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ALBANY, OREGON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 1870.
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TERMS IN ADVANCE.
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Six Months Two Dollars
Binglo Copies..... Ten Cents
. Transient advertisements per Square of tea
lines or less, first insertion, $3 ; each subsequent
Larger advertisements inserted on the most
Having received new type, stock of colored
inks, cards, a Gordon Jobber, etc., we are pre
pared to execute all kinds of printing in a better
manner and fifty per oeat. cheaper than erer be
fore uttered in this city.
Agents for the Register.
The following gentlemen are authorised to re
ceive and receipt for subscription, advertising,
tc, for the Register :
HIRAM SMITH, Esq Harrisburg.
Judge S. H. CLAUGHTON Lebanon.
PETER HUME, Esq.- Brownsville
W. R. KIRK, Esq -
E. E. WHEELER, Eq Scio.
T. H. REYNOLDS, Esq Salera.
Oro. W. CANNON, Esq .Portland.
X.. V. FISHER, Esq Trisco.
o a. i y P i b 1 i c .
LEGAL INSTRUMENTS OF ALL KISDS
made and attested. Conveyances and col
lections attended to. 12'69
Attorney and Counsellor at law,
. ALBANY, OREGON.
FFICE On Main street, opposito Foster's
Hiltabidel & Co.,
WEALERS IN GROCERIES AND PR0
ly visions. Wood and Willow Ware, Confec
Cionery, Tobacco, Cigars, Pipes, Notions, etc.
Main street, adjoining the Express office, Albany,
Oregon. ! 1
B. A. Freeland,
DEALER IN EVERY DESCRIPTION OF
- School, Miscellaneous and Blank Books,
Stationery, Gold and Steel Pens, Ink, etc.. Post
office Building, Albany, Oregon. Books ordered
from New York and San Francisco. 1
C. Mealey & Co.,
MANUFACTURERS OF AND DEALERS
in all kinds of Furniture and Cabinet
Ware, First street, albany.
S. XX. Clang-hton,
NOTARY PUBLIC AND REAL ESTATE
AGENT. Office in tb. Post Office building,
i Lebanon, Oregon.
Will attend to making Deeds and other convey
ances, also to the prompt collection of debts en
trusted to my care. 1
J. H. MITCHELL.
J. !C. DOLPH.
Mitchell, Dolph & Smith,
ATTORNEYS Ann COUNSELLORS at LAW,
Solicitors in Chancery and Proctors in Ad
miralty. Office over the old Post Office, Front
street, Portland, Oregon. I
POWELL. i -H.IX3I.
Powell fc Flimi,
AT70RNEYS COUNSELLORS AT LAW
and Solicitors in Chancery,
. (X. Flin.n, Notary Pnblic,)
Albany, Oregon. Collections and conveyances
prom ply attended to. 1
JT. QUINN THORNTON,
Attorney and Counselor at Law,
WILL practice in the snperior and inferior
courts of Marion, Linn, Lane, Benton and
Five per cent, charged on collections when
made without sueing. j 19-69
P. V. BCDFIELD. P. W. 8P1XK.
V. M REDFIELD 4c CO.,
CONSTANTLY on hand and receiving, a
large stock of
Groceries and Provisions,
Wood and Willow Ware, Tobacco, Cigars, Con
fectionery, Yankee Notions, Ac. , Ac, Wholesale
and Retail, opposite R. C. Hill & Son's drug
store, Albany, Oregon. 5oct9
House, Sign & Carriage Painter,
Paperhanging-, Glazing;, Kalsomine, &c
. Country orders punctually attended to.
First street, next door to Tweed ale A Co.'s.
May 8, 1809-35tf
A.BAiVIf BATH DOUSE.
THE UNDERSIGNED WOULD RESPECT
fully inform the citixens of Albany and vi
cinity that he has taken charge of this establish
, moot, and, by keeping clean rooms and paying
, striet att-ntic 3 to business, expects to suit all
I those who may favor him with their patronage,
j Having heretofore carried oa nothing but
IFirst-Class Hair Dressing; Saloons,
he expects to give entire satisfaction to all.
Children and Ladies' hair neatly cut and
shampooed. JOSEPH WEBBER,
. ., evl9y2 ,
E. F. RUSSELL,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
RUSSELL & ELKINS,
(Office in Parrish A Co.'s block. First street,)
AVING TAKEN INTO CO-PARTNER
SHIP Jamb Elkihs, Esq- ex-Clerk of
inn county, we are enabled to add to our prac
tice of Law and Collections, superior facilities for
Conveyancing, Examining Records,
and attending to Probate business. '
Deeds, Bonds, Contracts and Mortgages care-
. foils' drawn. ' ' ,
' Homestead and Pre-emption Papers
made, and claims secured.
. Sales of Real Estate negotiated, and loans
effected on collateral securities on. reasonable
Ail business entrusted to them faithfully and
, promptly executed.
, RUSSELL A ELKINS.
- - Albany, Oct. 10, 's-5y
g. D. SMITH. .. . GEO. B. COOK.
Corner First and Morrison streets,
Messrs. SMITH A COOK hare taken, this
well known house, refitted and refurnished
it throughout, built a large addition, making
thirty more pleasant rooms, enlarged the Dining
and Sitting rooms, making it by far the
Best Hotel in, Portland.
A call from the traveling pnblio will satisfy
them that the above statements are true.
SMITH A COOK, Props.
N. B. Hot and cold Baths attached to the
house for the benefit of guests. 50
Portland, August 15th, 1369.
Front and Washington Streets,
PORTLAND. OREGON. .
X,. P. W. Quimby, - - - - Proprietor.
(Late of the Western Hotel.)
THIS HOUSE is the most commodious in the
State, newly furnished, and it will be ths
endesvor of the Proprietor to make his gueste
comfortable. Nearest Hotel to the steamboat
,f-if The Concord Coach will always be foul
at the landing, on the arrival of steamships ar.i
river boats, carrying passengers and their bar
gape to and from the boats free of charge.
House eupplied with Patent Fire ExtingnUhen.
Pront street i t i Portland, Oregon.
THE UNDERSIGNED, HAVING PUR
chased this well known Hotel, are now pre
pared to offer the traveling public better accom
modations than can be found elsewhere in the
Board and lodging 92 OO per day.
The Hotel Coach will be in attendance to con
vey Passengers and baggage to and from the
Hotel free of charge.
J. B. SPRENGER.
Office Oregon A California Stage Company, B.
G. Whitebouse, Agent. 2tf
New Columbian Hotel,
Nos. 118, 120 and 122 Front street,
PORTLAND, t : : OREGON
ED. CARNEY, PROPRIETOR.
F A LI, KINDS, printed at the very lowest
rates, as ordered, at tius omce.
The Largest, Best and most Convenient
Hotel in Portland!
Located in the center of business and near all
the steamboat landings.
Board and Lodging-
From one to two dollars per day according to the
35sT" Rooms newly famished, and well ventil
ated. Superior accommodations for families.
J&ff The New Columbian Hotel Coach will be
in attendance at all the landings to convey pas
sengers and baggage to and from this Hotel
17 sr-S- Free oi Charge ! -fe 69
TAKES PLEASURE IN INFORMING HER
numerous patrons that she has on hand, and
is in-regular receipt of the
Latest and Choicest Styles of Goods
MUllTiery Tilne 2
BEEBER, LADIES !
If you purchase
TEN DOLLARS' WORTH
of Fall Millinery you will bo entitled to the
for the year I860, as a premium on the purchase
Dress and Cloak Making
in all branches.
Bleaching and Pressing
in the latest and best manner.
Goods Cheap and Patience Inexhaustible
Corner Main and Broad Albin streets,
November 7, 1868-9
DEALER IN A MANUFACTURER OP
XJ3EPH 3NTITXJ Xa.33 !
CABINET WARE !
13 e tiding, Etc.,
orn or First and Broad Albin streets,
JSr PARTICULAR ATTEKTIOIf PAID TO
ORDERS OP at.t. KINDS
in his line. "
TURNING. - - TURNING.
. I AM FUPAKED TO DO
ALL KINDS OP TTJRNINGt
I keep on hand and make to order
S p I n u i m z 1 s .
3r Shop near the '.'Magnolia Mills."
' JOHN 11. METZLEK
Albany, Nov. 28, 1S68-1?
LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS.
Christmas As to tbe weather, was
rather a drearf affair. Although the
"mist" was quits plentiful through the
day and the early part of the evening,
the various plates of social gathering
were thronged 'with our people, who
seemed determined to enjoy themselves,
let the weatherwoe ever so rough. At
an early hour ahe M. E. Church was
crowded with tu children and friends of
the Sabbath School, all anxious to know
who were to be the recipients ot the
many gifts hung in tempting array on
the three Christmas Trees, which were
erected directly in front of the pulpit.
A large number of lighted wax candles
were- placed among the boughs ot the
trees, which, when lighted up, produced
a most beautiful effect. Soon the dis
tribution of gifts commenced, and then
the "jolarity" opened the blowing of
tin whistles, the beating of drums, and
the glad laugh welling up from happy j
little hearts was worth double the trouble
and co&t to witness. The committee
of ladies and gentlemen to whom was
entrusted the care and trouble of erecting
and placing presents on the trees, done
their work well, and are deserving spe
cial commendation for the manner in
which the gifts were distributed so that
none of the children attending the school
should go away without a gift.
The sociable at Parrish Hall was very
largely attended. By the union of the
Presbyterian and Congregational Sabbath !
Schools it was thought more general and
better satisfaction could be given than if
the two schools erect Christmas Trees in
their respective churches; and the suc
cess of the sociable is evideoce sufficient
of the correctness of this opinion. The
evening was spent in sociable intercourse,
vocal and instrumental music, and for the
special edification of the children, the
"magic lantern" was made to do duty.
And some of these pictures "brought
down tho house" muchly. The inner
man was not forgotten, and probably more
than twelve baskets filled with cakes,
fruit, candied, nuts, etc., were distributed
among the happy throng. It was a hap
pily spent evening, and one which will
long remain green in the memory ot par
The ball at Houck & Myers new hotel
i3 also largely attended, and all we
have heard speak of it pronounce it an
agreeable party. The music is especially
mentioned as being superior to any we
have ever had at a ball given in this city.
It couldn't be otherwise, as it was under
the direction of Mr. J. II. Brenner, who,
although young in years, has proven him
self an accomplished musical artist.
And thus passed away another Christ
Fined Again. Our newly elected
Democratic City Marshal got into trou
ble again last week, and for committing
a breach of tho peace was fined, by a
Democratic Recorder, costs and all, some
eleven dollars. A few more such esca
pades followed by fines, and the income
of the Marshal's orfico will be swallowed
up in fines. As a conservator of the
peace and dignity of the city, our new
Marshal don t pan out worth a cent.
Wood's Household Magazine.
This magazine for December has been
received. It is a magazine of some fifty
closely printed pages, full to the brim of
choice poetry, literary productions, etc.
The present number contains a thrilling
Christmas story. A newand interesting
feature will be added with the present
year " answers to correspondents."
For the amount of reading matter it is
one of the cheapest of Eastern publica
tions, being offered at $1 per annum.
Send to S. 8. Wood, New burg, N. Y.
One copy of the Register and one copy
of this magazine sent one year on the
receipt by us of $3 50. ? ; :
Bills Introduced by Senator Wil
liams. On the 6th of December, the
first day of the session, Senator Williams
introduced the following bills and joint
resolutions. The bills were severally
read the first and second times and were
ordered to be printed :
A bill (S.'No. 275) granting bands to
aid in the construction of a railroad and
telegraph line from the Columbia River
to Great Salt Lake ; ;
A V.ill rs. No. 2761 to vacate and sell
the Umatilla reservation in the State of
Oregon ; -J
A bill (S. No. 277) to establish a col
l.f;nn Aurc-l in the State of Orecron :
ivvuvu o j
A bill (S. No. 278) to establish cer-
tain post roaas in ine oiaie oi vregon j
a Kill ra. No. 2791 to reerulate the im
migration of Chinese into the United
States J and
A joint resolution (S. R. No. 65) to
extend the port of entry of the collec
tion district of, Oregon.
The bill for the post roads provides
for the establishment of a road from Cor
vallis to Alsea valley, and one from the
Dalles to Oohoco Valley.
North Brownsville Correspondence.
North Browmstuxk, Dee. 27th, 1869.
Editor Keqistbb : .
Thinking an item or two from this
place would not be amiss, I send yeu the
following : .
Ou Friday last a bachelor, living oa
Mr. Washburn's farm, two miles north
of here, named HoHingsworth, in at
tempting to get on a colt, received a kick
from the colt which broke his leg below
the knee. Mr. Wm. Cochran, who hap
pened to be passing several hours after
the accident occurred, found and removed
him to shelter. He had crawled about
one hundred yards, and was considerably
chilled when found. He has been re
moved from the fainr ii town where he
can receive the needeS at&tiCon.
We had a Christmas Tree, under the
supervision of W. R. Bishop, teacher.
It was heavily loaded with about five
hundred presents, probably worth as
mauy dollars. Your regular correspond
ent got a little buzle to blow on.
A hack load of young people return
ing home, in going down a grade, got
out of the road and were upset, slightly
injuring the driver and hack.
All who desired went to W. R. Kirk's
spacious' building and partook of an
oyster supper, gotten up in good style by
J. Fleece and F. Smith and their wives.
After supper those inclined went into
tbe hall and " tripped the light fantastic
toe " as long as they wished.
But as your regular correspondent
will perhaps give you the news in
flowery style, I will desist.
Robbery Near Eugene. The Eu
gene City Journal is informed of the
robbery of a Chinaman, committed near
the city a few days since, by three boys.
The Chinaman, who had been employed
for some time past as a cook in the
boarding house at Cartwright's place,
was on his way to Eugene to buy some
clothing. On reaching the top of a hill
about seven miles from his destination,
he was met by three boys, each boy
armed with a gun, who demanded of the
Celestial one dollar apiece. The China
man being too slow in handing over the
amount demanded, one of the young
rascals " went through him," . taking
three twenty dollar gold pieces and two
rings one gold, and the other meer
schaum from his pockets. Persons in
the neighborhood are confident who the
guilty parties are, and think it will be an
easy matter to bring them to justice.
. . - .
The Tribune presents thus forcibly
the rate at which the national deht has
been reduced under General Grant's ad
Reduction from March 1 .
Reduction per month.....
Reduction per week........
Beduction per day .........
Reduction per hour........
Reduction per minute
Reduction per second......
.. .. 7,989,2G1 00
, 10,934 23
Change. Messrs. Thompson & Victor,
of Eugene City, have sold out their in
terest in the Guard to Geo. JBuys and
A. Eltzroth. The paper will remain in
the interest of Democracy.
The present daily yield of the Yellow
Jacket mine in Gold Hill is nearly 400
tons of ore, including a large amount of
low grade, which is being shipped on the
railroad to Carson river. They are tak
ing about 100 tons per day out of the
This epigram of Miss Dickinson comes
from out West. The girls of the Pacific
coast are indignat at Miss D- " because
she talked eo" about them :
Of all the girls on this coast, from Miss Dickin
A stranger might judge in harsh manner ;
Bnt we know the poor thing has no girls of her
And that's what's the matter with Anna.
Two Kentuckians have varied the
novelties usually reported from that sec
tion by bringing suit for 860,000 dam
ages against a " Vigilance Committee "
for banging them. The Committee un
fortunately neglected to do its woitil ef
The Wyoming Legislature has passed
an act granting employees on railroads in
that Territory the same right of action
for damages against the company when
injured, ; as though not ; employed by
them; and, in case of death, to their
widows or heirs.
Mrs. Harrow, wife o? a Methodist
minister in Los Angeles county, was
lassoed recently by Californians ; and
dragged till her life is despaired of.
- Maine papers are discussing whether
a Sunday school in Bangor1 which re
quires the constant presence of two po
licemen to preserve order, is a success.
Beriah Brown, of the Salem Fret,
proposes to issue a daily soon, it a suffi
cient amount is guaranteed to ensure its
success. .- . - ... . . : ..
.The troops in Ireland ire hereafter to
be more generally billited on the inhab
ItOCK MB TO SLEEP.
("We remember reading an account of the
death of a citizen patriot, eighty-five years of age.'
The last words of the old veteran were I want
to see my mother I' She had been dead more
than forty years. This accident called to mind
the touching lines. Rook me to Sleep :' "
" Backward, turn backward, 0, Time in your
Make me a child again just for to-night 1
Mother come back from the echoless shore,
Take me again to your heart, as of yore ;
Kiss from my forehead the furrows it care.
Smooth the few silver threads out of my hair ;
Over my slumbers your loving watch keep
Rock me to sleep, mother' rock me to sleep I
" Backward, flow backward, O swift tide of years!
I am weary of toil I am weary of tears ;
Toil without recompense, tears all in vain !
Take them and give me my childhood again i
I have grown weary of dust and decay,
Weary of flinging my soul-wealth away,
Weary of sowing for others to reap ;
Rook me to sleep, mother rock me to sleep I
"Tired of the hollow, the base, the untrue ! "
Mother, Q. mother ! my hart caUs for ytru 1
Many a summer the grass has grown' green,
Blossoming and faded, our faces between ;
Vet with strong yearning and passionate pain,
Long I to-night for your presence again ;
Come from the silence so long and so deep
Rock me to sleep, mother rock me to sleep 1
"Over my heart in the days that are flown,
No love like mothcr-love has shone ;
No other worship abides and endures.
Faithful, unselfish, and patient, like yours;
None like a mother can charm away pain
From the sorrowing soul and the world weary
Slumber's calm o'er my weary lids creep,
Rock me to sleep, mother rock me to sleep I
"Come let your brown hair just lighted with gold.
r all on your shoulders again as of old ;
Let it fall over my forehead to-night.
Shielding my eyes from the flickering light,
for on I with its sunny-edged sorrow onoe more,
Haply will throng the sweet vision of yore ;
Lovingly, softly its bright billows sweep
Rock niq to sleep, mother rock me to sleep !
"Mother, dear mother ! the years have been long
Since last I was hushed by your lullaby song ;
Sing, then, again to my soul it shall seem
Womanhood's years have only been a dream;
Clasp to your arms in a loving embrace.
With your soft, light lashes sweeping my face.
never hereafter to wake or to weep ;
Rock me to sleep, mother rock me to sleep I"
The Warning at the Bridge.
In the year 1861 1 was superintendent
of the Howrich and Rocky River railroad.
It was a line which did a good run of
business, connecting as it did a great city
with a nourishing back country, and we
ran a pretty good number of trains over
the rails in tbe course of twenty-four
The daily trains were every hour, but
after nine in the evening thero was only
one train, until the steamboat accommo-
Uon at half-past three in the morning.
This intervening train was the Bel
port mail. It was made up at Bel port
and ran as far as Clinton, express all the
Belport was the large city of which I
have spoken, and it was there that my
office was located, for the business was
all settled and arranged at that end of
Of course I give fictitious names, and
the reader need not expect to find Bel
port on any railroad map.
The 12:30 train, or the midnight mail,
as it was more frequently designated, was
run by ii,arl Ko?ers, a young; man ot
seven or eight-and-twenty, who had been
employed on the road for several years.
lie was the best engine driver on tbe
corporation, and for that reason he had
been selected lor the tram, it being
deemed expedient to put men of best
judgment on the train, because there was
a better lookout required by night.
Earl, taken all in all, was one of the
finest fellows I ever 6aw.
Frank, handsome, generous to a fault,
and well educated.
He had fallen into the vocation of an
engineer moro from his love of .excite
ment and danger than anything else,
perhaps ; and if there was ever any par
ticularly perilous business to be done,
Earl Rogers was our man.
For some time he had been desperately
in love with Laura Demain, the daughter
of a rich old fellow just on the other
side of the Rocky River, a half-dozen
miles beyond Belport.
This love was fully returned, for Laura
was a noble-hearted girl, and did not
care for wealth or ambition when weighed
in the balance of love ; but old Demain
and her were two, and there was no prob
ability of his ever giving his consent.
He had set his heart on her marrying
Prince Carlton, a young blood of the vi
cinity ; reputed wealthy, and of an old
Domain's opposition naturally made
the lovers more determined, and they
only waited an increase of Earl's salary
to be married, in spite of Papa Demain.
Earl was a faithful fellow, and I was do
ing my best to get an advance for him,
with every probability of success.
Somehow, I took a strong interest in
.bar! s love affairs. -
I am an old codger, and love matters
are rather out of my line, my forte being
the calculating of accounts, the regula
tion ot freight rates, and the manage
ment of business so as to secure the fat
test dividends to tbe stockholders.
Perhaps my interest in Earl's love for
Liaura might have been because I most
cordially detested Prince Carlton. He
was always "blowing" our road, finding
fault with the rate of speed, with the
grade, with the carriages, with the ven
tilation, with everything ia short, for
notcing suited him. ,
Then upon one occasion he and I had
a few words, neither very pleasant nor
very cnoice, and -be had colled me a
scoundrel, and I had returned the com
pliment with interest. After that we
were worse friends than ever. .
One dark rainy sight in November,
just after , the nine o'clock had been got
off, and I was sitting in the office trying
to balance an account that would not bal
ance, the door opened and Earl - Rogers
walked in. He had on his water-proof
suit, the hood over his head, and the
collar buttoned closely, but I saw that his
face was very pale and his eyes gleamed
with an unnatural fire.
"What in the world has happened,
Rogers ?" said I. "You look as glum as
if you were going to a funeral"
"Mr. Woodbury," said he earnestly,
"do you believe in presentiments?"
"No," said I, "I certainly do not!
They are all old women's whims I"
"Perhaps so. I wish I could think so,"
said he sadly. 4,I have been trying nard
"What is it Earl ? Anything gone
wrong with. Laura V for. I did not know
bat the little jade had been playing off
with him after th manner of women.
"No. You will laugh at me, Mr.
Woodbury, but I must tell somebody, or
I shall go out oft my wits,'' said he, half
laughing, "and before heaven I tell you
it is all truth. Thursday afternoon I
took a band -car and went pvaz -so Kooky
River Bridge. ' I do Bur-nand-ocmressibg
that I went on purpose, to get A glimpse
of ber home perhaps of herself. I
stood at one end of the bridge looking
across at the house enraptured at' the
sight of a scarlet shawl I knew was her's
flitting in and out through the frost-bitten
shrubbery of the garden.
"And while I was looking at her I
heard foot-steps, and glancing up, 1 saw
myself approaching from the opposite side
of fte bridge ! I was dressed in this
suit of waterproof my face was pale as
death, and my wide open eyes were blank
and expressionless !
"Sir, you think I am dazed, but I am
telling you only the truth ! While I
stood staring at the vision, it disappeared;
and weak and trembling I came back to
town. By the next day yesterday, I
had reasoned myself out of the belief in
anything of the kind. It was an hallu
cination, I said, and to prove it so, 1
would go out there again and eee if it
would appear for the second time. I went
again yesterday, and, sir, the same thing
was repeated ! It will come once more
end then I shall go to my death 1"
"Nonsense I" said I. "Come, Earl,
be honest, and confess thatyou had been
taking too much whisky."
"I never drink anything, as you know,
Mr. Woodbury," returned he, "and this
thins was fearfully real. And of one re
sult, I am satisfied. If I run the mail
train out to-night I shall be . killed, and
heaven knows what will be the late ot
the train ! " I suppose it could not be
taken off for to-night ?"
"Taken off I What in the deuce do
you mean ?" snapped I "this road runs
trains as advertised cowardly engineers
to the contrary notwithstanding."
He looked at me sadly, reproachfully
and I could have kicked myself for the
way I had spoken to hira.
"It is not on my own account, sir,"
said he, "but it is only a few days before
Thanksgiving, and the train will be a full
one. It there is an accident it may ue a
"Accident !" said I contemptuously,
"fiddle-sticks. Como in to-morrow, and
let us laugh at you."
He iid me good-night gravely, and
Presently the clock struck twelve, and
I heard the three successive whistles,
that told me the train was nearly ready.
A strange feeling of apprehension
seized me. What if anything should
Yielding to an impulse which would
not bo controlled, I threw on my over
coat, turned out the gas, locked the office,
and hurried over to the depot just in
season to catch the rail of the rear car
and swing myself on board.
Earl Rogers stood at his post, pale and
silent, yet altered and watchful.
By the head light in the locomotive he
could see tho track for a half a mile
and his keen eye scanned every inch of
the track as the train swept on. Past
Roman station past the Mill Cut past
Hill's Embankment, and they plunged
into the belt of woods which skirted
Suddenly, as they swept around the
curve, Earl's cheek whitened and he drew
his breath quick and hard !
What he saw before the train, warned
him that only death and destruction lay
He could probably save himself by
leaping off, but that would doom all on
Not a moment did he hesitate !
The sharp whistle to down breaks
sounded he reversed steam and did ev
erything in his ' power to stop the train.
When he saw that his efforts were in
vain, that the obstacle which lay across
the track only a few rods in advance
could not be avoided, he sprana; over the
wood box and unhooked from the car
riages. The engine, released from the
drag, shot ahead, and the next instant
plunged into the gulf. . -
There was a crash a succession of
shrill whistles from the escaping steam,
and all was still I '
Not one of the carriages went down ;
the first one halted on the very brink of
the abyss, as it the more fearfully to im
press upon the minds of the passengers
the terrible danger they had escaped.
Before the train came to a stop I had
jumped out and was flying farward, look
ing for Earl Rogers.
They pointed into the river in answer
to my inquiries, and seizing a lantern
from tbe hands of one of the brakesmen,
I soon climbed down the bank and found
him. ... ; v"'--:-'- v'o;
He lay under the wreck of the loco
motive, pale and 'bloody, with no breath
coming from his icy lips. '
The two stokers were a little way off,
stone dead.-'- .; u :
I am an old man, but I did not feel
the weight of that poor fellow as I ear
tied him up the bank, and en to the house
of Demain, which happened to be the
nearest residence. :
Of eeurse old Demain could not re-
fuse him admittance under the circum
stances, and in fire minutes Laura was
with me trying to restore the lifeless man
to consciousness. ' : it..;
She was all courage and hope ; but for
her we should have given him up for
dead, and I to this day firmly believe,
that her presence and her care brought
him back from death.
She never flinched while the surgeon
amputated his leg at the knee; ii wsa
the only way to save him, Dr Green
said, and Laura held the poor head of
the patient on her bosom and his hands,
in her's through the whole operation. ,
The accident, it was found, had been
occasioned by a stick of timber pinned
across the track, and the railroad com
paoy offered a reward of a thousand dol
lars for the discovery of the rascally per
petrator. . , '
i uuw w iuuna n oat, bc ts
was ascertained '"beyond T doubt thaw
Prince Carlton, was the guilty parry.
He confessed it when we had him,
snug and safe, and said that because he
wanted Earl Rogers out of tbe way, and
because he hated the whole concern
(meaning the road and corporation) he
had formed this plan of diabolical re
venge. . ;
His father . was a millionaire, and
bought up our silence handsomely.
Prince went to California, and I do not
know what became of him..,. ;,
Old Demain proved himsulf a trump,
after all, and gave up gracefully.
He is dead now, and Earl and Laura
live at the old place, as happy a couple
as ever I saw. .
As for Earl's warning, you may believe
what you like about it. I have no ex
planation to offer.'
A Child's Letter.
Mark Twain says tho only letter he
received when abroad that really did him
much good, or told him of any news of
interest, was the following, from a juve
nile niece in St. Louis, and touched him
up in a few passages ; but he, rather likes
it, and considers that children are your
only true letter writers.
St. Louis, 18C9.
Uncle Mark, if vou was here I could
tell you about Moses in the bulrushes
again. I know it better now. Mr.
Snowberry has got ' his leg broke off a
horse. lie - was riding it on Sunday.
Margaret, that's the maid, ' Margaret has
taken all the spittoons and slop-buckets
and old jugs out of your room, because
she says she don't think yon are coming
back any more, you have been cone so
long.' Sissy McElroy's mother lias got
another baby. She has them ail the
time. It has little blue eyes like Mr.
Swimley that boards . there, and looks
just like him. I have got a doll; but
Johnny Anderson pulled one of tbe legs
out. - Miss Dusenberry was here yester
day. 1 gave her your picture, but she
didn't want it. My cat has got more
kittens oh ! yon can't think twice as
many as Lotta Belden's. And there's
one, such a sweet little buff one with a
short tail, and I named it for you. All
of them's got names now Gen. Grant,
and Ualleck, and Moses, and Margaret,
and Deuteronomy, and Captain Semmes,
and Exodus, and Leviticus, and Horace
Greeley all named but one, and I am
saving it because the one I saved for you
has been sick all the time since, and I
reckon it'll die. (It appears to be mighty
rough on the short tailed kitten naming
it for me. I wonder how the reserved
victim will stand it ?) Uncle Mark, I
de believe Hattie Caldwell likes you and
I know she does think you are pretty,
because I heard her say nothing could
hurt your good looks nothing at all
she said, even if you were to have the
small pox ever so bad, you would be just
as good looking as you were before.
And ma saye she's ever so smart. (Very.-)
So no more this time, for General Grant
Thb U. S. Trkasuker'b Omen.
Some little idea of the labor performed
in the office of the Treasurer : of the
United States, and of the great responsi
bilities that attach to it, may be gath
ered from tho fact that during the eight
years it has been in charge oi Mr. Spin
ner, the transactions foot up ?44,(K0,
000,000 forty-four thousand million dol
lars. And if any evidence were needed
of the qualifications of the Treasurer for
bis position, not one cent has been lost to
the people of the United States, either
through the principal or his subordinates
This perfection of exactitude may well
Challenge comparison with ' any other
financial feat on record. The Govern
ment and people will meet with an irre
parable loss when - Mr. 8pinner retires,
as be intends doing soon. The conclud
ing portion of his report is a model of
philosophy, and it evinces the careful,
calculating disposition of the man. Too
modest to base the success of his admin
istration upon his own vigilance and skill,
he prefers to withdraw when the tide of
honor is full, lest good management might
aftelr all not be sufficient to ward of apoi
denta or make exceptions to. an unexam
pled career of financial accuracy .-FhiU
Champion Chickis (Jleawib. The
Grass Valley Union says i . "? ..
Friday afternoon Charlie Guirard, at
the Winchester Market, on a wager,
dressed a chicken in one minute and thirty-nine
and a half seconds. Time was
counted from the moment the chicken,
was scalded until it was lain on the block,
completely dressed. The ehiokon on
which this experiment was made was a
tough old euss. . Tbe day before Gharhe
dressed one in one minute and fifteen sec
onds. We have coin to bet that he pan
snatch a foul bald quicker than any man
in the State- ' : .-.-J vS
- A California Chinaman made all hi
arrangements to sell his wife . for debt.
1 when the defaulted by killing h&rtclf.