9) FAEM AND GABDEN. Grafting the Grapevine, and Other Topics of Interest. r Grafting the Grapevine. Numerous inquiries have been made this spring as to the method of graft ing the grapevine, but too late for a reply to be given in time to be useful this season. Some of the writers pro pose to take wild grapevines, and use them as stocks upon which to graft desirable varieties. This would be very poor economy. An old vine of any kind is rarely worth reinbving.and east of all, a wild one. Such vines axe poorlv furnished with roots, and would make very poor stocks. If one already has an old vine of a poor va riety, and wishes to graft it with a more desirable kind, he can do so by digging down and inserting the cions below the surface of the ground. The proper season for this operation is in the fall, when vegetation is at rest. If the old root is in a healthy condition, a very vigorous growth "will follow. Another method of grafting is to in sert the cion in a strong cane,or branch of the vine, selecting one that may be beat down, and have the union of -stock and cion, with a joint or two of the cane, covered with soil The method known as whip-grafting is em ployed, the cion and stock being held together by a tie, instead of wax. The grafted cane is then laid in a shallow trench, in such a manner that a bud or two of the cion will be above ground. This, it will be seen, is a combination of lavering and grafting:. The cion is nourished at lirst by the old vine, but in the course of the sea son, the buried portion of the cane will produce abundant roots, and in the tall may be separated from the parent plant. This operation should be performed early in spring, before there is danger of copious "bleeding," which might prevent the union. It may also be done upon the new frowth, after the shoots of the season ave become sufficiently' matured, in this case using cions of similar new growth. This method with new wood we have not tried, but it is said to be successful. Nearly all of cur hardy grapes are grown so readily from cut tings, and come into bearing so soon, that this is the usual and least trouble some manner ol propagating them. , Hivlne Bees. Some apiarists practice clipping one wing of each queen. Then when a swarm issues from the hive, she can not follow, but crawls about upon the .ground in front of the hive. The bee keeper catches, cages, and lays her aside in the shade, moves the old hive to a new location, and by the time the swarm has decided to return, because it has no queen, he has a new hive similar in appearance to the old one, upon the old stand, and the bees, taking it for their old home, enter it, and while they are going in, the queen is allowed to run in with them. Thus the bees hive themselves without being allowed to even cluster. An objection to this method is, that queens are sometimes lost in the grass. When a swarm of bees returns, it may enter -the wrong hive, and if it makes no mistake in this direction, it occasion ally clusters all over the outside of the hive, and remains there a longtime be fore entering. If the queen is allowed to enter the hive too soon, she may ome out again, thinking, perhaps, that she has not "swarmed." and the bees follow her. There are some in v dications that clipped queens are re garded by the bees with dissatisfaction, and are thus superseded. A queen that is lost can often be found by look ing for the little knot of bees that mually accompanies her. If a swarm attempts to enter the wrong hive, a sheet can be thrown over the hive. If . a queen is not given to a swarm until the bees begin to show signs of un easiness, she Is not apt to leave the hive. When the queen is undipped, a swarm will usually soon cluster upon the branch of some tree. As the clus ter begins to form, it should be noticed whether it is in a favorable location far removal. If it is where several hranches cross, some of them should be cut away with the knife or pruning shears, .leaving but one branch for the bees to cluster upon. If the bees are slow in clustering, and more swarms are momentarily expected, their move ments can be hastened by sprinkling 'tfacm with water, using a fountain pump. Specimen Orchards. Of all classes of business men, fruit growers should be the slowest to take things from hearsay. Nothing but demonstrable facts should satisfy them. Their bnsiness is dealing with "futures." too far remote to be trifled with. They plant trees to bear truit, not next autumn, like a field of corn, bat five or trenty years from now. Hence they must be very sure that the tree they plant this spring is not only of the best age and shape, but of the variety best adapted to their purpose. How are they to know this? Only in one way by actual experiment. A Ctower sees a beautiful specimen of fru.it, and finds it highly recommended. The fruit pleases him; as a specimen it seems perfect; but unfortunately it was grown many.milos away, or in an other state, and how is he to know it will succeed on his farm? The soil may be different, perhaps the climate is also. His only sure way will be, to buy five or ten trees, plant them in a specimen orchard and see. In due time he will know whether to plant that variety by the hundred, or dig up the trees he has. If every one of his neighbors also had a few trees on trial, their united testimony would bo con clusive for that locality. This should apply to small fruits as well. The "'Big bob" may be the biggest of strawberries, but how can we know it -is the best for us, if not by actual trial? Let each grower set apart a plot of ground for a specimen orchard, and each year add several new varie ties. Give an average amount of care ami cultivation, and carefully note the growth, habit and peculiarities of the trees, and finally the fruit of each. 'Rte writer has such an orchard of trees, gathered from four States. It comprises new varieties and "promis ing seedlings." The trees are not yet ilarge enough to bear, but if the future profits equal the present pleasure of comparing the different trees, tho ven ture will be a very satisfactory one, to say nothing of the information gained. The Jersey Cattle Boom. The leading aim of tho best breeders now seems to be to breed for tno but ter record. This is so much the ease, that the great majority of .Jersoy cows that have a record below fourteen pounds of butter a week, are compara tively aheap, while those with a record of fourteen pounds a week, upwards to twenty-five and thirty pounds a week, are comparatively high. Those at the top of the scale are sought for and bring fabulous prices, or what would be called such a few years ago. Great emphasis is put upon their but ter record, and the conditions of the tests, as to rations and previous feed of cow, continually grow more precise and satisfactory. The aim is, to show the value of a given animal on a speci fied value of rations, as a machine for making butter, or what the cow will do on grass alone, in flush feed. These tests are made under the super vision of the American Jersey Cattle Club, or under the direction of such witnesses as secure impartially and give entire confidence in their correct ness. These butter records of the Jer seys are quite remarkable, compared with the average yield of other cows. They are remarkable especially, as showing the prepotency of bulls. American Agriculturist. Minor Topics. It is said that the Baldwin apple has seven synonyms, the Fallawater sev enteen, and some others as many as thirty different names. It is said that eggs from hens in close confinement seldom hatch well. It is also advisable in selecting fowls to breed from not to take the largest. Half a pint of sunflower seeds given to ,a horse with his other food each morning and night will keep him in good health and spirits and his hair will be brighter. Horses soon be come very fond of the sunflower soed3. There is no better investment for farmers than in draft horses. They arc as much a staple in the markets as wheat, pork or coffee, and can as quickly be turned into cash. An experienced dairyman says : "Never churn your cream till the but ter comes in chunks as big as your fist. Stop churning when the butter grains are twice the size of a pin head. Such butter has good grain and brings more than greasy butter." Potatoes should be planted, as far as possible, on new soil, for natural vegetable refuse, such as grass or clover sod turned under, is better than stable manure for this crop. Plow deep, so as to encourage the growth of tuber rather than of top. From a single kernel of wheat 1,020 pounds of grain have been produced in three years in Grass Valley, Cal. The lirst year there were- twenty-two stalks and heads, yielding 860 kernels. These were planted and yielded one fifth of a bushel, and last season there was raised from this seventeen bush els. For the early fattening of lambs pro vide small troughs in a yard adjoining the sheep fold, with entrance a little too small for the old sheep to go through, put a few oats or a little cora- meal or cottonseed meal every day. The lambs will begin to eat when three weeks old and grow rapidly. Sheep husbandry is well worth con sidering on account of its poculia adaptibilily for association with all branches of agriculture. A well se lected flock will, in a majority of in stances, add to the value of grain and grass crops, while adding in other di rections to the polit side of the balance sheet. An Ohio farmer expresses the opin ion that if a person takes proper care of his land, uses clover, occasionally plowing a good crop under; keeps sheep and feeds them clover, ha' and corn fodder in the barn, and spreads the manure in his fields, he can raise good crops of grain and grass without the costly commercial fertilizers. Objections are raised to plank floors for hog houses, on the ground that they are colder than the warm dry soil. 'Protection over and arouud the bogs will keep them quiet, while they would be constantly squealing on a plank floor. Rheumatism, catarrh and lameness, from knotty legs, are also said to be caused by plank flooring. Pasteur's Greatest Achievement. The greatest single achievement of Pasteur was his restoration of the silk-worms in France to their normal health, after he had discovered and treated successfully the disease which he found them suffering from. The wool-worm or sheep of France was suffering, too, from a fatal disease, anthrax, which nobody had yet ex plained or found a remedy against. For quiet and practical benevolence, no act of man in France for many years equals the work of Pasteur in searching out and overcoming these two pests of the industries by which millions are supported, and the beau ty ofhis achievement is that it seems likely to hold good for all time, and to be. as it has been, the indication for other discoveries of even greater im portance. It is not likely that even Pasteur himself will make many more, for he is now 62 years old, and has never fully recovered from the paraly sis which attacked him in l"jf8, at the close of his labors in thsilk-worm regions of France. It is needless to describe what be did in this enterprise, for it has often been published and is the most romantic episode in his ro mantic career. He restored to its for mer prosperity the cocoon industry which had yielded more than 130,000, 000 francs a year, but which the "pep perage" (nebrine) had reduced in amount to less than 30,000,000 francs. The yield had been 26,000,000 kilo grams of cocoons in 1853, but in 1865 only 4,000.000, so that the pecuniary loss in 12 years amounted by that time to 25,000,000 a year. No other achievement of Pasteur's had such immediate and beneficial pecuniary results for now the yearly income has been restored, and not only m France, but in other countries of the silk-worm. Springfield Republican. Punishment of Falsifiers. During the fourteenth century there can be no doubt that the companies exercised a very effective superintend- j ence over trade and manufacture. The ! city records abound with the accounts of the exposure and punishment oi j fraud at the instigation of the compa- ! nies, whose representatives seem to have used their powers of scrutiny and I search with considerable vigor. Some of the cases reported with all solemni ty in the "Renibraneia" are very quaint and afford a curious insight in to the manners of the times. Thus in ! 1311 we read of scrutiny of "false hats, "being prosecuted "at the re-i quest of the "hatters," with the result that fifteen black and forty gray hats were seizeu as taise, ana conuemneu to be burned in Chepe; while "certain other hats," of the bona fides of which there was some doubt, were "post- ! poned for future consideration." In 1316 "the good folk of the trade of potters" denounced to tho mayor and aldermen diverse persons, and es pecially one "Aleyn le Sopere," who ; busied tnemselves by buying "in di verse places pots of bad metal, and then put them on the fire so as to re sembfe pots that have been used and are of old brass, and then" the record continues, "they expose them for sale in West Chepe on Sundays and other festival days to the deception of all those who buy such pots; for the mo- j ment they are put upon the lire and j exposed to great heat, they come to nothing and melt. By which roguery and falsehood the people are deceived. 1 and the trade also is badly put to slander." The magistrates, of the fourteenth century were not restricted to the dull monotony of "40 shillings or a month," and they seemed indevis- i ing penalties to have given scope to ' their powers of invention. For exam- I pie, one Quilnogge having bought a ' putrid pig, which had been laying a long time by the riverside, for 4 pence, cat from it two gammons for sale, and j sold part thereof "in deceit of thepeo pie." He was sentenced to stand in the pillory while "the residue of the gammons was burned beneath him." In the same way a seller of bad wine was condemned to stand in the pillory, to drink a draught of his own stuff and to have the remainder poured over his : head.- We may well envy our ances tors the protection of this excellent ! law, and sigh that the solace of its dis- criminating application is denied to us. Quarterly Review. MARCH 28. Properly Packing a Trunk. "Each dress should have its own wrap or cover, to preserve it from chafing and fading. Take fine, firm cotton cloth, something over a yard wide, cut it into squares then hem and wash i he squares. They should bo fine, to take no room, and weigh little; firm to keep away dust; hemmed, that you may keep the same side next the silk; and washed to do away with the bleaching chemicals, which are liable to change the color of the silk. Fold the bottom of the train back and forth in eighteen or twenty three-inch folds, so as to fit the box you have for it. The bottom now being all together, you will cover it with a small cloth or towel, to keep the dusty train from rubbing against the cleaner parts of the robe; roll the whole dress loosely to the size and shape of the box, lay it upon the white cloth, and fold the corners of the same over the top of the package, and place it in the box. Now loosen the roll and adjust it to its space, so as to favor any delicate or easily crushed portion of the dress as Medici collars, flower garniture, embroidery, etc., relieving crowded places, and d:stributing the thick to the thin spots. When you come to use the robe, shake it out, and you will find it in good condition. The fold of a dress or shawl will often work up between the trays or boxes, and by motion of cars, wagons, etc., get chafed into holes; to avoid this, pin the cloth cover so it cannot jut over the box. To pack laces, fold them in blue tissue-paper or soft linen, because white paper contains bleach ing acids, and discolors and decays ribbon or lace. The same is true of white shoes or glovos, and especially silver ornaments. The latter though worn every evening, retain their pur ity and brilliancy for months if kept closely in blue tissue-paper. Shoes and slippers should never be folded together without a cloth or paper be tween them, as the sole of one soils the upper of the other. Put one in the cloth, tnrn it over, theu add the other. Mrs. Helen Potter. An Eventful Day In the History of the French BepnbUc. Most people, writes a Paris corre spondent to The New Fork Times, sup posed that the Ferry cabinet fell in sonsequence of a hostile vote in the 2h ambers, but the Univers is not of that opinion; on the contrary, it as serts and proves to the entire satisfac tion of the editorial staff that "it was the hand of the Almighty which pushed Jules and his colleagues into the abyss." There can be no possi ble doubt on this point, declares M. Veuillot; look at the date, he says, and then, if you do not believe, you must be more incredulous than Didy mus. Did not the news of that disas ;er at Langson reach the ministry on ;he 28th of March, and does not the world's history show that the 28th of March is fatidical? It was on that date that the "abominable" decrees against the religious orders of France were promulgated; it was two days after the 28th of March that the Kroumir rebellion began in Tunisia: it nras on but I will quote as a curiosity uuf for the benefit of amateurs of datal joincidences a list of incidents con nected with the 28th of March which is calculated "to make to creep the flesh of a raven," and leave conclusions therefrom to your readers: A. D. 3. Death of Herod the Great, who M. Renan afliirms dirt not order the massacre of the innocents. A. D. 35. (See Pliny, Book IV,) Burial, with great pomp, at Rome, of a crow which could distinctly articu late "Ave Imperator." A. D. 58. Beginning of the Swiss immigration into Gaul. A. D. 198. Death of the Emperor Pertinax. . A. D. 440. -Death of Pope Sixtus III. A. D. 752. Coronation at Soissons, by Zacharias, of Pepin le Bref. A. D. 1285. Death of Pope Martin IV. A. D. 1477. Decapitation, for high treason, of Murgonnet, chancellor of the duchy of Burgundy, and his ac complice, the Sire d'luibereourt. A. D. 1482. Death of Mary, of Bur gundy, who had vainly endeavored to procure their pardon. A. D. 1563. Death of the mathema tician and poet, Henry Glaireau. A. D. 1578. Death of the Cardinal de Guise. A. D. 1G62. Death of Pierre de Boiset, one of the original forty im mortals of the Academia Francaise. A. D. 1719. Coronation of Ulric, at Upsal. A. D. 1757. Drawing and quarter ing of Damiens, who tried t5 kill Louis XV. with a pen-knife. A. D. 1790. Passage by the French .national assembly of a law abolishing the use of that gallows which M. Paul de Cassagnac suggested on the last Monday as the most suitable form of punishment for M. Ferry's shortcom ings. A. D. 1793. Edict of the convention against the emigres and proclamation of Gen. Dumouriez outlawing the con vention. A. D. 1795. Capture of the Vendean chief Charette. A. D. 1803. Letter from the Comte de Provence to Gen. Bonaparte re serving all his rights to the throne of France. A. D. 1809. Death of the actor Dazincourt. A. D. 1846. Triumph of routine and red tape in the great speech of the legitimist barrister Berryer denounc ing the electric telegraph. A Canary Bird's Bacchanal Song. A tiny yellow-feathered canary bird stopped eating hemp seed, and began cocking its head on one side, then scratching its bill with one claw, the bird began to sing in flute-like tones. "We won't go Home 'till Morning." Every note was as true and prompt as a French music box. Despite the ani mated appearance of tho songster, it was so unnatural to hear the royster iug song of the bacchanals chanted by a canary, that the bystander looked suspiciously around to find the music box which was playing tho tune. The bird belongs to L. D. Stebbins, the watchmaker, on Wisconsin street, and he explained the modus operandi by which the little songster acquired its surprising faculty. He said that the bird had been bred by himself, being a common canary. The parent birds were chosen with reference to volume of voice and qual ity. "As soon as the bird was born," he said, "the education was begun. A mouth organ was the educator em- j ployed. Beginning thus early it was eight months before the education was completed. The bird can sing 'We Won't go Home 'till Morning, fault lessly, but there its acquirements end. It has never heard any other song. That tune was played at the bird three times a day on an organ. It is a com mon canary, and is valuable on ac count of its superior education, inso much that 1 was offered 845 for it a few days ago, Ignorant common ca naries sell for S4, which proves con clusively that there is nothing lost by educating them. Milwaukee Wiscou- Ex-Congressman Converse, of Ohio, Is a capital conversationalist. Grant as a Soldier. From an anecdotal and reminiscent article by General Adam Badeau, on the characteristics of Grant as a soldier, in the May Century Magazine we qnote the following: "At the close of the war, the man who led the vic torious armies was not forty-three years of age. He had not changed in any essential qualities from the cap tain in Mexico or the merchant in Galena. The daring and resource that he showed at Donelson and Vicksburg had been foreshadowed at Panama and Garita San Cosine: the persistency be fore Richmond was the development of the same trait which led him to seek subsistence in various occupations, and follow fortune long deferred through many unsuccessful years. Developed by experience, taught by circumstance, learning from all lie saw and even more from what he did, as few have ever been developed or taught, or have learned, he neverthe less, maintained the self-same person ality through it all. The character istics of the man vere exactly those he manifested as a soldier directness of purpose, clearness and certainly of judgement, self-reliance and immuta ble determination. "Grant's genius, too. was always ready; it was always brightest in an emergency. All his faculties were sharpened in battle; the man who to some seemed dull, or even slow, was then prompt and decided. When the circumstances were once presented to him, he was never long in determin ing. He seemed to have a faculty of penetrating at once to the heart of things. He saw what was the point to strike, or the thing to do, and he never wavered in his judgment after ward, unless, of course under new contingencies. Then he had no false pride of opinion, no hesitation in un doing what be had ordered; but if the circumstances remained the same, he never doubted his own judgment. I asked him once how he could be so calm in terrible emergencies, after giving an order for a corps to go into battle, or directing some intricate manoeuvre. He replied that he had done his best and could do no better; others might have ordered more wisely or decided more fortunately, but he was conscious that he had done what he could, and gave himself no anxiety about the judgment or the decision. Of course he was anxious about the accomplishment of his plans, but never as to whether he ought to have at tempted them. So, on the night of the battle of the Wilderness, when the right of his army had been broken and turned, after he had given his orders for new dispositions, he went to his tent and slept calmly till morning. . . . Not that he was indifferent to human life or human suffering. I have been with him when he left a hurdle racw, unwilling to see men risk their necks needlessly;. and he came awav from one of Blondin's exhibitions at Niagara, angry and nervous at the sight of one poor wretch in gaudy clothes crossing the whirlpool on a wire. But he could subordinate such sensations when necessity required it. He risked his life, and was ready to sacrifice it, for his country; and he was ready, if need came, to sacrifice his countrymen, for he knew that they too made the offering. "it was undoubtedly as a fighter rather than a manosuvrer that Grant distinguished himself. He was ready with resource and prompt in decision at Belmont and Donelson, but it was the invincible determination at both these places as well as at Shiloh that won. As with men, so with armies and generals: skill and strength are tremendous advantages, but courage outweighs them all. ... In bat tle, as in strategical movements, Grant always meant to take the initia tive; he always advanced, was always the aggressor, always sought to force his plans upon the enemy; and if by any chance or circumstance the ememy attacked, his method of de fense was an attack elsewhere. At Donelson, as we have seen, when his troops were pushed back on the right he assaulted on the left; and this was only one instance out of a hundred. This, too, not only because he was the invader, or because his forces were numerically stionger, but because it was his nature in war to assail. In the Vicksburg campaign his army was smaller than Pemberton's; yet he was the aggressor. In the operations about Iuka his position was a defen sive one, but he attacked the enemy all the same. It was his idea of war to attack incessantly and advance in variably, and thus to make the opera tions of the enemy a part and parcel of his own." Andrew Johnson's Industry. Andrew Johnson has had few equals in industry in the white house. He rose at 6, and until breakfast, which was served at 7 :30, looked over the newspapers. Immediately after break fast he went to the executive apart ments, and commenced the labor of the day. First,- there were bundles of letters to be read and the replies dic tated to the secretaries. Applications for appointments, promotions, dis charges from the army and navy, political advice, petitions for executive clemency, and innumerable other sub jects were disposed of; but, before half completed, the visitors commenced to flock into the ante-roims and thrust their cards upon him. Pardon-seekers swarmed on every hand. Former owners of confiscated property paced up and down before the door of the president's room, and females with in describable effrontery, insisted upon immediate admittance. After the most important business of the morning had been disposed of, the visitors were admitted one by one, and the president submittted himself to the artesian process. This lasted till about half-past 1 or 2, sometimes 3 o'clock, when the doors of his apart ment were opened and the whole crowd admitted. At such times Col. John son, son of the president, or Col. Browning, private secretary, stood near the president and took memor anda as dictated by him on the cases of the visitors who succeeded each other with subjects for executive ac tion, like the dense throng at a post- office window. I he president s man ner at such times was always pleasant, and gave confidence to the most timid. His decisions were quick, and each in dividual who laid his case before the president learned in half a dozen cour teous words the final decision. When all had been listened to, and the halls were once more empty, the president turned again to papers on his table un til 4 o'clock, the hour for dinner. Af ter dinner he returned to his office, and there generally remained until a late hour, seldom retiring before 11 o'clock. His favorite journalists were J. B. McCullagh. better known as "Mack," of The Cincinnati Com-nercial, and Simon P. Hanscom, the editor of The Washington Republican, both of whom enjoyed his entire confidence, which Mr. Hanscom derived consider able profit from by aiding applicants for office. Ben: Perley Poore in The Boston Budget. Taken Without Bloodshed. The barttered old fort (Sumter) was in possession of the Confederates, says General Roseorans, and one night a Union soldier of the force that was holding Morris Island said he believed he would pull over to Sumter and get a brick for a relic. He had been hit ting the commissary bottle pretty fre quently, and was in a condition to do anything. Taking an old water- logged skid' he pulled out, and was lost in the darkness. It was a long way, and he was beginning to think himself gone up, when he suddenly entered under the shadows of the walls, and heard click. "Who goes there?" Standing up as well as he could in the boat, he threw up both hands and cried, "Yank." "What do you want. Yank?" "Want one o' them bricks." "You got one in your hat now." "Yon bet I have, but I want an other." "All right; come ashore and get one." "He landed, walked up a short dis tance, and, -sobered up by this time, took the first brick he' found, and started back in quick older for the boat. "Say, Yank, are all you uns drunk over there?" "Pretty much; how is it with you?" "Some" of us air, and some us ain't. Good night, Yank." "Good night. Johnnie." "That man," continued the General, with a quick twinkle in his eyes, "that man, if he is alive to-day and has the brisk imagination of some men I know, is telling his children how he arrived at Fort Sumter one stormy night, and in a terrified single-handed "combat with forty rebels, killed thirty-nine and brought the fortieth away badly wounded." Chicago Ledger. Senator Sp oner, of Wisconsin, doesn't weieh as much us a barrel of sugar, but the girs say he is nevertheless a blg.spooner. Phantom Snips. We are not surprised that the an cient mariners peopled the sea, in their quaint mythology, with imaginary creatures, or invested the most com mon things and occurrences with prog nostic influences. Following them with their sea-faring delusions, came the monks of the Middle Ages, pre tending to chronicle, with scrupulous accuracy, saintly interpositions at sea, etc., etc. The sailors wore excusable, on account of their ignorance and credulity, but the same apology can not be offered in behalf of the monks. It is not our purpose, in this article, to enumerate the superstitions, and still less to speak of the curious legends, only in so far as they may be directly connected with the title of our article. In a very rare book entitled "Otia Imperialia," written by Gervase of Tilbury, in 1211, is a very odd story, related with all the soberness of fact. In substance it is as follows: As the people were coming out of a church in England, on a dark, cloudy day, they saw a cable dangling from the clouds, and, upon examination, found attached to it a ship's anchor which had caught in a heap of stones. Suddenly the cable became taut, as if an unseen crew were trying to haul it up, while clamorous orders issued from the clouds overhead. To their surprise a sailor came sliding down the cable, and was suffocated by the thick atmosphere in the presence of the gaping crowd. His shipmates cut the cable and sailed away. The anchor which they left behind them was made into fastenings and ornaments for the door of the nearest church. Whether they still exist, in commemoration of the wonderful event, we are not pre pared to say. The phantom ship was an object of firm belief to the Norman fisherman, and would be driven into port when ever the prayers for the souls of their lost kinsmen had failed to be effica cious. In "Credulities Past and Pres ent," is an account of what would fol low such a mysterious visitation. The widows and children pud friends of tho seamen who were supposed to have been drowned, would rush to the quay. Cries of recognition would arise, but no returning cry from the crew. The bells would sound the hour of midnight, and the fog would steal over the sea, amid which the vessel would disappear. Amidst the sobs and cries of tho spectators of the phantom ship the warning voice of the priest would be heard: "Pay your debts! Pray for the lost souls in Purgatory!" There is a legend of a Herr Von Falkenbeg who was condemned to beat about the ocean until the Day of Judg ment, on board a ship without a helm or steersman, playing at dice for his soul with the devil, it was common for seamen who traversed the German Ocean to declare that they had met the phantom ship. Some legend of the kind suggested to Coleridge his "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." There is a spectre ship in it, and dice are thrown for the souls of the crew. Her lips were red, her looks were free, Her locks were e low as gold; Her skin was white as leprosy, The night-mare L fe-iu-death was she, Who th cks man's blood with cold. The Flying Dutchman was a name -. given to one of these phantom ships. It scudded before the wind under a heavy press of sail, when other ships were afraid to show an inch of canvas. She was generally declared to have been seen in the vicinity of the Cape of Good Hope, and was always regarded as the worst of all possible omens. Her crew committed some atrocious crime; the plague broke out among them; no harbor would consent to shelter them; the apparition of the ship still haunts the seas in which the crimes were perpetrated, etc. The superstition originated with the Dutch, though the English sailors put the most faith in the legend. Sir Walter Scott alluded to the ship as a harbinger of wo: Or, of that phantom ship whose form Shoo:s like a meteor through the storm. Full sprea'l and crowded every sail The dumon-friaate braves the gale, And well the doomed spectators know The harbinger of wreck and wc ! It was probably no uncommon oc currence in early" times for seafarers to fall in with ships abandoned to the winds and waves, with corpses on board. Such instances may have sug gested the legends. On the other hand they may have had their origin in the looming up, or apparent suspension in the air, of some ship out of sight a phenomenon sometimes witnessed at sea, and caused by unequal refraction in the lower strata of the atmosphere. We close our article with a Cornish trad i t i o n of a phantom ship as related " by Mr. Hunt: One night a gig's crew was called to go to the westward of St. Ive's Head. No sooner was one boat launched, than several others put off from the shore, and a stiff chase was maintained, each one being eager to get to the ship, and she had the appearance of a foreign trader. The hull was clearly visible; she was a schooner-rigged vessel with a light over her bows. Away they pulled, and the boat which had been lirst launched still kept ahead by dint of mechanical power and skill. All the men had thrown off their jack ets to row with more freedom. At length the helmsman cried out, "Stand ready to board her!" The sailor row ing the bow-oar, slipped it out of the row-lock and stood on the forethwart, taking his jacket on his arm, ready to spring aboard. The vessel came so close to the boat that they could see the men, and the bow-oar man made a grasp at the bulwarks. His hand found nothing solid, and he fell, being caught by one of his mates, back into the boat, instead of into the water. Then ship and lights disappeared. The next morning tho Neptune of London, Captain Richard Grant, was wrecked at Gwithian, and all on board perished. Frank H. Stauffer, tn Chicago Cur rent. Overheard on the telephone between St. Pe'ersburg and London: "Look here, Czar, you are Russian things too much, you just tell your men to Komoroff from Peujileh." "Don'l you worry, Gladstone, this ' Ameer joke Don't you get too Bombaystic about it. We'vi made up our minds Tlrpul along still further, Atlleboro Advocate.