The Eugene City guard. (Eugene City, Or.) 1870-1899, December 25, 1880, Image 3

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Whiskey Bob was doal broke, very
tired, and wanted to sit down and utility
out his situation and wbat was bent to be
done. He put down bis rocker and pock
carefully on the graxs; bis blankots were
strapped in it, witb pick, shovel, tin
wash-pan and frying-pan, with a bag
containing a little pork, bam, flour and
tin pot for bis coffee, and peeping from
the roll oi oianaeis was me duck oi a
whiskey bottlo, lie had stopiwd at the
bottom of a high mountain ridge, not
far from the Yuba river, that mode along
for miles. It was well wooded and
shaded by old trees, bad little under
brush, and just below bini there ran a
creek amid tne ousiios clear and cool,
over the rebbles, which was very pleas'
ant to see and hear in the bot weather of
"Hero I be again, the samo dernod
fools as evor, ruined by whisky, after
making piles of money; 1 iust deserve it,
What a dog-goned jackass a human can
mako hisself with whisky.
Taking np his pack, Lob toilod slowly
up tlio ridge under the trees until bo
came to the top, whure it flattened out in
little level places and slight depressions
Birds were singing aud flowers blooming
around him; and. as he sat down to rest
be beard, to his astonibbment, not very
far off, tho clear, sweet voice of a fonialo
l'oeping cautiously under the young
pino trees, there, in a little open flat,
sitting on a rock, was the singer, It
was a pleasant picture to look at for a
lonely man a bill, shapely, buxom
young girl, with light golden hair, blue
eyes, ana very reguiur, pretty itaiures.
She was dressed in a short calico dress,
witb moccasins on ber feet and a sun-
bonnet thrown back from her bend
Her hand rested on a long Kentucky
riHe. (She was a representative of the
better class of Western girls, who were
continually in those early days arriving
in the mountains of California from tho
long trip overland, emigrating in
familios from Kentucky and other
Whisky Bob liskmod to the song witb
delight, and gazed at the singer in ad
miration; and then, with bis pack on
bis shoulder, coolly walked out into ber
presence, and, putting the pack down
not fur from her, sat down himself. The
young Rirl looked at him a little sur
prised, but sat composed and still, only
putting her band carelessly on tho Btock
of ber rino. Then she spoke to mm.
"Well, mister, who might you bo,
that walks into a young lady s drawing
room, without knocking, even on the
bark of a tree?
"Please, Miss, I'm called Whisky
Bob out prospecting, e aid he.
"No 'miss' about it, Mr. Bob, please
My name, for short, is Nell Green to all
, 1 l II 1 ,.t L
incnUH, ami lo uiuuin wen, i v minut
ing iron," said the girl, and continued:
"Your name of Whisky is a bad one,
young man, and, I reckon, shows you
are being ruined by com juice. Is that
"Well, Nell, that's a fact but rather
rough, said Bob, who saw the girl had
a half smile on nor lace.
She was not in the least bold or for
ward, or wanting in modesty; but tho
company of rough men, danger, and
soenos in the wilderness, bad taught her
to be self-composed and self reliant.
"Now, Mr. Bob without the Whis
keyit seems to me," said Nell, "ye're
throwing yerself away; and thore might
be something better for yer, if ye'd soek
seek it, and she looked at him with an
expression of some interest.
"I know it, Nell, if I could only do
"Got no folks, no family, to keer for
you? said Noll.
"Nary one." replied Bob; never had.
I toted myself and pack up this ridge to
.jest seek my luck once more, and quit
the corn juioe and reform. 1 said to my'
self. 'Bob. if ye could only meet a wo
man anywhere in theso diggings, and
stake out a claim where sho stood, it
would bring ye fresh luck, and ye might
turn over a new lyaf, and be somebody
once more.' And here, sure onough.I ve
met j'ou.
"Ye mean rigbt, I'm sure," said Nell,
softly. "But down the trail away yon
der I see my folks are coming along,
witb their fixings and plunder, pau,
man, and the rest ov 'em. I must put
out, stranger; but, Mr. Bob, let me say
a kind word to ye on parting from a
short acquaintance. Yer say a woman
brings ye lnek every timo. Now I jest
hope 1 11 bring good fortune to yer, ana
you may take yer pile out of this 'ere
suut. thoucli I can't see wbero it is. And,
Mr. Bob," said the girl, hesitating, "ef
ye do find it, and act up to yer goou in
tentions about the corn juieo well,
then, Mr. Bob, my folks aro raising log
bouses and shed fixings down on the
opening at the foot ov the creek, away
there where ye can see a break in the
trees. We mean to locate." And walk
ing up to Bob, sho put ber band on his
shoulder, "and, Mr. Bob, ef ye raise yer
pile ye can bring jest a little piece of
gold down for Nell to remember she
brought a bettor life for ye."
Bob was confused, and seemed to feel
a tear in bis eye, but he caught the little
band and kissed it, while Nell, blushing,
hurried away witb a step like an ante
lope's. Whisky Bob was a believer in luck,
destiny, or whatever we may choose to
call it, and more particularly, he had a
strong belief in bis own good luck,
especiallv in its relations to the fair sex.
He took bis rocker and put it in run
ning order down the ridge by a little
pool of water, fed by a small stream,
where he could bring bis dirt and wash
out for half an hour, and then pack down
more while the pool was filling with wa
ter again. .
Next he went and rolled away the
rock where Nell had been sitting and
flinging by the dry pebbles of the rivu
let, and, taking bis pick, commenced
digging out a ditch in the grass, about
two feet wide, down stream, and took
the dirt down to his rocker. He worked
until sunset, only finding about six bits
of coarse gold, but in his last bucket,
when washed out, he found a good solid
piece of gold weighing three ounces.
This encouraged him, and brightened his
hopes for the future. There was gold
there now found to be a fact.
In the morning be rose by daylight,
and after his breakfast of friM pork and
coffee, ending with the usual smoke oi
his pipe, be went to work again, deter
mined to work the place out forNsIH;
aake, if he did not make a fortune.
He worked bard and stead tl
the day, only stopping H noon for tome
coffee and a smoke bcneaih tho pine-tree
I camp. The sun was very bot. but he
dulu t mind it. At nibt, when he
, washod out the result of tUa dm hard
toil, he only bad a dollar's worth of
. coarse gold, but he found a little piece
of ribbon Nell bad lost from ber hair.
; This consoled himampl r, as be kissed
1 it and said to himself, "Bob. better luck
la. it i a ' .
to-morrow, uis claim was what miners
callod "very spotted," for the gold was
scattered In spots here and there. The
next day and the next his lalwrs
brought him the same results about
enough to pay expenses, or, as the
minors call it, "grub money."
The fourth day. just before be washei
out, in bis last rocker of dirt, at suusot,
be found two pieces of cold one worth
150, the other full $200. Bob was
happy that night, and tied the bluo rib
bon, with a leather string round bis
neck, so that it could rest on bis heart.
The next two days brought no big
pieces, but the seventh be took piccos of
gam irom tue ciay-uise cement weighing
about $700. It was dark-colored gold,
pretty solid, and twisted in strange
shapes, with boles in it, but not appear
ing much worn, or iu mining parlance,
When the minors rmssod him daily on
their way over the divide thoy stopped
to ask what his luck was, and when thoy
saw a very little course gold in bis pan
they laughed at him. But Bob kept bis
lumps of gold in bis poekot, or buriod
them besido the rock in bis camp. In
this way he worked on, taking sometimes
large piecos of gold out, half as largo as
iseiis little nut, and then for days very
Tho days and weeks passed by, but
Bob toiled on, determined to work out
bis claim thoroughly. He dug down
stream, until over the edge of the flat it
became so steep no show of gold could
be found, and then dug boles and cross
ditches to see if the littlo depressions of
the mountain bad any more chunks of
gold buriod under the grass roots. But
he bad worked it out; and what was bet
tor, he hud kept his word to Noll, his
resolution to himself to reform, and had
taken out his cue at the same timo,
He now examined and weighed his
gold, and found that ho had about six
thousand dollars, mostly in heavy piecos.
This was a pretty good fortune for soven
weeks' digging, and Bob felt an uncon
querable longing to go and tell Nell
all about it. Tho next morning by day
light he cleared up, packed his tbiugs
and started down the ridge to the nearest
trading tent. But in his blankets, care
fully strapped out of sight, was a heavy
bag of gold in place of a whisky bottle.
Bob had a heavy load to pack, but it
was nil down hill, and therefore easier
for him. Ho arrived at the mining store,
or trading tent, so common in the moun
tains in olden times, where almost any
thing could be purchased from a paper
of pins to a calico shut and broadcloth
pautaloons. Here no rested ana reno
vated himself generally, found an old
Bailor who could cut and trim his long
hair and beard to reasonable proportions,
and purchased some calico shirts and
other clothes, until, when dressed up
liicoly. ne could have walked the streets
of any city, and any of the fair sox
would have said he was a very nne look
ing follow.
It was early in the day yet, and Bob
sot. nut trt Hud the ranch of Nellv's peo-
pie. leaving his pack except the blankets
- - 4
containing bis gold, which were slung
over his shoulders on bis pick handle
Id a littlo over a mile's walking he
found a prottY valley at the mouth of the
creek, where some new log houses,
fences and clearings indicated isoiis
. In a back room, with ber white,
strong, beautiful arms bare to the shoul
der, stood pretty Nell at the wasntuu,
very busy iu a stream of soap-suds and
Kentucky jeans, singing freo as a bird.
Bob put down bis pack and walked in,
but Nell's quick car heard, and as she
. m . 1 11 1
turned and saw him her cueeKS nusnea
and ber eves sparkled.
"What? Bob, is that you come at lasu
in store clothes, too 1' said sho glano-
ing with bright eves at the young man
and with woorlv disguised pleasure."
"Certain sure, isen; you saiu i niigm
"Yes, Bob; but bow about the
"Nell. I havn't touched a drop sinco
yon saw me; if l have they may snoot
me. And what's more, don t mean to- if
you say so, replied bo.
"An' Bob, did I bring luck to yer?
Was there gold up thar?"
"Nell, thar's six thousand dollars and
more, rolled in them blankots thar, I
nwe to vour pretty self, or I'm a nigger.
And, Noll, just look here," and Bob took
from the bieaet of his shirt a package
oarefully wrapped in paper, which had
resieu on tue oow vi itcu o muo nuuuu
be had found, and which she plainly
Tf . . . ' A. 4,1. ...AM A 1 AflA
saw. unwrapping it, uioru wuo a jjj-o
of gold, in the shape of a spread eagle
almost exact in every part, weighing over
six ounces.
"Nell, vou said I might bring yer a
specimen from my pile, and here 'tis.'
"Yes, Bob, but what gal's bit of rib
bon is that yer so keerful about?" said
Nell, with a loving look, but turning her
face from him mischievously, and Btir
ring the soap-suds.'
"That ere," replied be, "broke loose
fmm tlm bar of an angel that met me
on the mountains, yonder, and said
some kind words to a dead-broke man,
that gave him new life, and what's more
brought good luck and a pile of gold to
bim, and he kept the thing as a charm to
lighten his thoughts when he felt down
hearted," and Bob went closer to Nell,
hose checks turned red.
Yp Bob." said she. "but ain't that
talk kind of airy? Angels don't flit
round these digging, as I ever beerd
"Yes. Nell, that's so; but any woman s
an angel to a man that's going wrong,
who, in the loving kindness of her heart
encourages bim to do right, and that's
what yo've done for me. Y'e see, Nell,
I've never had any folks of my own blood
to keer for me; I went into a ship's
cabin as 'prentice boy from an orphan
asylum. That ere gold came to me by
luck from you, and if ye'd only take it
with something else'
With what. Bob?" but Nell still kept
ber face turned away, while be was
edging still closer to her.
"Well, SM, it I must make the rime,
jest Uke Bob with the dust and make
him a happy man for the rest of his life.
He loves yer, and would die for ver
on " ....I ii.. I. t.i i : . i
muj lino, uu uuu mum uia arm arouuu
her Blender waist.
Noll at lost tnrned ber blushing face,
and looking roguishly at Bob said:
"Don't you think, Bob, it would bo bet
tor sense to say ye'd live for Null than
die lor her?
Bob didn't sjwak, but drow Nell to
him. and kissed ber. Nell, somehow had
hor bands so ontanglod in tho soap-suds
and clothos that sho couldn't resist, but
she pouted her lips, and Bob took bis
kisses back from them.
Three years after the above events
happened, in that same valloy, was a
very pretty cottage with a garden and
flowers around it, that indicated teste
aud refinement, and tbo whole clearing
bail becoino exlensivo, with its buildings
and improvements. Hero resided Mr.
lioWrt Stintou and bis pretty wifo Null,
I lie handsomest and happiest couple iu
the northern counties.
Mr. Stinton was a prosperous rattle
dealer, well to-do, and few roinomborod
there ever was such a niau as Whiskey
It seems perfectly- natural for some
people to gush.
They are boiling springs, so full that
they must run over,
They gush on overy occasion, and
wonder how you can bo so cool about
everything! They do nut think you have
any feelings at all. You nevor show any I
now dolighted thoy are with every
thing! All tho days are spluudid! All the
people are so delightful! All the sights
they see aro charming. All the singers
are such heavenly warblors! All the wo
men aro angols! and all tho men have
such elegant mustaches!
Every objoct can be gushod over.
Lost summer ono of tho gushers a
young lady was riding with us, and we
came upon a drove of pigs. Our friend
went into ecstaoies at once. "So charm
ing! socunning! so wondorful! so strange
that thoy oould be made into ham and
eggs! and sausage! and spare-ribs! aud
such an elegant curl in their tails! and
she told tho pig driver that they wore
"little darlings!" and got tho indignant
"No, they ain't. They'ro Berkshiros,
and as big of their age as any pigs you
ever see. Bet you a dollar on it 1"
Somehow the sympathy of the publio
generally is with the gushors. '
They aro bo iugonious, and so simple
hearted ! So freo from guile I Like
Truthful James, so "childlike and bland !"
It is always a good thing to gush over
a popular preacher. Everybody admires
devotion, if thoy do not confess it, and
it always makes people think well of you
if you praise their minister's sermon.
Nothing like appreciating your friend's
minister. It is the next best thing to ad
miring your friend's baby.
And there is nothing bottor to gush
over than a baby. Call it the dearest,
sweetest, knowingest, most bewitching
baby in the universe and all its near
relatives will believe you, and nobody
will think you are exaggerating except
the woman next door, who had a baby
about the same time the other one was
born, and who knows that her baby is
the brightest and handsomest baby on
the footstool !
It is a good thing to gush at funerals.
If you see anybody cry join in yourselves
and cry, if possible, harder than the
best of them! It will please the mourners
to see how much you thought of the
dead man; it will almost reconcile them
to the necessity of having a funeral, be
cause you show so much sympathy! It
tells everybody that you have a boart to
feel for the woes of others; and when
charitable peoplo go around with a
paper to get monoy to help the wwow
and eight children, you will not have to
give anything! Is not sympathy better
than gold, especially to a lonely widow
with eight children to support? No
body will expect you to give anything.
Thev will all remember how you
gashed at the funeral, and when you tell
the "paper" carrier that you have just
paid some bills and parted with every
cent of your available cash, and express
vour grief that it has "happened so,"
if he is a man with a soul he will believe
yon, and he will feel as if he ought to
put his hand into his pocKot auu give
you a quarter.
Not long ago a young man of our own
acquaintance married a spinstor twice bis
age, ana cross-eyeu iu me unrguiu.
When asked why be did so, bo made
this reply :
"Why. she criod so when my mother
was bniied, and seemed so much cut up
that I knew she must have a boart worth
winning." see.that gushing can do a great
deal for the gusher.
A New Balaxce fob Testing Weio hts.
.Tlnrr vnn Kriunnr recontlr exhibited
before the Buda-Pesth Academy a new
. m 1 T
balance designed ior use uy nungonan
officials in the inspection of weights.
Tho prism-shaped steel bed, on which
tha miiliilA It nifn-edffe rests, is easily
drawn out with the finger from the swal-
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low tair-shapea rollers ueiweon wuicn
it is passed in the body of the balanoe.
The beam can thus be easily removed.
and replaced. Each weighing scale
hangs on a conical point, and the
stopping and raising arranga-
uient is continued in a horizontal
frame. Great accuracy in the readings
; rviitumnl hv milintitiitini' for tho
pointer an optical arrangement on the
beam, consisting oi two aenromauc jiw
prisms, which render parallel the rays
from opposite directions and send
them to a telescope placed before the
balance. At the two sides of the balance
two scales are set (but on the walls of the
room) ; the images of these scales move
in the neld oi tne teioscope uenm tu
other in opposite directions, and so the
corresponding divisions can be read off.
These readings are independent of vibra-.-mw
y.f tlm talnnna. and are much
Mvu. v 4 ,
more exact than those with telescope and
cross threads, not to speaa oi iuo tum
nn nnintnr Tim arrangement also
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permits of tho centre of gravity of the
balance being placed lower, the stability
increased, etc. The weight of the bal
ance is about forty-four pounas, tnouga
both scales can carry forty-four pounds
A rUn. being asked to explain the
paradox of how it was possible for a lazy
man to attain so much education, an
swered, "I didnt-attain it; 1 just
heard it here and there, and iu
too lazy to forget."
querr Ideas a boat Sheet.
In Norfolk, whenever servants are go
ing after new situations, a shoe is thrown
after them, with the wish that they may
aucoeod in whatever thoy are going
about. Somo years ago. when vossels
engaged in the Green laud whale-fishery,
left Whitby, in Yorkshire, tho wivna and
friend of the sailors threw old shoes at
the ships as they passed the pierhead.
The practice is frequently observed in
towns on the sea-ooast, and a correspon
dent of yole and Queeries informs na
that on one occasion when at Swansea he
received a shoe on tbo shouldor, which
was intendod for a young sailor, leaving
bis homo to embark upon a trading voy
age. As an omblem of gtwd luck and pros
perity, an old shoe in in most places
thrown with much enthusiasm at a bri
dul oouplo. Various explanations, how
ever, have boon assigned for this popu
lar custom. Some think it was origin
ally intended as a sbam assault on the
bridegroom for carrying off the bride,
and houee is a survival of tho old cere
mony of opposition to the capture of a
brido. Others, again, consider that the
shoe was, iu former times, a symbol of
renunciation of dominion aud authority
over her by her futhor or guardiau; anil
tbo receipt of the shoo by tho bride
groom, even if accidental, was an ouicn
that the authority was transferred to
him. Thus, in the Biblo, the rocoiving
of a shoe was an evidence and symbol of
asserting or accepting dominion or own
ership; tho giving back the shoo the
symbol of rejecting or resigning it. In
Denterouomy, for examplo, the cere
mony of a widow rejecting her husband's
brother in marriage is by loosing bis
shoe from off his foot; and in Kuth wo
find that "it was the custon in Israel
concerning changing that a man plucked
off bis shoo and delivered it to his neigh
bor." In somo parts of Kent tho mannor of
shoe-throwing is somewhat curious. It
appears that after the departure of tho
brido and bridegroom the single ladies
aro drawn up in one row and the bach
elors in another. When thus arranged
an old shoe is thrown as far as possi
ble, which the ladies run for, tho win
ner being supposod to have tho first
chance of marriage Sho then throws
the shoe at the gontlouion, when the
first who gets it is belioved to have the
samo chance of matrimony. Wain, in
bis "History of tho Isle 'of Man, al
luding to this custom, tells us that "on
tho bridegroom leaving his bouse it
was customary to throw an old bIioo af
ter bim, and in like mannor an old
shoe after tho bride on leaving hor
home to proccod to church, to iusure
good luck to each respectively. If,
too, by stratagem, either, of the
bride's shoes could bo taken off by any
spectator on hor way from church, it
had to be ransomed by the bridegroom."
In Yorkshire the ceremouy of shoe
throwing was known as "thrashing,"
and the older the shoo the greater the
lleferring to the Continent, the Ger
mans have a custom of throwing the
bride's shoe among the guostsat the wed
ding. The person who suooeeds in get
ting it is oonsiderod to bavo every pros
pect of a speody marriage.
The bride and bridegroom also strew
dill and salt in their shoes as a protec
tion against witchoraft. Among the Pe
ruvians it was formerly cuBtomary.when
a man wished to marry, to go to the
lady's house, when, with her father's
cousunt, he put on her foot a particular
kind of a shoe, in which he lod her
to bis home. If she bad never been
marriod before, tho shoe was made of
wool ; if a widow, it was of rush.
Many augeries aro still gathered from
shoes. Thus, in Dorsetshire and other
parts, girls use their shoes as a means of
divining who their future husbands are
to be. At night on going to bed, a girl
places ber shoes at rigbt angles to one
another in the form of a T, repeating the
following rhyme :
llopu ibli idRht my true lovt to ics
I pines my nkioea Iu lha I mm ut a 'l.
Among the various charms in which
the shoe has been found highly effica
cious, may be mentioned one proctiood
in the north of England, where the peas
antry, to cure cramp, are iu the habit of
laying thoir shoes across to avert it. Mrs.
Latham in her "West Sussox Supersti
tions," published in the "Folk Lore
Record" (1. 3'.),) tolls us of an old wo
man who was at a complete loss to un
derstand why ber rheumatism "was so
uncommon bad, for she had put ner snoes
In the form of a cross every night by tho
Bide of her bed, evor since she folt the
first twinge." A euro for ague, in the
same county, consists in wearing a leaf
tansy in the shoo.
Soott, too, in his "Discovery of Witch
oraft," tells us how "he that reoeiveth a
mischance will consider whether he put
not on his shirt the wrong side outward,
or bis left shoe on bis right foot." An
old writer, spoaking of the customs of
Jews, says:
"Home oi them observe, in aressing
themselves in the morning, to put on the
right stocking and rigbt shoe first, with
out tying it; then afterwards to put on
tho left, and so return to the right; that
so they may begin and end with the right
side, which they account to be the most
fortunate." In Sussex, to put on the
left shoe before the right is considered
an infallible sign of evil to come, and a
Suffolk doggerel respecting the "wear
of shoes" teaches us the following :
Trlpst tb loa : llva to woe;
Wrlhldei live ioborlite;
W I live to pnd all;
Wrar at tba bael : II ve to trt a deal.
Curiom to say. the shoe has even en
tered into the superstitions associated
with death. According to an Aryan tra
dition, the greater part of the way from
the land of the living to that of death
lay through morasses and vast moors
overgrown with furze and thorns. That
the dead might not pasa over tbem bare-
foot, a pair oi shoes was lain wim
in the grave.
imnni tli rnsas cf salt rheum are
the excessive use of salt as the name
indicates and or strong acids, witn wie
nut nf noor loans, with too much alkali
in them, which irritate the skin, appear
ing on the hands, etc. It is highly
probable that some of the viotims of this
eruption use too much soap on their
hands, simply, and wet tbem too often.
If the skin seams dry and hard, apply
glycerein or sweet oil at night.
"Swan sing befo ther die." The
htve to, if thay siJf at alL
Mosey Orders.
2ht suggestions in the report of
the rostmastcr General in regard to
tho moucy order system and its en
largement, aro nppurontlj highly
proper. Ho favors a reduction of the
churgo for small ordors to five tents
for amounts loss than $5. This, ho
thinks, can bo done without loss to
tbo department if another cbango is
mado in tho way of oxtonding the
amounts for which orders may bo
issued from $30 to f 100. It is bo
lioved that tho increase in tho busi
ness of transmitting small sums
would inoro than mako up tbo loss
from tbo diminished rate. The ex
perience of cbeup postago sinco tho
days of Ivowlund Hill, has been that
with each roduction iu tho cost of tho
publio scrvico, tho sorvioc bus in
creased ut a rato out of all propor
lion to tho roduction nnd tho postal
departments- of tho civilized world
have raisod revenues at low rates
they novor could hove raisod had
tho old rates been conlinuod. The
proposed roduction in money order
rates is cminontly a popular movo
and deserving of npprovul on that
score Tho banks do not liko to
mako drafts for small sums of money
for very good reasons, and tho busi
ness of transmitting small sums by
mail is ono which is cminontly
proper for tho Tost Ofllco Depart,
inont to undertake It is especially
tho caso with tho great number of
peoplo who aro interested in sending
small sums that thoy do not ordi
narily keop bank accounts, or at
least thoir relations with banks aro
not such as to facilitate thoir Bond
ing small drafts. When they como
to tho ToBt Otlico tbo differonco bo
tweon 10 cents nnd 5 cents is some
thing as well worth considering as
tbo diflorouco between 5 contsand 10
conts for postago, and they would
npprociato nnd profit by so sensible
a movo. Tho only wonder about it
is that it had to wait until now to
bo suggested.
m i.
A year or so ago a littlo girl living
near lluthbonovillo, N. Y., a village ou
tho lino of the Erio Railway, was pre
sented with a pair of dovos. One day,
three weeks age, they were flying across
the railroad track, when the inulo bird
came in collisiou with the smoke-stack
of the Pacifio Express, which pusses the
spot about 7 o'clock in the morning.
The bird was killed by the shock, and
instantly thrown out of sight of his
mate. The female circlod about the
spot for a few minutes, in evident
amazement at tho sudden disappearanoo
of hor mate. She then flew to a milo
post near by and for a long time gave
utterance to the mournful notes charac
teristic of the dove. Suddenly sho seem
ed to realizo what had curried the malo
from her sight, and she roso in tlio air
and flow swiftly in the direction the train
had gone. She did not roturn until
about noon. She alighted at ber cote,
where she romainod tho rest of the day
uttering her plaintive cries. Next morn
ing, just bofore 7 o'clock, sho was seon to
fly away and take a position noar the spot
whore she saw ber mate tho day before.
Whon the express train came along she
flew at the looomotive, hovored about
the smokestack and around the cab as
if looking for hor mate. Sho accom
panied the looomotive for a milo or bo
and then roturned to ber cote. Evory
day since thon she has repeated this
strange conduct. She goos to hor look
out for tho train at precisely tho samo
timo each morning and waits until the
train couios along no matter how late it
may be. She nevor goes further than
about a mile with the train, returning
to her cote and mourning pitoously all
VrniiT lin An mrfrnnrlinarv falhlOV
is the dread of night air. What air can
wo brcatho at night but night air? Ihe
nlinimt la lintwnnn nnrfl nlirllt without
and foul air from within. Most pooplo
preior the latter. An unocooiuiiuuiu
choice. What will they say if it is
provod to bo true mat tuny one-nan oi
tlin liuonaa n anflnr from are occasioned
by people sloeping with thoir windows
shut? An open winnow, mosmiguw in
tbo year, can novor hurt anyone. This
is not to say that light is not necessary
Inr rannvnn Tn croilt cities nicllt air is
often the best and purest air to be bad in
twenty-four hours. I could better
understand shutting the windows in
town during the day than the night, for
the sake of the sick. The absence of
smoke, the quiot, all tend to make night
the best time for airing tho patient.
Ono of our highest medical authorities
on consumption and climate has told me
Hint, tlm air in London is never so good
as after ten o'clock at night. Always air
. . . il l
your room with outsiao air u possuno.
win.lmvi ir tnoilo to onen. doors are
made to shut; a truth whioh scorns ex-
tremely difficult of apprehension. x.very
rnnm mmt 1B aired from without, every
passage from within. But the fewer
passages there are in a nospiuu mu uv
ter. Florence Nightingale.
A 1 AnMnaia vif nf ttrnnar-
ing potatoes is a favorite breakfast dish
in the West Indies: Two pounds of
peeled potatoes are washod and gralou ,
fruit minina oils' ri am milled of suirar and
butter melted, ono teaspoon ful each of
salt and popper mixea won logmuer,
i . linLincr liuh Atul tint into S
brisk oven until done and shows a deli
cate brown color. Another nioue oi
proparing potatoes by tho French, after
ti.. nniuisiAa am tinifnd in their jackets.
is to peel and mash tbem with a fork;
put them into a stewpan wun wmw uui-
too mrA ,.lt tnniutanad throuirh with
cream, and let tbem grow dry while
stirring them over tne nre; auu more
jaf.nnl 4111 AAnilnnA niMin'jr for nearly
V CniU aMV wuaaaauw - 0 -
an hour; turn them into a dish, and
brown them on the top with a sala
mander. S. B. UtaoLts, in Vu book on
American resources, nays that there
are 400,000,000 acres of land north
and west of the Ohio river, on whica
1,800,000,000 bushels of wheat
will be grown annually.
Storing1 Potatoes.
Every method has been tried by farm
ers to store and preserve potatoes during
the winter, and, we may say, until pota
toes come again. It is tho most valua
ble of all vegetables, though here and
there we find a person and a writer who
undertakes to tell us of their unwhole
somenoss. It is universally consumed
in all civilized countrios, as where it can
not be grown it is imported, which can
be done long distances without injury,
when ventilation is attended to. In
storing potatoes sovoral methods are
adopted, yet they are practically the
Hiiint), the object being to protect them
against freezing, whotlier buried in pits
or stored in cellars. The first considera
tion is to keep them in orfoct
darkne.s; tho next is, tho bins
should not be too deep not ovor three
foot to produce warmth and cause thorn
to sprout. Whon stored in tho field,
straight trenches aro dug, say twenty
feet in length, aud four or five in width,
which are filled to the depth of three
foot with potatoes, thon well covered
with straw, on top of whioh put eighteen
or twenty inehos of earth. In a pit
twenty foot long there should be about
throo gas escapes or ventilating open
ings, which should be plugged with
straw and covered with a board set at an
angle to turn the rain. 'If in cellars,
barn or othorwise, tho bin should be
coverod with rugs, and carpetings or
straw. Those intended to be kept for
lute spring sales should be frequently
examined and all sprouts removed; for
as soon as a potato begiug to sprout it
loses its solidity and dryness.
Senator Waito as a nusbaml.
"Bluff Bon Wado" was the hero of
many a stormy scene iu publio life, but
be was no loss a hero at home. He was
us chivalrous and gentle toward his wife
as ho was bold and fiorue toward his op
ponents and enemies. Says tho Phila
delphia iVfJM:
llis wifo had a small income, but old
Bou would never touch a penny of it.
llis peculiarity about money matters
sometimes aotuallydistrossed Mrs. Wade
and hor friends, llis poekot book was
always open to his wife, but she proba
bly during their long married life never
was able to iuduco her husband to ac
cept out of ber money tho price of a
meal. lie used to say, "A man does not
marry a woman to live off hor." I be
lieve Mr. Wade positively thought it de
grading for a man to use a woman's
monoy, and so it is. Oneo ho said to his
son, "Whut your wife has is her own,
and what yon have is your wife's."
This was Wado's chivalrous idoa of the
treatment of a wifo; and right royally
did ho practice it in bis own household.
His courtesy to Mrs. Wado was always bo
marked as to attract tho attention even of
strangers. At seventy years of ago he
was as fond and devoted a lover as she
found him at forty.
No two people oould possibly have
lived more agreeably toguthor. Every
thing Mrs. Wado said or did was exactly
right in the estimation of ber husband,
and during the entire courso of his long
marriod life he probably never had a dis
loyal thought or occasioned his wife
moment's uncasinoss.
An Indiana papor tolls us that tho
Kopublican Conlral Committee of St
Joseph in that State has done tbo
unbonrd-ot thing ot making a dona- -tion
of tho surplus campaign fund,
amounting to 2755. to cbnritablo ob.
jocts at South llend. This is a hot
ter disposition ot surplus campaign
political funds than is generally
mado. Tboro is a logitimato uso for
monoy in a political campaign, but
thcio is a mnnifost danger that It
may bo dovotod to improper pur
posos. Nothing will moro spoodily
demoralizo tho pooplo and make
elections burlcsoaes than the uso oC
monoy to control votes. In England
this evil lias grown to such mum.
moth proportions that a man of mod
orate moans is not thought of os a
candidate for a prominont ofllco. No
salaries aro attached to Beats in Far
llamenl, yet so groat is the contest
for thorn tlint vast sums aro spent,
almost without effort ut conceal,
mont, to obtain thorn. The habit
has become so fixod that the people
now expect it, and sucb scones are
witnessed, at elections as disgrace
tho Nation.
The latest visionary businoss
scheme comes from London. It con
sists of a proposition to insure mer
chants against loss from bad dobls,
and is udvocatod in tho London
Daily News, Its advocate claims
that tho guaranteed cor tain ty Jof
payment of all goods sold at tho ex.
piiation of credit would enable a
merchant to extend bis buying and
Belling oporations with great confi
dence, and at a minimum ot profit,
with a resulting benefit to both pro
ducers and consumers.
An exchango says: Kobert Colyer
preaohod last Sunduy on "The Man
Who Liod for His Tarty," and the
next day soventoen pow.boldors
sent in their resignation. Noting
the above tho Inter-Ocean thinks
that Dr. Colyer bad bottor return to
his old flock in Chicago. New
Yorkers are too sensitivo for his
honest way ot talking.
An Eastorn papor says: "Mr.
LonL'follow can take a worthloss
sheet of paper and by writing a
poem on it make it worth 850. That's
genius. 4lr. Vundorbin can writo
fewer words on a similar sheet, and
nrnl-t n. worth S50.O00.000. That's
capital." And wo might add, an im-
tnonse amount ot lack.
"Gath" reports that the big,
white-whiskered bar-keeper at the
Fifth Avenue Hotel said one night:
"Look around this room. You see
300 men in L Well, there ain't one
of thorn that has not just sold bis
mine for 12.000,000, and is in despair
because be has not asked four.