The Albany register. (Albany, Or.) 1868-18??, March 12, 1880, Image 1

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NO. 24
0a this Spaed Fou "vf eek.
So nte tiling
k. B. ItUiieilKKr, Agent.
X. ul friends and the public generally, that
is now settled in nis
ob the old stand rtet doorto 1. C. ttarper Cb ,
Where can be found ai great art assoMinent and
as large a slock ci
Stoves and Eanges
aft can be round In any one house this side of
Portland, and at as
i?iimp9 cto Pipes,
Castlron, Bfass Ac Ennlnelecl
In great vartety. Alarh,
Sheet Iron,
Galvanized Iron,
always oh band, and niado td order, AT L1V-
Call on XTlftie
Albany, October 22, 1873-5v8
Csraer Tirst aai Elis-Worth, sts.,
it. AX.T3J:ltSil,
lias again taken charge of tho
City Drug Store.
having purchased the entire interest of C. W.
Haw, snccassor to A. CarotherS 4 Co.; and is
tr receiving a
Splendid ITott Stock,
trfcich, added tn the former, renders it very
vmplete in all the different departments.
. raeling assured that all can be suited In both
Quality aad. Pries, i;
he aerdiallv invites his old friends and eustdm-
M glT. him a call.
Will reoet-e immediate and earernl atteHLibn
M sat ttanrs, day sad Might.
IfcSar- Pdre Wlrlea and Idqttdra fttr medicina
mrp"e" 4 SAIjT'MARSII.
first streeti 3 doors West of Ferry,
a Lit A r, i obeoosi.
SOXiAC2XZ2Xl G-CETZ, Prop's.
YT i r Vfi nnnihtwd the Cltv Market. I will
II keen constantly on hand all kimlsof Meals
i.M aor ftwL tn Iw obtained in the market.
t will strive at all times to meet tbe wishes of
ll who may favor me with tnetr patronage.
The pdblle generally are invited to call at my
lh whan Tn want, of meats. CJ"Tli hiKhest
aula srioe raid for PORK. SlvlOalS
flew GOOds I New Departure !
JLJL Store lately owned by Mrs. C. P. Oavlti and
saving just eaoeu merco a new mroioeoi uw
Cioica Ilillinary, Trimmings,
Bonnets, Hats, Ac, takes pleasure in inviting
the ladle of Albany and vicinity to call and
inspect tor inemwivw. am gooas wui m soia
at tjrioee that defy competition.
Having secured the services of a first class
; Dfesstnaker1!
t am nfeoared to cat. fit. : J make dresses in
tny style desired, at short notice and in a satis
factory manner.
AdTMaking Clotliing for children a specialty
8 lore on north side of First, east of Ellsworth
track - Tod are Invited to call.
. . , . MRS. O. V. PARKS.
, 1, 1879'
Xafilli'blo Xa&iaa Bemedios.
A Sure Snot For
I ihu tritina at the eoaat and the Inte
rior, I have had tHe stood fortune to" disertyerf
from the "Medicine" men of the several truxss
n .1 Athdv aiiiwm a nrimlici' rvf romediea
for diseases Incident to this cctttltry. oonsistJ
Mar of roots, twrw and hark, and llavinir been
o1leltei by nfctity rlld of tht valley, wild
rave triea ana proved uh einrouy vi
disease, la procure nml nffttt the nUmo tot rttle,
I take this means of ori ilmineintf to all thett;
daring the past season, I have rotfcle an extend
ed tour throtigh the mountains add vallersv
and have seetrod eerlairt of these remedies
wbtca are a surecurd for
Fever arid Ag'xie-
hose snffertng front Agff who desire to? bW
First street. Where I will fnrnfs1 the remedies.
warranting a radical cure or 1 will denmnd tiff
pay. . , w. m. joh-V ,
tc-Rerri&iicrs defne tfrt in ff ptaikages.
na month and'expenses guaranteed to Agts
Outfit free'.' 8baw a Co., Aoirunta, Main
L. ram it.
a. K. CHAKBBKIiAtir.
Attofneys txt Law,
FFICK In Foster's new brick block, first
aoor to tne ieif, up rtairs. vimis
ir. a. BIX.TKC.
Attorney at Law and Solicitors
In CHarttery.
Albany, - ' Oh toon.
COLLECTION'S promptly made ttn all points.
Loans negotiated on reasonable terms.
Ofhce in Foster's new block. nlJvll
courts of the Sta5. Spi Vol attention giv
en to ccllevtiuns and probattf Matters. Office
In Odd FeUoWi' Temple. --. . n47vl
. It. X. MJLCIlBllltft,
alii ax , i t otteUoHi.
business. 2iva
K. B. huStPilBEV. C. E. WOtiVEBTOM.
Humphrey &. Wolverton,
Attorneys sail (-oukiselbrs at liatr.
of thisSfntc. Office in Frbman's brick
(up stairs) Albany, Oregdh. Ilu49
Vttoi-liti- at Law,
fvnviiVp stairs, Brer John ttrlggs'. store,
on trst street.
Attorney and Counselor at Law.
Office, Old Font Offie Building, Albany, Oregon.
Ittll.L PRACTICE in the different Courts of
ft the5:ate. vllns
OFFICE-ln Parrish block, north side First
street, Albany, Oregon.
All bdsiness promptly and carefully attended
to. - - vlln5il
lfeittCwpaIile PhyslclAn isd
OFFICE In Pnrrish's brick; Albany. Oregon.
Chron ic diseases a fsprciaUit. Can be tonnd
m ,mt mt All hours of the dnv or niffht.
when not profMSiDnally absent. v!2nl
OFFICE AD HB9JDENCE -tm serona nr.,
near Albany Engine Co. No. One's engine
house. .
Albany, or.j Jr.n. , bwwbiiu
Physician and Surgeon,
Fromans's Bricks itp stairs
First street, , stsaajr, Orea-M.
Residence one door north of broom facto
ry, Lyon street. 11V13
D. w. baI-Lard; m. iJ;
j; it. rtjWELtl, K. D.
Physicians & Surgeons,
OFriCE At Lelrtlnon Drug Store. 12nl
Fresco, Sign Scene,
IiCtOiItti Painting-.
KOonis 6 and 7; rarrish block, corner First
and Ferry streets, Albnhy, Oregon.
dealer In
lleaTy atid Shelf II af a Ware,
Iron, Steel and Mechanic' TwBla,
First door east of 8. K. Toting,
Dealer and Manufacturer of :
-vro Veneerf ffg-NO Sham. A190 Oregon Ash j
Vi Maple and Pine Suit.. Sprfiig-SSu. Pore
Ifiiir Matrasses. . Also Moss, Wool, Pdln nil
ntraw ueaton nsnuniiuninuni' n.
Work and giKls .Warranted as ttfesmilei.
Cwraaer KcCond svatd rerry St., Ibnny.
ing Jewelry a specialty. Call. v Jin 17
iigearai Mr "Jw H mt Bewia H.
week tn votif own town, as orfrrf t rrffc'
Xorisk. Reader, it vmi want a htiaf nM
at which persons of either sex can make great
nay an i na time wuen mey wore, wnie lor par
titular" H. Hallett St Co,( Portland, Ho.
1 2. 'rSxSS
Albany, j Oregon
Tbe Ribbon 1 tif Honerj
Th night -was very cold, and we
had drawn np around tbe fire an open
fire of Bea coal, which the size ot tbe
room rendered necessary, even when
the furnace was, according to Patrick,
"at tbe top ot its bate." We were a
small parly my oousin.and nay cousin's
wife, her sister, Patty Emerson a dark-
eyed, Cantilian-looking girl, whom you
were constantly naming, in your imag
ination, Senora Inez, or Dolores ; any.
thing but the commonplace "Patty,"
to which she really respondedand
Major Ilowith, an English friend ot
my cousin's and fa charming person,
easy, jovial and sympathetic, and with
a background of personal history which
dated from the Crimea. j
, With myself we made just five, a
group unequal as to whist, but quite
equal to a much livelier pastime story
telling. The Major, good fellow, had
"opened the ball" with a "thrilling
tale" or two from his Crimean experi
ences, and then tor the first time we dis
covered that he was one of those heroes
who had won the Victoria cross. Pat.
ty's eyes glistened.
"Oh, to think," she ciied out, "that
we here in America have gone through
such a war, have had such splendid
heroes, and not a national badge or a
ribbon of honor to crown and specialize
our special heroes !;'
My cousin who was himself some
thing of a hero in the war, and wtioFrt
we all called the Colonel when we did
not more aflectionally and irreverently
style him "Cousin Jim"' at this point
gave utterance to an exclamation which
at once aroused our interest. j
" What is it, Colonel ? There's a bee
buzzing in your bonnet, that's certain ;
and, as I've told all my stories for to
night, you might as well open up your
budget," put in Major Ilowith. We
all joined in this invitation or sugges
tion, and, after a minute or two, my
cousin's pleasant voice was telling the
story of the evening the story ot "The
Ribbon of liohof;"
"Yon remember Melroe ?" he began,
glancing at us three ladies. "He was
the brightest; gayett little fellow this
Melroe,'' addressing himself to Major
Ilowith, "the lite ot my regiment, and
he won bis captaincy, though be was
but twenty -three years old. The night
before his last battle, I recollect, Was a
specially merry evening all round, ow
ing to Mel roc's wit and humorous
drollery. Dateell ot the Fifteenth and
Melroe had a tent together, and Hoyle
and the two brothers, Arfchy and Cam
Browne, together with myself, were
invited in that night to a little supper
ot Mel's giving. I recollect perfectly,
as I went in, seeing Melroe bending
over the oysters which he was cooking
upon a spirit lamp. He was great at
all those things, and Cam Drowne was
running him as only Cam Browne could
You've missed your vocation, Mel ;
you should have been apprenticed to
Soyer,' Cam was saying. , You always
had a knack at that kind ot messing ;
and I remember,' turning to the rest of
ns, 'when he came a . little urch:n to
school, and be actually, at that tender
age, bad furnished himself with sundry
tin cups and various conveniences tor
brewing messes, and be was forever at
it." As I beard this I recalled the
first time I met tbe youngster myself.
I was at tho same school, one ot the
seniors, and he waS a little chap not
yet turned into his teens, very fund of
play, Very fond ot his tin cup business,
and very much afraid of ghosts. I Used
to meet bim running down the corri
dors after dark. And once I remember
very well When we were all in our
rooms nd the lights : were being put
out, bow a little white face looked in
and A little shaky voice cried, 'King,
will you lend me your toothache drops?'
I questioned the boy, 'Got the tooth.
ache, Mel 'No, he answered, 'but
Morty has.' 'So you braved the ghosts
for Morty's toothache,' 1 retorted, vie
lously ; 'and what's more, to my think
ing, the cold. I told him I didn't
thiuk I should crawl out of my warm
bed dfl such an errand ; tbst Jack
Frost 4 the very whitest ghost I ever
sawj was Waiting for him in that entry.
The little chap flared up like a rocket.
Do you think I'd lets chap have a
toothache for till the ghosts in the
world ! he cried - off t,, passionately,
Winding np with, Oh, I hate yon big
boys ; you ere till so Selfish P I tf led
to molify hnn by offering to riht h!a
back, but he snatched; the" drops and
banged the door in my face ; and I
heard bim -runnings down the corridor,
gasping every inch ot (he way tor fear
ot the ghostB, and all for Morty Rich
mond's (his room-mate) toothache ;
and I kuow ot this little man's lying
awake tor hours one night With his own
toothache, which he bore rather than
brave the dark corridor ! I told this
story, jutt as I am telling it no; to tbe
fellows that night iu the tent, as we all
stood and watched Melroe at bis oyrters.
I had a special reason for telling it.
I knew very well that not a man in
all the regiment was so little Under
stood as Holland Melroe perhaps so
little appreciated. His estimate there
that night, with those who liked him
heartily, too, was of a gay,good-humor.
ed fellow, who took his Soldier's life
as easily as was 'consistent with a good
deal ot laziness and a little shrinking
from any active service I felt sure
that I read him better than this, and
that beneath this exterior of laziness
and shriuking there lay nobte quali
ties ot courage and valor. As I finish
ed my story that night Dalzell called
out, 'You ought to have had a medal
for overcominfi your dragon, Mel. 'Or
a tordoii bleii,' Cam Browne suggested
From that they all fell to talking of the
foreign systtm of badges and medals of
honor, and oneot the young men pulled
out ot his pocket, I recollect, a Corn
hill AlaffubinS, and read to us Thacke
ray's Roundabout paper 'On Ribbons.'
Tbe final summing tip ot the talk was
in great agreement with Thackery, and
the general conclusion that we ought to
have a 'ribbon of honor, 'not simply a
Kearney cross, but a graud cordon bleu
or a medal convng straight from the
heart aud hand of that grand old fel
low, Abraham Lincoln,' Dalzell burst
out. 'Ot course we're all too modest
to ever expect to be decked iutbat way,
but how many ot us would disdain it ?" '
he concluded.
"As the talk deepened, Melroe's face
had lost its gayety, I noticed. He
drew a dtep sigh as Dalzell spoke, aud
a wistful look came into his eyes. I
could guess pretty well how it was with
him. What was he beside them?
What brilliant, or courageous, or sol.
dierly, or spirited qualities bad he ?
These men would easily win their cor
don bleu, for they were without fean
Without fear ? That was what was iu
his mind, as he very shortly Confessed
by a blundering, honest question bear
ing directly upon the subject. How
did it feel to be without fear ? Every
man of them knew ot thU Utile" white
ghost of Me'lroe's, yet every one of them
knew that he never had failed to do bis
duty. They had laughed quietly to
gether over it and said, 'Mel is a good
fellow ; he will never run awdy, but
he never will distinguish himself that
is 'certain.' And now suddenly with
his question arose another with them :
How came he here into this voluntary
service with this characteristic? But
before asking it they answered his query-
one and another smiling, yet serious
and truthfnl.
"At their first battle ? Yes, it had
been a shuck, and then it was over'.
Various emotions availed them now,
but none of fear. But how was it with
him ? they asked. They all knew
something ho .v it was, its I have said
but not wholly, until be burst ont im
pult-ively j
"'Weil, to tell the truth, boys, I will
own that I am awfully afraid very
time, to this day, aud I cau'i help it.'
"'Bat how came you here, anyway.
with that feeling j and being here, why
do you stay ?' asked Cain Browne.
"For a moment there was a look Of
surprise on Melroe's face, it look as if
he doubted whether he had' heard
" 'How came I ?" he uttered .slowly ;
'how Would I stay . at home? A man
can't choose at soch a time. It I Baw
an assassin enter my friend's house while
he lay sleeping, I might be very much
afraid of the assassin, but I couldn't
very well go on my way in safety and
tell some other man to go forward to
the rescue. I might recoil ten times
more from the skulking away from it
No,' he went on. 'I thought this all
over ; I knew it Would hurt this kind
ot life but I concluded It would hurt
a great deal more to' turn my back op.
on it. Why, believing as I do, yofl
know, s fellow CoolduV , I Can see
Hoyle and Dalzell and the two Browoei
exchange glances here. They two, aye,-
and every ond of them there, I knew,
Ihertfght of the story of the boy at school
eteri then manfully fightirg his ghosts
for his principle. Those of us who had
nailed at his ghost and raid, Mel h
good fellow ; be never will run away,
but he never will distinguish himself,
that is certain,' now, in contemplation
ot this courageous cowardice, felt im
clined to doff our hats to the simple,
manly fellow we had underrated and to
ask his pardon. . But there was littfe
said in acknowledgment or praise it
was & tender subject, involving this
foregone lighter estimate ; but there
were warmth and rriehdiiuess in the
'Good nights' whith conveyed to him
a sense of sympathyt an assurance to
his modest mind that he had hot spoken
too freely, I remember Cam Browne,
said, laughingly, as he left the tent,
'After all, Captain, you may win your
Cordon bteu before any of as yet.'
"They were light words spoken hasti
ly, out ot the warm. kind heart of the
young officer, as a good natured remark
to evince his belief in that moral cour
age which should make them no longer
light words in the memory of us who
listened to them.
"Tbe next day we fought the battle
of Chancellorsrille. Toward the latter
part ot the day, when defeat was be
ginning to staHJ us in tbe face, after
the earlier promise of victory, which
Combined and splendid action and tbe
most untiring gallantry had given, I
received a triesFJlge from Major Dalzell
to seud a reinfoicement to the left wing,
where Captain Velro and himself were
endeavoring to hold their ground and
save their colors. I had only a hand
ful ot men that I could ill spare, bilt I
sent them immediately, tor I knew that
Dalzell would not have applied tor
help unless be had great need. Im
mediate action being suspended for a
time ou my right, I had a brief oppor
tunity to observe the movements of the
left. As I looked through my glass, I
saw Dalzell advance with Lis column,
not a large body of men, but compact
and in order. A heavv roar of muske
try met them ; still they kept on, though
I could see that the raking fire had told.
The next charge was more fatal. As
the smoke cleared the lamented effect
was obvious. More than one gallant
fellow had fallen; among them was their
leader, Dalzell. - The column began to
waver. The consequence at this panic
ular point ot a panic and a rout would
be especially disastrous. I rose iu my
saddle iu my excitement: Ah,
thought, 'if I could only dash forward
to the rescue !'
"At that momeut I taw that a new
leader had arisen. I saw him rush for
ward ; .1 saw him glance back to tbe
broken, wavering ranks) I saw him
beckon them on with his rwOrd, and.
more than all, by a look ot command
that impressed me even then. At sight
of him the wavering ranks closed in,
and dashed forward With it shout that
reached me where I watched, And
which I knew meant victory or death.
A few moments later the Sixteenth came
up to reinforce the right wing, and I
had the liberty to ride forward. Mel
roe for you have guessed that he was
the leader who took Dalzell'a place
Melroe, by his magnetic leadership, his
dash dud spirit, had saved hia colors
and won; lor hia men at least, a famous
victory, one ot those side issues of suc
cess which go lar to ameliorate the
greater defeat.
"But it was a victory I didn't feel
much like rejoicing in, as I saw Melroe
himself ly:ug on A little hillock, shot
through the heart. Tbe Color-sergeant
a little Irish fellow had dragged
him to the upland where he lay, and as
I approached he took' off bis cap, more
in honor to the dead than to me, and
said chokingly:
" 'See that, Colonel ; he seized 'em
out of my hand as I was tuk dizzy-like
with this scratch on iny forehead, and
when I came to myself be had got his
death a-saving of me and tbe flag sir.'
"The little Sergeant had laid the col
ors upon the breast ot his dead officer as
tenderly as a Wether might strew flow
ers upon her child. , Cam Browne just
then joining me, I pointed out to bim
the sad spectacle. Cam bent over and
touched the tattered remnants ; that
meant so much and had cost to much.
'He has won bis cordon bleu P he said,
significantly. Yes, he had 1Fou his
cordon bleu, the brave little" fellow,"
fighting a double enemy every inch of
tbe way." Tbe Colonel paused It mo
ment and took out an old memorandum
book. Opening it, he drew forth some
thing that fcerued ot many colors, a
strip either of paper or silk only, at few
inches iu length stud breadth. "This," ;
be resumed, "is a piece of" tttt cordon
bleu. It was wet with hut blood when
I took it, and I have kept it ever since, I
for I knew no one else who was nearer
to Melroe than myself, for he was an
orphan, and without brothers or sisters.
If he had bad a sweetheart, I would
have cent it to her, that she might have
known what a hero site had lost In this
young fellow, whose delicate, sensitive
nature shrank froth the conflicts Which
his great soul urged bim into. I have
seen many brave charges, many forlorn
hopes carried since that day, Ilowithi
but 1 never 'saw a braver charge or a
mote forlorn b'dpe carried than this that
led Melroe to his death: We mourned
Dalzell, good fellow, but there was
something in the lom of Melroe that
went beyond every otlier lost. .We
loyed him better than we knew, and
wbrl we buried bim there every one of
us recalled that sentence ot his, 'I mgiht
recoil from the encounter, but I should
recoil ten times more from the skulk
ing away from it.'"
A momentary silence fell upon us all
as the Colonel ceased. But as he closed
his memorandum book, shutting in the
strip of blood-stained, faded silk, a voice
broke the silence :
"James, givo it to me Holland
Melroe's cordon bleu "
"You, Patty?"
"Yes, to me, James," Patty answered,
quite steadily, though white as the dead.
Mechanically, perhaps instinctively,
the Colonel held out tbe sacred memen
to without a word. Bat tbe Colonel's
wife had bo such delicate instinct of the
"What do you mean, Patty?" she
"I mean," returned Patty, with great
dignity, "that I have a belter right to
Holland Melroe's cordon bleu than any
one eke !"
"Ob, Fatty, and all that time you
were " But Mrs. King's discretion
came back to her ; it was too late, bow-
ever, to serve her purpose.
"Yes, Emily ; all the time I was en
gaged to Morton Eames. But you
kuow who brought me into that. It
was scarcely my own, and Holland Mel
roe never sought me after he discover
ed this. I knew his heart and mine.
When I got news of his deatb I broke
my engagement to Morton, but I could
not go talking about Holland then.
had no right to tell the truth then
who lOtild not tell it before who bad
to be told by death what tho wbcle
truth meant dvfen to rriytelf."
By this time we had all been brought
up, as it were, to Patty's revelation-
all but Mrs. King: ' I noticed vaguely
that sbo looked disturbed, and glanced
uneasily fit Major Ilowith. But for that
I should have forgotten his presence,
yet even then he did not seem an in
truder, stranger though he was.
The Colonel, always fond ot his little
sister PStty, as he called her, found new
cause for tenderness now. She had
been Melroe's sweetheart Melroe,
whom he had loved ! . And, leaning
forward, he took her in Lis arms and
kissed her.
The next morning I got the meaning
ot Mrs. King's disturbance. She came
into my room" with the words :
"just think of Patty's making such
a mess of it."
What do you mean?" I inquired,
thoroughly amazed.
"Oh, dear ! what do I mean t Don't
you see that Major Ilowith was im;
mensely pleased with Patty ? And
now, just tor that old sentimental non
sense being dragged np, it will tall
through, for he is not the man to play
second fiddle to any Other titan, dead
or alive. And ii would haye been such
a match for i'atty V Wound tip the
fascinating but worldly Mrs. King)
I turned upon her all the' vials ot my
wrath. Patty had come out most nob
ly, and she ought to be! ashamed it she
couldn't appreciate such nobility, I de
clared. But I did ho good ; she only
reiterated her regrets at fatty's "mess,"
not a whit disturbed by my vials of
wrath. But in this iteration she' was
cut short by bet husband's voiee, as be
came in from the little library which
communicated with' the room we occu-
uied: -! ;
"Eriiily,.y6u don't know irferi quite as
well as yttit think you do, my dear. When
I went Into the smoking-room last nlirht
Major Ho'wfth joined nre, and what do'
you think he said to' rare
"Well,i what?" inquired Sir EmOvj
making a little Impatient movement. -
; "lie said that If Patty was to fee w6ti b
any living man be should try his best to
win her. You see, my dear, youf way of
looking tfpon tMusa defesri't aVa"M if
case and ffee people. liowUh' 13 u mstn to'
appreciate iust such sfleoi endurance and
felthnilnes as Patty revealed, and be
Qocmi t' bclfcre that Lcr heart i forcVcrT
btirie'tl In Melroe's grave any more than t
do. It was my story of Mel that made
everything fresh and Hying to her again;
And now, Mrs. Emily, don't you talk this
over td Patty not a word, mind, or you
may never Iiave Major Howlth for a
Mrs. Emily laughed.
"Oh, lean keep a secret, "when Hike,
as well as Patty, and I'll keep this ; and
I'm glad your sentiment has turned old;
better than my sense this time, sir," she
retorted, gayly. , r ' !
Her husband laughed too, but he looked
at her, I thought, a little sadly, as he re
plied : : . ' .. ;
"Ah; Em ! perhaps you'll see some time"
that our sentiment, as you call It, la better
than your sense."
But she never will l '
Seven years ago this conversation took
place, seven 'ysars agotbls vtry day 4 ajhL
this morning I went down to the St. Dents
to call upon Mrs. Felix Lundy Howith,
who had just arrived from England on A
three months visit. Before I left her a
sweet-facett English girl came bringing iri.
a sweet-faced half-English and half-Amer;
lean baby of two years, though he looked
for all the worltPas much like a young
Castillan 3 his dark-eyed mother.
"And what is his name f t asked.
ilolliiud Holland Melroe Howitli.'
Felix named him, and he would have ii
so. Wasn't it superb of him ? But Felix
Is superb you never saw such a man;'
dear, as Felix." . - - .
I told my cousin, the Colonel, of this'
conversation. lie looked at his wife, that
pretty; light-natUred; fascinating little"
Emily. - "
"Here's dltr sentiment it gainst your
sense, Mrs. Emily. You see how well lfi
works?" . -r ;
"Yes, I see," she answered, "but"
laughing In our faces "I was right In one
thing. I told you the Major wasn't tho
man to play second fiddle, and he isn't!
He assigns that part to his sou, you see !"
-yortth Ptorry, in Appteton'a Journal'.
A short tittie since, when one of ctio
elevated ralHVay trains stopped at tho
Ninth street station, an elderly woman,
plainly dressed And looking like one of the,
working class, entered with thj crowd.
Te seats seemed to be all occupied,' but
one, which she did not see, was vacant..
An old jrentlerhan reading a newspaper
glanced up and saw iter standing near tbe -doo-.
He then looked along theCtcand
saw the vacant seat. Leaving bis owrf,
seat he advanced to the plainly dressed,
woman, raised his hat,-motioned to th
vacant seat, escorted her half way to It,
bo we. I courteously and returned to his
own place and resumed his reading with
out seeming to think that be had done any?
thing that any one should notice. It was
noticed, however; and a lawyer, who was
iu the car; and who recognized Charles
O 'Conor, said to a friend beside him :
"That's O'Conor, every lueb. He would
rather do that, for a plain, poor woroarj
than for the finest lady in New York. Ho
has his oddities, but tliere Isn't a more
thorough gentleman living."
While Chief Justice Cray of tho
Massachusetts Supreme Court was en
joying his favorite exercise of horseback-:
riding dii a" highway bordering 011
Jamaica Plain Pond, near Boston, on
Sunday, a crack in the ice produced a
loud report which startled bis horse,
causing it to jump suddenly aside.' " The
Chief Justice was thrown to the ground
receiving a fracture ot the right arm
near the elbow.
An omce-holder at Washington once
wrote to' Texas that he wa having a grand
time, and was really "a biger man than
old Grant." .The letter fell into maltciou
hands; Wits given publicity, and sealed hU
political doom. General Russ of Indian
was lately so Imprudent as to write ay
similar epistle. Having been -summoned
to Washington as a witness in a case some
what partisan in character, he wrote to
a frtettu a glowing description of hn
fascinations of the great Republic's erfpltaV.
and added: "I'll be home In a day or
two, but before I come back I will arrangn
it so that you can get summoned as a
witness. Then you can have your tun."
The letter waa promptly printed and
General Russ 14 on the retired list.
The Judges of the Supreme Court ot
Iowa are being pestered with a very dis
agreeable accusation. Thev havn rmt -
charging the State mileage ior their
regular official tours, and It Is now assert
ed that every one of them rides on a free,
railroad pass. It is bad enough tot- a"
member of tbe LerHslatm-n tn h miirv
a trick Of the kind, but how can a Supreme
f kmrt Judge descend to such a practice and
awp ma ermine nnsponea r , .
The British costal svstem la ronsldpinhlv
in advance of ours. Its latest novelty is to'
be the issue of postal notes of small de-
nominations, wbicb can be purchased bv
tho package and sent through tbe r&aii,-
tvitll all ilia' tfn'&fw nf a ..I.. -
The convenience will be in obviating the",
necessity ot puchasing an order every time
a small sum reatilres to' be mailed. The
American SVStem rriicht tin materially
Improved. , -
An epidemic In India' fs not an affair
jus-t Important , enough to warrant the
liberal abuse of some. Board of Health."
Neither U it lust severe encrtich to rcaka
doctors look cheerful act! wise. It creates
a vacancy in human ranks.. By tbe fever '
mac spread . tnrougn toe norm western,
provinces of that country, a lew months.
ago, : 400,000, people perished. .Never
theless there Is and overplus of population
there"..- ;v :1.r.,- , -.,
TBo Northern Pacific tetfsrfo amYlf.
situated on tbe banks ot tbe Yakima river. .
ai the fobt of tbe Cascade rangts employ
about one hundred awl twenty-five men. "
There will be 100,00U,uoo xeei 01 jogs tor.
ties, bridge timber and culvert fioatetr
down Jo Yakima river from the Kittitas
county this Summer sod Tall.'