nany dropped
their work and fell on their knees to pray,
others confessed to their fellows the wrongs
they had done and endeavored to make re
The meeting house was crowded, and
neighborhood paiyer-meetings were formed,
and the ministers and old church members
prayed loing prayers, inetioning the nations
and individuals of Bible timeswhohadbeen
destroyed on account of their sins, and beg
ging that as God spared the great city. of
Nineveh when it repented, so lie would for
give them, cheer them again by the light of
the sun and give victory to their armies.
It Is said that the Connecticut legislature
being in session, the members became ter
rifled when they could not see each other's
rr -nn)ggggjtgmade to adjourn,
"Mr. Speaker, it is eithe'r 'A"day or
Judgment or it Is not. If it is not there is
no need of adjourning. Ir It Is, I desire to
be found doing my duty. I move that
candles be brought, and that we proceed to
All the shivering, frightened people be
gan noW to look forward toevening, hoping
that as the moon rose full at' nine o'clock,
her light would penetrate the gloom; but
all the children who coaxed to sit up and
see her, grow very sleepy, their strained
eyes were not rewarded by her beautiful
beams, for at eight in the evening the dark
ness was total ; one could not distinguish
between the earth and the heavens, and it
was impossible to see a hand before one's
Then all the weary children were sent to
bed after the most honest prayers that they
had ever prayed, and the older people sat
up to watch for the light that never before
had .appeared so glorious.
Abd never dawned a fairer morning than
the twentieth of May, for the sun that open
ed the flowers and mirrored itself in the
dew-drops brought the color again to the
children's faces, and filled every heart with
The birds sang joyously, the cattle re
turned to their pastures, the places of busi
ness were opened, and every one went about
his work more gentle towaird inan and more
grateful toward God.
After the'darkness was passed, several
personsi traveled about to gather all possible
information concerning thIs memorable day,
aund Dr. Tenny wrote an account of what lhe
had learned while on a journey from the
east'to Pennsylvania. ie says the deepest,
darkness was In Essex county, Mass., the
lower part of New Hampshire, and tlye
eastern poi-tion -of Maine, where my great
grandmother lved.' In Rhode Island and
Connecttcut It was not so great; in -New
Jersey peculiar clouds were - observed, but
the darkness was not uncommon, and .in
the lowel parts of. Pennsylvania nothing
unusual was observed.
It extended as far north as the American
settlements and westward to Albany, but
its exact limit. could not bo~ascertained.
In Boston the darkness continued four
teen or fiteen hours, varying in duration at
As it was impossible to attribute thme dark
ne es to an eclipse, the wise people formned
maay theor-ies respecting it ; being con
vinced that .it ,was due to inmmense fires iri
tlie woodel winds blowing in ;opposite di.
recti ns,and-to the condition of the vapors;
but H erschel says:. "The dark day in north
ern Americh was, one ,of those. wonderful
phenomena of nature which will always bi
read of with Interest, but which philosophy
is at a~ loss to explain."
A Dear's Freaks..;
A bear hiad an appetite very similar t<
that of a goat. On board the United States
man-of-war.Alaska theo Is a bear cut
which was obtained at Bltka byan ensign,
and which is the pet of the . It ,is .
'very playful and sociable anima, climbs t<
the maintop when so minded, and roves :h
freedom throughout every patof the'ship.
On Its first appearance on bo4It devoures
all the soap and candles in eih, and ate
two oflcors' 'dreas hults. Thiey were o1blige<
to lock up the soap in an irog age to keel
it out of rehof the bear, i2n4,the ensigi
whmo.owns te animal is m qri , ed for tw<
years'pa 6rdamage tothi cers' suits
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A IUnl and Hear iFight.
A cruel Bull and Bear tight recently too
place at Custer City, Penna. The even
had received pretty liberal advertising an
those who camne had done so to do bettin
and see something that had never befor,
been witnessed in this section of the State
The seats were arranged over a small spae
of ground, and raised at a slight elevation
commanding a full view of the pit, whicl
was 36x38 feet and II feet deep. In thii
lay the bear, a shaggy brown fellow weigh
Ing three hundred pounds. The cut raem
to the pit was by a large iron door at onl
end, which was approached by a trench,
At two o'clock there were no signs of thu
fight beginning, and the crowd began (t
yell at such a rate and demand thit th
light go on that the management, fearfui
they might imagine the whole thing a hum.
bug and wreak vengeance ulpon him,
ordered the band to strike up, which it did.
As soon as the last notes died away, there
wias a demand fron every throat for the
bull to be brought in. The door was then
opened and the bull entered the arena witli
a rush. . At the corners of the pit abovc
were men with strong oaken clubs, t6 pro
vent the animals from leaping out of the
pit, and near by were two men with long,
poles to goad the brutes to action. Tihe
bull was trim-limbed, with sharp horns,
and weighed about' 1,700 pounds. IHe
stopped suddenly in the centre of the pit
and glared upon the bear, who wats stand
ing with his back that way. Neither seemed
disposed to commenc6 the fight, but the
bear, turning and facing his antagonist so
as to be on the defensive, excited the bull,
who commenced advancing, and tie bear
reared up to receive him. The bull rushed
madly forward and sent him rolling over
and over, at. the same thne goring him in
the sides. The hear gladly escaped to his
corner, where the bull made no attempt to
go. In the second round the men with the
poles goaded the bull into the bear'scorner.
le took bruin upon his horns, threw him
four feet into the air, and he fell with a
thud, several feet away. The bull then
made another daring charge, when Bruin
fastened his claws in the neck of his antag
onist, slitting one ear in two and drawing
the blood freely. This dazed Taurus, when
lie gave a yell and withdrew a few feet,
bellowing with all the power of his lungs.
Bruin saw a chance for liberty and at
tempted to leap out of the pit, but was
beaten back by the men with clubs. Muak
Ing another desperate effort lie got one of
his claws fastened in the top of the pit, and
one of the men, endeavoring to push him
back, had his arm lacerated by the brute.
With lightning-like rapidity the bear sprang
from the pit.into the seats above, and a
scene of indescrible confusion enswed. Ile
bounded to the top seat and sent his claws
into the flesh of a woman. Ile had the
field almost to himself, as the audience was
flying from him in the wildest confusion,
and reaching the topmost seat, a distance
of forty feet from the ground, lie looked
over, but would not jump. Terrible fight
Ing. After the greatest difficulty the bear
audience returned' aid- r'6iid 'ld." 4 Who
begun by the bull making a terrific charge,
when lie received a badly lacerated neck
and a eracked horn. Both animals were
badly 'rested in this round, and the fifth
round Bruin sprang at his enemy but fel
short and was rolled over and over and
badly gorged in the sides. Ile groaned with
pain. In the sixth round the bull was
again badly torn about the neck and was
subdued. It was then the betting turned
in the bear's favor. In the seventh round
the bull was badly used up and attenpted
to get out of the pit and ran around com,
pletely cowed. There were cries for the
fight to end in favor of the ' bull, but the
majority ruled, and in the eighth round
Bruin was hurled back to his corner. The
ninth round was tame, both animals fight
ing shy. The men with the poles goaded
the animals 0on, and Bruin was caught on
tihe bull's horns and thrown high in ah ar,
landing on his back. The rest of the
rounds were without interest, and 'the con
test was dlecided In favor of tihe bull.
Was It Suicide?
"Do you tinik it wrong for a man to
commit suicide, John Norton?".
The trapper deliberated a momlenlt, and
'then said: "Thue worgi is a new una to me,
friend. Can't ye show me the trail by
some1 other tracki "
"Is' it right for a man~h to take his own
life, John Norton? That is what I mean,'
answered the other.
This time the trapper gleliberated ever
longer than before. ie fingered the ham
mere of lisa rifle as if he were tryinig the
lock, for a'minute, 'and then said:
' "I've seed the thipg did, friend ; but the
circumstaiceS was nusual."'
"Did you say that you hlad known
case where a man took his own life ?" said
"Sartinly, sartinly," ansawered the trap.
per, " I've seed It did. Ye see fire is hard
to bear, and the redskins be cunnin' at tor
mentiny', and to ceape the burnin' I've see(
men kill themselves. Yls, I've seed ever
officers, who -alught to be rational, blow
their brains out with their pistols rathei
than to be taken alive by the varmnints."
" John Norton," and the man spoke ear,
nestly, "listen. Look at this body; it lI
worn out.- Its remaining staehgthi- only in
creases my pain. It is- full of aches. Il
affects my mind. Even the gifts of thi
Lord are of no benefit. The beauty of th<
day, the 'glory of the night, the -lovelines
of the earth and the splendor of the heav
ens are not apprehended. My eyes are din
so that they cannot see. My hearing il
dull. I only half taste my good.- I tir<
easily. A little toil in the day fillis th
night with suffering. I am well, but ma
body is sick. The tenant is nobler ant
more needy thah ever, for I need finer ant
hIgher thinlgs than I once did; but the hous
has become a hovel. Why should I stay ii
it?" and he put the question to the trappe
with force, aleist imperiously. "I hay
outlived its use ; I shall leave it. ~I an
glad to say good-by to it apd meet the swee
surprise of the future." '
Again he paused. As he lo'okedtowari
the moubtain his face was bright and checet
ful as one thinks of pleasant themnes. Af
ter awhile he sAked:~ -
> "Do you know whly I have come to thi
) It's a chee fuI spot for either thie yon
or old to visit," evasively answered thu
1 " l*11tell yo cene jieref con
tinued.the main, spe g a"if me' lad
high communion to prepare myself for its
happiless.' I have h4eat of you as one
wise, good and thoughtful of strangers.
As a wise man I wished to talk with you.
As a good man I wished to commune with
you. As one thoughtful of strangers f
wish to ask your assistance. I also wislicd
to spend my list days on the carth aml1
the beauties and the peacefulness of nature
as she reveals then in tliese woods. In the
city I should be a beggar in death. I
should be conmelled to beg my hearse, my
collin, my grave. I[ere I am rich. I own
all. As one old man may claim from an
other old man, I can claim of you the ser
vices which friend pays to friend witen
spirit has departed from body. I have eat
en at your table to-day. I shall leave my
body to night, will you bury it to-morrow ?
I would like it ti have a suitable grave.
Can you guide me to such a spot, old trap
The trapper imitated lils guest in rising.
That he regarded his guest as perfectly
sane; -that he had respect for his Judgment;
that he accepted the conversation as utterly
honest ; and, the stranger's views as final,
was shown by the fact that he yielded in
stant compliance with the stranger's re
"'There is a place just behind tile rock
there that I've often concelted wouli make
a cheerful spot for a grave; for the pines
be big over il, and the water makes pleasant
music on the white sand and leetle stuns
underneath. We will go and see it."
The next morning the trapper rose at the
usual hour. Ile (id not go to tile bed oc
cupied by his guest at once. lie went and
stood In the doorway. le oven went to
the spring and brought a pail of fresh
water. Ile acted as if his guest were
isleep, sleeping a needed sleep, and would
fain not wake him; but. at le'ngth lie en
tered the house and moved with a steady
and measured step to the bedside of his
'lhe man was lying on his back, his
hands by his side, and his face composed
with that composure the complete tranqiil
ity of which no earthly trouble can ever
rutile. The trapper looked steadily at hiln
for a moment, and then he hent towards
lin so as to command a view of the far
ther aide of the body. A knife lay on the
blanket, and one kecn, delicately shaped
blade open. Tihe trapper took - it. up and
looked at it. Thit sharp point of it was
colored with a stain. Ile stooped and
looked at the wrist. It had been punctured
just above tile pilse, for a slight wound
was there, and blood stains were on the
white skin. ThI trapper reached over and
felt the blanket. In one little spot it
wias mloist-that wasi all.
h'lic trapper looke( listonislhe(l. Ile gazed
on the face on the pillow, white with the
sure whiteness that never deceives, lie
looked at the knife blade, with its stained
point ; then at the wrist with the slight in
cision ; and then lie made a re-examination
of the bedding, this time closely. On it,
beyond a fev drops, there was no blood.
The man had evidently prepared hihself
for the act, had opened his knife, had
iuncturing, all " ''
but, by a, misjudgment, had missed tie ar
tery and had made a slight incision in the
flesh that lies one side of It.
It is said that the imagination is able to
kill; that under similar circumstances men
have, from sheer imagination that they
were bleeding to death, actually died.
Was it so in this case ?
Certainly not a dozen drops of blood had
left his body, yet there was the white face,
and the knife, and the wounded wrist.
What killed himI? How did lie (lie?
Was it a natural death ? Was it suicide ?
How Nlti'o-Ulycerinae is idde.
This wonderful explosive was discovered
in 1847, by.an Italian named Soboro, but
its practical application was made by Al
fred, a Swedish engineer. Trhe process bly
which it is made is thus described : Every
one knows what glycer-Ine is-a clear, syr
upy liquid, sweet, to the taste. and somewat
grecasy to the tou~ch, Its scope of emloy
meat ranges from the surgeon's dispensary
to the lady's boudoir. Chemists term it
tratomic alcohol, and it may be derived from
fat or tallow by action of lime and sul
phuric acidl. Its pro[perties are many and
various, but as they have no bearir~g upon
the present subject we shall abstain from
notleing them. If a quantity of nitric
acidi be added to. twice its weIght, of Aul
phiuric acid, glycerine be pouired into thIs,
and stirred carefully, the whole being sur
rounded by freezing mixture, we obtain
that wonderful substance known as nitro
glycerine, which has more than ten times
the, explosive ,force of gtunpwdbhr. It
foripis on the surface as an oil of a pale-yei
low color, is perfectly inodoi-ous,'and hiab ai
sweet, aromatic taste. It is poisonous
whether taken internally .or absorbed
through the skin, and smnall doses of it pro
duce distressing headaches. It does not
explode whlen b~roughlt into contact with
fire, and remains u nehanged oven when
raised to a temperature of boiling wator-;
biut at forty dlegrees Fahrenheit it becomes
converted into an icy mass, which merely
requires friction to (develop) all its exp~loslve
,T wo Freneh rincess..
Unfortunate as was the death o't young
Louis Napoleon at the hands of savages,
taken b~y surprise, enlisted in a cause of
doubtful worthiness, and at . best not a
cause of his country, or his own, his death
was less unfortunate than that of his second
cousin, the Duke of Reichistadt, who was
born King of Rome and heIr to the French
p throne, and died away at twenty-one,
Lieutenant in the Austrian artillery. There
seems to have been a remarkable parallelism
in the fortunes of these two Priaoas. One
I died at twenty-one; the other was killed at
I twenty-three, Bonth had brilliant prospects
at birth ; both were born after long and an
r zious. expectation; both lost their imperial
r fathers; both wore forced to quit their na
a tive country; both aor educated in foreign
i ?Yhilitary achools--ono in Auqatris, the other
t in England; both were of delicate constitu
tion; both were amiable, generous .pnd;
I estimable, without inherting the paternal,
- strezngth; both. pineJ for opportunities;
- both cane to, an pintiimely end. - Thetwo
* ouths wiere na gent.Qi and likpable..as theln
Sa thers were selfish, -rpol and .treseberous,
Vet .their fathers hiad uaga ent guecess
up to a certain time, and, l ei hr power
e by overweening ambition,. Thr ssom9
thing ver dramatic in the fact thtthe sole
- son of apwI., thj, t in away
4 dera jme shop ld pv
ri Zut a e a
THE SILENT BATTLE.
The war that 8pring and Winter wages
Goes on in silonoe, day by day ;
8trong youth against decrepit age,
New growth opposed to dark decay.
The strife of hope against despair, .
Life against death ; and, morn by morn
A tender warmth is in the air,
And richer hues and hopes are born.
And lo, on every side appears
The hurrying bost of spring's advance
The crowding grass, with bristling spears,.
The brook-side rushes' ready lance.
The javelins of daring reeds,
The Iris-sprout's keen bayonet-thrust,
With rank and flle of stutdy weeds. 4
Rising exultant from thq dust.
Eaoh day a fresher guidon flaunts,
Marking the 'vantage ground by turns;
The arrow-heads of watei-plants,
The hard-olonched fiste of valiant ferns.
The willow's ponnon's, bravo and fair,
The wild fla.'s sharp and slender blade,
With every force of earth and air,
Join boldly in the glad crusade.
'Till winter's slon struggles cease,
And cold and darknoss fall and flee,
And all the hillc are fair with Peace,
And green with Palms of Victory I
8he Wanted Two.
There is no reason why the inventor of a
remedy to "cure the worst case of catarrh
inside of flive minutes," shouldn't feel it his
duty to place a bottle of the same in every
person's hand-price twenty-five cents; no
cure no pay." Therefore, the long-legged
chap, who pulled the doorbell on John R.
strcet the other day, had none of that ti
midity in its bearing which characterizes
rag-buyers, lightning-rod men and sollei
tors for the fire sufferers. le had a good
thing and he know it. When the door
opened, and a haid-featured woman about
forty years of age, confronted him, he plea
santly went to business and asked:
"Madam, Is your husband ever troubled
with the catarrh?"
"Canl a man who has been dead seven
years he troubled with the catarrh ?" she
"But the children are liable to be at
tacked any hour of this season," he re
"I never bad any, airl What brought
you here, anyway? Why (1o you'oome
asking these qluestiOns ?"
"Madam, I have compounded a remedy
for the catarrh. It is a good thing. I'll
warrant It to knock any case of catarrh
sky-high in less than five minutes."
"Well sir, what is all this to me I"
'Why, madam-why-" he stammered.
"lDo I look as If I needed any catarrh
remedies?" she demanded, as she steppe:
Lut on the pl)atform.
"Madam, I would not for the world have
you think that I thought you had the ca
tarrh, but I suppose the fair ana. io-i,.
strong." " " ~" -11 "'^'" ~ ^ -
"And what have I got to do with all
that rigmarole? Who are you, sir, and
what do you want?"
"Madam, he whispered, laking down
one step; I hive a compoimd remedy for
"Whose catarrh, sir?
"Madam, I am selling my catarrh-"
"Where is your catarrh-where Is it I
lie got down on the second btep, and
"Madam, I have a sure cure for the ca
tarrh, and I ami selling lots of it."
"Well, what do I caref Must you ring
my doorbell, and tell me that you are sel
ling lots of catarrh medicine "
Le got down on the walk, clear of the
step~s, andl he tried to look beautiful around
the mouth as ho explained:
"Madam, did~n't Isask 'you If your hus
band was ever troubled with catarrh?"
"Yes, sir, and didn't I reply that he
was dead? Do you want to see his grave.
".No,,madanm, I do not. I'm sorry he's
dead, but my catarrh remedy can't help -
him any. Good, bye, madam."
"Here, sir, hold on a minute!" she
called; "what was your business with me ?"
"Why, I have a remedy for the ea
"So you said before."
"I askedi you if you didn't' want to pur
"You are a falsifier, sir-you never
asked me to purchase!"
"D~o-you-wat/~-a-e--bottle?" he slow
"Yes, sir ; .givo nm two of them; here's
my. money I Next time you want to sell
your catarrh remedy, don't bgnto talk
about the discovery of America byClum
bus. Hero you've botherdd me fiten mi
nutes and put all miy work behind, and its
good for you that' I didn't bring the broom
to the door!",
lie retreatened backward through the
gate his loft eye squinted up andJ~te mouth
open. He shut the gate, leanediver it and
looked at the front door. By and by hie
"Darn 'em! You, g'eyogitqil where to
.find 'em." .. , ,
ltem.elle. for pipgsr(
It is diflicult to tell which are time best
remedies for stingse There is so muokh
difference In the effect- ipon dlfferedA
Individuals anid upon different parts of
the body, as well as in" thedeptha a
sting reaches, that rdniedIas efedtual in
one Instance wIll be, useles Akiphother.
Ammonia, soday or saltand sne&mlzfed
and slightly moistened, are probably as
efilolent as anythinig. Camphor,. taken
internally, seems tos possess a virtue
when the -sting Is severe enough to
cause biotches upon the alIi A well
as when applied, exteriia~ When
stung in the throat, dtjl ~ Atn of
salt and wateor Is ss~d.,t0 giy seri.
ous. censequences. Whetkensny o
these remedies. are applied ok not It is
har'dly necessary to say tb#tiesh~
should be remove4 as 6nL A1'
ble. In dphlyt this It b ld *
't4the s sngit abouI4 'et
sucha wAa not Wd'
the polo 4sn
.a oltn stp