vithlikmud kvest nunAV. nv. . . O 1. I j. V A IS OIjK V K ... ALBANY, OREGQN. TmnKlated from the Grrmui of Frlefcricli Ho mann. The Christmas Trees. 4 Christmas Greeting to tlie German Mothers , of America. Begirt by Winter's ice and enow, The farmliouBO stands the forest near; From one room frolic laughters flow, And glad-eyed, red-cheeked children peer; Within the next the mother fares The door secured against detection And blithe the Christmas tree prepares For these heart-buds of her affection. The father's gone, their guests to bring, ' This day's approach he waited long, To hear his Christmas fireside ring With genial German speech aud song. 'Attuned with his in will aud ways, Her soul with kindred feeling yearns; And while her hand the tree arrays To home's sweet vale afar returns. " Oh, can it be this Christmas air, The waxen tapers, cakes in season. Can childhood's memories thus repair And to the cradle bow our reason ? Despite the new home's thrift "and gain, Children and husband loved, this tree Conveys me back o'er years and main, My native hearth, again to thee' Once more I view the scenes of old, The high-roofed cot at Christmas-tide, Where children we were wont to hold Our watch the garden-fence beside. . How strove we through the panes to stare When twilight from afar came shyly ! Was not, forsootli, Christkindlein there With sack of good things larking slyly ? s Bright, brighter sparkle lights within; At length kind hands the bolt remove 'Come, children dear; come in; come in ! ' I hear it still as from above. Ye, from those realms where ye abide, Maternal heart paternal brow; Though from your graves dissevered wide, JTour loving breath is on me now! xe see my welfare, and ye share My joy that God has blessed our striving; The pan;.fs we gave your hearts to bear Repaid in your grandchildren's thriving. Wood, smiling fields and house are ours, More than in wish we dreamed could be; Yet none of these can match thy powers, Home-bliss beneath the Christmas tree ! Thou tree ! by love benignly plann'd, Most precious of the 1 okens dear. Which from our German fatherland We brought to bless our children here ! Thou canst alone thou fairest good, . With pride expand the mother's bosom,. The tender wife's of German blood, When for her babes she chids thee blossom. To Christ's pure faith's enduring reign, . The Christmas tree affordeth aid More staunch than any earthly fane; For naught can cause that tree to fade." Hark ! hoof s and bells, and grinding sleighs! Comes father with his German friends Load roars the log, and 'round its blaze The song of young and old ascends; " From heaven above I come to ye" Then flow the tears without restraining, And benedictions cross the sea To those in fatherland remaining. Oh! hallowed tree, of wonderoe seeds ! The pine-twig grown to stature grand ! Now feels each heart at home, indeed, As in the olden fatherland. " HUNGRY ON CHRISTMAS DAY. A Trie Story. BY ELIZABETH DtDLEI. On the alternooe of ecember 21, 185-, though the light .tta fast failing, a weary looking little lady sat close at her -window, painting rapidly yet care fnly as she finished a delicate minia ture portrait on porcelain, for she was employed by dne of our largest photo graphic galleries, at that time just in the beginning of its existence. ' Two children played lovingly and merrily at a table near, her room was unusually pleasant and comfortable looking, her own dress and the chil dren's good and suitable there seemed no cause f or the look of sad and weary care upon her face but this dear little woman was one who loved her neighbor and conscientiously lived for others,and these were her thoughts: "I have not seen my young neigh bors for nearly a week until to-day, and then the hnsbaad looked so pale and thin, I fear they are in trouble, and yet I hardly dare venture in. Oh, this life in large cities is cruel. Where they pack us so, utter strangers, in separate rooms adjoining, and we know nothing of each other. Our neighbor on the other side of the partition may be dying- of grief or loneliness, or want, while we are careless and gay, until some morning the janitor comes in with a scared face to say that the man in the next room is dead died in the night alone his body lies there on the other side of the walL ,Oh, it is too horrible. Such a thing happened once in this house before I came to it. It must not happen again. I will get paid to-day for this picture, and when the children are asleep I will run round to the market and buy a trrkey, with all the accompaniments, and then I will invite Mr. and Mrs. Wilson to eat with us to-morrow, and I will learn if they are in trouble." . Inenired bv kindly thoughts, . she worked faster than ever, and soon the last touch was gently placed, - the min iature rigidly scrutinized, and with a satisfied smile wrapped up. Then tell ing the children to tret their coats and bats thev all three hastened away to the photograph gajlery. One young clerk was there, having been left in charge . while the others went home earlier than . usual. - .y5 "Mr. Poser exnected vou. said he. 7, , "M wnen you Drougns iu wife s picture to shut up the place and bring it to his house. Said he knew you wouldn't disappoint him you never do." , ... , . w ' v - " house, Johnnie;- I !fritakeAm7Be" (and get paid," he uuou uieiufuiy ). . 'J V,R fortieth street, but you hZ? ihMre' Lox, forhe tMngl Ma.!. near ." Very well, Johnnie; don't undo the Oh, I'll look out; Merry Christm - " - ooo ou to-moRav " " Merry Christmas Johnnie; I shall . not iorzet you on the . 25th.' hi . turned sadly away and went slowly home . . with tue children, trying to share their enjoyment of the brilliantly ; beautiful shop windows, where so many things were displayed that sbje would like to own. But she scargely thought of that, her disappointment in not gettinsr the expected ten dollars that evening, had quite aerangea ner pians, tor now no . turkey could be bought. " Lunch, mamma, lfcugh ! Don't be so still ! " cried out little Bertie as he glanced up at her sad face. The mother smiled to please him, a tender, loving smile such as an angel's face might wear,:md both the childrenlaughed out right. " Dear innocent? ! They know noth ing: of life's trials aud disappointments! Neither shall they know; I have always made them happy and I will still do so, whether we have a Christmas dinner or not!" ' ' - New energy animated her, she joined with her darlings in admiring beautiful and wonderful toys, books and all the various holiday gilts so temptingly dis played, and only took them home when they were ready. As she helped little Bertio up the long, tedious flight of stairs that led to their two rooms, while Madge tripped lightly on ahead, she met Mrs. Wilson, her neighbor coming down, and exchanging a pleas ant greeting, saw that the young wife's eyelashes were wet with tears, while her voice sounded unnaturally cheer ful. o the artist, who had Deen a young wife herself once,and was now a patient, quiet little widow, fell a-planning again as soon as she had given the children their supper, and after a merry game of romps put them to bed. " Only one dollar beside the money for rent !" she sighed,- "and four meals to provide before I can see Mr. Poser. Well, I haveaome stores in the pantry, I will see what there is and then go to market. I must manage to share my dinner with my poor neighbors at least to invite them or 1 shall be troubled all day ! How glad I am that I bought gifts for the children three weeks Bince, when they were cheaper nd I had the money; now they at least will not be defrauded of their expected enjoyment on Christmas day I" Among the lessons which the vicisis tudea of life had taught this brave little woman, was that of the true art of cook ery how to provide a delicious meal from cheap and simple materials; so when she had looked through her pantry she tripped off to market with a self satisfied and happy smile, as if she had been going to buy the largest turkey and best bunch ot celery to be found there, though her basket was small and her purse held only one dollar. The Wilsons, her neighbors, occupied but one room, which was warmed by tire in a larsre open grate,' and Mrs. Lenox knew that the young wife was accustomed to cook a simple breakfast by this fire, every morning. But for i two mornings past there had been no.j fragrance ol beefsteak and coffee, or any other good thing, coming through the cracks of the nailed up door that led from her pantry into their room, and she could not help fearing that they were living very frugally. So, on Christmas morning Mrs. Lenox went with her children to bid her young neighbors " Merry ' Christmas," and when the Wilsons' door was opened one quick glance showed her that ho cooking had been done that day, : nor was likely to be. The husband sat by the window looking out, while the wife was sewing near a very small, carefully built fire. - Both responded politely at her greet ing, but they looked pale and sad. ; The artist hurried back to her room and wrote a friendly little note inviting them to share her Christmas dinner, because her other friends were not com ing and she did not like to dine alone. But they wrote a delicately worded, friendly refusal, on the ground of pre ferring to spend their holidays , with each other only. The kind little woman sighed, i but went on with her preparations for din ner, while her children enjoyed the pretty gifts that had made them happy since morning. By and by she wrote another note which read Don't be annoyed, dear Mrs. Wilson, if I beg you to accept one little dish from my table since you prefer to remain at home, because I am dreadfully superstitious and I believe in the old Saxon "proverb: "The family whose Christmas dinner is unshared, will be unlucky all the year." Bo please do taste a morsel, just to save me from misfortune. Yours truly, Kate Lenox. Then on a china platter she arranged almost appetizing little filet, tender and brown and juicy, flanked by sliced po tatoes browned in gravy, amber Like bits of carrot tender as jelly, sippets of toast, and over the whole a gravy that would have compelled the praise of a French man. All round these she placed ten der heart-leaves of lettuce, and put : the dish on a pretty tea tray with a saucer ofcranberry jelly beside it, and her lit tle note edgewise between them, and softly opening the door looked out. No one was in the hall, so Mrs. Lenox noiselessly put the tray close to her neighbor's door, rapped loudly, and in stantly darted swiftly back to her own room, softly shutting herself in. Then with her children she enjoyed juBt such a dinner as she had given her neighbor. There came no sound from the adjoin ing room, for the walls were thick enough to muffle ordinary noises, and Mrs. Lenox did not know if the Wilsons were pleased or not, but solaced herself with the saying " no news is good news," and took her children out for a walk. That evening, when the little ones were asleep and the artist in her pretty studio reclined on the sofa enjoying a book, she heard a timid rap, an d Mrs. Wilson came quietly in. ; She tried , to speak but could not; her cheeks grew crimson and her earnest eyes sparkled with moisture; then as Kate Lenox rose to receive her neighbor with a pleasant smile welcome the .young wife fell into her arms sobbing: " Oh, you angel. God bless you." , The artist felt her own eyes grow dim, but endeavored to speak lightly as she drew her guest to sit by her on the sofa, saying: ' - i i'- . " You are very good not to be vexed with me for wanting you . to taste my filet. .Do you know I rather pride my self on my cooking?" - - "Ah, God bless you ! ' " You saved us ! We were hungry ! " " Hungry ! " cried Kate Lenox, hor rified. ''Hungry on Christmas day!?' ; Mrs. Wilson could only nod in reply for her sobs came faster. The . two ladies sat clasping each other, and Kate Lenox kissed her neighbor and com forted her by repeating holy words of promise; while her own tears fell fast and her heart stopped beating for a moment at the thought, ." What if my darlings should ever be hungry t" . Mrs. Wilson was not a weak young woman-only unnerved just then by ex citement; she composed herself soon and explained. , . . ., .... "Yes,"' she said, in low, thrilling tones, "wo had only a loaf of bread and bit of cheese all yesterday, and to-day only a few biscuits, until ; you placed that delicious dinner at' our door. Oh t 'J it was Xiye. Ihe heavenly manna. W hen x was eating l tnouyirs x w 'sci in this world-". , '' "I am so glad that you were not angry at me." " ' J " Harry, was angry at firB.t. He wish ed me to carry it back at once, and when I implored him just , to taste a little, he said we were not beggars, and ordered me to return it. I think i he was really out of his mind, he went on so dreadfully, and reminded me that I had promised to die with him to-night." "Oh!" "Ah, yes don't condemn us too se verely. He has been sick and out of work; we have been poor a loner time. All our clothes are wearing out you know that is hard on a lady and gentle man i w e have been used to live well. Now people owe Harry who don't pay, and at hist iiis money and courage went together. But you saved us! Poor riarry! he had lost his faith in God, and I, too, have been sorely tried; but I kept telling him that we should not be allowed to perish so miserably, that a ministering angel would be sent, and you came God's angel! Oh, I love you! " tone could say no more for a while, but Kate Lenfx presently entreated, " And now you must really let me be your .friend. I have plenty in the house for breakfast, that is if you like French pancakes and coffee." "Ah, you have given us all we need! I coaxed and pleaded with Harry till he ate with me, and presently he rose and said he felt like a fhan again, and went out to one debtor , whom he got fifty dollars from, and this gave him new life; so that he went 'to a gentleman whom we know and got an engagement of work to begin with the new year ! " "Oh, I am glad ! " d , The faces of both women shone with a radiant happiness, then the young wife asked: " May I look at your sleeping chil dren? " They went in the inner room where she bent above each little bed a moment in prayer, and softly murmured aloud, " May they know happiness as intense as I have known misery ! " At the door of the studio, kissing Kate Lenox with a tender and reverent grace, she said: ' ' . "You could do only one little deed of mercy to us, which will last us our lives. You must minister to others now God's angel!" Japanese Imports. The Pall Mall Gazette says: "Some interesting remarks on the causes of the decrease which has occurred . of late years in the imports of J apan are con tained in the annual report of the Ger man Consulate at Nagasaki. It is evi dent, says the writer, that the Japanese merchants have greatly over-estimated the requirements of the country, in con sequence of which there is a superfluity in all the markets of European manu factured and other goods, and prices have fallen accordingly. It is certainly singular that a country of about thirty millions of inhabitants should not be able to consume a greater huantityf European goods than it has hitherto done, and this can only be accounted for by the fact that the majority of the people are very poor, wearing but little clothing in winter and often none at all in summer, besides which the hand woven Japan cotton stuffs are very du able and wear a long time, so that many Japanese would rather buy them than European stuffs, though the latter are cheaper. It is also to be remarked that the Japanese take great eare of their clothes, and consequently do not often require to buy new ones. The Japanese merchants, too, are very tena cious in keeping down the prices of im ported goods ; the competition of Eu ropeans has accustomed them to low prices, and they do all they can to pre vent a rise. The overstocking of the country with European goods of all kinds caused very heavy losses last year both to foreign and native traders, and has produced a feeling of stagnation and apathy in business which has never been observed before." A Remarkable Adventure. From the Beaton Globe. About five , weeks? ago a son of Dr. W. H. Eldridge, of this district, sud denly disappeared, and was not heard from until last Saturday. The boy says that on the evening of October 19, as be was leaving the apothecary store on Bunker Hill street, where he was em ployed, he was approached by a man who informed him that a) fire was raging in the vicinity of Chelsea bridge, and asked him to go down and see it. Ar riving at the bridge no fire was to be seen, and ivhen just on the point of re turning he was seized around the neck by the man, who choked him until he became unconscious, robbed him, and then threw him into the waters of the Mystic. The chill which the plunge into the river gave to his sys tern restored him so that he was able to attempt to save himself. The tide was running out, and he, being a skillful swimmer, kept from drowning and floated down the stream until op posite East Boston, where a friendly spar which was floating in the water came near to him, and gaining this he floated out to sea. He subsequently became unconscious, and when he ral lied again he was out of sight of land, still clinging to the log. After remain ing in the water nineteen hours, he was rescued by a brig bound for Greenland, and as he did not care to visit that coun try he was placed on board an English steamer, the name of which he states was the Norman, and carried to Liver pool. He improved the first opportu nity to return home in the steamer Smyrna, which arrived at this port last Saturday. ' , . The Sense of Smell in Insects. From the Popular Science Monthly tor December. Entomologists maintain that scent is very delicate in most insects, and rely on plausible conjectures on this sub ject; but they do not as yet know what the seat of smell in insects is. When meat is exposed to the air, in a few mo ments flies make their appearance in a place where none had before been seen. If refuse matter or bodies of animals are left an the ground, insects flock to them at once, feeding on such sub stances and depositing their , eggs in .' them. Scent- alone seems to guide them, exclusively of sight even, for, if the object of their desire is hid den, they easily manage to find it. A curious fact as to the scent of insects is furnished by those; kinds that prefer decaying substances. A beautiful arum is found - in ' our woods, the cuckoo pintle, whose white flower diffuses a disgusting., odor, Now... the inside of this flower is often, filled with flies, snails, and plant-lice, seeking the putrid source of this fetid smell. We may Bee the little creatures, in qust of their food or of a fit place to lay their .eggs, move about in all directions, and quit most unwillingly the flower whose scent has misled them. . . . -. Artificial Nests for Birds. One of the methods adopted by the authorities of Paris for the encourage ment of birds in the parks of that city is the manufacture and placing of artifi cial nests so cunningly constructed that each variety of the birds will recognize its own home at once, and - suppose it to be the vacated mansion of a bird family just moved, out. These' nests are made by women, and "Llllustra- tion Bays "they make them for the theivish and quarrelsome sparrow," the titmouse, the warbler, the kingfisher, the chaffinch, cuckoo, blackbird, mag pie, and others. Three thousand of these nests have been put up, the plan having been suggested by a professor of the Jai'din des jPlantes. The Galaxy. TERRIFIC POWER OF DER. GIANT POW- Two Men Killed and a. Wooden ItniltlinK hgruercd. A powder explosion took place re cently in a small blacksmith shop at the eastern end of the Delaware, Lacka wanna and Western Railway tunnel, -used for the purpose of repairing the tools of the men employed in the con struction of the tunnel. As there was no one about the premises except John Harvey, the blacksmith, and James Horn, his assistant, both of whom were killed, it is impossible to ascertain the cause of the explosion. The men em ployed in the tunnel state that the ex plosion was probably caused by "warm ing" giant powder. It appears that the blacksmiths were in the habit of hold ing the cartridges over the fire for a few seconds before giving them out; and it is thought that Harvey was engaged in this daring occupation when the explos ion occurred; or that fire had fallen into the package containing half a dozen cartridges, ef-ch charged with two ounces of powder. The explosion occurred be tween nine and ten P. M., a few min utes before a train of blasts was fired inside of the tunnel, and was heard at a distance of a mile from the tunnel, but the other succeeded at regular in tervals, it was at first supposed that an unusuitily large blast had taken place. The men in the tunnel rushed out and found that the blacksmith shop had dis appeared. They began at once to. search for the bodies of the men who were at work there. The shop and its contents were scattered for a distance of 200 yards, aud the trestle-work of the North Hudso.i County Bail way Com pany, which passes over the shop, was partially destroyed by fire. John Har vey's body was found on the rocks, a short distance above the shop. The top of his head was blown off, and the body was horribly mangled. His assistant was found a short distance from the en trance of the tunnel. His body was also horribly mangled. Both men were dead, had apparently been instantly killed. The bodies were conveyed to their homes in Jefferson avenue, near Bonner street. Harvey was thirty years of age and leaves a wife. Horn was sixteen years old. He leaves a widowed mother who was dependent on him for support. A gang of carpenters were employed yes terday in building a new shop on the site of the old one. The blasts at the tuunel have been so unusually, large on account of the use of giant powder, that the explosion on Wednesday night did not attract the attention of the police, aiid no report or notice of it was received at the Police Headquarters or any of the sub-stations until yesterday morning. County physician Stout has ordered an inquest to be held by coroner Rein hardt. Sheridan and the Horse Thieves. From the Leavenworth Commercial, Nov. 21. The night after Gen. Sheridan left the Cheyenne agency, a band of horse thieves, headed by the notorious des perado, Jack Dunnigan, invaded the place and succeeded in running off 75 head of fine Tndian ponies belonging to the agency. Sheridan heard of the bold exploit the next fhorning, and . sent orders to Fort Dodge to pursue the thieves as soon as possible, and when found to "plant them on the prairie" without any further ado. Acting under these orders, two detachments started out from Fort Dodge hard on the trail of the flying thieves, who, burdened by the unmanageable herd of ponies, were making slow progress toward the north east. About eighty miles north of Fort JJodge, on the north fork of the Jf awnee, the military came upon the thieves, who, seeing that their time had evidently come, prepared to fight. ' There were only three one having left before the appearance of the military with part of the ponies but they- thought not of surrender, and calmly laid down in the " buffalo wallows," with their rifles, to see the thing out. For nearly an hour the skirmish lasted, and there was no let up till the horse-thieves had been rid dled through and through and yielded up the ghost. Then the military ap tujed the ponies, scooped out a hole in the prairie, and literally " planted" the villains, as directed by the stern and inflexible Sheridan. Alter this they re turned to the post. Meantime another party, under the direction of Agent Miles, were spreading about the coun try to cut off the retreat of Dunnigan, the chief of all the offenders.' They fol lowed him to Hutchinson and thence across the country to some point near Leavenworth, but he succeeded in es caping capture, and is now secneted somewhere in Platte county, Mo. Agent Miles says Dunnigan is the most cun ning and deliberate horse-thief on the frontier, and affirms that $500 will read ily be given for his capture, A Puzzled and Indignant Witness. A paper in Pittsfield, Mass., relates the following: They were trying a "horse case" in court the other day, and the lawyer was questioning a witness in reference to the animal's habits and .disposition. "Have jfou ever driven her ?" was asked. "I have," was the reply. "Was there any one with you at the time ?" was the next question. "There was a lady with me," the witness answered, and he blushed a little. " Was she a good driver?" was the next question, the lawyer referring to the animal; but the witness understood that he meant the lady. ," She was," he replied. "Was she gentle and kind ?" asked the legal limb, and the reply was in the affirma tive, though the witness, still thinking of the lady, looked a little surprised. ' " She didn't kick?" waa the next inter rogation, and a decisive "No "was the answer. " She didn't rear up or kick over the traces, or put her hind feet through the dashboard, or try to run away, or act ugly, or" the witness was boiling over . with indignation by this time, and interrupted the lawyer with, " Do ycu mean the horse or the . lady ?" " I mean the mare we 're .talking about," thundered the counsel. Oh !" was the response, "I thought you meant the gal. " And with this explanation the pursuit of justice was resumed. The Great Fire at Cronstadt. ! A St. Petersburg letter dated Nov. 5, says: ' ' !-..::. , . "The great fire at Cronstadt is still the universal topic of conversation here. It! .1. .. (jronstaat, as everybody Knows, is on an . island . at the - very mouth of ' the River Neva. How. therefore, a fire in such a place can be allowed to spread so as to destroy the dwelling places of from 10,000 to 15,000 people puzzles manv wise men here. The local rarer. the Cronstadt Bo ten, of to-day gives the following details: 'Nine squares or blocks of houses, including the Gostinui Dwor; or Bazaar, have been completely destroyed. .The mass of nouses thus laid in ashes was inhabited by 15,000 people. The buildings consist ed of 101 wooden and 18 stone houses, one church, two chapels, fifty shops in the Gostinui JJwor, and seventv-eifrht shops attached to the marine barracks.' It will, perhaps, not appear bo extraordinary that a consid erable part of Cronstadt has been de stroyed by fire when it is remembered that it has not yet been supplied with any civilized system of water works People wiio require water in Cronstadt have to fetch it from the river whi ih washes its shores, and as such an opera tion can hardly keep pace with the de mand in case of a conflagration, it is only astonishing that the result has not " i i m . - r : . jT been more disastrous, iue aiuuswr of the Interior has sent 3,000 roubles as a first installment of government help: committees are being formed for private subscriptions, and the rich of St. Petersburg will, no doubt, give liberal contributions. But the misery and "destitution, according to all accounts, seem great, the frost and sleet which are now setting in will be hard to bear, and I rejoice to hear that steps are about to be taken to obtain aid in England also. Cronstadt, as the principal port of Russia, has many claims on English sympathies, and Rus sians particularly apprecite any mani festations of kindly feelings from other nations. A . great concert, of which Nilsson is to be the start, will be given next Sunday for the benefit of the houseless of Cronstadt, and I hope for their sake that the result will be bril liant." Bonner's $250,090 Worthof Horses., From the New York CorreHpoudence of the Boston Times. Robert Bonner owns $250,000 worth of equine property; spends five or six hours out of every twenty -four in his stables or on the road. He loves horses, thinks horses, talks horses. Neverthe less, if he wants to drive to a neighbor's house, or to a distant part of the city in the evening, he always hires a carnage from a livery stable. Dexter and the other noble steeds are altogether too fine for ordinary employment. Bonner's bill at livery is said to be some, $1,500 a year, while the interest on the value of his horses at the legal rate is $17,560 per annum. He paid $25,000 for Dex ter, and he is pronounced profoundly foolish therefor. He could have sold him again for $50,000, although he would not take $100,000. It is one of his idiosyncracfes, that he never sells anything. He is only a buyer. Of all the real estate he has purchased he has never disposed of a single foot. He keeps whatever he gets and gets more. It is said he has made up his mind to own Goldsmith Maid; and doubtless he will do so if the mare can be had for money. Bonner can afford to be ex travagant. His entire property to-day cannot be worth less $5,000,000; and yet it is only a few years since that he was a toiling printer, delighted to earn $30 a week. A Railroad over the Sierra Madre, Colorado. In July last the construction of a road over the Sierra Madre, in Colorado, into Middle Park, was begun, and on Novem ber 18 a six-horse coach made the ascent for the first time. The road runs from Empire through Berthoud Pass, a gap in the mountain chain 500 feet below the timber line, and 10,000 feet above the sea, with Mt. Russell towering 3,000 feet on the other. From this point the road descends the Pacific slope eleven miles to the edge of the timber, where, crossing Vesques Fork, it enters a dense grove of young pines on level ground extending a mile and a half to the head of Middle Park, which is an elevated valley 8,4.00 feet above thfe sea, entirely surrounded by th lofty chains of the Rocky Mountains and abounding in magnificent scenery. This is one of the most famous of the natural parks of California. A regular line of f stages from Georgetown to the park will be erected upon the road next summer. A Xew Enterprise. For me nothing is more interesting than to sea a man in the first intense strain of a new enterprise; it may be a new cider-mill; it may be a new news paper, it is a great crisis in that man s life. He has thirty days m one. Old, trite proverbs take on new and startling meanings. He looks upon all men and all things with regard to the accomplish ment of his one supreme design. Dur ing a certain time the stars in their courses fight for him; then the very universe changes its direction, and pushes with all its weight against his tottering walls; another change, and a thousand accidents are in his favor. He does not know till years afterward with what concentration he labored in those days of beginning. He smiles at him self, and tells pleasant stories of his make-shifts and absorption; and now when he sees another and younger per son starting his cider-mill, with the old, outworn enthusiasm,' he looks on with the same half sympathetic, half cynical interest with which an. old mar ried couple contemplate two young peo ple who have just fallen in love. Scrib ner'sor December. Disastrous Failure of the Efforts of Englishmen to Rival Barnum. The Colosseum, situated on Broad way and Thirty -fifth street, New York, which started last January under such favorable auspices, with the " Great Cyclorama of London by Day," has been closed up under the auctioneer's hammer. The institution was couduct ed bv two Englishmen, T. WT. Kennard and his son, and the building alone cost $246,000, the loan of which they had obtamed in jLngland. The Colosseum was a paying concern until frequent disputes led to frequent changes in its management and consequent heavy pe cuniary loss, the receipts diminishing down from $1,000 daily to $300. Final ly, to escape credi tors, Kjennard departed hastily for Europe, and subsequently the building and fixtures were sold at auction and bid in by the creditors. Rising from its Ashes. A letter from Greencastle, Ind., which .suffered so severely from fire some weeks ago, says: I doubt if Greencastle has shown half as much energy and enterprise in ten years as it is exhibiting at this time. The business men did not know how much pluck and courage they had till, sixteen days ago, they saw half their city ih ashes. Now they have gone to work as if they meant business; have already cleared away the debris and laid the foundation of six or eight stores. The second-story walls of one or two ofH them are up. The whole block on the south side of Washington street will be rebuilt before New Year's. The fire de stroyed six entire blocks in the heart of the city, and part of the seventh. The total loss was about $358,000, of which about $150,000 'was covered by insur ance. , The city will be wholly rebuilt in two or three years, and be hand somer than ever. It is a city set upon a hill, with a erood deal of pride as well as pluck, and has no thought of sitting down m its ashes and weeping to death over a net loss of $200,000. I ..i. in. ii. i i imi. mi........ ' The French keep up their little jokes "An Alsatian woman goes to confess 'Father, I have committed a great Bin.' 'Weill' I dare not say it; it is too grievous.' 'Come, come, courage. 'I have married a Prussian.' 'Keep him, my daughter. That s your penance. The Action of Wind-instruments on the Lungs. In a series of experiments made to investigate this matter, Dr. W. H. Stone first measured the extreme pres sure that the muscles of the lips could resist in ordinary persons, and in those accustomed to the use of wind-instrument. "The difference-between dif ferent individuals was very great, some untrained persons having naturally con siderable muscular power. About six feet of water was the ordinary maxi mum when a small tube was inserted between the lips." When the hps were supported by a cupped mouthpiece such as is used for brass instruments, a greater height of the column could be obtained. The great majority of un trained persons could not support more than three or four feet of water. It was to be noticed that the lip muscles in variably gave way long before the ex piratory power of the thoracic muscles was exhausted." In a second series of experiments a small glass tube was introduced into the mouth at an angle, and connected with a rubber tube which passed over the shoulder to a pressure gauge placed be hind the person; by this device the pressure attending the production of a note on any instrument by a perfoimer could be measured. The following pressures in inches of water were found to produce an ordinary orchestral tone : Oboe .lower note?, 9 in. highest, 17 in. Clarionet.:... ' 15 " " 18 ' liansoon ....-" " 12 " " 24 " Horn " " 5 " 27 " Cornet . " 10 " ' 34 " Trumpet " 12 " 33 Kuphomium.. " 3 " " 40 " Bombardon. .r , " 3 " 30 " "It is to be noticed that the elarionet in this as in some other respects, dif fers from its kindred instruments, and, also, that most of the pressures are small, not exceeding, or, indeed, attain ing the pressure of a fit of sneezing or coughing. They are, therefore, very unlikely to injure the lungs, or to pro duce the emphysema erroneously at tributed to them." A Nice Little Story. A rich landholder of La Beauce ar rived with his wife and two daughters at the Grand Hotel in Paris the other day. Room No. 117 was engaged, to the father and mother, and No. 1W to the young ladies, who retired about 11 o'clock on the evening of ther arrival. After they had gone to bed the elder of the two girls left her room, wishing to get more air. The hall was lit, but she had no candle. She returned after a few minutes rather sleepy, and jumped quickly into bed. "I am frozen," she said to her sister, - "warm me up." " With pleasure," responded a bass voice. The young girl gave a shriek and bounded from the room. She had entered No. 121, having mistaken it for her own room, No. 119. For the next eight days she did not dare to leave her apartment..- Finally, venturing to go down to the table d'hote, she found her self placed by the side of a military gentleman. of distinguished appearance. The joint was brought, and our heroine asked her neighbor, the military officer, to pass the salt. " With pleasure," an swered the voice she had heard in her night adventure and she fainted away. Her marriage to the officer will soon take place. . An Honest Peddler. The story of the frugal wife who trades her husband's old pantaloons for china to find that he had left a well filled pocket book in the pockets is not a new one, but Hudson furnishes a case with an unusual ending. The wife of a well-known grocer there made such sale m J my last, and learned, whenThe informed her husband of her "bargain" that the pantaloons contained a wallet in which were notes to the amount of $1,500, and other valuable papers. No clue to the peddler was obtained uutil a few days ago, when a citizen who had heard the story recognized the second hand vender in the street. He was taken to the grocer to whom he at once acknowledged that he had found a pocket book in his purchased clothing; upon arriviner home, but was not aware of the value or ownership of the papers it contained. He said, however, that they were safe, and that he would re turn them if the owner would send a man with him to Albany, where he re sided. This request was complied with, and the papers are again in the posses sion of their owner. A Scheme of Plunder. The New York Sunday Mecury savs application will be made to Congress this session to incorporate the United States. Land and Emi gration Company, with a nominal capi tal of $10,000,000. The object of the Companv is denned to be to facilitate the settlement of the public lands and of all other unoccupied lands that have been or may be hereafter crranted by Congress to aid in the construction of railroads, canals, or other works of public improvement or edu cational institutions; to establish colonies, and to make regulations for their- government under the supervision of an agent. The company may also enter into any contract with land-grant railroads for the settlement ol tneir lands on such terms as they may agree upon, and to have power to sue its debtors in all courts, but itself is to be sued by its own creditors in the United States Courts only, while its properiy and franchises are to be exempt from all taxation, national, state and local, and, in bleu of taxes, it is to pay annually 1 per cent, of its net income into the Treasury of the United States. , Fifty-nine Days Without Food. From the Macomb (McDoDoufrh Co., III.) Journal There occurred a death near Industry. in this county, last week, the patient living forty-nine days without taking any food or nourishment, xae person, a woman by the name of Noper, has been for years a firm believer in Spirit ualism, and was, we believe a medium in that - faith. Something over two months ago she conceived the idea that she was possessed with an evil spirit, and that it was necessary to starve it to death. Accordingly she began to ab stain from food of any kind. She re fused all offers, and when after several days had elapsed, and from exhaustion, she was confined to her bed, neighbors prepared the most savory dishes, hop ing to tempt her into eating; still she utterly refused all" offers, informing tnem tnat sne v s tea by a more appe tizing food tb in the one they offered. She supposed that her strength was miraculously kept up, and in this belief, singular to relate, she lived within a day of two months without dying, and was sensible to the day of her death. A uldy and her eight-year-old daugb ter were among uie passengers on a Woodward avenue car, in Detroit, a few days ago, and presently the little miss observed a man take but his hand kerchief, flourish it around, and then wipe his nose. J. ne cima leaned over to her mother, and whispered : "Mam ma, that gentleman is trying to flirt with me, uxa x suau give mm we hand kerchief signal that I distrust his mo tivesl" A Nocturne. BY SAMUEXj WAKD. Maiden ! while thy fairy fingers Free those prisoned harmonies While thy left hand gravely lingers, And thy right skims o'er the keys. Darting as hussars manoeuvre, Skirmishing in mazy drill, 8wift to scatter aud recover Order, at their leader's will. ' Dreamily I hear two -voices rmma&f One in fervent tones of prayer, One that sparktes and rejoices f As a skylark in the air, , nwJKWi With bo wild a Jubilation That its carol seems a taunt. ' Till a sterner modulation Drops it to the dominant. Then a dialogue more tender, Twixt the wooer and the wooed. Where the latter vows to mend her Wayward petulance .of mood : And the manly voioe responding, Breathes a rapture-bf content. As through chords with joy resounding Both in unison are blent.-. Through the moonht fir-treen, playing Murmurously, the roving breeze Kisses the white fingers swaying Pensively the ivory kers ; I Cools my brow and soothes tHe beating ... Of this scarred and crippletl heart, Still, despite experience, cheating Me with fond delusion's art) Me it cheats with phantoms thronging Dimly up from days of yore, Shapes of loveliness a d longing. Dead and gone forever more ; And as wizards, from the ashes Of the rose, evoke its graoe, I recall the spectral flashes Of a once all-radiant face !" Kossie, August, 1874. Odds and Ends. Doo music barky-roles. , The origin of Easter eggs--A hen ! Otstebs are having a r'd tme of it. A Confectioner edvertiser "paroxis mal kisses." . . The fourth of a manA quartee master.' ... Bored, yet happy A jgirl with her first pair of earrings. r When Noah made the arlfast with a coble tow, there was a tied in the affairs of men taken at the flood. When a man nearly breaks his neck trying to get out of the way f a "light ning bug," supposing it to lie the head Light of a locomotive, it is time for him to sign the pledge. - -j A cotrpiiB of fellows wh rere pretty thoroughly soaked with Bad whiskey, got into the gutter, After0111161 for sometime, one of them-said: "Let's get to another house : this hotel leaks." The Arab chiefs of Algeria who cher ish quite a rabid devotion to Louis Na poleon's memory, have subscribed 200, 008 francs for a jeweled decoration to be placed over his tomb. The Sherman House, Chicago, recog nizing the necessity for "retrenchment these close times, has made a material reduction in its rates. But there has been no reduction in its merits as a first class hotel. Com. ..,! As two members of the darkey confer ence were passing down Pennsylvania avenue in Washington recently, when one trod on the indigestible portion of a gear, and as his number elevens went upirhfe rest of his being was' correspond ingly lowered. "Ki-yah, Bnidder Jones, you fallen from grace r chuckled his companion. "Jot prezaclyi deacon; I'se get tin' on - de ragged edge of dis pear." .Mrs. Jitma A. Perkins, of Cincinna ti, the child murderess and would-be suicide, 'has been so far restored to rea son that she has brought mit against her husbaud for alimony." It seems that upon his compulsory retirement from the firm with which lie was con nected he received as his share 'of the business about $21,000. which Mrs. Per kins alleges he is about to., spend on' his mistress, and naturally enough, she desires a small share of the" money her self. . j . There is a curious case in Detroit. A colored man having latelyT)een married for a second time, no funeral having in tervened since his first, is .accused of bigamy. His defence is that the first wife, so-called, was a white wipman- that it was illegal iyr a "negro to marry a white when he did . so, and therefore that he has now at last only m-cured hia first legal partner. The judge has laid the case over for meditation;," The Paris Figaro relates the tragic history of a magpie. It syis a great favorite of the butcher who, owned it; but a boy Avho had " received notice," and who was to leave in ajsliort time, taught the bird to say, "ilt's cow's meat." These provoking words it an nounced whenever the butcher showed to his customers his prettiest cuts, and the juvenile Iago thus compelled that butch-eito murder his favorite. T.i-r-rx V... "1 1 ... r 1LA 1 .1 and other pirate crafts of a dozen years aKt gntJ tms appredative,jiotice in the London Figaro: " On Thursday last died Mr. Tiaird, the Member of Birkenhead. The public life of Mr. Laird was with out reproach; in private . life he built and dispatched the Alabama. His memory will be long kept Wreeri in the budget, and he has an enduring monu ment in the taxation of In country men. V - A fair and buxom widowki Portland, who had buried three husbands, recent ly went with a erentleman. who paid her marked attention in the davs of hia adolescence, to inspect the graves of her dear departed. After contemplating them some minutes in mournful silence, she murmured so her companion. "Ah. Joe, you might have been in that row, u you only had had a little more cour age." . . V M. Henri Robert claims to be the original inventor of a curious clock, which consists of a transparent glass dial suspended by two cords from points in its border. It has the two usual hands, but these are 'apparently free from any machinery to carry them. If either be moved and then let go it re turns to its former position alter a few oscillations. The hands are moved by mechanism, within " them, by means of which their centre of gravity is continu ally displaced. r The subscriptions to the memorial statue of the late William H. Seward, which is to be placed in the Central Park, have nearly been paid.; The Committee on Funds, which consists of George J. Forrest, ".William H. Apple ton, and Lawrence R. Jerome, have re ceived about $20,000, which has been deposited with the Farmers' Loan and Trust Companv. " Mr. Randolph Rog ers, the sculptor, who has the order for the statue, is making very satisfactory progress on it at Rome, and it is ex pected that it will be completed before another year has passed, . The statue will be made of bronzes, sixteen and a half feet high, and is to be delivered and put up in the Centrrl Park for 25,-00.