OCR Interpretation

The news and herald. (Winnsboro, S.C.) 1877-1900, June 21, 1898, Image 1

Image and text provided by University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC

Persistent link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn93067705/1898-06-21/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

.....-.---- ---.--- ..-- -- .- - -- ---- --- . - tatt uCn
The little Iadv sh:a'es her hcal.
And vows t- - he will never n"d ;
But even wii!v the tale she to !s.
Tiere com:^s a sound of 'eddig-bells !
The starry emblen, of freedc-',float
ing frou a tall $ag-staff on the pa de
ground at Fort Bufo:d. swayed giM-e
fully in the afternoon breeze. The
small e:panse et t'_rf that sloped down
to the swiitly-rollng Missouri was
,dtted with trim buildings which had
seemirgly won a martial appearance
from their oeupant3. A chill was no
ticeable in I he air. though June
refgned, and countless mosquitoes
reigne: also. hovering in dense swarms
over the willows near the river's edge
-mosquitoes whose spiteful sting was
altogether out of proportion to their
size. Even the stoical Indians from
Ahe Gros Ventres ' village, two miles
north, just over the boundary line in
3fontana. were visibly affected by
these ubiqiuitous pests and waved
eagles' wings bafore their impertur
bable grave faces as they stood upon
the banks while a cargo of military
suppiies was being unloaded from a
"down-river" boat.
.,&ther and thither, across the pa
-ground,figures in blue were mov
ing : slow lv---zoldiers with the dull,
apathetic countenances characterizing
so many troops upon the northwestern
frontier. Bitt today there was a bright
ening of faces, a quickening of steps.
for the "down-river" had bronht let
ters from the States and ho:ne.
- An unusually generous mail, too. I
Several men laughed when they saw
Zack Brayton with a deeper bronze on
his cheeks and a letter in his hand.
He had never been known to receive
one'since the coming of the company
to Fort Buford. He was a tall, awk
ward fellow, one of those shambling
men who suggest some mistake on the
part of nature in choosing material too
hastily. He stood now just outside
the gymuasium,the letter fluttering in
his grasps the torn envelope crushed
in one strong hand. He had read it
ove'r t-ice and was beginning at the
firs.t age again, mumbling it indis
i 'You and me ain't so much to
each other as husband and wife
,. oughter be. If we had, you wouldn't
never-have gone away. I've . kept si
lenee_a long time, waiting for you to
say;you cared, but you don't say that
yet;,and now it's my cough and the
strange feelings - all over me that
makes~me write. The doctor says it
't "lo'g- and thee's. little Ji -
and the baby-' --
He stopperd y ant crumpled
the itiful scrawl in his brawny fist
and pnshedthe back of h'shand across
his deep-set eyes.
"I don't know rightly what I'll do,"
he began, .desperafely, and then he
straightend uD as a comrade ap
proached, laughing.
"LTots of news, Zack?" "he queied
in a:teasing.way'.
'The man looked at his interlocutor
with a dazed expression.
"Hcw's all the folks?" persisted the
A puzzled expression settled on
S Zack Brayton s face. He dug one!
foot -doggedly into the turf. "It
warn't her fault--never!" .he aut
"Oho! It was a lover's quarrel,
hey?" quizzed the soldier.
"No; it warn't no quarrel." fiercely
replied Zack, and then he as suddenly
strode awar.
Ten minutes later Z'ach Brayton
stood mor'e awkwardly than ever be
fore the highest authority in the fort.
That ofiler had received pleasant
ner.-s from home, and he unbent his
military dignity to a surprising degree
and was chatting merrily with several
'Well. my man?" was his iemark
whenZack's priesence wvas noticed.
. Tlheprivate saluted awkwardly. He
beganto speak in a low, hesitating
".Beggin' y-er pardon, colonel, but
ITve got a word I'd like to say-least
wise, if
"Talk to your captain,'' interrupted
the o:fficer. recalling his dign-ity now.
He wtas tired of hearing complaints.
and there had been too many of late.
"Not as ITd oughter bother you, sir:
but the fact is-"
"We~l, speak out: what is it?'' said
the ofni:er, with some show of imupa
A (dull wave of color arose in t he
private's faLce He had never seemed
so potdermously awkward.
Myv wife "he began.huskily; "she
is sick. an' I 'lowed maybe you had a
wife. co'lonel. an' you'd know how--"
"W here is she?"
"akin Missoury."
"An 1 'ou want a furlough? It's
imosile ir. If we heeded half
th viqests we shouldn't have a sol
.dier left on his post. Don't you see,
"Yes. i', replied Zack, simnply.
When he~ was clear of the quartern
he !emned '.;ainst a pos as if needing
surPON"'isoe sort. Yet Zac'k was
a strn mau~.. certainly.
The~ qoiiers qutizzed him a goodl
* deal, in ai-iongh manner,.at ness, ab',n
his lo;ele,tier. He did not utter
word4 in reiy. but there wvas ai. in
us' al look of determination settling!
- do'" upon hbuineouth features.formu
n Pte hard lines they~ had never noe
ce'd~' before.
The dars at Fo t Buford are long in
Tune. There is nb evening.
In this high latift'de the sun cheats
you out of the evenfgg hours and sets
at nearly 1(0 o'r-lookt\ A detachment
of troops weore assisking~ the steamboati
roun'aMuts in nuloatdim utilitary sup-I
Ob. you vy tru:: the! ftckl. yan
That osf_y 1'.:ts te _ ,_ rl..; n,
But r.oi the:- dainty littlF h:'ad1
TEhati hn t: i t-viii not vced.
1--r rr V-1--b. in SuribnAr'S.
N TZ RMY -4 k
plie. At dark. ilambi ;eaut: were flar
ing from the boat's ^uaids. by the
lighlt of n%bich they comipleted their
laboi. T he,! tiR b!uecoats mr'!ched
br.ck to the barraek preceded by it
tri at g llav"Un LC .
A tew i taii1is. l!uiddled upon
the boie de -k, were grumiblin; unit
edly ab1out some title, as Misouri
river ronstabouits have a habit of
doing. The night becan!:e very dark
at last-- so dark that even had one
been looking in that. direction he
would not have niced a mau who
erept out of t'ie willow bog and, step
ping cautiou- y into an Indian "bull
boat" at the wharf.drifted off with the
swift curie jt. under cover of the
f: iendly shadows.
In a few momnents.at best, the man's
absence from the fort wokld be dis
covered. It was one chance in a hun
dred, but Zack Brnvon took that
chance and floated down the river.
The lights of the -teamer receded in
the darkness; not a sound broke the
stillness save the plalh, plash of. his
padd.e. Bendi:!g forward. straining
his eyes to ach the first glimpse of
dauger in whatever for n, the current
b::re hi!r on.
"Oniv f-:tr her-her and the cliit
dren. be miutte-ed under his breath.
while his eves gi ew moist. Fe wiped
them astil.as though anyone could
p'ercei1e his wefiuess.
On-.u! The water undulated
greatly nder the boat a he floated
on its broad, datrk b.somr. Now the
current set in near the share.and mys
te ious sound: were bolne out to him
from those wiid forest derths-sounds
neither man nor beast coutd make. A
lone owl hoote:l clis:ually from a tree
top. Instantly the woods seemed
alive with strange responses. He felt
awed and heaved a sigh of relief when
the current bore himu far out into the
stream once mere.
With the first flush of dawn the sol
dier guided his primitive craft to the
shore, drew it up out of the water and
managed to hide the unwieldy bulk in
the bushes. He looked at the stretched
buffalo skin with affection. thinking
what a good turn it was doing hin.
All day he lay concealed in the vicin
ity, not a mouthful of food entering.
his lips. With the gathering darkness
he was soon afloat, bound for "down
river'' and the old Missouri home.
Wecould scarcel fell UeuAe
are to keeu c . - 6 he sired
was to escap~e those who were doubt
less pnrsuing him. Wandering In
dia -s gave hiin food when he dared
seek it. He h'ld his breath when he
nassed the fort.s and settlements on
the river banks in the night. He
even fancied that the beatings of his
heart could be hieard on either shore.
"If Elviry knowed how it war,'' he
said to himself. "she might be
a-prayin' fur moe, as she uster."
The tho:.ght ga-:e him renewed
courage. He bent to the paddle with
a giant's strength. and the bull-boat
went along faster than the current,yet
con!d not keep paae with his impa
At length he began to chuckle grim
ly wi:h sa:isfaction. Hour by hour
he felt that he wvas nearing home. In
dian wigwauts no longer dotted the
plains. Dark objects loomed rup on
the hill. w-hi lh he. knew to be school
houses or chareb-ces. Stea:nboats
pa sed miore freg~nently, and he w'as
obliged to use geat caution ra avoid
ing them. althiougnhoe ever remained
c-uL i-' the river lat at night. Still he
chuckled, f-i every haour lessened the
ianger They- would never lookfo
him ' *o far iv river ii urely--the
vO'1d 1thm'ik he had fled toward th lin
t e ior.
"T'omoarro - -' ig .e assured himr
self. "Il Iv th- ie river and tramp
fo.r it."
Ri.x face briguirenedi: the sky, the
rer. lIme plin to.ok upi a new expres
3:on of hoetuluiess,and the remainder
of that night his pa idles ilipped fu
casin gly.
"Irraps she ain't quite so bad off
as the doctor thinks. arter al!. an' I
kin t'ake care of her now; an' I'd just
work for her." HeJ dropped the pad
dIes a moment as a pleased smile
cept over his b)-rnzedl face.
"Ah: the chillern has growed like
sixty,.in] course."
The heavens setee to don an an
swering smnile, the ea4t bursting into
a rosy glow, while thle dlistant hills
and rolling prairies assumeid new and
delicate tints of be-autiful summer
"'It ain't the wust sort o' world,av tev
all--it can't be so badu as all that." h
went on, disce:>nuertely.
Yet all arou ni him the~ river rushed
in a disc-olored,. rap-id flood. The
.nne rise" v::: s sw. da:zg do~wn from
the nt hern n:ucntalins: the unsightly
iand .hra hv crocealed beneath the
dshig waves; legs, trees, debris of
vairirn kirnds. v.ecit whirling past.
(jn.:e the ca~rc-;ss of a b)uffalo-shot
needes-ly by :-omue passenger on an
n riv boot. loubhtl's -hore down
-ain Ihimn, aund h e waa ob.liged to
pu-sh awa.. with n1r. ladrile.
"How tihey rim;t a' growed!"' he r-e
peeted to bhiaself, oheerilyv. 1t seemed
as' thoughn he hra-i heen away a ee-c-i
tury His head dlrooped. as a suicces
sion of homely inrcidlents passed
through his quickened brain.
A village, with its white-spired
church, rose from the nearer bank.
The boat.carried arofund in an ab.rupt
beud arid suddenly deflected from its
* - /
course by a strong eddy, hea1e1 di4
:retly for that shore. The wary voys
ager.yielding for one instant to a sud
den sense of securit' and repose. sat
with drooping face and made no re
There was a sudden shock. The lit
le boat bumped violently against a
snac. and some one cried out from the
giards of a steamboat at that moment
preparing to push out into the stream.
The startled soldier lifted his head
and sat as though petrified. A detach
ment of United States troops met his
bewildered gaze.
Sud:ienly he seized the paddle with
fi anti: haste. Would Elviry never
know how he had tried?
An officer was standing on the lower
"A deserter, by Heaven!" he ex
claimed to the sergeant at his side.
Then. in a stentorian ,o;ce, he com
"Pull in shore, if you value your
But the man in the boat paid no at
tention. He began to push out with
rapid, energetic strokes. How clumsy
the craft seemed to him then-how
slowly the distance widened between
him and the dreaded foe!
Cold beads of perspiration glistened
on his face. The morning sunshine.
flooding the river with golden beams,
showed clearly his tense, agonized ex
pression with startling vividness.
If he could only reach the other
side! Then Elviryand the children
"Halt, you fool:"
Zack Brayton pulled away with the
unreasoning, desperate energy of de
There was a hurried order, the
traup of feet on deck, fol!owed by a
kiry flash and the sharp crack of mus
keti v.
The deserter arose to his full height
in the toppling canoe. His hands
clatteaed the air, and then his stalwart
form sank into the rushing, turbid
waves of the Missouri.
Only the little boat. aimless and un
guided. drifted on toward "down-river"
-and Elvirv.-New York News.
Greece has 152 newspapers.
Australia sends cocoanut oil to Eng
Thunder can be heard nine miles
Persia has only women carpet
All beggars in Italy must be duly
Gloves made of frogskin ara the lat
est novelty.
France gather.s a window tar. on..
more than nine million. houses. .
A map of Jerusalem i n nosai
1500 fear old, has i y
e +i.ue.
or 83 es te c re z -
est descent in the shortest distarce of
almost any stream.
The entire collection of coins and
medals in theBritish Museam consists
of nearly 250,000 specimens.
A pair of lovers in New Jersey who "
have been engaged since 1839 have
just issued cards for their wedding.
There is a clock in Brussels which
has never been wound b- human
hands. It is kept going 1 y the wind.
From 1868 to 1881 it is estimated
that no less than 31,000,000 buffaloes1
were slaughtered on the great plains
of the United States.
Nearly 1,200,000 pounds of colors
are used by the United States gov
ernment annually for printing paper
money, revenue and postage stamps.
Veneer cutting has reached such
perfection that a single elephant's
tusk, thirty inches long, is now cut
into a sheet of ivory 150 inches long
and 20 inches wide.
In the great volcano district of Ice
land there is a whole mountaia comn
posed of eruptive clays and pure whit4
sulphur. A beautiful grotto penes
trates the western slope to an unknown
The new Br-itish battleship Impla
{R ble is to cost o'er $53.000.000, the
lar-gest sum ever spent in the biild
ing of a snan-of-war. The armnor
plates alone will cost8$750, 000, and the
guins nearly as much.
In the reign of Elizabeth the wear
ing of hats was considered a 4ign of
luxury. By an act of Parliament
every person above the age of seven
yeare, and under a certain degree, was
obliged on Sundays and holidays to
wear a woolen cap, made in England
and finished by some of the fraternity
of cappers.
Envelopes cannot be tampered with
to remove their contints in the mails
without revealing the theft if a new
safetyv device is used, which consists
of a piece of material to be inserted
in the envelope directly under the ad
dr-ess, which becomss damp and blurs
the writing wshen t.h6 back of the en
d-o~pe is steamed or- soaked -to open
the flap.___
Evaporationl of Banana.
The A m:'ica~n consulat Nicaragua re
ports that exper'nents are being made
there to develop an industry of evap
orating ban.up, and that a trial ship
ment has been made to this country.
If successfully established, this indus
try will be of the utmost importance
to many 'Central American states. The
men engaged -'in the experiment, ac
cording to einsular reports, have no
practical knowledge of the business of
drying the fruit, but if it was taken up
by men experienced in the manufac
iure of ;machinery and appliances
adapted th the evaporation of fruits,
a modification to suit this case could
easily be devised, and there would be
an immense demand for such machines
immediately. At present there are
millions of bananas yearly thrown
away 'or allowed to rot on the ground
b'eca.tse they are too small or too ripe
for shipment to the United States,
With the incorporation of the Brazil
ian cruiser Niotheroy into the United
States Navy under the name of the
Buffalo that branch of the service will
have two ships that are unlike those
of any other navy in the world-de
stroyers on a huge plan. These two
ships-the Vesuvius and the Buffalo
-are throwers of dyna'- te. The ex
plosives which the' t-1ow do. not de
pend, as do those thrown from the tor
pedo tubes of ordinary warships or the
missile sent from a torpedo boat, on
any mechanical contrivance inside of
the missile. They travel through the
air, and their propulsive force comes I
from compressed air, which is stored
in a tube that is more hke a gun than
a tube. The shots have ranges far su
perior to those of the torpedo and ac
curacy which is almost perfect.
The one question is whether large
ships like these can get. near enough
to an enemy to reach-him with their
shot. They are not like torpedo boats
or torpedo boat destro s. They are
large and noticeable obj
the Vesuvius is armored, the Bu alo
has little def ensive power. But if they
do get near enough to n enemy to
/, -
use their dynamite gans ~properly the f
hip against which .they operate is
doomed. io'armor.;no .strength of
constraction; buikh,ads can save
the warship thatisstrnk by the tre
maendo.ur rage .fanitrcgiyeerine or
egplosive gelatine.itEwhich the aerial
torp do islaa'ed. _l
r orr lIy was a.
the DMor1
Sh .as ouight i e
.of Brazil in the e of the last 1
revo iition there, and: to be used
against the insurge , . who had
seized the navy and we bombarding
the forts in the harbo of Rio de
/ 1
aeiro. She was refitted pretty thor
ughly as a cruiser, and her coal
un.Ls were so arranged that they
rotect the machinery and the parts
eessary to operate the gun. The.
latter is mounted in the bow, and
rojects through an opening in the
par deck, giving it a clear range for
vard and permitting a free motion on
each side, so that it can be trained
either to port or starboard. The air
eservoirs of the gun are in the.lower
hold, on the starboard side, directly
nder the gun, and a central air-pipe
leads up through the foundations
n which the carriage of the gun
rests. Shields protect thLe weapon
and the men who serve it.
On the way to Brazil the crew prac
ticed with it, using "dummy-' pro
jectiles, and its accuracy was found
remarkable. The gun was so new, how
ever, that the men were almost as
much afraid of it as the enemy was
expected to be, and there was consid
erable relief on board when it was
found on arrival in Brazil that there
would be no need for firing it with
real dynamite, as the revolution w as
over. Since then the successful in
stallation of two batteries of these
guns in United States forts has made
artillerists more confident, and much
reliance is placed in the work of both
the Vesuvius and the Buffalo.
One weakness of the dynamite gun
system is the fact that the projectiles
are discharged with compressed air.
This make~s necessary a special plant
which, of course, means complica
tions of the kind that every naval
officer is anxious to avoid. It is not
so bad on land, where the necessary
steamt plant can be proteted with
eat1'r- im4 n a ship the matter
is different. Against this objection
the gun offers these advantages over
the submarine torpedo: It has
greater range, is almost absolutely
accurate, and the projectiles cannot
be stopped in its course by torpedo
nets or exploded by rapid fire guns,
as it is too swift in its ''ight.
The aerial torpedo which is thrown
from the dynamite guns on these two
-ships is shaped like the head of a
rocket and is about ten feet long.
Spiral vanes guide its flight and the
explosive charge, consisting of from
200 to 500 pounds of nitro-glycerine,
is in the head and middle of the pro
jectile. When loaded the entire af
fair weighs 1000 pounds. It can be
-et to explode either on impact or by
a time fuse. A rauge of 2000 yards
,ntire ACfuracy is attainable.
As saiGefoi~-th uestion is
whether a ship carrying 'i
could get near enough to a tack an en
emy. To approach an alert ship of war
close enough to use the dynamite gun
the Vesuvius or the Buffalo must steam
for several miles under fire, for the
ordinary powder guns of any warships
will throw shot at least three or four
miles, and the big guns will carry
seven miles with fair accuracy. The
dynaie ..owers must rsh
,efi: eedof
-- ese s, would mean that
hey would be exposed-to it for fifteen
ninutes at the least before they could
reply. But if they survive this fire
nd drop one projectile within fifty
rards of the greatest battleship afloat,.
he result will be the enemy's annihil
tion. No craft can withstand the
hock of an explosion cf the amount
>f gelatine or nitro-glycerine which
:heir projectiles can carry.
It is somewhat misleading to speak
>f dynamite guns when referring to
;he dynamite battery on Sandy Hook.
What they are really is torpedo tubes
:hat discharge aerial torpedoes instead
>f the submarine variety. The, tubes
tre mounted like cannon, and -to an
extent look like them; but, exactly
speaking, they are torpedo tubes, and
sothing else. Like the submarine tor
pedo. they are of use only at close
range. or what is considered close
range in these days of high power steel
cannon which throw shot ten miles.
The dynamite battery has an extremG
range of only 4300 yards, a little over
two miles.
The accuracy of fire of the dynamite
battery is great. This is due to the
absolute evenness of the propelling
force. Compressed air projects the
torpedo. The best of powder varies
in pressure, while compressed air is
exact. The full calibre projectile
(called full calibre in distinction from
the smaller projectiles, which arc made
to fit the tube by means of fingers)
weighs 1000 pounds, 500 pounds of it
being explosive gelatine, either nitro
glycerine or guncotton, and it is tired
with an air pressure of 1000) pounds
to the sqame inch. This pressure is
exerted so evenly and gradually that
the explosive is not shocked into pre
mature detonation, and it is so steady
that the unwieldy torpedo or projec
tile hits with remarkable accuraey.
The enormous charge would wreck the
hull of any battleship afloat. even if it
did not strike the ship directly. but
exploded anywhere within lifty feet of
it under water.
There are two dynamite batteries at
forts in this country. One is in Fort
Scott in San Francisco Harbor and the
other is in Fort Hancock, on Sandy
Hook. The Fort Scott battery con
sists of three fifteen-inch and the Fort
Hancock battery has two fifteen-inch
and one eight-inch tube or gun. The
torpedo boat Vesuvius has fifteen-inch
A Kansas genius introduced a bill
in the legislature against snoring in
sleeping cars, hotels churches and
other places where the practice is
more or less annofQ~',
One ?Iust Ee an Expert to Drink From
It Gracefulir.
The Cubans have a domestic utensil
called a "water monkey;that is to be
found in houses, hotels and offices. It
answers the same pu pose as the olla
in Mexico and the clay jugs of India.
It is made ot gray porous clay and is
manufactured in Malaga; "where the
raisins coie from." By absorption
aud evaporation a blanket of cool air
surrounds the jug continually a-id
keeps the water almost as cold as if it
contained ice. In a country where ice
is both scarce and expensive these
jugs are indispensable.
-The water monkeys have two aper.
tures.76e -a .t the size of a -dollar,
through which riaer is poured into a
glass. On the opposite side is a pro
tuberance with a small hole -imnning
through it. From this the experece
Cuban drinks without touching it to
his lips. When about to drink he
holds it two or three inches from his
mouth, into which the tiny stream of
water pours. Gradually and slowly
ne lifts the monkey away from him
until it is almost at arm's length, the
water continuing to flow from the
monkey down his throat. Occasion
ally the drinker gulps, and when his
thirst has been -satisfied he returns
the monkey tpward his mouth, then
suddenly tips it up, shutting off -the
stream. It takes considerable experi
ence to drink out of a water monkey.
gracefully. The beginner sends a
stream of water down his neck instead
of his throat four times out of five,
intil he has mastered the art.
ndet Charles Boone, -of Dayton,. Ohio..
Had That Honor. . . -'.
Cadet Charles Boone, the Dayton
Ohio) boy who sent the first shot of
he war into Cuba from his gun on
he flagship New York, in the bom
oardment of Matanzas Harbor, re
eived his appointment to Annapolis
hrough Congressman Sorg. He had
Utnited States Naval Officer who fired the
first shot into Cuba.)
been in the school four years and was
detailed on the New York a few months
ago. He is but little more than
twenty years old, but is spoken of
highly by his superior officers.
At once, on being transferred to
the flagship, he was placed in charge
of an eight-inch gun, with twenty
four men under him. W hen the or
der came from Rear-Admiral Samp
son to "cut loose," he sent the first
ball straight through and through the
walls of the Spanish fort, tearing
away everything mn its path.
At the Soda-Wa'r Fountain.
Spanish Fizz-'-"What will you
Commodore Dewey--'ll take Ma
i state lunceh in China contains 146
A burden which one chooses is not
After the fight., there are lots of
brave men.
One thorn of experience is worth a
whole wilderness of warning.
There is no dispute managed with
out a passion, and yet there is scarce
a dispute worth a passion.
The fear that our kind acts maybe
received with ingratitude shouldnever
deter us from performing such acts.
What we call forces are only God's
methods, and they are as.secret as he
is. "No man hath seen force at any
Houses, ships and men are not-made
for calm hours, sunny seas andfreedom
from tril, but to stand storms, tem
pests and temptation.
We are reproached with forgetting
others; we forget ourselves a thousand
times more. Memory is the least ego
tistical of our faculties,
If any one speaks ill of thee, can
sider whether he hath truth on his
side; and if so, reform thyself, that his
censures may not affect thee.
Tact is a gift; it is likewise a grace.
As a gift, it may or may not have fallen
to our share; as a grace, we are bound,
either to possess or to acquire it.
The great duty of life- is not to give
pain; and the most acute reasoner can
not find an excuse for one who volun
tarily wunds the heart of a feliow
creatui e. -
The desire to be physically,perfeet
is almost universal. Lore of the beau.
tiful is an instinct.of.the human mind,
as is mother's love. We- are born with
responsiveness to beauty in all things.
Admiration of beauty in'man or wo
man is as legitimate as is -admnration
of a dew-drenched rose.
Excellent people-sometimes regret.
that there are so many differences of
opinion upon a single subject. If af!
were agreed, they say. how., smoothly
an oniously might all work
together for-. general good! They
forget that, weri4 p_ossible. there
wousd be no consensus truth, no
gathering together of its many
no comparison of its many aspects.'
Useful Pigeons.
Among the impossible things that
have happened of late is the sending
of a report of rescue at sea' thrlagh'
the agency of a pigeon. This- pigeon 1y
had not flown to land where-he:woad.
enjoy a chance of-discovery and of
imparting his-news to any witness,e
but was on .his way there, He .g"
flying over the wide Arastes.of the
Atlantic and boardea siip bodnd
Swansea. The rLe=sa
Was e
her trp ight be delayed r,
Theleeinp f pW~f
ay Iauxiety respecti the ,
ship, and' it also indi tes m a
prising way the usefalness of these ,
carriers in situations where the mails
are not to be relied upon: In casee of
war it is probable that pigeons wonfd
carry news from point to point across
spaces not traversed by the railroad
or the telegraph. The Bretagne, car
ried a hundred of these messengers
when she left Havre, the captain in
tending to liberate them fromjtime to
time, to test their usefulness in case
of accident. .The pigeon thatsalighted
on the steamer that was making for
Swansea met it 250 miles from the
Silly Islands, and nobodykuows how
long a flighit had preceded the meet
ing. In calm weather it .is probable
that the birds would be able to fly for
considerable distances, if their -sense
of direction holds as securely-over the.
untracked water as it does across the
land. The managers of the Frenchl
line contemplate the supply of pigeons
to every vessel of their fleet, so that
in the event of encountering any other
ship in the fog, or driving against .a
rock or an iceberg, news of the disas
ter might reach the land more speedily
and surely than by the antiquated and
uncertain method of committig mes
sages in bottles to the waves.-Brook
lyn Eagle. .
Swam a Eiver to Gs a Wife.
William Gunn, a young man of this
town, has proved his loyalty to his
sweetheart in a way which few young
men could rival, says a telegram from
Covigton, Ga. He has been engaged
for some time to Miss Emily yackson
of Henry County, and, on attempting
to cross the South River bridge to the
churci, where the bridal party was
awaiting him, he was informed ify the
guard that the ,County Commissioners
had declared a smallpox quarantine,
and, unless he could produce a health
certificate, he would not be allowed to
proceed to fill his engagement. Yoying
Gunn walked a.bout half a mile from
the guards, stripped, and with' his
clothes on his back, swam the turbu
lent, icy stream, resumed his garments,
and presented himself at the church.
After the wedding the couple des
cended to the point where he had
emerged from the water, boarded a
small boat, and, again eluding the
quarantinie officials, reached the oppo
site shore in safety.-Mobile (Ala.)'
Why she Did Not Weep.
An emotional preacher in England
observed one Sunday that the whole
of his congregation, with the excep
tion of one little girl, who' sat quite
alone, was in tears. -He thereupon
directed all his power toward the
child, drawing such tonching pictures
that the congregation grew niore and.
more overcome, sobbing and crying,
but the child still stared at him dry
eyed, and at length he was obliged to~
give it up and end his sermon. Meet
ing the child outside he upbraided.
her for her hard-heartedness, and.
asked her why she did not'we~ep.
"It is not that I'm hardhjearted,"
the child responded, "but belong to
~nother parsh, "-.Chicago Nws

xml | txt