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HAZARD'S POWDER. frO. 1 BIAKE BLOCK, S WANTON, VT. JOB PRX1MTIMG Done at this OfQ.ce . ROTE HEADS, LEITEh HEAD3, STATEMENTS, kSHB?PrNG TAGS, ETC., ETC. Prices the Very Lowest 10, VOL. X. NO. 4. THE MERR Y FIDDLER. Sometimes if you listen listen When the sunlight fades to gray, Ton will hear a strange musician, At the quiet close of day ; Hear a strange and quaint musiclaa On his shrill-voiced fiddle play, He bears a curious fiddle On his coat of shiny black, ' And draws the bow across the string In crevice and in crack ; Till the sun climbs up the mountain And floods the earth with light, Ton will hear this strange musician Playing playing all the night. Sometimes underneath the hearthstone, Sometimes underneath the floor, He plays the same shrill music, Plays the same tune o'er and o'er ; And sometimes in the pasture, Beneath a cold gray stone, He tightens np the sinews And fiddles all alone, It may be iu the autumn, From the corner of your room You will hear the shrill-voiced fiddle Sounding out upon the gloom ; If you wish to see the player, Softly follow up the sound, And you'll find a dark-backed cricket Fiddling out a merry round. Marrying Again. BY HELEX FORREST GBAVES. " Janie," said Squire Harden, 'have I you fed the young turkeys ?" "And looked alter the calves, and turned the cheeses, and aired the feather beds, and cleaned the cellar, and sorted over the russet apples ?" "Yes, Cousin John." "Ah," said Squire Harden, "it'B a heavy responsibility to put upon one person, all these daily duties, Janie, eh?" " I hope I do everything to please f on, John," faltered the quiet girl, who at picking: over beans m a huge four' quart pan. "Yes, Janie yes, I've no cause to complain," said the squire, thonght- fully feeling of his handsome, smooth' shaven chin, as he sat looking at the slender, pretty girl. While Janie Lee, conscious that his eyes were upon her, changed from pink to pale and then back again, and worked more steadfastly than ever. " Janie," saifi the squire, suddenly, "I've something to say to you: and there's no use in putting it off." Janie glanced up, more agitated than ever. "I'm thinking, of marrying again, said f"be squire, abruptly. Janie tried to say, " Are you ?" but her tongue clove to the roof of her mouth. Poor, little, fluttering, shy thing at that moment a flood of inde scribable happiness seemed to overflow her soul. Ever since her cousin (Mrs. Marden) had died, four years ago, and she, a girl of sixteen, had taken the lntlzja o JionMpio into Iier atroug young bands, she had been learning to worship the stately, handsome, noble natured squire. Nothing was too much for her, when it was done for him. Full of Carlyle's "Hero-Worship," Janie Lee could have written half a dozen : volumes on the subject, and taken Squire John Marden for the cen tral point of every one of them. Now and then, spurred by a kindly word, a gentle tone, she had ventured to hope she knew not what. Oftener still, she had fallen into the depths of despond ency until, at last, she had resolved to spend her quiet and uneventful life in Squire Maiden's service, whether or not her efforts were rewarded by the guer don she so craved. But now now that he looked at her with, those kindly-pleasant eyes now that he had spoke of " marrying again ' her heart leaped high in her bosom. Were those long years of conscientious toil appreciated at last? Was he, in deed, about to ask her to be his wife ? " Marrying again I" the squire re peated, slowly. " You wouldn't object, eh, Janie ?" ' '- "I?" she faltered. "Your position, you see, would re main just the same," said he. "Matilda is a perfect child about the cares of housekeeping and will, I doubt not, be pleased to retain yon here as her right hand in the house ; for, as you may perhaps have guessed, I have proposed to Matilda Kerr." Janie's heart seemed turning to ice within her. 1 Matilda Kerr the dashing city beauty who had been spending the summer at Mrs. Waller's the hand some, dark-eyed Di Vernon of a girl, who had made fun of farms and fanners, avowed her ignorance of all domestio details as if it were a merit, and dawdled away her time in croquety lawn -tennis and novel reading Matilda, who dressed in the very extreme of the fashion, with frizzled hair, stilted-heeled Frbnch boots, pull-back dresses, elbow . sleeves and long, wrinkle-wri3ted kid gloves who declared that life wasn't worth having .without archery-parties, cha-. rades and chocolate caramels t The last person in Ihe world whom one could, have imagined John Marden to fancy! "Don't fret, Janie 1" sail the squire, kindly. "Your home is here always, wife or no wife. I haven't forgotten all that you were to poor Mary, before she died!" The touch of his hand upon her drooping head seemed to loose the foun tain of her tears, and flinging away her work, Janie darted, sobbing, from the room. - . j ! Squire Marden looked after her, in slow, scarcely-comprehending surprise. "Of all enigmas," he said aloud, " women are the least comprehensible. One would think she would have been delighted at the prospect of some one to keep her company in the house. Bat perhaps she prefers being alone. Janie always was a quiet little thing." But when she came to call him to tea, Janie Lee was quite calm and composed again a little pale, perhaps, but other wise entirely herself. " Mr. Marden," said she, with down cast eyes, "I am sorry I behaved so foolishly, this afternoon; but I was so taken by surprise. I I am sure I hope that you will be happy !" " You are always a kind little darling, Janie," said Mr. Marden, with a smile. " And I am sure you and Tillie will get along nicely together." Janie did not reply; but after the housework was all done, that evening, and she was in her own rood, she set herself diligently to work, writing out an advertisement "Wanted, a Silua-Hon." " For I never can live in the same house with the haughty beauty who has stolen John Marden's love away from me," she thought, with a cruel pang at her heart. So the lovely September days went by, and the colored leaves began to fall, and the nuts to drop softly in the woods at night; and when October reigned it rovally over hill and mountain, the wedding-day drew near. Tillie Kerr had been to visit the farm house. A hard, hard day it was for Janie when she came with her black silk dress, with its fan-shaped train and plumed Rubens hat, and white blonde scarf, wrapped like a fringe of sea-foam around her neck, to criticise and find fault, and stare in a curious, listless way at the rooms which had been Janie's pride and care so long. " This hall is so ridiculously narrow," said the bride-elect; " and the idea of such funny little winding stairs ! Why, they make me think of a corkscrew ! John Marden looked at the staircase, down which he had been carried a baby, It had never struck him as incongruous before. "And, of course," rattled on Miss Kerr, "you will have the partition be tween these two rooms taken down, and an archway put up ?" "Of course," echoed Squire Marden. But he didn't know why he said it Janie was loosing on, and there was a pained look in her face. She was think ing of how poor Mary's corpse, crowned with white flowers, had lain there so short a time ago how the dear old mother, whose memory John soil so tenderly revered, died in the sunny back-room, just when the March snow drops were bursting through the frozen ground. Though I don't know," added the bride, playing with the ivory top of her carved parasol, "but that it would be really cheaper in the end to pull the whole thing down and build something to suit one's self exactly." "The house is over a hundred years' old," said Squire Marden, gravely. There is no other house in the country so old." 'Oh, horrid !" cried Matilda, reooil' ing with a little theatrical cry. "The idea of living in a house that is a hun dred years' old !" And she laughed and rustled away, with her jet chains sparkling, her pres ence leaving a faint perfume behind her of patchouly; and Janie had secretly felt that, if she saw much more of Miss Kerr, she should learn to hate her cor dially. The wedding evening came, and all the country people, high and low, were invited to participate in the festivities. Mrs. Waller, from whose house , the bridal was to be celebrated, had done Jn r beet -to priva her frittna what alio cabled "a tiptop wedding." The village j band was engaged ; the walls were decked with autumn-leaves, scarlet Toer- ries was aud evergreens ; the bridal-cake a mountain of snowy perfection ; and the old clergyman, in his robes, stood waiting at the door, when Mrs. Waller oame hurriedly in, with a pale, frightened face, to where the bride groom stood, stalwart and handsome, with his i.'best man" at his side. "There's no use trying to hide mat ters any longer," said she, hysterically. "Tillie has gone! Gone with Captain Swedenborg! She went riding with him this afternoon, and I made sure she'd come back. But she hasn't ; and here's the telegram from New York. Bead it, some one. I haven't the face to do it." Judge Toucey, who stood next to her, put on his spectacles and leisurely perused the telegram. "Good-by, everybody!" it said, sauci ly. "I am married to Captain Sweden borg, and sail for Europe at noon to morrow. Every woman has a right to change her mind, and I have changed mine. Tillie Swedenbobo." There was a brief silence of a second or two, and then Squire Marden spoke out. - ," "Changed her mind, has she?" he eaid, in a clear, ringing voice. "Well, I haven't changed mine. " I came here to be married,, and married I intend to be! If it is not to one bride, it shall be to another. Little Janie" to the pale girl in the dove-colored silk dress, who stood at his side :Vwill you take the place, in my love and my home, which this heartless woman has left vacant? Will you be my wife ?" To tho day of her death, Janie Lee . never knew exactly what she answered. She only knew that she was gently led to the bride's place ; that Squire John's strong hand held hers ; that his clear voice spoke the responses; that she murmured her share, feeling, all the while,'' as if she were in a dream. But when the ceremony was over, and the guests crowded around to offer their congratulations, the mists all cleared awayzrom ner neart ana 'Drain, tne tranquil light came back to her eye. John Marden's wife I What higher happiness had life to pffer her ? And when they were driving home, in the .soft autumnal moonlight, she looked wistfully into his face. " John," said she, "are you sure that yon do not regret this sudden step of yours?" " Begret it,- sweetheart ?," he said, tenderly pressing her hand. " Regret that 1 have discovered, ere it is too late, that false, fair Woman's crafty nature? Regret that I have found my sweet guardian angel at last ?" And so the nine days' wonder of Squire Marden's marriage died away. Mrs. Captain Swendenborg never re turned from Europe and Janie and her husband live happily in the old farm house, which never has been altered, and never will' be. 'It is good enough for us," says Squire Marden, when people talk about " modernizing " the place. "It is home!" Janie adds, softly "Our home!" . And the words are full of the sweet happiness of her heart. Saturday Night. Os the TbaiIi. Cows on the prairie get accustomed to the noise of locomo tive bells rod whistles, and do not al ways clear the track until thrown off by the cowcatcher. A patented devise is described in the tscienvjio American for squirting hot water twenty rods ahead. It is calculated that this would stimulate the laziest into action. MORRIS VILLE AND HYDE PARK, VERMONT, UXITED STATES SUPREME COURT, Pen and Judges Cleric Ink and Photograph of the their Wonderful The clerkship of the United States Supreme Court, says a Washington let ter, is worth more than the salary of four of the Justioes, as it is said to fre quently pay over $40,000 per year. The charges are 6imply terrible. It costs about a dollar for the clerk to look at you, and another do'Iar to get out of his sight. They have a little talk then of keeping the decisions back as loEg as possible, often a couple of months, and in the mean time if any one wants a copy of the decision it costs $2 for each page of one hundred words. When Belva Lock wood, the female lawyer, applied for admission to prac tice before the court, the Justices were shocked and the clerk horrified. The court considered the application, and. after holding it under advisement for a month or bo, gravely declared against her, on the ground that it was against the custom, if not the law. Belva in reply said it was against the custom once to ride in a railroad car, or to light up a house with gas, but those customs were not in. keeping with the progress of the times. The reply was that there was no help lor her. Belva, being practical, slipped over to the Senate, drew a bill giving women the right to practice law, provided they were competent, and had it introduced. She had a similar bill introduced in the House, which body passed it The Senate in turn passed it, and lo ! the custom was a thing of the past. A law took its place, and she or any other wo man is now perfectly free to get a big fee for appearing and arguing a ease be fore the Supreme Court, provided she is fortunate enough to get emploved, It is against the custom, and no one is allowed to do it under penalty of be ing put out of the court room, for any one, newspaper reporter or lawyer, even to write a word in the court room, or take a note of any point in a decision or remark of any of the Judges. This ap pears strange, and yet it is a fact, and there are hundreds of newspaper oorre spondents who know it from being pre vented. The custom is to go to the clerk, and wait a week or so for him to make such extract of an opinion as are wanted and pay him his fees. The only way to get over this is to keep the points in your head and write them out after coming out of the court room, which has to be done on what is called decision day. ' The opinions of the Supreme Court are much too long. They go into a history of every case, and often a per son has to read a half hour or so before the point in the disoision is reached. Bat ail this plays into th hands of the clort. - He geta wealthy in consequence of it.. Imagine the readers of a paper in these days of telegraph having to wait three or four weeks for a decision ! The Judges are too slow. They don't intend to be slow, but they are without knowing it. It is seldom that a decision can be had in less than a month after a case has been argued. In similar courts in England a decision is given in five minutes after a case is argued. This is as it should be. The Judges, in hold ing off their decisions, without knowing it, are enriching a certain number of resident attorneys at the expense of other attorneys, who do not reside in Washington; for, knowing the delay, the expense of waiting, etc., non-resident lawyers are frequently retired to secure the assistance of resident attor neys to argue and look after their cases. One of tho customs is that eaoh Jus tice has a body servant. The Justices get money for their own body servants, but the custom is otherwise, and the body servants are paid $1,200 per an num by the Government. Some of the Justices want to select their own body servant, but they are not allowed to do it by the other body servants, for the custom is that the newly appointed Justice retains the body servant of his predecessor. The body servants have never been known to allow a Justice to violate this custom. Mr. Justice Woods, who was ap pointed by Garfield, in speaking to some gentleman of this custom, said : "My body servant is the most annoying thing 1 have yet experienced. The fellow is the first man 1 see in the morn ing and the last I see at night. He forced his way into my room at the El liott House, ordered me to go down to breakfazt and then asked me what I would have for breakfast, taking my order to the cooks himself. I could not get rid of hiii in any way. He haunted me all the time. That fellow will be the death of me. I have this satisfac tion, however, the other Justices are tortured in the same way." When Mr. Justice Gray of Massachu setts recently went on . the Supreme bench, be had an idea he would do just as he pleased ; but after a trial he finally had to yield, and is now as completely in the power of hia body servant as any of the others. He not only was not al lowed to select a man for himself, but was forced to accept the services of a fellow he does not like. They are death on custom ; they live on custom, and not one of the body ser vants does a thing different from what he did years ago. As a rule, the body servants are past middle age. The fathers and grandfathers of some of them' served in the same capacity (j for they never let anew man into tho ring. A Tramp's Awful Fate. Peter Brown, a tramp, asked two men employed at Thompson's Steel Works, in Jersey City, for permission to sleep in one of the empty sand-pits in the foundry. He said he had applied in vain at the police stations for lodgings, and the men, out of pity for his condi tion, granted his request. He laid down on the 8 and and was soon sound asleep. At three o'clook in the morning the report of a loud explosion in the works attracted the attention of the people in the vicinity. Upon reaching the spot a terrible sight met their gaze. A cru cible filled with molten steel had ex ploded, and its contents had flowed down into tho pit where the tramp was sleeping. He had been unable to ex tricate himself, and the fiery liquid had burned all his clothing off as well as the flosh from portions of his body, leaving the bare bones exposed to view. The man died shortly after being taken to the hospital. AND Central America. EABTHQTTAJiHS THAI HAVE ITED THAI IjOCAHTT. FOBMEB na- The mountainous ridge of Centra America has long ' b een known to be a region full of voleanoes and subject to shocks of earthquakes to an ex traordinary extent. The last great earthquake which visited the locality, previous to that lately reported, was on March 19, 1873, when San Salvador was totally destroyed. That disaster was not so fatal as tba present one : for though three successive shocks were felt, the inhabitant, warned by pre vious noises, were able to fand places of safety, and only about 500 perished, Earthquakes have been so frequent in the Central American -States that the Indians are accur.toijdtgjay it is "the land that swings like a hammock." Costa Rica is the most southern Repub lic of this disturbed region, and the lit tie State is filled with extinct and active volcanoes, among wliioh are Orisa, Votos and Cartago. The population of the Republic is about 180.000. The Pacific coast of . Central and South America has previously been visited with several notably disastrous earth' quakes. The first shock mentioned by the historians of Chili occurred on the 8th of February, 1570, destroying Con cepcion, then the moist promising and flourishing city of the infant colony. More than two thousand persons per ished. In 1647 an earthquake occurred which was felt throughout all South America. Without any warning, and in a single instant, it leveled the city of Santiago to the ground. Ten years later Concepcion was again overthrown, In 1751 the same town was visited by an earthquake accomp inied by a tidal wave, which, on retiring, washed away the entire place. The city of Caracas was entirely destroyed m mty-six seconds on March 26, 1812. Quito, in Ecuador, was almost destroyed on March 22. 1859. in 1'eru, caiiao was destroyed in 1586, and the accompany ing sea wave was ninety leet high, it was again destroyed in 1743. An earth quake which will be readily recalled was that of August 13 and 1:1, 1868, in which Arica suffered severely. The tidal wave carried a number of ships inland, among them the United 1 States steamer Wateree. A United i3tates storeship was also lost by it. The seaport of Arica suffered severely. The earth' quake sea wave sped thence across the Pacific, reaching the Bawaiian Islands on the 14th and Yokohama on the 15th. It was also felt in Australia and Alaska. In Argentine Republic, Mendoza was overturned iu March, 1665. The shock extended over the entire Repubb'oand 12.000 persons are estimated to have perished. An earthquake in Chili in 18?q nuii DermcU-- elevation to an extent or from mutw asTen feet .01 fully one hundred thousand equare miles of land lying bitween the Andes and the coast. Febraary 20, 1835, the city of Concepcion was destroyed for the fourth time : there were felt over three hundred successive shocks within two weeks. April 2, 1851, a severe shock was felt at Santiago. "It Was the Cat." A good story is told of an Orange County boy who drives it milk route m Sew York City. It seems he had one wealthy customer that lie served early by lifting a barred basement window and pouring the milk into a pail with a long spout. One morning when he was late, in pushing the pail, back to olose the window he upset it, the pail falling into the room and the milk spilling all over the floor. He was in trouble. He had no time to call the giil and wait for her to appear. He started on his route expecting to lose that customer surely. But while serving his next customer he saw a cat in the area way. An inspira tion seized the milkman. The milkman seized the cat. He thrust her between the bars into the room where the spilled milk lay, and drove on. Later in the day he returned to the house, as requested, by a note in the pail in the morning asking him to "leave tickets. The servant girl came running out, saying : "Oh, Johnny, we must have four quarts more of milk. A nasty cat got iu the house and spilled all the milk you left. Just look t,t that carpet. The mistress was awl ully mad. I thought I should lose my place." The milkman looked his blankest amazement, and sympathizingly counted out his tickets and measured out the milk, saying Accidents would happen sometimes.' The customer was saved. Middletown Press. A Mormon Stoi7, A man who claims" to be a Mormon elder, in a letter to the PiUtsburg Com mercial Gazette over the assumed name of Joseph Smith, gives a detailed ac count of the scheme for stimulating the faith of Mormons and overwhelming the Gentiles by the resurrection of Brigbm Young. He says that the plot was laid about a year before the an nouncement of the .Prophet's death, and that the originator of it was Brigham himself. The writer was one of the five persons admitted to the con spiracy, and his conscience will not keep the secret any .longer. Having spent several yearn in comfortable seclusion, while a wax efhgy reposed in his coffin, the Propbet is about to emerge and electrify the fidtbful. After this frank exposure the writer s only chance of safety is in concealing his real name, and, as it is. he expect to fall sooner or later " by the death shot or the mortal stab of the Danites." This fate would indeed be calamitous, for he has nine loving wives and any number of children in Salt Lake City. Resurreo- tion might prove to be the strongest card in the Mormon pack at this stage cf the game, and, absurd as these stories seem, a good many persons are dis posed to see some truth in them. Tbotjble When a burlesque com pany recently played in Indianapolis the corps de ballet was recruited, as to the unimportant oacK row, irom reti dent young women. A fellow in the gallery recognized aa acquaintance among them, and cried out, " Hi, Sallie Jackson!" She looked up in quick response, and the hilarity of the audi ence drove her from the stage. nn THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 1882. TRAOIXU CHILDREN. Too Mncn Fault-landing and not Enough. Encouragement for the Little Ones. ajab iUADAM : supposing a per son has committed an error and ao knowledged it and believes himself for given, will the knowledge that because of this fault his every action and word are watched with suspicion, and, if pos sible, oontorted into something wrong, act as a stimulus to do right, or as a temptation to do wrong, either in the same way or some other. If you were training a child would you cultivate honesty and truthfulness by allowing him to see that you did not trust and be lieve him, and by telling him he spoke untruths, and by suggesting wrong mo tives for his actions Y - It is a sad faot that these questions are very pertinent, and that a great many parents train their children as though the affirmative answer to them was the correct one. There are very few children, and very few grown peo ple either, for that matter, who " can not tell a lie," who cannot deceive, who cannot depart, in one way or another, from the line of strict integrity, and it is very little help, when one is overtaken in a fault, and is sincerely sorry, or might be, with proper treatment, to be told : " There, that's iust like von I" I knew you would do just so." "I told you so." "The way of the transgressor is hard," and in nothing harder than in the dif ficulty of getting entirely away from it. and forming new habits, new associa tions, new horizons. The environ ment of crime clings to the vicious with such pertinacity that reform becomes possible only when partially or wholly new surroundings are formed. We strive, when reclaiming the inebriate, to take him away from his old associ ates and to surround him with new ones. We do not taunt him with being a slave to his appetite, and with all the dread ml consequences that slavery entails on him; he knows the truth already, and too well ; but we strive to make him forget the things that are past, and reach forward to the good things the temperate man may enjoy. If on occa sion he is overpowered by the might of his thirst for alcohol, we lead him gent ly back and throw around him such safeguards as we hope may keep him from falling again into temptation. He needs no reminders of the dreadful fate of the drunkard, of Ids misery, his degradation; he needs to look away from that, and to forget it in the strug gle to go forward and away from it. Those, young or old, who wish to lead a new life, mut be treated in the same way. The vice of lying or deceiving can be rooted ont of the character, not by keeping it, before the eye, but by forgetting it in tbe purumt of what is true, honest, trustworthy. And so of any other vioe. "As a man thinketh in his heart, bo is he." There is no'surer way of making liars of children than by accusing them of lying, and allowing them to feel that they are believed to be liars. There is no surer way of making them disobedient than by accusing them of disobedience and making them regard themselves as disobedient. On the con trary, those who intelligently cultivate iu their children truthfulness, obedi ence, fidelity, are very slow to admit intentional departures from perfect rec titude in these respects. And when such departures oocur they are met not with taunts but with teare, with Borrow, and with earnest endeavor to induce the transgressor to "wipe out the slate," to "turn over a new leaf," and begin again. That petition of the lord's Prayer, "Lead us not into temptation," is never absent from the mind of the thoughtful parent. He removes so far as possible temptations from the path of the child, he builds around him bulwarks to keep him in the path of right, and, so far as may be, the path of right is made pleas ant to the fee.t. Its rugged places are smoothed by sympathetic companion ship, by cheering words, by inspiring hopes, by a sunny and serene atmos' phere. The laot that a child 111 trusted wi often make him worthy of trust, ever, though he may have many times failed iu guarding trusts confided to him. How does God deal with us ? Does He cast us off when we have sinned once or twice ? We are to forgive the trespasses of another against us though they be seventy times seven. . God does not count the number of times He forgives us. Whenever we turn toward Him with penitent hearts He is ready to re ceive us. He never taunts us with our faithlessness, our ingratitude, our trans gressions, but showers His mercies on the evil and the good, the just and the unjust. Here is an example. Children may be stimulated to the cultivation of the highest virtue by reading the lives of great men, and the history of great actions, and, being thus lifted out of the region of. petty deoeit and envy, they breathe the air that makes heroes and noblemen. Weekly Tribune. John Benninghoff Dead, The Bradford (Penn.) Star says: John Benninghoff, famous for his wealth more for that which was forcibly taken away from him than for that which was left died at his home at Greenville, Penn., Monday, aged eighty-one years. This event will bring to mind "the Benninghoff robbery" of fifteen years ago, whioh was committed in the oil regions, where he then resided with his family, on the farm that poured wealth into his pocket faster than he could take care of it. The robbers surrounded the house, then entered, gagged the old man and other members of the family present, proceeded at their leisure to o3 through his strong boxeii, and stole about $200,000. The intruders got away with their plunder, and as far as its history is known, lived to enjoy it. After tho robbery Mr. Benninghoff re moved to Greenville. To have seen him on his farm, or on the street, one would never have picked him out aa a millionaire. It is understood that he died worth half a million, notwithstand ing the loss. A ooommodattno. He was an accom modating conductor who stopped his train long enough, at MayBville, 111., for a village clergyman to pronounce a hasty marriage ceremony for two elop ing passengers. A Polut in Law. Few litigants, says an exchange, ever sit down to count the cost of a lawtuit in advance even the money cost. Let us be among the few prudent, and reckon up the costs of an ordinary case, Suppose Brown's cattle have broken into Smith's corn and destroyed corn valued at, say $100. Smith demands a settlement. Brown replies that the fence was poor, that Jones's cattle got in afterward and did mo3t of the dam age, and that the real damage done was not half so great as Smith claims. Here are issues for a first-class suit. If Brown were properly approached he would probably pay $10 possibly $20 but Smith is sure he has lost $100, and that Brown ought to pay it all. He decides to enforce his rights. The law' yer will begin a suit for $10. When it is ready for trial he wants $15 more. The clerk's fees and jury fees are, say, $6 more. The witness fees are 4. Smith loses in all fourteen days' time, worth $28. At the close of the trial the lawyer wants $25 more. Total disburse ments, Sir 8. The estimated loss was $100. To this add the oosts of the ao- tion, and the total damage is $188. Now, taking the average of cases of his kind, Smith will be fortunate if he recovers a verdict of $25. In suoh case his net loss will be $143, or $63 more than it would have been if he had kept out of the court and let his "rights" go. H he had compromised with Brown and gotten $10 or $20, that would have been clear gain ; his victory irrthe court has been a clear loss, and a more disastrous one than the original infliction. So much for the plaintiff's side Now let us see about the defendant. He might compromise with his neigh bor by paying, say, $50 ; but he will not. He will fight the suit at whatever cost. His lawyer's fees alone are $50 : he loses time, worth at least $25, and has $25 to pay at the end ; the total is just twice the amount that the case might been settled for. The original damage was said to be $100. The two men spend $189 in "lawing" it, and of all this only $25 goes from one to the other jr the other $163 is a dead loss, which must be added to the original $100 to show the real damage. Raising Turkeys. Select by weight the largest fowls to breed from ; if possible, have the gob blers from two to four years old. The gobbler and hen should not be related to each other. Have no more than four hens to eaoh gobbler, and do not starve them during the winter. Watch them closely about laying time, as they nearly always hunt a nest the day before they deposit their first egg. Make a good large nest in some building that you can confine them in, and next morning after they hunt their nest catch them, and shut them np in the place where yon made the nest, for after they have laid one egg there they will always go back to that nest. If they choose a good place of their own accord I let them alone ; though I put a few common hen's eggs iu the nest and take out the turkey eggs every day. and keep them in a cool place, as heat id j ares them quicker than cold, provided it does not freeze. I let each turkey set the first time she wants to ; but let no young turkeys run with a common hen, for if they do so half a dozen times they are more trouble than fifty running with a turkey hen. The advantage of letting turkeys set on their nrst laying or eggs is tnw : The young turkeys are hatohed before the weeds and grass get high enough to wet and bofoul them in the mornings. I watch them two or three days, that no weak ones are lost ; then they get no more attention, only feeding when they come to the house. On no account give them raw food when small. I feed mine on corn bread ; sometimes soa& it in sour milk, and sometimes give them curd. Never shut them up unless it rains hard. I have been raising turkeys for sev eral years, and have never had one sick one yet. Most of my chickens died with cholera last fall, and one of my turkeys took it very bad ; his flesh had turned dark colored when I found him. I gave him a pill of assafcetida the size of a pea and about a tablespoonful of equal parts of sulphur, cayenne pepper and rosin (thought it would either kill or oure him), and he got well. I gave the others sulphur twice a week for about a month, and none of them took the cholera. Rural World. A Convict Camp. The convict camps in Kentucky, ac cording to a report made to the Legis lature are worse even than those of Georgia. The convicts are insufficiently clothed and fed, and are worked to the last point of endurance and inhumanly punished. In one railroad tunnel, where the air was so bad that the com mittee could not stay for even five min utes, convicts were compelled to work twelve hours at a stretch, with but a few moments allowed for the scanty lunch, and this was sometimes continued Sundays and all. The men are whipped with a strap, lashed with a twisted line of fuse, kicked and beaten with what is called a " swab-stick " at the will of any boss " employed by the contractors. They are often disabled by the punish ment, and the story is told of one con vict, too ill and faint to work, actually pounded to death in spite of his plead ings. The committee estimated tne death rate at 20 per cent. An Early Spring and a Wet Tear. A fisherman claims that the weather invariably repeats itself, and gives the following as the result of his observa tions, viz. : All years ending in 9, 0 or 1 are ex tremely dry. Those ending in 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are extremely wet. Those ending in 7 and 8 are ordinarily well balanced. Those ending in 6 have extremely cold winters. Those ending in 2 have an early spring. Those ending in 1 have a late spring. Those ending in 3 and 4 are subject to great floods. Hope is deserh bolted through the sieve of belief. TERMS S1.50. LIKE A TAST ISL1SD SEA. No Spot of Land Visible on the Blaclc Jiiver water In the Fields Six .r-eet ueep. a mew urieans dispatch says: The limes-Democrat steamer Tensas arrived at Delhi, La., on Friday. On the way up the steamer picked up several families who were in seamh nt high ground. After reaching the mouth of the Black River the entire country presented the appearanoa of a vast inland sea, not a spot of land being visioie anywhere. Only the chimneys and roofs of houses were to be seen above the flood. The occunanta had ioDg since removed the stock and house hold goods to high lands farther up tne river. At least eight plantations on the Black River have nothing to mark their locality but housetops. The water in the fields is six feet deep, and the only means of communication is by boat. Rafts filled with frightened cattle, and poultry huddled together on the housetopscaused the scene to be one of utter desolation, and difficult to describe. After leaving Troy and en tering the Tensas River no land was seen until we reached th Macon . hills, a distance of eighty-eight miles, and a trip tnrougu mis section of the State" was more like a sea than a river voyage. Along the Tensas River very little ac tual suffering for want of food prevails. The stock has generally been sent to the hills. Prominent planters said that they were opposed to the issuance of Government rations, as there was no destitution along that river so great that the people could not relieve it. and ra tions would demoralize the laborers. Some laborers have already refused to assist in saving stock, saying that the Government would send them rations. Other planters, however, said that un less the Government furnished rations there would be great destitution among the colored people. The Black and Tensas Rivers and the Bayou Macon are rising rapidly, and fears were entertained that the stock scaffolded along those streams would be drowned. The loss of stook is esti mated at $50,000, and of fences $100,000. Fifty-eight thousan people live along these streams and cultivate a hundred thousand acres of land. The overflow In Concordia Parish extends from the Black to the Mississippi River, a dis tance of thirty-five miles; in Tensas Parish, from the Tensas River and Bayou Macon to the Mississippi, a dis tance of thirty miles ; in Franklin Par ish, from Tensas west to the Ouachita River, a distance of ten miles ; in Madi son Parish, from Bayou Maoou to the Mississippi River, a distance of thirty- five miles ; in East Carrol', from Bayou Maoon to the Mississippi River, ten miles ; in the nprer portion of Friu&Un Parish, west of the hiiis of Tensas, whioh skirts the Bayou Macon, the flood extends to the Ouachita River, distance of fifteen miles. The Tensas River since Saturday has risen five feet, aud is still rising at the rale cf eleven inches in twenty-four hours, and the Bayou Macon is three feet higher than in IBa. xne unprecedented now is accounted for by the breaks in the levees at Milliken's Bend and Good rich's Landing. The Louisiana Commissioners have asked the Secretary of War for 500,000 more rations, to be delivered at once. The crevasse of the Mound planta tion, Bayou Gros Tete, east bank, is re ported to be doing great damage to the sugar plantations in that district. The overflow at Bayou Gros Tete is caused by water from the Point Coupee crevasse. The Search In Siberia. WHZBB ENGINKEB MELVILLE BELIEVES THE MI3STSQ MEN OF THE JEAKNETTE TO BE. Secretary Hunt has received from Engineer Geo. W. Melville, under date of Yakoutsk, Jan. 3, a copy of a letter of instructions sent by him (Melville) to the local Governor of Verkhoyenek regarding the search for the Jeannette's men. In it he says: Lieut. Da Long and his party, con sisting of twelve persons, will be found near the west bank of the Lena River. They are south of the small hunting station whioh is west of the house known among the Yakouts as Qa Vina. They could not possibly have marched as far south as Buloom. Therefore, be they dead or alive, they are between Qu Vina and Buloom. I have already traveled over this ground, but I followed the river bank. Therefore it is neces sary that a more careful search be made on the high ground back from the river for a short distanoe as well as along the river bank. I examined many huts and small houses, but could not possibly examine all 01 tuem. xue persons of the dead I wish to have car ried to a central position most conven ient of access to Belun, all placed inside of a small house, arranged side by side for future recognition, and the hut then securely closed and banked up with snow and earth, and to remain so until proper person arrives from America to make a final disposition of the bod ies. ' Search for the small boat containing eight persons should be made from the west mouth of the Lena to aud beyond the east mouth of the Yana River. Diligent and constant search is to com mence at once, and to continue till the people, books and papers are found, care being taken that a vigilant and careful examination of that section of the country where Lieut. De Long and his party are known to be is mado in early t pring, when the snow begins to leave the ground, and before the spring floods commence to overflow the river banks. Did not Know Hrsr. Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes once being on a lectur ing visit to Haverhill, Mass., learned that an old schoolmate 01 his was a stove-dealer in the town and thought ho would look him up. So iu the morn ing he and a friend started. They found the stove man ; asked him if he attended such a school when a boy. He said ho did. Asked him if he remem bered a boy in the same class named Oliver Wendsll Holmes? He did not. Had ho ever heard the name einee? He had not Without inquiring further thav left the xl an to the congenial com- I panionship of his stoves. WIT AND WISDOM. Wbapped in mystery a bone in the comminuted food. Red bronze is sew for buttons and buckles on chameleon stuffs. Life m so short that it is the worst of stupidities to waste an hour of it It is A most degraded nature that will betray an honorable confidence. Kisses by people who no longer love eaoh other are merely collated yawns. ' A lapxdbess takes in twelve shirt and has four stolen from her line. How many are left and what are the loeera going to do about it ? When a light-haired man's locks be gin to turn gry he's getting on to fifty. When they begin to turn black he' getting on to sixty. A LOVER writes to his fair but fickle fiancee: "I have wasted a choir of pa per writing notes to you, and now it musio be food for love' it's played." It is the season for rawag thing. The first thing generally raised in the spring is the rent. After that coma spring radishes and greens. Graphic. The English complain that our cot ton has sand in it Lot 'em work it right in, cdll it friction factory and sell it for match scratchers. A Stats Commissioner of life insur ance said: "'Receivership' but half covers the case. We need a new word that shall signify both to receive and devour." It is beoause he has heard that closa attention to small things makes the suc cessful man, that a certain young clerk in this city takes such good care of his mustache. Laramie Boomerana. A cobrespondent asks, "Can hens be made too fat to lay ?" That depends upon the lay. If it's to lay inside of a lonesome stomach, we don't think they can. Rome Sentinel This is the season when the Florida man, desiring to make a trip north. puts two strawberries in his trunk audi on arriving here sells them for enough to pay all expenses. Philadelphia News. A few days sin 09 a barber offered a reward for instantly removing super fluous hair. Among the answers was one forwarded by a gentleman in Kingston. We give it: "Undertake to kiss a woman against her wilL" Tms is the young oottm speculator. He is wearing crape on his hat Nona ' of his relatives are dead. Why, then, does he wear crape on his hat ? Be cause he got in front of the cotton mar ket when it was loaded? Did the mar ket go off? Yes, the market went off. A ot btaxs young man walks five-sev enths of a mile for seven nights in a week to see his girl, and after putting in 112 nights, he gets the bounce. How many miles did he hoof it altogether, and how many weeks did it take him to understand that he wasn't wanted ? A bell has been introduced iu tha New York Legislature "compelling tha repayment of fifty per cent, to persons purchasing furniture on the installment plan in case of the seizure of the f urni ture by the dealer for breach of con tract" Aocobdixo to the telegrama, the flood carried off a lot of distillery cattle. To save correspondents the trouble ot writing to us to know what kind ot stock distillery cattle are, we say right now, that we do not know, unless distil lery cattle ia a teolmioal terra tor corned beef. Texas Si f tings. Vkhixd tho dim mrtnemo Standeth God, nituin Uia ihodow, kecjicg WtituU Ifcljovo tils own. tTi tbnt lias light wltliin lil own cJuat b.wl May flit i' the centra and enjoy iwilit dti. Bat lie ttiat Lido a dart soul aucf Sovil though!?, Benighted, wallu under the niiJdajr sun, Himxel id hia oivn dungeon. If a burglar ever eaters a room orna mented with a Georgia man's alarm, ho will hit a thread which is stretched across it. This pulls the trigger that strikes a match, that lights a wick that fires a toy cannon and starts an alarm clock. This is a hint to the burglar to retire and let the inmates of tho room sleep in peaoe. The duties of the gonnint dyed-in- the-wool, simon-pure editor are multi furious and multitudinous. His work is not only to " do a little writin," as ia sometimes supposed, but to cull, to glean, to select, to discriminate, to de cide, to foresee, to observe, to grasp, to explain, to elucidate, to inflate, to boil down, "to be, to do and to suf fer," and several hundred other verbs. with a large number of districts to hear from. Newsdealers' Bulletin. Fooo "put his foot in it " badly the other afternoon. It was rather dark in the street car as he entered, but ha thought he recognised his friend Pingrey sitting in the middle; so ho gave him a push, saying; " Come, mova over ! Do you want all the car to yourself ?" It was not Pingrey, It was stranger. Fogg stammered out an apology. " I thought," said he, " yon were a gentleman " " Did you ?" in terrupted the stranger. "Well, sir, nobody will ever mistake yon for one." M. de CaiiBtattx burns with the desire to see America. He goes on board hip, but before weighing anchor tha weather suddenly becomes extremely tempestuous. The passengers are ordered below. M. de Oalinaux refuse to obey. "Come, come," somebody says to him, " you'd better do as they say. If you don't they'll lock yon up in your stateroom." "Lock menp? yes," he rejoined, " that's just what they want to do, and then sail without me 1" French Paper. Btjbjdettb writes from Nantucket Many of the old houses in the town ara hingled all the way over, reminding one of the houses so common in St. John. The shingler, when he shungle, apparently began at the baseboard, shongle right up the front ot the housed over the cornioe, up to the ridge-pole, where he crawled over, went right along shingling, and shangle head first on down the other side of the house to tho ground. Perhaps it was not done in this way. I do not assert that it was. only say, and I say it very meekly, that that is the way it impressed me. and if any man says I am a liar, I will take it back, right immediately, and ad mit that the shingles were pasted on with gum arabio or the white of egg." Mast stories are told of the Earl of Balcarres's kindness of heart, of which this is a sample: Visiting a field of tur nips on whioh he grot!y prided himself he found an old pensioner of his busily filling a saok with hw fine favorites. He gave her a scolding, to which the only replied with a curtsey, and he was walking away, when she called after him: "Eh, my Lord, it's unoo haavy Wad ye no be so kind as to help me on wi it?" which he did, and the old woman trudged eff re joicing. One year almost every important house in Fife shire was attaoked by robbers, who were at last carried before the county court "Why did you never come to me?" asked Lord Baloarres. "We often did, my Lord," they replied, "but your doors always stood open, and then it is our rule not to enter. Templo Bar.