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EUGENE CITY GUARD.
EUGENE CITT, OREGON.
SIMILARITY Of bOME 60NG&
Popular Ron of ToJay Thai Resemble
ravorllts of Ilfljr I'oare Ago.
It it interestiwr to study the evolu
tion of popular wtnfl and favorite
bymna. ""The meaning of song goes
deep." says b noted writer. And so it
doe. Often, however, the original
meaning of song, or tlie musio to
which it ii set is very dillerent from
the later interpretation, lake Home.
Ewect Home," for instance. How it
hat swept tlie world's heartstrings
ince John Howard J nyne, "tlio mini
without a homo," wrote it in 1832. Yet
it was part of an oin-ra wliinli proved
dismal fuiluro. The words are not
too beautiful and altogether would not
!e called irood poetry, and it is doubt-
ful if they would huvo carried pcojile
by storm Hud it not been lor tlie ex
ouisite air to which thev were ndunted,
And the air is said to be taken from
nn old Persian or Arabian love sou?.
This song, however, living on its bor
rowed music, won Mr. I'uyno such
lasting honors tlnit year lifter in
death a rich American dug up bis
bones and brought Ilium to this coun
try to bo buried nuuui.
Other siicciiiienii of metamorphosed
meaning equully striking could be
Quoted by columns. Our putriotic
"America is sung to John Hull's
"God Rave the Queen," and "Yunkee
Doodle" was borrowed by our embat
tled forefathers from un old ditty and
turned into a delimit jingle against the
JJritish red couts.
Here are some more recent oddities as
regards the transformation of popular
airs: "When the Itobins Nest Again"
tarts exactly like "Maid of Athens."
"Wait Till the Uoiitls ltoil Uv" be
gins as docs the "HI uo Bel Is of Scot
land." Emmet's "Love of the Sham
rock" is of the same muHinil idea as
"There Is a Fountain Filled with
Blood." Any ono comparing Dixey'i
rreat success in "Adonis, It s bug-
Lull, You Know." to the old song
"Flying Trapeze,' will find that there
is but slight modulation. By a change
of key and the quurtcringof a few notes
uiuersnco is muctu uciweeri mu
"8panish Cavalier" and the chorus
of "Peeka-Boo." "Twinkle. Twin
kle, Little Htur, or Will You Meet Me
at the bur," which nu t with so much
favor in "Joshua Whitcomb," is so
closely allied to Clarilxd's "You and I,"
that they can hardly bo distinguished
one from tlie other.
"All on Account of Eliza," from
the opera, "Billoo Taylor." is nothing
less than "How Lovely Are the Mes
sengers," from Mendelssohn's oratorio
or "St. 1'aul." Think or ill Unoor
of the grandest of sacred chorals
"transmogrified" into comic opera I
And last, but not least, that stirring re-
rival hymn, "Hold the Fort," is, so far
as the music is concerned, an ancient
Herman drinking song. Pow Or
Tha Flrat Telrgraplilo JHtpatrh.
Tlie first telegraphic dispatch wns
sent in 1H I L It announced tho result
of tlie Whig convention at Baltimore,
which nominated Henry Clay for
president und Theodore Frellligbuysen,
tor vice president of the United States."
Tlie only telegraph line in existence
extended fioni Washington to An
napolis Juuttion. A n umber of ooplo
who had ultended tuo convention
were on their way back lo Washing
ton, and when they stopiicd at Anmuio-
lis Juncton they scuta disputcli to the
capital saving "L-lay lias been lioinl-
nutcd. "Of coursoCJiiy has been noiui'
tiutAl "aiilil t liA tuuutlik ill V.' iiuliiii.rt.tii
"we knew beforehand that ho would
be. Your telegram trick is too thin."
Nobody believed that transmission by
telegraph was an accomplished fact.
Tretty soon another disuttvli was re
ceived saying: "I'rulingliuysun was
nominated for vice president." "Who
is Frelinghuysenl" everybody asked.
Nobody seemed to know him. When
the train reached Washington the
doubters found out that tho toleirruph
had announced the ticket correctly. It
was that incident which first gave
isun in uie loiogmpii. me nrsi dis
patch that passed between Baltimore
and Washington wussentby Professor
Morse from the former city to the
president or tho united states, it read
Glory be lo God lo Uie hl-host; pnaoe on earth
grama to Ml men. . . ,
Letter in CUicogo Tribune.
A Remarkable Btntenient.
I know a non-iivsioricul woman
who, in ber ; trances, knows facts
which altogether transcend her nossi.
bit normal consciousness, fuels about
tlie lives of peoplo whom she never
aaw or heard or berore, 1 am well
aware of all the liabilities to which
this statement exposes me, and 1
make it . deliberately, having prac
tically no doubt whatever of iu
truth. My own impression is that
to trance condition is an im
mensely complex and fluctuating
uiing, inio me understanding or winch
wo nave uaruiy oegun to penetrate,
ana concerning which any very
weeping generalization is sure to be
premature. A comparative study of
trances ana subconscious slates is
meanwhile of the most urgent import
ance lor tne comprehension or our na
ture. Professor William Jumos io
ben oners Magazine,
The most successful experiment in
cooperative housekeeping is in France,
100 miles north of Paris, at Cuise, It
has been in successful existence twen
ty nino yours, and, beginning with
COO persons, now numbers 2,000. Not
only is it an experiment in co-operative
housekeeping, but iu the cure and
educalion of children. The association
was founded by one largo hearted,
large brained ninu of wealth, who
planned the scheme and furnished the
capital But so great have been the
profits of the association that the work-
era now own nearly half of the social
capital, and at no distant day will own
the whole. MiHer's Journal
A Cao4 Peacemaker.
Mamma (to Tommy) I'm sorry you
and your sister quarreled over that
orange, and that James had to inter
fere. Whose part did he take!
Tommy Whose parti He took the
wbole orange. Harper's Buzar.
Count Oleicben, of London, baa
been writing bis impressions of New
York. He found only one thing which
London could ropy to advantage, and
that is the cab driver's fashion of blan
keting bis horse when the animal ia
standing in the oohi
AN ANCIENT MAN OP STRENGTH.
The Cneqnnled FmU performed by a Ger-
bu Showman In tha Last Century.
Th? flrtt theatre manager of Berlin.
Johanu Karl von Eckenberg. was tha
so called "man of strength," who
showed himself nearly 200 years ago,
first as juggler, then as athlete. Of
his life little Is known except as in his
career as theatre manager, as he was
the founder of the first Berlin theatre,
lie was extensively written of, and an
articlo under the title of "An Athlete
of the Eighteenth Century," published
some years ago and recently un
earthed, gives an interesting account
of his prowess, as follows:
By un athlete of the Eighteenth cen
tury we do not mean tho Prince Fred
erick August of Saxony, king of Po
land, commonly called August the
Strong, who could knock olf the head
of an ox with one stroke of his sword
and besides distinguished himself in
all kinds of respectable performances
of strength, but another Hercules who
would have wrapped the strong August
around his little finger, if sued a thing
would have been permitted, llusman
was tho athlete Johann Karl von Eck
enberg, who in tho twenties and thir
ties of the Inst century showed his
productions of strength in public. lie
was tho most stately of all gymnasts
and was born in tho town of Ilurzgo
rodo, and out of rt'Siect to his native
town ho called himself for a time, on
his bill putters, Sampson Hercules
It borders on tho fubulous what his
conU;uiMiraries related of his remark
ableexhibilionsof strength. He broke
an anchor rope us if it were or wary
inreau, iron nuns and boils lie turned
playfully between Ins fingers into
screws, a cannon pipe ho earned
around as if it were a buby. His teeth
were as strong us iron. He bit into a
niece of oak wood; then a strong cart
horse was harnessed up to it In spile
of the horse being urged on it was un
able to pull tho stick outof the juggler's
mouin or to nun uio ainieie irom me
place where lie stood. A bench made
of wood, sixteen feet long, ho grasped
Willi his teem by one end and curried
it around, while a trumpeter blowing
ins instrument sal on the other end.
His arm was inoro powerful than
bis leetii. lie spread out his hands,
on cacti one was placed a botllo ot
wino, then a rope was attached to eac
wrist and to each rope there were
three men from the audience who
pulled with all their might, so us to
make it impossible for this Hercules
to convey the wino to his mouth. All
their zeal was without avuil, as the
arms of the gymnast bent themselves
irresistibly ami brought the jug to his
mouiu wimoui spiinug a urop oi
Ho generally saved bis grandest per
formance of strength until the close
of tho exhibition. He ascended a scar
fold of beams under which was a plat
iorm oi mica planus lasuuicu on
strong chains. A trumpeter mounted
on a Horse, clad as a herald, rode upon
the plutform and played his tune. The
Hercules then took a place on the
point of the scaffolding, held a glass
of wino in one hand and wild the
other, by means of the chains, lifted
tho heavy platform, tho horse and the
trumpeter high up from tho floor, and
for a littlo while held the whole
weight, tho trumpeter shrill v blowing
a tuno, whilo tho athloto drank the
gluss of wino, at the snino time giving
a toast to tlie magistrate and the citi
zens of the city iu which he hnpiencd
to lie staying.
When Herr von Eckonberg beenme
older, his power graduully left him;
therefore he gave up tho herculean
business ana became clnol thcutro
mumigcrof Berlin, where he for some
tuno iios.sc.HMcd twoshow booths, which.
however, did not bring him as largo
an income as did Ins exhibition of
strength. But when ho had this large
incomo lie uia noi know how to save.
Ho had a competitor. Peter Ililferding.
who hud a show booth with privileges
and ut tho samo timo was a practical
Inker and clown under the name of
'anuilon do Bisognosi. Provoking
quarrels with this man embittered the
life of tho "man of strength." His
numerous creditors seized both bis
booths with all bolonirinirs. comnletelv
impoverishing tho celebra tod Hercules,
who died in the your 1751. From tlie
Aa Orator'a Vanity.
An orator is ant to be vain. A Van-
keo clergy man who knew the oratori
cal nature called at the house of lords,
and sent in discard to Lord Brougham.
His lordship appeared in the lobbv,
scanning tho card, and the clcnrvmau
apologized by saying that he could not
leave kngluud without hearing or Boe
ing her greatest orator.
Broughum not only cave him a seat
in the house, but niiido a speech for
the entertainment of tho shrewd min
ister. Mr. Philip Ilone records in his "Di
ary" that iu 1340 he met at a Wash
ington dinner party Senator Preston,
of South Carolina t "Ono of the most
cultivating men 1 ever saw. His voice
Is like music.
The next dav Mr. Hone was on tha
floor of the senate, and heard Critten
den, Southard, Webster and Preston
speak. He was delighted with the
eloquent South Carolinian, who, after
he had finished, came to Mr. Hone and
"There, I made that speech on pur
pose for you I 1 bad no idea that von
should go home without showing you
what 1 could da Youths Coiu-
A rhototraulile Hat.
Herr Ludera has patented a Dhoto
tographio apparatus that can be car
ried iu the hut. This uovel bead dress
contains, besides tho machine, a num
ber or prepared piutea. In the front
part of the hat there is a small circului
opening about the sizoof a small shirt
billion behind winch the lens is fixed.
By means of a strinsr on tho outside of
the but its wearer, whenever bo finds
himself enjoying a pleasant view or in
contact with a person whose features
be wishes to preserve, can, without at
tracting attention, iustantaneouslr
take the picture aud finish it up at leis
ure. Si Xouis Kepublic.
Eieltenaeat Among Sparrow.
Ad English sparrow became entangled
In a network of electric and telegraph
wires in one of the busiest streets of Cin-1
cinnati tbe other day and was killed, but
bung to the wires. Immediately spar
rows began to arrive from all sections of
the city, and they covered the roofs like
a huge blanket. There were thousands
upon thousand of them. They tilled tbe
air over the spot, and their noise com
pletely drowned the noise of the street,
They remained In the locality for Bearly
uree bour. Chicago lunae.
- - t - I
He Was the Seventh Son of a
ALSO A DESCENDANT OF SEEKS.
fla Coald Tall Whenever Da Paaaad Over
aa Underground Stream, and Tbna
farad Many Live Tb Fascinating
Old Doc tar and Story Teller.
T WAS on tha
veranda of the St.
Charles hotel In
New Orleans, the
amid a cloud of
that I beard the
from tbe lips of a
I bad just
taken my decree,
snld tbe hale old
doctor, and visit
ed Claiborne par
Ixh, In this state,
tn search of a location. It was in the roar
ing Tippecanoe campaign and excitement
run high. One evening a (1 Inputs srrma
abont the personal character of a Whig
candidate. Three men attacked the Whig's
defender and he was shot through tbe
body. He refused to allow me to treat
him, saying I would get Into trouble.
crawled on bis home and rode Into the for
!t; but I mounted and overtook film,
When I mentioned the lock of water be
"We croaaed a Pinning stream a few
I declared there was no such stream, but
be led me back a few yards and said:
"The spring is just under us, not over
two feet down, and aa tlie earth Ik soft, you
can dig to It with this knife," banding me
a huge bowie.
I was aniszed, bnt explanation could
wait on surgery. I dug vigorotiHly, and
was soon astonished and gratilled to see a
clear and lovely stream. I waxlied his
wound, extracted the bullet, bandaged
him well and saw Mm in bed at the next
bouse. Next day I dressed the wound
again and asNUred hlin of recovery, for his
constitution was perfect. I then insisted
on an explanation. The stranger warmly
expressed Ills obligation to me, and said:
"You will not believe my story, but will
nt least admit that I can have no object In
telling you other than the truth. I am the
seventh son of a seventh son, aud a great
grandson of the famous Jennie Leslie, of
Kcotlaud, who could locate running water
In the earth. My grandfather, a Cornwall
miner, bail the same power with regard to
metal llyasortof double Inheritance,
aud by the long continued family practice of
using the divining rod, it has reHulted that
I have tbe power of feeling It when I pawt
over an underground stream. You do not
believe lo tbe divining rod, but unques
tionably the power of Indicating with It
has been oiweswd by many In the pant.
"Within the past WJO years the career of
Jacques Ayniar and llleton and Mile. Oli
vet and I'ennet and Amoretti, and my an
centrea, Jenny leslle, have proved It."
"Are there many of these underground
streams," 1 asked.
"Their number Is almost beyond compu
tation," he replied. "There is one very
large underground lake in the eastern part
of Arkansas, extending from the Junction
of the While and Mack rivers to the Mis
sissippi, nearly 3U0 miles wide, but I do not
know of another such body in the entire
country. And now a word more. You are
suprlsed at me courting a qtiurrel which
could have been avoided. The man I de
fended bad done me a favor, and I never
forget such. Years from uow 1 will repay
you. Good night."
Twenty years from that date 1 bad ac
cumulated a considerable property and
was well situated when tbe war came on.
I served through the war as a Confederate
surgeon, and when the struggle was over
found myself destitute. I at onee Joined a
party for California, and soon found my
self once mora going across the great "Ixaie
On the staked plains, not having taken
the necuHsury precautions, we began to ex
perience t he need of water. Our llrst night
without water was had enough, but hope
kept us up during the next tlay. When we
went into camp the next uight, hnwevar.
and still not a drop of water, the sulTerings
of both man and beaut were terrible. Next
morning it was the same terrible expert
enoe, and the weakoat began to drop along
Tbe weary and disheartened column was
dragging Itself along late Iu the afternoon,
when we passed clone to a strange looking
framework, and to our amazement saw a
human figure rise from behind It and gaze
over at us. We knew there couldn't be
water there, for tbe animals would have
shown it Hut we also knew that water
I . . , .
aaiun oe aomewnere near, lor tnere we saw
human being standing alive and well
a tall, alender stranger, with piercing
black eyes and gray hair, which bung in
waves upon his shoulders. We asked him,
lor haaveu's aake, to direct us to water.
Tbe stranger shook his head sadly, and
said there was noue within many miles.
"Then how did you get here J" asked one
oi our party augrilv.
"When I start arms the llauo eetacatlo
1 try to go prepared," he answered coolly.
"1 have a canteen ben with aofue water In
it to take me out of tbta deaert, but it
would not be a drop each for your Urge
After w had stood in despair for a few
tuluutes he said, almost aa if talking to
"1 remember a stream that ought to be
about five miles south of here." and turn- J
lug to us be said, "I may poaaibly lead you
io mt water,
Within ten minutes tbe entire company
Waa fullowinir thla try !
. . .UJE,
across tbe plains. When we had fc-one what
seemed to ua about the distance be had
mentioned, be atopped aud railed the four
who were In tha beat physical condition to
come forward. Four of ua did ao, and be
took bis canteen of water, and dividing it
Into four equal portions asked ns each to
drink, which we did. Then in that quiet
way of his be said, "There la a stream of
water twraity feet below a, which ran be
reached by digging, and aa It is Tonr only
Chance for life. 1 bar. lr.n f.. -
canteen of water ao that too may not be-1
eome exhausted in roar work."
Tb rest stood gating at him ia amase
sent and anirer. whila I at onea lnkt
.aloaely tad racognljed the aijsterioas
stranger of northern Uraisiana a quartet
tit a century before.
"If you have bronchi as here on this
fools' cIiami for nothing" began a burly
teamster drawing his knife, wbea be was
Intern! rited by tbt straoger.
"Why should I have wasted tbe water
which would have saved uy lifer" asked
hsnuietly. "I need not have told vou
had a drop of water with me. There is one
man In your company wbo knows tbat
what I aay about this stream of water
true." ' '
He had not looked at me, bat I knew
tbat be recognized me, and telling my
companions that I would stake my life on
tbe truth of his statement I at once went
to the tool wagon, cot me a pick and
sborel and went to work.
We worked diligently for several hours,
and about midnight the cattle began to
grow uneasy, and presently broke looee
from their stake and came rushing over,
and would have gotten down Into the bole
we were digging If they bad not been
beaten back. Thl raised hope In every
brvast, and from this time on tbe work was
unceasing, and every man was anxious to
relieve bis neighbor.
"I must ask you .not to be disappointed,
said the stranger quietly, "if you come
to a stratum of rock. The absence of
moisture above leads me to think that
possibly the water is underneath a ledg
of rock," and it wan only a few minute
after be said this that one of the picks
sent back a sound which told us the oJd
man was right. The rock, however, was
less of an obstacle than be had supposed,
for a miner's outfit soon let us through It.
and the water rushed up so suddenly and
in such force that two of the men narrow
ly escaped drowning.
"Kather more successful than General
Pope's artesian well out there where you
first saw me," said the old man to me
dryly after I bad slaked my thirst.
It was but a short while till every living
creature In the company had reveled to bis
heart's delight in the delicious cool water,
and then preparations were made to go
back and save those that bad fallen ex
bausted by tbe roadside iu the morning,
but be wbo had saved our lives bad gone
away forever without waiting for thanks.
4- u .im
"TOO ARK IN DA5QER."
Around the breakfast table that morn
ing I told my experience of a quarter of a
century Is-tora .No one questioned it,
though some Ix-lieved it partook of the su
pernalural, ami 1 aw one rough teamster
cross himself piously every time he touched
hast year, having regained my fortune
and retired from practice, I started east
ward in the old way, with a company in
wagons. One night we sat about our camp
fire smoking and talking, when at ouce a
strange voice said:
"Gentlemen, you are in danger as long as
you stay in the Sal ton basin."
We all looked up, and there stood before
us an old man, who In spite of his age was
still erect and commanding In appearance.
Ilia eyes were still clear and bright and
black as Shan. His hair, which bung In
wavy folds on hi shoulders, was as white
as driven snow, and his clothing was made
of the skin of wild beasts.
Pointing nt me with his long, bony fin
ger (for, without knowing it, I had risen
and was staring ut him), he said: "There
Is one among you who knows that what I
say Is true, no matter what the danger,
nor what my reasou for warning vou.
Having passed nearly n century upon this
earth, there remains for me little reason to
barm my fellow men, from whom I must
so soon part forever, and as there are oili
er whom I must warn, I cannot stop to
explain tlie reason for tlie danger. Suffice
it to say, that tomorrow this basin will be
a lake, am) those who would escape drown
ing have no time to lose, as it is many a
mile to the edge of the basin, and your
horses are Jaded and time is flying."
Turning to me lie continued: "1 have
been looking for this overflow to come for
years. There Is an immense subterranean
river under the bills up there, and its bed
Is higher than this basin. It will break
through Its thin crust of earth within a
few bourn In fact It Is already too thin to
bear my weight. There are still others to
see, so I must go. Half a century ago you
saved my life; a quarter of a century ago
I saved yours, and uow I am enabled to do
so once more. We shall never meet aguiu,
and an old man whose race is run leaves
bis blessing with you."
When hi voice ceased, the old man was
gone. Coming back to the camp lire, 1
found thing iu commotion. My friends
thought it best to go, aud at once. Tbe
teamster flatly refused. It was finally
agreed that we who wished should take
the light spring wagon and go, and after
getting outside the basin should wait for
the others. At daylight we reached the
bluff. When we woke at noon and looked
back over the road we had come, nothing
was to be seen save a hroud expanse of
water. '1 be balton baain was a lake. Our
companions have never been heard of to
this day. W e soon got tbe dally papers
and saw the accounts of tbe overflow of
the hallou basin and the tuauv wide con-
Jecturea as to its cause.
In Mh caaea I told my companions the
exKrience 1 bail Iu HMO, and they tried to
account for it in various ways, but none of
tnem iK lieveU my "bydroscope" could be
altogether human. A for myself, I love
lo ait here on the veranda and picture the
stones over a"ain to mvsclf in the tobacco
moke, but 1 otfer uo theories; I gimnlj
l.ive the facts.
ItAItnT W. COCUHOL,
An Orphan liatlleenake.
About a year ago a friend in Florida
sent to Mr. E. L. Kupfer, of the post-
ofhYo department, the rattles of a huge
rattlesnake. There were ten. He put
them away, packed in cotton batting,
and the rattles were undisturbed until
the other day. Ho was very much sur
prised, naturally, when he opened the
box. The rattles hadn't come to life,
but something else had. A tiny rattler,
four inches in length, squirmed out of
threw luelf into a coil, and
,r1'1' viciously at bisapproaching hand.
u , now uiu it Happen.' t resumsbly
an egg had been attached to the rattles
and had hatched some time during the
summer. What the little varmint fed
on Is the greater mystery. He either
indulged in a light diet of cotton, picked
the dry bone of bis decerjed ancestor
or fed on air. Put he Is alive and lively.
A Hard Life.
"I've trained down as fine as I can
get," said the jockey, "and I'm still a
uu ul 1
"Wel! there's no help for it" returned
the boss; "you'll have to go to the den
tist and have your teeth pulled. Kew
York Evening Sua,
A REMARKABLE JUMT
INCIDENT IN THE LIFE OF THE
EMPRESS OF AUSTRIA,
Ber Bona Took tba Bit Between Hit
Teeth and Made a Terrible Bon A
Almost Mlraenloas Lea Over an Opee
Drawbridge A Plucky Wonian.
Many years ago 1 was an eyewitnesi
fo an accident which befell the empress
of Austria, and which was so terrible
that ber escape from death seems to me
even now a miracle.
Elizabeth of Austria, as she liked to
call herself, was at that time not only
tbe most daring but also the best rider
in the world. No manor woman ever
knew better how to take an obstacle
than this most charming of all crowned
women. Though her majesty was then
already a grandmother, on horseback
she could give odds to the best Hun
garian and English riders. The party
at the event of which 1 am wnting con'
stated of the empress and a large num
ber of Austrian and foreign gentlemen
riders, who seemed to have gathered to
gether from all parts of Europo, Most
of them were known as prominent
horsemen. This was not surprising con
sidering that the empress would never
take the field in company of poor nders.
On this occasion the empress rode a
very spirited young horse, which she
bad obtained in Lancashire when on a
visit to England, und to the training of
which she had personally attended for
nearly a yeur. Everything went well
after the start nntil we crossed a high
way leading to a small Hungarian
country town a short distance off. Pass
ing a white painted milestone the em
press' horse shied, and suddenly be
coming uncontrollable it dashed down
the road in the direction of the town.
From appearance it was evident thut
the animul had succeeded in taking the
bit between his teeth and that no earth
ly power could stop it on its mad run
Although we all followed the empress,
none of us seemed to gain upon her.
Flying we passed through the little
town, much to the amazement and the
terror of the few people in the streets.
A short distance beyond the town was a
shipping canal, and to our horror we
saw thut the drawbridge spanning the
canal was open so as to permit the pas
sage of some boat. In a moment we
realized that the empress was running
straight into tbe jaws of certain death.
Faster and faster we went on in pur
suit, but faster and faster also seemed
the empress' horse to Uy. Now it had
reached the open bridge. Would it
top? Before we had timo to think we
saw the animal dash up the incline of
the open bridge like a Hash of lightning.
For a moment we could not but close
our eyes and a shudder convulsed every
man in the cavalcade. It was a terrible
moment a moment during which fear
and horror alternately kept us merci
lessly in their pangs. hen we opened
our eyes again, still riding as fust as our
horses could go, the fair rider and her
runaway had disappeared.
We hud no doubt that the inevitable
had happened and that Elizabeth of
Austria was drowned in tho slow and
turbid waters of the canal.
The idea was a terrible one. My pen
is too weak to describo the confusion
among us and tho agony of suspense
that followed and seemed to make each
rider quiver in his saddle. Almost un
consciously we had stopped our horses
just before reaching tbe incline to the
open draiy. As a matter of fact our ex
citement was so great that we did not
even notice that one of our number,
Count Szepany, if I remember well, was
also missing. All our faculties nntural
ly had followed tho empress only.
There we wore, halting before that
terrible bridge like a pack of cowards,
with nobody among us plucky enough
to ride into death with an empress.
A few seconds later tho inclines of the
bridge were lowered again, bnt nobody
of our company seemed to even attempt
to puss it.
From the pangs of fear and horror wo
had passed into those of amazement.
Several hundred yards beyond tbe bridge
we beheld ruling toward us a lady on a
foaming steed. It was the empress, and
at her side the only gallant man of the
crowd, Count Szepany. Her majesty
firmly sat her horse, and appeared as
cool and collected as if nothing had hap
pened. smilingly did she make fun of ns and
our anxiety. Her fine raillery was just
aa much justified as it was inoffensive
when she saw the pitiable figure we cut
in her exalted presence.
The empress' horse was very lame.
and closer examination showed that it
had dislocated its right hind fetlock. In
jumping the open draw between the
wings of the bridge the hind feet of tho
empress' horse had caught one of the
iron rails at the edge and torn off one of
its hind shoes. The most extraordinary
feature of the accident was how the
horse ever could have gone down the
incline without breaWng its own and
the rider's neck. The only explanation
for this small miracle, however, might
be found in tho fact that the empress
never lost her preseiiceof mind for a
minute when on horseback, and that,
tnougn the animal was uncontrollable,
she must have sat it to perfection. With
regard to Coimt Szepany, he was unable
to give any account of bis escape. More
over, he did not even remember whether
his horse made the jump before or after
the empress'. He simply said that dur
ing the jump he closed his eyes for a
second, and that he then experienced a
sensation as though the water were bub
bling over his head. Harper's Young
She Was Amased.
The humor of those who go down to
tbe Academy to see pictures is apparent
ly inexhaustible. The following waa
overheard: A lady went up to a picture by
Air. K. w. Macbeth, A. K. A., and after
studying it for some time asked her
companion, who had a catalogue, tbe
name of the paiuter. Upon hearing it,
"Macbeth!" she said: "Macbeth! I
thought he died hundreds of veara ago."
Observations made to determine tbe
longtitude of Montreal show that the
transmission of the electric current
across the ocean and back occupied a
trifle over one second, tbe distance be
ing 8,000 miles.
Tbe mere fact that chance baa direct-
ed the finding of a penny in tbe street
show that the coin baa luck inherent
ia it Therefore, if carried abont in the
pocket it will presumably bring good
A GREAT WEEKLY'S STAFF.
Editor of and Contributor
III ultra ted London Mews.
The editor of The Illustrated London
News, Mr. Latey. Sr., is one of the sev
rra! servant of the uewupnper wbo have
been there almost from tbe beginning.
Mr. Latey was not the first editor, a Mr.
Bailey having filled the post for some
few years, to be succeeded by Dr. Charles
Mackay, author of "There's Oood Times
Coming, Boys," and many other popular
songs, who was editor from 1848 to ISoB.
The office of The News is certainly
favorable to longevity. Br. Mackay's
death at an advanced age was reported
enly a week or two since. Mr. Plum
mer, who was cashier back in those
early days, was still drawing checks in
theofTlce less than twelve months ago.
The atib-editor is no longer young.
As to Mr. Latey, the editor-in-chief, his
beautiful old world manners are the
chief indication of bis nge, for there he
works away like any young fellow of 30,
bearing tho burden of nn exciting post
on his shoulders in the otllce familiar to
his stops situe he was really young.
The reason why the business, of a paior,
thut really needs all thut the enterprise
of youth can do to keep it properly up
with these rushing times, is so largely in
the hands of very old servants makes a
pretty atory on the whole. Herbert In
gram, the rounder or 1 tie news, tnougn
in most resects a singularly strong and
sturdy minded man, had a morbid hor
ror of storms. Dr. Muckay tells how
absolutely terrified the calm, astute pro
prietor of the paper was while with him
iu Switzerland during a thunder storm
of great violence. By a horrible coinci
dence he had to battle for his life for a
long time and lose it at last in the
midst of a wild storm of lightning and
thunder. It was on Lake Michigan, in
September, 1800. The steamer Lady El
gin, on board which were Mr. Herbert
Ingram and his eldest son, who were
making a pleasure trip through the
states, was run into in the dark by
another vessel and shortly after sank,
and of 303 persons on board only 114
were saved. The dead body of Herbert
Ingram was washed ashore, fastened to
a spar, some three hours afterwards. It
was still quite warm showing that the
unfortunate man had only just expired.
For all those hours be had tossed about
fighting vainly for lifo, in the midst of a
violent storm of thunder, on the dark
waters of the inland sea.
The News was by this time (eighteen
years after establishment) a good prop
erty, and Ingram left a family of sons.
Many people advised his widow, whom
he left with full discretion, to at once
sell the paper. Her boys were not old
enough to manage it, and friends thought
she could not do so. But she said "No;"
if she could keep it going it would be a
fine property for ber sons, aud she did
not feel justified in throwing it away.
So she called together the head men In
the various departments of the ofllce,
and laid her position before them, and
she and ber upright servants together
worked the paper on successfully, till
such time as her boys grew to be men
and could take the management into
their own hands. They have it now:
two sons, Mr. William Ingram, late M.
P. from his father's native town of Bos
ton, and Mr. Charles divide the manage
ment between them, and they have a
resolution not to dismiss any of the old
servants who served them and their
mother so well in their need.
Mr. George Augustus Sala was for
years one of the literary props of The
Illustrated Loudon News. His "Echoes
of the Week," with their quaint lore and
droll little stories about everything that
bapjiened, were eagerly looked for aud
did.ujueli to keep The News popular in
the literary department Sula writes no
more for it now. What were his columns
are at present filled for English consump
tion with the mild jokes of Mr. James
Payn, the novelist, while tho American
edition lias the same space occupied by
Mr. uoward i'aul, whose brisk native
humor, I suppose, sits "the other side"
better than Mr. Payn's placid little puns
and tiny jokelets.
Other literary contributors, regular or
occasional, are Mr. Davenport Adams,
who almost equals Mr. Sala in the varie
ty and extent of his knowledge and the
lightness of his touch; Mr. W. W. Feun,
a blind literary man, whose forte is de
scribing scenery; Miss Clo Graves,
young girl dramatist noted for dressing
in a man s evening coat and vest, with a
"dickey" fastened with a ruby stud,
above which her handsome face and dark
cropped hair make her look exactly like
a young fellow; Mr. Clement Scott, the
playwright, who "does" the criticisms of
the theatres, and Mr. John Lates, Jr,
one of the most capable all round jour
nalists of London, equally good at a ten
der little set of verses, a thrilling story,
and a aerioua "leader." The art editor
is Mr. Mason Jackson; the literary and
pictorial departments being kept quite
aistinci. London Letter.
A Agricultural Phenomenon.
All last fall the farmers of Connecticut
inveished bitterly because tha net
weather was ruining their potato eroo.
iney una just begun to follow the ad
vice of leaders in agricultural expert
ments, and had substituted potatoes for
tobacco, which had proved an unsatis
factory crop. Jack Frost used to get
along so early that the tobacco plants
would get nipped before they could be
Harvested. But now they have aban
doned tobacco Jack Frost does not seem
to come at all. On the other band, wet
weather ruined the potatoes.
In September it was reported that not
naif the farmers were digging their tu
bers because they found them rottcaj.
auu it was propnesiea that tbe nr
wouiu go out or signt. ir a man could
get enough to keep him through the
winter he would do welt
But now along with tbe pansy and
dandelion phenomena come reports of
me larmers llnding that the health of
the und us potatoes is creatlv improved.
John Elliott of Plainville, dug two bush
els oi excellent potatoes from his garden
wmcn ne bad abandoned as worthies
In the fall. Henry Hellam, of Goshen,
put two or three men at work during
the holidays, and recovered nearly a
third of an excellent crop which had ar-
poared to be on the verge of dissolution
in September. John Gamn. of dm.
wall, is now showing with delight sev
eral bushels of as fine potatoes as were
ever raised in that old to a. They were
given up for rotten a few months ago,
but tlie open winter has restored tliera.
Edward Manchester, of Winchester, set
his hired men to work this week digging
over the old patch, with encouraging re
sults, until tlie frost came on Thursday
and put an end to it He will renew
operations on tbe first warm day. Wa
terbury (Conn.; Cor. 5ew York Sua.
AN ARMY OF DEAnnr.
w, i 3,
Quaker Cltv Men Who r, .
Tlielr Tallore, N
There are between 8.000
In thl. city wbo do not pay their ui
bills. Thl..tateme.it is maC
authority of a member of the n. i .
tution known as the
which is preparing the list for pubp'
tion and circulation among the tuta
of the organization. When tlihj u.?
list is once made publln lr in ....
i ruin ik
credit of the hundreds who have exil J
on the tailors in the past.
The Merchant Tailors' Exclian. i,
had a list of this cliaracter for M
years, but the membership of that oruanL
xation is small and limited almost eT
tirely to the tailors having larKe ttt?"
lishments in the vicinity of Walnut Jli
Chestnut streets. The new associate
which U'M nrrrnnfyiwt nn r.i
ing, will cover a much wider fielj
efforts will lie made to Includn
o v.. DtUUU
tailor in the city. Each member JJ
turn in the names of those from who
he has been unable to collect his monor
and copies of the complete list wjj "
furnished every tailor in the city.
The list is to includo not only tlie dead
beats that never pay, but all those u
help to make the life of a tailors bur.
den. For example, it is almost impost
ble to make clothing to suit some men,
No matter how carefully they are made,
some objection will be found, and after
enough alterations have been made to
eat up all the profit the price must be re.
duced, on the ground that after so maur
changes have lieen made the garment
comes under the head of dumaged goudi,
Under the new order of things these men
must change their tactics or depend on
the ready made dealers for their cloth
ing. Hiram DeWalt, who was made tern,
porary chairman of the new oriranla.
tion, says it is surprising to what T
tent the business of beating tailors out
of their money has been carried. "It ,
confined to no particular class," he said,
"but is done by men in all the walki 0f
life. Two classes of people stand out
more prominently than the rest, ho.
ever those who want to make a greater
display than their circumstance will
warrant, and the sons of rich men who
evidently use their allowances for out
side pleasures and want to get their
clothes at the expense of the tailors.
"In the compilation of the list great
care and caution will be exercised. Tin
tailors will all be given numbers, and tlie
names of those reporting delinquents will
not apK'ar on the list; but opposite tbt
name and address of each objectionable
customer will be given the name of the
tailor at whose insistance he bos bees
blacklisted, and the cause for the action
"It is only after a man has shown con
clusively that he does not intend to pa;
that his name will be reported. After
dunning a man for a year without get
ting anything out of liim.it is safe to
suppose that he does not intend to par,
and down goes his name on the black
list I don't believe, however, that tbe
losses from this source are so heavy at
are claimed by some. The tailors have
learned wisdom, and during the lost tew
years have been very careful about trust
ing people they were not absolutely sure
of. But even with all this care they gel
stuck every now and then, and the gen
eral black list is intended to remedr
Robert Stewart, the president of tbt
old Merchant Tailors' Exchange, is I
firm believer in the efficiency of the
blacklist "Nothing but the best goods
in the house will suit those people who
make a habit of not paying," he said,
"and whenever we lose by one of them
it is always a pretty fair sum, A man
who appeared to move iu the best circlet
came into the store some time ago and
ordered a suit of clothes for After
he had gone I looked over our fist tod
found his name there, I immediate!'
sent lilm a note stating that we could
not make the clothing without having a
good deposit He stoppod in shortly
afterwards and explained that he ex
pected to receive some money in about t
week or so, and would pay when the
clothes were made. He never returned,
however, and I have since seen him on
the street in a new suit, but tbey wen
"A block list of this character mar
seem rather hard to some outsiders, bat
it is the only way by which tailors can
prevent heavy inroads into their yearlr
profits. I think 5,000 a low estimate of
the number of men of that cliaracter is
this city, and for the tailors to clothe as
army like that free of charge is consid
erable of a draft upon our purses."'
Quelllnj; nn Elephant with a Puppr
Little Willie, the elephant who occu
pies the middle cage in the elephant
house at Central park, has been causing
his keeper a good deal of trouble recent
ly, and several times has made vicious it
tempts to strike him and break out At
a last resort a little terrier, smaller than
a cat, has been tied in Willie's cag
This precaution has proven effective, for
Willie, who has killed several keepers,
and is almost as high as the roof over
him, is thoroughly afraid of the puppj.
When the elephant is drinking the puppj
frequently drives bim away with a snap.
Director Conkhn is preparing LW
the centle and intelligent female of th
Cole pair of elephants in the park, tot
carrying children about the park next
summer. He is in a quandry over tbt
question of fare for elephant rides, and
would like to hear from any one interest
ed in the matter. A small fee wat
charged for a ride on Jumbo in London.
New York Tribune.
A Monster Locomotive.
The lanrest locomotive Iu the world
has just been placed on the Big Fwj
road. It is sixty -five feet in length sni
weighs 130,0000 pounds. It has two oou-
ers, between which the cab is piacw.
which ia a lartm a a small house. Vs
the pilot twenty people can be seated.
It requires two firemen and one eugi
nrer, and Its inventor claims it can,
der favorable conditions, mske ninety
miles per hour. Tradesman.
In the year 1&S8 the Kentucky legisla
ture waa petitioned to change the nau
of a man wbo thotrght that "Mr. bcuir
fenhasenrichstichstafer" was an nndi.
A human hair varies in thickne
from the 2o0th to the 600th part of s
ir.cli. In nthpr word. It is more lu
ten times as coarse as tbe web of a silx
worm. Th era ia & man in Montezuma. G.
who baa had hi arm dislocated at tM
lirml.lav tMi---Hnua and bis lef
j dislocated at tba hip eight times.