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A aUGjisiloAT^TIIoll jjJLe|tH
Editor Orangeburg Democrat :
Wo were much '.plonsed with your
abort editorial in a few issues back,
on tbe subject of "Teacher's Conven
tions," and our WiJy^regtffifc'w^sjthat
you ^cVfto^wrrfe'^re. ?No* ?fcofo
effective agent than the press can bo
employed in stirring up the people
nnd bringing-subjeej3'?pfl importance
to their attention. These "Teacher's
Unions" or "Conventions," just as it
several of the upper counties of the
State. Sparlanburg has had such an
organization for some years, and it
is working successful!}', and advai^
tageousjy to the teachers connected
wjth it. Greenville has her "Union,"
nnd the work.of educating her youth
nnd. disseminating useful knowledge,
is progressing harmonious]}'. Fair
field,,. Abbeville, and KewbeYry have
filed in and are reaping the benefits
of their teachers' meetings. Then
why may ndt we in Oraiigcburg coun
ty, follow their example? Is it that
we are so highly skilled in the science
of teaching that our stock of knowl
edge cannot bo 'farther increased by
mutually disoussing.with our felloto
laborers subjects vitally connected
"with our high calling. As a member
of that honorable fraternity, wc an
swer, No 1?at least our. side of the
house is not too full.
The objects of suoh organizations
are many?the prime one being .the
mutual improvement of. the teachers
themselves, and a consequent cleya
tion of the profession of teaching \p
that station to which it is entitled by
its importance! Views and experi
ences are interchanged. The, teach
ers give their experience?not their,
conception. They tell, not what they
think might be (lone, but what they
have none, or, having fairly tried,
have failed to do. In this way they
are very beneficial. ? ,?" . '
-_j0^tieTBr unions, ?n'd societies' pf
every co'hc.clv/ablc.'hainc and for al
most every object under the sun,
have been-organised for the mutual
benefit o,f their members.
For the promotion of Agriculture
the people have been harangued and
aroused from their lethargy, aiid a
permanent organisation formed, and
the press and olhcr effective agencies
employed to ",kecp tho subject before
the peo?le," and to urge forward the
car of agricultural improvement.
This is right?this is commendable.
The wplfarc of the country requires
it, and in this work wo shall lend a.
pushing hand. Nor have the people
been wanting in their attention to
politics. Sumptuous and extrava
gant entertainments have been pro
vided to pall out the humblest peas
ants, to inform their minds and enlist'
their feelings, and direct their influ
ence to tho preservation of their civil
and religioqs liberties. This wa?
necessary for a'cbrrect decision of the.
great questions at issue. \Yhy have
the teachers not organized ! Should
we esteem polities above education ?
Why is it itnnecesshry'for those who
wield the "birchen sceptre," those to
whose care tho.(joining.of immortal
minds is confided, to meet and di8
puss the best modes of fulfilling their
high' mission? Will some Solon
please rise and explain. We seo no
reason for their inactivity in a matter
that shapes the weal or woe of our
ponnqonwealth. It is only the unpar
donable) obstjnaCy ill KTachers that
prevents the 'united efforts so neces
sary for tbpiv interest and the im-,
provement of those ^yhom they in
struct.. Is the office-seeker of more
importance than'' tjie school teacher ?
Then let,us havo' a, PToachers' Con
vention" in Orangobtirg. Let two or
three of the leading^ teachers in the
Pountyvmeebj UpVifll a{tin>b/select?
a place, and let us organize. To the
Jhe front, y^e,pedagogues IT$pjv can
any orioAvho iov'es his profession feel
^different < towards .? w movement
which has for its object the encour
agement a,nd promotion of the educa
tion of the children of our country?
**Lay on, McDufT," and let's go to
work. Tho machinery is simple, it
can bo run without expense. This
last item is very gratifying indeed.
Jf there is one subject more than
all other? that should engage the at
tention and careful consideration of
parents, statesmen, and thinking pco
pie, that subject is thu best means of
educating the rising generation.
\Looking out upon the youth of our
country, rapidly entering upon the
grnndj F?"H>f C^<Mr9ft' ^roSF^
need of intellectual and spiritual cul
ture, spending their lives beclouded
by mentai darkness, tracking with
regular stcns,.tho,. (RAHJftP of vipe and
debauchery reacting tho^preci?us tal
ents couiiijittcd to their, qhurgq, and,
thwarting the wiso. purposes of {?heir
Creator, is4euoi"g.b lP .roau<?, parents
and educators shudder. In view of the
calamities of the late civil war? the
complete disorganization of our so
cial system, the high carnival of
crime and moral turpitude unparal
leled in the history of the world, and
^hc fact we are yet staggering from
the effects of this terrible blow, these
and kindred thoughts should stir up
the people of the South, and especial
ly of our own State, and induce them
to look to higllcrTncah's'Clnin the mere
ascendency of pne particular political
party, for the restoration of these ed
ucational facilities.they once enjoyed.
Wo must work for posterity. Man
was not made" for himself. But Mr.
Editor, space is too limited to contin
ue these thoughts, and we refrain till
another time.
Let us have the "Teacher's Con
vention."' Can not sonic other teach
er let us hear from him or her?
-Hr.cn-Ji: ans.
St. Matthews' Acapk?iv.
j Specific Against Hydrophobia. ,
Dr. Grzyvala, of , Krivoo Qzeroc,
Pddolia, Russia, for. whose tiu&twqvr.
thlness Prof. Gublcr, of Paris, youch
es? declares that, after a series of cru
cicai tofertyW0, *3**fj?y
'length, he has found that, after hav-j
ingi! had^pportunities of treating at
,least 10G Ca3cs of men bitten by rabid
dogs with \\\o: ^anthium Spinosxim,
.he has never in any of these cases,
failed tip ward .oil* .hydrophobia. He
gives, some startling examples. Du
ring the Crimean i war, a'> familj' of
? twelve . persons were bitten by a hy
drophobic wolf.. - Six of tbotn entered
his waiU'.aHbQ jjospjtjil; alOJiohajokai
government of Podolia, district ^>f
' BalQ! ? fTuSjif e)$treltc cT wi (hi in ftist
iqn of leaves of cxlhanium, and all
recovered. The six others, who were
treated by the actual cautery and
the daily u36 'of* the gonesta tinctoria
and other drugs, died with dydropho
bla in the course of six to twelve
days. He recounts many ptlmr facts
not less striking. 1 "For an adult, the
dose, is sixty centigrammes of dry
powder, repeated three t',uics a day.
Children undertweWctako half tho
quantity. The dose for animals is
much larger. A herd of thirty oxen
had been boon bitten by a mad wolf,
eight had succumbed the symptoms
of hydrophobia. The commissary of
police came to Dr. Gi?j va'ia.fov nia
'.antirabic powder.' lie gave three
ounces of powder, \vith bran, daily to
each of the remaining animals ; none
of them Buffered from tho disease.
These are examples which Dr. Grzy
vala says he has a hundred others.
?British American Journal.
A Blind IVIan's Suicide.
A suicide which, for a' display of j
cpol. deliberation on the part .qf Ujo
victim, has never been equaled, oc
curred at Zanesvillc, Ohio, at nii ear
ly hour in the.urorningf the self-de
stroyer being Mr. Frederick 11 elbig, a
German, formerly a stone-mason, and
of later.years a contractor. About
the first of last November Ilelbig had
made a desperate eirort to take his
life by meaus ,of a pislol-iball, ho be
ing found in his stable clotted with
blood and with his" eyes, through
which the'ball bird passed, "hanging
out of his race. Through skillful
medical attendance and patient
nursing bytho broken-hearted wife
he' recovered his vigor, but never
his sight^beiug. totally blind there
after. 'Being naturally arr active'
man, this life of a blind man has
Bad the cil'oct of: still; more . effect
ively fixing the' idea of Belf-destrud
ttQiv in his mlndi When the family
arose in the niorning he was missing,
Upon search being instituted, he was
fou?d.seated on ivcnuir in the cellar,
with a bed-quilt wrapped around his j
head, in a lifeless condition, lie ha.l,
with a fMr ^andja^jp^lain, V'JW)S1
session,' felt Ins way to' the cellar,
there seveftHl tlto' gas pipe, - passed
one end up his uoat sleeve, wrapped
him seifen Hilft qniit, pressed his face
to the shoulder-opening of the sleovc,
crossed hia legs, folijcd his rhands
and quietly awaited Uio'ensy death
that ensued. ? 1.
It requires more power to control
fortune than to control kings.
Waiting for Millions.
Detroit nl^p lins her.share of hcirs
oxpeetntit, and it i3 a poor day when
one ean't turn a street corner and up
set at least oue person who behoves
himself entitled to half tho money in
the Hank:of England. 'A few of the
more important caaos may be inter
Henry Smith is the tsccond] cousin,
of a man whose great granfathcr was
run over by .a. carriage in which
George III, was riding: Henry was
lately informed that" his chance of se
curing possession of about half of
England is first-rate.
Thos.. Uelahoe is one of the 0,457
Deluhoes who aro heirs to tho great
Blumfutn estate in i Scotland. All
Tlioniae need do is to prove that one
of his ancestors a an a^ay.- to **a' ?
landed in the Kast Indies, married a
native, set sail for America in a
canoe, landed here in good health and
died ol honorable old age. Just as
soon as tho draying business slacks
up n little Thomas is going to set
about collecting his proof and build
ing a vault in which' to ytorc his
Mary Von Bl?m,' Servant girl, has
just been left a fortune of ?3,000,000
by the death of \\cv uncle, a German
count. There are some little trifles
to be. attended to before she can pay
for a new bonnet out of this legacy.
The principal grille.is.to,establish the
fact'that her uncle had more than
enough to bury him, and that he ever
heard of or knew of a Von Blum in
his life. Just as soon as she receives
the money sljc is going to demand an
increase of 11 fly cent3 per week in'
wages, and tell her mistress Just what
she thinks of a lady who wants pota
toes pared thin.
Edward Skiles1 is heir to the Vast
Lancaster estates in England, or will
be in a few days. His great grand
father was keeper Of IhS bounds for
the, Duke of Lancaster, nnd once
helped his grace out of a m'u?V?itcUlle.
In return lie was promised a fat re
gard.. .;.IIe never got it. It is the
inference that the Duke meant to will
him the estate. Of course he did.
Edward stands ready to prove that
his father i3 the son of his grand falb
er, :ifnd p. 'thpSc^HuErtis^^
what's good for 'em;'they will st bnee
set about shipping tho Lhrioaster es
tate to Detroit in sections.?Free
Words of Wisdom.
Flattery is a kind of bad money to
which our vanity gives currency.
Hard words have never taught wis
dom, nor docs truth require them..
What is the best government?
That which teaches us to govern our
Some hearts, like evening prim
roses, open most beautifully in tho
shadows of life.
It is extraordinary how long a man
may iqc-k among the crowd without
discovering the face of a friend.
There is no wiso or good man'that
wontd change persons or conditions
entirely 'with any man in the world.
He that hath really felt the bitter?
ncss of sin, will fear lo commit it;
and he that hath felt tho sweetness
of mercy will fear to-of rend it.
It is better not to expect or calcu
late consequences. Let us try to do
right actions without thinking of tho
feelings lliey are to call out in others.
"A polite man," said the Due de
Morny, ^is one who looks with inter
est to things he knows all about when
they arc told him by a person who
knows nothing about thorn.
How an Old Grudge was Settlod.
: Taylor Jones wuq shot and killed
by Win. Gardner, at Brunswick, Mo.,
last week., Jones hud ,gotten, ready
to go to Indiana, and was to have
left on the evening of his death. Be
fore ttfjff?'jjjl J}0wey?r, h?-g<bt out to
hunt up Gardner to settle an old
I grudge which ekisted between thorn.
I He found Gardner in the rear of the
postoffice, nh'd,8tud to, him that he
had come to settle the old difficulty.
(Gardner icplied that there was noth
ing to Settle Jones then said : '?You
called mc a-onto and you have
got lo take it back." Gardner said :
"I'll take hack nothing ; you arc ?
-," and nt the same time kicked
at Jones, who drew his pistol and
snapped it at Gardner", who then
also drew his Sjud ?in misled
shooting. Several snots were JJred
by both parUes^'jtjne^a^ehid'uur
times in the region of the heart and
once in the neck. Gardner was shot
in the leg.
A curious story comes to us upon
thef authority of the Prefect of the
District of Caqdeta, in ihc State of
'Cauca, and oh tho'borders of the Bra
zilian empire, of hostilities between
savage Indian tribes, which are mark
ed by tho atrocities commdh' to Cen
tral Africa or the islands of the South
Sea. On the lower part of the 111 vcr
Cuqucta Hvo two trjbes of Indians',
t)io Huitotcs and Gaques, bfctweeii
w}iom appears to be an endless feud.
The original cause of the sanguinary
wars between these two tribes is un
known, but the facts remains thai
they seem to exist but to destroy .and
annihilate pacli other in tho most hor
rible manner. Although the tribe of
the Gaqucs engage in commerce with
any who may visit their territory,
they arc nevertheless veritable canni
bals so far ag the lluilotcs ?ro con
cerned, v/hom they "pint as ,they
would wild bcastq, with the object ol
making prisoners, whom they sell, as
slaves in Brizilian tcrriloryj or rcr
serve for a worse fate, servingvup the
still pafpitating bodies of thcjr. vic
tims as an article of fflod (n(their
horrible ami disgusting feasts- .,The
frightful orgies practiced at- these
barbaric rites are described by a'geil-'
tlciuau named Guzman, a Colombian
who, for commercial purpose?,- visit
ed the country inhabited b'y these
Tho buildings Or temples ini*whibh
the victims are sacrificed about'thirty
metres square, with several doors ort
cither side, and will accommodate
about forty individuals. ' Thc'vfotitn
selected is led by a chief several
limes up und down before Hie assem
bled Bavnges amid- shouts and laugh
ter j'lhc trembling captive is obliged
to pass out and in through tue vari
ous doors, and ab last iq h,Hdw?ft; to
reniaTn"-s*lamfihg"Tn Hie centre of the
building in the" midst of'his savage
destroyers. Then, without a word
of warning, the chief attacks the help
less crpaturc with a club, knocking
him senseless or dead will? the first
blow, arid proceeds to dismember and
divide tho body among those present,
who devour'life remains-without? the
Vormnlity of submitting them to the
fire. Like wild animals- crouched
upon the mud floor they proceed to
their unnatural and horrible feast.
'But the Gariucs are in turn exposed
to the attacks of wandering parties of
Brasillau negroes, whp at cc. tain sea
sons of the year ascend the Caquetn
River, attack dwellings and villages,
make prisoners of men, women and
children,, whom they carry off to their
homes and sell into slaver)'. Hun
dreds of Indians arc thus carried into
slavery ever)' year.
The whole story seems incredible,
and appears to he ono of the vagaries
of a luxuriant' imagination rather
than sober fact. If true, it evinces
remarkable indifference to the condi
tion of tho Indian tribes, who have
been conquered only to be left help?
Icjs and defenseless.?Panama Star
and Herald.
-:-?.? i i
Now I 1
What, then, is the happiest period
of human life? I am sure there is
only one answer. It is now. If I am
doing my duty, to-day is the best day
I ever had. Yesterday had a happi
ness of its own, and up V) this morn
ing it was (.hp best day of all. I
would not, however, live it over
again. I string it, as a new bead, on
the chaplct of praise, and turn to the
better work and tho higher thoughts
of the present tune. Qf all the many
days of life-, give me to-day. This
should bo our . fueling, always, from i
the cradle to the hour when we are
Called to vip higher. Childhood is
best for children,-manhood is best
?for men, and old ago for the silver
haired. We will all join a chorus of
common thnnkgiviug to God, and
wjion askid "Which is the happiest
period?" 'will say, childhood, man
hood, and old ago, alike; "Qh Fath
er, it i;s now !" ,-,,'?;,
Nejtiikb the. Democrats iqior the
Union Grbcnbaekcrs had any clfcct
on the Republicans in lihode Island.
The bosses merely drove their facto
ry operatives to Iho polls at an earli
er hour and made them stay later.
Tho operatives have families to sup
port, iUnd they can't afford to be
turned out at this season of the year,
for it must bo remembered that there
is not room in Rhodt) Island for
blackberries to grow.
Cotton Seed.
Editor Orctvpeburr) Democrat:
As our good friend, "J. 0. II.,"
froln the Fork, has been kind enough
to write a letterunder the heading'of
?'Cotton Seed*' for the especial bene
fit of St. Matthews farmers, wc take
this public method of thanking him
for ins kind interest in us, and beg
his forgiveness in advance for all
differences of bpinion wc may haye
on this subject of successful crop
growing, of so much interest to every
*: I fully agree with him that cotton
seed should be ptit in the drill' for
both covh and cotton. We have pur
sued this plan successfully for the
past five or six years. But has'it not
occurred to the Doctor in his experi
ence that his homoeopathic doses of
12 or 15 bushels of cotton seed, were
just sufficient to make the stalk, and
not enough to make the full car Qf
corn? 1 am satisfied he will be much
bettpr pleased with tho result, if he
will just double the dose ;" beyond
this quantity will not pay well unless
the seasons ate vary favorable. It
is my experincc that 20 or 25 bush
els to the acre in the drill will pay
every year better than a less quanti
ty, for the reason that there is not an
excessive amount of ammonia in that
quantity of seed for a, good yield, as
corn requires large supplies of nitro
gen or ammonia. I will admit that
this quantity o.C seed put in the hill
will not pay as well as a less
quantity for the reasou stated by "J.
C. II.t" that the heat produced by its
?decomposition in bulk injures tUo
roots of the.corn, and inconsequence
it? is not all, taken up by the plant j
but. when the seed are drilled, the
plant is^uppli.ed gradually, and as it
needs it.
' I;again differ Avith "J. C. H.'s"
views .a.bput. composting cotton seed.
Ho recommends bedding on the green
seed. .For corn, this is the plan ; but
for cotton \he result with nie has in
variably been a bad btand, the plant
continuing to.die out even after it be
gins to form.
For several years past I have com
posted my seed for cottoji with very
satisfactory results, securing and re
taining excellent stands thereby.
When compost heaps arc properly
prepared, their i3. no loss qf ammon
ia by the partial decomposition of the
Seed; and tho plant grows off much
more, rapidly and matures earlier.
I will at some future time give my
views about rust in cotton and tho
remedy. J. W. S.
Middle St\ Matthews. -
Canine, Affection.
In one of the cemeteries of Kdin~
burg a monument has been erected to
the memory of a dog. It appears
that tho dog followed his master's
body to tho grave, and after seeing
it interred, took his position by the
side of the grave, anil could not be
induced to leave it. For fourteen
years, he remained in the churchyard,
his favorite resting-piaoe being tho
foot of his master's grave. Food was
furnished him by members of the
family; and one morning lie was
found there lying dead; and bis his
tory being well-known, he was buried
by his master's side. Miss Coutts,
one of the wealthiest women in the
world, on hearing of his singular his
tory, ordered the erection of a monu
ment over his remains, closely re
sembling the faithful animal.
If a London paper may be believ
ed this is tho way in which things are
done in London j A youqg lady was
sitting with n gallant captain in a
charming decorated recess. On her
knee was a diminutive piece, placed
there to play propriety. \n the ad
joining room, with the door open,
\\cre tjic rest of tho. company. Says
tho little niepe, in a jealous and very
audible voice, *'Auutie, kiss me too."
We leave you to imagine what had
just happened. "You should say
twice, F.lhcl dear;.two is. not grains
mar," was tho immediate rejoinder.
,i Fuom the JjSWants" and "High Of
fers" offered by Northern schemers
for live, ?clivP ,and reliable agents,
there must bp a scarcity of loafers in
their midst. Wo .are inclined to
think there is a scrow loose somc-r
where, for it 19 certain there is too
nicny ofileo-scekcrs of the North who
wish n fat .position nnd cannot bo in
duced lo accept of these-offers. These
little cards with such headings as
"?100 per month and expenses" can
not be 1 died on.?Barnwell People.
The Poa as a Fprtilizer.
Editor Orangeburg Democrat;
To convince the generality of farm
era of the value of the Pea as a Ferti
lizer with argumenta is a difficult mat
ter. Facts and figures are something
insufficient. J. would refer those who
doubt to Dr. Ravcncl's experiments
on coast lands. I saw those crops in
April. They promised what the Doc
tor published they yielded. Also to
Dr. Wiley's, who resides in one of the
upper counties. I have it from a re
liable sompp that hp gathered 105
bushels of oata per acre. If this is
not sufficient to convince the most in
credulous, I have but one more argu
ment to offer, that is the present
growing crop of pats of "J. C. II.," of
the Fork of Edisto. If you doubt,
come, sec and be satisfied. From
what I have written, I think farmers
can spe the irjiportanpp of giving some 1
attention to the cultivation of peas:
They usually treat peas, as Lazarus
at the rich man's gate. In my last I
promised to give my mode of culti
vation. I always give inv peas, in
stubble lands, a good green manuring,
which I consider of great advantage.
My neighbors Wilfully or negligently
deprive themselves of this advantage,
by sowing immediately after harvest
ing their small grain. A great mis
take, in not only losing the ammonia
contained in the green weeds and
grass, and carbonic acid., nature's,
great solvent, nnd one nnd a half
months pasturage for pigs and calves,
but also the most opportune time of
sowing, an important item in the
cultivation of peas. Peas do not
thrive well in cold, damp soils but
grow prodigiously fn hot soils, with
sultry weather when there is a suffi
ciency of plant food. I always ferti
lize my small grain crop, because it
pays 100 per cent, in thp yi,eld, and
hastens the growth of grass and weeds
for a green manuring. Showery
weather in.July, I consider the most
advantageous time to.sow to secure n
good and early stand and n vigorous
growth. Here is another decided ad
vantage to the farmer he uses his
plow, when it cannot bp profitably
employed in. the. cultivation of his
other crops. I planted last sen&oti,
the last Monday in J,uly after a heavy
rain, and in three week, time my peas
hud the complete possession of the
soil, overrun tying and choking out all
the grass ant) weeds that sprang up.
I showed them to several men of ex
perience, in September and October,
who said they never had seen better.
I thought it almost impossible to
plough them under ; in fact my feel
ings would not admit of it. So I
pastured four milch cows and twenty
pigs for one month to render it plow
able. My oat crop proved that there j
is virtue in pea vines. I apply four
or five horse loads of straw and
leaves per aero lo my peas planted in
my corn fields. Mr. Farmer this is
a progressive idea, which I claim to
be the father of. Try it nnd yon will
not regret it. To prove my faith in
pe isl cultivated 100 acres of land in
the different crops, on CP acres of
which peas was sown. Next year's
crop 75 acres shall grow peas. Dr.
Barton has demonstrated to my satis
faction that peas can be successfully
cultivated with cotton, uot to its de
triment. Tiuiy, Mr. Editor, this ia a
progrssivc step. I shall plant 20
acres in cotton this senson. I believe
the plants will mutually ajd each
other. I must close without finish
ing, Mr. Editor. Remember your
promise. J. C. II.
Spoiling for a Fight.
Two Cat Stories.
Educated dogs, educated hogs, ed
ucated horses, and even educated
mice have had their intelligence pa
raded before the public' lint we do
not remember having read of an in
telligent, cultivated cat?ono that
could understand and repeat ^of
course very brokenly) thj English
language. 'JJho following case is of
such unusual occurrence that wc have
taken pains to verify the rumor: A
little daughter of IV. II. lying, of
West Kalamo, Barry County, has a
cat, or large kitten, which sho has
taught to repeat poetry or proso after
tho readings of the littlo miss. Plac
ing the cat facing her the littlo girl
will repeat it after her by a series of
mews, one mew for a word of one
syllabic, two mews for two syllables,
etc. It is very interesting to Bit and
listen to the little miss and the mcw
sical of tho intelligent felino, who
seems to be proud of nnd realizes its
importance.? Tnter-Oeean.
A few days ago a Wilmington pa*
per mentioned that the schooner Cla?
ra Merrick, bound for that port, had
been lost off Hatterns, and the cap
tain and.crew of four men had been
rescued by Captain Joseph GaskiU,
of the schooner Mary Louisa,, Tho
act, under the circumstances, being a
most heroic one, we publish tho full
particulars, which wo take from; tho
Nowbcrry Daily Nut Shell t ??Tho
Mary Louisa was coming in froni
New York, ? nud-when a few miles
from tlic wreck, the men were dis?< *
covered in the rigging, making Big- ? '
nsijs of distress. T/ho .matter was0'
called to the attention of Cup In in d
Gaskill, when ho went forward and .
closely Observed the signals made by
the wrecked men, after which lie or
dered the boat to be lowered and
stated that lie intended to save thorn ,
if possible. The Wind was blowing "
hard and the seas running veVy high
at the time, and one of the men ask
ed : 'Will you try to, reach those men
under such circumstances as these?*
The captain replied, lI will go to them
or lose my life in the attempt. I see
the Masonic signal of distress display- .
cd; Who will volunteer to go with U
me?" Two of the hands at once voL;
unleered, when the three bravo men i
stepped into the yawl and shoved off tti
from the vessel. As we. have before ii
staled, their noble efforts were orowur
cd v/itli ? success. 'J hey reached the
wrecked men, look them frono,thei#. ..
perilous position, and braving,!the
foaming waves, returned* ia safety to.
the Mary Louisa- By this, apt Cap-j
tain Gaskill saved a brother .Mason,
the captain of the Clara Mcrrjek,.
{tpm a watery grave, i^flcr the ?d
Clara Merrick struck on. the shoals, ->,.
the captain drpve her for the beach, .
but the vessel sa#k beforc|she, reach
ed ' the beach, in seven fathoms of
water. Tf-he five men had been cling
ing to the rigging at the masthead
obout six hours when Captain Gaskill,
rescued them."
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California's Strong Man.
The death of Charles Bennett, for- i
merly superintendent : of dhe ISaw "??>?
Francisco Qly mine club, appears desj- n
lined to reopen the discussion cou>
cerning the effec s of muscular! train
ing ?pon vitality. In order to roach a
any intelligent conclusions, however,
it is necessary to state tho case cor
rectly in the beginning* Tdio fae.tu. v
are briefly these- Several. year.& age- ist
Mr. Bennett found himself.* effefcted^
with symptoms of pulmonary disease, i
At that time he had never practiced
gymnastics, and, w.ns. sjerider, ruid. '
weakly. Acting upon the advice of
(fiends, he joined the Olympic: clob< ill
and we^t into some.tl?ng like regular
training. In a few months all bis
alarming symptoms had, disappeared,
and under the new regime he rapidly
developed great muscular power,
lie became eventually a remarkable
athlete and active gymnast. His
strength was s.o, great that he could
put up a 250 pound dumb-bell with.
ono hand, and 1AU with tup. other
He was an oxpert boxer,.am) :;. dur
ing acrobat. Qn ono occasion, wluen,
the Olympic club gave an exhibition j?
at tho old Metropolitan iheatrq, a w
member named Ward* 0. yery daring
gymnast and a well known composi
tor, was performing what is. palled
the Niagara lenp, and fell frpm the
trapeze, son*, twenty-five oc thirty), -
feet above tho stage. Benagt was, ,
standing directly underneath, and as -
the falling man approached Jieqlaspcdv-.f
hiin in his arms., andnby the.Qjccftifttt hi
of his graaj strcngll', saved his jjfaikx
though ihe shock strained him.severe*
lv. When Mapc, tho pugilist^ oanie.: ;
to California, Bennett put, on tho |
gloves with him, and the champion
vvas autonised to lind an antagonist
who could knock him clear off his .
feet at every blow. We believe that
Mr. Bennett practically relinquished,
gymnastics live or nix years qgOo
Whether his death of consumption,
can bo attributed, to over-exertion is
a question which certainly cannot Jbo
answered either way confidently Hntij,
a much more careful examination of
all tho circumstances ha: hoen had.
"Heroine" is perhaps as peculiar h
word as any in our language. The first
two letters of it are male,'the three
first female, tho four first a bravo
man, and the whole word a bravo wo

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