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THE EYES OF ELEANORA.
TVnm I'jf dl n rrcliin licjonl tint mntinlnlns. fit
'tc-Mi jf our encircled ilum iln, lliTe crept mil n
(UUTswnnil ilcep river, br'itu'er than nil Mrs tuo
j7!V4a rjcaiium. i'.k rA. i-uu.j
An (be light of n star Is found,
HjtUy, In the sunless ground,
W'jcrc tli river of silence lies,
0n fliiirlt of beauty dwells,
O lore, In tho mimic "wells
Of My largo nnd luminous eyes.
JtKcutof n tiirbtilcnt night,
A kt hlnl turns to the light
Of a desolate dreamers' room
tfn, forth from the storm of thine eyes,
A fKiKMloiiati snlendor flle9
To my foul, through tho Intcr-gloom.
A a Hlv quivers nnd gleams,
Jill night, hy the daikllng streams,
That lreum In the undcrlaiuls,
H ltoin the haunted hil.es
Of thy shadowy eves. Iove shakes
The suows or her bcek'nlug hands.
AncloiWn of new worlds dawn,
When the Infinite night comes on,
In the incasurlcss, moonless skies,
tVi the planet of love burns high,
Oawret, when the d.iv sweeps hy,
In the dusk of thy orient eyes.
JUmei Aeu-ton .VnUhetn, i Thu Current.
JL Thanksgiving Story.
nr jt. i). niM.n.viiACif.
Tbc tiny before Thanksgiving. I ws seated
xn a fir kclnss passenger coach, speeding away
.at liic rate of forty miles an hour, through the
Irtlilc farms of norlherii Ohio. It w as about
He middle of the afternoon when I relln
uSehnl my occtimtlon of gazing out of the.
zaokd, window upon the dull, Hut, nnd unprollt
landscape, and placing my overcoat on
Uu; tuck of the seat, reclined my head against
Jt, covered my face with my hat, and pretended
to Iks trying to sleep. Hut, in jioint
f fju-t, I had no Intention wh.it.
cvrrat going to slc 'p, and (-bettered by my
lt, amused myself with watching my fellow
jpjiwngers, sparsely scattered through tho car.
ItrXore reeordlng the results of my obscrva-
tUoux, it will bu In place for me to Introduce
TOjw.lf lo the leader, and state how I came to
3won that train lit that time, fiom whence 1
AU-uejtiil a-1 1 1 1 1 1 r I was bound. .My name N
Emit.li. (Don't laugh a great many good
pcwyiJc have hot ne the name of Smith), and I
-wis Junior member of tho wcsilthv linn of
'JUtmu, Dlack it Co., fiirultnru manufacturers,
owners of one of the largest and moat profit
aJiJe factories In Cincinnati. A little more
IIjui a xear before we had hh ed n new fore
irc&n, from Detroit, who pioved a great acquisi
tion, tuing a splendid workman, a reliable
miaiCT, mid a pet feet gentleman. He had
net ten with us a mouth lie fore hu and I
iwctic tht warmest of friends, anil I became a
imjucnt visitor at his house, where his hospi
.Jahle attentions were cordially seconded by Ids
Aire unJ sister.
Jut if in Iccllngs for George Castle, for
-raeli was his name, werethoseof tho warmest
Jfriutdshlp, I wan still mole strongly attracted
iy Ina Bixter Klla, a young lady of twenty sum
sarin, feu tenr my Junior, wlnisj clianns
Hum led me a willing captive. Happily the
.nKmrtioii was mutual, and I found no dlf
jtctilty In pcrsuad uir her to appoint our wed
t'.ay early in the next spring. Then,
itiuui once fall Iv cntrnip.'d, sh.- became sud
.len!y Miy, and lusl-tcd on going lo her father's
ora long visit, mid to mike tho necessary
urreratioiis lor our marriage. Sho starteil
.for Detroit, where her parents resided, In Sup
tiuiYtr.r, and (ieorge and his wife followed a
jrwjuth latter, taking adva itage of a lull in
CmJiu'sti which led us to reduce our force of
workmen till after New Year's. Ilefore lliey
Ittt, however. It was arranged that I should
inmte. lo Detroit to spend 'I hnnksgivhu with
lb), mid iniike the iicipl.ilnlauc of the old
fulkit. Thus it happened that I broke loose
Xrosn IiiMiic-h Willi some illillcultv, only the day
jKsTont Thanksgiving, and eagerly has'tened to
m't my betiothed at hei own hoine.
ilul to ic-illii''. I had JiihI eiiine to tho sairu
jcoikCimIoii Ihal a hit:, show 11 -dre-ed man,
four ck-nttt In flout ol me, was either a pro-Jrju-Jonul
gainhler, an Internal revenue olliecr,
w.xdet4'ctiv.', when two ladies, who had been
Tlel ti:u k of me, n -ar the stove, were lueon
eiiieiic'd hy the beat and eauie and look the
wut, Li Irolit of lue, whcio lliey fi ll Into a
lively chut. 1 soon learned Irum I heir con
vi-nntlon that both resided in Detiolt and
wri tvfiiiiilng fiimi a ha-ty mid uniireluedlta
J visit to a sick mid dying friend In Ohio,
(ttlid not take long to convince me Hint they
enTe women of wuiltli and Intelligence, who
xxiiph-l a high x)dtioii In society and I
Kiirsu-il Jy tlielr appearance that both were
4ef forty ycai'H old.
I Iiud Ih-cuiso so much Interested hi their
ronverratloii that 1 failed to notice that the
train liad eomo to a standstill In a dense
forest, till one of them pati-ed In the midst
ictn xcnlenee to ask the oilier, "What aro wo
-:ttiog here fori I don't see nuv nt ill Ion."
Tilts roused lue, anil I got tip ami went out
vikhi the nl.itforin, w hero I soon learned tho
nuK4. of our delay, in fnmt of us was a
JiWght tr.du oil the track, with a disabled
M tllsanMiliitiuent was most Intense, and
for a few mimics 1 stood liken man tlttcilv
vADfusiil h koine calamity. Iiistoadof spend
irjrtiie evening In .Mr. Castle's eleucnt p.irlois
jiKompunv wltli my eharmliiir Kllu, as 1 had
iHV-n incliiniiL' In day ilnnnis all that long,
.wwu( day. there 1 was auehnred In tho
midst nf nil Inhospitable forest, w th no Im
jriisllntji pros'it of release. Cn lug over
tflkil milk i nut one of nit eharaelerlstles.
liovever, and ns soon us 1 had ascertained
from Uie txindlielor Unit he should hot back
tlx train to tho last station, soim- seven miles
titant, till he hud timo lo send a ini ssenger
to the station lour miles ahead for Instruc
tion, 1 started on a brisk walk aloui; the
1urk. ri'tolved to tlud some mipper, If It Weill
possible. Alter walolug over a mile, 1 eamo to
nrloirlug and a largo farm houe, not far
I mm the railroad, whore 1 met with a hospit
able reception On Icaruliu tho situation of
tlu; train, the lady of tho house at once laid
.aside her sewlntruuil bust Ithl about to Mil a
!arg- lusket with bread, dried meal, cheese,
sloiiykiiuts, pieK, caKes, Mini various other
j;oo.l things, nl.vais lo bo louud In sup rahit'i
iUikv in the pantry of mi Ohio hoiiewite,
cxpmlly ulinit 'riiauksglvliig lime. YVIrtio
tin- nas tilin g the basket, she was at the mum
tune iiiakluu u lartio ci.lfee t full of eollee
on the kitchen stove. Mie utterly rcf.isod to
nvrlvo moiiev, and cut short my thanks by
lut--Lliig ine to divnl - mt buket full with the
ladies on the tium, giving what was left to
the HM O, and to leave the basket, and a tin
jail Into which she Hiitrod the eollee, at tho
jiext btatiou, lli r iiiuuo was .Smith, and it
undo inu proud Ui hear her say It. Thus
arimil and e(pl pped against a famine, 1 has-U-nri!
luck to the train, which 1 found i'i ifo.'u
.quo liut otheis of the gentlemen had teeu
4ut forauluu, and the two ladles I have men
tknicsl wvie the only ouci not already supplied
y They declared that J was it fUtlrnj herald of
ThauLsgivm, ami a genuine knlgUi eir.int of
the utis'teeulii icnturv, and were lavish In
tlwlr praises of tho lady whose name was
ftnitii i Hsserllng that the contents of that I us
Artbhoued plain as proof of holt writ that she
u i4 g'Md Christian and a notable house
flwrwr. We grew (pillc social over our Irtnch
itajdel. and I felt thankful for my nood for
'Sxue in finding two such )ile;uuut old ladles
After o had done eating, 1 again seuiched
at Ibeoondiicloi and learniHl that wo wero
likely ti he detained several hour lousjer and
nwtd uot oxjK'Ct to rcuch Detroit till tho nut
liv ladv friend irenlved the unwoloome
tWfiig u Hit u hcromlhi; show of pattonee, and
r usomeil our conviiin.tt'oii, which uuliirully
fell upon ru Irtud areldculs and Inenleiiu of
itravfli. Old ladles uto apt to Iki RihkI story
lrJIr, and these two wero hy no means ex
i:tlou. 1'ioiu rallrswil uwhfenU tho lranl
Uon was easy and natural to other caMialltles,
jir a thrilling -story of a church that full dur
ing services and crulied miec fini a
people, r -lut.il with R aplile loree b
the lad.es, was fullowe i liy tills i-i
.on r mi
'Mrs. Garland, did I ever tuil v.nt of th
mlsforitiii.1 that b -fell moiiTh misgiving day
bixteen learj iuoi '
"N'o, I nm sure not. I'leasc tell in abojit It
"Mrs. Cuslln" what a revelation 1 It must
ba that slt- was U la's mother, r'urclv. If I
could hav.'! had the. ti ck of all won iii'Ulnd. I
could lnv,1 not se'ect'.l a sweeter. klnd"r look
ing old ladv f ir n mother In-law than the one
siiiimr neror me. nut ihhsidiv ii mivtni hc
com? othc- .Mrs. Castle, nnd I decided to wait
nnd hear tin? shin, which would doub'.Iess set
tie the question of Identity, after W Inch I emiM
declare misc.ll, II my sunniics were correct,
Mrs. Castle wa afraid I would be Isircd with
a Ions: storv, hut I assured her that I should
be ttlad to listen for a thousand nnd one nlirhts.
muking, however, the mental reservation that
I should want Klla's company, meantime.
mils. cisri.B'd stout.
Eighteen jenrs ago, Mr. Castle bouihta saw
m III u a small village In esb-rn .Michigan
nnd lininedlatclv went west to take charge of
It leaving me and tho children In New York.
(ieorge was tin ii about thirteen years old, and
Klla, three. lie remained nearly n year to
build n house and get everrtlilng in rc.uliu
for our reception, and then came east and took
us liaeK with nun,
Arrived In Michigan, I found inv husband
had tirovldcd n house nenrlv ns large, mid
quite as comfortable, as the old homestead at
h rat-use; hut I must confess that I was not. a
little homes ek for the first few months. I hen
w as a plentiful lack of cultivated socelv, few
church privilege, nowhere to go, and iiothin
to see. I made few acquaintances till tho
Fprlng after we got there, when I had a severe
utiacK oi icver. J he women in me neigiioor
hood tiromtitlv came to my assistance and
nursed me wltlrmiicli care and kindness till I
was fully recovered, after which I called up
on all of them and formed some warm ami
Mr. Castle had a steam saw mill and shingle
mill and usually Kent from twelve to llfteen
men In his ciniilov. Most of them weio s uu'le
men, and ithout tho roughest set ot men 1
ever hail the fortune to meet. Yet they were
uniformly polite tome.and Mr. Castle professed
lo mm in them a great many sterling ipialilies-
Our first Thanksgiving Day in Michigan
came soon after wo arrived there, nnd before
wo were falr.v settled, so that we were unable
to devote much pains to Its observance.
t he next year we talKctl the manor over
several weeks before hand, and decided to
give a famous thanksgiving dinner and invito
nil Mr. Castle's employes, with Iho families of
tho-e who were iininled. 1 believe 1 first pio-
iio ed Die plan, hut there were a few of Hie
men that I would gladly have omitted fiom
Undo Luke was tiling with us then, nnd
both he and my husband Insisted that wo
ought to invite' all If we Invited any. The
subject entile up one evening, after tea, when
wo were all seated In tho parlor, and we had
what Uncle Luko calL'd quite a "council of
war" over It.
"As to Mr. .Tones and his wife, with their
'raft of children,' as Mr, .tones calls them, I
don't object to them," said I, "nor to ,11m
Cross and Ills w.fe, tlioiuh I am afraid It will
be tho first thu she was ecr Invited to ilme
wltli respectable people; but there is Tom
hover, do urn think it pos-iblo my dear, that
ho can keep Holier twenty four hours when he
is not at work)''
'I will answer for hlin." said Uncle Luke.
''I will send him out hunting with (ieorge,
who can manage to keep him in the woods till
about dinner tune."
"Mr. and Mrs. Smith, end Mr. and Mr.
Carter," I continue I, "are nice people. I am
alwavs glad to s e them. John Colib and his
'Sally Marlar' and diughter .lane, are as good
as a show ; it will bn nm to watch their per
foruiHiiee. Mr. Hell, Mr. Itrown, Mr. lieed
and Mr. Mason can all ln-haw; like gentlemen
when they try, but iloliu Lev and l'.iul Toma
are ho noisy and qiiarielsouic; 1 am icaliy
afiald of them."
"I don't helieto tbev will (f ire to air their
profanity at my bible,'' s.tld Mr. Castle, ' and
as to their noise, wo can ceit.iiuly stand that
lor a few hours."
"Well then." said I, "let us have them all,
and tr,' to m ika the oitihIou as pleasant as
possible for them, 1 remember 1 hat w as your
lather's cutom In Yermo.it. lie ulwny.s had
fro, u twenty to llfly people at Ills table Thanks
"Yes," said my lunb.ui I, "It will aeoni like
We were deep 111 our discussion of wayi au.l
means, when (ieorge, who had b -en playing
Willi Klla, leaelilug her to build Iioiim's w itli
her new letter blocks, suddenly Intel ril,iled
our talk w ith a somewhat startling Inquo , :
"Mamma, aro von going lo ask Johnny
Th .1 oh mi v Driver was a boy of nearly
(icoiJt'a aye, who sometime, packed shingle's
at the mill: the most troublesome boy in thu
eiaie, ami the scapegoat oi tin- vlhage. lb
had no parents, no gtiardl in, and no regular
home, aiidstopp'd lirsl at one place and lin-u
at another till Hie people got tired of him an I
sent liim away. It was reported that hl
fatlier was a pioiiiliieut guiiu dealer in I'lula
dclplihi, and a very rich man, but he die I in
solvent, and being a sell made man and an
orphan educate I at a charity school, lelt no
relatives to t iko charge of little .lohiiut, ids
only chlhl. Ills wife win a delicate woman,
and died when .lohiinv washula tew muitiis
old, alter which the Utile fellow had the host
of care that mo'lev could procure, but I fear
hot much real love and attention, save from
Ins father, whose business cares lelt him little
lime lo spend with his boy
Johnny was eight years old when his
father died and lelt him, a friendless waif, to
the mercy of the world. He found so ue k'lid
of a home, but when he was twelve yens olu
he ran away with a circus company and never
returned, though ho soon becauia so trouble
some that Iho manager gladly dropped him m
our little Milage, where he seemed deteiiniu
ed to sla for the sole reason that nob sly
w s ies to have him. This i the story that
followed linn to the village, though 1 can onh
vouch for the latter part of it
I fall), ilreude I Iho sight of tho bov, and
would, I think, if left tomtsclf, have (uvited
a Fiji cannibal Into my Ihiis. almost as s on
asJonuy Drhor. Hut" I had allowed .Mr. Ca
tlo to manage tho matter thus far, and so 1
"1 don't know, (Jowgle, I never thought of
'You had lietter detail two men nud a dog,
or oiio mail and two dogs, to watch him; it
you do," said Uncle Luke.
"Havo you heard Johnm's lnt trick?" said
Mr. Ca-ite. "Y"il know what a aeltUh and
penurious man Klder ( 'rocker Is, nnd how he
cxis'cts every one to wait on him upon all oe
ca-lon. Well, last Monday ln dim up lo the
mill lo see tue for soiiicthiu.;, and asked John
liv to hoi I his horc, ns the aiiiiunal was afraid
of the noise of the iiiaehiiiciy, lie staled and
bored me more tli'iu half an hour, mid when
he went out, Instead of paying JoIiiiiiv for his
troll be, be said, very severeli : "Hand me
the bridle, lad, I'm all aid ou'o been worry
ing the liore ' Johnny Vin oooly let go the
hrliUe and gave tho horse a cut Willi the whip
thai started him Into a tun, alter wh. eh he
swore a fearful volley at the Klder, and walked
oil, breaking the whip In small places as ho
went. Tlie consequence was that the horse
never stopH-d till bo got home, and Hie I'. iW
had a live miles walk in it hlglilv excited ft am
of im ml. He wanted I should punish tho
loy; hut 1 told him that I had no authority
oyer him, and did not want at .
"I fear be Is li.-ooi rlglble," said I'neli Luke,
lie went to the protracted meeting la-it lull,
and lisu ills place on the anxious siMit tor tho
sake of getting near cnongli to the stove to
put a luiudfilt of popper In It. It Ksik Jtl.t
two minutes bv tho watch t clour thu house
of over a hundred coplt "
"Yes," said 1, "he Is totally devoid of rev
erence, and seem to delight in abusing tho
young people who have Joined the church.
And then, whenever there are Indians in town
ho is alwa.su.-tlugai a go-between togetwhls
key for them. If tho place l burned by them
wome d i', I have no doubt w shall owe It to
r 1 think Johnny's curs mut bate Iven lln
gled that night ; for haunt; IwotMue the suo
JiH't of discussion in our little cliele ho was
handled w Ithout gloves, and hit e II deeds git en
a lllsir.il airing. It was eoneedivd that he was
uaturul'v a bright bov, and that ho had some
personal prhU, that Induced htm to ktwp his
hands and fare olcau aud hit imially raggtxl
olothes in tone kind of order- Hut no one
could deuy (Hat he was laiy, muc, mUchlev
ousaul profane i Jint tuch a bjy a the vil-
I Inge could well aff rd fo spare. Uncle Lnko
roundly nswrted that the Isj.'b example and
(.vll Influence In the v.llag wore inuru than
enough to eoUiiteiAialance the effect of all Its
tlireeSund.iv seho ol. and iroposl to sttls
rcribn liberally to a fund to hire him tolcavo
and stay away.
He wiis not a regular employe of Mr. Castle's
mill consequently we did not feel in nnv way
bound to Invite him, though ve pitied his
h')iiieles condition, nud would have lucii glad
to do something for him, if he would let us.
Johnny's chances of getting a Tuanksgiving
dinner were rapidly lessening, when (leorgle
took up the cudgels In his defense nnd Insisted
tint the village people were constantly pick
ing at him, and that If the truth were known,
more than half his tricks were In self de
fense. It was finally agreed to put It to vote, by
ballot, whetlur. Johnny should be invited.
Tiie counters were brought from the checker
board, and It was agreed that the white ones
should be for and the black against him; thu
color which each vot 'd being kept secret. At
the very last moment I relented, I know not
why, unless the splr.t of the pxir orphan's
mother hovered near and Influenced me, nnd
the hand which I extended wltli two counters
In It, one of each color, fully intending to de
jsofllt. tho black one, dropped thu white in
stead. Hvcn to this dnv I tremble, and mv heart al
most censes to deaf, when I think of what
might have been the result had I followed my
"Hlty-tlty!" exclaimed Mr. Castle, who
held the hat. "The ballot Is n tie, nnd we
shall havo lo appeal to Klla for n ending
Klla, who understood nothing of our late
procedure, but who seemed to consider it some
Kind of a new game, on hearing her name
siiokeii raised her head and said very gravely:
"I like Joh nnv. He brought mo some mice
In a hot and some maple sugar."
' Johnny Is elected," said Mr. Catlc.
"Klla may be tho best Judge of human na
ture after all. I don't think the child could
be attracted to any one who waa reallv vicious
And so Johnnv got his Invitation, and said
he would come "if he felt hungry about that
time of day."
I lie other Invitations were all greatfitllv
accepted, aud all concerned seemed to look
forward lo tho festival with pleasant antici
pation. .Mr, llurke, who kept the mill
boarding house, said that she could tell who
were Invited to our Thanksgiving, by their
sclf-satlslled look aud the extra amount of
food they consumed. Instead of starting
themolvo.s lo aemiire greater capacity, thev
seem 'd to have their appetites in training.
In a country village, where everyone knows
w hat everybody else Is doing, our preparation.?
for Thanksgiving attracted no little attention,
and I must acknowledge that for a time 1 felt
Foinewhat nervous over mv undertaking.
Hut as tho (lav atmroached and cvcrvthlntr
seemed to conspire to rn lor our plans sucoess-
lui, my anxiety woro away, nun I lounil my
self, with the others, glad that Thanksgiving
was so near in nana.
Thanksgiving morning ushered In, warm nr.d
pleasant, a beautiful Indian .Summer day, and
.Mill Lasltc at. rustle s .Mill. ' as uncle i.tiko
was wont to stvlo our largo but very oluln
house, prccutcd an animated appearance.
Inside the house four willing women, voluii-
;eers for the occasion, assisted mv cook to
prepare the various viands for the grand din
ner, while I mustered Into servieo every table
cloth, napkin, knife, fork, spoon, ami all the
dishes of every kind in the home, even resort
ing to the expedient of borrowing dishes of
Mrs. Wlushiw, our minister's wife, who, with
her husband, was among our list of guests.
Outside, half a score of men Indulged In
various pastimes, such as pitching quoits, or
shooting at a m u k; the more sober minded of
them now and then dropping into a theological
discussion witli Mr. Uiuslow, w hose thoughts
never for an Instant strayed from his sacred
calling, lie was generally regarded as a
nodel of tinworldllness, but Lucie Luke call
ed him a theological machine.
Iho ladles began to arrive before noon, and
I found mt bauds full in receiving and enter
Uncle Luke and (leorgle came in and devot
ed themselves exclusively to the children,
their bit of strategy in the case of Tom Lover
having proved quite unnecessary, that gentle
man coming In late In the morning, cleanly
shaved, dressed (rather flashily) in now broad
cloth, and as sober as a Judge.
lohn l,lcK and l'.iul Toms also aptuarecl In
new suits ot hlacK, in the latest llroailwnv
st vie (so vouched for by One Legged Dick, the
IHage tailor), ami I lie lahorlotis illgnitv ami
severe propriety of their d.'ineanor nearly up
set my graiitv whenever I looked their way,
ulb'It II greatly relieved my forebodings.
I lie children got hungry bv noon, and wc
were compelled to feed the smaller ones, pre
vailing ii m ! i the others by a glowing descrip
tion of the nice thing, iipm the tables to wall
till dinner was readv. Little Klla went to bed,
ml was snugly csi-onsed in the parlor bed
At two o'clock precisely dinner was an
nounced, and a murmur of admiration rose
lioni the assembly as woeuteied the elegantly
trimmed dining' room. The walls were
wi entlied with evergreen and fearlet berries,
and niton the long tables flashed and sparkled
a briilit amy of silver and glassware, such as
had never boon seen In the village he! ore.
1 ho guests, jusi two ito.eii in number.
were seated us quickly and skillfully as pos
sible to avoid awkwardness, as most of them
were tiuus.'d to the forms of table etinitctte rec-
ognl.ed In pollle circles; and It was while as
sisting to seat them that inv etes fell on John
ny Driver, looking ragged and saucy as usual.
I beckoned him toward me, and seated him bv
the side of Uiic'o Luke, where I thought ho
would be ino-t likely to keep quiet.
Once seated, n profound silence fell upon
the iurt, which was broken by .Mr. Castlo
r.slng to Invito Mr. MTuslow to ask a blessing.
the Invocation wits an cnthu-las e oui.-
pourlug of prayer and praise that scarcely left
a dry eve In the room, and even the Irrcpress
ible'Johiiuv was visibly sobered; though he ex-
ilalned In an undertone to Uncle Luke that
lis feelings were touched bv the thought of
the grief that must prevail in tho turkey fam
ily to oiiei our rejoicing.
Then tho carvers set to work upou the
roast tin keys, roasts of beef and loasts of
bear and venison, heaping high every plate,
while I poured tho to.i and eollee. Conversa
tion was lively, mil not. boisterous, and 1 was
surprised nud delighted at the general show
f courtesv and good brooding In a company
from most of whom 1 had leason to expect
Wo lingered long at the table, laitnir
patient siege to the muiutlfitl store of eatables
that withstood our attack, not without great
los, but at last without danger of falling
6hort. And, when the most persistent enters
began to succumb to a sense of repletion, Mr.
Hell aroic, and In it ueatlt turned, uiigr.nu-
matic.il speech, recounted the Itencflt that
had accrued to the tillage from Mr. Castle's
enterprise and liberality, and proposed the
health ol the m ister ninl mistress ot tue "Villi
C.nlle,M to be drunk in a gin of new cider.
1 lie toast ellclleit iniicli applause; and In re
sponse .Mr. l astle rooouiilercsl some of the
dllllcultles that he had overcome, ami ex
plained hit future plan for Improving the
oxi i noio i.uuo wai enueu upon, aim
when he arose his chair rose with him, up
setting his b iliiuee and precipitating him up
ou a veiy fat ladv who sat near hlnu occasion
ing a hurst ot laughter that none of us could
restrain. Johnny had tied one end of his
napkin to a leg of Undo Luke's chair, and
pinned the other end fast to the ctvat.
Uncle Luko quickly recovered hlimelf and
joined in the laugh, lint Just as ho begun to
tv.iu, no was inierruptiHi uy a great uproar
The bell began to ring lustily, and the erv
of "Klre! l'irel Kiret" resounded through tho
1 eivinonv was forgotten, and wo nil rushed
out Into the )anl, to hear tho alarming tidings
mat thi1 steam mill (.Mr. tattle's) was on tire.
His men ran rapidly to tho mill, and a few
of the women remained to takt) care of tho
children, while tho rest of us hasten! tow aril
the mill as fast as wo could.
Arrived In sight of the mill, we found one
nd of Iho huge structure nil In Unities, and
Ir tattle skillfully uiarttiallng hit men to
prevent the lire spreading to the lumber p ies;
there apisxiriiig no iioseiuillty of Kiting the
mill or nut pott Ion of IL
Tlivd and out ot breath with running. I
teuttsl in. self uloiig w ith Mrs. Whitlow mxm
laito log and wntvhed thu grand hut annull
ing ccUclo of tho tiro The rkmus rioted
In the dr pine hoard, and leatvd In huge
uujtci apparently a uuudrcd foot Into tin
air, while dene clou Is of thick black smoke
overshadow ed and added a twilight darkness
to the scene that was in turn lit up by the
Some of tho men worked gallantly In clear
ing away an old shed between the liiillanil the
lumber piles, while others carried water from
the large tnnK nnd p Hired It Uwn the lumber.
Thev were so near the lire that I felt s -riously
nlanned for their safety, and cou'd not help,
w slilug thev woitfil let the whole tiling go,
and not. Imperil their lives to save a few piles
o! lumber, which, though representing half
mv husband's fortune, woro not to bo va,utd
when compared to a hum in life.
Wh lo I was ousting mt self with these re
flrctlons, Mrs. Wmslow suddenly Interrupted
them by calling attention to the fact that,
Willie the mill was three stories high, there
was but one stairway, and In case the lire had
occurred when the men were at work, It might
have been found dilllcult for those In the u le
per story to escape. 1 replied that the upper
story was but little ued, In fact Mr. Castle
had never made anv use of It, except a small
room In ihe end toward us which lr; had used
for an otllce till a few days previous, when ho
had moved his books and paper. to the houe.
Klla used to spend half her time up there, sit
ting at the window and looking out toward
the village for hours at a lime. The window
was nearly thirty feet high, and eommnuUed
an extensive view.
As I sH)kc I directed my gaze toward the
open window thus referred to, nnd to my
astonishment thought I saw something mov
ing Inside of It, .Mrs. Wlnslow nlso saw the
same object, nnd wo continued to wntch the
opening, when suddenly n child's face caino
Into full view, and I recognized little Kiln.
I ran frantically toward the men, shouting.
"Kiln Is in the mill! Klla Is in the old olllee!"
nnd the hundreds of villagers who had by tills
time assembled took up and repented my cry.
The crowd came rushing up to that end of
th mill, au.l stood looking upward In speech
less horror. Tho place where Klla stood was
almost the only part of the in II not already In
llamcs, and there was no jiossllile means of
reaching It exept from the outside, which
would require a long ladder, such ns could
only be found nearly halt a mile oil in the
My husband, when ho enmo nnd saw the
blessed child standing nt the window, looking
calmly down nt the horrllled assemblage,
starteil to ruh Into the mill, and doubtless
would have perished In tho dimes had not
strong hands restrained him, while their own
ers urged lilm not to throw away his life, for
n score of men were gono after ladders
though thnv knew, and he know, that all
would bo over before any ladders could air.ve.
I (lropp"d upon mv knees, w Ith mv eyes fixed
upon the window, and prayed us I had never
At that Instant Johnny Driver appeared,
with half a dozen men, carrying a large stick
of timber, winch thev set "up on end'agalnst
tlie building, though It scarcely reached half
way to the window. Johnny climbed up it like
a squirrel, and when he stood erect upon the
end of it nn ax was thrown to him In such n
manner that ho caught It by tho handle. He
nt once began to cut a hole through the loards
hy his side, and in a moment disappeared In
side the building, while tlie smoke relied out
through the opening he had made.
A great hush of expectation fell upon the
crowd. N'o one knew his plan, or how no was
to get through the lloor above Into the upper
storv, If lie was not at once suilocated bv the
smok to full a victim to the lire
Soon the upper en I of n board, just below
the window, was seen to be giving way, mov
ing outward, nnd Johnny's head slowly
emerged above It, clinging to thu side of tho
building by thrusting hi fingers through a
wide crack between the boards. My heart
bounded with hop,?, and cheer after cheer
arose from the excited crowd, which were re
doubled when he got his feet upon tho sway
ing board, and, reaching his hands up to tlio
window sill, lightly drew himself up, and
dropped lnlde He aim st Instantly reap
peared, holding Klla In Ids arms, and beckoned
lor some one to stand below and eat'-h her.
Mr. Castle motioned the crowd away from
him, on either side, 'ind stoo l theie w'lth his
arms ext-ndt'tl, as coolly and quletlv as If It
were some play that was'b dug enacted.
Johnuv sat on tie! window sill and tossed
Klla lightly from him She fell witli terrible
velocity, but Mr. Castle caught her with that
firm but clastic grap with which a base ball
pi ivcr catches what ho calls a "Hy," and the
next moment she was sobbing in iny arms, un
harmed, thank Ood!
Tho building was swailngto Its fall when
Johnuv sprang from tlie win low, and was
picked upand carried oil', scorched and bleed
ing, with Ills r g.it arm broken.
The villagers brought a carriage, and plac
ing Johnny in it, with two men to support
lit in, thev tied a long mp to the pole and over
a hundred stnlw.irt iii.-u drew him in triumph
to our house.
Then the village doctor set his nrm and
dressed his hands and he was placed in tho
best bod. in the parlor bedroom.
Klla did not seem any the worse for her
tcrriiilo experience, but I wass i overcome that
I did not leave inv room for a week, aud could
not command my feelings to sp'akof tin af
fair or hear it discussed for months afterward.
Klla must have left the bedroom uiiob.crved
while wo were at dinner, and missing the fam
ily walked down to the mill and up the long
flight of stairs to the olllee, where sue was in
the habit of seeking her father. How the
mill took lire we never learned.
You may be sure that Johnny had the best
of care, nud was served like a prince till he re
covered, which was not till after several
weeks lind elapsed, his arm knitting slowly,
while the burns on his neck and arms proved
to be very set ere
Klin was Ids almost constant attendant, and
I was greatly pleased bv the gentleness with
which he alwavs treated her. I could also
see, though he was very undemonstrative to
ward the rest of Hie faniilt, receiving our at
tentions in silence, and bearing his pains
with stole fortitude, that he appreciated our
kindness and was trying to coutrol hiu mis
Here Mrs. Castle nausod and retrained si
lout for some time,' till Mrs. (inrlaud broke
the silence bv rcinaiklng that she hail
vevkMislv hoard something about Klla having
a wonderful escape from a burning building,
but she had never supposed that It was ant
thlng so romantic,
"What b-canie of Johnny!" slip added.
"That Is what I don't know," said Mrs ('.is.
tie, "though I would give utmost anvlhiug to
learn. The tiro left Mr. Castle with hardly a
cent In the world, having been considerably in
debt on the mill, and we started for California,
where his brother John was in business, only
alsiut four mouths after the fire. He would
havo taken Johnny with us, but tlie bo re
fused to be a burden to him, and said he should
prefer to ronriln In Michigan ami go to school
somewhere till wo en uie buck,
Mr. Caedle found a good home, where lie
could attend school six months in tlie tear,
and the gentleman with whom lie went to live
promised to keep us ported as U his progress,
lie did so for about a jear, giving glowing re
ports of Ida i ('formation and gtxsl character,
and then In his last letter, he wrote that John
ny had boon adopted by some K.itm man,
and bad gone lioine it ith him to Xotv York.
He did not even toll us the mono of the mar
that Johnny had gone with, nor w hut pari of
New York he lived lu.
When we came back to Michigan, Mr. Cray,
with whom we left the Isiy, had removed to
parts unknown, and we have never been able
to trace either of thoiu.
"How like a romance It all Is," said Mrs.
(inrlaud. If Johnuv would only reappear now
aud marry Kiln, all the conditions of a llrst
class story would be fuHUIed."
"If he Is alive he Is over thirty vrars.old
and Is piobably married (Wore ttilt'tlino-," to,
plied Mr. Cus'tle. "Hut 1 nm sure that Klla
would willingly travel round the world to Und
him and express her thanks."
"I havo no ilouU of It, for Klla I thoJ.no
blft of girls," said I.
Mrs. Castlti lookesl up In astonishment. "Do
you know hurl Perhaps--can It be jsuslble
that this Is li forge's and Klla's friend from
I took out one of my eatdr, on which was
wrlttou my name,
JOHN n. SMITH,
and writing the second name out lu full with
mv peucll. handed the card to her.
She took it aud held it up toward the lamp,
for hy that time It was after dark and the car
wow again In motion, and slowly spelled out
the name. Thn she uuclusl out toward uie,
deliberately ttwk'iny n'Ut hand In hers, held
that uUo up to the light ami nihb,! her hand
over It, looked searching!)' Ink) my face, ana
selling mv hand with b,,tu of liars exilaltu'3.
Yum ifur, uif 7nA hu Din- "'
HERE AND THERE.
Tho latest pieco of sluti"; In New York
city Is fotlilenn"; up
A Pliil:i(leli)lii:i Kiirn roads: "Teeth
pulled vt'lnluyou wait."
New York is said to bo the third
German city in the world.
Watermelons are still beinsold on
the streets at Alttiras, Cal
Tho fiishion:ib!u ladies of Cleveland,
O., have taken to horseback riding.
Near W'intersct, Canada, ono day ro
ccntly, was captured a 9 pound trout,
Tho uo of bieycles and tricycles is
to bu regulated by law in I'h.ladelphin,
Tho authorities at Teh am a, Cal., of
fer lfl cents bounty for a jack-rabbit
A squad of soldiers now guard the
statue of Liberty on Uedloe s Islatid,
One of tho Florida hotels has adver
Used pino cone pillows for invalids as
It is alleged that the favorite pastime
ot I'iiiiailelplna society mauletis
Tho average cost per scholar of tho
text-books in tho South Carolina schools
is S'J. IO a year.
Saratoga, N. Y., hns a woman bill
poster who handles the brush with the
bkill of an expert,
A sailors' chapel is to bo built in New
lork by money left by V. II. Vanuer
bilt for that purpose.
It is said by competent authority that
men spend more money lor hats thai,
women uo lor bonnets,
Nathan llobbs, of I'eotilield, Ga., who
is 96 years old, works every day and
reads without spectacles.
There aro two counties in Speaker
Uatlislu s district that never Had a rail
road or a telegraph station
Jn New York city a half dozen young
men have resolved to not we:u' overcoats
during the coining winter.
Tho cost of tho gas used during atlic-
atncal perlormaneo m ew lork city.
ono nigtit last wool;, was cOU.
A ot ZJii ot Ilollistor, la., is said to
have delayed his suicide until after elec
tion so as not to lose his vote.
a movomont is on toot to organize a
company of territor.al militia at bpo
kano Falls, Washington territory.
aoutiiorn cai.ionna win snow a wine
crop of 17,0J0,U(X) gallons this year
and a ra sin crop of V.OH'J.OJJ boxes.
A largo deposit of red marble is .said
to have boon discovered ono dav last
week in Lauderdale county, Alabama.
'.lliirty tons of coal tire required to
heat the im'onhoiiso.s of one of thu
be.st llorists in lSoston dur ng the win
ter. Door knocks of tho old-fashioned
kind are once more appearing mi the
doors of fashionable iSew York rest
donees. Iroquois, tho only American horse
that ever won the English Derbt, is be
ing wintered on a farm near Nashville,
At Memphis, Tumi.. Tuesday, lb,7.")L'
bales of cotton were handled, the
largest one day's receipts in the history
of tho city.
Several Alabama papers want the
state legislature to pass a law requiring
every man to produce a tax receipt be
According to actual count more than
d.-M pjr.sons paid the r resp 'cts to the
president and lus wile at llotel Ven
donio in Hoston.
An increase of S5,C17 in tlie average
daily receipts is noticed since the recent
reduction of fare-, on tho New Voriv
A sea spider measuring twenty
inches from tip-to-tip oi its claws was
dredged from Oyster bay harbor, Lung
island , the other day.
Tho greatest strawberry shipping
place on this continent is Norfolk, Va.
A farm of 411) acres near that city l
the largest one in tlie wt;rld.
At Atlanta, Ga.. has been formed an
association of young ladies who aro
stvorn to do everytning in their power
to abolish the "parlor-boaif ' fashion.
The editor of a Georgia paper says
liberty is always pictured as a woman
because liberty to survive must be vig
ilant, and there is no blind side to it
Parties will shortly engage in exca
vating lands about White I'la ns, N.
Y., in search of treasures that are sup
posed to havo been buried there years
and years ago.
Kocitation hours tit Yale have been
changed to fawn tlie lootball players.
This, says 'Ilia .'urtvtct Ilullttin, is" the
first indication of tho change of tho
college into a universiti.
Drinking from faucets is a dangerous
thing, in Hartford, Conn. , judging front
a recent item in The Louraut, which
dosoribes a two-loot long hair snake
that recently caino through a water
pipe in that city.
In 1SS0 there were C'J.) Indians in
Maine, of whom illy wore males ami
iilil females. Every able-bodied Indian
in the state has a dog, undeiury Indian
who is not able-bodied has two, sas
The J, caution Journal.
An expert visited the Metropolitan
theater. New York, at it opening one
night lt Meek, anil ligure out tlio
wealth represented in tho parterre
boxes was irroV-VilkOOO. and in tho
lirst tier boxes sy.y.'iU.OdO.
As n family man Davd Wright, col
ored, of Columbia City, Fla., can hard
ly bo surpassed. Ho is tho father of
twenty-Iivo children, most of thorn liv
ing, aud his present wifo is the mother
of twenty-seven children, nineteen of
whom aro living.
At a recent dinner party in Hoston,
Mass,, six thousand rod' roses orna
mented the tables. Thorn was not sttii
oicnt room for tho dishes and the dis
play savored moro of vulgarity than
art, but tho host, says The Journal,
was probably satisfied with his efforts
to surpass all others in tloral ornamen
tation. While Honry Ustorwin was chopping
wood in llethany, Va., ono day last
weok, Ids 4-voar-old daughter- ran up
playfully and nut hor little foot upon
the loir," and tho next instant It was
iovorotl by tho iloicontling ax, tho fath
er not seoir.jj his chil l lu tittle to iUv ,
SOON WILL COME THE SNOW.
IVhlte are the dlsle.', while as tilb't;
The stately corn Is hung with silk;
The roses' are In bio, v.
Lore me, beloved, while you m-iy.
And beg the fljlng hours to stay,
For love fhall end, and all delight.
The dav Is long the day Is b-h;ht;
Hut soon will come the snow!
Up from the meadow-se Igefi tall
Floats music, by the lark's clear call
Scarlet the lilies grow.
Love me, I pnv hiu, while yrti may,
Aud beg the Hying hours to star,
For love shall end, and dear delight.
I5ut soon will c jine the snow I
An Islet lu a shoreless sea,
This moment Is for toil and m?,
And bliss that lovers know.
Love me, beloved Soon wo die;
Joys, like swallows, qit.ckly liv;
And love shall end, and all delight.
The day is long, the dav Is bright,
Hut soon will come the snow!
Xeie Yorc Mail fitpmu
A Decision In nn Ktigllsli Court thnt
.Makes T'holr Owners had.
An important decision regarding
dogs irt the Metropolitan police district
and, by implication, with respect to
dogs generally, wtus givon yesterday
by tho lord chief justice and tlie judges
of tho queen's bench division. Tlio pre
cise question beforo tho court was, in
deed, a merely technical one, but tho
judgment, involved all that was of act
ual consequence. A few daB ago Sir
Hector Hay was summoned for bo.ng
on tho highway accompanied by a dog
which was not under propor control.
Mr. IJennett, tlio poltco magistrate,
finding that the dog was neither muz
zled nor led, imposed a lino on tho un
derstanding that a case should not go
to tho superior court. On considera
tion however, the magistrate refused
to state a case, holding that tlio ques
tion of control was one not of law but
of fact, and that a dog neither led nor
muzzled was, in reality, not controlled.
Tho application made yesterday was for
a rnlo calling upon the magistrate to
state a case. In refusing tho appication
tho court expressed its agreement with
the magistrate that "control'' meant
actual mechanical chuck, and not mere
ly moral guidance. "Tho control,"
said tho lord cliicf jtistioo, "must bo an
ollectivo control, and not a moral con
trol." Mr. Justice Stephen went oven
further, and ntantainod that dogs
must be considered as "insonsiblo
to moral inlluencus," and "liable
to bite any ojeet to which tlioy
might take a fancy," unless
thev were muzzled or "t.ed with a.
string round their necks." The words
of Lord Coleridge aro not, indeed, ab
solutely conclusive, for though in ono
place lie disallows any moral control.
in another ho seems to permit where
tho defendant can prove it. Hut as ho
uui tho other judges agrco that ".Mr.
licimott arrived at a sound conclusion,"
tlio exception looks almost, if notquite.
ineaninglos- The judgement, though
it may be good law, seems hardly logi
cal, for if tho control to bo exercised is
to "prevent a dog from b'.ting" as
Lor Coleridge savs it is ho ought to
go further and prohibit leading, which
only restricts tlie area within which a
dog can bile, but neither prevents him
from biting, nor insures that his bito
shall be harmless. Olhotw.se, there is
no doubt that court lias rightly under
stood the meaning of tlie police auth
orities. Men who lHgin by looking
upon every dog as venomous, and pre
sumably a propagator of hydrophobia.
of course believe only in such control
is physical torco or median cal ingenu
ity can impose restrictions of tho sort
til at would render a rattlesnnko harm
less. For a limited tint till the streets
woro cleared of the stray curs that
constituted tho real danger, there may
havo been some justification for distin
guishing rather sharply botwoun dogs
with and dogs without masters. But
unless tiio police are to be permanently
legraded into dog-catchers, watching
for every pug or poodle that strays
through the garden gate or escapes up
tlie area steps, tlie "temporary neces-
ity ought uy this tune to no over.
I'ho continued enforcement of Sir
Charles' edict serves only to try tho
temper of thoso who do not liko to loso
valuable dogs, and who 1 ko still loss to
see them tortured. London Manilurd.
The Doves of Venice.
Ono of tho most charming and well-
known sights of tho city of Venice,
says a writer in Jie I'ortumd Vr uis-
cripl, is tho innumerable flock of dovc3
that, when they hear tho stroko of 2
o'clock, flutter down into tho Plnzea.
San Marco to rccoivo thoir daily dolo
of grain. This privileged raco of doves
has boon domesticated in Venice sineo
the year 877, and until tho downfall of
the Venecian republic thoso little pen
sioners wero maintained at tho oxpensn
of tho government. Siuco that t mo
they have been cared for according to
a b'equest made in thoir favor by a bo-
Who would believo that thoso doves
have twice appeared as plaintiffs in a
awsuit.J in ISiH in astutconceruin- mv
umronriation of tho doves by various
individuals, for purposes of salo, it was
decided that tho birds woro ros nullius.
tho property of no one in particular,
and heneu" tho property of any person
who might take tiie trouble to catch
thotu Tho consooueucos of this doc s-
lon was immediate aud obvious. Tho
poor birds had no peaco or safety,
and were in a fair way to loso thoif
trustinc tamonoss, tho happy rosult of
conturius of friendly Intorcourso with
mankind. I hoy began to foar tha
Venetians bearing gifts, aud soon
learned to suspect a snaro under every
handful of gram.
Fortune willed it that tho suhjoot of
tho ownership of tho dovos of St. Mark
hould again bo brought beforo tlio
court, and tho first verdict was cor
rected. I'ho judgo dee ded that it was
not a easo of res nullius, but that on
thu contrary, tho dovi of Vonioo ara
domesticated animals, and also, bv
common consent, publio pvoperty, and
intrusted to tho care of tho citizens.
Hence it Imicouios, Iio concluded, tint
luty of ovory Venetian to guard and
two for thoso doves, not appropriat
ing them to li!a own use, but as Urn
wards and orniuuonts of tuo city.