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VOL. IV. i ...-.- . , . LOUISBUKG, , X. C, FRIDAY, JUXE 18, 1875. NO." 34.
MId nked bonsha the robin sum V
That bods will break he in so sore ;
So snre that flnwer and all sweet things
Will blossom while the years endure.
Thongh cold the wind, he has no doubt -
Of warmth and comfort on the way ;
no knows that all green blades will sprout,
, IIoweTer late the frosts delay.
He knows, by wonderful prevision,
Tha! snramrr oon will haunt the wood,' (
And bring the barren bongh fruitien,
I And to the empty nest its brood I
Graphic Description of the Mu
tiny on lion r a the American
Schooner Jefferson Borden.
The story of tho mutiny on the Jef
ferson Bordrfn, an American vessel at
sea, is thus toldjby a correspondent of
tho Tribune : Tho vessel is a large
tbreo-mabted schooner, and left New
Orleans for Liverpool. J The officers and
rcw nnmlbred nine men, and the cap
tain's wife Was on board. The crew was
augmented at New Orleans by the ad
dition of three men, who hailed from a
Bailors' lodging-house in the city, and to
whom the captain agreed to pay the port
prico of $20 for the voyage. Their
names were Miller, Clow and Smith.
Severo weather was encountered at sea,
and for somo misconduct the sailor
Miller' was put in irons. He repented
and signed a compromise and promise
to offend no more. ,
At midnight, on April 20th, the mu
tiny began. The twov mates or the vessel
bad already been murdered before the
captain became aware of tho position of
things. About one o'clock, he says, he
was awakened by Miller's knocking at
his door, and shouting to him to come
to tho forecastle to see a man who had
broken his leg. On opening the door
bo observed Miller standing with one
band behind his buck and a countenance
that did not at all events beteken peace.
He asked him who it was who was hurt,
atul receiving tho reply : " I do not know,
but come up and see," ho inquired
whero wero tho mates, but before he
could reeeivo a reply, his wife, who ap
peared to havo a suspicion that some
thing was wrong,, warned him from
within, tho cabin not to go. Fortunately
ho did not, or, at all events ho did not
venture forth till he was armed with a
revolver. Meanwhile, -finding .that the
mates wero not in their berths, hio drew
tho conclusion that something serious
had happened. Tho ship's cook, who
bad boen called from his bed by Miller,
wont to tho captain and inquired what
was tho matter. All that the latter could
tell him was that tho mates were not in
their cabins. . The cook thereupon went
on deck, and when Miller and the other
two men had gone to the forecastle he
went forward as far as the deck-house,
whero tho berths of all the able seamen
wero situated.
Seeing the PuiF.sian and Smith talking
together, he aked again: " Where are
tho mates ?" to which the only reply he
got was another request from Miller to
come forward and see the man with, the
broken leg. He emphatically refused to
go forward, adding: " Don't fool me."
. Sucing nothing of the officers of the
ulnp, and noticing tho demeanor of the
men, ha was satisfied that a revolt was
being arranged, and he at once informed
tho captain, who now camejlforward arm
ed as above stated and called upon the
men to submit to his authority. The
only reply ho received was a shower of
missiles hurled at the officers' quarters
at tho stern of tho ship. Bottles, bolts,
pieces of cast iron, portions' of a smash
ed grindstone, vere made use of by the
mutineers. . la response to this, their
first sign of open warfare the captain
iued hi3 revolver. . This caused the men
to withdraw to the deck-house for shel
ter. The men showing no disposition to
emerge from their shelter, tho captain
held a consultation with his faithful ally
Aikin, the cook, and with his assistance
collected nil the available firearm -three
revolvers and a double-barreled gun
and made ready for a' renewed attack.
Tho men, however," did not emerge from
their quarters, and at five o'clock in the
morning, when day had broken, and sin
gularly enough a perfect calm had suc
ceeded the boisterous weather that had
attended them without intermission from
Boston,, the captain crept thither, and
finding tho mien all dozing, he hit upon
the happy expedient of nailing up the
deck-hou3o door. They did not offer
. any opposition to this course, but per
sistently, refused to surrender them
selves, and declared they would not yield
submission to the captain. GapL Pat
terson,, though in this dire - extremity
and, suffering nn anxiety which can
easily . be . imagined, acted apparently
with great mercy. Ho offered to accept
, the submission of the men on their con-;
8enting to, b pat irons, but plainly
told them if ' they did not he would fire
upon them and bo disable them. The
men, however, were very firm in their
refusal, and at length the captain had, as
hojstatcs, no alternative but to fire upon
them. Shot after shot -was fired in
r through the deck-house window and
through a hole made in the side, and
attacking nor defending party appearing !
to thin! of him. The cook, of course,
was with the captain, and the three men
were in the deck-house. This left three
members pf the crew to be accounted
for the two mates and the boy.. The
captain had at first his doubts as to
whether the former were not secreted in
some part of the ship, but he concluded
that the latter had been thrown over
board. The men for a long
time would not admit that they
had thrown them overboard, and, with
the hope thafr they were still alive, he
again and again demanded of the men
what they had done with them; The
American, Smith, at length volunteered
to give up the mates if toe firing, was
stopped. The captain replied that as
soon as the whereabouts of the mates
were made known, the firing should
ri .. . .
cease, oearcn was made in every con-
1 1 A. II 1 - a.
ueivaoie pan oi ine snip, out it was
not until after the men had yielded to
L-apt. Patterson s authority,- that they
admitted the fatal truth, and Miller, who
was suffering much from the effects of
his wounds and from thirst, frankly con
f essed that they had thrown them over
1 1 mi '1 1 1 m .
ooaia. xney naa, in lact, Deen mur
dered before the captain was called from
his berth by the false alarm about the
man with the broken leg.
It was the second mate's watch upon
deck at tho time of the outbreak, and
was spared. On Thursday, the 6th of
May, the vessel entered the Thames,
having at the Nore the entrance to the
riyex taken on three extra hands and a
pilot, as well as a medical man sent .by
the consignees of the ship. . The latter,
Mr. J. C. RusselL of Gravesend. trave
his attention to Mrs. Patterson and the
sufferers. Messages were sent on board
from Mr. Nunn, the United States Con
sul in London, and, on arriving at the
docks, CapL Patterson was heartily
greeted by a number of American cap
tains, whose vessels were in port.
Various suppositions are offered as to
the motives of the men in perpetrating
this terrible deed. The motive thev
themselves attribute is harsh usage on
the part of the captain; but that idea is
at once dispelled by a knowledge of the
captain's general demeanor. Moreover,
according to the statement of the lad, it
Gen. Sherman in him Personal Xar
rat ire Telia urn About Them.
General Sherman, in his new book,
tells us about California in. its early
days as follows: Our vessel arrived at
theroadfted of Monterey bay, after a
voyage of one hundred and ninety-eight
days from New York. "Everything on
shore looked bright and beautiful, the
hills covered with grass and flowers, the
hvo-Qaks so serene and homelike, and
the low adobe houses, with red-tiled
roofs and whitened walls, contrasted
well with the dark pine trees behind,
mating a -decidedly good impression
upon us who had come so far to spy out
the land. Nothing could be more peace
ful in its looks than Monterey in January,
1847." "We found the people of Mon
would appear that their object was plan-1 terey a mixed set of Americans, native
der. They frequently asked the boy a3
to ins observation of the captain s cabin,
and what he saw there whether there
was any money or greenbacks.
A Long Drawn Storj.
Once upon a time there was a king who
had a beautiful daughter who was much
sought after in marriage, and being very
fond of stories, he made proclamation
that whoever would tell the longest story
the method of disposing of him seems to 1 should, marry-his daughter, but whoever
have been that he was struck on.the failed should have his head cut off.
head with a capstan bar, he falling in
sensible from the blow. Hfe body after
ward found its way into the sea, but
whether it rolled over "into the sea, as
some of the men state, or whether all
assisted to throw it over, as is more
likely, does not clearly appear. Tne
American sailor next went to the first
mate's cabin, and told him it was eight
bells and time for his watch on deck.
On leaving his cabin the unfortunate
man was accosted by Miller, who felled
him to the deck by a blow upon the back
of his head with an iron bolt. The body
was quickly disposed of in tho same
way as was that of the other officer, by
casting it into the sea. The man Jacob
Lumber, who was at the wheel, says he
heard cries of "Oh! Oh!" from the di
rection of the officers' quarters, but did
not at the time suppose they came from
the mate. His position would prevent
him from seeing anything that was going
on unless it took place amidships, as the
helm is stationed upon the top of the
officers' quarters, on a raised quarter
deck. There can be little doubt that the
modus operandi was planned for the
murder of the captain, as the position
and manner of Miller at the time of the
false alarm about the man with the
broken leg would indicate an intention
to belabor him on emerging from the
door. The boy appeared next day from
the captain's quarters, and states that,
previous to the attack on the watch, he
was gagged in his berth. A large hand
kerchief was tied tightly round his
mouth, and his hands well secured with
a rope, by which they were tied behind
him. He was thus dracrered from his
berth and dropped into the lower hold
of the forecastle He managed, in course
of time, to extricate himself from his
bonds, and he seems to havo climbed up
through the hatchway, and in the dark
ness of the " night to have crept aft and
secured himself from discovery in the
officers' quarters.
The boy, who is a native of Calais and
whose parents reside there at the pres
ent time, states that the ' men suspected
hirr of watching them and anticipated
that he would, if not put out of the
way, be very likely to thwart their plans.
They would no doubt have murdered
him had they not known him to be skill
ed in the use of the wheel, so, as they
surmised, they conveniently stowed him
away until such time as his services
would be required to assist them in get
ting the ship to laud.
The men having surrendered, they
were brought upon deck and secured in
irons, it was tnen found tnat, witn tne
exception of Clew, who was seriously
wounded, they were not so badly hurt
as to be totally incapable of work, or so
much disabled 'as, without restraint, to
place them beyond the reach of further
fear. The ; following day even Miller
and Smith took a turn at the pumps.
Their wounds were dressed, and though
carefully watched for the remainder of
the voyage, they were well attended. It
was discovered that Miller had received
five bullet wounds in ; one leg, one in
his side, and one bruise on one should
er. The Englishman Clew is in the
worst condition. . v He has two wounds
under the left rib, and he is not expect
ed to recover. Smith, the American
seaman, had been shot through the right
wrist, and bullets had seriously, grazed
bis left shoulder and two fingers of his
left hand. 1
Though the mutiny was thus to all ap
pearances effectually quelled, the, posi
tion of the captain and those who had
remained faithful to him was by .. no
means without cause for anxiety. They
were at least a thousand miles from land,
and with a large vessel to manage only
a crew of poor hands to rely upon the
captain, two men, and a boy. For seven
weary days and nights this small crew
When this became known crowds of
young men flocked to the palace, each to
tell a story, but it did not last long, and
off went his head.
Then another went in, but with a like
result, and so on, no one being able to
tell a story long enough to satisfy the
old king. Tho people then became
frightened and for a time there was no
more stories told. At last a young man
expressed his determination of trying
his fortune before the king.
- His friends tried to dissuade him from
it, but it was of no use; he appeared be
fore the king, who told him it would be
certain death. But he began his story
thus: " During the seven years of fam
ine in Egypt in Joseph's time, there
being nothing in the fields to eat, a
flock of locusts came upon a small hole
in one oi tne trranaries in wincn the
corn was stored: it was just large enough
for one locust at a time to go in and
come out. So a locust went in and
got a grain of corn; then another locust
went in and got another grain of corn;
then another locust went in and got
another grain of corn; then another
locust went in and got another grain of
" Go on with your story," said the
king; " we will imagine all that."
" Oh, no; I cannot go on with my
story until all the corn is out."
So, he went on: " Then another locust
went in and Rot another Grain of corn"
for about three months "When the king
asked him how much they had got out,
he answered:
" About one cubic foot."
The king groaned, and the man went on
with his story about three months longer.
The king then asked' him if he wasn't
most done; ho answered:
" Oh, no, they have got to clear cut
the seven granaries that it took seven
years to fill. "Then another locust
went in and got another grain of corn."
Mexicans and Indians, about one thou
sand all told. They were kind and
pleasant, and seemed to have nothing to
do, except such as owned ranches in the
country for the rearing of horses and
cattle, uorses could be bought at any
price from four dollars to sixteen, but
no horse was ever valued above a doub
loon or Mexican ounce (sixteen dollars).
Cattle cost eight dollars fifty cents for
the best, and this made beef net about
two cents a pound, but at that time no
body bought beef by the pound, but by
the carcass. Game of all kinds elk
deer, wild geese, and duck s was
abundant; but coffee, sugar, and small
stores, were rare and costly. . There were
some half-dozen shops or stores, bui
their shelves were empty. The people
were very lond oi riding, dancing, aiul
of shows of any kind. The youncr f el
lows took great delight in showing off
their horsemanship, and would dash
along, picking up a half-dollar from the
ground, stop their horses in full career
and turn about on the space of a tul-
luck's hide, and their skill with the lasso
was certainly wonderful. At full speed
they could cast their lasso about the
horns of a bull, or so throw it as to catch
any particular foot. These fellows would
work all day on horseback in driving
cattle or catching wild horses for a mere
nothing, but all the money offered would
not have hired one of them to walk a
mile. The girls were very fond of danc
ing, and they did dance gracefully and
well. Every Sunday, regularly, we hud
a baile, or dance, and sometimes inter
spersed through the week."
At that time, what is now San Fran
cisco was called Yerba Buena. " A
naval officer, Lieutenant "Washington A.
Bartlet, its first alcalde, had caused it to
be surveyed and laid out into blocks and
lots, which were being sold at sixteen
dollars a lot of fifty varas square; the
understanding being that no single per
son could purchase of the alcalde more
than one in-lot of fifty varas, and one out-
lot of a hundred varas. Folsom, how
ever, had got his clerks, orderlies, etc.,
to buy lots, and they, for a small con
sideration, conveyed them to him, so
that he was nominally the owner of a
good many lots. Lieutenant Halleck
had bought one of each kind, and so had
"Warner. Many naval officers had also
invested, and Captain Folsom advised
mo to buy some, but I felt actually in
sulted that he should think me such a
fool as to pay money for property in
such a horrid place as Yerba Buena.
eabOity, and next by adds. 1 took a
piece in my teeth, and the xaetallio lus
ter was perfect. I then called to the
clerk, Baden, to bring an ax and hatchet
from the back-yard. "When there were
brought, 1 took the largest piece and
beat it out fiat, and beyond doubt it was
metal, and a pure metal.
" Still, we attached little importance
to the fact, for gold was known to exist
at San Fernando, at the south, and yet
was not considered of much value.'
" The winter of 18iS-'-43 was a period of
intense activity throughout California.
The rainy season was unfavorable to the
operations of gold mining, and was very
hard upon the thousands of homeless
men and women who dwelt in the moun
tains, and even in the towns. Most of
the natives and old inhabitants had re
yet there were not roofs enough in the
country to shelter the thousands who
had arrived by sea and land. The news
had gone forth to
world that gold in
Producing r. Consuming,
The ladies oi Warsaw, Kentucky, have
taken the bull by the horns in their
declaration that they trill purchase no
dry goods exceeding in cost twenty-five
cents per yard during the rpaor of one
calendar year. For some years pre
ceding the panic, rays an ricluvrr,
commenting upon thin action, tb in
ports of the UuitM Stab the
exports by about $100,000,000 per an
num, and this mainly bcc&une th9 ladies
of the land burned to out&hin one an
other in braveries of appareL Their
lords were not the men to say them nay
Items of Interest,
The man oi the . Thef type-setter.
Old maids should remember that mis
fort ones never come singly.
Ia Vermont the tar cn tho cheapest
kind oi dogs is about $L10 s year.
If a man is natural nowadays, he i
charged with tryinj to be jfecntrio or
silly. - t
Men who stir up strife art generally
cowards. An anonymous writer is care
ful to non in any must himself.
Many a man has reached the summit
of fame and then looked down into tho
m I
while the bills for the same could be put burnt rtliej n came jrva wiu
off. "We sent all our surplus wheat and oacx
How a woman can keep on talking
while she is twisting up her back hair
and has her mouth full of tairpiai is a
mystery not yet explained.
It is stated that there are eight muhona
cotton and silver and gold to pay in
part for these braveries, but, even then
the monstrous bill was not altogether
footed. "We had to send the balance in
bonds. It would stagger the ladies of
Warsaw, while it would tend to confirm I of Gexoan-epeaking people ia the United
their frugal intentions, if they could I States having three hundred newrpapers
the whole civilized J know how many bonds of ours Europe I and periodicals ia their own language,
fabulous quantities holds altogether, and what proportion I i vfl. York State man has been prae-
was to be had for the mere digging, and cf them have gone to pay for the iMnir h?ht months for the State shoot.
sartorial kickshaws' and ravishing flam- J wrr to win a two dollar medaL Four-
mery in which they and their beauteous I tea dollars per day wouldn't hire him
sisterhood have so long arrayed them-1 to plant conu, a U
selves. Now bonds at Lome or abroad
adventurers came pouring in blindly to
seek their fortunes without a thought of
house or food. Yerba Buena had been
converted into San Francisco. Sacra
mento City had been laid out, lots were mean a mortgage on all the labor and all
being rapidly sold, and the town was tho production of all the land until the
being built up as an rjxterpot to the uttermost farthing of them, principal
mines. m Stockton also had been chosen and usance, is paid; so hands not yet
as a convenient point for trading with born must toil to nar for the rros-crains
A v w
the lower or southern mines. Captain and' the moire-antiaues. the laces of
Sutter was the sole proprietor of the Venice and Valenciennes, the iewela of
former, and Captain Charles Weber was I Genoa and Lyons which already crowd
the owner of tho site of Stockton, which I the wardrobes oi American dames and
was as yet known as French Camp.
Apprehension In the IVest.
A gentleman who ha3 lived in Nebras
ka, and who is conversant with the de
vastation caused by grasshoppers in pre
vious years, states that needless appre
hension has been caused by recent
rfports from the "West. It has boen
stated that not only are the grasshoppers
doing much damage to the crops of
Kansas farmers, but that the insects,
having crossed the Missouri river, are
destroying the crops growing upon
farms im the western tier of counties of
Missouri. It is furthermore seated that
farmers in the "West fear that the locusts
will cross the State of Missouri and de
vastate the wheat fields of Southern
Illinois. Hitherto, the gentleman states,
the grasshoppers have never passed be
yond the second tier of the river coun
ties of Missouri. ILdched in the moun
tains, the grasshoppers in the first year
of their flight eastward rarely reach the
Missouri river. Indeed, the " grasshop
per line " of devastation the first year is
at least one hundred miles west of the
Missouri river. At tho present time.
they are not full grown, and do not fly
in clouds as they do tho first year ox
their, flight from the mountains. They
will probably be destroyed after only a
short advance into Iowa and Missouri.
They deposit their larvw in the ground
in the falL Sometimes, as last fall,
when the winter is very late, the larvse
hatch out, and in the cold weather short
ly following, are inevitably destroyed.
This circumstance ought to diminish
their numbers the present spring. No
grasshoppers of this kind have ever
reached Illinois, at least any that were
recognized or committed any remarkable
demoiselles, or, beyond farther polite
use, flutter in dishonored strida in the
alleys. It is, therefore, a very whole
some and sensible halt which the ladies
of "Warsaw have called in the march of
fashion and extravagance.
they will have the courage to
their principla during the time appoint
ed, even longer if necessary, and if the
custom should take wing and overspread
the land, as did the spelling mania and
the mania for closing lager beer shops by
means of prayer, while it would go far
to cripple the trade in dry goods, and
occasion suicide among feeble-minded
provincial haberdashers, there can be no
doubt that it would bring a solid increase
of advantage to the nation. "We must
learn to consume less and produce more.
That is the road to wealth aad pros
perity, and there ia no other. If now
the men of Warsaw would assemble and
agree to drink no high-priced drinks and
chew only small quids of the cheapest
tobacco for a corresponding period, the
town would bo a perfect model of
frugality, such as would have delighted
Make a note of this young men, and
when yon are " oldest, inhabitants" yon
can tell your grandchildren that ia tho
year 1873 navigaUdd was "not open on tho
canals until May IS. "
If any young-man expects to go to
New York and marry a young lady with
a brown atone front jort because b
parts his hair in, the middle, he will find
out that he has made a mistake,
v George IIL, speaking to Archbishop
Sutton respecting his Urge family, made
the remark: "I believe your grace has
better than a dozen." " No, air," re-
tt4 plied the archbishop ; "only eleven."
standi " Well, replied the king, "isn't that
Deiier nun m uuwu i
Are the young ladies of the present
day fit for wives ! asked a' lecturer of
his audience. "They are fit for hus
bands, responded a female voice ; " but
tho trouble is that yon. men are not fit
for wives I The spplause was grrat,
and bo was the discomfiture cf tho lec
turer. The Constitution of New Hampshire
contains a religious proscriptivc clansa.
No person is eligible to tho oEco of
Governor, Senator or representative un
less he is oi the Protestant religion. At
various times attempts have been taado
to strike out the proscripUTe, but they
have failed.
The first ounce oi blood Injected Into
Oen. Frank Blair caused an effect upon
tha c-encral aimilar U intoxication.
the heart of Joseph Hume or Benjamin I Upon investigation, the physicians dis-
Franklin. and a hundred years hence
would deserve a centennial celebration.
The king here broke down and said:
"Take my daughter, take my kingdom, especially ridiculing his quarter of the
take my lands, everything I own, but,
in the name of the prophet, have done
with those infernal locusts."
Tlie lTTieat Harvest.
The total wheat crop of the United
gtates for 1874 was estimated at 300,000,
000buahehC This -year it -is expected
thai it will rot "exceed" O.OOO.OOO
bushels, a falling off of 70,000,000
bushels. Usually we have exported
about one-sixth of our crop, but this
year it is likely that the home market
will consume the entire product, and at
prices that will pay the producers a fair
profit. In Europe the promise of the
harvest is so good that there will prol
ably be no call made upon our granaries.
In New York State the average yield of
wheat is about 8,000,000 bushels, but
this year it is feared the crop will be
short about one-half. The Philadelphia
Press, which has been giving details
from many of the States, published dis
patches from two hundred points in the
wheat-growing district of that State, for
whose accuracy it vouches. From these
data it appears that while the early
sowing of last fall attained an unusual
growth, the intense cold of midwinter
killed. both top and, root in many sec
tions. Pennsylvania has ' suffered as
much as New York.- In the West late
frosts and the grasshoppers ravages have
worked additional in jury. In Minnesota
and Wisconsin the prospect is more en
couraging than in other Western States,
but it is only in California and Oregon
that .an abundant harvest can be ex
pected. It is possible that the farmers
may make up their losses by an improve
ment in prices, owing to the scarcity of
grain. There is every probability that
the wheat harvest of 1875 will be smaller
than for many years.
city, then called Happy Valley. At that
day Montgomery street was, as now, the
business street, extending from Jackson
to Sacramento, the water of the bay
leaving barely room for a few houses on
Itussian JPiinri.
The Russian punch must be a nice
drink. It is made of a mixture of vodka,
champagne, nalwka (which is defined as
a kind of gooseberry wine resembling
the French casis, which is much affected
its cast side, and the public warehouses by tho Russians) and any other kind of
?u u rsA.A h,r AiA -hx managed to keep the vessel in its course.
vieM .. but with what difficulty may .be well
Having thus secured himself from fur- imagined." Mrs. Patterson, witli a
ther attack, the captain began to con- heroic courage and devotion, made her-
sider his position and to search for the self oi great use, frequently relieving her
missing members i bf his crew. - The husband and his watch, and so allowing
Swedish sailor was- still at the wheel, he him to take the rest he ao greatly need- j
having, strange to say, remained there ed. A Norwegian bark, bound for Loa
darinir the whole cf tha affrar. neither don. was hailed, from which one sua
The worst thing that has appeared
about the ecosntrio James Lick is the
statement that he has been sued for
$55,000 by his physician, for services
during a period of twenty-two years.
We hope this will be contradicted, for,
were on a sandy beach about where the
Bank of California now stands, viz.:
near the intersection of San some and
California streets. Alone Montgomery
street were the stores of Howard &
Melius, Frank Ward, Sherman k Buckel,
Rose & Co., and it may be one or two
others. Around the plaza were a few
houses, among them the City Hotel and
the custom-house, single-story adobes
with tiled roofs, and they were by far
the most substantial and best houses in
the place. . The population was estima
ted at about- four hundred, of whom
Kanakas (natives of the Sandwich
Islands) formed the bulk."
f The time passed rapidly "away until
the spring of 1848, when the great dis
covery was made, which at once produc
ed a social and financial revolution in
California. The event is simply record
ed by the author, without the prelimi
nary flourish cf trumpets which a man
of less common sense would not have
failed to sound forth on the occasion.
"I remember one day that two men,
Americans, came into the office and in
quired for the governor. I asked their
business, and one answered that they
had just come down from Captain Sutter
on special business, and they wanted to
see Governor Mason in person. I took
them in to the colonel and left them
together. .After some time the. colonel
came to his deor and called to me. I
went in, and my attention was directed
to a series of papers unfolded on his
table, in which lay about half an ounce
oi placer-gold. Mason said to me :
What is that!' I touched it and ex
amined one or two oi the larger pieces,
and asked : 4 Is it gold t' Mason asked
me ii I had ever seen native gold. I
i answered that, in 1844. I was in Upper
Georgia, and there saw some native goldjNj
out u was mucn nner man uns, ana was
it was in phials, or in transparent quills;
wine that may bo at hand. Apricots
melons and cucumbers are put in to
flavor, and sugar to sweeten it, and the
whole is then ignited and allowed to
burn till it boils. Sensible people who
should see such a drink as this, and be
come acquainted with its preparation,
would know what to do with it without
hesitation. But there are some remark
able individuals who think it proves
nothing to have other people experiment
with such a compound, they mnt try it
for themselves. It looks as if Mr. Mac-
Gahant had felt called upon to allow the
mixture to work upon his own constitu
tion, for he says: "Though palatable
and insinuating, it is the most diabolical
compound I have ever tasted. Every
drop of it is laden with headache for a
week and dyspepsia for a fortnight.
The Stan With Xo Hair.
A man in Troy, N. Y., was lately ar
rested with a stolen horse and buggy in
his potucsuon. Shortly after his arrest
he was taken ill and died. Before hie
death he confessed that he was born in
Sharon, Litchfield county, Conn., and
the fact of his having no hair attracted
the attention of Birnum, when tltat
showman first started, and who engaged
him to travel with him, Bamuia ad
vertised him as Vancouver, the no
haired man of Vancouver's Island," a
feature of the early exhibitions of B&r
num which will be remembered by many
yet living. He was with Birnum eeven
years, and left him to follow a life of
crime, which he adhered to ever after,
ne was married eight times, and seven
of his wives, he declared, are yet living
one in New York, two inPhilalelpliia,
one in Connecticut, one in New Orleans,
one in Lock port and one in Boston. He
said he had been concerned in no less
than three hundred burglaries since he
left Barn am, three of which were at
tended with murder. Had been arrest
ed one hundred and fifteen times, and
nerved many terms in prison, ranging
from six months to two years. He ap
peared to know all about the great rob
beries of the country and who was con
cerned in them, and if a tenth part of
what he said was true, he was tho most
confirmed rascal that ever lived.
fwrrrM that the subiect who had fur
nished the blood had been on a bit of a
spree the day before, and with the blood
had been transferred somealcohoL It
was a 'clear case of drunk by proxy.
Talk about puzzles, but here is a
tough one : Two men, A and B, bought
one hundred acres of land at $100 pr
acre. Each paid $3,000. A took his
hare off the north aide at $110 per acre,
while B took his share south side, at $09
per acre. How much land did each gt F
How can the question be proved t Of
all the men who have figured on the
problem, no two agree exactly.
Running for Office.
I never ran for office but once, says
John QuilL At the earnest solicitation
of my friends in n unguarded mo
ment, I allowed myself to be announced
as a candidate for the office of justice of
the peace. Previous to this fool move
I had been considered a decent kind f
a man, but the next day when the Bugle
come out it was filled with accounts of
my previous history that would Lave
curdled the blood oi a Digger Indian.
A, susceptible public was gravely in-
informed that I was not fit for the
office, that I was almost a fool, besides
I had come West under very suspicious
circumstances. I had starved my deaf
tmndmniher tn Aesih nA then acid I times a very aixious question. A xuedi
her remains to a soap factory. I had cal practitioner of Cremona propose a
stolen a hand organ from a poor blind simple method by which the question
cripple and ran away with the proceeds, may be answered with certainty. It ia
I had sold my grandfather's cofia for to inject a drop oi ammonia ueneaia iae
if true, it puts Mr. Lick in a very awk-1 but I said that, u thi wero gold,
ward position, ' I could b easily tarted, firsl, by its CUl-
S14, and buned the old gentleman ia a
boot box. In utter despair I rushed
around to headquarters, withdrew my
stsxa and swore a solemn swear that 'I
would never indoles ia politics ayiia.
And ntvtr wilh
.1 General Fainting Hpell.
A mysterious story is told by a New
Haven journal. A knot of girls stood
chattering in a factory, and began to
talk of sadden deaths. It is not a very
edifying subject for young ladies to
converse upon, and as the talk went on,
nearly the whole knot became very much
depressed in spirits. One spirited girl,
who was sot thus affected, placed on a
work-bench near one of the young girla
a common land-turtle. Tho girl turned
and aaw it, gave a shriek which sounded
elfish in Intensity, and immediately ftU
to the floor in a faint, as though she had
been dead. This apparently led to a
touch of horror in th minds of the othrr
girls, some of whom grew white la coun
tenance, with a set expression "on their
faces, and for an instant, sot a word or
cry was uttered. Boon the same kind of
thing happened to another of the girls.
She fell to the floor in what looked like
a dead faint, or the trance oi a person
exhausted by prolonged mental excite
ment, leading to exhaustion. Shortly
another girl was seized with the same
kind of an attack, and she, too, yielded
to the fnflq""1 and was numbered with
those who had already giren away. One
after another of the girls fainted and fell
until no leas than seven oi tha yousg
ladies had been brought low. The affair
was so unexpected thai consternation or
at least deep interest was shown by the
workmen employed in the men's depart
ment. Some oi them grew pallid and
tremulous as ii with sudden fear, and
pretty soon one of them was taken with
an attack' similar to that which afikted
the young ladies. He apparently sum
moned all the forces of his zaind and
body, to resist the mysterious tendency,
but he, too, yielded and fainted away..
A Xe Indication of Demth. I The thing began to look aenous. . Yi nai
Is the patient really dead or not! is at I ailed everybody f was the question with
everybody not uaaecuaiejy azeoeu vy
or under control oi this singular nervous
dijpensation, and at this jtractare eo
painful was the sense oi apprehension,
that when the iorenaa ordrred a stop
page of the work, and a dispersion cf the
A Japanese Bride,
The marriage of Mr. Mori, late Jap
anese minister at Washington, to Miss
Hirose, a Japanese . young lady, wan
somewhat novel even for Japan. The
bride was dressed ia a light-colored silk,
white tulle veil, and carried in her hand
a fine bouquet of flowers. The service
consisted of the reading oi a marriage
contract and terms oi agreement, after
which the couple signed them, and they
were declared married. No allusion was
made to any religion whatever, and not
a word was spoken by the parties con
cerned till the dose. Then the bride
bade the groom go out and bring in
some wood, and make a fire, that she
might get supper, remarking that they
couldn't live on love or bridal veils and
orange blossoms alone.
skin, when, if death be present, no
effect, or next to none, is produced; but I work-people to their fcory. a great rtv-
I there be life, then a red spot appears
at the place of injection. A test so easily
applied as this should remove all tpprt
henaion of being buried alive
liei was felt. All were recmred to move
cT quietly, and by this Judicious treat
cent further dtmcsitatica became

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