The Albany register. (Albany, Or.) 1868-18??, April 16, 1875, Image 6

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Addrviseil to 7Vo Swallow that Flew into a Chtmh
during Divine Sereice.
Gay, guiltless pair,
What seek ye from the field of Heaven T
l( Ye have no need of prayer,
Xe hare no sins to be forgiven.
Why perch ye here,
"Where mortals to their Maker bend T
Can your pure spirits fear
The God ye never could offend T
Yene erknew
The crimes for which we come to weep.
Penance in not for you.
Blessed wanderers of the upper deep.
To you lis Riven
To wake sweet nature's untaught lays.
Beneath the arch of Heaven
To chirp away a life of praise.
Then spread each wing
Jar, far above, o'er lakes and lands.
And join the choirs that sing
In yon bine dome not reared with hands.
Or, if ye stay.
To note the consecrated hour.
Teach me the airy way,
.And let me try your envied power.
Above the crowd
On upward wings could I but fly,
I'd baths is yon bright cloud
And seek the stars that gem the sky.
Twere Heaven tndeed
. Through fields of trackless light to soar,
On Nature's charms to feed.
And Nature's own great God adore.
In a certain Northern town, situated
on the banks of a river, there dwelt,
some years ago, an attorney by the name
of. Mason. He was in considerable
practice, and. bad two clerks in his office,
whose names were Mansell and Burton.
In ability these young men were nearly
A I - ai, -H- a- i : i i ji-
position. Burton ? was cold, close and
somewhat sullen in temper ; but in busi
ness, shrewd, active and. persevering.
Mansell, although assiduous in his du
ties, was of a gayer temperament, open
as tne day, generous, connding ana true.
Mr. Mason, without being absolutely
dishonest, was what is called a keen law
yer, his practice being somewhat of the
sharpest ; and as the disposition of his
clerk, Burton, assimilated in many re
spects to his own, he was a great favorite
more intimately in his confidence, and
usually employed on those delicate mat
ters which sometimes occur in an attor
ney's business, and in which the hon
esty of Mansell might rather hinder than
a bachelor, lived with him in the capacity
of housekeeper. She was a Lively, sensitive
and clever girl very pretty, f not posi
tively handsome. She had the grace of
a sylph, and the step of a fawn. It was
natural that such a girl should be an ob
ject of interest to two young men living
under the same roof; and by no means a
matter oi astonishment that one or both
of them should fall in love with her; and
both of them did. But as the young
lady had but one heart, she could not re
tain the love of each. In making her se
lection, the choice fell upon Edward Man
sell, greatly to the chagrin of bis rival,
And to the annoyance of Mr. Mason, who
would have been pleased to find Burton
"the favorite suitor. However, Mansell
was chosen lover, and Mr. Mason could
not alter the case by argument-; nor was
lie disposed to send away his niece, who
was, in some measure, essential to
bis domestic comfort ; and, more
over, he loved her as much as he loved
Matters went on this way for some
time ; a great deal of bitterness and ran
cor being displayed by Mason and Bur
ton on the one hand, while Kate and Ed
ward Mansell found in the interview they
occasionally enjoyed, more than compen
sation for the annoyance to which they
were thus necessarily exposed.
It happened, at the time when Edward's
engagement as an articled clerk was
within a month of its expiration, that
Mason had received a sum of money as
.agent for another party, amounting to
.-nearly thrfte thousand pounds, of which
-"the greater portion was gold coin. As
the money could not be conveniently dis
posed of until the following day, it was
- deposited in a tin box in the iron safe,
-?th"e key of which was always in the cus
"toily of Mansell. " Soon after he received
the (Charge, Burton quitted theoffice for
. a short time; and in the interim an ap
plication from a client rendered it neces-
- sary for Mansell to go out to get some
bill-stamps. Having dispatched his busi-
- ness,- he returned with all expedition ;
- and in due time he took the key of his
- safe to deposit" therein, as usual the
- valuable papers of the office over night
when to his inconceivable horror, he dis-ccfwccK-d
that the treasure was gone.
His rushed down stairs, and, meeting
Burton, communicated, the unfortunate
circumstance. - He, in turn, expressed
bis astonishment in strong terms, and,
indeed, exhibited something like sympa
thy in his brother clerk's misfortune.
Every search was made about the prem
ises, and information was given to the
local police ; but as Mason was from
liome, and would not return till the next
-day, little else could be done. : Edward
passed " a night of intense agony nor
-were the feelings of Kate more enviable.
"Mr. ZMason returned some hours earlier
'than was expected, and sent immediately
lor Burton, and was closeted with him
-for a long time.
Mansell, utterly incapacitated by the
terrible calamity which had befallen him,
from attending to his -duties, was - walk
ing, ignorant of Mason's return, when
ILate came, or rather flew toward him,
;nd exclaimed, " Oh, Edward, my uncle
Thas applied for a" warrant to apprehend
you ; and, innocent though I know yon
are, that fiend in human form, Burton,
lias wound such a web around you, that
I dread the worst. I have not time to
explain ; fly instantly, and meet me at
nightfall in the Devil's Hollow, when I
will explain all." ,-
Mansell, acarcely knowing what he did,
xushed out of the garden, and through
some fields ; nor did he stop till he found
liimself out of town on the banks of the
xiver. Then, for the first time, he re
pented of having listened to the well
meant but unwise TOiinsel of his dear Kate.
But the step was taken, and lie could not
retrace it now. He proceeded until he
arrived at a thick grove, in the vicinity of
the Devil s Hollow, where he com
pletely hitL until nkrht dosha
He then approached a dark opening in
which there was a deep hollow, which had
acquired a celebrity from its having been
the scene of a murder some years be
fore, ana was sncn an object of super--fftitious
awe to the farmers of the vinitv
that be was considered a bold man who
-would venture mere alter nightfall. This,
doubtless, had innuenoed Kate in her
; phninA of such ft TflaOS Of mAAfcinm
snnch aa they would be secure front inter-
"Mansell returned, and lingered on the
ssldrta of the Grove, until the sound of
1i t -tit footstep on the beaten path which
led to the place announced the approach
of the loved being whom he ten he was
.V)oritto meet for the last time. . The
nnr ot't4 rcmltl not sneak a word when
7 1 t, 1 i.;
tliey Btteif OUli uuwmg xi-i jubuu. n"-ru J 13
shoulder, burst into a flood of passionate
-fa-. TW decrees she became more calm,
lotiu'led to him a conversation
. .. fiha had overheard betwen Burton and
her uncle ; and gathered thenee that the
former had succeeded in convincing Mr.
Mason of Edward's guilt, by a combina
tion oi iacta which would have made out
a strong case against the accused the
most formidable one being the finding of
a large sunt of specie in Mansell's trunk.
.Knowing that he could not satisfactorily
account for the possession of this money,
witnout uie evidence oi -a near relative
who had departed for the continent a
week before, and whose address was un
known and return uncertain, Edward, to
avoid the horror and disgrace of lying in
tne county gaoi in tne intermediate tune,
resolved on evading the officers of justice,
until he could surrender himself with the
proofs of his innocence in his hands.
The moon had now risen" above the hill
which bound the prospect, and warned
the lovers that it was tune to separate.
"And now, dearest," said he, "I
leave you with the brand of thief upon
my fair name, to be hunted like a beast
of prey from one hiding-place to an
other. But, oh, Kate, I bear with me
ahe blest assurance that one being, arid
that being the best loved of my heart,
knows me to be innocent ; and that
thought shall comfort me."
"A remarkably pretty speech, and
well delivered ?" exclaimed a voice which
caused the youthful pair to start and
turn their eyes in the direction whence it
proceeded, when from behind a solitary
tree that grew in the Hollow, a tall fig
ure, wrapped in an ample cloak, walked
toward them. l i
The place, as we have before said, had
an evil reputation ; and although Ed
ward and his companion were, of course,
free from the superstitious fears which
characterized the country people, an
undefinable feeling stole over them,
as they gazed on the tall form before
Mansell, however, soon recovered him
self ; and told the stranger that, whoever
it was, it ill became him to overhear con
versation that was not intended for other
ears than their own.-
Nay," was the rejoinder ; "be not
angry with me. Perhaps you may have
reason to rejoice in my presence since,
being in possession of the story of your
grief, it might be in my power to allevi
ate it. I have assisted men in much
greater straits."
Edward did not like the last sentence,
nor the tone in which it was uttered ; but
he said, " I see not how you can help
me ; you cannot give me a clue by which
I can find the box."
" Yes ; here is a clue," replied the
other, as he held forth about three yards
of strong cord. " Here is a line. Go
to the river, at a paint exactly opposite
the hollow oak ; wade out in a straight
line until you find the box ; attach
one end of the cord to the box, and
the other to a stout cork, but remove it
not vet. "
" The devil !" said Mansell. -
Whether he really believed himself to
be in the presence of the evil one, or
that the word was merely expressive of
surprise, we know not.
The stranger took the compliment, and
acknowledging it with a bow, said, " The
tin box which you have been accused
Of stealing, is at the bottom of the river.
and you will find that I have spoken no
more than the truth.
.mansell neartatea no longer, but ac
companied the stranger to the spot, and
in a few minutes the box, sealed as when
he last saw it, was again in his posses
sion. He looked from the treasure to
the stranger, and at last said, "I owe
you more than hfe, for, in regaining
this, j. shau recover my good name,
which lias been foully traduced." "
He was proceeding toward the shore.
when the other cried, "Stop, young
gentleman ! Not quite so fast. Just
fasten your cord to it, and replace it
where you found it, if you please. " Ed
ward started, but the stranger continued,
" Were you to take that box back to
your employer, think you that you would
produce any other effect on him than
the conviction that, finding your de
linquency discovered, you wished to
secure impunity by restoring property ?
We must not only restore the treasure,
but convict the thief. Hush ! I hear a
As he spoke he took the box from
Edward, who now saw his meaning,
fastened the cord to it, and it was again
lowered to the bottom of the river, and
the cork on the other end of the cord
was swimming down with the tide.
"flow follow me in silence, whis
pered the stranger ; and the three re
tired, and hid themselves behind the
huge trunk of the tree, whence by the
light of the moon they beheld a figure
approach the water, looking cautiously
" That is the thief," said the stranger,
in a low voice, in Edward's ear. "I
saw him last night throw something into
the river, and when he was gone, I took
the liberty of raising it up ; when, ex
pecting that he would return and remove
his booty, I replaced it, and had been
unsuccessfully watching the place, just
before I met you in the Hollow."
By this time the man . reached the
river's brink, and after groping some
time through the water, he found the
box, but started back in astonishment on
seeing a long cord attached to it. His
back was turned to the witnesses of the
transaction, so that Edward and the
stranger had got him securely by the col
lar before he could make any attempt to
escape. The surprise of Mansell and
Kate may be more easily conceived than
painted, when, as the moonbeams fell on
. I . . it , " I A 1 .
ine iifcCe oi uie cuipni, uiey . reuogmzeu.
the features of Burton, his fellow-clerk.
Mansell's character was now cleared,
while Burton, whom Mason, for reasons
of his own, refrained from prosecuting,
quitted the town in merited disgrace.
The stranger proved to be a gentleman
of large landed property in the neignDor
hood, which he had now visited for the
first time for many years ; and having
been interested in the young pair whom
he had delivered so opportunely from
tribulation,' he subsequently appointed
Mansell his man of business, and thus
laid the' foundation of his prosperity. It
is almost needless to add, that Kate, who
had so long shared his heart, became his
wife, and shared his good fortune also.
Comparative Mail Statistics. '
From a detailed statement of mail mat
ter of all classes originating at fifty of
the largest offices in the United States
for a period of four weeks, beginning
Dec. 1, 1874, the following comparative
fiffnrM am tAken : - ,
No. of trieoes. impounds.
r. S.KW.S43 I" 333.348
Baltimore -
Buffalo 837,871 . 38,88
... 8.98al97S 421.261
Cincinnati 'S
Indianapolis 883,166 ; , . 80,008
Louisville ..j , -
New Orleans "!???' . S''IVL
ITnladetnhVa.'.'.V.A... 4,176,980 ' 9?,7
PitUburgh JZSi
bs. umu -v"rrx
Ban Francisco.... .. 858,25 ?'8"
nasmngton. ............... ,iiSMw .
The total number of pieces in the
fifty offices for the period named is 41,
241,990, weighing 5,543,048 pounds.
An old lady on the government pension
list at Lexington, Ky., at the age of 101,
is killing herself by smoking a pipe, a
practice of hers for the last fifty years.
Where They Come From Variety the
Spice of nomenclature interesting Con
gressional Statistics.
Washington Cor. New York Evening Post.
It may be an interesting bit of statis
tics that only three of our sovereign
States and Territories are represented in
either branch of Congress by their na
tives, and these three Delaware, Ver
mont and North Carolina aggregate only
leeven men, which is a small percentage
of three hundred and sixty-four. The
members of both houses from Kansas,
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada
and the Territories, thirty-four in num
ber, are all born outside of their constitu-
encies. Here is a taoie snowing iu rela
tive increase and decrease of representa
tion within the last eighty-hve years :
New Hampshire 6 5
Vermont , j
Massachusetts. 13
Rhode Island '
Connecticut.. 9.
New York , 12 35
KewJersev . 7 V
Pennsylvania . 15 J9
Delaware o
Maryland.. 10 8
Virginia (and West Virginia) 21 11
Kentuekv . ...................... 4. !
North Carolina 13 10
South Carolina a
Seoreia. 11
JSew xork has sent to jongress tne
greatest number of natives of any State,
as may be seen from the following
schedule :
Native in'
Native i
State. Coiurrett.
States. Congres.
New York 45
Pennsylvania 44
Ohio 87
Maine 16
Kentucky 1
Georgia 13
Virginia 20
Massachusetts 191
Illinois..... 11
California, Kansas, Minnesota, Mis
sissippi, Oregon, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ne
vada and .Nebraska have no natives in
Congress. By a singular chance, out of
the one hundred and eleven Southern
members onlv eleven are New En&landers.
while a North Carolinian represents Con
necticut, and a Virtrinian Massachusetts.
Speaker Blaine himself is a sort of
"carpet-bagger" a Pennsylvanian, and
the only man born west of the Alle-
ghanies who represents a New England
constituency. The foreigners in Con
gress aggregate fifteen ; Schurz, the Ger
man, and Jones, the Welchman, comprise
the Senators ; and in the House are five
Irishmen, four Scotchmen, two English
men, a Canadian and a Mexican. The
List mentioned gentleman, far from being
a tray hidalgo, with a sonorous title and
the conventional guitar, is a very ordi
nary looking: person by the name of
Buckner. Cannon, the Mormon, is an
Then there are names to suit any and
all tastes. " Chester Darrall " and
" Lionel Sheldon" are persons ' whom
Miss Braddon might properly immor
talize ; jiiDenezer, Jiezeloan, Abraham, !
Isaac, Keuben, Lot, Zachariah, Timothy,
Moses, Aaron, Eli, Josiah, Hosea, Elijah, j
Abijah, Ephraim, Nathan, Jeremiah,
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Laza
rus are all suggestive of Scripture his
tory ; while two Alonzos, Hannibal,
Lorenzo, Fernando, Jason, Godlove, Ros
eoe, Philetus, Roderick Random, Eppa,
Glenni and Sobieski cover all the ground
from mythology down to an opera
libretto. .
Law seems to be the favorite profes
sion, having formerly occupied the atten
tion of two hundred and ninety-four
members. " Sunset" Cox and Mr. Mc
Cormick, of Arizona, have been the only
bterary men since Sumner died. Tipton,
Bro wnlow and Gordon are the clergy
men. Besides these there are several
doctors, an actor, a stenographer, a
jeweler, a tailor, an omnibus driver,
an engineer, several editors and printers,
a carpenter, eight soldiers and a hotel
proprietor. The merchants are usually
rich men, and there are a few miners
who seem to have made their calling
Spring Fashions.
From the New York World.
The waists to all dresses are made quite
long, with high shoulders and narrow
backs, a combination of the cuirasse and
basque properly named the cuirasse
basque tits smoothly over the hips and
is rounded deeply both front and back.
In street costumes the prevalence of
brown and grays is already quite notice
able, colors that are certain to be popular
throughout the season for walking suits.
They are seen not only in the plaid over
dresses worn with silk skirts, but in cash
mere ones over silk, which will be quite
as lashionable a combination as the
other. These suits are, many of them,
made with what is termed the French
sacque, 'a half -fitting basque in the back
and loose sacque fronts. The tendency
is toward short backs, that is, short in
comparision with the fronts, which some
times extend into long square tabs. The
last is newest, while the other has the
advantage of showing a more elaborate
arrangement of lace, etc., about the neck.
The sleeves are cut straight, with flaring
cuffs at the wrist to match the collar, or
they may he half-flowing. ;
.Where overskirts are worn, .aprons will
probably be the style throughout the
summer, imported dresses saoow a
change from very deep to short aprons,
although the dresses made here have not
as yet been in imitation of them in this
respect. - Many dresses are, of coarse,
worn without overdresses. A favorite
style for making the skirts to these is
either perfectly plain in front' and elab
orately trimmed behind or elaborately
trimmed in front and plain behind.
Outside garments are to be worn much
longer. The English walking-jacket cut
long wiix be one oi the styles, but the
French sacque already described, made
of Mack Sicilieiine, with trimmings of
lace and fringe, embroidered - bauds,
ostrich feather trimmings, or Titan braid,
will be newer, and consequently more
fashionable. For those who desire a
change from jackets, are capes and man
ties fitting in at the ' waist, thus formincr
a kUM of sleeve, as for instance, a round
cape in the back coming over the arms
in front in long square tabs.
X-apings enter largely into mmrmngs.
The Titan braid, a lusterless trimming
made of mohair and silk, and of a variety
of widths, will be a favorite. This is
both plain and bordered with beads,
which last will largely take the place of
jet passementerie. Jet mst of necessity
be worn to some extent, but is no longer
the most fashionable trimming.
Trimmings on everything will be ar
ranged either up and down or diagon
ally, not across as heretofore. : On tab
liers the tendency is to the diagonal.
Overskirts are not lined, nor generally
are other skirts, as all drapery is made
clinging, to show as much as possible
the natural figure.
COXTGHINO AND THE Wlldj. -Coughing
seems involuntary, yet it is really
much under the control of the will. It
is related of the famous Scotch preacher.
Dr. McCrie, that on Sunday, during the
service, he was much annoyed by the in
cessant cougnmg, and tne audience evi
dently shared his, annoyance. Suddenly
ne stopped in we middle ox a sentence.
Every eye turned to the pulpit in won
der, and for a full minute there was ab
solute silence. The Doctor then said
good-humoredly, " I re, my friends, yon
can be quiet when I am quiet." There
was little coughing during the remainder
of the service. .
Kitchen Consolation.
Oh ! this baiting and brewing,
This hoilinff and fttewinff-
And washing of dishes three times In a day '
ine griddle-cakes turning,
The KVimminor fn. nhtimino
The. setting of tables and clearing away !
What is it but weariness.
The same round of labor day after day T
i a rawer De painting,
Or SAWiTlflr. nr hrsiHhiir.
Or spending my time in a pleasanter way I
Thus my fancy kept dreaming
O'er the hot dishes stesming,
And wond'ring why I must a kitchen nre tend
Till an angel's low whispering
Compelled me to listening.
And taught me these household discomforts to mend.
Is your work not the oldest,
The msefulest, noblest
In ministering daily to the life God has given?
If Uie work is unceasing
Of washing and sweeping,
Bemember that order's the first law at Heaven I
Pray what gives more pleasure
Than a well seasoned dinner.
When tastefully served on the family board?
Thank God you can labor t
Can knead mix and flavor.
And draw pleasant meats from the farmer's rich
- That heartsome delight
At morn, noon and night,
When the family gathers for chat and good cheer 1
Then should you be complaining
Of work unavailuur
That brings joy to the loved ones each day in the
year 7
Minor Farm Topics.
Apeopos of the question, Do varieties
wear f out ? the Gardeners Maaazine.
'London, quotes "Mr. Taylor, of Fen-
cote, as authority for the statement that
a potato known as " Old Americans" has
been grown in the same garden for sixty
years, without change of seed, and has
never been known to be affected by dis
ease, while the crop has invariably been
a good one. .
Hungary has the most highly civilized
sheep yet heard of. A trustworthy ob
server in the Theiss district writes to the
Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society
of England that tobacco is largely culti
vated there, and that "sheep do very
well upon it in a green state as a forage
crop." We are not aware that this fact
has been utilised by the champions of
tne JJarwinian theory.
Allusion is made in the Gardeners'
Chronicle, London, to "the very large
scale" on which cranberries are grown in
the United States, and the editor ex
presses the opinion that it would not be
difficult to establish similar plantations
in many parts of Scotland, Ireland,
Wales, or even in some portions of Eng
land, at present left wholly uncultivated.
But that is scarcely the shape which the
New Jersey Cranberry Growers' Foreign
Trade Committee is wishing the matter
to take.
An ear of well-ripened corn, "fit for
seed," was exhibited at the agricultural
show in Manchester, Nov. 25. This was
from a field on the borders of Chatmoss,
a bleak, unprotected locality in the north
of England, and a very unfavorable one
for the successful growth of so tender a
plant as maize. The same variety has
been ripened also in the southern part of
the country. It is not, therefore, impos
sible that this crop may soon be thor
oughly acclimated in England, and that
farmers there may be enabled to compete
with us in the production of our peculiar
In its application to veterinary prac
tice homoeopathy seems to have been
generally successful. - Whether or not
this is the effect of the medicines, or, as
some profess to believe considering the
homoeopathic dilutions to be non-effective
for good or evil of the absence of
medicine, may be questioned by those
interested either way ; but the fact is
vouched for that a bad case of inflamma
tion of the lungs in a mare was speedily
cured by doses of tincture of aconite
given alternately with bryonia every
twenty minutes. Camphor and' coly
cinth are said to have afforded speedy
relief in recent instances of colic, and
fourteen cows with pluro-pneumonia
were all curedav by homoeopathic pre
scriptions. - A Michigan Farm.
There is much said about the necessity
of experimental farms and model farms,
at our agricultural colleges, and these
we believe should be instituted, but we
must not forget to mention all the good
private farms, the enterprise of whose
owners is worthy of imitation. The
Ionia Sentinel gives a description of the
general operations on the farm of is. is.
Mayes, of .North I'lains, Mich., which
shows it to be one of the best conducted
farms in the country. As in most cases
of this kind, Mr. Hayes has a good deal
of other business, which' has instilled
into his mind the necessity of reducing
everything to system and order, and this
is no doubt the foundation of his suc-
cess : -
Ilia farm consists of 1,050 aires, of which 800
acres are improved, and is located in the fa
mous agricultural township of North Plains.
He raised last season 4,500 bushels of
wheat on 180 acres, 2,500 bushels of oats on 70
acres, 75 acres of corn, and 200 tons of hay. He
had 15 acres of orchards, producing all of The
choicest varieties, of apples.
The buildings consist of eight barns, six
dwelling houses, a com bam with a capacity of
3,000 bushels of ears of com, hay barn, poultry
house and blacksmith shop. One bam deserves
especial mention. It is in the form of a T. the
top of the T beiag the main part, and 162x32
feet in size, with 23-feet posts ; cow and calf
stable in the west end, three main floors, four
bays, granary holding 8,000 bushels and root
cellar holding 2,500 bushels. The wing cor
responding to the lower part of the T is 100x22,
with 20-feet posts. It has two main floors, the
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the second floor is a straw loft, and is connected
with the center maua floor, where a thresher is
placed and filled with oat-straw, which is cut by
a straw-cutter run by horse-power, and coarse
grain sprinkled ana lea to tne stocK.
The bam is painted inside and out, and is but
mounted with Bix cupolas, which act as venti
lators. At the south end of the building is a
windmill and tank, which not only supplies each
yard, but the watering troughs are so arranged
as to oe acoessiDie to- biock at ui uiubb, uuiu
summer and winter. In one of the yards arelo
cated scales for weiirhinjt stock and gram. The
barn, with yards, scales and water-works, cost,
'me stocK consists on 14 wora norses, iiwo
span of mules, a driving team, 8 brood mares
ana coit, 71 neaa 01 catue, y mucn cows, zu 1
head of short-horns, 800 sheep (Spanish merino,
and raised this season 213 lambs), 87 hogs, in
cluding 4 breeding sows and 1 boar, fuH-blood
.Berkshire ana Buttaik. Una Droou mare ana
colt oost about $500 ; colt sired by Glenwood.
Twelve men are constantly employed on the
His implements are too numerous to mention,
it being without doubt the best equipped farm
in this respect in the State. We will name,
however, a vibrator threshing machine, a power
corn Bheller, a power straw cutter, a Johnston
harvester, two hay tedders, two mowers, etc
He is also sinking an artesian well, which is
on an elevation high enough to water his entire
farm, if it should prove a success. Although
nnMMMHor of. TMrhans. the finest farm in the
State, - his house is an ordinary white frame
structure, considerably the worse for wear, and
nat mYiVtahlv An 1.2001(1 1.500. It is com
fortably arranged and furnished, and is made
inviting by tne Hospitality 01 uie lnmatea.
In a case of illness where it is desirable
to stimulate perspiration, a vapor bath
may be improvised in the following man
ner : Place a few hot-bricks in a pail of
water over which the person must be
seated in a cane-bottom chair and use a
large blanket, which will cover him from
the shoulders to the floor, for confining
the steam. ,
To Bbeak Bottxes A lady in the
Christian Monitor says that when it is
necessary to break a bottle, the quickest
way is to soak a string in turpentine and
tie it round the neck of the bottle, then
set fire to the string and it will break in
good snape.
To Bake a Sparkktb. Dip it in
water ; then rub on a little salt and pep
per and flour. H not too thick, it will
bake in an hour or a - little more, in a
moderate oven. Have it done, by all
means, but don't roast it to a" crisp, un
less you wish to dream ef your great
grandmother after eating it. N.
To clean an oil-painting that is in
jured by dust and particles of wrapping
paper, take the. picture out of the frame,
lay a coarse towel over it for ten or four
teen days ; keep it continually wet until
it has drawn out all the filthineas from
the picture ; pass some linseed oil which
has been a long time seasoning over it,
in the sunlight, to purify it, and the pic
ture will become as lively on the surface
as new.
Use no Stove Dampers. These nuis
ances are now quite common, and be
cause they " save wood," and thereby
save money, they are popular. By shutting
on the upward draught they throw back
into the room all the poisonous gas gen
erated by the combustion of fuel, and
are, therefore, very destructive of health.
It is a subject of common remark that an
open fireplace is more healthy than a
stove, and it is largely owing to the bet
ter circulation of air through the open
upward draught. Now it is true that
wood might be saved in a fireplace by
covering up the top of the chimney, but
we should not wish to live in the house.
And that is exactly the principle on
.which wood is saved by means of damp
ers in stovepipes. Fire may be easily
checked by shutting off the supply of air
in front, and this is the only safe method
of checking it in a stove. 11 all the air
could be shut off from the fire in front it
would go out as quickly as if it were im
mersed in water. Thus it may be seen
that fire may be well controlled if the
stove is tolerably tight in front when
closed up. All who do not wish to com
mit suicide nor to undermine the health
of the family will do well to discard
stovepipe dampers. Laws of Life.
rilibnstering, Ancient and Modern.
Filibustering, as it is called, and I don't
know why that term is applied to the
offering and resisting of dilatory motions,
is somewhat different now from what it
was in 1856, or rather it is conducted
undar different circumstances. There is
either more good nature or less bad
whisky and doctored brandy now than
there was, for instance, during the Kansas-Nebraska
struggle. Fihbustering
then was usually the prelude to a general
free fight, and the occasion of half a
dozen ' affairs of honor." It was almost
impossible for the House to be in session
all night without a row of some sort.
Spittoons, inkstands, and sometimes
knives and pistols, were among the argu
ments of those days. The famous drink
ing place, known as the' "hole in the
wall," contributed fuel to the flames, and
members surrendered to the stupor of
liquor long before natural sleep asserted
its power. If there was a call of the
House, the Sergeant-at-Arms generally
found enough members to complete a
quorum at Mary Hall's, a famous resort
of the demi-monde years ago, and at Pen
dleton's, an equally notorious gambling
house. Public and private morals have
improved, at least so far as Congressmen
are concerned. During the entire forty
six hours in which the House was engaged
in filibustering', last week, I did not see a
single member under the influence of
liquor. The utmost good humor pre
vailed, and there was not an angry word
on either side. How much of this is
due to the efforts of the Congressional
Temperance Society, of which, I think,
Vice-President Wilson is Chairman, I do
not know. It was through Wilson's
efforts that the "hole in the wall" was
abolished, and spiritnous liquors forbid
den by resolution to be used in the Capi
tol. H a call of the House occurs now,
the Sergeant-at-Arnis gathers a quorum
from the lecture-rbom of the Congre
gational or the pews of the Methodist
and Presbyterian churches, or from the
elegant saloons and parlors where the
numerous receptions are being held. Last
Thursday evening, while one of the most
brilliant parties of the season, given by
the Hon. Jjernando Woods 01 JNew xork,
was in full blast, there was a rumor of a
call of the House, and the haste with
which Democratic and Republican mem
bers made for their hats and coats showed
that the motto on both sides was " busi
ness beiore pleasure. isoston Jiavcr-
Mineral Statistics.
The collection of statistics is a slow
process, hence it is that the mineral sta
tistics 01 Jttngland tor mis were not pub
lished till the end of last year. The
quantity of coal raised was 127,016,747
tons ; and of iron ore, 15,577,499 tons.
More than 35,000; 000 tons of the coal
were consumed in making iron, more
than 27,00X1,000 in producing steam
power for manufactories, and more than'
20,000,000 tons in dwelling-houses that
is, in keeping home comfortable. The
" balance," as Americans would "say, was
burnt in other trade operations, in the
production of gas, and nearly 13,000,000
tons were sent away to foreign countries.
When looked at in detail, the results
under one head alone manufactories
are surprising. There are 2,500 cotton
factories, with 34,000,000 spindles, and
450, 00O power-looms ; 500 hax factories.
with 1,500,000 spindles, and 32,500
power-looms ; 220 hemp, jute and shoddy
factories, with 150,000 spindles, and 700
power-looms ; 700 silk factories, with
750,000 spindles, and 10,000 power-
looms ; 220 woolen factories, with
2,500,000 spindles ; 750 worsted facto
ries, with 1,750,000 spindles, and 56,000
power-looms. More than 40,000,000
spindles, and more than oUU.UUO power-
looms ! What a Droditrioua amount of
whirling, whizzing, roaring, and dashing
xo and iro mese ngures represent I
Serious Accidents.
What a dreadful place a school-house
must be, and what shocking things hap
pen there, if the talk . of school-children
ib to be relied upon I Yesterday noon I
heard a dozen of them speaking about
the various incidents of the day. It was
impossible to catch all they said, aa three
or four talked at once, but I managed to
learn these startling facts :
Nelly Jones coughed fit to split her
saes 1 ...
Kitty Carson nearly died of lauahinn.
That Iiawrence boy actually boiled over
witn rage.
The teacher's eye shot fire.
NeUy Murray recited loud
tak e the roof off the house.
enough to
ltobb ltz s eyes grew
Tommy Hudson almost ran his feet
Susie Jennings thought she'd burst.
Ellen Walters broke down completely.
And yet it was an ordinary school-
aay. oc. xwcnoias. ,
As twice eleven is twenty-two,
can twice ten be twenty, too 1
A Trying Position.
Friday morning was the coldest,
stormiest, snowiest of the seasons It was
in the dull gray dawn, the snow whistled
through the biting air like a volley of
bird-shot. Mercury was down, to 30
deg. below zero, and everybody was
abed but William Hodgins. There had
been an episode in William's residence
about midnight. The doctor had gone,
and the corps of efficient women neigh
bors had departed.
The last pale stars had blinked out,
and Mr. Hodgins was alone with Mrs.
Hodgins and the new baby, a little roly
poly thing that needed a warm atmos
phere. Mr. Hodgins had arisen from
his improvised couch to " stoke " up
the family stove. He intended to make
short work of it and get back to bed.
This was the reason he was incomplete
of toilet. Thus he darted one step out
of the door to deposit a pan of ashes and
cinders, expecting to return within doors
on the instant. Mr. Hodgins did not
return just then. In pulling the . door
to, the handle came out and left him
there in the " beautiful snow." He
looked up at the cold gray sky, the frost
gathered in a white rim about his eye
lids; the powdered snow whitened his
locks, his unshod peet tingled with cold.
"D ," screamed the poor fellow.
No need to swear. Nothing can begin
to do justice to this solemn situation.
Spasmodically he pulled his raiment
down, but shrunk by many a washing,
it crawled up on the opposite side, and
the wind whistled a requiem between
his limbs, and the snow sifted in on his
quivering abdomen. Hodgins was out
in the cold. A few seconds of indecis
ion, and then if an early bird had been
out it would have seen one poor worm
of the dust striking about 300 yards to a
neighbor's woodshed. The tracks were
wonderfully wide apart.
Grasping an ax he returned to his
peaceful home. Three well-directed
blows on the door and Hodgins, blue
with cold, white with snow, and black
with rage, bounded into the house.
Then for the first time the babe opened
wide its eyes in wonder, and for the first
time saw its papa. It screamed 1 Hod
gins sank down beside the stove and in
terrible italics exclaimed, "The d ."
And the poor mother thought he meant
then: baby. He didn t. It was only the
door knob. JSldora Iowa) Ledger.
The All-devouring Grasshopper.
Hichard Goodman, in the Massachu
setts L'loughnuin, relates this heart
rending tale :
A young man named John Wyker,
who returned recently to his former
home at Branchville, Sussex county, N,
J., traveling with his wife and baby
1,500 miles in his wagon, crossing six
States and thirteen rivers, and riding for
fifteen miles throueh grasshoppers and
over grasshoppers, and for many more
miles between fields as bare aa the road,
not a green thing to be seen tne grass
hoppers had been there trivea us a de
plorableview of the case.
About the 13th of August last, the
" hoppers," as they ,call them there,
struck his farm in Kansas, coming as a
snowstorm commences, a few at first,
then thicker and faster until the whole
air was full of them. In six hours they
had eaten every green thing the chinch
bugs and the drought had lett, devour
ing the grass and chewing the tobacco
like " any other man,"' eschewing only
the tomatoes and their vines. Me counted
240 on a window pane, 8x9 inches. They
covered a harrow so that it was simply
a cn frantic A of grasshoppers, 'l'he
clothes in the house had to be covered
up, and the hoppers clung to the side
of the house in millions, and ate hole A
in the clapboards. They ate each other.
for the minute one died a half a dozen
went for the body and devoured it in no
Mr. Wyker, the young farmer who
gives the information, says that there is
a large class of farmers thus cleaned out
who cannot remove from the State, and
unless aid reaches them there will be un
told misery throughout the country-
" There is now," said he, "an incredi
ble amount of suffering ; all that has
been written has not and cannot put the
condition of things in too strong a
How Garibaldi Looks.
The Gome correspondent of the Lon
don JSTews writes : "I had the pleasure
of being the first Englishman to shake
hands with him on his arrival in Italy.
The General was in a plainly, almost
meanly, furnished room, supported on
two black crutches, having Prince Odes-
calchi on one side and on the other Major
Pasqualotti, who had formerly served
under him. His face is as full of renne
ment as ever, and though it bears the
stamp of time and suffering, it is singu
larly winning, from the beautiful smile
on 11. xiis nair is iron gray, out were
are several marks of chestnut in his
beard. His hands looked terribly thin,
and it was evident that he stood anything
but firmly, even with the .aid of his
crutches. He wore the small cap orna
mented with braid, and, underneath a
short striped white and black South
American cloak without sleeves, his red
shirt. Apparently these were part of his
old famous uniform. He wore blue mil
tary trowsers. His boots were cut in
Beveral places, probably on account oi
his rheumatism. He inauired of the
Syndic as to the bathing season, men
tioning that salt water did him no good.
Altogether there was a look 01 great
feebleness about him bodily, I mean,
not mental. This was obvious to any
one who heard his manly, yet beautifully
soft voice, and saw the calm and benig
nant smile that played over his leatures
Great on Poker.
Ex-Senator Nesmith, of Oregon, now
a member of the House, is one of toe
most remarkable men in Congress. He
went to Oregon in 1843, and for many
years scarcely saw a white man. He
dressed in furs and tne raw maea 01 am- j
mala, and ate whatever he could get. He
was a border hunter and trapper, buou u
we read of in the Ledger. , He knew
nothing of what the world was doing for
more than twelve years, and uuui no w
elected to the Senate in 1860, and on his
way to take his seat, he never saw gas
burning, nor knew anything of the tele
graph, nor had ridden in
He knew little of newspapers or any
thing else but Indians, and yet he knew
how to play poser, xi hoiuouujw
sles me to account for the number of
good poker players among the back
woodsmen. To make Nesmith happy,
you have only to play poker with him,
V1H 111.11 ! 1.1 Iti wmsAT w r'.
or two of fine cut tobacco, and a big
spittoon. He does notplay with the
same crowd Fernando wood does, but
viln-- invstorntelv. Youmust remem
ber that there are strata m j"
as well as in politics. Washington
Letter. . -
Aw fixfihan-e defines a blunderbuss as
kissing the wrong girl, just as though it
were possible to be wrong in Kissing any
girl, a blunder duss is ior meu wj b
one another as Frenchmen do, or for girls
to kiss one another as they often do for
want of a man to kiss them.
-Bi otont coorm,
I leave on the field by sight,
The print of my lt, in white ;
I scatter the suow,jike chaff;
I whistle and tan0 and laugh ;
I bang at thssash.
The shutts I rattle ; . ; .
O'er ehiiun?s I Oaiih, , . .
I frighte the cattle ;
I breathe, and ths boughs are tossed
Why, every one .knows Jack Frost.
My arms, thjy are long and stout.
And doors nwy not keep me out;
. -Far off to the shipa I pass
One touch aud their ropes are glass
Each poor, lonely tree
I prank np la laces ;
My handiwork see
ad ail Buru oi yuK b ,
And travelers, nipped and lost,
Thy shudder to hear Jack Frost.
Though boisterous I may seem, ..
Yet often I sweetly dream,
And visions of Spring delight .
I hide in my heart by night.
An icicle then
(While everything still is)
I use for my pen, .
And roses and lilies
On window-panes are embossed.
To tell vou of SDrina 1 Jack 1'ros
Wit and Humor.
a nn.nn' itcainoe.
I won a beauteous maid.
Or rather thought I had ;
But when I asked her dad
He got no thundurin mad,
I felt afraid
And when she bade me "stick,"
I did ; but with a frown
He snatched me by the crown.
And yanked me np and down,
And then ;
I " dusted " quick.
Bees are a sting-y set.
A papkb of tax The assessment list.
He was a Warm Spring Indian the
moment he sat down on a hot stove.
What is the largest word in the E-
glish language I Smiles : because there
-is a mile between the first and last let-
" No ma'am" said a grocer, to an ap
plicant for credit, " I don't trust any
body these days. I wouldn't even trust
my jcelings.
" I see the villain in your face," said
lawyer to an unmanageable witness.
" That is a ncrsonal
torted the witness.
When you see a physician sprinkling
ashes on the. icy sidewalk in front of his
residence, you may know he has retired
from the profession.
A cokptoent Bridgport man chased a
horse-car about a mile, the other day,
and when he reached it, discovered that
it had passed his destination.
The difference between a fool and a
looking-glass is said to be that the fool
speaks without reflecting, and that the
looking-glass reflects without speaking.
" Can you run ? " asked a boy of a St.
Iiouis officer who had arrested him.
lake a cuss," was the reply. " Then
chase me," said the boy, and off he
" Johk, I am afraid you have been for
getting me," said a bright-eyed girl to
her sweetheart the other day. " Yes.
Sue, I have been for getting you these
two years."
In the Bondout Methodist Church
on a recent Sunday morning the usual
donning of coats was proceeding amid
considerable confusion, but had not been
completed when the pastor, the Eev. J.
J. Dean, arose to pronounce the bene
diction. He paused a moment and said :
" Brethren, I guess I will put on -my
overcoat hereafter during . the benedic
tion, so as not to lose any time." -.
Ornament and Use.
Ornament and Use Combined. The
Country Gentleman says that the way to
banish rats is to plant asphodel near the
barn or stable where they are, or put
some in their holes. Bats have such an
aversion for this plant that they will quit
the premises where it is. Besides, as a
herbaceous perennial plant, with long
spikes of stately white and yellow flow-'
ers, the asphodel may be regarded -aa
highly ornamental.
Window Gardening. A very orna
mental object is made of a pine cone by
laying it on a warm stove until the scales :
are fully open, then filling the spaces
with equal parts of sand and grass-seed
and hanging it in a dark rocfm for a week
with the lower half immersed in a vessel
of water. On exposure to light, by sub
sequently hanging it in a window, the
seeds will germinate rapidly and produce
a luxuriant growth. It should be
watered daily with lukewarm water.
A Pretty Conceit. An ingenious
method has been invented for ornament
ing apples for holiday presents, Christ
mas trees, etc., which is so simple as to"
be in reach of every one, and may be in
valuable to many who cannot afford
more costly presents. Here is the se
cret : Take a strip .of paper and cut
children's names ; then place the papers
around apples when they begin to color,
and in a week or two Mamie, Jamie, ,
Johnnie, Susie, or whatever the name '
may be, appears on the apple in large
red" letters. These, picked and barreled
by themselves, bring fancy prices for the
Christmas market.
Treatment ow Frozen Hocse Plants.
Don't hurry them into a warm room,
but let them remain whef they got
frost-bitten ; close the shutters or drop
the curtains, so as to make the room
quite dark; then sprinkle the plants with -cold
water direct from the cistern, and
wait for the result, not allowing the room
to become warmer than forty-seven de
grees for twenty-four hours. If a few
drops of spirits of camphor be thrown
into the water before sprinkling it will
be all the better. Plants treated in this
way, though frozen so badly that the
water will freeze on when sprinkled, will
come out unharmed.
, Sleeplessness. -To
take a hearty meal iust before re
tiring is, of course, injurious, because it
is very likely to disturb one s rest and
produce nightmare. However, a little
food at this time, if one is hungry, is de
cidedly beneficial; it prevents the gnaw
ing of an enntv . stomach, with its at
tendant restlessness and unpleasant
dreams, to say nothing of probable head
ache, or of nervous and other derange
ments, the next morning. One should
no more lie down at night hungry -than
he should lie down after a very full
dinner; the consequence of either being ,
disturbing ' and harmful. A cracker or
two, a bit of bread and butter, or cake, a
little fruit something to relieve the
sense of vacuity, and so restore the tone
of the system. is all that is necessary.
. We have known persons, habitual suf
ferers from restlessness at night, to ex
perience material benefit, even though,
they were not hungry, by a very light
luncheon before bed-time. In place of
tossing about for 'two or three hours as
formerly, they would soon grow drowsy,
fall asleep, and not - waken more than
once or twice until sunrise. This mode
of treating insomnia has recently been "
recommended by several distinguished '
physicians, and the prescription has gen
erallv been attended with haonv results. .
1 Scribner for March.