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/ y L ( i i (. i -H CjGs ^ PKBBLEK mOB., Proprietors. ) . IWBUE L. Q, A. KEELER, Editor. / A WeoMy Usooffd o£ Rooljra, Wostlanry, Fort WasMaf^ton, and J SINGLE COPY, V 4 CENTS. ‘ ; ' TOL,. n. \ : - EOSLYN, QUEENS COTINTY, E. I., FEIIL^Y, ; NOVEMBER :24^ ' lb76/l '7 ;- NO. Her I ’ rpasnreR. I koep them in tho, old, old bo^' . ^bafc Willie gave mo yearw ago, The time w.u partdd on the roeke ; ■ \ , Hi* Hhip lay ^winging to ^nd fro, At waUinglu (he lower bay. I thonght my HORftt would break that day 1 The picture with the penalvo eyee I* Wiille-e? No, dear, that's young Biake, Who took the West Point highoet prize : Ho went half crazy for my Bake. Hero are a lot of rhymes ho wrote, And hero ’ s a button off bio coat. J h this the rihg : ?; ‘ My dearest May, I never took a ring from him i This was a gift from Howard Olay,!/ ' Just seo — the pearls are getting dim. They pay that pearls ape tears — what Bluff 1. The petting looks a little rough-, y r ^ f > Ho was as handsome ap a.prinoo — And jealous ! But ho went to Borne Last fall. He ’ s never yvritton ninco. I used tb.ylsit afchie homo — A lovely place beyond Fort Lee ; His mother thought the world of me ! Oh, no ! I sent his letters back, These carao to mo from Wabhington. But look, what a tremondoua pack ! j Ho always wrote me thjroo for one. I know I used to treat him ill — . Poor Jack l — ho foil at Ohanoelloravllle. Tho vignottos — all that lot — arc poalps I took in London,. Naples, Nice, , . At Parlu, atid among the Alps ; Those foreign lovers aot like geese. But; dear, they are such handsome men. 7 Wo go.to Franco next year, again j ' , . This is the doctor's signet ring. . -Thoso faded 11 owore ? Oh, lot mb see ; Why, what a very curious thing ! : Wi ‘ 0 could have sent those ilowors to me V Ah ! now I have it — Count do Twirl ; Ho inarriod that 1 fat Crosbio girl. Ills halv was rod, You need not look x . Bo sadly at that raven tress. You know the head that look forsook ; •' You know — but you could never guess I, Nor would X tell you for the world r ; About whoso brow that ringlet ourlod, Why won ’ t T toil V Well, partly, child, Bocauso yop like tho man yourself ; But mostly because — don ’ t get so wild I I havo not jaid him on the pholf — He ’ s not a bygone. In a year /I ’ ll toll you all about him, dear. . • ’ ’ — Scribner. THE MINISTER of M0NTC5.AIH It vvns no uho -; tins loiteni - fore T hh oyes, tho-'-wliolo world neemeci wavering and-imeorlain iu thorn dayn. Ho laid hia tiSok down, and bogun to think of tho groat trouble which was shutting him in. When the black spooks flrat , began to dance between' : him and the paper, months ago, ho had not thought about the matter. It was annoying, to bo, nuro, but he must have taxed his eyes too severely. Ho would work U little less by lamplight — spare them a little — and he should be all right. Ho hb had spared them more and more, aud yet 'the specks kept, on thoir oliln daueo ; and now for weeks the conviction had been growing on him slowly that he was going 10 ha blind. ' He had hot told his wife yot, nor could he bear to lay on her shoulders the bur ­ den of his awful calamity. Oh, it was too haul 1 !. , And yet was it too hard ? Hared ho say so S he, God ’ s minister —who had told other 1 sufferers so many times that jjtheir iihasteniugs wero duttlt , 'out to them by their ’ kind Father ’ s hand, and: that . they sliould count all that ’ brought them near Him as joyous, uot grievous 1 Xet.is^oaking after'the manner of this world, his burden seemed greater than ho eouid hear. Whnt could he do — a blind, helpless man f, ,He must givo up his work in life — let : another take Ids miiusti/' — HitlholplesH in tho-darkhess. Heaven only know how lopg. Gould.he be thus resigned ? Then,•suddenly a flash of hopolklndled his sky, there might bo help for him. Tliis gatlnniug darkness might be some- ’ thing which seienee could remove. He would bo sviro of that, at least, before ho told Mary, :; And then lie bebamefever ­ ishly impdfibiit. Ho must know at pnep, it seemed to him — he could, not wait. ” ..................................... ild 1 el He called his wife, and,toldJhdr with, a manner whioh 'ho tried liard to make' calm, that he was going out-Of to wn the next morning on a little business, phe wondered that ho was so Uneommunioa- tive — it was not like him — but she would not trouble him with any questions. She should understand it nil some time, she know, still she thought there was something strange iu his way of speak ­ ing. .. I' ........... ................ The minister strove hard for tho mas ­ tery o ! his own sp ivit, »S i tho oars whirled hiiiijalgug the next miqrning to ­ ward tho-tribunal nt ’ whioti he was to receive his sentonoe. Ho tried to think of Something blob, but found the effort vain; so ho said over aud over, us sim ­ ply us a ehiid, one form of words: , ' • • ‘ Patlior, windhover way it turns, oh, give mo strength to boar-it. ” Holding fast to this, prayer, ns to an nnolior, ho got out bf tho eiuu und went into tho stroots. Whnt a envious mist seemed,to surround ail things I “ Tlifl houses looked speotrnl''through it; tho very puoplo hfl.^wet seemed like ghosts.' He hud not realized his defective visiou so much at home where it had bdme upon Jiiin gradually; aud all objects wore so familiar. Still; with nn effort, ho could see the signs oh the, street cor ­ ners and ’ ilnd his way, , , ; ' Hb renohed at lust the reside oa of the distinguished bulist for whose ver ­ dict he had come. He found the parlor half filled with people waiting like him ­ self. He was asked .for his name, end- sent iu a card on which was written : “ ,Rev. Wm. Spencer, Moutoiair. ” Then he waited his turn. He dared not think Low long 1 the timo was, or what sus ­ pense ho was in. Ho just kept his sim ­ ple child ’ s prayer iu his heart, and steadied himself with it. The iimo came for him at last, and ho followed , the boy who summoned him into a little roc in, shaded with green, with green furniture, and on a table a vase of' flowers. . The stillness and the cool scented air refreshed him. He saw dimly, as he saw everything that morn ­ ing, a tall; slight mrin, with a kind face and quiet manners, who addressed.fiimi by name, invited him to sit down, and then inquired info. Ids symptoms with such tact and, sympathy that he felt as if ho wore talking with a friend. At last tho doctor asked him to take a seat by tiio window and have his eyes examined; His heart beat chokingly, and ho whis ­ pered under his breath : j \Thy will, oh, God, be done; only give me stiongth.” • Dr. Gordon was silent for a moment or two — it \seemed ages to Mr. Spencer. Then be said, with the tenderest and ■saddest voice, as if lie felt to the utter ­ most the pain ho was inflicting : “ I cannot give you any hope. The malady is incurable. You wijl not lose your sight entirely, jnst yet ; hut it must come. i , , p-V - . The minister tried to, ask how long it would be before ho should bo blind ; but his tongue seemed to cleave to the roof of his month, and he oonld only gasp. , . .. . Dr. Gordon understood ; and answer ­ ed very kindly that it might be a month, possibly two. He stood np, then, to go. He knew all hope was over. He paid his fee and went out of the room, and out of the I.louse. , It. BC-emed ; to., him things had grown -darker sinpo ho went in. He hardly know how he found his way to the ears. It was two hours past h ; s dinner .tirao, and he was .faint for lack of fobd, but. he, did hot, know it. Hb got.to the stution somehow, and waited for the train to start for Montclair. Ml the way homo ho kept whispering to I,in,i:,,lf ■ i ‘ One month. Tinnsiblv two ’ liimsidf :.j ‘ ‘ .One month, possibly two — ns.if it were a lesson-on the getting by heart of whiohi his life depended. Ho heard the cpnduotor call out Mont ­ clair, at. Inst, and* got out' of tho oars meolifttiicnlly. His wife stood there waiting for Iiim. ,; She had been anxiom about him all'day. . M Oh, William I ” she oried, and then she saw bis fuee. and Stopped. There was a look on it of one over whom some\ awful doom is pending ; a white fixed look that chilled. Slio took his arm and they-.walked cm .silently, through the ’ summer aftornbou- When they reached homo, and she had taken off.her .bonnet, he spoke at last : ., Mary, come boro and let me look at you. I ■ want to learn your fnoo by hourt. ” . : . ■ Sho came and knelt by him, while ho took Jier eheekM .between his hands and studied every liuenmont. j : ,..., '■ \ “ 'Aro you' going away ? ” she asked, after nwhile,\for ’ his fixed, silent, mys ­ terious gftaa hojj.un to. torture her,. •, Yes, dear, I am going ; going into the dark ” . , ‘ ... “ To die? ’ ’ she gasped. ■! “ Yes, to die, to everything that makes ,ip lyman ’ s lifa iu this wor.ld, ” he an- sweied, bilterly. fi Mary, I am going blind. ..Think whnt that means. After a few more wookB:I shall neversee you again, or our children, or this deni' beautiful world- whoi;e ,wo. have livcd, and loved , each other., ; The whole creation is only an empty sbjind forevermore I Oh, God I how onu r bear it? ” Is there no Jiope i ” she asked, with- it ourious calmness,' at whioh she herself was amazed. ■ - , “ None. It wa,8 . my errand to town to day tbflndout.I have felt it coming mi for months, but ■ I -hoped against hope, and now I know, g Oh, Mary, to sit in the darkness 'until my death day, striving for' a sight of your dear faoe. It is too bitter; and yet what am I say- ingT . Shall my Father not choose His own Way to bring me ' to the light of heaven V I must,'say, I will say. His will bo done. ” . ............. ....... . .......... , Just then tho ohildven came running ,lq; hoyishi romping WiL; shy, yet mer- ry little May. ■ -e ’ 1, “ Hush, dears, ’ * the mother said, Soft ­ ly ; ' ‘ papa ’ s tired. You had better run put again, ” i -i ■ ... “ No, Mary; lot thorn atay, ” inter ­ posed ho;- and then he said so low that hia fxnVn iiint. inn.no ’ lif. t.hn wliimiAV! his wife ’ s ears just caught the whisper: “ leauiuit see..them too much in this little while. ” .. .... “ Oh, how the days wont on after that I Ever; day the, world looked, dim ­ mer to the iuiuister ’ s darkened eyes. Ho spent almost all of his ‘ time trying to fix the things he so loved in his imomory. . ' • g ^ ■ It was pitiful tp.'sse him going round oyer eueh well knqwn, well loved soone, noting anxiously , aust !>ow those tree bopglls stood out ngainat the sky , or how that hill olimhod Toward the sunset. He studied; every little, flower, every fern ftho ohildre gathered;, for all . creation seemed to take for him a new beauty and worth. Moat of all ho studied thoir dear home faces. . His wife grew used to tho dim, wistful eyos following her so constantly; but the children wondered why papa liked so well to keep them in sight; why he did not read or study any more. .. .There came i» time at last, one Sunday morning, when the brilliant summer sunshine dawned for him' in vain, “ Is it a bright day, dear? ” he asked, hearing his wife moving about the room. “ Very bright, 'William. ” ' “ Open the blinds, please, and let the sunshine in at the east windows. ” Mary Spencer ’ s heart stood still with in hor; but she commanded her voice and answered steadily : “ They are open, William. The whole room is full of light. ” “ Mary, I ..cannot see; the time's come; I am alone in the darkness. ” “ Not alone, my love,\ she cried, in a passion of grief and pity and tender ­ ness, Then she went and sat down bo- side him on the bed, and drew bis head to her bosom, and comforted him just as sfle was wont to comfort her children, After a time her,,tender carouses,, her soothing totes, seemed to have healed his bruised, tortured heart. He' lifted up his head and kissed her, his first from out the darkness in whioh he mnst abide, and then sent her away. I think every soul standing face to face with an untried calamity longs to bo for a space alone with its God. . 1 '■ Three hours after that the church bells rui5g', and as .ususj, the minister and bis wife, walked out of their dwell ­ ing, save that now be leaned upon her arm. In that hour of seelnsion ho had made np his mind what to do. They walked up the familiar way; and she loft him at tho fpot of the pulpit stairs and went back to her pew in front. Ho groped up the stairs; and then, rising in his place, he spoke to the wondering congregation : “ Brethren, I stand before you as one on whom the .Father ’ s hand has fallen heavily, I am blind. I shall never seo you again in this world — you, my chil ­ dren — for whose souls I have'Striven so Ipng. I have looked my last on your kird, familiar faces on this earth — seo to it that I miss none of you when'iny eyes are unsealed again in heaven, Grant, Father, that of those whom Thou host given me, I may lose none. ” There was not a tearless face among those which were ’ lifted toward him,-as ho stood there with his sightless eyes raised to heaven, hia hands outstretched, as if to bring down upon them the bless ­ ing. for which be grayed. Some of the women sobbed audibly, but the minister was calm. ' After a moment ho said r : “ My brethren, as far as possible, the' services will proceed as usual. ” • Then in n elear voice, in which there seemed to his listeners ’ ears soffie un ­ earthly sweetness, he, recited the one hundred and. thirteenth Psalm, -com- monoing : . ....................... “ Out of the deep I have .called upon Thee, bh, Hord; Lord, hear my voice. ” Afterword he gave out tho first line of a hymn, which tho Congregation Bung. Then he prayed, and some said, who heard him, the oyes closed on earth were .surely beholding the beautiful vision, for lie spoke ns a son beloved, whoso very soul was full of tho glory of the Father ’ s presence. : . ' v. The sermon which followed was such a one as they had novel' heard before from his,lips* , There was power in it, a fervor, a tendernefes wliioh no words of mine can describe. It was the testi ­ mony of a living witness, who found the Lord a very present help in tho time of trouble. ” .................... ’ . , - h When all was over, , and he came down .the pulpit stairs, his wife stood again at the foot, and ho took her arm and went out silently. He seemed to the Waiting congregation as one set apart and Conse ­ crated by the anointing oS a speoial sor ­ row, and- they dared not break the holy eUonce around him with common speech. ., ; • The next afternoon a committee from tho oliuroh went to the parsonage, Mrs, Spenijoi',saw them coming, and told,her “ if. must bo, ” said ho to her, \to ask my advice in the'-choice of my succes ­ sor. ” : “ I think they might have waited one day, ” she oried, witM ’ a woman ’ s impa ­ tience of any seeming forgetfulness of the claims.- given bimJby his .years of faithful service. Tho delegation had reached the door by that timo, aud tho minister did not answer her. She waited on the men ijuto the study, and left them there, go ­ ing about her usual task, with a heart full pf bitterness. It was natural, per ­ haps, that they should uot want a blind minister, but to tell him so now, to make the very first pang of his sorrow sharper by their unthankfulness, it was too much. Aii hour passed before they went away, and then she heard her husband's voice calling her, and -Went into the study prepared to sympathize with his sorrow.' the found him sitting where she had left him, with such a look of joy and poaoo and thankfulness upon his face as sho had never expected to see it wear again. “ Mary, ” he said, there wo some kind hearts in this world. My parish wants to me to stay With'them; and in ­ sist on raising; my salary a hundred dol ­ lars ayear. ” “ Want you to stay ’ with them ? ” she cried, hardly understanding his words, “ Yes, I told them that I could not do them justice, but they would “ not listen; tlioy believe that niy very affliction will give me new power l over the hearts of me i ; that I can do as much as ever. Tlioy would uot wait a day, you see, Idat we should be anxious about our | itiu > ” “ And I thought they were ooming in indecent haste, to give you notice to go,” Mrs. Spender cried, penitently. “ How I misjudged them I Shall I never learn Christian charity I ” Bo it was settled that tlie minister of MohtoIiVii-'Viiouid iitiiflu, with bis people, For three -years more bis persuasive voice called them to choose the better way ; and then Ilia own summons oargp to go up higher. In those three years be had sown more seed and reaped more harvests than some men in a long life ­ time. He did his work faithfully, and was ready when the hour came for him to go home. Just at the last, when those who loved him best stood weeping round his bedside, they caught upon his face the radiance of a light not of this world. He put out his hands with a glad cry: “ I see, I see I Out of the dark, into light! ” And before they could look with awe and wonder into each other ’ s eyes, the glory had begun to fade, the outstretch-. ed hands fell heavily, and they knew that the blind minister was gone, “ past bight, past day; ” where for him there would be no more darkness. Horrible Cruelty. The Toronto Telegram saya ; John O ’ Shaughnessy was a conviot of about twenty-five years of age, who hailed , froni. Kingston. On the twenty-seventh of April,- 1876, he was confined in the “ dark cell \ for some trivial act of in ­ subordination, forced upon him by tho exasperating Stedman, who tantalized the fellow into making some offensive retort to the taunts of the deputy. For this trifling offense the unfortunate man was chained np in a standing-posture for five days and five nights, his feet and hands painfully shackled to ringhln the wall, only to bo relieved for short inter ­ vals to enable him to partake of the meager allowance of bread and water allotted to. him three times in each tweiity-fpur hours. His toes bad boon rendered powerless before his entrance into the prison, and the result of this was that his torture was rendered more intense, owing to tho fact that he had, for the greater part of the time, to sup ­ port himself by his wrists, os encircled in, the cruel riugs iu the wall. All tho power was gone from hia toes, and ns he had to stand on them in order to relievo tho torturing strain on his wrists, it may be imagined what crucial anguish the poor victim endured during these one hundred and twenty hobrs of chafing night and day. A more galling . or fret ­ ting process of racking torture it is hardly possible to imagine, Thelwrith- ings of the pitiful conviot, as he vaiuly endeavored to mollify his anguish by shifting about as well as' his manacles would permit, have been described as heartrending 1 . Each; pew change of gositiph-ohly brought'a ‘ ‘ keener agony; and there .was an indescribable depth of suffering expressed in his oft-repeated expression, as tho hours dragged their slow length along : “ Thank God, there ’ s another hour gone, ” When finally he was' released from his torture his wrists and ankles were terribly swollen and he was wholly unable Jp walk. Had he not been a man of splendid constitution he could Siot have survived so exhausting' an ordeal. A more brutal or inhuman device for inflicting agony on human flesh and blood it is imposssiblo to con ­ ceive, When an appeal was made to Stedman to put a termination to the suf ­ ferings of ‘ this man, and it was repre ­ sented to him that the conviot was in danger of dying from his extreme suffer ­ ing, the unrelenting, 'unfeeling official replied : “ Let him die 1 ” An Ancient Civilization. Explorations by scientific men in Ten ­ nessee have discovered facts of thrilling interest, which prove that in the State are to be found the evidences of the most advanced civilization whioh ob ­ tained in tho Mississippi valley. The skeletons of the nboriginalraoe are found in .oaves and in stone groves. Theoaves of the limestone regions were used by the aborigines as reoeptaoles for the dead. When one died, the body. woS usually doubled up, the knees touching the chin, and wrapped in skins and' mats, the number and fineness depend ­ ing undoubtedly upon the wealth and importance bf the deceased. In one instance the skeleton of a man was found wrapped in fourteen ...deerskins, over which wore blankets of bark. In some .oases they were ‘ Shrouded in a curious cloth made of bast fib.er, into which feathers' were twisted, so as to give the appearance of a variegated silk mantle. Over these were coarser wrappings ; but the order in whi h they were laid on was by no means uniform. The body, with its coverings, Was often placed in a wicker basket, pyramidal in form, and small in the top. Sometimes tho basket was covered ; at other times tho head protruded from an opening. Owing to the niter in the soil of the oaves, the corpses have not altogether de ­ cayed, tho flesh being dried up and the hair turned red or yellow. The work ­ ing of the cavcii for saltpeter during the last century has nearly, destroyed those witnesses of ancient . civilization ; so wo turn from them, with their cliff mintings arid soattered relics, to the letter preserved testimony of the stone gravep. __ How Totes Were Lost. Tho Eureka (Nevada) Sentinel says: A certain candidate has lost thirteen votes through making u rush promise to his wife. Ho had promised that in the. event of his election ho Would buy her Sr sealskin cloak and-a pair of navy blub- stockings, and she couldn ’ t rest till she told thirteen lady friends all about it The ladies expressed themselves as “ awful glad ” to hear it, but threatened their husbands with a suit of divorce if they dared to vote for this particular candidate, “ That old thing would look nine in a sealskin cloak and navy bine stockings, wouldn't she?\ is the way they expressed themselves in speaking of (me candidate ’ s wife. Who says that women have no political influence ? A CO-OPEHATIYE'STOKE. Oo-operativf stores in : England are more of a subSess than such institutions are in this country, and they are evi ­ dently managed there qath' great car*. Some of these stores are immense in size, and contain beneath their roofs and in their different departments any arti ­ cle that the workingmen who patronize them desire. A writer in Scribner ’ s Monthly describes one of these stores as follows : ■ Hero is a tangible expression pf York ­ shire common sense — a Uandsphio four story block of -stores, splendid in, plate glass, carved stonework and architectural display — the stores of the\ “ Leeds: In ­ dustrial Go-operative Society, Limited, ” Albjon street, Leeds, fit may be Satur ­ day afternoon — a half holiday in -the mills^-and the streets swarm with'Work ­ people of every age and condition. Albion street is none too wide for the traffle that pours along its sidewalks and roadway, and gathers about tho open doors of the “ Leeds Industrial, ’ ’ actu ­ ally struggling in aiid out, aud pressing thickly np to tho counters. Oue door leads to a grocery store, the next to,a drapery store, another door tends up stairs to tho house furnishing ware; rooms, tho outfitting depnrtmefit, and the boot und shoo store. Thorp is no display in the windows (after the co ­ operative manner), add we may follow the multitude inside, to watch the active trade. Plain, hard-working people, per ­ haps grimy from their toil, press up to the counters, cash in hand, ready to buy. The salesmen have evidently pre ­ pared for a good demand, and the staple goods,already put up iu convenient pack ­ ages, arc piled in enormous heaps ou the counters. They deal out bundles with wonderful speed, take the money, make a note in a book, tear off the vouch ­ er (or half-leaf), and give it with the change to the bustomer. Each one takes his or her goods and moves away as quickly as possible to make room ior others.. Near the door, in a tiny office, such us is ...sometimes used for the cashier iu Americuu stores, sits a'yonng girl. Each one presents the fly-leaf to hor, and receives a tin or brass token representing the amount of the purohase. This is the evidence of trade at the so ­ ciety ’ s stores. and will he a guide iu estimating tho allocation of profits next dividend day. Eor every bag of flour the member may buy tie will receive back n bonus or dividend of two shill ­ ings rind sixpence. On HIT other goods the bonus-will be two shillings and two ­ pence in every pound' these tokens represent. This is the key to this active trade ; this explains this* eager ­ ness to buy ; this is the “ excuse for be ­ ing ” that the society can show. The shops seem to be equal to the best of- their class in London or New York. Tho stock is very large, of ap ­ parently the best quality, and is admir ­ ably put up, ready for-immediate sale. Going np stairs, we .find the building blockaded with people intent on trade. A woman ooming down stairs, her three boys making much clnttex-with their now wooden shoes, brushes past a man with ri wicker baby carriage under one arm and' a mop) broom under tho other. There is plenty of roughness, broad Yorkshire dialect, toil, stained clothing, and good English push and scramble; every man for himself; but, with all, there is n feeling for order and honest goodnature. Above stairs, there are halls and corridors packed from floor to ceiling with boots and shoes, brushes, kitchen ware, household goods and i'eady : made clothing. ' The people (iwarm inQ ‘ every nook and. corner, be ­ siege the- salesnaen, and drive a lively trade. These busy-shoppers and anx ­ ious buyers are the members «of tho Leeds Industrial — a few of the sixteeu thousand shareholders, the legal owners of this building, the thirty branch stores, the shoe manufactory and the great flour mill at Marshall street in the Holbeok district. - Every man and woman in this company has five or more shares in the society; 01 ’ ' has paid down good shillings to let them earn tho shares. Each one of these people participated in that handsome dividend of £16, COB 17s. 8d, that was paid lost quarter day. That is more than'two pounds a year apiece, or two shillings and a trifle over in every two hundred and forty pennies they spent at the stores, besides the interest at five per cent a year on their united share capital of £122,332 17s. 11 jd. : Ifeuis of Interest. Of the 159,23 a inhabitants of Rhode Island 136,093 were born in the-State, and 61,600 are natives of the United States. ! „ . A justice of tho peace in Baltimore swore a Chinaman on a tea chest tub other day in default of tho writings of Confucius. Of five robust young servant girls who slept in a room in Antwerp where tho goa escaped, four died and oiie was saved with difficulty, , Put away .the little uniform, lay the torch upon the shelf, pay your election bets up promptly, you ’ ve a realizing sense how'tis yourself. . This election excitement has caused the “ .oldest inhabitant ” to forget the usual proclamation that wo are to have an unqsnaUy severe winter. “ Did you do nothing.to resuscitate tho body ? ” was recently asked of a wit ­ ness at a coroner ’ s inquest. “ Yes, sir; we searched tho pockets, ” was the reply. Milliners in Paris who furnish Indies out of town with their hats send for thoir photographs before they make the selection of shape and color of trim ­ mings. - According to tho German philosopher, Adelnay, tho number of languages spoken in Europe is 587, in Asia 937, in Africa 276, and in Americal,261, making a total of 3,064. a The cost of sending a soldier to Cuba is officially stated in ri Spanish journal to be 183 pesetas or francs. Each soldier receives a cash bounty of 850 ; u substi ­ tute receives 8100 extra. It is roughly estimated ' that 5,000 Western girls have taken husbands this your for the only earthly reason that they were thereby enabled to visit the Centennial at somebody olse ’ s expense. The builder of a church now ;n course of construction, when the toast of his health was. given, ’ rather enigmatically replied that he was “ more fitted for the scaffold than for public speaking. ” ' Dynasties may crumble, planets may be blotted out, George Washington ’ s body servant may eventually die, but it is feared the idiots who make wheelbar ­ row bets on the eleotion will exist far- • Facts About; Lunatics. Some of the minor statistics in Dr. Parsons ’ eleventh annual report lire not without interest. Of the 412 women ad ­ mitted to the New York city lunatic asylum lust year, eighteen were under twenty years, 192 between twenty and thirty, 119 between thirty and forty, seventy-two betweiin forty mid fitly, forty between fifty and sixty, eleven be ­ tween sixty aud seventy, eight between seventy and eighty, two between eighty and ninety. Of tho 412, 193 were mar ­ ried, 147 unmarried, fifty-eight widows, rwnrx /Uxmrnflfl fltipfDPi) 4 ‘ ntllftlAwn .TfV7 one divorced, thirteen “ hnknown;'f 187 had blue eyes, 103 gray, ninety-ono brown; sixty-two hazel; seventeen black,; two'“ ‘ dark; ” 241 had brown hair of dif ­ ferent shades, sixty-two black, fifty-six gray, only seventeen rod. As to previ- ous roligious belief, 249 wore Catholics, 116 Protestants, twenty-five Hebrews, twenty-one 'unknown, while two Were of no religion. As to previous station in life, six were farmers ’ wives, forty farmers! daughters, twenty wives or daughters of carpenters, twcuty-threo of tailors, .fif y-four of laborers, nine of butchers, six of shoemakers, twelve of merchants, fifteen wore domestics. ' Wood fires nre becoming fashionaMo again. Tho blessed wood fire! Tho happiest moments we have ever known were when sitting before one, with n blouket wrapped around us, trying to get warm. “ Lenny; ” said her maiden aunt, “ you should eat the barley that is iu your soup, or yen'll never ..get a man. ” Lenny, looking up inuocoatly, in ­ quired: “ Is,that' what you cat it ior, aunty? ” .. The QorliBS engine flywheel made, 2,855,800 revolutions during (lie Exhibi- ' tion. The whfeel is thirty feet in diame ­ ter, and any one point on its periphery traveled during t-lio period stated 40,- 147 miles, or a little over 260 miles each day. The full title of Miss Edith Pcohey , who was recently confirmed as a physi ­ cian in Dublin, will be “ L. K. Q. O. P. I., ” if she passes the examination. The London Telegraph thinks that the idea of rolling so much of the alphabet upon an unprotected female is revolting. An exchange says that a society has. been formed .in Siberia whioh compels all males to marry when of ago, and makes the wife the head of the ” family, aud the husband a marked subordinate. There are a good many families iu this couutiy that are run on tho Siberian ■plan..',,-.. .... ■ ; . . Accorcling to the reports of Hio oity fumigaiors, the Ohineso laundries in San Francisco are a fruitful cause! of the spread of smallpox, as large quantities of clothing takeu froni hodios of peoplo who ’ have, died of tho disease have been washed in them and then exposed for sole. ' , A Georgia colored debating society was lately disoussing : “ Which is tho best for the laboring man, to work for wages or part of the crop? ” An old “ uncle ” spoke the sense Of tho meeting when bethought “ bofe was de best, if dry could only bo lining togedder some ­ how. ” A man in Philadelphia wanted to be excused from serving on a jury on the ground that “ he was n saved sinner and could not sit in judgment on his fellow men. ” The judge thought such an ex ­ hibition of moral courage would fail of its effects nowhere except before the praotitioners of that city. Truffles are found by swine. The truffle liuhter goes out with his trained hog and a pocketful of acorns, and the. boast roots the ground for the truffle. As soon as it appears in sight the vigi-: hint hunter raps the liog on tho snout and scoures tho prize, rewarding, the tisappointod porker by an acorn. Some carious statistics, just published , show that out of a population of more than 86,000,000 iu Franco there are 87,- 927 blind and 29,612 deaf and dumb ; so that in 950 inhabitants there is one blind, and in 1,220 'there is one deaf and dumb person. In Paris alone thro are 7,838 mad people, while iu all France there are 18,128 male and 14,964 femo Is lunatics. The little daughter of a noted politi ­ cian, wlio likes to travel on his war rCoord, the! pther day unwittingly fur ­ nished! the “ opposition ” with a good joke on her papa. A one armed soldier came to the house bogging assistance, and the little girl, in condoling with him, said, lispingly: “ My father wath a tholdler, but ho didn ’ t get hurt. Ho wath a prudent tholdier. ”

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