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H cams to the bower of her I lore,
Twinging hit tweet guitar.
Ileealltd her in KDg hit mow-whlts dove,
Hit lily, bit fair, bright iur.
He tang that bli lore wi beyond oom pe ro
ll ii roiot til tweet u bil long
Jlenld the wi nun end gentle and fair,
And I thought be wun't far wrong.
Why he tang and played till the moon woi
And iweet wai the lore-born strain;
Till the night caught up the trornulout ligb
And echoed each tweet retrain.
He told her he loved ber, o'er and o'er,
With paaeion in every word,
In aongn that I never beard Wore,
And tweeter one never wero beard.
And I wai I jeoloutl Well, tcareely; no;
I wai ever glad to bear bit lay,
1 ever echoed him toft and low,
VVben be tang what I winled to aay.
Tor while be stood 'neatb the window till
Binging ny darling'i charmi,
I eat in the parlor, dark and ttill,
With the girl that he lung in my armt.
A URATE W0JI1J.
Ia spite of the high opinion wlioh ire
entertain ol feminine courage in general,
we must be permitted to doubt whether
you all, ladies, fool yourselves capable
of imitating on a similar occasion the
heroine of the following little story,
which we can recommend to your atten
lion as entirely true:
Madame Aubrey oocupiod with her
husband a large old house, in the village
of D . This house stood entirely
alone, at the toot of an lmmenso gardon,
far from neighbors, and had no other
occupant than Monsieur and Madame
Aubrey, thoir son, an infant of twelvo
months, and a domestio, rocontly ad
mitted into their service.
One evoning In the month of Novom
Lor Madamo Aubrey was awaiting with
some anxiety tho return of bor husband.
who had been gone sinco morning to a
town distant a few miles from D-
His business was to collect a debt, and
he expected to bring homo a largo sum
of money, and his wife now roniemborod,
with a fueling of uneasiness, that she had
teen him arm himself with a pair of
pistols. It was about six o'clock, and
Madame Aubrey wont to her chamber
accompanied by the domestio, with tho
intention of putting her littlo boy to
bod. This apartment, large and high,
was situated on the second floor, looking
into the gardon. Tho oaken wood-work,
turned almost black with ago, tho old
tashioned furniture of grotesquo form
and gloomy color, and some family por
traits in ancient dress and sovere coun
tenances, gave to tho room some
what of a forbidding aspect. A deep
mloovo beside which was placed the
cradle of the infant, occupied noarly all
the side of the room opposito to tho fire
place The curtains were drawn across
tho front, but one cornor having caught
upon somo articlo near, was raised until
ciontly to show tho foot of the bodHtead,
made of tho samo dark wood with the
rest of the furniture, and carved in the
curious figures and grotesquo linos in
which the artisans of an hundred years
back were wont to indulge.
The night was a true Novombor night
black and gloomy, with torrents of
rain, which beat continually upon the
windows. Tho troes of the gardon, bont
by tho forco of tho wind, from time to
time drew the finger like ends of thoir
branches across the glass, making a fantastic-
and melancholy concert, iu which
mingled no hnmau voice uo sound
which promised human aid, should the
want lo ever so urgent.
Madamo Aubrey sat upon a low chair
in tho corner of the fire pluco holding
upon her kneos the little boy whom sho
was undressing, while the servant at the
sthor end of the room executed certain
orders of her mistress. A blaziug wood
fire, aided by a lump upon tho mantle
shelf, throw a strong light upon somo
objects, loft others in intense shadow,
and upon othors again cast a wayward
and fitful gleam, which caused them to
assume grotesquo and unreal forms. The
baby had oeasod his luughing play and
had closed his drowsy eyes. The mother
threw her eves toward tho cradle- to as
sure herself that all was prepared; at this
momont the fire blazed up suddenly and
throw a strong light noon the corner of
the bed exposed by tho lifted curtain.
As Madamo Antirey looked, she utmost
fell from hor chair; undor the bed, close
to tho cradle iu which sho had been
about to deposit hor sleeping child, sho
now behold two great foet shod iu ooarso
brogns. In an instaut tho seuso of her
situation flushed across tho mind of the
Joung woman us if shown by a flash of
ightning. This hidden man no doubt
was a thief, perhaps au assassin. Sho
was alone, without help prosont or soon
to bo expected, for hor husband was not
to return until eight or nine o'clock, and
it wus now but little past six. What
should sho do? How should sho defend
Madamo Aubrey had uttered naory
she had not even moved, but sho feared
that tho servant, making tho same dis
covery, might not show the same pru
denoo. The thief probably intended to
remain in his present positiou until the
middlo of tho night, then to issue forth
and possess himself of the sum brought
homo by Monsieur Aubrey. Dut if pre
maturely discovered, and having no
opponents but two women, ho would
probably muko his escape, first securing
their silenco by thoir death, lhon who
knows but the servant herself was an ac
complice suspicious circumstances,
hitherto disregarded, returned with re
newed violence to the mind of Madamo
Aubrey. All these thoughts passed
through the mind of the young mother
in loss time than I have occupied in the
telling. Ik fore many miuutes had
clupsor her calmness had entirely re
turn"'!, aud sua had decided upon her
part' iu tho terriblo drama, but sho
must got rid of the servant.
''Yuu kuow," Bitiu she, without tho
least faltering of hor voice, "you know
the dishes which my husband prefers,
and I think he will be well pleased to
find a good super ready against his ro
turn. I had forgotten to tell you about
it before, biU go now and begin your
preparation) and bestow attention upon
"But," answered the servant, "sl-all
you not want me here, as usual."
"No, I can do everything myself.
Monsieur would be displeased, I am
sure, if after bis long ride in such
weather he should not find a good sup
per upon his return."
After somo attempts at delay, which
redoubted in Madame Aubrey an un
easiness wbioh shs was obliged to con
ceal. tho girl quitted the chumber. Hor
footsteps died away upon the stairs, and
ber mistress found herself alone with
bor child and those two terrible feet,
which, half seen in tbe now dying light,
scorned immovable as tbe bedstead it
self. She still remained sitting near the
chimney with tbe baby upon hor lap
addressing to him, almost mechanically
carressing words, and soothing him to
sloop, while ber eyes never wandered
from the menacing feet. The little fel
low. tired of his position, began to cry
for bis cradle and its soothing motion,
but the cradle was close to the aloove
olose to the foet. Tbe young mother
conquered herself by a vioiont effort.
"Come then, my child," said she, and
rising from bor chair, she forced bor
tottering steps to be firm, and went to
ward the alcove. Behold ber close to
the ominous feet. She placed the baby
in the cradlo, and with a voico which all
bor resolution could hardly koep from
trembling, she commenoed to sing hor
usual lullaby to the unconscious child,
and as she sang the Idea was ever in her
mind that each word might be her last.
At last the boy slept soundly, and tbe
mother roturned to hor seat by the
Tho clock strikes seven. One lour
more and Madame Aubrey may expect
uonvcrance. a aeep siienoe roignea in
the chamber. Tbe infant slept peace
fully. His mother, ber hands convul
sively clasping each other, hor lips
apart, her eyes fixod npon the monaoing
foot, remained immovablo as a statue.
From time to timo.somo noise in the gar
den would cunse the heart of the watch-
or to leap with hope, but it always
provod to be tho rain, tho wind or the
shaken trees. It seomod to the un
happy woman that timo had stopped,
and that she was alone with those haunt
ing feet. Heavens! They movol Is tho
assassin about to commence his fearful
workl But no it was only a slight
movement, induced no doubt by the con
strained position. He rcsumos bis im
mobility. Tho half-hour strikes. Tho anxious
watcher could have almost sworn that
it was two hours sinoe it struck lust,
but no, sho knows tnat tho clock is
fuithful, and thore is still another weary
half-hour before sho may expect her do
livorer. Madamo Aubrey took a book of re
ligious meditations from the chimney
pioco above bor head, and attempted to
read. Vain effort! Her eyes wandered
continually from the page. Suddenly
a thought crossed ber mind with tho
sharpness aud suddenness of light if
hor husband should not rotnrn! His
parents lived in the Village to which be
had gono; what more natural than that,
seeing tho sevority of the weather, M.
Aubrey should allow himsolf, by fond
persuasions, to be detained until morn-
ng! She could noitbcr wondor at nor
blame him. But then what would be
come of herself, ana tho littlo one
dearer than herstdf ? her brain reeled
undor tho thought. Eight o'clock struck
and nobody had come. The sup
position then was correct; the unhappy
womau gave lieuell up for lost. She
was about to seizo her child and tlv
from the room, when a noise rosounded
from the gravel walk beneath the win-
dow. The oagor listoner dared not trust
her ears; she had been so ofton deceived
but now the door rolled upon its
hingcB and then foil heavily buck in its
pluoe. A well-known step gayly
asconded the stairs, the chamber door
opened and a mau appeared a man,
haudsotuo, strong and vigorous. It wus
ho! At this moment, had M. Aubrey
bcon the ugliest of men tho worst of
husbands he would have- assumed, in
tho eyes of bis wife, all tho graces, all
the virtues imaginable.
no had only paused below to take off
his dripping clothes aud luy down his
pistols. He extended his arms and his
wife rushed into them. But immedi
ately recovering horsolf, she placed one
finger ou bor lips, aud with the other
hand pointed to the foot.
M. Aubrey would not have boon
worthy of such a wife if he had failed iu
decision or sang f roid. He gave a glance
at his wife which said that be under
stood, and said aloud:
"One moment, my darling, and I will
return; I have left my pocket book
lowu stairs, aud I must show you my
With these words he left the room.but
in a momout returned, holding a pistol
in his baud. He exuiiynod the lock, ap
proached the bed, stooped down, and
with his loft hand seised one of tho two
feet, tho finger of his right baud rostiug
ou tho trigger of a pistol.
"Resist, and you are u dead mun! he
Tho owner of tho foet did not fleem
disposod to risk the event. II suffered
himself to be dragged by the foot into
tho middlo of tho room, where he dis-
losod a most villainous face as ho
rouohod before tho pistol pointed at his
ead. On being searched, a dagger was
fouud and newly sharpened. He con
fessed that tho servant was his accom
plice, aud had told him of the booty
which awaited him.
Nothiug remained but to deliver both
to justice. Madame Aubrey indeed
begged her husband to let them escape,
but the public interest demanded the
sacrifice of public lenity, aud they were
During all this time tho unconscious
hild slept soundly. After somo little
time Madamo Aubrey related the eveuts
f tho evening.
I did not thiuk you had been so
brave." said her husband, embracing
But in spite of her bravery, the oveuts
of that night brought oua nervous fever,
from which our little heroine did not re-
over for some weeks.
Tho Japanese telegraph system, estab
lished ten years ago, has now 3 '.'.".) miies
of line and 0315 miles of wire. Twentv
words are sent sixty miles for less than
two cents. Last year tho number of
messages trrnsmitted was 1.272.755.
Thore are 34S Morse instruments in use,
xi single noodle-books, said -J Boll tele
There is something radically wronar
about our professions when a pious min
ister only gets forty cents for joining a
on pie, ana a wicked lawyer receives
forty dollars for untying tbe sm. von
THE SrOOrKSDIKI IIABT.
"Well. well, well." said Mr. Snoopen
dyke, with a grin that involved his whole
head and an effort at tip toe tread that
shook the whole bouse. "And so its s
erirl mv liMrf "
Mrs. Spoopendyke smiled faihtly,and
Mr. Spoopendyke pickoa np his heiress
"Its the image of you," she said, re
ffardimr with somo terpidation Mr
Bpoopendyke's method of handling the
"I don't see how you make that out."
said Mr. Spoopendyke gravely. "I don't
know when mr nose looked like the
thumb part of a lobster claw. Do Inn
dorstand you that my eyes bear any re
semblance to the hood of a screw?"
"I mean the general features," mur
mured Mrs. HnooDendvko.
"The general features seem to be all
mouth." retorted Mr. Spoopendyke, ex
sminingbls acquisition. "If our gen
eral foatures are at all alike, my visage
must remind vou of an earthquake. Hi!
kitchoe! kitchee! What makes bor fold
uo hor leas like that?"
"She can t help it, reasoned jurs.
... " m
Snoonendvke. "they 11 straighten out in
a a e ' ar w
"No time like tbe present. Quoted
Mr. Spoopendyko, and he took bis daugh
ter's feet and commenced pulling her
limbs. "I don t want any bandy-logged
child in this family while I'm at the bead
of it." . .
Naturally tho baby began to cry
and Mr. Spoopendyke essayed to soothe
'Hil kitcbee! kitchee! kitch-ee eo! be
chirruped. "Great Scott, what a cavorn!
Any idea what this month weighs? Hi!
kitchoe! kitch-e o! You'll have to get
that mouth roofod in before the cold
weather. Whut's the mattor with bor,
"rvrhaps you hurt her. Jjet me tauo
" . ... ,
ber, ploose," ploadod helpless Mrs.
"Sho s doing well onough. nil you:
Hold up! Haven't you anything to catch
this mouth in? Its spilling all over the
neighborhood. Hi! Topsy, Oenoviove,
Cleopatra, dry up. I'm going to have
trouble breaking this young ono's tem
per. I can seo that. Here! bond the
other way onoo!" and Mr. Spoopendyko
tried to straighten his offspring without
Let her come to mo; do, please,"
moaned Mrs. Spoopendyke; and Mr.
Spoopendyke wus forced to band her
"Well, that's quite a baby ," said he,
nursing bis knee and eyeing tho infant.
What re those bumps over its eyes for.'
What preponderance of intelligence do
"loumusnt talk so, romonstratea
Mrs. Spoopendyke. "She the handsomest
child you ever saw."
'Well, she s got to stop biting her
nails before she goes any further with
this procession. Hero, tuko your hands
out of your mouth, can't you? Why
don't you put hor hands down ?"
Why, all babies do that, explained
Mrs. Spoopendyke. "You can't stop
"I'm going to try.' said Mr. Spoopen
dyke, "and I don't want to be interfered
with in bringing this child up. ilero,
you, Maud o. JJonesotter, put your
hands in your pockets. Don t let me see
any more nail-chewing, or you and I'll
get mixed up in an argument. She gets
that from your family, Mrs. Spoopen
dyke." "Say, dear, don't you want to go and
order some things ?" asked Mrs. Spoop
oudvke. "No." rejoined hor husband. "I want
to seo this youngster. Whoro's her chin?
Do babies always have their uppor jaw
set right ou their shoulders? Kitchee!
kitcheo! Her scalp comes clear to the
bridge of her nose. 1 don't believe she's
quite right. Where's her forehead?
rout Jlosos! licr head is all on tbe
back part. Say, that baby's got to bo
pressed. That's lm shape."
"Get away," exclaimed Mrs. Spoopen
dyke, indignantly. "She's a perfect
angol. There's nothiug in tho world tho
matter with her."
"Of course you know," growled Mr.
Spoopondyko. "You don't want any
thing more than a fog-horn and a mis
spent appropriation to be an orphan
asylum. If I had your faith, and the
colic, I'd make a living as a foundlings'
homo. She'll bo old enough to spank in
a week, won't she?"
"No, she won't!" said Mrs. ' Spoopen
dyko. "She'll never bo old onough for
"I'll bet she will," grnntod Mr. Spoop
endyke. "If she isn't, she'll get it bo
fore she matures np to that period.
That's all. Let mo take her. Here, let's
But Mrs. Spooicndyko flatly refused .
"Keep your dod-gasted baby, then!"
roared Mr. Spoopendyko. "If you
know more about babies than I do, then
keep her. Thoy way you coddla her ono
would think she Wis a new paste for the
complexion. If yon had one more brain
and a handle, you'd make a fair rattlo
box. Fit you up with a broken sofa and
a grouse spot, and you'd do for a second
And Mr; Spoopendyko started off to
find his friend Specklewottle, who con
gratulated him, and started off with him
to assist iu the selection of an overcoat
aud a pair of ear-muffs as precautionary
against the approaching winter. Brook
Mrs. Florence, the actress, suvs that
she talked with the Princess of ales in
the box of a London theater, aud found
her charming iu manners and person.
Her voice is soft and extremely musical.
and a slight German accent makes tier
speech all tho more pleasing. Mrs.
Florence Dronmini.es Ladv Lansiluln am.1
Ijuly Mandeville amdug tlie first of Eng
lish beauties, and says of Mrs. Langtjy:
"She is not strictly beautiful. Sho has
a fair skiu. and larue, rornvl trk eyes,
which she uses very expressively, and
with au I tie art ot a professional actress,
in conversation. The Latural color of
her hair ia chestnut, but sho is often seen
with very light or reddish frizzes as with
those of the color bestowed by nature.
These artificial adjuncts euhanoe the
effect of her really flue eyes."
The Philadelphia Sunday Mirror has
a "Lunacy column. It says: "Some
body writes to ask if we ever laugh at
our own alleged humor. Great Caesar!
NO! We are not half so much of an ass
as we seem to be. This column is pre
pared for fellows like our correspondent.'
Tbe Longevity of the Ancients.
Can man reach and pass tbe age of a
hundred years? is a question concerning
which physiologists nave different opin
ions. Buffon was tbe first one in France
to raise tbe question of tbe extreme limit
of bnman life. In his opinion, man, oe
comina adult at sixteen, ought to live
to six times that age, or to ninety-six
years. Having been called npon to ac
count for the phenomenal ages attributed
by tbe Biblo to the patriarchs, he risked
the following as an explanation: "Be
fore the flood, the earth was less solid,
loss compact, than it is now. The law
of gravitation bad acted for only a little
time; the productions of tbe globe bad
less consistency, and tho body of man,
being more supple, was more susceptible
of extension. Being able to grow for a
longer timo, it rLould, in consequence,
live for a longor time than now,!'
Tbe German Heusler has suggested on
the same point that the ancients did not
divido time as we uo. rrevious to tns
age of Abraham, the year, among some
people of tho East, was three months, or
a season; so tnat tney uaa a year oi
spring, ono of summer, one of fall, and
one of winter. The year was extended
so as to consist of eight months after
Abraham, and of twelve months after
Joseph. Voltaire rejected the longevity
assigned to the patriarchs of the Bible,
but accepted without question the stories
of the great ages attained by some mon
in India, where, he Bays, "it is not rare
to seo old men of one bundred and
twenty years." The eminent French
physiologist, Flourens, fixing the com
plete development oi man at twenty
years, teaches that ne suouia live nve
times as long as it takes him to become
an adult. According to this author
the moment of a completed development
may be recognized by the fact
of the junction of the bones with
their apophyses. This junction takes
place in horses at five years, and the
borso does not live beyond twenty-five
years; with the ox at tour years, it aoes
not live over twenty years; wun tue cat
at eighteen months, and that animal
lives over ten years. With man, it is el
fectod at twenty years, and he only ex
ceptionally lives beyond one hundred
years. The samo physiologist admits,
howover, that human life may be excep
tionally prolonged under certain condi
tions of comforts, sobriety, freedom from
care, regularity of habits, ana observ
ance of the rules of hygiene; and ho ter
minates his interesting study of the last
point (' De Ia Longevite humano ) with
the aphorism, "Man kills himself rathor
than dies. JU.JJe Soiaville, in Popular
Science Monthly for November.
Militancy as u Cause or Crime.
With decrease of the aggressiveness
shown in acts of violence and consequent
acts of retaliation has gone decrease, of
the aggressiveness shown in criminal acts
at large, lbat this change has been a
con -commit ant of tho change from a
more militant to a more industrial state.
cannot be doubted by ono who studies
the history of crime in England. Say;
Mr. Pike in his work on that subject:
'The close connection between the mill
tary spirit and those actions which are
now legally defined to be crimes has been
pointed out, again and again, in the
course of this history." If we compare
a past ago in which tie effects of hostile
activities had been lfts qualified by the
effects of peaceful activities than thoy
havo been in our wn age, we see a
marked contrast in repect of the num
bers and kinds of offdtses against person
and property. We htvo no longer any
English buccaneers; wreckers have
ccasod to bo heard ot and travelors do
not now prepare thmselves to meet
highwaymen. Mocover, that flagi
tiousuess of the governing agen
cies themselves, whi-h was shown by
tho venality of ministers and members
of Parliament, and b the corrupt ad
ministration of justice has disappeared.
With decreasing nruiint of crime has
come increasing reprnution of crime.
Biographies of pirate nptains, suffused
with admiration of tbir courage, no
longer find a pluco in tir literature; and
the sneaking kindness or "gentlemen of
tho road" is, in our da, but rarely dis
played. Many as are tie transgressions
which our journals eport, they have
greatly diminiseed;anc though in trad
ing transactions thore Imuch dishonesty
(chiefly of the indirect ort), it needs but
to read Do Foo's "Eijlisu Trademan"
to seo how marked has Ln tho improve'
mcnt since his time. N- must we for
got that the chau go of aaracter which
has brought a decrease t unjust actions
has brought an increaso f becincent ac
tions, as seen in paying Ir slave eman
cipation, in nursing theviunded soldiers
of our lighting ncighbrs, in philan
thropio efforts of con: less kinds.
ropular Scienco Month .
T1i Brigands of Jicedonla.
A writer in tho Cor'iill Magazino re
lates these incidents: " On ono occasion
the chief of a band ficcotded in captur
ing a young Armeian hom ho sus
pected of having g en information to
tho authorities as the whereabouts of
his band; wheroupi he sent a message
to his mother, wo lives in a village
near, telling her t't if she wished to see
hor son alive she 'list come at once to a
certain spot. Fring to disobey, the
poor woman hur'd to the place named,
where sho met brigand chief, who
immediately sai 'I havo sent for you to
show you the w I treat traitors,' and,
drawing his ataghan, ho cut the
wretched ma into four quarters
before his other s eyes, adding,
as he wifl tho blood off his
weapon, 'Nf I am going to tho top of
that bill. JJre sunset you will tell
the inhabitar of your village that they
are to como. it and see what I havn
done; shoulyon not obey and mind I
shall be itching I shall come and
burn the Wde village.' Of course, there
was no ch' but to carry out orders,
and see tbxhastly spectacle. Another
instance the effects of which I was
also a wifss, was that of a villager in
the towa'f Teronda, who, when the
village attacked by brigands, gave
up all D property but a small silver
cross whi he stoutly refused to part
with, hereupon he was stripped, rub
bed oveiwith petroleum oil, and then
a matcl-pplied. It so happed that thu
did not rove fatal, but the state of
agony tbe poor man some days after
ward w something piteous to see."
Most readers are ro doubt acquainted
with Bonaparte's superstitions regarding
the breaking of a looking-glass. During
one of his campaigns in Italy he broke
the glass over Josephine's portrait. Bo
disturbed was he at this, as he thought,
ominous occurrence, that he nevor
retted until the return of the courier
whom he had forthwith despatched to
convince himsolf of her safoty, so strong
was tho impression of hor death upon his
In Cornwall, breaking a looking-glass
is believed to insure seven years of sor
row, and a Yorkshire proverb informs us
that such an unfortunate occurrence en
tails "seven years' trouble but no want.'
In Sootland, to smash a looking-glass
hanging against a wall is regarded as an
infallible sign that a member of the
family will shortly die.
Urose, alluding to this snperstion.
says it foretells the spoody decease of the
master ot the house. It has been suor
gestod that this popular fancy dates very
many years pock, ana probably ongina
ted in tbe destruction of the refloated
human image an interesting illustration
of now the association of ideas in tho
formation of superstition is often deter
mined by mere analogy.
in tbe south of England it is regarded
as highly unlucky for a bride on her
wedding day to look in the gloss, when
sue is completely dressed, before start
ing for tbe church. Hence very great
core is usually taken to put on a glove or
some slight article of adornment, after
the last lingering look has been taken in
The idea, we are informed, is that
any young lady who is too fond of the
looking glass will be unfortunate when
married. This is not. however, the
only way in which superstition inter
feres with the grown-up maiden's peep
in uie looKinggiass. iuuh, Swedish
damsels are afraid of looking in tbe
glass after dark, or by candlelight, lest
by soloing they forfeit the good will of
the other sex. On the other hand, in
England the looking-glass occasionally
holds a prominont position in love divin
Belgian girls who desire to see their
husbands in a droani lay thoir garters
crosswise at the foot of the bed and
looking-glass under their pillow; in the
glass they believe the desired image
will appear. The practice of covering
or removing the looking-glass from the
chamber of death still prevails in some
Heredity" comes out strong in case of
criminals stronger perhaps than in case
of saints. For the offspring of snints are
often far from saint-like, while the chil
dren of burglars and other criminals
are almost sure to pay their ancestors the
honor of imitating them. A few days
ago in a New York criminal court George
Lyons, a slender youth of 17,was brought
up for sentence for an attempt to commit
burglary, he . having once been in the
"Lyons, the Kecorder said, "your
father is in State Prison, I believe?"
This is my caso. Judge, not my
father's," the hardened youth replied
lour mother is also in the State
"Yes, sho is."
"You aro come of a bad stock. I am
informed," the Recorder went on.
"I suppose I do, answered Lyons.
The Judge remarked that Lyons wanted
to go to State Prison, as a graduation, but
that ho should allow him one more
chance for reformation, aud send him to
the Elmira Reformatory, undercharge of
"You'd better have me hung, Jtido,"
was tho sullen reply. lie expressed.
however, some dread of the discipline of
the reformatory on his way there. His
father is Ned Lyons, the desperute
burglar, who has been sick of a wound
in Connecticut, and has now gone to tho
State prison there. His mother, Lyons'
wife, is not by any means unkuown in
these parts, although her son is mistaken
in thinking that she is just at this mo
ment in prison. She happens to be out
just now. Young Lyons is the leader of
a gang of sneak thieves in New York,and
Mr. Brockwoy can try his own patent re
formatory plan on him. f Detioit Free
Origin or Croqu t.
Croquet players who have a consider-
able liking for this favorite and
fashionable sport, will be interested in
tho origin of the game. Croquet is not,
as many suppose, of modern birth, but
may be traced through its various
stages to Persia, as fur book ns the
eighth century. Its orgin was polo,
which tho Persians played with a long
handled mallet calltfd'chugan. In the
ninth century the game msde its way
into tho Eastern Empire, the original
mallet changing its form to a stall' end
ing in a broad bend filled with a net
work of gnl strings. "Thus," says a
writer on tbe subject, "there appeared
in the East, as belonging to the great
sport of ball ploy on horseback the
first shapes of two implements which re
modeled the whole play life of mediieva'
modern Euiope, the chugan being1 the
ancestor of the mallet used in croquet,
and of an endless variety of other play
ing clubs and bats, while the bent staff
with its net-work was a primitive
We find that the onuiuai uuii names
in which sticks wore used were played
on horseback, and instead of polo being
an outgrowth of these sports played ou
foot the latter are the changes mode in
the Persian game of chugau, which, -m
has been said, was the parent of all our
games in which artificial meane are nsd
on fort, was easy and natural, and the
substitution of a club came bv irradual
changes, the hand being probably the
original implement, which was super
seded by the rounded stick.
A Southern journal says this year's
rice crop in the Gulf Suites will reach
IjO.UOO.IXK) bushels. It is predicted that
the rice industry will soon rival that of
sugar growing in Louisiana.
Mr. Edison has coma out with an ut
terance: "Whenever by theory, analogy
and calculation J have satisfied myself
that the result I desire is impossible. I
am then sure that I am on the verge of
a discovery." It is darkest just before
the dawn, and we suppose it is more dis
couraging immediately preceding the
The boldest man of t,n .
That man or woman who ia i
t home has made a all TfailuVa
largest portion of a lifetime. " 8
In Dallas, Texas, a woman is graduall.
being converted into a natti?..? y
Her feet and hands a .LJf"',0:
as stone. ' " ud
Tbe inventor of the craw ,..-ii
as the celebrated artist LeoSaT'
Gen. Wallace, our mln!uf m..
drank ooffee with the Sultan. The con.
A young man feels that ho has not lived
n vain when he sees his picture Bvl,ii.u.i
in the show case of a photograph gallery
Meridon Recorder. Buery.
Worth has caused a wor in Paris by his
attempt to revive moire antique, as lead-
uK mo.iu.uij io a resurrection of the
much detested crinoline.
A roport of local doctors stain !. it
por cent, of the cases of ilini,ti,0r;
domic raging in the province of Orel'
Central Russia are fatal. '
The electric light ban 1
fully introduces in the Mathildo Colliery
in Upper Silosio. The work was done by
Siemens 4 Halsko, of Berlin.
It is not fair for a man in .iru.
of his wives bo much finer tl.,.n i.
other, especially when the other has all
the the children to care for. Indianap
A few days ago Jav Gonld t nn
look long and earnestlv at tl.
through a telescope, and then turn away
with a disconsolate sigh." Acarroal
truck cannot be laid on air.
In the technical schools of the Mofrn.
politan Museum of Art plumbing is now
tuught, but only the sons of millionaire
are admitted to tho course.
"Man's inhumanity to man" does not
compare to woman's inhumanity to wo
man. Is not the corset a good leador of
the evils inflicted?
A little boy recitinga Bible verse abnni
smiting the enemy hip and thigh, said
they would smite him with a "hit), bin
TW daughter of the wealthiest banker
la Oraml Rapids, Michigan, who
graduated from Vassar three years ago,
has been tho cashier of her father's bank
We have seon ladies who were insuffer
ably shocked at the sight of man in his
sleeves; and their own arms wore baro
almost- to tbe shoulders. Women are
A Yankee in Boston closed his store
for two hours on the day of the Garfield
funeral, and then docked his clorks for
the time. He ought to put up a monu
ment for Guiteau.
Uncle Sam is gradually extending his
dominions. Our latest acquisition is a
big ice floe named Wrocgel Laud. Why
it is called Wrangel Land we don't
know, as it is uninhabited.
I feel a profoundor reverence for a boy
than a man. I never meet a ragged boy
in tho street without fooling that I may
owe him a salute, for I know not what
possibilities may be buttoned up under
The Future 3Iotor rower.
Scientific men of Great Britain object
to the steam engine because it does not
meet tho wants of the present fast age;
because it spends too much force for the
results it acorn plishes, and for the addi
tional reason that it is fast consuming
the coal that will be wanted for beating
purposes. Tftey waut a better force,
more locomotion, quickor travel, less ex
pense, and greater security. They want
something that will propel canoes as
well as ship?; that will run sewing ma
chines as well as trip hammers; that will
ra7 pleasuro carriages as well as rail
way cars. They desire a motor that wilt
ot consume fuel, produce smoke, or
cause noise; that can be managed by
child and run, if desired, in a parlor.
They want something that will do all
the steam engine does and many things
In the opinion of most of the scientists
of Great Britain electricity is to take the
place of steam in driving machinery and
moving cars, and is to be generated by
the action of tides, winds, and falling
water. They predict that wind-power
will bo utilized to a greater extent than
any persons in a previous age ever be
lieved it would. Wind will generate
electricity for moving machinery, for
lighting streets, aud warming dwellings
in Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, and other
countries where there are few streams
that afford water-power.. The movement
of tides will produce the same effects in
most countries that have au Extensive
.eu-coast, while the fall of water in rivers
and streams will generate electricity in
all mountain regions.
The great electrical exhibition at Paris
is doing much to draw attention to what
is called the motor power of the future.
There" is a picture called "The
Queen of the Nineteenth Cen
tury," hanging in many shop windows.
It is a female fignre surrounded with a
halm and emiting rays of light from the
hands, which are poised as if to enable
the being to fly. The light gives the
arms the appearance of wings.
The artist is an enthusiast, and is re
garded by many as a prophet. We all
hope that his fair predictions may be
realized. The steam engine is a good
thing, but we are ready for something
hotter. Now, that attention is drawn to
electricity, great results may be ei
pected. I Chicago Tribune.
Mixed Feeds. One of the strong
points in favor of the much praised en
silage, is that animals eat it with a relish.
No food, howevtr rich it may be in food
elements, will prove profitable if the
farm stock cannot be made to take to it
kindly. It is on this acconnt that a mix
ing of feed has been so successful.
Sameness palls npon the oppetite a
change of diet encourages and sharpens
it. A few roots cut, or better, pulped,
and given to the animals, will make them
eat the corn-fodder or cut straw with all
the greater relish. Try and make a little
change in diet of the animals, even
though it be only once a week, with soils
roots, potatoes, apples, etc., it will pay.
The more an animal rats, and hf althfaliy
digests, the more profitable it is.