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The Grant County News.
PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY MORNING AT
CANYON CITY, OREGON.
S. H. Siiepiierd Editor.
Washington, Nov. 15. An editorial in
the National Kepubliean Hi is morning is
thought to be semi-official and to fore
shadow an intention of the administra
tion to make a change at West Point and
DUt Gen. Howard in charge. For some
time Gen. Schofield and the head of the
war department have not been in har
mony as to the conduct of affairs at the
Jense the Wicked Boy,
Concord, Mass., Nov. 15. Jesse Pom-
eroy has been detected in another scheme
to escape from his strong cell by sawing
through the thick boiler casting with a
saw improvised from a knife. He cut an
aperature through 18 inches long and 0
inches wide, lie was discovered by the
Ulg Price for a Drink.
St. Louis, Nov. 15. Four railroad men
went into Flannegan's saloon about hair
past U last night, and oidered the drinks
which were paid for. ShoiJy afterwards
more drinks were taken, and the party
started to leave the saloon without paying
for them, Fiannegan asked for pay; a row
ennsued in wb'ch Flanneiran drew a re
volver and shot Tobias La.ighlin dead,
and shot a ball through the lungs of his
brother, Daniel Laughlin. The dead bol
of Tobias was taken to the morgue and
his brother sent to his boarding house,
1709 Broadway. Tobias Loughlin was an
engineer on the Wabash road, and had a
wife and two children somewhere in
Cleveland, Nov. 17. When Daniel
Burr, watchman in the rail mill in the
18th Ward, left home for his work last
night his wife and children were well
and his three-year old daughter followed
him to the gate to kiss him. When he
returned this morning the house was
locked and there was no sign of life.
Climbing through a window he was hor
rified to find the whole family lying sense
less and a powerful oder of gas from a
base-burner stove pervading the air. His
littile daughter who had kissed him was
dead, and the mother ami an eleven-year
old daughter in bed and an infant on the
floor unconscious. A neighbor's daughter
visiting them was also insensible, and a
woman, a friend of the family, sitting at
the foot in a semi-comatose condition.
The last named may recovei; the others
will probably die.
The Number Lost.
St. Paul, inov. 17. It is now believed
that 23 is the number of patients burned
in the insane hospital atSf. Peters. Thirty
are missing and only six bodies have been
found, but there is reason to believe
quite a number of the missing have es
caped to their homes. Some ate wander
ing about the country and will probably
die of cold. Gov. Pillsbury will supply
"bedding and temporary shelter to the
unfortunates and also rebuild the burned
portion oi me nospitai at nis own ex
.Emigration from Europe to Louisiana.
New loRK. .Nov. 17. Ths success of
-Texas landholders and capitalists in at
tracting European emigration causes the
Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture
to negotiate with steamship agents for
cheap fares for emigrants hither. The
movement from the agricultural district
of Austria and the German provinces to
wards Texas is steadily increasing in
volume, one thousand arriving at New
Orleans in the steamer Nuremberg on the
A Good .Nnjfimd a Boastful Driver.
Omaha, Nov. IS. St. Julien was taken
through to-day, in charge of O. A. Ilickok,
in a special car for San rrancisco, when
he will be wintered. Heisingood health
and condition. A few weeks ago he was
attacked with epizootic, but has entirely
1 . 1 a
recovered, tne disease appearing oniv in
a mild form. Hickok is elated over St.
Julien's brilliant performances of the
reason, and stands ready to back him fo:
a large sum against Maud S. or any other
trotter or pacer. He intimates that the
managers and owners of Maud S. are not
anxious to match her against St. Julien,
and he doesn't think the two horses will
ever be brought together in a race. He
says St. Julien may not heat his own
record against time nor that of Maud S.
but that he can beat her ina race of three
mile heats out of five, and will meet her
at any time.
Omaha, Nov. IS. Ilickok with St.
Julien, went west en route io S.in Fran
cisco, lo-d iy. The horse is entirely free
of epizootic, and Hickok says he will bet
S50,U00 he can beat Maud S or any other
horse side by side. He will come east
next season. His net earnings have been
$28,000 this year. Capt. Stone says ho
expects next year to get. Maud down to
2:08 or perhaps 2:0G.
U. 8. Troops Wrecked on n Train.
Corsicana, Tex., Nov. IS. A train load
of C. tS. troops, which was ditched last
nkrht four miles north ol here, arrived
this morning. Fight of the most seriously
injured were lelt here for treatment.
Forty-eight were injured by the accident.
BY ATliAWTIC CABLE.
newly threshed eorn nave i en uispaimeu
LouKhmask to Uong for shipmi nt to Cal way, tli
bv train to Dublin. They were sent to Con n
eescort of cavalry, infantry, police and Ulster
..... ........ .
tiim.t rv Vnv. Fittv-s, c n sacus oi iioycou s
newlv threshed corn have i en iiispaxcneti irom
Shooting at n landlord.
A landlord, near Loughrea, named Kennedy, who
recently refused to accept Sir lUchard Griffith's val-
uation wns fired at last night whilst walking m his
gJrden. Three shots worefired, all of which missed
tue intended victim
The Irish Bishops and the League.
Home, Nov. 24. The Aurora publishes an article
believed to bo inspired and which attracts consider.
Able attention. It sa"S the Irish bishops could never
nrench revolt, crime or violenco and will not do so.
The pope docs not need to use any yreat efforts to
Keep tnem in ti:e pnm oi amy, uiu uc uuj i""""";
il them to separate themselves
openly from those who spread terror by brandishing
the sword in the lares of their fellow-citizens. The
article conelmU.s: "We trust that the Irish clergy
will be an instrument of peace aud order, and that
while they strive to calm the passions of the people
the Enclish nation will settle the questions at issue
by drawing tlosi r tlie uoucis wnicu shouiu uimc iuc
two sister countries.
Lium i.enuite Defenae Fund
Tlie lord mayor of liublin announces that in con
sideration of tlie Tact tnat oniy x-'uuu uau ueeu
raised of the 10.000 necessary to defend the laud
leamiurs. he has transferred to the fund for that pur
pose 106, the balance of a political defense fund of
which he is the sole surviving trustee.
Chicago, Nov. 24. The Inter-Ocean's Dublin
special says: The Paruell defense fund grows slow
ly. It now amounts to about 2."00. The league
officially announces that the expenses will be at least
10.000 "and urgently appeal for more. The town of
Eniseorthy, where six months ago Paruell was rot-ten-egged,has
subscribed 800 for the defense.
The great trials are about to begin, the crown hav
ing yesterday joined issue on defendants' plea.
Eight days' notice of trial may be served, which
would brlug the cuse on next Monday. The only
delay which can arise is by a motion of the crowii
with reference to moving the place of trial.
Mu.otinff at tlie Police.
Coiik, Nov. 21. Fourteen men were arrested this
morning for participating in the Fenian procession
from which shots were fired. The police state that
the shots were directed towards them.
A C rowing Cause.
A Limerick correspondent telegraphs that the land
league is assuming proportions little dreamed ol
when it started. Leaders in Limerick have de
veloped a new course which strikes at the verv root
of the legal system. Not content with preventing
tenants irom paying more than the tovermm-nt
valuation and pr.-venting other tenants from taking
their farms from which one of their number has
been evicted, tin- league is now about to " llovcott"
local attorneys to keep them from serving ejectment
processes in the county courts. An eminent local
solicitor, a few days ago, was accosted by a promi
nent member of the central land league who brought
him to book for aaring to serve ejectment notices for
his clients. Tin' representative of the land league
informed him u.at his case would be brought before
that body at tin- next meeting and warned him and
his brethren of tin- consequence of what thev were
IJrtiiui.t; the Land ord.i.
Chicaoo, Nov. J l. The Inter-Oceans special from
Dublin says il i Mtted the Irisii executive intends
to station a mint uy force permanently at (Jlaremor
ris and also iin-r ne the garrison at ("'astlebar, so it
will be easy to s -mi troops 1mm these two centers io
any part of West Ireland.
I'Vuin of br.inpj Boycotted.
Dunu.s, Nov. 21. Merchants and other citizens
declare that tin will not serve on tlie jury in tlie
state trials for fear of injury to their business or
murder. As the merchants have business with all
parts of the country, they fear being Uoycotted.
The Arrested Fenians.
The trials of the indicted land Jeaguers have beou
fixed for the 17th of DecciTiOir. Among fourteen
men arrested at Cork this morning for participating
in the i'enian procession is a soldier. The prisoners
have been committed for trial.
Aiir tl mid Uncharged.
London, Nov. .I. Five prisoners arrested near
Loughrea for leiustating an evicted family have
been discharges, no case being found against them.
A PrUou. r Elected to Parliament.
London, Nov. 21. Paruell is arrested. Secretary
Healy is elected to parliament vice ltedman, de
ceased. Iuletj;uo Captured.
Const.vntin.U'I.k. Nov. 24. Dervish Pasha entered
Dulcigno after a slight engagement with the Alban
ians. A convention will In- signed between Monte
negrins aud Turkish authorities. The former, on
the departure of Dervish Pasha, will occupy the
town, under the protection of the international
The F'luht for 1uJcIko.
Raousa. Nov. 24. Dervish Pasha only succeeded
in entering Dulcigno after an engagement with the
Albanians which lasted eight hours. Doth sides suf
fered considerable loss.
Constantinoi'i.k. Nov. 24. Dervish Pasha request
ed the prim e of Montenegro to send a delegate to
Koria to arrange the transfer of Dulcigno. Monte
negro experts to nter Dulcigno in a week. Bound
ary commission of powers will attend the meeting.
London, Nov. 2U. Another old British institution
disappears with the present year. The "pipe clay"
belt worn in the army. The guards only will retain
theirs in defer.-mv to the duke of Cambridge. The
"pipe clays" will be replaced by belts of brown
AVlltlMtf to Row,
Laycock has written to the Sportsman saying that
he is perfectly willing to remain in London another
six weeks to row llaulan for 200 a side and the
js 11. -tress at ?:n,
London. Nov. 21. Tlie steamer Donan. from New
York for Southampton yesterday, reports ih.it she
spoke tlie steamer Assyrian Monarch, from Hull for
New York, on the 22d inst.,in longitude and tried
to tow her; but, owing to tlie tremendous swell, was
unable to get a haws r aboard. As she was able to
sail, and not m mum diate danger, the Donan left
her at noon the same day.
Storms at Sea.
London. Nov. 21. The steamer Stateof Nevada,
which arriv. .1 at wlasgow on the'JMd from New York,
encountered fi-.irlul weather during tlie passage.
Her deck Iioii.m- was smashed ami thirty-live head of
cattle killed. S:ie was hove to for two "days.
Lkchoiin. Nov. 25. Tlie steamer Ortegia came in
collision this morning with tlie French steamer
Oniele Joseph, m ar Spe.r.ia. The OnieleJoscph was
so much injun d that she soon sank. She had .S00 per
sons on board, only ."0 of whom were saved. The
Ortegia has arrived at Leghorn, having also been
L. ndon Wool Sales.
London. Nov. ."d. At the wool sales tn-.lnv s nm
bales were olicn-d. chiclly New South Wales. Victoria
and New Zealand: attendance lull. Oood qualities
were steady hut faulty descriptions .sold mostiv in
favor of buyers.
r lie -'out h African Trouble
A dispatch from Cape Town ol the 22 riv. flii-
IJritish resiiic'iey at Leribe which was twice at
tacked by Basutt.s, has been relieved by reinforce
A 'Jbuich (Inn rrrl
A dispatch from Paris .says grave ditlicnltv has
unseu ouiwecn wie v rencii government and the
pope, neitln r approving the c-ni-.liiM.s whom the
other desir. . to appoint to six bishoprics.
(! vim mi I Is.
Gknkva, N-v. 21. The federal nostoflice authori
ties have con. ii-led arrangements for the passage of
mails throu;." t. (iothard tunnel during the coining
winter, but for tte present oassemiers will not be
allowed to tr:i t rsc Use tunnel.
I.J IV T.MntDr.thlp.
'-The dissenting senators of the
t'-i Ad.nintl Duprc as their candi
:, Jif- senatorship. in opposition to
. i.t minister of war.
left center, st 1
date for the :i
Gen. Arre, pri
Bkxmk, Nov. 2J
The emperor ordered views
tin K reign press on the Jewish
question to If
, i M'or n
Tbhkmax. N' V. The lo ads of :J00 Kurds have
been brought i" IVl r i v to Ik- i-xp isvd.
Pakis, Nov. 21. The ixvly of Pas.-xl Smiih. a mil
lionaire from St. P:'ul. Minn., ha been found oil'
Marseilles eoast. He arrived ai Marseilles with lti -;
wife and son on tlie li'th inst. Next morning he was
missed, supposed to have drowned himself.
In the old days there wero angels who
came and took men by the hand and led
them away from the city of destruction.
We see no white winged angels UOW.
jjufc efc men are jej aVav from threaton-
llu J u " u u" 4 .Alum. buiuucu
ing destruction; a hand is put in theirs
which leads them forth toward a calm
an( bright land, so that they look no
more backward ; and the hand mav be a
child's r Geor FKnf
little CU11Q S. Ueoige lMiot.
JFfuntltig Friends and Money.
San Francisco, Nov. 24. Frank Mack, a Welch
man, committed suicide yesterday at the Commer
cial hotel by taking laudanum. He left a note stat
ing that he was friendless aud penniless.
Attempt to Break Prison.
San Francisco, Nov. 24. Moudav four convicts
attempted to break out of the state prison at Folsom
by climbing through a sky light in the main build
ing. One P. Gibson was shot dead by the guards.
The others were recaptured.
San Fuancisco. Nov. 24. A man by the name of
Sweetzer committed suicide on Pacific street this af
ternoon by blowing his brains out. Cause unknown.
Murder and Homicide
Frksno, Cal., Nov. 24. Nathan L. Bachman, a na
tive of Tennessee, aged seventy years, was murdered
at his home on the San Joaquin river, near Jones'
store; either Sunday or Monday night. The reason
for the murder is supposed to have been robbery.
Bachman was an old Mason. He was stabbed in the
breast. There are three Chinamen under arrest for
Williams, Nov. 24. At Leesville Sundav night at
11 o'clock William Bartlett killed James Hedgheth.
They met in a saloon. Hedgheth, under the inllu
enceof liquor, quarreled with Bartlett concerning
a trouble of nearly a year ago at a Christmas tree.
The former went home. The latter soon followed
and tried to force his way into the house and was
shot under the right ear. The coroner's jurv ren
dered a verdict of justifiable homicide.
Conistocfc OllitlttK A'etvi..
vinoi.Ni.v Citv. Nov. 2:. In the Sierra Nev.id.-i thr.
slopes are extended north aud south in an ore bodv
4U leet above the 2300 loot level. The Union is outiii
ing stopes 20 leet wide irom the connection with
Sierra Nevada 2500 foot level and 'extendiii! them
south. Ore from the Hale A: Norcross 2100 foot level
in the raise is better thau last week. avcru'tn fif)
dollars. Boyle, of Alta. reports the diamond .Irill
through an ore body winch was cut for 82!-. feet- n
assays given. The Imperial lire only burned from
the 20.-0 loot to tlie 21X foot level station at the t,n
ol the winze and u portion of the drift. The fire is
an out and work on the lower levels will be resumed
A JSoston man besought his wife
e belli": but three rears married.
ior the privilege ol a night key,
"Night key?" she exclaimed, iu tones
ot amazement, "what use can you
have tor a night kev v hen the
'Woman's Emancipation League,
meets .Monday night, tho 'Ladies'
Domestic Mission' Tuesday, tiio 'Sis
ters of Jericho' Wednesday, th-
1 Woman's bcicncc Circle' Thursday,
tho 'Daughters of Ninovah' Friday,
and the 'Woman's Progressive Art
Association' and tho 'Suffrage Band'
on alternate Saturday nights? You
stay at home and see that the baby
s-t .. ' l ..II 1 ! Il . II II
uuuau u i in i uuu oi cue crauie. lie
Dirt and Bodily Heat.
The part which the skin plays in the
regulation of bodily heat, says the Lan
cet, is not adequately estimated. The
envelope of complicated structure aud
vital function which covers the body.
and which nature has destined to per
form a large share of tho labor of health
preserviug, is practically thrown out of
use by our habit of loading it with
clothes. It is needless to complicate
matters by ullowing it to be choked and
encumbered with dirt. If the skin of an
animal be coated with an impervious
varnish, death must ensue. A covering
oi aire is ouiy less inimical to lilo. wo
are not speaking of dirt such as offends
the sense of decency, but of those accu
mulations of exuded matter with which
mtj sKiu must oecome loaaeu n it is
habitually covered and not thoroughly
cleansed. The cold bath is not a
cleansing agent. A man may bathe
daily and use his bath towel even
roughly, but remain as dirty to all prac
tical intents as though he eschewed
cleanliness; indeed, tho physical evil of
dirt is more likely to ensue, because if
wholly neglected, the skin would cast oft
its oxcrementitious matter by periodic
perspirations with a desquamation of the
cuticle. Jsothintr but a frenueut wash
ing in water, of at least equal tempera
ture with the skin, and soap, can insure a
free and healthy surface. Tho feet re
quire especial care, and it is too much
the practice to neglect them. Tho
omission of daily washing with soap and
the wearing of foot coverings, so tight its
to compress the blood-ressels and retard
the circulation of the blood through tlie
extremities, are the most common
causes of cold feet. The remedy is ob
vious; dress loosely and wash frequently.
Luck. A book might be filled with
accounts of reroarkablo vagaries of for
tune cropping up now and again. One
we remember reading about was in con
nection with the calamitous failure of the
City of Glasgow Bank. A young man
had been left a legacy of .11000, and hav
ing no immediate use for tho money he
paid it into the bank. In a few days he
saw an advertisement about a business
for sale, and entering into negotiations
with the proprietor, onded by making
the purchase. Singularly enough, the
amount required was exactly what he
had in the bank; so, closing his account
he paid for tho deeds and and entered
into possession. The outgoing tenant
having no immediate use for the monev.
invested it in shares in the City of Glas
gow Bank, luo next day tho crash took
place which is still 1'rosh in the minds of
all. Here we have an example of a
double stroke ot what mav be termed
luck good and bad.
In the course of a lecture on "The
Wonders of Nature," says an exchange,
a scientific jrentleman infm-mml bio
auditors that a series of exhaustive in
vestigations had shown him that the
common house-fly lays upwards of 50,
000 eggs in a single season. Among
those upon whose ears the steep figures
fell was a wide-awake, enterprising Yan
kee, who raised poultry for a living. No
sooner was the leeture finished than ho
mado for the platform and eagerly in
quired of the lecturer "whether ho
thought it possible to graft a common
house-fly on a hen!" ,
THE HUMOUS OF MATRIMONY
It may be fancy, bufc I've done it. I've
got a rib and a baby. Shadows departed
oyster-stews, brandy-cocktails, cigar
boxes, boot-jacks, absconding shirt
buttons, whist and demijohns. Shadows
present pull-backs, band-boxes, rib
bons, garters, long stockings, juvenilo
dresses, tin trumpets, little willow
chairs, cradles, bibs, sugar-teats, pare
goric, hive syrup, rhubarb, senna, salts,
squalls and doctors' bills. I'll tell you
just how I got caught. I was always
the darndest, most tea-custard, bashful
fellow you ever did see; it was kinder in
my line to be taken with the shakes
every time I saw a pretty gal aijproach
ing me, and I'd cross the street any time
rather than face one; 't wasn't because I
didn't like the critters, for if I was
behind a fence looking through a knot
hole, I could not look long enough.
Well, my sister Lib gave a party ou
night, aud I started away from home be
cause I was too bashful to face tlie music.
I hung around the house whistling ''Old
Dan Tucker," dancing to keep my feet
warm, watching the heads bobbing up
and lown behind the window curtains,
and wishing tho thundering party would
break up, so I could g.t to my room. I
smoked up a bunch of cigars, and it was
getting late and mighty uncomfortable,
and 1 concluded to shin up the door
post. Xo sooner said than done, and I
soon found myself snug in bed.
"Now,'' said I, "let her rip! Dance
until your wind gives out." And cud
dling down under the quilts, Morpheus
I was dreaming of soft-shell crabs and
stewed tripe, ami having a good time,
when somebody knocked at the door aud
woke me up. "Hap, rap, rap!" Then I
heard a whispering, and L knew there was
a whole raft of girls outside. Then Lib
sings out :
"Jack, are you there?"
"Yes," says I.
Then came a roar of laughter.
"Let us in, said she.
"I won't!" said I. "Can't you
"Aro you abed?" said she.
"I am," says I.
"Get out," says she.
"I won't" says I
Then came another laugh.
By thunder! I began to get riled.
"Get out, you petticoated scarocrows!"
cried I. "Can't you get a beau without
hauling a fellow out of bed? I won't go
home with you I won't, so you may
And throwing a boot at the door, I felt
better. But presently I heard a still
small voice, very like Sister Lib's, and it
"Jack, you'll have to get up, for all
the girls' things are there."
Oh, mercy! what a pickle. Think of
me, in bed; all covered with muffs,
shawls, bonnets and twenty girls out
side tho door waiting to get in. If I
had stopped to think I should have
pancaked on the spot. As it was. I
rolled out among rho ribbons and bon-
netware in a hurry. Smash went the
millinery in every direction. I had to
dress in the dark, for there was a crack
in tne door, ami tne gins win peep,
and tno way l lumoied auout was deatn
ill Tf i-int i -i.il
on straw hats. The moment came, I
opened the door, and found myself
right among the women.
"Oh! mv leghorn!" cried one. "My
dear, darling winter velvet!" cried an-
other. aud thev pitched in thev pulled
me tins way and that, boxed by ears,
and one bright eyed little piece Sal,
' - A- A.
her name was put her arms round mv
neck and kissed me right on my lips,
Human naturo could not stand that, and
1 gave her as good as she sent. It was
the first time I ever got the taste, and
it was powerful good. I believe I could
have Kissed that gal from Julius Ciosar
to tho Fourth of Julv.
"Jack." said she, "we are sorry to dis
turb you, but won't you see me home?
"Yes, I will," said 1.
After that we took a kinder turtle dove
after each other, both of us shining like
a barrel of new cider when we were away
from each other.
was at tlie close ot a glorious sum-
mer dav, tne sun was setting behind a
listant hen-roost, the bull-frogs were
commencing their evening songs, and
polly wogs, in their native mud-puddles,
were preparing themselves for the shades
of night, and .al and myself sat upon an
antiquated black log, listening to the
music of nature, such as tree-toads,
roosfors and grunting pigs; and now and
then the music of a jackass was
wafted to our ears by the gentle zephyrs
that sighed among the mullen-
stalks, and heavy laden with tho de-
iicious odors of hen-roosts and pig-
styes. The last rays of the sotting sun,
glancing from the buttons of a solitary
horseman, shone through a knot hole in
a hog-pen full in Sal's face, dying her
hair an orange peel hue. and showing off
my threadbare coat to best advantage,
one of mv arms was around Sal's waist.
my hand rested on the small of her back;
she was toying with my auburn locks of
jet-black hue; she was almost gone and I
almost ditto. She had thehiccoups, and
I felt like a mud-turkle choked with a
"Sal," says I, in a voice as mu.iral as
the notes of a dying swan, "will you
fcne raised her eyes heavenward and
clasped me by the hand, had an attack of J
tlie heaves and blind staggers, and with
a sigh that drew her shoe strings to her
jiaiate, said, ; les.
i;uv Sun,v,iwui uuu ijiun, uuu ni iiiULc-u
Iiri rnvn nlnnfi Aiif n.i.l I
1 T 1 1 l , -1 . -r i i I
m j. x uium; iuj
suspenders, and her breath smelt of the
onions she had eaten two weeks before.
Well, to make a long story short, she
set the da-, aud we practiced for four
weeks every night how we would enter
the room to get married, till we got so we
could walk as gracefully as a pair of Mus
covy ducks. The night the company and
the minister came the signal was given,,
and, arm in arm, we went through the
hall. We were just entering the parlor
door when down I went kerslap on the
oilcloth, pulling Sal after me. Some
cussed fellow had dropped a banana-skin
on the floor and it floored me. It split
an awful hole in mv cassimeres. right-
under my dress coat tail. It was too
late to back out; so, clasping my hand
over it, we marched in and were
spliced, and, taking a seat, I watched
tho kissing-the-bride operation. My
groomsman was tight and he kissed her
till I jumped up to take a slice, when,
oh horror! a little six-year-old imp had
crawled behind mo and pulled
my shirt through the hole in my
pants, and pinned it to the chair, aud
when I Jumped up I displayed to the
astonished multitude a tritto more white
muslin than was pleasant. The women
giggled, the men roared, and I got
mad, but was finally put to bed, and.
there my troubles ended.
The American Rubber rianl.
Beaders will remember an account
among general news items somo weeks
ago of a public experiment made in New
York to test a material which, it was
claimed, rendered articles water-proof
It now appears that the substance is a.
prepartion of the outer peel of the milk
weed. The inventor, reflecting on the
expensiveness of rubber and the adulter
ation to which it is subjoct,had. bethought
himself of the milkweed as capable of
furnishing a substitute. A description of
the varied uses of the pla at is given in
the subjoined "interview ' between tho
discoverer and a rei)orter which appeared
in the Graphic:
"The more I thought of this vast in
dustr3', the more convinced I became that
a substitute might be found among tho
trees or plants indiginous to America,
which could then supply the market of
the world. One plant suggested it
self to me repeatedly, that was the com
mon milkweed (of the genus Asclepias)
which I firmly believe to be the india
rubber tree of North America, and the
source of supply in the future."
"How did vou carry out your experi
ment?" "I planted twelve acres in a farm out
Wost, and before I got through with my
experiments I mado up my mind that tho
plant would bo to the West what the
palm has been to the East. To begin
with, I found that by such slight cultiva
tion a3 a single top dressing, the plant
grew to the height of six ami seven feet
and an inch and a half in diameter. I
had a mistaken idea that the rubber lay
in the sap or juice, and it was difficult to
convince myself at first that the gum
was storod in the cells on the outside of
tho stalk, plainly to be deen through a
magnifying glass, and as regular and
even as the honeycomb of a beehive.
When I discovered this natural labora
tory it did not take long to find a pro
cess to separate it from the plant. This
done, with my experience in the gaseous
treatment of hydro carbons, I succeeded
in converting it into a substance, which
is similar to rubber in appearance, of
superior lightness aud nossGssino- ti,
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same qualities. I also found that it
could bo vulcanized or hardened; or
used in its nliablo state for dmihil mir-
poses it is the best thing 1 have seen.
What would Do the cost of manufae-
turing this new rubber?"
"The outside cost, including labor,
etc., would make it twenty cents a pound,
and the expense of importation saved. It
needs little care, only one top dressing,
and can be gathered at the owner's will.
It would pay better in proportion to the
time and labor consumed than any other
farm product. One acre of land will
yield three tons of milkweed, or 300-
pounds of gum. An interesting fact I
noticed was the great similarity of the
plant in libro, leaf, etc., to the India
rubber tree proper."
How long liavo you been experiment
ing with the milkweed ?''
"Since 1805, and during that period I
have discovered a uso for every portion
of it. As I said, in the course of my ex
periments I hit upon this water repel-
Jant, which I stopped to perfect, seeing
its value and knowing that thousands of
dollars had been spent by rubber firms
in endeavors to procure an invisible.
'unsmellable,' water-repellant. In
the course of tests I found,
that by gathering tho pods before
they opened I had two treasures tho
seeds, from which can be extracted a
lubricating oil finer than linseed, besides
acting as a liniment, being an excellent
cathartic: while from the floss inside a
material very much like Irish poplin
could be woven. The experiment with
the floss was tried in Europo during our
civil war when a substitute for cotton
"was needed; but as the milkweed had to
be exported and the war came to a close,
the experiment didnot end in practical
And what can be dono with the refusf?
of the plant?" was asked, but hardly in
"Why, use it for fuel; it gives out ex
actly the same heat as wood, and makes n.
pleasant grate fire, while the root has
long been utilized for mpil
concluded the inventor, who has
already taken out eight patents on this
piant, winch heneetorth demands more
than common resiect from the lovers of
Ahen old Mrs. Bunsbv hnVI r.
1.1 1. i . - O
Miroutiu reatnucr in tno mm-n nir no,,,
w "w.uj, vuni
u,u uecount oi tue last nre she turned her
spectacles from her eyes to the top of her
ueau antt remarked: "if the city fire
men would wear the generwine hum
knit stockings, such as we mako and wear
in the country, they wouldn't be a bust-
in' of their hose at every fire."