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vtwboily iii North Carolina will
, ;iy. tteville next November if
, . th df Hou. Jefferson Davis
,,, i niit bis attending the Cousti-
,1K,1 Centennial. A late Fay-
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acrostic sujiKesteu uy u
to come if health will per
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for the grand old soldier,
.......I l. i us ever suoiu.
- J 1 tho air from tower and bowl-
t'ho bells iuside out,
' ''",,riH-him both far and near,
: nvi W. old "Jeff" is coming here.
r ;,.f Vt us pray BO leeP a,K ru'
! i!orJ wilt thou his strength
t.;.v on Clod to help us through.
I t iVvon D:ivis, the true the brave,
'i-vt rtotlieeis honor due,
i the field our land to save,
i1t in the "gray" to oppose the
"blue,"
y ither in war or ever in peace,
' ,bel Tveat of our Southern land,
sVoii amy our pride of home m-
( wtMire proud to think our hand,
mv soon thine own will clasp in
humble grace.
n avis the h.-ro whom wo love,
V l-,i"htv bless hiiu fiom above,
V be thy fortune here below,
I u ilow cry beds thy pathway flow.
S wet t be thy sleep when called to
die no more.
Evangelise Ushers.
A Nejfle-teI FMnlly.
ori'kuW Vrioml.
Th re is not one faculty so well
urih cultivating, yet one so fre-
::uiit
itlv inflected and aouseu, as
if likinoiy. The practice be
witli the infant's first lesson
the habit grows upon him as
advances. A child goes to
.1 to acquire knowledge; in a
ritv of cases he prepares him-
.1
likTelV lor tile nnmeuiiue
or at Lest, for examination,
. h is near at hand. This ordeal
he iinds himself in the eondi-i-f
the Irishman, who having
up lor a rainv ua, wucu
a.'
list inclement spell to rid his
j.,.vi-:s of the troublesome hoard
Knowledge i;; a weight, to carry it
requires exertion, and persons of
irav tenip.-rs and luxury-loving na
tures are slow to cumber themselves
with such burdens.
The boy who wrestles
with his
t dates and the prosy record of
.viical incident feels upon his
vertebra the pressure of au
vt.tiar. pyramid. He longs to
from under it, to soar like a
1 in the fresh free air of specul.v
, and invention. " I cannot tax
: rain with such rubbish," he
! will develop my reasoning
hi
V r
!:'
in .
v.
power:
He takes to
.t;
;w
philosophy, and in
t.. :.t.im of these more con-
.-udi's, cares little as to the
v. in which America was discovered
! the nature o; events which led
V) llie peaceful era which he is per
mitted to enjoy. He is no sooner
beyond the college wails than he
f.els the need of the rubbish" he
has left in the library; but instead
r,i s.-tthiT to work to redeem lost
opportunities, he too often lets
us.-d to know " serve for the infor
niatiou not at hand, and consoles
himself with the belief that this is
a legitimate and acceptable substi
tute.
Forcing knowledge upon an tm
trained mind is like pouring water
upon a seive, and the vague impres
sioiis that remain are m the same
proportion as the moisture that
adheres to the polished wire. It is
not w hat a man acquires, but what
lie saves that makes him wealthy; so
it is not what Ave learn but what we
Main that makes us wise and
. holurly. Many personsof splendid
iiortnnities aud unquestionable
lit v, who live to be old, are thrown
with the world and see life in all its
phases, owing to this habit of forget
fulness, never put on the swaddling
clothes of iudffment or advance
beyond tire alphabet cf experience,
Epicureans tell us that it i3 better
to forget whatever is painful or nn
pleasant and only record upon the
mental register such circumstances
and events as are happy to recall
This is a mistake. The world could
better dispense with diamonds than
charcoal, and it is from the sadder
t-Mifricnces of life that we derive
Jim ,-t profit. The touch of a fire
brand leaves a more lasting impres
sl.m than the cares3 of a tender
hand, and some intellects are so
hopelessly torpid that they can only
be aroused by sorrow.
In our intercourse with men
'.'thing helps one through the world
like a well stored mind. Next to a
full purse it is a man's best friend,
ami if properly used, its fortunate
possessor neod never fall a victim to
financial necessities.
The memory is a mental banking
bou.-e, and the larger the number
and variety of the coins, the greater
the facility for traveling in all
land J and meeting the demands of
all customers.
Men in public life, politicians,
especially, know the value of this
faculty nnd make a study of re
memberiDg names and faces. It is
the most subtle tvnd effective of all
flattery, and places them where merit
and argument never could.
Nothing injures the memory like
the cursory reading of a mass of
light literature. The mind is like
the stomach, if given more than it
can digest it refuses to retain any
thing. The greatest writers, scholars
and philosophers have been the
readers of a few well selected volumes,
realizing that there was more real
information to be gained by the
study of one good book than the
superficial reading of a thousand.
The improved facilities for printing
cyclopaedias and the daily press
are the greatest foes to the cultiva
tion of meinory. These reference
books of epitomized knowledge are
so convenient and easy of access
that we are tempted to depend too
much upon them, and outside of
our own libraries are like a lawyer
without his precedents or a musi
cian without his notes.
In olden times, when the art of
letters was unknown and the record
of events was kept by tradition only,
the memory of the average man was
stronger and more highly valued
than at present There were com
paratively few things worthy to be
handed down, each patriarch living
within his own little world and his
observation and experience extending
no futher than his own tribe. But
in this fast age of electricity and
printing presses, when the whole
world is united as one great family,
and the present and the past is
spread before us as the happenings
of a single day, the student turn
from the endless chronicle with a
feeling of despair, since in trying to
take in so much he gets a clear idea
of nothing and has only a confused
picture of the whole.
Let the children of the present
generation reason, speculate and
invent as much as is wholesome or
profitable, but let them not under
value or neglect this great and im
portant faculty, the cultivation of
which is the very foundation stone
of true education and mental de
velopment Lord Macaulay, who
possessed the most retentive memory
known to modern history, says:
" When a boy I began to read very
earnestly, but at the foot of every
page I read I stopped and obliged
myself to give an account of what
I had read on that page. At first I
had to read it two or three times
before I got my mind firmly fixed.
But I compelled myself to comply
with the plan, until now, after I
have read a book through once I can
almost recite it from the beginning
to the end."
In such perfect training did he
have his mental powers and this
wonderfully retentive memory of
his that it is said, with perfect truth,
that if Milton's works could have
been entirely lost, Macaulay could
have restored every line with com
plete exactness. He was equally at
home with Homer, and ut the age
of eight could repeat the whole of
Scott's poem, "Marion," by heart
He could repeat the greater part of
the "Lay of the Last Minstrel"
after reading it the first time, and
made himself master ef the fourth
act of the "Merchant of Venice" in
two hours. He knew by heart the
whole of Richardson's "Sir Charles
Grandison," a work of prodigious
size, and so well stored was his won
derful mind with the odds and ends
of multifarious knowledge, that
Sydney Smith said of him: "He
ia like & book in breeches. His
indefatigable industry and painstak
ing methods caused Thackeray to
remark that he read twenty books
to write a sentence and traveled a
hundred miles to make a line of
description.
Sir Walter Scott had a remarkably
retentive memory, two striking illus
trations of which are his repeat
ing of the whole of Campbell's
"Pleasures of Hope" after only
twice perusing it, and another of
his going through an entire ballad
three years after first hearing it
Byron, also, had a tine memory
and often surprised his friends by
the versatility of his knowledge.
Andrew Fuller, after hearing
fiye hundred lines twice, could re
peat them without a mistake, and
it is said of PorBon that so marvel
ous was his memory that there
were few subjects concerning which
he was not able to illustrate his
knowledge by quotations from the
writings of his own and other coun
tries.
With most authors it is easier
to commit to memory any one else's
productions than their own. It is
told of Bret Harte that when Charles
G. Leland first met him at a London
table, he (Bret Harte) was called
upon to recite "The Heathen
Chinee!" When he replied that he
couldn't (a fact) Leland rose and said
that anybody could write a poem
but it required genius to remember
and recite it, which he illustrated
by fgiving the piece called for in his
happiest style.
Old Hymns.
Youth's Companion.
Complaint is sometimes made that
some of the hymns and Gospel songs 1
of to-day lack the spirituality and
deep religious sentiment that should
characterize songs of worship, and
that did mark many of the old
hymns written by Doctor Watts and
others. While it is true that some
of the most tender and beautiful
hymns in all our hymnody were
written by these old writers, others
are subject to the objections made to
many of our modern songs.
A contributor to the Christiau
Union, writing on this subject,
quotes some of the quaint old hymns
which, to the present generation at
all events, are not calculated to
arouse religious feelings. Among
them is one beginning,
"Ye monsters of the bubbling deep,
Your Maker's praises shout;
Up from the sands, ye codliucs,pecp,
And wag your tails about!"
It would be difficult for a congre
gation of to-day to sing this without
smiling, and the one that follows is
almost as amusing:
" The race is not forever got,
By him who fastest runs,
Nor the battle by the people
Wbo shoot the longest guns."
A Northern clergyman, during
the Civil War, used to say that never
until then had he found occasion or
justification for his personal employ
ment of David's imprecatory psalms;
ix sentiment which was no uouot
reciprocated on the other side. The
fathers, however, sang without de
mur:
Why dost Thou hold Thiue hand
aback,
And hide it in Thy lap?
O pluck it out and be not slack
Til give thy foes a rap:
There seemed to be little provoca
tive io devoutness, even though in
form Scriptural, in the paraphrase
of the one-hundred-and-thirty-third
Psalm:
Tis like the precious oitmeut
Down Aaron's beard did go;
Down Aaron's beard it downward
we)ot
His gaiment skirts unto."
But who is there who has not at
some time nau nis nearc roucneu
and been thrilled by such old hymns
as "When I can Ttead my Title
Clear," -"Am I a Soldier of the
Cross?" "'Come, Holy Spirit, Heav
enly Dove," or "When I Survey the
Wondrous Cross ?"
AalOld PuBlibmtot for DrunkeunekM.
Drunkards, a metropolitan periodi
cal has just been pointing out, are
more me rcifully dealt within the
present than in past days. In classic
Greece such offenders were subjected
to the severest penalties. In Athens
Solon punished them with death ;
Lycurgus, in Sparta, destroyed the
vineyardfc in his territory and took
every precaution to prevent the
transm ission of a habit of inebriety
from father to child. In Locris
wine 'tfas permitted only to invalids,
and at Mitylene Pittacus doubled
the j.unishmient of any crime if it
had been committed under the in
flnence of wine. In republican
Born e the citizens, both men and
wom en, were forbidden to partake of
wino before they had attained the
asre of 30. Iu mediaeval times the
sam.13 severity obtained, and Francis
I., t hough himself no model king,
published in 153G an edict to the ef
fect, that every one found drunk
should be imprisoncd,with brcadjand-
wat er diet, for the first offense, beaten
wit h rods for the second, for the
third publicly whipped, and, if he
then proved incorrigible, punished
by having an ear cut off, marked as
nf amous, and banished.
It might be added that iu much
more recent time topers had anything
bat pleasant treatment in our own
district About the middle of the
seventeenth century the common
dru nkard was led through the streets
of this town as a spectacle of con
tempt, covered with a large barrel
called the " JSewcastie cioak, one
end of which being removed served
to fnvelop the body of the unlucky
Bacchanal, while the other end, a
Circular aperture being formed, ad
mit ted the head of the offender, by
which means the vessle rested upon
his shoulders. Much as the sup
pression of drunkenness is to be
wished, recourse to the methods of
the past seems scarcely calculated to
promote that desirable consumina
tin.
Prim-CNN Violorin of Prussia.
The engagement of Prince Albert
Victor of Wales, eldest son of the
rnnce oi Wales, t Jus cousin,
Princess Victoria of Prussia, daugh
ter of Empress Frederick of (Jer
many, and sister of the reigning
Emperor of Germany, has just been
announced. Princess Victoria was
born in 1SGG, and is therefore now
twenty-three years old, and is said
to be a charming, sympathetic girl,
who has always been very fond of
England. Few Princesses have been
so much talked of as she, owing to
her former engagement to the ex
Prince of Bulgaria. It will be re
membered that Prince Bismarck was
bitterly oppose to this match on ac
count of the offence which the mar
riage would "ive Pussia, and the
consequences of which would most
likely have led to war. A bitter
struggle took place between the
Prince, who was supported by all
Germany, and the Empress, and
poor Emperor Frederick's short reign
was very much embittered by all
this. The engagement was post
poned, but not given up, and it was
well understood that the marriage
was to have taken place this year.
Great was, therefore, the astonish
ment when in February last Prince
Alexander suddenly married an opera j
singer. There can be little doulu !
that Princess Victoria's engagement j
to Prince Albert Victor i.s the direct j
work of the Queen herself, who had
always favored Prince Alexander of
Bulgaria's suit, and who has thus
procured Princess Victoria a com
pensation for having been jilted.
Wlinl TJioy Make.
Ellen Terry is paid $000 a week.
Fred Leslie receives $500 a week.
Charle3 Coghlan is paid $:r0 a
week.
George Alexander is paid ij'Oo a
week.
John Ilabbertou makes 10,000 a
year.
Mark Twain's income is 0,000 a
year.
Joseph Pulitzer's income for 18S8
was 1 ,000,oi";o.
It W. Gilder receives .iO,C00 a
year from the Century.
Mrs. Chanler (Amelie Pives)
makes about $10,000 a year.
W. D. Ilowells receives from the
Harpers $10,000 a year.
Mayo W. Hazelti'ie reccivs $175 a
week from the New York Sun.
Colonel John Cockerill is paid
$20,000 a year by the' Ntw ork
World.
Up to recently Francis Wilson was
paid a salary of $525 a week.
Edgar W. Fawcett receives about
$4,000 a year for all his writings.
The late E. P. Poe found no dif
Gculty in writing $50,000 worth a
ear.
Brander Matthews averages an
annual income from literature ot
about $3,000.
The Brlrtjfe.
LOXO WAY AFTEli LOXOFELLOW.
I stood on the bridge at midnight,
-i t r i
as urunK as a son-oi-a-gun, two
moons rose o'er the city, when there
ought to have been but one. I could
see their bright reflection in the
water under me, and I experienced a
feeling of wonder and great curiosity.
If only one had been there I would
not have been in doubt, but what
two moons were doing, I could not
well make out. The tide was slowly
ebbing, I could hear tho waters roll,
as I stood in the wavering shadows
to hide from the night patrol. How
often, oh! how often, in days of
auld lang syne, I have tried to cross
at midnight, and got left every time.
But to-night I was hot and restless,
my mind was full of care, and the
walk that lay before me was more
than I could bear. I had no latch
key with me, and locked would be
the door, and I would have to sit in
the door-way in agony and fear, till
a voice said from the window : "Did,
the lodge hold late, my dear ?" So
to-night I stood there dreaming and
watched the restless tide, till a cop
came along with a wagon, and invited
me to rule.
A Uhinaman . cannot become a
citizen of the United States.
The Ar ol' Jiurvo!.
Philadelphia Enquirer.
In view of the almost incredible
progress of the last two generations
it is not the best judgment which
pronounces the post electric system
of transportation the dream of an
inventive maniac. There is a fresh
ness about the proposi'ion that we
shall yet send letters across the con
tinent between the dawns of succes
sive days that takes the average
breath away, and the suggestion that
passengers are to be rushed through
space at the rate of 200 niils per
hour is apt to alarm the apprehen
sive. But the proposition is not be
yond the limits of possibility for all
that,
A few days ago au experimental
traiu upon a railroad iu this State
made -a ruu of uiuct.y odd miles in
about sixty minutes, some portion
of the journey being at the rate of
nearly two miles per minute. If
steam can accomplish such marvel
ous results as this, why not that
greater power, electricity, eclipse this
stupendous record? The truth is
that avc live in a phenomenal age.
All the ancient faiths concerning
the development of material things
are being rudely jostled by the push
ing shoulders of science. It is no
longer the dream of a visionary that
we shall . converse with persons a
thousand miles away.
Marked progress has been made
toward the problem of a-rial naviga
tion, aud although it is as yet im
possible to predict the ultimate out
come, it is not insanity to believe
that air ships may yet be run coun
ter to the winds, llie turning or a
key illuminates a populous city and
new explosives shatter in an instant
objects which were deemed innnova
Ule. 1 liere are improvements to the
telegraph which world have
is! ied Morse had he lived
them.
Itwr or Whisky ?"
aston
to see
New York Siiii.
At the Princeton reunion last
week one of the eighty-six men told
a story of his success in getting a
commission of attorney at law in
Virginia, where three judges of the
Supreme Court must sign the paper
before the applicant can become a
member of the bar. The three
judges examine the candidates sepa
rately, and affix their names to his
paper. lie said that he got two of
the necessary signatures after un
dergoing a pretty stiff examination
by each of the magistrates. Then
he sought the third judge. lie went
to his country town in search of
him, and there learned that he was
on a fishing trip at a lake live miles
away, in the mountains. It was
impossible to get a conveyance in
the town, and the young man con
cluded to walk out to the lake. On
the way he was overtaken by a party
of men who had a keg of beer in
their wagon, and were going to join
the judge and his friends. They
made room for him, and when they
arrived at the cottage they found
that the iudge had iust returned
from a trip on the lake.
The young man told the judge
why he had sought him. "Well,
said the judge, "you must want to
be a lawyer if that is all that brought
you out here. Come up stairs, and
I will examine you."
The young man went to the judge's
room and was asked one or two ques
tions which were so simple that he
could hardly refrain from laughing
as he answered them. Then the
judge gravely remarked: "Young
man, I am about to ask you a ques
tion upon which your future rests;
one which will test your capabilities
as a lawyer in Virginia, one which I
hesitate, to ask you because I feel an
interest in you." " Please propound
it," said the confident-youth. "I
will. On this shelf over my head
is a bottle of whiskey. Downstairs
they are tapping a keg of beer.
The question is, which will you
take?"
Then the young man said promptly:
"If You don't mind, I will take a
little of both."
"Mr. Gaines," said the judge im
pressively, " I will sign your paper,
and let me assure you that 1 am
confident that you will succeed in
the practice of law in this State."
A philosopher who has kept hi
eyes open says: "One me no more
taffy while I am with you, and less
epitaphy when I am gone."
It is said in England that Col
Goring, the hero of Mr. Fronde's
novel, "The Two Chiefs of Donboy,'
was meant in some sort to represent
Gen. Gordon.
The liussian army will soon be
provided with breech loading riiles
which will carry a distance of G,000
feet. Noiseless powder will also be
used in future by the army.
A Snake Yam.
II. I. Hedden, who resides south
west of Dcnnison, Texas, brought to
this city a few days ago his little child
Sal lie, to be treated for snake bite.
About 0 o'clock in the morning the
girl left the house with a pail to
ather blackberries near Stone
spring. Mie was absent a long time,
and when Mrs Hedden went in
search of her she found the child
seated on a rock and in her lap was
i large rattlesnake. The snake's
head was slightly raised and moving
to and fro. Sometimes it would
almost touch the lips of the childy
who pushed it away without appear
ing to anger the snake. The child
was so completely under the spell of
the serpent that it paid no attention
to the mother, who screamed so
loudly that her husband neard her
a quarter of a mile distant aud
hurried to the scene. When Hedden
appeared the snake placed itself in
an attitude oi battle and the air
vibrated with the noise of the rat
ties. Hedden advanced upon the
snake, the child fell back as if in a
swoon, and the snake struck it on
the thumb of the right hand and
then sprang at Hedden, who killed
it with a stone. Hedden sucked
the wound, which he is confident
saved the life of the little girl.
Saleratus was also applied to the
wound. The hand and arm of the
little girl were only slightly swollen
when she was brought to the city
for treatment. The child says she
was sitting on the rock picking
berries when the snake appeared, and
that she was unable to move when
she looked at it; that she was not
afraid of it, when it waved its head
to and fro before her face she felt
like going to sleep.
KiSH I lie
Fool and
Home,"
Let Him Go
Exchange-
The story goes that a certain so
citty young man, noted for his hand-
ome bearing and winning voice,
iccompanied a vounff lady to her
ionic and, as all true lovers do, lin
gered yet a little while at the gate
to have a lover's tete-a-tete with his
fair companion. The nisht was
beautiful, no one wa3 near to in
trude, and above all he loved her !
Why shouldn't she kiss him ? With
rue maidenly modesty she refused.
He implored. She still withheld
from him that which would fill his
cup of happiness. The request was
repeated several times, and so en
grossed did the young man become
n wooing he failed to notice the
ipproach of the paternal step. The
old gentleman had been there him
self and did not care to intrude upon
the happiness of the young couple,
o quietly stepping behind a con
venient rose bush, waited, thinking
the young man would soon leave.
In this he was mistaken. The lover
tarried over the request until the
patience of the old gentleman was
exhausted. A voice the couple well
knew aroused them from their hap
piness, in a tone of impatient anger,
by saying: "Daughter, kiss that
fool and let him go home !" It is
reported that the young man only
hit the ground in high places in his
endeavor to comply with the old
gentleman's command.
Gihl's Birthdays. Au old as
trological prediction gives the char
acter of a girl according to the
month she is born in, as follows:
If a girl is born in January, she
will be a prudent housewife, given
to melancholy, but good-tempered,
aud fond of fine clothes.
If iu February, an affectionate
wife and tender mother, and devoted
to dress.
If in March, a frivolous chatter
box, somewhat given to quarrelling,
and a connoisseur in gowns and bon
nets. If in April, inconstant, not very
intelligent, but likely to be good
looking and studious of fashion
plates.
If in May, handsome, amiable,
and given to style and dress.
If in June, impetuous, will marry
early, be frivolous, and like dressy
clothes.
If in July, possibly handsome,
but with a sulky temper and a pen
chant for gay attire.
If in August, amiable and practi
cal, likely to marry rich and dress
strikingly.
If in September, discreet, affable,
much liked, and a fashionable dres
ser. If in October, pretty and coquet
tish, and devoted to attractive garni
ture.
If in November, liberal, kind, of
a mild disposition, and an admirer
of stylish dress.
If in December, well proportioned,
fond of novelty, and extravagant,
aud a student of dressy effects.
The Choi M Dlfleall.
Wilmington Star.
Here is a story that General Price
Young tells : Away up in the Geor
gia mountains lies Catoosa Springs,
a favorite summer resort of Savan
nah and Atlanta society people. One
day Gen. Young saw an old fellow
come np with a basket of eggs and
bunch of chickens for the hotel peo
ple, and recognized an old trooper of
of his command.
"Jake," he cried out, "Jake Dor-
ridge, how are you ?"
Why, laws a massy, Ginral, how-
de-do? I havent seen ye since the
war."
They chatted for a few minutes.
"Do you come up here often,
Jake?"
Pooty nigh every day. The folks
want my chickens V aigs. I like
to rest my eyes a-looken' at some
o' these yere pooty gals." .
" They are handsome, arn't they,
Jake?"
"Deed they air. "
"Now, Jake," said Gen. Young,
waving his hand toward a group of
three young ladies with whom he
had been chatting, "tell me which
of those three young ladies is the
prettiest"
"Aw, General Young, they'i all
pooty. 'Twouldn't be good manners
for me to say ary one was pootier'n
t'other."
" But, Jake, it will give them
great deal of pleasure to learn your
opinion. They are great friend
and will not feel at all hurt at your
decision. Now walk right up and
pick out the best looking."
Alter much solicitation Jake un
dertook the task. He walked up and
peered closely at the laughing girls.
About one hundrel guests had gath
ered by this time to see the trial.
Finally Jake turned, scratching his
head. All three of the young ladies
wore broad sashes around their
waists.
"Gineral Young, they's all three
so pooty it is hard to make a choice,
but still I am forced to say that the
one with the yaller belly-band is a
leetle the trimest"
There was a scream, a flutter of
white dresses, and three blushing
young ladies, with various colored
sashes, dashed into the hotel and out
of sight.
Ilia Example.
Youth's Companion.
Among the anecdotes relating to
the revolutionary campaigns within
the limits of New Jersey which are
sacredly preserved in that State, one
of the pleasantest is a- little story
which illustrates the kindness and
courtesy of Gen. Washington.
After the battle of Monmouth
the American army was encamped
on the farm of a certain John Vanoe.
Washington, with his staff, was
quartered in the farm house.
daughter of the farmer was seriously
ill in an upper room. As soon as
Washington heard this he gate
orders that no guns should be fired
or drums beat near the house.
During supper he set the example
of caution to his officers by convers
ing in an undertone, retiring as soon
a3 the meal was finished to his own
chamber, which adjoined the dining
room.
After he had gone, however, the
spirits of the young men rose, and
forgetting their orders, they began to
sing and laugh uproaringly. In the
midst of the fan the General's door
opened softly, and Washington en
tered the room and walked noiselessly
on tiptoe.
He crossed to the fireplace, took a
book from the mantel shelf, and as
silently returned without a word,nod
ding a small good night as he closed
the door behind him.
The officers stood ashamed and re
buked, not only by his consideration
for the sick girl, but by his gentle
courtesy of silence towards them.
selves.
It was the age of fine and stately
manners, and the bearing of this, the
noblest of gentleman in that age, is
worthy of study now, when careful
and fine courtesy of manner is no
longer so striking a characteristic of
the time.
A Windsor, Me., philosopher says
a man can live forever on a diet
limited to parched peas and spring
water. He knows, because he's tried
it
The first thing George Sheldon of
Indiana did when he got a legacy
of $20,000 was to buy 118,000 worth
diamonds and a thousand dollar
team.
The roadway of the recently com
pleted Washington bricge over Har
lem river, New York city, is 151 feet
above the river level. The total
length of the bridge and its ap
proaches is 2,380 feet
ODDS AND ENDS.
Bees never store up honey in the
light
The dying breath of flowers is
their sweetest perfume.
Leaves will attract dew when
wood and stone M ill not
A horse gets up on his fore feet,
and a cow on her hind feet
A squirrel comes down a tree
bead first and a cat tail first
The total Indian population of
the United States is 247,761.
Corn on the ear is never found
with an uneven number of rows.
A child born of Chinese parents
in this country can become a citizen.
Life is not so short but that there
is always time enough for courtesy.
The cinchona tree loses its
" malarial " properties in a healthy
soil.
Wiggins predicts that Philadelphia
will have a severe earthquake in
1904.
American yellow pine is a great
favorite for wooden pavements in
Berlin.
In England check reins are now
entirely out of use, being forbiddon
by law.
i Number of Indians in the United
States who can read English is but
W,95.
Quinine is estimated to have ad
ded two years at least to the life of
civilized man.
Bats and mice have as great an
aversion to the odor of chloride of
lime as humans.
The Government conscience fund
has just been increased by fourteen
two-cent stamps.
Heart failure is said to be a dis
ease which is encroaching upon
American colleges.
The word "vinegar" is derived
from two French words, vin aigre,
meaning sour wine.
Nine petrified frogs were found in
a solid rock at High Springs, Fla.,
during a recent day.
It is said a salve of equal parts of
tar, tallow and salt will cure the
worst case of felon.
Small farmers in France make
from $1,000 to $2,000 a year fatten
ing snails for market
The Mormons of Utah and Idaho
are emigrating in large numbers to
British North America.
John L. Sullivan in ten yean has
boxed before audiences that paid
nearly $600,000 to see him.
The deepest coal pit in the world
is said to be the St. Andre, in the
Charleroi, Belgium, district
Our grand business is not to see
what lies dimly at a distance, hut to
do what lies clearly at hand.
The English Bparrow, undisguised,
is said to take the place of the
reed bird on Chicago bills of fare.
J. A. Schuyler, of Pattstown,
Penn., has a piece of amber from
the Baltic Sea inclosing a petrified
beetle.
A Miss Patten, at Boston, was
three times pronounced dead by the
doctors, and she is now in fair
health.
Jefferson Davis has received an
offer from a Northern publisher to
write a history of the Confederate
States.
With strange inconsistency New
York farmers never turned their at
tention to raising hemp until hanging
was abolished by law in that State.
Thb Ki8siNa Habit. A writer
in uooci Housekeeping rigorously
condemns the kissing habit and
calls for its abandomentin this wise:
"The kissing habit has been carried
to ita greatest extreme among Eng.
lish-speaking people, and the people
of other bleed are often amazed and
amused by the unversality and cheap
ness of the kiss among the English
nations. It is not necessarily an
argument in its favor, however, that
it is thus found to be an accomplish-
ment of the highest civilization, for
it may be promptly retorted that vice
and crime also increase with civiliza
tion, and refined peoples keep alive
barbarous practices inherited from
savage ancestry. The kiss, in its
proper functions, has a fine signifi
cance, and may be made the vehicle
of the purest emotions, the honest
expression of legitimate feeling, a
greeting full of genuine, voluntary
sympathy and love. The kissing
habit is an abuse and a misuse. It
has brought the kiss into disgrace
and made it vulgar, cheap and hypo
critical. Be it the province of this
generation of refinement and educa
tion to rescue it from its degraded
estate and restore it to its natural
elected and elevating place and use
in the social economy."
    

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