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"Written for the Xew Korthwest.
Cpou the Scene ofn Battle-Held.
BY STEP11 KS MATHEU.
I stand amidst a field of warine craln,
Where armies met aud,lherc were thousands
Here host met host with war's dread armament,
And slaughter echoes shook the continent;
If ere tbelioarse cannon's mouth -with naming
Hpat death, and ruin oe'r rbo valley rung;
Here came the charge, and there stood Uie de
And death gave death In deadly recompense;
To yonder hBl, now crowned with nodding
Through blinding flash and Are, n "hope for
The soldiers nwhed-ah, rushed Into a hell!
And where I stand kVlKilc battalion roll.
And lay, the dying hurled 'neath the slain,
Beseeching, praying, calling help In vain,
Till fainter, lower came the sinking breath,
Till all was quiet, hushed, for nil was death.
Yet o'er this scene proline Peace now smiles,
Her golden seas of plenty bloom for miles.
The world is sick of drums and generals,
And swords and guns and wholesale funerals.
Man, come acknowledge, arc ye man or brute:
If brute, continue still In war's pursuit.
If man, let man's Intelligence hold sway;
Stand forth In the broad light of reason's day;
Rise in the great image thou wast made,
And sheath forever war's degrading blade.
Yes, sheath the sword the sword that poets
That hirelings swear by to defend their king;
The sacred sword the scarred veteran's pride
The ornament that dangles by the side;
The sacred sword ambition's carving tool,
That hangs so well upon the plumed fool;
This harmless toy, forsooth, to butcher man;
This pretty relic, used 'fore sense began;
From first to last, o'er history's red page,
The argument of DcsiotUm's rage.
ELLEN DOWD, THE PABMER'S WIFE,
Entered, according to the Act of Congress, In
the year 1S72, by Mrs. A. J. Dunlway, in the Of-
fiee of the Librarian of Congress at Washington
Fnr.c Speecit, FuEfiTnissr,- Flint: ITople.
J? OTiTXi-iYlVD , OKEGOIT,', J?TRIIA.Y, jSJPIITL. 19, 18rS.
Ziek Hamilton's heart was touched
Never before had he been frightened
about the precarious state of Sarah's
health. And now, as he stood bending
over her, with a look of intense solici
tude changing every lineament of his
fishy features into an expression of con
cern and tenderness, the long dormant
better side of his humanity was roused,
and he called her by the old girl name
in soothing, gentle tones.
Then, turning to one of the barefoot,
uncouth brood of sun-browned, sturdy
boys, he directed him to go for Aunt
Betsey, Ellen and her husband, and
send Jacob Graham to the village for
The setting sun was tipping the ma
ple forest with a tinge of splendor, light
ing up the fleecy cloudlets in the eastern
sky and shedding a pale halo of glory
over lawns and cornfields.
Ellen Dowd, arousing from her stu
por, sat in an easy chair beside Aunt
Betsey's window, toying with her trans
parent liands and drinking in the quiet
beauty of the rural scenes, when her
nephew arrived, all breathless from his
liaste, and proclaimed the news of Sarah
Hamilton's sudden hemorrhage.
"I thank Thee, oh my God!" said El
len, fervently. .
Her husband knelt at her feet, as
"Ellen, darling, are you crazy?"
"Crazy, Peter? Xbf I am happy to
realize that my poor, enslaved sister
stands with her blistered feet upon the
portal of eternal freedom; that the dom
ination of her stupid master will soon
cease forever, and that the carking cares
of life are left behind her. ' Let us go to
her," and starting up with renewed
strength and vigor she liegan to make
preparation for the short journey to her
Jacob Graham's two-horse wagon was
placed at their disposal, and Aunt Bet
sey, Peter, Ellen and the nephew de
parted for poor Sarah's home, while Un
cle Jacob, mounting another Horse, rode
oil in quest of Dr. Goff.
Ellen continued in a placid, fervent,
hopeful mood, and yielding herself to
old time memories, gazed with abstrae
tion upon every object along the shaded
road with which, in her early childhood
she had been' familiar.
Crossing the ford below the foot-log,
they came out In full view of the ncg
lected graves of Ellen's parents and
the tumbling down old cabin home
where she liad, for the lirst time, opened
her wondering eyes upon the flickering,
uncertain light of a primitive saucer
lamp and gazed upon the most squalid
poverty which-the mature imagination
The moon had risen, and was casting
a pale glory over the sloping landscape.
The maple tree that stood near the
rough chimney, which was the object of
Ellen's particular veneration in her
childhood, had acquired much increased
proportions; and as it spread its emerald
foliage In the mild spring air, casting
Hiiauows of blackness upon the sward
below, and throwing grotesque figures
upon.ine moss-grown roof of the cabin,
irom wuicu a screech owl Bent forth
warning notes, she fervently exclaimed,
sympathy with Ellen's peculiar views.
He was Intensely practical m air ms no
tions, and really feared that his wife's
wits were deserting her.
Soon the outline of Zlek Hamilton's
cabin, with its ragged rail fence, dotted
with groups of unkempt children, gaz
ing anxiously up the highway, appeared
in the limpid moonlight.
The cabin was as still as death, except
tliat, as tbey entered, the feeble walling
of a fretful infant of six months struck
upon Ellen's soul like the wlcrd notes of
a funeral dirge.
A tallow caudle shed a sickly light
through the shabby room; and sitting
beside the. bed, whereon the scarcely
breathing form of the half conscious
sufTerer lay, sat poor Zlek Hamilton, a
sad victim of his own false notions of
life, himself at last reaping the bitter
reward of his own mistakes in his pros
Aunt Betsey, with a motherly solici
tude for suffering infancy, which her
fast increasing infirmity in no way di
minished, went quietly to the cradle
and began cooing softly to the walling
Ellen, speechless with contending
emotions, took a seat beside the bed
head and planted a fervent kiss upon
her dying sister's brow, as she lay
breathing audibly, whllo at short inter
vals her gurgling life blood came froth
ing from her throat.
Sarah, evidently with muoh ctTort,
aroused herself to consciousness.
"Sister," she whispered, "you are just
in time. I've lain here for many weary
weeks, wondering if you wouldn't come
and be a mother to my babes. I'm ready
to die now. But remember what I tell
you, darling don't you ever get mar
A deep blush suffused poor Ellen's
face, and bending over her sister she
whispered, half audibly, "Your admoni
tion comes too late, my darling. I am
married already, but I will do my best
for you and yours."
"Hope is dead, then, sister, for a wife
has no right to life, liberty or happiness
unless her husband wills it. What
made you get married, dear?"
"I was compelled to marry; but don't
worry about me. All will soon bo well
with us. Have you any message to be
queath to your children?"
"I have a sort of diary. ou will find
it under the pillow. I have written it
at intervals during many years. If it
contains anything which you think the
world would be the better or wiser for
seeing, you may do with it as seems
best to you. At any Tate, show it to
my daughters as they grow older."
Several moments of exhaustion fol-
lowed, and the patient sufferer again
opened her eyes.
"Aunt Betsey, are you here?"
The good old woman tottered forward,
bearing the now quiet infant in her
"Wliat d'ye want, honey?" she asked,
'I want to thank you for your love,
Aunt Betsey. If it hadn't been for you
should have died long ago. You've
been my more than mother. Help El
len to take care of my poor children,
Aunt Betsey did not answer, but
clasping the dying woman's hand, she
sat beside her, the image of despair.
Soon Uncle Jacob came In sight, ac
companied by Dr. Goff. The bevy of
hounds, that had been absent ou a hunt
when the other friends arrived, were
now at home, and rushing out pell-mell
upon the new comers, made a din and
racket that jarred discordantly. on the
air In the death chamber.
"I'm glad I'll soon be out of hearing
of those hounds," whispered Sarah
"Tlinv'vn nnnnvixl mo all niV life."
Zlek Hamilton aroused himself from
his apparent lethargy and, going out,
commanded the beasts to be quiet. But
to Ellen the bay of a hound never after
lost its sad remembrances.
Dr. Goff looked inquiringly at Elleu,
somewhat contemptuously, at her hus
band, and anxiously at tho closed eyes
and pallid lips of the dying woman.
'Mrs. Hamilton, Sarah, do you know
"Yes, Doctor. I thank you for com
ing to sco me die," aud a sweet smile
lit up her emaciated features and played
over lueni like a dream of ecstacy.
"Can I do anything for you?"
"Yes, you can promiso me to come
sometimes to visit Ellen and Ziek and
the children. That's all. I don't suffer
After tliis the dying woman gradually
sunk away into complete unconscious
ness. Throughout the long hours of the
night she lay breathing tranquilly,
while her large family of ten children
were sleeping like litters of pigs, upon
piles of bedding .in the cabin loft, and
Ellcn.Dowu was caimiy reposing by Her
sister's side, with all the others keeping
My eyes have seen the full fruition of silent viciL
long cherished dreams. I have lived Morning, with her bright spring sun
long enough! Dear Aunt Betsev. let shine and clear, limpid air, arose upon
"Why, honey, whoever heard of such
a thing? Die, indeed, when your poor
sister is at the p'lnt o' death, an' you
the only blood relation, 'cept old Zlek
to look after the house full of young
ones. You have more to live for than
anybody, else I know of."
the earth. Just as Uie slanting sun
beams entered the low, patched window
panes and kissed the sunken cheeks of
the unconscious sutierer, ner spirit iook
"its fiicht, leaving the rent body rigid
and motionless, yet beautuui even in
its total wreck of health and vigor.
faculties were wen
The horses were urged onward by Pe- nigh paralyzed. Ellen, who had tern
tor Dowd, who, in his anxiety to reach porarilv fortrotteu her morbid interest
the scene of suffering, evidently felt no in herself at sight of so much other suf
fering, was busy In needed preparation
for the coming burial. Much as Ziek
had loved to boast about his capabilities
as a "provider," his family were in rags
from the least to the largest; and, al
though it never could have been said
that they had gone hungry, certain it
was that their lack of comfortable sur
roundings was pitiably palpable.
I will not linger over the sad burial
rites. A grave, containing one of the
Dowd sisters, who had departed during
Ellen's absence, had for a number of
years kept watch and ward beside the
remains of her parents. And next to
this another grave was made, where the
remains of the poor eldest bom, another
victim of life's sin and Ignorance, was
lain away beside her sister's form to
sleep the last long sleep.
Peter Dowd and Zlek Hamilton turned
together from the band of mourners at
the newly hcaped-up mound which
marked poor Sarah's resting place, and
slowly walked away.
"Ziek," said Peter, "it occurs to me
that your idea of 'toughening1 women,
as you term it, has been a failure in the
case of your wife. Don't you believe it
would have been better for you both jf
her married lot had been a little easier?"
"Oil," Replied Ziek, swallowing away
at a great lump in his throat, thatwa3
trying its best to choke him, "all that
any woman needs Is clothes and vict
uals. It would have been well enough
with her if she hadn't always been
a-frettiu'. But I do believe she fussed
and fretted till, when sho made up her
mind to quit it, it jest killed her to give
it up. I do wish now that I had never
growled about it, for a peevish wife is
better than uouc, especially if you've a
houseful o' younguns to care for. It's
true the oldest girls arc much older to
day than her mother was when I mar
ried her, but they hain't got her faculty
never liad. It's a comfort that Elleu's
here, though ; and if you don't miud
tho fret and worn', aud will join with
me in buyiu' this piece o' laud, that be
longed to Government in the early days
o' Peter Dowd it's for sale at a bargain
now, two hundred acres, two-thirds
prairie I shouldn't wonder if we'd get
along." , j
Peter Dowd the younger liked the
plan. It had but ono drawback he had
not sufficient means to buy the land
which had been the hunting ground of
his father-in-law, but if he could make
one payment, and buy a little stock, he
could manage the rest.
The two men talked this matter over
in their lonely homeward walk, and did
not read. Zlek's cabin until after Ellen,
with the children, had been long left
alone by the Goffs and Grahams to en
dure the desolation of her own sad heart.
She had been assisted by the weeping
girls and dear Aunt Betsey in putting
the disordered room to rights. The bed
upon which her weary sister had been
slowly dying for weeks was placed upon
a scaffold In tho yard and the bedclothes
put to soak in a barrel.
A dinner was got of boiled pork and
dodgers, which Ellen's weak stomach
loathed, but to which the hair a score
of hearty young Hamiltons betook
themselves with a keen relish, despite
their great bereavement. Ellen ate
what little she could in silence, and
tired, discouraged and sick, she dropped
her weary form into an uncouth chair,
and taking up her sister's baby, tried to
sing him to sleep. Hersobs choked her
utterance. Her head-ache was terrible,
and her heart-ache worst of all.
The brothers-in-law entered the cabin
together and called for dinner, which
was re-served for them by the eldest
girl of the family, a stolid, phlegmatic,
overgrown and ignorant creature, who
partook of few of her mother's natural
Peter Dowd addressed his wife in tones
of tenderness. The scenes of poverty,
bercavemeut and wretchedness which
he liad witnessed had aroused his better
nature, and the thought that his own
frail wife might also droop under tho
liardshlps of frontier life and mother
hood, stirred him with emmlons of pro
tection and motives of maulluess. Had
he possessed the love of Ellen all might
from that moment have gone well with
her. But at the best she could but pas
sively receive his affection, withoutevcu
appreciating or reciprocating it
No woman can commit a greater
wrong upon herself, her husbaud or her
children than the self-stultication of
marrying without a feeling of self-de
nying and all-cotisumiug affection for
the man to whom she pledges and perils
her life for better or for worse.
Dinner being over, Peter Dowd asked
Elieh to give tiic baby up to the chargo
of Its father and take a walk with him
Passively and listlessly she obeyed, and
they rambled out together to the foot of
a prostrate, bark-shorn elm and sat
down upon its weather-bleached bod y
"Wife," said Peter, tenderly, "it will
avail you nothing to give way to grief
"I am not grieving, Peter. I wish I
was lying besido my sister that's all."
"There's no use Jn your indulging in
vain wishes. Ellen. Tho old home of
your childhood is for sale, for a fraction
over Governmcntprices. If you will be
to me the true and dutiful wife that I
have a right to expect you to be, I will
try to purchase this land, by making a
I small advance payment aud the balance
(From tho K. F. Chronicle.!
in installments as I can earn the
"I'd like to know how you're going The long routine of the week's work
to earn a living there. Perhaps, how- is over, and the weary hands and brain
ever, as you've learned front r
clous brother-in-law hrw to 'break In' an ref.t , the cesi,atlon at evening.
unruly wife, you'll provide for me after The markets are crowded the dealers
the Hamilton style," was the sarcastic arc reaping a rich harvest in supplying
i?,w t the material for the Sunday dinner-ta-
rejolnder, I . , fh , Snrinir violets from the
mi. 1 1..1 1 .. Til-,, i J 1. .1,1 -"I : V ... ,
"iuumu'i. juii i" me um nowcr stands are in tiemanu to ureatue
"Then it's settled."
"But how are wc to live?"
"I will work." l
"Peter, see here!" and Ellen produced
the roll of bills, tho gift of good old
Aunty Harris, of thc'D'Arcy estate, and
unfolded them before his eyes. "Here
is money to build me a cabin home and
stock the farm. You may manage to
pay fqr the land. I will buy some cows
and sheep and chickens, a horse nnd
wagon, and housekeeping outfit. I am
resolved to bo acquisitive and ambi
tious. Your determination inspires
"And I am resolved to grow rich and
powerful," was Peter Dowd's reply.
Reader, are the richest families the
happiest ones? Wo shall see.
(To be continued.)
of the sweet country in those city homes.
The calm of tho Saturday night is an
old theme and witliai a strange period
of contradiction. For though while
some are drinking in the peace of the
fireside, tho cellar and the drinking sa
loon are also the seeues of orgies and
There are so many loveless lives; so
much of driftwood and so little of home
attractions; so many havenless vessels
and so few strong anchors of domestic
affections in tills feverish city, that the
boil and bubble of dissipation fs Kept
Passing into tho lighted streets and
taking up our position In the shadow of
adoorway theotherevening, wc watched
the stream go by us and wove links and
fancies round eacli action of the current.
The first wc chose was a tall
With a slngularly'placid expression, at
tired in a shabby genteel costume, nnd
with an nir and carriage that sutrcested
at once Thackeray's Colonel Newcomb.
lie was evidently a widower orauoiu
bachelor. Did a woman's hand hover
over his household, that rent in the coat
sleeve and that frayed collar would never
uc a blot on tile venerable garment.
The old gentleman, after a long stare at
a comfortable overcoat lu a tailors win
dow, turned with a sigh to the shelter
of a friendly awning, for the rain began
to full heavily. Takinira cigarette from
his pocket, he rolled it carefully, and
aud am of tho opinion that the lady is alter many eiiortswitii a damp matcii
i. ....:.tn i ..i. ,rc no succeeded in ntriimur it.
uuiui; 11 ui ui i tuuaiuciiiuii; luiiuuvi; 111- T ... 1 1 i .. 1 . . . " i
. .. , ... , . , . I Immediately wo wove a warn and
justice to ucrseii because sue is unjust i woofof Southern life around hitu, saw
to others; unjust to those true, noblc-hiui dallying with pine apples in shaded
hearted, self-sacrificing women who porches on sultry afternoons and sip
have had the hardihood to spsak out in Png silcrbct3 from silver goblets,
imuiuv UUuu i i . , Jointly ruined by a Mexican revolution
ui:it;ii:u nun jusiiiuauun ui j oui... or Ju U1) "jate janicntcu futriciuai."
women as Mrs. Miller herself; unjust to That neat turn of the liimers was neve
herself because she ignores the only learned under a northern sky. Ho cx
, , , i t i .1 i lamincd his memorandum book for a
feasible remedy to right the wrongs sho ....... i 11 ..t. . ,. ui,f
complains of; unjust to herself because U passing car and is gone, leaving ids
in ignoring the elective franchise in history u book to us under the doorway
liio woman nuestion iu her lecture, she -pen aiM ono ti at migui uu m u uck
I no i aL'.a ItYAil nrrnr mn
attempts to play Hamlet with Hamlet from a waltin-f friend.
left out. Why it Is she cannot seo that A newsboy shouting his full accounts
equality before the law is the ono thing of the horribio something or other, a
needed to right all the wrongs she sets ,VaiiwVI,axTC,Ufl,r,bf?IS?',n
, ., , .. T f ,, ... young clerk clapper, and others shel-
forth is more than I can tell, and I iprpt i.pnti, nKiik i mlirllnpnlv. nd
would make this suggestion for her ben- we wonder how many will be received
efit, that she so amendjicr lecture as io comfortable homes: and how many
to Innhido tin. irhnle wnm.ni nnosf inn. " lK,M 1,uu "w u" c"wr
MILLER'S LEOTUBE AT SA
Salkm, April 13, 1S72.
i:iiitor New NoirmwisT:
I have just listened to Mrs. M. M.
Miller's lecture at the Opera House on
"Man his past, present aud future,"
cast her manuscripts aside and put her
tcJiolc soul into her work, as she then
could do, aud she would have sucli a fu
ture before her as an angel might envy.
Her fine-toned voice and clear enuncia
tion and commanding figure would
make her a power in the land second to
none. But, as it is, she lacks enthusi
asm herself, and therefore fails to create
enthusiasm in her hearers. She says
many pleasing and Interesting tilings
which one is gratified to hear, but hav
ing heard feels none the wiser.
A Life Romance.
A Journal forthe reople.
iwvoted to the Interests of Humanity.
Independent in Tolltlcs nnd Religion.
Mire to nit IJre Issues,' 'and Thoroughly
Radical in bpposing andExposinj: the "Wrqn js
Correspondent writing over assumedlgna
tu'res must ma'ke known, their names to the
Editor, or no attention wiir be given 't6jfijei,r
communications. " ' 'i.
FLOATING DOWX T1IK BOSrifOKUS.
Some twenty years agothere lived iu a
great city, a sileut, dreamy man of great
talent, but objectless life a poet, trans
lator, essayist, scholar; but withal a
dreamer, without energy or purpose.
His daily haunts were the rooms of a
library; his only companions the books
that stored tho shelves; his only ambi
tion the needs of the hour. T.Lke hun
dreds of his kind he never knew his
jwwer. His solo pleasure was the opium
dream hisoulyambition the grave and
Lethe. When lie died in neglect and
poverty, among his writings appeared a
poem, grand, rythmical and tender. It
was entitled, "Boating down the Bos-
Mrs. M. at heart I believe is a Woman
phorus," and told of the sad reflections
declare It, thus ignoring the great max- oi tne gray auu worn votaries oi pieas
am, "Be ever what you seem," she ure who had ever striven after the glow
1 , , , , and glitter of life, and whose old age
crampsanddwarfsherownbeatthoughts was othinir but saddened memories.
and feelings. From our corner we look at these
Hoping that sho will speedily discover boatmen or the Uospliorus, full or vigor
tho error sho is now In, wheel into line AX
1 1 1. . .. .1 t . 1 1 T Ar il. . " . . 1 . . . . , .
But the i-ad lesson of
and tako command of a division of the ashes at the core.
grand army that is now marshaling for 1 the poem,
battle and "fight it out 011 that Hue," ; V'0 learned amounts lo this,
, , .. . ... , , . , Life's a sad experiment."
(Equal Rights to all) help win the bat- K is not always the experiment of the
tie, enjoy the fruits and receive the mariners of tho Bosnhorus.
welcomo plaudit, "Well done, thou good "I think you might settle that little
aud faithful scrv
been faithful ov
make thee ruler over many," Is the sin- like these should be broken in on thus
Two persons lately sailed from New
York for Europe, .whose history is so
strange that, but ror ptoor not to be
gainsaid, it might oven Be thought f rr
cratfblc No wild romanco devised by
the most cunning weaver of sensational
plots can surpass tills history for tri
umph over tithe, space, and the ordi-
ary juics or probability. Again pre
mising that the story is well authen
ticated, we proceed to tell it.
dearly twenty years Dacic mere lived
in Itio Janerio an English merchant
whose life seemed entirely devoted to
the pursuit of fortune. He had come to
Brazil poor, and by resolute work and
some luck, acquired a competency.
This doue, after many vicissitudes, lie
went nonie lor a visit, liilc at nonie
he met a beautiful orphan girl. She
was lovely in mind as in person, and the
compassion wrought by her folorn situa
tion in lire ripened in our mcrclianl's
breast to a warmer feeling.
in brier, as the story writers say, tne
pair were married, and returned to
gether to Brazil. Two children were
bom to them, and life elided ou for a
space like a single summer's holiday.
Worldly prosperity, too, still attended
the merchant, who from time to time
repeated his visit to England. On one
of these occasions strange rumors came
to his ears, prejudicial to his wife. Ihey
were little heeded at first, but like the
poison of Iago soon "burned like the
miues of sulphur." By degrees, su'
plciou became jealous fury, and the wife
was directly accused by her lord of In
fidelity. The lady being proud aud sen
sitive to a luuit, indignantly denied tne
charge, challenged her accuser to pro
duce evidence, and withdrew as much
as possible rrotn ins society. The tender
affection of former days now gave place
to ludiiiereuccaiidalmostaversion. o
guilt could be fixed on the wife, but some
efforts for reconciliation were coolly re
ceived, hi time their mutual relations
became unbearable to both. A separa-
i r i . :i
uuu wiia ai;rdTi uiuii, .111 umiuiij
settled on the wife, anil the day of wed
ded love that hod opened so brightly
euueii 111 uarKiicss uuu sorrow.
Heartsick and weary of nil associa
tiqns, the merchant wound up his affairs
in Brazil aud came to North America.
Wanderiiur vairuely about In tho est
ho fell In with a party of Bed Bivcr
traders and subsequently did a good deal
of business in and about St. Paul. In
that town he made many friends, while
avoiding close intimacies, and was nota
ble for his grave taciturnity aud the strict
lienor orall ms dealings, lie relused in
variably to mingle in any social pleasures
whatever, and impressed all wlio came
iu contact with him as u mau who la
bored under ineradicable sufferiiur.
Thus years rolled ou, and the wife had
married again the terms of separation
under liraziiiau law allowing that step.
She, however, forfeited her annuity by
it, which proved jn the eud a serious
inisioriuuc. iter kccolmi iitisuanii was
poor, although an educated gentleman
Tell into bad licaitu, and died a year or
two alter tne marriage.
This left the wife and her two children
in destitute circumstances, aud she
scarcely know where to turn. She,
then, like her first husband, became an
uneasy wanderer up and down Uie cartli,
Led by some mysterious influence she,
too, was in St. Paul. It is a surprising
statement to make, but there is no doubt
of the fact, tliat the couple had met once
more, that the old feeling revived, that
the lady conclusively established her
innocence in the mind of her husband,
that they were married again, and have
lived in the utmost felicity togetherever
since. Rochefoucauld says that a love
rccliavffc is of no value, but here is a
direct case to tho contrary, defying all
likelihood and exploding cynical epi
grams. With an ample fortune, and, we
may hope, both wiser for their painful
experience, the twice-wedded pair have
once moro started across the sea to settle
down for the remainder of life In their
A Little Sermon.
At a railroad station, not long ago.
one of the beautiful lessons which all
should leant was taught in such a natu
ral, simple way, tliat none could" forget
it was a bleak snowy day; tlie tratn
was late, the ladies' room dark, aud
smoky, and the dozen women, old'and
iouujr, who sat waitmg impatiently, nu
looked cross, low-spirited, or stupid.
justtuen a lonoru old woman, sliaK
ng with the nalsv. came in with, a
basket of little wares for sale, and went
about minutely offering them to sitters.
Nobody bought anything, and the poor
old soul stood blinking at the door n
minute, as ir reluctant to go out into tlie
bitter storm again. She turned present
ly and poked about the room as if try
ing to nnd something, and then a pale
Iadv In black, who lay as if asleep, on a
sofa, opened her eyes and saw the old
woman, and instantly asked in a khhi
tone, "Have you Iostanything, ma'nm?"
"No, dear. I'm looking for ttie neat-
in' place, to liave a warm 'fore I go tuit
ig'in. jiy eyes are poor, auu uon t
eem to find the furnace nowhere."
"Here it is," and the lady led her to the
lier fiow to warm iter teet.
Well, now, ain't that nice?" said the
old woman, spreading her ragged mit
tens to dry. "Thank'ec, dear; this is
proper comfortable, ain't it? I'm most
frozen to-day, bein' lame, and aching;
and not selling much made me sdrto'
Tho ladv smiled, went to the counter.
bought a cup of tea and some sort of
food, carried it to the old woman and
said, as respectfully and kindly as if the
poor soui nau ueen uresseu in aiis. aim
fur, "Won't you have a cup of hot tea?
It Is very comrorting suen a day as
"Sakes alive! Do they give tea at
this depot?" cried the old lady, in a
tone of innocent surprise, that made a
smile go through the room, touching
the glummiest Sice like a streak of sun
shine. "Well, now, this is just lovely,"
added the old lady, sipping away with a
relish, "t'liat does warm tue neau."
While she refreshed herself, telling
her story meanwhile, the lady looked
over tho poor little wares in the basket,
UullgUL soap, pins aim siioc-siriiiKs, uuu
cheered the old soul by paying well for
As I watched her doing this I thought
what a sweet faec she liad, though I had
considered her rather plain before. I
felt dreadfully ashamed of myself that I
had grimly shaken my head when the
basket was offered to me ; and as I saw
a look of interest, sympathy and kind
ness come into the faces of those around
me, I did wish that I had been the ma
gician to call it out. It was only a kiud
word and a friendly act, but somelio'w it
brightened tliat room wonderfully. It
changed the faces of a dozen women,
and I think it touched a dozen hearts,
for I saw many eyes follow tho plain,
pale lady with sudden respect; anil
when the old woman, with many
thanks, got up to go, several persons
beckoned to her and bought something,
as if they wanted to repair their negli
gence. There were no gentlemen present to
be impressed by the lady's kiud acts; so
it was not done for effect, and no possi
ble roward could be- received for it ex
cept the thanks of a poor old woman.
But that simple little charity was as
good as a sermon, and I think each
traveler went on ner way better for that
half-hour in the dreary station. S. S.
i, n cii uone, moil goou I uiiuk juu mignt sciuu nut nine
rvant; since thou hast account, sir: four montlis standing, and
.. , , only a single deposit."
er a few things, I will Heavens! that a train of reflections
cere wisli of Yours truly, "a.
Tliis department of the Nkav Nouth-
West is to be a general vehicle for ex
change of ideas concerning any and all
matters that may be legitimately dis-
cussedinourcoluinus. Finding it practi-
ruilely by a vile collector. Wo told
him, gloomily, and with absorbed air,
to call again and lert tue corner, mourn-
A Dvrxo Nation. The accounts of
the famine iu Persia, which continue to
arrive in greater detail, bid fair to treat
the world to the spectacle of a calamity
the likeof which liasnot been witnessed,
in historic times at least the sudden
extinction of a nation for the want of
food. Tiiis has really been the fate of
the great States which filled the Valley
of the Euphrates, and It is a fate which
lias for centuries been threatening some
modern States Snain for iustnuce.
Manhas stripped the soil of trees; the
ing for humanity and the persistence of I absence of trees has brought droughts,
. 1 lino clntflir rf tmintctirwl Mm TrvA,!nif !
Tlie most remarkable evidence of the
mechanical science and skill of the
Chinese at an early period, is to be
found in their suspended bridges, tlie
invention of which is assigned to the
caliy impossible to answer each corres- Han dvnastv. Accordinr to the con
pondent by private letter, we adopt this current testimony of all their historical
land ceo'rraplilcal writers, Sauitleang,
friends the disappointment that would 0 fi 5f of IbelSS, under-i
otlierwlseaccruefromourinabllitytoan- took and completed the formation of!
swer their queries. Wc cordially invite roads, through Uio mountainous province
everybCKly that has a question to ask, a -f,
suggestion to" make, orascolding togive llv rendered a communication dilllcult
to contribute to the Correspondents' and circuitous. A Ith a body of 100,000
Column. laborers lie cut passages over the. niouu-
Itailis, uiruwiiig uiu n-iuuiui auu uuu
valleys, and where this was not sufficient
April 7th is at hand. Tho change has to raise tlie road to the required height
,l ,1 rn.n ir I lie COUSiruciuu uiiuLci. i u luu tvaieii on
urcu " - J HpiHaw or -abutments. In another
nearoi tne mi-iumuu oi your son. nope piaeei,c conceived and accomplished the
your new jwaition will be satisfactory 1 daring project of suspending a bridge
and pleasant to you. Should have been irom one mom uuu iu auuuie rncross a
pleased very much indeed to have seen WSfi?
yourself and wife, could you have made appropriately, Hying bridges, aud
it convenient. Have no doubt, how- represented to be numerous at the
ever, but tliat we will meet in San Fran
cisco sometime during tlie present year.
E. G. B.,VirgInia City, Nevada : Your
note inclosing subscription received.
.Tlie liocm will
iresent day, are sometimes so
ilgh that they cannot be traversed
without alarm. One, (.till existing In
Shense, stretches 400 feet from moun
tain to mountain, over a cnasm oi ouu
feet. Most of these flying bridges are so
lias slowly diminished tho productive
powers of the ground, and finally de
stroyed them tho population in the
meantime, dwindling iu numbers and
vitality. Spalnliad forty mlllionsof peo
ple in the time of the Romans, and
llowcd witli milk and honey; it is now
an arid region, only half of it under cul
tivation, with only sixteen millions of
inhabitants, and, if modern science had
not come to its aid, would probably co
the way of Babylon. Persia was one of
the most powerful States of antinuiiv.
and cveti in the fourteenth century was
able to support the army of Tamerlane,
who marched without commissariat or
baggage, during a bloody contest. It Is
now almost a wilderness, with a popula
tion of two millions about half of them
nomads, which is rapidly perishing from
famine brought ou by three years of
drought. The worst of it is. that owing
to the absence of either common roads
or railroads, it seems to be impossible
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jur iiiu cuuniy oi iuu resi ui iuu viuiiu
to reach the sufferers, so that there is
really n strong prospect of the total de
population of tho country. The moral
of this horrible story is look-after your
trees. ihc Aalion.
Rules of Conduct. 1. I never lose
auy time. I do not think that lost
which Is suent in amusement or rec
reation every dav; but always be in the
habit of beinir employed. 2. Never err
the least In truth. 3. Never say an ill
A Sickle-ton- Clock. A watchmaker
in an Illinois town has constructed a
peculiar time-piece, and the local jour
nals describe it as follows : '.'It is a sim
ple dial plate with two hands am hour
hand and a minut6 hand. One dial is
twenty-four inches In diameter, with a
large opening in the center. The min
ute hand Is twenty inches in length,
and the hour hand is nine nnd a half
inches, fastened in the center of the dial
upon a small pivot. That is all that
can be seen by looking closely on the
large ends towards tlie center of the dial,
and on tlie reverse side you will see
what appears to be weights, intended to
balance the hands, but which in reality
contain the secret of the movements of
the hands. Within these small weights
aro miniature works like tlioso of a
small watch, strong enough to control
tho large liands. A person may whirl
the liands until they spin like a top, but
each will return invariably to its proper
place alid indicate the time correctly.
The hands may be taken off and laid
away for an hour, two hours, or ten, or
any length of time, and when placed
upon the pivot they will instantly point
tne precise nour auu minute. There is
no electricity or anything of tlie sort.
The dial hang3 by a tiny hook from a
nail. It may be suspended by a string
or held in the hand, and the movements
of the hands are always Uie same. It is
really a remarkable piece of workman
ship, and excites much comment. Noth
ing is seen by looking at ir, save tne
rim of the dial and tho hands,-This is
all ; and when they do correctly mark
the time or day it seems as tnougn some
unseen spirit must represent aad impel
poem will hardly whic that four horsemen can ride on them i thing of a person when thou canst say
"pass muster." You have ability as a abreast, and balustrades are placed on
writer, but we would advise you to give
your thoughts to the world in prose.
Poetry is overdone. None but those
who are "born to sing' can ever become
proficient You wished plain criticism,
and you ha-e It.
Annie W. wants to know if our sub
scription list Is Increasing. No other
paper in the State has ever made such
progress In adding names to its sub
scription list'as has this one. Subscrip
tions arc rapidly coming in all the time.
Aud yet some say the people of Oregon
care nothing at all for oman Suffrage
p.ipIi Kido to protect travelers. It Is by
no means Improbable (as Jd. rautuier
sucirestsh that as the missionaries to I
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Cllltia tnaUU Known iuu iuci. iiiuru lii.iu
a century and a half ago, that the
Chinese had suspended bridges, and
tliat many of theiu were made of iron,
the hint may have been taken from
thence for similar coustructions by
Eloquence when at its highest pitch
leaves little room for reflection or rea
son, hut addresses itself entirely to the
fnnnv or the affections, captivates the
willing hearers, andsubducsthcirunder
standing. Happily, this pitch it seldom
a good tumg oi mm; notoniy speak
charitably, but feel so. 4 Never be
irritable nor unkind to anybody. 5.
Never Indulge thyself In luxuries that
arc not necessary. 6. Do all thlnirs
with consideration; and when thy path
i . i -1.-1.1 r . i . l : ii i . .
uiiiu ugim u uiwi uiuiuuii, ieei con
fident in that Power alone which is able
to assist thee, and exert thy own powers
so far as they go. MnJ?ry.
bammy ttiinks fie would learn mnpli
more at school if ho did not have to at
tend to his own books all tlto. tim
"Because." hosavs. "if Tsfmit.
book all the time I shall only lcani what
is in it, hut if I hadn't any book to
study, -I should know all the whole
sciiooi are reciting."
Oitr Common Schools. The common
schools givo to the mass of the people
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tlie Key oi Knonieugv. . hiihk ib may
with tnlth be said, that tho branches of
knowledge taught therein, when taught
in a masterly manner reading, in
which I include tho spelllmr of our lan
guage, a firm, legible handwriting, and
tne elementary ruics oi avuiimotic are
of greater value than all the rest which
is taught in our district schools; but the
young person who brings these from
school can himself, in his winter even
ings, range over the entire field of use
ful knowledge. Our common schools
arc important in the same way as tho
common air, the common sunshine, the
common rain invaluable for thelrcom
monness. They are the corngr-stone of
tlie municipal organization which is a
characteristic feature of our -social sys
tem, thev are the fntmti.ii. of that wide
spread Intellt-rencQ which, like mortal
life, pervades the country. From the
Humblest village school there may go
rorth a teacher who, like Ncwiou, s."
bind his temples with tho stars of Ori
on's belt with HerscbGl, light up his
cell with the beams or oemre
ered plancts-wllh Franklin, grasp the
lightning. Ikhcard hccrelt.
lisnintr his prayers
m i ii . ..-in rotlior at his mother's
with ills twin uro1 , -.!,.,., thia
knee. Wheu e .toSii
iW -Ask for
cake, Johnny, ask for cake,