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VOL. IV.
LOUISBUKGr, K. C, FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 1875.
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NO. 20.
She U Xot Fnir to Out tear a View.
Bhe is Dot fair to outward view.
As many maidens be ;
Her loveliness I never know
Until she smiled on me ;
O, then I paw her eye was bright
A well of love, a spring of light.
Tnt now her locks are coy and cold ;
To mine they ne'er reply ;
And yot I ceae not to heboid
The lovelight in her eye ;
Her very frowns are better far
Than smiles of other maidens are '.
IlABTLKTC COLEBIIXiK.
IIVIIIED ALIVE.
Tho broad shores of Massachusetts
buy, lying between tho head lands of
Cape Cod and Cape Ann, afforded many
vivid chapters in colonial history, about
tho period of 1G00, and the legends at
tached to various localities along tho
Houthera and northern shores are still
familiarly discussed.
The rivers and bays along the New
England coast were, at the period named,
the haunts of pirates and smugglers in
numerable. Theso adventurers were so
lold as often successfully to defy the
king's cruisers, either by open fight or
stratagem. Sometimes these rovers
wero attacked and conquered, but the
capture- of one or more amounted to
nothing, where the offenders against the
laws swarmed like bees. This scourge
became so great at last that the home
government applied itself earnestly to
eradicate the evil, and it was suppressed
by tho cloao of tho century, though iso
lated cases still occurred.
The vicinity of Lynn, Nahant, and
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inlets and bays which formed) anchoring
ground for these contrabandists, and
where tho navigation was sufficiently
dangerous and intricate to make the
pursuit by tho large vessels quite im
practicable. The rovers, knowing every
inch of tho bay, wero of course quite at
homo in its navigation.
One summer's evening, of the period
of which we write, just at twilight, a
Hmall and rakish-looking fore-and-aft
Bchooner, of that general appearance
which showed she did not belong to
legitimate commerce, came in shore from
tho main channel, doubling the headland
of Nahant, and dropping her anchor just
off tho mouth of Saugus river. There
was no communication attempted with
tho fchoro until after it was fairly dark.
Tho people living along the coast were
-accustomed to see these roving vessels
come and go in a somewhat suspicious
manner, until it ceased to be a novelty,
and they had also learned that it was
decidedly for their interests not to in
terfere in any way with them. On the
present occasion tno stranger was
watched by some of tho most" curious
and at about ton o'clock, by the light o:
the stars, a boat wa3 lowered from the
side of tho schooner, and four sturdy
oarsmen pulled up the winding course o
tbe river, being soon lost to view."
On tho following morning, when those
who had thin kept an oyo upon the
suspicious craft, looked for her once
more at her lato anchoring ground, she
was not to bj found. She had spead
hor wings and flown away with the firs
cray of tho morning. She might have
been n slaver, with some peculiar errand
lierc, or a smuggler, or even a pirate:
. tho honest fishermen "teould onlv coniec-
tare and gossip over the mlatter. They
had not ono item of facts whereupon to
boar any theory as it regarded the char
actor of tho flyaway.
As wo havo intimated, those were
stirring times, and the visit of the
jaunty -looking schooner was soon for
gotten. One day tho village blacksmith, a man
named Ewing, fell siek suddenly, and it
becamo very evident that he must die.
He was reputed to 'be,-' and was,', an
honest man, a' good father and friend,
and held an honorable position among
his towusmen; but whon'tho physician
told him that ho could not recover, and
that if he had any business arrangement
which required adjusting 6a his own
part, ho had better attend to it,' he was
evidently worried in his mind. ,
Ho sent,- finally, for his pastor, the
old, gray-haired clergyman of the town,
who cnue to console his parishioner in
his last moments.
"I am troubled in my mind," said
tho invalid. . -"
What is it, friend Ewing?"
14 It weighs heavy on me."
"Then divulge it, and let us con
sult together," said the well-meaning
clergyman.
Being thus encouraged to confide the
matter of his troubles, he disclosed that
on tho day after the visit of the unknown
schooner, on that May morning, ho had
found a noto at his shop stating that if
a certain number of shackles, hand
cuffs, hatchets, and other articles, which
were enumerated, of iron manufacture,
were made and deposited at a certain
place, with secrecy, an amount of gold
richly repaying thejr value would be
found in their place on a given day.
" Did you comply with the order !"
"I did."
" And you knew that these articles
must have been wanted for some illegal
and unholy use?"
" I surmised that they were."
-"Then you were guilty of com
plicity." "I know it, and have suffered many
hours of remorse in consequence."
" Did VOU receive thn navment ?"
"Yes." 1 .
" But did not see tho purchasers?"
"No, though I watched carefully,"
said the sick man. "I could not dis
cover when the articles were taken, nor
did any strange! sails, approach the
harbor."
The humble blacksmith had confessed
what he felt to have been a sin, and died
with his mind more at ease.
It was some two years subsequent to
the death of tho man Ewing, when the
mysterious schooner, at nearly the same
hour of the day, was again seen to ap
proach the shore and to cast her anchor
once more at the mouth of the Saugus
river. That night a boat left her ' side,
and well-laden with baggage and various
materials, wound its way up the narrow
water course, propelled by four men,
while the schooner hoisted anchor, and
one sail after another, and glided silently
away to sea.
Not long afterward the dwellers along orce to accomplish the arrest, when the
he shore found that they had some new great earthquake occurred which caused
neighbors in the thick forest that lay such fear and consternation all through
adjacent to the town of Lynn, and known tne New England colonies.
as Saugus. It was sof n discovered that rom tne 7 of that catastrophe,
he four, men who had landed in this neither Thomas Veal nor his companion
ton, whence she was to be sent home to
England for triaL Short shrift was
made of such characters in those days.
The sheriff, it is said, tried to serve
this warrant and to arrest the woman,
but Veal appeared at the mouth of the
cave well armed and told the officer that
it would cost him his life if he attempted
to take the woman, and the officer saw
that Veal meant what he said.
" I shall take care that you do not sur
prise me, said vue pirate; "and I can
kill a score of you -before you can make
me yield.
The sheriff returned the warrant to the
authorities of Boston, saying that it
would cost the lives of a score of men to
enforce it, and that he had no posse
suitable to perform the service required.
The authorities considered the matter.
SI
ana were just about to send a proper
suspicious manner had selected a most
secmueu spot ior tnur abode, amoner
craggy and precipitous rocks, . and
shrouded on all sides by thick pines and
hemlock. Close, at hand was also a fine
lookout which commanded a view of the
coast and harbor for a great distance.
The spot to which we refer is visited by
the curious to-day, and is known as the
Pirate s Glen. It Was supposed, many
years after those men had lived here,
that they had buried some of their ill
gotten wealth in the vicinity of the spot,
but the earnest efforts of those who
sought the possible treasure, never di
vulged the locality, if it existed.
were ever seen in the village. Finally a
party of men got together and sought
the place of. the pirate's retreat, in order
to ascertain what had become of him.
They easily found the spot, but what was
their surprise at the change which had
occurred there.
The earthquake had rent the rock
asunder, sending a great mass down
from the face of the cliff, and thus in one
minute inclosing the guilty inmates in a
perpetual dungeon.
They had been buried alive.
Temptations to Become Paupers.
Appended to Mr. William P. Letch-
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The four buccaneers here built a stone ,wo"h e report to tne legislature oi new
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cottajre. and dus a well, the remains of iorK on ine condition ana care oi pan
which are still extant. per and destitute children are a series of
The home government had its secret "Notes n bich much interesting in-
spies upon the coast, and the pirates r B"o-
were finally ferreted out, though they narea ana tmrty-two cruidren in one
were unobtrusive, and onlv came into P"uouse K vo.)
tne village, irom time to time, to re
new necessary stores. For these they
never failed to pay scrupulously, and
then to retire again to their secret abode
in the glen.
The king's spies sent word to the offi
m it i '
cers oi tne crown toucning tnese men,
and a cruiser one day came into the
mouth of Lynn harbor, off Swampscott,
dropped anchor and prepared to clear
out the foul den.
A detachment of marines was landed
at midnight, and, directed by a local
guide, they succeeded in surprising the
pirates in their beds. Though the house
was surrounded, only three were se
cured, the fourth'having made good his
escape into the hills and forest.
Three of the buccaneers were trans
ported to England, wnere tney were
tried for piracy on the high seas, and
were duly executed.
Their companion, who had escaped
from justice, was not pursued, and
seems to have been forgotten by the
king's officers.
His name, as was , afterward known,
was Thomas Veal. He had escaped to a
cavern used by the pirates to conceal
their booty, and here he made his future
home.
This lonely life would have been un-
supportable without occupation, so he
taught himself to make shoes ; and once
a month he would bring the product of
his labor into the village, and exchange
his shoe3for more unmanufactured stock,
and also for groceries and small articles
of comfort, especially tobacco, which he
smoked incessantly. Veal is represent
ed J to- have lived thug for some years, a
hermit's life, at all times anticipating the
fate which overtook his former com
rades. When he came to tho village of Lynn,
he would sometimes indulge in the pur
chase of what was deemed luxuries, and
when he did so, he always paid for the
articles iu bright, golden coin, 'showing
that he was in no want of pecuniary
means.
The inhabitant of the Pirates' Dun
geon, as he was called, is referred to in
tho history of Lynn as being Jnot nnfre
quently seen in the streets of the village,
when he came to purchase, as we have
said, domestic necessities, during the
year 1658. But his lonely life became
gradually insupportable. ;
incited by ins loneliness, ne made a
trip to Boston, only ten miles distant
from his hermit's cave, and here he
made the acquaintance of a woman whose
character was as abandoned as his own
had been. - After a while he succeeded
in inducing her to leave the temptations
of Boston and to come and make her
homo at his cavt in the Saugus's hills.
How the two lived together in that isola
ted condition was unknown to tho vil
lagers. His female companion, it was said,
had as good reason to fear the hand of
the law as himself, vand she was never
seen but once after joining him at hi?
cave, when she came into the village to
obtain some needed domestic articles,
which she procured, and at once hasten
ed away, seeming to avoid all social con
tact. About this time the officers of the law-
came to Lynn with a warrant from the
home government for one Mary Hodgson.
The document described the woman,
and charged her with the murder of a
seaman at a sailor's boarding-house
which she had kept in Liverpool. By
the description in the warrant it was
.very plain that the murderess and the
companion of Thomas Veal were one and
the same, and the local sheriff was called
upon to arrest her and bring her to Boa
were re
ported temperate, eighty-nine in temper
ate, and the habits of one hundred and
thirty-five could not be ascertained; the
mothers of two hundred and six tem
perate, fifty-one intemperate, and ninety-
nine unascertainable. The fathers of
thirty and the mothers of one hundred
and seventy-nine had been or were pau
pers. The fathers of eight and the
mothers of eight were in the peni
tentiary. .
This permitting of so n any families
of children to be brought into the insti
tution, to remain, as it were, at their
pleasure, and then leave after having
been corrupted by older children, who
have been reared more or less in the
almshouse, and whose natures are thor
oughly saturated with poorhouse vices,
is one of the worst features of the sys
tem. The listless, idle habits of the
poorhouse are so saductive as to con
firm in pauperism the transient adult
whom misfortune, for even a short time,
brings within its influences. How much
more is it likelv to fasten itself upon
children ! But families here come and
go in almost infinite numbers, and then
repeat the process again and again. Who
will assume to say that the damaging re
sults spring from these moral contamina
tions are not incalculable ? Such an in
stitution comfortably warmed, where the
inmates are well fed, must have that
charm for youth that will t draw many
who are sure to come again and again, if
they can plead an excuse, if for no other
reason than to renew the social life be
gun therein. May it not be properly
asked whether such an institution does
not offer a temptation to individuals to
become paupers ?
' A Picture "WmJtire Ban.
We are to picture to ourselves, says
Science, a people very like the Esqui
maux in circumstances and activity. II
lived in our own Europe, but Europe
covered to a considerable extent with
glaciers, and keeping up a hard and con
tinuous resistance both to wild beasts
and the rigors of a climate at once very
cold and very damp. The mammoth
and rhinooerous, as we life seen, wert
protected by thick, woolly liair, and fed
upon the twigs of the abundant conifers,
as fragments yet found in the interstices
of the teeth and ribs show. We must
not be misled as to the then climate of
Europe by thinking of that of the pres
ent habitat of the elephant and rhino
ceros. Even now the Bengal tiger
traverses Asia as far north as latitude
fifty-two degrees, and the Hon and tiger
are frequently met with when snow and
ice are present.
The tools and weapons of the man of
this ace were simple indeed, but no
mean skill was employed in their manu
facture and use. kven with our many
and marvelous inventions, one of us,
cast upon some uninhabited shore, could
hardly manifest more self-helpfulness.
And the manner in which the dead were
buried one of tho common modes of
expressing a race's faith in a future life
shows the possession of some degree
of spiritual development.
The indications are that the primeval
man of Europe and his nearer descend
ants were of short stature. The popular
notion that the present 'generation is
physically weaker .and smaller than the
primitive or ancient, is not only utterly
unfounded, but there is abundant evi
denca that the reverse is true. Most of
us would be amazed if not shocked at
true and life size portrait of the real Evt ;
4 mother of all living. " We often hear,
indeed, of giants' bones here and there
dug up, but intelligent examination in
variably proves them to have belonged
to the mammoth or other animal.
Itotldttum If Hummtm.
The national amusements of the peo
ple of Russia are simple, joyous, and
peaceable, In harmony with their char
acter. The towns all have their religion
festivals. Some of the latter are of very
ancient date, as, for instance, that of the
Semik (tern, seven), celebrated the sev
enth Thursday after Easter, onoe held
in honor of the goddess Tan. On that
day the young m&rriageble girls of an
cient times used to go into the dense
forests consecrated to the goddess, sing
ing songs, and performing dances, hold
ing in their 'hands green boughs orna
mented with ribbons. The dance over,
the boughs were flung into the water,
and, if they sank, it was a sign that the
girls would not be married within the
year. A similar custom is observed on
Pentecost Monday to thii day. A very
gay season 'is the Sviatki, lasting from
Christmas to Twelfth Night During
these days the streets resound with joy,
and people meet in the houses to dance
and masquerade. The masks go from
house to house, often most singularly
representing scenes derived from his
torical reminiscences, an entertainment
quite grateful to Russian taste.
Mr. Wahl gives a description of a
dance called the " tchijik," during the
performance of which a strictly impas
sive countenance is preserved. The gen
tlemen, dressed in long caftans, their
heads covered, and the hands in the
pockets, dance in a circle before the
ladies, who follow them, all the time
singing, un certain accoros oi tne music
being struck, th gentlemen at once turn
round, take off their caps, make a little
bow, and kiss their partners with a tran
quility of soul and countenance almost
incredible. The towns only of course,
know of French dances.
Nothing approaching riotous conduct
is ever witnessed on festival occasions,
also no true gayety. On great holidays
all the world and his wife will turn out
the roirxwa riELD.
YITiat an Appetite.
Little Johnny, in his composition on
the ostrich, relates the following inci
dent: A Arab chief was lyin a sleep one day,
wen he was woke up by feeling some
thing in his trousers pockits. He saw it
was a ostrich, and lay still to see wot it
wud do. First it took out his peg top
and laid it one side. Then it took out
his kite string, wich was wound on a
stick, and put it with the top. Then all
his marbles was took out, and laid away
too. Then some cotton reels, and some
peeces of cole, and two slate pe nails, and
a lump of chok, and a bras button, and
some toffy, and a tack hammer, and a
hanfle of nails, and a ovster shel, and a
Pumper Lmmt limp om
ErthA 8m Picture.
A Chicago paper deaired to know
tomething of the inside workings of th
poorhouse. It dretwed on of its re
portera up as a pauper, and the enter
prising Bohemian went overtlw hill
to the poorhouA0.M He tolls us what h
mw and experienced. Here is what h
says of the place where the paupers are
buried:
l nere is always a dismal una oz ro
mance attached to the pauper's burial
place. There is something in its ancient
name, in iU utterly sorrowful and cheer
lees character, that has rendered it pecu
liarly adapted to the wants of the novel
1st and the dramatist. Hence the Pot
ter's Field has figured from the oldest
times in fiction. Even poetry has been
mployeJ to dress up its aomberness.
And add to its unreal reality. The coffin
of the drunkard rattling ov?r the pave
ment to the pauper'a graveyard is
common frontispiece upon temperance
tracts, to stir the hearts of the rising
generations against the terrible effects of
the intoxicating bowL And, it may be
added, however often the picture is pro
duced in the mind, whether by tract, or
feil tvr rliT-m nr uprmnn it i alvaTS
.resh and effective. It may not always procession formed in line, and aUrV
. i : ; led toward the burial crouno. xiral
remain a iosnon, uui it uinrutuij pro
vokes a shudder.
When we analyze this profound feel
ing caused by the mere picture of the
Potter's FielJ, it is easily seen that tliis
sensation of mingled pity, disgust, and
horror is not against the Field as a ceme
tery. It is at the idea of dying fnend
less, forlorn, and unknown. To those
two other diggers and th driver of tha
ox-team. There was an eay air of un
concern about every on of LLcm mm
thai struck ma as being admirablj adapt
ed to tha occasion. As we carried out
the boxes and dumpsl them into tho
aleigh, various pleamni and jocular re
marks were indulged in to tho edifwatuni
of the email crowd of paupers who stood
around looking on. I had occasion to
notice, among th bystander, a little
girl, crippled and pale-faced, who did
not seem to enter into the spirit of tho
occasion, but stood looking on with wida
blue eyes, expressing first wonder and
then horror. She was evidently na
cuatomed to these scenes. In one of t!i
coffin thers happened to be a knot -hole.
at which one of the men exclaimed:
"Halloa! This ua'a got a windy to
look out of.
The people thought this was the joka
of the season. There was oas excep
tion however, the little, crippled, ps
faccd girL She burst out crying, trimetl
to a woman standing near and
sobbed :
" Oh, Jennie I if I die, don't M tho
awful men come near me ! Don t lrt me
be buried hers I oh, don't I"
The woman appeared greatly affected,
and led her away.
Having got our passengers all alxxml.
ed toward the burial ground.
went the driver at the Ifead of the ox
team, with his long whip iu hand, -which
ho cracked over the hoods of the ani
mals, accompanying each motion with
vociferous remarks not alrayi elegant.
After the oxen, of course, came ths
hesrsc I mean the aleigh with its
pile of long wooden bcxe. The grave-
people who are actuated ia their daily diggers brought up ths rear, and thus
lives by ambition, yearnings for fame.
establishment and popularity, the Pot
ter's Field is most horrible. The poor I
and icnorant resist it from traditional
to walk uu and down the boulevards or I P16
house is also the receptacle for the un-
promenade, where people pass and re
pass each other with almost silent indif
ference. A foreign visitor, struck by
this want of animation, once put the f ol
lowing characteristic question to a per
son near him: "For what great per
sonage's funeral are all these people as
sembled V
known dead from every port of the
county. Being so distant from Chicago,
it is little visited except . by corpses.
During my brief sojourn at the poor
house, I managed to see it under circum
stances which, if not of the most agree
able nature, were certainly interesting
and novel. I became a semi-official
that is to say, a grave-digger.
It may be well here to stats that the
Tribune, a portly and patriarchal gentle-1 same beautiful system which the anthori-
man might have been seen passing along ties apply to able-bodied paupers is
Leavitt street, pausing at each house to equally applicable to the dying and the
ring the door-be 1L When it was answer- dead. Thus, suppose a patient at the
ed he always sighed heavily, and with a hospital has but a few hours in which to
mournful air asked if a eentleman who breathe the mundane air: orders are
An Unexpected Itetcard.
few davs since, says the Chicago
wasn't known in the vicinity lived there.
At last he stopped before a cottage which
rubber bol, and a steel pen, wich it piled gave to the eye an impression of humble
up to one side ; and tne last tning it comiort and refinement, H not oi gran
foun was a jacknife with thirty-two deur, and rang. The mistress of the
blades. Wen it had got every thing it house answered the ring promptly. The
could fine in the chiefs pockits it went old man's face lighted up with pleasure,
and stood over the pile and et one thing and taking from his finger a diamond
af ter a other till it had every thing et but
the jacknife, wen it see the chief a settin
up a watchin it. So it took the jacknife
and turned it over and over, and tasted
it, and put it down, and pick it up agin,
and at last brot it to the chief and laid it
down a little way of, and stood back and
lookt wishful. Then the chief he said
O, I see how it is, you dont like to eat
seek a nice mossel, as that with out you
git the flaver of it ; you want it peeled.
So the chief he opened all the blades of
the knife and laid it down, and then the
ostrich come up and swollered it and
smiled and licked its bil, like it said wot
a deliahous kanife ! And the chief felt
almoce as if he cud taste it hisself .
nng, tne blazing solitaire in wmcn
weighed nineteen and five-sixteenth
carats, and was of the purest water, he
said, with a voice husky with emotion-
"Take this, my dear, and this, too,"
taking from his pocket a roll of parch
ment. " That is the deed in fee simple
to a mansion and corner lot on Calumet
avenue, with a blank for you to fill with
your name. Nay, refuse it not. I ant
not your long lost uncle, but I have de
voted the past seventeen years of my
life to seeking the woman who before
answering the door-bell did not strive to
peep through the window to who
was there. Good-bye," and with th
issued for his coffin, and promptness of
delivery is strictly enjoined. Sometimes
the patient may cliug to the tender
thread of existence a few hours longer
than was calculated upon. In that case.
his coffin is brought in and stood up
against the door, a mute remonstrant
against 'such useless and vain struggle
with fate. As soon as dead, th body is
wrapped in coarse cloth, lifted into the
coffin, and carried down stairs to the
dead-house in ths basement. Here- it
remains how long, think you t Why,
until enough bodies have accumulated
for a good slcigh-lcad. But they never
have to wait long sometimes a day.
sometimes a half day. Then the sleigh
is harnessed to a yoke of oxen and
brought around to the door of the dead-
house, the coffins are brought out and
stacked up in the sleigh like cord-wood.
and the procession commence.
There are three grave-diggers in
mates assigned to this duty who ac-
we passed out cf tho back-yard, followed
by hundred of eyes. I nsticed that my
companions held up their beads, and
stepped with an air of conscious pride
and importance.
Some distanos back of the county
buildings, on a bleak, open prairie, un
protected from the tun of summer and
the aleet of winter, there is a little plot
of ground, called by a name tht is fa
miliar to every Enguah-speaking tongim
both hmisphere. Several Iour
hummocks of earth alone broke the dead
eveL These appeared to be formed by
the loose earth thrown in trendies, an,
indeed, they were. Pausing at the end
of these elongated hillocks wo found a
ditch recently dug. . V lthout further
ceremony we applied ourselves to te
task of letting the boxes down sule by
side by means of ropes. As roon as the
sleigh was unloaded the driver turned
his oxen homeward, leaving us to com
plete the job. Ws shoveled th earth
and snow into tho trenches until thy
were nearly full, when we, too, should
ered our tools and marched merrily back
to th poorhousa. Th dy's Uk was
over. A few more paupers were burial
and out of the way. O at of a world of
misery and want a world of toil, vexa
tion, and heaviness a world which hd
greeted youth with a stare, had frowned
upon manhood, and had persecnte.1 and
harrassed old age down into the gloom
of the valley of the shadow of deatli.
agility of a boy he sprang into a magnifi I company each load, and perform the last
A Sad JFate.
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The sad fate of a Mrs. Mills, of Cincin
nati, teaches a lesson of the need of
care in regard to fires, and of presence
of mind in emergencies. Mrs. Mills had
been an invalid for some weeks, but
feeling better one day, commenced cut
ting a dress pattern. She was in fro at
of the grate, her back to the fire, and
her first consciousness of danger was the
fiames leaping over her shoulders. It
would have been but the work of a mo
ment to snatch a blanket from the bed
and smother the flam9s; but her presence
of mind was; completely gone. She
rushed, screaming, down stairs, the
flames increasing at each step. She
attempted to reach the cistern, but fell
to the floor a blazing heap. The servant,
the only person in the house, was too
frightened to render any aid. Mrs.
Mills screams brought the neighbors,
but not until every article of clothing
was burned off the poor woman. At
last accounts little hope of her recovery
was entertained.
A Jump for L,ife
An exchange relates the following in
cident which recently occurred in a
Western town, and is one of the most
remarkable examples of presence of mind
we have ever heard of: A jump for life
was what a man decided to take while at
work on the pile driver at the Green Bay
elevator. He occupied a position away
up aloft, to work the hammer, which oc
casionally needed attention. While in
this unenviable position, a huge pile was
drawn up by the machine, the hammei
was up, ready to drop on call, when the
whole pile-driving machine began to
sway. The man aloft saw that it was
going over. He took in the situation at
a glance. If he remained where he was,
it was to risk his life in the fall with the
ponderous hammer, weighing twenty
two hundred pounds, an immense oaken
pile twenty or thirty feet long, and ths
larce timbers of the machine. It all
flashed through his mind in an instant,
cent barouche that was drawn by
priceless horses, waiting outside
gate, and vanished.
two
the
a Petition.
An Indian Burying Ground.
A correspondent of the Columbia (Ky.)
Spectator tells the following story: Dr-
R. H. Perryman, of Casey's Creek, has
made a discovery that is truly wonder
ful. On a perpendicular cliff not far
from his house, about twenty-five feet
from the bottom, is a shelving rock about
one hundred yards long, sheltered from
the rain and stormy blasts by an over
hanging rock, which was once used by
the Indians as a graveyard. Hundreds
of well-preserved bodies were lying there
side by side, with a thin rock slab be
tween them. Each body has a atone
vault, covered over by a thin rock, and
the whole row is covered with dirt
brought from a distance. It was a very
cold dsy when the doctor made this dis
covery, and he opened only three of
these vaults, but in each of these he
and, turning upon the ladder, he made a fotmj well-preserved corpse the hail
leap for His me, lanamg upon tne piav- aTerything complete, but . they
form of the freight dock, thirty feet be
low. The weighty hammer went down
through the dock, and the machine went
over on its side, but the man was safe.
His jump saved his life, and, aside from
a little soreness in his back, he felt no
his work.
117iv He Ought to Hare
The son of a Michigan pensioner
writes to Col. D. C. Cox, pension agent,
giving a detailed account of the death
of the pensioner, his father, aged eighty
four, and his mother, aged seventy-nine.
-itVi m iuwinnt of thpir nine children. I injury, and resumed
and then proceeds: " I have a wife and
twenty children; four twins, then one,
then a boy and a girl, then four girls at
one time, then two girls, then a boy and
a girl twenty in all Married in 1851.
I am a pore man, my wife brot six chil
dren within ten months. We have been
a shoe (show) to the nabors." His
" nabors " think ths pension agent can
continue to pay him the pension formerly
drawn by his father, and perhaps build
a house for him. He thinks he deserves
a pension for bringing so many ' persons
into the world, quite as much as others
for taking a less number out of the
world.
melted to dust as soon as the air struck
them. The bones remained intact, and
one skeleton was of enormous size, some
seven or eight feel long. In these vaults
were willow baskets, ornamented with
shells and various trinkets, showing the
handiwork of the departed. These
trinkets all crumbled on coming in eon-
Education of Girl. tact with air. This place,' the doctor
Six years' experience in the university says, lias been observed before, but then
of Michixran indicates that the oo-educsv I beimr nothing visible but dirt, has ai-
tion of the sexes in that institution is a traded no attention. The place is al
success. The lady students, according most inacoesssibls to man, and how
to all reports, compare favorably with these bodies and these stones wers got
the gentlemen in health, attendance, and 1 there will ever remain mysterious.
recitations. Moreover, it is said that
there is no failure on the part oi the gen- I A new swindler sends around or
tlemeu to extend to the ladies those re- cnlars with descriptions of his prime
spectful courtesies which are instinctive- I teas, and adds: "If I do not hear from
ly granted in outside social circles; ncr I vou to the contrary I shall consider it an
do the ladies become " unwomanly by I order and will send you ten pounds of
reason of the intellectual culture and the best by the 23th inst, and draw cn
discipline they gala day by day you for the money.
rites, which are truly sadder than at any
Christian burial. As it was my desire to
sccompanv a party of cadavers to ths
a r w
Field, I ingratiated myself into the conn
dence of one of the grave-diggers. This
grave-digger was a man of serious air, as
became one of his profesiion. My first
criticism upon his appearance was that
he did not look like Hamlet's grave-digger.
He who dug for poor Ophelia was
not a brute. He was a cogent and a
witty reasoner, and decently appareled
withaL Our poorhouse grave-digger
was none of these. His clothing was un
patched, and his face was void of intelli-
gence. in nis moutn ne conunnaiiy car
ried a quid of tobacco, a daily modi mm
Of which, I learned, was bestowed upon
him as a compliment to his eminent ser
vices in behalf of the dead.
This grave-digger 1 captured by a sc
ries of careful advances. It sras neces
sary to deal tenderly with him, for h
occupied an exalted and semi-official po
sition, and wore a somewhat contemptu
ous expression toward the inferior pau
pers. At length I managed to introduce
the subject of grave-digging, expressed
my predilection for that noble pro:
sion, and stated my anxiety to' become
initiated into its sublime mysteries. He
listened to me kindly, offerad me a word
of enepuragement, and even said he
would try and get me an opportunity to
serve in that important station. On
the second day of my arrival, he inform
ed me that the oua were to be brought
out, and added that I might go alotg
with him.
At about two o'clock iu th afternoon
the sleigh drove up. I followed my com
panion to the dead-house. On th way
across the yard he pointed out to me
several bed-ticks lying on th ground,
and explained that they belonged to the
people who had died the previous zight.
He said it was easy to keep track of th.
dead people, as one had only to count
the number of ticks in tho yard every
corning. We found at the dead-house
Xot Farmer.,
It is stated on the authority of Pitfi-
dent Anderson of the Kannas sgricultnral "
college, that of the whole cumber of
students having that institution sine
1867 not one has chosen farming fr a
buauMMS. This does not look cnlibli
and yet it may be true. rerhis Uk w
young men were induced more by com
psnionsbip than anything fls to k
the city, and it is by no means improl
able that as their minds mature tlwy will
conclude tliat a country life, afUr all, is
hot to be despised. Borne of our lcst
farmers began their careers in town;
they obtained a good knowledge of gen
eral business, and then, after due refiVc-
tion, they saw the sdvantages they would
possess should they choose a rural life;
Much, however, will depend cm tbe kind
of training the young men received, in
the college. It will be too ld if onr
agricultural schools fail to bear good
fruit.
Compounding m Prion g.
In the Engiiah House of Common at
tention was called to th fact that Lord
Dudley had offered XI ,000 reward frr
the restoration of Lady Dudley's jwrl
case, with the paragraph that all com
munications on the subject would be con
sidered as strictly confidential, the acla
object being the recovery of the misnicg
property. Mr. Lewis, who prepared the
investigation, said: I 'hall ask if Lord
Dudley is not a magistrate, and chairman
of the Quarter Sessions for the county of
WoreesW, and whether it is not calcu
lated to bring discredit on the adminis
tration of justice that he should Lave
taken such a course as to offer to receive
satisfaction for a felony committed; an J,'
finally, whether it is intended by the
government to suffer such proceedings
to pass unnoticed. The annonncement
received with cheers.
Scch Bcttxju Tell us about
the butter in Armenia." said one
of the audience of s Miss West, who was '
delivering a funny speech on Armenia,
deriving the materials for her fun from
her experience as ft missionary in that
benighted land. She responded with the
interesting statement that the butter u
carried there ia goat skins, with the hair
on the inside, and that when the mis
sionaries want to use U they hare to
somb it.
    

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