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THE DAllY HERALD: I'LATTSMUl.TII, N EH II ASIC A, FltlDAV. MAY 23. 18-SS.
C I LLMOKFTS SWAMP ANGEL
THC GUN THAT POURED SCREECH
ING MISSILES INTO CHARLESTON.
Hie I lrt Mrrtirr from the Slacked
Ittlrrj In ! Mrta Accuracy, of tt
(iiioni ri-Incidents of the CanDonadlog.
A t'a-m Shall.
Thre nro a pood many fieoplu in Charles
ton, who l.ii'l uii intiiiiato but aotiiewhat un
ii.'i'';ii:t fn,iiniiitaiifo with th Kwamp
An;.' I. On culm uijht in August, 1G3, a
tJiaii"' in.i.-j wu ln-.-t in tho air. It was a
mi-? that K'tii Ktilo hail lecoine familiar
with. nt tli:t to tho women and rhll-i.'n-ii
in Cl;-irl-tii wan entirely unknown.
Sm x ..!iM-tiii;irHl it to tho hlast of th
la-t trsitnp, othi-i-H to tho howl of tho hyena,
i.n.l f.tlii-i-H to tin? -oii- :iJniU-l nolno of 10,
C.K) .Hiiiiotiv.K riihin,j through a tunnel in
ll:.' a r l -i!i.l usc into a stTvam of tho
l.i.i .t h:u rovi in int.-ii:.ity.
It wis tlit lirst Swamp Angel moss-ngcr
ii t ii.to Cluirl.-stoii l.y tho lute Jen. Oill
iiior.;. Tho watchman at St. Michael's
t.Wt noiini.-l thi alarm, ami the UreniMi
nii-l other fi'k hurried out in haste. Tho
KiieM came from a masked hattery, which
!.n .illnioro liudereef.1 in the nmrbh nt tho
ex t rem.- -j. nth end of Morris Island, and on
t M.t.irrn U.ril.'rs of tho creek w hich seja
rat -a Morris from Folly Island. In a straight
l:.:e it w ris over flvo miles distant from tho
city. Th? I'.-ittery had lH'ii constructed un
der the ;;re.:ter.t dillletilties, and fit what was
,-. ri-.it!' T.-.l an Iiiiiosm1.1o ulaco. Tho idea of
n r" throw in a proj.-etifo a distance of five
iiiti- s h.i I not. at that timo inetrated the
I ,,f tl.e avei;i-. .iil.lic, and tho arrival
...'!!:' iii -t iin."n-ii:;er Irom tho Swamp Angel
; as ii'i'-x;H-eL-d as it was uipleas;int.
Tli" l-.-ittery v.-.-ss tlie famous Swrircp AnpeL
It o.u .:: I of a sinlu 8-inch I'arrott riflo
i!Mii:ite i in tho marsh and surrounded by an
earthwork "f circular s!iap. It burst at
the thirtv sixth round, and that was tho end
of the Sw;;n:p Ant 1 proiM-r. After this tho
LoinlLi-'lnieiit was directed from tho Kit
tei iesoti Mtiih IslamL It in aid that the
cI.-, -it-oii of the guns wis so great that they
could only l used to flro a half dozen times,
and as a matter of fact tho eop!o who ro
i.i lined h.-iv during the bomlHirdinent bo
cani.; so accustomed to tlio nouiid that they
.,u!d t-U by tho sound when a gun had
In li st.
i,v. Uiliniore's gunners Boon attainetl a
wotiderfu! accuracy in ru ing their guns. It
v, .isn.ii1 th:;t the Swamp Angel shells were
I m,!.-. with "Gr.fk lire," but this was never
. i i:i d. Fires fieouently occurred, and tho
i:i' !i iilwas promptly turned out, taking
the -bailees o'f the shells. A fire at night in
vari.i! !y awol;o the Swamp Angel to renewed
a.-tivity Tho shells were sent in generally
jit a:i averago rate of ono every fifteen or
twenty minutes. Occasionally when n gun
would burt there would be a suspension of
..jMiatioiis at the Swamp Angel end of the
1 .u-. sometimes for several days. This in
.a.i'ahly followed a lire in the city. Thelight
fiv.in t'tls blaze would givo the gunners at the
liwamp Angel a goo.1 mark, and they would
lire more rapidly, w hich probably cost them
t-e vera I gnus, and then the people of Charles
ton would havo a rest until the burst guns
were r.-; !aceL
The uccui-ucy which theSwamp Angel gun
ners attained was remarkable. On ono occa
sion the buildings on Brown's wharf were
fired !: i:ig the day. Tho liro department
was promptly on the spot and set to work to
extinguish the flames. The building was on
th.i at. r front, and tho dense columns of
s:i)ot.o offered a splendid target to Gen. Gill
m .re's isiai-ksmen. There nro rhap5 a
d-vi mm in Charleston today who will re
"f.iii the ie..-;d"iit an 1 who will testify ti the
f::.-t that during tho progress of that fire ct
l.nst tl'.ive shells were thrown into tho burn
jug buili'.irig The accuracy with which thi
Kwamp Angel guns were fired, in fact, gavo
color to the st.itementrnLsequently toade thai
the gunners iutentioually refrained from flr
iiunt St. Michael's steeple, which was never
hit .hiring tbo entire two j-ears of the bom-
I'erensvioa shells were used by the Swamp
An-1 gunners for over a year. During this
time t!ui -ei.ple of Charkston had abundatJ
ti:n to sti: !y the jwuliariti"S of tho iercu
tirej f'c.ir. t't sheiL The shell, of course,
o-.: I r.'.K- b-.i e-:pl"lisl when itcamo ia con
tact with" a hard surface, and was. thercfoiv?,
omIv dangerous un.ler these conditions. In
nui'i ca'3 out of ten a percussion shell that
ttruek a woo-len building simply buried
it-!f in the earth and remained there. Tho
ovlv il.-tr.gr to lifebr limb, throforo, wan in
lein struck by the shell on its passage, and
ir.on pecple soon learnwl to avoid this:
In lW there was a startling change in the
condition of things. By this timo those who
were comi-elled to remain in the city had
become used to the Hwarnp AngcL Up
to this timo not more than two or three
people- had liocn kill .1. notwithstanding tho
fact t'aat full v Cve thousand had liecn almost
c::stat:tly uiider fire, to say nothing of tho
cxios-ire of the firemen, w ho, Litsides doinr
military daty ct night along tho water front,
r.ere cal.V-d upon frequently to suUluo t!uj
far.-.-s ia tho shi "ed district. On tho night
cf S 2. l"o4. a building waa fired ia the
I . ..r' wards. Tho alarm was sounded, and
i:i live minutes tho engines were on their way
to tae scene f tho conflagration.
ThJ Loom of tho alarm bell and the bright
glare of il: firo invariably caused the
Kw.uup Angels to wake up und redouM?
their attritions to tho "doomed city." An
engine, the Phosnix, was cn its way to tu
fire, dragged Ly a dozen or mora men. Jn
Ka-.-ne street an obstacle was met A n"i4-8'::--;-
r fro::i tho Swamp Angel plunged into
the t;:rt:i directly iu front of tho men, end
making a ho:o six feet w1do and as many feet
dep, t"i:.rnsl itself in the ground. A half do
zen racii were precipitated into tho excava
tion, and the engine "Oid Betsey," followed
suit. The shell did not expiodo, however,
and beroad several painful bruises nobody
was hui .
iVhiltJ tlio men were getting the lust out of
heir-yves and trying to lift up 'Old Betsey"
the "Loom which s:gmnei ino aavens or at
c.theniiessengtr from tho Swamp Angel waj
henr-L Then every ono stood still and list
ened. A few seconds afttr the boom csnw
tho peculiar and excruciating "whistle"
which marked the passage of the messenger
through the air. The whistlo was not famil
iar. There was an indescribable something
about it that made one shiver. It was not
the old familiar percussion shell scream. A
few moments later ami the mystery was ex
plained. Just as every one was "lying low,"
07niting tho crash, there was another cx
" iloiou very pout, followed by a dozen bal-
Fcreamsaud a dozen sharp jvpwts, white a
frt.b of light illuminated the scene. Then if
as ru-ilLvd that our friends, tho enemy,
vanted MooL It was a fuse shell, something
jrL ich uo man could dodga
TLe advent of the fuse shell led to tho com-
r to evactiatioa of the lower part of Charles
, D.n, and fro:a that time until the "Union
came in" that portion of the city was ab$p
, doiI to the rabbits, the wjld pigeon? uu4
J the 1'S.zj. Work on the fortification "breast
works" that had been started in Slot-tins',
nec ' Q-ior-n iec-t, van ftliondgnetl. and ai-
though Fort Bumtor stili held out. the fata
of C'!iirltston stmed settled. CUarloston 1.1
' U hns.
a woman's eo.sa
Bhe took tier uoog to beauty's sUa,
Where rlctn- are and pomp aod pride;
There In the world am tunc the crowd
IStie round out heart bjr sorrow bowed;
A oil uildul dream of UKbt aod dress
fclio saw the ain of looelluess.
Her voice's uuiio held tear,
Blie made the weary ones draw near;
And all the passions of tbe throng
Were melted luto peace by song I
61ie took her song along the street,
A lid hushed the Ust of pasain); feet;
And tired tollers stopped to fill
Their hearts with music at ber wIlL
Ehe tang of rest for weary feet,
Of sea inoao and of meadows sweet;
Her voice's pleadings stilled the air.
And little children wept with her;
Ko all their sorrow, grief aod pain
bliu Hofieued luto love asoio.
Che took her song to those who rest
Safo lo the clasp of nature's breast,
A mi J tbe graves, along the shore.
Washed with salt tears forevermore;
And then she sung. How longl How longl
lleforo we hear that ;erf.x-t song
That angel hymn! 'Mint mystic strain.
When those who loveil shll love again.
When life's long struggle sliall be blest
With music of eternal restl
The Itlchfs of Inventor.
When an inventor brings out something
that accomplishes a useful purpose not before
accomplished, or does this better or more
economically than it has been done, it is rea
sonably certain ho has invented something in
the value of which ho has an interest. And
this point is the ono that is overlooked by
those who declaim against the rights of iu
ventors in favor of so:no one who triiil to do
something similar twenty years before. The
very fact that the party who tried first did
not succeed is fairly goxl evidence that he
did not make tbe invention. All recent con
Etructiou of patent law is in favor of sustain
ing tbo inventor who accomplishes sumo
thing, B3 against the man who has tried and
failed, even though tho means used aro very
similar. And this is justice and common
sense. Tbe patent laws aro presumably in
tho interest of tho public, and tho public is
interested in the inventor to exucl'y the ex
tent that it is benefited by him. American
Toliaccn Orowln; In I'ngland.
Tobacco has been grown experimentally in
England during tho last year or two under a
license, or something equivalent to it, from
the inlnnd revenue authorities. But a legal
journal contends that tobacco growing is ab
solutely illegal by statute. The truth seems
to be that iu tho reign of Charles II two sta&
ntes were pushed expressly forbidding to
bacco culture in Great Britain, under a eii
alty of $o0, subsequently increased to S'-tX)
per rod planted. These acts were framed
solely for tho benefit of the American col
onies. Boston Transcript.
Got Angry by Telephone.
i A recent decision in Germany is worthy of
record for tho benefit of American telephone
patrons. Ono unfortunate telephone user
lost his temper at being kept waiting by the
central office, and when explanations were
made he told tbe telephone official per tele
phone to shut his gab and not lie about it.
The court gave the merchant sixty marks
Due and twelve days in jail as a warning
against a libelous use of a scientific conveni
ence. Electrical Review.
An Knra;cil Hack Driver.
Jack Allprey has a largo foot a phenom
enally large foot w-cars No. 13 shoes and he
has also a phenomenally cool way of repudi
ating his debts.
"Ye don't owe me ?Cr said an enraged
hack driver to him tbo other day. "Yedon't,
ye ch'atiu' thafol An' ye won't pay it, ye
won't? Well, it'a meself wishes I cud have
the kickin' ov yo all aroun the block wid
your own futf" Harper's Bazar.
Aite.in Weil Tower.
Heavy machinery is now run by artesian
well power in many parts of France, and the
experience of the French show that the
deeper tho well the greater the pressure and
tbe higher tho temperature. The famous
Grcnelle well, sunk to the depth of 1.S00 feet,
and flowing daily some 500,000 gallons, has a
pressure of sixty pounds to the square inch,
the water being so hot that it is used, for
heating the hospitals. New York Sun.
Method in Her Blailness.
Bachelor (whom Brown has brought home
to dinner) Does your wife always kiss you,
Browu, when you return, from tha ciiiec.
Brown Yes, always, never fails.
Bachelor (with a sigh) Ah, it must be de
lightful to have a cozy home like this and a
lovely little w ife to greet you with a kiss.
Erown (also with a sigh) Yes, she kisses
me to discover if I have been drinking any
thing. The Epoch.
Ahi-ad of tho Ioc!or.
Doctor Im afraid you don't take the
baby out doors often enoug'.
Mother Nonsense, bhe catches cold every
time sho goes out. I'm sick of this air bath
"But, my dear madame, you know flowers
can't get along without snr.shJuo"
"Well, flowers can't get along without wet
feet, either." Omaha World.
It Is In the Illble.
"You mustn't say 'feller,' Johnny, re
marked that youi,i gentleman's Sunday
school teaebet. "tt isn't correct," "Well, I
don't care. It's in tho Biblef exclaimed
Johnny, "f-wiit) xiv, 3: 'Yea, tUe fir ti35
rejoico p. i !;-., and tho ce-lars of !b.tnon.
saying, ST-ince thou art laid down no feller
is come up against us.'" Burlington Free
IFovr to I!o Happy.
Jubber-r-Ilciio, old man I bpriug cleaning
up at your house this weet J
Jibcr No, not much I
Jabber No 1 How in tbe world do you
get rid of tho pes':y tbingf
Jiber Easy enough. Ve move. Into a pew
house on the first cf Jlay Burlington Free
A Novel Movable im.
A Pittsburg mechanical engineer has in
rented a movable dam, by the use of which
he claims a boating stage of water may le
obtained iu shallow rivers at all seasons of
of the year. The invention has been exam
ined by old rier men and pronounced prac
ticable. The inventor is 83 years old. Frank
Leslie's. ' "
Treachers Healing Tower.
Flossie (aged 4) Bobby, why do they call
Bobby (a lad of considerable information)
'Cos they maka folks better. The Epoch.
A good piano player makes tbe best type
writer, but after six monliis practice on tbe
"writer" no girl can pick out a tttne on tbe
piano. She runs to "dear tifs" and "youre
trulys" instead, of uotes.
KS-vd- when hardened, decreases in rrjccflc
gravity, contracts ia length and Increases in j
TASTE AS TO NAMES.
CONDITIONS ON WHICH THEIR GRACE
AND BEAUTY DEPEND.
Haw s Cmnnaiiplim Barsanis May 1)
Transfigured by m Happy Prefix Pa
rental Ktupldlty lultlals Rejection of
Names for Children.
Tastes differ as to names, of course, and it
Is impossible to draw a line, with all the
sheep on one side and all the goats on the
other. Some people think that John, and
James are excellent names, while others con
sider them ugly and commonplace. Names
like Charlotte and Clarence are admired by
some and detested by others. But whatever
disagreement as to particular names may
exist, it will be found that there is very little
difference of opinion as to the pleasant or un
pleasant sound of any ono's full title, be the
same double, triple or quadruple in its con
The grace and beauty of a full name or
title depend on certain uncompromising con
ditions. It should bo rhythmical; it should
not be tautological; it should contain a suffl
cient quantity of vowel and consonant
sounds; it should be easily pronounceable; it
should not suggest unpleasant associations.
For example: (1.) Three long monosyllabic
names iu succession, like "John Paul Jones,"
are not as desirable as a combination of long
and short quantities, like "Oliver Wendell
Holmes." (2.) Tuutological names, like "John
Johnson" or "William Williams," aro an alx
initiation. (3.) "Ella Ellis" is too monoton
ous; it would be better to name the child
"Kate" or "Marian." (1.) "Henry Wads
worth Ix)ugfollow" satisfies all the foregoing
conditions, but it is not easily pronounced
Tho words do not run together smoothly, as
in "James Bussoll IoWeil." o. "Benedict
Arnold" sounds well, but no ono would be
apt to give that name to an infant.
SOFTENED BV A PIUCl'IX.
Since these conditions aro so obvious nud
so easy of fulfillment, and since tho choice of
names is so wide, the prevalence and per
sistence of harsh, awkward mimes must be u
constant source of wonder and disgust. Even
when the surname is commonplace, as in the
case of the nublo army of ''Smiths" and
"Browns," or even hopelessly uncouth, as ii:
"Potts" or "Hogg," it can be softened and
transfigured by a happy prefix, just asingeu
ious decorators beautify bare walls and un
lovely articles of furniture. Thus "Sydney
Suiith" and "Goldwin Smith" and "Ballard
Smith" aro good names at least in this, that
the "Smith" part is overshadowed and, as it
were, eliminated by tho prefixes, which are so
uncommon that they engross the attention.
But many (a rents are so stupid ubout this
that one would think they were hardly older
than their babies. It is incredible that any
Christian should be baptized "Judas Isear
iot," but I read tbe other day that one of
Roscoo Conkling's ancestors rejoiced iu the
name "Ananjas." What oould havo possessed
the parents of that unfortunate individual to
name him after tho typical liar of all timo?
As well might they have called him "Apol
lyon" or "Beelzebub."
Again, the matter of initials comes in for
consideration as a feature of minor, but still
appreciable, importance. No matter how
smooth or high sounding ono's name may bo,
it will dull the edge of his self satisfaction if
the initials spell some offensive word. The
composer of "Pinafore" has a very pretty
name "Arthur Seymour Sullivan" but he
always drops the second of the three words,
and a very brief investigation will show tho
EUl'HQN'IOUa AXD WELL. BALANCED.
By all tuean3 let the children have eupho
nious, well balanced names. If the surname
be short and abrupt, the baptismal names
should be poljysyllabic and flowing, and vice
veia- A true ear and a Just sense of propor
tion will insui-e a wise decision in every case.
Keeping in mind the hve conditions alreadv
mentioned, one will find, on further and more
critical examination of the subject, that the
best possible triple combinations, rhythmi
cally, are either (1) a long monosyllable fol
lowed by a trochee (or spondee) and a dactyl,
or (U) a dactyl, followed by a trochee (or sixm-
dee) ant a Jong monosyllable. n other words,
I the surname oe. a tqonqsy liable, it is well
'or the first name to be of three syllables, and
the second name of two syllables; but if tho
surname be a dactyl it is best led up to by a
monosyllabic first r.aine and a dissv'llul-'ic
second name. (If the second combination
"Oliver Wendell Holmes" is a splendid ex
ample, coinciding with all the requisite con
ditions, while excellent specimens of the first
combination are found in "Ralph Waldo
Emerson" and "John Greenlenf Whittier,"
which may be considered practically perfect
names, satisfying jLo demands of proportion
and rhythm," containing an agreeable variety
of vowel sounds, and being sulliciently smoot h
in pronunciation, while not ' deficient in
strength, which should pertain tp svery
Trochaip surnames, which are tho most
numerous of all, are not so easily balanced as
the foregoing. Three trochees in a line is a
frequent combination, and not 1 bad GiiO., by
any means. Thus, ''Edmund, Clarence Sted
mut4- W a very goou name, viewed from cd
points; but rhythmically "Frank Dempster
Sherman" and "George William Curtis" raay
seem a little more satisf aptory. Certain com-
Un&vious ere conspicuously awuward, as, for
example, tle three successive monosyllables
already alluded to, in the casa p( "-John Paul
Jones;" a dactyl followed by an iambus, as
'iFrederi? E.ug&na,"- nd a dactyl followed by
a monosyllable and a trochee, as "Theodore
Dwight Woolsey." It will be found desirable
as a general thing, by the way, to select a
word of two syllables for the middle name.
New York Commercial Advertiser.
Tb Barber Germany.
The German barber on his native heath
differs radically from the Gennan barber
with American improvement. Iq tho ordi
nary provincial town of Germany a man is
Cniated iq a cane' bottomed chair, withqiit
head rest or foot res$. His head is tipped
back in such a manner that the chair back
cuts his neck just above the collar. The bar
ber turns out a small soup plate full of water,
in which floats a piece of soap. A small semi
circular gouge iu the rim of the plate is fitted
to the customer's Adam's apple, and his fcue
is rubbed vigorously with tt,w &lick' of soap
till a sufficient ltLer has been produced.
Tho shaving proper is performed with more
of the" proverbial Teutonic deliberation. A
few inore hasty strokes ou either cheek, a few
more on the throat and chin, and the man
has been shaved. A little sJnu Is. applied
where the blocd ha3 started,' the soup plate is
again used to auf in a rather superficial wash,
the customer pays bis two and a half cents
and leaves. There is no bay rum, no brush
ing the hair without extra charge, and no
brushing the coat. Foreigners, however,
often receive these cqmQrtsb paying a cent
Sharing at a shop rarely costs more than
throe cents, and often only one and a half.
Barbers are to be found ia every provincial
town who are willing to go to a customer's
house and shave him four times a week for
twenty-five cents a month. New York Sun.
A CTORY Or BLACKMAIL.
nxperleure of a :i.t Irintn Who "Cil
Down" and (.i.t Out.
A gentleman who was staying at a hotel f
Saratoga was one morning passing down a
corridor which led from bis room, when a
lady who stood In the door of her room ao
"1 beg your pardon," ehe said, "but can
you tell me the timer
He looked at her and Judged her to be a
resectable and Inoffensive person.
"It is 10:30," ho replied, consulting his
The woman turned back Into her chanitjcr,
but instantly wheeled nlxint ngain.
"1 am very sorry to trouble you." she said,
"but my clock is slopped, and 1 do not I; now
bow to set it. 1 have an iuiorlaiit engage
ment in about an hour, and 1 shall Iu ex
tremely obliged if you will set it for mo."
The gentleman kindly and rashly acceded
to her request and stepped Into the chamber
On tho mantel stood an ordinary traveling
clock. lie went up to it, took out his ;itch
again and laid it on the shelf, while lie pro
ceeded to set tho clock. The lady followed
him and picked up tho time piece.
"What a beautiful watch," she sai.L
"Yes." ho answered, turning away from
the clock. "It is an heirloom."
"1 think," the woman observed, "that I will
keep this wateh."
And as she spoke sho 6howed hiin in the
other hand the key of tho door, which she
had noiselessly closed and locked. He looked
at her a moment in silence.
"Very well," ho said, holding out bis band
for tho key.
Sho tucked tho watx;li Into the bosom of
her gown mid gave him tho key, smiling
serenely llo opened tho door nnl t!i -i
"Uion second thought," he said, with un
ruffled coolness, "I think I will redeem tlio
watch. It isun heirloom, and 1 um fond of it."
" Yesf" sho responded.
"1 will give you $50 for it," ho said, t:ikii:g
out his fiocketlxxik.
"Very well," replied the adventuress, pro
ducing the watch.
lie gave her tho money, took tho watch,
and departed a poorer but possibly a wiser
When this tale was recited at the club tbe
gentleman w ho told it related It as an nd
venture which had Ijefallen a friend or his.
When he ended some one asked:
"But why in tho name of common sense
didn't he ring the Ik-II or kick up a rowf"
"He knew better," responded tho ria'Tntor,
with a smile. "Ilo was iocked alone into a
chamlier with a daring nnd abandoned
woman, who would havo fought to the l:u:t
gasp It was worm more than to him to
escaio the scandaL"
"That is all very well," observed another
clu'.imuu. "but if he had looked the baggage
in the face and calmly ejaculated 'Oh. rats!'
she would have comedown quickly enough.3
Which may be true. 1 am not un export
in such matters, but it does on the whole
socm probable that most men who get black
mailed are eit her victims of foolish coward
ice or are conscious that there is that in their
past records which makes it wise for them to
avoid in vestigatiou. Boston Cor. Providence
Admiral Porter's Life nnl Way.
Tbo chief officer of tho navy, Admiral
David U Porter, is 71. 1 1 is father, brother
aud uncle distinguished themselves following
tho fi.ig on tho seas. Admiral Porter began
his life on tbe water sixty four years a-o,
when, as a boy only 'J years cf r.go, he .sailed
with bis father in tho expedition against the
West Indian piratas. At I I years of ago he
was a midshipman in tho Mexican navy; at
15 ho was wounded and ca it tired by tho
Spanish and imprisoned in u Cubau i-!i;.Uo,
and at 16 bo was a mjdshipman in the United
States navy. Having already gone through
the Mexican war as a lieutenant, he saw tho
first and hist gun fired in tho civil war, aud
became tho second admiral in all American
history, Farragut being the first to achieve
that supremo rank. Ilo investigated t'.au
Domingo for tho United States gover.i-nent
when he was only 27, and rode 1,700 miles o:
horseback. Jefferson Davis, as socretury of
war under Franklin Pierce, sent Porter to
Asia, wherp bought eighty-four camels
that the government thought would bo use
ful to tho army on the western plains.
Tho admiral's face never felt the razor but
once, and when ho reported for duty in tho
war with Mexico the commander of the fleet,
Cominodore Connors, swore that no oflicer
with tho "whiskers of a pirato" should sail
under him. Neither the army nor tho navy
had ever seen another officer with a fu'l
beard, but Porter insisted on his prerc.am o
nnd sailed with his whiskers ur.ciippv'd, ills
headquarters vu '.VasUiaglon' aro fitted up
lihq CjAi idmirai's cabin aboard ship, but
Porter has nothing to do. Ilo is a volumin
ous writer of romance and amuses bimcif
with his pen. Ho can compose, and dict-u-i
1,000 words an hour. Ha tie'thtr drinks nor
6inoke?. YU. Cor. Boston Giobe,
Written in Sober Earnest.
Tho past week has been one of unusual ex
citement iu town over a fracas iu journal
istic circles. Mr. Climie seems to hav ap
plied to himself ono or more paragraphs tUat
appeared in our last iisuo, and on Friday last
he followed ua into Messrs. Murduch's gr
cary store and asked us to whom they we:e
meant to apply. We refused to comply w itb
his request, saylog that we wanted nothing
to do w ith Lim, or words to that S.Toet. Al
ter a vain attempt to draw a satisfactory an
swer from ua, be mado a cowardly a: luck
upon U3 from behind, and deait us a blow o:i
the ear. We turned to defend ourself, md,
received another blow on the left tipfc.
We then "went for hirtt," ud after a briei
scuffle got his Liad "in chancery." as our
couiiiei termed it. We had on our overcoat
and gloves when attacked, being too ill ihi
day to work and waa goin; home to go to,
bed. We ha 1 tv?or, under tho doctor's care
for tEa pviou3 three weeks, an. I was si-trr-ing
at tho time with a violent iittcs of" soc-i
headache, in addition, to a moro seriou a,.
ment, so that wo were not in fighting "fettle."
After wo had got his !:C-aa under our arm
and Li3 wrists as firmly gripped as our
strength wou'd permit, we said to th-j on
lookers, "Gentlemen, I am sick todaj" r. 1
do not want to fight." Wo wtio ilum paitvd
by M. T. Curicva, of Hampton, and 'r.
Jehu I: yriu. Cowiuanviiia Canadian Sraico
Uian. Scrab Woman on the St;-,
As an addition to funny incidents on the
Btago you should bear about the scrub wur.an
who y,dfi her debut iu "iloi tha" the other
night. It was in the forest scene. The main
part of the costume cf the new character t.-.-is
au old red shawl, and ber general pcr.r
ar.ee left no doubt about her duties.
thought she was walking across the stage t
hind a scene, but sba was in full view of the
tittering playgoers, who mad a the singer
blush and falter because he thought they
were laughing at him. Tbe stage manager
and bis assistants on both sides said in sub
dued yells, "Come off" but tbe poor bewil
dered woman didn't know w here to turn, and
in trying to go all directions at once, stood
still. The audience recalled the singer after
ward, In order to reassure him that be was
"ail right." Philadelphia Inquirer.
DON'T RJiAD THIS !
I'nlo.-s yon want t kimw wlioiv to ;'t tin.; 15'st "(."niliM
BOOTS A'iTD SHOES I
". are now oilt'iin Special lVIecs in
Ami tin most vt' iril' ourta-Ivrs on i our t'M-cllent line; of
Ladies' HandDTurned Shoes
At tlu-ir Present Low Prie. s. l.a.lics looking for such a
Shoe slsoiilil not fail lo call on
As J htac so!d ii i v inriii :;nl have ti lot of horse.--, cowp, J.if ami
fanning u'ens-iU that have to he. soM, I oiler theni at jiiihlif rah; ou
FRIDAY, JUNE 1st., '88,
at 10 o'clock a. in., .at my l'ann, three miles we.-l of Plat tsmotitli.
'i i'j foll.iwinff 3 a pai'iial li -t : oixfic.-h niiicli cows, twenty cows
y.A '.oilers, two Polanus heifers, one y.-arliii Polanous hull,
thirteen h ceiling sows, two hroode mares, four work hoitcs, two
-tailing colts, one .-ino;h.' huy, ojii; set of single hart. ess, fjiriiifr
w.ii.m. hav racks, harrows, hoh-sleus, mowing machines, seeder, ftock
cutters and eurn shellers. a large nninher of chickens, ami a niiiriher
ol articles too numerous to mention. All have irot to hesoM.
TEiiMS: -All sums under sl. cash, all .sums over that amount,
time will be given at lo per cent with good security. For ca.-h, 5 per
i o 1 1 1
cnjoyiziQ ciScomia "both, itc
Will l-e one during which the f-uhjects of
national inteie and importance will he
strongly agitated and the election of a
President will take place. 'I he people of
Cass County who would like to learn of
and Social Transactions
of this year and would keep apace with
the times should
uaiiv or -weeKiv r
Xow while we have the subject before the
people we will venture to i-peak ot our
"Which is first-class in all respects and
from which our job printers are tnrnir.g
ut much satisfactory work.
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