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About The Daily Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1876-1883 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 14, 1877)
All For KotMns.
One of the moBt unfortunate men of
our acquaintance is a gocyi-looking cler
gyman, a widower, who has six grown-up
daughters. Of course they are violently
opposed to the thought of having a .step
mother, and their poor father is subjected
to a cruel espionage, and is compelled to
take one or more of his daughters with
him wherever he goes. The other day,
however, he succeeded in escaping to a
neighboring town without the presence
of a daughter or two, and after an ab
sence of several days, a message came to
the daughters that their father "had
married a widow with six sprightly chil
dren." Had a bomb-shell burst, greater
consternation wTould not have been
caused. The intelligence also was con
veyed that the clergyman would return at
a certain, time. Those girls held a coun
cil at once, and it was unanimously
agreed to give " the widow with six
sprightly children" an exceedingly warm
reception so hot, indeed, that the house
and village could not hold them. The
well-regulated house was turned topsy
turvy the cellar and pantry emptied
preserves confiscated baking neglected.
Water was poured over the stove to give
it a gray and rusty aspect, and the win
dows were spattered with dish-water.
After all this had been done the girls put
on their shabbiest clothes, and awaited
the arrival of the seven uuwelcome per
sons. Rev. Mr. finally came, but he
was alone. He greeted his daughters as
usual, and as he viewed the neglected
parlors, there was a merry twinkle in his
eye. The daughters were nervous and
evidently anxious. At last the eldest
mustered courage and asked : " Whereas
mother?" "In heaven," said the good
man. " But where is the widow wTith six
children whom you married ?" " Why,
I married her to another man, my dears."
The portraits of those girls at that mo
ment would be worth a fortune to an
artist. Surprise, chagrin, joy, and humil
iation were depicted upon tneir coun
tenances, which grew first red and then
colorless, changing from the one to the
other in quick succession. The daughters
had urgent duties elsewhere, and the
father was left in the room alone, until
called to supper, the like of which he
had not enjoyed for many a day. When
he arose the next morning, the house had
more than its wonted cheerfulness and
order, while his daughters were all smiles
in their neatest attire. Their fear of a
stepmotfier has greatly decreased, while
the father has much more freedom and is
not constantly under surveillance.
Trade Prospects in 2sTew York.
The New York Times prefaces a careful
review of the feeling, condition and pros
pects of the dijferent branches of trade
in that city with the following re
When, last fall, business men were in
vited to say what the prospect in trade
was for the immediate future, they were
full of confidence that "the bottom had
been reached," and that a new era of
prosperity was about to begin. It did
not begin, however, immediately, and the
winter, to most of them, was one of des
pondency. Since then a very slight gen
eral improvement has taken place, and
the condition aod prospects are given as
they appear to the merchants themselves.
In the grain trade there is great hope of a
good time coming with the immense
crops from the West, and there is a
steady, healthful growth in the produce
and grocery trades, which encourages
men who are satisfied with small profits.
The volume of business done by grocers
is larger up to this time than it was at a
corresponding date last year; the cloth
ing manufacturers are feeling a small,but
good inquiry for their wares; there has
been, and is animation among the boot
and shoe manufacturers, and the hatters
say they have not done so much business
for many years. Hard as the times are
called, the piano makers have had a good
business, and the dry goods trade reports
indicate an improvement ot from 30 to 50
per cent, in leading houses. There is not
so much disposition to day as there was
last August to make sanguine predic
tions, but the conviction is strong upon
business men that they will keep the
ground they have recovered and con
tinue to do a fair business with moderate
A Murder in State Prison. At the
Connecticut State prison, Wethersfield,
Saturday night, a convict named Henry
Hamlin became possessed of several tools
and a skeleton key, and was able to un
lock the door of his cell after it had been
locked for the night, but before the slid
ing bar had been put on, and getting out,
secreted himself until the prison hall was
quiet and only the night watchman was
about. Watching his opportunity he let
out another prisoner named Wm. Allen.
The two overpowered the night watch
man, Wells Shipman, who had discovered
and fired at them, and as he would not
keep quiet, Hamlin took the watchman's
revolver and deliberately shot him near
the heart, causing his death at about ten
o'clock next morning. The firing aroused
the prison officials, who soon made their
appearance and fired at the fellows while
they were yet in the prison, but without
effect. They succeeded in getting to the
attic by cutting tyeir'way through the
plastered ceiling, and there remained, a
terror to all, till daylight, when they sur
rendered. Both men were sentenced in
1871, for eight years, for burglary. The
murderers had in their possession an iron
bar of formidable sizej' anofcon claw like
a iimmy, and the'implements used in
overpowering the wfttQhmanThat theyil
could have secured these shows a iacK ol
discipline at the prison.
It is said that thousands of buffalo are
killed in Texas alone for their hides.
The Wheat Crop and Prices.
Russia has in the past been the only
real rival of the United States, in export
ing wheat for English and continental
consumption. The districts of Russia
which produce wheat for export are those
tributary to the Black Sea. If it were
not for the war closing these ports, Rus
sia, although her products are reduced,
would send out wheat enough to seriously
affect our export trade, for the reason
that we have 100,000,000 bushels of
wheat for export this year in excess to
that of the previous season. Not only is
the winter wheat crop of the country one
the largest ever harvested, and of supe
rior quality, but the spring wheat crop is
immense, and of a quality as superior as
is the yield. It is dry enough to grind
or export directly from the field.
Last year our wheat crop amounted to
200,000,000 bushels. This year it is fair
ly estimated at over 325,000,000 bushels.
The largest amount ever exported in one
year from the United States was 90,000,
000 bushels. The average export is about
G0,000,000 bushels; but last year only
40,000,000 bushels of wheat was export
ed, owing to a Bhort crop.
Under ordinary circumstances," there
fore, we might naturally expect to see
the prices of wheat go below living rates.
The SDeculators of the wheat markets,
among the most ingenuous, unscrupulous
and well-informed of any class, have al
ready attempted to carry prices down, so
that they might get a large bulk on hand,
to control prices within the near future.
With this view they have already suc
ceeded in carrying the price down to
$1.04 for No. 1 wheat. We have advised
farmers to get their crop in condition to
sell so it might reach tide wTater before
the close of navigation. We see no rea
son to alter this opinion now; but while
doinff this, thev must at the same time
use due business tact, watch the varying
phases of the market, and judge for them
selves as to the proper time to sell. The
export crop of wheat this year must come
from east of the Rocky Mountains, for the
California wheat crop is short and will
cut but little figure in the problem.
Vast amounts of grain have lately
gone forward over the Erie Canal, owing
to the low tolls now adopted on this line
of transit. When winter sets in, the
Eastern railways will undoubtedly es
tablish rates to make up losses sustained
during the summer. If the farmer is
wise, he may measurably take advantage
of these fluctuations. The present crop
of wheat will pay a good profit at 1.00
and over, delivered in Chicago, bt. JLouis,
or other prominent shipping points in the
West. We do not think it need even re
main at this price; certainly not if farm
ers are prepared to carry a good portion
of the crops until next season. This,
however, has its risks, and every busi
ness man must, in this respect, figure for
We believe that large as is our wheat
crop for 1877, it may all be absorbed in J
illUIUJJUUU iUUUVULS, U.L gUUU. piiUCb
year. Tnere is now no prospect tnat tue
Russian-Turkish war is to be ended this
season. If it continues next year it will
prostrate the agricultural resources of
the Russian Empire, so far as their ex
port of grain is concerned. If the farm
ers of the West were in condition to co
operate, they might control the grain
trade of the country, as some other indus
tries control their specialties; this, how
ever, is difficult, on account of their seg
regation; nevertheless, much may be
done by individuals and communities by
watching the'market, and through mu
tual assistance to u given end. If grain
is rushed into market upon a failing
price, speculators will take advantage to
force prices lower and then hold for a
rise. The difficulty is, too many sell at
the ebb, and thus get minimum, when
they should get maximum prices. Prai
Carrier Doves. These useful birds
increase in value with each new develop
ment of their usefulness. The latest ap
plication of the "homing" faculty, as it
is called, of this bird, is the establishment
of communication between lightships
and the shore, at times when it is im
possible to convey intelligence by any
other method. The maratimc code of
signals is taken advantage of, and two or
three letters are stamped on the wing,
intimating the nature of the assistance
required. The bird is then let loose, and
makes its way to its haunts on shore. By
this means many a shipwrecked mariner
may be saved from death. In a great
many cases a "pigeon service" might be
made to supercede the electric telegraph.
This would but be reviving the practice
of the great stockbrokers at the begin
ning of the century. During the war re
lays of pigeons were kept along the road
from Paris to London, so .that these
speculative gentlemen obtained the earli
est news of the course of events. The
carrier-pigeon came into special prom
inence during the late siege of Paris;
letters photographed on the minutest
scale were 'carried to and fro by its means.
The Prussians could not intercept the
birds, and ended, by adopting "the sys
tem themselves. At the present time
every fortress and fortified town in Ger
many is provided .with flocks of .trained
pigeons, by which means communications
could be sent into town, if invaded by a
hostile force. . ,
At the wedding of Madame Charles
Hugo and M. Lockroy in Paris recently,
Gambetta and Louis Blanc were con
spicuous guests. On the same occasion
Victor Hugo inade famous dab 'ItTol by
a colloquy he Held with the driver. .The
I coachman refused the ordinaryf&re, say
ing that the honor of having driven Vic
tor Hugo was sufficient for him. The
poet forced the francs upon the man,
telling him to subscribe to the fund for
the Lyons workmen.
A Favorite Story of Dickens.
The following story may have gone the
round of the newspapers but it is good
enough for re-telling, since Dickens said
of it: "You must know that I have ap
propriated that story and-acquired im
mense reputation by it!" It occurs in a
paper of reminiscences in Scribner, en
titled "A Yankee Tar and his Friends :"
On one of Captain Morgan's voyages
from America to England, he had under
his care a very attractive young lady, wiio
speedily distinguished herself by reduc
ing five young gentlemen to the verge of
distraction. She was quite ready to mar
ry one; but what could she do with five?
In the embarrassment of her riches she
sought the captain, who, after a fewr mo
ments1 thought, said: "It's a fine calm
day; suppose, by accident, you should
fall overboard; I'll have a boat ready to
nick von tin. and vou can take the man
who loves you well enough to jump after,
you." This novel proposition met the
young lady's views, and the programme
was accordingly carried out, with the
trifling exception that four of the young
men took .the plunge, and, being picked
up by the boat, presented themselves a
dripping quartette upon the ship's deck.
The object of their undampened ardor,
no less wet than themselves, fled to her
state-room and sent for her adviser, the
captain. "Now, Captain," cried she in
despair, "what am I to do?" "Ah, my
dear," replied the captain, "if you want
a sensible husband, take the dry one"
which she did.
Kissing Day in Russia. A curious
Easter custom prevails among the Rus
sians of all grades of society. The fash
ion is to present an egg to a friend the
first time you meet him or her most gen
erally her after twelve o'clock on Easter
night. The one who presents the egg
exclaims: "Christ is risen !" The other
answers: "Is he risen, indeed!" and
three kisses follow. Of course the sec
ond one has generally an egg to present
Timid swains eagerly take advantage
of this custom to obtain the priviledge
of embracinir some fond obiect whom
they would otherwise be too bashful to
approach. These eggs are of all kinds
some simple hens' eggs, gilded, or sil
vered, or colored; red, blue, or violet;
some sugar eggs, embellished with ail
kinds of fanciful designs. There are
also diminutive gold, marble, or simple
wooden eggs; others are large enough to
serve as ladies' traveling bags; or they
may be placed on stands to serve as a
useful ornament; hens may sit on a nest
full of bonnon eggs; and some may be
fitted up inside with a set of children's
toys. There are eggs, in fact, arranged
in every imaginable manner, and made
out of every imaginable material.
On this day hundreds of thousands of
these change hands in St. Petersburg
alone, and the sum spent in their pur
chase must be prodigious.
A young fellow who was a bit of a Bo
hemian, fell in love with his laundress, a
charming young creature; and, in order
that he might see her frequently, he con
trived to have her call every day to take
something to the wash. As chance would
have it, they were separated from each
other for a time, but by-and-by they met
again. "Have you been true to me all
this time?" inquired the comely damsel.
"See," said he, "I have worn nothing but
paper collars since we parted."
Maine produces one-tliird of the ships
built in the United States.
How to Get an Appetite.
To a man or woman without an appetite
"the best the market affords" presents little
or no attractions. The sooner suehra hap
less individual puts the gastric organ in a
condition to enjoy the edible comforts which
a bountiful providence has provided, the
more reason there will be to feel irrateful for
the suggestion. To do this, invigorate the
stomach with Ilostetter's Stomach Bitters,
which will enable that organ to digest prop
erly, and, since good digestion is the parent
of appetite, give birth to a dc&ire for food at
the intervals appointed by nature. With
chronic want of appetite are usually associat
ed nervousness, biliousness and constipa
tion, three evils which are speedily overcome
bj' the Bitters. All persons of a dyspeptic or
bilious tendencj should use this healthful
tonic daily, or at least three or four times a
week. A pursuance of thjs course will soon
insure and conlirm a radical change for the
better in the condition of the stomach and
Leef's & Co.'s California
Wherever these Yeast Cakes have been
used the' have given perfect satisfaction.
We warrant them to do all that the circular
or printed directions claim for them. They
received the premium at the last State
Fair over all competitors."
The grains and vegetables from which
these Cakes are made are selected with the
greatest care, and being manufactured at
Sacramento, we shall always furnish them
fresh. From recent discovery in their
preparation", Mr. Leef has been enabled to
quicken the action of the yeast growth so as
very greatly to add to their convenience, and
making them a better' substitute for the
Vienna Yeast than any yet introduced to
public favor. They are intended to take the
place very largely of Yeast Powders, and at
the same time to add to the flaror of all arti
cles in which they are used. Adams, McNeil
x (Jo., bacramenio, uai.
Farmers Guide Book to the Pacific
Coast. A handsome 20-page .Monthly, con
taining map of Pacific Coast, list of farms
for sale, statistics, and information to settlers.
Published by General Land Agency of Cali
fornia, 405 California street, San Francisco.
Price, 15-cent6jer copy;, $L0O per year.
Physicians of high standing unhesitating
ly give their indorsement to the use of the
Graefenberg-Marshall's Catholicon for all fe
male complaints; The weak and debilitated
find wonderful relief from a constant use of
this valuable remedy. Sold by all druggists.
$L50 per bottle.
Abietine for rheumatism
A New Deal.
Sax Ybaxcisco, July IS, 1871.
To the Country Dealers of the Pacific Ceast:
Gkxtlemxn For several months I have been sel
ling mv pure COMPRESSED COFFEE to the trade
through a general agency and jobbing tfers, involv
ing two Immediate profits before the goods reached
the distributing trade. Under ordinary circumstances
this plan would have been without serious objection,
but where so much competition in the way of adulter
ated coffees has to be mot. 1 find that much against
my Inclination I shall have to deal directly with the
country trade In order to get my superior, prodnct-lnto
general consumption. By Imitating the example of
some others, I could easily afford to sell "coffee1 at
as low prices, as could be named, but my ambition
is to build a reputation on purity and excellence
My PURE COMPRESSED COFFEE Is in no sense an
extract or preparation from coffee, but simply the
best coffee, carefully selected, roasted, ground and
compressed after a formula which at once fixes and
permanently retains all its exhilarating and refresh
ing qualities, among which are caffeine. ltB volatile
oils and astringent acids, which lose nearly if not
quite all their virtues before they reach the table of
the consumer, in any of the old methods of preparing
coffee for immediate use. This fact is well under
stood by experienced coffee men, and to Bupply the
unavoidable deficiencies, chiccory, stale bread, rye,
certain barks and other foreign substances have been
added in the way of adulteration, until now the peo
ple scarcely know what pure coffee Is. And with the
belief that dealers and the best class of consumers
will welcome and sustain me In my efforts to supply a
pure, 'wholesome and delicious article, I now offer it
direct to the retail dealers at 32K cents a pound cash,
no charge for cartag This coffee Is an equal mix
ture of the very best Java and Costa Rica, and Is put
up in handsome style, under the brand of "MOCHA
QUALITY," and those who once use it will call for
no other. It is pure, rich, delicious and wholesome,
and always secures uniform excellence in the coffee
made from It. Send six dollars and fifty cents for a
sample box of 20 pounds, and give your cubtomers
something for which they will thank you.
A. P. ADAMS,
Cor. Fremont and Mission Sts., San Francisco.
MERIT WILL WIS.
CALIFORNIA YEAST CAKES
NOW fresh on the market, and only goods or the
kind x axueactuked on th t ''oast. For Light
Bread, Light Biscuits, Husk, Ho; xtolls, Hot Cakes.
Doughnuts; in fact this article cannot be excelled, if
used In any capacity where good yeast Is required.
F. M. LLEF & CO., Sacramento City, Cal.
X2fFor Sale by Wholesale and Itetail Grocers gen
erally. Ketail price, per package, 23 cents. Samplei
sent Jree by mail.
A. EOM AIT & CO.
ARE DAILY RECEIVING
Wholesale and Retail Booksellers, Manufacturing
Stationers and Printers. The Trade, Schools and
Libraries supplied on most liberal terms. All orders
promptly and carefully attended to. Prices strictly
ii sioxTGoansirc st..
LICK HOUSE BLOCK. SAN FRANCISCO.
TO SOLICIT PICTURES
Copying, Enlarging and Retouching.
22TThe best work and highest commllons given
on this coast. Address 'C01,"IXi,"i:oom 71,
So. 120 Stutter fttreet Man Francisco.
For NINETY DAYS FROM DATE
Elegant Table Silverware
Gin t sfcnred by all on compliance with the following conditiens: The Kationat Slirer
Plating Company. 70( Cbeitnut Street, Philadelphia, manufacturer of Pare Coin
Standard Silrer.Plxted Ware, will tend to any one wno recedes this notice, a Set of
Donble Extra-Plated Silver Spoons, and engrave on each spool any desired
Initial. Yea are required to cat oat the following Silverware Coupon and-tend it to
the shore Company, with your name and address, and also to enclose with It 75 tents
to pay all charges, including cost of engravtnc initials, packing, boxing, and express
charges. The Spoons will bo cent by express
and delivered in your hands without further cost. These Spoons are guaranteed to bo
or the best material, and equal to tho best SUver-Plated Ware nade, as the follawLcg
letter from the Company wjU testify :
Orncx o? Kattoyal Silytc Platcto Co., TOi Coesttmt St. Philadelphia. Pa.
To whom it may Concern. The Spoons sent out under this arrangement
we guarantee are of bsst quality, first heavily plated with pure nickel (the hardest
rrhiie metal known), and a doable-extra plate of pure Coin-Standard Silver added on
top of the BicsM. thus rendering then the very best Silver-Platsd Ware manufac
tured. 'We will honor no order which does not contain the Silverware Coupes, nod. KB
I.U1 not honor the L'&UPC-a afUr ninety davt from the date of this paper.
lo-'gacdj XTA.TI02TAI. SILVER PLATING CO.,
70-1 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.
MA "1,1.1 mi.i ..' - i'ii. -wwmamwMl
On recclrtrf this Ccunon. toecthcr with
log express r mating, cugravicg and boxing, we hereby OgrtS 19 mail to LMJ ad
dxeM asl of cor puxa Cola-Standard double-extra plated
an rn eien Fooon tnprave any desired Initial. All charges ire la oe prepaid by
the 75 cents ai us, .md the Spscsjwill Ic delivered u dsstinatiou free of any
Good for niatT day from flute tf this paper, after which this Conpeo Is anil
and Toid. liisacdj KATIONAIi SILVER PLATING CO..
TOaChestnut St., Philadelphia.
Should it be desired, any cna of tha followfcg artfefef will be sent la
lieu of the Spoons on payment cf the following charges: Six solid steel
knives, blade and handle ona solid piece, best steel, doable nickel aad sliver
plated, $2: six forks, double nickel and silver plated. 95 cts. If all thesa
goods are desired, enclose the total charges, whlest will be 75 cts. for spoons.
SJ for knives, and 55 eta. for forks total, $3.70 thus securing for 13.70
what would, cost you much, more in any other rav. Remember that
each article, except knives, will bo cacraved Willi anv -ntnni
desired without cxtxi cost.
This liberal offer bold wed for enly ninety days from date, therefora
It Is to the interest of all who can secure its benefit to see to it that they
are sot debarred bv reason of the expiration of th ! tin i it .t.
tcr etdcriss Silverware shoald be addressed direct to th
XuLTIOXAIi SHiVER'pi.ATINQ CO.,
No. 704 Cheatnut Street,
HENRY F. MILLER,
- BOSTON. -
SEND FOR CATALOGUE.
To WOOD WORTH, SCHELL & CO.
Sole A. gent's,
Masonic Templk, - - No. 12 Post Street.
gy Sold on Ktsy Installments. rj
BRAND, SQUARE AND UPRIGHT,
Z2rstrictly flrst-clabs and fully warranted..
PRICES VERY LOW. SOLD OH INSTALLMENTS.
Send. Tor Illustrated. Catalogue.
CHAS. S. EATON, Generl Agent,
138 Montgomery Street San Francisco.
A. W. S&KBOBli, Agent, 33 Beale St., S. Y
tr- n Ti. Kw!inii.j. ku She 5,
nHE Mitchell Farm, Freight and Spring Wagons
X are well known an ihe best in the market and w ill
withstand the climate or the facitlc Coast ber:-r
than any other. Mr. Sanoorii also keeps at the same
place, imported from his own manufactory at Man
chester, N. II.. a good assortment of his celebrated
Of all sizes. t3fAlio, Itusrajies, Phaetons and
Xiigut Carriage- of all kinds
STAB SPRING BED
THE BEST IN USE. EVERYBODY BUYS IT.
Sead for Circulars to
C. D. & E. HTCKIiEY,
149 New Montgomery St.i S. F.
The mends of this
UN RIVAL LED CORSET 4
are now numbered by
AT CENTENNIAL. l
r tha ConninQ strict flP!
beware of imitations. j
UNBREAKABLE STEELS. (PS
The bst goads made.
See that tha name of
THOMSON and the
Trade Mark.a CROWN.are
stamped on every Corset iSteel.
(or mail, if you have no express office.
75 cents to cover all charges, iDclud-
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