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I told the rose thy name It blushed and
stirred ;
1(3 petals trembled M In ecstncy ,
I cried thy name aloud and lo ! the bird
Burst into song within the thick-leaved
I spake It when the moon was gray and cold ,
And straight from out his cast upshot the
sun ;
I spake it to the night the clouds that rolled
Above dispersed , the stars came one by
Should any whisper it when on my face
* The black earth lies , calm sleeping under
ground ,
I think my heart would beat apace ,
And that my lips would tremble at the
' sound.
And if before the gates of heaven I came ,
And could for my own worth no entrance
win ,
I think that then if I should name thy name
The eternal doors would stir and let me in.
Now Tork Bun.
"I don't expect to live much longer ,
and after I am dead I want you to put
in the papers the story of that ride I had
from Prospect to Brdcton' in 1869. "
The speaker yras Duff , Brown , an old
locomotive engineer , who was lying at
his home in Portland , N.Y. , dying with
consumption. This was several weeks
ago. " On the 7th of this month he died.
He was nearly 60 years old. His story
of the awful ride is this :
"In 1869 I was running a mixed train
on the Buffalo , Corry & Erie railway.
The track between Prospect or May ville
Summit and Brocton Junction is so
crooked that , 'vhile the distance is ac
tually only ten miles , the curves make
5t by rail iourteen. The grade for the
whole distance is over seventy feetto the
About 9 o'clock on the night of Au
gust 19,1869 , we reached the summit
with a train of two passenger cars , six
oil cars , and a box car. The latter
contained two valuable trotting horses ,
and their keepers with-them , on their
way , I believe , to the Cleveland meet
ing. There were fifty or sixty pas
sengers in the two cars. I got the
signal from the conductor to start , and
I pulled out. We had got under con
siderable headway , when , looking back ,
I saw that an oil car in the middle of
the train was on fire. I reversed my
engine and whistled forjjrakes. The
conductor and brakemen ' jumped off.
They uncoupled the passenger cars and
set the'brakes on them , bringing them
to a stop. Supposing that the brakes
on the burning oil cars would also be
put on , I called to a bralceman on the
box car to draw the coupling pin be
tween that car -and the head oil tank ,
backing so that he could do it , intend
ing to run far enough away to save the
box car and locomotive.
As I ran down the hill , after the pin
had been drawn , what was my horror to
see that the burning cars were follow
ing me at a speed mat was , rapidly in
creasing. The men. had not succeeded
inputting on the brakes. I saw that
the only thing to be done was to run
for it to Brocton , and the chances were
that we would never reach there at the
speed which we would be obliged to
make around those sharp reverse
curves , where we had never run over
twenty miles an hour.
"When I saw the flaming cars for
the whole six were on fire oy this time
plunging after ine , and only a Jfew
feet away , I pulled the throttle open.
The oil cars caught me , though , before
I got away. They came with full force *
against the rear of the box car , smash
ing in one end and knocking the horses
and their keepers flat on the floor. The
heat was almost unbearable , and , do
my best , I couldn't place more than
thirty feet between the pursuing column
of fire and ourselves. By the light
from the furnace , as my fireman opened
the door to pile in the coal , I caught
sight of the facej of one of the
horsemen in the box car ,
he , having climbed up to the
grated opening in the end. It was as
pale as death , and he 'begged me for
God's sake to give her more steam. I
was giving her then all the steam she
could carry , and the grade itself was
enough to carry us down at the rate of
fifty miles an hour : We went so fast
that the engine couldn't pump. Every
timewe * struck one of those curves the
old girl wouljl almost run oh one set of
wheels , and why in the world she didn't
topple over is something I never could
understand. She seemed to know that
it was a race of life and death , and
worked as if she were alive.
J "The night was dark , and the road
ran through woods , deep rock cuts , and
i along high embankments. There we
were , thundering along at lightning
1J speed , and , only a few paces behind us ,
J thtt fiery demon in full pursuit. There
f were 50,000 gallons of oil in those
tanks , at least , and it was all in flame ,
making a flying avalanche of fire 500
feet long. The flames leaped into the
air nearly a hundred feet. Their roar
was like" that of some great cataract.
Now and then a tank would explode
with a noise like a cannon , when a col
umn of flame and pitchy smoke would
molint high above the body of the
flames , and showers of burning oil
would be scattered about in the woods.
The whole country was lighted up for
miles around.
"Well , it wasn't long , going at the
rate we made , before the lights of
Brocton came in sight down in the val
ley. The relief I felt when these came
in view was short lived , for I remem
bered that train No. 8 , on the Lake
Shore , would be due at the junction
just about the time wo would reach it.
While we were thinking of this we saw
the express tearing along toward the
junction. Coulu wo reach the junction ,
get the switch , and the switch set back
for the express before the latter got
there ? If not , there would be an in
evitable crash , in which not only we but
probably scores of others would be
crushed to death. All this conjecturing
did not occupy two seconds , but in that
two seconds I lived years.
" 'Good God ! ' I said to my fireman ,
"what are we to do now ? ' "
"The fireman promptly replied and
ho was a brave little fellow that I
should whistle for the switch and take
the chances. I did so. That whistle
was one prolonged yell of agony. Ii
was a shriek that seemed to tell us that
our brave old engine knew our danger
and had her fears. Neither the fireman
nor myself spoke another word.
"Thanks be to God ! The engineer
on the express train , seeing us tearing
down that mountain with an eighth oJ
a mile 01 solid fire in close pursuit ol
us , knew in a niumunt that only one
thing could save us. He whistled for
brakes , and got his train to a stand not
ten feet away from the switch. The
switchman now answered our signal ;
and we shot in on the Shore track and
whizzed on up by the depot and through
the place like a rocket. The burning
cars followed us in , of course , but their
race was run. They had no propelling
power now , and after chasing us for a
mile they gave up the pursuit , and in
three hours there was nothing left of
them but smoking ruins.
"My fireman and I were so weak
when we brought our locomotive to a
stop that we-could not get out of the
cab. The two horsemen were uncon
scious in the box car. The horses were
ruined. And how long do you think
we were making that sixteen miles ?
We ran two miles on the Lake Shore
track. Just twelve minutes from the
summit to the s > pot wjiere we stopped !
A plum eighty miles an hour , not count
ing the time lost getting under headway
and stopping"beyond Brocton. "
Experience With Sued Corn.
Philadelphia Record.
Now that corn is being haivested ,
the time is at hand for selecting the
seed for next year's crop. Professor
Sturtevant , of the New York Agricul
tural Experiment Station , deserves the
thanks of every farmer in tlie coui.try
for the valuable information he has
published in his official bulletins , and
one of the most Important series of ex
periments conducted was that relating
to corn. The professor reminds farmers
that there are a number , of distinct
races of the corn -plant , and he classifies
such with botanieal terms , which may
be omitted here , but the common names
are the pops , flints , dents , sweets and
softs. These differ from each other ,
more or less , in the construction of the
kernels , and in the habit of ripening
and growth.- The flint corn kernal ,
when split open , is found to show three
structures the chit , or germ , lying in
a starchy substance , which is sur
rounded by a corneous envelope. This
corn ripens from outward inward. The
dent corn has the chit , starch and corn
eous' envelope , but the corneous portion
tion occupies the sides , while at the
terminal portion the starch comes to
t e surface. This kind of corn ripens
from within outward. The Tuscarora
( soft corn ) is composed of the chit and
a starchy portion , the corneous part
beiug absent. This ripens from the
outside inward. The sweet corn shows
the chit and corneous portion , without
dsible starch. To these four types
may be referred all the kinds that are
known , and they preserve a remarkable
Some light is given also in relation
to the germination of the tips , butts
and other portions- the ear. The
lint corn tips are superior to other
Strains of that race , while with dents
the opposite facts hold true , which ac
counts for the many apparent dis
crepancies that have appeared on the
comparisons of results for determining
the germinating quality of seed ; but
the suggested system of classification ,
the professor believes , will prevent such
mistakes in future.
The results of the experiments clearly
show that the different races of corn
may have different habits and differ
ently react to the factors of culture ;
and there seems a possibility that the
crossing of these types is unfavorable
to crops , while a crossing within these
types may be favorable. This point is
of great significance , for the professor
has solved one of the problems that has
puzzled farmers since corn has been cul
tivated. It was a well-known fact that
corn will "mix" when different varie
ties are planted on neighboring fields ,
or when together , and farmers have en
deavored to secure the improvement
of corn by this method. As corn of
bhe same type may be crossed favor
ably , it is apparent that a mixture of
dent and flint corns would not be a
judicious one ; but an improvement can
be made in crossing any of the dents
together , or any of the flints with their
own family. The sweet corns , having
been crossed within that variety , have
been made to grow faster , ripen earlier
and produce more abundantly , which
corroborates the statement of Professor
Sturtevant ; and the same maybe said
of the dent corn in this state , which , by
careful in-breeding , if the term may be
used , has reached a degree of excellence
that permits of but little improvement.
The flints , which are grown mostly in
the south , have been adapted especially
to that section ; and with the light of j
experimental knowledge to classily and i
furthei select , no doubt corn culture
will be practiced , in future far more systematically -
tematically thanjieretpfore.
The well-bred lad has very few wild
oats to sow.
Alas for the head with the crown of gold
The tempter came an he came of old.
Alas for the heart that was glad and light !
Alas for the soul that was pure and white
w f
Censure who may condemn who must ;
It was perfect faith it wag utter trust
That- asked her promise ; nor pledge nor
He was hers she was his bylaw divine.
He was lifted up ; he was set apart ;
He filled her thought ; he filled her heart ;
She called him great ; she believed him
true ,
As women will , as women do !
Oh , to betray such tender trust !
( God will repay , and He is jiu > t )
Through wrong and ill she loves him still ,
As women do , as women will.
A Wonderful Feature in Western
Very remarkable and important is the
fact that the bulk of railway travel be
tween the Atlantic and Pacific states is
principally enjoyed by certain lines , be
cause of their superiority of equipment ,
track , rojtd-bed , time schedule , and
train service. The road that has re
ceived this preference from Chicago ,
Peoria and St. Louis to Council Bluffs ,
Omaha , Kansas CitySt. . Joseph , Atchison -
ison and-Denver , and all points in Illi
nois , Iowa , Missouri , Nebraska , Kansas
and Colorado , is unquestionably the
Grand Burlington Route Chicago , Bur
lington & Quiucy Railroad the only
line under pne management from the
first three cities named , through to
Denver direct.
The 'great regiments of the Grand
Army of the Republic were carried in
elegant style , and with perfect satisfac
tion , ' to and from Denver , by the Bur
lington Route , and now the Associated
Press telegrams , and newspapers and
newspaper correspondents generally
tell us that two-thirds of the Knights
Templar , journeying to San Francisco ,
liave gone over this famous line , the
New England commanderies specially
chartering , and thus journeying from
ocean to ocean in trains , that were sent
from Chicago to Boston , of the Burling
ton's own rolling stock , because of its
superlative equipment , making , it evi
dent that white it is popular with all
classes of travel , the route is given
special preference by those choice in
taste , desire and favor , and thoroughly
competent to discriminate between true
worth , excellence and enterprise , and
lack of system , energy and progression.
Possessing such features as owning
and operating the longest , and yet
most dir ct line to and throng ! ) the
most populous cities and grandest a < jri-
cultural portions Of the west ; running
irains over the solidest roatt-bed and a
track laid with steel rails , all equipped
with the latest and best aplpiances for
safe , speedy and comfortable travel ,
ind hauling the finest passenger , Pull
man , parlor , dining and smoking cars ,
connecting in union depots ; engaging
) elite , accommodating train service ;
making rapid transit , prompt and close
connections , and the lowest possible
ratesof transportation , are cogent rea-
ons why the Grand Burlington Route
hould receive this partiality , and why
t is preferred by , and is carrying the
icaviest portion of travel to and from
he Pacific coast ; and is known as the
'finest equipped railroad on the conti
nent. " „
The Burlington system consists of
ix grand divisions , designated the
jhicago , Galesburg , Eastern , Middle ,
Vestern , St. Louis , and Kansas City
liyisions. These six main sections con-
ain in all thirty sub-divisionswhich are
mainly branches and feeders. The
company's most important terminal
marts in Illinois are Chicago , Peoria ,
streator , Rockford , Freeport , and Clin-
on ; in Iowa , Burlington , Des Moines ,
Keokuk , Council Bluffs , Fontanelle ,
ind several other lesser towns ; in Mis-
ouri , St. Louis and Kansas City ; iu
Kansas , Atchison ; in Nebraska , Om
aha , Columbus , Central City , Kearney
Function , and s'everal other points , and
n Colorado , Denver. The main cities ,
otherwise than terminal , are Quincy ,
lock Island , Mendota and Galesburg
n Illinois ; in Missouri , Hannibal , St.
Joe ; in Iowa , Burlington and Keokuk ,
and in Nebraska , Lincoln , Nebraska
City , Hastings , and other places along
the line , making in all 1,000 in number ,
which have a population of about
If seeking farming lands , no finer
dots the face of the earth than those
traversed by the Burlington Route.
Grass , trees , and the like , and the
emblemcnt of the land , are bounteous
rewards for the slight labor the tilling
of the soil requires. The seasons are
even and regular , and no severe winters
prevail , and compel laborious efforts
to ward off and provide against their
If it is the game of the field , the
forest , the stream , or the mountain ,
that you would slaughter , bear in mind
that no road has a territory more
plentifully supplied than that traversed
by the Burlington Route.
If looking for the majesty of nature's
grandeur , picturesque beauty and scenic
sublimity ; remember that the Burling
ton Route leads to their superlative cen
ter and eminence , the Rocky Moun
tains. Trains are so arranged as to af
ford daylight rides through the most
enjoyable scenes , and elegant open ob
servation cais are attached to express
trains through the Royal Gorge and
Black Canon.
"Through the Heart of the Conti
nent , " "Summer in Northern Iowa and
Minnesota , " and "Landscape Wonders
of the Western World , " are three very
interesting little works , exquisitely
illustrated , most charmingly written ,
and fascinating in description , the first
of which is largely historical , and
graphically descriptive of the wonder
ful growth of Illinois , Iowa , Nebraska ,
Missouri , Kansas and Colorado , show
ing also the advantages these states
possess for the business man and home-
seeker. The others exhibit in lively
effort , and as near the real as word-
painting can , their attractions for those
m search of health and pleasure resorts ,
and nature's beauties.
Old Greenbacks.
Bon : Porlcy Poore.
Among other stories told by the
Chase men was one of the secretary's
visits to a leading free negro in Florida ,
Uncle Solomon. Uncle Solomon had
collected a good many war relics and
Indian curiosities , which Mr. Chase in
spected with interest , listening mean-1
while to the old darky's anecdotes relative - ' |
lative to the war in Florida , and its
effects both on the planters and negroes ,
as seen from his own peculiar stand
point that of a free" colored man cul
tivating some thirty or forty acres of
his own land. After an hour thus
pleasantly spent , Mr. Chase thanked
his entertainer , and as he was about
stepping into an ambulance which had J
conveyed him thither , for the purpose
of returning , produced a new $1 bill
and placed it in the astonished hands
of Uncle Solomon.
"What for.dat ? " asked Uncle Sol ,
holding out the bill indignantly at
arm's . " 'twasn't
length. "Golly , massa ,
for dat ole uncle toted you to find dis
place , I'sgot all I want , God be blessed
for it ! " and the old darky's feelings
appeared to have been really hurt.
"Why , uncle , you mistake , " said the
Chief Justice , kindly , stepping back
out of his ambulance , and pointing
with one finger to the vignette in. the
corner of the bill , "I know you better ,
Uncle Sol , than to offer you money ;
and it is as a picture to recollect me ,
not as monev , that I gave you fhat
bill. "
For a moment Uncle Sol was stupe
fied , but observing Mr. Chase still
pointing with one hand at the vignette ,
while removing his broad-brimmed
straw hat with the other , some glimmer
of the truth began to break slowly in
upon old uncle's mind. Once or twice
liis eyes rolled between the face of the
chief justice and the portrait in the cor
ner of the crisp paper he was holding ,
a light of intelligence every moment
spreading over his feaviires , and rapidly
ixpanding into the broadest and hap
piest of grins. Atlenght , throwing up
liis hands and bringing them down on
liis knees a gesture many times re
peated old Uncle Sol commenced
shouting aloud :
"Oh if ain't Old
, golly , rnassa , you
urreenbacks hisself ! .Golly , golly , if
fou ain't Old Greenbacks ! 1'sesogladto
ee you , massa ; I'se so glad to see you !
Ohjjolly , massa ; God be blessed dis
old nigger has lived to see this day ! "
The dollar bill was not returned , but
enshrined in a neatly-carved frame of
red cedar over the chimney-piece of
Jncle Solomon's best room , the most
prized and most adored relic of his old
nuseum. The old man never wearied
of relating every minutest incident of
, hat one bright , happy day , when his
arm was made glorious and his life
was ennobled through all future time
> y actual contact for an hour with "Old
Greenbacks hisself. "
The Mew Comet. [
Albany Argus.
The most recent calculations made at
the Dudley Observatory relative to the .
orbit of the new cpmet , result in figures
quite different from those reported in
our issue of Sunday last. Yet for the
short period embraced by the time
since discovery , the two calculations
place the comet in very nearly the same
apparent positions as seen from the
earth. About once in fifteen or twenty
years a comet comes along , which , like
this , gives the computers a great deal of
It now appears probable , say the
astronomers of Dudley Observatory ,
that the comet is from three to four
times as far from both the earth and
the sun as the sun is from us. This
distance is almost unprecedented at
discovery. In fact no case is remem
bered in which this distance was nearly
so great. It appears probable that the
comet will not come to perihelion until
about June 1st of next year , and that it
will remain in telescopic view for a
year or more. The plane of its orbit
seems to. be nearly perpendicular to
that of the earth's course about the sun.
The perihelion point is indicated by the
calculations to be at a distance from
the sun not much greater than the
earth's average distance.
For at least a week or ten days to
come , all calculations relative to the
true course of this seemingly very
erratic body must be regarded as quite
approximate. The slightest variation
in the observed places of a body so dis
tant at this one probably is throws the
resulting elements of the orbit away
off. The case might be well illustrated
by the results of shooting at a mark
200 yards off with a pistol having a
barrel less than an inch long supposing
it > would carry so far. With a reason
ably good marksman the balls would
all take about the same course lor the
first few feet after leaving the barrel ,
but their subsequent course would be
entirely a matter of conjecture. Yet it
would be easier to hit an eight-inch
bull's eye at 200 yards with a pistol
whose barrel is one inch long , than it
now is to say from observation and cal
culation where the Brooks comet will
be ( within 10,000,000 miles ) at the end
of three months. Give us a barrel
three inches long find we will give you
a dead center , say the astronomers of
the observatory.
I Witchcraft in Prussia.
' London Time * .
The Berlin Vossischo Zeitung reports
a case of popular superstition which
wouldbe almost incredible were it not
confirmed by a judicial investigation.
, In the village of Schonbeck , m the
Srovince of West Prussia , the little
aughter of a cabinet-maker has been
i , bedridden for three years. The father
: became persuaded that his daughter
jwas j bewitched by a woman who had
given her occasionally apples and
j pears. He was advised that the patient
i would bo. cured if she drank some of
! ] the Wood of the supposed witch. The
poor woman was entrapped into visiting
a place where some of the chief men of
the commune were assembled to re-
ce've her. She was seized , one of her *
fingers pricked with a needle , and the t j !
, blood given to the sick child. The
superstitious or malignant participators
in this outrage were summoned before
a police magistrate , who contented him
self with sentencing them to imprison
The small thin feathers on the goose
are called down , but when you go to
buy them you\find them way up. [ Phil
adelphia Herald. e
Wipe your pen after using , and it will
last the longer. Remember , a pen is
saved , a pen is earned. [ Boston Tran
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Catarrh , Sore Throat , Low of Volcoand Other
Maladies of the Nose , Throat and I.ungn.
UK. 'WOL.F.E treats the above named dlaeaaes by
Medlcntej nhai-tlon * . When thus administer
ed , remedies are brought "face to faco" In con
tact with the disease ; whereas , if they are irwal-
lowed they mix with the contents of the stomach
and nuro edch the organs of respiration.
DR. "WOIKhas , by the Judicious employment
of MejUcattwMnhalntlons , assisted thousands to
repair their health , many of whom had been
pronounced Incurable , nnd Riven up to die by
their family physicians and friends.
1)K. "WOLFE has prepared a list of questions for
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questions any one can send an accurat state
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in any part of the United
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Any one sending his name and post-office addrex
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Bit. AVOLPJB lias published a medical book call
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