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HILLSBORO, WASHINGTON COUNTY, OREGON, THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 1876.
BT JOHN O. WHITTIKR.
Our fathers God, from out whose hand
The centuries fall, like grains of sand.
We meet to-day, united, free
And loyal to our land and Thee
To thank' Thee for the era done,
And trOst Thee for the opening one.
Here, where of old by Thy design
Tike fathers spake that word of Thine,
"Whose echo is the glatl refrain
Of rended holt and falling chain,
To grace our festal time from all
The zones of earth our guest we call.
B'S with us while the New World greets
The Old World, thronging all its streets;
Unveiling all the triumphs won
Ryurt or toil heneath the sun,
And unto common good ordain
'This rivalship of hand and brain.
. Thou who hast here in concord furled
The war-flags of a gathered world,
Heneath our Western skies fulfill
The Orient's mission of good will.
And, freighted with 1 ove's golden fleece,
Send back the Argonauts of peace.
For Art and Labor met In truce,
For beauty made the bride of use,
We thank Thee, while withal we crave
The austere virtues, strong to save,
The honor, proof to place or gold,
The manhood never bought nor sold!
O make thou us through the centuries long
In peace secure, in justice strong;
Around our gift of freedom draw
The safeguard of Thy righteous law.
And cst it some diviner mold,
Let the new cycle shame the old.
The Missing Bridegroom.
'No; I don't like him."
John Hammersley 'a fist fell heavily
upon the table to give emphasis to the
brief sentence, uttered In a louil tone.
Margaret, his neiee ami orphaned
charge from childhood, looked up hp
pealingly. Then her voice, very sweet
and low, made answer:
"I love hi m."
"More's the pity,' growled her uncle.
"Why can't you love some one else?"
Just a sly "smile, with lurking of fun
in it, for un answer to this question.
"Here's Will Hall been courting you
ever since you v ere a baly ; Mark Hal
stead would give hi eyes for you; both
smart young sailors. No; you must turn
up your nose at them, and full iu love
with nobody knows who."
"I thought he told you he was a junior
partner in a wholesale house."
"Told me!" was the contemptuous re
ply; "so he did. And you l ive him?
Now, here you've lived all your life on
the sea-coast, amongst strong men, and
you set your heart on a pretty curly
headed doll, with hands like a girl's."
"He's tall and strong, and manly, too,"
urged Margaret; "lie does not know any
thing about a boat or a ship, and his
work does not require tarred hand and
coarse clothes; but he is not effeminate,
"Humph? Will Hall is a man fit to
marry a sailor's daughter; mate of a line
vessel, and making money. It is rough
to see hi in thrown overboard for a chap
none of us had ever seen six months ago.
I wi-.h he had drowned before he came
to Brashaw to turn your head."
"Uncle," Margaret said, very earnestly,
"if Harry Craige had never come to Bra
shaw, it would have made no difference
in my answer to Will Hall. T, would not
marry him, if I had never set a Harry."
A dark, evil face that had been pressed
close to the closed blinds of the room
where this conversation took place, was
lifted here for a moment, and a clenched
fist was shaken in the air.
"Bah! If you had never seen Harry
(Yaige, you would have married Hall
when he asked you six months ago. If
your fine beau was to go home again, you
would forget him iu six months, and
marry Will, like a sensible girl."
Margaret's low-spoken but sensible re
ply, "Never!" was lost in the snap of the
garden gate, suddenly closed, and the
rap on the cottage door.
The listener slunk aroitnd the corner of
the house, ami sped away. But the visitor
entered the cottage, and greeted uncle
and niece. A tall, handsome man, with
a very frank expression.
Though Uncle John growled and fumed,
Margaret whs the very darling of his
heart, and he could never seriously op
pose any wish of hers. So, while the
evil-laced man who had listened at the
window sped over the fields, Harry Craige
pressed his suit till John llammcrsley
wa won to give his consent to a mar
riage that was really a worldly advantage
.to lus niece.
Consent once gained, Harry pleaded
hard for a speedy wedding. So the bans
were published, and the guests invited.
Mark Halstead,. a second cousin of
Margaret's, and with a disappointed heart,
consented to be groomsman, but Hall
kept aloof, though lit; met Hai ry often,
and gave him a grudging civility.
The wedding d ay came, and the cot
tage was decorated for the festivities after
the marriage. Margaret's wedding-dress
was already donned. The bride was wait
ing, but Harry did not come.
Mark Halstead, alter a whispered con
sultation with Mr. Hammersley, went to
where Harry had boarded. Here he was
informed that on the previous evening a
note had been handed in for Mr. Craige,
and immediately afterwards he had driven
away. That was all that Mark could find
out that night.
The guests dispersed, Margaret refus
ing nil compauiouship but that of. her
When they were aloue together, she
crept into the strong arms that had been
her protection and shelter from child
hood, anil lay there, white as the bridal
dress she wore, shivering and tearless.
And, looking at her mute misery, John
. ... . f
Hammersley restrained trie torrent oi in
lignant words trembling upou his tongue,
and soothed her as if she had been an
"He is sick or hurt," the old man said
In his heart he added, "Ami if the false
villain is deceiving my girl, I will shoot
him liko a dog." But he had no oppor
tunity to keep the unspoken threat.
A letter was written to the firm, and
one of the senior partners came to Bras-haw.
It was some comfort to heart-broken
Margaret to hear of the high esteem in
which Harry was held, and see the evi
dent sorrow of the elderly gentleman who
spoke so warmly of his partner.
"It is absurd to suppose he has run
away," said his partner; "he is a man of
influence in business, and his social stand
ing is of the best, and" ami here he
turned to Margaret "his love was pure,
honorable and sh.cre. I. who have known
him from a boy, know that he was a man
who would scorn to play with any wom
Only a piteous cry of "Where can he
be? burst troni the girl white lips.
"Had he any enemies here?" was the
next stern question.
No one knew of any. The frank, bright
nature had won friends all about him.
Even Hall had been seen in friendly
conversation with the missing man on
the day of his disappearance.
Every inquiry resulted in the same dis
appointment, till the nine-days' wonder
died out, and the mystery was unsolved.
The faithful heart that loved Harry
kept his image ever closely folded, griev
ing silently and in solitude, and wearily
resuming the routine of life. Every duty
of her humble, quiet life Margaret ful
filled with patient care; but her step was
slow and weary, her face pale, and her
eyes heavy with weeping. But her uncle,
who loved her fondly, missed her rippling
laugh, her sweet song. And it was a
delicate tribute he paid Margaret's sor
row that he never once hinted to her that
there might be some dishonorable ex
planation of her lover's disappearance.
This idea haunted him. Since the de
parture of the senior partner of the firm
there was no one o speak of Harry in
terms of commendation, and speculations
were numerous in the village. A wife
secretly hidden away, who threatened
exposure, was a favorite theory. Debt
was another. Escape from puuishment
for some crime was a third. But all these
theories were kept from Margaret.
Winter set in. Hall came often to the
cottage. His face was one that could
mask an evil heart with an assumption of
rough frankness, and seldom had any one
seen it as it revealed itself when he lis
tened at the cottage window. He had
let the vessel, of which he was first mate
and part owner, go upon a long cruise
without him, and he had employed all his
time in a vigorous pursuit of his court
ship. As deeply as he could love any
one he loved Margaret; and he had felt
secure of her favor until Harry Craige
came. John Hammersley favored the
sailor's suit heartily, and after Margaret
had given her grief its full sway for three
months, she was bidden to "moje" no
longer, but cheer up, as there was just as
good fish in the sea as ever were caught.
So, with her sorrow as deep as at first,
her heart true as steel, the girl had to be
present when Hall came to the cottage,
and listen to his rough wooing. Again
and again she refused his presents, his
compliments, his offers to escort her here
or there. But the man would not be
driven away. Encouraged by the uncle's
liking, he ersisted, in spite of Margaret's
coldness. It was not in the girl's nature
to be discourteous or unkind, and her
gentle manner was accepted as a far
greater encouragement than she ever in
tended it to he. The winter was long
agony to her. Her uncle urged Hall's
claims at every available opportunity,
and the sailor himself was persistent in
his attentions. And while her days were
busy, her evenings "wearily spent in un
congenial society, Margaret's nights were
restless and memory haunted. Where was
her lover hidden? Where was the dark
story of crime written that carried him
from her? She never doubted him, and
she kept his memory blight in her heart.
She did not hope ever to meet him on
earth again, for she was sure that if he
lived he would return to her, but no
other love should ever obliterate his from
A whole year wore away, and Hall
had urged his suit vehemently in the
preceding days, and Margaret realize!,
with a sad heart, that her steady refusal
of his suit was alienating her uncle's af
fections. He could not understand this
constancy. Why should Margaret live
alone because one man was f Ue or un
fortunate? So he urged, as they sat in
the parlor of the little cottage, and Mar
garet listened with drooping head, and
iiands folded wearily.
"I cannot marry, uncle," she said,
gently but firmly; "I cannot forget the
only man I ever loved."
The garden gate clanged, a step
crunched the gravel, and, without knock
ing, a man in a rough sailors dress,
bearded and bronzed, stood in the door
way. One look, and with a crv Margaret
sped to the open arms of Harry Craige.
John Hammersley only stareu, uu a
cheery voice said :
"lou see I am a sailor a man alter
your own heart."
"Bless my eyes! where did you come
"Off the Sea Gull."
"But what possessed you to go off in
that way ?"
"I will tell you. Set here beside me,
Margaret. I was shanghaid. D you
know what that means, my pearl? -Your
uncle does. I was drugged, carried
aboard the Sea Gull, and recovered my
senses when we were out of sight of land,
bound for a year's whaling cruise."
"But who " began John Hammersley.
"William Hall," was the stern answer.
"He told me, Margaret, a eck lefore
our wedding-day, of a friend of his, a
captain ot an East Indian vessel, who had
some curiosities that would please you,
ana raresiiawls and fabrics to show me,
also. I never thought of treachery, and
when he sent me a note to meet his friend
In the village, I drove over. Half-way
on my trip I met Hall, and took him up.
We drove to a small tavern, and while
we waited I drank a glass of wine with
Hall. A numbness soou seized me, mr
head grew dizzy, and I knew no mora
until I awoke on board a whaling ves
sel, in the dress of a common sailor."
"The scoundrel!" muttered John Ham
mersley. "I raised a pretty fuss at first," Harry
continued, "but it was useless. Nobody
believed I could pay the sum I offered
if they would carry me to Brashaw, and
I concluded I must make the best of the
situation. So, Mr. Hammersley, I ap
plied my energies to seamanship, and
they tell me alxiard the Sea Gull that I
make a very tidy sailor."
"You are a brave lad," was the warm re
ply, "and I'm heartily glad you're back;
and I'm heartily glad of another thing
and that is that Alargaret's true love has
baffled Hall's little game. Old as I am,
he had better keep out of reach of my
Apparently the baffled schemer thought
so himself, for he was never more seen in
Brashaw. Two there were who little
cared. The two were married a few
weeks later, and Uncle John threatened
to find a wife himself; but at the last ac
counts he had failed to do so, preferring
to wait till Margaret's eldest daughter is
old enough to take her mother's place as
housekeeper iu the cottage.
A Long Speech.
The longest speech on record is le
lieved to have been that made by Mr.
Do Cosmos, in the Legislature of British
Columbia, w hen a measure was pending
whose passage would take from a great
many settlers their holds. De Cosmos
was iu a hopeless minority. The job hud
leen held back till the eve of the close
of the session; unless legislation was
taken lofore noon of a given day the act
of confiscation would fail. The day 1h;-
fore the expiration of the limitation De
Cosmos got the floor about 10 a. m., and
began a speech against the bill. Its
friends cared little, for they supposed
that by one or two o'clock he would be
through, and the bill could be put on its
passage. One o'clock came and De Cos
mos was speaking still hadn't more
than entered upon his subject. Two
o'clock he was saying "in the second
place. three o clock he priMluced a
tearful bundle ot evidence and insisted
on reading it. The majority Itegan to
have a suspicion of the truth he was
going to sjH?ak till next noon and kill
the lull, r or a while they made merry
over it, but, as it came on to le dusk.
they beg in to get alarmed. They tried
interruptions, but soon abandoned them
ttecause each one afforded him a chance
to digress and gain time.
They tried to shout him down, bit
that gave him a breathing space, and,
finally, they settled down to watch the
combat between strength of will and
weakness of lx.ly. They give hi:n no
mercy. rso adjournment lor ininr;
no chance to do more than wet his lips
with water; no wandering Ironi his sub
ject; no sitting down. twilight dark
ened; the gas was lit; members slipped
out to dinner in relays, and returned to
sieep in squads, but De Cosmos went on.
The Speaker, to whom he was addressing
himseit, was alternately dozing, snoring.
and trying to look wide awake. Day
dawned, and the majority slipped out in
squads to wash and breakfast, and the
speaker still held on. It can't be said
it was a very logical, eloquent, or sus
tained speech. There were digressions in
it, repetitions also. But still the speaker
kept on; and, at last, noon came to a
ba tiled majority, livid with rage and im
potence, and a single man, who was tri
umphaut, though his voice had sunk to a
husky whisper, his eyes were almost
shut, and were bleared and bloodshot,
his legs tottered under him, and his
baked lips were cracked and smeared
with blotnl. De Cosmos had spoken
twenty-six hours, and saved the settlers
Okuhn ok the Goo Hymex. Dan-
chei, the French jxiet, tells us, respecting
the deihcatiou ot Hymen, that he was a
young man of Athens, obscurely born,
but extremely handsome. railing in
love with a young lady of distinction, he
disguised himself in a female habit, la
order to get access to her ami enjoy the
pleasure of her comp iny. As he hap
pened to be one day iu this disguise with
his mistress ami her female companions.
celebrating on the seashore the rites of
Ceres Eleusina, a gang of pirates came
upon them by surprise and earned them
it It off. The pirates, having conveyed
them to a distant island, got drunk for
joy, and fell asleep. Hymen seized his
opportunity, armed the virgins, and uis-
patched the pirates; after which, leaving
the ladies on the island, he went in haste
to Athens, where he told his adventures
to all the parents, and demanded her he
loved iu marriage as her ransom. His
request was granted, and so fortunate was
the marriage that the name of Hymen
was ever afterward invoked iu all future
nuptials, ami in progress of time the
Greeks enrolled him among their gods.
HoiiBtES. A hobby is apt to be an
expensive palfrey. It sometimes costs
piu-s of money to groom and run him,
ami he seldom wins purses and cups
enough to pay for his keep and entrance
fees. Nevertheless, as man, iu the ab
sence of some special object to en'a"c
his thoughts, is almost sure to get "iiito
mischief, it is better for him to push
ahead on any sort of a hobby that is ut
vicious, thau to lounge through life in a
slipshod, desultory way, without defi
nite aim or purpose. No matter what
other praiseworthy hobbies a man may
have, he should make conscience the
prime favorite of his moral stud. Give
it the rein freely; never curb it or check
it; but go with it iu whatsoever direction
its diviue instinct would guide you, and
over every .Hill of Difficulty, through
every Slough of Despond, shall take
you safely to the "narrow house"
which snail seem to you as the House
Beautiful at your journey end.
Treatment of a Friend. If you
have a friend who loves you, and who has
studied your interest and happiness, be
sure to sustain him in adversity. Let
him feel that his former kindness is ap
preciated, and that hi love was not
The Sick Room.
When there is a sick person in the
house the rest of the family should be
careful to retire early at night, and to
avoid all noise and confusion as much as
possible. No more people should be in
a sick room, when the patient is weak
and nervous, than is absolutely necessary
to take care of him or her. It injures a
sick person very materially to use his
mom tor the common suungroom, wuere
all sorts of things are talked over and
tliscussed, and newspapers are read until
late in the evening. Even if the patient
is not sleepy he may become so by kec
ing iHfrfwtly quiet and giving his nerves a
chance to become composed.
Remarks on an invalid'- diet, dispar
aging it, should be avoided. Don't say,
"I know I could not eat such stuff,"
"Bah! such dish-washy victuals!' or any
such remarks. If the patient's appetite
is gtd and he eats a great deal, and
some diseases demand it, do not seem to
notice it. When people are sick and ner
vous it is easy to plague and annoy them.
All dis agreeable topics should therefore
be carefully avoided. Doors should not
be slammed nor stoves rattled. Heavy
walking, loud noises, or too sudden antl
startling movements are very injurious.
Respect their wishes, when it can do
them 110 injury ; an easy mind is as gtiod
as medicine. Often, if patients are given
what they wish it will do them a great
deal of gotnl. The appetite craves what
the system needs. Sometimes, of course,
it woultl not do, but as a general rule it
is a good plan. I have known cases
where ihi patient cr..T.d old water, and
whin given it would work wonders,
doing great good. It used to be con
sidered dangerous to give any one milk
when he had a fever, but now it is rec
ommended. A Perfect IIstess.
The art of entertaining comnanv suc
cessfully is well worth cultivating, aud
should engross much of the attention of
The i)leaures of society depend more
upon females than others.
Gentlemen exoect to be entertained:
children are out of the question, antl.
therefore, it rests up on women wnai so
ciety should le.
The pleasure of an evening's enter
tainment, therefore, is graduated by the
capacity of the hostess to interest her
visitor in eacli oilier, aim dihkc ineni
for-ret their own identity, or to Imj lost in
the effort to make every one at ease.
That is the great secret of true en
Some ladies will enter aurawing-rtnim
or a social circle, where every person's
neighbor appears like an icelierg. and the
iitmosohere is chilly and constrained.
and by their genial nature and well-timed
playfulness, throw sunshine ami warmtii
all over the room, till all commingle in
that easy vet dignified cordiality that ever
characterizes true gentility.
As a buly aptly expressed it, the host
ess is the key-note, and upon tier depends
the concord of sweet sounds aud their
lour truly elegant woman is naiurauy
an excellent hostess, ami contrives to sur
round her guests with her own "atmos
Beep Fillets with Vegetables.
Cut some rump-steak in slices half an
inch thick; trim them all to the same size,
in the shape of cutlets, and lard them
finely and thickly with tat bacon. L.ay
them out. the larded side uppermost, Into
a bakiug-dish, and put in as much rich
stock or gravy as will come up to, but
not cover the larding. Cover tne uisii,
and place it in the oven to braise gently
for half an hour; then remove me cover,
baste the tiiUts with the gravy, and let
them remain uncovered in the oven, for
the larding to take color. Take equal
quantities of carrots and turnips, cut iuto
the shape of small olives; parboil them,
then toss them iu butter, separately, uutil
done. Melt a piece of butter in a sauce
pan, add a little flour, mix well, aud put
in as much of the gravy iu which the
fillets have leen braized, as will make
enough sauce. Stir well, add the vege
tables, and when hot, arrange them on a
dish with the fillets, and serve.
Boiled Fowls with Onion Sauce.
Place a couple of fowls trussed for boil-
ing, with an onion ana a piece oi uuuer
inside each, into a sauce-pan, with suf
ticient water and three ounces of butter.
a couple of carrots, a bundle oi sweet
herbs (parsley, thyme and celery,) whole
pepper and salt to taste. Let them boil
itlnwlv till done: about one hour. Serve
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with the sauce over them, huh a circle oi
Brussels sprouts, plainly ooiiea in saiteu
water, round them.
Heakt Disease. To the question,
u-hfthnr there is anything that will
cure heart disease, the Science of Health
answers: It can be cured in its cany
stage, by the adoption of a rigidly hy-
gieuic regimen. in its later stages, it 1
incurable. Jiut niue-teuins oi me cases
of supposed heart disease are merely de
raiiriMiieiits of the digestive organs, pio-
ducing palpitation, throbbing, intermis
sions, aud otlier lorms oi auuormai pui
To Cleax Silk. Take a quarter of a
pound of soft soap, a teasjtooul'ul of
brandy, and a pint ot gin; mix all well
together, and strain through a cloth.
With a siMtuge or flannel spread the mix
ture on each side of the silk without
erasing it; wash it in two or three waters,
and iron it on the wrong side; it will
look as gotxl as new, and the process will
not injure silks of even the most delicate
HoiiiXT Muffins. Take two cups of
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uuo uuuiiuj lm i leu uiu vuiu, ueai u
smooth; stir in three cups or sour milk.
fuls of salt, and two tablespoonfuls of
ft . Sft-te.a kb
wnue sugar; tnen add tnree eggs wen
lwAten nn lihlaarvmnful tt uub lSa-
solved in hot water, and one large cup of
flour; bake quickly.
To remove paint splashed upon wio-
uow panes, use a not solution oi soaa ana
a son oannel.
Radicalism in France.
The Paris correspondent of the New
York Timet says: For some reason or
other the French Radicals have got it into
their beads that infidelity must be a part
or their political creed, and they rarely
lose an opportunity of showing contempt
for religion. This is the tradition of
1793, when nearly everything sacred was
abolished by decrees issued in the name
of the Committees of Public Safety. A
few days after the appearance of one of
these decrees a rrench nobleman was
summoned before one of the tribunals or
ganized by this famous committee. He
found a man sitting upon the IkmicIi with
his hat upon his head. "What's thy
name?" he brusquely asked. "Le Mar
quis de St. Croix !' "But there are -n
more titles in France!' "Very well,"
was the reply, "Monsieur de St. Croix."
"The term citizen has replaced the word
Monsieur. "An I my name then is de
St. Croix." "But the particle de has also
been abolished." "Hum! Saint Croix."
"There are no more saints." "As you
please, then my name is Croix." "That
is equally forbidden as a symbol of the
ealotint!" "Ja foi, citizen," cried the
Marquis in despair, "then call me w hat
ever you please." "Under the Republic
we have equality, antl the second person
(thou) is mutually used." M. de Saint
Croix said no more and "theed" and
"thoud" the citizen-judge in his replies.
The latter had been put in such good hu
mor by the pleasure he found iu picking
up the Marquis in this way that he let
him off easily. M. de Saint-Croix started
off at once for the frontier, and notes that
his eyes fell on the words "e$uyca tot
pied," upon the door, which was a use
of the third erson that had been forbid
den. The men Of this day would carry
things quite as far as this if they had the
Kwer, and nothing can make them see
any sort of reason in the idea of respect
tor God and religion under a republic.
Rattlesnake and their Bites.
In the course of some notes on the rat
tlesnake, published in Forett and Stream.
Dr. S. W. Bailey, of Albany, asserts that
this serpent is the most sluggish of the
snake family. It never strikes unless iu
self-defense, excepting just before and
after its winter sleep. Of course, the rat
tlesnake's idea of self-detense is rather
broad. Thus, if a person step upon it by
the purest accident the snake will make
no allowance, but strikes the intruder on
the t pot. To strike, however, it must le
in close coil, with its head erect. It H ca
llable of springing only a little more thsn
half its length, unless it be by lying on
an inclined plane; then, by supporting
itself entirely on its tail, it can spring
much farther. IIr attack the rattle-
snake with impunity, the effect of the
ixuson being probably neutralized by a
thick layer of adipose tissue. Dr. Bailey
is able to contradict, irom lus own ex
perieuce, the statement that serpents do
not move about at night; he has often,
when riding by moonlight, seen them
gliding through the grass. The author
ays that wl.eu the venom of a tereiit
has eutered the circulation, all remedies
are unavailing. He has seen a freshly-
killed chicken split open and applied to a
wound with good results. Iu such cases
the flesh of the chicken turns green aud
putrid where it comes in contact with the
virus. Ihe most certain remedy. How
ever, is whisky or brandy used in large
quantities say a quart immediately.
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intoxication is noicxuioiicu uiiin me poi
son has been counteracted. Sweet oi l,ta ken
in doses of several ounces, is also effect
ual. Sportsmen, camping iu Texas are
accustomed, after pitching their tent, to
spread arouud it a hair lariat. The short
hairs irritate the snake s belly as ne at
tempts to cross the lai iat, and he retreats.
A correspondent of the Cleveland
Leader says: lie was traveling with his
party in the Isle of ight. Their guide
wasextremely attcntive,shovving with true
insular pride the mansions of various
noblemen, with their splendid grounds,
and dwelling with particular emphasi
unon the numlier of retainers kept by
each. At last coming suddenly upon a
picturesque cotage, whoseclimhing vines
aud nicely-kept lawn proclaimed the taste
of its owners, the visitors inquired who he
might be. "Only a very plain country
geutlemau, sir, as comes down 'ere now
and then, and lives very quiet-like; no
body you would know anything alout,
sir. I believe "is name is Tennyson !" and
the cicerone was hurrying on.
"Tennyson's cottage! O, stop! wc
must have a look!" chorussed the lady
travelers. The carriage was stopped, but
the driver was utterly unable to compre
hend the sudden interest.
"Mayhap you know him ?"he siid, in
terrogatively, and his ignorance was so
delicious that the ladies delighted them
selves by drawing him out. They de
clared they had heard of Mr. Tennyson in
distant America, and insisted that he, who
lived so near, must know something alxiut
him. "He may be sum mat up in Lun
nun, but down 'ere, sir, he makes noshow
at all, sir; he lives mostly alone." Then,
as if to stamp 3Ir. Tennyson's utter in
significance, he added: "lie keeps only
one man, sir, and he sleeps out of the
'ouse." Such is fame !
Goodness and Wickedness. If there
is one lesson which history and revelation
unite in teaching, it is thi that good
ness and wickedness ever have been, and,
as long as the world lasts, ever will be.
mixed up in this state of our existence
that social progress ana civilization will
never make goodness universal, eradicate
vice, or bring the flesh into final subjec
tion to the spirit. They teach also like a
"voice forever sounding across the cen
turies the laws of right and wrong. Opin
ions alter, manners change, creeds rise
and fall, but thb moral law is written on
the tablets of eternity. For every
word or unrighteous deed, for cruelty or
oppression, for lust or vanity, the price
has to be paid at last, not always by the
chief offenders, but paid by some one."
Kxep yourself innocent if you would
Reminiscences of Lord Lytton.
A writer in Belgravia says Lord Lyt
ton asked me to come home with him to
the Queen's Hotel at Hastings, where he
was staying, and dine. He was without
any umbrella, the rain fell In torrents,
ami I covered him as well a I could with
mine. I found he occupied apartments
on the ground floor at the hotel. They
seemed in a sad state of confusion. The
floor was strewn with a litter of Ixxiks
and papcr, and copiously sprinkled with
Turkish tobacco, an odor id which Jer
vaded the air. The table was laid with
covers for three, but only myself and the
host sat down. He ate, I observed, spar
ingly, ami drank nothing but water with
a dash of sherry in It.
In the evening, as I was taking my de
parture, I came upon the German waiter
who had attended at table, and hinted
that the rooms might be kept iu a little
"Bless vou. fcir." said the kellner, "the
place h is not leeti swept or tluted for a
fortnight; that gent is outrageous like if
a btok or paiier is touched. The mana
ger wants to get hi in away; but he has
taken the rooms for a month, ami won t
'o; and he is such good pay that our
governor don't like to disoblige him."
"Waiter," I said, sternly, "do you know
what that 'ere gent,' as you call htm, is?"
" l iz sir no sir," replied the waiter, in
a breath, puzzled by the solemnity of my
"That is Lord Lytton," I said, "the
greatest man in all England. If you see
much of him, and note down carefully
what he docs ami what he says, you may
become a second Bos well."
"Lor, sir," said the waiter, "you don't
say so! Our mausger think this gent l
cracked; he goes out 5n all the weathers
without any great coat, and won't even
take an umbrella; then he never examines
his bills, but scribble off a check on any
scrap of paper that comes to hand. It
was only the day before yesterday that
lKr woman came with one of them bits
of paper. She said the outlandish-looking
gent w ho lived in our house had given
it to her, and she did not know what to
tlo with It, He had come into her cabin
to light bis pipe, while her husband, a
oor fisherman who was drowned in Ihe
last gale, lay there dead. He wrote it
on the back of an old letter, ami said he
hojK'd it would do her good, YoU can't
think of the poor creature's surprise when
I brought her back ten sovereigns which
the manager gave me when he saw the
p tH-r. Surely, sir, the gent r-.auuot be all
IV lit here;" and the waiter ig(iiliciutly
touched his forehead.
How the Oyster Builds II U Shell.
Mr. Frank Bucklaiid, who conveys In
struction more agreeably than any natur
alist of the day, thus explains the man
ner in which the oyter builds Ids shell.
The body of an oyster is a poor, weak
thing, apparently incapable of doing
anything at all. Yet what a in ti veloui.
house an oyster builds around his deli
cate frame. When an oyster is firt Imrn
he is a very simple, delicate dot, us it
were, and yet lie Is born with Ids two
shells upou him. For some unknown
reason he always fixes hunselt on Ins
round shell, never by his flat shell, ami
lieing once fixed he logins to grow but
he only grows in summer. Inspect an
oyster shell closely, ami it will be seen
that it Is marked with distinct lines. As
the rings wc observe in the section of the
trunk of a tree denote years of growth,
so tlo the markings on an oyster tell u
how many yer he has passed In his
"bed" at the lottom of the sea.
Suppose the oyster under inspection
was born June 15, 1870, he would go on
growing up to the first line we see well
marked; he would then stop for the win
ter. In summer, 1871, he would more
than double his size. Iu 1872 he would
again add to his house. In 1873 ami
1874 he would again go on building, till
he was dredged up in Ihe mid lie of his
work in 18..); so that he is plainly five
ami a half years old.
The way in which an oyster grows bis
shell is a pretty sight. I have watched
it frequently. Ihe beard ot an oyster
is not ouly his breathing organ, i. t.t his
lungs, but al?o his feeding organ, by
which be conveys the food to his compli
cated mouth with its four lips. Wneu
the warm, calm Iays of June come, the
oyster iqieus his shell, and by means of
his beard beghi building an additional
story to his house. This he docs by do-
f xiting very, very line particles oi car
lonate of lime, till at last they form a
substance as thiu as silver paper, and ex
ceedingly fragile. Then ho adds more
and more, till at last the new shell is ms
ban! as the old shell. When oysters are
growing their shells they mut be handled
very carefully, as the new growth or shell
will cut like broken glass, and a wound
on the finger from an oyster shell is often
One of the Iowa courts is trying to in
terest itself in a lawsuit brought by a
lady against a widower for services ren
dered iu endeavoring to secure the wid
ower a second wife. The plaintiff claims
that the defendant agreed to give her 2(l
worth of the best shoes she ever wore if
she would act as "mutual friend" and in
troduce him to a certain widow with
whose real and (icrsonal property he had
become charmed. The defendant admit
ted that the shoes had been promised, but
insists that they were only to be supplied
in the event of his marrying the widow;
and as the latter utterly declined his pro
posals he considered the shoe contract
annulled. The court has not yet decided
the knotty point.
Wisdom. He who thinks no man
above him but for his vice, can never be
obsequious or assuming in a wrong place,
but will frequently emulate men iu sta
tions below him, and pity those nominal
ly over his head.
The House of Representative's Com
mittee on Patents has reoorted airainst
granting an extension of a certain sewing
machine patent. It has been the con
tinuance of this patent that baa kept the
price of machines to high.
A gentleman of wealth and position
in London had, some years ago, a coun
try house and farm about sixty miles
from the metropolis. At this country
residence he kept a number of dogs, aud
among them a very large mastiff aud a
Scotch terrier; and at the close of one of
his summer residences in the country,
he resolved to bring this terrier with
him to Loudou for the winter season.
There being no railway to that particular
part of the country, the dog travelled
with the servants In a post-carriage, and
on his arrival ut the town-house was
brought out to the stable, where a largo
Newfoundland dog was kept as a watch
log. This latter individual looked with
anything but pleasure on the arrival of
the little intruder from the country; and
consequently the Scotch terrier had not
iK'en very long in his now home when
this canine master of the rtshle attacked
him, and in the lungUHgo of human be
ings, gave him a sound thrashing. The
little animal could, of course, never hope
by himself to chastise his hot for this
inhospitable welcome, but he determined
that by somo agency cliatiscmeut should
come. Accordingly, ho lay very quiet
that night in a remote corner of tho
stable, but when morning had fully
shone forth, lie win nowhere to be found.
Search was made for him, as the phrase
goes, high and low, but without success,
aud the conclusion reluctantly arrived at
was, that he had been stolen. Uu the
third morning after hi disappearance,
however, he again showed himself iu
London, but this time not alone; for, to
the nuiiizuinetit of every one, ho cote red
Ihe stable attended by tho big niastlll
from Kent. This great brute had no
sooner arrived than he flew at the New
foundland dog, who had sobadiy treated
his little terrier filetid, am a seveie con
tet ensued, which the little teriier him
self, seated at a short distance, viewed
with the utmost dignity and satisfaction,
The result of tho battle was, that tho
mastiff came off the conqueror, and gavo
his opponent a tremendous beating.
When he had quite satisfied himself as to
the result, this great avenger from Kent
tcarcel waited to receive the recognition
of his master, who had been sent for
immediately on the dog's arrival, but at
once marched out of tho stable, to tho
door of which tho little terrier accom
panied him, and was seen no more.
Some few days afterward, however, the
gentleman received a letter fVom Ills
Ktewartl in tho countiy In form Ing him of
the sudden appearsnce of tho terrier
there, ami his us sudden disappearance
along with tho large mastiff; aud stating
that the latter hail remained away three
or four days, during which they had
scan lied in vain for him, but had just
then it-turned home again. It then, of
course, hecdine quite clear that the little
log, limling hiui-clf unable to puuUh
the town buily, hail thought tif his "big
brother" iu the country, ami travelled
over the sixty miles which separated
thcin, iu order to gain his Msititiicc, him!
had recounted to him his grievance; It
was plain also that the m i -till' had con
rented to coini! and avengx his old friend,
had travelled with him to Loudon, mid
having fulfilled his promise, had returned
home leaving the little fellow free from
annoyance for the future.
Shoes and Sermons. A story Is told
of an old D-ike of Lee. Is, we think, in
the early part of the reign of George III.
One morning he was wild his cluplaiu uud
his ti lend, Dr. Mousey, soon after break. .
fast iu his library, when Mr. Walkdeti of
rail Mall, his Grace's shoemaker, was
intrtHiuccd with a new pair of shoes,
which he was to fit on his Grace. The
hhocinaker was a great favorite of the
Duke. "What have you there, Walk
tlcii (" said he to him. "The pair of shoes
for your Grace," he it plied. "Let me
see them." They were handed to him
accordingly. Tho chaplain took up one,
examined it with great attention. "What
is the price!" asked the chaplain. "Hilf
a guinea, sir," sahl tho shoemaker. "Half
a guinea! What, for a pair of shoes?"
stid tho chaplain; "why, I could go to
Cranburue Alley aud buy a better pair
of shoes th iu they ever were or ever will
be, for live and sixpence." Ho then
threw the shoe to the other end of the
room. Walkdcu threw the other after it,
saying, "As they were fellows, they had
better go together," at tho same time
saying to the chaplain: "Sir, I cau go
to n stall in Moordelds and buy a better
ftcrtiiou for twopence than the Duke gives
you a guinea for." Tho Duku clapped
Walkdeu on tho shoulder, saylug, "Well
done, Walkdeu, that's capitally said;
make me htll'-a-d iz -n pairs of these
shoe directly." Lfitur Hour,
Ciiinesk Puovehus. Prosperity is a
blessing to tho gotxl, but a curse to the
Better be upright with poverty than
wicked with plenty.
If you love votir son give him plenty
of the cudgel; if you hute him, cram him
A word once spoken, a dozen horses
cannot overtake it and bring it back.
They who respect themselves will be
honored; but they who tlo not cure about
their character will bo despised.
When doing what is right the heart Is
easy, and becomes better every day; but
when practUing deceit tho miud labors,
aud every day gets worse.
Good Luck. Some young men talk
alwut luck. Good luck Is to get up at
six o'clock in the morning; good luck,
if you have only a shilling a week, is to
live upon eleven pence and save a penny;
good trek is to trouble your head with
your own business, and let your neigh
bors alone; good luck is to fulfill the
commandments, and to do unto other
people as we wish them to do unto
us. They must not only work, but
wait. They must plod and persevere.
Pennies must be taken care of, because
they are the seeds of guineas. To
get on in the world, they must take
care of home, sweep their vwn doorways
clean, try to help other, people, avoid
testation, and bare faith in truth and