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riTTSBORO', CHATHAM CO., X. C, FEBKUAItY 20, 1879.
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H. A. LONDON, Jr.,
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THE BEAUTIES OF ORTHOGRAPHY.
A pretty deer Is dear to ma
A hare with downy hair ;
A hart I love with all my heart.
But barely bear a bear.
'Tis plain that no one take a plane
To have a pair of pears.
Although a rake may take a rake
To tear away the tares.
Sol's rays raise thyme ; Time razes all,
And through the whole holes wear ;
A scribe In writing right may write
The fluid air for the solid heir.
Robertson is not Robert's son,
Nor did he rob Burt's son ;
Yet Robert's sun is Robin's sun.
And everybody's sun.
Beer often brings a bier to man ;
Coughing a t-ofliu brings ;
And too much ale will make us ail,
As well as other things.
The person lies who says he lies
When he is not reellulug,
And when eonsumptive folks decline
Thty all decliue declining.
Quails lo not quail before a storm ;
A iMiugh will bow lieti.ie it ;
We canuot rein the rain at all
fru earthly power reigns o'er it.
The dyer dyes awhile, then dies
To dye he's always trying
I'ntil, upon his dying bed,
lie thinks no more of dyeing.
A son of Mars mars many a son ;
All Deys must have their days ;
And every knight should have his night
To hi in who weighs his ways.
l is meet that man should mete out meat
To feeil the fortunate fee'd one :
The fair should fare on love aloue.
Klse one canuot be won.
Alas ! a lass Is sometimes false ;
Of faults a maid is made ;
Her waist Is but a barren waste ;
Though stayed, she is not staid.
The springs shoot forth each spring, and shoots
shoot forward, one and all ;
Though summer kills the flowers. It leaves
The leaves to fall In fall.
I would a story here commence.
But you might think it btale ;
So we'll suppose that we have reached
The tail-end of our tal- !
A SKETCH FOR THE THOUGHTLESS.
"But, Mabel, you do not consider.
Heaven knows 1 would do anything to
please you anything within my power
that I thought proper; but this "
"Enough, sir!" interrupted Mabel Sey
mour, wiih a toss of her head that sent
the golden glossy curls flying backward
over her shoulders. "tour love has
cooled down to a methodical calculation,
and your own interest has become the iron
lump against which my comfort is to be
balanced. And, moreover, you would
instruct me in propriety. Really, Mr.
Thornley, you are making your presump
tions of control and guidance over me at
rather an early date."
She spoke quickly, and yet very coolly
and sarcastically. The bitterness of her
irony was terrible; and Robert Thornley
recoiled as though a sharp point had been
driven to his heart.
"Mabel. Mabel!" he cried, beseechingly,
"you do not mean what you say. You
are thoughtless. You know I could not
put my self-interests in the balance against
your own. The business that calls me
away is imperative; and yet, were this
party a proper one, 1 would try and put
my business ott" until Monday. liut,
Mabel, the party in question is not such
an one as 1 would select lor my associa
tion; and Clark Joyington is not the man
with whom I would have you associate."
Mabel listened very quietly, and one
who had observed her carelessly might
have supposed that she was listening
candidly; but the tapping of her foot upon
the carpet, and the peculiar curl of that
compressed nether lip, ga .re token of con
tempt aDd anger. Wneu her lover had
ceased speaking she looked up, and simply
"I willnot interfere with your business,
sir. If you must go to London, go! I
shall go with Clark Joyington," re
sponded Mabel, with cool, deliberate
Robert Thornley put back the quick
words that flashed to his thought, and
with reasonable composure, said:
"Dear Mabel, you are all the world to
"Is it Mabel Seymour, or is it her bank
account that "
He turned upon her a look that fright
ened her; and without another word he
left her where she stood, and went forth
from the house wretched and pain
stricken. But ere long he gained control
of his emotions, and calm reflection told
him that he had done nothing wrong.
Better, better so, than lake a wife who did
not love him.
And how was it with Mabel? For a
time she held herself upon a plane of in
dignation and independence ; but gradually
the treacherous foundation gave way, and
she came down into such agony of suffer
ing as she had never before experienced.
Mabel Seymour was an orphan, nine
teen years of age. Her mother died when
she was a mere child; and her father
passed away during her sixteenth year,
leaving her sole heiress to a fortune that
had yielded a second fortune of increase in
the hands of her guardian. Ever since
her mother's death Mabel had lived with
her Aunt Mary her father's only sister
and no mother could have been more kind
and loving than was this good old aunt.
Aunt Mary was herself well provided for,
her husband having left her more than
enough for all her wants, even counting
in with those wants the solid luxuries of
Of course Mabel had had many suitors;
but of them all there had been but one
whom she had ever thought of loving; for
she was no coquette, though fond of
amusement. Robert Thornley, an orphan
like herself, and a nephew of Aunt Mary's
husband, was her accepted lover; and in
two months they were to be married.
Robert had on several occasions found it
necessary to curb his loved one in some of
her wild and frolicsome freaks a thing
which Aunt Mary had never been able to
do and she had never fairly rebelled
until now. And now there was to be a
party made up for the Beach, which was
twelve miles distant made up mostly
from visitors who had come to spend the
season. And this was to be the last of the
series, for the season had closed ; and Mabel
had set her heart upon going, as she had
gone to others.
Now those other parties had been made
up of business men and their families,
with whom to associate was a pleasure;
but those men had all returned to their
homes, and most of those who wTere to
make up the party in question Robert
knew to he of the "fast" fraternity; and
two or three of them were gamesters of
known reputation. Mabel had become
acquainted with Mr. Joyington through a
female friend who had become very inti
mate with him, and he had won his way
to her favor in the first instance, by
lauding in an extravagant manner a plea
which he had heard Mr. Robert Thornley
make in court; and Mabel had intimated
to her lover that it was hardly gentle
manly for him to traduce one who had
spoken so kindly and so well of him; and
as for his being a bad man, she would not
believe it; because Ellen Promont was a
careful and considerate girl, and Mr, Joy
ington had come from London with her
brother Charles, who would never have
introduced a bad man to his own sister.
She loved Ellen dearly; and she and Ellen
had talked a great deal about this party,
to which the latter was going with Joy
ington. And when Mabel had said that
she believed Robert was engaged upon a
legal matter which would require his ab
sence in London on that very day. Ellen
clapped her hands and declared:
"Ihere s to be a spare seat in our car
riage, Mabel, and you can have it. Oh,
won't it be nice!"
And Mabel wished to go to the Beach!
she had been cherishing the idea with
much promise of joy; and now, to have
the cup dashed down and broken, ere the
bright draught had been tasted, was too
That evening Aunt Mary sat in her
great easy-chair, and looked upon Mabel's
pale face and swollen eyes. She knew
ail. Robert had seen her, and had told
her the whole story had told her, so that
she might know truly why he did not
visit there as had been his wont.
And Aunt Mabel knew one other thing.
She knew that Mabel had spent the whole
afternoon in her chamber, crying and
subbing all the while. And the kind
hearted old lady had resolved to do what
she had never expected to do while she
lived; she had resolved to tell to her niece
the story of her blighted life.
"Mabel, do you remember once telling
me, that ever since you could remember,
you had observed that at times I gave my
selt up to melancholy ? that you had
found me, when I thought no one was
near, with tears in my eyes? Do you re
member?'' "Yes, dear aunt," whispered Mabel,
reverently, "I remember; and I remember
that you shed tears after that, and begged
me not to speak of it.''
"Well, Mabel, I am now going to tell
you the whole story. 1 had thought that
no human being 'should know, "when I
was dead and gone, what a burden lay
buried with ine; but you are so near like
what I wns in those other years, and you
are so liable to make mistakes, in your
thoughtless, wayward moods, that I have
felt it to be a duty to give you my great
life lesson. Listen:
"I was nineteen years old when I placed
my hand upon Martin Howard's palm,
and told him that I would be his wife.
And oh, how happy I was! I was an
heiress, and I was called beautitul; and
many came to woo me; but I loved only
Martin, and I thought what a blessing my
wealth would become when I could bring
it to the assistance of my husband in his
profession. Martin was a physic ian.
"Mabel, I was light hearted and cay;
and at times I was headstrong and obsti
nate. Martin sought to smooth down
some of those sharper points of my habit,
and in his great pride he wished to hold
me above the crowd of thoughtless girls
that thronged about us in his pride of
me, Mabel in his pride of his beloved
Mary. At length I grew restive under
the restraint; and one day we had a dis
pute. My cousin Philip had just come
home from sea; and he came out to visit
us; and during his visit he asked me to go
to London with him, and go to the theatre,
and to the opera, and to the concerts; and
I told him I would go.
' The very next day, Martin Howard
came over to see me, and when I told him
what I had premised Phil, his countenance
fell, and he was unhappy; and presently
he look my hand and asked me not to go.
I asked him why he made the request.
He changed color, and was perplexed;
and he then took both my hands, and
begged of me that I would trust him, and
not ask him any questions.
"Mabel, there was one great truth of
life which I then entirely overlooked. I
was often very much vexed because Mar
tin would not give up to me; and yet,
when I came to reflect, I could see that
never did he hesitate at any sacrifice for
my comfort when he could make it with
out the sacrifice of principle. I did not
see then that the very quality of which I
complained was the quality which was to
make him true and reliable as a husband
which was to make him a firm and
steadfast friend, a wise counsellor, and a
At this point Mabel was like one suffo
cating. Her bosom heaved perceptibly,
and she pressed her hands over her heart
as though there were pain there. Aunt
Mary wiped away a few bright drops that
had started down her cheeks, and then
"We quarrelled No, no I quarrelled
I demanded that Martin should tell me
why he objected to my going with my
cousin. He asked me if 1 could not trust
him. He did not wish to tell me then;
he would tell me at some time. I asked
him it there would be danger in my going
with Philip; and he said he feared there
would be. And then I laughed bitterly,
and told him I should go whether he
liked it or not. Martin's face was very
pale, and he was deeply moved; but he
controlled himself, and said tome; 'Mary,
I am sorry you have forced this from me.
Your cousin Philip is strongly addicted
to drink; and I doubt if he can go to Lon
don and meet his old associates without
falling. Think of the situation you would
be placed in."
"Oh, I was angry then. I told Martin
he was wicked thus to traduce my own
cousin, who had always spoken of him in
terms of praise and brotherly love. And
I pointed my finger at him, and I cried,
Shame! and Martin cowered away and
begged of me to reflect. 'Reflect!' I cried.
'I reflect upon your base aspersion upon
the character of my noble-hearted cousin;
and to show you how I hate such a spirit,
I will go to London with Philip to-morrow!'
He sought to approach me after
that; but I put him off, and bade him
leave me. 'If youare jealous of my sailor
cousin, said I, 'the sooner we part the
better!' And he went away."
"That evening Philip came, and stopped
all night, and in the morning I got ready
and started with him for London. I was
not happy; but I was too proud to back
down at that point. I went, and Philip
left me at a hotel while he ran out to do a
few errands. Then I began to realise
what a very foolish thing I had done,
even allowing that my cousin never
touched liquor. I was left alone until
night, and then Philip came in. Oh, I
cannot tell you that story of horrors!
Word went to Martin Howard that I was
alone in the great Babel, and that Philip
was on a drunken spree. Martin took
the litt le steamboat that had j ust been put
on the river, and started down to find me.
But he never came where I was never
came in the flesh! That steamboat was
his coffin! Her boiler burst, and Martin
Howard was one of the eight human be
ings who went down with her. He
strong and self-possessed would have
been safe, but he lost his life in trying to
"Mabel, the years passed on, and I
married Frederic Beekman. He was a
good man. and I know that he loved me;
but I never loved him as I should have
loved my husband. I could not. My
heart was buried in the cold grave of
waters, v here he went down whom alone
of all the world I truly and devotedly
loved! Years, years, have passed; but the
cruel torment of that dark hour will leave
me only when I can meet my love beyond
this vale, and gather the blest words of
forgiveness from his own sainted lips.
Oh, heaven of mercy! grant that the time
might come! I care not how speedily!"
A moment, with head bowed, and her
hands clasped over her face a moment in
which she wiped the tears from her eyes
and then Aunt Mary got up and moved
to Mabel's side; and bending over, she
kissed her upon the cheek, gently, but
"Oh! it has pained me, Mabel; but if it
can serve you I shall not suiter anew!"
And then she went away to her chamber.
Mabel Seymour pressed her hands hard
over her heart, and sat there like one upon
whom a mighty spell had fallen. Pres
ently a voice broke the solemn stillness of
the apartment. It was not as though
Mabel spoke; but as though a spirit other
than herself had been dwelling with her
for the time, and thus spoke ere it left
"Good, noble, kind and true! Finn be
cause he is right; and to be trusted because
he is firm! Oil! Mabel, what have you
done? Mercy! mercy! Ifyebeawoman
do your duty now as ye hope for peace and
She started to her feet, and looked at
the clock upon the mantel. It was only
Robert Thornley sat in his office, the
picture of a strong man in suffering. Not
a pale, dejected face; but a face wrought
upon by niighty emotions, and wet with
manly tears. Hours had passed, and he
was suffering more and more. Earlier in
the evening he had visitors on business,
and had been forced to outer calmness;
but now he was alone, and the pain spoke
out. He would not go to his chambers
yet, for his hostess might see him, and she
would surely mark his sorrowful visage.
"Oh!" he groaned, "if she were vain
and fickle, I could cast this love out with
out a pang I should not have loved her
as I do. No, no she is, good, and she is
generous; but she is headstrong, and she
does not understand me. Alas! what shall
I do? I cannot sacrifice my principle.
Better far that the love should be crushed,
than crushed, did I say? Oh! then my
poor heart lies crushed in the wreck ot
What was that ? Was it some one at the
door; or was it a mouse in the wall?
Again it is a Rip a child's rap upon
the door. It could not be a man ; for a
man could not have crossed the outer hall
without attracting his notice. He arose,
and having hastily brushed his eyes with
his kerchief, he went to the door and
opened it. What! a female? A queer
client at this hour! And he backed in so
that she might come into the light.
"What is it, my good woman? You
need not fear to come in."
Was she ill ? Was she fainting, that she
stood there and trembled, ami caught at
the door-post for support ?
"My good woman "
"Mabel! Is it you ? Mabel ! Mabel!"
She staggered forward, and he caught
her to his bosom caught her and held her
there; and kissed her upon the brow; and
he cried out in his agony of wonder and
"Oh, Mabel, what is it? what is it?
What has happened ?"
With an effort she looked ?p, and an
swered, with moans and stifled sobs:
"Oh, Robert! I could not. rest I could
not sleeep I should have dbd! My heart
was breaking, and my soul Tas in torture!
Oh, I had been so wrong so wicked!
Forgive me, Robert, and never, never
He could hear no more. Once more
upon his bosom; his strong arms holding
her safely there, where she was to find
sweet rest and shelter evermore and his
lips speaking words that banished the
gloom, and let the blessei warmth and
light in upon her redeeaed and purified
They walked home leneath the eyes of
heaven, a glad and bnppy pair; and at
midnight Robert bent his step towards
his own place of aboie, feeling now that
his hold upon life wis a prize worth striv
Aunt Mary heard the clock strike t welve,
and she wondered who could be up at that
hour. She was listening, when her door
was softly opened, and a voice whispered:
"It it you, Mibel ? What in the world
But before sie could speak farther a
pair of arms had been thrown around her
neck; warm ani loving kisses were im
printed upon ler cheeks, and a happy
"Oh, dear, good Aunt Mary! I could
not go to my reit until I had come and
blessed you! Oh, I will always try and
make you happy; for you have made me
very, very hapry!''
And the gooc old woman, when her
niece had gone, felt an assurance in her
soul that she shoald be henceforth far less
unhappy than she had been, for out of her
great sorrow shehad at length wrought a
glad redemption for one whom she dearlyT
The Americin product of earthen
ware and china, during the past ten
3 ears, has not only kept pace with the
increase in population and its corre
sponding consumption of wares, during
the fiscal year 1377 and 1878, ending
June 30, the average of importation has
been reduced ove; twenty per cent.
The number of polteries in the United
States of all kinds s 777, and the capi
tal invested $5,291393. There are in
operation to-day pitteries enough of all
grades to produce twice the quantity
imported last year.
Sectional is, perhaps, less insuffera
ble than personal egotism; but egotism
in a nation or an individual checks at
once the flow of friendly feeling. Con
ceit is a despicable characteristic of
human nature. And there is nothing
that will bring an individual into more
discredit; nothing that will so excite
toward him another's contempt; noth
ing that will banish him more speedily
from our fellowship, and nothing that
will so cause him to be hooted and
j ; ered at by society as personal, ego
tistical conceit. When an unpreten
tious man fails in an undertaking he
has the sympathy of all mankind; but
when a proud, haughty, blustering,
bullying boaster fails to reach his ends,
he excites no feeling, no pity, no shade
of sorrow from the world. Conceit, no
matter in what form it shows itself, is
always recognizable; and. immediately,
upon recognition, it is desoised.
There is nothing that tickles society
so much as the exposure of imposition.
And the hardest death a man can die
is found in that oblivion to which so
ciety ostracises all of those who by
their most superficial accomplishments
seek to imitate the cultured gentleman
noble and refined; such a man liter
ally dies by inches, simply from the ef
fects of his own conceit; and after
death, we do not think that Mrs.
Stowers Sam Lawson could, in any
way, regard him as a genteel, or as a
There is, however, a great deal of
difference between personal conceit and
the proper appreciation of one's natural
abilities. Both the man who boasts of
doing things which are clearly beyond
the range of his capacity, and the man
who sets such a low valuation upon his
own strength that he considers him
self able to do nothing, are burdens
upon human society.
But the individual who posseses that
quality which under various circum
stances is called by different names,
such as Pride, Ambition, Enthusiasm,
Ardor or Zeal, and possessing them,
calls them into action each day of his
life, is the man society should envy,
for he is, either in one way or another,
a leader of his race.
To such a man there is no barrier be
tween the plan and the execution of it;
there is no sophistry between him and
Like the trained leader of some mon
ster orchestra, at every motion of his
baton some new measure is developed,
some new commotion is seen, some
new voice speaks, and some new enthu
siasm is kindled. Nature, Art, Litera
ture and Science unfold their trea
sures, and there is no mystery in earth,
in air, in water to which he does not
hold the key. Death to such a man
brings no oblivion; he quietly sinks
into repose, his greatness then is fairly
appreciated, and posterity writes his
epitaph; not an epitaph lasting for the
day, but one to which every generation
must add fresh words, and to which
each age must add more glowing tri
butes. PROBABLE RESULTS OF AERIAL
Mr. E. C. Stedman, the poet, writes
in the midwinter Scribner on this sub
ject, which he confesses to be his
'hobby." The paper is in a half
humorous, half-serious tone, but dis
cusses practically the causes of failure
heretolore and the desiderata of final
success. Mr. Stedman speaks thus
buoyantly of some of the ultimate re
sults of serial navigation: "Not only
by these processes of construction, but
also by the power and freedom gained
through their success, a delightful
reflex influence will be exerted upon
the lesthetics of life. Poetry and
romance will have fresh material and a
new locale, and imagination will take
flights unknown before. Landscapes
painted between earth and heaven must
involve novel principles of drawing,
colors, light and shade. Music, like
the songs of Lohengrin, will be show
ered from aerial galleries. In every
way the resources of social life will be
so enlarged that at last it truly may be
said: "Existence is itself a joy."
Sports and recreations will be strangely
multiplied. Rich and poor alike will
make of travel an everyday delight, the
former in their private aercnons, the
latter in large and multiform structures
corresponding in use to the excursion
boats of our rivers and harbors, the
"floating palaces" of the people, and
far more numerous and splendid. The
ends of the earth, its rarest places, will
be visited by all. The sportsman can
change at pleasure from the woods and
waters of the North, the runways of
the deer, the haunts of the salmon, to
the pursuit of the tiger in the jungle or
the emu in the Australian bush. An
entirely new profession that of air
manshipwill be thoroughly organized,
employing a countless army of trained
officers and "airmen." The adventu
rous and well-to-do will have their
pleasure yachts of the air, and take
hazardous and delightful cruises. Their
vessels will differ from the cumbrous
acrobats intended for freight and emi
grant business, will be christened with
beautiful and suggestiv names Iris,
Aurora, Hebe, Ganymede, Hermes,
Ariel, and the like, and will vie with
one another in grace, readiness and
At the last session of Congress an
appropriation of $5,000 was made to
place a monument over Thomas Jeffer
son's grave at Monticello, Ya. The
appropriation was made upon the con
tingency that the owners of the estate
where Jefferson is buried should give
a quit claim to the Unit&d States of ail
right of property for a space of two
rods square of land, including the
.srrave, and to give the public free
right of access thereto. The Depart
ment of Justice is now in communica
tion with the owners of the property,
and the preliminaries to the construc
tion of the monument will bs settled
without difficulty. The construction
of the monument will be begun next
A man never wants to laugh when
a fly lights on his nose, but he is
The propositions put forward bv the
cynics, that of all the brutes on earth
the most brutal is man, is fast becom
ing unanswerable. The evidence in its
favor is accumulating with startlinsr
rapidity. We do not now refer to wars,
murders, and atrocities 'Man's in
humanity to man," but lo those minor
Drutanties which fand their victims
among the birds, beasts and fishes. We
have now arrived at that stage of civili
zation which presents many strange
anomalies. We drive a herd of trem
bling deer into a corner, shoot them
down and call it sport. We imprison
hundreds ot pigeons in a box In France.
send them across the sea to England,
keep them without food until they are
in a thoroughly exhausted condition,
and then let them loose only to be shot
aown aeaa in the case ot a few, but
maimed and bleeding in the case of a
majority. This, too, is called sport.
For our amusement, also, animals are
trained to go through a performance,
the "training" being accomplished by
a course of systematic cruelty, such as
ine general public would hardly believe
possible. Many must have observed
the dejected appearance of those trained
horses, birds, monkeys, and other
creatures so frequently exhibited in
puoiic. People have no conception of
tne cruelty practiced upon helpless be
Yet even the barbarities committed
for our amusement become deeds of
kindness in comparison with those
committed for adornment. Few ladies
are aware, perhaps, that the seals which
provide them with their sealskin jackets
were flayed alive for the purpose.' Such,
however, is the fact. Tne fur is sup
posed to lose something of its gloss if
the animal is killed before being skinned ;
and the healthier the seal at the
time of the operation, the finer the
gloss. Of course, in health, the sense
oi pain is iar more acute than in de
bility: and we may assume, therefore.
that when a sealskin jacket has a par
ticularly glossy appearance, the fur
was taken from the animal under the
most favorable circumstances for in
flicting pain, namely, robust health.
Seals, however, are not the only ani
mals that are flayed alive for the adorn
ment of lovely woman. Almost every
creature on the face of the earth whose
fur is considered valuable is subject to
the same atrocity. The sable, the
Deaver, the hare, the mole, the fox, the
opossum, are all flayed alive for adorn
ment, except in cases where the ani
mal is killed before it is captured, when
its lur is esteemed, rightly or wrongly.
of inferior quality. Birds, also, suffer
largely in the cause of fashion. In a
single week one single millinery es
tablishment in Leipsic received no less
than 32,000 dead humming-birds, 800,-
000 dead aquatic birds, and 300,000
pairs ot wings ot the snipe and wood
cock, all of which were intended for
use in the composition of ladies' hats.
The establishment in question probably
receives its consignment of ostrich and
gee be feathers at other parts of the
year, lor it is well-known that these
are more used by milliners than any
Let us now try to realize the suffer
ing involved in the collection of this
vast number of birds, and we shall fail
completely. It is true the birds are
better off than the seals, for they have
not to be flayed alive; but there must be
thousands of them which are not killed
outright, and which are thrust, maimed
and bleeding, and alive, into the same
bag with the dead, to end their suffer
ings as soon as suffocation will permit.
With regard to the humming-birds, we
believe the general practice is to entrap
and not to shoot them. They are in
tended to be worn whole, nestling
among a bouquet stuck on the side of a
hat or bonnet, and they must therefore
be secured with care and delicacy. Be
ing caught, they are dispatched by the
ingenious process of being spitted on a
bodkin, and forthwith are sent to be
stuffed. The same treatment was once
accorded to goldfinches; but since they
have ceased to be worn whole, it is be
lieved to be practiced no longer.
Quite lately fashion has laid its hand
on another order of creation namely,
the insect world. A scientific journal
mentions that an attempt is being
made to introduce living exotic beetles
as ornaments. One of these beetles,
brought from Central America, is said
to have been worn on a lady's shoulder
for six weeks how we are not told
and during the whole of that period it
subsisted without food. Perhaps this
form of fashionable cruelty is the most
wretched and senseless of all. It is true
that many of the exotic beetles are of
extreme beauty, but they have no fit
ness for the adornment of the person.
However, ther the fact stands, that in
addition to flaying seals and beavers
alive, spitting humming-birds alive and
slaughtering thousands upon thousands
of innocent and useful creatures for
the gratification of the lowest form of
vanity, we have now descended to the
depth of wearing living insects on our
shoulders, where they ultimately perish
No man would be sanguine enough
to suppose that any enlightenment of
the female mind upon the question of
fashionable cruelty would bring about
the abolition of the evil. AVhen we
think of the amount of self-torture a
woman will endure in the cause of per
sonal adornment when we recollect
that by tight-lacing, high-heeled boots
and other inventions of the Evil One,
constitutions are shattered and lives
shortened with the utmost cheerfulness
we must not expect that women will
grieve over the sufferings of seals or
humming-birds. But it is not un
reasonable to hope that the remark
about man being the greatest brute on
earth will have to be extended to wo
men. Yet it canuot be denied that
modern fashion, like modern sport, has
a distinctly barbarous tendency. So
long as stupid taste is gratified, we
care not what cost or suffering its
gratification involves. The fashionable
cruelty of the times is the outcome of a
taste waiped and perverted by a mere
tricious standard of a selfishness
engendered by the very luxury it de
mandsand of a barbarism which as-
serts itself above all the refinement
with which we gloss it over, as the
inevitable heritage of an evil nature.
It is thought that Prince Alex
ander of Battenburg will be elected as
the ruler of Bulgaria.
Sixty-two per cent, of negro blood,
according to the Liberian courts, en
titles a man to rank as a negro.
The Cincinnati authorities have
decreed that bakers must stamp the
weight upon every loaf of bread they
offer for sale.
There were buried in Turkey, in
Europe, 129,471 Russian soldiers, and
of the 120,950 sick and wounded sent
home, 42,950 dief. Total, 172,421.
The Australian International Ex
hibition will open at Sidney August 1.
One acre of space has been assigned to
the United States and Canada, and
more will be allotted if required.
A man at Yandalia, 111., has taken
out a writ to replevin his arm, which is
in the possession of the doctor who
amputated it. He desires to introduce
it in evidence in an action to recover
damages for alleged malpractice.
Mrs. Lucy Anderson, who gave
piano lessons to Queen Victoria and
all her daughters, has just died. The
Queen was always very kind to the old
lady, who often made long and pleas
ant visits to the abode of royalty.
A bill has been introduced into
the St. Louis Municipal Assembly mak
ing it a misdemeanor, punishable by
fine, to ring bells on churches, con
vents, schools or factories or anywhere
that the noise will disturb the people.
While the Queen is in the Isle of
Wight an iron-clad is now sent to ride
off Cowes, a new departure intended,
the quidnuncs says, to impart addi
tional importance to Her Majesty's
presence, being now Queen-Empress.
Mrs. John Murray, a widow resid
ing near Glasgow,entertained at dinner
on Christmas day her fifteen children,
forty grandchildren and two great
grandchildren. The fifty-seven all re
side within a radius of a mile of her
Charles S. Kline, a romantic old
bridegroom of 71, eloped from Charles
City county, Va., with a fair bride of
20 years, not because he could not have
married her at home, but because he
thought it more gay and festive to run
away like a boy of nineteen.
The Court of Queen's Bench at
Westminster has decided that, while
the proprietor of a newspaper is liable
in civil actions, he is not liable, crimi
nally, for the actions of an editor to
whom general authority has been given
to edit m a lawful mauner.
"Teddy, me boy," said an Irish
man to his nephew, "jist guess how
many cheese there is in this here bag,
an' faith I'll give ye the whole five."
"Five," answered Teddy. "Arrab, by
my sowl, bad luck to the man that
tould ye!" exclaimed the uncle.
Speaking of dull times, a wicked
Mobile man says that a few weeks ago
a stranger arrived there and bought a
bale af cotton, and a pleasant rumor at
once started that the cotton buyer had
arrived, but it only proved to be a
Chicago man with the ear-ache.
The German press shows generally,
without distinction of party, great
satisfaction with the result of the elec
tions in Fiance. The North German
Gazette intimates that the Republic can
reckon on the sympathy of Germany,
so long as its policy reflects the moder
ate and resonable views of Gambetta.
The divorce business showed a
gratifying increase in San-Francisco
last year gratifying, that is, to the
shoals of divorce lawyers, who subsist
on marital infelicities in that city. No
less than 284 couples were disentangled,
or at the rate of one divorce to eight
marriages, and an increase of 41 over
the record of 1877.
A marriage took place at Burke
ville, Va,, recently, the groom being
Col. Foster, aged 72, and the bride, a
Miss Cumings, but three years his
junior. They had been affianced since
youth, but as the lady insisted upon a
gilt ot $30,ooo trom tne coionei on ner
wedding day, the event was postponed
until the lady compromised.
Owing to the severity of the wea
ther the forests of the Bernese Jura.
(Switzerland), are infested with droves
ot wild boars, whicn are sometimes so
numerous as to defy attack. The farms
are frequently attacked by wolves, and
hundreds of chamois have descended
into the valleys in search of food.
The divergence between the official
and private intelligence respecting the
extent of the plague in Astrachan,
(Russia,) continues, the former assert
ing that the epidemic is diminishing
and the latter that it is increasing.
One hundred and twenty thousand
pounds of fish and large quantities of
other provisions have been burnt at
the tofvn of Tsaritzin, on the river
Yolga, to prevent the spread of the
The electric light is about to be in
troduced into two or three London
Churches. It is also largely employed
at West-gate-on-Sea, upon the exten
sive estates of an Englishman who is
interested in comparing the relative
cost and advantages of electric light
and gas. Along the pretty sea-frontage
of Westgate are arranged rows of elec
tric and gas lamps, the one to illumi
nate the broad marine parade and drive,
with the tasteful villas and terraces,
and the other to light up the ornamen
tal gardens and promenades. Notwith
standing the semi-opaqe globes absorb
ing some sixty per cent, of the brilliant
white electric light, the adjacent gas
lamps appear in contrast to burn dimly
with a smoky, dull, dirty amber-yellow