L P Fisher NO. 2ft. VOLUME VI. ALBANY, OREGON, DECEMBER 17, 1873. Waiting tar Pupil. There's a sweet and home- like picture, In the little 'parlor bright. With tlie sparkling. Hashing firelight Shooting gleams of crimson light. O'er the window, framed in ivy. And the paintings on the wall, Lighting up three childish faces Sweetest pictures of them all. Without, the night is dark and cloud-, And the dreary autumn rain. Like the touch of ghastly fingers, Beats upon the window pane. But the wild and solemn voices Of the outward raging storm, Seem to make the contrast greater, In the parlor bright and warm. Watching from the vine-wrcathed window. In the fading light of day, Till papa chall turn the corner. Coming up the garden way. Three sweet, dimpled, childish faces Kilty in tier drop of blue, Rosy cheeks and sunny ringlets, And her eyes of heaven's own hue. Cuiet Mead, with hair smooth-braided, And Her tender, gentle way, Watching o'er the restless motions Of the pet, and baby. May. Hark! they hear a well-known foot step. See a figure straight and tall ; Forth tliey rush with eager faces, To meet father in the hall. Oh, we read of white-robed angels Watching o'er this world of sin, Can they be much purer, sweeter, Than the childish forms within? Watching through the storm and dark ness Til tlie well beloved shall come. Where they wait to greet and bless him When day's weary toil is done! TELEGRAPHIC. At Havana, on the 11th, Captain General Jouvellar issued an address to the inhabitants of Cuba, saying : "The moment a treaty i issued be tween the Governments of Spain and the United States my duty, however painful it may be, is to comply faith fully with its terms. Fortius I have received final orders, and a failure to comply with the same would produce war. ami war with a great Power without aid. Meanwhile, in obedience to the law of necessity and the orders of the Government oi' the Spanish Re public, lqt us deliver up the Virginia and tlie survivors of her passengers and crew. I have faith in the nobleness of your proceedings in compliance with in V word. ' JOAQUIN JOUVELLAR." At Washington, December lltb, the Senate confirmed the nominations of John A. Bingham as Minister to Japan, James 11. Howe as Judge of tbeU. S. District Court of Wisconsin. Colleclors of internal Revenue : Edgar P. Snow for Wyoming Territory, and Thomas P. Fuller tor Montana ; Fred. Latorbet and (Consul?! General to Paris. The same dispatch says that at tlie next session the Senate Com mittee on Judiciary will make a fa vorable repwt on the nomination of George H. Williams for Chief Justic. This from New York. December 12th: Spanish merchants hare bought gold largely yesterday, on the strength of private telegrams 'suiting that the Viraintnt was in the hands of the Volunteers, who have sworn to sink her rather than permit her surrender. Tlie continued activity in all our naval depots In pushing forward war vessels and supplies towards Key West and Cuba, indicates that our Government is still apprehensive of trouble in the premises. There is no tomrer reason to doubt that the Castelar Government will ciuletl? aeouiesce, if it does not actively co-operate in for cible measures by the Lulled States to exact tlie terms of I he recent protocol, if it is resisted in Cuba. All Havana correspondence tends to show the situation critical. Iiecause the popu lation there is divided, and ignorant Irresponsible, who favor resistance at all hazards, are greatly in the majority, hiit.lt i hoped, nevertheless, than an energetic display of authority will overcome tlie mob. A telegram from Halifax, N. S., December 12th. says: A steamer from Sable Island states that the schooner Xeptrnr, of St . i Pierre, touted with fish, had- drifted -ashore thnre, and four bodies in a state of decomposition, were found on board. Her masts and tigging were gone, and her hull was covered with sea weed. From tlie dateofpapersfn the cabin, the schooner MltfKlthav been dismasted hist July, and hM been drifting since. This from Havana, December 12th : Tlie steamship Virginia was towed out of the harbor of Ilavana at half past i o'clock this morning by a tng boat. She wag escorted by the Spanish man-of-war AriMki La Cutolim. The tugboat returned to the city at 7 o'clock. The destination of tlie Vir ginia is supposed to be Key West. Gen. W. AV. Belknap, Secretary of War, was married at Harrisburg, on the 12th, to Mrs. II. T. Bowers, daughter of John A. Tomblinson. The ceremony, owing to a recent af fliction in the family of tlie bride's relatives, was wholly private. The removal of Wm. Governeur Morris, as U. S. Marshal of California, was made at the special instigation of the Department of Justice, on account of matters growing out of acts of the late incumbent during tlie Into trial of Captain Clarke for cruelty practiced on the ship Sunrise. IngenioiM Mechanical Operation. Coaxing iron tubes to accommodate themselves to circumstances is some thing new in engineering. The St. Louis IteptiHican describes the modo of operation : The weight of the St. Louis bridge is at present supported by cables, and while this is the case the expansion and contraction of the tubes by heat are of no consequence. It will be dif ferent when the last tubes have to be fitted. From the slackening of the cables the arch in the center will "settle" about three inches. Provis ion has been made for this by Increas ed length of tulies, all the calculations being based on a temperature of O'O degrees. At the temierature of GO de grees it is known to the sixtieth of an inch what would lie the intervening space between the approaching tubes. and the dimensions of the last joints were adjusted accordingly- Only once, however, has the weather been favorable for the operation, and, after wasting some time, it was determined to reduce the lieat artificially. Early one morninc 42 tons of ice were appli ed to the tubes, and bound on by gun ny bagging. At 3 r. M. the expan sion Tiad been reduced about two inches. Finally tlie application proved successful. On the following dav the connecting tulies were put in, and the first arch completed. IIow they Uiinl Flour In Texns A correspondent of a New York paper writes : In Sherman we saw for the first time an ox-mill for grinding Wheat into flour. It was a great novelty, and reminded us of the dog-churn days of boyhood, when faithtul'-Watch." the time honored house dog, and the writer hereof used t) tramp together on the tread, to make the wheel go around, that the churn-d:isher might lie sent up and down till the butter was made. That was years ago, but the memory of those days lingers like an eventful dream. Here we found an old brown building. In it was the machinery of a grist mill, complete. Just outside the main portion, but undercover, was the motive powci seven long-homed, subdued steers, chewing tlieir cuds as they lazily cliuiheua great wheel fifty feet across, and ground out three thousand pound ot superfine flour every day of the year. We crawled through a hole to see how the old tiling worked, and looked down upon tlie plodding cattle. One of them rolled an eye around to see who it was, and gazed at us with an expression that seemed to say: "Don't laugh at us for you know how it is yourself," Indeed we did. Those ox-mills were quite numerous Jo tlie South, and are profitable Institutions, by tlie way. About half a dozen oxen will keep the great wheel In motion, and turn out as fine an article ot flour as can be produced by water or steam power. It is barely possible that the two women who were grinding at tlie mill, as mentioned by our Savior, made better Hour, but it is not on the record, although it is proof that the boys of to-day make the oxen do what the fathers of old compelled the women to do. Verily, verily, the world moves! Just outside tlie mill, in an luclos ure, were several cattle waiting, but In no hurry, for tlie hour when they were to go marching on, and their fellows should rest. We saw the en gineer of this establishment as he was wooding up with a fork full of new mown nay; and when asked if his en gines ever blew up. he gazed on in with a look of admiration a less ob servant man might have taken for disgust. A Strapping Joke. A French musician has been creat ing considerable social and public dis turbances by his inveterate disposition to play practical jokes. His chief ob ject in life seems to be to worry cus tom house officials. Arriving at place on the frontier, provided with a quantitv of luggage, he would pretend to conceal a huge trunk and a smaller one from the eyes of the officials, only the more to excite their curiosity. At last the larger trunk would be opened. It would be found to contain thousands of second-hand shoulder straps an appendix of trousers now perfectly ob soletewhich had evidently been packed by hydraulic pressure, for the most frantic efforts on the part of the employes coukl not put them back again into the trunk. In tlie mean time hundreds of passengers storm at the detention, while the practical joker calmly looks on at the bother he is causing. But the second anu small er trunk has now to be examined, and the custom house people hope there to find him in default. They ask for the keys. The practical joker draws bunches of ponderous keys from every one of his pockets: none will tit, until, at last, their patience exhausted, the custom house officers threaten to burst the trunk open. Then the possessor of the trunk calmly asks the angry officer if he is married. "What business is that of yours?'" is the surly reply. " Only this . that before you open that trunk r would advise you to go , i- inline, snake nanus wiui your wiie, kiss your little children, write your will, and call at an undertakers as you come back. There are rattlesnakes in that trunk. I never travel without them." Of course the man leaves the trunk instantly, and a messenger has to be sent to' the head director, who is shrew enough to be aware that he has to deal with a practical joker. Pres ently the official returns and asks pom pously. "How many snakes have yon, sir?" "Only six," is the reply "look for yourself." "Oh, only six! The head of the department says that six snakes can pass,but that seven would have to pay duty. 1 am also directed to say to you that, if you do not leave this office trouser straps, snakes and all in five minutes, you will be forcibly eject ed." " And who is to repack my precious straps, a collection unequalled in the history of the world ? The law enti tles me to all my goods. You took them out ; put them back again. The best period ot my life is being devoted to finding pairs of these straps." A Lake in Florida. We take the following from an Eastern paper: While jieople are crossing the ocean every year to see marvelous , things, wonders are all the time being iUs covered in our own country. Quite recently a rival to tlie Yosemite and Yellowstone Park lias been discovered in Southern Florida. With the ex ception of what we learn from the maps, we have known very little about the inland sea of Florida, known as Okeechobee Lake. This lake lies north of the Everglades, is nearly sur rounded by vast swamps and cypress forests, and is only accessible at a few points on the north side. '1 hese points can only be reached by weary marches through thickets of reeds and sedge. Some daring adventurers, however. have succeeded not only in reaching the lake, but in partially exploring it. 1 he take was round to lie dotted with islands, all of great Iicauty, and one of them containing some twentv-nve square miles of land. The accounts of this island represent it as of exceeding beauty, containing high hills covered with forests of mahogany, palmetto, magnolia and other semi-tropical trees. A short distance from the island the water was found to be nearly two hundred feet. deep. On one Island the remains of the handi work of civilized men were found. some ot which were ot peculiar char acter. The exhibition of animal life found here would evidently delight naturalists more than pleasure seekers. Huge alligators swarmed round tlie tourists, showing through Ignorance, no signs of ferocity. On land wild animals approached them without tear, while spiders of every color, and lar ger hi size than have been described, hung suspended from the trees or run along the ground. If the wonders of una region are at represented it is not strange that tlie Indians hated to leave tlie spot Tlie best advise to farmers take care of what yon have. ltuflklo Herds. The Greeley (Colorado) Trihrne re ports buffalo as never so plenty. The meat, it says, sells quite readily at three cents a pound ; a little has "been sold for two cents. Recently thirty teams were met in one day going after the "game." and the whole valley is alive with hunters and teams. Even the Indians are tak'ng advantage of the situation. The frihuw tells us that both Utes and Sioux "mix in," and get boiling mad if they find a hunter killing for sport. One hiintr had fifty robes packed for transporta tion, and while oft hunting for more thcSioux came up and burnt most of tlie lot. The Utes visit camps when hunters arfi away, and help themselves to sugar, coffee and floor, and also Are the prairies. Our Greeley eoteni porary claims that the town is becom ing quite a jioint for the sale of buffalo rones, as it is the chief town near the buffalo region, and adds: "On Sat urday last three teams were in town, one drawn by four horses, loaded down with robes, almost as high as loads of hay. They were bought by Mr. Koogle. whose tannery is in full oM?ratinn. and he hopes to cure 2,000 during the season." I want to be an Injun, A Modoc or a Ute ; I'm tired being a white man An unprotected brute. I want to be an Injun, With "a tall, commanding form," And a greasy U. S. bltmket To protect me from the storm. I want to lie an Injun, And learn the scalping art, For then the darling clergymen Will come and take my part. I want to be an Injun, To beg, and lie, and steal. With that placid sense ot safety That a white man cannot feel. NmurivK Phockhties of Arm:?. It is stated that by a careful analysis it has been found that apples contain a larger amount ot phosphorus, or brain food, than any other fruit or vegetable, and on this account they are very important to sedentary man who work their brains rather than their muscles. They also contain the acids which are needed every day, esjieeially for sedentary men, the action of whose liver is sluggish, to eliminate effete matters, which, if re tained in the system, produce inaction ot tlie brain, and indeed, of the whole system, causing jaundice, sleepiness, scurvy and troublesome diseases of the skin. We know of no method ot amuse ment so original as to fill a little boy's mouth with snow and tie a handker chief around his jaws to keep the mouth shut. This was actually done at St. Cloud. Minnesota ; but the faet that the boy died and some parties are in a fair way to be punished, has put a stop to the amusement for tlie pres ent. It is reported that the President has decided to appoint Robert W. Hughes, late Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia, as United States Judge for the Virginia District, vice Judge Underwood, deceased. Western women are grumbling ter ribly because the managers of the ag ricultural fairs don't give at least a year's notice when they offer prizes for the finest babies. Prof. E. A. Sophocles of Havard College, is going to Europe for a few months' visit. Probably going to see old Damocles, Pericles, Ripides, Can tharides and other Suchasthese. President MacMahon has commuted the sentence of Marshal Bazalne to twenty years seclusion, and to bear the effects of degradation from rank. A Gypsey woman promised to show two young ladies their hus band's faces in a pale of water. They looked and exclaimed, "Why, we only see our own faces." " Well' said the Gypsey, " won't they be your husbands' faces when you are married?" Hie Grangers of Fon da Lac county ,Wisoonsin,organized a Town Insurance Company during the past Summer, and its success is already assured. The Queen of Tnitredjr, It is said that before the dawn of her splendid career, Mile. Rachel, the French tragedienne, recited passages from Racine and Corneille in open air, collecting money from the passers-by as her reward ; she was accompanied on those expedi tions by an oldish woman, who tor tured a fiddle as her share' of the performance. Afterward when she took Paris by storm, no one recog nized in the tiejy-cyed queen ot tragedy the pale-faced girl who used to recite under the stars in the Champs Klysces. When half her brief, splendid, extravagant and not blameless, reign was over, Mile. Hachel gave a " house-warming " on the occasion of opening her new and gorgeously-furnished mansion in the Hue Troncin. 1 luring the evening the hostess disappeared, and the maitre (Photel requested the crowded company in the great saloon so to arrange themselves as to leave space enough for Mile. Rachel to appear at the upjiereiid of the room, for she wasaliout to favor them with a recital of passages from I'acine and Corneille. Presently entered an old woman with a strip of carpet, fiddle, and tin pot, fol lowed by the queen ot trgedy, m the shabbiest ot frocks, pale, thoughtful, inspired, and with a sad smile that was not altogether out of tune with her pale meditations ; and then, the carpet being spioad, the fiddle scraped, and the cup de posited, Rachel trod the carjiet as it it were the stage, and recited two or three passages from the master pieces of the French masters in dra matic poetry, and moved her audi enee according to her will in sym pathy and delight. When the hur ricane of applause had passed, and while a murmur ot enjoyment seem ed as its softer echo, Rachel stoop- ! ed, picked up the old tin cup, and going round to collect gratuities from the company, acknowledged that she had given them a true pic ture of her past life. A Compart Dwelling. The nursery of the harvest mouse is a curious a Hair. It is made of narrow grasses woven into a shell, which is hung to the stem of two or three stout grasses. This ball is filled with young mice, and though the mother mouse does not go in herself, she manages to take good care of her young. H ow she does it is one of those things that " no fel low can find ont;'' for she is very shy, and will not be watched. These curious creatures are not the common brown mice. Their coat is reddish brown on the back, and white on the under side. When full grown they are not half so large as a common mouse ; so you can imagine how small the mice in the ball must be. In reaching tlieir nest they run easily up the grass stem, for besides the long, finger like toes which they have on their four feet, they have a very useful tail, which is as good as a hand to hold on with. When they want to go down, they curl this little tail lOuud a straw, and slide quickly to the ground again. At a school in Newcastle the master asked a class ot boys the meaning ot the word, " appetite." After a short pause, one little boy replied, " I know ; when I am eat in' I'm appy, and when I'm done I'm tight." A Little Wakm. " I thought you were born on the 1st of April, ' said a husband to his loving wife, who had mentioned the 21st as her birthday "Most people would think so, from the choice I made of a husband," she replied.