North Carolina Newspapers

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GTSO. S. 33A.K1ETI, Editor and Proprietor.
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VOL. IV.
LOTJISBURG, N. C FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 1875.
KO. 23.
V
UOUBIER
The Autumn Song.
In Bpring the poet in glad.
An 1 ia summer the poet in gay ;
But in autumn tbe poet ia Mad,
And Lis something ead to ear.
For the wind moana in the wood.
And the leaf drops from the tree ;
I And the cold rain fallu on the graves of the
good,
And the cold mint cornea up from the sea.
And the autumn Hongn of the poet's soul
Ar.e net to the panfoionate grief -
Of winds that sough and bell that toll
The dirge of the falling leaf. V
Till UOBIjIX TOWER, v
"lam glad you have come here,"
naiil the Marquis of 'Boltono to the young
knight, .Gaston de Pontaille, as they
nut upon the terrace of Boltono Castle.
" I am glad you have come for many
reasons especially because I love the
company of a young and valiant soldier."
Gaston bowed and a flush of pleasure
passed across his brow. ,'
! "The robbers about here are very
bold, just now. They attacked you, I
believe!.
" Three of the villains ventured to do
so, but 1 sent them away with more than j
they expected." ,
"A steel ransom. Ha! ha!"
" It is very strange that you are not
nblo to discover their retreat."
'Very very strange. My men have
sought in every direction."
" Tho country is favorable to secrecy,"
said Gaston, looking round.
It spread far away around the castlo.
From the height upon which Boltono
stood, tho wide plain and the surround
ing hills could bo distinguished for a
great distance. Hills and crags were
near the castle, gullies and paths formed
by torrents lay among them. A river
flowed through the plain, turbulent and
noisy. .
Yes, it is a good place for them,"
said the marquis, in reply to Gaston's
exclamation.
"But yet I wonder at their hardi
hood."" i
"They rob almost every friend who
comes to visit me, unless I send my
soldiers to guard them," said Boltono,
bitterly. '
" This should be stopped. I wonder
that they do not show themselves some
nhcro." '
"I have done all that man can do.
Let us forsake this subject for the pres
ent. -See you yon tower '"
"Yes. It is older than the rest of
your castle, is it not ? I have been much
interested in it."
"It is very old and i3 of Roman con
struction. We never use it."
"Never! Why not?"
" "lis haunted."
"Haunted?" Gaston was surprised
at the seriousness of the marquis, and
out of respect to him he suppressed a
lining smile of contempt.
" Yes. It has for many years gono by
tho nanvi of the ' Goblin Tower.'"
" Bccuuko there are sights to be seen
there and sounds to be heard .which are
not of this world. Shrieks are heard at
the dead of night, and lights gleam from
the turrets. All the peasantry tremble,
und tho hearts of all within the castle
quake for ftor." ; 1
, " But have you never entered to see
the cause of those things?"
"God forbid that I should seek to
know aught of the doings of the powers
of darkness I" . .
" They may bo done by hands of man,
noble marquis."
Impossible ! Who would dare?"
" No great obstacle could prevent them
if no one ventures there."
' Men have gone there and never re
turned. In the life of my grandfather
there was a legend about it, and a saying
that whenever the castle was freed from,
tho goblin within, there would be no
moro robbers without."
" What ! have tho robbers always been
here V ' f., . t j '
" All tho time that the ; tower was
haunted."
Gaston was silent, and mused for ft
time.
" I will tell the story," said the mar
quis, it is not long. This tower was
built, as I have said, by the ancient Ro
mans, and has been in the possession of
' many a baron. Once, about two hundred
years ago, our family lived in Florence,
and a baron who was related to j
us resided here. He was a
; strange man, of dark thoughts and a 1
gloomy aspect. . That tower he made his ,
residence. At night lights gleamed from
it, and strange sounds were heard there,
like-no sounds in the world. By day
vast clouds of smoke poured fifcm it,
often concealing the tower from view.
No one knew what he did. No one could
imagino what were his occupations. But
ho became very rich all of a sudden, and
. built this adjoining castle. The neigh
bors all believed that by the assistance
of the evil one he had found out the
philosopher's stone. The people suffer
ed very much from him, and robbery
was carried on to an alarming extent in
tho neighborhood. Once they ventured
to attack the castlo itself.
' At last there, came a fearful time.
The night was perfectly dark. Sudden
ly, someho were looking toward the
tower saw fLimesaud sparks issuing from
the windows of the upper roomswhich
ho occupied. Shrieks resounded from
it. The people burst into his room; the
baron was not to bo seen. A bundle
of burnt flesh and clothes lay on the
floor, with mysterious bkokened frag
ment! all around.
uctant consent.
Gaston walked
nere wa3 a deep
hind, and the
"My. grandfather had a beautiful
daughter, whom he promised to the man
who would venture to search out the
cause of those fearful sounds and ap
pearances, which ever since the baron's
time have been witnessed there. Several
undertook it, but no one has seen them
since."
Gaston was not so much awed by
the legend as the marquis.
"They did well these suitors and
I would do the same for a similar
prize.
' What ! , would you venture there ? "
" Noble sir, you have promised to
make me your son-in-law," said Gaston,
with his ingenious countenance covered
by a flush of pleasure and confusion,
" but I have done nothing to win the
lovely Alyira. Suffer me to win her in
this way."
"What!" cried the marquis.
"I am willing to enter that tower."
f No, no; you are rash. This is not
bravery, it is rashness. You have done
enough, dear Gaston, to win a dozen
Alviras."
" But let me also do this. Noble mar
quis, I cannot must not be refused.
Why need I fear? Are not friends all
"Your friends cannot preserve you
from the demons." '
Demons ! I fear them not. With my
trust in God and the holy saints, how
can the evil one injure me?"
"I implore you not to think of
this."
"No, no; permit me. Do not tell
Alvira. Promise me not to tell her. I
will free your house of demons and "rob
bers, or die
The marquis gave a re
It was mid-day, and
outside the castle. iTl
gorge in the hilla be
Ronan tower rose above this, while the
other parts of the extensive castle lav
further from it. Gaston walked to the
verge and looked down. The porter had
told him not to venture there that the
people in the castle were afraid of the
goblins who dwelt there. But Gaston
despised the idle tale.
"Goblins ha! ha! What a strange
mind the marquis must have not to see
b!at these mysterious robbers, are the
g6blins and the makers of all this riot."
But I must descend and examine, here."
He went down slowly and softly among
the bushes which grew thickly enough
to hide him from view. At length he j
was surprised to see a beaten path.
" Ha !" he cried, " this was never made
by goblins. I will follow and see, where
it leads."
He descended carefully, and watched
the path to see that none were viewing
him. At j last the murmur of a brook
told him that he was at the bottom of the
chasm. The path before him took a sud
den turn around n rock. lieaning
stealthily over this, he looked forward.
There was the base of the goblin tower,
which arose very far on high, from its
foundations at the bottom of the chasm.
A nere was a small aperture nere, so
liidden by bushes that none but the
sharpest and most observant eye could
liave detected it. He went nearer, and
hearing nothing, he crawled close to it.
Looking in he saw steps which led up.
" Now, were this unused, the steps
would be covered with grass and mold,
but they are smooth and are used often."
After a few minutes the young -knight
departed by the same path, and soon
stood in safety upon the top of the de
clivity, well satisfied with his expedition.
" Well, Gaston," said the marquis, at
night, "are you still determined?"
" I am. V I ask only my arms. Can' I
iliave the way shown me ?"
Unce more, uaston, let me implore
you not to go."
I must go, noble marquis, for I have
said it."
' Retract your words." -
" I cannot I would not." i
" Then I must part with you.
shall never see you again.
pany you to the place. .
The two walked along a desolate hall
extending entirely through the castle.
The night was dark and the wind moan
ed as they went on. Doors banged and
noises were heard through the house.
"Those noises do rfot come from
the tower. They are made by the wind,"
said Gaston. "Ah! here we are, I
suppose."
They paused before a massive oaken
door, which the marquis opened after
unlocking. Tho bolts sounded harsh as
they grated hack. They entered the
room. The light which the marquis held
was feeble, and illuminated it but in part.
The apartment was large, and the walls
were wainscoted with oak, carved in the
antique. Chairs of olden' form stood
around, and a long table of massive con
struction stood in the middle.
' I will go into your closet, and watch
the room. I can be hidden there."
" Do so. Do not expose yourself. Do
you want the light ?"
"No oh! no. I will be better in
the dark."
He opened the door of an old closet
It was empty. There was an opening in
it, through which any one within could
I fear I
I will accom-
loosened by age rattled on their hinges,
the heavy, dusty drapery shook and flut
tered. There was a faint light in the room.
As Gaston looked through, there seemed
to come a pngnter ligut. lie was . sure
of it. A strancre thrill shot through
him as the room began to grow visible,
illuminated by some unseen power.
Footsteps low, muffled footsteps, sound
ed without beneath, whisperings and
exclamations were heard by his excited
ears. His heart beat quick he held his
sword more firmly.
"The hour is coming the time
the scene is at hand. Now we
will see whether Gaston de Pontaille will
die."
He leaned forward more earnestly.
At the extremity of the room he heard
whisperings mnrmurings footsteps,
but he could not look there. The light
grew brighter. Some form approached.
Gaston looked out.
It was a tall figure dressed in black,
and through two holes in the veil which
covered its head the eyes gleamed with
intense brightness. He came to the
table and sat down. Another was dress
ed in the same manner. - Two more came
in, and the four sat down at the table.
" Wine," said the first, in a deep harsh
voice.
One rose and brougnt a number of
bottles. Then each one, lifting his veil.
drank in silence. Gaston watched in
suspense.
" Comrades," said the first one, "the
bishop had much gold. To-morrow the
marquis shall give more."
A low murmer of applause went
round.
" He would have been unmolested had
he refrained from molesting us."
"Ha! ha !" said another, in a dis
cordant voice. " He thought not of
The Goblin Tower."
What will he not pay for her ran
som?" Gaston started.
And the young knight-would he
not give his soul to, purchase her ?"
' Margo, " said the leader, ' bring her
along."
Margo departed, and the others began
to divest themselves of their mantlos.
Each one, taking off his black rebe, dis
closed the well-armed figure of a sturdy
soldier.
"I heard footsteps here this night,"
said one. "May there not boa true
goblin"
"Fool!" cried the leader, savagely.
"You are a novice. A goblin ! We are
the goblins of the tower, Antonio. Ha !
What breath is that ?"
"I said so !" cried the other.
The three started as a rattling sounded
in the room. They looked at each other
and turned pale. The entrance of their
comrade put an end to their terror.
" Bring her along !" cried the leader,
Gaston could see nothing, but he
heard a low moan as though from a
female, and the tone struck a chill to his
inmost soul.
" Good e'en, my pretty maid," said
the leader, j" Bring her nearer, good
Margo, let her be seated."
There was a slight struggle and Margo
brought forward the prisoner. Gaston
started lus frame shook in frenzied
rage. It was Alvira! He restrained
himself.
"Who are you, and why dare you
thus treat the daughter of Boltono?".
"Because we love the smiles of lovely
women. Was it not rash in you to walk
alone on the terrace at such a time ?
Could we the goblins of the tower
resist the temptation !"
"What will-you do with me!"
"You shall cheer us in our lonely
tower."
" O, God !" she cried, wringing her
hands in agony.
" No lamentation !" cried the leader-.
" Come, we wish you to be gay cheer
up. .
Alvira wept in despair.
"Weep not! Why should you!
Come, let me have a kiss."
He rose up and reached out his hand.
Alvira shrunk back. He stepped for
ward. The others looked on in hideous
glee they saw not the armed figure who
llebrete Svnaggue.
The New York correspondent of the
Rochester Democrat estimates that
there are 50,000 citizens of Hebrew de
scent in New York city. Of their places
of worship and religious teachers, he
says: -
As a people, they are strongly attach
ed to their ancient service. A few have
wandered into infidelity. The Jews are,
to a large degree, of foreign birth, being
almost entirely Germans; hence they
prefer this element in their religion.
The chief synagogue in this city is that
that of the Temple Emanuel, corner of
Forty-third street and . Fifth avenue. It
is a new structure of great beauty, and
cost $500,000. In doctrine it is of the
reformed or rationalistic order, and its
rabbi is Samuel Adler, by birth'a Ger
man and now in his sixty-fifth year.
Benjamin Nathan, whose mysterious and
bloody death has given the name a
wide notoriety, was a member of this
body. Rabbi Adler preaches in Ger
man; but his assistant, Gustave Got
theil, is a good English scholar, and offi
ciates in that tongue. Each of these men
receives $5,000 a year, and this double
salary speaks well for the liberality as
well as for the wealth of the society.
Another rabbi of foreign birth is David
Eiibon, of Bavaria, who came to this
city in 186M, and has charge of a syna
gogue on the Seventh avenue. Samuel
Isaacs, rabbi of the- Grand street syna
gogue in Forty-fifth street, is a native of
Holland, and has labored in this city
since 1839. The ark in this institution
cost $70,000. Services are held in
Hebrew and German. Rabbi Huesch, a
A . TT .
native oi Hungary, wno came Luther in
1844, has charge of the Lexington avenue
synagogue. This edifice and its appoint
ments of worship cost $600,000.
A Bw Soldier.
One of the wounded after a battle.
A Dlantrou Season.
The New York correspondent of the
Boston Journal gives this picture of
business stagnation there: First, build
ing is stopped, and men by the hundreds
are thrown out of work. Rents are
down, and landlords have To wait where
rents remain, or take the stores or ware
houses on their own hands. Every third
store on Broadway seems to be to let,
with chambers and lofts innumerable.
Men who had fair employment last May.
and took a tenement to live in. havincr
lost their place, have to gjve up; society
is so interlocked that what hurts one de
partment hurts all. The hotels are losing
money, and seam like banqueting huITs
deserted. Grocers groan over the lack
of trade. Men who bought by the pound
buy by the quarter; men who bought by
the chest buy by the pound. Butchers
say that their trade has decreased one
half; men live on vegetables. The bar
bers complain; men shave themselves.
The car receipts are reduced; men walk
instead of riding. They have nothing
to do, and five cents ia worth saving.
The churches feel this state of things
terribly. , In one church that I liappen
to know, over a third' of the pew rents
have been lost, and the penny collections
have been reduced one half. In the
most important Baptist church in this
city $1,000 was taken from the minister's j well
salary, and in a mm he resigned. A fate.
writes a correspondent from Spain,
little more than a boy, a slim, pale-faced
fellow of not more than seventeen. His
features were more regularly formed
than is usual among the lower orders of
Spaniards from which his regiment had
been chosen, and it was impossible to
refrain from regarding him with interest.
He did not speak a word to any of the
companions by whom he was surrounded.
His head was enveloped in a white
bandage and another bandage passed un
der his left arm and over his right shoul
der, showing that he was wounded in
two places, and most painfully, if not
dangerously wounded, too, lor every
now and then a spasm crossed Ins nana
some features which were distorted with
the agony he was suffering. Small heaps
of brushwood had been piled up into
bonfires which were burning brightly,
and the flickering light from which threw
weird shadows over the faces of the
wounded men, flitting here and there
among whom were soldiers carrying im
promptu torches made of tow and pitch,
and administering to the waits of the
sufferers. Water was the cry of one and
all, and it was pleasing to see the basts
witn wnicn their companions in arms
who had been more fortunate rendered
numerous little services to their wounded
companions. When a groan louder than
usual was heard from one of them.
grim-visaged soldier whose sole duty it
was to see that the poor fellows were in
as comfortable positions as could be ex
pected under the circumstances would
inquire if he could do anything for the
sufferer in the way of rearranging the
blanket or paletot upon which he was
lying.
The young fellow to whom I have al
ready called attention seemed to be a
general favorite with all tho men, and
several soldiers were gathered around
him. He seemed to be in too great pain
to pay much attention to them, but when ;
the soldier held a little tin pannikin of
water to his lips, and then raising his
head as carefully as a mother would
have lifted her sick child, he scraped the
sand into a heap under the end of the
blanket so as to serve as a sort of pillow
upon which the wounded man could re
cline more comfortably. No word of
thanks was uttered, but the look which
the poor lad (rave him was one which
the old weather-beaten soldier will not
forget in a hurry, accustomed though he
may be to scenes of a similar character.
A quarter of an hour afterward this
same soldier threw his coat over the boy,
who was shivering, possibly more on ac
count of the pain which he was suffering
than because it was a chilly evening.
And yet this man, so attentive to a
wounded companion in arms, who did
not even belong to, the same regiment,
and whom he had seen but a few days
previously at St. Sebastian, was a mem
ber of the most bloodtliirsty lot of fel
lows who are numbered in the ranks of
the Alfonsist army the miguelcitit.
Tuese men never dream of giving quar
ter, never ask for it, and a Carlist will
Am Heltpme mf the Amm.
The coming eclipse of the sun will oc
cur on the fifth of April next. The cen
tral eclipse begins on the earth a little
southwest of Cape Agulhas (South Afri
ca), in longitude ninety-nine deg. nine
teen min. seven sec east from Washing
ton, and in south latitude thirty-five
deg. thirty tain., at eleven hours forty-
four TTiin, Washington mean time. Tire
first contact thus barely escapes th
southern extremity of Africa and the
central line, along which the shadow of
the moon (interposed between the earth
and sun) advances, runs from southwest
to northeast. Its track is now almost en
tirely oceanic, passing southeast of
Madagascar and not quite grazing its
southeastern extremity. Thence also
missing Mauritius, where an able body
of observers could take the field, it flits
rapidly onward, crowing the equator in
Celn- Behindhand.
"They tellxne Farmer IL is gcirg
behindhand."
I guess there's no doubt of it.
But I don't see how it can be. ne
Lss one of the best farms in the country,
and he used to be considered good
farmer."
True but his farm is certainly rua
ning out, and I am told he is running ia
debt."
I don't see how that can be."
So conversed two neighboring farm
era, and while they convrrsed Farmer
II. was looking for his hoe.
Dan," he cried, te one of Lis boys,
"where Is the hoe! I've been lookicg
for it this half-hour. I might luve
had my work done by this time. Where
is it I"
"I dono, dad. Its sum rs, I a pose.
Somewhere, you young rascal
about longitude one hundred and sixty-1 Didn't you have it last night t"
six deg. east from Washington, or about
eighty-nine deg. east from Greenwich.
It then strikes through the Nicobsr
islands, in the southern part of the bay
of Bengal, and "sweeps across Tenas
serim, Siam and Anam, passing out into
the Chins sea and finally making its last
contact on the open bosom of the Pacific
a little northeast of the Ladrone islands.
The point of this last contact is about
one hundred and forty -seven deg. cast
of Greenwich, in latitude twenty-one
deer, twelve ruin, north, and occurs at
about fifteen hours twelve min., Wash
ington mean time.
" No."
Didn't I tell you to hoe the cucum
bers r
Tes; but I couldn't find the hoc.'
The two joined in the search.
Look here, Dan," said the fathr.
after a fruitless time, "you must haTe
left that hoe somewhere. Why don't
you put things ia their pUces when
you've done with them I"
WelL dad, where u the place for ths
hoe I Where do you al rs put it I
The parent was posed. His tool-houwi
had been used for ft wood-ehed, and
though he had often talked of building
another, he not yet done so.
By-and-bye, before the hoe was found,
ft neighbor dropped in, and after chat
ting awhile he said, with ft smack of ths
Table Deemrntlu,
A writer in Seribncr't says : The
pleasures of the table should appeal to
the eye and mind as well as to the palate, jjp ajjj expectant robbing A the
irorm snouid De consulted; grace snouid i hand:
be indispensable. The savor of food
gains much from its setting and its ac
companiments. A few flowers, perfect
order and neatness, with congeniality and
sympathy about the board, will insure
what an Apician feast might not. Tho
day of uniformity in table as well as
other furniture has passed, the present
fancy being for oddness and variety.
This, apart from the picturesquenees, is
both convenient and economical, since
the brcakinor of one or two pieces does
not necessitate the purchase of an entire
new set. It is not unusual now to see
on an elegant breakfast table each coffee-
cup different from its neighbor, and no
two of the plates alike. But it is at tea
most informal of meals that the
greatest variety and the prettiest effects
may be produced. Flowers have come
By the way, IL, have you gvt a drop
in your jug t"
"I guess so. Would you like a bit f .
" Well, yes if it's handy."
Of course it's handy."
Ah ! he had no difficulty in putting his
hand upon his jug at once; and had the
two wondering neighbors been thre to
hear and see, they would have - Vml
no more why Farmer H. was run wig be
hindhsnd.
Heed Time nnd Heed fftring.
The time to sow seed is whenever the
soil and the atmosphere are in condition
to insure the quick germination of the
seed and the continuous, healthy growth
of the plants. Hence, the tine is not
until the soil has been thoroughly pul
verized and prepared for ft seed bed, nor
to be indispensable to many tables, and CI1til all surplus water has been drained
they will be erelong, let us hope, indis- or evaporated from it, so. as to insure
reusable to all. They need not be rare
nor costly. They are so beautiful, even
the plainest and poorest of them, that
nothing else can supply their place. A
few green leaves, a dozen way-ide
daisies, a bunch of violets, impart ft
charm and awake in us the touch of
nature.
general reduction of salaries is threat
ened all along the line. Last year in
Brooklyn a very costly Presbyterian
church was built through the influence
of one man. He was worth a quarter of
of a million, and promised to "seethe
thing through." He went to smash, and
the minister, disheartened, has left.
Our mission work feels the pressure be
yond example. The sufferers have in
creased a hundred fold, and the supply
is cut off full fifty per cent. The same
is true of all the benevolent operations.
Ah Annrered Advert iaemtent.
The New York correspondent of the
St. Louis lirjiubllcan says: In all thU
wind and rain and cold and tJu h ninety
fight until there is no breath left in his applicants witlun three hours have
body sooner than surrender himself as a answered a neighbor's advertisement for
prisoner to one of them, for he knows a seamstress. Poor, faded, worn women,
that death will certainly be his ; in that most dismal of all poor women's
I late, mese were me men wno emulated ; possessions an oia urocne ruswi nave
the sanguinary barbarity of Santa Cruz
at Anderlasse, and butchered several
Carlist prisoners, wounded and cut off
from all chances of escape, at the attack
upon Behobie bridge on . the French
! frontier, of which your readers were
given an account.
T Knit CUre.
look out into the roomi ' Here Gaston
entered. The marquis departed, lock
ing the door carefully. Gaston drew his
sword, and, holding it in his hand, pre
pared to watch.
An old chest stood here in one corner ;
upon this he seated himself, and waited.
The hours passed tediously away, yet he
sat in patient silence listening to every
sound. And these were of many kinds,
which came to his sharpened ears. Low
moanings sounded without, the doors
stood with uplifted sword.
" Come, one kiss "
" Villian !" cried Gaston, in a voice of
thunder. Alvira saw him all saw him
as with a bound he sprang forward and
buried his sword in the robber chieftain's
heart.
" Die ! " cried the infuriated knight,
and turning upon the nearest, .-with a
blow he severed his head from his body.
The others rose and grasped their dag
gers. Gaston struck at the nearest and
the weapon was dashed from his hand,
whila the owner was felled to the ground.
Margo, the fourth, fell upon his knees.
With a strong hand Gaston bound him,
and taking his rescued love in his arms,
he bore her forth along the hall to the
great hall of the castle. The noise had
roused the marquis, and the inmates of
Boltono soon knew all that had
happened.
A week after the nuptials of Gaston
and Alvira were celebrated, and the
body of Margo hung in chains from the
summit of the " Goblin tower."
A Kenutrkabte fftcindle.
A most unique swindle is reported in
the Evenement as perpetrated by a Par-;
isian. About a month since the Havre
correspondent of a large banking house
in Paris received the following letter
from the head of his firm:
, Paris, Jan. - -, 1875.
Dear Sir: I write to warn you that
the son of our principal cashier has dis
appeared with some 200,000 francs in
bills drawn upon you by us. He will
probably present them in Havre shortly
after the receipt of this advice by you.
Of course you will refuse payment. As
his father is a very old and valued ser
vant, we have concluded not to, cause
him the disgrace and mortification of
knowing that his son is a felon. . You
will therefore allow the scoundrel to go
free. If you can manage to get rid of
him by sending him to America, ad
vance him 200 or 300 louis and let him
go and hang himself.
Confidentially,
Procure Germantown yarn; one skein
of medium-sized yarn will knit ft pair of
gloves. Cast on eighteen stitches on ft
needle; widen the thumb two stitches
every third and fourth time knitting
round, alternately. When the thumb
j has been widened to twenty-four stitches,
ta&e tnem on on a double tnrrad or
small cord.' Cast on to join, the gap
about ten stitches, which decrease gradu
ally as you knit around to six, having
but sixty in all for the hand. Knit about
half an inch, then drop off sixteen at
the right place for the little finger; cst
on six new ones to join the gap; knit
three or four times around, then drop
the new-made stitches and six on each
side of them for the next finger; cast on
four new stitches, knit three or four
times around, and drop the same num
ber as before for the next ringer; cast on
four new stitches and you, find yourself
knitting the forefinger, which must be
decreased to twenty-two stitches. After
finishing the index-finger, take up the
! next in order, observing the uniform
number of stitches on each, twenty-two;
I but the thumb must have twenty-four.
clambered the high steps and turned re
gretfully and sadly from the door, where
they met an enraged chambermaid de
tailed for special duty, whose duty it has
been since ten o'clock to say the situs-
tioir is filled. At twelve she was struck
with a labor-saving process, and hung
ont ft placard to the bell handle which
set forth in this rich specimen of Eng
lish the latest bulletin :
" A gnrl is icg aged
no ux to UyTaire
Ear Fnrthw don't
rings no Lei."
This was successful with the next
dozen comers, when paterfamilias came
home, gazed in astonishment at this
literary effort, twitched it down and
lugged it in. Probably that " gurl is
in gaged " at present in correcting her
spelling or packing her trunk. But
what ft tale of misery those numberless
applicant on such ft horrible day tells!
The Indiana Legislature have resolved
not to build a State capitol, and ft jour
nal of that State suggests that in future
the Legislature should hold its sessions
in each city in turn throughout the
State. .
Mr. Beecher thinks tne wickedest thing
in the world is to thump a child on the
head.
The day alter the receipt of this letter t
by the Havre house ft young man of fine' j
address presented himself and attempted !
to negotiate the stolen bills. The letter i
was shown him, and he fell on his knees
in a flood of repentant tears. He ex
pressed ft willingness to come to Ameri
ca, and 250 louis ($1,250) were given
him, with many cautions to reform. The
young man sailed for New York next
day, and the day after the Havre house
received an answer to its letter of advice
detailing the facts. No bills had been
stolen from the Paris house, the letter
originally sent was a forgery, and the
principal cashier has no son.' The police
of New York were notified to look for
this remarkable swindler, but no light
has yet been thrown on his morexasnts
in this country.
The niaek JWl:
Two returned members of one of the i
expeditions which last fall left for the '
Black Hills were received at Sioux
City, Iowa, the other day, by an enthu
siastic assemblage of people, and wel
comed with bands of music and the roar
of cannon. They report that there is
room in the Black Hills for 10,000
miners, who can make from $10 to $25
per day as soon as spring opens; and we
suppose largj numbers of reckless char
acters will flock thither at that time.
The country is occupied by the most
warlike and powerful Indian tribes on
the continent, and it is quite probable
that the consequence of this will be one
of the most bloody and expensive Indian
was eyex known.
Vent Bmd Beym.
In view of the sentence of hanging
passed upon the boy Pomeroy, in Boston,
ft somewhat similar case in the French
courts, that of the boy Henry, will excite
interest. Henry, ageJ, seventeen, in
cited his playmate, aged eleven, to break
open his father's desk and abstract
therefrom 900 francs, the hard savings
of twenty four years. The child gave
all this money to Henry to keep for him,
and, when he asked for some of it, Henry
induced him to go to the river, threw a
noose around his neck, and dragged him
in the river until he was drowned, then
j letting the body float away. Henry was
, among the most curious to see the
body exposed at the Morgue. He then
dressed himself in fine attire, bought ft
watch and other things, and stocked his
mother's marine stere, ft circumstance
which led to the discovery. At the trial
the proper temperature, and thus pre
vent the rotting of the seed. The
preparation of the soil is of the first im
portance and ought in all cases to govern
the time of sowing seed, because it U of
litle profit to plant upon soil illy pre
pared. Thorough pulverization of sod
for ft seed-bed cannot be too strenuou&ly
urged. Upon such pulverization hugely
depends the succsa of ft crop. It is
safer even to forego the manuring than
to ignore the mechanical condition of the
soil in planting for any crop. The more
completely the soil is pulverized the
more nearly its texture approaches tho
condition of the finest wood mold, tho
more surely will the seed, plsnted at the
right depth and the right time, ger
xninsie, and the radicles take hold of and
be nourished by the necessary elements
in the soil. The planter who ignores
these well established facts in any degree
loses thereby, surely, to the degree he
ignores them. Cloddy, lumpy, clammy,
saturated and very dry soils sxe uslrs
as seed-beds. It is smisUke to supposo
and y . there sxe planters who evi
dently believe -that the condition of the
seed bed is of lessi importance, provided
the si ter-cultu'S t thorough. No after
culture of plant nowrrer careful and
thorough, can com pens to for tardy ger
mination and fox the unnecessary exhaus
tion of the plant in its efforts to find
root-hold among ft mass of clods and dry
lumps of earth, or for the set-back it re
ceives if the soil is wet from the chill
atmosphere in which it struggles conse
quent upon evaporation of surplus
water. No planter, whether ct flower,
vegetable or field seeds, can ftfford to
ignore these conditions.
he did not display the slightest contri
tion, but endeavored to address the
court after ft form of language he had
learned in novels. The prosecution re
gretted that the prisoner's age alone pre
vented him from it ceiring' capital sen
tence, and the young murderer wis sen
tenced to twenty years imprisonment
and the same number of years srrveil
lanee by the police. It seems almost in
credible that such utter hesxtlessnsas
should exist in people so young in years
04 fria young ruflaa and Pomeroy.
A Cmlifemim C'.tem.
As to cows, courts, and claims, we no
tice in ft Calif onus paper an amusing
paragraph describing the xoovemects
of an inexperienced constable in attempt
ing, under the direction of the party mewt
interested, to levyia attachment on a
debtor's tp! supplier: The cow ran
into ft mud bole and mired down. B.
grabbled her by the tail and yelled ex
citedly to the' oflcer to attach her
quickly. HowsUdl I do it I" cried
thsoffiaer. "Why rub it on her!"
yelled B. It was rubbed on her accord -icgly.
"What next!" inquired the
officer. Why rub it on the other side,
and rub hard," yelled Ji., in frantio
effort to hold the cow in Ike mud by ths
taiL Now, hang it on her horn,
then said B., stepping back to view ths
process, "Iwill show him whether he
will pay me or not, tbe ornery cuss !
Ajjrrrxxrrvo Bm. A colctkm re
presenting ths ad alteration of seed was
recently displayed si an international
agricultural exhibition at Bremen, which
contained ft sample of sand, carefully
washed ftnd colored, and put up for sale
ft clover eed, under which name it
brought three and ft half cents ft pound.
Numerous seeds of weeds used for adul
teration wers also exhibited,
    

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