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'FOR COD, FOR COUNTRY P ND FOR TRUTH."
W. FLKTCHIR AUBBON, EDITOR.
C. T. W. AUBBON, BCSINK8S MA5A6ER.
PLYMOUTH, N C:, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1892.
Published by Roanoke Publishing Co.
A collision-proof railroad car is among I
matter with our American genius any
huw, asks the Detroit Free Pro.
Hon. J. B. Baker, of Izard, lately in
troduced in the Arkansas Legislature a
bill "debarring women from filling posi
tions of trust and responsibility. '
The latest proposition' of the friends
of woman suffrage,5 heard by : the New,
York Commercial Aiverliter, is to ' give
to all women the right to vote "wheri
they support themselves by work.
There are now more than a hundred
women employed in the telephone ex
changes of Berlin, Germany, and it has
been decided to employ in tho future
women only, for the reason that their
voices are- so much more audible than
men's, . -
Gold mining nowadays means a great
deal more than mere gold digging, the
Boston Tramcript rises to remark, and
the miner with a pick and ihovel outfit is
a very ancient number. The Lemhi Gold
Placer Company of Idaho bogan a few
days ago to construct a twenty-mile ditch
to convey water to its mines at Lemhi'
The ditch is to be ten feet wide At the
bottom, will require 6,000,000 feet of
lumber in its construction, and will cost
about $200,000. It is expected that
about six miles of the ditch will be com
pieted by June X next.
. A nautical journal published on the
Pacific coast asserts that the Nicaraugua
Canal, if completed, will never be used
by sailing vessels, for a reason which ap
plies also to the Panama Canal. On
either side of Central America, ia the
vicinity of the proposed entrances to the
canal, is a region of perpetual calms and
doldrums, and a sailing vessel would find
it exceedingly difficult to get into the
entrance on one 6ide, and after being
lowed through would have equal diffi
culty in getting away from the coast in.
to the region of trade winds on .the other.
A sailing vessel going to San Francisco
from New York or Liverpool would,'" it
is declared, ; make a quicker passage
around Cape Horn than by going through
the canal. It is also said that but one.
sailing vessel has ever passed through
the Suez Canal, and that was lost in the
Red Sea shortly afterward.
i Since 1790 the increase in the popula
tion 7 of 'American cities is one of the
most significant signs of our growth,
observes the New York Mem. In that
year, taking 8000 as a basis, there were
Bix. In 1380 there were 286, in 1890
here were 443 an increase during the
decade of nearly forty-four per cent.
Grouped, the majority of v people find
their homes on the Atlantic slope Yet
while this shows a tendency to mass,
population and with it active enter prises,
it has not, as in the "case of England,'
been .at the expense eo far,' of the coun-,
try population. "Should tho migration
to the cities continue,"' adds the Newt,
"it would be a subject , of concern, but
the average of growth is fairly distrib"
u ted, and the tenement houses and slums
of the great commercial centres are not
absorbing all the life-making influences
of the new people who are finding homes
in our country."
Remarks the BostonTrantcript: The
story of the tragedy just enacted in Hun
gary is one which, had it been wrought
out upon the theatrical -stage, ''would
have been declared itnossible. -'A', "Bon
returns after long absence in V America,.;
with $3000 in gold. -H? seeks his: --old
home, and as a stranger asks" for food
and lodging. .The mother is absent,'
but the father recognized his son. They
embrace.'aud the son tells of his good
fortune. The mother Teturns after the
eon1 has gone to bed. Her husband
6peaks of the stranger, but does not say
he is their son. He will keep that sur
prise until the morning, when the son
shall reveal ' himself to his happy
mother. The mother rises in the
night. She overhauls . the stranger's
baggage. She see tho gold. Her , cu
pidity is aroused. She grasps a khife,
cuts the stranger's throat anl seizes and
hides the gold. When the father awakes
he discovers his son dead and in a pool
of blood. His cry of horror arouses the
mother who had expected her husband
would be a ready accomplice for the sake
of the plunder. The father gasps the
name of the victim. The murderess
utters a cry, reels and falls dead. Could
anything be more dramatic! Could any
thing be more terrible?" f
: THE SWEETEST SONO.
Wi'.h trembling fingers take the harp,
A n 1 touch the strings with gentle care,
For stern reproof in quic't and sharp,
ToDDu who lingers ther;
Ilemohiberina: all the master'! okl,
Intense with thought o'er them have hung,
And of the words th it yet are tDld,
The sweet est songs are still unsung,
The ocean has a secret wave
That breaks unseen and softly dips.
.Where mermaids in the fountains lave,
And seaweeds fall n i rfs?;
So flows the current of the heart
Where pleasing shapes are ever youny,
And this the truth wi;l ns'er depart-
The sweetest sons are still unsua?.
r'-Alonzu Leora Rice,in Indianapolit Ntios.
THE ROBBER' OF PIROCHE,
01Y ALEXANDER UUMAS, FILS.
T the moment
when this' story
I am going to
tell you com
menced it was
midday in the
month of June,
and the road
;( we are going to
travel was bordered on the left by tall
reeds, on the right by the sea. It is use
less to say the sky was blue, the sea
brilliant, Tolling in long, lapping waves,
and the road hot and dusty.
I will only add, this road wound along
the coast of Bretagne from Foterie to
Piroche, a little village like all other
villages of that period, and two peasants,
father and eon, mounted on two asses,
were trotting along this road very com
fortably for the asses as well as the
, "Will we get there m time?' said the
"Yes, it is two o'clock, replied the
father, "and the sun now marks a-quar-ter
"I am anxious to see it," said the son.
"Yes, l ean well believe you."
"Will he be hanged with the armor
"Yes, I am told so."
"What made him think of stealing a
suit of armor?"
; "It isnot so difficult to think of as"
"To do," interrupted the son, who
wished to have his share in the joke.
"Wasthe armor very handsome?" '
"Magnificent-steel inlaid with gold."
"Was he taken in the act of carrying
"Yes; you understand the armor could
not be moved without a terrible clank
ing, and the noise woke up everybody in
"Then they caught him?"
"Not at all; they were afraid."
"Naturally people are always afraid
in the presence of robbers; without that
there would be no advantage in being a
No ; but these people didn't think he
was a robber."
"A- ghost. The rascal carried the'i
armor in front of him, holding it high
above his bead. It looked like a gigantic
giant walking through the corridors; be
sides, the scamp made a hoarse, groaning
noise bchiHd itj You can imagine the
ffight of the'eervants, but unfortunately
for him, it aroused the lord of the cha
teau, :wbbv was. afraid of neither the liv
ing nor tHe'dead; he arrested the robber
and banded him ,ovcr to the proper jus
"And the proper justice?" interrupted
the sop; ' "
"Ordered . bint to be hanged in the '
armor ho had' stolen." i
Wfiw aroa that. rlnna in i.hp -rirJrr-
j r.. j
"Because the Lord of Piroche is not
only a bravo soldier, but n man of wit
and intelligence.' You know, everything
that belongs to a hanged person becomes '
talisman of good luck to those who
p'ossess it '; that is why the Lord of Piroche
ordered him to he. hanged in the armor.
After death it was to be returned to him.
He wanted it as -talisman in the next
us make haste;
anxious' togee tmVbangiog."
ouT'hcastfi'for .we hiust return home to
night.' r .' :.
Thus father and son chatted, and in
half an honr they reached Piroche.
There was a great crowd in the grand
place, in front of the chateau, where the
scaffold bad been erected a beautiful
gibbet placed upon it of superb oak
Our peasants approached the scaffcld
as near as possible, so as to see all that
passed.and waited with the otbera.baviog
the advantage of being mounted on their
Asses,where they could see better and with
less fatigue. They had nt long to wait.
Afcl2 o'clock precisely the door of the
Chateau opened and tho prisoner ap
peared, preceded by the guards of the
Lord of Piroche and lollowed by the
The robber was dressed is the armor.
.mounted upon an ass, his face turned to
the tail of the beast, and his bauds bound
behind him. The visor of the armor was
lowered so ono could not see his face,
but you can imagine he was ill at ease
and a prey to very sad reflections. They
brought him in eight of the gibbet.
The executioner placed bis ladcer to
the scaffold and the chaplain of the Lord
of Piroche mounted the stage and began
to read the sentence of death. The
prisoner never budged. They ordered
him to dismount from the ass and de
itver mtnscit to tne nnter. ... iig never
moved a muscle. . We can well under
stand his hesitation. -
Then the executioner took him by the
elbows and lifted him to the . ground.
What a strong old 'fellow this execu
tioner was! Iu the mean time the chap
lain had finished reading the sentence,
and turning to the criminal demanded
"Have you anything to say?"
"Yes," rpplied the miserable wretch,
in a low, stifled voice. "I beg for mercy
and pardon. . This seemed a good joke.
The Lord of Piroche shrugged his shoul
rders and ordered the executioner to do
his work. ' '
He tried to make the criminal ascend
the ladder, which was not an easy thing
to do. The executioner had to resort to
the same means he had employed to make
him descend from hut ass he took him by
the arms, placed him on the third round
of the ladder, and pushed him up, amid
tne "bravos ' ol the crowd.
. Then the executioner placed the run
ning knot at the eud of. the rope around
bis neck, and giving him a vigorous kie'e
in the back launched him into space, or
rather into eternity. A great shout and
shiver ran through the !crowd, the con
demned balanced two or three minutes
at the end of the .rope, kicking and
twisting as U was-his right to do, then
bung stiff and motionless.
rhe crowd regarded shim a few mo
ments, the burnished armor glistening in
the sunt then they broke up into little
groups and departed homeward, all talk
fng of the event.
"Ma foi," said the son of the peasant
to his father, "to be hanged for carrying
off the armor when he did not. get it
seems hard. What do you think? "
"I was just asking myself if he had
really carried off the armor what would
they have done to him. No matter; he
has been punished justly, no doubt, but
it was not a pleasant thing to see."
Twenty minutes after they entered the
vllage of Piroche, where they expected
to rest a lew nours ana start ouck late in
the evening so as to reach home that
Next morning at peep of day two
guards came out of the chateau to un
book the dead body and .take off the ar
mor of their lord. But', they 'found .what
they least expected. There, ..were the
gibbet and the rope, but where was the
bodyJThey rubbed, their . eyes, think
ing they mast fiedrjifltmng. ' No,' it was
really true there was nobody natu
rally no armor. ' . '
. The guards ran to. announce' thew as
tounding news to their Lord of PirocheT
who would not believe them. . He. must
see the- fact with his own eyes. He was
such' a powerful' personage ' he; was cer-.
tain he would find the ..'hanged ' just,
where he had ordered him; On reach
ing the scaffold he was forced to believe
as the Others. What had become of the
dead body? He was surely, dead .the
evening before, hanged in the sight of
,tbe whole village.
The Lord of. Piroche was io troubled
at the loss of 'his armor he ' offered a re
ward-of ten gold pieces to the one who
yfouid "bring back . the criminal clothed
ii his Armor., -No-one, appeared... They
searched' ia' every direction, but found
nothing. ' 5: - V - ; ,
A, month passed, the-gibbet remained
on the scaffold, gloomy, humiliated, and
scorned, for never had a gibbet betrayed
a like, abuse of confidence..
TheLbrd of Piro'che w"aa 'about to re
sign himself to this strange event and
the loss resulting therefrom-, when one
morning he was -aroused -by a great noise
in the- place ' where . the scaffold was
ertfcted' . He started' to learn the cause
df'the' tumult,.' when his chaplain entered .
in great excitement, and cried:"
"Monseigneur, do ybuiknow what ha9
' "No, I was just goig-tcj see.?
"Well I what of hini?" . .
' "lie is tixet.h:f ' v
"On .the gibbet. ' .
tfn his armor T" .
"Yes; in your armor, my Lord."
"Ah, that is-altfright; is be dead?"
"Stone dead, onljir-" ,
TUX BASCAI CARRIED THE ARMOR.
"Did he have on spurs when he
banged the first time?"
"No, of course not."
"Ah, my Lojd, he has on spun
but no he'met; that ia .lying at the foot
of the gibbet." '
"Come quickj M. Chaplaid, let Us go
and Gee." .
The Lord of Piroche ran to the. place,
filled with a curious, wondering crowd.
Sure enough, there wasthe hanged, his
neck securely fastened in the running
noose, his bodj dangling from the end of
the rope, dressed in the burnished armor.
It was prodigious, wonderful. All cried,
"A miracle!" . :
The Lord of Piroche did ' not mean to
be cheated of his armor this time, so he
ordered the body to be taken i down,
stripped and the armor carried into the
chateau. This done, they rehanged the
dead body, and the crows admired it so
much that in two days it was pecked
and mangled in slashes, in eight days it
was in rags and tatters, in fifteen days
there was nothing left but .the clean
Now where had the hanged been in
his month of absence? What bad he been
doing? Why had he escaped, and then
returned to be re-hanged? I will givd
jou the reason as it was told to me.
Our two peasants on their return home
that evening passed by the gibbet and
beard groans, praysrs and entreaties.
They asked. "Who-is there?" No one
answered, but the prayers and groans
continued and seemed to come from the
dcau body hanging above their heads.
Then the son took the ladder left by the
executioner and climbed up to the height
of the criminal and said: "Is that you
groaning, my poor man?" Yes."
"Are you alive?" "Yes." Do you re
pent ofyour crime?" "Ob, yes."
"Then we are going to take you down.
The evangelist commands us to help all
who suffer; you are suffering, therefore
we are going to help you live and repent.
For God loves a repentant soul better
than a suffering body."
They took him down and discovered
how he had escaped death. The rope in
stead of clasping his neck had caught. on
therim of the helmet and held him sus
pended without strangling him,and thus
he bad been able to breathe until these
peasants rescued him. They carried him
home with them on one of the asses and
banded him over to the care of the wife
He soon recovered ; but he who has
stolen once will steal again.
HTTN8 STIFF AND MOTIONLESS.
As there was nothing to steal in the
house of the peasant but his ass and the
daughter, the ex-banged determined to
take both; he coveted the beast and was
in love with the daughter, a fair blonde
beauty of sixteen. One night he sad
dled the ass, put on hi) armor and a pair
of spurs to aid his flight, and attempted
to carry off the girl in her sleep. She
awoke, and her cries soon brought her
father and brother; the robber tried to
escape, but he was too late. When the
young girl told of his infamous attempt
they knew he had not repented, and
were sorry they had saved such a mis
erable scoundrel, so they determined to
execute justice upon him, but far better
than the Lord of Piroche had done.
They bound him to the ass he had
saddled, carried him back to the gibbet
he had escaped from and there hanged
him until he was dead, taking good care
to leave off his helmet this time, placing
it at the foot of the gibbet. Then they
This is the third version. I don't
know why, but I imagine it is the most
reasonable and that you, like myself,
will give it the preference over the other
As to my Lord of Piroche, having
such an excellent tailsman of safety he
joyously departed to the next war and
was the first one killed. From the
A Home-Made Dark Lantern.
- Says a correspondent "Put some
heated olive oil into a small bottle, drop
in a' piece of phosphorus, cork it up
securely and put it in a safe place. Any
time the cork is removed for a few sec
onds and then replaced, a powerful light
will be given out by the bottle, which
will last several minutes and be again'
renewed at any moment by pulling out
the cork. A more convenient device for
finding a house or number in a street
where there are no lights could scarcely
be devised, as it will give off its light on
the stormiest night, and if it gets out of
order can always be got into shape again
by aid of a little warmth. The mixture
once prepared will last for some weeks
with but a reasonable amount of , care."
New Orleant Timee-Demoerat,
The cost of making a 1000 Bank
England nota is less than two cents.
A BIO CITY'S "PAY DIRT."
FORTUNE MAPB 17ft NEW YOBX'S
A Privilege) Worth Over $90,000 a
Tear Art Army or K&x Pickers
Garbage Pier Dweller.
The sweepings of the New York
streets support at least five hundred peo
ple. They are lodged, fed, clothed, ed
ucated and furnished amusements by tho
drift from the street. The mud of the
city is pay-dirt to them. They mak
more than the average gold prospected.
Yeu. i ago New York used to hire Men
to "trim" the barges of the garbage
fleet, so that they wouldn't capsize or
become waterlogged, or founder when
they dropped out from Sanly Hook to
fill up the Atlantic' Ocean. It costs
the city something to get its little navy
ready to leave port.
By and by came along some men who
said there was valuable brass in the city's
daat pile, and fine nuggets of coal, aud
precious bottles, rich rags, priceless old
shoes, and bones that were not to be
'sneezed at. They offered to trim the
barges for nothing and board themselves
if the city would let them pick out all
the odds-and-ends which they consid
ered valuable. The offer was accepted.
It was thought strange that they should
work without compensation at what had
hitherto been paid for.
The city's sweepings was a gold mine.
Other men grew jealous of the privilege
of working for nothing, and offered to
pay the city if it would permit them to
trim the barges, and fish for the valuable
debris from the ash-carts. New York
was only too glad to sell its broken glass,
old iron, wornout rubber shoes, battered
tin cans, etc., and it put this money in
its pocket, and let the people who paid
for the privilege - shovel the sweepings.
Two years ago a contractor paid $1127
a week, or $58,604 a year, for the right
to fish in the city's garbage-pile. The next
contractor who bought the privilege paid
$1502 a week, or $78,104 a year. Tho
last contractor paid $1737 a week, or
the enormous sum of $90,224 a year.
The city's navy has grown, and it now
comprises forty-nine mud-scows of the
mosc modern build and the most recent
improvements. None of . them can go
twenty-two knots an hour, and none are
armor-plated, but they arc not surpassed
in number and style by the navy of any
A big fleet of twentj-two of them put
to sea every morning and return to port
every evening. They excite the admira
tion of everybody, and are known as the
"black squadron." The city own3
twentj-one garbage piers, from which
One hundred and five men froct .sunny
Italy earned their living by sorting the
garbage for the contractor, who paid
$90,000 for the privilege. As they all
have large families it was estimated that
the bric-a-brac on the mud scows sup
ported 500 man, women and children,
besides paying $90,224 a year into the
city treasury, and affording a handsome
profit to the Contractor. Inasmuch as
the men trimmed tho scows, performing
work which would have cost the city
$1000 a week, or $52,000 a year, the
garbage heap poured into the lap of New
York $142,224 a year. Few silver
mines in the West pay such dividends.
Nineteen piers in New York City have
people living in them. They are the
garbrge pieri, and the people who have
snapped their . fingers at. tae tenement
houses and live rent-free are the Italian
gentlemen -who trim the- garbage boats.
Their little homes beneath the piers are
furnished with bright bits of carpet
taken from the garbage heap, and with
various odds and ends which they have
found there. Little pictures adoru the
walls; there are chairs and tables, and
each little home has a cheerful stove and
a singing tea-kettle. There are no pianos
and portieres as yet, but doubtless they
will come after awhile.
The janitors of the large office build
ings of the city enjoy a great revenue
from the unconsidered scraps of paper
which are thrown on .the office floors.
These scraps are gathered up, put into
bags and sold. Some janitors receive
$500 a year each from the Rale of this
waste paper. Old newspapers bring
twenty-live cents a hundred pounds, or
f-2.50 a ton. Ordinary book paper and
fine book paper bring one cent a pound,
or $20 a ton. Scrap paper sells for one-.,
fourth of a cent a pouud. During the
Civil War it brought ten cents a pound,
or forty times its present price.
It is estimated that at .least 10,000
men, women and children iu New York
City draw their daily bread from tho ash
barrels. They start out with bag and
hook at 2 o'clock in the morning,
whether in the soft, moonlit nights of
summer, or the bitter, cold nights of
Every ash-barrel 'on their route is ex
plored by them. No rag, bone,ptece of
iron or lead escapes them. They gather
the rag in the street as it flies. ' By hard
toil each earns from fifty to seventy-five
cents a day. There are hundreds of rag
shops and junk shops in tho city which
buy and assort the rags.
It is estimated that not less than 15,
000 peeple are engaged as ' rag-pickers,
junk dealers, clerks, bookkeepers, garbage-pickers,
contractors, etc, ia mak
ing a living out of what the psople ot
New York throw away. It is claimed
that 50,000 people derive their . living
from the dust heaps and ash -barrels of the
.city. -New York Journal.
Berlin, Germany, has 210 miles of
The Shah of Persia has a tobacco ;ipe
There are over 0000 brass bands ia
the Salvation Army, .
In Southern Europe 88,000 oranges
have been picked from one tree.
A Birmingham (England) man col
lected 540,000 pennies during his life
time. . ;
. The consumption of coffee is declin
ing in Great Britain, owing, it is saiJr
to the excess of chicory used.
' The curious custom of placing dolls
on graves obtains among lot holders in
the Baltimore (Md.) Cemetery. ;
A party of explorers have recently dis
covered an immense forest of india rub
ber trees in the Valley of the Orinoco.
Reliable authorities say that the death
penalty is always inflicted in Si am on
everyone who is heard to mention the
In the pockets of clothing discarded
by a burglar in Indiana were found a
translation of Csesar's Commentaries and
a problem in algebra.
There are now living in one house In
a village hear Norwich, England, five
generations, the ages of the individuals
being ninety-two, sixty-one, thirty-six, '
nineteen and sit months respectively. 1 1
One of the missing portions of the old
eat Polish manuscript of the Bible ha?
been discovered in the city library of
Breslau. It was found used as a wrap
per or loose binding to a small valuless
volume. . ' i
So great has been the destruction is
Borne, Italy, of . the many palaces and
public monuments that it is very difS- .
cult even to trace the plans of some of
the more important which were known
to have existed.
A treasure composed of pieces of gold
as large as a twenty-marks piece has
been found at Beuthen, in Silesia. The
pieces, of which there are said to be
about a million, are stamped with a por-
trait of King Otho of Bohemia, and bear
date of 1508.
ATI extraordinary miracle is claimed
by the Hindoos of Bombay, in the shape
of an idol which is said to have sprung
out of the sand on the shore at the very
spot where a young baniah informed by
a dream had predicted it would appear.
Hundreds are now worshiping the idol.
A gripman on one of the Philadelphia
(Penn.) Traction Company's lines got
married recently. He had saved up
money enough to take a week off, but
his bride would not hear of it.v They
are speuding their honeymoon in ths
cable car; she rides about with hin
seated on the short beuch adjoining the
gripman. ' ".
A German resident on the Isthmus of
'Panama claims to have discovered large
bedsjrf pearl oysters in the Caribbean
Sea, on the coast aoove Colon. He is
arranging for expert pearl divers to do
some experimental fishing, and he ex
pects to develop with the beds the fact
that he has something more valuable than '
a gold mine.
Fashions in Feathered Songsters.
J. E. Bradshaw, a well known Mil
waukee (Wis.) bird fancier, in conversa
tion with a reporter, said: "Almost any
bright colored bird will make a good
songster. Just now tho goldfinch is
quite popular. The male variety has a'
. a .1 i, - .j it it .
OYTCCI, IU11U 11ULC, HUU WCll Willi
the canary. The female goldfinch is a
poor cage-bird and is never in demand.
Canaries are going out of style, although
these imported from the Kurtz Moun
tains are still the prince of tongsters. A
good many people arc now buying non
pareils, a bird of fine plumage, from the
Gulf States. They have a low sweet note -Mocking
birds will always' be popular.
The best variety comes from Texas,
where they are taken out of the nesU
while young and fed by hand. The
mocker is the only bird that can whistle
a tune successfully and it takes only a
short time to teach one such a tune as
"Lauterbach." The red bird is the,
hardest known bird to keep, as he will
put his brains out in a cage if not cared
for properly. He is a hearty bird if he
survives the first season, but it is neces
sary to change tho cage frequeutly from
a high to a low point, then lrom indoors
t Alt aH kiuli. 4 3
w vuvwio. au icu units uiu brappeu
and then they sing only after they are
tamed. Tho black bird is rarely seen
as a cage bird-. The American" black
bird is a. poor pet, but the European .
variety is highly prized. It ha3 a song
peculiarly its own. Wealthy people" are
lately importing English sky-larks in .
large numbers, and this is the most ex
pensive bird on the market. a'. Say. '
. The City Din.
. There is no doubt that the norse of the
city Has been steadily increasing for many
years. It is perhaps inevitable, andj yet
it is plain enough that, if some restric
tion is not .put upou the unnecessary tur
moil, there will bo no such thing as resi
dence here, except to those unable io re
tire into the suburbs. One , easily be
comes convinced of the insensible wear
and tear upon the nerves of all the racket
incident to the city by noting the irrita
bility it occasions after the annual re-'
turn from the country, wheu a term of
rural quiet has taken us back to our nor
mal sensibility. Oh, for the conveniences
ot the city and the country oppor
'tunities for Te&t.Botton Jlerqld,