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PITTSBOIlO CHATHAM CO,, N". C, SEPTEMBER 26, 1878.
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A LOVK KONO.
SliiniiiR and clo:ir two raindrop lie
it tilt; Klt'wiuK leaves of a roue ;
Low ami sweet the night winds sigh.
Far away the river Hows ;
Not for those do the raindrops care.
So far tliey seem and yet so near.
Just the heart of the rose lietween.
Tearful and sad the maiden's eyes,
Tale she looks ly the red, red rose ;
Low and sweet the night wind sighs,
Far away the river flows ;
Not for these does the maiden care,
Kstraug'd her love, and yet so near,
.lust the bloom of the rose between.
Kager and glad the lover pleads.
Strong he stands by the red, red rose ;
Low and sweet the night wind seeds,
Kar away the river Hows ;
Not for these does the lover eare.
He breaks the rose ! lie Is so near !
Not the shade of a rose lietween.!
Shining and elear the raindrops glow
In the red, fresh heart of the rose ;
Sweet and low the night winds blow,
Kar away the river Hows ;
Twines the rose in the maiden's hair,
Hearts and Hps, they are near, so near !
.lust the breath of the rose between !
A BUNCH OF ROSES.
Maggie Denne was standing on the
terrace in the rectory garden at Whittle
sleigh gazing over the lovely bay, when
a young man came close to her and gently
placed his hands over her blue eyes.
"Frank, now dare you!" she exclaimed;
"let me go this instant."
The hands were immediately with
drawn, and the young girl turned round,
half angrily, to encounter the rude dis
turber of her reverie.
"Why, Algy, is it you? How did you
get here? I thought you were at Mot
combe This is a surprise,' she added;
"papa will be so glad and Frank, too."
"And you also, Maggie," said Algy, as
he shook hands with her warmly, ventur
ing on a gentle pressure of her taper
"Of course I am delighted, particularly
as Jessie Hamblyn is coming to-day. You
"Oh, perfectly; she used to be my ideal
of beauty until ." He stopped.
"Until that terrible attack cost her her
eyesight, you mean. Yes, indeed, she
was a lovely girl. I admire your taste
"I did not exactly mean that," he re
plied; "I meant "
"Never mind, just now; but tell me,
like a good fellow, is that the smoke of
the sieamer over there? If so I must go
and tell Robert to get the pony -chaise
Algy shaded his eyes from the glare and
bent all his powers of vision upon the tiny
cloud on the horizon.
It was indeed a fair scene upon which
his eyes rested. The blue waters of the
bay were flecked with foam, as the brisk
breeze met the restless sea on the flood
tide. Till now, Maggie had in vain sought
for a token of the vessel, and with shaded
eyes had watched the whole expanse, at
times almost despairing. But now all
I'oubt was removed. The black streak
grew more and more defined; a long trail
of smoke extended far across the blue
'Come along," said Maggie, "we must
tell papa and Frank. They will be aston
ished to see you. By the way, do you
generally greet your lady friends at Mot
combe as you did me just now?"
Algy blushed as he replied: Of course
not; besides, I have no particular friends
"Oh! Not Miss Luttrel? and Miss Alice
is it Alice C'arrington? Fie, Algy, fie!
what would they say to hear you disown
them thus? But here is Frank."
As she spoke her cousin, Frank Carson,
appeared. He walked slowly, and with a
peculiar, watchful gait, but he turned his
head neither to the right nor left, as he ap
proached the merry pair.
"Well, Frank, old fellow, how are you?"
exclaimed Algy heartily, as he extended
"Why Algy Vernon, back already! We
thought you were studying medicine, or
cutt'ng people's legs off to keep your hand
in for surgery. Oh, you truant!"
The young men shook hands warmly.
"Have you been here long this time?"
"About a fortnight," was the reply;
"Maggie's school chum is coming I am
very anxious, indeed, to make her ac
quaintance. I understand she's lovely
not that her good looks matter to me "
Algy was about to make a reply when
Maggie made a sign not to speak.
"Will you come and meet her, Frank?
We are going."
"Of course. I shall be delighted to
welcome her. I'll go and get some
flowers for her a bunch of roses will do,"
and as he spoke he walked quietly away.
"What did you mean by telegraphing
to me in that mysterious manner?" in
"Frank doesn't know that Jessie is
blind now, so don't tell him. She may
recover her eyesight, the doctors say.
Perhaps your skill will prove of use."
"Not much, I am afraid," saul Alger
non, sighing. "But I've made the eyes
my study too. Now your eyes
But whatever sompliment he intended
to convey was cut short by Maggie's sud
In half an hour the party were all ready
to proceed to the wharf. The pony -chaise
led the way at a brisk pace, while a cart
for the visitor's luggage followed more
The steamer soon came alongside and
Maggie's quick glance at once descried her
"There she is Algy, and Barton is with
her as usual. What a kind creature she
Barton recognized the party at the same
moment, and told her young mistress, who
turned round and waved her hand.
Jessie Hamblyn must have possessed no
ordinary share of beauty before the ftll
ravages of small-pox had deprived her of
sight. Even now her almost classic fea
tures were very striking, and her open lids
at a distance did not betray the terrible
trial to which she had been subjected.
Fortunately the disease had not marked
her to any perceptible extent, and had her
eyes been spared, her beauty would have
remained almost unimpaired. Her tall,
well-formed figure was drawn up as if in
defiance of the pity she knew was left to
her, and of many kind expressions which
her quick sense of hearing caught and
resented. At first she had rebelled terribly
against the Will that had mercifully
chastised her, but lately she had lowed
Jier head to the decrees of Providence and
UIIIlOMl willioui a. wuiuiui.
"How glad I am to see you?" she ex
claimed ' I mean to know I am with you
.1 If TI 1 1
imiuu ugitm, uuur maggiei now Kinu you
"Dearest Jessie," whispered her friend,
"we are all delighted you have come,
and looking so well, too. Here are two
young gentlemen waiting to be introduced;
though I think you have met Algy Vernon
"Oh, yes! I recollect Mr. Vernon quite
well. We had a famous picnic to the
Glen, I think it was."
"Quite right, Miss Hamblyn. What a
memory you have!" replied Vernon, as he
shook hands with her.
"This is my cousin, Frank Carson, of
whom you have heard," continued Mag
gie. "He has brought you a bouquet."
Maggie took them from her cousin and
placed tbem in the blind girl's grasp.
Jessie inhaled the perfume for a few mo
ments, and then placed them in the bosom
of her dress.
"Oh, what lovely roses!" she cried.
"Thank you so much, Mr. Carson!"
"Now, dear, let me escort you,'' said
Maggie. I see your invaluable Barton has
already got your luggage ashore. This
"Algy, you and I must follow, as we
cannot lead," said Frank, as he took his
friend's arm. "I saj," he whispered,
"what a beautiful voice she has got, hasn't
she? You'll be falling in love, old fellow,
"Not I," replied his friend; "I'm not
equal to a goddess like Miss Hamblyn.
Besides you know " He stopped sud
denly, remembring Maggie's caution.
"Well, besides what? Don't mind me,"
"Oh, dear, no; the fact is, I'm rath
sweet on some one else, you see. She
was delighted with those roses, I can tell
you. What a thoughtful fellow you are!
I never can do those things.
"Then, friendly Algy, take a lesson
now and a rose next time."
They all drove rapidly back to the rec
tory. Mr. Denne met them on the steps.
"Welcome to Whittlesleigh," he ex
claimed in his cheery voice. "Jessie, my
dear, I am delighted to see you. Come
in," and pressing a fatherly kiss upon the
wide forehead, he led his beautiful visitor
into the drawing room.
"Luncheon is ready," he said, "so
when you young ladies have exchanged
confidences we will sit down. Do not be
too long, dear," he ad led to his daughter.
"We shall be ready in a minute, papa,"
"Scarcely, 1 think," said the rector,
laughing. "But do not forget I break
fasted at 7 this morning."
"What a nice fellow your cousin must
be, Maggie! Fancy his taking the trouble
to gather these lovely roses! I wish I could
see them," she added with a sigh. "But
Maggie, dear, what do you think? One
doctor in London told papa that perhaps 1
might some day recover my sight I do
so hope he is right. He wanted to galvan
ize me, or something."
"Of course he is right, dear; he never
would have been so cruel. He could nol
have held out hopes if he were not quite
"Oh, Maggie, fancy, just fancy being
able to see the sea, the sky, the flowers,
and you, darling, once again. But it is
too good to be true. It is quite impossi
ble!" A weary sigh closed the sentence,
"Not impossible, dear. So let us hope
for the best. Hope and pray, and trust in
Jessie bent down and kissed her kind
friend and then the two girls had a "good
Nearly two months passed away and
still the party at Whittlesleigh Kectory
remained the same. To those of my
readers who have stayed in sweet South
Devon, I need not explain the pleasant
life which young people can, and 1 believe
do, lead in that land of picnics. Love in
these latitudes ripens with the stra wher
ries and comes as natural as cream; so the
young couples at the Rectory paired oil'
almost unconsciously. Such an arrange
ment in the case of Algy Vernon and
Maggie Denne was not surprising, for
they had been acquainted since childhood.
Mrs. Vernon and the late Mrs. Denne had
been schoolfellows. They had never
severed the friendship thus initiated, and
"what was more natural than th it the affec
tion entertained by the parents should
descend to the children? At any rate,
Algy was deeply in love with the prettv
Maggie; and she, though not preoccupied
respecting him, thought her old friend
very nica indeed, and, if the truth must
be told, preferred him to all her numerous
But Frank Carson an&Jcssic Hamblyn
had no excuse. Yet the influence of the
Devonshire air was such as to kindle a
spark which showed symptoms of bursting
out into a very decided flame indeed.
The train of sympathy was, laid; it re
quired but the spark tm be applied to it,
and then the barriers of prudence would
give way before the explosion. If Alger
non and Maggie understood each other, so
did Frank and Jessie, and the numerous
excursions and picnics in which they
passed the afternoons only served to rivet
their bonds closer.
One sultry afternoon a last excursion
was planned to the Fairy Glen. Tho
party had been increased on this occasion
by three couples from a neighboring
parish, and despite the threatening ap
pearance of certain huge masses of cloud,
the expedition started. The romantic
spot which Maggie no mean judge in
these matters had selected for the after
noon meal was one of those lovely bits of
landscape so familiar to many of us.
A brawling stream makes its sparkling
way amid moss-covered boulders, over
pebbly shallows, and swirls beneath the
wild flowers under its banks. Then glid
ing calmly into an unruffled pool, it lazily
creeps beneath a picturesque bridge,
through the single arch of which ancient
structure the moor is seen extending its
wild and undulating curves. And then the
water, secure in its pride of high birth in
yonder hills, takes no heed of the narrow
passage till, ere it is aware, it is caught in
a rapid, and hurled over the cascade to the
sea, where it is lost forever.
Such was the feature of the wonderful
dining-room on that eventful day a day
never to be forgotten by any member of
that merry party.
"The cloth soon was laid beside the
stream, and, when all was ready, full jus
tice was done to the alfresco meal. More
than once a muttered growl or subdued
rolljwas heard over the hills, but the sound
was merely the echoes of the blasting
operations at the quarries, or the rattling
of the trucks on the neighboring tram
way. The air got more and more sultry, and
even the insects seemed to sleep. The
trees whispered to each other, and their
topmost branches waved a gentle welcome
to the scarcely felt breeze that stirred the
leaves. The picnic party broke into
groups alter dinner, tne groups into pairs,
each cautioning the others not to go too
far, as there was a storm brewing. Frank
and Jessie did not wander away. Escorted
by Algernon and Maggie to a rustic seat
above the stream, close to a tall and shel
tering tree, they sat together, while the
more venturesome of the party climbed
the tall rocks or wandered up the stream,
leaping from stone to stone, where assist
ance and much holding of hands was a
"Oh, ye Devon streams, for what are
ye not responsible? How many happy
faces ye have mirrored ii your sparkling
Frank and Jessie chatted for some
time on different subjects, until at last
she sighed deeply, and said abruptly:
"Oli, how very sorry I shall be to leave
here, I have been so happy." Then she
added, "Everyone has been so kind to
"I am dreadfully sorry you must go,"
he said, with an ansvering sigh, and as
he spoke, be knew nt how how does it
ever happen? their hands touched; his
fingers clasped hers, and hers were not
withdrawn. The train was fired.
".Jessie, dearest Jessie," he whispered,
"can you love me? Will you be my wife?"
There was no reply, unless an almost
imperceptible pressure of the taper fingers
could be so termed. Frank took it for as
sent, and bending 4own he kissed the
lovely face once, tvice, thrice, till her
cheeks were as brillant as the crimson
roses she wore in her dress.
"My own, my da-ling!" was all he
said. A sharp peal of thunder passed
away unheeded as he spoke. After a
pause he resumed:
"So you do love lie, Jessie! I never
thought you would care for me, dear."
"Indeed I do," slie whispered; "why
should 1 not? But I often wondered that
you selected me asyoi.r companion all the
weeks, for I am so unfortunate."
"Why, my darling, how are you so un
fortunate?" as he passed his arm around
her taper waist.
"Because because oh! I cannot bear
to mention it; though I do not mind now;
at least not so much."
"But what is this Urrible reason why I
should not love 3011 Jsssie? Tell me dear
est." "Oh, Frank! that is like jour kind
sympathy for me. Of course, you guess.
It is because I am blind."
Frank recoiled as il'he had been stung;
a choking giisp escaped him, and he could
not speak for a momei.t.
"Blind!" he repeated at length, as if in
a dream; "blind! Oh, Jessie! So am I!"
It was too true. Blind from his birth,
Frank Carson had never dreamed that
Jessie was afflicted like himself. Maggie
had never told him this, and the terrible
fact was revealed to the lovers for the
first time. Frank's knowledge of the
ground and neighborhood in which he
had lived for years had enabled him to
keep Jessie in ignorance of his infirmity,
which she, of course, fancied he was
And had it come to this after all!
Jessie seized his hand. "Oh, do not tell
me that! Frank, dear Frank, say you can
see me. Have you never seen me, never
She waited breathless for an answer. It
fell almost like a blow.
And this was the end of her dream of
love! She had been so happy to think that
one man at least had been so kind and
sympathetic; that one man had seen her
vacant eyes and scarred face, and had
loved her for herself alone; not for her
beauty and her wealth. But now the
charm was snapped the golden bowl was
broken. She bent her head. A great
warm drop fell upon her hand, now
clasped in his once more. She started as
she felt it. He was suffering too. She
drew herself up, a beautiful smile upon
her face, then bending toward him she
pressed a kiss, the first kiss of her pure
lips upon his forehead.
"For better, for worse, till death do us
part, dear Frank I am yours, if you will
take me so!"
" 'Till death do us part,' " he repeated,
solemnly, and he in turn was stooping to
his love, when
A hot and brilliant flash of light rent
the cloud overhead, a rattling peal of
thunder followed to the earth, and Frank
and Jessie lay extended beneath the riven
trees, hand in hand, to all appearance
locked in sleep the sleep that knows no
Till death did them part! Was this to be
their parting on the threshold of their
Peal after peal of thunder rattled over
head, the lightning flashed around them,
the rain poured down in torrents, and
there they lay unconscious of the elemental
"Merciful heavens, have pity on them!"
It was the rector who spoke, as he and
some others of the party came suddenly
upon the forms beneath the trees.
Was the prayer heard? We dare not
speculate on such subjects as this. Who
The bodies were borne to a cottage close
by; the light clasp of the fingers was un
loosed at length. Jessie, the bunch of
roses contrasting so with her pallid face,
was laid upon a bed. Frank was in the
next room, insensible still.
A stifled sigh first proclaimed to Maggie
Denne that her heartful prayer had been
answered; and Jessie sat upright. Turn
ing to her kind attendant she said faintly:
Maggie, full of joy, hastened to the bed.
There was Jessie Hamblyn, indeed; but it
was the Jessie of old. Her eyes were open
wide and full of life.
"It is true, Maggie, darling; it is true,
and I can see you once again I can! I
can! Look, here are my roses, there you
stand. Oh, thank heaven, I can see the
sky once more!"
She fell back exhausted, then, rising
"Is it true about Frank? I love him, he
loves me; the lightning struck us yes,
but gave me sight for him. Thank God!
Where is Frank?" she inquired after a
"In the next room," said Maggie, as
she wiped away her happy tears. "Oh,
Jessie! how thankful we all are. We
feared the worst for both!"
At this moment the rector entered,
Oh, come in, papa, come in; darling,
Jessie can see us all again. Is it not won
derful? I am so thankful!"
"It is in'eed wonderful," replied Mr.
Denne. "And now," he said, after he
had affectionately congratulated Jessie.
"I have more good news; Frank has re
covered, and has asked for Jessie. Mav
he come in?"
"I will go to him," she said, raising
from the bed. And before they could stop
her she had hurried away to the next
room where, lying upon a sofa, was poor
Carson. She hastened toward him. "Oh
Frank," she cried, "dearest Frank, I am
so glad." Then blushing rosy red, she
whispered, "Till death do us part. God
has given me my eyesight once again, to
nurse and tend you all my life. Dear,
He said no word till, raising up, he
knelt beside the sofa, and Jessie's thanks
giving and his went up to heaven together.
But little remains to be told. The
lovers were united before many months
had passed. Algernon and Maggie soon
followed the good example set them by
Jessie and her lover. On the former wed
ding day the only gift, presented to the
lovely brida by hr devoted husband,
Frank, was a bunch of roses. CasselVs
One is often objiged to wonder, con
cerning the directing causes of the
dress of children, whether they origi
nate in fashion, in convenience, or in
the fitness of things, for it is almost
impossible to trace the course of any
single law in relation to them. One
would suppose that these tiny ieople
were exempts of fashion, and that the
eye of the capricious dame would
hardly rest on such small deer; yet
when we see the prevailing bonnet of
the little girl this year, an Anne Boleyn
cap, and last year a Mary Stuart, and
next year a Normandy, we are forced
to confess that the infantile head-dress
has already come under the yoke; and
when we see all the children of the
country decorated with ribbons and
sashes of a certain color, perhaps a
sombre one at that, and its nature in
congruous with childhood, we give up
the case, and declare that fashion has
marked even the babies for her own.
Still more is this felt when we look at
the frocks of the children of wealthy
parents, where linen cambric, with
costly lace insertion, is worn over
colored silk slips, making a charming
effect a dress in which the child looks
more like some lovelytliower than ever,
but in which it is hardly possible for
him to take any pleasure suitable, the
dress being utterly unfit for playing
and romping according to the nature of
ch ildren. Yet, nevertheless, with such
exceptions as these destructible slips,
high-heeled shoes, crimped forelocks,
and a few other follies the subservi
ence to fashion being always allowed
for meanwhile it must be admitted
that there is much common-sense in
the major part of the dress of children
nowadays. The short skirts that pre
vent stumbling and afford no bar to
active exercise; the long stockings
gartered at the waist, that leave no
bare skin to be rudely visited by the
winds, and impede no circulation; the
loose waists that allow full play of
muscle; the high necks and long sleeves
all these and other details are cer
tainly great hygienic improvements
upon the dress of ancestral children
whose little waists were sheathed in
buckram, whose heads were made ten
tier with caps, whose skirts trailed on
the floor as those of their elders did,
enforcing staid behavior; while the boy
of the ieriod, too old for petticoats and
too young for the mocking dress of a
miniature man, is quite as picturesque
as lie would be in the doublet and hose
of boys three hundred years ago, and
considerably more comfortable.
The dress of boys, however, always
granted them a liberty of movement
denied to girls; and doubtless the dress
of women in general has always so
hampered activity as virtually to en
force seclusion, in more or less degree
like that of the harem. Yet even this
very matter of convenience fashion
takes into her hands and moulds. A
few years ago the skirts were so exceed
ingly short and so very full that our
best-dressed little children were like a
swarm of ballet dancers; now, on the
contrary, while still neerly as short,
they are so scant and well fitted that
we seem to see Ariel and Mustard-seed
and Peas-blossom in their traditional
garb about the family hearth. Full or
scant, short or long, the little bodies
are mightily particular concerning them
and all the rest of the toilette; each
object of that toilette is assniuch a
matter of importance to them as cor
responding objects are to their mam
mas; the color and cut have become a
subject of discussion, and the doubt as
to whether or not it is going to be ad
mired by companions weighs in the
balance as the world does with the rest
of us, while you shall see missie turn
herself before the glass for rear and
side views with the ease of practice,
and feel satisiied, being well dressed, or
else exquisitely uncomfortable with
the consciousness of falling below the
standard of her age and coteri, quite
as intensely as you feel it all yourself
when subject to the close scanning of
the insolent eyes of women of the world,
and perhaps even more so, owing to the
absence of powers of comparison and
It is chiefly in view of this acuteness
of their feelings in relation to dress
that we allow children so frequently to
appear like popinjays, and it is to be
wished that they could be led to think
less of its appearance, or to understand
the reasons why a simpler dress is more
suitable and healthy, and therefore
better for them to have, no matter
what "the girls" say about it. For our
own part acknowledging some weak
ness in the matter, rather of pleasant
fancy than of utility we can never
think any dress so pretty for a child as
that of the infant princess in North
cot's picture at the Exposition. The
little maid of four or five years is
pledging her niairiage troth to her
eager pretty lord and master a year or
two her senior, under instruction of
monk and bishop, and with the crowd
of family dignitaries in the rear, and
the ardor of the young lover and the
faithful determination of the baby
bride to do whatever is expected of her
could be set off by no laces, frills and
feathers half so well as by the little,
close, demure cap from which the gol
den rings of hair escape, and the little
straight gown that, just touching her
toes, gives her a sort of womanly charm
even in her babyhood. Harper1 s Bazar.
STORM AND HEAT PHENOMENA.
The Mississippi Valley has always
been subject to hurricanes. Their tracks
are traceable in every State from Ohio
to the Black Hills, and from the great
lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, through
riven forests and desolated villages.
But this year will be long remembered
for the great number and terrible char
acter of its storms. It has produced
more of them than the preceding ten
years, and with a frightful loss of life
and property. And now, directly after
these great storms, which should have
cooled aad purified the air, comes the
equally startling phenomena of heat,
the intensity of which has not been be
fore experienced by the oldest settlers.
The number of people struck down by
this cause in the city of St. Louis since
last Friday must nave been three or
four hundred a third of them fatally.
Doubtless there occurred other hun
dreds of cases in the smaller towns and
in the harvest fields, not reported; for
the high temperature extends as far up
the Missouri Valley as St. Joseph and
Omaha, and from Southern Illinois to
Chicago, where a range of 91 degrees
on Monday caused three cases of sun
stroke, the lake influence being over
come by the heated atmosphere upon
the land. These heated spells are com
monly, in the Western States, followed
by great storms of wind and rain, dis
astrous to the crops outstanding. The
com crop has already suffered from this
cause, and if it should be repeated again,
many millions of dollars would not cover
the losses of the farmers. California and
the region between the Sierra and the
Rocky Mountains are happily exempt
from these fearful phenomena. We
have never heard of a well-authenticated
case of sun-stroke in this State,
nor of a wind strong enough to destroy a
well-constructed building. Yet it is not
unusual for the mercury to rise as high
as 112 degrees in the shade in the foot
hills, and 10G to 108 degrees at Sacra
mento and Marysville. In June, 1859,
from the effects of a sirocco then blow
ing this way from the Colorado desert,
the thermometer marked 122 degrees
at Knight's Ferry, Stanislaus county,
and 133 degrees in the shade at various
places in San Bernardino and Santa
Barbara counties. In the era of active
placer mining 110 to 114 degrees in the
shade was not at all uncommon. Yet
in this intense heat (such is the purity
and freedom of our atmosphere from
malaria and humidity) thousands ol
miners worked in the sun all day long
without prostration or suffering. San
A TURKISH STORY.
The kind of government which Lord
Beaconsfield's " British protectorate "
is about to supersede in Asiatic Turkey
lias seldom been better exemplified than
in the following story, which is literally
true : Some few years ago a wealthy
Jew of the Damascus district purchased
a piece of ground with the intention
of building a house upon it, and made
all the necessary preparations with the
greatest care except, indeed, the most
essential of all viz., offering the cus
tomary bribe to the Turkish G overnor.
The latter, however, was not the
man to let himself be balked of his
lerquisite with impunity, and his pro
ceedings were not less prompt than
characteristic. One dark night he
sent out two of his servants, with
orders to bury a quantity of human
bones in the Jew's ground, just where
tiie workmen were digging tin; founda
tion of the new house. The latter
were not long in coming upon the re
mains ; and, the news getting abroad,
the unfortunate Jew was dragged before
the Governor by an infuriated mob on
the charge of having profaned a Mus
sulman burying-ground. " The case is
clear," said the conscientious judge.
" We cannot have the bones of our
brethren disturbed by an unlieliever.
You must just dear off your ground
and take away your materials before
worse comes of it." Matters now ap
peared desperate. But the Jew knew
his man, and, humbly remarking thai
his Excellency's troubles in this affair
ought not to go unacknowledged, laid
a heavy purse on the divan. The Turk
nodded approvingly. " That alters the
case a good deal," said he. "Go and
bury a wooden cross where the work
men will be sure to find it, and then
the reiwrt will go abroad that the
burial-place is a Christian, and not a
Mussulman, one, and you'll have no
further trouble." The Jew took the
hint, and finished his house without
A summary account of Dr. Schlie
mann's recent excavations at Olympia
says that the number of marble objects
found during the last three winter's is
904 ; of bronzes, 3734 ; of terracottas,
904 ; of inscriptions, 429, and of coins,
1270. All the more imiortant ruins
have been photographed, and the third
volume of the official account is about
to appear. An exhibition of all the
casts taken will shortly be opened in
Did it ever occur to you that
Romeo, in the garden scene, had just
run himself clear out of breath, in a
wild chase about five feet ahead of a
vicious old goat belonging to the
Capulet estate, when, in pleading ac
cents addressed, not to the light break
ing from Juliet's window, but to the
pursuing goat, he exclaimed "But
soft !" Hawkt.ye.
Bayard Taylor's recent illness was
quite severe. His doctor forbade all
reading, writing and brain work of any
kind. He has been to Friedericlishroda,
in the Thuringia Wald, with his family,
but has returned to Berlin.
Men often escape lightly from the
first imprudence, and suffer terribly
from its repetition; for folly repeated
becomes sin,and sin is always punished.
There is no variableness in the govern
ment of God.
Always look on the bright side of
A Boston paper says that the Earl
of Fife has insured his life for $2,500,
000. ' '
The sum of $150 has just been re
ceived in Washington as "conscience
The number of foreign vessels tha
arrived at the port of New York dur
ing August reached a total of 755.
A Liverpool young lady lately saved
a girl from drowning by swimming out
and rescuing her after she had sunk
Asa Gray, LL.D., of Cambridge,
Mass., has been elected a correspond
ing member of the French Academy of
An aged clergyman, who had known
not one day's illness, was asked his
secret. "Dry feet and early rising,"
was his reply; "these are my only two
Two more persons have just died
from injuries received by the late tor
nado at Wallingford, Conn., making
32 deaths in all.
Country exchanges says that the
finest crop of apples ever produced is
now being gathered in the northern
countiee of Pennsylvania.
The immediate effect of the Anglo
Turkish treaty, so far as Liverpool is
concerned, has been to quicken Medi
terranean business and give great ac
tivityto freights. Several mercantile
firms in Liverpool and in London are
arranging for resident representatives
It is stated in Berlin papers that
since the 2d of June, the date of the
attempted assassination of the Einperor
William by Dr. 2STobiling, there have
been 503 arrests of persons in Germany
for Insulting the Einperor. Of this
number 521 have been convicted, in
cluding 31 women. The aggregate of
the sentences of imprisonment imposed
is 811 years. Five of the accused com
mitted suicide before trial.
Poverty, or even extreme indi
gence, though it may lie hard to en
counter, and sometimes distressing to
bear, fortunately detracts nothing from
personal merit in the eyes of those
whose opinion is worth regarding; nor
does it attach any disgrace to the cha
racters of worthy people thus unfortu
nately situated; while no amount of
wealth or excess of personal embellish
ment can lend dignity to dishonorable
conduct, or render men of disreputable
A prize-fight between women took
place lately at Cobridge, Eng. Two
women, both married and with fami
lies, arranged to light. They tied up
their hair, and having made every pro
paration.wenttoa piece of waste-ground
where a ring was formed, each woman
having her partisans. Teeth as well
as fists were freely used, and after three
rounds one of the women, whose nick
name was Brunty, was severely bitten
After all, France has not been for
gotten in the parturition of Turkey.
Tunis is to have a protectorate, and in
the event of any difficulty through the
misbehavior of either the Turks or
Tunisians the territory of the Bey is to
be annexed to Algiers and b;coine a
province of France. If the annexation
does not occur in a few years it will
not be the fault of the French and
English Viceroyal Commission wiiich
is to superintend the government of
A man named O'Connor lately
made his appearance at Oswego, N. Y.,
who has been absent since 18 53, most
of which time had teen spent in prison.
He found his wife, who had long be
lieved him dead, married to another
man, with whom she decided to remain.
O'Connor, who had received $25,000 as
his share of the proceeds of a bank
robbery, and subsequently largely in
creased his gains in Brazil, is said to
have given his wife $10,000 and started
immediately for South America.
One of Her Majesty's grand-children
has recently apieared in print as
an author, or at least translator. Her
Royal Highness Princess Victoria, eld
est daughter of the grand duchess of
Hesse, has published a translation in
German, of a sermon to children,
preached 111 Westminster Ably, by
the Rev. T. Teigntnouth Shore, honor
able chaplain to the Queen. The work,
which is published in Darmstadt for a
charitable object, does the greatest
credit to the royal and youthful trans
lator. Lttmlon Times.
An Owatonna (Minn.) despatch to
the Chicago Liter-Ocean says: "A few
days ago a tramp made an agreement
with Dr. Morehouse, of this place, to
work for 2.50 a day and Imard. He
told the doctor he should want three
meals and two lunches a day, and the
doctor agreed thus to feed him. They
started together in a wagon for the
farm, and when a little way out of the
city, the tramp asked the doctor what
kind of meat he fed his workmen with,
adding that he would not eat pork, but
must have beef. The doctor replied
by ordering the tramp out of his wagon
without a moment's delay. The tramp
obeyed, and the doctor came back to .
the city for other help."
Some of these beautiful evenings a
man with a wilted-collar and a sprink
led coat will mutter an old fashioned
bit of profanity between his teeth ; he
will scud awiftly across the street ; he
will pick up the boy that is manipulat
ing the side-walk hose i he will twist
his head around five times; he will
jam his head into a crack in the fence
and kick his whole body through after
it, and then that loy will learn that it
is not right nor safe to glue his eyes
into the top of a tree while he sprink
les the streets, the sidewalks and -the
citizens, indiscriminately and impar
tiallr. Mind, we do not advocate the
reckless, extraagent or wanton killing
of boys but these are revolutionary
times and the temper of a down trod
den people is restless and unsafe.