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Swing, swinr! sin?, sing!
here's my Throne and I am a Kin:;
Swing, sin-; ! swins; sing !
Farewell, Earth, f r I am on the Ming!
Low, high, here I fly,
Like a bird through sunny sky!
Free, free, oyer the lea,
Over the mountain, over the sea!
Up, down, ud and down,
Which is the way to London town!
Where, where ! Up in the air !
Close your eyes and now you are there I
Soon, soon, afternoon,
Over the sunset, over the mooi
Far, far, over all bar,
Sweeping on from star to star!
No, no! low, low!
Sweeping daisies with my toe.
Low, low, to and fro,
Slow slow slow slow.
often she had wished she could take Urns motion, which; feeing transmitted
one home to play with! She crept out through the fin' thread, moves the j w
Ever so many years ago there was
a little girl named Polly who lived on
a beautiful farm where there were
plenty of cows and pigs and chicken.-;,,
and apple trees and daisies.
Polly's grandmother lived in the
town, in an old house, older than you
ever saw, maybe, for it had been built
more than two hundred years.
It had the great lireplaee and chim
ney that used to be the fashion, and a
great square parlor, with a wonderful
nre-board: it had a pantry where there
were sure to be p es and seed-cookies,
go when you would, and it had, best
of all, the nice, sunny 'keeping
room," with deep-seated windows,
where a little girl could play house all
day, and with grandmother's own bed
in the corner, hidden by great, llowing
chint'. eurta;ns that reached from, the
tester to the floor.
Those curtains were Polly's- never
fail ng delight, for they were covered
with bunches of roses, and little boy
angels sitting on clouds and playing
Once a week, and often twice, the
farm horse was harnessed up, and
Polly and her mother went to see
grandma. But Polly always felt that
she never sta ed long enough, .she
would just have started house keeping
in the window, perhaps, or have just
reached the middle of a cooky, or have
just caught the kitten, when her fath
er would come in and say his business
was done, and they had better get
home before dark.
"Oh, mother, do let me stay all
night!" was Polly's regular request,
but she nevjer did stay 1 11 one particu
lar winter afternoon, when it grew
-Where's Polly?" asked her father,
when he came in to hurry them off.
"Where's Polly?" asked her mother,
getting the little shawl ana hood all
"Why, here she is on mv bed!" ex
cla'med grandma, as she went behind
the curtains, "and she's fast asleep!
It's cruel to wake the lamb up. Do
let her stay for once. Ann."
Mother came to look, and smiled a
little as she not ced a twitch in the
eyelids, but it was snowing out of
doors, and she thought, maybe, on the
whole, Folly had better stay; so she
"Very well, we'll leave her, and her
father can come for her to-morrow
bo they went, and no sooner had the
wagon fairly started than there was a
shout., and a great peal of laughing,
and a rush, as Tolly jumped off the
bed and flew to her grandmother to
give her a hug.
"You're a little rogue 1" said grand
ma, giving her a little shake and a big
"May I have jell for supper?" said
Of course she had it, and everything
else she wanted, and after supper
grandmother held her in her lap, and
told her an old fairy story about "Slee,
Bet and Polly."
"Was I named after that Polly?"
asked the little girl.
No; you were named after your
great-grandmother on your father's
side, Polly Rogers. I used to know
Polly sat still and wondered how
many Pollys there had ever been, until
her little head began to nod. Then
grandma undressed her, and lent her
one of her own n:ght gowns 1o sleep
in, and Polly sank down in the great
feather-bed, and knew no more till
When she awoke, there were all the
little angels looking at her, and the
sun was shining in, and she could hear
grandma in the kitchen. In a minute
and a half Polly was there too, watch
ing the biscuits in the tin baker before
After breakfast she had a splendid
time. In the first place, she went up
to the garret with grandma after the
quilting-frame, and she hid inside the
old clock for as much as five minutes,
just for fun, and got a whole handful
of dried peppermint to nibble.
Then, wi en they came down, while
frandma got her quilt in, Polly kept
ouse in the small window, and had
all the pieces of a broken saucer for
But by-and-by she moved to another
house, and where do you suppose it
was? Under the great flower-basket
quilt that was st: etched upon the
frame, and you haven't an idea, unless
you have tried it. what a lovely house
There Polly gathered her dishes, and
the cat and a rag baby, and was happy
as a queen.
Mrs. Clark and Miss Avery came in
presently with ther thimbles to help
grandma get her quilt out. and they
all three talked and stitched, and
talked and stitched, quite forgetting
little Polly down at the r feet.
For a long t:me .-he watched the
pretty- diamonds, as they appeared,
one after another, in th3 roof of her
hou-e, and when she tired of that,
why, there were Miss Averv's sharp
scisUors on the floor, that had been
dropped and never missed. Now Pol
ly's mother hardly ever let her take
scissors, because she wasn't qu t2 five
,-et, and m'ght do misc-h'ef. But th's
iime there was nobody to say "Xo; no!"
Those dear little boy-angels! How
from under the qulting frame, ami no
one noticed, for they were- very busy
talking about how to wash feather
At last there came a moment when
Miss Avery missed her scissor.-., and
pushed her chair Lack to look for them.
"Where can they be ?" she-.-a d, and
then she exclaimed: "Vvhv, massy
,-akes! that- little Polly's got hold of
'em, and. I do believe gshe's in! mas
chief!" "You little tvke!" said grandma,
getting up as quick as she could, and
both the lad es ran to the- spot. Polly
had ust iin. shed cutt.ng out the sec ond
angel, and there they lav sm.ling in
"Your nice chintz curta'nsi"" crd
Mrs. Clark. "Whv. vou ain't hadi'em
but a year. Miss Garner!"
"She's cut 'em zig-zag," said' Miss
Avery, examining the holes hoplessly.
"You little tyke!" repeated grand
ma, and she really did not knew what
else to saw
The dear little angels were- taken
away from Polly, who almost cried to
part from them, and Mrs. Clark and
Miss Avery went to work laying pieces
under and darning down, until at last,
after a couple of hours you wouldn't
have known, unless you looked1 twice;
that the little winged boys had! ever
lett their clouds.
"I know they wanted to- oome
button. Much anansement can be had
by putting the name of the peopl&'in
the compartments, and then seeing of
which one the c-xpyBr,-menter is think
A New Mexican Sunset.
S. Fiomno Heed in Cincinuati Xmmercial Gazette
Ihe Eastern weather men often rc
port disturbances originating
Rocky Mountains. s. In and beyond the
surrounding ruountrtMiSi near and far.
are the many caves-: of iEoliis. the
laboratories of nature's electricity,
the arsenals of the celestial artillery,
and the peaks which 3ake the sym
pathetic clouds give down. Often the j
still air is suddenly surprised by a t
breeze from some unexpected quarter, 'j
as if some mountain god of the winds
had awaked. And it :ay cease as:
suddenly, and as suddeoJy may come
from another quarter.
From the Santa Fe 'Sa-sin may be
seen in the mountain panorama several
(ist net showers at onoe, with clear
skv between. Often thai setting sun
displays several rainbows at once,
with suggestions of more": Last week
a rainbow, springing fnv:B the moun
tain top, with a breadth more like a
tower, had an illumiuatVsa more like
a column of tire than the- usual rain
bow faintnes-. But this was rare even
live-1 fE" this wonderful skv. While all is
with me and plav w.th me,'' so, d Pol
ly, when she told her mother all about
it that night on her return to the farm:
Well, they d d come to live w.th her
at last, but it was not t 11 runny years
after, when the dear grandmother had',
gone to live am ng the real angels.-
Then the chintz curtains wore taken
down and folded away. And. now they
belong to Polly, who sometimes takes
them from their box and looks at them,
and feels like a little girl again.
Trades For American. Hoys..
The track's in our country,, of late-
years, have almost been monopolized. I
by loroigners. Ine American boy,
however, when, he does take a trade,,
goes straight on to the top of the lad
tier. It seems as if our boys, would)
rather be fourth rate lawyers or phy
sicians than earn their living by work
ing; w.th their hands. Only the othor
day I rjad in a New York new.-paper
of a young lawyer in a distant c ty,
whom I knew some years a.-o when I
resided in that sect on of the country,,
who literally starved to death.. He
made scarcely any money, was too.
proud to tell of h:s want, lived as long
as be could on crackers and water, and
was found one day in his office, dead
from lack of nourishment. He should
never have entered the- legal profes
sion, for he had no ab 1 ty :n that, di
rection. As a farmer or a mechanic
he-might have lived a long, useful and
successful l.fe. No boy. of course,
should enter a trader unless bm feels
himself fitted for it; but, on the other
hand, he should not, it seems to me,
let the false pride aga'nst niaaual la
bor, which now preva Is to sneh w tie
extent in our couatry. prevent him
from endeavoring to do better work
w.th his hands than in Wis inmost
thoughts he knows he can, do with h s
Harper's- Young People.
In addition to. natural oyster beds
there are many "oyster farms," where
these dePcious moilusks are regularly
cultivated. !-takes are dr.ven in the
mud .n shallow water, and branches of
trees, rough boards, or stones are
placed between, them for the baby oys
ters to fasten themselves to. vv nen
the nursery is ready several boat-loads
of oysters are dropped near the spot.
They increase and grow rapidly, being
ready for the table in from two to
Oysters are generally lished w'th a
dredge. As this instrument is drag
ged over the bed the teeth pull up the
oysters, both large and small, from
their rest ng place. Those that are
too young for market are thrown back
into" the water, and if they fall on a
suitable surface they will attach them
selves and continue to grow. Many
of them, however, s'nk in the mud and
The process of dredging 's also des
tructive to the oysters wheh remain
on the bed, as they are roughly torn
from each other and dragged into the
mud. Here they cannot open the r
valves w thout adm . tt ng the mud, and
this is certa n death to the oyster.
Oysters are h:ghly esteemed for food
on "account of their delicious flavor,
and the demand for them is constant
ly increasing. 'I his leads to excess
ive fishing of the oyster beds, and in
many places the beds yield a much
smaller supply than formerly. Such
is the case with many of the European
oyster beds. The French government
has been obliged to take control of its
shores and to enforce certain laws with
regard to fishing them.
Xlie Toll -Tale.
With the aid of a pair of compasses
or pencil and a bit of string, carefully
draw two concentric half-circles; that
from the same center, and one
serene over the valley, the? lightning
mav be g ving grand shiows in the
mountains. Somet'mes a diffusing
light cloud between gives ihe effect of
a. general ill :m in at on.
Who can lonee.ve, without having '
seen it, the scene in wn eh the siin.i
baring set from a great bank of sin-j
gaiariy leaden cloud- through a streak
of clear sky at the hor zon. which it
changed to a brilliant golden, then I
from behind the mountain, lighted up
tke edges of the leaden clouds to a
bright silver. th:n gradually changed
th s to a fire red. strangely contrasting ;
with the growing bla kivthis display 1
reaching far toward the zenith, and
wide in the horizon! Meanwhile the
election from the wess illumined. i
several distinct showers in the south !
to a golden ra n, and gave-a red color
to light clouds at the zenith and in the
east. And while all this gorgeous show ;
was go ng on in the west, south and
east, a black cloud w.th vivid light- I
ning was spreading over all the north,
its western edge reddened with the i
general illumination. And so lasting j
was this reflect on that when the thun
der-cloud brought a shower into the
valley, the color was as .si. a golden
Tori lire at Sing Sing
At this moment the
everybody was attracted .by the. keep
er, who was actually smiling. It, was
the first I me his featu es had relaxed;
during the day, and the erowd gath-,
ered around h m.
"I'm going to show you a. little - in
vention of my own," he said, pleas
antly, "which has been adopted! all ;
over" the country. I suppose you know
that the cr.minals often get ugly. The
place that harbors more than liftaen
bandied of .New York's . worst scum,
must nccessar ly have a number- of ;
hard characters to deal; w th. Mien
here get resell ous, ill-tempered and
unmanageable pretty often. In far
mer years they used the lash, the paddle
the douche, and often calmed men; by
putting them into the- black-rooms..
Ihe fiercest spirts are-quelled by im,-
prisonment in a dungeon. Ihe
felT Davis on a Sour Apple-Ijsse,
Avffew days ago we sa.WTn" the' Leav
enworth T.mes a cl prnng' from an
eastern paper living the authorship of
We'll hang Jeff Davis on e sour apple iree,
to a Leavenworth boy. KfiO wine! hat
GeorgoA- Huron, now a prominent at
torney in Topeka, formerly pnabate
nidge of this couutv, was the ' author.
we senfl him the clipping aadu received
I e- -f-.7 -
i Topjcka Kan.. May 7, 18a3: LoW.
i RoBisseN, Editor Argus Dear sir?: In
answer to yours of the iOtb-'ult., in
; closing-'clipping relating to authorship
of the ilaeof the "John Brown Body"
We'll hang Jeff Davis on a sour "applo-tiree.
! As we t;o marching on,
have to'say that while I do-Knot re-
gard the athorship as important to the
world as- even that of '-Beautiful
Snow." yo. since you have r-skied nae.
I mut-:contradiet the statement thai
they originated with a Leavenworth etc
any other newsboy. The vsrse - "Was
tirst-sungby myself, at the time o.isol-d'-sr
inbrave old Jimmy Shields'- 4i
vijion in tb Shenandoah valley, . near
New Market, Va., in the spring of
1862. We-were at the time pushing
"Stonewall Jackson" up the Taliey to
Harrisburg, had cheered the weariness
of an all-night march 'through rarin
ancl'i mud;, singing "John Brown's
Bcdy'r until the words seemed a3-badly
worn ; out as the tired troopsi Cmr
brigade had halted at the roatisiie and
were hasrHy boiling coffee for their
scant breakfast, while in the -jolumn
still trampling bv a tired sol
and there wearily countinued
While his iul goes marching on.
When-; suddenly the old dity
heard --vhea a boy about
A siclmonkey on a sour anrJe tree,
Cameiinto my mind, and I remarked
to' my ohum, "Let us give John Brown
a rest" He said, "how will yo:i do
it!1." 1 nepl ed singing:
We'll hawx .leff Davis on a sour apple tree.
Whan:rapidly as sound could.: travel
the words were caught up. and in a
few .- anoments Shields' division-: "was
The-Graph'c is not the first to characterize-the
lines as "coarse and-! half
brut 3th ' for after his li;tle episade- in
skirts, while Jeff Davis andifamily
were-guests of the nation at Fortress
Monroe I remember to have i seen a
published copy of a letter frojn Mrs.
Davt3 in wh.ch she complaino-Jrbittse-r-ly
o. the brutality of the Yankee sol
diers,, who had taught her youngest
child! (I think she called him "little
Jeff"") to "sing the coarse wordsy"' and
said the little innocent neves: .seemed
so happy as when singing:
We'll nanir Jeff Davis ou a tour apple in-ee
of;.-; ia feh neighborhood of his --fattier' s
celii At this d stance it not snir
prisimg that the line grates harshly on
fastidious ears, but then it -was not
constructed for use in adrawiiig-rcsm.
Iaifact, there was no special ' thought
iniits construction: it was eac of those
things which simply drops into a cache
and fits, and if the thousands- .ofr sol
diers who on the weary march were
invigorated by the impassioned; words
are not ashamed for bav ng sung
them neither am I ashamed for having
originated them. Truly youcs,
G. A. Hi uox.
Two Ugbtmng Strokes.
g The Chillaaos.
The Chillanos are -the Irtsfomen of
South America quick, keen, witty.
w. lei- i impulsive and reckless. Many of the
about half an inch with'n the other.
The size of the design makes but little
difference, but the result is more easi
ly seen if the diagram is as large as
convenient. Divide this double half
circle into a number of compartments,
and in each place a letter of the alpha
bet, a numeral or a name, as the fan
cy may d ctate, the object be ng that
there shall be no possible mistak ng of
one compartment for another, hule
straight 1 nes from each compartment
to the common center. Now take a
small button a shoe-button is as good
as ahy and fasten a b t of. fine silk
thread about eight inches long to it,
making a knot in each end of the
thread. Now, let one of the party take
the thread by the end and hold it so
far above the figure that the button
shall hang about an inch and a half
above the paper. Let him fix his mind
very firmly upon one of the compart
ments and then close his eyes. Very
soon the button will develop a pendulum-like
motion, and before long, gen
erally in about three minutes, it w 11
beg n to move toward the compart
ment of wh ch the holder is t!i nking.
It rea!ly seems, at the lir-t glance. that
the button itself is influenced by the
uneonsc'ous exertion of will on the
part of the experimenter. But close
nvestg-tion will reveal the fact that
the hand moves with a slight trem-
est case we ever had, turned, to a lamb
after twenty-five days' imprisonment,
without a gleam of light, in a blank
cell. All that is settled now, however
by my little invention.. We don t have
to use the black-cells, or anything else,
and the men are so, thoroughly scared
by what I call my 'weigh ng machine'
that they no longer tight and rebel."
He then showed it. t us. If a convict
becomes desperate at ill-treatnaent,
overwork, or a realization of the aw
ful duration of a twenty-years' sen
tence, he is dragged into the keeper's
room and a pair of iron handcuffs are
screwed t'ghtly about his wrists. Then
the chain which connects the two
handcuffs is hooked to a pully and the
man's ban Is are drawn up until he is
almost lifted fram the floor. Here he
hangs against the wall until Irs spirit
is subdued. The wall was smeared
with the stains of blood from the wrists
of the poor wretches who had hung
"It's a daisy," said the keeper, ra
diantly: "the toughest man in the
whole jail has never been able to stand
it more than three-quarters of a min
ute. Itcuies rheumatism, blindness
and all other ills that criminals are
''It must be torture."
"Well, rather. It stops the circula
tion of the blood yon know."
And he still smiled as he stood with
his hand on the pulley, -while the
crowd wandered away. Its a great
thing to have a clear idea of the numerous.
A Rich Islander.
The business of the little cluster of
islands which lie in the Pacific oceaa
just off the southwest coast of Pata
gonia is sheep-raising and selling, and
is nearly all in the hands of one man.
Mr. Keir by name, who is the govern
or. He went there many years ago as
a poor man, and is now worth more
than $5,0 J0,00. There are no bashes
or trees of any kind on the islands, and
the entire surface is covered with a
bed of peat many-
good quality. There is sufficient fuel
to supply the world for an indefinite
length of time. Covering the peat is a
thick growth of short, but very nutrit-
leading families of Chili .are descend-
j ents of Irish ancestry. Barney O'Hig-
gins was the Liberator and the first
j dictator of Chili, the Washington of
I this country, and Patrick Lynch was
the commanding general ia the late
war with Peru. Patricio McGarry is a
prominent merchant in Sant'ago, and
; Miguel (Michael) O'Herne. one of the
j conspicuous statesmen. The O's and
! Macs are frequently seen in newspaper
j articles, andi when combined with
I Spanish surnames look very funny.
They w.U fight at the drop of the hat.
j with anybody, for any cause and
! against any dds, and are always anx
ious for somebody to stcsp on the tails
of their coats. They make splend d
soldiers, are fond of pomp and parade
and have no sense of fear, as the late
war with Peru demonstrated, in which a
regiment of Chilians was always good
for doubb or trebel its number of the
enemy. They love a hand-to hand
fight, it being their habit in war to
capture-everything by charge, drop
ping tiheir muskets and using ther
"machetas," or cursed knives, which
are alwavs carried in war or peace.
The Ch llano does not fight with his
fist, or a club, or a revolver, but al
wavs with h's kn'fe, and he generally
killfe by throat cutting, as the Italian
stabs with a st'lelto.
Their wit is proverbial. Chili is the
only country in t-auth America where
comic papers are-published, and these
contain cartoons and witicisms that
would do crcd t to any country. Dur
ing the struggle between the church
and liberal party, the priests and
monks are objects of much ridicule,
and the printshops are full of pictures
representing the devotees of the church
and the fathers in all sorts of comical
Rev. Sam Jones on Darwinism.
Good character is the immortal part
of man. While we lay down our bod
ies as a shool-boy lays aside his books.
Atiavantay nnttivoa tho niftiviii'iU , f nroll
feet tlrick and of j rounded( and complete. When I speak
to you af Cornelius, i say to you that
he was a heathen. When I look at
this h&athen I am ashamed of myself
and everv other man that walks the
ious. grass, upon wn;cn tne sneep ,.,k in tho nnintuip hkw nf th;
thrive wonderfully well. The number j nir,eteenth centurv, with its capacity
of sheep on the islands is about 40(,- , for the highest keights and deepest
000. These islands are very high, the , ahs T find nn man who can num.
hills rising many hundreds of feet, and i
are covered with points of sharp rocks
that somet mes rise 200 or '600 feet
above the surfitr-e of the peat. It rains i
nearly every !ay in the year, and as j
pare with (Jornetiius. l iook at him
and reverse the Darwin theory. If
Cornelius was a sample of what men
were, then w are going back to mon
keys. Some of us have nearly reached
the peat is water soaked, the water tnat 'pojnt already, and if we could get
stands in pools everywhere. It seems
to be unable to run down the hills and
the hilltops are nearly as wet as. the
Sedan liohmc, bo;n of ashlar's wife
on the iield of Sedan so.m aider the
battlti, has just been adm. tied to the
mil tarv school at We lbui:g Germany.
a little more nan
would set ua up.
and a few tails it.
James W. Marshall, the discoverer
of gold in California, died at his, home
nea.r Placeryille. He was 74 yars old,
and died a poverty-sir ic ken and dis
N. V. TriDune.
The fact tbatHvViio lightning strokes', ;
one of which fsllion the site chosen fop
G:n. Grant's-tom3 in the Riverside i
Park, and ' the- other at McGregor'
wi ere his body- lay. should have occa
sioned scarcely any comment, shows
the extent of the advance made in ap
pre hension of mam's relations to na-
tun and the virtual d sappearance of
one of the most prevalent and persist
ent of suppositions. To-day these oc
eurt ence are simply regarded as co
incit lences; strange, perhaps, but per
fect! y natural, andi josse -sing no hu
man signiticance: But for ages man
k nd, and even the most highly civil
ized races;- firmly believed that the
death s of great men were marked by
pertM rbations in- nature. The history
of rel gion shows that in regard to the
founds 3rs of creeds this belief was uni
versal, and 'throughout the history of
pagan Rome prodigies were supposed
to atte nd the -accession and death of
rulers. Shskspeare has faithfully rep
resents d the feeliag of that period
when h e makes -an old Roman say:
The he avens themselves blaze forth the
death ot princes.
And th e reverential credulity of the
age find s expression in the assertion:
It is t he partrct men to fear and tremble
When fi he most -misrhtY gods, by tokens, send
Such dr eadful heralds to astonish us.
During t he rep-.tfclia-o' Rome the Sen
ate itsell undertook to interpret such
prodigies 5, and the augurs had class
ified ligh tning strokes into eleven cat
egories, :ach cf'Wlr had its special
applieatii in ancks gnilicancc.
Nor die I the belief, in portents, and
especially in th?-oociiBrcnce of convul
s ons of n attire upon; tbe death of great
men. ceas e with pagan sm. The nat
ural tende -ncy t? .associate earthly im
portance 1 vith some-special relation to
the cosma s prou'dfow strong for the
renaissance to -extirpate, and even
long after sciencer- hatt removed the
foundat on from the jpreva ling pop
ular super stitiois this one survived.
That it did so, however, is certainly
due quite a s much to the occurrence
of co.ncidances ;x to tiie inherent force
of popular eredaiSty. In the infinite
variety of n aturalphenomena of course
it must ha pperc-n sometimes that re
markable st onus or other convulsions
coincide wilh the deaths of great men.
In such Cases the -coincidence alone is
remembered: and tho- great majority
of ca-es in whieL.Hothing happens are
ignored. And 30 it is possible to find
many curious instances of such events,
most of which have -been noted by his
torians deprecaiingly,. yet with" that
touch of superstition, or feeling for
the unseen, whichuis otpart of human
Down into comparatively modern
t'mes this kind of coincidence has
been remarked. . Thus, on the death
of Cromwell, a g?eatistorni swept over
England, a storzsiu commemorated by
Waller in the lines:
Heaven his great seul'dbes claim
In storms, as !otltas h.ts immortal fame.
.surprised it whn garrisoned 'by only
iightv men. Of course, Xiur holding
(Gibraltar is an arrangement aboHt as
pleasant for Spain as it would be t
England to sec a French garrison; in'
full possession of Dover Castle andi
fortifying impregnable galleries- itt
I Shake-peare's Cliff, beneath the pro
tection of which all manner --of - smugr
j gSers might find safety, wber-ears any'
rash revenue cutter venturing within-
range would be forthwith tired at and!
probably sunk. No wonder that Spain1
would again reclaim this heaven-bu.lt.
bulwark of her shores.
An Elegant Bath-IIouse. ' -
AS&ntlc Cily Cor. Baltimore Sun.
A wealthy land-owner here 'a 'few-'
seasons back conceived the idea that
the then prevalent style of bath-house -(i.
e.. dressing-houses) was barbarous,
and that if something comfortable and
convenient were provided the public -would
appreciate it and pa r miz-e .the-'
enterprise liberally. Before the.'pro-'-jeetor
finished it" he added so many
improvements that his investment ab
sorbed some $10,000. Finished it.;
stood a model of beauty, consisting of-reception-room,
register and safes for
valuables of bathers, shower-baths,
a well-furnished reading-room for-'da-dies,
smoking and card-rrt.-sis forr
gentlemen, a ad spacious disrohirig
rcoros, with a furnishment noticeably
perfect in detail. All this was erected ,
right down at the water's edge, where -any
spring storm might destroy it tin:
itc--wi!d embrace. The old- fogies
smiled, shook their heads like a balky
horse, and if they d'dn't say the in-i
vestor was crazy, they looked as
though they thought he wasn't right.
Prior to th's the average bath-houee- -wa3
about as crude a thing as sne
could imagine. Since then the bath-hctise-
settlement of Atlantic City is a i
thing of beauty, comfort, and c'onve--nisnce-.
The noticeable particular,
however, is the immense red umbrella
u sod it tfj s establishment. In front :
of the building a bulwark has been .
erected So stay the ravages of the -
surf,. whih at high tide reaches close
tc the' building. Thus has been filled ?
in with fine whiSc-beach sy.ncl, and here -dtrrng
all hours- of tie day (but paT--ticularliy
bathing t mie fifty to a hun
dred of these grsat resi sv nshades. held
ereet by the longrpoirntedl handles being -sunk
in the sand, give! color to the
otherwi monotonous scene.
Accompanying: eah umbrella dsa
niat'i off carpet andi a board about!
eightesni inches widie;. te ut to a point at.
onconi- This pushed into the sandi
a': an- angle ts suift forms a resting
plaee flour the back; th carpet is toisit.
on. Th brilliantrcGilf r, the lounging
attitudes of tho lad. s and children,,
the swashing orfthe- 1 ireakers against
the wlharf, thnowinjj the spray high-iatO'tfae-
air. mkcit a scene that.isnot
smii: f(rgotto?ii A small.' charge is
ciade-ftr the privilia 'e of ;the parlors
ana i nti-sse oeacn, an
the privilege, fev
Sifch a storm lashed! the- desolate plat
eau of St. Helena, and wrecked the
plantations about Longwood when Na
poleon breathed his last, and it is re
corded that a fa-vorite fcree under which
the de id Emperer had been wont to sit
was e ther struck, by Lightning or pros
trated by the, winds at the moment (
when, muttering. icU d armct he
passed away. .
CoincidencesiSucbjasthese have often
occurred, but. it is only recently
that their triiechuriiicter has been rec
ognized. Not: many generations ago
the two lightning-strokes at Riversidia
Park and Munt MeGrezor wouldfi
have caused! a widespread sensation,
and people with, blanched cheeks andi
fear-haunted ayes, would have whia
pered to ,one- another their fanciful
ideas as toiihe- supernatural meaning
of the occurrence, and would have eag
erly discu.isod its supposed bearing up
on the career or- the ultimate fate af
the great departed. Now the wonliS
has passediheyond such illusions, jtiri
coincidences, however seeming stra"ji
have lost their mysterious aspect. .
The Strength or Gibraltar.
From Bclar avla.
French and Spanish troops, 40,ty0l In
number,. Sor four long years.from June.
1779. .till February, 1783, beleagjiered
the fortress of Gibraltar, then htAd by
Gea. Ebot. with a garrison oil 7,000
men. The enemy erected bakeries
righttac-Boss the sandy isthmus, while
in the-bay thev had forty-sevan ships.'
of thp lfae and ten "battering ships,"
besides, eountless le-ser crafts. One
night Rock narrowly escaped bein;
taken, by surprise. A goatherd having
undertaken to guide the Spaniards by
a path then-unknown to tho Englisj,
500 troops followed him, one dark
n'ghtt. and crept s lently tot a hollow
called Silleta, or little cehair. nd
theneo to the signal station, wHere
they slew the guard. There 'they
awaited re-inforcements from below?
these, however, were delated, and th
garrison meanwhile were arorused,
and, sallying forth, drov back Die i -st
ymie s. The Silleta was. immediaUlgr )
linen up ana tne paon utierij- as
troyed and made accessible, aad Ipa
siege wore on through weary ;non&s
At last a furious general atty.ck hm:
met by an incessant, tire of' rei,hc t
balls on the enemy's fleet ,000 wei-e
thrown in one day bill at lengtt, tfje
battering ships took: lire, as owing to
the thickness of their timbers, t as. 'red
hot balls sank cieog. into the wood.-and
could not be dislodged. The.- 9cene
that ensued isi the. darkness that
terrible night must have bee, lawful
indeed: and so -fearful were th groas
and shrieks, of the wounded vpd dying
that brave. Englishmen forbo.na to" let
their foe perish in the fumes and
ventured ti their rescue, thy marine
brigade bainsf foremost in iis work of
mercy, which added fresh 'laureis to
their 'do'cory. It was sai that in this
A WtaAter M Organ. .
ir Lutrt Letter.
That organ im the gseat Mormon
ieaupht at Salt: by ake has 2,704 pipes
sundia7 stops. Sic .me of the pipes are
&f fftt long audi, large enough to-i ad
mit the bodies, of three men. The
tow.ers that raaa h on either s'de are-48
;feet fcigh, withi a niche left between
thenn lor theegy ddess of music. This
immense torap e of music, which is
Pnearly as liirgr as a cottage. is alabo-
naitely earvneL-r y hand.
I is alm'stt impossible to estimate
the cost of it?, as it was built in early
days, wheiofiii lighting was done by ox
teams a:rosss the plains, and many of
the workmein only received provisions
for their tab)? r. But they are a people
who will, an t be outdone, and when
the Ep'sciirni 1 Church built their, beau
tiful orgaoii is ere the Mormons afcance
began toiuif prove theirs, which w as all
show airdi .' framework, and . have al
ready ex-ps-i ded igl.OOO on it. Sitting
in the va'sft auditorium, 200 feet long
by loO feels wide, where the acoustic's
are so yfl-rf ect you can hear a; pin. drop
from oa end to the other, a mid the
cool arucl silence and. .solemnity of the
vast asou'phitheater for it is .circular im
its foo-mation with the melodious,
rythnaical, silver-toned strains ..of thaft"
powerful organ, under the master
band, one is -exalted for the tisie be-.ag
and feels a;, I imagine he will! when
broiht face to.. face with rise Great
Macerl When listening to the graad
oft story (ifn D) by Baptiste,. I im
agined I knew what Dante's-Infcrno
wa; pandrmonium seemed 1st Ickose,
w'jen a low- voice,. in a. minor strain
bagan to sing, and one -wuW only
I 'i nk oi thf; wail of a lost soul, and
the' tears mbjddcn start so. sad, so
iweetv so far away is this voice,, which,
after all, is.no voice at aJU hat only
the 3ffect of the organ,. Then comes
a bfirst cf melody, like the halleluiah
chorus from a thousand seraphiws and
cbarubi-jQS The effect; as the Come.
lir.is March, by Mendelssohn, on this
sruperb organ, played! by this brilliant
'performer, oan he mors- easily im
agine! than described,.
Nothing Less Than a fienpral.
Miaria Mayo,is.saidito have refused
mope than, at hundred suitors before
she accepted GeneiwJ Winfield Scott,
who courted;ber;-when he was a mem
ber of the Richmond bar, as Mr. Scott.
After entering the. army he continued
his addresses, and was refused success
ively as Capta n Scott and Colonel!
Scott,, and, it was smly as General ScoAt
the victorious, bftra of Lundy's Lancv
that he at last won the hand of uhe
much admired belle. Mr. William
Henry HaxalL of Richmond, reffttea
that on one occasion he visited Mrs.
Scott soon, after one of her trips ta
Europe, He went in the evening at &
o'clock, and after some time, wien h
thought he-had paid a calA sufficiently
long, he slyly looked at his w.atch, and
to his amazement fouud it was 1
engagement the Spaniards los 3,000 ; o'clock. On. his apoloizijg for the
merit "while the garr son had only six
tee killed, and the dsijpage done ta
tire fortress was repaired in a few
.hours. A few days later a formidable
length of h:s visit Mrs. Sott assured
h'm she never retired bofore 1 or 2
o'clock, but she had no idea it was so
late. Mr. Haxall beiag one of tho most
English fleet came t, the riiief of the ! agreeable gentlemen sbi had ever met.
town, the s ege was raised, and Brit- ! when in fact, he had, not spoken a,
ain once more left in indisputed posses- dozen words, but was a charming lis
s' on of the stronghold which, in the tener, to her interesting descr ption of
davs of Queen Ann, she had acquired I her travels abroati,
as a sort of lutek-pennw while fighting! r ;
on behalf oi the Archduke Charles, in ! The f 100,000 required to complete
whose name it had been seized by Sir I the pedestal for the Statue of Libert?
George Rookey, July 24, 1704, who ! uas been ra -sed in New York city. .