The Eugene City guard. (Eugene City, Or.) 1870-1899, November 27, 1880, Image 3

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A party of eight hearty trappers, who
wore penetrating the heavy woodlands of
northwestern Iowa upon the head waters
of the Des Moines, were encamped in a
cozy alley amid a thick growth of scrub
oak, and under the overhanging branches
of a giant Cottonwood, making the usual
preparations for the coming night.
They were a Prty of consolidated
trapper who were joinod together for
the purpose of resting, in hiberma, upon
the Pes Moines, pursuant to the spring
trapping. They were joined by mutual
oonsentr the union of numbers being
equally advantageous to all parties in
securing a surer protection from the
Indians, and a hotter chance of a supply
of food than a single man could expect
to obtain. And the thon existing hos
tilities of the Indians towards the whites
west of the Mississippi was a sufficient
warrant foa such precaution, even as our
atory will show.
The little business of tho camp was
conducted in the deepest silenoe, and the
words and actions of the men betokened
an evident weight upon the minds of all.
The first was started in the doepest and
most shaded nook in the valley, and the
Hre was carefully watched and retained
to a certain degree of size and light, it
being barely large enough to cook their
evening meal; and, having been cooked
what was most unusual and singular, it
was extinguished.
Only four of the men slept, and that
with their arms at their sides. Four
watched at different points, peering into
the darkness and listening for the least
sound which betokened the approach or
presence of a foe. Something evidently
demanded this great care and watchful
ness on the , part of the trappers, and
something important. What was it?
Simply this, there were hostile Indians
their track red men. wary ana
treacherous, thirsty for thoir blood l
But still the long night passed in the
wilderness, the watches changed, and
none came to disturb the party. As day
approached, and the first fuint streaks of
light were darting across the eastern sky,
the men arose, and making their prepar
ations, were ready again to press onward
to their quarters, known to them as
"Aito's Nook" a trapper of that name
having a cabin there still distant a day's
journey to the northwest.
Before starting they held a brief con
sultation. "We must take to the river and follor
it, and hev a wider range. Them tarnal
' yallor-skins hev sep'ratod, an' one gang
gone aroun to head us off, an t otlier a
waitin' fur them to git round; case ef
thov wa'n't they wnd a been onto us lost
Wit." . , ,
"That ere are arood reasonin . an
thinks as Mart are right; but ef we let
out a little, and do suthin' in the way uv
travelin'. we may git ahead o' the party,
and leave the ones ahind ns to wait a
bit longer, until they kin meet the others
comin' back, and find out as how it wa'n't
no go."
"No, no, 'taint no use; they war trav-
enn au nigut, wuue wo i ,
and hev a biar start, an' will keep it, too.
We had better f oiler close on to the river,
after making a 'show to make 'em think
we tuk inland.'
This plan was adopted. The whole
party started inland, under the guidance
of Mart a wise, experienced trapper
amid a heavy growth of oak and sucar
tmn and tiroeeedod. perhaps, a distance
of thirty rods, when Mart commanded a
stop. Leaping upon the shoulders of
another, he swung nimsen into uie ioor
branches of a small white oak, and bade
the rest to follow. From the white oak,
ha passed, by dexterous climbing, into
a hickory close by; and thus nimbly as
. a squirrol, he passed from tree to tree,
liia virtu slnnff over his shoulders, and
his knife betweon his teeth, at his dis
posal for the severing of an opposing
or troublesome limb (which limbs, how
ever, were never suffered to fall to the
ground;) and thus, the rest followed
with equal celerity the last man, hav
ing no ones shoulders to stand on, be
ing hauled into the tree by his com
panions. Thoir reasons for not climb
ing the trunks were obvious; the marks
left thereon would instantly be detected
by the keen eye of an Indian who,
nerhans. would never think of looking
.t th hranrh ten feet above his head.
For fifteen rods surprising though it
seems theso men pursued their arial
flight, as it were. Still, the closeness of
the trees to each other offered great
fnii;;na an.l tha feat was not such
wonder, all things considered. At the
,! hn fififinn rods, or thereabouts,
Mart dropped to the ground lightly as a
nnJrrel. and struck a bee line for the
river, abcut due south, and, as he
walked, exhibited another lngcnius
.inwftlinor his trial a trait
nnorrnfteil into hl8 SOUl 81
most to perfection. Each tree, whose
.f,r ,imit of it. he carefully
.and thoroughly shook carefully avoid-
ng tearing the bam ana uowu
th bright frost-bitten
leaves, almor.t completely concealing
hia track art operation which, begun
Vimunlf -trad finished bv the rest
for they all looked upon Mart as
nai;fin,i man for leader in
party, ant", followed his example with-
out hesitation or question. -
.nnMorll distance the watch
f ul man lept on, until the light of on
opening beyond sLvne through the trees
indicating tnevicinuy ui
tr. rinwil and one went for
ward to reconoiter, who, after a short
space, leturned with the unexpected news
that the whole party of pursuers, to the
v r.t hirttr vera encamped in the
Taller below.
f ' Directly at this point, where our party
Stopped, the river was broken by a olid
-i V , ti.a work of the inde-
fatigable beaver. Above this, of course,
the water had gathered into a Uke of con
. i.i.. .hinii holnw the river
-n . irentla alone to a little lull
of some feet, where it descended into a
lovely and fertile valley, loruuBu
rolled a gurling abeam, ePf frn?
.i r.i tUJTiilme. Down in
the vaUeyneath VT
of an old cottonwoouv "
t the aide of the runnel were the red
men, fully exposed w um "w
gaze of the hunters. ii.w.n
the occasion of this unwonted day camp
by the Indians; and, by the keen
of the band, the cause was soon die-
C0"Thev've got a hnrt bird among '
This was indeed true, aa tlie occasion
ally unearthly wail which went up from
the camp plainly proved.
The hunters were now all in the edge
of the wood, gazing upon the hostile
party in the valley. ,
"Lot's give 'em some pills right off, I
say," cried Mike Wort, a stalwart son of
the wilderness, whose deadly hatred of
the red men frequently led him to go
beyond the rules of caution in his desire
for their overthrow.
"No, no!" said Mat, "I have a better
plan nor that. Wait here, all of ye.
until night. The Indians will cot travel
before to-morrow, I will bet on that.
Oit yer hatchets ready, and be all right
for work.
"Well, I s'pose yer all hunk about it,
old boy' replied Mike, letting the ham
mer of his gunlock down carefully; "but
I'll be blowed if I wouldn't a kinder
liked ter sink an ounce o' lead inter
some of the tarnel yaller-bollied var
mints!" and he cast a longing glunoe at
the dusky party below, as the sports
man might have eyed the forbidden
game on the Lord's Manor, perching
or flying about in the most temperate
Ai but half the day waa yet spent,
tho men scattered about making the
most of their time several, of course,
being posted to give instant notice
should any movement take place on the
part of the savages.
Various were the speculations as to
what Mart's plan's consisted of. It was
clear the Indians had given up the
pursuit. Mart's theory of the separa
tion, and his trouble to leave a puzzling
trail, were both at once wrong and use
loss. Some injury had befallen some one
of the horde of redskins, and the chase
had been abandoned; consequently, the
trappers were free to travel safely. But
Mart, in his own wise head, had a
scheme for "fun" well laid; and was re
solved to go no further until some satis
faction had been obtained lor the troub
lesome marches which the close follow
ing of the pursuers had made necessary.
Carefully and closely, unuer me javor-
able concealment of a fallen tree, Mart
surveyed and examinod the dam. It was
of course, originally a huge tree felled
athwart the stream, thon piled with
sticks and stonos, and plastered with
mud, until, undor the admirable mason
rv of the industrious builders, the bea
vers, it became a solid and substantial
The works were on the side on which
the whites were. This was what Mart
desired. It being a large tree, the bea
vers, instead of cutting it down, as they
would those of lesser dimensions, had
dug and gnawed at the roots until it fell,
held to the shore by a few remaining
roots. All this the hunter's eve took in
at a glance, and more, too. The bridge
was old, it would slide easy, and his eye
glistened as he scanned the comparative
ly large body of water above the dam,
confined bv it. and it alone, from rush
ing down and suddenly ruling tue vaney
"It will cive em a good duckin ten-
erate. if it don't swamp 'em entirely,"
muttered Mart, satisfactorily, as he re-
tnrnnd to his companions.
"Rovs." said no. as ne appeared
among them again, "I didn t tell pre what
my ideas was afore, kase I didn t know
then whether it would work or not; but I
hev seed that it will, and that, tu, like dry
powder and a new flint. You all see that
fare dam; well, that's got to slide, and ef
tlmm dirtv redskins don't get enough o'
sour water to last 'em sum time, old Mart
Waiver are somewhat out of his kalcuia-
tinna "
The sturdy fellows saw tho whole
tinner in a moment, and the eyes or all
sparkled os they grasped their servicea
ble hatchets, ready lor Dusiness.
"Now. hold upl JNot yet, Doys; wan
till the coon whistles, and the panther
yells, and they light their fires. And the
enunnnoa Ail d axeitinir expectation. How
mpn innncea arouuu Kiut m i.ft"um
ever, when the'sun was far down behind
tho western hills, ana tue pngm gi
hnm th a Tmiians' nros lit up tue skv,
eliciting many a howl from the prowling
wolves and bears, Mart led the noiseless
band to the bank, and the quick work
The soft, moist roots gave back no
echoing sound to startle the dusky forms
which flitted about tho camp fire, down
in the dell. The dead, dull "thud" foil
upon the ears of those who caused it
onlv. while others, who with long and
levers loosened the ail
ferent parts, caused no greater sounds
than the occasional splash of a falling
tlin water. and noiselessly the sharp blades
of knife and hatchet cut the succulent
wu an.i tim old dam. Ion or since do
sorted by its builders, quivers
Mora heavilv the rotten fabrio labors
and the rippling waters already burst
through in a hundred different places.
"Look out boys! There she goes!" and
away swept the fragmonts of the liberated
..,nir with it loads of mud and sticks,
wi.iia' likn the freed winds of Aeolus
i.iri!ncr n'nr thn cirenmaflreus fluctus,
and carrying terror to the hearts of the
wondering Trojans, the rhing waters
rolled down in a huge deluge, and fell at
the cascade with a roar like that of the
flnwrirfl. like A wllirlwiXlU. tbfl
tauuuu. .
torrent rolled covering the opening ol
the valley with a silver sheet, ana -.urging
onward o'er the ground. And now
a fierce yell of astonishment is heard
frnm hnlow. Dark forms flit about the
.linmarinir flra in confusion indescrib
able, and amid hoarse yells and shrieks
niirtprabla. except by a northwestern
It was a representation, grand and life
like, of randemonium in the wilderness,
Ti.a'iiMnerv was true and appropriate,
tl.a costumes well adapted, the acting
-.v1i natural, animated, lively.
BUJ'Vl UIJ F t -
;Tor lmnrARaive. irrandi io
r, , ' " ... nil,.
i;.t f tha mimio staee. with all the
talents mechanical, tragical, descriptive
and all the" combinations of ingenious
phantasmagoria at his command, could
f. i.. . nita" nt inch a scene as that.
Th. hardv trailers, with the sweat of
hi rflnt labor standing in great dropi
Kir checks, were the spectators.
They answered each yell with one of de
fiance and inumpn, umu m , ,
hissing quenched the first flame, and the
i-t -.;d1 a nf taanair was hushed.
In the darkness of the night the cool
waters gathered o'er the shady nooks of
that valley, and rolled over the mossy
turf, pressed tho hour before by the
mcccasined foot of tha red man.
la the morning, tha atern eight wended
their way through the forest brake, and
in due time reached the cabin thoir
destination. In after years, Mart waa
wont to expatiate on the foat I have im
perfectly recorded.
"It was a clean wipejit was," he would
aay. "Indians don't ne'er mind water
in the proper quantities, but they
couldn't stand the tide of the De Moyne.
But artor all, it wan't quite fair, and I
sometimes thinks as how it would a boon
more kinder aorteror shipshape to boy
given chance fur 'leg bail,' with a h'ist
o' lead in the rear, llowdsuniever, it's
all the same a hundred years hence. Joe,
give me the whisky."
American riuck at Heidelberg.
Among the sixty or seventy American
students at HoiUiAborg, none of them be
long to the fighting conis. Thoy are not
cowards, oithor. It is known that if oc
casion requires thoy can fight thoir own
way. but thoy have no desire that their
good looking faces shall be hacked and
chopped op like dog's moat and be dis
figured ever after. Not long ago an
Amorican rtudont had a slight quarrel
with one of the fighting corps students,
and received from him a challenge
Being tho challenged party the Amorican
hod the choice of weapons. lie
sent word to tho Gorman by
friend that he would moot him
the next morning at G o'clock at a place
outside of the city, and the weapons
should be navy revolvers (he had a good
pair,) at ten paces. I he Herman and uis
friends concluded it would not be a good
day for duels and tho matter was drop
ped. A student here was reading me an
extract of a letter he had recently re
ceived from his father in Kentucky. As
near as I can remomuer this is the sub
stance of it:
Dbab Bob: I hear that they have
sword duels in Heidelberg, and that
many of the students engage in them. I
do not believe in the barbarous practice
of dueling, but there are timos when one
has to fight or ba branded a coward, xou
know that our family does not belong to
the latter class. Should oocasion require,
which I trust will not happen, novor
choose swords only cowards and
Frenchmen use those weapons. Choose
pistols or rifles, which moan businoss.
Nevor show yourself in your native town
with a sword scratch on your person.
From your affectionate Father.
The young man asked me what I
thoucht of that doctrine. I told him I
did not believe in either the sword
scratch or the holo mado by the pistol
ball. Kromor's Railway Quide.
South African Reptiles.
T war wearied bv a Ions day's hnntincr.
when, close to my feot. and by my bed
side, somo. glittering substance caught
mveve. I stooped to pick it up; but
ere my hand reached it, the truth flashed
across me it was a snake I Had I fol
lowed my first natural impulse, I should
have sprung away; but not being able
clearly to see in what position the reptile
was lvinir. or which way his hood was
nointed. I controlled myself, and re
mained rooted breathlossly to the spot.
Stroininff my eves, but moving not
an inch. I at lenirth clearly distinguished
a hnge puff adder, the most deadly snake
in the colony, whose bite would have
sent me to the other world in an uour
or two. I watched him in silent horror;
his hood was from me so much the worse ;
for this snake, unlike any other, al
ways rises and strikes back. He did not
move: he was asleep. Not daring to
shnllla mT foot, lost he should awake and
snrinor at me. I took a jump backward
that would have done honor to a gym
nostio master, and thus darted outside
the door of the room. With a thick
atipk I thon returned and settled his
worship. Some parts of South Africa
swarm with snakes; none are free from
them. I have known three men killed
by one of them in one harvest on a farm
ni.'ni.nnt'i TTnnV Thnra ia an im-
mense varioty of them, the doodliest bo
ing the puff adder, a thicic ana comparo
tivelv short snake. Its bite will ooca-
dinnmiv kill within an hour. One of my
friends lost a favorite and valuable
horse bv its bite in less than two hours
after the attack. It is a sluggish rep
tilfl. and. therefore, more dangerous
for, instead of rushing away, like its fel
lows, at the sound of approaching foot
steps, it naif raises its neoa ana nissus,
New York News.
Tlie Wrong Window.
KnmA vears asro old Judge Dash of
Moine, accompanied by his wifo, visited
KnwYork. The Judare "put up" at the
tnvnrn down bv the Battery. Before xo-
tiring for the night ana alter airs, aobu
had retired, the judge wouiu uaye i
bath. Having performed his ablutions,
the Judge looked around for some recep
tacle into which he might turn me cou
tnntjt of his washbowl.
There was nothing at hand, and rather
than summon a servant the old gentle
man conceived the idea of throwing the
water out of the window.
So mounting a chair, he opened a little
annara window, which he thought
opened into the back yard, and putting
the bowl through it, deliberately
emptied its contents.
A howl of rage greeted the ears of the
good old Judge, accompanied by fomale
cries, and loud objurgations in a mascu-
bne voice.
"What in creation are you up to 7
ahnntatl aninabodv.
"What in creation are you prowling
around at this time of night for?" replied
tho Judgo. "You ought to be at home
with your wife and children."
But the poor fellow outside had been
nnitl alfiftcinff in bed with his better
half, and the little window which the
Judge opened was intented as a ventilator
tAhoth rooms. The Judge had ao com
pletely drowned out his neighbors that
they were ouugeu w ace uuuuo Uv.u
Po. Mann in Cattle. Neglect of
proper cleanliness of the skin is one of
the causes of this ailment. The denud
ed places should be well cleaned with
.tan and, nsinff a sponge, after which
apply daily a portion of the following so
iJTfin- Tik two onnces of glycerine,
two drachms of sulphate of zino, and
one quart of water, mix. In addition to
the local applications, the animals should
be treated constitutionally, by giving
twice a week an ounce each of powdered
nitr&t of Dotaasa and flowers of sulphur,
miTa amontr cut feed. Attention most
be paid to cleanliness of the skin.
Those well-known dramatic artita who
were such treat favorites in this city.
Mr. John Jack and Miss Annie Firmin.
have just returned to New York from a
starriug tour around the world and give
an interesting account of their wandor
ings in tho Orient. They left New York
in April, 1878, to fulfill engagements in
San Francisco. During the following
three yoars they played through the Ter
ritories, the Pacific States and in this
ity, and in February. 18.8, they sailed
from San Francisco to the Sandwich
Islands. Landing at Honolulu thoy so-
wared in many important roles, King
Kalukaua, the royal family and the
Amorican and foreign residents attending
thoir performances, which continued for
0110 mouth. Miss Firmin achieved a
brilliant success hero in learning in the
space ef five days an original uative
Hawaiian song, sot to a native air, which
she sung to the great delight of the royal
family and the nutives. Every night on
which she sang this song sevoral thou
sand natives would crowd around the
beautifully picturesque theater, unable
to gain admission, owing to tho crowd
insido, and join in the chorus. The
effect was most charming. A month of
play alternated with tho enjoyment of the
varied sights of tho beautiful island.
They continuod on their course, leav
ing tho fixed star of our northorn firma
ment Iwhind, advanced across the equa
torial line to take up the great autepo
dean constellation of the Southorn cross,
rassinir throneh tho Fiiian and within
sight of the Samoan islands a fortnight
brought thorn to the shores of New Zea
land. Commencing at Aiicnianu, uiey
cloved a two months' engagement, moot
ing with renewed suooess and onjoying
the novelty of an entortainmont by tho
son and granddaughter of King Short
land, the treat Mauri chief, at Grahams-
town, on tho Thames, whoro they ate
shark and sweet potatoes with the nativo
New Zoalanaers and inspected mo now
native narliamont house, built of hewn
and Bplit logs, carvel and painted by and
from designs prepared uy tue uauves
themselves. In July they cntorod tho
Imantifnl and extensive horbor of Syd
ney, New South Wales, and landing at tho
town of the samo name soon had the
honor of appearing for a briof period in
tho initial city of the groat island conti-
,A.t l l..utnl!n TlmniA thnv iour-
nant of AuBtraha. Thence they iour
neyed to the chief city of the antipodos,
Mlhnnrnn. tha American city, so called
on account of the enterprise instilled into
the Anglo-Australians by the Americans
who rushed there from our rocifio Coast
on tho discovery of gold. Next in order
they visited Adelaide, tho thriving me
tropolis of South Australia. Here were
fa hn nnn result of the Centennial ex
nouitinn. American manufacturers and
American ideas were very popular. Uoro
street railways were in operation and
American-buUt street cars were running
on the linos. Three months of prosperi
ty rewarded this visit, when our artists
returned to Melbourne and took steamer
for India. Thoy first landed at 1'oint uu
tha island of Cevlon. In South
ern India legend ascribes this beautiful
spot aa the refuge of our nrst porenw,
when driven irom tue uaruou ui uuu
Five days brought them to Bombay, tho
Capital of the BroBidonoy of that name,
a city of 600,000 inhabitants, and the
OA Ann ,1 Ttritish citv of importance in In
dia, the bay of which is socond only to
the Sydney harbor, the two with the har
bor of Rio Janeiro being the three finest
in the world. The waudercrs thon visitou
Calcutta, by rail 1400 miles across the
peninsula of India, and thon proceeded
nnrfii as far as Delhi, visiting all the im
portant points along tho rood, including
orrackpore, Dinapore, uouores,
,i rvirmwA Tiiinknow. Anrra and
Delhi, inspecting the rolios of the great
Indian mutiny, the palaces ot Lucknow,
the tombs of the wife of the groat Shah
T.iluin Vnnwn as of tho won
ders of the world, together with tho fort
at Agra, containing the peon mosque,
l,o lnnkinir class baths and the hall of
the looking-glass baths ana e "!! ,"
together with the tombs of the Kings at
Delhi, and the Kootab towors at the lat
Wa Those sichts woll recompensed
tho artist tourists for their journey, whilo
the suocess attending their periormunces
Hmir wadnoriuffs still more agroe-
able. Retracing their steps, they re
turned to Calcutta and thence to Bom
bay, where now triumphs awaitoa mem
At the former place they visited the tra
ditional sites of the black holo of Cal
cutta, the gardons of the king of uuao,
where they saw, among othor wonders,
the extraordinary adjutant bird and the
dancincr master. The former is a specjos
of the ostrich, naraod from his military
0-n ni thA latter, towering like an
immonM atork firambois most groie(iu'
ly. They also visited the king's snakory,
.nntAinincr over 6000 venomous reptiles.
The seven tanks, being seven dams or
reservoirs of water on the grounus oi me
Indian prince, are interesting for the
thprnto. and the famous carp thoy
contain of enormous growth, similar to
those at Fontanbleau, in Franoe, which
come to the shore and food from the visi
tors' hands. At Bombay they visited
the caves of Elephanta. Those caves are
hn in thA aohd rock, portions being
left standing as columns to support the
roof, all the interior being richly carved
in bas-relief, representing emblematic
from their mvtholoKV. The main
hall is about sixty feet square, and fifteen
or twenty feet from noor w ceiling
Leaving Bombay, the tourists visited
Peora, Hyderabad and Secunderbad.the
ancient capitals of the Brahmins and the
ancient capitals of the uraiimins ana uie
Nabobs, and went to Madras, also visit-
ing Ootecamund and Bungalow th,
mountain resort of that Presidency (prcs
Aannr ia the eouivalent for what we term
a State or Territory). At Madras it was
novel to observe the fishermen on three
pieces of timber (about eighteen or twen
ty feet long) lashed together, forming a
Miininn iroinir a mile or two from
ehore to follow their vocation. Their
return through the surf waa most excit
ing, though perhaps not quite so danger
mu it annaartd. Their fish baskets
.. .... lojihAd to their primitive
boats, which they paddled with pieces of
boards sii feet long and as many inches
wide. Their attire consisted of email
.nHin cloth about their loins,
and a comical shaped bat made of cocoa-
But fibre, fitting tightly to tlie head, and
riiich is said to be water proof. At all
events, they will carry notes and letters
to outward bound vessels, going through
the most violent seas with their messages
under thoir bats.
Crossing tho Bay of Bengal the wan
derers next entered British llurmuh, and
at Muuluiain and ltangoon thoy saw the
wonderful pagodas( octagonal In shape
at tho base, which rise in succosNivo tirs,
each diminishing in aizo, one above the
othor. After about throe tiers thoy as
sume shapes not unliko a carrot, the
thick part uppermost, and the whole sur
mounted by a sort of umbrella, resem
bling an inverted tambourine. This has
attached to it a quantity of bells, which,
being shaken by tho winds, fills tho air
with tintitinubulutious. This umbrella
is fretted with most rare jewels and pre
cious stonos, the principul ono at Ban-
goon costing millions of dollars to em
bellish. The structure is of brick and
ooment, tho whole gilded with gold. The
base of the pagoda is surroumlotl with
altars, containing heathen gods, somo
with pure gold heads, others all gilded,
at which the Bhuddist pays his devotion,
which consists in counting ot beads,
prostrations, the burning of tapors, and
the uttoranco of formulas, similur in
many roHpects to tho forms observed in
Catholic places of worship. Bells are
always stationed at these placos of
prayor, somo of very huge dimensions,
which thoy strike upon leaving thoir do
votious, that the sound may accompany
thoir offerings to the throuo on high.
Leaving Rangoon thoy coostod down
the Indus-Chinese peninsula, passing
through the Straits of Malacca, stopping
at lVuang, Melaooa and Singnporo, then
up through the China seas to Hong Kong,
Couton.Amoy and Shanghai.ploying suc
cessfully at each place. Returning to
Bombay, thoy crosHed the Arabian sea
and entered the Gulf of Aden, and thon
into the histono lied Soa. Liitering the
mouth of tho canal they londod at Suoz
and pressed the soil of ancient Egypt.
Tossing along the skirts of the great des
ert, thoy bohold tho strange miriogo
which has so frequently boon tho foorful
delusion of tho traveler, visited grand
Cairo, Holiopolis, the fumous niosoues,
the citadel standing upon tho spot irom
whence sprang the last of the Mamelukes,
sailod upon tho waters of the fertilizing
Viln irnioil nnnn tliA trmlitional rBHtinff
1 I1U fuvu ,'" u
place that once sheltered Mosos, and as
cended the Pyramids and stood upon the
ear of the awe-inspiring npbynx, looking
down into tho recovered tombs of this
ancient Necropolis. Procooding Still
westward, they ontered the famed DelU
of the Nile, and reaching the waters of
the Mediterranean Sea, at lost found
thomsolves in the grand old city of Alex
andrio. Leaving Africa, the tourists
visited Greooo and Italy, and thon re
turned to this country via i ranee and
By Balloon to Europe,
tfinrloa II. firimlev. the voting Eng
lish ntronaut who started from Montreal
in June, 1879, with a viow of crossing
the Atlantic in his balloon, proposes
making an ascension from Now York city
at an early day. His balloon contains
but 20,000 feot of gas, ana can sustain
onlv 750 nonnds. There can. therefore,
be onlv two uassonKors besides himsolf
in tho basket car, and the three must not
average more than ISO pounds eacu in
woight. Tho weight of tlie balloon and
tho car is 225 pounds, and tho ballast
inclndincf extra clothimi and provisions.
is 75 pounds. One man has engaged
passage in the oar, but Mr. Oriinloy
needs anothor to covor expenses.
This ascension will be the ni.ty-soconu
mado bv Mr. Gnmloy. His lutest one
waa at the Dominion fair in Montreal
month ago. He assorts that at the height
of two niileo a current of air flows stead'
ily from west to east, and that the Atlan
tic could be crossod within throo days
Mr. Grimley profeBsos no faith in any
apparatus thus far invented for guiding
n.Tl ins machine sufficiently powerful to
a pauoon against air uurrmiw. a.
containing 20,000 feot to susjain it. Even
should a maohino of loss proportionate
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weitrht be invnnted. and snccood in pro
imlhnnf its balloon amainst air ourrents
tho pressure of air caused by the rapid
. 1 ,1 .. At. l.nllrtM frt llt11uf.
moiion wouiu uiuan mo uuuwu w wt.ow.
If made of suflloiontly thick matoriol to
resist the pressure, it would uo too noavy
to nso.
Don't Dawdle.
The word "dowdlo" means to waste
time, to trifle. When a boy does a thing
in a 1(17. v. slack wav. he "dawdles" over
It is a bod thing to fall into a dawdling
wav. it neins to maae a ooy uiiummr
and a woman unwomanly. The dawd
ler's life is ant to bo a failure. Ho does
littlA for himself or for others. "In
books, or work, or healthy play," he does
not amount to much.
Don't dttwd o. Do things with a will
and do them well You must not splutter
or be lussv over your wora.
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quick eye, and a ready hand, and a pa
tient heart always.
If von hove an hour in which to do
half.honr's work, do it in the half-hour,
Get through on tiuio, then play witn
briskness and sparkling enjoyment. Do
your errands promptly, uruwii your
hair with a lively hand. Sweop your
room with a lively broom, lake the de
gree of D. D. don't dowdle.
Raros Kolb. a
German, who has
been ransacking tho figures of the
universe, says that tho English is the
most widely spoken language, being
ke by aDont 80,000,000 people;
(J 60io00,000 or GO.000,000;
D7S nt 40.O00.00O each;
Kussian, 50,000,000. Every advance
made by a peoplo in morality and
healthy enjoyment and useful knowl.
edge, adds to the tenure of life. The
average of life among tho well-to-do
is fifty years; among the poorthirtv
two years. Clergymen average the
longest eixty-slx years. Idlers are
shorter lired than the industrious,
and statistics prove that in countries
where consanguineous marriages are
permitted, there are to be found a
greater number of deaf mutes and
idiots than elsewhere.
A Fshli.
One day. when snmmer had begun Iter
business of blistering the ears of small
boys, and helping the ice-men to grow
rich and high-nosed, an old goose ana
pendod her frog-hunting operations ia
the pond and called her throe dear little)
goslings about her for a family chat.
"My dear, dear daughters," she be
gan, aa she put up one foot to see if her
beau catehors were properly curled, "I
am grieved that we are compelled to re
side in such a neighborhood aa this.
Since your father died and I got his life
insuruueo, I have found no one hero
good enough for me to associate with.
You, too, have had a hard time. Ths
young ganders around hero aro a mud
puddlo set, and tho old widowers would '
have to be parboiled a whole woek be
foro a wolf could chew them. We must
continue to resido hero for a time, but
thore is no reason why any of you should
remain single."
The goslings blushod and hid thoir
heads, as proper young goslings should,
and the niothei arched her nock and con
tinued: "Of courso I want you all to marry
rich young ganders, and put on tho stylo
that becomes tue uaugniurs oi a gooso
liko mo. It is truo that your father was
brought up with a lame dog, and that I
was glad euough to get a mud hole to
swim in, but things have changed. If I
don't set the fashions for this locality I
at least load the stylos, and no other
goose dares quack her mouth until 1 give
tho signal."
Here she plumed lior feathers and gave
hiss which was heard olean over to tha
bnrn-vard. and tho dolifflltod EOSlinffS
Bwam around hor and applaudod.
"Therefore, my doar goslings, I uavo
Innnnd a trin for ns all. As rich can
dors do not sock us out, we will sock for
thorn. Whilo I am nono too old to
marry again, being far from an old gooso,
I shall not allow the thought to enter my
hoad, but shall devote all my time to
seonriug suitable mates for you. Ara
bella, you must pencil your eyobrows,
and wear a sod, faraway look, and quote
poetry. Viola, you must be gushing and
frank, and talk about our uonus, ami
diamonds, and servants. Eleanor, you
must socm innocent and confiding, and if
you can be found wooping now and then,
it will surely load to a proposal. Now,
thon, to got ready.
A a few davs later the quartet appeared
at a frog-pond much frequouted by fash
ionablo fowls and animals, and they had
no soonor struok the water than they pro
ducod a swell.
Tha best nlooos wero everywhere
resorved for tliom, and such othor geese
as they could not swim over they stared
out of countenance and passed around.
AraMlo soddonod, Viola gushod and
Eloanor wept, and three sleok-lookinct
foxes, wearing mutton-chop whiskors and
peaking with a lisp, were caugut in we
trans. It was a happy idoa to havo three
woddingB at once, aud to be in a hurry
about it bofore tho foxes could get away.
and the plan was duly carried out.
The honeymoon hod only begun whon
one Fox was arrested for having too many
gosling wives. A second turned out to
bo a buzzard in disguise, ana uo sioi
old M othor Goose s diamonds, and lit
out, whilo the third got drunk, and waa
smothered in the mud. When the down-
boorted and chagnnod quartette had
waddlod back to their own frog-pond,
foot sore and feathers missing, and
ashamod to look old frionds in tho face.
a drake walked down to the bank and
aiiid: "Whilo I would not utter one
quack to add to your overwrought feel
ings, lot me in all Kindness genuy re
mark that the difference betweon marry
ing a home gauder or a foreign fox is sel
dom soon by a goose until she has been
baked aud eaten."
Tha Indians, like the Chinese, and
evon some Amorioans are passionately
fond of gambling. At thoir recent
"potlaoh" over on the Hound u was a
sight to behold them gambling. A cor
respondent who visited the scone of fes
tivities thus attempts to describe it. One
might take close observations for an age,
without solving the mystery of when the
game ends or who wins, exocpt from the
exultation of tho winnors. The princi
pal device employod to woo came
Fortune's favor, possesses one advantage,
at least an indofluito number can en
gogo in it. Thoy sit or kneel in two
Tho stakes (in this instance consisting of
clothing, boots and snoosana money; n
heaped in a pile between them. A
player on one side takes in either hand a
cylinder of bone about an inch in diam
eter and throe inohes.long, inscribed
with dork-linod figures, which he con
ceals undor a handkorchiof suspended
from the neck. Thon begins an elab
orate gesticulation aocompanied by a
monotonous ohant from all the bucks on
his side, while they beat time with sticks
on boards laid just in front of thorn for
the purpose. Occasionally a rude drum
is usod to add to
At a signal from the opposing side, the
noise coasos and the cylinders are trans
ferred to the player opposite, and they
take up the horrid refrain. Fegs are
usod to keep the game, and as they pass
from side to side, the interest of partici
pants increases, and the way the old
boots and ragged clothing are huriea
over the players, into the heap, indicates
the dovotion of willing slaves to the
passion for gambling. Another game,
more quiet in its nature, was played by
two "braves" who sat on mats and with,
flat wooden discs enveloped in the moss
like fibre of eodar bark, contested for
hours over the ownership of a
This was alike incomprehensiDie, excep
that somo of the discs had black edges,
and when the bark pile nader which they
lurkod was dotected during the rapid
manipulations of his opponent, we ob
served that a peg was shoved over to the
opposite player, in one wwec. m
Indian gamblors seem to be far in ad
vace of their white brethren. They will
not cheat. "Science" is unknown to
them: and a native, even though he be a
thief, who should be caught resorting to
trickery, would be incontinently ban
ished from the fraternity of the ring.
To rreventrrinUfromFading.-Make
solusion of soap, put in the articles and
wash them in the usual way. Add lemon,
juice or vinegar to ths rinsing water.