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BLOCK, - 8W ANTON, VT. Worrisome, t at not Seriong. A Michigan back woodsman, young and handsome, bat untutored and rnde, has married the accomplished daughter of a wealthy tourist, and taken her to his cabin in the foirest, where he chops wood for a living. Her father, unable to recover her by law, since she was old enough to legally c loose a husband for herself, has sensibly taken board at a Milwaukee hotel, where he is now patiently waiting for the girl to vol untarily return. "I may be delayed three months" he says, "but I don't Lelieve it will be as many weeks, Thesa little Incident! cl twej ara worrisome, f ft wt,Y7 wrioM. W P CI MM If I II I I'lIM I VOL, IX. NO. SHADOWS ON THE WALL. BY A. L. HARVET. I am dreaming of the bygone, of the dead and boned past. And the happy days of childhood, which hoped would ever last. On, how joyous were those momenta gone. aias: beyond recall When, to please my childhood's fancy, I made snaaowa on the wall ! I can hear the merry voices of my playmates. as or yore, And the patter of their little feet upon the Kitchen floor. Little caring, little dreaming, what in future might befall- That there might be deeper shadows than we cast upon the wall borne have passed beyond thn hrrW of m,a world we loved so then. To the higher land, where shadows ne'er will come to them again : Ana ice tears or those that loved them fell upon tbefunera, pall. For heir liY.q;tIit been abadows merely shadows on the wu. . An i a aeepenfaraer snaaow hovers o er my soul to-night, For in all the years behind me I can see no gleam ot light I have wandered through the summer ; now the leaves begin to fall, And the future lies before me like a shadow on the wall. There's a whisper, as of angels, borne upon the twilight breeze, Soft and soothing as the murmur of the wind among the trees ; "Look above thee! touch the outstretched hand of him who died for all, For His love is not a shadow Just a shadow on the wall I" A Hunt for Santa Claus. A Story for Children. One wintry day little Mina arose in the morning and found that her mother was not yet up. This was strange, for the sun was high and his beams fell aslant through the high garret window upon the bare floor. The stove was cold and the coffee pot stood empty on the shelf. Mina laughed at the thought that she had waked before her mother. She Bhpped on her blue woolen dress, her large checked apron, her knitted stockings, and her thick shoes ; and having washed her face, and braided her hair in two tight little pigtails, crept around to her mother's bed, intending to kiss her awake. But her mother's eyes were wide open, her cheeks were red, and her hair was tossed about on the pillow. " Oh, my child," she cried, as she saw her little girl, "what shall we do now ? I am ill. I have a fever of some eort. My head is as heavy as if it was made of lead. I am not even able to rise, much less to ro about mv work. We shall starve together, you and I, poor, unhappy widow and orphan that we are. " Oh, no, mother," said Mina, "we need not starve. I can make the oo flee, and go and buy the bread and 5ansages. " Child 1 child I" fried the-mother, " very soon there will be no money to buy anything. I have felt myself break ing down for a week. I have no hope now. I must send for the doctor, and when he finds I am not able to pay him he will send me to the hospital. You, poor little soul, will Boon be motherless, as well as fatherless.' The poor woman hid her face in the pillow. Mina wept. Tears ran down her fair cheeks ; but she soon went to the stove, and kindled the fire, and made the coffee, as she had seen her mother do it. The coffee will do you good, moth er, she said. .Bat the poor, sick motner was too feverish to taste it. Then, indeed, Mina felt that every thing was wrong. " Christmas time ! Christmas time 1" repeated the poor woman, talking more to herself than to her child ; " and Christmas used to be so happy." At this Mina crept closer to her mother's bed. Yes, in two days Christ mas would come. She had looked for ward to it so. She bad hoped to find in her stocking a wax doll with blue eyes, and a candy basket full of sugar plums, at least ; but she would not care for them if her poor mother were so sick. " Child, go to the old doctor," said the poor "mother. " Go tell him to come quickly ! I must be made well if he can do it ! Go ! Go 1" Mina put on her hood and away she ran. The good German doctor came back with her, and felt his poor coun try washerwoman's pulse, wrote a pre scription, and patted little Mina on the head, and bade her take care of her mother. But though the child took nearly all the small purse to pay for the powders he had ordered, and 'though she watched by her mother's bed all day, the mother grew worse. She lay tossing to and fro, talking of the past. "It was Christmas time when I ran rway with your father," she said, with the quick speech of fever. "My father did not like him, nor my mother either. They bade him come no more; so we ran away and were married. We came to this country in a great ship. We were very happy until he died. Mina, do you remember how good he was to us last Christmas ? Ah, only for yon, only for leaving you, my little girl, it would seem best for me that I am going to him. Christmas ! Oh, in Germany, at home in Germany, we always had a Christmas tree, and we Bat together in the parlor, and the window lifted and jolly old Saint Nicholas came in. He gave us rif ts and toys of all sorts. We were glad, and yet frightened. Our wooden shoes were set in a row on the hearth at night. In each we found some gift. Such a supper ! dancing I music 1 wonder "whether my old father is dead ; whether mv old mother lives : whether they forgive me ?" She wept, but little Mina sat think ing. She thought of Santa Claus old Saint Nicholas, the good Christmas friend of all good children he who would come down the chimney, or in at the window, with any gift he pleased. Surely if he was so good to her mother when she was a little girl, he would re member her now that she was sick. But how was he to know ? He could, if he pleased, give her mother plenty of money. Of that she felt certain. But how was one to find him ? "Mother," she said, "where does Santa Claus live ?" The poor mother was fast growing deiJi'Iotu, " What JU you ak " Uo alJ, NEWS 40. dreamily. Where does he live ? Oh, I do not know." " But he could do anything, give me anything he chose ?" asked Mina. "Yes," said the feverish woman "yes, yes --tell him to bring me ice nice, cold, glittering ice to cool my head ice, ice. " Oh, I will get you some ice, moth er," said Mina. " I will go to the gro cer's and get some." Sho took a bowl from the closet and a penny from the old purse, and ran out of the room, softly shutting the door behind her. There was a grocery in the lower part of the house, and she went into it and up to the counter. A rosy-faced Dutch boy gave her the ice, and he looked so good-natured that she asked him a question. Do you know where Santa Cans Uvea?" she said. The by scotched his .head. . " Yaw he lif in Germany," he said. Mina's heart leaped high. " Uiddy little Biddy Flynn!" she called to a child passing the door, " will yon take this bowl of ice up to my mother, and give her some, and stay by her until I come back? I'll only be gone a few minutes. Uood-natured little Biddy took the bowl and ran up stairs, while Mina ran down toward the streets that she knew led to the river as fast as her feet could carry her. She had two cents in her pocket and thought that would pay her fare. A sailor was standing near a fruit stand. Mina looked up into his round brown face with confidence. Air. oaiior, sue saio, " will you tell me which of those ships go to Ger many ?" 'Why, that one yonder, my little lass," said the sailor, pointing to. one over which the German flag floated, But Mina thought that he meant the ferryboat that ran to Weehawken. " Thank yon," she said, and hurried off. A bell was ringing as she ran past the ferry-house, and, after paying her two cents to the ferry-master, she was soon aboard the boat which started the next moment. . It did not take long to cross the river, and Mina went ashore and looked about. A great, jolly-looking man sat smoking his pipe at the door of a shoemaker's shop. Mina went up to him and said softly "Please, sir, will you tell me where Mr. Santa Claus lives ?" "Mr. Sana Claus?" said the man, in broken English. "Veil, I do not know does he keep a shop or ' work at a trade ? . You tell me vot he is, den may be I remember him." "Don't you know ? I thought every one knew Mr. Santa Claus." said Mina. He he makes toys for little chil dren." So !" said the German. "So. Yas, know. 0o np dis street and along to the uex-vorBr, den Ton boo a- littlcj gate. Behind dat you find de man dat makes toys for de children." Mina said that she was much obliged. She felt that people were amiable in Ger many,, and her hopes rose high. She followed the old German's directions and soon came to a high fence. There was a gate in it She lifted the latch and opened it, and before her was a low, brown house. Softly she crept up to the window. Yes, yes she had found Santa Clans at last. There, before the fire, sat a little, fat, old man with white hair and rosy cheeks, hard at work with a turning lathe. An old woman, as rosy as he was, was gluing pieces of wood together with abrosh toy chairs, tables, bedsteads, wagons, milkmaids, jointed dolls : and at a table sat four little girls painting away at the finished toys with the brightest colors. Oh ! this was de lightful, and Santa Claus and his wife looked so kind ! . Mina knocked on the door. Some one cried, "Herein," and she entered. She stood at the threshold and dropped the little courtesy her mother had taught her, and said: "Please, Mr. Santa Claus, I want to speak to you particularly. . It is about Christmas." So!" cried the old gentleman and truly he was a German rising. "But what did you call me, little one ? 'Mr. Santa Claus," said Mina. "I ve been looking for yon all day, and poor mother is so sick. That is why I wanted to see you. You used to come in at the window on Christmas eve when sheaved in Germany, and you always put some thing in her shoe, and now she cannot earn money because she is so sick. I want you to come down the chimney and put enough in ber stocking to last until she is well, for father is dead, and we have nobody who cares for us. And you oh, you are so good always going over the roofs on Christmas eve, and giving presents to everybody." The child thinks you are Santa Claus," whispered the old German woman in her husband's ear. " Oh," how like she is to our little Mina, do you' not see?" . . -"Do you speak German, child !" said the old man. "Yes," said Mina, "it is my moth er's language. Yes, I. speak it 'very welL" "And what is you neme?" asked the old gentleman. "Mina Hoffman, Mr. Santa Claus, if you please," replied Mina. - The old woman caught her husband's arm. "Be quiet, be quiet," whispered the old man. " It is a common name." "And how did you come to think of coming here, my little maiden ?" "Because you weie so good," said Mina. " To-day mother cried and told me how pleasant it used to be in Ger many; and, oh, air. ttanta (jlaus, yoa must know where her father and mother are. She said she ran away from them ; and I; know she thought it was very naughty only what could she do If they wouldn't let father come in ?" " Hans, Hans, it is onr daughter 1" cried the old womao. What was the name of your mother's father ?" "ItwosAneen, Mrs. Santa Claus," said Mina. The old lady becan to cry. She caught the child in her arms and fondly kissed her. "Oh, good Mrs. Santa Claus, you will ask Mr. Santa Claus, to help mother, won't you ?'' pleaded Mina. Bat now the old couple took her by the hanJa and is J her wnj io an inner M ORRIS VILLE AND HYDE room, where the old lady rummaged in the drawer of a little bureau and brought out an old-fashioned daguerreo type. " See, child," she said. " Does this look like any one you know ?" "It looks like mother," cried Mina, "only only not so old." "It is enough," said the old gentle man. "Child, God has sent you. I am not Santa Claus. I am only an old toy maker, working here in Weehawken in a strange country to which I came from my fatherland. But, my dear, am your grandfather, and this is your grandmother. We came to Amerioa to look for our daughter when we heard she was a widow, but we could not find her. .Now we are about to go and take care of her. We will go with you. And again I say, God bless you." So in a few moments Mina and her jgrand-parents were on the way1 across the ferry. It was late in the afternoon when they climbed the stairs of the tenement house. Then the old couple waited out side in the entry, and Mina went into the poor, half-furnished room and found little Biddy Flynn still waiting patiently. "What happened ye, Mina?" she asked. "The mother has been fretting for you." . "Oh! my child! I am nearly fright ened to death !" sobbed the poor woman. "Motherl" cried Mina. "Oh, motherl I went to Germany to find Santa Claus for I needed him ever so much. But it was not: in Germany, and I did not find him; fcut-i-oh, mother I found grandmother and grandfather instead !" "Motherl Father 1" cried the sick woman; and the next instant they rushed in and embraced her. So Mina had a merry Christmas after all; and you may be sure that her mother got well, and that Santa Claus did not forsake her. Cincinnati &atur day Night. ' ' What the Drunkard Suffers. A STARTLING PICTTJBE BY TALLAGE. God only knows what the drunkard suffers. Pain files on every nerve, and travels every muscle, and gnaws on every bone, and stings with every poi son, and pulls with every torture. What reptiles crawl over his shivering limbs What spectxes stand by his midnight pillow ! What groans tear the air 1 Talk of the rack, talk of the funeral- pyre, talk of the Juggernaut ! he suffers them all at onee. - See .the attendants stand back from that ward in the hospi tal where the inebriates .. are dying. They cannot stand it. The keepers come through to say: "Hnsh up, now! stop making this noise. Be still ! You are disturbing all the other patients. Keep still, now !" Then the keepers pass on, and after they get past, then Jthe poor creatures wring their Mnds me rum, give me rum 1 O God ! Help ! Take t the devils off ;jne ! " O God ! O God !" And they shriek, and they blas pheme, and they cry for help, and then hey ask the keepers to slay them, say ing : "stab me, strangle me, smotner me ! O God ! Help, help I Bum Give me rum! O God ! Help!" They tear out their hair by the handful, and they bite their nails into the quick. Oh! God," they say, "help! Oh! God, help ! help ! help 1" This is no fancy picture. It is transpiring in a hospital at this moment. It went on last night while you slept, and more than that, that is the death sone of you will die unless you stop. I see it com ing. Uod help you to stop before you go so far you-cannot stop. ? ; - " Bum plagues a man also in the loss of his home. I do not care how much he loves his wife and children, if this habit gets the mastery of him this habit of strong drink he will do the most outrageous things. If need be, in order to get strong drink, he would sell them all into - everlasting -captiyity There are hundreds and 'thousands of homes in New York and Brooklyn that have been utterly .blasted by it. , I am speaking of no .-abstraction,, Is there anything so disastrous to a man for this if e and for the life ' to come ? Do you tell me that a, man can., be happy when he knows he is . breaking his wife's heart and clothing his children with rags ? ; There are little children, in the streets to-day, bare-footed, unkempt, un combed,, want written in every patch o' their faded dress and on every wrinkh of their prematurely-old countenances, who would have been in the' house of God this morning as well clad as yon, had it not been that strong drink drovo their parents into penury and then into the grave. O, rum ! rum ! thou de spoiler of homes,' thou foe of -God, thou recruiting officer of . the pit ! I hato thee V I hate thee ! . ' . , "The Way or A, Serpent on a Rack.' -The movement of a snake in climbing a perpendicular siirfiice, as : I have ob served it, is. a vermicular, undulating motion, not spiral but straight up the face of the surface. Ihave seen a black snake thus glide up ' a beech tree -with that easy, careless graoe of movement which is characteristic' of that snake when moving over horizontal surfaces. The bark f the beech affords few ine qualities into which the edges of the gastroslegal bands could be thrust claw fashion, and I have no doubt that at mospheric pressure is the force that holds the snake against such surface ia climbing, sucker fashion, as theboylilta the brick with the piece of wet leather. I once knew a black snake to ascend a stucco wall to the second-story window, and another I saw go up to the eaves of a carriage house to the swallows' nest ; (straight up the up-and-down boards. I have seen them glide from tree to tree and leap down from near the top of lurge trees, but never saw one descend by climbing down a smooth, perpendicular Biu-face. I have no doubt of their abili ty to do so, however. I do not believe that this power is enjoyed by the cop perhead or ratt lesnake, or any venomous sort with which I am familiar, they be ing heavy and sluggish in their move ments. I have seen them go up on leaning trees and crawl into the foliage of bushes, however. Forest, and Stream. A Strange Vebdiot. In the case of Edward Maxwell, who was dragged out of a court room by lynchers at Durand, W's., the noose killing him before the mob got him to a tree, a Coroner's jury has declared that he "fell from the court bousu itp and broke U &ek," . PARK, VERMONT, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1881. THE L1ME.KIL5 CLUB. The Onarity season a Bad Man- Some Curious Things. From the Detroit Free Press. "What I was gwine to remark. began Brother Gardner as the meeting opened, "was to say ttat de season has now arrove whi?n de cry fur charity am heard in demand, an' people who hev a dollar to. spare am 'speoted to pass it ober to de pool. Jt nr. de convenience of people whose hearts ache to do sunthiu I hev compiled a list of patients an' will furnish it free gratis on applicashun De man who leafs all summer an' bees his way frew " di winter am on de list, De woman who sells her clothing fur money to buy whisky am on de list. De families which support two or three dogs, a pig an' a dozen hens on de pie an' sweet-cake teggea by de chill'en am on delist. c On datjlfjhev put dow men who will hand a coat or west ober de bar in exchange fur drink. "1 hev put down men who spent deir days in sleep and idleness when laborers were being paid, twelve shilling a day. hev put down families who sleep on straw an live on bread an water, an' yet if dey should be banded a dollar in money would use it all in purvidin an oyster snpper. If I had time I could make a list which would prove dat nine-tenths of de charity subjects in Detroit am de basest frauds, an' dat ebery dollar placed in de hands of de Overseer of de Poo am blackmail on taxpayers. When de father of a family kin aim from a dollar to twelve shillin's per day, an' de mother from fifty cents to a dollar, what!; right hev dey to ask for charity ? If a man am old and poo' we hev a county house fur him. If poo man am sick we hev hospitals. When a child am. left an orphan we hev homes an' asylums. lie hull suDiecK am a fraud on work in' people. We am simply offerin premium on loafensm, laziness and degradashun. Ebery time we hev in creased our poo' fund we hev increased de number of beggars. Ebery dollar bestowed upon a begger makes him hate work so much de harder. A child who sees his parents live by fraud and beggary am sartin to ootch de same ideas and practise de same principles. Foller de people cieen de of tenest at de Poo'master's an' you will find neighbor hoods whar de mos' petty thievin' am practiced an de mos' laziness am in dulged in. "When death enters de family of a workin'man he may want a loan. When a laborin' man meets wid an accident his income stops, and to tide him ober do gap am a bounden dooty. When charity goes beyand dat it supports fraud an' breeds vioe." ' PLEASE ABREST HIM. The Secretary announced a letter from the Hon. Occupation J.Buckwprthjof i'nrtamniitn. v . . luiw.-mi - man calling himself Jge Johfi Walk erman, and claiming to be an active local member of the Lime-Kiln Club, was in that city disposing of photo graphs supposed to represent Brother Gardner. He sold the photographs at twenty cents each, and claimed that the funds were to be sent to Liberia to es tablish a mouth-organ factory. The photographs reprssented a colored per son with a broken nose, a squint eye front teeth gone and ears large enough to throw a shadow over a wall eighteen feet high. ' Was i(; all right, or was the man an impostor f Brother Gardner was jumping two feet high before the Secretary had fin ished, and it took him only four min utes to write and. send out a telegram asking the Portsmouth man to arrest the impostor if it cost $200. In this connection it may be well to state : 1. The Lime-Kiln club employs no traveling agent. 2. It offers no chromos. 3. None of its members are allowed to attach their names to medical in ventions." " 4. It favors no scheme to build ob servatories in Liberia or orphan asylums in the Sandwich Itilands. . 5. It publishes no dime novels, sends out no hair dyes, a id has no Presidential candidate for 188 1. AKOTHEK WARNING. Brother Gardner produced the follow ing, and. desired th e Secretary to read it in a loud voice: MOTICE-CONSiSABLE SALE Per sonal propertj' to Satisfy exicution in my hands, issued from the Justice Court of Wm. H. Look, against Kary Gilmoore & in favor of Thos. Seay, I will proceed to cell on the 11 day of October, 1881, bet ween the hours of 11 & 3 oclk, the following describe proper- ty as the property oi me saia jvary uu moore, to wit: One black male ox, name Preacher; one white milk cow. with blueisfied head & calf, the cow name rose; one red milk cow, with blaze in face, & calf, ite,a same blossom; one blueisfied Steer, name Brag; one Sorrel Horse, narae Frank; one tow horse waging. NED SMITH, Co. for B. T., Hale Co., A! a. . "An' 1 now desire to remark," con tinued the President, as the Secretary finished, "dat theuaid Ned Smith, con stable, eta, died widin a week of wntin' de above. Dat's what I hev told you all along let offis alone. De strain on de intelleck am too great, an de up hills an' down hills of oruiograpiiy win kui anybody but a wliite man inside of a month." JI8T D t SAME. The Committee on Science and Phil osophy, through their Chairman, Judge Cahoots, reported is follows: "Dis committee "ia made a faithful inwestigashun of di assurshun dat de world am gradually slontin ober, an' it has been unable to diskiver wheder de statement am true or false. In dis emergency we reocfflttiend dat every body pay up hi3 debts, put on a clean shirt, and be ready t0 B'de down hill when de hour arrovS. "As to de predicksh011 "1st a comet will strike de airth widin de next five y'ars we can't disput 'f Dut we am of de opinyun dat about two minita after de collishun takes pi06 de comet will wish it hadn't. Dis committee will bet two to one on de airtn ebery time. "As tode statement dat de world am comin' to an eand ot de 2d day of Feb; ruary, dis committemi"ttier assents nor disputes, but if any 0nll)er dis club has a chance on de 1' ob dat month to buy a ieben dollar df flty cents, v adwto Um to U-K48 tW"," U J 5 I ' i J A Hi k y ii ri fhi ifj" 1 11 .f i a va THE CODE. Trustee Pullback arose to secure in formation. He wanted to know if honor compelled a colored man to ac cept a challenge to fight a duel. If not, what would honor compel him to do in case an enemy halted at his gate and dared him to come out of his house and get mashed. "Honor am a curus thing, Brudder Pullback," replied the President "In case you are a better shot clan your inemy it am honorable to meet him on de field an' kill him. If you think he will be sartain to kill you it am honor able to excuse yourself on de ground of having a game leg. If I made an imemy an' he cums along to my cabin an' spits on his hands and hops up and down an' calls fur me to come out an' be pulver ized, Ize gwine to consider befo' I go out. If I am party sartin dat I kin wollop him Ize gwine to feel honor bound to rash out and break his nose. If he looms up like a sidehill, an' if he 'pears to hev lots of science, Ize gwine to send my ole woman ont dar to tell him dat if he doan fly outer dat she'll hab de hull purleece force an' put him whar de calves can't bite him." THE CLOSE. The Librarian was instructed to here after close the library at ten o'clock p. m. sharp, it navmg oeen iound that all who remained after that hour began to chew plug tobacco and dispute on reli gion. The Janitor reported three new holes in the bottom of the stove and another crack in the side, and a committee of three was appointed to examine the structure and see if it could be made to last a few months more by filling the holes with clay and painting the stove pipe. There being no further business of national importance, Elder Toots was awakened and the meeting adjourned. Which was the Enemj! A boy, bright-eyed and fair-faced, was found in the street by Frank Hals, a celebrated Dutch painter. There was something in the lad's face that at tracted the lonely artist, and he took him to his lodging, and to his studio ; and, in the end, resolved to make a painter of him. The boy knew no name only Hans so Hals called him Hans Findling, and went at the work of teach ing him. The boy proved an apt pupil, but as he progressed in art, and in creased in years, his works took on a strange character for one so young. They were of drinking-houses, and drinking scenes; pot-companions, smok ing, drinking and carousing all painted with a truthfulness and vividness that was wonderful. The drawing was per fect ; and the handling of colors unex celled. And so he went on, until his works adorned every wine shop and cafe Liaiie city where he painted. - ... """g waut -iut sot short life and a merry one. "liegone d all- care, and give me fun and frolic." In his cups he was a genial companion, keen, witty and brimming with humor ; and he was continually humming the old songs that praised the cup, and set Bacchus on the throne. And bo he went on to the age of thir ty; and then his merry life seemed to have come to an end. He had drank so much so deeply and so long, that his life was bnrned up literally drowned out of him 1 Bloated, haggard, and disfigured ; eyes bloodshot ; his once deft hand now palsied ; his breath weak and labored ; and still he strove to be cheerful. ' Give me wine !" he cried, to his physician. "No, no, it must be water, Hans." "Must it? Ah! well, I'll try to love my enemy! And he tooK tne water in his hand, but could not hold it. His physician had to carry it to his lips. Half an hour later the physician arose to take his leave. Before going, he stood by the bedside, and took the young man's hand. - " Hans I am going away for a time, as I have others to visit, jnow, iooe you ; I want to leave a solemn question for you to answer. There i3 a bottle of wine ; and there a flagon of pure water. Which is the enemy? Dear boy! -If you will solve this problem as I hope you will, you shall be saved not for a merry life; but for a useful! If you shall decide in behalf of the foul fiend, no power can save you." , , And the physician went away. When he returned he found the young painter in tears. ' Doctor ! Save me ! Save me ! And I will be a useful man 1" He had decided that the bright wine was his enemy; and he would have no more of it. The good physioian saved him. and Hans Findling lived many years, a oomfort.to himself; an orna ment to aooiety; and a grand contribu tor to the world of art. A Good Thing. A means of getting rid of mutilated currency has been dis covered in the St. Louis churches where the coins are dropped in 'the col lector's box. Prominent ministers there are reported as saying that the effort to pass mutilated money has been produc tive of more profit to the church than when all sorts of silver bric-a-brao was passable. A man now who holds a punotured half dollar, after essaying to pass it off for merchandise and being unsuccessful, finally resorts to the col lection box, and, with the shortsighted ness peculiar to roguery, he drops a half dollar or quarter where formerly nickel or a dime sufficed. The money, when it accumulates, is sent to the United States mint, where it is received bullion, entailing a loss of five per cent. Caught in a strange place: "Friandf," once said a clergyman to a number of people who had entered his church for the purpose of getting out of the rain, 'I have often heard of the church beiug used as a cloak for one's sins, but this is the first time I ever heard of its being used as an umbrella. " Harvard Lam poon. Mistaken. Parley Hicks thought he saw his daughter walking with a for bidden lover on a dark night. He stole up behind the pair with a club, broke the young man's skull, and knocked the girl down, before discovering that they were cot the persona be bad taken tbem for, A VETERAN GONE. Death of "Live Oak" George Law, Mr. George Law who died lately at his reside'-- ce in New York City, after long illness arising from a complication of diseases. He was born in Jackson, Washington County, on October 25, 1806. His parents were both natives of County Down, Ireland, who came to this country soon after the Revolution ary War, the father becoming a farmer. George Law had very little education. When about fourteen years old he visit ed Troy on an errand and resolved to seek his fortune in that city. He finally obtained his father's consent, and walked thirty-six miles to Troy, with a pack on his back, containing his clothes, and $10 his sole capi tal in his pocket. His first job was ro carrying a hod. In refer ring to this 'beginning of . las carcet, Mr. Law often said: "I began at the foot of the ladder, and was terribly afraid that I should fall from the top before I got through." Hearing of an opening at Hoosick, he went there and learned the trade of a mason. His first job on his own account was the build ing of a lock on the Erie Canal. Then he went to work on the Pennsylvania CanaL When but nineteen years old he learned that the Dismal Swamp Canal contractors needed stone. He purchased a lot in Delaware, chartered a schooner and took a load to Norfolk, where he sold it at a good profit. His next work was on the Morris Canal, in New Jersey, and then on the Lehign Canal. He then became a contractor, and soon had a cash capital of $2,800, with which he came to New York. He obtained a contract on the Portage Railroad over the Alleghany Mountains and another on the Columbia Railroad. His next work was a bridge-building. He built the bridge over the Lehigh River at Easton, Pa., and was for several years engaged on the upper division of the Lehigh Canal between Mauch Chunk and White Haven. In May, 1837, Mr. Law went to New York to live, and obtained a contract to build two sections of the Croton Aque duct. In 1869 he obtained the contract to bu2d the High Bridge. About this time he purchased a ma jority interest in the Dry Dock Bank, which was then almost insolvent, and in a few years made it one of the most substantial in the State. When the California excitement broke out he went into the steamhip business, and 1848 purchased the steamship Faclon in and sent her to Chagres, transferring the passengers across the isthmus on mules. He had previously sent a steamer around Cape Horn to take the passengers from Panama to San Francisco. Mr, Law built several other steamers. In 1851 Mr. Law purchased a large interest in the Panama Railroad, and going to Aspinwall he located the termini of fete I road and set mo'n at work building it. In 1837 Lewis Baker, who reoently died in Paris, fled from N. Y. city after having killed William Poole embark ing upon a schooner bound for the Canary Islands. Mr. Law instantly chartered at his own expense a swift sailing vessel and sent it in pursuit with City Hall detectives on board. Baker was overtaken, captured and returned in the pursuing vessel for trial. Mr. Law, in 1833, married Miss Anderson, of Philadelphia, by whom he has had seven children, four of whom are now living. One of his daughters married Colonel Chas, May, of Mexican war fame. Mr. Law was always conspicu ous in public, being Bix feet three inches in height, and weighing 250 pounds. His head was always regarded as a study by sculptors, who said that his great vitality was pictured in the mas sive abundance of hair, which early be came iron-gray and later of a snowy white. In 1851 Mr. Law built the house in Fifth avenue where he lived until his death. He was often solicited to go into political life, but he always refused. During the Native American excitement in 1855 and 1856 he was asked to be the candidate of that party for the Presi dency. He was familiarly known by the adherents of that party as " Live Oak George' Mr. Law, however, refused the honor tendered him and assisted in the .nomination of Fillmore and Donelson. During the last ten years Mr. Law has passed a very quiet and regular life, surrounded by his books, his family and his intimate friends. (ulteau's Defense. What the defense in the Guiteaa trial has gained by putting the assassin upon the witness stand it is not easy to see, unless the object was to give the medi cal experts an opportunity to study him for fine points in the science of detect ing insanity not perceptible to laymen. He lost his temper under Judge Por ter's cross-examination, but never his shrewdness. He was worried by ques tions concerning his blasphemous "in spiration" theory, but was' not once drawn from bis persistent adherenoe to it In short, neither in the direct ex amination, which brought out the story of his miserable career, nor in the cross questioning, which might well havejbeen counted on by his counsel to irritate him into the display of crazy symptoms, did he show any lack of natural reason ing powers. But, on the other hand, it must be admitted that nothing was brought out to show that the "inspiration" plea is a subterfuge to hide the real motive of Guiteau's crime. Probably in his mor bid egotism and lack of sound moral sense he really believed he was the in strument of a higher power. That notion he imbibed in the Oneida Com munity, and it seems to have stuck to him ever since. It by no means follows, however, that he is to be absolved from accountability because he fancied that when he wanted to do a thing the Deity was impelling him to do it Upon such a plea the Thugs of India would escape punishment. When they "run amuck" and kill or maim all that come in their way, they no doubt honestly believe their murderous frenzy to be a religious impulse. Accepting Guiteau's own ex planation of the crime, he is no better than ft Thug. N. Y. Tribune. People iovb truth, but invite the' lie to dioner, Russifta, TERMS $1.50. High School Lore-Letters. A young lady reoently out of college obtained an appointment this fall as teacher in a High School at a vigorous frontier town in Miohigan. After an experience of two months she has given the result of her observations. Two months is not long for an "experience, Let ns remember, however, that the first impressions of a new-comer have a value as real as the ripe experience of an old stager. . , . She had adopted the theory that the chief duty of a teacher is . to make the studies interesting, and she threw her self with enthusiasm into the work. The theory may be erroneous. We think it is. She toiled on, however, in good faith, sugaring all her pills of knowledge in the most ingenious man ner, and taking upon herself the trou ble which belongs of right to the stu dent, hot the teaoherT In" spite 6f"air her efforts, she found that some of her pupils would not or could not be inter ested." " : ' v . ' : ' At length, by mingling 'freely with the boys and girls out of school, she obtained a flash of light upon the cause of this listless indifference. A pink tinted, gilt-edged note fell into her hands. It proved to be a warm and tender love-letter from a girl of fifteen to a boy of seventeen, both being mem bers of the school. Pursuing her in quiries, she discovered that exchanging love-letters was one of the ordinary amusements of the scholars, not only in the higher classes, but even in the pri mary departments, where the children were only seven or eight years of age. She found, in short, a state of things similar to that of a High School in Ohio, of which the principal compla cently remarked: "Half my scholars are in love with the other half." There is something here both for parents and teachers to reflect upon. The young lady who reports these facts attributes the precocity of her pupils in part to the over-crowding of the schools and the check put upon the free growth of the children by too long confinement every day in conditions that stimulate development just as the bearing of a pear tree is hastened by putting a liga ture around its trunk. Is it quite certain, too, that the ming ling of the sexes in high schools, or in any sohools, is as free from objection as has been claimed ? Ledger. The Leniency of the Court. In the pioneer days of Michigan, says the Detroit Free Press, one John Weeks was arrested in a town in Wash tenaw County for stealing Bix sheep, and when the trial came off before a jus tice the respective lawyers made the usual statements of what they expected to prove and disprove. After the law yer for the prosecution had finished the defense arose and began: - "May it please the Cofirt, we eipeclea to prove by John Day Hint my client was in Ohio at the time these sheep were stolen, but unfortunately for ns the witness is in bed with the mumps. We expected to prove by Homer Rioe that the plaintiff here never bad any sheep stolen, but Homer has been called to Buffalo to see his mother die. We further expected to prove by Abraham White that the plaintiff never owned any live stock except a yearling calf and two old geese, but Abraham is in jail in Detroit for drunkenness. Lastly, your Honor, we were propared to and expected to. prove by Charles Smith, the undertaker, that instead of the plaintiff losing six sheep he has lately mysteriously acquired seven hogs and a guinea hen. I repeat that we were prepared to prove this, but Provi dence willed otherwise. Mr. Smith has been called to Grand Bapids to convict his uncle of body-snatching, and we are thus stripped of our defense. In this emergency we throw ourselves upon the well-known leniency of this honorable court, trusting that he will not shut his eyes to the wonderful dispensations of Providence which have left my client disarmed and unprepared." The prisoner was bound over and got a sentence of two years. St. Nicholas and St. Kasian. The duty of helping and befriending the unfortunate is sometimes taught in these parables at the expense of the good character of certain of the saints. Thus, in one of the stories, a peasant is driving along a heavy road one autumn day, when his cart e ticks fast in the mire. Just then St. Kasian comes by. "Help me, brother, to get my cait out of the mud," says the peasant "Get along with you !" replies St Kasian. "Do you suppose I've got leisure to be dawdling here with you ?" Presently St Nicholas comes that way. The peasant addresses the same request to him ; and he stops and gives the required assistance. When the two saints arrive' in heaven, the Lord asks them where they have been. ' , '. "I have been on earth;" replies St Kasian ; " and I happened to pass by a monjik whose cart hod -stuck in the mud.- He cried out 'to me, saying Help me to get my cart out !' But I was not going to spoil my heavenly apparel." "I have been on the earth," says St Nioholas, whose clothes were all cov ered with mud. "I went along the same road, and I helped the monjik to get his cart free." Then the Lord says : "Listen, Kasian ! Because thou did not assist the monjik, therefore shall men honor thee by thanksgiving only once every four years. But to thee, Nicholas, be cause thou did assist the moujik to set free his cart, shall men twice every year offer up thanksgiving." "Ever since that time," says the story, "it has been customary to offer prayers and thanksgiving to Nicholas twice a year, but to Kasian only once every leap-year." An Unfailing RemedW The follow ing prescription is said by a scientific journal of Venezuela to be an unfailing remedy for inebriety : " Take three brown-backed frogs, cut them up fine aod macerate them for ten days in alco hol. This extract is to be administered to the patient in half-ounoa doses three times a day for two weeks and then in diminished quantity. The effect is to destroy all love of alcohol or its com pounds for ever after." The mixture, might bp termed frog oooktalL WIT ASP WISDOM - Wkd so woman in whom you can find no flaw. Gaelic. It is remarkable how physioians lov musio. uue naruiy ever ouiuoi mmvm bringing a vial in. A New York landlord has reduced his rents one-half. One-half his house have fallen down, which is the reason. It ia now believed that the Star-route men will let the Government down easy and not sue for damages. Chicago Tri bune, , They talk about the bracing air of the mountains, but the only air that can brace up the impecunious is a million- naire. A pabtt who has been unfortunate ia stocks says he believes if he should buy a balloon it would not go up. Boston Bulletin, It takes six years to learn a pig to understand nine words, and all these words put together won't drive him out of a garden. The man who stood in front of his glass for two hours getting the right . color on his mustache said he was just "dyeing to see his girL" Yonkert Statesman. ' Two ladies are candidates for the . olerkship ot the Ohio Legislature. When you hear whloh has been eleoted you will Know wbion is tne Detter looking. ' ... i v .- - An Ohio girl sued a man for breach of promise and proved him suoh a mean scoundrel that the jury decided that she ought to pay him something for not marrying her. r-'l . " There are people in this world who have, such an air of freezing dignity ana reserve that if you remain near them , for any length of time you will inevita bly catch cold. Schoolmistress (just beginning a nice improving lesson upon minerals to the juniors) "Now, what are the prlnoipal Ifilngs we get out of the earth ?" Youth- ; ful angler, aged four (confidently) Worms." Philadelphia Bulletin. An exchange Bays that Amerioa con tains more patriots than any other conn try in the world. No sooner does s statesman become a member of the Cabinet than he appoints his sons for duty in his country's service. The aesthetic lawyer spoke ironically of his opponent as an astute gentleman, whereupon the opponent retorted that he entertained a similar opinion of the other, regarding him astute, too. A Jersey City husband who remained out until midnight and forgot the story he had cooked up to tell his wife, fainted away in the hall as she met him. De j ' i Tt n "Has John obtained a situation yet ?" asked an old gentleman of his daughter, John being her betrothed lover. " Ob tained a situation ! Why, pa, how dis gusting! No, but he has accepted a position!" It is stated that in Manitoba girls are so scarce that each one has on the aver age 200 lovers to choose from. It may be added that in nine cases out of ten the girl chooses the worst man out of the lot Boston Post. And now they say that a "leading Irish patriot " has been taking np a col lection in Dublin for the purpose of im porting a South American earthquake, on the ground that it is the greatest land agitator. A box of Columbus swallowed twenty feet of red ribbon in order that he might afterward pull it out of his mouth, con jurer fashion, and astonish the family. It took a doctor four weeks to set him on his feet again. Detroit Free Press. apart from the world upon the pedes of his own superior worth and intellect, not nnfrequently suggests to the other fellows a small hen trying to do a mother's duty by thirty-nine eggs. - No special punishment has yet been designed for that class of criminals who steal a march, strike a light, heave a sigh, drown a oare, cudgel their brains, pick their steps, throw out feelers, or use a club for political purposes. Another impostor has been exposed. He claimed to be a railroad brakeman out of work ; but when he went out of the room he did noc slam the door hard enough to make the chairs dance, and was of course arrested. Philadelphia News. A German sat on the bank of a river watching an Englishman who was fish ing. Finally he exolaimed: "Here I have been for four hours watching this man holding bis line ; strange that he does not lose his patience I" A ctbrest paragraph states that "A Virginian, who was sentenoed to the penitentiary a few days ago for horse stealing, at one time paid taxes on $100, 000." The demoralizing effects of the tax-paying habit cannot be too deeply deplored. Mb. Ragby was only twenty-three when his eldest son was born. But he didn't seem very jolly. Not but what he was a fine boy. But he said: "Old friend, just think of it ! Here at the early stage of twenty-three I've got to begin to set a good example !" Lova tied his little arrows up And thrust them in hi quiver ; Love took me by regretful hand, and Said, " Good-by forever." " Fly not !" I cried, but love held forth A blunder barbe, and sad Keplied : " My occupation's gone ; hearts Now are iron-clad." A medical journal asoribes the deoay of the teeth to the failure to exercise them on hard material. This wcra! seem to account for the fact that per sons brought up on boarding-house beefsteak generally possess such cast iron teeth and jaws. A cobbespondent writes to an ex change inquiring : "Is good oharaoter of any value?" Considering recent de velopments in banking circles, we should say when a man of good char acter is around to any extent it's pretty safe to keep the doors locked. "I sT, Gilpin," said Squire McGill, yesterday morning, "who was that sandy-haired man you was talking with this morning?" "Oh, that was Colonel Thunderpod, of Syracuse. He's a big gun in politics." "Yes, I judged he was a big gun in something, he seemed such a smooth bore." Cruelty to animals: "How do you think my beard is coming on?" said young Fitzalamode to a friend. "Let ting it grow, aren't you?" "Yes; I think it will give ma a more mature look, you know." "Perhaps bo ; but don't you think t shows a tendency to tarn in and clinch on the inside of your face?'' No further conversation. New Jfaven licgisier. There is nothing in the world so treacherous as a man's memory. If a man owes you a debt, the fact pins it-' self into your mind, and even if you try to forget it you find it impossible to do bo. 11, on the other hand, you owe a debt to somebody, it passes out of yortr mind at once. The philosophy ot this eccentricity is that what is owed to you should be paid promptly, while what you owe should ba. paid, i at all, at your convenience, ' "