Nebraska advertiser. (Brownville, Nemaha County, N.T. [Neb.]) 1856-1882, June 02, 1881, Image 6

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THE UluWKaMlTWa HO NO.
Through the rniomotit rmento duwn
Already tdmls with licuruuf my:
I.el'H to tho fumo Mini wake the timrn
With bolHt'ioiiH voleo and Jocund hiyl
JlellowM, blow, nnil lurniioe. ninokol
Ilciiil thoKlowlnir metal h on!
Hummer, full with Hdlliurfltrokul
Hlnif to my mi H'H merry tune!
' I'oiik, I'onif! , ,
8trlk. while tho Iron'H hotl"
Willi hmty Htroko my Immmnr rliws;
Htrlko hnnll "tin lor your ehuliby boy,
Who to hlH mother loudly cllnjfs
Anil ti UN liN i-ooliw note ol Joy.
Tlinnks to the invent that but he my face,
Tho put tin of leiiniltw he Hhall tread,
Anil knowledge miiko her dwelling Plaou
Within my darling's lulr young hemll
l.ubor unto tho heart kIvcb onso.
And will our dally biunil mipply;
It iIooHk the clmriiiH or my TIiltcho,
My wire, my liotitoliolil deityl
Our hands wore never formed to make
MinlwtH or Hword blade, holmor unions;
Clod Kiive us in ins lor 1 iborH "iiko:
Our minds He Tor l.ovo'n work ordains!
Now all who day by day pursue
Homo ilurllujr hope, Hiiine ohei Ishod end
Old heiiits, who have but power In view:
Young hearts, who l.ove Hcott call at tend?;
I'ou. who would wield the pen or h word
Hnuo'Hiud toolH, pennant and kings
Jf vou'd Hiieceeil, take as tho word
()1 wlfilom whnt my anvil rings:
"I'ong, I'ong. I'ong I
Htrlku while the Iron'H hot!"
Tiunxlutcd fmiii an Old French Sony.
JOHN'S win:.
Whatever possessed brother John to
go up to tho oily mid niiirry that littlo
yellow-haired, blue-eyed bit of a school
girl, whun ho could itavo just had his
pick of girls nearer homo, was some
thing I uuvor could understand. Thoro
was Lidu Haiidscombo, just dead in
lovo with him, as anybody could sue,
and tho best broad-maker in tho wholo
country, besides taking prizes at tho
State Fair for pickles and jellies, and
over so much bettor looking, too, than
My nt. No yellow bangs over her eyes;
she just combed her hair back oil her
face and did it up in a hard knot that
staid. She sont John a birth-day cako,
and knit him a comforter, and every
body thought it would bo a match, but
'John said lie didn't liko her eyes; they
wore handsome eyes, to my idea, and
could look you through ami through,
they were Unit clear and bright; but
did you ever know a man to tako ad
vice? "Marry that ferret," said John,
" and novor have any poaeo of my life;
well, 1 guess not!" and with that oft
ho goes to town and telegraphs back,
'expect mo and my wife." Dear!
such a shock as it gavo mo, and our
spring cleaning not done, and tho
minister coming to board with us while
his wife went homo on a visit it was a
trial, you may bo sure!
Ami when sho did come, it was moro
liko having a wax doll iu tho way than
anything else, with her big, wondering
oyes, and childish ways and silly ques
tions, and hanging on John's arm, and
loaning over John's chair, with two littlo
insignificant feet in tho rung at the back,
and her clothes! Such fallals, just liko a
doll's rigging, and I just sot my loot
down that if she was to live with us, sho
must conform to our ways. I hadn't
boon forty years in this world for
nothing. If she wanted to wear lino,
white lacos and milled aprons, sho had
to wash and iron thorn horsnlf. I
wouldn't bo her slave. And such silly
questions as sho asked, thoy just made
mo sick!
'Wore thoro any doar littlo yellow
chicks?"
Doar littlo yellow chicks, indeed!
thoy wore dear enough, boforo wo
raised thorn and got their hoads oil', and
had thorn ready for market, and if that
silly child didn't sit down and cry be
cause thoy wore killed; said sho had
namou every ono of them ami watched
them grow up. And she our John's
wife! bah!
Then sho did tho silliest thing of all;
wont and bought a book called, "What
I Know About Farming," ami used to
sit out under a treo, studying by tho
hour, and ono night when sho went
down to tho bars to moot John I heard
lior ask:
"John! why don't you got a washing
machine, and a wringer, and mivo you"
own flesh and blood. Look at tho 'blis
ters on my hands!"
And tho noxt thing it was tho talk of
tho neighborhood that wo Elliots, who
had sot our faces against modern im-ju-ovomonts,
had given out boforo that
littlo palo-faced thing, and not only got
"luigui mm wuiuur m our Kitchen,
but .several hundrod dollars' worth of
farm machinory at work. John aid ho
could alVord it, but I spoko my mud
and told hor what I thought of 'it after
ho wont out to his work. Sho looked
kind of frightened, and protended sho
was going to cry, and then bho snoko
up quick liko and said:
"Sister Janet, it's a triumph of mind
over matter. You can wash now, and
not bo all tired out, and sick and nerv
ous, and and -John tan afford it."
l'orhaps if I had known that she had
paid for it all. and it hadn't cost John
a cent, 1 might have bo- n moro forgiv
ing, but I hiht straightened up and siid:
" Mm. Elliot, you iimv go on and rum
your husband with your board.ngschool
ideas, but as for mo I'll nuver touch tho
things. I can work, thank goodness,
while I've got my health. 7 wasn't
brought up in idleness."
Sho novor took it to heart a bit; tho
noxt thing 1 know sho was at a littlo
parlor organ sho had, singing and play,
ing as if that was all there was in lite.
And that silly old minister men
novor do havo a bit of sonso, but you
expect moro of a preaohor of tho Gos-
pel but lir, just sat and talked to her
as if she was a companion for him, and
thoy walked about tho Holds, and staid
down where John was working, and all
around 'cm souls a perishing for want
of tho broad of life; such u sinful waste
of time I novor saw!
"Janet, do you lovo tho hills?" sho
asked ono day wlion I was scouring tho
knives outside the door. Sho had of
fered to do thorn for mo, but law, her
white hands woro not lit for anything
so useful.
"Lovo tho hills! Well, I'd liko to
know what thoro is to lovo about them.
I guess if you climbed thorn a spell you
wouldn't lovo 'em much."
"They're so high and grand," sho
said, looking up at thorn; "thoy seen
so near tho cool, far oil' Heaven f I lovo
to climb to tho top and drink in tho
sweet, fresh air; it does mo good hero
hero."
Sho laid her hand on hor heart, and
stood looking oil with a strange ex
pression on her face, and I thought may
lie sho was homesick, and told hor .to go
iu and cut some carpet-rags, and sow
'em together, and, would you believe it,
sho up and refused.
41 No!" sho said. "I cannot cut any
carpet-rags. I huto them!"
I never saw her so excited boforo.
"A tine timo you havo," was all tho
answer I made her; but I novor folt so
insulted in all my life.
For a week or two I didn't see much
of her; sho was cither out with John,
"sketching," as sho called it, dabbling
away at somo bits of paste board with
a load poncil; or up in her room, where
I never wont. Sho camo down, sing
ing away, with a large package in her
hand, and soon John camo up with tho
ponies, and thoy drove oil' to town to
gether, laughing like two children. 1
hope none of tho neighbors noticed
them. Anyway, thoy never saw him
conduct himself in that way with vie.
When thoy camo homo sho was all
tired out, aim thoy had a big roll of stuff
they dumped down in the entry.
"It's something for you, Janet, sho
said, laughing hysterical-like. "It's
carpet-rags."
I 'unrolled it, and thoro wore twenty
yhrds of bright ingrain carpet!
"Myra," said 1, "this is wicked ox
travagauco," for I know her money was
all paid out.
"Uut it isn't," sho said, laughing, "I
earned it myself by drawing and paint
ing thoso bits of sketches. I sold thorn
all, and can soil all 1 can do. That was
my way of cutting carpet-rags."
Well, wo put tho carpot down, and it
did look pretty--though I didn't say so.
It isn't my way to spoil anybody with
llattcry, ami I saw John's wifo was
getting tho upper hand too fast. Tho
neighbors wero beginning to notice' her,
and that foolish old minister, when his
wifo camo back, had boon over there;
and sho led tho singing in church, and
protended she had got religion, and all
tho timo sho novor scrubbed a lloor or
washed a dish, or put her hand to the
churn.
"John can afford to koop hired
help," sho said to mo ono day, "and
I'm not very strong, and my mother
died of consumption." Then sho began
to cry liko a baby, and John camo in
and looked at mo as if it was my doing.
1 must say sho could succcod in doing
all sorts of useless things raising llow
ors in ovory nook and corner, making
pets of all tho animals, and painting, or
playing on tho organ. Sho was real
ornamental, and I supposo some folks
thought sho was pretty. John did, for
one. I don't know that sho made mo
much work, either. She did her own
washing as long as John would lot her,
and kept hor room neat enough, though
it was mostly littorod up with flowers
and birds and her skotches, and at lirst
sho sung trom morning till night, and
sho did havo a real lovely voico, I'll
allow that, but after awhiio sho didn't
sing anil didn't talk much, and then
John began taking hor meals u to her.
iho lirst time I saw him getting a tray
ready, I said:
" It's a good thing you wore brought
up to-bo handy, John, seeing you've got
an invalid wife."
llo didn't say anything then, but a
few days aftor ho camo to mo and said:
"Janet, got a girl as soon as you
cau, and let Aunt Hotsy conio over and
stay with Myra; sho is nervous and low
spirited, and needs company."
Well, I suppose you've guossod tho
upshot of it all; a littlo daughter was
bor.ii to John, and it soenied to mo that
a miracle was workod in the house.
Perhaps 1 had never really loved John's
WUO--SHO was so Uilleront in her ways;
from mo but when I heard that baby
cry I folt thrilled to my vory soul, and
I just threw my work apron over my
head and cried for tho lirst timo in
years.
Myra didn't got strong, and tho days
wont on and still sho didn't got up, and
I fult as if it was my duty to go and toll
hor that sho niusn't favor herself that
way, that she couldn't lio abed and lot
strangers tako care of hor child, and
that sho'd novor got strong till sho got
out, but I made up my mind to speak
iu a gentler sort of way. ' 1 had beou
thinking it over and about concluded to
lot. Myra live her own way and not try
to mako hor over, especially sinco John
seemed so well satistiod with her, and
I went up-stairs and oponod tho door
softly and stooped inside. John wns
standing in ono window looking out at
tho sunset it was all red and gold,
and the room was in a llamo; ho turned
as lcamo in, and tho tears woro rolling
down his chooks. 1 novor saw John ory
boforo sinco ho was a grown man!
"What is it?" 1 whispered, going up
eloso to him.
Ho made a motion with tho back of
his head toward the bod. 1 wont over
there. Aunt Hotsy was in a rocker by
tho side of it reading tho Hiblo. Mvni
was looking at tho sunsot, then at hor
baby's sleeping faco. I'm not dull to
seo things, and 1 saw there what matlo
ruy heart turn cold it was the valley
of the shadow of death!
That all happened these years ago.
There is a simple rustic cross up iu tho
gravo-yard with "Myra" carved on
it, and littlo Myra and I go up there
every Sunday and carry lowers to
decorate it, and tho dear child sits in
my lap and puts her blessed littlo arms
about my neck and whispers:
"Auntie, talk about my mamma in
Heaven," and I toll how patient and
gentle sho was, and how sho sung and
played, and how sho shall do tho very
sumo thing sonic day for I know,
now, that llowers arc "as necessary to
God's creation as the wood and grain,
and tho least littlo thing that makes
sunshino in tho world is of great value
in tho dark places, and I fool sure,
when I look up to the hills sho loved,
that My m has reached far-off Ileavon
before mo. l'orhaps perhaps, sho
will intercede lor me thoro. Detroit
Free 1'ress.
War Without Us (Jlitlor.
The project on foot in England to
abolish regimental colors is a signill
cant illustration of tho utilitarian spirit
now gaining control of tho profession
of arms.
One of tho lirst aims of this unsen
timental view of war was to reduce tho
pretensions of tho Vayonot. This in
strument 3 at best only tho ancient
pike, attached to that considerably
moro important weapon, the rifle; yet
it was long the fashion to extol the
prowess of "tho cold steel" in battle,
as if far moro terrible than any weapon
whoso efficiency was based only on tiio
explosive force of gunpowder. Tho
civil war destroyed somo of this illu
sion for American soldiers. Surgical
records showed the bayonet wounds
treated iu camps and hospitals to bo an
insignilicant fraction of tho whole;
while tho experience of man' battles
developed tho fact that the so-called
bayonet charge is usually performed
with tho gun slung across the shoulder,
much liko a pannier's torch, and, in
most cases, with the bayonet peacefully
roposing in its sheath. It was tho
rush, not tho steel, that decidod suc
cessful charges, in all but oxcoptional
instances. Accordingly, in some in
ventions, tho bajonot has been turned
into a sort of intrenching spado, or
anything but a weapon for impaling
tho onorny. In no service, doubtless,
is tho bayonot wholly discarded; but,
in these days of destructive long-rango
liring, with repeating arms, its uses are
chiolly for parados and guard duty.
A second move has been to abolish
tho cavalry saber, which, in our coun
try at least, whero cavalry are for tho
most part mounted infantry, is moro
ornamental than useful. Many old cav
alry officers bitterly opposo this disuse
of their distinctivoann; but practically
tho cavalry in Indian campaigning rely
on flioir carbines. The saber is an ad
ditional weight and au empty jingle;
and hence, though it need not be wholly
discarded, it is likely to brf used only
for drills and parades, and on a fow ox
tra occasions, as in riot duty. Its an
cient prcstigo is gone.
Tho rataplan of tho Frenchman's
drum is gone, too. It was strange to
seo Franco, of all nations, abandoning
this instrument. Hut General Farro
was inexorable, and ordered it discon
tinued in tho Froncy army. The drum
mer is hold to bo a man whose only
function is to mako a noiso; and of this
thoro is always a supply in battle with
out him. It is cortain that ho has a
clumsy instrument to carry about, and
that ho often manages to drop it some
where on the battle-licld. Hut the true
reason for tho downfall of tho drum is
ovon moro utilitarian. Everything re
quired of it can be performed by tho
bugle; and tho bugler can also carry a
rillc, whilo the drummer cannot, llenco
Franco bids farewell to tho spirit-stirring
drum, and all its martial associa
tions are relentlessly swept away.
Hi"; epaulettes long ago gavo way to
simple shoulder straps; and tho hugo
bearskin caps of Frederick's grenadiers
aro but rarely scon. To ovorawe by
personal appcaraneo is no longer tho
military aim. Even the Chineso havo
ceased "to rolv on ongs. anil put their
faith in brooch-loading guns. The im
posing knapsack of former days isgoing
tho way of other old devices. Our vol
unteor'soldiors learned that the blanket,
tied diagonally across the body, would
convoy thoir fow toilet articles and lim
ited wardrobes, on tho march, without
a box strapped upon the back. Cross
bolts and brasses, once sacred, aro by
degrees following tho fate of pipe clay
and pigtails.
Ono of the developments of this ten
dency to rub off the gloss from tho light
ing business is tho movement to put an
end to distinctive corps uniforms. This
innovation is bittorly contested whor-
i ever trieu.
Thoro may bo, perhaps, somo unlooked-for
results in this modern ten
dency to destroy the pomp and circum
stance of war. :iml to put over thing on
a business basis. Most war is savagery;
and when its glamour is destroyed, ami
the combatants made to uppear liko
mere lighting appliances, plucked of
sentiment, its roal naturo may bo bettor
appreciated. Ar. Y. tiun.
Patent modioinos in England now
yield a Govonimont revenue of over
Sl.OOO.OOO. They woro lirst taxed in
178!1 under an act requiring vendors of
secret remedies to tako out a license
and pay a stamp duty. This act did
not apply, howovor, to any ono who
had sorvod apprenticeship to a surgeon,
apothecary or druggist.
Tho London News, speaking of
Miss Hradilon'H novel-writing, savs sho
has to perfection tho art of cooking her
turnip so as to mako it tasto liko pre
served ginger.
2'lannlnj,'.
When a man is intending to build a
houno, the first thing to be considered
is "tho cost, and whether ho has sulll
cient to finish it." Tlion tho plan is
! settled on and drawn to loot and Inches,
so that tho builders, having a "working
plan," may build with exactness and
certaintv, knowing at ovory step just
what is "to bo done. In building houses
wo begin always at tho foundation; tho
larger and highor tho building is to bo
tho moro underground work is to bo
done. Spires, cupolas, flnials, orna
mentations; these aro tho finishing
touches, tho last things done.
Thoro aro other ways of building
houses. Muiiv lino buildings in tho
" old country'"' date from successive
poriods of time, a part of thorn being
put up by ono generation and added to
by succeeding generations. Hut each,
installment of thostrueturo was erected
according to a plan and made harmo
nious with its predecessors.
Not houses alono aro made according
to a plan, but their furniture as well,
and this extends to all tho smallest
items included in house furnishings.
All aro made according to sorno nat
tern. Wo havo patterns lor our clothes,
our ornaments everything around us
is niado after somo design, and tho
variations in theso designs give rise to
fashion, to which so many are willing
slaves.
AU this is very aljilmbcliciil, and
when spoken of meroly material things
is oasily understood, but how is it when
applied to tilings immaterial? How
mauyt of our readers aro living accord
ing to a plan a plan in which each
day, each week, each year, each decado
has its appointed place? How many
of thorn are more shallops alloat on the
stream of time, borne hitliorand thither
as the current may chanco to carry
them, without rudder or helmsman, or
sails or guidance? Tho fact that to a
largo extent wo havo no option as to
what wo may do and be. that our
"lines and bounds" arc appointed us,
is no reason why wo should not use tho
limited power of choice that is ours.
"To him that hath shall bo given."
There seemed littlo chanco that Honja
min Disraeli should bo Primo Minister
of England when ho was a young man
of twenty-ono; everything but himself
was against him. lio had no fortune,
no friends, ho belonged to a race pro
scribed, but ho conquered everything,
and at last accomplished his plans, van
quished fortune, realized and probably
moro than realized his proudest ambi
tions. In tho steadfastness of aim,-tho
fixedness of purpose, tho unflinching
and tiroloss perseverance which charac
terized him, ho is an example for all
men and all women.
If a house is to have but ono room,
hat ono room may bo arranged so as io
afford tho greatest facility for work and
comfort, or it may bo so arranged or
disarranged as to promote constant
discomfort and confusion. Sho who
lives in disorder in a small houso will
carry the samo mode of living into a
palace. Years ago a poor family on
their way to Texas wero shipwrecked
and brought to Now Orleans whero
thoy wero given a room in ono of tho
host hotels m that citv. In two hours
that elegantly-furnished room had all
the appearance possiblo to it of tho
North 'Carolina cabin in which tho fam
ily had previously boon domiciled.
Ever- chair had some bundle or gar
menc in it. Hlankots wero taken from
tho bed and strewn on the lloor to "set
the baby on," and squalor pooped out
from every curtain and bit of fui nishing
in the room.
Tho orderly, systematic soul impresses
itself on tho body it inhabits, tho
clothes of that body, tho apartment it
dwells in, tho life all around it. "Soul
is form and doth tho body make," and
this "body" Is not merely" tho clothing
of iloshly integument, but all tho sur
roundings of ovory sort that aro the ex
pression of tho soul. A man can show
on ten acres of land what kind of a
f armor ho is as well as upon a thousand.
A woman can show what kind of a
housekeepor sho is in a two-roomed
house as well as in a livo-story "brown
stone front." Only thoso who aro
faithful over tho fow things aro fit to
bo rulers over many things.
Not every one has the ability to sit
down and plan out imentorprisoofcven
moderate dimensions from beginning
to end. Somo are so rnado that they
can seo but ono stop at a timo, can tako
but ono step at a timo. but there aro
fow who havo noi sense enough to soo
that, and to tako that witli somo sort of
discretion, and having done so much, to
seo tho stop noxt to bo taken. If wo
plan but for ono day at a time, ono week
at a timo, ono year at a timo, and plan
wisely, tho whole of lifo will bo har
monious and moro or less successful.
Hut if wo permit ourselves to drift
whither tho chanco current may carry
us, what can wo expect but to bo strand
odor shipwrecked? To an extent our
lives aro mapped out for us by parents,
by Providonco, by various circum
stances, but vuthin limits wo aro all
conscious of freedom to choose and plan
for ourselves, and ho is wisest who, ac
cepting tho limitations which ho cannot
pass, makes tho best uso of his faculties
in improving to tho utmost tho oppor
tunities of whatever sort ho may call
his own, and sets about tho work ac
cording to a well-conceived and well
digested plan. N. V. Tribune.
Tho Story of a Tamo Walrus.
Tho Spanish bark Odulla. from Liv
erpool, now lying at Welch, Itithet k
Co.s wharf, has on board a tamo wal
rus or soa lion. This animal was
captured by Captain do Abortiz thirteen
years ago whilo cruising in Hohring
Straits. It was then " a pup," was
trained by him, and has been his con
stant companion on all his voyages over
Binco. Ho is called " Seuor," "and au-
swors to his name or to a b'ast from a
silver whistle blown by his master" but
if blown by any one oNo ho pa) s not
tho slightest attention to the call. . Ho
oats bread and meat, enjoys tea and
tobacco. Ho is as passionately fond of
beer as an old toper, and on jnanv oc
casions has become gentcoly "tigkt"
from imbibing too heavily. When
caught ho weighed nineteen pounds,
but ho now turns tho scale at -1111
pounds, lias two enormous tusks, meas
ures six feet throe inches at tho girth,
and is eight foot four inches long. As
tho Captain good-naturedly remarked,
as ho showed tho brute to a fow visit
ors, lio is becoming "ono big noos
nnce." In bright weather lio sleeps in
tho sun on dock. During heavy blows
ho resorts to a kennel, but when the
weather is calm ho leaps overboard and
sports about tho ship for hours, catch
ing and eating lish. When tired of
swimming lio is hauled on board in a
great iron basket. On ono occasion,
off tho Capo of Good Hope, a great
shark tackled Senor, laying hold of one
of his paws and biting olt two of his
toes, but Senor dove, ami coming up
under his enemy's belly, ripped him up
with ono thrust of his great tusks, and
devoured him with savago cries of de
light and satisfaction. Ho h very fond JL
oFlho Captain, and when tho latter has
boon absent trom the ship for a day or
two ho maniiosts his uneasiness by a
thundoring noiso not unlike tho sounds
that might bo emitted by two or throe
scores of dogs barking in chorus. Senor
is perfectly docile, allows himself to bo
patted on tho head, and is very suscept
ible to kindness. Victoria (British Co
lumbia) Colonist.
Lettuce.
To grow crisp and tender-head let
tuce, the soil must bo mellow anil rich.
One of tho pleasant features of raising
lcttueo for homo uso is to havo it como
in succession, nnd this can only bo at
tained by planting at diflorent times,
three or four weeks apart. Tho later
crops como from sowing the seed in the
open ground in some sneltcied spot as
early in tho spring as it will do to work
tho ground. Tho seedbed should bo
made mellow and smooth, and tho seed
may bo sown broadcast or in shallow
drills, covered very lightly bv raking
over tho bed with a wooden rako, draw
ing the rako in the direction of the
drills. Tho latter method is preferable,
from tho fact that while tho plants are
small tho spaces between the rows may
bo disturbed with a hoe, and the growth
of tho plants hastened, as wellas tho
weeds kept down. Among the vory
best sorts for family use, ono that is
widely and favorably known is the
Early Curled Simpson. This is a favor
ite with market gardeners, and is ex
tousivoly grown in tho vicinity of New
York. When planted on rich ground it
grows into a largo head that on tlic
tablo will bo found crisp, tender and of
f;ood quality. Another and very tyceol
ont variety is tho Hanson, which grows
to a largo size, forming a solid head,
crisp and of fine llavor, and vory popu
lar among the consumers. Tennis Hall,
Hoston Market, Early Huttor, and other
sorts, aro prized on tho tablo when
grown on ground that is in good heart.
There is neither profit nor pleasure in
attempting to grow lcttueo on poor,
thin soil. In planting in tho garden set
the lottuco ono foot apart each way, and
then keep the ground mellow and froo
from weeds. A'. . Tribune.
His Modoty.
The other night a policeman observed
a man hanging around tho cntranco to
a Michigan Avenue hall in a queer sort
of way, and ho asked him if lie
belonged to tho order thou in session up
stairs. Tho man replied that he did,
and tho officer inquired:
"Then whv don't you go up?"
"Well, 1 was thinking of it."
"Haven't beeu expelled, havo you?"
"Oh.no."
" Aren't afraid of anybody?"
"iNo."
"And you haven't lost your inter
est?" "I might as well toll you," said the
man after beating around" uwhilo longer.
" I wont down to Toledo a low days
ago, and somehow tho story oamo back
hero that I was drowned. My lodge
thereupon passed resolutions to tho ef
fect that 1 was honest, upright and
liberal, and a shining ornament, and
that what was its loss was my gain. I
wasn't drowned, as you seo; biK- I kind
o' hate to walk iu on 'om and bust
thoso resolutioas. I've tried it three
times, and I can't get higher up than
tho fifth stair before I weaken." De
troit Free Press.
A gentleman at Dubuque, Iowa,
had a rattlesnake, a blue racer, and a
garter snake in a box, all three coiled
lovingly together and in a comatose
state. Their bodies woro as hard as
rocks, and thoy appeared as though all
lifo had been frozen out of thorn. Tho
warm sunshino soon revived them, nnd
tho rattler showed signs of crawling
out of his old coat, tho now dress of
yellow shining through tho dried and
worn ono. Tho gentleman threw a
shovel full of snow over tho reptiles,
and thoy instantly straightened out as
stiff and apparently as dead as any other
defunct snakes. Hy applying" somo
warmth again thoy became as animated
and dangerous as' over.
"Wo are," says the London Satur
day licvieiv, " weary of popularizations
of knowledge, of books iu which in
formation id reduced to a pulpy condi
tion for tho benefit of feeblo and indo
lent minds."
Seventy years ago tho first Chris
tian baptism of a Hindoo took place
Thoro aro now in India, Kurmah anil
and
Ceylon 500,000 native Christians.
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