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H. A. LONDON, Jr.,
f.wtoii ami rt'.ii'.H'ii.
OilttBU ti'ti, Oil ll.M'lttoU.
Oue square, two insertion,
One sjuai, mil,
TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION:
One cry. one .v-ar, . .-
C't(fcniy ,-,lx in 't: ' ft
1)110 ruey, llnuc lllolill. .
PITTSBOHO', CHATHAM CO., N. C, JANUARY 12, 1882.
lilts, IP .iial uli!la.-s .'U
A Toofs Mail.
Four letters and a paper: this onn, shoeing
A caiclna hau l, 11 from niv Cousin May ;
Ten pages long, bii.1 full to overflowing
Of beam, ami li-IU , nml ball, and nil
Anil this ouo : well, I cannot quito discover
Juat what the indcfltuto writer does inton.l ;
He' qititu tuo fiankly cordial for n lovor,
And much too lover-like fur just a friend.
And here & eistor-poot t-lU lur fniu lf s,
Mi.'rry or nail, Just as her humor in ;
Weaving a wub of iii;iiiv-!imi .1 romauics,
Ollt Of ihu tobSlctrt realities.
And litre is one in marvellous s uporscriphun ;
I make ft out by guessing at a part
I toll the truth without a spice if (lotion
I tear it open with a fluttcrine; heart.
Two rdbalistio Wool hero meet my vi-ion
Two simple words, expressive nud ilefln-.l,
Andytt they crush m with thnircurt precise n.
Their most polite ''Ilospectfully declined. "
I takenp tenderly uiy littlo vcrsling.
That I ha I written with such hiving caro ;
I Icul as iIooh a mother when lu r nursling
In called by oth. in u itlc-r Mint n r fair.
I rail aj'.iin.-l the nmn who s i dirices it,
And like I lie wirll lenunui'd worm 1 tnni ;
"Ife does not kiwiv a em nhi-n lie m en it,
I'.li-eu iw luygi iiiiis ,.. Id he .j ii. k .lin'i in."
Or else lie wants tu eru-h out my ainbith n,
To keep from 1 1 a - my -!o nf 1 nun or p' If ;
Or Use. oli, rtiov jo ii.-i-.iir, ! de.-islon,
It may he ho hi ids p try himself.
Ii t'eit bo true, tii u imv tin miii-es flout him.
Auil play up m him all ntrv.irt hy pranks,
Jl iv rv ry e-libir i l tin' oo-witrv se ml him.
At. 1 all his pm ins he Mi dine I with thank V
And l""v I r :i 1 n;.ain t!:o little vcri"i
I tho :-ht In pei :Vi-t ; it mils: hi- Cullfi sn-l
This liu" is bad, ait I that one finely wur..- is.
And thin Ihouhi ii nuiiily is ill-vxprtwOil.
It may he that my vanity dinvived mo ;
It may be iiei'licr jca'.uusv n r spite.
Ins iicd the rite- u lumd i-oreiy grieved mo ,
It may ho. lifter all. i- man was ri -ht.
A MIDNICHT CALL.
Mr. rerubeiton Pitehley is a bachelor,
without recourse, as they nay oonitiu'r
cially. Tlieie in a rumor limiting uliotit
that Pitehley was ouce crosM'il in lo.-o!
and that from tho hour nf this txv.tr
ronoe he swore oeliliary. Tl.o lit'li;
incideot in tho life of lVui. which I am
about to relate, rather con!) rum tin's
rumor, or at any into argues tliut ut one
period of his lifo he niut huvo txiie
rienced a tender affliction.
Mr. I'embi'rton I'itrhh y lniil 1 coti to
the theater, auil was j'li-t fortunate
enough to laud hicusi-lf in his hiiuu little
bedroom at twenty ntiuuteH piist elevi n,
r. M., as the ruin came dow n in di oiieh
ing tho went, which, though htrictly
(.peaking, could not be eallod cuts and
dog?, must have troubled, inout sensibly,
all those animals that happened to bo
out at that hour. Tern, hud to bo enrly
to the storo next morning, und with a
little touch ofjrotnors-e of giving way to
dissipation and bi'e hour under Hitch
cireuaibUneoH, he went througli the
various mechanisms of preparations,
and exactly as the haudu of the clock
pointed tweuty minutes of twelve,
popped into his bod. Tern, con.du't
help thinking, as he nestled himself
down closely among tho feathers, what
a blessud thing it was on stieli a coll,
dreary, rainy night to htve fi.u'lier to
nestle am .mg, and how inneh bU'.or it
wan to have otto's feathers tu mio's n-lf ;
and how good it was to be all alone in u
quiet, cosy room, in a ipiet by-.strtet,
and Ugh! Almost alt!eu I how I
shall enjoy it to-night ; ami " wltut the
deuce is that ?" aud l't ui. sat slruight
up in bed, wakened thoroughly by a
knock thtt in S btreet hounded
mote like an eurthquake thuti anything
" Confound that fellow! Must be
knooking to get in sotnewhoro. Lost
his night-key, I snpposu. Mayho he's
Knock ! knock ! knock !
"By George! I cau't stand this. That
fellow will keep me awake all night.
There be goes again !"
And there he did go again, nuro
enough, with a double ut-n-t.it. IVui.
stood it ten minutes, and then out he
jumped from his warm bed. A glance
showed him the state of affairs iu an in
stant. " Ton my soul, it it somebody trying
to get into that house opposite, where
the new tenants are. Got a traveling
bag, too. Pretty hourof the night this
for people to be trying to get into
houses with a carpet-bag. Something's
got to be done or that fellow won't lot
me go to sleep to-night. Lord, how it
doea rain 1"
Knock ! knock I knock I
"Oh, I can't stand this I Here, you
sir!" and Mr. Pemberton Pitehley
threw up the s inn with a bang. "Do
you know that you are keeping the
neighbor awake ?"
"Oh, pickles!" responded a gruff
"Piokles? What's pickles got to do
with it? The man that supplies them
with pickles can't certainly come at this
time of night. Well, sir, picklea oi no
piokles, yon must stop that knocking I'
"Must IT Well, that's rich," re
sponded the voice, "It's the door of
my own bouse, and I'll knock spots out
of it if I like."
"Wby, the fellow's belligerent as well
as noisy. See here, sir! jtict let mo ask
you how long you intend hammering on
Until I gi t in."
"Well, why don't you go in, and do
your knocking to-morrow V
The knocker inude Home irreverent
answer to thin, which Pjm. could only
translate as having some referenco to
putting somebody's head in a bag, or
what sounded like it, and went on vig
orotiHly with his knocking, rem. stood
it for two luiuntcs longer, and then
opened his batteries again.
"See here, Mr. Mr. I don't know
your name, but if yon don't stop that
noise I'll call tho police."
' Go in, old man, ami tell your wifo
to grease your ears and put you to
bed," sneered the outsider, and re
doubled his knocking.
"Oh, by George, this wou't do. I
must co'ix this clmp. See here, my
dear fellow, citn't you arrange this iu
M.uutj other wuy ? Why don't yon go to
tho hotel for the nkjht ? I'd rather pay
for it myself than stand this noise."
"No, sir ! I don't leave whero I can
kuep hitfht of this hotlo. I hao pri
vate leas.'iiH for that !''
'Hallo I what does this mean? He
litis private reason for wanting t keep
sight of that liousu. Then why don't
you stand under tho porch opposite and
watch the bo tse without knocking ':"
Knock! kuoek ! kuoek!
"Oil, murder I Here, hold ou, sir!
What do yon say to coming up here?
Yott s!,n!l sit by this window till morn
ing;, and watch yoar house. Auything,
so I can get a bit of sleep."
"Well, 'pon my soul, that's vary civil
of you. How am I to get in ?''
"Hold yottr hat. Here's my night-
key ;" und Pern, threw it.
'All right. Thank you 1"
There was tho poking tf a ntrnngo
hand n! the door, and n strangei step
stumbling up tlio stair, and Peru, held
the door of his room open to u stalwart
fellow, dripping into puddles the mo
ment he i-tepped inside the carefully
"Oh, God bless nto ! We'll all be
afloat in a minute. Here, sir ! for
gracious sake take off some of those wet
'Iy George, sir, it's alia plot. They
must h ive heard mo. Don't you think
they heard me ?" aud tho htratiger di
vested himself of overcoat and hat, nud
threw them dripping as they were, on
'Oil, Lord!" cried Peru, lushing at
the wet garments, and snatching them
away. "You'll soak the bed so that it
cau't de slept iu for u week."
'Oil, dou't be fidgety. It's a plot, bir!
by heavens, a plot I" Aud the strauger
strode up and down tho littlo room
"D )u't Btimp on the floor so ; you'll
disturb the lady down stairs. My laud
lady begged me to bo very particular.
Shu's u new tenant, and likes to bu
"Oh, confound the lady! I wish
that there wasn't a female in tlio world.
Are you a married man, bir V
" No, sir, thank God ! Don't sit down
in that arm-chair ; you 11 spoil the up
holstering." ' A bachelor I Let me cougratnluto
you, sir ! You can enjoy the world, bir !
You're not locked out of your own house
at midnight. Let me shake hands with
you, sir !" Aud the stranger gave Pern's
hand a bqueeze that brought the tears
into his ryes aud distorted his body into
"Now, then, Mr. Mr. would it
suit you to go to sleep? You eoo the
Ure begins to burn low, and"
" Oh , certainly ! certainly I" And the
stranger divested himself of his boots
aud made for the bed.
" Hallo I Here, that won't do. I
can't let any one sleep with nie."
" Why, what the iteuoe do you mean,
theu, by asking me to go to sleep ? You
won't let me go to bed, aud you won't
let me sit down in yourohairl"
" Well, didn't yon oome here to watch
your house not to nleep?''
"Ah I Yes. By the by, sir, it's an
infamous plot. That woman has
ordered the servant not to hear me, you
" What woman ?"
" Why, my wifo, air I I'm a married
man, an unlucky dog."
" The dence you are ! Well, what
" Yes, air. Aud that perfidious woman
lives in that house !" And the stranger
rushed to the window, threw it ip with
a crash, and pointed across the way.
" Oh, for heaven's sake close the
window. I'll catch my death of cold."
" Well, well, anything for peace. Bir,
let mo tell yon my story. A Bad tale,
sir ; iu a word, I am a jealons man."
"God bless me I How unfortunate."
"Yes ; and I have cause, sir I I won
my wifo by a ruse, sir ! And, in winning,
I became convinced of her instability
in love, and I've never had confidence
"You're right," sir right I I wouldn't
give two-pence for the plighted faith of
any womta in matters of love. I've had
bitter experionoe myself I" And Pern
heaved a heavy sigh.
"Never spoke a truer word iu your !
life, sir I
I've been three years married,
you?" What a dreadful
" And for three years, 6ir, I was pay
ing attention to my wife attentions,
sir, that couldn't be misunderstood,
when all at onc, I heard she wab
engaged to another. l'eg, sir to
another ! Darn the fellow ! I forget
his name, just now."
" Well, sir ! Go on, you're qnite
"Why, 6ir, what did I do? Ius'ead
of going to work deliberately, and skin
ning the fellow alive, as I bhould have
done, I backed out aud left the field to
"Ah ! Very wrong very wrong !"
"But, sir, I soon came to my seusos ;
aud ouo day hearing that the fellow
had left town for a week, I rushed to
her house, offerod my baud uud heart,
and was accepted,"
' What a wretch !"
" You may well say it, sir ! Wretch
iu bed she really was."
" I've had quite au unforttinato expe
rience of the instability of woman.
Once I was engaged, but left my
alllanced only for a week, when a wretch
who8o name I will not mention an old
lover, it seems, cauio along ; and when
I returned it was to see a sight and
receive a treatment that embittered me
forever against tho sex."
" Cud 1 less me, sir, I condolo with
you! What did they do?"
"Why, sir, they trented me as y.m
were treated to night. They let mo
stand iu the cold, pulling an unan
swered bell, aud when I looked up at
tho wiudow" ho cast his eyes out of
bin window at the house oppobite
"they goid lieuvvus, how strange!
That is just what I saw."
'Why, their shadows on the window.
.My a lianceit utnt her newly accepted l
And Pern, pointed to the shadows of
tuo t ersons on the curtains of tho op-
. i it i i . i
posite house, standing closely together.
"That's my wife?" shouted the strati-1
g.-r. "By heavens! I kuewit was true. I
Thev told me her old lover had been
seen in this street several times during
my absence. That's what brought me
home, sir that's what makes mo want
to wateh that house. I'll kill him, sir
-I'll kill him !"
"Control yourself, my dear sir. Per
haps its all a mistake."
"All a niibtako? I)j you think I don't
know my own wife? And what right
has any mau to be in her bed room at
this time of night ? Aud she, too, has
always declared solemnly to me that she
didu't cure a pin for that fellow, an 1
was only going to marry him because
I didn't propose, and she didn't want to
die an old maid. By GDorge, I'll kill
em both !" and tho htranger threw up
the window and leaued out, choutina;
"Fiends! W'retehes! Traitors! I'll
be there in a moment !"
"For heaven's sake, ray dear fellow,
don't ! You will alarm tho whole
"Darn the street !"' And tho stranger
rande an emphatic dash for tho first
thing thai, met his hand, a china vase
ou the mantel, uud ihwhcd it fiercely
across tho street ami through the win
dow of the shadows, with a yell of,
"There, take that !"
"Dear me! How do yon know but
vou have ma le a mistake iu the room ?"
"Made a mistake iutlieroom? Don't
I know my own room ? Don't I know
my own wife? Do-n't I know that in
ternal shadow bebido her that shadow
of Pitehley V
"Yes, Pit jliloy !"' And the stranger
leaned further out, and screamed, the
nauio across the ptreot, "Pitehley !"
"For heaven's sake, my dear fellow,
will yon wait a moment? Dou't you
see the people opposite are looking at
jou iu astonishment?"
"What's yonr name ?"
"Miukius I'll astonish 'em I What's
At that moment there came a voice
from below which said,
"Hezekiah, is that your voice?"
"Yes, my dear I" said tho heroic
Minkius, as mild as a lamb. "Why,
what are you doing there?" And Mr.
Miukins se med to be conversing with
somebody who had put her head from
the window jnst below, consequently it
oouhl be no other than tho now lady
"Why, I wrote yon on Saturday that
I had left the house opposite."
"Didn't get the letter, my love I"
"What are you making all that noise
about? And what are doing np there?"
"Nothing, dear. I'm ooming down in
And Minkina mildly closed the
window and approached Pemberton
Pitehley, who stood on the defensive.
"Pitehley, how long have you lived
"That's enongh," said Minkins ; "1
apologize). For the Lord's sake, don't
say a word about it I A woman ain't
worth qiiarreliLg about, anyway. I uiu
rather sorry, on the whole, that you
didn't got l.er. Not that I heir atiy
malice, though. Good night."
W0M)KIIFII. IF HUT.
Tlic Hlam st . it l)l- u ! c.l In Ken
lucky, unit it Hurt i'IIuum t'o .te.MH.
A sUriling piece of news comes from
Kentucky. Ii is nothing 1...-.S thai" the
discovery of another vv, in si lo w hich j
that hitherto kuowu us Mammoth I
BiiriUKsiutounpuu.iupi. poi,ious. iun :
story oi the disc jveryis te.l.l in the ;
Grayson .btroeoM, a weekly newspaper ,
printed iu the town of Ltitchticid, I
G ray son county.
This cave is situated on the farm of
Mr. uvan it am. to no e.ai-t on ,
all p;iuts, its existence was unknown j
until Dee, mber 1, P-H. Mr. Rogers ;
OeM post oiuee, llio t.raysoa A'l'yci
informs us. A huge mountain rises
immediately in the rear of it, and iu
the side of this mountain are numerous
small caves. Ouo oi these last was
used by the fvnily f )t the storage of
milk und butter, being conveniently
near the houso. It was found too small,
and Mr. Rogers resolved to enlarge it
by blasting out some of tho rock at the
bank, and while engaged in so doing
ho found that there was a vast opening
separated from his little cave by a "very
thin wall of alabas'.er rock, covered
with u calcareous foiiuatiou." Mr.
llogers prccseded to investigate aud
" was greatly astonished to find before
him an immense cavo, with avenues at
least oue hundred feet wide."
Mr. Rogers, it seems, is not a selfish
man and he lost no time in communi
cating the good news to his neighbjr.s.
He hur'iedly saddled his horse aud rode
into town, there to tell the tale to the
astonished Leiteli fielders. Torches
I were prepared, uud almost the entire
adult male population, including the
county judge aud the postmaster, pro- I
.veiled to make an immediate investi- I
Uruiion. " Entering tho cave, savs the!
. .i ' . '
voracious chroniclor, "they were at j
UQC0 greatly impressed wit.i mo
grandeur aud sublimi'y. for three
long hours they explored its spacious
avenues amidst its wonderful formations
without meeting a barrier to their
progress, until they came to a wid.-, j
deep river, which they louud contained J
vast Bi'hools of eyeless li.di mi l other
sightless wonders of the marine world." .
" It was now late in the afternoon audi
they retire 1, determined, however, ou a
thorough exploration on the following
Tho party of the next day was ,
materially I'ugmeuted by stragglers from
the Hurrouudiug country. It included
tho county survoyor, who measured tho
distances. The main avenue was found
to bo fourteen miles long, or five miles
mote than that of tho Mammoth Cave,
which is not far distant. A liver both
long and wide, aud deep enough to float
a small class Western steamboat, was
also discovered. "Beautiful stalactite,"
reports the vbfoenc, "glistening like
great diamonds.ure pendant from above,
while ponderous Htalagniites and pillars
of alabaster rear themselves like so
many beautiful monuments below."
This is not all, howevei. Tho most,
wonderful part is still to come, "A
pyramid an Mact fac-similo of the
great pyramid of Egypt" wus found in
one of the chambers of the cave, " to
gether with a Masonic altar and other
Masonic emblems also a number of
well-preserved mummies which were
reposing iu stone Collins, which were
evidently constructed by a great sculp
tor, ai they are fine specimen!! of the
sculptor's art, aud are covered with
beautiful Mas'ouie emblems. The
account further says that "there are
evidences on all sides that the cave was
the abode of a prehistoric race," which
the .l.r ic ilr thinks was ideutieal with
the aucieut Egyptian race.
Whether this wouderfnl cave and its
attendant big river and pyramid and
mumniios and altar and Masonic em
blems is not the latest manifestation of
the effects of Kentucky whiskey on the
Kentucky imagination remains to be
ascertained. Leitehliold is on the liuo
of the Padueah and Elizibethtown Rail
way, and the facts should be easily
verified, -Yeie lrk Urahk.
An F.ergrei'n Maple Trie,
A farmer living near Schooley Moun
tain, New Jersey, 1ms for the last three
yeurs carefully watched a remarkable
maple tree iu the woods that is entirely
unlike the others surrounding it. Tho
leaves never fall off, continuing green
all winter, and in April were just as
fresh as in December. The tree was
tapped every week, aud furnished a
plentiful supply of tap. At the present
time the tree is full of foliage, though
every other one on the mountain except
the evergreens aro baro of leaves.
In the last ten years the Baptists are
said to havegninpd 7t)l,418 members in
fifteen Southern htat'js. In the tix
Eastern states the increase has been
If., 700; in the Middle states, 31, WW;
aud in the Western ttatca, t'.l,7HG.
ItKI.IUOl S ItEAIHNt;.
I lii'lMi inlying n Turk.
At Kt. Paul's, Onslow S juaro, Lon
don, recently, a chrit-teliing tock place
sufficiently unique in character to draw
together an immense congregation.
Tewlik, who wjs imprisoned by the
Turkish Government, an I lay under
sentence of death, for taking part in the
tninslation of the English Prayer B.i'jk
into bis na'ive language, was received
ii.to t he English Church. At 4 o'clock.
aui(M s,ruiu!j ()f tl tLi
f,,,, .lrk, rnpoe, lookiprr v.-ry nmvh
u ,.;,.,., ;i0ti,od iu a I jng, black
, i(, f , tur!,aI, wa8 brought
up the ails' utider the escort of his god-
art Jits, ArohUeacrn Philpot, Hir Wil-
lUm Wlli,.ttuJ M,.. Webb pfplWf who
h;m ju a to tLe fo
jlulm.(1il,t,.,v um5(.r th()
MlMnwhilo Dr Koll(.r monn((.J the
pulpit, aud ga,-e an interesting and im
pressive account of what it cost the con
vert to renounce Mohammedanism. At
the end of the discourse, Dr. Kohler
came tip the ail.-'e to the font, iu which
stood the thr.'e sponsors, The meekest
(if the Turks was theu led to his place,
where he stood in an attitude of pro
found n-verence, not with his head
down, but with his head elevated toward
heiiven, and his careworn face bedewed
with emotion. When he knelt, with his
face still up, his attidnde was painfully
suggestive of instant execution. When
Mr. Peploe had finished his part of the
service in English, Dr. Kohler repeated
it in JTurkuh, during which Ahmed
Tewlik betrayed the writhing o the
spirit in a series of groans urA Oriental
ninttorings, but gave out the responses
with great clearness, and all the solem
nity due to his translation from one
religion to another. When nil was over,
he gravely raised tho ('hristiau hands
of Dr. Kohler and Mr. Tcploe, and
kissed them with Christian lips, and
tin n received the congratulations of
Hotne clergvmeu and friends Lim-lon
ltcliui.ui Ne mill Notf.
of , n7s llajiiist churches in the
State of New Y'ork, at least..'5'iO ate not
aide to support a pastor.
At a confirmation iu St. Paul's Cathe
dral, Loudon, recently, 1100 persons
were eonfirni"d. They came from every
part of Loudon.
The United Presbyterian ( hunh of
Scotland has raised uo le ,s than 81.'",
OUO.OtM) to 2(),0()(l,ltK) by subscription
for various objects in the past ten
The Americ.n Board of Commission
ers for Foreign Missions received,
within a year past, 8102.3x0 from
women's societies, and 5,370 from
During the year ending May 2i, 18S1,
George Miller received for his orphan
houses at Bristol, Eughnd, and several
missionary objects, tho extraordinary
sum of ltU.500.
Cardinal Manning has declared him
self in favor of legislation to put down
intemperance, maintaining that moral
means have been tried enough aud
Tho Lutheran Insurance League has
now about four hundred and fifty mem
bers, und has since its organization
given over js'iS.nOO to thirty-seven
widows of departed ministers.
At tho call of a Baptist i-b ygvinun all
the ministers iu Accriugtou, England,
including Roman Catholic priests, will
meet in conference to consider how the
question of non-attendance of tho masses
of the district ou public worship shull
be dealt with.
Bags instead of plates have been iu
troduoetl in many parishes in England
to receive tho offerings of the congre
gations. Tho amount of the contribu
tions has consequently fallen off, copper
coins taking the place of silver and gold.
A few Sundays ngo a Liverpool clergy
man preached upon tho Hubjeet, taking
for his text the words, "Alexander tho
coppersmith hath done me much harm."
The bermon had a good effect, the con
ti Unit ion at its close being much larger
A Remarkable Structure on the Sea
shore. The new seaside resort called South
Atlantic City has a novelty iu the shape
of an elephant, intended as a restaurant.
It is sixty five feet in height and eighty
six feet long, net counting (he tail. It
is twenty-nine feet across the back. Six
horses abreast can walk between the
hind legs, which are ten feet in diameter.
The trunk is thirty-four feet long and
ten feet iu diamoter. The tusks are
tweuty feet long aud ten feet in diameter
in the thickest part. The eyes are discs
ot glass twelve inches in diameter, and
are to be illuminated with the electric
light. Tho figure faces tho ocean,
about fifty yards from the beach
Winding stairways in tho hind legs lead
up to a diuing-ball twenty feet wide and
fifty feet Jong. Tho kitchen is located
in the head, and the trunk carries off
the refuse into a feeding trough, and
from thenco by an underground pipe
into the ocean. The builder has patented
the idea, bo as to prevent any imitator
from putting np buildings iu the shape
What marvellous vatiety .f tastes, of
likes aud dislikes with regard to
spucial forms of food, from cannibalism
to currant-cake, we find among people
physically constituted aide iu every
respect, This person ea'a Ins meat
buri ed to a cinder ; Ilia? will touch
ot;!v what is rawlv uini nie. deorge
III. preferred fish when if was semi
putrid; his successor's wei-km-Hs wuh
hot plum braa-I crumpled up in u quait
f cream. Lord B icon is said to have
lived whole week sat intervals on nothing
but oranges ; while the elder 1M e iiild
not endure the sighted fruit, and never
suffered any to be brought into the
room whero he was.
It seems an extraordinary thing to
speak of eating a skunk, aud that, too,
in a part of the world where beef and j
mutton are infinitely morn plentiful
than bread ; it is a fact that tin- G iachos
of the Bauda Oriental are in the habit
of hunting thi-i creatine fur the sake of
its flesh nor is this incomprehensible
to anyone who is a-'q'iMuh'd with the
true nature of the skunk. The dis
gusting liquid which it ejects i-.
contained iu a gland on tho back, uud
constitutes its weapon of d feuce.
Certaiuly, the elllavium is the most
horrible uud enduring that may be
conceived, and man and beast wi!l lly
from it ; but if it bo surprised aud
killed before it has ti.ue to Use this,
aud the gland be afterward extirpated
with care, the rest of the bo ly is
destitute of ail offence. Skunk-kins
are largely used by farriers, uud
beautiful skins they ate, und the animal
is capublo of being domesticated, as it
never emits the s. en t ion except when
iu danger or alarmed. I never ate a
skunk, but i have handled a tame one
without any olfactory disturbance.
I bee that thinned pepper -po is now
to be obtained in Louden, but cannot
fancy that it would be much like the
real aiticle. Pepper-pot is a favorite
relish for breakfast out Wi st, and is
eaten with rice like currv ; in some of
tho old families in Demerara it is nt-ul1
to perfection" Au iron crock is filled
up daily with scraps of moat, fish,
almosi anything, and v.i'i itis spices,
peppers, .chillies and other condiments
added, the essentia n!.o being cisiripe-,
a thick, black, treacly fluid exti icted
from tho cassava root. The crock
it-clt, is brought to the breakfast table,
aud the coii'ents served with a Jwooden
spooii ; the mixture is black and fibrous
in appearance, und intensely hot to the
palate ; but the sine q ia nou of excel
lence in a pepper pot is that it shall
never be allowed to become- empty.
Tho quantity it holds is immensely
disproportionate to that reqiired toi
duily consumption ; nevertheless, i is
filled up every morninj, end kept
perpetually sicimerjug. Kals, for
instance, I firmly believe, would be not
only wholesome, but very nice if properly
prepared not common sewer ruts, but
such ai I ate, born-fed aninialssnared
in a hop garden. The fle-b, though
perfectly white, was dry and tasteless;
but then they were only skinned,
cleaned and submitted to tho lire without
ajiv of the etceteras which make other
meats savourv. Dr. Kane, Ib'tir-Adiuinil
Beaufort, Captain Ingleliell, and other
Ate ic explorers speakingly of rats as a
welcome addition to their stipplv of
food in those dreary latitudes. ( 7r-i-
hi t Join n ..
Napoleon was not the first person to
leclaro a preference for uu u with big
noses. A century neiore ins nirin mo
auihor of " Nuge Venules," iu response
to his own question, pronounced "the
biggest nose tho best nose," instancing
the cases of the R inian emperors.
Nil tim's nose was half a foot long, and
earned for him the honorable surname
f PmnpiliuH. According to Plutarch,
Lvcnrgus aud Solan ran to nose, aud so
did all the U iman kings except Tar- '
plinius S'lpel bus.and he was di throned.
Homer's ii.ii o wiut seven inches long.
" Big noses," says Yigneiil Marville.
"are held in honor evry where iu the
world, evxvpt among the Chinese and
the Tartars." Titus, Livius, Ovid,
Camons and St. Charles Borrouieo may
be enumerated among men of enviable
nasal development. Henri 1 1 1.'s brotln r,
Francis, duke of Aleucon, had hi nose
fairly cleft in two by tho ravages
of smallpox ; a fact which inspired the
epigram, when in 15.S1 ho made a per
fidious attempt on the friendly city of
Antwerp, concerning two noses befitting
a double face. Cyrano de BergerHchad
so huge a nose that he went ubont per
petually with hi hand on his a word
prepared to punish those who stared at
him. Mme. do Oentis had a model
nose at least she thought it to be such,
judging from her frequent allusions to
it iu her "memoirs," and from the
scolding she gave tho artist who repre
sented it as aquiline. " Is that," she
said, " tho title net rrtrtmr celebrated
in prose and verse?" and sho went on to
describe it in detail as most delicate,
the prettiest nose iu the world, with t
plump on it, like most noses of the sort
She thus anticipated Tennyson's
heroine with her nose tip-tilted like the
petals of a flower.
A Mill Soug.
OU merry and fast ia tlio b iy rhymo
The mill wheel hvr;t all day,
Vot Hobhi. the milo-r, has plenty of timo
To spare, wle a I pass that way.
"0 Janet :" he cues, '-I love you well,
lint l.oi pour scen t si'. pet ;"
Vet s,oiiih'jiv or other tho lasses U.-11
V never we chaue.c to meet.
i ill loud and rh-ar, Oh loti-1 and cluur,
The clack of tlio bi.sy mil! 1
Tin-re's many a nossip about, I fear,
Whose toiiK'i" riitia fasl- r stii! !
The coat of my Iiobin Is whit- with meal
That lloa'n from the (.Main In hoe,
Aiel sometiniHs, il may be, his arm will steal
Wluie a itwuutUeart" ur:u may K
An 1 tic koivii I wear is blue and dink,
And 1" arc a token plain.
So the lassies they laugh at the riant y mark,
'Oh, Jam t, aguin, again '."
Oli 1. .il l and . !i iir. Oh loud and clear,
'I he clack of the hupy in. 11,
Tin-re's n.a'iy a r.-.ssip about, I f-ar,
Whose t Uieolc 1 mis fitter still.
irF.MS 01 IMU'.EST.
G liteau virtu illy iclmi s that rrV is a
mnrdeier, but peri-h the thought that
ho ever w ii br o!i a.;enl !
The L.gisla'ure of South Carolina
has uppropriK'ed flOO'ii) for the uni
versity, and aids five professor to tho
present facul y.
A camel has a f ot furnished with a
pad. which resists th burning sand of
the desert for years, which would wear
out a horse's hoofs in a few weeks.
The Rev. T. De Wi't Talmago said
lust Sunday that the exclamations "My
stars!' "Mercy ou us!'' "Goodness
gracious!" "By George!" "By Jove!"
avo next door to sweating.
A Texas lumberman says it will take
l,OH0,Ot'0,0ilO foot of lumber, iu ties
alone, to finish building a'l the i lilroads
now projected in the Lone Star State.
Eighteen steamboats are now plough
iug the waters of theJSt. John's, Florida,
earn ing passengers and freight, exclu
sive of those employed in towing and
for logging purposes.
Cloves aro tho flower buds of the
(',tri,.j,!iiii;.i tro;WiV', a small ever
green tree; it is a native of the Molncca
Islands, but has been introduced into
almost every tropical c miitry. A tree
twelve years old yields annually from
five to twenty pounds.
The elevation of the great lakes
above mean tide ut New York com
I piled from la'est data (January 1 to
December ol, inclusive) gives :
M. au c
. 1 ol I alo- Ontario
,1 of base laie
,1 lit' lletll lover
. I el bake lluii.ll .
el of Lake Michigan
1 1 ol Lake .superi r
The Wei'pinir Willow.
There is no doubt now about its Vicing
a uative of China and Japan. Repre
sentations of it are frequent on all
( liine:-o porcelain. The form under
culture is a lem-Ue one, und thoy have
all been propagite l Irom one individual
tree. It is somewhat different from
the male form. Iu Japan it is known as
"Yanugi,"usl leuined from the Japaneso
commissioners during the centennial,
and not "Ai g:'.i :. ' - stated by Thun
berg. How d.d it first get to Europe?
Castur Baubin, w ho wrote a book about
plants in 1071, refers to it as "Salix
Arabiea, with leaves like a chenopo
dinin," and gives Rauwoll' as the one'
who made him acquainted with it. The
Dutch were for a lnng time th.' only
Europeans allowed to trade with China.
It is highly probable tha' the Dutch
brought it to Europe, uud, with the
intimate relations with Holland which
sprang up with the advent ot tho prince
of Orange to Euplaud, the weeping
willow male its way to the royal palace
at Hampton court. At any rate, this
was the first willow known in Europe,
and nothing is vet p isitively known as
to how tha plant eiiim there. The
mime Babylonian w illo.v is a poetical
fiction, and came from a mistranslation
of tho Bible version. The willow is
wholly a native of arctic or temperate
climates. There were never auv willows
Babylon of any kind, and harps
could not be hung ou them. The
nearest ullyt) tlio willow there is a
poplar -but it is extremely ini reliable
that harps we,re hung on even these.
Those the most familiar with the flora
of ancient Babvlon seem to have settled
down to this, that our common oleander,
of which they used large quantities in
their gardens, was this tree of tho
Itabylouiaiis on which their harps were
hung. But thoso who know of tho
deadly poisonous juices of this plant
will be slow to believe that there was
much bundling indulged in, either by
hanging harps ou the branches or
otherwise. If wo take tho phrase as a
figurative or poetical one, expressive of
the sorrow that was involved by con
tinned captivity, and tho oleander ai
the expression of joy aud happiness,
we may find some ray of explanation.
At any rate, the translation "willow" ia
an unfortunate one, as it leads to much
misconception of the surroundings of
the Jew in those ancient times. I'fiila
il' ljihin Ltyr.