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TI1E OMAHA DAILY BEE : SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7 , 188& TWELVE PAGES.
inns TO HOME BUILDERS , The Advancement of Household Decoration In the Past Decade. A PICTURE OF HOME CONTENT. The Growth or Sclflisliiicfw I" Clillilrcii Knconrngcil l y Mothers-Six Ways or Having Tlnio nnil Money In the KUcliCn. A Happy Mir. Harm ! ) < ) "Imve a very hnnpy home , wlicro peace Is ( vi > r found , . . Where-contli'tieas and love their fragrance breathe nronnii ; , Where Kindness mid content make pleasant everyday , . , , While sorrow , ; > li ] mid entente banished fnr nway. Where , when the diw Is o'er , tny darling one retains , To share with those ho loves the honest wealth he enrnn ; Where hiipuy children arc-without them liiiniu Is nmiulit . , , , Where trntli Is Kindly learned and just ns glbtlly taught. Whotc | ilcty iirovalls , and faith In Provi dence , And eacli to each the choicest cms presents. That Is n happy home where sadness Is un known , . , Where loving words nit- said and loving i > re- CCptS bllOWU. , Household Decoration * . San Francisco Chrontolu : Hefore ntcu now younir ware born , iiml when nie.n now well advanced in life won ) young , it wns n inntter of no small dillietilty and expense to make a houiu beautiful. Pict ures were Hearce : iu < l dear. Wall-p'ipor was not cheap * nnd was hideous. The work of the ( eulptor was only for thn very rich. In line houses an occasional oil painting geiierelly a family portrait relieved the dead whitonc.-s of the walls ! but as a rule art was represented by colored engravings vilely executed , nnd the eye was supposed to bu sulH- clently soothed when it rested on a collec tion o'f Wedgewood ware , on which blue deer brow.sed under the foliage of blue trees. Hefore the revolution" rich men imported their turnltnre from Kngland , and the practice continued to prevail for HO long afterward that men now living can reiuembqr when the lirst handsome uarlor sets weru made in New York and Boston. Our , fathers loved heavy mahogany - any sideboards and table and massive chnirs in black horsehair. When they had tilled their rooms with these and hung above them a steele engraving represent ing Washington signing the declaration of independence , or a colored lithograph of General Scott on a horse twenty-live hands high bidding delianee to the Kng- lish-at Lundy's Lane , they deemed their diity douo so far as art and decoration were concerned. In the house of the poor there was neither room nor means lor art. Daru white walls , pine furniture , nn occasional cho.ip print , a still' sofa , on which one could neither sit nor lie , with perhaps a teapot from China or a piece of porcelain from France , anil a tall clocK which not only marked time but kept strangers awake by its loud ticking such were half a century ago the contents of thn home of a well-to-de mechanic or small tradesman. Young peoulc who are going to house keeping this year of grace Itif-'ii arc not half grateful enough for the opportuni ties tliey enjoy of making their homes beautiful. In no branch of manufacturing has greater progress been made of late years than in cabinctimiking. Furniture IB now made to cheap that for a couple of hundred dollars a yountr couple can furnish a email cottage decently , with Rome show of comfort ; while at the same time , wives can , spend on the furnishing of a single parlor more money than it cost John Iliuicock to outlit the house at lioston which was the wonder of the city. The fortunate partner in a thriving monopoly can cover his floors with a French nioquct which cost $10 a yard , and may strew odd corners of his room with Persian rngHwhieh ropreserTtasmall fortune ; but a young couple starting in life may hide their parlor floor with a rag cat pet at 50 cents , or , still better , with si a China matting costing ! 10 cents a yard. At the great furniture warehouses in this city thousands may be spent on a bed room set with appropriate additions ami ornaments ; but a very pretty cottage set , looking cool and frosli , and answering all the purposes of bedroom furniture , can bo bought for $80 or less , livery purse and every taste can be suited. So with the decoration of walls. In the nantf there are housekeepers who sot their faces against papered walls on the ground thlit they prove a nursery for insect life ; anioiig this class white walls are tinted , nnd If the colors are judiciously selected tlioy looL pretty enough while 'the paint is fresh. Hut most people prefer paper , nnd.here , again there is the widest pos sible Tango in cost , from lincrusta and embossed leather to simple patterns , which can bo bought as low as 8 cents and 10 cents a roll. A rich man can spend 1(1,000011 the walls and frescoed ceilings of his drawing-root- ! fact , if ho goes in for high art , it is dillictilt to sot a limit to the sum hu can lay out in this way ; but for $ " } a young hoiiboxyifo can set oil1 her little parlor with a bright , pretty paper , on which the eye rests comfortably. Shu can buy curtains for her windows al .f2..liO n pair ; they will uot last very long nor Will they long look fresh , but they will answer the purpose for a time. Mother * ) anil Tlinlr Children. Now York Commercial Advertiser : There is a tendency on the part of some mothers to do no much for their children thai virtually a premium is placed upon Bullishness. The child whoso every wish is anticipated , and tor whom nothing is too good , is apt to grow up an exceed ingly unpleasant port-on , unless , indeed , j there bo an extraordinary amount of I natural good in him to counterbalance i the undue indulgence. Shielding nhil- Iron from every chillng breath of Ufa's air- begets a life of ease and hellish enjoy ment which becomes fixed when child hood is past. A mother , for example , had denied herself of oyory comfort. She hadrisen early , and taken rest late , in order that her daughters might have a "perfectly happy girlhood. " No duty wna exacted of them. If they minded to help , they might to so ; jf not , there was no.one to ease the weary mother of her burden , Small wonder is it that after I thvo girls grew tip their solo thought r wnsforsolf. The mother was ignored I by tiiDin ; disrespectfully spoken of as I"old fashioned" and "without taste. " I' Indued , she WAS only regarded as one I who coind bake ami brow , and was even I , ' 'ordered" no oilier word can bi- used I to wait upon them while they lolled In E their , easy chairs. Never having been I taught to spend and be spent in doing I peed > thesoyoung women were not the I "Helpers of those in need , and never car- I ricd , sunshine into darkened home. } . I Even their best friends tired of Ihem.aud . I' ' their lives were unlovely and discon- I : tented , There can bo no happiness in I'lifo' unless the straight line of duty , I which loads to "beauty's curve , " bo eon- I Bctcntioiii-ly followed. Let every mother mnetilento In her children's minds that it I ; Is more blessed to give than to receive. I ) ' The opposite of this unpleasant pictitro I is been in a family of seven daughters , If reared ! n wealth ami luxury. There was I no absolute need of their doing any I household work , as Uinro were "man-sei1- I vanls and maid-s.Tvaists" enough to per- Inform wery duty. Although her lirst do- I elr < was to make her children happy , the I inotlivroi HUM * girl * knew there eould I iu u < ) lianpluoss without work ; so each I'/child / had her M'yi'lal. duty and was held. I to trlct acioii'i'ai ) lity for .its perform- r HUGO * ' -Hie < ' > othr.V " * Uio. 'ci'tftml 'suu around which the.y all revolved ; her lightest v.isii was tln command of an empress , so perfectly was it obeyed. J'ho one thought was "to help to please mother , " And the family was duvote.d to good works. In later years , when the oliler daughters had grown up , the whir ligig of time brought severe reverses so severe thai the beautiful home , replcln with all that culture nnd wealth could command , had to bo given up and atnew homo found among strangers. as a word of repining heard ? No ; although the new home was small , commonplace nnd without a trace of those of those com forts to which HID family had been accus tomed. Hut the girl ? immediately set to work to alter the dead level of disagree- ( idleness and make "tho desert blossom as the rose. " The united endeavor of their trained ami willing hands , under the supervision of the mother , soon made a bower of beauty of the bare habitation. It became a place of refreshment to all who had the privilege of visiting it. These irlrls bring sunshine into every place , anil the du. ire to help every one with whom they come in contact Is as natural to them as it is for them to breathe. ICeoiionty In the Household. 1. After mixing bread at night take up all bits of crusted llour left on the mixing hoard and sift them into u saucer , li'iough llour will be saved to use to Hour the board at the morning mixing , and only a few scraps need be thrown away , Instead of the saucerful which the ser vants iHiially waste. 13 , When all the bones have beer ) re moved from a fowl in prewiring it for a pie or for pressing , there Is still a little gelatinous and nutritious substance left on them. Put the bones IKICK into the pot with enough water to cover them and boil for a half-hour longer. Kilougli liq uor to thicken sliirhtly for gravy tor the dinner will be added to that already ob tained from the boiling of the fowl. U. The line wheat meal wliich is much used now as a breakfast subntituto for the once universal oatmeal n.akes a very pal atable and nutritions pudding. There is usually a little more cooked than is served , and if this is saved from one or two breakfasts it may appear in the term of a pudding. The cold boiled meal is better than the hot , too , to make the pud ding , as the meal should come to a boil with the milk in which it is baknd. Three pints of milk , three eggs , a teacup full of sugar , nnd a coffee-cup full of the cooked meal are the proportions. Flavor ti suit the taste and b.ike half an hour. 1. There is no need of nutting eggs into cakes made in layers for cream or jelly , ami in the winter , when eggs are not cheap , this is worth remembering. Much less butter than the usual COOKbook - book recipes demand may also be. used for this sort of cako. A half cup of but ter , a cup of sugar , a enp and a halt of sweet milk , and two tablespoons of baking powder ( always sifted with the llour ) , in two cups and si half of Hour , are a very useful recipe for a simple foundation for corustarch cream or for jellies. 5. When meat boils dry and burns on , as meat lias a way of doing once in a while in the oest regulated kitchens , do not turn it out directly into n pan and waste that still good part of the fibre wliich adheres to the burned and spoiled part. J'lungo the pot into a deep pan of coid water as quickly as possible , then take the meat put of tint pot with a ladle , a clean cooking towel , a largo fork , whichever is at hand. The cold water under the got iron makes the meat steam and break off immediately almost where it is desirable that it should. And if the pot is well washed , and the meat put back into it in hot water , there will be no burnt llavor record of the catastrophe. 0. Enough bits of meat gristle and bone are thrown away in nearly every meat-eating family to keep the the prov erbial French family of line economies in soup stock all of the time. An American household might not realize the French dcliciouuncss of soup "made out of noth ing ; " if none of its members were in- structqd in the Gallic mysteries of soup- iugr but it is certain that this slock might bu used for making simple gravies , wnich are more mcalthful , especially for chil dren , than too much butter. HUNTING A LONG LOST HEIR. The Konmncc of Deserter From tlio French Nnvy. Adolphe Ualasho and John F. Oirard , of Cherbourg , France , are searching fill the mill localities in Rhode Island for one Edouard Marie Reeamior , who must bo an old man by this time , but who , if found , will have no diHiculty in coming into possession of a largo fortune wliich awaits him in France , his native land. Roeamier is believed to have followed from his youth the calling of a weaver , nnd there is evidence that lie came to Rhode Island and found em ployment. Messrs. Halashe. and Gir.ird are endeavoring in a legitimate and lion- orable manner to secure the reward of fered for the discovery of the where abouts of the object of their .search. They state that during the First Kmpiro and when Mine. Uecamier was a noted hello , a near relative ! of hers and heir lo large estates , deserted his family and en tered the navy as a sailor under an as sumed name , lie was but n mere lad at the time , and was placed on board of the brig Pommed'Or , which saw considerable service during Napoleon's reign. Young Uecamier was naturally unsuit- cd ( o his position and he was not long in gaining the ill-will of his messmates mid of his superior officers ns well. Accus tomed to a lifo of ease and luxury , lie found living on board ship before the mast as a common sailor very disagroo- nblo , and ho was often disciplined for dis obeying orders. A young lieutenant who had obtained his commission through the intercession of Aline. Kecamier , com plained of him often , and finally MIC- ecedcd In having him triced up to the breach of a gun , where he was obliged to submit In a flogging. The lieutenant lit tle reali/.ed who the young man was , but the latter knew him. Heat once became a sworn enemy of the empire. While his shin wan at Now OrKans ho deserted her , and coming north Im fell in with a French pirl near lioston , ami made her his wife. The girl was an operative in : i cotton- mill , and she supported her husband , A child was horn and soon after this event Uecamlor deserted them both. When thu First Kmpiro was overthrown ho returned to Franco and hail the privi lege of assisting in th.i execution of Ilio lieutenant who hail humiliated him on board ship.Vlnlo \ in Franco ho paid court to a lady of rank , n rolutirn , it is said , ot Mine , Itolnnd , and ho concealed his American marriage. The lady's ' name was Millie. Arnot , ami she soon married Kecamier. Snven children were born , Mr. and Mrs. Hecamier died about fifty years ago. Ten years after their death their children , wno had come into pos session ot their property , discovered a paper among thpirelt'ccls which disclosed tin ) fact of the lirst marriage , which , of course , nu'de the second marriage illegal , It was learned from thn paper that Huca- mier had made some ell'orl to discover his lirst wife ami her child in order that ho might in n measure atone for the wrong wliich he had done , Tim heirs by Ihe second marriage agreed to destroy the paper and divide the property among them The nnpor was destroyed and for forty years tlm estates have been In their hands * Jiut the secret could not bo kept. An inevitable quarrel look place , and one of thu parties , now rich from other sources , disclosed the scandal for revenge and oilers to give up his portion of the Inheritance , Knowing that the others will bo ruined when they are obliged to fol low .his example. A reward of UO.OOOf. was offered for the. discovery of the child by the American marriage , wliich is Hecu- mier's lir&tborn and heir to his. e.itutes Messrs ( Jirard and llalashuaro in eariu-st and ' will Inavo-ijo ptoilo unturned ( g find HE WAS HUNTED TO DEATH The Strange Story of Alfred Uritt Who Died Recently in a Poorhcrass. DESERTED BY HIS PARENTS How Hett Pursued to Cleveland , Cincinnati nnd Iionlsvllle hy nn Assassin. There lately died ill a county house In Ohio a man with a record HO strange that it should be preserved ill history. Ho was received under the name of Alfred llril t , and his ago was recorded as twenty- live. Ho was patlially paralyzed , the re sult of a bullet wound In the back , and although ho was an inmate of the house for year or more , it was not until a few days before Ids death that he related any facts about himself. llritt was born in Boston , nnd when three or four days old was put into a bas ket with a supply of clothes and $100 in money mid left on the doorstep of a hum ble mechanic named Alexander ( ! ray. It was one out of a bcore ot cases occurring nvery year , but instead of the boy being bundled off to tha poor house or un asy lum , hu was taken in nnd adopted. < > ray was doubtless decided in his action by the money , which to a man in his circum stances , and in those days of a dollar a- day ami store pay at that , .seemed a for tune. However , he had no children of his own , though having been married six or seven years , and the wife gladly fell in with thn idea of adopting the little stranger as their own ohilil. riie line texture of the clothes and the roll of money were proofs that the baby's father belonged to the wealthy elass. Thu abandonment was also proof that the child was illegitimate , and that the guilty parties were seeking to evade tlm punishment of their sin , but these facti did not disturb the ( iniys. The basl e.t nud clothes were laid awaythe child was tenderly cared for , and the money was used to better thu condition of the family. Only two or tiirooof the neighbors knew of Ihe child being left , and none of them knew all the circumstances. One day , when Ihe baby had crown to be a child three years old , and could run about , ho was playing in tiio back yard when . > man sought to steal him away. The stranger entered by the alley gale , and picked litllo Alfred up , but a savage dog owned by Gray attacked the man , and niado him drop his prey. Mrs. ( ! ray saw it all from the window.and the man's actions convinced her that abduction was his object. A week later , while the boy was in the yard again one afternoon , a large stone was hurled at himand barely missed his head. Some boys saw the miscreant as he crept tip the alley to throw the slone and Ihe po lice were furnished with a descrip tion , but the search for him availed nothing. The detective employed in the case was told alt about the child , and he came to thu conclusion that some one hail an object in putting the boy out of the way. Litllo Alfred was remarkably handsome , and perhaps it was feared his fealures would betray his relationship to some one. Gray was cautioned to keep him close , and he did so for several weeks. One .November eyeiiintr after lamplight the boy pulled aside the cur tain from a window looking out upoi : the yards of a factory , lie bad not stood there over two minutes when a shot , was fired at him. The bullet cut a lock of hair from his head and was buried in the opposite wall of the room. The new out rage was reported , and the duteclive found that some one had stood at the corner of a lumber pile about twenty feet from the window to lire the shot. The ground gave evidence that he had been on the watch from that point for several nights. There was a patient scinch , but no re ward. It was clear now that the boy's life was sought after , and as Gray had had an offer of a good situation in Cleve land , he determined to remove to that city. With the help of a detective he made his preparations very secretly , his goods leaving the house alter midnight , and the boy bciig : taken to the train dressed as a girl. He reached his new home without , adventure and enjoyed a rest of nearly a year before the enemy made another move. One dny a man came into the shop where Gray was at work , and made some inquiries of him , and ascertained that ho wns Alexander Gray. Two days after that as Alfred was playing outside the gate the same man who had visited the shop drove up with a horse and buggy and alighted. He certainly meant to siozo and carry off the boy , but his object was" defeated by Mrs. Gray , who , with an acquaintance suddenly turned the corner on their way home from a shopping expedition. They ran full upon the stranger ns he was ex hibiting u paper of candies to the chil dren , and hu stammered an apology ami got into his bujrgv and drove off. After this episode Gray reasoned that the lioston parties had in some manner traced his whereabouts , and that he was almost helpless to checkmate their mach inations. He subsequently learned that a stranger had made inquiries for him in several cities , thus showing that some trusted agent had been sent out to hunt the whole country over until the whole family was found. Gray had a brother in Indianapolis , and after some necessary correspondence the boy was shipped there in the euro of a trusted friend. It wns a move which baflled the enemy for three long years. For the lii > t three months after Alfred left cvorv expedient was resorted to that the whe'reabouts of the child might be discovered. Pretended tended agents and peddlers called at the house , in hopes to get sight of the child if ho was there , and to quiz the mother if thuv found no traces of him. Gray had a boy at the postolllco. and strangers came there and asked for his letters , but could not obtain them. So-called detect ives waylaid Gray , and charged that ho was under suspicion of having killed the boy In u lit of passion , and that ho must produce Alfred or snller arrest , but they could not scare him into revealing the secret. Some of the neighbors had been olfored $ BOO reward to tell the boy's whereabouts , but as none of thorn had been taken into the confidence of the Grays , they could make no headway. Now ami then , for a whole year after the boy had loft Cleveland , Gray had proof that the enemy were on the alert , but they dually seemed to tire of the useless chase , and for the next two years nothing occurred to alarm him nuow. When Alfred was seven years old ho was so handsome in feature and bright of intellect that he was often pointed out oil the Htreot , and on three or four occa sions tus wonderful resemblance to a prominent ciU/en of Boston was remarked by Now Knglailders. Mrs. Gray mourned so much for him that Gray decided to move to Cincinnati , whore ho hoped to have Alfred with him. He nia.lo a se cret move again , got the boy from Indianapolis - dianapolis , and had scarcely got seated in his new homo when the uncmv ap peared , having probably tracked his every Bteu in spite of his precautions. Alfred was run over on a crosswalk by a liorao and buggy as ho was coming from school. The children who were with him declared that the men must have done it on purpose , and that ho drove rapidly nway after the accident. It was generally sot down as a piece of carelessness - ness , but Gray fully and lirmly believed that it was a new move on the part of the enemy. The horsn and vehicle were so well described that ho found tlm owner , but all he could learn was that H stranger had .hired the outlit" for a couple .of hours and returned it in good order. The boy hnd. an arm broken nnd was .severely bruised , nud wns out svalii in a few weeks. That was the last attempt on his lifo imtiUhif WM twelve years old. A stranger tlie.iMitruck at him over Ihe gate one evening With an iron bolt , but the boy dodgedrthd blow. .Soon after that episode Mr. Gisiy-Uicd. and the widow and the bey went 4o "Louisville to reside with one of hor'brothers. Here Alfred remained until he was eighteen , without another nttcinil | upon Ids lifo. Mrs. Gray died , and ono of the local papers , in making notion of the faet , made a scn.o.itional notice about the foundling , and narralediKoino of the nt- tempts upon his life. A'month ' had not passed before ho was shot at through his chamber window. The swould-bo mur derer could see the young man's shadow on the. curtain , but hit ! bullet failed to reach the target aimed nt. < It so hap pened that a policeman was at hand , and arrested the man who lirrtd the shot , but ho alleged that it was an accident , and was not held. Ho was an entire stranger to Louisville , but expHined his presence bv asserting that ho was selling county iTsrhts tor a" patent churn , ami by exhib iting a model. Alfred had been told of all that had passed before , and soon aftcrthls attempt and unbeknown to any of his friends , he secretly left Louisville and went to Mis souri ami Kansas , where ho remained until about a year ago , He was then twenty-live years of age , and ns ho had not been pursued for seven years ho deemed it safe lo return , Ho had not maintained correspondence with his friends , and he returned to Louisville to lind them gone nnd their whereabouts unktn.wn. The relative at Indianapolis bad removed to Colorado and could not be1 definitely located. Britt was on his way to Columbus , O. , and was stand ing on the platform of a passen ger car while the train was just reaviiig a slatio.i between Dayton and Acnia , when he was shot in the back by some unknown and unseen per son. It was just at dark , and hu fell in a boa ] ) and was unconscious for a quarter of nit hour Whether ho was shot by a passenger , sonic one who leaped off , or by some one standing beside the track , could not be told. It wns looked upon ns an accident , by all except Britt. Hu was sent to a hospital , cared for as long ns his money lasted , and then went to I Mo poorhouse , of his own accord. When told thai he might live a few months , but could never get well , ho expressed his thankfulness that such was the ease. AVhen Ills last days were at hand he told his story , and added that death would be a relief. Ho had been haunted and hunted down until lie. felt that the grave alone would bring him immunity. SURPRISING THE ENGLISHMAN. Itanlccr ItnlHton's Hospitable KfTortH to MnKc the Yon UK Fellow's Vinlt I'lcusnnt. Snn Francisco Post : In the llalston davs , whon'ISelniont was in its glory , and its profuse hospitality was the talk of thu country , a young Englishman of title called upon the banker with letters of introduction from the American minister in London , an old friend of Ralston. Of course , he was invited to Bolniont. "Rather a line place , youknow. . " ho remarked to Ralston , MH his host toted him down to Belmont ; "but ; some of our fellows who weru out hernlhive told the most outrageous stories , yousktiow , about California your bears .liuMi.imense re gattas , and all that sort fof 'think so 1 have determined to keeprm. .e.yes open , i imagine , you know , tbitv they have been noaxcd. By gau , * MrU Ralston , I have been all over tlid world , and it would take a pretty witle twako follow to hoax me , don't you kn < Jw. ? " During this convorsatioli'iMr. Ralston registered a mental oath Unit ; if money or inlluenccs could producer that wide- awake fellow , ho would Hoj < iforthcoming before the termination of-thhtnobleman s visit. At Belmont wero-assembled a few choice spirits. Leaving ) hit ? guest in charge of ono of them , K&Ktort at once called a council ofwar . "This Englishman | must be fooled , " he said. "Now let us put our heads together nnd give him something to talk about when he returns to the l ondon clubs. " The private wire was busy that even ing , and a close carriage was sent to meet the next train. No expense was spared to make the Britisher's stay in every sense delightful. When Ralston and his iruests sauntered into the dining room the Englishman opened his eyes ami stared in bewildered astonishment at the table service. And well ho might. The bottles were of that colossal si/.e , holding lir.lf gallons , which the beer and wine men used for advertis ing purposes. "Now , by Jove , you Californians must bo a thirsty lot , " said the Englishman. "I never saw such bottles in my life. " ' 'Ob , nonsense , " said Ralston ; "don't you have that si/.oin England ? They used to have them when I lived there , many years ago. " "That size ! great heavens , no. " "Well , hero goes , anyhow. Peter , some champagne11 ; and tho'bullor , with impas sive face , opened a half gallon bottle of fi// , the cork going off like the explosion of a rifle. As the dinner progressed , the guests plied the Britisher with the most marvelous tales of the lawlessness of the country ; the bears , lions and antelopes that roamed the neighboring lulls , and everything , in line , that the most fantas tic imagination could invent. It was ar ranged to have the house attacked that night by outlaws , but they feared the lord might get suspicious , so that scheme was abandoned. A deer hunt was de cided upon for the next morning , and a fishing party for the afternoon. The party were out before daybreak and the lord was stationed near u milk ranch , and instructed not to utir until one of the hunters came to fetch him. When ho was properly planted the others returned to the house , for the hunting grounds wore not a milu away , and amused themselves until noon with lay ing new plans for the delectation of their victim. . Meanwhile , though thu poor foreigner did not see a deer , he heard shots about him at intervals , and when ho was informed that the run was over , and that there would bo no more shoot- imr that day , hu was taken back to the house. " 1 am awfully sorry you did not have better luck , " said Ralston when the dis gusted Britisher appeared , "Our follows did fairly , you see , " and ho pointed to the carcasses of half a down deer 1 viug on thu pia//a , wliich iuulanfived from the market by the morning trahM "Didn't you really get a shot ? Confess , now , you bla/.cd away at afstag or two and missed , " "Stag ! 1 assure you my dean fellow , I didn't sec a siuirlc beast , protested thu mortified nobleman. "Well , never mind , nevermind , " wild his host ; "we'll see how theViishing pans out. " The fishing took place Lu n. pond near the house. But while every , one else pulled out trout , salmon , and .bven rock cod , not a fish came neaf the English man's hook , though ho angled with the most industrious persistence. Of course the San Francisco fish nvirKet had been gutted to permit the supply , and so cleverly were the liah attached to the hooks and hauled into the boats with shouts and splashing * that his lordship had not the faintest idea that lie was being most unmercifully hoaxed. The rook cod staggered him a little , but Ralston explained this by the statement that the lake was connected with the ocean by n subterranean stream. When every fantastical hoax had been ex hausted , Ralston accompanied his victim to the city and saw him homeward bound. "By jove , Mr. Ralston , you have a wonderful country. " said the Britisher , as ho bade his host good by. "I tell you it will open the eyes of those fellows at lioino wnon 1 give them a history of this visH , " HIRAM WESTON'S ' DOUBLE A Storj as Singular ns That of Shake spjare's Two D.omios. The StrlUluc Similarity An Unsolved Mystery Connected AVIih UncofTlii-nt , It has often been said that somowhori in this world every pcreon has his double The assertion is too broad for acceptance but it is certain that there aru double ? nnd that the close similarity belweet people has led to many grave compllca tons. : It is not yet ten years ago that a man named Hiram Weston , living in a small town in Ontario , was hired by : tinsmith to drive a peddler's wa-ion He made two trips and started on a third but after he had been irene two days tl. outlit was returned by a fanner , who sail that it had been left In his barnyard at night. As Wostou was missing , searcl was at once begun , and it was llnalli shown that ho had boon soon in com pan j with two strangers at n railway station where alt had taken the train for Hullalo AM the tinsmith had lost nothing ho dii not care to follow the ease up. It w.-u pretty generally known Unit ueston ami Ills wife did not live agreeably , am although she insisted that ho had me : with foul play , and wanted the searcl continued , it was soon dropped on thu idea that ho had run away from her lie was little missed by the community and when the ease was called up it was nn'i verbally conceded that he would turn up safe when lie got ready. One day , live months after his disappearance poarance , Weatoii returned , lie was lirst seen at the depot by throe or four citi/.ens who had known him for ten years. One of these , a Mr. Williams saluted him with : "Well , Hi , you aren't dead ? " "Oh , no. " "Comeback to stay * " " 1 guess so. " "Which way have you beciiV'1 "Out west. " " 1 was talking with your wife ycstcr- day.and she said you had never written a word to her. " Weston grinned and scratched his head , but made no reply. A Mr. Do Mann then said : "Wo spent four weeks looking for case of murder. Next time you are goiun to step out you'd better let some of tis know it. " "Yes , iwill , " answered Weston , as ho started tin the street. It was afterward remembered that he acted like a strangi man in a strange place. He inquired o ; A boy aoout hotels , and thu lad directed him to one , and adued : " 1 saw your boy Fred yesterday , am he has got an awful boil on his leg. ' The landlord of the hotel .saluted him as Hi Weston ; as did some of the gnu-its , and the fact of his engaging board was not considered strange , though his wift lived only a mile away. Perhaps lie didu't intend lo go back lo her at all , or perhap s he wanted to get certain prom ises before ho did go back. He entered the town at 10 o'clock in the forenoon , and it was 8 in the evening when IUF son , Fred , a boy of 10 , and his daughter , Edith , a girl of 7 , called at the hotel tc urge him to come home. They kis ci him. called him father , and hu seemed glad to see them. In the presence of Ihe landlord ho asked some questions aboul their mother which seemed very strange at the time , but were at' once forgotten. He asked her age , how many children she had , how long the father had beet : gone , and what vocation he followed when at homo. Ho did not ask these questions direct , but yutm such iimnnnei that satisfaclory answers were returned , and in such n way us to cause the land lord lo remark : "Why , Hi , one would think you had forgotten your family and had lost your sell. " "Yes , " he replied , ns he rose up to go go with the children , "but I've been gone quite a spell , you know. " Mrs. Weston was neither a smart nor an educated woman , and had the reput.-i lion of having a bitter tongue. Several people followed Hiram home to sec the fun , but there was none. The wife met and kissed him at the door and had no reproaches. After two or Ihrec days ho went to work digging a well fet a citizen , and for the next six months he labored very steadily' so much so that it was generally remarked that Hiram Weston had changed his time. lie seemed to live very happily with his family , and his wife's father , mother , and brothers were often at the house to speak his praise. At the end of about six months a very curious thinir occurred. Hiram \ \ eston started oil' one day -vilh his dinner pail , having been hired to repair a fence lor a .suburban farmer. At 10 o'clock that morning Hiram Weston also came in on Iho train from Buffalo , and Ihe lirst thing when ho got off the cars he asked after his family. "Why , "I saw you home last evening , " replied the uiti/.en who had been qucs tioncd. 'Hut I have not been nearer home than thin for over eleyon months ! " He wns laughed at. Ho went straight to his house , and as lie entered it his wife asked : "What's the matter ; and where is your dinner pally" Now. scolfif you will , but it is a matter of record and also of newspaper publica tion that there were two Hiram WuMons. That is , there were two men so exactly alike in build , height , and general ap pearance that even wife and children were deceived. Fora time Mrs. Weston believed the newcomer to be the other Hiram returned from his work , but he tol-l her a story which opened her eyes. Ho had gone oft with a couple of sharp ers , and in return tor some "work" done in Hiillalo he had been sent to stain prison lor u year. Ho was in prison when the other Weston came to town , and had in deed been discharged only the day pre vious to his own arrival It may bo stated hero that all his allegations were found lo bo true. Ho was identified by the prison otllcials , and there was his de scriptions on the books. The detective who arnssled him nnd Iho judge who sen tenced him further identified him. Who , then , was the other Hiram Wcs- Ion ? Allhouch he left the house with his dinner pail to go lo work he did not show tip at the place , and has not sineo been heard from. When people came lo see and talk with the true Weston many peculiarities wore remembered. He used more oaths than the other ; he had a habit of spitting as he talked ; Ills voice was somewhat gruffer ; ho never htood for two minutoi without hitching up his trousers , sailor fauhion ; ho acknowledged some small debts , which the other totally repu diated , The children had no explana tions to offer , as the true father had never oxhibilcd any affection for them. Thu stranger has been more kind , ami no sus picion of his identity had been born. The wife wns covered with confusion , but she offered in explanation thn fact that Weston had been absent live months1 She had noticed many changes , but all for the bettor. The stranger was not a talkative man , while her husband was , but she got over this by thinking h < j had met with trouble while away. She used sometimes lo be startled for n moment ns she looked nt him.or as ho propounded some question which would have been asked by a stranger , but as for denying that he was her husband , site had never thought of it. One day. after her father's family had been to the house , her mother said ; "Lucy , there is something queer about Hi. He's either got some trouble op his luilitl or else he's gem insane , Didn't MADE IN EVERY STYLE AND VARIETY KNOWN TO MODERN ? ? ° nin TNDH 1 ? ° TOVE AND "ANCE CONSTRUCTION. The nbovo Trade MnrU jo n Cunrnntoo thnt Every Arllclo boarlng U la the Flno9t nnd Boat _ thjj onn ho mncio for Iho nrlco nslTodT BEWARE OF IMITATIONS. THE GOODS "ARE COUNTERFEITED AS WELL AS THE TRADE MARK : The Michigan Stove Company , Detroit , Mich. Chicaao. 111. Buffalo. N. Y. FOR SALK r MILTON ROGERS & SONS , AGENTS , . you hear him a. .k when our barn burned , as if both of you were not sleeping in our house thnt night and he did not discover the bla/.o lirst V" Who was the. second Hiram Weston , or the man who assumed the name * 'The real one was a foundling from New York j city. It was not improlmble that he had a twin brother , and ( hattho stianger was the one. It was possible , too , that the stranger was not related to him , though his double. Why he went away as he did was a further mj > tcry , tor he could not have foreseen that anything was golmr to happen. But for the , evidence in black and white , peonle would have believed him a choit. The writer has no further theories tooflor. lie has known Hiram Westou and family ever since the strange happenings , and visited them nt the depot in St. Thomas less than a mouth ago. The particulars herein given , strange as they may read , were gathered Irqm their own lip's , and who can imagine they would invent such a story ? 1 have sim ply suppressed the right name , as Weston is now a resident of another locality , and in a place lo make gossip an unpleasant thing. How Skolicle ff S\\rm llic The versatile Russian painter Veres- chagin , in his ontorlaining sketches of adventure during the Russo Turkish I t War of 1877 , published in a serial form in tlio Journal des Debats of Paris , gives a pleasant account of one of the many dare-devil episodes of adventure in the career of the younger General Skobelell' . This was the. swimming of the Danube on horseback. Let M. Vereschagin be his own narrator : 'I was .seated in my tent late one after noon , when I observed several Ossetes passing at a gallop. Inquiring what this meant , I was told that the younger Gen eral Skobeleir had proponed to Toulon- mine that lie should try to swim the Dan ube with his whole brigade. The gen eral alleged that it was eminently neces sary to have cavalry on .the other side of the stream , and that it was impossible vo wait , until the pontoon biidge was constructed to get the men over there. And inasmuch asTouloumine and Levis had frankly declined to make the at tempt , for the excellent reason that the entire brigade- would most likely be drowned , the Danube being at the pro posed point more than four kilometres wide , Skobelell' had begged them to scare up a few volunteers , and to send thorn to him. The Ossotes whom 1 had seen passing were the volunteers in nuejj tion. " 1 had my horse saddled and galloped of in thu direction of the river. Pres ently I found assembled on a'bank nearly all the ollicers of the brigade. "A little in advance ot the groups the older Skobelell' stood between Levis and Touloumine , watching his son , stripped to his shirt and trousers , with his cross of commander of the. Order of St. George around his neck. Michael Dmitricvileh SkobelofV leaped on hor.iebaek , and urged tlio huge brownish bay steed into the stream. At lirst the animal resisted , shook his ears , neighed , then bravely struck out .swimming. For a short time Skobulell'remained in the saddle , bccaiino wo could see his shoulders above the water , hut soon wo saw nothing but his bend. I learned afterwards that in order not lo fnliguo his ImfM ) ho had stepped into the river , and keeping hold of the animal's tail , swam along beside him. The father began to tremble for him and tocrv after him in his nasal tones : ' 'Mioha , inv little Miehael.come back ! M-i-i-eiia will be drowned1 ! Micha , - - - , you "The old man's anxiety was pitiful to witness. "But little Michael continued to swim without looking baeu , making Meady progress. A few tlMcle * had thrown themselves into thu stream , following the general , and one of them , swimming out a long distuned , would certainly have been drowned and his horse with him , if a boat had not been sent to his relief. "As for mvself , as soon as I arrhcd on the shore , nfy lirst movement was to un dress , hi less than two minutes I w s in the water with my horse. The creature swam a few moments , then turned around and made for tlio Fhoni , is spite of all the blov/f I could bestow on his nack. The commandant of the .second Miundron. Actnkhy , had no heller luck than 1 did. Skobelell' was no longer uny- thing but a black dot a long way on" . To imso our conoelewc's , wodarted after him in a boat , drawing horses after us by the bridles , and we made our way towards a Miiall Ishind. It was only after reaching this point and ga/.iiig at thu enormous distance which had to lilt crossed before reiu-hing the Turkish shore , that 1 understood how > vi-elv ' my liooe hail acted in disobeying mo 'There was not the shadow of a doubt that I should have been drowned. But how it happened that , not knowing how to.swim , 1 had thrown m.rsdlf into the water behind the general ? I only know that wheu 1 saw .Skobelell'go in , J said , drown rather than iib.uidoti him ? The elder Skobeluu"remained motionless on the bank , following the Jiltlo blaek point , scarcely perceptible on the sur- fil''o of the stream. Later on. wo learned that Genera ! [ Michael , aficr narrowly escaping death I hi' drowning n hundred tunes , had reached tlio opposite Lank. And Skobu- lei ) ' was a prince of swimmers with a matchless horeo. Think what would have become of the hrigado , if Toulon- mine , accepting Skobcluff's proposition , ' had launched 'his squadrons forth into , the Danube ? How ninny wmild ba\e ruacltu u t j. 'J 111.1L tl.oic ; ' THEFIELDjDFFAIR OAKS. A Tlirtlty Farmer wlm .Speculates In Soldier * ' Hknll * anil Itcllcn. The condition of the battle gromid of Seven I'iues and Fair Oaks is a disgrace | to the citi/.ens of Virginia and the nation at largo , says a Richmond ( Va. ) corre spondent of the Philadelphia News. Bones of those who died in that bloody conflict are scattered thickly on the sur face of the ground , and if the facts were told many of the Stones which stand in the. national cemetery of Seven Pines , within a quarter of a mile of where many men u ho wore the blue and grey fell , mark almost empty graves. It would be hard lor any one. who had not gone over the ground of one of the hotte.it battles ever fought to believe that twenty-four years afterward the bones of the slain lie half hidden by leaves and brush by the score , and yet such is the case. The theater of the great but tinde- eisive struggle at Seven Pines has been turned a place where a few men can reap linancial profit by guiding visitors to the spot where skulls protrude from the ground and where all that remains of ot many brave lads who are numbered among the missing , lie. It is dillicult to escape thu guides , but it pays the visitor to make his own way over the field of battle. He does not follow the beaten path in which those who gain money t > y exhibiting the bones of the boys who died amid the roar of cannon and the rattle of musketry take their victims , and ho gains for himself positive information of the actual condition of things. A Sunday News correspondent , in com pany with W. II. Barrett and Michael Fogarty , of Philadelphia , and M. C. Thorlont of Wisconsin , .slipped away from these guides nnd were horrified at what they found. Under the leaves and twigs , and amid tlm thick brush of oak and pines which find sprung up during the last twenty years , the bones of many brave men were found. They had an- sxvered to the order to charge the bat teries which stood on the other side of the plowed Held , and laid down their lives tro the outer inlrcnchmont was taken. As night fell on the iUUh dny of May , ISdJ , many of the boys failed to answer the roll-call nnd were placed among the missing. It wns a partly cultivated liejd then. Now' pines twenty feet in height cover the bloody ground and even stand on tlio on the breastworks from behind which the rebel cannon belched forth death , and where the marks of the wheels of the ar tillery are still visible. The bones of manv of the fallen .still lie there , although the lag ) which flies from the stall' in the Seven Pines cemetery is within sight. Whether those bones were clothed in the blue or the gray is unknown , but many men are ready to testify that whoever was intrusted with the duly of collecting those bones has failed ill Ins trust. Thi ) reason for the faiiire is manifc.it. The fact ( fiat the bones still lie there at tracts many people to the field of car nage , and every one that falls into the clutches of the guides must pay hi toll. A parly of twenty-one , wliich in cluded several men from Philadelphia and vicinity , had to pay $ .V ! r > for walking behind a guide for an hour. This same guide owns 700 acres of Iho laud upon which the battle was fought. Ho began by iiiirehasingono acre , for which ho paid ? : ! . The same price was paid for the remainder of the ground , which ho has bought , and every cnntof the money was extorted from northern visitors lo the battle Held. He was ordered by the gov ernment to pick up all tlm bones , disinter Ihe buried soldiers and see that they were removed to Ihe cemetery jiiht across the road. Instead of doing so ho has placed skulls and other bones of the ( lead in various places , and uuidoH the visitors by beaten paths to these cipolri. Ho never takes them through the thicket. Another dodge of this man Lyiinu is lo lind a battered musket bull on the ground and sell it to the visitor for 50 ceiils if ho can , and for 10 cents if ho can get no more. The balls are dropped by him when Ihe vMlor is not looking and pieked up by him when hu is looking. It bother.- the man , however , when the party ho is guiding is large , and when ho dropped the ball last Sunday afternoon the notion was seen , and rolio-sulliiig for that day was at a very low obb. An Accident. liambler : "What's ( he matter , John- limy" asked a small boy , ILS .lonniiio em erged from the house crying. "Frightful accident ! " ivpiiud .Joliiinin briefly. "No' ' What wiii ItV" "Well , yoo see. I was talking lo inollh or , and I got mm ! and sarsed her " "Yes. " "And 'lieu she .started for me. ' "Yes. " "And I ran nil over the house , n'nd down into the yard and round that ; nrd then into the wuod-i-hed , you know " "Ve.if , go o ill" "Well. I wasruniiin' under full steam , ' ' you MJIJ. ' 'Yes , yes ; of courto. " "And 1 ran into an open switch. The old gentleman was in Iho wood-shed with nne. Terrible accident on that road , I win tel ! you. Tracks aint clear yet. No , don't believe I'll sit on the1 feiicei I'd ' rather stand up. " Foil winter ne/.ema , or the viojenC * itching with peciilar tealy and pimpiy prnptioii on the skin beneath Iho cloth ing , mix .somo flour of .sulphur with Dr. ,1. II. McLean' * Volcanic Oil Liniment nnd bathe. Iho skin , and you will liiui. prompt rcl.i'f , mid niro emu.