The Albany register. (Albany, Or.) 1868-18??, February 19, 1875, Image 5

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A Roman Tale.
One rammer's day the tale 1 tola
An honest peasant, poor and old
Worked In the meadow with his wife,
When thus she spoke : " Well, on my life !
'r precious hard that yon and I
Must sweat beneath the corning sky,
Like irailey slaves, for paltry pay.
And all because alas, the day !
Of Adam's fail I but for his sin
EveV, how happy we had been !"
?7U ''' ld the Pnt ; I believe.
Had I been Adam you been Eve
No foolish fancies would have come
To drive us from our Eden-home ;
But all the race, this very day,
Had in the garden been at ply 1 .
The Count, their master, Mainline near,
(Though quite unuotioed) chanoed to hear
Their discourse ; and, laughing, said :
W my d friends, suppose, instead
Of paradise, my mansion there
Were yours to-day ; with princely fare
For food to eat and wine to drink,
Would that content ye, do you tbink I"
" Ah I that were paradise indeed !
What more," they cried, " could mortals need V
neu we snau see," tne uount replied :
" But that you virtue may be tried,
Kemember, on the table, served
With many a diab, there's one reserved ;
Partake of every one you see
Save that, wliich (like the Fatal Tree)
Just in the center I will place.
Beware of that ! lest Adam's case
Should be your own, and straight you so
Back to your sickle, rake and hoe !"
Boon to the castle they were led,
And by a tab'e richly spread,
Aa for a bacohanal carouse,
UeUold the peasant and bis spouse I
" See !" said the woman, " what a treat I
Far more, I 'm sure, than we can eat ;
With such exoees we well may spare
The dish that's in the center there !"
" Who cares for that t the peasant said ;
(While eagerly the couple fed
From all the plates that round them lay )
"My dear ! I wouldn't look that way 1"
44 TSo harm In looking I" said the wife ;
I wouldn't touch it for my life."
But in their minds, at length, there grew
A strong desire for something new ;
Whereat the woman said, I wish
I knew what's hidden in that dish"
And, to be sure," the man repMed,
Merely to look was not denied !"
And even Umcking it," said she.
Were no great harm, it seems to me ;
Of course, I will not lift the lid ;
Atpi ieho mmld tame it if I dia t"
She snits the action to the word.
It hen from the dish a little bird
(The Count had alyly hidden there)
Came rushing forth Into the air,
And through toe open window flew ;
Andso it was the master knew
What they had done. away 1" he said ;
v v iuw "' in uu cun unr oreaa
As you were wont and ne'er complain
Of Adam and of Eve again I"
Mrs. Dewsford sat in her own room,
assiduously employed in fastening dried
butterflies on a piece of pasteboard,
with an " Encyclopedia of Etymology "
lying on the table beside her, and a
magnifying glass affixed in some mys
terious manner to her nose. She was a
spare, prim, hard-featured matron, was
MrsI Dewsford one who believed in
Woman's Rights, and thought woman
generally a much abnsed personage,
deposed from her proper sphere and
trampled on by the tyrant Man !
, Mrs. Dewsford came very near being
a man herself -what with a deep voice
and a bearded chin, and a figure quite
innocent of all superfluous curves or
graces. Really, if one had changed
her skirt and body to trowsers and coat,
she would have passed for one of the
contemned sex without much diffi
culty. Cat Lizzie Dewsford was quite differ
ent Lizzie Dewsford, who stood be
side her mother with cheeks round and
ripe as a peach, deep blue eyes made
mystio and shady by their long lashes,
and brown hair wound round and round
her pretty head in shining coils. You
wondered, as you gazed at her, how
thev could both be women, and yet so
" Nonsense, child ! ' said Mrs.
Dewsford, critically examining a but
terfly with pale, yellow wings, sprin
kled with carmine.
"But mamma," pleaded Lizzy, "it
isn't nonsense. He really does want to
marry me." -
" Marriage is all a mistake. Eliza
beth," said Mrs. Dewsford, laying down
ner magnifying glass. 1 don t mean
you shall marry at all." .
"A woman who marries," went on
me strong-minded matron, is a woman
enslaved. If I had known as much
about life when I was eighteen as I do
now, I would never have . married.
From the standpoint of a grand mis
take commuted in my own hie, X can
rectify yours, Elizabeth."
- But, mamma ! " cried poor Lizzy,
"Do, child! do!" ejaculated the
mother. " That is a pretty question
for my daughter to ask ! V hy, read
study improve your mind. Devote
all the energies of your nature to the
solving of the great social problems
that surround you."
"I don't care a fig for the social
problems, mamma," remonstrated
Lizzy. "I like Charley Everett, and
I'm going to marry him ! "
" Never, with my consent."
. "Oh, mamma," ciiedLizzy, aghast,
surely you would not "
" Elizabeth," said Mrs. Dewsford, in
a tone of judicial calmness, " don't
you see what a con fusion you are ere'
ating among these insects which I have
so carefully classified? I beg you will
interrupt my studies no longer. Go
and finish reading that Report of the
English Convention for tbe Ameliora
tion of Womankind. What are you
errinc for ? ' A well-regulated woman
never cries. :
" I wish I wasn't a woman ! " sobbed
Door Lizzy. "X wish X waan t some
thing that had to be elevated, and im
proved, and cultivated. Oh, mamma.
darling, you weren't in earnest when
you said yon wouldn't consent to my
marrying Charley! We shall be so
happy together ; and he says he will be
miserable .without me, and
"Elizabeth, I am astonished at you
Of course, I was in earnest ! I have
neither gold nor jewels to lay on the
shrine of the cause : but I have a daugh
ter, and I intend to show the world
what a woman, unshackled and unfet
tered, can be capable of ? You, Eliza
hath, should elorv in becoming an
But Lizzy, apparently unappreciative
of the great lot in store for her, cried
more piteously man ever.
"Taam will not melt me." said Mrs.
Dewsford, calmly resuming the Ency-irmn-
I onlv regret to be the
wi defittnerate a daughter I1
" Mamma, ventured poor Lizzy,
Tf rTrnr Chariev to ride out
il:. .m. i.
wiia nun wus wiuyu . . ..
"Yon must cive
him no. i&uzaDetn.
Upon such a subject I can
accept no
compromise 1"
Tin f T nrnmiaml. mamma !
Mrs. Dewsferd gravely rubbed the
end of her nose.
" a promise is a promise, Elizabeth
wit nria.ll T rennirft of vou to break it.
. (Tfe-ra TCtixartAth visiblv brightened.)
" But I shall accompany you I" (The
.pretty face became clouded and over
cast once more) '"Where are you
the woods bevond the glen,
mamta. Charley is going to get some
wood aOrrel for mv herbarium. -
" Not will the expedition be unprofit
able o me," said Mrs. Dewsford,
0Tsvn1v TKra a. mariT choice Varie
ties of Adiantum and Asplenium to bo
found in those woods, and my oolleo-
tion of
native ferns is as yet ineom-
f .WOT.
And Lizzy went awav in err eat con
sternation not to read reports, nor to
study paleontology, but to slip out in
the garden, where a great rose-tree car
peted the velvet grass with showers of
soft pink petals at' every nassinc
breath of air. and where Charley Ev
erett was busied in cutting out sticks
for carnations.
Oh, Charley Charley! I am so
miserable !"
" Lizzy, what is the matter ?"
He dropped knife, sticks, and all. in
dismay at her woful countenance ; and
Lizzy told him to the best of her ability
wnas "tne matter - was.
" Is that all ?" he asked auietlv. when
the recital was concluded.
"Isn't that enough?" she rejoined.
piteously. "When we were going to
have such a nice drive all by ourselves,
and then come home . by moonlight,
and "
" Don't fret, cara mia: it will be all
right ! So she won't consent to our
marriage, eh V
She says most positively that she
will not."
"What shall we do, Lizzy? Shall
we elope quietly ?"
Oh, Charley, you Know 1 would
never marry without her consent !"
"And are two lives to be made misera
ble just because she thinks matrimony
a mistake ?" he asked, gravely.
" I suppose so, Charley."
Lizzy Dewsford's pretty head drooped
like a rose in the rain. Charley watched
her quivering lip and tear-wet eye
lashes, and said no more.
Mrs. Dewsford was ready, with a
preposterous green umbrella to keep off
the sun, a tin case to put ferns in, and
an extra pair of boots, in the event of
swampy walking, when Mr. Everett's
little fight phaeton drove up to the
door. The springs creaked ominously
as she stepped in : and Lizzy, meekly
following; was nearly overwhelmed by
ner motner s voluminous draperies,
"I had better sit in the middle it
preserves the equilibrium of the vehicle
better, said Mrs. XJewsford, wedging
Herself in between Lizzy and Mr.
Everett with a smile of great compla
And she immediately began discours
ing on the properties and habits of the
tern, with unpausing volubility, while
Lizzy, perched on the extreme outer
edge of the seat, had all she could do
to keep in the vehicle, and Mr. Everett's
eyes were in extreme danger with the
points of the green umbrella, which
veered to and fro like a ship in a storm-
as Mrs. Dewsford's tale waxed in in
Suddenly she checked herself, as (her
eyes canght a cluster of green waving
vegetation on the crest-like point of a
rock which overhung the road.
" Charles ! Charles I she cried,
stop a minute ! Can't you reach that
Asplenium Ebenum ?
" Is this it, ma am ? said Mr. Ever
ett, making a dive at a tall Btalk of
Ho, no : not that the little green
thing with the black stem I
" This, ma am e hazarded Charley,
clutching at a fat-leaved cluster of
weedv crrowth.
" Oh, dear, dear Uharles; how stupid
vou are !" sighed Mrs. Dewsford. " I'll
jump out and get it myself 1"
" Mamma ! remonstrated Lizzy,
" Oh. I'll help her !" nodded Charley.
springing nimbly on the cliff, and pull
ing Mrs. Dewsford by main force up
the steep side of the rock. " Here you
are, ma am !
"Yes," panted Mrs. Dewsford;
but but it was very steep. I really
think women should devote more atten
tion to gymnastics. Oh, here's the
Asplenium very choice specimens, too,
Charles, where are you going?
or Mr. Everett had sprung back
into the phaeton.
Only for a little turn, ma am. while
you are collecting your botanical treas
"Yes, but, Charles "
Mrs. XJewsford a words of remon-
stranoe were drowned in the rattle of
the wheels, as Mr. Everett drove briskly
away, with Lizzy nestling up to his
side. One long, lingering glance she
gave after the departing pair, and then
returned to her tan case and umbrella.
"They'll be back presently." Bhe
But the afternoon sunlight faded off
from the cliff, and the red orb of day
sank majestically down behind the
evergreen glens that beunded the west
ern horizon, and Mrs. Dewsford grew
tired, and cross, and rheumatic and
still, like the character of romance.
they came not,
"Something has happened !" cried
the prophetic soul of Mrs. Dewsford.
It can t be possible that X shall have
to stay here all night !
She looked nervously round. Jt was
a tall, steep cliff whereon she stood.
cut off from the woods beyond by the
rush and roar of a wide and by no
means shallow stream on one side :
while on the other three it was almost
perpendicular, rising some twenty feet
up from the road. Mrs. Dewsford be
gan to feel, as she surveyed it, very
mucn like c aimon cttyutes onxus
column in the wilderness.
If they shouldn t oome I ' she
But at tne same instant a welcome
rumbling of wheels broke the hushed
stillness. or the seldom traveled moun
tain road, and Mrs. Dewsford's strained
eyes caught sight of Mr. Everett's
spirited gray, aasmng rouna tne curve
of the hill.
"Well!" she cried, "I never was
more thankful for anything in my life !
I'm tired to death waiting." .
" Are yeu? said Charles Everett, as
he checked the horse in the middle of
the road.:
Yes. . Why uon t you drive closer ?"
sharply demanded Mrs. Dewsford.
" un, oia you wane to anve come
with us?"
" Whv." of course X did ! Xd have
been home long ago if I could have got
off this place' v - ; ....
" Weil, ma am, saia unauey, in ac
cents of the coolest deliberation, while
Lizzy clung, frightened and yet smiling,
help you off the cliff on one condition.
to his Side, - A wiui w very nappy so
I nonditiont unanes Everett v ex
I . . , xi oi
i ciaimea mo uiui6ujui
I matron ;
" what do you mean Y
flimolv this, Mrs. Dewsford. I
want to marry your aaugnter. jtjut
Lizzy like a too autiiui cniia, wiu not
vnrttn mv wife without your consent."
Which she shall never have 1" said
Mrs. Dewsford, emphatically.
. "Very well, . ma ami Gee up,
i "and he shook the reins.
" You're not going to leave me heret
shrieked Mrs. xewsiora, in a panic oi
i Tjniess you comply with my condi
tion, ma'am, X moss cenauuy Biiaii.
7at,a that condition is "
"Your consent to my marriage with
jour daughter.
cried Mrs. Dewsford.
w!ii .vou : be a
witness to this this
atrocious conduct, and not interfere?'
' Charley won't let me have a voice
in the matter, mamma, at all, said
Lizzy, demurely." " He says he don't
believe in woman s rights !
Mrs. uewsford save a hollow groan.
Mr. Everett touched his horse Slightly
with the whip.
" Stop ! cried Mrs. Dewsford. "I
consent but it is under protest !"
iou can protest ail you use, saia
Mr. Everett, driving closer to the iock,
and standing up to assist his mothei-in-law
elect into the phaeton.
Silently Mrs. Dewsford entered the
vehicle silently she rode home silent
ly she crossed the threshold of her
house, as became a conquered party !
To think," she said in a noiiow
voice, as she sat down to dinner, mat
after all mv precepts and example,
Elizabeth should end her career by get
ting married I"
Mamma, said Lizzy, timidly, x
don't think it's bo very terrible, after
all r
" To think," sighed Mrs. Dewsford,
paying no attention to her daughter s
reply, " that you should meet tne fate
of any ordinary woman !"
' But. mamma. I never bad any am
bition to be an extraordinary woman 1"
And so was brought to a termination
the plots and plans for a "model ex
istence" which had been formed for
Mrs. Dewsford's daughter !
About Livers Whisky Livers In Par
The liver under consideration was
that of an old whisky drinker a regular
soaker, too had not " drawn a 60ber
breath," in all probability, for six or
eight years. And yet it was not a very
aggravated case. Tbe liver had been
taken fresh from the body that is, be
fore decomposition set in, and it was
placed in alcohol to preserve it for
scientific examination.
The livers of drinkers present differ
ent appearances, according to the habits
of the victims and to the character of
their potations. A great deal of in
formation has been accumulated by
medical men upon this subject. One
eminent physician, after an examina
tion of seventy livers of drinkers, says
that "in moderate drinkers the liver
i generally found to be somewhat
larger than usual, its texture softened,
and its outer surface spotted, with
patches of fatty infiltration extending
two or three lines into the tissue of the
gland, the rest of the vise us retaining
its natural color, and its edges their
normal sharpness. In those who had
been more addicted te the use of spirits
the liver was still larger, its edges were
more obtuse, and the patches of the fat
on its surface were larger and more
numerous. In old drunkards the liver
was very large, weighing at least six or
eignt pounds, often from ten to twelve ;
the edges were very thick and much
rounded; the tissue or substance of
the gland almost white with fat, soft,
fragile, and the peritoneal covering
could be torn off with ease." '
A healthy liver should show no trace
of fat ; when that sets in, it means slow
but certain death. The liver of our de
parted friend, the old soaker, was
enormous in size, and had undergone a
thorough fatty degeneration. Too mucn
fat is the result of disease, anyhow, but
when it accumulates in or around the
internal organs, such as the heart, liver
or kidneys, it is time to send for the
undertaker. The observations cited
above were of cases in England, where
the "hob-nailed" liver is not so com
mon as in this country, owing to the
fact that our drunkards kill themselves
mostly with rum, brandy and whisky,
which produce the false membranes,
adhesions, puckerings, etc, noticeable
in post-mortem examinations of drink
ers' livers. Persons addicted to drink
usually, become fat, corpulent, even,
and give indications of unusual energy
and strength, but these are very falla
cious, and soon pass away, to be suc
ceeded by fiabbiness, languor, and fre
quently to excessive leanness, except of
the abdomen, which retains its protu
berance, in consequence of the deposi
tion of fat in the fatty membrane cov
ering the bowels in fiont, or "bay
i .
It is quite safe to say that there is
not a single spirit drinker whose liver
is not more or less affected by his in
dulgence, whether it is occasional only
or 01 continuous repetition, xt is un
possible for the liver to escape, for
while the fumes of drink are carried
directly into the brain, every drop of
liquor that is swallowed passes through
the liver and acts upon its tissues. The
best illustration of the effect of spirits
upon the raw tissues of the human
body may be had by holding a quantity
of whisky, brandy, rum, gin, etc, in
the mouth for a few moments and then
spitting it out. The mouth and gums
will be found parboiled and puckered
in a very unpleasant and uncomfortable
manner. The same effect is produced
internally, and a thousand times repeat
ed in the drunkard, until at last the
vitals 'are burned out and death the
most loathsome claims its horrid, poor,
despised and irreclaimable victim.
Cincinnati Commercial. , -
Merrie England.
A copy of the London Timea ct Oct.
3, 1798, contains the following pro
gramme of sports to be participated in
on the anniversary of the birth of her
xwyal XHghness the Duchess of Wur-
temburg: j:
" All persons of lovial, friendly and
loyal dispositions are invited to be
present at and partake of the under
mentioned country sports, which, with
others to be declared on the ground, are
intended, if the weather is fine, : to be
exhibited at Marden Castle, near Dor
chester, this day, at ll o'clock, in the
honor of the birthday of her Royal
Highness the xmchess of wurtem-
burg : -..:!, -.; . .- w,
To be played for at cricket, around
of beef, each man of the winning set to
have a rib band. . i
" A cheese to be rolled down the hill
prize to whoever steps it.
A silver cup to be run for py ponies
the best three heats.
A pound of tobacco to be grinned
tor. r - .... c
"A barrel of beer to be rolled down
hill prize to whoever stops it.
" A Michaelmas Dav -goose to be
dived for.;--i- -j "
A good hat to be cudgeled for. -
" naif a sruinea for the best ass in
three heats. j ' '
A handseme hat for the boy most
expert in catching a roll dipped in
treacle, and suspended by a string.
- a leg ot mutton and callon of por
ter to the winner of a race of 100 yards
" A good hat to be wrestled for. .
" Half a guinea to the rider of the ass
wno wins the best three - heats by com
ing in last. i -
" A pig prize to whoever catches him
py tne tail." i
Wa should manage our fortune like
our constitution ; enjoy it only when
goou. nave patience when . bad, ana
never apply violent remedies but in
cases of necessity, i
AU Sorts.
They are eating green peas, fresh
from the garden, in Savannah.
!' Mb. Beecheb is no longer a con
tributor to Bonner's New York Ledger.
A polite way of putting it Troubled
with a chronic indisposition to exer
tion. Thb suttan of Zanzibar, who is to
visit England next spring, will also go
to Paris and Vienna.
Cleveland has a new church" so
finished in front with bronze statuary
that it looks like a temple erected to
Over sixty nations now use Pennsyl
vania peti oleum, and full that number
of fatal deaths by explosions occur
each day.
A New York firm has manufactured
23,000 children's sleds this year, but
there has been scarcely any use for
them so far.
A sneak-thief is obtaining access to
houses in Newark by representing that
he is sent to tune the piano. He must
be one of the forte thieves.
Capt. Charles Parker, well known
at all ports from Montreal to Chicacro.
died, December 29, at his residence in
Oswego, N. Y. He was a commander
and veasel-ewner.
Mhe. Jenny Lras Goldschmtdt and
her husband will permanently reside in
Wiesbaden, having accepted the posts
of leading professors at the Rhenish
Academy of Music.
Sewasd is about the only man of
much, consequence whose grave is not
neglected. A monument with " He was
faithful " on it marks the place where
he lies in the cemetery at Auburn.
Gebbtt Smith's last letter was written
to Prof. John M. Langs ton, of Howard
University, and bears date December
23, 1874. It was an inquiry as td the
probable fate of the Civil Rights bill.
The burglar Moshr, killed at Bay
Xtidge, was a man of striking appear
ance, and seems to have been well edu
cated. He never used intoxicating
liquors nor tobacco, and, according to
his sister-in-law, was very pure in his
speech. His only fault was desire of
ill-gotten gain.
The census of the Delaware Indians,
now in the Indian Nation, has just been
taken, and the tribe numbers but 758
persons, all told. Five years ago, when
the Delawares moved to tbe Nation.
their number was 985, a decrease of
27. At this rate it will not take many
years for the tribe to become extinct.
J aola .Kan.) opirtt.
One of the oddest sensations is said
to be that of being lowered fifteen hun
dred feet into a mine. The great length
of cable allows a spring of a foot or
more upon the slightest movement in
the basket, and W. J. Florence, the
actor, who has just had the experience
in Nevada, says it feels like being a
ball at the end of a rubber string. .
The Hawkes family, of North Saugns,
Mass., still occupy the farm owned by
their ancestors in 1630, the j ear of the
settlement of Xiynn. caiem and Jtsoston.
The house was erected in 1665. Adam
Hawkes owned the iron mine which sup
plied ore to the first foundry established
m the country. Another homestead.
over 200 years old, two miles from this
one, is still held by a branch of the
same family.
Treatment ot Diphtheria.
The following rules for the preven
tion or extirpation of diphtheria form
the concluding sentences of a report
submitted recently by Dr. Stephen
Smith, of the lioard of Health :
precautions :
The dwelling or apartment Cleanli
ness in and around the dwelling, and
pure air in living and sleeping-rooms,
are of the utmost importance wherever
any contagious disease is prevailing, as
cleanliness tends both to nrevent and
mitigate it. Every kind and source of
filth around and in the house should be
thoroughly removed : cellars, and foul
areas should be cleaned and disinfected ;
drams should be put in perfect repair ;
dirty walls and ceilings should be lime
washed : and every occupied room
should be thoroughly ventilated.
Apartments which have been occupied
by persons sick with diphtheria should
be cleansed with disinfectants, ceilings
lime-washed and woodwork painted,
the carpets, bed-clothes, upnol
stored furniture, .etc., exposed many
days to fresh air and the sunlight.
All articles which may be boiled or sub
jected to high degrees of heat should
be thus diBinf ected. such rooms should
be exposed to currents of fresh air for at
least one week before reoccupation.
When diohtheria is PrevMlinsr. no
child should be allowed to kiiiNstrange
children, nor those Buffering from sore
throat (the digusting custom of com
pelling children to kiss every visitor is
a well-contrived method of propagating
other grave diseases than diphtheria),
nor should it sleep with or be confined
to rooms occupied by, or use articles
as toys taken in tne moutn, nan a Ker
chiefs, etc) belonging to, children hav
ing sore throat, croup or catarrh. If
the weather is cold, the child should be
warmly clad with flannels.
The well children should be scrupu
lously kept apart from the sick, in dry,
well-aired rooms, and every possible
source of infection, through the air, by
personal contact with the sick, and by
articles need about them or in their
rooms,' should be rigidly guarded.
Every attack of sore throat, croup, or
catarrh should be at once attended to.
The feeble should have invigorating
food and treatment. - .
The sick should be rigidly isolated in
aired (the air being entirely changed at
lease nouny), unughted rooms, the out
flow of air being, as far as possible,
through the external windows, by de
pressing the upper and elevating the
lower sash, or a chimney heated by a
fire in an open fire-place ; all discharges
from the mouth and nose should be re
ceived into vessels containing disin
fectants, such as solutions of carbolic
acid or sulphate of zinc, or upon oloths
which are immediately burned, or (if
not burned). thoroughly boiled or
placed under a disinfecting fluid.
A Remarkable Dog Story.
Some years aero, while Mr Hamilton
was flailing near the lower rapids of the
Mississippi. iust above the a-bokuk, ne
observed below f"n a man bailing a
canoe, preparatory to taking himself.
wife, and babv across the river. At the
same time Mr. H. saw that his New
foundland dog was watching - the pro
ceeding of the oartv. Seeming to com
prehend their intention, the dog uttered
a peculiar howL and, passing . rapidly
up the river for some distance, plunged
into the water and swam diagonally
down and landed en a large rock stand
ing out of the water about midway the
stream. After shaking the water from
his shaggy coat, he again watched the
party, who, in the meantime,' had em
barked in the canoe. Jnst as the little
boat passed the rock, it was caught in
the rapidly descending current and in
stantly capsized. The woman, in fall
ing into the water, loosed her hold on
the child, which floated down the
stream. The man caught his wife and
waded with her to the rock. The in
stant the child fell into the water, the
dosr leaped in, and in a short time was
seen in the still water below swimming
with the child in his mouth, which he
carried in safety to the shore. Frank
lin(Ky.) Patriot.
McStinger'B Kngagemeut with the
Old McStluKer was going to bed a
little wavy the other night, and not
wishing to disturb Mrs. McStinger, who
has a tongue like a rat-tail hie, he thought
it just as well not to turn on the gas.
He got along very well until he reached
the door of the chamber where his pa
tient wife lay sleeping. Here he paused
a moment, balancing on his heels like a
pole on a juggler's nose. Then he made
a dash for it, in order to make a bee
line across the floor. Mrs. McStinger.
with her usual exemplary fortitude, had
placed tne rockmg-cbair with such gifted
skill that no man could come into the
room without running over it ; so the
first thing he knew McStinger stubbed
his toe-nail, off againnt the rocker, which
knocked the seat against the crazy bone
of his knee, and made one of the long
arm? prod him m the stomach. Simul
taneously he fell over the chair cross
wise, and it kicked him behind his back
before he could get up from the flor as
he stood on all fours. The engagement
was now fully opened. When a man
begins falling over a rocking-chair in a
dark room he ought always to have
three days' rations and forty rounds.
Before McStinger could get up straight
his knee came down on one of the long
rockers behind, and the back of the
chair came down on his head with a
whack that laid him out flat on the floor ;
and, before he could move, the chair
kicked him three times in the tenderest
part of his ribs, with the sharp end of
ti.e rocker. This made him perfectly
furious, and he scrambled up and made
a blind rush at the chair, determined to
blow up the i enemy's works. He ran
square against the back and it rocked
forward with him, turning a complete
somersault over the handles, throwing
McStinger half - way across the room
and landing on top of him, digging into
his abdomen like a bull's horns, as he
lay spread out on the under side. It
would have been a good ' thing for
McStinger if he bad laid still then and
let the chair have its own way. It lay
flat on his back, with the long points of
the rockers embracing his abdomen,
and didn't seem to want to do anything
active just then. But McStinger
couldn't make up his mind to give it up
yet. He rolled over sideways and up
set the chair. It fell with a crash on
its side, giving him a furious dig in the
liver, which made him straighten out his
legs spasmodically, barking one shin
from the instep to the knee on the
rocker which hung in the air, and setting
the chair on its feet again, where it
stood rocking backward and forward at
him, like a wary old ram making feints
of butting its adversary, in order to
throw him off his guard. J. he blow m
the side nearly finished McStinger. and
while lying there rubbing his wind back
again, he was just beginning to reflect
whether his honor required him to pro
ceed any further in the affair, when Mrs.
McStinger suddenly began screaming
all the names in the crimes act, under
the impression that the Charley Ross ab
ductors were trying to commit a burg
lary, bigamy, robbery, and everything
else on her. Up to this time she had
been speechless with terror, and had
lain there trembling, Bhedding perspir
ation and accumulating shrlekingpower.
until she had gained the screaming ca
pacity of a camel-back engine. She had
just reached her third tforzando fortis
simo accelerando, and was beginning
to wonder whether there was a God
in Israel, when old Mcaunger suc
ceeded in getting to his feet once more
and became dimly visible' to Mrs. Mc
Stinger. With one last wild parting
shriek she sprang from the bed and
made a Jash for the door, near which
the rocking-chair still storvd menacing
the whole universe with a butting
motion. Mrs. McStinger had no time
for investigation iust then, and she
pitched into and over the rocking-chair
and clear on down stairs, the chair after
her, turning over and over, and kicking
Mrs. McStinger every bump until
they both landed in the hall below.
where the chair broke all to atoms. This
ended the fight.
If wives will learn from this sad story
not to leave rocking-chairs standing
around the middle of the room for their.
poor husbands to fall over, we shall not
have written m vain. Columbus Jour
A Human Vampire.
A very curious illustration of the
power of imagination occurred here
within the week, recalling the weird
horror of Sclavonic legends. A grand
seigneur Serbe. the Prinoe Nicholas
Borolajovak, came to Paris to live be
cause he found it impossible to remain
in his own country on account of an
absurd superstition current in regard
to him. It was that he belonged to a
family of vampires, and that in this
family the eldest son of every third
generation returned after death to suck
the blood of the living !, Notwithstand
ing the fact that Prince Borolajovak
had been educated at Paris and was
a cultivated, intelligent man, he was
unable to rid himself - of the horrible
idea, and requested his landlord, a short
time before his death, to have bis heart
taken from his body before it should be
buried. He was ill but three days,
falling so the evening after making the
strange request. fans jetter. -
, sSouthern Claims. ...
The following are the awards -of
Southern Claims Commission for
. current year : j '
Arkansas ........... ......... w........
$ 72,709
. 95,559
. 35,625
, 138,351
Mieslsslppl... .........
North Carolina .
South Carolina
Virginia ,
Wait Virginia
Making a total sward of $791)58
The award was made for 1,100 differ
ent cases.
Thb King of tbe Belgians, out of his
own private purse, has founded an an
nual prize of 2o,uuuf., to be awarded
for the best historical, commercial or
artistic book published in Belgium.
The prize is, as a rule, restricted to na
tive authors ; but every four years for
eigners wul be admitted to compete,
ana iorein jurum wui oe allowed to act
as judges.
Bjubx money system -Iran, nr het
How Thing sure Managed In the Orient.
A sincnlar trial for murder has taken
place at Missivria, says a correspondent
of the Levant Herald, and has ended
in the acquittal of the prisoners twe
brothers who were accused of the mur
der of their unole, a rich old Odessa
merchant. The old man, having re
tired from active life andj wound up his
Business, returned - from j Odessa some
years ago and Bettled down in Missivria,
his native town. Here he gave much
in charity to the poor, land behaved
handsomely to his nephews, with whom
he lived, and whom he helped out of
poverty into a respectable ' position in
ocal trade. Three years ago tire oid
in suddenly disaDtieared. No seri
ous inquiry, however, was made to as
certain what had become of him. His
nephews made liberal donations to the
churches, and inherited, or rather ap
propriated, tbe old man's wealth. Prob
ably they would have been left entirely
undisturbed in the enjoyment of their
riches but for a circumstance which,
for a time, must have caused some
trouble and anxiety. On a certain day
in the early part of this year an old
woman asked for an audience with the
Cadi, and, on being admitted, made a
deposition which has been repeated to
me as follows : " It was a dark, stormy
night," the old woman said, " the wind ,
had several times blown in my window-
sash, putting out my lamp, and causing
the embers of my fire to fly about the
room. Suddenly, amidst the howl
ing of the storm, I heard a
a shriek, then a moan. Strange sounds
followed, which seemed to come irom
the house of my neighbor,, the Odessa
merchant. I crossed myself and drank
a little raki to keep up my courage, and
then I remembered that there was a
crack in the wall of my closet, through !
which I could see into the house of my j
neighbor, the merchant. l hither X
went, and applied my eye to the crevice
in the mud wall, and this is what I saw :
Two men were pressing down a pillow
upon the face of another man, whom
they kept prostrate, and a woman was
holding a light. The old man-I recog
nized him was very strong, for he over
threw his nephews, althougn ms tnroac
s cut and blood guaned irom tne
wound. He would have escaped, but
the woman struck him in the face with
a chair. His head was bent backward,
as though he could not keep it in its
place on account of the gasn across nis
throat. Still his eyes flashed life ; he
staggered toward the window, but there
he was again struck down byhisnepnew.
Then they sawed away at his throat
till the head was separated from the
trunk. " The accuser went on to' say
that she threatened the murderers with
a disclosure of the crime which she had
witnessed, but that they promised her
" hush money ;" that, as she was poor,
she agreed, in consideration thereof, to
hold her tongue, and that she washed
the blood from the floor of the room
where the old man had been put to
death. The " hush money" ; had not
been paid, and as she was starving, she
determined to make known her story.
The story was told in March or April,
but no proceedings were taken until
August. The accused parties were then
arrested and confined in the Zaptieh
Oda." The old woman, too, was put
in prison and was hogged and half-
smothered between mattresses night
after night until the trial ended,- and
the persons whom the vox pornilx still
stigmatizeas murderer's were declared
The .Exaggerated Report Concerning
Osr Nortliwestero, Territory.
Henry W. Elliott, Special Agent of
the Treasury Department, has sub
mitted to the Secretary of the Treasury
his report upon the condition and im
portance of the fur trade in the Terri
tory of Alaska, the condition of the
natives, and the revenues and resources
of the island. The extravagant state
ments which have been made m regard
to the revenues of this Territory,
which, if true, would either prove its
fitness for the future reception of a
highly-civilized population, or show it
to be a land of utter desolation, and
the $7,000,000 purchase money a total
loss to the general government, have
caused Mr. Elliott to pay great" atten
tion to the subject ; and in his report
he has endeavored to give a concise
description of the agricultural charac
ter of " the Territory as he has seen it
This, he says, might be truthfully
summed up in saying that there are
more acres of better land now lying a
wilderness and jungle in sight of the
car windows of the Pennsylvania rail
road while crossing the Alleghenies,
than can be found in all Alaska ; " and
when it is remembered," jhe. says,
"that this Pennsylvania land, in the
heart of one of our oldest and most
thickly-populated States, will remain
as it now is, cheap and undisturbed for
an indefinite time, in spite of its close
proximity to the homes of millions of
energetic and enterprising men. it is
not difficult to estimate the value of
the Alaska acres, remote as they are
and barred out by a most disagreeable
seacoast climate, leaving out altogether
the great West and vast agricultural
regions of British America. But then,
directly to the contrary, it would be
wrong to hint by this statement, true as
it is, that the country is worthless ; for
in the Sea Islands alone the govern
ment possesses property which would
not remain in the market many days
unsold were it offered for seven mill
ions, and from which the annual reve
nue is doubly sufficient . to meet all ex
penditures for the proper government
of the whole Territory if the matter
were correctly adjusted." I
Moreover, beyond a few outcrops of
tertiary coal, and small leads near Sitka
of gold and Bilver, with reports . of
native copper in situ, nothing is known
of the mineral wealth of the Territory
so far as Mr. Elliott could learn, but
he has reason to think that it will
develop into some value. .! The, value
and probable yield of the cod banks of
Alaska have . been Kreatlv overrated.
but he thinks it may be reasonably an
ticipated that the Buocess attending the
canning of- salmon on the j Columbia
river will stimulate tha - prosecution of
this industry at the mouths of all the
large streams and rivers of the Terri
tory. It is safe to assert, he remarks,
that no other almost unknown section
of the . world was ever brought into
notice suddenly about which more has
been most emphatically and positively
written, based quite entirely upon the
whims and caprices of the authors.
than about Alaska ; and, therefore, it
will be Burp rising, if the truth in regard
to the Territory does not , frequently
oome into conflict with many erroneous
pojjolar opinions, r - t
! Ttrai THnrirfa House of Represents-
tivAo wViinh has been evenly divided,
has finally organized by the choice of
& TWnnfimtiA Sneaker, and it is ex-
pooted that James Ij. Requa, formerly
of New York, will succeed Mr. Gilbert
as Senator from that State.
The Fair Mexicans.
A writer in lAmAn&iU's ays :
UfATimin women look their best in
ball room. Their black eyes, blade
hair, and white teeth glisten in the
light ; they are dressed in the gayest
of gay colors; ponderous ornaments of'
gold, strongly relieved, by their dusky -
complexions, shed around them a ncm
barbaric lustre, ino inai uey escuew
adventitious means to blanch their sun-
shadowed tints. For days some of the
senoras or senoritas have worn a mask;
of a white clayey mixture to give them
an ephemeral whiteness for this occa .
sion. Those who could procure
nothing else have worn a pasty vizard?
kneaded of common clay to enect inn.
some degree a like result by protecting:
their faces from the sun and wind.
Should you visit New Mexico, and a
you ride along slowly in the heat of
midday meet a senorita wno gazes
you with a pair of jet-black eyes
through a hideous, ghsstly mask of
mud and mortar, do not be frightened
from your accustomed propriety. The
senorita is preparing her toilette de
bal. The New Mexican cannot be.
considered pretty, generally speaking.
In artistic symmetry of feature, in
purity of complexion, they are not to-
be compared with our country-women.
These can bear the searching light of
day, when delicacy of detail can be dis
tinguished and appreciated. - Those
look their best in the artificial light of
the ball room. There the blue-blacks,
hair, the brilliant black eyes, tbe well
traced eye brows, the magnificentlyy
white and regular teeth, the richly
developed forms, produce a general i
effect before which our blonde andl
delicate beauties seem pale and Jadess.
lint tne -Mexican s coarser ekus berr
teint basane is too plainly visible im
the light of the sun ; you should see
her only by the light of the lamps. It".
is aouDties rather from an . instinct oft
coquetry than from any other feeling .
that in the daytime the Mexican women i
shroud their dusky traits in the folda
of their robosas, leaving only one pilot,
eye to look upon the outer world."
A Facetious English, Sheriff..
It is now more than half -a century
since there resided in a large and papui
lous seaport town in the north of En
gland a much-respected and eminent
attorney, who was ever on the qui viveu
for fun and good humor. His ioketc
were frequent, and he was noted all
over town for his eccentricities andt
habitual pleasantry. Being a wealthy?
man, he frequently contributed to pub
lic and private charities, and was a wel
come visitor to the abodes of the poor
as well as the rich.
I well remember the time when this
facetious gentleman filled the office of
Sheriff, and when he indulged his pen
chant for the humorous by the sum
moning of four remarkably queer juries -to
" well and truly try '-.persons at the-,
court of quarter sessions for the town .,
and county in which he then resided..
At first, at the spring term, our face- -
tious Sheriff summoned ' a fat jury
twelve of the most portly, ponderous
men he could find and when they were-?
called on by the clerk of the court to
take their seats in a jury-box, it was t
found almost impossible to cram them -
- A 1 - I 1 Jl (
uw ii. ojxu wueii, aiir mocu xiasu -iuiTAKin0
anil 0rinnino. thnv vdra ftVmf .
up in the box, they became literally a--v
packed iurv and no mistake.
The second jury summoned by this
droll official was the very reverse of his -
hrst panel twelve of the leanest and -lankest
men he could find all over town ; v
men with long legs and long faces, who-
seemed as though they had been fed on i
water gruel, ana never tasted roast beef '
in the course of their lives.
The third ; jury summoned by our
facetious Sheriff, for the September."
term, consisted of twelve barbers, .
whose shaving shops were near the
Court-House ; and in so placing those
barbers on the jury all the barrister,
who attended court that day appeared '
with their wigs undressed and un
combed a funny spectacle for the of
ficers of the court, the learned Re- -
corder, and all others who happened to
be present on that memorable occasion.-
Xtut m his selection of a iurv. for the -
December term of the court of quarter ;"
sessions, onr good-humored Sheriff'
capped the climax of his official drollery "
by summoning twelve men who squinted
so awfully at the learned Recorder"
when he attempted to make the first-
charge to them, that the learnecLJudge--
couid not belp joining in the general
laugh, and exclaiming, in- seemingv,
This is. indeed, too bad. XTr'
Sheriff." - .
But the latter
only remarked, in a.
very serious and amusing tone :
xweive good and lawful men, your
Honor." - -
And here let me add. that I
heard of " the facetious Sheriff"
ing longer than one year.
City Criminal Statistics.
The annual report of the Police Jus
tices makes a terrible showing for ourr
morals, if left without a word of ex
planation. The total number of per
sons arraigned is reported at 84.821
which would be one in twelve of the
entire population. - But it must be re
membered that 40,777 of these were ar
rested for intoxication ; 18,261 for dis
orderly conduct, generally produced by-
lntoxicaticn, and a.ioy were arresteox
for vagrancy. This total of 62,180 ar
rests for minor offenses, that cannot her
called crime, takes the edge off tbe re
port, and it is further softened by the
fact that many of tbe arrests were or
brought before the magistrates for in
toxication, from five to twenty time
each during the course of the year.
The Justices have done well in colleeV
mg and paying over wi.Wil.zo irons
tines. Utie ltoiu looms up sadly aur
through the list, and that is in relation
to the arrests of women. There wercn.
13,574 females arrested for intoxication-,.
for vsgraney. v Despite the law,, despite
reiormatory institutions, respite sne
preachers and, the-churches, a great
army of women are slipping down to
death in the midst ef our life-pavingr
ppj I an ceo. nunwuien-unijri jaim.
the Police Magistrates tell us "iNeur
York Commercial Advertiser.
iiti . .1.- m t :
' A man from the States opened a drink--ing
saloon in Victoria, - Vancouver's
Island, and his first hour's experience
was lively. Six Indians filed in withv
..nt nMvil - flnanf tharvi tstrtlr ft nnat-
tion at the right of the proprietor, be
hind the bar, with an uplifted scalping:
knife, and another stood at his left with
a musket. A third poured six tumblers;,
full of whisky, and the fluid was silent
ly run down six throats. Then the sol
emn customers filed out without a word,,
leaving the man prejudiced against a
rusn of xnoian patronage.
Thb Orange county man who upset:
his. wife's freshest pail of cream, sub
sequently admitted he had been dairy,
licked, ' . -.-