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HILLSBORO, WASHINGTON COUNTY, OREGON, THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1876.
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The Laughing Philosopher.
I know a funny little boy,
The happiest ever born;
His face wa like a beam of jo3-,
Although his clothes are torn.
I saw him tumble on his nose,
And waitril for a groan;
But how he laughed! Do you suppose
lie struck his funny bone?
Tin-re's sunshine in each word lie speaks;
" His laugh is something grand;
Its ripples overrun his c heeks,
Like waves on snowy sand.
He laughs the moment he awakes
And till the day is done;
The school-rot mi for a j.'ke he takes,
His lessons are but fun.
No matter how the day may go,
You cannot make him cry;
IIe' worth a dozen boys I know,
Who pout and mope and sigh.
He's plump and round lie once was slim ;
I have not told you half;
I soon expect to hear of hiui
Exploding in t laugh!
. Struggle with an Alligator.
BY t.YI'T. 1'IIAItl.KS STEAUMAX.
I was returning t'roiu my half-lmilt
sugar-mill one day, perhaps a month after
my twt arrival here, at aoout tour o clock
in the, afternoon. 1 had left the dingy
complcxioned masons sipping their choc
olate, and received the foreman s solemn
assurance that a fresh course of blocks,
properly cemented, should he laid before
he permitted his gang to give over work.
I was riding homeward, then, thinking
of many things friends and school-fellows
that I should perhaps never see again
in the fled: ; if
What was that? A cry of pain? Yes,
a cry, Certainly of pain or terror the
shrill apm aliii'' crv of a child's agonized
voice; and I stalled, and wheeled my
hor.se toward the ipiarter from which the
sound seemed to come. The cry was re
peated, more feebly than before; and as
1 had now no doubt as to the direction
whence the call for help proceeded, I
dashed across the ravine, and scrambling
up tne steep bank opposite, came in sight
of the chain of lagoons, connected with
the mighty Bio Plata by a small river,
which skirted the plantation of rice and
tobacco, and on the banks of which I had
shot many a snipe and llimingo. Here,
at the edge of a cane -bordered creek that
ran up fioiu the neare.it lagoon into the
broken ground, w here the hillocks were
gav witn -purple? rhododendrons and the
.wild geranium, 1 beheld a sight that
chilled my blood with horror.
Close at the margin of the water, knee
deep in the flowers and the tall Pampas
grass, jut where the white and yellow
pond-nlies mingled with the rich-colored
bloisoms of the flowered prairie, was a
child little Charlie Don -Miguel's hope
nml heir his one tie to life and its atfec-
tions. .1 knew the bare little golden head
at once. Hut the boy stood rooted to the
ground, transfixed by terror, crouching
liuwii. bis blue eves, dilated by mortal
fear, fixed on .something huge, shapeless,
unclean, that drew nearer ami nearer yet,
a 'iim aiidmomtrous thing, that hail more
the aspect of a huge log, glistening with
slimy mud. than of uii) ining else. What
i the u"lv thiu.T that has crawled out
from the creek, fringed with bushes of
the laiiiel-roM!, and that is clumsily
climbing the bank with awkward hurry
ungainly claw-tipped leeti An
bv heaven! tor 1 see the slant-
III" sUllllgOl gusieii u lis ff.iijr iv,
nnTl the toi mutable i iws open and dia-
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Til.ivin" the curved row of glcamin
white teeth, as, with its
fixed upon its prey, it
cruel red eyes
spot where stood tne iaieu cnini,
bv a teiror that denied him the
to 11 ee.
"Hun, Charlie, run ! run toward me
I called aloud, at the same tune urging
niv horse t.owu the bank. The little lei
low turned his pale face toward me, and
,-..,....,,;,., I me: but fear was still too
potent with him, ami he remained where
i. ei-vimr out to somebody to save
him. I dashed in the spurs row el deep, and
at one bound came crashing through the
rb.wl.idi'iidi-oiis to within some tluee or
four feet of the place where the child
stood. The uldgator wheeled angrily
r...iml to confront the inti uder w ho dared
to come between him and his toothsome
fciito.irt ami 111 V noise, in iven
:iml mv noi sc. in iven nu hiui
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t,.it.ir at the sitrlit and smell ot the mon
strous icptile, reared, swerved, and threw
me. iraliopiii'' oil' like a mad creature
I mv feet ina moment, and had
iust time to throw mvself between the
idli...t,ii- and the boy. before the blo.nl-
thii.-ty j u.i could close in the first fatal
snap. The brute recoiled a little, for
alligators are cowardly as well as tierce,
and thev have been kuo.vn to watch for
hours in their ready ambiiih, allowin
men to pais them unujaied, until they
could pounce securely on a woman or
child, lint the reptile's slow blood had
been too much stirred, by the expect itiou
of an easy triumph, to pel mil him to de
cline the light, a. id he crawled upon me.
uttering the hoarse cry, halt roar, halt-
whimpering moan, thai a cayman gives
under the sting of pain or fury.
I had my sheath-knife out, a strong.
double edged blade ot larcctoua steel.
with a cross-handle and buck-horn halt;
but this seemed
xuch a foe. By ii
i poor weapon against
lastv impulse one oi
those lite-saving thoughts that come Uon
us at moments of extreme peril, as it they
were the whisperings of inspiration 1
tore the blue woolen poncho from my
KlioiiMers harmilv- I had adopted the
New- Spain style of dress and wrappiu
the mantle round the tough handle ot
my whaleUme ruling-whip, I forced it
between the alligator's jaws as he closet I
with me. v Idle at the mine time, bend-
in" forward. I struck hard with my two-
tdrMl knife at his white throat, which
was comparatively unprotected. The
rt tt- d. t.it.I fur the white streak was
soon crimsoned with blood; but the sec
ond stroke failed, for the kidfe slipped
and rattled Uselessly on the armor-plates
of the creature's mailed back, and then
began a struggle lor death .or life between
my terrible antagonist and myself. My
strength was nothing to that of the huge
reptile, and I felt myself dragged to right
ami left as if I had leeri a rat in the gripe
of a terrier, and yet I held on fast to the
w halebone handle of the whip, while the
sharp teeth vainly gnashed and tore at
the spongy wool that clogged them, and
I retained my hold in sheer desperation,
striking in with my knife whenever I got
a chance, but usually baffled by the tena
cious armor of my invulnerable adver
sary. Charley, a few feet distant, was sob
bing pi teously, at times crying aloud to
Guachos whom he knew "Saucho!"
"Diego!" "Ei Negro!" to help me; for
the dear little fellow, delivered from his
tirt agony of alarm, seemed now to think
only of my peril. The idea was a good
one, although the child's weak voice could
not of course reach far. Exerting the
full strength of my lungs I twice shouted
forth th well-known desert crv when a
jaguar is sighted: "Mozos, a mi! El
Tigre! Mo-z'os!" and I fancied, as I ut
tered the second call, that I heard a dis
tant answer, like a faint echo. But now
I had need of all my breath and all my
muscles, for the infuriated animal with
which 1 fought, tearing the cloth of the
soft mantle to pulp, was gradually get
ting its grim jaws free. Twice, already,
had my wrist and aim been grazed by its
keen teeth I bear the white scars to this
J;ly alul the horrible odor of the crea
ture and the remorseless irlare ot its
small blood d lot eye, impressed me with
the fantastic notion that my enemy was
.ioiiiethin' evil beyond the mere furious
greed of a w ild beast. Yet I grasped
the whalebone whip-kandie, and drove
in thfi knife with all the force of an arm
that was fast grow ing exhausted. Spent
breathless, giddy, 1 was dragged down
and in a kneeling attitude excited the
remains of my waning strength in a stab
at the alligator's throat. The blade broke
abort off by the handle as it lodged
among the stout scales ot the neck I
.Tost then I heard a shout and the
tramp of a horse coming up at lull ami
furious speed. Ou they came, the steed
loam-decked and gored Oy the spur, uie
rider blandishing higli above his head
the spiral coils of the lasso. I recog-1
nized the horseman in an instant. It was
Juan, the boldest and most dextrous of
all that Centaur brothel flood ; and fie
knew ine and comprehended at a glance
the state of affairs.
u6tand back, sir stand back !' he cried
aloud, "and I'll tit the rest; Mozos! r.l
i'i.,ru: Mt-zos! ami lie whirled tne
lasso high, spurring his Inghteued horse
near and nearer to the spot. Keeling,
breathless, and dizzy of brain, I under-
ttMnl the (iuacho 's meaning suthcieutly
. . . . . - i. i i ..
to stand back, letting go my uuiu n
the tough ivhip liandle, w hich, with
the tatteied poncho wrapped around it,
I had hitherto obstinately kept between
the alligator s churning jaws, llie in
furiated brute followed me up with bitter
hate, his hateful snout all but brushing
my knee as 1 staggered oacK. lat just
at that instant, wnirri cracK. came uie
well knowu sound of the heavy lasso
whistling past, launched with unerring
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aim, ami us 1 gazeu aooui ine nun
"aid eyes, 1 -saw mat me uoose
li'diteuing round the reptile s neck ; wnne
Juan, with the end ot the stout cord las-
t.Mi. d t.t the saddle, bad started oil ou a
canter, towing along the alligator alter
him, as he hail tugged along many a uull
and many a wild steed.
For an instant it seemed as if the Gua-
cho's would be an easy triumph; but it
was only the surprise of the shock that
i .... l 1 I tin. u 1 1 1 .nit. r a verv lai "f
one. auu tne "reai weigni auu sucim
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which soon began to tell. 1 saw the horse
broil" lit. with a lerfc, to a stop, ami then,
to my dismay, beheld steed and rider
dragged by sheer force toward the lagoon,
vainly striving to resist the sujerior
power ot the gigantic tyrant oi tne wateis
Juan drove in his spurs, urging his pant
ing and terrified horse by voice, hand
ind knee, to put out its whole strength;
but it soon seemed plain that unless the
addle-girths gave way. dragged down
into the pool he would be, hone and man,
while there could be in such a case little
doubt of the issue of the conlliet. To cut
the cord would have been the only mode
f separating the combatants in this un
equal duel; but I had let tall my broken
knife in the long Pampas grass, and a
(Juacho clings to his laaso with the same
mechanical impulse that causes a seaman
to hold last to shroud or stay. "L.et go
the rope!" I called out to him loudly as
I could, "hoose the end troin me sauoie-
ring, and let the brute go!" But Juan
paid no heed to my advice, but spurring
ins struggling noise, uncn-u m mc nm
.At. I. nAiis voice the "tiger-call" of the
The child had crept close to mo. and
was holding on to my coat, weeping and
....it;...r .n i.U :ilsiit lather, and in.- pre-
..i.w. ' ... ,
..iniirrMsi'd me: tor weariet. ana
L IIV.- ''.-- 7
loomed as 1 was. I felt eager to come
to the aid of the bold lad w ho had saved
iw from the verv tuvs ot death; Outjun
at the moment mat me ihumh
.1 ll . . . I . . . w rlld
Charlie's nurse, came running down the
hilt with sobs and outcries in search oi
the truant charge who had strayed off
while she was threading scarlet oernes
t.r a necklace, tour ot our mouuicu iui-u
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came tnumieiiiiLr n-ii j
.1.,.,, r..l P.iwa u-hii-led alott: and 111
Slioui till v. l-. ' ' -r - w
a verv short time the alligator, stron;
and savaie as he was.
. i .. i
noosea ami cu-
I tangled by the pliant curds, stabbed with
knives and Irealen down uy uoias, ia
dead and harmless.
Before we left the spot, a number of
other persons, alarmed by the "liger-
call." never before heard so near the
lk'iii.ml.-i its..! I -..tilt mi sin. 1 amouL' the
hist ot iheiM ww linn Mi. mi, . I already in-
wtrilit...! Iiv ,...u..t...l i....n.rr s to
what had occurred. He arrived, pale
with emotion, sprang from his horse, and
clased his little son in his arms, eyeing
the chiiil all over with jealous auxiety. as it
to be assured that he was really unscathed;
then, coming up io me, he grasjed both
my hands, and before I could prevent
hiui, kissed them as fervently as ever de
votee pressed his lips to the relics ot a
Kindness is not relished plain;
needs the sweet sauce of flattery.
Talking at Table
Is one of the very best digesters; there
is no tonic known equal to it, as it is of I
the kind calculated to promote hilarity
and good feeling generally. Most parents
are prone to prohibit their children from
laughing and talking at the table: it is
un physiological ; it is a cruelty.
joyousness promotes the circulation oi i
tln blood fMibvona it in viinirutt" it. I
sends it tingling to the remotest part of
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the system, carrying with it animation,
vigor, ami life. The louder the little
ones laugh the better; the faster they
talk the better, for then they eat le9s in
a given ime, consequently chew their
foid more thoroughly.
Discard controversy from the dining
table. Discourage all subjects which in
vite political or religious rancor. Let
every topic introduced be calculated to
instruct, to interest or amuse. Do not
let the mind run on business or previous
mishaps, or past disappointments. Never
tell bad news at the table, nor for an
hour before. Let every thing you have
to communicate be. it Dossible. ot a
v t ,
gladsome, joyous, hilarious character,
calculated to bring out pleasant remarks
or agreeable associations. On the other
hand, never administer a reproof at the
social Imard to either servant or child;
find fault with nothing; speak unkindly
to no one. If remarks are made of the
absent, let them contain some word of
commendation, which, it repeafed in
their hearimr afterwards, will kindle
kindly feelings; and thus will thought:
of the family table come across the mem
ory in after years, when we have been
scattered aud some laid in tlieir final
resting-place, bringing with them a sweet
ness of emotion which makes it a pleas
ure to dwell upon them. llalCt Journal
The Bedkoo.u. It it can oe so con
trived, a bedroom carpet should not be
put under any heavy pieces of furniture,
and then it can he the oltener taken up;
nr should it go entirely under the bed.
for that jMirtion of the floor should le
washed over every week. In placing
the furniture contrive if possible that
the bedstead should not be placed opix-
site a window, for the light tailing upon
the eves, especially in tne early summer
mornings, is often injurious to sight. II
this cannot be avoided, aud also when
the room is exposed to a hot sun at any
time of day, a most excellent device, be
cause it is at the same time effectual and
inexpensive, is to pin green glazed calico
over the white blinds. I his does not
how at all outside the house, neither
does it look untidv inside the room; and
it softens the glare in a delightful manner.
Tbeatmkxt ok Soke Throat. In
cases of ordinary sore throat the simplest
and best treatment isthc wet pack, Usinj
a linen cloth wrung from cold water, ami
over this a kuit of crocheted yarn bind,
four feet long ami four inches wide.
Apply this two or three nights iu suc
cession, unless it is a very serious case.
when the pack should be kept n during
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llie Uiiy. ll i.irwiru iii nit imi unip,
wash the throat in very cold water auu
rub dry with a coarse towel and with
the hand. This will prevent taking more
cold, llie more tnctioii used the better.
Let it be a sort of squeezing of the parts
so as t aili-'Cl tne aeep-se.iiea rissues.
bore throats may be prevented bv these
means from becoming chronic.
Fnr.xrii ILoi.i s One n nt of milk,
one small cup ot home-made yeast (you
1 - I
can try the baker's), flour euough to
make a still" baiter; raise over night; iu
add one c;
poonl'ul ol butter, aud Hour enough to
make it stiff to roll. Mix it well aud let
it rise, then knead it again (to make it
line and white), roll out, cut with a
round tin aud fold over, put them iu a
pan and cover very close, oei them in a
warm place until they are very light,
bake quickly, and you will have delicious
To Make Ilor Yeast. One handful
of hops, steeped in two quarts of water,
ice large potatoes, boiled and peeled.
:uid rubOed through a cullender, with
three titblesooonfuls of flour. Strain the
water upon them while iubl
ihroiiL'h. when not too ' hot; add one
tablcspooiifui ot yeast, anil let it raise
till li'dn: add a half-tablesioouful each
o . ..
ot salt and sugar, and bottle lor use
Shake well beloie Using, and keep in a
cool place. iwo-iuuas ti a leacupiui
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is sutticiciit for tour good-sized loaves.
Uettku Than Shout-Cake. Make
nice, light, while gems by
ami uuik i.eaiiy us soil as tor griddie
cake, and bakeijuickly in hot gem pans.
lS.eak, not cut tiiein open, and lay lu a
deep platter ami pour over straw berries,
raspPei l les, btackbei Tics, or eveu nice
steweii apples, uoxetj wun sugar ami a
little rich cream it you have it. leil
times better than any pastry or short
cake and you get rid of smla or bakin
jiowder aud shortening. tMiitt vf Ltfe.
To Clean Fine Glass. This nunle of
cleaning fine glass gives it great bril
liancy: Take line powdered indigo dip
into it a moistened linen rag, smear over
the glass with it, aud then witie it oil
with perfectly dry cloth. As a substi
tute for this, tiue sifted ashes, applied by
a rag uippeu iu spirits win answer just
as well. ."Spanish white is apt to make
the glass rough ami injure it.
Spice Nuts. Six pounds of flour, one
ami a halt pounds sugar, one and a half
pints molasses, one ouuee cardamon seeds
beaten in a mortar, one auu a halt ouiids
butter and lard mixed, five teaspoont'uls
yeast powder. Heat the shortcut
molasses together, let cikiI,
with the other ingredients
Uidl into long strips, aud cut into cakes
about un inch long.
I Sacce roil Pcddino. One cup of
J butter; one-half cup of sugar; beat these
together with oue heaping tablespoonful
ot flour, i'our into it (a little at a tune,
stirring all the while) onepiut ot boiling
water, and let it simmer ou the stove
few minutes. Add one tablespoonful
of lemon extract, and the juice of one
lemon or teasooutul of letnou sugar.
Montreal, has sent eighteen car loads
, of goods to the Centennial.
Daniel Drew's Bankruptcy.
Anronoa of Daniel DrewTj bankruptcy
a New York correspondent says there is
food for reflection in the fact that almost
ever? man WHO lias risen iDtmiui-ucc ns
a 8M?cuIatrr in Wall stree uunng ine
past twenty years has fallen much more
raoullv than lie rose, v anueroui is ine
e' )tion . i,t Vanderbilt never w as
J . . - n'n a
a speculator in tne smci in micei
sense. His policy all along was to buy
only those sttniks which lie knew to le
valuable, and never io ouy on a margin.
When he borg'it stocks he p; H lor them
in full and then locked them up in his
safe. But the general rule is to sell
short or go long on ft margin, and many
i man has it brought to grid. Among
the monarchs of the market who preceded
Drew or were his contemporaries one ot
the first was Henry Keen, who made a
lar"-e fortune in a short time, lost the
reater part of it in less, and then with-
tlrew from Wall street, to die in com par-
.a i vp obscurity a few vears later. Ytood-
ward, aBnxiklyn Sunday school supcrin- la
..r Kirnroi pnnen cimiwl v nml
.r,t iammed to a jelly, so to" si e ik. in the
Bock Island corner, several years ngo.
That was the last of him. Fisk's career
is too well known to need any particular
mention. He was supposed to be worth
millions, but when death snatched him
through the pistol of Stokes, they quickly
melted away to thousands. Mockwell,
the head of the Pacific Mail, who almost
ruled the street a few years ago, lost all
he had made ami lias disappeared alto
gether. Legrand I.o kwood went down
as suddenly and is now almost forgotten
V broker named Dnnmock made a sensa
tion for a short time as leader of the At
lantic Mail simulation, but he, tiM, got
swain ed, and every dollar he had made
was swept away. Jay oould is the suc
cessor of these and several others. Luck
has stood bv him thus far, but it will be
otraive it he too is not In ought dow n in
the long run. Fate seems to have or
d aiiied that every man who takes the
leadership in Wall street shall ultimately
come to tri let. V antlei out lelt the ireet
long ago, and he advised Drew to do the
" - - - .
same; iut the fascination was no niroug
for Uncle Daniel. He kept on finding be
tween Scylla and Charybdis, and one of
them got the old man at last.
M. Plater, the celebrated lutanist, or
lute-player, one evening dropped asleep.
win e nbivniif. after partaking or an nn-
usually liberal supper. He continued to
S mi "
"discourse sweet music" correctly and
tastefully until roused from his drowsy
nap by the noise of his lute falling on the
floor. A "reader in a printing omce icu
asleep while reading for the correction of
proof, but continued reading down to
the lottom of that page. In this ease
the probability is that his sleep only went
to the extent of drowsiness; at any rate.
w hen roused up, he con id not remenilier
the words he had just leen correctly
reading. Sir John Moore, during his
ever-memorable retreat to Corunnx, had
to make forced marches night ami day.
as the only mode of averting ca pture by
a vastly larger Jt rench army; Ins poor,
tired soldiers often slept as they marched,
or marched as they slept. A truly re
markable manifestation of somnambulism
is that which can be brought about by
the influence of other persons on the
sleeper. External voices and sounds can
move him to actum even wnen ins con
? f 1
sciousness is asn-ep. jr. carpemer
other physiologies have recorded many
mstances of this kind. A young naval
... . , .. . . . . 1. I 1 .. I
oflicer, signal lieutenant to Admiral Lord
IIikmI at Toulon sometimes continued his
anxious duties lor eighteen or twenty
hours at a stretch. Going to his berth
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...1.1 r.il.n.r irwt:intl v hIimi hia minil wan.
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nevertneiess, so larawaweon one pa.i.cu-
larsuoject urn. u a cuir... .....u.
vli.rnul f" in hn Mr it routed him atnnre
an.l irresistibly A young m, itary -of h-
- " :
. lii.lL.it.il is tAiii-miiPV u.-lkirll Si.it rtl fit
the mischievous wags about him took an
unfair advantage ot. A hen he was asleep
in his berth, thev would whisper in his
ear, giving nun au uie tuuaus o, a uuei,
a sh.pwrccK, or a ,, ; m3 ,,.,
consciously followed the narradve untd
he was routed tt action by the climax,
ami woke by springing out of bed. For
tunately for society, such cases arc rare.
The Value op Education. Jake was
heard calling across the fence to his
neighlxir's son, a colored youth w ho goes
to school at the Atlanta colored univer-
Look hyar, boy, you goes ter school,
ilon t you :
"Yes, sir," replied the boy.
Gittiir eddykaskun, ain't yer?"
"Larnin' Yithmetic and figgerin' on
"Well, it don't take two whole days to
make an hour, do it?
"W'y, no!" exclaimed the boy
"You was gwine ter bring dat hatchet
back in an hour, warn' yerf
"An it's bin two days sence yer bor
.Now, what good seddykashun
gwine ter do you thick-skulled niggars
when yer go to school a whole year an'
deu can't tell how long it takes to fotch
' ..ii I : v .i.n. nisi
back a hatchet l"
The Imvgot mad and slung the hatchet
over the fence and half way through an
ash barrel. Atlanta Constitution
Waiting for Better Times. "You
are having many nice dresses this year.
said one Chicago belle to another the
"No, I know I don't," was the reply
"But why don't youT" continued the
"Well, I will tell you, Madge,' was
the answer. " ou see that pa says that
we've got to scrimp along a little for
awhile until he can make an 'assig
or something, after which he says
splurge' all we want."
" w "
The friend h xkcd surprised for a mo
menf, and then, turning to her as iciate,
exclaimed in a burst of confidence:
"Why, that'sjust what my father keeps
saying what can they meanr
A Host in Himself.
It was in the allev. iust north of the
Union office. Monday morninjr. that three
hoodlums were en enured in the peaceful
pursuit of gobbling Spencer Nott-
sker's kindling. Two of the lKys were
brothers and wore pretty nearly a suit of
clothes between them: the other was a
whole family in himself. He w ore ten
vear old lioots. a full crrown vest, a mid-
die-aged overcoat, a hat of very dubious
age (say 75) ami a large red woolen com-
forter. the ends of which hunirdown so
tar that it was a continued conuici
between him and them which was the
4aee here, boys, said he, standing on
tiptoe so that none of his garments should
trail in the mud. 4Just you .... share
kindling, or suthin'll happen, sure's
you live I
It seems the other boys thought that as
they were two they had a right to two
times the kindling that one could take.
Not being aware tint the other boy was
whole family they resented his remarks
n Im-iiic too individual and picked tin I
some chunks of dirty rock.
"See here!" said the family boy, drop-
ping ins kindling ana slapping down ins
grandfather's hat in the mud. "ee
here!" he yelled, unbuttoning his uncle's
overcoat and dropping out of it. while he
braced up his father's vest and trowsern.
f . -- " I
and wrapped the tails of the red com-
forter three times round his neck. Then
he flung his arms around and kicked his
legs about iu the manner of a boneless
...i.l rr .v tt tonibti wlionn. "Droii I
them stones and go home and get your
two brothers and I'll whip the whole four
j. a . .1 - fl :
ot you l ill snow you i i in a naiivc,
frceliorn American son of a gun, am,
You hear me?"
Tl ey were going to fight him when they
thought he was only one, but when they
heard his words ami their rueful eyes fell
upon the various ages and sizes of his gar
ments lying around, the truth dawned
upon them how many constituents there
were to his make-up and they tied.
He resumed his attire, picked up las
own kindling and that of the vanquished
and walked of with an air of victory.
Hock Island Union.
Ignorance of law excuses no one.
It is a fraud to conceal a fraud.
3. The law compels no one to do im
... ..... ...
4. An agreement without consideration
5. Signatures made with a lead pen
cil are gi m hi hi law.
6. A receipt for money paid is not
7. The acts ot one partner biuds ail
8. Contracts made on Sunday cannot
J. A contract made with a minor is
10. A contract made with a lunatic is
11. A contract made for advertising in
a Sunday newspaper is invalid.
12. Airents are reiKiisiOle to their
principals lor tneir errors.
13. Jvich individual iu a partnership is
- ...... .. .
responsible for the whole amount of the
debts of the In in.
14. A minor cannot make a
15. Notes bear interest only wnen so
. . . . .
1G. It is not legally necessary to say on
i note "tor value icceiveu.
. . T I TV
17. A note drawn ou Sunday is void.
17. A note drawn on Sunday is void.
. , , -. -
18. A Uttte obtained by f,aad,or from a
)CrHon in a stilte of intoxication, cannot
iM coMeeted bv law.
be collected by law.
11K if a te be lost or stolen, it does
I - - - , - ..
I ..t .1... .....r-.... it,. i..ur .. .if
iiih iciruac iiiu ui.mi.i. v. ...v ...
not release the maker. He must pay it.
WINPUXO rosTAOE ww-nie eutti
r c .......... Il.....li,.' ,i-iidn rnrnnl iioonl
I ' . I.
hU wwu ch;iracter has been to bnug ln,
l(, a lKiint oi proiouuu t-goi.s.u.
I . . : .. fls nnu.'iviliir iir
respondent, he said: "I have no inten-
lioil f p.mingback transient newspapers
ttt thi. exact ites which existed prior to
,e 3l .! Jlarch, last year. ii .r.
Hamliu has the jwer wnic.i tins rema, a
vvouId imply, why does Congress leg.s ate
upon the question at all, or waste tune
iu discussing iti Let the Maine Senator
iiate his intentions to the l'ost master-
General instead of a newspaper corres
pondent; then write his edict upon the
: ... .i it.
"ate-posts, and ine tiling is none, nui
perhaps Mr. Hamlin has overestimated
j tie power and pervasiveness of his ego,
He has show n such lamentable ignorance
I re"arding the whole purjMse and force ot
i hi; postal svstem. and such bluudeling
tenacity in clingiug to what common
sense rejected, that he will hardly be able
to crowd his uew bill through as lie uui
his old one; in other words, the last state
of that man is worse man tne nrsi, auu
the Booner he retires from a service he
dies not understand the letter it will be
for his own credit and the interests of the
nation. Home Circle.
Tiwexse vVihe Ropes. Commodore
Shufeldt h is ordered the proper authori
ties of the Boston Navy Yard to make
r..l Hoven-iuch steel-wire hawsers.
-r,. .;u ,,rohblv be the largest wire
cver nm,le. The Navy Department
a - .
has use for immense hawsers to tow nmn-
jiri Mil 1 veld in riitiex8. Jliey are
nut on Ixiard the men of war for use wnen
rni.ired. The usual appliance is a 12
;.idi henin rone, but it swells when wet.
and gets verv heavy by absorption of
The steel-wire hawser win oe
ot'on incne less iu v . ... - , .u
. i ; .. . .m.iur miii'ii
lighter, non-absorbent, more pliable and
durable, and in every respect better. This
U a curious and, in fact, wonuenui au-
vance in the application of iron aud steel
to commercial uses. A hemp nawser
twelve inches thick is a wonderful thing
;.. itself, but a steel-wire hawser, five
inches in thickness, better answering the
same purpose, is something fruitful of
- . . l I .. . . : i. .. . i . i ; n
thou! lit to tne siutieiii. in mii-uunuiu0
and ringing. New York Bulletin.
Never be idle. When your hands are
not nrullv emoioyeo. aitenu io we
cultivation of your mind.
The Fair Incendiary.
It is now about twenty years since a
young lady, an only daughter of an an
cieut and noble house in the north of
uermany, irom having ueen one oi me
most cheerful girl, became subject to fit
or the deepest melancholy. All the en
treaties of her parents were insuflicient
to draw from her the reason of it to their
affection she was quite cofd, to their ca
resses rude; and though society failed to
eouveu her, sue uore ner part iu it wun
Hwer of venom ami sarcasm that were
as strange to her former character as they
weie unbecoming toiler sex and youth.
The parents contrived, during her tempo
rary absence from home, to Investigate
the contents of her writing dek; but no
indications of a concealed or disappointed
passion were to be found, and tt was
equally clear that no papers had been re
moved. The first news they heard ot her
was, that the house in which she had
been vi.iting had been burned to the
ground: that she had bceu saved with
uiracuity; mat ner room was noi u me
pail oi iuc ounuing where me nro com-
menced; that her escape at first had been
taken for grauted, and that when her door
was uuni opcu, tuc wa iuuuu im uanwi
auu seaieu in uer usuai meiaiiciioiy on-
tude, with her eyes fixed ou the ground.
She returned home neither altered lu
. . t .
mauuer nor changed in ueuieaiior, ana as
painfully brilliant in conversation when
forced into it. Within two months of her
return the house was burned to the ground,
and her mother peiUhed lu the name
.she was again round lu tlic same stale as
ou the former occasion, suffered herself to
be led away without eagerness or resist
ance, did not alter her deportment upou
hearing the fate of her mother, made no
attempt to cousole the father, and replied
to the condolence ot her ll lends with a
bitterness and scorn almost demoniacal.
1'he father and daughter returned to a
Spa for a change of scene. On the night
ot her arrival the hotel was in flames;
but this time the fire begau iu her apart
me ut, for from her window weie the
sparks first seen to issue; and agaiu she
w as found dressed, seated and lu a reverie.
The hotel was the property of the sov
ereign of the little bt.lte iu which the Spa
was situated. Au investigation took
place; she was arrested, and at once con.
teased that on each of the three occasions
she was the culprit; that she could not
tell wherefore, except that she had au ir
resistible longing to set houses on tire.
Each time she had striven against It a long
as she could, aud was unable to w ithstand
the temptation; but thi longing nrt upcr
veued a few weeks utter i-Iie had been
seized with a sudden depression of spir
its; that she lelt a hatred to all the worm,
but had strength to retrain from oaths aud
curses against it. She is ut this inoineut
in a madhouse, where she is allowed some
liberty. She still possesses her memory,
her reasouiug powers aud her petulaul
wit. Reynold Neictpaptr.
Worn; than Hazing.
Thc Yale Freshman had a hard time of
it in the Eighteenth Century, iu Scrib
ner for April theie is an article on the
College by Heury A. Beers, who quotes
troin the old regulations:
'Lvery student," runs one of the old
laws, "shall be called by his sir name,
except he be the son of a nobleman, or a
kiiliht eldest sou.' As betweeu the
college classes, a strict subordination was
enforced, and a somewhat laborious eti
quette prevailed between acuity ami
students. The Freshmen were almost iu
.i r i.. .1... t'..i:. i. ....I.
mm.- i.... i ...?. I:
I C SCIIOOIS. 1 IIC IOIllFIUJ BIUIUIIJ lll'lll
. . ... BPn,lllll(11 f M....m incri.tl.
... , .rravelv meant, and put lu
A , m .i. I.
H C ril'SIIIUCIl, 111 Hill KiUMNLI UIIUll-
ruii11;,,- , tn lu n ne..vrcil. ami arc
?.,l;.i.u,. u,.ur n,.l, l,i. imlln
u-PallirHn tlm front d.H.r.vard of
. . " ' ' . . "
I tin. !.-. i. I. .nt'a r I'. .l..aa, r n li.iiivo.nl
t, V en f lho a of
..t rtMlil of ,.iifl.Hr d five
I t o
iw,,' t,,i nnt -lr1. nv
- class without beiu'
niembc sof au upper class without ueiu0
..,-.. nf nr,nnfll in.t. a Junior
Weshmati and reprehend
f Y J.,., 1Pi. rase, must
obtain leave from a Senior, and then he
may discipline a Freshman.
Freshmen shall uot run in conege-
... . at
yard, or up or down stairs, or call to any
one through a college wiud.iw."
At the street corner, ye-.terd.iy, an old
apple woman offered her fruit to a vessel
captain who was signing over ine got.
ft! . I . .. I
tunes of IsOL she wanted three cent
apiece for her apples. He gave her
pleasant look aud said:
"Well, well. Why, you looK ns youn
as you did ten years ago. dame ungiit
eyes and red cheeks same white teeth.
"lake au apple for two cents, captain,
"I presume you are fifty years old," he
continued, "but who'd know it? Lots of
ladies at thirty look as old as you do."
"Take au apple for a cent, captain.
she answered, smiling like a rose.
Some rich old fellow will come along
Limi ihr. Birrhin.r for a
Hid the captain, "aud you
you won t have to
i ... - 'a
iiedtlle apples any more
"Here, captain, two for a cent, take
two of the biggest!" she exclaimed, and
then ran after him ami dropped two more
into Ins overcoat pocket
How to Make a Nick Girl. First get
i .i . svr i ui.. ... i... ..i.i
. ,.,e iriri. ui, u. one uiusu i. wo nu uiu
Kir, but a young one, nice and tender.)
J Bring her up from early infancy on a
strict diet of hot pickles, cold brandy
j and water, and Freuch novels. Send her
to a fashionable boarding-school to be
-finishcd off:" and when she comes home
for the holidays carefully develop her
latent love for dress, extravagant habits
Lj fondness for flirtations. Buy her the
. . . .. .. i i . i .
i Bing dictionary, snn ici ner go every
I where and do everything she likes. By
the time she is twenty-one she will be
quite a nice girl
Kkef good company or none at all.
We were speaking to a fi lend the other
day, respecting the merits of a "celebrated
tragedian." when we had occasion to com
ment on tho rant of the stage -tho loud
mouthing, the outrageous gesture, tho
furious rolling of the eyes, the stride,
swords that rattle in the hilt, and all the
"pomp and circumstance" of the modern
Fancy this style carried Into real life.
On being Introduced to a lady you would
say, throwiug yourself Into a splcudid
"M st gracious madam, on my knees, I
greet you," impressively placing your
light hand upon your heart.
To a creditor who would not pay:
"Fraudulent knave 1 l'ayest thou mo
not? By yonder sun that blazes in the
zenith, thee wPl I sue, and thou shalt sco
thy impious name flaming the streets on
"Now, by my soul nud all my highest
hopes, those beans arc royal. Wero I
Jupiter beans should grace each royal
banquet. What, ho! waiter, bring hither
To your wife:
"Madam, beware thou dost excite mo
not; else, being too hot with wratn, i no
myself some harm. A needle here a
button on my shirt see It Instantly per.
formed. L. it 1 Nor leave tho task to me 1"
To your batcher:
"Thou ensanguined destroyer of boviues,
send me some mutton ami some beef; uud
mark you, let it bo tenderer than love, aud
sweeter than the bee's rare burden. I
would dine to-day."
To a friead :
"Excuse a rash Intrusion on your grace,
but hast thou iu thy box a portion of
that plant, ranked by the botanist among
the yenut nicotiani?" or, "Most noble
friend, wilt tlmu partake with me soma
strong libation? Thou lookest dull to-day;
'twill cheer thy sinking heait,"
K.-ply: "O noble soul! alas, not ull tho
wine o'f Bacchanalian levels could ease
the sorrow here here! (Left arm struck
several times). Oh, what a fool and arrant .
knave am 1, the very sport of fortune !"
This is scarcely more ridiculous than
Ihrce-quaitcifc of the stage nonsense.
Methods of Distinguished Authors.
It Is Interesting to know what method
most distinguished authors followed In
the composition of thuir works. David
Hume, tor Instance, wroto rapidly, but
corrected slowly and laboriously. His
.gcs ale full of erasures. In the wi lting
ot Gibbon the erasures are tew, tor lie
made alt his corrections in his mind, and
never wrote a sentence till ho had bal
anced hikI amended U to hi entire satis
faction, cither seated iu his arm-chair, or
walking on hia balcony at Laesaiiue, wilh
the lake of Geneva below hiui. Dr. Adam
Smith walked slowly up and down his
room w Idle dictating to his clerk. Henco
it is alleged that his sentences are nearly
all of the same length, each containing
exactly as much as the clerk could take
down w hile the doctor took a single turn.
Adam Smith acknowledged that lu lec
tin ing he was more ilcjieiident thau the
generality of professors ou the sympathy
it' his class. "During whole session,"
he said, "a certain tudent, with a plain
but expressive countenance, was ot great
use to me in judging of my success. Ho
sat conspicuously iu front of a pillar. I
had him coustautly in my eye. If ho
leaned forward to listen, all was right,
ami 1 knew that I had the car ot my clsss;
but if he leaned back in an attitude of
li.t lessness, I felt that ail was wrong, and
that I iuut either chungu tho subject or
the style of my address." Adam Smith
disliked nothing inoie than that moral
apathy that obtiueness of moral percep
tionwhich prevents man from not only
seeing clearly, but feeliug strongly, lho
broad distinction betweeu lrtueairJ vice.
and which, under the pretext of liberality,
is all indulgent even to tho blackest
crimes. At a party at Dalkeith Palace,
where Mr.- - , in Ids mawkish wny, win
finding palliations tor some villainous
transaction, the Doctor waited in patient
silence until he w as gone, then exclaimed :
"Now I can breathe more freely. I can
not bear that man; he has no indignation
in him." Skttchet i f Old Timet and JJit-
Snow-Cleaiuno in the Himalayas.
The inhabitants of Zuiskiir, a district of
Ltdakh, high up iu the Himalaya, live
iu a severe climate. Spring, summer and
HUtuiiui make, altogether, but little mora
than five mouths. Winter closes In ut
once, confining tho people mid tho cattlo
indoors tor more thauix months.
As the snow lies on the ground and the'
summer is very short, Ihu people liuve
been obliged by necessity the mother of
invention-to devise a special Couti ivance
to ch ar the snow from the fields iu time
for the sow! .g.
During summer and autumn earth ii
collected in large quantities mid stored In
Ihu houses. "In the spring, says au Lng
lish traveler, "when tho Ibne of snowfall
is thought to be over, and the snow in the
fields is partly melted, and has begun to
cake iu the sun's lays, they spread tho
eaith, which absorbs warmth from tho
sun, and melts the mow in contact with
It. Honietimes snow falls ul'ieli, and the
labor is lost, and has to be related. Ia
18(39 there were three or four layers of
earth and snow thus accumulated before
tho work was done."
A certain Judge, whose pompous and
officious ways tempted some ot the law
yers to acts which his honor construed to
mean contempt, fined them $10 each.
When they had paid their flues, a certain
dry and steady-going old attorney walked
up to the bench and very gravely laid
down a $10 bill. "What is that for?'
said the Judge. "For contempt, your
honor," was the reply. " Why, I have to,
fined you for contempt," answered the
judge. "I know that," said the lawyer;
"but I want you to understand that' I
cherish a secret contempt for this court
all the time, aud I am willing to pay
for It" g
Tub delicacy of ordinary filendship
Is such it cannot endure a naked or