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HIS QUEST. scek'st ; thou at this madman's pace ? "pcak my love's now dwelling place , Her house Is dart , her doors are wide , There at-and owl and beetle bide , Arid there , breast high , the rank weed * Rrow , And drowsy popples nod aud blow , So mount I swift to ride ino through The world to nnd jmy IOTO anew. I hare no token of the way ; I haste by night , I press by day , Through busy cities I am bourne , . On lonely heights I watch the moru Climb up the east , and see the light Of waning moon gleam thwart my flight Sometimes a light before mo flees ; I follow it , till stormy seas Break wide before , then all is dark. Sometimes on plains , wide , still , nud stark , Ihoar a voice ; I seek the sound , And ride into a hush profound. To flnd her dwelling I will ride "Worlds through and through , whate'cr bo- tide. " To find her dwelling rode ho forth , In rain rode south , in vain rode north ; In rain in mountain , plain , and mart Ho searched , but never searched his heart. L. Frank Tooker. a * * THE W1SH-BING. A young farmer who was vary un lucky sat on his plow a moment to rest , and just then an old woman crept past and cried : "Why do you go on drudg ing day and night without reward ? Walk two days till you come to a great fir-tree that stands alone in the torcst and overtops all other treos. If you can. how it down , you will make your fortune. " Not waiting lo have the advice re peated , the farmer shouldered his axe and started on his journey. Sure enough , after tramping two days , ho came to a fir-tree , which be instantly prepared to cat down. Just : is the tree swayed , and before it fell with a crash , there dropped out of its branches a nest containing two eggs. The eggs rolled to the ground and broke , and there darted out of one a young eagle and out of the other rolled a gold ring. The eagle grew largeras if by enchantment , aha when it reached the size of a man , itspreail its wings as if to try its strength , tlien , soaring upward , it cried : "You haire rescued me ; take as a reward the ring that lay in the other egg : it is a wisu-ring. Turn it on your finger twice , and whatever your wish is , it shall be fulfilled. But remember there is but a single wish"in the ring. No sooner is that granted than it loses its power and is omy an ordinary ring . Therefore , consider well what you desire , so that you "may never have reason to repent your choice. " So speaking , the eagle soared high in the air , circled over the farmer's head , a few times , then darted , likean arrow toward the east. The farmer took the ring , placed it on his finger , and turned on his way homeward. Toward evening ho reached a town where a jeweler sat in his shop . behind a counter , on which lay many costly rings for sale. The farmer showed his own , and asked the mer- cliant its value. "It isnt worth a straw , " the jeweler answered. Upon that , the farmer laughed very iieartily , and told the man that it was a \ish-ring , and of greater value than all the-rings in the shop together. Tfce Jeweler was a wicked , designing mac , and so ho invited , the farmer to remain his . "For " as guest over night. , explained , "only to shelter a man wfa owns a wish-ring must bringluck. " So he- treated his guest to wine and fair words ; and that night , as the far mer fay sound asleep , the wicked man : fitolo- the magic ring from his finger and dipped on , in its place , a common one ; winch" he had made to resemble the wish-ring. 9 The- next morning the jeweler was all impatience to have the farmer begone. So- awakened him at cook-crow , and sard : "You had better go , for you have still a long journey before you. " As soon as the farmer had departed , tfao jeweler closed his shop , put up the shutters , so that no one could peep in , nh bolted the door behind him , and , stand- nd . * ng in the middle of the room , ho d turned the ring and cried : "I wish in- fi .sfantly to possess a million gold pieces ! " S ( No sooner said than the great , shin tln ing gold pieces came pouring down n upon him in a golden torrent over his lih ( lead , shoulders , and arms. Pitifully h : /iOr cried for mercy , and tried to reach hal and unbar the door ; but before he suc alu ceeded , he stumbled and fell bleeding u to the ground. As for the golden rain , fiei it never stopped till the weight of the eiw metal crushed the floor , and the jeweler eih and his money sank through to the cel- h : 4 ir. The gold still poured down till the tlai niiilion was complete , and the jeweler aihi -aay dead in the cellar beneath his treas hi ure. tvw ure.Tho noise , however , alarmed the w ticighbors , who came rushing over to cca .sco wliat the matter was ; when they a .saw thelnau dead under his gold , they se exclaimed i "Doubly unfortunate he ccm \viiom blessings kill- " Afterward , the m heirs came and divided the property. b ( In theLmeantune , the farmer reached home in high spirits and showed the IK"i ring to his wife. "i "Henceforth we shall never more bo re in. want , dear wife , " he said. "Our fortune is made. Only we must be very careful to consider well just what viM we-ought to wish. " M The farmer's wile , of course , prof st fered advice. "Suppose , " said she , tl "that wo wish for that bit of land that thT. Jios between our two fields ! " T.h . "That isn't worth while , " her bus- h ( hand replied "If we work hard for a et year , we'll earn enough money to buy a it. " So the two worked very hard , and at harvest time they had never raised -such a crop before. They had earned money enough to buy the coveted strip of. land and still have a bit to spare. "See , " said the man./'we have the land and the wish as well. " The farmer's wife thun suggested that they had better viflh for a cow and ahorse. But the man replied : "Wife , why waste our wish on such trilles ! The horse and cow we'll get anyway. " Sure enough , in a vear's time the " money for the horse and" cow had been earned. Joyfully the man rubbed his hands. "The wish is saved again this year , and yet wo have what wo desire. How lucky wo are ! " But now his wife seriously adjured him to wish for something at last. "Now that you have a wish to be granted , " she said , "you slave and toil , and are content with everything. You might bo king , emperor , baron , even a gentleman farmer , with chests over flowing with gold ; but you don't know what you want. " "Wo are young aud lifo is long , " ho answered.There is only one wish in the ring , and that is easily said. Who knows but sometime we may sorely need this wish ? Arc we in want of anything ? Have wo not prospered , to all people's astonishment , since we pos sessed this ring ! Bo reasonable and patient for awhile. In the meantime consider what wo really ought to wish for. " And that was the end of the matter. It really seemed as if the ring had brought a blessing into the house. Granaries and barns were lucky to over flowing , and in the course of a fowyears the poor farmer became a rich and portly persons , who worked with his men afield during the day , as if ho , too , had to earn his daily bread ; but after supper ho liked to sit in his porch , con tented and comfortable , and return the kindly greeting ot the folk who passed and who wished him a respectful good- evening. So flic years went by. Sometimes , when they were alone , the farmer's wife would remind her husband of the niagic ring , and suggest many plans. But as ho always answered that they had plenty of time , and that the best thoughts come last , she more and more rarely mentioned the ring , and at last the good woman ccai-ed speaking of it altogether. To bo sure , the farmer looked at , the ring , and twirled it about as many as twenty times a day ; but he was vcry careful never to wish. After thirty or forty years had passed iway , and the farmer and his wife had old and white-haired , and their svish was still unasked , then was God rory good to them , and on the same aight they died peacefully and happily. ) Weeping : children and grandchildren : surrounded the two coffins ; and as one ivished to remove the ring from the still hand as a remembrance , the eldest son said : 'Lot our father take his ring into L ; ho grave. There was always a mystery iboutit ; perhaps it was some dear re membrance. Our mother , too , so often .ooked at the ring she may have given t lo him when they were young. " So the old farmer was buried with the ing , which had beou supposed to be a fvisn-ring , and was not ; yet it brought is much good fortune into the house as leart could desire. [ Anna Eichberg.in ) 5t. Nicholas for October. The Pride of the Begiment. Although not pertaining to the wri- i jr's own personal recollections , there fet may appropriately bo introduced ) icro some brief mention of another > et , who , from being the "pride of his . egimuet , " gradually arose to the dig- lity of national fame. I mean "Old Ue , " the war eagle of the Eighth Wis- onsin volunteers. Whoever it ma- have been that first > onceived the idea , it was certainly a t ( lappy thought to make a pet oi an tl iagle. For the eagle is our national tlDC drd , aud to cany an eagle- along with tc ho colors of a regiment , on the march S ( nd in battle , was surely very appro- fi riate indeed. fiW "Old Abe's" perch was on a hhiolcl fiT rhich was caried by a soldier , to whom , T nd to whom alone , ho looked as to a li laster. Ho would not allow anyone to 01 andlo or to carry him except this sol- cc ier , nor would ho over receive his food ccai ' hands. He aiP' oni any other person's P' ' jemed to have sense enough to know ta lat he was sometimes a burden to his taster on the inarch , and , as if to reeve - eve him , would occasionally' spread is wings and soar aloft to a great 01 eight , the men of all the regiments Pi long the line cheering him as no went Pip . He regularly received his rations p < rom the commissary , the same as any a alisted man. Whenever fresh meat m as scarce and none could be found for m im by foraging parties , ho would take dist u'ngs into his own claws , as it were , ad go out on a foraging , expedition st irnself. Sometimes he would be gone ai 70 or three days at a time ; but he Ir ould invariably return , and seldom ' ime back witho'ut a young lamb or chicken in his talons. His long ab- cc snces occasioned his regiment no con- 01 srn , for the men knew that , though lie til light fly many miles away , ho would re ; 3 quito'suro to find tlipni again. At Jackson , Mississippi , during the attest of the battle oof ore that city , P Ole Abe" soared up into _ the air and : iinained there from morning till the jht closed at night , having greatly cn- be yed , no doubt , his rare bird's-eye faw ew of the battle. Ho did the same at w ; Ission Ridge. Ho was , I believe , ruck by the enemy's bullets two or ireo times , but his feathers wore so sa ick that his body was not much hurt , on he shield on whish ho was carried , jwovor , showed so niauy marks of the ca lemy's balls- that it look'ed on top as if do irroove-plano had been run over it. _ th ; At the Centennial Exposition , held in so : Philadelphia in 1876 , "Old Abe1' occu pied a prominent place , on his perch on the west side of the navu in the Agri cultural building. He was still alive though growing old , and was the ob served of all observers As was but jus ! and right , the soldier who had carrioi him during the war continued to have charge of liim after the war was over , until the day of his death , which oc curred at the capital of Michigan two 01 three years ago. [ From "Recollections of " M. Kief- a Drummer-boy , by Harry - fer , in St. Nicholas for October. Tame Butterflies. . A lady living in London writes in the "Open Letters" of the October Century : "In the Century for June , 1883 , Mr. Gesso describes a monument in which the sculptor has curved a child holding out her hand for butterflies to perch on. He goes on to say that this was criti cised as improbable , even by BO exact an observer us Mr. Tennyson. It may therefore be of some interest to your readers to record the following facts from my personal experience : "One summer I watched the larva ) of the swallow-tailed butterfly through their different stages , and reserved two chrysalides to develop into the perfect insect. In due time one of these fuiry- likc creatures came out. i placed it in a small Indian * cage made of line threads of bambo. A carpet of soft moss and a vase of flowers in the center made a pleasant home for iny tiny 'Psvche. ' I found that she greatly eujoyccf a repast of honey when some was placed on a leaf within her reach , she would uncoil her long proboscis and draw up the sweet food with great apparent enjoy ment. She was so tame that it became my habit , once or twice a day , to take her ou my finger ; and while ! walked in the garden she would take short flights nither and thither , but was al ways content to mount upon my hand again. She would come on my finger oi her own accord , and , if the day was bright , would remain there us long as I hud patience to carry her , with her wings outspread , basking in the sun beams , which appeared to convey ex quisite delight to the delicate little'crea- ture. ture."I "I never touched her beautiful wings. She never fluttered or showed any wish to escape , but lived three weeks of tranquil life in her tiny home ; and then having , as I suppose , reached the limit af butterfly existence , ehc quietly ceased to live. "On the day of her death the other butterfly emerged , and lived for the same length of time. Both were equal ly tame , but the second showed more intelligence , for she discovered that by iolding her wings together she could asily walk between the slender bars of he cage : and having done , she would : ly to a window aud remain there , bask- ng in the sun , folding and unfoldiug lor wings with evident enjoyment , until presented my finger , when she would mmediately step upon it and be earned jack to her case. " rhe Mosquito at Close Quarters. forest and Stream. Viewed through the microscope tie nosquito presents a picture of mechan- cal ingenuity as marvelous in execu- c ion as it is devilish in design. lu the I ill alone , which seorns so fragile to the c maided sight , there is a combination of f ivo distinct eurgical instruments. s L'heso are , a lance , two meat saws , and i suction pump. The fifth instrument I s lave forgotten , but labor under the iin- s ression that it is a portable Corliss en- d fine to run the rest of the factory with. iiI know that the hum of the mosquitoes iis n the cottomvood thickets along the s ewer Mississippi reminded me con- t.fi tantly of the hum of a manufacturing fiV illage , and several times I walked fif ack several miles looking for a f ( awn , before I could conviucu myself nb liat the buzzing I hoard was made by b loaquitoes , with their engines running ti ) sharpen their saws. When the in- tiS jcts operate on a man , the lance is rst pushed into the flesh , then the two tiC iws , placed back to back , begin to C ( ork up and clown to enlarge the hole , hd 'hen the pump is inserted , and the vic- d : m's blood is syphouod up into the res- sih rvpir. carried behind , and finally , to h : Dinplolo the cruelty of the pcrform- tial nco , the wretch drops a quantity of alw oison into the wound to keep it irri- w ited. How Jay Gould Reciprocates. When Jay Gould was in the tanning " nsiness up about Stroudsburg , at a Ir Lace called Gouldsboro , he was not rio inw ell off as ho is now. One day , hap- w enuing to bo in Stroudsburg , ho bought ll 01 suit of clothes , which ho needed very find ho did have in inch , only to that not loney enough to pay for it. In his ti ilcmnui the wife of the local innkeeper thw -a woman , by the way , far above her w .ation came to the rescue and guar- 01w nteed the payment of the tailor's bill , w i time Gould paid it. And now every is jar the innkeeper's wife , whoso grown- isI ! p children have scattered to the four srners of the country , receives passes thT' rer all the Gould railroads in order T' ml she may visit them. I have every vi believe , this . fact. Let sii ason to a xutji. uuk. us vc the devil his due. cc ccl roof Against Water and Insects. to It is said that the oil of white birch su irk dissolved in alcohol will render pi .brica water-proof and insect-proof ca ithottt injury to the material. . caw in "I always call her my dear wife , " otW id Mr. Jenkins , "and I mean it. You W ! ioht to see the bills come in. " W ] When a young man kisses a girl and se .11s il heaven , it shows plainly that he vvlw icsn't know any more about heaven w < an a gosling knows about Beethoven's natas. mi The'Cilley-Qraves Duel. Waab. Letter In Philadelphia Record. WASHINGTON , September 21. Now for the true story of the causes leading to the Cilley-Graves duel of 1838. That was a good while ago , but the truth has been locked up ever since in a musty old corner of the postoftico department , and the truth is ever new. In 1838 Ruggles was a New England senator and chairman of the senate committee on postoffices and post roads. Cilley and Graves were members of the house. James Watson Webb was publishing the Courier and Enquirer in New York. Matthew L. Davis was writing loiters to it from the capital as its "Spy in Wash ington. " I guess his instructions were to make them "spicy. " All these people plo , with the exception of Ruggles , were young ant ! hotheaded. One day a New England Jonathan came to Washington with an improved mail bag. Ho wen to see old Amos Kendall Green , thei postmaster-general , whose name is kcp' ' fresh in the Washington mind by Ken dall Green , the pleasant little park whore stands the Columbian institution for the deaf and dumb. Kendall thought the now mail bug wouldn't work , and he told Brother Jonathan so. . Very mucl discouraged , Jonathan was about lo leave for home in disgust , when a friend suggested that ho call on Chairman Ruggles , of the senate committee on postofiices and post roads , and see if ho could not get him to carry through congress a bill directing the postmaster- general to use the mail bag ho had con demned. Ruggles listened to 'his elo quence , looked at his mail bag and re fused lo take charge of his bill. Ho agreed with the postmaster general. The now invention wouldn't work. That nighl the inventor told his story to a sympathizing crowd of loungers iu the lobby of his hotel. The cynic of the crowd remarked , when the inventor liacl finished : "You went at Ruggles the wrong way. He didn't want to hear your eloquence ; ho wanted to see your money. Why didn't you show "him S500 ? That's the sort of a bill ho wanted to see. " The inventor murmur ed his regret that he hud not known his man , and then sorrowfully took himself ionic. In a day or two a small portion of the story of his visit to Washington , lighly spiced with many reflections on iuggles in the style of the hotel lobby cyiiic , appeared in the Washington let ter of the New York Courier ami En quirer. Cilley , who was not otherwise concerned than as a personal friend of Ltiiggles , denounced the statements in the Courier aud Enquirer on the floor af the house as absolutely false. There upon , James Watson Webb sent Graves , ; he Kentucky congressman with a chal lenge to Cilley. The latter declined to receive a challenge from the man who iad printed such a story anout his friend. 'Then you must light me , " aid Graves. 3o ho did. Henry A. Wis v > f Virginia , jeing second for Graven , iml George IV. Jones , of Iowa , second for Cilley. Uilley was killed , and congress passed : hc stringent anti-dueling law which jver after restrained the "hot bloods of he capital. Contest "With a Deer. Unsworth News. Last Friday Edward Euderly was i > vcr on Plum creek hunting plums , t le was standing OH the bank of the 1 : ireek on a little eminence about ten eet above the water when his hounds uddenly started a deer , which run by nto the creek and began to mount a teep bluff on the opposite side of the tream. In its fright and haste the leer missed its footing and fell buck nto the creek just below where Mr. Jnderly was standing. Mr. Enderly prang down about ten feet and lit on he doer's back uncl commenced a bare steel contest for some venison. There ras quite a light and it was uncertain j b ar sometime whether the deer or the ; e lau would be victorious. It was a o uckWith heavy antlers. Part of the P me the deer was on top and then the Ji osition would be reversed. After a tl augerou3 and terrific struggle , with 1) 1)h help of liLs dogs , Mr. Enderly suc- 1)S 1)b 3eded in downing his buckship und b olding his nose under the watei S ( rowned him. Mr. Enderly was con- P dorubly bruised und pounded up und vv ad a. good < -uit of clothes pretty loroughly veatiluted und it is remark"- jle he escaped being killed. The buck : us a largo one and dressed 90 pounds. Improve the Kitchens. IIn The question is , what shall be done to n le kitchen to make it bright und at- w active , and the suggestions giten are ai itended partially for country kitchens , si hieh seem to be very often the thor- S ( jghfare , if not the resting-place for 10 family. Vines , of course , would be irT L the way in the Hummer , and at that T me they arc not needed so much , as 10 kitchen doors are frequently draped h ; ith honey-suckles or morning-glories h < i the outside , us well as the kitchen 01 indows. But in the winter , when it 01 cold and cheerless outside , and the dihi raceful vines have turned into brown , hi jad-looking stalks , try to have some- lo ling green and fresh in the kitchen. fo rain a vine , if only a sweet-potato tli no , on one of the windows , and be- la des eaved all the of , having empty cans om canned fruit or vegetables , paint a S' mple of them red ; have two holes bor- lii L in each near the top , through which dcm rim the strings , by which they are to m ispended over the window. In one thW " Jew " Trades- W ( ant , "Wandering , or a - mtia , so easy to grow from slips , and he Inch will soon run on the sides , niak- st < g it a thing of beauty ; and in the fe < her , which must bo necessarily full of ha liter , lay an old sponge or piece of Vfi liite cotton , over which sprinkle flax eds thickly , keeping the cotton moist CO licre they arc M > wn. 1 n two or three fir jeks these will sprout , and the cotton CO 11 be covered with a beautiful green rei ossy looking growth. i co : J Save the old kitchen chairs ; cutoff the broken backs close to the seats , also the lower part of the le s , to make a convenient or comfortable height. Then make a bug the siz of the seat , of some old ticking or other material , and stuff it with fine shavings or slivered husks , and after nailing it securely on the seats , cover with bright cretonne or chintz. The former can bo bought for twenty or twenty-live cents a yard , and would bo forwarded from a citv store on sending the order , and giving an idea of the ground color wante < f ! Two or three plain leuf-fans painted a bright rod would decorate the wall very prettily. If the edges are worn , they can bo bound with some material of the same color. The lower part of the dresser would look well , if , instead of being covered with the usual pieces of scalloped newspapers , it wore covered with a strip of crash towelling , the ends fringed out , and hanging down about a quarter of a yard or so , and the center ornamented with a largo letter in red cotton or worsted embroidery. [ S. M. , in American Agriculturist for October. The Importance of Fewer Acres. PuclHc Hural sulrlt. If ten acres of land cost ? 100 , and if } - produce § 10 worth of crops they are paying ton per cunt , on the invest ment , just us much as if § 100 had been \ loaned at the rule of 10 per cent , inter est. Now , there is no man \V-ho would \ think of living on the interest of 8100 loaned at even this high rate , ut in stances are not rare of men making a good living for thcmsovelves and their tumilies from the careful cultivation often ton acres of land. Wo .mention this fact to prove that the two frequent ex pression that "farming does uot pay" is not in accordance with fuct. There is no other business in which a man would attempt with $100 to support a family. Y'ct still there is truth in the remark , so fur as it is applicable to farming as it is carried on iu eouio sec tions of the country. If a man invests § 1,000 in 100 acres of land and makes only ten of them , or § 100 worth , avail able , ho cannot expect to derive a profit from the other ninety acres , aay more than he could expect an interest upon § 1,000 when he had only § ii < 0 of it in vested. Our position is that land actu ally cultivated pays u better interest on the money invested limn any other ven ture The farmer cannot expect idle icros lo yield him : i revenue any mort- .han ho can idle dollars. Unfortuuatc- y , the farmer of the northwest has , us i jronornl tiling , nine acres of idle land when' h i lists one productvu ! one , und the om : producti\tr acre is exported to jay the inlci.t on llw priuu of lh ' vlToloten. Extraordinary mamigemt'iit would bu nwu-i-nry to m kt : lids kind 5f farming pay. Insanity Among Sheep-Herders. II. II. , who writes in the October Sentuiy of the "Outdoor Industries in Southern California , " says : "Sheep anehes are usually desolate places ; u jreut stiotch of seemingly bare lands , vith u f w fcncocl corrals , blackened uul foul-smelling ; the homo and out- Jiiildiugs clustered together in a hollow > r on u hillside where there is water : he less humun the ueighlwrhood the jotter. "Th loneliness of the life is of i silent objection to the industry. Of his the great owners need know com- laratively nothing : they CHI live v'here they likr. Hut for the Ptmill heep-men , the shepherds , and , above .11 , the herders , it is a terrible life low t ° rriblo is shown by the frequency f insanity among herders. Sometimes , ftcr only a few months of the life , a icrder suddenly goes mad. After naming this fact , it is no longer nossi- le to see the pccturesquo side of the ffectivo group one so often comes up- n suddenly in the wilderness sheep eucefully grazing , and the shepherd ring on the ground watching thornier 10 whole flock racing in a solid , fleecy , illowy scamper up or down a steep illside , with the dogs leaping und arking on all sides at once. One jans the shepherd's face alone , with itying fear lest be may bo Joeing his ith. " Rescued Lads. Five days after the disastrous eurth- nake at Cusamicciola two youths aged 7 and 18 , were taken out alive from the lins of a demolished house. They ere in a room on the ground floor" , nd the floor of the room above being istuined by a chest of drawers and a. swing machine one of the lads was : t lilor had confined them , as it were , L narrow cavities of a few square feet , he day before their rescue a photo- ruph of this particular heap of ruins ; ul b'jen taken , and the men below eard the noises above Ihoni , and called at in vain. The next day a brother of le of them , who had escaped , bc'gan igging in the search for the body of is father. lie heard a voice from be- w , undlho engineers , after working r six hours , brought out the first ot ie survivors. Fortunately , the two ds hud withiu their reach a quantity fruits , tomatoes and a bottle of vine - ir , and with these they had sustained r 'e , though exposed to the stench of a [ composing body in the same apajt- enl. The first boy rescued told that ere was another person alive , anJ the jrk was resumed. In a couple of turs his head was uncovered and re- jrulives administered. One of his jt was fast "under a beam , and d lo be cul in two before his re1 is effected. The youth firat rescued led iu the search and ruscue of his mpanion in mh-fortune , having en- ely recovered from the effects cf his nh'nement , but the other hud to bo moved to the hospital in an exhausted udition.